Saturday 24 February 2018

Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend

Cult cargos

J Brand's Houlihan cargo pants
J Brand's Houlihan cargo pants
Sand Sculpting Festival
Flormar's Deluxe Cashmere Stylo lipstick
Taste of Cavan
Eclectic Images exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland
Odeon chandeliers, €49;
Sticky beef rib with celeriac pureé and potato fondant paired with Cosmic Cow milk stout at Tig Neachtain
'From the Isle' at Kildare Village
Gwyneth Paltrow
Lotions and Potions
Lawrence Fox Instagram
Adelphi Hotdogs

Certain fashion items have iconic status. These include the Birkin bag, the YSL smoking jacket and Diane von Furstenberg's wraparound dresses.

And arguably J Brand's Houlihan cargo pants can be ranked alongside as an early 21st-century inclusion. First launched in 2010 and beloved by celebrities like Gwen Stefani and Charlize Theron, the Houlihan has been relaunched and comes in new colours, including distressed caledon and distressed chrome. They are not the cheapest trousers, but they are certainly a cost-per-wear bargain.

BUY: Available from Brown Thomas and BT2, €290;

Fair Isle

'From the Isle' at Kildare Village

This summer, Kildare Village has a programme called 'From the Isle', celebrating Irish creativity, design, craft, food and culture with a wide range of events taking place. These include barbecues and pop-up opera from Lismore Opera Festival. Today from 7pm-8pm, there's a 'From The Maker' lighting workshop with Irish designer Shane Holland.


Sandy shores

Sand Sculpting Festival

Some outdoor visual treats await visitors to Duncannon Beach, Wexford this weekend, where the 30th annual Sand Sculpting Festival is taking place. There are lots of free events such as fireworks, a family beach party, Ireland's biggest water fight and live music happening, as well as incredible professional sand sculptors creating architectural masterpieces on the beach.


Give it some lip

You can never go wrong with a strong pop of colour on the lips to brighten any look, and there are many things to love about Flormar's new Deluxe Cashmere lipstick range, Stylo - least being its impressive price tag of €5.95. The lipstick is enriched with ingredients such as orchid complex oil and shea butter, and there are seven sultry shades from which to choose.

BUY: Available in pharmacies. See for a list of stockists

No small thing

It's described as Ireland's biggest small festival - the Carrickmacross Arts Festival, Monaghan, starts this Thursday and runs until Sunday. The line-up mixes up music, literature, comedy, art, drama, and film, with musical acts including Delorentos, The Frank and Walters, Wallis Bird, Kila and Declan O'Rourke. The comedy side is just as enticing, with Barry Murphy, Colum McDonnell, Michael Downey and Niamh Marron appearing.


Big up your style

You might find early August a little too early to start snapping up autumn/winter's new looks. But enormous earrings are one trend you can get on board with straight away. This season, bigger is better, and so big that they should practically be grazing the shoulder. Think opulence, bold jewels, structural pieces and bling. Go massive - this is no time to be shy and retiring, jewellery-wise.

BUY: Odeon chandeliers, €49;

Perfect pairings

Galways's Tigh Neachtain and the award-winning Artisan restaurant have teamed up for a delicious new gastro-pub food menu available in Tigh Neachtain. Locally inspired dishes are paired with craft beers and ciders and select wines, including a sticky beef rib with celeriac pureé and potato fondant paired with Cosmic Cow milk stout.


Next weekend...

Bite-sized fun

Now in it's sixth year, Taste of Cavan returns this weekend, promising more top chefs, more local produce and great family fun. Taking place at Cavan Equestrian Centre, chefs Neven Maguire and Richard Corrigan will be there, as well as Cavan man and Michelin-starred chef Enda McEvoy, and TV3 regular Shane Smith. This year Neven is on the hunt for Ireland's next big culinary name, as he hosts 'The Home Chef of Cavan'. There will be over 130 stands offering the very best in local and regional produce, and lots of children's events including Lego workshops and fossil hunting.


Be quick on the draw

Get your culture fix next weekend, by visiting the Eclectic Images exhibition, which opens at the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin next Saturday. The exhibition presents highlights of prints and drawings acquired by NG over the last five years. The first part demonstrates the developments in printmaking throughout the centuries, while the second part of the exhibition includes unusual watercolours, drawings and prints, featuring drawings by Walter Osborne and Kyffin Williams, and prints by Berthe Morisot, Frank Brangwyn and Michael Farrell.

DETAILS: Free admission,


Vogue Williams and  Laurence Fox

Lawrence Fox Instagram

Although she's said it's friendship not romance, we like the idea of the Irish model and the Lewis star.

Etsy for wedding rings

It's where Mila Kunis got hers, and the thought of something unique from an indie designer is appealing.

Lotions and potions nights

Lotions and Potions

Because sometimes you just want to retreat from the world, with a face mask.


Now that future Lara Croft, Alicia Vikander, has revealed it's the secret of her poise, we want to sign up for classes.

Hot dogs in blaas

Adelphi Hotdogs

As served at Adelphi bar on Dublin's Abbey Street. You're welcome.


Nude leggings

Not even Bella Hadid can carry this look off

Jean-Claude Van Damme's patience

The star walked out of an interview after 'being asked the same question for 25 years'.

Prosecco boredom


And especially the cheap stuff. It's cava all the way...

Gwyneth's unconscious uncoupling from GOOP

Gwyneth Paltrow

But where will we now look for guidance on where to find $900 dollar throws and Moon Juice?

Plan Bs

New research has revealed that having one stops you getting what you want, so you need to stick to the A-plan.

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