Thursday 24 May 2018

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

A little luxe

Aideen Bodkin
Aideen Bodkin
Roger Vivier 'Sneaky Viv'
Bob Dylan
Twiggy glasses
Croan Cottages
Amal Clooney
Fair Trade Avocados
Gareth Gates, Cuppanut

After a summer of athleisure, pom-pom sandals and exposed shoulders, we're all probably more than ready for a wardrobe injection of grown-up glamour.

Thankfully opulence and drama are being favoured by new autumn/winter collections and Irish designer Aideen Bodkin's AW 16 collection is beautifully lush. It features her form-flattering dresses in brocade in rich colours, full skirts with the swish factor and elegant embellished collar-less coats. Don't have an occasion coming up? You'll find one for these clothes.

BUY: Pink Vista dress, €285; blue Calma coat, €449,

Don't think twice

Europe's biggest celebration of Bob Dylan's music, Stuck Inside of Moville, marks its tenth birthday this year. Acts and visitors from all over the world will descend upon Donegal on Thursday for the four-day event, including a festival favourite, Bobby Does Dylan (who Dylan himself asked to meet after seeing a video clip of him performing Like A Rolling Stone) who returns again this year. DETAILS:

Fair play

An exciting new project at IMMA is developing a living system for using basic resources in a creative way. Called 'A Fair Project', it will see the Royal Hospital at Kilmainham transformed into a model village, where every day visitors will have the chance to eat, make, think and trade. Events include a 'creative exercise class' and a courgette lunch prepared from a glut in IMMA's gardens. DETAILS: Running until August 28. See

Wild things

Twiggy has launched her second collection of glasses and sunglasses for Specsavers. The latest Twiggy for Aurora range includes eight glasses with signature gemstone details and, for the first time, four pairs of prescription sunglasses. One of the model's personal favourites include Sun 05, featuring the biggest crystals in the collection, which she describes as "so Audrey Hepburn".

BUY: Priced at €189. Available at Specsavers stores;

Deep roots

Roots, bluegrass, indie/folk, western swing and trad are just some of the musical genres on the line-up for the Harbour to Hotspot|Roots Revival Festival taking place in Wicklow from August 24-28. The Harbour Bar in Bray and The Hotspot Music Club in Greystones are hosting gigs over the five nights including Brighton legends Dr Bluegrass & The Illbilly 8.

DETAILS: See Twitter @theharbour_bar and

Best foot forward

Shoe lovers can worship at the altar of a new Roger Vivier section in the Shoe Rooms, Brown Thomas Dublin. The cult Parisian label, of which Jennifer Lawrence and Olivia Palermo are both fans, is showcasing a collection of heels and ballerina flats, all of which feature the designer's signature buckle. For this season, the brand gets on board the trainer trend with 'Sneaky Viv', a skater shoe with an embellished buckle, something that is sure to top fashion lover's wish list for autumn/winter.

DETAILS: Sneaky Viv shoes, €980, Roger Vivier,

Get in the mix

Complementing its recent complete refurbishment, Dublin restaurant Pichet has launched a new cocktail menu, with plenty to please mixed drinks fans. It includes a New Age Collins with pink peppercorns and cardamom syrup, as well as an interesting take on the tequila-based classic, an Old Spice Grilled Pineapple Margarita. And for something impressive looking, try the Cigar Old Fashioned, made in a smoking glass skull with bourbon and brandy tobacco liqueur.


Next weekend...

Wild things

Fabulous food awaits at the Taste of Donegal Food Festival taking place from August 26-28. Familiar faces include chefs Catherine Fulvio, Neven Maguire and Kevin Dundon. There's a wide range of demos to try - planning healthy meals without spending a fortune, and cocktail making using fresh fruits for example - and, naturally, all the artisan foods to sample. Topping the musical bill are The Singing Chefs and the Dean Martin Tribute Show, while chefs will get creative with Irish produce while battling it out to win the A Passion To Inspire competition.


Tasty options

Foraging expert John Wright (right) makes his first visit to Ireland next weekend for a Walk on the Wild Side at Croan Cottages, south Kilkenny. John, a member of the River Cottage team who works regularly with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, will be teaching participants how to identify, harvest and prepare foraged foods from the Kilkenny woodlands and wild spaces, and he promises that all going well, they might even find ingredients to brew up a bit of hooch.

BOOK: August 27 & 28, with full board costing €345, with a limited number of non-residential places available.


Gareth Gates: tea merchant

Gareth Gates, Cuppanut

It's a long way from Pop Idol runner-up to biodegradable coconut tea bag seller. Respect.

Fairtrade avocados

Fair Trade Avocados

If they're anything other, you're probably contributing to illegal deforestation in Mexico. Sorry.

Brendan Dassey's Wrestlemania petition

Conviction now overturned, the Making A Murderer nephew might make it to the event of his dreams yet.


Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman has declared it "the most beautiful place" and we have to agree.

Flapper style

Amal Clooney

As championed by Amal Clooney in Lake Como. Time to dig out the fringed dress.


Chicken crackling


Not remotely like crispy chicken skin and more grease-tastic than the pork variety. Say no.

Grace Jones FOMO

Sad face for those of us who didn't manage to pick up tickets to her September gig in the Olympia.

Clown yoga

Check it out on YouTube. Just a wee bit frightening.

Zayn Malik's 'explosive' autobiography

He's 23. Can he really have done that much? If so, totally jealous.

& Other Stories longing

We're being told the Grafton Street store is opening in autumn - but when. WHEN?

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