Sunday 17 December 2017

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

House style

Coat, €249.95, available at Avoca stores,
Coat, €249.95, available at Avoca stores,
Pendants from €169; see
Mug, €12.50,available at Moss Cottage,
Dylan Bradshaw
Zara sandals
Poldark Colouring book
Lisa Cannon
Kenzo Perfume ad

In what is extremely exciting news for fans of Dutch label Maison Scotch - and everyone should be - the AW16 collection has dropped at Avoca. Essentially, it's got new season looks covered, from the de rigueur pleated skirt to Nordic-inspired knits given a twist; fun faux fur gillets and bright and bold party dresses.

The bonded wool coat is a colourful way to embrace winter warmth and is topping our wish list.

BUY: Coat, €249.95, available at Avoca stores,

Night owls

Culture Night returns this Friday with over 40 towns, cities and locations across the country hosting 3,000 events, as the doors of theatres, museums and grand houses stay open, and a myriad of tours, workshops, readings, talks and demos take place. New for this year is the 1916 Freedom Bus Tour in Dublin; a Comic Art Exhibition and Q&A with comic book artists Stephen Mooney and Nick Roche at Cork County Hall.


National notes

A celebration of 100 years of Irish music is taking place until September 25 in the National Concert Hall, Dublin. 'Composing the Island: A century of music in Ireland 1916-2016' presents 27 concerts of orchestral, choral, instrumental, song and chamber music by Irish composers, from 1916 to 2016. Performers include Crash Ensemble and pianist Huge Tinney, as well as the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.


On the edge

Everybody needs a little bit of wardrobe armoury in the form of some punchy jewellery. Edge Only's latest collection, from designer Jenny Huston, is called Mechanical, and introduces texture into her distinctly masculine creations. Whether you choose the black heart pendant, lightning bolt pendant or the worry ring, wear them and feel fierce.

BUY: Pendants from €169; see

Chamber made

This week the Westport Festival of Chamber Music takes place, with beautiful sounds happening in intimate acoustic surroundings. The programme's impressive line-up includes French cellist Marc Coppey, Spanish clarinetist Jose Franch Ballester and The Far Flung Trio with their eclectic musical mix. RTÉ Lyric FM is recording the Saturday evening concerts for future broadcast on Lyric.


All the Stars (Hollow)

Gilmore Girls mania is difficult to escape now that Netflix is giving the cult noughties show a reboot. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life airs in late November, with stars Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Kelly Bishop, Melissa McCarthy and Grant Lee Buffalo all reprising their roles. In the meantime, you can sate your inner fangirl or fanboy in with a ceramic homage. Ah-mazing.

BUY: Mug, €12.50, available at Moss Cottage,

Tresses and trends

If hairdressing is your passion, Dylan Bradshaw Academy, on Dublin's South William Street, is now accepting registrations for the year commencing 2016/17. An award-winning team will lead a number of courses, which includes a City & Guilds Diploma in Hairdressing Course (Level II), From Trial to Aisle, which provides insight into the ever-growing bridal industry, and Trend Forecasts, which focuses on the importance of identifying emerging trends and colours and how to make them work in a salon.

DETAILS: For academy placement enquiries please contact Alison Lawless at the Dylan Bradshaw Academy: or (01) 671-9353

Next weekend...

Be well

Dublin's Herbert Park plays host to some of the world's best-known and respected health and fitness experts, as Wellfest 2016 takes place next weekend. It's a stellar line-up from the sphere of wellbeing, including TV star and founder of Pure Results Bootcamp, Kathryn Thomas, as well as Chris Flack of UnPlug, who runs tech/life balance retreats. There are also multiple classes, talks and workshops on health, fitness, nutrition, cookery, yoga, Pilates, mindfulness, and more.

DETAILS: Weekend tickets for WellFest cost €65 and day passes are available for €40 (plus booking fee),

Shore thing

Boutique arts festival Shorelines runs from September 15-18 in Portumna, on the banks of the Shannon and Lough Derg. All artistic tastes are catered for, ranging from music from Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill and Maria Doyle Kennedy, to readings from award-winning writer Donal Ryan, Paul Kingsnorth in conversation with Nuala Ní Chonchúir, and readings from Donegal-based poet Mary Turley-McGrath.



The poldark colouring book

Poldark Colouring book

The perfect accompaniment to your second series viewing.


You've not got your autumn/winter on unless you're embracing a flounce.

Apple tax money fantasies

We can think of a lot of things to do with that €2,732 for every person in Ireland.

Three-day work weeks

Research says they're good for your health, and it's an eejit who argues with that.

Spike Jonze's ad for Kenzo perfume

Kenzo Perfume ad

Freaky and awesome. If you haven't seen it, YouTube it immediately.


Zara's furry sandals

Zara sandals

Very lovely, but allegedly a rip-off of another designer's work. Not cool.

Mercury retrograde

Happening until September 22 so expect squabbles and emails being misunderstood.

Celeb uber meltdowns

Are you alright Chris Brown and Lily Allen?

Usher's island

Or henceforth known as Dublin's ugliest area, according to a study.

The Xposé cull

Lisa Cannon

Aisling, Lisa and Peter, you will be missed.

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