Thursday 18 January 2018

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

Forever pieces

BUY: Julia Shirt, €315; Ellen Trousers, €95; see
BUY: Julia Shirt, €315; Ellen Trousers, €95; see
Carton House, Vanishing Art
Evercreatures wellies
Rachel Riley childrenswear
BUY: Filigree fan earrings, €20 at
Kinsale gourmet festival
Artisan bread
Olivia Palermo
Pablo Escobar, Narcos
Unicorn slippers
Jamie Dornan in The Fall

From metallic boots to patent minis, and velvet for everyday wear to giant sleeves, there's a lot of opulence and general excessiveness about this season's trends.

If all this excess isn't your aesthetic, you'll find a lot of love for Irish designer Mary Grant's creations. With fluid cashmere jumpers, pretty oversized shirts, unisex scarves and feminine, multifunctional dresses, these are the kind of investment pieces you'll return to again and again.

BUY: Julia Shirt, €315; Ellen Trousers, €95; see

Vanishing act

From now until November 1, the finest in Irish outdoor and indoor sculpture is on display at Kildare's Carton House. The Kildare Gallery is celebrating its first birthday at Carton House by selecting the pieces for the exhibition, called Vanishing Art (below). Artists represented include Carolyn Mulholland, Patrick O'Reilly and Orla de Bri, and the showcase is free of charge to the public.


Arts show

This weekend sees the final two days of the Westport Arts Festival, and this evening one of Ireland's most acclaimed writers, The Country Girls author Edna O'Brien (above) is reading and in conversation with Arena presenter Seán Rocks, while Derry's finest, The Undertones, play the Castlecourt Hotel.


Give it some wellie

Wellie purchasing always reaches a peak around festival time, but really they're a wise buy at all times. OhMyWelly is Ireland's only online retailer of Evercreatures and Rockfish wellies and it has plenty of colourful choices. Winter brides might consider picking up a pair of the wedding wellies, which have a pink interior and an ivory ribbon.

BUY: Prices for tall wellies from €52; see

Folk implosion

Ireland's best folk and traditional acts are being showcased at the Cork Folk Festival, which runs until tomorrow. Amongst the musical highlights are talented sisters The Henry Girls, who play the Kino tonight, as well as lively trad band Céilí Mór Allow and singer-songwriter Mick Flannery, who both play tomorrow night.

DETAILS: For tickets and more information, see

Drop dead gorgeous

If you want to update your look for autumn/winter without spending a fortune, chandelier earrings are the way to go. They've crossed over from making you look like you're channelling Joan Collins in Dynasty to being acceptable office wear - especially if teamed with a demure turtleneck to offset the bling factor. Irish jewellery designer Melanie Hand has many beautiful options to choose from and the majority are around or under €20.

BUY: Filigree fan earrings, €20, see

Fit for a prince

As part of the Arnotts Style Sessions this weekend, childrenswear designer Rachel Riley is holding a number of childrenswear trunk shows today at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. Riley's classic pieces have made her the designer of choice for the Duchess of Cambridge, who has dressed little Prince George in her clothes on a number of occasions.


Next weekend...

Gourmet gathering

It's difficult to spend any time in Kinsale without encountering superb food. The 40th Kinsale Gourmet Festival, which takes place next weekend, ramps up the Co Cork town's culinary excellence even more - fine dining in a fun atmosphere is what the festival is all about. Events include a Taste of West Cork five-course tasting dinner with a Champagne reception, and a Fruits de Mer Luncheon on Sunday including lobster, crab, prawns and the freshest local fish, followed by a charity auction and live music.

DETAILS: Tickets are €60 for the dinner, and €95 for the luncheon. To book, see

Go green

The second annual Connemara Green Festival, which takes place in Letterfrack next weekend, is all about celebrating Mother Nature, as well as raising awareness of the region's unique ecology. Events include foraging on the seashore, hill walks, pond dipping in the Connemara National Park, nature workshops and talks by local ecologists and historians. On Saturday, there's the opportunity to sample the foods of the Wild Atlantic with a Green Feast, which is a six-course tasting menu starting in the National Park and winding through the village.

DETAILS: Some events are free, others have a fee. See


Halloween outfit planning

Pablo Escobar, Narcos

Never too soon. Narcos' Pablo Escobar is this year's easy choice.

Winter grooming slack-off

Legs and upper arms are not going to be out for the foreseeable future, so we can all relax.

Good carb-age

Artisan bread

If it's artisan, you can eat all the bread you want, right?

Kim Kardashian's Hillary Clinton endorsement

An improvement on Kim's usual choice of endorsement like vitamin supplements and laser hair removal systems.

The Fall

Jamie Dornan in The Fall

Why hello Jamie Dornan, how nice of you to return to our TV screens again.


Central heating wars

One of you wants to turn it on. The other insists you just wear a jumper. Never the twain shall meet.


Unicorn slippers

Once so cutesy and appealing. Now so ubiquitous - on socks and phone covers - that their lustre has diminished.

Brangelina brouhaha

It's very sad of course, but everyone is taking the split waaaaay too personally.

Olivia Palermo's Zara obsession

Olivia Palermo

Because she wears it so well, the knowledge that you'll never look a fraction as good in it hurts.

Supermarket self-service checkout meltdowns

We all need to be dignified enough to not completely lose it when repeatedly told there's an "unexpected item in the bagging area".

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