Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
Feast your eyes on this limited edition reversible shearling coat which is a real touch of luxury from Carolyn Donnelly's The Edit range at Dunnes Stores.
The wear-two-ways collarless, zip-through coat comes in either blush or charcoal and costs €799. There is also a shorter jacket version for €599. Available online, it is also on sale in one branch of Dunnes and that's the Grafton Street store. We styled it with a contrast cuff polo neck, €49, and red slim trouser, €89. Those cute green leather loafers, for €129, are available from late October.
BUY: See dunnesstores.com
There's a whole lot of scare going on at Tayto Park After Dark for Halloween this year. You can expect a 5D horror movie, a maze of freakishness designed by the prop makers from Penny Dreadful, and - for terror that's bang on trend - the entrance is via the mouth of a giant clown.
DETAILS: taytopark.ie, After Dark session recommended for over 14s
He painted everyone from Kate Moss to the artist Leigh Bowery and now a collection of 50 of Lucien Freud's (self-portrait above) works have gone on display in IMMA, on a five-year loan. The artist was celebrated for his intimate approach and honesty and 'IMMA Collection: Freud Project' features 30 of his paintings, as well as 20 works on paper, the majority of which date from 1970 onwards.
DETAILS: Admission €8/€5 and free every Tuesday, imma.ie
A unique opportunity to see one of the true masters of horror in action awaits this Tuesday. Legendary director and composer John Carpenter - if you don't know The Fog, Assault on Precinct 13, Christine and Halloween, it's time to get yourself acquainted - comes to Dublin's Vicar Street where he will be performing themes from his films, as well as new compositions. Halloween just got real.
BOOK: Tickets priced €55 are on sale now through ticketmaster.ie
Sound of the underground
Talk about beginning with a bang! The Wexford Opera Festival opens on Wednesday with a huge fireworks display on the Quayside in Wexford town. This year, its 65th, the festival is showcasing rare forgotten masterpieces in a programme that includes lunchtime recitals, and a gala concert on October 30.
Leather most luxe
If you're in the market for a luxury handbag but you're not a slave to trends, Ana Faye is the label to love. Based in Strandhill, Co Sligo, it's named after creative director Anna Vahey who graduated from Central Saint Martins and worked as a designer in Italy, China and London. The bags are handmade in Ireland and England in limited numbers - a bespoke design service is also available - with elegance, geometric lines and craftsmanship at the core of these timeless pieces.
BUY: Pyramid bags €119 each, for stockists visit anafaye.com
The eco-friendly candle choice of the stylish, Candella is a range hand-crafted in Kildare. Made with pure soy bean oil, the candles are all-natural and biodegradable. Winter Time - a blend of Brazilian orange, clove and ginger with hints of woods, musk, lemon and Christmas spices - is especially lovely at this time of year. Candella's founder Gosia Sobkowicz will be sharing the secrets of using scent to create a sense of wellbeing within the home, as part of the Só Collective's 'From the Maker' series at Kildare Village. Take in her talk this Wednesday, from 2pm-4pm.
Get clicking now to book a restorative yoga weekend taking place from November 4-6, so that you might reclaim your equilibrium, just in time for the madness of the festive period. Renowned yoga teacher Amy Kokoszka, of Hayoka Yoga, is holding a three-day retreat in the South Wicklow Mountains called Nourish. The talented Katie Sanderson of Living Dinners is providing the nourishing food, while Amy offers intelligent yoga, which explores the relationship between mind and body. Afterwards, you can take a mountain walk or just curl up in front of the fireplace.
South East eats
For foodies, Savour Kilkenny is a highlight of the culinary year. To mark the food festival's 10th anniversary, there's a greatly expanded programme, with appearances from Darina Allen and Rory O'Connell, Rosanna Davison, Susan Jane White and Garret Fitzgerald, whose book The Brother Hubbard Cookbook was recently published to much acclaim. Jason Byrne will present 'Comedy and Cocktails' and you won't want to miss The Global Kitchen, where the best of world cuisine is cooked, as well as the Craft Beer and Distillers Pavilion.
DETAILS: October 28-31, most events are free but early arrival advisable. savourkilkenny.com
Channeling Joan Collins
Between one-shoulder dresses on the catwalk, her recent charity donation and the Dynasty reboot, you can't go wrong.
The Body Shop are now taking bookings to turn you into your most ghoulish self for €30.
Laura Whitmore's moves
The girl can dance. A most worthy Strictly winner.
Your current weight
Scientists say mid-October is the thinnest you'll be all year, so it's license to go mad with cake.
Animal prints less ordinary
Leopard is now a bit common, so say hello to zebra, snake and tiger instead.
Scented candle nonsense
You can now buy one that smells like a freshly opened Mac laptop… Too much.
The delicious spinach curry is no friend of white or cream knitwear.
Backstreet Boys sadness
I Want It That Way seems different now that Donald Trump has used it at a campaign rally.
When the person beside you on the train is looking at something really interesting on their phone and you can't stop gawking, even though you're at risk of pulling a neck muscle.
The PVC trend
It looks really cool, but the reality is it's a little sweaty.