Sunday 25 February 2018

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

Bringing her A-game

Alexa Chung
Alexa Chung
Roger Moore as Bond
Wild harvest festival
Seasonal Beast
The Nutcracker
Silk tassel and bead necklace, €350 each,
Hassleback potatoes
Queen, I want to Break Free
Ruth Negga
Mulled wine toilet paper

Alexa Chung, it is entirely fair to say, is not your average woman. The rest of us do not date Alexander 'Tarzan' Skarsgard, have designer handbags named after us, or shoulder an 'It Girl' title.

But that's not to say she doesn't have a superb eye for crowd-pleasing fashion, as her second collection for Marks & Spencer proves. These wearable pieces - from the Archive by Alexa range - include velvet dresses and cable knit sweaters. The line could sell out quickly, so hurry.

BUY: Available at Marks & Spencer Grafton Street, Mary Street, Dundrum, Liffey Valley and Cork, and online at

Wild thing

Everything local, seasonal, wild, traditional and delicious in Irish food is being celebrated at Wild & Slow, taking place in Wicklow's BrookLodge & Macreddin Village this weekend. There will be numerous workshops, such as 'blackberries and beyond', plus discussions on game. Places are subject to availability. The Wild Wood street market offers the chance to learn more about wild Irish foods and stock up on delicacies, such as rowanberry jam, and wild venison sausage hot dogs.


Raising the bar

If you've decided to have a dry November, best stop reading now, because Tippletown, the three-day festival dedicated to all kinds of interesting drinks, is coming to Dublin this Friday. It promises to be a lot of fun, with events including cigar and cachaca pairings and beer-pong.


Get connected

Sate your bargain hunter appetite, while also doing your bit for a good cause, at a designer wardrobe rail sale. The event, taking place in Dublin today, is in aid of Minding Connections, a charity that tackles loneliness and isolation among older people in the community. Expect high-end labels such as DKNY and Chanel, high street items, and some vintage offerings.

DETAILS: Today, 12pm-3pm, Wigwam, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1. Admission €20. See

Tell us a story

The ancient art of storytelling gets some new life at the Sneem International Storytelling and Folklore Festival, taking place in Kerry this weekend. The highlight of the festival is tonight's performance of the John B Keane classic The Matchmaker in the Sneem Hotel, with Mary McEvoy and former D'Unbelievables star Jon Kenny taking to the stage. There's also a storytelling pub trail and walks in the countryside.


Beautiful bling

If you've been exceptionally good this year, you should definitely put some Karon Jacobson jewellery on your Santa list in the hope that he will reward you. Karon started out making jewellery as a teenager in Toronto, launching her collection in Dublin's Brown Thomas and Havana boutique in 2012. Her style is a fusion of ethnic influences with a modern twist, using unique stones and materials, and all incredibly gorgeous.

BUY: Silk tassel and bead necklace, €350 each.

Nature of the beast

Seasonal Beast curates science and the natural world events in Ireland, from pop-ups to talks, film screenings, exhibitions and workshops in Ireland. It also has the most brilliant gift shop on its website where you can pick up presents-less-ordinary, ranging from telescope necklaces to 'phases of moon' prints. These cloud and constellation cushions (€25) will add a celestial touch to any home.


Next weekend

Roger that!

One of pop culture's perennially asked questions is: who was the best James Bond? Even the most avowed Sean Connery fans will be excited by the chance to see the other contender for the Best Bond title, Roger Moore, in the flesh. Sir Roger is appearing at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre next Sunday to discuss his life and his incredible 71 years in showbusiness, and there will also be the chance to ask him your own question at the end of the evening.

DETAILS: Tickets from €20;

Christmas cracker

For those keen to get into the festive spirit, nothing says Christmas like The Nutcracker. Ballet Ireland is performing its interpretation of the classic in theatres all around Ireland until December 23. There are performances in Dublin's Gaiety Theatre this Wednesday to next Saturday, before the show moves on to Monaghan, Sligo, Cork and Galway this month. The international cast includes Irish dancers Hayley Cunningham and Cian Hughes, and the combination of a magical score, amazing costumes and the story itself all combine to make this an unforgettable experience.



Hasselback potatoes

Hassleback potatoes

Fiddly to prepare, but so worth it. Jamie Oliver's version with Gorgonzola and honey will change your life.


A little bit Outlander and a lot chic.

Work playlists

Queen, I want to Break Free

Including Queen's I Want to Break Free - really does help you hoover more enthusiastically.

Lovely handwriting

It's only when you see it that you release what a forgotten skill this is.

Irish Oscar hopes

Ruth Negga

Ruth Negga (above) for the win next February.


Supermarket Christmas craziness

Mulled wine toilet paper

Negroni flavoured crisps (Lidl) and mulled wine scented toilet paper (Tesco), anyone?

The lurgy

If you haven't gotten the malingering cold/flu affecting everyone right now, don't get too comfortable, because it is going to get you eventually.

Bright red lips

Your best and most stylish friend at the beginning of the night; your worst smeary enemy by the end of it.

Courier wait time


Never will a clock tick more slowly than when you're expecting an Amazon or Asos parcel of goodness to arrive.

Fishnet dresses

We want to know how exactly you get in and out of them. Perhaps Kylie Jenner can enlighten us.

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