Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
There are always reasons to be cheerful in January and new spring/summer fashion is certainly one. The best thing about this season's looks is that they're highly accessible.
All shades of pink are set to be huge; deconstructed shirts promise to make workwear more interesting; an asymmetrical hem is a must; and the utilitarian look will be everywhere. As ever, you can count on COS to interpret catwalk style in very wearable ways - we're counting the minutes until next pay day.
BUY: Available at COS, cosstores.com/ie
The comedic genius that is David O'Doherty - the Aldi Bublé or the Ryanair Enya as he likes to refer to himself - brings his considerable wit to Whelan's, Dublin tomorrow night with David O'Doherty: Big Time. The Dubliner spent his summer touring with Flight of the Conchords and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, and this is the Irish debut of his new show.
If you make one cultural excursion in January, it should be to visit the annual exhibition of JMW Turner's 31 watercolours at the National Gallery of Ireland, Clare Street, Dublin. Bequeathed by art collector Henry Vaughan, one of the conditions of his donation was that they would only be displayed during the month of January, when natural light levels are at their lowest, protecting these delicate, light-sensitive works.
DETAILS: Runs until January 31, admission free; nationalgallery.ie
So, you've done leopard, zebra, snake and tiger prints. The next animal motif to embrace and bring a touch of exotica to interiors should be the king of beasts, the lion. Abigail Ahern's limited edition cushion with applique lion design and fringed detailing is woven from pure cotton and brings a characterful touch to rooms. It will also help you hygge at full power this month.
BUY: €63, available at debenhams.ie
The write stuff
The Irish Writers' Centre will celebrate Nollaig na mBan this Friday with an evening which marks the centenary of Maeve Brennan's birth in Dublin. Brennan wrote for The New Yorker when she settled in Manhattan and interest in her work continues to grow. This event sees contributions from writer Claire-Louise Bennett, poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa, as well as music from singer-songwriter Inni-K.
DETAILS: 7.30pm, Irish Writers' Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1. Tickets €10 from Eventbrite
It's a wrap
Can you ever have too many scarves? Arguably no. It's the accessory that can transform an outfit, and styling scarves has become an art form in itself. Also, unlike hats and gloves - and for reasons best known to the universe - you're far less likely to lose a scarf. This hand-woven alpaca and silk scarf from Muscros Weavers, available at MoMuse, is a thing of beauty. Soft, light and elegant, it's unisex and is a 'last year's coat' game changer.
BUY: €100, momuse.ie
If a busy Christmas has left you feeling a little drained, some restorative 'me' time could be exactly what you need. The Winter Wonderland package at Kildare Carton's house is available from €99 per person sharing, so it won't cause undue strain on stretched bank balances either. The break involves an overnight stay and full Irish the next morning, a three-course resort dinner and €20 credit (€10 per person) towards a 55-minute spa treatment or round of golf.
Three's the magic number
One of Ireland's most popular country acts, The Three Amigos, are appearing in a variety of venues around the country this month including Mullingar Park Hotel on Thursday January 12, and Hotel Kilmore, Cavan on January 16. The combination of Jimmy Buckley, Robert Mizzell and Patrick Feeney's singing talents and the show's mix of comedy, banter and best-loved country and Irish hits has proved to be an unbeatable formula, bringing them acclaim and awards in Ireland, America and the UK. It's an unmissable show for all Irish and country fans.
DETAILS: ticketmaster.ie for upcoming gigs.
Ireland’s brightest young things will be showcasing their discoveries at the 53rd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition at RDS, Dublin from January 12-14. Hosted by broadcaster Aidan Power and TG4’s Róisín Ní Thomáin, some 550 projects will be on display as well as a line-up of live shows, including mentalist David Meade, World of Robots and Celestial Voyage 3D.
DETAILS: Tickets, available at the door, are €6 for students, €12 for adults and €25 for a family pass, which includes two adults and two children, btyoungscientist.com
The bath and not the Prosecco kind, because, oh joy, tomorrow is National Bubble Bath Day.
New year's elation
The sense of optimism is strong, only tempered by the abject poverty and portliness.
Culinary trend alert - think salt cod, vinho verde and all the custard tarts.
Leggings under dresses
The Noughties look is back and it's the perfect toasty January outfit.
Tom Hardy reading a CBeebies bedtime story
Prepare yourself for a meltdown.
Cards you don't know whether to keep or dump, a mountain of leftover cheese in the fridge and un-vacuumed pine needles - it's endless.
Gift return guilt
When a present was bought with love and wanting it out of your life makes you feel terrible.
In which you dream about all the lovely things you can afford at the end of January before remembering you haven't factored in any bills.
A combo of excess sugar and alcohol sadly results in a face textured like the moon's surface.
Let it Shine
Gary Barlow's new talent show - but do we really need more X Factor-esque TV?