Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
Grotty workout gear should never be used as an excuse not to exercise. However, if buying some new gym clothes motivates you to get up and go, it's worth spending the money.
Don't believe us? Scientists have reported on a phenomenon called 'enclothed cognition' whereby what we wear affects how we act. Right now, the choices of great gym gear are myriad. Life Style Sports 'Bring your A Game' collection range features the best in new and updated pieces from Nike, Adidas, Asics and more. A lot of it can be worn outside the gym too, allowing you to athleisure in style, thus doubling the return on your investment.
Internationally acclaimed classical music group the Vanburgh Quartet have embarked upon a national tour. Joining them from London is cellist William Butt. The recital will begin with a series of popular quartet miniatures from around the world, followed by a performance of Schubert's final chamber work - the wonderful String Quartet.
DETAILS: The Vanburgh Quartet play VISUAL Carlow tonight, see visualcarlow.ie and classicallinks.ie
If your dull winter skin is in need of an immediate intervention, Irish ethical skin care brand White Witch are showcasing their products with a demonstration at Só Collective, Kildare Village today from 2-4pm. Lead perfumer Ruth Ruane, designer Ruta Baliutaviciute and Dr Dilis Clare will be on hand to talk through the range, which is made from natural ingredients including wild flowers, and dried seaweed from Connemara.
DETAILS: Visit whitewitch.ie; kildarevillage.com
Say it with flowers
Everyone is feeling hopeful that 2017 is going to be better than what preceded it, and this is reflected in Pantone's choice of colour of the year - greenery. A fresh, zesty green-yellow shade, it symbolises revitalisation and growth. Bloom & Wild's Pantone poesy is a pleasing arrangement of lime bupleurum and green bell with peach spray roses, astrantia and 'pointy chins'.
BUY: €33 plus P&P, available from bloomandwild.com
West Side wow
From Leonard Bernstein's famous score to the incredible dancing, West Side Story is a treat for the ears and eyes. Joey McKneely's award-winning production of the musical comes to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre this Thursday for four nights, and it's the only staging in the world to currently feature Jerome Robbins' original choreography. It's played to sold-out houses across the globe so don't miss.
BOOK: Tickets €20-€65, bordgaisenergytheatre.ie
Ringing in the New Year
Large spring/summer fashion purchases are likely to happen later this month when everyone approaches something near solvency again. But it doesn't mean that you're not in the market for a little affordable luxury and a pick-me-up right now. The Trove statement ring from Stella & Dot is inspired by finds in Parisian flea markets, and will help you sparkle your way through January.
BUY: €45, available from stelladot.eu
Tomorrow the InterContinental Hotel in Ballsbridge, Dublin will host an exclusive wedding forum for brides-to-be from 1-5pm. After a champagne and canapés reception, couples can get an insight into the hotel's wedding services, (where packages are from €85 per guest) and will be among the first to see its newly refurbished ballrooms. Couples can also register for a personal invitation for a private consultation on the day with the hotel's wedding specialists.
DETAILS: To request an invitation email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (01) 665 4000 or visit intercontinentaldublin.ie
Cliff at Lyons, Kildare, has a monthly series of workshops lined up for 2017, which will be hosted by some of Ireland's leading chefs and food producers. Each masterclass, which range in price from €60-€150, is themed around seasonal produce and there's also the option to book a reduced residential package for an additional €170 for two people. Next Saturday Martijn Kajuiter, executive chef at the Michelin-star House Restaurant at Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, will be sharing his cooking philosophy and helping attendees create their own three-course meal.
BOOK: Martijn Kajuiter's masterclass is €150 per person. See cliffatlyons.ie
From Russia with love
There are only two weeks remaining in which to catch Marina Carr's new version of the Tolstoy classic Anna Karenina at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. The epic love story is given a new perspective by Carr, with Lisa Swan - who is best known for her performances of Samuel Beckett's work playing Anna - and Rory Fleck Byrne as Vronsky, alongside Julie Maguire (Kitty), Paul Mallon (Levin) and Margaret McAuliffe (Betsy).
BOOK: Tickets from €13-€45 abbeytheatre.ie
Fried eggs, on everything
Makes all food items, from takeaway pizzas to last night's leftovers, more exciting.
Charity shops hauls
Everyone rids themselves of unwanted Christmas presents just about now so pick up gems this weekend.
All other handbag shapes seem tired in comparison. Get yours in Zara.
On the Trainspotting 2 soundtrack, even more reason to go see the film when it lands on January 27.
The new Moneygall. Given an extra patina of glamour with Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco's visit.
2017's hottest colours
Can you wear sunshine yellow or fuchsia and not look drained? We salute you if so.
A marketing concept devised by a travel company that doesn't actually exist. Repeat: does not exist.
Leftover Christmas cheese
There's a cut-off point when Stilton turns from just pungent to being a health hazard. Exercise caution.
After being oh-so-good for 14 days now, the urge to cut yourself some slack - a lot of slack - is strong.
U2 Croke Park anxiety
The scramble for tickets is going to be out of control.