Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
Show your stripes
Stripes have emerged as one of 2017's biggest fashion stories - and the bigger, the bolder, the better. This season's interpretation of stripes is delivered in all sorts of ways, from sporty to preppy, and in multiple colourways.
What's so great about this trend is that it can work for any age and any style; a Breton top looks as good on a teenager as it does on those of a more mature vintage. For an up-to-the minute take, try Finery London's dress, to be worn with a parka and boots right now, and simply swap them out for sandals in the summer months.
BUY: Cygnet strip Godet detail dress, €95 at finerylondon.com
One night only
The 24 Hour Plays: Dublin is back tomorrow night at the Abbey Theatre. Six short plays are written, rehearsed and presented, all within 24 hours, all representing the best of Irish directing and writing talent, while the stellar cast includes Claudia Carroll and Ingrid Craigie. All proceeds are going directly to Dublin Youth Theatre.
BOOK: Tickets €45-€120. abbeytheatre.ie
Walk this way
Grab your sturdy boots as walkers of all abilities are welcome at the Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival, Tipperary, today and tomorrow. Experienced guides will be on all the walks and you can choose the route that's most suitable to your level of fitness. It's a case of turning up and registering on the day and there's also nightly entertainment in the Aherlow House Hotel.
DETAILS: Walks from €10, see aherlow.com
Belfast-based designer Deborah Toner loves the idea of the structural and the architectural being made into something soft and tactile. Her pieces - which include linen cushion covers, embroidered picture mounts, cards, and the cutest lavender bags - all feature Irish city skylines and iconic buildings. Any of her creations make an excellent new home pressie or wedding gift.
BUY: Prices from €4.18-€71.59; deborahtoner.co.uk
A fascinating exhibition, Pushing Boundaries, at Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, showcases the very best of contemporary printmaking by members of the Printmakers Council. Over 50 artists were selected for the show, which covers the mediums of film, installation, sound pieces and artists' books, and pushes the boundaries of what is considered to be a 'print'.
DETAILS: Running until February 18, see dunamaise.ie
If our very own, Oscar-nominated, Ruth Negga's choice of accessories at the Golden Globes - the Loving actress sparkled in a metallic dress, complemented by just a chunky, gem-encrusted bangle at the awards - has put you in a lust for gold-tone bracelets, we feel you. We're, ahem, loving Irish online jewellery store Don't Kill My Vibe's embellished offerings with prices starting from as little as €10.
BUY: 'Space Oddity' bangle, €14, available at dontkillmyvibe.ie
Let there be light
A really stylish lampshade can change up the entire aesthetic of any room. Irish company Shady and the Lamp make some of the most beautiful lampshades you can find - you'll see their work in destinations such as Marco Pierre White Courtyard Bar & Grill in Dublin, and Leitrim's Lough Rynn Castle. New for this year is the Forest collection, a range of citrus and green-hued silk shades, each designed and made by hand in Dublin. The tasselled versions are the ultimate in Victorian chic.
BUY: Prices start at €185. See shadyandthelamp.ie
Composer Brian O'Reilly first staged what is regarded as Ireland's first folk opera, The Children of Lir, in January 1973. It's been enjoyed by more than 25,000 people all over the world since that night and now, 44 years on, it's being staged for two nights at the National Opera House of Ireland, Wexford, next weekend. A string quartet, a choir of 120 voices, plus a narrator and four ballerinas will join Brian and his brother Paud, who make up the band Loudest Whisper, in what is set to be a unique event.
DETAILS: February 3 & 4 at 8pm, and matinee February 3 at 12pm. nationaloperahouse.ie
Cork's Old Quarter becomes a hotbed of music, art and theatre performances next weekend with Quarter Block Party, taking place in a variety of venues. The musical line-up includes folk stars Brigid Mae Power and Myles Manley, and the gospel music-influenced Super Silly, as well as the 'zero commitment' choir, Sing Along Social. Comedy duo Lords of Strut perform on Saturday, and there's plenty happening on the dance and street art front too. Nialler9 (above) will host a panel discussion on 'How music works'.
BOOK: Full weekend tickets, €40; day tickets €20 from uticket.ie. See quarterblockparty.com for the full line-up
Week-to-week episode watching
Like daily exercise and eating your veg, it's healthier than binge-watching.
Rihanna's Trump protest
Pink tutu, stilettos and a strongly worded hoodie - it was all going on.
Pronounced poh-keh, prepare to see this Hawaiian raw fish salad on menus everywhere soon.
Cent-saving perfume hacks
Mixing super-expensive scent into unfragranced body lotion to make it last longer? Don't mind if we do.
Des Cahill's cape
DWTS confirms what we have always known, namely that floaty mantle-like garments make everything - even Des's dancing - better.
The fear that you may have said or done something inappropriate while under the influence. Happens a lot when Dry January ends.
AKA blonde/orange and the "new rose gold". Yawn.
Accidentally sharing a Facebook post that you didn't mean on your phone and not noticing until the next day is not fun.
The clean-eating backlash
Let he or she who didn't buy a spiraliser cast the first stone.
Glitter bath bombs
If you got some for Christmas and haven't used them yet, be forewarned of the horrendous tub clean-up afterwards.