Thursday 14 December 2017

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

Fashionably fit

H&M sportswear
H&M sportswear
Jack L
From €6.95, available at Article;
Sarah Swan's limited scarf collection:
Cake Love Boutique Bakery's bespoke, handmade cakes
Dress Hoodie
Rachel Allen
Nicole Kidman

When it comes to sportswear, there are no rules anymore. Trainers can be worn with everything and athleisure is even creeping into the office.

It's only a matter of time before crop tops start appearing at casual Fridays… H&M's latest sportswear collection marries style with functionality, and has the sort of pieces that you'll happy wear outside the gym. From colour block and print leggings to crop tops with feminine details, and vibrant outerwear, this takes athletic attire to a while new, chic level.

BUY: Available from H&M;

Party in style

Chef Andrew Rudd's Medley will be hosting a Wedding & Events showcase tomorrow to mark the bistro's first year on Dublin's Fleet Street East. The venue will be decked out in several styles to show its potential for private events, and guests will be treated to live music from Fidelma Kelly of The Honeydews and wedding band The Players, as well as canapes and cocktails from 2-5pm. Andrew will also be on hand to discuss dining.

DETAILS: Open viewings from 12pm, email

Return of Jack L

The ever-popular Jack L comes to Birr Theatre & Arts Centre tonight with his band and new album, Magic Days. It's been four years since the singer-songwriter played in Birr and it's been a busy time for him, touring with Jools Holland's big band as well as picking up two top awards at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in California.

DETAILS: Gig 8pm. Tickets €22/20, see

Made in Italy

Irish designer Sarah Swan's latest limited scarf collection is inspired by Italian renaissance art. Venetian frescoes and classical depictions of doves and angels feature, making the pieces as much fine art as they are fashion accessories. The oversized cashmere and cotton scarves are made and printed on the banks of Lake Como, where Sarah got married.

BUY: €249, see for a list of stockists

Let's dance

Dancer Jean Butler's new show, This is an Irish Dance, has been co-created with Belfast-based cellist Neil Martin, and explores the interplay between a dancer and musician in a live performance. The show, running at Dublin's Project Arts Centre, asks the question as to who is leading and who is following.

DETAILS: Tickets €20-€25, February 8-11;

Just add water

If you're looking to up your H2O intake, then maybe you need to bribe yourself with a beautiful vessel. This water bottle by Italian designer Paula Navone was inspired by herrings from the Baltic, and can take pride of place on your desk or dinner table. It may even be pretty enough to motivate us to take our fish oils too!

BUY: From €6.95, available at Article;

Food of love

With only 10 days to Valentine's Day, there's still plenty of time to organise something special. At the Brabazon restaurant, Tankardstwon House, Meath, a special 'Strings of the Heart' dinner on February 14 sees local classic guitarist and composer Pat Coldrick playing, followed by a four-course dinner, all with the backdrop of an open fire and candlelight.

BOOK: €50 per person.

Next weekend...

Garden party

Cake Love Boutique Bakery's bespoke, handmade cakes

Food, handcrafted with love, is promised at the artisan food fair taking place at Dunmore Gardens, Carrigan, Donegal next Sunday from 11am. Entrance is free, and products from all over Donegal will be available, including Mallow Mia's homemade marshmallows, Corndale Farm's traditional charcuterie, Amberline's preserves, and Cake Love Boutique Bakery's beautiful bakes (above), which use only natural ingredients. Irish food champions Christopher Molloy and Mark Barrett will also be bringing their pop-up restaurant, Our House. Walk it all off afterwards with a turn around the award-winning walled gardens.


Artist impressions

An exciting new exhibition opens next Saturday in National Gallery Ireland. Beyond Caravaggio includes over 40 major works, including four paintings by Caravaggio, with other significant works by his followers, the Caravaggisti. You can also avail of an opportunity to see two paintings recently presented to the Gallery; A Village Kermesse near Antwerp by David Teniers II and Head of a Bearded Man by Peter Paul Rubens. These two important Flemish works were formerly in the collection of the Alfred Beit Foundation at Russborough House.

DETAILS: Tickets for Beyond Caravaggio, €15,


Hoodie dresses

Dress Hoodie

Not only on-trend, but also oh-so-forgiving.

Supermarket singles' nights

It could be from grocery aisle to wedding aisle with #LoveAtLidl at its Tallaght store on February 12.

Salt with wine

A pinch makes plonk palatable, according to the latest expert advice.


The sensible Swedish concept taking over from hygge, meaning "just enough".

Rachel Allen for GBBO?

Rachel Allen

That's Great British Bake Off. Mary who?


Seagull paranoia


It's unlikely that one is going to fly right into your face, but the fear is real.


Horrible dating trend whereby the breadcrumber sends occasional text messages to keep the other person interested, but never takes it further.

Statement sleeve issues

They fall into your soup and make it hard to get your coat on.

Gwyneth Paltrow's Valentine's gifts

Her website suggests a pelvic floor exercise tracker. How romantic…

Embellishment gone wrong

Nicole Kidman

To us, Nicole Kidman's love-it-or-hate-it Gucci number at the SAG awards looks like it might attack her.

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