Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
As attractive as an on-trend purchase is, the allure of classic and timeless clothes is more powerful. Limerick-based design house 31 Chapel Lane - which specialises in crafted, organic linen products - recently launched its first collection of 'wearables'.
Made from Irish linen, it has been developed over three years and the clothes are designed to be worn by day and by night, and in summer as well as winter. The collection is also intended to be multi-generational, the sort of items you will repair instead of replacing, and in some cases, items are also unisex. It's all very minimal and highly shareable.
BUY: Prices from €139; 31chapellane.com
Waves of love
For many years Hook Lighthouse, Ireland's oldest intact working lighthouse, has been a popular spot for proposals. This Valentine's Day, seaside romance is being encouraged here with a tour for couples for a special price of €10 (and the same price for a family tour ticket). Visitors can learn about its fascinating history and take in the beautiful sea view from the tower's balcony - engagement ring optional.
BOOK: Today until Tuesday, February 14; hookheritage.ie
You can banish all vestiges of winter blues with a one-day yoga retreat taking place in the idyllic surrounds of Lisnavagh House, Carlow, next Saturday. Experienced yoga teacher Lisa Quish is holding her 'Kick in to Spring' event here from 10.30am-6pm, where the focus is on holistic health and how we respond to the changing seasons. Ayurvedic principles will guide the choice of yoga practices and on the schedule also is a vegetarian lunch with emphasis on mitahara or mindful eating.
BOOK: €120; email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
An evening with Brel
There's still time to catch Jacque Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris which is running until February 25 at Dublin's Gate Theatre. The legendary, feted Belgian songwriter, who died in 1979 and whose work has been recorded by everybody from Frank Sinatra to Ray Charles, is brought to life in this musical revue, directed by Alan Stanford and starring actors Risteárd Cooper, Rory Nolan, Karen McCartney and Stephanie McKeon.
BOOK: Tickets Monday-Wednesday: €27; Thursday-Saturday: €30. gatetheatre.ie
The Audi Dublin International Film Festival begins on Thursday and the line-up features five Oscar-nominated films, including Best Documentary nominee, I Am Not Your Negro. And of course there's a host of luminaries in town for the festival, notably Cillian Murphy and Jack Reynor - who star in crime caper film Free Fire - and Vanessa Redgrave, who will receive the prestigious Viola Award.
If you like your bag to be functional as well as fashionable, Wild by Water's range ticks both boxes. The company designs and produces bags featuring photographs of Irish coastal and waterside scenes, including Skellig puffins, Dublin Bay and Connemara. They offer clutches, daypacks and backpacks in a variety of fabric and materials, with the emphasis is on being watertight and rainproof. BUY: Daypacks start at €25; wildbywaterbags.com
The world premiere of playwright-of-the-moment Enda Walsh's The Same takes place on Monday in the old Cork prison, the first time a production has been staged here since the prison closed last year. Presented by Corcadorca Theatre Company, The Same is a two-woman show, starring real-life sisters Catherine and Eileen Walsh.
BOOK: Until February 25. Tickets, €24.50; triskelartscentre.ie
Artist Leah Hewson may have some famous relatives in the form of her uncle Bono and cousin, actress Eve Hewson, but her success is all her own. After failing her first year exams in UCD, she dropped out of college to pursue a career in art, while waitressing to support herself. Now Hewson's work is included in private art collections around the world and she's just finished a seven-month residency at The Royal Hibernian Academy, with her first solo exhibition called 'Scintilla', opening this Wednesday and running until March 12.
DETAILS: leahhewson.com; rhagallery.ie
Whimsical and bold, playful and colourful are just some of the words applicable to KaroArt's ceramics. Polish-born designer Karolina Grudniewska uses a handmade process in her Dublin studio to create her works. Some of her most popular designs include a series of wall plates inspired by continental fairytales, as well as her Tweet bowls, which are soon to be available in coffee cup form.
BUY: Big Bad Wolf plate, €119, karoart.eu
Lady Gaga love
Her Super Bowl dive was off the radar.
Slightly oversized trench coats
Spring's hottest outerwear look. Think Diane Keaton in Annie Hall.
Outrageous gym gear
Mariah Carey wears heels, diamonds and fishnet tights - as should we all.
Michael Bolton's Netflix comedy
The crooner's Big Sexy Valentine's Day special in which he gets the world in the mood for lurve is essential viewing.
JK Rowling Vs Trump supporters
For telling the person on Twitter who threatened to burn her books and films that she still has their money - then offering them a lighter.
Kitten heel hype
Not the perfect shoe that Vogue proclaims, given how stumpy they can make legs look.
It could take a while to remove the tarnish from Golden Balls after those leaked emails.
Gross beauty trends
Snail slime, being touted as a miracle ingredient is one we'll be skipping, thanks.
Are more likely to cheat on partners than dog owners, according to a study from dating website Illicit Encounters, where they know a thing or two about unfaithfulness.
Feeling sorry for Kylie
Based on her track record, she'll find a new and improved model and will be just fine.