Friday 15 December 2017

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

Rosie outlook

Rosie Huntington-Whitely X Paige collection at Brown Thomas
Rosie Huntington-Whitely X Paige collection at Brown Thomas
Alex Monroe Hummingbirds
French Film fest
Delphi Mountain resort
Susan MacWilliams
Sonya O'Sullivan
April and the Bear
Emma Watson, pic Instagram
Love Actually
Dune sliders
Hennessy Lost Fridays

It's all excitement for the fabulous Rosie Huntington-Whiteley right now. As well as announcing her first pregnancy this month, the model is also debuting her new collaboration with cult denim brand Paige.

Designed to be worn from day to night, the collection features skinny jeans, a one-shoulder jumpsuit, black and gold camisoles, and this fab metallic Kimi bomber (€495). Naturally, RHW sizzles in the campaign images - and the pieces don't come cheap - but the clothes are definitely on the wearable side of the spectrum for us non-supermodels.

BUY: Available exclusively at Brown Thomas, Dublin, and

Something for the weekend

Art meets music meets poetry meets cocktails at Hennessy Lost Fridays, which returns to the RHA in Dublin. The line-up for this Friday includes spoken word from John Cummins, DJ sets from Lime and Fancy, interactive art from illustrator Holly Pereira and a performance from singer-songwriter Valerie Francis.

BOOK: From 7pm until late. Tickets €20 plus booking fee, including two cocktails. See

Mind games

An exhibition of one of Ireland's most important contemporary artists, Susan MacWilliam, has just opened at The Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda. Running until April 8, Modern Experiments is the largest display of MacWilliam's work ever assembled and includes video installations, sculpture and photography exploring concepts such as telepathy, mediums and ectoplasm.


Birds & bees

Hummingbirds and bumblebees are just some of the motifs found in Alex Monroe's work. The jeweller grew up in the Suffolk countryside and his love of nature continues to inform his jewellery, which has been seen on Sienna Miller and Emma Watson. Each piece is individually designed and handmade, and will add a whimsical touch to accessorising. Perfect for spring!

BUY: Prices from €90, available from Weir & Sons,

Book in

World Book Day takes place this Thursday and, to mark it, several well-known writers - including David Walliams, Julia Donaldson and our own Judi Curtin - have written official World Book Day books. Each of the 10 titles is for sale priced €1.50, but children can get one for free with a token supplied at school.

DETAILS: Visit for more information

Grin and bear it!

The go-to online store for interior décor less ordinary, April and the Bear is set to open its first permanent shop in Dublin's Cow's Lane this Wednesday. As well as the stylish selection of furniture and art that the store stocks, we love these cute cross-stitch kits from Innocent Bones. Many of the stitched messages are too, ahem, irreverent to print in a family magazine - but safe to say, this is crafting with attitude.

BUY: €11.50, available at April and the Bear, Music Hall, Cow's Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 2;

Do you remember that summer…?

Hands up if you ever took a school tour to Delphi? The Connemara resort was the scene of many's a teenage adventure (not to mention a few teen romances!) and now it's celebrating the nostalgic place it occupies in many of our hearts with the 'Back to Delphi' reunion package. Return to the West for a two-night stay with breakfasts, dinner, a full day of activities, a 'Welcome Back-pack' including a bottle of wine and deck of cards - and a trip down memory lane.

BOOK: From €216 per person sharing. See

Next weekend...

Sports Sunday

Sonya O'Sullivan

Co Clare's annual celebration of bookworms, the Ennis Book Club Festival, takes place this year from March 3-5. The ever popular Sunday Symposium happens at the Glór theatre on March 5 at 10am, this year with a sports and politics focus. Journalist and broadcaster Alison O'Connor chairs the panel - which includes Sonia O'Sullivan (above), journalist Paul Kimmage, hurler Christy O'Connor and poet and author Patrick Deeley - for a lively discussion on the current state of sport in Ireland and its controversies.

BOOK: Tickets €18 via box office;

Viva la France

Lots of Gallic greatness is in store at the 28th Cork French Film Festival, taking place from March 5-12 - with premières, screenings, talks, masterclasses and culinary events all in the line-up. The festival opener is The Odyssey, a biopic of the legendary French underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau, starring Audrey Tautou. Special guests during the festival include photographer and director Yann Arthus-Bertrand, who will introduce his latest documentary, Human, and French-Lebanese actress Manal Issa. Award-winning composer Ray Scannell will also be performing his specially commissioned work for the silent classic L'Appel du Sang.



Finnish emojis

The first country to have its own set of themed ones, including 'kalsarikännit', to mean drinking at home in your underwear.

The purple food trend

Lots of health benefits if violet-coloured cauliflower, tea and sweet potatoes are included. Not so if it's all Quality Street Purely Purple Ones.

Noughties revival

Here's to the Gap archive reissue and the return of trusty Nokia 3310s.

Salt Bae

Turkish chef and internet god. Even Brian O'Driscoll is a fan.


Emma Watson, pic Instagram

Emma Watson's Instagram account documents all her outfits while she promotes Beauty and the Beast, and it's all sustainable fashion.


Furry slides

Dune sliders

Sorry, high street but these are spring/summer's most impractical, unattractive shoe trend.

'Making the most' of your weekend

Suggests you should be hitting up farmers' markets and creating Pinterest boards for your living room when you just want to lounge around the house.

Love Actually, the sequel

Love Actually

Realising that the first one was 13 years ago is a sure-fire way to feel ancient.


AKA Embarrassing Browser Histories. Unless you're comfortable with someone else coming across your minor ailment queries, always delete as you go.

Coffee-butter spread

You'll either think this Japanese invention is morning time-saving brilliance, or feel sick at the idea.

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