The easiest way to update your wardrobe is to splash out on a full-length floral dress. What's so great about this spring staple is that it can be as pretty as you want or can easily be toughened up with a biker jacket and trainers - it's not just for wedding wear.
A floral maxi also lends itself to layering, which is pretty much essential until temperatures begin to climb. One of the reasons we like this Timo dress, which is part of Avoca's spring/summer collection, is that it will look incredibly stylish teamed with a poloneck until you can float on into the warmer summer months.
BUY: Timo maxi dress, €229.95; Nena trainers, €119.95, avoca.ie
Artist Roisin Duffy finds inspiration for her work by people-watching and her pieces are unique in that each painting is accompanied by a small poem. As well as paintings, she also makes sweet greeting cards.
DETAILS: roisinduffy.com Roisin is among the exhibitors at House 2017, taking place in Dublin's RDS from May 26-28. Buy tickets at house-event.ie
An exciting collection of writers and poets will appear at this year's Mountains to the Sea dlr book festival, taking place from March 22-26. Joanna Trollope (above) will be examining the psychology of contemporary friendship, while John Banville and Neil Jordan will discuss their new books, to name but a few of the big names.
Accessorise all areas
Good news for fans of Newbridge Silverware's best-selling Ti:Amo collection - the range has now been extended. New for this season are rose gold plated cufflinks (€25) and, our favourite, an eye-catching rose gold bangle with the Ti:Amo lotus flower emblem. This is a great statement piece but also looks fabulous stacked with contrasting bracelets.
BUY: Bangle, €55, newbridgesilverware.com
Virtual fun awaits at GamerCon, taking place in Dublin's Convention Centre this weekend. Big brands such as Xbox, PlayStation, Alienware and Razer are represented, with music from Irish band All Tvvins, as well as global gaming stars from YouTube in attendance. Some 25,000 gamers are expected so, players, don't miss out.
DETAILS: Tickets from €25, available in GameStop stores nationwide and online at gamer-con.com
Mum's the word
Mother's Day is next Sunday but don't fret because you still have plenty of time to organise something wit which to wow her. Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa in West Cork has a pampering package which includes an Elemis facial and back massage, followed by afternoon tea in the lounge for €65 per person. If you'd like to make an even bigger occasion of it, you can add in an overnight stay in an ocean view room with breakfast the following morning for from €79 per person sharing. BOOK: inchydoneyisland.com
Afternoon tea gets a Parisian makeover at Arnotts this week with the arrival of the Ladurée Afternoon Tea, available from Thursday until April 15 in Clodagh's Kitchen. A selection of the famous Ladurée macarons are served with freshly baked financier and madeleine cakes plus finger sandwiches. Sip on Ladurée tea or coffee, or push the boat out with a glass of Prosecco.
DETAILS: Ladurée Afternoon Tea for two people, €45, or €60 with a glass of Prosecco. Email email@example.com
One of the most striking things about Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel is the exquisite floral displays throughout the building. These are created in-house by the hotel's team of three florists, who are available for consultation on flowers for weddings and events. Next weekend, Flowers By The Shelbourne will have a pop-up boutique in the hotel's lobby, where you can pick up a bespoke arrangement for Mother's Day - whether that's a single rose or a lavish bouquet for a level of floral sophistication that's bound to be adored.
DETAILS: 27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, tel: (01) 663 4500; marriott.com
Culture in Kerry
Now in its 11th year, the Dingle International Film Festival, running from Thursday March 23 until Sunday 26, has a packed programme of screenings, workshops and appearances from global film industry figures. On Friday, British actor Timothy Spall will answer a Q&A after the Irish premiere of Stanley: A Man of Variety. Pat Shortt is in town for a screening of his latest film, Twice Shy, also starring Iesult Casey (pictured above), as is director Ben Wheatley for his action-comedy Free Fire - the festival's opening film - starring Cillian Murphy and Jack Reynor.
DETAILS: dinglefilmfestival.com for full schedule and tickets