Thursday 23 November 2017

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

Modernist masterpieces

Burren Slow Food Festival,
Burren Slow Food Festival,

Irish designer Alison Conneely has numerous strings to her bow: she's a costume designer, a stylist, an art director and a creative consultant.

Her collections have been featured in Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, and you may have caught her exhibition marking the centenary of the Rising at the National Museum of Ireland. Her clothing range is beautiful and includes a cape collection (prices begin at €860), while her two-pieces are constructs of elegance that will most definitely prove to be investment pieces.

BUY: Polka dot two-piece, €620,

Interiors inspo

Interior designer Suzie McAdam is hosting a home design masterclass with RESIDE - the new domestic furniture venture from Walls to Workstations - at their pop-up shop in Fumbally Exchange, 5 Dame Lane, Dublin 2, today from 1-2pm. Suzie will focus on discovering your interior look, styling tips and tricks, decoding colour and curating design in your home.

DETAILS: Tickets €10 (all proceeds to the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation); book at

Slow coaches

The best of Irish gins and raw milk cheeses take centre stage at the Burren Slow Food Festival, beginning on Friday and running over the weekend. Food producers, chefs and writers are gathering for four days of talks, demonstrations and workshops in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare, to celebrate the best of Burren produce. Expert speakers include Ballymaloe House's Darina Allen, Seamus Sheridan from Sheridans Cheesemongers and Fingal Ferguson from Gubbeen Cheese.


Have a heart

With 20 years' experience of running her boutique in Clontarf, Dublin, Kate Gleeson knows what women want when it comes to fashion. Her online venture,, takes a similar approach, offering wearable luxury, with brands including Croatian label Xenia and Italian shoemakers Ma & Lo. The accessories section is small but well curated, with stylish shoppers and totes and some great necklaces.

BUY: Pendant, €50,

Musical Mayo

The second year of the Acoustic Yard Festival sees some of the finest singer-songwriters from here and abroad perform in Westport, Co Mayo, this weekend. The line-up includes award-winning Nick Kelly (on stage this afternoon); headliners Duke Special and Ulaid (performing tonight); and Cork man Pa Curran (tomorrow), who released his debut album to great acclaim last year.


Fresh fields

Love the smell of when it rains? Well now you can get it in your home - and without all that inconvenient water. Ireland's countryside is beautifully captured in the Field Apothecary candle range from Co Down company Field Day. The six scents are Rain, Peat, Ivy, Flora, Hay and Lichen. Each candle, which contains up to 11 essential oils, is made from a soy-wax blend and promises 40 hours of burn time.

BUY: €35, exclusively stocked at Arnotts until June 30. See and

The shape of things

Clean lines, a riot of colour and multiple layers of graphic elements define designer and printmaker Deirdre Breen's work. Her first solo exhibition, Superstruct, is now on at Damn Fine Print in Dublin's Stoneybatter and features her hand-printed limited-edition screenprints and textiles. Breen takes her inspiration from unusual landscape vistas, and the results are striking.

DETAILS: Running until May 27; see


Herbaceous cocktails

Celery and watercress gin is where it's at

Fyre Festival fall-out

The rich-person festival in the Bahamas went disastrously and the internet response was pure gold

White ankle boots

Upkeep is difficult but they are a wardrobe game changer

Daniel O'Donnell

Most Googled person in the Falklands - who knew?

The High Low

Extremely entertaining podcast from fashionista Pandora Sykes and writer Dolly Alderton


Burgundy mascara

Difficult to get on board with a make-up trend that makes you look hungover when you're not

Avocado prices

Currently at an all-time high, thus upsetting lots of hipster brunch plans

Grey walls

The dull-as decorating trend that just won't go away

Under-boob bikinis

Not very flattering and also a bit ridiculous

Tamagotchi's re-release

The 1990s revival has now gone too far

Black tights

Banished until winter - which usually starts mid-June in Ireland

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