Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
Easy does it
It's that time of year when most attention gets paid to occasionwear and beach outfits - but it's just as wise to consider your throw-on-and-go dress options.
These take the hassle out of summer dressing because you're safe in the knowledge you'll look put together, with minimal effort. Cornish label Seasalt, available in Kilkenny Shop, does a good line in easy-breezy dresses - many with a nautical feel - in relaxed shapes and natural fibres. Dress them up with heels, or wear with sandals for a more casual look. You won't regret packing one in your holiday suitcase.
BUY: €79.95, available from Kilkenny Shop nationwide; kilkennyshop.com
Two solo exhibitions by seminal photographers and leaders of the 1970s No Wave movement, Nan Goldin and Vivienne Dick, have opened in IMMA. Goldin's Sweet Blood Call includes a collection of photographs from Ireland taken during her visits in 1979 and 2002. 93% Stardust by Dick, meanwhile, comprises selected films.
DETAILS: Running until October 15; see imma.ie
A celebration of all things maritime will be in full swim in Galway Harbour this Friday, at the start of three days of Seafest. Activities include flyboarder performances, tours of seagoing vessels and fishy cookery demos. Don't miss the Try Sailing sessions, which aim to get people out on the water for the first time. There are a number of boats to try including Galway hookers. All events are free, although some require booking.
It's impossible to nail summer '17's look without some tasselled earrings. Saint Laurent kick-started the trend, which is now flooding the high street - and understandably, as they're an easy wardrobe update that almost anyone can carry off. You'll find some amazing ones at Irish online jewellery retailer Betty and Biddy, who urge you to 'turbo your tassel' and whose range comes in a multitude of bold colours, lengths and finishes. BUY: Earrings, €15; see bettyandbiddy.com
Families are very much to the forefront at this weekend's Westport Food Festival. TV chef Catherine Leyden is holding a yummy cupcake-decorating workshop, while those aged 3-12 can try a hands-on pizza-making masterclass. The Fast Food Race, with separate races for different age groups, also promises to be a giggle, as children balance food on plates while trying to get around challenges. There's plenty for adults too including demonstrations from well-known chefs like Delphi Adventure Resort's Stefan Matz.
If space is an issue in your home, multi-tasking furniture is the answer - and specifically a pouffe. As well as being useful seating for extra guests, they work as stand-alone decorative pieces, footstools or places to stack magazines. We love Meadows & Byrne's offerings, which include leather, knit and cotton options.
BUY: Bugatti embroidered pouffe in beige, €79; meadowsandbyrne.com
There's nothing like the phrase 'summer ready' to strike fear in our hearts. Happily, The Salon at Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel wants to make the process that bit easier. Its package includes a mini pedicure with foot massage and colour of your choice; a mini manicure with light cuticle work, and an 'eye trio' treatment - which includes a brow tint and shape, followed by a lash tint - all leaving you feeling holiday-tastic.
BOOK: €89pp, available until August. Tel: (01) 663 4690 to make an appointment; see shelbournespa.ie/the-salon
Next weekend ...
Traidphicnic, taking place next weekend in An Spidéal - Spiddal, Co Galway - is not your usual festival. The three-day trad event operates on a ticketless system and has a 'donate what you can' approach. Kila are headliners, with Skipper's Alley, Zoë Conway and John McIntyre also on the bill. Community arts, sessions, walks and talks and workshops are lined up too, as well as workshops in music and sean-nós song and dance (although these have a cover fee). Take the opportunity to practise your cúpla focal at this family-friendly gathering, set in the heart of the Gaeltacht.
Nature lovers have lots more reasons to visit the southeast, with the Wexford County Flower & Garden Festival starting next Saturday and running until July 9. Events are taking place throughout the county at a whole host of locations - ranging from a garden theatre performance of Peter Pan in Kilmokea Gardens, to cutting your own lavender at Wexford Lavender Farm, and savouring complimentary homemade lemonade and cookies at Marlfield House Gardens (above). There's also the chance to pick up practical tips from wise Wexford gardeners and ideas to take home from gardening centres.
Dolce & Gabbana started it but H&M's take on them is just as good.
Pints in the Sun
Extremely useful website that helps you find a bar currently catching the rays: pintsinthesun.co.uk
The pride of penneys
The high street favourite has released €6 city specific tees to wear to today's Pride parades.
Please, please, let the first photos of the Clooney and Knowles-Carter babies appear soon!
Brendan Gleeson's likeability
Always guaranteed, especially in new flick Hampstead.
Right now, even a picture of a sweater makes us feel faint.
Love Island addiction
The spice bag of television viewing: you can't help yourself at the time but you feel dirty afterwards.
A deeply unpleasant side to summer heat.
Clutch bag optimism
No, it is not possible to fit everything but the kitchen sink into it, and it is foolish to try.
Chef Anthony Bourdain says this Filipino dish is the next big thing but it's not for squeamish us - it's got pork's head in it.