Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
The RHA's Hennessy Lost Friday returns this Friday, as the gallery once again plays host to Ireland's most creative talents. Electro-pop band Ships - currently causing quite the musical stir - are performing alongside cocktail masterclasses and food on the patio. Dublin Body Painting Jam will be on hand to offer free face and body painting and guests can also enjoy a tour of the RHA Annual Exhibition.
Book: Tickets (including two cocktails) are €20. See eventbrite.ie
Donegal certainly knows how to throw a party so we're excited for the Earagail Arts Festival, kicking off on Tuesday and running until July 23. It's a lively, thriving mix of culture, family and music events. The Henry Girls open the festival with a five-day interactive residency, and acts include hotly- tipped Irish duo Saint Sister, as well as Nigerian Afro-beat singer Femi Kuti. The children's programme will also delight, featuring the brilliant Guido Fanzini's Impossible Circus.
Details: See eaf.ie
Expect the unexpected at the Clonmel Junction Festival, starting Monday. Music-wise, the line-up has Áine Cahill, Crash Ensemble and Martin Hayes, while events include Katie Hanlon's textile creations in Kickham Barracks; Roz Purcell's raw-food demo, and Lego workshops, taking place in the South Tipperary Arts Centre, which allow children to get to grips with robotics and mechanics.
Details: Runs from July 3-9; see junctionfestival.com
If the recent heatwave taught us anything, it's that you can't have too many natural fibres in your wardrobe. Linen - so breathable and cool - is particularly summer-friendly. That's one good reason (but far from the only one) why we love the Alix dress (pictured left) from Irish label Zoë Carol. Besides its temperature-regulating abilities, the dress - made from 100pc linen - is figure-flattering, with its contrast waist and pencil skirt. Accessorise with statement heels and architectural earrings, as seen here, and you've got yourself the perfect midsummer outfit.
Buy: Dress, €285, zoecarol.com
Ireland's natural world is at the heart of Ruby Robin's beautiful botanical jewellery. Designer Khrystyna Marriott creates her wares from a range of curiosities found in woods, on mountainsides and beaches, and in meadows and hedgerows. The range includes earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets, bell jars and shadow boxes - with seeds, moss and wildflowers just some of the materials incorporated into her mesmerising work.
Buy: Available at ruby-robin-boutique.myshopify.com
Decorate to the Maxx
Bargain-finding is always guaranteed at TK Maxx, and the launch of Homesense - the brand's dedicated home chain - means creating a chic living space has now become a lot cheaper. The two new Homesense stores in Dublin's Westend Shopping Park and The Capitol, Cork, offer up to 60pc off branded homeware for kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. It's a great place to pick up vibrant throws and chic outdoor furniture, as well as gifts, with items like wooden fruit bowls from only €3.99 that look a lot more expensive than their price tags.
If you're looking for floral arrangements less ordinary, Irish flower and styling business The Crate offers wildflower-style blooms in Dublin. Childhood friends and flower lovers Claire Ryan and Steph Hutch are the two creatives behind the venture and, for summer, they're offering the perfect fashion accessory in the form of crowns made from fresh summer flowers and greenery, with prices starting from €20.
Details: facebook.com/thecrateflowers or email firstname.lastname@example.org