Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
It's not exactly tights-off weather yet but at this stage, we are just ridiculously happy not spending our lives perma-zipped in a parka and wearing 15 layers.
If spring is making you feel more alive, boost that good feeling even more with this flirty and fabulous Ingrid Chilli 1940s-inspired tea dress from Dublin's Carousel. The cap sleeves and fold over collar are adorable, and the belt is removable. Wear it now with ankle boots and blazer and with bare legs and sandals in high summers. Also well worth checking out is Carousel's range of cute cardigans, which are perfect cover-ups for spring weddings.
BUY: €59; see ilovecarousel.com
Cork hits a high note with its International Choral Festival opening this Thursday, running until Sunday. Pop, rock, classical and sacred music and song are all being celebrated in 60 venues across the city and county, with 35,000 visitors expected. The calendar of events includes gala concerts, free outdoor recitals and more, with a highlight performance from innovative Swedish group, Solala.
DETAILS: corkchoral.ie for tickets and more information.
Jenny Huston of jewellery brand Edge Only and artist Leah Hewson (both above) have joined forces for a collaboration called EOxLH, with a gallery store at 12 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2, running until Wednesday. The joint collection includes nine pieces of jewellery for men and women and four limited edition fine art prints, with just 30 copies of each piece available.
DETAILS: Jewellery from €119; prints from €90; see edgeonly.com and leahhewson.com
If you like your jewellery bright and bold, Irish brand beorKNOTtobe is for you. Dublin-based founder Kasia Eska-Grajeck, who is originally from Poland, uses a crochet hook technique and finger work for her eye-catching items. She's currently hosting a pop-up shop in The Fumbally Exchange, Dublin 2, running until Wednesday where necklaces (above) start at €20, felt earrings at €7, and eco-friendly canvas bags are €15 each.
DETAILS: Find beorKNOTtobe on Facebook and buy online on Etsy
There is a full week of free events lined up in six locations across Mayo to celebrate International Dark Skies Week, from April 15-20. Tomorrow, Duncan Stewart discusses 'Dark Skies in Mayo: An Asset Worth Protecting' in Ballycroy National Park and on Thursday, Dr Frank Prendergast explores 'The Tale of 3 Circles: Ceremonial Space and Dark Sky in Prehistoric Ireland' at the Céide Fields visitor centre.
DETAILS: See facebook.com/mayodarkskies
Dutch company StoryTiles follows in the tradition of ceramic tile making in the Netherlands in the 16th century. Irish online store We Give It A Whirl stocks these fun pieces of art which are hand designed and hand baked and can be easily hung anywhere around the home. The tiles are water resistant and made to last a lifetime, and designs include the New York cityscape, a row of birds, Little Red Riding Hood and a jumping fox. They also come in very cool cardboard packaging, making them great gifts. BUY: Go with the flow' tile, €27.50; available at wegiveitawhirl.ie
Coming up roses
A little perk-you-up beckons at The Rose Hotel, Tralee, Co Kerry this spring. The centrally located four-star hotel has a pampering package, where guests will enjoy an overnight stay, dinner in the hotel's Park restaurant and breakfast the next morning. There's also the choice of a relaxing neck and shoulder massage or an Elemis facial in the Rose's Serenity Spa. And from there, you're perfectly positioned to explore everything the Kingdom has to offer.
DETAILS: €111 per person sharing; see therosehotel.com
Retro a go-go
Grab the popcorn next Saturday and Sunday as the world's largest drive-in LED screen experience comes to Shannon Airport. Crowd-pleasing movies including Dirty Dancing, Back to the Future, Up, Jaws and E.T. are all on the line-up, with sound coming via car radios. Screenings are from 2pm onwards with the last film on at 9pm. Thousands of people are expected at the event, which is the first time in the world that an airport will host a Retro Drive-in Movies. Classic cinema fare will also be available, including hot dogs, pizza, burgers, chips and dip and sodas.
BOOK: Tickets, €29.90; available at retrodrivein.ie
Slowly does it
If you want to escape the cult of busy-ness, Aoife McElwain, author of Slow at Work: How To Work Less, Achieve More and Regain Your Balance in an Always-On World, is inviting guests to take time out at The House, Galway on Sunday, April 22. The afternoon starts with tea and coffee with talks at noon, where Aoife shares her own experiences of getting over burnout. Nutritional therapist Antoinette Witter is talking about her work and Mark Boyle, The Moneyless Man, who lives mainly without money and technology, is another speaker. The event includes a vegan lunch and concludes with a basket-making demo.
DETAILS: Tickets €55; see slowatworkgalway.eventbrite.ie