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KeepCup Helix, from €12, Stock Design; Arnotts; Brown Thomas and selected online retailers

KeepCup Helix, from €12, Stock Design; Arnotts; Brown Thomas and selected online retailers

Compress PowerMesh Bolt Sports Bra, €38; Compress PowerMesh Black Leggings, €65, both Powercut, see powercutclothing.com

Compress PowerMesh Bolt Sports Bra, €38; Compress PowerMesh Black Leggings, €65, both Powercut, see powercutclothing.com

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KeepCup Helix, from €12, Stock Design; Arnotts; Brown Thomas and selected online retailers

Feed Me Mother is a recently launched, made-in-Ireland, breastfeeding-friendly clothing brand. Its relaxed-fit T-shirts have a deep side slit and are made from the sustainable fabric Tencel. LH

NECESSITY

Get shirty

T-shirt, €55, feedmemother.ie

NOTION

Blinding light

German candle brand Pink Stories uses eco-certified materials and prints with environmentally friendly water-based or soybean-oil inks to create its hand-dipped creations, which are vegan-friendly and free of palm oil.

These beautiful, colourful creations are just the thing to decorate any outdoor dinner tables this summer. LH

Dip-dye neon candle in Watermelon Coast, €19.95 (set of three), Pink Stories, see avoca.com

NOTION

Pit stop

Feel the heat but keep it natural, with The Handmade Soap Company’s new and natural Anam deodorant.

Not to be confused with an antiperspirant, which inhibits sweating, deodorant neutralises sweaty smells — and a natural deodorant does this without those nasty chemicals that are no friend to your body or the environment.

The Anam deodorant uses zinc salt and sage to counter smells, with an overlay of coriander seed, geranium and vetiver — all packaged in a fully compostable cardboard tube to put in your food bin when the product is finished. SC

Anam Deodorant, €17.95, The Handmade Soap Company, Brown Thomas, Avoca, Kilkenny Shop and selected stores nationwide, or see thehandmadesoapcompany.ie

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NECESSITY

Cool compress

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Compress PowerMesh Bolt Sports Bra, €38; Compress PowerMesh Black Leggings, €65, both Powercut, see powercutclothing.com

Compress PowerMesh Bolt Sports Bra, €38; Compress PowerMesh Black Leggings, €65, both Powercut, see powercutclothing.com

Compress PowerMesh Bolt Sports Bra, €38; Compress PowerMesh Black Leggings, €65, both Powercut, see powercutclothing.com

We’re ocassionally lucky enough to have a day that’s too warm to run in a T-shirt and suitably supportive running bra, so keep a look out for a longline compressing piece that will keep you cool and in place.

Irish activewear brand Powercut has a great choice of sports bras — from those suitable for yoga or Pilates to one with a phone pocket, and the Compress PowerMesh Bolt option, which offers firm hold in a flattering shape.

The brand also has tops, leggings, joggers and long-sleeved choices for the colder days that inevitably will return. In sizes 6-20. SC

Compress PowerMesh Bolt Sports Bra, €38; Compress PowerMesh Black Leggings, €65, both Powercut, see powercutclothing.com

NECESSITY

Keep it real

With the ‘latte levy’ on disposable coffee cups imminent, it’s time we ramped up our reusable vessels.

One of the original reusables is the KeepCup, and the brand has a new model that’s ideal for hot and cold drinks, with a screw top that won’t come off in a bag and that comes, as you would expect, in a rainbow of colour combos.

Suitable for your smoothie or takeaway coffee; the top section screws off to fit under a barista machine. SC

KeepCup Helix, from €12, Stock Design; Arnotts; Brown Thomas and selected online retailers

NECESSITY

Reclaim the streets

Dublin’s College Green and Dame Street are hosting a traffic-free Summer Sunday Event on Sunday, August 7, from 12 noon to 4pm. The area will be traffic-free and full of performers, stilt walkers and jugglers, an antique carousel, circus skills workshops, face painting and lots of outdoor furniture upon which to relax and picnic, should the mood take you. LH

NOTION

Take a pause

The K Club is hosting a two-day Celebration of Light Retreat, for anyone looking to slow down, reset and focus on personal goals.

Hosted by transpersonal coach Breda McHale, who actively engages with her clients’ spiritual and emotional intelligence, it will include guided meditations, yoga and talks on Thursday and Friday, August 4 and 5, one night inclusive. LH

From €300 per person sharing, see kclub.ie

NOTION

Heat strokes

If getting fit ahead of your summer break has set off a few aches and pains, this Voya Feel the Heat gel is both soothing and satisfying.

Arnica and comfrey promise to ease muscles, while sweet orange and ginger bestow a fresh, soothing scent, with the ginger lending a little heat to the skin. It also includes Voya’s signature Irish seaweed, claimed to aid the breakdown of potentially cramp-inducing lactic acid. SC

Feel the Heat Muscle Warming Arnica Gel, €32, Voya, selected salons nationwide, or see voya.ie


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