Poetry Day Ireland is taking place on Thursday, April 28. This year’s theme is Written in the Stars and events cater for all ages. There is poetry in the park, coaching sessions and Write Your Star — a tarot-inspired event taking place from 6pm-9pm. LH
Jury’s Hotel, Parnell Street; Tickets ,€5, book via eventbrite.ie
Award-winning writer and poet Helen Mort’s memoir is a beautiful new look at mountaineering and motherhood; an examination of losing yourself in the physicality of climbing a mountain and bearing a child. LH
‘A Line Above the Sky’ by Helen Mort, €17.99, published by Ebury Press
If you are throwing yourself into going out like there’s time to make up for, then you need a scent to match. Not for the shrinking violets, so to speak, is Lipstick Rose from Fréderic Malle, the French fragrance house that has a growing and discerning following.
Lipstick Rose has the headiness of rose, a hint of candy and an old-Hollywood glamour. Its creator, the perfumer Ralph Schwieger, says it captures the scent of his mother’s lipstick when she was heading out for the night and that sense of occasion is beautifully bottled. SC
Fréderic Malle Edition de Parfums Lipstick Rose, €200 for 100ml, Brown Thomas
Hand-made in Kerry, the LilyMais line of sustainable swimrobes is made from repurposed towels and organic and recycled polyester threads.
The company has partnered with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, with a percentage from each sale going directly to the charity. LH
Swimrobe, €150. See lilymais.com
The collection for Incognito 2022 is now live.
Over 1,200 Irish and international artists donate their art incognito for the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation, with the huge online art sale taking place this Thursday, April 21, as a lottery system.
Postcard-sized pieces are priced at €65. LH
By example, former footballer turned psychotherapist Richie Sadlier has already done his bit in demonstrating how learning to talk is both liberating and even life-saving.
His new book, Let’s Talk, is aimed at teenage boys and covers all the stuff that matters but is often difficult to broach — from sexuality to drinking, sexting and friendship.
Essential reading for young men and, almost as importantly, their parents. SC
‘Let’s Talk’ by Richie Sadlier, €16.99, published by Gill
Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Rose Inc brand covers all the desirable bases, with sustainability and ethically-sourced ingredients in multitasking products that blend skincare and make-up.
The range is compact, but covers essential skincare, make-up brushes, brow and lash products, lip colours and this Skin Enhance Luminous Tinted Serum — a sheer tint in a hyaluronic-rich base.
Tiny spheres of tint are suspended in the serum, and burst on contact with the skin to give a very sheer and glowy finish. It comes in 14 shades and you can do a shade test online. SC
Rose Inc Skin Enhance Luminous Tint, €37, Space NK, Grafton St, D2, or see spacenk.com
Dubliner Emi Takakura has worked in food in Ireland, Japan and New York and when she turned her attention to creating her own product, her thoughts turned to chocolate.
Spoond is her offering to anyone who finds hot chocolate weak and underwhelming, and it can be made continental-style and thick enough to stand up a cookie in the cup, or as a tall, milky drink.
It comes in two flavours: a luscious Dark Milk and an almost cosy Malted Milk. SC
Spoond Hot Chocolate, €7.95, selected retailers nationwide, or see spoond.ie