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Factory Girls

Factory Girls

Tapas

Tapas

Eucerin Sun Face Oil Control 50+

Eucerin Sun Face Oil Control 50+

Pearl Girandolle earrings, €3,250, Natasha Sherling

Pearl Girandolle earrings, €3,250, Natasha Sherling

Gruffalo & Stick Man Guided Walk, Colin Glen, Co Down

Gruffalo & Stick Man Guided Walk, Colin Glen, Co Down

‘Demure’ earrings plated in 18-carat gold

‘Demure’ earrings plated in 18-carat gold

Orla Kiely dress

Orla Kiely dress

Limited-edition Italian leather ‘Jules’ crossbody bag, €225, FéRí x Peelo

Limited-edition Italian leather ‘Jules’ crossbody bag, €225, FéRí x Peelo

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Factory Girls

Super summer read

Recently published Factory Girls by Michelle Gallen is one of the most entertaining, engagingly written summer reads you will lay your hands on this year. Set in the mid-1990s in a small town in Northern Ireland, it follows the lives of Maeve Murray and her two best friends, who are spending a summer working in the local factory, in what is, hopefully, their last summer at home. LH ‘Factory Girls’ by Michelle Gallen, €14.99, John Murray

Monster day out

If you have even the slightest contact with any under-fives, you’ll have encountered The Gruffalo. The whole family can get up close and personal with the picture-book character’s terrible teeth and jaws, and even the poisonous wart at the end of his nose, thanks to the Gruffalo & Stick Man Guided Walk, endorsed by their creator, Julia Donaldson, at Colin Glen — just 20 minutes outside Belfast. Rooms at the nearby Dunadry House and Gardens are £175/€214 B&B. SC Gruffalo & Stick Man Guided Walk, Colin Glen, Co Down, from £10.50, under-twos go free but do not get a free book, see colinglen.org

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Gruffalo & Stick Man Guided Walk, Colin Glen, Co Down

Gruffalo & Stick Man Guided Walk, Colin Glen, Co Down

Gruffalo & Stick Man Guided Walk, Colin Glen, Co Down

Time to bloom

Irish jewellery brand Mettle & Bloom launched in May of this year, founded by former teacher Sallyann Concannon. It’s an 11-piece collection in gold shades; prices range from €45-€95. LH ‘Demure’ earrings plated in 18-carat gold, €47.95. See mettleandbloom.com

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‘Demure’ earrings plated in 18-carat gold

‘Demure’ earrings plated in 18-carat gold

‘Demure’ earrings plated in 18-carat gold

Print perfection

Regatta Great Outdoors has collaborated with Orla Kiely to create the Orla Kiely x Regatta collection, which includes womenswear, footwear, accessories and camping. The line includes waterproof and lightweight shell jackets, dresses, shirts, T-shirts, fleece hoodies, trousers, bucket hats, sandals, slides, flip-flops and wellies. There is also a range of camping equipment, including cool bags, water bottles, picnic rugs, a foldaway table, sun lounger, camping chairs, sleeping bag and a two-man tent. LH Orla Kiely x Regatta Slides, €35. Prices in the collection range between €7-€145; clothes sizes range from 8-20; footwear sizes, 3-8.

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Orla Kiely dress

Orla Kiely dress

Orla Kiely dress

Collab creation

FéRí x Peelo is a three-piece collaboration between two Irish brands, PEELO founder Julie Peelo, and Faye Rochford of FéRí. The three bags are inspired by the main line collections of both brands, and feature fabrics from the FéRí print archives, and leather cut-offs and trims from PEELO. FéRí fabrics all feature prints hand-painted by Faye in her studio in Wexford. All the pieces have been handcrafted in Portugal. The range is available on peelo.ie and exclusively in store at MUSE Waterford city. LH Limited-edition Italian leather ‘Jules’ crossbody bag, €225, FéRí x Peelo

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Limited-edition Italian leather ‘Jules’ crossbody bag, €225, FéRí x Peelo

Limited-edition Italian leather ‘Jules’ crossbody bag, €225, FéRí x Peelo

Limited-edition Italian leather ‘Jules’ crossbody bag, €225, FéRí x Peelo

Sun without shine

If shiny summer skin is your seasonal pain in the face, then the slew of new SPFs aimed at oilier types will be your salvation. Pharmacy brand Eucerin does particularly good sun products that offer excellent protection, while respecting sensitive types. The new Eucerin Sun Face Oil Control 50+ contains L-Carnitine, which helps to control oiliness without causing congestion and creates a nice, matte finish that makes a great make-up base. Which, as everyone knows, is a real summer bonus. SC Eucerin Sun Face Oil Control 50+ , €20.35, pharmacies nationwide

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Eucerin Sun Face Oil Control 50+

Eucerin Sun Face Oil Control 50+

Eucerin Sun Face Oil Control 50+

Be jewelled and bedazzled

Fashion editor turned New York-trained gemmologist Natasha Sherling offers bespoke jewellery to your budget and specifications from her Dublin workshop. And her affordable ready-to-wear collection is well worth a look for bridal pieces or forever gifts for bridesmaids or flower girls. Pearls are a recurring theme in her work; Sherling favours them for their warmth and magical, light-catching quality. Appointments to have a bespoke consultation can also be made through her website. Products can be shipped overseas. SC Pearl Girandolle earrings, €3,250, Natasha Sherling, see natashasherling.ie

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Pearl Girandolle earrings, €3,250, Natasha Sherling

Pearl Girandolle earrings, €3,250, Natasha Sherling

Pearl Girandolle earrings, €3,250, Natasha Sherling

Tip-top tapas

In celebration of one year on Dublin’s Camden Street, A Taste of Spain recently opened Tapas 60 upstairs from its food shop, which stocks all the treats and staples that have become firm Irish favourites. Downstairs, you can pick up Spanish supermarket basics, kitchen utensils and tableware, as well as good cured meats, cheeses and wines, now also available for delivery from the company’s website. Upstairs, from Thursday to Sunday, you can enjoy classic tapas including gazpacho, tortilla, patatas bravas and croquetas, often with Spanish guitar accompaniment. SC Taste of Spain, Capel Street, D1; and Camden St, D2, which also has Tapas 60 upstairs. See atasteofspain.ie

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