The Hot list: This weekend’s top Irish events and buy-me-now products
There's a lot to like about having a bespoke selection of high-end beauty products delivered to your door. This month Glossybox, the subscription beauty company, whose CEO is Irish entrepreneur Rachel Kavanagh, is getting in a romantic frame of mind for the month that's in it. The contents of the February L.O.V.E edit box is a secret until they ship it but they are revealing that one of the items is a 'Fifty Shades of Grey' mineral eye shade by new natural and organic company Marsk. To hope for a free Jamie Dornan might be too unrealistic.
BUY: €15 (cost is calculated in euro at checkout £10 + P&P) and available throughout February; glossybox.co.uk
We can't think of anything to put you in a more spring-like state of mind than Irish designer Aideen Bodkin's new collection. She says her garments are designed to make the women who wear them feel special and who wouldn't in these brightly coloured, exotically printed creations? There's a nod to a 1950s Hitchcock heroine here, given a 2015 update. The summer coats, tailored jackets and pencil dresses are extremely feminine, very chic and guaranteed to put you in the mind-set for glamorous garden parties and elegant soirees that lie ahead this year.
BUY: Samba dress, €274.95, available at Kilkenny Shops, kilkennyshop.com
Language of love
In world where texting has supplanted the art of letter-writing, a very romantic exhibition starts today in Airfield, Dundrum. 'With love…x' is a temporary exhibition which reveals Victorian letters between Trevor Overend, the owner of Airfield, and his wife Lily. The exhibition also looks at typical love tokens sent during that time, such as engraved coins and the Irish love token that is the harvest knot, as well as explaining the various meanings of different flowers when it came to the language of love in Victorian times.
VISIT: Runs until March 8; admission to the exhibition is included in the Airfield entrance fee, adults €10, children €5
There's something wonderful about a watch. It brings an old-school charm to the wearer and topping our watch wish list is this little Michael Kors number. The fact that it comes in one of the current hottest metals, rose gold, is even better. Time to start dropping some heavy hints for Valentine's weekend!
BUY: €230, Weirs & Sons; weirsandsons.ie
Judging a book
Tomorrow the Tipperiana Book Fair, now in its 20th year, takes place in Fethard, Co. Tipperary. Held by the Fethard Historical Society, the Book Fair has grown to be one of the largest in Ireland and there's a huge array of books available. If you have books at home that you think might be worth something, you can take these along to get them valued.
DETAILS: Entrance fee €2; Open from 2pm-6pm, Fethard Ballroom, Co. Tipperary
It's a fast and furious weekend for motor enthusiasts with the 44th Galway International Rally taking place this Saturday and Sunday. Based out of the Clayton Hotel in Ballybrit, the event takes place over two days. It's proved to be a hugely popular event with international drivers, attracting entrants from France, the UK, Norway, America and Belgium over the years.
SEE: galwayinternationalrally.com for maps and time schedules.
Walk this way
Brush away the cobwebs at the Dingle Walking Festival, which takes place next weekend, February 13-15. It's open to walkers of all ages and levels, allowing them to take in some of the most spectacular scenery the country has to offer. You don't have to pre-book to take part, just arrive at Danno's Restaurant on Strand Street at the specified time to register and take part in the walk of your choice. The Friday night walk, which takes one hour, costs €5 and includes a pint of Crean's Lager at the Dingle Brewing company. see: dinglewalkingfestival.com for more information.
It's goodbye to the Year of the Horse and hello to the Year of the Sheep as Dublin holds its Chinese New Year Festival from February 14-28. Lunar feasts will be taking place in Chinese and Asian restaurants around the city with set-price menus. There will be numerous workshops, and lectures including a Wishing Well ribbon ceremony on the Millennium Bridge at 5.30pm on Wednesday 18, where you can welcome in the New Year by tying your wishing cards to the bridge.
SEE: cny.ie for full programme.