Our weekly recommendations for what to see, do, and buy over the weekend...
Slipping into a head-to-toe white outfit can seem a little daunting - the potential coffee spill being a major fear - but there's no denying the statement-making abilities of a monochromatic look.
There are other advantages, too. All-white is such a bold trend that it requires nothing much in the way of accessories and it's always expensive-looking - case in point being this longline single-button blazer and matching trousers from Penneys, which look sleekly sophisticated and polished but will still give you change from a €50 note.
BUY: Blazer, €25, and trousers, €17. Available at Penneys stores
Creating your own rituals is an important part of the working-from-home experience and this includes making break-time into an event. Galway-based independent family business Solaris Tea offers a range of Home Office Tea Sets designed to help you rejuvenate, rehydrate and relax, and make that downtime more enjoyable. The sets include a selection of the brand's organic tea, herbal infusions and tea accessories, while the Solaris website has a wealth of tips for tea lovers from the company's owners, Jörg and Karin Müller, all about the benefits of tea drinking and what blends are optimal for particular requirements.
BUY: Sets from €25; see solarisbotanicals.com
Grills and thrills
If you crave the umami taste of a grilled cheese sandwich in all its oozing glory, a trip to the Griolladh food truck, opposite Malahide Beach car park, is worth the pilgrimage. There's a choice of two classics sambos - the Original, made with Irish mozzarella and three types of cheddar on Tartine sourdough bread, and the Hambo, with honey-baked Cork ham - as well as homemade sides and dips. Be warned: they're generally sold out by 5pm.
DETAILS: See Griolladh on Facebook
Portrait of the artist
A new exhibition by award-winning artist Jackie Edwards celebrates the life and work of Frida Kahlo (above). To Catch a Hummingbird, running at Gormleys Fine Art, Dublin, for two weeks from today, is a homage to Kahlo's self-portraits, giving them a contemporary spin.
DETAILS: See gormleys.ie
Art in the open
Dundalk is transformed into an outdoor art gallery (above) as part of contemporary urban arts festival Seek from today until August 8. This year's artists include Claire Prouvost and Aches, who focus on Dundalk's history and heritage. Figures and themes highlighted include native writer Dorothy Macardle and the Co Louth town's railway links.
DETAILS: See seekdundalk.ie
Visitors to Powerscourt Estate, Co Wicklow, this summer are encouraged to write about the nature they encounter with a Poetry in Bloom initiative, developed with creative writing organisation Fighting Words and supported by actor Patrick Bergin. The closing date for online submissions is September 30, and a variety of prizes can be won.
DETAILS: See powerscourt.com/poetryinbloom
THE GREEN BUY
It's not a proper Irish beach holiday unless there's a 99 cone and sandcastle-building involved. The Dantoy bioplastic set is an eco-friendly option made from bagasse, the waste left over from sugarcane production, and is packaged in cardboard. With a bucket, spade, rake and watering can, it has everything little ones need for coastal adventures. The set is also durable and recyclable. BUY: €23.99; see jiminy.ie
Photographers, both budding and professional, are welcome at Brigit's Garden, Rosscahill, Co Galway, on August 9 for Shutter Sunday. There's free admission from 10am-12pm and you are invited to capture the beauty of the award-winning Celtic Gardens, including wildflower meadows and a thatched crannóg, and later share your images with the Garden, a not-for-profit organisation.
DETAILS: See brigitsgarden.ie
Both virtual and live events are on the programme for Kilkenny Arts Festival X over the coming months. Highlights include a new installation performance from choreographer/dancer Luke Murphy (August 7-9) and an exhibition of portraits of members of the Defence Forces (below) by photographer Amelia Stein (August 7 to October 11), both at the Butler Gallery.
DETAILS: See kilkennyarts.ie