5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

From SPA TREATMENTS to ART EXHIBITIONS find out what you should do this weekend …

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WHAT: We’re starting off the weekend in The Salon at The Shelbourne for one of their four new Hollywood Legends treatments. Who is your muse? Choose a treatment that channels Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot or Jackie O. We’re opting for the First Lady look, which includes a sleek blowdry and perfectly manicured nails, (in Essie’s Chinchilly), with a glass of white wine to round off the treatment. The Hollywood Legends package is available from Monday to Wednesday (€39) and Thursday to Sunday (€49) from now until April 30. Call 01 663 4690 to make an appointment.

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WHERE: Brunch is a favourite way to begin the weekend and where better than testing the new “Power Plates” at Balfes? Joining forces with Siobhan and Paul Byrne of BodyByrne Fitness, who have been training athletes and sports stars for 27 years, Balfes’ new menu options are designed to boost your day. On a recent visit, we enjoyed the classic BodyByrne Eggs Florentine and the delicious BodyByrne oat pancakes served three ways (with berries and agave nectar, scrambled eggs and avocado or with almond butter and banana), all in the stylish, brasserie surroundings. The vibe is Paris meets New York, with an open kitchen, bar area and lovely outdoor terrace. We can see this becoming a regular pre-shopping activity as we work our way through the menu! Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday 10am to 3pm. Call 01 646 3353 www.balfes.ie

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WHO: Spanish Wine Week is running in various locations throughout the country from Sunday 23 to Sunday 30 April, with the aim to educate and inspire. The fun begins with wine supremos The Twelve, taking an in-depth look at some Spanish wine gems. Starting at 4 pm with five courses of talented chef Martin O’Donnell’s food, paired with wines from Cava, Rueda, Ribera del Duero, Albariño and Jumilla, each course and wine will be introduced by sommelier and general manager, Fergus O’Halloran. The Twelve’s Hidden Gems costs €50 per person. www.spanishwineweek.ie

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WHY: We’re packing for the lush, peaceful surrounds of Farnham Estate Spa & Golf Resort in Co Cavan. More precisely we can’t wait to try their new ESPA treatments at its Health Spa. Eight luxurious facials are on the menu, though The Back, Face & Scalp Treatment (€130) takes our fancy. It is ESPA’s “Hero” treatment and includes exfoliation, a hot stone back massage, a facial and a scalp massage. That should iron out all of the creases and crinkles from the week! Treatments start from €60. For bookings, consultations and packages in the Health Spa contact the spa on 049 437 7700 or email info.farnham@radissonblu.comwww.farnhamestate.ie

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AND: We’ve been meaning to get to the National Gallery of Ireland to see the Beyond Caravaggio exhibition and have finally booked it. Having done some research, we’re eager to see the works on loan that showcase Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio’s (1571 – 1610)  use of light and realism, which heralded a change in art history. His so-called followers, the Caravaggisti, are also represented in the exhibition – a rare treat for art lovers. Tickets €15 full price & €10 concession. Free for under 16 years and Friends of the NGI. Clare Street, Dublin 2. www.nationalgallery.ie

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LOOKING AHEAD: Fashion Revolution Week runs from April 24 to April 30, and coincides with the anniversary of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh which killed 1,138 people and injured over 2,000 more, on April 24 2013. In Bangladesh garment workers earn just €49.56 per month – less than is calculated as the basic living wage. Irish Fashion Revolutionaries will be hosting events including film screenings, pop-up shops, vintage clothing walking tours, street art exhibitions, clothing swaps, podcasts and more to inspire action to solve the problems the fashion industry is causing. To raise awareness and start the conversation, organisers around the country are calling on fashion lovers to join fellow organisations across the world in asking fashion brands #whomademyclothes across social media.

Penny McCormick

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