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5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend


WHERE: We’ll be making a beeline to the Dublin Docklands to have a look at the newly-opened hotel, The Mayson. Formerly two protected structures which have been beautifully renovated and sewn together, it is now home to 94 bedrooms and suites, Power Gym, The Bottle Boy Pub, The Green Dolphin Barber, The Mayson Bar, Ryleigh’s Rooftop Restaurant and The Timberyard event space. A design-led hotel, with carefully considered interiors, there’s over 300 pieces of artwork from emerging Irish talent, including Domino Whisker who created a bespoke neon sign which hangs in reception. We’ll be popping in to have a look and a coffee at Dime in the lobby or perhaps later to Ryleigh’s Rooftop Restaurant which surely has the best views of the city? www.themayson.ie

WHAT: Still looking for that elusive Christmas outfit or new year dress? Rebecca Vallance has just landed at Brown Thomas. The label’s forte is party wear and special occasions with show-stopping mini and midi dresses, striking gowns and structured tops; www.brownthomas.com

Tory Burch, the brand, known for its use of colour, print and eclectic details has opened at Kildare Village. Art, music, travel, interiors and the designer’s parents inspire the brand’s collections and Tory Burch in Kildare Village will stock ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, accessories and homeware; www.kildarevillage.com

WHY: Wellness studio, The Reformation, Waterloo Lane, Dublin has an interesting line-up of events for those who prefer a more mindful approach to the festive weekend. They are hosting Kirtan and Carols on December 22, with the communal singing of some old favourites and Christmas carols between 1pm – 3pm. Priced at €25, the session includes mince pies, mulled wine and fun in the studio afterwards. Next week the studio is hosting an Urban Retreat. For further information: www.reformation.ie

WHERE: Irish artwork, photography, jewellery and fashion from a range of designers will take over Bank of Ireland’s forecourt at College Green this weekend for the Designer Dublin Christmas Market. The market takes place from 10am to 8pm on Friday, December 20, and 10am to 6pm Saturday, December 21. Designers participating in the market will include: JP Crafts who will be selling their range of luxury hand-made scented candles; Design by Bell, who produce cushions with a modern take on chinoiserie, botanicals and seaweed motifs; Wildbird Studio’s stained-glass homewares by designer Alison Byrne; The Ethical Silk Company’s homewares and accessories. A brass band will be entertaining visitors at lunchtime, with food and hot drinks also available. www.facebook.com/DesignerDublinChristmasMarket

WHEN: Dundrum Town Centre is hosting a gift styling service on Saturday December 21, when Yuko Jackson, an expert in the Japanese art form of paper wrapping will show shoppers how to make gifts look extra special. Shoppers can bring a gift and book a free session with Yuko. Dundrum Town Centre is also asking shoppers to bring a gift which they will be donating to Temple Street Children’s Hospital. Customers can leave their unwrapped toys for the children at the gift wrapping station on Level 1, outside BT2. Visit www.eventbrite.com to reserve your free place. Spaces will also be available on a first come first served basis on the day.

WHAT: In need of refuelling stop mid Christmas shopping, then head to Lolly and Cooks new café and 24-hour bakery on Dublin’s Charlemont Street. It’s the seventh venue for Lolly and Cooks within the city and is a testament to owners and sisters Laragh Strahan and Churpy’s vision. Artisan coffees, pastries, gutsy soups, “savage” rolls, pasta dishes, and tasty treats to takeaway or buy as gifts for foodies, guaranteed to please, are part of the experience. www.lollyandcooks.com

AND … Hook Lighthouse is hosting a traditional St Stephen’s Day Daisy Hunt, which derives from the 1940s. Records at the lighthouse show the old custom in the form of a “Penny for a Daisy” which was carried out by children in 1943, who received pennies for daisies. Apparently the child who found the first daisy would win the hunt but lots of children would receive pennies from the families in the area. This St Stephen’s day will see the hunt take place with children receiving edible money for their efforts. Free afternoon entertainment will also be on offer and the treasure hunt will take place from 2 pm to 4 pm, there will be art workshops with resident artist Rose. The Hook Lighthouse Visitor Centre and Café reopens on St Stephen’s Day at 11am. www.hookheritage.ie

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