Take some inspiration from what we are discovering, investigating, booking, reading and feeling in june…
Catherine Deneuve once remarked that, at a certain age, you need to choose between your derrière or your face. Those using semaglutide injections to shift a few pounds – and the numbers in Ireland are growing – may be confronted with the same dilemma. Dramatic weight loss in middle age has the effect on the face, according to one US aesthetician quoted in Town & Country magazine last month, akin to letting the air out of a balloon. So coming up with all sorts of reasons you are back in your slip dresses, none of which involve admitting to actually taking the drug, is not the only worry around injecting these drugs which were originally intended for those with Type 2 diabetes. “When I see a patient getting thinner and thinner, more hollow, they lose perception of what they really look like,” Dr Pat Wexler says. “I feel like it’s my responsibility to tell them they’ve reached their limit and back off. It’s not an opiate, but anything – even shopping – can be addictive.”
RTÉ’s Caitriona Perry joins the BBC News channel as Chief Presenter based in Washington DC, in late summer. Caitriona is no stranger to the city of course (remember when she was singled out by Donald Trump in the Oval Office?) but she might still enjoy Christina McDowell’s book The Cave Dwellers, a novel about old-money, highsociety, political-class families who live in the grand houses of leafy Georgetown and environs, aka the “Caves”. Since McDowell is a former “Cave-dweller” whose family fell spectacularly from grace, it has a fascinating ring of truth about it. Doings for June? Do see Avoca’s show garden at Dublin’s Bloom Festival which runs until June 5 at the Phoenix Park. Aptly named “Looms & Blooms”, the garden marks the 300-year anniversary of Avoca’s Wicklow Mill, Ireland’s oldest working weaving mill. On June 15, join us for a mini masterclass in rosé wines at Brown Thomas Dublin. Enjoy delicious canapés and Château d’Esclans Estate rosé, introduced by Moët Hennessy ambassador and THE GLOSS Wine Editor, Julie Dupouy. Reserve your place at www.thegloss.ie.
FEELING: The sand between our toes. Where to go? See our Bucket and Spade Lists in The Gloss June Issue.
BOOKING: Sea Dips & Hot Sips offer at Ballygally Castle, Co Antrim, from €265 for two sharing; www.ballygallycastlehotelcom.
DISCOVERING: Northern Norway, with twice-weekly flights to Bergen from Dublin with Widerøe; www.wideroe.no.
INVESTIGATING: The Wilton Gallery collaboration with Cavistons restaurant, Glasthule. Art by Stephen Cullen and Steve Browning will be hung in the restaurant.
READING: They Went To Portugal, A Travellers’ Portrait, part travelogue, part history, by Rose Macaulay, Daunt Books, €14.93.