The IT List – Things To Do This Weekend

It’s Friyay!! And we could not be more excited. Also exciting, the new Joanne Hynes black pom pom coat that I just bought this morning at the second drop from the Joanne HynesXDunnes Stores collection. The new collection went on sale this morning, and – unless you rush online right now! – I think many of the best bits were snapped up by the early birds in store. The second installment of Hynes’ collaboration with Dunnes did not disappoint. The black pom pom coat with a delicious gold lining was on my hit list, but there were plenty of pieces to suit all budgets and ages. Lots of cosy knits – again, with pom poms, you can never have too many in your life! – gold and glitter tops for the festive season, and a faux fur coat in nude and autumnal tones. If accessories is more your bag, the embellished collars are back, along with some amazing detailed headgear. Get to the Grafton Street or St Stephen’s Green store asap, or check out the collection here.

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On a completely different note, we are calling on all the 80’s babies to come out to the Bernard Shaw this evening and meet your childhood idol – he must have been? – Don Conroy. Don was ‘the man’ on the Den when we were growing up and for many, including me, our first art teacher. The owls, all the lovely owls. He will be in the Shaw this evening at 7pm for a free gig – is that what you call an art class?! – as part of their 10th birthday celebrations. Have your sketch pads at the ready. Legend!

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The weather is set to stay nicely crisp and sunny this weekend, so why not take a hike in the Dublin mountains and take advantage of the fab views before the weather turns to pot! Nothing like a bit of fresh air to get rid of your work woes.

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If being outdoorsy is not your bag, you can also get rid of the work woes with brunch and bubbles – that’s my plan! This weekend I am checking out Platform 61 on South William Street. Dublin is not short of places to brunch, the decision is often a nightmare with so many great places – first world problems. Another fav is Coppinger Row, Balfes and 777 for a margarita fix.

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If you’re putting on the fire and staying in, the choice of amazing TV shows to binge on in the cold weather is endless. My Dad keeps raving about the new(ish) HBO show, The Night Of. Set in ‘real’ New York and described as a fictitious Making a Murdered, the critics – and my Dad! – are loving this one. A 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes is no mean feat. Plus is stars the wonderfully weird, John Turturro.

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Whatever you get up to, enjoy!

B xx

 

 

IT List: Beyonce & Other Things To Do in Dublin This Weekend

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Weekend, you got me lookin’ so crazy right now! Yes, yes, I am off to see Queen Bey tomorrow evening at Croke Park. And I’m excited! If I’m honest, I am more excited about kicking off with brunch at The Dean Hotel and a full day and night out with my sister. I am looking forward to seeing Beyoncé in the flesh, seeing what a – from what I have read – spectacular show she will put on; the costumes, the dancing, the general bad assness. But Beyoncé has lost her sheen for a lot of people over the year, and in particular since she ‘dropped’ Lemonade last month. Has anyone watched it in full? What is it actually called? For me, the most interesting part of it was reading the very revealing lyrics about her life with Jay-Z, the women, her Dad, the crying, the fact that a beautiful, successful woman can go through such hard times in her marriage.

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When Beyoncé brought out her documentary in 2013 and spoke about how Jay-Z taught her how to be a woman, I was a little bit done. She has a strong, successful Mother and sister, but this ‘man’ – who we now find out is a liar and cheater – taught her how to be a woman? Please! Good role model work there Bey. ‘Kids, go out with a rich, successful dude and he will turn you into a rich, strong woman.’

Now, none of us can talk or judge when we are not in the marriage, but from the lyrics in Lemonade we find out in detail that this man did not treat her very well, but she is happy to stay with him and make money on the back of the whole thing. Smart? Maybe. Media and money hungry? Maybe. Each to their own I guess.

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Saying all that, I can’t WAIT to dance to her old hits – she better play them –  with my skin and blister!

Stone Roses in Dublin

On the other side of the spectrum, the Stone Roses are playing in Marlay Park. I saw the band the last time they came to Dublin – known more for all the 30 and 40 something year olds who were let out of the house for one night and went absolutely insane than for the music. A great gig none the less.

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High Street Sales in Dublin

If a packed concert is not your bag, and you have the stamina for a packed shop, I would hit up the sales before they come to an end. I went into Zara this week and the discounts are pretty amazing. Although, in a rush of blood to the head, I did buy too many skirts that don’t fit me – they were 7.99!!!! – and now have to take back.

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Brunch in Dublin

For brunch, we are hitting up Sophie’s at The Dean, and I am very excited. The view makes you feel like you are in a very cool European city – are we not? – and I can’t wait to try the grub. There is so much choice on the brunch front in Dublin right now, I don’t know how they all survive. But its great for us living here! I checked out Gotham Cafe for brunch last Sunday – not an obvious spot – and their menu is fantastic and really different. One to check out for sure.

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Whatever you do this weekend, have fun. Its summertime(ish).

Biddy – WEAR IT team.

The IT LIST

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Your weekly guide. Read IT. An enjoy your weekend.

WEAR IT: Something green. Its St Patrick’s Day on Tuesday, and Ireland are playing rugby tomorrow, so there are plenty of reasons to don the emerald hue. Think street-style icon in green, not leprechaun or GAA star.

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SEE IT: A new fashion photography exhibition, Resonate, at the Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar. Showing work from 23 seriously talented folk, including Linda Brownlee, Leonn Ward, Andrew Nuding, Neil Gavin, Alen MacWeeney, and Rich Gilligan, to name just a few.

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EAT IT: Greens – its almost St Patricks day! Or, a nice brunch. The Odeon are hosting The Love Brunch on Tuesday from 2pm, with cocktails, canapes, cocktails, yummy brunch stuff, and cocktails. Did we mention there would be cocktails? Get more information here.

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HEAR IT: Hozier. Or people like Ellie Goulding covering Hozier. Seems everyone and their mother – not mine – are covering Take Me to Church. I do like his new song too.

SAY IT: Happy St Patrick’s Day!! You are sensing a theme here, right?

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Have a good one!

@wearitdublin

THE IT LIST

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Its the weekly IT List again! Here is what you should be wearin’, seein’ and eatin’…..

WEAR IT: Something furry! With Gucci showing their fur – think dog, not bear – shoes at Milan Fashion Week this week, anything from furry coats to bags is the way to go. Fur (the faux kind) is no longer limited to the coat or gilet, bags and accessories have become the trendsetters way to #wearit. You can even buy a fur iPhone case from Topshop!

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SEE IT: The annual Jameson Film Festival programme was launched on Thursday night. Check out the schedule here, and catch some great movies in Dublin from March 19-29. You have been given plenty of notice, so get your season ticket now.

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EAT IT: NOTHING! Its Lent after all. Look, we all say we are going off chocolate, alcohol, etc. but once you decide you are giving something up, it’s ALL YOU CAN THINK ABOUT! So, why not take up eating something new and healthy, rather than giving up chocolate completely. With that in mind, I recommend taking in more water and greens – kale being the trendy veg right now. And if you are feeling lazy, head over to Blazing Salads on Drury Street to get your health fix on.

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HEAR IT: Well, I’m not sure you can now. The hottest ticket in Dublin town – Ed Sheeran at Croke Park on July 24 and 25 – is already sold out. For two nights. Go Ed! You may know someone in the biz, as they say, or you may be lucky and your mate, who bought a ticket, will be struck down with a 24 hour bug – nothing too serious – the night of the gig. Fingers cross!

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SAY IT: Well done! That’s my mantra this week. I feel that we do not compliment our loved ones enough on their achievements, both big and small. We are all too busy with our own mad lives to see what great things our family, friends, and colleagues are doing. So, look around and say ‘well done’, people will love it!

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Its Friday!

And that means one thing here at WEAR IT/dublin, the weekly IT list. And this is our first (tiny applause!). The weekly IT list will give you all the information you need on what to eat, see, wear, and listen to this weekend. Enjoy. And please send us any of you IT items in the comments section below.

WEAR IT: A rain coat. We have started our weekend rather wet here in Dublin. Try a good old fashion trench, like this one.

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SEE IT: Fifty Shades of Grey, I guess? Everyone is talking about it, its out today, so why not go and get your perv on with some Jamie Dornan, or Dakota Johnson, whichever takes your fancy. I will be heading to the National Concert Hall tomorrow night to see the remarkable Declan O’Rourke. If you don’t know him, you should, watch this.

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EAT IT: Chocolate. Are you beginning to see a Valentines theme running through our IT List? We don’t need a reason to eat chocolate, but if someone gives you a box this weekend, eat them. Any rich, overpriced foods can go on into this category. While I am not a Valentines person, anything that encourages us to go out to a fancy restaurant or scoff a box of Dairy Milk – kicking it old school – is fine by me. I will move on to trendy stuff like kale next week. WARNING: don’t go overboard like this chick.

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HEAR IT: Tis the season to be romantic, and after cleaning up at the Grammy’s, I am having a bit of a Sam Smith love in this week. I think it is as much about wanting to go for drinks with him, as it is his music. And my weekly playlist always includes the unique and amazing Róisín Murphy who has been announced to play at this years Electric Picnic music and arts festival. Whether listening to old school Moloko tracks, or her own stuff, I am a happy camper. And try to watch the videos. Her style in this video….those silver boots, the cape, that hat….there are no words. #coolestladyintheworld

SAY IT: ‘I love you’. Oh go on then, lets just love this list right up. Tell that special someone, even if its your Mom, that you love them this weekend. Everyone likes to hear that somebody loves them. It is most appropriate this weekend, but there is never a wrong time to say it. I Googled ‘love’ and this image came up….why not?! #courtneylove

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Mwah! Happy V weekend!

@wearitdublin