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.

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It’s Friday! And if your week has been as hectic as mine, you’ll be running for the fat pants, takeaway menu and wine opened as soon as you get home.

If you do decide to do anything this weekend, here are some tips;

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Sunscreen. While the amazing sunshine we’ve been enjoying is set to be interrupted for two days, you still need your sunscreen. Firstly, because the sun is returning – about time we all scream – but also because you really should be protecting your skin whether the sun is melting the road or not. Why not add sunglasses, and get the pins out in shorts and a summer dress too, while we still can.

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Taste of Dublin

  
This would fall into the ‘See It’ and ‘Eat It’ category. Taste is currently sizzling up a storm at Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens, and will be doing so until Sunday night. Check out some of Dublin’s top resaurants, Ireland’s award winning chef – and food bloggers, i.e. Roz Purcell – music, bubbles, grass, chill out areas, you name it, it’s there. It’s the Electric Picnic for foodies. Well, a lot posher and the grub is fairly pricey! 

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Tune of the day – Feist, 1234……GO!

In the Fold – Exhibition at Kildare Village

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In the Fold – an exhibtion that showcased eight up and coming Irish designers, which exhibited at International Fashion Showcase at London Fashion Week in March – has now launched at Kildare Village.

Kildare Village was the main sponsor for In the Fold, brought to you by Irish Design 2015 and curated by Gemma A. Williams, under the direction of Aisling Farinella – Fashion & Textiles Advisor for ID2015. The eight designers involved were; Rory Parnell Mooney, Michael Stewart, Caoimhe MacNeice, Naoise Farrell, Richard Malone, Jocelyn Murray Boyne, Oliver Duncan and Laura Kinsella.

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Guests at Kildare Village will have the unique opportunity to see the work of these innovative young designers and attend a series of fashion and design focused talks to take place at Kildare Village each week. The series of events hosted by Kate Coleman from Le Cool Dublin, will allow guests and design aficionados to meet with some of the designers and engage with them around each unique area of expertise.

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We attended the launch of this beautifully curated exhibtion in Kildare and had the pleasure of hearing four of the designers speak about their journey during In the Fold and London Fashion Week, life after college, and what Ireland can do for up and coming designers to progress their careers – within Ireland – and make the world outside college a little less daunting.

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One to watch: Designer Richard Moore spoke articlately and with passion about being true to yourself as a designer, the waste that luxury fashion houses produce, and how he believes the Irish fashion industry can improve and nurture new talent. At twenty two, this kid is seriously going places.

If you are taking a visit to Kildare Village pop in, its really worth a look. You can also engage with these talented designers in exclusive events at Kildare Village throughout May:

Thursday 21 May: ‘Sustainability of Fashion’ with Richard Malone

Saturday 23 May: ‘The Craft of Weaving’ with Oliver Duncan Doherty

All events are complimentary but booking is essential as spaces are limited!
To reserve your place:
email RSVP@KildareVillage.com
telephone (045) 534 945

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Kristen Stewart Stars in Chanel Eyewear Campaign

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While her off screen trysts seem to grab more headlines than her acting career, there is no denying peoples fascination with Kristen Stewart. With her combination of androgynous cool and the mysterious – slightly ‘over it’ – persona she likes to exude, nobody can be surprised that she was the front runner to be the face of Chanel’s new eyewear campaign.

The photos are beautiful, as are the glasses. Bravo.

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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!

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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!

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