The new Bliss eau de cologne is not the sort of scent to wear on a hot date. But it's exactly what you want to spray yourself with when you feel like being enveloped in the smell of cucumber, lily and violet. Super fresh and very appropriate for lovely spring days. €35, from Brown Thomas.
Complete cuteness alert here. We are so smitten with this red wool v-neck vest from Cath Kidston, and our only complaint is that it doesn't come in adult sizes. There's a matching tee-shirt too. €36, available at Dundrum Town Centre and Cathkidston.com.
On paper, this outfit sounds fairly girlie and not very edgy: sweatshirt-type top, rolled-up trousers with sandals, all in shades of pink. But when the outfit is by Maison Scotch, which does a fine line in sophisticated street wear, and the shoes are made by Pollini for Louise Gray (and designed by footwear deity Nicholas Kirkwood), it all makes for a very good look. Top, €105.88; trousers €140.89; shoes €506.39 from Asos.com.
We're loving the sound of this. The new format for the JD Set, previously a competition for unsigned bands, will see Irish artists cover an album that has influenced their career. Cathy Davey, Neil Hannon and Jape will perform their own versions of Vampire Weekend's debut album at the Button Factory on 1 April. Tickets are free and you can get them via registration from 1 February at Thejdset.ie.
Isabel Marant is one of fashion's current darling and the fashion pack is insane for the French designer slightly grungy, surfery, '70s' designs, plus Gisele Bündchen is fronting the latest campaign. This fishnet jumper is pure Marant but as it's from TopShop, it's a fraction of the cost at €57.
If you do want to eat less meat but can't countenance giving it up or going down the tofu route, Less Meat More Veg is all about having some steak and eating it, but with more vegetables. The author, Rachel de Thample, is a Texan who has served her time in the kitchens of Marco Pierre White as well as Heston Blumenthal so she's appreciative of carnivorous needs. But none of the recipes contain more than 50g of meat, fish, dairy or eggs per serving and all contribute to your five a day ? it's all about making small changes with maximum impact. (Kyle Cathie) €22.45.
This month should be all about the decluttering. If your current storage situation is 'out of sight, out of mind', with cupboards hiding a multitude of tat, it's time for a change. Howards Storage World in Carrickmines, Dublin 18, has some great units that will encourage you to display the beautiful things you have and get rid of the stuff you don't need. From €79.99.
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