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Modern Muses: The Furla Bag Edit

Box bags, backpacks, bold cross-body bags… Furla’s line-up has had a modern makeover and it spells chic, contemporary and totally covetable styles. We’ve rounded up the five bags you need to know about, from the sophisticated totes to the statement makers. Time to meet your new icons…

1. The Mini Bag It’s classic and perennially chic, but this little number is also at the cutting edge of cool. The pint-sized style of the pochette has been elevated with a touch of texture in the form of metallic hardware and a chunky chain shoulder strap. That old adage about great things and small packages comes to mind.2. The It BagWith its fresh all-over floral print, this shoulder bag is the bright, bold arm candy you’ve been waiting for. Made from Saffiano leather, it comes with a detachable shoulder strap – meaning it easily doubles as a clutch – and is finished with minimal embellishment. Cue the lingering glances and the double takes.3. The Backpack Consider this the evolution of the backpack. Crafted from super-soft leather, this pared-back design is anything but basic. The fold-over style also has a useful outer pocket and is finished with a branded charm. You’ll love it for its simplicity, super-functionality and timelessness. A worthy investment if ever there was one.4. The Tote The building block of your power outfits, this ultra-polished update of the traditional tote features slim top handles and is punctuated with gold hardware and long shoulder straps that make it easy to wear. This spacious carry-all has room for all your essentials and then some. Prepare to be the envy of your fellow commuters.5. The Hobo BagIn soft leather, this is everything a hobo bag should be: slouchy, generously sized and goes with everything. Designed with a top handle, cross-body strap, chain detailing and a front flap, this statement maker will go from work to weekend brunch without missing a beat.

 

Getaway Gorgeous

Louise Cooney's Top 5 Packing Tips

Recently we were lucky enough to get some top holiday fashion tips from blogger Louise Cooney following her visit to the Village and now Louise is back to share her top tips to pack like a pro as she prepares to jet off to the Seychelles!

Efficient packing is something Louise gets asked about a lot and the more she travels, the more she has learned how to make the dreaded task of packing a little easier!

Here are Louise's top 5 packing tips:

[Above] Cassis suitcase from Lulu Guinness

Live Music

Artist Spotlight: Allie Sherlock

Allie Sherlock is an 11 year old singer and guitarist from Cork. She has been travelling up to Dublin from Cork and wowing Grafton Street with her busking performances over the past year. Recently her rendition of Ed Sheeran’s Supermarket Flower drew huge crowds on Grafton Street and half a million views on Facebook. 

Allie will perform in the Village on Sunday 27 August at 13.00 and 15.00 at the Oak Tree (Tommy Hilfiger).

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Live Music

Artist Spotlight: Perfect Friction

Perfect Friction formed in early 2012 when five young musicians playing traditional Irish music sessions together in Wicklow town decided to enlist the services of a talented vocalist and put together a new sound.

The band’s music ranges from high-energy trad sets with a full range of instruments, to pop and rock songs tastefully arranged with a trad theme. The musicians include All-Ireland champions and two sisters who collectively deliver a sound that will have your foot tapping and wondering what their magic ingredient is.

Blending classic contemporary tunes with traditional rhythms has become the hallmark of this band and their repertoire will appeal to young and old alike. Perfect Friction are making their mark on the Irish music scene having shared the stage withmembers of the Chieftans, The Dubliners, Paul Brady, Frances Black, Aoife Scott, The Keynotes and Elenor McEvoy.

A 3 piece Perfect Friction will perform Saturday 26 August at 13.00, 15.00 and 17.00 at the Oak Tree (Tommy Hilfiger).

www.perfectfriction.ie

Live Music

Artist Spotlight: The Whileaways

Three powerful forces in Irish roots music in their own right, Noelie McDonnell, Nicola Joyce and Noriana Kennedy combine as The Whileaways to create a beguiling tapestry of harmonies, tradition and beautifully crafted original songs. All three write and singdrawing on their own experience and the results captivating.

The band came to know each other’s singing over a number of years playing oil sessions in the folk melting pot of Galway city. Their recent highly acclaimed album Saltwater Kisses received four stars in the Irish Times and RTE Radio 1 Album of the week.

This is a unique combination of songwriters, singers and voices whose enthralling live performances have secured their firm footing in Irish roost music. Prepare to be spellbound.

The Whileaways will perform in the Village on Friday 25 August at 13.00, 15.00 and 17.00 at the Oak Tree (Tommy Hilfiger).

www.thewhileawaysmusic.com

Live Music

Artist Spotlight: Lisa Lambe

Irish singer and actress Lisa Lambe is one of Ireland's most sought-after performers. Her debut solo album Hiding Away which was recorded in Nashville was received to great critical acclaim in Ireland and the US. Lisa has collaborated with many artists including Hothouse Flowers, Liam Ó’Maonlaí and Paul Brady. She has performed with John Sheahan, Mundy, Damien Dempsey, Eddi Reader, Declan O'Rourke, Jack L, Mark Geary, Roesy, Sean Keane and others.

Lisa is currently artist-in-residence at Killruddery House, Bray, Co. Wicklow where she has written and recorded a new original album with Fiachna O’Braonain, Martin Brunsden, Liam Ó’Maonlaí, Colm Mac Con Iomaire and Jim Lockhart. The album is due for release at the end of 2017.

Lisa recently performed at Glastonbury and this summer she returns to the Abbey Theatre for Jimmy’s Hall. She will be performing in Trieste, Paris, Glebe Gardens Baltimore, Cornwall and London and headlines Dalkey Jazz Festival in August. Lisa will perform at Kildare Village with John McLoughlin, one of Ireland’s finest guitar players.

Lisa will perform at the Village on Sunday 6 August at 13.00, 15.00 and 17.00 at the Oak Tree (Tommy Hilfiger).

www.lisalambe.ie

Live Music

Artist Spotlight : Floraine Blancke

Born in Paris France Floriane Blancke is a talented harpist, fiddler, pianist and vocalist who has been welcomed into Irish Traditional music circles. The grand-daughter of Jazz musician Stanislas Suranyi, her music has been greatly influenced by his native Hungarian Gypsy style and by her grand-mother Marthe Blancke, who was a classical French violonist.

Floriane also studied classical music for 10 years in the conservatoire of Bordeaux before studying Jazz and World Music. After moving to Ireland from France in 2006 to pursue a fulltime career in Traditional Music, Foriane is now recognised as a skilled harpist and has performed with luminaries such as Sharon Shannon, Brid Harper, Steve Cooney, Paddy Keenan, Pierre Schryer, Seamus Begley and Tim Edey.

While for the most part, Floriane's collaborations are traditional, she has shown her versatility in sharing the stage with contemporary artists such as Shane Mc Gowan of the Pogues and the world renowned vocalist Patti Smith.

Floraine will perform in the Village on Saturday 5 August at 13.00, 15.00 and 17.00 at the Oak Tree (Tommy Hilfiger).

Find out more about Floraine here.

Live Music

Artist Spotlight: Lisa Loughrey

Kildare native Lisa Loughrey began her singing and songwriting career with Dublin based alt folk band, The Mariannes. In 2014, she was singled out for top honours in the inaugural Clancy Brother's Songwriting Competition for the track, Lost with All Hands. Since then, she has gone from strength to strength penning a number of tracks both for, and outside of, the group. One such track includes The Black Diary Waltz, which was released by The Mariannes in April 2016.

The track was featured on an RTE Radio 1 documentary about the life of Roger Casement and in numerous exhibitions celebrating the 1916 Rising. In conjunction with her role in The Mariannes, Lisa is currently working with multi-instrumentalist and producer Nathan Maher and upright bass player Damian McMahon on a collection of solo songs. The sound of this new material is grounded in roots genres.

Most recently, Lisa has been shortlisted for a Pure M Music Magazine Award for Best Female Solo Act 2017 to be announced on August 24th.

Lisa will perform in the Village on Friday 4 August at 13.00, 15.00 and 17.00 at the Oak Tree (Tommy Hilfiger).

www.lisaloughreymusic.com

Fashion

The 9-5 Refresh

While we’d all admittedly rather be lying in the sun, out of office on, Aperol spritz in hand… the reality is that unfortunately summer’s finally coming to its end, and that mountain of paperwork on your desk isn’t going to sort itself.

But, heading back to work needn’t be boring. In fact, it’s the perfect time to re-visit your workwear wardrobe and give your office style a refresh. With the help of a few key pieces, the transition back to 9-5 can be effortless.

Handle it

Carry your essentials in style with a handy satchel. Practical, versatile and inherently chic, it makes light work of your commute. With plenty of compartments to stash all your office must-haves from your laptop to make-up bag, our collection of satchels gives the timeless accessory a fresh update.

Lifestyle

How To Survive The Post-Summer Blues

Oh summer, fleeting yet so glorious—why does your departure always feels like a heartache? Moving through the seasons can be tumultuous, but it can also be motivating and spark new projects or thoughts. Here’s how to make it through the transition from beach days to dark days. 1. Book a workshop or learn something new If summer is for socialising and winter is for nesting, then the shoulder seasons are for getting life in order. Leave the workout regime to spring, and spend autumn learning something new that will see you through those long, dark weekends. Got a side hobby that you want to move into a side project? Now’s the time. Looking for inspiration? Try calligraphy (it’ll come in handy for wedding season) or maybe a jewelry making class (the bonus here is that it takes a lifetime to perfect). If a quick fix is all your attention can handle, take a meditation workshop. 2. Set intentions for the coming season The most effective way of getting over the blues is to take back control. Unfortunately, manifesting the sun is probably out of your reach, but you can ask yourself (and acknowledge) why you’re feeling the way you do. Journaling in the morning or before bed is an effective way to spot patterns, and really get to know yourself. Unlike new year resolutions, setting intentions will move you through change and empower yourself to live in possibility. Do the legwork before the holiday season comes around and set a weekly practice of being patient—it’ll come in handy when you don’t want to bite your tongue at the dinner table.

3. Plan into the future Impatience and frustration are side effects of the summer blues – nobody really wants to be a martyr – and the best way to get out that funk is to plan. What’s better than having something to look forward to? It’s best to do this right off the back of sunny days, before indecision and guilt starts to seep in. Try to plan something for every month, even if it is just a cinema trip or coffee with a friend —it feels good to have something to look forward to. If you’re feeling flush, you can never regret booking an autumn getaway. 4. Rotate your wardrobe Nothing signifies the end of summer more than the sombre day your embroidered dresses and off-the-shoulder tops get vacuum packed and put back into storage for another year. If it feels kinder, try slowly merging your summer outfits with chunkier knits and coats, but come October, it’s best to go Band-Aid style and fully transition into your cold-weather wardrobe. One of the best parts of winter is the fashion, so revel in those skinny leather pants and denim while you still can.

5. Live in denial Still not convinced? Go your own way and deny the turning temperatures. You’ll likely only last until September sans jacket, but if you can only be jolted by shock tactics, this is the way to go. You can keep the flame of summer alive by eating out-of-season strawberries and insisting on keeping your morning coffee iced. Your work colleagues might have something to say when you’re blasting the ‘song of the summer’ through your headphones, but we’re sure you can get them back on side with a frozen margarita at happy hour.

Lifestyle

5 Cafes To Work From This Season

Working from home sounds like the dream, but the truth is that when you work for yourself (and with yourself), cabin fever is a very real side effect. Lounging on your sofa gets old fast, and it’s not always conducive to productivity. This summer, slip into a pretty summer dress, brush your hair and take yourself into society for a few hours. Here’s where you should go. London: Bulldog Edition, The Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High Street Nestled between The Ace Hotel’s lobby, juice bar and restaurant, Bulldog Edition is a laid-back coffee shop that serves up a rotation of donuts, cakes and sandwiches, alongside a decent flat white. The main draw with working here, especially as a freelancer, is that almost everyone else is in the same boat, which makes the collective energy buzzy and motivating. The spots by the back wall are quietest with power outlets, but if you want to feed off the buzz or potentially network, we suggest migrating into the plush couches in the hotel lobby. Berlin: Westberlin, Friedrichstrasse 215 “Coffee, cake, lunch and magazines” reads the sandwich board stationed outside Westberlin, a bright, glass-front coffee shop located between Berlin’s Mitte and Kreuzberg neighbourhoods. Borrowing from its Scandi cousins, the aesthetic is clean and contemporary with a long shared desk to work from, as well as smaller tables for when you really need to get your head down. Pop there in the morning and stay all day if you want to- it’s geared up for working, so there’s no need to feel rushed or pressured to move. When your deadlines are met, be sure to check out the shop’s magazine collection—it’s one of the best in the city.

Dublin: Network Coffee, 39 Aungier Street If you’re going to make the effort to step away from the comfort of home - or if you’re treating yourself to a ‘work from home’ day (don’t forget the air quotes) - it better be worth it. Much of the payoff relies on the goods of course, but atmosphere and setting also play deep into how inspired and motivated you feel. A wonky table and bad vibes don’t promote productivity. Network Coffee is contemporary enough that just being there makes you feel part of something bigger and cooler, but not in an intimidating way. In fact, it’s one of the city’s friendliest places to work from. Paris: Café Craft, 24 Rue des Vinaigriers Café Craft describes itself as the “premier café dédié aux créatifs indépendants” which, if you don’t speak French, loosely translates as the “first cafe devoted to independent creatives”. It’s set up for working and that’s what we like about—your being there is the reason this coffee shop exists, so no need to feel bad for using the wifi and taking calls. It costs three euros an hour to share the space, but you can pay by consumption or connection, meaning a three euro coffee will see you straight for an hour’s work. Grab a spot at the long communal table and spark up a conversation with your fellow coffee-aficionados.

Barcelona: Skye Coffee Co, Carrer de Pamplona, 88 Working from home comes with serious bragging rights. There’s no run-down office building for you, no commute to work, no having to blast heavy metal from your earphones to deter your boss from another conversation—it’s just you, on your time, doing your own thing. That’s the image we like to send out at least, because the reality of chasing invoices and refreshing your email, isn’t very attractive - Skye Coffee Co is though. This large warehouse space houses Barcelona’s coolest cats alongside a refurbed CitröenHY van that sells some of the city’s finest coffee.

Lifestyle

Your Morning Work Routine: Revisited

Ah, the joy of going back to work. Summer’s officially drawing to a close and although we don’t care much to admit it, it’s (almost) time to face reality. But what if there was a way to make the transition from long days in the sun to busy commutes a little more, manageable?

Fortunately, we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves to ensure you’ve got your act together and can get out the door looking polished and professional – quickly.

Plan your outfits in advance

Stay one step ahead of the game and set aside some time on Sunday to go through the upcoming week, planning your outfits to match your diary. By getting it all out of the way before the week starts, you’ll sleep peacefully knowing you’ll never have the inevitable Monday morning nothing-to-wear dilemma and avoid last minute panic dressing before you rush off to work. Oh, how we wish we had a Cher à la Clueless outfit planner, but for now we’ll have to make do with the old fashioned way.

Fashion

Five Office-Ready Trends

Every workweek repertoire needs key pieces, so we’ve rounded up five office-ready looks – from the classic to the contemporary – that will put a pep in your weekday step. Don’t just take our word for it, these on-trend pieces come with a celebrity stamp of approval. No need to thank us.

1. The Statement Shirt

The classic button-down shirt has been taken to new heights with sculptural sleeves, mismatched panels, ruffle tiers, lace trims…we could go on. And it will do wonders for your weekday attire.

Go for: A little bit of frill. In the form of a sleeveless silk blouse with pintucks and a ruffled placket. Alternatively try a long sleeve black piece framed with contrast piping, fluid ruffles along the yoke and lightly fluted sleeves.

Wear it with: Tailored black or navy trousers for a modern take on sharp separates.

Fashion

The Sartorial Startover

School may be out, but your preppy style can and should live on. We’ve gathered 5 must-haves that will help you graduate from basic to collegiate-cool once and for all. Breathe easy, this is one do-over you’ll rave about.

1. The Backpack

Good news, the backpack is still going strong. And the must-have version is neater and chicer than the back-breaking knapsack you used to carry your books in. Time to get (back) on the backpack bandwagon.

Why you should wear it: Something structured, in suede or textured leather will stand the test of time, get you admiring looks and hold all of your essentials. Top marks all around.

Live Music

Artist Spotlight: Sinead Egan

Sinéad Egan studied Classical Guitar from the age of 8. Her musical development was inspired by styles ranging from Soul, Funk and R&B to Country and Irish music and singer-songwriters such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Sade, Joni Mitchell and Tracy Chapman.

Retaining a family tradition of Folk and Country she also incorporates hints of Jazz, Soul and Blues in her music and songwriting. Her instrumental ability on bodhran, piano, banjo, mandolin and accordion, as well as other instruments, allows her freedom to incorporate a plethora of sounds in her music.

Sinéad has accompanied and supported various artists such as Declan Sinnott, KateNash, Eleanor McEvoy, Frances Black, Dolores Keane, Mary Coughlan, Julie Fowlis, The Furey Brothers, Damien Dempsey, The Dubliners and The Chieftains. Most recently she’s composed a song with Boy George and performed and recorded with both him and George Clinton on an album also featuring Sinéad O’Connor.

Sinead will perform at the Village on Sunday 23 July at 13.00, 15.00 and 17.00 opposite Anya Hindmarch.

www.sineadmusic.com

Live Music

Artist Spotlight: Ciara O’CONNOR AND JAKE CURRAN

Ciara O'Connor and Jake Curran are two Dublin-based musicians. They have been performing together for 2 years and play an eclectic mix of Soul, RnB and Jazz in a style that is harmonically and melodically rich in its approach. Together they have played in various venues around Dublin including Fire, The Gravity Bar and The Convention Centre Dublin.

As performers in their own right, Ciara O Connor fronts her own band Akora and regularlysings backing vocals with James Vincent McMorrow and Paul Brady.

Jake Curran is currently playing with Niall Horan. He also plays with CC Brez and fronts his own original instrumental project.

Ciara & Jake will perform in the Village on Saturday 22 July at 13.00, 15.00 and 17.00 opposite Anya Hindmarch.

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Live Music

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: ZOE CONWAY & JOHN INTYRE

With an exciting blend of eclectic fiddle and guitar music, husband and wife duo Zoë Conway and John McIntyre, bring a unique twist to traditional Irish music, compositions and songs, drawing from genres such as classical, jazz and world music.

Zoë has performed with Damien Rice, Lou Reed, Nick Cave, Rodrigo y Gabriella and Riverdance, to mention but a few. A classically trained musician, she has also appeared as a soloist with acclaimed orchestras such as The Irish Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and German WDR Symphony Orchestra; pieces recited include her own compositions and works composed for her by world renowned Irish composer, Bill Whelan.

John began his career as electric guitarist with successful indie band The Revs, with whom he performed and toured extensively in the USA, Australia and Europe. John studied classical guitar and piano for many years and from early childhood he was immersed in the songs and traditional dance music of south west Donegal.

“Simply one of the best folk duos on the planet” (BBC)

Zoe & John will perform in Kildare Village on Friday 21 July at 13.00, 15.00 & 17.00 opposite Anya Hindmarch.

Fashion

Getaway Gorgeous with Louise Cooney

Ahead of her trips to NYC and the Seychelles, we invited fashion, lifestyle and travel blogger Louise Cooney to the Village to Getaway Gorgeous and pick out some beautiful travel outfits from our boutiques. As Louise discovered, the Village makes designer labels attainable with up to 60% off the recommended retail price across some amazing brands including The Kooples, All Saints, L.K.Bennett and designer sunglasses stockist David Clulow.

Louise explained that she loves the Village, finding it a relaxing place to shop where she can take comfort in knowing she will "always find something amazing at an even better price". Louise will be sharing her picks from the Village on her Instagram page over the next few weeks, but in the meantime she has styled and modeled a selection of 5 getaway looks for you to enjoy below!

Louise Cooney pictured above in Reiss Playsuit RRP €225, Village Price €85 ; Reiss Leather Jacket RRP €680, Village Price €490 ; Reiss Red Heels RRP €225, Village Price €140 ; Prada sunglasses from David Clulow RRP €271.50, Village Price €181 ;

Fashion

Fashion Bursary Winner's Graduate show

Speaking on the bursary programme Zowie Broach, Head of Fashion, RCA stated: “Kildare Village have done something really special. Michael is such a tenacious student and so passionate, but very particular and hyper professional. And [the Kildare Village Fashion Bursary] gave him such security”

Michael's standout collection drew inspiration from ancient civilisations and cultures, referencing archaic Irish and world ceremonies and rituals. Conceptually exploring themes of identity, birth and spirituality, he expresses his ideas through a rigorous design approach that places craft and analog techniques at the forefront of his practice,

“My work employs elements of form and silhouette borrowed from these early objects and also pays homage to the craft techniques used to make them”

“Studying at the RCA has been an intense, rigours two years and its been really informative for me because I feel like I have shaped an identity. Its been really important that I’ve been able to manage everything with the support of Kildare Village” - Michael Stewart, Kildare Village Fashion Bursary recipient.

Events

Irish Getaway: Event Guide

Whether you want to rock out to your favourite bands or experience a night of culture, we've taken a look at the top events taking place this summer to give you the ultimate guide on where to go and what to pack to make your staycation even more special.

From one off gigs to festivals and every quirky event in between there is something to suit every taste this year and we've got your fashion essentials covered so you can rock out in style, no matter the weather!

LongitudeWhere? Marley Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin.When?  14 - 16 July

Longitude returns to Marley Park this summer with a line-up that includes Stormzy, Picture This, Canadian superstar The Weeknd and folk rockers Mumford & Sons. www.longitude.ie

Punchestown Music FestivalWhere? Punchestown Racecourse, Nass, Co.Kildare.When?  29 & 30 July

Fashion

Forbes Magazine Explores Só Collective

Forbes Magazine contributor, Amber Gibson, recently took a trip to Kildare Village and discovered the very best in Irish design at Só Collective. 

For Amber, Kildare Village is no ordinary outlet mall. It's more tranquil and luxurious than she had expected, with lush landscaping and excellent local dining options. The Village is also home to Só Collective– the most comprehensive retail space for emerging and established Irish designers and artisans in the country, where the best of Irish craftspeople and designers are brought together under one roof.

Só Collective celebrated its one-year anniversary in April, more than half of the brands are female-led businesses and young and emerging artists are well-represented alongside more established Irish labels like Emma Manley and Umit Kutluk. The plethora of enticing gifts include single-origin craft chocolate bars by Bean and Goose, hand-bound notebooks by Duffy Bookbinders and eco-friendly candles by Candella.

“We want our chocolate to be an affordable luxury,” sisters Karen and Natalie Keane of Bean and Goose explain. Very fitting considering 'só' means luxury or treat in Gaelic.

Award

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

We’re pleased to announce that Kildare Village has been recognized with a 2017 Certificate of Excellence, based on the consistently great reviews you’ve earned on TripAdvisor.

The Certificate of Excellence honors accommodations, restaurants and attractions that consistently receive great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.

Lifestyle

THE ULTIMATE BIKINI CLEANSE

With your summer getaway just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to embark on a detoxifying juice cleanse. And this little three-day saviour from our friends over at Raw Press is glow-guaranteed.

The health-boosting juices and nutritious meals below are designed to have you looking and feeling in tip-top condition. Snack on plenty of whole fruits and raw veggies in between meals, drink as much H20 as you can and skip along to a few Pilates classes the week of the cleanse.

Sun lounger, we’re coming for you.

DAY 1

BREAKFAST

Food & Drink

Creating the Perfect Summer BBQ with John Whelan

On Saturday 3 June, acclaimed chef and founder of The Devils Menu, John Whelan was in Zwilling for a steak preparation demonstration. Before he tickled our taste buds, we managed to speak to John to get some insider tips and tricks for the perfect BBQ, finding fresh ingredients in your garden and to learn more about the cookery school as well as his Made in Heaven marshmallows!

KV: Can you tell us more about The Devils Menu Cookery School and why you decided to set it up?

JW: The Devils Menu was set up because I felt we needed a place where fun & passion for food was the main focus. I believe every meal should be a celebration and I insist all my guests only come if they want to have fun. The best high end kitchens I worked in nurtured the chefs and instilled passion and confidence. And that creates amazing food. I’m currently building a new premises that will be filled with the best appliances by Siemens and knives by Zwilling where I will cook bespoke chef’s table demo dinners for groups of guests from all over Ireland and the rest of the world. I also teach small groups of guests 1-6 how to cook wonderful food using professional techniques that inspire confidence in the kitchen.

KV: Your Made in Heaven marshmallows sound divine, can you tell us more about these?

Travel

Golfing Get Away

Nestled within a meandering countryside landscape, County Kildare is home to the finest championship golf courses that will test the keenest golfers. This year, Kildare Village is delighted to be a sponsor at the JustGolf.ie Heritage Challenge Pro-Am in aid of the Seve Ballesteros Foundation, on 3 and 4 June. To mark the occasion we're taking a look at some of Kildare's finest golfing get aways and sharing some golf fashion inspiration to make sure that you tee off in style!

The Heritage Golf Resort

With a backdrop courtesy of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, The Heritage Resort rests in stunning Irish countryside landscape and is the only golf course in Ireland designed by world number one golfer, Seve Ballesteros. Consistently ranked among the top 10 parkland courses in the country by Golf Digest, The Heritage Resort is only 15 minutes from Kildare Village.Reserve your preferred tee time online at www.heritageresort.ie/golf/

The K Club

Village News

Nikki Tibbles Q&A

Following the enchanting transformation of the Village, we had the chance to speak to Nikki Tibbles, owner and creative director of ‘Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart’:

KV: What was your creative vision/inspiration for the transformation at Kildare Village?

NT: Ireland is renowned for its lush, green, rolling landscapes, and this really was the initial inspiration for Kildare Village. Green, white, natural and texture were all words that sprung to mind. The country's majestic forests, and wonderful beauty is all inspiration to me. I was also keen to look at Irish heritage and everything that makes Ireland one of my favorite countries in the world.



KV: Do you always use indigenous planting and materials?

From the Isle

Racing Colours Competition Winner Revealed

Kate has been a prestigious internship with celebrated womenswear designer and judge of the Racing Colours competition, Richard Malone, in his London studio.

Aimed at undergraduate and recent graduate fashion design students, the Racing Colours competition marks a new collaboration between Kildare Village and The Curragh to launch the 2017 Summer Racing Season. As part of the ‘From the Isle’ initiative, the Racing Colours Competition draws on the heritage of horse racing in Ireland and modern fashion design.

The elite judging panel comprised of Irish and international fashion and industry experts including Richard Malone, Paula Reed, Deirdre McQuillan, Rosie McMeel and Kate Harrington.

Fashion

Festival hero pieces

If you’re lucky enough to be hitting this season’s festivals, then chances are you’re going to need a few new pieces to give your line-up an update…

HAIR-NECCESITIES

Whether embracing your inner boho girl or adding a rock chic vibe to your outfits, hairpieces are a shortcut to getting your style festival ready. Give hippy waves the finishing touch with floral garlands or add edge to a grungy look by embellishing braids with hair rings for a pierced effect.

FESTIVAL KICKS

While you can trust that the music will be on point, the same can’t be said for the weather, so a pair of wellies should be at the top of your packing list. From classic camo greens a la Kate Moss to bold patterned pairs, wellies are more than just a practical feature at this summer’s festivals.

Fashion

Reboot your summer look

Your warm-weather wardrobe needs a reboot? We hear you. The most fuss-free way is to swap the old for the new. And with these three covetable styles, you’ll nail it quicker you can ‘gram your OOTD.

WOMENAn unexpected hero piece, statement stripes and the brave new world of pink. Ladies, we bring you the soon-to-be-everywhere styles you need to flawlessly transition from spring to summer.

The hero piece: The embroidered cover-up Swap: your everyday denim jacket for an embroidered version Denim jackets have been a wardrobe staple since we care to remember, and it’s unlikely they’re going anywhere soon. You can invest in a new piece or breathe new life into distressed denim by turning to tapestry. Take our word for it, embroidery equals instant personality. How to wear it: For a military-inspired turn, opt for a longline utility jacket with intricate embroidery and style it with dark denim cut-offs. Or for a polished take, layer an embroidered lace jacket over a slip dress.

The staple: 50 shades of fuchsia Swap: florals for fuchsia Yes florals are forever pieces, but if you've overdosed on the trend, it's time to think pinkish. Every shade has flooded the catwalks, but not in your average blush tones. Get ready for an influx of hot pinks, raspberry reds and lilacs. How to wear it: Top to toe. Style a pastel satin bomber with a cerise jumpsuit and strawberry-red suede pumps for a highly Instagrammable take. The statement maker: Stripes Swap: Slogan tees for statement stripes There are stripes as you know them and there are statement stripes. The new school of stripes are banker, pinstriped, punchy and everything in between. How to wear it: Flaunt your fashion-forward ways with sleeveless asymmetric silhouettes or off-the-shoulder pieces in… you guessed it, stripes!

MEN

Fashion

Who's your festival style tribe?

Cropped tops, crochet knits and fringing galore, hold on to your flower crowns because festival season is in full force. We've taken notes and put together a guide for finding your style tribe, whether you’re a first-timer, a seasoned pro or somewhere in between.

The First TimerEasily spotted by your brand new wellies, a zippable bum bag – borrowed from one beaming dad – and the look of sheer terror on your face every time you lose sight of your plus one. You’re the designated person for snacks, sanitizers and even pocket-sized survival books. By day two that glossy first festival glow will have rubbed off thanks in part to a pop-up tent that just refuses to stay up. Sporting: Whatever the weather dictates. Rain, hail, sleet, seriously you’ve come prepared for any eventuality.Spiritual Home: Home sweet home, where the Wi-Fi is dependable and sheets are squeaky clean, on laundry day.Style Icon: Cara Delevingne? You’re still undecided.

The New BohemianThough you hail from the English countryside, your heart belongs to sunny California. Coachella may be thousands of miles away and you’ve had to settle for a smaller scale festival, but you’re determined to be there in spirit, dammit. You’re refreshing every blog and ‘zine covering the festival, while getting a temporary tat.Sporting: It's all about fringing, faded denim, and flared trousers. You’ve also stocked up on playsuits in psychedelic prints, crochet dresses and on-trend tassels. Cuban heels and moccasin boots are your go-to day or night.Spiritual Home: Coachella obviously.Style Icon: Alessandra Ambrosio.

The Music Maven You’re with the band, at least that’s the story you’ll be sticking to when trying to blag a backstage pass. You like it loud and you’re probably one half of an indie duo. You’re here for the supporting acts and the late-night jam sessions.Sporting: Burnout or authentic band tees, second-skin leather leggings – switching to distressed denim shorts when the temperature soars – an oversized utility jacket and platform lace-ups.Spiritual Home: Download Festival and Glastonbury.Style Icon: Zoe Kravitz in full Lola Wolf mode.

The Glam GirlYou’re the one with the fresh manicure, and the hair and make-up on point, sipping from a paper cup of freshly poured Moët. You don’t do camping: the smell, the bathroom queues, the mud… but the nearby hotels were fully booked, so you’re grinning and bearing it, after all you’re here to network and collaborate with like-minded souls.Sporting: Crop tops, scalloped shorts, a suede fedora hat and heeled ankle boots – your designer wellies are only in case of mud pools. As for your hair, it’s in an intricately braided updo, because not a drop of mud will touch those tresses.Spiritual Home: Your dot com. You’re fully committed to working your way up from part-time to full-time influencer.Style Icon: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley off duty.

Style Event

Holiday Style with THE GLOSS

We’ve partnered with THE GLOSS to bring you the Holiday Wardrobe Edit this weekend, 18 – 20 May! Call into The Lounge for some afternoon tea or a glass of bubbly and discover your holiday essentials with Village picks from our top boutiques as selected by Aislinn Coffey.

Enjoy a day of fashion and feel like a VIP, to find out more about this event and to find out how you can register for this event click here. In the meantime, be inspired with our great range of summer looks!

Beauty

All about that braid

The braid is back in a big way – sleek and centre parted, tousled or woven into a crown, we’re all about these easy, breezy styles. Because no one has time for third-day festival hair.

THE MESSY BRAIDLet’s face it, looking flawless and fuss-free is #goals. Time to embrace that messy braid we say.

The steps:1. Give yourself a deep side part, separating your hair in two sections. Then separate each section in two again, which will leave you with four sections of hair.2. Starting with the section on the far left, cross underneath the second section, then over the third section – you get where we’re going with this – as though you were basket weaving your hair. Continue until your hair is completely braided and secure the end with a clear hair tie.3. Gently tug sections of the braid apart to loosen it up a bit, for that Instagrammable ‘I woke up like this’ look.

Wear it with: A slinky slip dress, layered jewels – nothing clunky though – and ankle boots. Carry your essentials in a tan leather backpack.

Lifestyle

Festival Snapchat 101

No matter how handy you are with an iPhone – trying to capture your Gigi-inspired make-up, overpriced (but oh-so-photogenic) jackfruit burger and the awkward dancer in the crowd after a few too many rosés is, quite frankly, impossible.

So if you want to induce FOMO in your followers this festival season (and ensure you have some cracking Snapstories backed up for the long journey home) just read on.

Snap hacks

There’s more to Snapchat than face-changing filters; so for those who have moved on from the flower crown, it’s time to discover the number of extra features. Think animated stickers, GIF profile pictures and our favourite Bitmoji add-on that allows users to create their own cartoon character. Total game changer.

Try: Activating airplane mode and creating stories sans Wi-Fi. It will save your data – need we say more?

Travel

Europe’s Best Glamping Getaways

Love the idea of the great outdoors, but can’t quite do without your creature comforts? We’re talking more of the hot tubbing and less of the mosquito swatting that comes with camping. Home and away, this is glamping at its finest.

DE ETCHYNGHAM, UKTHE SCENEA little retro, a little chic. Geodomes, woodland and wildflowers – oh my! Named after a sixteenth-century medieval castle, you’ll find De Etchyngham on the site where Glottenham castle once stood, overlooking picturesque woodland and lakes.THE SELLING POINTPerfect for those in search of slow paced living, serene scenes or that elusive electronic detox.THE SUITCASEWarm and wet weather gear – so trusty Wellington boots or leather ankle-grazing hiking boots and parkas are just some of your must-haves. In other words, come prepared for an English summer!

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MONTESCUDAIO TREEHOUSE, ITALYTHE SCENELaidback luxe. Yes, this is an actual treehouse built around a large oak tree overlooking the sea. It comes with a private yurt that serves as a living room, houses up to five guests and has private bathroom facilities nearby. Need we say more?THE SELLING POINTWhere else can you take in panoramic views of the Tuscan archipelago while getting a dose of R&R? Be warned, living with your feet on the ground may seem like a foreign concept when you touch down.THE SUITCASEAiry kimono tops, bold-hued slip dresses, straw hats, espadrilles – opt for leather ones for an on-trend take – and oversized shades.

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Fashion

Borrow from the Boys

Tomboy style has always been a sartorial cult classic – but now more than ever we are seeing menswear-inspired looks saunter down the runway. There’s no question that borrowed-from-the-boys is a look that’s here to stay. And with good reason… it’s just plain cool. Struggling to nail down that effortless, dishevelled vibe? We’re here to help. STRIKE A BALANCEGoing all in on a menswear look can be too much – but go too-girly and you’ve lost that cool girl sensibility. As always with styling, it’s a matter of striking a balance and paying attention to detail. You have to think masculine versus feminine at all times and incorporate elements from both ends of the spectrum. If you’ve got a girly dress, think to yourself, “how can I add edge?” and throw on an oversized blazer, biker jacket or some chunky boots. On the other hand, if you have some tailored pants and abutton-up, think about adding something traditionally feminine like heels.

SHOW YOUR STRENGTHLike anything from coffee to make-up, you first have to determine your own personal level of intensity. This is where it can be good to pick a celeb style to emulate, so start your Pinterest board now. There is also the so-called model off-duty look – a fine tradition pioneered by Freja Beha Erichson and Daria Werboy, carried on today by new models like Binx Walton. If you’re a beginner to tomboy, start on the girlier side of things then kick it up a gear over time.

WATCH YOUR PROPORTIONSIn the same vein as striking a balance between masculine and feminine, you also have to watch your proportions. Oversized and menswear-inspired might be on-trend but you can’t wear all oversized at once. Balance volume with fitted, so if you wear volume on the top, keep it tight on the bottom and vice versa.

ADD SOME POLISHAll of the celeb tomboy style masters have one thing in common, their looks are sprinkled with some feminine elements and a certain amount of sophistication. Whether it be by adding a strong heel or flawless hair and make-up, there is always that push-pull of feminine versus masculine, casual and tailored, unplanned and deliberate. A great way to pull a look together is with accessories. If you’ve gone with a boyish look, add some girlish Mary Janes, sky-highpumps and a traditionally feminine colour or print.

BUILD IT UP If you’re not sure where to start, start small. Add in one element and go for the slow build. Pair a dress with some Oxford lace-ups or chunky boots, or throw a blazer or biker jacket over the top. If you always keep in mind blending female and male energy, you will be well on your way to nailing tomboy style.

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Menswear Masterclass

There’s more to your look than you know. It only takes a quick peek of street style galleries from Fashion Weeks gone by to see there’s a clear set of tribes emerging in the menswear sphere. Time to know and own your clique we say, because it beats going it alone. The Creative You sport thick-rimmed glasses and you’re never seen without a high-brow ‘zine or journal to scribble in. Face it, you’re a creative intellectual (sub)consciously modelling your look after a bassist or burgeoning artiste. Your style is part cerebral rebel, part off-duty model. Swears by: Oversized trench coats and worn-in leather jackets. Distressed jeans, a slim fitting V-neck tee and lace-up boots are part of your daytime uniform. And when you want to dress it up, you opt for skinnies and throw on a denim button-down shirt. Spotted at: A lesser-known gallery away from the hustle and bustle, debating conceptual art or assemblage. Berlin's Kreuzberg district is your spiritual home. Soundtrack: Anything new, fresh and undiscovered. Indie bands headlining boutique music festivals home or away – would be on your playlist.

The Contemporary

You know which style blogs are worth their weight in Yeezys. Either you dabble in style blogging or you frequent fashion weeks like an insider. You’re a style-conscious, selfie-savvy gent and you know it.  Swears by: Designer collaborations and anything making the rounds on the runway will go straight to the top of your wish list. You’re eyeing up slogan tees and certain horsebit loafers as we speak. Spotted at: FROW at the latest ingénue designer showcase. By night, you can be seen sampling boundary-pushing dishes at an invite-only gastro pop-up.

Soundtrack: Drake, the latest Bieber album and The Weeknd feature heavily on your playlist, though you might not want to admit it. 

Food & Drink

Summertime Cocktails

Thought summer drinks were all pink bubbles and pina coladas? Au contraire. While crisp rosé and minty Pimms are certainly staples for sun-lit soirees, sometimes one requires a drink with a little more je ne sais quoi. Think South American twists or the paired-back elegance of dance-on-your-tongue Prosecco, shaken up with a bitter and woody sage.

Cocktail mixing is an enviable skill, and these balmy summer nights present the perfect opportunity to try your hand at a little ‘shaken not stirred’ magic. Let’s get mixing…

MAGNA MELOPEPO

Ingredients:40ml/1 2⁄3 oz Gin 25ml/1 oz Monbazillac or other Sauternes-esque sweet wine15ml/ 2⁄3 oz Fresh lemon juice10ml/ 1⁄3 oz Saffron syrup (not essential but tasty; use sugar syrup otherwise) 3 chunks Honeydew melon, approx 150g/6oz 1 Sage leaf

Mix it up:Muddle melon and sage in the bottom of a shaker. Add all other ingredients and shake with cubed ice for 6 seconds. Double strain into a cocktail glass.

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Style tips for any occasion from IMAGE Magazine

Big summer days and nights usually come with a dress code; but fear not! This is your chance to shine! Editor-in-chief at IMAGE magazine Melanie Morris and Village stylist and personal shopper Natalie Svikle are here to offer up their top tips to make sure you're ready for any occasion!

I love a good day out! Here are my tips on how to make your stylish mark and stay in the mood to celebrate.

1. Choose well-designed clothes made from good fabric. Check for dresses with linings, separates with good zips and buttons, ensure fabric is breathable and (relatively) crease resistant.2. Get your pieces tailored to fit. Ensure shoulders fit, necklines are in place, sleeves are just-so and hems skim in flattering proportions. Plus, you can nab a bargain that’s a little too big, and end up with a couture piece.3. Jump for it! These days jumpsuits are just as acceptable as dresses and skirts. Try this new take on occasion wear; the silhouette can be very becoming, especially if teamed with statement strappy sandals and a dainty cross-body bag.4. Look to home. Irish designers understand occasion wear; it’s a key category for business. Louise Kennedy and Umit Kutluk are highly prolific in terms of design, colour and statement, and they make clothes that flatter bodies of all ages and sizes beautifully.5. Labels like Ted Baker, Kate Spade and Karen Millen offer eye-catching pieces at brilliant prices.6. When in doubt, add a pop of colour. Pick a neutral palette, then liven it up with one big statement shade. This summer, tomato red, orange, magenta, and canary yellow are all in.7. Don’t forget accessories. A hat by Laura Kinsella or Martha Lynn; a clutch by Lulu Guinness or Anya Hindmarch; statement earrings and designer sunnies will bring personality to a plain, tailored (or jersey) dress.8. People remember the overall look, not the sum of the parts, so whatever you choose, dress for the finished result.9. Don’t forget great underwear, essential to successful occasion wear.10. Beauty matters too! Well manicured nails, freshly coloured hair, great make-up and a delicate, even tan will make as much of a statement as the clothes you wear.

And remember, you’re never fully dressed without a smile!

1. Dress for your figure – don’t get distracted by celebrity style, bloggers or your friends. Choose cuts that suit your proportions and show off your assets while effectively camouflaging the less flattering parts, if you have any.2. Be clear on what your fit preferences are and don’t settle. While I’m a big fan of experimenting with new styles, it is hard to compensate for the fit that doesn’t feel emotionally comfortable.3. If you have a few occasions this summer, opt for separates. L.K.Bennett and Louise Kennedy always have some fabulous options.4. Irish weather can be quite unpredictable so plan for a stylish cover up. Look for a dressy blazer or a summer coat. These can easily be used for a variety of other purposes. Só Collective has a great range of designers that offer stunning layering pieces for dressy occasions.5. Bold prints and striking colours are always a winner for an occasion dress. Diane von Furstenberg and Versace are the places to go if you are looking for strong pops of colour and a great selection of patterns.6. The beauty of plain dresses, on the other hand, lies in their versatility. They can serve as a blank canvas and be nothing short of a chameleon. In this case accessorising is a must! Pop down to Swarovski for a great selection of show-stopping jewellery or to Kate Spade for delicate necklaces.7. The right pair of shoes not only makes the outfit but has the power to single-handedly decide how much (or little) fun you have on the day. Take the time to find the pair that is comfortable! To find your perfect shoes, check out Karen Millen, L.K.Bennett, Diane von Furstenberg, Reiss, Pretty Ballerinas and Kurt Geiger Boutique among others.8. If fake tan is not part of your glam-up routine, yet you crave smooth legs with a touch of holiday glow, make sure to visit Falke and get a pair of Shelina tights that even out the skin tone while creating the bare-leg look.9. Long gone are the days of matchy-matchy accessories, so step out of your comfort zone and add a modern vibe to your look by choosing different coloured shoes and bag. If you prefer to stay within the same colour family, choose different textures, for example, patent shoes and suede clutch. Don’t be afraid to invest in an exquisite designer clutch from Mulbery, Anya Hindmarch or Lulu Guinness10. Invest in a pair of dressy sunglasses! They are just as much part of your look on the special day as the bag and shoes. David Clulow have a fantastic range of classic and contemporary styles, perfect for races and outdoor weddings!

Food & Drink

Domini Kemp

Joe's Coffee, in conjunction with Hazel Mountain Chocolate, hosted an indulgent Coffee and Chocolate Tasting event on Thursday 20 April featuring the creator of Joe's Coffee, Hatch and Sons and Alchemy Juice Co, Domini Kemp.

We managed to grab Domini for a quick chat before the event kicked off to get her top tips to maintaining a healthy lifestyle on the go without depriving yourself of the occasional treat!

KV: What is your favourite menu item from Joe's here in the Village?

DK: So, the thing I love about Joe's is not just the great coffee, we also have an amazing range from Alchemy cold pressed juices as well as wheat, diary, sugar free lunch boxes which are great if your following a low carb diet.

KV: What is your top tip for healthy eating?

Fashion

The Style Fairy

We recently invited Irish fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger 'The Style Fairy' aka Naomi Clarke along to Kildare Village to take a look at the range of occasion wear brands available in the Village.

The Style Fairy enjoyed a day of sunshine and shopping at some of fashion's top brands.

The Village boasts an array of choice for women's fashion from The Kooples, Ted Baker, Reiss, Só Collective, Diane von Furstenberg and French Connection to Kurt Geiger, LK Bennett, Karen Millen and Jigsaw (to name just a small selection!!). You can view the entire list of brands available here.

Naomi was blown away by the range of discounts available, with boutiques offering savings of up to 60% off the recommended retail price, if you need a look for any occasion you'll find it in the Village!

And it is not just the ladies who are catered for, for the gents there is Hackett, Brooks Brothers, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Jack Wills and there is a great selection for the kiddies too with the likes of Joules (one of my Naomi's favourite kids' brands), and also Pretty Ballerinas, Hackett, Cath Kidson and more!

Style Tips

Style Tips for the Races from Paula's Beauty

We spoke to fashion and beauty blogger Paula's Beauty to discover her pro tips for being fashion ready for the races. 

KV: What is the best piece of style advice you've ever had?

P: It doesn't have to match, and remember don't always follow fashion, follow yourself! A rule of thumb for the races is that you can never be overdresssed. How often do we really get the opportunity to go all out in terms of our style - Own the day!

KV: What essentials make it into your racing day clutch?

For a Ladies Day Racing oufit, you really need to incorporate your handbag into your overall look. I'd always be more comfortable with a clutch than without to be honest at such events. In it, you would find powder, lipstick, a small tube of perfume, a brush or comb, with enough room for the obvious phone, cash and keys.

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WEDDING GUEST STYLE

Not an over-the-top hat in sight.

Soon-to-be brides and grooms without a trusty wedding planner, we salute you. If you’ve decided to brave the planning alone, you may already be regretting the decision. The flowers, the cake, the venue and, of course, the dress – it can all get a bit overwhelming no matter how many Pinterest boards you’ve got on tap. But where it really gets tricky is when your guests’ preferences are thrown into the mix (i.e. you have to decide what on earth to dress them in.)

Don’t panic, our foolproof guide will help you avoid those pre-wedding dress code dramas. You can thank us later.

Dress the best man

There’s a good chance the best man will feature heavily in the wedding album, so it’s important not to overlook him when making your style selections. A top-notch ensemble is a must – after all, he’s been chosen as the big day’s number-one wingman. Simple, clean lines and high-quality fabrics are always the way to go, while a three-piece is a timeless option that works in any colour, from classic grey right through to tweed. To finish off the look, a statement tie, pocket square and watch is an elegant alternative to patterned waistcoats and silk cravats. Dapper enough to look sharp, but restrained enough not to show up the groom, not that that’s possible.

Lifestyle

SURVIVING WEDDING SEASON

Get through the season in style 

We’re now stepping into wedding season – a sweet invitation to ubiquitous marquees, five-course tasting menus and the most Prosecco you’ve seen in one place, at one time. Sounds perfect, right? Wrong. The novice wedding goer might be surprised to know that anything can go wrong beyond RSVPing on time, but the amateur knows. You know. Here’s how to deal when the day just doesn’t go your way.

You didn’t plan your route and the venue is way further than you thought

Survive it: Communication comes through in various forms, so when you read or hear something, it’s easy to take mental note and move on, earmarking it for review at a later date. Problem is, the later date is usually the day of the event, leaving you with zero contingencies if you then discover what you thought was correct was actually wrong. The impact of the misunderstanding depends on the degree of the slip up, but when you confuse New York for York, there’s only one solution – lie. Make up a story, feign illness, kill off a family member (not literally, of course), anything’s better than admitting to a bride on the edge of breakdown that you didn’t bother to read the invite she spent two months designing. Truth is power, except not this time. 

You’re on the bridesmaid sub list, and you’ve just been called to action

Style Notes

BEST DRESSED: THE OSCARS

"Nothing defines a person like the dress they wore to the Oscars" said... well no one really, but we were all thinking it. Cate Blanchett's Giorgio Armani Privé gown – as worn to the 2016 ceremony – saw a surge of icy-blue hues make their way onto the high street, and after the love it/hate it debacle of Anne Hathaway's pink satin Dior dress in 2013, rumours flew around that she'd sacked her stylist as a result. Ouch. So in honour of the star-studded event returning for its 89th year, we’re looking back at the most unforgettable gowns. Champagne at the ready…ALL THAT SPARKLES For an event as glitzy as the Oscars, it’s no surprise that metallic hues feature highly on the red carpet. Reese Witherspoon stunned red carpet revellers for all the right reasons at the 2006 Academy Awards after stepping out in a 1955 gold embellished Dior gown, fit for royalty. And who could forget Felicity Jones’s emotional portrayal of Jane in The Theory of Everything (2015). Jones didn’t go home with the gong that night but she was certainly the people’s choice owing to the stunning Alexander McQueen bodice and floor-length skirt. FRILL SEEKERSThe Oscars is much like a free pass for A-listers to bring out their inner Disney princess, which is exactly what Amy Adams did in 2013 when she stole the show in an Oscar de la Renta frilled ball gown. In 2011, Marisa Tomei stepped back in time with a vintage 1950s Charles James dress, complete with a frilled train. And no Oscars round-up would be complete without a round of applause for Bjork’s much-mentioned 2001 swan dress by Macedonian designer Marjan Pejoski. The Icelandic icon even pretended to lay eggs on the red carpet; top marks for originality, Bjork. BELLES OF THE BALLEverything about Lupita Nyong’o’s 2014 duck-egg blue Prada gown made it a clear winner on the Oscars best-dressed list; the colour, the cut and the way it hugged her figure in such an elegant, understated way. She also found the perfect accessory for it slightly later in the night: the Oscar itself! When Jennifer Lawrence took a rather unfortunate trip at the 2013 Academy Awards – the twittersphere was too in awe of her show-stopping Christian Dior gown to mind. And let’s face it, if anyone can pull off a red-carpet tumble, it’s J-Law. TUX DELUXE

Ryan Gosling doesn't have to do much to please crowds with his appearance these days, in fact, quite frankly he could turn up in a bin bag and trend spotters would be hailing it as the signature look of the year. But when he presented the award for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2016 event, it wasn't the winning film that got crowds applauding with such vehemence. It was his perfectly tailored Gucci suit, complete with matching white shirt and bow tie. Whilst David Oyelowo proved at the 2015 Oscars that bold colours aren't just for women. His red wine coloured Dolce & Gabbana tux was a daring choice, but one that totally paid off.

Style Notes

SPRING STYLE: TED BAKER

Step into the season on the right foot with Ted Baker’s gorgeous collection. Here’s everything we’re coveting for the months ahead… For the ladies It’s all about prints this season, ranging from the big and the bold right through to pared-back pastels. Make a subtle statement in artistic A-line dresses, mixed up with bold reds and pinks, perfect for the warmer evenings ahead. Geometric stripes give a futuristic feel to the range, pairing monochrome base colours with mint, coral and yellow hues. Sorbet shades are also set to be big this season and Ted Baker has it covered; expect floaty, loose-fitting dresses in soft vanilla, creams and powdery blues. Perfection. For the gents Gents; keep it casual with Ted Baker’s stylish yet minimalist tailoring. The floral herringbone shirts give an understated formal feel, perfectly paired with a deconstructed blazer. For a more casual feel, officewear meets sportswear with the collection’s tapered chinos in navy tones. Complete the look with a bright coloured jumper and soft grey suede bomber jacket.

Ready for the reboot? January’s mix-up of iridescent prints and cutting-edge designs are simply made for movement. It’s time to sweat.

FOUR OF THE BEST: ALL STARS

Ready for the reboot? January’s mix-up of iridescent prints and cutting-edge designs are simply made for movement. It’s time to sweat.

GYM BAGS

Let’s get real for a second – fitting a killer workout into our day-to-day routine requires some serious packing prep. So whether you’re moving from dance class to desk – or from cardio barre to, well, an actual bar – these gym bags keep your style on point, even when your post-yoga ponytail is letting you down.

SNEAKERS

From streamlined support to breathable technology, train harder and smarter with a pair to suit your personal aesthetic. Low key and city ready, you won’t want to take these off post-sweat. Whether you are reimagining a classic or revelling in the latest hype – it’s a good job sneakers are the shoes of the moment.

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Ted Baker AW Style

Crack the Autumn Winter (dress) code with Ted’s thrilling new collection of Most Wanted pieces.

Prints are firmly in the frame for AW, while shades of opulent teal, purple, grey and burgundy are runaway favourites, ensuring you never get left in the shadows. An enigma he may be, but Ted’s inimitable attention to detail guarantees there’s no case of mistaken identity; texture, embellishment and finishing flourishes have the finer details all stitched up.

Menswear most wanted

Be the best-dressed man for the job in relaxed and laid-back tailoring with crisp lines and clean shapes – a knowing nod to the sport-luxe look of the season. Interesting textures and soft silhouettes make light work of swift departures and incognito exits. Cuffed trousers, bomber-style jackets and patch-pocket blazers are practical pieces you can grab-and-dash at the drop of a hat.

Once darkness falls, become a master of disguise in faultless tailoring and sleek separates. Brace yourself for impact in oversized checks on blazers, florals on tailoring and geos on accessories. Statement, tactile fabrics are for those who need never blend in with the crowd (undercover agents, please disregard).

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THE HOLIDAY EDIT

Got holiday plans? We’ve got the style to match. Whether you’re jet-setting to white sandy beaches for a spot of relaxation or heading for a weekend city escape, getaway season is officially calling. Your wardrobe on the other hand, may not be quite so prepared. With limited space in your suitcase, you’ll need to master the art of destination dressing, fast. Thankfully, with the help of these key pieces you’ll be ready to chase the sun in no time… 1. Cover-ups

Heading to the pool? Or going from beach to bar? Then you’ll need to ensure a beautiful cover-up is on your list. Opt for cool kimonos and kaftans in tropical colours and bold prints that instantly make you feel like you’re ‘on holiday’. Tie-dye prints and tassel trims instantly add style points.

2. Sandals

Set those feet free (pedicure is mandatory) with an essential pair of summer sandals. Whether you’re ticking off this summer’s trend for sporty sliders updated with colourful, contrasting straps or opting for chic wear-with-everything mules, there’s a pair to covet whatever your vibe.

3. Beach bags

Lifestyle

5 THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT SUMMER

Think of summer – think of sun, beaches and vacation, right? Just like everything else in life, we sensationalise the seasons, setting expectations for the warmest months of the year that will likely leave us crying into a pina colada shortly after the solstice. Come on, we all know that a dose of vitamin D doesn’t automatically lead to love, health, and endless possibilities, yet here we are, daydreaming out lives away. This year, we’ve decided to embrace all the simple pleasures that the sun-drenched season brings. Come and join us.

1. Keep it simple

Don’t sweat it. The sun might be out but that doesn’t mean you have to turn into an Instagram influencer, make a goji-topped acai bowl or suddenly become the life and soul of the office. You like what you like, even if that is a whipped cream frap and taking #hotdogsorlegs selfies. From the tropical scent of suncream right through to the pleasing crunch of ice in your ashy, burnt-espresso Americano – sometimes it’s the little things that make you the happiest. Ice-cream, flower crowns and mojitos all fall into this category too, but who cares? Enjoy.

2. Save time getting dressed

Beauty

GET SUMMER READY: THE HOLIDAY TIMELINE

Booked your beach getaway? Then time is ticking. We’ve made it easy for you to prep, preen and perfect your summer beauty routine, so you can look on point for all those holiday snaps. Let’s get started…

60 DAYS BEFORE – KICK OFF THE CLEANSEBoosting immunity and helping you to feel tip-top in time to bare all on the beach – check out our bikini cleanse here. Make sure you drink plenty of water and start your day with a nutrient-rich fresh juice. To reduce bloating and dehydration, be sure to cut down on carbs and caffeine.

45 DAYS BEFORE – AMP UP THE EXERCISEIt’s time to get moving! Whether you’re headed to the gym or rolling out your mat at home for a Pilates session, do something every day to raise your heart rate before your holiday. Not only will you burn fat and tone up, but the more you move, the more your lymphatic system drains away those pesky toxins.

30 DAYS BEFORE – WARDROBE OVERHAULThe holiday wardrobe is just as important as the holiday itself – just think of all those Instagram snaps! Chances are, you haven’t even come close to thinking about baring your pins in a summer dress; now’s the time to stock up on new swimwear and some key pieces to refresh your jet-set line-up.

14 DAYS BEFORE – CUT YOUR HAIRFor that ultra-healthy swishy summer feeling, book in for a trim a couple of weeks before you fly; the extra time will allow your new ‘do to settle in. Avoid colouring hair before you go; chlorine and sun exposure could have an adverse effect, and don’t forget to pack a daily leave-in conditioner.

Lifestyle

HOLIDAY HEALTH HACKS WE SWEAR BY

The dichotomy between preparing our bodies for summer and what we’re happy to do to them as soon as we’ve checked in at the airport is almost amusing. Juice detoxes, facials and endless yoga are soon replaced with sangria, a thousand trips around the buffet bar and hours tanning by the pool. It seems that sun and temporary amnesia go together, sigh. Then again, isn’t the whole point of getting away, to get away from it all? Well, it doesn’t need to be black and white. Here’s how to live it up without completely giving up your healthy lifestyle. START AS YOU MEAN TO GO ON There’s certain parameters for alcohol and those stay in place even when you’re in the departures lounge: a mimosa is acceptable for brunch, champagne any hour after lunch and hard spirits should only be consumed post-supper, in-flight or if you’ve suffered a lengthy delay. You wouldn’t hit up your local at 8 am in the morning for a G&T (or maybe you would…), so don’t pre-drink before your early morning flight. The same goes for food – if fast food is usually a no-go, don’t introduce it before you get on an eight-hour flight. The key here is preparation. Pack a bento box the night before chock full of protein, leafy greens and avocado, ditch the coffee after boarding and drink plenty of water.

MAKE YOUR FOOD ROUTES If you’re anything like us, city breaks can soon become one giant banquet – and with so many foodie options to take in on every street corner, it would be rude not to eat out for every meal of the day. Why make it mindless, though – with a little bit of careful planning and some help from Google Maps you can build walking tours to every area of the city. Research all the hotspots you want to visit and start planning your itinerary around meal times. Before you know it, you’ll have walked 10K and really earnt that extra gelato (we don’t judge). Think of it as a walking meditation... with food.

BE STRATEGIC Here’s the kicker, with ice cream, gelato and frozen yoghurt – they all contain lots of milk, cream and sugar. On holiday, one scoop a day isn’t truly terrible, but anymore and you’re in dangerous territory. All-inclusive deals are an enabler of this habit, but it’s just not OK to go through a pint of ice cream every day for a fortnight. This is where you need to think of the calorie/enjoyment trade off. If you love it, eat it, but if it’s not your favourite, then give it a second thought. Lollies are often made from real fruit or coconut water and are a lighter choice than a sundae or milkshake.

CONSISTENCY IS KING Listen to your body. I know, being gluten intolerant while on the Italian Riviera isn’t ideal, but complex as the body is, it doesn’t know when it to turn on and off those sensitivities. The thought process is do now, deal with it later, but is that bowl of pasta really worth missing the sun the following morning because it’s wreaked havoc on your mood and energy? As best you can, stick to your usual diet. And if you just can’t resist, pepper in those casual food dalliances sparingly and mindfully.

Travel

EUROPE'S BEST ROOFTOPS

Rooftops for summer. Ground-breaking, I hear you say – but would you rather be basking in the heat of a 30-degree day or shivering from the air con inside the standard cocktail bar? We think we know your answer and for that reason, we’re talking rooftops. Unless you’re suffering from vertigo, there’s literally no downsides to lounging outside with waiter service and the best views in the city. Slip on your shades, order a strawberry daiquiri or something just as predictable and revel in the beauty that is alfresco socialising. It’s time to get high…

RADISSON BLU, NICELa Terrasse at Radisson Blu, Nice, features stunning panoramic sea views over the picturesque Baie des Anges. Striped awnings protect you from the glare of the sun (but allow you to feel the heat), while the pool is perfect for cooling off between rounds. You might only go for the Instagram cred, but if you’ve made it to the roof, it’s worth ordering dinner and making a night of it. Aren’t you on holiday? The authentic Mediterranean menu has been specially crafted to be enjoyed outdoors and features fresh seafood and local produce. Getting a lounger in the height of summer could prove difficult, so stay alert. You know that time between sunbathing and dinner where everyone is sprucing themselves up? That’s your move.

ME, LONDONSitting pretty on the 10th floor, this flatiron-shaped space boasts both indoor and outdoor space along with panoramic views of London’s most recognisable landmarks. It’s a sanctuary from the fast-moving world below. The cocktail and drinks menu changes depending on what’s in season, so we suggest trying something special. The restaurant also offers a tapas menu and earthy dishes such as fried courgette flowers and bitter chocolate tapenade. Hotel guests receive complimentary access to this exclusive hide away, mere mortals need to argue their case. Go on, “kiss the sky.”

Travel

Pack like a pro

It’s a universally acknowledged truth that nobody likes packing. Can’t we just be sunning ourselves on the beach already? The list writing, the moving almost identical sandals (yes we can tell the difference) between the ‘definite’ and the ‘maybe’ piles… it’s not quite as glamorous as those enviable travel flat lays make it seem. Then there’s the task of fitting our inevitable new purchases, into our already overflowing bags for the trip home. It’s enough to erode all the good ‘resting-up’ we’ve been doing.

No need to have a breakdown before you’ve even got on the plane – just get wise and follow our guide.

ITINERARY READY

Yep. We told you it wasn’t all pina colada-filled holiday snaps. But jokes aside, being organised is the best way to make sure you don’t overpack. Envisioning what your holiday will entail is sure to help you work out what you need wardrobe-wise. Write up an itinerary for your trip so you know roughly what you’ll be doing on each day – whether it be long beach days or mornings spent brunching around the hottest spots in the city. That way you can pack specific outfits for each day or event, staving off the wild need to add the tenth bikini into the mix.

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Lifestyle

Five summer apps we can’t live without

Whether you’re looking to get SPF savvy or you just want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, we've rounded up the five must-have apps that will help you manoeuvre your way through those scorching (with any luck) days of summer like a pro. So grab your phone and get to downloading.

For the die-hard coffee lovers – Secret Menu for Starbucks

Tired of the plain and the plain old crazy options – unicorn concoction we see you – itching to move on to something new to quench your never-ending thirst for caffeine? Feel free to swap your usual iced mocha lattes for the unpredictable – Butterbeer Frappuccino anyone? – with a little help from the not-so Secret Menu Starbucks app. The trusty app lets you browse and try the hidden gems you can’t and won’t stop raving about. And if you’re hiding an inner barista, you can even submit your own recipes.

For the ‘do-it-on-a-whim’-ers – Whym

So you’ve committed to a last-minute weekend getaway, but you’re stuck on what to do and what to see when you touchdown, we know the feeling all too well. Whym is the app for the last-minute, spur-of-the-moment, devil-may-care getaways, as it can help you score cheaper tickets for every bike tour or backstage pass your heart desires. Try Whym on a whim, your weekend break may just depend on it. No pressure.

Fashion

The art of city dressing

Long balmy evenings and effervescent social calendars, balcony brunches and rooftop sips – not to mention your fellow commuters actually cracking a smile for once. Yes, the idea of summer in a buzzing metropolis is bliss. The reality of the rising heat on your #OOTD? You know the score.

It also just so happens that summer is the most photogenic season of them all – and hell hath no fury like your best friend with the latest Snapchat filter. So, if you’re ready to panic-buy a portable hand-held fan, please refrain. Summer in the city doesn’t have to equal a style sacrifice. Here’s how to up your game for everyone’s favourite season…

LIGHTEN IT UP

Thank the fashion gods that pastels are back in. While dark colours absorb heat, light colours reflect it, so it goes without saying that sweltering days call for blush pink, mint green and crisp white. They look breezy and summery too – and nothing shows off a post-Mediterranean tan quite like it. The lighter the fabric, the fresher you’ll feel – much-needed when we’re hopping in and out of Ubers all day long.

Lifestyle

5 Tips for living creatively

Inspired by the art, music and culture of festival season? Us too. There’s something to be said about seeing the world slightly differently, thinking outside of the box and living a little more creatively. It all starts with inspiration and we’re here to kickstart yours. Paintbrushes at the ready…

Get curious Life is full of so many interesting things – and let’s face it, no matter how much yoga we do or green juice we sip, we’ll never have enough time to experience it all. So make it a challenge to try something new every week, whether that be indulging in the latest foodie trend (cronuts are so least season) or ditching your Google Maps and finding a new route to work. Push yourself to be curious about the world around you and pay attention, who knows what you’ll find.

Get festiveNot all festivals require days of trudging through mud and fighting off crowds in a mosh pit. From family-friendly beachside celebrations full of organic eats, surf lessons and cookery workshops to nights spent under the spectacularly star-lit skies of the Sahara– nothing unleashes creativity quite like a week spent doing something new. Discovering new artists, tasting new cuisines, meeting new people and dressing with flare and abandon awakens our minds and souls to new possibilities and ideas.

Get outdoorsBelieve it or not, there’s a whole world outside your four walls. Getting out of your space for a few hours is always refreshing. Why not pick an area you’ve not spent much time in before and plot out a walking route, complete with a riverside pub lunch? Or ditch the tech for an afternoon, pick up a book on something you’ve always been interested in and spend the afternoon in the park reading. Sounds blissful, because it is.

Get more playWe’re so over routine. Have desert for breakfast (twist our arm), or throw on some music and put Beyoncé to shame. Get down to the photogenic art shop you’ve always walked past and invest in some mermaid-hued acrylics and a huge blank canvas. Block out the afternoon and go wild. Create a masterpiece worthy of the Louvre – or your Instagram at least.

Fashion

Playing Dress Up

Places to be? When it comes to getting into the flow of occasion season, you’ll need a series of show-stopping looks to match. Whether your calendar is brimming with cocktail parties and you need an outfit just as high profile, or you’re looking to elevate your brunch style with a sophisticated spin, we’re here to make sure you create your best impression. Rise to the occasion with these key looks…

FOR THE COCKTAIL PARTY

The look:The perfect excuse to get dressed up, dial it up for a cocktail party with a sleek and sophisticated dress. Whether you stick to classic colours or bold hues, tick off this season’s trends with feminine finishes from frills to lace details, or for a sleek alternative, look to the jumpsuit.

The details:Bring the party with statement accessories; think sleek clutch bags adorned with embellishment as well as bold jewellery, from bejewelled earrings to look-at-me necklaces that will instantly add a dose of high-octane glamour into your cocktail party attire. And don’t forget the heels.

FOR THE GARDEN PARTY The look:With garden party season in full bloom, opt for free-flowing yet sophisticated silhouettes to master outdoor occasions. Channel effortless elegance with a maxi dress, adorned with botanical prints that match your surroundings. Don’t forget layers; a sleek jacket is a must for unpredictable weather.

Lifestyle

The Interior Refresh

Spring is finally upon us, and with it, brighter mornings, blossoming branches, the ever-faithful daffodils and an undeniable desire to spring clean and redecorate. We’re emerging from a long, grey winter and, quite frankly, we are in need of some colour. So, farewell hygge, we’re all about light and airy spaces for the new season.

GreeneryGreen is back in all its glory – that is until it’s warm enough for us to spend all day outdoors, obviously – and no, we don’t just mean the fiddle leaf fig kind. We mean Greenery, Pantone’s ‘fresh, zesty yellow-green’ colour of the year. Think freshly mown lawn (is there a more spring-like smell?), dimpled lime peel kissing the edge of your Margarita glass, lush palm leaves and crisply bitter green apples. Rejuvenating, bright, refreshing and new. If an eye-catching statement wall or a crushed velvet sofa is a bit too ‘jungalow’ for you, try different tones of green, like adding emerald linen napkins to your dinner table or pairing palm print scatter cushions with crisp white bed linen. And, of course, the humble houseplant is back in the spotlight so don’t forget to give them some TLC with a regular watering and a spot in the sun.

TextureWell-curated textures are the key to sending an almost-there-room to the glossy pages of your favourite magazine. Tactile pieces turn a room from something beautiful to behold into something enticing to experience, adding curiosity, interest and the undeniable, irresistible urge to reach out and touch everything. Swap out your traditional dining chairs for acrylic ones, and add cushions in bright, contrasting prints. Collect magazines in roughly hewn grass baskets or create a focal point in your bedroom with abaca side tables. Combined with statement lighting, contrasting texture will add that bespoke ‘collectors’ feel, while upholstered headboards are a quick and classy way to up the opulence-factor in the bedroom.

Geometric lightingIf we’re honest, we’ve seen one too many Edison bulbs hanging from bistro ceilings and the windows of our local coffee shops. Welcome to the classier, more artistic option: geometric lighting. From warm metals like brass and copper to structured chandeliers, spring sees lighting take on a sharper, more sophisticated look. Gone are the days of hiding your light bulb under a floral-print, frilly-bonnet shade. These days we’re all about strong lines, cage-like creations and hexagonal shapes. If you’re looking for an excuse to hang a geometric-inspired conversation-starter chandelier in your entrance hall, look no further. Statement lighting fixtures, just like first impressions, are everything.

Upholstered headboardsYou just have to spend a few minutes flipping through design magazines or perusing interior websites to know that this trend is on the up. Chic fabrics, iconic prints and unusual shapes are all big players in the bedroom this season. Choose a statement colour (we’d recommend green, obviously), pair it with an eclectic mix of linen in different textures – think roughly woven throws – and plush cushions and you’ve effortlessly combined three trends into one (so smug). Bedrooms are the centre of rest and relaxation and a luxuriously puckered headboard, or a simple wingback will add an undeniable old-world charm.

Travel

Europe’s Best Brunches

To celebrate Easter, we’ve scoped out four of Europe’s most brag-worthy brunch spots to add to your little black book…

LONDON: BOURNE & HOLLINGSWORTH BUILDINGS42 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell | bandhbuildings.com

THE VIBE: Eclectic cool. Plush velvet armchairs with bold floral accents complement the refined interiors and fresh bouquets. It’s the go-to spot for in-the-know Londoners.

THE MENU: There’s a hefty brunch menu – from Huevos Benedictos to braised beef. Oh, and if the bottomless Bellini brunch with fresh peach fruit purée doesn’t beckon you, we don’t know what will.

THE GUESTLIST: Take your interiors-loving mum and no doubt she’ll rave about this for months to come.

W Magazine

W Magazine: Luxury Guide To Ireland

It’s no wonder that the country that takes credit for designers like Simone Rocha and JW Anderson is on the up and up. Make sure you stop by Só Collective at Kildare Village, a chic boutique which stocks a curated cast of Irish designers and covetable Gaelic souvenirs, such as cozy knits, artisanal candles, and hand-bound notebooks you can customize with your initials.

Not only do they have an in-store gallery with monthly exhibitions, but they invite local craftsmen–from poster printers, to weavers–to hold pop-up demonstrations and showcase their wares.

Só Collective, Kildare Village

Hand-bound books and beeswax candles at Só Collective

Tara Marzuki

Design from the Isle with Tara Marzuki

We recently invited Tara Marzuki back to Kildare Village, the Village has doubled in size since Tara's last visit two years ago, offering designer labels at more affordable prices and now stocking brands such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Armani, & Versace to name but a few. Tara was happy to discover her New York local Le Pain Quotidien has also opened up along with Joe’s Coffee, an Irish-run coffee shop. Tara found that she could easily spend a full day at the Village, perusing her favourite brands such as The Kooples & All Saints and hitting Dunne & Crescenzi to refuel with a spot of pasta!

Outfit from The Kooples, Leather Jacket from All Saints.

Outfit from Reiss

SS 17

FROM THE CATWALK TO YOUR WARDROBE SS17 TRENDS

Stay on trend for SS17 with catwalk looks without the designer price tag! Stylist Annmarie O'Connor and the Irish Examiner tap into the top trends at Kildare Village.

Photographer: Miki Barlok.

Aquascutum 'Lola' Wrap Dress, RRP €275 Village Price €100 ; Diane Von Furstenberg Seahorse Silk Scarf, RRP €140 Village Price €84 ; Diane Von Furstenberg Mini 'Agent' Bag, RRP €263 Village Price €158 ; LK Bennett 'Leona' Patch-work Suede Heels, RRP €325 Village Price €216 ; Prada Sunglasses @ David Clulow , RRP €279 Village Price €179.99

Spring Style

SPRING CAMPAIGN PHOTOSHOOT: YOU MAGAZINE

 

Take a look at the stunning Spring women's fashion range from top brands available at Kildare Village featured in You Magazine, 18 Feb.

Special thanks to photographer Kenny Whittle and fashion editor Grace Cahill.

Umit Kutluk Pink Gold Button Coat, €599 @ Só Collective ; Ted Baker Grey Studded Heels, €110 ; kate spade new york Plain Light Grey Box Bag, €239 ; Leather Gloves, €114 @ Só Collective

Travel

Destination Detox: Inside Europe’s best wellness retreats

February and March are the new June and July. Don't believe us? Take a look around the office and count the empty desks. Fresh off the heels of the year’s two toughest months, the start of spring offers boundless opportunity and a sunny outlook, hence why it’s the perfect time to indulge in some critical ‘me time’. We're not talking about all-inclusive drinks and French fries by the pool though, this pre-summer getaway is about winding down in order to build back up – a delight for both the body and mind. From boot camp to vipassana, yoga to juice detoxes, this is the time to really make good habits stick, so that when it finally comes to summer, you can really enjoy it. Read on for our pick of the best wellness getaways in Europe: THE ONE THAT FEELS LIKE A HOLIDAY MARINE ESCAPE; RADISSON BLU 1835 HOTEL & THALASSO, CANNESSix days, 24 treatments. There’s no need to say more. Radisson Blu’s ‘Marine Escape’ package is designed to fully service the body with minimal effort – perfect for those who seek solace in a fluffy, white bathrobe and an aromatherapy massage. With its own private beach, the hotel boasts a full-service spa, Turkish baths and a rooftop restaurant. Wake up to the sound of the ocean and spend long days nourishing the body with Thalassotherapy sessions – the therapeutic use of seawater, algae and seaweed to promote health – yoga, healthy food that actually tastes good, and half-board accommodation so that all thinking time and decision-making is kept on the down low.

Indulge in this Cure package and enjoy 4 spa treatments per day for as many as 6 days.

THE LIFE CHANGER YEOTOX; YEOTOWN RETREAT, NORTH DEVON, UKBased in picturesque North Devon, mapped by rolling hills and glorious surf, Yeotown offers its signature Yeotox programme – ‘a modern take on a traditional detox’. Over the course of five days you enlist in both physical and mental endurance and release – coastal hikes, strength training, reading, massage – and are fuelled by a ‘fad-free’ diet (no cabbage soup here). This isn't a detox or retreat that you leave at the checkout desk, the programme is designed to set you up for life, those five blissful days are a mere side product. The Yeotox programme runs every week from Wednesday to Sunday. The five-day Yeotox Programme costs £1,870 and all accommodation and meals are included.

THE MEDICAL DETOXDETOX PROGRAMME; SHA WELLNESS CLINIC, ALICANTE, SPAIN This macrobiotic-based wellness spa and clinic is the best of both worlds – it’s luxurious and good for you. Designed to detoxify and purify the body, help you combine a healthy diet with physical exercise and complementary therapies, and improve your general physical and mental wellbeing, the Detox Programme is like a check box of solutions to everything that’s wrong with city life. Don't let the five-star accommodation lure you into a false sense of security; a week here is no walk in the park. You'll be assessed through a medical exam and laboratory tests, and then prescribed a diet for the week, Chinese medicine and therapeutic treatments, and even lymphatic drainage, cryotherapy and colon hydrotherapy. Literally, a new you. A seven-day Detox Programme costs €3,150 and all accommodation and meals are included. THE ESCAPE FROM REALITYESCAPE TO SHAPE, LAKE COMO, ITALY (AND VARIOUS OTHER LOCATIONS) There’s no point in going somewhere Instagrammable and sunny only to spend a week holed up in a yoga studio or weights room. Escape to Shape offers a curated blend of travel, culture and wellness, and is designed to give you an off-the-beaten-track experience within some of the world’s most beautiful cities and towns. Although the company offers retreats everywhere from Cambodia to Chile, the Lake Como one is one of our favourites. Italian food? We're in. The only effort you need to make is pushing the button on the booking and travel to Milan. Once you're there, revel in the indulgence and luxury of an exclusive nineteenth century villa (complete with swimming pool, tennis courts and unparalleled views of Lake Como), enjoy morning power hikes, daily yoga, cooking lessons and cultural day trips. Still at your desk? You know what you need to do. A six-day retreat at Lake Como, Italy costs $4,500, based on two people sharing, and includes all accommodation and meals.

Style

ACTIVEWEAR, ACTIVE LIFE: THE LOOKBOOK

Clean lines, modern accents and athletic detail – it’s now acceptable to wear gym clothes 24/7. Here are the all-star looks to sport this season …WOMENSWEAR: FOR THE BOARDROOMIn case you hadn't clocked it yet, we've developed quite a penchant for all things active – and while the trend’s relaxed vibe is a dream for the weekend, it doesn't have to stop when you're on the clock. Playing the office style game has never been easier – infuse edge into your working wardrobe by mixing in core pieces with a sports luxe feel. Think streamlined track pants, sleek bombers and elegant pumps. Much like your Sunday morning yoga class, balance is the key. Going for bold detail? Stick to luxury textures. Opting for trainers and a sweater? Even it out with tailored trousers in a play-it-safe hue. Move over suiting, this is your new 9-to-5.MENSWEAR: FOR AFTER-HOURSTired of that faithful shirt and jean pairing? Re-energise your menswear evening look with a sporty sensibility. Wait a second though – we're not saying hit the bar in your sweats (sorry). So what are the rules? Stick to accents rather than statements – pivotal evening basics can be totally transformed by low-key twists. Basically, leave your tracksuit in the locker-room and you're good to go. These are the details you need on your radar.WOMENSWEAR: FOR RUNNING ERRANDS Too busy to deal? Minimise sartorial stress with a sports-meets-streetwear approach. Effortlessly cool and quietly comfortable, run your errands in a combo of cashmere knitted joggers and soft cotton tees – topped off with a sleek leather jacket for that credible city spin. As for footwear, as much as we love a good heel, sometimes we just haven't got time for the drama. Swap in for artfully designed trainers and move seamlessly in style from one errand to another. Cool running indeed. MENSWEAR: FOR THE OUTDOORS March might mean that spring has sprung – but we're not ready to lose the layers anytime soon. Luckily, this season’s sports inspired pieces make for a winning (and warming) combination. Tap into the trend with thick graphic sweaters or dare to be bold knitted cardigans of bright geometric prints. If the pieces push you out of your comfort zone, pare it back with a neutral cover up. Oversized coats are the laid-back hero of the moment – go big or go home people.

Food & Drink

MIX IT UP: SUPERFOOD MOCKTAILS

Post-winter blues getting you down? It’s time to shake things up and we don’t mean behind the bar. Introducing three wonderful – and maybe a little weird – concoctions mixed up by Jack Graham. As the master juice mixologist (yes that’s a thing) over at hip London health hang-out Raw Press, there’s no one better for the job. Thought argan oil was just for your hair? Think again. Let’s get mixing…MUSHROOM ESPRESSO MARTINI After soaking the almonds, blend them with dates, vanilla beans, Himalayan sea salt and coconut water, which really refines the flavour and makes it extra delicious.Once strained and chilled, finish off this wonderful and earthy espresso martini with a shot of coffee and a dusting of medicinal mushroom powder. Reishi mushrooms are the most famous of all the medicinal mushrooms; they have been used historically to strengthen the immune system, relieve stress and cleanse the liver. Winning.Say goodbye to your morning cappuccino and spruce up your cocktail repertoire; this is one mineral-rich jet fuel that you can definitely feel good about!RECIPE15g soaked almonds 1/2 medium-sized soaked and pitted datesA pinch of sea saltA drop of vanilla extract125ml raw coconut water 1/2 shot of coffee (preferably cold-brew)1g powdered reishi mushroomsBlend all the ingredients together except the coffee and the medicinal mushroom until smooth and creamy, strain through a nut milk bag or muslin cloth, mix in the coffee and the mushroom powder, and serve or chill for up to three days.

UPROOTED 94 Incorporating carrot, orange, fennel, turmeric, ginger and argan oil, our Uprooted juice is sweet and spicy, with a really unusual combination of ingredients. Turmeric is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that ordinarily isn't that well absorbed into the body, but is fat-soluble. It therefore becomes even more potent when combined with argan oil, which itself boasts numerous benefits including lowering bad cholesterol. Fennel and ginger calm the stomach, while carrots and oranges (rich in vitamins A and C) encourage clear skin. The Uprooted juice is one of our most popular concoctions, and here we are taking it to the next level with some fresh chilli and the addition of Seedlip’s non-alcoholic spirit, Spice 94, boasting botanicals of allspice, cardamom, oak, lemon and grapefruit. RECIPE – 250ML LONG DRINK3 carrots (approximately) (c.300g)1 fennel bulb (c.100g)150ml freshly squeezed orange juice5g fresh turmeric root5g fresh ginger root1tsp argan oil1 shot of Seedlip 94A pinch of freshly chopped red chilli to garnishSHOT IN THE DARKThe sea buckthorn berry contains some of the highest amounts of vitamin C found in fruit. They have a strong citrusy aroma and have become naturalised around Britain’s coastlands.Activated charcoal is another ingredient that has been super-popular in juicing circles over the past year or two, and is the perfect way to detoxify the system from various toxins. RECIPE A pinch of activated charcoal powder 1 tsp sea buckthorn juice, or 5 or 6 dried berries crushed in a pestle and mortar15ml aloe vera juice 15ml raw coconut water

Style

CELEB BEST DRESSED: SPORTS LUXE

Chanel, Alexander Wang, Nike – we don’t care who takes credit for sparking the sportswear ‘trend’ that’s refused to leave us for the last few seasons. All we care about is that it’s not going anywhere. Seriously – please don't take it away from us. Mastering sports luxe style is easy to underestimate; there’s more to it than just pulling on sweats, lacing up a pair of high tops, looping your hair into a ponytail, and calling it a look. Follow a few simple rules, however, and you'll have low-key dressing down to a tee (literally). SHOW CONTROL Self-restraint is the most difficult part of any comfortable look, but you have to draw the line somewhere. Pick one piece – an oversized hoodie is a good place to start – and incorporate it into your everyday repertoire. Look for elevated styles in luxe fabrics, with contemporary detailing such as raw trims, embellishment or graphic motifs. Grey, navy and bright solid-colour pieces will dissolve edgy all-black outfits, adding interest. Remember: style is often a juxtaposition, so although those running shoes feel like heaven, always balance low with high.THROW SHADE Just because something feels good doesn't mean that it can’t make a statement. Take your cue from Yeezy. Pick one base colour and plan your outfit around it – building tonal layers creates contrast and limits the time you need to spend considering your wardrobe decisions. Rich olive hues are universally flattering and team just as well with earthy sand tones and lighter moss shades. And the best part? It doesn't matter how low-key your outfit is; tonal dressing always yields maximum impact for minimum effort. Win, win. LAYER UP Sometimes, when a model makes an outfit their uniform, it lures you into the false sense of security that you too could make it yours. This isn't one of those times – thanks Gigi; we like your skinny-leather-leggings-and-bomber-jacket combo, and we're going to work it too. The draw with a bomber jacket is that it instantly adds a cool, athletic feel to your look, and you don't even need to zip it up. Drape it over your shoulders, tie it around your waist, double it up – choose a timeless style in olive or black, and wear it for seasons to come. NON-COMMITTAL As appealing as dressing down is to some, the mere thought makes others recoil. Here’s the good news – sports luxe is a still a trend you can tap. A bomber jacket in tactile satin or silk is lightweight and elegant, while embroidered and embellished detailing adds individuality. Keep your style as is and think of the athletic aspect as an add-on, rather than the focal point of your outfit. Try switching out heels for Converse with a slip dress or pairing leather culottes with an oversized tee or hoodie rather than a silk shirt. RIDE THE WAVE

Beach-blonde waves and sun-kissed skin isn't a prerequisite for Candice’s laidback style, but they definitely don't do it any harm. The perfect travel outfit, love-worn denim and a cropped white tee always looks fresh and feels comfortable. Kick the sports vibe up a notch, switching anything fancy for your best beat-up low tops, and wrap a bomber jacket or sweatshirt around your waist. It might feel like you circa your teenage years, but that’s what makes it cool.

Travel & Lifestyle

EUROPE’S MOST ROMANTIC HOTSPOTS

Whether it be Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck gallivanting around the Italian capital on a Vespa, or Mathieu Kassovitz gazing into Audrey Tautou's enormous almond eyes at the Gare Du Nord, Europe easily bags the prize for the most romantic continent. With al fresco dining, winding lanes and il vino to be served with every course – your next romantic retreat is just a hop, skip and a quick mosey round the duty-free aisle away.   GO BEYOND GAUDI   Known for its impressive architecture, winding market streets and glorious climes, Barcelona isn’t a hard sell. But beyond the tourist trails of Las Ramblas, the sightseeing buses and the (admittedly stunning) Gaudi buildings, is a cosmopolitan metropolis just waiting to be explored. City strolling doesn’t get more romantic than at the Parc de Montjuïc; comprising of several museums to explore and the glorious Jardins de Laribal tree-laden walkway. Spaniards are night owls by nature, so be sure to save some energy to explore some of the exciting new eateries that the city has on offer. The Michelin-starred Alkimia, just outside the Gothic Quarter, combines industrial interiors with an elegant yet innovative Catalonian menu. Don’t leave the city without sampling their signature salt cod. Barcelona’s hotel collection is an impressive one, meaning that you never have to face a bad night’s sleep after all that exploring. Hotel Omm offers the ultimate in city-centre serenity; ideally located to maximise your time in Barcelona.   BEAUTY IN BAVARIA It’s often claimed that Munich is Germany’s prettiest city, and with its Alpine mountain backdrop, striking Bavarian architecture and village-esque feel, it’s easy to see why. If you’ve ever found Berlin to be too much of a head spin, then Munich could well be the antidote you’re looking for. The stunning Marienplatz Square, located in the centre of the city, boasts a wealth of art galleries – or sample the simple but excellent dishes at Zum Dürnbräu, a traditional Bavarian tavern, whose dishes include the city’s staple Nürnberger sausages with sauerkraut and dumplings. For a room with a view, book into the Grand Hotel Bayerischer Hof, where you can enjoy stunning scenery of the city from its rooftop bar, Blue Spa Terrace. And finally, a trip to the nearby Ingolstadt Village makes for holiday shopping bliss, just in case lederhosen isn’t your thing. LONDON CALLING Leave the London Eye to the first-timers and enjoy the views of the city from the dizzy heights of Vista Bar, overlooking Trafalgar Square and beyond. No admission fees means more money to spend on Cosmopolitans, anyway. Shopping is big business in London so leave enough space in the suitcase for those must-have buys. Head to nearby Bicester Village where you’ll find all the world-famous names you could ask for in one place. Markets are also a must-visit when you’re in the capital, and Columbia Road Flower Market is about as pretty as they get. After all that exploring, a night at the Como Metropolitan Hotel will have you feeling rested and refreshed in no time, not to mention being ideally located to South Kensington’s array of museums and the sumptuous restaurants of Mayfair. We’re sold. LA VILLE DE L’AMOUR Paris isn’t called the city of love for nothing; the accent, the culture, the picture-perfect backdrops around every corner of the city; we can’t seem to get enough of the place! It was Audrey Hepburn who famously stated, “Paris is always a good idea”, and she sure had a point. It pays dividends to get organised before taking off. Most attractions, including the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre, allow you to pre-book online, meaning you’re less likely to spend the entire trip in queues. If you’ve visited before and are looking to travel further afield, a day’s shopping trip at La Vallée Village, just east of the city, will have you feeling (and dressing) like a Parisian! Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg Hotel offers excellence in comfort and is within easy walking distance from Champs-Élysées, the River Seine and the many other delights of Paris. Plus, to make your stay extra special, La Vallée Village have teamed up with Sofitel, Mgallery by Sofitel and Pullman to bring you an exclusive luxury travel package (click here for more details) – perfect for a romantic trip away. Bon voyage!

Style Notes

TREND REPORT: SPRING/SUMMER 2017

When it comes to the sartorial start over, there’s no one we trust more for the low down than Fashion Editor Harriet Quick. Get ready for trend overload.

THINK PINKPink has emerged as the colour of modern femininity. It displays as many qualities as women themselves, whether in soft blush tones, provocative, flirtatious fuchsia or wistful old-rose hues. Designers are embracing pink with a passion, from Chloé’s signature blush and Balenciaga’s bubblegum brights to Prada’s knowingly kitsch candy shades. The newest way to wear it is uncompromisingly in head-to-toe tonal layers. Seek out pink tailoring to replace monotones; baby-doll dresses with matching shoes; pussy bow blouses and cropped trousers, and even WAG-style tracksuits. Pink speaks volumes about optimism and that’s what we need right now. 80s GLAMThe era that delivered power shoulders, Working Girl miniskirts, slinky body-con dressing and a whole lot of lamé is back. A generation of designers who were toddlers at the time are pillaging the stylistic memes of the sex, power and glamour decade and reprising that exuberance for now. What this trend requires is guts and daring. Mini skirts will feel naked after seasons of flowing lines, just as bold shoulders will seem alien. Yet the confidence-boosting benefits are manifold. Look back to the icons of the era for inspiration from the supermodels in Alaïa to Nan Kempner’s taste for boxy tailoring and Paloma Picasso’s flamboyant big earrings and taste for Saint Laurent. STATEMENT SLEEVESOne of the best hacks for spring style is adopting big, voluminous sleeves. There’s a whole lexicon of shapes to consider from trumpet sleeves that burst out from the elbow like tulip flowers to theatrical leg-o-mutton lines that billow out from the shoulder and tighten in on the lower arm, and sweet, peasant-style drawstring blouses. If you prefer more tailored lines, search for men’s shirts with French cuffs that can be worn open and down to the knucklebone. RAVE DELUXEThose brilliantly hedonistic days of rave and ‘Madchester’ are filtering through to fashion, with creative talents as diverse as Miuccia Prada at Miu Miu and Fashion Award Emerging Talent winner Molly Goddard seizing upon the baggy style, the neon brights and, above all, the DIY spirit that defined the dance revolution. Tune into the pieces including floor-grazing baggy trousers and tracksuit tops; tie-dye and mesh T-shirts; satin trainers; neon sports bras and bomber jackets, and pile it on in layers. Add a cotton hat, a rucksack and find a dance party to lift your spirits up and away. ACCESSORIES TO COVETWhen it comes to those desirable ‘extras’, it is all about mixing not matching. Start with earrings and consider wearing mismatched pieces (whether in silver or crystal, they should look like cousins not strangers). For feet, follow the lead of Céline and Hillier Bartley and wear different colours on your left and right foot. This requires buying two pairs of the same style but oh there’s fun to be had in this eccentric style spin. Glammed-up Crocs, pool slides and flatform trekking sandals will boost your holiday wardrobe; while for the everyday, kitten heels are back. This bonsai-sized heel adds a little extra kick to tailoring and looks so cute after seasons of chunky shapes. Whatever way you adorn yourself, let individuality rule.

Tess Purcell - Style Tip's

Style tips from personal shopper Tess Purcell:

Sticking to your budget will be easier, and you will get a more impactful result if you weave in your strategy. Your plan should include investing in a transitional piece, a classic piece, and a piece whose sole purpose is to update.

Transitional pieces will seamlessly bring you from one season to another but that’s not all they do. A clever transitional piece will also bridge your existing wardrobe . Think a pop of colour scarf, or a long cashmere cardigan that might double as a coat when needed.

Classic pieces, like an Aquascutum trench or a Mulberry Bayswater bag, lend gravitas to an otherwise basic outfit and virtually never date. If its something your Grandmother, Mother or you yourself would wear, then it’s a classic piece and this is the one worth investing in.

Your “updating” piece is the fun bit, and signals that while you might be a classic girl, you keep an eye on trends and know how to incorporate them. A good one here might be a to update your denim or any piece with a pop of colour in the 2017 pantone-green will be big.

Melanie Morris - Top Tip's

Transitional dressing in Ireland is a bit of a misnomer as we can never be sure of what climate we’re actually dressing for! With this in mind, a light coat is a really smart investment as it can be a handy layer or the central focus of an outfit.  I love the Jackie O style of matching dress and coat, but equally, a lighter weight coat works beautifully when teamed with a jumpsuit and strappy sandals for an instant, totally directional look.

Got a favourite summer dress you can’t bring yourself to retire yet? Update it with killer new accessories. I love Só Collective at Kildare Village because all the stock is created by edgy Irish designers, and produced in small enough numbers to be exclusive, without a corresponding price tag. A hat, statement necklace, scarf, wrap or bag from there will bring new personality and life to a treasured staple piece.

The idea of a ‘hosiery wardrobe’ sounds old fashioned, but as we see the return of sheer ­ tights and stockings in an array of colours and textures, mixing up legwear can totally transform your look. Right now, we’re loving 15 deniers, fishnets and giant spots with everything.

There can be such a tendency to dress for an occasion when transitioning from season to season, rather than dressing in a way that amplifies your personal taste. This year, break loose and decide you’ll only buy pieces that you truly love, and ones that make you happy; you’ll be amazed at how much more you’ll wear them. What’s more, big days and nights out become far more enjoyable when you’re feeling great in your new finds.

Finally, don’t forget the basics. Put together a weekend or working wardrobe that you love, and you’ll feel ready for anything. Include classic & investment pieces and refresh your wardrobe with fabrics such as silk. Personal shopping is a great way to assemble a wardrobe that pulls its weight, so book an appointment early in the season and make the most of the months ahead.

Le Pain Quotidien: Crunola

Looking for the perfect snack to energise your day? Look no further than Le Pain Quotidien Crunola raw granola!This vegan, gluten-free mix gets its name from the French word for raw, ‘cru,’ combined with the name for its baked counterpart, ‘granola.’ Wondering exactly what this hearty mix is made of? Check out the ingredients below.Raw Buckwheat Groats. Don’t be deceived by the name—buckwheat groats have nothing to do with wheat, and technically aren’t even a grain! Rather, buckwheat is a seed, making it perfect for those sensitive to gluten. Its high rutin content counterbalances high blood pressure, and a moderate glycemic index combats diabetes. And, because whole groats are harvested as is, they retain their full nutritional value—costing you a lot less calories than other forms of oats.Almonds. Forget the myth that all fats should be avoided. Like many nuts, almonds are a healthy fat that promotes heart health and lowers bad cholesterol. Healthy fats also help keep you fuller longer—making them great if your New Years resolution is to get in shape! Flax, Sunflower and Austrian Pumpkin Seeds. Raw seeds pack a ton of nutritional value—from various vitamins and minerals to fibre and protein. And, they too help keep you feeling satiated—meaning the sprinkling of seeds in this mix goes a long way in powering you through your day!Thompson Raisins. Juicier and sweeter than regular raisins, these small, golden sultanas still pack all the same health benefits—vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and energy included.Gogi Berries. Some refer to these tangy red berries as the fruit incarnation of the fountain of youth. We can’t promise that, but we can say that gojis contain more iron than spinach, more beta carotene than carrots and more protein than whole wheat. Chinese medicine has a history of using goji berries to aid eyesight. And—besides packing antioxidants, vitamins and minerals—these berries promote the body’s production of Human Growth Hormone, which prevents aging. Sign us up!

Crunola Bar Recipe

Ingredients:(1 batch – about 12 bars)2 cups rolled oats ¾ cup honey1 ¼ cup almond butter 1 cup ground flaxseed (great source of fiber!)1 ½ cups Crunola raw granolaTo taste, any add-ins you desire

To stay energized, we look for grab-and-go snacks we can take with us each morning. While we keep our pantries stashed with staple power foods - like Organic Crunola raw granola - that are delicious on their own, we’re always looking for ways to switch up our snacks.

It turns out it’s easy to use these ingredients to make your very own energy bars! This no-baking-required recipe is based on our deliciously crunchy Crunola raw granola, but you can easily substitute for our Organic Granola.

From that must-have new investment to our favourite boutique hotel – here’s what’s on our radar this week.

THE FRIDAY FIX

Kickstart January with this delicious recipe from Madeline Shaw’s new book, READY, STEADY, GLOW Fast, Fresh Food Designed for Real Life.

Pan-fried trout with cucumber, apple and dill salad (serves two)1 cucumber, peeled, halved and cut into ½ cm semicircles1 tbsp Dijon mustard1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped (or 1tsp dried)1/4 tbsp apple cider vinegar2 tbsp olive oil1 large avocado, peeled and stoned1 apple, peeled and cored1 shallot, finely minced1 tbsp coconut oil or butter2 tbsp capers, plus extra to serve2 trout filletssalt, to taste.

The sweetness of the apple really goes well with this strong-flavoured fish, but if you can’t find trout fillets you could use salmon instead. Although capers are known to be high in sodium, they add an extra burst of flavour, which is just what the fish needs.

Place the cucumber slices in a colander, sprinkle with salt and let them sit for 10–15 minutes to draw out the excess water while you prepare the rest of the dish.

When it’s time to get back on track…

24 HOURS WITH A WELLNESS GURU

Mince pies, mulled wine and one too many chocolates from the tree… all sounding a little too familiar? Come January, enough is enough and after two weeks of pure indulgence, it’s time to get it together.

So to help kick-start our new year reboot, we’ve called upon the help of holistic health coach, blogger, chef and all round wellness guru Madeleine Shaw.

Here’s a play-by-play of how she gets back on track. So much goodness.

MORNING

7 AM

Whether you’re a seasoned pro, keen to hit the slopes, or more excited by a log fire and glass of vin chaud, discover your perfect winter getaway with our edit of Europe’s top resorts…

EUROPE’S TOP SKI RESORTS

FOR THOSE WITH A COMPETITIVE STREAK

The resort:Chamonix, France

The crowd:With steep chutes, free riding areas and unprepared runs, this is one resort that’s best left to the pros. Advanced and adventurous skiers from all over the world gather here each year, braving the challenging slopes and boasting (join in if you dare) post-ski in one of the many mountain-top bars. In other words, leave grandma at home.

The vibe:Packed with thrill-seekers, Chamonix has an electric atmosphere that’s perfect for serious skiers wanting to put their skills to the test. Although the slopes are far from peaceful, nestled beneath the tumbling glaciers is a charming town full of quirky boutiques, bookshops and galleries. Perfect for the less athletically gifted to browse for hours on end.

FOR BEGINNERS PRONE TO TAKING A TUMBLE

Natalie Svikle - Style Tips

1.Work with separates: while dresses are a typical go-to option for many women, give yourself more control over the fi nished looks by playing with separates.

2.Statement accessories: use your outfi t as a blank canvas and let accessories take the centre stage. Not only is it the easiest way to take your look from day to night, it is also a smart way of getting more wear out of your party pieces by giving them a diff erent look each time with diverse accessories.

3.Shine bright: to give your party looks some diversity, swap your statement accessories for a sparkly number like an embellished blazer or a sequin top. Keep the rest of the look clean and simple.

4.Modern alternative: meet your new party favourite – the jumpsuit. The right cut and fabric will look just as elegant as a dress and will signifi cantly up your style stakes.

5.Show your soft side: velvet is one of the hottest fabrics this season and there is no better time to dip your toe into the trend than by introducing a velvet piece to your party wardrobe. Think dresses, blazers or even shoes.

Fashion Editor Harriet Quick on the trends to watch this season…

New season new rules

 This is the time to draw on your own impeccable taste and shine through with an artful mash up of stylistic memes and singular, distinctive pieces. The only golden rule is to buy what excites both your heart and your mind.

Menswear for womenWe have moved on from the boyfriend jacket to fully plunder the men’s wardrobe. What we love about menswear is the quality of fabric, the uniform appeal and that fine attention to detail. Look out for lean-fitting pieces from brands, zoning in on blazers, city coats, biker and bomber jackets, sweatpants and French cuff fine cotton shirts. These pieces will be companions if not for life, then for the foreseeable future.

Jacquard and flockingConjure up images of Renaissance beauties and Pre-Raphaelite muses and that’s the kind of poetic opulence that fashion is indulging in right now. The richness is in the fabrics with silk brocades and floral patterned jacquards looking both noble and decadent. Floor-grazing skirts, high-waisted trousers or tunics and sinuous evening gowns will make you feel utterly ‘dressed.’

Puffa jacketsWhile the parka dominated last year, the Puffa jacket has come into its own for autumn and the bigger and more cocooning, the better. Count the Puffa jacket’s blessings: warm, rainproof, lightweight and wonderful to cuddle up under on a long-haul flight. Look out for jewel-like colours and make a Puffa your new topper for evening dresses and all.

Street chicDesigners have always been fascinated by the street and by the cults and tribes that flourish in urban areas across the globe. Now the classics of street chic are being elevated to take on a new superior guise. Hunt for oversized sweatshirts, hoodies, track-pants, and voluminous denim jeans or graphic T-shirts to create your own street capsule. The only thing to add is a little bit of attitude.

City guides: 48 hours in Paris

City guides 48 hours in Paris

DINE

Akrame

Renowned for its innovative approach to food, Akrame is without a doubt one of the city’s hippest hotspots. Carefully sourcing the freshest ingredients, Chef Akrame Benallal invents dishes that truly push creative boundaries. Combining tastes, flavours and textures in unexpected ways, Benallal delivers each dish to your table to discuss and describe the ingredients. The opulent yet understated interior only adds to the ambience – this is a Michelin-starred dining experience not to be missed.

19 Rue Lauriston, 75016 Paris, France

Septime

City guides: 48 hours in Milan

City guides 48 hours in Milan

DINE

Carlo e Camilla in Segheria

This unique dining concept opened in 2014, but its unexpected offering and pioneering aesthetic continues to make waves across the city years later. Created by Michelin-starred chef Carlo Cracco and art director Tanja Solci and set in a former sawmill, take in the restaurant's soaring structure as you savour exquisite dishes. The graphic, monochromatic space is part of a new wave of creative dining – and it’s worth noting that this is as much a social experience as any, with visitors dining side by side on the elegant, elongated tables.

Via Giuseppe Meda 24, 20141 Milan, Italy

Pasticceria Cucchi

Editor’s tips: Finding the perfect timepiece

Editor’s tips Finding the perfect timepiece

It’s a watch minefield out there, or a timepiece smorgasbord, or an overwhelming, overcrowded horological marketplace. Whichever way you look at it, we’ve broken it down to a few of the basics and some.

Quartz or mechanical

The issue of how your watch is powered is probably the biggest pre-purchase decision you will need to make. Quartz timepieces are more accurate, invariably cheaper and more convenient – you should only need to get the battery replaced every couple of years. If you love the inner workings of a watch and you have the budget, you should invest in a mechanical one – your choice is hand-wound (exactly that) or automatic – which relies on the movement of your wrist to store kinetic energy to power the watch.

Get with the lingo

The face of the watch is called the dial. The numbers are called indexes. The button that you wind and adjust the time with is the crown. The ring around the dial that protects the glass is the bezel. The parts of the case that join to the strap are the lugs. The amount of time your mechanical watch will last without being wound is the power-reserve. Any functionality that measures time, such as a race, is a chronograph. This is enough to get you through most ‘watchy’ chats with ease.

City guide: 48 hours in London

City guide 48 hours in London

DINE

Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings

Light, airy and eclectic, this Clerkenwell brasserie is a botanical paradise simply perfect for a spot of brunch. The characterful interior is a bespoke mix of old and new – with antique armchairs, sumptuous textures, clean lines and tropical plants. As for the menu, from homemade granola to Huevos Benedictos, B&H has got you covered – and don’t miss the bottomless Bellinis made with fresh fruit puree.

Salmontini Le Resto

Situated in the heart of Belgravia, Salmontini le Resto is our go-to for a decadent dinner in the city. This luxurious restaurant specialises in exquisite salmon dishes, sushi and other Middle Eastern fare, all served in an opulent setting. Stuck for choice? We recommend the Alaskan black cod with sweet miso marinade followed by the chocolate dome for dessert.

SUPERCHARGE YOUR WORKOUT

Supercharge your workout

While dynamic workouts are a crucial component of that summer body reboot, the steps you take before, during and after exercise are integral for keeping your lifestyle goals on track. From mood-boosting superfoods to supplement-infused oils, energise your body and balance your mind with our top tips to training harder…

Invigorate

Upon waking: For your first glass of the day, try infusing freshly squeezed lemon and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper into your water. The vitamin C, antioxidants and electrolytes in the lemon stimulate the liver’s natural enzymes, helping to oxygenate and detoxify the body. Meanwhile the cayenne pepper helps to regulate blood sugar and kick-start the metabolism by raising body temperature.

Mood-boosting breakfast: For a revitalising twist on your usual smoothie or protein shake, why not experiment with different natural boosters? Try aloe vera for troublesome digestion, echinacea for its flu-fighting properties or ginseng for natural stress reduction.

The power of scent: If you tend to lose your focus mid workout, pack a small bottle of scented oil into your gym bag and massage onto your skin before you begin. Energising scents such as orange, peppermint and eucalyptus have been shown to improve concentration and hand-eye coordination.

Le Pain Quotidien: Energising juice

We’re kickstarting the new season with a mood-boosting juice from Le Pain Quotidien...

One a Day Green Juice (serves 2)

Ingredients800 grams seasonal apple150 grams celery75 grams Swiss chard25 grams ginger150 ml orange juice20 ml lime juice

MethodMeasure all ingredients (keep the stalks on Swiss chard)

Transfer into a bowl and wash with cold water

Denim icons

From on-trend flares to edgy ripped roll-ups, make a statement with our handpicked selection of denim icons.

MEN

The slimClean and refined, a pair of slim-fit skinnies can be worn however you like. The distressed texture and light wash works best with basics, so add a white tee and leather slip-ons for effortless off-duty cool. Roll them up, stack them down or crop them at the ankle.

The skinnyPush sartorial boundaries with a skinny jean that’s both traditional yet defined. The tight fit draws attention to your shoes, so ensure your footwear is on point with a classic pair of converse or a leather Chelsea boot.

The straightFor a sharper take on casual, mix it up with luxe textures or embrace the utilitarian feel of straight-fit jeans with a relaxed shirt and lace-ups. We love cashmere crew necks in paler shades that really bring out those inky-blue tones.

Wedding style a guide for guests

Fashion Director Sorrel Kinder shares her top looks for the big day…

Beach wedding

WomenFor a beach-inspired feel, go for a loose-fitting jumpsuit - not only does this versatile piece look ef-fortless with a delicate sandal in the day, but it can also be dressed up with a pair of heels for the evening celebration.

MenA beach wedding is the perfect opportunity to play with softer tones such as creamy beige and ice blue. A tie isn’t necessary, so opt for suits in lightweight fabrics and team with loose linen shirts. Keep the outfit pulled together with suede lace-ups or leather loafers without socks.

Country wedding

Six of the best Dublin hotels

Discover the best hotel for your stay…

The Merrion

Housed in four gorgeous townhouses sharing a lovely garden in the centre of Dublin, the Merrion ex-udes elegance, from the graceful white marble reception through to suites and living rooms lavishly decorated with vintage furnishings and chic chandeliers. It’s also home to Ireland’s most decorated restaurant, two-Michelin star Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud.www.merrionhotel.com

Number 31Probably the cosiest of the lot, this award-winning small hotel – with just 21 guestrooms – is all natural tones, dark wood, sensual fabrics and soft lighting. Built by and formerly the home of Sam Stephen-son, a celebrated Irish architect who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright, Number 31 was always a glo-rious place to stay – Ted Kennedy and Grace Kelly were among the many house guests. After a small refurbishment, Number 31 now has a more contemporary feel, yet remains intimate and unpreten-tious, still more home than hotel. And if that wasn’t enough, they serve what many believe to be Ire-land’s best breakfast.www.number31.ie

MorrisonAmong the hippest hotels in the city, once owned by Irish designer John Rocha and recently refur-bished by celebrated local architect Nikki O’Donnell, the Morrison brings a modernist edge to the old stone streets of Dublin. Clean white walls and bold furnishings give the Morrison some serious class, while the artwork – from intricate sculptures to colourful fabrics – comes from Ireland’s newest de-sign talent.www.morrisonhotel.ie

Sartorial suiting

Exquisitely crafted, elegantly cut and timeless in form, picking the perfect suit is an art. We’ve asked some of Europe’s top menswear bloggers for a sartorial snapshot of formalwear across the continent…

IRELAND: Damien of damienmbroderick.blogspot.co.uk/

Hackett is a favourite brand of mine, it’s very Savile Row. Not to mention Hugo Boss and Ted Baker – no corners are cut with their pieces and every detail is as important as the last. It's easier to look after these suits too, a trusted dry cleaner can keep them looking new and altering will not compromise the structure of the garment. I bought my first suit when I was 22 – a three-piece tweed ensemble. To achieve the perfect cut, I’ll fit the jacket to the chest and shoulders and then get the sleeves altered. Same goes with slacks, if you fit them to the waist you can alter the length as de-sired. In terms of accessories, I’ll invest in a smart pair of Chelsea boots or brogues and a simple trench coat.

Follow Damien’s style:Facebook: @DamienBroderickTwitter: @broderickdamienInstagram: @damienbroderick

UK: Ronan of thewild-swans.com

Bloggers’ handbag picks

Whether it’s a classic carry-all or an elegant mini bag you’re lusting after, Europe’s street style icons are here to help…

 IRELAND: Martina of www.martinasmark.com

I'm a girl who’s constantly on the go, so my favourite has to be the bucket bag. I'm a massive fan of Longchamp bags as they allow me to carry a lot. Kildare Village is a must-visit for handbag lovers as it caters for all. From the likes of Furla and Mulberry to the more affordable ranges of Cath Kid-ston and Ted Baker. One brand that I'm obsessing over at the moment is kate spade new york – her bags are so durable and match my aesthetic perfectly. I consider my bag an extension of my apart-ment as I carry a lot in it, from my Filofax to an umbrella! Needless to say I've been called Mary Poppins on a few occasions. I currently am using a blush-coloured leather bucket bag that goes sur-prisingly goes with everything. I also love leather handbags for their durability and longevity.

Follow Martina’s style:Facebook: @Martina’sMarkTwitter: @MartinaReynoldsInstagram: @martinasmark

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