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The perfect holiday accessories, handpicked by Coach.

HOLIDAY DETAILS: THE COACH EDIT

While your capsule winter wardrobe may be well under way, it’s all in the detail when it comes to festive dressing. Luckily, our friends over at Coach have Christmas curation down. Here’s our guide to winter’s finishing touches – treat your loved ones or treat yourself, the choice is yours.

Visit the Coach boutique at Kildare Village now. 

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.

Bairbre Power - Gifting Edit

Mistletoe magazine is all about taking the stress out of the build-up to Christmas, from fashion buying to fi nding the perfect gift for someone special and surviving the party season. And that’s exactly what I hope to share with you at our exclusive reader event in Kildare Village. On the eve of the magazine being published – with the Irish Independent and the Herald – you will be getting a fi rst view of all the gems I’ve curated on my visits to the Village.

Finding the perfect party dress shouldn’t fi ll you with trepidation and I will be suggesting some looks to suit all shapes and budgets. I buy a lot of black and navy items for my working wardrobe and for a point of diff erence, I like to add personal touches with statement earrings and statement handbags. My favourite way to lift a little black dress is fancy tights. They are a true style friend and are brilliant for reducing your stress levels if you are trying to transform a work outfi t into eveningwear quickly.

By far the most popular gift to my friends last Christmas was a box of three pairs of super-glam tights. It worked so well, I’m going to reprise it again this year and at our shopping event, I will be showcasing some of my favourite style for the festive season. I’m a big believer in investing in luxe pieces that you will use all year round. On a cost-per-wear basis, it makes total shopping sense. I like to recommend shopping with a 12-month focus – from designer sunglasses to tactile cashmeres and the super-duper coff ee machine that will make your 7 am wake-up call all the more bearable. On my travels, I even discovered a toaster that will cook your breakfast eggs at the same time.

Buying Irish is also very high on my agenda and it gives me great pleasure knowing that my wardrobe additions have an actual impact on the Irish designing scene by contributing to the balance sheet of emerging and established designers.

Melanie Morris - Partywear Edit

Christmas is the one time of the year where we can say more is more! This is the moment to show your true style colours and unleash your inner party girl.

Whatever your form, start with great basics… the right underwear and a winter wardrobe of hosiery. Patterned tights are having a moment, so team your favourite LBD with interesting leg wear; my favourites for this year’s social season are sexy fi shnets or fashion-forward, oversized polka dots.

The perfect party dress is such a subjective thing, but when on the hunt, I say try on everything. Bring a style or two you’d not usually opt for into the changing room and see how it looks; who knows, a whole new you might emerge. So often we fall for the same thing over and over again… well, winter 2016 is going to be a game changer!

Great accessories are always a girl’s best friend, but when it comes to the festive season, they are essential. Don’t hold back. This year, big earrings are back, and don’t be shy, wear them with a glittering statement necklace – it’s Christmas!

Finally, remember fi rst impressions count. Now is the time to invest in a fab winter coat – ¬one that will keep you cosy and amplify your look. Form and function… this is one investment that you’ll be glad you made, and Kildare Village’s selection and value makes for truly SMART dressing.

COCKTAIL PARTY ETIQUETTE 101

CHRISTMAS WITH THE EDITORS - AMY HEFFERNAN

Hosting the Christmas cocktail party this year? Can’t face another mince pie or over-played festive hit? Then it’s time to up your game. From bespoke mix-ups to cutting-edge canapés – throw the most beautiful soirée, fashion editor style.

The third in our three-part series, Amy Heffernan Interiors Director at Wallpaper* magazine talks traditional decorations, vintage cocktails and treasures from her travels. Brace yourselves, this is party etiquette 101.

The dress code…

The dress code for cocktails this year will be black with a hint of sparkle. A statement brooch or bracelet to finish off the outfit alongside a low court shoe so I can happily dance the night away. A Puffa jacket is top of my hit list to pair with statement earrings too – I’m searching for one with a big collar.

On the menu…

CHRISTMAS WITH THE EDITORS: HARRIET QUICK

CHRISTMAS WITH THE EDITORS - HARRIET QUICK

Hosting the Christmas cocktail party this year? Can’t face another mince pie or over-played festive hit? Then it’s time to up your game. From bespoke mix-ups to cutting-edge canapés – throw the most beautiful soirée, fashion editor style.

The second in our three part series, editor and journalist Harriet Quick talks crystal-decked trees, Saint Laurent manicures and spending Christmas in paradise. Brace yourselves, this is party eti-quette 101.

The dress code…

I tend to start from the heels up – I love Jimmy Choo's Cruise collection that features removable Swarovski crystal motifs, brooches and pins that you can use to customise clutches and heels. My obsession with 'Cinderella Shoes' has taken on a new dimension having written the just-released box book Vogue: The Shoe. I’ll be wearing these with tuxedo suits or a fabulous feathery jacket. For me, it's all about interchangeable pieces – so a ruffled blouse and voluminous tailored trouser, an asymmetric hemmed skirt and vest top, and an outsized Puffa jacket such as those by Balen-ciaga and Stella McCartney are all on my wish list.

This year, I’ll be spending Christmas in Vietnam on a small island called Pho Quoc and afterwards travelling to Cambodia. It will be board shorts and a bikini in the morning followed by a breezy silk dress by Prada. By then, I will have picked up some local finds. Vietnam has wonderful silver jewel-lery.

CHRISTMAS WITH THE EDITORS - ALICE CASELY-HAYFORD

CHRISTMAS WITH THE EDITORS - ALICE CASELY-HAYFORD

Hosting the Christmas cocktail party this year? Can’t face another mince pie or over-played festive hit? Then it’s time to up your game. From bespoke mix-ups to cutting-edge canapés – throw the most beautiful soirée, fashion editor style.

The first in our three part series, Fashion Editor @Refinery29UK Alice Casely-Hayford talks picture perfect style, elegant interiors and avoiding reindeer on the roof. Brace yourselves, this is party etiquette 101.

The dress code… I’m still into last season’s killer trends – ruffles and off-the-shoulder silhouettes – so the more frills the better! I’ll be wearing an off-the-shoulder midi dress or a ruffled blouse with tapered black trousers and velvet sandals. Velvet is only for the brave, so I’ll make do with accessories rather than a full-on look, for now. Beauty wise, I love a barely-there base with a deep plum or glittering red lip. Make-up artist Pat McGrath has been doing this a lot recently and it’s a winner for the festive season.

On the menu…

Something in a big sharing platter – nothing too fussy so everyone can get stuck in. Maybe a risotto, seafood linguine or rich tagine. I love cavolo nero, pumpkin, chestnuts and cranberries – all the winter seasonal foods that makes me feel festive. My tip for avoiding pre-party chaos it to prep as much as you can the day before and allocate enough time so you’re not locked in the kitchen when your guests arrive. Decking the halls…

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.

Accessories please: Autumn’s must-have pieces

Accessories please Autumn’s must-have pieces

In this era of expressive, individualised fashion, accessories are witnessing a renaissance with a whole array of joyful, playful pieces that add a sense of character to any look. Hunt for designs that are meaningful to you, whether that’s a crystal hair clip or a tapestry handbag.  

Brooches

Right now, personal, symbolic jewellery should be top of any wish list with badges, brooches and pins decorating everything from jackets to heels. More is more – so go for excess with a multitude of crystal clips to ‘do up’ tousled locks and an array of brooches to soup up utilitarian jackets.

Fur purses

Enjoy the visceral appeal of a faux fur or sheepskin handbag. Once worn, you will never forget how friendly they feel to the touch and how effective they can be as icebreakers in social circles. The only word of caution is to keep these furry wonders out of the rain.

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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