Weekend Loves: Our weekly guide to bright ideas and beautiful things

Our weekly guide to bright ideas and beautiful things
Weekend Loves: Our weekly guide to bright ideas and beautiful things
The Handmade Soap Company

Kind and lovely products from the Handmade Soap Company. The Handmade Soap Company is a brilliant business based in Slane, Co. Meath which not only makes fantastic products but which has been committed to running a sustainable and ethical business long before these became buzzwords or trends. 

The Handmade Soap Company create a wide range of products from hand washes (€12.95) to hand creams (€9.95), shampoos (€15.95) to room mists (€17.95), candles (€15.95) to diffusers (€24.95) from 100% natural ingredients that smell incredible. 

As of January this year, all Handmade Soap Company products are Cosmos and Ecocert accredited, all bottles are made from recyclable post-consumer recycled plastic and all products are cruelty free and vegan. Choose from a range of signature scents including bergamot, sweet orange and grapefruit. www.thehandmadesoapcompany.ie


Red Line Book Festival calls for short story entries

The Red Line Book Festival
The Red Line Book Festival

Do you have a short story in you? TU Dublin and the Red Line Book Festival are inviting short story writers to submit their work to their annual Short Story Competition. 

This year, the competition will be judged by award-winning author Rob Doyle whose latest book Threshold was published to critical acclaim earlier this year. Now in its fifth year, the competition prize of €500 attracts entries from around the world. 

The 2020 anthology of shortlisted stories will be called 'Creation, Cosmos, & Caboodle', although there is no restriction on theme or style for entries. Entries must be submitted before August 19. See www.redlinebookfestival.ie for more information.


Book a short break at Center Parcs Longford Forest

Center Parcs, Longford Forest
Center Parcs, Longford Forest

Center Parcs Longford Forest is now open and there’s still time to book a short break for all the family before the kids (hopefully) go back to school. 

With some last minute availability at the self-catering lodges you can enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities in this beautiful setting which is home to deer, red squirrels and pine martens.

Enjoy cycling, archery, kayaking, tennis and more as well as dining options on site. See centerparcs.ie for details.


Exercise consciously with Organic Movement

Organic Movement clothing
Organic Movement clothing

Irish yoga wear brand Organic Movement creates organic cotton yoga wear which is created ethically and sustainably in Bali in Indonesia and in Europe. 

Their collection of leggings and crop tops are made from 92% organic cotton and 8% lycra making them super soft and comfortable and allowing skin to breathe while exercising. 

Founder of Organic Movement, Cork-born Emylou Hurley, also stocks the Organic Basics’ range of long-sleeved tees, tennis socks and towels. Pictured here are the stonewash grey leggings (€65) and the tie-back top (€40). Shop online at www.organicmovement.ie


Peruvian vibes at the Hard Rock Hotel

Zampas at the hard Rock Hotel
Zampas at the hard Rock Hotel

If planning a trip to Dublin this autumn why not check out the Hard Rock Hotel - perfect for music and pop culture aficionados and foodies alike. 

The hotel’s restaurant Zampas brings the food of Peru to Dublin and gives it an Irish twist with dishes such as locally-caught white fish ceviche or fluffy sweetcorn pancakes with St. Tola cheese. 

Try the Peruvian-style roast chicken from the asador grill or 28-day dry-aged ribeye from John Stone’s artisan butchers. A three course meal with a classic Pisco Sour and a self-guided music and art tour costs €45 per person while the ‘Toast & Jam’ overnight package costs €219 per night for two based on two people sharing. See www.hardrockhotels.com/dublin and www.zampas.ie for details.


The Hardiman Hotel - catering to the over 65s

The Hardiman in Galway
The Hardiman in Galway

The well-known Hardiman Hotel in Galway overlooking Eyre Square has decided to dedicate an entire floor to over 65s travelling to Galway providing a retreat away from home with easy access to the lower floors should you opt not to use the lifts, a designated dining area and no extra charge for room service. 

The hotel is easily accessible from Ceannt Station and enjoys great views towards Eyre Square or Galway Bay. 

Midweek offers at the hotel for a two night B&B stay with two dinners cost from €198 per person sharing (August to September) and €178 per person sharing (October to November). Visitors can also opt for the Home Suite Staycation package in the hotel’s newly refurbished junior or deluxe suites. Visit thehardiman.ie or call 091 564 041 for more information.


Andrea Corr’s Barefoot Pilgrimage

Andrea Corr’s Barefoot Pilgrimage
Andrea Corr’s Barefoot Pilgrimage

As the lead singer of The Corrs, Andrea Corr achieved global success with her three elder siblings. As an actor, she has played parts on the screen and the stage. 

Now living in London with her husband and children, her first book Barefoot Pilgrimage A Memoir is a compelling and honest memoir in which she tries to make sense of life and mortality following the loss of her beloved father. 

Part reflection on her music industry journey, part meditation on family, music and creativity, this is a personal, funny and moving book that fans will love. 

Suit yourself with a sunny style from Penneys

Trouser suits from Penneys
Trouser suits from Penneys

Trousers suits are a great way to add style to your look - wear the jacket and trousers together or let the pieces work as separates with existing wardrobe items. We love this bright pink version from Penneys that’s perfect for summer days or nights out with friends. Dress up or down with trainers, sporty sandals or a low heel. Jacket €17. Trousers €15. Crop top €10. Sandals €14.



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