Esther N McCarthy looks at the best picks to help you sizzle this season, from travel-friendly fragrances to summer salads and must-have make-up palettes.

Some say summer is the season of serendipity. Alex and Ani have zoned in on being in the right place at the right time with their new collection. 

We like the Sand Dollar bracelet, legend has it the five doves of peace can be found within the shell.

If you’re a design fan, don’t miss LUSTRE, an exhibition of stunning work from the 2017 graduates of the DCCoI Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills and Design Course. 

It opens in Kilkenny on July 14 until August 7, showcasing the craftsmanship and skills honed by the students and features work in gold, silver, platinum and gems. 

Admission is free, www.nationalcraftgallery.ie 

From bling to BBQ, don’t forget the sides. Championing the best ingredients of summer, Avoca is on hand with everything from chargrilled vegetables and vibrant salads, to spicy ribs. 

Salads from €16.95 per kg at Avoca Food Markets, www.avoca.com 

And what better way to display it all than with a wonderful mix of ceramics and wood from Newbridge Silverware. On the drinks front, it’s all about farm-to-glass cocktails at Cork’s Cask, chilled by Japanese ice machines no less. 

www.caskcork.com 

If you’re travelling, do it in style with River Island’s summer luggage collection, this white case has lots of zips and pockets and should fit everything you need for your trip away. 

Don’t forget to pop in a scented card from Max Benjamin. There’s two new fragrances for summer 2017, Mimosa and Sweet Amber and Blue Azure – they smell as good as they sound. 

They last for four weeks so after holidays they can be used to fragrance any small space - think wardrobe, car or handbag.

Helping to put your best face forward is Urban Decay and the new Jean-Michel Basquiat collaboration. 

The tenant eyshadow palette is €42 available from Debenhams. Don’t forget your nails, they can make your tan pop. Nail the look with Ella + Mila’s summer shades from Skinfull Affairs.

Check your local Lidl for this bargain buy, Cien After Sun shower foam, it’s fabulous for skin that got too much sun. Chance would be a fine thing.


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