VISIT A LOCAL BOUTIQUE
Om Diva’s 2nd Space
Ever since the advent of maximalism via Gucci’s new poster boy, Alessandro Michele, I’m ditching the pursuit for timeless classics and throwing the fashion rules out the window. If you’re a peacock, a magpie, a hen or a fine filly, then you need to visit Om Diva‘s 2nd Space; this hub of kaleidoscopic colour and treasure will send you spiraling down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. Or that could just be the free coffee they’re giving out. Damn, that shit is strong! Some of my vintage finds at 2nd Space include a bitchin’ bomber jacket, some pom pom earrings and a so-granny-it’s almost-Gucci cardi. Just wait until you see their slip dresses; let’s just say Courtney Love would approve. Dribble, swoon, thud……………(picking jaw up from floor).
Siopaella not only has some of the most awesome second hand and vintage threads in town, it also has some fashion exclusives like Elka Raincoats, Enter Bags and Neon Rose. If you’re following the Siopaella babes on Instagram or Snapchat, you’ll know they’re just back from a buying trip in Morocco so expect to see some exotic skins, ceramics and Ella-only-knows-what cropping up over the next couple of weeks.
Seagreen Dublin was recently dubbed by The Gloss magazine as one of Ireland’s tastemakers when it comes to what the cognoscenti of Irish fashion is wearing. Some of the coolest and newest brands like Bella Freud, Paige Denim, Lara Bohinc and one of my favourite home accessories brands Fornasetti are stocked in this exclusive boutique. Ireland’s only dedicated gemologist Natasha Shearling recently established her own jewellery line garnering major attention from the fash-pack and guess where it’s stocked? You know it! With locations in Monkstown and Ranelagh, this is well worth the visit.
2. SUPPORT IRISH WRITING
Tina’s Idea of Fun at the Peacock
There’s a woman in white in the Abbey………..I KNOW! Since I’ve lived around the boroughs of Dublin 8 and now 12, I thought it only appropriate to get my own White Woman. Suffice to say she is the smallest on my street and some of my neighbours have gone as far as draping velvet robes on this modern day demi-God but I’m still worshipping this false icon so I’m off to the Peacock, the Abbey’s sister theatre on the 30th of this month to see Tina’s Idea of Fun. Written by Sean P. Summers, it is showing from 14 April to 14 May.
Sunder by Anu Productions
It’s impossible not to feel patriotic with so many 1916 commemorations taking place throughout the country. Fishamble’s Inside the GPO was an amazing experience; watching a play about the Rising where it actually took place felt very special. Anu Productions blew every other commemoration out of the water with Sunder. If you can manage to get a ticket; beg, borrow or steal for it. Traversing through the inner city and in and out of buildings on Moore Street, this is a theatrical experience with an historical significance that will reverberate in your soul for the rest of your life. I ate a tin of pears with a rebel, I hid out with a Chinese immigrant, I held a dying man in my arms and I wept for the things that are no longer visible, the lives that were lost and the sheer bravery of our ancestors.
Northern Star at the Project Arts Centre
Based on the life of United Irish man leader Henry Joy McCracken, this may be set during the 1798 Rebellion but its themes are very much now. Never one to shy away from experimentation, Stewart Parker’s play recalls the seven decades of McCracken’s life, each presented in the style of a great Irish writer from Boucicault to Behan and Beckett.Directed by Parker’s niece, Lynne Parker of Rough Magic, Northern Star runs from now until 7 May at the Project Arts Centre.
3. DITCH THE MULTINATIONALS FOR SOME HOME BREW
Brothers and Sisters
Forget Starbucks, there are so many amazing coffee roasters right here in Ireland. One of my favourite coffee hubs for value and taste is Brother Sister on South William Street – they do a mean brew for €2 – the cheapest in town. Brother Hubbard and Sister Sadie serve up the most Instagrammable drinks North and South of the river. Particular favourites have to be the warming tonic- like a delicious version of lemsip, it’s lemongrass & ginger tea with turmeric, ginger & cinnamon honey (the most fragrant I have ever tasted) and the hot chocolate, which will quite literally bring you to a food porn climax within seconds.
The baristi in Bewley’s are award-winning, friendly and full of banter and joy for what they do. Particularly mentionable is the staff in Arnotts – the girl with the longest, flutteriest eyelashes (you know who you are), the dark-haired man who always designs something cool in the foam of my latte and the young blonde guy who loves to wax lyrical on the coffee competitions he’s attended (and won, mind you) but is not in the least bit humble-braggy. They always make me smile and the coffee is great, not to mention after every five stamps you get a free one. Best loyalty programme in town.
3fe is Irish, it’s a business that was born out of pure passion and it’s guaranteed to give you that much-needed morning buzz. Served in some of the hippest joints in town, like Fallon & Byrne, Brother Hubbard, Roasted Brown,Cinnamon and Base and a standalone cafe in Dublin 2. I’m not a big fan of Americanos but I can go in for one if it’s 3fe.
Vice Coffee Inc.
If, like me, you have a ‘thing with floors’, the tiles in Vice Coffee Inc on Middle Abbey Street will provide the perfect Instagram inspo – just make sure to wear equally lust-worthy shoes. On Thursdays and Fridays, they serve up the orgasmic gastronomical experience that is achieved from eating not one, but at least two of Dublin Doughnut Co’s unique treats. Peanut butter and jelly and rhubard crumble are my current faves. The coffee is great, the bar has all the retro sweets you would ever want and the baristi are dead on in the personality department.