Olivia’s what’s hot and what’s not

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WHAT’S HOT

PAURIC SWEENEY BAGS
Irish designer Pauric Sweeney worked in all aspects of design from furniture design to jewellery, drawing upon his training as an architect. He debuted at Paris Fashion Week in 2000, and today his bags are available worldwide and have featured in every major fashion publication.

THREE WEEKS TO CHRISTMAS
Despite the doom and gloom, Christmas will come regardless and I, for one, plan to celebrate like it’s 1999 (literally). Despite what the Celtic Tiger has ingrained into us, it doesn’t actually take a lot of money to have a good time. Christmas is about family and friends, about catching up and looking back. It’s getting so cold it might even snow, I can’t wait!

WHAT’S NOT

SHOPS IN TROUBLE
Rumours are rife of closures and let-offs following reports of businesses like Sasha and Barretts downsizing and maybe even closing branches. The recession has all guns blazing at the moment, and nobody it seems is safe from the firing line. Ironically the only thing we can do to help the situation is spend that same money we’re trying not to spend. Lotto anyone?

BEAUTY NEWS

Create your own fragrance in new Perfume Studio at Escape Spa

Escape Spa at the Absolute Hotel are launching something a little different this Thursday evening, with the opening of The Perfume Studio. Available for a party or corporate event, each participant designs their own bespoke fragrance, names it, and takes it home at the end of the experience. For a private ‘Design Your Own Fragrance Event,’ each member creates their own fragrance within a group setting with 20ml of fragrance for the guests to take away at the end of the event. The price for 5–9 attendees is 50euro per person,10–14 attendees 45euro per person, 15–49 attendees 43euro per person, and 50+ attendees is 40euro per person. For more details contact Escape Spa on 061 463608.