Notions and necessities: From Asian food crawls to alluring reads, warm wear to beautifying gems, it’s all here

Market in the diary From Saturday, February 10 and running until Sunday, February 25, the Asia Market in Dublin has a full programme of events to celebrate Lunar New Year. Among the highlights are the Dublin Culinary Crawl around the city centre on Saturday, while on Saturday 17, its Ballymount store will host Asian Kitchen Cocktails with mixologist Oisin Davis. SC For info and booking, see

Sound Tech men’s jacket, RRP €220,


Tech that The Regatta Great Outdoors innovative wearable tech range, which features heated coats with built-in lights on sleeves and hoods, has a new style, the Sound Tech (RRP €220) men’s jacket. It features waterproof and breathable Isotex 5000 fabric, a head torch and built-in rechargeable bluetooth headphones. LH See

Shiseido LifeDefine Radiance Night Concentrate, €168, Arnotts, selected pharmacies nationwide


Skincare night cap Japanese skincare leaders Shiseido have a new serum LiftDefine Radiance Night Concentrate that they say should be the last step in night-time skincare and the first thing you reach for if firmness is your complexion goal. Aimed at the over-40s market, it’s a light fluid that includes instructions for a quick, four-step face massage and promises to lend a slept-well lift by morning. SC 168, Arnotts; selected pharmacies nationwide

‘Breakdown’ by Cathy Sweeney, published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, €14.99


Mother lode Recently published Breakdown, by Cathy Sweeney, is a read-in-one-day book. It’s the story of a suburban mother who leaves her family (husband and two children), but more importantly, what happens next. Because she never comes back. It is a fascinating examination of what we expect of women, motherhood, friendship, marriage. LH ‘Breakdown’ by Cathy Sweeney, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, €14.99

Marian fleece cardigan in pistachio, €89,


Woolly warmers Sinead Keary the label has added two new styles, The Marian fleece cardigan in pistachio, €89 and The Ailbhe crew-neck sweater, a wool and cashmere mix, in ash, €115. LH See

‘Night Swimmers’ by Roisin Maguire, published by Serpent’s Tail, €18.99


Lockdown lore Night Swimmers is a debut novel set in lockdown by Roisin Maguire, who previously won the Irish News Short Story Award. Set in small town Northern Ireland during lockdown, it is full of heart and humour, with two wounded souls, Grace and Evan, at its centre and plenty to say about compassion, community and the power of cold water. SC €18.99, published by Serpent’s Tail

Tom Ford Oud Minérale, €124, Tom Ford counters nationwide


Mineral moment The deep woodiness of oud meets a flinty, almost sea-air element in Tom Ford’s latest launch, Oud Minérale. If the new month has you looking ahead to longer days and spring in the air, this might just be the olfactory assistance required to break the winter. SC Tom Ford Oud Minérale, €124, Tom Ford counters nationwide

Print by Niamh Moran, see


Fine prints If you are beginning to consider Valentine’s Day gifts, Kildare-based visual artist and illustrator Niamh Moran’s beautiful works, most recently using ink and coloured pencils, all share a magical aesthetic. Perfect for colour lovers in your life. LH See


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