The lengthening evenings and gentler chill in the air are starting to suggest spring is on the way. The heavier foundations and deep hues that we a(...)

Second Avenue in Sandymount, Dublin 4:  Owner Aisling Walsh runs an appointment-only business with a strong focus on customer service
Shoptalk: consignment stores

You’re about to be invited into the resurgent subculture of consignment stores. A consignment store does two things. Firstly, it sells your designer c(...)

Moisturising before bed is far preferable. As your body temperature increases during sleep, products have a better rate of absorption and any stickiness or residue can be washed off during the morning’s shower

Winter is hard on the body. The first whisper of summer may have us all whipping out the wax strips and body lotions but by winter, neglect will ha(...)

Colette Ashe is an Irish knitter who has set her sights very high, preparing to take on the Italians at what they do best – fine gauge cashmere kni(...)

Cara Delevingne sports a 1970s looks at Saint Laurent’s Paris Fashion Week show. Photograph: Pascal le Segretain/Getty

  1 Painterly notions. Paint is making an impression on the catwalk and the street. At Burberry, it took the form of macs daubed with broa(...)

A roaring fire, eating Roses from the tin and shopping online: what could be better? Photograph: Thinkstock

Q While most people are planning to spend the festive season in the pub, I’m going to be sitting on the sofa, alone, in front of a roaring fire, ea(...)

Seasonal sparkle from Chanel

The Christmas season allows for dramatic evening makeup, and a statement highlighter makes skin look lit from within. The festive offering from Cha(...)

Jennifer Hosten of Grenada (left) was Miss World 1970. Megan Young of the Philippines (right) is the reigning Miss World. Spot the difference in our 1970 - 2014 picture show (below). Some things really don’t ever change. Illustrations: Paul Scott

Miss World is the cockroach of the entertainment scene. Once it checks in, it’s unlikely to check out. Last year Miss World strutted its stuff in Indo(...)

The House of Jo Malone (above, €165) has to be one of this season’s best gift sets

Christmas is a time of excess, an opportunity to throw caution to the wind and treat your loved ones (and yourself, obviously) to indulgences you m(...)

“We come from very different backgrounds”: Fergus Sheil (left) and Brian Irvine.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Fergus Sheil is a conductor who works with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and is artistic director of Wide Open Music and Opera Theatre Compan(...)