The queue outside JD Sports on Dublin’s Henry Street at 8:30am on St Stephen’s Day  as sales start in many  major stores. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times 2:31

A bleak December 26th this year might have persuaded any right-thinking person that venturing outside would constitute reckless behaviour. But you h(...)

Pink lace bra, €42.95, pin lace brief, €27.95, both Elle McPherson. Melita robe with lace detail, €190, Vivis, all from Brown Thomas

This is a time of year when male shoppers set forth for brief encounters in city shops in search of fashion fantasies. “This is the one departm(...)

You can’t go far wrong with this Sleek i-Divine Palette (€9.99, Boots)

It was a piece of advice that I’ve never forgotten. I was a teenager, working in France for the summer. She was the sophisticated owner of the rest(...)

Don’t look like a pudding: go for our selection of cool jumpers below instead

Q I have my office party coming up in a few weeks and the dress code is “Christmas jumpers”. I am a dyed-in-the-wool atheist and have tried to obje(...)

We can hear the men of Ireland gulp at the mere mention of Tiffany but you needn’t necessarily remortgage the house. The classic heart tag charm bracelet in sterling silver costs from €290

If the thought of gift shopping for your nearest and dearest sends you into a tailspin of bother and confusion, the first step is to ignore the diz(...)

Merchandising wars: Christmas shoppers get into the spirit of Black Friday on Dublin’s Grafton Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was sedately busy on Dublin’s Henry Street, as shop workers relished being “rushed off their feet” after spending a long and recessionary time k(...)

The Z Palette enables you to put your entire make-up bag into palette format

The lure of a make-up palette full of beautiful colours and bursting with transformational promise is also its main weakness. The palette, the atte(...)

The Karen Millen stores employ 65 people, trade from nine different locations around the country and are either standalone stores or are operated as concessions within the Brown Thomas chain.

The Karen Millen women’s fashion chain and two associated companies, employing 300, have been given High Court protection to allow them try to trade o(...)

Retailers’ Christmas begins when it might be fully expected to begin – shortly before, not after, they think consumers will start buying stuff.  Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

“Christmas creep” is the name given to the phenomenon of the Christmas season starting earlier and going on for longer each year, although some mig(...)

One of Target’s mannequins

Four-year-old children don’t typically have breasts. That’s a simple physiological fact, unlikely to garner any Nobel prizes for biology. Unfortuna(...)