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If you consider yourself to be a bit of an art buff, or are a total novice who’d like to know more, why not do something altogether different this weekend and head along to the Art Fair in the RDS. The ma-hoo-sive hall at the RDS will be with exhibits from some of the country’s most renowned artists, as well as some up-and-coming, and very talented newbies. There is tonnes to see and it will be a crash course in what’s happening in the Irish art scene. It’s a great spot to pick up some really unique Christmas gifts, and who knows, you might pick up something really special for yourself while you’re at it?

 
The Art Fair runs from Friday the 5th to Sunday the 7th of November, General Admission is €10 but check out our Facebook page to learn how you can win tickets to the event. For more information log on to www.rds.ie/artfair

Earlier in the week we told you about all the amazing fashion brands we went to see at the Acappella showrooms. Remember? Well we love our STELLAR readers so much that we are going to share with you a little secret. The lucky public can get their hands on some of the amazing designs we saw and at just a mere fraction of the rrp cost!

From Wed 6th-Sat 9th October in Citywest Hotel, Acappella will be holding a sample sale of their S/S10 and  A/W10 must-have pieces. Brands included are Darling, Rare, St.Martins, S’nob, Culture, Yuki, Fever, Jarlo, Religion, People’s Market, Supertrash, plus more, all selling at discount prices (how much has not been revealed).

Sounds like there is going to be a fashion frenzy in Citywest. We recommend you get down their early- it’s open from 10am to 7pm daily and make sure to bring cash no cards are accepted!

We’ll see you there!

 

 

Mike camped out on Kilimanjaro...

So our bachelors are all pretty dashing, right? But one lovely Mr Mike McGuire has proven himself especially eligible. Not only has he recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital  in Crumlin (where he passed Stellar Point on the way to the top BTW) but he’s also running two, yep two, marathons in the coming weeks for the charity. Oh yeah and he ran this itty bitty 65km Adventure Race while he was at it.

Mike says he’s more than just a bit petrified about the double marathon leg of his journey, (Chicago on October 8th and Dublin, October 25th) having never run a marathon before, so why the bejaysus is he doing all this? “I was kindly taken around Crumlin Children’s Hospital to see where the money is needed.  While walking through, I met a 2 year old girl called Lucy who was undergoing her first chemotherapy session that day.  Since then, I have been in touch with her parents through the hospital and they have agreed to let her be my little motivator through my last few challenges.  The way I see it, if she (and her parents) have the bravery to go into a hospital every few days to go through the hell that is chemo, I should have the balls to go out running (I hate running, it’s the devils work) when I don’t want to.” 

Well isn’t he just dreamy? If you want to support Mike and his campaign to raise funds for Lucy, and the other children at Crumlin Children’s Hospital, you can register your donations here… http://www.cmrf.org/SponsorshipManager/Usr_EventDonation.asp?EventId=748 (100% of donations will go towards the charity, as Mike has covered his own training and travel costs.) 

Mike and his fellow climbers at Stellar Point *Mike says to excuse the wardrobe mishap, " I had ordered gear in from the manufacturer and when it arrived, the XL stuff made me look like Tom Hanks in “BIG”. As a result, I had to take the only jacket available, along with my turquoise snowboarding pants. The purple hat is the icing on the cake, I love this photo it looks like serious climbers were posing for a photo when a clown crept in."

 Don’t forget to vote for Mike and the other bachelors n our Bachelor of the Year competition. You could win the chance to meet all the lovely gents at our exclusive Birthday Party, and a gorgeous Tissot watch to boot. The deets are all in the October issue of STELLAR and voting closes on October 13th.

Last week one of Ireland’s leading fashion agencies Acappella launched their Autumn/Winter 10 fashion brands in the beautiful setting that is their showrooms in Fashion City, Ballymount. With an abundance of labels to be seen Stellar went along to check out the latest offerings from the likes of fashion brands Snob, Darling, Religion, Rare, Carousel (a new Irish owned label) to name a few.

The Acappella fashion presentation was inspired by the 1960s US drama Mad Men where Rare Opulence (Rare’s more glamorous older sister range) featured along with the one size fits all, adjustable collection from Jolaby.

Edgy, rock-star labels Religion and Supertrash stuck to what they do best offering up embellished leather jackets, skull printed tees, and skinny pants but not forgetting the more grown up elements like sequins, faux-fur and perfectly fitting dresses.

Darling offered a contrast to this with pretty floral-printed dresses and lace-trimmed pastel cardigans that seem to be inspired by clothing of the past. The mixture of vintage influenced clothing with modern shapes makes for one really cute, and on-trend label. After all everyone loves and needs a floral dress in their wardrobe. Our fave item was the Adele dress, which is perfect worn with riding-boots and ribbed cotton tights for winter but also the perfect transitional spring dress.

New Irish owned label Carousel was also exclusively featured for the first time. Their collection includes a number of adorable kitschy dresses that are nipped in at the waist and covered in strawberry, floral or cupcake prints. How cute, we hear ya say!

Acappella now supplies over 15 internationally recognised fashion brands and supplies up to 350 boutiques and stores around Dublin, so girls no matter what brand of choice is your bound to find it in a shop near you!

For stockists and buying enquiries contact barbara@acappella.ie.(Credits: Photography Patrick O Leary and Brian McEvoy, Make up Gillian Rafferty, Hair Gina at Zeba and styling Barbara Meade.

We love our readers so much we want them to get in on the action so here’s a sneak preview behind the scenes of Noirin Kelly’s photo shoot in next months Stellar, which is out tomorrow. Get it before it flies off the shelf. Woohoo!

Check out the cover of our latest issue of STELLAR, out tomorrow…let us know what you think…

Be stylish, buy Irish… STELLAR, just €2, out tomorrow x

Always on the look-out for something a little bit different – and totally sick of bumping into people with the same dress on as us – we thought we’d discreetly spread the word about our latest find. www.coutureonline.ie is an online shop stocked with stunning occasion wear that will really make you stand out at any event. Great for a Ladies’ Day, glitzy wedding or fancy summer party, consider the dresses an investment, while a tad on the pricey side, they are statement pieces that you’ll wear forever. And while some might be reluctant to buy occasion wear online, they’ve also got a fitting service in Dublin so you can try before you buy. We likey…check ‘em out…

All available from CoutureOnline.ie

Well, eh, Style Wars…

If you’re just a tad addicted to Ireland’s answer to Project Runway, TV3′s Style Wars (we can’t get enough of the drama or enough of gawping at Caprice) then here’s your chance to meet the budding designers in the flesh and have them work their magic on you. 

The folks at Lipton have teamed up with the show and the fabulous people at Fran & Jane to host weekly events in the Fran & Jane Dundrum Town Centre store. Over the next few weeks a different a different Style Wars finalist will be working as a stylist in the store each Saturday, offering tips and advice for the season ahead. And while you peruse the clothes, you’ll get to sample some Fruit & Herbal tea too…win-win if you ask us. 

It’s all to celebrate the Lipton challenge on the latest airing of the show in which each of the finalists had to put together a Lipton Herbal & Fruit inspired look and create a headpiece, direct a photoshoot, and put together a magazine spread worthy of a glossy like STELLAR (phew, we’d need a cuppa after that). 

And if you like what you see on the telly, you can win a Lipton inspired Fran & Jane ensemble all of your own. They’ve got seven up for grabs, so check out their Facebook page for details on the comp as well as info on the weekly store events. 

Seven, count 'em, seven former Miss Irelands line up in infusion-inspired ensembles...

We here at STELLAR Towers are all for spotting trends, whether it’s the latest microtrend for knuckle-dusters or our recent penchant for all things leopard print. So when this latest must-have began creeping in, we were all over it…so what is the latest object of our affection?The humble cup of tea.

 

Why is the cuppa so en vogue then? Well when cupcakes became bigger than Madonna last year, and the Laduree macaroon counter at Brown Thomas was as busy as the MAC counter, it was only a matter time before their perfect  accompaniment – tea – achieved rockstar status too. 

With hotels around the country offering the luxury service to rival the likes of Harrods and Claridges in London, Afternoon Tea has become an activity of choice for a growing number of hen parties. It seems in these cash strapped times, us ladies are on the lookout for new ways of achieving luxury and elegance, without having to fork out for a Chanel handbag. 

Tea and cake is also an increasing first date and mate date option with our favourite Dublin hidden gem, The Cake Cake (shhh don’t tell anyone) and the Tea Gardens on Ormond Quay Dublin among many cafes doing a storming trade in quirky teas. 

It seems Irish tea too is the choice of celebrities, with Sarah Jessica Parker recently admitting that the one thing she misses most about her Irish hideaway is a good cup of Lyons tea. As for Lovely Bones (we’d like to jump his lovely bones) star, Reece Ritchie, he recently told STELLAR that on the set of the movie Saoirse Ronan’s mother kept him in good supply of Irish tea while on set in the States. 

And if you’re thinking that summer is more the season for cocktails than cuppas, think again. Lipton’s new range of Fruit and Herbal tea, is just the ingredient for some cheeky afternoon cocktails with your mates. Our fave is the Lipton Pink Citrus Daiquiri – to make four, here’s what you do…

Blend 8 Lipton Pink Citrus in 200ml of Hot Water

Let cool and then add:

100g Sugar

100ml Grapefruit Juice

100ml Orange Juice

4 Shots of Rum

Lemon Juice

And then garnish with some orange peel and drink…

Lipton Pink Citrus Daiquiri

 

Details below for the ultimate tea fixes…

For an opulent afternoon tea see The Westbury at www.doylecollection.com  or for something a little more quaint and a bit less pricey check out www.thecakecafe.ie

If your tastebuds should lead you to Taste of Dublin this weekend in the Iveagh Gardens, make sure you visit the Lyons Masterclass for tips on making the perfect cuppa from Lyons master tea taster, Caithriona Murphy, and the Lipton Garden Party to watch their regular fashion shows, and sip on a fruity tea cocktail. For all you need to know about Taste of Dublin, click here… 

Now, who’s turn is it to put the kettle on?

We love anything that saves us a few quid so we can have that holiday in the sun this year. So of course we have checked out the new vid from Style Clinic on how to shop neutral on Ebay hosted by designer and stylist, Kim Gilbert. If you want clever tips on how to update your wardrobe without spending this is the place to come to learn.

Watch how Kim updates her wardrobe without breaking the bank and gets rid of unwanted items at the same time!

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