Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Perfect Scents: 1. DJ Gile Murphy and Avila Lipsett; 2. Maria Fusco; 3. Marija Aslimoska and Anne Marie O'Connor. (Pix. Conor McCabe)

Parfumarija (pronounced ‘perfume-maria’) Ireland’s first niche perfume boutique dedicated to exclusive perfume and colognes opened in the Westbury Mall last week. The brainchild of perfumer Marija Aslimoska, and her husband Brendan Coyle, Parfumarija has been created to be the home of rare scents in Dublin; stocking different and special fragrances for men and women, made by some of the world’s top perfumers.

There is also nu_be, a collection of five creative but simple fragrances for men and women, oozing crisp Italian coolness; and The Different Company, a leading name in haute parfumerie, founded by Jean-Claude Ellena, in house perfumer of Hermes, with celebrated perfume bottle designer, Thierry De Baschmakoff.

Other Parfumarija collections selected for their adventurous spirit and unconventional approach include  Ys-Uzac, a Swiss niche perfume brand by perfumer Vincent Micotti; and Agonist, a Swedish range with six unisex perfumes, each characterised by a finely balanced combination of natural fragrances.

Perfumer Marija Aslimoska was classically trained in Grasse, the historic home of perfume in the South of France, and has been described as an exciting fresh talent in the creation and selection of scents.  Marija’s ambition is to change the way Irish people perceive fragrance, taking individuals on a journey of discovery into niche perfume, she says.

Monday, October 14, 2013

MS Fun

IT: 1. Natalie B. Coleman and Lornan Weightman; 2. Niamh Kirwan, Lorraine Keane and Mike Hughes. (Pix. Paul Kelly)

Microsoft recently showcased a range of device and services personalised and designed for consumers and the way they live, helping them get things done easily and effectively.  Joined by a number of familiar faces from the world of sport, fashion, travel, food and family the showcase at the Medley venue highlighted how Microsoft devices and services can enhance the things that matter most to users.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Live at The Morrison

And we’re live: 1. Laura O ' Shea; 2. Mimi Inonoma, Emma Waldron and Nadia Shah; 3. Jimi Lock. 
(Pix. RS)

‘Live at The Morrison’ launched at The Morrison Hotel recently. Invited guests enjoyed a Heineken reception before music from one of Ireland’s most exciting bands – Keywest.

Keywest kicked off this weekly event by performing songs from their number one EP, ‘Electric Love’. Live at The Morrison will run every Saturday night in Quay 14 bar with a variety of acts taking to the stage over the coming weeks.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013


Foodies: 1. Audrey and Sarah Fitzpatrick; 2. Geraldine O'Neill and Ruth McGurk; 3. Dovica Ferrari Cesena and Pauric Sweeney. (Pix. KH)

Following the already successful collaboration between Marco Pierre White and restaurateurs Fitzers on Dawson Street, a new 130-seater MPW restaurant has opened in one of the most sought after spaces in the heart of Donnybrook, Dublin 4. 

The new restaurant at No 1 Belmont Avenue is casual yet opulent; lux yet understated, the cloistered courtyard leads into a circular dining room. Both spaces are aesthetically enhanced with warm, rich colours and textures, the place perfectly embodies what Marco calls Affordable Glamour.  While the design of Donnybrook is different to its sister restaurant in Dawson Street (opened in 2009), the food and dining experience is untouchable.

Marco’s familiar signature dishes will grace the menu in Donnybrook and the new restaurant will be managed and operated by Fitzers.  Familiar faces are also central to the welcome and experience with Gina Bokin front of house and Head Chef Philip Boyd leading a team of eight in the kitchen.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Abbey Portraits

Portrait of a Man: 1. Margaret  Gildea and Anne Gildea; 2. Rosanna Manouchehri; 3. Carol  Cuningham and Hannah Cunningham. (Pix. BME)

Two new portraits at the Abbey Theatre, Tom MacIntyre by artist Colin Davidson and Sebastian Barry by artist Mick O'Dea, are the latest in an historic collection that has grown with the theatre over a hundred years and form part of a continuum that marries art with theatre.  The collection features portraits of many famous names associated with the Abbey Theatre including W.B. Yeats, Annie Horniman, Lady Gregory, F.J. McCormick, Sara Allgood, Brian Friel and Tom Murphy.