Trending This Month: Making The Most Of Our 'New Normal'

From what to binge on Netflix to what to eat and where...here's how to spend August.

Whatever you decide to do this month, do it while wearing a mask.

Although most of the lockdown restrictions have now been eased and we’re able to get out and about whenever we please, August is set to be the month we actually enjoy ourselves. You've been out to a restaurant so you know what to expect and thus your anxiety has eased; you finally gave up hope that your summer holiday abroad could still go ahead so instead have booked yourself a fun staycation and primary schools are planning to reopen this month too (!!!).

Yes, it seems August might just be the most perfect month of the summer, even of the whole year. With the arrival of some hugely anticipated Netflix drops, drive-in movies and the re-openings of a whole host of bars and restaurants - this August is going to be one to remember

So whatever this month has in store, we've rounded up everything new coming to a couch or city street near you. Save this post to your browser because there's going to come a day where you're wondering how you should spend your day, and we've got the answers. 

EAT:

At V-Face

Since popping up in The Belfry, Stoneybatter in 2018 and touring around the city with their pop-up stand, V-Face has built up quite the legion of fans with their animal burgers, made with plants. Now, the burger bar has set up shop permanently on North Brunswick Street in Stoneybatter, Dublin 7. Slightly hampered by the pandemic but not deterred, owner Sarah Boland initially opened the new V-Face location in May for collections and for delivery through Just Eat but welcomed their first sit-in customers Saturday, July 25. Their Garlic Parm Fries loaded with garlic mayo, VF homemade parmesan and fresh parsley are to die for, seriously. 

DRINK:

Kopparberg Hard Seltzers

Best known for its fruit ciders, Kopparberg has launched a trio of hard seltzers. They have more of a flavour kick than you might expect from a seltzer and come in three fruity flavours, namely Mixed Berries, Black Cherry and Passionfruit. They’re available in Tesco and are rolling out to BWG, Molloys & Next door off-licences. Buy them here. 

Attend

A Drive-In Movie

While cinemas across the country are slowly starting to re-open, you may be feeling a little nervous about jumping straight back in the armchair with a bucket of popcorn - and that's okay. But if you've watched all there is on Netflix and miss watching a film on the big screen, Retro Drive-in Movies has you covered. Adhering to strict safety precautions, Retro Drive-In Movies has sanitation stations, frequently cleaned toilets and a designated COVID-19 officer. They can even scan tickets through a closed car window. Currently, a maximum of five people are allowed per vehicle and are encouraged to bring their own snacks and stay in the car as much as possible.

WATCH:

Rising Phoenix 

Rising Phoenix tells the extraordinary story of the Paralympic Games. From the rubble of World War II to the third biggest sporting event on the planet, the Paralympics sparked a global movement which continues to change the way the world thinks about disability, diversity, and human potential. Directed by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui, and featuring athletes such as Bebe Vio (Italy), Ellie Cole (Australia), Jean-Baptiste Alaize (France), Matt Stutzman (USA), Jonnie Peacock (UK), Cui Zhe (China), Ryley Batt (Australia), Ntando Mahlangu (South Africa) and Tatyana McFadden (US), the documentary film looks set to be an important and eye-opening one. Available to stream on Netflix, August 26. 

LISTEN:

They've topped the Official Albums Chart with all five of the previous studio albums and if the reviews are anything to go by, it'll be no different for The Killers with their new album Imploding the Mirage. The album was set to be released May 29 but, like everything else, was delayed due to the global pandemic. Lead singer Brandon Flowers hinted in an NME interview that this one might be a bit more synthy than recent releases. Lead single Caution features ex Fleetwood Mac member Lindsay Buckingham on guitar. Out August 21.

BINGE:

Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story

Following a successful first season, the Dirty John anthology series returned to the USA Network this month with its second instalment. Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story stars Amanda Peet as the titular character, who goes down a destructive path after her husband Dan (played by Christian Slater) leaves her for his much-younger assistant. Like the show's first season, which told the story of real-life conman John Meehan and his last victim Debra Newell, this season is also based on a true story—this time about the Brodericks and how their seemingly picture-perfect marriage deteriorated and the dramatic events that followed. Available to stream on Netflix, August 14. 

READ:

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds

When four LAPD officers are acquitted after beating a Black man named Rodney King half to death, Ashley's Blackness is front and centre. Now, she's no longer just "one of the girls" and is forced to navigate the racism she experiences as a Black woman living in L.A. during the 1992 riots. Out August 4, pre-order it here. 

STAY:

At Dromoland Castle

Now that staycations are all the rage, why not treat yourself and your best friend (read: your dog) to a regal weekend away at Dromoland Castle. The 16th-century castle hotel in Newmarket-on-Fergus has recently announced that they have a limited number of dog-friendly rooms now available meaning your pet can now join you on your getaway for just €40 per dog per night.

The hotel has also started to provide a range of pet-friendly services, so you can avail of beds, towels, doormats and referrals to local groomers. The castle offers walking maps of the extensive estate, and recommendations for walks in beautiful Co. Clare. Visit dromoland.ie for more info. 

EXPERIENCE:

A Piece Of History At EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum 

Voted Europe's leading tourist attraction in 2019, Epic is sure to keep minds of all ages occupied with any one of their interactive experiences. Whether you're exploring the 200-year-old vaults, swiping through their bank of quizzes, dancing to Riverdance or listening to the whispering library, you'll be well entertained. What's more, throughout the month of August, children up to the age of 16 can get in free to both Epic The Irish Emigration Museum and the Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship when accompanied by a paying adult.

Just five minutes down the road and you'll find the Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship where a 50-minute tour shares the stories of thousands of Irish people who fled to America during famine times. in search of a better life. For more information, visit epicchq.com

WEAR: 

A Mask

"But I don't have Coronavirus!", we hear you cry and while it's great news you're in good health, that doesn't mean you're automatically exempt for wearing a face mask. Though nonmedical masks are most effective when worn by an infected person, new studies from China and South Korea show that somewhere between 25 to 50 per cent of infectious people are either pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic meaning there's a high rate of people who catch Covid-19 who do not develop symptoms until four or five days after being infected. Therefore, if you go outside without a face mask in those four to five days - you're spreading the virus and putting others at risk. What's more, many shopping centres, hairdressers and even restaurants are going to refuse entry to those not wearing face masks in order to operate under the new safety guidelines. Be a good person and wear a mask - it's not that hard. For where to get your hands on safe yet stylist face masks, click here.

BUY:

Aldi's Lacura Miracle Cream, €4.99

Die-hard fans of Elizabeth Arden’s original (and there are many) may not find the conversion easy, but there’s no doubt this is an impressive sap-like salve that soothes dry patches.

Expect a thick, orange texture that helps to calm irritation, soften dry cuticles and whip brows into shape with petroleum, salicylic acid, castor oil, corn oil and vitamin E.  

According to Aldi, their Miracle Cream – priced at €4.99 – is "designed to help your face feel fabulous, this cream works to soothe any dry skin whilst also containing anti-inflammatory benefits. The Miracle Cream will also work to comfort minor weather burns, scrapes and abrasions." Reviews hail the product as "95% as good, at a tenth of the price". Sounds like good maths to us. Oh, and the best part? It's back in-stock in Aldi stores nationwide come August 9.

Main image by George Hiles

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