Trending This Month: Starting Over

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

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

A month so good that Earth, Wind & Fire dedicated a song to it, September is finally here.

For many, the turning of the school year in September truly marks the beginning of a new year. An idea we can fully support considering any actual ‘new year’ plans we made way back in January have likely all been on hold thanks to lockdown. What happens if you haven’t achieved any of your ‘goals’, or if your to-do list is overflowing with procrastinated tasks? Well, the time is now.

In many ways, September is the less stressful, less worthy, less in-your-face version of January. Just like the first month of the year, it comes after a period of indulgence. In this case, it’s the summer, with its socially distanced picnics, beer gardens, and alcohol-soaked staycations. But unlike the post-Christmas spiral of guilt, you’re hopefully not feeling as run down, because there isn’t as much of an emphasis on mince pie and cheese consumption. 

The change of the seasons in September also helps with this mindset. There’s something about packing away your summer clothes and buying a new winter wardrobe that makes you feel like starting over. What better time to crack on with your 5km run challenge for the year, watch all the new autumn TV and make a point of seeing every awards-season film?

Speaking of...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 September is going to be a month 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 Hush

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The COVID-19 crisis has presented restaurant and café owners with immense challenges, with shuttered shopfronts an increasingly common sight and closed for business notices springing up on some of our favourite spots across the country. But thankfully, there are still creative and passionate restaurateurs out there willing to take on the pandemic and launch a new restaurant. This week, a new burger bar and sandwich shop called Hush opened its doors in Rathmines, Dublin 6. The tease started back in June when the only information we had was a little teaser line from the bio - 'sandwiches by day, burgers by night'. Intriguing. The brainchild of Jules Mak and his business partner, Peter Burke, Hush is currently open during the day as a cool sandwich and drinks bar but the ultimate plan is to open for evenings in a couple of weeks with a burger offering that certainly looks exciting.

drink:

At The Lighthouse, Dublin

Visit any popular coastal location at the height of summer in Ireland, and you are likely to see the occasional brave soul in the water. But when summer 2020 restricted us to these very shores in an attempt to slow down the spread of Coronavirus, the coast of Ireland became the most popular destination. From sunrise swims to weekends spent on our sandy beaches, these hard times have made sea swimmers out of all of us. To reward the bravery that is going into the cold sea, The Lighthouse Dublin has decided to award your efforts with a little post-swim drink on the house. Doesn't matter where you go - the 40ft, Seapoint, Sandycove - simply go for a swim, snap a pic, tag the Lighthouse in Dun Laoghaire and then call in after for your free drink. And that offer extends to all beverages on their menu - from pints of Guinness to tea and cocktails.

attend:

Culture Night

Returning as an online event amid the current COVID-19 restrictions, national arts and events initiative Culture Night returns this month for its fifteenth instalment, with over 250 performances, tours, workshops and conversations to partake in, streaming from locations and venues around the island. In keeping with the flow of events in previous years, arts lovers and the culturally curious can pick and choose from a wide variety of events and compose their own Culture Night trail, hopping from event to event from 4 pm on Friday, September 18. Various national landmarks will be available for virtual tours, including the Houses of the Oireachtas, the National Gallery of Ireland and Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre in Mayo, many of which will come with live-streaming or downloadable audio guides. Many of this year’s events will take place online but there are safe offline events programmed too. To see the full programme of events and/or to book online tickets, head to culturenight.ie

watch:

The Social Dilemma

There’s no denying that our growing dependence on sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter has become a source of concern to many – and this is something which Netflix’s The Social Dilemma aims to explore. As per Netflix’s official synopsis: “We tweet, we like, and we share – but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? As digital platforms increasingly become a lifeline to stay connected, Silicon Valley insiders reveal how social media is reprogramming civilisation by exposing what’s hiding on the other side of your screen.” These insiders, of course, include the likes of Justin Rosenstein (aka the man who helped invent Facebook’s ‘like’ button), Tim Kendall (as in, the former president of Pinterest and former director of monetisation at Facebook), Cathy O’Neil (who wrote the book on these so-called Weapons of Math Destruction), and Rashida Richardson, who serves as director of policy at the AI Now Institute. The Social Dilemma will be available to stream on Netflix from September 9.

listen:

To Stacey Dooley Revisits

Stacey Dooley has spent the past 10 years travelling the world to uncover eye-opening investigative stories, from underage sex slavery in Cambodia to arms dealing in the States and the mysterious disappearance of thousands of indigenous women in Canada. Stacey Dooley Revisits sees the presenter reconnect with some of the memorable interviewees from her compelling documentary shows, asking the question “what happened next?” Guests on the podcast will include people like the Mexican priest who helps migrants risking their lives to enter the US illegally, and so-called “preppers” who have retreated to bunkers in anticipation of the end of the world. Stacey Dooley Revisits will be released in full on BBC Sounds on September 17.

read:

The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante

When Giovanna, the protagonist of this new novel, overhears her father say that she is becoming ugly like her “ugly” aunt Vittoria, whose face has been removed from all family photos, her sense of self is rattled, and she decides she must meet her aunt and decide for herself. Fans of Ferrante’s earlier novels will recognise some familiar themes in her new book, which unfolds in Naples and focuses on a young woman’s coming of age. What's more, this young novel is set to be adapted into an original TV series and has already won legions of fans in Ferrante’s native Italy, where it was published last year. Available to read from September 1. 

binge:

Ratched

From the creative mind behind American Horror Story, new Netflix drama Ratched centres around the sinister character of Nurse Mildred Ratched, one of cinema’s most memorable villains in 1975 movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Sarah Paulson stars in the titular role, while the cast is rounded out with a number of other Ryan Murphy's stalwarts. Other cast members include Jon Jon Briones as Dr. Hanover, the physician behind the disturbing, experimental treatments; Judy Davis as matter-of-fact Nurse Bucket; Finn Wittrock as mass murderer Edmund Tolleson; Sharon Stone as heiress Lenore Osgood; Corey Stoll as private eye Charles Wainwright; Amanda Plummer as motel manager Louise; Vincent D’Onofrio as Governor George Wllburn; and Cynthia Nixon as Gwendolyn Briggs, Wilburn’s campaign manager. Netflix will release eight-part series Ratched on September 18.

stay:

Lake Lodge at Lough Eske Castle

Nestled by the castle gates, on the winding drive into Donegal’s Lough Eske Castle, you will spot the quaint and charming 'Lake Lodge', which is now part of the offering at the hotel and available for private bookings.  The secluded two-story lodge offers the ultimate sanctuary for those seeking relaxation as well as luxury. This picture-perfect lakeside setting is the ideal place to get away from it all, sit back and enjoy the sounds of lapping waves and birds in the surrounding trees. A stone’s throw from the door of the hotel itself, guests staying at the Lake Lodge can use the hotel’s facilities such as their CARA Organic Beauty Spa, various restaurants and bars, swimming pool, gym and bicycles. A stay here offers the best of both worlds- privacy as well as five-star facilities and dining. For more information, click here.

wear:

A Mask

Yes, still.

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:

Anything from the Giuliva Heritage x H&M collection

In an era where working from home is now the norm, the idea of wearing a suit might seem a bit absurd. But in actual fact, there could never be a more perfect time for tailoring. H&M has just released an exciting project that the brand has been working on alongside luxurious Italian retailer, Giuliva Heritage. For those who are unfamiliar, Giuliva Heritage takes classic menswear silhouettes into the world of womenswear. Now, joining forces with H&M, the brands have created a modern take on Italian heritage, with a collection made from sustainable sources, in line with both brands’ journey to circularity. Using recycled fabrics throughout, Giuliva Heritage x H&M features traditional shirting, strong tailored blazers and contemporary trench coats in recycled wools, recycled polyester and organic cotton. The Giuliva Heritage x H&M collaboration will launch on Thursday, September 3 in selected stores across the country, as well as online on H&M.com.

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