From what to binge on Netflix to what to eat and where...here's how to spend October.
Controversial opinion but October is the best month of the year.
Confusing as it may be for transitional dressing, October has the most comforting weather. It hits the biannual sweet spot of being not too hot but not too cold. There are only two months of the year that satisfyingly achieve this weather — October and June — and this time of the year is by far the superior one. While the early days of September can still be overwhelmingly hot, October is at last cooling down, enough so that by the end of the month you can break out winter coats and woolly jumpers thus giving you even more styling opportunities. There is the additional splendour of the trees changing colour - but without the hazards of allergies that come when they bloom in the spring.
October also has a national holiday — albeit not the best holiday. Halloween, though, marks the first celebration in at least four months that you can put up decorations for. Even if you're not a big fan of monkey nuts and scary movies, by the time October 31 comes around, there's a certain charm in the air. Christmas is just around the corner, close enough that the months stretching ahead don't feel like a total trudge.
What's more, with the arrival of some hugely anticipated Netflix drops, an album inspired by lockdown kitchen discos and the re-openings of a whole host of bars and restaurants - this October 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.
At Big Fan Bao
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 Chinese restaurant called Big Fan Bao opened its doors on Aungier Street, Dublin 2. At what is quickly becoming somewhat of a foodie hub in Dublin, Big Fan Bao is in good company. Their menu is packed full of all kinds of tasty authentic dishes with their speciality being expertly-made bao. Despite current phase 3 restrictions in place, Big Fan Bao is up and running for takeaway/delivery with some limited outdoor dining options available.
At Mr Fox and BAR 1661
Until October 9, pubs and restaurants in Dublin are under strict new orders not to allow indoor dining and to only offer outdoor dining to a maximum of 15 people at one time. Takeaway and delivery services are still allowed but the news still came as a blow to an industry that has had the most tumultuous of years due to Covid-19 restrictions and the number of changes to planned reopening dates. With many restaurants and bars shutting their doors for the interim, Mr Fox and Bar 1661 have creatively found a way to stay open and offer dining out options. The two popular Dublin city spots have teamed up to host a fun and safe event for those in Dublin to enjoy some drinks over the next two weekends while level 3 restrictions remain. The event will be held at Mr Fox's outdoor patio, where dinners will be kept warm by heaters and gazebos while they munch on dishes ranging from fried chicken to smoked beef burgers to taco fries and more. Music is also promised, as well as delicious cocktails provided by BAR 1661, and it all gets underway on Friday, October 2. Social distancing measures will be in place, with the 15-person rule meaning that tables will be limited to just two people. Reservations can be secured through the Mr Fox website here or by emailing [email protected]
F45's new flagship studio
With gym classes on hold at the minute, those loyal to regular HIIT training might be suffering from withdrawals – for some, no highs quite compare with buzz of team training! If you're craving a fix, F45 – the world’s fastest-growing fitness network with a cult following – has adapted to the new normal by swapping out it's much-loved circuit training model to provide an incredibly safe modular workout environment. Now, each person training has their own individual 2m x 2m pod and dedicated set of equipment - meaning the same 45-minutes of sweat but in a way that reduces the risk of contamination. The husband and husband team Gavin McConnon and Brendan Spratt who brought the Mark Wahlberg-backed franchise to Ireland, today open their most ambitious studio yet, an 45 Training flagship studio in George's St, with plans to open an additional five studios in Dublin. Check out the new studio this month if you think you can handle the challenge! F45training.ie/georgesstreetdublin
David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet
Further proof that October is the best month, David Attenborough is set to return our screens in a new nature documentary, David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, on October 4. Attenborough has arguably seen more of our world than any other human. It's fitting, then, that this film is described as his "witness statement for the natural world". In his 93 years, everyone's favourite broadcaster has visited every continent. Having dedicated his life to documenting the natural world, this documentary will see Attenborough look back on his life's work, reflecting on the defining moments of his career and the devastating changes to our eco-system that he's witnessed. The presenter will also use the knowledge he's accumulated to look to the future and address some of the biggest challenges facing life on earth. Described as "honest, revealing and urgent", the film reportedly gives "a powerful, first-hand account of humanity's impact on nature and a message of hope for future generations".
Songs From The Kitchen Disco by Sophie Ellis Bextor
Sophie Ellis Bextor made the most of lockdown with her Kitchen Disco livestreams, and now a new album and tour have been birthed as a result of Sophie's at-home performances. Songs From The Kitchen Disco features a brand new original song plus all of Sophie's biggest and best-known disco hits and will be available on CD, blue vinyl, pink vinyl, purple cassette and pink cassette. Out October 23.
FOOD AND WINE Magazine
Food & Wine magazine returns as a free monthly magazine with the Business Post, and on https://t.co/u5ystSGUtr, on October 4. Unrivalled recipes, features, travel and news for over twenty years.— Business Post (@businessposthq) September 26, 2020
Pick up a copy in-store or subscribe at https://t.co/ZvsSoCzqbc #FoodForThought pic.twitter.com/z8b7sFBLcw
For 20 years, FOOD&WINE Magazine has championed the best of Irish and international food, drinks, chefs and producers. Although the title ceased publication temporarily in 2018, F&W became part of The Business Post group in 2019, with the plan to bring Ireland's most popular food title back into print. Now, it's back and better than ever! FOOD&WINE Magazine will be available as a free monthly magazine with The Business Post and on businesspost.ie on Sunday, October 4. Going forward, the magazine will be available on the first Sunday of every month, offering readers and subscribers an unrivalled package to include recipes, features, travel and news from the industry. In the inaugural edition, Jess Murphy of Kai in Galway eases you into autumn with three flavourful recipes; one of Dublin's most exciting new bakers reveals how to make the perfect croissant and tell you why the wines of north-west Italy are perfect for this time of year.
Emily in Paris
Already dubbed as a 2020 take on Sex and the City, Emily in Paris promises intoxicating adventures and surprising challenges as main character Emily adapts to her life in a new city, juggling a new job, friendships, and romance. Not only similar in theme, Emily in Paris also comes from the mind behind not only Sex and the City but the original Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place, Darren Star. The ten-episode series stars Lily Collins as Emily who is (you guessed it) in Paris. The young, ambitious American has just been transplanted from Chicago to the French capital after winning her dream job, and she’s very excited about it all. As Netflix puts it, “Emily’s new life in Paris is filled with intoxicating adventures and surprising challenges as she juggles winning over her work colleagues, making friends, and navigating new romances.”
The pandemic has provided us with ample time and space to give some thought to where we live and how that affects our daily quality of life. Up there with garden/outdoor access and home office space, safety and a sense of local community are high on first-time buyers' lists of priorities currently, which explains why we are seeing house prices rising outside of bigger urban locations. But what if you could have it all – all of the attractions of city living as well as the benefits of village lifestyle? Well, that's exactly what the 246 new homes in the Clancy Quay in Islandbridge are aiming to deliver. Comprising of a mixture of converted listed buildings and more contemporary developments, the site accommodates one-bed apartments through four-bedroom family homes. On-site, residents of the development can enjoy a professional gym, business centre, multimedia room, lounge, chef’s kitchen, games room, children’s play areas, a putting green, a gated dog park, a dog wash & dry station, barbecue facilities, as well as two rooftop garden terraces with sweeping views of Dublin city - which is only a short 3km commute away, while proximity to the M50 is another added bonus. If you're in the market, it's well worth checking out. Clancyquay.ie
Create Launch at Brown Thomas
Nearing its tenth year of shining the spotlight on homegrown design talent, CREATE 2020 comes at a time when the fashion industry is facing big challenges. The annual Brown Thomas fashion exhibition was established by Fashion Director, Shelly Corkery almost a decade ago in response to the lack of Irish designers stocked in the store. This year, CREATE unveils a new line-up of Irish designers across ready-to-wear, jewellery, handbags, millinery, childrenswear and interiors. Fans of cult-label RIXO will be glad to learn that co-founders Henrietta Rix and Orlagh McCloskey (who hails from Dungiven, Co. Derry) have designed an exclusive capsule collection for the exhibition-cum-pop-up-shop, featuring feminine dresses, tops and skirts in the floral and polka-dotted prints that have become their signature. Other names bringing international kudos are Richard Quinn, Sorcha O’Raghallaigh and Katie Ann McGuigan. The anniversary showcase is now available to view on level one of <a href="https://www.brownthomas.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Brown Thomas</a> Dublin and will run for the next four weeks.
A Michael Kors LOVE T-Shirt
Michael Kors has a long history with the World Food Programme. Since the designer launched the Watch Hunger Stop campaign in 2013, over 19 million meals have been delivered to children in need. Now in its eighth year, the campaign has been fronted by such celebrity ambassadors as Kate Hudson, Halle Berry and Lupita Nyong’o. This season, in the spirit of community and connection inspired by the global pandemic, the brand’s long-running philanthropic initiative in partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme, is fronted by Kors’ employees from across all levels of the organisation. This year’s Watch Hunger Stop campaign includes several social media initiatives. For example, a special Instagram filter called “Share Your Heart,” allows each user to join the community and spread the love. And, just like in previous years, Kors' LOVE T-shirts (where proceeds go directly to the WFP) are back with a new design. The unisex tees are simple yet refined, with past seasons' styles rendered in black, white and red with bold lettering across the front. This time, Kors is releasing a new special edition 100 per cent organic cotton LOVE T-shirt (€35) with matching denim tote bag (€75). Both are adorned with a specially designed red love heart patch. All profits from the T-shirt and the tote bag will go to the WFP and its efforts to ensure that children have access to nutritional meals, whether at home or in school as a result of the emergency. The LOVE T-shirt and tote will be available online and in select Michael Kors Lifestyle stores globally from October 1.
Anything from MORPHE at Arnotts
First, they gave us Anastasia Beverly Hills, then they added over 25 cult brands including Kate Somerville, Tan-Luxe and Eve Lom. Arnotts is once again sending beauty fans into a frenzy with news that it has now launched cult favourite Morphe Cosmetics into its beauty hub online. Famous for its 35-shade eyeshadow palettes and industry-quality make-up brushes, Morhpe Cosmetics has garnered a loyal legion of fans since it burst onto the beauty scene in 2008. It’s now set to reach an even wider audience, launching in the department store online. Shop the collection, here.
Main image by Ira Mint