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May IT List: What's Trending This Month

Hope is here.

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

Late spring but more like early Summer, May has always been a month to look forward to. But this month, there's more than just a bank holiday, good weather and the MET Gala to be excited about.  

As of last week, the government announced its roadmap to the reopening of society. Salons can once again open their doors, hotels will soon be able to welcome guests, non-essential retail is to become just retail and restaurants can return to outdoor dining. 

Things are indeed looking hopeful with life returning to 'normal' just in time for Summer. Hope is finally here. What's more, with the arrival of some hugely anticipated Netflix drops, the launch of new outdoor dining facilities and a new product drop from Glossier, this May 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. Be sure to 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 Beach Park

With travel restrictions easing further this month, it's likely a trip to Bray is on your post-lockdown bucket list. If it's not, it will be after news of a new market-style addition of food trucks has opened this month in the seaside town. With something for everyone, Beach Park currently has a total of six vendors including a mix of local favourites and popular offerings from further afield. First to join forces with Beach Park was family-run coffee shop Glovers who will be on hand to sling shots of coffee and provide delicious treats. Another local favourite at Beach Park is Dirt Birdz. The fried chicken joint already operates on a takeaway basis from a location in Bray town but is also popping up at the beach to serve up signature chicken, loaded fries, and much more. Also on the list of vendors is legendary grilled cheese vendor Griolladh who are serving up simple, but delicious toasted sandwiches complete with an Insta-worthy cheese pull. Little Dumpling, the tiny Asian-inspired restaurant that caused queues aplenty when it first opened in the city centre, has also joined the Beach Park crew. With a menu that includes a mix of traditional and inventive flavours - try the Nutella and marshmallow dumplings to see what we mean - the Little Dumpling pop-up menu has something for everything. Straight from Dublin's Tara Street, the team behind Gaucho's Dog brings something completely unique to Beach Park. Imagine a classic hot dog, then picture it loaded with bespoke toppings and you might have some sort of idea about the Gaucho's menu. Last, but certainly not least, Póg rounds out the Beach Park setup. Initially, Póg started as a cool pancake joint, but now has four locations across Dublin city and county, with the Bray pop-up its fifth and newest outing. Beach Park is now open seven days a week from 12-6 pm, but as restrictions ease and the days get brighter, opening hours will extend. 

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drink:

White Claw Hard Seltzer Mango

Just a little over a year ago, news broke that America's favourite sparkling alcoholic beverage was heading to Irish shores. The launch caused a bit of a social media frenzy and getting your hands on a White Claw Hard Seltzer can was as difficult as finding toilet roll at the start of the pandemic. Now with White Claw being a firm favourite amongst us all, the brand has added a brand new flavour to the mix: Mango. Made from a blend of sparkling water with triple distilled alcohol and a hint of natural mango fruit flavour, this is summer in a can. Priced at €3 per can, the new White Claw Hard Seltzer Mango can be found at supermarkets nationwide as well as selected off-licenses. 

ATTEND:

Make A Splash A Day In May for the Irish Cancer Society

From sunrise swims to weekends spent on our sandy beaches, this past year has made sea swimmers out of all of us. And with that in mind, the Irish Cancer Society is asking people to jump, splash, swim or quickly dip into the water every day throughout the month to support cancer research. There is a Facebook group where you can register, and donations can also be collected through Facebook. See here for more info. 

read:

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

Part mystery, part family drama, The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave is impossible to put down. When Hannah Hall's husband of just one year disappears, he leaves a note begging his wife to "protect her." Hannah quickly surmises the her in question is her husband's 16-year-old daughter, who may hold the key to unraveling his secret past. (This one is set to become a miniseries starring Julia Roberts very soon, so you're going to want to read it ASAP.) Available to read from May 4. 

watch:

The Woman in the Window on Netflix

Based on the A.J. Finn novel of the same name, The Woman In The Window tells the story of an agoraphobic psychologist who, while looking out of her window one evening, appears to witness a brutal attack in her neighbour’s home. But did the crime truly take place, or is her mind playing tricks on her?

listen:

Fake Heiress Podcast

Following her release from prison and ahead of Netflix’s new true-crime series Inventing Anna, interest in Anna Delvey’s crimes – which saw the young woman claim to be a German socialite and scam numerous high-flyers into funding her lavish lifestyle – is once again on the rise. The new podcast from BBC Radio 4 is a must-listen. Hosted by journalist Vicky Baker and screenwriter Chloe Moss, this is a six-part podcast series that dives deep into Delvey’s story and how her crimes came to light. The podcast is a mixture of styles, featuring documentary-style reporting and dramatised scenes based on court and press coverage. Whether or not you’re planning on watching Delvey’s story play out on screen later theis year, Fake Heiress makes for a fascinating listen. 

binge:

The Pursuit of Love on BBC1

As is made very clear in the trailer, Linda – despite all the pressures of growing up in high society sometime between the two World Wars – believes in love. In fact, she’s “passionately romantic,” and thoroughly intent on finding The One who sets her heart (and body) on fire, no matter what the cost. While Linda’s heart takes her on a series of misadventures all over Europe, however, her best friend and cousin, Fanny Logan (Emily Beecham), decides to stay in England. Her mission, it seems, is to follow a more conventional path. One determined by… well, by discipline, we suppose. As you no doubt gleaned from the trailer, this series boasts a seriously star-studded cast; think Dominic West, Dolly Wells, Andrew ‘Hot Priest’ Scott, Emily Mortimer, John Heffernan, Annabel Mullion, Beattie Edmondson, Assaad Bouab, Shazad Latif, and Freddie Fox, to name just a handful. And, before you ask, we don’t have long to wait before we can fall giddily in love with the period drama, either; The Pursuit Of Love is coming to BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Sunday 9 May at 9pm.

bake:

Hot Chip Cookies

Making the perfect chocolate chip cookie always feels like a huge mystery. How can you make a cookie that is perfectly chewy and buttery, with properly proportioned chocolate chips and one that when placed on a baking sheet, doesn't turn into one tray-sized cookie? Cue Hot Chip. The company was founded by Dave McSharry after he returned home to Ireland during the pandemic after living in Australia. Inspired by his craving for freshly baked goods whilst living abroad, Hot Chip specialises in bake-at-home cookie dough so you can always have freshly baked cookies - regardless of your kitchen skills. The cookie dough is made using Irish butter and a generous helping of Belgian chocolate chips. Each roll comes wrapped in non-stick baking parchment, simply slice the roll into 4 rounds for giant cookies or 12 for smaller ones, place on the sheet, and bake in the oven for 12-20 minutes depending on your preference. When baked, the dough delivers a crisp-edged cookie with a soft melt-in-your-mouth cake-like center that is unlike anything else on the market. Priced at €7.99 per roll and with a range of flavours from classic chocolate chip to S'mores, Hot Chip is available to purchase online and selected stores such as Avoca, Fallon and Byrne and Mortons.

stay:

Redcastle Hotel, Donegal

Finally, after a long wait, hotel stays are officially back on the cards from June 2. While technically, that is another month away, it's time to get booking with hotel bookings in high demand. No matter when it is you're looking to get away this summer, Redcastle Hotel in Donegal is a must-stay. Located on the shores of Lough Foyle in Inishowen (one of the most beautiful peninsulas in Ireland), County Donegal, the 4-star resort has just launched 3 exclusive staycation packages. Being a waterside hotel, the resort has many amenities both onsite and nearby such as a golf course, a spa and pool area, an indoor Adventure Centre next door and a waterpark nearby making it a popular destination for families. With this in mind, Redcastle Hotel has a two night family fun package. Priced at €478 for two adults and two children (aged 5-12 years), the package includes breakfast on each morning and a three-course evening meal at the hotel’s AA Rosette award-winning restaurant "The Edge" or The Captain’s Bar at the hotel on one chosen night. Also included is a €20 credit per family towards a fun local activity for you and the family to enjoy. And given the everchanging nature of restrictions, Redcastle Donegal allows you to book with confidence as cancelation is free up to 72 hours prior to arrival and no deposit is required. To book, visit redcastlehoteldonegal.com

BROWSE:

The Circular Room on Arnotts.ie

We're going to have to wait until later in the month before we can physically step inside a store to browse but until then, Arnotts have brought us the next best thing. Launching earlier this week, Arnotts.ie have launched The Circular Room – a curated edit offering the very best in pre-loved accessories. In partnership with Designer Exchange, The Circular Room is a unique experience allowing customers to digitally browse the most coveted collection of pre-loved designer and vintage pieces exclusively selected for Arnotts.ie. The edit’s must-have pieces include a variation on Chloé’s chic Faye shoulder bag, a Mulberry Bayswater Croc-Embossed Tote as well as Alexander McQueen's Box Bag 19. The Circular Room is available to shop now on Arnotts.ie.

wear:

Yellow

A yellow dress, top, bag or shoes – basically anything in yellow gets a yes this season. Pantone’s Colour of the Year, it’s the sartorial drop of vitamin D we all need right now. Clash this bow-tie sleeve smock style with anything from clashing brights to soft tan and cream shades. 

H&M Smocked cotton dress, €39.99, SHOP
 

BUY:

Glossier's New Cleanser Concentrate

People can generally be divided into two camps when it comes to cleansing their face. The first favour a pH-balancing, creamy formula that conditions and soothes as it cleans. The second tend to opt for an incredibly satisfying, foaming cleanser... you know, the kind that leaves the skin almost squeaky-clean? 

Well, Glossier's new Cleanser Concentrate, €20 was made with that second camp in mind. 

The highly concentrated (hence the name) face wash is formulated with naturally derived actives (like antioxidant-rich fruit extracts, grape ferment, and conditioning calendula and passion fruit). This A-team of plant-powered ingredients can get a surprising amount done in just a 60-second cleanse: it exfoliates for a smoother, more even-looking complexion, purifies and visibly refines pores, and, overall, helps you reach a whole new level of clarity.

Main image by Мария Волк on Unsplash 

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