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

There's more to March than St. Patrick's Day y'know..

Oh, March. The month we're all convinced will start showing the first signs of spring but never does. So while this month will be spent wearing spring trends in the hopes that it will finally be warm enough (spoiler alert: it's won't) and spending every evening under a blanket as if it's December 1, March is looking to be quite the exciting month.

March brings the arrival of some hugely anticipated Netflix drops, a brunch specially designed to celebrate International Women's Day and the openings of a whole host of bars and restaurants.

So whatever this month has in store, we've rounded up everything new coming to a city street or screen 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:

Vegan Sausage Rolls

Being vegan isn’t always the easiest thing when stood at the Deli counter. If you don’t have time to meal prep or just fancy grabbing a bite on the go, choices are generally limited. But veganism has skyrocketed over the past few years, with about 600,000 of the Irish population now estimated to be vegan. So while we can't make delis everywhere vegan-friendly, we can bring the deli to you with delicious vegan sausage rolls - thanks to Roz Purcell. These mouth-watering rolls are fresh, filling and packed with sweet and savoury flavours. Bonus points: they are ready to eat in less than 40 minutes, making it the perfect lunch idea for those who like spending more time eating than cooking. Click here for the recipe.

DRINK:

At Amy Austin

Tucked into a corner on Dublin’s Drury Street, it’s a small, bright space with seating for less than 30 diners. Walk-ins are welcomed, if not downright encouraged, and bookings are only for four or more people. (It's dog-friendly too!)  Rose O’Toole, formerly of Aimsir is helming the bar, which has an extensive drinks offering, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. There are 12 wines available on tap, with prices starting at €6, and there are 15 whites, 15 reds, two sparkling, two orange and five non-alcoholic wines available by the bottle.  Pro-tip: There’s 25% off wine every Monday and Tuesday and two-plate deals are available every day until 6 pm.

ATTEND:

The Irish Tatler X Boots #SMARTBEAUTY Brunch

In conversation with Sarah Macken, editor of Irish Tatler magazine, the founders of some of Ireland’s leading brands, Spotlight Oral Care, Pestle & Mortar, Bellamianta Luxury Tanning and Moxi Loves will share their respective success stories, the ups and downs along the way, and how they're continuing to make waves both at home and abroad, with the support of Boots through their journey.

Guests will gain invaluable insights into the business of beauty and wellness, as well as an opportunity to meet like-minded women and beauty buffs.

Tickets are priced at €40 and will include bubbles, brunch and beauty goody bag worth over €100! CLICK HERE TO BOOK NOW!

WATCH:

Mulan

Mulan, the Chinese legend about a young woman who masquerades as a man to go to war, has received the live-action remake treatment by Disney. The 1998 animation has had a full overhaul, top to bottom, from story to songs (or lack of). The remake joins a long list of classic films Disney is giving the live-action treatment to, joining Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Aladdin, The Lion King and Jungle Book. Mulan is slated for release in the UK, USA and Ireland on March 27. The film was originally set for a November 2018 release, but it was pushed back to March after it took longer than expected to find an actress to play Mulan

LISTEN: 

After Hours by The Weeknd

After releasing 'Starboy' back in 2016, the 'I Feel It Coming' hitmaker is returning to the game with a brand new project, named 'After Hours'. The Canadian megastar recently scored his first UK Number 1 single with Blinding Lights, huge momentum going into his fourth studio album After Hours. The collection features 14 tracks, including the title track and Top 10 hit Heartless. The vinyl variant will be released a few months later on June 5 but the album will be available to stream online or bought on CD from March 20.

READ:

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

This isn't your cliché trope about a high school student-teacher relationship. Kate Elizabeth Russell brings forth all of the emotion and complexity when Vanessa discovers almost two decades later that her first love has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student. Available March 10.

STAY:

At The Hard Rock Hotel

If you've ever stayed in a hotel and thought 'God, I'd love if I could have a Fender Stratocaster delivered to my room' or you've been in a hotel room staring at a generic painting of a lake and thought 'Wouldn't it be cool if instead of a lake, Phil Lynott's leather jacket was hanging on the wall', well we've found the perfect hotel for you. Ireland's first-ever Hard Rock hotel has officially opened on Lord Edward Street. Linked by a glass walkway, the hotel reimagines two heritage buildings hosts 120 rooms. 

BINGE:

I Am Not Okay With This On Netflix

Netflix describes the show as an “irreverent origin story” which tells the story of Sydney, a teenage girl who navigates the usual high school awkwardness, family drama, unrequited crush of her best friend and her budding sexuality. But there’s also another thing she’s forced to contend with that isn’t so normal for girls of her age – the onset of mysterious superpowers that are beginning to awaken deep within her. The seven-part series is adapted from the book by Charles Forsman, of the same name and is directed by Jonathan Entwistle - who has also worked on the likes of The End of the F***king World and Big Mouth. Oh, and to really hone home the Stranger Things angle, the show is also being produced by the producers of Stranger Things.

EXPERIENCE: 

A Mink Signature Manicure

The Mink signature manicure is created to incorporate deluxe additions such as a rich hand masque and massage. Curated using their Mink line, infused with Bulgarian Rose Oil, leaves skin feeling refreshed and nourished. Skin is exfoliated gently before our signature massage using pressure points is performed. Hands are placed in heat, while your therapist carries out a neck and shoulder massage. Nails are perfectly polished to finish, with the Mink Cuticle Oil applied as the final touch. What's more, their Ballsbridge salon has recently re-opened revealing an entirely new look and brand refresh.

WEAR:

A Tracksuit

KNIT TRACKSUIT, €59.95, ZARA

Yes, seriously. A natural extension of the seemingly unstoppable reign of athleisure, the tracksuit — and more specifically, tracksuit bottoms — is back from the depths of your drawer and taking pride place amongst your jeans, dresses and leather pants. Tracksuits, like leggings and other traditional fitness gear that has become stylish, is rising up the wardrobe ranks. Pair with an of-the-moment pearl necklace or a simple black blazer to give the humble tracksuit a high fashion makeover. 

BUY: 

Sustainable Dry Shampoo

Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk, €9.60, Klorane

Hear us out, we love dry shampoo as much as the next person but we must admit that traditional spray formulas just don’t seem to clean our strands as much as we’d like. (What can we say? We have high standards). And, they’re often packed with a plethora of not-so-nice ingredients that are probably best not sprinkled onto your scalp. But our biggest issue with our beloved dry shampoo is the fact that the giant spray can we’ve become so emotionally reliant on isn’t exactly environmentally-friendly. Cue Klorane. Now with a brand new look, the Klorane dry shampoo range is designed to help decrease the frequency of washing hair. Formulated with rice and corn starches to absorb oil and oat milk to soothe the scalp, it leaves hair fresh and clean without leaving it tangled or caked up with product. Not only does the oat milk–infused dry shampoo deeply cleanse the scalp while lifting at the root for impressive volume – it does so without harsh chemicals. But don't trust us, trust the people who buy one bottle every ten seconds. 

Main image by @jinsoonchoi on Instagram

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