Team ICM: what we’re loving this week

From skincare saviours to the TV shows we are loving right now, here is some of our favourite things this week.

  • Tiller + Grain, Frederick Street in Dublin

  • The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2%

  • Rachel Corcoran greeting cards and prints

  • Dermot Bannon's Incredible Homes on RTÉ One

  • Astrid and Miyu jewellery pop-up shop at Weirs and Sons, Grafton Street in Dublin

Unlike January, February is flying by! We’re already halfway through the month and we couldn’t be more excited for spring. With our March issue gone to print this week and our Irish Made Summit just around the corner, we can’t wait for what’s to come in the next few weeks. Not to mention the new jewellery pop-up shop at Weirs and Sons! See below for more details on what the Irish Country Magazine team have been obsessed with this week.

Keeva Tyrrell, Journalist

One of my favourite things to buy is prints! Whether it be for a wall, a dressing table or a desk, I think wall art can look so cool and can really transform a boring space. I recently discovered Dublin-based illustrator and designer Rachel Corcoran when I was looking for Irish-made greeting cards. Rachel’s illustrations have been published in books and featured at exhibitions all around the country and when you look at her work on her website, you can see why! She is really talented and I am definitely going work some DIY magic and frame one of her cards and hang it up either at my desk or at home. My two favourites prints from her collection include the Girl Rock greeting card and the Bumblebee Blooms print, but there are lots to choose from.

Róisín Healy, Features Writer

After reading an article Klara wrote for our website, Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Acupuncture, I decided to give it a try. I thought it might help to ease the tension in my neck and shoulders, no doubt caused by slouching over my keyboard every day. It’s also meant to be good for digestion, and I’ve definitely noticed my tummy hasn’t felt great after a winter of indulgence and a stint on antibiotics. I found a registered acupuncturist in my area on www.acupuncturecouncilofireland.com, and made an appointment. Acupuncture treats the person as a whole, not just targeting specific issues, so the first session begins with a detailed medical history. The acupuncturist then decided on a treatment plan, using a combination of acupuncture, massage and cupping. Cupping is the treatment that leaves you with angry red circles on your back — it’s not painful at all despite how it looks! Same with acupuncture, I barely felt a pinch as each needle goes in. I’ve had three sessions now and I’m really feeling the benefits already, as she works out the knots in my neck, shoulders and back each week, and I haven’t felt as bloated in the past few weeks either. I’ve left each session feeling really relaxed, and it has already made a huge difference to my sleep too. I’m definitely going to keep it up for the time being.

Maeve Barry, Marketing Manager

I am probably very late to the Hyaluronic party, apart from a few sheet mask’s from Penneys which are excellent too by the way, but I started using The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid 2% last week and I can’t believe the impact it has had on my skin. It is a little sticky to use, but the results – in particular on those pesky lines on my forehead – have been amazing and there is a shine off my skin for hours after use. Plus, if you don’t want to invest tonnes of money to try something, then The Ordinary price point is great to get you started. Available on Cloud10 Beauty for €6.80.

Laura Merrigan, Art Director

This week I'm loving new cafe and deli Tiller + Grain, on Frederick Street South in Dublin 2. If the fresh yellow tiled interior doesn't put a spring in your step, the gorgeous menu is sure to do so. Delicious homemade salads, slow cooked meat sambos and wraps, along with soups and hotpots, all freshly made and full of flavour. Finish off with a coffee - beans are provided by Dublin 8 roasters, Imbibe Coffee Roasters, who's company ethos of zero waste, 90% organic output and 1% sales going to Women's Aid, is a wonderful thing.

Klara Heron, Acting Editor

This week I’m so excited to see that Astrid & Miyu has arrived to Weir & Sons. The London-based jewellery brand has been seen on every Instagram it-girl, and for good reason. The aesthetic is dainty yet striking, and the pieces look really expensive but are actually very affordable. They’re made with sterling silver, and then usually plated in 14k yellow gold or 18k rose gold. For fans of certain fine jewellery earrings, Astrid & Miyu have great options to build on your collection. I’m currently eyeing up these gold spiked huggies (€59). See the collection in store at Weir & Sons Graton Street, or online at weirandsons.ie

Kate Devereux, Advertising Manager

Even though I currently, and for the foreseeable future, still live at home, there is no harm in getting inspiration. I recently started following the hashtag #irishhomes on Instagram and there are some serious self-build and interior inspirations on there. It has anything and everything from imagery of foundations, Irish crafted kitchens, colour trends and much more to spend hours scrolling through. I am trying to cut down my scrolling time online but I can justify this as it is great inspiration for that future project I will have, I hope.

Also, I just purchased the Spring edition of SelfBuild Ireland magazine and followed them online where they have great takeovers on Instagram at times and the content in the magazine is fantastic (buy magazines people) as the projects, advice, tips and industry contributions give an abundance of key knowledge to anyone thinking of hitting this space. Roll on the Summer issue!

Finally to throw a spanner in the works altogether, I watched Dermot Bannon’s new show on Sunday night on RTÉ One, Incredible Homes. Let’s just say it was an entertaining and jaw dropping viewing but I can’t see myself being able to fund any such recreation in my future project but regardless is a good Sunday night watch.

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