Hello Friday, I’ve been expecting you!

Well it’s almost the weekend, and as Charlie Sheen would say…. we’re all WINNING!!

Here are some ideas if you’re stuck….

Are you tired of playing with balls? If you’ve ever fancied yourself as a skateboarder, it’s time to don the baggy jeans, brush up on your street slang and feed your inner adrenaline junkie, where bikes, boards, and blades galore will descend upon Monkstown at Gravitation 2011. Intended to showcase the best of Ireland’s unusual sports and urban vibe, showcasing their special skills will be some international names. Pretty rad, man!

March 5th – 6th, 11am – 4pm

dlr Leisure Services, Monkstown

www.dlrevents.ie

When I was little, all I wanted was a job in which I could wear a sexy pinstripe power suit, sleek chignon and killer stilettos! Thankfully, I’ve since realised this is not altogether practical, but I have discovered the best cut corporate wear at Elizabeth & Claire. The brand is designed for professional women, with a clear focus on fabric, proportion and silhouette. Plus a great range of colours for all you black addicts looking for a burst of inspiration.

Suite 10, The Distillers Building, New Church St., Smithfield, Dublin 7

Ph. 01 8047226

www.elizabethandclaire.ie

The perfect lazy weekend afternoon? Great friends, a relaxed atmosphere and excellent food at an award-winning gastropub. The Exchequer offers up top-notch quality, Irish-sourced grub, good prices and service to match. For a dollop of old-school nostalgia, I love their version of jelly and ice-cream, or check out their special offer Sunday roast. And €6 mojitos? You simply can’t go wrong!  The Exchequer

3 – 5 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2

Ph. 01 6706787

www.theexchequer.ie

I’ve been doing some serious sole-searching of late, and all I plan to be wearing this spring is a pair of shoes and a smile! For what else would you need now that the world’s sexiest footwear has arrived in Brown Thomas? Yes, shoe addicts may rejoice for the Christian Louboutin in-store boutique is officially open for business! Baby, you got sole…. red sole. Christian Louboutin

88, Grafton Street, Dublin 2.

www.brownthomas.com

Learn to shake your booty burlesque style and give yourself a 1950s pin-up style makeover à la Dita Von Teese to impress your friends or object of desire, with the sewing, styling and fashion studio When Poppy Met Daisy. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, they offer classes in creating your own fascinators, cushions, t-shirts and even your own lingerie. Oooh! I love this idea for artistic, recession-friendly girly fun.

3rd Floor,

6 Capel St.,

Dublin 1

Ph. 0876457943

www.whenpoppymetdaisy.com