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The HSF Holiday Guide; From Me to Him

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From Me to Him, With Love

Finding something wonderful for the men in our lives can be a difficult task at the best times. Whether it's our boyfriends or husbands, sons, brothers or Dads, we all seem to come up against similar problems; they simply don't need or want for much - or at least they don't leave as many hinds as we do (CC your own Santa list wishes from out Gift Guide to Her here). Yet it's that time of year again to come up trumps in terms of what to leave the one you love under the tree this year and in our belief that shopping should be easy and fun, here's our list of what's hot for the men in your life!

 

Javier Martin, The Interview

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Javier, a multi-disciplinary artist, has been working on his current collection 'Blindness' for a collective 10 years. It is here he tests the limits we place on ourselves in terms of defining beauty and what is has come to mean in a world that tolerates nothing less than perfect. Here we speak to Javier about his discovery of art, the importance of expression and his devotion to eliciting a more curious culture that seeks answers instead of following conventional standards. 

The HSF City Guide to Brunching in Dublin

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The Fumbally

The Fumbally

Based around the simple idea of sharing a meal with someone you love, The Fumbally is Dublin’s off-the-beaten-track masterpiece. Stepping inside visitors are immersed in a busy world of cool chaos where high ceilings and an open space play background to an authentically cool collection of eclectic furniture and friendly faces. The menu at The Fumbally is inspired by simple ingredients with an emphasis on ethical sourcing. Headed up by owners Aisling Rogerson and Luca D’Alfonso, the restaurant is consistent in its offering of fresh takes on a core choice of dishes from salad plates and soups to falafel wraps and eggs on toast. We adore the falafel. Haphazardly cool and ultra hipster, the team make everything on site - even their fermented drinks which after a good night out in Dublin will be sure to boost you back to life. Try the shot of probiotic fermented cabbage and ginger juice if you’re feeling brave. 

- Best for anyway brunch or Saturdays sent hanging with friends over a long and lazy afternoon. Also Wednesday night supper from 7-9pm, served after yoga at The Fumbally Stables next door -      

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Bibi's dublin

Bibi's

Situated in the heart of Dublin 8, Bibi’s is a snug neighbourhood café that both delights and captivates those from near and far. Serving breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch, the café is a project of love created by chef Maisha Lenehan and her brother Geoff. Returning lovers of Bibi’s are always in for a surprise with regular modifications being made to the menu - which means too that there’s always a draw for locals to become returning lovers too. No matter the time you choose, Bibi’s never fails in bringing to life the best of the best with produce from both Ireland and abroad. The space is bright and beautifully snuggled among the red-bricked terrace house of Portobello and frankly put, it’s an absolute must visit. 

- Best for lazy but utterly chic weekend brunch before a long stroll on the canal -

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Union8 Dublin

Union 8

Way off the beaten track but completely worth the trek, Union 8 is the ultimate New York style neighbourhood eatery in the heart of Kilmainham, just a short walk from IMMA and Kilmainham Goal. The interiors, as designed by Jean Feeney merge all the good parts of New York, balancing rich accents in the locally salvaged furnishings against harsher exposed brick walls and natural surfaces. The menu lends itself to a modern take on age old Irish specialities such as mussels or cured duck breast to start, followed by roast halibut or beef cheek burger. The salted caramel hot chocolate fondant with honeycomb ice-cream is absolutely not to be missed for afters and if you’re up for a cheeky cocktail the Union8 itself is the perfect topping to a perfect experience.

- Best for low-key but fabulous weekend brunch after having just explored the beautiful grounds of the nearby Kilmainham Gaol and IMMA -

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cotto dublin

Cotto

Less is more is definitely a thing right now and Conor Higgins, owner of this wondrous pizza joint in Stoneybatter, one of Dublin’s most up-and-coming neighbourhoods, sure knows a thing or two about the trending philosophy. Focusing on Neopolitan-style pizzas during the days and evenings mid week, Cotto attracts a cool crowd with nothing but deliciousness in mind. Weekend brunch is a whole other level with dishes such as the gourmet sausage sandwiche and the infamous eggs Shakshouka it’s utterly mouth-watering from the get-go; our recommendations come in the form of the ‘Nduja pizza - ‘nduja, mozzarella, roasted red pepper and red onion if you're there for the pizza and most definitely the eggs shakshouka (as previously mentioned) for brunch; while a side of the sweet potato wedges with spiced seeds and yoghurt on a weekday might just make your sides burst they are simply ground-breaking. 

- Best for hangover brunch on a Sunday followed by a movie at Dublin’s indie movie theatre, The Lighthouse, close by -

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Bagots Hutton

Bagots Hutton

Perhaps Dublin’s most adaptable destination, Bagots Hutton is a take on the age old classic of a New York style cafe with a unique modern twist. Perfect for just about any social engagement, whether it’s double dating or romantic (and sometimes champagne-y) Sunday Jazz brunches with your love, or perhaps even a relaxing mid-week lunch, this new location is just a stone’s throw from the city centre with views of the River Liffey right on it’s doorstep. Bagots Hutton is an experience in understanding the importance of all things Italian, with it’s sophisticated but fun interiors playing home to a most delectable menu. A dining experience here is built around an extensive offering of wines and includes tapas style dishes that are perfect for sharing in groups or devouring all by yourself. Infamous for it’s Sunday Jazz brunch, a stroll through the city to reach this wonderful little gem is worth every step. 

- Best for Sunday Jazz brunch - it’s like stepping back in time - 

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little bird dublin

Little Bird

A favourite spot for yogis, Little Bird is a heavenly escape when looking to spend a little time reflecting amid the hustle and bustle of city life. The friendly staff at Little Bird are infamously good-natured and ready to make your experience warm and memorable. Whether there for yoga or not (the classes are some of our favourites in Dublin) the menu is full of homemade deliciousness that is both super healthy and exceptionally delicious. Think ‘avo on toast’ but with an array of interesting toppings of spices and seasonings. The salads are what you’d expect from a hotspot on Venice Beach in Cali and the tartines are what dreams are made of. While there is no requirement to get your downward dog on, Little Bird hits the spot every time.  

- Best for weekday brunch after getting your zen on at a Little Bird yoga class -

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Coppinger Row Dublin

Coppinger Row

Recognised as Beyonce and Jay Z’s favourite place to dine when they’re in town, it’s no wonder this city hotspot is forever on people’s bucket list. The space is vibrant and fun with a buzzing atmosphere that captivates from the start. Known for their top-quality take on Mediterranean plates and outrageously fabulous cocktail list, a trip here is to dive into a fresh and seasonal encounter where stylish eats meet distinctive drinks. Nestled just off South William Street, right in the heart of the city it’s an experience to sit outside at Coppinger Row, all wrapped up in the blankets provided as you watch the world go by.

- Best for a Bloody-Mary influenced brunches. Note that there are no reservations for parties less than six -

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Day Lau of Cafuné, The Interview

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Cafuné - pronounced ka.fu.nay is not just a beautiful Brazilian-Portuguese word meaning the act of playing with a lover's hair but one of the luxury market's most recently established accessories brand. Founded in 2015 by childhood friends Day Lau and Queenie Fan, the company is making it's mark on an industry that is slowly but surely finding it's worth in more niche markets and tightly directed and curated design

Frédéric Malle, The Interview

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Sensually creative, Frédéric Malle is the master of his trade. Sitting at the helm of Editions de Perfumes Frédéric Malle, his journey to the top of the fragrance industry is steeped in family history and yet he stands alone as a visionary whose creations finds their way into the lives and perfume wardrobes of men and women the world over. 

The World of Kelly Wearstler

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American interior designer Kelly Wearstler is the epitome of California glamour. In her quest to bring to the world her unparalleled understanding of interiors and design, she continues to lead the way in revolutionising our understanding of modern American glamour and design as an all encompassing lifestyle. 

Trish McEvoy, The Interview

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With an expertise spanning four decades it is undoubtedly for good reason that Trish McEvoy is a name we’re all familiar with. Makeup artist, entrepreneur and one of the beauty industries most prolific innovators, Trish is a woman with endless knowledge to impart and an array of lessons to teach.

Kristen Lee Cole of Tenoversix, The Interview

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Shopping on Melrose Avenue you can’t help but feel that little bit.. exceptional. It’s never not a sunshiny day, you’ve just picked up a coffee from Alfred’s and in need of something fresh and offbeat your next stop is undoubtedly Tenoversix. At ease amid the stunning surroundings of LA’s hottest neighbourhood is this gallery-style store that plays home to the must-know names in fashion, art, homeware, photography and beauty. 

Shop The Hotlist; Travel Edition

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Summer is en route and that means we're also en route.. to some fabulous destinations in the coming weeks and months that is. Get ready for your every vacay desire with today's HSF Hotlist. From sexy sandals and fabulous dresses to the little most delightful beauty touches and perfect airport outfit, this travel edit will cover your every need!

Sonia Deasy of Pestle & Mortar, The Interview

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Having just launched her brand, Pestle & Mortar, on QVC, one of America’s largest selling platforms, Sonia Deasy is a lady on a mission. Her recent success in America which was received to a more than eager audience and a complete sell out in just seven minutes, is the next step in bringing about a better way of taking good care o our skin. At the core of Pestle & Mortar is an admirable value set the exemplifies simplicity, quality and a strong understanding of the less-is-more philosophy.

Stay at Armani Hotel, Milano

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Located in the heart of Milan’s fashion district, at the end of Via Montenapoleone, Armani Hotel, Milano is one of the city’s most iconic and symbiotic destinations. Utterly characteristic of an Armani lived life, its light sandy hues and minimalistic design anchors it among the world’s most luxurious hotels. 

Shop The Hotlist; Home Edition

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Home is where the heart is and the heart can't resist a little attention at times, let's be real. Attention, as it were today with a focus on the details and accents of home. As the season firmly changes and for those of us stepping into summer, it's time to shop this week's HSF Hotlist Home Edition, the one-stop shop where all the pretty accents and details are just a click away from bringing your home a fresh and distinctive little touch of love..

Bag & Bones, The Interview

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Gigi and Cavanagh Foyle are two ladies on a mission. A mission of the neon kind. Beginning their careers in health research and aviation law respectively, the two sisters’ current day job is an admirable self-made dream that sees them bring a shining light to the lives of customers the world over. 

Dine at the Dolce & Gabbana Martini Bar, Milan

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When it comes to chic you can be sure to trust the Italians to do things just right. Demure and sexily fun, the combination of two of Italy’s most considerable brands Dolce & Gabbana and Marinti is perhaps a creation of genius proportions and one that, upon stepping into their collaborative world brings about a sense of both the old-world glamour of Italy coupled with a more modern dash of boldness so synonymous with Milan.