THERE are events where a more elegant version of your normal evening attire is required. Full-length is a nice option for these, and Irish designer Jennifer Rothwell, known for her innovative design and high-quality finish, has many dresses, of all lengths, to choose from in her most recent collection.
Luxe party dresses in lace, sequin, sateen and draped jersey are some of the choices included.
One of the stand-outs is this flattering, full-length jersey evening dress (€395), available in a variety of rich colours. It manages to be relaxed, cosy and feminine at the same time, perfect for a winter charity ball or awards ceremony.
Made in Ireland, Jennifer Rothwell's designs are perfect both for Christmas gifting and self-gifting. All items are available at JRothwell on the second floor of the Powerscourt Centre, Dublin 2, or from www.jrothwell.net.
comfort is king
COMFORT is king when it comes to footwear and Skechers are king of comfort. Their cosy winter footwear line now includes these tempting fuzzy slippers, constructed with soft suede uppers and lined with faux fur for total comfort.
The Skechers GOwalk-Fuzzy features a soft faux-fur collar trim and full faux-fur lining. The plush experience continues with a Memory Fur padded heel collar and a full-length Memory Fur cushioned comfort insole. €70
See the full range in the Skecher Dublin branches in Henry Street, Liffey Valley SC, Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, The Square Tallaght and Swords Pavilions.
Giftsets come into their own during the festive month, and the key to ensu ring that it will be appreciated is to be certain of its usefulness. For example, there's little point giving a full-on MAC devotee a cheap set of brushes from your local chemist. It's a waste of money.
This Hand Cream Coffret (3 x 30ml creams, RRP€19.50) from Roger & Gallet is a people pleaser, given the almost blanket requirement for handcream at this time of year. Available from pharmacies nationwide.