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now for something a little less body-con

the Mango Premium Collection at Arnotts is worth checking out - as the name would suggest it's slightly pricier than the normal range, but this is reflected in the attention to detail.

The looks which embrace new shapes and silhouettes and are inspired by Japanese aesthetic, colour palette, volume shapes and accessories.

The clean colour palette touches upon black, white and grey and features an injection of mauve as the new main colour.

The range enlists unique kimono-style garments, quilted textures, luxurious satins and judo-style belts, all deliciously free from body-con influences. Prices range from €29.99 to €159.99.

glowing tea time treats

IRISH candle company Max Benjamin has launched the Tea Collection - a beautiful range of candles infused with tea fragrances.

While coffee was the surprise recession-proof luxury, speciality teas and tea-related products have also become very popular around the globe. The Max Benjamin Tea Collection features five different candles - Assam & Lemon, Lime Flower & Lavender, Raspberry & Ginseng, Serene Jasmine and Victorian Earl Grey.

Each candle comes in a lidded tin similar to a tea caddy. Elegantly designed the tins are duck egg blue and gold, embued with an in-built sense of calm.

The Tea Collection candles retail at €15 and are available from Arnotts, House of Fraser, Kilkenny, Avoca, Meadows & Byrne and Carraig Donn.

rose gold wrist candy

THE new Thomas Sabo models in the Glam & Soul Ladies Collection in rose gold look with sparkling stones on the dial, are billed as "the matching bicolour highlight to complement various autumn styles". The style mission statement: feminine wrists can now have it all!

And who are we to argue? There is something terribly reassuring about a good old-fashioned leather strap too and rose gold deserves to make a comeback. Price, €298.