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Este Haim gave the cool girl seal of approval to Bastyan's Wren Lace Dress when she wore it on Jools Holland's Hootenanny over the holidays. Add it to your own wardrobe now, €325, Brown Thomas.

Did you resolve to take care of your money a little more in 2014? Start by keeping it nice and cosy in an Orla Kiely Green Love Hearts wallet, €140, Kilkenny Shop, Emmet Place and kilkennyshop.com.

Sporty sweaters remain a winter staple for 2014. Style yours with a contrasting collar, some chunky jewellery and a pleated skirt.

1 - A denim shirt, like this one (€24.95, H&M) works inside most sweater styles

2 - Quilted sweater, €33, Warehouse

3 - Quilted top, €30, Riverisland.com

4 - Cropped 'Fridays' sweater, €27.40, ASOS.com

5 -...

This cute cardi is reduced to €54 in the Amity sale. Pop by the French Church Street boutique to browse the bargain rail.

Growing out a fringe? Hide a dodgy 'do in a polka dot hairband, €2.95, H&M.

These sporty mesh sandals (€18) hit Penney's mid-January. Be first in line.

Stash your cash, cards and make-up in an Isabella Wallet Organiser (€12.90, Parfois, Mahon Point) then simply transfer to a new bag whenever the mood takes you.

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The moment Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg met on a movie set in 1968, sparks flew. They would spend the next 12 years together, a passionate union that produced the controversial duet Je t’aime... moi non plus (the explicit lyrics caused so much fuss that the Vatican declared it offensive) and, in 1971, the legendary album Melody Nelson as well as a...

If Santa doesn't bring you everything you wished for, why not console yourself with a Cristallo bracelet or two from Castalia Jewellers, Midleton.

Would you like those skinny jeans to feel a little less snug in 2014? Studies show that following the Educogym system results in an average fat loss of 7.5lbs and muscle gain of 3lbs in just 12 days, with just 20 minutes training per day.

Whether you want to tone up, lose weight, become stronger and more youthful or simply get fit, the team at Educogym Glanmire, who just celebrated the...

Brighten up the dull winter days with a floral Renaissance Rose jacket. This little beauty looks great with a little black dress, plus you can recycle it for the office come January. €88, Oasis.

Protect yourself from the winter chill with a masculine Studio coat from Zara. €159, in-store now.

Treat your tootsies to a pair of embroidered peep-toe shoe-boot sandals, now reduced to €85 (were €175) in the Karen Millen sale, karenmillen.com.

This Warehouse wrist clutch is a refreshing alternative to the sequinned bling of the season. €29, Warehouse.

The managers on Opera Lane know a thing or two about Christmas shopping. Here are their top five tips for stress-free shopping:

1. Make a list and check it twice: Efficient Christmas shopping starts at home with a pen and paper. Make a list of the people you have to buy for and then put them into groups. That way you can tackle similar presents all at the same time....

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