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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....

Team this cosy high-neck dress with tights for the office or bare legs for the weekend. €39.95, Zara, Mahon Point.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... five (rose) gold rings! Shop the Ti Sento range at Castalia Jewellers, 63 Main Street, Midleton or call 021 463 05 38.

The Carat collection is packed with timeless pieces. We love this classic pair or earrings featuring a 1.75ct Asscher cut main stone. €240, Keanes

Looking for a comfy winter boot with just the right heel? Look no further than the Ara Liverpool, a stylish half boot made of super-soft leather. The Liverpool is one of the stars of the latest collection from the German brand, currently arriving in stores throughout Cork. Check out the range at Footloose, Kinsale, Croft & Son, Douglas Shopping Centre and Tracy's Shoes, Patrick St. Cork....

Looking for a fitting way to celebrate that promotion/inheritance/lottery win? What about a Mulberry Del Rey in shiny Santa red, €1450, Brown Thomas.

It's one of Ireland's most famous fashion exports, but ever since the Aran sweater appeared in Vogue's September issue this year, the woolly wonder has become a wardrobe must-have. We love this slouchy cream version, €69, by Carolyn Donnelly The Edit for Dunnes.

Starting a new job? Show them you mean business with a Burberry Sartorial Leather Briefcase. Handcrafted in 100% calf leather, it's not cheap but it will last a lifetime.€1,395, Brown Thomas.

"New and gently-used" items will be up for grabs in west Cork on December 14th as the BEDA Playground project hosts a 'pop-up' boutique at Murphy's Butchers on the main street from 9am to 6pm.

Donations of clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories, toys and household items will be accepted at Murphy's on Saturday December 7th, Wednesday December 11th and Thursday, December 12th,...

This hand-embellished collar, by Cork designer Samantha Kennedy will add instant bling to a plain tee for years to come. €70, Molly Loves Bowie mollylovesbowie.tictail.com

Worn by everyone from Roz Purcell to Rihanna and Kendall Jenner, Mi Moneda's interchangeable coins sit in gorgeous long chains. Collect a coin to complement every look at Keanes. Mi Moneda rose gold pendant, €85, Keanes

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