Fashion with Patience: 5 Tips For The Perfect Workwear Look

When it comes to workwear, it can be hard to know exactly what to go for. You don’t want to go overdressed, but not too casual either that you look unprofessional. You still want to remain fashionable and cool whilst dressing respectfully and appropriately. Here’s my top tips for how to dress for work.

Suit Up

In my opinion with workwear, a bold suit is a fail safe option. You really can’t beat it. It’s an easy outfit to throw in in the morning with a pair of heels and blouse, shirt or jumper. The great thing about investing in a good suit too is the pieces work great as separates, you could wear the trousers with a blouse in the summer or style the blazer with different outfits.

Try a Pinafore

If you want to wear a more girly outfit for your office attire, consider wearing a pinafore dress. These dresses can look especially good in Autumn/Winter with tights, boots and a jumper underneath. Consider a pattern such as plaid, to mix up your look.

Stick To a Neutral Colour Palette

When shopping for workwear, it can be tempting to go for bold eye catching prints and colours. However it is often more savvy, to stick to a neutral colour, in order to create a capsule wardrobe. Buying basic neutral pieces that you can style in different ways will allow you to make the most out of your wardrobe and mix and match with different looks. 

Invest in a Good Pair of Shoes

When it comes to workwear a good pair of shoes is key, whether you prefer loafers, flats or heels being comfortable should be everything. So invest in a good pair of shoes that will last and will go with your everyday look.

If in Doubt Wear all Black

A backup outfit is always an all black outfit, cause it requires zero effort and is still so chic. It’s a great one if you are ever running late for work because you can just throw it on and instantly look put together, add a statement coat or sunglasses to dress it up and you are good to go. 

Written By: Patience Bradley 

Jacqueline shares her pick of what’s on this weekend across NI


Everyone, regardless of their age, are encouraged to get into the outdoors and take the time to be mindful of their surroundings.  Crawfordsburn Country Park will host a free event on Saturday 5th October. There will be a range of wellbeing activities that you, your family and friends can all enjoy:


Visit the National Trusts Ardress House every Sunday in October for some appley family fun. At the height of the harvest season, Apple Sundays will celebrate the wonderful fruit that has made Co. Armagh famous!


Round 10 of the Ulster Superbike Championship, the Enniskillen 100, takes place this Saturday 5th October at Enniskillen Airport.  Scrutineering will take place in the Paddock from 7.30pm to 8.30pm Friday 4th October 2019 and 7.30 am until 9.30 am Saturday 5th.  Qualifying begins on Saturday at 9.30am with racing staring at 11.30 approximately.


Hatch, this Saturday and Sunday at the Alley Theatre Strabane, is full of Fidget Feet’s unique blend of music, comedy, theatre, contemporary dance and aerial dance. Hatch weaves craft workshops, Irish language and Irish dancing into this wonderful story for 4 – 10 year olds and their families. Saturday 1.00pm and 3.00pm, Sunday 2.00pm and 4.00pm.


Join James Mustich at the Heaney Homeplace Bellaghy this Sunday 6th October as he talks about how he came to choose the 1000 books he feels we all should read, providing an extensive, intelligent, lively library in which readers of all ages will find books for their own to-be-read piles. 


Northern Ireland’s favourite potato-themed festival is back, bigger and better than ever, on Saturday 5th October 2019.  Set against the backdrop of the world-famous Giant’s Causeway, the Randox Northern Ireland Potato Festival is a heady mix of family fun, a celebration of world-renowned potato breeder John Clarke, and a chance to sample the delights of the agri-food industry which thrives in the Causeway Coast & Glens.


Packed full of stalls and exhibitions focusing on personal development and spiritual awakening, the Mind Spirit and Body Fair takes place at the Crumlin Road Gaol this Sunday 6th October.  Followers of both modern and time-worn medicinal practices can find something to soothe their soul.

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Offers of the Week!

Northern Ireland boasts an irresistible collection of places to stay including beautiful B&Bs, luxurious spa hotels and great value self-catering properties. Discover NI has selected the best offers of the week to help you plan a short break.

·         Autumn Two Night Escape, Whistledown Hotel, Co. Down from £99 per person sharing

The three-star Whistledown Hotel nestles quietly in Warrenpoint, surrounded by the magnificent Mourne Mountains. The hotel offers an ideal location for seafront walks as well as being a convenient from which visitors cam explore the region, visiting Silent Valley, The Fairy Glen, Kilbroney Forest Park and more. Offer includes two nights’ accommodation with a full Irish breakfast each morning. As part of this package, enjoy tea/coffee and a scone each on arrival and £30 dining credit to use on the night of your choice in the hotel’s bistro restaurant, and is available Monday-Thursday. To book call 028 4175 4174. Offer available until 31 October 2019.

·         1 x Night B&B, Mahons Hotel, Co. Fermanagh from £100 per room per night

Mahon’s is a traditional family run three-star hotel, situated in the heart of Irvinestown and only a short trip away from Enniskillen and Omagh. Being located in the heartland of Fermanagh and its beautiful lake district means beautiful country walks, water sports and of course shopping. Offer includes overnight accommodation with breakfast the following morning. To book call 028 6862 1656. Offer available until 15 November 2019. 

·         1 x Night B&B, Ballygally Castle Hotel, Co. Antrim from £120 per room per night

Overlooking golden sandy beaches and only a five-minute drive from Carnfunnock Country Park, the four star Ballygally Castle Hotel is the perfect base for exploring the Causeway Coast this summer. The castle dates back to 1625 and is the only 17th century building still used as a residence in Northern Ireland today. Offer includes overnight accommodation with a full Irish breakfast the following morning. To book call 028 2858 1066. Offer available until 15 November 2019. 

Food Focus: 10 things to do in Northern Ireland

As part of the ‘Taste the Island’ initiative for 12 weeks will have the top three food experiences and events in their weekly  10 things to do listing. has stacks of fun things to do across NI, from family days out to gigs and cultural events. Here are ten exciting things taking place this week including three food experiences and events (30 September – 6 October)

1.       Taste the Island on Rathlin Island, Rathlin Island, 4-5 October.  Slemish Market Supper Club presents “Taste the Island on Rathlin Island”. Hosted by two top chefs in two top venues, this weekend showcases the best of NI food and drink.

2.       Sustainable Seafood Soirée, Belfast, 4-11 October. This event being held at Fish City restaurant is aimed at seafood lovers who strive to be a conscious consumer. Enjoy a two-course seafood meal while hearing Fish City’s aim for sustainability and taking home a copy of ‘The Good Fish Guide’.

3.       The Randox Northern Ireland Potato Festival, Bushmills, 5 October. This festival at the Causeway Hotel, brings together members of the public and the farming community in a celebration of all aspects of the local potato industry.

4.       Waggy Races – The Castle Ward 5k, Strangford, 6 October. Waggy Races is a 5k fun run where you can enter as a runner, jogger or walker, with one or two dogs or in a pack, two runners and one dog. Race entry includes admission to Castle Ward, goody bags and prizes.

5.       Irish Vegan Festival, Belfast, 6 October.  The aim of this festival at the Europa Hotel, is to promote a vegan diet, sustainability and animal welfare in a positive atmosphere. It offers a range of stalls selling amazing vegan products ranging from cakes to jewellery to makeup and more.

6.       Hatch, Strabane, 5-6 October. This performance at the Alley Arts Centre introduces you to Bláithín, who loves caterpillars, moths and butterflies. Follow her on her adventurous journey with Uncle Rusty to find Pearl, the most extraordinary butterfly with the most exquisite colourful wings.

7.       Irish Gin and Cheese Pairing, Belfast, 3-4 October.  Taste and Tour have teamed up with industry experts to bring together an exciting evening, combining two of life’s greatest pleasures, gin and cheese.

8.       Broighter Gold Farm Tour, Limavady, 4-5 October. Visitors will tour the farm, before visiting the sheds and learning how the Broighter Gold journey started. Press and bottle your own Broighter Gold oils, before visiting The Lime Tree restaurant for lunch.

9.       Autumn Wellness & Natural Remedies, Ballycastle, 6 October. Learn how to make natural remedies to help aid a healthy and nourished autumn with Broughgammon Farm including a range of teas, honeys and gels.

10.   Signature Full Day Food Tour, Whitehead, 5 October. Hosted by Toast the Coast, this tour celebrates Northern Ireland food & drink as you journey by coach along the stunning scenery of the Causeway Coastal Route, with food tastings at each stop, light guided commentary and a meet & greet with locals to hear their stories.

For more information on these events or to plan a short break in Northern Ireland, visit For additional Taste the Island events, please visit

Belfast International Arts Festival 2019 Programme Launched

  • Belfast selected for French and Japanese International Cultural Partnerships
  • 14 Premieres, 200+ events, 20 days
  • 15 October – 3 November 2019
  • International programme focuses on crossing artistic borders and pushing boundaries

The programme for the 57th Belfast International Arts Festival has been launched, with a showcase performance by one of the Festival’s signature artists, Cuban-born Parisian musician, La Dame Blanche, who will perform at the Belfast Empire on Friday 18th October.  (Real name) Yaite Ramos Rodriguez is the daughter of the Creative Director of the Buena Vista Social Club.  Reflecting the festival’s key themes of internationalism and artistic fusion, La Dame Blanche brought guests at the launch to their feet with her infectious and unique blend of hip-hop, cumbia and reggae.

Festival Artistic Director, Richard Wakely unveiled the programme, which will this year feature over 200 events from the world of music, dance, film, visual arts, literature and theatre.

He revealed that Belfast has been chosen to contribute to two major international cultural celebrations, Japan-UK Season of Culture and FranceDance UK.  He said, “The 2019 Belfast International Arts Festival will open on 15 October with the UK premiere of Median, a contemporary paring of choreography with digital projection and electronic sound from Japanese multi-disciplinary artist Hiroaki Umeda. Think of the most creative music videos by Radiohead and Aphex Twin, meets the stealth and intensity of The Matrix.  Also featuring in the programme will be ASUNA, a wonderful young artist from Tokyo with his quirky, immersive sound installation, 100 Keyboards. It is an honour to have been selected to host some of Japan’s finest artists.”

Richard went on to reveal another major arts first for the city.  He said, “Showcasing the best of international dance for Belfast audiences has always been one of my biggest goals for the Festival.  I am especially pleased to announce that on the weekend of 25th and 26th October, Belfast International Arts Festival will be co-hosting the first ever all-Ireland dance conference, Co-Motion, in partnership with Dance Ireland, Dance Resource Base and Queen’s University Belfast.

“That weekend’s Festival programme will include performances by Shobana Jeyasingh Dance performing an Irish premiere of Staging Schiele (the story of radical Austrian nude artist and self-portraitist, Egon Schiele) before it heads to Southbank’s Queen Elizabeth Hall for its London run; and acclaimed French company (LA)HORDE performing their high energy jumpstyle piece To Da Bone.  This is a captivating, contemporary rebel-call to the social media generation, both in its narrative and in the way that the cast was crowd-sourced from across Europe, through an open audition on the internet.  The work of (LA)HORDE will be recognisable from the multi-million-viewed music video for Christine and the Queens’ track Girlfriend.” This y

Fashion with Patience: 5 Ways To Style A Simple Blazer

For me, blazers are a wardrobe essential, you can style them so many different ways, and they are a timeless piece that will never go out of style. Whether you prefer patterned blazers like a Prince of Wales check or just prefer to stick to a plain black blazer, here’s some ways I love to style my blazers. 

Roll up Your Sleeves

I love to wear a blazer with the sleeves rolled up, often wearing an oversized blazer, can look big and boxy so rolling up the sleeves can add a nice shape. This is especially good in the summer months when it’s warm outside and you just want to add a light jacket.

Round the Shoulders

For an evening look, or on a hotter day you can style a blazer by simply wearing it over your shoulders. This gives a classy and instantly dressed up feel to any outfit. You then have the option of wearing it as a jacket when it gets colder in the evening.

As a Transitional Piece

Whilst blazers may be known as a spring/summer piece they are the perfect transitional piece to bring your wardrobe into autumn. For months like September and October when it’s not yet cold enough to bring out your larger over coats during the day, a blazer can be the perfect in between piece to compliment any outfit. 

As a Suit 

If you have trousers or jeans in the same colour as your blazer why not style it as a suit. Suits are the perfect workplace attire and can look great for daytime or nighttime. Style a suit with a pair of flats and handbag for day, or switch it up to heels and a clutch for an evening outfit.

With Accessories 

Add some accessories to your blazer to change it up, think about cinching your blazer in at the waist with a belt. Or even add a brooch to the lapel to add a bit of sparkle to your outfit.

Written By: Patience Bradley 

Aspects 2019 – Food for Thought and Tea with a Lady at Clandeboye

Aspects Festival is delighted to once again welcome Lady Dufferin and The Clandeboye Reading Party to be part of this year’s festival programme.

Lady Dufferin pictured with Aspects Festival Director Patricia Hamilton. Lady Dufferin will host a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in The Banqueting Hall at Clandeboye Courtyard on Saturday 5 October as part of Aspects Festival.

The Reading Party is a joint initiative between Trinity College Dublin, Queen’s University Belfast, Clandeboye Estate and Aspects Festival and is returning to the Festival for its fourth year. This year’s theme is “Food for Thought” and the programme will feature a weekend of public talks, discussions, readings, launches and food, all taking place at Clandeboye Courtyard, 5 – 6 October.

On Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October, The Reading Party will host a series of free Lightning Talks about the history, culture and literature of food and drink. These showcases always promote interesting discussion and are free to attend, although registration is required.

Sure to be a highlight of the weekend, Lady Dufferin will host a Mad Hatter’s Tea party in Clandeboye’s beautiful Banqueting Hall on Saturday afternoon at 3pm. Expect an afternoon tea with a difference with a delightful spread provided by The Kitchen Academy. The fun afternoon will also include some food anecdotes from Lady Dufferin and her guests. Mad Hats are optional!

On Sunday afternoon at 3.30pm, florist to royalty Shane Connolly will give a special talk on the relationship between Flowers, Food and Drink. Northern Ireland native Shane designed the flowers for the weddings of TRH Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and holds the Royal Warrant for both HM The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales.

The Festival is also delighted to welcome Dr Susan Flavin from Trinity College who will be giving a free talk on The History of What We Eat and Drink on Sunday at 5pm. Susan’s research concentrates on the history of trade, consumption and material culture and identity in Ireland c1550 – 1650.

Women Aloud NI make a welcome return to Aspects on Sunday at 6.30pm with their Food for Thought event which will feature poetry inspired by food! Enjoy this showcase of local poets celebrating their love of good food! Women Aloud NI is a local initiative which aims to raise the profile of the women’s writing scene in Northern Ireland. This is a free event but registration is required.

Join the incredibly talented duo The Darkling Air on Sunday at 8pm, as they launch their new album at the Festival Finale event. The Darkling Air are Rachel McCarthy and Michael Keeney joined by their long-time collaborators Arco String Quartet. This will be the first performance of their new album Ancestor. Expect an evening of a haunting music in the atmospheric setting of Clandeboye’s Banqueting Hall.

Aspects Festival runs until October 6 at various locations around Bangor. For further information on the programme and to book tickets see

Jacqueline shares her pick of what’s on this weekend across NI


This Saturday Ahorey Presbyterian Church Hall Portadown will host an Antiques Vintage and Collectables fair showcasing lots of treasures from the past. 40 stalls including Victorian jewellery, silver, china, crystal, clocks, tools, militaria, kitchenaria, books, coins, medals, ceramics, art, clocks, vintage textiles and linens.


Embrace the opportunity to visit Ballywalter House on Saturday 28th September.  Become a member of the gentry for the afternoon as Lord Dunleath guides you around his remarkable home and joins you for a chat over tea and light refreshments, in the historic conservatory.  Tour departs by coach from Ards Visitor Information Centre.


Climb the Stairway to Heaven on Sunday the 29th of September in aid of the USPCA Animal Welfare Charity. Gather your family and friends together for a fantastic day outdoors.


Look ‘hot on The Hill’ this September as Mid Ulster District Council’s popular fashion event, Heels on The Hill, returns for its eighth year!  The Dungannon style extravaganza, organised by the Council in partnership with Style Academy, will take place on Friday at the Hill of The O’Neill, Dungannon at 7.30pm.


The Totally Wiped Out challenge is coming to Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magherafelt on Saturday and is open to teams of ten.   Take on the inflatable assault course, including  the wipeout balls, last one standing, super slide and lots more. Teams will go head to head through a series of obstacles to eliminate the competition. Only one team will be crowned the ultimate Wiped Out winners!


Moneyglass and District Runners are proud to present their inaugural annual run, MAD For the Road 5K/10K this Thursday 26th September.   Entry fee includes a bespoke medal for all finishers and chip timing. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in both races and superb post-race hospitality.  On the night registration begins 5.30pm. 10K starts 6.45pm with 5K shortly after.


Crumlin Road Gaol #LiveAtTheCrum presents The 70’s Sensational Superstars with tributes to The Bay City Rollers, Smokie, Donny Osmond and Alice Cooper this Saturday night.   Make an evening of it with a tour + dine + show package.  Discover over 150 years of history as you explore within the walls of Belfast’s Infamous Prison, enjoy a 2 course meal in the atmospheric setting of Cuffs Bar & Grill and finish the night with live entertainment

For further details on these events and to add your events free go to Follow us on twitter @whatsonNI and on facebook at for news, competitions and what’s on near you.


Popular family Christmas event to take place at Culloden & Slieve Donard Resort

Press Eye – Belfast – Northern Ireland – Tuesday 17th September 2019 Picture by Matt Mackey / Press Eye POLAR EXPRESS RETURNS TO HASTINGS HOTELSÉElle Brown (age 3) and Ron‡n Daly (age 3) helped Hastings Hotels launch Polar Express which is taking place at the Culloden Estate & Spa from 19th – 23rd November and the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa from 14th Ð 22nd December. The popular festive event promises lots of fun for all the family, including a winter wonderland, story-telling with Mrs Claus and the Polar Express train adventure which will take guests on a magical journey to visit Santa and his elves in their busy workshop as they prepare for their busiest time of the year. Families are advised to book early to avoid disappointment for this sell out event and tickets can be purchased by going to Fiona Brown Fiona Brown Communications (t) +44 (0) 7887 864641 ?(e) (w)

DUE to overwhelming demand from families across Northern Ireland for Polar Express at the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa over the last five years, Hastings Hotels has announced that the popular festive event will also take place at the Culloden Estate & Spa in the lead up to Christmas.

The Polar Express is a fun festive occasion with a host of attractions for all the family, including a winter wonderland, story-telling with Mrs Claus and the Polar Express train adventure which will take guests on a magical journey to visit Santa and his elves in their busy workshop as they prepare for their busiest time of the year.

The much-loved Christmas event will take place at the Culloden Estate & Spa from Tuesday 19th November – Saturday 23rd November and at the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa from Saturday 14th – Sunday 22nd December. Booking is essential and early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. 

Julie Hastings, Marketing Director of Hastings Hotels said: “We are looking forward to welcoming Polar Express to the Culloden Estate & Spa in November before its annual visit to the Slieve Donard Resort in December. Families from across Northern Ireland have been visiting Polar Express at the Slieve Donard for the last five years and we are delighted to be able to give more children the chance to visit this exciting Christmas experience by running it at the two hotels over the festive season.

It’s a magical event that gives families the chance to make special festive memories with lots to keep everyone entertained from movies and letter writing, to Christmas stalls and face painting before hopping on board the train to meet Santa and his Elves with gifts for the children and a personal photo.”

Both hotels will also be offering a fabulous selection of festive dining options including Santa’s Buffet and Afternoon Tea.

To hop on board for some Christmas magic at the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa and Culloden Estate & Spa tickets can be purchased by going to andare priced £18 per adult, £25 per child (under 14) and £10 for children under one.

Lost Boys found for new musical production of Peter Pan at Lyric

The search is over as the ‘Lost Boys’ have been found for an exciting new musical production of Peter Pan at Lyric 29 Nov – 4 Jan. 

Adapted from the play by JM Barrie Peter Pan The Musical by Paul Boyd sees fairies, crocodiles, flying children, and mermaids, embark on the most magical adventure – where Hook and the crew of the Jolly Roger come face to face with all of Neverland and the boy who won’t grow up.

Fly away on an awfully big adventure where anything is possible if you just believe.  Visit for details.

Getting ready to take you on a journey to Neverland were, from left,