My personal style signifier is my hair, I have always been a stickler for grooming and never feel comfortable facing the world unless my hair is done, I also view my hair as part of my daily style, I always wear my hair up when I have on something with a collar, I feel it lengthens my neck, and alternatively I always wear my hair down if I feel my neckline is a bit bare.
The last thing I bought and loved was a navy cashmere hoodie from Zadig & Voltaire. It’s such a treat to have something luxurious on, even if you're going nowhere.
I have a lot of early fashion memories. My parents both worked in the fashion industry so went on buying trips together to Paris where my mum would buy us clothes. One of her famous lines when showing us what she had brought home was 'all the french girls are wearing it'. My mum was and is super glamorous, I remember sitting on her bed watching her get ready to go out for dinner with my dad thinking they were the most stylish & handsome couple in the world.
The best gift I’ve ever given is… Ok, this one is funny.. Once when myself and Tracy were in Paris on a buying trip, I made a comment about how lovely it is to have a fresh face cloth every night to wash your face with.. so for my birthday a week later, she gave me a lovely box for my bathroom full of face cloths.. now maybe everyone has a box of face cloths in their bathroom, but this seemed so extravagant to me!
My style icon is my good friend Susan Hunter, she is effortlessly cool, never contrived. She picks everything she buys because she loves it, and then in turns wears everything she loves.
With time on my hands I spend time with my kids. That might sound obvious, but they are getting older and doing their own thing so without making a plan to do something together, time goes by and we don't see each other. The luxury of working in a family business is that we understand that we work to live, not live to work, family time is precious.
Before I joined Costume I worked for Ryanair for three years which was the best craic ever, I made some really good friends there. I then worked for the Spanish brand Mango in both Ireland and the UK. It was great to have the experience of working with a large high street clothing company before returning to join our family business.
My three favourite pieces from this season are 1. Isabel Marant Acna boots in chalk, I have been obsessed with white boots since I was a teenager and these tick all the boxes. 2. Yves Salomon swing jacket, this is the most perfect pairing of fashion and function. 3. the Jerome Dreyfuss Bobi bag in Python, it’s just fabulous.
My favourite place in Dublin is Howth, without a doubt, there is no place like it, it's where my heart is.
The podcast I’m listening to is The Business of Hype with Sarah Andelman of Colette Paris - this is the most wonderful insight into the inner workings of the fascinating store in Paris. Colette opened the same year as Costume and was also a family business.
The best book I’ve read this year is… Reading, unfortunately has taken a backseat since March. I've bought a few books but not read them yet. The one I'm most looking forward to is I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou. I don't want to 'half' read it, so I have shelved it until I'm ready.
The garment that gets the most wear in my wardrobe is my Yves Salomon long puffa coat, I'm even using it instead of a Dryrobe when I go sea swimming.
An indulgence I could never give up is running. It keeps my energy and mood in check. I function the best with a routine, so once I get a few runs in a week, I can take on whatever the week throws at me.
The one destination I can’t wait to return to is Antibes. I went on my first girls holiday since I've had kids two years ago to Antibes, such a stunning place, I cannot wait to return.