I graduated from DIT with an MA in journalism and started to work for Ireland’s premier teenage magazine KISS, top social magazine VIP, weekly TV magazine TV Now, travel magazine, First Class and glossy magazine, Stellar. I styled shoots for KISS and VIP, was the fashion editor of TV Now and First Class which involved organising shoots with the top people in TV and showbiz both in Ireland and England and producing a weekly three-page fashion column. I’m a regular feature writer for Ireland’s top selling Sunday newspaper supplement, the Sunday Independent Life Magazine, where I’ve had the cover story four times, check it out here. I’ve written for Ireland’s top selling glossy woman’s magazine, Image. I’ve covered LFW for the Irish Examiner, The Sunday World and The Daily Mail.
I model with Compton Model Agency . I’ve been modelling for 10 years both here and abroad. Here’s me in Italian Vogue. I’m the house model for Brown Sugar, I appear regularly on TV3’s Ireland AM’s fashion slot and in many fashion shoots and photo exhibitions.
Ever since I can remember I love clothes. As a little girl I’d spend hours dressing-up in my grandmother’s old frocks and gowns with my three elder sisters. In my teens I would see runway models and fashion designers being interviewed on television and this gave me plenty of material for the dreams that would build my future career. After years in the business I’ve now reached the stage where I get invited each year to the top fashion shows to meet the designers, the models, the celebrities, the other journalists, fashionistas, socialites and discuss the nuances of what’s hot and what’s not.
A great day starts with picking the right outfit. My dressing room is like backstage at the theatre. What role am I playing today – the power dressing exec, the street savvy stylist, the glamour girl, the high-fashion gold-digger, the arty hippy chic or the eccentric fearless Vivienne Westwood protégé type? I put my feelers out, one item catches my eye and then I build the whole outfit around it. I try to heed Coco Chanel’s advice and take one thing off just before I walk out the door!
Style isn’t just about clothes. It’s about the way you live, where you live, the art you surround yourself with, what you do and with whom you do it.
Fashion is fundamental in the world of film, music and culture. A couple of movies I’ve seen recently jump to mind that wouldn’t exist without the role fashion plays in them – Sex And The City, The Devil Wears Prada and Ang Lee’s Lust Caution. In these movies the clothes the characters wear and the styling become a backdrop upon which the plot is layered. In becoming their stage character many performers dress up to fully create the enigma. Michael Jackson used clothes to create shape on stage, Lady Gaga uses clothes to break conventions and excite, Elvis had his white sequined jumpsuits and Madonna constantly changing her style over the years has made her an Icon.
My personal style is fluid, it’s ever changing. I don’t have a look, the day I have one is the day I’ve lost my creativity. I never want to be pigeon holed.
My best style advice is: “You’re never fully dressed without a smile!!” and “don’t ever say you’re too old to wear something, if it looks good on you wear it loud and proud”.
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