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OBSERVER 6 Gloss-ip CHRISTMAS IN HOT HOODS, PLUS OUR LOOK THE BUSINESS EVENT
10 20 Questions MARY BRYANS BLUEPRINT FOR LIFE 12 Hunting MAKE A (DEMURE) ENTRANCE
14 Gathering OLD-FASHIONED CHARM SHOPPING 16 Colour Vision JEWEL-BRIGHT
EVENING LOOKS 18 Teen Spirit PAINTING THE TOWN RED 20 Mens Wardrobe Update WHAT CAN
MEN WEAR TO PARTIES? 22 Wardrobe Update UNDERPINNINGS EXPLAINED 24 Get This Party
Started FOUR FABULOUS EVENINGWEAR TRENDS FEATURES 26 Entitled To A Good Read
POLLY DEVLINS FAVOURITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR 30 Sober At Christmas A RECOVERING ALCOHOLIC
RESISTS TEMPTATION 36 In Their Own Style THREE PERFORMERS DRESS UP FOR THE CAMERA
42 Wise Women THE UNIQUE ROLE OF THE MENTOR HOME 45 The Thought That Counts
FRESH IDEAS, FROM GIFT-GIVING TO TREE-TRIMMING FASHION 54 Chill Factor DOWNTIME
CLOTHES WITH A DOWNTOWN VIBE BEAUTY 63 Fighting Talk THE PERFECT RED LIP
64 Beauty Buffet PAMPERING AT HOME 66 Hand It Over! BEAUTY PRESENTS YOULL WANT
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80 A View From The Jeep CONNIE IS MAKING BIG PLANS ... She Does, She Doesnt JACKIE LAVINS
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hile having dinner at
family-owned Foxrock
institution Bistro One
known for monopolising
local, seasonal produce
the publisher of this
very magazine heard that they were all booked up for
Christmas. And this was way back in the autumn. But
Bistro One isnt the only neighbourhood haunt buoyed
up by Christmas bookings: many local joints, from pubs
to bakeries, are experiencing a renaissance.Were seeking
out everthing thats old, comfortable and close by! And
what of New Years Eve? Last year, many of us went out
locally involuntarily, whereas this year were positively
revelling in the smalltown scene. The big buzz, this New
Year, is in the small coastal communities like Bundoran,
Baltimore, Schull or Lahinch. Last year, blow-ins like
myself rocked up for one night only and without a plan,
expecting something to be organised for us, says a party-
hardy Dublin businessman. Small communities dont
have the resources so its up to locals and visitors alike
to get their party planning hats on; its about organising
events that involve the whole community, with activities
that are inclusive, as opposed to exclusive.

Another man taking to the streets is OLIVER MC CABE
who formed the Dalkey Business Group in March. The
I Love Dalkey website followed on its heels, offering
loyalty cards and discounts for shops and services in the
area. CLODAGH HANNON of the Tramyard Gallery is
also involved and DAVID MC WILLIAMS helped spread
awareness. Some people are under the impression that
Dalkey is like Beverly Hills but its just as important
for local businesses here to be supporting each other as
anywhere else. Our hope is that other towns and villages
follow our example and do something positive for their
community. Participating shops in Dalkey will stay
open until 9pm on Thursdays in December.

Where we used to amble, blindly, into the nearest
department store and sweep up all our gifts in one go,
this year were supplementing them with unusual,
handmade pieces, picked up at food and craft fairs.
Perhaps its something in the water (or the local whiskey,
produced by LORD MOUNT CHARLES) but the village
of Slane and the Boyne Valley as a whole, is a hotbed
of creative activity. The Mill House, on the banks of
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This Christmas COMMUNITY SPIRIT is thriving, spurred on by our overwhelming
desire to keep it LOCAL. We may have done the same in 2009 but this year were actually
enjoying it and making the most of organising and participating in festivities closer to home
we can barely move for CHRISTMAS MARKETS! Plus, LOOK THE BUSINESS...
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This year were throwing
ourselves into Christmas.
the river, hosts a Christmas Fair on Sunday, December
5. Owner JANEY QUIGLEY and organiser NIKKI MC
COMESKEY have pulled together a colourful collection
of vendors, from Drogheda Arts Society to local designer
EMMIE LOU and confectionery from Candy Buffet. Plus,
SANTA will be making an appearance in a festive yurt.
The following week AISLING LAW, the creative force
behind Rossnaree a Hidden Ireland guest house and
sometimes art school will throw open the doors of
her beautiful home for a Christmas Fair on Saturday
December 11. Jeweller FLEUR REYNOLDS and local
boutiques will set up shop there for the day, and visitors
can have a drink while poking around the various stalls.
Other highlights will be DANIELLE OCONNELLS Some
Like It Frock a vintage sale-cum-tea party (she sources
most of her 1940s and 50s pieces in the US) and artist
SAM HORLERs mini portrait studio, where he will do
half-hour sittings with subjects (a great gift idea). Catch
the last Slane Farmers Market of the year this Saturday
its been drawing the crowds for months and is always
great fun.

Its the little things that excite us about Christmas -
especially for those who live abroad or travel for much of
the year. One GALWAY institution I visit at Christmas
is the Gourmet Tart Co, says JONATHAN MC KEEVER,
who spends his year globetrotting, sourcing designer
swimwear for his website Clickini. Its a super bakery
with a continental feel. Christmas is the perfect excuse to
indulge for a mince pie addict like me and they also sell
gluten-free macaroons. Ill also go to McCambridges Deli
on Shop Street; when I lived in Milan my mother sent me
shipments of their soda bread. A Continental Christmas
Market in Eyre Square continues until December 19,
with 70 wooden chalets offering produce from all over
the globe.

The perfect example of a girl fully in hood mode has to
be VICTORIA MACKECHNIE, who has built a business,
and also lives, in the Grand Canal Quarter. Throw the
property developers in the Grand Canal Basin for all
their bad deeds but you cant deny that without them,
this area would not be the smartly buzzing beehive it is
now. Its most famous resident, HARRY CROSBIE, had
the vision to live (and develop) there long before anyone
else. Since the early 2000s, the proliferation of fancy
shops and restaurants and of course, the areas anchor
building, the Grand Canal Theatre have caused others to
fall for its charms. I bought a house close to town, says
Mackechnie, thinking I would be popping in and out but
I rarely need to. She gets her croissants at Valentinos, on
the corner of Grand Canal Square, and hops across the
bridge for pilates at CHQ, shuttling between her business
HQ on Sir John Rogersons Quay and her cottage in
Ringsend. Mackechnie worked in a private equity firm
for seven years; a downturn-driven redundancy gave
her the impetus to try something new. Shes now a
Ballymaloe-trained cook and running her Whip It Up
classes for professional women (and a few men) who do
what she used to do namely work late hours and lose
the confidence and skill required to entertain casually at
the weekend. During December, shes concentrating on
clients who want homely food dropped off before their
guests arrive. Shell also be hanging out at Riva, Ariosa,
a new wine and tapas bar on Bath Avenue, and Paulies
Pizza, an offshoot of the always-packed-to-the-rafters
Juniors. If shes not at the 12 Days of Christmas Market at
the Point Village (from this Saturday), she can whiz down
to her mum, MARY FINAN, who has moved to Docklands
too. Now thats what we call a thoroughly modern mother
and a great addition to the neighbourhood ...
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house, Dublin; tV3s Debbie oDonnell with ian galvin
and gemma Metheringham, of Karen Millen; christine
lucignano, caroline scott and sonya lennon; l.K.
bennetts lily-blue roman; elaine prendeville and
laura greer; Vodafones anne oleary.
Clockwise from above: heidi osullivan and
Joanne petty; sonya lennon shows the
audience how to build a capsule wardrobe
from Marks & spencer. sarah McDonnell,
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Look the Business, hosted by The Gloss, in
association with Vodafone, and now in its seventh season,
is always popular for its mix of dinner, fashion, beauty
and prizes. Yet this time it had added allure, in the form
of a chance to become a future face of L.K. Bennetts Life
is the Occasion advertising campaign. The photo booth
assembled at the entrance of Dublins Mansion House
was the first casting for the autumn/winter 2011 campaign
and there was no shortage of willing models; guests on
the evening included women from the worlds of finance,
business, communications and retail, with a sprinkling of
fashion editors and media movers. This was our first and
only Irish casting and we couldnt believe how many stylish
women stepped into the booth, said LiLy-BLue Roman,
PR and marketing manager for the brand. Earlier in
the year we held a similar casting in London with Vogue,
for Fashions Night Out, from which two women made
it through to the final ten for the spring/summer 2011
campaign. We definitely found similar potential in Dublin
so watch this space! The reason this campaign featuring
real, working women modelling L.K. Bennett has been
so successful is because its about making fashion a two-
way dialogue, between the brand and the customer. This
message set the tone for a night of celebrating not just
fashion and beauty, but something else women are fantastic
at: communicating. The indomitable and ever glamorous
anne oLeaRy, from Vodafone, sponsors of the event,
spoke about the importance of building relationships,
making connections and, of course, having fun with like-
minded colleagues and clients. It was a sentiment echoed
by Jane mc donneLL, publisher of The Gloss, who
talked about the positivity and goodwill in the Mansion
House on the night and also in the run-up to the event,
the most hotly anticipated to date, with 100 people on the
waiting list. With any mention of doom and gloom firmly
off the agenda and a few glasses of champagne or Cork Dry
Gin in, guests were treated to a Marks & Spencer capsule
wardrobe class given by MC for the evening, the warm,
funny and fashion-literate sonya Lennon. Amazingly,
one lucky guest won the entire wardrobe, worth d500. This
year there was also comedy from PRofessoR GuntheR
GRoons, aka BaRRy muRPhy, and a useful Este
Lauder beauty masterclass, during which The Gloss
Creative Artist chRistine LuciGnano demonstrated
with beauty editor caRoLine scott, how best to update
your make-up with on-trend colours and techniques.
After a delicious supper came the fashion show, opening
with killer desk-to-dinner pieces from Brown Thomas,
including a show-stealing red Victoria Beckham dress.
Stylish yet practical everyday staples from Marks & Spencer
were next prompting much scribbling of notes among
the crowd followed by ladylike, eye-catching prints and
accessories from L.K. Bennett. There was also a chance to
see what some of Dublins most fashion-forward boutiques
have to offer: cool, off-duty wear from Seagreen, sumptuous
fabrics and chic European designs from Khan, and cute
and contemporary labels from Costume, the city girls
favourite. Lastly, there was an exciting trawl through our
entire wardrobe, from suits and separates to standout party
pieces, delivered by Karen Millen a stunning finale to a
varied and inspiring collection of designers and retailers.
Anyone attending the event for the first time may have been
baffled by guests surreptitiously dropping
multiple business cards into a bag at the
entrance. It was of course for the amazing
prize draws that happen throughout the
evening: prizes included jewellery from
Folli Follie, a Pauric Sweeney handbag,
Samsung Smartphones, Aer Lingus
flights to Boston, with accommodation
at the Doyle Collections Back Bay
Hotel, plus the chance to make some
spending money with a d1,000
voucher for Marketspreads, Irelands
leading spread betting firm. And
while the evening was mostly about
women in business, we didnt forget
the other area we manage: the home!
Prizes were both practical and
pampering; GHD straighteners from
Peter Mark, Max Benjamin diffusers
and Voya bodycare hampers, a
Nespresso machine, a voucher for
Helen Turkingtons interior design
service and a Miele oven. As they
say, we saved the best for last, and
to finish the show saRah mc
donneLL, editor of The Gloss,
raised excitement levels to
fever pitch by dishing out
the final prizes: an entire
outfit, worth d1,200, from
Karen Millen and a necklace
from Tiffany & Co. But
no one missed out every
single guest left clutching a
beautiful Este Lauder bag,
containing make-up and
fragrance, a silver Pandora
charm and endless other
vouchers and gifts ...
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Samantha Browne, created for The Gloss by Annie West
20 QUESTIONS
Architect and conservationist
Mary Bryan describes herself as
Limerick-born, Kerry-bred, and
now a Dubliner. She was chief
executive of the Irish Georgian
Society and a member of the
Heritage Council until she was
appointed to An Brd Pleanla
fve years ago. Her term there
fnished earlier this year, and shes
been made Chair of the Board of
the Irish Georgian Society.
Bryan
Mary
Do you have a refuge? Books, I think. I take refuge in
reading, most recently The Reluctant Fundamentalist by
Mohsin Hamid, and The Bolter by Frances Osbourne.
Im quite eclectic I also enjoy Maeve Binchy and
Joanna Trollope.
When were your halcyon days? There was a particular
period when I was playing both tennis and badminton
for Ireland, and was ranked in the top half dozen in the
world for badminton. At the same time, I was studying
architecture at UCD. A very enjoyable time all round.
What has been the bravest act of your life? My husband
Eddie and I went off to live and work in Valencia, in
Spain, with our four small children and not a word of
Spanish between us! It worked out very well, though,
and we ended up staying for seven years.
What do you listen to on long car journeys? The radio is
permanently tuned to Lyric FM.
What is your favourite meal to prepare for yourself ?
Spaghetti bolognese, to eat with my grandchildren, who
live in Spain. When they come over here its the first
thing they ask for.
Where will you wake up on Christmas morning? This
year Ill wake up at home in Dublin, with children and
grandchildren around me, and it will be totally chaotic
and totally wonderful.
How does your Irishness reveal itself to others? On one level,
in my ability to make friends easily, and I hope in my
sense of humour. But the creative instinct is such a huge
part of the Irish character, and it was this element in me
which led me to study architecture, which in turn led
to a love of older buildings, which in turn led me to the
Irish Georgian Society who do such wonderful work in
preserving and protecting our architectural heritage.
What talent would you love to possess? Well, I cannot even
croak, so I would love to be able to sing.
What book have you reread again and again? I have a
number of well-thumbed poetry books by my bed.
What sight would never bore you? What I see every
morning when I open my eyes. Some years ago I had
breast cancer, and eye problems including a detached
retina, so when I open my eyes in the morning I am
inclined to think, Good. I am here, thank the Lord.
Are you ever extravagant? Not in general, but I can be at
times with money, with time, perhaps with emotion. I
am fairly laid back but I do have an emotional nature.
Is home a place or a state of mind? Definitely a place: our
house, the same house we moved into when we got
married. Even when we were living in Spain, Ireland was
still home.
What is your oldest piece of clothing? A lovely tennis dress
by Teddy Tinling, a famous designer of tennis clothes.
He designed a one-off dress for me when I played at
Wimbledon, with an emerald-green lining in the skirt,
and two discreet little shamrocks. I still treasure it.
Who can always comfort you? Family and friends.
What music would you like played at your funeral? I think
Ive had a good life, so I want lots of music, lots of joyful
music, and when people are leaving the church, perhaps
a rousing, uplifting march!
What is your favourite street? Fitzwilliam Square on a
summer Sunday morning. Its incredibly evocative of
times past, as it hasnt changed for 200 years.
At school, were you a pleasure to teach? I was a boarder in
Sion Hill in Dublin, and if the subject interested me I
was probably okay otherwise Im sure I was irritating!
It was all so long ago though.
What turn of events could have knocked you down with
a feather? My generation grew up believing that the
Church, banks and State were pillars of rectitude, never
to be questioned. I think thats why recent events have
hit us much more fundamentally than perhaps they have
younger people.
What refreshes you? These days, a good news story! For
mental or spiritual refreshment, I like to spend moments
in an almost empty church, its so conducive to thought
and prayer. Physically, I enjoy yoga, and lots of time in
the open air, walking or playing tennis.
Are you good in an emergency? I think I have a practical
side to my nature, so I hope Id be good. But my
emotional side might be yelling and screaming.
ANTONIA HArT
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spotting a trend
PHOTOGRAPH BY JASON LLOYD-EVANS
HUNTING
This month, take a step back from the
brashness that has come to characterise
Christmas and adopt a more demure
approach to its fashion and festivities.
Embrace tradition, from games to dress
codes and, if you feel housebound by
its demands, indulge in a little kitsch by
channelling your inner 1950s American
housewife, with tight sweaters, pearls
and dressing for cocktails. The rened,
yet resplendent, Loewe show (pictured),
was inspired by movie star Ava Gardner,
who was a customer of the luxury
brand when she lived in Europe in the
1950s. As she knew, deep midwinter
glamour was about leather gloves,
lace and fur (faux or otherwise). This
Christmas isnt a return to innocence
no ones suggesting you become a
mean, priggish bore and Gardner herself
was no (Christmas) angel. Its about
exercising restraint and good taste: less
of the rich puddings and glitzy gifts
and more of the old-fashioned fun and
dressing for the occasion.
A DEMURE
DECEMBER
SOFTLY, SOFTLY
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SWEETNESS
AND LIGHT
NOSTALGIC GLAMOUR
Main picture: Taking Christmas in her stride: the warm, condent woman, at Loewe.
1. Lace overlay sweater, t30, at A-WEAR. 2. Head piece, t33.50, at RIVER ISLAND.
3. ROBERTS RADIO, t230, at Seagreen. 4. JEAN PAUL GAULTIER Collectors Edition
Classique, eau de toilette, t90, at Debenhams. 5. Beaded collar party dress, t72.79,
at ASOS. 6. Brooch, t17, at ACCESSORIZE. 7. Faux fur ruff, t27, at MARKS & SPENCER.
8. Cat lipstick, in Clair de Lune, Paul & Joe Beaut, t19.90, at ASOS.
For stockists, www.thegloss.ie.
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From Kraft to
Cadbury: 200
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20stg) is a fascinating
insight, written by an
award-winning writer
and descendant of the
chocolate dynasty.
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These limited edition
Chanel N5 soaps have
to be tried to be believed;
delicately scented and
deliciously soft. A bath-time
treat to get you in a festive
frame of mind. d40.
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Multi-colour leather
sandals, Pierre Hardy,
t945; THE CORNER.
Pink Lana resin
clutch, Jimmy
Choo, t450, at
BROWN THOMAS.
Jade green, garnet, amethyst ...
jewel colours provide welcome
seasonal relief from the year-
long parade of black cocktail
dresses. The edgiest way to
wear them this year? With bag
and shoes in a clashing colour.
Colour
Vision
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Red satin platform shoes, Dior,
t580, at BROWN THOMAS.
Red Courtney
satin bustier
dress, t210,
at REISS.
Bug rings, t6.95
each, at H&M.
Amethyst Raisa silk
satin cape dress,
Roksanda Ilincic,
t973; WWW.NET-A-
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Black faux fur jacket, Bird
by Juicy Couture, t651;
WWW.NET-A-PORTER.COM.
Jellysh ruby
earrings, to order,
at ASTLEY CLARKE.
The runways were awash with
beautiful draping as designer
after designer explored this ultra-
feminine, attering technique.
Roksanda Ilincic, Ungaro, Cerruti
and Alber Elbaz at Lanvin made
draping sexy on little satin
numbers, while John Galliano
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Purple suede belt, t50,
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Red rufe dress,
Lanvin for H&M,
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Red satin clutch bag, Star by Julien
Macdonald, t31, at DEBENHAMS.
Red patent handbag,
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URBAN OUTFITTERS.
Red ribbon
necklace,
Lanvin for H&M,
t39.95, at H&M.
Christmas is the one time when
you dont need to worry about
being overdressed and that
goes for the younger generation
too. Make an entrance at any
party in head-to-toe festive red
(if going this route, keep the
jewellery to a minimum) or just
revive your favourite party frock
with a daring dash of scarlet.
Teen Spirit
Purple lace-up patent brogues,
Olivia Morris for Grenson,
t358, at URBAN OUTFITTERS.
Red wool coat, t139, at ZARA.
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OF CHOICE for both men and
women this season (yes, really), needs
to be worn with style and condence. The trend has
ltered down from the catwalks of Dolce & Gabbana,
Paul Smith, Armani Collezioni and Tom Ford to
H&M, Marks & Spencer and Ted Baker
and not just in black, but navy, aubergine
and emerald green. Jackets should have
a clean masculine cut so as not to look
like theyve come straight out of Hugh
Hefners wardrobe. If a velvet jacket feels
too gentlemens club, look for something
with velvet lapels (as seen at Dolce &
Gabbana) or a traditional bow tie (an
opportunity to add a clashing colour). Or
if youre not ready to go public, a pair of natty
slippers (try H&M or Stubbs & Wootton, where you
can add your own monogram or motif, should you
be that way inclined) will allow you to dip
your toe in the proverbial water!
Garrett Pitcher, owner of hot Dublin boutique INDIGO
& CLOTH, cites Swedish menswear label Our Legacy as
one to watch. Designers Christopher Nying and Jockum
Hallin successfully reinterpret traditional pieces to fit THE
MODERN MAN. Im a big fan. They design pieces like
ones you would find in your grandfathers wardrobe, but
add a CONTEMPORARY TWIST. My customers are style
savvy and are looking for quality, timeless clothing, says
Pitcher. Labels like Barbour, Gant and Brooks Brothers are
also making a massive comeback. Indigo & Cloth, Basement
27, South William Street, Dublin 2, 01 670 6403.
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Connection. Pleat-detail
cotton shirt, e110, at Reiss.
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of Christmases past, now is the time to invest in a new
one. Luckily theres a lot of choice out there, but a failsafe
option is THE CLASSIC DARK SHIRT. Go for a slim-tting
cut and good quality fabric (a high-sheen silk or stiff
plain cotton, maybe in a discreet pattern) and look
for smart details like pleats or contrasting buttons.
Just remember it should always be immaculately
ironed preferably by somebody else ...
Clockwise from left: Carisbrooke wool and
leather bag, e110, at Reiss. Leather bag with
stud detail, e119, at Zara. Leather bag, e295,
at Massimo Dutti.
THREE OF THE BEST WEEKEND BAGS
Button up in this wool Crombie-style
coat, Hackett, f550, at Kildare Village.
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NOTTING HILL, LOVES This season Ive bought
two Marc by Marc Jacobs dresses, over-the-knee black
boots from Ofce, Nicolas Kirkwood pearl peep-toe
slingbacks, a Crumpet cashmere biker jacket and a skirt by
Sandro. The labels I love most? Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs
for their girliness. I also love Irwin & Jordan and Vanessa
Bruno (both mix jersey and silk effortlessly). I wear dresses
to work because they are smart, suit my body shape and
translate easily from day to evening. A lot of my clothes
are black or navy which means I can piece things together
easily and add accessories for interest Im a huge fan of
cocktail rings, particularly those by YSL. A good pair of
heels is essential and Wolford tights are a must. On a night
out Ill wear something like my new skater-style Acne dress
and throw on a vintage fur for a bit of glamour and to keep
warm! Sometimes I buy pieces from the shop that I cant
stand to part with, but mostly Im very disciplined. I like to
shop on Net-A-Porter, get designer bargains in Harrods
sale or when I go to New York or Paris. I also love H&M,
Zara and Uniqlo. www.chicandseek.com.
HOW TO COVER UP WHAT
LIES BENEATH?
FASHION WARDROBE
FASHION DILEMMA
LIKE MOST RECENT GRADUATES, Touran Reddaway is all excitement about
the future: having completed her degree at TCD, she has moved to London,
where she hopes to intern at the BBC. Unlike most graduates, however,
Reddaway has already started a business, making exquisite gold jewellery
under the name Firouzeh. The word actually means turquoise in Farsi; I also
liked it because my mothers maiden name is Firouz, and
she is my biggest inspiration, she explains. Her parents are
David Reddaway, former British Ambassador to Ireland,
and his Iranian wife Roshan, who passed on a love of
jewellery to her daughter. From a young age she included
me in her passion for jewellery and, when we were in Iran,
we would go together and pick out pieces for her. A
family friend a goldsmith encouraged Touran to help
design the pieces for her mother. The result is a stunning
collection of unique pieces made in Turkey, from gold and
semi-precious stones, often based on Byzantine or Persian
designs. My inspiration comes from so many things! she
enthuses. Denitely travel, but also current events. I have
a piece called the Brazil Nut necklace, which represents
the damage done to the ecosystem by too many Brazil
nut trees being cut down. The stones also inuence
the designs to a large extent. At the moment, the
collection is only available through private sale,
which suits Reddaway: I enjoy the interaction
and being able to tell people the stories behind
different pieces. Those people include one David
Cameron, who bought a Firouzeh necklace for his
wife Samantha on a visit to Ankara earlier this year.
To see the collection, visit www.rouzeh.eu.
This Month
Ill wear ...
Youve got the perfect bag, heels sent from shoe heaven,
and your hair coiffed to perfection but if you dont
have the right foundations for your Christmas frock,
you might as well stay at home. Yes, were talking about
those invisible but vital UNDERPINNINGS and
the good news is theres one for every conceivable type
of tricky-to-wear party frock. The new Wonderbra Full Effect is
great for PLUNGING NECKLINES; its ultra-lightweight
and enhances the bust by up to two cup sizes. Or, if you dare to go
without a bra altogether, Fashion Forms
a surprisingly inexpensive label at Brown
Thomas has a range of failsafe
solutions, from tape to ensure your dress
stays in place (remove any moisture from
your skin, wipe with witch hazel, and the
tape will stay in place all night) to seamless,
stick-on, strapless and push-up lifesavers. If
youre rocking one of this seasons black lace
or sheer blouses, but dont feel like exposing
your midriff, try the black lace Teddie from
Yummie Tummie. Its reinforced panelling in
the mid-section (the secret weapon) irons out
any lumps and bumps to give the PERFECT
HOURGLASS FIGURE.
From top:
Wonderbra Full
Effect bra, d38,
at department
stores. Black lace
Teddie, Yummie
Tummie, d115,
at Arnotts and
Brown Thomas.
If you dont want to show too
much cleaveage, try a clever
lace-top bra. Or, if you have a
smaller bust, try this sparkly
bandeau bra top under a
sheer blouse; e24 each, at
Marks & Spencer.
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Ever wonder why some pieces from catwalk shows
and ad campaigns never make it to the shop floor or,
if they do, sell out before you can get your hands on
them? Limited editions like this gorgeous Jamie jacket
from Coast (t500) which featured in their A/W 2010
campaign, are usually given to celebrities in this case,
Cheryl Cole is the lucky wearer of one of the six pieces
made. If you want to be the only woman in Ireland to
possess one, email register@thegloss.ie with your name
and contact number. The first one in is the winner.
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TAKE NOTE:
Be rst in line at Penneys next week,
as it launches a fabulous ve-piece
LIMITED EDITION collection.
Playful yet sophisticated, these easy
modern pieces combine owing chiffons
and ruf es, in metallics and soft powder
colours. From s17-s21, at Penneys
stores from Monday December 6.
IF YOU HAVENT ALREADY, check out
Margaret Howells mens and womenswear
collections exclusively at 99b BOUTIQUE
in Rathgar. The award-winning English
designer is synonomous with understated,
easy-to-wear classics. Her perfect knits and
shirts always on the right side of cool are
denitely worth the investment.
99b, 99b Rathgar Road, Dublin 6;
www.beuysandbeuys.com.
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Rose Mary Roche advises on the seasons evening looks

ts been a long dreary year and weve all had it up to here with recession chic. But
party season is finally upon us and (though we know we shouldnt) we want some new
clothes to dress up in even if at midnight, Cinderella-like, we must return to mundane
reality. Our purchasing power may have diminished, but women still crave luxury and
glamour, so the key is to find something really beautiful that makes your heart leap, but
also references current trends without being too transitory. Here are four party trends that
show youve earned your fashion stripes (or spots)
LEOPARD PRINT THE LACE DRESS
LE SMOKING 1970S SIREN
Chiffon blouse,
D&G, d305, at
Harvey Nichols.
Prom dress,
D&G, d775, at
Brown Thomas.
Silk blouse,
Dolce &
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505stg,
at Cruise,
Belfast.
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Lace can be both womanly and girlish: versatile enough to flatter
a twentysomething ingnue or a fiftysomething
femme fatale. When buying a lace dress, choose the
best quality you can afford (nothing is nastier than
shiny lace) and beware of going too tight (peekaboo
bulges arent flattering so invest in some Spanx or
a retro bodysuit). Beautiful interpretations of the
look include Marc by Marc Jacobs Bronte lace dress
(d606), Josephs Georgia dress (d550) and Alexander
Wangs lace sleeved dress (d875); all at Harvey
Nichols. Think of Madonna in those Dolce & Gabbana
ads fabulously womanly in her lace sheath.
Get This Party Started
Lace and twill dress,
Sandro, d165, at
www.net-a-porter.com.
Dress, d35, at A Wear.
Studded tuxedo jacket,
Stella McCartney d1,744,
at Harvey Nichols.
Androgyny is having a fashion moment and one of the
garments to most successfully reference the trend is the tux
jacket. With restraint and understatement the key elements
of autumn/winter 2010, the tux is the perfect garment to
show that youre confident enough to subvert convention
in favour of something edgier than a satin cocktail dress.
Channel all those sexy sirens who have tapped into their
inner she-male (Marlene Dietrich, Betty Catroux and
Charlotte Rampling). As YSL declared when he launched Le
Smoking: It is about style, not fashion. Ensure that your tux
is tailored to fit it should be slimline and sleek and, if you
are brave enough, wear it with nothing underneath.
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Tailored
trousers, d110,
at Reiss. Suede clutch, d160; court shoe,
d210, at Reiss.
The 1970s has been one of the most referenced fashion decades
in recent years, and the love affair shows no sign of waning with
a strong 1970s bias in the collections for next spring/summer.
This look is all about glossy glamour. A pair of terrific tailored
trousers is the linchpin of the silhouette. They should be
high-waisted, elegant and easy to wear and lengthen your legs
dramatically. Pair with a silk blouse which must be tucked in to
reveal the clean tailoring of your boot-leg trouser and dramatic
heels, and finish the look with shiny, softly waved hair, lashings
of lip gloss and an evening coat or fur tippet draped casually over
your shoulders. Check out this seasons Chlo collection to see the
trend expressed at its exquisite best.
An injection of feline spots is a creative way to give staples
an element of excitement. Accessories like leopard-print
stilettoes, a clutch bag or a waist-cinching belt will add oomph
to understated party classics like the LBD, white silk blouse
or camel shift. If you decide to go for a full-on leopard print,
remember that theres a fine line between chic and chav. No one
wants to be taken for Bet Lynch, so remember to emphasise quality
choose labels with a pedigreee in print (Roberto Cavalli,YSL, Dolce
& Gabbana), wear only one piece of animal print at a time (any more
and youll resemble fashion roadkill) and keep the rest of your look
classic (plain accessories, and groomed understated hair and make-
up). D+Gs leopard-print prom dress (top right) is purr-fection.
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Entitled to a Good Read
It has been a great year for books, from memoirs to novels to poetry.
Polly Devlin shares her favourite reads of 2010 other worlds
perfect for escaping into over the Christmas break
is about to marry another alcoholic and goes into denial
about what you might call his shortcomings, she says with
candour, I dont like to think that I am a stupid person
but sometimes I wonder. She tells what happened not
just to her but to other prominent figures in New York and
London and Irish society her aunt was the Marchioness
of Dufferin and Ava, as fully fledged a monster as Ive ever
met in a book (more, more) and Ivana spends dark times
in Ulster and Wexford unhappily crashing about in grand
houses. Shes damaged, endearing but not stupid at all,
and she could as easily have called her book by another
quote from her erstwhile father Pray for the grace of
accuracy and the prayer would have been answered.
But where on earth did Alexei Sayle get his title, Stalin
Ate My Homework (Sceptre, 20stg)? Out of his teeming
brain, thats where. Sayle, with a face a cross between
Benito Mussolini and he does an uncanny imitation of
Mussolini and a startled mongoose is often described
as an comedian but hes more than that; a brilliant writer,
satirist, perceptive observer of the human comedy, and
talented actor (I once saw him as Trinculo in the Royal
Shakespeare Companys production of The Tempest and I
laughed so much I was threatened with expulsion). I did
the same when reading this acutely clever funny, funky
memoir. Its written with such affection too, this story
of his extraordinary upbringing in the late 1950s and
60s in Liverpool by his eccentric Communist parents.
Undertones of menace, overtones of comedy that edge
into hysteria, acuity of observation, impeccable dialogue,
a grasp of the aleatory in life all this and more in a book
which I urge you to read for more than a laugh. Lets say
on St Stephens Day when you need a bit of purging.
The title The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross (Harper
Perennial, 14.99) is a clever take on Hamlets dying
words the rest is silence. Ross writes about music
for The New Yorker magazine and I read him fanatically
as not only does he write like an angel, he also knows so
much about music that I learn something new in every
sentence. This epic volume about listening to the 20th
century covers every aspect of what might loosely be
called classical music composers, musical developments
and movements in that epoch already so far behind us. Its
idiosyncratic, immensely learned but never stolid one
chapter is called Beethoven Was Wrong and another
The Art of Fear about music in Stalins Russia. (Its sad
to learn that Prokofiev died 50 minutes before Stalin so
never knew of his tormentors demise.) Sharp, telling
biographies mingle with surprising history as when he
describes the sartorial habits of composers in the 1950s:
For a time modern composition had the appearance of
another form of high-tech, hush-hush Cold War work.
Composers dressed like scientists, wearing thick black
glasses and short-sleeve button-down shirts with pens in
their pockets. And who knew that Paul McCartney had
been checking out Stockhausens use of various techniques
and inserted similar effects into the song Tomorrow
Never Knows? Every single page and there are over 600
of them is full of nuggets about all kinds of musical noise.
Read it to counteract the effect of a surfeit of carols.
I feel I should long ago have overdosed on the legend
of Coco Chanel she comes endlessly at you from movies,
great title is a good thing, god wot. I dont
mean as in the English class system,
though that seems to work a treat. Its
an art to find a title for a book that is
telling, snappy and intriguing, giving
a clue to whats inside without giving
it away and, most importantly, which makes you want
to read it. My first books title, All of Us There, is nicked
from an enlightening poem by Seamus Heaney; Scott
Fitzgeralds Tender is the Night is from Keats; A Confederacy
of Dunces straight from Jonathan Swift; East of Eden from
Genesis; and Where Angels Fear to Tread from Alexander
Pope. I could go on and on, and the reason why is that
many of the books I have read this vintage year have taken
their titles from great dead writers, and some are peculiarly
apt, as in Why Not Say What Happened, a memoir by
Ivana Lowell (Bloomsbury, 25). The title comes from
Epilogue, a poem by Robert Lowell, who was married
to her mother Lady Caroline Blackwood. The book is a
breast-beating, sometimes querulous confessional from a
privileged child, solid only in yearning, a Guinness heir, a
little beauty who never felt secure wherever she was (and
she was everywhere) and who didnt know who her real
father was until she was in her thirties. Her father was
someone I knew, though I didnt know this but then no-
one one did except Ivanas mother. The book is short, a
tumble of candid words, and is at turns a family album,
a small social history, an autobiography, a confession, a
kind of painful ramble through a paradoxical life, a take on
alcoholism, and a quest, all of it told with an uncensored
honesty. Often, too, it is inadvertently funny. When she
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While a slew of US designers published books of their work in 2010, my favourite is
American Modern by Thomas OBrien (Harry Abrams, 30). His work is about subdued,
elegant decorating with a traditional undertone but what makes it interesting is that
the rooms have barely noticeable colour gradients usually shades of blue, grey and camels used together
and are enlivened by an artful mix of furniture. On the other hand, Hue by Kelly Wearstler (Ammo Books,
29.95), another American designer, is at the other end of the taste spectrum: boldly colourful and with gusty
proportions, these rooms arent for the reserved. Closer to home, one might think Irish country houses have
been photographed to death but just published is The Irish Country House by Desmond FitzGerald (Thames &
Hudson, 24.95). Its the best of the genre so far, thanks in part to inspiring photography by James Fennell.
I also loved Farrow & Ball Living with Colour by Ros Byam-Shaw (Ryland Peters & Small, 30stg) because
it offers a new take on the F&B look, showing their colours in contemporary settings and, from a practical
perspective, the reader can literally see what shades work together.
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magazines, musicals, books but I still find her fascinating,
this small pugnacious genius whose childhood makes
Ivana Lowells seem like a fairy tale, and who went from
being a poverty-stricken chanteuse to kept woman to one
of the worlds great icons and who changed fashion for
ever and for the better. But Justin Picardies Coco Chanel:
The Legend and the Life (HarperCollins, 25stg) is fresh
and informative. She treats her subject seriously and has
done primary research and unearthed new photographs
(I only wish they were reproduced on better paper they
mostly look as if they have been soaked in tea) and Chanel
is revealed unequivocally as a great and sexy beauty. I am
glad my favourite snapshot here Chanel, glamorous,
gamine, at a hunt in England, utterly modern in a vivid
smile and gleaming black raincoat linking arms with the
village idiot-yokel in a pork pie hat and an amiably foolish
grin turns out to be Winston Churchill.
So many great books were published this year but none
was greeted with a greater fanfare than Jonathan Franzens
Freedom (Fourth Estate, 20stg) an unsettling, prescient,
abundant narrative novel. Its a wonderful read (could put
you in mind of John Updike in its scope) covering great
swatches of the American way of suburban and family life
in the second half of the 20th century and early 21st century,
and its preoccupations. A tour de force is an overused
expression but it sometimes applies, and it does to this
story of the Berglund family and the heroine Patty, whose
self-portrait is an astonishing accomplishment (read and
recognise). Differences on every level are explored with
subtlety and sensitivity disguised as forthrightness. The
whole vast meshed book, so wide in its scope, telling us so
much about the USA right now, is imbued with a sense of
potential violence. Franzen is an almost unnaturally gifted
and audacious writer; he can create the sound of a voice,
the tremor of a sensibility, the shape of a nation. Give it to
someone for Christmas but make sure you read it first.
Almost my favourite read this year was The Hare
with Amber Eyes (Chatto & Windus, 16.99stg) a modest
logue by Edmund de Waal, a superb ceramic artist, who
inherited a collection of netsuke from his great uncle Iggy.
Netsuke are small Japanese objects made of chestnut or
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ON THE SUBJECT OF FOOD Eveleen Coyle
Love pasta? Then go out and buy The Geometry of Pasta (Boxtree, 14.99stg),
fabulously designed by Caz Hildebrand with terrific recipes from every region of Italy
by Jacob Kenedy (co-owner of Bocca di Lupo in London). No make or shape of pasta is
overlooked; the ingredients, the origin, the name, the cooking, even the length, dimension and thickness is
given. Alongside are the perfect recipes to accompany each pasta shape. Stylish in every way I love it.
One of my absolute favourite books is Leiths Fish Bible so the recent addition to this classic series, Leiths
Meat Bible by Max Clark & Susan Spaull (Bloomsbury, 40stg), is very welcome. And it doesnt disappoint.
Everything you need to know about meat, poultry and game is to be found between the covers, as well as
over 450 recipes ranging from the very simple and quick to the more complex. A must.
What immediately caught my attention in Monty and Sarah Dons The Home Cookbook (Bloomsbury,
25stg) were the excellent recipes for vegetables, hot and cold love the hot cucumbers! But whatever
entices you in, the recipes here are varied, honest, delicious and they work. The breakdown by Breakfast,
Elevenses, Lunch, Tea and Dinner is quirky but good, and its seasonal too. Put it on the Christmas list.
Eveleen Coyle founded Fabulous Food Trails with Pamela Coyle, doing culinary walks and ethnic cooking days a
great Christmas gift; www.fabulousfoodtrails.ie.
THE BEST OF FI CTI ON John Boyne
Some of the better, but perhaps less discussed books of the year, include Landed by Tim
Pears (William Heinemann, 12.99stg), the story of a grief-stricken man who abducts his
children in order to return with them to scenes from his childhood. A poetic novel, rich
with imagery and laconic descriptions of growing up in the Welsh mountains. Hugo Hamiltons Hand In
The Fire (Fourth Estate, 12.99stg) presents an intriguing study of an immigrant to Dublin and his complex
relationships with a wealthy family; like Landed, it draws on the characters pasts, their ancestry, and long-
forgotten mistakes to create a story of rare power. The subject of much hysterical reaction, Yann Martels
Beatrice & Virgil (Canongate, 15.99stg) challenges readers to re-examine our feelings about the presentation
of the Holocaust in fiction its an incredibly brave piece of writing, forceful and uncompromising. For me,
this was one of the most provocative pieces of literary fiction published this year.
And finally a novel for young readers, Trash by Andy Mulligan (David Fickling Books, 10.99stg), a life-
affirming story told in multiple voices and set in the slums and rubbish heaps of Manila. Often funny, more
often very moving, this is one of the treasures of 2010s young adult market.
John Boynes new novel, Noah Barleywater Runs Away (10.99stg) is published by David Fickling Books.
elm or ivory and carved with impeccable artistry, precision
and delicacy within a tiny asymmetric sphere some are
studies in running movement, or a girl in a wooden bath,
or an intricately ruffled dragon, a seated man holding a
gourd between his feet, a medlar, a wolf and, best of all,
the eponymous hare. When he inherits the collection, de
Waal realises that he has also inherited a responsibility. He
needs to find out more about the man who bequeathed
them to enshrine the spirit of the past for future restoration.
And so begins an enthralling and sometimes upsetting
odyssey through Europe, an account of a great Jewish
family rich beyond counting, the horrible slide towards
the holocaust, and the haven of Japan.
If you have promised yourself for a long time that you
are going to read those classics of literature youve been
avoiding for years, here is your chance. Penguin Classics
have issued a new series including Vanity Fair, Flauberts
A Sentimental Education; Sons and Lovers; Wuthering
Heights; Little Women; Silas Marner, Kidnapped and Anton
Chekhovs stories, The Lady With The Little Dog, published
for World Aids Day in conjunction with the (RED)
campaign. I first read The Lady With The Little Dog when
I was a teenager and it was like seeing a netsuke for the
first time a whole world, its substance and life in a kernel.
I thought, I could do that. I couldnt. Only genius can.
Seamus Heaney can. His new collection Human Chain
(Faber, 12.99stg) reveals a great poet working at the
peak of his powers, but who, standing at the peak, sees the
long drop below. The skill, the techniques behind these
poems, the observation and embrace of the universal, the
reining in of emotion, the paring down to essential, is like
the netsuke, all complications concealed by the inevitable
beauty of the finished object.
I hope your Christmas Day will have all complications
concealed and a reining in of emotion, except for joy. n
STOCKI NG FI LLERS . . . CLaSSI CS Justine Picardie
The books I have loved most in 2010 include an old favourite, re-read on a spring journey
to the south of France, in search of the last missing jigsaw pieces for my biography of Coco
Chanel: F Scott Fitzgeralds Tender Is The Night (Penguin Modern Classics, 8.99stg). I
also enjoyed re-discovering Howards End by EM Forster (Penguin Modern Classics, 8.99stg), a century
after it was first published in 1910, and still as fresh in its observations about love and loss and familial
relationships. My other favourite is a new edition of a long out-of-print book, for which Id been campaigning
for years: Mrs Harris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico (7.99stg), finally rescued by Bloomsbury this summer. Its
a beguiling fairytale for anyone who has ever dreamt of owning a couture dress ...
Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life (25stg) by Justine Picardie is published by HarperCollins.
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celebration which appears
to revolve around drink, I can
honestly say that its the hardest
one for a recovering alcoholic to deal
with. From chocolate liqueurs to rum
punch, Santas sherry and brandy butter the entire period
is macerated in booze.
Wish me a Merry Christmas and I wince. When I was
a girl, merry was a euphemism for drunk. There were
others: squiffy, pie-eyed, pickled, plastered, smashed,
banjaxed dozens of them, each one a badge of honour in
the eyes of a teenager determined to push the boundaries
of her middle-class upbringing. Not surprisingly perhaps
given the festive packs of beer that towered outside our
back door and bottles of Champagne that took over the
fridge like green aliens it was at Christmas that I first got
drunk. I was eleven years old.
Now when I listen to people talk about getting pissed
which I do at least once a week theyre unlikely to use
amusing or inventive language to describe their inebriated
state, because as anyone at an AA meeting knows, theres
nothing funny about being an alcoholic, and the first step
to sobriety is being honest, reconciling yourself with your
past and making amends for it.
I had my last drink over 15 years ago when I was
living in California. Id spent a weekend in New York
trying to reach the state of oblivion that I craved. For
three days Id hit the bottle as hard as I knew how. Friday
night: cocktails, dinner and a club. Saturday: brunch,
chain-smoking at the bar, spent avoiding the wimps who
opted to eat rather than drink, then vodka straight from
my hosts freezer. Sunday found me back on the plane to
Los Angeles, working my way through a dozen or more
miniatures. And as I stared at the empties, I thought, this
is it. I never tasted alcohol again.
Of course, I knew about AA. Id even called them
during a booze-fuelled weekend in Hong Kong, but on
locating the mini bar thought better of it. My problem was
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including single parents, the recently bereaved and the elderly. But for a
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that I loved being drunk. It allowed me to be that wild, life-
and-soul-of-the-party girl that I wanted to be, and even
as a beginner, out of my head on Babycham or lager and
blackcurrant, I could always stand up. While other people
puked, it was never me.
Did I come from a dysfunctional family? Was I abused
as a kid? Were my parents themselves alcoholics? No, no
and no. Perhaps the reason that I denied the truth for so
long was that none of the usual clichs applied. I came
from an absurdly normal, happy family. Their only mistake,
perhaps, was in giving me a too much latitude. I was very
into horses and three-day-eventing, so the people I would
hang out with were generally a good deal older than me,
and I was often miles away from home. When not actually
in the saddle, these friends of mine would while away the
evenings driving from pub to pub having a gay old time,
and I would go with them. Even at 14 or 15, I never had a
problem being served.
Only when I went to college did I finally have friends
my own age. Naturally, with my platinum-card ability to
drink everyone else under the table, ever keen to have one
more drink and behave ever more recklessly, I was soon
everyones favourite party girl, at least until the rest of them
grew up. Ill never forget how after one too many nights
on the lash, a girlfriend phoned me at work and described
some particularly odious behaviour on my part which even
now I find it hard to credit. Youre a disgrace Liz, she said.
Youre an alcoholic. I was 21. No one had every used to
that word to me before, and it stung.
On the surface, at least, I shrugged it off and for another
ten years played games with myself. I had a successful
career, an indulgent husband, and I zipped around the
dizzy triangle of New York, Los Angeles and London like a
crazed bluebottle. Everyone knew that alcoholics were one
step from the gutter, incapable of holding down a job, let
alone one like mine, so it couldnt possibly apply to me.
I wasnt one of those who hid bottles in the toilet
cistern or poured Baileys over my morning muesli, but I
could never stop at one. In some peoples books thats the
definition of an alcoholic: once you have that first drink
you cant stop, because it triggers the physical addiction.
Its like with chocolate break off just one square and
before you know it theres nothing but silver paper, as if the
first bit gets your taste for it going, and you cant stop till
the whole slabs gone. Thats what it was like for me with
alcohol. I never had one drink of anything, ever.
I will never know the full extent of my bad behaviour
because a point would arrive where I would black out and the
following day Id have no idea where Id been, who Id been
with, let alone what Id done with the car Now, looking
back in sobriety, I realise how lucky I was. I put myself in
constant danger and can only thank a higher power that
nothing terrible happened either to me or to anyone else
while I was out driving from one drink to the next.
My first real contact with AA was in Los Angeles on
my return from that hideous weekend, and I was lucky to
find a sponsor whose life experience was reasonably close
to mine, with whom I could relate, and whose wisdom and
commitment helped me through those first difficult years.
AA is a fellowship of people who come from every possible
background and walk of life. They have only one thing
in common, which is that they can never have another
drink. Its the fellowship of fellow recovering alcoholics
that helps you make it through the day, and then the next
day and the one after that. Eventually you find a home
group where you feel comfortable, and from within this
a sponsor will emerge, someone to help you negotiate that
difficult path back to sobriety. No matter how many years
they may have been sober, every recovering alcoholic has
a sponsor, someone who, like them, has been an alcoholic
themselves and come through the other side. My sponsor
has a sponsor. Her sponsor has a sponsor. Its a recognition
of the strain that each one of us faces on a daily basis, not
least during the coming season of goodwill, good cheer
and 24-hour boozing.
Newcomers those who have never had to face a
Christmas sober before will be the least well-equipped.
All AA can do is offer tools to help them through. Always
remember Christmas Day is December 25, and thats all,
speakers will remind them. But theres the relentless build
up, and the office parties where in the old days youd go
and get pissed, and end up in the broom cupboard with the
wrong person (I was drunk, so it didnt count). The easy
thing, of course, is not to go. But if your career demands it,
or a friend depends on your showing up, then compromise:
put on your glad rags, stay five minutes, do a Cinderella and
slip away. Mystery, unlike alcohol, never damaged anyones
reputation and on the whole no one will even notice. If
they do, just say you are going on somewhere else. As for
the contents of the glass, stick to fizzy water which has the
added advantage of being calorie free. In these days of no-
drink driving, its perfectly possible not to advertise to the
entire world that you have an alcohol-soaked past, which
admittedly is not the greatest ice-breaker.
For the first six months of my sobriety I didnt go
out at all. After work Id go to a meeting, then Id come
home and have a hot bath with a cup of tea, going over
the experiences, hopes and strengths it had been my
privilege to share, incredible stories of what people had
had to overcome, and who had come out sober and were
now giving so much back. Whereas in the old days,
alcohol had been the signal that my working day was
over, now it was a bath, and this became my ritual until
I felt completely comfortable. In those early days Id be
going to two meetings a day: one before work, one after,
different places, different faces. Even now I still go to one
or two meetings a week more if Im feeling fragile and
Ive yet to come away not feeling re-energised and with
renewed hope, though I never forget that Im only ever
one drink away from being a drunk again.
AA recognises that Christmas is a particularly
vulnerable time and in large cities there are marathons,
meetings that run from lunchtime on Christmas Eve right
through to St Stephens Day, where you can have a cup of
tea or just be with people who know youre not feeling great.
Simple as that sounds, it helps, and surprisingly laughter is
never far away. But dont imagine that AA is a cure: there is
no cure for alcoholism. All AA can do is provide you with
a set of tools with which you can handle your sobriety. You
can either choose to pick them up, or you can choose to
white-knuckle it and do it alone, or the third option you
can chose to drink. Theres always choice.
The greatest problem faced by recovering alcoholics is
when Christmas takes us back to our families sometimes
miles away from the support of our home groups and our
sponsors with whom we feel safe and who understand the
pressures. Its then that were at the greatest risk of being
thrown back into old patterns of damaging relationships.
Too often a family Christmas will mean alcoholic siblings,
or alcoholic parents. Even in normal families, there will
be drink in abundance: bottles of this and that, half-filled
glasses strewn about, temptation at its most Biblical. In
such circumstances it takes a real desire to stay sober to
survive. But, these days at least, there is always the mobile
phone, and your AA sponsor at the end of it. I have had
six sponsors since I became sober and not once have they
been too busy to talk to me. They know what youre going
through theyve been there themselves. And the advice
they always give is, if you dont feel comfortable, leave.
The good news is that, once sober, I discovered that
Christmas could be fun. You could even say that I began to
experience it for the first time since I was a child through
new, un-befuddled eyes. Yes, I still have my wobbly
moments. But the support of my friends has been amazing.
Most of them still drink, but Ive discovered that it doesnt
matter. Theyre proud of me and glad that they no longer
have to dread the moment when the fun turns sour.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of recovering alcoholics
whose pioneering 12-step Programme and system of sponsors
and support groups helps millions; www.alcoholicsanonymous.
ie. The views expressed here are entirely those of Liz Brody, and
should not be attributed to AA, whose membership is committed
to confidentiality. Told in conversation with Penelope Dening.
Even in normal families,
there will be drink in
abundance: bottles of this
and that, half-flled glasses
strewn about, temptation
at its most Biblical.
first person
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Personal style is about more than just fashion. Quite often,
that ash of originality expressed through our clothes is the reection
of a deeper creative passion. Three women reveal the substance behind their style

Y STYLE: An interest in health,
wellbeing and beauty has trumped
my earlier, obsessive interest in
fashion. Im about getting my body
and mind in shape more than my
wardrobe, as much as I still adore
clothes. I invest in acupuncture, a trainer and good
skincare before I even think about clothes. Once the
foundation is good you shine and thats the most
attractive thing about a person. I devour books on
spirituality and alternative therapy. My fashion sense
has denitely matured and I would like to think I am
intelligent about my spending and also respectful of
fashion as an industry. I know my designers and I get it
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Holly ite FASHION WRITER, PRESENTER
DOING THE INNER-OUTER THING
when it comes to investing a bit of money in something
special. Trend-led items tend to be inexpensive, while
items I know I will wear frequently or use a lot such as
my wallet (Prada), my jeans (J Brand) and my handbag
(a gift from Pauric Sweeney, and a Balenciaga Lariat)
are more expensive. ICONS: Miranda Kerr, Nicole Richie
and Alexa Chung. INTERESTS: I have travelled lots in
the last year (and perfected the weekend break bag).
I love that Dublin has lots of great cinemas now and
I go to The Lighthouse and the IFI to keep up on the
quirkier lms. AMBITIONS: In ve years time I want to
be head of a mini empire consisting of lifestyle and
ction books, a range of beauty products, some fashion
design or collaboration and a great wealth of good TV
work. WHAT WILL YOU WEAR ON CHRISTMAS DAY? I
am always in Killiney in my family home for the big day.
I love dressing up for special occasions and Christmas
is no exception. This year Ill wear the dress Im wearing
in this picture (from Bow and Pearl in Ranelagh). I am
dreaming of a beautiful pair of Nina DiVito shoes which,
with some fancy stockings, will complete the look. My
mum makes hairbands so I may add one of them too.
Holly wears tulle dress, T95, at Bow and Pearl. Gold
necklace by David Murray. Shoes and bag, Hollys own.
For stockists, www.thegloss.ie.
DRESSING UP
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Jnna emperan ACTRESS, ARTIST
EXPRESSING HERSELF ON STAGE AND OFF

Y STYLE: Im a very active person; I like to keep myself
busy and I think my style reects that. A friend once
said to me that I dress as if I were going to start a
dance at any minute and I guess thats true. I like loose,
owing dresses, or shorts and a nice top anything that
I can move in and feels comfortable on my skin, so that
whatever Im doing, whether its a drama workshop, dance class or working
on an art installation, I can move easily. I usually wear boots or ballerina
pumps because I feel comfortable and grounded in them. Id say my style
is a mixture of indie, Boho and classics I love nding little treasures at
vintage shops and add quirky accessories to bring a twist to the outt.
ICONS: Zooey Deschanel and Kate Moss. INTERESTS: My main interests are
acting, dancing and visual art. Acting always gives you some sort of bizarre
experience. I was part of the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival
this year and played a lead role in Aaron Rogers play Fragile quite a
different character to who I am in real life; a girl who shoves her sexuality
and attitude in everyones face. I had to do some risky things and I think I
might have shocked a few people, especially my mother! But it was a great
experience and it really taught me a lot about acting and performing. Being
part of the National Youth Theatre was another great experience it was an
amazing place to learn and we got the chance to perform on the national
stage, and meet and work with very talented people. And as if that wasnt
enough, we got to meet Alan Rickman when he came to see our show. I
have to say I was more than a little star struck! AMBITIONS: I denitely
want to keep dancing and acting I dont think I could live without them.
Im also very interested in visual art and want to nish my course [Janna
is in her second year studying Visual Arts Practice at IADT] and get my
degree. I think as long as I do something creative Ill be happy. WHAT WILL
YOU WEAR ON CHRISTMAS DAY? I usually go to my Nanas and she lives
in Tenerife, so I spend my Christmas holidays enjoying the sun in dresses.
We all get dolled up for Christmas dinner, which is always fun. Ill probably
wear a plain coloured dress and glam it up with funky accessories and add
something cheeky like a reindeer necklace or Santa earrings.
Janna wears print dress, T215, at Karen Millen; Lula studded pumps, KG,
T95, at Brown Thomas. On sofa: Black jacket, T175; fabric clutch, T115; both
at Karen Millen. On oor: Leo satin pumps with bows, Carvela, T95; Liza
jewelled pumps, KG, T160; all at Brown Thomas.
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Y STYLE: Im a bit of a dreamer, inhabiting
the fantasy worlds of theatre, books and
cinema; my other great interest is pilates.
I trained as a dancer when I was younger
and pilates was part of that training. I
became hooked its intensively grounding,
strengthening and toning. So my clothes tend to reect these
two aspects of myself: the dreamer and the exerciser! My
style is quite relaxed and inspired by ten years spent living
in London Portobello Market was my favourite stomping
ground, along with a Iris boutique in Queens Park, which
stocked Antik Batik (one of my faves), Isabel Marant, Malene
Birger and many others. In Dublin Ive recently discovered
two gems: Camille Boutique in Malahide, set up by Camille
Ingoldsby, and online vintage boutique Fluorescent Elephant,
run by Sinead Kelly who has a wonderful eye and visual air.
The clothes Im wearing here were supplied and styled by
her. INTERESTS: Im so lucky to be both acting and writing,
allowing me to indulge both my passions. Ive recently
auditioned for a couple of exciting projects, so ngers crossed.
Im writing a new play, and developing an existing one into a
potential feature lm. I also have a pilates business which Im
currently launching in Ireland, called www.privatepilates.eu.
AMBITIONS: I have learned that the best-laid plans rarely work
out Ill roll with the punches and see where they land me.
Playing Connie in Fair City was a great experience; it allowed
me make the move home to Dublin. Id love to do more stage
right now, although variety is best the intimacy of the
camera is also alluring. As an actor, you have to be prepared
for the downtime. That is the most difcult part of it; rejection
is part of the game. Dont personalise it. Most of all, keep
the passion alight even when theres nothing on the horizon.
In this game, one phone call can change everything. WHAT
WILL YOU WEAR ON CHRISTMAS DAY? I have yet to buy my
Christmas outt but it will no doubt be cosy, comfy, colourful
and vintage.
Lisa wears blouse, T35; 1980s leather skirt, T50; both at
Fluorescent Elephant; www.uorescentelephant.com.
Court shoes, stylists own.
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isa Hrding ACTRESS, WRITER
ADAPTING HER STYLE TO WHATEVER LIFE BRINGS
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he once transformed a spur-of-the-
moment summer party at our house from
near culinary disaster to an ecstasy of
prawns, pasta, white wine, garlic, chilli
and cream. She loved food because she
understood how it worked in its best
combinations and to eat with her was unfussy and natural,
entered into with the abandon also reserved for passionate,
erotic love. We both shared a delight in MFK Fishers novel
Not Now, But Now!, which traces the subtleties and nuances
of an independent woman controlled neither by others nor
by time, who moves through separate eras and beautifully
drawn settings, with intensely evoked descriptions of food
and wine, in San Francisco, Chicago, Lausanne and Paris.
She was more than a good friend. She was my mentor.
But what is a mentor? In Greek mythology, prior to
leaving for the Trojan War, Odysseus placed his trusted
friend Mentor in charge of both his son Telemachus
and of his palace. Because of the ensuing near-paternal
relationship that developed with Telemachus, the personal
name Mentor has long been adopted in English as a
term meaning a father-like teacher. That it also featured
in a popular 18th-century French novel may also have
encouraged its acceptance as a positive marker for one
who takes a selfless interest in you and your doings.
You could say parents and family form the fundament
of our psychological root system, inhabiting an intimate
and sometimes atavistic part of our lives, which is
dependent on both recollection and recognised signals
of behaviour for reward and affirmation. The mentor, on
the other hand, pours water on the green shoots of our
future selves, whispers what is possible, what may push us
forward to what we need for general contentment. They
are, in other words, the supreme motivators, and todays
time-crunched people need someone in their lives who
will suggest a perspective that allows for good decision-
making for saying no to what is not good for you, and yes
to something worthwhile.
Today, the concept of mentoring is accepted practice
in enlightened businesses, schools and certainly among
artists, involving an informal relationship with someone
who gently encourages ones work and interests. But a
mentor is more than a good egg of course, recognising
that if we dont move forward, we freeze. Sometimes their
intervention makes all the difference.
My friend and mentor made it her business to be
hovering within reach, during different strands of the
20-year period I knew her. Her name was Marilyn poet,
gastronome, traveller, aesthete, with no time for bullshit
from any quarter and she is dead a year.
I first met her one dusky September, dividing a huge
watermelon in the American writers retreat where I was
based for six weeks in the early 1990s. Have some! she
urged a group of us idling outside our studios, looking
for an excuse to break from work. Although for me,
watermelon has never lived up to its crimson promise,
Marilyns generous gesture struck a note there, among
one of the most neurotic loner-groups Id ever encountered,
most of them obsessing about food allergies, word counts
and hopeless love affairs in equal measure. After she thrust
the dripping fruit in my direction, we chatted, exchanging
views on this and that. What wed written. Where we
grew up. The trials of the writing life. A laconic humour
spontaneously underpinned the conversation.
At breakfast the following morning, we got into
conversation again, agreed to rent a car and drive in the
afternoons up and down the state of Virginia, and from that
point on began one of the most influential relationships of
the middle period of my life. How often Id awaken during
the night to hear our fax machine buzzing away in the hall
with another letter from her, still in her office on Western
Pacific Time; how often the drafts of poems sang their way
across the globe in this way, and how often we deliberated
over personal problems.
All mentors share the ability to nurture and not judge.
Marilyn could read my mind without judging the contents
and took a parental but informed interest in my work. Her
sense of fair play was unstinting. None of my successes
threatened her. Not once did I sense the slightest hint of
the Bad Fairy spoiling someone elses party, that passive-
aggressive note of reluctant praise that sometimes cools
the air when someone triumphs.
She tried to teach me how to handle social vampires,
people who think your primary role is to listen to them long
past the sell-by moment of civil social contact, enduring
their halitosis and/or over-volubility at a book launch,
theatre opening or exhibition as they bray endlessly
about themselves. There is a time, she would announce
grandly, to get out the DDT and spray hard!
When I became pregnant, she intuited my true
situation. On the brink of publishing my first novel,
bursting with happiness about both developments, I
nonetheless wanted to concentrate on the book, not the
baby (which would look after itself in utero, so to speak),
and she understood that little ridge of concern.
The fact that Marilyn was a least-favoured daughter
who had to struggle for acknowledgement may have made
her the strong person she became. She certainly didnt have
the good fortune of a wanted child, bolstered with parental
support to feel she could become anything she wanted
to be. And this is, essentially, what a mentor engenders
in a mentee, no matter how at odds with conventional
expectation it may be.
One friend of mine looks to her elder sister for unspoken
mentoring, and enjoys true freedom of perspective,
whether on the question of relationships, or a major and
expensive career change involving six years study, or the
not-so-simple matter of investing in property in France.
Another friend, a well-known novelist and teacher,
described her best mentor as a boss who went on to
higher things. She was, she confided recently, very
fair, encouraging, strong on recognising what I could
and couldnt yet do, straight-talking, forgiving and
tolerant when I made mistakes, and always on my side.
Though its 15 years since we worked together directly,
I still factor in what she might do or what her approach
might be when Im getting stuck into something new or
dealing with a tricky customer. Thats the thing about
mentors, their every instinct is to restore and rehabilitate
because, perhaps even more than a good parent can, a
mentor is able to recognise someone elses inwardness.
And to recognise inwardness and not want to tamper
with it, quash it or make it more socially or professionally
acceptable, is quite a feat of non-judgement.
Another woman in her late thirties has had a series
of mentors, one an extraordinarily glamorous self-made
businesswoman and a veteran of the fashion industry
who has been a guiding presence throughout her life.
She used to say, Always close your doors quietly, you
never know who youll need to open them in the future.
Perfectly groomed with ruby red nails, her flair and
tenacity are infectious. Another was a woman for whom
she worked while at college. I was a sort of weekend
commis chef for her catering business. A one-woman
finishing school, she not only trained my palate and
showed me how to chop parsley into dust, she somehow
taught me how to feel at home in every social situation.
Later in life, an outrageously brilliant trailblazer in
the world of advertising had a liberating influence on
the young woman. This woman is the queen of self-
expression, a force of nature that lifts you out of yourself
while somehow making you feel more yourself.
Truman Capote once wrote that while what he did
as a writer required enormous solitary concentration,
he couldnt be totally alone for fear of losing all contact
with reality. So even when Im engrossed and secluded,
he wrote, Jack Dunphy can be there. Hes my oldest and
best friend and best critic too. Touchingly, Dunphy,
Trumans older lover from the time of the latters divorce
until his death some 36 years later, wrote Truman and I
were never in each others pockets, but I dont think two
people were ever more concerned about one another.
How many people can slot into the role of Capotes
best critic without blood being spilled in the fallout? Only
a mentor, my dears, has the chutzpah and empathetic
love to know how to criticise wisely. So, this mid-winter,
instead of buying gifts that some of the recipients wont
use anyway (no matter how convincingly they dissemble),
ditch the cashmere throws, the books and theme
calendars, distance yourself from the excited buzz of other
females buying luxe and more luxe. Take a step back. Buy
something for your mentor a generous, glossy plant? A
bonsai tree? Think roots and shoots and how that special
person your very own mentor who is part of a long line
has tilled your earth so that you can spread your sights
wide and high, into the endless (if polluted) sky. n
LIFE LESSONS
The mentor pours water
on the green shoots of our
future selves, whispers
what is possible, what
may push us forward to
what we need for general
contentment.
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lights for added shine.
Tour Popular bicycle,
Gazelle, t749, at 2 Wheels
Cycles. Outdoor snowfake
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IKEA. Red gift bags,
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Theres no such thing as too much of a good thing especially when it comes to
gift-giving. Giving a large quantity of inexpensive items, like candles, can look,
and seem, impossibly generous. Presented beautifully, in something like this chic
wooden box, and you have two gifts in one.
Mid-century industrial desk, t495, at Fuse
Finds. On wall (throughout story): Light blue
No 22 Estate Emulsion Paint, t41 for 2.5 litres, at
Farrow & Ball. Framed buttery print, t35, at
Eden Home & Garden. On desk, clockwise from
top left: Red Kallt seven-armed candelabra,
t19.99, at IKEA. Wooden carrier box with red
handle, t38, at Industry. Red taper candles,
t2.50 each, at Eden Home & Garden. Wooden
X-M-A-S letter slates, t28 each, at Industry.
Red china espresso cup, t1.95, at Article.
Factory stool, t140, at Industry. On stool:
Donegal herringbone wool throw, t155, at
Article. Vintage Swiss Army wool blanket,
t100, at Formality at The Cowshed.
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1 JINGLE MAIL
As welcome as a gift of money can be, it doesnt cut a dash under the tree.
Add value with unique presentation: make the gift pop by inserting a note
into festive-themed balloons before lling with helium. Or, for a quirkier
approach, present a tube of t2 coins in a Christmas cracker.
Metal storage unit with baskets, t275, at Industry. Clockwise from top left:
Vintage red telephone, t60; spool of red ribbon, t18; both at Industry. Red
bell baubles, t2 each, at Formality at the Cowshed. Double-sided wrapping
paper, t2.79 for a 5m roll, at IKEA. Baubles, t13 for pack of 50, at Marks &
Spencer. Ribbons, from a selection at IKEA and Marks & Spencer.
2 THE SEASON FOR SHARING
At Christmas dinner, place miniature versions of the oral centrepiece at each
place setting and, at the end of the evening, present them to your guests.
Clockwise from top left: Black velvet ribbon, from a selection, at A
Rubanesque. Pearl cake plate, t49, at Eden Home & Garden. Small rosemary
oral cube, from t30 including vase; large rosemary oral centrepiece, from
t100 including vase; both at Appassionata Flowers. Small gold platter, t14,
at Article. Mother-of-pearl dessert knife and fork, t120 for six, at Treasure
Chest Antiques. Large gold platter, t38, at Article. Lizard vintage plate, t25,
at www.re-foundobjects.com. Dessert fork, t115 for twelve, at Treasure Chest
Antiques. Hand-decorated cake, t35, at Marks & Spencer.
3
A MINI-LIBRARY
Make the gift of books even more special: put together a mini-library
reecting the interests of the recipient.
Clockwise from top left: Framed antique atlas print, t99; lamp, t299;
both at Eden Home & Garden. Espresso cup and saucer, Nespresso, t13
for two, at Brown Thomas. Iced cookies, t3.25, at Marks & Spencer. Gold
ribbon and cord, from a selection, at A Rubanesque. Servers, t30, at
Treasure Chest Antiques. Books: At Elizabeth Davids Table compiled by
Jill Norman (Michael Joseph, t29.50). The River Cottage Fish Book by
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Nick Fisher (Bloomsbury, t41.40). Kitchen
by Nigella Lawson (Chatto & Windus, t23.45). The Wine Opus (DK, t59).
Mid-century industrial desk, t495, at Fuse Finds.
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Fail to prepare and prepare to fail, as the old saying goes.
Make a list and check it twice; invest in festive stationery
and youll have no excuse not to send seasonal greetings.
Everything on this desk would make a wonderful gift
too personalising a seal is a fantastic idea.
Clockwise from left: Vintage typewriter, t155, at Industry.
Moss wreath, t8, at Appassionata Flowers. Wooden letter
stamps, t6 each, at Industry. Snowglobe, t9, at Formality
at the Cowshed. Christmas tape set, t7.95 for 2 rolls, at Muji.
Frog Prince cards, t30 for 25, at The Pen Corner. Qwerty
notebooks, from t11, at Industry. Thank you cards, t17;
woodland notebooks, MoMA, t20 for set of three; all at The
Pen Corner. Personalised seal, t35, at Express Company Seals.
Monochrome Christmas cards, Gail Kelly, t2 each, at Kilkenny
Design. Sealing wax set, t23, at The Pen Corner. Porcelain
angels, Mary Neeson, from t15 each, at The Blue Pool Gallery.
Typewriter mug, t10, at The Pen Corner. Coloured pencils, t25
for 60, at Muji. Mid-century industrial desk, t495, at Fuse Finds.
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ALEXIS PUTS GEORGE CLOONEY IN THE SHADE, BUT ONLY WHEN HE
CREATES A NEW COFFEE.
Alexis is a Green Coffee Expert. He selects the best aromatic proles to skilfully
blend and create our Grands Crus. Nespresso offers an exceptional range
comprised of seven Espresso blends, three Pure Origin Espressos, three Lungos,
three Decaffeinated and up to ve limited edition coffees a year. Find out more at
www.nespresso.com/experts
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ALEXIS PUTS GEORGE CLOONEY IN THE SHADE, BUT ONLY WHEN HE
CREATES A NEW COFFEE.
Alexis is a Green Coffee Expert. He selects the best aromatic proles to skilfully
blend and create our Grands Crus. Nespresso offers an exceptional range
comprised of seven Espresso blends, three Pure Origin Espressos, three Lungos,
three Decaffeinated and up to ve limited edition coffees a year. Find out more at
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1 DRESS THE MANTEL
Line up white owers and ready-to-pop bulbs in different vases and
containers: include berries, scented owers and herbs.
From left (all owers and bulbs from Appassionata Flowers): Narcissi, t30;
in ridged stone pot, t12, at Eden Home & Garden. Hyacinth bulb in antique
glazed pot, t10; mint in ribbed glass vase, t15; hyacinth bulb in silver
votive, t8; white nertera in birch bark pot, t12; all at Appassionata Flowers.
Baby picea tree, t5; in Peruvian hand-painted tin can, 10stg, at www.re-
foundobjects.com. Dome of rosehip berries, t30; in glazed pot, t15, at Eden
Home & Garden. Brass reindeer bells, t6 each, at Brown Thomas. Manana
light, Design House Stockholm, t343, at Lost Weekend.

2 FAMILY TREE
On Christmas morning, hand each guest a bauble painted with their
initials, or a custom-made frame with their picture in it.
Clockwise from top left: Double-sided wrapping paper, t2.79
for a 5m roll, at IKEA. Ribbons, at A Rubanesque. Pre-lit snow-
dusted tree, t90; heart and snowake decorations, t2 each; all
at Formality at The Cowshed. Pottery decorations, t8 each, at
Rainbow Ceramics. Photo frame decorations, t7 for three, at Marks
& Spencer. Moss heart, t15, at Appassionata Flowers. Metal letter N,
t35, at Industry. Star decoration, t2.99 for six, at IKEA.
Demi-lune table, t695, at Eden Home & Garden.
3 CREATE A MEMORY WALL
A memory wall, combining family photographs, small pieces of art and
personal momentos is lled with meaning. Enlist the help of interior
designer Eoin Lyons to organise photographs and choose frames,
plan the layout and hang the collection (with framer Gary Thornton).
Its about helping people compile their memories in a way thats
decorative and not too contrived. Contact him on 086 816 4942. Gold
and bronze baubles, at Marks & Spencer. Glass and gold baubles,
from t5 each, at Eden Home & Garden. Red roses in glass vase, t40,
at Appassionata Flowers. Glass bell, t8, at Eden Home & Garden.
Red star, t9.99, at IKEA. Limited edition Wishbone chair, Wegner,
t757, at Lost Weekend. Wrapping paper, t4.75 a roll; red and white
bows, t3.50 a pack; all at Marks & Spencer.
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CHERRIES TO JUAN DIEGO.
Juan Diego is an agronomist. His mission is to help local farmers improve the quality
of their plantations. Juan Diego leaves nothing to chance to ensure Nespresso can
access the nest coffee beans. So we can guarantee you a coffee with unrivalled
taste, cup after cup. To nd out more, visit www.nespresso.com/experts
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Nothing beats a pre- or post-supper game
of poker or chess, or dominoes. Traditional
games deserve a place on the Santa list.
Clockwise from top left: Glass jug, t40, at Eden
Home & Garden. Gambling chips, t23, at The
Wedding Shop, at Brown Thomas. Silver bowl, t10,
at Seagreen. Engraved port glasses, from a selection,
at Treasure Chest Antiques. Glass bauble, t10, at Eden
Home & Garden. Cocktail picks, stylists own. Robert
Healy coasters, t13 for six, Irish Gorgian Society.
Playing cards, t25, Tiffany & Co, at www.tiffany.com.
For stockists, www.thegloss.ie.
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Check Mate
Black wool coat; blue tartan wool dress;
both Louis Vuitton. Taupe shearling
ankle boots, RupeRt sandeRson. Stripe
socks; red check wool scarf; both from a
selection, at maRks & spenceR.
Fashion Note
Rupert Sanderson is at www.luxuryemporium.ie.

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Downtime clothes have a downtown vibe twin coats and dresses, mix
plaids, update slouchy cable sweaters with great hosiery and a smart belt.
Nothing too matchy-matchy, please, its the weekend, after all ...
PhotograPhed by dennis golonka
Styled by luis rodriguez
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Stop Traffc
Red wool cable-knit cardigan; red
patent leather bow belt; both Prada.
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Plaid in the Park
Beige check wool coat; beige wool cowl-
neck sweater; both Tommy Hilfiger
ColleCTion. Brown wool shorts;
black mesh gloves; both marni. Mink
ribbed over-the-knee socks, JonaTHan
asTon. Red patent leather shoes,
Prada. Claret leather bag; black leather
belt; both Cline.

Fashion Note
Jonathan Aston is at
www.mytights.com.
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All Wrapped Up
Black wool coat, Jaeger. Cream wool
turtle-neck sweater, Tommy Hilfiger.
Black and white check wool skirt, milly.
Faux fur yeti boots, CHanel.
Fashion Note
Jaeger is at Kildare Village.
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Winter Whites
Beige wool coat, PhilosoPhy di
AlbertA Ferretti. Pink patterned
satin dress, JAson Wu. Taupe leather
ankle boots, herms. Red wool snood,
diesel. Brown socks, FAlke.
Fashion Note
Jason Wu is at www.net-a-porter.com.
Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti is at
Elaine Curtis, Carlow.
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Red Alert
Red wool jacket; black wool snood; both
Tommy Hilfiger ColleCTion.
Black leather gloves, PAUlA roWAn.
Black wool dress, JAeger.
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Cosy up
Dark grey wool coat, Jaeger. Grey
cashmere cowl-neck sweater dress,
Michael Kors. Taupe shearling ankle
boots, rupert sanderson.
Red wool gloves, cos, at BT2.
Fashion Note
Michael Kors is at
www.net-a-porter.com.
Photographed by Dennis Golonka.
Styled by Luis Rodriguez, at Utopia.
Hair by Moiz Alladina for Art Dept.
Make-up by Gregg Brockington for Judy Casey.
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Cosy up
Dark grey wool coat, Jaeger. Grey
cashmere cowl-neck sweater dress,
Michael Kors. Taupe shearling ankle
boots, rupert sanderson.
Red wool gloves, cos, at BT2.
Fashion Note
Michael Kors is at
www.net-a-porter.com.
Photographed by Dennis Golonka.
Styled by Luis Rodriguez, at Utopia.
Hair by Moiz Alladina for Art Dept.
Make-up by Gregg Brockington for Judy Casey.
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FIghtINg taLK
this Christmas, enter the beauty battlefield armed
with the best defence there is: a smoking hot
red lip. Never one to underestimate the effect of
a polished outward appearance on ones inner
confidence, bobbi brown has introduced pretty
powerful Lips, three sexy, screen-siren inspired
shades called Vixen, Vintage and hollywood
(a22.50 each). but the biggest beauty news this
month is the reintroduction of revlons iconic
Fire & Ice lipstick (a11, at boots), which makes
the same punchy statement now as when it first
launched in 1953. Many of us, myself included,
feel we cant carry off a shriek of scarlet but its a
matter of believing that we can. Unfortunately,
our confidence levels can take a downward spiral
when were standing on the precipice of party
season. however, if you choose to go down the
red route, you need to buck up and own the
look (like the sassy models at Jenny packham,
left). In his new book, Beauty Equation, fashion
photographer and Americas Next Top Model
judge, Nigel barker, explains that looking good
requires confidence, compassion, charm, energy
and humour: to say we wear our hearts on our
sleeve is an understatement. I believe we wear our
heart and our soul on our face, and we give away
our thoughts and position with body language.
So dont skulk around the periphery, stand tall,
hold your head high and work that fierce red lip.
CaroLINE SCott
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or the launch of Lacoste Joy of Pink
(30ml, a36), face of the fragrance
Alexa Chung hosted a tea party with
cupcakes, macaroons and even eye candy, in
the form of T4 presenter Rick Edwards (right).
The fragrance is based on the exoticism of a
curaao cocktail, which gives you an idea of the
age of the target customer, but its the ethos of
the fragrance that struck me as fresh rather than
the juice (which is rather sweet). The youthful
message of Joy of Pink is about embracing the
fizzy, fun side of life and it made me think of
the heady rush of my first (forbidden) make-
up and fragrance purchases. As Ive discovered
this month, certain things are just as thrilling
second time around. Floating
my boat, again, are Bourjois
Round Pots, which inject a
daily dose of joie de vivre.
Sugar Rush
LEARN TO GIVE A FIG
WITH ALL THE SHOPPING AND SOCIALISING,
YOURE RUN RAGGED, AND BY THE TIME YOU MAKE
IT TO A CHRISTMAS PARTY YOURE SO STRESSED
YOU GLUG DOWN A GALLON OF MULLED WINE
BEFORE MIDNIGHT. HERES YOUR CHEAT SHEET
FOR THE MORNING AFTER ...
As I devoured a Ladure mille-feuille with a
beauty PR, we discussed the AT HOME SPA
products we were both sweet on. We were
talking principally about Occo, a new collection
of home spa creations, inspired by the natural
resources of the Dalmatian coast, recently arrived
in Arnotts. Occo is divided into seven fragrance categories, which
unleash the scents of citrus groves, lush forests and salty sea air
into your home. My favourite is the Adriatic blast of the Kornati
range, which smells unbelievably refreshing. But I thought that
when we all tightened our belts, the body souffls and sugar scrubs
had been struck off the shopping list. How wrong I was! In fact,
theres a renewed enthusiasm for the home spa experience, a
natural offshoot of the recession-led DIY beauty movement. Occo
is not alone: Miller Harris, Rituals and a number of other brands in
Arnotts apothecary section have a strong pampering focus. It was
definitely a conscious decision to focus on this area, says beauty
buyer Anne ONeill. People are allowing more time to pamper
themselves at home and to recreate the spa experience, which they
cant indulge in as frequently as before. If youre considering any of
the above as a Christmas present, do! Youll be helping friends and
family unwind and de-stress what better gift could there be?
1. WELL SLEPT
KIEHLS Midnight Recovery Concentrate is 99
per cent naturally derived yet packs a powerful
punch; essential oils of lavender and rose reduce
blotchiness and soften the skin as you sleep. t42.
2. HEALTHY GLOW
A balm in every sense of the word, CLARINS
Beauty Flash Balm has, for three decades, been
many a busy ladys saving grace. Currently sporting
a sparkling Swarovski 30th birthday cap, t35.
3. BRIGHT EYED
SISLEY Eye Contour Mask is expensive but very
effective and also works as a desk-to-dinner
reviver. Horse Chestnut extract helps to de-puff
the eye area and lessen the look of ne lines, in
ten minutes. t83.
The baked texture
of the iconic eye
shadows has
been improved
and new shades
added, bringing
the total to 22. Even finding your perfect
combination is fun: mines Sugar Coated
Pink with Light Tobacco (a8.99 each).
Bringing me back to my school art class
days is the limited edition Bobbi Brown Mini
Brights Palette (a48), with 20 pops of colour.
Or, go to back to where it all started in my case,
anyway The Body Shop, and coo over the Joy of
Sparkle collection: try the oh-so-kitsch
Sparkler in Boudoir Pink (a19.95),
filled with sparkle dust for face and
body. Christmas is, after all, the only
time when its acceptable to indulge
in a little nostalgia and your inner
love of glitter.
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Round Pots
Strictly Fab-U-Lous Nail Collection
Eight Hour Cream
Mini Brights Palette
I have endless emery boards languishing at the bottom of
my bag but by the time I retrieve them and normally in an
emergency they are bent, dented and useless. How handy
is THE CASE FILE from Ms Manicure? A handbag
essential from now on. a3.99, at Boots.
Aveda CONTROL FORCE Firm Hold Hair Spray is
an aerosol with net zero climate impact, meaning that it
funds renewable energy projects, thereby allowing you
to spray without compromising your green beliefs. And
even though its made with a blend of organically derived
axseed, marshmallow root, aloe and whey protein, it has
brilliant hold and was spotted backstage at Fashion Week,
holding its own with Elnett. Essential oils of vetiver, rose
and lavender give it a lovely scent, a27.
Black liquid liner is a like a trusty LBD it delivers a
dependable dash of glamour. This affordable felt-tip
version is good for rst-timers or the shaky-of-hand.
Bourjois LINER FEUTRE, in Ultra Black, a8.99.
With its built-in applicator, this eye shadow is easy to
ing in to your bag. When it comes to shiny or metallic
shades, dont just slather it on: use sparingly and with a
controlled hand. Get it right, and the results are fabulously
festive. BareMinerals HIGH SHINE EYECOLOR, in
Bronzed, a17.
Boots has created a special range in honour of everyones
favourite dance show. The STRICTLY FAB-U-LOUS
NAIL COLLECTION allows you to indulge a penchant
for glitz, glamour, sequins and neon, without rufing too
many feathers. This super stocking ller contains twelve
shades to capture the mood of Latin, Ballroom and Salsa.
a22.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is the great leveller;
from teens who use it on their lips, to make-up artists
creating high shine looks, to grandmothers with cracked
hands, everyone has a use for it. This Limited Edition
100TH ANNIVERSARY EIGHT HOUR CREAM
makes a practical, yet pretty, present. a21.
Liner Feutre
Control
Force
High Shine
Eyecolor
The Case File
Sparkler
Joy of Pink
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StriVectin-SD was one of the original cosmeceutical skincare
brands and has delivered fuss-free, effective skincare from the
start. Its products are rigorously tested and have recently been
reformulated to deliver even better results. The INSTANT
RETEXTURIZING SCRUB feels comfortable and denitely
does the job my skin feels cleaner and brighter. Brilliant. a45,
at SpaceNK.
The Dove Hair Damage Therapy range was formulated for those
women who push their hair to the limit with blow drying,
straightening and colour. Our tester found the COLOUR
RADIANCE INTENSIVE REPAIR SHAMPOO
strengthened and softened her hair. a3.59.
Sisley EAU DE SOIR is celebrating its 20th Anniversary
and this years limited edition bottle (theres a different one
each Christmas) comes in two versions: black and white.
To have never tried this elegant and rened chypre oral
the essence of a summer evening is a crime against
scent. Eau de parfum, 100ml, a191.
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BEAUTY
THIS YEAR, A FRIEND INTRODUCED me to
Este Lauder skincare and I havent looked back. I
use Idealist serum under DayWear Plus Moisturiser
and together they leave my skin feeling like silk. It
was a relief to nd my perfect cleanser: Este Lauder
Soft Clean, which removes every last trace of make-
up and smells clean and comforting. I give my skin
a good scrub with Origins Never a Dull Moment
and at night use The Body Shop Aloe Soothing
Night Cream and Origins A Perfect World For Eyes
I particularly love this. Im just as fastidious with
body care, using Nivea Q10, The Body Shop Hemp
Hand Protector, and I never forget to treat my feet,
using LOccitane Shea Butter Foot Cream. I dabble
with different nail polishes but I always come back to
Max Factor Nailnity as it lasts the longest, without
chipping. Because Im constantly blow-
drying my hair, I protect it with Aussie
Take the Heat Leave-in Spray. When it
comes to make-up Im mostly a MAC
girl and for my daily work face, I use
Studio Fix Fluid Foundation SPF15
and Powder Blush, plus Laura Mercier
Loose Setting Powder. My off-duty
routine is simpler: Benet Boi-ing
concealer, bronzer and mascara
LOral Telescopic for dependable,
day-to-day. Dior Skinash is my
saviour! This radiance boosting
pen is a lifeline when youre feeling
tired. Ive never had a denitive
scent as I bore easily but I adore
Herms Calche, which I save for
special occasions. It gives me
such a lift!
Business Development Executive
SARAH CORRIGAN puts stock in
these beauty buys
This Month
I ll Use ...
SARAHS BEAUTY BILL
Este Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Re nisher t50
Este Lauder DayWear Plus Multi-Protection Moisturiser t44
Este Lauder Soft Clean Foaming Cleanser t22
Origins Never A Dull Moment Facial Scrub t34
The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Night Cream t16.50
Origins A Perfect World For Eyes t37
Nivea Rich Firming Body Moisturiser Q10 t7.26
The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector t9.50
LOccitane Shea Foot Cream t22.95
Max Factor Nail nity t7.49
Aussie Take the Heat Leave-in Spray t5.59
MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation SPF15 t31
MAC Powder Blush, in Dollymix t21.50
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder t42
Dior Skin ash t34
LOral Telescopic Mascara t15.49
Herms Calche, eau de toilette, 100ml, t75
Max Factor Nail nity t7.49
Total: t475.28
Dish of
the Day
Its rare that my hair stylist Orla at Brown Sugar
shows me a product that I havent seen before,
but she beat me to it with Krastase ELIXIR
ULTIME, containing Argan and Camellia Oil.
This product can be used in many ways: as a pre-
cleanse before shampooing (best for thin hair),
as a leave-in treatment or as a protectant before
blow-drying. Precious oils nourish and
fortify the hair. a34.
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IN A JIFFY: Remington Pearl Curling Wand,
d39.99 (for stockists, call 01 429 5140).
MAGIC WAND: This delivers curls in a ash: 30
seconds to heat up and 10 seconds per curl. It doesnt
have the torture chamber-style clamp, theres no
tangling and the cone shape gives looser, more natural
looking curls. This product has a double ceramic coating
(many similar tools have only a single coating) combined
with pearl, which improves its efcacy.
AMERICAN HOT: Initially I look more Kelly McGillis
than Carrie Bradshaw but I like it and feel buoyed up by
my 1980s wave. As I practice, I learn to make my curls a
little cooler more wanton waves as the press blurb says
with a look thats like Cameron Diaz, on a surf-sprayed day
off. The curls last and look better as the days go on. They are
believable and give life to my otherwise desultory locks.
TRIAL & ERROR: Practice makes perfect. The wand has a
cool tip to hold but the barrel gets seriously hot up to 210
degrees. It hurts if you touch it by mistake or hold it too close to
your head. That said, it is great fun to play with and at just more
than the price of a blow dry, denitely worth it. Remington may
have lost out to GHD and Cloud Nine in the cool stakes recently
but remember, theyve been in the game for 70 years
Idealist
Skinash
Nailnity
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Repair
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Eau De
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Benet ALL YOU NEED IS GLOSS contains three double-ended
glosses, so six different shades in total, including Im With the Band
and Life on the A List. Excellent value at a29.50. Michael Kors zzy
and upbeat fragrances are all about living the glossy, jet-set dream;
Michael Kors VERY HOLLYWOOD SPARKLING, eau de toilette,
30ml, a44. Now is the time to learn valuable skincare lessons: the
Elemis SKIN BRILLIANCE set contains gentle, soothing essentials
that suit even the most sensitive types. a70.
FUN AND FABULOUS
Is it a purse, a handbag or a make-up bag? Its anything you want it to be! Lulu Guinness
I LOVE MAKE UP Clutch, a65, at Brown Thomas. Origins skincare is a universal
pleaser and this EYES BRIGHT GIFT SET is the best of the range I have yet to meet
someone who hasnt liked Starting Over Moisturiser and, personally, I love the Brighter
By Nature High-Potency Brightening Peel Pads, a31.42. Guerlain Or Imperial SUBLIME
RADIANT POWDER is sheer opulence a poof of gold for the face, body or even hair.
This could only be a gift as you simply couldnt splash out on something so frivolous for
yourself! Truly magical, a70, at Arnotts.
CHARMED LIFE
AUGUST TASTES
From Downton Abbey to The Merrion, were all over the tea party. Help someone recreate the
rened vibe at home, with Jo Malones DELUXE TEA BOX of three big candles: Eau de Cologne
Tea, Parma Violets Tea and Sweet Almond & Macaroon delicious! a320, at Brown Thomas.
Aqua di Parma MAGNOLIA NOBILE is a rich, rotund fragrance; this gift set includes 50ml
versions of the eau de parfum, shower gel and body cream. Decadent stuff for the Italophile. a78,
at House of Fraser. REN and de Gournay, makers of beautiful wallpapers, have come together to
bring colour and happiness to your home; the MOROCCAN ROSE SET contains a delightful
scented bath oil and body polish, housed in a de Gournay-designed box, a65.
BOYS TO MEN
The no-nonsense, does-what-it-says-on-the-tin ethos of Kiehls never
fails to please: Cross-Terrain is a new range for hardy, active types and
this unscented, water- and sweat-resistant UV SKIN PROTECTOR
SPF50, a25.50, will come in handy for skiing and sailing. MUSK
SHOWER GEL, a21, smells manly and sexy and, used as a bath
soak, helps soothe aching muscles. From the smart box to the
minimalist bottle, KITON BLACK is pure class this is how a man
should smell. Irish interior designer and arbiter of good taste, David
Collins, is a fan; eau de toilette, 75ml, a55.
HAND IT OVER!
As long as its well thought out, a beauty gift will be well received and is both
useful and spoiling in equal measure. Whatever you do, dont just grab the
closest/biggest/brightest box as you wander into a shop instead, follow
our recommendations for a beautiful, fragrant and well-groomed Christmas.
CAROLINE SCOTT advises
BEAUTY
BEARING GIFTS
You cant go wrong with
bringing your host/hostess a lovely
HANDCARE SET, featuring Dirty
Cow Freshening Hand Wash and
Cow Pat Hand Cream. I adore
the cheeky sensibility of Cowshed
products and this present will
raise a chuckle. s38.95.
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FLYER
Knowing that you can grab a bag full
of travel-size cosmetics is one less thing to
think about when youre constantly packing
and unpacking. This TRILOGY TRAVELLER
contains ve skincare essentials from the cult
New Zealand skincare brand, all under
50ml. s24.95 at Arnotts and selected
pharmacies.
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The new fragrance for women
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The new fragrance for women
DESIGN CLASSICS (Phaidon, s83), a three-
volume set featuring 999 design classics
selected by a panel of experts, is just one
of the gorgeous books at the super-smart
Phaidon store, at Kildare Village. Go browse.
For other books at discounted prices (and lots
of other gift ideas) visit www.iloveshopping.ie.
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DONT FORGET to add a bit of festive glamour and
atmosphere to the entrance to your home ... Dress your
door with a simple fresh wreath or ribbon and, if youre
lucky enough to have a porch, glass lanterns, candles and
tea lights are great for a soft, inviting glow. For inexpensive
but effective party lighting, into specially-treated reproof
paper bags (spotted at Bcool Gadget Store in
Dundrum Town Centre), put a little sand and a
tealight and place on your steps to throw out a
pretty, ickering light.
Main picture left: Hurricane lamps, from 60stg, at The White
Company. Above right: White outdoor lantern, d12.50, at Marks &
Spencer. Above: Three-wick candle, d35, Max Benjamin.
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EYLIE HAYES, EXECUTIVE CHEF at the Avoca cafs and mother of three, has Christmas entertaining all figured out.
No surprise there, but what might give pause for thought is her dislike of kitchen performance. The mistake people make is
to be too fancy with the food, she says, I believe in planning ahead so you can ease up on the day. Fostering a cosy, relaxed
atmosphere for guests means mise en place (everything she needs for quick food assembly) complete by 4pm, table laid nicely
(embroidered white linen tablecloths from Vietnam, a mix of bowls from Tunisia and Morocco as well as my old Nicky Mosse
collection, the new set of etched glasses I got for my birthday and a bizarre mix of Waterford crystal I am fond of ), twigs and berries from the
garden mixed with cinnamon sticks and pine cones on the table, lots of candles and the pot-bellied stove fed with logs gathered by eight-year-old
Oscar. In her family, Christmas dinner is big and traditional and is hosted by Leylie or by her cousin Fleur: three salads to start (fennel and
orange, baby spinach and toasted nuts, watercress and feta, assembled by 16-year-old twins Hayley and Chloe) followed by Roundwood-reared
turkey, goose (my mum loves it) and a vegetarian option (for the sister-in-law) plus no less than seven veg celery in cream and parsley sauce,
brussels sprouts, red cabbage, carrot and parsnip mash, marrowfat peas (a family tradition), roasted roots plus spuds two ways. Pud is Avocas
Christmas Pudding, which is made to her Granny Doupes recipe. The family comes together to help prepare,
everyone makes something and the men carve a team effort. I am a fanatical organiser down to the last herb which
will be chopped in advance, but honestly, it all feels casual. Leylie has a battery of catering equipment she loves for
its toughness and functionality but she relies on her Aga (my favourite thing about it is the racquet thing you use
to make toast) and her KitchenAid. Even with two fridges, cooking for up to 30 means space is at a premium she
always puts the Christmas ham outside in a pot with the lid kept in place by a rock. Why not? The old ways are best.
A Year at Avoca, A Cookbook (d24.95) is on sale now in Avoca stores and good bookshops.
lifestyle
This Glossy
WE NEVER THOUGHT WED
SAY IT, but Victoria Beckham has
emerged as quite the designer.
Following hot on the
heels of her fashion
collections, the first
spring/summer
handbag collection,
due to land in Brown
Thomas early next
year, displays all the upscale
characteristics of her beautifully designed
and tailored dresses: top-quality raw material
and attention to detail, with stand-out
linings and understated gold hardware. The No
4 Travel Bag, with its shiny calf leather exterior
and tobacco nappa leather interior, is broad and
boxy enough to appeal to both men and women.
A weighty price tag, befitting such an item, may
mean the couple wishing to emulate Mr and Mrs
B have to break open their piggy banks at the
same time. To order now, at The Marvel Room, at
Brown Thomas Dublin, 01 605 6666.
Leylie loves her
KitchenAid; from d529,
at Avoca, Kilmacanogue,
Bray, Co Wicklow.
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Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 16. T: 01.296.3388 | Wicklow Street, Dublin 2. T: 01.679.7223 | Blackrock Shopping Centre, Co. Dublin. T: 01.210.8884
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Market Cross Shopping Centre, Kilkenny. T: 056.778.6514 | 24 Ann Street, Belfast. T: 048.903.214.22 | 12 Eglington Street, Galway. T: 091.565.791
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Little gifts to say
Happy Christmas!
Prices: Three Indulgent Hand Creams 24.95, Shower Celebration Gift Set 22.50,
Three Lovely Fragrances 24.95, Cherry Blossom Mini Box 14.95
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Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 16. T: 01.296.3388 | Wicklow Street, Dublin 2. T: 01.679.7223 | Blackrock Shopping Centre, Co. Dublin. T: 01.210.8884
14 Upper Liffey Street, Dublin 1. T: 01.889.2576 | 111 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork. T: 021.427.2892 | 1 Thomas Street, Limerick. T: 061.481.755
Market Cross Shopping Centre, Kilkenny. T: 056.778.6514 | 24 Ann Street, Belfast. T: 048.903.214.22 | 12 Eglington Street, Galway. T: 091.565.791
www.Facebook.com/LOccitaneireland
Little gifts to say
Happy Christmas!
Prices: Three Indulgent Hand Creams 24.95, Shower Celebration Gift Set 22.50,
Three Lovely Fragrances 24.95, Cherry Blossom Mini Box 14.95
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O
ver the past few weeks all the Christmas themed cookery classes have started at my cookery school weve been baking
plum puddings, Christmas cakes and mince pies by the dozen. A real trend Ive noticed is the return to the traditional
Christmas. It seems, after years of fancifying the festive table, were getting back to basics. With this in mind, here are
some tips on roasting your turkey, making your own cranberry sauce, some delicious starters as well as the queen of the
Christmas table an old-fashioned sherry trifle!
Simple Christmas
A CRAB CAKES a
INGREDIENTS (MAKES 4 CAKES)
2 slices of good quality bread, made
into rough breadcrumbs
400g white crabmeat
2tbsp good quality or homemade
mayonnaise
a drop of Worcestershire sauce
1 egg, beaten
50g butter
2 tsp fresh tarragon, nely chopped
1 lemon, cut into wedges

METHOD Place all the all the ingredients
in a bowl, season lightly with salt and
pepper. Mix well. Form the crab mixture
into round patties. Place a frying or
griddle pan over a medium heat, add
the butter. Once the butter begins to
foam add in the crab cakes and cook for
3 minutes and then turn over and cook
for a further 2 minutes. They should
be golden in colour. Serve with lemon
wedges.
If you dont have time to make crab cakes,
heres a zippy recipe for smoked mackerel
pat (or you can use smoked salmon if
you wish): put 250g of smoked mackerel
(skin removed) into a food processor with
the juice of 1 lemon, 50ml crme fraiche
and 100g cream cheese. Whiz until
smooth and season with salt and pepper.
A COOKING YOUR BIRD a
If using a frozen turkey its best to thaw
the bird in the fridge. A turkey will
need approximately 24 hours to thaw
for every 4-5 pounds. If your turkey
is fresh, it is also best to store it in the
fridge, if possible. Take the turkey out
of the fridge 45 minutes before roasting
to allow the meat to relax and come to
room temperature this will make the
meat more tender. If your turkey is over
4kg, cook in a pre-heated oven at 190C/
375F/gas mark 5 for 20 minutes per kilo,
plus 90 minutes. If your turkey is under
4kg, then cook your bird for 20 minutes
per kilo, plus 70 minutes.
A ROASTING YOUR POTATOES a
Pop your washed potatoes into a saucepan
of boiling salted water for 5 minutes,
drain and place them in a roasting pan.
Toss in goose fat and roast for 40 minutes.
CHRISTMAS SPICED
RED CABBAGE
INGREDIENTS:
800g red cabbage, shredded
half an onion, thinly sliced
50g butter
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
6 cloves
75ml red wine vinegar
70g brown sugar
350g cooking apples, peeled, cored and
sliced
salt and pepper
METHOD Place the butter in a heavy
bottomed saucepan and place over
a medium heat. Stir in the shredded
cabbage and onion, stir well and cook
for a few minutes to soften. Season with
salt and pepper and stir in the spices.
Then pour in the vinegar and sugar and
cook for a further 5 minutes. Then place
the sliced apples on top, cover and
leave for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes,
remove the lid, stir and leave to cook for
another 15 minutes.
OLD-FASHIONED SHERRY TRIFLE
INGREDIENTS
For the custard:
450ml milk
1 vanilla pod
3 eggs, yolks only
1 tsp cornour
1oz caster sugar
For the trie:
6 trie sponge cakes
55g aked almonds
50ml sherry
Good quality or homemade raspberry
jam
400g fresh raspberries
220ml double cream
METHOD: Make the custard by heating
the milk with the slit vanilla pod over
a medium heat until it comes to a
simmer, then remove from the heat.
Mix together the egg yolks, sugar and
cornour to get a smooth paste. Place
the milk back over the heat and stir
in the egg mixture. Reduce the heat
and continue to stir the custard until
it thickens, remove from the heat and
allow to cool. Remove the vanilla pod
(rinse it under water and dry it and
place in a jar of caster sugar for vanilla
sugar). Break the sponge cakes into
quarters and smear with homemade
raspberry jam. Then place them at
the bottom of a large glass bowl and
sprinkle the raspberries and sherry over
them. Pour the cooled custard over the
sponge cakes. Whip up the remaining
half pint (275ml) of cream and spread it
over the top. Decorate with the aked
almonds. Cover and chill for 3-4 hours
before serving.
A CRANBERRY SAUCE a
Making cranberry sauce from scratch is
easy: tip 500g fresh cranberries into a
saucepan with 200g sugar, 200ml water,
a cinnamon stick, grated fresh ginger and
a star anise. Simmer for ten minutes and
you have a delicious sauce.
While we love trying new things the rest of the year, Christmas is all
about traditional recipes that are all the more beloved for being familiar.
CLODAGH MC KENNA cooks up a feast of simple seasonal favourites
COOK YOUR
CHRISTMAS FEAST
at a hands-on cookery class with Clodagh at
the cookery school in the Village at Lyons just
25 minutes from Dublin. Call 01 627 6510 or
visit www.villageatlyons.com. Quote
The Gloss and receive 25 per cent off every
place booked.
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s glitzy presents and seasonal trappings mean less and less to
me, Id probably be happy enough on Christmas Day to unwrap
a banana-leaf bread basket from Oxfam and serve up chilli con
carne to any members of my lovely family who feel like sharing
it. But steady on a minute. Id better admit that, if there were no
beautiful bubbles, this fantasy pared-down Christmas would
fall horribly flat.
Although I have discovered (with shock) that not everybody succumbs to fizzical
attraction, generally when it comes to celebration, bubbly is the business. No other
drink seems to lift the mood quite so magically or have the same special-occasion feel.
An extra plus is that, unlike most other kinds of wine, a sparkler slips down as easily at
11 oclock in the morning as at 11 oclock at night and any time in between.
Even though the best is beyond compare, the notion that champagne is the only
sparkling wine worth drinking is snobbish nonsense. Italy provides us with plenty of
good prosecco lower in alcohol as well as being much less expensive. Spain sends us
cava the cheap stuff often nastily coarse but some of the pricier versions pretty darned
delicious. Various parts of France produce their own sparklers wines like crmant
dAlsace, crmant de Bourgogne, crmant de Loire and blanquette de Limoux, not
widespread here yet worth looking out for.
But right now champagnes most serious competition comes from the New World.
In cool pockets of South Africa, California, New Zealand and Australia (especially the
Yarra Valley, Adelaide Hills and Tasmania), some magnificent sparkling wines are being
produced from the key champagne grapes, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, following exactly
the same procedure as in that famous patch of north-east France. Id much prefer to drink
these than badly-made champers. In fact, because the grapes are slightly riper, New World
sparklers are less acidic than champagne a crowd-pleasing point worth bearing in mind.
Whatever you choose, refer to it correctly. Only wine from the Champagne region
should ever be called champagne; all the others are sparkling wines. Those waiters at
posh receptions who enquire A glass of champagne, madam? as they hand out cava
should be fired for bad form or for breaking the trade descriptions act.
A couple of other tips. All sparkling wines need to be well chilled (the less they cost,
the colder they should be). And because of their highish acidity, all taste much better
with food than without so serve canaps or cheese straws at the very least, or try fizz
with a meal. Even brunch or a Chinese takeaway will be infused with instant glamour.
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classy champagne with exuberant freshness, great as a Christmas morning
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ew York City has never felt very American to me.


It has the feel of an independent city state, more
European in nature, somehow feeling like home.
Many Irish have a real sense of ownership and
affinity with the city that should
mean a deeper exchange with the
real New York, yet when we visit, our typical itinerary tends not
to stray too far from the Aer Lingus in-flight promo: shopping
on Fifth Avenue, the New Jersey designer outlets, Broadway
musicals, Macys, Irish bars and Irish hotels. Thats not my city.
The city I know and adore is the one where Manhattan covets
Brooklyns cultural identity, where the East Village is the centre of
the city and the most anticipated restaurant opening this year is
the Red Rooster in Harlem.
To get the most from the Big Apple you need to savour it in very,
very small bites: it takes a three-day trip just to digest the richness
of the East Village, but many of us spend too much time jumping
from one overcrowded landmark to another and miss the really good stuff in
between. Like Brooklyn: theres been a cultural war waged between Manhattan
and its sister borough across the East River for the last few years with the latter
Nowhere does Christmas like the Big Apple, but to enjoy it like
a native New Yorker, you need to look beyond Fifth Avenue.
Veteran visitor TIM MAGEE makes his holiday hit-list
FOR FIRST TIMERS, the sweet little Room Mate Grace Hotel off Times Square is a perfect base
camp. Even for New York bores like myself, it never gets old. No matter how much mileage youve
clocked up during that day, the rush that you get stepping into the electricity of Times Square on
a crisp Christmassy night guarantees a second wind every time. Dont let the name put you off,
this cute hotel was designed by superstar Andr Balazs and has a gorgeous little ground oor
swimming pool. The pool is lit like a bar and actually has one that you can paddle up to. There is
something very hedonistic about standing in a cosy pool with a Martini minutes after being blown
around a chilly midtown. (www.room-matehotels.com)
This year I will be in Balazs other New York hotel, The Standard. Towering over the Meatpacking
District, this hotel is already a local icon. Whether
youre staying there or not, a walk along the old
train line that has been converted into Manhattans elevated park, the High Line, followed by a stiff
drink in The Standard is a must. (www.standardhotels.com)
When I think of New York I mostly think of food: trophy restaurants, street food, diner breakfasts,
old school service, bar food and great take out the United Nations of food. Theres too much to
eat and see on a short break but most restaurants have a bar which means that if you graze your
way through the day you can experience the world of inexpensive treats and march off the calories
in between.
My rst pit-stop in New York isnt that original: its always nibbles at the bar in Balthazar. I cant
help myself nowhere sets the scene as well for the days ahead. No need for a heavy post-ight
dinner, as a shared 14-buck bottle of inty Fino with some local oysters from the raw bar washes
winning hands down. Brooklyn is a real community, a mixture of youth, family
and creativity, but more importantly its falling down with sensational vintage
shops, galleries and restaurants that should make it on to anyones check-list.
Manhattan wears the dying months of the year very well but
it comes into its own at Christmas. Its the capital of Christmas
and where Ive spent six of the last eight. Im a sucker for this time
of year but the trauma of successive years of cooking Christmas
dinner for 20-odd family members convinced me there had
to be another way. Now late December has nicely evolved into
a stressless series of relaxing pre-Christmas catch-ups before
legging it Stateside.
Last year the day itself began with a bracing walk along a
snowy Central Park before heading downtown for a long brunch
and a movie in the glorious old Waverly Theater in Greenwich
Village. The movie had been showing since the forties and is
about failing banks, missed opportunities and what is really
important. Its a Wonderful Life had never been as poignant and
after Frank Capras seminal life lesson, it was back to the ineffably chic Gramercy
Park to kick back until suiting up for a glorious dinner, cooked by someone else,
not me.
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away the ight without fail. Around the
corner is the Chez Panisse-inspired Savoy
restaurant on Prince Street. All wood and
warmth, it serves delectable farm-to-plate
morsels at the bar a good rst lunch of
the day. www.savoynyc.com.
For a big ticket dinner the Four Seasons
restaurant is unforgettable. The restaurant
has nothing to do with the Canadian hotel
chain and has everything to do with Mad
Men. The Dons and Rogers are still dining
there, the average age of the staff is around
70. It has two dining rooms, but the Pool
Room is one of the most beautiful and
comfortable on earth and an excellent
hide for some people watching. www.
fourseasonsrestaurant.com.
For Christmas dinner, its beef Wellington
in the impossibly cosy One If By Land,
Two If By Sea in the West Village. Lit by hundreds of candles, laden with fresh owers and warmed
by roaring replaces, this colonial coach house was described in the review that attracted me to it
last year, as one of the most dangerous restaurants in the city: being so romantic that you were at
risk of killing yourself by tripping over all the guys down on one knee. www.oneifbyland.com.
Last but best of all is Frannys in Brooklyn (www.frannysbrooklyn.com) an inexpensive, family-
owned jewel that is, simply, the best restaurant in New York. We are used to restaurants claiming to
be local, seasonal and maybe organic but Frannys only serves what it sources each day from the
local farmers market. Frannys is a combination of passion, raw ingredients and ethics, and its the
future. It doesnt take bookings but is worth waiting around for. Frannys is reason enough to go to
Brooklyn, reason enough to go to New York.

ven within New York, where cool is still considered


the hottest commodity and neighbourhoods vie
with each other for it status, the Lower East
Side (LES) has managed to hang on to its edge while
pretenders come and go. With a laid-back downtown vibe,
funky galleries and boutiques, old-school bars and hipster
restaurants, it is a world away from the gleaming canyons
of Midtown or the moneyed reserve of the Upper East
Side. To put it another way, its more Andy Warhol than
Donald Trump.
Its fitting, then, that photolithograph of Mr 15-
Minutes himself should grace the floor of the outdoor
pool at the ultra-hip Thompson LES on Allen Street,
the latest destination from the luxey Thompson Hotels
group. A blend of high-end luxury and raw, industrial
design, this stunning 18-storey building, designed by
architect Ed Rawlings, is a temple to haute minimalism
think materials like marble, leather and glass, with art
by veteran New York artist Peter Halley. The aesthetic
is carried through to the bedrooms, too, which feature
lightbox headboards by Lee Friedlander, low beds and
couches, and floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning
views of the surrounding skyline.
Its also home to the Chinese-inspired SHANG
restaurant (voted Best Cutting Edge Chinese by New York
Magazine in 2009), from celebrated fusion chef Susur Lee,
and the sleek SHANG cocktail bar. Or if youre craving a bit
of exclusivity (that other much-prized New York quality),
hide out on the seventh floor in Above Allen, a private
outdoor terrace bar for guests, with the aforementioned
Warhol pool. Were sure Andy would have approved.
Thompson LES, 190 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002; tel
001 212 460 5300; www.thompsonhotels.com. Until December
30, avail of the Thompson LES Holiday for Hipsters package,
which includes a 10 per cent discount off King Deluxe and
Studio King Suites, a complimentary cocktail at SHANG Bar,
and a Lower East Side shopping map with exclusive discounts.
Savoy restaurant in SoHo.
The dangerously romantic One If By Land, Two If By Sea.
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Barry has a sense of pride in Irish racing, saying: Theres a great atmosphere on Irish racecourses,
at all the festivals. Galway, Punchestown, Leopardstown at Christmas, there is always a good feeling
we have great supporters here. People are into their horses, into their racing. Theres just a nice
atmosphere about the place. Barrys favourite horse Moscow Flyer for sure! Barrys
horses to watch out for this season are: Big Zeb, Mad Max, Finians Radio and Zaynar.
Follow Barry on Facebook (BarryJGeraghty) and register on www.goracing.ie to get our weekly newsletter.
Go RacinG this chRistmas
Experience the glamour and excitement of racing at Leopardstown on Lexus
Ladies Day on December 28. Winter racing attracts a uniquely elegant crowd: the
weather demands a different approach to summer meetings. And you could win
a wonderful prize in the Most Stylish Lady Competition if you stand out from
that crowd. Dressing up is part of the fun: the moment to wear a great suit or
coat and accessorise with a fabulous hat, smart shoes, handbag and gloves
ladylike and lovely is the order of the day. So start planning your outft now!
The Most Stylish Lady will win an amazing prize from Carton House worth
4,000, including a luxurious weekend in the famous Lady Emily suite, an
indulgent day of pampering treatments at the Aveda spa, a round of golf
and an annual leisure membership for two. The two runners-up will receive
an overnight stay at Carton House plus Aveda goodie bags and the other
twelve fnalists will receive Aveda goodie bags.
Get your diaries out
Mark in some unmissable race days in the 2010/11 Jumps Season
hen its time to break free, the
Leopardstown Christmas Festival offers
an exhilarating day out for sporting
fans, socialites and thrill-seekers alike.
Held over four days, December 26-29,
Leopardstown, with its extensive facilities,
has become a traditional hotspot for post-
Christmas get-togethers and the most
stylish gatherings around.
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Three traditionalists share their Christmas rituals, from riding out
on St Stephens Day to going on frosty family walks ...
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devil on horseback
Ive been riding horses from a very young age, says dashing caterer Andrew rudd when we meet
him on a crisp morning at Brennanstown Riding School in Wicklow, where owner Jane Bloomer keeps
over 70 horses and ponies. Being brought up on a farm, one of nine children, I was fortunate enough
to enjoy the thrills of rural life, and hunting was very much part of that. The run-up to Christmas is one
of Rudds busiest times of the year (I had three events last weekend, although it doesnt really feel like
proper work, as I enjoy it so much, he says amiably), so come December 26, hes ready to blow the
cobwebs away with the adrenaline rush of the hunt. St Stephens Day has involved the ritual of hunting
in Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary, every year for as long as I can remember. Its just down the road from my
parents home. Riding is very social and has no class barriers. Thats what is so refreshing about hunting
in Ireland; everybody has a common bond and its very sociable. My brother Tom and his wife hunt
regularly as well, as they also work with horses he won the Irish Grand National in 1999, so its in the
blood. As well as the camaraderie, Rudd also enjoys the traditional element of donning the fnery. Part
of the ritual is getting dressed for the occasion, but also having a drink before the hunt starts. You might
even manage to carry a hipfask of whiskey in your inside pocket. Im not sure whether too many other
sports would allow that! www.andrewrudd.ie.
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SNOW PATROL
On Christmas Eve, GARETH MULLINS gets home very
late, long after four-month-old daughter Georgia and three-
year-old son Zac are tucked up in bed. The head chef at the
Merrion Hotel and his wife Denise have a little drink in front of
the re but they dont retire until one last task is performed,
one involving rather sinister rubber-soled black boots and a
canister of icing sugar. Chefs are renowned for their off-duty
escapades but its not what you think. When Zac discovers
mysterious snowy footprints surrounding the replace in
the morning he is overcome with excitement. His eyes are
like saucers, laughs Mullins, who credits his wife with the
organisation of the rest of the Christmas rituals in their house.
She does it all! Of course Mullins (who created the new
Merrion Pantry range with his team) has to work on Christmas
Day too, but a gentler mood prevails in the kitchens that day.
All the chefs who have kids take a few hours on Christmas
morning, then come in for service. There are two sittings
for lunch at The Merrion, and one for dinner, all fully booked.
So what does cooking all day do for a mans appetite? Just
sharpens it, it seems. My mother-in-law is cooking this year
well have a late dinner at her house. And by the time they
get home, Santas footprints will have worn away.
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NEW TRADITIONS
Christmas childhood memories come to me in ashes, says writer EMELIA JONES, who with
her husband EMILE DINEEN, a lmmaker, lives in Co Meath. I remember London streets, quiet
and bright with snow and people with clownish woollen hats, slipping along the pavements. I can
see families gathering on the local Common, building snowmen but this happened rarely. Most
years, Christmas skies would be leaden grey, the weather endishly cold and we were inside. Her
mother would collect a tree from the garden centre and drag it into the house, trailing needles. I
remember that woody, magical smell, and draping long, thin pieces of tinsel over the branches.
Inside, we watched for Christmas in anticipation, counting down the days of Advent through each
paper window in our calendars. Notes were left for the milkman to please triple the order. One room
became out of bounds, strewn with unwrapped presents.
It was only when Emelia met Emile that the seasonal rituals changed. Soon after their
serendipitous meeting in Dublin, he left to lm a documentary in Sudan at Christmas, and has been
returning to East Africa every year since. The couple moved to live in Uganda to be closer to his
workplace, where December was heralded by a urry of garish lights across Kampala, blaring Lingala
hits from the Congo and misplaced mistletoe neon signs above ramshackle huts surrounded by
guava trees. We left the city that rst December to stay in a lodge beside the Nile, spraying ourselves
with insect repellent and opening presents in the heat, watched only by surly hippos.
With the arrival of daughters Ramona and Rosaleen, a decision was made to move to the Irish
countryside. I have started to appreciate winters whispery crescendo by being outside. December
is now about collecting kindling, marvelling in the foggy, golden light and watching the last leaves
turn their ery colours and drift down to the crisp frost. Its about visiting family in Wicklow and
collecting berry branches to decorate our cottage; its in the muddy puddles that my daughters
stamp their boots in or the icicles, pine cones and stray conkers they collect in barrows. Its exciting
to map out new Christmas rituals, known only to us as yet but informed by what has gone before.
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had actually been developed by the Ruinator. Connie
would be quite happy to divorce him, ostensibly on the
grounds of Bankruptcy or Tax Arbitrage. If only the
budget would force his type into exile. Permanently.
Though indeed the proposed draconian measures
seem to be directed more fulsomely at the little
people and it will be the ECB hike in interest rates
that will expel a mass SoCoDu exodus, particularly
when the interest-only mortgages switch to capital
repayments.
But far more pressingly Connie intends to create
a new paradigm in interior design with the decor
of the FAMA offices: the fit-out is already seriously
lavish so she only has to organise the finishing touches
such as an opulent spa area for herself and a Krug bar
for the distressed clients. Marvellous! With a flash of
characteristic inspiration she suddenly realises that she
can in fact have her Christmas party after all. She will
endeavour to be low key and pious as she throws a fabulous
press opportunity office opening where her beautifully
attired self will graciously hand out homemade (ha ha)
stockings to the needy children of her peers. Jinglenomics
bringing cheer to her belles genius.
And last but not least, Connie must find the time to
organise her own family festivities, and this year she has
no intention of staycationing on the pitiful, pre-apocalypse
Gold Coast. She will, in fact, be Stateside having tea with
Sarah Palin. With election fever rampant, Connie feels the
need for advice on how best to proceed with her political
lobby group SOUTH. But thats another story
Things may be looking grim on SoCoDus
Gold Coast, but Connie has her eye
on bigger and better things, as
Honora Quinn discovers
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Connie will not be having her
legendary Christmas party. In the
glorious past, this soire was always
a roaring success few could outdo
her for conspicuous excess but
then along came two dark and malevolent years where
she initially couldnt afford it and then, when she got
back on track, the fashion tragically was for frugality
and one had to appear to spend less and knit more.
And now she darent have it in case shes lynched!
While it is indisputable that FAMA Fee Accrual
Management Agency has brought Connie some con-
siderable dosh and social muscle, its success, due to
her ceaseless grafting and brutal enforcing, has inspired
in no small way a dangerous degree of resentment among
her fee defaulters. Its so puzzling surely if one cant
come up with the school fees, its far better to have the
debt managed by a practically benevolent agency rather
than have ones little darlings thrown onto the flotsam of
the local comprehensive?
Admittedly unlike some state-funded organisations,
FAMA operates with eerie efficiency and when its clients
cant pay in cash, well, then a little close monitoring of
their spending habits and not-so-gentle and potentially
embarrassing confrontations yield all sorts of interesting
and valuable returns. The resulting resale of foreign
holiday homes, not to mind grand marque jewels, is
becoming a business in itself !
Ratty Cyril has managed to extricate himself just in
time from his utterly worthless bank, naturally not before
She Does She Doesnt
Assume shell always succeed: I am always surprised at
any success I have, and take nothing for granted l
get hung up on birthdays. Im not one of those people
who makes a big deal about dates in general, but I
do like the pressies! l tolerate cowardice. I once
tackled a group of young thugs who were beating up a
young fellow. I was so enraged that I didnt think of the
possible outcome and they ran like the cowards they
were l believe she would do anything differently.
I would change absolutely nothing. I embrace the
past, and hopefully I have learned a few lessons along
the way l always agree with Bill in the boardroom. We
disagree all the time, although we do agree on who makes
the fnal and who ultimately wins after all we have to work
with that person for at least a year l think she would have
entered The Apprentice when starting out. I wouldnt have
had the patience to listen to all that verbiage. I like to make
my own decisions and get on with them.
Kerry-born Jackie lavin followed a successful modelling career with a successful business career. For the past 20 years,
among other ventures, she and partner Bill Cullen have been in charge of the five-star Muckross Park Hotel in Killarney.
As Bills boardroom aide in The Apprentice, she brooks no nonsense; well find out whos hired on Monday December 13
securing an astonishing redundancy package, and he is
now the official CEO of FAMA. He is very bullish about
the future of the agency and has a clear view of expanding
its activities into all manner of debt facilitation. He has
been uncharacteristically gung-ho and forked out for
magnificent new headquarters. In a somewhat poignant
turn of events, the building he secured at a knockdown
Look back fondly on her early days in the rag trade. I
would say some of my happiest days were in the 1980s
and 1990s, when I was in the fashion business and
travelling the world to fnd new looks for my fashion
shops l believe that its who you are, not where
you are, that is the key to fulfllment: A place will
never make you happy if you are not happy within
your self l have a bolt-hole she escapes to: a lovely
place in the mountains in Kerry, where I spend any
spare time I have l listen to the radio Newstalk in
the morning and Today FM in the afternoon l get a
kick out of Donald Trump on the American Apprentice.
Hes so unashamedly brash, especially with the
celebrities, he just seems to be having a laugh at them
and their egos l remain optimistic when things are tough.
Whatever the problem is now, it will pass in time l love
her home in Kildare. I am defnitely a country girl as long as I
have access to occasional bursts of city life!
this month
Jackie lavin
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