Saturday 3 December 2016

Objects of Desire: Kathryn Thomas

Published 24/03/2016 | 02:30

Sheridan's bedlinen, from €23, Arnotts.ie
Sheridan's bedlinen, from €23, Arnotts.ie
Hendrick's gin and Fever-tree tonic, 70cl gin €45.50, OBriensWines.ie
ETI TurboStratos 3800 hairdryer, €59.90, PeterMark.ie
Christian Louboutin Confusa black patent courts with lacing.
Passport.
Kawai CN 35 piano, €1.681, PianoPlus.ie
Sonos wireless speakers, €619, Currys.ie
Carvela pink Luxor high heel sandals (€90, Debenhams.ie sale, previously €140
Andrew Barton dryer, €32.99, Argos.ie
Yamaha PSR-E353 digital keyboard, €218, GoodwinsMusic.ie
Samsonite Base Hits cabin bag, €95.20, ShopLuggage.ie

TV presenter and fitness guru Kathryn Thomas tells Andrea Smith about her favourite purchases

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Sound system

I'm renowned for having parties in my house, but also for my music being all over the place. I have a wall of scratched CDs ranging from AC/DC to The Dubliners and Frank Sinatra. Things have greatly improved since I got Sonos wireless speakers (€619, Currys.ie), and can play music from my phone and listen to radio stations all around the world.

Hairdryer

I love my ETI TurboStratos 3800 hairdryer (€59.90, PeterMark.ie) as my hair is really fine so I need a good dryer. Paul Hession (HessionHairdressing.com) looks after my hair, and I recently got it cut short and really love it.

Passport

My passport (standard €80) was the best purchase of all time, because it took me all around the world for 10 years with No Frontiers. I had two passports at one point, a business one and a large personal one (€110), and when I'm feeling nostalgic now that my wings have been clipped, I take out my old passports and look at all the stamps.

Shoes

I'm all or nothing, so I can't go out unless I'm in five or six-inch heels, and can't go walking unless I'm in my walking boots. I have the Office court shoes (€85) in every colour, and love the Carvela range. My most expensive shoes are Christian Louboutin Confusa black patent courts with lacing that I bought for around €800 in Brown Thomas last year. I kind of feel that they're too elegant for me though, and some powerhouse in New York should be wearing them.

Piano

Everyone chipped in to buy me a piano for my 30th birthday, as I wanted one after hearing Eamon Keane and Chris de Burgh playing at The Dubliner Christmas party. I decided I'd become an excellent pianist as I had taken lessons as a kid. But I still can't play a note. My Kawai CN 35 (€1.681, PianoPlus.ie) takes pride of place in my house, and I love when friends who can play it come over.

Gin and tonic

I always drank vodka and slimline tonic, but at a party last Christmas, a girl introduced me to Hendrick's gin and Fever-tree tonic (70cl gin €45.50, OBriensWines.ie) with cucumber and I fell in love. It was really refreshing and different.

Bed linen

I love my bed more than my partner, my family and life itself. I painted my room dark grey, and treated myself to a couple of sets of crisp white and grey Sheridan's bedlinen (Sheridan Hopeton co-ordinated bedding from €23, Arnotts.ie). One of my greatest pleasures in life is chilling in my superking bed. I have a memory foam mattress, which changed my life, and buying it coincided with the fact that I'm in my late 30s and my nights out have now become nights in!

Kathryn Thomas in costume to promote RTÉ Reflecting The Rising, which takes place throughout Dublin on Easter Monday. Kathryn's Pure Results fitness retreats run at Parknasilla Resort, Kerry, during April and May. Call Aisling on 087 441 7090 or visit PureResultsBootcamp.com

How to get Kathryn's favourite things on a smaller budget

Our hair is our crowning glory, and for Kathryn who is currently on screen presenting The Voice of Ireland, having her hair in top condition is essential. We love this lightweight Andrew Barton dryer (€32.99, Argos.ie) with its powerful airflow as its ionic technology provides a frizz-free, high-shine finish.

Kathryn's Louboutin heels are stunning but if, like us, red soles are beyond your reach, why not check out her other favourite brand, Carvela Kurt Geiger. These gorgeous Carvela pink Luxor high heel sandals (€90, Debenhams.ie sale, previously €140) will put a spring in your step.

She may not be in a position to give Billy Joel a run for his money yet, but Kathryn knows that live music truly makes a party rock. If you fancy the idea of becoming a piano man or woman, you could always test the waters by tickling the ivories of this Yamaha PSR-E353 digital keyboard (€218, GoodwinsMusic.ie)

We may have gazed on in wonder, okay jealousy, as Kathryn travelled around the world, but the rest of us can still look good on our annual fortnight in Lanzarote with this Samsonite Base Hits cabin bag (€95.20, ShopLuggage.ie)

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