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Sunday 4 December 2016

Objects of Desire: Anna Daly's favourite purchases

Published 18/03/2016 | 02:30

Anna Daly on TV3's Saturday AM
Anna Daly on TV3's Saturday AM
Ella Woodward's Deliciously Ella, €31.60, Easons.com
Wicklow Wolf American Amber, €3.99, CelticWhiskeyShop.com
Kerastase products from Hession Hairdressing in Drumcondra.
Painting by Lydia Brow.
Nespresso individual capsules €0.36-€0.45 each, assortment of 200 capsules, €77.90, coffee machines €99-€449, Nespresso.com/ie
Nike Max Air trainers, €74.95, Schuh.ie
Keelings daffodils are selling for €1 a bunch in Tesco.
TIGI Bed Head Colour Goddess Miracle Treatment Mask, €14.95, Cloud10Beauty.com
Evening primrose plants, €2.49, Johnstown GardenCentre.ie
Galway Bay Brewery's Of Foam and Fury, €6.39, BaggotStreetWines.com
Miriam Smithers, MiriamSmithersArtist.com

The TV3 presenter tells Andrea Smith about her favourite purchases

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Nike

Given that the nature of my work is quite dressy and I'm in heels a lot, when I'm not working I love nothing more than throwing on my Nike Max Air runners (grey & pink trainers, €74.95, Schuh.ie), wearing comfy clothes and stripping my face of make up. I also do plenty of walking and a bit of running in an effort to stay healthy.

Daffodils

I can't resist picking up a few bunches of Keelings daffodils (€1 per bunch, Tesco) when doing my shopping. They brighten up the house straight away, and there's something lovely about having fresh flowers around the place.

Craft beer

I love a nice craft beer and Wicklow Wolf American Amber (€3.99, CelticWhiskeyShop.com) is my favourite one at the moment. It's brewed in Bray and has sweet caramel and tropical fruit tones. We Irish appear to be boxing well above our weight in the craft beer revolution, so it's nice to support local.

Coffee

I'd be lost without my caffeine hit in the morning, so I make regular trips in to the Nespresso Boutique at Brown Thomas to stock up on the coffee pods. (Nespresso individual capsules €0.36-€0.45 each, assortment of 200 capsules, €77.90, coffee machines €99-€449, Nespresso.com/ie). They have a slick system that tells you what you bought the last time and suggests what you might like based on your previous purchases.

Cookbooks

I love to pick up cookbooks to add to my ever-growing collection and Coast by Rachel Allen (€39.50, Easons.com) is my latest indulgence. I find her recipes are so well laid out and never really fail. Well, rarely anyway! I'm a fan of Ella Woodward's Deliciously Ella too (€31.60) but I need to be in super healthy form for that one. It involves a lot of leaves and berries!

Art

I'd buy a lot more art if I had the dosh. I love this painting by Lydia Brow, (circa €2k) which we bought with a voucher we received for a gallery as a very kind wedding present. I'll never grow tired of taking in the beautiful soft colours she used.

Hair

I consider myself fairly low-maintenance on the beauty front, but the one thing I wouldn't miss out on is getting my highlights done and keeping my hair in good condition. It takes a lot of abuse thanks to my job, so my hairdresser, Paul Hession, of Hession Hairdressing in Drumcondra keeps it in good nick with Kérastase Fusio-Dose hair treatments (€20) and regular cuts, plus a little help to keep it bright (cut and highlights, €189-€210, Hession Hairdressing.com).

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

They say blondes have more fun, but they're far more  high-maintenance - in the  hair stakes! The TIGI Bed  Head Colour Goddess  Miracle Treatment Mask (€14.95, Cloud10Beauty.com)  is a luxurious mask for  colour-treated hair, that  will help Anna's hair to stay as bouncy as her personality. 

Like Anna, we'd all love a nice piece of art around the house. There is stunning artwork to suit all tastes and pockets at the regular weekend People's Art Exhibitions (PeoplesArt.ie) on St Stephen's Green, like those by talented exhibitor Miriam Smithers (MiriamSmithersArtist.com)

Sick of the same old beers and wines? Anna is partial to a nice craft beer, and we love her ethos of supporting Irish. We don't know whether to be enthralled or scared by Galway Bay Brewery's Of Foam and Fury (€6.39, BaggotStreetWines.com) but we like the sound of its chocolate milk stout, Buried at Sea, (€3.49).

Anna is always sunny early in the morning, but if you need help to stop snarling, grow gorgeous evening primrose plants (€2.49, Johnstown GardenCentre.ie) to cheer up your garden (and grumpy face). Bonus: The petals are edible.

Anna co-anchors 'Saturday AM' and 'Sunday AM' on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9-12 noon on TV3

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