Wednesday 28 September 2016

Cassie Stokes, Xpose TV presenter on the loves of her life

Published 30/05/2016 | 02:30

Morning person: Xpose presenter Cassie Stokes.
Morning person: Xpose presenter Cassie Stokes.

Her sister and memorable lunches with her grandparents feature highly in the Xpose presenter's loves of her life.

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The person

My sister, Alex, better known as the younger version of me. We laugh a lot at absolutely nothing. She is also one of the most inspiring people I've met; for such a young lady, she seems to have it all figured out - Alex is the ideal little 'big' sister

The memory

Lunch, in the summer, with my grandparents, in their back garden. I travel back in time to that memory a lot. The ham and salad was always amazing, and my granddad would have great stories. I'd usually be wearing one of his hats, which would be miles too big for me

The moment of the day

The morning. Yes, I am one of those annoying morning people. I am happier than your average person in the morning, and people usually hate me for it. I think the reason I'm so happy is because I get to eat again!

The song

Mr Brightside by The Killers. As soon as that song comes on, my feet think I'm on a trampoline, and I dance like I'm a puppet for the whole duration of the song!

The movie

The Holiday. I am a sucker for a romantic comedy that I can watch again and again, up to 400 times. I also still laugh at the jokes. Sad, but true

The hero

My grandma, Anna. She's 90 and still knows more celebrity news than I do. I've learnt a lot from her, mainly how to be forgiving and loving, no matter what. She's also the only one who can slag me and get away with it

The book

Tina Fey's Bossypants. Tina Fey is one of my all-time favourite comedians, and that book is the perfect way to relax and laugh on your own. I like to laugh!

The outfit

My favourite H&M jumpsuit and Converse - I feel like every great day starts when you put your feet into a pair of Converse

The accessory

My baby bracelet that says 'Cassie'. My grandma got it for me when I was born. She couldn't fit 'Cassandra' on it, so that's when they started calling me Cassie. I think I lucked out on that one - what kind of baby looks like a Cassandra? I feel like it's a name that you grow into in your 40s

The gadget

My phone. Let's not lie, I stare at that screen for the majority of my day. It's the first thing I look at in the morning, and the last thing I see at night - it's basically my other half

The pet hate

Cats. I don't like cats. That is literally my pet hate, even if it doesn't make any sense

The part of my body

The hole in my face that people like to call a dimple - it's the first thing you see when you meet me

The virtue

Not to take life too seriously, and to be forgiving. I think it's something we all need to learn more about. People will always make mistakes, and forgiveness is one of the hardest things to be good at, at times. Not taking life too seriously helps in those situations

The friend

Christina Moran - she's my 'bff', as the kids would say these days. We call each other Darla, because of a story we made up when we lived in Vancouver for a summer. She's a ridiculously hard-working lawyer, who still manages to find time to make me a smoothie every morning. She's another inspiring person in my life, who is way too intelligent to be hanging out with me!

The beauty product

Foundation, because, let's face it, we all look a bit better with foundation. And also mascara, and blusher. Let's just say make-up in general

The holiday

Skiing, preferably somewhere with snow. I feel like skiing is one of those holidays when you can truly log off from emails and

so on, because you have to in order to make it down the slope without skiing straight into someone

The piece of advice

I always loved "people may doubt what you say, but will always believe what you do" -basically, stop talking about it and get it done. It helps in situations like ordering a pizza - I don't just talk about it, I do it!

The drink

Beer. I love beer. I only started drinking it about two years ago, but now I'm into my pale ales, and anyone who knows beer knows that that's a big step! Other than that, I love a good G&T, with lots of cucumber and pepper

The hotel

My mom's house - it's located in Dublin, they usually only have room for one extra guest, but breakfast is delicious and you have to clean up after yourself!

The bar

I love a good dive bar. Forgtmenot in NYC is one of my favourites. In Dublin, I'd have to say the Bernard Shaw

The hobby

Snapchatting - I'm a sucker for a good Snapchat. I do annoy a lot of people with it, mainly my grandma; she features in a lot of my Snapchats. Follow me at cassiestokes3 and watch my grandma get annoying when I put filters on her face!

The celebrity

Kristen Wiig. She's so talented and I love pretty much all her movies. I love her style of improv, even her old-school YouTube videos are hilarious, especially the 'Confessions of a tooth fairy' one

The vice

I can be quite stubborn at times. I think I have my dad to thank for this trait - thanks, dad!

The smell

Freshly cut grass, it reminds me of the spring. The only downside is, as soon as I smell it, I reach for an antihistamine because I get really bad hay fever. I basically have a cold for the summer!

The taste

Chocolate - I have a sweet tooth for Irish chocolate, Cadbury's in particular. One square and I'm in heaven, 10 squares and I'm in trouble, because I'll be too full to have dinner!

Instagram: @cassiestokes

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