Sunday 26 March 2017

The loves of my life: Rachel Stevens on how Una Healy is her Irish wingwoman

Rache Stevens is a style ambassador for The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival.
Rache Stevens is a style ambassador for The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival.

The singer and coach from 'The Voice of Ireland' on how her husband and daughters are the loves of her life, and why Una Healy is her favourite Irish celebrity.

The person

My husband, Alex, and my daughters, Amelie and Minnie, are always at the top of my leaderboard! Life wouldn't be half as much fun without them. I have a great group of friends and family who I have such a great laugh with too, and I know they're always there for me, and vice versa

The memory

My grandma gave me her diaries from when she was at school. She must have been about 12 or 13 years old, and it was during the war. It's full of memorabilia from that time - cut-outs from newspapers, cinema tickets, and so on, and it gave me a real insight into her life. I treasure her sharing those intimate memories with me

The moment of the day

It depends on the day. I love breakfast, and sitting down with the girls in the morning. We make it and sit at the girls' table to have a breakfast picnic together!

The song

Don't Stop Till You Get Enough, by Michael Jackson. It takes me back to my childhood and makes me want to get up and dance

The movie

Pretty Woman. It's one of my first cinema experiences, and I could watch it over and over again

The hero

I don't really have a hero. There are people who inspire me, but no real hero as such

The book

As a child, I loved James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, and I'm looking forward to sharing that with the kids, and having an excuse to be able to read it all over again

The outfit

My wedding dress. I went out to Israel and helped design the dress with Mira Zwillinger, so I was very involved with the fabric, style and design. Seeing it come together, and then wearing it on the day, only added to the memories

The accessory

I love the gold discs that I wear on my necklace. They have the girls' names on, and Alex bought them for me. They are really special

The gadget

My iPhone

The pet hate

Bitchiness, and people who are narrow-minded. I try to teach the children to be kind, and to explain that everyone is different, and to try and embrace those differences and understand them

The part of the body

My shoulders - which is handy right now, with the trend for off-the-shoulder tops!

The drink

You can't beat a good cup of tea. On a night out, a lychee martini is my go-to drink

The virtue

I like to see the good in people and expect that people come from a good place, but as we handle things in different ways, that can cause conflict. I think I have quite a positive outlook on life

The friend

My best friend is Nicky - we've been friends since school, and we laugh all the time. She has the best sense of humour. She's so kind, and nothing is too much trouble. I can go to her with anything and she'll give me an honest answer and perspective

The beauty product

I'm really fortunate to have picked up lots of tips along the way, through work. I love all my Elemis skincare products. The Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser is really moisturising, and takes your make-up off easily. It makes your skin feel really clean

The holiday

I went to Puglia in Italy with Alex and he proposed to me - the food, the area, the romance of it all . . .

The piece of advice

My mum offers me great advice all the time - she's made me who I am, and I'm grateful to her for that

The hotel

Claridge's is my favourite hotel. It's very old-school and very beautiful. We had our wedding there, so it's extra special to me

The bar

The bar at The London Edition Hotel is lovely. It's busy and good for people-watching, and it has good cocktails

The hobby

Dancing. I don't get to do it as much as I'd like to, but when I do, I absolutely love it - it's great for you physically, and great for the soul

The celebrity

My favourite Irish celebrity has to be Una Healy - she's a great girl, and we have a lot in common. It's been lovely getting to know her - she's been my Irish wingwoman

The vice

I'm a worrier. I think a lot about things

The smell

I love Narciso Rodriguez perfume. I've worn it for over 10 years. I smelt it on someone and I was hooked. Each person that wears it smells a bit different, and I just love it

The taste

Sushi. I love that it's healthy but indulgent at the same time

Rachel Stevens is a style ambassador for The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival taking place at The Curragh Racecourse from June 24 to June 26, and she will form part of The Most Stylish Lady judging panel on Derby Day - Saturday, June 25. See curragh.ie to purchase tickets and for further information

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