Saturday 30 August 2014

Jean Butler Dancer: Me Myself & I

'I can't live without my phone, but my hand-held soup blender is up there, too'

Jean Butler and her granny May
Jean Butler thinks you should always surround yourself with people who are smarter than you.
A locket from Jeans' first jewellery collection.

The objects the dancer holds dear to her heart

The book that changed my life

Jean's bespoke Roger Vivier shoes.

'Must You Go?' by Antonia Fraser (1) – it's an amazing love story and memoir.

The best advice I've ever received

Always surround yourself with people who are smarter than you.

The film I've watched again and again

'The Hours'.

Must You Go by Antonia Fraser is the book that changed Jean's life.

The song I want played at my funeral

'Let's Dance' by David Bowie.

The scent that evokes pleasant memories

Peonies, as they remind me of my wedding.

The piece of furniture that will become an heirloom

Our gorgeous O'Driscoll Design red-felt armchair.

The picture that is worth a thousand words

One of my gran and me in her garden in the West of Ireland (2), taken by my husband before he was my husband.

The items that take pride of place in my wardrobe

My bespoke John Shevlin hats and a pair of Roger Vivier shoes I bought for my sister's wedding (3).

The sentimental piece of jewellery

The locket (4) from my first collection, the May Collection, for Jean Butler Jewellery. I wear it everywhere.

The gadget I can't live without

Certainly my phone, but my hand-held soup blender is up there, too.

The item I'd save in a fire

My husband.

The characteristics I like most and least in myself

Most, my work ethic; least, my impatience.

My first kiss

Keith Brown behind the shed in the playground, but Billy a few years later is the one I remember more.

The last time I cried

Last week.

It was the best of times

Anything that involves my husband, family and friends, long country walks, good food and better wine.

It was the worst of times

Saying goodbye to my gran in Mayo when I was moving back to New York. It was the last time I saw her.

The person I call when things go pear-shaped

My husband, always, and then my sister.

My death-row dinner

Scrambled eggs on toasted ciabatta with Kerrygold butter, truffle, Parmesan and rocket.

The pet peeves

Ignorance and rudeness.

Jean has just launched her third jewellery line, The Meadows Collection. From stockists nationwide and

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