Jean Butler Dancer: Me Myself & I
'I can't live without my phone, but my hand-held soup blender is up there, too'
Published 23/06/2013 | 05:00
The objects the dancer holds dear to her heart
The book that changed my life
'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 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
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
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 jeanbutlerjewellery.com