Wednesday 7 December 2016

Amy Huberman's guide to Christmas: Top seven tips

Published 25/11/2016 | 12:52

Amy Huberman. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall ireland.
Amy Huberman. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall ireland.
Brian O’Driscoll and wife Amy Hubermanpictured at the launch of Newbridge Silverware’s Luna Collection by Amy
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman.
Drop earrings with sun and stars, €25, pendants with heart, pillar and sun, all €30, from The Collection by Amy Huberman for Newbridge Silverware

Actress and author Amy Huberman reveals the seasonal secrets of her stylish Christmas

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My Christmas Day

It has evolved and changed now that I have a family of my own, but it wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t see my mum and dad and my two brothers on the day. Who would they slag mercilessly if I wasn’t there? It’s only fair. We are lucky that all the in-laws are in Dublin so we split the day to spend time with both families. The magic of Christmas has grown exponentially now there are smallies about!

How I celebrate

Brian O’Driscoll and wife Amy Hubermanpictured at the launch of Newbridge Silverware’s Luna Collection by Amy
Brian O’Driscoll and wife Amy Hubermanpictured at the launch of Newbridge Silverware’s Luna Collection by Amy

I love the build-up and buzz of the festive season; catching up with friends and the feeling of positivity and goodwill it brings. We meet up with friends in town on Christmas Eve to soak up the atmosphere and then Christmas Day is all about spending time with family. My in-laws do an annual Christmas quiz which is great fun, and in my house there is a lot of festive movie watching, like Miracle on 34th Street and Love Actually. This is all scheduled around an hourly eating plan obviously!

How I decorate

Newbridge Silverware is incredibly generous to work with and over the past few years I have enough decorations to rival their Christmas showroom! It makes me look incredibly organised as everything matches and looks beautiful. I adore fairy lights too; I’d wrap the whole house and everything in it in fairy lights if I could, husband and children included. But there’s probably a safety regulation about that. I’ve become a competitive tree sniffer too ­always on the hunt for the most Christmassy smelling tree…

Christmas style

Amy Huberman at the IFTA Awards 2016
Amy Huberman at the IFTA Awards 2016

On Christmas Day I’ll wear a comfortable dress, boots, and a big cosy coat. I’ve been lusting over the Joanne Hynes at Dunnes Stores beautiful shearling versions; you could eat what you liked under there and no one would know. You might pass out by the fire but sure you’d be looking super stylish as well as squirreling away a mountain of Quality Street so absolutely worth it… And I’ll be wearing the multi-charm bracelet from The Collection by Amy Huberman with Newbridge.

I was given a gift of the new Giorgio Armani palette and I’ll definitely be indulging in some sparkly eyeshadows over the coming weeks. I also love some of the fun Urban Decay glittery eyeshadows and their blusher in Kinky is really gorgeous and glowy! (You could also achieve much the same blusher look by indulging in some Prosecco so there’s a couple of options there…). I always think a really nice gift is some new PJs – I really love the Calvin Klein sleepwear as they are so soft and light. So hopefully I’ll be in those on the couch on Christmas night!

Christmas carol

The song that will forever be Christmas to me is ‘O Holy Night’. My mum has the most beautiful voice and sings a solo of this every Christmas Eve in her local church. It never fails to give me goosebumps.

Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman.
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman.

Christmas gift

My favourite Santa present was a surprise of a Care Bear cousin called Swift Heart and he became my best-loved childhood teddy. I’ve recently bequeathed them to my daughter and it felt like a surreal experience. But she’s promised to take good care of them!

Christmas lust-have

I love KDK’s cashmere and wool scarves and they have a plain charcoal one that is gorgeous. It would make a nice present for my mum, and then I could handily ‘borrow’ it sometimes…

Be sure to pick up a copy of the Irish Independent's Christmas magazine, Mistletoe, for a 72-page gift-guide filled with festive fashion and food.

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