Monday 24 October 2016

Society: Cindy delivers a healthy start

Published 17/01/2016 | 02:30

Cindy Palusamy launches The Juicery at The Westbury.
Cindy Palusamy launches The Juicery at The Westbury.
Cindy Palusamy, Pat King and Louise Stokes at the launch of The Juicery at The Westbury
Natalie B Coleman and John Paul Dowling at the launch of The Juicery at The Westbury. Photo: Kieran Harnett.
Stunning: Nuala Carey looked stunning in a black gown. Photo: Chris Bellew.
Eunice and Shay Walsh with Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition Gala Ball.
Angelina Jolie Pitt will head to the Marble County as production begins on her upcoming film The Breadwinner.
Actress Eva Birthistle at the launch of the Irish Film Board's 2016 programme.
Tom Vaughan Lawlor is set to return to TV screens later this year.
Just got engaged: Caroline Hanratty.
Stephen Sealy and Shelly Corkery at the Brown Thomas launch, Grafton Street. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Healthy lifestyle consultant, Cindy Palusamy from New York, was the name on everyone's lips this week. She came to Dublin to unveil a menu of healthy drinks she put together exclusively for Dublin's Westbury Hotel.

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When it comes to juicing and nutrition, Cindy is a household name in the US.

She is all about "expert goodness" and, "taste" and as well as founding the international juice bar, 'The Juicery' she penned Juice, Blend, Drink published by Rizzoli which launched at Colette, the high altar of fashion and all things chic in Paris.

My favourite juice at the Westbury last Monday morning was 'Vine', with its fresh green combination of celery, cucumber, apples, spinach, lime, mint and avocado.

"Gone are the days of the 'this must be good for me' approach to health food, our focus is on juices that taste as good as they are for you," said Cindy who has worked with wellness entrepreneurs like Dr Frank Lipman and nutritionist to the stars, Amelia Freer, whose recipes and interview are published in Weekend magazine today. Lots of the local business people from Dublin's creative quarter came to support Monday's launch including Louise Stokes from Loulerie fine jewellery store and I also bumped into fashion designer, Natalie B Coleman who looked positively blooming at seven months pregnant.

People were queuing up to hear Cindy's bon mots and the fate of the humble Brussels sprout which has sky rocketed to superfood stardom - so I jumped at the invitation from Pat King, CEO of the Doyle Collection to meet Cindy midweek at the Westbury's sister hotel in London, The Kensington.

Beautifully turned out London ladies arrived on Wednesday to hear Cindy speak. Another crowd pleaser was Inge Theron who writes the Spa Junkie column in the Financial Times 'How To Spend it.'

I had a chat with three of the Corrs I met - Sharon, Jim and Caroline who told me how much they are looking forward to their tour which kicks off in Birmingham's Genting Arena next Tuesday.

There was a very positive reaction to their White Light album and their beaming faces smiled at me as I whizzed around the London Underground so it was great to catch up with them for a quiet chat before the mad schedule of their tour kicks in.

January highlight at exhibit's gala dinner

By Bairbre Power

The first busy Saturday night out after the festive holidays was good fun, especially if you were a guest at the annual BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition's Gala Dinner.

One of January's finest events saw a host of familiar faces from the worlds of politics, TV, business and science. RTÉ presenter Nuala Carey  looked stunning in a floor length black beaded gown.

TV Presenter and lecturer, Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin MC'd the evening in a fab cherry-red LK Bennett dress. Niamh Townsend, of Dell Ireland wore a sparkling floor length gown, US Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O'Malley and his wife Dena also attended as did RTÉ's Conor Brophy and Martina Fitzgerald.

Chief Executive of BT Ireland, Shay Walsh and his wife Eunice mingled with guests. Eunice might look familiar - she played Fidelma in Glenroe. By coincidence Blaithnaid Treacy who played Miley's daughter, Denise, was at the exhibition broadcasting for 2fm.

Angie for Kilkenny as Lenny heads to LA

By Kirsty Blake Knox

Hollywood humanitarian Mrs Angelina Jolie-Pitt will be heading to Kilkenny town this year as production begins on her upcoming film The Breadwinner.

The animated feature is being directed by Nora Twomey of Cartoon Saloon who says Jolie-Pitt should be swinging by the Marble County once she finishes shooting the rather ominously named Netflix series, First They Killed My Father.

"She's in Cambodia at the moment," Nora said at the launch of the Irish Film Board's 2016 programme.

"So when she frees up she will be coming over. Up to this point I have been going to her, whether that's in London or Los Angeles. So I'm sure she'll be doing some of the travelling now instead of me."

Based on the best selling novel by Deborah Ellis, the film is due for release in 2017.

Cartoon Saloon has already notched up two Oscar nominations with Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells and I have no doubt this will be a firm favourite with the Academy.

Speaking of the Academy Awards, Oscar nominated director Lenny Abrahamson was in flying form as he chatted to IFB chief executive James Hickey and producer Ed Guiney about heading to LA next month for the glitzy ceremony.

Filmmaker Jim Sheridan told a huddle of reporters about his upcoming film The Secret Scripture.

Brooklyn star Eva Birthistle, meanwhile, seemed excited to be working on her first screenplay Little Pictures.

"I was getting sick of the dearth of female roles out there so wrote my own film," she said.

"It's a drama, a dark story about obsession and longing. I'm also acting in the BBC's The Last Kingdom so it's a nice balance."

Award winning actor Moe Dunford caught up with director John Butler who is in the middle of editing Handsome Devil which stars Amy Huberman, Ardal O'Hanlon and Sherlock star Andrew Scott.

Set in a private rugby school, Butler enlisted Huberman's other half, Brian O'Driscoll to choreograph the rugby scenes but says BOD won't be making a cameo in the feature film. "He's behind the scenes - no walk on part I'm afraid." Blast.

'Nidge' to face trial in Pádraig Pearse drama

By Kirsty Blake Knox

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor aka King Nidgey himself - is to return to our goggle boxes later this year.

Vaughan-Lawlor will take on the role of Pádraig Pearse in TV3's series The Trial.

The three part series is being produced by Treasure Entertainment - the team behind acclaimed flick Viva - and will see the movers and shakers of The Rising go on trial in front of a live studio audience.

"It's an imagining of the trials if the leaders hadn't been executed," producer Rebecca O'Flanagan explained.

"The first part will be a dramatisation of the court cases and the final part will be like a live studio discussion." I wonder if Vincent Browne will be in charge?

O'Flanagan is also gearing for her next film project The Flag which stars comedian Pat Shortt.

"It's a comedy heist movie about a man who tries to steal the flag that was raised above the GPO," she said.

"It's based on a true story - and should be fun to shoot."

Annie's exhibit and new fashion

By Bairbre Power

There was only one place to be in London on Tuesday night and that was at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station for a private viewing of the new Annie Leibovitz exhibition.

I missed Annie in Kerry last year when she was shooting for American Vogue in the Black Valley and at Lady's View with actor Adam Driver and international supermodel Daria Werbowy who calls west Cork home. The exhibition of portraits includes the famous shot of a pregnant Demi Moore plus the much talked about first glimpse of Caitlyn Jenner which Annie shot for the cover of Vanity Fair.

Speaking of fashion, there was an insanely energetic crew of fashion lovers queueing outside Brown Thomas for the collections preview. Lots of love for a cream Mugler dress and Victoria Beckham gave Dolce & Gabbana a run for their money when it comes to sexy use of black. Lace!

Shelly Corkery was wearing one of the VB pieces and I was thrilled to hear the store's head of personal and private shopping, Caroline Hanratty, has just got engaged to beau David Lennon. Darren Feeney, who conceptualised the show, uncharacteristically had his foot up after spraining his ankle. Get better soon Darren!

Beauty duo get their claws out with new launch

By Kirsty Blake Knox

It's time to get the claws out.

Mark O'Keefe and Paula Callan - the brains behind one stop beauty shop Brown Sugar - are branching out and setting up a super luxe nail bar.

"It will be called Sugar Coated and will be a luxurious salon," Mark told me this week.

Irish nails bars are having a moment - Saoirse Ronan has been plugging South Williams Street salon Tropical Popical non stop in the last few weeks.

"We thought it was a natural step forward," Mark said.

The Brown Sugar clientele list is pretty glitzy with Gráinne Seoige, Amanda Byram, Jenny Buckley and Yvonne Connolly all making regular stops.

The last few months have been a whirlwind for Mark; not only did he throw open the doors on speakeasy inspired barber shop Sugar Daddy but Brown Sugar celebrated its 10th year in business by giving its flagship store a make over.

Celine Cummins designed the new look. "My brief was simple - I told Celine I wanted to feel like I'd died and gone to heaven," Mark laughed.

"But she got it."

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