Saturday 3 December 2016

Style icon Pippa O'Connor: 'I never anticipated my success'

Published 01/04/2015 | 14:19

Ollie, Brian and Pippa
Ollie, Brian and Pippa

Model turned entrepreneur Pippa O’Connor says she never believed her fashion and beauty ventures would take off like they have.

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The 30-year-old launched her lifestyle website Pippa.ie last year and has been busy touring the country to host her popular ‘Fashion Factory’ beauty and styling workshops.

The Kildare native says she is both delighted and grateful that she has acquired such a loyal fan base. Over 65,000 people follow her Instagram account and her website continues to prosper.

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Pippa O' Connor was joined by twins Grace and Sarah Thompson (7) to launch Cadbury's biggest Easter celebration yet. Families can choose from the morning event or the afternoon event. All proceeds from the day are going to Barnardos and can be purchased on website, www.eastereggtrail.com
Pippa O' Connor was joined by twins Grace and Sarah Thompson (7) to launch Cadbury's biggest Easter celebration yet. Families can choose from the morning event or the afternoon event. All proceeds from the day are going to Barnardos and can be purchased on website, www.eastereggtrail.com

“It was just a small idea in my mind that has just grown bigger and bigger,” Pippa told Independent Style. “Almost 400 people attended my most recent Fashion Factory which was great.”

“I am also collaborating with Blank Canvas on a make-up product which will be released In June. It’s all top secret for now but all will be revealed soon,” Pippa teased.

The busy mum-of-one says while fashion is still an integral part of her daily life, she now relies on flat shoes and comfortable clothes more than ever.

“My top tip is to always be organised,” Pippa advises fellow mothers. “I always have a plan for my week so I know exactly what I’m doing, otherwise I can become quite stressed.”

Brian Ormond & Pippa O'Connor as guests on The Saturday Night Show, April 2013.
Brian Ormond & Pippa O'Connor as guests on The Saturday Night Show, April 2013.

 “I don’t really get a lot of downtime,” she admits. “But one thing I always make time for though, no matter what I’m doing, is getting my nails done. I’m a gelish girl!”

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The blond beauty added that luckily her adorable son, Ollie, is well behaved and good at bedtime so Pippa and her husband Brian Ormond can enjoy some downtime in the evening.

Pippa revealed that she is looking forward to an Easter weekend spent with her family. She tragically lost her mother Louise suddenly last October, and she is determined to carry on some of her traditions.

“I have loads of fun memories of Easter. I know Easter isn’t a big deal in everyone’s house but it certainly was in mine. Mum always made a big effort at Easter time,” she said.

“Ollie hasn’t fully discovered the wonder of chocolate just yet. I started eating chocolate at a young age but I’ve been waiting until Ollie is a bit older - there’s plenty of time. It is his birthday next week though so we might treat him to a mini Cadbury Easter egg then,” she said.

Pippa O’Connor is Mumbassador for the Cadbury Easter Egg Trail in aid of Barnardos, which takes place on Saturday 4th April in Merrion Square Dublin.

100 percent of the funds from the sale of tickets go directly to Barnardos to help them in their important work with children throughout the country. To support Barnardos please text ‘BARNARDOS’ to 50300 to donate €4* to a very worthy cause this Easter.

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