The loves of my life: Sacha Cahill & Dan Nugent
Entrepreneurs and parents Sacha Cahill and Dan Nugent chat about their favourite people, places and things.
Dan: Our daughter Aurora, for sure. She just turned two, and has us in stitches 24/7.
Sacha: Same. Aurora for me, too.
Dan: We both spent a while living in New York a few years back. I've so many amazing memories from my time there - the constant buzz of energy and opportunity had a huge impact on me. But I'll always remember Stone Street in the Financial District. It's a strip of pedestrianised, cobbled road, hidden between the skyscrapers, and it's crammed full of Irish bars - and Irish people.
Sacha: Living in New York, interning in an art gallery and working in a bar on Stone Street.
Dan: Trainspotting. The soundtrack, the terrifying Begbie, the Choose Life monologue, the toilet scene, and the hilarity among the bleakness all make it an unforgettable piece of cinema.
Sacha: Cool Runnings.
Dan: I think Run the Jewels are the most important act in music right now. Their political and social commentary is spot on and, a year on, I'm still listening to their third album, RTJ3, every day.
Sacha: Wannabe by the Spice Girls.
The pet hate
Dan: Butter! Since I was a child, I've had a weird phobia about butter. Even looking at butter makes me feel a little uneasy.
Sacha: Slow walkers and cold coffee.
Dan: I'm not the most imaginative in the fashion department at all! I'm most comfortable in a pair of Converse, black jeans and a plain white T-shirt.
Sacha: Anything with good shoes. I feel that no matter what you're wearing, if you've got a good pair of shoes on, your outfit will look pulled together.
The beauty product
Dan: Ha-ha - shampoo and shower gel?
Sacha: Elizabeth Arden, Eight Hour Cream. I can't live without it.
Dan: Franciscan Well Chieftain Irish Pale Ale; the best beer in the world.
Sacha: A cold glass of wine in the sun.
Dan: It might be cliche, but it has to be Elon Musk. I love his relentless appetite for solving serious human problems. It's a pity he's not a politician.
Sacha: My mum! Since having a baby I have an even bigger appreciation of her.
Dan: I'm very aware of my addiction to my phone. I'm trying to cut back, but when you're running your business from it, well then, it's a whole lot harder.
Sacha: I recently made the switch from Apple to Android, and I'll never go back.
Dan: I've had problems with my back and just started doing CrossFit to try and straighten myself out. I've heard it's like a cult and I'll turn my back on my friends, but thankfully that hasn't happened yet!
Sacha: My mum is a yoga teacher and she started me young. I haven't kept it up that much since having Aurora and starting [our eyewear company] Ambr, but it's still my favourite hobby.
Sacha: Kindness and honesty.
Dan: Integrity. Believing in your principles and backing them up is one of the most endearing characteristics I find in people.
Dan: 'Going for one.' Cue to afternoon the following day, still in bed with an empty wallet and a sore head.
Sacha: Definitely South America. We started in Colombia and ended up in Brazil, crossing seven different countries, and I wish I could do it all over again.
Dan: Obviously, South America with Sacha is the standout. But in 2016, myself and a few friends bought an old bus, painted it in the Irish colours and drove to the Euros in France. It certainly wasn't for the faint-hearted, but I've never laughed as much as I did in those few weeks.
Sacha: We've both hung around with the same group of friends since primary school; I love them all.
Dan: As someone who spends half their time online, it's definitely my Ambrs.
Sacha: I'm not just saying this, but Ambrs for sure!
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