We talk to the former Miss World about her favourite purchases.
Day-to-day my schedule is pretty hectic, but every year I make sure to clear my diary for New Year's Eve and the first few weeks in January so that I can travel to Mauritius with my family and husband. It's an annual tradition going back years and I'd hate to miss it. We've always stayed at the Le Saint Geran Hotel (rooms from €339 a night; lesaintgeran.oneandonlyresorts.com), and it's a magical place. This year, we flew with Emirates (return flights from Dublin to Mauritius from €722; emirates.com) - the onboard lounge on the A380 is amazing!
I really rely on my car most days - I'm usually off on a shoot, nipping into town, heading out of Dublin for an appearance, or en route to the airport to catch a plane somewhere for work. So it's pretty much vital for what I do. At the moment, I drive a 2014-reg Volkswagen Beetle (prices from €22,995 volkswagen.ie), which I love. It looks great and has a lovely interior but more importantly it's easy to drive and very fuel-efficient.
I love going out for food with my friends and family. I usually go to Rasam, an Indian restaurant in Glasthule. It has a great selection of vegan-friendly food too (starters from €6.95; mains from €16.95, rasam.ie). I also love Belluccis in Ballsbridge because it has a great atmosphere (pizza from €12.50; pasta from €16; mains from €22.50, bellucci.ie).
Hair, nails & eyelashes
I've been modelling for 12 years now so my appearance and how I present myself is absolutely part-and-parcel of what I do. I've been getting eyelash extensions with Up To My Eyes in Greystones for years and they're the best in the business (€120 for a full set; uptomyeyes.ie). The brilliant Michele Burke always does my nails (€35 for a gelish mani; micheleburkenails.ie) and Ceira Lambert looks after my hair. I use Gold Fever extensions and they're probably my ultimate beauty buy (goldfever.com; prices from €250).
I love to work up a sweat and definitely can't imagine a life without exercise. I love going to BodyByrne Fitness in town for a really tough session a couple of times a week (prices from €65 an hour; bodybyrne.ie). I usually go into Elvery's for my gym gear too as it's an Irish company and they have a really good selection (Nike Pro jog pant, €30, and t-shirt, €23; elverys.ie).
I don't splurge too often on designer clothes - I actually prefer places like River Island, Zara and asos.com - but last year for my wedding I did splash out on a couple of pairs of designer shoes. I bought white satin and lace Louboutins (€595; net-a-porter.com) for our Humanist legal wedding in Dublin, while for the Ibiza ceremony I wore silver strappy Jimmy Choos (€750; net-a-porter.com). But I made sure to choose styles I knew I would wear again and already have gotten plenty of wear out of both.
I've been using a spiralizer for a while now and it's great to see them become more popular. It's a handy gadget for getting more fruit and veg into your diet. I bought mine from juicers.ie (where the Lurch super spirali costs €59.95). I also use a VitaMix for smoothies and juices (from €480; vitamix.ie). There are cheaper machines out there but I use it all the time so it's been well worth the investment.
A roast leg of lamb is the traditional Easter Sunday lunch in Ireland, and a fine meal it is too. But a leg can be expensive and, in my house at any rate, always invites a debate as to how well it should be cooked. My personal preference is for rare, but others like it well-done. Sometimes I win, sometimes not.
The appeal of an open fire is a primal, deep-rooted thing. But whatever about tradition and no matter how pretty they are to look at, they also create a large amount of dirt and they're not terribly efficient. With your average open fire, only 25pc of what's being burnt is coming out as heat into the room. For increasing numbers of Irish people, the cleaner wood-burning stove, which has the pleasing aesthetics of an open fire but with far greater efficiency, has become the stylish alternative
A chilly winter always makes us think of sunnier climes so it's no surprise that the first few months of the year are the busiest for summer holiday bookings. It's always a dilemma whether to book well in advance or at the last minute in the hopes of bagging a bargain.
Food & Drink
It's a truth universally acknowledged that no matter how old you are, a foil-wrapped Easter egg causes frissons of excitement. You don't have to have quit sweets for Lent and you don't have to be a chocolate-lover to appreciate that an Easter egg marks a turn in the year.