Sunday 25 February 2018

Objects of Desire with Jennifer Zamparelli

Jennifer Zamparelli
Jennifer Zamparelli
Vintage shot done by photographer Alex Sapienza
Dog Clip backpack, €40,
An Evil Cradling, €14.59,
Chanel Mademoiselle (€126 for 100ml,
Dermalogica skin refining home masque, €42.10,
MAC Ruby Woo, €20,
Skechers Flex Appeal, €80, Skechers stores nationwide
Pimkie Fringed Backpack, €35.20,
Emily Hourican's The Privileged, €17.99
Rimmel - Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick, €6.99,
Converse All Star Ox Quilted Metallic trainers, €45 sale,

The Republic of Telly and 2FM Breakfast Republic star tells Andrea Smith about her favourite purchases


I'm a little obsessed with trainers and have lots of pairs (Skechers Flex Appeal - Arrowhead, €80, Skechers stores nationwide). I spend my days running around picking up after a little one and going from radio to telly, so heels are a no-no most days. It's difficult to cycle a bike in heels too, plus I look ridiculous.


Like my mother, I love perfume. I often flirt with different ones, but the one scent for me is Chanel Mademoiselle (€126 for 100ml, I've really tried to deviate but keep coming back to this one.


I'm not really a creature of habit, but I'll always have a red lipstick on me. I tend to go for Bobbi Brown or MAC Ruby Woo (€20, It's something that suits me and makes me feel glam, even in my trainers. As they say if it's not broken don't try and fix it, so I'll probably still be wearing Ruby Woo aged 80.


My husband Lau bought me a backpack (Dog Clip backpack, €40, when I was pregnant, and I wear it so much it's almost falling off me. It's handy as it's stylish enough not to look like a schoolbag when I'm on the bike to work.


I love to read all different types of books and there's always one beside my bed. I was really touched by Brian Keenan's book, An Evil Cradling (€14.59,, which is a very dark and disturbing true story about his life in captivity in Lebanon. I liked it so much, I actually became involved in a production of the play in Bristol, which was how I met Lau.


I'm obsessed with Dermalogica products. With the early morning starts on the Breakfast Republic radio show, having to plaster on the make-up for TV, not to mention smoking 800 fags for the Bridget & Eamon series, I need as much help as I can get for my skin. When I don't have time for a facial. I slap on the Dermalogica skin refining home masque (€42.10, to give my skin a boost. It can be pricey, but it's my little treat to myself.


I had the pleasure of getting a vintage shot done by photographer Alex Sapienza a couple of years ago. It was shot using a really old-style camera and the image is on black glass. It's amazing and so different to anything I've ever done before. I normally hate pictures of myself, but I love this one so much I even bought Lau a session (€100-€350, and both pictures hang proudly in our house.

How to get Jennifer's favourite things on a smaller budget

Book-lover Jennifer might like some latest releases, including Claudia Carroll's All She Ever Wished For (€16.99) where Tess is a juror going through a messy divorce, and Emily Hourican's The Privileged (€17.99), a haunting tale of friendship, loyalty and how one decision can decide the future.

Unlike our lovely Jen, who could chat for Ireland, Kate Moss is famous for rarely saying a word in public. However, the popular model certainly lets her lips do the talking with her own range of lipsticks, including this red Rimmel - Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick (€6.99,

When you're up as early in the morning as Jennifer is, you need to be fast on your feet running out the door, not to mention cycling to work and chasing after a lively toddler. These Converse All Star Ox Quilted Metallic trainers (€45 sale, are just the job for keeping the Golden Girl of Montrose moving.

Since her own backpack is on its last legs, it might be time for Jennifer to buy a new one. We reckon that she'll be a very happy wanderer (and on trend), with this knapsack on her back. Pimkie Fringed Backpack (€35.20,

Jennifer recently helped launch 3Money, a prepaid debit card exclusive to Three customers, see

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