Objects of Desire: June Rodgers
The comedian and actress talks to Andrea Smith about her favourite purchases
I'm taking Sophia Loren's advice and investing in my face as I age, particularly as I wear so much make up on stage. I have a microlift facial every two weeks (€68 each or €620 for 10, InnerPeaceBeautyRooms.ie) which takes eye puffiness away and keeps facial muscles firm - it's good to know that one part of my body is actually firm!
I adore gardening but at this time of year when the garden is blown to pieces, very few things are still in bloom. I love visiting garden centres like Doyle's in Cabinteely to buy pots of cyclamen to give it some colour (€2.99 or five for €10, DoylesNursery.com).
I love Rituals 'Spring Garden' home fragrance sticks (€24.50, Arnotts.ie) and have them in the bathroom and sitting-room. The scent is subtle and beautiful and makes the house smell lovely. It's perfect for this weather, when our two dogs Beauty and Poppy are getting wet and smelly out on their walks.
I love London and go there four times per year to see shows, buy fabric and people-watch in Covent Garden. I get such a buzz from live theatre, and recently saw Beautiful: The Carole King Story at the Aldwych Theatre (tickets €21-€100, BeautifulMusical.co.uk) which was amazing. Carole's album Tapestry (€9.99, iTunes) was the soundtrack to my youth, when I was riddled with hormones and singing into the Denman brush (paddle brush, €10.49, Boots.ie).
We have so many happy memories of Sunday lunch at Hunter's Hotel in Rathnew (from €33.50, Hunters.ie) as my husband Peter's late parents, Marjorie and David Lane, went there every week for 57 years and we loved going with them. It's still such a treat for Peter and I, as the staff are so nice and it's really olde worlde and gorgeous, with white tablecloths and lovely cutlery.
I'm such a fussy wine drinker and my favourite is a white chardonnay, Chanson Macon-Villages (€13.99, OBriensWine.ie). If my lovely husband kindly makes a nice cooked meal on my evenings off, it goes down very well with a glass of vino.
I'm fuller-figured, so buying clothes off the peg doesn't always work. I prefer to buy nice bright fabric and have outfits made by great dressmakers, Nina Bandukova and Bert O'Brien. It makes an amazing difference to be fitted for a dress or coat, and also nobody else will have the same outfit. I get a kick out of buying fabric in London and also in WM Trimmings on Capel Street (wool coat fabric, €27.20 per metre, ostrich feather trim, €13.95, Brother L14 sewing machine €109).
The June Rodgers Strictly Christmas Show, Red Cow Moran Hotel, December 17-20 and 27-29. Show and meal from €55, RedCowMoranHotel.com.
How to get June's favourite things on a smaller budget
June has learned that fashion for the fuller figure can be tricky and retailers sometimes err on the side of frumpy, which is why she likes to get her clothes specially made, Happily, fashion-forward big girls don't cry wearing this black and pink mesh-panelled skater dress in sizes 14-32 (€52, YoursClothing.ie).
June might think that it's a jolly holiday in London, but Bord Gáis Energy Theatre has brought the West End to Dublin this Christmas with the spectacular Mary Poppins musical. Running until January 9th, tickets are €35-€68 from Ticketmaster.ie. It's supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
For a festive scent around your home this Christmas, this multi-layered Airwick Life Scents plug-in diffuser "Mulled Wine By The Fire" (€7, Tesco.ie) will fill your house with a warming blend of firewood, clementines and mulled wine. Be careful though, your house will smell so nice your guests won't want to leave.
If your face is heading south (damn you, Father Time!) and like June you prefer to avoid needles, Origins Plantscription Powerful Lifting Cream (€70 nationwide)promises to lift and contour the skin and restore definition.