Thursday 23 November 2017

The loves of my life... Sophie White


Sophie White. Photo: Tony Gavin
Sophie White. Photo: Tony Gavin

Elle Gordon

Our resident Domestic columnist chats to our reporter about her whims, loves and annoyances.

The person

My mother. She literally wouldn't tolerate not getting the mention here. She's my best friend and my sworn enemy.

The memory

Giving birth - awesome in the true sense of the word. I even got to cut the cord; it was like hacking through a pork fillet.

The moment of the day

Cooking dinner - I have a tiny kitchen, but the whole family crams in because my three-year-old always wants to be in the action and my baby refuses to be left out. My husband makes vodka tonics and we talk about our day.

The song

Ain't Got No, I Got Life by Nina Simone. I love the lyrics of this especially.

The movie

Con Air, always and forever. It's a cracker: great characters, great music, extremely corny but still class.

The hero

My friend Jen. The reasons why are too numerous to detail here.

The book

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin. I read this series set in 1970s San Francisco during my teens and I think it genuinely opened my eyes... mainly to the 1970s gay bathhouse scene!

The outfit

My Confirmation outfit - it was an homage to Gwen Stefani in the Don't Speak video, complete with bindi.

The accessory

Mahooosive hoop earrings from my all-time fave shop, Om Diva, Drury Street.

The gadget

My bicycle. I cycle everywhere and get very huffy if for any reason I have to walk.

The piece of advice

Eat butter (lots).

The beauty product Red lipstick. Or pink. Or orange. I'm big into a strong lip. Eye make-up is too much for me. I attempt a smoky eye and usually wind up looking like Noel Fielding.

The friend

Seb. He's my husband too. I like him well enough.

The holiday

Sainte-Foy in the French Alps - eating, snowboarding and human pyramids.

The pet hate

Making plans. I get antsy about committing to things too far in advance; it's the main reason I nearly jilted my husband.

The celebrity

Simon Amstell.

The drink

Red wine for heated debates, vodka tonics for perspective, Jägerbombs for pure boldness (see human pyramids, above).

The hotel

Inis Meain Restaurant & Suites, Aran Islands. Seb and I went there on our honeymoon. The hotel has a great vibe of understated luxury that works with this wild landscape, and the food is to die for

The bar

The Bar With No Name, Fade Street.

The hobby


The part of my body

My left thumb (I'm a loud and proud thumbsucker).

The virtue

I am incapable of holding a grudge.

The vice

Wasting time - I could go on a deep Wikipedia tangent for hours.

The smell

Newborn baby heads (anybody's - mine, yours, that one over there - just give me a baby to smell, dammit).

The taste

Sea salt dark chocolate dipped in peanut butter.



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