Sunday 25 February 2018

The loves of my life: Aisling O'Loughlin, founder and editor, exquisite.ie

Aisling O'Loughlin who has launched her own website, Exquisite.ie. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Aisling O'Loughlin who has launched her own website, Exquisite.ie. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Exquisite.ie website founer Aisling O'Loughlin tells how her three boys are the loves of her life, while admitting a regret over her request for a kiss from George Clooney.

The person

There are three. Patrick, Louis and Joseph, my sons, are the greatest loves of my life

The memory

Asking George Clooney for a kiss on the red carpet and instantly regretting it! He reluctantly obliged, but I really wish I hadn't been so silly - he hates being objectified. I don't know what came over me. So, ultimately, I regret getting kissed by George Clooney

The moment of the day

When I finally get the boys down to bed and savour the sound of silence. Bliss

The song

Hurricane by Bob Dylan. I could put it on repeat all day. It was the only song that helped me run when I was going through a running phase, which lasted all of two weeks

The movie

Singing in the Rain. I could watch Gene Kelly forever - such a beautiful dancer. I love that he choreographed all the routines, and broke the rules of film-making by being so extravagant and by putting on the ultimate show

The hero

Author Louise O'Neill, for blazing a trail about rape culture, and for her perseverance, wit and intelligence

The book

Asking for It by Louise O'Neill, for all that it has achieved in starting a conversation internationally about rape culture. That, and anything by the master of words himself - John Banville.

The outfit

My jimmy jams. They're the only things that fit at the minute. Getting back in shape after C-section number three is harder than I imagined. A bit of exercise wouldn't go astray

The accessory

My Little Bar of Strength 'Success' necklace by Irish designer Melissa Curry

The gadget

My new Canon camera. I bought it for the website, and I love the results - there's no comparison with a phone. I just have to read the manual. Any day now

The pet hate:

People covering their asses at all costs. Very weak

The friend

The fabulous Hilda O'Connor. No matter what is going on in our lives, we always have a giggle

The beauty product

I'm a beauty-product fiend. The one perennial is baby oil to get my mascara off. Nothing else works as well. I'm also having a love affair with Hungarian brand Eminence

The holiday

A trip to Rome, Naples and the Amalfi Coast with my college buddy, Aideen McGrath, many moons ago. Despite one bust-up over hair straighteners, it was one of my favourite holidays. I fell madly in love with Italy

The piece of advice

Jog on. I was a bit shook after a nasty break-up years ago, and this very cool, handsome cameraman from Fashion TV told me to 'jog on'. Those words really registered, and I jogged straight into his arms

The drink

It has to be a glass of cold Champagne with a good friend. It doesn't get any better than that

The hotel

The welcome in The Powerscourt Hotel in Enniskerry is always so warm. A stunning location and a beautiful hotel

The bar

Durty Nelly's. I grew up down the road in Shannon, so Durty Nelly's was part of my weekends in the days when I used to go out and consume more units than recommended. I have great memories of sing-songs around the piano and meeting up with friends

The hobby

I'd love to bring my piano up from Co Clare and learn a few new tunes, and paint some pictures again. It has been so many years

The part of my body:

My hands. They're not manicured or bejewelled, but I like how practical they are: typing, changing nappies, wiping faces, chopping food and putting on make-up

The celebrity

Joanna Lumley, truly Ab Fab! She was one celebrity who really stood out during all my years on Xpose, as she seemed to be interested in meeting me, too! She was genuinely engaged and so naturally funny. Such a star

The virtue

Believing in the old-school principles of honour, loyalty and respect

The vice

Getting up on my high horse about honour, loyalty and respect, considering I'm no saint

The smell

Fig. Whether it be wafting in the breeze in the summer in France, or in my perfume, fig is my favourite scent: soft, understated and deep

The taste

All the things that make me bloat: bread, coffee, dairy. Yum!

After 16 years with TV3, Aisling has just set up her own website, exquisite.ie, covering fashion, beauty, lifestyle and culture

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