Sunday 16 June 2019

The loves of my life... blogger Holly White


Holly White
Holly White

Elle Gordon

From her Chanel handbag to her wonderful wedding day, the blogger tells our reporter all about her favourite things, people and places.

The person

My dad and my husband. In so many ways, they've both taught me so much about life.

The memory

Walking up the aisle on my wedding day. It was lashing rain, and it was chaos the morning of our wedding - then, when I got to the church and saw everyone there, I realised none of it mattered, and loved every second from then on. I've never felt so much love and happiness in my life.

The moment of the day

I love really late at night. It can be my most productive time of the day. I can get a lot done in the hours after midnight, with no distractions.

The song

Bitter Sweet Symphony by The Verve. That whole album - Urban Hymns - actually. It's amazing and timeless.

The movie

Shakespeare in Love.

The hero

My mum, and all the mums out there. I am at the stage where my friends are having babies - I can see how challenging, although no doubt rewarding, motherhood is.

The book

Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom by Christiane Northrup. She is a medical doctor who has an incredibly holistic 'mind, body, soul' approach.

The accessory

My Chanel handbag. I found it in a consignment shop, The Designer Exchange on Dawson Street in Dublin.

The gadget

My Canon G1X camera.

I still haven't fully figured out how to use it to its full potential, but I love it.

The pet hate

Fake people. I don't see what the problem is with saying you're exhausted, sad - or, equally, that you're madly excited or happy about something. I think we all feel the pressure to feel the 'right' way.

The outfit

Jeans, a white T-shirt and a smile!

The friend I've an amazing team of girls who I've been friends with since I was 17. My cousin is also one of my best friends, too.

The beauty product

Yon-Ka Gommage. I have such sensitive skin, and this the most effective natural exfoliator I've ever used. It takes off the dead cells in the most gentle way.

The celebrity

Louise Hay - she is someone I truly admire. Her books helped me develop my intuition and understand life a bit more holistically.

The holiday

A road trip from LA to Big Sur, along the Pacific Coast Highway with my now husband. It probably sounded a bit mad to those around us, as we had only met five weeks beforehand.

The piece of advice

Beauty comes from the soul. My mum said it to me when I was young, and it really resonated with me. I believe that what's in your heart will shine through.

The smell

Jo Loves White Rose & Lemon Leaves fragrance by Jo Malone.

The drink

I love a good glass of Pinot Noir.

The hotel

The Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel in Lisbon, Portugal. We went there for a few days after our wedding, and it's heaven. It is easy to get to, so comfortable and the service is amazing.

The bar

I know it's not a bar in the traditional sense, but Green Beards Juicery in Ranelagh. I met my husband there.

The hobby

Cooking… not every day, but when there's a bit more time, I love having freedom to experiment in the kitchen. It's kind of my switch-off.

The part of my body

My hands. I express myself with them a ridiculous amount, and as a writer, they're also how I earn a living.

The virtue

Kindness and honesty. Since entering my 30s, I'm far less conscious of being cool, and have realised that kindness and honesty are the most attractive things.

The vice

Too much coffee.

The temptation to make another cup when I'm feeling writer's block is always there.

The taste

Fresh Irish strawberries.

Summer personified.

Holly White will be speaking about transitioning to a plant-based diet at Thrive, which is the new wellness area of Groove Festival. Groove Festival takes place in Killruddery House & Gardens, Bray, Co Wicklow, on Saturday, August 19, and Sunday, August 20



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