Sunday 22 September 2019

The loves of my life: Dervla Louli


Dervla Louli
Dervla Louli
Chloe Brennan

Chloe Brennan

The Trinity graduate and wellness travel entrepreneur chats to Chloe Brennan about her favourite people, places and things.

The person

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My husband, Alister [Musgrave], who is one of the fittest and most disciplined entrepreneurs I know.

The memory

My mum staying up with me until 3am to finish a colouring project that I'd decided to leave until the last minute, when I was about six.

The moment of the day

Coming home after work and spending time with our rescue dog, Clive, who is always ecstatic to see us.

The song

I listen to the extended version of Intro by The xx when I'm working and need to focus for long periods of time. It's about two hours long, with no lyrics.

The movie

About Time is the one that I watch over and over again - the theme song by Nick Cave, Into My Arms, is wonderful.

The book

The Secret Letters Of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S Sharma. The talisman letters at the end of the book act as quite a good compass for life.

The hero

My parents, Maeve and Ami - an adventurous and fun couple who taught me and my siblings that we could do anything if we worked hard enough.

The outfit

A Victoria Beckham jumpsuit, Golden Goose trainers, and a large black Louis Vuitton tote. I buy a lot of embellished and bright clothing, but keep reverting back to this outfit.

The accessory

The Egyptian scarab gold cuff from Karl Lagerfeld's last collection for Chanel; the gold Arabic necklace my Egyptian aunt gifted me, and the peridot cross my dad designed and had made for me for my Confirmation. I also have a thing for duck-egg-blue Smythson-leather office accessories at the moment.

The gadget

I'm never without my laptop, AirPods and iPhone.

The virtue

I'm good at setting and meeting very specific goals that I often write down or visualise. I try just to tackle one big thing at a time, as it's much more effective.

The vice

Anything my mum bakes… she is a master, and the best cook I know. Her date and walnut cake; pear and ginger cake; brown bread and scones are all legendary.

The hobby

I just asked my husband if I have any hobbies and he said, "Work". I've managed to merge my two favourite hobbies - travelling and wellness/fitness - into my company.

The celebrity

I tend to idolise entrepreneurs like Richard Branson, or great editors, like Jo Ellison, over celebrities.

The holiday

I work with over 100 of the world's leading wellness retreats via my company, Compare Retreats. I spent a year working with wellness travel experts curating the list, and all of my favourites can be found there. I just came back from a wellness immersion at Amanoi in Vietnam, and it was incredible. For something very serene for stressed-out minds, you can't beat Vana in India. And closer to home, Adare Manor [in Co Limerick] and Ballyfin [in Co Laois] are very special.

The hotel

The Upper House in Hong Kong is a special place with an incredible team. Designed by Andre Fu and managed by Marcel Thoma and Kristina Snaith-Lense, who are hospitality game-changers, it's a place where I've celebrated a lot of special corporate and personal events.

The pet hate

People playing their phones loudly in public places.

The friend

Mai Rabadi, my next-door neighbour in Saudi Arabia, where I grew up, has been my best friend since I was about four. She taught me to share toys and how to be diplomatic in the playground.

The beauty product

I experiment with a lot of products and treatments, but the one staple has been L'Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara. I've worn it since I was 12 years old. It's the best in the world.

The drink

A strong iced black coffee from Blend and Grind in Hong Kong, or a Butlers hot chocolate on South William Street in Dublin.

The part of my body

I just got a manicure, so my nails are looking pretty good.


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