Thursday 18 October 2018

The loves of my life: Ingrid Hoey, fashion stylist

Fashion stylist Ingrid Hoey.
Fashion stylist Ingrid Hoey.

The fashion stylist tells how her husband is her wingman and why she can sing just as well as Elkie Brooks.

The person

My husband Neil, he's my wingman. I bounce everything off him - not literally, of course, because that would be wrong. He has the patience of every saint you can think of, that's why I adore him

The memory

Asking for a real, live chimpanzee from my parents for my seventh birthday, and coming down the stairs that morning convinced the chimp would be there. It wasn't. I got a dog instead, which I would dress up in my doll's clothes and push in my doll's pram around the house. He hated me

The moment of the day

Getting into bed at the end of every day and saying to Neil, "I was thinking of getting into this bed since 3pm". I think my bed is my favourite place to be. I am obsessed with sleep. If someone could push me to work in my bed, I would be happy to go along with it

The song

Elkie Brooks, Pearl's a Singer. I am convinced I can sing it just as well as Elkie. My dad always played her album in the car, along with Kris Kristofferson. I was Elkie, dad was Kris; that's just how we rolled

The movie

Father of the Bride or Beaches. I whinge at the end of them, every time. I think the wedding planner in Father of the Bride is quite possibly the most entertaining person ever. If someone like him exists in real life, I want to be your BFF

The hero

My daughters Freya (11) and Milla (8), they are the funniest people and the best company you could ask for. I love how they find the humour in just about everything. They are my besties

The book

Grace by Grace Coddington. I must have read it about 50 times. As a fashion stylist, she inspires me so much. Her story is fascinating

The outfit

A black Balenciaga dress that I have for a couple of years; I still love it as much as when I bought it. I got it in Brown Thomas and, cost per wear, I actually owe it money!

The accessory

My small hoop earrings with stars and black diamonds, from Loulerie, Chatham St. They are from Louise [Stokes's] own fine-jewellery line and I never take them out. Most of my jewellery is from Loulerie, or MoMuse in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre

The gadget

I'm going to say my phone because I can't think of another gadget I use more. It's ridiculous how much I depend on it. I'm also old-school though, and still write everything down in a little diary I keep in my bag. If I lost that diary I would have no idea where I'm supposed to be, or even what day it is - slight exaggeration on the last comment

The pet hate

When people are late. It drives me insane. I'm always five minutes early. I wish I could nonchalantly rock up 10 minutes late, but I think I'd break out in a lateness-related rash

The smell

Do Son by Diptyque is my favourite perfume. I discovered it about eight years ago and still wear it every day

The friend

I have a few really close girlfriends, they know who they are. They are the ones you go to when something wonderful, weird or crap happens

The beauty product

Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara. It's the one thing I can't leave the house without putting on, apart from clothes and a pair of shoes, oh, and knickers - always good to wear them leaving the house

The holiday

Our honeymoon around the west coast of America and then onto Hawaii, where I ate the exact same omelette made by the exact same chef every morning. I suppose you could say I'm a creature of habit

The piece of advice

Never eat a banana in public while making eye contact with a stranger. I can't really add or elaborate any more on this point, except to say just never do it

The drink

A chilled glass of Prosecco in the company of good friends. Preferably in an insanely good people-watching place

The hotel

The Merrion. I could happily live there, forever. It's one of those places you walk into and pretend it's your own house

The bar

The Orphan Girl in Wexford. Some of our funniest nights out started and ended there. Most of the shenanigans I couldn't possibly repeat

The hobby

Baking and cooking and then eating the results. We usually bake every Sunday -something totally laden with chocolate and calories

The part of my body

Oh god, really? . . . My eyes, they get darker in the winter and brighter in the summer. Also, that's probably the least narcissistic answer I can give you.

The celebrity

Kate Bosworth. Just everything about her: her clothes, her make-up, her hair. Do I sound like a stalker?

The virtue

Laughing at most situations. I can find the funny side in just about everything, apart from the time I was about 10 and decided to do some tricky moves on my roller skates in St Stephen's Green and ended up in the pond. I didn't find that funny at all

The vice

Laughing at most situations . . . sometimes people don't find the things they do quite as funny as I do. That can land you in a bit of bother

The taste

Pesto sauce by The Happy Pear; I put it on everything. Well, just about everything. I don't put it on baked beans, because that would be gross

Ingrid Hoey is a fashion stylist. She lives in Dublin with her husband, Neil, daughters Freya and Milla, and dog Alfie Instagram: @ingridhoey

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