Saturday 24 March 2018

The loves of my life: Milliner Martha Lynn

Martha Lynn. Photo: Kevin Abosch
Martha Lynn. Photo: Kevin Abosch

From a love of Goodfellas to a weakness for Tayto crisps, milliner Martha Lynn details the loves of her life.

The person

My mum. She is a tower of strength and is so supportive, motivating and inspirational. I feel like I won the mum lottery

The memory

Childhood birthday parties. I've so many fond memories of balloons, cakes and face-painting! I loved it all

The moment of the day

My first coffee. It sets me up for the day. It's like a ritual

The song

Come On Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners. It reminds me of summers as a kid, full of great fun and memories

The movie

Goodfellas. I'm a sucker for a dramatic gangster movie! I have watched it way too many times

The hero

My brother. The bravest person I have ever met

The book

The Road Less Travelled by M Scott Peck. It's my go-to self-help book. I learn something new every time I pick it up, it's thought-provoking

The outfit

There is nothing I love more than getting dressed up and going to the races. I love planning the outfit. I seem to have a weakness for a red dress. Thankfully, I can make the hat to compliment the outfit - perks of the job, I guess

The accessory

Hmmmm . . . let me see, a hat! My all-time favourite hat has to be the Mondrian Hat. For me, it represents when I really discovered my own unique style as a milliner

The gadget

My phone. As much as I hate to admit it, my phone is an extension of my arm. I do think it's important to take a little break every now and then, and do a phone-free day

The pet hate

I have a very low tolerance for poor table manners. There are no excuses

The friend

I am fortunate enough to count some of the most amazing people as my close friends. This is one of my favourite quotes about friendship, "Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything" - Muhammad Ali

The piece of advice

Whenever I get nervous or scared, I tell myself, 'feel the fear and do it anyway'. My mum used to say it to me as a child

The part of my body

My hands. Without my hands, there would be no hats

The beauty product

Red lipstick. It's the ultimate beauty product. Everyone who knows me knows I won't leave the house without it

The holiday

I'm very fortunate to have been on many incredible adventures, but my favourite has to be to San Sebastian, Spain. It was a holiday that ticked all the boxes. Sun, sea, sand, incredible food and wine, a little shopping, fun and relaxing

The drink

A Pornstar Martini. The sweet vanilla and vodka flavours are balanced by the sharpness of the passion fruit and complemented by a shot of Prosecco. Everything you want in a drink

The hotel

The W, Montreal. I love modern hotels, but not those that are too clinical or cold. The W is beautifully designed and finished, and it's contemporary with a boutique feel. The service and staff are incredible, too

The bar

Although you definitely won't get a Pornstar Martini there, O'Brien's on Leeson Street has to be my favourite pub

The hobby

I'm a well-known night-course addict - that's where my millinery journey started - and I love printing; etching in particular. And stained glass, too

The celebrity

Daphne Guinness. I am a big fan, for lots of reasons. She is a big hat wearer, but she also seems to have an air of mystery about her. She would definitely be at my celebrity dinner party

The virtue

Manners. I think the importance of manners is underestimated. It almost seems like a dying art these days. There is nothing more admirable than good manners

The vice

A bag of cheese and onion Tayto. What can I say? I also find it hard to say no to a Tayto sandwich - fresh white bread is essential. It's a weakness

The smell

Freshly cut grass! There is nothing like walking through Herbert Park on a spring day when they are cutting the grass

The taste

Etto on Merrion Row sometimes has semifreddo on the menu. It's a half-frozen dessert and, trust me, it's to die for! It's by far the best dessert out there. Yum


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