The loves of my life... Sonya Lennon
The fashion designer, who is one half of the successful Lennon Courtney brand, chats to Elle Gordon about her favourite people, places and things
My family is a tight and loving unit. It's impossible for me to separate out the elements. We are one thing.
We have a family tradition of going away the week before Christmas. It's a time to say: 'everybody calm down and remember what's important'. The first year we did it, we went to the Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Co Waterford. It was a year of snow. The twins, Evie and Finn, were only seven, and we snuck them into the outdoor hot tub just before dinner. It was minus two degrees outside and everyone's faces were frozen, but our bodies were blissfully warm in the beautiful half-light overlooking the sea. I remember rosy cheeks, the illicit charm of doing something forbidden, and the simple joy of being there together. That picture will be in my head forever.
The moment of the day
At around 7pm, I sit down on my own and journal. I catch my breath, reflect, vision, plan, and exercise gratitude.
The Beastie Boys, I Don't Know, from their album Hello Nasty. My favourite slow songs are by people who offer them rarely.
Oh, so many! But I come back time and time again to The Graduate.
My mum, for instilling in me a sense of independence and a value of work and high self-esteem.
Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco - a great aul' romp.
My printed Lennon Courtney jumpsuit, which lands in Dunnes Stores in January. I love it!
My Opening Ceremony boots - they are killer winter boots with a red lacquered heel.
Two in one - when my iPhone speaks to my Audi, we can all make sweet music together.
I'm learning the ukulele. It's impossible to be stressed while holding a ukulele.
The pet hate
Passivity and fake tan.
The person on whom I can always rely, who makes me feel calm and complete.
The beauty product
I love Kinvara 24Hr Rosehip Face Serum.
I'm hoping to go to India next summer with the family. I think it will be that one.
The piece of advice
The thoughts of doing something are always worse than the doing itself.
Tequila and pink grapefruit, please.
The aforementioned Cliff House Hotel.
Any bar at the end of a long Atlantic beach walk, with a good glass of Guinness and a packet of Tayto.
The part of my body
I am very happy with my hair. I'm generally pretty happy with all of me.
I love Tilda Swinton for her madness, fabulousness, and the way she plays with preconceptions of modern beauty.
Gratitude. I spend time being grateful every day. It is rocket fuel.
Just doing things and forgetting to let everyone else know!
Frankincense. I've been known to loiter outside churches, sniffing the air.
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