Sunday 18 November 2018

Jingle belles

Sally O'Regan

The life of TV3's fabulous five Xposé girls looks like one big round of red-carpet premieres, big-star interviews, designer togs and killer heels.

When the festive season swings round, it's second nature to these gals to transform themselves into Christmas belles. A sweeping of Mac glitter shadow across the eyelids, babydoll curls, and a slick of red lipstick for 'old Hollywood' glamour.

For our exclusive Christmas photo shoot in the Shelbourne, the girls fell on a suite full of gem-bright cocktail dresses, sweeping floor-length pastel gowns and disco-diva metallic numbers.

But is it all-out glamour in their own homes for Christmas? Champers by a roaring log fire or rows over the remote control?

While they were finding the perfect little Christmas number, we asked Lorraine, Sybil, Aisling, Lisa and Karen to tell us about their perfect Christmas...

AISLING O'LOUGHLIN

If you could kiss anyone under the mistletoe, who would it be?

"I was lucky enough to steal a kiss off George Clooney on the red carpet in London this year, so instead I'd fancy exchanging yuletide germs with actor Hugh Jackman."

In reality, who will you be squeezing?

"Let's just say relations between Clare and Leitrim have heated up considerably of late!"

What does Christmas mean to you?

"Christmas is about giving to the poor, spending time with loved ones, and remembering the birth of little baby Jesus. Invariably, it ends up meaning over-indulgence, cabin-fever flare ups and widespread respiratory illness."

What makes for your perfect Christmas?

"Fair play to my mother and father, they make Christmas as perfect as it can possibly be each year. I've been driving home from Dublin to Shannon in Co Clare each Christmas for more than a decade, and I listen to Chris Rea's Driving Home For Christmas at least 10 times."

Who will you be spending Christmas Day with?

"Ma and pa, my sister Caroline, who is flying in from the States, and my sister Rachel, who's returning from London with her husband and their little ones, Daniel and Alice."

What pressies would you like Santa to leave you under the Christmas tree?

"I've no yearning for anything in particular, but we exchange gifts on Christmas Eve and I just love sitting around into the wee hours, drinking and chatting."

What will you wear on Christmas Day?

"I always make an effort on Christmas Day. I'm a fan of granny chic, so I'll probably go for a twin set and pearls. The queen mother is my fashion icon! That probably says that I'm a gal with old-fashioned values... who thinks slightly above her station!"

What would you bring to Christmas on a desert island?

"I'd have to bring the family with me, but we'd probably end up making Lord of the Flies look like a bedtime story!"

SYBIL MULCAHY

If you could kiss anyone under the mistletoe, who would it be?

"A trio of Barack Obama, the Pope and Brad Pitt, obviously for different reasons! If none of them were available then my dad -- he's still the best!"

In reality, who will you be squeezing?

"My husband, John, and my two-year-old son, Hugh."

What does Christmas mean to you?

"Going to Mass in the mornings with my family, and a day in front of the fire with some of my six brothers and sisters and their own kids. It's lots of turkey, The Wizard of Oz, red wine, Champagne, second helpings, wrapping paper overflowing in black bags, smoked salmon on brown bread, calls from American friends, and Father Ted on the telly."

What makes for your perfect Christmas?

"My perfect Christmas would probably be in my family home, but since there are so many of us we haven't been all together for Christmas in about 10 years!"

Who will you be spending Christmas Day with?

"My mum, dad, three sisters, two uncles, nieces, nephews and whoever else is free."

What pressies would you like Santa to leave you?

"In a perfect world, I would get a lie-in that would only be interrupted by my husband as he presented me with a pair of Jimmy Choo's sparkly shoes!"

What will you wear on Christmas Day?

"I will probably wear a dress by Betty Jackson or Jasper Conran, two designers in Debenhams who I buy a lot from. Their dresses make me look kinda thin, depending on what stage I am at with the box of Ferrero Rocher."

What would you bring to Christmas on a desert island?

"Lots of sunscreen, my mobile phone so that I could wish everyone a happy Christmas, a TV so that I could watch A Christmas Carol, It's a Wonderful Life and Some Like It Hot, and, of course, the Ferrero Rocher, After Eights or tins of Roses."

KAREN KOSTER

If you could kiss anyone under the mistletoe, who would it be?

"It would be the garda who didn't give me penalty points the other day, despite me being on my phone. I should put a hands-free kit on my Christmas list."

In reality, who will you be squeezing?

"My five-year-old niece, Ella. She's very squeezable."

What does Christmas mean to you?

"Time out from a frantic work schedule. It's having full days to spend with friends and family, giving gifts that light up people's faces, and getting knee-deep in a tin of Cadbury's Roses."

What makes for your perfect Christmas?

"Christmas Eve would be spent in a pub in Dalkey village, catching up with friends. I'd wake up on Christmas Day, bright as a button, and head to Mass with the family, where we'd get seats at the front despite arriving late. Then back to the house for a glass of Champers, eating my own weight in turkey and ham, and a big nap."

Who will you be spending Christmas Day with?

"Mum, dad, my brother, Greg (who's threatening to cook this year), my sister, Zoe, her husband, Tiernan, and my niece, Ella."

What pressies would you like Santa to leave you?

"My fantasy presents would be limited edition Christian Louboutins, a Chloé handbag, and a year's subscription to US Weekly magazine. In reality, maybe a warm coat, as I seem to be constantly freezing these days."

What will you wear on Christmas Day?

"I like to wear jeans, knee-high boots and a pretty top. With work, I wear a lot of dresses and glitter, so I like to be more low-key when I'm hanging out at home. I think my outfit would say, 'Who's for another Cadbury's Rose?'"

What would you bring to Christmas on a desert island?

"Fairy lights! I'm fanatical about them."

LISA CANNON

If you could kiss anyone under the mistletoe, who would it be?

"I have to be very careful about who is reading this, but if you were to twist my arm, then I would have to say Joaquin Phoenix."

In reality, who will you be squeezing?

"A man who pips Joaquin to the post has to be my boyfriend, Sean; he's a treat and a half!"

What does Christmas mean to you?

"Christmas comes with mixed feelings for me, a sad time of the year coupled with the elation of giving and loving. I always think of the people who are spending it alone or who have lost loved ones. I lost my beloved mother in November so this Christmas will be very difficult."

Who will you be spending Christmas Day with?

"My father, grandmother and my faithful, fluffy LuLu."

What pressies would you like Santa to leave you?

"Mary Poppins, so she could cook the Christmas dinner and clean up, John Lennon, so that he could serenade me, and Willy Wonka, so that he could deliver hand-made scrumdiddlyumptious chocolate to my doorstep."

What will you wear on Christmas Day?

"I will be in my Bridget Jones PJs and enormous slippers made for five-year-olds for most of the day, but for Mass and Christmas din-dins I'll be in a red dress. I reckon that makes me a traditionalist."

What would you bring to Christmas on a desert island?

"My real tree, as I hate fake trees -- so pointless, tons of little funny decorations from Germany, as they have the wooden handmade ones that I adore, and a big stocking to hang on my coconut tree."

LORRAINE KEANE

If you could kiss anyone under the mistletoe, who would it be?

"Santa Claus, of course!"

In reality, who will you be squeezing?

"Myself... into a little black dress after all that turkey, ham and mince pies!"

What does Christmas mean to you?

"It's a time for family. Special, uninterrupted quiet moments. Everyone has become so busy, it's a time for overdue reunions."

What makes for your perfect Christmas?

"No traffic, no queues, no mobile phones, no laptops, no deadlines and no plans."

Who will you be spending Christmas Day with?

"My husband, my girls, and my mother and father-in-law."

What pressies would you like Santa to leave you?

"Anything with a red sole or double Cs on the box!"

What will you wear on Christmas Day?

"A dress I designed with my design partner, Michelina Stacpoole. It's a knit dress so it will be cosy as well as glamorous and easy to wear." (www.stacpoolekeane.com)

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