Leslie Ann Horgan: 'Back off Lena - birthdays are not something to be leaned into'
Even as an adult, you get the feeling. From the instant you wake up, there's an internal fizzing of nerves that tells you this day is something special.
Even as an adult, you get the feeling. From the instant you wake up, there's an internal fizzing of nerves that tells you this day is something special.
And so the big day has come and gone. After a wait so long that enthusiasm had turned to impatience, and even the most breathless of...
It's arrived: the musical collaboration that no one has been waiting for. No, I'm not talking about...
With all of the countdown fuss for the birth of the royal baby, it's easy to forget that it's only been a year since the last imperial infant came along.
It won't be the first time you've heard that the key to weight loss is cutting out drinking. This time, however, it's not sugary vino or calorie-laden...
The boxer is on the ropes, the overrun team are being punished in extra time, the competitor is down and receiving some swift boots to the stomach - at what point do we call stop? I personally made that call about 100 times last Sunday night, but it seems that yelling at a TV screen is not enough and so I'm committing my plea to print: please god, someone put a stop to Dancing With...
Perhaps it's because of Trump and Brexit and everyone harking back to simpler, happier times, or maybe the well of inspiration has simply run dry. Whatever the reason, Celebland seems to be caught in a sustained period of nostalgia.
"No question is too great and nothing is too difficult to do for our guests," Helen Heaton says of her business philosophy.
Birdsong and butterflies punctuate the air over the wildflower meadow ahead, which melts into rolling green fields that in turn become a shimmering sea.
So there they are, the brightest and best among us singled out for all to see. This week saw the publication of the annual Forbes magazine 30 Under 30, an inventory of the cream of youthful global talent across 20 industries.
There's an abundance of trend predictions for 2019 floating about this week; from the foods we'll eat and the clothes we'll wear, to the rising stars of screen and stage who'll capture our attention.
The remains of the turkey's been curried, the straggler gifts have been given and on Monday we'll see out the old year, and with it the last of the...
It was a photobomb of another kind. On Wednesday, Claire Rothstein, founder of Girls.Girls.Girls magazine posted an image from...
What sort of present can you expect to get from your friends this Christmas? A pint at the local? A book you've been dying to read? That lip gloss you covet but would never splash out on for...
The best parties don't just happen - a bit of pre-planning can make sure that every bash is a success, writes Leslie Ann Horgan
Poor auld Khloe Kardashian. While I can't exactly say that I keep up with her glamorous sisterhood, just like Brexit, weather warnings and all things Meghan Markle, there are some stories that you pick up by osmosis. So, with apologies to any knowledgeable uber-fans who may be reading this, from a distance it seems as though Kim is the famous one, Kourtney is the mean one, Kylie is the smart...
My first thought on seeing the magazine was "about time". On the cover of British Vogue's May edition is the inimitable 81-year-old Jane Fonda with the words "The Non-Issue" written underneath. For a couple of seconds I thought that the headline meant just that; this was an edition not focused on any one particular social, political or ideological issue. "What a relief," I thought. What a...
A few weeks ago, I wrote about Dancing With The Stars in this column. How I wish now that I'd taken the time to include my long-predicted victory for Mairead Ronan - is there anything worse than a missed opportunity for gloating? Anyway, in the days following the publication of the piece, something strange began to happen. In moments when I was alone, friends, family members and colleagues started to sidle up to me, quietly seeking my confidence.
In my house, we begin the week with what we call 'Monday night trash'. After the effort of that first day back at work each week, we like to settle into the couch with some simple carbohydrates and some undemanding viewing.
The instant I saw the dress, I knew that I had to try it on. The cut was exactly my style: no frills, just clean lines, in a heavy crepe that fell to a couple of inches above my knee. It had sleeves (why are they so frustratingly hard to find on dresses?) at three-quarter length, meaning that I could wear it before summer without the need for a cardigan or second layer. And it was a holy grail dress,...
The movie's plot is a familiar one. In the opening act, we see a plucky young man, blessed with some good looks and a seedling of talent. Determined to make more of himself, he leaves the war-torn land of his birth and travels to the States in search of something bigger - new hope, new life, New York.
In the soap opera that is Celebland, there's a predictable cast of characters. We have regular appearances by the business magnate (Mark Zuckerberg), the community leader (Meryl Streep), the rebellious youth (Justin Bieber), the hot guy/girl (Chris Pratt/Margot Robbie), the elderly bore (Bono), the princess (literally Meghan Markle) and the light relief (Mariah Carey). And then...
I suppose that I have to like her now?
Ah Hollywood, that magical place where the world's most beautiful people fall in love, break up, then make up - and all before they get anywhere near a movie lot. But while any old stars can become an item, this week actor Anna Faris broke the mould when she proposed to marry her ex-husband, Chris Pratt. Now I know that's hardly new - Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton had a...
The first big-hitter of awards season passed us by this week, giving us little in the way of controversy. Aside from an unexpected Best Picture win, some amusing product placement by a plucky promotional model for a bottled water brand was the height of the Golden Globes excitement.
Forget Seann and Katya and their Strictly snogging, this week saw a celebrity kiss that caused a reaction on social media that a lazy writer could liken to the weather we've experienced in the past few days. There was nothing illicit about this particular pucker, however. Instead, it was a true love's kiss shared by two people who are clearly besotted by each other - David Beckham and his...
Have you been up since 6am, feverish with excitement, operating two laptops and a phone at once, desperately trying to remember your Paypal and Verified by Visa passwords? Or did you spend the night shivering in a camping chair outside Power City with only a flask of tea and the dream of a heavily reduced 60in smart TV to keep you warm? Welcome to Black Friday - a day dedicated so...
You've heard the tale of the Poor Little Rich Girl, now let me introduce you to a parable for our times: that of the Poor Little Hot Girl. Margot Robbie - she of the endless legs and vertiginous cheekbones - is featured on the cover of the latest edition of Harper's Bazaar, which hit shops this week. The Australian star was interviewed to promote her latest project, Mary Queen Of Scots.
This week sees the surprising re-emergence of a female pop sensation from the past… and, no, it's not the Spice Girls. Today, Cheryl Cole releases - or 'drops' as it's termed in the Spotify age, which must mean that 'the cloud' somehow cushions the fall - her new single, 'Love Made Me Do It'.
Perhaps it is because I spent the weekend in Oxford absorbing all of the ancient magnificence while a local resident scoffed at the tourists taking photos of a “modern” bridge — “For god’s sake, it was only built in 1913!” Or perhaps it’s because the clocks went back while I was there and I enjoyed an extra hour of sleep, very possibly for the last time due to the EU Commission’s proposal to dump...
Once upon a time - or, earlier this week, to be exact - feminism and fantasy collided when actor Kirsten Bell spoke about her concerns over the message that fairytales send to impressionable girls.
I saw two things on television that left me taken aback this week - unfortunately neither was in the course of a Presidential Election debate. The first shock came courtesy of the Backstreet Boys who gave a guest performance on the Strictly results show. There may have been mitigating factors, but on the surface, it seemed time has not been kind to the group's vocals, dance skills, wardrobe...
With the distractions of illicit Strictly snogging and today's second division royal wedding, it may have escaped your notice this week that Johnny Depp got dumped.
I cannot believe that it has escaped me until now. They should deploy air raid sirens or those public warning texts to relay news this joyous, this entertaining, this downright ridiculous to the masses. (Incidentally, what are the odds that Trump will sync his Twitter pronouncements with the Emergency Presidential Alert texts now that he's got the system up and running?) Michael Flatley is making a movie.
I was somewhat bleary-eyed as I scrolled through my phone on the bus to work earlier this week, trying to coax my brain into waking up with some tidbits about the wider world. It was too early to compute housing figures and Brexit was liable to put me back to sleep, but buried among the celebrity news I found a sentence that made me sit up straight. "These are actually, in reality, small events that take place," actor Justin Theroux told The New York Times. I spluttered incredulously, rubbed my bleary peepers and re-read the piece. Had he really just referred to his...
Was there, I wonder, a red weather warning issued in Wroclaw this week prior to the arrival of the thundering and frosty Hurricane Roy? On Tuesday night, the Irish soccer team took on Poland, with the 1-1 result somewhat helping to soothe the sting of previous defeats. The match may have been a friendly, but it attracted plenty of attention due to the less than cordial situation in the Ireland...
There were two big fashion takeaways from last weekend's Electric Picnic. The first was that glitter is in - on girls, on guys, on teens, on grandparents, in hair, in beards, in elaborate face paint, in packets to be flung in the air as you dance. The second was the emergence of the power bra.
I couldn't believe how quickly it came back to me. Though it had been more than a decade since I'd last pulled on my shoes, as soon as I stepped out onto the wooden floor it all came flooding back in an instant. All of the days that I'd spent learning steps, all of the weeks I'd spent honing technique, all of the months I'd spent memorising routines and all of the years that I'd spent perfecting style came bubbling up from under the surface… And so I promptly spun the wrong way and tripped, rather appropriately, over my own left foot.
It's a truth universally acknowledged that the weather is this nation's favourite obsession. But there's another 'w' that holds our fascination every bit as much as meteorological contortions (and even Jean Byrne's latest frock): weddings.
Usually, when you're doing an interview, you start with some gentle queries to ease your subject in. Today, however, I'm skipping the pleasantries and going straight to the big question: can being organised really change your life?
'I wouldn't have picked it, but I actually love it," laughs Roisin Lafferty. "It's opulent, luxurious - and quite dramatic!" We're talking, of course, about Ultra Violet, the shocking purple shade that international colour institute Pantone has announced as its colour of the year for 2018.
In front of me stands a snowy-haired man with a fur-trimmed hat and a twinkle in his eye.
'The most important thing about a Christmas wreath is that it's something lovely to come home to," says Ruth Monahan. "It's very welcoming when you come home on a dark day in December.
"From today your weekend is different," read the bold pronouncement on the front page. It was November 15, 1997, and the Irish Independent was launching an exciting new product - a stylish new magazine that would come free with each Saturday's newspaper.
I'm sitting face to face with my nemesis. This torturer, in studded black leather, is a source of great pain and anguish in my life. Time after time I've been left bruised, blistered and burned after our encounters. And yet, I keep going back for more, because I have no other options… And because I spent €235 on this pair of boots and I'm determined to get my wear out of them.
It's hard to tell which gave me the bigger thrill: waving down at the tiny beachgoers as we glided out of Fort Lauderdale and into the open sea, or walking through the Windjammer buffet for the first time and salivating at the Wonka-worthy array of food there for the taking.
Ihave decided to start a matchmaking agency. To sign up there's no heavily-filtered selfie or witty/flirtatious description of your interests required. Instead, I'll be looking for people who are in full-time, permanent employment with a clean credit rating and no loans. Those with a history of regular rent payments and a steady build up of savings are highly sought after. Sensible spender...
Kirstie Allsopp - finder of houses, maker of crafts, wearer of tea dresses - is something of a girlcrush of mine. It's a soft spot that I know to be shared by many women of my acquaintance, not least my godmother, for whom Kirstie is a deity made of glossy-haired flesh and straight-talking bone. So it's, well, crushing, when Kirstie answers my first question - is she comfortable being hailed as a domestic goddess? - with a flat "NO". There's a beat of silence, where I mentally flail about looking for a follow-up question, before her raucous laugher comes rolling down the line from London.
What do I remember about my Leaving Certificate? I remember stacks of books summarised into pages of notes, shortened to flash cards, then dissected by highlighters. I remember every word of the three CDs I used to block out background noise while I studied. I remember my hands stained blue with biro ink that wouldn't wash off.
Brian O'Driscoll's face crumples, not into that familiar smile - its ratio of bashful to beaming so endearing - but instead into a look of disdain. I've just suggested that the former Leinster, Ireland and Lions captain might be considered Ireland's greatest 'influencer'.
The north Dublin coastal village of Portmarnock gives Malahide a run for its money, writes Leslie Ann Horgan.
It's a truth universally acknowledged that a twenty-something woman in possession of a good career must be in want of a husband. At least that's the universe occupied by high-flying PR Anna Rose and the glam-pack of London…
These fun décor touches will turn any kid's bedroom into a playground (and delight your inner child too!).
You can almost hear it, can't you? In the photos, four women in skirts and heels - a splash of red here, a string of pearls there, bright smiles universal - stride purposefully across the street. If the song wasn't actually playing in the background, it should have been: 'HERE COME THE GIRLS!'
It may have taken EL James's book - or, indeed, Jamie Dornan's abs - to remind the wider world that there are many shades of grey, but for interiors enthusiasts it's long been the neutral of choice. In previous seasons it's been the darker hues, such as slate and pewter, that drew attention, but this spring sees a new passion for softer, warmer greys. From oak or laminate flooring in soft silver...
I bought a new dress.
The idea behind taking on the Little Black Dress Challenge was to get in shape for Christmas, so that I was both looking and feeling good for December's many festive social occasions. However, the party started without me.
I have officially fallen off the wagon. Well, in a manner of speaking. Alcohol is the last thing on my mind this week, but so too are healthy eating and exercising. The cause is a throat and chest infection, which dragged me down until I ended up a coughing, shivering, voiceless shell.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… Well that might be a tad dramatic but Saturday night did tell a tale of two mindsets for me.
I am angry. Emphatically punctuated angry! Furrow-browed, crimson-faced emoji angry. All caps ANGRY. If anger is a red mist then my current level is the kind of deluge that would make Teresa Mannion shriek about unnecessary journeys.
Dubrovnik is Croatia's most famous destination, but Leslie Ann Horgan finds a home from home on the Istrian peninsula.
It's the body-conscious city that's produced thousands of food and fitness trends… Leslie Ann Horgan tries clean living in Los Angeles.
Autumn has arrived - at least in the stores, where the new season's interiors have landed. After all of the whites and brights of summer, things have taken a decidedly more moody turn, with dark shades being the order of the day both in furnishings and accessories.
A journey to die for? Leslie Ann Horgan takes a luxury trip on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Interior stylist and soft furnishings designer Sarah set up her own business, Shady and the Lamp, in 2012. From a workshop in Dublin 8, her team both restores and creates custom lampshades.
Leslie Ann Horgan checks into Dublin's new InterContinental Hotel for a short and sweet city break.
'So what do you feed All-Ireland winners?" Maria Brogan laughs. "They were reared on regular dinners, there was nothing unusual," she says. "Plenty of meat, plenty of vegetables, plenty of spuds and pasta. Curries, bolognese, shepherd's pie - all the usual things a mother makes."
After six years of renting in Dublin, I want to buy a house. The decision was spurred in part by the fact that my portion of the rent for sharing a two-bed apartment had reached €800 a month. In my eyes, that money would be better spent on a mortgage payment.
Forget about "who are you wearing?", the new question obsessing the fashion world is "what colour is it?".
When I signed the lease on an apartment at The Gasworks on Dublin's Barrow Street in September 2011, I was excited about moving into one of the landmark developments of the Celtic Tiger era.
A mix of old world charm and youthful spirit set on 170 acres of picturesque parkland combine to make Lyrath the perfect spot for an energy-boosting weekend break.
Do you hit the snooze button several times every morning and fantasise about having a lie-in? Do you rely on numerous cups of coffee to get you through the day?
You would be forgiven for thinking that in 2014 plastic surgery is no longer something that causes a stir, but given the furore about Renee Zellweger's face in recent weeks, it would appear that going under the knife is still a divisive subject. It's against this backdrop that a new intimate cosmetic surgery procedure has been launched in Ireland - one that has already been the cause of intense international debate.
Shane Filan sweeps into the elegant Reading Room Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel, shakes my hand, kisses me on the cheek and launches straight away into his speech before even sitting down. Momentarily stunned by his instant interview mode, I scramble about to turn my tape recorder on.
It's a stock excuse for many of us who weigh more than we would like - it's not that I overeat, it's just that I have a slow metabolism.
Avon may have pulled out of Ireland, leaving its 5,000 members in the lurch in April 2013, but that hasn't meant the end to product parties, purchase catalogues and door knocks across the country.
August 28 marked a momentous day in the life of four-year-old Danny D'Arcy - his first day as a junior infant. "He was delighted with himself," mum Aine says proudly.
"One of my grandchildren asked me whether I had a Facebook," says Maureen Amstrong with a deep chuckle. "I told her no, I only have a prayer book."
‘I was in a lot of pain but it’s nothing compared to what my mam and dad went through,” says Audrey Frost with a shudder. Mum to five-year-old Abby and expecting her second baby, the 39-year-old Dubliner knows the unique agony of seeing your child unwell.
With her third album riding high in the charts and those Credit Union ads on repeat, the trademark quiff and leopard-print dresses of Imelda May are all but unavoidable these days.
Stylish ladies across the country got under starter's orders last weekend with the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at The Curragh. With it comes ladies' days and their associated best-dressed awards – competitions that are often more hard-fought than the action on the track.