Body and soul: Sarah Carberry
SARAH CARBERRY (25) IS THE FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR OF ONLINE DESIGNER FASHION RENTAL COMPANY WWW.SECRETCHIC.IE. SHE LIVES WITH HER BOYFRIEND NIALL AND DAUGHTER KATE.
My parents were . . . always inspirational, supportive and caring. We get on quite well; I work with my Mum so I have to.
The house I grew up in . . . was beside the sea and full of really good memories and good times. I can never picture living anywhere else but beside the sea.
When I was a child I wanted to be . . . a dancer. As I got a bit older I wanted to be April O’Neil in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I loved Michelangelo Turtle in particular.
If I could change one thing about myself I would . . . say no to people more often and stick by it.
You wouldn’t know it but I’m very good at . . . arcade games, particularly basketball games, I used to have a record score.
You may not know it but I’m no good at . . . lots of things, especially singing and dancing, hence I didn’t grow up to be a dancer.
At night I dream of . . . very bizarre dreams. I have crazy dreams in some really weird situations. Lately I have been sitting up awake, in the middle of my sleep, in the middle of the night. That only happens the odd time though, when I am very busy at work.
When I look in the mirror I see . . . me, myself and I.
My favourite item of clothing is . . . a little dark grey Alwear jacket that has really sharp shoulders and three-quarter-length sleeves. I wear it with everything.
I drive . . . my younger sister Laura up the wall because I am always robbing her clothes without asking her.
My house is . . . an apartment and I’m still living beside the sea. I live there with my boyfriend and our two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Kate.
My real-life villain is . . . someone who is self-absorbed and the only subject they want to talk about is themselves.
My favourite work of art is . . . hard to choose between a few different pieces that I really like.
Two of my friends are artists — Richard Hearns and Brian Halligan — and their work is great. We have one of Richard’s pieces in the apartment.
A book that changed me is . . . The Twilight Series, by Stephanie Meyers, because I was totally obsessed with them once I started reading them. My boyfriend said that I went mute for about two months because I couldn’t put the books down.
The person who really makes me laugh is . . . my daughter Kate. She is saying lots of funny things at the moment, and the other day she remarked “Oh my God — so cute!”
The last time I cried . . . was last week, because someone close to me is sick at the moment.
My five-year plan is . . . to grow “Secret Chic” on a bigger scale and, hopefully, launch in Europe. And send Kate off to school of course.
My life philosophy is . . . to stay positive, live in the present and try not to think too much about the past or the future. Live for the moment.
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