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The art of being Jennifer Zamparelli: 'Turning 40? I'm like, woo-hoo!'

After swearing off buying new clothes for a year, RTÉ star Jennifer Zamparelli gives second-hand chic a try and tells Amy O'Connor about her milestone birthday, learning to say 'no' and how an early career in sales prepared her for the fickle world of show business

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Jennifer wears: Vintage suit, €30, Vincent's: shoes, Jennifer's own. Photo by Kyle Cheldon Barnett

Jennifer wears: Vintage suit, €30, Vincent's: shoes, Jennifer's own. Photo by Kyle Cheldon Barnett

Jennifer wears: Vintage Christian Dior suit, €90; Oxfam Fashion Relief

Jennifer wears: Vintage Christian Dior suit, €90; Oxfam Fashion Relief

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Jennifer wears: Vintage suit, €30, Vincent's: shoes, Jennifer's own. Photo by Kyle Cheldon Barnett

It's all go for Jennifer Zamparelli when I meet her in RTÉ Radio Centre. It's only a Monday afternoon but her working week is already well underway, having hosted Dancing with the Stars the night before and a three-hour radio show that morning. She acknowledges that things are a bit hectic with the two shows running concurrently. "I find it gets a bit crazy towards the end of the run," she says, settling into a quiet corner of the canteen.

We are here to discuss, among other things, her recent pledge to not buy any new clothes in 2020. Last month, she tweeted her promise to not buy "a single stitch of clothing this year", calling on her followers to hold her accountable.

"If you see me skulking around Zara, you have full permission to slap me," she told her thousands of followers.