Millie Mackintosh stuns in floaty pink midi dress and lace up heels in latest Dublin trip
Millie Mackintosh seems to be falling for Ireland - and the feeling is mutual.
The former Made in Chelsea star flew into Dublin to host the Arnotts Style Sessions on Saturday, the latest in a frequent turn of trips to the capital. It also coincides with the launch of her eponymous collection at the department store, a sign that her fashion influence is ever increasing.
"This is my first time this year but I feel like I’ve lost count how many times I’ve been here. I have often been here for work but I like to go out and eat, go shopping and just experience it," she told Independent.ie.
"I’m staying at The Marker which is great because they have gorgeous views of the canal and the spa. I like walking around Grafton Street. I’ve been to Crackbird a couple of times and had the fried chicken and 777."
Like all regulars, she is a creature of habit and is residing once again at the sleek Marker Hotel, recently endorsed by Vogue magazine – much like the woman herself who was recently dubbed, "Fashion’s Surprising New Star" by the style bible.
"It’s not all pretty dresses and playing dress up, it’s hard work," she says of her work as a designer," she explains.
On Friday, Millie was taking part in a private media event with Arnotts, attended by about a dozen fashion journalists and bloggers, hosted by stylist Ingrid Hoey, in which she opened up about battling the "preconceptions" she faced when she initially began her fashion career, after leaving behind the E4 reality show that made her famous.
She's wearing a floaty floral midi dress from her own range and a pair of matching pink lace-up heels by L.K. Bennett. Despite her rise to celebrity coming from a programme which documented cast members day-to-day lives, she cherishes her privacy, admitting her envy inducing feed is only a "small part" of her lfie. "Social media is a great tool, the brand wouldn’t have been the same if Instagram didn’t exist, I’m very grateful. I wouldn’t put up pictures of me taking the bins out or in the gym or meeting with my accountant," she says.
It’s clear her relationship with fiancé Hugo Taylor is one she won’t be delving into publicly, but she is happy to talk business - including the fact she is launching a beauty range with Boots with her debut Couture Beauty range to complement her image as a a health fanatic. She wears minimal makeup, only some CC cream, mascara, a lip tint and a light brow pencil, adding: "I prefer to enhance what you have. Some people like contouring and that's fine for them, but it doesn't work for me."
And the secret to that infamous glow? Face oil and a hint of fake tan.
The Arnotts Style Sessions are taking place in-store from Thursday, 28th September – Sunday, 1st October .