Thalia Heffernan shares the Valentine's plans that have her smiling again
Isn't is funny how we all get a fit of the guilts about the contents of our lingerie drawer once the month of February swings around?
The rest of the year, we blithely ignore advice to hand-wash our bras and briefs, and just fling them in and out of the washing machine and expect them to keep their colour. Worse again, we pitch them into the tumble dryer and expect underwired bras to keep their shape.
This week, I'm prodding your conscience to get measured, and I guarantee your clothes will feel, and more importantly fit, better. Properly-fitting bras help your clothes to sit better on the body. For a start, if you hoik your boobs up to where they are supposed to be, and remember to tighten your straps after every (hand) wash, you can retrieve the waistline you lost wearing the wrong size bra.
Odds are that you will go down a band size and up a cup size, or two if you are professionally fitted - and the latter will eliminate that all too frequent sight of a cup that runneth over.
Trendwise, there's lots happening in the lingerie scene for SS17, and before our Arnotts Valentine's lingerie shoot, I had a chat with the store's buyer, Rachelle Hanley, about this season's love affair with lace. "
This is made up of opulent laces, satins and embroidery set over sheer bases to create almost a tattoo-like effect. The embroidery and lace designs are predominantly floral, but there's a nod to Art Deco too," explained Rachelle, pointing out the Maison Lejaby 'Corelle' set on our cover this week.
"One of the two key shapes of the season is the high apex, which gives a contemporary look and feel to the silhouette while still offering support and a great fit." The high apex features in three of our looks this week - the red Wacoal 'Eclat' set (pictured left), the blue Simone Pérèle set and the purple Calvin Klein set.
The second shape trend to emerge as a major player this season is the soft cup triangle bra. It is very flattering, but the sizing can be limited to just an A-D cup. Rachelle points to the Maison Lejaby set with antique-inspired lace from their archives.
Black is a key colour for 2017, and the dark colour shows off the beautiful contrasts and details of the embroidery and laces. Highlights of plums and blues are popular too, as are bodies and the black lace one from the iconic French brand, Simone Pérèle, is a real statement piece "that you'll have forever," says Rachelle.
All lingerie available from the Arnotts lingerie department, Henry Street, Dublin 1, 01-8040500, arnotts.ie
Photography: Eilish McCormick, assisted by Andrew Rankin
Styling: Sinead Keenan, assisted by Katie Grogan
Hair: Michael Leong
Make-up: Anna Donegan For MAC at Arnotts
Model: Thalia at Morgan the Agency
Location: Shot in the Presidential Suite at the Westin Hotel, Dublin 2
Falling for a dancer...
With her relationship with Dancing with the Stars professional Ryan McShane in its infancy, and ex-boyfriend Maser rumoured to have moved on, it's no wonder stunning Thalia Heffernan is keen to play her cards close to her chest.
Last weekend, the beautiful 21-year-old model became the second celebrity to get booted off hit RTÉ series Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) following Hughie Maughan's exit on week one of the show.
Not one to get down about things, an upbeat Thalia hit Krystle with the gang from the show following her elimination, with new beau Ryan promptly posting a declaration of love for "my winner" on his Instagram account - a modern-day confirmation of romance if we ever saw one.
If she is consumed by butterflies and the giddiness of the first throes of love, Thalia seems already weary about letting the public in on any details. "It will be me, my dog Bowie, and a box of chocolates and some wine," she insists to Weekend about her plans for February 14. "What else do you need?"
Love is something that can be celebrated every day, Thalia says.
"I think that romance is always such a lovely thing and not just on Valentine's Day. It's nice to celebrate something so lovely and sweet and kind that makes you happy. Who doesn't like a bit of romance?"
Take note, Ryan.
The Dubliner has thrown herself back into work following her stint on the show, but she was undoubtedly disappointed to leave.
Despite getting positive feedback from the judges following all of her performances on DWTS, Thalia found herself in the bottom three during week one, and was sent home on week two.
And speaking following her elimination, Thalia's worried perhaps she didn't practice enough due to her gruelling modelling schedule.
"I was busy with work and away on jobs and things like that so I don't know, maybe I needed more hours practicing," she shrugs.
"Still, it has just been the most amazing experience and I did my best and we are all a family on the show. It has been incredible.
"I have made friends for life. Nothing negative has come out of the show, it's amazing."
As for who she thinks is going to take home the Dancing with the Stars trophy on March 26? "Denise and Ryan," she says, without missing a beat, a twinkle evident in her eyes.
Rescue dog Bowie should probably expect another visitor on Valentine's Day...
* Jennifer O'Brien