Tuesday 23 July 2019

The loves of my life: Mary-Kate Slattery


Boxer Mary-Kate Slattery
Boxer Mary-Kate Slattery
Chloe Brennan

Chloe Brennan

The amateur boxer chats to Chloe Brennan about her favourite people, places and things

The person

My mother, Lynn.

The memory

Most of my best memories involve either being in, or near, the sea. Last summer, my best friend Rachel and I jumped into the sea with shampoo and conditioner in our hair, trying to achieve the 'beach babe hair' look. We were so giddy, and just laughed our heads off. A moment of pure joy, for whatever reason.

The moment of the day

When the final bell rings after a tough training session.

The song

That's a tough one. A few favourites are Ramble On by Led Zeppelin; The Wind Rose by Blanco White; and Moonshine Got Me by Daniel Norgren.

The movie

The Shining; American Psycho; and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

The book

The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Fully Orgasmic Woman by D Brannick. The name of this book is deceptive. For me, this book isn't about sex, it's about the pride of being a woman - peeling back the layers of shame that society has historically placed on women as they explore themselves energetically and spiritually. It's an eye-opener, and shines a light on females' sexual expression and repression.

The hero

My father, Ian. He has always worked so hard at what he does to give our family the best life he can, while showing us unconditional love. He taught myself and my two sisters the importance of working hard for what you want - while always being honest and kind. I look up to him in every way.

The outfit

A jumpsuit, and my leather platform Docs.

The holiday

Anywhere in nature; with a digital detox and meditation.

The accessory

I don't really accessorise much. I'm pretty plain, but when I have time off training, I love to wear lots of rings. I have a few I bought in Morocco - one in particular that I love to wear has some Saharan sand in a secret compartment.

The gadget

My laptop for journaling.

The pet hate

Closed-mindedness and judgment.

The piece of advice

React to your first reaction. If you feel uncomfortable, for example, after a difficult conversation with someone, rather than reacting to what they are saying, react to your own inner emotion and dialogue. This is all you can control, not what they are thinking/saying/doing. Also - give people the freedom to think what they want.

The part of my body

My smile.

The beauty product

A raw, organic coconut oil - I use Lifeforce. I lather this on as moisturiser, as a hair serum, as a teeth whitener, as a make-up remover - the list goes on!

The hotel

The Waldorf Astoria in New York City. I was lucky enough to stay there once, and I would love to return again some day.

The drink

Lady Grey tea with a drop of oat milk.

The bar

Slattery's in Rathmines, for a pint of Guinness.

The hobby

Writing, journaling, doodling - anything with pen and paper. I learned to journal at a young age. As a child, I often found my emotions to be quite intense, and writing buzz words helped me to understand them, and often 'unlock' their meaning.

The celebrity

Nile Rodgers - legend. I was lucky enough to meet him last August before he performed at Electric Picnic, and I got to dance on stage with him during We Are Family. I have never felt so moved by a person's energy on a first encounter - I believe the way he navigates the world with positivity and love to be the most beautifully inspiring thing. I love listening to him talking about his life and passion for growth, and his appreciation for all experiences - good and bad.

The virtue


The vice


The smell

Patchouli incense, or Santal 33 from Le Labo.

The taste

Ginger - all day, every day.


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