Session styling with Castleconnell’s Gareth

Castleconnell native Gareth Bromell has worked with some of the biggest names in the fashion industry. The 31-year-old is based in Los Angeles and works as a session hairstylist on photo shoots for magazine editorials and advertising campaigns. Home in Limerick for a short holiday to visit family and friends, Gareth shared some of his career highlights with me, and explained the journey his career took to where he is today…

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“My career started when I was 15, I had left school early to pursue training to be a chef. I started working as an assistant chef and studying in catering school. Having given it a few months, I realized it wasn’t for me. My mum said to me ‘you either go back to school or start work’ and, as I preferred to work, she organized an interview with her then hairdresser Cyril Morgan at the  Hugh Campbell group. This was the beginning of my career in hairdressing. Continue reading

Alice in fashion wonderland

21-year-old University of Limerick student Alice Carroll, is just bringing to an end her six month internship with international fashion house Fendi in New York City. A familiar face around Limerick, Alice is  studying Business with French in UL, was manager of The Ivory Closet designer dress hire boutique on Shannon Street until heading to New York.

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From Parteen, 6ft tall Alice has modelled with the Holman Lee Agency since 2006 and she won the Miss Clare title in 2010. A past pupil of Laurel Hill College, she took up the role of marketing and public relations intern with Fendi in January and describes her experience as “nothing short of sensational.” Continue reading

Coping with cold sores, a girl’s guide…

There are two types of people in the world when it comes to lip maintenance; those that suffer from cold sores, and those that’s don’t. If you don’t, consider yourself one of the lucky ones.

The cold sore virus (called ‘HSV-1’ i.e. herpes simplex virus-1) is present in most of the population, and there is no permanent cure for it but, for many, the virus lays dormant without any effect.

For the rest of us however, we become prone to cold sores. They can manifest as a sign we are run-down and are usually triggered by harsh weather, such as the recent below freezing temperatures, and ferocious winds. All it takes for a cold sore to appear in weather like this is leaving the house without a scarf wrapped high to shield the lips. Sun also acts as a trigger so sunblock on the lips is vital for cold sore sufferers. Continue reading

Start a Glove Affair with Paula Rowan

Paula Rowan was already one of Ireland’s leading stockists of luxury leather goods when she turned her attention to design. For almost two decades she has devoted her career to the finer things in life, and it was Paula’s knowledge of fine leather, coupled with her background in design, that led her to ask herself that inevitable question – “Why not design my own range of leather gloves?”

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Media darling, Limerick’s Madeline Mulqueen

She catapulted to fame following the Rubberbandits’ Horse Outside video, played a character on RTE2’s Republic of Telly, and later this month, this Kildimo girl will feature in TV3’s Celebrity Come Dine With Me. Model Madeline Mulqueen discusses her spiralling career. 

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Age 21, Madeline is from Kildimo, and a former student of The Model school, Laurel Hill Coláiste and Mary I., as well as the Expressive Arts School and Mungret School of Musical Theatre. Back in 2009, she first came to our attention through the Diva Next Door competition, followed by the Martina Costelloe regional model search which she won. She’s been modelling with the Morgan agency in Dublin for the last year… Continue reading

Architecture graduate turned hat designer

Limerick’s Aisling Maher is making quite a name for herself in Irish millinery stakes. The 25 year old from Castleconnell is a graduate of architecture from UCD. Aisling graduated in the summer of 2009 and soon after, while planning a trip to the Galway Races, made her first headpiece for her own outfit.

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