Other than Stellar what is your favourite magazine?
I love Elle – it has such beautiful design, and its cover stars are always incredible. Plus, unlike, say, Glamour – which I also love, don’t get me wrong – they don’t consistently put their cover stars in their knickers!
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
I’d quite like to be invisible. This is a bit sad, maybe, but I suffer from depression – and on the days when it’s really bad, I’d just like to be able to fade away and be on my own! Invisibility would definitely help with that. But it would have to be a choice – on good days, I want everyone to be able to see me! I think sometimes when you suffer from mental health problems, your issues are compounded by worrying about what your friends and family are thinking. Are they worrying about me? Can they tell that I’m feeling shit today? Being invisible would kind of solve that problem. They’d just be like, “oh Rosemary must be gone off somewhere.” They wouldn’t be worrying.
Describe your dream holiday.
I am EXTREMELY lazy, so I just love holidays where you can go and vegetate in the sun. I went to Nice for two weeks on my own a few years back, and it was heaven. I read 14 books; I watched several TV series; I lay on the beach all day. I ate exactly what I wanted and got up exactly when I wanted and went to bed exactly when I wanted. There was no one telling me I should go to the museum, or should get up and go for a walk, or that I should try a different restaurant… It was bliss.
What is your favourite store for the following:
Jeans – I love Topshop’s Jamie jeans, Asos’s Ridley and M&S’s five-pocket jegging. I’m chubby, so I essentially like anything high-waisted with a bit of stretch!
Shoes – Buffalo does this great brand called SixtySeven; I own their Bullet boots in three colours! They’re super cool and comfy and a total dupe for Acne’s Pistols, at a fraction of the price.
Accessories – For high-end bags, I love Pauric Sweeney; I saw an incredible blue python skin one in Siopaella a few weeks ago and told my boyfriend I wanted it for Christmas! It was only €400, and originally cost €2,000. It’s not on their site any more so I’m hoping he got it – if he didn’t, he’s dead! As for jewellery, I went through a phase of loving really blingy, costume jewellery – but lately I like real gold, more delicate things. Maybe I’m getting old! I would happily own every single thing by MoMuse; I love Chupi; and Loulerie has incredible stuff.
Makeup – I have so many favourites! Foundation-wise, I swear by Rimmel’s Wake Me Up and Match Perfection. Wake Me Up is my everyday go-to – it never fails me. I love Urban Decay’s original Naked palette for eyes, and I always do my eyebrows. There’s an Irish brand called Push Makeup; they do this product called Brows Be Wow – it’s like a one-swipe eyebrow. It’s amazing. I also love NARS packaging; I have one of their matte lipsticks in Funny Face and, without fail, every time I wear it, people ask where it’s from. Oh! And I almost forgot; for luxe bits and pieces, I’m obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury. Her Magic foundation is most definitely on my Christmas list, and my Dolce Vita palette is my most prized possession. I think I’ve only used it twice! But it’s so gorgeous.
What are your favourite Irish products/brands?
Y’know what? I used to hate Orla Kiely – that leaf print just drove me insane… But lately, I love what she’s been doing. Her collaboration with Leith Clark is incredible – I want everything – and I am actually obsessed with those Brabantia bins she designed! I love the homewares stuff the most. And her leather bags are actually gorgeous, and not a leaf in sight! I also love Tissue, an Irish brand based in Smithfield I think – you can buy their stuff in Atelier 27, above Om Diva. Eily O’Connell is an Irish jewellery designer I adore; I got one of her rings for my 30th birthday from my parents. It’s super delicate, moulded on a twig, and has a black diamond. It’s really special.
Do you have any advice for young people trying to start out in journalism?
Read. That is, hands down, the number one thing anyone can do to improve their writing. You get so many people wanting to get into journalism who have clearly never read a newspaper or magazine cover to cover, and barely read books. It’s such a good way to improve your writing and increase your vocabulary, and it’s so easy – and relaxing! Then, in terms of getting into it, it’s all about the pitch – so you need to come up with good ideas. Find out who the person to pitch them to is, and do so concisely. Send a paragraph, explaining what you want to write, why it would be of interest, and how you propose doing it. Who would you interview? Would you supply pictures? The biggest mistake people make is sending their CV – if you write a well worded email, and your idea is good, the person involved will get back to you – probably asking for some writing samples. But sending your CV just makes you seem like an amateur, and won’t instill anyone with confidence.