Thursday, August 30, 2012

Quintessentially Polo BBQ

Above: 1. GM of The Westin Andrew Henning with his wife Caroline and baby India; 2. Virginia Macari and Kaste Dahl; 3. Sarah Williams of Arnotts with her cousin Aoife Williams.

Below: 1. Dawn Fitzgerald, Triona McCarthy and Nuala Carey; 2. Niamh Horan and Niall O’Farrell; 3. Wayne Cronin of Quintessentially with Michelle Sheeran.  (Pics. Lois Crighton)

Private members’ concierge club Quintessentially Lifestyle hosted the summer party of the year recently, a Polo BBQ party at the All-Ireland Polo Club in Phoenix Park for its members and friends.  With offices in 64 cities around the world Quintessentially Lifestyle has an unrivalled global reach; the Irish office has been open since 2006 and is headed by Wayne Cronin, who was on hand to greet guests and extend a warm welcome to all.

Among the party were RTE weather presenter Nuala Carey; businessman Niall O’Farrell of Dragon’s Den, fashion designer Dawn Fitzgerald was with her friend, beauty expert Triona McCarthy. Deirdre Purcell of Longines and Sarah Williams of Arnotts department store were also in attendance.

From last minute restaurant reservations and holiday bookings, to theatre and opera tickets and access to clubs, parties and special events, Quintessentially Lifestyle is the go-to service for anyone low on time but keen to enjoy the very best life has to offer.  They really can offer access to the inaccessible and can make the seemingly impossible, possible. 

Guests enjoyed a selection of BBQ food including burgers with vintage chedder, Toulouse sausage and chargrilled chicken, complemented by a range of homemade salads and sauces. Les Fumees Blanches Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé along with chilled Tiger beer accompanied.

No matter where you are in the world, Quintessentially can to help with all your needs, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, handing you the virtual keys to any city.  Membership starts from €1,500 per annum and is the ideal way to ensure you never miss out on the best that life has to offer.  Log on to for details.

Monday, August 27, 2012

BT2 AW12


Pictured were: 1. Ros Scally, Amanda Snee, Barbara Delaney; 2. Lorraine Sweeney, Thomas Corcoran, Suzanne Goggins. (Pix. Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland)

BT2 hosted a preview of its Autumn Winter 2012 collection.  Fashionistas can look forward to great pieces from the likes of Marc by Marc Jacobs, DvF, The Kooples and exclusively in Ireland the much anticipated Victoria by Victoria Beckham.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Total Recall

Totally: 1. Kathryn Thomas; 2. Kate Beckinsale. (Pix. Bryan Brophy)

The European premiere of Total Recall that took place in the Savoy Cinema in Dublin and the sunny evening saw hundreds of movie fans gather around the red carpet.  Cast members Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel and Director Len Wiseman were in attendance.

Other guests on the night included Amy Huberman, Amanda Byram, Brent Pope, Sean Munsanje, Mairead Farrell, Siobhan O’Connor, models Alison Canavan and Nadia Forde, Lucy Kennedy and Greg Lake.

At a lavish after party in the Convention Centre guests enjoyed cocktails, canapés champagne and Lindt chocolates with music from a VJ until the early hours.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Dublin Festival of Fashion

Fashion Fest Fit: 1. Michelle Doherty and Brendan Courtney; 2. Shane Gillen and Amanda Byram. (Pix. Richie Stokes)

The stunning banking hall of the Westin Hotel was the perfect backdrop to celebrate the launch of the Dublin Fashion Festival (DFF), which takes place from 6th to 9th September 2012. The event was hosted by this year’s face of the festival, the beautiful Amanda Byram, and saw guests treated to drinks reception courtesy of the world’s most fashionable beer, Peroni.

The highlight of the evening was the fashion show styled by 1st Option’s Jules Fallon and MC’d by Amanda, which gave guests a taste of what’s to come over the course of the festival. One lucky guest also walked away with a €1,000 shopping spree.

DFF was created to celebrate all that is great about fashion in Dublin city, covering everything from high street chains to boutiques to Irish design, right down to the best places to eat, drink and chill out post-shopping spree. As this year’s official face of the festival, Amanda will return to Dublin town in September to take part in the packed DFF programme which includes on-street fashion shows across the city, in-store events and the chance to get a start on your Autumn Winter wardrobe.