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Thursday 14 December 2017

I'm still pals with girls I left when I moved to Andrea's agency. Jobs change -- but friends are forever

Andrea has been great and has been lining work up steadily for us all through her different contacts.

In the past week alone I've done Xpose and Ireland AM, several fashion shows and a shoot for a new make-up line, which is very exciting. I'm also lucky in that many of the clients I have worked with closely over the years have come with me.

I have built close friendships with many of the girls in Assets over the years, such as Ruth Griffin, Corina Grant and Jenny Lee Masterson and we're all still as close as ever.

I don't know if any of them would be interested in changing agencies, they're all very loyal. It's totally a personal decision. With me, I wanted a change and I have no regrets at all.

It's the same as working in an office really, even though you change jobs the friends you make are for life.

It's getting harder and harder to meet up nowadays as a lot of the girls have kids now. We've made a date for next Monday evening, though, as Kristi Kuudisiim is graduating from her course at DCU that day.



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There's a gang of us heading out for dinner and a few drinks.

Funnily enough I haven't actually met with some of the girls in my new agency yet as we've all been so busy with different work commitments.

Yesterday was my first day to see Pippa O'Connor as we've both been very busy and she was away in New York this month. We went for lunch with Andrea and had a long chat.

I gave her some tips on her upcoming wedding to Brian Ormond next summer, although she seems to be pretty well organised.

It's over two years since my own wedding to my husband Kenny Vaughan but I'll be getting back into a wedding dress tonight. I'm doing a show for Anne Gregory, the very talented Irish bridal designer as she's having an event in Glenview. She has custom made a dress especially for me so I'm really looking forward to seeing the finished product and wearing it on the catwalk. Kenny probably won't see me in it, although he does come along to some events with me when he has time. We attended the launch of photographer Barry McCall's new book for charity together as I was keen to buy a copy. I didn't realise I featured in it until I brought it home.

It's important to make time for each other as he'd be gone a lot during the day, while I'm often working at shows in the evenings. We went to the cinema together on Tuesday night to see The Social Network, which I thought was really good.

Naturally we do often get asked about starting a family and it's certainly something we've discussed.

At the moment it's just so hectic workwise. There's lots of work still coming in for me. It's unfortunate in this career that you really have to think long and hard and consider it carefully before you have a baby. You can still work in a shop if you have a bump, but it doesn't really work on a catwalk. I know time is ticking on. In the meantime, I have had lots of practice as I have nieces and nephews. I actually have another niece or nephew on the way as well, as my brother's wife is pregnant so that's something to look forward to.

A big gang of us went out for a family dinner last weekend in Blackrock as my brother was celebrating quite a significant birthday, his fortieth. Of course, afterwards we ended up going into town and were in Krystle until all hours.

I had to make up for it at the gym on Monday. I would normally work with my trainer Stuart Ward on a Monday but with it being a bank holiday I just did some cardio on my own instead and went to him on Tuesday. I've also become a fan of Hot Yoga. I go to Sara Kavanagh's place out in Sandyford and I'm really enjoying it.

I like my food, so keeping in shape is something I have to work at.

It is getting harder the older I get, but luckily I enjoy going to the gym and I find it makes you feel so much better and clears the head.

When I'm not training in my spare time, I concentrate on my other job where I act as a wholesale agent for jewellery lines Gemini and Miss Chic.

I would definitely love to design my own line someday but whether it will happen or not we'll have to see.

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