Style counsel: Fashion blogger Ciara O'Doherty joins Fashion TV

With her sky-high energy and can-do attitude, it’s no surprise to hear fashion blogger Ciara O’Doherty will soon be our screens.

Starting from next Monday at 9.30pm, she features as a stylist in a new RTÉ2 series The Fitting Room.

“I couldn’t imagine a better project to work on. It’s such a massive step for RTÉ in terms of inclusivity and diversity. To be part of it is just incredible — it’s such an amazing experience,” says the 29-year-old Galway native.

“People tend to discount fashion and say it’s frivolous but I 100% believe that a good outfit can make you feel like the best version of yourself.”

What shape are you in?

In terms of my energy levels at the moment, I feel like I’m in good shape. I go to spinning classes three or four times a week.

I get a better quality of work done after a class because it takes all of the high energy out of me. It’s like letting your dog run around the garden so that he doesn’t eat the skirting board inside the house.

What are your healthiest eating habits?

At the moment because I’m quite busy I’m using a programme called Clean Cut Meals based in Galway— it’s a meal prep delivery service, They deliver on Monday prepared healthy meals for the week. At least I know there is healthy nourishing food in the house — it’s really, really great for keeping on track.

What are your guiltiest pleasures?

Those times when I am completely switched off from work and doing something like watching a series on Netflix. My absolute favourite is Ru Paul’s Drag Race — it’s one of the most uplifting shows.

And I love video games — only sometimes. My partner has a Nintendo Switch and a guilty pleasure would be spending an hour playing the fantasy game Zelda.

What would keep you awake at night?

If its a really busy week I can find myself a bit frazzled. You’ll be going over things in your head — your to-do list. But when I do things like spinning I’ll sleep like a baby.

How do you relax?

For me, the best way to relax is to get out of the space I’m usually in is to go home to my family in Galway — I’ve three sisters and we’re really close.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

I would love to have my three sisters there — they would be the best fun at any dinner party; Prince who pushed boundaries; designer Diane von Furstenberg who I look up to; Donatella Versace who is one of the biggest divas in fashion; Elizabeth Taylor who was a feminist at a time when Hollywood was so misogynistic.

What’s your favourite smell?

I love the smells of the countryside where I grew up in Galway, close to a farm. And the fragrance Jazz Club by Maison Martin Margiela — my partner Yoseph wears it.

What would you like to change about your appearance?

I have an extensive maintenance routine which I will always admit to — makeup, treatments etc. But at the same time, I wouldn’t change anything because everything works perfectly — my health is there.

If you asked me that five years ago I would have probably given you a very different answer.

When is the last time you cried?

When I was Bali a month ago. One of my really, really close friends called me to say she was pregnant — it was happy tears.

You’ll get tears out of me quicker by telling me good news than bad news.

What traits do you least like in others?

Rudeness. I’ve always been brought up to believe no one is better than anyone else.

You can learn something from everyone and everyone has a story to tell — everyone has something of value to offer.

What traits do you least like about yourself?

I can be impatient when I want something. I’m getting better. I have very high energy, so while it lends itself well to what I do if I don’t manage that energy I can be frazzled and distracted.

Do you pray?

I was raised Irish Catholic. It’s not something that has a big part in my life but I would, however, practise gratitude daily.

For me it keeps me grounded and connected and reminds me of how much in the world there is to be grateful for — that would be my prayer.

What would cheer up your day?

Getting out, getting fresh air and walking my dog, a whippet called Remi. She is a rescue dog and is about a year old. I love whippets — I think they are me in dog form.

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