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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Before Your Life Gets Even Busier After Labor Day, Make Sure Your Clocks Are Ship-Shape with Amazing Grace! And, Buy a New One to Keep Time with the Season. Time Pieces is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.

Everyone remembers Amazing Grace, who is the last word on keeping time!
Anyone can look at their phone, microwave or digital timekeeper, however, it is the truly sophisticated that enjoy hearing their clock collection ring on the quarter hour.
One day, Peachy's clocks were not working properly, and some were not working at all.
She looked for months and months and months, everywhere.
There is NO ONE like Grace!
It is a rare talent to be a clock engineer, but what do you expect from a girl who used to work on cars with her Dad?!!!
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Peachy Ahoy: One-two punch from Cup sailors Our Coverage Sponsored by Cosmopolitan Dental, Official Dentist of Whom You Know

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America's Cup sailors finished one-two in the 49er class as the Olympic sailing regatta came to a close on Thursday.

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke had locked up the gold medal ahead of the medal race, but they went out and won anyway, stamping their authority on the class and regatta. 

The pair, the reigning world sailors of the year, didn't put a foot wrong in Rio, in winning the gold medal. 

The previous gold medalists, Australians Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen from Artemis Racing, came into the medal race in the bronze position, and sailed away with a silver, the best result they could have hoped for on the day.

Earlier this week, Briton Giles Scott of Land Rover BAR won a gold medal in the Finn class. 

And Jason Waterhouse, who will join SoftBank Team Japan following the Games, won a silver medal in mixed Nacra 17 catamaran.

That means every America's Cup sailor in this Olympic Games came away with a medal - as you would expect from the best sailors in the world!

Also watching the results closely today was SoftBank Team Japan sailor Yugo Yoshida whose wife was competing in the 470 class, where she earned a fifth place finish.


Peachy Ahoy: Medal News Makes A Big Splash Our Coverage Sponsored by Paul Mayer Attitudes

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With so much medal success for America’s Cup sailors in Rio, it is no surprise that the world’s media have splashed the stories of gold, silver and bronze victories right across the globe.

In New Zealand it is Blair Tuke and Peter Burling who are the home favorites with two of NZ’s biggest media outlets going large on their 49er class success:

Meanwhile, in the UK, it is Land Rover BAR's Giles Scott’s turn to shine, with the Telegraph and the BBC both celebrating his gold:

Giles was also featured on the main Olympic Games website with an awesome photo that shows just what gold means to GB’s latest sailing superstar: 

Finally, Australia is seeing silver:


FASHION ALERT: DESIGNER SHOWROOMS AT LONDON FASHION WEEK SEPTEMBER 2016 Our Coverage Sponsored by Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner

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The British Fashion Council (BFC) celebrates the designers who will showcase their latest collections in the Designer Showrooms at Brewer Street Car Park from 16th – 20th September. This season’s showrooms include accessories, bags, footwear, jewellery, multi-label showrooms and ready-to-wear.


This season over 150 designers will showcase new collections in the Designer Showroom; the strong diversity in backgrounds and homes of this season’s line-up illustrates more than ever that London is truly open for business on the global market. The showroom space, designed by David Collins Studio, is at the heart of London Fashion Week (LFW) and will be host to a number of exciting events this season:

Friday will see the official launch of London Fashion Week September 2016 at the Designer Showrooms Private View, a chance to preview the designers in the Designer Showrooms before everything kicks off.

On Monday Stephen Jones OBE and Stephen Webster MBE will present the new line up of the BFC’s Headonism andRock Vault and initiatives. Laura Apsit Livens and The Season Hats join the existing Headonism milliners whileDAOU and Frances Wadsworth Jones join the fine jewellers of Rock Vault, and 
Headonism will showcase collections from Harvy Santos, Laura Apsit Livens, Sophie Beale Millinery and The Season Hats in a space co-curated by Stephen Jones OBE.

Rock Vault will present Completedworks, DAOU, Frances Wadsworth Jones, Lily Kamper, Rachel Bostonand Shimell and Madden in a space co-curated by Stephen Webster MBE.

BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent Sarah Mower MBE is hosting a celebration of this season’s NEWGENsponsored by Topshop designers on Tuesday at 3pm. Newcomer Paula Knorr joins Ashley Williams, Faustine Steinmetz, Marta Jakubowski, Molly Goddard, Ryan LO and Sadie Williams for 2016/2017. The designers will have an installation in the showrooms where guests can view their collections up-close once they have debuted, alongside a pop-up showroom where press and buyers can make appointments. This season each of the NEWGEN designers have created sew-on patches in order to raise funds for Topshop’s charity Lady Garden, and master embroiderers Hand & Lock will be on hand to customise your clothing. For the full pop-up schedule visit:

Boden’s Future British initiative in partnership with the BFC will also be showcasing the work of its designers this season, wish a dedicated space showing the collections of Blake LDN, Bruta, Caitlin Charles-Jones, Camilla Elphick, and Le Kilt. On Friday they will celebrate these designers with a drinks reception.


This season a number of brands in the Designer Showrooms are also on the official Show Schedule, including all of the NEWGEN designers and Edeline Lee, Paul Costelloe, steventai, Stephen Jones and Teatum Jones. Don’t miss the opportunity to view their latest collections up close.


Alongside the Designer Showrooms and the BFC Show Space, Brewer Street Car Park will play host to a number of pop-up spaces for press, buyers and guests of London Fashion Week. On the second floor Sunglass Hut will host a display of the latest eyewear must-haves on a revolving ‘runway’ of sunglasses, and are also offering guests the chance to personalise their official London Fashion Week tote bag at a customisation station. On the first floor you will find an exhibition of travel and fashion-inspired imagery hosted by Ethiad Airways. In the Designer Showrooms Maybelline New York will be offering expert lip demonstrations as well as make-up touch-ups and the chance to discover this season’s new products. Next door TONI&GUY will be providing complimentary cuts, blow-dries and styling services using the Official Haircare Product of London Fashion Week: label.m Professional Haircare. Additionally, Swatch will be showcasing their POP Collection within the Designer Showrooms. The Store Kitchen will be providing refreshments throughout the day in the BFC Lounge by The Store. LFW guests can pick up the latest copy of ES Magazine whilst visiting the LFW Café on the 2nd floor, where additional refreshment including Carabaoenergy drink, Evian Water, Lavazza Coffee and Propercorn will be on offer. 

The generosity and commitment of our sponsors is more vital than ever. Please help us by acknowledging their support for the London Fashion Week September 2016. Principal Sponsor; Sunglass Hut, Official Sponsors; David Collins Studio, DHL, Etihad Airways, Lavazza Coffee, London Evening Standard, Maybelline New York, The May Fair Hotel, Mercedes-Benz, Swatch, TONI&GUY, Topshop and The Vinyl Factory. Official Suppliers;Aggreko, Carabao, Evian, Fashion and Beauty Monitor, Launchmetrics, Mainetti, Miller Harris, Propercorn,Scavi & Ray, The Store Kitchen and Triumph.

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Peachy Ahoy: Golden boys! Burling and Tuke wrap it up Our Coverage Sponsored by Maine Woolens

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World sailors of the year Peter Burling and Blair Tuke will take the gold medal in the 49er class with a race to spare, having opened up an insurmoutable lead in the qualifying series.

The Emirates Team New Zealand rookies, winners of the inaugural Red Bull Youth America's Cup, have sailed an impeccable Olympic campaign, all but unbeaten since winning the silver medal at the London Games four years ago.

They come off the water on Tuesday with a 34-point lead. Only 20 points are available in Thursday's medal race, which they will sail as a formality.

The reigning gold medalists, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, from Artemis Racing, will enter Thursday's medal race in third place. The Australians are just three points behind Germany for silver. A good performance could earn them the silver medal, but they'll need to keep an eye out as they could drop off the podium with a poor race.

Briton Giles Scott, who sails with Land Rover BAR and also opened a large lead to claim his gold medal with a race to spare earlier this week, finished in second place in the medal race, cementing his position as the best in the world. 

Jason Waterhouse, an Australian who is scheduled to join SoftBank Team Japan following the Games, won a silver medal in the Nacra 17 multihull class.

Waterhouse was the skipper of the Australian Red Bull Youth America's Cup team in San Francisco in 2013.


Peachy Ahoy: Franck Cammas – turning potential disaster into triumph Our Coverage Sponsored by Stribling and Associates

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The countdown continues to the Louis Vuitton America’s World Series Toulon and we are now mere days away from the America’s Cup’s return to the Mediterranean. Attention will be closely focused on the six America’s Cup teams as they pick up the battles where they left off in Portsmouth, but none more so than on Franck Cammas, Skipper of Groupama Team France and a true French sailing legend who will be fighting for the honour of the Tricolour in front of his team’s home fans.

Franck’s appearance in Toulon, and his participation in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events this year, is a truly remarkable story, one known within the sport of competitive sailing, but to the wider world, it is a tale that needs to be told.

At the end of November 2015 Franck was on the water near Quiberon, France, sailing a GC32 foiling catamaran as part of the team’s ongoing preparations for the 2016 America’s Cup. For most of his career, which includes a win in the grueling Volvo Ocean Race, Franck had avoided serious injury, an astonishing statistic for someone who has sailed more than 320 days each year throughout his career, but one day in November that changed.

The boat he was helming was moving along at over 35 knots, incredibly fast by any standards, when Franck fell into the water and his right leg struck the boat’s rudder. At that sort of speed serious injury was inevitable, so Franck was airlifted to hospital where it became evident that he would not lose his foot, but he would be out of action for many months.

At the time, Franck was not only planning his America’s Cup campaign, he was also preparing for the 2016 Olympic Games where he had planned to compete in the Nacra 17 class. This injury put paid to his Rio ambitions, and kept him out of the water for nearly five months, a lifetime in an America’s Cup campaign that is measured by those involved in minutes and hours, not months and years, as each second of preparation is so valuable.

Instead of taking this setback as limiting his physical preparations, Franck switched his attention to learning more about the mechanical elements of his sport that are so valuable at the cutting edge of competition, using the time his injury kept him from sailing or physical training to educate himself more about the engineering aspects of boat design, manufacture and testing. This deeper understanding, effectively putting himself into the mindset of a engineer (he did mathematics in school), will undoubtedly prove useful in his role as Skipper of a team competing in the 35th America’s Cup campaign, especially in a sport where the margins between winning and losing can be infinitesimally small.

Remember all of this the next time Groupama Team France and Franck Cammas are out on the water racing. Less than a year ago the team’s Skipper was involved in an accident so severe he was told he would not be losing his foot – even though that is obviously good news, it is the sort of accident that would keep mere mortals away from the cause of the accident for many years, perhaps even for ever. For an America’s Cup Skipper it was a chance to learn even more about his sport.

Allez les Bleus!


On Girls, by J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they're not much to look at, or even if they're sort of stupid, you fall in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can.” 
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


Peachy Ahoy: Giles Scott leads gold rush for Cup sailors in Rio Our Coverage Sponsored by Saluggi's

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Giles Scott will win the gold medal in the Finn Class with one race to spare at the Olympic Games in Rio.

The Briton has an unassailable 24 point lead after 10 qualifying races. There are 20 points available in the medal race, which will now be a formality for the Land Rover BAR sailor.

Scott is a four time world champion in the Finn Class, but this is his first Olympic medal. 

He isn't the only Cup sailor competing in Rio however. 

In the 49er class, Emirates Team New Zealand's Pete Burling and Blair Tuke hold a narrow two-point lead after six of 12 qualifying races. 

Their rivals, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen from Australia, are the defending gold medalists and sit in sixth place, just five points adrift of the podium. 

Racing continues throughout the week in Rio. More updates are with World Sailing here.


Terrific Takeout: Thelma on Clinton Our Coverage Sponsored by Fresh Origins

The triumphant Braised Short Ribs, Marrow Bone

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Nestled way downtown on Clinton Street in Manhattan, you will find Thelma on Clinton, a lovely American restaurant that we visited for the first time in 2016.  Owned by Melissa O'Donnell, who was not present at our scheduled meeting, Thelma on Clinton should be proud to have a bar manager who is as professional and interested in his vocation as Lennon Bergland, whom we worked with and were delighted to meet.  In the vast majority of restaurants we've reviewed we see few employees taking such pride in their work as Lennon did; we do see this every single time at any place of The Knightsbridge Restaurant Group in Washington, D.C. and occasionally in Manhattan.  We began with convincing House Pickled Mussels which arrive with sauce remoulade; they have sensational flavor and will certainly be a contrast to your standard mussel.  Their refreshing kick spells unique and creative.
We are advocates of mozzarella, and it is homemade at Thelma on Clinton.  The genius combination of plums and red onion works well with it as well as a touch of basil.
You'd be remiss to not try the beautifully roasted asparagus, which we believe is the pencil variety.  It's served chilled with a touch of balsamic reduction, grana padano and white truffle oil.
There should be no doubt in your mind that the star of the show here is this dish.
Please meet the Braised Short Ribs.
The flavor and taste was purely phenomenal and Thelma on Clinton hit one out of the ballpark.  This larger plate was triumphant over all other dishes by quite a lot.
We were delighted to try the Napa Cabbage Salad with almonds, red onion and mustard oil and this again featured the grana padano which adds a terrific "wow" factor.
There is a daily special entree, and on the day we visited which was a Friday, it was Branzino.
We understand this poisson swims over from Greece, and they filet it for you.  The whole roasted fish of the day had a solid showing and is served with rosemary, lemon and balsamic.

Thelma on Clinton is Terrific Takeout.


ONLY AT THE ACADEMY: MICHAEL MANN, AL PACINO AND ROBERT DE NIRO TOGETHER FOR “HEAT” Director Christopher Nolan to Moderate Q&A Our Coverage Sponsored by Bergen Linen

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The Academy celebrates Michael Mann’s 1995 classic, “Heat,” on the big screen onWednesday, September 7, at 7:00 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills with a new 4K DCP restoration. Following the screening, Oscar® winners Pacino and De Niro, four-time Oscar nominee Mann and other cast and crew will reunite in a conversation moderated by Oscar nominee Christopher Nolan. 

The crew of a fierce, professional thief (De Niro) and an obsessively driven LAPD detective (Pacino) are locked in deadly opposition as they vector towards each other.

Taking inspiration from his friend, Chicago Detective Charlie Adamson – who killed Neil McCauley in a shoot-out in 1963 – Mann built a twilight vision of Los Angeles. With its range of complex characters, epic scale action and dazzling use of the city, “Heat” is as incendiary as it was 20 years ago.

Written and Directed by Michael Mann
Produced by Michael Mann and Art Linson
Executive Producers Arnon Milchan and Pieter Jan Brugge
Director of Photography Dante Spinotti
Production Designer Neil Spisak
Film Editors Dov Hoenig, Pasquale Buba, William Goldenberg and Tom Rolf
Music by Elliot Goldenthal
Costume Designer Deborah L. Scott
Sound by Lee Orloff, Andy Nelson, Chris Jenkins and Doug Hemphill
Casting by Bonnie Timmermann
Cast: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Diane Venora, Amy Brenneman, Dennis Haysbert, Ashley Judd, Mykelti Williamson, Wes Studi, Ted Levine, William Fichtner, Natalie Portman, Tom Noonan, Kevin Gage, Hank Azaria, Susan Traylor, Kim Staunton and Jon Voight
Running time: 172 minutes
Format: “Heat” will be presented in a new 4K DCP, restored by Stefan Sonnenfeld (Company 3) and Michael Mann.

Click here for tickets and additional information.



On Poetry, by J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn't education. It's history. It's poetry.” 
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

MOVERS and SHAKERS: Keelin O’Keeffe, Founder, CEO and Color Revolutionizer of Kiki Moon Ireland, Boutique Baby Blankets Our Coverage Sponsored by Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner

Keelin O'Keeffe

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Keelin O’Keeffe, business founder, designer and mother of two was destined to become an entrepreneur. As the youngest of four girls growing up in County Dublin, Ireland, Keelin was always coming up with new business ventures and setting up clubs in her local community. At the age of 10, Keelin decided she wanted to play the part of Orphan Annie. With no local productions happening, Keelin rallied 50 kids in her school and produced, directed and stared in her own production much to her parents’ amusement. 

Keelin always had a passion for interiors and especially colour but decided that a business degree was the best option for her in pursuing her dream of entrepreneurship. After receiving an Honours Business Degree from Sligo Institute of Education, Keelin started out getting as much experience as possible working in numerous positions in marketing and sales in a bid to establish exactly what area she would excel in. 

Keelin enrolled in the Dublin Institute of Design (where she received an Honours Diploma) to further explore her passion for interiors and it was during her studies she began considering combining her business acumen with her design skills. 

However, it wasn’t until almost four years ago, after giving birth to her first child, Keelin quickly realised there was a massive gap in the market for new moms craving something other than baby pinks and blues for their new babies. After a year of researching, planning and designing this new boutique baby brand, kiki moon, Keelin got quite the shock when her doctor told her she was expecting her second baby, due the same month her business was to launch. 

Keelins’ second little baby came into the world on March 1st during a snowstorm in Dublin. She took two months off and was back to work to finalize the launch of kiki moon. Kiki moon specialises in organic baby blankets using breathtakingly fresh colour combinations. Keelin designs the product and they are manufactured in Portugal. All blankets are packaged in beautiful gift boxes and delivered to 35 countries all over the world.   Kiki Moon has been Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.  We are over the moon to present Keelin O'Keeffe as our latest Mover and Shaker!  Peachy Deegan interviewed Keelin for Whom You Know.

Peachy Deegan: Please tell us about your “Annie” production. 
Keelin O'Keeffe: 
I was obsessed with this musical from a very young age. I learnt every word from the movie by watching it over and over again. I was a very determined little girl and would not stop until I had the part of Annie in a production. I’m very solution driven. To me, if you want something and it doesn’t exist or you can’t find it, the most logical next step is to create it or do it yourself. In this case I had to create the production myself to get the starring role! Every week a large number of kids would go into a warehouse in Dublin City Centre and rehearse for hours on end. I cast all of the members of the musical and directed them all. It still amuses me that they actually listened to a 10 year old (cast was all kids). We put on the show for one night only and most of the audience were family/friends, but if achieved my goal and gave me an appetite for running the show. 

What else have you “produced” either professionally or academically in between Annie and Kiki Moon? 
I produced/set up a number of amateur productions locally. When I was working at Dublin City University I decided I wanted to join their choir and was shocked when I realized there was none. So two months later I established the DCU Campus Choir which is still going strong. (I’ve since handed the reigns over to an ex-colleague as I’m so busy). 

Peachy Deegan attended UCC for a semester and found living in Ireland to be totally different from what she thought it would be. What do you think the world should know about Ireland and what misconceptions would you like to clarify? 
I think people have a view of Ireland that is quite different to the reality. The cities of Ireland are now very cosmopolitan and this is a far cry from the old movie Ryan's Daughter! The fact that Facebook, Linkedin and Google have chosen Dublin as their HQ, paints a new reality and image for this city and indeed country. However, it is still possible to find the old Ireland that people know and love in small towns and villages around the country. 

What do you think makes Irish entrepreneurship unique? 
I think Irish entrepreneurs are extremely creative and innovative. With Ireland being a small island in Europe, we’ve had to become resourceful in order to make our products and services competitive in the larger European and worldwide market. Networking, which is key to the success of any business is something that Irish people are great at. 

What are your favorite Irish counties and why?
Donegal, Kerry, Sligo and Galway are my favourites. All have amazing scenery, brilliant craic and genuine welcoming people. My husband is born and bred in Kerry so we visit there often. The scenery in Kerry and Donegal is breathtaking and should be on everyone's bucket list 

What is your favorite Irish music and why? 
I love lots of Irish music, the old ballads that we grew up with and when I get a chance it’s great to spend some time in the local bars listening to traditional Irish music. U2 of course are always great in concert! 

Did you play hurling or camogie, do you speak Gaelic and what do you like to celebrate the most about your Irish heritage? 
I played camogie at school but not anymore. Yes I can speak Irish but as you probably know, it is so rarely spoken in Ireland now, particularly in Dublin. All children in Irish schools are expected to learn Irish in primary and secondary schools. 

How did you decide to manufacture in Portugal and is Kiki Moon a vertical business? 
I wanted to keep the manufacturing as local to me as possible. After much researching, I realized that Ireland was not an option for me; it was not possible to produce the exact prototype I wanted here, but I was very sure that I wanted to manufacture in a country that had a great reputation in producing high quality textile products. Also, I needed somewhere close enough that I could fly into quickly when needed, and with two small children, the Far East was just not going to work for me. I started looking at a few countries in Europe but Portugal kept coming up as great place to manufacture. They produce fabulous textile products and have a great way of doing business. They are actually quite like the Irish in many ways. 

Where does the name Kiki Moon come from? 
Moon was the first word my son said after Mom & Dad. He was obsessed with moons from a young age. Kiki is a nickname of mine. 

Are you negotiating any licensing agreements to make blankets for other labels? 
No, at the moment I am focused on producing exclusive products just for our brand however we may expand our own product line, but right now I want to grow kiki moon. 

Will you make adult sized blankets/throws? 
Yes, I am looking into this at the moment. We receive many requests on a daily basis requesting adults versions of the blankets so it’s something I believe there is a big market for. 

What are the best trade shows in Europe for home brands and why, and do you think trade shows in general are phasing out or essential? 
So far we have focused on the Irish & UK baby shows and some of the Irish gift shows. We have found these great for getting the word out there. 

What is the difference between an organic blanket and one that is not? 
Organic cotton products are made using cotton that have not been sprayed and no pesticides have been used in the growing process. Cotton generally is the safest fabric to put next to a newborn baby. 

Where are you sold in the USA? 
We currently sell online and offer free delivery to anywhere in the USA. 

Do you have future ambitions for more designs in color beyond the baby sphere? 
Yes, I have so many new designs and new textile products I would like to bring to the market at some point. Larger throws are something I get asked about frequently so I am talking to my manufacturers about this right now and may release a prototype soon. One of the defining features of kiki moon is our beautiful packaging so I want to continue this with every product we develop. I want the experience of opening a kiki moon package to be a special experience each time. 

What are your five most favorite colors and why and please tell us in which order you like them best? 
Hot pink is my absolute favorite, it puts a smile on my face and I love using it on my little girl and on my nails!! Bright orange is another favorite; I just love this cheery color. Aqua Blue and green are next, both are so fresh and yet vibrant at the same time. Yellow is my fifth favorite color, I associate it with Easter and happiness! 

What or who has had the most influence on your pursuit of excellence? 
My father was an entrepreneur and set up the first stock-broking agency in Ireland the same year I was born. My mother was also a massive influence and I grew up believing that you should absolutely follow your dreams and never rely on other people to fulfill your dreams. 

What are you proudest of and why? 
I’m so proud (clichéd as it sounds) of my two little ones. They make me smile every day with their carry on and without them I would never have had the inspiration to set up my business. However, I’m extremely proud of the kiki moon brand and how I managed to take a really strong vision I had in my head to the point of actually getting this product to market and bringing it to a wider audience. (While having a new baby and toddler). 

What would you like to do professionally that you have not yet had the opportunity to do? 
In terms of what I’d like to do within kiki moon, I want to expand the product offering, I have so many designs that I would like to bring to market. Long term, I see kiki moon having flagship stores in the major cities in Ireland, the UK and the USA and I see kiki moon as having the potential to be the “go to” gift store for special occasions. 

What one word best describes you and why? 
Determined. If I decide to go for something, nothing will get in my way, if I’m passionate about it, I will make it happen. 

What do you take your sense of identity from? 
From myself, I have always had a strong sense of self luckily. 

What is your favorite place to be in Manhattan? And Dublin? And Ireland beyond Dublin? 
As a lover of musicals, Broadway is such an exciting place for me. In Dublin, it’s Howth, my hometown, it’s a beautiful fishing village with amazing views. Beyond Dublin, I have to say I love Kenmare in Co. Kerry, It’s where I got married and holds special memories for me. It’s surrounded by mountainous views and stunning lakes. It also has some fabulous restaurants and bars to socialize in. 

What is your favorite shop in Manhattan? And Dublin? And Ireland beyond Dublin? 
I love the Avoca stores here in Ireland, they are nationwide, and are a major Irish success story. I’m not as familiar with shops in Manhattan but have enjoyed shopping in FAO Schwarz, and some of the cool boutiques in Manhattan. I also love the hot carmelized nut stands on every street corner in Manhattan: the perfect winter warmers. 

If you could hire anybody who would it be and why? 
I would hire Kendra Scott, I am really fascinated by Kendra’s story and how she built her business up from the ground with young children. It’s such a difficult thing to do but I admire her determination immensely. Failing hiring her, I would love to have dinner with her! 

What is your favorite drink? 
I have too many to pick just one, but I love cocktails, strong coffee, and a good sauvignon blanc! 

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you at a cocktail party? 
I was on a fabulous cocktail party on a boat docked in Dublin harbor and missed my footing (pre-cocktails) and very nearly fell overboard. Luckily my husband was close by to stop my late night swim. 

What is your favorite restaurant in Manhattan? And Dublin? And Ireland beyond Dublin? 
I love Patsy’s on 236 W. 56th St. I have great memories of when I was stuck in Manhattan for a week during the ash cloud which shutdown airspace globally. I went to Patsy’s and met a lot of amazing people. My favorite restaurant in Dublin is Chapter One, probably Dublin’s best dining experience. Oscar’s restaurant in Galway is a firm favourite of mine, great if you’re a lover of seafood and beautiful wines. 

What is your favorite Manhattan book or favorite character in Manhattan literature? And Dublin? And Ireland beyond Dublin? 
My favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye, and favorite character is Holden Caulfield. My favorite book based in Dublin is 11 Emerald Street which was written by my father, Hugh O’Donnell, an excellent depiction of Dublin life in the 50’s. I also really enjoyed Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes, a memoir of his early childhood growing up in Limerick. 

Who would you like to be for a day and why? 
I would love to be Mark Zuckerberg for a day. I think he has an amazing mind and would love to see how he operates. 

If you could have anything in Manhattan named after you what would it be and why? And Dublin? And Ireland beyond Dublin? 
I absolutely love Times Square so would love a theatre named after me! In Dublin I have a beautiful park called St Anne’s which has fabulous amenities for the kids, I’d love a bench names after me in this park. Beyond Dublin, possibly the little church I got married in, a beautiful little stone church in Dawros, Kenmare, Co. Kerry. 

What has been your best Manhattan athletic experience? And Dublin? And Ireland beyond Dublin? 
My only athletic experience in Manhattan is running from shop to shop chasing the bargains! 

What is your favorite thing to do in Manhattan that you can do nowhere else? And Dublin? And Ireland beyond Dublin? 
I have to say that Time Square, although very touristy, is so completely different to anything we have here in Ireland so this is something I enjoy. In Dublin, I love enjoying traditional music sessions in authentic venues with like-minded people. My hometown of Howth has the most spectacular cliff walks you will ever see and anytime I get the chance I enjoy a walk on the cliffs, sometimes followed by a pint of Guinness at The Summit pub! My favorite thing to do outside of Dublin has to be Listowel’s Writers week in Kerry held annually. It’s a fabulous mix of writers, actors, musicians all gathered to celebrate their love of the arts. 

If you could have dinner with any person living or passed, who would it be and why? 
I would love to have dinner with Shirley Temple; as a child I absolutely adored her and found her career progression fascinating. She really was so unique and is a loss to society. My granny, who has passed on was also a big fan and I have lovely memories of the two of us watching her black and white movies and drinking endless cups of tea. 

What has been your best Manhattan art or music experience? And Dublin? And Ireland beyond Dublin? 
Seeing U2 in concert in New York was a memorable moment, it was quite the occasion. Visiting the Guggenheim in Bilbao in Northern Spain was fascinating. Northern Spain is an absolutely beautiful place I spent a few months living there whilst at university. Outside of Dublin, again, Listowel’s Writers Week is a highlight for me. Great people descend to Listowel tow in Co. Kerry for a week of arts, fun and festivities. 

What do you personally do or what have you done to give back to the world? 
Before kiki moon, I spent a number of years working with NFTE – an entrepreneurship program which started in the USA and has a branch in Ireland. It teaches entrepreneurship skills to young people living in low-income communities. This was massively rewarding. More recently, I have linked in with our local Children’s Hospital and offered a gift of blankets to the sick children. 

What do you think is most underrated and overrated in Manhattan? And Dublin? And Ireland beyond Dublin? 
Most underrated is Lily O’Brien’s chocolate café in Manhattan, perfect for hot chocolates after ice-skating in the park. I haven’t found anything overrated in Manhattan; everything exceeded my expectations! In Dublin, the area of Temple Bar is a little overrated, it used to be a cool, vibey place but has become very commercial and rowdy at night, perfect for stags or hens! I think the Northside of Dublin in general is underrated. There are so many beautiful places to see and lots happening on the Northside, with some excellent restaurants in Howth, North Co. Dublin. Outside of Dublin, The Cliffs of Moher are underrated, this is a spectacular experience and although plenty of tourists have enjoyed the sights here, it should be a wonder of the world! I would think the only thing overrated outside of Dublin, is the fact that the Irish language is spoken so rarely, it’s a pity but very few places in Ireland now use Irish as their first language, I think this is something that tourists may be disappointed about when visiting rural communities. 

Other than Movers and Shakers of course, what is your favorite WhomYouKnow​.com​ column and what do you like about it? 
I love reading The Arts, I’m interested in the Theatre and Musicals and love reading these interviews. I also enjoy the Cuisine & Drinks, good to know where is recommended for my next Manhattan jaunt. 

What else should Whom You Know readers know about you? 
I love travelling, love meeting interesting people and am passionate about being in business. I am determined to make kiki moon a household name on a global scale, one baby at a time. 

How would you like to be contacted by Whom You Know readers? 
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