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Stylist Paula Hughes on her life in loves, from New Balance trainers to Donegal


By IMAGE
17th Jun 2022
Stylist Paula Hughes on her life in loves, from New Balance trainers to Donegal

Stylist Paula Hughes on the finds she’ll treasure forever and the things she’s currently obsessing over.

The last thing I bought was a weekend away to Ibiza. The last two times I was there was for work. We usually get to stay in really nice places on shoots with no time to enjoy them, so this time I’m going for my friend’s birthday.

With vintage shopping, it helps when you’re a regular customer. I receive the odd text from Marian or Gail in Jenny Vander when they think something might suit me, such as the Yves Saint Laurent 1970s leather jacket I got for €50.

It’s been a lifetime ambition to play the electric guitar, and I finally bought one. Come back to me in a year…

It doesn’t really have a function, but I would love an Hermès scarf. It would make me happy to wear it, so maybe it’s not entirely useless.

My all-time favourite book is Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway. It keeps me focused on what really matters, and reminds you that no one owes you anything in life, you are in control.

Growing up, we always fixed everything that broke or tore. I’m teaching my daughter how to darn at the moment.

I will never tire of Donegal, from the rough, wild coastline to the local designers and craft businesses. Some go back generations, such as Hanna Hats and Molloy & Sons.

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New York City never fails to inspire

I’m always inspired by New York. It motivates me to keep moving, creating, connecting. There’s always an event to go to or a gallery to visit.

My favourite piece of jewellery is my Tiffany & Co Elsa Peretti Cabochon ring. It replaced my engagement ring, which was stolen – my husband bought me this one after a few hints.

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A chicken casserole from Kayla’s Kitchen, Paula’s food delivery business inspired by her daughter

I recommend Kayla’s Kitchen to everyone. They deliver nutritious meals nationwide, frozen so there’s no waste. A godsend when you just want to hang out with the kids after a busy day. Did I mention it’s named after my daughter?

I never leave the house without my Timeless Pearly earrings and Jerome Dreyfuss Igor bag.

My most recent shoe purchase was a pair of 57/40 New Balance trainers.

Photography by Kip Carroll. This article originally appeared in the Spring issue of IMAGE Magazine. We may earn a commission if you buy something from any affiliate links on our site.