Ciara McKenna and Kim Knowles are the brains behind Coldlilies.com, the curated jewellery website that Frillseeker can’t get enough of.
Ciara: Synth popsters MGMT and The Naked & Famous are both coming to my favourite Dublin venue, the Olympia Theatre, this Autumn. For a mid-sized venue it’s surprisingly intimate, and the smallest bit of charm will secure a pit pass from the tux clad doormen. If you have time, pop around the corner to Skinflint beforehand for some cheap ‘n’ cheerful dance fuel. In my case, a bowl of extra hot meatballs – yum!
Kim: Fading Light Festival: I love the concept for this festival and it’s in the diary this year! I’m a big festival-goer anyway but I just love the mix of music, food, film and the outdoors… all from the most beautiful setting in west Kerry. Might have to ditch the tent for this one though!
2. Building the biz
Kim: We’ve worked really hard this past year building coldilies.com into a global online retail platform and preparing for our winter season. As with a lot of retail industries, autumn-winter is the biggest sales period for jewellery and we have spent most of this year preparing for it; with a re-branding exercise earlier in the summer, launching our pound sterling site last month, hiring four new staff in Dublin and recruiting some fabulous new designers.
Ciara: Coldlilies have just secured a London studio in The Trampery, London Fields, which is also home to LFW darling, Holly Fulton, and menswear designer, James Long, so we’re going to be spending more and more time in the city we once called home. Some say the city comes alive in the summer, but I love it in the winter – and it’s not just me, ask TimeOut.
3. Going home
Kim: I don’t get to go home a lot, now that we’ve expanded into the UK but I always take a week down south at Christmas time. I haven’t lived in Cork for a long time but I love going back – guaranteed home cooking, open fires and long walks on the beach with my dog, Alfie!
4. Sporting heroes
Kim: Winter means bad weather, which means waves and surf… in Ireland anyway. I love the outdoors but my favourite winter sports are surfing and snowboarding. We’ve been so busy with Coldlilies this past year, I haven’t really had much of a chance for either but I definitely plan on making time for Ireland’s west coast this winter.
Ciara: The Leinster Rugby season kicked off on the September 6th, and with Sexton’s departure and BOD’s final season upon us, the province will need all the support it can get. A Friday evening game in the RDS, two pints and a slow walk home is possibly the best way to end the working week and kickstart the weekend.
5. New beginnings
5. Ciara: A big 21st Birthday: Not mine, but the next best thing! The Irish Refugee Council will celebrate turning 21 with an event on the 20th November which is also Universal Children’s Day. I’m proud to be a board member of the organisation, which advocates tirelessly on behalf of men, women and children who seek protection and humanity here in Ireland.
Kim: I’m definitely more a winter girl than summer…so chunky knits, scarves of any description, high necklines and long lengths will be my staple winter attire. Really looking forward to ogling the AW collections this season especially the orange knits from Jonathan Saunders, Simone Rocha‘s skirts and Stella McCartney‘s velvet floor lengths. A girl can dream…