Mayo Style Awards Finalists Profiled
Mayo Style Awards Beauty Salon Finalist Profiles
Beauty by Helen, Balla
Helen McGuinn’s enthusiasm is nearly a wellness treatment in itself! From small beginnings with just two therapists four years ago, she now has a team of 9, does hair as well as beauty, and earlier this year moved to new premises on Balla’s main street.
A blank canvas was a real thrill for Helen who has a background in interior design and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. She loves where she works and has created a fabulous salon offering everything from massages and facials to make ups, shellac nails, tanning, brow/lash treatments and pedicures/manicures. She welcomes everyone, particularly mothers who can bring their babies or children with them (and any time there’s a free therapist, the kiddies get their nails done too!). Beauty By Helen draws clients from all over the county. Their packages (bridal, hen parties, bring a buddy) are hugely popular and everything is attractively priced. Add in ample free parking and it’s easy to see why Helen’s salon is so well liked.
Mulroy’s Beauty Clinic
Fourteen years ago in November, Mary Mulroy set up her beauty clinic on Main Street, Castlebar, and has built up a thriving business since. Beginning as a solo operator she has built the business year on year and now has a beauty team of 9 working with her. She now operates from her own premises on Shamble Street – moving in just two weeks after having a baby. This move to a more spacious premises proved to be an important step in expanding the business.
Mulroy’s Beauty Clinic are very popular for nails and make up treatments, especially for special occasions and weddings, but their real specialisation is skincare and laser hair removal. Both women and men of all ages come from miles around for treatments. They have produced wonderful results for clients with problem skin using premium IIAA products. Mary uses the Candela medical grade laser for painless and very effective hair removal.
Petals Hair & Beauty
For 25 years Joan Rowland and her team have been at the forefront of beauty, first in Westport and now in Castlebar as well. Joan began with just herself and two therapists (one of whom is still with Petals) in a modest premises. Today she leads a team of 30, including three of her daughters. The salon is in an impressive premises on Bridge Street with three beauty rooms, a make up and tanning suite, manicure/pedicure area and a hair salon with a dozen workstations catering for both ladies and gents hairdressing. Petals take customer service very seriously and are open seven days a week to accommodate all clients. They take hen parties and group bookings regularly. Weddings are a speciality and they cater for bridal parties both in the salon and at the bride’s house. They also offer call outs for clients who are ill, or for funerals. Petals also have a full online shop at www.petals.ie and via a smartphone app.
The Beauty Spot Spa at the Great National Hotel Ballina
Relaxation and utter luxury are the bywords at this lovely hotel spa just outside Ballina. Under the management of Sarah Mulligan, the Beauty Spot is really going places. It has all the beauty treatments you could need – facials, mineral make up application, manicures, pedicures, spray tans and shellac nails. Therapies take place in one of four rooms and include reflexology, massages and a range of salt treatments. There are treatments for male clients too.
Non residents make up about half the bookings and The Beauty Spot is particularly popular with groups – baby showers, birthday celebrations, bridal parties and more. Sarah has put together some really attractive packages, ideal for everyone in the family - grannies, aunties, sisters and nieces. They include afternoon tea and are keenly priced so everyone can have a little affordable luxury. Even the names sound great – ‘Pure Paradise Spa Escape’ or ‘Midweek Me Time’. Ample parking is a real bonus and older people can be dropped to the door. Larger groups will have the treatment and relaxation rooms to themselves.
Mayo Style Awards Health Category Finalist Profiles
Claremorris Leisure Centre, Claremorris
Built on the site of the old Claremorris Swimming Pool, Claremorris Leisure Centre is a huge asset to both the town and surrounding areas. It comprises a 25-metre swimming pool plus fully equipped gym and fitness suite. The six-lane pool is beautifully designed and, as with the rest of the leisure centre, is fully accessible to all. It's ideal for competitions with a spectator viewing area and Omega timing system. For those who'd prefer to relax, the sunken jacuzzi and large cedarwood sauna are just the ticket. Adult and children's classes run regularly as well as Bounce 'n' Splash, which is inflatable fun for children.
The superbly equipped gymnasium features Precor cardiovascular equipment with personal viewing screens. A selection of fixed and free weights offers every option for shaping and toning. Classes of every imaginable sort are available in the bright spacious fitness suite, from Pilates and Zumba to thump boxing and weight management. The most recent additions are state of the art spin bikes and a variety of spin classes are on offer to suit every ability.
Laura McDonald runs therapy business Eden Wellness, working from Kachina Spa in Castlebar. She has been there since 2007; before that she worked as a therapist in London. Both her parents are from Castlebar but Laura was brought up in the UK. Much of her work relates to helping relieve stress or anxiety related issues. She works with people through hypnosis or BWRT (Brain Work Recursive Therapy). Smokers are one group of people who respond very well to hypnosis and they, in particular, bring in more clients through word of mouth. Laura also helps people with confidence issues, with childbirth and labour and on improving performance in sport. She is almost qualified as a personal trainer and will bring that into her work as well. She helps people work towards their goals and ideal outcomes. A further string to Laura’s bow is training people to be hypnotherapists, which she does at Lough Lannagh.
RLS Fitness, Westport
RLS Fitness, Westport, offers a vast range of fitness classes suitable to all fitness levels.
Also provided are online weight loss and nutrition programmes. One of their clients told The Connaught Telegraph: "Their classes are excellent. "There is something for everyone, from beginners to advanced. "The two trainers, Denis and Patrick, offer great knowledge and support to all the members on nutrition and fitness. "They create a wonderful atmosphere in class."
Mayo Style Awards Best Interiors Category Finalist Profiles
From her base in Foxford, Catherine Ruane runs a successful interior design business dealing with clients from far and wide. She’s remarkably flexible in her approach and will take on projects of all sorts, from upstyling and renovating to new builds and full project management. She will advise on colour schemes, lighting and furniture layout, even working on architect plans to make sure the finished build will work seamlessly from an interior point of view. For example, corner windows are very trendy and popular now but can be a real challenge to ensure they work well.
As well as formal interior design training, Catherine has vast practical experience having run a furniture business for ten years and also ran the paint section of the family hardware business. You might recognise her from Albany shops where she does a day each month in Mayo and surrounding counties.
Keep an eye out for Catherine on the TV over the coming months – she’s currently working on a big project at Lough Lannagh for Francis Brennan’s hit show, At Your Service.
Foxford Woollen Mills
Over 125 years Foxford Woollen Mills has evolved to become a significant lifestyle brand recognisable throughout the world. The hallmarks of timeless elegance and hand-crafted design have been retained but the product range has expanded to include contemporary designs as well as traditional scarves, throws and blankets.
Today, the newly revamped store boasts high end interior furnishings alongside the time honoured Foxford weaves. The colours are breathtaking and clearly inspired by the subtle tones of the Mayo landscape. The one thing that has not changed is the quality. For decades Foxford has welcomed visitors to the woollen mills to share the story of this historic business. Now that tour has been entirely re-imagined and an engaging tour guide brings groups right into the heart of the mill. It’s an interactive experience so visitors can touch and feel the woven fabric at different stages of production and begin to understand the wonders of this time honoured process. Foxford Woollen Mills has four stores in Ireland (Foxford, Westport, Dublin and Tyrone) and also sells through many other outlets and online at www.foxfordwoollenmills.com.
Founded in Galway in 1998 by the Dilleen family, EZ Living Furniture has become one of Ireland's most well known and best loved retail brands, with deep roots in the community, supporting local clubs and charities. EZ Living Furniture now has eleven stores across Ireland, in Mayo (Castlebar), Galway, Limerick, Sligo, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Dublin, and an ever-growing e-commerce website. The family-owned company employs over 200 people, with plans for further expansion over the coming years.
EZ Living Furniture is committed to providing quality furniture alongside the highest level of customer service. Unlike many of their competitors, they buy direct from the manufacturer, bypassing wholesalers entirely. Cutting out the middleman allows them to offer the lowest possible prices without having to compromise on quality; in fact they tailor the product to improve the quality. They are proud to say it is their customers who reap the rewards – amazing prices and value for money.
Family interiors and furnishings business Trevor Morrow have been operating in Ballina for nearly 30 years. Last year they opened brand new showrooms with a remarkable 23,000 square feet of display area. They stock a huge range of furnishings, floorings, beddings and upholstery. Their main focus is on interior design which is a service they offer free of charge to customers.
Their two interior designers work with clients countrywide from the planning stage, carrying out site visits and working with electricians, plumbers, etc., to ensure the perfect result for their clients. It’s a start to finish service – when they have finished, the sheets are on the beds and the cutlery in the drawers. The majority of clients are domestic but they also work with commercial clients as well. The ethos is loyalty and longevity which applies to their team of ten staff too; all are with them since day one.
Mayo Style Awards Best New Business Finalist Profiles
After a dozen years in the UK, Stephanie Coyne returned to her native Mayo and last December set up Face Aesthetics – an advanced skincare clinic. This exciting new business offers solutions for people with acne, visible redness, pigmentation or unwanted aging which were previously only available in Dublin or further afield.
Stephanie is highly skilled in her field. She trained and worked as an aesthetic therapist in Leeds and then became national trainer for Aesthetic Care Pharmaceutical Company, travelling the UK training other therapists. Now she brings all her skill and experience to Castlebar and Mayo and has used her knowledge to buy the very best up to date equipment.
The lasers are all medical grade and deliver the best results for redness, pigmentation, spot prone skin and the reduction of lines and wrinkles. She has a full-time aesthetic therapist working with her and they offer a free one hour consultation to assess your skin regime and provide you with all the options that are available and suitable for you.
Podi Footcare opened a podiatry practice in Castlebar in July 2017, offering premium podiatry and chiropody services to the people of Castlebar and Mayo. A podiatrist is a specialist in the foot and lower limb and covers a range of treatments including chiropody care, biomechanical assessments, gait analysis, treatment of ingrown toenails and much more.
No matter what your age, the health of your feet is very important. Having painful feet can impact your mobility, footwear choices and your everyday life – so it is so important that our feet are in tip-top shape to be able to wear any type of shoe comfortably and to carry yourself stylishly.
Our two podiatrists, Megan and Alistair, graduated from University in Northampton and pursued their podiatric careers in the NHS in London. Here they treated a wide range of conditions in general chiropody, biomechanics, paediatrics and much more. Their caring attitude and strong skillset allow them to provide the highest standards of care for their patients here in Mayo and the surrounding counties. In their first year in business they have been very successful and are confident that they will continue this success into 2019.
Katey’s Health & Beauty
After 16 years managing the cosmetic counter in Lloyds Pharmacy, beauty therapist and nutrition consultant Katey Butler took the plunge and struck out on her own. She opened Katey’s Health & Beauty in Claremorris 13 months ago, beginning with a premises in Lakeside but moving last February to a more prominent ground floor location on Mount Street. Ambitious and enthusiastic, she has a slew of awards under her belt from her pharmacy days, including Cosmetic Consultant of the Year.
Katey's Health and Beauty Clinic is all about bringing out your inner and outer beauty with beauty treatments such as Decleor facials, make-up for all occasions and for all ages, waxing, massage, tanning, gelish nails, pedicures, and manicures. Katey uses and stocks the Decleor skincare range. Her newest product is Lash Lift with Botox – which curls lashes and then conditions with Botox cream afterwards. Katey also offers health treatments such as weight management programmes which include one-to-one personal consultations and private weigh-ins.
Mayo Style Awards Best Hair Salon Finalist Profiles
Turlough Hair and Beauty
Since taking over Turlough Hair and Beauty – where quality is key - three years ago, Suzanne Gibbons has expanded the business and now heads a team of eight people. Her natural effervescence attracts clients from a wide catchment area with customers from as far away as Westport. The main business is still hairdressing – Suzanne is a hair stylist herself – with a strong emphasis on cutting and colouring. They use L'Oreal, a premium brand with a superb range of hair colours, as well as Kerastase and Moroccanoil. The advanced L’Oreal colour system allows the trained stylists to tailor shades to exactly suit the individual client. They are well known for subtle colouring and highlights, and offer a wonderful upstyling service too which adds an inimitable panache to a big occasion look.
Having the beauty salon under the same roof is a huge plus for wedding parties or clients preparing for a special event. Five private rooms ensure privacy for those that want it and they are very popular with group bookings. Turlough Hair and Beauty use social media (Facebook) to update clients with all the latest information and offers.
HG Hair, Claremorris
Hannah Grant opened HG Hair in Claremorris four years ago and has run a thriving business since. Her first premises became too small and last year she moved across the street to a bigger salon where she now employs eight people.
Hannah’s career in hair began when she was just 16 and started working in her family’s hair salon in Galway. She went on to study hairdressing and worked in several salons in Galway and Claremorris before starting her own business. HG Hair offer a full range of styling, colouring and cutting. They do a lot of weddings, particularly upstyles for bridal parties and for guests as well. They offer a callout service, which many brides prefer. Their particular speciality is in hair extensions and they do three different brands catering for different price points – Great Lengths, Gold Fever and Beauty Works. The salon has reached national finals for Great Lengths extensions.
Donegal native Suzanne O’Toole opened Capelli 12 years ago in Westport, having previously run her own salon in Dublin. Capelli recently moved into bigger, brighter premises at The Octagon, just around the corner from the Wyatt Hotel. The bustling salon has a real community feel to it. The staff all live locally and the customer base is very cal too. The atmosphere is welcoming and it’s no wonder the team of ten are busy all year round.
Suzanne takes training very seriously and keeps everyone up to date. All the stylists are highly trained – some have travelled abroad to London and Valencia to do courses. Colouring is a speciality and in fact Capelli have unlimited access to the state of the art training academy in Dublin operated by Alfaparf, their premium Italian colour brand. Alfaparf gives top class colour yet is gentle on hair. It even has organic and vegan ranges of shampoos and conditioners. Capelli are enthusiastic supporters of fashion shows and many local charity events.
Petals Hair & Beauty
For 25 years Joan Rowland and her team have been at the forefront of beauty, first in Westport and now in Castlebar as well. Joan began with just herself and two therapists (one of whom is still with Petals) in a modest premises. Today she leads a team of 30, including three of her daughters. The salon is in an impressive premises on Bridge Street with three beauty rooms, a make up and tanning suite, manicure/pedicure area and a hair salon with a dozen workstations catering for both ladies and gents hairdressing.
Petals take customer service very seriously and are open seven days a week to accommodate all clients. They take hen parties and group bookings regularly. Weddings are a speciality and they cater for bridal parties both in the salon and at the bride’s house. They also offer call outs for clients who are ill, or for funerals. Petals also have a full online shop at www.petals.ie and via a smartphone app.
Mayo Style Awards Best Boutique Finalist Profiles
Don Racine, Castlebar, is an award winning boutique with three floors full of fashion to suit every style and every pocket. It stocks a wide range from casual to occasion wear and boasts a wide customer base coming from miles around.
The boutique carries more than 40 brands including Joseph Ribkoff, Rant & Rave and Diesel. Don Racine prides itself on providing a personal service as well as offering a very handy in-store alteration service, which is free of charge.
Their determination to cater for all sizes and pockets and to give customers all the attention and style they deserve has been well rewarded. RSVP magazine awarded Don Racine Best Boutique in Mayo in 2015 and 2016. The shop has also won the Mayo Style Awards Best Boutique category in 2015, and has recently been short-listed by the Irish Independent as one of the Top 10 Destination Shops in Ireland.
The Dressing Room
Less than 18 months after opening the doors on Bridge Street, Westport, The Dressing Room has become a firm favourite amongst shoppers. Jacqueline Moran has years of experience working in different types of boutiques (ladies, men’s and children’s) and has used all her knowledge to create a wonderful shopping experience. It’s in her blood too – her grandparents were tailors living on nearby James Street.
The Dressing Room stocks everything from casual classics right up to stylish occasion pieces. Dresses are a speciality, both for everyday and special occasions. It also offers hat hire and Jacqueline loves to help shoppers put their full look together. She carries a quirky and sometimes edgy range of brands which you won’t find elsewhere in Mayo and promises many new and exciting brands coming for next Spring and Summer. Facebook and social media have been very important for The Dressing Room and they have branched into online sales through Facebook. It’s an ideal solution for those who prefer to shop from their couch or just can’t get to Westport.
Gúna Nua’s combination of classic dress style and stand out party wear has won it a loyal following of fashionistas nationwide. Owner Suzanne Kilkenny spotted the importance of Facebook marketing early on and has built up to over 75,000 followers. Through that medium she had a booming online business before she even launched her e-commerce website. She understands that people appreciate advice on matching outfits with shoes, jewellery, and other accessories and strives to do that on the Facebook page. She also uses very high quality images, realising that visual merchandising has a direct impact on sales.
The results speak for themselves. Contemporary style in a laid back environment is how Gúna Nua describes itself. Suzanne concentrates on stocking the latest fashions so customers can keep their wardrobes up-to-date with all that’s trending on the high street. The Gúna Nua senior style team are Suzanne Kilkenny (owner), Aishling Mulherin, and Siobhan Mullowney.
Mayo Style Awards Best Accessories Finalist Profiles
La Belle Femme, Claremorris
La Belle Femme on The Square in Claremorris is a ladies lingerie shop with a difference.
Lorraine Kirrane opened it 13 years ago as a regular lingerie shop but very
soon demand for mastectomy bras led her to expand into that area. Today she is an official health board supplier and any lady who has had a mastectomy or lumpectomy can be fitted and supplied with free prosthesis and mastectomy bras. It is the only shop in Mayo, Roscommon, Galway and Sligo providing a mastectomy fitting service and indeed there are very few countrywide.
La Belle Femme also stocks a wide range of ladies lingerie including all types of bras from teens upwards, slips, shapewear and swimwear (ordinary, maternity and mastectomy). Both she and Kathleen Felley who works with her are fully trained in fitting for standard bras and have completed special training with a prosthesis company. They carry a range of prosthetic brands – Anita, Amoena and Royce – to ensure each person gets the most natural looking and comfortable option for their specific shape. They supply both partial and full prosthetics.
Kaleidoscope is a delightful shop on Bridge Street in Westport which is a wonderland of attractive, often quirky fashions, accessories and jewellery. Owner Denise Tanham spotted a gap in the market and opened her independent shop having made the move from Dublin in 2009. In those nine years she has developed Kaleidoscope into a contemporary retail outlet for handmade jewellery, contemporary bags and accessories and funky fashions. Kaleidoscope offers shoppers a wide range of both stock and price points. Denise does all the buying herself, travelling abroad to France, Denmark and Italy to source unusual brands of costume jewellery and accessories often stocked nowhere else in the country. She has recently introduced ‘Jewels by Dee’, her own collection of personally selected contemporary pieces. Always innovating, she is now looking at her own brand of scarves. Online sales are part of the mix and deliveries are worldwide. Denise recognises the value of social media as a great way to interact with customers and loves to offer them advice in the form of short videos on How To Wear Scarves or Three Ways To Put An Outfit Together.
Nina Warde opened the doors of Shine in Claremorris 12 years in November and hasn’t looked back since. She happily left her early career in the bank, moving into the unchartered waters of self-employment. Fashion had always fascinated her and on holidays abroad she would pick up interesting accessories and wonder why they weren’t available at home.
In Shine she is making all those quirky and interesting pieces available to all. Nina spends a lot of time sourcing new and interesting items from all over Europe and goes to great trouble to ensure they are different from what’s available locally.
She stocks classic clothes styles and funkier jewellery and accessories in her two-floor shop. Shine stocks Irish designers and tries to promote them. Nina insists on the highest quality standards but keeps her prices in the mid range. She is emphatic about customer service and has been rewarded with a loyal customer base coming from all over the county and beyond. She has customers in their 20s and in their 80s.
Mayo Style Awards Best Social Media Finalist Profiles
Trevor McDonnell Kitchens
From their Swinford base, Trevor McDonnell Kitchens produce bespoke kitchens for clients all over the county. Out front they have an extensive showroom opened last year where prospective clients can come in and get inspiration from the many kitchens on display. The skilled team of three – Trevor, Fallon and Darragh – give all the help that’s needed to design the perfect bespoke kitchen for every house. Customers can see a full render showing them a photo image of the kitchen so they can see what it would look like in their home. All kitchens are made on-site and include full appliance packages.
The bulk of clients are new builds, either first time owners or people building for the first time. They also do refits for people upgrading their existing homes and after ten years in business, Trevor McDonnell’s are seeing repeat business from satisfied customers. Business is booming and they are planning immediate expansion of their workforce.
Freelance makeup artist Amanda Conlon is based in Ballina but works all over the country, providing professional makeup services for weddings, film and TV as well as fashion shows and photo shoots. She began her career as a beauty therapist but was always drawn to the makeup aspect of the job and went on to further qualifications in that area. Clearly the combination of skincare knowledge and makeup artistry is a winning one for Amanda.
Amanda specialises in weddings but also enjoys the more unusual side of makeup artistry. She has worked in theatre and film - even in the special effects arena. When working on weddings, Amanda is meticulous in planning with the bride in advance. Her extensive knowledge in film gives her an edge when applying makeup that not only looks natural but gives a flawless look in photos and on the all-important video. Every bride wants to look her best and that's where Amanda stars.
Hairdresser and stylist Maria Dillon (Conneely) of Platinum Hairdressers has worked in the hairdressing industry since 2001 and holds a colour masters degree with Alfaparf Milano. Upstyles are a favourite at Platinum, and Maria loves to see clients look and feel amazing for an occasion - a wedding, black tie, the races, cocktail parties, christenings, communion, confirmation, or just a big night out. She really enjoys creative upstyling, backcombing and creating glamorous party looks. Easy meche highlights are a signature service. Maria is passionate about highlighting and strives to achieve the perfect shades, tailored to suit each individual client. Colouring services are popular and can enhance the hair’s natural beauty, giving a glossy finish. Also available is colour correction – removing black, changing colour and problem solving.
Platinum also offers a wonderful deep treatment called Lisse Design. This is a keratin infused, smoothing treatment which removes all frizz from the hair and takes the hassle out of styling for up to 12 weeks.
Mayo Style Awards Best in Men’s Fashion Finalist Profiles
Oliver's Menswear and Wedding Specialists is a family owned business, situated on Bridge Street, Ballina. Oliver's reputation for quality, good service, and, above all, good value has sustained his business over the past 27 years. Their clothing range has something for everyone, from tailored suits and classic coats to contemporary casuals or knitwear. Oliver’s stocks the best of Irish and international clothing brands, including Remus Uomo, Benetti, Lacoste, Bugatti, Meyer, Carl Gross, Magee, and SuperDry. They pride themselves on their customer service, specialist advice and attention to detail.
Oliver's Formal Wear caters for all special occasions, from weddings to black tie events. Situated on the second floor of the store, customers can enjoy their own private space while receiving a service second to none. This private area is very accommodating for all customers who want to hire formal-wear for weddings, graduations or other occasions. Oliver’s sell online and also uses Facebook and Instagram to keep customers up-to-date with all the new arrivals and offers.
Ricky’s Barber's in Ballina definitely isn’t a run of the mill traditional barber's shop. There’s a seriously contemporary feel, with TV screens for important matches and slideshows of edgy haircuts on show. Although probably best known for modern hairstyles, fades and freehand designs, Ricky Pownell’s clientele range in age from teens to eighty-somethings. Everyone gets just the haircut they want.
As a teenager Ricky began working in his brother’s barber shop and was instantly captivated by the art of cutting hair. He began cutting and styling within a few months and hasn’t looked back. After ten years working for different barbers, he set up in his own 18 months ago and was soon joined by a second talented barber, Lewis Nealon. Ricky has always had a strong interest in art but reckons that now he does so much freehand designs on heads, he’s lost the ability to draw on paper. With a young baby daughter and an ever growing clientele to look after, it doesn’t leave much time for anything else anyway.
Well known high street fashion outlet New Look celebrated 10 years in Castlebar earlier this summer. Although part of a large chain, it is very much branded as a local store and they know their customers very personally. Two members of their staff have been with them since day one. New Look has a huge range of stock – men’s wear, ladies wear (and a petite range), teenage and youth clothing from 8/9 years up and beauty items. Their menswear is very much a contemporary collection for the modern man including skinny jeans, slim fitting shirts and trendy t-shirts. The clientele is mainly the under 30 age group. By reacting quickly to the latest trends and interpreting them in a way that’s wearable for customers, New Look helps customers find a look that fits their personal style. So whether they’re looking for the latest trends, or simply that perfect party dress, New Look has it covered. The 18-strong New Look team is headed up by manager Michelle Newcombe and deputy manager Geraldine Clancy.
Padraic McHale Menswear
Padraic McHale Menswear has been a stalwart on the Castlebar retail scene for the last 30 years. Located on Market Square, the shop offers quality fashion and formal wear as well as the only dress suit hire in Castlebar. It’s a busy location with a real surge in sales leading up to Christmas. The shop stocks an excellent range of brands, including Magee, André, Scopes formal/suit, Casa Moda, Mustang jeans, Selected Clothing, the German brand Bruhl and Carl Gross. For business attire, Benetti is a very popular brand and Padraic McHale’s is a destination of choice for discerning businessmen.
The formal wear collection consists of classic tailcoats, herringbone Prince Edward and morning suits for the traditional style wedding. The tuxedo or dinner suit is a black two-piece suit traditionally worn to black tie events. Padraic McHale’s also stock a wide variety of three-piece suits for purchase in a wide variety of colours and styles for a more contemporary look.
Mayo Style Awards Best in Bridal Finalist Profiles
Make Up With Megan
It’s celebration time already this summer for professional makeup artist Megan Durkan who scooped Freelance Make Up Artist of the Year last month in the Irish Make Up Awards 2018.
Megan specialises in bridal makeup and really goes that extra mile to ensure every bride is happy. She does make ups in her studios in Swinford, and Roscommon, or will also call to your home, hotel or hairdressers.
Her background is in finance but after 10 years she went into business with her mother, setting up The Green Rooms beauty salons and beginning Make Up With Megan at the same time. Two years ago, she sold the beauty business and went into freelance makeup full-time. With her outgoing personality and genuine interest in people it’s no wonder she’s so successful.
As a freelance artist, Megan relies heavily on social media as a shop window to showcase her skills. She finds it a wonderful way to reach new clients and spread the word. As well as wedding makeups, Megan also does make up for TV and film, photography and fashion.
DJ Tommy Elliot
Kiltimagh-based DJ Tommy Elliot has quite a claim to fame – he’s Ireland’s most awarded wedding DJ and has been voted Ireland’s Best Wedding DJ no less than seven times. These awards come from leading bridal magazines and websites such as Mrs2b.ie, Wedding Journal Reader Awards, Irish Wedding Awards, Irish Wedding Diary Magazine and LoveWeddings.ie. These are mainly review based awards which is a pretty strong testimonial in itself.
He started the business almost by accident a decade ago when friends asked him to DJ at their weddings. More enquiries rolled in and he began a Facebook page which gave it a huge boost. Things snowballed and he is in high demand countrywide. A remarkable 30% of weddings are booked through the website from overseas. Tommy uses his experience to play the right music at the right time and is always happy to accommodate the taste and choice of the happy couple.
Edward Reid Photography
Edward Reid Photography is also a finalist in the bridal category.
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