RSVP’s One to Watch: Sinead Hayes
In this One to Watch, RSVP’s Mikie O’Loughlin chats to Sinead Hayes, creator of “Thinking out Loud” blog, model and mother of three.
Firstly, tell us about yourself?
I am 37 years old and a proud mother of three living in Cork. My children are my greatest achievement. I am a mom, wife, lover of fashion who loves to sing and most recently a commercial model with Lockdown models. I enjoy lending my time to charitable causes that are close to my heart. Recently I was invited to join the organising committee for the Lord Mayor of Cork’s Centenary Ball which will take place at City Hall concert hall on March 11, four charities stand to benefit from the proceeds raised through this event. Given the current challenging economic times it is more important than ever to support the charities and voluntary organisations that do such good work for our communities. It is already shaping up to be the black tie event of 2016.
Where did your passion for fashion come from?
My earliest memories of fashion are playing dress up as a little girl with my Aunty Margaret. My real “passion for fashion” developed with the rise of social media, where all the latest fashion and fads were only a click away. In my opinion “fashion” became much more accessible to all women with the explosion of online boutiques and main line fashion houses.
When did you start your blog?
I began my blog after much deliberation in June 2015.”Shin Hayes- Thinking out loud” is where I share my love for fashion, music, social events. celebrities and life. To forge ahead with just an initial raw idea was ultimately one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Who has influenced your career the most?
My close friends and family, they have always encouraged me to strive to reach my potential in everything I do.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Winning Tia Maria’s most stylish blogger 2015 award has definitely been a huge highlight, but would be run close by winning the national Gillett Venus “use your and” competition. This competition celebrated the work and sacrifices made by everyday women up and down the country.
Before I got married and had my children, I was honored to have been invited by the Irish army to travel to south Lebanon on two occasions with the 79th and 81st battalions to entertain the Irish an U.N. troops with a band called The Soulmasters. This is not something one gets to experience every day. Definitely my Marilyn Monroe moment.
What are your other hobbies and interests? How do you de-stress?
I find putting together posts for my blog page to be very therapeutic.
To de-stress I hit the Educogym, which I thoroughly enjoy. The tailored low impact sessions offered really suit me as I have an autoimmune condition called Palindromic Rheumatism. Mike and the team are very encouraging.
What advice would you give somebody starting out on this path?
Follow your dreams, believe you can and you’re already halfway there!!
What has been the best advice you have received?
Always be yourself.
Where do you like to shop?
I like to shop at Love Cherish in Charleville, for years my wardrobe while fashionable consisted of items none other than black. Maeve introduced me to colour and I haven’t looked back since. I also love Verso in Douglas especially for black tie events, Lisa also gets my style.
I adore Vero Moda’s high waisted skinny’s and tank tops and I have ve recently discovered online store Fab Fillies, a one stop shop for accessories and I don’t think there’s a woman in the country that doesn’t get a kick out of shopping at Penneys. I also love VavaVoom.ie and Orla’s Oasis.
What is your favourite item in your makeup bag?
Benefit ultra plush lip gloss.
Will you be making any new year’s resolutions?
Firstly I plan on hitting ladies day at one of the big race meetings, it’s been a goal of mine for sometime now. I’ll soon be starting the hunt for a Milner and will no doubt be able to find a killer outfit at one of my favourite stores.
My other resolution for 2016 is to continue to be smoke free. Last November I took part in a six week quit smoking group through the HSE. The main element of this group is support , they provide advice on nicotine replacement therapy products, coping with withdrawal, behavior changes and how to remain smoke free in the future. I would highly recommend this free service to anyone wishing to quit smoking. If I can do it, anyone can.
What are your hopes for the future and what is your ultimate goal?
I will continue to advise and nurture my children to ensure they grow up to be responsible young adults and I would also like to continue to lend my time to worthy charitable organisations.
I recently mc’d my first fundraising fashion show “Forty Shades of Fashion” in late 2015, and would love to be able to take part in similar events as I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I would also like to push on with the commercial modelling work I do with Lockdown models in Cork and of course, I also hope my blog continues to attract followers at the rate it is currently growing.
To be quite frank my absolute ultimate goal would be to land a role on TV, preferably in front of the camera, as I said earlier “Follow your dreams, believe you can, and you’re already halfway there”.
Check out Sinead and “Thinking out Loud” on Facebook- Here
Photography: “Brian Dunlea photography”
Location: Huge thanks to Sinead Mc Carthy at the Monttenotte Hotel for the use of the presidential suite.
Wardrobe; Big thank you to Maeve at love Cherish in Charleville