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RSVP’s Women of Style: Lorna Ruane

In the latest instalment of the series,  fashion blogger, Lorna Ruane talks life, career and style with RSVP’s Blathin de Paor

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CAREER

Your path into the industry…

I think my path is definitely a bit of an unusual one. I’ve always been interested in fashion, but I think my interest really spiralled when I started working in the betting ring at racecourses around the country. It might sound like an unusual job for a girl but my dad is a bookie The races were the best excuse to play with fashion, so my sister and I took full advantage. In college I studied Commerce and specialised in Marketing because it was the most creative stream. This led onto a masters and Ph.D. in Marketing. When I agreed to do my Ph.D. my only terms were that it was a study of fashion brands. While I was doing my Ph.D. I became obsessed with a few fashion blogs and always thought “I could do that.” Eventually I did and I started my blog lcscloset.com.

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Your greatest achievement…
This is tricky one. Automatically, I would always tend to say being awarded my Ph.D. It was without a doubt the most mentally, physically and emotionally challenging thing I have ever done. On a more personal level I think packing my bags and moving to New York on my own is a pretty big accomplishment. I survived a whole year in one of the most competitive and expensive cities in the world… And I’m getting ready to head back for another 3 years.

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FASHION

Your style…

I’ve always loved monochrome looks, but I have such a love for colour too. Since moving to New York last year my style has definitely changed. I’ve embraced neutrals a lot more and started to move away from colour.  In New York you can never have enough time so I think neutrals are just easier to wear. They always looks chic and polished. I do try to stay true to my love of colour by adding a nice pop of colour with my accessories.

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Your style icons…

Mira Duma can do no wrong in my book and I am obsessed with Blake Lively. Her style is so on point (I saw her in New York this year too. She’s flawless!). Victoria Beckham is amazing and Olivia Palermo… She never puts a foot wrong. There is nothing Olivia can’t pull off.

Your favourite piece…

At the moment it has to be my vintage Dior jacket that I picked up in Beacon’s Closet in Brooklyn for $50. Such a steal!! I still can’t believe my luck.

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BEAUTY

Your skincare routine…

I’m going to admit I’m not the best with beauty. I do always cleanse, tone and moisturise though, and I try to avoid make up wipes. They dry out my skin way too much.

Your favourite products…

Right now it has to be the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. It’s hands down the best concealer I’ve ever used.
I love Too Faced ‘Better Than Sex’ Mascara too. Again, in my experience I think it’s the best mascara and I have tried a lot of mascaras.

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LIFE

Your ‘me’ time…

Getting a nice relaxing manicure and pedicure. I always feel so much better after it.

Your hobbies…

Obviously fashion is a big one and travel. I love exploring new places and having the opportunity to meet new people from all walks of life. I also love reading inspirational books that make you feel like you can conquer the world!

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Your favourite restaurant…

Oh this is a tough one! We recently went to Fig & Olive in the Meatpacking District in New York and we all agreed, it was out of this world. If you’re going to be in New York any time soon, treat yourself to dinner here. You won’t regret it!

Your favourite holiday destination…

I’m the type of person that falls in love with everywhere I go. I’ve been on city breaks, beach holidays and I’ve spent a few weeks backpacking through Asia and Australia. All of these have been so different but I’ve loved them all equally and would go back to any of them in a heartbeat.

Your stress-busting tip…

Walking! I love walking and whenever my stress levels get too high I always hit the road. A cup of tea and a nice bar of chocolate can do the trick too.

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HOME

Your style…

I’m definitely a cosy, homely décor kinda girl. To me home should be all about comfort. The perfect place to relax, chill out and unwind.

Your favourite piece…

This is going to sound weird, but in my home house in Ireland I think it may be the island in our kitchen. We spend a lot of time in the kitchen and it’s pretty big, so when people call over everyone gathers around it. I love it!

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