Loves of My Life

Irish Independent Life Magazine 


The loves of my life: January Russell Winters, model and blogger 

Model and blogger: January Russell Winters. Photo: Kip Carrol

Model and blogger: January Russell Winters. Photo: Kip Carrol

The model and blogger on why Twinkle is her favourite person and how the fact that her hands are bigger than most men's is a source of great pride.

The person

She's not really a person, but she might as well be. Twinkle, my dog, is hands down the best thing I've ever met. I don't think anything will love me as much as she does. If everyone had her enthusiasm when I walked in the door, I'd be a lucky girl

The memory

One time, at a festival, my friends and I dressed up as 'gold'. We danced around to Spandau Ballet (You are gold!). We filled our pockets to the brim with glitter and threw it around the campsite. It was magical! It was also the moment that sparked the beginning of my blog, Gold & Bold

The moment of the day

I live in Killiney, and walk to the Dart station every morning. Smelling the sea and looking over the bay makes me really happy. I'm so lucky to live where I do

The song

Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley. When I was about four or five years old, I remember my dad standing at the end of my bed, playing it on guitar. The lyrics really got to me, and I started welling up. I ran out of the room crying, and told him I'd got oranges in my eye. I wasn't even eating an orange!

The movie

The original Jungle Book is my favourite film. We watched it to death when we were younger, but it never gets old. I love how enchanting the score is, and the animation is especially delicious

The hero

My grandmother, Wendy. She's such a strong, independent, intelligent, sassy, loving woman. She's over 80 years old, and still travels the world. She most recently returned from Uzbekistan; her next stop is Panama!

The book

I really enjoyed Factotum by Charles Bukowski. It's about the random debauchery of an aspiring writer. I like his style and his grittiness. It does get quite grim, but there's a sense of humour throughout

The outfit

I can generally be found in trainers, jeans and a T-shirt, and one of my favourite jackets. My wardrobe is overflowing with jackets. It's beginning to be a problem

The accessory

Sunglasses. I can't leave the house without sunglasses. Rain or shine, rude or not, I barely take them off. I've got my eye on a new pair of Pradas; I'm still building my collection

The gadget

Although it's on it's last legs, my phone is obviously my favourite gadget. We have a love/hate relationship at the moment. I desperately need a new one, but I just can't seem to part with it. We've been through a lot together

The pet hate

I know it's weird, but my pet hate is any sort of annoying sound. Muffled music, chewing, tapping, murmurs of a TV through a wall, out-of-sync beats, out-of-tune singing . . . I could go on. I feel like I get a physical pain in my body from sounds I don't like

The friend

I cherish every single one of my friends. I'm always so grateful for the friends that I have. I couldn't pick a better bunch

The beauty product

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. I don't go anywhere without it. I'm fully addicted; I'd marinate myself in the stuff if I could

The holiday

It was more of a 'working' holiday, but the first season I spent in Milan was ridiculously fun. I was lucky enough to work and travel across a lot of Italy and parts of Switzerland. Every day was like a little adventure, meeting new people, seeing new things, tasting everything. I loved it

The piece of advice

Bad things happen, but good things always come from bad situations. Always be grateful. Live your life, and be gold!

The drink

A Pina Colada. I've yet to find a good one in Dublin, but if anyone knows of where to get one, please tell me. Extra points if they're served with cocktail umbrellas and any other sort of kitsch

The hotel

One of the nicest hotels I've stayed in recently is the Merchant Hotel in Belfast. I was there for a job with model and bestie Jenny Drea. I had a bedroom the size of my house, and the most decadent breakfast I've ever gorged on. We couldn't say no to the rooftop jacuzzi, either!

The bar

Pygmalion off South William Street is always my go-to spot to meet my mates. We normally sit outside, talk rubbish and drink cocktails. I like the atmosphere there. I can always convince friends passing by to stay for a drink

The hobby

Listening to music is one of the most enjoyable things that I do. I'm always thirsty for new music; I love discovering what other people listen to. Nothing makes me feel as good as when I hear a song that I love

The part of my body

My hands. I think they're nice, but I'm more proud of the fact that they're bigger than most men's!

The celebrity

I'm not great at stalking celebrities, but I'm obsessed with Conor McGregor. His charisma, ambition, humour and talent really inspire me (and he's a bit of a babe!)

The virtue

I'm definitely loyal, fun and I'm a good friend. I've never leaked a secret, and I'm always up for an adventure

The vice

I'm a bit of brat. My friends call me a stroppy teenager sometimes. I wish I was better at remembering names, but I blame my dad for that. I can be quite impatient, and that's something I really need to work on

The smell

A discontinued bottle of Alexander McQueen perfume. It doesn't have a name; it's impossible to get hold of. I have a bottle hidden away for special occasions

The taste

Anything with truffles. I don't get to eat them as often as I'd like, but maybe that's a good thing. It keeps them special


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Make Up Bar Temple Bar

Serious Skills 

Getting ready for a night out is usually the most enjoyable/stressfull part of the night. Anything that's going to take away that stress gets a high mark in my books. 


With a big night ahead of me, I popped in to The Make Up Bar in Temple Bar with my good pals Thalia Heffernan and John Crowley.


90's tunes and wine for three as soon as we arrived. The girls were there to give us a warm welcome, crackin' jokes and singing TLC in no time. 


With Metropolis on this weekend they're the perfect one stop shop for festival hair and make up. Check out their slick Instagram here

10 out of 10 for Serious skills,




PICS:Backstage at Brown Thomas AW16

Behind the scenes look at Brown Thomas Autumn Winter collection. Styled by Darren Feeney and Roisin Haines 



PICS:Lexus Irish Fashion Collective, Trinity College in aid of St Joseph's Shankill

Designs on the night came from Philip Treacy, Helen Steele, Simone Rocha, Roisin Linnane,  Ireland's Eye Knitwear, Melissa Curry, Deborah Veale, Mariad Whisker, Peter O'Brien and Sharon Hoey. All styled beautifully by Catherine Condell.



Fashion Industry Awards

Kerry Fashion Week


Prep for the big night began about two years ago, at Electric Picnic, I came across my best find yet. I was browsing around the Oxfam tent when I found a beautiful raw silk wedding dress train for only two quid! Delighted with myself, I handed over the dollars and used it as if I was a cheeky Matador at the festival for the next few days. It was surprising how well it washed up!  

My beautiful bestie and all round crafter, Aoife Challis agreed to make it into a skirt for me. Sorted! I wore it with a Topshop bodysuit that cost twelve euro and shoes left over from the last event. Jammy enough to have my hair and makeup done from a modelling job earlier on in the day,  I was good to go! 

The champagne reception at the Europe Hotel served us well. Chats and giggles on the night came from the lovely Trudy, Judy, Tino and Aaron to name just a few.

Judy Wong, Fashion Make Up Artist Of The Year 

Judy Wong, Fashion Make Up Artist Of The Year 

Trudy Hayes, Hair Stylist  Of The Year   

Trudy Hayes, Hair Stylist Of The Year 

Aoife Martinho and Aaron D, Most Loyal Supporters Of The Year

Aoife Martinho and Aaron D, Most Loyal Supporters Of The Year

I didn't win anything but I felt fab! 

Stay Gold, 


Sweet Sexy Cool S16 Collection


During the week I popped in to Sam's Bar on Dawson Street. There were good tunes, a delicious breakfast and the catwalk launch of S16 collection. It also happened to be my first time ever watching a fashion show from the sideline!  I've never really understood the power of a good walk and the presence it has on the catwalk, especially in such close quarters. I was so impressed by all the girls and couldn't help but feel like a proud mom. Go Girls!

Here's some shots from the catwalk


My Favourites

There's quite a few things from the day that I had my eye on. I fell in love with this cute lace skater dress and with the slick blue bomber jacket below. 

Teo wearing the lace skater dress

Teo wearing the lace skater dress

The bomber jacket

The bomber jacket

Jenny Drea trying on la faux fur jacket from the show

Jenny Drea trying on la faux fur jacket from the show

Pretty pastels and lace

Pretty pastels and lace

Can't wait to shop the looks!


Backstage At Brown Thomas

Spring/Summer 2016 


Its the first show of the year that gets the fashion season started in Ireland. Jam packed with high end designers and the latest in  hair and makeup all beautifully placed to the backdrop of cutting edge stage design. Here's some backstage pictures from the day. 


Some pics by me, some by Danielle Garner.


Ready For Winter


Ember&Earth yellow rain jacket  

Ember&Earth yellow rain jacket  

With almost 225 days of rain a year in Ireland its not surprising that Ciaran Jackson and Daniel Cummins started Ember&Earth to shield some of that rain away. Ember&Earth cracked the code to stylish rain gear by combining fashion and functionality that works. Super comfy, cotton lined wind and rain proof, this jacket makes me happy. The only difficulty with them is picking a colour. 


Ready for Winter! POW POW!!

See how much their friends pet FOX loves Ember&Earth here on Instagram !!

You Are Gold

The night we were gold

Guest post with Jenny Drea

January Russell Winters and Jenny Drea as 'Spandau Ballet's Gold'

January Russell Winters and Jenny Drea as 'Spandau Ballet's Gold'

The tradition began a few festivals ago when myself and January packed for our first camping festival together. Our 'essentials' included several pairs of novelty sunglasses, lemons, limes and colourful umbrellas to decorate our drinks, a home-made tropical, flamingo themed flag for our campsite and most importantly - a huge tub of gold glitter. We unfortunately forgot wellies, raincoats or anything with any actual purpose for an Irish festival. However, we were not prepared to let this dampen our spirits!

We had one tune to play and one performance to perfect to start the weekend of fun - this was, of course, Spandau Ballet’s ‘You Are Gold!’ Our pre prepared bags of glitter were thrown as we badly sang the lyrics and brightened up the day for all. 

For our next festival together, we thought it was necessary to both dress up as this epic song. And so we did. We sang. We laughed. We threw glitter. We had the best time ever! 

Jenny Drea as 'Spandau Ballet's Gold'.    

Jenny Drea as 'Spandau Ballet's Gold'. 


We used gold face paint, hair spray, gems, foil and spray painted leaves to create our Gold looks. We wore Gold bombers for two quid that we bought on Thomas St and gold American Apparel disco pants. Inconvenient gold glitter gel nails and Gold flaked Smirnoff Vodka were also a feature of the night, but the most important accessory was of course, our sneaky bags of gold glitter. 

Smirnoff Gold, and essential part of the 'Gold' costume.

Smirnoff Gold, and essential part of the 'Gold' costume.

Spandau Ballet - Gold

Stay Gold

J & J

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