maven46 meets: Pippa O’Connor

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Words by Nicole Thomsen
April 3rd, 2017

What is Pippa O’Connor’s secret sauce?

Sugar, spice and all things nice? Well, not quite. With one of the most successful personal brands in Ireland, Pippa is no stranger to hard work and knows that to have a prosperous business you can’t take shortcuts, and above all you need to be passionate about what you do. Not to mention having a good wardrobe.

In this special edition of maven46 meets, Editor Tanya Grimson sits down with the model-turned-entrepreneur behind pippa.ie to chat all things fashion, grand masterplans, and the importance of a good knit. Plus, find out who’s wardrobe she’d love to steal (given the opportunity, of course).

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Want to find out more? Tanya and Pippa spoke for the large part of an hour, giving us a first-hand insight into life as a working mother and making her mark in the creative industry. Presenting our Extras…

On the move from model to businesswoman…

Everything just happened naturally and organically. One thing just flowed into another. I fell into modelling and I loved that industry; I learned so much during my 12 years modelling and got many opportunities but I always knew I wanted to do something more.

On the transformative power of clothes…

Clothes help me define the different roles I play as a mother and as a businesswoman. When I go into work I feel so different to days when I’m at home with my boys and I think that’s important. When I leave the house I feel like I’m in work mode and not like I’m on ‘mum duty’, thanks to my outfit. Then, when I return home I love to change out of my heels and into a pair of denims or a loose zip-up top and I go into mum mode. It helps me separate the two.

On her daily uniform…

For me, it’s a mixture of a current trend and my general style. I always look quite comfortable. If I put something on and it feels extremely tight or I’m not able to move, it’s not going to work. I like to still be comfy when I’m at work, whether I’m in meetings or going from A to B. My day to day look is practical.

On her grandmother’s pearls of wisdom…

I love having an occasion to dress up and put on a pretty, girly dress. If I had to choose between a long or short style, I’d always choose a mini. But if I’m doing short I always cover up on top. You don’t need to show both regardless of age or how good your body is. “Always leave something to the imagination”, as my granny always said!

On investment pieces…

I don’t think you need to spend a lot of money on everything head to toe but when it comes to shoes and handbags, I’m a big believer in investing because you will have them forever. I have some of my mum’s handbags that she bought when I was a child because they never date.

On her tricks for packing like a pro…

I’m a last minute packer! I find it hard to pack light but I’ve trained myself in the last few years to be better. I try to do it with a colour theme in mind. I might pack a suitcase full of beige and pastel coloured items or recently I decided on a monochrome colour scheme for a weekend away. It means you don’t have to bring loads of shoes or different handbags because the one you do decide to bring will match everything else you’ve brought.

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