Taking 10...Christmas Festive Flash

Taking 10...Christmas Festive Flash

Sunday 23rd December 2018

By Michelle Hammond

Four incredible women that elevate the industry and bring passion and purpose to all that they do...

Peigin Crowley is a leading Spa Consultant, driven by a passion to share knowledge and experience gained over 20 years in the industry. Peigin Crowley Spa Consultancy offers full service project management in spa design & development to the hospitality, spa and wellness industry in Ireland and internationally. High profile appointments have included completing the recently opened La Mer Spa at Adare Manor, landing the brand for Elemis in Ireland, ‘Professional Brands Manager’ for Estee Lauder Corporation - positioning brands such as Aveda, Bumble & Bumble and more recently Darphin including partnerships with The Merrion, Dublin, The Merchant Hotel, Belfast and many more. 

PEIGIN'S FLASH FACTS

  1. What’s your favourite book? I loved The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  2. What’s your favourite film of all time? Love Actually
  3. If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, who would it be and why? My Grandmother
  4. You get taken to your favourite place to be, where are you taken? New York
  5. Your perfect dinner is? Thai Green Curry
  6. Your go to drink is? A glass of cool Cava
  7. Your favourite sweet treat is? White Chocolate Cheesecake
  8. What’s your favourite essential oil / scent? Neroli
  9. You go for a treatment - what do you have and why? Elemis Biotec Facial 
  10. What’s your favourite flower? The Rose
  11. You want to sleep deeply, what do you do? Go to bed (Ha)
  12. You want to energise fast, what do you do? Go for a walk.
  13. The theme tune to your life is? ‘You’ve Got The Love” Candi Statton
  14. What makes you laugh to your belly? My friend Louise
  15. What’s your favourite season? Autumn
  16. What’s your favourite colour? Teal
  17. Your favourite time of day is? Morning
  18. If you could have been anyone or anything else, what / who would you be? An Astronaut
  19. What’s your current TV guilty secret? House of Cards
  20. Magic dust - you can learn one new skill instantly, what is it? Graphic design!

Read Peigin's Taking 10 in full

Aldina Duarte-Ramos supervises the AccorHotels Luxury & Upscale Brands portfolio for wellness worldwide [Sofitel, Pullman, Swissôtel], 330 properties. Today, Aldina shares her vision of a guest oriented wellness experience focused around 4 pillars adapted to the Hospitality industry: SLEEP, FOOD, SPORT &SPA. This strategy is now being implemented throughout the network. Aldina is also President of French Spa Association and former President of France Wellness Tourism Commission. Aldina graduated from La Sorbonne Paris IV, and Paris X Nanterre in Political Science.

FLASH FACTS - FOR FUN SECTION 

  1. What’s your favourite book? Une vie, Guy de Maupassant. The story of a woman. She is strong, she is unlucky, her life is a succession of obstacles but she stands and searched the light. But I also like James Ellroy thrillers.
  2. What’s your favourite film of all time? That’s a difficult question. Today I feel like saying Gone With The Wind.
  3. If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, who would it be and why? I always enjoy dinner with my husband and my 8 year old daughter. It is a lot of fun.
  4. You get taken to your favourite place to be, where are you taken? To the moon… 
  5. Your perfect dinner is? A family dinner
  6. Your go to drink is? Red wine
  7. Your favourite sweet treat is? Dark chocolate of course ;-)
  8. What’s your favourite essential oil / scent? Lavender
  9. You go for a treatment - what do you have and why? I love a foot massage
  10. What’s your favourite flower? Peony flower. They are soft like silk.  
  11. You want to sleep deeply, what do you do? I can sleep everywhere… I only need to close my eyes. 
  12. You want to energise fast, what do you do? I juice! 
  13. The theme tune to your life is? Nothing is impossible!
  14. What makes you laugh to your belly? Oh my god, I laugh so often. I react very well to stupid jokes ....And my husband also makes me laugh.
  15. What’s your favourite season? Spring
  16. What’s your favourite colour? Indigo blue
  17. Your favourite time of day is? The second before I sleep. I know I am going to rest deeply and I let everything go.
  18. If you could have been anyone or anything else, what / who would you be? I like being me. I have my father’s eyes, my mother’s nose, my grand mothers talent for singing, my father’s curly hair, my mother’s smile and I am me ;-)
  19. What’s your current TV guilty secret? I'm actually proud of it - even if it is an old series - but I absolutely love Moonlighting.
  20. Magic dust - you can learn one new skill instantly, what is it? Play piano or guitar, or both!

Read Aldina's Taking 10 in full

With over 25 years of experience in the spa and beauty industry, Tracy Brasenell is the National Sales Manager for Caudalie UK & Ireland.

Starting her beauty career as a spa therapist/trainer & manager in destination spa’s and as a business owner, Tracy moved onto Virgin Atlantic/Virgin Touch working with VIP’s & Celebrities. To share her knowledge and experience Tracy gained her professional teaching qualifications & moved into education, training the next generation of spa therapists. In 2000 Tracy moved to ESPA as Business manager/Trainer and developing to National Business Development Manager. After over 10 years at ESPA and then Group Spa Development Manager at Champneys, she joined Caudalie in 2014 bringing with her extensive knowledge and experience of the UK spa market to the role.

TRACY'S FLASH FACTS - FOR FUN SECTION 

1. What’s your favourite book? 

Patricia Cornwell – Post Mortum

2. What’s your favourite film of all time? 

The Silence of the lambs

3. If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, who would it be and why?

Dalai Lama – What an inspirational person, who has this total sense of happiness, tranquillity at peace with himself and the world…

4. You get taken to your favourite place to be, where are you taken?

Portugal

5. Your perfect dinner is?

Chinese

6. Your go to drink is?

Californian Rose Wine

7. Your favourite sweet treat is? 

Chocolate

8. What’s your favourite essential oil / scent? 

Rose

9. You go for a treatment - what do you have and why? 

Deep Tissue/Wine Makers Massage/sports massage,  as I travel a lot and need this deep treatment.

10. What’s your favourite flower? 

Lily

11. You want to sleep deeply, what do you do? 

Warm bath

12. You want to energise fast, what do you do? 

Caudalie Organic Tea

13. The theme tune to your life is?

Thriller Michael Jackson…this is what inspired me to be a make up artist at the very beginning of my career.

14. What makes you laugh to your belly? 

My kids playing with our beagle.

15. What’s your favourite season? 

Summer…the hotter the better.

16 What’s your favourite colour?

Pink

17. Your favourite time of day is? 

Morning

18. If you could have been anyone or anything else, what / who would you be? 

A Snow Eagle, as they are stunning, and I often dream of flying. 

19. What’s your current TV guilty secret? 

Silent Witness

20. Magic dust - you can learn one new skill instantly, what is it? 

Forensic Pathologist – If I hadn’t followed this career path I would have been a forensic pathologist. 

Read Tracy's Taking 10 in full

Sally Curson:

I have been a therapist in the beauty industry for 30 years. I launched Face Matters in 2014 after suffering from severe stress related rosacea. I didn’t want to be dependent on steroid creams and anti-biotics long term and so began researching ingredients. Combining botanical oils with organic mineral silica into a facial blend completely relieved my rosacea. At this point my treatment rooms were based at the beautiful Long Barn in Alresford and after seeing such spectacular results on my own skin I began experimenting on my very willing client base of ladies in Hampshire – the results were astonishing. It was never my intention to own a skincare brand but serendipity lent a hand and taking very slow baby steps, Face Matters was born. The brand has won 3 awards to date and we are extremely excited with our plans for 2018 as we move forward with Tracy Hastain (Wentworth Consulting) and Becky Daley (Digital Eaze Ltd).

SALLY'S FLASH FACTS - FOR FUN SECTION

1. What’s your favourite book?

Jane Eyre

2. What’s your favourite film of all time?

Shawshank Redemption

3. If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, who would it be and why? 


Ooooh. Parents as they would be so proud of what my children and I have achieved but also Elizabeth Arden – for obvious reasons.

4. You get taken to your favourite place to be, where are you taken?


Maldives.

5. Your perfect dinner is? 


Fillet steak with Roquefort and an imaginative salad.

6. Your go to drink is? 


Prosecco

7. Your favourite sweet treat is? 


Big fat juicy dates

8. What’s your favourite essential oil / scent? 


Rose

9. You go for a treatment - what do you have and why?

Pedicure. I’ve got a dodgy lower back so it’s tricky to do my own and for some irrational reason having pretty toes makes me happy.

10. What’s your favourite flower?


White roses

11.You want to sleep deeply, what do you do?


No alcohol. Hot shower. Herbal tea. Early night. Good chicklit book that I don’t
have to think about.

12.You want to energise fast, what do you do?


Drink a large glass of ice cold water. Run cold water on my wrist pulse points
and do some quick yoga breaths.

13.The theme tune to your life is?


That’s Life. Sinatra.

14.What makes you laugh to your belly?


Micky Flanagan. Ab Fab. Vicar of Dibly

15.What’s your favourite season?


Summer

16. What’s your favourite colour?

Aquamarine

17. Your favourite time of day is?


Depends on the season. In winter then late pm, getting dark = lighting candles, fairy lights and furry throws. In Summer then mid morning.

18. If you could have been anyone or anything else, what / who
would you be?

Debbie Harry

19. What’s your current TV guilty secret?


Frankie and Grace.
20. Magic dust - you can learn one new skill instantly, what is it?

To sing like Adele.

Read Sally's Taking 10 in full

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