Shop like a Celebrity with Shirley Lane


With the January sales in full swing we catch up with Fashion Guru and Personal  Shopper for Blanchardstown, Shirley Lane

What was your first car and why did you buy it?
I bought my first car just after my 17th birthday and it was a Fiat Seicento and I thought I was the bomb!!!

What did you pay for it?

How did it change your life? I was the first person in my school to own my own car so I was definitely seen as the privileged one!! I was also the one to give everyone a lift to college so it worked well for a lot of people. It also gave me the independence needed to get from A-B. Away from the practicality of having a car, I thoroughly enjoy driving and I still do now even though I do a lot of mileage!

What was the longest trip you ever took in the car? The longest trip would have been in my second car which was a brand new Mini and the trip would have been from Cork-Belfast at the time.

What was your best memory or most memorable moment in the car? The most memorable moment was probably on the first day I got it when I was showing everyone my new cool wheels!

What was your worst memory associated with the car? I honestly don’t have one! I loved my little Seicento and it served me very well!!

How long did you keep your first car? I kept it for just over a year and I then bought a new Mini One.

Citroen DS3

Citroen DS3

What do you drive now? I drive a very stylish Citroen DS3 which is the best car I’ve ever had.

Any funky features? It has many! I’ve a wine colour coded roof & mirror frame! I also have the most amazing glossy dashboard which I love!

Describe your style My style would be classic with a twist with the emphasis on the ‘twist’! I love clothes that are practical & stylish but they have to have the ‘WOW’ factor whether it’s from a nice jacket or an amazing neckpiece of which I have plenty! I’ve nothing in my wardrobe that I don’t ‘love’!!

Does this car fit with your style? Absolutely! The DS3 has everything I’ve ever looked for in a car. It’s stylish with amazing performance yet easy to run!

What do you never leave home without? I would never leave home without my Iphone! I think I’ve a slight addiction!!

Who would be your dream passenger? My dream passenger would be Josh Groban! Sad I know but I just love him! He could serenade me while I drive!

Ideal road trip for the DS3 I’ve had many road trips in my DS3. As a stylist, I attend many events but I also weed out & restyle a lot of clients wardrobes all over the country so I’m on the road quite a lot and that’s why having a stylish car is so important!!

What CD are you listening to in your car? Right now, I’m listening to Emile Sande quite a bit as I think she’s amazing!

Describe yourself in three words Stylish, fun & loyal!


 2nd January, 2013


Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring Editor and Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK), EuroNews and to RTÉ, Newstalk, TodayFM, BBC Radio and Vigin Media. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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