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A moment with… Lily O’Halloran
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A moment with… Lily O’Halloran

Thursday, 20 July 2017
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Luxury and influence have long been intertwined. Within social media, few individuals succeed in reshaping self-identity and behaviour of online consumers. With ‘Tastemakers’, we aim to uncover these new authorities, whether they are creators or ‘coolhunters’. Today we welcome personal style blogger, Lily O’Halloran.

Lily remembers the exact moment in which she caught the ‘luxury bug’. She was round a friend’s house and from the moment she walked into their wardrobe, she began saving for her first pair of Valentino Rockstuds. Born in Chelsea, she spent most of her childhood roaming the great British countryside in Devon, but always longed to move back to London when she had finished her education. As a full time accountant, Lily spends her days crunching numbers. But when she clocks off, she transforms into the fashionista (and watch lover) that her blog and Instagram show her as.

Time: What makes you lose track of time?

It’s true what they say ‘time flies when you’re having fun’. Although my watches are all beautiful there is nothing I hate more than being bored and having to slowly watch the hours tick by. I run to a tight, fast-paced schedule during the week but I hardly check the time at weekends. I’m usually super busy catching up with friends or family and I’m definitely known to lose track of time after a glass of wine!

Style: If we say 'rich, dark and handsome', what watch comes to mind?

Patek Phillipe Rose Gold Men’s Nautilus. This watch is stunning with a light/dark brown dial and gold applied hour markers, nothing says ‘rich, dark and handsome’ quite like this watch.

Luxury: Is wearing a watch an occasion, or for every occasion?

Wearing a watch should always feel like a special occasion, however I think it’s important to have different timepieces for different purposes. My ‘go to’ watch for daily wear is my vintage Must De Cartier Tank, it is wonderfully elegant but effortless enough to match with any outfit. For a particularly special occasion I’d choose my Audemars Piguet Royal Oak with a diamond-set bezel. The term ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’ was made for this watch and it’s probably my most complimented timepiece.

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Mechanics: To be a classic timepiece, the face must feature?

A classic timepiece should have a simple face. I’d say anything more than time and date is too much, with the exception of the Harry Winston Midnight Date Moonphase. The layout of this face is spectacular and is the only mother of pearl timepiece that I own, making it particularly special.

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People: Over the years, which stranger intrigued you the most and why?

I grew up in awe of Diana, Princess of Wales. I was totally captivated by her kindness from a young age and intrigued by her seemingly perfect life. She once said:

‘I don’t go by the rule book… I lead from the heart, not the head.’

She certainly didn’t go by the rule book when it came to style either, she was often seen wearing two watches together or her iconic Cartier Tank.

Princess diana iconic watches
Princess Diana seen wearing two watches, one being her iconic Cartier Tank

Lily isn’t just your average fashion blogger, she loves mixing luxury with high street and experimenting by adding statement pieces to an outfit. She says she still has much to learn but if you’d like to keep up with her journey you can follow her blog and Instagram.

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