Awards Galore for East Cork at New Yorker Hi Style Event

By Jordan McCarthy

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The 2017 New Yorker Hi Style Awards took place at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs in Cork at the weekend.
Over 500 guests were in attendance on the night – among the audience were local entrepreneurs, designers and bloggers - for what was billed as Munster’s most-stylish event of the year. Mouth Of The South took the prize for Micro Blogger of the Year. The blog, run by John O’Connell from Bartlemy, focuses on lifestyle, clothes and food.
On winning the prize, John told the East Cork Journal; ‘‘I am overwhelmed to be chosen and voted for by so many people around East Cork and beyond. I am thrilled. Thanks so much to everyone for the love and support. Mouth Of The South loves to be out and about, locally, to support charity events and local businesses.
‘‘I look forward to being a good ambassador for East Cork and helping out wherever I can. Mouth Of The South's bygone is about a little bit of everything; from food and fashion to walking the dog, retail therapy and country life.’’
Jessica Loves - owned and run by designer and blogger Jessica Power from Youghal - was also a winner on the night. Jessica has appeared as a craft contributor on TV3 in recent months. Last weekend, she received yet another accolade, in what has been an exciting year.
‘‘Starting my craft, interior and lifestyle blog in November 2016 led to the opening of my gift shop last April and my creative workshop studio in October. Both are located in Youghal. I received numerous award nominations this year, including Cork Small Business of the Year at the Cork Business Awards and Best Craft Blog at the Amara Interior Blog Awards in London. I won the Silver Award for Best Corporate Arts and Crafts Blog at the V By Very Irish Blog Awards in Dublin, and now the Gloria Vanderbilt New Yorker Award at the Hi Style Awards in Cork,’’ Jessica said.
The Girl Behind The Wand, which is a blog dedicated to wedding planning, won the ‘Devil Wears Prada Style Award’. The blog is co-ordinated by Midleton-based Louise Moran, who said; ‘‘It means the absolute world to me to be recognised. The Girl Behind The Wand will celebrate its first birthday Christmas week and to be acknowledged so early on is truly humbling.
‘‘Last year was an extremely difficult one for me both personally & professionally, but being able to give back, through the blog, and meet such incredible people along the way, has definitely made 2017 a year to remember.’’
Elsewhere on the night, Sarah Burke was named Female Blogger of the Year, for her ‘‘Fat ‘n’ Flab to Fit ‘n’ Fab’’ project. The Cork blogger deals with health, fitness and weight-loss on her site. She uses the experience of her own personal journey, to inspire others.
The Hazelton Clinic was presented with Hi’s Style Members Club Award. The facility in Cork provides counselling, psychological and psychiatric support. East Cork’s Amy Foley, a member of the team at the mental health centre, was in attendance to accept the prize.
Meanwhile, Rachel Allen of Ballymaloe won the award for Hi’s Most Stylish Restaurant, for her eatery, Rachel’s. Hi’s Most Stylish Hotel – and Most Stylish Spa - for 2017 went to the Castlemartyr Resort. GHS Hair Studio Glanmire won Hi’s Anniversary Award, while the teams at Oisin Ryan Hair & Beauty and Ev & Essence, both in Midleton, were finalists in their respective Most Stylish Salon categories.

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