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This week in our Nine Crows we speak to radio presenter, dj, musician and pink enthusiast Tara Stewart. You can catch her chatting and spinning tunes on her show Poptarts Thursdays at 7pm-9pm on RTE 2XM, djing some of Dublin's coolest parties or just rummaging through charity shops, coffee in hand.
Describe your style in one sentence.
Missy Elliot meets Iris Apfel or Tomboy meets OTT glam.
When did your love of fashion begin?
From when I was about 14? I didn't have a clue about fashion when I was very young! But my father was very much into style and got me into it. It wasn't until I moved from Australia to Dublin 5 years ago, then I became more confident to play with clothes and I've definitely come into my own in the last few years. I think a huge part of this is the fact that I started to make friends with deadly people that were confident and encouraged me to step out of my shell. If you know me you'd know my shell is very much nowhere to be found now haha.
How did you get into radio presenting?
I applied to a digital station called FRQ at the start of 2015 and just sent in a demo I made in my wardrobe. I'd say if I listened back to it now I'd have some serious fear! I presented 2 shows a week, it was a great way for me to learn and develop my presenting style in a proper radio environment. After about 9 months I sent a demo to RTE digital radio and got a show on RTE 2XM. Since starting in RTE I've learnt and am still learning so much, especially because the team I work with are so amazing and helpful.
Who are your favourite style icons?
Iris Apfel would have to be my top style icon, Lil Kim, then there is my ultimate hero Missy Elliot especially during the 90s to early 00s.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself being 30 and having no excuse for not being about to save money! I love charity shopping, and as much as this is a more affordable way to shop for fab clothes, my problem is, I do it all the time....so I end up spending small bits of money on loads of clothes. I hope I'll be moving my way up in the radio world and doing bigger live dj gigs. I'm only new to djing although I've been playing music for years, so it's a new world to me. I also see myself travelling more, because of all that money I plan on saving in the next 5 years.
Why do you think Dublin's fashion scene is growing so rapidly?
I'm so excited at whats happening with the fashion scene in Dublin. It's come on leaps and bounds in the last 5 years I've been living here. I see so many kids wearing clothes I would not have had the courage to wear as a teen and I think that's unreal. I think it's growing more and more, firstly because younger people are becoming more confident with expressing themselves with style. I don't believe in people not being able to 'pull something off', if you want to pull it off, pull it off. And so many more people are wearing clothes with this mentality, in my opinion. I'm not just saying this, but NINE CROWS is playing a huge part in growing the Dublin fashion scene. NC is all about being yourself and being a flamingo not a pigeon.
Where are your favourite places to shop?
NINE CROWS, Dublin Vintage Factory, Topshop for jeans, St Vincent de Paul and ASOS.
Where is your favourite spot to hang out in Dublin?
We asked Tara to pick 6 of her favourite products from Nine Crows, we've linked them below, if the product sells the item will be gone so get in their quick!
1. Metallic Faux Snakeskin Biker Jacket
2. Orange Puffa Jacket
3. Pink Silk Halter
4. Blue Adidas Tee
5. Red Leather Coat
6. Tortoise Shell Cat Eye Sunglasses
Follow Tara on Instagram HERE.