Fiona Gainfort: Gainfort Academy Director and Co Owner of Gainfort Hair & Beauty Supplies

Fiona Gainfort: Gainfort Academy Director and Co Owner of Gainfort Hair & Beauty Supplies

 

Style Sessions Blog

Gainfort Academy hosted ‘Style Sessions 2016’, a charity event in aid of St.Gabriels Childrens Ward, Wexford General Hospital on Friday 25th November. We raised over €1200 for this wonderful cause and we are continuing the fundraising right up until Christmas with a raffle in store, so pop in to be in with a chance to win some gorgeous hampers and support an amazing cause!

Fiona Gainfort, Academy Director and Co owner of Gainfort Hair & Beauty Supplies wanted to organise the perfect Christmas girls night out while also contributing to a great cause, and that is where the idea of Style Sessions was born. After weeks of organising and preparation she made that dream a reality by pulling off this fantastic event.

The eagerly anticipated event was an instant sell out and the Academy did not disappoint! Some of Wexfords most stylish ladies attended! The glamour stakes were high with a ‘GHD Curve’ gifted to the most stylish guest. This was judged by the ‘Style Squad’ and Linda Bates nabbed this in a fab ensemble.

The event kicked off at 7pm, where 85 people were greeted with a champagne reception and chocolates on arrival. The ladies had a chance to browse around the shop before they headed upstairs to check out the fabulous exhibition stands by our ‘Style Entourage’, which featured Slaney flowers showcasing their table centrepieces and floral displays for your home, the amazing Ingrid Kehoe the brains behind the brand also styled and decorated the room with some beautiful floral displays. Elaine de Roiste designs a talented local jewellery designer showcased her stunning handmade bespoke collars. Ruby Rouge Recently short-listed by The Irish Times, as one of Ireland’s top Boutiques, showcased their gorgeous clothing and accessories. Desert Diamonds showcased a collection of beautifully crafted high quality jewellery featuring their premium grade diamond simulants, set in 18K or 14K gold, and rhodium plated sterling silver, for those who appreciate excellence at an affordable price.

 

Michelle Carroll & Timothy Moloney, two professional photographers were on hand to capture some shots of our stylish guests amidst the browsing and mingling, the event was covered and supported by RSVP and Creative Head magazine who will feature some of our glamorous guests in their next issue. Ladies entered the Academy room just after 7:30pm where they took their seats beside goodie bags filled to the brim with products from Schwarzkopf, Revlon, Affinage and many more.

 

The host for the night was the brilliantly talented Sharon Clancy best known for her acting, singing and presenting career, who just breathes vibes of positive energy and humour. The Style Squad, comprising of top class Make Up Artist Susan Ryan, Affinages’ International hair stylist Margo Kilkenny, and owner of Ruby Rouge Gorey the fashion expert Niamh Byrne took to the stage. Susan and Margo both had a model each, where they demonstrated two very different looks for the festive season. The two experts talked the crowd of 85 people step by step through how to achieve these looks from home.

 

The highlight of the night was the winner of our Social media campaign, where we posted a competition in search for someone truly deserving of a Makeover, the candidate who was chosen was a local Wexford lady Kathleen Sinnott, whose heart wrenching story touched us all to the core here at Gainforts. Kathleen was given a complete transformation, having had a styling session with the Ruby Rouge team earlier in the week she was dressed in a beautiful magenta dress that complimented her figure, on the night her hair was coloured and re-styled by Margo and she was glammed by Susan, Kathleen took the catwalk to reveal her transformation, where onlookers were in awe of the unbelievable difference. Raffle prizes were won from big brands such as Loreal, Wella, Denman, & Diva.

 

Niamh Byrne talked us through the perfect looks for Christmas drinks, Christmas party Cosy Casuals, Wedding and Race Day looks while her Ruby Dolls modelled the looks on the catwalk. Sharon asked Niamh the do’s and don’ts for dressing for your shape, which the ladies in the audience really benefited from. The show wrapped up around 10pm where the ladies had a chance to purchase some of our fabulous Christmas gifts before heading to the crown bar for the VIP after party. A special thanks to ‘All in one event hire’ for their help and support, they were a pleasure to work with. Thanks to Lauras Beauty Rooms in Wexford town for doing a fabulous spray tan for the lovely Kathleen Sinnott.

 

With an extreme amount of planning and organising going on behind the scenes, we were delighted to receive such positive feedback from attendants, and it is definitely shaping up to be an annual event. The night ran smoothly and was a huge success, our team and guests all thoroughly enjoyed the evening, with vibes of positivity, laughter and glamour beaming through the Academy.

 

Two successful ladies beaming after a very successful event: Fiona Gainfort & Sharon Clancy

Two successful ladies beaming after a very successful event: Fiona Gainfort & Sharon Clancy

The gorgeous Amy Gainfort, both brains & beauty! Daughter of the power couple Michael & Fiona Gainfort

The gorgeous Amy Gainfort, both brains & beauty! Daughter of the power couple Michael & Fiona Gainfort

Fiona Gainfort pictured with Makeover winner Kathleen Sinnott and her family. Fiona made sure Kathleen was treated like royalty and Kathleen surely looked like royalty :)

Fiona Gainfort pictured with Makeover winner Kathleen Sinnott and her family. Fiona made sure Kathleen was treated like royalty and Kathleen surely looked like royalty :)

Elaine De Roiste Designs

Audrey from Desert Diamonds

Audrey from Desert Diamonds

Ruby Rouge Exhibition Stand

Ruby Rouge Exhibition Stand

Ruby Doll

Ruby Doll

Make Up by Susan Ryan

Make Up by Susan Ryan

Modelling Ruby Rouge Clothing

Modelling Ruby Rouge Clothing

 

Lauren Modelling Ruby Rouge Clothing

Lauren Modelling Ruby Rouge Clothing

Susan Ryan MUA working her magic

Susan Ryan MUA working her magic

Fiona giving away some amazing raffle prizes

Fiona giving away some amazing raffle prizes

Fiona Gainfort pictured with Elaine De Roiste

Fiona Gainfort pictured with Elaine De Roiste

Marketing & Event Coordinators: Maria Gore & Ashleigh Conroy

Marketing & Event Coordinators: Maria Gore & Ashleigh Conroy

Some of our glamorous guests

Some of our glamorous guests

Kathleens Makeover Reveal with our Style Squad: Susan Ryan MUA, Niamh Byrne Fashion Expert, & Margo Kilkenny Session Stylist

Kathleens Makeover Reveal with our Style Squad: Susan Ryan MUA, Niamh Byrne Fashion Expert, & Margo Kilkenny Session Stylist

Guests having fun

Guests having fun