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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland


Christel Edwards de Graauw

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Christel Edwards de Graauw

Christel, who is originally from the Netherlands, is the proprietor of the Trendy Talons salon in Lisburn and is also a Nail Educator. She has been living in Northern Ireland since 1994 and is married with one daughter.

What do you like doing on your day off?

Sleep in, lounge around and watch TV - nothing very exciting.

If you were to choose your favourite meal what would it be, where and why?

I would love to have pasta carbonara in Italy. I like eating pasta so where better to experience the real thing than Italy.

What has been your proudest moment?

I have had quite a few, mostly corny ones, which involve my daughter Kahris. The latest is that she has decided to take up nail art and join me in the salon.

What was the most frightening moment of your life?

Last week a jeep whizzed passed my daughter and me whilst we were crossing the road and the driver obviously hadn't seen us. He then stopped and started to reverse with my daughter right in his line of 'non-sight'. I have never screamed so loud in my life - so loud that he didn't know how to get away quick enough.

How would you describe your taste in clothes? What's the most you spent on one item?

I don't think I conform to any particular style, although lately I seem to wear fewer trousers and more skirts. The skirts I've been buying are the 1940/50's style - pencil/bustles. Another excuse for buying matching shoes.

What would you do if you won a million pounds?

First of all, bribe my parents into moving over from the Netherlands and then buy a small holding with land for pigs, horses and loads of homeless animals.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

The latest one you mean? Walking in on a weight watchers meeting and having the lady ask me if I was there to see them. I reacted quite loudly and said "No way." Probably not the best reaction.

What music do you like?

Being a 'Grease' child, I am hopelessly devoted to Olivia Newton-John and I love Keith Urban.

What sports person do you most admire?

No one really - I hate sports. To keep my marriage intact and to please my daughter I'll pick the cricket player Freddie Flintoff.

Describe your best ever holiday. -What would your dream holiday be?

It's about to happen. We are heading to South Africa at the end of August.

What is your greatest remaining ambition?

Professionally - to be part of the to level Nail Educators.

If you were on a desert island what three things would you like to take with you?

Nail glue (I'm shallow) - sunscreen and a sexy man. Kahris can go and stay with her grandparents for a week.

If you could spend a day with a celebrity whom would you choose?

Can I choose several? Tom Holcomb (Nail Guru). Olivia Newton John and Sean Connery


Car Hyundai Coupe
Film Grease
Comedian Billy Connolly
CD Keith Urban
Book Any murder mystery thrillers
Actor Tom Cruise
Actress Halle Berry

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