Chez Sara – charming wine bar in the heart of Malahide

GG and I are regulars at the quaint little restaurant and wine bar Chez Sara on Old Street in Malahide. It is important to book, particularly at the weekends, but sometimes we pop in around

June 22nd, 2017|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News|0 Comments

Not Botox or Fillers- just Silk Pillowcases!

You know how I like to share, but I am always very careful about what I recommend when I talk about the beauty products I use because firstly what works me might not be suitable

June 14th, 2017|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Style & Beauty|3 Comments

Three books for holiday reading

It has been a while since I wrote about what I am reading and so I decided to tell you about some of the books I have enjoyed over the past year. Maybe you need

June 7th, 2017|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Uncategorized|7 Comments

Frayed Jeans Trend – Do I dare?

I am not trend driven at all. Well, I probably was when I was young, but certainly not now. I wear what I like and what I think suits me. Obviously, I get some help

Unique hand-crafted jewellery you will not be able to resist

This week I want to introduce you to another creative: Mary Drea. Maybe you have already read about her. Image Magazine recently named her as a jewellery designer to follow (she trades under addiebeads at

Beside the Hilda – confessions of an Instagram husband!

My husband Graham (a.k.a. GG) gives his take on living with a blogger. There was a time when dinner out with my beloved was a quiet, romantic outing over a pleasant meal, when clothes’ purchases

Diffusing online shopping with Diffusion

I first met Kate Gleeson when the stylist daughter and I were shopping for her Debs' dress in Kate’s shop "Diffusion", in Clontarf in Dublin. We bought the most beautiful dress there by an up-and-coming

Rock ‘n’ Roll is alive and KICKING

It was Marilyn Monroe who said “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world”. I reckon she meant boots because the stylist daughter Courtney has again collaborated with Shoe Lab with

Allicano – no longer a secret

Shsh! I am going to tell you a secret. Why? Because I am a sharing kind of person. Maybe some of you already know about this little gem, this wonderful little boutique called Allicano. It's

Avoiding ‘the morning-after-the-night-before’!

The older I get, the less I am able to drink and the less I want to drink. Now, I am no saint and I have to say I am rather partial to a gin

‘Selected’ stylishly Scandinavian

Have you heard about the Danish label Selected Femme/Homme? I have only recently discovered it since it arrived at the end of last year in my local shopping centre Swords Pavilions, but you can also

Pretty Provence, Peter Mayle and me

Having just returned from a break visiting friends in Provence, it is easy to see why Peter Mayle, the British author of 'A Year in Provence', fell in love with the area about thirty years

The most versatile shirt-dress ever!

Regular readers know that I cannot resist a good bargain and so when I found a Halston Heritage Shirt Dress on the discount rail at Arnotts in Dublin a few weeks ago, I promptly snapped

March 29th, 2017|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Monart Spa Mid-Week Break to Remember

The 2017 Jaguar sports coupe purred up the drive just in front of us as we arrived for our mid-week break at Monart Spa near Enniscorthy. One of the valets on duty took out the

Introducing an unsung creative writer

In a departure from my usual post, I’d like to use the platform of my blog to introduce you to an inspiring woman I encountered recently - another ‘Fierce 50’ woman. Deborah Blacoe, however, is

March 15th, 2017|Friends and Family, Home, Love & relationships, News|3 Comments

The Sleep Obsession

Apparently, we sleep for about one-third of our lives, or we spend it in bed trying to sleep. We are obsessed with sleep and how well we sleep. When my children were small, I never