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

May 24th, 2017|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Style & Beauty|

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!

May 17th, 2017|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, Love & relationships, News, Rants and Random Thoughts|

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

May 10th, 2017|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Style & Beauty, Uncategorized|

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

May 4th, 2017|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Style & Beauty, Uncategorized|

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

April 26th, 2017|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Style & Beauty, Uncategorized|

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’!

April 19th, 2017|Friends and Family, Health & Wellbeing, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Uncategorized|

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

April 12th, 2017|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Style & Beauty, Uncategorized|

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

April 5th, 2017|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Uncategorized|

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!

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

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

Monart Spa Mid-Week Break to Remember

March 23rd, 2017|Friends and Family, Health & Wellbeing, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News|

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

The Sleep Obsession

March 9th, 2017|Friends and Family, Health & Wellbeing, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, Love & relationships, Uncategorized|

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

The importance of Vitamin D – don’t be left in the dark.

March 1st, 2017|Health & Wellbeing, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News|

Fake News seems to be the ‘in’ phrase in the media these days, thanks to The Donald. So in researching this post, I have done my best to provide a balanced article, based on the

Staying fierce with the Fierce 50 Movement

February 23rd, 2017|Friends and Family, Health & Wellbeing, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Uncategorized|

  Following on from the Fierce 50 Campaign launched by a group of bloggers (including overthehilda) worldwide on February 20th - the 50th day of the year - I am delighted to announce that the

50 fierce over-50 women collaborate to launch global campaign

February 19th, 2017|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Rants and Random Thoughts, Style & Beauty, Uncategorized|

Today, February 19th, I am honoured to be part of a movement with over 50 “over-50 bloggers” around the world to launch the first Fierce Over-50 Campaign on the 50th day of the year. Brainchild

A little bit of Paradise in Harvey’s Point, Donegal

January 26th, 2017|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Uncategorized|

When we turned the corner, the sun shone and glistened on Harvey’s Point Hotel, nestled among the trees. Two mute swans kept each other company among the rushes on the mirror-like lake; it was four

Tired of your ‘old man’? Get a new one!

January 19th, 2017|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, Love & relationships, News, Style & Beauty|

  GG has been given a make-over by the stylist daughter. She went through his wardrobe like a dervish and threw out (the local charity shop benefited) anything she thought was old, old-fashioned, dated, or