The shirt a wardrobe staple -‘Style not Age’ challenge

Jacqui’s shirt challenge ‘The Shirt a Wardrobe Staple’ got me counting the number of shirts in my wardrobe. Dozens, literally dozens.  My ‘go to’ daily wear is skinny jeans and a shirt, usually worn outside

June 25th, 2018|Friends and Family, Home, News, Style & Beauty, Uncategorized|16 Comments

Showcasing Robin LaMonte from ‘Hello I’m 50ish’

Robin LaMonte from Atlanta Georgia and I connected through the original Fierce 50 and I was drawn to her very early on. You see, we have a similar philosophy on life. ‘LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE

Travel Department trip to Salamanca

When I was invited by Travel Department to go on a press trip to Salamanca in north-western Spain, I jumped at the chance. In the past, GG and I have travelled to South Africa, Beijing

June 12th, 2018|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News|12 Comments

The Return of the Trouser-Suit

I was obsessed with suits, particularly trouser-suits, when I was a teacher. When I first started teaching, there was quite a strict dress code in my school and that included no trousers. Gradually, dressy trousers

Homemade Eco Solutions for Cleaning your Home

 I have a Guest Blogger this week, Alex Farley, who shares with us Eco solutions for cleaning. Commercial cleaning products are full of toxic and harmful substances aimed at making the household chores easier. Not

Jumpsuit for Joy: ‘Style not Age’ Challenge!

Our 'Style not Age' collaboration features the jumpsuit with Anna choosing the theme ‘My Jumpsuit Joy’ this month and we have four very different styles to showcase.  My all-in-one outfit below is just like a

May 28th, 2018|Home, News, Style & Beauty, Uncategorized|20 Comments

The Straw Hat ….perfect for Summer

The straw hat is right on trend this season, but it never really goes out of fashion, being a staple item of the sun holiday wardrobe. Icons like Brigitte Bardot and Bianca Jagger made them

May 24th, 2018|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Style & Beauty|20 Comments

Mother of the Bride Dress Search continues in Harvey Nichols

I have to admit that I had never been into Harvey Nichols or Harvey Nicks until the stylist daughter sent me there on the ‘search for the dress’. WHY had I not ventured into the

How to find the right Mother-of-the-Bride Dress

Mother-of-the-bride dress hunting is much more difficult than I imagined it could be.  In 10 weeks' time, my daughter, Logan’s mum, will be getting married. The excitement is mounting, the venue is booked, Kirsty has

Urban Decay Eyeshadows review of ‘The Petite Palette’

Urban Decay Eyeshadows are not my usual go-to choice when it comes to my eyes. Maybe it is because I consider the brand to be aimed at a younger, a much younger, market. But my

May 10th, 2018|Home, News, Style & Beauty, Uncategorized|20 Comments

Newbridge Farm Donabate is Top Attraction

We hadn’t visited Newbridge Farm, part of Newbridge Demesne near Donabate, Co Dublin, since our two girls were little and here we were back to a new and improved farm with our 20-month old grandson,

Interview with Eugenia from ‘The Age of Grace’

I am delighted to introduce you to Eugenia, one of my Fierce 50 sisters. Over a year ago, the Fierce 50 campaign was launched and through it I became friends online with Eugenia, who is

April 27th, 2018|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Style & Beauty|16 Comments

‘Style not Age’ Rainbow Challenge

This month’s ‘Style Not Age’ challenge, where we are to be inspired by the colours of the rainbow, was set by Emma  from stylesplash. There is an often-used mnemonic to help you remember the colours of

Medical Micro Needling under the Spotlight

Micro Needling is seemingly the latest and most effective treatment in the fight against lines and wrinkles. I laugh when I see the age of the testers. They need someone of more advanced years to

Shaws wows with Style and Prices!

Shaws Department Store in Roscrea was where I spent my first wage packet. I had a summer job in a local chemist doing an inventory of the storeroom and stacking shelves, so I headed to

April 11th, 2018|Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News, Style & Beauty|12 Comments

Visit to The Guinness Brewery and Storehouse

Thanks to Guinness, Ireland’s winning of Rugby’s Grand Slam in England on St Patrick’s Day was even more special than my Graham could possibly have imagined. In his latest 'Beside the Hilda' guest blog post,

April 4th, 2018|Friends and Family, Home, Lifestyle & Leisure, News|8 Comments