Power Dressing

Power Dressing is this month’s theme in ‘Style Not Age’. WHAT IS POWER DRESSING? Initially, when power dressing was a new trend, back in the ’80s, women wore suits to make an impression in the workplace. They dressed more like men to show they were every bit as capable of climbing the corporate ladder.  But

I take supplements. For several years now I have taken Omega-3 supplements, because I do not believe I can get enough through foods alone. WHAT IS OMEGA-3 Omega-3 fatty acids are a group of different fats. Here is the science! The three main types of Omega-3 are: Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) Eicosapentaenoic acid

Bons Secours Hospital

What is a colonoscopy? I have heard the word so often but really did not have an idea what the procedure entailed – until I had to have one myself. Maybe you are the same. A colonoscopy is a common test used to help diagnose bowel cancer or investigate other bowel problems. A long, flexible

Crushing Crochet is our ‘Style Not Age’ theme for August. Unfortunately, instead of crushing crochet, I tripped a week ago and crushed my fingers and fractured a bone or two. But it could have been a lot worse. I might have broken a wrist or some teeth. And teeth are expensive to fix! So, I


Well, July you were rubbish. However, I must admit that I will take the rain rather than the horrifically high temperatures that many endured around Europe. Also, we did escape the rain when we went to a wedding in Dubrovnik, where the weather was fabulous. Finally, got a post up on Saturday about it. STYLE

Dubrovnik Infinity pool

There are many reasons to visit Dubrovnik in Croatia, one of which is that it is a very beautiful wedding destination. We spent a week in Dubrovnik recently. Alison and Ian’s wedding gave us a good excuse to visit the city where we had spent a half day while on a cruise many moons ago. The


 Hello Friends, We are just back from attending a wonderful wedding in Dubrovnik.  I will share some pics with you in my next post. You will be blown away. But for now it is time to share my Beauty Spotlight Friends recommendations this month. I shared my review of Emface the Non Surgical Face Liftwith

It was my turn to choose the theme for this month’s ‘Style Not Age’. And I have jumpsuits on the brain. So a little bit of alliteration to make it ‘Jumpsuit June’, which I thought would make it easy for us all. Jumpsuits are having a moment, aren’t they? But they are not always easy

Dad and Hilda

It is five weeks since my dear Dad (James Davis Stanley, known as Jim) died and it is only really hitting me that I won’t see him again. The visits to see my Mum are strange now and his presence is sadly lacking. Always a larger-than life-figure, Dad was the king of practical jokes and

Emface action

I have been road-testing the new Emface.  You might have seen it all over social media. It has just landed in Ireland and is being hailed as a non-surgical facelift. BTL AESTHETICS I was excited to try it as it comes from BTL Aesthetics, the same company who brought us Emsella, which I found highly

Whistles dress

Anna chose this month’s theme of  ‘Frilled to Bits’ and that is exactly what we are, now that summer seems to be here at last. I am doubly excited because it has coincided with the delivery of the dress (below) which perfectly fits the challenge. When asked to contribute to a feature on fashion in

Beauty Spotlight Team

Time for me to share some beauty and style posts from my Beauty Spotlight Team. We cover beauty, fashion and health topics in this week’s post so there is something for everyone. I am re-sharing  one of my current favourite foundations. Like many of the newer foundations now this has skincare ingredients that elevates make-up

Irelands Eye

This week’s blog round-up from the gang at the Beauty Spotlight Team brings you     Hand Cream     Gypsy Style Fashion     Mini-reviews of Beauty Products     My Irelands Eye Knitwear Gift Spongellé Daily Dose Hand Cream in Coconut Verbena …is the perfect way to keep your hands perfectly moisturised, and


We are nearly in May and to date have seen very little sunshine this year. March was the wettest month on record and we had great hopes for April. Though we had a week of sunny days and some were actually warm, it did not last long. April showers are back again. Emma came up

Brandenberg Gate

If you have not been to Berlin, put it on your list. GG and I had a wonderful three days there in March with Travel Department. We left a wet and damp Ireland behind for a cold, but sunny German capital. Berlin is a city that has been through a tumultuous history and Graham and

Denim jacket Penneys

The challenge of Denim for our March ‘Style Not Age’ gang had me literally climbing the walls. I have two old summer denim jackets and I was not allowed to showcase denim jeans. So, I searched for a skirt or dress in local shops. There was nothing. Eventually, I found this over-sized jacket in Primark.

Irelands Eye

I recently had the pleasure of visiting IrelandsEye Knitwear Company whose factory is based in Baldoyle, Co Dublin. It is a sustainable, family-owned, knitwear business with a focus on creating contemporary Irish-made, hand-finished pieces. The business is run by brothers Paul and Brendan O’Sullivan, but all the family have been involved at some time in

view of Lisbon

Heading off to Berlin soon with Travel Department so republishing our visit to Lisbon pre Covid. If you are thinking of a city break, can really recommend Lisbon. Also loved Porto and you can listen to my podcast with Senior Times (interviewed by Gary Cooke) where I talk about city breaks HERE 1. CLEANLINESS Graham

Lancome make up

I have been a fan of Lancome’s Teint Idole for a few years now and this new and improved Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation has given me more reasons to love it. There are now 50 shades, so I would be amazed if you did not find a shade to suit. CHOICE OF 50 SHADES 

All buttoned up with Style Not Age

Gail chose ‘Buttoned Up’ as our February ‘Style Not Age’ challenge.  I was at a loss initially, but then found this cute Zara jacket at the back of the wardrobe. I can’t remember when I bought it, but I definitely have not worn it much. Now I know I will wear it more often, but

How do we know what products to use when there is such a plethora of brands out there and so many different products. I rely on the experts to help me. And I am lucky to get sent products to try out. I can tell you what suits my skin and what works for me.

Halong Bay Vietnam

I have just recorded my very first podcast – and it was with ‘Senior Times’. What is ‘Senior Times’? It’s a magazine and website for older people who don’t act their age. Well, many people would say that is me. And I bet it is you too. It is Ireland’s only dedicated and nationally distributed

January Blues

‘January Blues’ seemed an apt prompt for this month’s ‘Style Not Age’, as I have been feeling below par. You know how it is. Too much indulging over the Christmas season. We put the tree up at the end of November and that meant we started on the mince pies even earlier than usual. But

A different Kind of Daughter

I have three rather exceptional books to recommend. Well, I thoroughly enjoyed them.These three books are about women who have to overcome huge obstacles in order to fulfil their dreams. The first is a true story and the other two, though fiction, are thoroughly researched and authentic to the time.  All three women are inspirational.


I am eager to tell you about Prai Beauty 24K Gold products and sharing some goodies from my friends on The Beauty Spotlight Team. If anything catches your eye, do click on the links to read more. I am including a link to an old post about the Prai Beauty brand. I was very impressed