As I write this, I am in Key West, Florida, where Autumn/Fall does not happen. The sun is shining, it is 28 degrees and the last thing on my mind is Autumn. But, by the time you read this, I will be back in Ireland and it will be a lot cooler! I thought of

Have you heard of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?  Neither had I until I was invited to Amber Oxygen in Northern Cross in Dublin to try out their new oxygen chamber.  It might sound like something out of a science fiction novel, but it’s a medical treatment making waves in healthcare. What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy/HBOT?

Well, October was a busy month! I still have not got back to golf since I broke my finger. The weather has been too wet and the course has been closed quite a bit. My finger is not back to normal yet and yes, I am doing my exercises. Plus we have been busy. You

Finn Lough Bubble Dome

Finn Lough is a luxury, magical hideaway on Lower Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, half an hour’s drive beyond Enniskillen. And if there is a more relaxing place on earth, I have not found it, yet.  From the moment you arrive in Finn Lough, you feel you are in another world. Firstly, the welcome is

Jeans and Jewels

Anna chose ‘Jeans and Jewels’ as our prompt for October. How can it be the end of October already? There is nothing new in my outfit. I chose my favourite jeans of the moment from Studio 124, bought several months ago, but I think they have been re-stocked. The jumper and bag are several years

Piran Slovenia

Before we went there with Travel Department, I knew very little about Slovenia except that it was part of the former Yugoslavia (it was one of the first to declare independence 32 years ago). Yes, I had heard it was a beautiful country and was fast becoming a popular holiday destination. It lived up to


September was a very important month in our house. Here are the highlights. GG TURNED 70 IN SEPTEMBER We spent a lot of the month celebrating Graham’s 70th birthday. Boy, does he know how to milk it! Celebrations started at the beginning of the month and only finished last weekend. Let me put it on


I recently had an online consultation with The Dr Laura Clinic in Galway. It got me thinking! How do we choose skincare? I used to be swayed by words like new, innovative and, of course, anti-ageing. But, now, I like to think that I am more informed. I want my skin to be healthy and,

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. Map created with Wanderlog, a road trip planner app on iOS and Android Berlin

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