Those of you who are regular readers know that I am always careful in recommending beauty treatments and products, because I believe that we all have different skin and concerns. I can only explain to you what my skin is like and tell you my results and thoughts. But I have come to realise that
‘Nothing is so beautiful as Spring When weeds in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush’ You may be familiar with Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem which captures the vibrant fertility of the season perfectly. And if you are a gardener (unlike me), you are probably all too well aware of the weeds which are already
Thursday, 21 February 2019 by Hilda
I recently spent a very pleasant few hours having my colours ‘done’ or analysed by House of Colour consultant Maria Macklin in her County Monaghan studio (below). The process is fascinating. The basis of colour analysis is working out whether your skin colour is warm or cool. You might have an idea already. Check out
Welcome to ‘Stylish Mondays’ and this week we are ladies in red! The words of Chris de Burgh came into my head as I was writing this: ‘The lady in red is dancing with me, cheek to cheek There’s nobody here, it’s just you and me It’s where I want to be But I hardly
It is our first ‘Style Not Age’ challenge of 2019 and we are showcasing our January Jumpers! Jumpers are possibly the single most versatile item of clothing in our wardrobes. A jumper/sweater can be worn on its own next to the skin, or over a shirt or tee. It looks great with jeans and trousers.
Friday, 25 January 2019 by Hilda
One of the benefits and delights of blogging is the online connections you make with other bloggers. I am delighted to introduce Andrea Lyons Schwartz. Her friends call her Andy! Andy describes herself as a ‘small town girl’ from Louisiana USA. Below is the view of a sunset from her back yard! We have been
2018 – what a year! Like most years it had a mixture of bad and good. GORGEOUS GRAHAM! Health-wise, GG certainly had a mixed year. He had a hip operation in March and while a lot better than he was before the operation, I wouldn’t say that he is back to full mobility yet.
Hiss! Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you must know that snakeskin print is the new leopard print. Now, don’t worry, the leopard print is going nowhere, but snakeskin print is dominating both the catwalks and high street this 2019 spring/summer season. I am honoured to be joining some stylish blogger friends (our
We may be in 2019 but looking back to last year, there was really only one outstanding highlight from our perspective. It is nearly six months since Kirstin and Mark’s wonderful wedding at Ballymagarvey Village in County Meath and we have had great fun recently looking through the photos and the video, seeing all the
I have only one item with sequins in my wardrobe, a top I bought in Oasis years ago but have never worn. I love sequins on others; they are sparkly, they shine and catch the light, so why don’t I wear them? I consider myself a sparkly fun-loving person, so surely it should be reflected
My most memorable gift when I was teenager was perfume. Who remembers ‘Charlie’, a floral fragrance with sandalwood and musk produced by Revlon? The perfume epitomised the modern girl and I considered myself one of those. The TV and print advertisements with Shelley Hack (later of ‘Charlie’s Angels’ fame) in her jumpsuit was the girl
Buying the right gift can be a nightmare for some people. If the man in your life needs some help, get him to read this. BEAUTY I have been very privileged to try many different beauty treatments and products this year. I only wrote about those that suited my skin or improved it in
Mustard is one of those colours that you either love or hate and those friends whom I asked are mostly haters. As for me, I am not even sure why I chose it, as mustard is not a colour that I find particularly easy to wear. However, I do enjoy a challenge. Our last theme
I had been sent some products by Pestle & Mortar, including their Hyaluronic Serum, and I was delighted that I had it to use when I returned from India. My skin was in a dehydrated state, probably the worst it has ever been, presumably the travelling and then the bout of severe sinusitis on my
‘Frill Seekers’ is the challenge for our ‘Style not Age’ group this month and I must admit that I found it a challenge. When it comes to frills, I am quite muted. Let’s face it, frills add bulk, so they can be difficult to wear. I tend to keep frills to a minimum in a
These Van Dal boots are made for walking! Those of you who follow my blog might be aware that I have foot issues, (not a foot fetish) so I find it difficult enough to find comfortable, yet stylish and attractive boots. I have several pairs of FABULOUS boots which I am only able to wear
Nothing beats a facial when you want to feel pampered. Recently, I have had Micro-needling, which while very effective, is certainly not pain-free, and a TriPollar facial, which while not painful could hardly be called pampering. But I was in for a real treat with Elaine, owner of Bespoke Beauty in Donnnybrook in Dublin…she is,
The theme for this month’s Style not Age is ‘Life’s a Ball’. ‘You feel very romantic when you’re in a ball gown. Everyone should wear one once in a while.’ – Carolina Herrera (dress designer) Nowadays we have very few occasions when we (as in ladies) can wear what is considered to be a ‘ball gown’.
I am feeling just peachy thank you, well Peachy Lean to be exact in my new leggings. The older I get, the more difficult it is for me to find leggings which give support, leggings that make me feel good, never mind look good too. These leggings (a mixture of nylon and spandex) give seriously
Wednesday, 12 September 2018 by Hilda
Changing hairdresser or changing your hair is probably one of the biggest decisions you can make in your life, nearly in the same category of moving house or job, or changing your MAN! If I am not happy with my hair, I am not happy. It is as simple as that. Luckily, there have been
Thursday, 30 August 2018 by Hilda
Can we talk about BRAS? I remember the excitement of getting my first; I was the last in my year, as I was what was termed ‘a late developer’ in the boob arena. The mortification. How I longed to dance around in my underwear like the other girls. (I was in a boarding school, so
It’s a jungle out there! We have gone wild this month in ‘Style not Age’ and it is all about the animal print. Did you know that animal skins have long been associated with power? African Chiefs and Napoleon’s army (who trimmed their helmets and saddles with leopard) wore it to convey strength and bravery.
Wearing gingham is not square, I swear. In fact, if you do you are right on trend. This month’s challenge for our ‘Style Not Age’ group was my choice and because I was busy helping out with my daughter’s wedding, I decided on gingham and thought I was very witty with the title. Many of
When Bellorita Handbags gifted me one of their designs, I went online to check them out. Well, I was blown away. They truly look beautiful, but as well as looking like works of art, they are also functional bags. There is a lovely story behind the company. Founder, Jack Sun, a research scientist, moved to