Strictly Against Breast Cancer Gala

  Breast Cancer Ireland’s 3rd “Strictly Against Breast Cancer” Black Tie Gala last Saturday night rolled out their pink carpet and brought Irish TV personalities and Cancerians together to have a dance off and compete for the coveted privilege of first place to raise funds for Breast Cancer research. With Nicky Byrne as the host and Emma Hannigan,…

Tit for Tat

20th November marks my one year anniversary when I woke up groggy one wintry morning to discover a 7cm x 4 cm lump in my right breast. It was the size of a small lemon and, very bizarrely, had grown over night. To commemorate my lump-changing event, I am ready to write about what so…

Malloween

Malloween- Not ghouls made from marshmallows but Halloween in my hometown Mallow! Last Saturday night Furiosa begged to be taken on a night out. Not satisfied with having a day out at a Mad Max demolition yard in London back in May*, she wanted to experience Malloween for herself. First stop was The Mouse Trap, a little…

Nightmare Realm: Dare to be Scared!

My Nightmare Realm experience on Monday 26th October was the perfect way to draw Cork’s Jazz Festival Weekend to an end and to get into the Halloween vibe. If you are a fan of American Horror Story, you will not be disappointed for what they have in store for you in this three story scare fest on Albert Quay. Fumbling along a…

Today Show – Breast Cancer Special

I was thrilled to be invited to be part of RTE1’s Today Show Breast Cancer Survivor Special on Tuesday 20th October. I never expected that just in my first week back to live in Ireland that I would be on Irish television twice!! It was a great show dedicated to Breast Cancer Survivors with informative…

I AM Ireland, Ireland (I) AM

I was delighted to be invited on TV3’s Ireland AM along with Deirdre Featherstone, a fellow Irish breast cancer blogger who’s blog is called “Kicking the Shite out of Cancer” on Thursday 15th October. I arrived into Dublin the day before to be styled by Judy Gilroy at Oasis. Her room was super cool with…

Sam McCauleys, Douglas & Chemospiration!

Apologies to all my readers for the delay since my last blog post. I’ve had a very busy month as I was preparing to move home from London to Ireland. I’m happy to report that my husband and I have arrived safe and sound yesterday to my home town Mallow, Co. Cork where we will…

Body & Soul, Here I go!

Given I have a busy week this week, this post will be an update as to what I’m to. Sicily & my Italian Blog… I had a beautiful holiday in Sicily with my husband, his family and friends. I used my time there to launch an Italian version of this blog called http://www.avanticonstile.com  as I wanted to…

Radio o, Radio a, Radio therapy

Having completed 4 months of chemo and recovered well from my operation, the last phase of my treatment was to complete 5 weeks of radiotherapy, which was 20 minutes every day Monday – Friday. They say that radiotherapy can be physically quite tiring as you are basically radiating your cells to kill any minuscule cancer…

(Safe)Tanning in the Rain!

What do you get when you raise skin cancer awareness in London with bikini-clad models bronzed with Tanorganic and torrential rain? Huffington Post’s 2nd Best Image from Around the World of course!! One month of rain bucketed down in just a few hours, you’d expect this to be worst weather to promote an all-natural and organic fake tan and a #safetanning…

Chemospiration, Wexford and Sunshine!

Teaming up with Tanorganic, Sam McCauleys and Marie Keating Foundation, 17th July was a fun Friday, not only for the sun splitting beautiful sunshine but for the great cause it was in aid of. Sam McCauley and Tanorganic donated 1euro per bottle sold in June and July to Breast Cancer Ireland. Marie Keating Foundation were…

Canspiration!

[A piece on the piano to mark 4 out 5 weeks of radiotherapy completed] Parents try to prepare us for the world of give and take. We are given pocket money as youngsters but we are expected to do chores in exchange. God gifts us with talents and inspires us with passions. Talents are given…

Irish Beauty Blog Awards – Shortlisted for Best New Blog!

I’m absolutely stoked that my blog has been short listed for Best New Blog in the Irish Beauty Blog Awards!! My blog, launched in February 2015, is only 3 months old and already I have been on two chat shows, radio and numerous online and print newpapers. Now being nominated for an award is such…

Mad Max: I AM FURIOSA!!!

After the release of Mad Max Fury Road had us all sitting anxiously on our hands with bated breath, I decided to take matters into my own hands. It’s been just over 2 weeks since my 7hr operation (double mastectomy, reconstruction & removal of lymph nodes); I’m a Chemo Queen and I am Furiosa, helping women escape the…

No Pain, No Game – of Thrones

(No Spoilers!) With Game of Thrones shining down upon us and consuming our thoughts, I feel I’ve had my own experience in the Seven Kingdoms during my 9 day stay in the hospital after my double mastectomy operation. Waking up in a delirious morphine daze, I tried to figure out where I found myself as…

Saturday Night Fever!

I have been out of action for the past few weeks as I had my operation on 20th April, which went well and which I’m still recovering from. This time has allowed me to reflect on my appearance on Brendan O’ Connor’s “The Saturday Night Show” in RTÉ’s Dublin studio on 11th April which still seems so…

How not to look like an Egg!

I know there are some of you out there still trying to gnaw through the remainder of your Easter Eggs. To celebrate Easter festivities drawing to a close (and so you don’t end up trying to eat me!), I have filmed a very quick makeup tutorial of the two essential tricks I do every morning…

Amazebald!

When my witty friend Christina first saw pictures of my new look, she cleverly coined the phrase “Amazebald”. Yes Chemo Queens, we are Totes Amazebald !! If it weren’t for chemo, we would never have known what fabulous shaped heads we had lurking underneath our mops of hair. To the Chemo Chicks out there who are about…

Queen Dresser

When I moved into my new apartment, there was no room in my kitchen to put my beautiful shabby chic food dresser that my fabulous aunt Jane had bought me last year. I used to have the shelves lined up with tins of food and rice/pasta but now I have found an even better place…

Love Your Head Day!

Today is the 10th March and my 32nd birthday. It was also supposed to be the day of my 5th session of chemo however I hadn’t taken the steroids in preparation for it so they sent me away from the hospital for me to do my chemo tomorrow instead. I’m extremely disappointed as I wanted to mark my birthday…