Be Hair-ful!

The thing you will have to prepare yourself, my fellow Chemo Queens, is that when your hair does grow back you will receive many comments on it and, surprisingly, from people that vaguely know you or who don’t know you at all. Your hair is now public property! I’ve been told that my hair has…

Cork-On-Ice

As I sit here in recovery from my second operation, January is drawing to a close and I can faintly hear spring’s whispers haunt winter’s last breath. If you are looking for one last “hoo haw” to honour the end of the sleepy cold months before spring’s sunshine warms your face again, Cork-on-Ice in Mahon…

Cancerversary

4th December is a special date to me, it is the anniversary of when I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Grade 3 breast cancer at 31 years old. Honouring my “cancerversary”, I will take you down the path from discovery to diagnosis. The morning I woke up to my 7cm x 4 cm lemon-sized lump…

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…

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…

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…

Flower Blossomed Stronger

After my last chemo session on the 1st April, it took 5 weeks for my hair to slowly start sprouting again. I had been quite fond of my low maintenance routine of never having to shave my legs or under arms so it was strange to see hair making an appearance again. When I saw…

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…

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…

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…

Snoods of Fun!

When you have a bald head you quickly realise how insulating hair must have been!  I sometimes feel a chill around my ears and the back of my neck even when I’m just sitting at home working from my laptop. It’s important that Chemotarians avoid getting sick or picking up a cold since our immune systems are taking a battering….

Interstellar

After being cooped up at home recovering from the chemo effects, I feel today is a rebirth into the world again. I’ve been to another universe and back, and boy does it feel good to have that spring back in my step again! To celebrate my reintroduction to the world, today’s look is Interstellar. Make-up: Lush Lipstick “Passionate”…

Love Your Body – Shop!!

Yesterday was a glorious day in London and it was also my 4th cycle of chemo, which meant only one thing: Playing with sunshine n’ shadows! After my treatment, I rushed into Westfield Shopping Center in Shepherd’s Bush to pick up some much needed supplies before the chemo effects kicked in. It’s great to have…

Access your eyes!

I used to be a “less is more” girl when it came to jewellery. Unless the earrings and necklace came in a matching set, I would just wear statement earrings with a subtle necklace or vice-versa. Now it’s “more is more”. Your head needs all the company it can get! Mix accessories with strong eye makeup…

The Bronze Age

The upside of having no hair is that I now have more time in the mornings to put thought into the day’s outfit and to have fun with my makeup. When I had hair, I would only put on blusher when I was in a rush and anytime I did put on bronze powder it was usually only…

Futuristic Warrior

When I sent my dear friend Ombretta photos of my new look, she told me that I looked like a Futuristic Warrior and I thought “Yes! That’s exactly how I feel! I feel powerful, I’m a Futuristic Warrior!”. So with her words in my head, I got my inspiration for the day  “Retro meets Futuristic…

Attired

Getting ready in the mornings, I rummage through my wardrobe. It takes time to to rejig my clothes to find a style that honours my head. The upside of not having hair is that I have more time on my hands in the morning to think about what outfit I should wear. I never really gave much…

Hello Soho

It’s my first weekend with my bald head which merits an outing somewhere cool and trendy in its honour. I called my dear friend Frankie thinking we could head to a funky haunt in Camden together but he was already out with friends in Soho in the Coach and Horses pub and invited me to come along.  Excited I have a venue…

Dress Your Head

It’s the second day with my shaved head and I’m starting to have more fun with clothes. Every day has become a “Dress Your Head” day! I’m realising there is a certain power to be gained when you look strong and stylish on the outside. The strong inside me needs to be reflected on the outside, if it…