Category Archives: Blarney Beauty tips

Biggin’ It Up on Bourbon Street

In New Orleans on a Friday, Galatoire’s is THE place to go for lunch. The restaurant doesn’t take bookings and so those in the know hire a dissolute to stand in line for them from 6am. Only this way can … Continue reading

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What WAS I Thinking?

I have turned into a comic composite of a seaside landlady, a pantomime dame and Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced Boo-Kay). In all the other photos taken at Tom and Mike’s wedding (photos of the grooms to follow–I promise), people look like … Continue reading

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Tarka the Topcoat

It started when I tried on a mink coat at a yard sale, just to see what it would feel like. Even, perhaps especially, on the inside it felt great. Silk lining and oh so heavy and warm. I didn’t … Continue reading

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Was Mrs Slocombe ever young?

Conversation at the office turned to the 1980s, a time few of the team can remember for most of them were born late in the decade. I wanted to impress my colleagues with what I like to think of as … Continue reading

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Painted Ladies

The Cackler is going nude this Christmas whereas I plan to be sensuous, albeit fully clothed. I refer of course to two perfumes in the Estee Lauder range. She’s Nude in Yorkshire and I’m Sensuous in Itchy Ankle. On both … Continue reading

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The Swimsuit Round

One of my fellow campers at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center refers to me as “Miss Ireland”. I like it. I am not quite ready for the swimsuit round in Miss World, but getting there 😉

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Adventures with Lady Godiva

Lady Godiva (yes, she’s from the English Midlands) is making me walk miles every day. She started power walking last year and lost 50 pounds. She is now slimmer than a sixteen year old and every bit as spunky. She … Continue reading

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Drugging, drinking and depilation

I hit the bar at 5pm. “You by yourself? Everything all right?’ said Mano as he tried to direct me to a booth “I’ll sit at the bar”  I said, causing Mano to exchange a worried look with Randy, who … Continue reading

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