Afternoon Tea at Blarney Woollen Mills Hotel


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My little girl and I recently had the pleasure of sampling the delights on offer from “The Famous Blarney Afternoon Tea” at  The Blarney Woollen Mills Hotel. On arrival we were greeted with a very warm welcome from Ryan and Muiris who showed us to our reserved table. We soon settled in and began to absorb the ambiance of our surroundings. There was such a relaxed atmosphere in the room. We noticed a lovely group of ladies celebrating a birthday and another group of ladies just appearing to celebrate life. There were couples of varying ages, families siblings and friends. Everyone seemed very much at ease with their surroundings.

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The expression in my daughters face was amazing, her whole face lit up when the food was brought to our table. With her biggest smile she commented “ohhhhh mammy, this is very fancy” as her gaze wandered around the three beautifully presented tiers of delights. She quickly tucked in and with my help we soon made short work of what was on offer!


Our afternoon was thoroughly enjoyable and everything tasted as good as it looked. The service was exemplary. It was the perfect girly afternoon! (See pic below for menu and pricing)

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My First Outing To The Races…

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Another thing ticked off my bucket list..

Well what can i say.. After many years of ideas and false starts i finally made it to the races. I really had no idea what to expect but as i had been advised, there were a lot of horses about! 😀

Once i got over the initial “oooh look, horses!” I was able to refocus on the very thing that drew me here… “Ladies Day”

With only two days to prepare for The Gold Cup at Leopardstown the best of the best quickly came on board.. With such little time to prepare i’d have been lost without the help of Maeve from Love Cherish, Liz from MARC Millinery, Nicole from Kapello Hair Salon and to complete the look, Ellen from Fab Fillies.

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Preparations began at the painful hour of 6am.. Shower, hair and makeup to be ready to hit the road with the amazing Gretta and Helen (AKA, Daily Diva Diary). What fun we had on route with Helen losing her ‘brolly’ in a filling station in Cashel (on what was one of wettest days of the year) and Gretta almost drove off with Helens handbag sitting on the bonnet of the car! Sure it would only take us.. Classy birds indeed!


Ladies Day was judged by the very stylish Mr.Darren Kennedy. Of course i had to get a photo taken with him! Congratulations to the very worthy winners ‘Most Stylish’ Laura Jane Halton, Maynooth and ‘Most Edgy’ Mr. Dylan Martin, Colorado.


It was the most enjoyable day enhanced by the company and in spite of the weather i can’t wait to do it all again soon!                                                                                                                  Shin xx


Win Dinner for a YEAR at Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Little Island, Cork…

Radisson BLU Hotel & Spa Cork Invite Customers to Battle It Out for a Big Slice of the Action as they Launch Competition to Name their New Restaurant

~ Winner to Receive Dinner for 2 for A FULL YEAR! 


The team at the Radisson BLU Hotel & Spa at Cork’s Little Island have a big reason to celebrate – and they are determined to involve the public in the buzz and excitement. Following an 18-month-long refurbishment of the hotel’s luxurious and contemporary ground floor, which culminated in the recent revamp of their old Island Grillroom restaurant, management and staff are finally ready to launch the fruits of their labour with a unique and intriguing competition.

Not content with unveiling their new-look hotel with a simple snip of a ribbon, the dedicated Radisson BLU crew have decided to mark the occasion by inviting the general public to name their chic and stylish new eatery. From February 27th until March 10th, people all over Cork and beyond will be asked to submit their suggested restaurant name via the relevant social media channels and to explain why they chose this particular name for the new food hot spot. Entrants will be carefully considered by a judging panel and the winner will be announced on 13th March.

While the competition poses an exciting challenge, it is the prize for the worthy champion that truly takes the biscuit. Not content with simply bestowing the honour of naming the restaurant on the successful candidate, the team at the Radisson BLU Cork are offering the winner the chance to enjoy dinner for two EVERY MONTH FOR A YEAR!

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Shane Fitzpatrick, General Manager of the popular Cork retreat, explained the reasoning behind handing over such a significant task to the public and why it warrants such an impressive reward, “We spent weeks trying to decide on the perfect name for this gorgeous new space and while there were many great ideas in the mix, it occurred to us that the people best equipped to make such an important decision are those who spend quality time here; relaxing and having fun with friends and family while enjoying great food.”

He added: “Essentially, we want people to feel completely at home in our beautiful new restaurant, so it seems incredibly fitting that the public take such a prominent role in both its origins and its future. So let the battle commence – and may the most creative thinker win!”

Visit to find out how you can submit your suggested restaurant name and be in with the chance of winning dinner for two every month for a year in your very own restaurant! Winner to be announced on Monday 13th March. Let the naming begin!

Those familiar with the former layout of the restaurant will be astounded by its transformation, while those visiting for the first time will be understandably impressed. Casual dining is the order of the day at the lavish but comfortable bistro, with brown leather booths and dark mahogany tables taking centre stage in the spacious dining area. An enhanced children’s area is located just off the main restaurant, making it a perfect choice for families, as well as couples and groups of friends. While the tone may be informal and relaxed, the food is far from it, with a wide range of delicious dishes constructed and prepared under the experienced eye of award-winning Executive Chef James Rendell.

Although the team at the Radisson BLU Hotel & Spa Cork are keen and excited for diners to experience the new eatery, they also wait with baited breath to gauge the reaction to the overall ground floor refurb, which incorporated The Great Island Ballroom, the chic and contemporary hotel lobby, stylish Banks Bar and of course, the elegant and charming Ditchley House, a listed Victorian building perched proudly beside the hotel’s modern structure.

During the extensive renovations, 40 bedrooms were also given a luxurious makeover, placing the Radisson BLU Cork firmly on the map as one of the city’s most stylish and sought-after destinations for weddings, leisure breaks and special occasions.   The remaining 86 bedrooms will be refurbished in 2017 and 2018, so continuous investment will add to the hotel’s offering.

Speaking ahead of the big reveal – an exclusive event that will offer guests their very first official viewing of the new-look building – Director of Sales and Marketing Colette Walsh explained what this drastic revamp means, not only to the hotel’s large and long-serving team of staff, but also to the people who will benefit most from the final result: the general public.


“The hard work, long hours and detailed planning that has gone into this ground floor refurbishment – on behalf of everyone involved – has all been worthwhile now that we see the amazing outcome. Now we can’t wait to officially share it with our customers, both old and new.”

She continued: “It means a lot to the staff of this hotel that the facilities and surroundings match the high expectations the general public may have when they consider the Radisson BLU name. With all of our revamped spaces now open for business, the customer’s experience is more enhanced than ever before. Whether we are meeting with future wedding couples in search of the perfect venue or families planning a weekend break, we are now prouder than ever to showcase all of the many services and amenities this beautiful hotel has to offer.”

I look forward to attending the official “Ground Floor Refurbishment Launch” at Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Little Island, Cork later this month!

Shin xx



“Microdermabrasion with Glycolic Peel” at MediGlow.

How lucky am I to have been invited back by my friends at MediGlow, Douglas. This time to sample “Microdermabrasion with Glycolic Peel”. On arrival I was warmly greeted by Emma. She talked me through the whole process step by step, and very patiently answered any questions i had.

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The Microdermabrasion is probably best described as a resurfacing facial/treatment but it does so much more! Emma explained how it treats; Fine lines & wrinkles.. Sun-damaged skin.. Acne prone skin.. Superficial age spots.. Hyperpigmentation.. Oily skin.. Dry or patchy skin.. Helps lift dullness.. Tightens pores.. Reduces blackheads.. and Stimulates collagen and elastin production for a healthier, firmer complexion.


Microdermabrasion uses a highly controlled flow of fine, medical grade crystals to remove the dead outermost layer of skin. This skin exfoliation process reveals the new, living skin cells that are soft, smooth and receptive to nutrients. I loved this treatment! It felt as though my face was lightly hoovered, followed by a gentle exfoliation leaving my skin looking super clear and squeaky clean!


Microdermabrasion is a perfect lunchtime non-surgical cosmetic treatment. This highly effective treatment provides an instant result of smoother, more radiant skin… What’s not to love! Shin xx

MediGlow Douglas, Well Road, Douglas, Cork.  Tel; 021 4291090

‘minimi’ at MediGlow Douglas

I was thrilled to be invited back to MediGlow, Douglas. This time to sample the ‘minimi’ body wrap. The proprietor Sinead and i go way back so i knew i was in good hands!

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On arrival i was warmly greeted by Rachel who explained the treatment to me in detail. Rachel began by giving my skin a light allover body brush before applying the most beautifully scented oils from my neck to my toes. She then wrapped my body in what i can only describe as clingfilm (arm by arm etc, so i didn’t feel restricted in any way). Rachel explained that the advanced technology used in the ‘minimi’ solution breaks down fat cells by Lipolysis. Fat deposits are then transported to the lymph nodes and excreted by the body.  I lay very comfortably wrapped up for an hour, during which time i was treated to an Image mini facial. MediGlow offer this as part of the ‘minimi’ body wrap experience. I thoroughly enjoyed this treatment. It was super relaxing… A treatment i’d definitely recommend!

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‘minimi’ is a non-invasive body wrap offering a more sculptured body with lasting results. It will target fat reduction in specific problem areas, with results seen in an hour. The treatment improves skin tone, tightens, firms and reduces the appearance of cellulite. Fat reduction continues for up to 3 days after with the possibility of dropping up to a dress size in a single treatment.. This is a perfect treatment to have before a special occasion.  Shin xx

‘minimi’ facts…

  • Target fat reduction in specific problem areas
  • Permanent fat loss not water!
  • Results seen in an hour
  • Fat reduction continues for up to 72 hours
  • Improves skin tone, tightens and firms
  • Reduces the appearance of cellulite
  • Drop up to a dress size in a single treatment.     info @

MediGlow Douglas, Well Road, Douglas, Cork.   Tel.. 021 429 1090

The Microlift Facial at MediGlow

With my skin feeling dull, tired and dehydrated i was only too delighted to accept an invitation from Sinead at MediGlow, Douglas to try out their new treatment “The Microlift”.

My makeup hadn’t been sitting right and i felt my skin lacked brightness (most likely due to just finishing a course of antibiotics, and the fact i had been using every beauticians nightmare “baby-wipes” to cleanse my face certainly wasn’t helping).

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The Cork Oyster Festival!!

Recently I had the pleasure of attending The #corkoysterfest at The Rising Tide, Glounthaune. Food, fashion, fun and frolics was certainly the order of the evening with Corks Red FM Stevie G spinning the decks…
The beautiful Emer O’Mahony was MC for the night while the flawless Lockdown Models strutted their stuff on the catwalk, modelling a vast range from Corks finest boutiques and milliners.
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The Rising Tide served up a delicious barbecue while Sandra Murphy proved to be the perfect hostess! I got some great pics with Bloggers Orlas Oasis, Material Boy, Food Fashion & the fight and Diary of a Style Hunter..
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The blustery weather conditions certainly didn’t dampen the spirits… A super night was had by all. I wore… Dress, nude clutch & heels from Love Cherish Boutique, Charleville. Waterfall Coat, from Verso Boutique, Douglas (perfect for the summer/wintery conditions). Hair, styled by Nicole at Kapello Hair Salon.