My Favourite Five

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I have a dress I love but never wear. It's a blue print dress with an elusive and sometimes indefinable "flattering fit". I wore if for the first time when my second baby was a few months old - to go out for dinner with friends. I remember feeling so good about being dressed up and having food and wine ...

What I Don’t Miss About Life Before Kids

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What do you miss about life before kids? That was the question in an online discussion I read recently. Sleep. Free-time. Me-time. Money. Nights out. Lying-in. Tea that's not gone cold. Peeing alone. Not in any kind of "I wish I never had kids because I miss that hot tea so much" way. Just a list of things that we sometimes miss - if we're ...

For the love of a good tan

Office Mum: Coco Chanel

"You've such a great colour!" said my friend. I was ten years old, and made an "ah not really" gesture, shrugging my shoulders, but secretly thrilled with the comment. Or let's call it a compliment - it doesn't really make sense that it's a compliment - I hadn't actually done anything that required talent - but ...

Coming up for air next week, since 1998

Preschooler - Office Mum

June is mad. So says everyone. Teacher presents and end-of-term nights out and inductions for junior infants. Sports tournaments and school summer fairs - and barbecues every time it stops raining for more than six hours. I woke up this Monday morning and let out a long breath - another manic weekend done, and finally time to ...

Objects of Me

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What objects define you? That's the question asked by Maud on Awfully Chipper recently, and her story of her mother's gold watch hooked me in. My mum had a gold watch with a clasp too, and though I haven't thought of it for years, when I read Maud's post, the memory came back as clear as ever, and ...

The Work Wardrobe Has Come Full Circle

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For seventeen years, I had an office uniform. Not a real uniform – just one that met the dress code of a typical office. For the first few years, the self-imposed uniform was mostly black-trousers-and-something, though I occasionally changed it up with grey trousers - just to add a splash of colour. My trousers were always too long ...