More About Me

April 15, 2016
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Each person’s self-expression is completely unique and special – mine includes singing jazz music and chanting as I meditate… that’s just me! 🙂

Confident Self-Expression

When I was about 12 years old I came across my mothers Colour Me Beautiful book and from then on I hoped to become an image consultant and help people find the colours that suited them. I already had an eye for colour and I knew that my school uniform, with it’s royal blue sweater, looked quite good on me. I even wore it during my summer holidays sometimes! Weird, I know! The only fashion influences on me during my childhood were from the TV and I was fascinated by films like Flashdance, Dirty Dancing and Pretty in Pink. You can see how those movies influenced some of my favourite looks from way back then by clicking here.


So, many years later I got my chance to train with a wonderful Image Consultant, Joan Cashman, who is an award winning stylist based in Cork. Then, I was lucky enough to work in the Colour Me Beautiful head office in Dublin with Melanie Power for four years doing Colour, Style and Personal Shopping. I loved my time working as a Colour Me Beautiful Consultant, I feel blessed to have worked with the best in the business for many years and really appreciated all their guidance and support and I take all that experience with me into my own image consulting.

Mind you for me it’s not about creating an image – it’s about boosting your confidence and expressing the real you through style! If that’s something you would like then get in touch with me 🙂

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Style & Presentation For Business

May 1, 2015
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Confidence in Business

“It gave me just a bit more confidence really in going and to get in the clothes that we discussed, the kind of clothes, the kind of shapes. Yeah, it’s like I’m a new woman.” Caroline Nolan, Business Owner

Who is it for:

  • Business Owners & Senior Managersinterview

What it covers for you:

  • Style & Confidence Coaching
  • Personal Shopping
  • Wardrobe management
  • Media ready outfits for TV or radio


Call me on 089-9829914 or email [email protected]


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When is failure really a success?

April 6, 2014
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The word failure sounds so bad – we talk about how a marriage failed after 10 years or now most businesses fail in the first 3 years.

But I believe we need to be careful to call these things failures.

What if that marriage was a success for most of those 10 years? What if the owner of that business learned “what not-to-do” in that business and will make the next one even better.

Let’s say you’ve failed at something – maybe your boyfriend broke up with you or you realised you shouldn’t be studying Economics after all. What then? Have you failed?

My story

Like just about everyone, in my life I’ve tried to please people or impress them or even prove them wrong.

When I became a cabin attendant for Japan Airlines my parents thought I was mad but I was off on an adventure to make some money and travel the world. I wanted to prove them wrong.

But being away ALL the time flying to Japan didn’t do my friendships much good. And my passion for singing was put on a shelf to gather dust for 5 years.

When I started image consulting, I bragged to a friend now amazing my potential earnings would be. But I never did earn that amount!

Little did I know that while every failure has an up-side every apparent success has its down-sides too. It really is a give and take but the old Chinese proverb of “Good luck or bad luck, who knows” stops me from over analysing everything.

It’s only now looking back on my life that I’ve realised how my failures have shaped me, made me stronger and taught me more about me for better or worse.

Thomas Edison who invented the light-bulb said “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work” and “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Tweet it J

Here is a fabulous video on how to recognise mistakes as an awesome way to learn…

Failure is good!

Imagine deciding that failure is GOOD! Maybe it’s good because you learned what not to do next time or because it helped you leave a situation that didn’t really suit you.

In exercise, the fastest way to tone up is to exercise to failure. That is to do a level of intensity that you can only deal with for a few minutes before you can’t do anymore.

For example, sprinting… you go as fast as you possibly can for 100 meters –if you are really going as fast as you can then by 110 meters you will collapse!

Now that might sound like a crazy thing to do but it works. The next time you sprint your body will adapt to the challenge and improve your speed.

The same happens in weight training… if you choose a weight you can lift safely but only about 6 times before you need to stop (exercise to failure!) then your lean tissue adapts and tones up.

If you lift a much lighter weight 30 or 40 times your body doesn’t see it as enough of a challenge to tone up in the same way.


Make failure work for you!

We often seem to think we have to succeed at everything first time and if we fail it’s not meant to be.

If you read auto-biographies of successful people you will see that most of them admit to failing many times. Even those who are successful quite quickly have projects that just don’t work and have to be dropped.

But the main thing is they didn’t give up so don’t you give up if it matters to you!

It doesn’t have to matter to anyone else but if you want something and if you persist then you will learn what to do and what not to do.


The only thing that is important is to be YOU – the real you.

Be true to yourself and your desires and then include helping others along the way. That is what Real Girl Confidence is all about.

Let’s figure YOU out and have fun while we fail along the way! J

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On doing “good”

July 7, 2013
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Doing “good” isn’t always easy…

I don’t know about you but I’m not perfect. I don’t always think about others. Yes, I’ll admit it – I’ve been generally quite self-centred at times and sometimes even selfish.

Some of us might not think that’s a problem after all – we do need to look after ourselves first – right? Like on a plane where we’re told to put on our own “Oxygen mask” first before helping others.

And… being a “do-gooder” isn’t always seen as a positive thing, is it?

It could refer to someone who is putting their nose in… where it’s not wanted.. like a nosy neighbour…

However, some recent research I came across on TED Talks made me think a bit more about it. It basically shows that countries that “do good” have better reputations. And you might be surprised which countries do the most “good”…

So, maybe we should “do good” too…

I remember a colleague of mine once advised me that if I wasn’t feeling great to think of others. I really feel that advice definitely worked for me over the years.

I was working in sales and no matter what might have been going on with me, I got into the habit of putting everything aside when dealing with my customers. Not only did it help me give them my full attention  – I always felt good afterwards.

So, if you’re not already doing good as a habit – maybe give it a try. It might help you feel good about yourself and others might see you in a better light too.

It looks like Ireland is succeeding in doing just that which makes me happy to be Irish and inspires me to do more good myself 🙂

Check out the list countries that do the most good here (about 11 minutes in) but if you have time have a listen to all of Simon Anholt’s take on doing good – it’s good 🙂



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