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I'm waxing lyrical about this candle - because you're worth it

PLEASANT, mood-lifting, aromatic -- but not essential.My justification for indulging is that apartment life is rather different to living in a house and you are more conscious of cooking smells and 'it's time to bring out the trash' smells too.

Anyway, there is no point in going for a cheapy candle with little burning hours. The Neom range is a favourite of mine -- after all, it did get Best Scented Candle in this year's Herald Beauty Awards. Try their new autumn/winter scent Harmonise (€52), with essential oils of pine, cedarwood and eucalyptus

Available from NeomOrganics.com and selected stockists.


"A blonde in a red dress can do without introductions -- but not without a bodyguard," wrote American novelist Rona Jaffe.

Which leads me to believe that every girl, regardless of hair colour, should own a red dress.

This offering from Hobbs (€206) at Dundrum's House of Fraser has the perfect balance and can be worn day or night -- the Peter Pan collar says 'good girl,' as do the long sleeves -- but the hemline sitting well above the knee says 'go girl'. We like.


Okay, so this is technically a man bag, but who cares. It's perfect for work and can be slung over the shoulder to avoid back pain.

It'll fit everything from your iPad to your lunchbox and cosmetic bag with ease. Available from the a/w 2012 Pepe collection, €142.


For the absolute best pedicure (€55) in town, go to Essentials Beauty & Skincare Clinic: 7 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4 (between Tin Tin Chinese and the Bagel Factory). Watch with a strange sense of satisfaction as every single bit of hard skin is removed!