Fashion guru Brix Smith

Women find wearing their favourite clothes is more comforting than eating a bar of chocolate, according to new research revealed by Lenor this week. 46% of women surveyed agreed that feeling fabulous in their clothes enabled them to have a better day. The study, commissioned by Lenor to mark the launch of their new Forever Fashion campaign, also...

Cork Camogie Captain Anna Geary launches Bags ‘N Bling in the Penthouse Suite of the Imperial Hotel. Picture: Gerard McCarthy

Are you planning a pre-Christmas clutter clear-out? Bags N Bling is a joint fundraising event, co-hosted by Make A Wish Ireland and the Mercy Foundation, Cork, aiming to raise much needed funds in aid of children and teenagers.


We're wearing Carolyn Donnelly's The Edit cobalt blue socks with brogues. €8, Dunnes.

This pretty printed shift dress features a flattering short sleeve and a high crew neckline. A glam option for Christmas day. €69, Oasis.

We've been making daily visits to Izortze Setien's blog Clochet for cold weather wardrobe inspiration. The full-time engineer, from Bilbao in northern Spain, shares her  outfits daily. The girl can rock a sweater like nobody's business.

This woolly cushion from Ben de Lisi's range for Debenhams has an orange and green reversible design with embroidered 'OMG' and 'GR8' speech bubbles. There's 25% off this week so it's €29.25 from Debenhams.

November is a hateful and savage month. Your coworkers are at their grumpiest, your friends are at their most snide, and all the single people you know are desperately trying to find a boyfriend or girlfriend to hunker down with for the winter. Nature's darkness has a peculiar effect on your body. You are tired constantly, despite ingesting three times your RDA of sugar in "festive"...

Carolyn Donnelly's new label The Edit is designed to make choosing great outfits easy. Key pieces include this Cardigan (€109), Shirt (€59), Skirt (€189) and silver shoes (€99), available now at Dunnes.

Zara's Woollen Wraparound Coat was built to keep out the winter chill. €119, Zara, Mahon Point.

These AJ Morgan Dunes Sunglasses are just the ticket for hiding tired eyes on the morning coffee run. €24.26,

Intricately designed with a vivid neon hue, this Kingston necklace will add a flash of colour to your evening look. €52, Coast, Patrick St.

Winter 2013 is all about contrasts, team this soft mohair blend sweater (€39.95, H&M) with a leather pencil skirt for the office.

The Gasoline store search for the Rear of the Year - in conjunction with Sober Lane is in full swing, and all you have to do is proffer a picture of your posterior to enter!

If you're brave enough to put your bottom in the competition, send a picture of your rear in denim jeans to admin@gasoline or post it on the Gasoline Facebook page.

The finals will be held in Sober Lane on...

There are very few disadvantages to going out with someone who has substantially more money than you do, but these occasions arrive about twice a year. Christmas, and birthdays.

I know a lot of women who have this admittedly very first-world problem, and twice a year we take a break from our free dinners and golden bathtubs to fret about it. I should probably state that none of us are...

Brighten up a dull day by popping on a bright knit like this cherry lovely (€19.95) and teaming it with a bold skirt (€24.95) and a soft scarf (€7.95) all from H&M, Opera Lane.

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