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Thursday 19 August 2021

At Home With ... Hilda - #Chiandstylish #LINKUP

Hello and welcome my lovely friends.
How's it going in your neck of the woods?

After a busy weekend with the family, it's been back down to earth with the usual spin classes and general household duties.  
Yesterday I caught up with a friend for a nice lunch in our local Zizzi, we had planned to visit Prezzo that was over the road, but it was closed!  Think this covid 'pinging' is affecting everyone in some form or other.  Our restaurant had run out of wine, they literally had two to offer due to lack of deliveries.  I've noticed shelves in some supermarkets have been empty of random items - it's a crazy world we are living in!
The weather has still been so changeable, I started off in jeans, and ended up in a dress with boots, does it feel like Autumn is just round the corner?  I've even put the duvet back on today - maybe that will entice an 'Indian Summer' to appear! 🌞

Today I'm lucky to share enough fabulous blogging friend with you for my At Home With .... series.

I'm so pleased to welcome Hilda - Over The Hilda to the blog - I wonder what secrets and helpful tips she may have to share!

I've bought quite a few dresses over the past few months as I just love wearing them.  This is from Matalan and it has worked really well over the Summer months, and by putting boots and a jacket with it, it'll come in handy for Autumn too.  It's a two layered eye catching midi dress that has a flattering gypsy hemline frill, long sleeves with elastic cuffs and is covered with pretty flowers on a dark black background .... it's got everything I like and is a joy to flounce around it - definitely one for my Friday night dancing.  It also goes well with the addition of denim, love my little jean jacket. 💜💙

It was chilly enough to wear boots today and I can confirm I adore wearing them.  These have been a firm favourite for a few years, but admit that the tassels make quite a lot of noise when I walk.  I always feel I make an entrance when I wear them - I call them my cowboy boots .. ha ha! 🤠


Now I'll hand the reigns over to Hilda, I hope you enjoy learning more about her. X

When and why did you start your blog?

  • I started OvertheHilda in 2016.  I felt that there were no blogs for the older woman (in Ireland anyway) and that in terms of fashion, brands seemed to ignore women over 50 who had the disposable income to spend on fashion items that needed to be designed with them in mind.  I also felt there was a need to write about other issue affecting older women such as health and wellbeing, relationships, travel and food.  When I raised the issue around a Sunday dinner table, the family laughed me out, since I didn't know how to even turn a computer on then!  But they all rallied around .. older daughter (the stylish) had a design input and my husband typed my early handwritten blog posts.  I can do most of it all on my own now!

Where do you live?
  • I live in Malahide, a pretty seaside town (about 15,000 population) about 10 miles north of Dublin City and a short drive from Dublin Airport.  I live about a mile outside the town center just 300 yards from the beach with wonderful coastal walks all around (I am originally from the Irish midlands where there are no lakes or coasts so I feel particularly blessed).                  Malahide has a medieval castle in extensive grounds, the town boasts a good number of restaurants, boutiques and hairdressers and there are some 8 different sports catered for through well-established clubs.

What do you enjoy most about blogging?

  • I enjoy the connections I have made with fellow bloggers and other women, not just in Ireland but around the world.  It is always gratifying to receive feedback from my readers thanking me for raising particular issues and offering their own experiences.  When I recently wrote about my Transient Global Amnesia esisode, I had women from around the world writing to me about their own TGA experiences and that the blog post really resonated with them.

Who do you turn to for advice and help with your blog?

  • After their initial misgivings, the family members have been most supportive.  Kirstin always provides useful feedback, Courtney has the fashion eye and is brilliant taking photographs and Graham, who was a wordsmith in a previous life, always helps with fine-tuning the editorial, proof-reading and taking photographs.  I'm still a technophobe so if anything goes awry with the website, I'm straight on to the professionals I employ to host the site!

What would you say your fashion style is?
  • Hard to describe it exactly but perhaps best to say 'classic with a twist'.  I admire other women's style but they may not suit me.  I need more structure to what I'm wearing although I'd love to be able to wear a more fluid, boho style but I don't ever want to be stuck in a fashion rut and am also open to try new things. Never say never is my mantra!

Do you have any pets?
  • No pets and never have had any.  However, younger daughter has a Rottweiler who we have to look after on occasions and even taken for walks!

What's your favourite holiday destination, can you tell us why?

  • We rarely re-visit destinations, preferring to try new places as far afield as China, India, South Africa) a safari was a major highlight) and Vietnam, and have enjoyed cruises in the Mediterranean and the Baltic.  We are not sun-worshippers at all and prefer activity breaks (four sailing holidays in the Med were memorable, as were some skiing trips until my back gave out).

Is there a favourite fashion item you've bought recently and why did you buy it?

  • My Massimo Dutti coat is my favourite buy in recent times and my most worn item is a pair of jeans from the Red Button label that I bought in a local boutique last Summer ... wore so often during lock-down that it probably works out around 1 cent per week.

Do you drive, what was your first car?

  • I have been driving for around 43 years and I started off in a Renault 4.  I have been driving an automatic for years now and could never go back to manual.  We recently traded in a SEAT Ateca and bough a Cupra Formentor e-Hybrid which is a very stylish piece of automobile.

Just for fun, what is your favourite body feature?

  • My husband has always said he was first attracted to my smile (and still is, he says) and my dinky 'ears', whereas I like the shape of my legs.

Thanks so much for agreeing to share your secrets here Hilda, it's lovely to learn more about you.
If you want to find out more about Hilda's - you can find her here on the blog and here on Instagram.

#Chicandstylish #LINKUP is live now, do join us with your fabulous outfits.

Who's favourite from last week?  Meet Laurie - Vanity & Me Style who's wearing a stylish classic in sultry white and it's a perfect weekend look - do check out her blog featuring this elegant outfit.

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Great to have you join me, catch you on Monday my friends.
Goodbye for today. X



  1. Love your floral dress paired with the denim jacket!


  2. Great post, Jacqui. Love Hilda's style. Love your dress too, looks great teamed up with a denim jacket :) Thanks for hosting.

  3. I love your floral dress and I wasn't familiar with Hilda's blog so thank you for sharing!

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope your week is going well :)

    Away From The Blue

  4. So fun learning about Hilda and having a new blog to check out! Love your midi dress and styling! Such a chic look!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  5. Oh that was super fun to read and learn more about Hilda! I do not visit her blog nearly as much as I should. I need to get better at that! I really liked her response to the body feature question! And I really like your dress paired with those fabulous booties and denim jacket! So cool, my friend!


    1. Shelbee we are all short on time. Hugs. Only seeing this now. x

  6. That outfit looks amazing on you. I love how your styled from head to toe.

  7. Love your outfit, it suits you so well, and thank you for featuring Hilda. It was so interesting other what she had to say.

  8. This was a lot of fun to know more about Hilda! I occasionnally read a blog but should visit it more often! Her hometown sounds so lovely! And no autumn in sight here but I won't complain: it usually is a lot hotter! I am looking forward to my denim jackets and booties.

  9. I love this dress and how you styled it! It has so many possibility! Thank you very much for introducing Hilda. I love her style!

    Have a great weekend, Jacqui!


  10. I loved learning more about Hilda! Thanks for sharing. Your floral dress is super cute and looks great with the denim jacket and boots, Jacqui!

    xx Darlene

    1. Darlene thank you. Apologies for not seeing this.

  11. I loved learning more about Hilda...thank you for sharing!

  12. Love this floral midi dress and how you styled it with a denim jacket!
    Cheryl Shops |

  13. Your outfit is so cute!! I love how the booties make it fall appropriate.


  14. Love this series and it was great learning about Hilda! That floral dress is a beautiful find!

    1. Thank you so much Lovely. Missed this completely. Excuse below.

  15. Nice to learn more about Hilda, who is a lovely lady inside and out! Your dress is very pretty Jacqui and perfect for transitioning to autumn with the boots and denim jacket. Have a great weekend x

    1. Thanks Gail ...missed this completely.... excuse below.

  16. Love learning more about Hilda! Interesting all the places she has traveled! I am now able to travel more that my disease is managed, so I hope to visit some of the places she mentioned!
    Love her style and I can see why that coat is a favorite, beautiful!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

  17. Jacqui. How on earth did I miss this. I am so sorry. I would have shared it. My only excuse is that I was down looking after my parents and we have no internet and I missed several days..... Is it on FB? Can I share it now. So so sorry. And thank you so much xxxxxxx


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