Review : The Importance Of Being Ernest at The Grand Opera House Belfast

If you are a devotee of Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde you’ll know all about Ernest and Algernon, Jack and Bunburry, a story of would-be romance with a interfering mother coming between the young lovers. Jack wants to marry Gwendolen, her mother, terrifying Lady B, doesn’t approve, after all he was found in a handbag […]

#beautybitch by Cathy Martin Facing Facts With Sensse

When the Sensse Facial Contour Definer arrived in the office there was definitely a tittle tattle and a whisper among the team to ascertain whether I’d ordered a sexy toy from Mya or Agent Provocateur, when in fact my pretty package contained a beautiful and ergonomic rose-gold-coloured, hand-held facial massager. (Gosh that was a mouthful!) […]

#MondayMindfulness : The mental health of our children

The mental health of our children. I’m going to write today about the serious crisis in the mental health system with our children. I studied mindfulness 8 years ago for my own personal mental health after years of struggling with depression, anxiety and addictions. It helped and worked wonderfully for me because at 40 I […]

#beautybitch by Cathy Martin :A Slice Of Urban Veda

I for one am so glad January is over, with its plethora of skin-damaging elements like excessive heating and frosty air, (and sometimes the lack of fresh air from staying inside so much). The combination has a terribly negative effect on my complexion and although February (so far) hasn’t seen much better weather, the budding […]

Review: West Side Story at The Grand Opera House

The Jets plan the Rumble A massive cast of 45, many of them teenagers and they played a blinder. As Louis Walsh would say, they owned the stage. Our seats were in the Grand Opera House but we were transported to a rough neighbourhood in New York. Two street gangs, the local Jets and the […]

#beautybitch by Cathy Martin: L’Occitaine and Rifle Paper

When Provence, land of enchantment, meets the vibrant feminine flair of an inspiring stationery and lifestyle brand. This week last year I was milling around Provence searching for truffles among the oak trees of rural farms, so it is fitting that, this week this year, I write about a company whose very scent – when […]

Monday Mindfulness: Success

Monday Mindfulness: Success This week, 3 of my mindfulness business clients all achieved their dreams and wishes. Mindfulness is not about meditation and guru chanting it’s about changing your mindset to remove the negatives that hold you back and push the positives that make you awesome. Two of my teens were seriously ill, out of […]

Preview: A little Bit Of History Comes Home

A little Bit Of History Comes Home An invited audience had a most interesting morning last week. Members of the production of Titanic The Musical were guests at an event at the Titanic building in Belfast. The Grand Opera House were our hosts and certainly, in a most specular venue, the message was loud and […]

#Beautybitch by Cathy Martin: Nothing Weak About Sleek Make Up

Nothing Weak About Sleek Make Up This week I have handed over the #BeautyBitch mantel to my lovely intern Debra, a student on a beauty budget, who is especially broke after an expensive social life and some family gift-giving at Christmas. I tasked her with reviewing some products sent over to me by Sleek, check […]