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Judging Best Dressed was tough ... but I'd win best bargain for my €16 shoes

I MAY get to write books and do presenting work, but I'm a stylist first and foremost, so getting to judge the Anthony Ryan Best Dressed competition at the Galway Races is my ideal working day.

Irish women are wonderful dressers and it's fantastic to see them make an effort.

Of course, Ladies Day is all about style and in addition to helping choose the winner yesterday, I obviously wanted to put some thought into my own outfit.

My jacket was Bastyan, which I've had a million years and I love it - it's so handy for all types of occasions.

I decided to wear a Diane Von Furstenberg dress and my red shoes were a steal for €16 on sale in Zara this week.

It's a long day, so comfort is key. Hats are a big part of Ladies Day here in Galway and I wore a design by Suzanne Ryan, a Dublin girl who actually was one of the first people who got in touch with me to offer a head piece.

It was very kind of her, and I like to promote anybody who needs help.

With a hectic schedule, I was up early yesterday morning with the hair in rollers and in mummy duty mode, making breakfast and lunch for the kids, before heading down to Ballybrit racecourse for the event and all the craic.

I skipped out of the house at 7am and I brought some of my girlfriends down with me for the day to enjoy it even more.

Although myself and the other judges were doing TV and in front of the cameras throughout the afternoon, I like to do my own make-up and I'm pretty low maintenance.

I got to work painting my nails, applying some last-minute tan on my legs and doing my lashes ahead of the meeting.

I've no patience for getting primped and preened for these kinds of occasions and I'd just rather look after myself.

There was some serious deliberation picking our Best Dressed winner this year, but I really think winner Helen Murphy (inset) was the stand out girl.


Even though race goers enjoyed a late night out last night, I was back home in Dublin putting my children to bed.

This weekend is going to be relatively chilled, because I'm due back in the UK for my regular slot on ITV on Tuesday and today my schedule is jam-packed.

I'm doing a style slot with TV3's Ireland AM this morning and filming an Xpose segment, so it's been all hands on deck this week.