For Eileen Smith, working from home has been a glamorous and chaotic experience. 

The Instagram style star and grandmother, who found fame posting photos of her outfits on her account @eileenstylequeen, has been keeping busy between starring on The Style Counsellors with Suzanne Jackson, cleaning out her wardrobes and cooking for husband Larry. 

"I make lovely meals every night," she tells me over the phone. "I think I nearly killed them last night. I did a dessert that had butter and sugar in it. And he sleeps in another room and I haven't heard him up this morning. So I nearly need to go in and look to see that I didn't kill him last night," she laughs. 

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Eileen and Larry, her husband of 60 years, have been cocooning since the outbreak of Covid-19. Like many couples around the country, they've been separated from their children and grandchildren but have gotten through the quiet months together. 

"Larry is very high risk because he's a diabetic and we're both 82 years of age", she says. "And the thing about it is that if I go out and about, I'm afraid of bringing something into him, you know, so we stay put. He's very good, never complains thanks be to God. I haven't got a whinging husband!"

How have they kept their heads up during some of the most challenging months in recent history? 

"You just have to take what is," she says. "We're very, very positive."

Eileen is a pro at taking what comes her way and rolling with it, just as she did with the newest season of The Style Counsellors. "Due to my age, I couldn't go out and about. It's totally different. I miss working with Suzanne and meeting the women, because we got on very well together and we have good banter when we're out and about."

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To make the show work for Eileen, her home was turned into an at-home television studio where Eileen would dole out tips and advice to the women on the show. As far as working from home goes, it was definitely a more extreme makeover. 

"I wasn't allowed to do anything," she says, laughing. "Hall door open, back door open, freezing, the kitchen windows open. Had to get a coat to put on me, would you believe that? Temperature taken regularly." Voiceovers were done in her bedroom with a professional microphone set up and the curtains pulled. 

Just as doing a spring, summer, autumn and winter clean became how many of us passed the last few months, cleaning has been Eileen's go-to distraction, too. 

"We look for something every day," she tells me. "I say, what am I going to do today? I've every room in the house cleaned to the best you could possibly have it on the second round. And I've been cleaning out all my clothes and shoes and handbags.

"I can't get over with the lockdown like I'm still washing kitchen floors and, you know, things. You'd think that that would have done for a few more days."

Being stuck at home with your non-whinging husband of 60 years is certainly a better set-up than that of many, but Eileen is fervent about the importance of friends too. Being physically cut off from her daughters – with one in Limerick, one in Wicklow and one in Sydney – as well as her grandchildren, she has turned more and more to her friends. 

"I have these eight other friends of mine who play bridge and golf together and we ring around each other. We're on the phone half the day chatting and talking and everybody has a different story. You're either telling them something that happened or you're whinging about something.

"I'm a firm believer, you need friends as much as you need your family."

While many of us have completely pivoted to a wardrobe dominated by leggings, oversized jumpers and slippers, Eileen has stayed true to her Instagram moniker and kept her glamorous fashion sense intact. No leggings and pyjamas during the day for her, she's found solidity in her classic outfits and wardrobe staples. 

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"I still would just dress nicely, put on a nice blouse and cardigan and a pair of pants. I'd give every little thing in my wardrobe a chance. And I wear the belt." Belts are a huge wardrobe staple for Eileen, and two Chanel belts were the latest additions to her wardrobe. 

And every day, she'll lay out tomorrow's outfit. It's a practical tip, one of Eileen's many, but also a truly effective way to keep the head straight and one of life's enjoyable little rituals. 

"I have a saying that I always use," she tells me. "I say, 'enjoy today, forget about yesterday and look forward to tomorrow.'"

Watch The Style Counsellors every Tuesday at 8pm on RTÉ One.