Sparkling in Cannes

May 21, 2015

OK, so Cannes is back.
You've seen all the dresses (the good, the bad
and the ugly) but here are some of the
sparkles that swept down the
red carpet.

Cannes 2015, red carpet jewelry, jewellery, Chopard, diamonds, turquoise
Spanish actress Blanca Suarez wearing Chopard's
Red Carpet Collection; chandelier earrings with rubellite,
turquoise, diamonds and tsavorites

Cannes 2015, Natalie Portman, de Grisogono, diamonds earrings
Natalie Portman wearing de Grisogono

Naomi Watts, Bvlgari, Cannes2015
Naomi Watts wearing Bvlgari

Cannes 2015, Julianne Moore, Emeralds, daimonds
Julianne Moore wearing pear-shaped emerald earrings set
with white diamonds by Chopard

The gorgeous Bar Refaeli wearing some whopping ivory and
brown diamond chandelier earrings by de Grisogono

Now I know this is a post principally about
the sparkles at Cannes. However, I wanted to post the dress
I thought stood out more than any other. There were
a lot of black and white dresses, a lot of lace etc.
But I thought the dress worn below by Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
was "architecturally" gorgeous.

The dress was designed by Ralph & Russo.
I thought it was stunning.
What do you think?

Kim Kardashian please take note!

What do you think of Cheryl's dress?
Who stood out for you, more than any other?
Which woman do feel always looks sexiest
because of the comfortable way her clothes
fit/look; she always looks effortless?

As always, I love to hear your thoughts


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Think Like A Queen

May 11, 2015

I really love this quote as so many of us
(me included) can sometimes see failure and setbacks
as the end of the story.

Successful people never see a setback as the end
of the story.

Failure is certainly something I can be frightened of; I
think it comes of years of programming as a child,
but I am getting better.

Failure also gives you empathy for
others that have fallen down.

I realise (altho' I don't always achieve it) that
you can't be scared of failing, otherwise it will stop
you doing big things.

What are you thoughts on failure and setbacks?
Do you bounce back quickly?

Would love to hear your views as always


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How Did She Do It?

May 3, 2015

Once upon a time, in a land not so
far away, the world waited.

A Princess was due to give birth and word was 
out that she had been "snuck" into the hospital
early Saturday morning.

Two hours later a new Princess was born
and the the little island known as the the UK,
was euphoric.

Everyone was super-excited.
Tourists were multiplying rapidly outside
St. Mary's Hospital (which by the way was 
where I was born "sans" paparazzi ;-)
and both Kensington and Buckingham Palace.

At 11am the official announcement was made with all
the pomp and ceremony we Brits have become known for

So all this is fine and dandy-we all know
what happened during the rest of the afternoon;
both princesses (Mum and daughter) were presented 
to the world to gasps and whoops of joy.

Kate and William, new princess, British monarchy

Kate and William, new princess, British monarchy

But something else happened in my world.

As Kate stepped out of the Lindo Wing at around
6pm, the worlds media went into a frenzy, and so
did my mobile phone.

What the hell was happening?

All my friends were texting me.

"How can she look so amazing after giving birth
just 10 hours earlier?"

"How does she do it?"

"Are we sure someone didn't give birth for her?"
(a joke of course)

"How is it humanely possible
that someone can look so 
amazing in less than 12 hours?"

Kate and William, new princess, British monarchy

Kate and William, new princess, British monarchy

I have never had children, so I wasn't really
in a position to comment.

What I did know was that I look
100 time worse if I just do 30 minutes cardio.
I therefore know if  I had given birth, it 
would have probably taken me 10 weeks
to look half presentable for the world, 
not 10 HOURS.

Yes I know some people 
argue  "Well she does have a make-up
artist and hairdresser on speed dial".

But is that the only reason?
I don't recall Diana looking quite
as polished when she stepped out of the
same hospital.

Kate and William, new princess, British monarchy,Diana

Would love to hear your thoughts.

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Suede Sorbet

Apr 22, 2015

One of the Spring trends this year is "sorbet suede".
Here are some of my favourite picks

Bag: Tory Burch 2015
Ring: Available here

Pierre Hardy Suede Sandals

Jacket: Haider Ackerman
Onyx and Druzy Pendant: Available here
Onyx and Druzy Ring: Available here


Jacket: Gucci
Ring: Available here

Shoes: Jimmy Choos in Key Lime
Ring: Available here

What do you think?
Do you like pastel suede or do you feel suede 
should only be worn in it's natural colour?

Would also love to know if you agree with this Anna
Wintour quote. It's a little controversial, but as
always I would love to hear your thoughts.

Spring Is For Color

Apr 2, 2015

Spring really feels like it has finally arrived.
I so love this time of year; a time of re-birth, renewal,
optimism, and hope.

It's been a hard Winter for me after losing
my beloved Dad, and each day is still
a painful reminder of what I have lost.

However, the gorgeous colours I seem to see
everywhere gives me a real "spring" in my
step (sorry for the pun).

It is such a short season and doesn't
even exist when I am in Spain where 
it seems to go from Winter to Summer 
within 1 week!!

Paris, Spring, cherry blossom
Paris in Spring

 I need to be eased into this gorgeous season
slowly, so that I can really savour the changes that
are taking place around me, and also within myself.

New dreams, plans, get my drift ;-)

Oscar de la renta, spring, pink
Oscar de la Renta 2015

Chanel, details, pink
Chanel. I so need this jacket in my life!

L'oeuf spirale de Fabergé

Available here:

I find this quote so true. 
Spring, the time for new beginnings that you may have
been incubating during the long Winter months.
What one project are you really keen to take forward?

Wishing you all a fabulous long weekend whether 
you celebrate Easter or not .


Grown Up Bo-ho

Mar 20, 2015

It seems like grown-up boho
is back!
Folksy prints, floral maxis. So it's
time to coax our bohemian alter ego
to come forth ;-)

Marchesa 2015

Dress: Pucci 2015
Stacking Bangles: HERE

Alberta Ferretti (2015)

A great accompaniment to flowing maxis 
Left: Farah Earrings
Right: Zita Earrings

Etro 2015
Stacking bangles always look so good if you are channeling grown-up boho 

Bangles: HERE

Etro 2105

Dress Pucci (2015)
Hoops: Inés Earrings

Are you a boho babe?
Will you be channeling your feminine folksy side this Summer?
Do Marrakech, the Kings Road, printed kaftans and 
layered jewellery make you want to skip in a field of daisies ;-)

Would love to know your thoughts.

Happy Weekend Lovelies

Cinderella Moment

Mar 13, 2015

It's seems every fashion magazine you look at
it's all about the BIG ball gown.
Everyone is going "meringue mad" and
"full on frou-frou".

At the recent fashion shows Dior, Jenny Packham 
and my favourite Elie Saab were making fairytales
a reality for all the stars.

Riahanna wearing Zac Posen

Hot on the heels on the new Cinderella movie, Disney is also
adding fuel to the fire

Here are some of my favourites.
Valentino 2015
Elie Saab 2015

Zuhair Murad 2015

Christian Dior 2015

My favourite by Ralph & Russo.

Elie Saab 2015

Now I just need to find me a fairy godmother who will
let me go to the ball.

Anyone know one? ;-)

Finally do pop over to the lovely Sunny Days and
Starry Nights blog where the lovely Tracy interviewed me
and got me to share some of my organisation tips, along
with my story of why I gave up being a Criminal Psychologist
to spend all day with sparkles.

Have a wonderful weekend/week Lovelies