Is This All You Need?

Aug 25, 2014




Is anything missing from this list for you?


Wishing you all a wonderful week,with all the above and MORE
xxxxx

Smell The Flowers On Your Side Of The Path

Aug 18, 2014



I don't know about you, but I am
great at looking at my flaws; what's not working,
what I don't have and should have (my perception
of what should be etc etc).

I do appreciate everything I have and
write in a gratitude journal daily,
but with all the social media platforms we
are now party too, and seeing all the "edited"
versions of other people's lives, it
does become easier  to look at our flaws.


Then I remembered this lovely story that a 
coach gave me more than 15 years ago
(so it's obviously always been a problem for me ;-)


This is a really wonderful story…………

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.

Of course the perfect pot was proud of it’s accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of it’s own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what what it had been made to do. After 2 years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.

“I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to the house”. The old woman smiled, “Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.”

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look at the good in them.



SO to all my “crack pot” friends, have a fab week  
and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!!!!




A Fashion No-No or Not?

Aug 6, 2014




I think that awful "meat dress" would have
killed more relationships than flip-flops-just saying ;-)



Jason Wu


Oscar de la Renta
I so want this dress.





So Lovelies, what is your view on "Sweat-pant Syndrome"?
Do you live in your sweatpants?
Do you make a conscious effort to never wear them?
Are sweatpants (worn continually) a sign of defeat?

Would love to hear your thoughts.
xxxxxxx

Pool-Side Prettiness

Jul 21, 2014

I don't know about you but I much prefer
being by a pool than on the beach.

Maybe it's that you end up finding sand everywhere
days after you have left the beach?

Or maybe it's because you always get
the kids that want to play football pitch
up right next to you?


I'm really not sure, but I do know you can give me a luxurious
pool any day and I will take that.

When you are poolside, you can go a little more
glam than when you are at the beach, simply because 
you haven't got to worry about sand and sea water
ruining your things.


I like to go for tropical brights and tutti-frutti accessories when
I am by a pool.
Here are some of my favs:


Towel: Louise Vuitton
Sparkly flats: Zara
Kaftan: Matthew Williamson (Net-a-Porter)
Kensie turquoise earrings:  here
Floral Glasses: Dolce & Gabbana
Angelina Stacking Bangles: here
Liberty Print iPad case: here
Liberty Print Tote: here
Lara Pomegranate Earrings: here
Dixie Pink Stacking Ring Set: here

So there you go Lovelies.
Which are your favs?
Also would love to hear if you are  
a pool or beach babe.

Have a lovely week
xxxxx

On The Couch With…………….

Jul 10, 2014


OK, being a former Psychologist, you know
how much I love knowing what makes people
tick. I usually interview fellow bloggers who
have a story to tell; who inspire me in some way
(however big or small).

My interviewee today (Nichola English)
is such a woman. This is a woman who
helps style woman and give them the confidence
they need with personal styling; helping 
them make real changes in their lives.

But here's the rub. She has only recently
learnt to walk again after being involved in
a terrible accident that left her partially disabled!

Enjoy my chat with Nichola English


Tell us briefly Nichola how you got into personal styling?
Having been lucky enough to work within different realms of the retail fashion industry 
I wanted to really learn more about the art of personal styling 
and how this process helps people to really make changes in their life. 
What drew me to the Style Coaching process, 
(which I’m proud to be now one of the leaders in the field of Style Coaching) 
is firstly, they were utterly unique and that’s what made them special.  
They use a holistic approach, that resonated with me. 
Their message is strong and clear; it’s not just about the clothing you wear, 
it's also about the self-journey, awareness and 
appreciation of who you are on the inside and out.


Who is your style icon?
I absolutely adore Grace Kelly -she had a subtle energy, 
natural elegance and style that was very timeless. 
You can even see versions of her style in today’s fashion. 
She was also the unofficial ambassador for Hermes; 
they named a bag after her called the Kelly Bag.


Which celeb do you think has the best style at the moment?
Cameron Diaz is a very natural, casual, chic dresser with 
little bits of sexiness thrown in. 
She always looks very relaxed, confident and comfortable 
in the clothing she wears. 
She also understands the art of dressing for her body shape and personality.


Which celeb would you most like to “get your hands on?”
For me at the moment it has to be Natasha Kaplinsky 
(who is a British newsreader and presenter). She’s very beautiful but 
her style is so conservative and old fashioned. 
I would still like to see her in an elegant dress code, 
but with some add freshness and modern style twists.

Natasha Kaplinsky

How would you describe your style?
My style is a mixture of natural classic with some elegance 
and a little sexiness thrown in. 
That’s possibly why I like Cameron Diaz-we have similar tastes in clothing.


What is the one brand you couldn’t live without?
Chanel make-up it’s a timeless range of 
cosmetics that’s perfect for most women and me.


The way you would spend your fantasy 24 hours 
with no travel or money restrictions?
New York with its fifth Avenue boutiques, it’s labyrinth of streets 
and iconic buildings and theaters; 
there’s just something charismatic about this place.

Your favorite shop?
At the moment it’s a clothing line called Mint Velvet
their clothing collections are about empowering women 
with confidence, they use combinations of fabulous textures 
that are effortlessly wearable for the modern day women.


French Riviera or Italian Riviera to kick back?
Italian Riviera with its charm and beautiful landscapes.




Victoria Beckham or Stella McCartney?
I have a lot of respect for Victoria Beckham. 
She has in recent years brought fashion and style 
into the mainstream. I think she really "gets" and understands 
real style and how it works for women. 
I definitely think she is a style icon.


One item every woman should have in their wardrobe this summer?
It has to be statement accessories 
they complete outfits as well as giving the wearer 
a chance to really personalize their outfit.

Tallulah Blue Gemstone Stacking Ring set


One item you are saving up for?
Nothing at the moment


The temptation you wish you could resist?
Clothing and makeup.


Perfume of the moment?
Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle; 
it is sensual and elegant and smells divine.




Tell us something that would really surprise us about you
I had an accident that left me partly disabled with my left leg.
I had to have several years of physiotherapy to learn to walk again

The philosophy that underpins your life?
I actually have this on my desk and see it every day
“Follow your dreams. They know the way”


The song that means the most to you?
Barbra Streisand's Evergreen from her movie A Star is Born. 
I remember when I was a young teenager having the album 
and playing it over and over on my record player.
 It’s such an expressive moving song. Since my father died a few years ago 
(he was a fan of her songs), it has even more meaning to me now.



Your favourite piece from my boutique and how you would style it?
I love the Angelina hammered stacking bangle set with gemstones; 
this would look fabulous with a button back jumpsuit in black, 
statement heeled shoes and an embellished fold over clutch.

Angelina Gemstone Bangle Set

The way you want to be remembered?
I would really like to think that my styling business 
and I made a difference in the world.


Nichola's website/blog can be found here
Pop over and say hello.


Would love to hear your thoughts.
Happy weekend Lovelies
xxxxxx

Splurge vs Save

Jul 2, 2014


We all love those "splurge vs save" pages in the magazines.
I was recently approached as part of the "Responsible
Spending Campaign" (via credit card insider), to
pick some of my own versions of splurge vs save.

So here are my picks:
SPLURGE:
David Yurman gold chandelier earrings with
amethyst and diamonds
Price: $4, 752
         £2,788

SAVE:
Our gorgeous GRAZIA double  hoops 
in brass with natural gemstones of 
amethyst, blue topaz and Phrenite.
Price: $166.00
           £97.50



SPLURGE:
David Yurman Silver chandelier earrings
with Lemon Citrine, Smokey Quartz and Peridot
Price: $1,350
           £793.00




SAVE:
Equally as gorgeous our
INÉS silver hoop earrings adorned with
Lemon Topaz, Peridot and 
Aquamarine natural gemstones
Price: $265.00
          £155.50




SPLURGE:
Lana Jewelry 'Spellbound Noir' Cocktail ring
in black Onyx and Gold
Price: $1,000.00
        £600.00


SAVE:
 Here's our stunning ADRIANNA cocktail ring
comprising gold, silver and natural stone 
Avalonite
Price: $368.75
          £215.00





SPLURGE:
A traditional type Amethyst and diamond
ring by Astley Clarke
Price: $5,115.00
          £3,000.00



SAVE:
Our stunningly unique ANÄIS ring
is for the more modern, contemporary woman.
It is made in silver, with a lovely chunk of
real Amethyst (faceted/smooth on one side
and untouched/rough on the other).
Price: $320.00
          £187.50


So there you have it, my Splurge vs Save.
I would love to hear your thoughts on 
my picks.
xxx

Going Green in the Riviera

Jun 27, 2014


Going green in the Riviera.
Some of my favorite "greens"


Bags: Burberry
Gold Flat Sandals: René Caovilla (Venezia)
Tropical iPhone case with the iconic
Beverley Hills Martinique Wallpaper: Etsy
Watch: Graff
Heels: Kole Crystallized Suede +
Mesh Sandals Jimmy Choo 
Make-up: Shiseido
Green dress: McQueen



All pieces available here


Are you a "green girl"?
I have only recently started to like green again
(I think that came from the "trauma" of
years of having to wear a dark green school uniform-yuk!)

Hope you can adopt "tropical glam"
wherever you are this weekend

xxxx

Just One Question

Jun 22, 2014


As we approach our lazy hazy holidays,
we all start thinking about the stack of books we 
want to take with us.



If you could choose only ONE book to take on holiday,
which book would you choose?



Tweet: It is most likely that I will die next to a pile of books I was meaning to read -Lemony Snicket

That's it Lovelies.
Wishing you all a wonderful  week
xxxx

This Is A Game-Changer (I think) :

Jun 12, 2014

Are you like most women, a multi-tasker
who is forever chasing her tail, with a
hundred thoughts swirling in her mind at any one
time? An insomniac who can't sleep because
of all the swirling etc etc

Then pull up a chair.
Bring your favorite brew,
and listen to this incredible talk
by the wonderful Arianna Huffington.

It takes only 30 minutes to watch, but it will
really re-shape your day and how you
see time (don't skip to the juicy bits as
it is all juicy and you might just miss the 
part that pertains to you ;-)

If you don't have 30 minutes to spare………..then
the irony of that should not be lost on you ;-)
Enjoy this really inspiring video. It certainly
made me change some of my habits.






Now……..


Happy Weekend Lovelies
xxxxx

This Ruffled My Feathers

Jun 4, 2014

I had planned to write about something else this week
(as was also the case last week;-)
But I read a few things that really "ruffled my feathers".

Here's why.

As most people in Europe would have heard, the
King of Spain is due to abdicate.

As most of my readers know I have a great affinity
with Spain; my husband is of Spanish parentage,
I have lived there for the last 13 years and 
I love everything about Spain (well most things ;-)

But this week I have seen  a few articles written all about
why Kate Middleton should be using  Letizia as 
a role model.

WHAT!!!!!!???

This has made me really angry for a number of reasons.

From a style perspective-maybe. 
But there are a number of
reasons why Kate would NEVER have been allowed to
marry Wills if  she was more like Letizia.

Here's why:



*Letizia was married before she wed into the monarchy; she
married her college lecturer. I don't have a problem with her being
divorced. But being the future Queen of a predominantly Catholic 
country it does seem ironic

Also (as an aside) when Princess Diana divorced Charles, she
wanted to retreat for a while to Spain (as she used to holiday with
the Spanish Royal Family every year). The Spanish Royal family
refused and quickly distanced themselves from her on the basis 
that she was divorced.

Is it just me that smarts at the the irony of this?


*In the lead up to Letizia's  wedding, videos were shown
all over the TV of her participating in anti-monarchy
demonstrations in her youth. She was quite vocal about wanting a
Republic for Spain

*She was also vocal about being an atheist

* During her engagement photo call she caused 
outrage when the Prince tried to interrupt her whilst
she was speaking and she turned to him in front
of the world's press and said "Be quiet and let me finish!"
Spain was mortified!

* She also has one sister who committed suicide; which
is really a sin in the Catholic faith (but certainly not my
view) and another sister
who is  a bit of a "fruit loop" and constantly plays
with the paparazzi (in a somewhat embarrassing way)

* her grandmother was also under suspicion some years
ago on a charge related to Social Security fraud

The hypocrisy of all of the above was never lost on the
people of Spain, hence the reason there are now huge demonstrations
across Spain calling for the abolition of their Monarchy.


I am sure if Kate had that kind of background
she would never have been allowed to marry our 
heir to the throne.

So journalists, please leave her alone and stop comparing
her to a woman I really don't admire that much.

Kate is much younger and will grow into her 
role the same way Letizia was allowed too.



She is much younger, she has her own style
and she has no skeletons in her closet
(as they would have been found by now).



Admittedly I do think sometimes her clothes
can be a little "old" for her. But I think she
has such a fine line to walk  (between that of
young and trendy vs regal) that it must be hard
to get it on the money every time.



I am NOT a "Royalist", but  it really has
niggled me reading these articles about 
Letizia vs Kate.

What do you think?
Maybe you don't even care and think
I should go and get a life (and maybe you are right ;-)

Maybe you think the points I have
made have nothing to do with anything-what
happened when she was younger or 
to her family have nothing to do with now.

As always would love to hear from you

xxxx

I Didn't Know Her But……………..

May 30, 2014


OK, I had planned   a different post for my blog this week. But some
how talking about sparkles and frivolity just didn't feel right for me
this week.


So instead I just want to share 3 minutes
of profound wisdom from one of
my  inspirations.






Two of my favorite quotes ever are below.

The first was  told to me by my Mum when 
she realized her days were becoming fewer (even
though she was only 48!)
I had no idea who the author of this quote was (I'm
not sure she did either) until
long afterwards.

Maya Angelou, quotes


A great reminder that sometimes we are striving
for something that is much closer than we 
realise

Maya Angelou, quotes



Happy Weekend Lovelies
xxxxx

Doing the Can-Can

May 23, 2014

No not really. I'm talking Cannes ;-)
Here are some of the gorgeous gems that
graced the Cannes red carpet.

Julianne Moore, Cannes 2014, Chophard, Emeralds, pink Sapphires, Rubies

Julianne Moore wearing gorgeous Chopard earrings; 44ct
Emeralds, pink Sapphires and Rubies


Bulgari, Cannes 2014, diamonds, Naomi Watts
I so love how Naomi Watts wore her Bulgari serpent necklace back to front


Cheryl Cole, black and white diamonds, De GRISOGONO, Cannes 2014
The gorgeous Cheryl Cole wearing black and white
diamond jewelry from the Gocce Collection by De GRISIGONO


Cannes 2014, purple sapphires, diamonds, de GRISOGONO
Can you believe this is Elvis Presley's Grand-daughter?
No, me neither! Anyway, back to the gems. She is wearing oversized
De GRISOGONO earrings with purple Sapphires and Diamonds


Cannes 2014, Chanel
The quirky Lily Allen in her equally quirky (but gorgeous)
Chanel "bubble" dress. Of course she is accessorizing with 
Chanel gems.


Cannes 2014, white gold, diamonds, Chanel
The gorgeous Spanish actress Paz Vega (who was my
neighbor when I first moved to Seville, Spain)
wearing a Zuhar Murad dress and
gems in white gold + diamonds by Chanel

Cannes 2014, Nicole Kidman, Harry Winston
OK, so her film was panned by the critics, but she looked great with
her heavily embellished dress and Harry Winston gems.


Cannes 2014, Sonam Kapoor, Chophard, yellow and white diamonds

Finally the gorgeous Sonam Kapoor wearing a yellow and
white diamond necklace by Chopard.


Hope these choices added some sparkle to you day.
Would love to know which was your fav
(maybe it was one I missed altogether ;-)

Happy Weekend Lovelies
xxxx