This & That (+ Time Sensitive Offer)

Nov 11, 2016

Well what a week it's been whichever part of the world 
you live in.

So to put a smile on your face I have a few things to give you
and tell you about.


Firstly do you have a box full of sparkles 
but never quite sure how to put your pieces together?

Do you wear the same piece every single day?

Or do you throw it all on in the hope of hitting at least one trend, 
but instead end up looking like a walking Christmas tree?








Then why not grab my cute FREE little cheat sheet which you can literally pin to your dressing table mirror. No heavy reading required just lovely little images to nail your look.

Really let your "bling sing" this Holiday season instead of feeling as dull as "vanilla" AGAIN!


Just grab your sheet here


Also for all my new subscribers just wanted to remind you that we are proud that our 
#GemsGive Back. 

A percentage of all my profits go to Pencils Of Promise so that children like the ones below have a chance of an education.










OK, back to the madness that is Christmas. 
If you are looking for some great book ideas for the book worms in your family.



This article had some really good recommendations.
Read article here

I also made some recommendations for
female entrepreneurs/bloggers  here

Finally, let me put the smile back on your face ;-)
As some of my regular readers know I don't do Black Friday sales.
SO  I would like to gift you something NOW .



Buy one set of bangles and we will GIVE YOU the matching rings to go with it.


Checkout code is:
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3 DAYS ONLY (then it's off the table for good!!!)
Offer ends Sunday 13 November Midnight (BST)

Just go here:

That's it Lovelies.
Would love to hear if there are any books
not on either list that you would recommend.

Wishing you a calm and happy weekend.
xxxxxxx

It's About The (Iconic) Details Darling!

Oct 12, 2016

When it comes to fads, logo's come and go
out of style (and I am not really a logo kind of
girl ;-)

There are also some brands which we can distinguish
immediately by their iconic details. I'm talking the
red soles of Lou Bou's, the tweed of Chanel, the Birkin 
or Kelly bag by Hermés.

But below are some of my favourite iconic 
details that have really stood the test of
time and  luxury.


One of the most instantly recognisable emblems
in all of Chanel's accessories range is the recurring
Camellia flower.


Coco Chanel first fell in love with the Camellia after
reading Alexandre Dumas' 'La Dame Aux Camellias',
a story in which the heroine always wore a white 
Camellia as a reminder of her heart remaining pure.

Her personal love of the flower is clear to see in her
rue Cambon private apartment where Camellias feature
on chandeliers and stunning ornate screens.


Of course the Camellia flower is now in most of 
Chanel's jewellery/accessory designs.



Sometimes it is not only the product that becomes
iconic but also the packaging.

Most girls get excited when they are presented 
 with that little turquoise box (aka Tiffany & Co.) but for me, 
nothing makes my heart race faster than seeing 
the bright orange box of HERMÉS.

The last time I squealed like a crazed piglet

But did you know that the famous orange box came about
after World War II due to a shortage of
the original material Hermés needed (mustard colored
boxes with brown edging!)

In 1994 Hermés received the Oscar for "packaging"for it's
folding orange boxes. 

Today there about 188 sizes of 
orange boxes which have become as iconic as their
Birkin or Kelly bags.



Finally, there is one bag brand that for me defines everything
that is understated quality and luxury and makes me
go weak at the knees every time:
BOTTEGA VENETA.



Yes, their signature weave gets me into a flap
every time I see it.

Bottega Veneta (BV) was established in 1966 by Michele Taddel 
in Vincenza. BV developed a leather weaving technique called
"intecciato" that remains a signature of the brand.

My perfect bag!

So there you have some of my favourite, iconic
brands/detailing that I love.

I would love to hear which iconic brand/detailing
is top of you list.

As always I LOVE hearing from you
xxx

It Was Only A Table

Sep 26, 2016

Yes, you read that right.
It was "only a table" yet I was having 
a full on melt-down over it.
Why in God's name?

Let me explain.
When my beloved Dad passed away last
year I was responsible for clearing out my family/childhood
home. No problem I thought. There was so much clutter
it would be a breeze. 
As I am quite ruthless anyway when it comes
to clutter, I thought I would detach myself
from what each thing symbolised and just get on
with the clearing.

So the big clear-out started.

Finally after 9 months, there was
one more object to get rid of; the elephant in
the room that I wouldn't let anyone touch.

Our gorgeous wooden dining table.
I kept avoiding this piece and every time
my Husband broached the subject I moved
swiftly onto something else.


I just couldn't face getting rid of "the table".

Then one day the Heart Foundation were 
due to come and pick up this gorgeous table and
I just went into melt-down.
Honest to God the "ugly cry" was in full swing.

After much sobbing and sniffling, I
was able to explain to The Mr why?

You see that table had "heard" so many family conversations;
it felt like there was so much emotion and  history
stored in the very fabric of the table. It really was the 
"meeting place" for my family.


We sat at the table, as a family every single evening to have dinner.
The TV was switched off and we chatted over dinner every
single evening.
As we got older and started to lead our own lives, the one
non-negotiable was Sunday lunch.
Friends, boyfriends, waifs and strays were all invited.
But it was ALWAYS at our table.

So that table was "witness" (can you say that about an inanimate
object?) to discussions about everything, including some
of the most pivotal moments in my life:

*it's where we discussed how the day went or didn't go
*it's where I sat to do my school homework whilst under
my Mum's watchful eye
*it's where every Christmas happened
*it's where we discussed the merits of which
University to attend
*it's where I would sit and chat to my Mum about
the new boy who had stolen my heart 
* it's where a few histrionics were played 
out when "said boy" didn't even notice I existed.



*it's at the table where I introduced my Mum and
Dad to my really "serious"boyfriend who later went on 
to become my Husband

*it's the table where my Mum sat me down to tell
me she had cancer, but it would all be alright in the end …..
it never was

*it's the table where I sat for hours and hours asking my
younger self "why us" when my Mum finally passed away

*it's the table where I sat and listened to my Dad recalling
his and my Mum's love story (it really was the most
gorgeous love story which I had not appreciated).

*it's the table I sat at with my Dad as I told him I was
getting married, and watched his face light up 

*it's the table my Dad, I and my future Husband would
spread all the property details over when we went through 
which houses my Husband and I should be viewing

*it's the table I sat at when I broke the news to my Dad
that I was moving overseas

*it's the table I sat at when I came back 12 years later to
look after my Dad

*it's the table we sat at every lunch or dinner  time. The thought of my
Dad eating his meals alone would haunt me forever

*it's the table where everything seemed to come full circle
except this time it was my Husband and I having dinner with
Dad every evening telling him how the day had gone

*it's the table where I took the dreaded phone call
asking me to get to the hospital as soon as possible

*it's the table where I celebrated both my Mum and
Dad's life as we "broke bread" with close friends and family

This was my table.
This was my history.
This was the table was where some of the happiest
and saddest moments took place.


It was the table where some of the biggest 
most important decisions of my life were made.

It was the table where my tears of both happiness
and sadness had soaked into the wood.

This was MY table.

I couldn't possibly let someone
else take the keeper of my history.

"But it's just a table" my Husband kept saying.

No, it wasn't. 
This was more than just a table.
It felt like an old friend who listened to
everything, was there for support and
never interrupted one conversation.

Needless to say I still have the table.
It's all in storage carefully wrapped to preserve the 
gorgeous wood. 

I don't care that I may never be able to use the table
(it is huge) or ever want to use it.
But for now the wood of the table is seeped
in the history of my small family,
and I don't feel it should be anywhere else but with me.


I know it is only a table, but………….


Would love to hear you thoughts
xxxxxx


Make A Statement (without opening your mouth).

Sep 12, 2016

Even though Autumn is my favourite season, it
can also be a bit tricky to dress for especially
here in the UK where you don't know from one day 
to the next what to wear (we are 
apparently going to be getting an Indian Summer this week!)
I won't be holding my breath though ;-)


However, one thing that never changes even when the
seasons do is how you can wear your jewellery
to uplift your mood.

Nikki Gewirtz (MD of Lola Rose) says,
make it "about bold designs and shapes; it's all
about what makes you feel confident. Whatever the 
season or climate accessories always work!"


So here are some delicious designs to wet your
appetite for Autumn/Winter.



Tory Burch
pendants, black Onyx, statement pendants, Fall, black jewellery, jewellery, Luxuria Jewellery,druzy
Gorgeous black onyx; as dark and mysterious as a Tom Ford perfume
Available here

pendants, statement pendants, Fall, black jewellery, jewellery, Lanvin
LANVIN: Altho' I must say it does look very similar to my curtain tie-backs 

pendants, statement pendants, Fall, black jewellery, jewellery, Narciso Rodriguez, statement necklaces
Narciso Rodriguez

via
Amy Adams at the Toronto Film Festival Sept 2016

via







The glamour of Eastern summer nights start to glow with these 
stunning pendants which evoke the glamour and beauty of the
Byzantine era.
Available here

via
A great little cheat-sheet.
(But hey! if it looks good for you................go with it. Forget the rules). 


So do you think you will embrace the statement necklace
this season or are you SO over big, bold and bodacious?


As always would love to hear your thoughts
xxx



The List: What I've Loved This Month

Aug 29, 2016

OK, so we are already at the end of August
and the mere thought of the madness in the lead up
to Christmas makes me shudder just thinking about it
(even though I love Christmas).

As our senses are bombarded from
every angle, I thought it would be good to 
curate the things that made it into my life each 
month.

So here goes:

OK so I joined a gym this month (the first time in about
20 years!!!!) I am NOT a gym bunny. I hate getting up early
to exercise (as I am a night owl, so getting up with the sun 
always proves difficult). But the Mr wanted to join a gym
now that we live in the country, and I thought
maybe having a gym buddy would help. So the Mr convinced
 me to join with him.
 I said yes, but it came with a condition…….these little beauties.

Adidas ZX Flux

Here's the thing. When they arrived, they looked so gorgeous that
they have not even made it to the gym. Instead my old Nike's are
accompanying me to the gym at 6am and these beauties are
now part of my daily staples ;-)


So still on this gym "adventure", I decided I needed some other
things to motivate me (the membership was clearly not enough ;-)

So next up I decided I needed these if I was going to
get anywhere on the treadmill.

These gorgeous rose-gold headphones are by Frends



OK, moving away from the gym and to beauty,
this new brand - Lulu's Time Bomb 
collection made it to my bathroom.


Time Bomb Complexion Cocktail


I am not a fan of celebrity products, but this
product has been amazing. It's by the lovely Lulu
(and if you are from the UK you will know who she is).

I had read that she used her ex-Husbands team (John Frieda
from John Frieda hair products) to help her with the formulas
for these products. As John Frieda products usually do exactly
what they say on the tin, I decided to give this H2O Omega 
cocktail a go.

OMG!!!!My skin just drinks it up and it smells divine (like
a tropical cocktail).
You only need a tiny bit and I must say my skin is glowing after using 
this for about 3 weeks.
I LOVE it.
I bought this and some other products in the range from QVC


OK, so back to my new headphones,
I have consequently started to really get into Audio books.
I know I am late to the party AGAIN, but I love physical books
so I never expected to bother with audio books. But I thought I 
would give audible a try, and now my audio books are what are also
keeping me company on my morning treadmill sessions.

Two books I listened to this month were:

I can highly recommend both books. I have them in
the physical versions also. But sometimes it's really useful
to go over what you may have read the day before in audible form.
It certainly helps me retain some of  what I have read.

Finally, as my country cottage slowly comes
together, I have become obsessed with monogrammed
linens.

As I slowly work my way through each room deciding
how I can incorporate them, these were added to my 
shopping basket this month.



Maybe it defeats the object by getting the monograms
done in the same colour as the linen, but I preferred
it. I ordered mine from here

That's it Lovelies.
Wishing you a wonderful week

xxxxx

Monday Musing

Aug 22, 2016






I saw this quote on a Facebook page I follow (thank you Erin Kurt)
and I must say it really resonated with me.

Sometimes when I look back on what I desired years ago, I realise
now it would never have worked/made me happy etc 
because I am  not the person
I needed to be to obtain the desired goal at the time.

I think the biggest testament to this sentiment is running a business.
Every day you have new goals/ desires something new which seems constantly out of reach.
But once you get the "desired" goal, you realise you would never 
have appreciated it half as much if you didn't have to work for it, or if it came
instantly. 

Often the success is even sweeter when there is an 
"incubating" period; as if the Universe is just "checking"
you REALLY want it.

Is there something you desire more than
anything that just seems that little bit
unobtainable at the moment?

Are you still determined to get there or 
have you moved onto something else?

Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Have a lovely week Beautiful
xxxxxx


Gorgeous Pieces To Show-Off Your Tan

Aug 8, 2016

I have been absent for about 1 month. Not because I was off
swanning in the sun but because I was still "entertaining" builders
in my home (not how I really wanted to spend the Summer). But I
have been telling myself it will be SO worth it .


So in the meantime I am dreaming about some of 
these pieces that will  look gorgeous on
dark or sun-kissed skin (for when I eventually
get to my tropical paradise ;-)

Carla Amorim Sleeping Beauty Earrings

Rose de Vents ring in 18ct gold with turquoise and diamonds
Price: £2,450/ $3,222

Irene Neuwith Turquoise and yellow gold earrings.
Price: £4,215 / $5,444



Price: £252/ $329



 A dome of stunning gemstone sitting proudly 
aloft the sultry and sensuous hues of a luxuriant 
chunk of black or white jade.
Price: £355 /$463



Pretty Wing 18ct gold and turquoise
earrings by Noor Fares
Price: £1835/$2,415



Channel your summer goddess with this
bit of arm-candy.
Price: £105/$137




Definitely on my wish-list.
Allegra ring by de Grisogono.
White gold, turquoise ceramic and
tsavorites gems.
Price: £8,900/$11,700



Capri necklace by Pomellato
in rose-gold with turquoise and rubies.
Price £2,070 /$2,722



However, these are more than beautiful rings gorgeous girls. 
Let me tell you why.
Black Jade: Regarded as the stone of protection. 
Also regarded as a "magical stone" by the Mayan and Aztec cultures 
White Jade: Helps direct energy to the most advantageous outlet. 
Helps also to filter out distractions.
So "look good whilst feeling good".
Price: £335.50/$438.24


That's it my Lovelies
That's my pick of how to bring out 
your sun-kissed skin.

Would love to hear which are your favourites
and also whether you specifically choose jewellery
to enhance your skin tone.

xxxx

Wimbledon Winners (and who broke Ms Wintours steely stance)

Jul 7, 2016

If you are a Brit, then nothing spells summertime
more than Wimbledon (let's face it we can't rely on the
weather for that in the UK ;-)

Wimbledon 2016

For me Wimbledon spells out everything very British;
*tradition (it's still an all white tournament)
*strawberries and cream washed down usually with 
Champagne. I am convinced
they really do taste better when eaten at Wimbledon.
For £2.50 (approx $4) for a handful, they had
better taste different (or so my Hubby says ;-)

Wimbledon 2016

*matches being rained off at some point
*"proper" behaviour ;-)

What I love about Wimbledon is that the dress code is
very much English garden party;
your summery best (which is slightly different from most
sporting events)

Wimbledon 2016


One person I love looking at to see what she is wearing is
Kim Murray (Andy Murray's wife).
I'm not a huge Murray fan. I am a Federer fan through
and through (especially as I used to watch him and my cousin
having tennis lessons years ago in Switzerland when they 
were little boys!)

Anyway I digress (as usual).

I love that she always wears gorgeous dresses and always flies 
the British flag with what she wears. I am not
particularly patriotic, but I love that she does
that for British designers.

This year she has chosen some really lovely dresses.
She nearly always has a fab Aspinal bag with her
(and let's not even talk about the luscious locks!)

(From left to right): 
i) The gorgeous 'Aurelia' shirt dress by Beulah (a brand favoured by the 
Duchess of Cambridge).

ii) Gorgeous smart powder blue lace trench by Burberry

iii) Silk chiffon dress by Burberry (now reduced on Net-a-porter)
and of course her trusty Aspinal London tote bags

Wimbledon 2016, Kim Murray, dresses, Aspinal


Yesterday she was wearing a gorgeous Ted Baker dress which 
is one of my favourite so far.
I rarely wear anything floral, but I would definitely
make an exception for this little number.



Others looking gorgeous in their dresses were Pippa Middleton and of
course La Wintour.

i)Pippa wearing a red and grey geometric dress by Tabitha Webb 
(one of two dresses by Tabitha Webb that she has worn to
Wimbledon)

ii)Anna Wintour wearing her trademark shades and 
bob, statement jewellery and a light patterned
dress (which looked very Chanel but I may
be wrong).

iii)Pippa wearing a lovely frilled neckline and
ruffle dipped hem dress by Suzannah. This dress
would also be ideal for the races, the polo
or even the Henley Regatta which is coming up soon.

Wimbledon 2016, Pippa Middleton, dressing for Wimbledon, Anna Wintour



But my favourite image so far of Wimbledon has to be this picture of
"La Wintour" being pecked on the cheek by David Beckham.
I have never seen her without her shades and her ice-maiden
stance. But I guess if anyone can break that steely demeanour, it had to be him.


Wimbledon really is a great event for getting dressed up, meeting up
with friends and generally letting your hair down (but with a certain
decorum ;-)

Are you a Wimbledon fan?
Do you have a favourite sporting event that you attend?
As always love to hear your thoughts

xxx