Sparkle Gift Guide 2020

Nov 19, 2020


So here we are talking about Christmas again!

How did we get here?

My mind is still in March when I celebrated my birthday 

and then suddenly the world combusted.



But not wanting to sound like the Grinch, I am giving you some ideas on what

sparkles may make good gifts this year. 

Or maybe you've had such a bad year you just want to treat yourself. 

I hear you girl! 

Anyway here goes. 



Shop all stacking jewellery here






All nature-inspired sparkles are here









Colourful pieces here







Long dangle earrings here


So there you have it. Some of my fave picks for gifts for you, or for someone special.

Either way. We all deserve some sparkle this year like no other.


xxxxxx


Should You Stack Or Go Single When Over 40?

Oct 20, 2020

 I'm talking about stacking jewellery of course!

Now I don't like "prescribing" what you should wear, and what you shouldn't wear. 

Who am I to say what makes you want to dance in the mirror?

But I wanted to bring you some subtle stackers that were

featured in the press last weekend, and which may resonate with you.





I think delicate bands like this look fab worn together or slipped in between your wedding/
engagement rings to up date your look. That's how I sometimes wear mine.




She's just admiring her view!



You could also mix with coloured stones, which will really give a different look
to your stack party.
This is how some customers mixed them up.



Gemstone rings here (more than 15 stones to choose from).

But at the end of the day, wear your stacks how you wish; all piled onto one finger

or on every finger. You decide.

Do leave a comment and let me know if you are a stacking fan.

Next week I will bring you some stacking bangles that will see you from sofa, to street and back to sofa

(most lockdown routines these days!)


That's it lovely lady.

I hope where ever you are, you stay safe.




Silver Linings

Sep 24, 2020

Hello my friends!

What a very long time it has been.
In that time so much has happened, I can't even begin.

One of the worst was losing someone very close to me during this
first part of the pandemic.

It was such a shock and I still don't believe it has happened.
Not being able to attend a funeral (only virtually) just makes it
all feel like a dream.

I also know so many people that have suffered terrible, terrible things
whether it be related to the pandemic or otherwise.

Have there been any silver linings then?


Well I have been desperately trying to keep
busy and my business has been chugging along nicely.

During lockdown I decided to make some Liberty print masks using
a 3D pattern. I started to make them for family and friends as little unexpected 
surprises that they would receive. 

Then it all went crazy, and then friends of friends, of
friends wanted to know how they could buy them.

And so an addition was born.



See more here



Liberty London, face coverings, masks

Me and my mask (excuse my wind-blown hair!)


But here is why I made them:

* the disposable mask were damaging my skin. I have never suffered with
skin breakouts even in my teens, and here I was suffering with it now.

* the black masks, along with my black hair made me look like I 
about to commit some terrible crime.

*I could never talk with the disposable masks on; they would either start to slip
down my face and try to strangle me, or I just found it impossible to breathe.

So a new idea was born.

So why Liberty fabric?

Liberty London fabric, liberty print,

So those that know me, or have followed me for some time know I have a deep affinity
with Liberty London. 
Both my Mum and Godmother were Buyers for Liberty in the 70's and 80's. 
So whenever I have to choose fabric for anything, Liberty is my first choice.
The quality is fabulous.



My mask even made it onto the golf course of Marbella, Spain.


So why do I feel my masks stack up against the others?


*these are made in authentic Liberty London 100% cotton.

*they are made with 4 layers of fabric (the medical recommendations).

*100% quality cotton means your skin can still breathe. You won't get mask acne/bad skin with these on.

* they stay up; they don't slip off the face, because of the inner flaps which go over the nose and over the chin (see below) 

* you can speak perfectly and clearly with them on.


The best thing about them?

International shipping is free at the moment.

So if you fancy learning more, pop over here where you will

also see all the fabric choices (and more will be added).


So there you have it, something good that came out of this crazy time.

Here in the UK lockdown measures seem to be continuing at least until

the Spring. So I think it is going to be a long old Winter.


To end her are some lovely Autumn pieces to bring some sparkle to your day.


autumn accessories, acorns, acorn earrings, Autumnal
here

hoops, hoop earrings, leaf design, statement earrings

here


Autumn accessories, fall earrings, fall accessories, oak leaves, autumn leaves, Autumnal,
here



Do drop me a line and let me know how you have been, how you

have been coping and any silver linings that have come your way.

Big hugs as always.





Forget Hygge. It's All About Umbuntu!

Apr 3, 2020


As most of you know, I am of South African heritage and you can read more about my great grandmother who was a Gemologist here.
But there is one word that South Africans (of older generations) always declare and that is "Umbuntu". 
The meaning is "I am, because of you". and nowhere are we seeing this more than right now.
It's a recognition that we are all connected in ways that may be invisible to the eye; there is a oneness to humanity that we achieve by sharing with others, something we are seeing daily on all media platforms. How "sharing is caring" is showing up more than ever. From big cooperations to the smallest independent businesses, everyone is reaching out a helping hand.
We can see people both young and old, family, friends and strangers all finding ways to be more there for each other during these testing and very strange times. 
In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, (as presented in the American psychologist’s five-tier pyramid), he suggests that love and belonging are essential to our survival.
I shall leave that thought with you.
Stay safe Lovely!









LUXURIA LOCKDOWN LOVES

Mar 31, 2020




Now  we are all in some form of isolation, I thought I would use this opportunity to bring you some of the things that are bringing me joy at this difficult time, in the hope you can take something from it also.
LEARNING:
Now is a great time to dabble in topics and subjects you have always been interested in. 
The University of Yale is now offering it's most popular course 'The Science of Well-Being' and you  can register for a FREE

One I plan on joining is Masterclass (you have probably seen the Anna Wintour ads floating around Instagram). This is a paid subscription but it has some of the best instructors in the industry such as Gordon Ramsey, Anna Wintour, Bobbi Brown........the list goes on, and I plan to get stuck in ;-)
Working Out With:
So if you are at home and cannot get to a gym or a class, then exercising at home is your only option.
I found Melissa Wood on Instagram about 3 months ago and here workouts are fabulous; mainly Pilates and Yoga based but also working with weights, exercise balls etc. I love her workouts because some are 15 mins, some are 45 mins. Or you can mix and match and create your own. 
There is a monthly subscription of $9.99/month. But it is minimal when you consider what a good gym membership is.
PAMPER:
The name says it all. 'The Martini'.
This is a bath soak by GOOP and is supposed to:
*take the edge off turbulent times
*centres the body and spirit
*helps to relieve tension in the neck and shoulders.
I have used it and I love it. I am not a huge bath fan (I prefer a good power shower), but this is slowly converting me ;-)
Listening To:
I am an avid reader, but I have slowly been converted to audio books over the last 2-3 years.
 I love listening to audio books because it means I can listen when doing other things. I also find I retain more when I listen rather than just read (maybe that is just an age thing ;-)
Here are some of my favourite audio books I am listening to or re-listening to at the moment. They are all non-fiction as I don't tend to read or listen to fiction at the moment.
I won't link them all. But you can find them all on AUDIBLE

* The Surrender Experiment (Michael Singer)
* The Untethered Soul (Michael Singer)
*The Happiness Advantage (Shawn Achor)
*Big Magic (Elizabeth Gilbert)
*Girl Stop Apologising (Rachel Hollis)
*The Beautiful No (Sheri Salata)
*Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender (Dr David Hawkins)
I hope you find one you like that you may not have even considered before.
Pursuing The Pretty:
I'm not sure about you, but in times of "crisis" I need things to cheer me up and just make me happy. And this is one of my "non-essentials" that I know I will make use of in Spring  and Summer because let's face it, Spring and Summer will still be arriving.
You can get up close and personal with these beauties here
So there you have it!
I hope you enjoy some of the things that are bringing me a little joy.
Keep safe.