The Woman Who Started This Trend

Sep 21, 2018

Well I don't know about you, but it seems you can't open a magazine or turn on the TV without seeing ANIMAL PRINT EVERYWHERE!!!!
Did you know this woman started the craze that seems to come back round every year?
jackie kennedy, leopard fashion, animal print jewellery, statement cocktail rings
Jackie Kennedy wearing an Oleg Cassini leopard print coat and hat in 1962.
And so a trend was born.
Animal print is edgy, defies the seasons and turns any outfit from average to sublime.
I love all the wild-cat prints out there, but not everyone can do a Jackie O and wear a complete outfit in leopard.
But do not fear. I have you covered.
If full-on feline fills you with dread, then keep it simple and classy with one of my little "feline" pieces

leopard fashion, animal print jewellery, statement cocktail rings, leopard print jewellery

here and here

jackie kennedy, leopard fashion, animal print jewellery, statement cocktail rings, leopard print jewelry

here and here

jackie kennedy, leopard fashion, animal print jewellery, statement cocktail rings, leopard print jewelry

jackie kennedy, leopard fashion, animal print jewellery, statement cocktail rings, leopard print jewelry

So if animal is your "thang" and you would like 12% OFF any of the rings shown
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That's it for now.
I would love to hear if you love this trend or even whether you 
are just plain sick of it.


This Autumn I Wish For You.................

Sep 4, 2018

Autumn is one of my favourite seasons-something that 
never seemed to exist when I lived in Spain.
So it's something I really appreciate now-even more so
after the heatwaves of  the past 2.5 months

It's a season that always makes me think of new
beginnings (perhaps that goes back to school days);
new books, new friends, new ideas, new objectives,
new shoes ;-)

So this Autumn/Fall I wish for you...............

*the joy of new beginnings, whether that be
a new course you are starting, a new career, a new book
or just a new frame of mind.

*the beauty of autumnal colours. Without getting all
woo-woo, just walking in nature always gives me the 
clarity that banging my head on my desk never usually gives me ;-)

Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park
my favourite place to be. It was my "local" park when I was a child and
so many memories were created here.

*maybe your first homemade soup of the season

*books and throws

*the cake that emerges golden and domed and stays
that way

* the first dew on the grass

*cosying up with a good book or your best TV and 
no feelings of guilt

*new TV series

*the need for jackets but not coats

*the smell of Autumn in the air 

*the joy of leaving your summer memories behind and 
the anticipation of new memories for the forthcoming season

*pulling on your favourite cosy socks

* Gorgeous Autumnal colors like this beauty below.

For my blog friends I am offering a free gift when you
buy this Autumnal beauty.
Ring here

What are you most looking forward to this new autumnal season?
What is giving you butterflies in your tummy (please don't say 
Christmas. I am so not there yet) ?  LOL

Mama Mia Mania

Aug 7, 2018

Hi there lovely lady! It seems like the whole world has gone Mama Mia mad. 
 Have you seen the new film yet? One thing is apparent whilst watching either the new film 
or the first film is how colourful the sets are. But one colour features heavily and that is turquoise; turquoise, crystal Mediterranean seas, the zany colourful outfits and even Meryl Streep's small turquoise studs. 

Turquoise is everywhere. It's also a colour that takes us back to our Summer sojourn (however long ago that might have taken place). 

It is said to be a stone of protection and used to the be talisman of Kings, Shamans and warriors.
I'll take that!!

 Below is a small selection of colourful pieces that definitely have the Mama Mia vibe going on, but with the Riviera-chic of 2018.

Mama Mia, colours, turquoise, turquoise statement ring

Mama Mia, colours, turquoise, turquoise statement cuff,  turquoise cuff, Mediterranean colours,

here (+various colours)
Mama Mia, colours, turquoise, turquoise earrings, Mediterranean colours, summer accessories
here (+ various colour options)

Mama Mia, colours, turquoise, turquoise cuff, Mediterranean colours, summer accessories

My turquoise cuff  in Dubai ;-) her
(and also in black)

Mama Mia, colours, turquoise, summer bangles, Mediterranean colours, summer access

Mama Mia, colours, turquoise, summer ring, Mediterranean colours, summer accessories, stacking rings

OK, that's it Sweets until next time.
I hope you are managing to stay cool if you are in the midst of a heatwave as we are here in the UK (I think my only 5 brain cells may have finally melted!)
Until next week (if I haven't melted in a pool somewhere or moved to the Arctic!)

My Love List

Jul 22, 2018

So it's been a while since I posted a Love List, but this month
so many new things have come onto my radar, a couple of
which are skin care related.
I am always being asked what I use on my skin. I am 50+ I would say 85%
of it is genetic.  However I do love buying skincare and this amazing
brand came into my sights this month.

The brand is called The Ordinary and is a Canadian brand which comes
under the umbrella of The Abnormal Beauty Company. This company brings you
clinical, cutting edge beauty formulations. BUT the reason The Ordinary is
"out of the ordinary" for me is the price. The products are unbelievably good value 
with nothing costing more than £20/$15.
But here's the best bit.  The products are comparable to some of the ranges sold at
Dermatologist and skin clinics and used for specific skin care treatments.
They also have fabulous guides on their website to explain how you
use each product.

I am currently using from their range:
i) Vitamin C cream
ii) Retinol serum
iii) Hyaluronic Acid +B5

Below is a video of Hello Magazine's Beauty Editor
interviewing the founder of this company.

Next up is a new app I came across called Happy Not Perfect.
I am a Neuroscience geek and so anything I find related
to Neuroscience I am on. This app was created by Neuroscientists
to give the mind a daily workout and is based on 40 years of research.
You can do the mindfulness routine anywhere; on the way to work, during
the day and in the evenings.
I have just started using the app but am loving it so far. I do try and meditate
but sometimes I just can't switch off the monkey mind. So on those days
this works beautifully for me.
It's worth giving it a go!

OK next up is a fiction book. Now I rarely read fiction as I have so
many biz books and memoirs to read and piling up in my office (so
much so they are an accident waiting to happen). 

However, during the Summer months I allow myself to relax with some 
fiction and I decided to choose a  Jodi Picoult book because 
I know it will leave me still thinking about it long after the last page is finished.
Well this is another page-turner but so, so sad.
It's about prejudice and power; it is about that which
divides and unites us.
It is about opening our eyes or turning the other way.
I think this book will stay in your mind for a very long time.
Read it!!!

Ok back to skincare.
So even though I have dark skin I still use a factor 50+ on my face 
every day, (a habit that started when living in Spain) but especially 
as I now use a Retinol product.

La Roche-Posay is one of my fave brands which I was first introduced to 
when living in Spain. This is a French brand that you can buy in 
any supermarket/chemist when in the Med.
What I love about this particular cream is it is a factor 50+but
SO light; it just sinks straight into the skin so you can put make-up
on over it. I keep mine in the fridge and so it is also lovely and cooling
when you I put it on. Actually I keep most of my skincare products in 
the fridge in the Summer and it just leaves you feeling so refreshed when
the heat is on.

Finally I've been loving my new chunky statement rings.
Whenever I wear them I get stopped by shop assistants and 
strangers asking me about these. Why I think they stand out is because
the stone sits horizontally across the finger.
Go here to see more images of the ring on.

I am offering free shipping to my blog readers on these beauties.
So if you would like the checkout code just
click the link below:

That's it Lovelies. 
I am going to cool off now as the heatwave continues here in the UK.
Not really enjoying it so planning my escape.
Wishing you a continued lovely Summer.


5 Spanish Brands To Keep You Cool During The Heatwave

Jul 3, 2018

When I lived in Spain I could never get over how cool and fresh
Spanish women looked even in 45ºc heat.
One thing I learned was they have some fab Spanish designers.
Spain has always been behind France and Italy (very much the poor relation)
when it came to fashion.
However with the surge of brands like Loewe, Manolo Blahnik and all that stylish
Queen Letizia does for Spanish brands, that is now all changing.

Spain's fashion tends to be strongly influenced by the sea; the Mediterranean has a powerful
influence on everything they do from design, colour and food. And of course the weather plays a huge part in that also.

So I thought I would bring you some of the Spanish fashion labels
you may never have heard of, but which will keep you cool in the heat.

First up is Manebi:

These espadrilles are designed in Italy but made by Spanish craftsman in
La Rioja.
If espadrilles always evoke the feeling of Summer for you, then this is the 
place to head. There is everything from sneaker type espadrilles to the more
glamorous heels for those balmy summer nights.
I am in love with these blush espadrilles below.

OK, the next brand is called Formenteraguamarna

Dolores Luque initially launched a blog whilst missing her home in
Formentera in the Canary Islands when working for a bank in Mallorca.
As her following grew so a seed was born for her online boutique.

This is now a one-stop-shop for things holiday/beachy: espadrilles,
kaftans, bags and baskets. Everything you would need for a beachy holiday.

Next up is a brand called Massob.
This is where you go for boho-chic; peasant-style blouses and dresses with
colour palettes all inspired by the Med.

Up next is a gorgeous brand called About Arrianne
This is a label born in Barcelona and which produces
the most beautiful shoes using Spanish techniques.
The colours remind me of luscious ice-cream or gelato
(altho' gelato is Italian and this brand is Spanish, but what's a gelato
between friends ;-)

Finally, the last brand is another Catalunian company

Let me tell you these bodysuits are SO comfy and lush.
This company has reinvented the stretchy bodysuit.
No tucking in required ;-)
They come in the most gorgeous shades and styles.
 I promise no other bodysuit will ever feel the same again.

So there you have it. Some of my favourite Spanish brands that
I called on when living in Spain. And if where you are is anywhere like
the UK, which is in the midst of a steamy heatwave, then check these brands out
as most have sales on at the moment. So you can test them out for cheaper than usual.

That's it lovely ladies.
Enjoy the Summer where ever you may be



May 7, 2018

OK, so in my last post I gave some inspiration for
attending a formal summer wedding abroad.

This week I thought I would give some ideas for
a more relaxed, boho-country wedding.
These types of weddings call for that illusive casual/smart
balance that is not always easy.
So my choice of dress is this gorgeous colourful number
by Saloni (who have the most gorgeous floral/colourful dresses).

I have picked tan wedges by Boden as I think the colour
will go with any colourful design. 
Again I picked wedges in case you are standing around for
long periods, especially on grass or gravel. The last thing
you want is to be in stilettos.
I actually bought these sandals for myself. But beware. 
They are super narrow!

Again I have kept the accessories quite simple,
just picking out the colours in the dress.

Dress; Saloni
Sandals: Boden
Earrings: Luxuria
Stacking Rings: Luxuria

If any of my pieces (Luxuria)
resonate with you, then grab your
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That's it Lovely
Wishing you a wonderful week.
As always love reading your comments

SUMMER EVENTS INSPIRATION-Part 1 (+ a tip you may never have heard of!)

Apr 26, 2018

Has Spring arrived where you are?
It was here for about 3 days last week and has vanished again. 
But whilst it was around it made me think of some of the events we have to dress for in the heat. 
Having lived in Spanish heat for 15 years I became a "comfort ninja" when it came to dressing up in the heat. So I thought I would give you some of my tips and inspirations. I am no expert so I am just writing about what works for me ;-)
So this week I will cover the wedding abroad.
If you are heading to Seville, the Amalfi coast, Tuscany.......wherever, I am sure the weather is going to be hot. So it's a good time to channel your feminine younger girl and go for some soft feminine hues.

I've opted for a block heel rather than stilettos as you won't want to be navigating cobbled European streets in these (trust me I lived in Spain for 15 years and ruined many a good pair of shoes ;-) 
Also you might have to be standing a long time or standing on grass so I would stick to a block heel or wedges. 
So if you are going for the soft feminine look I would then keep my bag small and contained.
I have kept the accessories quite simple; a statement ring that matches the hues of the dress and some simple hoops.

Dress: Ted Baker   Suede Clutch: Ted Baker
Sandals: Alexandre Birman
Pink Statement Ring: LUXURIA     Twig Hoops: LUXURIA

OK, finally here's a tip I learnt which you may not have ever heard of.

Next time you buy a pair of shoes and find that little silica gel packet inside, don't throw it away. Stick it in your jewellery box. Silica gel helps absorb moisture so will slow down the tarnishing process.
You can thank me later ;-)

I would love to hear if you have any wedding overseas to attend.
Is it even something that is popular where you are from.
It's something that has become very popular in the UK simply because the weather is so temperamental.
We all have our fingers crossed here in the UK for THE wedding that takes place very shortly.
That's it Lovely! 
(part 2 will be next week-the country/boho-wedding).
As always I would love to hear your thoughts.

Flower Power

Apr 6, 2018

Has Spring arrived where you are?
It hasn't where I am and there doesn't look like much sign of it next week either!
So to help us imagine Spring is on its way, I wanted to talk about flower-power.

Floral designs are everywhere in the fashion world.


However, I'm not sure about you but I tend to keep
away from florals. I always feel that if you don't know how to pick
the right pieces you could either look like someone's spinster Great-Aunt
or a remnant from the 60's! So I've always steered clear.
However, below are some of my faves from the current
Ted Baker collection which currently has 30% OFF.
(as you will also notice despite being floral they still have lots of black in them ;-)

However, if you are still unsure of doing the whole floral get-up
then why not just add a floral piece that will still bring you
on-trend but not in such a conspicuous way.

So let me introduce you to some of my new friends below. 
If you like sleek and contemporary with a hint of feminine
flower-power, then you will love these.

Left: Pink Mother-of-Pearl here
Right: Green Aventurine here

An image from a customer in Spain to give you some idea
how this caresses the neck and decolletage.

Left: Purple Flourite here
Right: Blue Chalcedony here

That's it lovely ladies.
Love to hear from you as always

p.s a little something to make you chuckle

Pink Has Become Powerful.

Mar 28, 2018

OK, maybe the word "powerful" is too strong.
But pink is certainly no longer deemed too girly for serious

There was a time when pinks were just
not for the serious woman. But with the help of
women like Amal Clooney, Victoria Beckham 
and The Duchess of Cambridge that is no longer the case.

The Queen is partial to fushia and Hilary Clinton was fairly
daring on her campaign, donning pink gingham
(OK, maybe that wasn't a good idea ;-)

Nonetheless more and more "Pink Ladies" seem to show up as the Spring weather

If pink trousers or a full-on pink outfit still feel a little scary for you
(as they do me) here are some gorgeous pink embellishments 
that you can incorporate as you dip your toe into the world of pink.

Flower pendant: here
Rose Quartz ring: here
Fuchsia Quartz and crystal earrings: here

Would love to hear if you are a "pink lady"
or you think women of a certain age should 
stay clear from.

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter