I Wish For You…………….

Dec 22, 2016

OMG!!! only a few more days before
the BIG MAN in red arrives.

So before we all turn off our technology
(that is what is supposed to happen isn't it?)
here's what I wish for you, my loyal readers.

I wish for you:

*the joy of finally "getting there" and the
realisation that what's not done can stay undone

*the joy of imperfections; perfection is not required

*the joy of kicking back and savouring the moments

*the joy of belly laughs

*the joy of reminiscing

*the joy of having enough



*the joy of  kisses and cuddles 
(from man or beast ;-)

*the joy of making real memories. Memories
that will be etched in your memory forever (for all
the good reasons of course).

*the joy of spontaneous memories that happened
before you could even find a phone to capture the moment.

*the joy of reflection

*the joy of some quiet time-even just a few minutes
silence will be so refreshing



*the joy of sparkles everywhere

*the joy of  cheesy Christmas films

*the joy of meals thrown together in the
after-math of the big day as you decide to
channel your "inner Nigella".

*the joy of pyjamas becoming daywear ;-)




*the joy of anticipation as you start to think about 
 dreams for 2017

*the joy of appreciating where you are;
we all are where we are meant to be
right now (even if we can't see it at the time)


Finally I would like to thank you for 
the joy you give me as you accompany 
me in this humble space I call 
my blog. I am not a writer and sometimes
find it difficult to come up with anything of value.

In fact most days I can't even think of words to string
a sentence together 

So I appreciate every single one of you who make
time to visit. I know how "time-starved" we all are,
so it means even more to me to think I have people
even reading my ramblings ;-)

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and
nothing but the best for the New Year;
I also hope you will continue to visit in 2017


xxxx

My Lust Have List (for Santa).

Dec 8, 2016


OK, call me a brat, but I have a "lust-have"list
for Santa. Santa doesn't always look at my 
list. Sometimes he looks at it. Sometimes he goes 
rogue!!! Some years he gets ideas from my list
but doesn't actually buy the exact thing.
Either way I don't mind. Whatever Santa decides
to do I am happy with; but I do like to give some
"guidance" ;-)

So here is my "guidance" for Santa this year
(let's hoping he is feeling a little "flush").


OK, I do love me some stationary and the prettier the better.
I have bought these as gifts for some of my girlfriends who are
similar to me in their love for "pretty paper".
 Matthew Williamson Notebooks





Shhhhhh! this one is a secret so don't go
sharing with your best friend.

This is a perfume you probably haven't heard of and yet 
it's is Liberty's best selling product this year!!!!

The last time I wore this was I
was literally chased/followed/stalked by a woman who
was following me until she could find the right moment
to approach me and ask me what perfume I was wearing!!!!

I was even pounced on from behind in the cinema.
After recovering and re-starting my heart I told
the woman the name of the perfume.

Here's the thing, the perfume smells differently on everyone as it's
chemical make-up adapts to the wearer.

It is Es centric Molecule1. It consists of
one single ingredient (which is know as Iso E Super
in the fragrance world) and the rest is all down
to your chemicals.

Let me tell you once you wear this you will not wear
anything else. It will be like having your own signature scent.





Any B.Zero ring by Bulgari will do me (I have the plain 
gold version which I use as my wedding ring most days).
However, if Santa wants to earn points for 2017, he needs
to get this little beauty in his sack asap; the rose gold
and black ceramic version will be most welcome.
Just saying!



Gold coasters from my favourite interiors shop. When I moved
to the country this happened to be one of my "local" shops 
(much to my Husbands's horror).
It's a shop that was founded by Lady Astor (Samantha Cameron's
mother or should I say David Cameron's mother-in-law ;-)


Carolina Herrera Matryoshka bag

Having lived in Spain for 12 years, Carolina
Herrera became a firm favourite of mine (especially
as my home was spitting distance from her store!)
So if I have to choose a bag it is nearly from one of
my 2 favourite designers. The other favourite always on
my list is also below.




The Loewe store was also too conveniently placed near my house
on both the Spanish mainland and also when I lived in Mallorca.
I had to pass it every single day. Needless to say I saw the
assistants in the store more than I saw my own family!!!
In fact they became my family ;-)

My Husband knows if he ever has to wrack his brains as to what
to get for me, he just needs to head to Loewe and all will be 
"made easy" ;-) Headache gone without even taking an aspirin




Finally these bookends are gorgeous. They are handcrafted
in porcelain then plated in 24 carat to give that
really luxe look.
What do you think?
You can buy them here


So there you have it, My "lust-list".
All a little extravagant but it is a 
"lust list" after all.

Would love to know is there something
extravagant on your Santa list which is there
"just in case" Santa decides you have been a 
good girl?


Do tell
xxxxxx

Permission To Shine

Dec 5, 2016

To hell with being sensible.
This is the season for throwing caution to the
wind and to razzle dazzle with the best of them.

No one did it better than J.K Rowling
at the premiere of her new film Fantastic Beasts
And Where To Find Them in London.
(dare I tell you've I've never read a JK Rowling book?)

Anyway back to the issue of shining this season.



She didn't play it safe. It was a  full on, all over sequin-fest.

The message all over the catwalks seemed to be have fun with sparkles 
and rekindle your love of Shirley Bassey  or
channel your inner sparkle fairy.

D&G catwalk finale
Here's some sparkle tips.

*dark coloured sequins are much more subtle and wearable than the 
brighter versions.

A Victoria Secret's Angel going dark and moody.
Perfection wouldn't you say?

*if there's a part of your body that you don't like to draw 
attention to by wearing sequins then keep the sparkles down
below on your feet.


 Casadei Glittter Sandals


*Beware the scratch of cheaper sequins and glitter. 
Splash out if you can ;-)

Givenchy jacket. We can all dream ;-)


*Balance sparkly outfits with simple jewellery or risk 
looking like a festive bauble.

As dark and sultry as a Tom Ford scent.
Rings here



So will you be pulling out all the stops and going sequin-crazy?
What did you think of JK Rowling's ensemble?
Are sequins only for the Holiday season?

As always I love to hear your thoughts
xxxx