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
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Gorgeous black onyx; as dark and mysterious as a Tom Ford perfume
Available here

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LANVIN: Altho' I must say it does look very similar to my curtain tie-backs 

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Narciso Rodriguez

Amy Adams at the Toronto Film Festival Sept 2016


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

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

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 

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

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


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

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

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.


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

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


Posh in Pearls

Jun 16, 2016

If you were born in June, then you are probably
already aware that pearls are your birthstone.

Pearls are symbolic for it's so-called enchanting powers.
In many cultures there is also a very strong link with love
and marriage, hence the reason that June is a popular month
for marriages in which brides adorn themselves with 

In the 1920's and 30's Coco Chanel became the 
poster girl for pearls.

Luxuria Blog: Posh in Pearls
Coco Chanel and Serge Lifa, the principal dancer of Diaghilev's Ballet Russes during it's final years in the late 1920's

"I think pearls are understated and slightly
reticent and for that reason they really are very effective"-

Coco Chanel

In the 1950's Grace Kelly took over the helm
 and is quoted as saying 
"I favour pearls on screen and in my private life".

Luxuria Blog: Posh in Pearls-Grace Kelly

Style icons Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O then carried on
the tradition through the 50's and 60's.

Luxuria Blog: Posh in Pearls
Rare photo of Audrey Hepburn photographed in 1959 by
Henry Wolf via

Luxuria Blog: Posh in Pearls -Audrey Hepburn
Elfin-faced beauty

Luxuria Blog: Posh in Pearls
Jackie O relaxing in pearls (well you can when  you are
First Lady) via

Jackie Kennedy, pearls, pearl necklace

Jackie O wore her triple strand pearl necklace
designed by American jeweller Kenneth Jay Lane frequently.
It became her signature piece during here time as First Lady.

In 1981, pearls ruled again when Princess Diana married 
Prince Charles.

Luxuria Blog: Posh in Pearls
The Queen presented Diana with this diamond and
pearl tiara as a wedding gift.

This diamond and sapphire brooch was also a wedding 
gift from the Queen and Diana had the brooch made into
a stunning pearl choker using the brooch as a centrepiece.

Pearl chokers then became fashionable again.

Luxuria Blog: Posh in Pearls
At the MET in December 1996

Luxuria Blog: Posh in Pearls

Bringing pearls right up to date and coming 
full circle again with Chanel

Luxuria Blog: Posh in Pearls

Are you a pearl girl?
Funnily enough I have never worn pearls
(not sure why). 

But here are some pearls I would love to get
my hands on.
Luxuria Blog: Posh in Pearls
I didn't even wear them on my wedding
day. Am I the only person that hasn't?

What gems did you wear on your wedding day?

As always would love to hear from you.

Don't channel Pocahontas

May 27, 2016

For me nothing says Summer like Turquoise (and a little gold);
Mediterranean seas, Greek islands, balmy nights in get the gist.

Turquoise jewellery looks great with just jeans and a t'shirt 
or dressed up for the evening. 
Either way it can look fab without  
leaving you looking like Cher in the 70's.

There is no best way to wear turquoise but if you don't want 
to channel your inner Pocahontas , then I suggest
sticking to one statement piece rather than lots of hokey
cheap pieces.


Gold spike turquoise cuff here

On the other hand as the colour is very strong it can be 
worn also as delicate pieces

Bangles here

Earrings here
Ring here
Here's 10 things you may not have realised about Turquoise:

i) Turquoise is a powerful stone for protection. It increases inner calmness 
and eases depression, anxiety and exhaustion
ii) It is the stone that strengthens female energies
iii) It is a stone for friendship and true love
iv) It is especially calming if you have to do public speaking
v) It's a powerful stone that stimulates intuition 

Turquoise ring here
Earrings here

vi) It's a stone that helps in the absorption of nutrients and 
strengthening of the immune system
vii) It sis helpful in alleviating female disorders as well
as soothing headaches.
viii) Given as a present Turquoise brings prosperity
and happiness to it's receiver.
ix) It is well known for it's healing powers and it's
ability to draw disease out of the body.
x)  A great stone to keep with you when meditating.

Emerald and Turquoise earrings by de Grisogono

That's it for this week.
I would love to hear if you are a turquoise girl 
and if not what colour always makes you think
of Summer?

Happy weekend Lovelies