The Wonders Of This Week

Oct 24, 2014

I seem to be writing more and more of these types of
post as I start to take notice of all the 
"wonders" around me (it's a really nice feeling too ;-)


This week saw the joy of:

*"I see! I get it!"

*long phone calls with your BFF about nothing

*the joy of conversations (with BFF) which
are impossible for others to understand ;-)


*the joy of Godiva chocolate and crocanti dipped
strawberries bought for me by "Hubalicious"






*the joy of being in the flow;losing all 
sense of time and place



*the joy of being on a "news-diet" for the last
5+ years and knowing I made the right decision

* the joy of finding the last designer label sweater
in your size AND color

* the joy of  open fires and warm textiles




* the joy of taking of your heels off after a LONG day


*the joy of just being cosy



*the joy of feeling everything eventually connects

*the joy of  online shopping ;-)



Do share some of your "wonders/joys" this week

Happy Weekend Lovelies
xxxxx




Wise Words

Oct 16, 2014



These are just some of the wise words
I "try" (try being the operative ;-)
to live by.

This was very much my Mum's mentality (even when we were 
at school). There was just no way I could play hooky ;-)
This mentality has subsequently stayed with me and helped me achieve
so many things I thought were impossible.



Don't you just wish more people would do this?



This quote sums up one of my biggest fears in life.




What wise words do you try to live by?
xxxxx


p.s despite losing my Mum at a very young age to cancer
I NEVER support cancer charities. Pop over to this post
I wrote last year that proved quite controversial and read
why ;-)

The Wonders Of This Week

Oct 9, 2014


Those of you who have followed me for a while
know that Autumn is really one of my favorite seasons.

I have lived in a country that really only had 2 seasons- 
Winter and Summer. This really made me appreciate the wonders
of Autumn.


Here are some of  the joys  of my week.

* long walks in the forest with only the crunch
of the leaves for company

* flushed, cold cheeks

*revisiting old books and finding
hidden gems you missed the first time around

* homemade, rustic comfort food


*an excuse to wear cashmere
(and waiting anxiously for
notification from Catherine Robinson
that my cashmere poncho is back in stock)

*listening to the rain beating against my bedroom
window and knowing I don't have to get up
just yet if I don't want to


*going back to my luxurious creamy
face creams (who I unfaithfully ditched
during the warmer months).

Body oils, hair oils, facial oils,
home fragrance oils, olive oil,,,,,,,,,,
Autumn makes we want to break out the 
oils (of every description).

*the joy of always having someone to share
things with

* the joy of receiving an unexpected gift

*the joy of watching my garden slowly start to
"shut down" for the winter

*hot chocolate


*seeing 2 of my new ring designs in production
and feeling like  a new mother about to give birth
(OK, I know it's not quite the same ;-)

*rainbows

*the cake that emerged golden and beautifully dome
shaped, and stayed that way

*decadent TV


Stunning Madeira Garnet earrings available here
Here's your $35.00 off discount code
(BLOG 35)
Offer ends October 16th 2014


Would love to hear what made your heart sing this week
xxx

Happy Weekend

Oct 3, 2014






How true is this?

I DO  have plans though: 

*catching up on all my magazine reading (and 
coming to terms with the fact that there is no longer
a chance for me to be Mrs Clooney :-(
*catching up on last weeks episode of Downton Abbey and 
Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares
*trawling through my recipe books for warming 
Autumn recipes
*lunch with my bestie on Saturday
*lunch with my Daddy on Sunday
*packing away Summer clothes (I can't pretend anymore
we are having an Indian summer)
*no technology........OK, maybe just Instagram ;-)

What about you?

Have a lovely one whatever you are doing
xxxx




It's Not Just About The Money

Sep 28, 2014


"Money won't buy happiness, unless we exchange it for the things
that will bring happiness.

If we don't know how to get happiness out of five dollars, 
we won't know how to get it out of five hundred,
or five thousand, or five hundred thousand".



How true is this?
How many people do you know who "seem"
to have everything but are just never happy? :-(

What things (that don't cost a lot of money)
make you feel really happy?

Wishing you ALL a week full of happiness
xxxx



Extract: Eleanor H Porter





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A Little Inspiration For Your Journey

Sep 1, 2014

Sometimes as we create our own lives and our own
destiny, we feel that it is only us screwing up time and
time again. Everyone else seems to have their act together.

We often just want to throw in the towel, but deep down
in our core we know that this not going to make us feel
any better. In fact it will make us feel worse.



With all the social media platforms that we now use,
seeing everybody else's "edited" life, makes our own failures and 
mistakes seem larger than life and
even harder to swallow.

But wait a minute gorgeous. Should we really be comparing the
beginning of our journey with the end result of someone else's?

These are the kinds of questions I have to ask myself often
as the self-sabotage sometimes gets a grip.

I hope you will be inspired by this wonderful
short video from the author Elizabeth Gilbert.
It's only about 8 minutes. But I hope it gives you
some soul-food for the rest of this week.










Wishing you all a wonderfully creative week full of fun, lessons
and persistance.

xxxx

Is This All You Need?

Aug 25, 2014




Is anything missing from this list for you?


Wishing you all a wonderful week,with all the above and MORE
xxxxx

Smell The Flowers On Your Side Of The Path

Aug 18, 2014



I don't know about you, but I am
great at looking at my flaws; what's not working,
what I don't have and should have (my perception
of what should be etc etc).

I do appreciate everything I have and
write in a gratitude journal daily,
but with all the social media platforms we
are now party too, and seeing all the "edited"
versions of other people's lives, it
does become easier  to look at our flaws.


Then I remembered this lovely story that a 
coach gave me more than 15 years ago
(so it's obviously always been a problem for me ;-)


This is a really wonderful story…………

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.

Of course the perfect pot was proud of it’s accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of it’s own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what what it had been made to do. After 2 years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.

“I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to the house”. The old woman smiled, “Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.”

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look at the good in them.



SO to all my “crack pot” friends, have a fab week  
and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!!!!




A Fashion No-No or Not?

Aug 6, 2014




I think that awful "meat dress" would have
killed more relationships than flip-flops-just saying ;-)



Jason Wu


Oscar de la Renta
I so want this dress.





So Lovelies, what is your view on "Sweat-pant Syndrome"?
Do you live in your sweatpants?
Do you make a conscious effort to never wear them?
Are sweatpants (worn continually) a sign of defeat?

Would love to hear your thoughts.
xxxxxxx

Pool-Side Prettiness

Jul 21, 2014

I don't know about you but I much prefer
being by a pool than on the beach.

Maybe it's that you end up finding sand everywhere
days after you have left the beach?

Or maybe it's because you always get
the kids that want to play football pitch
up right next to you?


I'm really not sure, but I do know you can give me a luxurious
pool any day and I will take that.

When you are poolside, you can go a little more
glam than when you are at the beach, simply because 
you haven't got to worry about sand and sea water
ruining your things.


I like to go for tropical brights and tutti-frutti accessories when
I am by a pool.
Here are some of my favs:


Towel: Louise Vuitton
Sparkly flats: Zara
Kaftan: Matthew Williamson (Net-a-Porter)
Kensie turquoise earrings:  here
Floral Glasses: Dolce & Gabbana
Angelina Stacking Bangles: here
Liberty Print iPad case: here
Liberty Print Tote: here
Lara Pomegranate Earrings: here
Dixie Pink Stacking Ring Set: here

So there you go Lovelies.
Which are your favs?
Also would love to hear if you are  
a pool or beach babe.

Have a lovely week
xxxxx

On The Couch With…………….

Jul 10, 2014


OK, being a former Psychologist, you know
how much I love knowing what makes people
tick. I usually interview fellow bloggers who
have a story to tell; who inspire me in some way
(however big or small).

My interviewee today (Nichola English)
is such a woman. This is a woman who
helps style woman and give them the confidence
they need with personal styling; helping 
them make real changes in their lives.

But here's the rub. She has only recently
learnt to walk again after being involved in
a terrible accident that left her partially disabled!

Enjoy my chat with Nichola English


Tell us briefly Nichola how you got into personal styling?
Having been lucky enough to work within different realms of the retail fashion industry 
I wanted to really learn more about the art of personal styling 
and how this process helps people to really make changes in their life. 
What drew me to the Style Coaching process, 
(which I’m proud to be now one of the leaders in the field of Style Coaching) 
is firstly, they were utterly unique and that’s what made them special.  
They use a holistic approach, that resonated with me. 
Their message is strong and clear; it’s not just about the clothing you wear, 
it's also about the self-journey, awareness and 
appreciation of who you are on the inside and out.


Who is your style icon?
I absolutely adore Grace Kelly -she had a subtle energy, 
natural elegance and style that was very timeless. 
You can even see versions of her style in today’s fashion. 
She was also the unofficial ambassador for Hermes; 
they named a bag after her called the Kelly Bag.


Which celeb do you think has the best style at the moment?
Cameron Diaz is a very natural, casual, chic dresser with 
little bits of sexiness thrown in. 
She always looks very relaxed, confident and comfortable 
in the clothing she wears. 
She also understands the art of dressing for her body shape and personality.


Which celeb would you most like to “get your hands on?”
For me at the moment it has to be Natasha Kaplinsky 
(who is a British newsreader and presenter). She’s very beautiful but 
her style is so conservative and old fashioned. 
I would still like to see her in an elegant dress code, 
but with some add freshness and modern style twists.

Natasha Kaplinsky

How would you describe your style?
My style is a mixture of natural classic with some elegance 
and a little sexiness thrown in. 
That’s possibly why I like Cameron Diaz-we have similar tastes in clothing.


What is the one brand you couldn’t live without?
Chanel make-up it’s a timeless range of 
cosmetics that’s perfect for most women and me.


The way you would spend your fantasy 24 hours 
with no travel or money restrictions?
New York with its fifth Avenue boutiques, it’s labyrinth of streets 
and iconic buildings and theaters; 
there’s just something charismatic about this place.

Your favorite shop?
At the moment it’s a clothing line called Mint Velvet
their clothing collections are about empowering women 
with confidence, they use combinations of fabulous textures 
that are effortlessly wearable for the modern day women.


French Riviera or Italian Riviera to kick back?
Italian Riviera with its charm and beautiful landscapes.




Victoria Beckham or Stella McCartney?
I have a lot of respect for Victoria Beckham. 
She has in recent years brought fashion and style 
into the mainstream. I think she really "gets" and understands 
real style and how it works for women. 
I definitely think she is a style icon.


One item every woman should have in their wardrobe this summer?
It has to be statement accessories 
they complete outfits as well as giving the wearer 
a chance to really personalize their outfit.

Tallulah Blue Gemstone Stacking Ring set


One item you are saving up for?
Nothing at the moment


The temptation you wish you could resist?
Clothing and makeup.


Perfume of the moment?
Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle; 
it is sensual and elegant and smells divine.




Tell us something that would really surprise us about you
I had an accident that left me partly disabled with my left leg.
I had to have several years of physiotherapy to learn to walk again

The philosophy that underpins your life?
I actually have this on my desk and see it every day
“Follow your dreams. They know the way”


The song that means the most to you?
Barbra Streisand's Evergreen from her movie A Star is Born. 
I remember when I was a young teenager having the album 
and playing it over and over on my record player.
 It’s such an expressive moving song. Since my father died a few years ago 
(he was a fan of her songs), it has even more meaning to me now.



Your favourite piece from my boutique and how you would style it?
I love the Angelina hammered stacking bangle set with gemstones; 
this would look fabulous with a button back jumpsuit in black, 
statement heeled shoes and an embellished fold over clutch.

Angelina Gemstone Bangle Set

The way you want to be remembered?
I would really like to think that my styling business 
and I made a difference in the world.


Nichola's website/blog can be found here
Pop over and say hello.


Would love to hear your thoughts.
Happy weekend Lovelies
xxxxxx

Splurge vs Save

Jul 2, 2014


We all love those "splurge vs save" pages in the magazines.
I was recently approached as part of the "Responsible
Spending Campaign" (via credit card insider), to
pick some of my own versions of splurge vs save.

So here are my picks:
SPLURGE:
David Yurman gold chandelier earrings with
amethyst and diamonds
Price: $4, 752
         £2,788

SAVE:
Our gorgeous GRAZIA double  hoops 
in brass with natural gemstones of 
amethyst, blue topaz and Phrenite.
Price: $166.00
           £97.50



SPLURGE:
David Yurman Silver chandelier earrings
with Lemon Citrine, Smokey Quartz and Peridot
Price: $1,350
           £793.00




SAVE:
Equally as gorgeous our
INÉS silver hoop earrings adorned with
Lemon Topaz, Peridot and 
Aquamarine natural gemstones
Price: $265.00
          £155.50




SPLURGE:
Lana Jewelry 'Spellbound Noir' Cocktail ring
in black Onyx and Gold
Price: $1,000.00
        £600.00


SAVE:
 Here's our stunning ADRIANNA cocktail ring
comprising gold, silver and natural stone 
Avalonite
Price: $368.75
          £215.00





SPLURGE:
A traditional type Amethyst and diamond
ring by Astley Clarke
Price: $5,115.00
          £3,000.00



SAVE:
Our stunningly unique ANÄIS ring
is for the more modern, contemporary woman.
It is made in silver, with a lovely chunk of
real Amethyst (faceted/smooth on one side
and untouched/rough on the other).
Price: $320.00
          £187.50


So there you have it, my Splurge vs Save.
I would love to hear your thoughts on 
my picks.
xxx