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
Wimbledon)

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

xxx

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 
pearls.



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

Luxuria Blog: Posh in Pearls
via
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
via
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
via
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
Chanel
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.
xxxxx

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 Ibiza.....you 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.

Gorgeous!


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
xxxx

Colours of Capri

May 2, 2016

One of my most favourite places in Europe
(possibly the world) is the island of Capri.

I absolutely love this place. 
It's my go-to when I need a shot of 
Riviera glamour.

To sit and people watch in Capri
is like being in an old Carey Grant or
Sophia Loren movie.


One of the things I love most are the 2 principle
colours in Capri-yellow and blue.

Dolce & Gabbana did a range called Maiolica
Limoni which epitomises the very essence of the 
colour palette of this beautiful island.






That is why I am beyond excited to introduce
my Limited Edition Capri Cocktail rings; 
because they epitomise
everything I think of when I think of Capri.

Let me explain why.


The blue Lapis and Marbled Opal rings epitomise the stunning blue and white tiles you see everywhere in Capri (especially in my favourite place La Minerva hotel) or the intense blue, beach umbrellas that symbolise the private La Fontelina Beach Club.

La Fontelina Private Beach Club

The sultry blue of the Lapis or the chic, white marbled Opal are embedded in 14 kt gold which then sits proudly aloft a sensual hunk of smooth, glistening, black jade. These rings look divine against sun-kissed skin; dressed up or down as the mood dictates.

The yellow ring represents the zesty, fruity lemon-ness (is that a word?) of this gorgeous island. 

Imagine wearing this ring to dinner sitting under the stars and lemon groves of La Paulino restaurant. Or drinking iced Limoncello liqueurs after a seafood lunch. If this is you, then this ring fits the bill perfectly. Worn against a backdrop of black or white, this ring will up the glamour stakes every time. 

Eating under the stars and lemon trees at La Paulino's



Now here's the rub.
These are a Limited Edition only. 
This means that it will be offered first to those on the 'Priority List'.
We are only making a very limited number of each (to keep their exclusiveness) and once they are gone.......they are GONE GIRLFRIEND (talking of which some of my
girlfriends have already bagged their slots!)

As you know all our pieces are hand-crafted by the finest European craftsman and these stunning pieces will take 5-6 weeks to be made. 
So you will definitely have them in time for the Summer and all the Summer events you have planned.

I don't want to see you do the ugly cry if you miss these. 
Last time I did this about 50% of the list where not able to
bag the ring they wanted  and I was getting angry emails
for some months after. But as I tried to explain to some
very angry ladies, that's what 'Limited Edition' means ;-)

(I must admit those from my blog who were on my last
Limited Edition promotion got their fabulous piece)

But if you miss it, it really will be as bad as Nutella going out of production
or your children wanting to be Justin Beiber or Miley Cyrus when they grow up!!!
Yes it will be THAT bad ;-)

So hoppity skip yourself down onto  the Priority Hot List and just know
all your girlfriends will be queuing up to knab this right of your little 
fingers :-)


I would love to hear if you've been to Capri. 
If not, where is your go-to place to get a shot
of glamour (excluding Paris ;-)

Ciao Bella
xxx



Bella Donna

Apr 15, 2016

Those who have been following my ramblings for some
time know how much I love the Italian style (actually
more than the French ;-)

I find their way of dressing a little more creative, sassy
and more fun than their French counterparts.
"La moda" to the Italian woman is exuded from within.

Even though rich design is in their history, their style is 
still unmistakeable.

I have both French and Italian girlfriends. 
If I am meeting a French friend, I can more or less guess what she will be wearing 
(in terms of style). If I meet with one of my Italian girlfriends, 
I never know what she will be wearing, and it will always have the “wow” factor. 
By “wow-factor” I don’t mean over-the-top, in a cocktail/frou-frou kind of way. 
I mean “Wow, how can she look so damn good just wearing jeans, 
a t’shirt and a butter soft leather jacket with matching bag, and not a Hermés scarf in sight?” 
My Italian friends never fail to astound me with their style. 

Here are some quick tips to create "la moda Italiana"


UNDERSTATED ELEGANCE:
In Italy you learn quickly that
"less is more". Women tend to stick to muted 
shades during the day.

Margarita Missoni (Getty image)

CLASSIC STAPLES:
Smart casual pants, heavy cashmere sweaters,
cosy wraps and FUR for Winter. Classic, crisp
white shirts, tailored pants and lots of accessories
for Summer

Monica Bellucci (Getty Image)


MIXING BRANDS:
Italian women have an expert eye for mixing budget with
luxury brands; a handmade bag with an unknown cashmere
sweater is how roll.

Giovanna Battaglia (Getty Image)

Who would have thought trainers could look so glam!

DON'T FOLLOW TRENDS:
I personally think Italian women are less
severe and more adventurous than their French
counterparts. They are more daring with the
"bella figura". A capri pant and low cut cardigan
would hit the mark in Milan

La Bella Figura (Getty Image)

Italian women have a strong fashion sense without ever
becoming "fashionistas". They always wear the right clothes 
for their age.......and always impeccable.

Anna Dello Russo (Getty image)
Biana Balti (Getty image)


Rings available here
I would love to know if you agree (and even
better if you don't ;-)

xxxx

Monochrome Magic

Apr 6, 2016

It seems my two favourite colours are back in vogue;
did they ever go out I hear you asking.

via Bloglovin

Black and white was all over the Spring/Summer catwalks.


Calvin Klein Resort 2016


Absolutely LOVE this monochrome bikini


Earrings here and here


Grown up boho with Alice Temperley (2016)


White bag: Hermés (currently on my Summer wish-list)
Top right: Python clutch by Gigi New York (absolutely love ALL their products
especially their stationary and travel accessories. If ever my 
Husband is stuck for what to buy me, he knows to go straight here ;-)
Bottom Right: Anya Hindmarch


Statement Ring: here
Pendant: here


Valentino


Someone who has been embracing the
monochrome trend recently ;-)




Would love to know if you will be embracing
the monochrome look this Spring or are
you ready to start rocking your pastels.

xxx



If Your Life Is Perfect You Won't Need This Post

Mar 28, 2016

I hope by the time you read  this blog you would have OD'd on your Easter eggs 
and are now sitting comatosed on your sofa ready to make a "new start" next week. 
If so, then my new " friends" below may just help you do that.


gemstone rings, mother of pearl, silver, European jewellery, European Jewelry


This broad band ring will envelope your finger in shimmering brilliance whilst casting off an alluring light from the richness of the centre piece gemstone.

An exquisitely crafted statement ring. It is made in high quality European Silver adorned with gemstones that are set in Mother of Pearl.


This comprises of 7 different variations which are more than just gorgeous to look at. Here is why (from left to right):

*Citrine-often called the "Success Stone"
*Smokey Quartz-promotes grounding and removal of negativity
*Rose Quartz-promotes love and friendship 
*Gold Quartz-promotes calmness, joy and peace
*Blue Topaz-often called the "writers/speakers stone"
*Amethyst-a powerful stone for protection
*White Topaz-aids manifestation and improves clarity


We can make this ring in any size so it will be custom-made for you.

We also offer  a payment plan. So just drop me an email 
you would like to consider this option and I will do my best to accommodate you

You can get up close and personal with these new beauties here


OK, so here's a special offer for my lovely blogging friends.
Even though these are brand new in, I am giving you
15% OFF  on any of the above rings.
Your code is: STELLA15
(Offer ends Monday 4 April 2016)

Let me just tell you that these will not be discounted again THIS YEAR, 
as they have just come in. So if you miss it, it really will be as bad 
as Nutella going out of production and your children 
growing up to be like Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus......
honestly it really will be that bad!!!





That's it Lovelies.
Wishing you a fabulous week.