Botanical Beauties

May 23, 2017


Yesterday one of the social events of the year (in London)
kicked off-The Chelsea Flower Show.

For me this is the start of Summer and for once
the weather was fabulous.

Kate Middleton fresh from Pippa's wedding
made her arrival in this mid-length
dahlia-printed silk charmeuse midi dress by Rochas.

What do you think?
I must admit I feel she is dressing much 
older than her years. I felt the same with the
dress she wore at Pippa's wedding and I
kind of feel the same about this one.

Am I wrong?
What do you think?


Anyway regardless of whether you like the dress,
it did get me thinking about all things botanical.

So here are some of my favs at the moment.



This little number from Net-a-porter is now
flying off the shelves. It is a printed dress 
made from fluid silk crepe.


Chelsea Flower Show, Flowers, floral, home decor, cushions

Cushion by Emma Shipley inspired by the 
South African plains. Available here



Not sure about you but I am a real sucker for pretty stationery.

Chelsea Flower Show, Flowers, floral, D&G, roses,floral apparelEverything is coming up roses with this skirt by D&G.
How could you be sad wearing this?


Chelsea Flower Show, Flowers, floral,scented candles, home decor

I absolutely love these candles by Wood Grey.

Hand-poured into a traditional Mason Jar in Brooklyn, New York using 
100% soy wax for an eco-friendly, clean burn.  Available here



Gorgeous skeleton leaf brass coasters from one of my
favourite home interior stores here in the UK 
(and it also happens to be local to me which
is SO convenient for me but a worry for my
Husband ;-)
Available from Oka


Chelsea Flower Show, Flowers, stationary, notebooks, floral

I am a notebook junkie.
Mind you it can't be any old notebook.
I love gold gilt edged pages, a sumptuous cover,
satin marker ribbon.........you get the picture.

These notebooks tick all the boxes.
I also love giving these as gifts.


Flowers, jewellery, green, purple. rings

These stunning rings epitomise all that is botanical; the 
verdant green of lush leaves or Mediterranean olives and
deep sultry purple as dark and sensuous as a floral Tom
Ford scent. Available here and here


OK that's it folks.
Would love to know what you think of my picks.
Are you heading to any flowers shows where you are?
Is it just not your thing?
Do you like wearing floral patterns?

As always I love when you speak to me ;-)
xxx

Things I've Loved In April

Apr 29, 2017


Ok, I know it's been a month since I last did a blog post,
but believe me when I say I "tried"; it
just never happened.

Life happened.
Business took over.
Easter came and went..............and so it goes on.

But during all the mania I was making a note of things
I would like to share with you this month (as these posts seem
to be a bit of a hit with my lovely readers).
So here goes. Hope you like my choices this month and in turn are
inspired to try something that may be new to you.




reading, books, audible, goals,motivation

So I started listening to this on audio, but it was SO good I had to get the physical
version so that I could make notes and really digest what the author has written.

The basic premise of the book is this. If you calculate how many billions of years our

planet has existed, and then calculate the average life expectancy, it calculates as us having no more than the equivalent of half a second on this planet (or at least that is how quickly it will go!)

Yes, that stopped me in my tracks also.



Then using thousands of proven research and scientific studies
he helps you re-align with your dreams/desires. But more than that he presents the 5 doors you
must walk through to achieve the success you want. If you need inspiration to get back on
track whatever your desires, however big or small, then this is the book to read.
You will realise that you really don't have much time!!


Netflix, kindness, Kindness Diaries, travel

OMG!!! Where do I start? I've been recommending this to all my friends.
It will truly restore your faith in humanity. 

It is about an ex-stock broker who decides to travel across the globe just
relying on the kindness of strangers for a place to stay for the night and something to eat.

What the "good samaritans" don't know is this is a man with money (lots of it!) and there are occasions when he is SO overcome by the "samaritans" kindness and generosity that he ends up doing something life-changing for them. This is where you will need to have the box of tissues
ready (well I certainly end up blubbing at the end of every episode). 

What really shocked me was how it was usually the people with the least that opened their hearts up the most (you have to watch episode 3 with the homeless man!!). How ironic then that the only place that didn't help him at all was Lake Garda in Italy-one of the most luxurious places on the planet.

What does that really tell us?  It told me at least that true generosity is about giving
when you don't have a lot. Not sure if you agree with me.


Tarte cosmetics, Maracuja oil, lifestyle blog, vegan cosmetics, facial oils

So lately I have been a naughty girl and have been washing my face with water whilst in
the shower (something my Mum told me never to do!)
As I like my showers super-hot, this has not been great for my skin and 
I noticed my skin was becoming very dehydrated and starting to resemble 
something out of "Jurrasic Park!"

So then I came across this gorgeous oil by Tarte. 
It is a vegan friendly product and also has no parabens or synthetics
and is made from the seeds of an Amazonian fruit.
At the beginning, I was using it directly on my skin and my skin was
literally drinking this stuff up. 
Now I have started adding a few drops to my moisturiser. 

I've also heard that people with oily or temperamental skin conditions have also
found it works wonders on regulating their skin. So it seems irrespective of how
your skin is, this will work. I LOVE it and am usually not a great fan of oils (I prefer
a luxurious, whipped cream ;-)

But I highly recommend this especially as we move into the warmer/hotter months
when parched skin may become more the norm.
I bought mine directly from QVC, but you can go directly to Tarte's website to
read all about it. They also have a great travel size which might be a way to test
this gorgeous oil before splashing out.


reading, Do It Anyway, recommendations,lifestyle blogger

Deep inside, we all want to do the right thing. We want to be generous, kind, loving, and full of integrity. But sometimes there seems like nothing but obstacles in our way.

Do It Anyway presents ten paradoxical commandments. These realistic facts of life represent the things that most commonly derail us when we try to do the right thing. Instead of trying to work around these derailments, the book teaches us how to do it anyway.

Such a simple concept but it really has power. I have a tendency when I am reviewing a situation, especially when spending time on doing something I enjoy, or on my business, to look at the end result and evaluate will it be worth my time.
This book has taught me how to do it anyway. It doesn't matter if my new creation is a flop, or no-one likes my creative endeavours, or even if I waste a whole afternoon in the flow of just doing something I enjoy. I should do it anyway. 

It's not about applause or anyone knowing about something good I did for someone else-
I should do it anyway.
I now find myself thinking about this uplifting book throughout the day.



Dior, bags, summer accessories, turquoise, luxury, lifestyle blogger
Needs no explanation ;-)


cuffs, gold jewellery, hammered jewelry, summer accessories, turquoise, glamour, jewelry

Finally, nothing says high-octane summer glamour like a 
bold, bodacious cuff. Here are some of my favourites, which you can
find here

I am offering all my blog friends FREE SHIPPING on any cuff.
Just use the checkout code: BLOGLOVE


That's it Lovelies. 
I would love to hear what you think of my picks.

xxxx

Things I've Loved This Month

Mar 21, 2017









I am a ferocious reader and love nothing more than a physical book in my hand. But recently
I've been enjoying audio books especially when I am cooking or doing some kind of activity.
This book by Mel Robbins is FABULOUS especially as it is narrated by her in her sassy manner
which I just love. If you don't know who Mel Robbins is she has one of the most viewed TedX
talks EVER on You Tube.

There is one central idea and she explains how when her WHOLE life was imploding she discovered this technique. It's a book about making transformational changes in any area of your lifeand making those habits stick (she is not a big supporter of motivation being the answer).

This really is a fabulous book and I highly recommend listening in audio form because it really
is like having your best girlfriend sitting in your kitchen with you and giving you a real kick
up the butt (cuss words and all!)



Ok, so I am not a big tea drinker but am a little "obsessed" about detoxifying the liver (as
excess oestrogen is often stored in the liver and can be one of the catalysts for breast cancer). 
My Aunt lives in Switzerland and is a huge supporter of herbs for health.
She recommended dandelion root which gently stimulates the liver to detoxify.
So I thought I would give it a go.
I only take 1-2 cups a day. 

As this is pleasantly roasted it takes the edge of the bitterness.
Certainly worth a try.




This article went viral last week. You may have already read it. But it was such a lovely story
and just restored my faith in human kindness. We are fed so much negativity from the media
that sometimes we forget there are so many good souls out there.
Would love to know what you think of the story.
You can read it here



I love this top by British company Needle & Thread.
They are a British brand that specialise in beautifully adorned pieces and 
I am currently lusting after this blouse.
You can buy Needles & Thread from many outlets but in the USA, it's
probably easier to buy via Net-a-porter.



This month was International Happiness Day and this little cherub melts my heart
everytime I post her on one of my social media platforms.
Look beyond the gorgeous smile and you will see she has scars all over her face;
scars caused by shrapnel when she was caught up in an incident in
Northern Afghanistan.
If she can smile.......................
Just saying ;-)




Finally, I am so excited about these gorgeous pieces new in this week.
These pieces are really for the woman who is the ENEMY of ORDINARY.

The black lava gemstones set against the gold, contemporary designs, make 
these pieces as sultry as a Tom Ford perfume ;-)

You can get up close and personal here and here.

Even though these are new in this week I am offering
a 15% discount off either piece for my blog audience.

So if you are interested your checkout code is
BLACKBEAUTY15
(offer ends 31 March 2017)

That's it Lovelies. I would love to hear your thoughts and I
would also like to hear if you like my monthly "Love List"
because if so, I will continue doing them every month. 

So please let me know your thoughts

xxxxxx

Reading Recommendation

Mar 13, 2017

I am a ferocious reader, and one book
I came across just before Christmas is
'In The Company of Women' by Grace Bonney.

What really attracted me to this coffee-table
tome, is that is was compiled and written by
someone who started out as a blogger.
(it's even got a raving endorsement from 
Martha Stewart!)

Grace Bonney has compiled a book of her favourite
creative icons, artists, heroes.........

It is full of empowering business advice and inspiration
from a diverse group of uplifting and talented women
of all races, ages, diversity etc.




It's the kind of book that gives me the urge to rip out every page,
post them around my office so that I can be surrounded by these
incredible women (hoping that some of their sage advice will
penetrate by pure osmosis ;-)


I go through the book each day aiming to read at least 3-4 profiles
whilst making notes of the most salient points which I then keep
in my Evernote for when I need a spot of inspiration for the days
when I am having a  real funk (which have been quite plentiful this
Jan and Feb).

(Does anyone else make notes when they are reading non-fiction?)


If you want further inspiration this interview with the
author and Marie Forleo should do it.
She talks more about how she achieved her goals 
whilst striving for the work/life balance.

Enjoy and don't forget to leave me your thoughts below.






xxxxxxx


Who Am I Really?

Feb 27, 2017

Recently I have been getting lots of questions on
my FB page from new followers who want to know
more about me-the face behind my biz.

I do keep most of my personal life off
Facebook and Instagram.

So instead I thought I would interview myself and give you
some juicy tit-bits you might not know.


So here goes:

What was my dream job as a child?
OK, so after realising I couldn't be a mermaid,
I then wanted to be a Charlies Angel. They were 
the "girl-power" of the time.
I guess something about that stayed with me as 
I went on to become a Criminal Psychologist.



Greatest Strength?
Self discipline

Something that may surprise you
about me?
I hate confrontation in any shape or form
(a typical Piscean some will say ;-)

Favourite Quote?



Best Piece of Advice?
My Mum always said "if you have the choice
of being right or being kind, always choose
kind". Her favourite quote from Wayne Dyer.


Hardest Piece of Criticism?
My Dad said to me that I am such a 
free spirit that I can become directionless 
quite easily. He was right!!

Who would I most like to meet?
It's quite hard for me to be in awe
of  celebrities as such. But I would have liked to have 
met Coco Chanel and Estée Lauder 
(after reading both their biographies)
and of course Audrey Hepburn




Morning routine?
Kundalini yoga (when I get up in time). Meditation.
Breakfast; this is usually a bagel! Don't judge me
but it is the only carbs I eat all day ;-)
I never check emails in the morning as my day becomes too
reactive. So if you are about to die it's best you call me as 
you would have died by the time I get the email ;-)

Favourite Apps?
Accuweather
Evernote
Headspace (meditation app)
Insight Timer (meditation app)

Favourite Perfume at the moment?
Le Jardin le Monsieur (Hermés)

Go-to Websites:
Amazon
Victoria Health

One song that always makes me feel happy?
I have a Playlist on Spotify that is full of
all uplifting songs that I put on as soon
as I sit down to work.
One that always make me happy and fires me up is
called "The Boss" by Diana Ross


The next thing on my "treat me" list?
This bag by Bottega Veneta



And these gorgeous pink Adidas



My one regret?
That my Mum didn't live to see me happily married
(but she had met my Husband who was my boyfriend
at the time and she loved him to bits).


Fictional figure I would  be?
Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird

I buy every week?
Fresh flowers every Friday. It's become
part of my "weekend begins" ritual.



Is there a Mr Luxuria?
The elusive "Mr Luxuria" is rarely seen in Instagram
snaps as he is not a fan of selfies and I also hate
having my picture taken ;-)
The picture below was a "bribed" shot.

 I have been happily married  for the last 20 years.
and have no children (which was a conscious decision).

Here is my love and I having lunch
earlier this year ;-)



There you have it. A few little tit-bits
to help you understand more of who I am.

xxxxxxxx









ELLE Style Awards (London).

Feb 19, 2017

Last week was the ELLE 
Style Awards in London.

As usual there were some gorgeous
gowns and one or two "fails" for me.

My one fav and fail are below.

Thandie Newton is one of my fans and I tend to always
gravitate to her style as you can see here also.

For me Thandie delivered some serious style
points in this polka dot halter neck dress by
Erdem.

"Cold shoulder" is still a trend that seems to suit us all
(although I have still not tried it).

As Donna Karan once said, "no-one had fat shoulders!"



Are you a fan of "cold shoulders"?



Then we move onto my fail :-(
What can I say?
What do I need to even say?

Really???? 

What are your thoughts on this ensemble?
Perhaps that is how the creative mind expresses
themselves?
I don't really know. 
All I know is I "didn't get it" ;-)

Are you a fan of Vivienne Westwood?
Do you own any of her pieces?



Finally, something dark + sensuous like a Tom Ford scent.
http://bit.ly/DarkDruzy




As always I would love to hear your thoughts

XXXXX

Shivering But Shimmering

Feb 13, 2017

She was shivering but shimmering at the
BAFTA's in London last night and
she looked gorgeous in a bespoke
Alexander McQueen dress.

I am not a "floral" girl. But I just loved this dress.




In the original collection the dress had spaghetti
straps and a corset top. But Kate's version had been customised
with a flattering Bardot-cut top (which I prefer).






I loved her earrings but Kensington Palace would not confirm whether she was wearing
her own jewellery or whether they had been loaned to her. Either way they were fab!!!

What did you think?
Did you like the dress?
There have been many comments that putting her
hair up ages her. What do you think?

As always I love hearing from you.

xxxxxx


All images Daily Mail UK

What's Your Simple Thing?

Feb 4, 2017

OK, so my intention to try and blog at least
once a week has already fallen by the wayside.
How did that happen?

I was so sure I would do it this year?

Here's why it didn't happen. I also decided
that this year I would just "follow my joy".
So even if it is on my to-do list but it still
doesn't fill me with joy and inspiration and that 
moment in time then it's not happening.


Here's the thing. It's really working.
When I work at something that really brings
me joy (not because I have to to do it), I find I work
less time at it but  I am really in
the flow when working; the hours just pass without me realising.
I also get much better end results. 
I get more creative. I take more inspired action.
I work less.

I appreciate we can't always do what brings us
joy (especially if we work for somebody else),
 but there are many times we can make that choice
however small.

So if I am struggling on a task (which is usually
what to write about on my blog) and I just know
going for a walk, meditating, popping out
and buying some flowers to bring home will bring me more joy,
I go ahead and do it. 

It hasn't been easy as I am from the school
of ploughing on until it's done. But last year I worked
a lot of hours of "ploughing through" and it may have got 
the result, but it also left me feeling really stressed at the same time
(and often it didn't even produce the result I wanted!)


So it's something I am trying.
If you are a follower of Abraham Hicks, Quantum Physics
Law of Attraction, Vibrational Alignment…..
whatever you want to call it, you will know 
that emotion plays a HUGE part in what we achieve.


Therefore I would love to know what is ONE simple thing that brings you
back to joy?
It could be anything from listening to a play on the radio,
taking your dog for a walk,  the silence when you stand outside 
on a snowy night…………….anything.

Mine is turning the lights down,
and nestling in front of a wood fire. Just watching
the flames roaring I find so meditative (especially
when the weather is raging outside). Admittedly
I don't stop to do this throughout the day. But when I
do it leaves me back in my happy place and 
very grounded.


Would love to hear what your one simple
thing is.

xxxxxxx

Your Holiday/Monday Blues Ring

Jan 14, 2017


Is it just me that is still finding it difficult to
get back into the swing of things after the holiday?


Then let me introduce you to my new "friend".
The perfect "back- to-work-blues" ring!



Here's why?

*the gemstone Ruby Zoisite stimulates feelings
of happiness and gratitude (and we've
all heard what gratitude does ;-)  

*it enhances the energetic neural connections between
your brain and heart
 
*it also aids you to be more observant about self-care.
What more does a girl need?

Get up close + personal here:


Offering all my lovely blogger friends a 
"special". The retail price is £275/$335.
Make me your best offer ;-)
Just email me or leave a comment with 
your best offer.

That's it lovely ladies.
Have a good weekend 
xxxxxx

Golden Globe Faves +Fails

Jan 11, 2017

Here are some of my faves and fails from
the Golden Globes 2017.

OK, I am starting with Thandie Newton.
Now I LOVE the dress. But I'm not sure if
I picked it because I love her or if I really
like the look of a dress that seems to have 
caught on fire with flames quickly rising ;-)

Golden Globes 2017, Thandie Newton
Dress by: In Monse

Golden Globes 2017, Blake Lively

The gorgeous Blake Lively in Versace.

Golden Globes 2017, Blake Lively, Lorraine Schwartz

The pockets were clearly a feature of the dress so
Blake cleverly added some power diamond and
emerald bracelets by Lorraine Schwartz




Golden Globes 2017, Brie Larson

As always the very gorgeous Amy Adams in a dress
designed by the Director of her film Nocturnal
Animals- Tom Ford!



Golden Globes 2017, Naomie Harris

Naomi Harris in a form fitting metallic, custom  Privé


Brie Larson doing old school glamour in this
gorgeous red Rodarte dress (with a perfectly matched
red lippy).


WHAT HAPPENED?

Golden Globes 2017, Anna Chlumsky
Anna  Chlumsky .
Not sure what happened here. The clear message is
sack the stylist!!!


Golden Globes 2017, Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood in a saccharine pink dress that couldhave looked great but I think the ruffles just took over on the night.

So these are just some of my fav picks and two fails
(there were quite a few more but I don't like to
focus too much on the negative ;-)

But hey! What do I know?

Would love to hear if there was one clear winner
 for you in the style stakes.

As always I love to hear from you
xxxx




All images: Getty