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

The Year Of……………..

Jan 6, 2017

Firstly Happy New Year Lovelies.

How quick did the Holidays fly by?

And now we are back in January.
A month that is full of possibilities, plans
hopes and dreams.

As always I have big dreams most of which
centre around "experiences" rather than things.

I have gone back to a practise I used to do when
I was a teenager and which worked liked magic
(more of which I will tell you in my next blog post).

I want this year to be about
a couple of things. One is to live
more in "the present". 

Without being too "woo-woo"
I do have problems living in the now. My mind
is either anxious about the way the future is going
to unfold and how I can control that
 or I am trying to rectifying something
that happened (or that I should
have done) in the past, and it's all futile.



So let me start with this month-January.

Yes, I am going to start new things and 
new practises, but there is NO RUSH.
I don't have to have it all figured out.
I don't have to have all my ducks in a row
before I take action.
I don't need perfection in my life.

I just need momentum.

 I am also going to continue enjoying
the warmth of open fires and "cosiness"
during the dark mid-Winters.
I am not going to become impatient
with the arrival of Spring. It always
comes, so why fret about it's arrival?

 I will continue relishing being indoors, 
cosy and snug.
Embracing the Danish way of doing things;
practising the "hygge" life.



I will allow my mind to wander without
snapping it back like a taut elastic band.

I will plot and plan adventures; for exploring
the unfamiliar. For learning new things and
meeting new people.


I will continue to experiment with conscious
living and just see where it takes me.

This is the year of no rush. As long as
I just put one foot in front of the other and keep 
moving forward the rest will take care of itself
……..it always does ;-)

I would love to hear how you would like 2017 to be for you.
xxxx

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

This & That (+ Time Sensitive Offer)

Nov 11, 2016

Well what a week it's been whichever part of the world 
you live in.

So to put a smile on your face I have a few things to give you
and tell you about.


Firstly do you have a box full of sparkles 
but never quite sure how to put your pieces together?

Do you wear the same piece every single day?

Or do you throw it all on in the hope of hitting at least one trend, 
but instead end up looking like a walking Christmas tree?








Then why not grab my cute FREE little cheat sheet which you can literally pin to your dressing table mirror. No heavy reading required just lovely little images to nail your look.

Really let your "bling sing" this Holiday season instead of feeling as dull as "vanilla" AGAIN!


Just grab your sheet here


Also for all my new subscribers just wanted to remind you that we are proud that our 
#GemsGive Back. 

A percentage of all my profits go to Pencils Of Promise so that children like the ones below have a chance of an education.










OK, back to the madness that is Christmas. 
If you are looking for some great book ideas for the book worms in your family.



This article had some really good recommendations.
Read article here

I also made some recommendations for
female entrepreneurs/bloggers  here

Finally, let me put the smile back on your face ;-)
As some of my regular readers know I don't do Black Friday sales.
SO  I would like to gift you something NOW .



Buy one set of bangles and we will GIVE YOU the matching rings to go with it.


Checkout code is:
BANGLEPARTY

3 DAYS ONLY (then it's off the table for good!!!)
Offer ends Sunday 13 November Midnight (BST)

Just go here:

That's it Lovelies.
Would love to hear if there are any books
not on either list that you would recommend.

Wishing you a calm and happy weekend.
xxxxxxx

It's About The (Iconic) Details Darling!

Oct 12, 2016

When it comes to fads, logo's come and go
out of style (and I am not really a logo kind of
girl ;-)

There are also some brands which we can distinguish
immediately by their iconic details. I'm talking the
red soles of Lou Bou's, the tweed of Chanel, the Birkin 
or Kelly bag by Hermés.

But below are some of my favourite iconic 
details that have really stood the test of
time and  luxury.


One of the most instantly recognisable emblems
in all of Chanel's accessories range is the recurring
Camellia flower.


Coco Chanel first fell in love with the Camellia after
reading Alexandre Dumas' 'La Dame Aux Camellias',
a story in which the heroine always wore a white 
Camellia as a reminder of her heart remaining pure.

Her personal love of the flower is clear to see in her
rue Cambon private apartment where Camellias feature
on chandeliers and stunning ornate screens.


Of course the Camellia flower is now in most of 
Chanel's jewellery/accessory designs.



Sometimes it is not only the product that becomes
iconic but also the packaging.

Most girls get excited when they are presented 
 with that little turquoise box (aka Tiffany & Co.) but for me, 
nothing makes my heart race faster than seeing 
the bright orange box of HERMÉS.

The last time I squealed like a crazed piglet

But did you know that the famous orange box came about
after World War II due to a shortage of
the original material Hermés needed (mustard colored
boxes with brown edging!)

In 1994 Hermés received the Oscar for "packaging"for it's
folding orange boxes. 

Today there about 188 sizes of 
orange boxes which have become as iconic as their
Birkin or Kelly bags.



Finally, there is one bag brand that for me defines everything
that is understated quality and luxury and makes me
go weak at the knees every time:
BOTTEGA VENETA.



Yes, their signature weave gets me into a flap
every time I see it.

Bottega Veneta (BV) was established in 1966 by Michele Taddel 
in Vincenza. BV developed a leather weaving technique called
"intecciato" that remains a signature of the brand.

My perfect bag!

So there you have some of my favourite, iconic
brands/detailing that I love.

I would love to hear which iconic brand/detailing
is top of you list.

As always I LOVE hearing from you
xxx