Embracing Winter

Jan 18, 2018

Brrrrrrrr! It's bone-rattlingly cold
as I write this blog post.
But here's the thing. I LOVE Winter;
when all the festivities are over and it's
time to hunker down and wait for Spring.

Is that just me (because everyone I talk to
hates Winter!)?

I just love:

* cashmere comforts

*crispy pages of new journals awaiting
my goals and gratitude

* optimism and excitement for the next
12 months



* weekend lockdowns when it is deemed perfectly
acceptable to refuse to go anywhere or see anyone

*the sight and smell of new books and magazines
waiting to be devoured and savoured


* lazying and grazing (I am good at this. SO good!)

*cold frosty walks that rattle your bones and teeth

* hot, indulgent drinks that welcome you
back home


* big scarves

* cosy coats (that hide a multitude of sins ;-)

* pom-pom hats that are acceptable to the over
40's when brain freeze is imminent


* the crackling sound of logs burning

* reflections

*the darkness and stillness of early mornings

I love it all.


Is it just me that loves mid-Winter?
Would love to hear if you like Winter or are
hanging on by your Chanel painted finger-nails.

xxx

FAVES OF 2017!!

Jan 10, 2018


Firstly Happy New Year my friends.
I can't believe it is all over.
I hope whatever you did you were able
to unwind and enjoy time with loved ones.

OK, so for my first post of 2018, I thought
I would bring you some of my favourite finds
of 2017. 
None of these recommendations are affiliated.
They are all just products/apps etc that I came 
across and loved in 2017.



Ok, first up is audible. 
Now this may not be news to many of you
but I never thought I would use it.
I am a very slow reader; I get distracted easily when reading.
However, I love reading. I love the feel of a physical
book in my hand. But in 2017 I tried out audible.
I thought I could make use of it when cooking, doing things 
around the house. Walking in the countryside etc.
And guess what? I LOVED it. I tend to listen to non-fiction only
but I find in most cases I retain more. Even better is when I
then follow up with the book if it has really reeled me in.


Some of my fave audible books in 2017 were:
* You Are The Placebo- Dr Joe Dispenza
*Success Through Stillness- Russell Simmons
* Pitch Anything- Oren Klaff
Letting Go- Dr David Hawkins
Grit-The Power of Passion and Perseverance- Angela Duckworth



Next up is this daily green supplement by WellCo (the company
founded by Elle 'The Body' MacPherson).


We all need a helping hand sometimes and in 2017 my intentions were good,
but I often didn't follow up with my behaviour. I will admit I was naughty for
most of the week/months/year!! There I said it.

But this did help ensure I was getting a daily dose of goodness even if 
I did counteract it with all the junk I consumed.
Let's just say 2018 will be the year of "must try harder".



One of my fave finds of 2017 was this little beauty-



This little bottle became my new BFF. I mix one drop
with my moisturiser every day OR one drop in my
foundation or BB cream and I can't tell you the difference
it makes to the look and luminosity of the skin. I also
tried it with a budget moisturiser and it still looked fab
on the skin. So I am thinking maybe I don't waste money
on the really expensive creams and use a drop of this
with any moisturiser instead.
I will certainly be testing out that theory more in 2018.
My only word of advice is make sure you go for an
organic brand such as Inika.



Talking of BB creams. 2017 was the year I decided to give them a go 
(I know. I always seem late to the party). I tried quite a few expensive brands, none
of which impressed me. 

THEN I read about one by Body Shop. Their version
is supposed to adapt to your skin tone and give 24 hour hydration.
As I didn't have to sell a kidney to buy it, I thought I would give it a go.
Let me tell you, this is fabulous. It really does adapt to your skin tone and
give you this gorgeous glow. It does have a slight grainy texture
which I think is what buffs the skin to give it a luminous look.
I love it and use it most days when there
is no danger of me frightening the neighbors (because I don't have any
make-up on). This was definitely one of my best buys of 2017.



Next up is an app called Water Drink Reminder.


Now as I said above. I wasn't that scrupulous about
my health in 2017 and one thing that always fell by the wayside
was the amount of water I  drank during the day.
So this little app really helped me keep up the intake.
It allows you to: * track your intake
*gives suggestions based on your weight/activity level
* lets you receive reminders which you can also link to your
wrist fitness monitors.

All in all, it does what it says on the tin. But more than
that I could see a difference in my skin and hair when I really
committed to drink the required amount of water DAILY (that's 
the key. Not just when you over-indulged in your alcoholic
beverages ;-)


Finally to end I am going to introduce you to my first faves
of 2018. These gorgeous Tahitian pearl rings are now
in my boutique. Let me tell you these will lift any outfit.
If you like French classic with a twist, then you will love
these. They come in solid  yellow gold (not-plated!), rose gold


That's it my loves.
I would love to hear your thoughts on any of your faves of 2017.
If you want to read about some of my other finds in 2017, you can read them

Happy Holidays!!

Dec 22, 2017


I just wanted to quickly pop by and wish you 
all the best of Holidays whatever you may be celebrating.

But more than anything I wanted to thank you all
for sparing a few minutes out of  your very busy
day to read my ramblings.

It means the world to me as I know how time-starved 
we all are. Many of you have been reading my ramblings
for quite a few years. I'm not sure how you
haven't given up the will to live, and for that,  I thank you 
from the bottom of my heart.

Sending BIG hugs your way and hope you continue
with me on my blog journey (which
is usually filled with lots of pot-holes and twist and
turns) in 2018.


Happy Holidays Lovelies.
May 2018 bring you all you wish for yourself.



xxx

My Gift Guide

Dec 12, 2017



I know. It's been such a long time since I last blogged.
What can I say? Christmas just got in the way.

So before I get too way-laid, I thought I  would
bring you some lovely things that you will either
purchase as gifts or maybe you will treat yourself 
too.

Either way I hope you enjoy my picks (or
it at least gives you some inspiration).




 As Pantone's colour for 2018 is deep violet.
What could be better than this stunning statement piece.



A chunk of gorgeous Quartz that will wash you with
super-charged colour for 2018.
More details here



With "Deco Decadence" coming back following the new 'Murder
on the Orient Express' film, I also added a little 1930's 
glamour to my pieces with these sets of stunning







If you are really looking to push the boat out to treat yourself, how
about these (one can dream I suppose ;-)

Splurge on this cuff is by Van Cleef in 18k yellow gold which comes in at
£31,300 / $41,759.



On the other hand you can be savvy but still on trend with this.

This gorgeous hammered cuff will really bring out the
Goddess in you this party season (also available
with turquoise stones which looks fab with sun-
kissed skin).







Splurge on these Nougat earrings are by Dior


Or stay on trend with this savvy buy.
A magical twig effect give these earrings an
ethereal quality.
Perfect for lazy weekends, country weddings......
you name it, it will go with it.
Splurge on these stacking rings by Robinson Pelham
which comprise white Sapphires, white diamonds
or brown diamonds.




Or go "savvy" with these gorgeous bead stacking rings
which come in gold, silver, rose-gold and a gun-metal
(dark grey/black).
This is truly beauty and craftsmanship that will never go 
out of style.
Who wants diamonds anyway? ;-)

 Finally you can push the boat with with these
Christmas bauble earrings by Oscar de la Renta


Or you can go savvy with my baubles which
will not mean you have to sell a kidney to buy them.

Both the red and black are perfect for the party season
(but between you and me, the black are as sultry as a 
Tom Ford perfume).






(The red were also featured in Cosmopolitan Spain).



That's it my Lovelies. 
Hope one of my splurge or savvy buys got you salivating. 

xxx




A Royal Engagement

Nov 27, 2017

Here in the UK, the news channels have been prepared 
for this "imminent" announcement since last week.

So on a really cold, crisp November morning
the engagement was finally announced.



The happy couple decided to make the announcement from the site of the
Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace; the site of the memorial created
for Princess Diana. 



During an interview later today Prince Harry said the ring was made of yellow gold
as this was Ms Markle's favourite.

The centre diamond was from Botswana -a place close to Harry's heart but also where 
he and Meghan went camping early on in their relationship (brave girl!!!)

The two outer diamonds are from Diana's own personal
collection. Because of the enormous sentimental value of this ring, experts are saying
it makes the ring "priceless".

The ring was made by the Queen's preferred jewellers Cleave & Company.




During their interview Harry said he chose two diamonds from his
Mother's collection to "ensure she is with us on this crazy journey together".
That was enough to get me blubbing.

Meghan also showed just how articulate and confident she is.
She actually spoke more than Harry and really showed the world's press that
she is more than an actress; more than just a "red carpet bunny". She is media savvy
and a real beauty with brains who wants to continue the humanitarian work
that they both passionate about. Being a Royal will now be a perfect "stage" for her.

It was so refreshing to listen to her speak. She was articulate, refined, respectful of the
establishment she was marrying into and clearly in love with her Prince.

More than anything it was wonderful to see this Prince happy.
No-one who watched Princess Diana's funeral could forget the sad
images of  Prince Harry walking behind his mother's coffin under the microscope
of the worlds media (something apparently the Palace Courtiers insisted he did).
Also, it hasn't gone missed that Meghan is the same age Diana was when she died.

For me, it was great to see Harry happy and to see he clearly did things 
his way, which I am sure had the "suits"
in the Establishment ruffled and worried for quite some time.

It is also encouraging to see how far the Establishment have come.
We all know what happened to Wallis Simpson.
But to see now that race, religion, nationality and age no longer
have a place in the decision making process is hugely inspiring
and refreshing.
We've come a LONG way and that is also good news.

Congratulations to a beautiful couple!!


Would love to hear your thoughts.



Images: Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph

Some Strange Facts About My Happy Place!

Sep 27, 2017


First I must apologise for my absence (that's
if anyone even noticed ;-)

I have been in my "happy place"- Switzerland;
a place I spent childhood summers and am 
still very much in love with it.

Yes everywhere really does look like this!


Here are some more of my observations and strange laws/facts 
which makes me love this country:


Yes!!! The Swiss LOVE their chocolate and there are
luxury chocolate shops everywhere. When I say luxury I am
talking about $30/£27 for a mere 100grams of choccy-woocy-doo-dah!!!
That's maybe 3 pieces. Not enough to even tickle your tonsils.

But hey, when have I let price ever stop me when it comes to chocs?

The Swiss have even come up with the first GOLD chocolate.
Don't even get me started on this!




Luxury brands are everywhere. These places are not for tourists either.
These are places the Swiss shop as a matter of course.
When you consider that some of the oldest jewellery brands and most
luxurious watch brands are from Switzerland it is really no surprise.

Every luxury shop I went into had Swiss shopping in them.


Did I buy anything? No.
But the Mr wanted a Swiss watch which he bought and was
given a complimentary Swiss Army Knife with it (which was also on his shopping
list). I don't get the Swiss Army knife "thing" but these objects can sell for thousands!!!

Maybe it's a man-thing but the "Mr" was more excited about his free
Swiss army knife than the actual watch which he paid for.
The mind boggles ;-)


You still see the gorgeous alpine homes synonymous
with Switzerland but now also there is some fabulous architecture
which is just jaw-dropping. I am telling you this place is dripping
in money.




My happy place on Lake Lucerne to watch 
the world (and "old money") go by.



The perfect lunch spot on Lake Lucerne.


But I found out some interesting laws/facts  about Switzerland that I thought I would share
with you:-


* noise is prohibited on Sundays. That means you cannot play music
in your garden, mow your lawn or do anything that can be deemed
a disturbance by your neighbour. And let me tell you everyone
abides by the law. I quite like this law. What do you think?

* growing and smoking marijuana/pot is legal. It is only illegal
to sell it. If you don't plan on selling it then you are OK to smoke it.
What do you think?

* If you keep any kind of rodent as a pet such as a guinea pig
or hamster, they must be kept in pairs so that they are companions
for each other. How cute is that? If one dies, you can "rent"
another companion.

*Switzerland has the most liberal gun laws of any country; 2-5 million
guns in a country of only 8 million. They also have one of the lowest
crime rates in the world

*If you plan on moving to a gorgeous Swiss village (which
the Mr and I keep dreaming about) the villagers
get to vote whether you can move there or not. One factor is how much 
you have in your bank account, but other than that it is simply
a case of whether they like you or not. What do you think of that?

*Switzerland has nuclear bunkers capable of 
housing the ENTIRE population.


So there you have it. A little about 
my "happy place".

I would love to know your thoughts on some 
of the strange laws they have ;-)
Would they work in your country?

xxxx


My Love List

Sep 3, 2017

OK, it seems impossible to think that the last blog post I wrote
was just as the Summer had started, and now everything is over.

Hang on though Sweetpea. My Summer is not over yet.
By the time you read this I will be here......


.....in gorgeous Switzerland!!!!
I have family here so really excited about that.
I plan to really relax in our home, re-charge and eat lots
of Swiss chocolate. Did  I not mention that? 

But in the meantime let me bring you some of my favourite 
finds this August/Summer.




OK, so first up is this gorgeous eye mask by Jessica Russell Flint which
is a blackout beauty. They have the most gorgeous designs in silk and
it will guarantee you get your beauty sleep. Great also for using on long
haul flights. Beauty sleep even at 12,000m!!!
Check out all the gorgeous designs here




I am a real sucker when it comes to beauty products and as I am getting
older, oils are becoming more appealing (or should I say necessary;-)
This oil, by Inika has reached cult status and it's not because of its ridiculously low 
price tag. It's formulated from high-quality, certified organic rosehip oil which is
supposed to repair and nurture the skin. Hey! I am all for nurturing so had to try it.
I am loving it so far.


OMG!!! When I first saw this collection by Tiffany & Co. I nearly passed out.
As most of you know, I don't do delicate jewellery too well. So this Hardwear Collection
was right up my alley. All the pieces are supposed to be inspired by NYC industrial
landscape. Cue wrecking-ball-esque pieces. My favourites are the weighty rings.
What do you think? Too chunky for you?
Pictures of the collection have been strategically left around the house where the Mr
is likely to spot them ;-)
See the full collection here



I was brought up a good Catholic girl (well, maybe less of the good) but wouldn't say
I am particularly religious. In fact, I had a huge rebellion against the church in my 20's and never
really looked back. However, I am spiritual if that makes sense. This week I met
someone who was so inspiring with all she had achieved and been through, and yet she had this
intoxicating calmness about her that made me want to velcro myself to her in the hope some of
it would transmit via osmosis. When I got chatting to this woman (who was also hilarious and had
me in hysterics for most of our time together), she explained she was a Buddhist. I don't know why
but I was surprised. So we got talking about Buddhism, which has always fascinated me. By the
end of our time together I really wanted to know more. So she recommended this great book for me to start with and I must say it is a really wonderful introduction into Bhuddism, but written as a lovely story.
I highly recommend it even if you would like to learn a more mindful way of living day to day.



Finally, these gorgeous beauties are new in my boutique.
They are simple, sophisticated stacking at it's best.
They also come in a gun metal black (not shown here but on my website).

Anyway, for my blog readers I am offering to GIFT YOU your 3rd choice 
of ring when you buy any two.
You can get up close and personal with them here


That's it Lovelies. Would love to hear your thoughts on my choices.
Wishing you a wonderful start to Autumn/Fall
xxxx

My Travel Companions

Jul 25, 2017

So schools are finished here in the UK and the
travelling madness begins.

I don't go on my hols until September but already I am dreading
getting on a plane.

I am the kind of traveller that needs to keep the air steward within 
my eye-line at all times (if they're not panicking I am not panicking!)


Being a germa-a-phobe going onto a plane is my worst nightmare.
I go armed with my anti-bacterial wipes and won't sit down until the tray table and seat belt buckle and every conceivable surface around me has been well and truly scrubbed/sprayed with anti-bacterial wipes/spray.

I know I look like a demon-possessed. As for using the bathroom?
It's never going to happen.
I once did a 17 hour flight from London to Maui and refused to use the bathrooms which meant I couldn't hydrate by drinking, so got off that flight looking like a dried up prune. 

Anyway, here are some of my must-haves to make my flight
easier and also to make my Husband's life easier ;-)

First up has nothing to do with bacteria, but is because I am
an organisation ninja.
This ensures a hassle-free holiday by keeping all documents together in this gorgeous zipped travel wallet and passport holder by Aspinal.

Tip:  Not sure whereI learnt this but scan your passport, bank cards
and all important documents and email them to yourself before you set off on your jaunt
(this is the worry-wort in me).




Next up is the Travalo perfume bottle.
The aircraft approved Travelo Milano holds up to
65 sprays; the prefect size for a handbag or carry on.
When you decant your fragrance it goes from the 
original sealed bottle to the leak proof Travelo 
without any degradation.

As it is glass free it is the only air-craft safety 
approved perfume bottle allowed in hand-luggage.






So if I am on a long haul flight, it's best for everyone on the air-craft that I use this and knock myself out. Otherwise I am looking planning the quickest escape route or looking for suspicious twitches from my fellow passengers. 
So this is best for everyone's sanity.
It's by ThisWorks  and let me tell you it really does.



Again another companion for long haul flights.
Exfo-Lite is an exfoliator that is a potent mix of sea salt,
diuretic Himalyan pink salt crystals and a shake of 
Amalfi lemon peel.

This is great for lightening the feeling of heavy legs,
promoting circulation and reducing fluid retention.





And so my bacteria-phobe madness rears it's ugly
becomes my go-to wherever I am. I have these in
the car and in just about every bag I own.
If I could drink it I would!!!

It consists of all natural and organic essential oils
plus a dash of witch hazel. I also think the lovely

blue glass bottle is so much nicer to whip out of your
bag than the standard, awful, plastic anti-bac cleansers.



When it all gets too much and you just 

need to shut yourself away then it has to be an
eye-mask.

This eyemask is by Illuminage





This mask is infused with copper oxide fibres that are said to fight wrinkles when your eyes are closed.
Also the copper ions are said to promote natural cell renewal.
All this from an eye-mask can't be bad ;-)


Finally this is a real luxurious buy but so worth it if you travel alot.
It comprises  a memory stick, 
international plugs and a power block.

It comes in a multitude of colourways and you can get it personalised.

You can buy this at StowLondon

So that's it my friends.
I would LOVE to hear what are your
travel musts when travelling apart
from the obvious such as books,
music, pillow, Husband.........

xxx