Where's Spring?

Mar 19, 2018

Mother Nature is really having fun with us as I write this blog post.
It is March and as I look out of my cottage home office window
the snowing is coming down heavily.

WHHHAAAATTT! Never have I known it to snow around the 
time of my birthday. 

This is a quick video I shot from my office balcony
as the snow came down this morning.

I don't know about you but I am so ready to start wearing some Spring colours. Winter just feels like it has been going on longer than normal this year.
Sometimes you just get sick of wearing the puffa jacket and bobble hat and want something that will take you effortlessly into Spring.
Last week when Meghan Markle attended her first official engagement for Commonwealth Day, despite the rain she went for a "Winter white" coat by Amanda Wakeley.

So below are some of my favourite sorbet coloured coats that will keep you warm and take you effortlessly into Spring (however long it takes to arrive).
From left to right:
MaxMara-Lari Coat 
All Saints: Ryder Coat

Zara: here
MaxMara: here
MaxMara- Soldato: here

However, if you want to start adding colour to your attire without losing the layers just yet, then I have some gorgeous new pendants in (all made with natural Agate within a contemporary Silver setting).
Just pop here to see all the colours (more coming in the next few days).

Finally, I have a new closed FB group.
My public page has grown quite big (about 18k followers) which
I am very grateful for, but because it is a public page I don't post
too much that is personal etc.
In my new group I plan to do more Giveaways, sample sales and
just get more personal.
I would love if you come over and join. 
It is by invitation only and so
this is my invite to you as one of my lovely readers.
Just click the link below and come and join
That's it lovely lady.
Have a wonderful week.

Your Biz. Your Way.

Feb 18, 2018

OK, this is a much longer post than I usually do. But I think it will be worth it.

You see I recently read a book by Judith Morgan; a book about doing business in a way that suits you. I knew this was my kind of book. So I bought it. Read it and then read it again.  Here's why.

Judith was one of many coaches I had worked with. However, she was the last coach I ever worked with. Why? Because as her book title says, she helped me do business “my way”. She helped me listen to my instincts, buck the trends and find my bliss in business.

You see I had no online business experience when I started my jewellery business. In fact my previous business was overseas with my Husband and it grew very rapidly without any marketing, advertising etc. We were very lucky. So I “thought” the same would happen with my “new baby” when I started my boutique in 2015. How wrong was I!

Here’s the thing. I am a former Criminal Psychologist. I don’t come from a family of entrepreneurs. However, I am very left-brain and love anything related to quantum mechanics, neuroscience and a little “woo-woo”. Judith has 40 years business experience, is quite left brain I would think as a very successful Accountant and also loves the woo-woo. We were a match. More importantly she “got me”. She got how my brain races far quicker than my mouth. She got that I do have slight ADD so could be all over the place even during our sessions. She never tried to box me in.

When I worked with other coaches they would come with their cookie cutter programmes and I just never fit into any one of them. Many of them left me feeling I was odd. Many of these “gurus” were telling me how they made 6 figures in 6 days whilst they were talking to me from their parent’s spare bedroom, with their “My Little Pony” curtains still hanging up. However, I still listened and believed I couldn’t make this work if I didn’t do things THEIR way.

* now I only do what I feel “aligned” to do on any specific day without following rigid timetables. So if I want to read a book all afternoon or go for a long walk, I just go and do it. At first I felt really guilty about “playing hooky” in the middle of the day. But I soon learnt that when I did such things I would return to work full of inspiration.

* I started to learn that the “hustle” was not for me. I am not saying the likes of Gary Vaynerchuck or Tony Robbins are wrong (I am a big fan of both). But their “joy” comes from the hustle. My joy no longer came from hustling. So I stopped.

* I am a night owl. I do my best work when the house is silent and in darkness (I am actually writing this at 1.55am. Don’t ask!) So I have accepted I don’t have to be a member of the “5am club” to be successful.

* I hate business networking. I just find the whole experience very false and transparent. So I don’t network for the sake of networking (that’s not to say I am not sociable). I don’t belong to a Mastermind and I rarely attend business seminars. So I literally go against everything the “biz gurus” tell you to do.

* I have started to work more with my intuition, that “gut feeling” we all get. Since doing so I have made some of the best decisions for my business.

* I really follow what gives me joy on a day to day basis. There are some things in business like my accounts that will just never bring me joy. So now instead of fretting over my Accounts, I contract that work out to an Accountant.

* I was told (by many business coaches I must write only about jewellery on my blog as that is what I sell. I personally couldn’t think of anything more boring to write about (or read about) every week. So now I just write about what I feel like. It might be something personal. Something lifestyle. Who knows? I don’t have an editorial calendar so it really is pot-luck. But ever since making that decision I find writing for my blog easier (it’s usually not something I enjoy). Consequently, the traffic to my blog has grown exponentially and in turn, a lot of my website traffic now comes from my blog. Many PR requests have also come from my most personal blog posts and not posts about my products.

*I love the woo-woo. I meditate, visualise, use crystals, do energy work, use angel cards, follow the moon cycles.......I love it all. It's part of my business now. I can't separate spirituality and business anymore. It's who I am. It's how I handle my perceived problems, how I dust myself down after I face plant into the ground. It's how I handle my business when I am blocked creatively. It's how I handle criticism. It's what makes me jump out of bed most mornings excited to get working. All of these aspects of my business are assisted by my spiritual side.

*These are just some of the ways I was given the courage by Judith to do biz my way and since doing so I have turned my business around 180º.

So if you are thinking about starting out on your own or even if you’ve been in business a while, PLEASE buy the book  read and implement. This is a book by someone who has been there, done it and bought more than one damn t-shirt which is why I was so happy to be invited to be part of her blogfest

Let me tell you I have never written for a blog fest before (because I don’t really enjoy writing. It doesn’t come naturally for me). But I couldn’t let this one pass me by.

There are 52 short chapters (based on questions her mentees and Facebook groups wanted to answers to) so you can open the book at any page and learn so much. This is not some big tome that you will abandon after 200 pages. No this little gem can be read over a weekend. Or you can just dip in and out whenever you start doubting yourself which is how I use mine. So before you waste any more money on courses you are never going to do or coaching with “gurus” who still have nappy/diaper rash, just buy the book. You will thank me for it (just saying ;-)

p.s Do pop over to the blogfest  where you will read other inspiring stories from women doing business their way. If you wanted this year to different, then head over there, get inspired and buy the book.

Winter Sun Inspiration

Jan 29, 2018

If you are jetting off to get some Winter sun,
then these might "inspire your attire".
If not, I hope they just add some colour to your day.

Ruffled dress by LoveShackFancy
The perfect accompaniment with these pearl tassel earrings here

Susannah Linen blouse by Olivia Ruben London
Earrings; beautiful in their simplicity.

Oh my God!!! I SO love this outfit for warm, balmy nights.
Top + trousers by Miguelina Gabbaccini.
Top: here   Trousers: here
All finished off  with the perfect earrings; dark and sultry as a Tom Ford scent.
Available here.

Gorgeous silk-crepon, one shoulder playsuit by Zimmermann
Stunning art-deco style earrings to add to your outfit

A white cotton-gauge jumpsuit by Caravana
(I would feel so fresh and cool in this).

The perfect bon-bons to accompany your white jumpsuit
(and seems to go with the bag also ;-)

That's it my friends.
Would love to know what you think
of my selected pieces and if you are 
off to catch some Winter sun.

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.


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.


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 

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. 


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?