How To Get Your Whites Right At Wimbledon

Jul 4, 2017


So Wimbledon started yesterday and of course, I couldn't help but people watch (rather than watch the actual tennis ;-)

Kate Middleton arrived on the first day as the Patron of Wimbledon (that's one way to bag the best seat in the house). 

She arrived looking gorgeous as always in a polka-dot Dolce & Gabbana dress with what looked like a slightly shorter hairstyle.

She set the dress off with lovely ankle strap sandals and a structured Victoria Beckham bag.

Wimbledon 2017, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge


If the All England Club dress code is grueling for players it has relaxed slightly more for spectators over the years.

Technically, torn jeans, dirty trainers, running vests and sports shorts are out. Hooorrraaahhh!!!!

So what is the dress code?

* a form of white dress is welcomed aka Kate in previous years. But white can be tricky if your legs are as pale as your outfit. Just don't go for the orange/fake tanned look.


Wimbledon, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, Alexander McQueen
Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen (2016)


* If white feels too much I think any summer dress should be your first port of call. However, do not do a Victoria Beckham and turn up in something closely resembling lingerie as she did to watch the Men's Final in 2013. Her Louis Vuitton dress was frowned upon. What do you think? Was it a good call or not? For me, it was a 
cocktail number not really for a sports event.

* the general rule is don't choose too short or too tight.

Wimbledon, Victoria Beckham, Louis Vuitton
Good call or not?


* A statement necklace can brighten up your neckline (as this is the part that the cameras will get when scanning the crowds).


dressing for Wimbledon 2017, turquoise, statement necklace
Turquoise pendants here and here


* Don't forget your shades to shield your eyes as sun hats are frowned upon for the obvious reasons; restricting the viewing of those behind you.

dressing for Wimbledon 2017, Rayban sunglasses, round rim
My favourite Ray Bans of the moment; Rayban Round


That's it! 

I would love to know your thoughts. Do you think there should be a dress code? Is the dress code for spectators and players what make Wimbledon so different to playing at other tournaments?

As always let me know your thoughts

xxx


dressing for Wimbledon 2017, Roger Federer
p.s Did I ever tell you I used to watch 
RF practise when he was my cousin's tennis partner at their local tennis club in Switzerland
when we were all kids (well they were kids, I was a little older? ;-) His Mum and my Aunt were both born in South Africa! and subsequently became close friends when they both de-camped to Switzerland and married Swiss men) If only I knew then what I know now!!! 

Things I Loved In May

Jun 22, 2017





My God!!! So much has happened since I wrote my last "love list" and already we are half way through June. As I write this the UK is in the middle of a heatwave. But it's also been a very tragic Summer so far; terrorist attacks in Manchester, London and now also the Grenfell Tower Fire disaster. It seems every morning when I turn on the news there is a BREAKING NEWS strapline and my heart starts to sink.


Anyway, despite all the sadness I have tried to bring you a mix of things that made me smile in May (plus there is also one thing that "should" be in my June list but I just had to share it with you now). 

Enjoy!!!!


There are just some books I need to listen to rather than read, and productivity books are one of them. I usually find them just to dry to read. So I listened to the audio book  'The One Thing' during May. 
Here's the thing, I always convince myself I am very productive. But actually, I am good at being "busy" and a ninja at making lists.   However, when I take stock at the end of the week,  I have never accomplished what I set out to on Sunday night. 


This book is a great book if you want to live life on your terms with no regrets. It offers great tactics for clearing the clutter, overcoming overwhelm and achieving better results.



Providing you take action on what is recommended, I think you will find this book a fabulous masterclass on achieving whatever your goals may be.



french style, espadrilles, sézane, online shopping

I'm really not sure how I came across this French, lifestyle, online boutique called Sezane . You can be sure it was when I was supposed to be working ;-) But let me tell you once I did I was hooked. 



I started off buying these espadrilles which are so comfy and also come with an extra pair of ties. So in the picture above you can see they have the oatmeal ankle ties already on them,  but they came with an extra pair of black also. What a great idea if you want to switch it up a bit.




Considering everything is shipped directly from Paris I thought the price was really reasonable (plus it arrived in 48 hours!) 




Be warned though everything sells out super-fast and they only select a few of each style. I tried to order the sandals below in ANY colour and they literally sold-out within days. So be quick.



sézane, sandals, summer, french style



rooibos tea, red tea, health

I've always known Rooibos (or red tea) was very popular in South Africa where I always saw it being drunk like an ice-tea whenever I visited . But as I am not a great tea drinker, I never really took much notice. 



That was until I watched a programme on the scientific/health merits of Rooibos which included helps to burn fat!!!  That was all I needed to be convinced. 




So I have been gulping (sorry, drinking) 1-2 cups a day. The taste is fine (I prefer it to tumeric tea).  My Husband on the other hand hates it!




Below are just some other benefits of drinking red tea.





reading, summer reads, Tiffany's, memoirs

This is a memoir by Marjorie Hart of a bygone era. It's set in NYC in 1945 and is a charming read of two best friends who get Summer jobs at Tiffany & Co becoming the first women to ever work on the sales floor. You are taken back to a time of VJ Day celebrations in Time Square, Judy Garland's honeymoon visit to the store and mingling with the Cafe set in NYC.



A perfect Summer read.




OK, so in theory, this should come in my June list, but I just couldn't wait that long to share this with you.



When I first heard this version of one of my favourite songs, I got chills.....real shivers down my spine. Despite it only being released this week I have already listened to it SO many times and cried EVERY time.


You see I am a London girl born and bred and this Summer has been such a sad time for both Londoners and people of the UK.



I know the area very well where this "towering inferno" took place. My Husband grew up in Kensington (altho' not near the fire) but through him it became my stomping ground too. 




I didn't know anyone affected by the fire, but just to see buildings you have seen for years now nothing more than a charred skeleton is so, so sad. To hear the

stories from survivors who have lost everyone or everything is beyond my own comprehension. To see fire-fighters breaking down in tears with the horrors they came across was heartbreaking. I guess this is how the US must have felt after 9/11 but on a much smaller scale. 



Maybe the video won't make you tearful but even so, I wanted to share this beautiful

version with you. Truly heartbreaking!!!!

CLICK BELOW TO WATCH:








That's it from me for this week.  As always I would love to hear your thoughts on

any of the things I have mentioned
xxxx








Summer Has Finally Been Activated

Jun 14, 2017


Well I think Summer has finally been activated here in the UK 
after what was a very damp and dismal start to June.
So in celebration of Summer, I wanted to bring you a Summer cocktail 
that epitomises all things British.

It's a drink that is inextricably connected with events such as Ascot, 
the polo, Chelsea Flower Show and of course Wimbledon. 
A Pimms bar first popped up at Wimbledon in 1971 and now
more than 80,000 pints of  the cocktail are now served to spectators
at every tournament.

Pimms, summer, summer cocktails, British

The drink itself was invented by Mr James Pimms, a nineteenth-century oyster bar owner who decided to offer this drink to his clients as a "fruity" aid to digestion.
Like a good G&T, a well made Pimms is like a well-made Spanish sangria  (of which there are many bastardized versions ;-)
It shouldn't be a sad watery concoction with mushy fruit on the top.
I think just some orange cucumber and mint is all you really need (and maybe some strawberries). I just don't get the apples to be honest.
Then just add some good quality lemonade (or even sparkling wine) LOTS of ice and you are good to go.
Don't fear the ice will water it down. It needs generous amounts of ice.
Then just sit back, glass in hand and ........think of England!

Pimms, summer, summer cocktails, British, Pimms recipe

Pimms, summer, summer cocktails, British, Pimms recipe
Image: Getty-Design by Michael Stillwell

Finally, in celebration of all things red and summery, here's something to get you in the mood. No checkout code needed. Just click the image or link to see all the colours available.
Offer ends Tuesday 20 June (midnight BST).



That's it Lovelies.
I would love to hear what drink, for you, 
Summer would not be the same without.
xxxx

Pimms, summer, summer cocktails, British, Pimms recipe






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