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BRIGHTER DAYS ARE AHEAD

If you live in the UK as I do, things are looking a "little" brighter.I am  trying not to get too excited at this point. But I feel ready to escape the grey.I still can't believe it is nearly a year since this craziness all began.What a year!We learnt to Zoom.We learnt to dress the top half of  our bodies without giving away what was really going on under the desk LOLWe put on lipstick.We ditched...

The Books That Kept Me Sane During 2020

 I am a voracious reader. But this year more than any other in my life, I realised just how much books/reading meant to me. I needed them for comfort, solace and inspiration.  I wish I could say I have listed my favourite fiction books below, but I haven't, as I rarely...

I Wish For You............

 OMG!! Where do I start this year?I am not sure I even have enough words to wish you the best of everything after the year we have all had.I will write at the end of the year some posts on what this year has taught me,and also the books that got...

Sparkle Gift Guide 2020

So here we are talking about Christmas again!How did we get here?My mind is still in March when I celebrated my birthday and then suddenly the world combusted.But not wanting to sound like the Grinch, I am giving you some ideas on whatsparkles may make good gifts this year. Or maybe you've...

Should You Stack Or Go Single When Over 40?

 I'm talking about stacking jewellery of course!Now I don't like "prescribing" what you should wear, and what you shouldn't wear. Who am I to say what makes you want to dance in the mirror?But I wanted to bring you some subtle stackers that werefeatured in the press last weekend, and which may resonate...

Silver Linings

Hello my friends!What a very long time it has been.In that time so much has happened, I can't even begin.One of the worst was losing someone very close to me during thisfirst part of the pandemic.It was such a shock and I still don't believe it has happened.Not being able...

Forget Hygge. It's All About Umbuntu!

As most of you know, I am of South African heritage and you can read more about my great grandmother who was a Gemologist here. But there is one word that South Africans (of older generations) always declare and that is "Umbuntu".  The meaning is "I am, because of you". and...

LUXURIA LOCKDOWN LOVES

Now  we are all in some form of isolation, I thought I would use this opportunity to bring you some of the things that are bringing me joy at this difficult time, in the hope you can take something from it also. LEARNING: Now is a great time to dabble...

Everything Is Coming Up Daisies

Has Spring arrived where you are?It hasn't where I am and there doesn't look like much sign of it next week either!So to help us imagine Spring is on its way, I wanted to talk about flower-power.Floral designs are still everywhere MulberryHowever, I'm not sure about you but in the past I tended to keepaway from florals....

Things I've Loved So Far This Year

So January and February can be tricky months for some people; the Winter seems never ending and there is still very little indication that Spring is on the way.   However, I love these months. I really hunker down and literally go into hibernation from the rest of the world (I am...

Hairbands Are Having A Moment.

As shown by Salma Hayek at the Oscars last Sunday.Yes lovely lady. She is wearing an "olive" hairband that is very, very similar to mine.The only difference would be that you don't have to sell one of your children, or a kidney to buy mine.However, she does show that hairbands are having...

Is It Just Me That Loves Winter?

Brrrrrrrr! It's bone-rattlingly coldas I write this blog post.But here's the thing. I LOVE Winter;when all the festivities are over and it'stime to hunker down and wait for Spring.Is that just me (because everyone I talk to hates Winter!)?But I think my love for it comes from living for so...

What I Wish For You This Christmas

Stop Your Damn Haggling

OK, here's the thing that's been buggingme ever since I started my business.Many of my wonderful friends are creativesof some shape or form.We are all creatives in some way I think.So it really bugs me when people feel they have a rightto try and barter our prices down, or haggleover...

Add Some Petal Power To Your Look

Hair bands are having their day and gone are the days when it was only for 7 year olds! Now head bands can cover a multitude of sins (especially if you are having a bad hair day). They are also said to make you look younger. Who couldn't do with more...

Things I've Loved This Summer

Oh my!!!! It seems like an age since I last wrote a blog post.No excuses. Life just got in the way.But I am back. OK so during one of the hottest Summers in history (yesit reached 40+ºC here in the UK!!)  here are some things that have made life more bearable during...