Bling it on

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An invite to Paris it pains me to turn down

I got invited by the lovely Nicole Akong creater and owner of the amazing jewellery brand Akong to Akong’s AW12 collection in Paris next week. Nicole has also been chosen by Swarovski to be one of their exclusive ateliers for A/W 12 which is truly fantastic and a great boost and accolade for Akong. Alas I am off to gay Paree at the beginning of April so cannot justify(or afford) two trips. However, I love Akong and cannot wait to see her new collection. Here are some teasers………………. http://www.akonglondon.com/

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THE PERFECT DATE NIGHT WITH LOVE FROM GUESS JEWELLERY

THE PERFECT DATE NIGHT WITH LOVE FROM GUESS JEWELLERY To celebrate the most romantic day of the year, treat your sweetheart with a GUESS Jewellery purchase of £60 or more and receive the perfect Valentine’s Day addition – two VUE Cinema tickets for the film of your choice as a gift with purchase. Choose the ideal Valentine’s gift from a wide selection of beautiful GUESS silver and gold pieces with hand set Austrian crystals –  including the best selling friendship & love bracelets – by visiting select stores between...

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Me and Zena and Mare St Hackney

Me and Zena As a writer I love the tools of my craft, and the tools are unsurprisingly, pens, paper, pencil sharpeners and of course the computer. So I loved coming across these fabulous bracelets shaped like a pencil (featured pic) and the anchor necklaces (below). I also loved their signature necklaces shaped like a robot (a nod to the computer). Chatting to Emily who does the marketing for MeandZena jewellery, I was delighted to discover that MeandZena (owned by Zena McKeown) operate out of Mare St Studios in...

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Mad Hatters, tea and Curious creatures

I went for afternoon tea last Friday at the Sanderson Hotel in Central London and it wasn’t just endless cups of tea, old dears, cucumber sarnies with the crusts off and salmon paste offerings, the old dears were there alright but there were a lot of not so old dears (me) and a lot of young dears (my colleague). Well anyway the tea was based on Alice and Wonderlands Mad Hatters Tea Party and was awesome, you literally had very little idea what you were putting in your mouth...

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Recessioned out – Fiddling while Rome burns

I don’t know about you guys but I am sick to the absolute back teeth of this sodding recession. How long has this been going on for now? Years!!! I am afraid to buy a pack of crisps such is the fear of armageddon pervading at the moment. Now I keep hearing about how fantastic the boom years were before 2008, where was I is the question I often ask myself.  I personally never actually had financial good times, in fact these last few years haven’t been too bad...

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The Zandra Rhodes Jewellery Collection

The Zandra Rhodes Jewellery Collection was never going to go unnoticed. My grandmother has a glass trinket box on her dressing table. As a tiny girl I would peer into this feminine heaven and decorate all three foot of me in exquisite broaches, charms and jewels. With the vital addition of ‘genuine’ Christmas Cracker Pearls, I felt every inch the princess. Upon discovering Zandra’s collaboration with Adele Marie, waves of nostalgia washed over me, a grown lass with a never-ending penchant for dressing up. I have always admired Zandra’s...

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A bit of serendipity…………………

The very first day I started wrestling with this blog to get it started, I got an email into my Inbox out of the blue from Nina Koutibashvili asking me to have a look at her luxury handmade jewellery range. I did, and I can safely say its stunning, it made me long for an oligarch just so I can have even one of her pieces. So I am wishing Nina every success with her beautiful range and maybe some time soon she can say her collaboration with this...

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Hisssssssssssssssss

I’ve never much been a fan of snakes human or the reptile variety. I’ve met plenty of the human kind, however, I have not had the misfortune to encounter the reptilian kind in person unless you count some rather stoned ones in Morocco with their fangs removed and come to think of it I encountered some more stoned ones in a temple in Phuket years ago not to mention some plonker who arrived with one around his neck to a pub I was drinking in by the river in...

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Hearts, moons and a ray of sunshine

I told you all a while back that I had ordered a love heart ring from Laura Gravestock and I also asked her to make a rose gold plated crescent moon for me, for reasons unbeknown to even me!!! I received both of them yesterday and they are stunning. I love them and I know they will be a permanent feature on my hands (wait till you see the hands!!! I am not that old, some serious handcream is about to be purchased.) Anyway I am that chuffed that...

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What I bought this week 10 July 11

Kicking off my new column as promised. I bought this darling necklace in the Astley Clarke sale (main bubble). I was feeling very sorry for myself and thought sod it and you know what I might just buy something else as well me being a bit on the carefree and wild side and it would be these white drop earrings to bring out my Aphrodite side! But for now this coloured necklace is it. I thought it would be fantastic worn with my countless variations of black tops and...

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