eye to eye

January 16, 2018

I find these lover’s eyes both creepy and charming. “In the 18th and 19th centuries, wealthy British and European lovers exchanged “eye miniatures” — love tokens so clandestine that even now, in the majority of cases, it is impossible to identify their recipients or the people they depict.” The largest collection, upwards of 100, belongs to an Alabama eye surgeon and his wife. It’s thought that the Prince of Wales gave one to his mistress, Mrs. Maria Fitzherbert, a Catholic divorcée. The two did eventually marry, in a secret ceremony, and it was possibly them that brought the Georgian miniatures into the fold.

paper chase

January 6, 2018

I don’t know that I would wear these earrings, but I am intrigued by the creative process behind them. Each pair, super light and one of a kind, is made from layers and layers of paper, handpainted with gold, silver or copper and finished with several coats of waterproof varnish. The colours are rich and the shapes decadent, (there is a Renaissance feel to them) and at 18 Euro, they’re an affordable alternative to chandeliers.

sock shop

January 5, 2018

The only socks on my feet these days are Chups, but when the cold lifts, I’ll be wearing Lirika Matoshi’s beautiful stockings. Imagine ladybugs, flowers and starry nights beaded onto fishnets with exquisite precision. They’re expensive, but the work is so intricate. take a look at Matoshi’s Instagram feed –– it’s such a delight.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

December 27, 2017

Iole and I watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s this week –– a rite of passage for mothers and daughters. Well, it was a rite of passage for this mother and her daughter. Iole loved it, thank goodness. So now that I’ve introduced her to Audrey’s most recognized film, we’ll make our way through them all. Sabrina is next, and Roman Holiday, will come after that. We’ve been humming Moon River for days and talking about our favourite outfits (the pink rhinestone Givenchy, of course).

all dressed

December 26, 2017

Yes, to velvet and pompoms, and walking to parties barelegged in December! I like everything about this look, down to her short nude nails and chic knot ring. Who knows where this gal’s going, but she’s turning heads before she’s even reached the fête.


put a bow on it

December 22, 2017

If you’re off to any parties this weekend, please be sure to wear a ribbon or two. Nothing says festive like a red velvet bow. Macarons are lovely, but the very best hostess gift is a witty and stylish guest.


December 21, 2017

I rarely wear big baubles on my ears, but these mobile danglers designed by Jessica Winzelberg are just my style. I love the wonderfully unexpected mix of gemstones, such as tiger’s eye, jade and aventurine or sodalite, jasper and lapis. I like these malachite beauties, too. There’s something very retro and chic about them. Yes, Santa –– I’ll take a pair in any colour you choose for me.

feather light

December 12, 2017

I’ve worn the same full length, letterbox red Canada Goose coat for years. It’s splattered with gouache from an outdoor painting session which only makes me love it more. That said, there are days when I’d rather not turn up to dinner  in a duvet. Enter the UNIQLO base puffer. It’s warm and ultra fine and slips easily under any winter coat. This navy one would look super cool under my wool pink coat, but I rather like the idea of a sleeveless one in orange, too. Come Spring and early Fall, it’ll be the stand alone jacket that every girl needs.

Pin it

December 9, 2017

I was in search of a brooch a few weeks ago, and much to my dismay all I found in my bijoux drawer, was a tiny gold safety pin. It reminded me how we all we need at least one gorgeous brooch to pin to a beret, the collar of a chic silk blouse, or in my case, to fasten a button-less coat with. This Lulu Frost is an upgrade on my safety pin, and I’d take any of the vintage charmers below.


November 27, 2017

It’s taken all my life, but I’ve finally found a lipstick I love. It’s called Marilyn by Gee, and it’s a gorgeous coral red. I’ve worn it out to dinner, on the school run, to my pottery class, and even in the pool. Amazingly, it stayed on in the water. I felt like the women in my aquafit class who wear red lips, a frilly cap and a diamond ring to take a dip. When you don’t wear makeup, lipstick (especially a bold one) really does give your face a lift. My Mum never leaves home without it. I may now do the same.

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