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This was my first time in Paris. I don’t know how I got to 30 and had never been! I’ve been in France 6 times over the past 2 years but I’m a lady always chasing the sun so the south of France is usually where I end up. As this was a special trip I planned everything I wanted to see but left time to wander and explore. You could spend the whole summer in Paris and still find new things but you can definitely see all the highlights in a 3 day trip. Day 1 We arrived fairly early to Paris on the Eurostar and headed straight to our Airbnb. It was the perfect Parisian apartment. It’s owned by a musician and artist and along with a classic french terrace and a massive bathtub it was decorated with lots of modern art and retro furnishings. We loved having…

“Things of quality have no fear of time” Good quality jewellery is always worth the extra money. The details of your outfit make all the difference, it elevates your look.  It doesn’t matter if you are wearing a plain t-shirt or designer dress, adding some pearl earrings will always make it better. You can spend less money and buy costume jewellery but it will always work out better for cost per wear to buy the real thing. Always buy real pearls, silver or gold if you can. I don’t suggest spending all your money on a trendy solid gold lobster pendant because it’s on the cover of Vogue, buy jewellery that will last forever and look good for seasons on end. Take your time, check out multiple brands and then buy something you love and that will go with everything. Diamonds may be a girls best friend but pearls make…

Artists of all kinds are always searching for inspiration. I have found that the more you search the harder it is to find. As a child I just drew things or I made things, I didn’t think about it. Before I knew what inspiration was I drew women all the time, they were usually pregnant or curvy and after many years and one art degree later my subjects haven’t changed much. Painting, creating or making has always been a messy process for me. I can spend hours making a drawing look like a photograph but I prefer to paint what I feel and let the paint and brush strokes be more expressive and organic. Painters have been recreating the female form for thousands of years and I am just one more painter creating how I feel on canvas. Art prints available here.

Five things to do when you get engaged 1. Pop a bottle of champagne, or two, or three. A bottle of Veuve Cliquot or Laurrent-Perrier is a great way to mark the occasion, a few bubbles help get you in the spirit of this exciting part of your life. Celebrate just the two of you first and then with all your friends and family later. 2. Tell everyone you love. Pick up the phone or FaceTime your family then closest friends. Resist the urge to post an engagement picture on social media until you’ve spoken to all your loved ones. If you start getting questions like “have you set a date” you can answer with “we’re just so excited to tell everyone right now”. 3. Enjoy the love bubble. Make time for just the two of you. This time is so special, once you’ve spread the word don’t immediately go…