image-9I find complaining about the weather utterly pointless. Ok- I get it- it rains a lot. But it’s bloody London you know, and if you can’t deal- move! Above is a rain-selfie of me, being fully content despite the awful weather today. I was once talking to a guy about the London weather, and he seemed so upset about it, like whoa man, relax. He kept complaining about London, how boring it was bla bla bla, and eventually I snapped at him with a quote by British author Samuel Johnson

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of Life.”

The man gave me a look of utter mortification, and I hastened to explain that, haha, it was just a quote. A friend of mine later told me that he was seriously depressed, and had tried to commit suicide that same week…. Oops. He is fine today, but at the time, it made me feel bad that I’d brought his mind back to this sinister subject that obviously wouldn’t leave him alone. From then on, my quotes (at least in public) are of a more positive and vague nature. One person who is, arguably, a living quote machine in this category is of course, Pitbull. If you can’t think of anything actually clever to say, just do like him and say/shout the name of a few cities followed by “Mr Worldwide!” WAY better crowd pleaser than Samuel Johnson.  On a serious note though… I wonder what would happen if Pitbull lost his passport? His career would be over.

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 20.49.35Anyway, enough of Pitbull, let’s talk about something more attractive. Last night, I got invited to the press release for jewellery designer Tessa Packard’s latest collection. The collection is called “No Smoke Without Flowers” and is inspired by the Opium dens and the glamour of the courtesans who frequented them. Before I headed over (the event was held in the aptly named “Opium” in China Town!) I checked out her website and I understood immediately that this was jewellery according to my own tastes…. did someone say old school glamour? The pieces evoke a kind of sensual, decadent feeling… statement pieces in lovely colours of blue, green and orange made of 18ct gold, diamonds, lapis lazuli and sapphires, to name a few, and prices range from just above £100 to £10 000.  I especially liked the green earrings… and I also had my eye on the black cufflinks for men- I find it so hard to buy nice gifts for men these days. What do I give the guys who have everything? Yes, my guy friends are extremely spoiled… but these cufflinks would look good on all of them, I’m sure. Something to keep in mind for coming birthdays.

For more information and to shop the collection, head to 


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Me and Tessa Packard

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