I was reading cards in the humour section last week and couldn't help but smile when my eyes found an animated card on the middle shelf.  A mother and her teenage daughter are chatting together and the daughter expresses; "I've got hundreds of friends on instagram and twitter that I've never met." Her mother responds; "When I was young we called them imaginary friends".

The mother's response is funny and fairly accurate although with the creation of social media, in the last few years, I too have acquired friends of whom I have never met.  Most of the time we have shared interests and see each others lives through the medium of text and photography, 'liking' and commenting on posts and tweets to support and engage.  Malcolm Morris or better known to me as @gingerjeweller is my instagram friend but more importantly a talented jeweller with forty years experience. 

After studying at Birmingham Jewellery School and Middlesex University, Malcolm started his namesake brand and creating one-off tiaras for films such as 'Shakespeare in Love' and 'The Wedding Date'.

Malcolm's jewellery which takes inspiration from natural forms, are entirely made and finished by hand in the UK.  I love the simplicity of Malcolm's collections, reminiscent of Roman jewellery combined with a modern twist.

I have many favourites from the Apple Blossom Collar to the Morphology Ring although I also love the Gaia bangle for it's elegance. 

Malcolm also offers an exciting Bespoke Service for anyone who would like to recycle their old and unworn gold and diamond jewellery and turn them into beautiful new pieces. You can see a selection of these before and after pieces in the gallery here.

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Ruffles, flounces and frills are one of the same. Worn well and you will mesmerise, opt for too many at once and your look could turn 80s fancy dress.

Sweeping across all aspects of fashion from daywear and eveningwear to nightwear and swimwear, ruffles are the epitome of femininity.

For SS15 the trend features various forms, from exaggerating shapes on a column dress or pencil skirt to create definition, added to a hem to soften the silhouette, appliqued for a 3D look or layered and asymmetric to suggest a sculpted form.  Whatever you choose remember this trend is all about movement.

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Roksanda at Harvey Nichols
J BRAND + Simone Rocha at net-a-porter.com
Llunaa at lux-fix.com
Lisa Marie Fernandez at Harrods

This month's jewellery notes feature the collections by design duo Smith/Grey.  Birgit Marie Schmidt and Sofus Graae create pieces as a creative expression of their European and Scandinavian roots combined with their British education and London lifestyle.  Impeccably crafted, I instantly fell for their contemporary collections. 

I first saw 'Marina's Roses' a beautiful asymmetric pair of earrings, featuring one rose stem and one rose stud, worn by a friend of mine. The designers name wasn't known by her as the item was bought for her as a present, after a little research I thankfully found Smith/Grey and discovered more of the 'Bulls & Roses' collection, from which the earrings belong. 

Smith/Grey offer a diverse selection of jewellery for women and the brand also caters for men. My favourite item for men is the signet ring because of its unique quality. Each ring is textured individually, making each piece one of a kind. 

With a variety of stockists from Wolf & Badger and Boticca to Harrods and Avenue 32, Smith/Grey are destined for greater success. 

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I have a very special personal post for you today and it is particularly apt for Mother's Day. 

This month I turn 30 and reaching a milestone birthday makes you re-access various aspects of life, although most importantly it allows you to compute the value of everyone and everything. 

The two women who I credit (to their peril) my character and perspective of life is my Grandmother Audrey and my mother, her daughter, Marjorie. Through them I learnt a true understanding of independence, persistence and enduring love.

It is 18 years, this year, since my grandmother died and despite feeling her presence every day, her absence in my adult life seems more painful now, than when I was in my teens. 

Photographs, old possessions and home video footage capture the moments, the looks, the laughter and smiles forever but I felt the need to have something to keep her memory alive on me, everyday. Thankfully I knew the perfect person to turn to, my friend and, accomplished jeweller, Jessica de Lotz.

The greatest value of a piece by Jessica de Lotz Jewellery lies not within its price but within its emotional and sentimental quality.

Regular readers and jewellery lovers will not need an introduction to Jessica and her collection of treasures, although for those who are not aware of these impeccable pieces of delight, Jessica creates narrative based collections encapsulating personal stories into intricate pieces of jewellery.

Most recently Jessica collaborated with astrologer and life-coach, Louise Androlia, on a collection which I think is one of her best. 'As Above, So Below' uses astrology as the focus to create pieces which bring power and understanding to the wearer. Zodiac symbols are re imagined through unique illustrations which are hand stamped onto Jessica's signature wax seals and specially set to fulfill and empower.  My favourite piece is the zodiac necklace, which features two hands holding the hand-stamped seal. 

I tasked Jessica to create a bracelet which I can wear everyday to preserve my grandmother's memory and always feel close to my Mum.  As an obsessive devotee to Jessica's wax seals - since meeting Jessica I now wax seal stationery! - I desired the first initials of these special women, with me, their creation, in the middle. The result is undoubtedly exceptional.

Everyday I can now take the two most important women in my life with me to create new memories which I aspire to bequeath to any children I have. 

Happy Mothering Sunday to all Mum's and special lady's in your life.

This week the most eagerly-anticipated exhibition of 2015 opens at the V&A, after breaking records at the booking office.  'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' opens to the public on Saturday 14th March, celebrating the life and work of one of the most innovative and extraordinary creative talents in fashion history.
In October I wrote about what to expect from the exhibition, when details were revealed at the press launch. For those of you lucky enough to have tickets, I share in your excitement.  I have waited a long time for Savage Beauty's homecoming.  Indeed, when I first started the blog, lots of posts, tweets and facebook posts included the campaign hashtag #bringmcqueenexhibitionhome.
What I admired most was how McQueen was never afraid of being raw, individual and controversial.  He created the unique from the inconceivable, lavishing us with astonishing creations, breathtaking shows and imaginative concepts.
McQueen was never just a designer, he was an artist and a thinker, consistently combining everyday ordinary themes of life - sex, nature, history - into astonishing creations which made EVERYONE offer an opinion. 
In celebration of the opening, I have chosen my most memorable moments from the McQueen archives.
Autumn Winter 2010
Autumn / Winter 1996 – Dante
Spring / Summer 1998
Spring / Summer 1999
Autumn / Winter 2003
Spring / Summer 2008
Spring / Summer 2010 - Plato’s Atlantis