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

As regular readers will know, I love nothing more than celebrating a British brand which are not only based here but also create their products in Britain. This is true of my latest handbag crush, Olive Cooper.

I discovered their bags on instagram sometime ago although it wasn't until I visited one of their stockists, Wolf and Badger, I was able to see the bags in reality.

The collection is inspired by London and created while co-founder Olivia (Martyn) was working in the city. Olivia was motivated by her own realisation that professional women required a bag that could combine work and social life. The Olive Cooper collection features handbags which can detach to become larger or smaller bags, therefore allowing ladies the opportunity to leave the large bag at the office.

My favourite bag is the Eaton, made from pebbled leather, it has a lustre and deluxe feel to it.  I have the inability to edit anything from my handbag contents and with this bag I don't need to, I can fit my styling kit and technology in with ease, then detach the front smaller bag for after work cocktails.

This is the first collection from Olive Cooper, who launched last year. I am really looking forward to seeing new styles and different colourways as the brand develops.  I love the new metallics, perfect for Spring!

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It seems fitting to write about Mother's Day Gift Inspiration on International Women's Day.  I feel very privileged to come from a long line of strong-willed, independent, ambitious and caring women. I am unable to show my Great Grandmother and Grandmother how amazing I think they are, as they are both brightly shining stars, although I am able to honour my wonderful Mother and thank her for enduring love and support.

Whether the special lady in your life would prefer chocolates, flowers or jewellery you will find the perfect present within my gift list above.

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I truly believe in fate and it was a serendipitous moment when Inesiene jewellery crossed my path back in November.

After my annual months leave, back home in the Cotswolds, working for charity, I was on the train en-route to London when a friend spontaneously invited me to the Hervé Léger London Boutique for an evening after-hours. 

On display in the boutique was a selection of jewellery by Inesiene, designed by Ines Nieto.  Ines's collections are entirely unique, inspired by ancient Greek mythology and created in the prestigious Hatton Garden, using the most skilled craftsmanship.

My favourite piece is the 18 Carat rose gold snake ring with ruby cabochon and sapphires. The snake is a key motif in Inesiene's Danae collection.

When I visited The Victoria & Albert Museum for the Savage Beauty press launch I spent a few hours looking through their extensive jewellery exhibits. Classical Greek culture had a powerful influence on the Roman Empire, which spread to parts of the Mediterranean and Europe. Spiralling snakes and serpents featured prominently within roman jewellery because snakes symbolised healing, including the Egyptian goddess Isis and the Greek god of medicine Asclepoios. Their spiralling form translated easily into rings and necklaces, which would be worn as a charm, to protect its wearer. The Inesiene snake spirals elegantly, with a contemporary quality and the pear shaped ruby cabochon adds a subtle hint of colour. 

What I admire most about the Inesiene is that nothing is excessive or overdone.  Each piece has a pleasing grace, perpetually tasteful.

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