Two Days to Explore Barcelona


View from the cable car in Barcelona

As part of my Cunard Mediterranean cruise we had two days in which to explore Barcelona. I’d heard a lot of great things about Barcelona and with it being my first time I wanted to soak up as much of the atmosphere as possible. Barcelona is Spain’s second largest city and the capital of Catalonia. It is […]

My Reading List This Month


A selection of wellness and lifestyle books

The feeling of wanting to make changes and to develop myself are still very much with me as we move into February. Having set my priorities for 2016 which include de-cluttering, eating mindfully and making time to continue to develop. I’m starting to explore the books that will help me to achieve these and what’s on […]

If You Do One Thing This Month


Mid Summer Music Festival, Warwick June 2105

Here we are about to start the second month of the year. I don’t know about you, but for me, January has flown by, although busy I have been able to retain a fairly good balance between work and life. My priorities for 2016 are at the core of my well being and I still feel […]

Every Women Should Own Silver Shoes


Peter Kaiser silver shoes

I’m a big fan of neutrals, they make up 90% of my style uniform. The last pair of silver shoes I owned I kept for years. They were worn with every kind of outfit, from black tie to casual smart. They are long gone and I’m not sure now why I did discard them. Having […]

How to Learn to Say No


Tips on how to say No and mean it

How many times have you said Yes to something or someone when really you want to say No? So how do we learn to say No? You know that moment when someone asks you to do something or go somewhere and you really don’t want to, but as a million things race through your mind what comes […]

Does Your Clutter Spark Joy?


Items in my Chic and Creative Home Office

I’ve shared with you my 10 tips for decluttering which has helped me to start to declutter my home. However, I do this in fits and starts never yet fully completing it. But recently I’ve been reading the buzz around Japanese declutter guru Marie Kondo and whether my belongs spark joy. Marie is a professional cleaning consultant who founded the KonMari […]

How to Beat the January Blues


Wyck Hill House, Cotswolds (62)

I know many of us suffer from the January Blues. The excitement of festive holidays are over, we’re a little shorter of money, the weather is cold, and the days are still short. We’re still in the middle of winter which in itself can be as wonderful as any other season if you learn how […]

Marilyn Monroe New Year Resolutions


Fragments by Marilyn Monroe

Last week I talked about how to find happiness this year and whilst re-reading ‘fragments – poems, intimate notes, letters by Marilyn Monroe’ Marilyn’s note from 1955 stood out. It was a list of things that she wanted to make an effort to do. These were Marilyn Monroe New Year resolutions. Fragments is a collection […]