Fine Beauty: Gilchrist & Soames

26.11.14


Gilchrist & Soames stands as one of the most renowned and respected spa, bath and body brands in the world, and for over thirty years, Gilchrist & Soames’ fine products have been found in the most prestigious hotels, spas, and resorts throughout the world. The company blends rich English formulations, botanical ingredients and unique aromas from around the world to create truly memorable hair, bath, and body products.

I tried out some products from the BeeKind and Essentiel Elements San Francisco ranges recently and I was in heaven! 

Full of honey and certified organic extracts of red clover, calendula, lemongrass and chamomile, BeeKind provides a soothing experience. I tried the Shower Gel and Body Lotion and a skincare bar which is gentle enough to use on the face.

The Essentiel Elements San Francisco collection will make a stylish addition to your bathroom, and it offers therapeutic grade formulations infused with essential oils. The refreshing mint and rosemary aromas make this the perfect product to wake up with! 

Gilchrist & Soames have some great products available for the festive season, and you'll find something for every individual on your list. Make sure you pop over to their website and check it out! 

*Gilchrist & Soames provided me with the products mentioned in this post. All opinions are my own.*

Fashion Spotlight: Katherine Jetter

24.11.14

Katherine Jetter
I love looking at gorgeous pieces of jewellery so I'm really glad I've found the designs from Katherine Jetter!

Gemologist and fine jewelry designer Katherine Jetter has made it her personal mission to restore the Australian opal to its rightful place, in the limelight and in the hearts and minds of fine jewelry aficionados everywhere. Distinguishing her work through years of experience, Jetter incorporates the iridescent gemstone of her homeland into stunning one-of-a-kind pieces, paired with other precious stones. Whether working with opals or other bespoke rare gemstones, such as her latest collection of pink diamonds, Jetter moves beyond the classic arrangements, creating sophisticated and fashion-forward pieces.

She comes by her passion naturally. Born in Melbourne, Australia to a Greek-Australian mother and a German father, she spent much of her youth in England, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, and now resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Creative from an early age, young Katherine was awarded the top International Baccalaureate Art Prize for the Northern Hemisphere (2001) while attending SevenOaks School in Kent, UK. Her parents applauded her accomplishment with a small striking blue opal from her homeland for which she created a simple elegant ring setting.  This petite stone started her appreciation of the Australian opal and planted a seed.  She went on to acquire a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology from University College of London and work in finance at JP Morgan, eventually returning to her roots and her first love, the rare gemstones of her homeland.

Jetter then studied at the renowned Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and became certified as a graduate gemologist and jewelry designer, going on to work for De Beers and other high-end jewelers in Europe and America. The first piece she created after launching Katherine Jetter Ltd. in 2008 was her signature Flower Ring, which she entered into the Couture Design Awards (considered “the Oscars” of the fine jewelry industry). Her nomination there as Best New Designer, led to her line being picked up by Neiman Marcus, who now serves as her exclusive U.S. department store, accompanied by select high-end independent jewelry shops, as well as fine jewelry stores in Russia and China. Since then, the Katherine Jetter collection has grown every year by an astounding 100 percent.

Jetter continues to make time to study the gemology behind the stone. Known as the ambassador of Australian opal in the U.S. Jetter has been going into opal mines since she was 18, earning the trust of the miners to protect the integrity of their treasures.  She has thus been granted unprecedented access to some of the most remarkable opals to come out of Australian mines in recent years including a 306-carat black opal, The Royal One, valued at $3 million. The opal is not just Australia’s national gemstone, she says, it is also an essential part of the collective culture, history and identity of her country.

Jetter has her sights on another spectacular Australian gemstone – as seen with her new Argyle Couture Pink Diamond Collection. Only 12 to 20 pink diamonds one carat or above come out of the Argyle mine each year and it is projected to be completely mined out by 2020, further increasing the stone’s value. Jetter’s designs for this haute couture collection are truly collectors’ items with prices starting just below $100,000.

Indeed Jetter’s jewelry resides in a very unique space.  By incorporating rare gemstones into innovative fine jewelry designs, her work invokes a sophistication that appeals to a discerning clientele.  As this young designer at 31 years of age continues to grow, only time will tell what’s next on her radar of rare, natural stones.

Check out some of the beautiful pieces below:


Clockwise: Aquamarine and Bronze earrings, Lava Bead and Opal Necklace, North Star Studs, Femme Fatale Opal Ring.

White House Week

22.11.14

This week, the President delivered a landmark speech on immigration reform. The President is taken executive action to fix and build a system that will crack down on illegal immigration at the border; prioritize the deportation of felons, not families; and increase accountability so that more than 4 million undocumented immigrants have the opportunity to pay taxes and play by the rules.

Check out the behind the scenes video below:



And watch the speech here:



For more information on immigration reform including stats and infographics click here.

Fashion Spotlight: Angela Roi

21.11.14


I recently discovered Angela Roi, a fantastically stylish handbag brand that gives back! For every handbag purchased, Angela Roi donates by color to support an important charitable cause. The brand is also striving to revolutionise the industry by creating boutique-quality bags at a competitive price, with an aesthetic that is classic with a modern touch made from vegan leather and durable fabric.



Check out some of my favourite styles below!






Comfort Zones

19.11.14


It's true- great things never come from staying in your comfort zone. Sure it can be scary to step out and try to do something different, or to reach that ultimate out of this world goal- but you won't get there unless you take a chance and try!

Working in the US is the greatest thing to have happened to me by stepping out of my comfort zone, and I'm reaping the benefits today. I've met some of my closest friends by going to events that I wouldn't have usually attended, and I've worked with some great people thanks to doing things differently.

I'd love to know how stepping out of your comfort zone has changed your life- for better, or for worse! Share your thoughts with me in the comments below.
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