Dose of adorable…


What would life be without a cute little baby photo thrown in here and there…and in particular, Princess Charlotte…she is utterly gorgeous and in my humble opinion, looks just like her Dad…these recently released photos of her are to celebrate her 6 month milestone and they appear to have been taken by Katherine and are simple and sweet..

I love how the Royal couple release these photos which are essentially casual family photos. No formal, uptight and posed family portraits for them!

Remember the first ones we were shown when she was a tiny newborn?

Also taken by Kate and just as sweet!



Happy Thanksgiving….

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Although we do not actually celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UAE, I wish all of you who do, a very enjoyable day with lots of lovely food and family time!

It is also a time for all of us to pause and be thankful for so many blessings we have in our lives…my family, friends, freedom, safety, peace, work and all the abundance we experience on a daily basis.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Fixer Upper Obsession…

I realise I am probably a bit late to the Fixer Upper phenomenon, but I LOVE this show and I LOVE Chip and Joanna…I mean, I want to move into their house and be adopted by them kind of love!

I have obsessively watched every single show and scoured every single post on Joanna’s blog to try and get into the incredibly talented duo’s mind set!

For anyone (like me apparently) who has been living in a cave for the last couple of years, Chip and Joanna Gaines are the hosts of a reality TV show called Fixer Upper. They take run down houses and fix them up for clients, showing the process from demo to the fabulous reveal at the end of the show. It’s not just the amazingly creative ideas which Joanna comes up with each episode but also the fact that they are hilariously funny, normal , down to earth people who honestly seem so genuine and …well, nice! Their relationship is also an inspiration and you can tell that they really do like each other…in short they are the kind of people you would want to have as your best friends…Seriously…

Joanna’s  Farmhouse Chic Style really appeals to me – She uses simple pieces with age and patina, neutral colours and tones, and beautiful yet functional furniture. As I am sure you know if you read my blog, refurbishing furniture is a big part of my business and I believe that this kind of recycling is going to become even more important in the future ,as our planet’s resources are placed under even further pressure. It is a subject very close to my heart and one which Joanna clearly believes in too.

She uses a lot of painted furniture and refurbishes and up-cycles on a grand scale to create unique yet comfortable interiors for families…this Farmhouse Chic style is a very easy style to live with and it is clearly working for them as a design team! What they manage to do with some of the houses is nothing short of a miracle, and it is quite inspiring to watch them take a hideous 70’s house (what were we thinking???) and turn it into a clean, simple and beautiful home for their clients.

If you have not had a chance to see this fabulous team in action, find them on Youtube or see Joanna’s blog here.

A Day we will never forget….

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Today our thoughts go to that awful day in New York when our world  changed forever…like so many iconic moments in history, every one of us can remember exactly what we were doing the moment we saw those horrific images of the burning towers.

My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those who lost loved ones on that sad day.

God Save the Queen…


Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth becomes the longest ruling British Monarch in history today, surpassing her great , great Grandmother, Queen Victoria.

What a legacy she has created, with her incomparable commitment to her country and the example she has set for future generations of Royals ,with her exceptional work ethic and service to her people. At an age when most people would be retired and putting their feet up, she continues with her duties and day to day engagements with the robust energy of a woman half her age, and with impeccable hair! She is an example to us all and a true figurehead for Britain and the Commonwealth Countries.

God Save our Queen….Long may she reign.