Includes gifted items from Lily Blanche
On Monday I went into town for a meeting. That sounds terribly exciting, but I use the word town in the traditional sense i.e. I walked into Taunton town centre, not the fancy sense that rich people use to mean going into London to see a show. Shame.
Still, it WAS exciting. I changed out of my muddy dog walking clothes especially, and wore my fur coat, which I only get to wear I’m on my own as otherwise Mako freaks out a bit. I think she might think I’m being attacked by some other sort of animal? I took the obligatory selfie, and here I am, looking quite the part.
As you may have spotted, I’m also wearing a rather lovely baroque pearl necklace, which was a recent gift from a lovely jewellery company called Lily Blanche, who have a whole range of beautiful necklaces, lockets and personalised jewellery. I chose the baroque pearl because of the inspiration behind the Lily Blanche brand, which you can read about on their website:
‘The Lily Blanche story beings on the windswept Island of Skye in the Inner Hebrides, where I spent childhood holidays with my grandmother, Lily Blanche Sheridan. It was here, playing on the shore of the loch, opposite my grandmother’s white-washed croft, that I first came across real pearls washed up on the rocks.’
Isn’t that a lovely image? When I’m wearing the necklace I can imagine the thrill as a child of finding a real pearl just lying there, sandy amongst the rocks. It sounds like just the sort of adventure I longed for when I was younger. (And now if I’m honest.)
I love wearing things that make me feel a story or a connection to something. It’s why I have worn my Gran’s wedding ring since she died nearly 20 years ago.
It’s also why the other piece of Lily Blanche jewellery I chose was a garnet gold ring. This cocktail ring is the other end of the imagination spectrum for me. Wearing this ring I’m not a child on the shores of a loch, I’m a glamorous woman of the 1920s and the back of the ring is chinking against my champagne saucer.
Everyone at the party is just fascinated by my witty repartee and up to the minute dance moves, and the garnet catches the light of the chandeliers as I Charleston my way around the room.
The reality is that I am just in my study, stroking a cat, but a girl has to have dreams right?
That’s the wonderful thing about clothes and jewellery isn’t it? For just a little while you get to put on a costume and be whoever you want to be, whether it’s crouched at the water’s edge looking for pearls or shimmying around a crowded ballroom.
A piece of jewellery from Lily Blanche would make a really lovely gift for Valentine’s Day, either for a loved on or just for yourself.
Do you have a piece of jewellery with a story behind it? Leave a comment and let me know!