Sunday, September 17, 2017

Paul Wright Jewellery

More sparkly beauties to ooh and aah over!

It's no surprise that I'm obsessed with beautiful things-especially jewelry. I've never worn anything too large. Instead, I will choose smaller, classic pieces. Even in the days of huge hoops and statement necklaces, I was the one wearing studs and a strand of pearls. I guess a leopard doesn't lose its spots.



I started following Paul Wright Jewellery several months ago. His pieces are absolutely to die for! Paul is British, and studied, taught, and worked in Africa, Spain and England. For several years, he owned a jewelry design studio in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. Paul took his interest in Estate Jewelry, and began creating Antique inspired pieces. Paul now has shops in Birmingham, England's Jewellery Quarter, where he designs and makes jewelry from silver, gold, and gemstones. Paul travels quite a bit to purchase precious gemstones. When I first met him, he was getting ready to attend a gem show in Thailand. I can only imagine the amazing stones he saw there! Paul Wright Jewellery pieces have a bold simplicity, and have been sought out by some of London's top stylists. His collections have been featured in several International fashion photo shoots, and worn by celebrities Rita Ora, Georgia May Jagger, and more.

Paul was amazingly generous, and sent me a pair of earrings and a pendant from his daisy collection. Paul Wright Jewellery's daisy jewelry is inspired by the Victorian diamond daisy jewelry that was popular in the late 19th Century. The pieces that he sent me have been made from silver and clear cz. They sparkle and shine so beautifully. When I opened the package, they took my breath away. I have received so many compliments on them, and I am so proud to wear them.


Paul Wright Jewellery has a variety of lovely styles, and I have recently given my husband a wish list of beautiful things that he is "allowed" to purchase for me at any time! If you are looking for something special as a gift, or a piece to treat yourself, I highly recommend that you look at Paul's jewelry. He has a stunning variety, and they are reasonably priced.

You can find Paul Wright at: 


Facebook: @PWJewellery

Instagram: @PaulWrightJewellery

Friday, September 1, 2017

20 Years

It is the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death, the mourning of people around the world, and of her heart wrenching funeral. You cannot turn on the television, look at a newspaper or check social media without being reminded. Those who are younger may wonder why the date is significant, but for me, I cannot help but acknowledge her life and death.

I was fascinated by Princess Diana from the beginning. I was seven or eight when news of Lady Diana hit the US. My older sister would buy magazines, and I couldn't help but be interested in her life. Perhaps it was the idea of a real princess who looked like she stepped from a fairytale. I remember being at a friend's house that summer, and we woke up at 4am to watch her wed Prince Charles. It was one of those memories that has stayed with me through the years.


As she engaged in royal life, she gained confidence and championed causes that she dearly believed in, and thus she became a role model to young women from all over the world. As I grew up, I continued to admire her kindness, her dedication to her sons, and of course, her beauty.


On Labor Day Weekend 1997, I had a friend visiting from out of town, and we decided to go on a road trip to Laughlin, NV. I would be starting my first real teaching job after the weekend, and so it seemed like a good weekend to celebrate. As I sat at the blackjack table, I heard from someone that Princess Diane had died. It didn't register immediately with me that it was her. Later, as I watched TV, I was horrified to learn that the woman I had adored for practically my entire life was dead.

I didn't let on to my friends how crushed I was, because I worried they would think it was strange. During the days that followed, I was glued to the television while I was home. I saw people placing flowers at Kensington Palace, and I was sad for them too. I was only 24 or so, but I thought about Princes William and Harry, and how incredibly lost they must have felt. My dad died when I was 16, and mourn him still. I watched her funeral, and just felt such a loss. And over the years, I've thought about Princess Diana often. I've thought about all the young women who wouldn't have the opportunity to have her as a role model. 


I was not the type of person to be halted by the death of someone who I didn't know, but the life and death of Princess Diana touched me for some reason. My world is completely unrelated to that of Princess Diana, but I think of her death as a time marker.

And in the 20 years since, I have had good times, and I have had hard times. I have become a wife and a mother. I have received a master's degree, and I've moved from the West to the East, and now I'm in the Midwest. I've worked in public schools and private schools, I've taught art, been a counselor, an administrator and a stay at home mom.

I've been watching the news coverage honoring the life of Princess Diana, and my husband and I have talked with our children about her importance. She was a modern princess, she changed the monarchy and her charitable legacy lives on.

I find myself burned out and honestly, a bit lost after living what seams like a lifetime since I sat playing blackjack. I'm not sure what the next 20 years will bring, but I do know that life is unpredictable, and that's okay.