Danielle Nicole necklace

Brightening up the January fog

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Wowzer, my walk with Gus this morning was “wiffy” ( Joe’s name for fog when he was a baby!) all the gorgeous view we normally enjoy as the dogs career around us was blanketed entirely by the grey heavy mist, it was so cold I thought my ears may snap off, even under my thick mane!

When it’s so grey out there it seems to be even harder to lift oneself up out of any durgy mood you may feel descending Like the fog it just seems to infiltrate and linger! Which funnily enough is rather like the fish soup my darling husband decided to cook which has I think has taken up permanent residency in our house! (I didn’t even have the pleasure of eating it to compensate as it was for his “Crumpet Club”… to those of you who are not enlightened, Dan and his foodie friends meet monthly and cook amazing dishes with a theme, this one was Burns Night, hence the Cullen Skink soup Dan was cooking.

Claire Sutton's home

So whilst I type I am burning  Midnight Oasis from my Yankee Candle collection, quite clearly so I can smell something delightful but also to transport me away from this grey old January day. As you can spot Master Gus is rather chilled out following his walk I do wonder what it is he dreams of?

So I thought it would be lovely to focus on some things that have lifted the fog this week so far for me.

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Dancing… a heavenly Monday evening now taken up with my return to tap and street dance! Loving it is an understatement. I was born to be a dancer I remember saying when I was young. The feeling that is inside me as the music comes on and I’m recreating the steps and the groove that our lovely teacher Gemma has set reminds me that, just because my professional career as a dancer is long gone it doesn’t mean to say the wonder of dancing can’t still be part of what makes me so happy.

My jug of tulips (in the first picture) are bringing my smile out each time I look at them, they were brought by our super friends who came to share a Sunday with us. Our families mirror each other in many ways. Both our eldest children have Downs Syndrome which was how we first met and soon realised our other children had been born within weeks of each other. They are an incredibly talented couple and its always wonderful spending time together, this time over lovingly prepared Asian food that Dan and I made (yes me too! )

Danielle Nicole necklace

This fabulous necklace by New York accessory designer Danielle Nicole, is our Jewellery Icon for February. Danielle who incidentally is truly lovely joined us on the Lunchtime Show for her first appearance ahead of the launch of her bags and jewellery collections. We have certainly fallen in love with her designs  This necklace, I instantly loved and think it will be a piece of jewellery I certainly reach for often. There’s a femininity about it and green and gold combine simply perfectly to my eye, of course a long line necklace can feel very lengthening and can transform an ordinary top into a much lovelier and finished look I always feel.

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Then there’s my S… My gift from my lovely friend which just adds a bit of fabulousness to my corner. She went for S as the C just didn’t seem nice enough apparently. I love it and whilst we have these darker grey days, it lightens and brightens me and whilst S is my surname initial, S reminds me to Smile, Sparkle and Shine!

Claire Sutton

Finding this little collection of pictures as I was searching for some to make up my birthday party invitation really made me happy… aaaah!

See there’s always something, no matter how small.

And how are you managing to wade through this grey January? I do love to hear so please share those wise words for me and everyone reading would you?

Claire Sutton

P.S as the above photo proves, not all days are grey…

There was sun galore on this walk and my beautiful cobalt blue coat from Centigrade kept me toasty and warm and bright.

I shall look forward to seeing you on QVC:

On the 31st at 9 am,10am and the Lunchtime Show at 1pm

The 1st of February at 10am and the Lunchtime Show at 1pm

And Friday the 3rd at 9am,12pm and the lunchtime Show at 1pm

Be with me, be sparkly and, well just be the lovely you, cos that is truly good enough.

Much love,

Claire xx

6 Comments

  1. Maria January 27, 2017 at 5:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, funny how I am also burning Midnight Oasis while reading your blog. Always read your lovely blogs but never took the plunge and made a comment. January is never grey for me as it was when my special boy was born, he was diagnosed with autism at the age of 4. We have just celebrated his 18th Birthday and we watched Moana at the cinema and also ate at his favourite restaurant not once but twice! Looking at your collection of photos makes me feel how fast time flies and how many milestones he has achieved. Yesterday he came home from college with two wonderful canvas he painted to add to my collection which take pride of place around the house! My own talented artist who has had one of his painting on displayed at a little gallery and on opening night received many wonderful comments from everyone! One proud mother who always knew there was a hidden little talent inside this wonderful loving child, even though I was always reminded by people he is autistic! He’s hugs, kisses and funny jokes makes me feel sparkly and smile even on a grey day!
    Hope see you soon being the lovely, sparkly, bubbly Claire and look forward to your next blog.

  2. martin forbes January 28, 2017 at 12:17 pm -  Reply

    happy new year claire

  3. Christine February 1, 2017 at 9:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire Gus hasn’t have grown. We love going walk with our westie, we used to have Labrador have soft spot for them. It’s getting lighter at nice the bulbs are coming up. Roll on Spring .
    Take care X X

  4. Claire Sutton February 6, 2017 at 4:24 pm -  Reply

    Yes the bulbs are showing themselves , yippee – have a lovely week Christine xx

  5. Claire Sutton February 6, 2017 at 4:30 pm -  Reply

    Maria,
    I wrote a reply but it doesn’t appear to be here! So sorry as it was lovely hearing from you and all about how fantastically your boy is doing- you are understandably so proud , how exciting that he has displayed his work and others can see his wonderful talent – congratulations to him and for his 18 th year ahead – I cannot believe Tom is heading toward his 16 th it doesn’t seem possible!
    He’s just arrived home with super looking burgers for tea, lemon drizzle cake last week !!! Let’s hope he can do this without his TA and fend for himself one day!! Here’s to our super boys!
    With love ,
    Claire xx

  6. Claire Sutton February 6, 2017 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

    Hey Martin, and to you too, hope you have a wonderful 2017 xx

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