A little bit of sparkle: Pave diamonds 

We all know the saying diamonds are a girls best friend and diamonds come in many shapes and sizes. Which only makes them better. 

Pave diamonds offer an understated look, perfect for daytime yet with enough charm to still look trendy. 

Links of London do a lovely range in silver, rose gold and gold all centred around beautiful smooth lines and a delicate amount of sparkle. You have the option of round or oval design, as a bracelet, ring, necklace and earrings. 

My personal favourite is the oval design in the rose gold. 

Links of London 18kt rose gold vermeil and pave oval bracelet. £180  



Dubai: Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa

Having just returned from a long weekend break in Dubai I am immediately longing to return. 

When your in 30 degree heat whilst it’s snowing at home and it only took 7 hours to get there with no sign of jet lag it’s a pretty good feeling. 

We stayed on the Palm at the Sofitel resort and spa so we could enjoy a quiet relaxing break lounging in the sun. The hotel was lovely, quiet, spacious rooms with a huge waterfall shower and the biggest bed I have ever seen. Dining options were a plenty and the food was good, typical Dubai prices though.

With a vast area of private beach to relax on, loungers, parasols and beach games were provided as well as multiple pools that were heated to the perfect temperature, there was enough to keep us happy.  

It did cloud over on a few occasions during our stay but the temperature remained high so it was still nice to be outside and not have to wear multiple layers.


The only problem we found was with the construction occurring in the area.  This was our second visit to Dubai and I thought it would have improved, but I was wrong. The traffic on the only road out of the palm to the city was horrendous which I have to say did ruin our plans somewhat. The hotel failed to notify anybody so we walked out to get a taxi for our evening reservations to be told there was at least a two hour delay. Not something you want at the best of times but when your only option of transport is a taxi on the meter it’s not going to happen. 

We did manage to venture out though and paid a visit to the famous Burj Al Arab, or the sail as it’s commonly referred to. This is a hotel on a whole other level. Luxurious to the max, we visited the sky view bar on the 27th floor with its views across the city. A huge cocktail menu with some of the best I have ever tasted and impeccable service but at a huge price. It’s an experience but an expensive one. 

           I will definitely be returning but perhaps waiting a little while in the hope some of the construction affecting the palm will have finished.

I do think this is one place that will never cease to develop any available space, let’s hope it doesn’t ruin the Dubai dream…