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Designer's Journal

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    One of my favourite shots of my mum and style icon Shirley, on honeymoon in the island of Tobago.
    This is my first blog post (hello!) - a tribute to three very special women who have inspired my creativity and style from the start: my mum, my granny Hilary and my aunt Susan. My mum Shirley is the most put-together lady I know, she totally imparted her love of clothes to me and is still a sprightly fashionista. That is one of my favourite shots of her, on honeymoon in Tobago (sister island to our native Trinidad). In addition to being my role model on how to navigate life in high heels, she has been my main supporter on my journey as a jewelry designer. There are no words sufficient to communicate my big love for this little lady, but maybe a hashtag will do: #ShirleyRocks!
    Left: My Granny Hilary's old Singer sewing machine. Right: A black-and-white portrait of my beautiful Granny Hilary in the 1930s. She was a master seamstress and pattern designer.
    Granny Hilary was a master seamstress and pattern designer who could make anything from scratch. I was introduced to custom style as a kid through the beautiful dresses which she would sew for me on her old black Singer. She was particularly renowned for her wedding dresses, and notable among the many fashionable Trinidadian brides whom she outfitted were herself (check out that elegant fishtail), my mum (the epitome of sixties glamour) and my Granny Helene (another romantic 1930s gown).
    My Granny Hilary was renowned for her wedding dresses, including her own wedding dress (left), my Granny Helene's wedding dress (centre) and my mum Shirley's wedding dress (right - the epitome of sixties glamour).
    My aunt Susan is a talented photographer, interior designer and all-around stylish lady; her home and garden are real delights.
    My aunt Susan's beautiful garden in Trinidad.
    She shared her love for art and design with me. We both adore jewelry and galleries like the one at the V&A in London. Here are some of her beautiful images of Venice:My aunt Susan is a talented photographer. These are some of her beautiful shots of Venice, Italy.

    And I was lucky enough to have her do the very first photographs of my jewelry, including this amazing shot of The Gothic Peacock Necklace.

    The Gothic Peacock Necklace, with a giant teardrop citrine, peacock pearls and black coral.

    So I want to say thank you to Shirley, Hilary and Susan and to all the other wonderful women in my life who have taught, inspired and cheered me on (you know who you are). I would not be writing this blog post today without you. Rumi said: Inside you there’s an artist you don’t know about. You all helped me know mine through your own artistry.