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Kiki McDonough's Jemima Collection


Here I am in my happy place. There is literally nowhere in the world I prefer to wander than Rome. Followers of my Instagram will know that last week we spent a few days in the Italian capital doing just that. Having spent the majority of my childhood holidays in Italy, and a road trip last year I was absolutely bursting get back. So, when British jeweller Kiki McDonough showed me her new Roman inspired Jemima Collection and asked me to share it with you all, I instantly saw it as an opportunity to get on a plane...




other items = dress, Monsoon (old; similar in white here and black here) / shoes, Mango / sunglasses, Jimmy Choo / bag, Gucci
The aim of Kiki's jewellery is to elevate the everyday; creating pieces you can wear with any outfit, that still make a statement. It's very key to my own style; I like well designed items where the quality and design speak for themselves. You'll never want to take them off, and the point is that you don't need to... I absolutely loved the Jemima Collection from the moment I saw it, and it came alive in Rome. As you can see from our pictures the designs are heavily inspired by Italian architecture and Roman themes. It was lots of fun spotting frescos and patterns that complimented my bracelet and ring so much! 

other items = dress, Monsoon (old; similar in white here and black here) / shoes, Mango / sunglasses, Jimmy Choo / bag, Gucci
I wore the collection throughout the city break (see Kiki's twist earrings in this post here, and more to come on the blog next week) and they worked so well. It really lifted my simple and paired back vacation outfits, like this gem of a dress from last season at Monsoon (similar one available now here). The collection is deliberately versatile to suit a girl's busy lifestyle. For example the drop earrings can have the charm removed to leave you with a simple, diamond hoop. There are 5 different gems to choose from for the collection (mine are a combination of the Lemon Quartz and White Topaz), to see some of the more colourful pieces you can see Kelly's post here

other items = dress, Monsoon (old; similar in white here and black here) / shoes, Mango / sunglasses, Jimmy Choo / bag, Gucci
The collection starts at £1900, so they're investment purchases but I'm much more about value in the quality (I am well over the days of green stained fingers) these days. So if you're looking for a present for a friend, family member or just fancy a treat for yourself (that's totally ok, you know, to treat yourself) have a look at the full range here.

On a very amusing note mid shoot we spotted this guy (below) who seemed to be taking a selfie, Roman style. I couldn't not have a go and copying him...




other items = dress, Monsoon (old; similar in white here and black here) / shoes, Mango / sunglasses, Jimmy Choo / bag, Gucci

Although it was absolutely baking hot while we were there, we managed to pack quite a lot in. Determined to find a spot with perfectly emulated the style of the jewellery we set out on foot from our hotel towards the Roman gardens (next to the Colosseum). Whats so great is that we saw a completely different Rome to when we went there last year, there is just so much to offer in the city. These photos were shot in a teeny court between Piazza Navona and the "wedding cake" memorial also known as Victor Emmanuel monument (the Italian's aren't very keen on it so call it either a cake of a typewrite, which I can't understand - it's amazing!).


other items = dress, Monsoon (old; similar in white here and black here) / shoes, Mango / sunglasses, Jimmy Choo / bag, Gucci
We then wandered on to the gardens themselves, as shown below. Yet again the design of the collection came alive when we spotted some of the styles within the monuments. I find it really funny how you can just walk through a park and see a "scrap" of a Roman building - covered in beautiful frescos - on the floor. I know we have lots of history in London but the Romans were building central heating systems when we Brits were living in caves. I find the history absolutely incredible!


To finish, lots of you have asked for tips and tricks for things to do in the city, so here are a few more of our findings during our short break =

1. Go and see the Sistine Chapel. It really is breathtaking. Give yourself a few hours to wander through. I'm not at all religiously but I found the Vatican amazing from an art perspective. The chapel itself really is quite something too. Book ahead (yes, it's £10 more expensive to do so via Tiqets but you do not want to be standing in that queue in that heat - trust me) to avoid disappointment.

2. Visit Hotel Raphael. We found this by accident having wandered down the wrong street off Piazza Navona. It hands down has the best rooftop in Rome (as someone who's been to several, not every, of them) and also is a brilliant place to eat for any vegan or vegetarian. 

3. Discover the area of Travestere. I'm so glad our hotel (Hotel DOM, which I would recommend if on offer but was quite pricey) was located where it was because it meant we were a short walk from this up and coming area. Hailed as "Rome's Shoreditch" I can kind of see where they're coming from. It's got lots of pop up bars and the river comes alive with food trucks and sellers in the evenings. That said, it's way prettier than any part of E1 I've ever seen.




other items = dress, Monsoon (old; similar in white here and black here) / shoes, Mango / sunglasses, Jimmy Choo / bag, Gucci

This post was written in collaboration with Kiki McDonough. Photos taken on the Olympus Pen 7 here using the 25mm lens here
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Frankie Lee said...

Such a fab post, and also...isn't Rome just the absolute best place!?
Frankie x

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