I don’t know about you but personally, the chillier it gets the less inclined I am to leave the house if I can possibly avoid it. Working from home does mean that I get to spend more time snuggled up in bed with my laptop and a hot water bottle than most but no matter how low temperatures plummet, full on hibernation is still not an option. Tuesday morning particularly made me wish I could hide away until sometime next June. I had to be up and out at the cold crack of dawn to complete various tedious tasks done before an engagement in Chelsea at 9.30am. But while London in the semi-dark, sub-zero early hours was less than pleasant, once I arrived at the my destination the pain was oh so worth it. Why was this event so special? Well, I’ll tell you. Dodo – the super cute little sister label of luxury Italian jewellery brand Pomellato – had invited just nine of us bloggers along to their Sloane Square boutique for an intimate (and delicious) breakfast and an in-depth introduction to their collection of “talking charms”.
What with everyone being insanely busy and so much being done over email these days, it’s not all that often you get to meet the people behind the brands you shop, covet and work with. Don’t get me wrong I’m a big fan of all things internet related but a bit of human interaction is sometimes more effective. This is especially true in the case of a brand like Dodo, whose charms are as much about what they mean as what they look like. After a much needed cup of coffee and a couple of particularly tasty miniature poached egg confections my brain began to thaw and I noticed how brilliantly the showroom had been decorated. A selection of Dodo’s adorable animal charms were arranged on exquisite 3D storybook displays, grouped by theme. Aside from the snazzy set up, I was seriously impressed by the enormous variety of different animal charms and their various meanings. Anyone who thought giving “symbolic” jewellery as a gift was cheesy need only have a gander (pun intended) through Dodo’s menagerie to realise it doesn’t have to be. Of course you can choose a charm that says something romantic (Toucan: “you’re one of a kind”) or congratuatory (Eagle: “congrats on aiming high”). But you could also go for a witty (Snake: “Fancy an apple love?”) option or even the downright random (Crab: “Watch out, I pinch”).
Once we’d gone through all the charms on display, had a good old catch up and some more breakfast it was time to pick one to take home. I toyed with the idea of choosing one as a gift someone else and very nearly left with the Daschund (“I’d go to any length for you”) for my mother. In the end I went for the selfish option and got the frog for myself.
Thank you Dodo for a getting a cold winter’s morning off to the perfect start and of course, for my lovely frog!
Love Ella. X