Bubbly, bright and gregarious, Kelly's wicked sense of humour and infectious laughter is a testament to her strength in overcoming hardship in her personal life. A talented painter and artist, Kelly's innate sense of style infuses beauty and elegance in everything she does. Kelly's love for her family and friends shows in her abundant generosity, her delectable table and entertaining. This is her story:
I moved to Florence, Italy with my three teenage boys in the middle of a very painful time in my life. My marriage was in pieces, I felt completely inadequate and utterly helpless. I don't know how I found the courage to move to a new country where I didn't know anyone and couldn't speak the language. Yet somehow I made my way, day by day and settled in Italy. Those four years profoundly changed my life. This was the time of my own personal renaissance. I pursued my passion for art history, painting and Italian cuisine. I learned to overcome adversity. I found my voice and I finally left my terrible marriage. The famous Italian saying, 'Il dolce far niente' taught me how to slow down and to enjoy the present moment. To say yes to life. It reflects my life today and then: a great meal, beautiful friends and beautiful surroundings.
What is your most marked characteristic?
Generosity and kindness
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
When my life is at peace, my children are happy and my relationship is blissful and secure
What is your current state of mind?
What is/are your most treasured of jewellery and why?
This Christmas my boyfriend surprised me with the Vivid oval signet ring in white gold from Fisk London. It's a symbol of our love and happiness. I also treasure my Pomellato ring, given to me by a dear friend in Florence. It reminds me of my beautiful time there and my circle of women.