Monica Vinader on how she spends her Saturday video calling her parents and watching Star Wars

The jewellery designer, 52, on tending to her veggies, walks on the beach and giggling over memes

Monica Vinader 
Monica Vinader on how she spends her Saturday  Credit: Getty Images 


I have a pretty lazy start, then go downstairs and make a cappuccino. I’m not a big breakfast person, so tend not to have it. My husband Nick [who works in the travel industry] takes the dogs, Olive, 13, and Spinner, three, black working cockers, for a walk around the garden where we live near Brancaster on the North Norfolk coast. My 13-year-old daughter Scarlett has online school on Saturdays – anything from physics to singing – so she’s at her desk from 8am. I water my plants. I’ve just put in two raised beds [in the garden] and I’ve been growing lots of veggies, things like lettuce, basil, butternut squash and melon.

View of Holkham Bay, North Norfolk  Credit: Gary K Smith / Alamy Stock Photo 


I shower after my coffee. I’m quite specific about my products; I love all the ranges from Aēsop. Then I use Tan-Luxe [self-tan] drops on my face. During lockdown, I have lived in jeans, trainers and a shirt. I love shopping at Donna Ida – some of my great-fitting jeans are from her.


For lunch I take lots of lettuces from the garden and do a salad with spring onions, bacon, cheese and asparagus. I make a big bowl with lemon and Dijon dressing, and we sit in the garden. After lunch we take the dogs to the beach at Holkham, half an hour’s walk along the dunes, and go swimming.

Monica enjoys a salad for her Saturday lunch  Credit: Getty Images 


I’ve been video calling my parents, who are in their 80s, a lot. My sister Gabriela, who I founded the company Monica Vinader with, lives five doors down from them in London, so she’s been able to keep an eye on them.


Nick, Scarlett and I chat in the kitchen, where we have a speaker – Scarlett’s been listening to anything from Queen to The Beatles. I make supper. We might have salami and Spanish cheese, and a tortilla I’ve cooked earlier.

Credit: Getty Images 


For the past few weekends we’ve been watching one Star Wars film after another. It’s nice to watch a family movie. Our living room looks out on to the terrace and pond, and we’ve got two super-comfortable sofas, which you can practically sleep on.

Monica has been enjoying Star Wars at the weekends  Credit: Alamy 


Scarlett does her own thing. I like to get an early night. Nick comes to bed later and tends to send me funny memes [in bed]. He tries to put a smile on our faces.

My signature scent is...

£184 for 100ml edp, Selfridges 

Le Labo’s AnOther 13. I’ve been wearing it for four years and will not change. People stop me over it, and I’ve never had that in my life

I'm reading...

£8.99, Waterstones 

The Return by Victoria Hislop. My mother-in-law gave me this. It’s about Spain – I’m originally from San Sebastián. The chaise longue in my bedroom gets great light [for reading].

My most treasured piece of jewellery is...

18ct-gold-vermeil pendant, £115, Monica Vinader

I’ve been wearing my Marie coin pendant, which some people say is the Monica Vinader uniform. We launched it eight years ago and I can spot people wearing it a mile away. I never take it off.

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