..so it’s what I wore
Denim jacket – Only Westa c/o Zalando, red floral Leila dress – c/o Joules, chocolate brown opaques – M&S, tan brogues – Office, leather cuff with apple charm – Mulberry, watch – Michael Kors, nails – Chanel Le Vernis in Rouge Noir
There’s no question that autumn is well and truly here but actually, it’s still quite mild and definitely mild enough to still get away with just wearing a denim jacket so I’m making the most of it for now. Partly because this time last year I couldn’t actually fasten this jacket up so the novelty of being able to now, isn’t wearing thin just yet. But actually mostly because a new winter coat is out of the question for me this year *insert tiny violins here* and I don’t much relish the thought of digging out my boring old coats from winters gone by so I’m putting it off for now at least.
This dress is one of my absolute favourites from Joules. Such a gorgeous floral print but best of all it has lovely big pockets. All dresses should have pockets. When I am king of the world, I will deem it so. The Office brogues are making an appearance again and even though I wasn’t sure of them to begin with, I am loving wearing them with tights. I think they were just what I needed to pep up my old winter wardrobe. Talking of tights, these are accidentally chocolate brown. I was all smug about separating my black and navy opaques the other week if you remember? But it seems that a rogue pair of chocolate brown tights got mixed up in my black pile. I think I’m just destined to make mistakes while dressing in the dark – I give up. But actually thankfully I think they work quite well with this outfit so it’s all good!
So that was me, what have you been wearing this week?
Posted in Fashion, What I Wore Wednesday
Tagged Autumn, brogues, Chanel, dress, fashion, floral, Joules, M&S, Michael Kors, mostly yummy mummy, Mulberry, Office, Only Westa, Rouge Noir, style, wardrobe, What I Wore, What I Wore Wednesday, Zalando
I was very kindly sent the Gilchrist & Soames BeeKind Jet Set Travel Pack to review here on my blog. I’m a bit of a beauty junkie and always interested in trying out new products but I especially loved the fact that a portion of the proceeds are used to support the honey bee and sustainable pollination research.
The pack I was sent comes with very generous sized products including body lotion, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, conditioning shampoo, liquid soap, cleansing bar and skincare bar. It even comes complete in a very roomy clear zipped travel bag. The body lotion feels really rich but it is light enough to use as an everyday moisturiser I loved it. The shower gel has a lovely light fragrance and foams really well. The shampoo and conditioners are a really generous size but perfect if you are using them for travel as they are not too bulky. The liquid soap was handy too and I found that the tiniest bit went a long way. I especially liked the cleansing and skincare bars though they just felt so luxurious.
I loved that the products all compliment each other and it was great to get to try them all in this one pack. All of the products smell absolutely amazing it has to be said but it is a lovely fresh scent and not in the least bit overpowering. With honey and certified organic extracts of red clover, calendula, lemongrass and chamomile, BeeKind is as soothing as it is stylish.
For more information, please pop along to http://www.gilchristsoames.com
Disclaimer: For the purpose of this review I was sent the Gilchrist & Soames products as described here free of charge
Posted in Beauty, Product Review
Tagged beauty, BeeKind, bees, body lotion, hair, liquid soap, product, review, shampoo and conditioners, travel
We are huge fans of Barbie I mean like HUGE so we were really excited to be sent the new Barbie Fashion Design Maker Doll to review here on the blog before it hits the shelves.
The chance to be able to design her very own outfits for Barbie is like a dream come true for my eight year old and I must admit that I had lots of fun helping her! Simply download the free app on to an iPad or computer and you’re ready to go. You can create designs with the prints and accessories included in the software (of which there are many!) or you can even upload your own photos for a truly personalised look. My daughter absolutely loved playing with the app and it was really straight forward to use. You can chop and change the designs over and over again it really is great fun just by itself.
Then when you are happy with your design they can be brought to life and printed directly from your home computer on to the printable fabric included. The fashions are then peeled off the fabric sheet and placed on to the Barbie doll. I was a bit unsure if the fabric would withstand the rough handling of little people but actually, even though it works in the same way as a sticker, it is in fact really strong and very much fabric not paper if that makes sense. You wouldn’t be able to tear it by accident that’s for sure. The set comes complete with eight printable sheets which really is plenty considering that the outfits can be reused over and over. You simply stick them back on to the sheet and there is even a special Design Maker portfolio to store them all in. Refill packs are available separately though should you need them.
Barbie herself has a smooth white body so the stickers are really easy to apply. If you so make a mistake, you can just unpeel and start over again though. There are also lots of extra accessories so you can embellish your designs including ruffles, trims and glitter stickers. Obviously when you are eight, more is most definitely more! Pink, pink, more pink, glitter, ruffles, white fluffy kittens.. Doesn’t she look fabulous?
Barbie Fashion Design Maker Doll gets a huge thumbs up from us she really is fabulous! I was seriously impressed with the number of design choices and also just how easy it is to use, from the app down to applying the fabric stickers. I love that you can mix and match your designs by reusing them so the fun really is limitless. Plus the portfolio means that you have somewhere to safely store the designs but it’s also a great way to display your creations.
Please note that Barbie Fashion Design Maker Doll will be available in a toy store near you soon. We were very lucky to get to have a play before anybody else can get their mitts on her! It will be recommended for ages 6+ and priced at £49.99 RRP.
Disclaimer: We were provided with the doll shown for the purpose of this review but all opinions here are of course my own. The design is all my daughter’s though. I didn’t get a look in. No surprise there.
Posted in Product Review
Tagged app, Barbie, Barbie Fashion Design Maker Doll, clothes, creative play, daughter, design, doll, eight year old, imaginative play, Mattel, pink, review, toy
..so you’ve guessed it, it’s what I wore
Red leopard print dress – La Redoute, black opaques – Wolford, black Jalouse Spiral ankle boots – Ash, watch – Michael Kors, bracelet – c/o X by Trollbeads
On paper, a bright red animal print dress with a leather trim should scream LOUD but actually I think it’s quite the opposite and makes a lovely parred down day dress. I still maintain that animal print is a neutral. Even when it is bright red. No I’m not sure how that makes sense either but it does in my head. I bought this dress from La Redoute last year and I remember quite vividly having to shoehorn myself into it. This year, not so much. Ha! I actually love how it now fits me now as a loose shift dress, it’s just so easy to wear. Oh and it has two – yes two – big pockets. Quite possible my dream dress!
This is the very first outing of the season for my beloved Ash ankle boots and oh how I love them. Best investment ever. I could have kissed them when I pulled them out of their little bag this morning. But I didn’t. That would just be strange. Ahem. Seriously though, I would buy them in every single colour if I had the pennies. I just adore the shape and they are ridiculously comfy while looking so damn good. No easy feat.
So that was me, full on autumn winter wardrobe on the go and all old favourites that I’ve pulled out from last year. Nothing beats shopping from your own wardrobe. I must admit that I’m secretly glad to be back in my opaques although I had forgotten the joy that is getting dressed in the dark. I really must sort my navy and black tights into very separate piles. Why have I not done this before? I think this might just change my life. Or at least my legs.
Are you following me over on Pinterest yet? Lots of pretty things, frilly things, vintage things and usually lots of yummy things
Posted in Fashion, What I Wore Wednesday
Tagged Animal print, ankle boots, Ash, Autumn, dress, fashion, LaRedoute, Michael Kors, mostly yummy mummy, red, style, Tights, wardrobe, What I Wore, What I Wore Wednesday, winter, Wolford, X by Trollbeads
The lovely folk over at Rachel’s Organic got in touch asking if I’d like to give their new Divine Desserts a try. Erm.. would I ever! Not only did they send me some delicious desserts to try, they also put together the most amazing bliss pack. I felt well and truly spoilt – thank you Rachel’s Organic!
The Divine Desserts come in two delicious flavours using the finest organic ingredients and each pack contains two individual pots. The vanilla pot was so rich and creamy and the chocolate was just to die for. Light and dreamy, truly divine and such a treat. And look! A spoon with my name on it! How amazing is that? Best. Present. Ever.
The desserts are the perfect size for a little indulgent treat and once they are all gone, the little glass ramekins are just crying out to be upcycled into lovely tea light holders. I don’t know about you but my favourite treat of all is to escape to a long hot bubble bath at the end of the day. The simple pleasures are the greatest pleasures. Ahh bliss!
You can find Rachel’s Organic over on Facebook or Twitter, or best of all in a supermarket fridge near you! I’ve always been a huge fan of Rachel’s Organic yummy treats for my children and have been since weaning in fact but I think it’s about time I started treating myself. These new Divine Desserts are definitely being added to the top of my shopping list this week!
Posted in Food, Product Review
Tagged bliss, chocolate, dessert, Divine Desserts, Facebook, food, indulgent, organic, pot, Rachel's Organic, review, shopping, treat, Twitter, vanilla, yummy
It was our Harvest Festival at school this morning. Of all the celebrations in school, this is definitely and by far my most favourite of all. Our primary school has the most amazing grounds and even its own farm along with chickens and bees. The farm originally started as little more than a poly tunnel funded by a lottery grant (way back when my teenagers went there!) With the lottery money long since gone, the school have worked incredibly hard to keep going and to make it bigger and better with each and every season. All of the children from nursery right through to Year 6 work on the farm throughout the year and obviously the hands on skills they are learning are invaluable but it also gives them such a great appreciation of nature. The children get to bring fruit and vegetables home throughout the year plus the school rent out allotment plots to our village. I digress but basically Harvest Festival is quite rightly a huge celebration for our school and it is always such a pleasure to go along and be a part of it.
This is one of the rare times when the whole school come together for a full assembly when parents can come along too. It is always a very loud affair, microphone malfunctions aside, the children always get terribly excited. Who knew that runner beans could be quite so much fun? We have a new teacher who can actually play the guitar so the headmaster didn’t get to play air guitar with a marrow this year but we did have a rather cheeky talking pumpkin to make up for it though. And a very raucous rendition of The Harvest Samba. Maybe you had to be there. There’s something so precious about being able to squish into the back of a packed school hall to share these times though. And there is also something about those little sing songy voices that never fails to make me teary *sniff*
I’m not a religious person but I do happily celebrate all sorts of occasions partly because they are just so entrenched within our culture and indeed in my own upbringing. It has to be said that I am happy to join in with some aspects of religion for the feasting alone. In fact in the case of Easter I’m not going to lie – it is all about the food. But you see, Harvest Festival is the one time when I am not a complete fraud. I might not choose to thank God for the harvest before us but nature I can. Nature I can believe in. Nature I can celebrate and give thanks to. Celebrating all that nature has given us then seeing that shared with the less fortunate within our community, that I can get on board with. And what an important lesson to teach our children.
As well as donations of dried produce and tinned food brought in from home (and yes, there is always one tin of peaches lurking at the back) this years bountiful harvest from the school farm is also being shared between a homeless shelter in Leeds and a local food bank. What sad times we live in hey that a city as rich as Leeds has people living on the breadline? Sigh. But how nice that we can do our bit knowing that these much needed donations will hopefully make a real difference. Not only that, we get to teach our children about nature from seed to harvest but most important of all about being a good citizen.
Happy harvest time!
Posted in family, Food, Parenting, School
Tagged assembly, Autumn, celebrate, children, community, donation, farm, fruit, harvest, nature, primary school, religion, school, vegetables