Friday, 17 March 2017
On Tuesday I was at the TOMS flagship store on Fouberts Place, just off Carnaby Street, to learn about their brand new collaboration with WildAid.
I'm a huge fan of the TOMS brand - both their products and their ethics. Thanks to their brilliant one for one initiative, over 70 million pairs of shoes have been given out to children in need across the world over the last ten years, and in the past they have also supported some really incredible charities with some really incredible collaborations.
Now it's WildAid's turn, and TOMS are partnering with them on their conservation programme dedicated to raising awareness of the Giant Panda's plight. Did you know that there are only 2000 left in the world? By launching a new, limited edition, Panda inspired collection for SS17, the main aim of the campaign is to help protect these wonderful animals - and to raise money to enable WildAid to educate people living close to critical panda habitats in China on why it's so important to do so.
As well as the gorgeous new panda camo and panda face TOMS, there are also plenty more gorgeous designs on offer this Spring. I fell head over heels in love with the Majorca sandals (the tan version behind were my favourites and, with those block heels I'm pretty sure they would be comfy walkers too!) plus these suede wedge boots are perfection - I love the broderie anglaise style cut out pattern.
I wasn't aware of the TOMS vegan collection until this event, which features shoes made from materials like linen, canvas and denim - you can find the full collection here.
Also, can I just add, TOMS have quite possibly THE BEST collection of sunglasses I have ever seen (look! look!). Even better, each eyewear purchase provides a person in need with a full eye examination and the medical treatment or prescription glasses they need. How incredible is that?
What with that, the One for One initiative AND the WildAid Giant Panda collaboration, it sounds like an excellent excuse to go shopping if you ask me ;)
Thank you to TOMS and WildAid for inviting me to celebrate the launch of their new collection.
Sunday, 12 March 2017
Little Bird floral dress, £15-£17 c/o Mothercare
Blue leather T-bar shoes, £30 c/o Mothercare
Little Bird floral maternity dress, £35 c/o Mothercare
Cream leather look ankle boots, currently £5 (!!!!!)
in the New Look Sale
At long long long looooooonng last, all my dreams have come true: my favourite children's clothing brand, Little Bird by Jools at Mothercare, have released a womenswear collection!
The only slight drawback? Jools has designed maternity wear. But the fact I'm not pregnant (or planning to be!) isn't going to stop me from wearing these beautiful, vintage inspired clothes.
I had already declared the current kids floral print shift dress my all time favourite Little Bird print over on Instagram so I was pretty darn excited when I saw the womenswear version at the SS17 preview earlier this year.
Aside from being A-line and with an everso slightly longer hem at the front to accommodate a growing bump, there's no reason why a non-pregnant woman can't wear this dress. In actual fact loose fitting dresses like these are my favourite style and this is 100% lightweight cotton, sleeveless and has a Peter Pan collar so it pretty much ticks all the boxes for me. It's going to be perfect come spring and summer although I couldn't wait to wear it so I teamed it with sheer tights and boots today.
Daisy's version is the same bold retro print, but has a pink collar (the grown up's version is white) and is made from a slightly thicker, more robust canvas cotton, perfect for little adventurers like her!
The rest of the Little Bird maternity range is equally gorgeous - check out this short sleeved jumper, this ditsy floral blouse and these amazing dungarees! I can't WAIT for the next collection to come out.
Friday, 10 March 2017
If you've read any of my home tour posts (this one in particular springs to mind) then you may have noticed that I'm a bit of a sucker for beautiful artwork. My walls are covered in photos that I've taken, and paintings that either the girls have done for me or that I've picked up in junk shops, and prints that I've come across and fallen in love with in the different places that we've visited. My collection is pretty eclectic; the only running theme throughout it is that everything has a meaning or story behind it.
Maps International have been designing and making wall maps for over fifty years and this particular style, which centres on a specific postcode that has meaning to you, is available exclusively through Not On The High Street.
I think it would make a perfect gift - not just for Mother's Day, but for any time of the year. You could pick the postcode of a church for a wedding present, or a local pub if the recipient is fond of a gin + tonic or two ;) I have to admit it was a struggle to choose where to centre our print; I considered an area in South Wales that the girls and I love to visit - and Twickenham was also a contender, as it's where I grew up and still call 'home'. In the end I decided on our street in Haslemere, with the caption 'All Our Adventures Start Here' - because, whether they're little or big, they always do ♥
For more information and to browse the full selection of beautiful maps, you can visit Map International's website here. But in the meantime, I am delighted to have one up for grabs in a special Mother's Day giveaway!
Entry is via the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway closes at midnight on 16th March 2017 and the winner will be contacted via email shortly after. The giveaway is open to UK Residents only and the prize will be sent directly from Map International. The winner can choose the postcode, the wording, the border colour and the frame. Good luck!
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