Thursday, 26 November 2015

#TheStyleProject - December 2015

I've got to confess, I've struggled a bit with The Style Project this month. I've had more work on than usual, there's been some major building work going on at the cottage, we've all had the lurg and the weather turning icy cold so suddenly caught me a bit unprepared. I've spent a large chunk of the last few weeks rotating the same (warm) outfits, and have opted for comfort over style every time.

But my slacking hasn't stopped the rest of you stylish lot! I've been pouring over all your pictures on Instagram and creating a bloody great big shopping list of things I need to buy whilst doing it ;)  That's the joy of the Project; even if you're not joining in (we all need a bit of time off) you can still look to others for inspiration and store it up for a later date.

And on that note it's time to launch the next set of prompts for December! It's party season, people! 

Want to play? Here's what to do!

♥ Find the day's prompt on the month's list. We will publish these in advance, usually around the 28th day of the month.
♥ Interpret the prompt as you will - and incorporate your interpretation into your daily style. It can be an item of clothing you own, a piece you've seen and are lusting after, a beauty product, anything!
♥ Take a photo!
♥ Share it on Instagram. Don't forget to use the hashtag #TheStyleProject so that other people can find your pictures.
♥ Search the hashtag yourself and check out other people's photos. Like what you see? Tell the photographer! It's a nice way to get to know eachother and a lovely confidence boost too.
♥ You don't have to join in every single day. Sometimes it's just not possible - and that's okay! Dip in and out whenever you like, and even if you're not able to take your own photos, you can still look at other people's for inspiration.

Kara, Carissa and I hope lots of you will join in this December - see those of you that fancy the challenge over on Instagram! xoxo

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Eyes, Ears + Letting your Kids Pick their own Clothes

My kiddos are really independent when it comes to their clothes and I love it. I let them choose pretty much everything that we we buy and they put together their own outfits every morning. Admittedly they sometimes look a little bit bonkers but who cares! I love encouraging their creativity and seeing what they come up with - and nine times out of ten they actually look awesome!

When it comes to clothes, the girls always seem to go for bold colours and prints and I'm a big fan of colour and making statements myself. We all like to mix and match vintage with new designs and I actively encourage shopping at independent stores and boutiques, mostly because it's nice to support them but also because you get some real gems, especially when you're buying second hand. A shop that encompasses both vintage AND designer kidswear is Rowdy Roddy Vintage, and recently the girls were offered some goodies from them which they were very excited about indeed.

Daisy chose the Mini Rodini Eyes sweatshirt. It was pretty fitting as she'd just mastered the art of winking that very week! Its made from organic and fair-trade cotton so is super soft and super comfy; pretty perfect attire for this time of year! Evie picked out a Beau LOves woolly mouse ears hat and has been making us chuckle with it ever since. She literally does not take it off EVER and it has accessorised some truly imaginative outfits over the past few weeks, including princess dresses and pyjamas. Its soft and fleecy and keeps her ears toasty and warm with a popper under the chin to keep the draughts out (although Evie prefers to wear it undone, like a fancy twenties pilot wearing an aviator hat).

Daisy wears Mini Rodini Eyes sweatshirt, £38
both c/o Rowdy Roddy Vintage

Rowdy Roddy Vintage are one of my most favourite online stores, and have been ever since I first discovered them at the start of this year. They really are your one stop shop for all things awesome, whether that's vintage baby and kidswear, designer clothes or retro toys and homewares - AND they  ship worldwide! They also have one of THE BEST Instagram feeds EVER! (Follow them here) (although maybe don't if you're like me and are likely to have to buy EVERYTHING ;)).


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The first of many (MANY!) Christmas Posts

Oh Christmas, I love you.

I might get annoyed when I see advent calendars and selection boxes for sale in September (I mean COME ON! It's SEPTEMBER, people!) and I will never put our tree up before 1st December (twinkly lights are a different matter altogether) but as soon as the girls' birthdays are over I am well and truly ready to embrace all things festive.

Christmas is the one time of year where I am truly frivolous. I don't mind admitting it; I like to go all out. I save up throughout the year so that I can relax a bit financially and buy lots of silly (and brilliant!) presents, I insist on us all wearing sparkly party dresses pretty much every day in December, the house gets decorated to within an inch of it's life and the fridge and kitchen cupboards full to bursting with lots and lots and lots and lots of delicious, decadent food.

I am a massive foodie. Yeah so I can't cook - but I LOVE eating, and I especially love eating the fancy stuff which is what Christmas is all about, right? I am also rather partial to giving edible gifts (I like receiving them too, hint hint). And this year I have already been sent my first edible present; these really rather special biscuits from London based baking company, Biscuiteers.

How GORGEOUS are these biscuits from their Nutcracker tin? (And how gorgeous is the tin itself!)

Biscuiteers make their biscuits the old fashioned way, one at a time (none of that mass produced nonsense!) and then each biscuit is hand iced. They are absolutely breathtakingly beautiful, like little works of art, and I could hardly bring myself to bite into them, although the most amazing smell of gingerbread totally overpowered me in the end, which I'm VERY glad about because they tasted completely and utterly DIVINE (and went perfectly with my first mulled wine of the season).

The Biscuiteers Christmas collection is incredible - as well as a wide range of biscuits to choose from (I love the Nativity and Snowman & Snowdog ones and they even have gluten free varieties too!), they also sell chocolates, cakes, DIY icing kits and tree decorations - and they offer a next day delivery service which is brilliant. But biscuits aren't just for Christmas! They make wonderful gifts all year round - and the Biscuiteers collection reflects that too. As they quite rightly say, why send flowers when you can send biscuits?! I know which one I'd prefer!

PS. HELLO gorgeous little cafes in Notting Hill and Battersea! (you all know I can't resist a good shop front!) As well as having these delicious treats delivered straight to your door, you can also pop into one of their boutiques (on Kensington Park Road and the Northcote Road) for a cup of tea and a hand-iced biscuit or to take part in one of their icing masterclasses. Check out their upcoming events here xoxo

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