February 2014 | Modern Mummy

Friday, 28 February 2014

Daily Outfit ♥ Nautical Stripes

Real women wear Seraphine! // Violeta Navy Stripe Nursing Tunic + Riding Boots

Brown Riding Boots - TopShop, similar here

Simple, stylish, easy to wear - a tunic dress is an outfit in one. 

The Violeta tunic from Seraphine is just gorgeous. It's short without being too 
risqué, is made from luxuriously soft knitted jersey fabric and washes really well.
Team with tan tights and knee high boots, leggings and ballet pumps or white 
linen trousers and sandals for three completely different looks. 


DISCLAIMER: I was gifted this dress by Seraphine. The boots are my own.

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The MADS 2014

MAD Blog Awards
This year I'm more than delighted to have been nominated for FOUR MAD Blog Awards! And this time I didn't even have to vote for myself!!!! Thank you so much to those of you that nominated me, I can't tell you how happy you've made me!

The categories I've been nominated in are Family Fun, Homes & Interiors and Most Entertaining Blog - plus I'm a contender for the prestigious Blog of the Year Award too.

If you haven't yet nominated, make sure you do. There are so many brilliant bloggers out there worthy of winning one of these awards. I've made my nominations and you can submit your votes here

Blogs that are nominated get whittled down to a shortlist of just five after nominations close on at midnight on 14th March. The four bloggers with the most nominations are automatically shortlisted, plus the judging panel get to choose one too!

If you're a regular reader of Modern Mummy and think I deserve to be shortlisted then it would be very, very lovely if you could nominate me in the Family Fun category as essentially, that is what Modern Mummy is all about. 

My favourite thing to do is to make memories with my lovely little family (and then write about it when they're in bed!). Cooking together, eating together, adventures in the Great Outdoors, crafty sessions at the cottage; I love to jam pack our days with as much fun as possible. It would mean so much to me if I were to reach the final five and I'd love to make Daisy and Evie proud of me by winning an award xoxo

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Thursday, 27 February 2014

Bedknobs & Broomsticks, Sweets & Popcorn and Arts & Crafts

During half term, we were invited to take part in a challenge by the Memory Foam Warehouse. It was based around the 1971 film, Bedknobs and Broomsticks and involved us watching the film, eating lots of sweets and popcorn and then getting super crafty and drawing a magical bed of our very own. That sounded like a pretty good way to spend a morning during the rainy school holidays to me!

Memory Foam Warehouse had very kindly sent us a hamper full of all the goodies and crafting materials we'd need, so we arranged to have a lazy morning at Granny and Grandad's house.... We stayed in our pyjamas until MIDDAY which was a treat in itself!

Daisy LOVED the film. (Evie lasted about ten minutes and then got a bit fidgety but she is only one!). It totally inspired her and we had a brilliant chat about it and what she'd do if she had a magical bed that could fly!

She then got her craft set out and drew her magical bed. I'll let her tell you all about it! (The way she says 'magical' is TOO cute!)

Thanks to the Memory Foam Warehouse for our hamper of goodies and for asking us to take part in the challenge! We had lots of fun xoxo

We were sent the items pictured in exchange for this post, which is our entry to the Memory Foam Warehouse's The Age of Believing competition. Fingers crossed we win as the prize is a £100 Disney Store voucher..... D has her eye on the Elsa from Frozen costume which costs SEVENTY POUNDS!!! *ouch*


New Mothercare store opens at Westfield, White City!

Me wearing Mothercare dungarees circa 1980!

Today I was invited to celebrate the opening of a brand new Mothercare fashion store in the shopper's paradise that is Westfield, White City.

I'm a massive fan of Mothercare; everyone knows about my love of their clothes, and in particular the Little Bird range by Jools Oliver. I've also bought pretty much all of my baby paraphernalia from them in the past. From buggies to bottle feeding equipment to nursery furniture; I've always found their products gorgeous, their prices competitive and their staff helpful and knowledgeable. Plus my mum shopped at Mothercare for all of us so it's a company that I've grown up with and trust too.

The new store at Westfield is the first store that is predominantly focused on fashion. From bumps to babies and beyond, this Mothercare has clothes, shoes and accessories to suit the tastes of every mum and mum to be and their budding fashion followers.

Evie and I had a brilliant time looking at everything (and making a few purchases, including these sunglasses!) and also got to chat to some of the designers behind the different ranges too which was fab.

Of course my favourite section was the Little Bird one and here are a few of our top picks from the current collection.

For the rest of the week, Mothercare Westfield is holding a competition where you can win a £200 Mothercare gift card! All you have to do is style an outfit from the children's clothing department, hang it on the special style boards in store, take a photo and share it on Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #MyMothercareStyle. The photo above is the little Spring ensemble I put together for Evie! (Come on sunshine! We're ready for you!)

Mothercare is located on the ground floor of Westfield, inbetween Debenhams and the Lego store. If you're in the area, make sure you pop in! xo

I have not been paid to write this post. All views are honest and my own.

Two Recipe Books to Help You Eat Your Five a Day

I eat a pretty good, varied diet. I'm lucky really because I love eating fruit and vegetables, and I also juice them on a daily basis so there's no chance of me not getting my five a day.

I know juicing isn't for everyone and I know that there are lots of people that do struggle to eat their greens and an apple a day etc etc. Some people simply don't like them and others don't know what to do with them. I'm forever trying to encourage my non-veggie-eating friends to blitz various vegetable combinations into soups and sauces or to swap the minced beef in their chilli for mixed beans. 

But fruit and veg aren't just important for health, THEY TASTE AMAZING! And, in my opinion, the sooner people realise that, the better!

Parragon recently sent me two books as part of their Book Buddies scheme and they are brilliant if you need a bit of encouragement with your five a day. 'Back to your Roots! Delicious Root Vegetable Recipes' and 'Baking with Fruit' are the two latest recipe books to take their place on my ever expanding cookery book shelf.

'Back to your Roots!' is my favourite of the two. Perfect for this time of year when the air is still distinctly chilly, it's jam packed full of hearty, warming comfort food ideas, plus it also has a handy guide to root veg at the beginning, explaining what each one looks and tastes like.

It contains quick and easy recipes to cook at home as well as slightly flashier recipes that are perfect for entertaining. The images are utterly inspiring which makes flicking through the pages a real joy.

'Baking with Fruit' contains 43 mouth watering recipes based around fresh and seasonal fruit. Yes they contain sugar and butter so are by no means virtuous but a cake with fruit must be better than one without, wouldn't you agree?

Both books are published by Parragon and retail at £6.00 and £8.00 respectively and they would make a fabulous addition to any kitchen. xo

I was sent copies of both books in exchange for this honest review.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Pancake Day with OXO

I can't believe how quickly this year is going. Pancake Day, one of my favourite dates in the Foodie Calendar, is LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY! 

In the past I've blogged different pancake recipes to try but this year I'm not going to bother because we ALL know that the ONLY way to eat pancakes is with Nutella and banana. Right?

Something I AM going to show off and sing the praises of, however, is some super duper fancy pants pancake making equipment I was sent to review from OXO.

On the left we have the OXO Batter Dispenser and on the right is the Flip & Fold Omelette (/Pancake) Turner.

OK so when I described them as 'fancy pants' I might have been exaggerating a wee bit but they ARE two super simple and very affordable inventions that just happen to make pancake making an utter breeze.

The batter dispenser is a kitchen essential if you suffer from cooking OCD like me! It has a contoured, squeezy body and a valve in the spout to stop batter from leaking in-between uses and can be used - one handed - to make uniform or fun shaped pancakes. It's also really handy to store excess batter in the fridge.

The omelette turner is made from heat resistant silicone and is the ideal shape and size to flip a pancake.... or a quesadilla.... or indeed an omelette. The fact it's so big means it's genuinely easy peasy to flip even the largest of pancakes without it falling apart.

So how do I make perfect pancakes? I keep it simple. One cup of plain flour, one cup of milk, two large eggs and whisk, whisk, whisk. Then cook in butter (always butter) and serve with Nutella and chopped bananas. Mmm mmmmmm. xoxo

Both products retail at just £8.00 each. I was sent them for free in exchange for this honest review.


Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Ella Bella Scarves

Scarves are my current thing. I appear to have amassed quite a collection over the course of the last year. They make me feel grown up...... glamorous...... a little bit French. There is something about them that I just can't resist, and the way they instantly dress up even the most casual of outfits is ideal for a busy mum like me.

I discovered an online store called Ella Bella Scarves last week and fell head over heels in love! Danielle, who owns the company, is a mum herself and handpicks all her products personally from a number of suppliers. She only buys small volumes so that she can constantly rotate designs and keep her stock exclusive.

The scarves are fashionable, inexpensive (prices range from £6.50 to £8.50), fun and stylish; the perfect fashion accessory, the perfect feeding scarf, ideal to be worn as sarongs on holiday plus, of course, they do a pretty good job of keeping the cold out too. What's not to adore?

For those of you interested in buying one (I know my Cute Foxes scarf caused quite a stir on Instagram at the weekend) I'm delighted to be able to share a code for free P&P with you all. Just type MODERNMUMMY in the discount box at checkout.

Happy shopping! xoxo

DISCLAIMER: I was given an Ella Bella scarf in exchange for this review.

KD UK Tech Too Toys: A Review

What is it with babies and gadgets? They all seem to love playing with them, and Evie is no different! In the past we've bought her (and Daisy, when she was little) toy mobile phones, toy car keys, pretend laptops - but nothing seems to beat the real thing and, despite the bright colours and fun noises of the toys, both girls would much rather play with the boring black TV remote control!

That's fair enough, you may think, but hands up who's lost their mobile phone or keys and then discovered them two days later in the bottom of the toy box? *puts hand in air and waves manically* 

KD UK, an award winning producer of electronic learning aids, have now released their own brand into the toy sector which may well save our gadgets!

Tech Too has been launched to help satisfy the inquisitive nature of our little people when it comes to technology - and to save the real thing from being lost or dropped or covered in sticky fingerprints! There are four items in the range (Kooky Keys - £7.99, My First Remote Control - £8.99, Smooth Touch Smartphone - £9.99 and Alphabet Tablet - £14.99) and we were sent the keys and remote control to review.

First up, lets play spot the remote control!

I'm fairly certain you will all have guessed that Evie LOVES this toy! Why? Because it looks like the real thing of course! (Yes, that's it in the middle). I honestly think it's brilliant - aside from being super realistic (and therefore heaps of fun to play with!) this remote control teaches the numbers 0-9, colours and shapes and speaks French as well as English! (You can switch between the two languages via a dial at the top of the control).

The keys are also a big hit in this household. Again they are very realistic (particularly compared to other brands of toy keys that we've seen and bought in the past) and also have colours, lights and sound to engage and interest little ones. 

Ours have been attached to the buggy since we got them and have even been popular with Daisy, who is four!

All of the Tech Too toys are suitable from ages 12-36m and are available from The Early Learning Centre, John Lewis, Toys R Us and most supermarkets.

We were given the Kooky Keys and My First Remote Control in exchange for this honest review.


Monday, 24 February 2014

A Private Screening of Barbie the Pearl Princess at Vue

On Saturday, Daisy and I had a girls day out in London. We don't often get a day out, just the two of us, so we wanted to make it super special.

We had all sorts lined up (including lunch at Pho in Soho, which you can read all about here) and a trip to the Disney Store in Covent Garden, but first of all we made our way to Vue, Piccadilly, for a very special princess party and a private screening of Barbie the Pearl Princess.

Daisy had been looking forward to this event for weeks. Seriously. Not only is she completely Barbie obsessed at the moment, she was also majorly excited about seeing Florence and Scarlett, her two little besties (who also happen to be the eldest offspring of my blogging besties Ruth from RocknRoller Baby and Alice from An Essex Wife!)

Daisy wore her favourite Rapunzel outfit for the occasion and was thrilled when we arrived at Vue and she was greeted by a real life princess and given a goodie bag with her very own tiara and princess wand. She also had her face painted as a purple butterfly to match her dress, got a red butterfly glitter tattoo and devoured two delicious chocolatey cake pops - and that was all before getting to see Barbie on the big screen!

Then we headed through to Screen 4 and took our (unbelievably comfy reclining) seats for the highlight of Daisy's morning.

The film was pink. Very pink. And very American. And, of course, Daisy loved it as much as she loves the Life in the Dream House series. Although we were both a bit confused as to Barbie's role in the film (we later found out that she 'played' Lumina so we had actually been watching a film about Barbie being in a film.... which confused us even more!)

After the movie, we made our way to Soho for the ultimate Vietnamese feast with the RocknRoller and Essex families and then after lunch our lucky girls were treated to some Frozen goodies from the Disney Store in Covent Garden.

Ruth, Florence, Daisy and I also had a cheeky ride on a tuk yuk back to the tube station which was heaps of fun!

All in all we had a fabulous time - thanks so much to Vue for inviting the girls to see Barbie xoxo

Vue's great value offers for kids include:

Kids AM on Saturday and Sunday mornings (and weekday mornings too during school holidays) in selected cinemas. Tickets for upcoming family friendly films start at just £1.75 for both children and accompanying adults.


Super Tuesdays whereby families can get up to a third off tickets on Tuesdays (this offer is available at all 82 Vue cinemas across the UK).

DISCLAIMER: We were not paid to write this post but were given tickets to the viewing for free.


Family Friendly Pho!

On Saturday, Ruth, Alice and I - and our tribe of little ladies! - were invited to Pho in Soho to review their new children's menu.

The Soho restaurant is one of seven in London, Brighton and Leeds and they sell freshly prepared Vietnamese street food. The chain is family run, informal, very affordable and deliciously healthy - pretty much everything I look for when taking my brood out for lunch or dinner.

The restaurants are named after the Vietnamese national dish; pho is an amazing, tasty (and nutritious!) noodle soup which is often referred to as the "soul of the nation", and after tasting it for the first time this weekend I can see why! They also sell other simple Vietnamese delicacies, teas and fresh juices and absolutely everything on the menu - even the stock in the pho - is made from scratch. 

Our table was reserved for 2pm, so a very busy time of day for a restaurant in the middle of London. We were seated straight away and talked through the new kids menu. My first thoughts were how authentic it was. Offering simple rice and noodle dishes in miniature (although still very generous) portions,  Daisy would have happily eaten anything on there! She opted for the mini chicken pho xao, or wok fried flat rice noodles with bean sprouts and mange tout.

In the meantime, us grown ups were treated to Vietnamese beer and some of the most amazing starters I have ever eaten. My favourites were the muc chien gion (tender fried baby squid, served with a salt, pepper and lime dip - oh my!), the nem hai san (large crispy spring roll of tiger prawn, crab and pork with a nuoc cham dipping sauce) and the goi cuon (summer rolls with either prawn, chicken or vegetables - I tried them all, oink).

Daisy was feeling adventurous and gave all of the starters a go too and the nem nuong (pork and lemongrass meatballs) were a huge success - with her AND Alice and Ruth's girls. (In actual fact we ended up ordering no less than five portions, all of which were demolished as soon as each plate arrived!)

While D tucked into her pho xao, my main of bun ga hue (hot and spicy chicken noodle soup) arrived. I don't know if the Saigon beer I'd drunk had made me go a bit funny but I swear that as I took my first spoonful, my shoulders relaxed and I did a really slow blink. It was/is THE tastiest soup I've ever had. I loved how you were served extra ingredients to spice it up to your taste and my measurements of additional coriander and chilli were obviously spot on as everyone round the table tried and loved it too.

After our main courses, Daisy and I shared the strawberry and basil sorbet. At first I thought that the kid's dessert menu was a bit limited - Daisy didn't actually want anything from it which is very unlike her. The ice cream options were the same as for grown ups (macupono coconut, honey and ginger or green tea flavours) and all us Mums said that it would probably be a good idea to introduce some more familiar flavours for the little ones. However we were all right royally shown up when the girls demolished the coconut and green tea flavours without hesitation and the strawberry and basil sorbet was a massive hit too.

I finished my meal with a cup of yulan tea which is one of my favourites and Daisy loved how pretty it was, although she didn't dare to try it!

I can honestly say we had THE BEST experience at Pho and I will, without a doubt, be returning there next time we're in the West End. The atmosphere was brilliant - everyone (fellow diners and staff) were happy and knowledgeable and laid back - and the music was amazing too. The food was divine (not just from a family point of view either - I'll place my bets on the hot and spicy chicken pho being an awesome hangover/cold cure!) and the little extras, like child friendly chopsticks and colouring, were a lovely touch.

Thank you, Pho, for a lovely meal and a lovely afternoon xoxo

We were given our meal free of charge in exchange for this honest review.


Sunday, 23 February 2014

March #NYNYStyleProject

Next week it's March, which doesn't just mean that Spring is round the corner (we hope) *crosses fingers and does a little sun dance*...... it also means it's time to announce the prompts for month three of the New Year New You Style Project!

The past two months have been so much fun. We've had even more people taking part - and looking through everyone's photos at the end of each day has become one of my favourite things to do. I've discovered so many new styles I'm gagging to try and loads of new accessories and items of clothing I want to buy (sorry Bank of Husband!). I'm also slowly coming to terms with the whole being-in-front-of-the-camera-as-well-as-behind-it thing. If you scroll through my Instagram feed from last year there are virtually no pictures of me..... fast forward to my 2014 and my #NYNYStyleProject photos and there are dozens! 

We've had some lovely comments about the Project this week:

It's made me make more of an effort which in turn makes me feel more stylish and less mummy covered in drool.......
I've enjoyed all of it- it's nice to see different elements ie clothes, jewellery, shoes x

I love this for boosting my confidence!

And this is EXACTLY what we hoped to do.... help to increase self confidence and bring back those style mojos!

So, without further ado, I hereby officially launch the prompts for March!

If you've enjoyed taking part, or are about to start now for the very first time, please help us spread the word. We'd love to encourage as many women as possible to join in for month three! xoxo

Want to know what the Project is all about? Take a wee look here - and don't forget to search the #NYNYStyleProject hashtag on Instagram and Twitter!

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Nutmeg SS14 Preview

Today Evie and I made a journey up to Marble Arch for the preview of the SS14 collection from Morrison's very own clothing range, Nutmeg.

Now I love supermarket clothing for kids. Mine seem to grow at a rate of knots and are forever getting grubby and muddy so their day-to-day clothes need to be affordable and durable too. But just because I want sensible clothes, that doesn't mean I'm happy to buy boring stuff. I like bright colours and pretty prints and thoughtful details.

And that's just what Nutmeg's collection is all about. Thoughtful details.

Made from super soft fabrics, free from itchy labels and with chunky zips that kids can do them up themselves, the collection is made up of super cute t-shirts, pretty party dresses, snuggly rompers, comfy jeans and leggings, uber cool jumpers and cosy macs, perfect for chilly spring days and summer evenings. The best bit of all? Prices start at just £2 for t-shirts (both long and short sleeved) and are capped (for now) at £22 for one of the jackets.

It was a real treat to be able to meet head designer, Katy Percival, and to be talked through the collection by her personally. As a mum to two boys herself, she knows exactly what it is us parents are looking for when it comes to clothes and she has definitely come up trumps with her designs for Nutmeg.

Here are a few of my favourite pieces.

Shorts & stripey tights combo, £7

Baseball boots t-shirt (part of pack of 2), £5

Tie dye striped dress, £7 (totally wish this was available in my size!)

The SS14 collection is heading into stores at the end of this month and I would totally recommend you heading to your local Morrisons to check it out for yourselves. (I would also recommend taking your husband's/boyfriend's/the joint account debit card as you will want to buy EVERYTHING!)

Huge thanks to Morrisons for hosting the event - and for the delicious Hummingbird Bakery cupcake in my goody bag, which I may or may not have waited to eat until Evie was asleep on the train home so that I didn't have to share it. Ahem.xo


Pampers Innovation: A Trip to the Pampers Factory in Manchester

Earlier this month I was lucky enough to be invited on a secret squirrel tour of the Pampers Factory in Manchester. With new products due out later this year, we were there to hear all about the latest innovations in nappy development and to see them being made in the factory too, which very few people get the opportunity to do!

I'm a very loyal Pampers Mum. I tried other brands in the early days of new motherhood but didn't get on with any of them and found Pampers to be pretty darn perfect. In fact I've NEVER had a nappy explosion with Pampers EVER, which is rather impressive I think! With both Daisy and Evie, we've used Pampers New Baby and then Pampers Active Fit and I've always got a pack of Pampers sensitive wipes to hand wherever I go.

This is how bloggers do breakfast!

My day started before 5am (yes, really!) and began with a train journey and then a coach ride to Heathrow Airport, where I met up with Ruth from Rock n Roller Baby and Alice aka An Essex Wife. We made the last part of our journey (via Little Red Plane) together which was a real pleasure - and the first time we've been together completely child free too! (Bloody mary's for breakfast may have contributed to the happy factor!).

On arrival at the Factory there turned out to be a fairly hefty group of us! Bloggers, press, scientists, doctors and PR pro's all spent the day together, learning about the history of the factory site, the evolution of the disposable nappy and watching the super efficient and speedy nappy making process in awe.

We had a brilliant talk (and fun demonstration!) from Dr Frank Wiesemann, who took a nappy apart and showed us all its components and exactly what each one does. The demonstrations involved chocolate spread and hair conditioner so, as you can imagine, there were lots of giggles!

Me with Dr Ellie Cannon

We then heard from Pampers Ambassador, Dr Ellie Cannon, who talked about Pampers' Love, Sleep & Play campaign (and let us all have a sneaky photo opportunity too!).

Looking hot in high vis jackets and steel toe capped boots!

After an amazing buffet lunch we split into groups for the tour and I can honestly say it was the best part of the visit for me. The factory is positively space age - completely immaculate and full of high tech equipment - and watching the machines do their thing was mesmerising!

Some Fun Pampers Facts
Each nappy is made up of 20 raw materials
It takes just 4 seconds to make a nappy 
5 million nappies are produced daily at the Manchester factory
Despite this huge number there are just 292 employees at the factory
The average length of service at the factory is 17.4 years!

A wee night cap on the way home

The day was utterly brilliant; genuinely interesting, lots of fun, and full of lovely people and amazing food (and drink, ahem. There may have been a G&T or three consumed on the way home!). I can't wait to try out the new Pampers range when its released and will be sure to tell you all about it.xo


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

A Bobo Choses Giveaway with KyNa Boutique!

I've not hosted a giveaway for aaaaages so I'm EXTRA SUPER DUPER excited to be hosting this one with my most favourite online store EVER, KyNa Boutique!

We love KyNa's huge collection of gorgeous organic kidswear and buy from them lots. Remember Daisy & Evie's Christmas pyjamas? KyNa. Evie's pink ponies t-shirt that got Twitter a-twittering? KyNa. Daisy's new daisy t-shirt (see above)? Yep! KyNa again.

KyNa sells all our favourite brands; Maxomorra, Ava & Luc, individual, Slugs & Snails - and the customer service is second to none.

So it is with great pleasure that I launch this giveaway for one Bobo Choses red cap, which is SO popular it's currently sold out, even at Bobo itself. It comes in one size (small - suitable for children up to around 5/6) and retails at £17.

Bobo are the latest brand to hit KyNa's virtual shelves and already for sale on the website are some of the most awesome tees, tanks, shorts and dresses I've ever seen. (I want this sunshine dress in my size please!!)

As per my usual giveaway terms and conditions, I'm using the Rafflecopter widget below and everyone is entitled to six entries each. The competition closes at midnight on 25th February 2014 and the winner will be announced on here and on Twitter shortly afterwards. This competition is open to UK residents only and the prize will be sent direct from KyNa Boutique. 

Good luck! xo

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Sunday, 16 February 2014

Random Acts of Kindness

One of my favourite things about blogging is getting to meet lots of brilliant people. Over the past few years I've met people that have inspired me, people that have motivated me and people that I've been able to have a good few G&Ts with! (They're the best kind!)

When Debenhams asked me if I'd like to help them launch their Random Acts of Kindness campaign by choosing two people I'd like to send friendship bracelets to, I knew straight away who I'd pick.

Two blogging friends who I would now consider some of my best friends In Real Life are Ruth from Rock n Roller Baby and Alice from An Essex Wife and I couldn't wait to surprise them with an unexpected present in the post!

As I started the chain, I got to choose a bracelet to receive myself too. Being a huge fan of super sparkly costume jewellery, I opted for this gorgeous cubic zirconia tennis style bracelet from Jon Richard for Debenhams. It's silver plated, has a magnetic clasp and looks uber glamorous. It retails at £50 but I think it looks much more expensive than that! I love bracelets and mixing and matching gold and silver with leather cuffs and precious stones is one of my favourite ways to accessorise so this is a perfect addition to my jewellery box.

Then I got to pick a bracelet each for my blogging besties. This was the super fun part!

For Ruth I chose a gold and pearl charm bracelet by Martine Wester and, for Alice, a silver mesh cuff by Skagen.

It's so lovely to be able to treat people that are special to you and I hope they both adore their bracelets as much as I adore them xo

I received a Jon Richard silver bracelet from Debenhams (as detailed above) in exchange for this post.

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