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!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Thursday, 9 March 2017
This shirt featured on my Instagram earlier this week and loads of you asked where it was from so I thought it deserved a little blog post of its own ;)
I'd been after an embroidered shirt for FOREVER and missed out on the gorgeous Zara version that everyone bought at the beginning of the year - but everything happens for a reason and it turns out an even more beautiful one was was meant to be mine!
Even better - this blouse was just £12 from a new store called PEP&CO, and I'm head over heels in love with it!
It's the perfect length (why oh why oh why do all shirts seem to be cropped these days?!), 100% cotton and has the most beautiful, colourful folk-inspired floral embroidery I think I've ever seen.
I'm looking forward to wearing this a lot as the weather starts to get milder! It's going to look great with a midi skirt and clogs (and bare legs!) but in the meantime it made its debut teamed with a pair of super skinny jeans and suede ankle boots.
PEP&Co isn't available online but their stores are dotted all over the UK (some are shop-in-shops inside Poundland.... you can find the one nearest to you here). They recently sent me a selection of clothes from their SS17 collection (this shirt being my favourite piece!) so you can expect a few style related posts from me over the coming weeks.
Monday, 6 March 2017
I feel like breaking into song as I write this post. "At Last" by Etta James springs to mind ;) Because YES! At long, looooonnng last, last Wednesday we finally got our new car.... and not just a car that's new to us either, an actual brand spanking new one straight from the factory!
After decades of driving second hand old bangers, I decided to buy brand new. As you know all too well, we love a road trip and cover a lot of road miles every month (our little old Vauxhall racked up almost 30,000 in the 20 months we had it) so reliability was absolutely essential. I didn't want to run the risk of encountering more problems (and expense) with another second hand car so after a lot of research I went for a KIA Picanto. I'm going to write about in more depth separately, but one of the main reasons I chose a KIA was for their brilliant 7 year warranty.
Of course, when one has a new car, one needs new accessories ;) - and as new car seat legislation* has now come into force we replaced our old boosters with two Joie Trillo Group 2/3 car seats. Although you can continue to use old style booster cushions if you have them, it's highly recommended that children travel in high backed ones, and I chose the Joie brand for the girls after a recommendation from a mum at school (I got them from Kiddie's Kingdom as they were on offer at £39.95 and next day delivery was free!).
*New backless boosters can no longer be sold for use by children that are under 125cm and weigh less than 22kg - they must be over both. All new products will be labelled with these height and weight restrictions and if you don't comply you risk a £500 fine.
|First car selfie|
I have to say, the past week has been complete heaven; I've not had to wake up early to make sure the car is going to start (we had to cancel plans / make alternative travel arrangements on so many occasions with our old car), plus the new car has HEATING! And Bluetooth! And is super economical and eco-friendly to boot.
Now we just need to plan our first road trip! I'm thinking dinner on the beach might be in order this evening.... keep your eyes peeled over on Instagram to see where we end up!
Wednesday, 1 March 2017
If you were to ask me my favourite brand of kid friendly snacks, there's no doubt about it - my answer would be BEAR. Purveyors of fine, fruity nibbles - also known as Yoyos, Paws and Claws - these are the girls favourite after school treats, and one that I don't mind giving them either, seeing as they're high in fibre, don't contain any added sugar, and each packet contains one of their five a day.
But BEAR also make cereal; two varieties in fact - delicious wholegrain and even more delicious-er cocoa Alphabites - and last month they sent the girls a little parcel of goodies to celebrate the launch of their brand new, and totally gorgeous, packaging!
We have chocolate breakfast Fridays in this house. As the weekend is so close, the girls get to swap their usual wholegrain cereals for something a bit more decadent. Everyone's current fave is the cocoa Alphabites. They contain just six natural ingredients (wholegrain wheat flour, ground oats, ground rice, coarsely ground corn, unsweetened ground cocoa and coconut blossom nectar) and no refined sugar or salt, so I can let the girls have a treat knowing that they are still eating well. A simple, natural breakfast is the best way to start the day!
BEAR sent us everything we needed to dress the kids up as little bear cubs; pyjamas, face paints and bear ears, so they had a right royal time eating breakfast BEFORE bed so that I could take these photos! It took a lot of persuasion to get them to let me wash the face paints off before they went up to bed - in the end I had to promise them that I'd re-do it in the morning!
Check out the BEAR website here and follow them on Twitter here for more info on their full product range.
Written in association with Bear Nibbles.
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