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Monday Musing

Monday Musing’s is where each week I’ll round up whats been on the blog, what I’ve bought, created or simply just enjoyed doing. I do hope you will all get involved and let me know what you have been doing as well.

It’s been a big week for Easter sales and I’ve grabbed myself some gorgeous pieces for an absolute steal.

I bagged this gorgeous H! by Henry Holland sweater for just £10.80 in the Debenhams Sale cos seriously it’s so not summer weather just yet!

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And these real leather boots from ASOS for just £11.87

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I also grabbed a brushed cotton Topshop lumber jack shirt and a New Look brown cord jacket for 99p each at the British Heart Foundation. Now I just need to bag those boyfriend fit tapered jeans I’ve been lusting after and I’m good to go!

I’ve found a new love for flamingo print and I had to have THOSE tumblers from ASDA, and at £2.50 I’d have been mental not to surely?!

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Epic right?! In fact some of the new Home Ranges at ASDA are pretty epic, I’m digging this milk jug especially, retro chic!

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Check out their nautical look, it’s to die for!

I’ve talked about Emmy Twenty, gorgeous ballet flats made from real leather and in loads of different styles, I styled my 3 fave pairs for summer, you can find the post here.

Ive also been seriously lusting after the new pieces at O’Neill. I love the surf style and I have a massive girl crush on Joss Stone, but hey who doesn’t! You can find the O’Neill styled post here.

A fine Choice have some gorgeous Easter gifts, all chocolate free which I’m fully on board with, you can find my top 3 picks here.

Not to forget the home, I love shelving and what Shelf Store offer is something really unique. Check them out and their awesome design wizard. See what I had to say about them here.

For all you cake lovers out there, I shared one of my fave recipes for pudding, Eve’s Pudding, go find it here.

I got my hands a little dirty and for Thrifty Thursday created something cute for the kids!

So all in all it’s been a busy week, I’ve enjoyed listing to music I had long forgotten about and polishing up my knitting skills. Next is to tackle crochet *yes this puts the fear of god in me!* I refuse to let it beat me and the amount of patterns I’ve been hoarding in the hope I’ll crack it is obscene and well most of them I NEED IN MY LIFE!

Oh and I’m hoping to soon be launching something fun on Instagram. I’m currently knitting like a mad lady to create a wide range of sizes and style of bow ties and hair slides for kiddies and grown ups too all just £2.50 each with a fixed postage costs of £1.80 no matter how many you order. Commissions are welcome 🙂 Drop me a line if you want to find out more.

So long for this week and catch you all on the other side! I’d really love to know what you guys have been upto, share below or via Twitter 🙂

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Mother’s Day gift ideas that say I Love You!

Mother’s Day is always a tricky one for me. My mum hates all that soppy stuff like stuffed animals and bunches of flowers, I get it, they can come across like empty gestures so I always try and either create her something or go safe and buy her a vintage pinnie or piece of jewellery. So if you, like me are starting to panic just a week from Mothers Day of what to buy their mum then check out my top picks for meaningful and long lastings heart felt gifts with none of that soppiness!

Benedict’s Bakery,  are focused on providing bespoke baking gifts with the highest levels of customer satisfaction and  will do everything they can to meet your expectations. With a variety of offerings to choose from, from gluten free pancakes to brownie mixes, there is something for everyone here.

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I chose the brownie mix with personalisation and wooden spoon, £8.99. Such a simple yet thoughtful gift with something left over to treasure for years to come.

For all those eco friendly mums out there, stop by Spirit of Nature. They have some amazing gifts everything from high end to pocket money, you are sure to find something very special here.

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This stunning perisian wool scarf is perfect, £25.95.

For something a little quirky and fun for mum this Mother’s Day check out Oakdene Designs Fairy Cottage Door wall sticker set.

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You can find them on Not on the High Street, £12

If your mum loves jewellery why now check out Two Ducks, this adorable bunny brooch is hand made and totally adorable!

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Available at Two Ducks, £12

How about this adorable rabbit wood clock, practical AND beautiful, who wouldn’t be made up to open this next Sunday?!

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Available from Tigerlilly Quinn, on sale at just £6.99.

Alternatively, this stunning fox dress is just divine!

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Made from 100% cotton and guaranteed to get you noticed, £28.00.

I hope this little round up has inspired you to go forth and make Mother’s Day epic for the special lady in your life.

Which would you choose?

Chocolate Free Easter

A few years ago I was asked to write a post about alternatives to chocolate eggs for children, we as a family haven’t received or given chocolate eggs for many years now and I can’t help but wonder if this is more wide spread than I thought so I thought I’d create a showcase of some of the wonderful alternatives to chocolate eggs to give this easter and they aren’t just for kids!

First up is The Calm Gallery selling beautiful prints, postcards and tea towels. My personal favourites are;

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You’re a Good Egg print by Laura Seaby £25

This super print from Laura Seaby has been letterpressed in two colours in a limited edition of 100 signed and numbered prints.

Packed full of intricate and pretty patterns this little print would make a lovely gift for anyone who is a good egg.

Limited edition of 100, Signed & numbered by the artist, Two colour letterpress print, Heavy white textured paper and measures  297mm by 210mm (11¾ by 8¼ in).

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You are the Brightest Star Tea Towel by Hazel Nicholls £10

‘You are the brightest star’, an absolutely adorable tea towel designed by Hazel Nicholls.

This gorgeous design has been screen printed in midnight blue ink onto a natural cotton tea towel.

The perfect treat for your shining star!

Natural cotton,  Screen printed in midnight blue,  With hanging loop,  and measures 760mm by 480mm (30 by 19 in).

Next up is Atlas and I.  A beautiful and unique gift company that specialises in using antique maps in unsual and exciting ways.

My picks from here are;

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This stunning Sail boat over the Isle of Wight or personalised with any other location. Available in a black or white frame size 12 x 14 inches.  prices start at £75.

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This gorgeous genuine leather iPhone 5 case with closing tab and personalised to any location in Great Britain. Handmade at £90.

Next we have some funky jewellery,

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This awesome Fish and chips Necklace is by AMuse Fashions and is £25. Something for the young at heart perhaps.

If you are looking for something a little more ‘traditional’ but with a cute twist try this gorgeous Sea Glass Bracelet, also £25.

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Clea Silk are another place to stop if your shopping for that jewellery lover, their collections are beautiful and I specifically love their tassel collection, its fun and easy to wear and goes with anything.

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These cute bracelets are just £25 and there are matching items available.

Now something for the fashion lover, FSL Clothing.

These gorgeous jumpers come in at £120 but are stunning,

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Perfect for that fussy teenager in your life that is clearly far to old for chocolate eggs!

Or how about nail wraps,

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These floral beauties are a mere £6.65, cheaper than a trip to the nail bar! AND look beautiful on something for young or old alike.

Fancy a chilled glass of Rosé, a fresh aromatic Riesling or a smooth Chardonnay but want to cut back on the alcoholic units?

Simply switch your usual bottle of wine for Eisberg non alcoholic wine and experience the real taste of wine, without the alcohol and with only a third of the calories.

New Eisberg range

 Eisberg alcohol-free wine is made in exactly the same way as your favourite wine, but with one difference.  At the end of the process the alcohol is gently removed using one of the world’s most advanced processes, leaving all of the flavours of the wine, but none of the alcohol.

 There are four varietals in the range: A refreshingly aromatic Riesling, a crisp Chardonnay, a juicy succulent Rosé and a fruity red Cabernet Sauvignon.

 Suitable as an accompaniment dining with friends, or enjoying on its own, Eisberg contains 0.05% alcohol and only 34 calories per 125 ml glass, making it a great alternative to calorie laden booze.

 Eisberg’s alcohol-free range of wine can help combat the cravings, so if you fancy the real taste sensation of your favourite wine, you don’t have to go without.

 The full range is available in Morrisons and selected varieties in Asda, Waitrose, RRP £3.50. 

Perfect for the none drinkers or calories conscious, a product review for the wine will be coming soon.

I hope this has inspired some of you to step out their comfort zone and buy something unique and long lasting this Easter.

 

WauWaa and Frugi – Review

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If you have never heard of Frugi, you can find out about their amazing organic children’s clothing here . And if like me, you have and know how simply amazing they are then you can check out there range now available at WauWaa .

When I was asked to road test an item from Frugi’s new range I almost squealed with excitement! I didn’t  for fear of the pooch going postal and licking me half to death but I could barely contain said excitement. Ive had a few Frugi pieces for the girls over the years but only ever bought them second hand so this was a real treat!

I choose the super stylish Camper Van Dress and I can hear you all now screaming, “Why isn’t this in my size?!” Well sadly it isn’t… YET! But you can still ogle that little lady of yours in this stylish number and barely feel duped.

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My little lady simply could not wait to get it on ( as you can see from the chocolate stained face and bruised shins!) and has had to be prised out of it every time it requires washing. Who can blame her tho when its a beautiful fit, looks amazing and feels divine on the skin!

I simply adore the packaging it comes in, makes the whole experience that little bit more magical, who doesn’t love cute packaging! And the label is gorgeous, a work of art if you ask me. I simply adore brands that take that little bit of thought on their packaging for children’s clothes, it makes everyone feel spoilt.

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We have had this dress for almost a week now and its been worn almost every day and washed and dried on the radiator. It hasn’t lost its shape and neither has any of the colours bled, it hasn’t shrunk and with each wash it still looks as glorious as the day we received it.

I genuinely don’t have one bad thing to say about the cute little camper van dress or Frugi. For the £27 this dress retails at if I had gone out and bought it I would still be over the moon. It’s very rare to buy something this soft  that will continue to hold its shape after the abuse the 4 year old puts it through along with the continuous washing and drying in doors.

And for the boys, check out this bad boy . This has to be the greatest tshirt I have EVER seen!

Check Frugi out now, available at WauWaa as a permanent brand. Which will you choose?

*The Camper Van dress was sent to me free of charge, all opinions are my own*

Children’s Summer Style

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Gorgeous summer style with Clarks and Little Shrimp, makes me feel all summery and lovely!
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Shock Absorber – Review

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I took up yoga in Jan this year and even though it isn’t a strenuous activity, doing the sun salutation in a regular bra is rather unbecoming and not the most comfortable thing in the world so having a sports bra is just part and parcel of any sport.

I was given the chance to trial the new running Shock Absorber and by god its beautiful!

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Unlike most sports bras that aren’t strictly bras they are crop tops, this one really steps it up. The colour is stunning, the picture doesn’t do it justice. The material is super soft almost like cashmere not just to the touch but to wear, against the skin its a dream and totally breathable which is what you want when you are bent over with your bum in the air! There are no visible seams to the inside either giving the ultimate in comfort. I’ve had ones in the past that have had massive seams at the sides that itch and rub when you work up a sweat. It offers unbelievable support and I love the fact it fastens like a bra at the back and with fully adjustable straps and the racer back fastening it couldn’t be more perfect. I was a little concerned I would need help to fasten the clip that makes it into a racer back, however I managed to fasten it without assistance and I didn’t need to be super bendy to do so. * there where no strained muscles in the trailing of this bra*

SHO16_1000_2My only gripe is that it runs slightly small, i’m a 34B and this one is on the last hook and still could do with an extra few cm. However it doesn’t pinch or nip anywhere you are just aware that you are wearing it

Figleaves stock a wide range of Shock Absorber sports bra’s.

L xx

*The Shock Absorber bra was sent to me to trial free of charge, all opinions are my own*

Phase Eight Fashion Week Blogger Challenge

Phase Eight Fashion Week Blogger Challenge

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$165 – phase-eight.co.uk

I chose these pieces for their comfort and style. Fashion Week is madness and there is nothing worse than being uncomfortable.
The top is trendy and bang on trend and touches on the boho look which is right up my street, pair with lovely leggings you can’t go wrong. Rock it up a bit with the gorgeous cream patent shoes and chunky jewellery you can go straight from the catwalk to a restaurant without stopping to preen and finishing off with a trendy yet classic jacket really finishes off the look, also not just for fashion week you can take this whole outfit forward and wear it for any occasion.
Personally I love it!!

Autumn Cool outfit post via Polyvore

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Adidas sweater
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TOMS sneaker
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Disney backpacks bag
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Watch available from http://www.thewatchgallery.com/shop/exclusive-88-rue-du-rhone-steel-rose-gold-plated-watch-87wa120057.html?___SID=U
Jeans available from ARITZIA.COM

*Rushes off to buy this entire outfit!*

Get the kids warm and snuggly this season with Next

 
With the turn in the weather, it is now time to bring out the Winter wardrobe! This is no excuse for frumpy jumpers and oversized coats.. Dress your little one fashionably this season, and take your pick from the new collection of Winter coats and jazzy jumpers at Next!
 
 
 

Keep it casual with their collection of cosy jumpers for him or her! I absolutely LOVE this cute cotton patterned jumper for him (3 months- 6 years, £13-14 http://www.next.co.uk/x522838s8#854104×52). Team it with a shirt underneath for the ultimate preppy look, or simply wear it on it’s own. 



For her I also LOVE this striped Sweater (3-16 years, £16-22,http://www.next.co.uk/g742738s1#884774g74 ). Style it with a pair of black skinny jeans for a cool monochrome look.



Who says warm can’t look good! This Navy and Tan Stripe Coat with cute bow detail is the perfect item to keep her warm, whilst still looking adorably smart (3-16 years, £32-38http://www.next.co.uk/g749744s1#870819g74). 

However, if you don’t quite think it’s coat season yet, try their selection of Gilets, perfect to go over virtually any outfit! I especially love this Cream Faux Fur Gilet (3-16 years, £26-32,http://www.next.co.uk/G49428s6#877155G49), which will look fab over a cute dress and a pair of tights! 



Don’t worry, there’s a great selection of Gilets for boys too that come in all different colours! This Navy Gilet (3-16 years, £16-21,http://www.next.co.uk/g492520s6#854386g49) is one of my favourites! Throw it on with a pair of jeans and a sweater for the perfect Autumnal look!

I love Gilets! What would you pair yours with?