By now I’ve definitely reached the conclusion that little ones rarely do anything other than keep us on our toes. This was proven recently by Lyla questioning why I was wearing Daddy’s trousers when I put on a pair of boyfriend jeans. And, Theo looking at me with disgust during the Easter bunny hunt as I called him my gorgeous little boy, before crossly exclaiming that he is in fact, ‘a dinosaur’.
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I’ve been out in the garden quite a bit lately, with the kids cooking up a muddy storm in their playhouse, ice lollies firmly in hand. For us, we’ve started to re-organise the patio space with new table, chairs and parasol, quickly sneaking coffee and cake minus sticky fingers while they’re distracted. Al Fresco dining has to be one of the best parts of Summer, even if a duvet seems mandatory some days.
Over the Bank Holiday, my Brother and Sister-in-law sent L and T a Ladybird Lodge from the always addictive Not On The High Street. Complete with flower seeds, this fab garden feature has become an exciting part of their Springtime planting, and hopefully a little more successful than last year’s sad looking Sunflower.
I dug out a few other outside buys for the wishlist, from Mummy Mode must-have site Loaf. There’s so many ideas on there, including this gorgeous garden storage solution, the Churnie Vase.
I’m now banking on a long sunny Summer for little ones, ladybirds and prospective Loaf buys.
Items featured: Marche Storage Basket, Herby Window Box and Churnie Vase.
Over the Easter holidays we took our little bunnies to Yorkshire for a few sunny days of chocolate, family feasts and fun. In amongst egg hunts and far too much gorgeous food, I set to work on my Summer wardrobe.
George at Asda recently launched this year’s Holiday Shop, and I was asked to select my favourite outfit from their range. Forever a maxi fan, it was a tough choice to pick between the many striking prints on offer. This perfect combination of pastels and florals really caught my attention, although I also love their neon tribal numbers. While we were away I spent the entire time sporting said skirt, and it’s fast becoming my Summer staple.
These knotted sandals suit my shoe style down to the ground, and I can see them fitting in at weekends, work and weddings. A fail-safe set of holiday wear, the whole outfit comes in at under £30. Prepare to sizzle beside the barbecue with this collection, especially if you’re looking for a Summer capsule. The shop seamlessly nails classic, cool and eclectic, and as always, is bang on budget.
Items featured: Floral Print Maxi Skirt, Camisole Vest in Ash, Rope Knot Sandals in White and Filigree Tiered Shell Effect Earrings. All c/o George at Asda.
Visit the George at Asda Holiday Shop here.
Summer holidays may be a little way off, but I’m hoping to hit the beach soon if this sunshine continues. With the kids in tow, we always need to carry excess essentials, and now I’ve found a super snazzy way to do it. These beach bags by Sew Lomax are wipe clean and have a zip to seal contents safely, keeping the sand off your sun cream.
As well as being brilliant beach bags, they’re also perfect for other day trips. I could see myself stuffing make-up bits, snacks and general baby belongings in these seaside pals.
Available from May, priced at £30 each. www.sewlomax.com.
Last year I did a few blogs about Shopcade, the one stop social shopping site. Taking part in their Mother’s Day Q&A I was asked to describe myself in three words. Tricky as this task was, I plumped for “never without mascara”.
Shopcade is a personal shopping app, where you can list favourites, earn points and grab bargains. Like Facebook and Twitter, you have a profile page in which you pin products from various big name fashion, home and beauty brands. It’s seriously addictive (and stylish) stuff, especially with the likes of MAC, Topshop and Asos on there. Shopcade Store is an extension of the main site, and features their favourite up-and-coming design talent. Designers include; Finchittida Finch, DIY Nails, Monvatoo London and LOTA.
There are amazing items on display, but Monvatoo London really caught my eye. This Rose Gold Unicorn Ring is a stunning statement piece, which would bring the bling to any outfit.
See more from the Shopcade Store here.
L and I are a bit hair accessory obsessed at the moment. Although her 4 year old tastes may be slightly influenced by extravagant Frozen updos (which are somewhat over-stretching my hairdressing skills), I’ve still taken to borrowing a few bobbles. Think I’ll stop short of stealing her glittery clip-in hair pieces though- not sure the My Little Pony look suits me.
My favourite scrunchie find (yes they’re back) are these Topshop cuties. Only £4 each and with lots of colours to choose from, I’ve bought a few different patterns. They transform all manner of mop sins into a good hair day. The style is very Easter appropriate too, or so my 2 year old thinks. I’m currently choosing to ignore his comment about Mummy being a bunny.
Check out the rest of the Topshop hair accessory range here.
Since Spring has sprung I’ve noticed how much the simplicity of sunshine or blossoming flowers actually affects my mood. It’s amazing the way bright colours can perk you up, no matter how dreary the day. I’ve recently started a new Sunday night ritual, taking time out and indulging in a face mask, episodes of Sex and The City and some chocolate or nail painting. Sometimes I’ve felt so stuck in a rut that it’s been easier to waste time on Twitter or mull over pointless worries, when actually all I needed was to stop and take stock.
Already a big fan of La Sultane de Saba, (as seen in my Premium Pampering post), I jumped at the chance to sample their Honey, Rose & Ginger Mask. Coming in at £30, I can vouch that this gorgeous goo is well worth the price tag. Using it once or twice a week has not only provided the perfect excuse to sit still and chill, but also made my skin soft, soothed and plumped up. The main problem is trying to avoid eating it alongside my SATC Dairy Milk, because like all La Sultane de Saba items, this mask smells ridiculously scrummy. A good friend visiting on Saturday even commented on my skin- and I thought that kind of thing only happened in cringey tv ads.
Here are a few other simple slices of luxury making me happy this week…
La Sultane De Saba stockist- www.burntlily.co.uk. View the Honey, Rose & Ginger Mask here.