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May 2015

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Marvellous Marble

25th May 2015
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Main Picture: Two-tone Bathroom at Stone Age

When you think of marble, oligarchs, glitzy hotels and bad taste come to mind. Not any more – marble interiors and accessories are big news for 2015. Whether it’s the elegance of a Carrara marble splashback in the kitchen paired with deep indigo units from British Standard or a two tone monochrome bathroom in black and white marble, there are plenty of marbles to suit all tastes. Try Stone Age for a wide variety. This is a look that never dates and has the longevity and is hardwearing enough to avoid frequent replacement. If you are looking for just a hint of marble try a copper lamp teamed with a touch of marble or the luxe drinks trolley from Oliver Bonas. H&M also has a good selection of marble homewares this season. I am loving this look and when it comes to the next round of decorating, marble will be at the top of my list.

 

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Main Picture: British Standard Cupboards

1. Luxe Drinks Trolley at Oliver Bonas | 2. Marble Shelf at Holly’s House | 3. Marble Duvet Set at H&M | 4. Copper & Marble Lamp at Holly’s House | 5. Marble and wood chopping board at Holly’s House| 6. Luxe Round Side Table at Oliver Bonas

Fashion Little Ones

Rise of the Mini-Me

19th May 2015
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By chance my nine year old daughter and I seem to be wearing so many similar clothes these days which seems only natural to me. What I seem to buy, I also like for her and she mostly appreciates too. Luckily we are moving out of the pink stage. However I am not talking about exact versions of the same outfit but the wardrobe staples like denim dresses & dungarees, breton tops, most recently a summer trench and because it’s me and my obsession, a jumpsuit!  Mini Preen always shoot their campaigns with mother and daughter versions of the same outfit, Barbour adult and children’s sizes are selling like hot-cakes as are Hunter wellies for both generations and of course not forgetting Petit Bateau’s iconic yellow raincoat or mariniere.

Around £5 billion worth of children’s clothing is sold in the UK each year so it’s no wonder that children’s fashion is going from strength to strength with many high profile designers getting in on the act. Here’s my little selection of mini-me style.

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1. Adult: Denim dress at Top Shop, Child: Tommy Hilfiger dress at Smallable | 2. Adult:  Navy Jumpsuit at Mango, Child: Buttoned jumpsuit at Zara | 3. Adult: Breton top at Petit Bateau, Babe & Tess top at Smallable | 4. Adult: Stone trench at Fashion Union, Child: Trench at Mango

Fashion

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes

16th May 2015
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Main Picture Credit: Miss KG | Carvela | Miss KG

OK I think I may have gone slightly crazy in the #shoeaholics sale (thanks Martin Lewis at MoneySavingExpert!) but these were such good bargains I couldn’t resist! Kurt Geiger’s Carvela and Miss KG shoes all £39 and under and an extra 15% off on your first order. Now I just need somewhere to wear them, although my husband is going to kill me. Get them before they go! Last few pairs in stock. Go, go, go…

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Carvela Gordon Lace Up Cut Out Heels, Nude (reduced from £120)

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Miss KG Poesy Heels (reduced from £79)5696700799

Miss KG Edie Heels (reduced from £95) 

Home & Lifestyle

Sitting Pretty

10th May 2015
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Recently I have been spending a lot of time looking at chairs and have to say the Peacock Cane Chair is one of my favourites. Gaining popularity in the 60s and 70s, peacock chairs are made from rattan / wicker, making them perfect for outdoor use. They can look glamorous as well as ornate. These colourful ones are from The Family Love Tree who have a large selection.

Available in adult, tween and child versions in numerous colours. Each chair comes with a sun resistant cushions with its bold cane print.  Here are a few of my favourites.

Peacock Natural Chair

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Tween Peacock Chair – Pastel Pink

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Peacock Chair Black

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Fashion

Jump To It

1st May 2015
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I think I am a little obsessed with jumpsuits! I just can’t stop buying them. What was once a niche item has now become a wardrobe staple and a new summer uniform.

So here are my three of the best and another one I couldn’t resist adding.

The H&M black one as seen in Grazia is the most versatile and comfortable piece I have ever worn. It goes with everything and is suitable for day or night teamed with a pair of heels. And it’s purse friendly too at £15 now in the sale!

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1. Khaki jumpsuit at Mango | 2. V neck jumpsuit at H&M | 3. Chambray jumpsuit at Whistles

 

 

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Silk Chiffon Jumpsuit at a day in a life 

This jumpsuit is from new label ‘a day in a life’. Gorgeous print but a little pricier at £290 as it’s silk chiffon.

Home & Lifestyle Little Ones

Club Tropicana

1st May 2015
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Flamingo wall stickers at bobo kids 

In the words of George Michael, ‘Club Trobicana drinks are free. Fun and sun and there’s enough for everyone!’

Bring the outside in and add a touch of the tropics with these new wall stickers and lights. A great way to brighten up a child’s bedroom.

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1. Mimi Lou pineapple & flamingo wall stickers at bobo kids | 2. Pineapple lamp at Notonthehighstreet |

3. Mimi Lou cushion at Smallable | 4. Flamingo lights at England at Home