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Summer Suitcase – packing ideas for the holiday season

17th July 2016
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Summer Packing

Schools out and summer holiday time is here. Not long now till we jet off on holiday so I have compiled a selection of wardrobe staples for girls, boys and for mamas of course! I hate packing with a passion and unpacking even more. It’s taken me over two weeks to unpack from the last holiday which is really quite embarrassing now! The kids are off for a short break with granny so two more lots of packing to come and so pleased that the summer and heatwave has finally arrived in the UK.

For Girls

A decidedly pink edit for the girls, not intentional but who would not want to pack that infamous Sunnylife inflatable flamingo for their summer holidays? Bit pricey for a piece of plastic but definitely investing in one this year. Not for the kids but for me! Also snap up the Limited Edition rose gold Saltwater sandals from Smallable as they are going fast. I have yet to buy a pair of these pretty sandals but my blogger pal Kidstylejunkie swears by them and buys two sets for her twins every summer.

 

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1. Provence style dress at Pepa & Co

2. Pom Pom Kaftan at Next 

3. Rose Gold Limited Edition Saltwater Sandals at Smallable 

4. Diamante and Embellished Rose sunglasses at Monsoon 

5. Sunnylife Flamingo inflatable at ASOS

6. Ikaria print rucksack at Monsoon 

 

For Boys

The boys are not to be outdone on the inflatable stakes this year so head to ASOS for the toucan inflatable and a selection of other fun poolside pieces.

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1. Striped shirt at Zara

2. Vintage swimwear t-shirt at Pepa & Co

3. Bermuda shorts at Zara 

4. Bathers at Boden

5. Tennis plimsoles at Elias & Grace 

6. Sunnylife Toucan inflatable at ASOS

For Mamas

Boho is still big news this summer, from the floaty kaftans to the numerous embroidered blouses and peasant tops seen everywhere on the high street. I instagrammed this River Island festival jacket recently as simply had to share but seriously I do not want to take it off. It’s such an amazing find, sadly now sold out in the sale but available at ASOS full price. How many pairs of denim shorts is too many? Can’t stop buying different styles of these but got these high-waisted denim shorts for a bargain from H&M. Just get one size up as their sizing is a joke! If one thing is having its moment this summer, it’s the tassel and pom pom. I am coveting the Elina Linadarki pom pom sandals but these ones from Ego will do just the trick.  Last but not least is this Reformation-style bardot dress from New Look. Team with gold jewellery for that essential summer look.

 

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1. River Island Festival jacket at ASOS

2. High Waist Denim shorts at H&M

3. Mango straw clutch

4. Saskia Pom pom sandal at Ego

5. Red bardot dress at New Look (sold out – available in black)

6. Trikini swimsuit at Zara (sold out)

Fashion Home & Lifestyle

Trend Alert: Pick of the Pom Poms

3rd April 2016
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Blame it on Dolce & Gabanna, the pom pom dress and Sicilian basket or the everlasting bohemian trend but pom poms are big news this spring and this season you can have your pick of the bunch. Whether it’s a pom pom basket, a pom pom bag or clutch, heels adorned with pom poms, a pom pom throw or garland for simple decoration, they are everywhere.

If like me you are pom pom or woven basket obsessed, you will also like a like my previous post Dreamweaver.  I have also developed more than an obsession with the Banjara bags, vintage clutches made from recycled materials by craftspeople in Indian tribes as shown in the main picture by Nana & Jules.

Here’s my pick of the pom poms, this summer’s hottest accessory. Pom Poms for the little ones coming soon.

Pom Poms

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Main picture: Dolce & Gabanna SS16 | Graham & Green | Nana & Jules 

  1. Moyna clutch at ASOS – £80
  2. Pom Pom Garland at Bohemia – £30
  3. Pom Pom cushion at Safomasi – £40
  4. Pom Pom basket at Nubie – £44 
  5. Pom Pom orange throw at Bohemia – £140
  6. Sicilian Pom Pom basket at Muzungu Sisters 
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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

4th March 2016
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Leaving it pretty late for my Mother’s Day post but if you are reading this Hub, here is my Mother’s Day wishlist. I’ve done all the hard work searching for you, all you need to do is pick – one, two or three items, it’s up to you! Or Mums, why not treat yourself this year and save the disappointment!

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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  1. Selfish Mother Sweatshirt – Mama ‘Boyfriend’ Sweatshirt

    With a £15 donation going to Help Refugees UK, (a grassroots organisation doing amazing work on the ground for people in the Calais ‘jungle’ refugee camp, and on the Greek island of Lesbos, where asylum seekers are arriving everyday on perilously overpacked boats), what’s not to love about this Selfish Mother sweatshirt? I like the ‘Mama’ alternative in an eye-popping Hibiscus/Gold. Sold out at John Lewis but alternatives available at Selfish Mother. 

  2. Personalised Rose Gold Name Necklace

    I have wanted one of these personalised name necklaces for yonks but have never got round to getting one myself. It has to be in rose gold. Nothing else will do! Of course, kids come first and I have recently bought one for my daughter’s 10th birthday. You can get them on etsy or Not on the High St which are awash with name necklaces galore but can vouch for this one here. 

  3. Kikki K Stationery – Blush leather day planner

    Move over Tiger & HEMA, I have found a new stationery love. Kikki K Stationery has arrived in the UK. Let’s face it, who doesn’t love a bit of new stationery and the Scandinavians get it right every time. Love this Blush Pink Personal Planner. What more do you need when stationery is this beauiful?

  4. Kikki K Stationery – Boxed Dual Pen Set

    Simple things but I can never find a decent pen in this house. All I want for mothers day is this Dual Pen Set again from Kikki K.

  5. Bloom & Wild Flower subscription box

    Subscription boxes have really taken off this year but would love to get one of these Bloom & Wild boxes as an ongoing subscription. The Lizzie works out at £18.50 per bouquet sent every 28 days on an ongoing basis.

  6. Zara Printed dress

    I keep dreaming about this Zara printed dress. Have to stop myself as had a bit of a splurge recently on a number of midi dresses. Now just need somewhere to wear them!

 

Fashion Home & Lifestyle Little Ones

Dreamweaver

6th August 2015
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Picture credit: Eliza Gran | Bohemia Design |  Eliza Gran

Having just returned from Mallorca, not only was it beautiful baking hot sunshine but also Spanish woven basket heaven! I aways manage to return form Spain or France with a woven basket of some sort but this time there was so many on offer. Baskets to use as beach bags, sequin baskets, dip-dyed, pom pom baskets or those to use for storage, there seem to be baskets to suit all. The purchase this year was a lovely colourful  Moroccan pom pom basket all for the bargain price of £13. You can find a similar larger basket to this one below at newly launched edit58 who have a variety of pom pom baskets including the Eliza Gran baskets, also available in black with a hint of colour.

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Moroccan pom pom basket

With so many on offer, I compiled my pick of the best whilst the summer lasts to use as beach bags and a variety of different baskets to use in the home.

WOVEN BASKETS FOR HER 

 

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1. Micaela Spadoni basket at Saks | 2. Pom Pom basket at Isme | 3. Monogrammed basket at Rae Feather | 4. Louche Kenya Straw Cutch at Joy | 5. Emma Sequin Star basket at La Papillon Vert 

I also like these star sequin baskets from Skoura that you can find at Notonthehighstreet.

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Star sequin basket at notonthehightstreet

Hedgehog also have a good selection of Spanish woven baskets

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Hedgehog Spanish woven basket

WOVEN BASKETS FOR THE HOME 

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1. Woven baskets at Eliza Gran Studio or edit58 | 2. Rose in April bsket at Smallable | 3. Numero 74 rattan baskets at bobo kids | 4. Mint belly basket at Olliella 

I also love these ones for the home. A good selection can be found at children’s store, Olliella.

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Belly baskets at Olliella

You could also think of creating a wall display with a number of woven baskets but you must use similar looking baskets and those of the similar size to make an impact.

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Fashion Little Ones

Top Sales Picks

22nd June 2015
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Main Picture Credits: Finger in the Nose | Whistles at ASOS | Elias & Grace

Summer is here and that can only mean one thing…. the Sales have started! I have to try and restrain myself when they first start (especially in the Zara sale) and not buy up everything just because there is a little discount. There are always some good bargains to be had right at the end.

Here are a few of my top sales picks with some real-life purchases across womens, girls and boys fashion with a dressing up outfit thrown in for fun.

Enjoy!

 

FOR GIRLS

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1. Long boho printed dress at Zara – now £15.99 | 2. Raincoat with hood at Zara – now £9.99 | 3. Talc dress at Smallable (currently sold out)| 4. Manuela de Juan Helena sandals at Smallable – now £39.22 | 5. Finger in the Nose Annix Copper Gathered Skirt at Elias & Grace – now £28.00

 

FOR BOYS

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1. Palm tree shirt at Zara – now £9.99 | 2. Finger in the Nose Mylan Windbreaker at Smallable – now £59 |3. Hundred Pieces Mixtape t-shirt at Smallable – now £17 | 4. Veja Canvas Esplar trainer at Smallable – now £32 | 5. Numero 74 superhero cape at bobo kids – now £44

 

FOR WOMEN 

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1. Embroidered smock top at Warehouse – now £18 | 2. Suede wrap skirt at Mango – now £34.99 | 3. Whistles Button Through Shibori Skirt – now £55 (sold out many places)  | 4. T-bar sandals at Mango – now £17.49 | 5. Lyocell dress at H&M – now £15

Fashion Little Ones

Rise of the Mini-Me

19th May 2015
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Mini Preen SS15

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

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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) 

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Earn Your Stripes

30th April 2015
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Petit Bateau x Kenta Matsushige

Love this new collaboration from iconic French brand, Petit Bateau and Kenta Matsushige.

Kenta is a young Japanese designer and winner of the 2014 Grand Jury Prize at the International Festival of Fashion and Photography of Hyères. He has redesigned the iconic Petit Bateau T-Shirt and breton stripe marinière in this special limited edition collection. Deconstructed stripes, statement shapes and new volumes form the basis for this collection and his new take on the sailor stripes have been inspired by kimonos and a fresh Japanese style to create a voluminous dress and short sleeve nautical tee.

Prices start from £42 and are available now at Petit Bateau.