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July 7, 2015

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Street Style Sunday – & Other Stories

July 5, 2015

 

& Other Stories is my new favourite store. Tucked away behind Oxford Street Station I came across this store when I had a meeting in town and I had a spare 10 minutes to browse. Unfortunately for my credit card I didn’t think I’d come across this shop. You’ll like almost everything in there so be warned. The website version doesn’t have the same impact as seeing the actual items in store, I’m not sure they show the clothes off to their fullest on the e-store. I recently found out that & Other Stories is owned by H&M, but don’t let that put you off. It’s a slightly more classier, grown-up and dare I say it cooler version of it’s youngest sibling (the music in store alone will testify to that). The prices are a tad higher than H&M but the quality and style more than make up for it, in fact the prices are still really good just more in line with the 30-something woman they are aimed at.

 

Here’s one of the & Other Stories items I couldn’t resist:

 

 

 

& other stories dress

green print wrap & other stories dress

Images are courtesy of Leonie Morse

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Some other bits I’m loving from them:

 

 

 

 

Have you come across & Other Stories yet, what do you think?

 

Nat x

 

Cannot wait to see your style for Street Style Sunday (SSS):

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Don’t just link and go. Comment on this post and one other post in the link up.  TWEET US , and remember to tag @stylemesunday – I will always retweet if you’ve tagged me.

When you comment on other posts posts it would be great if you could mention that you’re popping over from SSS

I run this link up in conjunction with the lovely Laura from Side Street Style and KA from Life As Our Little Family.

You can also get involved on IG too, check out my IG feed here.

Now get linking and have a look around at all the other fabulous style posts that link. It’s a great way of discovering new blogs you’ll love!


First event for #houseofmamasdrama

July 4, 2015

 

I recently set up House of Mamas with my good friend Kelly – below you’ll get an idea of what it is all about as I tell you about our first  event together:

 

drama parlour

 

Last week we hosted our very first bloggers event. We put the event on for a recently opened hair salon called Drama Parlour, owned by the lovely Victoria who also has the extremely talented Jeff working alongside her. We had so fun mingling and drinking Prosecco with the bloggers that I’m sure we will do something again very soon, if you weren’t able to make this one.

 

Drama parlour

 

Amazing Drama Parlour stylists – Victoria and Jeff.

 

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Yum Jungle provided the extremely tasty and flavourful food.

 

3S1A1645

 

The amazing Natasha from Mae + Harvey provided some scrumptious refreshments in the form of her cold pressed juices that she started pressing in her mother’s garage. Still so young her company is doing amazingly well and her juices can be found at Eat17 in  Walthamstow, and Hackney Fresh on Mare Street to name but a few.

 

CK makeup

 

 

CK Make up showed the ladies a revolutionary method of reserving the age process for your skin. In the process of telling Lordine from Show The Bride all about her the stunning lashes she applies.

 

the make up school london

 

The Make up School London providing Sian from The Mama Story a quick and brilliant makeover.

 

drama parlour press/ blogger event

 

Just making sure the wonderful bloggers Anna Faye Bosworth, and Aime from Bump, Baby, Me were topped up at all times.

 

house of mamas event

house of mamas event

 

Kelly and myself talking about our new company House of Mamas – a blogging agency connecting brands and bloggers, events, and managing social media is what we’re doing. We have some exciting projects on the horizon and are still looking for more bloggers and brands to add to our database for future opportunities and events. 

 

Mother Pukka

 

The talented and beautiful – Mother Pukka

 

House of mamas

 

We ran a competition with the #houseofmamasdrama and the lucky Georgia from Big Fashion Talk was the lady who got to have her hair restyled under the expert stylist – Geoff from the Drama Parlour.

 

brownies from food thyme

 

I think I died and went to brownie heaven when I tasted these from Food Thyme –  caterers of seriously delicious food.

 

The event was live streamed on Periscope.

 

I would also like to say a special thank you to Lines and Current, Ocelot Chocolate, Sister and Company, Lublue Children’s clothing, and No Pink Please online boutique for making the goodie bags so spectacular.

 

If you would like us to put on a great event for your company or you’re interested in working with bloggers please don’t hesitate to get in touch – kelly@houseofmamas.com or natalie@houseofmamas.com 

 

Nat x

 

P.S A special thanks to our lovely friend Danielle for her invaluable help with the event.

 

#houseofmamasdrama

 

Westfield Stratford City – Our Review

July 2, 2015

It’s a running joke in this household that Westfield Stratford City is like my 2nd home. What can I say, I like to shop. So you can imagine my delight when I was asked to visit and review the services for families at Westfield Stratford City for the blog. When I told my husband I was going to review it for the blog, he was like ‘why do you need to actually go there to review it surely you know everything it has to offer already?’. Well yes and no is the answer, there are actually some services I have never used at Westfield so it was a good excuse to try them out properly and of course another legitimate reason to go shopping again!

 

The Family Room

We have experienced this room on many an occasion, in fact nearly every time we visit Westfield Stratford City we make a trip to this room. I love the fact that it has cubicles where you can feed your baby in comfort and privacy if you so wish. And it has changing stations where you can change your baby’s nappy easily. This room is definitely not an after-thought like it feels is often the case with these facilities elsewhere. It has a little play area that the kids can use whilst you sort out their food or your bag or whatever is it you need to do. There is also a microwave available and a toilet with an adults and a kids loo in the same cubicle which I think all parents would find useful. The family room is always very clean when I’ve visited – so I presume it must be checked regularly which is reassuring.

 

baby changing facilities at westfield stratford

 

Kiddy Cars

My girls adore zooming around in the kiddy cars. I think they are a great addition to any shopping centre. You can get double one and single ones and they cost £8 of which £2 is a refundable deposit. If it reclined back to allow tired ones to sleep whilst we shopped it would probably be the most perfect invention ever.

 

kiddy cars at westfield startford city

 

Carwash H2O

It has to be said that this service is expensive (especially when there are so many other places to get your car cleaned for much less), but my car was cleaned like it had never been cleaned before. It probably thought it was Christmas as my car is usually full to the brim of kids toys, wrappers, shoes and whatnot. You can book your car in online or just turn up and get it done whilst you shop, which is a great time saver.

 

The hands free service

This service needs a bit of work. I like the idea of it. You pay £10 and then you shop and hand the cashier your paperwork and they call up the concierge to come and collect your belongings which you collect from the concierge at the end of your shopping trip. In reality however it’s not so smooth, I had to wait whilst the cashier faffed around looking for the number to call the concierge even though it was on the paperwork I gave them, which I had to tell them once I realised why they were delaying me with a crying toddler in the buggy who just wanted to be released. Also not every shop is participating in the hands free services so it might worth you checking the list of shops before you use the service. However once I had finished my shopping and returned to concierge to collect my belongings they did offer to carry my shopping to my car for me which I thought was a really nice touch, especially as I had a buggy and some bulky items.

 

Restaurants

We just love Yo Sushi – I love how you can just turn up grab want you want from the carousel without having to wait for your order to come and it always lovely and fresh. I do sometimes have issues preventing the girls just picking up what they want from it, but we still love it all the same. I could probably eat about 7 portions of their Salmon Sashimi if I didn’t have some restraint. The staff in the Westfield Stratford City are always super helpful and friendly – I’d highly recommend it. There are also plenty of other child-friendly restaurants to choose from if sushi isn’t your thing, such as Giraffe and Pizza Express.

 

Play areas

There are a few play areas inside and out at Westfield Stratford City, and they often put on free kids activities in the school holidays.

 

kids play areas at westfield

 

Top Tip

Topshop have a personal stylist service free of charge, located on their upper floor. I have turned up on numerous occasions and been helped to shop. Basically you tell them what you’re looking for and they go and find the items for you to try on. And even if you think you know your style pretty well, it’s always nice to get someone else to offer some suggestions that you never would have picked up yourself, because you might be pleasantly surprised like I was. Perfect for busy/ preoccupied mums.

 

Overall I think Westfield Stratford City is brilliant for families they have thought of many things that you just don’t get at other shopping centres, we will continue to frequent it regularly I have no doubt.

 

Would love to hear your experiences of shopping with kids?

 

Nat x

 

I was offered the services I used for this review free of charge and given a voucher to use at Westfield in return for an open and honest review of their family services.  

 

 

Olive Loves Alfie x Emma Levine

June 30, 2015

 

If you are looking for a lovely unique gift for a new baby, look no further than this amazing collaboration Olive loves Alfie have done with Emma Levine. The clothes are exclusively available at Olive loves Alfie and are 100% cotton, and handprinted with embroidered detailing. I can just imagine how adorable a little baby would look in these.

 

 

 

 

Have a look at the whole Olive Loves Alfie x Emma Levine collaboration here.

 

 

Love Nat x

Street Style Sunday – Sweaty Betty Sale

June 28, 2015

 

My favourite work out gear is from Sweaty Betty, it’s long lasting, washes well, and always looks bloody great. And lets face it working out isn’t always easy so if you can look good doing it then why not I say. It’s not cheap however which is why when they have a sale it needs to be shouted about from the roof tops. And today they launch their Sweaty Betty Summer Sale with an amazing up to 50% off.

 

Here’s a photo shoot I did a few weeks ago in my Sweaty Betty gear. I do LOVE their harem pants. And I love the fact that many of their clothes have really cool details, like the back detail on the tops you can see in the pictures.

 

Sweaty Betty

Sweaty Betty

Sweaty betty

Sweaty betty

Sweaty Betty

 

Sports bra | Vest | similar jumper | harem trousers 

 

Images are courtesy of Leonie Morse

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What do you like to wear when you work out?

 

Nat x

 

Yay it’s time again to see your style for Street Style Sunday (SSS):

To link up a blog post – Click add link.  Grab the Street Style Sunday badge (left hand column).

Don’t just link and go. Comment on this post and one other post in the link up.  TWEET US , and remember to tag @stylemesunday – I will always retweet if you’ve tagged me.

When you comment on other posts posts it would be great if you could mention that you’re popping over from SSS

I run this link up in conjunction with the lovely Laura from Side Street Style and KA from Life As Our Little Family.

You can also get involved on IG too, check out my IG feed here.

Now get linking and have a look around at all the other fabulous style posts that link. It’s a great way of discovering new blogs you’ll love!


Britmums with Boots #SummerGoodTimes

June 26, 2015

 

Last weekend I went to Britmums – a big blogging event held in London. I was lucky enough to be sponsored by Boots UK to go. Before the event actually started we were taken for brunch at the Folly in the City where we had a relaxed discussion with some Boots experts about the keeping safe this Summer. I was also lucky enough to be treated to a delicious carrot birthday cake. I have to say as well as a delicious brunch and scrummy cake I did learn some really interesting things about looking after our eyes, hay fever (which I suffer with), and protecting your skin in the sun, which I never knew before. Here’s some really useful info that we learned that morning:

 

Birthday girl

 

Pharmacy
· Insect repellents can help keep mosquito bites at bay by affecting their ‘internal landing gear’. The repellent disorientates the insect, preventing it from landing on you and causing it to fly away – keeping you bite-free.
· It is estimated that the sweat glands on feet can produce up to half a pint of fluid a day in hot conditions.
· Ever wondered why your nails seem to grow faster in the summer? Evidence shows we get most of our vitamin D from exposure to sunlight which tends to cause faster nail growth.
· Did you know that chewing gum can relieve an itchy pallet – a common hay fever symptom? Or that oral antihistamines alone will only really help relive those with the mildest intermittent symptoms?
· Nasal sprays are the best first line of defence if your symptoms are more severe, so speak to your pharmacist to ensure you are giving yourself the best chance of staying on top this season.
· Channel your inner celeb! Slip on the sunnies even if the sun is not at full strength. They will act as a great barrier between you and pollen and help avoid your eyes from becoming irritated.
· Before you turn off the light… as the days get warmer and more flowers open, more pollen is released – which then falls with the cooling air at the end of the day. So to help get a good night’s sleep, make sure you have taken allergy relief to help keep symptoms at bay during the night.

Suncare
· Wearing a t-shirt provides UV protection but only when it’s dry – once it becomes wet it turns opaque so swimming in a t-shirt offers no protection from the sun’s harmful rays.
· Sand, concrete and even grass all reflect UV but if any of these surfaces become wet the amount reflected can double.
· UV light reflects off surfaces so you will need to think about sun protection even if you are in the shade. This effect is particularly strong in countries like Greece where white buildings are plentiful – so keep your suncream handy!
· Hot baths can dehydrate your skin, leading to faster peeling. Stick to cool showers and use a moisturising body wash to really lock-in your colour.
· The effects of the sun are cumulative, so if you burn an area of skin, it will be more sensitive to burning next year…to achieve an even tan, protection is essential from the first day.
· Around three tablespoons of suncream is enough to cover your whole body. But be careful not to over rub your lotion! If suncream starts to ball up you’ve rubbed too hard so remove any residue and smooth on a new layer – more gently!
· Think of your skin as a sponge that needs constant ‘topping up’ to keep it moisturised. Re-apply suncream at least every 2 hours, and more if you are in and out of water or doing exercise.
· 40% of UV exposure occurs when you’re not in direct sunlight, always ensure you are protected by applying suncream before you leave the house.*

Boots Opticians
· UV rays bounce off glass screens, so remember while the surface of your smart phone may be small, as you are holding it close to your eyes you are increasing your exposure to this reflection.
· Your eyes are ten times more sensitive to UV damage than your skin, so protecting them both in and out of the water is vitally important.
· All Boots Opticians kids’ glasses and prescription sunglasses come with Boots Protect Ultra tough lenses – which are virtually unbreakable!
· Children’s eyes have larger pupils and clearer lenses so are more susceptible to sun damage – 80% of the eye’s lifetime exposure to UV light is reached before the age of 18.
· Lenses with darker tints don’t necessarily offer more protection as even glasses with clear lenses can offer UV protection. Dark lenses which don’t offer a sufficient level of UV protection can be more damaging because they cause the eye’s pupils to dilate and let in more light.
· Your eyes need protection from the sun all the time, even on cloudy days. Cloud cover only reduces the amount of UV light by 10%.
· In the morning and evening your eyes can also absorb light from reflective surfaces such as white buildings, wet surfaces and smart phones – even when the sun isn’t out. All Boots Opticians lenses have all round protection from UV on both sides of the lens as standard.

 

Britmums Live - twirly woos

The lovely Lucy and me. Here I’m wearing an & Other Stories dress.

 

 

Britmums Live is great for learning new blogging tips and techniques during their various talks and workshops, it’s amazing for networking and just for having a bit of fun over a glass of wine and a catch up with my blogging pals old and new. I also got to stay in the extremely lovely Montcalm hotel and had the most delightful breakfast in bed, a very rare treat that felt ever so decadent.

 

breakfast in bed

 

 

On the second day I chose to wear my new denim dress from Topshop.

 

Denim dress

 

It was selfie central as you can guess with a truck load of bloggers in town.

 

Kara from innocent charms chats

 

The extremely wonderful Kara from Innocent Charms Chats. 

cat and nat at britmums live, the brewery

 

Cat from Not So Smug Now who is a wonderful specimen.

 

All in all suffice to say that much fun was had.

 

Did you go to Britmums? If so what did you think?

 

Or does a room full of bloggers sound like your worst nightmare? I have to say I had a better time this year to the years before, as I knew more people so didn’t have many wondering-around-like-little-Bo-Peep moments.

 

Love Nat x

Roos Beach Giveaway #HappySunday

June 25, 2015

 

On Instagram? If you’re not then this might tempt you to start. Instagram is my favourite form of social media. Heck I’m a visual person, I like pretty things and I don’t really like to talk or to write if I can possibly help it (despite what I’m doing right now). So go and check out stylemesunday on instagram because I’m giving away one of these in each colour and it’s super simple to enter.

 

Roo's Beach Radio Giveaway

 

 

Good luck!

 

Nat x

 

Street Style Sunday – Birthday celebrations

June 21, 2015

 

This weekend it’s time to party hard for my Birthday celebrations so by the time you’re reading this I will not look as fresh face as I do in these pics that’s for sure. Here’s a fun shoot I did with Leonie and some of my clothing that I’ve had in my closet for years. The skirt I bought for ASOS a couple of years ago for a wedding. I wore a gold top with it at the time, and I haven’t had a occasion to wear it again until this shoot. I must say I do love it. I’m surprised to see it’s still available at ASOS.

 

black tulle maxi skirt white stuff multicoloured clutch bag

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Black tulle skirt | Vest similar | Clutch | 2nd Clutch

 

Images are courtesy of Leonie Morse

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I have no idea when or where I’ll get to wear this again, but for now it’s just nice to share it with you on the screen.

 

Hope you’re having an amazing weekend.

 

Nat x

 

Now time to see your style for Street Style Sunday (SSS):

To link up a blog post – Click add link.  Grab the Street Style Sunday badge (left hand column).

Don’t just link and go. Comment on this post and one other post in the link up.  TWEET US , and remember to tag @stylemesunday – I will always retweet if you’ve tagged me.

When you comment on other posts posts it would be great if you could mention that you’re popping over from SSS

I run this link up in conjunction with the lovely Laura from Side Street Style and KA from Life As Our Little Family.

You can also get involved on IG too, check out my IG feed here.

Now get linking and have a look around at all the other fabulous style posts that link. It’s a great way of discovering new blogs you’ll love!


Britmums Live 2015

June 19, 2015

I’m off to Britmums Live  – it’s a massive blogging conference held in London. So I aim to learn lots of new blogging tips, listen to inspirational speakers and get my networking game on. I’m being sponsored by Boots UK so I get to stay overnight in a nice hotel, which is a nice bonus.

I’m also a finalist in the Brilliance in Blogging award, the winner gets announced this evening. I have no chance of winning as the other people in my category are what I call ‘proper’ bloggers. You can check out the finalists in my category (style) here:

Honest Mum
Side Street Style
Style Me Sunday
Tiger Lilly Quinn
Wild & Grizzly

This weekend is exceptionally busy, so it may take me a few days to recover – bear with me. Street Style Sunday is on as usual at 10am this Sunday (pssst I REALLY love the outfit this week).

I’ll try and keep you updated  with all the goings on, on Style Me Sunday Instagram.

Have a great weekend people!

Nat x

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