Iglo&Indi AW14 collection

August 29, 2014

This downturn in temperature has got me thinking about warm clothes for my little ones (or lack of), even though we are still technically in August!

I have already given you a sneak peek at some of Iglo&Indi’s range before. Soon to come out however is there Autumn / Winter range and this household is more than a little bit excited to get our hands on some of it. And if anything is going to keep our offspring warm and cosy during the cold spell without forfeiting style is this Icelandic brand that I so love much.

Check out what’s coming soon…

Check out the collection here.

Nat x

Mexico

August 26, 2014

Mexico. When you read that word, what does it make you think of?

 Many think danger, kidnappings, beheadings and drug cartels. After the film Savages, Salma Hayek and Benicio del Toro made the gringos look a little differently at Mexican gardeners.

 Others maybe think of tequila, Tijuana, sombreros and ponchos.

 Frankly, that’d be like associating Great Britain with Jack the Ripper, bad food, ghastly weather, football hooligans and Jimmy Saville.

It all exists, of course, but it’s neither a fair nor accurate picture of either country.

This post is about the country that I love. It’s become my second home and I find myself lauding her beauty and defending her to my back teeth.

People talk about the warmth of a country as experienced through its people – you feel this immediately on arriving in Mexico. Be that in Mexico City, Puebla, Veracruz or Cancun – the smiles, the manners, the sense of the familial. Family and food are held in high esteem (as they should be, really) and meals are important.

The cuisine is incredible. Forget burritos (they barely exist in Mexico by the way, a bit like General Tso’s chicken….an invention to satisfy the Westerners’ tongue). From tacos, quesadillas and chilaquiles to chicharon, chiles nogada and molé – the cuisine is enormous and deserves to be taken as seriously as Italian. Whilst not as “adventurous” as say, the Chinese, the snacks are pretty entertaining – found in market places all over the country are delights such as gusanos and chapulines – worms and grasshoppers. Fried to a crispy crisp and if one doesn’t look closely, as delicious as peanuts.

The architecture is breathtaking. Puebla, a former Spanish city, is chock full of stunning colonial buildings. Then there’s the Talavera, ceramics native to Puebla – every single piece carefully painted by hand and signed on the bottom by the artist. Think a more funky and colourful version of Wedgewood.


There are the bustling cities, the plantation like swathes of tropics (Veracruz) and some of the most gorgeous beaches on earth (the Caribbean side, think Tulum).

Mexico is home to true artisans – we’re not talking straw donkeys here. Stunning hand-embroidered Otomi fabrics, delicately hand-painted alejibres from Oaxaca, silver to die for…

Take a stroll around any marketplace and you’ll see more chiles than you’ve ever imagined possible – ancho, guajillo, chilpotle…and hundreds more. If you love to cook and enjoy experimenting with spices and herbs – you’ll be in culinary heaven.

As for drinkies – we all know Tequila but it’s time to discover its lesser-known friend Mezcal. No, Corona doesn’t count as a Mexican beverage. Nobody drinks it there. Like the burrito, another thing that only non-Mexicans consume.

It’s a family-friendly country – children are welcomed wherever they go. No stuffiness or side-eye if your little one is out with you for supper at 9pm. In our case, we’ve been lucky enough that our toddler all but became part of the staff at the last hotel we stayed at.

This is just a wee snapshot of an amazing country. Go quick, before the rest of the world realizes what a wonderful country Mexico is.

Elaine

My first Autumnal outfit

August 26, 2014

This hat from Zara is a little bit special, and is my first must-have item for this Autumn/ Winter.

Zara £19.99

I personally love a bit of grey on grey, and I’ve gone for an understated mannish look with this one from one of my favourite stores – Cos.

Top £79 Trousers £89

I’ve paired the outfit with some patent brogues (they aren’t going anywhere) to contrast with he texture of the outfit.

Brogues £39

What do you think of this outfit?

Nat x

Street Style Sunday: How to style an old white shirt

August 26, 2014

 I recently inherited my husband’s white work shirt from T.M.Lewin, I only got a look in because it has a rip in the arm, but I’m not going to let that deter me. I love a good white shirt, so easy to style, whether they are fitted or oversized you can never have enough white shirts in your wardrobe. So I just rolled up the arms and paired it with a tulle skirt, and some brogues.

 

The skirt has been in my closet forever it’s from H&M unfortunately it’s not still available (although they have some superb midi skirts at the mo), but you can find a similar tulle skirt here.

The necklace is from a local shop called The orange Tree, which is great for one-off finds, unusual gifts and amazing for your interior design needs.

The bangle is from Halcyon days and I adore the simple beauty of it.

Usually I wear heels, but after comparing I think these flats looked just as good, so I went with them. The brogues are from Clarks, you can find similar here.

The outfit was for a night out with my husband for our anniversary. We went to L’anima where they serve the most amazing contemporary Italian food. The cocktails are also worth a visit even if you don’t sample the food.

The brilliant mixologist looked after us and made us this smokey concoction. I believe it was his signature drink.

The Mister and me in our matching white shirts. Ha.

How do you wear your white shirt?

Nat x

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“She’s alright but her bum is massive”…

August 26, 2014

Are the words I heard come out of a car as I strolled along to my midwife appointment this week. There was no one else on the street at the time, so I can only assume the lads in the car were talking about me and my beautiful nearly eight month pregnant buttocks.  After feeling fairly happy I had still managed to squeeze said bottom into my Topshop Leigh size 10 maternity jeans that morning, I felt a little bit deflated to say the least (side note – the jeans are old and incredibly stretchy so the sizing is by no means realistic, but you have to take the perks you where you can get them at this stage of pregnancy.)

And it got me thinking, why is it that women (and men too but perhaps not so much) are always being judged by their appearance and why did those lads comments mean so much.  Even at eight months pregnant, when I should just  be pleased as punch to be growing a little mini me, I still feel an intense pressure to look and dress a certain way.  Look at poor Kim Kardashian.  I am not her biggest fan but the way she was scrutinised by the press and general public when she was pregnant was blatant bullying.  Granted, I was just walking along the street minding my own business, and Kim’s business is obviously to be in the spotlight 24/7, but who cares if your bum becomes that much bigger when you’re pregnant and your thighs that bit wobblier.  Does it warrant being subjected to unkind comments regardless?  More to the point, why should anyone have to put up with unpleasant remarks about their size – men, women, pregnant or otherwise.

Saying that, I am currently obsessed by pregnant celebrities.  I will scour the celebrity news sites daily hoping I’ll catch a glimpse of Mila Kunis and her rounded belly.  But to be honest, I am also looking for verification that there are other women who are a similar size to me, so am I just as bad?   I recently had a scary stint is hospital due to a racing heart rate and yet one of the most unpleasant bits of my stay was when the doctors weighed me and revealed my weight after I had deliberately stayed off the scales for the last seven months.  I weighed 13 stone 3 pounds, and who cares?  No one, but regardless I am still spending far too much time thinking about the ways in which I will lose my baby weight and get back into my real size 10 skinnies.  I am not one for fad diets and I am planning on breast feeding again if I can, so my plan can only include gradual and healthy weight loss, but surely this shouldn’t be a concern before I’ve even had the baby!

So I am saying this for myself and any other ladies in a similar position.  Let’s give ourselves a break.  None of our friends or family care if when pregnant we pile on the pounds, as long both baby and mummy are healthy.  Don’t beat yourself up for reaching for that third, fourth or even fifth biscuit, pregnancy can be hard enough without chastising ourselves for any indulgences.

So if you find yourself questioning whether you should be reaching for your comfiest pair of joggers for the third day in a row, just do it!  I know I will.

Gemma x

Wendover-on-Sea – The Dandy Kid

August 26, 2014

Last week The Dandy Kid  (a children’s boutique) put on a great day for families called Wendover on Sea. It’s the summer holidays so I’m always up for different things I can do with the kids. There was Punch and Judy, face painting, sandpits, bouncy castles, lots of cake, and so much more.

Here’s my photos from the lovely time we spent there:

My daughter was rather enthralled by this little lady sat next to her on the bouncy castle.

The lovely owners of The Dandy Kid and their gorgeous girls.

This lady in the striped top is known as the knitting midwife – she had the kids mesmerised with her finger knitting and knitted loom band making skills.

 Of course I couldn’t go all that way and not take a little peek at the boutique itself on the upper level of a converted barn. As you can see the shop is full to brim of quirky, individual finds making it a real struggle to come away empty handed.

And I was absolutely delighted to come home with a hand knitted neon necklace made by the fair hands of the knitting midwife (of course), that my kids have tried very hard to swipe. Sorry girls no chance, this one is mine!

So if you ever find yourself near this pretty little market town called Wendover in Buckinghamshire – make sure you visit the Barn Courtyard where you’ll find The Dandy Kid and a few other treasures close by such as a fantastic little art gallery and an abundantly stocked antiques store among others.

And if you don’t happen to be close by any time soon, fear not you can check out their fantastic range of children’s clothing, accessories and homewares online.

Nat x

Fieldlife agents in stripes

August 26, 2014

What is it about stripes, maybe it’s the connotations of French sophistication that has us so enthralled. From when Coco Chanel brought the Breton sailor uniform into the fashion consciousness, anyway whatever it is I can’t get enough of stripes and I know I’m not alone in this. Whether it’s for myself or for the kids stripes always add that instant classic stylishness without trying too hard.

 

Luckily for us the lovely British kids brand – Fieldlife sent us some striped tops to road test.

Tickle giggles are the best kind.

No idea why she did this supermodel pose or who she got it from!!! Erm.

It’s either that or this, no in between with my girl.

Captured at dusk.

I love the way she’s looking up to her big sister, she copies everything she does, which as you know can be good and bad :/

Fieldlife are a British children’s clothing brand made from the highest quality materials, manufactured in Britain in British factories. The clothes are built for exciting adventures and discoveries, they call their wearers ‘field agents.’

You can check out their range here.

To celebrate this Brilliant British Brand we are running a giveaway for you to win £50 to spend how you wish on their website.

To enter the giveaway make sure: 

  • You are a UK and republic of Ireland resident. 
  • You must be 16 or over. 
  • You MUST enter the 3 mandatory fields – each worth 1 point. 
  • After completing the mandatory fields you can enter as many times as you like. Every time you get 3 points you get another entry. 
  • The giveaway closes on 16/9/14.
  • Rafflecopter picks a winner at random.
  • I will notify you via email within 3 days from the end date.
  • You have 28 days to acknowledge my notification, after which another winner will be picked.
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Street Style Sunday – My Style

August 26, 2014

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge fan of midi skirts. So I thought I’d show you my favourite skirt. It can easily be dressed up or down and can take you from the school run to cocktails at night.

 

The skirt is from ASOS and can be purchased here.

The shoes are old and from Zara, but you get the idea.

Later on in the week I will show you how I dress the skirt down for the school run.

What item of clothing in your wardrobe is your favourite?

Nat x

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Fruit picking in the country

August 14, 2014

Last week we went to stay with my mum for a few days. Every time I go I drive passed a quaint little farm advertising fruit picking and until last week I’d never been. This time however it was a lovely day and we had a bit of time to kill before the rest of the clan got home.

It was more like fruit eating with the littlest one, we had to smuggle our goods away from her beady little eyes otherwise we would’ve had nothing to show for our efforts.

The raspberries were delicious, we made a fruit crumble later on.

I think my sister and I enjoyed the fruit picking a bit more than the kids, who soon got bored (once their tummies were full), but we were on a mission.

The little monkey wouldn’t go in her buggy on the way home – this is her trying to run away from us wearing her c/o Fieldife striped t-shirt. (More to come from Fieldlife later in the week).

Nat x

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Elongate your legs with some flared jeans

August 14, 2014

I’ve been hankering after a pair of flared jeans for at least a year, but I was never happy with any I tried on. I knew which ones I wanted but they were £200+. This year I had the hairbrained idea of asking for Selfridges vouchers for my birthday, so I could get myself a pair a really expensive ones to treasure.
These jeans are high-rise Paige jeans from Selfridges.
The jumper which I absolutely adore as it’s so soft and washes really well was c/o Desmond Elephant Click the link to check out the adults and kids range available from Desmond Elephant. I want it all.
Pair the jeans with some platform shoes so that the jeans are very close to the floor when you walk.
I paired them with my Orla Kiely shoes from Clarks, unfortunately they aren’t available any more but any platform shoes will do. Although I hear Orla Kiely will be doing another collaboration with Clarks coming this Autumn.
Here’s my ones:
Would you wear Flared jeans?
Nat x

 

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