Street Style Sunday – Twinning is Winning

August 2, 2015

 

The lovely people from The Dandy Kid recently sent us these two sweatshirts to show you are twinning style. These extremely soft and super cute owl sweatshirts are made by The Wild Kids Apparel. The Dandy Kid have a great selection from this brand that do ‘Modern apparel for hips kid’ (and adults too now of course!)

 

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grey kids sweatshirt from The wild kids apparel The wild kids apparel - The dandy kid

 

Photos by Leonie

 

 

In case you haven’t heard of The Dandy Kid before (I have featured them on the blog before here and here), they are a great little boutique in the Barnyard (on the High Street) in Wendover, Buckinghamshire and they also have a great online store. Recently moved to a new premises, still in the Barnyard, but now more pushchair-friendly. Have a little look at their website they sell a brilliant selection of cool independent brands from around the globe, stuff you won’t find on the high street.

 

Kind of liking this matching outfit style, maybe we should do more of it?

 

Love Nat x

 

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How motherhood changed my style

July 29, 2015

 

Last week I was asked to pick out some wardrobe essentials for a busy mum. And it really got me thinking about how or if my style is different from before, when I was childless.

 

I think my style has changed. I have more confidence these days. I appreciate how much clothes effect my mood, my attitude, my general well-being. I like to look good more often than I did before. Why exactly that is I’m not entirely sure. Maybe it’s because I want my children to be proud of me, maybe it’s because I’m aware I don’t want to fall into that typical mumsy look. Also having a fashion blog has definitely helped hone my style too, there’s nothing like looking at yourself on a big computer screen to make you really see what works and what doesn’t.

 

There is also that undeniable fact that motherhood does change your body somewhat. For example I can no longer wear a top without bra! (A small price to pay I’m sure you’ll agree).

 

Since having children, I wear a load more dresses and skirts. Firstly they instantly tend to look better then trousers without any extra effort. It’s easier to look good in a dress, in my opinion, than it is in a pair of trousers. Also I tend to pick dresses and skirts that emphasise my waist and skim over my hips, embracing my curves. I think they are also often much more comfortable than a pair of denim jeans. Having said that I do still love and wear jeans, just not every single day as I did before I had kids.

 

Here are a few of my favourite outfits within the last year, skirts and dresses clearly feature heavily:

 

spotty midi skirt

tulle ballerina skirt

spotty skirt and striped shirt

tulle skirtpleated asos skirt and denim shirt

clashing prints, skirt and top leopard print cape and jeans

 

grey striped Atterley Road dress

 

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The Jet Set diaries santorini dress

 

 

 

There are two skirts in my wardrobe that are my default. If all else fails then I know I have my spotty and tulle skirts that can be dressed up or down, work with heels or trainers. Those items have more than paid for themselves. Which items in your wardrobe can you always rely on?

 

Motherhood has not only changed my style but it has also changed all other areas of my life. I am much more determined now than I used to be. Last year I ran the marathon and the only thing that kept me going was the amazing example I would be setting my girls if I actually made it through the other side. And that’s how I think about most things now, if I set my mind to it I feel a greater need to achieve where as before I was probably a bit more lackadaisical.

 

 

Has motherhood changed you at all?

 

 

Nat x

 

 

Street Style Sunday – Stance Socks

July 26, 2015

 

I’ve been a huge fan of Stance socks ever since Roo’s Beach introduced me to them last year. They come in an array quirky designs, unlike any other socks I’ve seen. I’ve taken to wearing them all the time. I’ve completely gone off trainer socks, they end up either being uncomfortably bunched up under my foot or being seen when they aren’t supposed to be seen, because frankly they aren’t that pretty. And all other socks seem boring and not as well made in comparison. Once you try them you’ll be a life-long convert.

 

I now wear my Stance socks with pride, even with a skirt or a dress I don’t care I’m wearing my Stance and fit my outfit around them.

 

Stance socks - Roo's Beach

 

 

Instead of the socks being an after-thought the socks are a fashion statement in themselves.

 

And Other Stories black dress

 

Black dress from And other stories

 

Stance socks and Adidas trainers

 

Socks | Dress | Trainers 

 

Photos courtesy of Leonie.

 

 

I LOVE pineapples, anything with a pineapple on it is a winner in my book, I treasure my pineapple-shaped lamp at home. But there are so many wicked designs you need to check out Roo’s Beach full Stance sock range.

 

Bit controversial wearing socks and a dress, but hey that’s me I’m a rebel, ha! (That’s about as rebellious as it gets people). Also don’t be afraid to pair your socks will heels, it looks great and it makes the heels so much more comfier too.

 

Would you wear your Stance socks and a skirt/dress or with heels?

 

 

Hope you’re having a splendid weekend so far.

 

Love Nat x

 

 

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3 things you WILL NOT see on my blog

July 23, 2015

 

I’ve had this blog for about three years now and it certainly has (actually it’s probably it’s 3rd anniversary right about now) evolved over that time. Depending on what life stage I’m in at that particular time has greatly influenced the focus of my posts. And the quality of the images has undoubtedly increased. There are a few things that have only became clearer as I’ve more learned more about myself and about blogging and about how I wish to come across to you guys. Here’s 3 things you definitely WILL NOT see on this blog.

 

1. I WILL NOT talk about weight loss or refer to myself in anyway related to my weight way despite the number blinking at me on the scales or what head space I’m in at that particularly moment in time. We have enough of that in the magazines, if you want to hear about how to get a bikini body in 10 days then a glossy mag is where you should be looking. I also do not want to be part of that whole culture that makes a size 12 girl/woman feel like she’s big or not ‘norma’l. I Will promote exercise and healthy eating because it’s interests me (when I’m not hungover and craving a McDonalds that is) but I will not talk about it in relation to loosing weight because I’m just so bloody bored of seeing it everywhere else.

 

2. I WILL NOT talk about celebrities on the blog, despite how much they may add to my viewing figures. Again loads of that stuff in the magazines and I love watching trash TV as much as the next girl but not enough to write about. I also heavily promote other women on my IG feed (check it out every Sunday), there’s enough really good and often much better inspiration around us for me to feel the need not to add to the celebrity idolisation. If you would like to get involved in Street Style Sunday, just tagged me (any day of the week) and use the hashtag on Instagram and inspire others with your style, I repost some every Sunday.

 

3. I WILL NOT talk about others in an unkind or hurtful manner, that’s just not what I’m or this blog is about.

 

You WILL see lots of style, because that’s what interests me most, but the blog is also about so much more. I love to hear your stories and to promote other inspiring people around me. I love the freedom the blog gives me, to write about whatever I feel like writing as the whim takes me.

 

Is there something you want to see on my blog?  What do you like to write about most?

 

Have a wonderful day.

 

Love Nat x

 

tulle skirt in shoreditch

Stacking ring – Faye Marie Jewellery

July 22, 2015

 

Check out this really cool stacking ring I was recently sent to review. What I like about it is you can wear it on it’s own or mix it up and pair it with other rings. I’m really into the freedom of mixing metals at the moment, I see nothing wrong with pairing silver with gold together. I also can’t make up my mind about whether I want dainty or big and bold statement jewellery, which is why the flexibility of this ring works well for me depending on my mood.  The designer of this ring Faye Marie Jewellery is well known for mixing her metals with her unique and individual designs.

 

gold staking ring - jewel street

 

 

 

Hope stacking ring - Faye-Marie- Jewellery

 

stakig ring from faye marie jewellery

 

Photos c/o Leonie

 

“Faye Marie is a contemporary jewellery brand with its focus on creating luxury, fashion conscious adornments with a narrative.

All of Faye’s collections are handmade at her Hatton garden studio, where she takes pride in using traditional jewellery techniques to gain the high quality she demands in her work. Her edgy style combined with the use of precious materials makes her jewellery a style conscious collectable luxury item.”

 

You can check out more of her designs on the Jewel Street Website.

 

Nat x

When you buy the wrong story books…

July 21, 2015

This is a guest post from Elaine:
Because I’m a bit OTT about almost everything, I bought Mateo stacks of lovely books when he was born. All neatly arranged in the bookshelf, they looked picture perfect and reminded me of how I wished my childhood had been. Ahem.

Turns out, once he was old enough to use his hands and will, all the books were moved to a safe place until he learnt not to rip everything into pieces or chew the book bindings away to nothing. They were replaced with regular board books and bright, colourful numbers, alphabet and animal books. The boring stuff, frankly.

Anyway, to liven up his book selection, the Husband ordered some “classics” off the internet. Pop-up books. Now Mateo’s old enough to sort of understand the concept of turning a page SLOWLY, we thought it was time to get more interactive with the bedtime reading.

“I’ve got two classics on the way – Pinocchio and Moby Dick!” said The Husband excitedly, 6 months ago. Every day, he’d check to see if a package had arrived. He told Mateo all about the two amazing books that he’d read as a boy and how they’d soon be Mateo’s to read. The excitement in the household was building. Really, it was.

Finally, package one arrived. “It’s here! Let’s get Mateo to open it!” we cried in unison. Almost a month after ordering it, filling Mateo’s head with how it was the best thing ever, he tore into the packaging and whipped out a large, heavy, and beautifully illustrated Pinocchio. It looked gorgeous. “From Spain.” said The Husband, proudly.

As we looked over Mateo’s shoulder…
Me: “Wow, there’s a LOT of text. Where are the pictures?”
TH: “CARAY. What’s wrong with these people? This is a children’s book!!!”
Me: “Where the F did you get this from? WHERE IN SPAIN?”
Both: “NO MATEO. DO NOT TURN THE PAGES.”

Imagine a mash up of anime, manga and soft porn in a pop-up. Yeah. LA CLASSE.

TH: “Maybe we can give it to someone as a present?”
Me: *Steely glare*

Ciao, Pinocchio.

We laughed about it, told Mateo it was the wrong book and that another one was coming instead. What a cock-up. Excuse the pun. Yes, it was THAT bad,

The second package arrived. Even more excitement, if you can imagine. This new book would rid Mateo’s memory bank of the red and beautiful Pinocchio book.

Mateo opened it. We never learn, do we? No body parts or weird Japanese stuff. No. Just a lot of terror and drowning.

Me: “You did it again. Oh for the love of god. You are now banned from ordering books from foreign countries.”
TH: “CARAY!! What’s wrong with these people? This is a children’s book!!!”
Both: “Mateo, NO. Please STOP TURNING THE PAGES.”

Destruction, fear, scary drawings. You name it. A guaranteed nightmare that would last months. You have to laugh really.

But wait, Mateo LOVED it. With a bit of poetic license from The Husband, the horror book was turned into one of Mateo’s favourite bedtime books. “No, they didn’t drown. They swam away to their new houses.” “He’s carrying a big knife to cut up the fish. For supper. Delicious!”

Mateo showed me the book one day, see photo. Scary man carrying a head dripping with blood. Mateo: “This is the man bringing lunch.” Errrr, ok. WEIRDO.

Other books that we’d had in our childhood memory banks have also proven to be utter s***-scary, messed up and psychological damaging.

Take The Pied Piper of Hamlin. All the children die at the end. WHY???? More ad-libbing from The Husband. “They went home and went to sleep. Good night.”

Grimm’s Fairy Tales. I started reading one of them and only got as far as 2 pages in before I realized it was in fact, a horror story. Mr Grimm had a very grim mind.

Alice in Wonderland – drugs, hallucinations, tiresome girl, more serious drugs. Lewis Carroll was off his face.

Oranges and Lemons, rang the Bells of St Clements…Here comes the chopper to chop off your head. “Head? No, I said Bed.”

Now that Mateo’s about to get his first reader at school, all the parental bullshitting will go out of the window. He will realize that all the littles in The Pied Piper did not actually go home; AND SO MUCH MORE…

That aside, I’m humungously thrilled that the boy will soon be able to read his own sodding bedtime stories to himself. The Husband seems to really enjoy reading the books. He has more patience with the page turning – and returning x150. I cannot bear it. I’m a right cow. Mateo and I end up having a silent war of hands/pages/turning/pushing until one of us gives in. Mateo usually wins and I sob. We, like all parents (right?) do on occasion try to speed through and even skip a few pages/chapters. Of course, if we get caught we have to start from the beginning. That’s karma, right there.

 

Elaine

Street Style Sunday – Roo’s Beach

July 19, 2015

 

Today is the last day of my Instagram collab with Roo’s Beach. It has been such a popular giveaway and you can see why with these cute little radios as the prize. You have until 8pm tonight to get involved and be within a chance of winning one of these Sunny Life radios. It’s so simple to win all you have to do is repost my IG pic and tag me @stylemesunday and @roosbeach using the hashtag #happysunday3 to complete your entry.

 

sunnylife radios form Roo's Beach

 

 

I love teaming up with fab brands like Roo’s Beach, if you head over to their website you’ll know why. I literally want every single thing on there.

 

wanderlustlife necklace

 

 

This Wanderlustlife bearly-there necklace is a favourite of mine, signifying calm and composure, this particular gem also offers confidence to it’s wearer.

 

wanderlust necklace - plea blue chalcedony

 

animal print dress

 

 

The animal print dress I’m wearing is also from Roo’s Beach. You can’t go wrong with a bit of animal print, the more I have in my wardrobe the better.

 

 

animal print dress - roo's beach

 

 

Thanks for reading, have a great Sunday.

 

Love Nat x

 

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Garden Styling with The White Company

July 15, 2015

The weather’s not been great today (we got caught short in a huge downpour) but I have high hopes that it’ll get better as the week goes along. At least I bloody hope it does, as it’s my big girl’s 6th birthday on Friday and we’re having the whole class over, hopefully in the garden, for some kids party action (yep crazy or stupid, you decide?). Anyway last week we did a wee shoot in my little garden when the sun was shining brightly, I used some bits that I adore from The White Company to style the garden and make it look particularly pretty.

 

Have a little look at what we did:

 

glass vase, glass jug and wine glasses from the white company

Glass vase | Glass Jug/ and glasses all from The White Company but currently sold out unfortunately.

 

I have a bit of an obsession with glass. Well, glass and crockery (among other things). My husband sighs every time he see a new piece in the house. But I just love it, although there’s definitely is a good case for decluttering the house now.

 

I love things around me to look pretty, and plants and flowers never fail to put a smile on face when I see them. I could spent a fortune on flowers each week we didn’t have other more important and costly responsibilities!

 

garden laterns - the white company

lavender pot - the white company

 

Plant pot

Lavender is perfect for adding a beautiful scent in the garden and it evokes an english country garden, rustic sort of charm, if even I do live in East London.

 

bistro table and wicker laterns from the white company

Wicker laterns

These wicker laterns are adorable outdoor as well as inside and look right at home on my little bistro table.

 

summer garden styling

 

I found this old mirror at a car boot sale which only cost a couple of pounds I think – perfect for the back yard. I’m on the look out for more as I think they help to make a small  garden appear bigger (well that’s my theory anyway).

 

 

I haven’t really covered much interior/exterior decor on the blog before, I have done a little on my Instagram feed, but I have to say I really did enjoy it. Would be great to hear from you if you’d like me to mix it up a little and do more of this. I’m thinking about taking some pics of inside and around my house (only the nice and tidy bits of course!).

 

Love Nat x

 

Boden’s New Collection – Out Now

July 14, 2015

Boden launched their new collection yesterday he’s a little selection on what I’m particularly loving.

 

Heels – £99

Dress – £116.10

Bag – £62.10

Dress – £89.10

Dress – £80.10

Dress – £71.10

Coat – £170.10

Skirt – £71.10

Jeans – £53.10

Shirt – £53.10

Cardigan – £44.10 

 

I’m pretty sure you’ll adore the new stuff as much as I do. See the rest of Boden’s new collection.

 

Love Nat x

 

 

Street Style Sunday – Renné Jewellery

July 12, 2015

 

This week I interview the two ladies from Renné Jewellery and find out what it’s like to be a jewellery designer and maker and what it’s like to work with your mum! So grab a cuppa and have a little read about this fab duo Hellen and Annie, known collectively as Renné.

 

 

 

Your jewellery is beautiful what kinds of things inspire you to make a particular piece? 
Annie: The true inspiration for our jewellery collection is a combination of childhood memories, family adventures from around the world and the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside that surrounds our workshop. We are heavily inspired by cool European countries, especially France, Italy and anything Scandinavian related, these styles are definitely reflected in all our simple and timeless designs.

Helen: Renné is a mix of sterling silver and semi precious stone pieces. We both love silver that looks loved and cherished. As a material, it’s so versatile and comfortable for the wearer. Our designs are made to grow with the person wearing the piece, with each item slightly blemished and bruised to give it a unique and personal character.

I could not imagine working with my mum and vice versa I’m sure, I think we’d probably end up killing each other! How do you two get on? And why did you decide to create a company together? 
Annie: My mum and I are really close so it’s always really fun working with her. I’ve learnt so much from my mum, from her amazing sense of style, to her incredible eye for detail and design. We both have quite similar tastes, which works well when we are deciding which pieces we should add to our collection.

Helen: Annie and I love what we do, so it never feels like a chore to sit around our dining table and think about upcoming designs for pieces. It’s such a fun design process. We work together to design and create each piece; we definitely both have our strengths and weaknesses. Annie is brilliant at making our rings, whilst I’m best to do the charms and bangles. It really is a joint effort, we work hard to create each piece and both of us look over every item before it’s sent to the customer to make sure we are happy with the end piece.

How did you get into jewellery making? 
Annie: I left school at 16 as I knew from a very young age that I wanted a creative career, but I just didn’t know which path to take. We have always been drawn to old, beautiful characterful jewellery but we never found what we were looking for in the UK, which is where the idea to make it ourselves came about. After being unable to source jewellery that was simple, classic and individual, we found a sterling silver course near to our home in North Yorkshire. We absolutely loved the course and decided to design a small capsule collection of our own, drawing on our influences, inspirations and individual styles.

Tell me something about you that many people wouldn’t know? 
Annie: Whilst on holiday in Australia, I saw people skydiving over Mission Beach and thought I would give it a go! I skydived 14,000ft over the beach reaching 220km where I free fell for about a minute (which felt more like an hour). All of a sudden my parachute got all tangled up so it was about 100 times scarier than it was supposed to be.
Do you have any upcoming projects you’d like to tell us about or give us a sneak peek of? 
We are just about to move into our new workshop, located on a beautiful farm just outside of Richmond, North Yorkshire. There is enough space for us both to comfortably work and to also have a small showroom area for customers to visit. We are looking forward to meeting our customers and listening to what they think about the brand and hearing how they wear their Renné pieces. It’s a really exciting time for the brand.

 


 

 

I was sent this lovely Kiss ring and an initial pendant to road test – made of sterling silver all their pieces have that unique, handmade quality making them truly special and individual pieces each and every time.

 

renne jewellery

cross/ kiss ring

initial necklace - renne jewellery

Renne Jewellery - cross ring

 

Renne jewellery - silver pendant

Photo credit: Leonie Morse Photography

 

Make sure you check out the Renne website – where you’ll be blown away by the stunning jewellery.

 

Have a wonderful Sunday people!

 

Love Nat x

 

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