On my bed with…

August 27, 2015

 

This is my first ever attempt at vlogging, and quite frankly I’m a bit awkward. However I’m interveiwng the seasoned vlogger Claire Wacey and she makes up for some of my failures (thank the lord).

 

We do a quick Q&A and then she challenges me to style her from my wardrobe. See how it turned out here:

 

 

So let me know what you think and if you like it I’ll do more and I promise to get better.

 

Love Nat x

Mindful Fashion – Wear your label

August 25, 2015

 

Many may say that the fashion world is a pretty narcissistic and shallow place. As you know I love my fashion, I love escapism and the aesthetic nature of things that look pretty without thinking to deeply about it. Other areas of my life fulfil that desire for the more meaningful and real such as programmes like Keeping up with the Kardashians and Geordie Shore. I jest of course I do have a deeper side to me, just can’t think of what it is right now 😉

 

So anyway a couple of weeks ago whilst on holiday I swapped my usual flick-through fashion mags for an old favourite of mine before I had kids when I occasionally had more then 2 minutes to sit down and read something – I bought Psychologies. I actually studied Psychology at uni for a while before I jacked it all in, because frankly I couldn’t be bothered with the increasing levels of work and decreasingly levels of beer-drinking and pool-playing that seemed to be occurring in the 2nd year. In this issue of Psychologies I read I came across the brand Wear Your Label, their tag line is that they design clothes to create conversations about mental health.

 

I’m confident when I assume most of us have had experience (either personally or through a close family/friend) of dealing with mental health issues. How do we feel about a fashion label incorporating mental health awareness in their core ethos? Well I personally think great, as long as it’s not done purely for profits and it’s not cashing in on people’s venerabilities.

 

From what I can see from the website Wear Your Label looks like it’s not just fashion thats found a niche little gimmick they have lucked out on. The founders Kyle and Kayley, have personal experience of mental health issues and it sounds like they do a lot to give back to the community such as their collab with the non-profit organisation Break the Silence, End the Stigma. Whatever the exact nature of the company and its profits are, I love the idea of bringing this often pushed under-the-carpet topic  into the forefront of consciousness and getting the conversation flowing by breaking down invisible barriers. The founders have hit on something that is truly inspiring, and even if they make a ton of money out of illnesses that afflict a good proportion of the population, so be it, good on them, as long as they aren’t doing any harms I applaud their entrepreneurial aptitude and the good message they are circulating.

 

 

 

Clearly they have hit onto something very popular, as many of their items are sold out (you can pre-order). So it appears I’m probably a bit late to this party.

 

Have you heard of Wear Your Label before? What are your thoughts on this brand?

 

Love Nat x

 

 

Street Style Sunday – White Stuff Get Together

August 23, 2015

 

In this weeks Street Style Sunday I’ve swapped the mean streets of East London for the WoWo woods in Uckfield to mix it up a little! We’ve just got home from a fabulous weekend spent with White Stuff to celebrate their 30 years of business. It was a really lovely weekend, with music, great British wine, delicious food and so much more. They looked after us so well, I felt truly honoured to have been invited along with my family. More of that to come in a future post once I’ve edited all the photos, but for now I’ll share with you my White Stuff style from yesterday.

 

white stuff striped dress

 

 

white stuff green dress

 

White Stuff Style

 

Dress | Cardigan | Bag

 

I guess you wouldn’t normally associate my style with a brand like White Stuff, but there are some items I really do adore. This dress is a perfect example, it is totally my kind of style. It’s very flattering and doesn’t cling, instead it falls rather nicely. I felt really comfortable without compromising on style in this outfit – the best kind of outfit. I love the quality of all their items, from their soft leather  handbags to their chunky knit cardigans, and the price point is just about right too. And in case you hadn’t noticed White Stuff are also rather partial to a stripe, and I just ADORE stripes.

 

What do you think of my outfit this week?

 

Hope you guys are having a lovely weekend, be good to hear what you’ve been up to if you fancy commenting, I love reading all your comments.

 

Love Nat x

 

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On Your Case – phone covers

August 20, 2015

 

 

A photographer from East London called Jenny Lewis (I follow her amazing work on Instagram and I wrote a post about her One Day Young book) recently curated a collection of iconic phone cover cases using her extensive network of creatives such as Camille Walala and Magda Archer, to name but a few. Together the collection of cases is known as the #onyourcase collective. There are loads of really unique and quirky designs, you’ll have a tough time picking your favourite. In the end I went for this RUN case by Archie Proudfoot.

 

 

mobile phone cover case

 

 

Here are some of my other favourite designs:

 

 

 

 

Every 6 months On Your Case will be featuring a charity case. They kicked off with Fred Butlers Wonderkid bespoke design.

 

Go to Swag My Case to get your hands on your own wicked little design.

 

Nat x

 

 

 

Street Style Sunday – A pop of yellow

August 17, 2015

Apologies for Street Style Sunday being a day late this week. I wasn’t feeling too good yesterday so spent most of it in bed.

 

Anyway last week I went to the Isle of Wight with my friends (some I’ve known since our school days) and all of our children. We had such a great time and the kids charged around the house and garden playing hide and seek and tag whilst the mums drank Prosecco and wiped snotty noses. It was really good to spend some quality time with my friends because we don’t get to see each other as often as we’d like to these days.  The weather for the first half of the week was glorious, but then in Great British style it turned and it was grey and miserable. I thought it was only right to add a big pop of colour to the Island –  in the form of my yellow Topshop dress.

 

yellow off the shoulder Topshop dress

 

 

yellow dress

 

 

Yellow is my absolute all time favourite colour, for me it signify being happy. Even if you wake up not feeling great, dress for how you want to feel that day. I’m a big believer in the power of clothes – if you look good on the outside it will effect how you feel on the inside.

 

What’s your favourite colour and do you agree that how you dress can effect how you feel either negatively or positively?

 

Have a great week!

 

Love Nat x

 

 

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Punishing a toddler by Elaine

August 13, 2015

 

When one’s child does a betise, also known as a bad thing, moment of evil or something naughty, what do you do?

When Mateo was born, I never imagined he’d do something THAT bad, that a scolding wouldn’t fix. Then the scales fell from my eyes.

At the age of pureed, smushed up foods, he was throwing his cheerios, pasta and just about anything from his highchair.
Onto the floor (the dog had to be banned from the kitchen during mealtimes, as she got more than her fair share of baby food and was thus named The Enabler).
Onto the walls.
Onto anyone passing close enough to warrant a good target.

Repeated NOs did nothing but elicit hysterical laughter. The pediatrician told us to remove his food anytime he threw it – he’d learn for next time and his hunger would prevent him from starving. Mateo wasn’t exactly a lean child, and he could’ve lasted a week without solid food. Think a camel in the desert, except the hump was his entire body. The final resort was a small, sharp smack on the back of his hand. Imagine a pair of rabbits fighting – you know, the ridiculous, wimpy air punching. Yeah, that, so scared were we of hurting the baby. Of course he had skin as thick as a rhino (all that fat) and merely smacked back. Fantastic. Teach your baby to bitch slap you.

As he got older, we got to the temper tantrums. Joy. Ignore him, everyone cried. Walk over his thrashing, shrieking body and go about your business. We tried that but honestly, it was so ear-piercingly painful —and he could roll from one end of the room to another in a heartbeat, so was never really out of being underfoot— that we broke.

Everyone I met or knew, told me to do a Time Out or Naughty Step. This, I understand, is the universally approved and applauded punishment for children aged one year and above, right up until school age.

It was worth a try. The first time, I sat Mateo on the first step which took several goes to get his bum to touch the step and then my virtually body squashing him to get him to stop standing up. It was farcical. He’d sit there whilst I “reasoned” away, like a moron, about why he was to stay on the step for 2 minutes of silence and no movement. Every time I finished, he’d look at me, blink hard, stand up and walk off. Frankly, I didn’t blame him. Wouldn’t you bugger off? It was hard not to laugh and feel a glimmer of pride in his toddler version of reasoning. I thought through the options — sit opposite him and make sure he didn’t move. That was the same as putting myself in a time out. I think NOT. Tie him down? Nothing to tie him TO. Glue his bum to the step? He was too strong and would likely just step out of his clothing. In sum, the Naughty/Time Out Step was discarded pretty quickly.

What did work? The Naughty Loo. In reality, the downstairs loo. One minute for every year of his life. We started at 30 seconds. He opened the sodding door. Well, he leant on it. Like I said earlier, he wasn’t small. We’d shove him back in, and have to lean on the door so he couldn’t let himself out. As he got older, the time in purgatory got longer. The longest to date has been 35 minutes. Not because he’s an adult but because he fell asleep on the floor and I forgot about him. MOTHER FAIL.

It’s incredible how he goes into the loo as a raging, bawling, lump of demonic fury and comes out a sweet little boy. He needs the 5 mins to shout out his anger, stamp his feet as hard as he can, and sometimes take a little 2 minute nap. I’d ask if he was ready to come out and apologise/finish his supper/pick up the object he’d thrown – and instead of the “WAAAAAAH ARRRRRGH” I’d been expecting, I’d get a normal, polite answer. One time, he told me he needed “more time to calm down.” IMAGINE THAT!??!

These days, the child is 4 and a half. When he has a meltdown, I merely shriek ‘TO THE NAUGHTY LOO!” and he takes himself. We call him Napoleon. Shoulders hunched, head down, feet stomping, fists balled at his sides…but off he goes and puts himself into the loo. I’m still amazed that does it. It’s bloody brilliant.

 

What punishing tricks work for you?

 

Elaine

Style Me Sunday – culottes

August 9, 2015

 

I recently posted a pic on Instagram when I was trying on a mustard-coloured culotte jumpsuit in the Topshop changing rooms. I didn’t get it. As soon as I got home I looked back at the picture and regretted it. I bloody hate it when that happens. So that evening as soon as my husband got back from work I hot-footed it back to Westfield and bought it.

 

mustard cullotte jumpsuit from Topshop

Topshop culotte jumpsuit

 

Culottes are having a real moment at present, with tons of new and different versions coming out all the time prolonging this particular trend further. I’m particularly loving the denim culottes I’m seeing in the shops every where. I found a flat-fronted pair in Topshop recently with button detail, however the buttons weren’t great at staying on, so I’m still on the lookout for some fab denim ones.

 

So what do you think of my recent purchase?

 

Would you have gone back to get it?

 

Nat x

 

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Style Milestones with M&S

August 5, 2015

 

If you could do your dream job, what would it be? A couple of weeks ago Marks and Spencer asked me to go ‘shopping’ in their flagship store on Oxford Street and pick out key staples for a new mum. It was a particularly tough gig, as you’d guess, but someone had to do it!

 

There were six of us bloggers in total, and I was delighted to be among some inspiring ladies whom have fabulous blogs. Each of us were given our own individual challenges to pick out items for key milestones, and we then had to discuss our choices. Here’s a little clip about what we thought about the link between style and key stages in our lives:

 

 

 

Catherine from Not Dressed as Lamb was asked to find items for freelance fashion.

Kate from Wit Wit Woo was asked to pick out ket essentials for dating.

Rachel from Lady M Presents was asked to find items for the wedding season.

Amanda from The Online Stylist was asked to pick key ageless style pieces.

Eva from Glamazon Blog was asked to find those perfect job interview looks.

 

Here’s a few behind the scene pics from the day.

 

M&S style evolution - bloggers chat

 

Getting the brief for the day from the press team.

 

Red M&S dress

 

A particularly lovely red culotte jumpsuit I took a liking to that didn’t end up making the final cut.

 

 

Kate from Wit Wit Woo and Nat from Style Me Sunday

 

The lovely Kate from Wit Wit Woo and me having a natter between takes.

 

 

Bloggers chat at M&S (behind the scenes)

Just about to record the bloggers chat.

 

cashmere M&S cardigan

 

One of the key essential outfits I picked out for mums. Great staple items for mixing and matching with much of your wardrobe.

 

A group of style bloggers at M&S

Here we are at the end of the day. We almost forgot to get a group shot.

 

If you’d like to see the items we all picked out, check out the full online article – STYLE MILESTONES.

 

Nat x

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 our 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!)

 

3S1A2911 the wild kids apparel - grey owl sweatshirt

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

 

 

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