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We All Scream for Ice-Cream

Look, look, look! Who wouldn’t want to plunge into this ice cream sundae bed? It is from Australian brand 'Sack Me!' who (round of applause) ship to the UK. Not the cheapest, but surely the most delicious bed linen out there. And for anyone thinking I wish they did that in my size - they do! Duvet covers come in a double as well as a single size. Sack Me! also do a super kooky pasta print set which is perfect for anyone with more savoury tastes. I love the way the room sets are styled. Here’s hoping Sack Me! comes to the UK soon.

The collection starts at $35 for a cushion and goes up to $189 for a double duvet cover (that’s about £20 to £118 at current exchange rate)

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The entire Sack Me! range.

The Bra You Can Eat, Sleep and Wear the T-shirt in

A few weeks ago I was invited to the new swanky Ham Yard Hotel in central London to meet a new bra. The Triumph Magic Wire. I was taken into a sumptuous bedroom and fitted for my own bra, I met some models who were wearing the magic wire bra (the heating was on) and I got to browse a book shelf full of bras. Triumph said that after years of research and pooling of all their technical prowess this is pretty much the most comfy bra known to woman and that their new silicone underwire or non underwire means that you’ll never feel like you have a metal torture device resting on your ribcage again. Unclipping your bra as soon as you slump onto the sofa and reach for the posh crisps will be a thing of the past. Also good for tender pregnant boobs too…

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The bra fitting suite. That’s an alpaca pompom on my bag by the way  - just made from shaved happy alpaca not sad alpaca.

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Hound of the Braskervilles anyone?

This seemed normal at the time. The magic wire gives great lift and cleavage and looks really smooth under t-shirts and fine tops.

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Of course as any woman knows, the true test of a comfy bra is whether you can sleep in it all night without being forced to wrestle if off in the small hours, knocking water off the bedside table and punching your partner in the mouth. I can confirm that the Magic Wire bra was super comfy to sleep in and was not hanging off the lampshade come morning. Official scientific proof that this is a mega comfy brassiere.

I slept in a Contouring Sensation Magic Wire Bra, £36, triumph.com

NB: This is a sponsored post but as always I only include sponsored posts if I am really impressed with the product in question.

Quick Catch Up

We had fun with Charlotte Olympia…

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T-shirt colouring, face painting and ear making at the new Harrods Charlotte Olympia Incy Concession. “Umm, maybe Father Christmas will get you some.” Please forget, please forget…

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The new magazine I have been working on launched!

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I was The London Designer Outlet’s resident stylist for an evening. Great discounts on shoes! Def worth a trip to Wembley.

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I finally succumbed and bought this perfume at Liberty.

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And they’ll print anything you like on the label!

The Wind in the Willows

Picture my face when the in-laws suggested a three day 60th birthday trip on a narrow boat. Just us, the river and a long, thin boat. “With absolutely nothing to do and nowhere to go in any hurry and no internet or any of that kind of thing going on.” chuckled my wide eyed MIL… I think she might have added “With no escape. Ever.”, but it’s all a bit hazy.

On Friday we headed up to a boat yard in Oxfordshire and were handed the keys to a 65 foot narrow boat on the River Thames and were waved on our merry way. “There’s a 25 minute DVD for you to watch that could be useful.”, said the 16 year old boy who showed us round the boat before we set off without any background checks, training, a license, or known river safety. Madness.

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Fortunately, in the manner of Rainman, my husband turned out to be a very good driver (steerer?) and we only ran aground once (thank you Reg and Maureen for the tow), got buffeted in a lock when someone (rogue woman with an Elnett helmet and brown slacks - beware) opened the wrong gate and flooded us with raging torrents of water and scraped the sides of the boat along the concrete wall just a tiny little bit.

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With Dustin at the helm and two extremely excited and happy children we settled into our trip down the river and I have to say, between locks which have very nice planting schemes but are a little stressful at times, it was the most beautiful and relaxing scenery I’ve ever had the pleasure of immersing myself in. We were all mesmerised. We saw Kingfishers (3 times!), Herons, and pretty riverside cottages, goslings, moo cows… It was proper Wind in the Willows stuff and I would highly recommend it for a long weekend with children over the age of 3. The kids loved how miniature everything was including the tiny bath and the snug little bunks and there were plenty of ye olde inns to stop at for refreshments that weren’t made in the Bluebird A la Carte Toy Kitchen (80’s reference). Although saying that, we did manage to roast a chicken and make pancakes on board and my new speciality Pecan, peanut butter and banana bonbons. Yes, we forgot to pack chocolate. 

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The Trout Inn at Tadpole Bridge, was particularly lovely for lunch. Great staff and fantastic food.

The first evening was a little bit sticky. It was a hot and humid night and the captain said to me “we’re going to get eaten alive if we don’t close ALL the windows.” Sitting snugly round the dining table, sweating copiously (sweat was literally pouring off my husband and his father) we ate our evening meal in what felt like a polished pine coffin. Can’t we just use lots of mossie spray I piped up so we can get some air in here? “No.” said all my non-blood relatives in unison. Right then. The close atmosphere was exacerbated by regular, low squirting noises that I presumed to be a bi-product of someone’s bad river tummy. The squirting noises always seemed to coincide with someone shifting in their armchair. I have to say I was feeling quite uninspired by river life at this point. Fortunately before dinner was over we discovered that the boat had been fitted out with industrial sized automatic air-fresheners that were responsible for all the emissions. Things felt a lot better once the Airwicks had been disabled.

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Not an ugly duckling! A gosling with its mummy and daddy.

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Me hearties

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Granny sweet-talks a pirate .

If you fancy a trip up the river - we were on the Thames in Oxfordshire - I would definitely recommend the Anglo Welsh Narrow Boat holiday company. Do watch the DVD and the staff will accompany you to the first lock to show you the ropes if you’ve never done it before. My mother in law had done a couple of narrow boat trips before (not that they knew that) so we did have someone on board with a bit of knowledge. Apparently she saw Calista Flockheart and Harrison Ford on a narrow boat once.  

Thank you for a lovely weekend Granny and Papa xxx

ASOS Round-Up

ASOS is ruining my life and leaching my children’s college fund. But I can’t stop refreshing the ‘New In’ section 62 times a day. Here are my favourite pieces today. 

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Fancy doing the Folk Trend? Expensive but so gorgeous. ASOS Premium Midi Dress with Heavy Embroidery, £95.00

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I have these. Here they are on my plates of meat. ASOS HYDRO Heeled Sandals, £50.00

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This skirt has the scuba stiffness with a crepe finish that looks super chic and expensive. ASOS Premium Skirt In Bonded Crepe, £70.00 Comes in blue and lilac too.

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Add some fun to an all black ensemble. ASOS Halloween Monster Face Clutch Bag, £15.00

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One to watch: This dress is coming in soon. is a mini dress that would look great with black or coloured tights…

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Come to Mama, Prrrrretty bag ASOS Sleeping Cat Cross Body Bag £18.00

( has long chain strap)

The Bridesmaid Files

When my brother got engaged and his two nieces (my girls!) were finally invited to fulfil their destiny as flower girls, I promised you reams of taffeta and tulle, nosegays and grosgrain ribbon. Well, after months of research here it is: My Bridesmaid Dossier.

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If I we had a mega budget (the dresses I love are around £300) I would definitely plump for one of these beautiful dresses from Nicki McFarlane who kitted out the bridesmaids for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding. Was sorely tempted to lie about the price and go for it but then realised I was high.

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Can’t afford the Nicki McFarlane dresses but we can afford the shoes that she uses in all her shoots and that were indeed used for the royal nuptials!

Rainbow club Abigail Bridesmaid Shoes, £30-£35, John Lewis 

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This simple covered button dress looks a lot more expensive than it actually is. Silk Bow Dress (3-12yrs), £85-£89, Next. Yes indeed!

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Here’s eldest madam trying on a Dessy Flower Girl dress which she instantly fell in love with and threw herself sobbing onto a chaise-longue in despair when I told her that it might not be the bride’s choice. Yikes! Bridesmaidzilla! 

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Here it is full length: The romantically named Dessy Flower Girl Dress fl4038

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Another very rich seam of bridesmaid dresses is notonthehighstreet.com, (Who knew?!) which has a really wide selection of pretty dresses. Love this shade of green. Amy Jewel Dress, £175, Little Bevan, notonthehighstreet.com

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Perfect vintage style dress for a Kate Moss style country wedding. Faralaes Dress, £132, The Traditional Children Company, notonthehighstreet.com

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This Misty Dress festooned with hearts would look adorable at a chic city wedding. Love the scalloped neckline. £70 (age 2-14) Stella McCartney Kids

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Tulip & Nettle have some really pretty, traditional dresses with a more laid back feel at really reasonable prices. Dresses are from £50 -£95

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Tulip & Nettle also do great Page Boy pieces. Velvet Breeches and highwaymen shirts that don’t look too Fauntleroy.

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This is the dress that the bride favours so far. Clean lines and lace from John Lewis. Empire Line Lace Dress, £65-£70, John Lewis 

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I love the idea of going a little bit kitsch and having lots of flower girls in all different sugared almond shades. Rosie Corsage Dress, £50, Monsoon 

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The ilovegorgeous store in Notting Hill is a fantastic destination for unstructured heartbreakingly pretty dresses. They have a designated flower girl room at the back of the shop with lots of gorgeous accessories to try on and toys to play with for bored bridesmaids who are sick of taking their clothes off.

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More ilovegorgeousness

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And some more.

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These would look great for a vintagey evening wedding  - in fact I’d quite like one for me. Girls Star Crown Headband, £26.50, J.Crew

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I also love these grosgrain bows that would look lovely on their own or clipping in a delicate spray of flowers. Big Bow Clip, £4.00, La Coqueta Kids

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Here’s littlest madam trying on a red velvet cape in the ilovegorgeous flower girl room. I’m a tiny bit obsessed with Little Red Riding Hood capes and think they would look gorgeous as a cover up for a Winter wedding. 

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Winter Cape, £107, ilovegorgeous.com

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Silk Matilda Dress, £160, Sue Hill, notonthehighstreet.com Cute!

Gorgeous Boy’s Nursery

I used to secretly feel a teensy bit smug about the fact that I have girls and therefore a smorgasbord of sugary, pretty cuteness to choose from to decorate their bedroom but Jo Tutchner Sharp, Founding Director of Beauty PR company Beauty Seen has just burst my pink fluffy bubble. Her little boy’s bedroom and soon to be born (Good luck Jo!) baby boy’s nursery are the most adorable havens of creativity and cuteness ever. The thing that really struck me about her boys’ rooms was how tranquil they felt but without compromising on a sense of fun in any sense. Clever. Unfortunately Jo isn’t available for interior decoration consultation but her amazing shopping address book is below.

The Nursery:

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"I found this laughing bunny on @caraloren’s Instagram page in the middle of the night when I had insomnia and ended up ordering it from the US. He cost a fortune but I love him!" 

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Made.com chair and Belle & Boo cushion

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Oh go on, just one more look at Mr Bunny who sits pride of place on a hand painted antique trunk.

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Jo’s Kids Interiors Address Book

Farg Form  - for the cloud print curtains

The Great Little Trading Co. - great for storage

Belle & Boo - for artwork, cushions and quilts

This Modern Life  - for lovely artwork

Made.com  - for furniture - the blue chair is from here

Etsy - particularly for soft cloud mobiles 

Ferm Living - for bunting and other accessories

Little Baby Company - for artwork including the Pear Print 

Alex & Alexa - for accessories and the large cloud cushion in the cot

mini-mi.co.uk - love this website for toys cushions and nik-naks

You can follow Jo on Instagram at @beautyseenjo​ for lots more lovely pics and inspiration

Tune in over the next couple of weeks for part II of this interiors extravaganza when I post pics of Jo’s eldest son’s room

Pompom Crazy

I just bought this neon pompom garland for a friend’s birthday present and then about twenty minutes later I had to go back and buy one for myself. These pompoms make me so happy! They are like a woolly incarnation of Pharrell Williams hopping about the place. But where to hang them? I might have to buy another three strings - or get crafty.

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To complement the wall hanging? To jolly up the wall hung dresser? Or to add a little more crazy to the crazy dresser? Decisions, decisions…

Rainbow Pompom Garland, £17.50, Oliver Bonas

Shopping Event!

Ooh! I’ve got 30 tickets to give away to a fabulous shopping event at Wembley Park’s London Designer Outlet on Thursday 18th September from 6-9pm. If you fancy an evening of Dim Sum nibbles courtesy of Ping Pong, complimentary hand massages from Crabtree & Evelyn and an extra 20% off all the already discounted LK Bennet, Kurt Geiger and Phase Eight stock, leave me a comment below stating how many tickets you would like or just tweet me @themumdaytimes​. First come first served! Oh, and I’ll be there too to give styling advice so come and say hi!

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Lovely things you could buy on the night…*

*Obv can’t guarantee these exact goodies will be in stock on the night. 

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