If I had a little boy I’d call hime Bruce (Forsythe, Lee, Willis…what’s not to love?) and dress him in these cool dude threads.
1) Half Zip Sweatshirt, £20, boden.co.uk 2) Suede Contrast Lace Up Desert Boots, £22-24, marksandspencer.com 3) Slim jeans, £17.99. H&M, hm.com 4)knitted cardigan £14.99, H&M, hm.com 5)Sky Blue Checked Shirt, £24.95. massimodutti.com 6) Boys Checked Lumber Hat & Mitts £9.80, mamasandpapas.com 7) Autograph Dog Design Cardiagn, £18-20 marksandspencer.com 8)Crew Neck Jumper, £8, mothercare.com 9) Comfy Cotton Trouser, £23, Bonnie Baby, bonniebaby.co.uk 10) Braces and Bowtie T-shirt, £2.50, mothercare.com 11) JNR Tayport Boys Quilted Gilet, £34.95, joules.com12) Guitar T-shirt, £2.50, Mothercare.com
The Barbour Jacket Has Landed
Ooh! I want to steal this jacket from my daughter! The lucky little blighter has been given a Liberty lined Barbour jacket and it is absolutely gorgeous. Super practical and perfect for this not freezing but not warm weather, the only issue is that it doesn’t come with a hood (apparently you have to order that separately!). At £129, this is definitely an investment buy and I have been forced to finally order some woven name tapes so that it doesn’t go AWOL at school. I wasn’t sure my girls would be excited by something so traditional in terms of colour and styling but Daughter no. 2 is champing at the bit for her big sister to grow out of it and big sister is smitten.
The heating is on and we don’t seem to have anything very warm in the chest of drawers. Here are a few cosy high street basics that I’ve got my eye on for my girls that can be mixed and matched and pepped up with brights. Ages aprox 2-10 yrs. Boys up next!
1) Hat, £4.99, H&M, hm.com 2) Fringed Suede Boot, £29.99, Zara, zara.com 3) Spotty sweatshirt, £4.99, H&M, hm.com 4) Dungarees, £37.95, LIttle Joule, joules.com 5)SpottyJersey Dress,£5.99, H&M, hm.com. 6) Sequin Collar T-shit £18, boden.co.uk 7) Cable Knit Sweater, £24-£28, boden.co.uk 8 )Short Sleeve Dip Hem Dress, £7.50-£10.50, next.co.uk. 9) Ponte Military Jacket, £8-£8.50, mothercare.com 10) Starry jeans, £31 Polarn O Pyret, houseoffraser.co.uk 11) Speckled Tights, £7, Cos, 12) Organic Cotton Top, £16, Frugi at johnlewis.com
I once went camping with some friends to discover that they liked to chow down on tinned new potatoes and spam all doused in salad cream when out in the elements. Fortunately a weekend break away with newish friends this weekend revealed no such culinary clashes. In fact quite the opposite. The family all started snacking on sliced bananas dipped in cinnamon and sesame seeds and it turned out to be super tasty! The kids loved it and they didn’t even know that sesame seeds are full of calcium, magnesium, vitamin B1 and can even help lower cholesterol. I don’t even think they twigged they were eating fruit.
There’s something very satisfying about rolling your banana slice in seeds - healthy and therapeutic.
Oh No. More shoes just begging to be bought…
The black and silver ones are even named after me! What’s a girl to do? Love this label called La Paire who have just branched out from their amazing sandals with these gorgeous pointy pumps. If you pre-order now you get a 20% discount apparently so that’s gazillions off the £139 price tag isn’t it? www.lapaire.co.uk
It’s distinctly chilly. I am desperately resisting turning on the heating. Could it be cheaper to buy a new jumper? Pretty sure it must be, especially if you opt for one of these cute John Lewis Weekend jumpers (£49) over these rather similar Chinti & Parker cashmere ones (£350). Then again, cashmere is very cosy so a C&P jumper could save on energy bills too…
The ludicrously productive in-laws (am thinking amphetamines) have got a fantastic allotment plot that produces mountains of fruit and veg. Flanked by a wood and a golf course, it really does feel like the countryside albeit with lots of rickety wooden shacks and a patchwork of old shag pile criss crossing the fields. I actually get quite misty thinking of my urban urchins running in and out of camps, climbing trees and eating fistfuls of blackberries off the bush. We’ve just visited the Allotment show which is a major deal in allotment land and always feels like a trip back to the 1970’s. There’s something so comforting in a having a steaming cup of tea poured from a jumbo metal teapot in a shack and who doesn’t love a knobbly carrot competition?
NB: These pics were taken two weeks ago when it was Summer. I type with a hot water bottle on my knee.
Worzel Gummidge would approve (of the nice cup of tea and slice of cake not the hat)
Terrific! (retro words compulsory on plot)
That 70’s Show
Don’t touch! Oops too late…
Glorious plants on George and Serge’s plot as featured on TV’s Gardener’s World - gasp!
Wow! H&M has excelled itself with its latest All for Children collection which donates 25% of its sales to support UNICEF’s work in Bangladesh to improve access to quality education for some of the most vulnerable children. Based on an 18th century masquerade ball ( the best kind, let’s be frank) there are mermaid costumes, bat capes and swash buckling pirate get ups galore as well as some fab, more wearable pieces if your children don’t actually want to look like extras from Les Mis, 24/7. The limited edition range will be available in store and on line from October 10th. The wig!
NB That’s a Beetlejuice suit not a Robin Thicke suit.
Orla Kiely hat + Stella McCartney romper + Birkenstocks + daisy = Perfect Holiday Outfit!
The Path to the Beach!
The new swish beach cafe where the waitress told us we couldn’t have tap water. Why? Too posh a place? Too snooty a waitress? No. “BECAUSE THERE’S BEEN A DEAD BODY FOUND IN THE RESERVOIR.” she tells us. Cue entire family clutching stomachs and recounting all the tap water drunk that day. Fortunately out of the 1500 homes affected in St Ives ours wasn’t one of them. No news of body in papers though just a boring old e coli report - locals like to keep things tight explains an ice-cream vendor… Thoughts Miss Marple?
Beach Hut Promenade
Scooting at Kenwood
Eating Al Fresco
Pavlova made by Anna. Mmmmmmmm.