Makini Print Surfsuit, £24, Monsoon, Makini Print Bikini, £12, Monsoon
Striped Ruched Swimsuit age 2-10yrs , £34.50 (sale price), Rachel Riley
Hotchpotch Swimsuit age 1.5-12yrs, £16-18, Boden
Mexicana Swimsuit age 1-14yrs, £37, Sunuva
Mexicana Rash Vest age 1-14yrs, £38, Sunuva
Striped ruffle swimsuit age 1.5-10yrs, £7.99, Next
Star Print Swimsuit ages 2-12yrs, £12-14, John Lewis,
Konfidence Aqua Swim Nappy (suitable for 3-30mth),£9.99, John Lewis
Green Star Suit and Hat, age 3m-6yrs £17-£18, Next
Solid Colour Swim Shorts 1.5-8 yrs, £2.99, H&M
Swim shorts with Nappy age 0-3yrs, £14, Jojo Maman Bebe
Surf Suit age 1.5-10yrs, £24-£28, Boden
Bambino Mio Re-usable-Swim-Nappy age 6-12mth, £8.75, Mothercare
The Frozen DNA Pool
Every time I watch Frozen (I can count the times on ooh, 58 hands ) I am driven to distraction trying to figure out who it is that Elsa reminds me of. I have finally cracked it!!! Or am I cracking up?
I posted about these masks a while ago and said I’d like to frame them…so I did. The twinkly creatures leapt into my hands in a shop called Petit Aimé in Notting Hill (why, oh why aren’t they on line?) and at four pounds each, I couldn’t resist them. Steelier bargain hunters out there can find them at Sister’s Guild for just £3.60 each. I used a floating Habitat frame I had lying about, et voila shiny sparkly cheap art! Just need to go back into the frame and snip the elastic ties off the masks now. Maybe a cup of tea first.
Dotty for this
If you’re looking for a quick nursery update these wall stickers could be the answer. Love the fondant colours against the grey and think they would pop even more against an even darker grey. Each dot is about 8cm in diameter and each pack contains three sheets with 72 dots in total at a cost of £29. Hmm, this is beginning to sound like a GCSE maths problem but don’t let that put you off.
Gelato Dots Re-usable Wall Stickers, £29.95, www.peanutandpip.com
Last week I was incredibly excited to attend one of lingerie label Triumph’s Women In Making workshops at their pop up store in Covent Garden. Triumph have been holding various talks and mini courses as part of their campaign to celebrate female entrepreneurs and creatives and I managed to squeeze onto Louise O’Keefe’s fashion illustration workshop which was fantastic as A) I am a big fashion illustration fan and B) I love a spot of drawing but haven’t done any for such a long time.
The Student. Spot the rookie mistake. White shirt alert. (scuse the paint pots)
The Venue: Maison Triumph, Monmouth Street, Covent Garden where you can get measured as part of the Triumph Stand up for Fit mission to properly fit 100,000 women and browse the new Triumph collections.
The Tutor: Acclaimed fashion illustrator Louise O’Keefe
Yes, that is meant to be Jem and The Holograms.
The one that got away.
Maison Triumph Medley featuring vintage Triumph stays and new gossamer peach bras from their latest collection.
Wow what a great afternoon of splodging paint, being bold with pastels and getting to use a dippy pen in black indian ink. I was quite pleased with my fashion sketches and one of the ladies at the table (quite mad) asked me if she could buy one. “Errrrrr, it’s OK you can just have it.” Not awkward. Not awkward. The best thing was that I managed not to get anything down my white shirt until I drank a smoothie on the way home. No, scratch that, the best thing was that I’m definitely going to try my hand at some more art soon. Thanks for reminding me how much I enjoy a doodle!
Find out more about Triumph’s Women in Making Campaign here
NB:This was a sponsored post but I absolutely loved it!!!
Just Some Nice Things I Would Quite Like…
1) Tortoiseshell Foldable Wayfarers, £125, Ray-Ban, ASOS 2) Spotty Dress, £34.99, H&M (OK, the jig is up, I have already bought this. Falls really nicely just past knee, dips at the back with slightly shorter, flirty length on both sides. Crepe type material. ) 3) Mini City Bag, £39.99, Zara 4) Lips in Infrared, £8.00, Topshop (obv need this to go with bag), 5) Pale Blue Slides, £75, Whistles, (have tried these on and they are super comfy - must find cheaper ones)
I’m a bit of a reading stories, doing drawings, making cakes and having picnics kind of a mum. Basically, low exertion activities are my speciality. Every now and then though I decide to put down my spatula or get off that sofa and do something less boring instead… (old people will get this Why Don’t You reference, young people can feel smug) When I was invited down to the the new Chelsea ClipnClimb centre I thought, yes, I am up for this challenge.
WOW! Step inside the kaleidoscope!
Then I saw the towering walls and the bum strap harness… I needn’t have worried. It was brilliant. Not the bum poking through the harness bit - that looked stupid - but the kids absolutely loved the climbing (they keep asking me when we are going back) and even I got the hang of it after being coaxed down from three climbing walls by two very patient instructors. Initial fears of my kids and I plummeting to death were completely allayed when I found out that everyone is on a special automatic belay harness system (kind of like a seatbelt that gently lowers you to the ground) so that it is impossible to fall and every climber is well supervised.
Suitable for ages 4 upwards this is an activity for everyone and you can hire the climbing centre for kids parties (a friend of mine is doing a joint birthday party there) and even corporate events. There is another Clipn Climb in Exeter but this is such a brilliant concept that I am sure more are going to be springing up around the country soon.
The 8 year old preps for Mission Impossible 5 (that thing on the left is called the Vertical Drop slide. Children seem to like it)
The ‘Leap of Faith’ is an optional extra which entails climbing the rigging, walking the plank and then leaping for the red handle. Not for me.
Go on! You can do it! And then we all went to the clipnclimb cafe for a medicinal slice of cake.
Children ages 4-15 pay £14 peak time, £9 off peak
Ages 16+ pay £19 peak time, £14 off peak
When I was a kid I ate supersize Elastoplasts filled with Pedigree Chum and coated in an orange viscous sauce AKA tinned Ravioli. Other favourite meals included a bacon substitute called Breakfast Slice that would be nuked in the microwave until it turned into what looked like deep fried crispy shoe-horns. Dee-licious. My children however would probably call ‘I Can Cook’ Katy to stage an intervention if we tried to give them anything but Ravioli made by Tuscan artisans to an authentic 16th century recipe under the strictest bio-dynamic conditions. I blame foodie husband entirely for the following …
At her 2 year check up, nurse asks hitherto mute child what her favourite food is. Child clearly articulates the word Artichokes.
8 year old chid asks for scrambled eggs for breakfast. When handed her plate she says “Mummy, are you sure this is scrambled eggs? Where are the pink bits?” (pink bits = smoked salmon)
I overhear my children role-playing with their Sylvanians. “I’d like a nice big sourdough please Mr Bear.”
"Mummy, I can’t eat the baked beans at school they are so sweet and mushy." *whispers* "I don’t think they’re organic."
My four year old has named her favourite doll Calamari.
I said I’d put up a follow-on post about what I bought my girls in Next a good month ago now and then I completely forgot until a lovely reader sent me a little reminder (love a keen shopper). Some of the things have sold out but these bits have been worn again and again - the denim dress in particular, which can be layered over long sleeve tops and is a great Stella McCartney look-a-like.
1.Denim Dress, £10-11, 2. Pear and Apple PJ’s £22-26 for set of three, 3 Striped Pocket Dress, £7-13.50, 4. Super Star Sweatshirt (they really wanted this) £14-19, 5. Ditsy Print Culottes, £9-10
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Did you know that a woman called Ruth Wakefield invented Chocolate Chip cookies (major props), a woman called Patsy Sherman invented Scotchguard ™ (my sofa thanks you) and that surprise, surprise it was a woman called Mary Phelps Jacob who invented the bra? (major props in every sense).
I’m sitting on several madcap inventions (OK, two) that I mutter about on a daily basis so I am really excited to find out who is going to win this year’s Triumph Women in Making Campaign’s amazing £10,000 business bursary. The short list of entries has already been made and now it’s down to Triumph’s panel of inspiration makers, shoe guru Sophia Webster, designer Roksanda Ilincic, Nails Inc founder Thea Green, last year’s bursary winner LIzzie McQuade and Fenwick’s Lingerie buying Manager Georgina Coulter to decide on a winner.
Triumph’s team of Inspiration Makers. Give me those shoes.
The ‘Women in Making’ winner will be announced in June and not only will they receive the ten grand prize from Triumph, they get a year’s worth of mentoring from the makers panel & the chance to be showcased within Fenwick Bond St. Check out the shortlist here: triumph.com/womeninmaking
If like me you didn’t manage to submit your game changing business plan this time we will watch and learn and you can still head down to Maison Triumph, a ‘pop-up space’ in Seven Dials, London which is open to the public until June 2014. The space includes installations, events, inspirational talks and a series of maker workshops all of which feature the Triumph brand ambassadors. Mary Phelps Jacob would be proud.