I’m not normally one for modern touches around the home. I like Chintz, nicknacks and rickety stuff (can’t do minimal too messy) but I do like these cute, photographic duvet covers which coincidentally come from one of my all time favourite nicknack stockists coxandcox.co.uk. They’re a wee bit pricey at £60 a set but would really pull a room together (just call me Linda Barker - no don’t, the last 60 minute makeover she did was shocking). I am also thinking of buying some perforated, galvanised steel composters from my local hardware store for laundry and toy storage. Too far?
I fell off. The no siree, I’m not shopping wagon went over a particularly nasty rut and I was catapulted deep into the mire of shopping sin. Ashamed is not the word. Seriously, I do feel surprisingly bad about this. However, I did sell some stuff on e-bay so I’ve decided not to wear the cilice anymore. I bought the Ganni shoes and the ASOS trousers that I was so proud of not buying last month. Love the shoes but the trousers are too baggy and make me look very huge of hip. Unfortunately my three year old blew her nose on my leg while I was trying them on so I can’t send them back. Serves me right. Here are the things I DIDN”T buy this month though. Wince, wince, simper.
1) NWS by Hobbs Jacket, £129, Totes adorbs, love it. But wait! Hang on, the actual jacket isn’t nearly as nice as the pic from the press day. Hate it when that happens. Soz.
2) Girl. by Band of Outsiders Top £245, Just discovered this label and would like to buy entire collection
3) Girl. by Band of Outsiders Trousers, £210 Would buy these over the top but look how pretty they are together.
4)Topshop chambray blazer £100 Perfect summer jacket.
5) Hobbs silver sandals £129 Look like shoes my mum used to wear and come in gorgeous mint green suede too.
So, now that I see the jacket from Hobbs isn’t quite as nice as I thought it would be I think in reality I would have just bought the Hobbs shoes and the Topshop jacket -the trousers would remain a dream. That’s a saving of £229 this month. God, I was mad! This is really good therapy seeing it all written down…
Birthday Bunnies and Peanut Butter Choc-Chip Cupcakes
It’s all go here! We’ve just celebrated Tilly’s 3rd birthday and we’ve got Bea’s 7th birthday this weekend coming. Thankfully Tilly changed her mind about the giraffe cake and went for a bunny instead. Quite pleased with my efforts! Best cooking experiment ever however has to be the peanut butter choc chip cup-cakes that I decided to make on a whim. Just substitute some of the butter in the recipe for peanut butter, add chopped roasted peanuts and choc chips to the mix and then add a dollop of peanut butter to the butter cream icing et voila! We did serve carrots and tomatoes too by the way…
PS the cakes around the bunny are not the peanut ones - they’re in the next pic
and other mortifying little gems from my girls and friends…
“Mummy this is my baby her name is County. County! County! County! I love my baby County!” (NB the letter ‘O’ was absent from this particular version of County and remained so for around a week.)
“Mummy, I’m just sitting down to watch a dirty film.” (context: daughter sits down on doorstep to watch mummy who is covered in mud doing the gardening. Mother faints on impact of this comment)
“Mummy, I’ve been drawing your boobies in my busy book at school. It’s OK I’ve only showed them to Oliver and the teacher.” (I’ve posted this before but it still makes me die)
Mother: “Which birthday present is your favourite?”
Son: “The Batman one that will be here when I get home from school.”
“Hello Daddy! Hello Daddy! That’s my Daddy!” (shouted repeatedly at a tramp on a packed bus) Tramp says: “I don’t think so sweetheart.” And then quizzically to mother: “Am I?”
“Mummy, I need a poo and i think it’s a daddy poo!” (in queue for public loo)
“ I bet you can touch your nose with your tongue can’t you?” ( to man with very large nose in street)
” We knew the gift was from you because it smelt of your house. My mum said it smelt like it had been in your house for a very long time.” (Child’s response when asked if they liked their birthday present.)
Boden, Have got some absolutely gorgeous frocks for would be bridesmaids and party princesses this season. My favourite has to be this empire line, silk number that reminds me so much of the Kate Greenaway illustrations in A, Apple Pie. Still got my copy! Just imagine a troupe of bridesmaids in these, with satin ballet slippers oh, and bonnets too please.
Age 1.5 - 14yrs from £72 boden.co.uk
Well, this is getting annoying. The dress that I adore but will never in a zillion years be able to afford (around 2 fat ones) even if I wasn’t on a shopping hiatus is being snapped up by celebs in their droves. Well, three. I saw it FIRST!
Not sure if this is going to work but will give it a try…
Ladies and gentlemen I present to you ANOTHER WORLD featuring Andre Leon Talley and Tom Ford discussing nappies. ALT has a reality TV series on the cards - I think it should always feature Tom. Amazing.
ASOS S/S 2013 Maternity Preview
Ooh! If I had my time again, (Will I? Won’t I? It’s a constant conundrum) I would definitely invest in some canny bits from ASOS’ fantastic maternity wear collection. An array of on trend pieces, classics and occasion wear mean that there is no need to dress like a middle aged, stretch jersey version of yourself for 6 months. Some rather nice accessories were on display at ASOS HQ too…
(All pieces should be on-line by May)
This is a bit of a 2 pronged showy offy post to not at all humbly brag about my newly rainbow co-ordinated book shelves (it took me bloody ages) and my lovely Mother’s Day loot! The rainbow books are a bit style over substance but they are SO cheery and satisfying to look at. Thanks for the flowers and my lovely card girls xxx
PS Thanks for the lie in Daddy x
So, you’ve missed the chance to order her a miniature olive tree in a personalised zinc pot but you can still run to the shops and pick up something lovely that says I appreciate you and all that you do. Otherwise, a hand-made card and NON garage flowers are in order. Maltesers would be nice though…
Clockwise from top left. 1) Beauty Guru Terry de Gunzburg’s fragrance collection is super sophisticated and comes in the most gorgeous tactile packaging. One of these cannot fail to impress. From £68 at House of Fraser 2) Give her the latest manicure must-have, the Feather Finish from Nails Inc, £11, Selfridges 3) Connock London’s Body Oil is deliciously decadent and cocooning. £42.90 from Fortnums and Harrods 4) Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful Pink Pot Rouge, £18 ALL proceeds from this essential multi-tasker go to the charity Dress for Success London 5) Neom Luxury Organics Feel Amazing Treats set is the perfect gift for a mother to be £52 6) Anya Hindmarch In-flight Travel Pouch, £150 A fantasy gift maybe, but oooh isn’t it lovely? 7) Zara scarf £19.99 Oriental meets cross stitch. Lovely.8) This Works Dream Team, £10 available from Heals. Contains a Pillow Spray and relaxing Stress Less potion. What mother wouldn’t appreciate the gift of sleep?