6 July 2015

MAKE YOUR OWN ESPADRILLES // GET YOUR CRAFT ON

Make your own Espadrilles with the Makery
Sorry it's been a little quiet here, I had all intentions of posting last week while in France but at 37 degrees neither me or my mac seemed to cope with the heat, but I'm back and have some fab posts to share with you. A few weeks ago I spent a few day in London to attend the wonderful Blogtacular Blogging Conference – post coming on this soon – and a travel trade show. Sandwiched between the two was a fun craft morning making my own Espadrilles with The Makery in the Regent Street John Lewis store.

Sewing machine and crafting
Slightly fuzzy from the Blogtacular/Pinterest after party at the West Elm Store, I arrived with Lottie and Sarah-Lou, with a coffee in hand ready to take on the table of sewing machines. The super lovely Kate was there to meet us and a few other ladies were already in full swing. Our first job was to purchase a piece of fabric from the huge range available in the haberdashery department and cut out our templates, I chose this fab retro material.

Pinning your Espadrilles ready for the hand stitch The Makery's Kate showing how to hand stitch Espadrilles

Once I’d cut the two shapes needed from my patterned fabric and a lining material the next job was to tackle the sewing machine. It’s been quite a while since I’ve used a machine, in fact the last time may have been at university, so with an unsteady hand I set about sewing together the two pieces with a 10mm margin. Pleasantly surprised by the results I then set about pinning the pieces to the soles which come with the kit before attempting the hand stitch.

After Kate got me started, I sat engrossed with the task at hand, stitching back and forth, enjoying the process and when I’d finished one shoe I slipped it on to admire my handy work. It fit! I made a shoe! I felt such a sense of accomplishment and surprise, it’s not often you can say ‘well today I made some shoes’ is it?

make your own Espadrilles

The kit instructions were super easy to follow and are available to buy from The Makery, I’m going to buy F’s size so I can make matching shoes for summer *insert geek face* plus they’re sooo comfy! Like wearing slippers outside.

You can check out the DIY YouTube video below and also buy your own kit here. This should definitely be on your things to do list this summer.

26 June 2015

DECORATE WITH TILES // INTERIOR INSPIRATION

Image via super talented Brydie Mack


One of my favourite things to do when I have a spare minute is to flick through Interior Design books or scroll through beautiful interior images that make Pinterest a great source of inspiration. It's great seeing how so many different styles can work so well and I am always pinning ideas incase the time comes to decorate my own space.

Growing up we always had tiles in our home, whether it was grey slate flooring or a simple subway tile, they were a staple feature in our kitchen and bathroom, and I always dreamed of underfloor heating and warm tiles underfoot. I've always assumed I would follow suit when it comes to using them in my own home, tiling the usual places, but recently I've been inspired to think outside the box so to speak. I love these inspirational images, showing some amazing interior style all decorating with tiles.









At the moment our kitchen is seriously lacking – I'm talking no splashback.. nothing!  Every little thing can mark the paintwork and I'm forever touching up the walls and even though we rent I'm seriously considering paying for the kitchen to be tiled myself. Does that sounds crazy? Do you have tiles in your home?

* This is a collaborative post
** All images via Pinterest

25 June 2015

A ROOM WITH A VIEW AT THE PULLMAN LONDON ST PANCRAS HOTEL

So I've been keeping a little secret, last week I officially entered my mid-thirties *eek* and to celebrate in style I took my mum and F down to London for a nights stay at the stylish Pullman London St Pancras Hotel. Located in the heart of the city, within a minutes walk from St Pancras International, this four star upscale hotel boasts some of the finest views of the city skyline all from the comfort of your hotel room.


On arrival we were entered the grand reception area with its dark modern interior and luxury style and were welcomed by the friendly staff who had our bags taken up to the 14th floor. F was super excited to check out the view and was glued to the window as the we took the central lift to the viewing platform located on each floor, and wow what a view!
Child relaxing on bed with socks
Pullman London St Pancras Hotel lift viewModernist Designer seats
Incredible London views from the 14th floor of the Pullman London St Pancras Hotel
Windows located on the corner of the building give the optimum panoramic view of London with iconic landmarks such as the Shard and the Gherkin punctuating the city skyline. The design is spot on with clean lines and luxury details using modern furniture, with designers such as Mathieu Lehanneur, putting their stamp on the hotel. Not to mention the Business Playgound, meeting rooms with unusual touches such as faceted canopies illuminated with projections, fancy stuff ay.

We decided to grab a quick bite to eat that evening at the Golden Arrow bar located on the ground floor in the open plan space. Decorated with huge modern light fittings, LED signing, see through drinks cabinet and lit up bar, it feels like you're hanging out it an ultra hip London bar aimed at cosmopolitan, mobile, hyper-connected stylish travellers.

wine and olives
Uber cool lit up London Bar Pullman St Pancras Hotel
Golden Arrow Bar at the Pullman London St Pancras Hotel
LEd signs of travel destinations

After a much needed glass of rose and pizza to end the day, we headed back to room 1402 where our a Superior King room with sofa bed awaited and although I had been planning to share the spacious King with my mum and let F have the sofa bed, in the end F took over the sleeping arrangements – in a way that only a four year old can – and I ended up in on the sofa bed, thankfully they all live up to the hotel's four stars and I slept as soundly as the boy. 

The bedroom interior matches the hotel lobby with a modern dark grey design and attention to detail, such as fluffy white robes, tranquil rain shower, gorgeous toiletries, a second TV in the seating area, high speed wifi and coffee and tea making facilities. Not to mention the gym a few floors below which has 24 hour access in case you feel the need to work out. 

Grey modern stylish bathroom interior with rain showerLori Wild & Grizzly snapping the bathroomBathroom toiletries in the Pullman London St PancrasIn the morning we started the day to a wake up call and headed down for breakfast. Once shown to our seats in the Golden Arrow restaurant, we gave our drinks orders and decided to indulge in the wonderful array of food that was on offer. The breakfast buffet had a great selection of pastries, cereals, meats, fruit, juices and hot breakfast choices, and although there was quite a wait for my morning coffee to arrive which was a shame, I couldn't praise the food enough especially the cranberry yogurt smoothie to start the day. 

breakfast cereal

sleepy head kid waking upOn departing you have the option of checking out at reception as usual or you can use the speedy checkout option: simply handing over your key card to a member of staff and receiving your checkout confirmation via email which is perfect if you're in a rush.

All in all this was definitely a stylish stay and perfect for those wanting to have a luxurious stop over before heading on the Eurostar, and I would certainly return to use the bar alone as I really liked the lighting and evening vibe. 

Wild & Grizzly has been announced as a finalist in the MAD blog award 2015! I am so overwhelmed by your support and would be super grateful if you could VOTE HERE for Wild & Grizzly in the Family Travel Category. Thanks so much xx

*We received a complimentary stay at the Pullman St Pancras for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own as always. 


23 June 2015

INTERIOR TRENDS AT HABITAT PRESS DAY AUTUMN/WINTER 2015

80's Revival trend from Habitat AW15 a nod to Mephis movement

Last week I spent most of my time rushing between Bristol and London with F in tow and have since been playing catch, you know the usual juggle of work, kiddo and life in general. However I am excited to share a bit of what we got up to in London and about our exciting adventure we have planned this week too.

I am a huge fan of Habitat and I have to admit that it's one of my staple go-to brands when it comes to  creating a stylish interior. So I was super excited to head into Chelsea and visit the Habitat Autumn/Winter 2015 press day and discover what designs they have lined up for the next season. I was not disappointed and neither was F, trying to keep him from bouncing on every sofa and bed was certainly a challenge but made a little easier with the table laden with pastries.

Habitat press day AW15 in LondonI was immediately taken by the pops of colour, geometric patterns, clean lines and all the beautiful  finishing touches Habitat are known for and started to make a mental wish list while chatting to the lovely Clare Askem, Habitat's CEO. The trends for the Autumn/Winter line seem to have encapsulated all of my favourite eras with a mix of 80's revival, mid-century design, tribal collections, monochrome simplicity and Scandi inspiration.

Beautiful Beds and patterned duvet from Habitat AW15For statement pieces I found myself swooning over the Hawkins Armchair, designed by Matthew Long. It's sculptural form mixes tubular chrome, grey Velvet and tailored wool for a modern day mash up. Available in two colours, I think this is simply beautiful design piece to have in the home and if that doesn't float your boat what about this mid-century Tisno armchair and footstool by Laure Grezard inspired by the late 50's America – available in tan leather and grey wool tweed.

Hawkins Armchair from Habitat AW15 rangeTisno Leather chair from Habitat AW15I loved the 80's revival style pulling together bright primary colours, geometric shapes  and bold patterns in a nod to the Iconic Mephis Movement, with furniture being stripped back and with the addition of playful accessories. The cushions and throws were a big hit with me and the most exciting thing is the affordable price point, making it easy to refresh your home without a complete redesign. How gorgeous are these prints!

Beautiful patterned cushions habitat AW15 Range

Hand crafted ceramic vases from Habitat AW15 rangeGrey marble chopping boards and gold cutleryGeometric throws from Habitat AW15 rangeThere were mixes of earthy handmade vases using different techniques all with splashes of colour, beautiful marble chopping boards and gold coloured cutlery, ceramic monochrome tableware as well as a peek at the Christmas store – cue F going into excitement overdrive, fun colours and the coolest wooden guitar/iphone app toy which is now on his Christmas list. 

wooden guitar toy from Habitat christmas shopI can't wait for this to go instore and treat myself to a few things, I might even make myself a Christmas wishlist! *dreams of being wrapped up warm in gorgeous geometric blankets*.  









19 June 2015

FAMILY FRIENDLY FESTIVAL FUN WITH MAMAS & PAPAS

It's no secret that we are BIG festival lovers, every year we get excited about the adventures we'll have, hanging out with friends in a field somewhere, listening to music and we have been super lucky to have a kiddo who loves them too. So when Mamas & Papas created a family friendly festival guide and asked what our essential choices would be, I was excited to be involved.

Over the long weekend outdoors F lives in cool casual jumpers, colourful tees, jeans/dungarees as they're hardy and go with pretty much anything, shorts for warmer weather styled with hi-tops, and of course wellies! I picked out some of my favouites below from the fab Festival Essential selection.

1. I love a good blanket, it can be used for wrapping round your little one at night or as a throw to sit on and this chevron print is gorgeous.
2. A pair of bright shorts will help your kiddo stand out in the crowd.
3. F loves funky jumpers and they're easy to add over layers to keep them warm when it starts to get chilly.
4. These are soooo cute! There's nothing like a comfy pair of trainers to run around in for little feet.
5. We always take a parasol with a UV filter as it's easy to store and can create that much needed shade on super sunny days.
6. F has grown out of his pushchair now but when he was little it was our one festival must have. It's perfect for letting them nap in, travelling over muddy ground, keeping your kiddo dry and even moving your camp back to the car.
7. OK I'm adding this one in as I love the print and have an eye on it for our festival adventures.




We've been taking F to festivals since he was about 18 months old and at first I was super anxious about the idea of a baby overnight in a tent, but it turns out he's a natural and as long as you take the essentials you're all set. We've been taking F annually and one of our favourite festivals is End of the Road, set in the Lamar Tree Gardens it's a fab family friendly four day event with amazing music, great food, open fires, fairy lit woods, wandering peacocks and a full range of kids events and activities.


We tried Just So festival last year, unlike End of the Road, this is completely child focused and packed with fun activities like: giant puppets, outdoor cinema screenings, live theatre, pirate school, lantern making and an appearance of the fairy queen, safe to say F loves it and we can't wait to go back this year and experience the magic again.

This year we're thrilled to attend the Wilderness Festival for the first time with Mamas & Papas and take over their Instagram account for the weekend so you can follow our experience. We're already planning our must see list and I am sooooo excited to see Bjork headline and F can't stop talking about all the kids activities.

To celebrate festival season Mamas & Papas have teamed up with Camp Bestival to offer you the chance to win a family pass to the four day festival in Dorset *whoop* Simply purchase any product between now and 23rd June via here and you’ll be entered into the draw.