1 April 2015

BEST POCKET CAMERAS

Best Pocket Cameras
You might have noticed I love taking photos, there's not a minute where I don't have a camera out to snap a pic of our day to day. As much as I love the Nikon D90 SLR I also have a large collection of smaller cameras at home. So I thought it might be fun to do a little round up of my best pocket cameras and share what I use for the blog.

1. I love my Mini Diana Lomography camera, it's super cute, small enough to fit in your pocket and shoots on real film so you never know what results you might get. This point and shoot film camera takes 35mm Lomoraphy film and gives wonderful results with unusual light leak effects. It takes a bit of time to work out how and what conditions are best to shoot in, but there's nothing more pleasing then handing in a roll of film and waiting to see the results.

2. A new one love for me, the Fujifilm Instax mini 8 is a point and shoot with a 60mm lens that produces little Polaroid pics. I recently took this to Berlin and had lots of fun taking photos of the city. The film cartridges can be expensive at £1 per photo, but in my eyes it's well worth the money.

3. iPhone lens accessories are great for carrying around with you and adding a bit extra to your photo's. We have a fisheye lens and a wide angle lens which is great for taking fun snaps with.

4. My iPhone 5c...need I say more? The camera on phones nowadays are getting better and better, with the iPhone 6 set to be the best yet in quality. As most people have a phone in their pocket there's no reason to miss a photo opportunity.

5. A fairly new one for me is the Autographer. This one is pricey at around £300 but it is s super small and is the worlds first wearable camera. It has been custom built to enable spontaneous, hand free image capture, perfect for using when doing activities, extreme sports or at festivals etc.

When I'm not using these pocket sized cameras you can find me using our trusty Nikon D90 SLR. With such a great range of Digital SLR's on the market there is always something for everyone, and if you don't know which is for you then this camera buying guide is great to help you make your choice.

I'd love to hear what cameras you enjoy using?



*This post has been written for Tesco


STYLE IN YOUR CITY // ISLAND LIFE

It's that time again for another Style In Your City, which showcases your life and creates a community celebrating all the things you love about where you live. I think this is definitely my favourite image from Instagram from the last fortnight due to breathtaking views captured by Amanda. My post pick was by Marmalade Pie, I really loved hearing how this link up inspired Lizzie to pick up her camera and see her city through fresh eyes, even in the rain.

I have had a few people ask me whether they can join in with this link up even if they don't live in a city, so to embrace the wild and prove that even nature has it's own amazing style I thought I would share a glimpse of Island life.  

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30 March 2015

WIN DESIGN LSA BAR PUNCH JUG SET WITH OCCA-HOME

Now that the clocks have leaped forward and we can officially welcome spring, my thoughts are turning to lighter evenings and enjoying a cheeky cocktail with friends. Nothing can beat sitting out in the early evening, people watching and catching up with the girls, while sipping a refreshing drink.

As Paul works away a lot, heading out in the evening isn't always an option for me and most weekdays I find myself on lock down when the clock strikes 6pm. However that's not to stop me having friends over once the boy is in bed, and with this LSA Bar Punch Jug Set I can make sure that I have enough drinks to go around.

I love LSA, for those who aren't familiar with them, they are one of the leading international glassware designers providing their stylish products for some of the most cool and prestigious hotels and home around the country. I was excited to test out a new refreshing cocktail, Cranberry Tart Punch.

 You'll need:
• 1 bottle of sparkling white wine or champagne if you're feeling fancy.
• 500ml of cranberry juice.
• One lime.
• Ice with a variety of berries to garnish.

To make:
• Add your wine/champagne into the jug, add the cranberry juice and stir gently.
• pour your cocktail into each glass and garnish with berry ice and a squeaze of lime.

To celebrate the arrival of spring, I'm teaming up with the UK's premier online interior store Occa-Home  to offer you the chance to win this beautiful LSA Bar Punch Jug Set and entertain your friends in style.

For your chance to win a set of this stylish LSA Punch Set which retails at £75 all you have to do is enter any/all of the options below for your chance to win. Good luck. x 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

* Also I love this Chicken napkin c/o Thornback & Peel.

27 March 2015

EASTER DECORATING IDEAS // INTERIOR STYLING

Easter decorating ideas, colourful easter tableeaster decorating ideas with cupcakesEaster bunny baskets and easter eggs on an easter party table
Now that Easter is just around the corner, we've been busy getting our bunny on and coming up with some Easter decorating ideas. F is already super excited and is asking every day when we can start an Easter egg hunt, so I can't wait until we head up to Leeds for a family Easter weekend.

To get into the spirit of things we decided to get creative with an Easter table display and have a tea party with this little bunny. To make a fun table we used bright colours and bold patterns, such as our bird vintage table cloth, bright coloured spoons, tinted glasses, egg cups, Easter bunny baskets, party plates and of course chocolate eggs!

Easter Decorating Ideas and party table from homelinessI've become a bit a Homesense fan girl as there are always interior pieces to be found in their stores at great prices. So I've pulled together a little list to inspire your Easter decorating ideas.

1. Use a bright table cloth or runner to jazz up your table and give it the party vibe.
2. Mix and match napkins with patterns and colour to dress your cutlery.
3. This wire basket would make a great centre piece filled with bright colour easter eggs.
4. Use large bowls to serve your party food, this bowl is great as it looks like giant chocolate egg.
5. Choose pieces like this decanter which ties in with an Easter basket theme.
6. I love these storage pots, fill them with chocolate bunnies or marshmallows for a sweet treat that looks good.
7. Give a touch of elegance to your Easter table with these beautiful glasses. Use colours that tie in with easter such a green for Spring.

gold easter eggs and easter decorating ideaseaster bunny earsAre you planning on having an Easter party for your little ones? Or do you have a traditional Easter Egg hunt planned? I'd love to hear what you would like on your Easter table. 
*This is a collaborative post.



26 March 2015

JAEGER AND BATH IN FASHION // MAMA STYLE

Jaeger Spring Summer 2015 rangeJaeger and Bath in Fashion 2015

As part of Bath in Fashion 2015 I was invited along to a wonderful blogging event hosted by Jaeger last Sunday and it was such a treat. Being a busy mama, it's super rare to take time off at the weekend to be pampered and indulge in a little me time as this is always dedicated Family time, but when I saw Jaeger's Spring/Summer collection I knew I couldn't miss out.

Grabbing my daily caffeine fix, I rushed onto the platform on Sunday to meet my pal Fritha who had also been invited to attend, and shared the train with hoards of football fans who were heading to Wembley before stepping off into the picturesque city of Bath.

Frith Tigerlilly Quinn in Bath
Our first post of call was No.3 Hairdressing where we met up were treated to a blow-dry and styling while chatting away with some of the other fab bloggers who attended. I'm not a girly girl but I do love a trip to the hairdressers, chatting and relaxing while someone makes my mop look good rather than the usual I forgot to comb it look I tend to rock now I'm a mama.

No. 3 Hairdresser in BathWild & Grizzly at the HairdressersNo. 3 Hairdresser in Bath

Once we were looking fab we headed over to Hall & Woodhouse for a bite to eat and to chat network over a cheeky glass of wine and delicious food. I went for the Halloumi and falafel burger without the bun and it was yummy! If you haven't visited before I would definitely recommend it, the interior is simultaneously eclectic and grand, and there is a beautiful central spiral staircase winding it's way up to the top floor. 

Hall & Woodhouse restuarant in bath
Bunless halloumi burger and falafel
I haven't been in Bath's House of Fraser store known as Jolly's, for a while so it was great to head to the Jaeger's concession department and see the refurbishment. I loved the huge mirror and slate grey walls which really made the S/S15 colour pop. Jaeger is sponsoring Bath in Fashion 2015 by hosting six bespoke events called 'Conversations of Style' throughout the week, and as part of that we were challenged to create an outfit based on the top trends for this season: Monochrome, Seventies chic, Safari styling, Life in Colour, Bold Blooms, Bewitching Denims and New Pastels. I immediately thought I would gravitate to my favourite Monochrome but I found this coral dress and was smitten, so teamed it with a belt and navy jacket.

All the ladies looked great in their outfits and although Jaeger is certainly more a high end price range there are a few pieces in the £40-£60 range making it accessible to most. I found that the sizes were rather generous which means I could fit into a size smaller than I would normally – always a nice ego boost ;) and I loved the quality of the clothes.

Wild & Grizzly Wearing Jaeger Spring summer 2015 clothesJaeger bag and clutch bag spring summer 2015Jaeger safari print jacket s15Jaeger department in Jolly's Bath
After styling our outfits in the private dressing suite and enjoying some macaroons, we were given a goodie bag from Jaeger and Lancome – which included a tester of Vissionaire Corrector which I've been using at home and have adding to my must have daily beauty list – before saying our farewells and heading back to my little family.

*I would like to thank Jaeger for asking me to attend their blogging event. All words & opinions are 100% my own.