25 November 2015


Monsoon spring summer 2016 press day

Last week I was excited to head to London for a full fun packed day visiting press shows and a fab Alice in Wonderland afternoon tea at the OXO tower with the lovely peeps from Pinterest. With a whole day of busy ahead, I navigated the bustling streets to visit the Monsoon and Accessorize Spring Summer 2016 press day, highlighting the trends for next years warmer seasons.

Monsoon spring summer 2016 press dayMonsoon spring summer 2016 press dayMonsoon spring summer 2016 press day
Held at the Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery, the the space was dressed with lush botanical greens, huge photo boards, cool paper cut-outs and pops of neon and gold metallic foil. The range sees lots of boho inspired embroidered pieces, soft denims, structured skirts and stunning evening wear, while continuing with the popular khaki and neon trend that graced the runway in 2015.

How swoon worthy are these two denim looks, casual, chic and perfect for spring.
Monsoon spring summer 2016 press dayAlthough I don't tend to wear brown and earthy tones, I really love the simplicity of this look, combining the Kelly Military Shirt and Solange Suede skirt for a sophisticated yet casual style. I've  teamed this up with these beautiful stacking ring set and semi-precious cluster pendant which will hit the high street in December.

Monsoon spring summer 2016 press day

Monsoon is known for its glamour and it didn't disappoint with these stunning flowing dresses and structured skirts in beautiful candy colours and contrasting monochrome style, which will be in stores late spring. I really love the pink Tilly Striped Skirt and beautiful flowing Ayanna Dress, I can imagine wandering along the Italian lakes, eating gelato and attending glittering parties abroad with these beauties *swoon*.
Monsoon spring summer 2016 press day

As well as checking out the fab range from Accessorize, I got the chance to have my own leather clutch monogrammed with beautiful gold foil initials by the lovely people at Monsoon. I can't wait to take out for party season! 

Monsoon spring summer 2016 press day

I can't wait to see some of these looks hitting the stores in 2016 and if you're looking a little black dress for your Christmas party, Monsoon have a fab range online now. How gorgeous is this black Carla Tunic Dress

*Thanks to Monsoon & Accessorize for a lovely morning with beautiful clothes. 


23 November 2015


wolf man jumper fat faceslow sundays and winter style

So it's finally here, the cold air nipping at my toes, finger tips tingling, rosy cheeks and warm breath rising from behind woollen scarves, and just like that it was winter. Yesterday morning as the sun streamed in though the window and dappled light danced on the wall, it felt like the perfect moment to sink into a slow Sunday filled with coffee, fresh air and cosy knits.

Weekends are such a precious time for this family of three as it's the only time that the kiddo has us all together, what with work pulling us all in different directions and continents, it's those two days that he looks forward to the most and sometimes I try and fill it with busy, yep all those jobs that need doing and things to tidy but not this weekend. Nope instead I decided to step out of our routine and do something different.

Fairisle Yoke jumper fat face

My first thoughts turned to coffee as they so often do and with the train tracks littering the lounge we made a race of getting ready to leave the house. Pulling on layers to ensure we were warm, the weather warranted the cosiness that only comes from a chunky jumper, one that can be snuggled into. Excited for our first festive jumpers c/o Fat Face, I wore the beautiful Fairisle Yoke Jumper channelling the cool Nordic vibes and grey is pretty much a staple in my wardrobe meaning it will last me though winter and look chic all in one go.
keeping cosy in winter style with Fat Face Wolf Jumper from Fat Face

Paul is a huge fan of winter knits and the more festive the better, so this colourful Windham Placement Crew jumper was a perfect choice for him, and as he is so tall I was surprised how great a fit is was. Obviously F chose the best of all, rocking this amazing wolf jumper  – it's now the only thing he wants to wear – once dressed we headed into the city for brunch and an impromptu game of boules in Queens Square.

men's jumper from fat face
I love heading out for brunch on a Sunday as it's one of my favourite treats of the week, to sit and be slow, sipping good coffee and watching the world go by. Tucked on the corner of Queen's Square is Spicer & Cole with its small but beautifully proportioned interior and cool urban style. Concrete counters meet chalk board walls and the dark moody design is lit by the wood floorboards and wrap round window.

mama style from Fat Faceslow sunday and winter stylespicer & cole brunch in bristol

After tucking into poached eggs on sourdough and freshly squeezed orange juice, we ordered coffee to go and took our Boules over to the square. F got hooked on this when we were in France and is always eager to play, and although we had a few odd looks it was great fun and free! Plus we were kept cosy in our winter knits.

slow sundays in bristolwinter style jumpers from Fat Face
Another weekend gone, dusted off and retired to the memory banks and oh what a good one, and with Christmas on its way I can start to feel the excitement in the air. Soon after Paul headed off to Heathrow and we took a lazy walk around the harbour, sharing stories on our way home, ready to snuggle down indoors.  Oh and one more pic because I can't get enough of this kiddo! 

Slow sunday and winter style from Fat Face

Are you winter ready? do you love to snuggle up in a good jumper during the festive season?

*This is a collaborative post.


19 November 2015


#morethanagift raising money for charity with easyfundraisingAs we all know Christmas can be an expensive affair that stretches the purse strings of most families, and while our attention turn to jingle bells, gingerbread lattes and brown paper parcels tied up with string, I always try to keep in mind the real spirit of Christmas, the spirit of giving. Not just presents but love; a time of unity, spreading peace and goodwill. OK I know I sound like a hallmark gift card but I love the warmth that fills the air in December, and the hope and kindness it seems to bring.

As much as I want to give presents that will bring a smile to loved ones eyes, I often wish I could make my money stretch further and help those that need it the most. So when I was introduced to easyfundraising.org.uk and their #morethanagift campaign I was thrilled to get involved and raise money for charity while filling up the stocking.

Shop online with Easyfundraising #morethanagift

If you haven’t heard of easyfundraising.org.uk, they are a free, nationwide service, giving charities and good causes the opportunity to raise free donations when their supporters shop online. They have over 55,000 causes registered with the site and by simply shopping with any of their 2,700 registered retailers, including John Lewis, ASOS and Next, you can raise money for your chosen charity – you can find out just how easy it is here. To date, they have raised over £10 million for charities in the UK which is incredible considering it's from our spending sprees.

Shop online this Christmas

The hardest part was choosing which amazing charity to raise funds for! After thinking carefully I chose The Julian Trust, a local charity run by volunteers that provide shelter for homeless people in Bristol. Seeing people sleeping on the streets is heart breaking and even more so at Christmas when it's traditionally time for families and friends to come together. As I look at F tucked up in bed all cosy and safe, I think of these unseen people who have fallen through the gaps, spending their nights cold and alone on the streets. Knowing I can make a difference no matter how small gives me hope for change.

Shop online and donate with EasyFundraising

Joining was oh so simple, within minutes I had signed up my email address, chosen my charity and installed the EasyFundraising button to my tool bar, allowing prompts to activate a donation while shopping. The next bit was easy, just shop online as normal. I was amazed at how many stores are signed up to donate and as I picked up these pieces from: Oliver Bonas, Urban Outfitter, Marks & Spencers, John Lewis, Asos, Amazon and some of my other faves, I felt happy knowing a percentage of my spend was going straight to the people that need it.

Email alerts tell you what you've raised from each online shop and although I've only raised a small amount from my Christmas shopping, I know that every time I shop online I will be continuing to support The Julian Trust.

Are you thinking about Christmas already? Do you prefer online shopping. I really hope you sign up to this free service and you can share your donations by using the #morethanagift hashtag to help spread the good word. I'd love to hear about the charities close to your heart and see what's in your Christmas stocking.

*This is a collaborative post. All words & opinions are 100% my own.
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