19 November 2014

A ME DAY AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS

A few weeks ago in the midst of all the chaos of work, childcare, chores, meetings and life in general, I had a rare moment, one that doesn't come along that often, a me day. F was at my parents house for a sleep over, Paul was abroad on business and I decided to clear the diary and jump on a train to London to just hang out.

Well it just so happened that the lovely people over at Chestertons who are in partnership with the RA, thought I might like to visit the Anselm Kiefer exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts and they were not wrong.

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A GOOD BOOK // A Story About Ducks

With Christmas looming and present ideas stock piling, I'm getting excited at all these amazing new reads. Sometimes all it takes to win me over is a well designed jacket, a moral tale or some quirky illustrations and this good book has all three.  

Published by the V&A, A Story About Ducks is part of the Renier Collection of Children's Literature and follows a group of restless ducks, who disenchanted by their little river decide to set off on an adventure to faraway places and explore the world beyond. Full of raspberry buns, ice creams and roller coaster rides, their day trip seems exciting at first but they soon wish they were back in the safety of their reeds after ignoring the advice of two birds they meet along the way. 

This charming story brings to life an important message to those who explore its pages, not to take for granted what you already have and to be open to the advice of others, as well show courage and curiosity. First published in 1945 and until recently long out of print, this beautiful wordy picture book will be the one your kiddo cherishes in their childhood memories, proving it to be the classic it is. 

17 November 2014

LAURA ASHLEY PRESS DAY SS15

 
It seems I'm still recovering from a busy few weeks of splitting my time between London and home, but after seeing some of the fab press shows it's definitely been worth it. The day after the Amara Awards I had enough time to pop over to Laura Ashley SS15 press day before heading home to my boy and I'm oh so glad I did!

Before I jumped on the tube I headed across the road from our apartment for a cheeky snap of the luxurious Rosewood Hotel just because it is just so beautiful and even made friends with the this handsome chap before I made my way across London. 

Laura Ashley is one of those of brands that I've always been familiar with, as a child I could always find something from their range in our home, whether it be a blanket to snuggle up with or the soft leather armchair which my parents still have in their lounge today. Being one of the world's best loved home and furnishing brands sets a high standard for the company to live up to and they didn't disappoint 

The spring/summer show was refreshingly light and vibrant, with a very scandi-chic feel to the collection. I loved all the light wood, recycled glass, woven fabrics, outdoor accessories and the detailing on their ladies fashion wear. 

I'm happy to see Laura Ashley embracing some of the DIY trends that you can find online with their new furniture paint and varnish range. From January you'll be able to buy these gorgeous Elgin Spindle Leg Table and Spindle Back Chair and get creative with their paints, customising it to fit in with your style, I think these would look great with Pale French Grey paint. 

I was totally in love with their lighting range, especially the Perranporth Pendant with its stunning simplicity and clean lines, and this beautiful Chiddingfold Recycled Glass Base which would the prefect reading light. 

I was also excited by their SS15 wardrobe, with bright colours, bold print and beautiful detailing, as you can see on the back of this white cotton shirt, giving the perfect summer look. I remember thinking that only older women would wear their clothes but I love how you can take any piece and style it to suit you breaking any misconceptions about the brand. Take this pearl pink parka, It would look great with some leather skinny jeans, a chunky grey knit and some black boots. I can't wait to update my wardrobe and get some key pieces from their new collection.
For now though I have my eye on this winter warmer.




14 November 2014

STEP INTO SPRING WITH BODEN SS15

I've fully embraced winter and I'm oh so excited for Christmas, especially with F writing letters to good old St Nick, saying that I've been secretly thrilled to catch a glimpse of Spring/Summer 2015 trends in the fashion world and I'm already looking forward to a colourful wardrobe next year. 

While in London I was super excited to attend the Boden SS15 collection at their press show, and it couldn't have been better. Think beautiful bright colours, fun patterns, big prints and some amazing twin sets, wooden necklaces and even a leather dress *swoon*.


There's nothing like making a good impression and Boden do just that, on walking in all thoughts of these cold winter nights promptly vanished as I was greeted by a neon pink greenhouse and a horticultural theme in full swing. Brightly coloured flowers stool tall, peep toes wedges and accessories were placed amongst garden tools all laid out on real grass, while cress eggheads smiled cheekily from wall displays – cue me resisting the urge to rush and change into  summer dress while drinking pimms.

After planning the perfect wish list and daydreaming about all the exciting places I could wear these clothes, I took a peek at the children's wear which was equally exciting, no boring clothes for my boy next year! As I arrived late I didn't get a chance to use the wonderful beauty bar that Boden had set up downstairs, and I soon found myself rushing out into the city night trying to hail a cab so I could make a quick change before heading of to the Amara Interior Awards.If you can't wait for their Spring/Summer collection then why not treat yourself to one of these winter warmers with a Boden festive Christmas jumper? Go on it's Christmas ;) 





13 November 2014

CITADINES IN THE CITY AND A NIGHT AT THE AMARA AWARDS

Wow what a night! Last week I was lucky enough to head to London for the Amara Interior Awards 2014, where I was super grateful to have been nominated for the Best Design Inspiration – thanks again you lovely peeps – I was thrilled to be amongst some other super bloggers and online friends who I was excited to finally clink a glass with.

Squeezing in a few spring/summer press events around the awards, I headed up to London with Fritha who was also nominated in the Best Fashion Inspired category, as we had so much fun staying over at the MAD's we thought it would be fun to share an apartment again.

We were kindly offered a stay at the Citadines Apart'hotels in Holborn, which proved to be the pad in the city with everything we might need, including a kitchenette,  After a mad dash around the city to get to the Boden press day, we headed back to our apartment late leaving only 30 minutes to get glammed up.


After a very quick wardrobe change into a classic little black dress with my favourite peep toe heels, we  planned our route to the ceremony only to find we could see the Rosewood Hotel from our window, meaning we made it right on time. 

The night was beautiful, all glitz and glamour. Prosecco was drank, canapes enjoyed and there was a huge buzz in the room with anticipation. After huge cheers for all the winners and hanging out with the lovely Geraldine from  Little Big Bell and the fab Hayley and Shaneen from Breathe Happiness, we made our way back to the apartment, drank tea and caught up on the excitement of the night.

We woke super early and headed downstairs for breakfast, ensuring we filled up on plenty of coffee, muesli, yogurt and fruit – there may have been a waffle or two snuck in there as well. I'm already thinking of booking an apartment for an upcoming wedding, as the location is perfect.


We then dashed off in opposite directions to catch the last of the press shows and our train home, with our goodie bag in tow.

*We were guests of Citadines Apart'hotels but all words are my own.

11 November 2014

A GOOD BOOK // On Sudden Hill

One of the beautiful things to experience in life is the friendships you make along the way, those shared moments that can last a lifetime. Watching your child start to forge their own friendship and gain their independence can be nerve wracking and make your heart swell simultaneously. After discovering this illustrator last year in a beautiful tale of friendship I was so excited to find his newest work in this good book.


On Sudden Hill captures the concept of friendship, jealously and acceptance with a simple tale of two best friends who love nothing more than to run wild in the great outdoors, creating games with a cardboard box and their imagination. One morning a new boy comes to play on the hill and join their adventures, but as Etho welcomes the new friend and shares his lunch, Birt gets jealous and in temper destroys his box and heads home.  


Confused by his feelings of sad, anger, jealousy and loneliness, Birt stays in his room refusing to come out to play, until his friend and Shu create the best contraption yet, uniting the trio in a new better friendship.



This is a great story for any child, especially at they grow and explore their own emotions, learning to cope and manage their feelings as their relationships develop. With beautiful and characterful illustrations that charm you on every turn of the page, this is definitely a tale to find in the stocking this Christmas.


10 November 2014

45/52

"A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014."

F: Ready for an adventure after waiting for a delivery.

This last week has been so full of busy – fun but busy – that I haven't managed to spend that much time just hanging out with this one, in fact he's spent a few days at my folks as I've been in London for press days and the Amara Interior Blog Awards (there's a whole post to come on this). 

Thankfully the next couple of weeks are a little calmer and I can focus on spending more quality time with F. As a few of you have asked where F's clothes were from I thought I'd share it here:

Coat: Zara
Jumper: Mamas & Papas
Hat: Kite
Jeans: Hand me downs
Wellies: Joules last season

Linking in with  The 52 Project.