24 November 2014

A CHRISTMAS WREATH WORKSHOP WITH LAURA ASHLEY

Even though it's still November, Christmas is so close that I can almost smell the pine needles and warmed mince pies, and I'm embracing every minute of it. I normally wait until December before I get festive but F has written his letter to Santa – which I'm trying to decipher – and his enthusiasm for all things sparkly is definitely infectious.

So I was super excited when the lovely peeps over at Laura Ashley asked whether I would like to host  a Customise Christmas Wreath workshop with some of my lovely blogging pals; Fritha,  Jessica,  Lottie, AdeleLaura and Laura for some Christmas fun, coffee and a catch up. Perfect!
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WIN A SET OF 12 LUXURY CHRISTMAS DECORATION FROM OCCA-HOME

As I'm feeling super festive and have already eaten stocked up on mince pies, I thought it would be great to spread some Christmas cheer by teaming up with the UK's premier online interior store Occa-Home to give you a chance to win this beautiful pack of luxury decorations to bring a bit of sparkle to your home.



Each of these beautiful glass Christmas baubles are individually made using a traditional mouth-blown technique with glass covered in tin to give them their stunning silver appearance, which will look perfect on your Christmas tree, in a window or hanging from a chandelier.

I can't wait to start decorating our home in time for the festive season and I've already started pinning lots of ideas here. For your chance to win a set of these luxury decorations which retail at £70 all you have to do is enter any/all of the options below for your chance to win. Good luck. x 



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23 November 2014

46/52 • 47/52

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

47/52 F: A whole lot of love for the Paddington Bear Statue in London.
46/52 F: A quick pit stop and chat on the way home from pre-school.

Another week has flown by and once again I'm playing catch up with The 52 Project. I love both of these pics, and even though they're very different in composition and colour, they both show F's cheeky playful side which has kept me company during the past few solo parenting weeks.

Tomorrow I'm flying to Dublin for the very exciting Lovin Dublin event, and although I'm thrilled to be visiting the Emerald Isle, I'm starting to get very nervous about the flight! Fingers crossed it will be smooth and if you're interested in seeing what I'm up to then you can follow me on twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #wildgrizzlytravels and come along for the ride!

Linking in with  The 52 Project.

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 ;)