24 April 2015

DESIGN HOTEL IN AMSTERDAM // PART THREE

Design hotel in AmsterdamWild & Grizzly and Amsterdam Street ArtHotel V Nepslein Design Hotel in AmsterdamTime flies when you're having fun and making exciting travel plans, and I've realised I haven't shared the final stint of our fab Amsterdam design hotel trip with i-escape with you. I love looking back over our adventures and remembering all the fun finds and exciting eats, you can read our first day and second day here.After a very relaxing sleep in our design bolt holes, Hotel V Nepslein situated in the theatre quarter of Amsterdam, I was very excited to head down for breakfast and sample its delights after seeing how popular the restaurant was the night before, but nothing could have prepared me for the surprise I got as we made our way to our table!

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23 April 2015

SCHOOL STRESS AND LIFE LATELY

Spring Blossom we didn't get our schoolHello you lovely lot! Sorry for the radio silence here, it seems I've taken an unplanned Blogiday – is that a thing yet? – anyway I thought I'd give you a little life lately update and jump back on the blogging bandwagon. This lost week has mainly been filled with school stress, spring blossoms and the boy, as I've juggled being poorly and solo parenting without childcare, hence the blog and work in general has had taken a bit of a back burner.

Apart from missing out on the cruise and filming with Interior TV Presenter, Linda Barker, due to being ill, I've enjoyed the focused time it has given me with F. He's requested every meal outside this week and I've loved spending our time outside on a blanket in the sun reading books and just hanging out together, time seems even more precious now that school is on the horizon. Oh how I love this boy.

We didnt get the school we wantedLast week, like most of you with 4-5 year old's at home, I woke and immediately checked my email to see which school F had been allocated to. There I was anxiously clicking the refresh button ten times a minute, hoping we had gotten our first choice while keeping my fingers crossed. Shortly after 10am it landed in my inbox, I swear I haven't felt so nervous since sitting my A Level exams! My heart sunk a little as were allocated our second choice, equally a great school but just not the one we had wanted for F for various reasons. So now we're facing three options: stay on the waiting list and see what happens, potentially move flats to be closer to our preferred choice, increasing our chance of getting in, or stick with the school we've been allocated.

I've been going round in circles all week and I must admit it's causing quite a bit of stress. Although all the schools in our area are good, I feel the decision we make now will lay the foundation for F's learning and school experience for the next six years, so I'm certainly feeling the pressure to get it right.

Have you had this experience? I'd love to know how you've felt about being allocated a school.


16 April 2015

SHIP STYLE WISH LIST // MAMA STYLE

This weekend I'm very lucky to be venturing on-board one of Royal Caribbean Internationals new ship, Anthem of the Seas for a two night stay *squeal* to experience what this new ship has to offer.  I have never been on a ship overnight before and I can't wait to see what this game changing ship has in store for us. As Paul is in Dubai with work, I'll be travelling with F and my lovely mum to Southampton where we will embark on our mini-cruise and I can't wait to set sail off the south coast.
Ship style wish list fashion for Anthem of the Sea

So in anticipation I've put together a little ship style inspired wish list, full of nautical niceness and channelling my inner deck chic/cabin boy look.

1. I've been looking for any excuse to wear dungarees and evoke lost desert island vibes. I may have bought these blue denim dungarees from Zara yesterday so quite excited to rock them on board.
2. Everyone knows you need a good pair of sunnies, I love the arms on these Marissa Wayfairers from Anthropologie.
3. For all those things you might need on deck this Bobo Chooses Waves Beach Bag would be ace.
4. Every cruise go-er needs a nautical striped top right? This v-neck tee from Zara may have also fallen into my shopping basket yesterday...shhhh.
5. I love a bit of gold and this Estella Bartlett Linked Heart Necklace from Atterley Road is super cute and definitely on my wish list.
6. I'm going to step into spring and create my own sunshine with these super comfy cool Griffin Maddy Honey Nubuck shoes from Clarks *swoon*.

What do you use when planning trips? Do you use travel companies to buy package deals, do you try and plan every leg of the journey yourself, or perhaps look for bargains using discount sites like Voucherbin? I already have a few trip in the pipeline and I can't wait to explore them with my little family.

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15 April 2015

STYLE IN YOUR CITY // BRAINTREE - THOUGHTFUL CLOTHING

Dashka Hart Leggings from Braintree Clothing Style in your city
I'm not sure how another fortnight has flown by already but it's time for #StyleInYourCity once again, which showcases your life and creates a community celebrating all the things you love about where you live. It's been a little quiet on the blog but very busy behind the scenes, and if I'm honest I still haven't quite caught up after the long Easter break –hence the radio silence – which is why I've decided to create this post around tranquil spaces and thoughtful fashion.

I am very excited to announce a special Style in Your City this fortnight in collaboration with the wonderful Braintree Thoughtful Clothing. I've recently fell in love with the comfort and ethics of these clothes and couldn't wait to share the exciting news that I'm now a regular contributor over at Braintree's BThoughtful Blog. Born in Sydney, Australia and now based in London, Braintree is a natural clothing company which has been championing eco fibres since mid 1990's - always produced ethically and with sustainability in mind. All of their clothes are made from sustainable fibres such as hemp, bamboo & organic cotton. These fabrics are good for the environment and great to wear and feel amazing to touch.

One of the things I love about Bristol is the ability to find an oasis of calm somewhere in the city, for me it's the Lido. Tucked away from the main roads and subtly placed amongst a row of Georgian houses is one of the UK's oldest surviving Lido's, allowing outdoor swimming all year round. This pool, spa, cafe and restaurant is one of my go-to places when I need to clear my mind and relax. After growing up by the sea I always find the water so calming and when the sun shines, there's no better place to sip coffee and watch the world swimmers go by.

Oh comely magazine and coffee by the pool style in your cityDashka Hart Leggings Braintree Clothing at Lido Style in your city
Life ring at the Lido bristol Style in your cityStyle in yoru city relaxing at the Lido Bristol

Over the last few weeks I have visited the Lido a few times for coffee/me time, or with F in tow and have taken time to sidestep the rush of everyday life. While treating the mind to a bit of down time, I've also enjoyed styling the softest of fabrics and loving my body with these beautiful timeless designs.

 These Dashka Heart Bamboo Leggings have been great with this transitional weather, teamed with either boots and a dress or sandals and tee, they have kept my legs happy and they are perfect for doing exercises in too. I've also been loving my Avika Striped top which I've been sporting on IG recently, the boxy style boho look is perfect with ripped denim jeans, pumps and gold necklace for an urban edge to ethical clothing. And don't get me started on how cute these Bayou Organic Cotton Denim Jeans and Jagger Striped Cotton Dress is, both perfect for sunny adventures in far away places. 


Changing rooms at the LidoDashka Hart Leggings braintree clothing style in your city
As I'm so excited about the quality and comfort of these timeless designs, the lovely people over at Braintree are giving five of you lovely readers the chance to win yourself a pair of the Dashka Hart Bamboo Leggings which come in three different colours. Me and Fritha will be looking to give one pair to our favouite #styleinyourcity IG pic, one pair to our favourite linked up post celebrating style where you live and a chance to win using the rafflecopter entry below *fingers crossed*

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Last fortnight I think this was my favourite image from Instagram due to the super spring vibes and this zesty coloured bike captured by Emily. My post pick was by Gingerlillytea, who proves that you can find style outside the city with this beautiful photography. Don't forget to hop over to Tigerlilly Quinn for her favourite snaps from the last fortnight and to see what style has caught her eye.

So how does it work? 

We would love it if you wanted to link up and join in with 'Style in your City'. We want you to hunt down your style finds and it could be anything: colourful buildings, street art you've spotted, fashion your loving, art you've seen, fab floors, the list goes on. We'll be showcasing our favourites on our blogs each fortnight. We're running this as a bi-weekly feature and you don't have to have a blog to join in or live in a bustling city for that matter, simply use the hashtag #styleinyourcity on twitter and/or IG with a photo and tag @wildandgrizzly and @tigerlillyquinn.

You can find me on Instagram here and twitter here.
You can find Fritha on Instagram here and twitter here.

Thanks so much to everyone who linked up over the last two weeks, we'd love to see you link up either below or on Instagram/twitter, we'll announce our favourite link up in two weeks time.
 



9 April 2015

A KID'S BEST FRIEND?

A kids best friend // F with his puppy dog

A bit like marmite, most people fall into one of two catergories when discussing pets, you're either a dog person or a cat person. In my 34 years I haven't really found a person that sits on a fence when it comes to this subject, and I am happy to say that I am a BIG dog person. I love dogs, as a kid I remember the years of begging my parents for a puppy, any sort really as long as it had four legs, wet nose and a tail I was in. After all a dog is a kid's best friend.

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