we love...little bird


So after spending a weekend out in the beautiful Welsh countryside sleeping in a tent it was easy to notice the slight change in temperature as we slowly but surely head towards Autumn. This season gets me excited for many reasons; the colours, trees, bonfires, warming soups and crisp mornings, and of course a new wardrobe. Rediscovering forgotten jumpers and boots and of course finding new items to add. 

The other day I stumbled upon the new Little Bird collection by Jools Oliver for Mothercare, and fell in love. I've seen previous collections but I literally love pretty much every piece in this collection. And yes I know I don't have a girl to dress, but if I ever did, this is what I would want her to wear. Reminiscent of the dresses and shoes of my childhood, along with amazing collars, patterns and colours I just love it all. I do shop for children's clothes on the high street, because as much as I would like to be able to afford all the amazing boutique clothing companies, we just can't. So when a collection like this comes along, that is well designed to be comfortable for children as well as unisex and more affordable then its a winner in my book! 

we love...little bird


So after spending a weekend out in the beautiful Welsh countryside sleeping in a tent it was easy to notice the slight change in temperature as we slowly but surely head towards Autumn. This season gets me excited for many reasons; the colours, trees, bonfires, warming soups and crisp mornings, and of course a new wardrobe. Rediscovering forgotten jumpers and boots and of course finding new items to add. 

The other day I stumbled upon the new Little Bird collection by Jools Oliver for Mothercare, and fell in love. I've seen previous collections but I literally love pretty much every piece in this collection. And yes I know I don't have a girl to dress, but if I ever did, this is what I would want her to wear. Reminiscent of the dresses and shoes of my childhood, along with amazing collars, patterns and colours I just love it all. I do shop for children's clothes on the high street, because as much as I would like to be able to afford all the amazing boutique clothing companies, we just can't. So when a collection like this comes along, that is well designed to be comfortable for children as well as unisex and more affordable then its a winner in my book! 

found

Another week and a few new finds and a couple from the past few months! Now that the weather is better going for little walks has become more frequent, and it's fun to just pop out and have a little snoop around our local charity shops. I hope to visit more car boot sales over the next few months too, and perhaps even do our own as we have lots of things to get rid of!


1- A vintage fisher price play house, complete with people, dogs, a car and furniture // 2 & 3 - A thick breton top and hand knitted cardigan for the boy // 4 - A denim pinafore for me

found

Another week and a few new finds and a couple from the past few months! Now that the weather is better going for little walks has become more frequent, and it's fun to just pop out and have a little snoop around our local charity shops. I hope to visit more car boot sales over the next few months too, and perhaps even do our own as we have lots of things to get rid of!


1- A vintage fisher price play house, complete with people, dogs, a car and furniture // 2 & 3 - A thick breton top and hand knitted cardigan for the boy // 4 - A denim pinafore for me

a family walk: Lacock estate

Firstly this is a little later than I intended it to be what with all the drama going on around these parts! The long and short of it is, is that Rob was taken to hospital on Sunday with suspected appendicitis and ended up having surgery to have it removed on Monday and with then discharged yesterday. So cue lots of running around to and from the hospital and not really having time to think let alone sit in front of a computer!

Also secondly we didn't quite manage a family walk this weekend because of above reasons but last week we had a little trip to Lacock Abbey and village with my Mum, and seeing as they are family then I thought it would fit in with our family walk!

We drove to meet my Mum at a National Trust we'd not visited before, and uniquely it is a whole National Trust owned village. There is so much to look at and visit, including the Abbey, house, grounds, village and the Fox Talbot museum celebrating the one of the pioneers of photography and photography in general.

We started with a cup of tea and cake in the old tearoom in a majestic stone barn, whilst we sheltered from a sudden downpour before taking a look around the museum. I would love to go back and have a proper look because there's not so much time to read and look in detail when a certain little person running wild. We then made our way through the grounds towards the Abbey admiring all the early spring shoots and blooms, spread over the grounds in glorious beds of white, yellow and purple.

We explored courtyards and cloisters before entering the house and taking a look around. After lots of fun peering in rooms and imagining how life once was we made our way outside into the beautiful grounds. We couldn't resist snapping a few photos amongst the crocus's and snowdrops, especially to show off my very pretty new floral dress sent to me courtesy of Joules. I thought there was no better place to wear it than prancing round the countryside through fields of flowers! It's such a beautiful cut, and the quality of fabric is lovely. Theo was also sent an amazing weatherproof coat from the lovely boy clothes section, which is perfect for our family walks! (and it really is weatherproof, as tested out in a sudden downpour!)
Theo found a furry friend to keep him company!

We then explored the village taking in all the different styles of houses, all beautifully rustic and individual. We dreamed about which house we would live in, and imagined the quaint village life! We stopped in a pub for a drink and a bowl of chips before going our separate ways and heading home, happy after our adventure!




We received the clothing courtesy of Joules, but all thoughts are my own! They really are lovely! 

a family walk: Lacock estate

Firstly this is a little later than I intended it to be what with all the drama going on around these parts! The long and short of it is, is that Rob was taken to hospital on Sunday with suspected appendicitis and ended up having surgery to have it removed on Monday and with then discharged yesterday. So cue lots of running around to and from the hospital and not really having time to think let alone sit in front of a computer!

Also secondly we didn't quite manage a family walk this weekend because of above reasons but last week we had a little trip to Lacock Abbey and village with my Mum, and seeing as they are family then I thought it would fit in with our family walk!

We drove to meet my Mum at a National Trust we'd not visited before, and uniquely it is a whole National Trust owned village. There is so much to look at and visit, including the Abbey, house, grounds, village and the Fox Talbot museum celebrating the one of the pioneers of photography and photography in general.

We started with a cup of tea and cake in the old tearoom in a majestic stone barn, whilst we sheltered from a sudden downpour before taking a look around the museum. I would love to go back and have a proper look because there's not so much time to read and look in detail when a certain little person running wild. We then made our way through the grounds towards the Abbey admiring all the early spring shoots and blooms, spread over the grounds in glorious beds of white, yellow and purple.

We explored courtyards and cloisters before entering the house and taking a look around. After lots of fun peering in rooms and imagining how life once was we made our way outside into the beautiful grounds. We couldn't resist snapping a few photos amongst the crocus's and snowdrops, especially to show off my very pretty new floral dress sent to me courtesy of Joules. I thought there was no better place to wear it than prancing round the countryside through fields of flowers! It's such a beautiful cut, and the quality of fabric is lovely. Theo was also sent an amazing weatherproof coat from the lovely boy clothes section, which is perfect for our family walks! (and it really is weatherproof, as tested out in a sudden downpour!)
Theo found a furry friend to keep him company!

We then explored the village taking in all the different styles of houses, all beautifully rustic and individual. We dreamed about which house we would live in, and imagined the quaint village life! We stopped in a pub for a drink and a bowl of chips before going our separate ways and heading home, happy after our adventure!




We received the clothing courtesy of Joules, but all thoughts are my own! They really are lovely! 

style lust



There hasn't been a brand, designer or collection that has completely stolen my heart for a long while; one where I would definitely wear pretty much every piece of clothing they've made, until I saw the new White Pepper Spring '14 collection. I'm in love. I know it's a bit silly to be in love with clothes, but everything about them is perfect! The colours; the soft pinks and blues, navy's and creams, greys and corals. The patterns, fabrics and the cuts. If money were no object, and I had no conscience about being greedy I would buy all of it!

 It's not just the dressed that are making me swoon, the shoes are a little bit to die for too...

I'm not the best at wearing heels, seeing as I'm quite tall I haven't really had the practice, but these do look super comfy, even so I would probably need to invest in some gel heel inserts to relieve heel pressure  and maybe even some gel socks to soothe my tired, dry feet after stomping around all day! 

So yeh, thanks in advance to the person who buys me the whole collection! 

All images from the White Pepper Spring '14 Lookbook 

style lust



There hasn't been a brand, designer or collection that has completely stolen my heart for a long while; one where I would definitely wear pretty much every piece of clothing they've made, until I saw the new White Pepper Spring '14 collection. I'm in love. I know it's a bit silly to be in love with clothes, but everything about them is perfect! The colours; the soft pinks and blues, navy's and creams, greys and corals. The patterns, fabrics and the cuts. If money were no object, and I had no conscience about being greedy I would buy all of it!

 It's not just the dressed that are making me swoon, the shoes are a little bit to die for too...

I'm not the best at wearing heels, seeing as I'm quite tall I haven't really had the practice, but these do look super comfy, even so I would probably need to invest in some gel heel inserts to relieve heel pressure  and maybe even some gel socks to soothe my tired, dry feet after stomping around all day! 

So yeh, thanks in advance to the person who buys me the whole collection! 

All images from the White Pepper Spring '14 Lookbook 

man oh man

Now I don't if it's because I'm getting old and am no longer a grungy teenager but more and more I have come to appreciate men dressing well, and looking a little bit dapper. I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to well dressed men, with nice haircuts who may be a little on the handsome side, and quite a few pictures of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, obviously. (Sorry Rob!)

 I know that Rob's taste in clothes has certainly changed over the years and he has moved away from just wearing a t shirt, jeans and trainers and now chooses shirts, proper trousers and boots. I absolutely loved what he wore for our wedding, a vintage tweed jacket and waistcoat, complete with tie pin (I think we'd been watching a lot of boardwalk empire at the time!)

We don't really buy that many new clothes, well he certainly less than me, and Rob has a bit of trouble finding trousers that fit him properly! Seeing as he's so tall it's quite difficult to find a pair of trousers like these nice slim mens diesel jeans that are the right cut and fit for him, and we've certainly learnt that sometimes you need to spend a little more money to get it. I bought Rob a new coat and jumper for Christmas, and I think that was the first new items he's had in a long while! I've been eyeing mens clothes from The White Pepper and the Weekend Offender clothing line too. But for now I'll just leave you with this beautiful man...



man oh man

Now I don't if it's because I'm getting old and am no longer a grungy teenager but more and more I have come to appreciate men dressing well, and looking a little bit dapper. I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to well dressed men, with nice haircuts who may be a little on the handsome side, and quite a few pictures of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, obviously. (Sorry Rob!)

 I know that Rob's taste in clothes has certainly changed over the years and he has moved away from just wearing a t shirt, jeans and trainers and now chooses shirts, proper trousers and boots. I absolutely loved what he wore for our wedding, a vintage tweed jacket and waistcoat, complete with tie pin (I think we'd been watching a lot of boardwalk empire at the time!)

We don't really buy that many new clothes, well he certainly less than me, and Rob has a bit of trouble finding trousers that fit him properly! Seeing as he's so tall it's quite difficult to find a pair of trousers like these nice slim mens diesel jeans that are the right cut and fit for him, and we've certainly learnt that sometimes you need to spend a little more money to get it. I bought Rob a new coat and jumper for Christmas, and I think that was the first new items he's had in a long while! I've been eyeing mens clothes from The White Pepper and the Weekend Offender clothing line too. But for now I'll just leave you with this beautiful man...



we love....pyjamas!

I haven't done a "we love" in a while now, in fact I've not done anything in a while. This whole getting back to normal is taking longer than I anticipated. I've got a million things I want to write about but when it comes down to it I just don't seem to have the inspiration. Maybe its the time of year, the clocks changing and a wedding come down but things are moving slow and sluggish.

But as winter is coming (in perhaps not such a game of thrones ominous way...) it's getting me feeling  all cosy and nothing says cosy like a new pair of pjs, well for Theo anyway! And seeing as we have a daily battle to get him dressed out of said pyjamas as he love wearing them he may as well have some fun and awesome ones to wear for the WHOLE day...is it acceptable to let them leave the house in them?

Anyway here are a few of my current loves...

1- mini boden // 2 - Ava and Luc via Kyna Boutique // 3 - mini rodini // 4 - John Lewis // 5 - Hatley //
6 - The Bright Company via Archies Boutique // Gap 

I think the Hatley train pair would blow Theo's mind...

we love....pyjamas!

I haven't done a "we love" in a while now, in fact I've not done anything in a while. This whole getting back to normal is taking longer than I anticipated. I've got a million things I want to write about but when it comes down to it I just don't seem to have the inspiration. Maybe its the time of year, the clocks changing and a wedding come down but things are moving slow and sluggish.

But as winter is coming (in perhaps not such a game of thrones ominous way...) it's getting me feeling  all cosy and nothing says cosy like a new pair of pjs, well for Theo anyway! And seeing as we have a daily battle to get him dressed out of said pyjamas as he love wearing them he may as well have some fun and awesome ones to wear for the WHOLE day...is it acceptable to let them leave the house in them?

Anyway here are a few of my current loves...

1- mini boden // 2 - Ava and Luc via Kyna Boutique // 3 - mini rodini // 4 - John Lewis // 5 - Hatley //
6 - The Bright Company via Archies Boutique // Gap 

I think the Hatley train pair would blow Theo's mind...

wedding outfits



This weekend we have got a little shopping trip planned to get all the final pieces for our wedding outfits. Not mine as they were sorted long ago, including a little customising of my shoes...more to come on that later! But for Rob and Theo. So I thought I would have a little look around the internet and see what I could find. I don't want to spend money on something that Theo's never going to wear again, because one it's a total waste of money and two why would I buy something that is so impractical (like a proper suit) for a toddler that he would never want to wear again?

My Mum already bought Theo a vintage Ralph Lauren checked shirt, and even though it would be lovely to be able to afford to buy new items from the collection it's just not possible! Saying that, there are a few shirts from the mens section that Rob has his eye on! So I have found some sweet trousers and braces, and a sweet cardigan. Can't beat a pair of braces and a bow-tie! Theo will without a doubt steal the show on the day, so he might as well look cute as he does it!

Image sources zara.com, cosstores.com

This is a sponsored post, but all thoughts are my own!




wedding outfits



This weekend we have got a little shopping trip planned to get all the final pieces for our wedding outfits. Not mine as they were sorted long ago, including a little customising of my shoes...more to come on that later! But for Rob and Theo. So I thought I would have a little look around the internet and see what I could find. I don't want to spend money on something that Theo's never going to wear again, because one it's a total waste of money and two why would I buy something that is so impractical (like a proper suit) for a toddler that he would never want to wear again?

My Mum already bought Theo a vintage Ralph Lauren checked shirt, and even though it would be lovely to be able to afford to buy new items from the collection it's just not possible! Saying that, there are a few shirts from the mens section that Rob has his eye on! So I have found some sweet trousers and braces, and a sweet cardigan. Can't beat a pair of braces and a bow-tie! Theo will without a doubt steal the show on the day, so he might as well look cute as he does it!

Image sources zara.com, cosstores.com

This is a sponsored post, but all thoughts are my own!




we love.....leggings!

So lately I've had my eye on lots and lots of leggings! We've always been a fan of leggings over here, but suddenly there seems to have been an explosion of amazing designs around. These are some of my favourites I've been drooling over in internet land!

One: Tootsa Macginty Bude harem pants // two: Beau Loves Davenport triangle pants via Archies Boutique // three: Indikidual banana print leggings via Milly Mog // four: Mason and the Tambourine Teepee no.2 leggings // five: Mason and the Tambourine Ridges no.2 leggings // six: Thief & Bandit Stalactite leggings // seven: Thief & Bandit Mountain print leggings  // eight: Lotiekids Elephant leggings // nine: Lotiekids Bicycle print leggings  // ten: Indikidual yellow banana harem via Archies Boutique // eleven: Indikidual humbug jumpsuit via Archies Boutique 

we love.....leggings!

So lately I've had my eye on lots and lots of leggings! We've always been a fan of leggings over here, but suddenly there seems to have been an explosion of amazing designs around. These are some of my favourites I've been drooling over in internet land!

One: Tootsa Macginty Bude harem pants // two: Beau Loves Davenport triangle pants via Archies Boutique // three: Indikidual banana print leggings via Milly Mog // four: Mason and the Tambourine Teepee no.2 leggings // five: Mason and the Tambourine Ridges no.2 leggings // six: Thief & Bandit Stalactite leggings // seven: Thief & Bandit Mountain print leggings  // eight: Lotiekids Elephant leggings // nine: Lotiekids Bicycle print leggings  // ten: Indikidual yellow banana harem via Archies Boutique // eleven: Indikidual humbug jumpsuit via Archies Boutique 

theo's daily outfit

So I've missed a week or so of updating on here with Theo's daily outfit, I kept on meaning to do one but then there were other more important post's to write! I'm not sure how to keep on doing these, whether I just keep them on Instagram, or do a monthly update on here? Either way I just don't seem to be able to fit them in as much! What do you think? Does anyone actually care where his clothes are from?! Or could that be included within the instagram picture?

As you can see we've had lovely spells of warm weather and have been out as much as possible trying to make the most of it. We've enjoyed going out without a coat and I've managed to bust out my sandals a few times! I need to do a more detailed update of what's been happening around these parts, so stay tuned (if I ever get round to it!)

theo's daily outfit

So I've missed a week or so of updating on here with Theo's daily outfit, I kept on meaning to do one but then there were other more important post's to write! I'm not sure how to keep on doing these, whether I just keep them on Instagram, or do a monthly update on here? Either way I just don't seem to be able to fit them in as much! What do you think? Does anyone actually care where his clothes are from?! Or could that be included within the instagram picture?

As you can see we've had lovely spells of warm weather and have been out as much as possible trying to make the most of it. We've enjoyed going out without a coat and I've managed to bust out my sandals a few times! I need to do a more detailed update of what's been happening around these parts, so stay tuned (if I ever get round to it!)

charity shop shopping

I make no secret of the fact I shop in charity shops. I love it and always have! Back when I was in college we used to scour our local town charity shops every week, and pretty much all my clothes were from them. I went through an 80's stage which at first probably started as a bit of joke, but then soon turned true obsession. I had the best collection of sparkly, shoulder-padded wonder blouses that you ever did see...come to think of it I wonder what happened to them?

Long before charity shopping became 'fashionable' and when people thought you were a bit weird for wearing clothes that people had probably died in I've been a massive fan of trawling through the rails and stumbling across hidden gems. I volunteered at a charity shop for a while just so I could get my hands on the best stuff first (oh and to you know donate my time to a worthy cause...obvs).  Nothing excites me more than finding a true proper charity shop these days, which are run by old ladies and there isn't a specific 'vinage rail' full of over priced clothes in sight. To me that takes the fun and enjoyment out of charity shop shopping in the first place! Anyway I'm not going to go on a full on rant because we might be here a while, so I thought I would share some of my recent finds. These are from our recent trip to Devon, and nothing screams good charity shop like those in small towns by the sea!


I love finding a good blouse in charity shops, probably the first place I search, then kids clothes, then bric a brac, then shoes then the rest. The floral dress I bought wasn't even on the shop floor, but I spied it in the back room right at the back and asked to see it. I tried it on, liked it, then discovered it had pockets and LOVED it.

So there you have it, quite a nifty haul and all for about £15! I hope to share some more of my finds in the future too! 

charity shop shopping

I make no secret of the fact I shop in charity shops. I love it and always have! Back when I was in college we used to scour our local town charity shops every week, and pretty much all my clothes were from them. I went through an 80's stage which at first probably started as a bit of joke, but then soon turned true obsession. I had the best collection of sparkly, shoulder-padded wonder blouses that you ever did see...come to think of it I wonder what happened to them?

Long before charity shopping became 'fashionable' and when people thought you were a bit weird for wearing clothes that people had probably died in I've been a massive fan of trawling through the rails and stumbling across hidden gems. I volunteered at a charity shop for a while just so I could get my hands on the best stuff first (oh and to you know donate my time to a worthy cause...obvs).  Nothing excites me more than finding a true proper charity shop these days, which are run by old ladies and there isn't a specific 'vinage rail' full of over priced clothes in sight. To me that takes the fun and enjoyment out of charity shop shopping in the first place! Anyway I'm not going to go on a full on rant because we might be here a while, so I thought I would share some of my recent finds. These are from our recent trip to Devon, and nothing screams good charity shop like those in small towns by the sea!


I love finding a good blouse in charity shops, probably the first place I search, then kids clothes, then bric a brac, then shoes then the rest. The floral dress I bought wasn't even on the shop floor, but I spied it in the back room right at the back and asked to see it. I tried it on, liked it, then discovered it had pockets and LOVED it.

So there you have it, quite a nifty haul and all for about £15! I hope to share some more of my finds in the future too!