Now, I haven’t blogged in an absolute age, so I thought I’d better get my act together, even though today’s outfit is hardly a thrilling one. What you gonna do, though? It’s the summer holidays, the weather is glorious, and I’ve got a long list of errands to run with a five year old in tow, so jeans and a cami, with a blazer for extra coverage will have to do. I am, at least, rather thrilled with my little red bag, one of my only sale buys, and only a tenner from Zara. I am pondering picking up the Bon Soir black one too.



I ordered these paint splat Zara trousers back in March but sent them back as the 12 was huge. I was late night blog browsing during the storm last week and saw Kat wearing a pair. A quick look on line told me they were reduced to £17, yes please! I am wearing an 8. I do not say that often. Yes, they’re supposed to be slouchier but I like them like this.

First day of the holidays yesterday and we stayed in bed watching tv until 10! What bliss.
I wore Zara paint splattered trousers, Office gold espadrilles, Mango pocket tshirt. The tshirt didn’t work. I should’ve worn the Topshop cami-vest instead but I could be bothered to change my bra. It’s that kind of weather. I wish I had though as the non natural fibres and full coverage of the tshirt have given me bad prickly heat.

On a more serious note, did anyone watch “Clothes to Die For” on BBC2 last night? It was very sobering. I will come back to it in another post once I’ve done some proper research.

Hope you’re all enjoying sunny days.

Some photos from the weekend

Having limped to the end of term and spent the weekend demonstrating then celebrating we are exhausted! No long post from me then, just a few photos from the weekend.
We celebrated La Bambina’s birthday. Not such a baby anymore!
Retro birthday present.
Guffo owl cake made by me and Little Legs.
Pre birthday celebration tapas in Topshop black maxi dress, ancient necklace, Havaianas. I’m hoping to find a better quality black vest maxi before I go on holiday but am not having much luck.

Birthday breakfast in ASOS dress, Next silver sandals, mirrored RayBans, Alexander Wang Diego.

Back later in the week with my packing tips!

Feeling hot hot hot

Somehow we’ve managed to get through the week! We’ve had a bad week, it’s been so hot and muggy in London and I’ve had no more than two hours continuous sleep am for over a week. Not a great combination. But you know what SCHOOL IS OUT FOR THE SUMMER!

We marked the start of the holidays with a picnic with my big girl’s mates and families in the park. Few glasses of prosecco, industrial quantities of cocktail sausages, a cheeky picnic dressed crab for me and a water fight for the kids.

I have no photos of my outfits this week – variations on H&M denim shorts and Topshop camis and the Topshop sundress (“that’s a pretty nighty” said Little Legs)

Today I wore the Zara printed jumpsuit with Havaianas.

Now I’m sat in my little garden with a cold glass of wine, some popcorn and a book. Ah yes, bring on the summer!

New shoes

I had my eye on these Tory Burch Mischa espadrilles for a while and I was so disappointed when they were sold out in my size when the sales preview came around.


A bit of googling and I found them on, and soon they were on their way from a boutique in Rimini. From one seaside town to another – I suspect the water is many degrees warmer in Rimini though!  I do like the idea of buying from small boutiques rather than multi-national conglomerates, so I’ll certainly use Farfetch again (note: sadly Farfetch did not sponsor this post!)

IMG_3077Of course the hazard of internet shoe shopping is sizing isn’t it? My shoe size varies from 36 to 38 depending on the brand and then there is the added complication of US sizing. I am a 7 in the J Crew shoes that I have, but the 7 was sold out in Mischa and I went for the 7.5. It is a generous size but nothing an insole won’t fix – better too big than too small.

Of course, no sooner do I  have one new pair of shoes in my possession than I move on the the next thing I ‘need’. I have been hankering after a pair of pointy shoes for a while, so I went into town to have a look at what’s left of the end of the sales. I was seriously taken with these Isabel Marants IMG_3140

And these in Irani’s from LK Bennett, I love the pink print, it comes in a skate shoe also. The pink was too big, but the silver was my size, and if you tilt your head sideways it really is very close to the Marant. I dithered for ages (thank you to the very patient assistant!) but in end I left them as they are dead flat and as I am short I really need a bit of a heel if I want to wear them with dresses or skirts.

IMG_3165On my way through M&S on my way home and I spied these – pale pink, pointy, and kitten heeled.



They are a bit like Eve and Belinda’s Coast’s but for wusses like me who can’t spend longer than 30 minutes in high, or even mid heels – the shame! So I snapped them up and on the way home I thought about my daughter’s gold marker and how I might get to use it for a bit of diy

IMG_3171I started at the back in case it was a complete disaster…

IMG_3173but they turned out rather well!

Now, on to my next shoe…I am thing of my cold feet in winter and how what I really need is the fur lined Jimmy Choo bikers or the Fiorentini & Baker fur lined Eli. If you have either I’d love to know what you think of them!

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Sticks Review

You know the first evening of your holiday.  You are slightly tinged by the sun.  You realise you probably should have been more careful with the sunscreen but by goodness you look good.  The glow accentuates your cheekbones, makes you look younger and generally more fabulous….well….if you don’t have a holiday coming up but want the same glow of gorgeousness let me introduce you to Charlotte Tilbury’s beach sticks.

Here’s a video with the lovely lady herself demonstrating them click here.

Because I like to think I have the same colouring as Gisele (obviously I don’t but one can dream) I got the Ibiza shade.  I actually ordered it online which was a bit risky because I normally like to go and test make up products but this time it paid off.  I love it.  It gives me a gorgeous bronze glow when swiped across my cheekbones.  I look instantly healthier.  They have a delicate shimmer, blend beautifully and they smell divine.  I’m not usually a big fan of fragrance in make up but it doesn’t seen to irritate my rather senstive skin.

Like the Nars multiples it’s supposed to work on the lips too but the shade that is right for me (Ibiza) looks a bit odd on the mouth (weirdly I’n not too keen on brown lips but maybe that’s just me!) so I can’t testify to how good/bad they are when used as a lipstick but as a bronzer/highlighter the one I tried is wonderful, so much so I use it everyday at the moment though my husband keeps getting caught out and asks how I caught the sun when I’ve been stuck in the office all day.

You can get them online at Charlotte’s site or you can do the sensible thing and go to Selfridges (if you live near enough) and get advised on the right colour for you.

I’m also currently obsessed with Charlotte’s retoucher (as well as her eyeshadows, liners and film star bronze & glow)…so another Charlotte review coming up shortly – sadly I’m not sponsored by her (what a dream that would be) – I genuinely just love her products.

What I’ve been buying

A really random selection of things.

ASOS Loose Strappy Jumpsuit.

Me in it.
It’s a lovely dark bottle green. 100% polyester so it drapes well (though may crease badly?) I’m slightly concerned about the belly area on me but am hoping daily exercise will pay off. Some Spanx style pants would do the trick but I refuse to wear or recommend something so uncomfortable. I might like it a few cm longer but the slightly shorter length means it doesn’t interfere with footwear and is good for running around after kids.

Baukjen Thea Tank Dress. I went off Baukjen a year or two ago. The Gemma jumpers I bought in every colour bobbled terribly and after a brief encounter with the woman herself on a flight back from Dubai I decided not to shop there any more. I have been on the hunt for a simple black dress though and when their sale email came through I clicked. This dress looked perfect. It was not. So bad I didn’t take a photo even. Too tight at the top, too ruched and too long. I’m unimpressed at having to pay for postage and to return it too.

Sports shorts £12 from TK Maxx. Having some new gear makes the daily Shred more colourful (but no less boring)

Random summer purchase for winter. Helen Moore midnight blue faux fur Vixen scarf. Coloured faux fur is everywhere for next season. Get it while you can. (I got this too to stand in for the gorgeous black Zara shearling scarf last seen here that I lost at a Beyoncé concert and am stalking eBay to try and replace)

So I was ordering some Converse for La Bambina from Office and saw their 2 for 1 espadrilles offer. I ordered these and these.
I seemed destined to be the only one not wearing them this summer. The gold aren’t the best quality ever but they fit and I love them!

Some Zara bits. I get free express delivery now as I’m such a valued customer :-) Zara Striped Trousers, £17.99 in the sale. Loose printed trousers. I had to try these as they look similar to my current favourites. I’ve realised I’ve hardly blogged them but these black culottes have been one of my best buys this year. I wear them all the time with a black Topshop cami and any sandals I fancy. No photos because they both looked meh and are going back.

Printed Crop Trousers. When they were added to the sale I had dreams they’d look on me like they did on my friend Belinda. They did not.

And finally a surprise for my Little Legs.
Boden glitter ballet flats. We had to go down two sizes for a good fit.

Before I go, I’m going to sell two of the Mango dresses I bought which just don’t suit me. They are both a size 12. The black one Halle Berry & WIT love has a tassel missing. The cream one has been worn once, the black one has been tried on ten times but is unworn. Message me at before Saturday if you want to make me an offer :-)

Date Night

I had a rare night out just me and my beloved last night.
I wore Zara jumpsuit, black Sam Edelman heeled sandals, old & Other Stories neoprene navy clutch.

I love this jumpsuit but it’s not made for a normal shaped woman to wear. It’s so tight on the calves that I feared it was going to rip. Please do let me know if you’ve seen a nice black replacement jumpsuit anywhere.

An update

Not sure if this is of any interest to anyone but I did promise an update on the delivery I was expecting the other day.

The Seafolly Amnesia orange kaftan matches my J Crew costume perfectly. This neon shade really does make a tan “pop” and would look great over black or navy swimwear too.

I ordered the navy Seafolly kaftan too. It seems thinner material and more see through. I decided to reserve judgement until the J Crew spotty swimming costume arrived and am pleased I did. It’s a keeper.

The white New Look sliders, how I love them!

I ordered the New Look black kimono I couldn’t find in store. I am still in two minds about it (my sister said no which always throws me). The length and design are perfect for what I want but the material isn’t great; it’s a kind of slub “knit” which looks a bit cheap. But I haven’t seen anything as plain that isn’t chiffony (I hate chiffon!) and I want it for shoving in a bag and putting on when I get pulled away from the pool for an emergency ice cream and don’t have time to get dressed in whatever else I was wearing. For that the price is right and I think it will do.

While I’m writing about holiday stuff, a brief note on sun lotions. I have crazy skin (really, my arms and legs are allergic to each other) and after many different brands I’m sticking with Piz Buin. I don’t tan my face but use a brilliant Lancaster cream (I got it from TKMaxx) and a factor 50 on my nose and lips which are prone to sunshine cold sores (I love this too). In the UK I use Kiehls Body Butter every day. Once (max twice) a week I use St Tropez Every Day (fake tan in a cream) in Light-Medium on top of the Kiehls and carefully rub it off my elbows, forearms, feet and hands. I do the same on holiday instead of using an After Sun but use the St Tropez every other day.

Another rainy day in London. Come back sunshine!

Mac So Chaud & Relentlessly Red

Little Legs was off school today and we spent the day up town on a demonstration. I’m exhausted! I wore jeans and trainers & got soaked so no outfit post today.

Instead Mac lipsticks, or liners actually. I queued for ages in the Mac store the other day waiting to ask an assistant which lip liners matched the orange So Chaud and bright pink Relentlessly Red that I love. The answer was “none really”. Then I wandered past Kiko. I came out with #705 Bright Geranium for So Chaud (& Nars Red Square) and #707 (for Relentlessly Red) It’s called Strawberry Red and is actually a far better description of the Mac colour than the name they’ve given it. Perfect matches and a fraction of the price.