Monthly Archives: July 2012

Talking ’bout my girl

Well, I don’t have sunshine on a rainy day. But on Sunday I had the rare treat of quality time alone with my daughter, always heartbreakingly hard to come by, especially when I think of the undivided attention that was lavished on her when she was, for a brief 16 months, an ‘only’.

The morning started unglamorously enough – a trip to a shopping centre where we stocked up on goodies for party bags, in preparation for her 6th birthday this week. Sets of 10 sparkly Indian-inspired bangles can be picked up for £1 each at Primark, as well as Spiderman Pez for the boys. Some random bits and bobs from Tiger, a handful of sweeties, and biscuits cut in the shape of a 6 (big thanks to the other WornOut ladies for the Nigella recipe) will hopefully mean that her guests go home happy.

Me: Grey & Pink cobweb ombre tee, Primark. White trousers: H&M. White & nude snake effect sandals: Zara. Grey snakeskin bag: Topshop
Her: White shorts: H&M. Red pumps: Primark. Orange & white star tank: Witchery. Sunglasses: Tiger. Bag: Sportsgirl

We were initially a bit sad that her best mate – the one she’s known from birth, the one whose mother and I are fantastically and garrulously close – would be away on hols on the big day but every cloud has a silver lining and it was soon decided that we’d stage a pre-birthday celebration, just the four of us, with afternoon tea at the Lanesborough Hotel. 

Me: Dress, Reiss. Sandals: ASOS 
Her: Liberty print dress from ACHICA. Sandals, Marks & Spencer

So, from an unbeautiful South London shopping centre to the loveliness of Hyde Park corner, where we were lucky enough to catch the tail end of the women’s cycling. Prettily frocked up, the girls were in heaven – although typically, they were far more interested in random elements of the afternoon than the pile of cakes set temptingly before them. High points were the on-pump moisturiser in the luxurious bathrooms, the logo-sweater-wearing teddies they were given by the staff, the pianist who played every single one of their requests from Mary Poppins and The Wizard of Oz and their Usborne doodle books in which, to be honest, I’m surprised they still had any pages left.

No matter – plenty more for the beautiful box that the waiters prepared for us to take home, to the surprise and delight of my boys. And for those with gluten issues – trust me, the GF tea, for which 12 hours notice is needed, was un-be-lievably good. Which may well mean that my next post is about tummy control swimsuits or Spanx, two products I’ve managed, so far, to avoid. In the meantime, Happy Birthday to my darling girl and thank you for a day that, I’m certain, was an even greater treat for me than it was for you.

A tale of two outfits

Talk about misjudging the weather!! This morning I trotted off to playgroup w the Little Two, wearing my Primark floral jeans with a cream turtle neck and a brown velvet blazer. I was in a lather by the time I arrived. Remind me not to wear that unless it is properly cold. Not just cool and certainly not on a cool morning that is also quite a humid morning.

Once home after playgroup I changed into something cooler: an off-white embroidered blouse and a lavender cashmere/silk scarf. I bought this scarf from a lovely lady (seller is Mercado Gifts) in Scotland, via eBay, for only £18. It is so luxe and soft, yet warm, and was wrapped beautifully with a charming note. As soon as my current Spending Embargo lifts, I will be ordering more. Do you think it’s wise to buy multiples of things you love or should you move on?

Outfit 1: Zara brown velvet blazer, Zara turtleneck, Primark floral jeans, Mimco
Anarchy ankle boots.

Outfit 2: Zara blouse, eBay scarf, Primark floral jeans, Mimco Anarchy ankle boots, Clarks Trapeze leather bag.

Breton and Baxters

So day three of my white jeans week and I’ve gone for a classic look of a navy breton and white baxters with my olive Anya Barbour from a couple of years back.  God – I look like I’m channelling Kate Middy but without the gazelle like limbs or glossy hair.  Ho hum.

But in my defence it was very rainy on the way to swimming earlier.

You can see the Whistles breton here

Its very boxy and not sure its the most flattering shape on me but I love navy stripey tops and its very comfortable which is not to be under-estimated on day 2 of potty-training (waves at Belinda) who did it far more stylishly in her jewels.

Oh the bag is Anya Hindmarch and the sandals are Swedish Hasbeens.  You know – for a change.

White Jeans – Day Two

So to further embrace my love affair with white jeans I have decided to wear a pair every day this week.

Now I have to apologise in advance for picture quality as my mirror has cracked – hopefully not from the sight of me in my white jeans.  The jeans are the baby bootcut by Hudson, Shoes are old Tory Burch and the top is a sale bargain from Reiss which I paid £19 for in-store so not sure why its more online.

You can see the lovely colours in the top more clearly here

I also purchased at the weekend a new lipstick – Casablanca by Tom Ford

The colour is perfect for me and oh the packaging – well it makes Chanel look like Rimmel in comparison.  Now if only I could afford one of his handbags . . .

I’m back – in a tent!

Last time I blogged I was 40 weeks pregnant and more than a little uncomfortable. I’m delighted to report that since then I’ve added another girl to my gang. She is perfect and I am besotted. 

I’ve spent the past week and a half in a variety of loungewear, mainly jersey harems and baggy vests. I will spare us all an outfit diary.  Fashion & style have not been high on my priority list it must be said. And anyway, though many photos have been taken in my house, not many have been of me for some reason but instead of the beautiful small people.


Today we went to one of the London 2012 big screens and fun fair near by until it poured with rain & we escaped to the dry in a tent. 

I am wearing my maternity ripped jeans from Topshop (similar here). I plan to wear these for the next few weeks as the stretch in the pockets means they aren’t too tight on my tummy which is still a bit sore despite my super quick natural delivery. My new silver Ash Genials had their first outing (thanks to AMB WornOut) as did this French Connection sale bargain jumper with a slashed/draped back. It is ideal over a vest (H&M in my case) for breast feeding. 

Back of the jumper
Silver Ash Genials

I’m also wearing my M&S giant snakeskin scarf. I like a scarf anyway but think they are an essential with a little one so expect one in every blog from me!  The bag is the pleather snakeskin one I got from M&S last month (I can’t find it on line but my sister saw it in store last week). Sunnies are from Zara. Smile courtesy of my girls.