The Boys Are Back In Town

posted in: KIDS, LIFE, STYLE | 3

IMG_0264I know it’s been officially Summer for a little while now but Summer for me really starts when the kids break up from school. I have a long 7 weeks ahead of me to fill with activities so any suggestions are more than welcome but I think I’ll put together a post of my personal favourites soon for those of you in the same boat. We moved house right at the end of last Summer and I think this year we’ll really make the most of out nearby lake, excellent dog walking territory but also great for tiring out the smallest one on his bike!

IMG_0711IMG_0274IMG_0246Another thing Summer signals for me is my most productive season, I think it’s the long stretches of daylight, I just tend to be my most motivated to get on and do stuff in the Summer. It’s mad really because it’s probably the period when I have the least time but I seem to manage it better around now. This being the first weekend of the holidays I decided to start as I meant to go on and began my work schedule for the next 6 weeks. I am hoping to get out 5 videos and 7 blog posts a week between now and September, I used to do this on the regular but took some time away to enjoy Milo’s last year at home with me. I’m keeping everything crossed that if I work hard at the weekend we can enjoy our Summer and come September when he starts ‘proper’ school I wont know what to do with all my extra time.. that’s the PLAN anyway. I’m really looking forward to being able to organise my work days a little better but I’m so going to miss our mornings together before nursery. We went to watch a little video of his class and what they’ve been up to this past year and it was a bit emotional.. really don’t blame his teacher for having a little cry.. I could have.

IMG_0261I don’t actually read/watch very many other mums blogs/videos who have school-age kids so often find it tricky to find people I can 100% relate to.. if you can recommend any I’d love to hear about them.The only one that comes to mind is Brummy Mummy Of 2 who if you haven’t watched already you absolutely MUST.. she’s HILARIOUS!

People are having kids older and older these days (or of course not at all) and I often feel totally out of the loop with people my own age let alone all my 20 something blogger peers but I wouldn’t swap what I have for all the freedom in the world.. well, except at 5am when I’d REALLY love the freedom of uninterrupted sleep!

TOP 10 / Budget Lipsticks

posted in: BEAUTY, VIDEOS | 6

IMG_0819Earlier this week I visited Lex in London and since she’s just taken up regular YouTubing we decided to film a couple of videos together. One was a haul – watch here – and having rummaged through her makeup collection I thought lipstick was the obvious next choice. I picked out some of my favourite lip products that we happened to both own.. it’s a bit bizarre how much overlap there was actually and we talked through them all, why we chose them, why we wear them, why we’d recommend them.

IMG_0811These swatches are all over the place, they were just for the video and I decided to post them here as well so apologies that there’s no order and they’re not neater but hopefully you still get the jist.

LEFT TO RIGHT – Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Ole Flamingo / Collection Creme Puff in Candy Floss / L’Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive Blake’s Red / Revlon Matte Balm in Audacious (or Unapologetic) / Rimmel Kate Moss 107 / Maybelline Colour Drama Pencil in In With Coral / Rimmel Exaggerate Lipliner in Eastend Snob / Revlon Lip Butter in Sorbet (or Raspberry Pie) / Topshop Lipstick in Brighton Rock / Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lacquer in Velvet Rebel

I have a really hard time narrowing down lipsticks so this was a great way of doing it and it’s always lovely to have someone to film with too.. although since I’m used to filming solo I am the WORST for talking over people.. hopefully the more I do it the quicker I’ll be to break that habit but it’s worth a watch if for no other reason than to introduce yourself to Lex!

48hrs in London

posted in: STYLE | 1

IMG_0866I’ve hardly been down to London this year, I think my last visit for work was back in February so to spend 2 days there in 1 week is rare to say the least. Since my train home on Monday was late and the return on Tuesday was early the lovely Lex (TalontedLex) offered up her sofa to save me the travel. We of course made the most of my night in London by going home early and watching Greys Anatomy, after doing next to nothing on our to do list that day so we tried to be productive and snap some outfit shots before the downpour on Tuesday.. I was in town for a video shoot in the afternoon and I was DRENCHED when I finally arrived at the studio!

IMG_0777IMG_0785We visited Bills for lunch, I always end up there no matter how many alternatives there are. We ended up walking further than we needed to thanks to Google Maps not suggesting the closest restaurant however it turned out to be a happy accident when we spotted Renee Zellweger walking past the window. I NEVER see anyone exciting in London so that was a turn up and every Thursday my boss asks me if I’ve met any celebrities this week (It’s a running joke that I think stemmed from an event I intended a few years ago) so today I will have a story for him.

IMG_0848I’m totally obsessed with this jumpsuit from H&M, it was the perfect outfit for the humid weather and when it rained i didn’t feel under-dressed.. I DID however rip the legs once they were wet, I kept tripping up on them so THAT’S annoying. I will try to fix them but regardless I will wear it again because it was just so comfy. Great for night or day and I think it’s really flattering too. I’m wearing the same sandals I showed you here that are also incredibly comfortable, if you’re looking for flats you can walk 30,000 (according to my iPhone)  steps in in 48 hours with no blisters these are worth their weight in gold.. but are actually only £25

IMG_0833IMG_0829IMG_0870If you’ve ever attempted to take outfit pictures yourself you will know how awkward it is.. this is my favourite photo.. it was entirely my idea and yet my face says ‘why are you making me do this ridiculous thing?’

My new favourite travel bag combination is a backpack and a crossbody, I want my overnight/carry on stuff in my backpack for comfort and my purse/valuables/regularly reached for items in a smaller bag close to hand. It was ideal when we went to Disneyland and it’s what I plan to carry in New York. Especially useful when you’re travelling with kids and need water bottles and baby wipes with you but don’t want a great big heavy bag on your shoulder all day. I found this Marc By Marc Jacobs mini backpack on sale a few months ago, it’s lightweight, fits my laptop and generally the perfect size for an overnight trip or a daytime family travel bag.

 

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