Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Five autumn 2014-friendly Topshop tops

Well, the pissy weather has forced us all to think about autumn a tad prematurely. But don't feel downhearted about it ladies: picture all those lush colours and prints you can rock with skinny jeans and chunky boots. And this is the year of the parka, I promise you.

To get the party started, I'm off to purchase this awesome cactus print olive green top - and here are another four fabulous Topshop tops for the new season you could consider...

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Our chance to fly a wish

My blogging may have been somewhat thin on the ground this summer, but we could not pass up the opportunity to take on a holiday challenge. It's something of a tradition.

And this year, it's an all-round good one - a challenge that has got us out and about in the fresh air (even though it might end up hurting my bank balance: you'll understand why if you read on).

We parents are always moaning about our kids spending their spare time staring at screens, but the activity we took part in was far from technological. We were challenged to take out an awesome little stunt kite from Argos and to fly a wish...basically, El wrote down a dream on a piece of paper attached it to the kite and sent it soaring.

Of course the wish involves a hideously expensive Lego set, but as he is saving up some dosh by keeping his bedroom tidy, perhaps that wish will come true: even if it doesn't, he's got bang into kite flying and can't wait to take it out again in more blustery conditions...

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Matching checked t-shirt and skirt from another8

It's all gone a bit 90s for me at the moment. Worrying, as I was a grown woman, wearing nineties fashion, the first time round (I suspect the 90s jumpsuit I bought off eBay last week did actually belong to me at some point in the past).

Not vintage, but totally 90s-inspired, I picked up this sweet little top from another8 at the weekend (there's a concession in Topshop Oxford Circus if you're keen and London-based).

I wore it under a secondhand denim dungaree dress on Saturday, and with washed-out, high-waisted denim trousers (from Zara) yesterday.


But the thing is, all I really want now is the matching skirt....behold!

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Uniqlo kaftan style brushed cotton shirt

Long story, but I ended up shadowing a stylist in Uniqlo's flagship store today and after a supermarket sweep-style sample pull, I simply could not resist buying this cheeky little piece.

It's billed as a flannel printed shirt dress but it's more 60s-inspired kaftan as far as I'm concerned.

And to go with? Sky blue tights...oh yeah.


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Blackpool North Pier

Blackpool: we're back.

Since we arrived the weather has been...let's say, "mixed". It's always the risk when you opt for a stay-cation.

But we've had lots of fun already - the kids did Laser Quest, we topped the Tower, took a breezy stroll down the deserted North Pier and quaffed bad burgers (!) in a trendy cafe.

But the treat that was afternoon high tea in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom was the highlight. Sandwiches, scones, cakes and a cup of Earl Grey - plus a lady in a white ballgown. On a Monday. At 3pm. Awesome.