Scandinavian, Nordic & Dutch style: It’s always something my eye has been drawn to, & having worked for a Danish lifestyle & fashion brand (pre child days) my fondness only grew. Be it the clean, sharp lines of home décor, or the simplicity of Nordic fashions, to the gadget & gizmos that fill our work & kitchen spaces (Ikea, you have an awful lot to answer for!!) Getting your mitts on such delights in the UK has always been slightly tricky: even in this day & age where practically anything you could want is available at the click of your finger tips (thanks, internet) I’ve only come across a handful of ‘high street’ retailers stocking such items, based in the UK. & These have either been dedicated ‘fashion’ or ‘interior’ companies. What about those times when you need want a selection of lifestyle products in this style?
Well then, can I getta ‘Hallelujah’ please? For the Dutch company HEMA, who recently opened its doors upon our fine shores, in my local town of Bromley (that slightly confused ‘London’ Borough- for are we Kent, or South East London?!) Continue reading →
The way H asked me to be her Bridesmaid
A few weeks ago, a year of careful planning came together & created possibly the most spectacular wedding I have ever attended. Weddings: they occur daily across the globe. A promise & commitment between two people: in itself this is a very ordinary gesture- we make promises & commitments as part of our daily routine (whether we follow through with these is an entirely different matter!) yet in the presence of friends, family & loved ones, within a ceremonial procession, this ‘pact’ constitutes an extraordinary moment none the less.
I had the honor & pleasure of being a bridesmaid to the Beautiful, stunning H. After hours of trawling ‘Not on the High Street’ & ‘Etsy’ for a suitable gift to present H, in light of our friendship & as an expression of thanks for being involved in her special day, I drew a blank. There was nothing I could think of that would meet the grade (on my mummy budget anyway!) Then it occurred to me, I should play on my strengths. So I threw tradition out of the window, caution to the wind & decided to write a little something for my eldest friend, taking it back to the old skool by writing her a letter, like we did in our pen-pal days…………….
…..The toddler Days (H left, me right)
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Hey! what’s the ‘Matcha’ with you?!
By now, you’re probably all aware of my thirst for green tea: apologies Instagram feed, there are dozens of pint sized tea pictures! #sorrynotsorry. I drink green tea simply because I enjoy it & at the risk of being shunned by a nation of Tetley or PG tips drinkers *whispers* ‘I don’t like a traditional cuppa’. In fact, I can’t stand the stuff (the added health benefits of drinking green tea are certainly appealing too). My obsession for a warm green brew, can be traced back (wayyyyy back, & yes that really is me in the pictures) to time spent in The Gambia…… Where a dear friend ‘Mr Keba’ introduced me to an afternoon tradition…. Continue reading →
Mums’ Wear Pyjamas……
There is a recurring theme that has caught my attention, which seems to pop up on my social media stream *instagram* daily, from around 6pm. You could be forgiven for thinking I’m talking about ‘Wine O’clock’- that sacred, peaceful time: when the children have drifted off into a restful (ha!) slumber, & those tired, stressed out parents amongst us indulge in a little tipple of grapes’ finest: Pleasurable Pinot, Soothing shiraz (No way-Rose, mine is a pint of green tea, natch)
But no, the trend I am referring to is of course: Pyjama pants time. That’s right, comfy slacks at the ready for us to shed those restrictive skinny jeans, preparing to melt into the sofa. Ahhh, & reeeelax.
In fact, why specify 6pm for this ritual? I’ll make a little confession to y’all *whispers* no matter what the time of day, whilst I’m at home with little lord Snotface, you’ll more than likely find me chilling in me jammies. Well, that’s a little fib as I don’t officially own any sets of ‘actual’ PJ’s (I know, that’s a shocking revelation, being a ‘mum’ & all) my duds consist of old t-shirts & sweatpants. There really is no other way to get stuck in with toddler play than to be in your comfy house clothes, right? Continue reading →
A few weeks ago, I was invited out for lunch to meet some wonderful ladies & sample the new Bambini menu at Zizzi. I know what you’re thinking, gluten free & Italian food are probably arch-enemies? (What, with all that pasta & pizza) In fact, I’ve got to say my experience over the last 10 years with this infuriating dietary requirement, has proven otherwise: often, it’s these gluten-lovin’ restaurants who understand coeliac disease the best & provide the most choice of ‘free from’ options. Zizzi did not disappoint. I opted for a gluten free pizza on this occasion & it was delicious. The Bambini menu went down a treat with all the other sprogletts: & I can’t wait to get the whole Banana gang back there for a spot of lunch. The Bambini Menu offers lots of choice & is reasonably priced at £6.75.
I ventured into London minis my mini-me (he was at nursery) feeling a mixture of excitement & nerves: I can’t be the only one, who after spending every waking hour with my child for the last few years, when re-entering the world solo, feels slightly lost, As though I am without my comfort blanket? Continue reading →
- Where? KJ’s Laundry, 74 Marylebone Lane,
United Kingdom. Nearest Tube:
Nestled in a quiet lane, just a stones throw away from hustle & bustle of Oxford street you’ll find an oasis of calm: a low key boutique, stocked with high end established labels. Dedicated to finding wearable, interesting & stylish pieces: When I was invited to pop along for a browse of the latest season & the summer sale, it did not disappoint….. Continue reading →