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Four Trends For Spring

April 16, 2017

Finally! Spring has almost sprung and we can do away with the heavy wool, expensive cashmere and clumpy boots of winter. It’s time to shed those layers, remove those jeans and store those thick and scratchy wooly socks – this season it’s all about lighter clothes that will  brighten your day as well as your mood. Here are my four tips for trends that are hot hot hot this spring: even if the weather is not. Step into the next season…

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Shop Alert: TUSTING

March 21, 2017
Tusting

I am a huge fan of everything British. The Monarchy, Yorkshire puds, Blue Peter… If it was made in the UK, it’s for me. Despite being firmly against Brexit (we’re all Europeans, yo) I am out-and-out proud to be British: in the way that I collect royal mugs, not in a BNP sense. For real, I spent a very large part of my early teen years wondering what I would say to The Queen when I first met her as…

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The Family Portrait

March 2, 2017
Family Portrait

I‘m a big fan of talking about not-of-the-norm families like ours. By that I don’t mean our family is weird or odd (though at times, I guess ;), but families that don’t conform to your mum, dad and kids stereotype. Families with two mums or two dads, families with one parent or four parents… I want my children to grow up feeling that our family of three is just as normal as everyone else’s. And so we discuss it a lot.…

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Fashion Week With Finery

February 22, 2017

It’s incredible to note the way we shop compared with 10 years ago. Back then, shopping was all about magazines and intense days on the local high street with your girlfriends.  I clearly remembering trawling the streets of Cheltenham on heaving Saturdays with almost a primal sense for that night’s outfit, eighty quid in my back pocket and a desire to spend, spend, spend. And often it didn’t matter what I spent on, as long as it was a pair…

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Christmas Gift Guide: What To Get Your Little Pranksters

December 13, 2016
The beano shop

I like to think my kids enjoy programmes like Dennis the Menace on Netflix so much because they behave impeccably 90% of the time. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. But this cartoon  is one of the stalwarts in our house and I love it; Dennis the Menace reminds me of my own angelic (ahem) childhood and I love the innocent joy the children get from seeing cartoon characters on Netflix getting up to mischief and creating mayhem. Aside…

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Christmas Gift Guide: What To Buy The Impossible Woman Who Is Never Happy and Already Has Everything

December 7, 2016
gifts for difficult women

I write this because I am that impossible woman. I am the woman who, if you ask what she wants for Christmas, says “oh I’m sure I’ll love whatever you buy me, darling” and then finds it unable to hide a disappointed face as big as the moon when she unwraps a deep fat fryer on the 25th December. Has happened. Other presents I’ve been bought at Christmas also include shoes three sizes too big, gloves that I already owned and the…

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Christmas Gift Guide: For the Person Who Has Absolutely Everything

December 2, 2016
personalised illustration

My dad is an absolute nightmare to buy for at Christmas. As am I, to be honest. We’re cut from the same cloth: we generally have everything we want and if we don’t, we buy it. EASY. Every Christmas and Birthday I rack my brains over what I’m going to buy for my dad and give thanks I don’t have to buy for myself. If you’re similarly stressing over that impossible member of your family, I have the answer: Small…

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The Perfect Mum Jeans

November 29, 2016
perfect mum jeans

Jeans. Always a bit of a problem for a woman of a certain age with a tummy of a certain size, am I right? As soon as I gave birth to my first child I entered a world in which I could no longer purchase the Topshop Baxters I’d been wearing since I was 16, a world that involved finding new denim suited to my new body type. That might sound like the ultimate in middle class problems, but as…

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Christmas Gift Guide: For The Kid Who Reminds You Of Your Favourite Childhood Characters

November 24, 2016
personalised mr men

Some of my very earliest memories involve Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men franchise. My mum would bring my brother and I to see my grannie once a month, who’d saved all her 5p pieces to give to us because they were too small for her fingers. We’d visit the John Lewis that’s now five minutes away from my house and I’d spend my grannie-given pocket money on Mr Men books. By the time I’d grown out of them I had the whole…

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The Happiest of Jumpers

November 22, 2016

I think now, with the world the way it is, it’s as important as ever to find positivity in the little things. For me since Brexit that’s come in the form of a daily croissant. When the US election kicked off I bought a lot of flowers. And I know my mum takes long baths in Fenjal when times are a bit rough. It might sound silly but one thing I really take comfort in is little messages of hope…

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A Day In The Life of My Legs: Scholl Light Legs

October 4, 2016
scholl lighter legs tights

I’m not one of those people who celebrates the arrival of Autumn. While others are banging on about trees changing colour, cashmere jumpers and pumpkin spice lattes (never had one and PROUD) I’m in the corner quietly fuming that I’ve had to pack away my favourite denim shorts in favour of jeans and tights. Because I like the sunshine. I like the way too hot car, the sticky days at work, the hot nights under the sheets. I like feeling…

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