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Things I’ve Learned About Holiday Packing From New York Women

August 1, 2016
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There are a few things you’ll notice when you enter what feels like the parallel universe that is Brooklyn, New York. Number one: you’ll feel like you’re on a TV, or movie set. From the skyline you’ve so often admired on Friends and Sex and the City to the coffee shops and bars of Girls, there really is no vibe like it. You might round a corner and bump into Lena Dunham or Alexa Chung (has happened) – it’s a truly…

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Shopping

Blue For Summer

June 23, 2016
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We all know I’m on holiday this week, spending time sunning myself and, oh yeah, I guess entertaining the kids on the sunny island of Kos, Greece. I had a very slim luggage allowance of 20kg (ouch – I normally struggle to fit all the bits I need into 30kg) so I’ve been working really hard to pare down my holiday wardrobe to the bare essentials. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m in Greece, or if I just love…

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Fashion

Life Stories – Hannah From Épanoui

May 14, 2014
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When it comes to work I sometimes find self-employment a little tricky. I’ve been a freelance Marketing Consultant for four years now (errm, how did that happen?) and have been lucky enough to include my blog in my job remit for the last one and a half years but sometimes I still feel like I’m playing at my career. This probably has something to do with the fact that I don’t feel like a grown-up yet, and also because with my…

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Fashion

Getting dressed: Winter Jumpers

December 17, 2013
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It’s taken 28 years, but I think I’m finally at a place where I feel happy with the clothes in my wardrobe. I know what I like, I know what I feel comfortable in and I know what (I think) looks good. I try to steer away from reverting to my ‘mumiform’ (more on that here) and I really have Gap to thank for sorting all my basics out in their sales. I love the Gap sale more than anything.…

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Style

The AW13 Mumiform

September 13, 2013
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I kind of like having my ‘mumiform’. The clothes I can, on days when I’m too tired/busy/stressed to wade through my cave of a wardrobe, just throw on in one combination or another and I know they’ll look good. And it not good, at least acceptable. From Autumn through to winter it goes something like: jeans, comfy tshirt, sweater, boots; the jeans skinny and stretchy and the jumpers woolly. Comfy and warm, the sartorial equivalent of a big hug. So when Dorothy…

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Fashion

An Autumn Wardrobe Update

August 22, 2013
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Do you have a ‘mum uniform’? You know, a default ‘look’ that you are able to reference on three hours sleep in the morning when the last thing you want to do is pick an actual outfit? I most definitely do, but it’s getting to that time of year when my Havaianas and optimistic sleeveless tshirts are no longer going to cut it. Yes, a heatwave has been predicted for this weekend, but the rain is hammering down right now…

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Pregnancy

How To Dress A Bump

March 29, 2013

I loved being pregnant. OK, I didn’t. I really didn’t. I felt sick, exhausted, flat out ill. I never had the pregnancy glow, at least not without the help of a lot of make-up. I looked grey, had bad hair and could not stay awake. One of my lasting memories is that of me at three months pregnant, lying on the sofa. Trying to entertain a 1 year old Elfie but just weeping because I felt so wretched. She was…

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Style

Gift Ideas: My Favourite Necklaces

November 29, 2012
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L-R: Pipe Dreams, Lazy Giraffe, Molly Brown London, Paper and Chain I am a big necklace fan. By which I mean I LOVE necklaces, and also like BIG necklaces. But as statement neckwear is not very appropriate when you’re in possession of a chest-headbutting baby who doesn’t have control of their own neck I’ve had to re-think my jewellery choices. And since I’ve said goodbye to big bib necklaces I’ve enjoyed shopping around for more dainty alternatives. As it’s the season of…

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Fashion Style

What I’m Wearing For Winter

October 30, 2012
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It is surprising how, once you give birth, your attitude to so many things changes. I was adamant this wouldn’t happen to me but it’s completely inevitable and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. Since I have had my babies I feel hugely different about travel, working, family, keeping fit, food, friendships… so many things. And one of the things that has thrown me for a loop mostly is how I feel different about clothes. That might sound…

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Beauty

The Case For Red Lipstick And Frocks

October 3, 2012
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It’s no secret that I often wake up in the morning feeling like death: almost five months of broken sleep will do that to a gal. I’m lucky enough to have a great husband who often gets up with Elfie between 6.30-7 to let me lie in  til 8 or so but I still never feel refreshed in the morning. Last night Hux woke at 12.30, 1.30, 2.30, 4.30 and Elfie woke at 6.10. Will is working away in Bristol…

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Style

Fashion For Kids

July 31, 2012
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Baby Elfie in spots and stripes I‘d just about gotten comfortable with dressing myself when I got pregnant with Elfie. Not in a practical sense, like “Yeah, I can finally get my hand through my sleeve”, but on a “Does this top go with theses trousers?” sense. I was working for a magazine in London, going to fashion week, constantly thinking about what I was wearing.  And once I’d got it down to a fine art Elfie arrived so then…

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