Phew final day of Easter holidays…as much as I love my daughter, I love having time to myself to get shiz done. She needs entertaining from the moment she wakes up until she goes to bed. No idea what I am going to do with her in the Summer holidays. One of the days of the Easter holidays was filled travelling to Leicester for the 4th Next kidswear blogger event. Eva and I have amazingly been to them all! Although they are quite hectic… we are never disappointed.
This is probably the most difficult outfit post I have ever attempted. I was trying to hold onto Luna while setting up my tripod, being super paranoid about all the people walking past thinking I am the biggest nob on this planet. And keeping an eye on what Eva was doing. I gave up after a few shoots and walked home to do the rest in my garden. I generally hate garden outfit photos, but when needs must.
As the title states… I am living in skater shoes at the moment. It’s my favourite trend of SS14. I can’t deal with wearing trainers which is the other biggest footwear trend of the season. I like them on some people, but overall I feel it looks too ‘on your way to the gym’ or ‘swapping your heels for comfy shoes on the commute home’. I have been known to change my mind on these things being the trend whore that I am. So you may be telling me to eat my words in a couple of weeks.
Early this year I enjoyed Afternoon Tea at the Royal Horseguards hotel, you may remember the Tea & a Tour at The Royal Horseguards post. When talking to Head Chef Ben Purton about how I would love to do it again with my daughter, he stated they also serve a mini tea. I couldn’t wait to visit again with Eva. She had no idea what Afternoon tea was, but I told her it was to do with eating tiny sandwiches and lots of cakes. As you can imagine…she was quite excited by the prospect.
After the Next SS14 event the week before last I made my way over to Great Portland street to pay a visit to a new brand on my radar – Marc Cain. I had a quick look on the website before I went along there is no point going if I know a brand is not to my taste. On that topic… I have noticed people suggest bloggers are not honest and only have glowing reviews of every brand they come across. For me personally I just don’t post about things that are not for me or I don’t like. Seems like a waste of time and effort. Unless a brand had been so awful and effected me personally I would never post a negative review.
Back onto Marc Cain… as soon as I walked into the showroom, I knew this German brand was right up my street! Lots of classic pieces with a touch of girly grunge.
The main problem with attending press days is that they are a season ahead. They were obviously set-up so magazines and the likes could prepare in advance for features. The thing is with bloggers, we like to attend events and press days and then to post up our snaps almost straight away. Before we are wearing the next season, we are talking about the season after that! I can imagine it is slightly boring and frustrating for readers as they can’t purchase anything they see and like any time in the near future.
That is why I like it when brands like Next set-up events specifically for bloggers focusing on the season we are about to go into to. I met up with my blogger pal favourites Steph from Faiiint & Tara from The Style Rawr before we made our way over the Soho Hotel for the Next SS14 event. We had all seen each other separately, but we hadn’t been in the same room for quite some time. I always have the best time with these chicks!
Oh hello…I have gone a bit AWOL with my blog lately – I have been busy with a new family arrival! If you follow me on twitter or instagram you would have already heard about Luna the Italian Greyhound. I thought I should give her a little introduction post on here. I am sure she will be making appearances from time to time.
I have used ghd’s for 10 years now so I was pretty excited when I received an email to be part of a summer 2014 hair trends shoot. I got to catch-up with my blogger pal Tara from the Style Rawr and meet Hannah of Hannah Louise Fashion who were the other bloggers involved. We got to see the 4 trends on the models and then pick our own interpretations of them and have a little photo-shoot.
Later added edit: this experience was the one of the best experiences of my life. I have always had an interest in wildlife and conservation, but this really sparked my interest in Lions and protecting them. I have since been researching and even though I did love it with greater knowledge, I wouldn’t advice walking or petting lions and I won’t be doing it again. Although I feel the owner was genuinely passionate about lions and assured good intentions (I know of the wildlife reserves were some of his lions go); there are a lot of places in South Africa that breed and sell lions for canned hunting and you don’t know who! Also I feel the conservation of lions should be spend protecting the wild lions and their habitat…not breeding tame lions.
I was toying with the idea of taking the post down as not to encourage, but I thought I would leave it with the above message in the hope that if people were researching somewhere to visit, they would see it.
I am a member of born free, if you are interested in the conservation of lions…rather visit and donate via the membership page. Also my daughter has adopted a lion called sinbad in which she recieved an adoption pack and a cuddly toy, which is a really sweet gift and way to interest the next generation in wildlife conservation – adoption page
We have had a beautiful first week in South Africa, the second isn’t looking so fabulous with rain forecast for the rest of the week. Seems I have brought the rain along with me here as I am seeing the sunshine updates in the UK, just my luck! We went with Luke’s mum to visit the Voortrekker Monument situated in the Pretoria region.
It was constructed to commemorate the pioneers that travelled from the Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854 waaay up to the northern part of South Africa. Looking at the paintings, carvings and tapestry’s inside the monument – it seemed like a tough old ride! More on that on wikipedia if history floats your boat.
Howzit! (That’s what the saffas say). I am currently in sunny South Africa enjoying some well needed vitamin D – look how translucent we are! I am married to a Saffa and 5 years together and 1 Eva, amazingly I have never travelled here before. We are staying with Luke’s family for the 2 weeks that we are here and works out a lot cheaper . We have more money to go out and explore, go shopping and all that good stuff. I made a beeline for the MAC store to stock up on some goodies. The price worked out about 3 quarters the cost of the UK.
I going to be blogging the stuff that I enjoy while I am still here and it’s fresh in my mind. Yesterday we went on a mini safari at the Rietvlei Game Reserve. Luke’s dad gave us a teeny weeny little car to use for the 2 weeks that we are here and it really was put through its paces on the dirt roads. I felt like a proper explorer with my zoom lens hanging out of the window.
I mentioned in my lfw aw14 highlight post that I went backstage at the Kristian Aadnevik show. MoroccanOil UK and Ireland Ambassador Errol Douglas showed me step-by-step how to recreate the late 70s, early 80s bohemian sweep curl. I thought it deserved a post of its very own. There is a visual ‘how to’ directly below, I will post Errol Douglas’s quotes at the end of the post for further instruction.
What is it with girls and their stationary! We seem to be obsessed and it’s something we don’t seem to grow out of. I remember at the beginning of each new term scouring the stationery shops for a whole new collection to proudly display on my desk.
I was only able to attend LFW on the weekend this February. I had trouble with trains from Surrey on Sunday morning so in the end, I only managed to go for a day and a bit. Other than that I streamed the shows on my laptop in the comfort of my own home.
I have decided to only physically go to London Fashion week on Saturday & Sunday this February. The rest of the time I will be streaming (probably from my bed). I am hosting the video here for the entirety of LFW Live. The video will automatically update for each show. Here is the AW14 show schedule for your viewing pleasure:
We moved to the sticks about 3 years ago in north Surrey. If we want to enjoy the countryside around us, it pays to have suitable footwear! Today we went for a Sunday walk around the Horsley Park estate. I thought it was time for another mother/daughter style post and to put our Sorel boots to good use.