Tuesday, 30 September 2014

A little treat

The other day an email popped into my inbox to invite me to a spa day with the folks at NEXT. I of course took them up on the offer and on Thursday I arrived at the luxurious Champneys for a day full of pampering with a bunch of other blogging mums!

We were actually not allowed our phones in most of the areas of the spa which was an odd feeling for me. I am really aware that I am a little too attached to my phone and being connected to the internet although I always justify it as my work is so internet based. I have to admit I struggled to switch off and relax as any child free time is usually spent trying to get as much done as possible. I've realised that 'doing nothing' certainly is a skill and not one I've quite mastered yet!


We were treated to some amazing pampering treatments and then in the evening a lovely meal and chance to really chat and catch up with some lovely women. An absolute treat and one I feel very lucky to have attended, thanks Next!

One of the girls from Next was wearing the most amazing skirt and it inspired me to put together a little outfit from their new range. I'm really tempted to get them all if I'm honest!



1, Faux Fur Jacket*
2, Yes Weekend bag *
3, Grey Ankle Boot*
4, Midi Pleat Skirt *
5, Tassel Bangle*

p.s the skirt totally just fell in my online shopping bag shhh don't tell Tom!

Monday, 29 September 2014

The Flower Effect


The other day I had a knock on the door and a very cheery lady handing me this huge bouquet of flowers. I have never considered before how it must feel to work in a flower shop but delivering beautiful floral bunches of loveliness to people must be a pretty lovely way to spend your day.

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Friday, 26 September 2014

The Athenaeum


I mentioned briefly in this post that myself and Lori stayed in a pretty swish pad when on our jolly to London. It was quite frankly luxurious and such a treat! I don't think I've ever actually set foot in Mayfair before and my only previous connection to it was being thrilled when I stepped on the space on the Monopoly board (a game my family refuse to play with me due to my competitiveness).

We were invited to stay at The Athenaeum Hotel and this is how we found it.
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Thursday, 25 September 2014

London - My weekend in pictures


Last weekend I headed to London with one of my blogging besties Lori to the MAD Blog Awards. I've mentioned here just how much it meant to me to win (really still have to pinch myself that I do a job I love and one that people enjoy and think I'm good at!). Even if I hadn't won though just to be a finalist in an award ceremony that saw 6,500 blogs entered and and with over 250,000 votes & nominations..well it's just very humbling!

We set off early so as to enjoy as much of our child free time as possible and after we arrived in the big smoke headed for a cuppa at MADE. I've worked with MADE a few times now and as well as being totally in love with their retro style and designs they are just a lovely bunch of people to work with. Their show room is pretty much exactly how I'd style my dream home..

After mooching around Notting Hill a little we checked into our hotel the very swish The Atheneaum (post to follow about this swanky apartment!). It's been so long since I've got dressed up and ready with a girlfriend (since uni maybe!) it was really nice to be super girly and talk make up and fashion. My outfit was sent to me by Boden who are fast becoming a favourite of mine and although I felt out of my comfort zone initially in heels the free mini bar and a G&T helped sort that out ;)

After the awards I was able to catch up with some of my lovely blogging buddies, Jess, Katie, Jenny and Morgana. I've not had a chance to speak to Morgana and Jenny in 'real life' much before but I knew they would be as lovely as they seem! What I love most about this whole blogging thing is the friendships I've made with some amazing women.

A pretty amazing weekend really!

(photo of Lori and I by Tom Arber
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