Saturday, 28 March 2015

What we wore

A silly little 'couples what we wore' from a few weeks ago. Yes we are those people who are doing couple style posts, oh gawd!

These photos were taken on Mothers Day when we went for a little walk to a local cafe. Wilf wasn't in much mood for photographs so he looked on whilst his parents were being annoying hipsters ;)

I love these boots* so much, as usual I did that thing where I bought them full price and then they went on sale a week later, doh!

what's that you say? Boden have a sale on? ;) a little fun 'caption competition' I had on my FB page and quote from 'Lindsey Erskine' 

bag from here

Hope you have a lovely holiday!

Friday, 27 March 2015

Jaeger Style with Bath in Fashion

Last weekend I was invited to a pamper day with Jaeger who are sponsoring Bath in Fashion. I've not had much involvement with the brand before but love their classic cuts and subtle shades so was excited to see their latest collection.

Myself and some lovely local bloggers were invited to first pop in to Number 3 hairdressing for a blow dry and we soon set about nattering and making new friends.  The salon is really lovely with some beautiful interiors, I'd recommend anyone local to Bath to check them out.

Once we had suitably bouncy hair we headed off to lunch at Hall and Woodhouse which is beautifully designed restaurant in central Bath. I love the vintage design mixed with copper and metal elements.

After lunch and a cheeky glass of wine or two we took to Jolly's to visit the Jaeger department. We were all challenged to find outfits that fitted the current trends, I'm always drawn to more retro pieces so easily spotted lots of seventies vibe items.

Jaeger is sponsoring an event in Bath called 'Conversations of Style' as part of Bath in Fashion 2015, you find some more information on the event here.

One of my favourite pieces was this jacket below and all these beautiful pink pastels.

A few shots below of some of the lovely ladies who were there on the day, I love meeting new lovely blogger pals!

We were lucky enough to be allowed to pick an item from the store and I went for the double breasted trench coat. Although I also love the look of this trench in yellow (you know how much I love yellow right?). It's actually a bit out of my comfort zone as I tend to go for bold bright colour blocking colours so a more subtle item isn't something I'd usually pick. However I am surprised by just how much I love it and how much it fits with my wardrobe, suiting pastels and pinks perfectly! I also feel quite grown up wearing it about the city, as if I'm off on a very important job ;)

What Wilf Wore

We are free from the chicken spots! To celebrate we finally got to spend sometime in a public space, our local coffee shop, I can't tell you how good it is to be able to go somewhere other than the park.

Actually Wilf has coped with chicken pox really well, although he had around 60 or so spots that he found mildly itchy he was never really in any discomfort or tried to scratch at them. I'd say he probably got them at a good age as it can be so worse for older children (so I've heard). All I remember from having them myself is painting my favourite dolly with red spots to match me and then finding they didn't come off and she had to remain diseased forever, ha!

He still has a couple of scabs on his face in the picture (which aren't contagious) but he was literally jumping for joy being able to get out and about.

We were sent these shoes from Young Soles London and I absolutely love how classic they are in design. I've had my eye on this brand for a good while and they are just as beautiful as I imagined they would be.

Wilf's top is from Me and I clothing, a lovely Scandinavian company selling items for both kids and adults. This top has a real seventies vibe to it, I think it goes perfectly with the classic style shoe too!

Whilst he's been infectious Wilf hasn't been able to go to childcare of course so it's just been me and him for the past two weeks. Despite being a little bit behind on everything (and occasionally a little stressed because of it) I've really cherished this quality time with my little boy. I'll miss him when he's back at nursery!

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Some more of Berlin..

I told you I was flitting around all over the place lately! I'm finally getting a few minutes to look through some more of my pictures of my weekend away in Berlin and wanted to share them with you guys before something else came up!

We actually arrived into the city pretty late at night and instead of navigating public transport opted for a car to pick us up from the airport. I was invited to use Blacklane and I think I must have said at least five times that trip just how glad I was to know we were being picked up on our way back too. It made life SO much easier and if I'm honest didn't work out too much more than getting two trains (for two people). I was also interested to hear that you can request a car seat or larger cars for larger families which really cuts out the stress of travelling to your accommodation, especially when you have been traveling for a while. I'll honestly be booking though them again in the future (plus I loved that I finally got to be that person who had someone waiting for them with a sign of their name!).

I didn't really know what to expect from Berlin and it was really like no other city I'd ever been to. It felt so open and spacious and not just in the way that many European cities do with nice wide pavements large enough for outdoor seats and tables but in a way that just you good breath and take your time. It helped too that the sun was shinning a lot.

I was surprised by how urban and rundown East Berlin felt at times, even though I know it is this way for obvious reasons. I guess as I was only turning four when the wall came down and so to me it feels like this was a lifetime ago and the images I saw of Berlin then and during my childhood I thought would be somehow massively different to how it would be now. It actually felt in many ways much the same, with some buildings still derelict or with vines all over them like they had been untouched.

Seeing the wall itself didn't really move me until I peeped through a hole and had to stop myself thinking too much about how people can do such strange things to other people. How scary life can be when you can wake up one day and never see your family for another for decades?? I realised actually how little I know about this chapter in history which made me feel a bit awful. I was actually chatting about it to a friend of mine who is half German. She reminded me that this is why we should never get complacent with political parties and how ones you think are just plain full of hate crazy (that you assume no one would vote for) could get into power and that's why they are so scary. It's actually reminded me (although I always vote of course) that I do need to get a little more aware of the world around me as awful as it can sometimes be, in order to make sure we don't let things like this happen again..

And now for some smiley street art ;)

Hotel room selfies with Lori (see where we stayed here)

A reader recently asked me if I would recommended anywhere that I visited on my trip. I have to say it was mostly spent in coffee shops due to the work I was doing out there but if I was to recommend any of the places we ate it would be Momos for veggie dumplings. I also enjoyed House of Small Wonder (which is that beautiful staircase photo third from bottom) both of which are great for children.

There are lots of cute kiddo boutiques around Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg as well as tons and tons of cool coffee shops all around East Berlin. I really enjoyed the Michelberger Hotel as a bar and restaurant (although the rooms like super cool too!). Other than that there is so much of the city I'd like to explore including the flea markets which I never got to visit in the end (a good excuse to go back!)

See other snap shots here and where I stayed here

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