Tigerlilly Quinn

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

A trip to the big city

It's been so long since I've had a London visit (four months in fact). With morning sickness and pregnancy tiredness it just wasn't possible and if I'm honest pregnancy has made me want to stay close to home and a bit of a hermit of late.

So when a couple of emails popped into my inbox inviting me to a few press days I thought it was the perfect opportunity to meet up with some of my blogger pals and get out there. After all I'm going to be taking it easy in the next few months so I figured it was a good time to make a bit of an effort.

As my first appointment was at 8.30am myself and my lovely friend Kat headed up the night before to stay at Ibis Styles Kensington. A really funky little boutique style hotel 3 minutes walk from Earls Court tube station. Prices start at £70 which is super reasonable for London prices I think. It always feels very luxurious to have a proper nights sleep in a hotel room!

my coat /dress / shoes 
Kat - coat / dress / shoes

So bright and early we headed to the opening of the new Joules store at Northcote Road to meet our friend Alison. We had a lovely chat with Martine Joule (sister of founder Tom and product developer for the brand) who talked us through the new collection and the process behind the pieces. I was really surprised to hear that each design is hand drawn by their design team in house. You can see more about their design process here I found it really interesting!

After this we all headed off to our second appointment of the day, Christmas with Boden! I'm sure you all know by now what a big fan I am of the brand and I think their collections are just getting better and better. I've been buying a lot of their new seasons pieces as maternity wear and just getting the size up which has really saved me from a lot of maternity-wear boredom.

I lingered the longest in the baby floor, day dreaming about baby grows and little girl dresses (did you see the summer bits I picked up from them? the bloomers! - you can watch the haul here if you like)

Then naturally I decided to blend in with my surrounding..chameleon style ;)

(you can pick up the dress here* but they don't make the sofa..yet!)

Continuing with probably the most middle class day ever I had a quick coffee and a chat and then headed off for afternoon tea with an agency I work with (random fact Paul Merton was sitting at the table next to us, which makes my London celebrity spotting total..two - my other spot has been Dermot O'Leary ;). Before jumping on the train back to my boys, knackered but feeling like I'd done something grown up and for myself for the first time in a while.

I was a guest at the Ibis Styles but all words and thoughts are my own 

Monday, 3 August 2015

Our Weekend in Pictures - @'t Bristol

It's been a little while since I've done a 'our weekend in pictures' I wish I could be consistent on these things ;) either way I guess this whole blog is our life in pictures (and a few words) but I'm going to try to make a more conscious effort to categorise these kind of posts in future. For me to look back on more than anything! Last week I actually decided to video our weekend, holy smokes that took a LONG time both to remember to record and to edit - hats off to you actual 'vloggers' out there! If you fancy seeing what we got up to that weekend then you can see it here.

Back to this weekend.

One of mine and Tom's first ever conversations when we met each other was about planetariums (I'd recently just visited the one at @'t Bristol and loved it) we later visited it together on a date so it's always held some significance to us. We'd never taken Wilf though and so when Visit Bristol asked if we'd like a to spend the day there I got so excited thinking about showing him together!

Tom has actually taken Wilf to @'t Bristol once before for a 'toddler takeover' a year and a half ago but as he was only two at the time there was quite a lot that was a bit old for him. We have friends with yearly passes that take their older children and I've been thinking lately what the ideal age would be to go again. Turns out that three and a half is perfect!

'learning about gardening and milking a cow'

We watched a 'space explorers' showing at the planetarium where we visited the moon, looked at constellations and talked about the galaxy and how tiny we are in relation to everything. Pretty mind blowing for a 29 year old let alone a 3 year old ;) - I mean look at my face!

Wilf's favourite bit by far was the 'honey factory' where you have to collect the nectar from the flowers and take it back to the hive, the nectar then pops back up again through an pipe full of air which was great fun. I think as there is so much for so many different age groups you could literally spend the whole day there, as it was we took it easy (partly as Wilf is only little and partly because I'm getting bigger and tireder) shown in this picture below from the pregnancy section, ha!

We had our wrist bands on which meant we were able to pop out for lunch (we chose Bourdeaux Quay which I can't believe I've never been to before) and then when we were full pop back in again for another hour or so.

We had such a lovely Saturday and it's made me really tempted to pick up a yearly pass for us, especially for the winter as it would be the perfect rainy day activity.
(also quite a tiring day for someone!)

You can find out more about the centre here and thanks again to Visit Bristol for our lovely day 

Friday, 31 July 2015

Send it Now - my donation to the PDSA #gooddelivery

As many of you know I'm a big fan of vintage, colour and kitsch. When Tom and I first moved into our house from our tiny flat it was so exciting to be finally able to pick up items to make it our home. This turquoise porcelain cat was one of the first items I found in the local vintage shop.

The PDSA are working with SenditNow to collect items that have a special meaning for people from a small handful of bloggers and vloggers. I'm so happy to be part of this campaign and it seems fitting that I've chosen a cat to donate to an pet charity as well!

How it works is each of us will choose and item to add to the 'box of good' and when it is full it will be auctioned off to raise money for the PDSA.

I've packed up my donation to the box and will be sending it on to Poppy Loves to see what she is going to add! What would you put into the box of good?

If you want to follow along and see what other bloggers are putting in the box then check out the #gooddelivery hashtag

in association with Send It Now

Me and Mine - July

July has whooshed by in a flash! (I know I probably say that about every month!) We've had a busy month getting stuck into work projects and a bit of travel which I'm trying to fit in during this second trimester period before I get too bumpy and tired.

Saying that I'm already sometimes finding it a struggle to bend down and and get up again! I certainly have less energy than I did at this point the first time around but I suppose that's always going to be the case with another child to look after.

We took this quick snap at Larmer Tree festival earlier in the month and although it's not a perfect photo I love that it will remind us of this mini adventure we had as a family of three. Wilf had a blast and although it was hard work at some points I'm so glad we did it before the baby arrives as I doubt we'll do anything like that for a couple of years now.

I'm really aware of how fast the year is going and feeling conscious that I need to soak up these last days of us as a family like this before the new baby is thrown into the mix. Although I'm so excited for that time to arrive too it's bitter sweet watching Wilf during these last few months, although I just know he'll make the best big brother!

This month I'm sending you over to the lovely Lucy, another pregnant mama and a glowing one at that! It's always really nice to share pregnancy experiences with friends going through it at the same time so it's lovely to have Lucy to gush about all things baby!

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