Tigerlilly Quinn

Sunday, 28 August 2016

What you should be buying at..

OK that's a bit of a click bait title..I'm not going to tell anyone they SHOULD be buying anything but if you are looking for some inspiration I thought I'd put together a few selections from my favourite shops of some of my top picks!

First of all La Redoute, I've loved this brand since I was a child and my mum got the catalogue and if anything I've fallen in love with them all over again during the past year. I love their clothes but actually I think I love their homeware even more.

First up THE rug, this is the rug of the season. It's the bloggers rug, I've seen this rug so many times in Instagram and yep I even bought it myself. It's everything I wanted it to be and more, I love this rug. Did I mention it's a good rug? I picked up the middle size, it's so soft and I feel like it goes with my interiors even though most other things in our home are very bright.

Other La Redoute rugs I have my eye on (if only I had more rooms in the house) are this one, the perfect pastel colours as well as this one (so cute!). You can get 30% off this bank holiday with code BANKHOLL too. Typically I did a big spending spree there before the code went live! I bought this jumpsuit which is now only £22 and this top.

Also loving - this bed spread, these bedside tables, these metal cabinets and this hall stand

Moving onto Boden, I actually have a couple of outfits posts coming up featuring good 'ol Boden but I thought I'd share some of my current favs here too.

This photo is a sneak peek from a shoot I did with Nell Mallia, can't wait to share more with you! The  skirt is the Freya skirt and the top is the 'Carla'

I also LOVE this dress I'd buy it in every colour if I could! Team them with these shoes for a lovely pop of yellow.

For the mini's this pinnie is the cutest! Love these dungarees and this sheep cardigan is just gorgeous and lastly this hat! I'm not wishing on Autumn but if it means cute knitwear like this then I won't be too sad when it comes around.

Moving onto ethical shopping I'm obsessed with the Peter Jewel Shift Dress for People Tree! I think the Hester Stripped skirt would be so flattering and go with so many things too. The Cassandra shirt dress would go so well with crisp white trainers and the Alba trousers are currently on sale and such a fun colourful print. As usual you can get 15% off with TLQ15

For a pretty left field purchase I bought these boots from ASOS the other day and I LOVE them but I can't work out what to wear with them?? I'm thinking just jeans and grey marl top?

I picked up these high waisted 'mom jeans' too although I'm still waiting for them to arrive to see if they suit me but I love the height on the waist as I always struggle with jeans sitting too low, I also got these cute love heart jeans too.

Also cutest sunnies and Mickey Mouse Purse!

 OK I think I'll stop now or this post will be super long but I hope you liked some of my pics and you make use of some of the bank holiday sales too.

Have a lovely one!

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Saturday, 27 August 2016

When my dad & brother came to stay / Walking babies and Life Lately

When my family came to stay :

I don't see my family much, in fact probably about once a year at best and with some of my siblings even two years can go by without us seeing each other. I'd love to say we are the family that FaceTime everyday or catch up without fail once a week, but we're not. Our family dynamic isn't perfect, sometimes it's downright messy and emotional but they do mean a great deal to me. I spent a lot of my life wishing relationships with my parents and siblings were picture perfect or 'perfect' in my idea of what parents were meant to be like or what sisters were meant to be like, or what I was meant to be like even.

What I've learnt as I grew older is that you cannot make people the way you want them to be, just like I'm sure I'm not always the sister or daughter they always want me to be. Accepting people how they are and hoping they will do the same for me. I'm just as flawed as anyone else for sure. One thing I know is that my parents are good people, they have morals and values that I respect immensely, they care a lot and they fight for what they believe in. We love each other, even if we see each other rarely or if only speak every few months. Relationships are messy often, they can be painful and wonderful and lonely and happy and lovely and sad and all the in-between. I can be as complicated as the next person, so can my parents or siblings or partner, I feel like relationships are never easy, are a constant work in progress.

One thing for certain though and that's how my dad loves being a grandad (or a 'grumpy'). The way he plays with my children, the same way I remember him playing with me. With so much love and enthusiasm that they are his whole world just the way we were when we were small. My dad was a stay at home dad, my childhood is full of wonderful memories of our time together.

When we picked Wilf up from nursery with my dad last week he literally leapt into his arms. It doesn't matter if it's been six months or a year, the love my son has for my dad and my dad for him doesn't know any time restrictions. It makes my heart swell and ache at the same time. Life is complicated and life is simple at the same time.

My dad and brother were only down for one full day and it was raining so we grabbed some lunch at Bambalan and went to the Bristol Museum to look at the dinosaurs, I always take for granted how lucky we are to have free things like this to take the kids too. I don't think we've ever got bored just wondering around taking it all in. This time I realised one of the fossils I'd looked at tons of times was actually of a pregnant dinosaur with her little baby found next to her, I found that really moving! 

Just as they left we started to organise Wilf's room in preparation for some plastering to be done on it this week. We brought his old walker downstairs and just LOOK at what this little girl is doing! Slow down little baby I am not ready for this..

Just as they left we started to organise Wilf's room in preparation for some plastering to be done on it this week. We brought his old walker downstairs and just LOOK at what this little girl is doing! Slow down little baby I am not ready for this..

(Mabli's dress is from here*)

I made a little video of our week as usual, I hope you like it. I'm trying to constantly upload every Saturday and have so far kept to it for the past three weeks! If you wanted to subscribe or like my videos then it would mean the world to me!

Thanks as always for reading xx 

Friday, 26 August 2016

A spot of Yoga with Bear Nibbles

We've been a fan of BEAR Yo-Yos since Wilf was a little toddler. I remember him pointing them out at a counter and asking for them, I initially mistook them for sweets and told him he couldn't and then realised on closer inspection that they were actually 100% pure fruit roll ups! They've been a constant in our snack cupboard ever since, they contain no added nonsense and I LOVE the fact Wilf still thinks of them as a special treat over something like chocolate or cake (long may it last whilst I'm sneaking biscuits in the kitchen ;)).

When BEAR Nibbles got in touch to ask if we would like to work with them throughout this year on a series of monthly posts I was really thrilled as I see them as such a good fit for our family and lifestyle.

Our 'Little Paws Outdoors' kit arrived full of Paws nibbles for Wilf, Outdoor Alphabet cards and also a wildlife magazine from The Wildlife Trusts. This month BEAR is working with The Wildlife Trusts to encourage kids to get healthier and happier by enjoying the great outdoors. In every pack of BEAR Paws there are a series of Outdoor Alphabet Cards, each with a fun task on for the little ones to complete'.

As you might be able to tell from these pictures our first challenge was 'outside yoga'! Wilf literally jumped up and down when he saw the card as yoga is something we both love doing together. We started when I was pregnant with Mabli and we got ourselves yoga mats to do in front of my DVD. Since then we've also been enjoying watching a kids yoga channel which teaches things like relaxation and yoga moves to children stories. We've only ever done it in our living room infant of the TV though so it was lovely to give it a go in our garden instead!

Time outdoors is really important for growing kids I think, getting back to nature makes them healthy and happier. There are three outdoor activity cards in every pack of BEAR Paws and what's great is they have no added sugar and never from concentrates, just 100% fruit.

Downward Dog (pretty much the only move I can ever do and so good to stretch yourself out!)

The BEAR Nibbles packs all include cards with activities to do, from jam making to building dens. Sometimes having a prompt is the nudge I need to actually do an activity with Wilf and I find afterwards that we've been learning all sorts of skills without really thinking about it, I'm not massively good at imaginary play so having a 'thing' to do is really helpful for us both.

 As you can see he had a blast and this was a great way to get him having fun outdoors!

You can see a fun little video we did with them below!

In partnership with BEAR nibbles, do your kids like these snacks? What do you think of outdoor yoga? Find out more at Bear Nibbles and follow @Follow_The_Bear

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Good Friends and The Ivy Bristol

I've never considered myself a popular person, my entire school life was mainly spent trying not to get noticed by anyone and to fit in as much as I could. I spend a good majority of my life ridiculously shy and it's only really been the last five years or so that that has changed. Whilst I do have some close friends in my life I'm never been one of the popular girls, someone thats particularly good in big groups. So whilst I wouldn't say I have large social circle I do have a small group of besties.

I think you just know when you'll get on with someone, when they get you and all you don't have to try. When you can say pretty much anything and there are no awkward silences. When you know you can message them about something totally random at any time of day or have a good rant about something really silly but means a great deal to you at the time and they'll agree that whatever got you in a twist is 100% justified.

When you go 'glamping' but both agree afterwards that you'd rather be in a hotel near a cafe that does avocado toast.

When you switch from chatting politics to children to blogging to travel to food to clothes and everything in between in about ten minutes and still manage to keep track of what each other is on about. When your conversations stop and start a million times as you both have kids with you but it doesn't matter.

When you cheer each other on and are so proud of each others achievements.

Yep I'm talking about you Nichola West (and she's cringing right now for sure!)

The other night I was lucky enough to take a plus one for a complimentary meal at The Ivy. A night without interruptions from kids, one where we could leisurly drink our drinks not wolf down our meals in ten minutes flat. Absolute bliss!

I'd been pretty excited about this evening out for a while, it was going to be my first evening out after having Mabli. With Wilf my first evening out without him was full of anxiety, I left for this one like 'woo hoo!'. Funny how things change second time round ;)

( photo by Nell Mallia - this wasn't actually on the day but I was wearing this exact outfit so thought I'd include it! - Dress / Shoes / Bag ) I'll do a proper outfit post soon!

We were greeted by the General Manager who recommend delicious cocktails for us both and we set about catching up on all we'd missed from each others summers. Nichola has just come back from an amazing three week trip through Singapore and Hong Kong. Last year she spent weeks travelling through Malaysia with her family and her trips always inspire me to be a bit more adventurous with our travel. In fact her trip to Russia opened my eyes to a place I'd never thought to visit before, to ride the Red Arrow through the night to St Petersburg or visit Gorky Park, amazing!

We picked out a bottle of wine, chose our starter and mains and while the wine was flowing managed to cover this and that and all the in-between. I was laughing so much as the night went on that my sides were hurting and my eyes watering. It's only when you laugh so hard with a good friend that you realise how you haven't really been able to let loose for a while. Having a little baby is tough at times, its tiring and overwhelming and of course wonderful but having a couple of hours to just laugh and think of myself was absolute bliss. And what better location to do so?!

I kept saying how I felt like I was in the fancy restaurant in the Titanic, (still a favourite film haha)  which I think is because The Ivy is decorated perfectly in the most beautiful 1920's style. Every little detail had been thought out and felt so luxurious without being in the slightest bit over the top or garish. We were sat in the orangey and even with it pouring with rain outside it felt so bright and open sitting right next to a beautiful courtyard full of flowers.

And those tiles! Tiles of dreams for sure. I'm already planning another visit and plonking myself on that beautiful bar for a cheeky cocktail or two!

Our food was as expected impeccable, they had a couple of brilliant vegetarian options for both starters and mains. I'm pretty sure I could have eaten every single one of their pudding options (in fact I did end up eating some of Nichola's too!).

After an evening that felt just perfect in every way we ordered a strong coffee each and bundled into our cab missing the rain on our way out. Brilliant food in a beautiful setting with a best friend, I felt truly spoilt. We've already agreed we need to make this a regular thing!

I was invited to The Ivy in return for an honest review, all words and thoughts are my own 

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