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As some of you know I'm a big lover of animals. I've been a veggie my entire life and I'm really happy to be continuing this in raising Wilf. The majority of charities I have monthly donations with are animal based because animal welfare is something I feel really strongly about.

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Me and Mine - March

I'm so thankful that March has moved us out of the gloomier months of the year and earlier in the month me and my little family took our first mini break of the year. We went to Brighton for two nights (which you can read about here if you like). Whilst we were there we stumbled upon a Photoautomat in a vintage shop, I think I literally squealed and asked Tom if we could please please take some pics. Over the years Tom has got a lot more game for things like this so thankfully he thought it would be fun too and I love how the pics have come out.

It was one of those weekends which felt like a real break, we weren't doing anything particularly exciting other than mooching about a city that was new to us but it felt like such a breath of fresh air (quite literally actually). I love looking at all of our faces in these shots, especially when we are all pulling silly ones! It always makes me marvel when I see shots of us together and can pick out which parts of Wilf look like me or Tom or which mannerisms he's picked up from one of us. It gives me such a sense of belonging when I think of our little family and as cliché as it sounds I can't really properly remember what we were like before him. I know life was much more boring before we became this little team and I can't imagine wanting to spend my time with anyone more than these two.

We also took this little family selfie in our hotel room whilst we were there and I think it's going to become one of my favourite pictures ever. Proof that you don't need a fancy camera or tripod to make sure you are capturing all of you together!

I'd talked quite a lot in the past about whether we were content with being a family of three or whether we would consider (if we were lucky enough) to add another kiddo into the mix one day. I honestly hadn't felt broody one single bit until the end of the last year but we've talking more and more about the possibility of expanding our family and it's idea that we're thinking about a fair bit of late.

It's a tough one in many ways as there are lots of things that worry me about going through pregnancy and the new born stage again, although I actually really enjoyed giving birth I found myself in quite a funny place in those early months so it's something thats quite a daunting thought. My close friends tell me it's so different the next time round which is a comfort at least. The other thing is that pregnancy isn't always successful for me as long time readers may know and the thought of going through such a traumatic time again worries me more than I really let on if I'm honest.

I'm not sure what will lie in our future will hold but I know regardless of what it does I am beyond lucky and grateful and thankful to be a mummy to my little boy and be part of our little unit.

This month I'm sending you over to the lovely Jenny (I just this evening realised I actually read all her posts in my head with her lovely american twang ha!). I'm really looking forward to seeing everyones pics this month.


Life Lately

A collection of things that don't really fit into any sort of post but I wanted to share with you guys none the less!

Wilf took his first ever bike ride (with stabilisers of course) the other day. Just up and down our street but a reminder about how our little boy is growing up. He really is a little boy now, no longer a toddler for sure.

We are off on our Three Cities adventure at the end of the week. I can't wait to be back in Paris, it really is one of my favourite cities in the world! We were sent this beautiful print of the city by illustrator Jenni Sparks through Evermade, we've spent ages poring over the print and all it's little details. I can already see me adding some of her other city maps to my collection!

I've been adding more and more to my online shop including a favourite of mine..these unicorn money boxes!

What else?

I've been back and forth to London a fair bit lately, I visited the other day to attend the Ideal Home Show with Hammonds so I'll post properly about that soon.

The rest of our days have been hanging out at home and staying local. This is a silly selfie I took on the day I returned from the Home Show, I asked Wilf to pull a funny face and I can't stop laughing at this picture!

I'm really feeling like a spring clean so I finally got round to taking 3 bags of bits and bobs to our local charity shop which feels really good! We are planning a few changes to our home after our return from our trip and hopefully to change up our garden too. I have to say I get itchy fingers when it comes to interior design so I love to move things around every now and again!

That's it for things lately I think! Thanks for checking in! xx


A little wish list

For your Sunday browsing enjoyment! Did someone say payday weekend? ;)

1, Holiday Necklace 2, Pink Brush stroke clutch 3, Pineapple candle holder 4, yellow nail polish 5, Ice cream pens, 6 ,Note to Self - notebooks 7, roll on perfume 

a weekend in the city

The other weekend me and one of my oldest pals Dona decided to get out of our city of Bristol and head to London for a night away. Sometimes when you live in the same place trying to arrange getting together is harder because it's easy for things to come and to re-arrange and somehow months go past and you've not caught up in ages. Setting a date and booking some train tickets ensured we managed to make that date and although it almost didn't work due to lack of childcare (Wilf was still off nursery because of the chicken pox) Tom thankfully swapped a few things around and was able to watch him.

We stumbled across a roof top bar in Shorditch and after ordering a glass of wine and some yummy food we took in the beautiful Spring sunshine. Funny enough we bumped into a couple of Dona's friends on the roof and so we spent the afternoon making new friends and laughing until we had tears in our eyes (well me anyway!). I felt so good for the soul to be spending an afternoon this way and made me look forward to the summer even more! Roll on beer gardens and spending time outdoors with good people.

A little street art and a little street style of my buddy (sorry Dona! ;))

After our lunch we headed to K West Hotel and Spa in Shepard's Bush. It is located right by Westfield shopping centre so is designed to be the perfect a spa break in the city after you've spent the day shopping!

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connecting people

I've never migrated or lived in a foreign country (unless you count the difference between living in Wales to living in England!). I can't imagine how hard it must be to adjust to a different life and culture. My mum is South African and I often forget how odd it must have been for her to get accustomed to life in the UK. Although these countries share a language there are such differences in the culture, something I've heard from other friends who've moved here from countries like the US or Australia.

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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!


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!


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 felt..like 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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