Friday, 13 January 2017

Let's make every day sparkly!

The inspiration for this weeks blogpost comes from my youngest daughter. Her collection of sparkly tights, matches that of my shoe collection (oh its big!). Every day we 'discuss' options of tights to go with her school uniform. To this day I've never let her go in anything other than navy, black or grey. However, this got me thinking, my 4 year old who cackles like a witch and doesn't have a care in the world, wants to sparkle every day. She wants to skip out of the house in her glittery dresses and tights regardless of wherever she's going. Now, wouldn't that be nice. If you could get up on a morning and wear something shiny, even if you're only doing the school run. January is dreary enough without the thought of black and grey thermals!
So thanks to my little dude's philosophy, I've decided to add some sparkle to my school run! A daily dose of something glitzy that may just make me want to leave the warm cosy house and stand outside 2 different schools every morning! (Oh the joys of over subscribed primary schools!)
Yes I may look eccentric, but I'll be a happy eccentric! I think everyone should wear a little something on a daily basis that makes you sparkle!

These are some pieces from my wardrobe:

Pink Metallic Converse



White Tee with Foil Animal Print - French Connection



Metallic Midi Skirt - Warehouse



Pink Suede Diamante Pumps - Miss KG


The High Street are also trying to get us dressing a little more sparkly and glamourous, here are a few simple pieces that can add instant daytime sparkle to your wardrobe:

           Long Sleeve Silver Foil Sweater - £17.99 Zara



       Imitation Leather Trousers Grey- £24.99 H and M


        Metallic Pleat Back Top Dark Green - £25 Warehouse





                                Pom Pom Cross Body Bag Gold (Girls Acc's) - £12.99 Zara


Remember, you're never fully dressed without a smile!


Friday, 6 January 2017

How to... Get through the January blues...

And...it's over, normality resumed! Whether you've returned to work at the beginning of the week or the school run has just started to rear its ugly head, you can guarantee that the alarm won't go off or the kids stay in bed later than they have done in whole two weeks they've been off! Not only that, but the thought of that washing pile you've not touched (it was your Christmas too!), the general cleaning you've dodged (who knew Christmas decorations could gather so much dust!), and yet Monday, once again, is only 3 sleeps away! (Sorry!)

So now I've depressed you just that little bit more, here is my list of 7 things to help beat those January blues...

1. Reminisce your laughter...
At this point it's probably hard to remember how much you've laughed in your lifetime. Me, I've laughed a lot. A hell of a lot. Thinking about the memories that made you laugh the most, can bring you back to a happier time.
The time your friend walked into a bollard in Benidorm and you ran off laughing or when your friend came to your hen do with a spray tan that would put an Umpa-Lumpa to shame.
The fact that your friend snorts when she laughs and that makes you laugh even more!
Thinking of all these things can instantly and without cost, bring a smile back to your face.

2. Do something for someone else
Although above I have taken delight in the misfortunes of my friends, I do like to do things for others. Its not selfish to make yourself feel good by helping someone else (whatever Joey says to Phoebe!). Spread the love! Its much nicer to make more than one person feel good, including yourself. Go see that elderly relative that you haven't seen for months, take a shortbread to a neighbour and see if they want company for a coffee. Even bag up all that stuff you've been meaning to take to the Charity shop since June (you won't need summer clothes now, its freezing!).
Trust me, you will feel better. (and if you don't get the Joey and Phoebe comment, you need to watch more Friends - see my next idea!)

3. Comedy TV
The other night I watched Fawlty Towers with my husband. He literally cried with laughter at it. Personally, not so much. I'm more of an Only Fools or Ab Fab girl myself (and Friends of course). Give me Del falling through the bar or Patsy and Eddie air kissing any day.
What I'm saying is, watch something that makes you happy. Curl up with a blanket and a cuppa, kids, husband, dog, tortoise, whatever! and chill your little ass out watching something that makes you smile.

4. Wrap up and face the world
Now you've had your cosy day watching TV, its time to get your hat and coat on! If there's blue sky, get yourself outside. It might be freezing but you all own a coat and I'm sure you all got a knitted scarf from an Aunty that you never see, for Christmas. I love wrapping the kids up and walking with the low Winter sun beaming at us. If you're lucky enough to have a Temple Newsam or Roundhay Park near by, there's little or no excuse to get some fresh air. Failing that, walk to a friends house. The blue sky and fresh air will put you in the mood for coffee and a natter.

5. Speak to Friends
Remember when your house phone had a wire? My kids certainly don't. Brought up in the new age of social media its easy to forget that your friends are actually human and not an online robot.
Physically go see your friends. Go to their house, invite them to yours, meet for coffee. If you can't get there, dial their number (or look in Contacts!) and speak to them. Not WhatsApp, Facebook, Snapchat. Actually have a conversation with a human and not a keyboard! You'll be surprised at how much you enjoy it.

6. Small Pleasures
What's your favourite thing to do? One of mine, is to sit on my bed with a cup of tea and magazine, reading with no interruptions, it doesn't happen very often, but it's still one of my favourite things to do.
When was the last time you baked a cake? Coloured in a picture? Painted your nails? Those little things that you say, I wish I did that more often, do them! Whatever it may be. That small treat increases your happiness like you wouldn't believe.

7. Plan for adventure
Yes its January. Yes we're skint after Christmas but no that won't always be the case. That trip you want to take, research it. That place you always wanted to go with the kids, when does it reopen. That summer holiday, price it up. Having something to look forward to is always a happiness booster. When my kids can't sleep, this is what I tell them to dream about, what adventure will we take next...


Remember, you're never fully dressed without a smile!
xoxo














Thursday, 26 May 2016

Coachella, California – Who, What….Wear?


If you could cross a feminine rock chick with lace and florals, you would find her here.
Coachella began in 1999 and gained head way by being dubbed the ‘anti-Woodstock’. Booking acts based on artistry as opposed to radio popularity.  Notable acts included Foo Fighters, Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna and Amy Winehouse, to namedrop a few.
If I could choose one act to appear at Coachella, in their heyday of course, it would be Jamiroquai. The frontman himself, Jay Kay, was made for over the top hats and jackets, much like those showcased on the revellers at every music festival since the beginning of time! His eccentric look makes you want to become a ‘Space Cowboy’ and live in his ‘Virtual Insanity’. His husky voice and ability to get into the crowds mind, would be enough to blow you away in any venue, never mind the mass of open desert of Coachella, filled with quirky and colourful vibes.

       




All the artists booked for Coachella come with their own creative flair. This is shown in their music, stage sets and of course, their outfits. I love that many artists draw us in with their music and their wardrobe.

 
As mentioned earlier, that feminine rock chick, drizzled in lace and florals, is me. I love nothing more than denim cut off shorts, tired groupie t-shirt, cropped lace waistcoat and flat sandals with a pop of colour. One of the best things about fashion is its ability to bring out the best in people. It shows how they are feeling. Festivals are full of floral headdresses, feathers, bright colours. Even the darkness of black is brought to life by colour. You can instantly feel alive in what you’re wearing.
The fashion, music and the socialising at Coachella is definitely why it would be my go to music festival.
I feel the need to revel.


  



By Lindsey Benson
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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

90's Revival: Dungarees

My most recent favourite purchase is something I've not possessed since I was 8 years old (1993). The 90's have had a recent facelift and we've had bands reform, celebrity presenters resurface and designers introduce scrunchies, bombers and platforms galore!
A pair of good dungarees are definitely a 2016 wardrobe staple. Dress up with heels or down with slip on trainers, this versatile item is one of the seasons must haves.

Materials, colours and styles are, of course, each to their own. Dresses, trousers or shorts, all are widely acceptable. My personal favourites are these Black Denim Ankle Grazers (£27.99 New Look).


Many high street stores have plenty to choose from:


From left to right:
Holly Roll up Hem £25.00 Boohoo
White Denim £48.00 River Island
MOTO Long Denim Dungarees £49.00 Topshop
Black Denim Ankle Grazer £27.99 New Look

Happy Shopping!






Tuesday, 9 February 2016

How do I look?

I turned 30 last year. 30. Where did that go?
For as long as I can remember I've thought about my age and in turn, what I look like.
I wore scrunchies, first time round. I wore leg warmers, second time round. I love looking back at old photos and laughing. My friends and I have made some major fashion faux pas in the last 30 years, but at the time, we looked fabulous! I love showing my daughters what I used to wear. Their giggles and 'What is that, Mummy?' echo around us and our photo albums.
A little deeper than fabric, I've always had issues with my weight and what I look like. I've always had a muffin top, prior and post babies, I've never had nice boobs, and I've contemplated a nose job! Turning 30, and very happily married with a Husband that finds me very sexy (or so he says!), I'm finally learning to love the skin I'm in! I've accepted that I won't ever be a size 10! I enjoy wine and chocolate too much. I enjoy the little things that make me happy, including food, cuddles and shoes! I still enjoy the gym, but in the same breath, I go for that time out just as much as I go to feel healthy. Your size is no-one else's issue but your own. Recently I read, Moderation is my mantra. Repeat that. Tall, short, size 8 or 16. That's you. If you want to change the way you look, then do something about it. If you don't, then I encourage you to be happy in the skin your in and let that show!
With smiles and confidence!


Sunday, 1 March 2015

Play-doh Party!

Like all Mums, I make a fuss of my daughters birthday parties. I love to think of new party themes. So for Ayla's 3rd birthday I decided on a Play-doh party!
Along with 99 packets of play-doh, I bought feathers, sparkles, Pom pom's, eyes and pipe cleaners. I had various shape cutters including animals, numbers and letters, and what felt like a 1000 rolling pins.
The 15 children (and parents) made exotic animals, shiny fish, busy bees and long legged spiders! I think the Parents got just as creative as the children. It's hard to sit and not play when there's so much for the mind to play with! The imagination of all the toddlers was fabulous to see! The shapes, the colour combinations, the flare with the sparkles and feathers. It was like playing dress up but with play doh!
Along with standard party games, pass the parcel and the parachute for cat and mouse and sharks, we had prizes for 2 of the best masterpieces created (parents not in participation). Ayla was the deciding judge and chose two marvellous pieces which we named 'Monster with 5 eyes' and 'Pom Pom sailboat'.
The party bags were made up of small pots of play doh, shape cutters, a rolling pin (No way was I taking home a 1000 rolling pins!) and of course a slice of the Caterpillar cake.

I had lots of compliments on the idea which is something I love to hear. 
I would definitely recommend this type of party, the kids, parents and of course, Ayla loved it which was, as Mum, my main priority.






Monday, 23 February 2015

"Missing"

So, I've been missing in action for almost 2 years now...in more ways than one. BUT after much thought and consideration I have decided to do something quite selfish and be happy!!

Watch this space....