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Dec 19 / Erica

MMM {weekend} The faux fur we’ve all been waiting for…

This is the one. The furry little number I spotted at the Marks & Spencer Autumn press day way back at the start of the year. The one I stroked and purred over and counted down the months until it went into store.

And now it’s IN.

Night out outfit, worn with Zara leather trousers, striped top (over a striped polo neck) and clutch from M&S (next season)

Night out outfit / ASOS trousers / striped top (over a striped polo neck) similar here / Clutch from M&S (next season)

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Dec 17 / Erica

MMM {mini} The top secret destination for wooden toys

We celebrated Christmas last weekend with my parents as this year we’re not spending it up north with them but heading south, to my in-laws. So the kids were lucky enough to receive Grandma and Grandpa’s presents a whole two weeks early – you can appreciate the excitement levels.

Anyway, amongst all the fab presents, the star of the show had to be this gorgeous doll’s house for Lila.

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Made of wood and beautifully finished, I was totally blown away by it – even more so when mum told me it had cost £30 from George at ASDA.

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Dec 15 / Erica

MMM {spy it buy it} The very best beanie hats

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A beanie is my must-have accessory at the moment – perfect for bad hair days as well as keeping me warm.

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Dec 12 / Erica

MMM {weekend} Twelve days of party feet with Next

As my bio suggests, I quite *like* shoes.

Over the years I have amassed quite a special collection – the leopard print Jimmy Choos I wore to my wedding that one day will be Lila’s, the cork Louboutins that meant rent went on the credit card. I’ve even kept my 8-hole DM’s (with the rainbow stitching) bought with money earned babysitting every weekend aged 16.

So yes, I love shoes.

I also love the fact that the British high street offers some of the very best in fashionable, stylish footwear choices out there, meaning you really don’t need to spend a fortune on your feet.

One place in particular kept cropping up as I admired the shoes of fashionable friends – and that was Next. Once the preserve of sensible suits for work, it’s gradually become a destination for the style conscious – with cool little picks that would surprise anyone.

After seeing one particular pair crop up everywhere, I had a little look online myself and was actually spoilt for choice. And yes, I was surprised.

So here – in conjunction with Next – I have come up with twelve days of party feet to showcase their party wear collection.

Because if now isn’t the season to treat yourself to a couple of new pairs of going-out shoes, I’m not sure when is.

And no, they’re not all heels.

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Silver D'Orsay pointed flats

Silver D’Orsay pointed flats worn to a drinks event

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Dec 10 / Erica

MMM {travels} A snapshot of Vienna with Olympus PEN

Last week I was lucky enough to be one of ten UK bloggers invited to Vienna to join a group from all over Europe taking part in a Christmas photography workshop with Olympus.

To celebrate the gorgeous PEN E-PL7 camera, the event was a whirlwind 24-hours, whizzing around the Christmas markets alongside some of my favourite bloggers including Olympus Ambassadors Stylonylon, Fashion Foie Gras, Mademoiselle Robot, Coco’s Tea Party and The Chic Geek.

We stayed in the super chic Melia hotel, drank way too much hot chocolate and gluhwein, but picked up loads of tips from the creative experts on hand – plus there was some serious style inspo from the ultra chic European bloggers.

I’m a real beginner, but LOVE photography so will keep practising! In the meantime, here are some of my pics from our Vienna excursion – hope you like them!

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Dec 8 / Erica

MMM {spy it buy it} The £4 HEMA buy that’ll change your life*

*Possibly.

I’m new to this HEMA thing. In case you haven’t heard of it before now either, it’s a Dutch lifestyle brand that launched in the UK this year (there are now three stores in and around London, but you can buy everything online) and it is an absolute must-visit for anyone mildly interested in lovely stationery or stylish things for the home. Oh and did I mention it’s super cheap?

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited down to their London Victoria store for a festive shopping event and found these – iron-on stars costing just £4 for a pack of six.

The HEMA iron-on stars. £4 for a pack of six.

The HEMA iron-on stars.

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Dec 5 / Erica

MMM {christmas gift guide} For the interiors addicts

And finally, for all those who love a great cushion – it’s the MMM approved guide to great presents for interiors addicts. read more…

Dec 4 / Erica

MMM {christmas gift guide} Indulge the beauty junkies

I admit I own more lipsticks than I could possibly wear, but ooooh I love products.

Here’s the MMM Christmas gift guide {day 4}, for all those beauty junkies. Honestly, they will totally appreciate any of these. read more…

Dec 3 / Erica

MMM {christmas gift guide} For the kids

Hello! Welcome to the mid-point in the MMM week-long Christmas gift guide special. And today, it’s all about the kids – and to be honest, I could have done a whole week on this subject alone because there are some AMAZING bits for children out there.

But I haven’t – so here’s the MMM edit.

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Dec 2 / Erica

MMM {christmas gift guide} For him indoors

Welcome to day two of the MMM gift guide.

Today, think all things bloke. read more…

Dec 1 / Erica

MMM {christmas gift guide} For the girl who has everything

Smugface admission. I have already wrapped the vast majority of my  Christmas presents. Yes, I know – but come on – give me some props. Last year I was still shopping on Christmas Eve.

Anyway, welcome to the very first MMM Christmas gift guide. Over the next five days, I’ll be giving you some ideas and inspiration (hopefully) for all those difficult people to buy for – whether it’s your BFF, the bloke who has everything, parents or kids.

First up, it’s the presents for the girl who already has everything. Yes, this is basically my Christmas wish-list.

Print this off and leave lying around as a hint – you can thank me later. read more…

Nov 26 / Erica

MMM {wears} Make it all about a grey jumper

In a wild, leftwing move from my current navy period – I’ve been embracing all kinds of grey knitwear. I know – someone restrain me.

But listen up, a grey jumper – whether it’s a crew neck or a polo, cashmere or cotton – is the perfect wardrobe foundation.

Here’s the way I’ve been layering up my grey Gap crew neck, plus some street-style inspiration on how to take it from smart to casual.

Because they will work with the glitziest skirt to the simplest black (or navy) trousers.

Layer on the tones for a sophisticated take – they don’t have to be expensive, but always look it.

Read on for my current high street favourites too.

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CREDITS:

Trousers, jumper, leather jacket (similar here), pink coat (similar here)

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