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Oct 2 / Erica

MMM {wears} Personalised boots by Dukes

Along with coats, this season I’m a bit boot obsessed. All flat (apart from one small midi heel), all ankle but all slightly different and OBVIOUSLY all completely necessary.

My AW14 ankle boot stash

My AW14 ankle boot stash

Credits: Clockwise from top, middle – Asos, Schuh, Clarks, Dukes, Dune read more…

Oct 1 / Erica

MMM {lifestyle} Today’s life motto in five words or less

It’s Wednesday. Humpday. Either way, it’s plain sailing from here on in. Or is it?

Without getting too new age on you, I definitely have the need for a positive mantra at the moment to keep me focused and balanced –  for no significant reason other than sometimes you just do.

But I’m not one for wordy tomes – a few succinct words will usually get me back on track.

So to inspire me – and hopefully you  – through Wednesday, here are some brilliantly positive life mottos in five words or less.

Consider it bite-sized, words of wisdom Wednesday. You’re welcome.

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Sep 30 / Erica

MMM {beautiful} My 5-step crap day face

I know I’m not alone with this, but generally by 9.30am it’s as though I have done a full day’s work. Snack boxes, uniforms, breakfasts, teeth cleaning, socks on, no, get your SOCKS ON, toilet, potty, bag check, where’s your jumper gone? Blah, blah, blah.

Shower? Great. Hair wash? WIN. Make up? Meh.

So in an attempt to make my life as easy as possible (and not terrify the neighbours / other school run mums by going bare-faced), I’ve tried to minimise my make up routine to five products. read more…

Sep 29 / Erica

MMM {reads} The only flat shoes you need this season, by En Brogue

Image: Instagram.com/enbrogue

Image: Instagram.com/enbrogue

The ratio of my heels to flats is diminishing every season. I LOVE shoes, but flats have become my go-to everyday saviour and I try to make them work when I’m going out at night too.

One person who ditched the heels ages ago is Hannah Rochell, InStyle’s Fashion Features Editor and founder of the genius blog En Brogue. Her chic style and flat-shoe, cool-girl know-how has made her one to watch on the fashion circuit (and I should know, until recently she sat a few rows away from me at work!) so it was only a matter of time before the blog became a book.

Hannah Rochell Image: Donna Ida

Hannah Rochell in her Grenson lace-ups
Image: Donna Ida

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Sep 26 / Erica

MMM {weekend} Zara + Asos

Autumnal. I love that word. It means waking up to a lovely centrally heated room and walking outside with crunchy leaves underfoot. Oooh and dinners like sausage and mash, or stew. Yum.

This weekend I’ll be getting my Autumn on in shades of khaki, berry and grey – and nothing says Autumnal more than those colours in this Zara top.

 

WEARING…

trouses

Zara top + black trousers + leopard shoes

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Sep 25 / Erica

MMM {get the look} Stella McCartney jeans

Have you seen these amazing crystal studded jeans by Stella McCartney?

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Crystal embellished boyfriend jeans, Stella McCartney

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Sep 24 / Erica

MMM {lifestyle} My new arrow light obsession

We’ve been having a bit of a rejig at home, selling furniture on eBay and reconfiguring the dining room into more of a family zone. It’s just off the kitchen so makes much more sense to have a little TV/play area in there so I can keep an eye while I’m pottering around.

One of the problems with it is that it’s north-facing, so quite a dark little area needing good lighting.

But I wanted something that had an element of fun that would appeal to the kids, whose space it was going to ultimately be.

Then I spotted this on Rockett St George.

Our new light, Rockett St George

Our new light, Rockett St George

I’ve been looking at fairground style lights like this longingly on Etsy for ages thinking they’d make a great, practical art display. Plus Pinterest has some great inspo – like these below.

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Sep 23 / Erica

MMM {if you buy one thing} Make it a checked shirt

Checked shirts are definitely having a moment.

Whether you rock them beneath a smart blazer, tailored trousers and courts or team with your turned-up jeans at the weekend, they’re one of the most versatile pieces you can buy.

I’m wearing mine here with leather look trousers and white lace-up brogues from Best of British at M&S. read more…

Sep 22 / Erica

MMM {home} Finding stylish bedlinen for the kids

Image: Farg & Form at This Modern Life

Image: Farg & Form at This Modern Life

 

There’s something I really, really cannot stand about specific ‘kids’ bedding ranges – and that’s twee.

Cartoon characters? Shudder. Pastel shades of ‘gender-appropriate’ duvet sets? Not for me thanks. And cutesy flowers / dinosaurs / pirates? No way hosay.

I love clashing print and pattern, simple repeat prints such as polka dots,  clouds, stripes or stars do it for me. read more…

Sep 19 / Erica

MMM {weekend} Zara + Marks & Spencer

It’s hot, it’s cold, then it’s hot again and oh wait, I’m freezing.

While the weather can’t seem to make up it’s mind, my (many) new coats are waiting patiently in the wardrobe. But I have to admit that I’m enjoying being able to still wear my sandals.

WEARING…

Navy + black

Navy + black

This week I will mainly be channelling Paris Vogue Editor Emanuelle Alt by wearing black and navy.

Emmanuelle Alt, queen of pared down chic Image: Stockholm Streetstyle

Emmanuelle Alt, queen of pared down chic
Image: Stockholm Streetstyle

Despite thinking for years you shouldn’t, I LOVE this colour combination – super chic.

I’m teaming a Marks & Spencer men’s cashmere crew neck with a new purchase, these love ‘em or hate ‘em leather-look trousers from Zara. I have to say, I purchased them thinking they would definitely be going back (that’s how I shop online) but they are so comfy – a bit like tracksuit bottoms, but cooler. They’ll be my go-to trousers this Autumn, guaranteed.

The slip-on trainers are ASOS and the bag is a sample from Village England, but similar here.

A favourite way to wear is with the simple navy knit teamed with leather. Here’s some other black and blue style inspo: read more…

Sep 17 / Erica

MMM {wears} What’s this season’s alternative to my Breton obsession?

It’s not a new thing. I realised a while ago (while clearing out my wardrobe) that I have a problem with stripes. A big one. Around 18 striped tops of various hues are currently residing in my cupboards – and let’s not EVEN discuss how many the kids have. read more…

Sep 15 / Erica

MMM {lifestyle} Welcome to the new look!

Do not adjust your sets! MMM has had a bit of a makeover and I REALLY hope you like it. read more…