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