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Jan 7 / Erica

MMM {beautiful} Fighting the frizz

I love writing this blog for many, many reasons – mainly because you are all so lovely, actually bother to read it, write emails, leave comments, follow me on Instagram and tweet me.

For all this I am extremely grateful.

And recently I have had many emails asking me – of all things – about my hair.

Now considering I am going grey (this has been a recent thing – I blame my daughter) and left to it’s own devices it is naturally, well, a mess, I am very flattered.

Seriously, I fight with it to get it straight(ish) or if I want to let it dry naturally, have to apply several products to get the wave just right otherwise I look like Crystal Tipps.

However, I will happily accept the compliments (thank you!) and due to the many requests, have decided to write a post on my frizz-fighting hair products and tips.

As I’m not an expert, I’ve asked my stylist, Nicole Jackson, Director Technician at Taylor Taylor London (and freelance session stylist) for her secrets. Read on and all will be revealed! (PS my colourist is the divine Amy Nitsopoulos, also at Taylor Taylor. Not only is she amazing, but she’s also brilliant for restaurant recommendations!)

 

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Jan 5 / Erica

MMM {eats} Really brilliant, energy-boosting breakfasts

HAPPY NEW YEAR! How was it for you? Are you glad to see the back of the Christmas tree? I know I am – and I love Christmas!

The festive excess has also made me feel totally lazy, so we’re quitting the booze for January and on a healthy eating mission.

Getting breakfast right is so important, so here are two of my absolute favourite recipes – both quick, yummy and great for you.

AVOCADO ON TOAST WITH POACHED EGGS

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The image above is one I took during a breakfast at Plum + Spilt Milk in Kings Cross and I can honestly say it was the yummiest crushed avocado, tomato and chilli on toast ever.

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Dec 23 / Erica

MMM {3 Days 3 Ways} The ultimate Christmas and New Year party piece

This will be my last post of the year.

But before we all disappear into a cinnamon-scented fog of mince pies, wine and presents, I just wanted to introduce you to a brilliant buy from Boden that would work all the way through Christmas – plus make a great NYE alternative to the LBD.

This silk colourblock maxi in a mix of blues is a must-buy (and in the sale!) – luxurious, in the perfect colour combo and simple enough to work with a white tee shirt or an embellished jacket and statement necklace.

Here’s how I’ve styled it for three different events. Warning: It’s long, so you’ll need heels (although if you’re taller, it would look brilliant with trainers and a grey sweatshirt, totally luxe normcore! Have I just created a whole new idiot fashion phrase? Possibly).

 

WORKING THE DOUBLE STRIPE

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TEAMING WITH A SIMPLE CASHMERE CREW NECK

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A CLASSIC OVERSIZED WHITE SHIRT, BELTED AT THE WAIST

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Have you also noticed that Boden’s sale is currently on? The most-Instagrammed beaded ballet pumps have been reduced to almost half price, and their AMAZING embellished knit - which has to be the ultimate in Christmas jumpers – has been reduced significantly too. Wear with slim-leg cigarette trousers and sparkly flats for an easy at-home festive look.

 

 

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And FINALLY, just before I go and eat my own body-weight in Quality Street (not really Mum!), I just wanted to take the time to say THANK YOU ALL. Thank you all so much for reading MMM, for all your amazing feedback, comments, Tweets and Instagram comments. Thank you.

It’s been a big year for me – I took the plunge to leave my day job and go freelance so I could build MMM and be around more for my crazy pair. As 2015 looms, I am feeling happy and positive. May I wish you all a very happy Christmas, the best new year and I send you all lots of festive love xx

 

 

Dec 22 / Erica

MMM {trends} Download this blog as an app

I am very excited to reveal that MMM is now available as an app to download from the iTunes App Store.

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It makes reading it on your iPhone or iPad much easier – so please let me know what you think.

And even better, if you like it – please leave a review!

PS it’s free to download!

 

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…