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Oct 23 / Erica

MMM {home} New bedrooms part 2

Last week I showed you the mood board for Charlie’s new grown-up bedroom.

Today it’s Lila’s new room idea – which is well underway. I’m very excited about putting all the little bits together – cushions, bedlinen and pictures – to personalise her space. As with Charlie’s room, it’s not exactly going to be in quiet and soothing tones – more turquoise mixed with fuchsia, yellow and a bit of grey.

The wallpaper I chose was a Prestigious Textiles design, available in John Lewis which will be on one wall only.

Oh and I spent all Sunday spraying an off-white iron bed bright aqua and it looks great – from a distance. It was STRESSFUL and up close I’ve made a mess of some areas, but that all adds to the vintage charm, right!?

And remember the amazing rug I found in TK Maxx? Well that’s kind of inspired a bit of a geometric theme.

I promise to post pictures of both rooms once they’re done, but until then, here is the mood board. read more…

Oct 22 / Erica

MMM {3 days 3 ways} Jigsaw’s wear-forever pieces

There are some high street stores you always head to, while others are your go-to for special occasions.

For example Coast may not necessarily be on your Saturday morning rummage schedule, yet it would probably be your first port of call for a wedding outfit.

Jigsaw has always been a bit like that for me. During my teens I would save every pound from my babysitting stash and spend it in the Chester store on their really long, chunky ribbed polo necks – which I then wore with everything.

During my twenties (and probably until recent years), I didn’t visit as often because I’ve been less inclined with sophisticated buys and more interested in throwaway fashion.

Oh how times have changed. And if you haven’t been in a Jigsaw for a while, believe me it is time to get back on that saddle.

I visited the brand’s beautiful Duke Street Emporium, just off London’s Oxford Street and was spoilt for choice.

A beautiful sea of knitwear in the brand's Duke Street Emporium

A beautiful sea of knitwear in the brand’s Duke Street Emporium

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Oct 20 / Erica

MMM {mini} Say hello to H&M’s new All For Children collection *PLUS, WIN!*

I don’t think I will ever get over the fact that I missed out on the checkerboard playhouse from a previous collection by H&M All For Children – but I’m hoping this time I have enough advance warning for their new range.

All for Children is a unique collaboration between H&M and UNICEF who are working together to support some of the world’s poorest children.

So far, the All for Children programme has helped over one million children and their communities in India and Bangladesh, including playgroup learning and support to access education.

Campaign image for All My Children / H&M

Campaign image for All My Children / H&M

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Oct 17 / Erica

MMM {weekend} Wear a bright red coat

This weekend is supposedly the sun’s final hurrah for the year, with high temperatures and sunny days.

But the rest of the week has been hideous hasn’t it? I’ve alternated between raincoat and a full-on winter number.

On a grey London day, what better than a bright coat to cheer you up?

Red coat, Marks & Spencer

Red coat, Marks & Spencer

Credits: Coat, denim shirt, leather look trousers, shoes (no longer available, try these), bag (similar here)

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Oct 15 / Erica

MMM {spy it buy it} The best high street patchwork jeans

As far as denim trends go, patchwork isn’t a new one.

Street-stylistas have been flying the flag for Paige denim‘s patch jeans for the past few seasons, including Lucky Magazine’s Editor Eva Chen who wears the Jimmy Jimmy ‘Marcy’ style (below). But they look GREAT.

Image: They All Hate Us

Image: They All Hate Us

Lucky's Eva Chen wearing her Paige 'Marcy' jeans. Image: Jean Stories

Lucky’s Eva Chen wearing her Paige ‘Marcy’ jeans.
Image: Jean Stories

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Oct 14 / Erica

MMM {home} The decorating work in progress

It feels like ages ago I first mentioned we were redecorating the kids bedrooms. Fast forward MONTHS and here we are – in a state of chaos.

Charlie’s room is being decorated first, so they’re both currently sleeping in one room which I actually really like – but not sure they do.

As with the rest of the house, it’s taking on a grey and yellow theme – but that’s fine as the whole thing will (hopefully) flow throughout.

I was going to keep it clean and Scandi-inspired, but I fell in love with too many wallpapers – as usual.

The one I’ve chosen is Missprint’s ‘mountain’ wallpaper in sunrise, but I’m just keeping it on one wall as it’s a very busy print.

Along with a gorgeous dark grey bed (purchased in the Aspace sale), it also means I can paint an old wardrobe the egg yolk yellow I’ve been pinning images of forever.

I’ll post some shots of the final room when it’s done, in the meantime here is my mood board. Next week, I’ll show you the plans for Lila’s room.

The mood board for Charlie's new bedroom

The mood board for Charlie’s new bedroom

Oct 13 / Erica

MMM {beautiful} Bored of a bun

When I worked in an office, getting dressed was a relatively stress-free experience as I had childcare and half an hour to myself before dashing off for the train.

Now amidst the chaotic ‘routine’ that is my mornings, I am somehow expected to get myself and the kids dressed and ready for the day as well.

I’ve developed a non-office / freelance / school run uniform of trousers, jumper and trainers and for time and ease of execution, my hair is thrown on top of my head every morning in a bun. But I am SO BORED OF A BUN.

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Oct 10 / Erica

MMM {weekend} Isabel Marant + ASOS + Nike

To continue the grey theme this week, I am fully embracing the wonder of the grey sweatshirt this weekend. Well, the colour sure does match this miserable weather.

 

WEARING….

Sweatshirt happy

Sweatshirt happy

Credits:

Sweatshirt, Isabel Marant for H&M (but similar here); Black cropped length trousers, ASOS; Trainers, Nike Internationalist at ASOS read more…

Oct 8 / Erica

MMM {lifestyle} Meet Yawn, the chicest pyjamas in town

I LOVE pyjamas. LOVE. THEM. Very happy when it’s cold, wet and dark outside and I can put the heating on and change into my PJ’s.

So when I spotted new label Yawn at a recent press event, I knew I’d love it from the minute I saw the name.

Yawn pyjamas

Yawn pyjamas Image: Yawn

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Oct 7 / Erica

MMM {spy it buy it} Why a grey jumper is your wardrobe BFF

greyHaving had a little sort out over the weekend, one thing is clear. Grey jumpers are my friend. And navy, but mainly grey. read more…

Oct 3 / Erica

MMM {weekend} Whistles + Boden + Zara

I’ve had a few meetings this week, but in between school runs and swimming lessons I didn’t have as much time to prep so I went classic – navy crew neck and culottes plus longer length trench, with a leopard court thrown in.

WEARING…
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CREDITS:

Trench, jumper, culottes (Whistles, old season, but similar here), shoes, bag

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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…