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Matchy Matchy

Forgive the Mango garment overload but as I was purchasing my asymmetric top of wonder I obviously had a good old snoop at the children’s clothes.

(The thing I love about Mango is that they literally have so much to choose from and a lot of it is not available in store so you don’t get that ‘oh that’s that top from X’ comment and everyone is wearing exactly the same thing. Not naming any names.)

Each year I like to buy the girls a matching summer outfit.  It’s a thin line I tread between naff and super cute but I’m hoping these fall on just the right side. With no zips, you can just chuck these on. They’re comfy cotton and have a fine metallic blue thread running through them which I have (badly) tried to show you in the photos.

For me, these are the perfect little summer dresses. All that’s left is to accessorise them with some sun.


Mango Metallic Thread Dress


#FASH CHAT The Saint Laurent Look for Less

So clearly I was feeling like a bit of a tit being snapped on an iPhone at 10am in my bedroom in me new ‘off out’ gear but how else am I supposed to show you my new Saint Laurent vibes top?!

Last September Anthony Vaccarello presented his first collection for Saint Laurent. I have to admit, I never really paid that much attention to Saint Laurent in the past few years – too many painfully thin girls and glam-rock tees for my liking. But Anthony’s creative direction of sassy plunging tops, simple jeans and spikey heels brought me back into the fold.

I say ‘back into the fold’ but that doesn’t mean I can think about actually buying his clothes. A quick remortgage and a handbag could be yours. Instead I’ve thought about how to recreate the Saint Laurent vibe. Mango (I am not sponsored by them promise, I am just a big fan of late) have, for me, captured the mood I was after. Their black off the shoulder top is incredible. It certainly feels like the perfect update on the good old ‘nice top and jeans’ going out look.

Mango Asymmetric Poplin Blouse . Office Suede Courts . Gap Jeans . & Other Stories Earrings

The original inspiration, Saint Laurent SS17


Rattan Alert

You know that really irritating moment? The one where you find your dream room on Pinterest, try to track down the exact furniture in the picture but can’t find it? Yeah. It’s a pain. Well for once, Pinterest and Real Life have become one. The incredible curved rattan bed from a shoot I styled a few years ago for Homes & Gardens is back in stock. If you happen to be in the market for a new bed may I heartily recommend this one.

Curved Rattan Bed


News Flash: Stories Stationery

I am keeping this short and simple today so you can be quick-fire with your mouse and hit ‘add to bag’ asap. & Other Stories have released a stationery range. And it is gorgeous. It’s not something I’d have expected from the store but they’ve clearly cottoned on to the fact that many, many of us despite the digital age, harbour an obsession with good old fashioned pens and paper. If you’re going to do a notepad, this is how it’s done.

A4 Document Folder . Japanese Bindning A5 Notebook . Marble A4 Portfolio . Marble A5 Notebook . Hardcover A5 Notebook . Par Avion A5 Notebook

 


Nursery

If I had my time again this is what I would buy for a nursery. With three kids under my belt – they broke said belt actually but let’s not go there 😉 – I feel I can impart a good deal of wisdom on this subject.

Sleeping: You need a moses basket and a cot bed, NOT a cot. Even though you won’t believe that your precious miniature bundle will ever one day get big they grow SO fast. Trust me. If you want a top tip from an old pro save your pennies and invest in a cot bed to see you the distance until they can sleep in a proper grown up bed.  A Cot bed is more robust. This is important because once they grow, things get trashed quickly. I’ve looked at hundreds and chosen the Laurette Convertible Cot Bed because I love the shape and the fact that it’s not white, or this on sale with 50% off East Coast Toulouse Convertible Cot. My favourite moses baskets are Numero 74s – a bit more spendy than the usual John Lewis affair but SO good and if you are blessed with more tiny people it will get plenty of use.

Cot bedding: I LOVE these beautiful LAB cot bumpers and am obsessed with mix and matching different patterns and textures in the cot.  At first you can also go for a pretty coloured or patterned fitted sheet.  There’s not much call for duvet covers for quite a while. This one from Camomile London is gorgeous and I also like this grey mini gingham one from The White Company.

Sleeping Bag: Invest in a nice sleeping bag. You will see it almost everyday and they have the added bonus of being seriously nice to cuddle. This Numero 74 Sleeping Bag comes in so many great sludgey colours or I found this brilliantly priced Verbaudet Baby sleep Bag which I think is a dead ringer for a Caramel baby or Marie Chantal jobbie.

Mobile: Hang a mobile over the changing mat not the cot. You want them to sleep in the cot but you want them to be distracted when you’re changing their nappy so hopefully they don’t **** all over you. I brought this Flensted Circular Bunnies Mobile on a trip to Paris in Saint Germain for Aurelie. It makes me feel all sentimental. I also love the idea of having this Volta Paris mobile in the room. While I’m on the subject you don’t need a changing mat cover or special towel thingy, you need a mat to be wipe down for the reason stated above.

Wallpaper: I’m partial to a statement wallpapered wall in a nursery or child’s bedroom and these are my top picks for such a task.  My all time favourites are Cole & Son Hummingbirds and Melville, and a design called Raphael by Sandberg.  I got so far as to wallpaper the inside of the girls wardrobe in the Hummingbirds and I’m about to order the Melville for Benjmain’s room.  It’s hard to express how much I love it!  I would so use any of these in the children’s rooms now and Aurelie is 10.  i.e it’s worth the investment.

Above all have nice things for you in the nursery, don’t theme everything around the baby. Frankly it can be lonely and quite hard work in the night feeding so you want things to cheer you up and a lovely environment for you to sit in.  Soon it will be full of fluro pink Barbies or Spiderman posters so enjoy a bit of chic styling whilst you can.

P.S I have tried for HOUUUUUURS to find you beautiful and practical pictures of nurseries but it seems there are very few out there! So you have inspiring children’s bedrooms instead to help you along.

 

Images from Aurelie Lecuyer

Image from Sanne Hop