A Wes Anderson inspired Christmas

Last month we went along to one of our favourite National Trust properties (we are both members – that’s how we get our kicks now) Tyntesfield, because from now until 2nd January, they will be stepping back to Christmas past by having ‘A Very Victorian Christmas’. Now, we’ve both been to the grounds before, but we were absolutely taken aback by just how beautiful the house itself is and we were so glad we took the time to have a walk around and explore every gorgeous room. If you are in the area over the festive period, we definitely recommend collecting a ticket upon entry and enjoying the delightful decorations (including the best Christmas tree we’ve ever seen below!), storytelling, carols and a whole lot more lols. You can even ride in a horse drawn carriage, if that’s your thing.

Now, let’s tall about all of these fab festive outfits. We’ve both agreed that they are probably our favourite looks of the year. A big shout indeed. All of the items from the first three photos are from She and Hem faves, Joanie Clothing*. We seriously love Joanie (they haven’t paid us to say this!). We can always find just the right piece we need for all occasions. If you are a regular reader you may remember we both wore Joanie dresses to a friend’s wedding earlier this year. Jo’s black body and sequin skirt and Victoria’s brown corduroy skirt above are also from Joanie*, with the addition of Victoria’s black sparkly jumper from George at Asda. Our black and brown Chelsea boots are oldies but goodies from Boden* and the beautiful matching watches are from Lokken.

We definitely can’t sign off without mentioning our amazing photographer who captured our day at Tynesfield so beautifully. Thank you so much to the incredibly talented and all round lovely lady, Ello from Hunch Co. Pay her a visit for more stunning images. We cannot wait to work together again!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See you in 2019!

Victoria and Jo

Festive Family Fun with Visit Bristol #MerryBristmas

Photo by Hunch Co.

Last week we were lucky enough to receive our idea of a Golden Ticket, a ten day pass for all of Bristol’s amazing family attractions to see and sample their festive offerings, courtesy of Visit Bristol. How kind! If you follow us on Instagram you will understand exactly how exciting this was for us. We have two very active toddlers who are happiest when they are exploring, so we really went for it and used the pass as a great opportunity to discover new places to take the girls. It was so fabulous that we’re seriously considering asking Santa for membership for several of the attractions. Here are our ho ho highlights!

Photo by Hunch Co.

First Up, Tyntesfield! From now until 2nd January Tyntesfield will be stepping back to Christmas past by having ‘A Very Victorian Christmas’ indeed. Now, we’ve both been to the National Trust grounds before but we were absolutely taken aback by just how beautiful the house itself is inside. We would definitely recommend collecting a ticket at the entrance and enjoying the traditional decorations (including the best Christmas tree we’ve ever seen!), storytelling, carols and a whole lot more. You can even ride in a horse drawn carriage!

If you are in the centre of town, then head for a browse of the outdoor Christmas markets. They seem to get bigger and better every year! We like to feast on all of the festive treats on offer with our firm favourites being the chocolate fountain and the Bratwurst, but if you are more adventurous, embrace your inner Torvil and Dean and head to We The Curious for a skate around their ice rink.

We also heartily recommend hopping on board a Bristol Ferry Boat for a delightful trip around the harbour. If you really want to push the boat out (ho ho ho), for £13 a head you can join them for a Santa Cruise (why they didn’t call it that is a mystery), which promises lots of festive treats for those big and small. You can find out more about it here.

Last but not least, and slightly further a field, is Slimbridge Wetland Centre. This is our top tip for a Christmas day trip to please all generations. This was just as big a hit with the Grandparents as it is with the toddler and it well worth the drive. As well as admiring the wildlife, you can join Slimbridge for a multitude of festive activities. You can breakfast with elves (!) as well as pay a visit to Santa in his magical grotto. Other festive frivolity includes the opportunity to ice your own gingerbread man, build an elf den, toast marshmallows or send a letter to the North Pole at their post office!  I think we can all agree it all sounds pretty excellent and you can find out more here

Merry Bristmas, everyone!

J&V x

Halloween at Wild Place Project

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We took our little wild thing to Wild Place Project this weekend, after they kindly invited us to come and check out their Halloween Half Term activities. For one reason or another we have never gotten around to going before so this was the perfect opportunity to check it out! Firstly, I couldn’t get over how close to The Mall (Cribbs Causeway) it is! It’s a four minute drive! (We know this as we maaaaaaaaaaaaay have popped in to John Lewis en route, cheeky). You would, however, never know this by the time you’ve parked up. You suddenly feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere and I really was not expecting such large and beautiful grounds (and a Rapunzel-esque tower in a massive field, what the heck? I’ve since learnt that this is the Hollywood Tower, which was built in 1839!). I don’t think we could have chosen a more picture perfect Autumn day to visit and it was gorgeous to just walk around admiring the trees.

Outfit details! Me: Black Dungarees from H&M ////  Poppy: Raccoon tunic from Boots & Yellow Shoes from Clarks

There’s a lot of pretty cool family friendly stuff going on for Halloween. We particularly enjoyed watching the young wolf pack, as well as doing the pumpkin hunt through the woods – which took us past all manner of creepy characters. Poppy didn’t bat an eyelid at any of it and thought it was all rather hilarious. She kept offering the Witch drinks and snacks and spent a good five minutes blowing her kisses. She’s hard as nails, apparently. It was also an excellent way of using up energy and we ran back and forth through the woods, climbing on the many kid friendly structures Wild Place have dotted around the site. Some of the older kids were having a whale of a time climbing a big tree that had been designated for such hi-jinks.

All in all, it was a great success and, as a family, we loved it. It felt like we packed a lot in but it was all surprisingly relaxing. I thought it had the perfect mix of stuff to keep our active toddler entertained, with animals big and small, lots of space for running and a couple of really good play areas (there’s even an indoor play area for the under 5s).

She cried when we left, there’s no higher praise.

If you fancy visiting this Halloween, they are running their activities for two weeks starting on Saturday 20th October. Check out the Wild Place Project website to find out more and to book tickets

Jx

Disclaimer: We were not paid for this review, we were however invited by Wild Place Project to attend their Halloween activities and did not pay for our park entry. All words and opinions are blogger’s own and all spelling and grammatical errors are blogger’s own too. 

Mama Club at Number Three

Mama Club at Number Three

Mama Club at Number Three

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Mama Club at Number Three

Mama Club at Number Three

It would be an understatement to say that since Poppy and Ada came along, a lot has changed. The girls are 15 & 16 months old now (I know, what) and, until a few weeks ago, in that time I (Jo) could count on one finger the amount of haircuts I had managed to have. It’s really not easy to find any baby-free time during the week and at the weekends we would much rather be hanging out with the family than disappearing to have our tresses trimmed. It’s tricky.

We were therefore intrigued when an invitation from Number Three hairdressers in Bath appeared in our inbox to come and try out their Mama Club. The idea, they said, was to bring the girls along to the appointment. We’d been a few times to Number Three in the past and loved it but couldn’t imagine how our boisterous toddlers were going to be compatible with their stylish, relaxing salon. The concern only deepened when we rocked up at 11am with two girls who had skipped their morning nap and were ripe for a whinge.

We needn’t have worried. Number Three have really thought this one through and have a whole private floor dedicated to the Mamas. There’s no pressure, no rush, and no need to worry about disturbing anyone as you are neatly tucked away on the top floor. We parked up our prams in the space provided and ascended the stairs!

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The top floor is split between two gorgeous rooms with the first containing a kitchen area complete with bottle making and sterlising facilities, as well as what every parent needs, coffee on tap. We were then led through to the private salon area, which is perfectly geared up for Mums and their tots. Poppy and Ada were very happy indeed as it had toys, space to run around and biscuits. Lots of biscuits. And we were happy as it had lots of lovely comfy chairs for feeding, coffee and biscuits. Lots of biscuits.

Once the girls were nicely occupied, we robed up and sat in our chairs. For once, it wasn’t awful staring into the hairdresser’s mirror as instead of looking at our sleepy faces, we could instead keep an eye on our two trouble makers. Despite their lack of sleep, they were pretty angelic and it was really, really cute to watch them play. On the occasions they did need us, we were free to go to them without feeling awkward and both girls spent time sitting on our laps during the cut without our stylists batting so much as an eyelid.

Mama Club at Number Three

It was actually all rather fun and at the end we both had lovely new dos! I just had mine tidied up but Victoria went for a proper chop and looked thoroughly gorgeous as a result. We skipped off for lunch (after saying hello to a very small baby arriving with his Mama for their appointment), agreeing that Number Three have really nailed it. Local Mums have got a real treat in store and we hope word spreads as to how great a service this is.

If you’re local to Bath and fancy checking out Number Three’s Mama Club it’s on every Wednesday and everything you need to know is right here.

Thanks for inviting us along, Number Three!

J&Vx

Beets ‘n Roots | Bristol

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Well what a tip top start to the week I (Victoria) have had! Spring has very much sprung in Bristol, and with the new season come the new cafe menus! One venue putting away their winter coats is Beets ‘n Roots Cafe on Cotham Hill, to which I was invited to try out their new Spring menu. And oh my, what a colourful culinary treat it was!

On arrival, I was greeted on their spacious sundeck with a selection of smoothies to try. Appetite suitably whetted, I was handed a brunch menu from which to order whatever I fancied. That’s my kind of menu. After some deliberation I chose the buckwheat pancakes with banana, Nutella and maple syrup. They were an absolute treat. So much so that I seriously cannot wait to get back to Beets ‘n Roots fast enough, or get the OH to up his buckwheat game. Gimme.

The event then saw nutritionist Rosie Letts tell us all about the healthy juices, before we mixed up some rather aesthetically pleasing rainbow smoothie bowls with fresh fruit, granola, berries and seeds, all of which you can see in my Instagram stories video below.

Tasty food aside, there was one other thing that I was super impressed (and quite surprised) with, and that was how child friendly the venue was. Fellow local mums have asked Jo and I for recommendations for places to take their babies and toddlers in Bristol, and this is going straight on our list. My little one was a big fan of the magnetic boards, children’s books and being able to wander around the decking in the sunshine. She also absolutely loved all of the colourful food and drink, much to the delight of the staff who made her feel very special – thanks guys!

See you VERY soon Beets ‘n Roots!

Vx

Happy Days with Sugarhill Boutique

Happy Days | Breton Stripes

Happy Days | Breton Stripes

Happy Days | Breton Stripes

Happy Days | Breton Stripes

Goodbye grey sky, hello blue!

We’ve been rockin’ and rollin’ all month long in these stripey pieces from the new Sugarhill Boutique collection. Both are navy and white striped nautical niceties which will no doubt be seeing us through ’til Spring turns up! Jo’s Happy Days Breton Top* (above) is 100% cotton, so it’s pretty darn cosy and that rainbow coloured pocket detailing is a delightfully cheerful addition. My (Victoria) Stripe Navy Sweater* has some jazzy contrasting cuffs which, luckily for me, is just the way I like my cuffs! In all seriousness, the red adds a welcome pop of colour and makes it a bit more playful than your classic breton jumper. We always love how Sugarhill Boutique inject a bit of fun into their pieces and this season is no exception!

Because we are creatures of habit, we both teamed our outfits with Boden* skirts and boots from past collections. In our defence, their stuff just lasts so well! I’m sure a quick peruse of their website would see you find some similar styles but if not, hit us up as we like a fashion finder challenge! Our tights are from UK Tights* who we thoroughly recommend for all your legwear needs.

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Happy Days | Breton Stripes

Happy Days | Breton Stripes

Happy Days | Breton Stripes

These Happy Days are yours and mine, Happy Days!

V&Jx

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

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Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, love is seriously in the air at Cabot Circus! A quick stroll around our local Bristol shopping centre will see you surrounded with hearts, flora and a heck of a lot of red hues. It’s all rather romantic, innit. Now if, like us, you’ve never been particularly organised when it comes to the buying of Valentine’s day gifts then the good news is Cabot Circus have got you covered. They are offering free 30 minute personal shopping sessions this weekend (10th and 11th February) from 11 until 5. That’s TODAY, people! Just pop along and see them in the central space outside House of Fraser and their team of personal shoppers will help you find the perfect gift for your special someone, whatever your budget! Winner.

To get you all in the loved up mood, the team challenged the two of us to go head to head in the search for the perfect Valentine’s gift! We decided to go for a Galentine’s affair and choose gifts for each other (standard) and went well and truly wild in the Cabot aisles looking for dreamy ideas. If you fancy a serious shopping spree, check out how to enter our competition at the bottom of the post to win a £50 Cabot Circus Gift Card! A little Valentine’s gift from us to you.

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Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

We both had great success in Tiger, who have got a huge amount of Valentine’s gifts on offer to suit everyone’s budget. They’ve got everything covered from novelty socks, toiletries, confectionery and crockery! Even their boxes of plasters are romantic! It’s all there and it’s all festooned with hearts.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

If you’re other half is a foodie then you’ll be pleased to know that Krispy Kreme have gone all lovey-dovey on us with special edition doughnuts on offer! You can pick up The Valentine’s Dozen for £13.45. Failing that, Hotel Chocolate have got some beautiful gifts on offer ranging from small bags of chocolate hearts to entire hampers of goodies.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal ShoppingValentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

Topshop, Monki and Urban Outfitters have all got some pretty cool gifts on offer. We both love the cute heart top from Topshop and bag from Monki. You can’t have too many hearts in February, can you? Neither of us had been into Monki before but my goodness, we are complete converts. Colourful fun clothes at really affordable prices, it’s pretty dreamy in there.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

Valentine's Day Gift Guide | Cabot Circus Personal Shopping

So what did we choose for each other, we hear you cry! Well, Jo is a librarian so those adorable children’s books from Foyles and her were always going to be a match made in heaven. The artwork is just beautiful and I was thinking she would enjoy reading them to Poppy too. I also had to pick up a copy of ‘Read This If You Want To Be Instagram Famous’ from Urban Outfitters so she can spend Valentine’s Day tackling Instagram’s Algorithm! In return, Jo picked up the ‘Love Always Wins’ tee for me from Monki and I love it! I can’t wait to wear it on the 14th of Feb. She also chose a wonderful Paperchase mug emblazoned with our favourite F word. I think we both did rather well!

Hopefully we’ve inspired you to get shopping for your other half (or your bestie!) this weekend. If you’re in Bristol, definitely pop along and take advantage of the personal shoppers, it will take away the stress of all that last minute gift buying! You can find out everything you need to know about it here.

Lots of love!

J&V

This post was written in collaboration with Cabot Circus

 

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Joanie Gals

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Bonjour & Aloha! If you are a regular reader or follow us on Instagram then you’re probably already well aware of our love for the wonderful world of Joanie. Their vintage-inspired fun fashion is right up our rue (little bit of GCSE French from the late 90s for you there). We are both big fans of their colourful dresses, novelty knits and, most importantly, their real inclusive vibe. Hell yeah. Check out their #joaniegals hashtag on Instagram and get ready to want all of the pretty things, we certainly do.

She and Hem | Joanie Gals

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We’ve styled a couple of their cute slogan jumpers recently and they have been really popular, with so many people asking where they were from! We’re all about spreading the Joanie love! Which is super handy as we are teaming up with them in February to show their Instagram followers Bristol’s best bits and we can’t wait. We often feature our favourite parts of our colourful city on the blog (Bristol Archives here) and we’ve already begun discussing everything we want to show off to the Joanie gang, there is just so much good stuff to see. Roll on February and make sure to keep an eye on their stories.

Victoria wears the Pascal Bonjour* jumper and Jo wears the Mai Aloha*. Thanks, Joanie!

V&Jx

TuneToo | Novelty Baby Jumpers

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Is there anything more adorable than a teeny tiny person in a novelty jumper? Yes! Two teeny tiny people in novelty jumpers, that’s what. And that is why we took roughly a million photos of the girls on a recent trip to our local library. Our baby bookworms had a fun time crawling around selecting their favourite stories to read together and were definitely not just pulling all the books off the shelves and laughing. It really doesn’t matter when you look this cute though. So merci beaucoup to French brand TuneToo for letting us choose the girls a couple of cosy jumpers to see them through chilly January! They were très bien!

Although TuneToo do have an adult range and a chance to get creative and get customising, we find it much more fun shopping for the girls nowadays, so we decided to focus on their vast child and baby section. After a good few days of deliberation (seriously, there is so much great/hilarious/sweet stuff on there), we actually managed to pick out the two really similar pink sweatshirts above. I (Victoria) chose the Homer sweatshirt for Ada. Naturally, I now really want one for myself. Jo picked the Pikachu sweatshirt for Poppy and if the photos above are anything to go by, I think she likes it! Both designs also come in babygrows, baby vests and loads more. If you’re looking for a present for the little person in your life, I recommend paying them a visit.

TuneToo | Novelty Baby Jumpers | She and Hem

TuneToo | Novelty Baby Jumpers | She and Hem

Carrying on with the pink theme, Poppy’s pretty second jumper (seen up close below) is the Hello Sunshine hoodie. How cute is that? Ada’s slightly bonkers yellow choice is the Sushi hoodie. Hopefully she’ll love sushi (and The Simpsons!) as much as I do when she’s older, so she won’t complain too much when she sees these pictures. Fingers crossed. We think the girls look gorgeous in their yellow and pink numbers and the hoods have come in so handy for keeping their little ears toasty. If you pay TuneToo a visit, please do let us know what your favourite bits are!

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V&Jx

Merry Bristmas with Visit Bristol

Merry Bristmas with Visit Bristol

A couple of weeks ago, thanks to Visit Bristol, we were treated to one heck of a festive outing as we joined them for their Christmas press trip. The aim was to showcase some of the many fabulous things you can do in our city over the Christmas period and, good tidings we bring, most of it includes stuffing your face. MERRY BRISTMAS INDEED!

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We met at the Broad Quay Pieminister (or the one on the centre if you’re local), their third restaurant in the city and the only one neither of us had visited before. It’s rather swanky indeed and we were surprised to discover that as well as their usual selection of fabulous pies, they also do quite an extensive list of cocktails! Victoria was straight in on the seasonal offerings and plumped for a Gingle Bells, whilst I remained true to form and ordered a peanut butter and banana milkshake. Both of us were equally giddy afterwards.

We were here to check out ‘The Christmas Feast’, a truly excellent alternative for a Christmas meal out. You get to pick any Christmas pie (out of a choice of four) with mash, spiced red cabbage and gravy with a festive stick (yes, stick) and a pudding of your choice for £15. I practically had to have a lie down before even ordering. I always tend to go for the turkey option when dealing with a Christmas menu so went for ‘The Cracker’  (turkey, ham, cranberries, parsnips and Sherry), whilst Victoria went for the vegetarian ‘Christingle’ (parsnips, chestnut, cheese and leek). Both were presented, as most things should be, on a bed of delicious mashed potato and adorned with a ‘Festive stick’. The festive stick is possibly my new favourite thing about Christmas. All hail the stuffing ball, pig in blanket and mini Yorkshire pudding on a stick. I’ll take 400, please and thank you Pieminister.

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Tummies suitably full, we waddled the short distance to Broadmead to check out the Christmas markets. It was lovely to see them so busy already and the atmosphere was fantastic! Considering we visited early on a Friday afternoon in November, people were already getting well into the spirit of things and we gladly joined in and had our first mulled wine of the season. Now that we have finally entered December I can only imagine the Christmas spirits are flowing freely.

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I know what you’re thinking, we must have been peckish after all this eating and drinking! Thankfully, the lovely folk at Swoon were on hand to ply us with treats. We were both in absolute heaven as we tried their hot chocolate, which is essentially just pure liquid chocolate and quite honestly I was still thinking about it days later. We also had the opportunity to try all of Swoon’s festive ice cream flavours which are incredible! Gingerbread, Panettone and Mulled Wine were just a few that we sampled and if you’re in the area we heartily suggest you go and indulge.

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Sadly for me I had to skip off before the grand finale of a trip on the big wheel (down by We The Curious) and a pizza fest at Pi Shop but as you can see, Victoria and the rest of the gang had a pretty neat time completing the festivities.

Thanks for organising such a great day, Visit Bristol!

J&Vx