The girls are growing up so fast! It’s so much fun seeing them turn into little mischievous girls and they are starting to really adore spending time together. They are both currently still sleeping in with Mum and Dad but it won’t be long now until they are in their own rooms! We are therefore both having a lot of fun collecting nursery bits and setting up spaces that they will love.
After sourcing furniture, curtains and all that sort of jazz, we were on the hunt for decorations! Never ones to shy away from novelty lighting, these colour changing unicorn fairy lights* from Festive Lights were perfect! The girls are fascinated by them as they slowly change colour to showcase a selection of baby friendly soft shades. Fairy lights are such a cheap and easy way to add a bit of character to a space and hopefully they will help make the transition into their own rooms that little bit nicer. Plus, unicorns are pretty great! Naturally, being babies, they wanted to eat the unicorns (!!!) so we had to come up with ways to keep them safely out the way. Thankfully they are battery operated so no nasty mains to worry about (phew) so Jo will be pinning hers to the top of her dollshouse-shaped bookcase and Victoria has a cunning plan to display hers in a clear vase that can be stored out of reach!
Don’t the girls look so cute in their matching Cath Kidston* pjs? We’ve been wondering how old they will be before they ask us to stop dressing them in matching outfits! If they are anything like us, they will both still be twinning in their thirties!
Big thanks to Festive Lights for our new lighting. With Christmas on the horizon we are sure to be spending a lot of time on your website!
This post is a collaboration and contains affiliate links, but the love of unicorns is all mum’s own.
A couple of weekends ago we attended the 10th birthday celebrations of Soma, a contemporary art gallery and shop situated in one of Bristol’s prettiest suburbs, Clifton Village. We’ve always been big Soma fans, often popping in for a quick Tatty Devine fix during our lunch breaks, so we were more than happy to pop on our party hats, grab a cupcake and join the celebrations!
To rejoice in reaching the grand old age of 10, Soma invited 10 artists – Andy Smith, Adam Bridgland with Lucy Gough, Graham Carter, Gemma Correll, Crispin Finn, Hello Marine, Alice Pattullo, Peskimo, Hazel Nicholls and Spencer Wilson to each create a special limited edition print. We can confirm they are all pretty jazzy, but if you don’t believe us you can view the prints here.
Once in a blue moon I step away from my favourite dress shapes and styles and have a whirl at something new, which is exactly what happened when I caught a glimpse of this blue crepe shift dress from George (which has just been reduced to EIGHT POUNDS in their Holiday Shop!). Now, the loose shape is not one that I imagined would be that flattering, but I was pleasantly surprised. Turns out, I really like crepe. Not as much as I like crêpes, but almost! Next time I think I’ll wear it with a belt, but I haven’t found the perfect one just yet.
If you follow us on Twitter you will know that I braved bare legs and sandals for this first time this year last week and boy did I have passers by reaching for their sunglasses in horror. Embrace the pastiness I say! Anyway, if you have disproportionately big feet like myself and Paris Hilton, you will know that sandals can sometimes look pretty preposterous. This is why I’m a fan of the subtle sandal. I like to keep it simple to achieve aa dainty as look as possible, something of a challenge for the clown footed. These black beauties from Treds really came up trumps!
Sticking to my black and blue theme I pulled this cartoon bag out of my wardrobe that I purchased last year from Ebay. It’s awesome right? It’s cartoon styling blows my tiny mind.
Are you all geared up for today’s post, because you are in for the ride of your life! Think you can handle it? Good. Anyway, the sun has got his hat on in Bristol at the moment, which is fortuitous for me as while Jo jetted off to Iceland for Easter, I’ve been exploring the charms of the South West. It’s been wheely spoketacular!
Now even though Bristol has more hills than an am-dram production of ‘The Sound of Music’ in the Scottish Highlands and I am about as fit as Gretl von Trapp, cycling is such a great way to get around. I sped off for a bit of bank holiday heavy pedaling and thought I’d share my riding ensemble with my favourite cyber cyclists. A pretty practical look I know. The shoes were comfier than they look, I promise!
Right, apply the brakes Hemsters. I’m off to try and convince Ryan Gosling to ride tandem!
Every year during the weekend before Christmas day, myself and Jo and our BFF’s like to get together for a 24 hour food marathon. It revolves around a huge Christmas dinner with all of the trimmings and our annual viewings of Elf, Home Alone and The Muppets Christmas Carol. Each year we alternate who provides each course of our Christmas feast. This year, Jo treated us to a titillating turkey and it was my turn to don my apron and get baking some festive puddings. I’ve always wanted to attempt Cake Pops, so when I saw this recipe, I thought it was the perfect time to give them a go!
Christmas is a time for overindulging, so I decided to make two puddings, with the cake pops acting as more of a cheeky snack to nibble on throughout the night, rather than a filling dessert. This year I was inspired by the Christmas edition of The Great British Bake Off, in which Mary Berry (love her!) made an incredible looking Tunis Cake.
Good morning one and all and welcome to the latest installment of Accessories to Murder. Now, as you may have noticed Accessories to Murder is not a weekly feature, more of an ‘as and when’ piece for when knockout accessories capture my short attention span, or when Jo sends me a link to something so desirably foxy that I reward her with a gold star for sending me all quixotic. Anyway, you are in luck as this week there are umpteen enticing accessories that I would like to share with you!
Now, we all know and love the amazing Lulu lip and eye purses (they are on both of our Christmas lists!) but I feel we have all neglected poor old kooky cat! It has a slight Halloween feel to it, so there’s no excuse not to use it to store all of your trick or treating goodies in. It has the all important inside pocket and there’s even a kooky card holder to match.
Chartreuse is the new black. I LOVE satchels as you can wear them for work, play, with any outfit and they always look winsome. Topshop currently have a big bundle of gnarly satchels from leopard print to 70’s leather and I want them all, but I am more than happy to start with this one please Santa!
Although this isn’t a satchel and I don’t have an iPad, I’d still quite like one of these nifty cases. I’m sure I could find a use for it. Perhaps I could use it to keep my collection of pasta sheets warm throughout winter, or, y’know, I could give it to a friend. Fairisle is the new animal print don’t cha know! Continue reading Accessories to Murder #9→