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Calm before the Christmas.

Hello there!

I don’t often post on a Wednesday but this afternoon Francis has decided to take an unexpected nap, which has left me with plenty to get on with ;)

So we are currently in the pre panic part of the build up to Christmas, the safe zone the calm before the storm. Right now my desk is cluttered with little scribbled out notes and lists full of christmas ideas that I imagine will get neglected with the rest of my to-do lists. I am not rushing out to the shops just yet but have just started enjoying the smells of the festive season, everything I make seems to have a hint of cinnamon and warm spices. I like this period it’s stress free and my mind is full of bright ideas and intentions. December the 7th is when I begin to panic, the to-do list is lost the shopping is never ending and my house is full of Christmas chaos (and that’s only the 7th)

Before my Christmas melt down hits home I am going to enjoy my cinnamon spiced beetroot smoothie (it’s healthy but disgusting) and continue thinking up my grand ideas.
Peace.

In other news I thought I would post the new outfit I purchased for my family Christmas ‘do
At first I was unsure of the 60’s inspired print as it seemed unusually bold for me, but I am happy that I have stayed clear of my favorite shade of black for once.

This playsuit is from Miss Selfridge. and is currently on sale with 10% off.

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Tis the season to wear tartan’

Yup that’s right it’s that time of year for wearing tartan. I am a huge fan of this print, and haven’t just stopped at one item.

I am not sure if the festive season is finally pushing me towards seasonal traditions or if I just like the comfort of familiarity, but this print is my favorite for this time of year.

My school teacher used to wear a tartan pencil skirt with black shiny courts, at the time I questioned her brave fashion statement but my younger self was clearly unaware of the classic staple that seems to appear in high street shops every winter.

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Francis’s outfit of the day!

My toes are starting to get really cold, and the tip of my nose which is usually covered in freckles is disguised by a seasonal rosey red blemish. This for me is my own personal winter reminder, must purchase gloves and hat and prepare to be cold!

Francis has also had a few new winter appropriate outfits, we spend lots of time out and about so I wanted to make sure I fund a warm hat that would actually stay on his head.

We love Zara for children they have such a unique quirky range.

They have the most adorable range of hats, coats and knitwear I couldn’t resist stocking up.

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zara hat

cute zara

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The black dress

A weekend in London was just what I needed, dressing up shopping and eating fine food was a perfect start to the month.

I had previously been anxious about what I should wear for the evening ‘black tie’ event. Without knowing other women there it’s difficult to feel confident in my choice. So I opted for a simple black lace dress with a high neck, I could have gone for something a little more out there but I felt this was a classic.

The dress is from Marks&Spencer

I don’t think I have ever purchased clothing from there before but was pleasantly surprised to see a wide range of high quality evening outfits.

Selfridges was on the itinerary – this was possibly the highlight of the trip :)

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I don’t often post make-up pictures on this blog, mainly because as a mum I don’t go all out on my make up routine on a daily basis. Of course the weekend was an exception so I went for a smokey eye with dark red lips, I felt this was very seasonal and I couldn’t recommend the Benefit eyeliner more! Its my new favorite make-up item.

smokey eye

Other than indulging and having a pretty wonderful time, the best bit was putting on my favorite ripped jeans with my massive jumper and sitting on the train knowing that I will be reunited with my favorite little man :) Being greeted with huge smiles and cuddles was priceless.

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Warm necks.

Not too cold enough to find my winter coat but cold enough to start wearing my roll necks.

I love roll necks and managed to find Francis a cute navy coloured one which is super cute.

Todays outfit is inspired my rainy days and long walks in the crispy leaves.

Skirt: Topshop

Cardi: Urban Outfitters 

Roll neck: Topshop 

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Today I have been working from home which has been lovely so far – now it’s time to indulge in some lunch time snacks with the scamp :)

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A dressing gown should only be worn for a certain amount of time … not ALL day!

I don’t like to think I define the way I feel based on what I am wearing, but I fear it is starting to head that way.

Today I was a picture of ‘mummy’s going crazy’ wearing my coffee stained dressing gown with a messy up do and no make up to cover these god
awful dark circles under my sleep deprived eyes!
My reason for failing to comply to our normal routine of getting dressed in the morning was because everything about our routine has been out the window in recent times.
With builders turning up at 7.30 every morning working on the house I have become more tea maker and
cleaner than anything else.
This morning just went from bad to worse so I did decided to take a moment whilst the sound of drilling vibrated through the house, to sit in Francis’s room and have prolonged morning cuddles whilst watching the moomins eating marmite on toast.

The frown that has become a permanent feature on my face was soon turned into smiles when I heard Francis say ‘marmite marmite’ with such delight – his speach is really coming along suddenly.

So I sat drinking my third coffee staring at the toys surrounding my feet and wondered why I was still wearing my dressing gown!
Things are not going to change unless I take the right steps. By allowing myself to be eaten by anxiety and doubt it is only stopping me from seeing the beauty that is around me.
The beauty in my family and my dear friends, my home and of course the lovely places that surround my home places that used to inspire me.

Dipping in and out of work has defiantly proven to be a brave move. When I am working I have complete control and focus. When I am at home I am forced into a strange sense of panic I convince myself that the house needs to be perfect with smells of baking wafting out of the kitchen, Francis must be entertained and played with all day. I still sing Five monkeys jumping on the bed whilst taking a pee with Francis in there with me just to keep him happy – when he is happy I am happy. Or at least that’s my logic.

In conclusion to my dressing gown melt down I have decided that while I am not working for a while I need to stop being so hard on myself and give in to that force that’s pulling me down. And for now its ok to want to wear something nice even if its just to do the shopping, because it makes me feel good.
Dressing gowns don’t.

Any way lovely people thank you for stopping by. Your likes and comments have certainly made me feel pretty awesome

I would like to say that although I am painting a terribly negative picture of my day, things did progress into a standard lovely day. Francis helped me bake and we finally got round to carving our small pumpkins, he loved scooping the flesh out and getting all messy with me.

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In search for that special dress…

Hello there fellow bloggers :)

With a fancy trip to London just around the corner I have been in panic mode trying to arrange outfits.
The trip has been organised thoroughly from meeting at the hotel to shopping in selfridges we will be dining in a five star restaurant and sipping cocktails on a roof top terrace. This all sounds idyllic and I am grateful to be going, my two issues are leaving Francis for the first time over night (he will be staying in cambridge with my parents) and finding the right dress to wear in the evening.

HELP!

I have managed to find a smart/casual day outfit which seems appropriate for shopping and sight seeing, but the most important outfit is the evening dress. So this week will be spent trawling the net and hoping to find that special dress.

I feel I haven’t dressed up in ages so I am pretty sure I want to go all out :)

Anyway I hope you have all enjoyed your weekend.

Here is my outfit of the day – which I plan to wear in London:

Skirt – French Connection

Jumper – French Connection

Boots – New Look

Necklace – Topshop

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