3 Dec

Last week was one full of social soirees and Christmas prep, in between exciting meetings and frantically trying to keep to my many deadlines.

Wednesday saw my second edit for Blossom Mother and Child go live. This month features my mama and baby Gift guide. It was really hard choosing my favorite pieces, but hopefully you will agree, my selection includessome really lovely gift ideas. As well as my Blossom deadline, I was also asked to do a first piece for John Lewis. I am conscious that I only feature products and brands that I believe in on Mumzynot, but when such a high-profile company gets in touch it would be silly not to get involved? Luckily John Lewis sell some of my favorite brands so there is no issue when it comes to content. My first assignment (published last week) features Barbour, I love Barbour.

Yesterday I went over to the Madderson London showroom to sample their gorgeous maternity collection. I am working on a really exciting collaboration with them at the moment and it was great to go and try all the clothes and get together with Sara, the designer. This is not your average maternity brand, Zara Phillips is a fan no less. I also viewed their new ready-to-wear, which is just exquisite.

On Saturday evening  we had a family birthday at the Thai restaurant, Patara, in Knightsbridge. It was my first visit there but we will definitely be going back. The food was really delicious and we didn’t leave hungry (which is often the case when it comes to fine dining.) During the day we popped over to Wandsworth for a 2nd birthday party. A wore a favorite party piece, her Angel’s Face tutu. It really is great for parties and dressing up. I teamed it with a white polo from Zara, tights and brown boots. Highlights from the party – The rainbow birthday cake and the birthday girls new chef’s outfit. Too cute.

It was also my parents 40th wedding anniversary over the weekend, so on Sunday we all went for lunch, including A. We have been meaning to try out the Grumpy Mole in Cheam for quite some time. Booking requires at least a few weeks notice however and usually I am not that organised. We were not disappointed, the food and atmosphere was perfect and more than accommodating for children. I had the most delicious home made burger. (The menu featured all the favorites as well as some more a la carte dishes.) The roasts were also scrumptious, as was my husbands calves liver. We are always looking for nice places to eat in our area and have finally found a gastro-pub to recommend. There is another in Tadworth that we have booked for the 22nd. It will be interesting to compare the two.

We also put up our tree. This year we seem to be extra excited for Christmas, it’s the first one where A really knows what’s going on and I can’t wait to see her face on Christmas morning after Santa’s visit. Our tree came from Cockford bridge Farm in Surrey, as it has for the last few years after discovering a place where you go with your saw and choose and cut your own tree! Great fun, all-be-it a real challenge getting three Christmas trees onto the roof of a defender!

Deliveries this week:

The Moab from Pacapod. This is a new brand to me, relatively new to the changing bag market, but their latest design is right up my street. A chic satchel style with leather handles and trim, complete with all the necessary baby bits and a neat 3 in 1 organisation system. My husband was equally impressed – ‘That’s pretty cool. It’s different, I like it.’

The Isabella Oliver ruched t-shirt dress in Navy (As worn by Halle Berry no less!). I love the navy, it makes a change from black and works perfectly with a leather jacket, tights and flat boots.

Our Plantation shutters for the house also finally arrived. They look amazing. After much deliberation and stress over fabric choice kitting out the whole of downstairs with curtains (we have huge windows so all required made-to-measure) shutters for upstairs were the perfect solution. The new nursery, master bedroom and both bathrooms now look super-smart. I am definitely a shutter convert. A big thank you to Bella Vista, who were extremely competitive, friendly and polite. (The fitter took his shoes off without even being asked!)

I hope you all had a good week.


Jess x








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