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ZARA MATERNITY WEAR

15 Oct

So I was just browsing Zara on-line for the girls (and for me) and noticed a new maternity section. About time Zara. Great news. It should be good.

Although very limited their maternity pieces don’t disappoint. Out of the 11 items on offer (four are ‘mum’ jeans) I would happily pick any one to wear myself. The minimal and roomy feel is perfect, looking comfortable whilst retaining style. I would perhaps sum it up as a capsule collection for pregnancy. Day to night dress. check. Jeans. check. Blouse. check. My favourite piece is probably the faux leather dress, which I would wear over trousers or skinny jeans. I do also love the printed pussy-bow blouse. Although i’m unsure if that is actually maternity?

Either way, it’s worth checking out. Go to Zara.com to find out more.

Love,

Jess x

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BURGUNDY PIECES

17 Sep

According to the fashion guides Burgundy is the colour of the season. And that’s fine by me. I’ve never been a huge fan of red. It’s a difficult hue to master stylishly especially if you are blonde. And even then i’m not a fan on me. I honestly don’t think I have one piece in my wardrobe that’s red. However, burgundy I am all over. Classic, stylish, yet remaining sultry.  A cashmere sweater, bag or burgundy skirt has gone straight to the top of my list of new season updates. Preferably in cord or velvet.

What I love even more is that this trend has filtered down into children’s fashion. I just spotted tow of my favourite kids brands sporting burgundy designs. I am so in love with this Elfie London, dress, and What Mother Made, dungarees. And for the little men? What could be cuter, or more stylish, than a pair of burgundy chords worn with a shirt?

Love,

Jess x

 

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WHAT MOTHER MADE

4 Jun

Another gorgeous childrenswear brand for your little black book – What Mother Made. A friend of mine introduced me a while ago and I have been meaning to get a few pieces for the girls ever since. I finally got around to it the other week. We have been dying to wear this dungarees ever since.

What Mother Made is a beautiful and unique brand that focuses on those more traditional and timeless styles. Vintage rompers and blouses, bloomers, dungarees and checked shirts, all created by hand using the sweetest floral fabrics and bold bright prints. This is not your average high street brand. Collections are limited and often you will find they no longer have the size you require. So my point here, be quick. Prices are extremely reasonable and f they don’t have what you initially wanted, you will definitely find something else you love equally as much.  I don’t know about you but I am finding myself shopping more and more on line at little boutiques like this. You just can’t find anything of such lovely quality that is also adorably stylish, anywhere else.

(Apologies for the blurred picture, little E never stays still for long enough to get anything but.)

Love,

Jess x

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MY WEEK (CHRISTMAS WEEK)

27 Dec

Happy Christmas! This last week has been manic. On top of various events and Christmas parties we have been super busy preparing the house for Christmas day. (Builders were out on the 21st and carpets went down just a few days before. So in a word, hectic!)

This year we hosted, with both families! It was a lovely day and so nice to be able to celebrate all together at home, but I must admit I didn’t relax as much as I usually would. I really don’t know how anyone can host Christmas on their own?! I am so lucky to have a ‘chef’ husband, ‘sous chef’ brother-in-law, a fabulously organised Italian mother in law and an amazing mum. We all worked together and actually made a pretty good team. Christmas day was super-smooth, and I think everyone enjoyed it?!

As predicted little A was spoilt rotten, so much so she still has a whole sack of presents to open. Her favourite gifts at the moment – new baby ‘sister’ (slightly worrying as I think she thinks this was the baby we have all been talking about in mummies tummy…) a Hello Kitty watch, life-size Pony complete with sound effects, saddle and bridle,  and the most adorable pair of Prada shoes. (OK so the shoes are more my favourite.) Oh and she is obsessed with one of her new books, the dinosaur that pooed Christmas. (Don’t ask.) We have to read it every night before bed. She also loved the water pistol in her cracker.

Boxing day, as a treat, we hit the Harrods sale. I picked out my Christmas present (a stunning Monica Vinader siren diamond ring) and also treated myself to a few extras. It would be rude not to right? The beauty and perfume if nothing else is well worth braving the crowds for, although you can also shop online. Way more civilised. I got a Laura Mercier Coconut Milk duo, and candle, for just £27. Maje and Mulberry were also not to be missed. I left a very happy girl.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and Santa treated you well. I would love to hear what you all got?

Next up, New years!

Love,

Jess x

 

 

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CHRISTMAS MINI-STYLE-STATEMENT

6 Dec

I don’t know about you but for all special occasions and festivities I like my daughter to be dressed accordingly. Whether it be a birthday party, Halloween or (most relevantly) Christmas day, little A will have a new outfit to showcase. It’s a great opportunity to treat her wardrobe to a chic new addition. (Perhaps not at Halloween. This is one occasion where chic goes completely out of the window.)

There are so many cute outfit ideas that it really is hard to choose just one. So I have put together a few options as below, for both the boys and the girls. Dressing up is in no way gender specific. N.B when it comes to dressing A for Christmas I am not generally a fan of the whole Christmas pudding, Santa, fairy, look. A tulle skirt or dress and some pretty ballerinas is as far as I go with the Christmas reference. It also means said outfit can be worn again. (That’s my style savvy talking.)

Isn’t dressing your little one just so much fun?!

Love,

Jess x

Outfit 1: Topshop mini tulle dress, grey tights and polka dot leather ballerinas Zara

Look 2: Grey dress with red knit tights Zara mini

Outfit 3: Knit jumper, turn-up jeans, Zara Boys

look 4: Susie and Toto

Look 5: Susie and Toto

Look 6: What mother Made, floral print needle chord dress, Shoes Hebe Papouelli

Look 5: Caramel Baby and child dusty rose velvet dress, gold metallic shoes

Elbow patch flecked sweater,  Contrast hem chino trousers, Mango KIDS. boots

 

 

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MY WEEK – (26TH NOVEMBER)

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.

Love,

Jess x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MY WEEK

19 Nov

I have stolen this idea from Sheere Luxe. (I hope they don’t mind…) The gorgeous Georgie (editor) started a weekly diary/type blog a while ago and I really enjoy reading it, so though I would do something similar in the hope that you guys enjoy reading mine. A kinda sum-up of my week with a few pictures to go with, including some outfit snaps. Baby bump is now 24 weeks but I am still managing to keep the leggings at bay (for the most part.) Here is my first entry.

Last week was my husbands birthday. In our family birthday’s are usually a weekend affair, we don’t just have one celebration. On Saturday night we went to our favorite Indian, Le Raj in Epsom. Think A La Carte restaurant, rather than local curry house. It really is a yummy place and well worth a visit. The relaxed atmosphere is not too ‘stuffy’ but still allows for dressing up. I wore my new Theory blazer with leather pants and a sequin knit. The Jimmy Choos also came out of hibernation.

Sunday saw a relaxed day with all the family and a delicious home cooked Beef Wellington (one of my husbands faves.). Another birthday cake ensued (for the purpose of A) and then an afternoon of lounging around in front of the fire watching films. The perfect Sunday.

His official birthday was Tuesday so of course we had to celebrate one final time. We decided on an early supper with A at our local Pizza Express. Cheap and cheerful, Pizza Express is 100% child friendly so we love going with A. The pizza is also delicious, my husband (half Italian) was most surprised! I must admit I think the food quality does vary from restaurant to restaurant but we are lucky with ours. Must be a good pizza chef.

On Saturday I also made time to visit the first Plusher Show in London. I decided to go solo and left A behind for some daddy-daughter bonding over breakfast. It was nice to have a bit of me-time and a real treat enjoying the train toddler free. I even managed a relaxed coffee and read of the paper. It’s the simple things.

Saturday afternoon involved carpet shopping. We are nearing the end of some major house renovations and now on the final push to get things finished before Christmas. I cannot wait to have carpet again. Or see the back of builders, dirt and dust for that matter. It will of-course be worth it and after Christmas we can get started on the new nursery. I don’t mind the interior design part.

Other highlights of my week included the delivery of a number of gorgeous new goodies to my office. Two cute dresses from Kate Thomas Maternity, including their new staple wrap dress in Navy, a pair of Neo-Skinny Jeans from Blossom Mother and Child, and the stunning Eden gown from Tiffany Rose. I cannot wait to wear this for the Inter-club Christmas Ball at the Hurlingham Club next month. I was also lucky enough to receive a rather divine bracelet from Perle De Lune. This brand is new to me, but after browsing the website I soon discovered several other pieces I just love.

So, what do you think? Same time same place next week for another diary instillation?

Love,

Jess x

 

 

 

 

 

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OEUF

21 Aug

I just stumbled across this brand on Pinterest and I think you might like to be introduced. If you support sustainable, eco-friendly and fair trade, Oeuf  is just for you.

Not only is the Oeuf label environmentally aware, it’s also ultra-stylish. An adorable range of baby and children’s clothing, newborn essential and cute accessories, that you will simply not find on the highstreet. The new collection, just in time for winter, features heavily on gorgeous knitwear made from 100% Alpaca wool. (The bear jumper is a favorite!)  All knits are lovingly handmade by the women of Bolivia, helping them to provide and care for their families. Like I said, fair-trade is at the forefront for this brand making it extra special. Prices are not comparable to the likes of H&M or Mothercare, but you get what you pay for and this is the reason why. I don’t think you can argue with that?

As well as clothing Oeuf have the most exquisite collection of nursery furniture. As expected, all is crafted from sustainable wood. Sourced only from certified facilities. There are no toxins or nasties involved and all packaging is 100% recyclable. I can’t decide between the Rhea collection or the Elephant?! That grey crib is just divine.

Ouef is located in the US but you can purchase online within the UK. For stockists click here. Let me know what you get?!

 

 

 

 

 

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LONDON MOTHERS CLUB – NAILS AND A NATTER

17 Sep

I have recently discovered a fabulous Club that I think all mums need to know about – London Mothers Club – It is the perfect idea. After attending just one event I am already a huge fan. If you are a mother and live in London you really should become a fan too!

London Mothers Club was founded by Kerrie-Ann who had her first baby, Ivy, just nine months ago. After Ivy was born Kerrie-Anne, like most new mothers, found herself in a daunting and somewhat lonely environment. She soon became fed up of nappies, feeding and day time TV. She wanted to do something new, something creative and fun, something that she could share with other mums just like herself. As a result LoMoC was born!

LMC is an events club for all new mums, or mums to be. Whether it’s your first or your fifth, all are welcome. Kerrie-Anne, as part of LoMoC, organises a wealth of different events around London on a regular basis and in a wide range of activities. Think manicures and beauty afternoons, art and design, style consultations and personal shopping, all with babysitters on sight to look after your little one! This is such a simple idea but it really is genius. There should be a club like LMC in every town.

This Friday I attended the first of LMC’s Nails and a Natter events. It was held at Kerrie-Anne’s house in Clapham and was a really lovely afternoon. I met some lovely ladies and some gorgeous little ones – A had a great time too and made some cute new friends. I also left with a full set of gorgeous red nails.

Read all about the event and see all the pics here on their website - See for yourself just how fabulous LoMoC is and make sure you too become a member. If nothing else it’s a great way to make new friends and just get out of the house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9LONDON BY EMILY EVANS: MATERNITY BEAUTY

29 Aug

 

I have discovered 9 London is one of the Capitals chicest one stop boutiques for everything you need when you are expecting. From maternity clothing to maternity beauty, baby wear and beyond, you will find it here.

Launched by mum of three, Emily Evans, the London store is a haven for all new mummies. My favorite collection has to be her gorgeous line of pregnancy beauty products, Emily Evans mother. The stylish, quirky packaging alone is enough to get these products into my bathroom cabinet!

Stretch mark cream and firming bust lotions are a must when you are pregnant. I strongly believe they help in the fight against stretch marks and sagging skin. In pregnancy a specific beauty ritual is a must to keep you skin supple and soft. I made sure that I moisturised both morning and night without fail. Even post baby I am neurotic about this!

So what better way to look after your expanding belly than with a special blend of seaweed, vitamin E and shea butter!? All ingredients are natural and carefully selected by Emily herself so you can use them safe in the knowledge that you are protecting your baby, as well as your skin! Seaweed and shea butter have been used for centuries to heal scar tissue and breathe new life into tired skin. There is also a bust firming cream that contains centella and borage oil to help tone and tighten your bust. I have just received a sample of this from Harrods and cannot wait to start my new beauty regime!

Let me know if you are already a fan of Emily Evans mother, I would love to hear what you think?

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