Sustainable denim from F&F

I would estimate that, despite having a wardrobe bursting with pretty dresses, the reality is that I spend 95% of my days in jeans. And in doing so I would consider myself to be fussy when it comes to finding the perfect pair. There are a few keys things I require when I look for jeans, the main thing is, possibly somewhat obviously, comfort. I spend my days walking to and from school and preschool, I am up and down off the ground constantly, and I spend the vast majority of my day bent over picking things (toys, babies, puzzle pieces, food, discarded sippy cups, paper, twistables, dolls, dolls shoes, you get my drift!). Continue reading

Holiday mode with Marks & Spencer

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Last summer I look back and think we didn’t make the best of the free days we had before the advent of big school. I suppose it’s fair to say that being pregnant probably didn’t help my energy levels but this year, with energy levels somewhat returned, I am making a commitment to myself and the ladies that we are going to explore more. The mornings are going to be filled with packing picnics, loading up the slow cooker with dinner and piling the kitchen sink necessary accoutrements that come with kids and adventures into the car. But before we hit off we had to get prepared, the weather was unseasonably mild this Easter and the big lady in particular was left peering into her wardrobe in search of a summer dress that would fit her!
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What do you see when you look in the mirror?

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I watched a film recently that made me cry. Me! Cry! Rarely, rarely happens I can assure you but something about it really resonated with me. It’s a documentary called Embrace by Taryn Brummfit which explores the relationship women have with their bodies and encourages us to be more body positive. Not the first of its kind but I think its the way she gets all the different women to open up and talk about their journeys is what really struck a chord with me. It showed how magazine’s photoshop models so that not even the models recognise themselves and then these are the images being fed to us, that we are supposed to aspire to? Continue reading

Next maternity clothes

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I really think that finally I’ve found my groove when it comes to dressing a bump. This is probably the one pregnancy where I’ve been a little bit courageous in what I wear while at the same time I always, always put comfort first. Previously I’ve been sat at a desk for the vast majority of my pregnancies so if you’re uncomfortable you only have yourself to worry about. However, what I’ve learned this time round if you’re uncomfortable and trying to control two unruly redheads you start to sweat from places you didn’t know possible. Continue reading

Maternity Dresses Asos

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This time round I’ve found myself wearing dresses far more than anything else. I wonder why on earth I didn’t wear them more the last two times especially given I was sitting at a desk for the vast majority of the nine months. The maternity dresses on Asos have really impressed me – one brand in particular includes the dress in this post from Mamalicious. The minute I put it on I felt good. I’m not usually one for a bodycon dress, my tummy after two babies simply doesn’t allow, but sure there’s no hiding this belly now so I’m rolling with it!     Continue reading

Dressy Coats

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I love coats. A simple statement but it’s true. Coats, bags and shoes. Living in the country that we do some form of outwear is necessary practically everyday of the year. Zara is probably one of my favourite places to shop for coats. I find the quality is good although the sleeve size can be hit and miss, often I find myself having trouble bending my arm as the material is too tight. Other than that I find local boutiques are the best place to find really fabulous statement coats that you can be sure you won’t Continue reading

Casual street style shoot

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This is the first of my street style photoshoots with Emer of Irish Fashaholic that we shot in my own clothes. This is the type of outfit that I would generally lean towards at this time of year. My default uniform most definitely consists of these Joni Jeans from Topshop. Ever since finding out about these via a request for help on my Facebook page I have been in love. They are really high waisted so they suck in a multitude of sins. They also come in a range of different leg lengths which is perfect for the long legged, the short legged and every Continue reading

Wedding Guest Dresses

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God I love weddings. Honestly, not only are they a lovely time to celebrate such a happy time in any couples life it’s also a great excuse not just to catch up with friends but also to get dressed up. In my life BC (Before Child!) I could simply go out shopping for wedding guest dresses and not really have to think too hard about the idea. In my life AC (that one’s obvious right!?) shopping for clothes in general is a little more challenging. Continue reading

Tips for buying shoes for toddlers

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With the onset of age comes a new air of independence with the big lady. She has always been rather ‘headstrong’ for want of the most complimentary word. She learned how to speak quite early on because she had to get herself across unlike the small lady now whose rather passive and not too bothered about what she gets as long as it’s the same as her big sister. Anyway, what has this got to do with shoes I hear you ask?! Continue reading

Fuschia Makeup Face Kit

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Anyone that reads this space on the internet will realise that I’m a woman who likes a beauty product that earns its keep on my dresser. If it has multiple uses then it’s my friend. I don’t have time to be pulling out a pile of different pots and bottles in the mornings to pull together some sort of presentable face. When this highlight and contour palette from Fuschia Makeup landed in the door last week I literally gasped. I’ve mentioned Fuschia a couple of times before and I’m always impressed by the shades and tones used in products like the nude lipsticks and the foundation, they suit pale skintones really nicely. This facekit is a gem of a product. Continue reading