Friday, 19 December 2014


So here is the obligatory Christmas tree post, because that is why you have a blog so you can do such posts...isn't that right?

Ok so it is not the most original post by any stretch of the imagination but I do one every time we have a tree {last one here} so why change the habit of a lifetime.

This year we got a massive tree because, well why not?  We had the space due to moving into a much bigger place and having hardly any furniture and we had to make up for not having a tree last year.

After sawing off three branches with a bread knife {typical Londoners ;) }, breaking a Christmas tree stand; buying a new Christmas stand; having it standing outside without the netting on for a couple of days she was finally up and decorated.  Yes our tree is a unknown though, although I want to say Shirley.

So there aren't really enough lights and I don't think I have really put the decorations on that well but to be honest with a toddler as my helper we are lucky Shirley is still standing.

On that note time for some more photos...
If you are in the market for some decorations my favourite place is The Christmas Shop in Liberty.  We go there every year to get a few special ornaments, you can read about it here.  Or you could always make your own like Ava did.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014


In the summer I tend to prefer to use BB creams or tinted moisturisers but with winter approaching and then arriving I decided it was time to buy a new foundation.  I decided to try Nars sheer glow foundation as I had heard it was a good foundation that was not too drying on the skin with a great range of shades.

Colour is always something I struggle with as I am quite pale anyway and in the winter I just seem to become more ghostly.  A lot of foundations don't seem to match my skin, making me look slightly orange or too pale like I am wearing mask, so I was really happy when I found a shade in this foundation that seemed to just melt into my skin.  It seemed to be the exact perfect colour.  In case you are wondering I have the foundation in Light2, Mont Blanc.  This is a major positive as it means I can wear the foundation where I need it rather than all over my face.

The coverage is not as sheer as the name would suggest.  I would say it is a medium coverage which I don't mind at this time of year as I think I need the extra coverage but if you want something really light then this is probably not the foundation for you.  It does blend really easily in my experience and also can be built up for those not great skin days which seem to be happening far too often for my liking around here lately.

Another plus is that I don't find this foundation to be too drying.  I tend to use quite thick moisturisers anyway in the winter as I do have normal to dry skin, so I don't know if this helps or if the foundation is just not that drying.  Whichever way, it works for me.
Finally I would say that the foundation stays all day which is really what matters.  No-one wants to have to reapply foundation or for it go patchy and this doesn't do either.  I was really impressed with this as rushing around after two little ones I don't have time to check myself in the mirror, never mind time to reapply, so I am really happy that I can put this on in the morning and then not really worry it.

The only negative I can find is that the bottle doesn't come with the pump and you have to buy it separately, which is slightly annoying especially as Ava loves to undo lids.  And what makes the lack of pump more annoying is that nowhere seems to have the pumps in stock.  Maybe it is just London that isn't stocked but those pumps seem like gold dust. 

So all in all I would really recommend this foundation, I love it and think it is definitely worth spending a little more, especially if you find it hard to find a colour that matches your skin.

Monday, 15 December 2014


Cute outfits and smiles // All ready in her party dress
Fascinated by the birds // Time to change baby's nappy
Be still my heart // Birthday girl
Violet love // Floral tiny leggings
I can't believe how much she has grown // An Ava selfie special

These are just a few of the photos from around these parts lately.
A few have been missed off,
the joy of having a new phone and not restoring it yet.
But if you want to see some others then follow me on instagram:

Wednesday, 10 December 2014


Jonny and I are really enjoying starting little traditions for our family at this time of year.  Christmas jumpers are one of those traditions.  Some people might think they are are tasteless and rather cheesy but they make us laugh and on a little one they are just adorable.  Another major plus is it means we can dress the girls up in some ridiculous get ups which is definitely a perk of parenthood.

So without further ado here are our Christmas jumpers or in Esme's case, festive outfit.  I have also included some links to some of my favourites just in case you are in the market for something a little festive to brighten your wardrobe.
Ava's jumper was from TK Maxx and her hat was from Mothercare, and here are a few more suggestions: a traditional Christmas jumper; a Rudolph jumper; and some Christmas tights.
My jumper was from Next last year but here are a few other ideas: who doesn't love a robin?a bit of sparkle; Christmas socks; and a pair of pjs. 
Jonny's jumper was a gift but similar here and a few more that I love: Home Alone inspired; some reindeer pjs bottoms; and a Christmas hat.

There are so many amazing Christmas jumpers and the such like out there and these are just a few .  I could buy the girls so many outfits it is ridiculous, especially as I have already spent probably far too much on festive stuff for them already...oops.
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