The first year of your baby’s life is one of the most exciting – and fast moving. It only seems like yesterday that my youngest was born, all spindly limbs, scrunched up face and deliciously-smelling head. Seven months on and he’s a little chubster feasting on an array of purees, rolling around on his mat and kicking out his legs threatening to commando crawl. Before I know it it’ll be Christmas, he’ll be one year old and I’ll be thinking ‘wow’, that went fast. Obviously we’ve taken photos (ok not quite so many as with our first-born, poor no. 3), but still, there are a lot of pics. A lot of pics and a lot of plans to get them printed, but let’s face it making it to Boots with a memory stick of images to download is pretty low on the desperate ‘must do today’ list. Which is kind of what Angus Piggott and Alice Cowen, the founders of First Take Baby thought after having their first baby Indigo.
We get a lot of emails from stay at home mums who still want to look super-stylish. And we can never resist an SOS. I promise we’ll dedicate a post to you, but in the meantime, how about this little end-of-the-sales bargain…? [Read more...]
Hello! Welcome back! We are here, refreshed from our week off – although, really? Is that the right word? Looking after 3 children with no school/nursery to keep them occupied is FULL ON, not really refreshing. But forget about that. Today we are all about beauty. And beauty that doesn’t break the bank to be more precise. In this brilliant post our amazing Beauty Editor Rachel Fiddes talks about the best affordable beauty brands on the market. From Rimmel to The Body Shop, Revlon to Maybelline, she has the lowdown on great beauty brands that don’t cost the earth….
If you feel overwhelmed by sheer volume of choice when it comes to beauty purchases, you’re not alone – even for beauty editors it can be seriously confusing, and not made any easier by the huge gulf in prices. A heart-stoppingly expensive eye cream for £200 may actually not be any better than one for £15. As with the rise of inexpensive fashion from Top Shop, Uniqlo and Hennes, savvy fashion-forward beauty shoppers don’t give two hoots about pulling a budget brand out of their make-up bag. After all a great product is a great product however little it cost. Some products are worth spending out on and some just aren’t. But where to save and where to splurge? And if you’re going to save, where to go for the best beauty bargains?
Fertility expert Emma Cannon has been helping women conceive for over 20 years using a mix of acupuncture, Western medicine, good nutrition and lifestyle advice. “More and more of my patients were getting pregnant and I gained a reputation as ‘the Baby-Maker,” she explains. “I absolutely love this area of work – helping couples improve their health in order to conceive is very rewarding. Author of three books including The Baby-Making Bible, You & Your Bump and Total Fertility, she also runs a specialised clinic The Fertility Rooms in London’s Sloane Square – do make an appointment if you are in the ‘baby zone’ and are looking for advice.
As part of her holistic approach to health, Emma has recently launched a range of teas called Cycles of Life. “I was frustrated about the amount of coffee people were drinking and I wanted to help them find a suitable alternative. My range is mostly herbal infusions so they are without caffeine, although I do have a beautiful green tea which does contain caffeine (not suitable during pregnancy) I wanted to source really high quality herbal infusions that were free from heavy metals and pesticides. A lot of the commercial teas actually contain high levels of heavy metals which can over load the system and which most people are beginning to want to eliminate from their diet as much as possible.”
The range, which is going to be expanded has been designed to support the advice Emma offers in her books and clinic. Nourish Blood for instance supports Emma’s notion about how important it is to nourish blood, while Warm Womb helps warm the body and encourage good blood flow for conception.
Based in London with her husband Roger, an interiors photographer, daughters Lily (18) and Violet (12) and her dog Maddison, Emma’s home is as welcoming and calm as she is. We are thrilled she has opened its doors to let us see it… [Read more...]
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your child had their own personal stylist? One who sent a box of ultra-chic small-scale goodies to you every month? (Side note: doesn’t this box [above] have Prince George’s name written all over it?)
Wish no longer. Box Upon a Time is a simple – but very clever – concept. Simply complete a fashion profile of your child and your preferences – and Box Upon A Time’s stylists will send you a hand-picked selection of gorgeous clothes from some of the most fabulous baby brands (Miniature, Louis & Louise, Marie Chantal, Their Nibs, Poppy & Ned…) Boxes are delivered monthly (at several price points), exchanges are free and you’re guaranteed to save 40% on the retail price. Now that is a what we call a brilliant present for a new baby. Or a service a time-pressed, but stylish parent, needs in their life. We asked co-founder, mother of three (Rachel, Juliette and Noah), former lawyer and canny business-brain, Caroline Kendal, to talk us through setting up Box Upon a Time – and how she copes with the work-family juggle…
I love Designers Guild. Not only do they do great curtain/upholstery fabric and wallpaper, but they also have a nice line in soft furnishings, towels and bed linen. I have one particularly gorgeous beanbag and a couple of beautiful throws that I picked up for a song a few years ago from their warehouse sale in Shepherd’s Bush. If you happen to be in London this weekend (and I know this is annoying for non-South-East based readers – sorry) and are in the market for fabric, cushions, rugs, wallpaper etc then do make a beeline to their huge clearance sale. Having relocated their warehouse elsewhere, everything is being sold with prices starting at a bargaintastic £5. I think the key to this kind of sale shopping is to work out exactly what you want first. So trawl their website, choose the fabrics/cushions/lampshades you really like and then hunt them out when you get there. I am planning to go and this is what I’d love to find…. [Read more...]
We’re completely thrilled to feature the gorgeous Anneli Willis from What I Bought Today as today’s My Uniform. I met her at a bloggers’ lunch the other week – and she was super stylish, smart and sweet. She also cheerfully admitted to a Zara addiction (my kind of girl) and is a fellow West London girl. I just knew she was just the perfect candidate for My Uniform: yes, she’s ultra stylish, but not in a head-to-toe in designer fashion: what she has is a great eye for a good piece. You’ll totally want to steal her style.
She also has the most addictive blog and great taste. You’re probably already a fan, but if not, click here immediately and prepare to become obsessed. (Completely obsessed already? Did you know you can shop her wardrobe?) You can also follow Anneli and her impeccable taste on Twitter and Instagram @AnneliWillis and on Pinterest. [Read more...]