Style File: shoe designer Lucy Choi

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ANT_9465As the niece of Jimmy Choo, you can safely say that Lucy Choi has shoes in the blood. A London-based designer who opened her first standalone store last year, she is renowned for her beautiful, hand-crafted pieces that manage to combine style, comfort and glamour. As the woman behind some of the best-dressed feet in London, we bet her wardrobe is pretty darn special too….

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My funny (and yet terribly thoughtful) Valentine

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e9b171844ed1c3c2ba0b532bf2eb3c30Now, we all know that you shouldn’t need Valentine’s as an excuse to demonstrate your love. But, but, but…we’re not averse to a little token of affection; one of these, perhaps?

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Are you blushing?

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As you know from Natasha’s post a few weeks ago, pink is one of the colours of the season. And whilst the idea of dressing yourself in a hue most commonly associated with Disney princesses and Barbara Cartland might not initially appeal, this blush coloured top certainly should. Arguably more flattering than a stronger or more pastel pink, it is an incredibly flattering colour that should suit most complexions and has the added attraction of attention-seeking ruffles that turn an everyday top into something rather special. £39.99 Mango.

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3 hot hotels for 2016

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1562x765_12_thyme_aboutusThere are few things I love more than a gorgeous boutique hotel. They’re almost up there on a par with my children (I’m kidding, I’m kidding…or am I?!) Which is why, I am extremely excited about the prospect of these three new beauties opening this Spring. Two (The Pig at Combe and The Painswick) come from bonafide leaders in the boutique hotel field, whilst the third (Thyme) looks so darn lovely, we are sure it’s a classic in the making. And, what’s that? An opening offer for one of them of £99 per night? Yup, it’s too good to ignore….

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Desk Styling: Just Like Kate

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 2987d6b76825ce1e03fb456950b847b2Despite the fact that our loft extension (bedroom/en suite/work space) thus far is but an empty, virtually-roofless shell, it has not stopped me from dreaming about how it could look. I spotted this desk (via Pinterest it belongs to Kristin Brophy of Fancy Things) and swooned, just a little bit.
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Spring is in the Air

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SPRING_SP16_1_LAnd it smells like this… [Read more...]

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How I make it work: Natasha Ascott of Muddy Puddles

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As the mother of three children, Natasha Ascott is a firm believer in the idea that ‘there is no such thing as bad weather just the wrong kit,’ so much so, that she founded her fab company Muddy Puddles on it. “We are driven by the mission to get kids learning outdoors all year round,” explains Natasha. To do this, they make high performance waterproofs, wellies and ski gear for 0-12 year olds, which is as stylish as it is practical (yes, really – do check it out – today is the last day of the sale, although from Thursday a big ski offer with 60% off ski jackets starts).  Juggling a 4-day working week with the needs of a young family, we were keen to find out how she manages her work/life balance. From ‘relating’ to each other rather than just ‘existing alongside’ each other and the fab question she always asks her children at the end of the day, Natasha tells us exactly how she does it….

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5 Things I’ve Learned About Parenting…Twins

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IMG_3333I remember when I was first pregnant, my husband and I merrily thought that twins would be a great way to get the whole pregnancy and baby thing over in on go. HA. Like two babiest at once wouldn’t have sent us over the edge. Fortunately, Marie-Claire Dorking is far more of a wonder woman that I am. Freelance writer/editor, founder of Skribe London and mother of five-year-old twins, Leo and Maeve (find her on Twitter @MarieDorking) – we’re thrilled/awed to discover what she’s learned about parenting two small people, simultaneously.

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Wardrobe Makeover?

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25S28JBLK_largeDo you ever have days when you look at your wardrobe (no matter how full – ahem) and think, “Meh”? When you put on your default outfit and think, “it’s fine. It’s fine.” This is where I’m at right now. So when an invitation popped into my inbox offering me a session with a Topshop Personal Shopper (hey people, do you know it’s free?), my response? ‘Sign. Me. Up’.

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How to….accessorize your bathroom

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Why yes, this is a thing. You may not call it accessorising – to be honest, I don’t usually either – but adding nice, aesthetically pleasing objects to your bathroom to make it just that tad more inviting/spa-like/luxurious is definitely worth doing. Most of these things (soap dishes, toothbrush holders etc) are necessities, so by upgrading them you have a very affordable way to change the whole feel of your bathroom without splashing the cash…

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