The One-Stop Baby Shop

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Okay, I’m in that zone at the moment, but did you know that good old M&S have launched a new dedicated one-stop baby shop? I know: genius. Alex was in M&S the other week and was Instagramming like mad. “Have you seen their new baby shop?” she emailed me.

Quite right, too. It’s an edited collection of, well,  everything you need for your baby (bar a live-in nanny who’s happy to do the night shift. Come on, M&S, surely you can manage this?). Not simply their own brand, but all the best baby brands in the business: Skip Hop, Baby Bjorn (I’ve just bought one of their excellent soft lip bibs - planning ahead, you see), Avent bath thermometers, a plethora of bottle options and everything you need for weaning – including stylish high chairs, travel cots and carriers…. Essentially, you could kit out your little one for the first years of his life right here.

And the clothes… Oh, there is almost too much cuteness. I confess: I could not have enjoyed putting this post together any more. (Moreover, there are discounts ahoy going on right now – so get your bump/baby in the action. [Read more...]

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Dear Kate… 10 Things to Know About Having Baby Number Two

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We’re thrilled for you. Not so much the severe morning sickness, but the spare to the heir. New babies are delicious. I’m also pretty impressed that you’re in for round two when round one is so young. But – as a friend commented when I remarked upon this – you probably have a little more help than most people (should you wish it. And you’d be crazy not to, in our humble, non-regal opinion). And not that you need our advice, but just in case… [Read more...]

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Style File: Caroline Stanbury, Founder of The Gift Library and star of Ladies of London

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20140122_s01-024FSN2--«venniHave you been watching Ladies of London? If not, you’re missing out. When it comes to guilty pleasures, then this reality TV show set in the British capital is up there with the best of them. It’s brilliantly no holes barred with a high-heeled, high-maintenance cast, which includes American abroad Caprice and British fashion darling Annabelle Neilson alongside an assortment of beautifully-groomed ex-pats. But, it’s most definitely the other Brit of the cast, Caroline Stanbury, who is the star of the show. A no nonsense businesswoman who is not only the founder of Gift Library, owner of The Wedding Shop and one of the best-connected women in the UK, she is quite simply brilliant TV. A mother-of-three with a passion for handbags, she is, unsurprisingly, in possession of one seriously kick-ass wardrobe.

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Your new must-have bag

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As much as I love a big bag, there are times when you need a hands (and weight) free option…

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An Interior Designer’s Little Black Book

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2Want to know where to buy clothes? Ask a Fashion Editor. Want to know where to pick up chic things for your home? Then ask an Interior Designer. That was our thinking when we turned to W&W favourite Interior Designer Laura Stephens whose gorgeous house we featured last year. ‘Tell us where you find all these amazing things!’ We demanded. And, guess what? She did just that, opening up her little interiors black book just for us…

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Something sparkly for the weekend

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There are two ways to approach a Saturday night in. You could go for all out comfort – I’m thinking pjs/tracky bums/a slinky little number if that’s the way you roll – or you could embrace your inner Disco Diva, crack open a bottle of champagne and get all sparkly whilst watching Strictly. And with party season nearly upon us (how did that happen?), it is nearly the time when some kind of sparkle is practically obligatory. So, even if you’re not planning to do sparkle on a Saturday night, then pay attention and get sorted for December with one of these little magpie-attracting numbers…

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Wrap it up

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What is a scarf to you? A super-useful item that you can throw over any old outfit to give it a bit of zhush? Something to keep your neck warm when it’s bl***y freezing outside? A ridiculously addictive accessory that you can’t stop buying even though you own 20 perfectly good ones already? Or all of the above? Perfect for autumn, perfect for travelling, perfect for adding a little something to an outfit, scarves are the cornerstone of any winter wardrobe. Which is why I have tons of them, but am always open to buying just one more. Here’s what I have my eye on at the moment…(ps I did contemplate calling this feature Are you having a scarf? But, that was one pun too far, even for me…)

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How I Make it Work: Tara Lee, yoga guru

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I first went to one of Tara Lee‘s yoga classes five years ago when I was pregnant with my son. Something of a yoga legend, Tara is the go-to girl for pregnancy yoga (she also teaches Mother and Baby yoga and Vinyasa Flow) with everyone from Rosamund Pike to Laura Bailey having gone to her classes. Celebrity clients are all well and good, but, there’s so much more to Tara than famous names and starry clientele. Her classes were a revelation to me and one of the most enjoyable things I remember about pregnancy. Every time I went (twice a week with my eldest child – first timer alert, and then a little less than I would’ve liked with my subsequent pregnancies) I left on a high feeling stretched, rested and very, very peaceful. She was wonderful, the exercises amazing and the music just perfect –  I can’t listen to Massive Attack without thinking of her! And so, I for one, am thrilled that she has a new pregnancy video out. I may not be with bump, but I urge anyone who is to try it out. I am also thrilled that Tara (a mother of two, trained doula and Shiatsu practitioner) has let us into her world, telling us how she makes her juggle –  home, children, teaching – work….

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Eat well, live well: delicious recipes from Nourish

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Last week we featured an extract from Nourish, a wonderful new book written by Sadie Frost, Amber Rose and Holly Davidson (pictured above) focusing on wellbeing for the mind, body and soul. It’s all too easy to forget to look after yourself when you’re caught up in the busy whirl of life, so we’re all for stopping for a second, reading some good advice and taking a little better care of ourselves. Amber, whose cookbook Love, Bake, Nourish we featured last year (her Anzac biscuits are ridiculously good) has created a host of delicious and nutritious recipes for Nourish, three of which we are lucky enough to feature here. In a week when the weather is promising to be foul and the nights are drawing in, a little bit of nourishment is just what we need…

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In Defence of the Mum Coat

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My name is Natasha and I own a mum coat.

This weekend, I noticed this Facebook post from a very cool, stylish journalist and new mama: ‘I have bought a ‘mum coat’. And I love it!’

The term mum coat was coined here by the brilliant Molly Gunn of Selfish Mother. Defining characteristics? Waterproof; neutral dark colour; hooded. Natural habitat: the playground; the school run; your local high street. Worn by: women like you.

The thing is, the much-maligned mum coat is actually – whisper it – incredibly useful. Have you tried holding an umbrella whilst pushing a buggy and attempting to corral a toddler/schoolchild who is impervious to the rain/the fact that you’re running late? Tricky. Remove the umbrella from the equation and one vital hand is freed. This is why I have a mum coat: I flipping love the hood factor.

Bonus: said coat need not be frumpy or boring. Some of the most stylish women I know (flagging it up here: not all of them are mothers) rock a great mum coat.

So wear your mum coat, I say. And do it with pride.

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