A/W Style Report: The Boho Dress

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MONSOON AW15 CAMPAIGNBoho is big news for AW15. And we’ve got the inside track on where to get it… [Read more...]

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My Beauty Uniform: Camilla

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image3 It’s a welcome back for our Beauty Uniform today. Alex and I were chatting about this, and we realised that – much as we love asking industry insiders about their beauty know-how – on a day-to-day basis, it’s our friends we turn to for beauty tips: how do you get your skin looking that good? How on earth are your limbs that silky-smooth? What’s the elixir of youth? That kind of thing.

With this in mind, I knew exactly who I wanted to ask/badger into revealing her secrets: my friend Camilla Marsh. We become friends when she and her husband Tom moved opposite us (we won the neighbour lottery that day) – and then she had her gorgeous little girl, Matilda, not long after I had my little boy. So, much of my maternity leave was spent hanging out with these two girls – and not once have I seen Camilla look less than immaculate. Part of this is innate (I’ve seen her mum – ditto on the immaculate front); part of it is down to her being lovely on the inside, too (it definitely counts); and part of it is her job. Camilla has worked for two of the biggest beauty brands in the world). As I suspected, her advice is brilliant. Read on to discover her secrets – including the one product she recommends that everyone falls in love with…

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A/W style report: Topshop Does the Trends

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landscape-1437987519-denim-shirt-29-jeans-42-belt-22This week we’re all about mid-August sunshine (Saturday is going to be HOT, Sunday not so much) and new season style. We may still be rocking sandals and shorts, but we also know that cooler temperatures are around the corner, which on the plus side will give us a chance to dip our toes into the autumn/winter trends. The fact that we’re mothers, in our 30s and no longer possessed of the desire or midriff to wear crop tops means that we’ll be taking the trends and working them in a way that fits with our lifestyles and our current wardrobes. One such place we’ll be doing this is as Topshop, which under Vogue’s Kate Phelan is just the place to try out trend-driven pieces without busting the bank (just take a look at Natasha’s fab find from earlier in the week). From a beautiful while blouse that we both have our eye on to the shoe of the season, here’s what we’ve found…

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Does Marriage Matter?

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11Love and its sometime attendant, marriage, has been much on mind of late. My brother and his long-term (very long-term. We do not rush these things in our family) got married the other weekend. The sun shone, there was dancing, and twinkling lights, and a lakeside blessing, and so much joy and love. It made me think about love: how do you know? What makes us so certain? And marriage: why, in our secular age, does it still matter? [Read more...]

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Best Dress

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IMG_2422This dress has been my find of the (ironic laugh) summer. I was taking something back to Topshop (you know, one of those, “I’m actually making money” scenarios) when I saw it. It was love at first sight. The print, the length, the fluted sleeves, the chic of it. What you can’t see from this picture is that it laces up the sides, thus saving it from being overly prim. I am a big fan of the simplicity of a dress: throw on and be done. It’s also supremely on trend for AW( (just swap the sandals for shoes) – so it’s a canny investment. (See also the blue version – with a demure higher neckline).

Autumn Floral Print Tie-Side Dress, £48, Topshop

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Feel the love: Here comes Hush’s fabulous new autumn/winter collection…

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dETSEiiRLZGQWGdNaO7lCJfgZajXwjHZclHOVoSNLj8While we’re the last people to wish away the sunny (ahem) days of summer, we can’t help but feel a tingle of excitement at the prospect of the new fashion season with clothes starting to hit stores around now. As regular readers know, we are huge fans of Hush, a brand that’s genius when it comes to cool, chic and wearable clothes at a (generally) great price point. For the first time this year, Hush are introducing their own-brand jewellery and footwear to their range, which will be on sale from November. But, available right now, you can find a whole host of delicious goodies. From amazing coats to gorgeous jumpers and beautiful trousers, here’s what we’re coveting from the new a/w collection…

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Object of Weekend Lust

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Rx-7221-PINK-510x764Ah, would that I was on a beach right now. Wearing this Bou Bou Blouse by fabulous new brand Pampelone. You don’t require a beach to wear it, btw. I’d wear this at home, even for work. I also love this navy tunic dress. And this maxi dress is the dream for a balmy night out (if we ever get one of those again this year…)

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Jewellery discovery of the year!

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FullSizeRenderI have a lot of love for the Z for Accessorize range. This week I had one of those ‘don’t have a clue what to wear’/'what the bejeusus is the weather doing?’ mornings (and two meetings). I threw on a black top and skirt, and accessorised with a big watch and metallic flats…and Z for Accessorize jewellery. The star earrings [above] and two bracelets – the eternity hoop [above] and the hammered cuff (layering jewellery is my current favourite way to wear it). If you’re looking for inexpensive jewellery which looks anything but, head right this way… [Read more...]

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Who do you think you are? On motherhood and identity…

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vintage_ironing_housewife_tiredAn identity is a long-formed thing, something shaped over time through experiences, hopes, desires, losses and dreams, the outline of what it is to be you drawn ever sharper the longer you leave it to have children. And with the average age of motherhood now at 30 years old, we are certainly leaving it longer to have children – and having studied, worked, travelled and been free to do what we want, when we want for at least 12 of those years, that’s a lot of time spent carving out what it means to be ‘you’.

And then, bang! A baby arrives and everything you know is thrown out the window. You’re no longer just Lou or Hannah or Laura or Meg, you are also x’s mummy and whilst that in itself is a wonderful thing, this little bundle cares nothing about this ‘you’ that you’ve spent so long carving out, they just want milk/cuddles/food/toys and they want it NOW! Moreover, there’s little, if any, time to spend time doing the things that made you ‘you’ and with that gone, you can often be left wondering who or what you are anymore.

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Outdoor Lighting

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Toasting the night amidst twinkling lights has been something of a theme this weekend… [Read more...]

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