Styling the Nursery (and a little announcement)

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Our nursery space is teeny. As in almost a New York style nursery-in-a-cupboard small. This did not prevent me from having big plans… [Read more...]

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How to look good in photos: Tips from the pros

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Want to know how to look like this in a picture?

ViewPreview.aspxOr perhaps like this? Of course you do. Who wouldn’t want to turn their natural gorgeousness into photo magic and shake their camera curse forever? And by that I mean banish the rictus grin/rabbit in the headlights expression/fat arm trauma/hunchback/squinty eye problem that has plagued them ever since someone first pointed a camera and shouted ‘cheese’! Unfortunately, unlike the drop-dead gorgeous Gemma Sanderson - winner of the first ever Australia’s Next Top Model and the stunning Philippa Allam – I am not good in front of the lens. Oh no ho ho. I am about as natural as Katie Price’s boobs when a camera is pointed in my direction and whilst I may not have to worry about being chased by a hoarde of paparazzi or a host of crazed fans with camera phones, I would like to be a bit less rigid and have at least one nice picture of me, please? And so, in my own entirely selfish bid to work out how to look just a little better in photos I turned to the experts – internationally-acclaimed models, a world-famous make-up artist, an amazing photographer and two brilliant fashion bloggers in my quest for answers. And, oh, they were good.

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New coat, New shoes, New shopping possibilities. It’s Back to School time.

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4b7f097937df4f6c737d442acf202c09The sun may still be shining (occasionally), the nights may still be long (ish), but there’s the definite sight of September on the horizon. While I’d be the last person in the world to wish summer away, I do get a frisson of Back to School excitement about the delicious shopping possibilities coming up. This year, I’m having to be organised with my eldest son starting school in just a few weeks time (yikes!) although it’s also a good time for ‘grown ups’ to hit the shops as it always pays to get in there early with the first coats/shoes/it-pieces of autumn-winter starting to trickle into stores. While I’m not packing my beloved denim cut-offs away just yet, this is what I have my eye on right now…

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We want to live here: Esther van de Paal’s gorgeous Amsterdam home

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EEusS6sLnPgMfNlx5_rtNFmmddEQ9sjkDxRhRYjBgg4As one of the founders of the brilliant Babyccino Kids‘ shopping portal (home to the best children’s boutiques from around the world), Esther van de Paal knows all there is to know about amazing children’s products. From toys to wall-hangings, clothes to homeware, she and fellow co-founders Courtney Adamo and Emilie Walmsley personally try and test everything you see on their gorgeous site. A trained architect, Esther met Courtney and Emilie in London over 9 years ago, and since then has moved back to her native Holland where she lives in the south of Amsterdam with her husband Tamer and 4 children Sara (9), Pim (7), Ava (4), and Casper (1). A fan of drawing, sewing and baking, Esther’s home is as creative as her passions. Here, she tells us all about it… [Read more...]

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What to wear and where to wear it…by Matthew Williamson

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MATTHEW_portrait-524x600Is there any designer as synonymous with beautiful, bright boho luxe as Matthew Williamson? From Ibiza to Miami, LA to Mallorca, glamorous women from around the world can be spotted wafting from pool to party in one of his exquisite designs. Worn by the likes of Thandie Newton, Blake Lively and Sienna Miller, Matthew is one of the UK’s best-known and best-loved designers. He may live in London, but he seriously loves to travel. From Goa to Ibiza, the Maldives to the Caribbean, he can regularly be found on a plane in search of creative inspiration. Glamorous, yet down-to-earth and totally in tune with what women want, he knows exactly what every woman should have in their holiday wardrobe (and where they should wear it)…

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Behind the Scenes at Hush AW14

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20140614_HUSH_06_028As you know, we are huge fans of Hush here at W&W. We love their relaxed, but chic idiom – and they’ve really taken it up a style notch for AW14. Our wishlist is ever-expanding (see the end of this post for our edit). So you can but imagine how thrilled I was to be invited to an exclusive new season preview lunch at founder and creative director Mandy Watkins’ (gorgeous) London house. I’ve been dying to tell you about it – and now the new season’s collection is online the time is right.

Keep reading for a 10% discount code. Warning: you will not be able to resist…

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Style File: Anna Singh of Chinti and Parker

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HEADSHOT 1Let’s be honest. Who wouldn’t love something from Chinti and Parker in their wardrobe? Best known for their beautiful cashmere sweaters (their gorgeous star jumper has long been on my personal lust-list and is something of a cult classic), the label is worn by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexa Chung and Marion Cotillard, and in 5 short years has become the fashion industry’s go-to brand for chic, luxury knitwear. In recent years, Chinti and Parker have expanded their womenswear line, collaborated with Liberty and have just launched a gorgeous new menswear line (generous Christmas present problem solved!) Established by cousins Anna Singh and Rachael Wood, Chinti and Parker basically rocks. Here, Anna who lives in London with her husband and two children (and whose favourite all-time C&P design is their one-pocket sweater) talks us through the wardrobe essentials that make up her daily uniform…

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Object of Lust: My Little Box

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I love this. Love. It. If anyone wants to buy me a Christmas present/cool new baby present (what? Like the baby does all the hard work?), then please could it be this? [Read more...]

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Competition! Back To School – make it simple with Sainsbury’s

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BTS-hero-2014Sainsbury’s is giving 2 readers a £50 gift card to purchase all the latest Back To School essentials from hard wearing uniforms, great value stationery, durable school bags and fun lunch boxes.

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Weekend Wishlist: Boyfriend Jeans, a Home Essential and Two Hot New Reads

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As d-day (or should that be b-day?) creeps ever-closer (we have a little more than two weeks to go – unless this mini makes an unscheduled early debut…) my thoughts turn to: nursery decor (packages are arriving daily and I promise to share a little guided tour when everything’s in situ) and how to rock maternity leave style. (Alongside the whole small matter of having a baby and thus two small people in our lives. Exciting/scary.) [Read more...]

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