Friday, 8 August 2014

Taking a break & creating space

Friday morning, hope you've had a great week. I've had a busy time working, but very happy to be heading into my own little summer break. I have made the decision to take a blogging break for 3 weeks. I'll be back at the beginning of September with more interviews and new content. In the meantime I'd love to hear from you. 

What do you enjoy reading about? What's missing that you'd like more of. Be honest. I try to be. I've recently felt compromised in both my personal and work life. Over stretched, I feel like I'm not doing anything whole heartedly, but rather juggling lots of things and doing none of it to the best of my ability. Do you ever feel like this? So I'm taking the next few weeks to reassess and reprioritise what is most important, including my blog, to work out if there is a better way for me to work so I don't end up feeling like I'm letting myself down. I'm not seeing it as a negative, but as a real positive. I'm missing important time and space in my life to fully enjoy things, so the next few weeks this will be my priority, to be fully present with an open heart and a creative, inspired mind and come back with a new zest for everything. I hope you'll keep following as I continue my journey, and in the meantime I'll be updating my Instagram feed with pictures and news of what we're up to. 

See you in September. x

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

New collection: Calder

Wednesday morning and hope you're having a lovely week whatever you're up to. 

I'm in the studio this week, and looking forward to a break over the coming weeks before Noah is back at school for the autumn. This morning on the blog a new collection from America described beautifully on the website - 

Calder is a line made up of pieces centered around designer Amanda Blake’s idea of creating beautiful, simple things–made to last. 

The pieces are made from quality sourced fabrics, the photography of the new collection - the 2 bottom images are by Sofia Coppola, one of my style icons, and styled very much in her own aesthetic in her home. I love the idea of pieces to keep in your wardrobe and wear forever, and Amanda looks pretty cool too - that's her in the second image down. 

It's 7am and I'm heading to work, have a great day and see you Friday.


Monday, 4 August 2014


Monday morning and I hope you had a great weekend!

This morning on the blog some style advice for a friend via Facebook. I have totally hijacked my friend Lily's Facebook page for this blogpost - apologies Lily. This was a general request sent out on her feed but one worthy of a little mention on the blog, I thought, as it was such a great idea.

She asked for suggestions of what shoes to wear with yellow trousers. Pretty bold! But brilliant for this warm, sunny weather we've been having, and after doing a little research I'm inspired to get a pair of sunshine pants for myself, don't they look great, and frankly anything that OP wears I'll try for size!






I would have gone for a metallic shoe myself, like the silver pair from ASOS below, but looking at the outfits above, black, nude, tan, neutral and patterned all work well as well as those yellow pumps! So it would seem that most things go with yellow, and if you're feeling really brave even a clashing fuscia pump could work too. 

How would you wear them?

1. Animal print heel, Reiss  | SHOP NOW |
2. Yellow beaded sandal, Carvela   | SHOP NOW |
3. Nide strappy heel, Next  | SHOP NOW |
4. Silver flat pump, ASOS | SHOP NOW |
5. Black and white point toe pump, Whistles  | SHOP NOW

Friday, 1 August 2014

Simple Inspiration: Rifle Paper Co.

Friday morning and I hope you've had a wonderful week. I'm losing track of the days, as school holidays mean weekends and weekdays merge into one. 

A little simple pondering today on the blog, reflections on the last 6 years and some creative inspiration from one of my favourite illustrators at the moment Anna Bond.

I'm in the process of working on my blog and portfolio website at the moment, trying to create a unified brand for all my work, a difficult job for someone not trained in graphic design. I'd like all my work to be under one roof, but it's a tough job as I wear so many professional hats at the moment, trying to bring all the different aspects of my professional life together is proving quite challenging. The last 6 years has seen a definite development in my outlook to my work and professional life, and has been inspired in some unexpected ways.

I left London desperate to cling onto my professional title, it was how I defined myself. I was stuck on my professional label. For someone usually not bothered by fashion labels in a more general sense, I clung on pretty damn hard. I maintained my website and email all at unnecessary cost, as I was totally attached to my name, without it I feared people would forget me. I'd somehow disappear into the ether of past fashion. It is something our society perpetuates. The first thing we ask when we meet someone new is - what do you do? I felt I couldn't just say I'm a mum, as if that didn't encompass the many facets of my life before and after Noah, so I hung onto my title of fashion stylist, now blogger and yoga teacher. Labels like these define us in our status driven society, but I think in the mix I lost sight of who I actually was, beyond the labels and convenient job descriptions. 

It was in a yoga class that I finally broke down those mental barriers, literally breaking down the layers of myself in an emotional 30 minutes of self discovery. After Noah I conceded that I was no longer the person I'd identified with before, but I couldn't figure out who I was without that title. It was literally like rebuilding a house from the foundations up, finding out who I was and starting again. 

Since that evening after Noah was born I've gotten to know myself better. I still hang on to convenient labels, but I hope people can see beyond the names, and I'm now a little slower to tell people about my life before Noah was born, preferring instead to let them get to know the person I am now rather than  a title summed up in a few words. It is quite freeing losing the attachment, and it means I don't worry so much anymore about what people might think of me. On the flip side I try to meet new people with a more open heart, not asking immediately what they do. 

The other day I filled in one of those irritating forms. The fourth line down was job title…I left it blank.

I hope you have a brilliant weekend, and the perfect start to the weekend are these gorgeous art prints from Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. They are at the top of my birthday list at the moment.

See you next week. x

All prints from the Rifle Paper Co. | SHOP NOW |

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

This week: camping and English country style

Wednesday afternoon and hope you're having a great week. We had a camping adventure this week in the Peaks of Derbyshire, in a pretty village that felt more like rural France than 20 miles from Sheffield. We packed enough food and booze to last us for 2 weeks [only planning to stay for 1 night!] and slept for roughly an hour each, but the kids had a blast. We had a pub tea and walked back to our tents with full bellies like on the best holidays. Our tent was a pretty good ebay find [most of our possessions are currently bought on ebay!], and looked like it had never been used. 

The question we're yet to answer is - will we do it again?

Inspired by our adventure and the beautiful scenery and houses we saw I thought I'd try a little English country style. Relaxed knits, over-sized denim and vintage inspired pieces, perfect for a rustic break away whether you're enjoying the rural life or just fancy a flavour of it in the city.

Have you ever camped? I'd love to hear from you. x

1. Cable linen cotton pullover, Toast | SHOP NOW |
2. Pretty vintage blouse, Boden | SHOP NOW |
3. Jayne dress, Cabbages and Roses | SHOP NOW |
4. Tyler boyfriend jeans, Whistles | SHOP NOW |
5. Jute shopper, Seasalt Cornwall | SHOP NOW |
6. Low suede back boot, Hush | SHOP NOW |

Sunday, 27 July 2014

New label: Wishbone

Monday morning, hope you had a great weekend in the sunshine wherever you are. We are 1 week into our 6 week summer holidays. Holidays aren't what they used to be! Instead of chilling out, reading trashy chick lit books and drinking wine I'm hanging out with 5 year olds making bows and arrows out of sticks and string - much more fun, but pretty tiring!

I'm still having technical problems so the Notebook is likely to be disrupted over the next couple of weeks while I try and get things sorted out.

Today on the blog a little print inspiration firstly from a new label I discovered this week. Wishbone is a new British label and has great, grown up pieces that are perfect for every day and work. With quality fabrics and pretty prints, the look is modern, flattering, simple and fresh. 


I wanted to share these prints from Plum Pretty Sugar in the US as I thought the fabrics and styles were really striking and unusual, and I love the colours. They are the kinds of prints I usually see in the pages of interiors magazines, but work well in a block on the skirts worn with a simple, elegant top and chunky jewellery. 


Finally Urban Outfitters has some interesting geometric prints in their collection. Do you wear prints? Brights or monochrome? How bold would you go? 

Have a great week


Wednesday, 23 July 2014