Hello September…

Well hello readers!

Let’s just skim over the fact that I’m finally saying hello on the 19th of September and embrace the season for new adventures and fresh starts. I love September. That whole back to school feeling, new fashion trends to embrace, the need for new stationary in a throw back to new school years starting, the shifting seasons… I can’t get enough of it. This year it feels all the better as it’s co-inciding with the never ending house project coming to an end. In fact as I write this I feel like today was a bit of a milestone. Our Crittall door screen and back door (yes, that of the 20 week lead time…) was finally delivered and installed today, and I couldn’t be happier with them. Also, our thermostats and wiring were finally completed for the underfloor heating, separating the two ‘zones’ in the living area and tiled hall/utility, from the house radiators. I was pretty desperate after the cold snap we had a week or so ago to get the use of the heating back and typically just as this tropical feeling storm passes through I finally am able to switch it on. Those were the two remaining things outstanding from our build and to top it all off we had our snagging meeting with the builder and architect today too! It really feels like the full stop at the end of the project.

It’s been a long old year in terms of the house renovation – I went back to work in January and we started the build 2 weeks later. The rest of the year completely flashed by in a groundhog day of dust, builders and research research research into the right this that and the other for the interior finishes. People often ask me on Instagram or here how I plan a room scheme or makeover and in this case it was 6 rooms at once, but the answer is that I research and plan obsessively over a long period. It’s a bit mind blowing but for me it gives me confidence in my decisions that I won’t go off something when I’ve loved it for 6 months already, and when I know that every bit of the scheme works together too. Now we are really at the fun stage of adding in the bits of decor like art, furniture and a few wall colours and papers here and there. So yeah, more research!

Getting back to September, Bea started reception this month, having just turned four, and so far it has been pretty seamless. She’s returned to the same school she went full time to pre-school at for the last year so it hasn’t been much of a change or jump for her and for that I’ve been very grateful. She’s very good at adapting to new situations and I was surprised at how resilient she was starting pre-school – 2 days in and she was waving me off without a backwards glance, so I was surprised how emotional I was dropping her off to school for the first time. I was completely overwhelmed by guilt and regret that in the whole summer I hadn’t made any time or space for a day of just Bea and I and put Cora in childcare. Our childcare set up means whenever we have childcare in place I’m working, and I also didn’t take time off over summer, preferring to continue with term time holidays whiles she’s under 5 and we can, so although we enjoyed loads of lovely days out together, that feeling of time slipping through your fingers as a mum really hit home. What is it with kids making your eyes so leaky! It’s really made me re-evaluate again the time I spend with the girls and whether that needs reconsidering. So watch this space. On the flip side, Cora and Bea are so good together, and love each other so much, I shouldn’t feel too bad about not spending time with them individually. A year ago when Bea started pre-school I really breathed a sigh of relief to get some respite from probably the hardest phase of her life so far in terms of challenging behaviour, whilst trying to parent a frankly pain in the backside sleep thief baby. This time around the summer has been so much fun now she’s more grown up and co-operative and Cora is able to play with her too, and I’ll genuinely miss her and our little girl gang trio.

I hope you don’t mind me popping in here for a bit of a ramble… I’ve been longing to get back to the blog for such a long time, but the mental space and actual time just hasn’t been there. I finally feel like theres a semblance of a chance that I might be able to come back a bit more regularly and I’m really feeling ready to flex some creative muscle, so watch this space. ;) I have a whole pile of half written blog posts on everything from reading lists and books, to the room reveals from our reno project, travel and just some more general mum and life stuff, ready and waiting to be finished and published so hopefully I can get a bit more of a rhythm going.

Of course being September theres a few other things I want to tackle while my motivation is high! Cora is 18 months old now (Noooo!) and I still haven’t got back into regular exercise. My diet is appalling too so I’m on a mission to find some exercise I enjoy doing – I was thinking of trying Zumba and I really want to sort out my midsection 2 babies down the line so want to find a pilates class. That and some forward planning on the food front wouldn’t go amiss – I’m hoping to totally nail the next two days (Thursday and Fridays are often a bit of a car crash as I work them both and so does Pete,) by prepping ahead with the Instant Pot, something I’ve never really gelled with. So wish me luck!

I’d love to hear what you have all been up to. Are any mums out there reading who have been tackling new school starts? Are you looking forward to anything about Autumn or planning anything now summer is (whisper it) over? Drop me a comment, it would be lovely to chat again!

Rebecca x

Triple Temptation: Boho kaftans

Good Morning readers! Sorry for the lack of posts – I’m having some camera trouble which has been getting in the way and Pete is on his official paternity leave so we are out and about enjoying Bea. I’m sure things will get back to normal soon. Bear with me!

Maybe with the recent change in weather I’m already feeling nostalgic for the end of summer, or perhaps I’m hoping for an Indian summer to spend with Bea and the earth mother in me is coming out, but right now I’m leaning towards a much more relaxed sartorial style. Floaty tops, bright embroidered touches, cool fabrics and comfortable shapes are what I’m coveting, so I’m looking for the perfect embroidered top to pair with shorts, sandals and sunglasses for summer style.


Monsoon £29.99 // Monsoon £22.50 (sale) // Zara £29.99

They double as beach wear and don’t have to be restricted to summer – the black detailing on the first choice above would transition well into Autumn to work the folksy seventies vibe that will continue to be a hit for AW14. They’re also super kind to a lingering mum-tum and work well layered with a vest for breast feeding.

What do you think readers? Would you wear a kaftan?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Triple Temptation: Summer Skirts


Midi skirts, both Warehouse // Maxi, ASOS.

It’s fair to say that I am really getting to the stage of being truly fed up with maternity clothes. Dresses are fine and there are plenty of cute ones about, but when it comes to this warm weather I have been living in a pair of denim maternity shorts and vests. Comfy but I’m not feeling like much of a glowing mama. I’m also turning my thoughts to what I’m going to wear post partum, comfortable clothes that make me feel less of a wreck and allow me to wear something on top that is conducive to feeding. I decided a maxi skirt would be good and spied some in GAP (non maternity) with fold down waists that could go under bump now and over after baby, but they are not super inspiring. If you’re in the same boat as me, Seraphine also has a maternity split side maxi in the sale. However I did spot some gorgeous ones in the non-maternity sections (lucky for you guys!) and thought I’d share a couple here.

I’m going to do a feature on style for Breast Feeding soon, but if you have any tips, I’d love to hear them!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Triple temptation: Garden Furniture

As the completion of our kitchen comes to an end, the outside space is also getting underway. As our kitchen is above full height cellars, the ground floor level is about 1m above the garden. So we can step directly out instead of going up and down stairs, we are building a deck that the bifold doors open onto and I’m keeping all my fingers and toes crossed that it is finished this week.


IKEA Harmano Garden suite, £179 // John Lewis Madrid outdoor furniture £1475 (for what is pictured) // Palermo right-hand corner sofa, Next £699

Having spent so much money on everything else, garden furniture just isn’t in the budget right now, but I’m loathe to have an empty deck, or be unable to enjoy the rest of the summer months (hello maternity leave!) after working so hard on this space. I had been browsing at outdoor seating options for this area but they are all so expensive – we are looking for a sofa style seating solution, as our main outdoor dining area is planned for further down the garden. I was on the point of saying blow it (with another maxed out credit card flashing before my eyes,) as I fell in love with the NEXT Palermo range, then Pete spotted this IKEA set when we were there buying a spare bed. We couldn’t believe the price and snapped it up – The cushions are a bit thin, but I’ll simply buy some different foam pads and perhaps recover them. For the price, we couldn’t say no and it doesn’t matter if it’s not a long term option.

Love,
Rebecca
xo

My Month: August

This month has flown by, faster than any other month this year. Perhaps it was how full it was – we went to CarFest one weekend then away for a week in Cornwall. Or perhaps it was the countdown to Jess & Dan’s wedding which is now only 2 days away. Either way, there hasn’t been a moment for reflection so I’m enjoying looking back at my last days of summer before the new season starts next week.

  • The shorts I haven’t had off all summer
  • Summer time gin-drinking
  • Healthy alfresco eating
  • Beautiful evening clouds
  • Making paper poms for the wedding
  • The spare room coming together with hints of coral.
  • Our view from the house in Bude that we stayed at
  • Clifftop and beachfront walks on the north Cornwall coastal path
  • Bodyboarding with Pete
  • A day out in Padstow (more to come!)
  • Dressing for dinner in coral and peach
  • The perfect bank holiday lie in…
  • Sweet Peas from the allotment
  • My favourite summer shirt (from Monsoon)
  • A rare moment of peace on holiday, enjoying the sunset on the beach.

How was your August readers?

 

What to Wear: The perfect summer short

You might have noticed we’re having a bit of a holiday theme this week as I’m currently in Cornwall enjoying the sea views. Today I wanted to share something that made me ridiculously happy, the perfect summer short. Like many of my outfit posts, I’m not claiming that this is revolutionary or super stylish, but it’s been a good few years since I have found a pair of shorts that feel flattering, are just the right length and really comfortable so I thought you guys might be interested.

Of course, they’re from good old Gap and actually a touch longer than they appear on me, as I have turned them up an inch. I do have some denim cut offs but they are in the realms of cheek skimming which is not a look I would sport anywhere other than in my own garden, or perhaps on holiday far far away. I really dislike the very top part of my legs and whilst I have slimmed them down a bit and toned up (courtesy of the 30 day shred) I still prefer them well covered. These shorts are the perfect length to show off enough leg that it’s flattering, and no more!

There are a ton of colours available, although you might have to track them down online (or as I did, in the GAP outlet – These cost me just £10) and I was also pretty pleased to finally add some mint to my wardrobe. I love mint but it doesn’t love me and looks pretty bad next to my face. Here’s a top tip if you have a similar shade predicament – wear it on your bottom half and away from your face, it’s much more flattering.

The shorts are also stretchy and give a little for a slouchy fit with no unattractive digging in when you sit down. Run, don’t walk reader, I hope you can track some down!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

My Month: July

I realised as the weather turned that we had a whole month, give or take, of glorious, hot weather. Pretty incredible for the UK and finally we can stop saying that we ‘deserve a summer after the last few’. As a result my Instagram is littered with sunny summer snaps amongst the many summer social gatherings I’ve been dashing between. Here’s a little peek into my day to day this month…

  • Chilling at a pool party in Cambridge.
  • Officially starting my new job.
  • Rocking a flower Crown on Jessica’s hen party in Bath, not to mention the temporary tattoo I temporarily fell in love with.
  • My new chest of drawers and a (cheap) new favourite summer nail shade.
  • Enjoying the chance to eat alfresco (that’s one thing ticked off!) on balmy summer nights, too many G&T’s, homemade mango and yogurt lollies, and raspberries from the allotment.
  • A tour of my bedroom.
  • Walks in the woods at dusk.
  • A new favourite summer dress and eating as many peaches as I can get my hands on.
  • Cooking raspberry and dark chocolate brownies from the Yeo Valley Cookbook.
  • The best memories – photobooth fun from Artisan in Manchester
  • And the only wet weekend this month was the one in which I found myself in a tent. Still, there’s nothing like being snug in a tent and listening to the rain fall… :)

How was your July readers?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Spring Series: Accessory Alert

Part of spring for me is getting ready for warmer weather. The seasons and good weather are so unpredictable here in the UK that I hate to miss out on unexpected warmer days because I didn’t have my summer items on standby. Most people have summer clothes hanging around ready to be worn, but a few well chosen accessories can have you covered in all situations, season ready and raring to go.

  • First up choose a hat, not only will your skin thank you for it, but in one form or another, they’re going to be big this year. Fashionista’s are wearing a baseball cap with city tailoring, but for more casual everyday wear choose a big straw floppy hat for seventies chic.
  • Pick up some inexpensive sunglasses early in the season and keep them in your bag. Nothing says spring time sunshine like that feeling you get wearing your favourite pair. I’ll be investing in some Ray Ban Aviators, plus some fun coloured Wayfarers (all ASOS)
  • Go big or go home. Chunky jewels never go out of style and appeal to the colour crusher in me. J.Crew makes the ultimate examples but ASOS has some great styles (Floral Bug Necklace) for a lot less. Use them to brighten your outfit when the weather fails you.
  • Bags get less structured and a whole lot more fun come the summer months. Again, choose neon brights to punch things up or look for relaxed fabric styles for a boho vibe.
  • Time to polish up that pedicure as its time to bare your toes. Choose some trend led budget flats and save the cash to splash in a pair of longer lasting classic wedges.

What are your must have’s for summer?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: Island Blue

It feels like a long time since I talked about patterned trousers and it has taken me this long to find the right pair for me. Initially I didn’t want to make the investment when I felt the trend might be short lived but judging by the coming seasons trends, there will still be a lot of statement making legs around.



Trousers, Topshop // Top, French Connection // Boots, Belle Sigerson Morrison (at The Outnet) // Bag, Mulberry // Earrings, Accesorize.

I spotted this pair in the Topshop sale for the princely sum of ten whole english pounds and loved the print – it reminds me of holidays and summer with that perfect blue that you see houses painted in on the Greek Islands. The print itself has a tropical feel almost but is abstract enough to avoid a Hawaiian look.


I knew from the off that it was going to be perfect paired with white and then spotted the earrings I wore with it in the Accessorize sale. The pop of aqua just adds to that holiday feel. I wore it on this occasion out to dinner with Pete and my Sister, taking my navy sparkle Whistles jumper with me to layer up if it got cooler. Originally however it was one of the outfits I chose for the Dream. Find. Do. shoot.


Have you branched into patterned trousers yet this season? (I have to confess, I’ve bought another winter appropriate pair since this one, look out for it here soon…)

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Food: 5 perfect summer recipes…

This morning I have not one but 5 recipes to offer you. It was time for me to head over to Reverie Magazine on Monday and offer my lifestyle expertise. This month with the fleeting warm weather, my mind was on outdoors summer entertaining so I decided to round up a whole menu of delicious ideas to solve all your summer entertaining problems. Some are my personal favourites and I found some fresh new ideas that fit the bill too.

Do head on over to Reverie and check it out!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS! A huge thank you to Mary and Kate for supporting our new venture, Dream. Find. Do. – You can read their fabulous post here! Thanks girls!

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