Wednesday, 7 March 2018

A Few Mothers Day Gift Ideas

It's a bit of a comfort post for gifts, some snuggly treat ones!  I'm a sucker for a candle but I also am very particular that the majority I burn are natural or soya wax (Diptyque a huge exception to the rule).  One of my absolute favourites is the Parks Aromatherapy range which I grab from TK Maxx for £9.99 a candle.  I like to light them at night time especially.

This was a larger one in the most beautiful glass jar.  (stunning vintage roses - Aldi)
They burn evenly so there's no waste.  

You can pick them up in store and in HomeSense but there's a few lovely gift box sets online here

The Clarins hand cream above I bought from duty free last year but at the time John Lewis sold them as a trio set.  It smells amazing but there's another set out currently that has a lovely range of scents.  
Clarins White Flowers Trio Set £25

As we've got the candle, some nice hand creams it would be wrong not to include the Queen of all comforts - a nice new hoodie!  Love this one from Uniqlo and grey is my perfect sweater colour. 

Hoodie £24.90

Whilst we are on the grey jumper side, the lovely Susie So So popped this one up on her Insta feed the other day.  So up my street.  80% merino and 20% cashmere and a great price too. 

Cashmere Merino Cable Jumper £55
And finally, a firm fail safe gift for me, something Emma Bridgewater!  I popped to Bicester Village at the week-end (no pleasure for me, watching my hubby spend his birthday pennies!) and saw this gorgeous new print called Rainbow Dots.  They had a few pieces in but there's only 6 in the range anyway.  I just really fell for it.  I think the candle and jug were my favourites but was in a rush so not the best photo's I'm afraid but you get the idea.

Plate £19.95 (£12.95 at Bicester)

Rainbow Dots Flower Candle £17.95 (Bicester outlet were cheaper - around the £10 mark)
Rainbow Dots Jug £34.95 (£25.95 at Bicester)

Well ok, I did window shop....This Gucci scarf and bag was on my 'lust list' from December.  Santa obviously thought I wasn't well behaved last year.  No comments please.  Bag stayed in stock (reduce it more Gucci?!?!) scarf didn't but just came back in - when I've totally spent all my Christmas and Birthday money.  Life just isn't fair is it.  I will leave you with these beauties.  Princess signing out now.  

Thursday, 1 March 2018

My Bargain Boots

A quick impromptu post to say if you're in Buckinghamshire near the Thame area, there's a great riding shop with some serious bargain footwear right now!  I went to get my eldest some riding bits and was pleasantly surprised that I walked out with these two pairs of boots for £10 each.  I have worn the leather Chelsea style boots daily until the snow hit and I've swapped to the other ones - perfect timing for these purchases!

I've had a look online and managed to find the black boots below for £25 plus shipping.  These do come up small.  I am usually a 3 and bought the 5 as even the 4 were too short length wise.  They are very lightweight and were far more comfortable than any Sorel's (not to mention cheaper) I tried on.  I was told that they were waterproof and are very warm as well padded, they haven't let any water in today.

Seeland Esher Boots £25

A kind reader has found the link to the leather boots online!  Have a look here.  They have sizes in the leather boots from kids to adults and black as well.  I would have loved the black but they only had the brown left in a 3 (they are true to size).  Definitely worth a pop in if you are near, they are called Two Times Tack.  

£10, buy buy buy! 

Friday, 23 February 2018

Topshop Khaki's, Jeans & Black Trousers

Hello again!  Yes, two blog posts in a month, I'm clearly on a roll!  So you may remember I featured these lovely khaki's on here last year?  They were from Topshop and looked great however the waist band was so high up on me and no matter what top I tried on, they just didn't feel comfortable.  They ended up going back but part of me always regretted it as I never found anything else.  That was until last month. 

With the Topshop account card you always get a 20% off voucher for your birthday.  After over splurging in the sales straight after Christmas and with my wardrobe still in boxes (grrrr) I literally ordered two pairs of trousers and that was it.  Feels like a waste now, especially as there's lots more in ready for Spring.  Don't have babies in January people, it really is a pants time of year!  Ok, back to the khakis.  So yes, I found some and guess what - they are perfect!  Fit like a dream with no big belted bow to get in the way.  I braved the cold and wore them the other day (thermal vest on don't panic) as I was desperate to ditch the jeans and feel a little more Summery.  

Breton; Boden
Gilet; Topshop (via eBay)
Shoes; Clarks

Both the bow and my ones are in stock (they even used the same image for the bow ones as I featured from them last June!).  

Paperbag Utility Trousers £39
Khaki Utility Trousers £39
While we are on the trouser subject, I've been a long standing lover of their jeans.  Most recently I loved their Leigh style as they were super soft and the perfect skinny for me.  They were however getting thin and old so I tried the Sidney at the end of last year.  They have been great for Winter as a thicker denim and slightly higher up the waist.  I ordered the washed black pair along with the above khakis but for some reason they have come up super tight, unlike the blue pair I have.  I have worn them around the house but they just aren't the same so I am disappointingly having to return them.  Such a shame!

You can see the extra width and my blue ones are only a few months old.
Great colours though.
Looking at how tight they are on the model below, maybe I just got lucky with my pair and they are actually meant to be that tight?!?  Either way, I'm blatantly getting old and need them to be comfortable and not that restrictive!  *UPDATE* I needed to wear some thicker black skinnies, I broke them in, decided to take a chance as they had my birthday voucher of 20% off, paid off, love them!  Still highly recommend but beware they do come up slightly different in size.

Sidney Jeans £40
Whilst we are on the subject of their trousers, I dug these black ones out the other day.  They must be at least 7 years old, probably older (I remember wearing them when I just found out I was pregnant with my second).  They have totally stood the test of time and still wash up brilliantly.  I've found a few pairs that look similar and are currently available at Topshop.

Slim Tapered Trousers £45
High Waisted Cigarette Trousers £22
Pleated Peg Leg Trousers £22

Friday, 9 February 2018

That Day About Love.....

Yes, it's me again, long time no write! But in fairness, the house renovations are coming along nicely now. I hope to resume back to more regular check in's, in the not to distant future. In the short term though, some 'Valentines' inspiration. Whether you have a partner or not, fancy a treat because we should all love ourselves (!) or need to send this blog to someone so they don't buy you tut (this is now my yearly excuse!), nice stuff to follow!

Hush had some great jumpers and I couldn't choose which to share so did all three for you!

Hush £75
Hush £79
Hush £75
As always, Topshop had a great selection so I picked a few. Special shout out to the handbags though. Totally fabulous at great prices, I think I really need the lobster one in my life, like now.

Topshop £25
Topshop £3.50 (out of stock online so try in store however plain black with a cute pink heart also £3.50 here)
Topshop £25
Topshop £8 (also a matching pouch for £6 here)
Heading to TK Maxx as there's always a bargain to be had there.  This is one of my favourite nightwear brands - Cyberjammies.  I only wear 100% cotton in bed and their's is just gorgeous.  This has an RRP of £27 so it's a great buy for £12.99 with the cutest little hearts over it.  

TK Maxx £12.99
Now they won't let me use their image for some reason but the bag is so good, I had to find a way to share it!  So this bag below by Love Moschino they have in a stone suede with no top handle as it's the clutch version.  I will link it under the picture but it has an RRP of £153 down to £89.99.  This large black one (and they did a red also) is sold out via ASOS.  Suede shoes and handbags are my favourite.  

TK Maxx £89.99 (in a stone colour)
I've done a few GlossyBoxes before and really rate them.  This one is a special girls night out one and includes 5 products.  Don't forget to unsubscribe if you only fancy the one though as it's a monthly rolling subscription.

Glossybox £13.25 including postage for a monthly subscription 

A personal favourite of mine, the Diptyque candle.  I was lucky enough to get the 2016 Valentines one but missed last years so this is top of my wish list.  The smaller £28 one seems to have sold out online so you will need to send someone to store pronto to try and find one. Failing that, size up to this one!

John Lewis £50
Nothing says love like a new placemat set right?!?!  There is also matching coasters and tea towels so don't miss out on those either.  Please note, you're furnishing the house so it doesn't really count as a proper gift.  Make sure you add in a bar of chocolate at least.  
Laura Ashley £8.25
If all else fails then there's food!  Marks & Spencer have a brilliant range of hampers but this little one caught my eye for some yummy treats with an affordable price tag. 
PS Damn you Baileys for only releasing the strawberries and cream version in the US!  Life can be so unfair at times.  I am not a big drinker but that is my little tipple and I got all excited over it to be let down.  Booooo.

And finally, this is where I've been at recently.  Grouting.  We are still project managing our house and my husband took on the particularly challenging hexagon tiles in the kitchen.  The black grout was not as straight forward as previous grouting for some reason so it took the two of us.  It was such a messy job and along with the tile shape I'm not sure my husband has forgiven me yet but the result is what we wanted!  Some before, during and after just to show you I'm not swanning around not writing as I'm retiring, I am properly multi tasking!

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