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Monthly Archives: March 2011

As the clocks have gone forward this weekend – Spring is firmly upon us. Even the weather has sat up and taken note! As I’m now 31 weeks pregnant it also appears that my nesting instinct has well and truly kicked in. First on the list for a thorough clear out was our loft; it’s taken two whole weekends to clear our four and a half years of rubbish to make way for our new little person and all their belongings. It’s amazing what you throw up the loft hatch, old boxes from new kettles, TVs and other electrical packaging discarded and gathering dust. Then there’s the boxes we inherited from my mam and dads loft when they moved – full of artwork from school to add to the mound of portfolios I already had from university, the perils of doing a fashion degree means folders and mood boards galore. Then there’s all the photos! Wow – in the day and age of digital pictures it was really nice to come across photos of friends on school trips, family parties and old holiday memories. I now have a box full of pictures so a few new photo frames like this one or these are a must. This discovery has confirmed to me we should definitely have lots of prints taken of the newborn as well as keeping a digital photo album. I have been offered numerous pregnancy photo shoots by photographer friends but I don’t think the whole Demi Moore nude bump shots are for me – hats off to those who do have the guts to do it!

Joining the old photos were millions of cards – birthdays, Christmases, a graduation, passing driving tests – a whole record of our achievements proving I really am a hoarder. Of course we filled in excess of 30 bin sacks and recycling bags of rubbish and unwanted clothes for the local charity shop, aptly the charity – Sense – for deaf and blind children so other infants will benefit from us making way for ours.

Once we’d dusted our selves off from the loft clearance the three of us, (yes Cookie explored up there too!), finally finished the nursery with a border of bunnies and sheep to compliment the toffee cream paint and a finger border for the light switch. I also found homes for all the gorgeous Next Ziggy and Friends bits I’d been indulging in over the last few weeks and of course the furniture we assembled weeks earlier now have homes. All I need now is a lovely nursing chair. Ho hum more shopping for me, it’s a hard life!

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We love the photo shoot in this month’s Elle magazine ‘Style for Less’ supplement in association with none other than NEXT! Our model Emanuela De Paula looks fabulous in some key pieces from our Spring/Summer Collection. Which is your favourite…

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Floral Fancies

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As March has rolled around again, it’s wonderfully refreshing to start seeing a few glimpses of dazzling, if slightly chilly, sunshine. And as an avid lover and worshipper of the beautiful weather, coupled with the prospect of an Italian vacation later on…

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As I am now well into the third trimester of my pregnancy, little junior is defiantly making its presence known. I’ve always loved my sleep but now I find I have to go to bed at least an hour earlier…

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NEXT have teamed up with Glamour Magzine for their 10th anniversary issue and created a one-off ‘GLAMOUR DRESS’ for summer. The dress, as modelled by Jameela Jamil, covers some of the season’s key trends, being pleated, one shouldered, and in a…

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If I had a pound every time someone said to me ‘enjoy it while it lasts because time flies’ when Fin was born I would be a rich woman today. But it is SO true. You spend all your time…

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Another hectic working week began on Monday as I attended the Professional Beauty Show 2011 exhibition at Excel London for the National Beauty Blogging Event. The exhibition itself was heaving with enthusiastic beauty students, stalls offering all sorts of beauty…

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Hoorah for Half Term!

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This half term was really memorable!  I don’t know why but I got all over excited about going away alone with my four children, thinking about it as if it was an adventure. I became all Enid Blyton about it…

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