The Love Edit…

Valentine’s Gifts for busy parents… R has bought me a hand-blender for Valentine’s Day. I know this because I saw it when he tried to hide it in the car after we’d been to the supermarket. “But..but…I bought you the more expensive model…” he protested. It’s ok. I bought him a novelty mug, so I…

The Weekend Edit

Seven wonderful things from the week that was… Granddaddy and Munchkin, playing with a vintage (ie used to be mine) multi-storey carpark/garage…kids really will play with anything (1970s Fisher Price Garage, now worth £70(!), ebay.com) 2. Tete a Tetes in a pot, finally feeling like spring… (£4.50 for three, Market Garden, Cirencester) 3. Lunch outside, even more like…

The Weekend Edit

Seven wonderful things from the week that was… Out and about on our trike (SmarTrike, £59,99, Argos) 2. Sleeping beauty (Pyjamas, £5.99, Gap Kids; Amber anklet for teething pain, £35, The Amber Shop, Suffolk 3. Anthropologie loveliness (Cup, £12 , Anthropologie, sold out, similar here) 4. Springtime scented sols… 5. Making friends by the bay tree…

The Weekend Edit…

Seven wonderful things from the week that was… Splashing in puddles (Boots, £14.99; Coat, £16:99; Hat, £3.99) 2. Baby in red (Coat, as before; Shoes, £18, Clarks) 3. Three little ducks card, from Tante Laura…. 4. Just the morning mist… 5. Office angel (Jumper, £19.99, Gap) 6. Cobwebs and morning dew.. 7. Beautiful seasonal quinces…  

Luxury to love…

Five things that cost the earth, and are absolutely worth it… I tend to swing between wanting the best and being delighted with a bargain. And it usually has something to do with my bank account – which is no bad thing, working in luxury lifestyle does rather skew your concept of what’s ‘too expensive’….

Fresh-faced beauty…

When I moved to the country I swore I wasn’t going to be one of the ‘country women’ who never wore heels, or makeup or used moisturiser. To some extent I have stayed true to my pledge – I wear some make-up every day and I would never consider not using my failsafe daily moisturiser….

Summer Fashion Favourites…

Five key pieces in my wardrobe this season…. Summer fashion is a hard thing to pin down. Much like the British sunshine, it’s fleeting, barely there and then gone again, and every year it’s completely different. In London, it was all about tailored summer dresses or smart preppy skirts, coupled with heels and big jewellery. In the…

April Showers…

One of my favourite things to do, once Munchkin is peacefully slumbering and our frenetic day together is over, is to jump in the shower, lather up, and soak under the hot, thundering water for ten minutes or so, before clambering out, drying off, putting on something clean and cottony-smelling, pouring a big glass of wine…

Yummy things for mummies…

It’s my first mother’s day this year… …And while I’ve always been the one looking for gifts, this year I’ll hopefully be the one getting some too. Though, honestly – and I don’t mean to be cliched when I say this – this face in the morning is really gift enough…. Still, nice things are…

Layer upon layer…

Like many things I tend to be a bit seasonal about scents… Most scents won’t last really much longer than six months or so, they start to get that slightly vinegary, sharp twang to them, which – unless that’s what you’re aiming for – is simply no good at all. Plus, however much you love…