A few of my favourite things…

As you may have guessed, my posts have been less frequent than usual. Hopefully they will be back on track soon but as I am a bit late for May favourites I thought I would do a general round-up of some bits and pieces I have been liking over the past few weeks.

This is an odd one as it is not a “thing”. In fact, although I do still love fashion I have realised it can become a bit too much and can detract from the everyday. So, the other morning as my radio alarm went off the song “Live It Up” by Mental As Anything was playing (for those of you who haven’t experienced this song in your life above is the video and song in all its ’80’s glory!). This immediately brought a smile to my face as it was the first ever single (on vinyl!) I purchased when I was all of eight years old. It meant I started the day in such a positive way and it made me remember to appreciate the small things in the everyday and to take time to pause and count our blessings.

ME + EM dress tunic

I have not really been buying too much these past weeks but I have purchased this tunic from the always effortlessly stylish ME + EM ready for our Summer Holiday in 6 weeks time (hooray!). I love the loose style which does not swap the figure. Available here.

Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow mask

The Charlotte Tilbury Overnight Bronze & Glow Mask is a recent purchase and already I love it. I makes taking away the paleness from lack of any proper sunny days so easy. Simply apply at night after cleansing (the product smells gorgeous) and you awake with a hint of colour which can be built up over a three days. I particularly like that it also is good for the skin as it hasn’t caused breakouts and my skin has felt smooth the morning after using it. Available here.

The hat in the photo above is another holiday buy. I love a big floppy straw hat but when you sit on a sun lounger you can’t lean back and (if the kids allow!), read a book. This straw visor from ASOS is the answer and it looks chic with the bow detail whilst being a very purse friendly price. Available here.

It was the husband’s birthday over the weekend and he can be tricky to buy for. A while back he had mentioned he wanted some cufflinks. I found Sally Clay who produces handcrafted jewellery with personalised finishes. I ordered a pair and due to emails going into my Junk Box, the order was delayed. When I got hold of them in a panic, they could not have been more helpful. The birthday was in three days time and they did everything they could to help me with the design and to get it sent out as quickly as possible. It’s so lovely when Customer Service goes beyond what you expect. It was another “small thing” which made me appreciate the everyday. You an view the collection here and if you’re quick, there’s still time for a Father’s day purchase.

Baukjen dress

This is another holiday choice. The Naomi Dress from Baukjen will be so easy to wear and dress up for down with accessories and sandals. It has a soft in-built bra and actually looks even better on than I feel the photo shows. An easy choice for Summer. Available here.

kids rash vest

More holiday shopping – this time for the boys. Rash vests are such a brilliant idea as the weather heats up but most tops have to be pulled on and off over the child’s head. This proves tricky when its all wet or, it like my boys, they have larger than average heads!! I came across these Reima rash vests which zip up making it easy to get them on and off and if they get hot they can undo them for some fresh air whilst still protecting their arms and backs whilst they dig holes in the sand. Available here and on offer at the moment. Other designs are available.

Zara Kids

I don’t have a daughter but I do occasionally have a browse in some of the girls’ departments as you never know what you might find that goes up to age 16 and might, just might fit. This piece only goes up to age 4 up its too adorable not to include. Available from Zara Kids here.


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