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My Interior Styling

I would describe my ideal interior style as cosy minimalist; I say ideal because I have children and therefore any chance of things actually being uncluttered and clean are, frankly, non-existent right now.  I realise that “cosy minimalist” probably sounds like a contradiction, throwing up wildly different visions, so I’ll do my best to elaborate – I like clutter-free, I like empty space, I like clean lines and functional furniture; I like the objects I own and display to serve a purpose BUT that purpose may only be to look pretty.  Instead of the stark white of traditional minimalism, I prefer textures and colour.  I love throws and cushions, succulents and tea lights, picture frames and shelves, deep coloured woods and rich, dark fabrics. I like a place for everything and everything in its place but I also like to have beautiful things and plush home comforts (hello, luxury bed linen from Julian Charles!).  A smart, minimalist bedside table is an absolute must, but so is a crate of books waiting to be read (of course, …

Designer Clothes for Children

Clothing a child is expensive business, not least because they simply will not stop growing!  It is especially difficult as they get older and start taking an interest in fashion and what their peers are wearing.  Gone are the days, then, when a £2 George at Asda top will do (sadly).  Thoughts turn to the more exclusive, more expensive brands – Zara, Monsoon, Superdry, Jack Wills, Stone Island Kids. I don’t think I’ve ever owned any designer clothing in my life – my Mum resolutely ignored my teenage pleas for PunkyFish jeans and Quiksilver hoodies – and I’m honestly not bothered by labels myself these days.  I find the styles are never quite what I’m drawn to anyway, and if that wasn’t enough to put me off, the prices certainly would be!  However, when it comes to the kids, I’m afraid I do like to spoil them rather.  Don’t get me wrong, they certainly don’t get everything they ask for, but I try my best to give them the things they really want (after all, where’s the …

Living With Bad Credit

For us poor Millennials, all the key stages of becoming an adult are exactly the same as the generation that went before us – learning to drive, buying a car, moving out, getting a mortgage, starting a family – but each step is hindered by a lack of money and, in many cases, bad credit.  With the cost of living forever on the rise whilst wages remain relatively low, the disparity means that the majority of 18-35 year olds are having to make huge lifestyle compromises. For a lot of young people, including couples and even families, the big compromise to be made is living with parents or in laws whilst saving for your own place, mortgage deposits being so high these days.  I can only imagine the frustration of situations like tis – I would hate to try and raise my family in what is essentially someone else’s home, even if they were family and had our best interests at heart. Personally, the two main sacrifices I have been forced to make have been …

Summer Sun Wishlist

It is only in recent years that the promise of warm, sunny weather in a holiday has ever appealed to me; prior to this I resolutely stuck to Northern European city breaks (Amsterdam, Paris, Dublin, Brugges).  These trips adequately satisfied my wanderlust and didn’t pose the same risks as beach holidays, ie I was unlikely to be burned to a crisp within 30 minutes of landing. In 2016, however, we were invited to visit family in Paros, a Greek Island effectively defined by its climate.  And guess what?  We had a great time.  The bright, warm weather meant that we could be outside for as long as wanted every day.  The children could swim in the sea, build sandcastles, play in the park long after they would usually be indoors at home.  They slept so much better as a result of all the fresh air and exercise and barely touched a screen in two weeks.  Furthermore, I discovered that yes, I will still burn easily if out in direct sunshine (I am a redhead, after …

Kids Summer Wardrobe Ideas

Summer is fast approaching, which can only mean one thing – shopping!  With a diary full of summer events and escapades, including a weekend at the fabulous Camp Bestival, I am so excited to bring the kids’ wardrobes bang up to date with some gorgeous new clothes. Dressing your little ones for different activities throughout the summer can be challenging, not to mention costly!  Whether you’re on the guest list to a fancy wedding (check!) or have planned a little trip abroad (double check!) — I’ve teamed up with River Island to bring you this life-saving style guide for all occasions. Summer Weddings Styling children for a wedding was once quite restrictive, but not anymore.  Forget finding the perfect suit — there are plenty more child-friendly options.  You know your child better than anyone else and it’s guaranteed that they’ll be on the dance-floor all night long so comfort is key. Boys Summer weddings make for the perfect opportunity to experiment with the little man in your life and create a versatile outfit for both the day and evening …