What I wore: festival wedding outfit

Monsoon Carmen embroidered dress worn at a North Yorkshire festival country wedding

We went to a fabulous wedding a few days ago. This family do was always going to be special - because it would be our son Sam's first wedding - but when the veil was lifted on the couple's carefully laid plans it was so personal, so fitting and so full of love that it is ...

Day at Leeds Waterfront Festival

Yarnbomb barge at Leeds Waterfront Festival 2016

Sometimes there are days (though they're not that common) when I think, yes, I have this parenting thing nailed. We had one such day recently, when we decided to have a day out in Leeds for the Waterfront Festival. It was much like life on summer weekends pre-baby: we got a little dressed up, we took the ...

A new ‘mum’ wardrobe?

New mum wardrobe! Zara pink stripe patch shirt, white jeans, geometric shoes

The other day I opened my wardrobe doors and decided I hated pretty much everything inside. When I was pregnant I didn't buy much or pay a great deal of attention to what I was wearing: I had a few necessities and work and casual outfits that I wore in circulation (and was completely bored of ...

What I wore: denim dungaree dress

Denim dungaree dress

Since I have the rest of the year off work (sorry not sorry) on maternity leave, the demands on my wardrobe are different from normal. All this 'leisure' time (for want of a better phrase that accurately describes being a mum rather than doing my in-many-ways-less-challenging day job) means what I'm wearing for most of the week has ...

What I’m wearing while pregnant

Maternity fashion - Primark berry dress and leggings

I'm getting pretty bored of my 'pregnancy wardrobe' now. Probably because I haven't added that much to it for wearing while pregnant. For the first few weeks I just wore normal clothes and now - with a little over two months to go - spending a lot of money on clothing a body in a temporarily changed state doesn't seem to make sense. Having ...

Family weekend in Scarborough

View of North Bay and Scarborough Castle from The Sands apartments, Scarborough

After a night alone in the Lakes just before our wedding anniversary we then headed to Scarborough, where my mum had booked the family into an apartment for the weekend to celebrate her birthday. I rather cheekily got married on her 60th birthday - she got two parties for the price of one! This time it was her turn to ...

Anniversary in the Lake District

Cartmell Fell suite at Masons Arms, Strawberry Bank, near Grange-over-Sands, Lake District

Although our two weeks off work were typified by being ill (me) and grafting in the garden (him), we did have a few days away. First, we headed to the Lake District and checked in to the Masons Arms, a small pub with rooms at sweetly-named Strawberry Bank. It's pretty much in the middle of nowhere, ...

What I wore: a perfect jumpsuit

Warehouse black off-shoulder jumpsuit

I wore this perfect jumpsuit for a day out in Leeds with the girls on Saturday. I felt pretty great wearing it to be honest and it drew immediate compliments from my friends. I reckon you're onto a winner when someone says you're reminiscent of Sandy from Grease, am I right? (These girls are the best confidence boosters). // ...

What I wore: spring accessories

What I wore in Todmorden, West Yorkshire. Spring accessories with McArthur Glen. Blue jeans, leatherr biker jacket, baby pink leather Ted Baker bag, Osprey seventies paisley patterned scarf, grey T-shirt, lace-up flat shoes

A few days ago I was invited by McArthur Glen Designer Outlets to go along to their York outlet and pick out some key spring accessories. If you're not familiar, McArthur Glen is a brilliant invention for mere mortals like me who have a normal-sized budget. I can't justify splashing out hundreds of pounds on labelled gear but ...

What I wore: pink cashmere

What I wore, pink cashmere jumper, black and white check skirt, New Balance trainers

Recently my 'go-to' outfit has mostly been my DIY and decorating clothes. But I felt my first cashmere jumper warranted documenting. Does the fact I've bought something that's made it to nearly every list of 'wardrobe staples' I've ever seen mean I've officially grown up, that my fashion tastes are fully mature? Not necessarily: I wore it ...