DIY lace-up shoes

DIY tutorial: lace-up flat shoes

Lace-up shoes have been around for a while now - and I found that it's actually really easy to make your own pair as you'll see from this DIY. I picked up these leopard-print flats for £7 in Tesco a while ago and although I loved them they just wouldn't stay on my feet. Did not look ...

Spring summer 2016 wish list

Spring summer 2016 wish list

I have consulted friends and the internet and drawn up a list of things I think I need for the baby. (Let's meet back here in a few weeks and we'll see how much of that crap I actually used). I had worked out that I could afford to buy everything with the first few pay cheques of ...

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 ...

Joules wellies competition

Joules design wellies competition

Unfortunately, we're now getting into 'welly weather'! Personally, I quite like tramping through fields in my wellies, free from any fear of ruining footwear. Joules have launched a fun competition for budding designers, doddlers and wellington boot lovers - they want you to design some Joules wellies. The winner will see their design put into production and get a luxury ...

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, ...

Summer is…

Ceredigion coastal path

I'm in the middle of two weeks off from work - and I hear I may have dropped on a mini heatwave. My phone weather forecast is predicting the temperature here will hit a slightly scary 30°C during next week! We've already had a couple of days away camping in Wales, when we walked, watched dolphins from the harbour ...

Introducing: Object Style

Object Style look book

I first met Rachael Adams when she organised Home is in the North in Manchester. I made no secret of how much I enjoyed that event and approved of the friendly, interactive vibe and the brands chosen to be part of it. A few months ago, Rachael began to post on Twitter and Instagram under a new name. The things ...

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 ...