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 ...

Baby boy’s wedding outfit

baby boy wedding clothes

Buying clothes for your baby is one of the most fun things about being a new parent. I haven't actually bought very much yet because we've been gifted and given so many outfits. This generosity means baby probably has enough clothes to keep him going until he's at least one. But this summer we have a ...

Spring style: bomber jackets

bomber jacket spring summer 2016 street style vogue

Bomber jackets have been around for a while and are proving to have staying power - they're a strong fashion trend for spring and summer 2016. Like a denim jacket, the bomber is a versatile top layer that can be utilitarian as well as feminine. And this year they've been given detail and new twists that means there's something to suit nearly ...

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, ...