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HOLIDAY OUTFIT INSPIRATION | In Partnership with Matalan

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

There's something about holiday shopping that is way more exciting than regular shopping. I think it might be because we don't have the climate here in the UK to always manage to have an outfit idea come to fruition so knowing that the sun is going to be shining and the dresses and sandals combination are going to be a favourite, always makes the experience better! I headed to my local Matalan to see what they had in store and what lovely pieces I could pick up to style together on our recent family holiday to Lanzarote, Canaries.

It's funny, my aesthetic is always a bit matchy-matchy. Sometimes even unintentionally and especially with the kids. I love them to coordinate in some shape or form in their clothing so the 'Mini Me' range in Matalan is right up my alley! These Flamingo swimmie and shorts also come in adults sizes too so the whole family can join in. Ella and Charlie both realised themselves that they were wearing the same design and requested to wear them again a further twice on our break!

At least once on holiday I like to get smartly dressed and go out for a nice family meal. If I feel good in something, comfortable and confident I know it will project on the outside too. This beautiful button down denim dress is a real staple for a summer wardrobe, there's so many ways you can wear it. I teamed it with some real crisp white toe cuff sandals that really complimented my holiday glow but when we go home I'm planning to layer it with a basic tee and some trainers for a more relaxed look. This canvas bag was our Mary Poppins bag of the trip. It held the snacks, electronics, money, sunglasses, suncream, magazines... the list goes on! I'm obsessed with the handle, it's really on trend at the moment and comes in at an incredible price.

The kids looked beautifully fresh in light neutrals, Ella's dress has some gorgeous broderie anglaise detailing on the scalloped edge and Charlies shorts finished with the braces were very smart.

You know what they say, 'Twinning is Winning!' Everyone loves a Mummy and Ella twinning photo, they're some of my most viewed posts on instagram. Here we have gone for a bit of a mix and match approach. Although not the exact same dress, we are rocking the double denim. She also pinched my headband which is from the ladies section but looks wonderful on her and compliments the monochrome dalmation print sandals I'm wearing - which has to be said are crazy comfortable! It was nice to have hands-free with the little belt bag too, it fit in all the essentials and looked really cute.

Never failing to disappoint, Matalan certainly have some really special items available that don't cost the earth and are excellent quality. A few of the items I've shown have now gone into sale so you can check them out using the links listed below and grab yourself a bargain!


Wednesday, 6 February 2019
So with Valentines Day being just around the corner I bet your other half is asking you one thing ... 'We don't do cards, do we?' - Emmm, yes - yes we do! It always makes me laugh a little when the subject is broached because there's always that instant panic of what to buy, how to be thoughtful and original. I've been working with Amazon Handmade over the past year and I'm thrilled to be writing this post in collaboration with them. I've been sent some beautiful handmade and personalised items to give you an idea of the things you can get on there this Valentines to make it really special.

Amazon Handmade is equally special because it provides artisans with a place to be seen, so it's always lovely knowing that the item you purchased has been crafted with care and is helping to support a creative in doing a job they love.

I for one love all things personalised, usually so I can put my stamp on the things that are rightfully mine - like that posh moisturiser I bought on a Spa Day and use sparingly that my lovely husband decides to snaffle at every opportunity. This little wash bag with scripted name emblazoned on it is sure going to provide me with a safe hiding spot and looks pretty too! I love the size of this it's perfect for trips away, overnight stays and fits lots inside. I know I'll get good use of this and I love the canvas material it's made from it's very on-trend. Still in wedding mode I also thought these would make for cute bridesmaids bags too!
Amazon Handmade Personalised Makeup Bag by MYOG Prints, £6.95

We are all about the kids. In fact, every single time we have them watched to go out for a meal or date night all we end up doing is talking about them! (Anyone else?) So with that being said I know that anything relating to them is always going to be a hit. Being a digital world we have become all too accustomed to the technologies of a backlit photograph from our phone and tablet screens and it's lovely that we are becoming better at documenting and taking more pictures but actually having them printed is really special. Nothing beats a real photo. It took me a while as there are so many but this is my absolute favourite picture of Ella and Charlie, not because it looks cute but because this picture transports me to a memory and a happy time. I remember this day we took off to chill with the kids in the garden and enjoy the amazing Summer. We fell asleep in the garden under the parasol and had a BBQ when we woke up. We laughed, we played, we splashed in the paddling pool and each time I see it I remember what a brilliant day we had. So for that reason I picked this one to be framed and I adore the retro scrabble style lettering of the kids names too. Amazon Handmade Personalised Frame by Crafty Teapot Designs, £18.99

I remember one year we went on holiday and I watched a woman blow glass and create a beautiful vase. If you've ever seen this before you'll know how mesmerising it is. I was completely fascinated at the process and how they can introduce different colours it's pretty cool. This little vase was made like this too. I really love how dinky it is, I was looking for something to bring a little bit of colour to the room in this corner to marry in the pinks. I might even end up placing it in my office!
Amazon Handmade Posy Vase by Bath Aqua Glass, £25
If you're looking for a thoughtful gift then there are lots to be found on Amazon Handmade. Last year we got a personalised chopping board with our names and wedding date on it and we use it every day. Just some of the gifts that are available you can check out more here :

What do you do for Valentines Day?

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