It can be hard incorporating vintage and retro looks into everyday and work outfits. This year I thought it would be fun to create some looks using both vintage and high street clothes. Todays outfit is from Simply Be and was sent to me to feature on the blog. Rather than going for my usual dress option I thought it would be fun to create an outfit with one of their range of skirts. I was inspired by the 70s and think this would be a great option for work or as an everyday smart look.

I chose this pretty grey ruffle skirt, which is made from a lovely smooth jersey material. It is available in sizes 12-26. I love how versatile this is, it could be worn with a nice sweater or a simple white cami in the summer. It’s definitely a great staple that I will be mixing and matching a lot. The skirt has a lovely drape to it and is quite full. I really like that it falls just below the knee.

I paired it with a navy pussy bow blouse. This is another versatile option, available in sizes 10-32. I like the idea of pairing this with my jeans for a casual daytime look, which could be dressed top with heels for the evening. For another work look this would look fabulous with some high waisted trousers.

To complete the retro 70s inspired look, I added an original vintage belt and my Orla Kiely shoes. I’m really looking forward to trying other combinations with both pieces. Adding a vintage accessory can completely change up an outfit and the belt I’ve used was only a couple of pounds in a charity shop.

Fit wise, I went for a size 14 in both items which is my usual size. I found both to come up pretty true to size. The skirt has an elasticated waist, making it quite easy to get a good fit. The blouse has no stretch, but is pretty roomy and easy to get on.

Get the look – BlouseSkirt

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Sorry to be yet another valentines day scrooge, but I’m just not that into it. I don’t like the idea of a day that makes anyone feel crap and valentines day is a pretty rubbish one for lots of people. There are lots of ways of showing your love all year round and to all the people you love in your life. I do however quite like the idea of Galentines day. In theory this should be celebrated on Feb 13th, but as it clashed with pancake day, so today is as good as any.

There are some pretty awesome women in my life who I love and appreciate a lot. And I think a day to celebrate friendship is pretty cool. I also have two daughters who I’d like to raise to have happy healthy relationships, but also to know that they don’t need a relationship to be happy. Friendships on the other hand are very important.

So today I’m going to show some appreciation. I am very lucky to have friends who support, encourage and make me laugh a lot. Friends who take 10,000 pictures of my outfits and don’t mind me taking pictures of my food! Friends to discover new places and go on adventures with and friends who share my love of all things vintage. I have a mum who is an amazing role model. I have my daughter Jessica who reminds me the importance of being yourself and Lila who shows me how to be kind and caring. And I have loads of wonderful women who read my blog and make my dream job a reality.

So to all my friends, my daughters, my mum and my readers happy Galentines day!

Also go and check out some of my friends amazing blogs Fay Simone, Era Go Again, Something Definitely Happened and Curiosity Killed. Thanks. xxx

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I have always loved pancakes, eating them, making them and sharing them. I love classic crepes, scotch pancakes and American style. When it comes to toppings there loads I like too. I’ve been making pancakes since I was about 12 and have lots of happy memories of making them for my family. Now I have kids I enjoy making them even more. I usually have 3 or 4 pans on the go and love showing off my flipping skills! As you can imagine I absolutely love Shrove Tuesday.

Pancake toppingsTraditionally Shrove Tuesday marks the beginning of lent and the start of fasting, pancakes are a great way to use up leftover milk, eggs and flour.

Pancake toppingsI started the festivities this weekend by making some American style pancakes for the kids. I used this recipe, which makes lovely fluffy pancakes. Everyone in my house likes different toppings. I like to smother mine in maple syrup or some classic sugar and lemon. Jessica likes lots of Nutella and Lila likes a bit of everything!

cinnamon pancakeI like trying different flavours. I made this one by sprinkling a little cinnamon into the batter and drizzling the pancakes with honey.

Cinnamon pancakeI also like to make chocolate chip pancakes by adding chocolate chips to the batter in the pan. These go down really well with the kids.

Chocolate chip pancakeThese are delicious served with some fresh fruit and a cup of tea. If you want to be really indulgent, I think a squirt of cream would go down a treat with these too.

choc chip pancakeToday I’m planning to make some classic pancakes with the girls and maybe even try a few savoury options. I’ll posting them on my Insta Stories so keep a look out for more pancake fun. What are your favourite pancake types, toppings and flavours?

For more foodie treat check out my Baking section.

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I love reading people monthly favourites on their blogs. This year I thought it would be fun to do regular favourites posts. I’ve already talked about my favourite cups and mugs and I’m planning a beauty post for later in the week. But today I’m sharing some of the teas I’ve enjoyed so far this year.

Favourite Tea I’ve always been a bit of a tea geek, but this year to help my headaches I’ve stopped drinking coffee and I’ve started to only drink caffeinated tea once or twice a day. So more than ever I’ve been open to trying new teas. I’ve also been going for tea bags a lot more, I love the ritual of preparing loose leaf tea, but when you’re in a rush a tea bag is better!

Favourite Tea - Twinings Butter MintMy first tea is Twinings Buttermint. This was recommended to me by Fay and it is absolutely delicious. Its a nice change from a classic mint with a sweet mint and vanilla flavour. I could drink this one all day, but I especially like to take a huge mug of it up to the bath with me for some relaxation time.

Favourite Tea | Pukka Vanilla ChaiNext up is Pukka Vanilla Chai. I adore chai tea, but I’m also very fussy when it comes to the perfect blend. I also usually prefer black tea versions. But for a caffeine free comfort drink, this one is just perfect. I love that this is fairly traded and contains organic vanilla too. As well as the delicious vanilla this one contains cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, fennel and licorice.

Favourite Tea - T2 Gen Mai Cha BanchaI couldn’t do a favourite tea list without including something from T2! I got this box of Gen Man Cha Bancha as a birthday present from my brother and his boyfriend.

Favourite Tea - T2 Gen Mai Cha Bancha

Favourite Tea | Vintage TeacupThis isn’t one I would have usually gone for, but it’s got a lovely refreshing taste and I’ve been really enjoying drinking it. It contains Green tea, roasted rice, popped rice, roasted green tea stalks. This is a great way to enjoy green tea and it’s definitely one I would buy again.

Favourite Tea - Fortnum and Mason Countess GreyMy absolute favourite tea for a few months now, would have to be Countess Grey from Fortnum and Mason. I love so many different Earl Greys and its one of those teas where each one can be so different.

Favourite Tea - Fortnum and Mason Countess Grey“A twist on the traditional bergamot-infused blend, Countess Grey is based on well-twisted orange pekoe teas, lifted by classic bergamot and a light orange flavour. Its light and delicate character makes it ideal for morning or afternoon drinking, when the spirits require a little reviving.” I love to drink this when I need a refreshing tea, it’s absolutely delicious. You also get a lot of tea in the tin, so although it feels expensive it lasts a really long time.

Morrissey TeacupI’m hoping to do a little favourite tea update every month, as I absolutely love writing and photography tea posts. Have you got any teas you could recommend to me?

Favourite Tea

One Teacup from Laura Ashley – Two Tea from T2

Three Tea from Fortnum and Mason – Four Teacup from Salford Lads Club

Five Vintage tea cup from a charity shop – Six Teacup from Laura Ashley

Seven Tea from Pukka – Eight Tea from Twinings

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As I’ve mentioned a couple of times, I’ve been decorating and reorganising Lila’s room over the last couple of weeks. I’ve done the room in an ice cream theme. I’ve been planning the them via Pinterest for absolutely ages and it’s been so much fun finally getting it done. One the last year I’ve picked up ice creamed themed things when ever I’ve seen them. So this week I spotted a few people picking up ice cream things from Home Bargains, so I had to check to out for myself.

We don’t have a home bargains shop that near me, so my mum and I had a little outing and drove to the nearest one, which is about half an hour away. I’ve never been before, but I’ve seen so many nice things from Home Bargains on other blogs. I’m really excited to do my first Home Bargains haul! So this is what I bought…

For Lila’s room I got these three squishy ice cream cushions. They’re really soft and cuddly and I know she’ll enjoy having them on her bed. I don’t want to be at all subtle with the theme, so these definitely fit the bill! These were £3.99 each. I’ve seen on Instagram that they also do donut cushions, but they didn’t have any in the store I visited.

Home Bargains Ice Cream Cups | Home Bargains HaulI got three of these cute ice cream cups. I thought they would look nice on her shelves and she can play with them in her toy kitchen. Mostly I just got them because I really like them and they are definitely on theme! These cost £1.49 each.

The little mug is going to stay in Lila’s room, she can use it as a pen pot. It goes really well with her sprinkle wall, which I will show you soon. The little bottles are made of glass, so I’ll keep them downstairs for the girls to use for milkshakes. The mug cost 99p and the bottles were 79p each.

I love these battery operated ice cream lights. I got two, because they are so perfect for the theme and I’ll eventually use them both in different parts of the room. Lila absolutely loves these and so do I! These were £2.99 each.

For Jessica’s room I got this cute little unicorn plaque. If you saw my post about her room makeover, you’ll know that she has a wall covered in plaques. It’s grown a bit since I shared that post, I’ll have to do an updated one soon. This cost £1.49

I got a few cute and kitsch things for myself. I totally blame my mum for encouraging me! I got this adorable sea shell handbag and a mermaid notebook. Both of these are going to get used a lot. I like the idea of wearing the bag with some of my beach themed dresses in the summer. The bag cost £5.99 and the notebook was £1.49.

Not content with one novelty bag I also picked up this donut bag. She needs to dress like a grown up anyway?! This was also £5.99.

I got a bit excited in the baking section and could happily have bought absolutely everything, But since my baking cupboard is already more than a little full, I just stuck to things I needed. I got four packs of  cupcake boxes for 89p for a pack of three. I bake a lot of cupcakes for articles and recipe ideas, but I don’t really eat them myself, so I thought these would be useful for distributing them amongst my friends and family. I also got lots of cupcake and muffin cases as I always need them. These cost between 79p and £1.19.

I love getting craft things to do with the kids, especially at Easter. I already have a lot of Easter craft supplies from the last couple of years, but got a couple more bits to top them up. First up was this Easter craft box which cost £3.99

I also got these two packs of flower stickers and a pack of lambs, I think we’ll use these to make some little Easter scenes. The flowers were 79p per pack and the lambs were 99p.

Lastly I picked up two wooly hats for Jess. She has to wear cream or brown ones for school, so it’s always handy when I spot some in the right colour. These were £2.49 and £2.99.

I’m really happy with my haul and I had lots of fun choosing things. The store I went to was quite small, so I might try to visit a bigger one and see what else they have. I also want to see if I can find those donut cushions. My total spend was £60.60 and I think I got quite a lot for my money.

Did you enjoy my Home Bargains haul? Have you been before? What was your favourite bargain? I can’t wait to share more of Lila’s room with you very soon.

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