I have always been a big fan of colouring, it’s the most relaxing way to pass a little time being thoughtful and creative. Even before colouring became as huge as it has recently, I used to hunt out adult colouring books and settle down with a nice set of pencils.

In the last few weeks my occasional hobby has become a little bit more of an obsession. It’s not like me to do things by halves and I’ve thrown myself into colouring big time! As this blog has always been about me sharing things I’ve been doing and enjoying, I thought for the time being I’m going to write a regular post about colouring. Whether it’s reviewing my favourite colouring books or talking about the best felt-tips or even just sharing some of my own colouring I’ll try and do a little update every now and then.

Over the last few weeks I’ve bought a few colouring books that I’ve really enjoyed and I thought I’d start by sharing them with you.

Colour Me Mindful UnderwaterI picked up Colour Me Mindful Underwater a few weeks ago to take on a train journey with me. I love that the book is quite small and has lots of simple quicker designs as well as more detailed ambitious ones. So far I’ve coloured in quite a few pages with a mixture of felt tips, colouring pencils and glitter gel pens.

Colour Me Mindful Underwater Koi Carp

Colour Me Mindful Underwater Fish

Colour Me Mindful Colouring Book FishI’d love to try some of the other Colour Me Mindful books, I’ll definitely get another one once this one is complete.

Liberty Colouring BookAs a little gift to myself I bought a copy of the Liberty colouring book. It features a section of Liberty’s most famous prints and I’ve loved colouring the book in, mostly with felt tips. This is definitely a book I plan to complete, as I love almost every page.

Liberty Colouring Book Busy Issie

Libert colouring Book Mitsi Print

Liberty Colouring Book Floral

Liberty Colouring Book Tessa PrintHow gorgeous are all the amazing prints! I love the little bits of background information on each page too.

Harry Potter Colouring BookI’ve recently rekindled my love of all things Harry Potter and have been re-reading the books and re-watching all the films. Rob bought me the Harry Potter colouring book as a little gift and I’ve just started filling in the pages. I’ve been using my Derwent artists pencils on this one as I wanted to add a little more attention to detail to the pages.

Harry potter Colouring Book Sorting Hat

Harry Potter Colouring Book Dumbledore's ArmyI usually put on a audio book and settle down on the sofa for an hour with a big cup of tea to do my colouring. After a busy day juggling the kids and working from home, it really is a great way to wind down.

Have you tried colouring? What are your favourite colouring books?

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As you may know, I love subscription boxes. It’s great receiving a little present from myself every month and seeing what hides inside. I’ve tried a few beauty boxes and a couple of boxes for the kids. I recently discovered a box which combines my love of cocktails with all the benefits of a monthly subscription and now I’m hooked.

Taste Cocktail Box Review
I was recently sent my first Taste cocktail box to try and I had a really fun night trying it out. Each Taste box comes with a selection of high quality spirits and other cocktail ingredients and a brief history of the cocktail it contains.

Taste Cocktail Subscription box
It then gives you a few recipes to try, so that you can find your ultimate variation of the cocktail. My box contained ingredients and instructions to make my all time favourite cocktail – the Mojito.

Taste Cocktails Mojito Kit
The box contained a great selection of ingredients and I couldn’t wait to get started. The only things I had to pick up myself were fresh limes, mint leaves and soda water, which were easy enough to pick up at my local super market.

Taste Mojito Cocktail Kit
The kit contained 3 different cocktail recipes, two were different variations of the Mojito and the third was for a mint julep. The instructions were all really easy to follow and despite being a complete novice I really enjoyed putting the cocktails together.

Taste Box Mint and Lime
The first cocktail I tried was the Classic Mojito, which is what I always order when I’m out and one that I’m really familiar with. I was amazed how straight forward it was to make and it tasted absolutely delicious.

Taste Classic Mojito Recipe
Having used the kit to try this one, I’d definitely look out for the ingredients in larger quantities so I could make them again at home. I’d love to throw a little cocktail party one day.

Taste Mojito Kit
The next one I tried was a Bolivian Mojito. This is similar to the Classic version but it also contains Agwa which I’ve never heard of before, but really adds a little something extra to the taste.

Taste Cocktails Mojito in Ikea Flamingo Glass
Lastly I made a Mint Julep, although it did taste good, this ones a little bitter for me and not as refreshing a Classic Mojito.

Taste Cocktails Mint Julep
If you love cocktails and would love to learn to make them properly yourself, them the Taste box is definitely the way to go. I love the idea of trying a different cocktail each month.

Taste Rum Mojito Ingredients
You can buy one-off boxes from the taste website for £29 each or sign up to a monthly subscription which varies in price from £24 a month to £22, depending on the length of subscription. The one-off boxes would also make a great gift.

Taste Cocktails Cheers
All the information and how to subscribe can be found on the Taste Cocktails website.

* My box was sent to me to review. All opinions are my own. Please drink responsibly and stay classy!

Before Christmas I posted a list of all the reproduction and vintage shops which were having sales for Black Friday and it was really popular. I kept updating the post as new offers were added. I decided I’d attempt to do the same this for the post Christmas sales. They don’t all start on boxing day so I’ll keep updating the blog post with new offers when I get a minute.

Reproduction and Vintage Style:

The House of Foxy end of year sale is finally here and there are some absolutely stunning items available with great discounts. Perfect for adding something really special to your wardrobe.

House of Foxy sale

The HUGE Lindy Bop sale is now live, a huge amount of their gorgeous dresses have been added to the sale with some under £10.

Lindy Bop Sale

Heyday have 25% off for boxing day only. This is a great chance to pick up one of their amazing reproduction dresses or separates.

Lady V London currently have up to 70% off, with loads of gorgeous dresses in the sale section.

Little Wings Factory have up to 50% their pretty range of repro and vintage inspired clothes in their flash sale.

The Collectif sale continues, with everything from dresses to homewares included. *update – the big Collective half price sale is now available in stores and will be coming online in 4 days.

What Katie Did have a huge sale of their gorgeous vintage inspired lingerie.

Chi Chi Sale

Chi Chi London have up to 75% off their absolutely gorgeous dresses in their sale.

Hotter sale

Hotter shoes have lots of gorgeous vintage style shoes in their sale.

The Miss L Fire sale, has some great discounts on some of my favourite styles. If you’ve had your eye on the furry booties, they’re in there too.

Tara Starlet have added loads of gorgeous vintage inspired dresses, coats and separates to their christmas sale.

Dolly and Dotty have a great selection of their vintage style dresses in their sale section, this a great one for some real bargains.

Freddies of Pinewood also have a sale on at the moment.

Frilly Chantilly have lot’s of beautiful vintage style dresses with big discounts.

Campbell Crafts have 40% off their site using the code ‘Festive’ at the checkout. They have a really extensive range of reproduction vintage clothing and accessories.

The Pretty Dress Company have some of the most gorgeous dresses I have ever seen. Perfect for recreating the Joan from Mad Men look. They are usually a little out of my price range, but their sale has some incredible bargains. Go and grab them while you can.

Miss Bamboo are offering 20% off their non sale items until 3rd Jan using code ‘XMAS20’

Lady K Loves have loads of gorgeous 50s style separates available in their sale.

High Street:

Although they are not a vintage style store, I always find lovely vintage inspired dresses and cardigans at Boden and their huge sale has loads of bits that I’d love to add to my wardrobe.

Cath Kidston sale

Another of my favourites Cath Kidston have up to 40% off in their sale. many of their fashion and homeware pieces are vintage inspired and I’ve always been a fan of their dresses and knitwear.

Clarks are currently one of my favourite places to buy shoes, everyone should own a pair of their brogues and the highlight of their sale is definitely the last of their retro Orla Kiely range.

Phase Eight is the perfect place to pick up elegant evening wear, I’ve always been a huge fan of their gorgeous gowns. You could pick up your own at up to half price in their sale.

True Vintage

If you’d rather true vintage items in the sales, check out Love Miss Daisy who have a huge sale at the moment.

Rokit have a huge sale with a great selection of vintage pieces from all eras.

I have a 25% sale on the Vintage Frills Etsy Shop, with lots of dresses and accessories from the 40s to 60s reduced.

I’m going to keep adding to this post so please bear with me! If you want to adds a sale to the list, just post a link in the comments and I’ll get it added.

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Me and jeans have a bit of a troubled relationship. To me my jeans are for slummy non vintage wearing days and school runs. They’re the thing I throw on in the morning when I have two kids to take to school and I’ve got up a little later than planned and don’t have time to dress up. I’ve really wanted to build up some easy to wear casual vintage outfits for lazy days and quickly thrown together outfits to bring the glamour back to mummy days.

I’ve tried a few different vintage style jeans and never really got on that well with them. I have been recommended to try the Hug Me Baby jeans from Lady K Loves so many times and everyone I’ve seen wearing them looks amazing. They are so popular that they are constantly selling out, so I was delighted to finally get my hands on a pair last week.

Hug Me Baby Jeans Review

Hug Me Baby jeans are designed to go in and out in all the right places, perfect for curvy girls. I haven’t got a perfect hour glass figure, but I still found the jeans really flattering and very comfortable to wear. I love how super high-waisted they are and I’ve really enjoyed trying them on with all my vintage tops.

For todays pictures I’ve styled them really simply with a plain black t-shirt, a vintage belt, brogues and a hand knitted cardigan. When the jeans arrived they were a little darker and like most good quality jeans they were a little stiff. I like my jeans a bit more worn-in, so I’ve hot washed them quite a few times and shrunk them down a bit in the tumble dryer until I was happy with the fit. I like that they look a little older and more beaten up. Obviously be careful doing this on your own jeans as it’s always a risk.

Lady K Loves Hug Me baby Jeans

I bought the jeans in a size large, I’m a pretty standard size 14 and the fit was pretty much spot on for me. If you’re buying a pair I’d recommend using the size guide to make sure.

Price-wise I think £65 is an OK price for really good quality jeans, especially since the fit is so good. I’d definitely be tempted to pick them up in the black too.

Vintage Frills Rosie Alia Designs Christmas Hair Flower

As I was feeling festive this week I added this beautiful Christmas hair flower to my outfit. I’ve literally had this in my hair all week!

Outfit Details:

Hair Flower – Rosie Alia Designs

Cardigan – Charity Shop

Black T-shirt – Primark

Belt – Vintage via Beyond Retro

Jeans – Hug Me Baby – Lady K Loves

Shoes – Clarks (similar pair here)

Do you own a pair of Hug Me Baby jeans? What did you think? How do you style your vintage jeans?

You may have noticed in some of my recent outfit posts, that I’ve been wearing Hotter shoes quite a lot. I’ve been familiar with the brand for a long time as my mum wears them. They only really came to my attention last year, when they launched a range that were inspired by vintage shoes. The shoes are all absolutely gorgeous and come in a range of fabulous colours.

Hotter Vintage Style ShoesMy two pairs of Hotter shoes, the Donna and Michelle

When it comes to shoes I like to wear something comfortable. When I was a bit younger I was all about high heels but now I like to wear something I can walk around in all day and dance all night without hurting my feet. This is where Hotter shoes come in. They are designed first and foremost with comfort in mind. Inside they are super cushiony and soft and even the ones with a heel are comfortable enough to walk in all day. The designs look great too and I’m so happy with the two pairs I own so far.

Hotter Shoes

A couple of months ago I was invited by Hotter to try a Lindy Hop class while wearing a pair of their shoes. I chose a gorgeous pair of navy t-bar shoes made from suede and leather. I chose navy because I find it much more versatile for my wardrobe than black and I think they could carry me through winter and also look great in the Spring.

The shoes were so comfortable to dance in, they are really flexible and easy to move around in. I’m not the best dancer ever, so trying Lindy Hop for the very first time was a little daunting, but I really enjoyed myself and would definitely try it again.

Hotter Shoes Black FridayHere are some of my other favourites from the range

Here’s a little video from the event where I talk about my shoes, I was so nervous being filmed but I love how they’ve made it look like I can dance!

It was great to meet all the lovely people from Hotter, who put on such a fun night and we had so much fun learning to dance together. It was nice seeing more of the shoes and I definitely saw quite a few that I’d love to try.

The Michelle heels which I wore for the event are currently on sale at £37 and are available in black, navy and plum.

Hotter shoes are available both online and in one of their many UK shops.