In the winter I get stuck in a bit of a style rut. It’s just so much harder to get dressed and I often find myself reaching for my comfy jeans and not making so much of an effort. I love colourful clothes and although you can make them work in the colder months, it is harder to find tights and shoes that they work with. Now that the warmer weather is just around the corner, I’m all excited for dressing up and feeling the sun on my skin. Here is my first Spring wishlist of the year and it’s a real celebration of all things colourful.

1. Roses and Stripes Sweater – £32 – Voodoo Vixen

2. Sun Jellies Bag – £10 – Collectif

3. Delores Top – £25.50 – Collectif

4. Peggy Sue Skirt – £22 – Lindy Bop

5. Jasmine Plimsoles – £18 – Cath Kidston

6. Vera Skirt – £25 – Lindy Bop

7. Lulu Hun Ann Heels – £42.75 – Collectif

8. Punky Pins Anchor Necklace – £14.75 – Collectif

9. Cocktail Print Audrey Dress – £30 – Lindy Bop

11. Pink Bead Necklace – £10 – Collectif

12. Catarina Pencil Dress – £57.50 – 



I’ve always had a bit of a thing for shoes. Before I had kids and had a few extra pennies to spare, I had a little tradition of going into to Office on every single payday and buying my self a new pair of gorgeous shoes. It was my little indulgence and I had a fabulous collection. Now that I’m older and have to do more adulting, new shoes are a bit more of a rarity to me. I also love my poor feet a bit more now and usually lean more towards comfort and you’ll mostly see me in a comfy pair of flats.

I also wear the same shoes a lot now, if you’ve been reading for a while you’ll know that I always wear my few trusty favourites in my outfit posts and thats fine by me. You’ll also know how much I adore all my shoes from Hotter. Their shoes are all about comfort and when a couple of years ago they brought out a range of vintage inspired shoes I couldn’t get enough of them. Every season they bring out new colours in their gorgeous range and I always gaze longingly at them, wanting them all.

I recently got sent two new pairs to review here (I love my job)! One was a pair I already have in pink and the other pair is a new style to me. Both are absolutely beautiful and will obviously be popping up quite a lot of the next few months in my outfit posts.

First up is the Donna shoes in pale blue. I already have these in pink and wear them all the time. Not only are they beautiful and vintage appropriate, they are also unbelievably comfortable.

They have a low elegant heel and have lots of cushioning inside, so they are a dream to wear. They are also perfect if you have slightly wider feet, the standard width is still quite wide so perfect for my chunky feet.

Donna is one of their most popular vintage styles, so they come in loads of different colours in both a suede and leather finish, I just wish I could have them all! See me wearing them in my Lindy Bop review from last week.

The other pair are the Viviene shoes. I’ve liken these ones for ages and thought they’d look great with 30s style dresses, as well as some of my fifties looks. These cute T-bar shoes, have a low heel and pretty scalloped details.

As with all Hotters they are really comfy while still be ing really elegant. I didn’t have any beige coloured shoes before and three will really come into their own in the warmer months with some of my summer dresses.

These come in black, navy and beige and would be great for wearing to work, if you want something quite smart, but will be comfortable enough to wear all day. See me wearing them in my Voodoo Vixen outfit post.

If you’re looking for the perfect pair of shoes to compliment your vintage dresses, or want something comfortable enough to wear all day, while still being glamorous then I would definitely recommend having a look at the Hotter website.

In a wardrobe stuffed full of dresses, I have very few fitted and wiggle dresses. This year I wanted to try a few different styles and shapes and this pretty wiggle dress from Voodoo Vixen was exactly what I was looking for. The Gabriela wiggle dress, is ridiculously glamorous, while being smart enough to wear to work.

Voodoo Vixen Gabriella DressI’m a little bit between sizes in Voodoo Vixen and in the past I have always gone for the XL and found them a bit too roomy. This time I went for the L and it is definitely very fitted on me, but still comfortable and easy to move around in. I’d definitely recommend having a look at the size guide before buying as it really helps.

It can be a little daunting wearing more fitted styles when you have a bit of a mum tum and a few lumpy bits. However I really love my body and decided to a while ago to wear things I like no matter what my shape and size. I have also got a fair amount of structured lingerie on under this dress to help with the shape! Voodoo Vixen Gabriela Dress ReviewThe dress reminds me of the early 60s and is perfect for getting that Mad Men look. Although the style is quite simple, I really like the little details at the neck and bottom of the skirt, which remind me of some of my original vintage dresses of the era.

Voodoo Vixen Gabriella Pencil DressI’ve worn it here with a pair of Viviene shoes from Hotter, a simple vintage bangle and a little pearl necklace. I think the dress looks really nice with simple accessories.

The dress is priced at £37 which I think is great value for such a lovely dress. I would love it if this style came in some darker colours as well, it would look fab in navy or a maroon shade in the winter. Right now though I’m going to enjoy wearing this colour for Spring.

Voodoo Vixen Lilac Wiggle DressThe dress is available on the Voodoo Vixen website.

*Thank you to Voodoo Vixen for sending me this dress for the purposes of review. All opinions as always are my own. 

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I’ve been a member of the National Trust for a few years now. To begin with I just had a membership for me. I used to take an afternoon every week to go and visit somewhere and feed my History obsession. When the kids got a bit older we decided to upgrade to a family membership, so we could all enjoy family days out together at beautiful places.

I love to get the kids outdoors, running around and making their own fun. I also really love to share my interests with them and help them learn a little bit of History along the way. Our National trust membership has really helped us to come up with fun ideas for days out and just spend some quality time together.

Both kids have enjoyed doing the 50 Things challenge and Jess only has 5 more things to do to complete her list. It’s given me loads of ideas to keep them busy and we love simple things like rolling down hills and building dens. I also like them to experience nature and all the beauty thats out there to enjoy.

I thought I’d share some pictures of a few of our favourite places and amazing days out we’ve had a National Trust properties and places over the last few years.

My all time favourite place would have to be Claremont Landscape Garden, I’ve featured it numerous times on the blog and it’s just my happy place. I collect books on Princess Charlotte, and knowing this was her garden is absolutely wonderful. So much history lives on in this beautiful place. I have a video I filmed here ages ago here.

Polesden Lacey is a regency house re-decorated in the Edwardian era. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens and stunning view across the Surrey countryside. We’ve been a here a few times and sometimes look round the beautiful house, but we also love to just explore the beautiful grounds.

Ham House, is the location of many of my outfit photos. This beautifully preserved 17th Century house is such a rare survivor from history. The gardens are lovely for a good run around and game of hide and seek and the cafe serves beautiful home grown food. This is only a short drive for me, so we go here all the time. The kids favourite part is the kitchen, where they can happily play with all the herbs and spices for hours.

Morden Hall Park, is just down the road from our house and I have been going there all my life. We always say how lucky we are to have somewhere so beautiful to enjoy right on our doorstep. In the summer it’s great to have a paddle in the river and fish out little creatures. I also like to go for a little run here, on the rare occasions that I can be bothered.

Hatchlands Park is a beautiful house near Guildford. We’ve been a few times, and really enjoyed the natural play area and the bluebell walk, which is absolutely stunning in Spring.

I’ve also explored and visited many more places owned by the National Trust. Mostly in London and Surrey, but also while we’ve been away on UK holidays, it’s been really nice to be able to pop in to new places.

One of the best things about having a membership and using it regularly, is that it works out really good value for money. We use it so often, that our cost per visit is really low and we’re never stuck for ideas.

I love getting the kids away from the TV and computer and out getting fresh air. They both would happily stay in and be couch potatoes, so it really encourages us all to have a break from technology.

If you’re stuck for ideas of things to do with or without children I’d really recommend trying out a National Trust membership. There are so many beautiful places out there to discover.

This post is full of pictures that I’ve taken on days out over the years.

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It’s been a while since I bought anything from Lindy Bop, mostly because my wardrobe is pretty full at the moment and I’ve been very good at resisting temptation. However their recent collection of fun novelty prints has definitely caught my attention. Back in December when my brother asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I knew exactly what I wanted and I sent him in the direction of the Alaska Print Gilda dress.

The Gilda dress is a lovely vintage style shirt dress, made from a thick slightly stretchy cotton. It comes in a lovely selection of novelty border prints. Linda Bop has gone a bit crazy for novelty prints recently. But I really like most of them and its a great change from the polka dots and cherries that seemed to be on everything a couple of years ago.

The dress is really lovely quality for the price and I love that as well as having buttons at the front, it also has a concealed side zip, which gives the dress a lovely fit. My only complaint would be that on me the dress is a little short in the body, I could do with the waist starting a little lower, but I don’t think it detracts from its overall loveliness.

The sizing on this dress is pretty spot on, I’m quite a standard size 14 and the dress works really well on me. I love that there is enough room in the bust, that it sits perfectly on me with no gaping. The dress is available up to a size 26.

I’ve worn it here with my vintage lucite necklace and my new Hotter Donna shoes, which are now available in lots of lovely spring colours. I’ll be blogging more about them soon.

Since this is quite a wintery print, the dress isn’t currently available in this option. The Alaska print is still available in a skirt and there are lots of lovely new prints in the Gilda dress. I popped some pictures of the current offering below, I absolutely love the Spring colours on the bicycle print dress.

London PrintSan Francisco PrintCocktail Bar PrintAlaska SkirtGolden Leaves PrintBicycle Print

I’ve got my eye on the San Francisco print at the moment, but I really love all of them. Which design is your favourite?

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