Today I have nothing much to write about. I’m actually feeling very content, chilled and relaxed at the moment. But I’m also feeling a bit uninspired by all things blog. A few weeks ago I had a bit of a burst of energy with all the creative parts of my job, I felt excited about blogging, I was really enjoying posting on Instagram and I felt super motivated. By at the moment I feel like I ebbed a little away from it and floated a bit more towards my everyday life. So I thought rather than forcing creativity out of me that I’m not feeling right now, I’d just write a chatty post about everything in my life at the moment.

My Kids:

Being a mum is bloody rewarding and awesome, it’s also really really hard work. You have to be the best version of yourself you can possibly be all the time because you have little people who rely on you for everything. In fact one of my small people os now 12 and is growing up so fast! I’m ridiculously excited to see this next chapter in motherhood, although knowing the scary teenage years are just around the corner is a little daunting too. She seems pretty happy right now and is into lots of fun things, so thats good. If I can get her to do all her homework, get dressed in under an hour and keep her room tidy, I feel like I’ve achieved a lot and I love that she can ask me anything!

Lila is 7 and she is just as kind, giving and sweet as she has always been. Her mission in life is to make everyone around her happy and she certainly does a great job of it. She’s also my biggest fan girl and says so many nice things to me that I always have a smile on my face. Literally as I was sitting typing this she just said “mum, you’re beautiful” out of nowhere! Awwww! I’d love her to find new things to enjoy and we’ve been discussing ballet lessons and gymnastics which I think she’ll really enjoy. She’s so content that she doesn’t ask for much, but I try not to forget to give her as much as I can.

My house:

I like to pretend (mostly to myself) that I’m an exciting full time blogger. In reality I am just a laundry lady and full time cleaner. Nothing prepares you for the ridiculous amount of laundry you will face as a parent. Not to mention just how much time you will spend tidying  and cleaning. Luckily I don’t mind it too much (except the ironing). I’d quite like to write a post on all the things I do to make the daily grind of domesticity a little more manageable and fun, I’m a pro at making things good for myself.

At the beginning of the year I had a bit of a burst of energy with redecorating and making the house look nice. I finally made a start on Lila’s ice cream bedroom and bought rather a lot of houseplants to put everywhere. I haven’t done that many improvements indoors recently and I definitely think I’m overdue a project soon. The only thing I have done is a little gardening, we have a huge garden and it’s slow progress, but hopefully one day it’ll be finished! Again, this is giving me ideas for blog posts!

Fitness:

I’ve written a bit about my body and keeping fit this year and you’re probably due an update. My fitness is going great, I’ve slowed down a little for the last couple of weeks just because I’ve been super busy and I’ve had a few things on that are clashing my my regular classes. I’ve decided to have a bit health and fitness push next week. I’m planning to run or swim every morning and I’ve booked a few yoga and pilates classes. I’m also going to meal plan carefully and just have a very good week. I like to do my best every week, but when I’m feeling motivated I love to give myself a boost by having a few days where I’m really focussed on my goals. I’ve discussed weight loss and mental health in this post.

Friends:

Now that its official I want to congratulate my lovely best friend Fay on her pregnancy! She’s written about it on her blog and posted on Insta and I’m so glad everyone now knows and I don’t have to keep it a secret anymore! She’s godmother to both my babies and is more like a sister to me than a friend, so I am very excited to be welcoming a new addition to our family. Although I don’t want any more kids of my own, I miss having a little one to take to nursery rhyme time and to do all the baby and toddler things with, so I’m definitely planning on borrowing that baby!

Work:

Apart from my little slump in creativity, I am very much looking forward to working and growing the blog. Although it is my job and does earn me some money, I very much supplement it with my Etsy shop and selling vintage on eBay as well as other bits and bobs. I want to work harder on making it pay it’s way and that is something I want to focus on more. Most of the work thats goes into blogging happens behind the scenes. I get hundreds of emails everyday and spend a lot of time editing and planning images, doing my accounts and keeping on top of the business side of things. Not to mention actually trying to promote the blog and get as many readers as possible.

I appreciate every single reader, commenter and follower, because they make it possible for me to do this job, to be at home for my kids and doing something I love. Which is all I really want from my life. Please keep clicking on my posts, liking my pics and pressing that follow button, because it means the world to me and makes such a big difference!

Watching:

Ok so I’m currently hooked on Love Island, just like everyone else. I finally persuaded Rob to watch The Crown with me. It’s one of my fave programmes ever and it’s been so fun to watch it all with him. We keep pausing it to discuss stuff and there have been lots of interesting discussions between us, me being a total royalist and him being a little more sceptical.

Listening:

I’ve taken a little break from obsessively listening to Fleetwood Mac and have been having a bit of a Led Zeppelin phase, nothing better than driving around with them at top volume. I’ve also been listening to Greta Van Fleet, a newish band who sound like some of the best bands of the late 60s and early seventies. I love that a bunch of blokes born in 1998, are producing the kind of music that I wish I could go back in time to experience it it’s heyday. They are so good! I managed to get tickets to see them in November and I can’t wait.

Wearing:

It’s the summer! My favourite time of year for clothes. You will mostly find me throwing on my favourite cotton dress with some sandals, minimal makeup and feeling amazing in under 10 minutes! It really is so easy to feel good when the sun is shining. I’ve not had much chance to snap any outfit pics recently. I need to get more into the habit of it and recruit some of my willing helpers to take them for me!

The pics in this post are all from my Instagram. Read my last post, to find out more about how I use colour schemes on my Insta.

 


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Remember the good old days when Instagram first came out and it was all just for fun. Pics of our everyday lives with a nice old fashioned filter? Yes I miss those days a bit too! However I do also like using out favourite photo sharing platform as a creative outlet and as a bit of a challenge. I also really enjoy working to an Instagram theme.

I’ve always enjoyed other Instagram accounts that have a theme. My aesthetic side loves the uniformity and how visually pleasing a collection of pictures can look together. I have a lot of admiration for heavily curated feeds as well as still loving the less floral and polished ones too. I definitely follow a mixture of both.

My Instagram Theme

Since I first starting using Instagram in 2012 I’ve used it in all kinds of ways. It was about 2 years ago I started thinking about themes. This year has been the longest I’ve stuck with an Instagram theme having gone with a yellow theme since all the way back in January!

Yellow Instagram theme

I’ve stuck at it this long mostly because I’m still really enjoying it. I have found a big love for the colour yellow, which puts a big smile on my face. I’ve also taken time to actively seek out pretty yellow places and gone on lots of long walks looking for yellow things to photograph. It’s been so much fun!

Yellow Instagram theme

I will still throw in the odd non yellow instagram picture and they still blend in very well. I’ve not found it restrictive or felt that its takes the fun out of Instagram, more that I’ve enjoyed it more by using it as a creative outlet. Before the yellow theme I used to choose a colour and run with it for a few weeks before mixing it up again and trying something else.

Keep it Seasonal

At Christmas I stuck to a mainly red and white Instagram theme. Our Elf on the Shelf made quite a few appearances! Keeping is seasonal is a great way to stay on theme.

Christmas Instagram theme

I used the autumn months to go a bit crazy for orange. I couldn’t get enough of all the beautiful leaves and the pumpkins and squashes that appeared everywhere.

Autumn Instagram theme

Pick a Colour

Last summer I went through phases of using a key colour in every picture. I really enjoyed using green as it’s my favourite colour. When I’m done with yellow I’m looking forward to going back to green. As I love nature and going for walks so much, this one was very easy to do.

Green Instagram theme

Mix up your content

Even when working with just a single colour scheme, I like to post all different types of content. When I was going for a white Instagram theme, I mixed in flat lays, architecture and pics of the kids and it all flowed really well. I’ve been doing this a lot this year with my yellow theme.

White Instagram theme

Post content that you love

Even if I’m being very selective with what I post and only putting my best pictures out there. I make sure that each one tells a story and means something to me. Even if it is just a pretty building I’ve seen on a walk or a favourite product, I try to only post content that speaks to me.

Instagram theme

Balancing out your feed

For a few months last year, before I wasn’t thinking too much about colours, I started using a pattern for my posting. Each day I would post one outfit picture and one scenic picture, so they always alternated. I kept this up for a really long time and although I enjoyed it, I found it a bit restrictive and when I decided to stop, it was great to just post whatever I fancied again.

Instagram theme

Keep the memories

Of course as a photo sharing platform, Instagram is a great place to keep your memories. As someone who love taking photos, visiting lovely places and spending time with friends and family, it really is a great place to record little stories of my life. I love this little section of my insta from my trip to Margate last year.

 

Margate Instagram theme

Plan ahead

I like to plan my content in advance, so I use an app called Planoly to upload my pictures to and work out the order I’m going to post them in advance. I usually edit lots of pictures in one go, plan them out and add hashtags and then post them with a fresh caption a couple of times a day. This works really well for me as I can get my pictures ready while I’m working from home and post them quickly at other times of the day when I’m with the kids and don’t want to be glued to my phone.

Relax and Enjoy!

There is no wrong or right way to do Instagram and there’s really no clear route to success, especially now with evil algorithms and non chronological time lines. The most important thing is to enjoy it and not compare your feed to other peoples. Find something that works for you and keep up the good work. Treat it as an opportunity to explore and to share the best visual parts of your life.

Yellow Instagram theme

Do you have an Instagram theme or are you a bit more chilled out than me?! What are your best Insta tips?

If you like this, you might find my guide to Colourful Street in London to Take Instagram Pictures.


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I like buying gifts for myself, I think I definitely deserve nice things! I’ve mentioned a few times before how much I love subscription boxes. It’s so nice getting a little delivery every month and I love the surprise of discovering whats inside. As a busy mum, its not always easy to put myself first and I’ll always treat the kids before myself. The Lifestyle Box was also started by two mums, with a fab idea. I think this might be the perfect subscription box for me!

The Lifestyle Box | Monthly Subscription Box | ReviewEach box comes beautifully packaged and contains a selection of 4 beautiful lifestyle items. The gifts in each box are sourced from a selection of small and independent businesses and makers. This is something I can really get behind and one of the things I was most impressed with when I heard about The Lifestyle Box. I was sent the May box to try, so here are my first impressions.

The Lifestyle Box | Monthly Subscription Box | Review

Packaging

One of the little things I always appreciate in a subscription box, is the box itself. I love a nice sized sturdy box that I can re-use. This one is large, robust and glossy and it was an absolutely lovely way to start the experience. I liked the little note inside, which made it feel more personal.

The Lifestyle Box | Monthly Subscription Box | ReviewInside, the packaging is just as good and I liked that the inner packaging matched the theme of the May box, which was Blooming Gorgeous and with a purple colour scheme.

The Lifestyle Box | Monthly Subscription Box | Review

Contents

So what was inside the box? A lovely scarf, a cute coin purse, a stunning Amethyst necklace and an adorable Prosecco lip balm. Such a nice gift and definitely all stuff that I will use and enjoy.

The Lifestyle Box | Monthly Subscription Box | ReviewMy favourite piece in the box was the gorgeous Amethyst Druzy Necklace. I love anything with with crystals and the colour of this one is just stunning. This is definitely something I will wear and use a lot. I also like that it’s not something I would have sought out and bought, so getting it as surprise and loving it makes it even better for me.

The Lifestyle Box | Monthly Subscription Box | ReviewI always carry a lip balm or two around in my handbag, I love to try new brands and different flavours. This comes from lovely small business Heart and Heritage. I loved the smooth texture of this lovely lip balm. It’s perfect for giving my lips a little love and it smells gorgeous.

The Lifestyle Box | Monthly Subscription Box | ReviewThe cute leather coin purse is also going to get a lot of use. It’s currently in my bag with some spare hair elastics and hair grips in it, so I always have them on the go if I need one. This would also be great for keeping money in when I’m carrying a small handbag or clutch bag and I can’t use my big purse. I love the rose gold colour and that it was handmade by an independent maker called Dasprez.

The Lifestyle Box | Monthly Subscription Box | ReviewLastly the gorgeous scarf, which is just one of those lovely useful things to throw on before you leave the house. Right now it’s a little hot for a scarf, but I’ll be keeping this safe for Autumn, Winter and Spring. It’s a lovely light scarf, which is a really good size and agin absolutely gorgeous quality.

The Lifestyle Box | Monthly Subscription Box | Review

The Details

I received the May subscription box. Each month The Lifestyle Box co launch a new theme supported with colours and product that are completely different. There 4 surprise items presented beautifully in a box every month. The items very but include candles, stationery, beauty products, fashion accessories, confectionery and home trinkets. Basically all the lovely little things that I can’t resist treating myself too! Also perfect for bloggers like me who like nice things for flat lays (just saying!)

There are different lengths of subscription. 1 months costs £20 plus P&P, a three month subscription costs £54 and 6 months costs £105. I think this would make an absolutely lovely gift for somebody special, be it a friend relative or just lovely you!

Find out all the details of the subscription box over on The Lifestyle Box website.

*The Lifestyle Box was kindly sent to me for the purposes of review. All opinions as always are my own. 


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When it comes to dressing in vintage, it’s the finishing touches that make all the difference. I love playing around with all my bags, shoes and accessories and putting lovely outfits together. As well as some new additions this season, there are lots of Hotter shoes which I pair up with my vintage dresses. I like modern shoes as they fit better and are so much more comfortable than their vintage counterparts! When I go to events or just for everyday life I wear shoes that won’t be hurting my feet after a few hours and my Hotter shoes are perfect. I own quite a few pairs, so today I’m sharing some of my favourites to wear with my vintage outfits.

Hotter Shoes for Vintage Outfits

Vintage Style Shoes from Hotter Shoes

For everyday I mostly wear flats. I walk a lot so it’s the most practical choice. I almost always wear pretty dresses though, so I like shoes that are actually more practical than they look! So popular everyday choices for me include my Flare sandals and for a slightly dressier look I’ll go for something like Hallie. For more dressy occasions or vintage events I’ll usually wear Donna or Viviene. I’ve also included Valletta in the picture above, I don’t own these, but I spotted them in the Outlet section of the Hotter website and there are few sizes left for a few lucky feet!

Vintage Style Shoes from Hotter Shoes

Viviene and Village Vintage Style Shoes

Vivienne are one of my favourite pairs of Hotter shoes. I own them in this simple cream colour and they are so versatile, I can wear them with almost anything. These are from last year and they now come come in a selection of other colours and two tone options. These are ideal for wearing with vintage dresses. I love the navy and cream pair so much.

Another favourite pair are the Village brogues, again I own them in a very easy to wear natural shade. This is another pair that is now in the Outlet section, but I thought I’d include them just incase any of you are a size 8. I mostly wear these with my cropped jeans, but they’d look great with skirts and dresses too. For some alternative lace up options click here.

Vintage Style Shoes from Hotter Shoes

Flare and Mabel Comfy Shoes for Everyday

I own the Flare sandals in two different colour-ways, the brown pictured above and a red pair from last season. I wear these at least 3 or 4 times a week and they just don’t seem to wear out. They are great quality and will last for years. I like the nod to 40s sandals with the Flare and I think they look great with vintage dresses. These come in lots of colours, so you can match them up to your favourite outfits.

I love a nice pair of lace up canvas shoes and the Mabel from Hotter are a firm favourite. These are another one that come in so many different prints, I’d love have a few pairs go these to match different outfits. I chose these because they’re quite an easy colour to mix and match with.

Vintage Style Shoes from Hotter Shoes

Donna Comfortable and Stylish

My all time favourite Hotter style would have to be Donna. These have been available for a few years now and have come in a variety of colours over the years. both my pairs are quite old now and the pink especially have been worn a lot. They are so comfortable and look amazing as part of a vintage inspired outfit. At the moment they come in a pale pink, a truffle and black and cream options. there are also a few colours in the Outlet section.

Hallie for Dressing Up and Down, Sol for Happy Feet

One of the newest additions to my collection are the Hallie shoes, these are low heel while still being quite dressy. I love to wear these with really casual outfits like jeans and gypsy tops and also go all out and wear them with a gorgeous dress. This is a pair I’d take on holiday, so I could wear them day and night. These also come in black a metallic nickel finish.

I wear my Sol sandals so much, that I had to take them off my feet to take this picture! Although not specifically vintage in style, they do go with just about everything, especially in the gold shade that I have. This is another style that comes in loads of colours and I definitely wouldn’t mind having a few more pairs. I’ve walked miles around London in these without my feet hurting at all, I’d definitely recommend these if you walk a lot, but still want pretty sandals.

Find your Perfect Pair

Fine the full range of comfortable shoes over on the Hotter website.

This post was sponsored by Hotter who I will be working with on a few posts over the summer. I am so grateful to be able to work with brands who I already shop with and love. All opinions as always are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 


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It’s been quite a while since I found a bikini that I really love and feel comfortable in. Much as I love my body, I like styles that cover my stretch marks, but also have enough room for my boobs. It can actually be really hard to find something that works when you’re not a conventional body shape. I recently got the opportunity to choose a bikini and cover up from Boohoo and I’m so glad I chose this simple black bikini and beautiful fringed kimono.

When I started looking on the Boohoo website, I went straight to the plus size section, which has an amazing selection of swimwear in size 16-24. The plus range is every bit as lovely as their main range and I was impressed with how fashion forward everything was.

In dresses I usually go for a size 14, but in swimwear I like to size up as I have a big bum and boobs and feel more comfortable in a larger size. The bottoms fit perfectly, but the top was a little loose round the back, so I had to wear it as tie back. I’m a 32F, so I often need to size swimwear up to allow for my cup size and make things smaller round the back to allow for my smaller rib cage. This isn’t a big problem for me though and so worth it to get a great fit. I couldn’t believe how supportive the bikini tops was, I felt secure and comfortable and the style was perfect for me.

The best thing about the bikini was how confident I felt in it. It hid the bits I’m self conscious about and supported my boobs, so I could just enjoy a lovely day on the beach with Rob and the kids without worrying about how I looked. I definitely believe that every body is bikini ready and there is a perfect bikini out there for everyone. Confidence shouldn’t come from changing you, but finding the right swimwear for you. I now want to buy lots more gorgeous bikinis, so me and my new found confidence can have even more fun on the beach.

The cover up is so perfect for me and I love both the print and the fringed details. It was nice having an extra layer as I don’t go to the beach to tan but to play with the kids, take in the view and have fun. It was also nice as we visited the beach later in the day and it kept the chilly breeze at bay. This would be perfect to take away on holiday.

You can find the full range of swimwear on the Boohoo website or check out the plus size range.

These pics were shot by Rob on a lovely day out at the beach with the kids. *Thank you to Boohoo for sending me a bikini to try and thank you for focussing on a body positive inclusive range.


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