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?

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So we’re already a few days into February and so far this year has been pretty good. I wanted to take a bit of time at the end or beginning of each month to see how I’m getting on with my goals and to catch up a bit. I also want to photograph more of my vintage dresses, so thought this was a good opportunity to show you another dress from my collection.

At the beginning of January I talked about my goals for 2018. A month into the year and on the whole I’m doing pretty well with them. My first goal was to look after myself more. I’ve still been getting reasonably early nights. There were a few where I stayed up a bit too late watching TV with Rob, but I’m back to getting 8 hours now and it makes such a big difference.

I’ve also been going to the gym as much as possible and have been to Yoga, Pilates and Spin as well as swimming and working out. I’ve also been for plenty of lovely long walks and I’ve especially enjoyed these. I’ve been looking up interesting walking routes and have really enjoyed getting away from it all and exploring new places. Fresh air and exercise really do work wonders. I didn’t feel that great this week and going for a long walk with Rob really made me feel better.

I’ve also been better at pacing myself and haven’t done more work than I can manage. This is the thing I’ve found the hardest. By nature I’m a workaholic, but only doing what I can manage and reining in my goals a bit has been very good for me. I do want to do a bit more blogging though and I have just bought a lot of new stock for my Etsy and I can’t wait to get that listed very soon.

I’ve done quite a few nice things in my home over the last month, especially in Lila’s room. I still have a bit of finishing off to do, but expect a blog post on that pretty soon. I also have a few DIY posts planned, so watch this space (you may be watching for a while)!

And thats about it for my goals so far this year. Have you set yourself any goals? How are you getting on with them? How has 2018 been for you so far?

The dress I’m wearing in this post is another vintage Swirl dress. You can read about one of my other ones and find out a bit more about Swirl dresses in my post from last year. I’m wearing it with a flower garland from H&M, some vintage bangles and shoes from Hotter. The dress is a little small on me, but I’ve kept it for a while as I like it so much. This is one I’ll eventually part with, as I don’t like keeping things that don’t get worn and appreciated enough.

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For someone who has a lot of clothes, I actually find shopping quite tedious. Especially when I’m looking for something specific. There’s nothing worse than having to trawl through lots of different websites trying to find that perfect item of clothing. I was recently introduced to a site called Octer, which aims to make the experience a little easier. Octer is a shopping site which includes items from hundreds of different online and high street retailers. It’s a great tool if you want to search lots of different shops for one item.

Octer Cath Kidston Skirt Enid Collins Bag and Miss L Fire ShoesAs someone who doesn’t shop on the high street that often, I have very specific tastes, so it was a really quick way to find something that would work with the rest of my wardrobe. I’m a bit obsessed with skirts at the moment, so that was the first thing I looked for on the Octer site. I was able to specify my price range and them browsed through until I spotted something I loved. It wasn’t long before I spotted this gorgeous pencil print skirt from Cath Kidston and I knew it was the one.

Octer ReviewI really enjoyed being able to look through so many different options and I discovered a few brands that I wouldn’t otherwise have thought to look at. The site is so easy to use and once you’ve found the item you want, it takes you through to the retailers website so you can purchase the item. I’m going to a ball later in the year and I need a dress to wear and I’ve already used Octer to scout out a few options.

Octer OOTDThe site doesn’t just cover women’s clothing it also has mens and children’s wear as well as beauty products, technology and interior items listed, so it’s a great one stop shop for everything you need. It’s the closest thing you’ll get to an online department store. I’d really recommend giving it a go, if like me you want to save time on shopping. Find out more on the Octer website.

I wore my new skirt with a top from Collectif, a vintage Enid Collins bag and Miss L Fire shoes.

*Thank you to Octor for paying for my skirt, all opinions as always are my own. 

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Antiques are something I’ve always had a huge love for. Since I was little and used to spend time in my Grandmas’s shop or look at all the lovely furniture and decorative items in their home. The past is a great place to look for beautiful things. This week I attended the preview evening of the Olympia Art and Antiques Fair. The fair brings together the most prestigious antiques dealers with the very finest products. Items on display range from early 20th century pieces all the way back to incredible ancient pieces, which are so old it’s a treat just to be able to look at them.

Olympia Art and Antiques Gold Cherub StatueDealers bring only their very finest pieces and as such prices range from the hundreds to many thousands of pounds. Even if you are not in the market for buying, I’d recommend a visit just to bask in all the beautiful treasures on display. I only had just over an hour to look round and I’d recommend allowing a lot more time as there is just so much to see. I thought I’d share a few of my favourite pieces from the show…

Olympia Art and Antiques Art Deco PosterA detail from an art deco poster from Duveen Art and Antiques.

Olympia Art and Antiques fair Patricia Lester 70s 80s Vintage dressA vintage Patricia Lester Dress from Midwinter Antiques.

Olympia Art and Antiques Fair Cherub with TrumpetOne of a pair of gorgeous antique cherubs.

Olympia Art and Antiques Fair French Art Deco Bronze FigurineA stunning French 1925 art deco bronze figurine from Solo Antiques.

Olympia Art and Antiques Fair Ancient Egyptian HeadAn Egyptian face from Art Ancient.

Olympia Art and Antiques Fair Art Deco Bronze FigurineA bronze art deco figurine from Jeroem Markies Art Deco.

Olympia Art and Antiques Fair Monk StatueA lovely painted wooden monk statue.

Olympia art and Antiques Art Deco Red Poppy Glass PotA stunning 1900 French vintage glass vase from Solo Antiques.

Olympia Art and Antiques Fair Art Deco Chairs and SideboardA wonderful pair of chairs from Justin Evershed-Martin.

Olympia Art and Antiques Art Deco Inlaid Wooden DeskAn exquisite wooden inlaid dressing table from Justin Evershed-Martin.

Olympia Art and Antiques Table FootballA football table from Hatchwell Antiques.

Olympia Art and Antiques Deco Bronze SculptureA 1928 ‘Rocket Girl’ bronze sculpture from Solo Antiques.

Olympia Art and Antiques fair Ancient Coin HoardA wonderful coin hoard from Art Ancient.

Olympia Art and Antiques Religious StatueA carved Christ statue from Pearse Lukies Antiques.

Olympia Art and Antiques Crochet AnimalsOne of several amazing crocheted animals from Anthony Fell.

Olympia Art and Antiques Fair Blue and White ChinaA huge selection on blue and white porcelain from Sue Norman.

Olympia Art and Antiques Fair Careless Talk Costs Lives PosterWW2 posters from Manning Fine Art. This dealer also has the original Keep Calm and Carry on Poster, which has such an interesting background. I’m going to be writing a separate post on it, in the near future so keep your eyes peeled.

This is such a tiny selection of the wonderful things on display. It really is an amazing treasure trove of beautiful things waiting to find new homes. One day when I own my own stately home, I’ll be coming here for my furniture and antiques!

The fair runs until 3rd July at the Olympia Exhibition Centre in London.

Find more details on The Art and Antiques Fair website.

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if there was one festival I wish I could go to this year it would have to be The Festival of Vintage. So many lovely people I know are going and the line up for the event is simply fabulous. Unfortunately I have loads of family commitments that weekend. But just because I’m missing out it doesn’t mean you have to. The lovely organisers at Festival of Vintage have given me 10 tickets to give away to my readers! I’m going to give them away as 5 pairs, so you’re in with a really good chance of winning if you enter!


The festival is returning to York for the 6th year on the 23rd and 24th April and promises to be an amazing weekend for vintage fans, looking to be transported back in time for a weekend of nostalgic entertainment. The line-up includes dace lessons, hair stylists, make-do and mend workshops,fashion parades, classic vehicles and displays across both days.



The Marks and Spencer archive have teamed up with the event, with a selection of talks and a showcase of some of their collection of 30s to 60s vintage fashions. Definitely one for those fashion history geeks amongst us!


As for vintage shopping, this is definitely the place to be. The festival will host over 200 hand-picked vintage dealers from across the UK selling fashion and homewares from 1930’s-1960’s as well as 50 top quality Repro Brands.


There will also be a best dressed contest, so be sure to turn up in all your vintage finery. The contest will be judged by the team from Vintage Life Magazine.


I asked organiser Keeley Harris a few questions about her love of vintage and the event itself…

When did your love of vintage start and what inspired your love of vintage?

I loved what was known at the time as just “old stuff” from the age of 10 when I played dress up at my friend’s house in 1930’s dresses (we are talking nearly 30 years ago!). From there I collected things…old dolls, handbags and costume jewellery. When I was 15 I helped my dad at Antiques Fairs and was always drawn to 1950’s ceramics and fashion. The rest they say, is history!


What is your favourite vintage era and why?

I really love the 1960’s for the fashion. It’s the bright colours and funky patterns of the late 60’s that are my favourites. I have a lot of shift dresses, flat shoes and big handbags in every bright clashing colour combination you can imagine. And they are practical for everyday wear. Plus I have a very 60’s bowl haircut at the moment!


Where did the idea to put on a big event like The Festival of Vintage come from?

Back in 2011 there were very few larger vintage events and none up-north. So being a bit of a ‘seize the day’ kind of girl I set to work creating one! After the first event was an amazing success with thousands flocking from across the UK, I knew I was on to something that could just grow and grow and be a big part of the vintage social calendar!


What is your personal favourite part of the festival and why?

Visitors definitely make the effort and seeing their wonderful period outfits is one of the highlights for me. It makes me smile to think that they have been planning what to wear and really gone to town. Therefore I absolutely love hosting the Best Dressed competition every year. It’s fairly hotly contested and involves the winner from each day getting £100 Cash and a FOV Rosette. The attention to detail is breath taking. This year it’s being judged by Vintage Life magazine which will make it even more exciting.


What sets the festival apart from other events and what makes it special and unique?

Each and every year I add in new features, different displays and talks, to keep it fresh and interesting and so for 2016 we are definitely celebrating vintage fashion and all of its different forms. There is going to be a fabulous display and talks from York Castle Museum who are showcasing a new exhibition entitled “A History Of Shaping the Body”. Marks & Spencer’s Company Archive are sharing their fascinating story ‘From Brassieres to Bri-Nylon: M&S in the 50s and 60s’ and I have also handpicked a fabulous selection of vintage traders from across the UK to sell only the best early vintage fashion in our Vintage Arcade. They save up some amazing pieces to bring to FOV which is really exciting for our visitors.


What advice would you give to people attending their first vintage event?

Here are my top tips for first timers:

  • If you are there to soak up the atmosphere, don’t be afraid to talk to other visitors. The vintage scene is very welcoming.
  • Embrace the fashion and go to town on your outfit – you are amongst likeminded people.
  • If you are there for a bit of shopping, get to the stalls early as one off unusual pieces sell first.
  • Finally, if you don’t know how to dance just have a go!


Advance tickets are on-sale now via the website or can be bought on the door priced at £10 per adult per day & accompanied children under 16 years are FREE.

Doors open from 10am-5pm Both Days. York Racecourse, York, YO23 1EX for more information visit www.festivalofvintage.co.uk or call 0113 3458699

If you’d like to win a pair of tickets for The Festival of Vintage, just use the rafflecopter entry form below. There are loads of ways to enter and you can do all of them or just one as you please. Once the giveaway has ended, winners will be picked at random and I will get in touch with you with all the details. Good Luck!