I always really love it when one of my favourite designers does a high street collaboration and one of the best ones at the moment is Orla Kiely’s Olive and Orange range for Halfords.

Olive and Orange range by Orla Kiely for HalfordsLast year when I needed a tent for the Twinwood Festival, I had quite a few demands. I needed something that looked great and had plenty of room for me and all my clothes. After much searching I found a gorgeous one, with an amazing Orla print at Halfords.

Olive and Orange range by Orla Kiely for HalfordsLater in the year I was lucky enough to meet Orla for the first time at the Halfords press day and she was absolutely lovely. She even noticed my Enid Collins handbag and asked me all about it, before making a note of it on her phone! That totally made my day.

Olive and Orange range by Orla Kiely for HalfordsA few weeks ago I was invited to another event, this time an afternoon tea at Claridges to celebrate the latest pieces from the Orla Kiely at Halfords collection. The range not only includes camping and outdoor items and a wonderful collection of bikes and bike accessories. It is made up of three new nature inspired prints and they are all gorgeous.

Olive and Orange range by Orla Kiely for HalfordsFor someone like me, who likes a pretty print on everything, the whole range appeals to me a lot. I love the idea of riding on bike with a lovely retro inspired print. Especially since it would go so well with my tent!

Olive and Orange range by Orla Kiely for HalfordsThe afternoon tea was a real treat too. As you’d expect from Claridges all the food was delicious. We were treated to a lovely selection of finger sandwiches, as well as cakes and scones and a selection of jams.

Here are a few of my favourite pieces from the collaboration.

Olive and Orange range by Orla Kiely for Halfordsbike – festival chair – basket linerbaskethelmetbellbike

Some of the range has already sold out, as its always a very popular collaboration. Fin gets crossed it’ll be back again next year, so I can get some more goodies before festival season. You can view the full range over on the Halfords website.

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It’s been a fabulous couple of weeks. The sun shone for our daughters christening and everyone had loads of fun, the olympics came to our home city and the school holidays have started.

Here’s a couple of pics of our garden looking fab for the christening, The bunting is from Paperchase and the benches were made by husband extraordinaire.

Here’s the cake which is from Waitrose…

We were lucky enough to have the Olympic torch relay come just round the corner of our house. There were an amazing number of people out on the road to cheer as it went past and the atmosphere was amazing. It was a really proud moment and one that the kids and I will remember forever!

Here’s a picture of the torch going past!

I am super excited to be going to the Olympic park this Sunday to watch the cycling, will be posting some pics next week.

This weekend we went on a family trip to Saltdean, near Brighton. Saltdean is known for it’s beautiful white cliffs and fantastic rockpools. The beach was so quiet and so much fun and we found lots of little fish, shrimps and crabs. I’d really recommend this beach for kid’s and we had a fab time.