We are totally and utterly in love with these tempoary tattoos. They are new to Southwood Stores and we couldn't be any more excited than we are ! We love the work of 'By The Lanes', two beautiful oh so cool blonde sisters who are based in the UK. Shaneen and I had a good old play with the tattoos and will be wearing them at the blog awards next week for sure.
These temporary tattoos were from the Deluxe set and right up our street, full to the brim with geographic swoonage! (if that is a word) We cannot wait to see how you use yours...
I was due an upgrade from my iphone 5 in September, based on the rather dodgy reviews of the iphone 6 plus (the phone I had my eye on) bending I decided to hold fire. Typically as soon as I told them I wouldn't be upgrading for a while my iphone 5 started to go wrong. The battery life which wasn't the greatest to begin with, became a joke, cutting out at 70% etc. I decided to take the plunge and upgrade and I'm pleased I did. I decided to go for the 6plus rather than the 6 because the bigger screen enables me to fine tune the edits on my iphone photos. I was very excited by the new camera spec on the iphone 6 and 6 plus, being a relatively new convert to iphoneography it was all about the camera spec for me. I'm not one to carry my phone in my pocket so the size wasn't a concern from that point of view. Thus far I'm very happy and holding my old iphone5 in my hand now feels alien!
Today is our 18th wedding anniversary, we have been together for 23 years. I met this boy when he was 17 and I was 15. I want to dedicate this little post to him today and say a huge thank you to him for being my man.
Mr S is my soul mate, my very best friend and an amazing father to our teenage boys. We are all so lucky to have him in our lives. When I have had a bad day he makes it all go away. Life hasn't been easy and has had it's ups and downs from redundancies to losing my Mum. But when things have gone wrong we have always had each other. I wouldn't of wanted to have shared my life with anyone but him. I am so excited at what the next 18 years has to bring, the adventures we will share together.
Don't you think it is just amazing how wearing something can completely change your mood ? How I feel when I wake up definitely affects my choice of threads. I have always used clothes to express my interests since I can remember and of course I have made some serious mistakes. When I was about 10 my favourite outfit was a bright orange pair of leggings with a matching sleeveless vest top, made out of some kind of stretchy lycra. It still makes me laugh when I think back to that outfit...
Nowadays my clothes reflect the mood I am in, tired, cosy, edgy, sexy, fun... the list goes on really. It is something I am really aware of. I would love to know if you are like me or have you always stuck to the same type of clothes ? I have a rule I have always stuck to and that is if I have not worn an item for over a year it goes onto ebay or is passed onto a friend.
My clothes have always been an ever changing reflection of what I am into at that time of my life. My kids will have a field day looking through old photos I am sure of that!
I'm a little different to Hayley because I am a hoarder. I have jeans that have sat in my drawer for over a decade because I had good memories wearing them (and hope to fit into them again some day). I will keep something in case it comes back into fashion, and I will keep tired clothes in case I decide to decorate. My wardrobe and drawers are bursting at the seams. I'm a very sentimental person and this applies to hanging onto old clothes. I remember my mum keeping lots of her 80's fashion for me but being a teenager in the 00's I of course turned my nose up at her shoulder pads and mental furry jumpers. I find myself keeping things with my daughter in mind now though... and so the cycle continues.
I do believe that clothes can help alter your mood. I stand a little taller if I feel good in what I'm wearing. I once read a quote that said "when I say I have nothing to wear I actually mean I have nothing in my wardrobe that suits who I want to be today", this is very true of me.
Instagram is full to the brrim of the most wonderful people and I find it truly inspiring and creative. It is great when you connect with someone and share interests. Recently obsessing over my latest tattoos I got thinking about other IG'ers tattoos that I adore and today I wanted to share a few with you.
Meet this gorgeous uber stylish Instagram Mummy @kellyanngoyette. How stunning is this photograph. I adore everything about it!!
As you might all know by now Shaneen and I share a love of the triangle tattoo and this gorgeous photo of @oh_dearweeone cannot go without a mentioon. The lovely Cara also has a lovely blog that is a must to have a peep at, you can check it out HERE
This beautiful arm belongs to the talented, kind hearted @origami_est she is a lover of paper and gives away her proceeds to a fabulous cause! You must have a look at her instagram feed it is a real treat for your eyes.
This tattoo I adore belongs to @niinao, her feed is just full to the brim with creative shots and I am a massive fan. This is a tattoo I often think about getting myself and may be on my wishlist.
This girl @encino_maam dazzles me with her beauty on a daily basis! I adore her sense of humour and she is an absolute stunner. I really hope to meet this beauty one day in real life, she lives thousands of miles away over the pond.
Of course this post cannot go by without me mentioning my beautiful blog partner shaneen, she has quite a few tattoos and this one I love very much. You can also check out a few of our other tattoo posts here and here. This post is all about why we chose our little triangles too.
I am a mum with teenage boys, I had them young. My first was born when I was 21 and our second son followed when I was 23. Now I look back I can barely believe we had them so young but we have no regrets and it was the right thing for us at the time. We have always loved being young parents, I have had people ask me if I struggled due to my age but the truth is I was quite a strict mum when they were tiny. We had a good routine, Paul and I always wanted our evenings to spend together. As they grew up we became a laid back kind of family, they spent a lot of time with us and our friends. None of our friends had children until much later so our boys tagged along. I think this has really helped them with their social skills as they are both very confident around adults.
There is sometimes a stigma about having sons, and "sending useless men out into the world who can't do a thing for themselves" but I think things have changed! Growing up I was always aware of trying to instill independence into our boys. My goal as a mum has always been to see my boys develop into happy, independent men. I have always juggled and worked around my family allowing me to pick them up from school. On one hand this has been great, they know I am there to talk through any problems and have a chat after school, but the bad side is they are both quite lazy. They are not good at tidying up after themselves, I'm not sure they know how to use a washing machine. I have recently put a laundry basket in each bedroom but I wish I had done this when they were tiny. Although to be totally honest the clothes still sometimes do not actually make it into the basket!!!
I now refuse to make their beds and after washing their bedding they have to pop it back on themselves... which can take a few days!!! aggggghhh
I really want my boys to be able to look after themselves when they leave home and go off to uni etc. but I am very aware that my husband and I do all of the chores such as ironing, washing, making the school lunch boxes. I guess it is my duty to educate my boys to have life skills, I am not saying I want my boys to do all the housework but I want them to have the skill set to be able to. There is a balance between not wanting the boys to come home to an empty house after school but also giving them the skills to be able to do certain things for themselves, like cook dinner, perhaps like children who have parents working full time. They are both bright boys, I'm sure they know how to do these things for themselves, our home has never 1950's environment, we work as a team so they have learnt more from observing than doing. As time goes by I am more confident about their ability to look after themselves, not because they are asked to prepare meals or the like but because of the way we operate as a family and the way times have changed, men these days are more involved in childcare, cooking and cleaning and we think thats great!
Spending what seems like forever in a gymnasium that has a slight stinky feet odour to it is made all the more fun by Bang Bang Copenhagen's leotards. This is the second one we have bought and it didn't fail to disappoint. Their unique and funky twist on childrens clothes always leaves me blown away season to season. When I saw this leotard I knew I had to get it!
Finding sports wear is always a bit tricky especially sports bras that offer good support and look good. This leopard print one above that Shaneen is wearing is from ASOS and by a brand called Marie Meili.
H&M offer great sportwear ar really reasonable prices. We love this one priced at £9.99 and it offers medium support.
Although we both love Nike bras they do tend to come up on the small side. They can also be quite pricey as this one is £30. We both wear our bra tops underneath a vest while we exercise and for us it is just about a flas of colour or pattern.
If you fancy a pop of colour we think Nike have got that covered too...
Four Monkeys is an online store with amazing finds for children. My wishlist from there is endless! Not only is it a shop full of wonderful goodies it is also run by the loveliest of ladies.
With Halloween around the corner and Christmas getting closer this shop has it covered. Four Monkeys is such a beautifully designed website with a halloween and toy section at the ready (perfect for lazy searchers like myself.
Aside from having a seriously cool shop Kinga also has a beautiful instagram feed. This isn't just a place to talk shop but also shows wonderful lifestyle images of her own life and how the items in her shop fit in around it. Every time I see one of her photos pop up on my feed it makes me want to shop!
If you are after something a little different for a christmas gift really look no further. There are oodles to choose from and you know you will be giving something very unique and special!