Paw Patrol – Puppy love

So something very exciting happened last week – we welcomed our third.  Well, before a flurry of well wishing I should probably clarify that our third has four legs, the sweetest face and a very waggy tail.  Yep after a few years of pet-badgering from the Littles we have dodged the goldfish, hamster and stick insect option and gone the whole hog and got ourselves a wee pup.

Now I am fully aware that most of you signed up to Princess and the Pram not Princess and the Pooch but I couldn’t resist doing one blog post on all things mutt related.
First up is this rather marvellous crate and crate cover from Lords and Labradors.  Due to London living and the sad lack of a utility room, I was keen for my kitchen not to resemble a veterinary surgery and so opted for this rather chic beige ticking number.  We put the flap down at night and it keeps it nice and dark for our new addition.
Next up is Mungo and Maud.  Well as if getting a puppy wasn’t enough, checking out the retail therapy on offer for all things pooch related is my new favourite hobby.  Rightly labelled as a Dog and Cat Outfitter, Mungo & Maud certainly has the smartest bits and pieces to complement the contemporary home.  I am eyeing up one of their divine collars for when my pup reaches full size.
When past the crate stage and once the Little Miss has stopped gnawing everything in sight I will be looking to Charley Chau for one of their fantastic dog beds – see main pic. If you have to have your pet very much in your living space then take a look at these. I love the look of this raised Rattan one – below.
Lastly couldn’t resist sharing a pic of the newest member of the family, Little M.
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All Wrapped Up – Cosy Personalised Towels

So the weather is the pits and there is nothing nicer than putting my littlies into a hot tub at the end of a long, windy January day.  It’s made all the more lovelier by their gorgeous new personalised towels, lying await on the radiator for them post dip.  A great new discovery, Butterflies & Bees, is run by two mummies achieving that tricky balance of work and mumlife and from face cloths through to bath sheets they have got bathtime covered.

The animal-obsessed Little A has the shark motif lettering and for Little B I was instantly drawn to their Libertyesque Cornflower capers.  All towels are made from brilliantly thick 100% white cotton and the bespoke lettering makes them an ideal present for godchildren and siblings. Take a look.

All in the detail:

All by Butterflies and Bees
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All towel products 650GSM 100% Cotton
Facecloths, Hand Cloth, Bath Towel and Bath Sheet
From £6

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Soho Styling – from House to Home

So with the Beckhams potentially taking up residence next to Soho Farmhouse and having enjoyed a cheeky weekender at Babington House in the run-up to Christmas, I have realised that one of the best things about the Soho House brand (aside from food/booze/spa loveliness) is their interiors.

I love their eclectic vintage vibe, peppered with luxurious velvets and leathers and all thrown in with a dash of chintz for good measure.  Waxing lyrically about our boudoir at BH to a friend, I was delighted when they pointed out to me that the Soho House brand now sell homewares online.  After giving Father C the nod, I was thrilled to find the lovely Logan rug under the Christmas tree this year and with its muted colour palette works perfectly well in bedrooms as it would in hallways and drawing rooms.

Aside from rugs they do armchairs, beds, throws, lamps, bedding to name but a few and there is a whole section offering up vintage delights too.  Essentially if you fancy recreating some Soho House chic at home then take a peek.

All in the detail:

All items by Soho Home
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Perfect Party Prep – Aromatherapy Associates

If you are already suffering from Christmas party fatigue, I may have the perfect little pick-me-up for you.  Recommended by a somewhat ‘spiritual’ friend of mine, this Aromatherapy Associates bath/shower oil is the perfect tonic to combat the post war-zone/kids tea slump after 5pm.  If your hair smells of fish fingers and you would rather slob on the sofa than don your glad rags for the night ahead, then add a couple of drops of this to your bath or shower and you will raring to go again.  The perfect recharge for the evening ahead… you just might have to fish the bath toys out of the way first.

All in the detail:

Revive Evening Bath and Shower Oil, £45
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Also available at John Lewis
I have the Evening version but there is also a Morning one too
Would make a great stocking filler 

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READER OFFER – Octavia Hix

READER OFFER OCTAVIA HIX

Rather than do Gift guides this year I am just going to do the odd post here and there on pretty things that have caught my eye. (I also have the problem that if I say what I have bought it slightly ruins the surprise factor for my family and friends on Christmas Day!). That said and because my mum is a somewhat sporadic reader of PATP, I will let you in on what I am wrapping up for her under the tree.

For a lady who likes her Winter Sun I have snapped up one of these gorgeous easy breezy dresses by Octavia Hix.  Perfect to throw on post pool for lunch, they come in two different lengths and most importantly for my mum they come out of your suitcase looking like they did when they went in.  I bought a couple for half term and not only did I find them super flattering but a totally indispensable addition to my holiday wardrobe. Wear with a heels and a leather jacket at night, sandals and straw hat for the day.

For Princess and the Pram readers you lucky things are entitled to 15% off.  Simply use the code below and happy shopping.  Always a good one to direct the hubby to incase they are struggling to get you something for Christmas.

All in the detail:

Dresses by Octavia Hix
For discount enter the code ANCHRISTMAS15 on the shipping address page
With code short dresses are £135.15 and long £152.15
Perfect Christmas pressie for anyone destined for hotter climes in 2017

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Magic Slippers – Desmond and Dempsey

D&D

After a particularly rain-soaked weekend, nothing makes me more pleased than getting rid of the wellies by the door and sinking my feet into my heavenly new slippers. Burgundy ponyskin – check, candyfloss pink faux fur interior – check, sturdy soles in case you nip out – check.  Bags of style on the outside and super comfy on the inside, these slippers scream weekend chic.  Perfect if you are currently post baby and slobbing out in a variety of moth eaten cashmere and need to up level your ‘nan’ slippers.  I wear mine non stop and they disguise themselves beautifully as loafers when teamed with a black skinny jean.

Also available in smoke grey ponyskin with zebra trim for those that keep things monochrome.  Definitely check out Desmond and Dempsey’s PJs if you are looking to overhaul your bedtime wardrobe.  Their slippers and nightwear also make pretty perfect Christmas pressies for the sister who has everything.

D&D

All in the detail:

All by Desmond and Dempsey
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Slippers, £85
Sized 36-41
Nightwear from £75
I love the Bocas Print & Howie Pineapple

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Xmas One Stop Shop – Sophie Allport

SA backpack

Now we are safely in November I can finally breathe the word Christmas! Yep its time to get organised and tick off the pressie list.  First wonder shop to visit is Sophie Allport. There is a great range for different budgets and I have already accosted Father C to deliver one of their Alice in Wonderland rucksacks for Christmas this year.   Huge variety in prints – we love the Safari and Woodland Party especially – and if you have Godchildren pressies to post, the children’s aprons are sure to be a big hit and postbox friendly too.

Also if you feel your Little Ones have outgrown the melamine plate stage then check out their gorgeous Alice in Wonderland china.  I snapped up the cereal bowls and plates and not only do the kids feel very ‘grown up’ but it also gets them to finish their food as they race to find the mischievous White Rabbit adorning their crockery.

All in the detail:

All by Sophie Allport
Backpacks from £19
Aprons from £12
Melamine Dinner plates from £7
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British Bake off – the cheat’s way

Lets eat cake

Now GBBO is over I am on the hunt for another program to enjoy with the kids.  Aside from giving me massive cravings for cake, each episode always makes me believe that maybe even I could whip up a masterpiece with the Kitchen Aid currently sitting sadly in my cupboard.  The hero of my wedding gift list has had to contend with being dusted off for the odd time I am required to bake for school sales and it is even neglected when it comes to the kids’ birthdays as I usually head to the shops in search of personalised cakes.  Little B had an incred Cinders cake from M&S this year.

However, there is a part that niggles my conscience and one glance into my childhood photo albums reminds me of the lovely cakes my mum used to spend hours making for me and how I really ‘should try harder’.  Just yesterday though I was let into a little secret.  A kind of mummy’s little helper.  I am not talking about Gin but a clever little company who sends you all the bits and pieces you need to create really lovely cakes.

That’s right simply add eggs, butter and a dash of milk to Craft and Crumb’s organic cake mix and follow the instructions and you too can be proud of something Bake Off worthy.  Each kit contains disposable cake and cupcake baking pans, cupcake cases, icing bag and nozzle, natural colouring, cake board, organic cake mix, organic icing sugar for your buttercream and decorations.  You can buy extra decorations and cute number candles too.  My friend had just pulled off the Princess Castle cake with total success and there are some really cool boys ones too.  Have a look and for once be pleased to adorn a pinny and not have to hide the supermarket packaging!

All in the detail:

All by Craft & Crumb
Cake Kits from £29.95
Boys and Girls themes available
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Pepa’s Picks – Autumn Winter 16

pepa

The leaves have turned, the heating is now on and I must admit I am just a little overexcited by the prospect of winter dressing. It’s only one more year before school uniform prevails for Little B and wardrobe fun becomes limited to weekends only.   Go to brand for A/W togs is local SW6 brand Pepa & Co.  Princess Charlotte looked impeccably cute in her pieces for the Canada trip and her brother most dapper.  What I love about Pepa & Co is that there are great things for both boys and girls.  I snapped up two pairs of bloomers for Little B (the dusty pink with frill trim and the grey herringbone) and I have my eye on the blue double collar sweater for Little A.   For any newborns out there check out the Bear motif knitted romper.

All in the detail:

All by Pepa & Co
Clothing sized Newborn – 8 yrs

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Spot On – chic flats for Autumn

Slippers

 

Fancy a little Mini-me fashion in your life then look no further than these slippers from French company Chatelles.  You can add coloured tassels for extra personalisation and for a sportier look check out their slip-on version.

All in the detail:

Leo slipper, €190
Mini Leo slipper, €125
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They courier your shoes in 1-2 days to UK.

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