Pillow talk – bespoke nursery pillowcases


Judging by how busy the stork has been delivering bundles of pink and blue to my friends over the last few weeks, I think you can tell it was Christmas and New Year just over 9 months ago.  A whole host of seriously cute and dinky newborns have arrived and as ever I have been trying to find the perfect pressies for them.

Having summered in North Carolina this year, I have developed a serious love of anything with personalised embroidery on it and with this in mind I have found the perfect place to browse – SarahK Designs. Sarah does beautiful nursery pillowcases that you can have personalised with a name, monogram and/or date of birth.  She has loads of designs to choose from, I love the blue dots/red writing combo for the boys and the blue Dragonfly/pink writing for the girls.  You can also get them gift wrapped and delivered direct to recipient which cuts out all the wrapping and posting from home. They make a lovely gift to suit any nursery style.

It is also worth checking out SarahK Designs range of bedlinen.  I find it hard to find nice linen for Little B’s cotbed and she has 6 lovely, classic designs and her duck Baby Quilts have a lovely vintage feel.
All in the detail:
Personalised Baby pillowcases, £35
30cm x 40cm (excluding border)
Hand embroidered 
Machine washable
All by SarahK Designs, click here to view
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The A/W edit – what I’m wearing now

WC waistocoatIts official Autumn is here.  I always think of September as a time of change and it certainly has been a big one these last few weeks as Little A has donned his uniform and trotted off to ‘Big School’.  Gone is my lunch partner of 4 years and instead the house feels eerily quiet whilst Little B is having her lunchtime snooze. It has given me a few extra hours though to embark on the Autumn Clean.  My wardrobe was in serious need of some TLC and it was time to get rid of a lot of ‘I might fit into it one day’ items of clothing.  Something quite cosy about putting away your summer stuff and bringing out the tights, dresses and cardis.  I am sure I will be seriously bored of my winterwear by January but in the meantime I have bought a couple of new pieces that brighten up my day when confronted with miserable British weather.

The White Company have done it again with their AW collection.  I literally feel I could live in their catalogue.  First up is this super wearable black cardigan with leather sleeves.  Perfect to take you from day to night and great for the changeable Autumnal weather when its not quite cold enough for a coat.  My second hero piece is their Boiled Wool Waistcoat – see main pic. A great transitional piece it looks fab paired with a simple jumper and statement necklace. The ultimate layering piece, I will be slinging it over my leather jacket when the weather turns cold.
Leather sleeves
All in the detail:
All clothing by The White Company, click here to view
Leather Sleeve Cardigan in Dark Charcoal Marl, £189
I went a size smaller for fit
Boiled Wool knit Waistoat in black, £149
If items are out of stock online it is definitely worth trying their stores.
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Back to school – scooter storage

scooterTermtime is round the corner and as I am frantically sewing in the Little A’s nametapes (why I have gone old school I don’t know!) my thoughts have turned to how much more ‘kit’ will be cluttering our hallway.  Thankfully there is a little gizmo that might help with some of it.

Scooterpeg does exactly what it says on the tin and provides a handy hook so you can tidy away your kid’s scooter and clear some of the clutter.  Once up and off the ground it also works as a handy little shelf to put their shoes on.  They come in lots of bright colours but killjoy me went for the subtle grey as it works best with our interior.
Designed and made in the UK, its perfect for cluttered London hallways or great to tidy up your garage if you have the space.
All in the detail:
Scooter hook by Scooterpeg, £9.95
Designed and Made in the UK
Range of colours and comes with wall fixings
Name stickers also available 
Click here to view 
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A Whole New World – classic handmade globes


It was my littlest Godson’s Christening a couple of weekends ago and I really wanted to track down a gift that he could enjoy in later life as much as in his childhood.  I was intent on sourcing a Globe to provide a snapshot of world history the year he was born, but finding one that was substantial enough and not decked out in garish colours proved rather tricksome.  Some time spent on good old Google and finally I found what I was looking for.  Artisan globemakers, Lander & May, came to my rescue and had exactly the globe I had in mind.  Their modern day globe is 13 inches and has a polished stainless steel meridian arm and sits charmingly on a spun wooden base finished in a dark F&B blue.  They are even able to personalise their globes with names, dates or routes which adds a seriously personal touch and makes your gift extra special.

All their globes are handmade using traditional and time honoured techniques and I was delighted with it when it arrived.  Great company to know about for not just Christening presents but great for landmark birthday gifts and anniversaries too.
All in the detail:
Globes by Lander & May
13inch Modern Day Globe, £295
Price includes delivery to mainland UK
All globes handmade in UK using British components
Click here to view
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Summer Time – the big unpack

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Tis the Holiday season and boy what a time we have had.  This year’s trips have seen us take in the mountains of North Carolina and enjoy the rock pools of Constantine Bay in Cornwall. Here’s a snapshot of what we packed:

1. Pink Lining kids Wheelie Case. Little A’s Christmas pressie from last year has been put to good use.  He LOVED using his trolley bag at the airport and it was great to stick all the paraphernalia in that was needed for long haul flights. £30, click here to view
2. JVC kids headphones. Little A and Little B’s headphones – blogged about them before but a total winner to keep your sanity and your fellow passengers when travelling. Includes a volume limiter and you can buy a headphone splitter if sharing an iPad. £14.99, click here to view
3. Native shoes. Little B’s new kicks are from US brand Native. Like anything from the States you can be guaranteed you will see all Little Ones decked out in them next summer.  A refreshing twist on the ubiiquitous Croc.
4. Lilliput & Felix Amaranthus swimsuit. In an effort to hide the mummy tum (or perhaps its just too much rose) I decided a one-piece was the way to go.  The clever people at Liiliput & Felix make amazingly non-mumsy one pieces with subtle X panelling on the stomach for added support.  Love their retro styling and pieces now in the sale so definitely worth a look. See main pic. £159, click here to view
5. The Bubbleum booster car seat. Even though Little A no longer needs a kiddie car seat, in some countries children are required to have a booster seat. Rather than hire one every time we invested in one of these. They are portable, foldable and inflatable and roll up nicely in your hand luggage. £29.99, click here to view
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Swaddle me up – the ultimate muslin


Sometimes as a Mummy, a teeny part of you can wish your lifestyle retained some small semblance of your old more sophisticated one. You think fondly of the days when high heels were an everyday option, when your handbag could be clutch-sized and when you could consider wearing a silk blouse without the fear of milk or spag bol splatter ruination. However, there are means to cling on to old, stylish, long-forgotten ways and when a Marloe London swaddle arrived on my desk, my thoughts were that the girls behind the brand had hit the nail on the head.  Not everything a new mother wants to wear, adorn or hold needs to be alphabet patterned or festooned with characters and  the chic muslins by Marloe London will have even non-mummys clamouring to have one too.

For little ones, their generously sized muslins are perfect for swaddling, using as a breastfeeding cover, draping over the pram to provide shade and throwing down in the park to use as a play mat.  For when those baby days are over they are perfect wrapped around your neck as a chic scarf or even hitting the beach as a sarong.  They do a grown-up colour palette ranging from ombre dip-dyes to suble block colours and they can also be personalised with a your initials, name or a special date.  We have the gorgeous Aqua Green and Blue Dip Dye one.


A piece of kit that works for both mummy and babe and complimented with beautiful packaging, a Marloe swaddle would make an awesome new baby pressie.  10 out of 10.


All in the detail:

Muslin swaddles by Marloe London
Single colour ones are £49
Dip-dyed ones are £75
They arrive beautifully gift wrapped in smart boxes
Made in the UK
Click here to view

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Hot Under the Collar – floral smocked dress

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It is no secret that when it comes to children’s clothing I love a collar on a child.  Up until now my ultimate fave has been a crisp Peter Pan collar but wait a minute there is a new contender in our midst; the scalloped collar.  Yes Amelia Brennan may just have created the perfect dress – handsmocked, a floral print, machine washable and with a white scalloped collar and cuffs.  It looks even better in the flesh and I cannot wait for Little B to wear it.

If you are caught at that tricksome crawling stage when dresses can be a disaster then take a peek at her Floral Frilly Bloomers or Floral Dungarees.


Not to forget the boys, the gorgeous Soldier Dungarees are currently in the sale so snap them up.

All in the detail:

Floral Hand Smocked Dress, £40
All by Amelia Brennan
Available in sizes 6m-5yrs
100% soft cotton
Machine washable
Wide stitched hem so it can be easily lengthened
Floral Frilly Bloomers, £12.50
Sizes S,M,L
Floral Dungarees, £38.50
Sizes 1-5yrs

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Book Club – A Tower of Giraffes

Once in a while a children’s book comes along that is as much of a joy to read for them as it is for yourself.  Anna Wright’s hardback ‘A Tower of Giraffes, Animal Bunches’ is just that.  I have long been a fan of her artwork which combines pen, ink and watercolour with fabric collage to make totally unique, yet very recognisable, humorous studies of animals.  I have previously given my goddaughter a gorgeous print for her Christening gift as I find her artwork appeals to adults just as much as children.

Anna’s new book depicts the names given to animal groups and includes little paragraphs of facts which Little A loves.  Who knew that in a gaggle of geese the ones at the back of the group honk to encourage those in the front to keep moving quickly!  A Tower of Giraffes would make an ideal birthday gift or great to have a couple of copies in the pressie drawer.


All in the detail:

A Tower of Giraffes – Animal Bunches, by Anna Wright
£11.99 in hardback
Click here to view and buy

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My Wonderwalls – gorgeous children’s wallpaper

rocking horseWhen I make discoveries like Cowparsley At Home it makes me instantly want to refurbish the kids’ bedrooms.   Inspired by country childhood memories and soft, faded florals, their wallpapers and fabrics are quite simply gorgeous.  I want to paper Little B’s room in their stunning ‘Rocking Horse and Stars’ print although that said their super sweet ‘Rabbits and Daisies’ wallpaper also tugs at my heart strings.  Their ‘Happy Bees’ fabric in grey would be gorgeous on a nursery chair or cushions too.  For now I have to be content filing my samples away in my ‘dream house’ folder but if you are looking for some nursery inspiration then look no further.


All in the detail:

Rocking Horse and Stars wallpaper, £60.00
Rabbits and Daisies wallpaper, £60.00
Happy Bees fabric, £48
Cowparsley at Home is a family run business and best of all designed and made in Britain
Click here to view more


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Sleeping Beauties – the perfect PJ


Ok I will admit it.  I am a sloth.  If I could snatch a few minutes in the day I would be most happy curling up, catlike in bed and resting my eyes. However, with 2 under 5 those times are rare, infrequent and if they do occur then very precious.  I do however spend a lot of time in PJs and at the weekend like nothing more than padding round the kitchen making our weekend pancakes, reading the papers, and having pyjama snuggles with the littlies.  Now Little B is nearing 2 I have decided that baby weight/sleepless nights are no longer an excuse for sloppy dressing and so my wardrobe and in particular my PJ drawer is having somewhat of an overhaul.  Where better to start than with fab new label Desmond and Dempsey.  I am IN LOVE with their Bocas print and now have a spring in my step whenever I wear them. Super soft and comfy they are the perfect summer PJ and cannot wait to take away on holiday with me too.


For all you mums-to-be and the breastfeeding beauties out there take a look at their Signature sets which feature a mother of pearl button front.  Designed to imitate that ‘girl wearing boy’s shirt look’ but in a more feminine and tailored way, they come in a range of designs or you could opt for the classic plain colours.  A nice way to feel just a teensy bit more glam post-birth and given the amount of visitors likely to see you in your nightwear they are worth every penny.  Beautifully packaged they would make a pretty cool ‘leaving the office to have a baby’ pressie too.


All in the detail:

All nightwear by Desmond & Dempsey
Cami sets, £65
Signature sets, £95
Monogramming available from £11 per letter
All made from 100% cotton voile 
Machine washable

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