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Hats Off

I’ve always felt just a little bit silly in a hat …But these last few seasons I’ve been coming around to the idea. Wearing Scarves, Straw Trilby’s and Trucker Caps this summer. Last winter my chunky knit slouchy beanie from Wool And The Gang was a daily occurrence, and now we’re slipping back around into Autumn I’ve been lusting after some gorgeous fedora’s and trilby’s.

I snapped up this little Zara number with a graffiti band a few weeks ago.

Ordering online is a great idea, especially if you’re on the fence. Try it on and come back to it a few hours later to try again, wear it around the house a little and see how you feel in it.

The likelihood is, it will be delivered in a box, as opposed to shopping on the high street and having it in a bag.

Tah-Dah you have the perfect storage for it!

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Right now I’m wearing mine with cut off’s, slouchy T-Shirt’s, Check shirt’s and Breton. When the evenings draw in I’ll be layering up slouchy knits, skinny jeans and Ash kicks. When the cold really hits I’ll be adding a camel coat and a huge chunky knit scarf.

What To Spend?

For this next seasons picks,  look to spend between £20 – £60.

Where To Hunt?

If you’re not convinced you’ll get a lot of wear and are merely dabbling head to Matalan or H&M for something around £10.

To carry you into future seasons? Budget not a huge issue? Head to Whistles, Reiss, & Other Stories, Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters or my latest Instagram obsession Fallen Broken Street. Amazing selection.

Pour yourself a coffee and procrastinate on Pinterest for more inspiration.

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You Lovely Lot!

I’ve been threatening this for some time. And now its happening. I’m taking this blogging bad boy self hosted and would adore it if you would continue to accompany me on my journey.

Expect more of the same, but more of it. more regularly. Here.

I’m still contributing a few times a month over at Babiekins Magazine. You will find a whole host of stunning posts from talented  mumma’s from all over.

I genuinely appreciate your support and really hope to see you over on the other side!

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Love A New Snap Back

As a new Season creeps in, I’ll inevitably be found in a list writing frenzy. Scouring Pinterest for what looks are tickling my fancy. It’s quite an elumination process I’ll go through, one for another time. 

Alas, I’ll do the same for the kids. An item I wanted to get for the boy was a new snap back. The daily wear to school had meant his current hat of choice had seen better days. Some days it would go completetly awol; so I was understandably reluctant to go all out prior to the summer holidays.

Scouring the internet I struggled, If it wasn’t covered in Minions it was channeling a little too much ’50 cent’.

Tah-Dah….

And so through the power of Instagram and the ever so wise google … ”trucker caps like Jamie Oliver’s….. I stumble across the man himself and his collaboration with ‘Lucky Number 7‘. I procrastinated over the huge selection of badges the boy would like. The colours of the crests and just the right shade of grey. And when it arrived; Super quick may I add. I was super chuffed.

He doesn’t feel like he’s wearing a ‘kids dinosaur hat’ …. he’s 5!!….. and I love him in it. 

        

// sidenote // I ordered the boy a Regular fit. He’s 5, but does have to size up for hats generally. It fits perfectly, with no need to adjust at the back. 

   

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School Reports, Dodgy Cops and Disney Princesses #LittleLoves

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The boy’s first ever school report. The little class health and safety officer that he is (I’ll take ownership of that trait) is growing in confidence and is a budding scientist by all accounts. (That bit is all down to Daddy). He has great knowledge of the world, nature, art. He is caring, thoughtful and polite. 

We read these comments bursting with pride. And thankful that perhaps these last 5 years of relentless nagging, pulling up on manners and teaching him how to treat people respectfully have sunk in and are shaping this little man into a beautiful person. I adore him.  

WATCHED

The final episode of The Affair. And was left bewildered. … So I’m turning my attention to the new series of True Detective. If the last series was anything to go by, this will be incredible!

WORE

Ripped cut offs, jeans, racer back vest and Nike sliders. Every.day. Fast becoming my summer uniform.

The girl however, I treated to a new princess dress. And she loves to wear it in the living room and dance to her favourite Disney films. Happening upon this hanging in her room, just because made her day. And mine. 

  
HEARD

Every overly chipper, happy, trilly twinkly Disney song. Ever made. Numerous times. See above.

MADE

The boy a new snap back, it’s that level of amazing, It will be Instagram fodder all summer and as such deserves a post all of its own!

AND LASTLY…

I’m loving the sunshine…albeit short lived of late. But the bugs are really testing my resolve! 

Mr. G loves every inch of summer; the food, wine, dining Al fresco, the beach…. Meanwhile I’m on Pinterest like a woman possessed searching for gorgeous knits and oversized scarves. I’m very excited about Autumn wardrobe shopping. …. There, I said it. *ducks to avoid summer lovers abuse*

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Burpees, Toys on Rollerskates and Good T.V #littleloves

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An inspiring, witty interview in Women’s Health with Ellie Golding. Our trainer at bootcamp loves to give us burpees when we feel like we can do no more!.. So this made me giggle.

  

WATCHED
The Affair, a Ruth Wilson fan…. She’s incredible in Luther. With an incredible cast I thought I’d check it out. A little confused, but it’s so well written I’m curious as to how this will pan out.  Love the gritty drama’s Sky Atlantic are churning out recently. 

  

HEARD

Rudimental on Jools Holland. Loving Rudimental these days, in the car, on my running playlist, my housework soundtrack. I’m so down with the kids!! 

Speaking of being down with the kids. Fearne Cotton is the only show on Radio one I still listen to. A huge live lounge fan, I’m sad this week is her last. Love her humour, love her wit, adore her style. Now I’ll no longer be a radio one listener. I guess I’m officially old! Ha! 

MADE

A little girl ridiculously happy. A friend and I took Edie to Build A Bear to ‘pimp up’ her My Little Pony. Rainbow Dash got Rollerskates. Edie loved every minute of it. It’s given a much loved toy a new lease of life. We had so much fun!

  

WORE

A pale yellow nail. Willing some sunshine with a Barry M ‘Stop The Clock’ polish. Loving the stiletto shape these days. … Needless to say I’m having to take care with the kiddos eyes! 

AND LASTLY 

Lists, lists and more lists. I’ve been writing lists, things to buy for the kids, for me, for the house, for summer. Things to do over the summer, places to experience, friends to visit. I’ve got piles of lists everywhere these days.

I love lists. 

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1 Year Older & iCloud Hell #littleloves

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So, not technically read. But about to get stuck into this. Love Caitlin Moran, so excited to read an actual. Physical. Book.

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Also, was featured on Life With Munchers gorgeous blog, in her Bloggers Homes Feature. Was odd seeing my home on a screen! Thank you lovely … And for the opportunity to nose at other bloggers homes!

  
WATCHED

Beauty and the Beast. Like, a million times. She’s hit 3 and our playroom is starting to look like Disney vommed all over it. I’m trying to embrace the velcro outfits that put my teeth on edge and the singing. She gets totally rolled up in the romanticism, to see her little face, who am I to argue.

Beauty And The Beast

WORE

Had a cheeky little  shopping trip with a couple of girlfriends, we went into Cambridge, bought half of Zara … Obviously….and enjoyed a birthday boozy lunch at Jamie’s Italian. We’re so lucky to have such a beautiful city on our doorstep.

  

HEARD

Sia. In my Car. On repeat. Love.

MADE

Bread, a few times this week. Focaccia is a firm favourite. Fresh bread, there’s nothing like it.

  
AND LASTLY …

I’ve been putting off sorting out an issue with our iCloud. I’ve no idea how it happened, but 2 days, 2 laptops, 2 iPads and an iphone later. And it’s all straight. It took my patience to a whole other level!

I’ve been hitting the boot camp sessions, and evening runs hard these last couple of weeks. I’ve been trying to eat better, but nothing too strict. My willpower to turn down a biscuit with a latte is non existent. I don’t want to get too hooked up on weight, I’m enjoying feeling leaner, stronger. Fitter as a result of getting out and working hard. Now to keep it up!
….. Head over to But Why Mummy Why to follow this fab linky.

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One Coffee A Day & Memories Made #littleloves

It’s been a while since I’ve linked up, but I do love this one and this week I’m all over it!

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After a couple of weeks of over indulgence, I’ve thrown myself back into Bootcamp and managed a few short evening runs. Loving it. Over my one (…see and lastly…) morning coffee I’ve been enjoying Womens Health. I had previously assumed it’s full of ‘shouty’ judgemental eat nothing but lettuce and get skinny articles. Recommended to me by my lovely friend. My preconceptions squashed. It isn’t at all shouty. This loyal Red reader is now converted.

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WATCHED

The boy get stuck into the first “kids bootcamp” organised by the bootcamp I go to. He loved it. Threw himself into everything. I was so proud of his attitude. I’m hoping this will be a great confidence boost for him.

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WORE

My much loved ridiculously comfy ripped up jeans. Again. Shocker. They’re ripped like this through genuine over wear. I didn’t intentionally cut them up. Busted knees … A sign of a trusty Jean.

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HEARD

Not usually a big Ed fan. Alas, I find this sneaking it’s way onto my ‘out for a run’ playlist. And I kinda like it a little more each time I hear it.

MADE

Fun memories. We headed into London, all four of us. We watched the kids drink in the atmosphere, look around at different people, dance to buskers, shout “Weeeeeeeeee” on the escalators, run around the natural history museum, mouths wide in awe. Enjoyed lunch and headed home. We won’t be leaving it so long until we go again. From our little village, London for these two is such an adventure.

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AND LASTLY

I’m valiantly trying to eat cleaner. Reading my Hemsley & Hemsley book again for motivation. I was doing so well with my fitness, I looked and felt the best I had in a long time. Cue Easter and I feel like 3 weeks off has put me back 2 months working hard. Lesson learnt.

It’s not an easy journey. But it’s my goal. And I’ll get there.

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