A Little Sportswear A lot Of The Time








I’m no gym bunny. There was a time when a PE kit would bring me out in hives, A Sweaty Betty catalogue through the door made me double check it was addressed correctly ..

Yet now, in my 30’s. I’ve bitten the bullet and for the last 6 months I’ve been going to a bootcamp twice a week, doing the odd few mile run on a weekend morning, enjoying feeling stronger. Consequently I’ve been taking a bit more notice of sportswear. A trend which has been around a while, Causing a stir on the catwalks, I’m inspired and elements are slowly creeping into my everyday wardrobe.

A trend to tread carefully, though I’d suggest to think more sport luxe, simple lines with pops of colour mixed with neutrals as opposed to Vicky Pollard Kappa suits….

Accessorise subtly, it should be about having fun but being relaxed, keep it to a short statement necklace, or layer up delicate jewellry …. unless your Rihanna channelling MC Hammer will be a tough one to pull off.

Neon too much? Nike and New Balance are leading the way they both have some stunning rich colours for Autumn winter, expect to pay between £40 and £80 for most classic styles. For limited edition prints, such as the range with Liberty they’ll get snapped up super fast and priced in the region of £140.

I’ve taken to Pinterest to share some sportswear trend deliciousness…..

Pinterest Board


Trainers are from the TRF range in Zara, £39.99 real suede and ridiculously comfy, some bright colour in there admittedly but in the flesh they’re well balanced, I love the streak of mustard with the turquoise.

…. And now I’m on the eBay trawl for a vintage Nike or Adidas vest to add to the mix… may the bidding fairies be on my side!

Sportswear isn’t just a thing for the Lycra clad keen mums on the school run this September, get inspired by the sportswear trend, grab yourself some cool new kicks and show them how it’s done!

Tag me on Instagram @CRAYON_MIUMIU I’d love to see if and how you’re rocking a bit of sportswear in your daily get up….


I’m All About

This week I'm all about Lollibop I am ridiculously excited to take the kids. They have no idea where they're going and what they'll see.


Fingers crossed the weather will hold up and they enjoy it as much as I hope they will.


I've been getting a bag together, as Lollibop first timers I'm covering all bases.


Canvas Tote – Alphabet Bags

Sun cream

Wipes … Always need wipes

Ear Defenders…. Not sure if will need them, but the boy especially is quite sensitive to loud noise, so taking to be on the safe side

The top knotted tinkers hairbrush …. My Little Pony… As is everything these days!

Some queuing bribery and snacks in the form of cookies and Pez

A crown hairband …. It's a crown. It's all kinds of awesome


Tickets. Must.Not.Forget.Tickets


The boys outfit of choice ….

Straw Trilby – Asos
T Shirt – Mine from when I was 5
Thin cotton trousers – Zara
Hi Tops – H&M
Hoodie – Zara
…. Back up change of clothes
Hello Apparel Vest – Southwood Stores
Shorts – H&M
And for the girl….
Straw Cat Ear Hat – H&M
'I'm On The Guest List' T Shirt – Imps & Elfs
Skinny Jeans – H&M
Ju Ju Jellies – Office Kids
Puppy Print Jumper – H&M
….. Back up change of clothes
Hello Apparel Vest – Southwood Stores
Shorts – Zara Kids
Melon Print Harem Trousers – Zara Kids
If it's warm enough they'll both be rocking their Hello vests for sure, I love them, take a peek at Southwood Stores, the only UK Stockist of Hello Apparel.
So, here's to having a fab time at Lollibop, If you see me there, please stop me & say hi & have a fantastic time!











He’s All About

This week the boy is all about getting ready to go to big boy school.


Yesterday we braved the 'School Shoe Shopping Trip' …. And actually was pleasantly suprised it was easier than I expected. It's been a while since the boys feet were measured. Over the summer he's been throwing on his high tops and flip flops. And so, we pottered into Clarkes to get him fitted properly. Afterall these are shoes he'll wear 5 days a week 6 hrs a day so it's important. *yawns*

I know the school has a uniform code, I respect that. But oh.wow. I was so uninspired by the selection of mundane black.


Now don't get me wrong I'm a big monochrome fan, I like simple. But these are just very very Dull. Sensible. Clonky. Uninspiring. But in their defence I suppose they've done the best they can with what the shoes need to be.

Totally sucked in hook line and sinker by the iPad measuring your feet with funny little characters. The big sales pitch, masks, books thrust in his face with jazz hands and wide grins …. it was evident early the ball was in his court with this one.


The boy was thrilled with the dinosaur reference on the sole of his chosen shoes. And so within 20 minutes or so, some obligatory stomping up and down the shop we were done.


Stomp Roar – Clarks – £35


I suppose with school shoes I need to suck it up and let him choose what he wants. If it makes getting ready in the mornings easier I'm all for it. However had, I have been in uber pushy mum mode, I'd have got him into a pair of any of these alternative beauts for my own 'these look way cooler' benefit.


Dr. Martens – Alex And Alexa – £46.00



Chelsea Boots – H&M – £14.99, also Check out Zara's Chelsea boots at £39.99 they're leather and lovely!


Lace Shoes – Next – £24-31



Chuka Boots – Next – £28-£35


Bulchers – Zara Kids – £35.99


And for the weekend, when those little feet want to break free and rebel, here are some of my favourite kicks….


Feiyue Trainers SS14 – Scandinavian Minimall – £60.00


Star Wars Stormtrooper Vans – Alex And Alexa – £29.00


Tiger Trainers – H&M – £9.99


Ash Frog High Tops – Ash Footwear – £95 (available in other colour ways)


Dinosaur inspired High Tops – H&M – £17.99


If you're embarking on the school shoes shopping trip, good luck you lovely lot!



She’s All About

This week this cheeky top knotted tinker of ours is all about a new woolly hat.


These last few weeks I've been holding out on buying any more stuff for summer. … Ok. Aside from that H&M pre holiday last minute haul I Instagrammed the s**t out of *coughs*


The reason being, mid August is when the majority of the new season starts to creep in stealth like online. Gradually pushing the sale stock to tease you into buying a huge coat or wooly hat in 30 degree heat.


It seems ridiculous to be thinking that far ahead, trying on knitwear in the height of summer but it is the time to seriously consider the big winter purchases, such as coats and a few staples.




Because my friends it's when all the reallllllly good stuff is up for grabs.


You think you'll be able to get that Bobo Choses Hat everyone's champing at the bit for on IG mid October?


You'll be lucky!


The hotly anticipated new AW14 range inspired by 'a day out in LA is launching in UK Stockists at the stroke of midnight 11th August. And you can bet your Louboutin's it will all be out of stock quick smart.


Don't miss out, Keep your stylish eyes peeled on Cissy Wears, Milly Mog, Sister's Guild, Scandinavian Minimall and Archies Boutique for the best picks of the range. Or use the store locator on the Bobo Choses website to find a stockist near you.


I've also been scouring the high street for a few staple bits and bobs I'll be snapping up for the top knotted tinker. She'll be mixing up her prints, punches of colour, textures of dainty skirts teamed with oversize chunky knits and layering up to keep her toasty and comfortable this AW.


Trust good ol' reliable go to Zara to come up with the goods.


The girls range is incredible, the boys however, a little uninspiring I'm sorry to say. I'm on the trawl at the moment for the dude.


And so, a few finds that are tickling my fancy for little lady…


Coat – Zara – £29.99
This shape is just adorable, the print is a great alternative to the higher end price tags with the same impact. For the amount of wear a coat like this will get from a toddler, as beautiful as they may be an £80+ price tag I just can't justify it.
Jumpsuit – Zara – £25.99
Team up with a long sleeved top underneath, a chunky snood, boots and ribbed tights. Or cute pumps and a leopard print headscarf.
Skirt – Zara – £15.99
Wear with thick tights, oversize knit and Dr. Martens to dress it down and mix up the textures. Beautiful.
Get wear from your little ladies party dresses and skirts in the same way.
….. This oversize knit in volcano red from Mango kids at £16.99 would work perfectly.
Just like Mummy's! Pumps – Zara – £29.99
Dress – Rasberry Plum available at Archies Boutique in other colour ways – from £30.00. Edie HAS to have it!.
Boots – Dr. Marten – available from Office £49.99. Pricey, yes. Versatile. Absolutely.
Floral Boots – Zara – £29.99
All of the above would work well with t shirts, cardies, jeans and leggings she already has.
Have a good ruthless clear out, I do it a few times a year before buying for the new season to make sure I'm making the most of what still fits and not duplicating. Filling in any spaces. You could find this post useful.
Find me on Twitter and Instagram, I'd love to see what you're liking the look of for AW14.









We’re All About

This week we've had a week together in Provence for my father in laws 70th. It's been planned for a year and we couldn't wait to get together, My Sister in law and her family travelled all the way from Sydney so that we could all get together to celebrate. She'd not met the top knotted tinker so it was really something…. I discovered I need some variation in styling Edie's hair, she was very taken with Auntie Ali's plaiting skills.




We enjoyed the most stunning house in the valleys just outside of Bonnieux. After a gruelling day of travelling we pulled in to the sweeping drive to be greeted with this and a cold glass of champagne. It was going to be a good week.






A very old house oozing character. It really was beautiful, With hidden treasures round every corner to enjoy and entice the kids out of the sun for a while. I polished up my pétanque skills, one evening we played and enjoyed a steak tartare … Could you get any more in the French spirit?!


These 2 tinkers had THE best time in and out the pool splashing around with their dad…. While I watched on and enjoyed my book in the sun. Bliss.


We took some time just for us 4 and walked into Bonnieux to take in the views and enjoy an ice cream. The boys highlight!



Mr G's parents looked after all the kids one evening so that we could go out to dinner with his sister and her husband. We had such a giggle. Although due to the walking and the ridiculous steps I thought better of the ecru Zara dress unfortunately.

I really need to conjure up an opportunity to wear that beaut again.

I'll really miss our morning walks around the gardens exploring, with a coffee in hand. Spending simple relaxing time altogether reminding ourselves just how lucky we are to have our healthy wonderful family.



Thank you France. You were awesome.