I'm a massive fan of a pretty embroidered/ peasant style top and this one from Zara is my new favourite!

I’m SO ready for winter to be over now, and for spring to shine. I realise we haven’t had a particularly hard winter this year but it really does feel like its been a long one.

If you’re anything like me, this beautiful top will have stopped you in your tracks. As you may already know (if you’re a regular follower) I’m a massive fan of a pretty embroidered/ peasant style top and this one from Zara is my new favourite! I’ve already mentioned it in my Little Loves post for February but now that I’ve got some pictures I thought I’d share them with you. Isn’t it gorgeous? And the best news is that it’s an absolute bargain at only £25.99 from the ZARA spring collection. I actually bought it a few weeks ago (as soon as I saw it) and now I can’t wait for the weather to get warmer so that I can start wearing it.

I’ve also just ordered these two tops from Next. Seriously, can I have too may boho style tops?

Next month we’re off to Dubai for a week of fun in the sun and I can’t wait! The thought of guaranteed sunshine (coming in just a few weeks) is getting me very excited about my summer wardrobe. This time last year I was nine months pregnant, so I really wasn’t thinking about my spring/summer wardrobe, I had other baby related things on my mind. And when summer did come, I was a stone heavier (thanks to baby weight) and didn’t feel comfortable in my own body, so the thought of buying summer dresses or anything remotely revealing made feel awful. However, this year I feel healthier and fitter and ready to get back into my summer dresses and beach cover-ups. Keep you eyes peeled for a holiday fashion haul coming soon!

With another six weeks to go, it’s starting to feel like winter will never end. I’m really looking forward to the light and warmth that spring brings but I’m not so excited about the unpredictable weather. I like the certainty of knowing what to wear in winter, spring (and Autumn for that matter) can be so uncertain which makes it more difficult to know what to wear.

These days my wardrobe check list looks a bit like this; a big warm scarf, a beanie hat, a padded coat, over sized jumpers, jeans, boots and of course lots of layers. As a ‘school run mum’ my clothes need to be practical and warm but I certainly don’t want to look frumpy… or lumpy for that matter!

So what do I want from my winter wardrobe? Classic styles, that are flattering, not frumpy, warm and practical. Is that too much to ask?

Fat Face recently approached me to create a capsule winter wardrobe using their latest collection. They asked me to choose a selection of winter must-haves that would see me through the season. After spending some time on their website, I started a list of my favourite items and winter essentials. This is what I came up with…

The first thing I chose was this gorgeous scarf. The colours are stunning and it’s beautiful soft and cosy. Definitely one of my favourite pieces from the collection.

Secondly, I went for this easy to wear Puffer Jacket. Again, it’s warm, cosy, and perfect for the chilly morning school runs. I love the length too, it’s not too long, not too short – just right!

My eyes were then drawn to this padded denim jacket. I’m a big fan of a denim jacket (in the warmer months) but of course it’s way too cold for my usual one at the moment. As this one is padded, with a sheepskin style collar, it’s warm enough to wear through the winter months (although maybe not on sub-zero days) with a scarf and gloves. I love how easy and casual this jacket is to wear.

Now let’s talk jumpers. I picked out a few winter woolies and I think this longline stripy number is the warmest and most practical of my choices. It covers all ‘those’ bits and is ridiculously comfortable, a total go-to essential for those really cold winter days. Just what you need when you’re snuggled up on the sofa on a Sunday afternoon.

This Saskia 2 in 1 jumper has to be my favourite knitwear choice. To say it’s super soft would be an understatement and of course the attached shirt detail at the bottom means that it also covers all the areas you want covered. I love this jumper!!

Next I chose this classic style Bella Jumper – in Vintage Blue  (can you tell I like stripes?). It’s casual, with  a button detail on the sleeve – this is basically my ‘mum uniform’!

Without question, you need a good winter beanie hat and let’s face it, finding a good one is not as easy as it sounds. So many times I’ve seen one I like but as soon as I put it on, it just doesn’t look right. Thankfully, this Fat Face beanie was an instant winner!

Lastly, I picked out this absolutely gorgeous Luna Embroidered Blouse (for spring). I love these peasant style tops and know that this one will be a firm favourite this year.

So there you have it, my Fat Face winter and spring capsule wardrobe. What do you think? What are your favourite items?

Disclaimer: I was sent these items from Fat Face in return for this post.

Wild and Gorgeous dress On Saturday the girls and I travelled into London with our friends Bonnie and Miss M from MamasVIB. We were heading to a store event at Wild and Gorgeous in Primrose Hill, where were booked in to decorate gingerbread men and have a look through their beautiful clothes.

Wild and Gorgeous (formally known as I Love Gorgeous), have recently rebranded and introduced a boy range to their collection. Although, of course we were more interested in the pretty dresses!

After the girls had finished decorating their gingerbread boxes, we asked them if they wanted to play ‘dress-up’. I wasn’t sure what response we’d get but all three girls jumped at the chance and quickly picked out the glitziest dresses they could find. They all looked so gorgeous in their dresses and loved dancing around the shop, pretending they were at a fashion show.

Of course, I had my camera at the ready and managed to capture some lovely shots of the girls in their chosen dresses – and with their gingerbread boxes.Here are just a few of the shots I took on the day… Wild and Gorgeous dress Wild and Gorgeous dress Wild and Gorgeous dress Wild and Gorgeous dress Wild and Gorgeous dress Wild and Gorgeous dress If you’re looking for beautiful outfits with a modern twist for gorgeous girls or wild boys, I highly recommend you take a look at the new Wild and Gorgeous collection.

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I must admit I do love a good designer/high street collaboration and this is an absolute corker! Luxury children’s wear designer Princess Marie-Chantal has partnered with high street favourite Marks & Spencer, to create a 33 piece collection for babies and children up to 5 years.

Marie-Chantal’s designs and style are classic, elegant, sophisticated and completely gorgeous. She uses the finest materials, perfect for delicate baby skin including; cashmere and silk, which are normally way out of my price range. However, this collection brings her designs to the high street at a much more affordable price point, with items starting at £14.

The full collection includes; clothes, accessories and beautiful baby gift ideas, including a stunning pure cashmere shawl for £60, which I’m sure will quickly sell out and become the must-have baby accessory of the year.

If you’re a fan of Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s style, this collection is perfect for you. Here’s Iris in a few of my favourite pieces from the stunning collaboration…

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This collaboration in now in-store and online at Marks & Spencer.

Keihl's Ultra Facial Cream and Daily Reviving Concentrate

Yes, it’s time for my September favourites! Where I share a few of the things I’ve been loving of the past month. First of all, I must mention this weather we’re having right now! I know that’s very British of me, talking about the weather but as I sit here writing this post the warm sun is streaming in through the windows and onto my back – and it feels lovely.

Having said that, I am looking forward to the drop in temperature so that I can get out my winter woolies, coats and big scarfs. There is something so cosy about wrapping up and going out in the cool Autumn air. The colours are of course gorgeous at this time of year and I love going out for long country walks. Also, I always tend to change my lipstick shade and nail varnish to a warmer red or plumb colour around this time of year. Last week I managed an hour to myself and spent the time getting my nails painted a ‘vampy’ dark red.

Beauty

This section could easily be turned into a few blog posts, as I can always ramble on about beauty products. I love them! But for the purpose of this post I’m going to specifically mention two products that I really have been ‘loving lately’. They’re both cult products that I’ve been meaning to try for a while but now that I have, I can’t imagine not having them on my dressing table. They’re the perfect remedy for parched autumn/winter skin.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is a moisturiser that does exactly what it says on the pot. It has a dreamy lightweight texture that melts easily into the skin, making it perfect for daily use. Also it protects the skin throughout harsh weather conditions, so it’s ideal for the colder winter months ahead.

And Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate is a gorgeously light facial oil that keeps your skin looking and feeling radiant. Skin is literally strengthened and prepared for all daily aggressions, to keep it looking youthful and healthy. I tend to apply this overnight and wake to the softest feeling skin.

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I must also mention that Kiehl’s currently have a limited edition version of my favourite Ultra Facial Cream, which they’re using to support MTV’s Staying Alive foundation to fight against the HIV and AIDS epidemic around the world. Designed by Laura Mvula, Kiehls will donate £10 to the foundation for every pot sold. 

Fashion

I’ve already mentioned that I love a good winter wooly and this jumper from Zara is just gorgeous. It’s cosy, it’s comfortable and above all it’s super soft to the touch. I’ll definitely be wearing a lot of this jumper over the next few months. I love the style, the colour, the cut and the length. For me it’s just a perfect winter ‘must-have’.

Love this Zara winter Jumper in white with black embroidery on the sleeve

Home

I admit it, I have a slight obsession when it comes to plates, bowls, cups and glassware. An obsession that drives my husband mad. I do understand why he gets so annoyed, because we have more than we need but when I saw this eclectic collection from the dotcomegiftshop, I just couldn’t resist.  I love the mix and match design of this collection. Each piece is decorated with bright, prime colours and bold patterns. I just think they’re an ideal breakfast set and I love them.

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Entertainment

My husband and I have recently been watching Ray Donavon on Amazon Prime, American Horror Story – Roanoke on FOX, Poldark on the BBC and Nashville on Sky Living (okay, I’m watching the last two on my own).

I’ve also been watching The Great British Bake-off and The X Factor with my two older girls for the first time. At last, they’re willing to watch ‘my shows’ and we can enjoy them together, because lets face it Peppa Pig was NEVER an enjoyable experience.

That’s it for now. Have a great month xx