That Friday Feeling

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Friday again and the last day of January! I, for one, am glad to see the back of this grey dreary month. The rain may still be pouring down outside, but at least we are one month closer to Spring.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend! X

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Wonderful Team Member Readership Award

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A couple of weeks ago the lovely and wonderfully inspiring Evelenmargaret nominated me for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award. Her beautifully presented blog is “all about fashion, style & ideas for the queen in you” – I have to hide my credit card when I look at the ‘Daily Find’ posts lest I give in to temptation!

I am so thankful for this award. It took me quite a while to pluck up the courage to start blogging but once I did there was no looking back – what on earth took me so long? There’s still a lot more that I want to do and learn – customize the design of my blog, take better and more photos and post more regularly are all on the list. So much to do and so little time…But for now, I just want to say thank you to all my followers and to anyone who takes the time to stop by my blog –  I really do appreciate every single visit, like or comment.

And now..Drumroll please!…on to the nominations. Here are some of the bloggers I believe everyone should have in their Reader because, trust me, they are all amazing:

Read, Sugar

Kukolina

Ruby Angel

Donz Webb

ELW Essence

Journey of the Fabulist

Casually Fabulous

My Faves Journal

Long and Luxe

Jackie Mallon

Rules
1. Place the Logo on your blog.
2. Acceptance speech.
3. Thank the one who nominated you and a back link to their blog.
4. Nominate 10 other blogs, inform them of the nomination.

Wrap up Warm

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Although we are slowly but surely moving towards spring, the weather here in the UK is still very much on the wintry side. Warm coats and cosy knits are set to be the order of the day for many weeks to come and I wouldn’t be surprised if we get some snow between now and the end of February (the Swede in me will be disappointed if there is not at least one opportunity to get the sledges out!)

So while I did pledge at the end of last year not to buy any more scarves, I couldn’t resist this plaid beauty from high street fave Topshop. It may be acrylic rather than cashmere but it’s super soft and, at only £18 a snip, compared to the Burberry scarf I had been coveting. When you look at it like that, I’ve actually saved money (although to be on the safe side, don’t mention that to my husband)!

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A Whiter Shade of Pale

Some of you may already be aware of my obsession with white interiors – in theory at least, the reality is probably not so practical with small children and their sticky fingers! I love this stylish apartment with its bright and airy feel and little touches of pink – another of my favourite colours. The Liv lamp by Jonas Bohlin which hangs in the bedroom is a piece that I’ve been coveting for ages but at £500 I don’t think it will be moving in here anytime soon! Not to mention the Eames chairs, Smeg fridge and Asplund sideboard – a girl can but dream…

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All pictures from Hemnet.se

40 Years of the DvF Wrap Dress

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From Burberry’s trench coat to Chanel’s tweed jacked, there are a few iconic fashion pieces that can withstand the test of time and passing trends. Diane von Furstenberg’s wrap dress is one such piece – it looks as fresh today as it did when it first hit the rails four decades ago. The DvF wrap dress is the ultimate day-to-night dress that can be dressed up or down and take the wearer with ease from the boardroom to a cocktail party via a quick change of shoes and accessories.

To celebrate the 40th birthday of the dress that launched her onto the international fashion scene, Diane von Furstenberg threw a star -studded party in Los Angeles earlier this month. The party marked the opening of an exhibition entitled ‘Journey of a Dress’ which features the designer’s favourite dresses and will run at the Wilshire May Company Building in LA until April 1.  Diane is also inviting women to tell their ‘wrap story’ in words and pictures via the DvF website

I bought my first wrap dress when I started a new job at a fashion magazine 12 years ago. I still have it now and it is the perfect piece to bring out if you’re ever unsure what the dress code entails. You just can’t go wrong with a DvF wrap!

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Links I love

Everyday I’m stumblin’…Here are few links that I’m loving at the moment:

1. The older I get the less bothered I am about keeping up with the latest fashion trends so I was relieved to read that not falling victim to fly-by-night trends is one of the seven habits of highly stylish people! Find out what the other six are at StyleCaster

2. 16 Signs You’re A Little (Or A Lot) Type A. I’m not entirely proud that I read this article with a pang pf recognition. Just about all of those points apply to me, especially the sleeping (or lack of it) and worrying too much about things that may never happen

3. We’re in the process of upgrading our eldest son’s room to make it more suitable for a pre-teen. Out go the pirate cushions and in come these cool headphone bookends.

4. My default hairstyle when I’m not wearing it down is a messy bun or a simple braid but this week I’ve been trying out this cute dutch braid. Find a step-by-step tutorial here

5. How To Make Your Child Feel Special With Just 3 Magic Words .This article is a must-read for any parent out there. I’m a strong believer that you should not need to raise your voice in your own home but sometimes that’s easier said than done and life coach Lisa Parkes shows parents how to transform screaming to peaceful.

6. Great art doesn’t have to break the bank. We recently renovated our downstairs cloakroom and while I love the monochrome colour scheme the walls were looking a bit bare so I’ve ordered this limited edition print by Dutch fashion illustrator Judith van den Hoek from Swedish website Arte Limited.

In the Mist

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Tuesdays are my day off work and Clemmie’s day at home from preschool so we usually try to do something fun in the morning after dropping the boys at school. Now that we’re finally having a respite from the relentless rainy weather, we decided to head to nearby Bushy Park for a walk (or scoot!) with our friends, followed by hot chocolate and croissants in the cafe.

It was a misty, but dry, morning and we all got some much-needed fresh air. For once, I remembered to bring the camera with me – I hadn’t taken any pictures since Christmas! Now it’s time to head off into the village to run some errands before school pick up but I will hopefully be back later with an awards post. X

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This Week’s Favourites

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A Gingerbread latte (I was pleasantly surprised that they were still on the menu even though Christmas is over) and mini muffin at Costa earlier this week while Cameron was at his tutor. The traffic was horrendous so I needed a quick energy boost to face the drive home.

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Clemmie and her best friend on the way to pick up their older siblings from school. They have known each other since birth and, although they sometimes have their little squabbles, they are super cute together and you can tell they really love each other.

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Finally made it to the cinema last night to see American Hustle and I was not disappointed. It is an excellent film and I’m not surprised it has received so many Oscar nominations.

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During the week my breakfast tends to consist of a bowl of cereal eaten at my desk so on the weekends it is nice to make a bit more of an effort. These scones are a favourite of both mine and the kids and take no time at all to make.

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Another purchase in the Sales – most likely my last this season – but I couldn’t resist these shoes by Poste Mistress which were reduced from £80 to £36.

I had some work to do tonight so apologies for the short post! But I’m firmly of the belief that, if time is scarce, it is better to write something rather than nothing. Hope you agree!

Have a fab Sunday night. X

Happy Weekend!

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Saturday morning: coffee in bed while the children play downstairs. No school uniforms, packed lunches or getting out of the door by 8.30am. Now that I’m working again, weekends are even more precious – two whole days to recuperate, relax and gather our energies for next week.

Hope you have a fantastic weekend! X