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Divorce & Moving

18 Jul

It is a commonly held belief that moving home comes second only to divorce in terms of the stress it causes to the individuals concerned. Fortunately I am not getting divorced; I am however moving house and it may cause a divorce if my hubby’s stress levels are not soon reduced.

Step one was marketing and selling our own home in the prescence of a toddler. Endless tidying up, removal of toys to a discreet corner and re-speccing the babe’s nursery as a study/3rd bedroom to the viewing public were the order of the day. Thanks to a good estate agent, a nicely decorated house (I like to think) and a wicked school catchment area, this part of the process only lasted two weeks and we now have a cash offer. Result!

It is only now the viewings have come to a close that I realise living in a certain level of disorder and dare I say filth is acceptable (even preferable) to me. An interesting discovery.

Step two is procuring the house of our dreams to suit us for the next twenty years. No mean task. This is the stage we are currently at and is proving much more challenging. 3 houses in the running. The first house has gone to best and final offers and therefore out of our price range, the second requires major renovation and the vendor is not keen to accept our (granted) cheeky offer and the third is really only a fallback. I am hoping the house buying gods are on our side to make number two happen or we may have to call in Kirsty & Phil…

Step 3 involves living happily ever after I think.

Suspect there will be a few sleepless nights, p*ssed off vendors, penniless husbands and overstretched contractors before we get there. But its all worth it in the end right??

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Wardrobe Work Out – Jeans

10 May

I just had a look at some of my blog stats – what a depressing exercise! Whilst I may not have a huge readership as yet at least i’m giving it a go. It might however be time to read some books/articles/general advice on blogging and how to attact readership. I have to be honest and say that I don’t totally understand categories and tags so may not be using them to their full potential….

Its a fashion blog today. I was inspired by one of my favourite Style Bloggers – Beth Goodrham to conduct a wardrobe clear out and sort. Beth Goodrham Style Guile Pre-motherhood I did this 2/3 times a year when the seasons were changing and kept everything organised in work and home wardrobes. Very organised. Since the babe arrived things have been a little less clear, not least because my need for a casual home wardrobe has overtaken my previous need for smart work clothes and heels.

I have elected to make my two wardrobes distinct to “home” and “work” with the both being organised into grabbable (i know thats not a word) outfits. I know all this sounds a bit neat freak but I had a reputation for always being beautifully put together before I had the babe and am reluctant to lose this lovely accolade based on time constraints!

As I have mentioned before I love Hush loungewear for my mummy wardrobe and they have assisted me in starting to sell their clothes in lovely outfit bundles! Inspiration indeed! Hush Bundles

What has become clear in the sorting element of the excercise is that my jeans are in a terrible state and as a majority of my time is spent in them it seems advisable to have great jeans! I think as I came out of maternity jeans back into regular I opted for comfort and fashion over long term wearability with fashion credentials. Donna Ida has put me back on the map! For those who haven’t come across Donna Ida they are a specialist denim online retailer with stylists and great searching capability by body shape. http://www.donnaida.com/ I’m dedicating todays post to the jeans on the shortlist. I have ordered or sent my husband who works in London to purchase them all and will report back on whats good and whats not. I’ll blog later in the week on how I get on sorting the wardrobe into outfits – with pics of course!

All my jeans are skinny I’m afraid but all very wearable and hopefully long lasting. Some of the photos aren’t great so I’ve included links too.

First up the Donna Ida offering. James JeansThey are by James Jeans and at half price in the sale a slightly more manageable £100. Whilst not the traditional blue I thought the colour very wearable for dress up or down.

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Next up a surprise entry from Abercrombie & Fitch. I have never attempted to buy jeans here before partly because you can’t see anything in the dimly lit shop and partly because I’m probably a bit older than their target demographic! However, the hubby buys his jeans there so he offered to pick me some up when he was in London. I went for their Super Skinnies in the regular wash as seen below. We’ll have to see what they are like on before making further comment.

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Next a sample of one if my favourite casual brands Maison Scotch. I have a lot of their tops and a couple of pairs of Chino‘s but have never tried the jeans. I had to order them as my local stockist Fenwick didn’t have the size I needed. From seeing them in the flesh in store however they seems to be a good quality skinny with a nice bit of detail. The proof is in the fit.

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Last, and certainly least in terms of price, are a new pair of Topshop Leigh Jeans. I lived in these last summer and think they are a great way of adding a bit of colour into your wardrobe for £38. I have to say that they are not built to last but they are almost like a legging so it’s not surprising. It’ll be interesting to see whether the pale colour on will be as flattering as the darker colours.

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I’ll let you know how I get on once they have all arrived from their respective retailers!

Working for the family

3 Apr

I have to say, a huge three weeks into my blogging career, I can see how it can become addictive. As a busy working mum I shouldn’t really have time to spend an hour blogging of an evening but not only is it addictive it’s borderline therapeutic. Well, it is if you do it like I do which is basically writing a diary with a few of my favourite fashionable things thrown in…

My above comments aside I am really struggling with making work and home happen together never mind doing both well. As the hubby works away a lot its easy to feel like I just have to do everything. 5mins before I was about to lose the plot with him last night I made myself remember that he is working 6 day weeks, always in the car or on the plane and under massive pressure to deliver and doing it all for the sake of me and the babe. I think it’s just different for men and women. (Hardly a new observation I know but wait a mo). When I finish work, I rush to the childminders so I can see the babe and spend a precious couple of hours with her before bed. I am knackered, this is a given, but it doesn’t stop me, I prioritise her over everything. When the hubby comes in, he loves to see her waves and smiles for him but wants to unpack a bag, check his blackberry, close his eyes for five mins. As I said I’m not really trying to be critical of that. It’s his choice, as it is mine. It just doesn’t feel like a choice for me. Maybe that’s just motherhood.

As a woman who was pre baby massively into her job it is a surprise to me that I would contemplate giving it up for the time being but the reality is I would. I would miss the money, the independent means, the girls lunches and the boys banter but …. it might be better for the family in the short term. Might. If the hubby did a regular job that was nine to five and he left it at the office it would maybe be different but I can see that the household would benefit from someone being at home. His job is so demanding and travel intensive it would be good to have consistency elsewhere. One to think about a lot more me thinks.

From a fashion perspective today the weather has really thrown us. It is hailing, snowing and raining hard, seemingly all at once! When I went to grab the babe’s coat I realised it was a bit on the small side as we’ve just needed a little fleece or body warmer the last few weeks. A good reason to get a spring jacket I thought. What I found was this little number from George at ASDA. Not available on the website hence the DIY shot but a bit of a nod to Alice Temperley at a bargain price, just £9. It has a fleece lining so will be a bit warmer than a regular mac in the unpredictable weather. In case the pic doesn’t show it well it’s pale pink with brown butterflies. Result!

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