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NEVER KNOWINGLY CONCISE: EVENTS // LMC x BLOOMON WORKSHOP

IN // B L O O M

EVENT: LONDON MOTHERS CLUB x BLOOMON WORKSHOP
EVENT DETAILS: FLOWER ARRANGING WORKSHOP, BUBBLES & NIBBLES
VENUE: PAPER MILL STUDIOS, LONDON
WHEN: 15TH NOVEMBER’17 – 7:30pm – 10pm

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After recently receiving a lot of beautiful and really thoughtful flowers, I toyed with the idea of going on a Floristry course of some description. I found potting them into numerous vases and caring for them really therapeutic. I felt real joy in tending to them and having the vases scattered around the house was a constant reminder of peoples’ support.

Then, as if by actual magic, @londonmothersclub and @bloomonuk teamed up for a mega floristry evening fuelled by Prosecco & Donuts & (fizzy) Prosecco CRISPS 🌷🍾🍩 I couldn’t respond to the invite quick enough!

Upon arrival at Paper Mill Studio’s (not far from where we used to live in North London!), I was offered a lovely cold glass of the good stuff. The workshop was then promptly introduced by Kerrie-Anne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Bloomon expert florist then took us through the individual flowers she had selected for her arrangement – talking through the process of selecting your blooms and how to arrange them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was then time for us to give the arranging a go for ourselves.

We were each given the same bunch of flowers to arrange, using our new knowledge – and the Prosecco & Prescco CRISPS kept us going too!

So what important tips & tricks did I learn for arranging my flowers?*

  • WATER // Crystal clear water is key. When you first fill your vase, use the little packet of flower food to nourish your plants. After a 2-3 days, refresh the water.  Add a little drop of bleach (YES BLEACH!) to keep bacteria at bay. Less germs = longer lasting blooms. Also, don’t worry about filling your vase to the top with water, they don’t need a FULL vase.
  • FLAT LAY // Lay all of your stems out. Look at the bud ratio’s and heights before arranging.
  • PRUNE // Re-cut your stems. Often the bottom of stems have a hard time absorbing water. A fresh cut – at a nice angle, like the bottom of a drinking straw – will do just the trick. The angle increases the surface area for better absorption. Also, make sure no leaves fall below the water line as they will decompose.
  • REINCARNATION // Keep your longer lasting blooms fresh by taking out stems past revival and removing over-wilted buds. ‘Deadheading’ channels energy into the blooming flowers, meaning healthier flowers that continue to bloom.  
  • HOME SWEET HOME // Blooms can be picky. Make sure they feel right at home in your home by placing them away from drafts, direct sunlight, radiators and fruit.

Your bouquet will look beautiful for upward of 10 days. But, there will come a time when only the very strongest, longest lasting flowers remain. Too few to remain in the vase. Too many to waste. Now is the time to get creative with mini vases!

* Some Tips & Tricks – provided by the Bloomon.co.uk BLOG.

I also managed to dry a few of the steams in some single bud vases from this bouquet above – and from the one I was additionally gifted (read on). The berries, especially, were great over Christmas and worked really well with a vase of greenery!

So with the end of the workshop we were given our personally-arranged blooms all wrapped up nicely, ready to be plonked straight into our huge (and pretty stunning!) vases that we were also kindly gifted.

As usual, it was brilliant to be surrounded by a group of such wonderful women – whilst doing something I’m getting really quite passionate about! I learned how to arrange and some excellent tips for longevity AND I met some new (and familiar!) faces along the way. So much fun. I now REALLY want to be a florist! 👌🏻❤️✨

ARRANGING AT HOME

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much for organising K-A! 😘

As an icebreaker we talked about which flowers we like best. I love a vintage peach rose, it holds a real sentimental value for me. I’ll also definitely be adding a lot more foliage to my arrangements from now on too – the greenery really offset’s the colour in the buds (also great for filling gaps!)

So, what’s your favourite flower?

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NB: I was gifted the flowers that I arranged during the workshop;  plus an additional bouquet, as well as the large vase,  floristry scissors and towel. I did not receive payment for this review. All views in this post are my own and are 100% honest.

#bloomonUK #gifted

MORE ABOUT BLOOMON

WEBSITEbloomon.co.uk
INSTAGRAM: @bloomonuk
BLOGbloomon.co.uk/Blog

 

Who we are

Bloomon was founded in 2014 when three rebels – a flower fan, a supply whiz, and a number-cruncher – got together to turn the flower industry on its head. From a dining room table in Amsterdam, we’re now bringing our beautiful bouquets to homes in five countries. World, here we come!

What we love

We love to test. We love to learn. We love to optimise. Beers on Friday evening. Table tennis after lunch. Random air hockey tournaments. We love creativity. Open minds. Free spirits. Smart kids. Cool kids. We love open windows. Too much coffee. Polaroids. Oh, and our rooftop terrace is pretty much like family.

What we stand for

We make art and science come together. In fact, we’re all about acting on a greater plan. Think big, win big. We seek challenge. Even if we don’t score on our first try, we do it better every day. And we always look on the bright side – no matter what.

What we want

Simply put: We want to spread happiness. And we want to do it together. Diversity is our strength. There is no push without pull. No spark without friction. No yin without yang. At the end of the day, we’re all running in the same direction to make our customers and colleagues smile every day.

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BRAND IN FOCUS // HUSH x REFUGE

One of my favourite brands, HUSH, has joined forces with the charity REFUGE to create a beautiful sleepwear set; which will see all profits going directly to the charity.

HUSH say, “This season we are proud to support Refuge and their commitment to achieving a world where domestic violence is not tolerated and where women and children can live in safety”.

Together, they have created the NIGHTSKY limited edition sleepwear set with matching eye mask; the proceeds of which will all be donated to Refuge – with every set sold providing the equivalent* of one night in a safe house for a woman and her children. The set retails at £60, so for every purchase, a MASSIVE  £52* is donated by HUSH to Refuge. ​​

Some shocking statistics were highlighted for this campaign :
  • 1 in 4 of us will suffer domestic violence in our lifetime
  • 2 women are killed every week by an abusive partner
  • The Police receive  a domestic violence related call every 30 seconds

The work that Refuge do is crucial in saving lives. So while this is a really beautiful sleepwear set, I think you’ll agree, this truly is a life-saving and life-changing purchase.

Please support this tremendous cause by sharing across social networks, using the hashtags,  #hushNoMore and #OneforOne, and if you can purchase the sleepwear set,  you really will be making a difference to the lives of many.

 

ABOUT REFUGE

Since 1971, Refuge has led the campaign against domestic violence and has grown to become the country’s largest single provider of specialist domestic violence services. On any given day they support more than 5,000 women and children across the UK.
Sandra Horley is a force to be reckoned with. Head of the charity Refuge, she has dedicated her life’s work to increasing the awareness of the issues surrounding domestic violence and to improving the lives of those affected by it. Ahead of the partnership, HUSH sat down with her to find out more about the woman behind the UK’s largest domestic violence charity >>> READ MORE HERE

FREEPHONE 24-HOUR NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HELPLINE

0808 2000 247
Run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge
If you are experiencing domestic violence and need support please visit www.refuge.org.uk

* Every set costs £60 (of which £10 is VAT). Hush will donate £52 for every set sold to Refuge (Registered charity number 277424).

Thank you

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BRAND IN FOCUS // Topshop x STRANGER THINGS Collaboration

AN EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION

Ahead of Season 2, Stranger Things is having a fashion moment. Be first with the trend and discover our exclusive, limited-edition collection of retro-inspired tees and sweatshirts (think beyond jeans and trainers, and style yours over floaty blouses and dresses or tucked into a velvet mini skirt).

As part of the TOPSHOP & TOPMAN exclusive partnership with Netflix, they have also transformed Topshop Oxford Circus into a Stranger Things-inspired world.

 

The Byers’ living room

Flickering fairy lights, an alphabet scribbled onto floral wallpaper and a glitchy TV screen… It can only be the Byers’ iconic living room, brought to life in one of the store’s main windows on Oxford Street.

Hawkins lab

Are you telekinetic just like Eleven? Test your superpowers in Hawkins lab, set at the front of the store.

Castle Byers

Will’s hideaway is complete with a cassette player blasting “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash, a JAWS poster and messy bunk bed. You can find it on the first floor at Topman.

The Arcade

Step into the Arcade on the lower ground floor to win big or head to the Upside Down if you dare…

Walk the corridors of Hawkins High and discover Nancy’s locker, as well as a shrine to Barb.

It looks bloody brilliant, doesn’t it?

Be sure to get down to Oxford St asap though, this special instore experience is only open until Tuesday 31st October!

Not in London? Head to Topshop Liverpool, Birmingham or Manchester Arndale for Stranger Things 2 window art, Hawkins High lockers, giveaways, Stranger Things merchandise and exclusive tote bags if you spend £60 or more.

Check out my favourite pieces from the collaboration below – and don’t forget Barb to settle down tonight for the Season 2 premiere!

SHOP >> STRANGER THINGS T-shirt //  £20
SHOP >> THE BOOK OF BARB // £9.99
SHOP >> BIKE SWEATSHIRT // £32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shop the entire collection instore and online here >> TOPSHOP x STRANGER THINGS collaboration.

Will you be watching the Season 2 premiere tonight?

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BRAND IN FOCUS // HUSH

HUSH are a clothing brand aimed at women of all ages who like fashion but are not a slave to it, who want to look good but don’t want to spend ages doing so, who want to be comfortable but not at the expense of style.

Australian born, Mandy Watkins is the creative director and owner of HUSH, having started it back in 2003 from her kitchen table with a laptop, a single phone and the perfect amount of optimism that she could start her own clothing label.

Just over 10 years later, her business has gone from strength to strength. Its “uncommercial” approach – which accompanies some very commercial product – is what sets it apart. Spotting a gap in the market,  Mandy initially launched Hush as a nightwear and loungewear brand. She had the idea she could suggest films for people to watch, and sell hot chocolate and blankets, to “make it more of an experience”.

HUSH now offers several categories, including daywear, swimwear, footwear and accessories.

I could quite easily buy EVERYTHING that HUSH design, testament to their conscious attention to detail of what the modern woman wants & needs. All pieces are made with a classic quality, meaning they’ll transition from season-to-season, and indeed, from year-to-year. Clothing is designed to be comfortable AND wearable. Accessories are used to enhance an outfit, with small leather goods and scarves taking a good focal point for Autumn/Winter. The Jewellery collections are simply beautiful – minimalist, yet eye-catching – almost all designs being made in both Gold or Silver, to suit your current wardrobe.

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As the HUSH AUTUMN/WINTER 2017 collection has just launched, I thought I’d share some of my absolute favourite pieces. These will also be available to purchase in The Never Knowingly Concise Shop, along with a few extra bits! Let me know what you’re coveting in the comments section below or over on IG.

CLICK TO SHOP >> Lightning Bolt Jumper // £85

 

CLICK TO SHOP >> Andes Bell Sleeve Top // £89

 

CLICK TO SHOP >> Leopard Fur Coat // £220

 

CLICK TO SHOP >> Hera Maxi Dress // £149
CLICK TO SHOP >> Mini Tassel Earrings // £35
CLICK TO SHOP >> Lightning Necklace – Gold // £42

 

CLICK TO SHOP >> Tansy Dress – Green // £65

 

CLICK TO SHOP >> Majestic Star Trainer – £169

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TIBA + MARL x Mama’s & Papa’s // Season Two

Tiba + Marl x Mamas & Papas Season Two has landed!

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I’m not currently looking for a new pram… yet. But the second collaboration between my Mum-Boss favourites, TIBA + MARL and high-street lovelies, Mama’s & Papa’s is pretty damn epic.

First of all though, I’m going to go straight to the new Miller backpacks that have also launched for this collaboration. The Miller design now comes in the bespoke navy leopard print and  in a stunning luxe metallic pewter finish – and also returning is the covetable black faux leather Miller too.

Pewter
Click to shop // Pewter
Leopard
Click to shop // Navy Leopard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stylish and practical, the MILLER is the ideal choice and leaves your hands free for a busy day out-and-about. Injecting effortless style in striking pewter, this backpack is large enough to fit most laptops and doubles up perfectly as a work bag, gym bag or carry-on bag.

I absolutely love both of these ^ As always, both back packs are completely unisex (can be used waaaaaaay after the baby & toddler years!) and come with the following features:

– Luxury padded changing mat
– Insulated bottle holder
– Internal laptop pocket
– Smart phone pocket
– Large exterior pocket
– 2 additional external side pockets
– Removable wet clutch / cross body bag
– Grab top handle
– Padded lower back panel
– Chunky metal zips with double pullers for easy access
– Metal feet
– Adjustable padded shoulder straps
– Wipe clean exterior and lining

Click to Shop // Urbo² Tiba + Marl pushchair 

Mamas + Papas’ award winning Urbo² pushchair is also given the T+M treatment, in signature navy Leopard print with a striking pewter chassis.  I literally can’t cope with how cool and pretty and cool this pushchair is. It’s just beautiful. Striking AND unisex. The pushchair itself can be used from birth, though a carrycot is also available in this design too. So what features does this beauty hold?

PUSHCHAIR // DETAILS
– The lie-flat position supports natural, healthy sleep.
– Compatible with car seats and carrycots for a full travel system.
– Reversible seat so baby can face you or the world.
– A compact frame with light, effortless steering.
– An easily adjustable handle you can adapt to suit your grip.
– The sunshade and insect net keep baby protected.
– The magnetic peek-a-boo window makes it easy, and quiet, to check on baby.

Age Suitability: Birth – 15kg/33lb
Dimensions: H: 104 x W: 54 x L: 86cm Approx.
Folded Size: H: 49 x W: 54 x D: 85cm Approx.
Weight: 9kg Approx.

Urbo² Carrycot
Click to Shop // Urbo² Tiba + Marl Carry Cot

Comfy, protective and bursting with style, our Urbo² carrycot is just what you need for those early months. And now you can stand out in style thanks to our latest collaboration with Tiba + Marl.

Showcasing a navy edition of their iconic leopard print, the canvas fabric is enhanced by the quilted hood lining and striking pewter and leatherette detailing.

CARRY COT // DETAILS
– The lie-flat position supports natural, healthy sleep.
– The magnetic apron tucks baby away quickly and quietly.
– The hood’s optional air vent keeps the cot cool and comfortable.
– The cushioned mattress offers even more comfort for naps on the go.
– The UPF 50+ fabric protects them from harmful rays.

Age Suitability: Birth – 9kg/20lb
Dimensions: H: 59 x W: 41 x L: 80cm Approx.
Weight 6.6kg Approx.

So not only are these super cool, design pieces; they’re practical and caring of your needs as well as your childs’. With this in mind, this collaboration does come in 4 options:

Pushchair ONLY – as above – £649

Carry cot ONLY – as above – £219

 

Click to Shop // 4 Piece Bundle

4 PIECE BUNDLE // £916.00 £799.00*

– Urbo² – Our stylish, city-living pushchair, with a striking pewter frame and luxury fabric detailing.
– Carrycot – Our recommended choice for 0-6 months, letting baby lie flat for a comfortable, natural sleep on the go.
– Adaptor – Easy to use, one-click adaptors to attach a car seat to the Urbo². Compatible with Aton, CYBEX Aton Q, Maxi-Cosi Pebble, Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix and BeSafe iZi Go infant carriers.
–  Universal Cup Holder – Perfect for keeping hands free, so you can concentrate on pushing baby and staying in control.

*You save this amount against the cost of purchasing the items together at their full individual prices.

Click to Shop // 5 Piece Bundle

5 PIECE BUNDLE // £1,091.00 £929.00*

– Urbo² – Our stylish, city-living pushchair, with a striking pewter frame and luxury fabric detailing.
– Carrycot – Our recommended choice for 0-6 months, letting baby lie flat for a comfortable, natural sleep on the go.
– Adaptor – Easy to use, one-click adaptors to attach a car seat to the Urbo². Compatible with Aton, CYBEX Aton Q, Maxi-Cosi Pebble, Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix and BeSafe iZi Go infant carriers.
–  Universal Cup Holder – Perfect for keeping hands free, so you can concentrate on pushing baby and staying in control.
– Aton Q Car Seat – A rear facing seat designed to make life easier.

*You save this amount against the cost of purchasing the items together at their full individual prices.

Click to Shop // 6 Piece Bundle

6 PIECE BUNDLE // £1,201.00 £999.00*

– Urbo² – Our stylish, city-living pushchair, with a striking pewter frame and luxury fabric detailing.
– Carrycot – Our recommended choice for 0-6 months, letting baby lie flat for a comfortable, natural sleep on the go.
– Adaptor – Easy to use, one-click adaptors to attach a car seat to the Urbo². Compatible with Aton, CYBEX Aton Q, Maxi-Cosi Pebble, Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix and BeSafe iZi Go infant carriers.
–  Universal Cup Holder – Perfect for keeping hands free, so you can concentrate on pushing baby and staying in control.
– Aton Q Car Seat – A rear facing seat designed to make life easier.
– Aton IsoFix Base- Click and go – easily attaches to your ISOFIX anchors for a secure and safe base.

*You save this amount against the cost of purchasing the items together at their full individual prices.

Additionally, you can also purchase the collaboration Footmuff, in signature navy leopard print,separately too – £89.00. This footmuff will fit most pushchairs with the 5 point safety harness fixing.

 

Click to Shop // Tiba + Marl Footmuff

COLD WEATHER PLUS FOOTMUFF // DETAILS
– Designed to fit most pushchairs and co-ordinates with the Urbo².
– The padded fleece lining keeps little one cosy and comfortable.
– Water and dirt resistant so it’s even easier to keep clean and dry.
– The four-way zipper lets you adjust the temperature to suit baby.
– Wind resistant to protect baby in colder weather.
– The multi-position harness holes allow you to re-position the footmuff as baby grows.

Age Suitability: Birth – 15kg
Dimensions: H: 100 x W: 52 x D: 18cm Approx.
Care & Maintenance: Machine wash at 40°.

So! There you go. What a collaboration! I don’t think these pieces will be around long – so get shopping! (I’ll be adding everything to The Shop shortly).I’m sure you’ll agree that this is a stunning design and beautiful pram that has been made in quality materials for longevity. Contemporary.  Effortlessly cool.  Practical. And just perfect for modern parents. We love you TIBA + MARL ♥️

Also, just want to say a massive CONGRATULATIONS to Anna & Lydia (TIBA + MARL  founders) for their incredible launch. Everything they’ve achieved is simply down to their dedication and ridiculous hard work. VERY proud of you both right now!

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COWSHED // FLASH SALE | Travel Countdown Calendar

We’re HUGE Cowshed fans in our house – Shoreditch House, around 10 years ago, is to blame for the addiction. We fell head over heals for the Cow Pat hand cream and its been a blissful union together since.

Our home is filled with the scent from a Knackered Cow diffuser, I can’t go to bed without my Sleepy Cow range and I have a Lippy Cow Lipbalm in every bag. (Amongst all the other bath, massage, foot and hair products that fill our bathroom shelves, of course!). I just bloody love the smell. Can’t get enough!

Anyway – I just had to share this brilliant FLASH SALE offer that I just spied on the Cowshed site. The stunning, and really handy, Travel Countdown Calendar! First off, the price is usually £65.00, but for a limited time only (and only available at Cowshedonline.com & in Cowshed Spa’s), the price during this mega flash sale is £32.50! Yep, that’s half price for this beauty. So, what’s in the box?

COWSHED // CLICK TO BUY TRAVEL COUNTDOWN CALENDAR

11 flight-friendly versions of best-loved Cowshed products, the new travel calendar has everything you need to prep for your holiday as well as when you reach your destination! Calendar includes: Cowlick Gentle Shampoo 30ml, Saucy Cow Conditioner 30ml, Gorgeous Cow Body Lotion 100ml, Cow Slip Soothing Hand Cream 50ml, Lavender Gentle Cleanser 30ml, Chamomile Refreshing Toner, Apricot Nourishing Cuticle Oil 11ml, Cow Slip Natural Antibacterial Hand Gel 50ml, Wild Cow Bath & Body Oil 30ml, Cow Pit Spray Deo 10ml, Gorgeous Cow Bath & Shower Gel 100ml

As always , Cowshed  products are Made in England using natural ingredients. The Travel Calendar makes for the perfect pre-holiday treat or as its wedding season, how about as a honeymoon gift?

As I mentioned, this flash sale is a limited time only – so I’ve added this to >THE SHOP // here < for ease of shopping!

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BRAND IN FOCUS // ZARA HOME | KIDS: AW17 “Little Adventures”

Zara HOME | Kids have just launched their AW17 campaign: Little Adventures – and it does not disappoint. There are several ranges, that can of course be mixed and matched up for a bespoke theme to you. This season Zara take inspiration from the woodland, grown up Industrial meets Scandi and traditions prints & pastels.

I particularly like the Industrial and reworked style pieces. They look so unique – definitely not something you’d imagine picking up on the high street! The Scandi themes make for a relaxed slumber, while the pastels and prints create a vintage feel.

The Kids Home range doesn’t stop at the sleeping quarters though; there are also bathroom textiles and accessories as well as a dining range.

There are some really lovely pieces to mix & match up and take inspiration from – perfect for refreshing your current Child-space, or curating a brand new room! Shop The Little Adventures range, here.

 

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BRAND IN FOCUS // TOPSHOP x Liberty Fabrics

Quintessentially British brand, Liberty, is world-renowned for its iconic prints. Recently launched, they’ve teamed up with TOPSHOP to rediscover the print archives, on modern designs.

This season, three designs from the archive decorate Topshop dresses, skirts and tops in fresh new colourways. Choose
between Elderberry, a hand-drawn berry pattern in blue, yellow and green rose, along with a scattered pansy print in pink and the familiar Capel print – a floral motif from the 1970s now in redesigned in red.

I do love a Vintage print – this Minimalism journey hasn’t stripped that from me (yet!). And these styles are so lovely and summery too. Team with a leather biker & ankle boots to finish the look.

See my favourite pieces below // all pieces from the collection are available in The Shop.

 

Topshop x Liberty // Skater Tea Dress | £59.00
Topshop x Liberty // Floral Sun Top | £34.00

 

Topshop x Liberty // Ruffle Print Dress | £59.00

shop now

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