My first weekly round-up of New Arrivals that have hit the Online Stores this week. I’ll do this every Friday, just in time for the weekend – though, sadly for my purse strings, as we all know, online shopping definitely isn’t limited to the weekend! All items are available online, at time of publishing this post.
For a side note, I’m Mid-Sized. I’m 5 ft nothing. I’m somewhere between 10-14, depending on the shop. We are the forgotten women. I hope my pick’s are inclusive for all. But just to give you an idea of my stature; and I hope my pick’s help you too, whatever your dress size!
As we’re now in September (HOW, seriously, HOW?), and Eli is back to school, I can finally get round to tidying up the house. I have a rather large wish-list of items I’d love for our home, of which I am continually adding to! Having rented for the 15 years we’ve been together, it sometimes feels like our home isn’t ‘home’ as we can’t ever rip up the carpets, or decorate with paints or paper, or add extensions or knock down walls etc. But by using accessories and furniture, we can certainly make the blank canvas that we currently call home a bit more like our own.
Rugs are a great way to add texture, warmth and of course, personality to a room. I still adore the ‘Instagram Rug‘ from La Redoute. The Afaw Berber style rug is off white, which is flattering to any colour scheme, but also hides a multitude of sins when you have kids running about – pristine white is a bit of a no-go in our house, that’s for sure!
We have a few leather and natural wood accents in our home. I made the coffee table we currently use from an older butchers block with black Dansette legs. So this Habitat side table would sit really nicely next to that.
Can you ever go wrong with a bit of blush pink? We currently only really have blush pink accents in our main bedroom. But I love this COX & COX Love Seat so much, it would have to be in the living room!
How much of a bargain is this Made.com Clock? At just £10, this is a great timepiece for the wall with a minimalist aesthetic, reminiscent of the beautiful Swiss railway clocks.
I’m currently in love with Danish planters and I love the modern twist of Cement with these from NEXT (!!!! I KNOW!).
I like to move furniture about to give a fresh lease of life to a room – this is a a great way to change your perspective of a room without dipping into the bank. But if you had the cash at hand, what new Living Room items would you go for first? What are you lusting after?
Thought I’d do a wee post on this here very dress. It’s one of my favourites at the moment, and I know a lot of you loved it too. The TOPSHOP insiders heard you loved it so much and have just re-stocked so here is the link to >>> SHOP
Why do I love this dress? Well, I’d say I’m a ‘mid-size’ woman, not helped by my 5 foot nothing stature. (So its more like maxi dress, than midi on me). I’d say this is my favourite shape to wear – dare I say it even elongates me? But the very BEST thing about this dress? No, not the print, no not the lace finish… it’s got POCKETS!🤸♀️ This dress is also on the cheaper side for Topshop, at £39.00.
Just gotta hope Topshop keep this shape going with new prints, I’d definitely buy them all!
“I think if everyone applied a little bit of ‘Give a damn’ to their life, we’d see a huge shift instantly.” – Tennessee Thomas
As you know, I love a good collaboration – & Other Stories seem to get it spot on when they choose to partner up with a brand. Their latest marriage is with LA-formed, Deep End Club; a creative community where activism meets art to bring change to the world. Founded by Tennessee Thomas in 2013, this collaboration is currently only available online and within the UK and Europe. So these tee’s won’t stick around for long! Together, these two brands have joined forces to share the message of Tennessee’s printed tees and why giving a damn matters.
In her own words, Tennessee shares the story behind the co-lab. It’s all about the empowering force of a t-shirt.
“The ‘GIVE A DAMN’ t-shirt works as a great conversation starter.
What do you give a damn about? It’s a t-shirt that resonates how we’ve started giving a damn all over the world! For me, it evokes the power of the Women’s March last year after Trump got elected, and how incredible it was when millions of women went out to protest. It shows how it’s a female-driven movement right now, to give a damn.This co-lab came naturally when Caroline from & Other Stories’ Stockholm atelier attended one of The Deep End Club’s radical open mics and proposed the idea. The campaign images are very personal as they were shot at The Deep End Club space in L.A. with my friends Sasami, Kyleigh and Ariel who all are activists engaged in many issues, such as removing landmines and spreading environmental awareness.I’ve found The Deep End Club to be a beautiful experience. First started as a shop where I used clothes as a way to spread a message, now it’s become a physical space where art and activism meet. Having been a drummer in a rock band, I consider these t-shirts to be like merch for what The Deep End Club stands for – a community empowering you to make a difference.”
My favourite online florist, BLOOM & WILD, have partnered up with one of my favourite furniture and decor brands, Maisons du Monde, to give one lucky winner £500 to spend with them online for a unique home refresh, plus 12 months worth of blooms.
That’s enough to make your home look so gorgeous, you’ll never want to leave it!
Bloom & Wild are my go-to for sending flowers through the post. They’re always packaged perfectly and come in bud so you have them brightening your home for much longer. The quality of the flowers always amazes me – the care they’re packed with is also pretty amazing too!
“Cut with care, packed with pride, sent with love”
– Bloom & Wild
To enter this very lovely competition, simply enter your details on the Bloom & Wild website, here >>> WIN WIN WIN
Bloom & Wild are the UK’s top rated flower delivery company, with a range of letterbox flowers & plants along with hand-tied bouquets. Their mission is to make sending and receiving flowers a joy again, so that you can be there from anywhere for those you love using technology to empower people from the palm of their hand where our messages, news and emotions arrive.
Looking for the perfect housewarming present? Look no further than the letterbox Fern. The Boston Fern has the ability to clean the air in your home and can remove the pollutants formaldehyde and xylene.
Maisons du Monde is a French furniture & decor brand with a difference. Their stylists capture inspiration from around the world, developing exclusive pieces to suit all budgets and styles. With 7 core styles to choose, from vintage to industrial, each collection is made with flexibility in mind, so you can mix and match pieces to create a home that’s as unique as you are. This autumn, whether you’re planning major changes or simply need a room refresh, Maisons du Monde makes it easy to update your home with five exciting, new season decor trends. Snuggle down with Cosy Blue, filled with effortless Hygge essentials or Miss Bloom, a look that will keep things rosy and warm no matter what the weather. Be sure to check out their latest arrivals to discover something uniquely different…
To enter the competition you must have a UK postal address and be 18 or over. The winner will be chosen after the competition has closed and they will be notified by email. No cash alternatives available. One entry per household.
First of all, you’re a strong and brave woman (she says, as tears roll down her cheeks). Your body hasn’t failed you, you haven’t failed you and you haven’t failed anybody else. Your body has successfully made life, (technically it made a whirlwind! But we are certainly more than happy with our little whirlwind!). It grew and was home to that tiny human – 10 fingers and 10 toes – Eli was 8 pounds of sheer perfection.
Your body CAN do it. Please don’t blame your body.
It was just that this time round, Science cruelly said that something wasn’t right. Your body, in this instance, did the right thing.
We all know that if the ingredients aren’t measured out right, a cake won’t come out right. The science of conception is just the same – obviously a lot more complicated – but this works for my metaphor, at least. Bear with me! In fact, only 20% of couples actually manage to conceive in a monthly cycle. It’s just that complicated. Science said something was wrong – science said we had to let the baby go. I know it’s not something that I DID wrong. I know all of this, so why does it still hurt so much?
Your body went through hell and back when you miscarried. The physical ailments may be healed, but your head and your heart will take so much longer. And you need to know, that’s ok.
Some day’s you’re completely fine, enjoying life as a Mama-to-one. Then sometimes it smacks you in the face like a brick. It especially hurts when your beloved whirlwind settles down beside you, patting your tummy and so sweetly says “but Mummy, when can I have a baby brother or sister?”.
Mama, you’re ok to cry. Even though its almost a year on. You’re allowed to still grieve, to take time out, to not want to speak. But don’t bottle it all up, because that won’t help anyone, will it? You’re a ticking time-bomb if you don’t communicate at all. So take your time. Go at your pace, not under any pressure to go at any nobody else’s. Speak when you want to speak. Cry when you want to cry. Shout when you want to shout. Just make sure you do it all, and then-some.
Also Mama, you’re going to be sensitive. You’ll notice the pregnancy and birth announcements more….and also notice when pregnant women moan about how difficult being pregnant in the heat is. You’ll feel bitterly resentful that they’re complaining – “shouldn’t they be feeling lucky that they’re pregnant at all?!”. But remember how you were at full-term with Eli in the soaring temperatures of August 2012? You know firsthand just how much torture that is. Try not to hold grudges. Try not to sweat the small stuff. Try to keep calm – stressing yourself about other people and their complaints isn’t going to help. You’ll feel jealous when you see your friends, or even complete strangers, pushing their baby in the pram around the park, shopping in Waitrose or coo-ing over them on the train. That’s ok and that’s normal too. You STILL want that. So try to keep the jealously at bay – turn it into something positive. Take the opportunity to rest. Maybe even have more ‘me-time’?
Yes, it’s really scary, yes you’re full of worry and anxiety… but one day, you WILL be ready and able to try again. Another pregnancy will not replace the one that you lost. The baby that never was will always remain in your heart as your favourite ‘…what if?’. Never, ever forgotten.
Most importantly keep talking Mama.
You’ll get there eventually.
Peace & love C
Being a mama can be all kinds of wonderful and all kinds of intense. Whatever journey you are on, you hardly ever get time to reflect on how far you’ve come. hi mama asks you to do that, to return to a time when you were at your best, or at your worst, and write to the mama at that stage with all the wisdom, experience and knowledge of your present self.
Writing a letter about your experience has double benefits; it can be really cathartic and allow you to reflect, and will also offer support to other mamas. We spent hours online searching for reassurance from the words of other mamas – still do – and we hope to create a library of letters that will offer words of wisdom for any situation. Inspired by the social community, by how mamas reach out to each other with positivity, grace and inclusivity, we want hi mama to become a source of strength and solidarity for all.
the mamas behind hi mama…
Shared experiences got us through the first years of being a mama. We are secondary school friends, Sophie Taylor and Shelley Lawrence and are hoping to extend the network we have relied on so much to fellow mamas far and wide. We have been sending letters to each other throughout our friendship, from notes about boys in school, to bridging the oceans when Shelley lived in Australia. Letters have a poignancy and an intimacy, they can be funny and light-hearted and offer up your barest and most honest self. We appreciate our youthful (and often cringeworthy) notes now more than ever.
I have a little boy, Felix, who is two years old, a funny old pug called Tam and a husband called Stuart. Family is hugely important to me and I am really lucky to live close to my parents and to Stu’s Mum. I started working life as a runner for a television production company in Brighton, and now work in communications, first for a charity, then for the ambulance service and soon to be for a police force.
I am mama to two fiercely ‘spirited’ girls; my mum calls it payback! I have worked in events and marketing for 14 years whilst studying to become CIM certified. My husband James and I lived and worked in Australia before returning to Cambridgeshire to have our eldest daughter. I quickly realised that going back to the 9am-5pm (ha ha… 7pm-8pm) full-time, corporate world just wasn’t going to work for me as a mama. So, I decided to set-up as a freelancer, launching my own website offering marketing support on a flexible basis back in 2010. I’ve taken on many exciting projects over the years, leading to my current role as Marketing Manager for Splash Event Solutions.
We are secondary school friends, Shelley Lawrence and Sophie Taylor and we want hi mama to be a site of sisterhood for mamas far and wide, based on sharing strength and solidarity, through letters written by mamas to themselves.
It’s the launch, I’ve personally, been waiting for… Tiba + Marl x Scamp & Dude, is here! (Well, almost!). Today the Pre-Order has launched on both TibaandMarl.com and also on ScampandDude.com. All pre-orders will then be sent out on 20th August onwards. I also have it on good authority, that once these orders have gone, thats it! So get your pre-order in, before its too late!
Now the formalities are done with, let me introduce you to the coolest four-piece you’ve seen, since One Direction went on without Zayn.
THE MINI ELWOOD
THE MINI ELWOOD – £40.00 (each)
COMES IN BLACK OR MINT PRINT
The much loved Tiba + Marl MINI ELWOOD backpack gets given a super-hero transformation in Scamp & Dude’s iconic signature leopard and lightning bolt print. Mini fashionistas will love this best selling kids backpack, featuring a zipped front pocket, adjustable straps, and top carry grab handle. Each backpack showcases a patch with Scamp & Dude’s trademark slogan ‘A Superhero Has My Back’ and is adorned with ‘Superpower Button’ neon rubber lightening bolt zip pullers – prepare for playground envy!
Water resistant & wipe clean inside & out
Zip front pocket
Adjustable padded straps
Rubber lightening bolt zips
‘A Superhero Has My Back’ woven patch on back of bag
Top grab handle
100% Nylon with Faux leather trim
H: 29cm W: 22cm D: 12cm
THE ARLO SNACK PACK
THE ARLO SNACK PACK – £25.00 (EACH)
COMES IN MINT OR BLACK PRINT
Designed exclusively in collaboration with much-loved kids brand Scamp & Dude, the super-handy ARLO snack-pack by Tiba+Marl is the perfect everyday choice for you or your little dudes. Looking fierce in Scamp & Dude’s signature leopard and lightning bolt print, and featuring a patch with Scamp & Dude’s trademark slogan ‘A Superhero Has My Back’ it is also adorned with ‘Superpower Button’ bespoke neon rubber lightening bolt zip pullers – could this be the coolest cool pack ever?? Perfect from weaning right through to school – it is fully insulated and features internal slip pocket and an elasticated strap to keep bottle/cup upright. It also comes with removable name tag and an easy grab carry handle that can be clipped onto the buggy or a school bag.
Rubber lightening bolt zips
‘A Superhero Has My Back’ woven patch on back of bag
Wipe clean inside & out
Elasticated bottle holder
Internal slip pocket
Nylon & plastic with Faux leather trim
H: 16cm W: 20.5cm D: 14cm
I do have a tendency to go on about how much I love Tiba+Marl – but I do just bloody love them. We got our T+M bags when we moved to Berlin and they still look brand new (see my old post, here). We didn’t even use our Elwood as a changing bag, Eli was too old. We’ve always used it as a family back pack – or taken it to the gym/park, its also perfect for carrying a laptop! Eli is never without his Mini Elwood. So this is proof that Tiba+Marl produce quality products that have uses beyond ‘age’. For instance, I LOVE the Arlo Snack Pack – I’d use this for Eli as his lunch bag, but also as my own lunch bag… maybe even great for toiletries and cosmetics too!
So there you have it, the Pre-Order is live, so get ’em while you can! My only issue… which colour-way to go for?! Which do you like best?
Peace & love
NB: This post is absolutely not affiliated with or sponsored by Tiba+Marl or Scamp & Dude. They’re just bloody amazing brands whom I adore and want to shout about xxx
MORE ABOUT //
Tiba + Marl (Pronounced Teeba) was created in 2015 by London duo, Anna Tizard and Lydia Barron. Both Mothers, they spotted a gap in the market for contemporary, trend inspired parent changing bags. Anna, a former Bag Buyer for Urban Outfitters and Topshop, and Lydia, a Footwear and Accessories Designer for Kurt Geiger and Sigerson Morrison, set about to provide cool Mums and Dads with a range of cleverly designed, super functional changing bags where an edge of cool always comes as standard.
Tiba + Marl’s contemporary collection of bags redefines the staid tradition of baby changing bags by combining modern graphic prints, premium and high tech materials, and stylish but practical design. Inspired by the catwalks and street-style, their award winning collection breaks the mould for cool, modern parents who are seeking unisex designs that don’t compromise their sartorial choices.
Meticulously designed to merge high-fashion features with practical function, included with each bag is a co-ordinating clutch, that is water resistant and comes with a cross body strap – great for wet items or can be used as a separate, effortlessly-cool cross-body bag.
MORE ABOUT //
Scamp & Dude was created by Jo Tutchener-Sharp, founder and previous MD of Beauty Seen PR.
With a long history in the world of fashion and beauty, Jo directed PR campaigns and arranged events for high profile individuals and brands such as Tom Ford, Matthew Williamson, Dolce & Gabbana, Vogue, Estee Lauder, Topshop, NARS and The BRIT Awards.
In October 2015 Jo’s life took a difficult turn when she suffered a brain haemorrhage. She had to leave her children for a lengthy stay in hospital to undergo life threatening brain surgery.
Every parent understands the feeling you get when you have to leave your child, whether it be a business trip or first day at school. That knot in the stomach and the ache in the heart.
It was this moment that inspired Jo to create a brand that helps children feel more secure when apart from their loved ones, and Scamp & Dude was born.
Except, this is a kind of lie and is not my look today – this was what I wore yesterday… today I have been in a loose Zara T-Shirt dress with one shoe on and one shoe off. If you’re following my IG (@JudyPink), you’ll see that I hurt my foot yesterday. Today Eli and I sat in A&E for 4 hours while I was assessed and tested and x-rayed up by our amazing NHS. Thankfully, it’s *just* a bad sprain in a bad place… a few weeks rest (LOL) and it should sort itself out.
Anyway, onto today’s outfit. I’m wearing one of my all-time favourite Maxi Dresses, from GLAMOROUS, you can find it on ASOS.com and Topshop.com. This style is pretty much what I look for in a dress, as I’m petite (I say I’m 5 ft 1, but we all know thats a lie too – I’m more like 5 foot… and I refuse to believe I’m shrinking any more than that!). Due to my height restrictions, the bottom of this dress took quite a beating on my birthday as we dragged Eli away from those fountains in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, so after it’s first wash, I took scissors to the bottom hem and took around 7-8 inches off. Yep, I’m that short!
As a side note, if anyone see’s any dresses in this kind of smock/empire line shape with 3/4 sleeves, give me a shout. I think this is a definite go-to for me.
Secondly, let me introduce you to my new favourite sliders – though, today, it’s been a case of one off and one on. These ones are from Monki at £30. They’re mega comfy and pretty cosy too. They’re a bit of a Chloe Kerenn dupe, but
Woah, woah, woah. TOPSHOP.com have just launched a pretty cool deal!* They’ve whacked 50 of their most beautiful blouses into their own category and for this weekend only, they’re all £20. Brilliant!
Universally flattering, versatile and season-less; the blouse is an ultimate wardrobe hero. Shop the 50 best blouses for just £20 now, including classic button-down styles, feminine frills and party-ready satin.
Anyone else feeling completely frazzled out? Maybe all this staying up late watching Love Island and then not being able to sleep ‘cos drama is starting to take it’s toll! Good job it’s only on for another week… waaaaaaah!💘 #DaniFish #JackandDani #Jani #imloyalbabe
Today’s tiredness calls for red lips (yep, that old “red lips to distract from the tired eyes” trick) and lots of leopard! It’s a little chillier today, so I’m going for Vans and a Fedora too. This dress is perfect for just chucking on in a hurry; its comfy and will obviously work well into Autumn/Winter with tights and a leather jacket.