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Dear Alice- Week 13

Wednesday, May 30, 2012



Dear Alice,

What a little rascal you have become! The other day you wriggled right across the floor on your back and was so exhausted afterwards you fell asleep on the floor! Haha! I did laugh. You are a little chatterbox too, gurgling and cooing all day long. I can't wait till you say your first word (I'm trying to make sure it's mumma by constantly saying it to you!).

Your routine is so much better now. I think I was a bit hasty trying to start it at only 6 weeks. I don't care what the books say, you were far too young for such a structured day and really didn't like being told when to eat and sleep and play. Now that you are a bit more knowing, you are really taking to the routine and you actually prefer your days to be structured. You like to know what's coming next, when you'll be fed and when it's time for bed. It's better for mummy too because I have more of an idea of what is wrong when you cry now, instead of having to go through all the possibilities.

Over tiredness is the worst thing ever. When you are overtired you cry and cry and cry and it takes ages to settle you. I now have 3 structured naps for you. 45 minutes in the morning, 2 hours over lunch and half an hour in the afternoon. Limiting the amount you sleep a day has really helped to improve your night time sleeping as well. You actually slept from 10.30pm till 5am the other day which felt like the biggest lie in mummy has ever had!

Dreading your injections next week. Second dose. Though you barely cried for your first ones and didn't get a temperature or anything. Hoping these ones will be just as easy, though now that you are a bit more aware of the world I think they wont be! I wish they could give you an injection without actually injecting you :(

xx

Dear Alice- Week 13

Wednesday, May 30, 2012



Dear Alice,

What a little rascal you have become! The other day you wriggled right across the floor on your back and was so exhausted afterwards you fell asleep on the floor! Haha! I did laugh. You are a little chatterbox too, gurgling and cooing all day long. I can't wait till you say your first word (I'm trying to make sure it's mumma by constantly saying it to you!).

Your routine is so much better now. I think I was a bit hasty trying to start it at only 6 weeks. I don't care what the books say, you were far too young for such a structured day and really didn't like being told when to eat and sleep and play. Now that you are a bit more knowing, you are really taking to the routine and you actually prefer your days to be structured. You like to know what's coming next, when you'll be fed and when it's time for bed. It's better for mummy too because I have more of an idea of what is wrong when you cry now, instead of having to go through all the possibilities.

Over tiredness is the worst thing ever. When you are overtired you cry and cry and cry and it takes ages to settle you. I now have 3 structured naps for you. 45 minutes in the morning, 2 hours over lunch and half an hour in the afternoon. Limiting the amount you sleep a day has really helped to improve your night time sleeping as well. You actually slept from 10.30pm till 5am the other day which felt like the biggest lie in mummy has ever had!

Dreading your injections next week. Second dose. Though you barely cried for your first ones and didn't get a temperature or anything. Hoping these ones will be just as easy, though now that you are a bit more aware of the world I think they wont be! I wish they could give you an injection without actually injecting you :(

xx

Pink Dip Dye Hair

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Color Bug: Available from Amazon for £13.95

I have been wanting to dip dye my hair pink for ages now, but didn't feel brave enough to take the plunge. Color Bug, by Kevin Murphy, seemed like the perfect solution. It is a wipe on, wash off hair colour which is so easy to use. You simply rub it onto your hair where you want the colour to show up and voila! Instant dip dye effect.

PROS: The color big is easy and quick. The colour comes out really easily and is bright and fun. If you rub it in a little more, you can make the colour fade a little giving it a more wishy washy effect, which is nice. It is also super quick to wash off in the shower, and my hair feels unaffected by it! 

CONS: It is messy. Very messy. I got it EVERYWHERE. The towel I used was covered, my hands were covered, and unfortunately my clothes were covered too! It comes off so easily and I don't think it would last for a whole day, or even a morning. You also (as I found out) can't style your hair once the product is in. My hair went a little knotted and felt very dry and damaged (though once I had washed it out it felt fine again).

VERDICT: I love the color bug for a quick, non permanent dip dye effect. It's perfect for adding some colour to your hair without committing to long term hair dye. However, it does come off quite quickly and causes a bit of a mess. Not a good idea if you have cream sofas. 

xx

Pink Dip Dye Hair

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Color Bug: Available from Amazon for £13.95

I have been wanting to dip dye my hair pink for ages now, but didn't feel brave enough to take the plunge. Color Bug, by Kevin Murphy, seemed like the perfect solution. It is a wipe on, wash off hair colour which is so easy to use. You simply rub it onto your hair where you want the colour to show up and voila! Instant dip dye effect.

PROS: The color big is easy and quick. The colour comes out really easily and is bright and fun. If you rub it in a little more, you can make the colour fade a little giving it a more wishy washy effect, which is nice. It is also super quick to wash off in the shower, and my hair feels unaffected by it! 

CONS: It is messy. Very messy. I got it EVERYWHERE. The towel I used was covered, my hands were covered, and unfortunately my clothes were covered too! It comes off so easily and I don't think it would last for a whole day, or even a morning. You also (as I found out) can't style your hair once the product is in. My hair went a little knotted and felt very dry and damaged (though once I had washed it out it felt fine again).

VERDICT: I love the color bug for a quick, non permanent dip dye effect. It's perfect for adding some colour to your hair without committing to long term hair dye. However, it does come off quite quickly and causes a bit of a mess. Not a good idea if you have cream sofas. 

xx

Bangles

Monday, May 28, 2012


Vest Top: River Island
Skirt: Topshop
Blazer: Ebay
Bangles: Miss Selfridge
Nails: Rimmel London Disco Ball

Am loving the weather right now! Woo! This is an outfit I wore yesterday to go shopping. Again, I didn't take Alice, but I was only an hour. That's the good thing about living 15 minutes from Central London, you can take a quick trip up there on the tube and be back super quick! I love living in London, but I do agree with a lot of people who are saying the heat is a little unbearable. I think it't the smog. But there are more advantages than disadvantages about living so close to Central.

I went to the John Lewis on Oxford Street to check out their new beauty department that lots of other bloggers have been raving about. It really is so cool and I shall put the blog post up as soon as possible. I don't know if you've noticed, but my fringe has started to part itself in the middle! I think my hair is rebelling against being pulled and styled in a new position! I shall have to take another trip to the hairdressers and get it re-styled I think... if I can find the time!

Alice has just wriggled herself right across the room on her back (no idea how she does it) and she is so worn out she is actually falling asleep on the floor! Haha! I know it's early days yet but, I cant wait till she can crawl about! 

xx

Bangles

Monday, May 28, 2012


Vest Top: River Island
Skirt: Topshop
Blazer: Ebay
Bangles: Miss Selfridge
Nails: Rimmel London Disco Ball

Am loving the weather right now! Woo! This is an outfit I wore yesterday to go shopping. Again, I didn't take Alice, but I was only an hour. That's the good thing about living 15 minutes from Central London, you can take a quick trip up there on the tube and be back super quick! I love living in London, but I do agree with a lot of people who are saying the heat is a little unbearable. I think it't the smog. But there are more advantages than disadvantages about living so close to Central.

I went to the John Lewis on Oxford Street to check out their new beauty department that lots of other bloggers have been raving about. It really is so cool and I shall put the blog post up as soon as possible. I don't know if you've noticed, but my fringe has started to part itself in the middle! I think my hair is rebelling against being pulled and styled in a new position! I shall have to take another trip to the hairdressers and get it re-styled I think... if I can find the time!

Alice has just wriggled herself right across the room on her back (no idea how she does it) and she is so worn out she is actually falling asleep on the floor! Haha! I know it's early days yet but, I cant wait till she can crawl about! 

xx

WHAT I DID THIS WEEK #002

Sunday, May 27, 2012


Models Own pop up shop // pretty dress-scruffy shoes // Too hot for trousers! // Eating the Queen // Alice after a car ride // Jubilee Ginger bread //Topshop display // Dip Dye hair // Freebies // Sushi for diner // Models Own // Cookie mocha from Starbucks

WHAT I DID THIS WEEK #002

Sunday, May 27, 2012


Models Own pop up shop // pretty dress-scruffy shoes // Too hot for trousers! // Eating the Queen // Alice after a car ride // Jubilee Ginger bread //Topshop display // Dip Dye hair // Freebies // Sushi for diner // Models Own // Cookie mocha from Starbucks

Models Own Pop Up Shop

Saturday, May 26, 2012


Nails: Models Own Juicy Jules

I went shopping yesterday. WITHOUT ALICE! My mum had her for the afternoon and I have to say, it was very strange being without her, even if it was only for a few hours. I couldn't help but make a few (Ok, a lot!) phonecalls to check up on her. But she was fine and happy and I was greeted by a big smile and a bigger burp when I finally got home.

As I didn't have the pram to push around, I thought I would check out the Models Own pop up shop at Westfields. It is amazing! I am already a fan of Models Own nail polish and I think it's pretty reasonably priced at £5 a pot (as long as you don't buy all of them!). I have been wanting a nice glittery nail polish for ages now and fell in love with their Juicy Jules. It's just the right amount of glitter and would be perfect for layering over coloured polish. I fancied some sparkly nails so used just one coat to get a slightly glittered effect, which I love. But if you use a few coats I think it would look much fuller and glittery-er (made up work... bah). 

I loved shopping without having to push a buggy around and keep stopping to settle the little one, but I have to admit after an hour I did miss Alice! To any mums-to-be/new mums out there, it's good to have a break! I felt so refreshed and calmer when I got back to Alice that I didn't even mind the 2am feed! Although I missed her, I knew she was happy and safe with my mum and it was really nice to spend a couple of hours doing what I wanted to do. Even if I did only end up buying clothes for Alice... 

xx

Models Own Pop Up Shop

Saturday, May 26, 2012


Nails: Models Own Juicy Jules

I went shopping yesterday. WITHOUT ALICE! My mum had her for the afternoon and I have to say, it was very strange being without her, even if it was only for a few hours. I couldn't help but make a few (Ok, a lot!) phonecalls to check up on her. But she was fine and happy and I was greeted by a big smile and a bigger burp when I finally got home.

As I didn't have the pram to push around, I thought I would check out the Models Own pop up shop at Westfields. It is amazing! I am already a fan of Models Own nail polish and I think it's pretty reasonably priced at £5 a pot (as long as you don't buy all of them!). I have been wanting a nice glittery nail polish for ages now and fell in love with their Juicy Jules. It's just the right amount of glitter and would be perfect for layering over coloured polish. I fancied some sparkly nails so used just one coat to get a slightly glittered effect, which I love. But if you use a few coats I think it would look much fuller and glittery-er (made up work... bah). 

I loved shopping without having to push a buggy around and keep stopping to settle the little one, but I have to admit after an hour I did miss Alice! To any mums-to-be/new mums out there, it's good to have a break! I felt so refreshed and calmer when I got back to Alice that I didn't even mind the 2am feed! Although I missed her, I knew she was happy and safe with my mum and it was really nice to spend a couple of hours doing what I wanted to do. Even if I did only end up buying clothes for Alice... 

xx

The sun is out!

Friday, May 25, 2012



Dress: Topshop (old)
Trilby Hat: Topshop
Bracelet: (Old- can't remember where it's from!)
Nails: Topshop Sunkissed and Rimmel London Disco Ball
Eyelashes: Beautyy 

The sun is out! Yay! At last we have reached the summer. I love summer, it's my favourite time of year by far. No more having to cover up your outfit with a huge coat and gloves and scarves... Finally I can just walk out the door without being cold! It also means I get to finally wear all those lovely spring/summer clothes I have been buying here and there (mainly from Topshop!). 

Saying that, this dress is actually old, but it is one of my favourites. I always remember seeing a picture of Mollie from The Saturdays wearing it and falling in love with it. So it was a must have when I saw it in my local Topshop. It actually took me a year to paint my nails with this Topshop nail polish because it needs a good 3 coats... very difficult to do with a baby demanding attention all the time! I tried to do it in nap time, but it's so hot that Alice keeps waking up for some water! Loving the eyelashes from Beautyy too! They are the individual ones. A bit fiddly to get right, but I think they look so great for the day time.

If you feel like nominating me for the Next Newcomer Blog Awards, I would be very happy! 

xx

The sun is out!

Friday, May 25, 2012



Dress: Topshop (old)
Trilby Hat: Topshop
Bracelet: (Old- can't remember where it's from!)
Nails: Topshop Sunkissed and Rimmel London Disco Ball
Eyelashes: Beautyy 

The sun is out! Yay! At last we have reached the summer. I love summer, it's my favourite time of year by far. No more having to cover up your outfit with a huge coat and gloves and scarves... Finally I can just walk out the door without being cold! It also means I get to finally wear all those lovely spring/summer clothes I have been buying here and there (mainly from Topshop!). 

Saying that, this dress is actually old, but it is one of my favourites. I always remember seeing a picture of Mollie from The Saturdays wearing it and falling in love with it. So it was a must have when I saw it in my local Topshop. It actually took me a year to paint my nails with this Topshop nail polish because it needs a good 3 coats... very difficult to do with a baby demanding attention all the time! I tried to do it in nap time, but it's so hot that Alice keeps waking up for some water! Loving the eyelashes from Beautyy too! They are the individual ones. A bit fiddly to get right, but I think they look so great for the day time.

If you feel like nominating me for the Next Newcomer Blog Awards, I would be very happy! 

xx

IF I HAD SOME MONEY... #003

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Top: Topshop, Shorts: Topshop, Wellies: Joules, Headband:River Island, Bracelets: River Island, Boot Bling: Topshop

IF I HAD SOME MONEY... #003

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Top: Topshop, Shorts: Topshop, Wellies: Joules, Headband:River Island, Bracelets: River Island, Boot Bling: Topshop

Dear Alice- Week 12

Wednesday, May 23, 2012



Dear Alice,

My goodness. 12 weeks old! Time has flown by, it really has. When I first bought you home you were a little chubby, wrinkly baby who barely opened her eyes and spent most of the day with a bottle in her mouth. Now you are a proper little baby! Cooing and crying and kicking and playing. Every day I just know you are learning something knew as your little eyes light up!

I have started a routine. A proper routine! Ok, it's very flexible and we have strayed from it a couple of times, but you really do seem much happier now. Instead of guessing if you're tired or hungry (or both), I can immediately see what you need depending on the time of day and what you did before. You nap in the morning, have a long sleep at lunch and a nap in the afternoon. The bedtime routine is going SO well I am actually shocked! Bath time, milk time, cuddle time and bed. I have started putting you down to sleep before you are actually asleep. The first few times I did this, you SCREAMED. But now you are quite happy to fall asleep by yourself so I am very happy I persevered.

It means I am now concentrating on getting all of your feeds in the day, instead of night time! I had you weighed the other week and you were just over 12 pounds, so needing about 28-30 ounces of milk a day. So 5 bottles at 6 ounces should do it! I have been waking you up at 10pm every night to feed you. When I was "demand feeding" I actually didn't give you a late night feed because you were asleep. This meant you were waking up twice in the night! Now, with the 10pm feed, you only wake once (at 2am) for about 2 ounces of milk and then you sleep right through till 6! Much better for mummy.

In other news, daddy has a new job! A much better one, with much more money! It means we can soon look to buy our own place, which is what we've wanted for ages! Woohoo!

xx

Dear Alice- Week 12

Wednesday, May 23, 2012



Dear Alice,

My goodness. 12 weeks old! Time has flown by, it really has. When I first bought you home you were a little chubby, wrinkly baby who barely opened her eyes and spent most of the day with a bottle in her mouth. Now you are a proper little baby! Cooing and crying and kicking and playing. Every day I just know you are learning something knew as your little eyes light up!

I have started a routine. A proper routine! Ok, it's very flexible and we have strayed from it a couple of times, but you really do seem much happier now. Instead of guessing if you're tired or hungry (or both), I can immediately see what you need depending on the time of day and what you did before. You nap in the morning, have a long sleep at lunch and a nap in the afternoon. The bedtime routine is going SO well I am actually shocked! Bath time, milk time, cuddle time and bed. I have started putting you down to sleep before you are actually asleep. The first few times I did this, you SCREAMED. But now you are quite happy to fall asleep by yourself so I am very happy I persevered.

It means I am now concentrating on getting all of your feeds in the day, instead of night time! I had you weighed the other week and you were just over 12 pounds, so needing about 28-30 ounces of milk a day. So 5 bottles at 6 ounces should do it! I have been waking you up at 10pm every night to feed you. When I was "demand feeding" I actually didn't give you a late night feed because you were asleep. This meant you were waking up twice in the night! Now, with the 10pm feed, you only wake once (at 2am) for about 2 ounces of milk and then you sleep right through till 6! Much better for mummy.

In other news, daddy has a new job! A much better one, with much more money! It means we can soon look to buy our own place, which is what we've wanted for ages! Woohoo!

xx

Beautyy Eyelashes!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012



The good people at Beautyy.co.uk sent me these lovely eyelashes to review. I am definitely a false eyelash kind of girl. Whenever I go out, I always tend to wear more make-up on my eyes than on my lips and believe in that age old beauty rule: Eyes or Lips, never both! I have been a little obsessed with the Girls Aloud eyelashes up till now, so it was nice to try something new.

The eyelashes I'm wearing in the pictures are the "Natural Looking False Eyelashes". For only £3.99 you get a pack of 10 eyelashes (10!) and they can be used numerous times as long as you are careful when you remove them! They are VERY dramatic and would be perfect for a night out. Thick, voluminous and black, they definitely make an impact! The lashes are hand made and are so easy to apply. I had to snip a little off the ends so that they fitted better, but other than that they were pretty un-fiddily (if you know what I mean?!)

I also received some individual false lashes which come in a box of 60. Again, I think this is great value for money at only £3.69! These were great for the daytime. However, they are a little tricky to apply, so it's worth taking a bit of time when you attempt it (ie. Don't try and apply them 10 minutes before your baby needs feeding...). They are quite long and are great for emphasising the outer corner lashes. I will be wearing these quite often I think, so stay tuned for some pictures in my next outfit post!


Beautyy is a relatively new internet store, but they are aiming to be the best. They take the time to source the very best  products for their customers from funky false eyelashes to cheap acrylics nail tips. They are based in a quiet pocket of  North Wales where all their orders are dispatched from. Check out their website at: www.beautyy.co.uk

Beautyy Eyelashes!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012



The good people at Beautyy.co.uk sent me these lovely eyelashes to review. I am definitely a false eyelash kind of girl. Whenever I go out, I always tend to wear more make-up on my eyes than on my lips and believe in that age old beauty rule: Eyes or Lips, never both! I have been a little obsessed with the Girls Aloud eyelashes up till now, so it was nice to try something new.

The eyelashes I'm wearing in the pictures are the "Natural Looking False Eyelashes". For only £3.99 you get a pack of 10 eyelashes (10!) and they can be used numerous times as long as you are careful when you remove them! They are VERY dramatic and would be perfect for a night out. Thick, voluminous and black, they definitely make an impact! The lashes are hand made and are so easy to apply. I had to snip a little off the ends so that they fitted better, but other than that they were pretty un-fiddily (if you know what I mean?!)

I also received some individual false lashes which come in a box of 60. Again, I think this is great value for money at only £3.69! These were great for the daytime. However, they are a little tricky to apply, so it's worth taking a bit of time when you attempt it (ie. Don't try and apply them 10 minutes before your baby needs feeding...). They are quite long and are great for emphasising the outer corner lashes. I will be wearing these quite often I think, so stay tuned for some pictures in my next outfit post!


Beautyy is a relatively new internet store, but they are aiming to be the best. They take the time to source the very best  products for their customers from funky false eyelashes to cheap acrylics nail tips. They are based in a quiet pocket of  North Wales where all their orders are dispatched from. Check out their website at: www.beautyy.co.uk

Flamingo Dress

Monday, May 21, 2012


Dress and Coat: Primark
Alice's outfit: Tesco Clothing

Alice wanted to get involved in these pictures! Ha ha! She makes me laugh so much! I take my outfit posts in the spare room (soon to become Alice's nursery!), and I always have Alice behind the camera on her play mat. She spends the whole time just staring at me wondering what on earth I'm doing! So I thought today I would show her. 

My dress and coat are both from Primark and are old season. Needless to say, the weather is horrible, so I had to bring out the coat from the closet. Where is the sun?! I only took Alice for a walk to the shops today. Had a browse, bought some lunch, walked back through the park (not that Alice was awake!). However, if I dont actually get out the house I end up wearing my pyjamas all day and if I do that too many times I start to feel like a recluse! Haha! It is tough when you have a baby though... I would love to see my friends more but it's just not possible. Especially as they all live so far from me :(

I am starting the process of trying to get Alice to skip her night feed. She is now over 12 pounds, taking regular feeds of about 6oz of milk and taking 3 naps a day. When she wakes up at 3am, she only really takes an ounce or two of milk, so I'm convinced she is only waking up out of habit, and not because she is hungry. I'm going to start waking her at about 10pm and making sure she has a whole bottle, then seeing what happens! 

xx

Flamingo Dress

Monday, May 21, 2012


Dress and Coat: Primark
Alice's outfit: Tesco Clothing

Alice wanted to get involved in these pictures! Ha ha! She makes me laugh so much! I take my outfit posts in the spare room (soon to become Alice's nursery!), and I always have Alice behind the camera on her play mat. She spends the whole time just staring at me wondering what on earth I'm doing! So I thought today I would show her. 

My dress and coat are both from Primark and are old season. Needless to say, the weather is horrible, so I had to bring out the coat from the closet. Where is the sun?! I only took Alice for a walk to the shops today. Had a browse, bought some lunch, walked back through the park (not that Alice was awake!). However, if I dont actually get out the house I end up wearing my pyjamas all day and if I do that too many times I start to feel like a recluse! Haha! It is tough when you have a baby though... I would love to see my friends more but it's just not possible. Especially as they all live so far from me :(

I am starting the process of trying to get Alice to skip her night feed. She is now over 12 pounds, taking regular feeds of about 6oz of milk and taking 3 naps a day. When she wakes up at 3am, she only really takes an ounce or two of milk, so I'm convinced she is only waking up out of habit, and not because she is hungry. I'm going to start waking her at about 10pm and making sure she has a whole bottle, then seeing what happens! 

xx

WHAT I DID THIS WEEK...#001

Sunday, May 20, 2012



Eyelashes to review // Putting back on the baby weight! // Wholegrain Blueberry Wheats- obsessed! // Sleeping like an angel // Summer Clothes! // Pastel Nail Polish // Topshop Make up // Outfit of the day...lol // Color bug // my face! // His Dark Materials // Nails // Dominoes and Bud // Big Bag of Sweets // New False Eyelashes


Follow me on Instagram: @emmalondonuk

WHAT I DID THIS WEEK...#001

Sunday, May 20, 2012



Eyelashes to review // Putting back on the baby weight! // Wholegrain Blueberry Wheats- obsessed! // Sleeping like an angel // Summer Clothes! // Pastel Nail Polish // Topshop Make up // Outfit of the day...lol // Color bug // my face! // His Dark Materials // Nails // Dominoes and Bud // Big Bag of Sweets // New False Eyelashes


Follow me on Instagram: @emmalondonuk

Dresses to Keep Your Little One the Perfect Temperature

Saturday, May 19, 2012



While there will be many special occasions in your little girl’s childhood, most of the dresses you buy for her will be for everyday wear, which means they need to be able to stand up to all the normal rough and tumble activities children get up to, while providing the necessary freedom of movement needed by every active child. For maximum use, they will also need to cope with the various seasons.


 From toddler to little girl


When looking for toddler and little girl’s dresses try to choose styles that are both functional and in practical colours, remember, they will need to stand up to considerable wear and tear. Also pay attention to length and width; too long or too wide and your little one will be tripping over them as she sits, stands, moves, crawls and plays. Straps are also important; ideally you want to look for straps that are joined together or crisscrossed at the back. In addition to looking untidy, slipping straps can be a hazard, as your child’s arm could become caught in them while climbing, for example, onto a chair and result in a fall.

Image courtesy of Vertbaudet

As your little one gets older, she will want to start trying to dress herself and ultimately do it all by herself; so look for dresses that are easy to put on. Pull-on dresses, free of buttons and fastenings, are a good choice. Fabrics should always be machine washable.

 

Dresses and potty training


During the potty training stage, dresses are ideal, they make it much easier for your little one to learn to do it all by herself. Again, it is important that the dress is not too long; at this stage in life, your little one will not have learned to navigate the longer skirt and keep it up and out of the way when using the potty.


 Keeping her the perfect temperature


To get maximum benefit from your little girl’s dresses, select styles that are conducive to layering. During the summer, lighter dresses with straps will help ensure she stays cool as she plays. Towards autumn, as it gets a little cooler, add first a short and then a long-sleeved t-shirt underneath the dress for a little extra warmth. A cardigan or jumper worn over the dress, along with the addition of tights, will suffice as the days become cooler. Also consider yoga pants in lieu of tights; wearing dresses over trousers or jeans is highly fashionable these days and yoga pants are designed to be comfortable and flexible, without hindering movement. Ensure that any long-sleeved dresses and/or tops and jackets have plenty of movement in the arms; children’s wear should never be restrictive.

While a bit of room for layering is necessary in order to ensure your little girl stays the right temperature in all seasons, do not fall into the trap of buying her dresses that are too big. Not only will they be uncomfortable for her to wear, but too big a dress will hinder her freedom of movement, thus interfering with play and creating the potential for accidents.

Image courtesy of Vertbaudet

Vertbaudet offers a range of baby clothes, children’s clothes, maternity wear and home collections for you and your little one’s and with their Mid Season Sale is now on, there’s various items reduced by up to 50% off. Visit Vertbaudet now at www.vertbaudet.co.uk



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Dresses to Keep Your Little One the Perfect Temperature

Saturday, May 19, 2012



While there will be many special occasions in your little girl’s childhood, most of the dresses you buy for her will be for everyday wear, which means they need to be able to stand up to all the normal rough and tumble activities children get up to, while providing the necessary freedom of movement needed by every active child. For maximum use, they will also need to cope with the various seasons.


 From toddler to little girl


When looking for toddler and little girl’s dresses try to choose styles that are both functional and in practical colours, remember, they will need to stand up to considerable wear and tear. Also pay attention to length and width; too long or too wide and your little one will be tripping over them as she sits, stands, moves, crawls and plays. Straps are also important; ideally you want to look for straps that are joined together or crisscrossed at the back. In addition to looking untidy, slipping straps can be a hazard, as your child’s arm could become caught in them while climbing, for example, onto a chair and result in a fall.

Image courtesy of Vertbaudet

As your little one gets older, she will want to start trying to dress herself and ultimately do it all by herself; so look for dresses that are easy to put on. Pull-on dresses, free of buttons and fastenings, are a good choice. Fabrics should always be machine washable.

 

Dresses and potty training


During the potty training stage, dresses are ideal, they make it much easier for your little one to learn to do it all by herself. Again, it is important that the dress is not too long; at this stage in life, your little one will not have learned to navigate the longer skirt and keep it up and out of the way when using the potty.


 Keeping her the perfect temperature


To get maximum benefit from your little girl’s dresses, select styles that are conducive to layering. During the summer, lighter dresses with straps will help ensure she stays cool as she plays. Towards autumn, as it gets a little cooler, add first a short and then a long-sleeved t-shirt underneath the dress for a little extra warmth. A cardigan or jumper worn over the dress, along with the addition of tights, will suffice as the days become cooler. Also consider yoga pants in lieu of tights; wearing dresses over trousers or jeans is highly fashionable these days and yoga pants are designed to be comfortable and flexible, without hindering movement. Ensure that any long-sleeved dresses and/or tops and jackets have plenty of movement in the arms; children’s wear should never be restrictive.

While a bit of room for layering is necessary in order to ensure your little girl stays the right temperature in all seasons, do not fall into the trap of buying her dresses that are too big. Not only will they be uncomfortable for her to wear, but too big a dress will hinder her freedom of movement, thus interfering with play and creating the potential for accidents.

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Rainy Days

Friday, May 18, 2012

Dress: Topshop
Coat: Zara
Clothes: Mini Boden

Today was so rainy, it was horrible! But I managed to go out shopping for an hour anyway! Gone are the days when I used to spend a million pounds at Topshop, here are the days where baby clothes fill up my bags! Couldn't resist this Mini Boden dress with matching knickers and floral trousers. How cute! 

I love this Topshop dress. I wish I actually went out in the evening so I could wear it with some heels and a blazer. But I still think it looks great in the day, especially with a mac over the top. The material of the dress is quite silky. It's very girly and lady-like and I just love it! I think it matches my new hair too!

xx

Rainy Days

Friday, May 18, 2012

Dress: Topshop
Coat: Zara
Clothes: Mini Boden

Today was so rainy, it was horrible! But I managed to go out shopping for an hour anyway! Gone are the days when I used to spend a million pounds at Topshop, here are the days where baby clothes fill up my bags! Couldn't resist this Mini Boden dress with matching knickers and floral trousers. How cute! 

I love this Topshop dress. I wish I actually went out in the evening so I could wear it with some heels and a blazer. But I still think it looks great in the day, especially with a mac over the top. The material of the dress is quite silky. It's very girly and lady-like and I just love it! I think it matches my new hair too!

xx

IF I HAD SOME MONEY...#002

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Dress: Topshop, Bag: Asos, Necklace: Oasis, Shoes: Topshop, Make-up: Benefit

IF I HAD SOME MONEY...#002

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Dress: Topshop, Bag: Asos, Necklace: Oasis, Shoes: Topshop, Make-up: Benefit

Dear Alice- Week 11

Wednesday, May 16, 2012



Dear Alice,

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. I have broken another rule from the midwife. I let you sleep with me in the big bed. I let you sleep with the big duvet. I let you try out the pillows! Ok, so it wasn't all night, it was only from 6am to about half 8am. We have had a rough couple of nights miss, mainly because SOMEONE wont sleep!

You have your first cold. Argh! I am such a worried, fussy mother (the kind I never thought I would be). I keep giving you cuddles, and worrying about your blocked up nose, and re-taking your temperature just in case it's up! I hate that I can't really help you that much, other than the usual natural cold remedies. The doctor gave us some drops to unblock your nose when you sleep or feed. And feeding has been all over the place! you only take a couple of ounces of milk every couple of hours, which means you are never really satisfied. And now I think I'M getting a cold too, which would mean we would both be stuffy and snotty.

I had been laying you on your stomach to practice raising your head (which you can almost do), but that's had to stop until you recover! We bought you a new piano toy too, but you only really seem interested in cuddles and sleeping right now. I really hope you feel better soon Alice!

xx

Dear Alice- Week 11

Wednesday, May 16, 2012



Dear Alice,

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. I have broken another rule from the midwife. I let you sleep with me in the big bed. I let you sleep with the big duvet. I let you try out the pillows! Ok, so it wasn't all night, it was only from 6am to about half 8am. We have had a rough couple of nights miss, mainly because SOMEONE wont sleep!

You have your first cold. Argh! I am such a worried, fussy mother (the kind I never thought I would be). I keep giving you cuddles, and worrying about your blocked up nose, and re-taking your temperature just in case it's up! I hate that I can't really help you that much, other than the usual natural cold remedies. The doctor gave us some drops to unblock your nose when you sleep or feed. And feeding has been all over the place! you only take a couple of ounces of milk every couple of hours, which means you are never really satisfied. And now I think I'M getting a cold too, which would mean we would both be stuffy and snotty.

I had been laying you on your stomach to practice raising your head (which you can almost do), but that's had to stop until you recover! We bought you a new piano toy too, but you only really seem interested in cuddles and sleeping right now. I really hope you feel better soon Alice!

xx

Rimmel London 500 Disco Ball Nail Polish

Tuesday, May 15, 2012



So I love this Rimmel London nail polish! I have been after a glitter nail polish for what feels like ages! I love the Topshop ones, but their make-up is quite expensive really... And Models Own do nice ones, but again, expensive! So when I found Rimmel's nail polish in this glittery shade at only £2.99 I didn't have to think about it! It is filled with blue, green and silver glitter giving it an overall blue look.

I found that I needed about 3 coats to achieve the look I wanted, but actually it looked quite pretty with just one coat. A bit like using clear polish but with a little sparkle to brighten it up. And as for staying power, it's great. I have a terrible habit of picking at my nail polish, but I'm pleased to say that it does take quite a bit of picking to remove the glitter!

When I was pregnant I didn't paint my nails because I wanted a water birth and for that they would have had to check my nails and make sure I didn't have anaemia or anything. As it happens, I did not end up with my original birth plan (read all about it here)! Now I have Alice, I don't really have time to do my nails! But when I get the rare hour to myself, I am determined to look after them a bit better!

xx 

Rimmel London 500 Disco Ball Nail Polish

Tuesday, May 15, 2012



So I love this Rimmel London nail polish! I have been after a glitter nail polish for what feels like ages! I love the Topshop ones, but their make-up is quite expensive really... And Models Own do nice ones, but again, expensive! So when I found Rimmel's nail polish in this glittery shade at only £2.99 I didn't have to think about it! It is filled with blue, green and silver glitter giving it an overall blue look.

I found that I needed about 3 coats to achieve the look I wanted, but actually it looked quite pretty with just one coat. A bit like using clear polish but with a little sparkle to brighten it up. And as for staying power, it's great. I have a terrible habit of picking at my nail polish, but I'm pleased to say that it does take quite a bit of picking to remove the glitter!

When I was pregnant I didn't paint my nails because I wanted a water birth and for that they would have had to check my nails and make sure I didn't have anaemia or anything. As it happens, I did not end up with my original birth plan (read all about it here)! Now I have Alice, I don't really have time to do my nails! But when I get the rare hour to myself, I am determined to look after them a bit better!

xx 

Leather Skirts

Monday, May 14, 2012


Leather Skirt: Primark
Top: Topshop
Jersey Blazer: River Island
Bag: Accessorize

This is the first time I have curled my hair after getting my fringe put in! I was a little worried it would look odd having curly hair and a straight fringe (not that you could really do it any other way...) But I really like it! I love the length of my hair at the moment too. One of the perks of pregnancy for me was that my hair just didn't stop growing! Seriously! It was amazing. And unlike my big belly, something I really dont mind keeping now!

This leather skirt just keeps coming back into my life! What an investment, only £12 from good old Primark. I did start this outfit wearing a normal black skirt, but it just needed the pleated leather to complete it! The only thing I would say about this skirt is that it's not massively comfortable to sit down in. Being from Primark, and only £12 it's obviously faux leather and is a bit stiff and plastic-like. But luckily I was only going shopping with Alice so I didn't need to sit down. Not that I would dare! The good thing about the buggy is that the movement of it seems to settle Alice down a lot. If I stop the buggy, she screams for attention! Like she is now...

xx

Leather Skirts

Monday, May 14, 2012


Leather Skirt: Primark
Top: Topshop
Jersey Blazer: River Island
Bag: Accessorize

This is the first time I have curled my hair after getting my fringe put in! I was a little worried it would look odd having curly hair and a straight fringe (not that you could really do it any other way...) But I really like it! I love the length of my hair at the moment too. One of the perks of pregnancy for me was that my hair just didn't stop growing! Seriously! It was amazing. And unlike my big belly, something I really dont mind keeping now!

This leather skirt just keeps coming back into my life! What an investment, only £12 from good old Primark. I did start this outfit wearing a normal black skirt, but it just needed the pleated leather to complete it! The only thing I would say about this skirt is that it's not massively comfortable to sit down in. Being from Primark, and only £12 it's obviously faux leather and is a bit stiff and plastic-like. But luckily I was only going shopping with Alice so I didn't need to sit down. Not that I would dare! The good thing about the buggy is that the movement of it seems to settle Alice down a lot. If I stop the buggy, she screams for attention! Like she is now...

xx

Glossy Box April

Saturday, May 12, 2012



So Alice and I decided to review the April Glossy Box. For those of you who don't know (how could you not?!), the Glossy Box is a company who send you a selection of high-end beauty products each month for the fee of £10 per month including P+P. I had been a little unsure as to whether to sign up for it or not because a) I can't really afford to lose that money every month, especially with a little bubba to feed and b) because every single other blogger out there subscribes to these boxes and their reviews will probably be a lot better than mine!

However, recently I discovered that Glossy Box will allow you to sign up for a set number of boxes, so that you don't have to commit to a monthly subscription! This is great for me, as I am rubbish at cancelling subscriptions and I'm not sure how much money I will have at the end of every month now anyway, without an extra tenner disappearing too!

So what do I think of the Glossy Box? Well I am actually very impressed with the products. This months was the natural collection where everything was made from natural and/or organic materials. I love the Figs and Rouge lip balm, it smells delicious! And the lip pen was cool to try out because it's not something I would ever purchase separately. As it happened, it didn't suit me at all! But it's great to try out new things. Oh, and Alice loved eating all the packaging!

I hope next months Glossy Box is as good as this one!

xx

Glossy Box April

Saturday, May 12, 2012



So Alice and I decided to review the April Glossy Box. For those of you who don't know (how could you not?!), the Glossy Box is a company who send you a selection of high-end beauty products each month for the fee of £10 per month including P+P. I had been a little unsure as to whether to sign up for it or not because a) I can't really afford to lose that money every month, especially with a little bubba to feed and b) because every single other blogger out there subscribes to these boxes and their reviews will probably be a lot better than mine!

However, recently I discovered that Glossy Box will allow you to sign up for a set number of boxes, so that you don't have to commit to a monthly subscription! This is great for me, as I am rubbish at cancelling subscriptions and I'm not sure how much money I will have at the end of every month now anyway, without an extra tenner disappearing too!

So what do I think of the Glossy Box? Well I am actually very impressed with the products. This months was the natural collection where everything was made from natural and/or organic materials. I love the Figs and Rouge lip balm, it smells delicious! And the lip pen was cool to try out because it's not something I would ever purchase separately. As it happened, it didn't suit me at all! But it's great to try out new things. Oh, and Alice loved eating all the packaging!

I hope next months Glossy Box is as good as this one!

xx