Friday, 9 June 2017

Visiting Dorset as a Family

As a family we are no strangers to the English coastline and have holidayed more on home land than we have jetting off in search of the sun. We're quite often found in Cornwall or Devon and even as I type this up I am daydreaming of the laid back vibes found on the beautiful sandy beaches. Because I we are quite often lured into the furthest south west points, we have overlooked what Dorset has to offer. The shorter journey of 2.5-3hrs is more appeal-able to a shorter break than the 5-6hr grueling journey that Cornwall requires. If you follow me on instagram you will see that over Easter we stayed on the World Heritage spot of Durdle Door. Having visited Weymouth as a child and not being a massive fan of arcades and "typical" seaside UK resorts, I was not sure what to expect and I couldn't  have been happier.

Whilst the Durdle Door can become somewhat of a main attraction for tourists, it certainly didn't ruin the beauty. The holiday park that we stayed on is perched at the top of the cliff, meaning most nights you have the benefit of a beautiful sunset. If you're looking for a more relaxed vibe with less going on than a Haven resort, we can highly recomemend it. If however like our friends you are more into pitching up and camping a) be ready for the sound of the crows and b) it's not the flattest of surfaces. That said the "pods" are pretty cute and give a slightly more comfier option over a tent. I am just not into camping- as hard as my friends try- I can't bare the thought of it, so for us the static caravan was perfect.

I've mentioned before that we are keen National Trust & English Heritage goers, however we were so taken by the beaches that other than Corfe Castle and the beach of Burton Bradstock we didn't make full use of our memberships.

Fossil hunting quite obviously is a must, but be patient! Something that I will openly admit isn't a forte of mine, however it kept the kids happy for some time.



Must have visits.

Durdle Door- if you stay at the holiday park it's minutes walk away. Be ready for a steep walk though!

Lulworth Cove- you can walk from Durdle Door over the Maidens Breast cliff, but again be ready for steep walk!

Burton Bradstock- we loved this place, I could have stayed here all day, every day- especially with the food that Hive Beach Cafe had on offer

Corfe Castle- National Trust

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Quick tips on maintaining the pink pixie!

I'm often asked what I use on my hair and how it is cut and when it was a shade of pink even more so. So here is a quick tip list.


  • If you are dedicated to the cause of keeping your hair short and fresh, find a good barber. Seriously- they are the most experienced when it comes to crops and you will find there is quite a movement behind a retro modern barber shop not far from you. If you happen to be in the area of Hertfordshire, I can wholeheartedly recommend the  Alternative Barbers. Sam is the man behind my cut and Jake is a master at my sons. 
  • Regular keep up- I get my hair cut roughly every 6 weeks
  • Get some decent styling products. I love Small Talk by Tigi Bed Head for a pre blowdry and then the Fudge Membrane Gas has a pretty mean hold. Dry spray can be good for volume at the roots and as a dry shampoo, try the Bouffe or Battisse Volume Spray
  • To switch it up with colour on my highlighted hair I used Rose Shampoo & Conditioner, it will wash out within 2-3 washes and I am currently without it as I am due to be a bridesmaid in 3 weeks for my sister! 
  • When drying your hair try going in the opposite direction when drying the roots, once you have then smoothed it over, flip it back for a quick root boost.
If you are keen to know more, leave me a comment on my @instagram post and I will get a Q&A video up soon. (Working full time, being a mummy and a wife takes a lot of my time up)

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Video & Cut Courtesy of @Sam_Campagna







Friday, 24 March 2017

Style.Confidence.Courage

I have made no secret in the past of how I overcame post natal depression, the last time I shared it was within the Sisterhood of the travelling jacket collaboration and since then my life has moved at a pace of 100mph.

I am in a place in my life that I never thought I would reach 10 years ago and yet I am still aiming high, with so many plans laid out for the future. I have collaborated with Erna at Mercer 7 to share how fashion is key to me cracking on with life and how important self confidence is.... when you realise that you have confidence within you, own it and rock it!

Please take a look at the feature and check out quite frankly one amazing site. MERCER7


Sunday, 12 February 2017

Mothers Wishlist

With Valentines around the corner and Easter Eggs on the shelf, its easy to understand why one other fast approaching event is going to hit many dads with a last minute thud. Mothers Day. In just over a months time (26th March) there should be many spoilt Mummy's, Nanas and Grandmothers on what I hope to be a lovely sunny Sunday. (emphasis on the sunny)

The L'Occitane hand cream that I was gifted over Chirstmas, is down to it's last dregs so I begun a little nosy into the brand and the Mothers Day gift sets caught my eye. However I noticed they do a little more than heavenly body magic. Recently my face seems forever dry and my hands less so with the balm I'm using and it occurred to me that perhaps a new skin routine would be in order. After all shouldn't it be the other way around, hands a little dry and face as smooth as a babies backside? I'm currently using No7 protect and perfect as it's been the only cream I have yet to find that doesn't flare me up. However my skin is still feeling the effects of winter, so I'd be interested to hear from anyone who's used L'Occitane face creams...let me know on my instagram.

It was actually my own Mother that introduced the brand to me, by gifting me with Shea butter for my first bump in an attempt to ward away stretch marks. Sadly it didn't do that as my skin was never going to escape it, however it quite literally softened the blow and I enjoyed the husband massaging my belly and talking to bump. Jeeze that seems so long ago now...three bumps and a two wrinkles on the forehead ago....



Creams, potions and lotions aside, one of my favorite parts of Mothers Day hands down (no pun intended), is my three babies sat around me excitedly giving me the cards that they have handmade. It's times like that when being Mum is worth it, knowing that you are loved and seeing those endless kisses that they have managed to fit on the page.

Every Mummy loves gifts. Hand made or Hand cream. Ideally both, we do love to be pampered and just in case....






Shea Intensive Hand Balm


Personalised Shea Butters Set of 3

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Crushing on fishnet socks

Not updating my wardrobe much right now is challenging and the urge to update with new items coming through is strong. However one cheap update is the good old trashy fishnet, because like it or not trashy is sometimes trendy. I'm a big lover of the rock chick look and this is one update that I will break the ban for- £4

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