Thursday, 28 August 2014

Tutorial- How to style your pixie crop my way!

I'm always asked on instagram how I style my hair so I've started to attempt tutorials! This is my second attempt but far more helpful -I think! This is pretty much what I do every time I wash my hair and then the following days cheat with dry shampoo! 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Keeping it Simple

I said in my Espirit post that I have found the style that I am most comfortable with and with my holiday coming up very soon (finally) I am more than ready to put that into play!!

However I also wanted to share a couple more trying on sesh photos as I know that is one thing that those that read like! The boyfriend jeans in these pics were reduced to £10 on the label, I got to the checkout and they were knocked down to £7! Happy me.

The lace top also comes in black and is £19.99, the black vest underneath is mine. The tube skirt is £3.99.

.....I only got the jeans....

Oh and my actual outfit is Topshop and more Topshop! The boots are my vintage to me M&S boots-12years!! I've re-heeled them twice in that time but the leather is amazing and they have gotten better with age. The best bit is they were £17 in the sale and knee highs are huge this A/W14! Fabulous!

Smash and Nude

I'm a lucky Mumma because I came home from work to some excited children desperate to open a HUGE box. What was in the box? Lots of tuppawear genius that's what. The day that I was contacted by Smash and I agreed to review these products, I had picked up the very same in John Lewis. Smash and Nude lunch bags and containers have thought outside the standard "lunchbox" and come up with such obvious and smart ideas. Oh and they look cool. -Kids words not mine.

Even though my kiddies are mostly on the free school hot meals (2 of 3) they were in desperate need for a new lunch box. The One Direction and JLS variety may have looked great to begin with but they got pretty battered and pretty quick. We also have lots of English Heritage and National Trust days out too and taking a lunch along with us saves us money. Which as a mumma of three is always a win! They have also turned up just in time for a trip to Devon.

Overall I am really impressed the material appears to be hard wearing and the tubs and systems all work really well. The larger box that fits a sandwich and two pots is fantastic but it only fits the girls larger lunch bags and not lil mans smaller one but the stacking tubs are his fave to pop snacks in! These bad boys are going to last the school year not the next term!

The mini yoghurt pot which can be frozen so it remains cool in the day is mummy's fave! I'll be getting use with it for my brekkie when I'm on the road for work early doors!

Smash and Nude Food Movers are available in Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Wilko's, ASDA, John Lewis, Lakeland and other good retailers

The below pictures are from one of the many English Heritage events that has been ongoing throughout the summer holidays, worth checking out and most definitely worth our membership!

"the" box that arrived- only a mum of school children can find this such an exciting delivery!

Many thanks to Smash for letting us review these products!

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Workwear Ideas A/W

With A/W creeping up way too fast I am beginning to think about what I'll be wearing for work this next season....I reckon I shall be keeping things pretty simple and when I'm not using colour in my clothes I shall be using a colourful bag like my large orange tote.

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Thursday, 14 August 2014

Laid Back Luxe Styling with Espirit

I have noticed that my style has what I would say "finally found itself". I have reached a point where I know what I like, I know what is me and I am confident in what I wear. Although I don't have to be "dressy-dressy" for work, I do have to dress smart and I manage ( I hope) to have my style come through. However when the weekend hits I love to have some comfort and effortless styling. Right now I like a slogan t-shirt, comfy harem like bottoms, a touch of denim, bright lippy, BB Cream and of course some aviators. That's me in simple comfort but feeling great.

The high street is where I would normally head to and whilst I was in London (so HOT!) for work recently I passed Espirit. I have read a few bits online and seen the odd item pop up in mags that I read so I popped in. It had been years-literally I was pregnant with my 8.5yr old at the time-since I had mooched in store so I had a quick peek. I guess because they are not on the everyday local high streets or shopping centres I had forgotten them. I have to say though I was surprised, I found some fab buys right up my street and very reasonable too, which is always a winner for me. I love a bargain! What trendy mumma doesn't!?

Espirit laid back luxe

             oh yeah t-shirt//real thing vest//casual jersey bottoms//denim waistcoat//aviators//watch

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Frame Chain

I am addicted to wearing my sunglasses because I'm quite frankly a diva! The lovely Frame Chain had obviously caught on to my divaness and offered me the chance to review a chain. I chose the Gold Roller Chain and I will be honest I was a tad unsure on whether I would wear it. It's a difficult product to choose online having not tried it. I took a leap of faith though and I will be honest when I say I like it!

Once I got over that feeling of having the chain there when I was wearing my glasses I was sweet as with them. At first I wasn't sure if I looked granny like tbh! They absolutley came into there own when my boy decided he needed the toilet now asap and I had to grab him and run. For the first time in forever I didn't almost drop my sunnies down the loo!! They are also no longer getting abuse in my bag-no one has time for the tiny silky bag Topshop give you-well I don't anyway! The chain gets a big thumbs up for me and is for far from the granny image I had in my head that it couldn't be any cooler. Well worth the leap of faith and any new business in the UK deserves lots of success. So if you are looking to keep your glasses safe - Spesh if you forked out a small fortune. Definitely take a look into these awesome guys!

Growing a Pixie Crop

I get a lot of hits from people searching how to grow out a pixie crop. Presumably from last years attempt- before I gave up. I just wanted to say why I gave up....

I went from having a short funky hair doo, to looking drab. The longer and heavier my hair got, the more boring I felt. So I cut it straight back off. It's a slightly different kind of crop now in that I clipper it myself and go for a 'bedhead' look, but you know what I love it. I like to be different and it most reflects my personality. 

So just a quick word to those thinking about growing it out. Perhaps try a different pixie crop look before you give up? After all life is too short to have boring hair!
//for anyone wanting to see more of my hair follow me on instagram @madamehols//

Friday, 8 August 2014

Over the knee socks

I've been wanting to rock these socks for a while and yesterdays day off with the kids meant I could. By sheer coincidence pictures of Topshop queen Cara Delevingne appeared last night of her rocking them too.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Kimono and tassels

Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting Marlene from Chocolate, Cookies and Candies for an upcoming project. She kindly shot this photo of me in my new kimono.

So here's another outfit share for those who aren't a follower on instagram!