Friday, 25 July 2014

V. I. BUYS: To Spend or Save? Look-a-like toys for little ones

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Wooden Alphabet Puzzle

SPEND: £50 Tiny Me

SAVE: £6.99 Sainsbury's


In my previous life as a fashion editor I spent a lot of time matching catwalk fashion looks up with copycat items on the high-street. Or, working out what high street buys the latest celebrity was wearing.

Now, while I still dabble in this skill now and again - and it is a skill believe me (as most items have to have 5 points of difference to be made without any legal comeback - so that's why sleeves/hems are altered, colours are differnet and embellishments are added etc). I have started to do it with toys

Yes, TOYS! It seems I can't seem to switch off that part of my brain that goes 'ooh I have seen that somewhere else..'

So, here's what I have spotted so far. Whether your want to spend or save all these finds are worthy of a place in any kids toy box.


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

V. I. BABYMAMAS: 10 fashion and beauty extras you need..inspired by #vibmamas on Instagram

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Inspired by my recent posts on my favourite and most stylish mamas on Instagram. (See Part 1 here and Part 2 here.) I thought I would take a closer look at these mamas and try to work out the style secrets they all shared.

And, it seems none of them leave the house, do the nursery/school run or of course take their Instagram #selfie without one or more of these chic mama essentials.

So, add some insta-glam to your look with these top 10 fashion and beauty buys and add yourself to  #vibmamas - as I would love to see what you're all wearing, buying or lusting after.


Monday, 21 July 2014

V. I. BUYS: Fab Boden holiday prints for a mama & me day out!

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I love Boden. Especially Boden Mini. I seem to always find fab items for Miss Marnie.
For myself not so much - the odd dress or pair of shoes here and there. But, sometimes I wonder if I'm actually stopping myself as buying from Boden means 'mummy clothes' right?

Well, yes and no - some items I would still consider a bit 'mumsy' for me but when you really look there are some fabulous buys to be found.

After popping along to a recent Boden event they kindly offered Miss Marnie and I the pick of the catalogue. I was thinking yeah (for Miss M) and yikes (for me)!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

V. I. BIRTHDAY: Brilliant 1st Birthday gifts fit for a Little Prince...

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Dress up crowns £12  notonthehighstreet

Unless you've been hiding under a mound of washing or toys the news is a certain little Prince is celebrating his first birthday next week.

So, to mark Prince George's milestone birthday I have rounded-up some royal themed gifts that any little lad would love…


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

V. I. BIRTHDAY: How to to plan the perfect 1st Birthday Party!

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So, a certain little royal is turning the big ONE next week. If you too are planning a first birthday party that could rival Prince George's then here's a few tips from my own experience that may help.

As I love planning a party or gathering. I really can't help it. I love coming up with a theme and seeing it through. So, when it came to organising Miss Marnie's first birthday I started planning it well in advance!

Ok, about 3 months in advance. That was a bit excessive I admit but I didn't do stuff all the time. I just planned little things here and there and kept a list (and, yes a secret Pinterest board!) I also made a lot of her decorations - so I did everything in small bursts (between naps and feeds) from the initial planning until her big day.


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Her party was a success in terms of how it looked. I went with a Rainbow theme and had great fun coming up with ideas. The venue was my old primary school (now an arts centre), the food (with help from friends came together eventually!) and the games went well - as I had lots of prizes and my childminder sister-in-law was on hand to organise. 

But, as for Miss Marnie She. Hated. Every. Minute. Of. It.