Wednesday, 4 March 2015

V. I. BUYS: The only FLAT shoes you need this Spring...

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Carrie loved her shoes in Sex and the City


Who doesn't love shoes?

I mean no matter what - when you get up in the morning your favourite shoes always fit no matter how much your ate the night/week before.

We've all seen the joke cards, the Pinterest pins about how 'women love shoes' and can probably remember the colour/style of Carries' heels in Sex and The City over her various boyfriends names.

I myself have a slight addiction - who doesn't? In the last few months alone I have brought the Boden jewelled flats and this seasons must-have heels, some Stan Smith trainers and a pair of ankle boots from River Island.

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As much as I would love to say I buy designer shoes - I rarely do. For one I can't afford them and secondly I really can't justify having 'shoes just for best.'

The last pair of designer shoes I brought were for my wedding in 2010. These beauties are safety stored away ready for there next outing (failing that for Miss Marnie  - if she happens to be a size 5!) - and were really a treat as my dress cost soooo much less than they did!

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My weeding heels: Christian Louboutin 'Madame Butterfly' pumps


As much as I would love to just wear them- and I know I should - they are really, really high. And, I'm not sure if  its because of a pregnancy/maternity and my new freelance life that I can really only bear flats now.

Last summer some designer flats kept popping up on my Instagram feed, in magazines and on the feet of stylish fashion editors I had spotted at various events.

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I mean these Aquazzura 'Belgravia' and Aquazzura 'Christy' lace-up flats are both gorgeous but the £400+ price tags not so much. And, now the new Isabel Marant 'Leo' Flats are giving them a run for its money too - even at £350. But, alias all way out of my budget.

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Isabel Marant 'Leo' Flats in French Elle 


So, thanks to the good-old British high street you can get the look for less.

Here's my pick of the 'so good they could be designer' lace-up flats you can buy NOW. I am eagerly awaiting the Boden flats that launch online next week….

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1) £89 Boden
2) £45 Next
3) £22.99 New Look
4) £55 Office
5) £22.99 New Look
6) £85 Dune

Monday, 2 March 2015

V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays … Dolce & Gabbana, Retro toys and Lattes!

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Continuing with my new regular post which will include anything that is making us happy - and hopefully you - even though it's Monday.

It will be anything from what we're doing or planning to what we're eating, watching or reading. Items I'm lusting after or buying to anything else that inspires to make Mondays - and the rest of the week if need be - just a little more bearable.

Step forward #mamamondays 



LOVING

The beautiful tribute to mothers on the Dolce & Gabbana catwalk at Milan Fashion Week. The Italian fashion house closed their "Viva la mamma" show yesterday afternoon as a family affair.

As the final curtain opened it revealed 11 model mamas with their own babies and children - including D&G muse Bianca Balti who is 6 months pregnant with her second child - as they walked the catwalk to the sound of Mama by the Spice Girls.

Wearing a stunning collection of mama-and-me rose embellishments, signature black dresses or frocks covered with doodles and drawings from Dolce & Gabbana employees children (channelling Angelina Jolie's wedding dress that featured doodles from her 6 children maybe?)

It's not often you see the world of fashion celebrate fashion of all shapes and sizes - and by that I mean maternity fashion, toddlers and babies. So, hats of to D&G for showcasing the real beauty that is  motherhood.



Monday, 16 February 2015

V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays… National Trust, Poppy England and Boden shoes (again)!

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Continuing with my new regular post which will include anything that is making us happy - and hopefully you - even though it's Monday.

It will be anything from what we're doing or planning to what we're eating, watching or reading. Items I'm lusting after or buying to anything else that inspires to make Mondays - and the rest of the week if need be - just a little more bearable.

Step forward #mamamondays 


VISITING…


The National Trust. Yes, really. I guess you know you're getting old - or have kids  - when this actually excites you.

We had a family membership to the National Trust for Christmas from my step-mum and late dad - so it feels all the more poignant that we really make the most of it. By getting out and enjoying our time together.

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We've had a bit of a slow start but are aiming, at least to visit a new place every 3 weeks or so. As, a couple Mr VIB and I lulled around and sort of wasted our weekends - but having Miss M is making us appreciate things in a whole new way.

The excitement she felt at finding a few sticks when we recently visited Morden Hall Park was so lovely and grounding. And, lets not even get started on the fun she had in the muddy puddles (that darn pig…)

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Sunday, 15 February 2015

V. I. BOOKCLUB: Snow days and cold days - 6 winter children's books

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This is my first Sunday Night book club post of the year.

I'm not really sure what I haven't done one yet - as this is one of my favourite posts to compile.

Miss Marnie and I love books and buy several every week (from our local charity shop) and visit the library to take out books we want to read - but not keep on our bookshelf.

One of the best things about a new children's book is reading it for the first time. I never pre-read them - that is part of the magic - discovering what happens along the way with her.

For the last few weeks we've been reading through our more winter themed books - as I am trying to teach Miss M a little about the seasons.  On nursery morning drop-offs we discuss the trees along our road and how they have no leaves because it's so cold and that they will grow again soon.

So, on that note here is a round-up of some of our favourite winter themed books. And, I have chosen the ones especially about snow. Maybe because I was a little disappointed (and relived) that our 'big' snow only lasted a few hours.


Friday, 13 February 2015

V. I. BABY: Do something amazing this Valentine's weekend… for another baby!


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It may be Valentine's Day tomorrow but I think there is a a much better way to spread the love this weekend. 

And, that is by donating your unused or outgrown baby blankets and clothes to these great charity appeals.

Admit it how many outgrown baby items have you kept hold of - maybe meaning to hand down to friends, sell or take to the charity shop? Yet, it's still all cluttering up your storage cupboard or in the spare room.

Well, why not put your Valentine's day to good use and send some love from one mother to another?

There is two campaigns running at the moment that I think are the perfect way to have a little clear-out yet, help another family in need. 

Thursday, 12 February 2015

V. I. BRAND: AKID - the kids shoes that get an A+ for fashion and function!

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When you get parents designing kids fashion you know that practicality is going to be at the forefront. But, add to that parents who themselves are influential trendsetters - and it's a match made in fashion-heaven.

So, mamas as your shopping guardian angel I bring you - AKID.

AKID is a supercool, hand crafted footwear brand born in the USA offering a fresh and modern collection of easy-to-wear designer shoes that are far from stuffy.

Designed by husband and wife Ashleigh Dempster and Matt George. Matt is the owner of footwear brands including Nomad, Stüssy Tronto and Goodfoot (as well as a business consultant to Kayne West no less) and Ashleigh is a successful creative manager.

The couple - who are based in LA - were inspired to create AKID by their two young boys Jasper and Julian. Who saw a gap in the market for kids shoes that weren't an 'afterthought' in terms of design.

Hand crafted from premium leathers and materials, stylish colour and prints and so easy-to-wear (and put on). Ideal for rough and tumble, yet too-cool-for-school boys and girls with toddler-friendly zippers and super-soft fabrics meaning kids can wear them sock-free.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

V. I. BABYMAMAS: Valentine's Day style - Are you (fashion) ready for Love?

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Kiss print shirt £39.50 Oliver Boons


Valentine's Day is this Saturday. Love it or hate it they is no getting away from it. 

Personally I'm not really a big fan of Valentine's Day. Overpriced flowers, chocolates so soon after Christmas…you get the picture. 

And, Mr VIB and I can't stand being in a restaurant on a night when the pressure to be the perfect couple is so in-your-face. We're quite happy eating our meal and not talking thank-you-very-much.

But, yes it is lovely to get a card and maybe a token gift - but, if I'm honest I look forward to my home-made card that Miss M brings home from nursery nowadays. 

I understand there's a whole world of women out there who love this day of romance. So, for you I have pulled together some stylish pieces that you can throw on with your favourite skinny jeans in that 'its-valentines-day-I-woke-up-looking-like-this' kinda way.