Monday, 27 July 2015

V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays… Cafe Rouge Rouge Enfants menu, Love Soap & Camp Bestival


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Continuing with my regular post includes anything that is making us happy - and hopefully you - even though it's a 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 


EATING

This weekend we were invited to Cafe Rouge - a chain of restaurants serving classic French meals and snacks - to try out the 'menu pour les infants' - or to Miss Marnie and and the rest of us the new kids menu.

We headed out in the rain - but were greeted by a lovely warm and cosy atmosphere at Cafe Rouge. We were drawn to the red sofa seating area, so plonked ourselves there and had a very laid back early Sunday supper.

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

V. I. BRAND: Summer holiday beach style by Sunuva & £100 voucher giveaway!

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Got your summer holiday planned yet? Or, in need of some pool-cool for the littles?

Then I suggest you take a look at Sunuva!

If you've not yet discovered Sunuva before it's a fantastic collection of UPF50+ protection* swimwear, cover-ups, rash vests and accessories designed by two stylish mums whose kids were playing together on holiday - yes, really!

Proving ideas can strike anywhere - and, what better place to come up with a swimwear brand than on the beach? So, a holiday romance - of sorts - was started as the pair hatched a business plan poolside to prove UV swimwear and cover-ups for kids could be cool!



Miss Marnie was lucky enough to receive this stylish initialed towel a few months back - and I just love the neon trim. It also echos the whole collection which is based around contemporary colours, patterns and prints - rather than the usual garish colours on UV swimwear available.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

V. I. BEAUTY: 27 Festival beauty essentials I *think* are needed for Camp Bestival...

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(Corrine Day for VOGUE 2005)

When you think of festival beauty you think dry shampoo, plaits, face paint and wet wipes. Oh, yes lots of wet wipes. But, when it actually came down to it - I realised I would actually need a whole lot more than that! 

As just looking half-decent after a restless night with a toddler or endless late nights working means a whole host of anti-fatigue, flash balms and blusher tricks in the morning.

That I figured looking good when some of your basics - like you know, running water - may not be readily available daytime beauty was going to take some re-thinking. 

I've read that there's pamper parlours, showers and the like at Camp Bestival - I'm not sure  I'll actually want to queue, like the sharing aspect or even have the inclination to leave the tent if the weather turns yucky.


So, only products that were multi-tasking, did double duty or offered fast results need apply. Festival beauty has to be hard working - and more importantly they had be be worth the added weight. 

So, I have complied a few essentials - and I mean essentials - for looking Festival Fabulous from morning till midnight.

Friday, 17 July 2015

V. I. BASH: Heading to Camp Bestival for the first time - & some toddler essentials we're packing!



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(One of my favourite ever festival fashion shoots featuring Gemma Ward by Corrine Day for VOGUE in 2005)


During my time on magazines I've compiled many a festival guide - what to wear, what to take and essential beauty buys.

But, what I've never revealed was that I have NEVER ever been to a festival. Not once.

Ok, so this may not be a major confession but seems I am in the minority (am I really the only nearly 40 year old festival virgin?) I sort of figured I would never really experience one  - and especially not now with a child in tow.

But, its seems I may have been missing the festival secret. As heading off with the family and the latest camping gear to a British festival is fast overtaking the traditional summer getaway.*

So, when Camp Bestival kindly offered us a family weekend pass to this years event - after initially thinking 'oh god, I'm not a happy camper' - I started doing my research and hell, looks like we're going to into the mosh pit!



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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

V. I BABYBRAIN: 20 Things I've Learnt about Love in 20 years…in movie quotes!

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Today Mr VIB and I will be celebrating 20 years together


I actually can't believe it. 

Half my life has been spent with this one person who everyday makes me smile, laugh, annoyed, frustrated, crazy, happy and a whole host of other emotions that can only come from being with someone who knows you inside out. 

We're both not naturally very soppy or over sentimental. So, we won't be celebrating with a candle lit dinner or a night away. These things, are of course lovely and important - but just not to us.

As we have got older we've realised its more important to know we've built an unbreakable bond that will hopefully last our whole lives. Of course, it hasn't always been easy and sometimes I wonder where the time has gone. 

We both come from extended families and difficult families backgrounds - which I think has made us even more united in wanting to build a secure home for us but mainly for Miss M.


So, instead of moonlight and roses. I give you 20 things I've learnt about love, relationships and finally, marriage in 20 years in movie quotes (and so much more stylishly than a standard card!)




Happy 20th Anniversary Mr VIB - and here's to the next 20! 


Friday, 3 July 2015

V. I. BUYS: Christening looks and gift ideas that would get the Royal seal of approval

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Rose Bud and Lace Trim Full Length Silk Christening dress by NEXT

A certain little Princess is being Christened this weekend. Sunday sees Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana be baptised in the same church as her late grandmother Princess Diana was.

 Prince William and Princess Kate will be holding the christening at The St Mary Magdalene Church - which is on the Queens Sandringham estate - and are allowing crowds to gather outside to catch a glimpse of the newest Royal family member.

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This will also be the first time we've seen Princess Charlotte since she was born - now the baby Royal babe is two months old. It also means we'll get to see her in all her finery i.e the same royal silk and lace christening gown that Prince George wore in 2013.

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So, if you're planning a Christening, baptism or naming day  - or attending one soon here's some outfit and gift inspiration that would surely get the Royal seal of approval!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

V. I. BABYMAMAS: Celebrating an Icon and why I never tire of looking at pictures of Audrey Hepburn!

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I have a bit of thing for old Hollywood movie stars. Not in a weird way - just that I am endlessly fascinated by the true glamour of yesteryear.

I can't even tell you how many books I have on Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot,  Elizabeth Taylor and of course, Audrey Hepburn

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I enjoy reading autobiographies about them all - but my favourite is finding style and photography books that show a more visual side. Coffee table books. As much as I love flipping through all those classic and iconic images -  what I really like is seeing the more personal, off-duty ones.

So, it comes as no surprise that I am already excited about the new Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of a Icon exhibition that is opening this Thursday at The National Portrait Gallery in London.

The exhibition (which will run until October) - shows the Hollywood star, style icon, mother and in her later years a UNICEF ambassador - in a series of over 70 images that have been lent by her sons from their personal collections.

Some of the images - including vintage magazine cover and movie stills - have never been seen and will feature photographs by such greats as Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Cecil Beaton and Norman Parkinson. 

So, for me it will be great to see photographs and archival material that maybe isn't in one of my books at home. I never, ever tire of looking at pictures of Audrey - she is one Hollywood actress that although not classically beautiful (her words) was breathtaking and only seemed to improve with age.