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Friday, 15 July 2016

V. I. BUYS: I do, I do, I do… 14 last-minute modern wedding gift ideas for Mr. & Mrs.

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This year is probably the first year we haven't had a weeding to attend.

I guess I'm saving myself the expense of a hen night, new outfit and an overnight hotel stay - but one of my favourite parts is choosing the gift. 

Any excuse to go shopping for gifts (my favourite form of shopping, if I'm honest)…

So, consider this my gift to you. If you're looking for a last-minute gift to give the soon-to-be-married (or, even an anniversary gift…hint hint as Mr VIB and I are celebrating 21 years together today!)

These modern Mr. & Mrs. style gifts caught my eye  -so I ran with it - and if I was in the market for a gift registry I would be popping a few of these on my list.

Why not?

Quirky, fun and fabulous - and sure to raise a smile rather than another toaster (although do people still give toasters and such?) I know gift vouchers and money is the preferred gift nowadays but you can't beat a beautifully wrapped and token gift to place on the gift table, now can you?
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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

V. I. BUYS: My fantasy Miami beach house style & my 10 fave places to eat in South Beach {Staycation Style #7}

mamasVIB | V. I. BUYS: My fantasy Miami beach house style & my 10 fave places to eat in South Beach {Staycation Style #7}

I love Miami

In fact I love America full spot. I can't help it. I am slightly obsessed by the U. S. of A - the lifestyle, traditions and yes, I admit it some of the glamour too.

I first visited Miami when I was about 14 - it was part of a day trip as I was on a family holiday to Orlando. At the time I remember thinking how colourful, fascinating and exciting it all seemed.

It was many years before I went again when I was working on WOMAN magazine. Miami was a fashion trip destination where we went to shoot summer fashion stories in the actual sunshine (because it's Winter time in the UK when this needs to be done).

I think it also holds a special place in my heart as one of my first ever fashions stories on location was shot there. I think my story was a day to night special - clothes that could be worn in the day and then your added a few extra pieces and accessories to wear them again in the evening.

A typical capsule holiday-wardrobe style story that we did at the time at WOMAN magazine - I was so excited to shoot in the day around the infamous avenues and landmarks (RIP Burdines) and then again at night when Miami really comes alive with the neon lights and Art Deco signs. In fact I should hunt out my Polaroid book…

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Monday, 11 July 2016

V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays … Belle & Boo, Johnson's Baby & Djeco *Mini Special*

mamasVIB | V. I. B: Welcome to #mamamondays … Belle & Boo, Johnson's Baby & Djeco *Mini Special*

Welcome to  #mamamondays.  Here I try to include anything that is making us happy - and hopefully you too - even though it's a Monday. And, I have to say it really is making me try to make the most of this often 'depressing' day

It has been anything from what we're doing or planning to what we're eating, watching or reading. I've even included items I'm lusting after or buying and anything else that has been inspiring me to make Mondays - and the rest of the week if need be - just a little more bearable.

I really hope that #mamamondays is inspiring you to make the most of this fresh start we get every week…

BATHING

I've been a fan of the timeless 'story book' illustrations of Belle & Boo for a while. If you're not familiar with the name of this lifestyle brand by Mandy Sutcliffe you'll no doubt recognise the distinctive bob-haired Belle and her bunny Boo as you will may have seen them on anything from fabrics, china, clothing, books and stationery. 


mamasVIB | V. I. B: Welcome to #mamamondays … Belle & Boo, Johnson's Baby & Djeco *Mini Special*

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Thursday, 30 June 2016

V. I. BUYS: Sweetie, Darling…this is how to look Absolutely Fabulous TODAY!

mamasVIB | V. I. BUYS: Sweetie, Darling…this is how to look Absolutely Fabulous TODAY!, Absolutely Fabulous movie, Ab Fab, fashion from ab fab

Unless you've been hiding under a rock you'll have heard there is a new fashion movie heading our way this weekend. Yes, finally after years of rumours the Absolutely Fabulous movie has arrived.

Written by Jennifer Saunders who also stars as Edina Monsoon alongside the ever fabulous Joanna Lumley as Patsy Stone - it shows the friendship of two high-powered (and middle aged) career women on the London fashion scene. 

Mainly seen shopping at Harvey Nicks (Nichols), drinking 'bolly (champagne) and chasing the latest fad to ward of ageing and recapture their glory days from the swinging 60's. Absolutely Fabulous was a little 'peep' into the crazy world of fashion and PR.

I have such fond memories of Absolutely Fabulous as it first aired in the mid-nineties around the time I was at fashion college studying fashion journalism and PR  - the careers of the Ab Fab stars 'Eddy' and 'Pats'.

Of course, my career has never been as colourful, crazy or drug-fuelled as theirs but I have watched the show over the years half-laughing and half-cringing as I recognised traits of people I have worked with or met over the years!  
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Monday, 27 June 2016

V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays… MommyZ, Gurgle & Joosr App *Giveaway*

mamasVIB || V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays… MommyZ, Gurgle & Joosr App *Giveaway*
Welcome to  #mamamondays.  Here I try to include anything that is making us happy - and hopefully you too - even though it's a Monday. And, I have to say it really is making me try to make the most of this often 'depressing' day

It has been anything from what we're doing or planning to what we're eating, watching or reading. I've even included items I'm lusting after or buying and anything else that has been inspiring me to make Mondays - and the rest of the week if need be - just a little more bearable.

I really hope that #mamamondays is inspiring you to make the most of this fresh start we get every week…


BATHING

Having a girl means I get to indulge in all those games I used to play as a child. Role-playing hairdressers, tea rooms, nurses and the like have become part of my daily routine.

And I really don't mind. Especially as Miss Marnie's new favourite game is beauty salons.

From my side I may have to endure a little hair brushing and pretend nail painting - but for me it means I can get her into the bath and call it a Spa-Day. It results in less crying at hair wash time, clipping her nails and brushing those teeth.

Which worked out perfectly when personalised baby gift site Mommyz offered to send us a treat - and it was these customised luxury mummy & me towels. I mean how fab having our own cosy towels after a bath?

mamasVIB || V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays… MommyZ, Gurgle & Joosr App *Giveaway*

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

V. I. BUYS: Looking East for rustic interior style inspired by Bon Ton Resort in Malaysia {Staycation Style #6}

mamasVIB | V. I. BUYS: Looking East for rustic style inspired by Bon Ton Resort in Malaysia {Staycation Style #6}

I feel lucky enough to have visited a few places on special holidays and weekends away but I don't think anywhere has stayed so vivid in my mind as Bon Ton Restaurant & Resort in Malaysia.

We visited Malaysia with friends and did a mini travelling holiday starting with a city break in Kuala Lumpur, from there we went to Langkawi (where Bon Ton is) and then finally Penang. One thing about Malaysia is you can stay in some pretty amazing places and it doesn't cost a fortune - Bon Ton is one such place.

What makes Bon Ton Resort so special that it offers the opportunity to stay in genuine Malay stilted wooden houses (that are over a century old) on a  former coconut plantation. Each of the eight houses have been transformed in blissfully private rooms. Each villa room has been decorated with traditional furniture, fabrics, has old plantation-style shutters, sun deck balconies and even open-air bathrooms.
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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

V. I. BUSY BEES: Timeless TV - Watching the Teletubbies the second time around!

mamasVIB | V. I. BUSY BEES: Timeless TV - Watching the Teletubbies the second time around! | mumsnets

I have a bit of a thing for nostalgic TV. 

And, whenever possible I try to encourage Miss Marnie to watch shows I had watched as a child too. She has taken to some of them and some she loses interest in quite quickly.

One show though that has caught her attention - and more importantly she engages with is the Teletubbies

It started when we were invited to the premiere of the new series re-launch late last year and she got to meet all the Teletubbies in the flesh. For a few weeks before I was getting her ready by letting her watch the original series from the late 1990's which I'd downloaded online. I was a little taken aback at how quickly she embraced them at the premiere - but I guess that shows the timeless appeal of these loveable 'tubbies.

mamasVIB | V. I. BUSY BEES: Timeless TV - Watching the Teletubbies the second time around! | mumsnets

mamasVIB | V. I. BUSY BEES: Timeless TV - Watching the Teletubbies the second time around! | mumsnets

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