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Monday, 8 February 2016

V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays… Pizza Express, Green People & Netflix Night In

mamasVIb | V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays… Pizza Express, Green People & Netflix Night In

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 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

EATING
This weekend we headed to one of our favourite places for an easy family dinner - Pizza Express.

The fact we have one at the end of our road makes this an easy option. But, really its that we can pop in for early bird tea around 5-ish and I can pretty much guarantee that Miss Marnie will eat her 3-course Piccolo menu without any fuss (the colouring menu and stickers are a big help here too…)

mamasVIb | V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays… Pizza Express, Green People & Netflix Night In


We haven't actually been in yet this year - being good and all at for January. So, when the lovely people at Pizza Express asked if we'd like to try the new seasonal menu - well it wasn't hard to work out what to say was it?


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Friday, 5 February 2016

V. I. BUYS: Cool as a…Cactus! The only trend little ones should pick this spring

mamasVIB | V. I. BUYS: Cool as a…Cactus! The only trend little ones should pick this spring
Fuerteventura Botanical Garden

I am a plant killer. As hard as I try I haven't in all my years been able to keep a plant alive.

I have even killed the 'unkillable' Cactus. Yes, I am that person.

Before resigning myself to plastic foliage I thought I would give the much Instagrammed Succulents a try.

mamasVIB | V. I. BUYS: Cool as a…Cactus! The only trend little ones should pick this spring
My (still alive)  Succulent plant…on Instagram 


So far, so good. I have yet to send them to plant heaven.

Really though I was inspired after our recent holiday to Fuerteventura where we saw the beautiful Botanical Garden (part of the Oasis Park) which has over 2,000 varieties of cactus - who knew?

Seems the humble cactus is having a moment as I've spotted them on the high street too. Perfect for tapping into this season Mexican kids fashion trend.

Here's a few of my favourite prickly fashion and home finds…

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Monday, 1 February 2016

V. I. B: Welcome to #mamamondays… Bubble London, Stackers & Butlins



mamasVIB | V. I. B: Welcome to #mamamondays… Bubble London, Stackers & Butlins


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 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


WORKING

The weekend saw us all attending Bubble London.

Bubble is a bi-annual kids trade show. A place where some of the biggest childrens wear brands, newly launched and up-and-coming labels can showcase its next seasons collections.

For me as a stylist (rather than a buyer there to fill a shop or online store with the best pieces) this is a chance to meet the people behind the brands, see the clothes and accessories up-close and of course generate ideas for my work and blogging life.

mamasVIB | V. I. B: Welcome to #mamamondays… Bubble London, Stackers & Butlins

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Friday, 29 January 2016

V. I. BUYS: Is it because I'm a Unicorn? Dreamy fashion, bedroom buys & a party box

V. I. BUYS: Is it because I'm a Unicorn? Dreamy fashion, bedroom buys & a party box
Gardner & The Gang Unicorn dress £34.95 Harrods

'Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn. Then always be a unicorn' 

Whimsical and mystical these imaginary creatures have captured our hearts this season.

These beautiful mono-horned animals may be pretty hard to find in real life (OK, impossible) but they're a lot easier to find in fashion-land.

Here's a few of my favourite finds:


V. I. BUYS: Is it because I'm a Unicorn? Dreamy fashion, bedroom buys & a party box
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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

V. I. BUYS: Fashion Finder - the exclusive kids collections coming soon that you won't want to miss!

V. I. BUYS: Fashion Finder - the exclusive kids collection coming soon that you won't want to miss!


Before the new season hits fully there's a few limited editions, new collaborations and exclusive collections hitting stores now and very soon.

These special baby and kid fashion ranges are the ones that get your fashion feathers in a ruffle - and are not to be missed.

I suggest you make a note in your diary - as you really won't want to lose out!


WHO: Gap 
WHAT: #mrmenlittlemissgap
WHERE: Gap stores nationwide and gap.co.uk
WHEN: now


Baby Gap do love a collaboration  And, this spring its partnering with Mr. Men and Little Miss to create a limited collection of baby pieces featuring the iconic characters.

The collection includes bibs, onesies, blankets, socks and hats - all with a colourful and cheeky Mr. Men or Little Miss motif. All the favourites are featured including Mr Bump, Little Miss Giggles, Mr Happy and Little Miss Hug.

Also look out for 2 new and very special characters: Mr & Mrs Gap - based on the companies founders Don and Doris Fisher - designed exclusively for the collection.
V. I. BUYS: Fashion Finder - the exclusive kids collection coming soon that you won't want to miss!


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Monday, 25 January 2016

V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamasmondays …. Joules raincoats, Kitchen Trotter & Olympus PEN

mamasVIB | V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamasmondays …. Joules raincoats, Kitchen Trotter & Olympus PEN

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 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

WEARING

One thing that stops us heading out at the weekend is the…rain.

It's so easy to stay inside and avoid the wet, cold weather - but to be honest we all get a touch of cabin fever stuck indoors and really need to get some fresh air.

When Miss Marnie was a baby I thought nothing of wrapping us both us and getting out - maybe because she stayed put. In her pushchair. Under her rain cover.

Which now, as a lively toddler, she is having none of. So, the only way to keep us both happy (and dry) is some good quality rain wear.

At the moment I'm loving the selection at Joules - I picked up this floral quilted jacket for Miss M just before Christmas. I thought it had a touch of 'Liberty' about it and it's the only coat she will let me button right up.

mamasVIB | V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamasmondays …. Joules raincoats, Kitchen Trotter & Olympus PEN

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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

V. I. BEDROOM: How to create a loft style kids bed the easy way with Ollie & Leila

mamasVIB  | V. I. BEDROOM: How to create a loft style kids bed with Ollie & Leila, bedrooms for kids, ollie and leila, loft beds, pinterest, play space, sleepovers for kids, bed in a bag, kids sofa beds, more space in kids rooms, storage ideas for kids bedrooms, mamasvib, stylist, blogger

Not sure if its that New Year feeling or the fact that I have just finished reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo - but I am wanting to make some big changes around our home.

Besides a new bathroom, a massive de-clutter, rearranging the front room and decorating the hallway - I have been looking at ways to improve Miss Marnie's space. The older she gets the more stuff she seems to be acquiring. As much as I said 'no toy gifts' they keep coming and now finding space in her already tiny bedroom is proving difficult.

One thing I have been looking at on Pinterest - of course - is loft style beds. A bit like bunk beds but there is no bed at the bottom - meaning you can use the space to create well, extra space.

Some pins I have spotted have done really creative things like built a play house, desk area or even  a small living room type area underneath. Not only does this mean you're gaining more storage space it also means less floor space is taken up.

mamasVIB  | V. I. BEDROOM: How to create a loft style kids bed with Ollie & Leila, bedrooms for kids, ollie and leila, loft beds, pinterest, play space, sleepovers for kids, bed in a bag, kids sofa beds, more space in kids rooms, storage ideas for kids bedrooms, mamasvib, stylist, blogger
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