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.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

V. I. BABYMAMAS: Have you tried a co-ord this summer?


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Stripe co-ord top and skirt Warehouse || Floral co-ord top and trousers ASOS


This summer its all about the CO-ORD.

That's co-ordinates for the record. Match-Matchy styles that are made to go together but look equally great apart. 

You see with co-ord pieces you of course get a super slick, matching look that has stand-out power but worn apart they open up your wardrobe to a whole host of other looks and occasions. 

So, 2 become 1 (killer look) and 1 becomes 2 (extra looks). With a few key separates you can take those smart co-ord trousers causally out, make that dressy co-ord top a little more daytime chic or sassy up those daytime culottes for a night out.

Need some inspiration? Then take a look at these double actsamazing together and stunning apart.

And, don't even get me started on triple-ords! They are a whole other (fashion) story!

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Top & Skirt Topshop || Kimono & Trousers New Look || Top & Culottes Primark

Monday, 22 June 2015

V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays… Blogging conferences, Illustrations and the MADS (again!)

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Continuing with my 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 



LEARNING

The last couple of weekends have seen me attend some Blogging conferences - yes, it's a little geeky but, its also great fun! You get to meet other bloggers, be inspired, learn and basically come away wanting to up your game a little.

I have a few changes in mind for mamasVIB and as soon as I can get my head around my notes and find some time for a little re-design, re-shuffle and re-boot I will do it. So watch this space!

This is now my new blogging motto…

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

V. I. BABYMAMAS: How to create a #SPATHROOM at home with The White Company

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We've been in our house for over 2 years now and the bathroom still isn't done. It bothers me. Everyday.

The reason for this is - it was either the kitchen or bathroom. And the kitchen won. I figured I could live with a bathroom that was not my colour/style as long as it was clean - rather than a kitchen that was over 30 years old (with electrical wiring of the 'money pit' variety) to be done especially as we moved in when Miss M was weaning!

Anyway, I digress. The bathroom really is the only room in the house you can truly get some privacy (if the kids are in bed/you lock the cat out) and really relax. Right?

This seems like a far off dream when you're a new mum - when you literally need to hit the bathroom running (at nap time) - now Miss M is a toddler I'm definitely getting some more 'me' bathroom time (going to the toilet in peace of course is a whole other ballgame!)

So, when The White Company invited me to be part of its blogger Collective (a group of specially selected bloggers who work with them on special projects and new launches) and then to my first event - a special #spathroom evening - I jumped at the chance.

I mean who can resist the lure of The White Company fluffy white robe and slippers in the middle of the week? You may have spotted this on my Instagram feed….


A photo posted by Bonita Turner (@mamasvib) on


Friday, 12 June 2015

V. I. BABYMAMAS: Doing TIME with Netflix and Orange Is the New Blackthird series launch!

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I will admit to being a bit of a TV addict. I love nothing better than watching a drama series that *may* show a more glamorous, exaggerated or unrealistic side of life.

I don't want to sit and watch soaps about everyday issues and problems - I want to watch totally mad, unbelievable characters that you can't help but love. 

So when I was asked by Netflix to be part of the #StreamTeam (a group of bloggers to trial Netflix and share what we're watching) I was pretty excited to catch some new shows and some that I'd missed first time round.

I had my first official invite as part of the #StreamTeam last night. We were some of the first to catch the premiere of the third season of Orange Is the New Black before it officially launches (and streams) on Netflix TONIGHT!


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The OITNB screening room || 'Piper Screwdriver' cocktails with our own screwdriver
cocktail stick || Prison food with style - risotto in sardine cans || Setting the scene 


Wednesday, 10 June 2015

V. I. BUYS: Have you met Romy and the Bunnies? …and Aden + Anais GIVEAWAY

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PICT: Romy and The Bunnies

You may have already seen this beautiful Pat the Bunny collaboration - which launched earlier this year. The collection which has been curated by Romy & The Bunnies founder Julia Restoin Roitfed is to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the classic kids book, Pat the Bunny.

I was worried it was going to be one of those blink-and-you'll-miss it limited edition collections - but this exclusive range is available all year long to celebrate the anniversary. So, there is still time to get grab some pieces.

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Julia and her daughter, Romy


The voice behind the modern mum blog Romy and the Bunnies Julia Restoin Roitfeld - model, creative director and photographer and daughter of Carine Roitfied (the former editor of French Vogue)   - asked three brands to design the products for her debut collaboration: