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

Here’s a couple more Joules raincoats that get my ‘seal of approval’…

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

Right As Rain!

French navy field wellingtons from £24.95

true blue beetle print wellingtons from £24.95

Neon candy spot rubber rain coat from £39.95

True blue stripe showerproof coat from £39.95

Neon candy field wellingtons from £24.95

Ditsy printed wellington from £24.95

Navy shark print showerproof coat from £39.95

Candy pink shower proof coat from £49.95

EATING



Seems you can get anything as a subscription box at the moment – beauty products, kids clothes, craft boxes…the list goes on.

So when I was offered the chance to try the Kitchen Trotter Indonesian box I’m not sure I was expecting to be overly impressed. I mean was it going to be like other food boxes I had tried once and never again?

Well, yes and no. Let me explain.

Yes, because as beautifully presented as Kitchen Trotter is – I mean look at the box – what you’re getting is a taste experience. A box full of herbs, spices and sauces to create authentic international dishes at home – with many products I had not come across on the supermarket shelves.

Included is a booklet on what additional ingredients you need to but to create such feast – along with the recipes and even a link to a music playlist to set the scene.

So even after the initial expense of the subscription you still need to buy fresh produce. OK no biggie , but I guess you just need to be organised enough you get everything for the day/night you want to cook up a storm.

Maybe not something I would buy monthly – as I feel I would want to use up these products a little before a new one arrived – but as a treat box for a  special occasion I cannot fault it.

And, NO – because as an idea and a way to get you to liven up your cooking and taking you out of your ‘comfort/rut zone’ I think it a great idea. It’s something I think I would rather receive 3-4 times a year or when a kit appeals to me.

I do think however its makes an amazing gift for any foodies in your life.

Kitchen Trotter starts from £29.99 a month

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LUSTING

I lusted after an Olympus PEN E-PL7 camera for a little while – those gorgeous, retro looking cameras that you may have spotted all over Instagram (they are a blogger and stylist must-have) so when I finally got one I intended to look after it properly.

I often pop it in a small drawstring back before popping in my handbag – to avoid it getting scratched, dirty or worse broken – but I’m not sure if this is really cutting it.

Especially since I spotted the Olympus PEN fashion accessories range – I mean how stylish and practical is this handbag with padded camera bag compartments inside?

And, the genius part? – the bag handle can be used as a camera strap too.

That is if you can resist the leather or link chain straps and multicoloured leather hand straps. Choices…

I want. I need.

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V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamasmondays…. Joules Baby, The Jasmine Awards & Re-design

V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamasmondays…. Joules Baby, The Jasmine Awards & Re-design

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




BUYING

Seems everyone around me is having babies at the moment! So I’m always on the lookout for cute baby gifts – but they have to be useful too.

Step forward Joules baby. They have given the baby section a little refresh and it now has a lovely selection of gifts, soft toys and blankets.

I especially like these gift box sets including a baby grow, body suit, hat and bib and these blankets (see below, now in the sale) but its these Cheeky Baby Blankets I love the best.

These clever little cover ups attach to a buggy or car seat – meaning it can’t be kicked off or worse slip off and dropped. The double side blanket is supersoft cotton jersey on one side and fleece on the back. 

What’s more the genius hand and foot pouches they keep little ones tucked up and warm too – and the hand muff has some hidden sensory ribbons attached to keep little hands inside and entertained! 

When you’re buying a gift for someone you can afford to go a little more luxe  – like these blankets not cheap at £49.95 – they will be loved and more importantly used.

I know where I will be stocking up.

V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamasmondays…. Joules Baby, The Jasmine Awards & Re-design


V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamasmondays…. Joules Baby, The Jasmine Awards & Re-design

V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamasmondays…. Joules Baby, The Jasmine Awards & Re-design

V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamasmondays…. Joules Baby, The Jasmine Awards & Re-design


SHOCKED

Just before the weekend came I had an email from a colleague saying I had been nominated for a Jasmine Award…

The Jasmine Awards are recognised as the most prestigious journalistic awards in the beauty industry – and awards writers and stylists for translating the world of perfumery in words and visuals via magazines, websites and blogs.

I say shocked because for one I do not consider myself in any way a beauty or a fragrance writer and two because the feature was for a freelance piece I did for a brand magazine.

Either way I feel honoured to be nominated and know when the awards breakfast happens in March I will be extremely nervous to be up against some of the biggest and best beauty journalists in the UK.

The feature I wrote was for Scents magazine – the in-store magazine of The Perfume Shop – about his and her fragrances for Valentine’s Day.

You can have a little look here – and please send me luck – this is one of my weirdest moments ever!

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REDESIGNING

If you’re a regular reader (yes, mum that’s you) that you may have noticed a few changes at mamasVIB HQ.

I have been wanting to give my blog a little re-fresh for a while now. But, kept putting it off.

I’m not sure why. Indecision’s, deadlines and having the time I guess – but I finally sat down and did it.

Hope you like the new look?

I am still doing a little fiddling behind the scenes with a few bits – so please bear with me if it plays up over the next few weeks.

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4 Comments

  1. February 4, 2016 / 5:39 pm

    Well done on your award nomination! Well deserved. I'm thrilled you used 500 days of Summer in your piece – it's a fabulous film xXx

  2. February 6, 2016 / 9:15 pm

    I am so pleased for you about your nomination! The feature looks fab, I have tried so many perfumes lately that i like to read about them too! The Joules sets are just gorgeous too aren't they? x

  3. February 14, 2016 / 7:55 am

    ooh Bon that nomination sounds amazing. Get you. You should have been shouting about that! Love those Joules baby sets too, they look like great gifts for a new baby. I know I'd have loved that.

  4. February 19, 2016 / 11:51 pm

    Well done on the nomination, that is amazing. The piece is fabulous so it is very well deserved. And I adore all those Joules baby outfits and I love those cheeky baby blankets. I might have to invest in one when Rainbow Bean comes along. Plus, the redesign is fab. Very stylish. Very you. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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