V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays… Sanderson Home, Gurgle Work & Jackie O

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…

STYLING

And, by styling I mean ‘tidying’ my bedroom! New Year and all that – I figured it was time my room started looking a bit more inviting.

It’s still a work in progress – pictures still to go up, shelves to be sorted and a much-needed wardrobe clear out but for now I’m trying to make the central part of my room – the bed – a little more classy.

I think I have made a great start with this striking quilted show from Sanderson HOME. If you’ve not looked at Sanderson HOME you really must. It’s a diffusion range of the Sanderson studio brand but with a much more affordable price tag.

Without losing any of the classic English style that Sanderson is renowned for – the Sanderson HOME range is more accessible and means updating your home ready for Spring will be a doodle. I mean this cotton sateen leaf patterned throw has already given my ‘tired’ bed linen a new lease of life.

Floral Bazaar Leaf sign cotton quilted throw £90 Sanderson Home

WORKING

I have been freelancing for Gurgle magazine for just over two years now and I still get really excited when I see the new issue (you can see more of my work for Gurgle here and here.)

All the emails, late nights and price chasing are worth it when I finally see my shopping edit in print and I’m really pleased with this months which includes some new Spring fashion finds for babies.

Here’s a little sneaky peek  – the issue is on sale next week.

READING

The new Jackie movie opened over the weekend and I for one can’t wait to see it. Starring Natalie Portman – whose portrayal is said to be ‘mesmerising’.

I have a not-so-secret obsession with Jacquline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis – her life, her style and her legacy. So it will be interesting to see this movie which shows another side to the iconic First Lady.

I have quite a few books about Jackie O and yes, many are about her enduring style but some are about her as a women and living in the spotlight in the 1960’s. It’s easy to pick up and buy every book about a famous person that you admire – but I am quite selective and really only want to have the ones on my shelf that are well written, have beautiful photography and hopefully one day will become much-sought after titles.

I thought I would share a few of my favourites that I really think are worth investing in – if you too, have a secret or not-so-secret obsession with Jackie O:

The One about Life as a First Lady: Jacqueline Kennedy: White House Years- selections from the J.F. Kennedy Library and Museum

The One about how she faces Life with Decorum: What Would Jackie Do? An Inspired Guide to Distinctive Living by Shelley Branch and Sue Callaway

The One about her Sense of Style & Beauty: Jackie Style By Pamela Clarke Keogh

The One about her Life behind the Public Image: America’s Queen The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis by Sarah Bradford

The One about her life about JFK: New York Jackie Pictures from her life in the City by Nan Talese

The One with the Best Photos and Quotes: Jackie Handbook by Naomi West and Catherine Wilson

The One that Jackie wrote and illustrated with her sister: One Special Summer by Jacquline and Lee Bouvier

The One that was a gift from a special friend: Mrs. Kennedy Goes Abroad by Jacqueline Duheme

The One about a little-known Fact: When Jackie Saved Grand Central: The True Story of Jacquline Kennedy’s Fight for an American Icon by Natasha Wing and Alexandra Boiger

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