Mini Parisian Chic at Next | V. I. BUYS

      What’s not to love about this dog print collection from Next? It’s fun, it’s cool and its trés chic! OK, the one thing I don’t love is it starts at age 3 (sorry Miss Marnie!) Red dog print skirt £12-18 ; Blouse £14-20 (3-16yrs) Next

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Little fox motif cardigan for girls | V. I. BUYS

There may not be a fox in the Chinese zodiac but I declare 2013 the year of the fox. In fashion terms anyway! This often unloved creature gets some cute-appeal on the pockets of this super-cute chunky knit cardigan from Mothercare. Miss Marnie has been teaming hers with stripy leggings and a white tee (a stylist in the making?)

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Land of Nod cute baby deer wall clock | V. I. BEDROOM

Decorating your babies nursery can be as much fun as you make it. Whether you opt for the simple unisex look in white, grey or cream or go full on gender themed pink/blue/green/yellow the best advice is to choose pieces that will grow with your baby. Miss Marnie’s nursery started to take shape when I discovered these vintage fawn bookends on eBay – and she has now ended up with a fully-fledged woodland theme. What really sealed the deal was this super cute bamboo fawn clock…

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An extra-special first birthday gift | V. I. BIRTHDAY

As Miss Marnie has just had her first birthday, I thought it fitting that this be my ‘first’ official blog post! First birthday presents can be tricky. Do you give toys/clothes and risk them being returned? Or, opt for the easy option of money/vouchers (almost always appreciated though aren’t they?) I wanted to get Miss Marnie something to ‘keep’ for her first birthday and what better than this personalised first birthday gift to mark her first year? As this is not just any old picture…

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