Monday, 25 September 2017

Discovering Radley | Northcote Road




I am completely ready for Autumn and more so with an updated new classic from Radley.  I choose a new design from a collection after my own heart and my manor, Northcote Road.

The Lavender Gardens bag, which I decided to go for is a classic in design and style, she has a nice large flap and shows just enough of a golden clasp keeping her ever so classy and to help keep her shut, which is ideal for me, as my little minx of a toddler, has somewhat gone lipstick mad and has not yet worked out how to unclasp my new beauty. The Lavender Gardens also has a very sassy removable strap and she is spacious and sturdy which is perfect for all my Mumma essentials and camera too.







It was a little hard when choosing which colour to go for, but I feel I made the right decision, if not the cream, it was a close call for a more autumnal colour of navy or even leopard and I did contemplate long and hard about the blushing pink, but I made the decision to go for the cream, as I do not have a cream bag.




I decided to treat my new girl to a whole new outfit, these great skinny jeans from wearall, you can never get enough of white jeans, mostly as I get food down them or Leanora is in close proximity, they did not even last a day, as she managed to get her beetroot juice splashed on me! God knows that is never coming out! Keeping my look extra cosy, I decided to opt for a new sweater, which now being autumn you can never have too many of,  which you may have also spotted in my top 50 sweater list, is this super soft fluffy bell sleeve cream one from missguided at a total bargain.

Tell us what bag you like best?

This post is in collaboration with Radley though all thoughts opinions and creative direction are my own.


London Mumma xx

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Jumper - Missguided
*Jeans - Wearall
Shoes - Primark - similar
*Bag - Radley

*All items marked with an asterix were kindly gifted to me



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Friday, 22 September 2017

Friday Favorites



Well hello there Friday, you looking good and mighty fine! Can you guys believe we are firmly in the Autumn months, be it the sun is making the odd morning appearance here in London, it sure is nippy first thing in, but I am secretly craving for the first of the Autumn leaves to change into various shades of brown and orange, to fall upon the floor, so that I can get my new booties out, Leanora's too. Plus one of my new favorite festivities is soon approaching Halloween, excited to create a costume for Leanora, no doubt if she gets her own way it will be princess related and not a ghastly ghoul in site ha!

I have pulled a few things that I am totally loving right now and have added to my Friday Favorites this week....


Now these tasty beauties are perfect for those Autumn days, plus they make the house smell divine too, for curling up on the sofa, with a hot cuppa coffee, a good book, and these tasty pumpkin Spice biscuits, that last no time in the house.


Can you believe I finally made it out the house, I had organised a Hen Party Dinner, for my darling friend Banke, who is also a fabulous blogger. We ventured to the tastiest of Pan Asian restaurants DSTRKT and dived into its vast menu, if you find yourself in Soho I would certainly recommend
checking it out.


You may of remember from my recent MINTD beauty post, I spoke about this Omorovicza, Queen of Hungary face mist, ever since I have had it, it has become a firm favorite and I take it everywhere with me, not just great for keeping my skin refreshed and hydrated, but is a perfect barrier for the days impurities, as well as leaving my skin glowing even after applied to matt makeup. 


As you know, I am currently in the midst of redecorating the house and I have totally fallen in love with the new collection at H&M Home, it was just too good not to share with you all. 

With LFW just wrapped up, all over the catwalks, we spotted various shades of girlie pink coats and I am totally in love with this faux fur Mango pink coat, perfect for the Autumn months.

I’d love to hear about your week in the comments!


London Mumma xx


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Monday, 18 September 2017

3 Ways To Improve Your Lifestyle


We all want to live successful and happy lives, but sometimes we can find ourselves in a rut and not leading a healthy lifestyle and feel that there is no way back to brighter days, well you are wrong. To get out of that doom and gloom is on you kid only you can get you out. But don't worry we all need a little helping hand, even myself, I recently found my self in a horrible situation, which leads me to making bad decisions and life choices, but with a few positive rituals and eating and exercising more, lead to me being more productive, as well as being more organised at work.




To lead a healthy lifestyle, we have to make some healthy lifestyle changes here I am sharing my top 3 to have you in a better healthier mindset.

Get rid of the negativity
This can be the hardest thing, so it is best to start off with it. If you are surrounded by negative people and they do not want what is best and do not have good intentions, why would you even want that person around, you have to remove them from your life, no matter how hard it is and scared it can possibly have you feeling. To improve your life, surround yourself with positive people who want what is best for you.

Treat your body right
This is great to get all those endorphins going, it is a great mood booster and great for your happiness plus it will have you feeling healthier too and ideal for reducing your stress levels. So get up and get out and find a work that best suits you.


Eating right
The best way to start the day is with something healthy and tasty, get rid of all that processed sugar and heavy carbs, that will only leave you feeling sluggish, start your day with the right sweetness, which you can find in a tasty smoothie bowl


We would love to hear your tips on improving your lifestyle? Please leave your comments below.

SheIn dress / Next bagNew Look Trainers

London Mumma xx




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Friday, 15 September 2017

Friday Favorites


The most tremendous day has finally arrived, FRIDAY! And it is time to plan a weekend of bliss, be it a day of relaxing in the house in your favourite pyjamas or venturing to the great outdoors and looking for an adventure, what ever you do make it your own. Today I am sharing with you some much loved Friday Favorites, a round up of what I am loving, from a beautiful store that I have found and decided to make my home, to books, and so much more. 

The most beautiful and heavenly store in Hove, Igigi. Whilst roaming for coffee after a day spent on the pebbled Brighton beach collecting seashells and spotting crabs, I was in need of some rich warming coffee to warm up my cockles. They sell everything from home furnishings to the most beautiful natural milk soaps, to coffee and cakes in the upstairs cafe, it is the best place in Hove for a little refuel.


I finally have gotten round to reading a book, yay! With normality setting back in at work and parenting life, I have found some much needed me time be at late at night with my new Utility Design lamp. I am able and divulge into an amazing fictional book, Domina, the right amount of sex, drugs, and murder, which makes for a good night sleep!


My creative juices flowing, thanks to the fabulous blog, A Pair and Spare. I am updating the living room and thought due to it being Autumn to add a little colour, with some new pillows and I thought purple would totally make it pop, but finding it hard to find the right style, but with a little inspo from one of my fave bloggers I can make my own with this handy DIY post


This gorgeous Ecoya, Lotus Flower candle was gifted to me at a  recent press showcase and it is simply divine, I have only used it once and the whole house smelt exquisite. Its scent is a blend of lotus flower, contrasted with deeper shades of vanilla and patchouli a scent and candle that I never want to run out of and will certainly be purchasing. 

Let us know what fun things you guys have planned this weekend and what your favorites have been this Friday?

London Mumma xx








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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

9 Autumn Essentials For Back To School Mums

With the new fashion season and kids finally back to school for the new term, it is not just the kiddos that need new threads and various essentials it is us Mummas too. We wanna look our best and look put together at the school gates, even though half the time we probably feel like stir fried shit and want to rock up to the school gates in our pyjamas.

With a few new season essentials and finding our feet back to the new term madness.

Calendar
No wall chart in site to keep track on what is going on throughout the month, make sure you have a planner or phone to hand, to mark all those important dates coming up, such as birthday parties, ballet, football lessons and when you have family and friends coming over to dinner. 

Flash Cards
Learning on the go or school run to get some extra practice in with the kids, or by yourself! It is always a great idea to learn something new. Plus it keeps your little ones on the ball and makes great practice for them depending on the age of course, plus great fun can be had whilst traveling on the weekends.

Wipes
I can not stress the importance enough of baby wipes, we love the Water Wipes range, but I spied that Dove now has a kids range of wipes. But whatever brand you go for, these are must have essential for your Mumma bag, not just to clean up sticky kids, but us parents too can benefit from wipes, especially those mad rush mornings and coffee spilled all of you. 

Large bag
This season, make a statement with this must have large bags. With so many out on the high street, you are literally spoilt for choice.

Trainers
We gotta be comfortable for those in between dashes, so why not treat yourself to a fresh new pair of kicks for the term. 

Trench Coat
Aquascutum, always nail it each season, updating there must have trench coats. They are cool and classic and helps protect you from the windy weathers and will see you looking fashionable all the way up to winter, plus it can be styled numerous of ways making it not just perfect for the weekday but will have you looking sophisticated over the weekends too.

Snacks
A vital essential for us Mummas, not just for our kids. Who doesn't like a tasty treat or a healthy bite I mean we gotta eat too, so why not carry a snack or two, one for you, one the kids to keep you fuelled through the day. Not sure on what then why not check out something from Metcalfe to pop in your bag. 

Hair Care
Ok, yes ladies lets not shy away from it, be it first thing in the morning or an after school pickup, or even going into work, we want to look our best. I found a great online store Capital Hair and Beauty, that has everything and then some to give you fabulous healthy hair, I am loving my new found hot hair brush, giving me that just stepped out of the salon blow-dry, but unknowingly all done at home, whilst having the Leanora climbing my back and Milo purring at my feet.

Accessories
No outfit or look is complete with out a few accessories be it a feminine watch, to help keep you track of time or an elegant piece of jewellery such as a pair of earrings to complete your back to school look.

What have been your life saviors for the return back to school? How have you survived this first week and now in the second? I would love to hear your comments below.

Please note this is a collaborative post but all words come from the coffee fuelled ramblings of London Mumma. 

London Mumma xx



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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

3 Dilemas Of Working Mothers


Ok, so I have one kid, but boy working full time, running a blog and home life, plus my little one, sure can be tough, but just because it is tough, doesn't mean that I am not enjoying it, but by heck a break or two would be fab, a nice glass of vino, a good book, all whilst chilling in the bath without an audience wouldn't go a miss, am I rent rents?

Now I would never give up working, I am not that type of person to be a housewife, well I am not even close to having that as an opportunity, not that I would even embrace it, I am/we are providers for our families.  But when I had that time at home whilst on maternity leave, I could not bloody wait to get back to work, I love my kid and all, she is a cutie going through that sassy threenager stage, but I need my own time, does that make me a bad Mumma, like fuck it does. I think as women and society we can face a lot of dilemmas, pressure, and prejudice even, women with young kids should stay at home and do the whole Susie home maker crap, sod that I say.

Yes it is hard, and I feel at times a bad parent, because I do not get to spend as much time with my daughter as I would like, but should I, should we not go out there show our babies, that you know what it is good to work, to work for something, be it a mortgage payment, a holiday, god forbid clothes and food. These are the dilemmas that us mothers, single or otherwise can face. But what some do not realise, we have our own dilemmas and demons and it affects us just as much our children

To stay or not to stay
Yes, when returning to work we do face certain difficulties, such as our children being left in someone else care, they teaching them their A, B, C's and 1,2,3's and thinking that is our role as mothers, parents even. But it is good to have that separation and making sure you child is in the right and safe environment, it is good for the both of you. For both mother and child/ren to have that time apart, it only makes the heart grow fonder, plus your kids can get tired of the site of you. 

Sacrifice
When we become parents your life changes from the moment, you see PREGNANT on the pregnancy test and you make the decision to become a parent. Me time, we time goes out the window and it all about kid time! We sacrifice, for our children for their love and to keep them happy and the odd occasion when you want a bit of peace and quiet or your program has just come on! We make sacrifices, for the unconditional love between parent and child, hence why even planning on returning or going back into work is a good sacrifice, not a selfish one, after all, we are providers now and a cheeky 8 hour day so you can have a little me time is not a bad thing. But for all the sacrifices we have to makes as parents, they are worth it all in the end. Even if it means a life time of an audience whilst going for a crap. 

Am I enough
We can be our own worst enemies at the best of times, we can doubt ourselves and beat ourselves up thinking are we doing, feeding and teaching our kids the right thing. Everyone's teaching and learning life experiences are different, but what you have to understand and yes I included. I am enough for our kids, I mean Leanora thinks I am all that and then some!

With so many dilemmas we face as mothers, they are all worth it in the end and makes us and our children stronger. Have you faced certain dilemmas since becoming a mother, or father? How have you over come those dilemmas?

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Monday, 11 September 2017

Riva Loves








There is nothing like a new discovery, a discovery in which you fall hopelessly in love with.

Working away like a mad woman for an event I am organising, I hear a ping go off, new email has just come in along with the millions that I am trying to plow through as quickly as possible, but for some reason, this ping sounded different, good different! I popped open a new tab and dived in, RIVA Fashion Loves You, in the subject box. Just what I wanted to hear and read, I mean we all need a little love now and then right!

RIVA was created in 1997, by the Armada group, for women with a love of fashion an open heart and women who want to look chic, feminine and glamorous from day to night all whilst feeling utterly comfortable and fierce.

I normally tend to stick to what I know, but as I said earlier in the year I really want to step out of my comfort zone and what better way to dip my toe into the unknown, than with this bold floral shirt dress. The perfect dress to take me into the Autumn months, but still feeling the summer breeze,  leaves me feeling girly and chic, with is delicately embellished shirt collar and feminine nipped in waist line and flared hem, it certainly is a head turner for all the right reasons.

As my style and I evolve I embrace it ever so more now in my wardrobe, by taking risks and venturing into the unknown of colour and prints, and RIVA is the perfect brand to help me and you too even discover something beautifully new and fascinating.

Fun and flirty is not the only way I would describe RIVA, but bold and sophisticated too, it is the perfect fit and balance in every girl's wardrobe, who wants to look different from the crowd. Riva gives you that extra confidence in every step you take. 

My shoe choice for this dress, was a metallic mule number, the perfect comfort shoe and great for chasing after Leanora and hitting the road in style.

When I am not just wearing this shirt dress, as just a dress I know I will be teaming it up with some jeans.

Has a brand ever won your heart? 

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Friday, 1 September 2017

September Edit Wish List

Can you believe that A, it is nearly the weekend and B, it is September already! I mean yay to the weekend and Nay to the fact that the year has totally flown by, I mean, was it not just Easter the other day!

As we are moving off slightly from a midsummer nights dream, in a way which I am not quite ready to let go of, but life goes on, plus I will be braving the new Autumn air with my legs out, but don't worry how cold it has been the past few days (early morning and night) I am sure it won't be for very much longer.

Red-burgundy
No, I don't mean Ron Burgundy from Anchor Man I do mean the colours, Red & Burgundy. Red is this seasons must have colour, but I like to ease into that pop of red and start with a nice burgundy, the perfect offset of between the two and delightful warm shades of red and brown, personally I think it is a shade that goes with all skin types.





Shearling jacket
I mean what is not to love, it is always a big hit and I only got involved once last year, but I got my eye on a few shearling/teddy goodies to ease myself into the colder season. 





Anything Weekday

The amazing brand is totally having a moment, especially with the new store opening on Regent Street, which FYI I am heading to, kid free over the weekend to stock up on so much needed essentials! Well, that's a laugh I want it all, plus I spied online that they are currently having 20% off ALL JEANS! Yup you heard me all jeans guys!





Sweaters
You know I am totally having a sweater moment, it's a massive game changer right now, be it paired with a skirt, backless with some comfy jeans or just something to lounge around in the house in, whatever! Make it a must this pay day and peruse this vast list I created for you guys to check out and snap a few of your favourites too.





Biggin it up
Quite literally go big or go home, and seeing as I'm on the tube with two bags, I'm just gonna go home, jump on the laptop and search for a big bag! This seasons trend is a must have big bag and I'm totally all over this trend, not just because I've spotted a few good ones but, it enables me to carry everything and anything, i.e. I could probably throw Leanora in their, so miss 1 mile per hour walking tortoise can get somewhere! 

Book
Before I had L, I was a major reader and I am currently on a hunt for a few good books, be it self-help, fiction or not I plan on delving and getting lost in a few this month, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

Mirror 
Ok, so I have been living in my home for like 2 years and I am yet to find a mirror to go in the living room! I am a woman on a mission this month and I need some help in finding a large mirror, be it silver, grey or white I need something big! Every time I find something that I love it sells out, so guys yet again help me out, know of any good stores or markets, wherever just help a Mumma out with some suggestions!

Movie
Yes this has totally made the cut and I am a major fan of the original and I know that sometimes remakes can be atrocious, but I am dying to see IT yes IT I remember watching it as a kid and it scared the crap outta me literally my skin ran off and left me looking like a ghost! Damn, I love a scary movie, truly nothing makes me happier than a movie scaring me shitless and IT gets me excited, plus hottie Alexander SkarsgÄrd younger brother is in it, playing the main role, sooooo a total must see, even just to perv over him!

What do you think of my September Edit Wish List? If you guys like maybe I can do one every month? Have you got anything you have your eyes set on this month, or have you snapped any of the bits above? I would love to hear your comments below.

Happy September.

London Mumma xx

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Thursday, 31 August 2017

Frugal Yoghurt Lollipops

With the kids returning back to school or for those eagerly starting, we are going to need to wind back into our routines and what better way than with a tasty treat for the mornings for breakfast on the run, but with little sticky fingers and faces and you in work gear, don't forget to bring those trusty wet wipes along!

I've teamed up with Contact Numbers UK to share with you some handy tips on how to maximise the savings out of your club cards and helping you to utilise their service with family favourite supermarkets such as Sainsbury's, Tesco's and Morrisons.

Contact Numbers UK have a vast directory of customer service numbers for Sainsbury'sTesco'sMorrisons and a massive range of UK businesses all under one roofhelping you get in touch with your family favourite supermarkets. We all know how hard it can be to get the right number for the right department! Contact Numbers UK do all the hard work for you, whilst bringing all that info required at the touch of your finger tips in just one place, helping you source the best deals on offer and contact numbers for the relevant companies. Thanks to Contact Numbers UK they can certainly help you with that 24/7 - 7 days a week. 

With school uniforms, lunches, stationary to buy you want to make sure you watch the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves, so my dear old Ma says. For me what I like to do is use my club card rewards points to go towards Leanora's nursery clothes, so each new term all the points that I have collected and saved in Sainsbury's will go to some much-needed essentials, which consists of mostly socks and underwear. With a few additional points left over, I decided to buy a few tasty treats and make these tasty Yoghurt lollipops. A great way on scoring more points and some that they do not tell you about in store, is by checking Sainsbury's Nectar card app, a few weeks ago I managed scoring extra points, just by logging back into the app.

So quick and super easy to make only a few essentials needed and perfect for the whole family before and after school. 

Ingredients
Yoghurt - Any flavour of your choice
Blueberries
Granola

Method
1. Pour in half of your yoghurt into your lollipop moulds, drop a few blueberries a sprinkle of granola and repeat until filled to the top then freeze.

That is it, how quick and simple is that, little fuss, little mess, just what Mumma needed and the kitchen too. By making your own yoghurt lollipops, you will be saving your self a whole lotta dosh, plus you know what is actually going into it.

A massive thank you to Contact Numbers UK for collaborating with me on this tasty post. 

London Mumma xx

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

50 Sweaters To Buy This Autumn


I can not believe how quick the year has flown by and we are days away from September! I am still trying to cling on to summer for dear life, but with the stores filling up with Autumns must haves, it's hard to resist temptation and not fall in love with Autumnal hues, super soft, cosy and fluffy textured sweaters they are all irresistibly hard to resist.

I know that' it's still super warm, but there are so many must have sweaters available and please, I beg, do not kill me, some may think it is sacrilege with what I am about to confess! But I am yearning for colder months, not so much the wet weather that comes with Autumn, but just to feel cosy and comfortable in my sweater, so that I can sit by the fire in the pub or curl up on the sofa with Leanora, Milo and some sweet treats, all whilst watching The Great British Bake Off (how excited are you that it is back, do you have a favourite yet?!).

There is something about the Autumnal season that just makes me so happy and seeing all those pretty rust coloured leaves falling on the ground excites me, plus I get to wear a great pair of boots and eat a bucket load of Butternut Soup.

With Autumn fast approaching and new season items flooding the stores, we are all absolutely spoilt for choice. I am totally preparing myself from now to get those must have Autumn sweaters into my wardrobe before they all get snapped up.

I have created a big list and sectioned them just to make it easier for you lovelies to view and browse with ease below. 

Logo


Coloured


Striped


Cashmere


Neutrals



Have you got your eye on anything yet? Don't forget to tag me on Instagram with your purchases!

London Mumma xx

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