I bumped into a very old friend earlier this week, her son had just turned one and was fast asleep in his buggy, she updated me on how he was doing, how she was doing, where she was living, working etc and I listened, in a way I hoped looked like ‘intent’ but probably more ‘confused’ as really I was stood there regretting like crazy that I hadn’t bothered 1. not showering 2. not brushing my hair 3. grabbing yesterdays clothes from the floor and finally 4. not a shred of makeup on my face. Now I am a firm believer that a woman shouldn’t always be polished to the max, but all these four sins together did not a pretty sight make!!!!

So I ask myself, most mornings, why bother? Who is actually going to see me today apart from the toddler more interested in Mr Tumbles makeup than mine. Even the days I have play dates its far too easy to chuck on the mum uniform and make-do. Work days I am at home so even easier to sit in my jeans and a sweater and not care.

But every day I make that effort to wake-up a little earlier, jump in the shower before the monitor starts cry alerting me, blow dry my hair (or use my new fave Bumble and Bumble don’t blow it lotion woop!) and use the feel-good essentials that are a hydrating primer, foundation, concealer, blush, mascara and eyebrow pencil. It takes less than an hour and then for the rest of the day I genuinely feel better about myself. Catching myself in the mirror isn’t a horror show atleast! If I feel good I look after myself more in the day, making the right choices with my food instead of chowing down on dry bagels (mmmmm).

Tips for speedy polishing:

  1. Choose your outfit the night before.
  2. If you don’t have time in the morning shower at night and wrap your hair in one of those towel hats or a loose bun.
  3. Clean hair and skin is a must – the better condition your skin is in the better you look with and without makeup.
  4. Moisturise.
  5. Blow-dry rough for speed until its part dried and then either wrap up into a bun which will create loose waves as it dries – or using a paddle brush finish the blow-dry straight.
  6. A good base and a good concealer are quick and easy to apply.
  7. Add a stain to your lips and cheeks like  Benetint for a speedy flushed and wide awake look.
  8. Mascara will finish your perfect look.

And here are some of my absolute favourite beauty inspo pictures which I hope might help you be inspired to pick up that lipstick and indulge in some beauty therapy – not for anyone else, just for you.

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I would absolutely LOVE to know your mum beauty tips and why you bother… comment below if you have time thank you xx

Vx

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Although I still think I am a Summer girl through and through when it comes to fashion this time of year is great. It’s the perfect time for experimenting with the new season trends and its not too cold that you have to cover up with a giant coat and a two tonne scarf.  Autumn lends itself perfectly to a woman’s wardrobe.

But don’t be lulled into a false sense of security… Winter is close and if you don’t plan ahead you may be left short. Now is the time to buy that Winter coat.

This month’s tepid temperature is the perfect opportunity to browse the shops and online for your perfect winter coat, but if you don’t want it to be sold out – purchase before the month is out!

In the meantime here are my favourites on the highstreet (which might seem a little biased towards Zara and Mango but these are my favourites after searching countless shops) followed by a big dollop of gorgeous coat inspo….

Zara straight cut coat £119

Zara short coat £89.99

Zara wool coat £79.99

Mango wool overcoat £129.99

Mango double breasted short coat £119.99

H&M jacquard weave coat £99.99

Topshop bomber £65

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Thank you for reading and please let me know if you have seen an amazing coat on the highstreet this season!

Love,

Vx

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Blonde vs brunette… do blondes really have more fun? Are brunettes perceived as more intelligent? I’ve been a blonde since I was fourteen and had my first experience of highlights… but six months ago I decided the expense and maintenance was just too much and time being so precious these days, having four hours to sit in the hairdressers chair just wasn’t feasible. So off to George Northwoods London salon with the wonderful Amy who worked her magic and gave me a sensible medium… rich brown with some blonde balayage thrown in for good measure. I loved it! And no black roots after two weeks. But then a shocker… the greys! I didn’t even know I had grey hair. I had to go back after three months as I would with blonde hair and have the roots touched up. Turns out being a brunette can be just as time consuming and just as expensive. Yes I could have used a home colour but I am a salon addict and would never trust myself with my hair, it means too much to me!

Turns out I missed the blonde and last week it was back to the salon for me, foils back in my hair and bleached up. I feel like my old self again. I think blonde and I think fun, flirty, beachy, laid back and youth. Yet most of the women I style crush on are brunettes. Brunette says elegance, style, maturity, sensible, sensual and sexy. In fact some of those words were exactly what my husband said when I went dark, that I looked more stylish and sexy. I don’t think any of these are necessarily true – but they were the feelings I had when being that hair colour.

Hair means so much to a woman, it is part of our identity. Team blonde or team brunette which ever side you pick be sure sure you work that look and enjoy everything that comes with it… meanwhile I will continue to wish I was a cali beach bum whilst fighting my black roots and depleted bank balance…

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Thanks,

Vx

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Although I am married to a wonderful man… I am prone to a girl crush… and today’s girl I have crushed HARD… Clemence Poesy.

She has flittered in and out of my life from the fashion pages of Vogue and Harpers to movies, Gossip Girl, Chloe ads, Street Style, and every time I see a photo of her I am entranced. And the reason I wanted to share this with you is because I honestly think she has the perfect easy style that mums can achieve without any effort (well maybe some of that Parisian effort!)

Scruffy hair, lover of hats, always wearing flat shoes (apart from a special occasion or date night), minimal makeup, topknots a plenty, white shirts, cross body bags, large scarfs (perfect for b-feeding!), fitted black blazers, razz a jazz jewellery when the occasion calls for it.. or you want to detract from the bags under your eyes… and ta da… a cute little capsule wardrobe and easy peasy effortless mum style.

I hope of my pick of pics will inspire you and maybe you’ll fall a little in love with miss Poesy too!

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Thank you so much for reading/looking and please comment – I love to hear your thoughts!

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September is often described as the January of the fashion world, a time for change, out with the old and in with the new.  And the perfect time to revaluate your own wardrobe. I know since becoming a mother my wardrobe is full of clothes I don’t wear. Partly because my life has changed and those short dresses don’t quite cut the mustard at the one o’clock club. Partly because my body has changed, my hips are wider and that flat stomach I was so proud of hasn’t quite made a come-back yet. I blame the G&Ts. But also partly because my personal style has changed. So it was time to look at exactly what I have, what I wear, what I don’t wear and what I want to add. There was a lot I don’t wear, and such a waste, but it felt so great when I stood back and saw the clothes I do wear all hanging pretty in the now far less cluttered wardrobe. A perfect collection of things that actually make me very happy. And that is what is key. Wearing clothes that make you happy.

Now… as to what I want to add…  a beautiful pair of Mary Janes, a romantic maxi or mid length sheer dress,  a statement white shirt, cross-body bag and some winter fringing detail. I have enjoyed browsing the street style photos from New York and London, and am excited about Milan and Paris. I think the street style is just as fun than the shows! Here are my favourite street style shots that have influenced my lust-haves so far. I hope they give you some inspiration for your own wardrobe happiness!

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Love to hear your thoughts, what you’re adding this season and any wardrobe tips you have for September!

Love,

Vx

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