There’s nothing like a super short working week post holiday to really get you in the mood for a long bank holiday weekend. And with the sun shining its looking to be a good one!

Friday confession time and having been on holiday my spending has (rightfully) been curtailed. I did manage to stumble across a Stradivarius on holiday which was a lovely air conditioned break from the heat and bought a little scarf I am yet to wear but will share below. Then I also fell in love with some Chloe-esque sandals I had seen on numerous Instagram babes and had to make a sneaky online holiday shop. Needless to say when my neighbour handed me the box before we had even stepped into the porch on getting home I was well and truly busted! Whoops!

I wanted to also share an update I have given an old Topshop skirt I had been wearing before during and after holiday. It’s given it a new lease of life for me and also some added length which certainly helps when you’re running around after a crazy toddler!

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I really don’t like packing. And considering how much I love clothes it surprises me. But it’s the thought of having to plan two weeks of clothes in just a few hours. Proves I have a long way to go with the whole capsule wardrobe detox way of dressing. So with just four days until we all fly off at silly o’clock on Saturday morning I am pulling out the big-guns and I have drafted myself a packing strategy which I wanted to share with you as so far so good…

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I am writing this with a bit of a knot in my stomach as tomorrow morning I am taking my daughter into hospital for surgery. She is having grommets fitted which I know is a very routine and relatively quick operation but it still gives me that dreaded knot feeling. She will be under general aesthetic and I get to bring her home the same day so I am planning lots of treats and Frozen re-runs.

Being a mother is hard work – emotionally hard work. Its an amazing gift and an incredible journey and no one tells you how much love you will have for your children… or at least you can’t imagine how you will feel until it happens. Its certainly knocked me for six. The responsibility I have for this little person. The decisions I have to make for her. There’s nothing quite like the love between a parent and their child.

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Another weekend gone in a flash… a slightly blurred flash after yesterdays girly lunch continued into the evening and involved far too much tequila and at least one too many espresso martinis. So with a dull head I write my Sunday post and I am looking forward to a fresh week ahead.

I wanted to touch on ‘approval’ and the way it affects the way we live our lives. The way fear of being criticised or judged by friends, family and even strangers holds us back.

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Happy Friday! Confession time, and this week I have been busy buying Spanish… namely Mango & Zara. The collections are just stunning this season, taking inspiration from the runways the gypsetter trend is everywhere. Anything with embroidery, pom-poms, lace or ruffles and I am sold!

Here goes…

This beautiful skirt has amazing embroidery front to back and is perfect for day with flats and in the evenings with some metallic heels.

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