Winter Wishlist

It's been a miserable and rainy day here in London today and although summer is a distant memory, I'm still not quite ready to pack the bright clothes away until next June. These beautiful and vibrant winter coats from J crew are just the thing to keep me going until spring:

I can just picture pushing little E in the stroller along kings road in one of these beauties, Lol.........
They are all available in a multitude of hues if brights aren't your thing, although I'm not sure I'd be able to choose just one. Link

Every few weeks the newly re branded Baukjen, (formerly Isabella Oliver 365, the non maternity range) catalogue drops through my letterbox and threatens to bankrupt the family Jones. The look is very yummy mummy/ Isabel Marantish, laid back glam and the collection is jam packed full of basic investment pieces that are truly versatile. I currently have my eye on all the outfits below but especially the Maja joggers in the first picture. Link

I have been mulling over this Zara plaited shopper with studs for months now. It's nothing to do with the appearance, I love how the bag looks and it's so practical, it fits almost everything inside! It's just that recently I have bought so many pieces from Zara that have fallen apart and even though £129 isn't cheap, it's by no means the most expensive bag that I've bought but I'm kind of doubting the quality and thinking that perhaps my £129 could be better spent elsewhere..... Link

Slipper shoes are everywhere right now but a very good friend of mine pointed me in the direction of these velvet Charles Philip Shanghai's beauties and I have been drooling over them ever since. I love the shape, the pancake flat sole and the low vamp. Link

So unless I win the lottery I am going to have to resort to dreaming about my winter wish list. Mr Jones, if you're reading........ some Christmas/Bday gift ideas for you ;) xxxx


That Kardashian Lipstick

I can't believe that I'm writing a post about the Kardashians but I secretly love watching the show and I am a big big fan of the bright lipsticks that the girls often wear especially this vibrant orangey red that Kourtney often sports. I recently discovered that the lipstick that she wears is YSL Rouge Pur Couture in L'Orange ( number 13).

I have since bought L'orange myself and it's swiftly becoming my signature lipstick. It literally lasts all day, I apply it at about 8.30 just before work and when I return home in the evening it is still firmly in place.

The product feels super creamy and moisturising on application but afterwards I find I need to use a good moisturiser to prevent dryness. I usually wear this along side Mac Redd lip liner for added definition and staying power.

I absolutely love the way that a bold lip colour can totally change a look in a matter of seconds. It instantly makes me feel a little bit glam. L'orange is most definitely a keeper!!


Photos of the Week

I haven't done a photo of the week post for quite a while now and thought it was high time that I put a post together:

Below is my new dipped hem top from Anthropologie ( I do shop elsewhere believe it or not!) It's one of those incredibly versatile tops that you can just wear anywhere. In the photo I'm wearing it with leggings, cowboy boots and a blazer but I think it would also work at night time dressed up with heels instead of boots and a statement necklace, which more than justifies the cost per wear! I love it! 

If you follow me on Instagram then you may have noticed me experimenting with Rock Star nails. Rock Star nails is basically just gel topped off with lots and lots of glitter, the effect is very very striking and it's relatively easy to do yourself, I shall put a 'How to' post together soon.

For quite some time, little E has been miles ahead of her mama in the style stakes! I love these little pink corduroy shorts form H&M and the Peter Pan collared top from Zara.

A slightly unorthodox bedtime reading ritual- little E and Grandma ( or Gaga as she is now known) share their love of glossy magazines.

Last week we took, little E and cousin M to Gambado soft play gym for the first time. I actually think the Daddies enjoyed it more than the girls, meanwhile both mama's left with sore heads!!

On a shopping trip to Harrods on Friday, I discovered that they now stock Incoco, my favourite nail appliques. If you haven't tried them then you absolutely must, they are genius! I wrote a couple of reviews on them HERE and HERE

E and I continue to be obsessed with Froyo, it's low fat and a scrummy and healthy substitute for Ice Cream. These sample pots at YooMoo in Harrods are the perfect size for little ones.


Spreading the Arm Candy Love

Just a quick little post today, you may have already seen the photos I posted on Twitter and Instagram of my new rose gold 'Love' bracelet.  I absolutely love Zoe and Morgan's Love Lasso ring which inspired me to do a huge internet trawl to find something similar yet a little more affordable. 

My search brought me to a fabulous Etsy store named Apple Latte, although I chose a bracelet in the end over a ring. This store is packed full of beautiful and dainty pieces which would make perfect gifts or treats for yourself :) It's an absolute gem and I thought it would be just rude not to share.....

 Here's the Link if anyone is interested.


Baby Got New Wheels

A friend of mine once commented  how on first impressions women often check out each others handbags but once they have a baby then this progresses to prams and strollers. I love my Stokke Xplory so much and have never had so much as an ounce of pram envy, even walking around the streets of Chelsea where so many mama's seem to have a different stroller for each day of the week. I swear that I have seen some mamas with Bugaboo donkey's, no babies inside and instead the seats are filled with Jimmy Choo and Chanel shopping bags.......

Mr Jones recently suggested that we should think about buying something more lightweight along the lines of a Maclaren and I have to admit, I did get a little defensive. Like most mama's I'm sure, I spent ages choosing the right travel system for us and for our little one and a Maclaren just seemed dull in comparison. To add to my frustrations, all the relatively attractive collapsible strollers seemed to cost an absolute fortune.

Then I struck gold when I came across a gorgeous limited edition, Cath Kidston floral print Maclaren Quest on Winstanley's Pramworld website for a  very very reasonable price. I was sold,( although should our next little one be a boy then I may have to rethink this purchase). The pram arrived within 24 hours and the delivery was free!

My sister also owns a regular Maclaren Quest and we have noticed that the Cath Kidston model does lack some of the features of the regular Quest, such as fully reclining seats- ours only recline 3/4 of the way down- but little E doesn't seem to have any trouble falling asleep in it. It isn't anywhere near as smooth a ride as our Stokke but then I didn't really expect that it would be and as it's so lightweight it is still relatively nimble. One of the only design flaws of the Stokke is does take a while to learn how to collapse so Maclaren is a dream in comparison.

I still prefer to use the Stokke, it looks cooler, it's easier on my back, much sturdier than the Maclaren which tips constantly if you hang anything from the handles when it's empty but little E has other ideas and absolutely adores the Maclaren. She loves going out in it and can often be found pushing it around the house. So, for now, Mr Jones has promised to find me a bumper sticker for the pushchair saying ' My other pram is a Stokke!' ............


Nails of the week: An alternative to Chanel Black Pearl - Sensationail Ocean Sparkle

I never ever win anything, and so I was ever so slightly excited to find out that I had won a bottle of  SensatioNail Gel Polish in a twitter competition. A few days later, this beautiful bottle of jewel toned teal polish popped through my letterbox!! Just the sort of colour I would pick myself :)

I was a bit disheartened to see that the packaging stated boldly that this polish could only be cured using an LED light, which I don't own, I always cure ( or dry ) my gel polish with a UV lamp. However, I read through the ingredients and noticed that they were almost exactly the same as the other brands of gel polish I already own. So, I tested one nail with the UV lamp and bingo! it worked! Emergency averted!!

As I was painting my nails with this sparkly teal, I had a strange feeling of Deja Vu and promptly dug out my stash of Chanel Black Pearl. Whilst Ocean Sparkle isn't a perfect dupe for Black Pearl. I would say it is certainly a good long lasting alternative. (Especially given as most of my Chanel polishes last about a day before chipping!! ) Black Pearl is a pearlescent greeny grey whereas Ocean Sparkle is more of a deep blue with teeny tiny flecks of glitter. At a glance they are very difficult to tell apart.

So how did the SensatioNail fare? Aside from horrible the brand name ( too much frommage pour moi!) the polish itself is excellent. The brush makes this polish very easy to apply and it has just he right consistency being neither too thick or too thin. One of the best things about this polish for me is that it is available in Boots, so I can pick this up whilst on my weekly nappy shop without having to faff about with purchasing on Ebay. I will certainly be purchasing more SensatioNail colours, I already have my eye on a shade called Coral Sunset which looks like a potential gel dupe for Essie's Cute as a Button!
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