Summer ready with Vertbaudet

As much as I love partnering with brands I already know and love it’s also fun to try out new ones, so when Vertbaudet asked us if we’d like to try some pieces from the kids summer range I thought it would be a great chance to try a brand I’d never bought from before.

My two have very different tastes so often we end up having to buy from different shops for each of them. Checking out Vertbaudet’s summer range online I was so pleased how easy it was to choose outfits for both my girls. I’m having a thing for playsuits and dungarees at the moment, not only do they look great, they are just so easy to throw on and you have an instant outfit. I was happy to find that Vertbaudet had plenty to choose from in these styles.

For the five year old I chose a yellow broderie anglaise playsuit. E loves colourful clothes so I knew this would be an instant hit. To go with it I picked up a more neutral grey cardigan and white floral leather sandals.




E’s outfit – she wears age 7-8

Yellow Broderie Anglaise Playsuit  £20

Grey cardigan with macrame flower £17

Leather floral and white sandals £21 (30% off usual price of £30)

As for N I found it really easy buying for her as one of the first pages I saw had an outfit that I knew she would love.


I got the whole outfit, minus the scarf and N could not be happier with it. N is 8 and a half and I would say average height wise for her age. I ordered her outfit in age 9 and it fits perfectly.



N’s outfit, she wears 9-10

Short denim dungarees – £14

T-shirt with lace detail – £7


Pumps – £9 (with 40% off)

We are really happy with the outfits from Vertbaudet and I’d definitely consider buying from them again. The quality was good and the price really reasonable. We’ve had these clothes for about a month now as I wanted to see how they fared being put to the test by my girls and our washing machine! I can happily say that they are all wearing well. The sandals have hardly been off E’s feet at the weekends, a testament to how comfy she finds them – at five she’s not one to suffer for style! One thing I would say is size up on everything. I’m so thankful that one of my mum friends told me this before I placed my order. N is of average height for 8 so I got her 9-10 which fit perfectly. E is only 5 but tall for her age so her outfit is in 7-8.


Have you ordered from Verbaudet before?

What do you think of our outfit choices?




(All prices correct at time of publishing. As with all our reviews and partnered posts all views and opinions are our own, for more info on this see here)

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Little corners of my home in May

I love adding little touches to my home, they don’t have to be expensive homewares or fancy gadgets but something little that gives a new feel to a room. I’ve done a few projects in our living room and dining room, like repainting the dining room chairs and table as well as the side table in the living room. This month I couldn’t face another big job like that so I’ve made some little vases, plant pots and tea light holders. Well, I haven’t ‘made’ them, I’ve just upcycled them. Is that still an ‘in phrase’ in home decor, who knows, I’ll just go with it.

I gathered some jars and glass tea light holders from around the house and armed with my new chalk paint spray  headed out into the garden.





I’m not a fantastic DIYer or a particularly creative or patient one. If there’s a project that involves lots of long winded stages then I’m just not going to do it, no matter how pretty it looks on Pinterest! This chalk paint spray, however, could not be easier to use and it dries crazy quickly. From start to finish these took just over half an hour. Perfect.

I’ve dotted them around in our downstairs living space, some are vases, some tealight holders and others are plant pots.



Our back garden is full of bluebells and forget-me-nots. I know that some consider the tiny blue flowers to be a weed but I absolutely adore them and having a little flower pot vase is the perfect excuse for me to bring some inside.





You know me and my succulent and cactus obsession so it’s no surprise to see two little pots with these beauties in them!




I’m so pleased with how well they’ve turned out. I really love the chalky matte finish that they have. I’ve used spray paints on things before but they’ve always had a shiny finish. All in all the spray was so easy to use and much better for a project like this than having to faff around with paint and paint brushes.

The vases just need a spray coat of Pinty Plus water based varnish, so that they can be washed without damaging the paint.

Now that I know how easy it is to use I’ve got my eye on what I can use it on next. Our poor weather worn outdoors dining set, or the old metal chair my dad passed on to us or even the TV unit, decisions, decisions. I’ll definitely be choosing at least one of these for next months project so don’t forget to check back.

What do you think

Would you give this chalk paint spray at try?

What would you upcycle with it?



I’m a Pinty Plus Ambassador and will be sent chalk paint sprays to try out and share with you each month. As always all views are my own. You can view the whole range here – Novasol Spray UK

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My thoughts on the Archive by Alexa collection at Marks and Spencer

Marks and Spencer have been a staple feature of many a high street over the years. It’s a shop I’ve been to hand in hand with my mum as a child. Hiding in rails of clothes as she shopped and trailing behind as she perused the food hall. Now as a mum myself my own children are the ones that hide in the clothes rails and they even drag me into the cafe for a treat, or two. I often buy the girls clothes from there and pop in to grab some lunch or treats for dinner but rarely have I actually bought clothes for myself, well aside from underwear!

When I was invited to view the new collection by Alexa Chung inspired by the fashion archives of Marks and Spencer I was immediately intrigued. We know that what Alexa touches turns to gold, remember that Topshop dress she wore years ago that sold out almost immediately and then more recently the M&S skirt that had all of us flocking there to find it. As a fan of vintage and vintage inspired clothes I was keen to see what the collection would look like and how it would work on the high street.






Alexa herself was so lovely and we had a chat about the names she’s used for each of the pieces. She searched for old fashioned names that would represent the archives but with a nod to how much these names are cropping up now and coming back into fashion. Of course I had to tell her that one of my daughters names is Effie and she confessed how much she loved the name when she stumbled across it.







I was impressed by the range of clothes, it’s a small collection but with dresses, tops, coats and shoes it could make a cute capsule wardrobe! The price range is good too and in keeping with the Marks and Spencers price point, with the most expensive piece being the Frances Trench at £89.50.

Of course I picked up arm fulls of clothes and headed straight over to the changing room. As a ‘petite’ but curvy person I found that a lot of the more soon to be iconic pieces such as the Harry blouse and Edna shirt just didn’t suit me and of course the trousers were a lost cause as at 5ft 2 I can only buy from the Petite section. The Frances trench sadly drowned me but I was over the moon to find that the piece I’d had my eye on straight away was a perfect fit –  the Effie skirt. Of course I was drawn to it immediately because of the name but also the shape is one that I really love.



The Effie skirt – £39.50





It is supposed to be a midi length skirt but on me it’s just above my ankles, a length that I prefer anyway!

I’ve got my eye on a few pieces to go with the skirt..

alexa Collage text

Myrtle Jumper – £29.50 Helen Trainers – £49.50

It’s a really versatile skirt that can be dressed up or dressed down and would work for both spring/summer and winter.

The range isn’t in all stores, but it is all available online and I would definitely recommend taking a look. I’ve enjoyed scrolling through Instagram looking at hashtag #archivebyalexa and seeing how people are styling pieces from the range. It definitely seems like Marks and Spencer are attracting a younger shopper without having to sell out and compete with more fast fashion styled stores.


Thank you to Marks and Spencer for inviting me to view the collection in and chose pieces from the range for the purpose of this post.

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Little corners of my home

I’ve been meaning to write this post for ages but find myself waiting for that time when the house is tidier so I can take the photos. Sadly in our house that time never seems to materialise, so I’ve just gone for it anyway. Brace yourself for a lot of ‘shelfies’!

Our living room and dining room make up my favourite space in the whole house – they are the rooms that are done completely to our taste and I think really reflect our style.


As you can see I’m a little obsessed with succulents, I think this is partly because they are so hard to kill off. Let’s just say I didn’t inherit my mum’s green fingers! I’ve bought mine from Homebase, our local garden centre and M & S. Apparently there are lots in IKEA too, but unfortunately our nearest store is about an hour away, and I know I love succulents, but that is stretching it a bit!

I find myself sitting in this little corner whenever I get the chance.


I love collecting prints for our home, and the great thing about putting them on the picture shelf is you can chop and change which you display.

Print by Dottie Rocks


I’m really happy with the girls’ bedrooms too – despite E still protesting that she’d much prefer pink walls.. and I won’t even mention the fact that they never stay tidy!

Wall shelf from This Modern Life – though it is now out of stock. We also have a similar one from H & M.


We have lots of home improvement bits still left to do – like the upstairs bathroom which is being renovated next month (hurrah!) and the flooring that needs finishing downstairs. I’m looking forward to sharing with you the progress we’ll be making with the bathroom, keep your eye out for my ‘before’ post.


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Bomber jacket trend – for mamas and minis

The Bomber jacket trend is huge this season, and I for one cannot wait to get my hands on one (or two) as the weather starts to brighten up a bit.

I’ve put together a high street edit for us mamas and our minis. I’ve chosen stores that have both Women’s ranges and children’s though it’s worth noting that the New Look range starts from age 9 (so perfect for my eldest girl).

H & M

I buy a lot for both myself and my girls so this is a great option for us. It has ranges for both my daughters’ age groups. I choose pink for my five year old (even though it’s not to my taste I know she would LOVE it) and a gorgeous satin effect mint green/ice blue for my eldest.


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MINI – Glittery bomber jacket – £14.99 (age

MAMA – Bomber jacket £29.99

MINI – Satin bomber jacket £17.99 (age



We unfortunately don’t have a Zara near us but I often buy from them online as they have lots of stylish pieces for both myself and the girls. I adore the bomber jacket in the middle and I’m not surprised it’s out of stock in all sizes. You can be notified when they are back in though, something I’m waiting for with baited breath!

zara bomber

MAMA – Oversized Bomber Jacket £49.99

MINI – Embroidered Bomber Jacket £22.99 (age 5- 14)

MAMA – Nylon Bomber Jacket £29.99



I wasn’t blown away by the choice that Next offered for Women, but I do like the kids bombers, particularly the middle green one. I can see my eldest in that one for sure.

Next bomber

MINI – Pink Quilted Bomber £26-£32 (age 3-16)

MINI – Khaki Bomber Jacket £26-£32 (age 3-16)

MAMA – Indigo Bomber Jacket £24



This is a store that I rarely went in after having the girls but I think it’s really upped it’s game recently. It has a fantastic Petite section and now that my eldest is old enough for the 915 clothes we are often in there having a look. It’s great to update your wardrobe with a few pieces for the new season. You could definitely twin with these jackets, though I don’t think older kids get quite so excited wearing the same as their mum as little ones do!! 😉

New Look bomber

MAMA – Shell Pink Sateen Bomber Jacket £29.99

MINI –  Teens Shell Pink Sateen Bomber Jacket £24.99 (age 9-15)

MINI – Teens Khaki Lightweight Bomber Jacket £24.99 (age 9-15)

MAMA – Khaki Sateen Bomber Jacket £29.99


What do you think of our choices?


Will you or your minis be rocking the bomber jacket trend this Spring?



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Back to Black Jeans

I don’t know if it’s the same for you but I find it really hard to find jeans that I love and that fit me properly. I’m 5 ft 2 (just) but don’t have the typical tiny petite figure. Let’s just politely call me curvy or even pear shaped. There’s no way I can buy jeans or trousers in the ordinary sections of stores it always has to be petite, which thankfully a lot of major shops have now. Gone are the days of my teen years where I would buy a pair of topshop jeans and fold up the ends and tape them or staple them (I know!). My poor mum was horrified by this and grab them off me to cut and hem properly. However they would never look quite right, especially if they were a boot cut style which was so popular back then as the proportions would be all wrong. So, yes, I’m so thankful that most of my favourite shops now have petite sections that carry a lot of the main styles.

Now I have a selection of black jeans that I LOVE they are worn in and fit me perfectly. The only downside is, now they are all starting to fade or have completely faded to a grey colour. I’ve not even had a few of them for very long! I could go out and buy more but I’m loathed to do this especially when I’m trying to lose some weight. I decided to try dying them. Personally, when I think of dying stuff I’m transported back to the nineties at camp tie dying t-shirts in buckets of pink or blue dye. Which for the record I was rubbish at. I had a tshirt with two tiny blobs on because I hadn’t tied the string tight enough! These days it’s much more convenient, and I managed to pick up dye kit that you use in the washing machine.

I’ll admit that I was a little dubious so I tested it with a pair of jeans that were really faded and that had been sat at the back of my wardrobe for a while. When they were done and dry I literally could not believe my eyes, they looked brand new again. So of course I hopped straight back on Amazon and ordered another lot!


Dylon Wash & Dye Black Machine Dye Fabric Large 350G

I kicked myself for not taking a before and after shot of the first set of jeans but anyway, here’s the next pair that I tried.


This is my favourite pair of jeans so I was reluctant to use them on my first try of the dye but as the first lot went so well I was happy to give these the chance to get back to black.

This dye is crazy easy to use. You empty the whole sachet in the drum along with the jeans and run it on a normal 40º wash. When it’s finished keep the jeans in the machine and add your usual detergent and run them through again. This is meant to clean the machine but I noticed remnants both times so don’t wash anything white straight after. I washed our grey towels on a hot wash just to be sure and after that there were no issues.

It’s really that easy!

machine wash dye

This pair has a whole new lease of life for a fiver and I couldn’t be happier! My thrifty mum would be so proud.


(please note that there have been reports of people getting flecks of black dye on their white laundry after using this, please make sure you read the instructions thoroughly before use.)

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Our living room and dining room makeover

When we first moved into our house nearly 6 years ago we decided to wait a little while before we did any redecorating or renovating. The idea was we’d settle in and then make decisions once we’d lived there a little bit. Unfortunately with both of us being self employed and starting new businesses we reached a point where we couldn’t justify spending money on the house. This meant that I lived with what I considered to be horrendous wallpaper, and a yucky cream carper for way more years than I expected to. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super grateful that we own our own home, something that a lot of people our age don’t have, I just wanted where we lived to be more ‘us’ and not so old people chic!

The wallpaper was textured and painted pale yellow and it had a brown border in the living room and brown floral border in the adjoining dining room. The carpet was cream and a thick pile which is lovely when new I’m sure, but horrendous to try and clean when there’s trodden in playdoh and food.. oh and potty training in those rooms – don’t even ask. I swear I could smell wee whenever I sat on the floor! Nice. I’d spend hours and hours on Pinterest pinning ideas and dreaming about what I’d do to the rooms when the time came.

I hated taking pictures of the girls in those rooms and made them stand against our white doors if ever I took a photo. It annoyed me that so many of the milestones I was capturing had such awful backgrounds! As a result of this I don’t have many photos of the rooms to share, part of me wishes that we’d taken a load just before we started renovating but I think I was so desperate to get on with it I didn’t give myself a chance to think about it! I’d spend hours and hours on Pinterest pinning ideas and dreaming about what I’d do to the rooms when the time came. Last summer we finally took the plunge and started renovating and let me tell you I rejoiced the day the wallpaper was stripped and the stinky carpet was chucked once and for all!


We stripped the layers of paper off and then got the plasterers in to sort out our very crumbly walls. After it dried and we got on with the painting I couldn’t believe the transformation. The rooms seemed so much bigger and lighter, just what I’d wanted. We decided to take out the double doors that separated the rooms and that made the alcoves in the dining room into space we could use. We even created a homework nook for the girls.

In the living room we had a gas fire with a marble style surround and hearth, which which lovely just wasn’t our style and with having central heating we just had no need for it. We decided to pull the whole thing out and get it replastered and tiled. We might get a woodburner in the future but for now I love it the way it is.

fire place Collage

We have a beautiful bay window that originally had metal blinds and dark brown curtains, these both had to go as the plaster around the windows needed re-doing. As it stands we currently have no curtains, but we’ve ordered some shutters that are due to be fitted after Christmas. I love our new ‘snuggler’ two seater sofa that goes in the bay I think it looks great next to my beloved Welsh Dresser that I inherited from my mum.


living room

I’ve really enjoyed adding little touches to our rooms, like the IKEA picture shelves so I can rotate what I display – I can rarely commit to hanging things on the wall! I also love the letter banners that I picked up at Violet and Percy, I’m a sucker for a motivational quote!

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When we first got married we bought ourselves a brand new suite from DFS and well after ten years this poor sofa and chairhad seen better days, it was one of the first things we bought as a couple and after being abused by two small children it’s looking rather sad. I’d been itching to get rid of it for a couple of years but we dug in and decided to wait until E started school. We now have my dream sofas, they are part of the French Connection collection for DFS.


There’ll be no bouncing while eating chocolate on these beauties!

I’ve loved styling these rooms and definitely think white walls are the way to go for me, a gorgeous blank canvas that will enable me to switch things up every now and again. As we add bits, like the new TV unit, and change things, like painting the dining chairs I’ll do a little update, as after all I’ll want to show you our new shutters too!

I cannot tell you how much I love spending time in these rooms, and I don’t care if that sounds a bit tragic! Having space that we’ve created and that’s so ‘us’ is just perfect.

Take a look at my pinterest boards for more room decor inspiration.

Follow Morgana’s board Dining room inspiration on Pinterest.Follow Morgana’s board Living room inspiration on Pinterest.

Thanks to Red Candy for the Umbra Trigg small wall vessells, everything else we’ve bought ourselves.

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Green People gift sets just in time for Christmas (with a giveaway!)

I’ve been a big fan of Green People, and their organic beauty and skin care products for a long time now, and not just for me but for our whole family, and if you read my former blog you’ll know that we’ve worked together a lot in the past. I’m happy to say that Green People have decided to continue working with me at my new home and we’ve got a gorgeous little pre-Christmas giveaway for you.

Green People have teamed up with the Woodland Trust and put together these special limited edition gift sets where a donation is made to the Woodland Trust with each purchase. I’ve been lucky enough to get a preview of the range and have been testing out the Hand Collection.


The Hand Care Collection contains:

Ho Wood & Red Mandarin Hand Cream (50ml)

  • Rich, non-greasy hand cream with a naturally sweet and warming aroma
  • Deeply hydrating and protects against moisture loss

Lavender & Rose Geranium Hand Cream (50ml)

  • Soothing and restorative hand cream nourishes ‘hard-working’ hands
  • Enriched with the organic essential oils from Rose Geranium and Lavender

At this time of year especially my hands need a little extra TLC and these hand creams are just what I’ve been in need of. I love the smell of Green People products, the combination of Lavendar and Rose Geranium is gorgeous but not overpowering and definitely not fake smelling like so many other brands can be.

Green People gift set

They are the perfect size to pop in your handbag, in fact I have one in mine right now, the other one lives on my dressing table.

green people gift set

There are other gorgeous sets in this collection to choose from,

The Men’s Collection

The Men’s Gift Collection contains:

Orange Peel & Clove Body Wash (100ml)

  • Nourishing SLS-free body wash that retains skin’s natural moisture
  • Vitamin-packed with an uplifting spiced citrus aroma

Peppermint & Eucalyptus Body Wash (100ml)

  • Energising and refreshing body wash with cooling minty scent
  • Yucca effectively cleanses skin without stripping its natural moisture


The Facial Collection


The Facial Care Gift Collection contains:

Rosemary & Sandalwood Facial Moisturiser (30ml)

  • Vitamin-packed organic moisturiser with a subtle Sandalwood aroma

Calendula & Geranium Facial Cleanser (30ml)

  • 2-in-1 organic cream cleanser removes all impurities and make-up

Mandarin & Bergamot Face Scrub (30ml)

  • Organic exfoliator gently removes dead skin cells and impurities for instant radiance


The Body Collection

The Body Care Gift Collection contains:

Lemongrass & Ginger Body Lotion (100ml)

  • Organic pampering lotion blended with warming Ginger and zesty Lemongrass
  • Rich in natural actives and suitable for even the most sensitive skin

Lemongrass & Ginger Body Wash (100ml)

  • SLS-free body wash creates an uplifting shower experience and locks in moisture
  • Gently and effectively cleanses the skin with stripping its natural oils


Now for your chance to your hands on one of these giftsets, whether it’s a treat for yourself or a gift for a loved one..

Just enter the giveaway below!


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Good luck!

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October’s wishlist – the 8th birthday gift guide

It’s October and well it’s actually nearly the end of October, not really sure how that happened, this means it’s nearly my eldest daughter’s 8th birthday. Normally I’m more organised than this and have her gifts sorted, but I’m finding myself woefully under prepared this year.

She’s getting a hamster as her main present, which after over a year of pestering we’ve finally been worn down, this is after she’s promised that she will do everything… lets see how long that lasts! I’m also taking her shopping and out for lunch on her birthday, she’s had a growth spurt meaning all her trousers are too short so clothes shopping is a must! As we’re away on her birthday she has to wait until we are home to get her hamster so I want to have a few little things for her to open on the day.

These are my 8th birthday gift guide ideas for my fact loving, Adventure Time obsessed, Harry Potter fan.


8th birthday gift guide 28th birthday gift guide

1 ADVENTURE TIME Deluxe Mini Figures (Pack of 6) // 2 Star Wars™ T-Shirt With Sequins

3 Black Short Dungaree Set // 4 Rockahula Silver Glitter Bow Clips

5 Harry Potter – Complete 8-Film Collection [Blu-ray] // 6 Pop Adventure Time Marceline Vinyl Figure

7 Unicorn Pen // 8 Harry Potter Colouring Book // 9 Gangsta Granny //10 BrainBox – Kings & Queens

11 Top Trumps – Adventure Time


She won’t be getting all of these from us, but there are some great ideas there and it will help with Christmas buying too!

What do you think of our 8th birthday gift guide ideas?


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Introducing byStroom for childrenswear, maternity wear and style inspiration


You know me, I love a good online shop, especially if it’s a fellow independent store, so when Danish company byStroom got in touch it was a bit of a no brainer when it came to deciding whether to work with them on a feature. They’ve recently set up a UK webshop showcasing a mix of their own brand and some well know independent labels too, including one of our favourites, Mini Rodini.

You can shop for beautiful maternity, baby, and childrens wear, as well as a few treats for mamas too. One of the first items to draw my eye were these enchanting tutus.

tutu byStroom

My girls adore them too, and they come in a rainbow of colours, so there’s one for everyone. I think my girls have their party outfits sorted for the forseeable future with these beauties! To be honest if they had it their way they would wear these tutus everyday! The byStroom Pettiskirts, as they call them, come in sizes 0-9 years and now there are super cute tiny pettishorts for babies!


tutu byStroom

tutu byStroom

tutu byStroom

What I love about this kind of skirt is that you can change it up depending on what clothes you put it with. For a fun and active party just popping it with a tshirt and boots, or even Converse is a great casual twist. For a more formal outing like a wedding these skirts can be dressed up with glittery party shoes and a delicate blouse or top.

Of course there’s lots in store for us mama’s too. They have a fantastic maternity range that I wish had been around when I was pregnant with my two. Honestly there’s so much more available these days! I particularly like this jumpsuit.

.byStroom maternity wear

Queenie jumpsuit – Black £40


It looks so comfy and would be great from the start of pregnancy right through to breast feeding as when the built-in breastfeeding function is in use the inside layer covers you so it’s simple and discreet.

They also stock a wide range of kids and ladies bags. I particularly love this gorgeous fringed suede bag, I am absolutely smitten with it and use mine all the time.

bystroom fringed bag

Perfect for all the essentials!

Go on over and take a look, you won’t be disappointed.


Thank you byStroom UK for partnering with Coffee Work Sleep Repeat.

Links – byStroom UK – webshopfacebookinstagram

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