2018 in review, my very last #LittleLoves post

I’m rather late to the party on this one, with the new year now being in full flow. I debated whether to even write this up, but I can’t let 2018 go without documenting it and sharing my very last Little Loves post. 

Now onto those wonderful little things of 2018, grab a cuppa (or a glass, depending on the time of day..!) and have a read.

read

Looking back I definitely didn’t managed to read the number of books that I did in 2017. Though I did reach my goal of at least one a month and I hope to continue that this year. Have you read any of these?

normal people sally rooney
Possibly my favourite book of 2018
watched

Films

Black Panther, Solo, Oceans 8, There are so many more but I can’t remember them!

As for TV programmes a few of my favourites would be…

Netflix

OITNB, The Good Place, The Sinner, Mind Hunter, Queer Eye, Schitt’s Creek

TV (and Sky)

The Bodyguard, Save Me

Amazon

The Office (US) The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

MAde
cws creatives meet up

2018 saw the end of Little and Fierce and the start of CWS Community and my new social media coaching business

I’ve never been very good with this category, don’t get me wrong I love clothes and putting together outfits, I’m just no good at photographing them! Here are a few I did manage.. or I got Robyn to take!

heard

Spotify has put together a playlist of my most listened to tracks, and it’s rather an eclectic mix! You can tell that my youngest daughter shares my account..

and lastly

A huge thank you to everyone that has ever read or linked up with Little Loves over the past few years. It’s been a huge part of my blogging journey and I’m so grateful that I’ve got so many posts documenting the little things I’ve loved each week and month.

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November LittleLoves

What a jam packed month! I think it’s been one of my busiest work months to date. Whilst I am extremely grateful for it I’m also relieved that December will be, purposefully, quieter work wise giving me time to plan for next year, oh and get ready for Christmas. I think I’m the least prepared for the festive season this year than ever before. I’m trying not to stress about it and break it into small tasks, I’m sure it will all get done in time…!

Without further ado lets get onto the wonderful little things from this month, go on grab a cuppa (or a glass, depending on the time of day..!) and have a read.

 

 

  read 

I finally got my hands on a copy of fellow blogger, Alice’s book, The Back Up Plan. Alice’s blog, More Than Toast, is one of the first that I read all those years ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’m lucky enough to call Alice a bloggy friend after meeting up a few times in ‘real life’. Now as for her book, I hardly put it down after buying it on Friday evening and then finishing it up on Sunday! Alice shares about the break down of her marriage and how she navigated her way through it with two children under two. It’s not a self help book, but rather a memoir and it will have you feeling inspired by all she’s achieved since.

I’ve got two super inspiring books on the go at the moment, Brene Brown’s, Daring to Lead and Viv Groskrop’s How to Own the Room. I LOVE both and recommend them, even though I haven’t finished either yet!

 

 

watched

You’ll probably have picked up by now that I’m a bit of a Brene Brown fan girl, so why it’s taken me this long to get around to watching her Ted Talks I don’t know! I find her research and insights absolutely fascinating and wish I could download it all straight into my brain!

 

A list of my absolute favourites from this month 

Netflix – House of Card, OITNB

TV – Say Yes to The Dress (my daughters’ new obsession!), Dynasties

Prime – The Office (US version)

Films -My Best Friends Wedding, Fantastic Beasts – the Crimes of Grindlewald

 

 

 

 

MAde

I don’t really do much baking these days, but some over ripe bananas were calling out to me the other week, so after a quick google I found a recipe for clean(ish) banana oat muffins. It was a super easy recipe and they were yummy! Here’s the link – https://cookieandkate.com/2015/healthy-banana-muffins-recipe/

 

 

 

I am all about comfort these days, so when the lovely folks at Royce Lingerie asked if I wanted to try their bras, all non-wired, I jumped at the chance. I really like tshirt style bras but often plumped for underwire ones, but after recently reading so much online about how they can be linked with health concerns** I was keen to try non-wired. Historically wire free bras haven’t been the most aesthetically pleasing. I know post-mastectomy my mum massively struggled to find ones that were suitable AND were something a thirty-something/forty-something would wear. I was pleasantly surprised by the ranges on offer on the Royce website and found a bra in their ‘comfort bra’ section that I liked, it’s also suitable for post-surgery. I have worn it so much since it arrived! So much so that I’m going to order a couple more. It is comfortable AND makes my boobs look nice both just with the bra and under a tshirt. It doesn’t make them look a weird shape, which I found others that I’ve tried from different brands in the past, and it’s really comfortable. I’ve got one of their sports bras too and it’s the best I’ve ever had. It feels really supportive and theres no jiggling when I jump around. I absolutely love it when I’m gifted something that I love – the review writes itself!

 

 

 

heard

My Tom Misch obsession is still going strong!

Podcasts
What She Said, Lucy Lucraft – S3 E14: ON THE ETHICS OF COACHING WITH SAS PETHERICK // SELF-DOUBT COACH 

Grow With Soul, Kayte Ferris – Ep.20: Getting Your First Client and Acquisition Strategies  

The Liturgists – Christian, part 4 of their series in discussing what it means to different individuals to be a ‘Christian’ and if they self identify as one

 

and lastly

I wanted to let you know that as of January next year Little Loves will be having a new home and host , Anna-Marie of Mummy Hearts You. Anna Marie has been joining in with and supporting Little Loves for years and I know that she is just the right person to take it on and give the love and time to it that I’ve not been managing to do. I’ll be hosting until the end of the year until Anna-Marie takes the reins for 2019 onwards when it will also revert back to being weekly.

 

 

Have a fantastic week (and month ahead)!

 

 

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October LittleLoves

The astute among you, (ie all of you!) will notice that this Little Loves post is a few days late, for the first time ever I might add. I blame a busy month.. and thinking that it was next week! 

Without further ado lets get onto the wonderful little things from this month, go on grab a cuppa (or a glass, depending on the time of day..!) and have a read.

 

 

  read 

This month I got my hands on a copy of Normal People by Sally Rooney*

normal people sally rooney

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely be ordering her debut novel, Conversations With Friends.

 

 

watched

Stacey Dooley Investigates, Fashion’s Dirtiest Secrets

I’ve been conscious of the darker side of the fast fashion industry in relation to the treatment of factory workers but had such little consideration for the environmental impact of it. I’m not just talking about clothes that are worn once and end up in land fill, Stacey highlights the amount of water needed to produce cotton, so much so that a whole sea dried out when its water was diverted to factories. Not to mention the waste being pumped into village water supplies. It’s challenged me, yet again, to be more careful with where I spend my money and what I spend it on.

Watch it here

A list of my absolute favourites from this month 

Netflix – season 2 of Great News. Tina Fey guest starring is genius and take this season up a gear.

TV – Informer, available on iplayer. Lots of people have been talking about The Cry but I actually preferred this BBC drama. It’s gritty, got to love Paddy Constantine, you know it’s going to be a gritty drama if he’s in it!

Films -Big! Remember this late 80s classic? I introduced my girls to this gem of a film with a young Tom Hanks playing a 12 year old boy turned into an adult overnight after making a wish on a fairground arcade game.

Over half term this past week I took my kids to a brand new roller rink in our city and they had an absolute ball. Despite some nervous wobbles and bruised bottoms they ended up skating for nearly three hours! It was so much fun watching them build in skills and confidence and most of all have so much fun.

 

 

 

 

MAde

I am the queen of baking when it comes to short cuts and little cheats. I’d love to be someone that spends hours in the kitchen creating culinary feasts but I’ve faced up to the fact that it’s just not me. For the times I feel like I want to do something a little more hands on in the kitchen I love using ready made dough from The Northern Dough Co. You don’t have to only make pizza with it, oh no, I followed their directions for making dough sticks and we had them with a pot of steaming chilli the other night. So yummy! And a great little cheat.

 

 

I’ve finally got myself a pair of Lucy & Yak dungarees! After months of umming and aahing and generally being indecisive I chose a pair of their ‘The Organic Original’ Corduroy Dungarees in Sailor Blue. I love the company’s commitment to being ethical and environmentally aware, you can read more about that here – Our Ethics.

Being 5ft 3 and a little curvy I bought mine in size M, length 30 and they are such a good fit.

They are the comfiest item of clothing I’ve ever worn and it’s going to be a struggle not reaching for them everyday!

 

 

heard

When my head is busy and I feel overwhelmed I find I gravitate mare to classical music to help me chill out. I actually think that’s a recognisable stage of getting old, don’t you? Next I’ll be saying pop music is just noise…. *cough*

 

 

 

 

and lastly

I wanted to let you know that as of January next year Little Loves will be having a new home and host , Anna-Marie of Mummy Hearts You. Anna Marie has been joining in with and supporting Little Loves for years and I know that she is just the right person to take it on and give the love and time to it that I’ve not been managing to do. I’ll be hosting until the end of the year until Anna-Marie takes the reins for 2019 onwards when it will also revert back to being weekly.

 

 

Have a fantastic week (and month ahead)!

 

 

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September Little Loves

The back to school and back to routine month of September was met with great enthusiasm from me.. but I fear it’s ending with me dreaming of the lazy summer days! I think I’d forgotten just how busy our term time lives are. I honestly feel like I’ve not stopped all month! I’m not complaining though as most of what we do are things we’ve chosen to do or chosen to support our children in. It’s been a month of big changes for us too with my husband setting up his own business and me fully focusing on Coffee Work Sleep Creatives and my social media coaching. This all goes some way to explaining why this blog has been quieter than usual and why this post is going up late!

Without further ado lets get onto the wonderful little things from this month, go on grab a cuppa (or a glass, depending on the time of day..!) and have a read.

 

 

  read 

 

I’m part way through a few books at the moment, with one in a bag for when I have a spare moment out and about, one on my bedside table and another in the living room. Ali Smith’s Autumn* is currently on my bedside table and I’ve only read a couple of chapters through rather bleary tired eyes. I’ve got a quieter day tomorrow so I’m hoping to get the chance to curl up with it and properly get going with it. Another book, the one in my bag, is Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race*, and I’m finding it such a eye opening book. I know a fair bit about Black American history but that opening chapters of Reni Eddo-Lodge’s book have made me realise how little I really know about UK Black history, even events that happened in my lifetime.

 

watched

A list of my absolute favourites from this month 

Netflix – Ozarks

TV – Killing Eve

Films – Sierra Burgess is a Loser

Theatre –  Matilda The Musical

It was just as fantastic as I had expected it to be, and both my children loved it. Worth the stressful Manchester city centre driving and the very late school night!

 

 

MAde

On Wednesday I had my September Meet Up event for Coffee Work Sleep Creatives, it was the biggest one yet and completely sold out, so I was a little nervous on the run up to it. I shouldn’t have been though, it went so well and I’ve had nothing but positive feedback. I’m so proud that everyone that comes along appreciates the vibe and just seems to get it. It makes all my hard work behind the scenes so worth it. We are super informal and there’s no pressure to speak in front of anyone, in fact you can speak to as many people as you want to. The aim is to get to know other local business owners to make useful contacts for work or collabs but mostly be surrounded my other people that just get what it was that we do as indie business owners.

These gorgeous photos from our event were taken by Liesa Jane Photography

 

 

 

 

A couple of little selfies for this section as I feel like I still haven’t mastered being confident in front of a camera on a tripod.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I still haven’t gone back for this River Island dress! Fingers crossed I can squeeze in a shopping trip next week. I did, however, get my hands on this much wanted Joanie Clothing Bronte Readers Club sweatshirt! I have the original colour way but when they released this one I wanted it so bad but couldn’t justify it. I was super excited when I won one in their Instagram comp the other week. It’s so comfy and is me down to the ground. FYI if you order one then definitely size up.

 

heard

I finally got to live the dream of seeing Incubus live! They have been one of my favourite bands since I was 17 so it’s been a long time coming. We actually had tickets to see them when I was pregnant when my eldest girl but they ended up rescheduling the gig and it was too close to my due date for me to go. Getting to see them in a smaller venue like the Manchester Apollo was so good, I much prefer it as a venue to big arena concerts.

 

They, unsurprisingly, didn’t play the song we had for our first dance as it’s a little known album track, but I thought I’d share it here anyway.

Another band that’s been on repeat this month for me is the Mercury prize winning Wolf Alice

 

 

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My August Little Loves

What a month, it’s hard to know where to begin! It’s been a juggle of work and spending time with my daughters, but I think we’ve done pretty well and certainly made a lot of memories. The glorious weather didn’t stick around for long into August, did it? No matter, we are pros at grey and rainy British summers now! We’ve taken day trips, had pajama days, been on a mini break to North Wales and so much more.

Without further ado lets get onto the wonderful little things from this month, go on grab a cuppa (or a glass, depending on the time of day..!) and have a read.

 

 

  read 

Playing Big by Tara Mohr

This book is one of those life changing reads, the kind where you want to underline so much and wish you could just absorb the wisdom via osmosis. It’s a book I will keep coming back to that’s for sure. If your inner critic likes to run the show or you just want guidance on how to make most out of your career then you need this book in your life.

The Party by Elizabeth Day

I actually read a novel! Woo! And this one was devoured in two days. I love literary novels that are character driven but not at the expense of the story, and this one had me feeling like I knew the people, like I was watching the whole thing unfolding. Fantastic. Definitely going to order her other books.

 I’ve also stumbled across Morgan Harper Nichols and her beautiful quotes via Pinterest.  

 

 

 

 

 

watched

surf snowdonia wales

We had a mini break in North Wales where of course we just had to have another trip to Surf Snowdonia. It’s a wave garden which generates the perfect waves for learners and pros, my kids and husband all had lessons and were fab. You can read about our stay there last year – Learning to surf at Surf Snowdonia

Netflix – Orange Is The New Black (the latest season and now I’m starting from the beginning again with my husband!)

Prime – Unreal (the latest season is on fire!)

TV – Bodyguard (BBC1 Sunday 9pm) From the team behind Line of Duty, so you know it’s going to be unmissable TV

Films – The Incredibles 2,  A Quiet Place

 

 

MAde

There’s a country lane that runs behind our estate with hedges full of brambles, we picked a huge tubful of blackberries, perfect for homemade blackberry and apple crumble, yum. 

 

 

 

You know me, I’m rubbish when it comes to getting outfit shots. 

I’ve lived in my Birkenstocks and my yellow mac, and of course various outfits too!

What I’m really excited for though is the change from summer clothes to autumn (don’t hate me). I love the darker colours, the layers, boots and tights, so I’ve been excitedly pinning ideas

 

 

heard

I love a good podcast, and I’ve managed to put together a list of all my favourites and also recommend episodes to listen to.

Click below to have a look (and a listen)

 

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Moses Sumney, Doomed – This track is in the last episode of the latest OITNB and it hit me so hard. The scene is incredibly emotive and this song is perfect. 

 

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July’s #LittleLoves

This month saw the end of term busyness and the sigh of relief (mixed with a little panic) of the summer holidays beginning. We’ve had sports days, training events, a swimming gala, a secondary school opening evening and so much more. I enjoyed taking this time while writing my post to reflect over the month, remembering the things we’ve done and how we felt.

Without further ado lets get onto the wonderful little things from this MONTH, oh it still feels weird saying that after being weekly for so long, go on grab a cuppa (or a glass, depending on the time of day..!) and have a read.

 

 

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Books

   

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown*

I wish I could just download everything Brene Brown has ever written straight to my brain. This lady is so wise and has done her research meaning her books are the kind of books that make you want to nudge a stranger sat next to you imploring them to read what you’ve just read. Or read bits aloud to your disinterested husband!

The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett*

I thought this was going to be a thriller when I first looked at it in the bookshop, it’s not, but it was a good read. The characters were well written and you become intrigued by the new neighbours just as the protagonist is.

Don’t Read This Book – Time Management for Creative People by Donald Roos

I’ve dipped in and out of this book, but I plan to set aside time to read it properly in the next few weeks.

Blog posts 

Just a few varied favourites from the last few weeks, do have a click and check them out.

How to Be More Minimalist When You Love Stuff  – Kerry Villers 

The Creative Entrepreneur’s Guide To Lead Gen – Fiona Humberstone 

My Friend Kate #bemorewitwitwoo – Mostly Yummy

Has Spending Less Time On My Phone Radically Changed My Life? – Inside, Outside and Beyond

 

watched

We’ve had two Sports Days, swimming galas and all sorts relating to the children this month, I think that June gets busier with that kind of thing ever year!

Netflix

Good Girls

Starring Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Retta (Parks and Recreation) and Mae Whitman (The Duff) as three suburban mothers facing financial difficulties who find themselves risking it all to provide for their families. If you liked Breaking Bad then I’d give this one a try.

Prime

Dietland

Plum Kettle is a ghostwriter for the editor of one of New York’s hottest fashion magazines. Struggling with self-image and fed up with how she’s treated by her boss and society, Plum sets out on a wildly complicated road to self-awakening. At the same time, everyone is buzzing over news reports about men, accused of sexual abuse and assault, who are disappearing and meeting untimely, violent deaths.

The feminist narrative is strong in this one! A disturbing watch at times but lots of valid points being made.

 

TV

Love Island

OBVIOUSLY!
I blame Love Island for my lack of social life and blogging! When 9pm rolls around I’m on the sofa in my pajamas with wine/gin and snacks! Just a few days left to go now, Jack and Dani are the obvious winners, right?

Films

Mamma Mia Here We Go Again

I took the girls to the cinema after they broke up from school last Friday, it’s something that’s become a little tradition for us. They chose the new Mamma Mia film, which was no surprise considering just how much they loved the first one. If you do fully expecting a slightly contrived plot, a whole lot of cheese and of course belting Abba numbers then you will not be disappointed. We loved it! The only thing I will say is that towards the end there is a scene that threw me and I got super emotional. If you’ve lost your mum or the mother daughter relationship is a touhg one for you then this is a little heads up.

While looking through trailers to share I came across this interview and loved the editing so decided to share it instead – 

 

 

 

MAde

So the time has come to start making choices about which secondary school we’d like our eldest daughter to go to. We went to an open day for one the other week and have another planned for September. I can’t quite believe that we are at that stage of life already.

I’m a planner, not a rigid one, but I like to have some sort of plan in place for the holidays. When the girls were little I was a lot more structured, for me it was the only way I could face 6 long weeks with a one year old and a four year old, no car and very little money! I know planning isn’t for everyone but if you need a little structure and balance I’ve put together these printable planners you can download for free – here

Earlier this month I shared my Petite Picks for Summer

 

I’ve also shared about my love of Gold Minimal Jewellery

And my new Jack and Freda tassel earrings

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heard

Earlier this month we went to hear Rob Bell talk for his UK leg of the Holy Shift Tour. He is such an engaging speaker, I was literally on the edge of my seat for nearly two hours that he spoke. He’s quite a controversial person in more conservative Christian circles, but I find him so refreshing and he so often puts into words the ideas that I mull over in my head.

 

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June’s Little Loves – dancing to John Mayer, making memories and the Fab 5

June, you have been a scorcher of a month! And a very busy one at that. Kicking off with half term and then a busy few weeks of work and family fun too. I’ve loved scrolling back through the photos on my phone to remind me of all that we’ve done.

 

Right, lets get onto the wonderful little things from this MONTH, oh it still feels weird saying that after being weekly for so long, grab a cuppa (or a glass, depending on the time of day..!) and have a read.

 

 

  read 

What I really do love about doing this post monthly now is that I actually have content to share for this section! I can do a lot more reading in a month than in a week.

Books

It’s been quite a good reading month for me, though I think it was given a good boost from reading during travelling at half term.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

After reading Little Fires Everywhere I moved swiftly onto Celeste Ng’s first book and loved it just as much as the other one.

What Alice Forgot by Lianne Moriarty

Lianne Moriarty’s books are perfect for me when I want to read something that I know is going to be good and well written but also won’t require too much concentration or thought! I really enjoyed this one, I think it’s one of my favourites of hers so far.

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

I’ve borrowed this one from a friend and I’m excited to properly get into it as Brene really does speak so much sense and I find all her research studies fascinating.

The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett

Now, I’ve just started this one after hearing some good things about it and I’m definitely intrigued by it. I’ll let you know more in next month’s Little Loves!

Blog posts 

Just a few varied favourites from the last few weeks, do have a click and check them out.

Simple and Season – Why People Engage Less With Sponsored Content and What We Can Do About It

Molly’s Always Right – Body Confidence is Not Just For Bigger People

Maybush Studio – 5 Messages From Blogtacular That Every Creative Needs To Hear

 

 

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Netflix

Queer Eye season 2 

I LOVE Queer Eye, I even watched it’s first incarnation way back when makeover series were all the rage. You don’t need to have seen the early 00s one or even to have enjoyed it to watch the Netflix ones. The premise is 5 gay guys each specialising in a certain area of life – style, food, home style, grooming, confidence building/life coaching and they work with an individual that has been nominated by a friend or family member. It is emosh. I have cried buckets over most of the episodes from season one and season two. The transformations from the inside out are incredible. It is a programme with such an enormous heart.

TV

Love Island

OBVIOUSLY!

I blame Love Island for my lack of social life and blogging! When 9pm rolls around I’m on the sofa in my pajamas with wine/gin and snacks! It has been full of drama, this week especially and am loving it!

Films

We’ve had a few trips to the cinema this month  – Jurassic World, Solo and Oceans 8. The huge bonus to your children getting older is the kind of films you can go and watch. No more Peppa Pig for us!

 

 

 

MAde

Memories!

You can catch up with what we got up to in half term – which feels like forever ago now btw – by having a look through this post, A Little Bit Of Life Lately – The Half Term Roadtrip

 

The choice to give blood

 I’m rather ashamed to admit that I’ve never given blood before. I could rattle off a whole load of excuses, babies, piercings, a tattoo, but really I’ve actually been really scared at the prospect of doing it. My husband donates regularly and I always feel a pang of guilt whenever he’s been. It’s something I want to do and feel more people should so when I’d ran out of reasons not to I plucked up the courage to register. My date came through and it was months away to I forgot about it. Then the day came and I was rather nervous, to put it mildly! I’ve not had the best experiences of having blood taken – one of which includes an excruciating botched attempt by a midwife that still makes my toes curl at the thought of it! I need not have worried though, the staff were all helpful and really understanding of my nerves. I can hand on heart say it was not traumatising in the slightest, in fact I felt rather guilty for making such a huge deal of it! I also love that you get a text telling you when your blood has been used and which hospital. So if you’re on the fence about donating, please do go for it, it’s not that scary and you will save someone’s life in doing so.

 

I wrote a few months back about embracing a more simple style, and this definitely carries on into summer. Anything that’s loose fitting, a easy to chuck on gets my vote every time! This denim dress is one of those options for me.

This photo was taken by Robyn on a mini photo shoot we did this week, I’ll be sharing more in a blog post next week.

Here are a few more summer pieces I have my eye on..

ASOS PETITE Plisse Short in Spot Print with Lace Hem
TOPSHOP PETITE Square Neck Jumpsuit
TOPSHOP PETITE Lola Duster Coat
TOPSHOP PETITE Black Spot Pinafore Dress
Petite Nude Button Front Boxy Shirt
New Look Petite Button Through Playsuit
Boohoo Petite Denim Jacket
ASOS DESIGN Petite easy spot tie waist culotte
ASOS DESIGN Petite linen button through maxi dress in stripe
ASOS DESIGN Petite off shoulder popper front midi dress in rib
ASOS DESIGN Petite maxi skirt with button front and split detail
ASOS DESIGN Petite wrap jacquard midi skirt in mixed floral and spot print
ASOS DESIGN Petite tab back drape hareem maxi dress
ASOS DESIGN Petite Pocket Stripe T-Shirt With Contrast Binding
ASOS DESIGN Petite Deep V Strap Back Jumpsuit
ASOS Petite | Design Ditsy print maxi dress
ASOS Petite floral maxi dress

 

heard

I’ve had a really eclectic month music wise, but my stand out track has to be John Mayer’s latest release. If you follow me on Insta you’ll have come across this one on my Stories a few times. The video cracks me up! 

 

and lastly

So that was a whistle stop tour of June, of course I couldn’t cram everything I’ve loved from this month in but I think I’ve hit a few good highlights.  July will bring with it the end of the school year and the start of the school holidays – eek! I really must get planning for the holidays, I’ve not even booked any child care. For now though we’ve got a swimming gala this weekend (surprise surprise!) though this is one that BOTH girls and Daddy will be competing in! I’ll be chief cheerleader and towel holder. We’ve also got a charity dinner on Saturday night for the Message Trust which I’m really looking forward to.

 

 

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

 

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