Summer dreaming with Evans Clothing

Summer, it feels like it’s on its way! The sun is starting to make more of an appearance but we’re in a lockdown. And as we’re in lockdown it feels a little sad. No trips to the beach, no long park walks, but just because we’re in doesn’t mean we can’t be home in style does it? And let’s hope that by the time it gets to July or August we’ll be able to go out a little more and enjoy it a little more, as much as is safe to do so anyway! And I’m going to be honest, every season I never splash out. I stick to key pieces and try to mix and match as much as I can with old season. This year I’m definitely trying to be more conscious with how much I spend on fashion and I’ve been trying to be more conscious of how much I receive too.

So when Evans contacted me and asked if me if wanted to receive some new pieces for summer, I thought about what I was missing in my summer wardrobe and I made the decision to get some gorgeous timeless key pieces, that I could wear year after year. I’ve actually got a couple of pieces still that were gifted a couple of years ago that I wear all the time! Just for clarification all items in this blog were gifted, however I chose all of them and styled all of them myself, so they really are what I’d buy myself if I wasn’t so kindly gifted them.

First up what did I pick? A must have for summer attire – sandals, and probably the one item I do like to treat myself new to each summer. And I just could not resist these Flatform Espadrilles. We all need those oh so comfy shoes for summer that are also right on trend. I always try to add a pop of colour when it comes to footwear, mainly because I love them to be versatile. To go with jeans, shorts, a dress a skirt! Not just the one outfit. And I need them to be comfy, which is why a flatform is the perfect option. I love yellow, a real blast of colour that compliments so many other colours beautifully. I received these sandals in a size 7EEE and as someone who has wide feet these were a great fit, no rubbing and plenty of adjustment on the back clasp. They’re available from a size 4EEE to a 10EEE, so a really great size range for if you’ve got wider feet. 

So what outfit did I pair these with? Every single one! Next up on the key piece list is this gorgeous dress, a gorgeous, midi stretch, pleated dress. This dress is such a winner for Spring/ Summer. On trend, but also timeless, who doesn’t love an abstract polka dot? And the Navy colour is just so lovely. I also love a dress with a tie waist, shows off the waist perfectly whilst being airy and flattering showing off your gorgeous silhouette! The material of this dress is lovely, very lightweight and easy to move around in, a great dress for popping the trainers on and running around the park after little one or popping a pair of heels on for date night or girls night, but let’s wait until lockdown is over. For right now it’s perfect for garden attire and looking beaut for the essentials Sainsburys shop! I received this dress in a size 18 and it’s a perfect fit, really comfortable not too tight. This dress is available from a size 14-32 so a great range for us plus size babes. 

Next up, a vest. A vest you say? Never underestimate the power of a pretty vest top. A paisley blue and white is a classic and again a key piece that will go year after year! This one for me when it arrived was a little long, I think I’m a little short in the body with longer legs! So I styled it by cropping it up with a tie knot style. However if you want a little more coverage over the belly area it’s very lightweight and not clingy at all. I actually chose a size 16 for this one and after receiving it I think it does run big, especially as being a fuller busted size 18 woman the fit was lovely in a size 16. This vest runs from a size 14-32 so again a great size range. 

I paired this top with this lovely maxi skirt, this maxi skirt is 100% something that I would’ve never really chosen a few years ago, but since gaining confidence in myself I knew it would look great with this vest. It is that stretch material so it is a bit clingy, but for me I love it. I used to be so worried about visible belly line but now I know it’s just normal I’m embracing it! But if you’d rather have that extra coverage then I’d maybe size up. I received this in a size 18 and like I said it’s a great fit if you’re looking for that figure hugging shape. It’s available from a size 14-26/28 and is such a great piece for the warmer months and for now, so comfortable for lounging around in whilst we’re in! I paired this again with the gorgeous yellow sandals. There’s something about blue and yellow that I just love together! 

The last two items I chose were must haves. I love love love a kimono! They’re a great item to have for colder summer nights or covering up during the day. Again super versatile and timeless. Perfect for over a bikini or paired with jeans and heels, or in this case the sandals again! I couldn’t decide on which print or colour to get which is why I chose two. Two very beautiful kimonos but different. The first one a lovely floral vibrant red kimono, maxi length and a really lightweight chiffon feel. I love the patchwork print, really on trend, and so pretty. The second kimono has a slightly different look although another patchwork print but with a contrast of lovely blue and green colours and a touch of sparkle in the dashed gold stitch. This one has a more cottony feel so better for chillier evenings and nights out! I received both of these kimonos in a size 18/20 and they were both a lovely fit. Plenty of arm room and a both a lovely length. These are both available from a size 14/16 to 30/32 so again a really great range.

So there we have it. 5 key pieces (6 for both kimonos I just couldn’t choose!) that I’ll be mixing and matching and styling up with last seasons summer wear this year. Adding pops of colour and just a few new prints into your wardrobe can really make a difference and add that up to date trend into your summer wardrobe. I used to believe each season you needed a whole updated wardrobe! But with trying to be more sustainable and more environmentally conscious, I think we all need to do our little bit and focusing on key items is definitely something I want to be more conscious of, it may not be a massive help but it’s a small something. I’ve linked all the items below to Evans for each piece if you want to take a browse or give yourself a little pre-summer treat! So tell me in the comments, what’s your go to key piece for summer? X

EXTRA WIDE FIT Yellow Flatform Espadrilles

Navy Blue Spot Print Pleated Dress

Blue Floral Print Vest

Navy Blue Maxi Skirt

Red Floral Print Patchwork Kimono

Blue Multicoloured Patchwork Print Sparkle Kimono

Making the most of Paradise, in Costa Del My Garden.

Okay so paradise? Well it’s not quite is it. The world at a bit of a standstill, all holidays postponed, no trips to the coast, and no leaving the house. You could say it’s the worst holiday ever?! Because it’s not actually a holiday is it. It’s a lockdown in a pandemic. It’s actually very serious and very scary and honestly my way of coping whilst knowing I have a high risk child to this awful virus, is by trying. Trying to make the best of it all, whilst outside the world is a pretty scary place. How to make the best of a bad situation? Stay home, and pretend you are on a bit of an odd holiday, well a bit of a crap holiday, where the all inclusive runs out of stuff and the the pool is the 3ft wide paddling pool made for a toddler because you ordered the wrong one. At least there’s the sun?! Oh wait it’s the UK. And although the sun has made an appearance we’re hardly in Marbella are we babes?

We can all dream right, we can fake it until we make it right? Well that’s exactly what I’m doing. Costal Del Garden anyone? And I’ve never been so happy to have the little square of grass we do. It’s my happy place. So when I was contacted a little while back and asked if I’d like to receive a couple of pieces of pieces from Figleaves I’ll be honest and say that I thought I’d be getting more instagramable photos than I did. I thought she’d be getting a run to the beach, a swim in the sea, a dinner out paired with a beautiful skirt on a Spanish island! But that didn’t quite happen. And whilst we’re all staying in and staying safe at this very uncertain and uneasy time, I thought I’d bring this review to you from the comfort of my own home and garden. As that’s the only outing she’ll be getting in a while! 

So who is she?!? Today on the blog I am bringing you Paradise Island Swimsuit by Figleaves. Now as you may have seen a couple of blog posts back it was my first time trying Figleaves own collection lingerie, so now it’s my first time trying Figleaves own collection swimwear! Firstly the print, come on it screams summer! Beaches, tropicals, florals, what more could you want? I love how bright and flamboyant it is and the style is just beautiful.

Usually with fuller busted swimwear there’s a compromise on style for fit, but with this it’s a great all rounder! I love the cut out side details, it really emphasises your curves and adds on trend style to the swimsuit. I’m usually more of a bikini girl but this swimsuit is pretty much all I’ve worn recently as garden attire. Comfortable, so pretty and goes amazingly with a pair of shorts! Such a versatile piece as it can be incredible on its own or paired with a skirt or jeans for an on holiday brunch or bar dinner. This gorgeous print is also available in a bikini and a bandeau swimsuit if that’s more of your style.

This swimsuit is available in a size 30F to 38G a good fuller bust range but again would love to see it available in larger cup and bust sizes. I received mine in a size 36GG and the fit was perfect, no digging in, plenty of stretch and no bulging on the cups. The swimsuit is non padded (which I love!) and has the black waistline band and plunge neckline to really show off those curves! With tummy control technology if you’re a little conscious of that area it’s really a lovely fit. With a clip back, adjustable straps and underwired cups you really do get the all round bust support us fuller busted babes need in a cossie! And at the reasonable price of £55 it really is value for the quality you get. But with quality comes care, make sure you always hand wash your underwrited lingerie and swimwear as the washing machine loves to ruin them!

This piece for me really is a classic, it’s timeless and would be a great holiday piece. At the pool, at the beach, running after little ones by the sea, or paired with killer heels at an Ibiza pool party! Okay okay, so we can all dream, but for now the only action she’s getting with me is in the garden! So if this is one for your holiday wish list I’ve popped the link below. So tell me where is your post lockdown dream location? I’d love to know! x 

Figleaves Paradise Cut out Swimsuit

Slaying at home in Pour Moi.

We’re Nearly a month into lockdown, the joggers, the pyjamas, all the comfy clothes! But is anyone feeling like they just want to dress up? Put those lashes on and a touch of lippy and just feel a little more va va voom? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, do you know what really empowers me? For me, it’s underwear. Like proper raunchy underwear, pretty underwear, beautiful quality underwear, treating your body to something truly beautiful. Not for anyone else but for me!

So when I was asked if I’d like to be gifted a set from Pour Moi I couldn’t wait to try it! I’ve tried Pour Moi a couple of years ago and found the fit really true to size. However what I tried back then was one of their basics sets, so beautiful but not quite like this…And this? Well today on the blog I bring you a piece from Pour Moi’s Contradiction collection. The more sultry side of Pour Moi, the naughtier side, the more sexy, maybe not for day to day collection.

So which item did I pick? I picked the Contradiction bodysuit, it just took my eye and I was so in love with all of the beautiful details! I’m obsessed with a harness style bra too so I just knew this was the one for me. So what did I think when it arrived? It was just as beautiful as the picture online, only I loved it even more! Firstly the fit, I received mine in a size 36G, usually I’m between a 36G and H but as this bodysuit only went up to a G cup I thought I’d give it a try. And actually it’s surprisingly very generous, I didn’t realise until I received it that it has thin padding across the bottom of the cup, and usually with padded cups I have to size up but with this I had no issues, and no spillage which was great.

This bodysuit runs from a size 32B to a 38G so a good size range for a mixed range of busts, but as it’s such a stunning body suit I’d love to see it available in a wider range of smaller sizes as well as larger sizes, in the bust sizings and the cups. So the details? I’m a massive lover of lace, and the lace cup panels and lace Brazilian brief style is truly stunning and adds so much beauty to this bodysuit.

I’ve also touched on the harness style around the top of the bust, it has a sliding clasp for that extra glam touch and the line detail that separates the panels adds a real sultry feel, especially next to the sheer panels! I always love a bodysuit for if you want to feel sexy but aren’t in the mood for showing off too much skin!

The actual construction of this bodysuit is of such a Hugh quality too. With adjustable straps, poppers at the bottom of the briefs and a three clasp back for the bust. This bodysuit was made to accentuate curves and to really show off your figure with elasticated design to stretch with your curves, it’s a piece that’s definitely made to be seen.

This Contradiction body suit is currently priced on Pour Moi’s site at £45 which I think really reflects the quality. It’s a piece that you don’t mind paying a little more for as it’s just so beautiful in style and construction. As always I’ve linked this piece below, as well as the link for the Contradiction collection from Pour Moi. So although we’re staying inside will you be slaying inside?

Pour Moi Contradiction Body Suit

Pour Moi Contradiction Collection

Simply chill, relax and take a sip with Sipling Beverage Company.

Gin and Tonic. The G to my T is a much enjoyed beverage in my house on a weekendly basis. There’s nothing I love more to finish the week with than a cheeky beverage. I’m actually quite mindful of what I drink and how much I drink, mainly because I find alcohol isn’t the best for my mental health and let’s be honest no one likes a hangover! So I keep sober Sunday to Thursday and then on a Friday and Saturday I love a G&T treat.

But what if I were to tell you that there’s another option? I mean we all know about the usual soft drink favourites, juices, fizzys and honestly, lemonade in my opinion is highly under-rated. But what if you wanted that refreshing cocktail taste without the alcohol? Well today I’m introducing to the blog the Sipling Beverage Company.

When they reached out to me and asked if I’d like to receive some of their products I couldn’t wait to try! Especially as they do a non-alcoholic version of my favourite – the G&T! I was very kindly sent a box of three non-alcoholic cocktails. Firstly the case they arrived in, I have to talk about this as it is so beautiful, a wooden box with the Sipling logo carved in the top and a golden clasp. So beautiful, and a perfect edition to my kitchen drinks display.

Sipling Beverage Company do a variety of six different non-alcoholic cocktails – Gin and Tonic, Mojito, Old Cuban, Bellini, Rum and Cola and Moscow Mule. I received in my taster case, the Gin and Tonic, the Mojito and the Old Cuban. 

So what did I think? Firstly the G&T, for me it tasted like a single gin and tonic, not bitter at all but filled with beautiful botanicals and actually so much more refreshing than an actual gin and tonic. The flavours were beautiful and accompanied with ice and lemon was a perfect beverage for an afternoon in the sun, and as it was national Gin and Tonic day in the America yesterday it seemed like a perfect opportunity to enjoy it. Next the mojito. My absolute favourite cocktail, however this time mock-tail! Again, super refreshing and gorgeous hints of lime and mint, poured over ice a truly beautiful beverage. And lastly the Old Cuban, full of fruity flavour and again so perfect for a summers day in the garden. 

All of these non-alcoholic cocktails were so flavoursome and so refreshing, and the fact that it’s all pre mixed and ready to go is perfect! I’m actually tempted to buy the rest! Especially if I’m ever designated driver at a friends or family bbq after lockdown. They’re a great alternative to popular soft drinks that are usually full of artificial sugars or sweeteners, and they’re all vegetarian and vegan friendly! So everyone can enjoy! 

They would also make the perfect gift, the case they came in was so beautiful and at such a reasonable price of just £19.49 for a mixed taster case of 6, they would be so good for anyone who doesn’t drink at all or would like to cut down on the alcohol. For a small business starting from one mans passion to cutting down on alcohol consumption in his family, they’ve come so far, receiving so many awards and nominations, they’re really growing and I can see why! They also provide free UK mainland shipping and discounts on multiple case purchases.

So whilst the sun is shining on lockdown why not try something new and a little different. Simply chill, relax and take a sip on Sipling. As always I’ve linked the products below if you wanted to have a browse. Have you tried Sipling Beverage Company? And and you a fan of a mocktail? So stay home, stay safe, take a sip and enjoy the sun from inside or outside where you can this bank holiday x 

Sipling Beverage Company

Skipping through Summer with support from Panache. 

All the gear and no idea? Yep that’s me! That’s usually me anyway. All I’ve done since lock down is wear active wear, but have I been very active? Surprisingly I have done a bit! P.E with Joe Wicks, skipping and having a kick about with the football in the garden, just trying to keep moving mainly for my mind. I find exercise so good for my mental health. I usually love to walk, I’m such a walker and I love the outdoors, I think I’d struggle if I stopped exercising all together. We love our long country walks and as we approach week three of completely staying at home, it’s actually quite hard. I miss the countryside, the woodlands, the beaches that surround us. I miss running. Although I haven’t actually run this year my plan was to start again, but as were in complete shielding I can’t go for a run without risking Parker’s health. So I will keep skipping and keep working out at home! I will run again. Just not yet.

Being a fuller busted babe, during exercise, I need some support, and it needs to be good! I’ve written before that Panache is one of my go to brands for a high quality bras and sports bras. So when they reached out and asked if I’d like to be gifted one of their high impact sports bras for their #mysize campaign I had to say yes! It’s taken a while to write this blog and mainly because I really wanted to try it for running first, but now I’ve accepted I won’t run for a while I’ve put it through its paces in other ways. So what did I think?

Firstly the colour and print, Panache offer so many gorgeous prints on their sports bras, I love how bright and flamboyant they are! They do also do the more neutral colours and prints if this is a bit bright for you, and you want to tone it down. But for me, I love a pop of colour in sportswear, and this print caught my eye straight away! I received mine in a size 36H and the fit is perfect. This particular bra runs from a size 28B to a 40J with most sizes in between still available! The fit is really true to size and really comfortable. I mean it’s all I’ve really worn what I’ve been at home!

So the impact support, how good is it really? I put it through the ultimate test. Jumping! More specifically skipping. I still had a tiny bit of bounce but I don’t think you’d ever get a fuller busted sports bra that wouldn’t give a tiny bit of bounce whilst skipping and after a bit of jogging in the garden it held well. It is wired but I think that adds to the support and whilst working out you don’t even notice it! The racer clip back gives that extra bit of support for high impact exercise, whilst still sitting comfortably. For added comfort it has wide cushioned straps and seam free inner cups.

Panache is a brand that I’ve said before I feel the price really reflects the quality, their bras last years when taken care of, hand wash only and air dry only. They really are such good quality and fit and I find all of their bras very true to size. Panache’s #mysize campaign is really great, they truly believe that the ‘one size fits all’, really isn’t the case. They want everyone to find their true size, to feel comfortable and supported and to be able to buy cup sizes sports bra, which is a rarity in high street sports wear.

I may not be able to go for a run for a few weeks but what I do know is I can keep putting a Panache to the test with my jump rope and with my home workouts, taking care of my mind through exercise, whilst staying safe at home. And whilst being supported! As always I’ve linked the bra below in case you wanted to have a look. Have you tried Panache? What’s your go to home exercise routine whilst your staying home? Let me know in the comments below x 


Flourishing in Figleaves.

Let’s talk bras, you may know they’re one of my favourite things to talk about here! So who’s with me in that the past few weeks all you’ve worn is either sports bras, bralettes or no bras at all? Well I’ve been doing the exact same. PJ day everyday? No shame here! Apart from a few day’s, where I’ve got dressed, washed my hair, got a bit glam, tried to feel a little more like a normal day, if that makes sense?

So when Wingfield PR got in touch and asked if I’d like to receive a couple of pieces from Figleaves, I couldn’t resist, you all know how much I love underwear right? And trying a new brand, I was excited to say the least. I’ve bought previously from Figleaves but I’ve never actually tried their own brand lingerie, and I’m so glad I did. So what did I think? 

Today I’m going to be talking about the Figleaves Juliette lace, non-padded underwired bra and the matching Brazilian brief. Firstly it was the gorgeous navy colour that caught my eye, I’m a massive fan of navy, it just so happened to be part of the colour scheme for my wedding day, all the dresses, the suits, maybe that’s why I love it so much? Anyway this set does not only come in one or two colour ways, nope it’s available it nine different colour-ways! So what ever you’re after to add a pop of colour to your underwear drawer Juliette is for you. And if you’re like me and once you find a set you love the fit of, you can’t resist but have every colour!

This particular Juliette bra I opted for, is the lace, non-padded underwired bra. I love the plunge and the stretch lace is so comfy. I’m usually between a size 36GG and 36H so as this bra is non-padded I went for the size 36GG. This bra currently runs from a size 30D to a 38GG. Hopefully Figleaves in the future will expand this as it’s such a great bra and looks so lovely on any bust. So what did I think of the fit? It was actually perfect! After scooping and swooping there was no bulging, no falling out and no gaping. It was really comfortable and definitely a bra for everyday, as well as wearing underneath a plunge neckline dress (for when we can get back to date nights and girls nights!) But for now under your pyjamas, or working from home clothes or just lounging around in nothing else, it’s perfect! 

Next up let’s talk pants! I love a Brazilian brief, for day to day I love to be comfortable, who doesn’t? But I also like to be a little bit ‘cheeky’ if you get me? And these Brazilian lace briefs are gorgeous. Again in the matching navy colour and also a great fit. I received mine in a size 18, and usually I like to size up to a 20 in briefs, but the fit of these is so good. Not too tight and just again, really comfortable. These briefs are available in a size 8-18, again this is something I hope Figleaves will look into expanding in the future. And if Brazilian isn’t quite your style these are also available in a thong option and a short option, so depending on how much coverage you’d like there’s an option for either! And they’re also available in every colour that the Juliette bra is, so you can have a matching set whichever colour is your favourite!

The overall fit and quality of Figleaves own brand lingerie I’ve found to be really great, and honestly I’m just surprised I haven’t tried them before! They are also a brand which I’d say are actually great value for money. Stunning sets that won’t break the bank! So if you’re looking to treat yourself during this different time in life, then I’d highly recommend checking Figleaves out. And I wouldn’t be doing my role here properly as a bargain hunter, if I didn’t tell you Figleaves also have an amazing up to 70% off sale on right now! I know 70% off?!? I’ve already got my eyes on some new pyjamas I’ve been lusting over! 

As always I’ve linked the set below incase you wanted a little browse. So what do you think? Have you tried Figleaves before? And if you have what’s your go to style that you’ve lusted over in every colour? Let me know in the comments below! X 

Figleaves Juliette Non-padded underwired bra.

Figleaves Juliette Lace Brazilian briefs.

Trying to make sense of March.

March, the start of Spring, and for us it’s usually a month of celebration with Parker’s birthday, of happiness with Spring walks, of excitement with Easter arriving soon and a glimpse at another bank holiday on the horizon. But due to the recent outbreak of Covid 19 in the UK and the world, things have been a little, well different this year. It’s all been very strange and if I’m honest my anxiety has overwhelmed me at times. I’ve really been trying to make the most of it, whilst obviously being very aware of everything happening. Some moments I feel like it consumes me. The media, the news, the figures. It’s a really scary time, especially as no one has been through this before. So much uncertainty, so much confusion, and so much worry. You’d think that staying at home would be relaxing but if I’m honest it’s completely thrown me off. 

Trying to make the most of it? By accepting facts. Parker is extremely vulnerable as he has Cystic Fibrosis, so we have to self isolate for 12 weeks. Three months in our house and in our garden. We’ve had all his medications now delivered to the door but one thing we’re really struggling with? Food shopping, home delivery to be precise. I cannot get a slot, I’ve tried every hour at every supermarket and I’ve admitted defeat. I’m so blessed to have Paul, we can share the load. So one of us will only go out when we absolutely need to, to get food and when we do it’s a strict regime when we get back. Strip off at the door, put the clothes for the wash, get showered, then anti bac the bags, the products bought, the car keys, my phone. Anything that could be contaminated. It’s actually quite frightening and the times I have had to go out in the past week, it’s given me so much anxiety. I’ve hated it to be honest. But I have to remember it’s only temporary.

Keeping safe, staying home. It’s strange really isn’t it? Not knowing what’s to come in the near future. I’ve been furloughed at work until the end of April, but after that I’m unsure. With Parker in the extremely vulnerable group, I know I won’t be able to return to work then. I miss my colleagues, they’re all such good friends, I miss daily working life, the satisfaction work brings. I miss the school drop offs and pick ups. If I’m honest, I miss chatting. Not anything meaningful or deep, just ‘wasn’t the traffic awful?’ Or ‘beautiful day, looks like springs on the way!’ I never thought I’d miss small talk. 

It’s funny how the little things, become the biggest things, and just mean the most. I always say the blogs that take the longest to write are the ones that I’m most passionate or emotional about. Writing these words with so much uncertainty, with no knowing. Just writing, just feeling, just trying to put into words all my thoughts down here in my safe space. One thing I’ve been asked about is home schooling, as Parker’s in reception I’ve been trying to focus his learning in small groups throughout the day. Maths, writing, reading, art and of course P.E with Joe Wicks. All in fun bursts, not putting any pressure on him and making it as fun as possible. We’d been given some homeschooling sheets from school which he completed last week and this week were moving on to the online schooling, so fingers crossed it’s easy to use! Monday done it seems okay! It’s all actually been so far so good, maths using Easter eggs, writing letters to elderly family members for English and drawing with chalks in the garden for art. Parker thinks this is all fun, and even though he said he’s looking forward to going back to school he’s doing well. I’m so glad he’s aware of Coronavirus but not worried by it. The most he knows is that we’ve all been told to stay in and to wash hands lots. And for a 5 year old who’s had all his birthday plans cancelled he’s doing pretty well. 

I’ve been trying to remind myself this all temporary, and that we’re not stuck at home we’re safe at home. So many key workers are putting themselves on the line daily so that we can minimise the spread, so that we can stay safe and keep the vulnerable safe. We all need to be mindful, think before we act and speak, which is why I think this has taken so long to write. I don’t want to sound like I’m moaning but this is my space to vent. So I’m writing this being mindful that others are struggling more and that my worries in the grand scheme of things aren’t too bad. They’re not great. But they’re not too bad. And all I know is that thinking of others right now, it’s more important than ever. I know so many of us want to see loved ones that do not live with us, but right now it’s safest to FaceTime, to write letters. To stay home. To let people know that even though you’re not physically there, you’re there for them. 

I’ve also been trying to keep myself in routine as much as possible. Getting early nights on week nights, setting alarms for the week mornings. Getting showered and dressed most days (although I’m leaving the hair and make up behind!) and just feeling a little more productive so that when it is the weekend, it feels like a weekend. Some days, we’ve watched movies and played board games, others we’ve done so much reading, school work and baking. It’s all a balance and you’ve just got to find the right balance that suits you. 

I’ve had a few messages from people on social media, and they’ve been so so lovely. Saying that they’ve loved my content this week from home, and honestly it’s such a lift. I’ve been trying to stay as positive as possible as other wise my anxiety will consume me. If you don’t laugh you’ll cry right? I know it’s a very serious situation. And there are so many that are suffering and so many loved ones lost. It breaks my heart. And that’s just it, if I think about it too much I’d just be sat in one place, crying letting it consume me. And I will not let it consume me. I will try and make the most of a shite situation. By putting me and my family in as safe as position as possible, by being there for others, by remembering to take the time. For me. For doing what makes me happy, and one of those things? Blogging.

It’s taken me nearly a week to write this. Maybe it’s because talking about my anxiety is such a mental weight being lifted, that it takes time to get it out correctly and how I want? Maybe it’s because it’s just actually emotionally draining admitting I’m not okay all the time. Maybe it’s because if you’re sat here reading this and you can relate, I want you to know that I’m also here for you and that this is all a bit shite but it’s only temporary, and I hope that I don’t mean to sound like moaning mertle. 

So if it all feels a bit shite right now, it’s because it is. But we’re all in this together. And we will get through this. Take care of you, check in on others over the phone or over social media and most importantly stay in where you can. Remember you’re not stuck inside, you’re safe inside. After all, after the storm comes the rainbow.

And just like that, The Mum Style turns three.

Happy birthday to me! Well not to me. To The Mum Style, to my Mum Style. This week my blog hits three years old. Three years of my own personal journal being open to so many of you, all of my thoughts, my feelings, my best moments and some of the hardest moments, all written down all shared for the world to see. Even in the last year, since my blog turned two, and I wrote about my journey, I think so much has changed.

My attitude to my blog has changed so much, I’ve learnt the value of my words. How much they actually mean to others and most importantly, to me. I once was wrongfully dismissed from a job and the reason behind his choice was one because he said he didn’t like me, but secondly because he said I was too much of an influence, he said people listened to me, they took on what I said, they valued my opinions. At the time I thought it was an insult. That it was the worst thing that anyone could say about me. But after the owner of the company said I did no wrong, and apologised for everything, I started to think about it. Is being an influence the worst thing in the world? Especially when used in such a positive way?

This happened years ago and I’ve definitely taken on board that having people listen to you is a blessing, that you have to believe in your words and also that most importantly to be careful in knowing that what you say matters. That people reading your words and relating, is something that is so valuable. That my words mean something. All I ever want to do here is express my thoughts, my feelings, whether it be through a review or a page from my own life and diary. All I aim to do is talk about down to earth life and spread positivity. All I want to be is someone I can look up to, and if anyone else feels like they’ve taken some positivity or something from here then that is a massive bonus. Reading over my stats from the last year I’m so in awe of how many people take the time to read my words, how many people understand and relate to what I say. To how many of you follow my blog for updates. I honestly feel like it’s all still so surreal.

I’ve thought a lot about my blog name so much over the past year. Do I change it? Does it really show my identity? Who I want to be? And after so much thought I think it’s the most perfect name for my blog still. Although so much has changed in since I created this space and I’ve changed in so many ways, it’s still me. The Mum Style. I’m a mum, and I believe every mum has style. Every person has style. But style? What does it mean? To me it’s how you do things, not just how you dress. But your attitude, your opinions, how you show yourself to the world. And as a mum who is so proud of who she is. It’s perfect for me. This is me. And this is my mum style. The Mum Style.

I know the industry is changing and I do think about how blogging will change. As everyone focuses more on social media, on vlogs, on instant content, I do think, a lot. In the past year I’ve been so blessed to gain thousands more readers, so many more followers here and I do want to up my style, the way I blog, the amount of passion and time I put in. The dream I’ve mentioned previously is to make this my life. To not worry about the Monday to Friday job but for now this is all just a dream, the bills won’t pay themselves after all!

So my plans? I’m going to move with the times. My blog? Will be a main focus, to spend more time writing, creating, reviewing and expressing. To give you more fashion, more local businesses more small businesses. More supporting people. More supporting brands I love. And more supporting and loving me. And for moving with the times? Watch out, The Mum Style will focus more on videos! More outfit of the days, not necessarily hauls, your girl can’t afford that! Let’s be honest. But more chatting, more opening up. I feel such a sense of community through Instagram and my blog and I hope you love our morning insta story chit chats as much as I do!

Something I want to brave into is definitely more on mum blogging. Being a mother is something I’m so proud of. I want to share more, I always worry about who’s watching and reading so much and I worry about how Parker will feel about my blogging one day. But talking more about days out, about day to day motherhood, it’s important to me and I want to share some things I’ve had kept in for a while. I want other mums who may sometimes feel the way I do to be able to relate. Because sometimes as a mum I have no idea if I’m doing it right! Or whether anyone feels the same? So I’d love to chat to you all more about motherhood.

Sometimes I worry about where I fit in, where I am in the world of blogs and instagrams. I’m not your typical mum blogger, photos in my pants, I’m not your typical fashion blogger with insta worthy outfit of the days, most days it’s a photo in my kitchen with bad lighting. But it’s something I’ve learnt. I don’t need to fit into a box to be worthy. I can be who I want, sharing everything, the self love, the pjs and day to day outfits, the family memories, the brunch stories and the good times and the bad. It’s me. I’m Imperfectly, perfectly me.

This space online. It’s my happiest space in the world of social media. Where I feel comfortable to say exactly how I feel. I’ve always been honest on all of my platforms and social media accounts, but blogging, it feels so personal. It feels so raw. This space has helped my confidence, my anxiety and overcoming my fears so much. I feel a sense of community. I have so many friends, so many of you supporting me. Blogging has helped me find me. It’s brought me so many unbelievable opportunities. So this year, for year three, we’re going to make it a good one. I’m going to bring you more of what you all love, along with some new additions!

So here’s to turning to three. Three amazing years, of self love, self belief and self confidence. Taking the step to setting up my site all those years ago was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Here’s to me, to The Mum Style, to my Mum style. Happy birthday to me! Well not to me. To The Mum Style, to my Mum Style. X

Pancake Pro? Let’s say No…

What’s that phrase again? Out of the frying pan and into the fire? Well in this case straight into the food waste bin. Okay, okay so it wasn’t ALL that bad…but let’s say I was ready to bin the frying pan by the end of it! Pancake day, a day that I always took for granted, that was always so easy when I wasn’t lactose intolerant, I would buy those pancake shakers, the ones where you add milk and then just like that – pancake pro. And even last year I did home made following a recipe carefully, but just using a milk alternative. Still perfection. But vegan pancakes? I think I’ve met my match this time.

First up the recipe. Where to start? I thought for this one yes babe, let’s do it for the blog! Let’s inspire my fellow vegans and all the pancake lovers to try something new, to whip up not one, not two, but three different vegan pancake recipes. I thought I could rate them, which ones were top dog. But hilariously I gave up after recipe number two…It was late, I was done for, and the food waste was looking pretty full. Not the vegan attitude I aspire to follow. But that’s life, we make mistakes don’t we! And mine was attempting to make pancakes for the sake of this blog! Have you noticed it’s my first year writing a pancake day blog? You’ll also notice it’s definitely my last pancake day blog! 

Let’s start from the beginning. At the start of this year I bought Ferne Cottons recipe book ‘Happy Vegan’ when I chose to make the lifestyle switch to become vegan. I was browsing through recipes to feature here and I found this one. Ferne knows what she’s doing I thought? I mean she’s written a book! Well Ferne I can say this recipe – success! Although I made a few changes such as not adding flax seeds due to lack of supplies, and switching the rice flour for normal to suit what I already had in the house. It worked pretty well! So what did I use? Well wouldn’t you like to know. I think I was doomed from the start of the pancake making process, when I realised my scales for weighting out ingredients were completely dead. The dial kept moving when it was still and as I kept adding flour, nope not a single ounce was detected! So there I thought that’s it, ready, steady, let’s guesstimate! 

Banana vegan pancakes. What did I use from what I can remember? 1 mashed banana, about 100g of self raising flour, half a teaspoon of baking powder, a dash of vanilla extract, a pinch of salt and a good few glugs of almond milk. Then I whisked with a fork in a jug until as smooth as can be, a thick but consistent texture. No idea if that’s how they were supposed to be! Next into the frying pan! It said to place small ladles of mixture into the pan on a low heat and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until you can see bubbles appear. I saw them, I flipped them – with a spatula, not in the air I’m no pro remember! Honestly for me it’s the time taken to watch them, and wait for them that gets to me! It’s one of the most heart racing things in the world. Try to turn too early – a mess. Turn too late – a burnt mess! Somehow and believe me, I have no idea how, these were a success.

The toppings! Always a make or break argument. I was going all out tonight! So first contender, the good old banana and chocolate. Seeming as these were banana pancakes I found it quite fitting to add fresh banana to these and also a drizzle of choc shot! A vegan alternative to chocolate sauce and a great hot chocolate alternative that I have fallen in love with. Time for the taste test. Bloody wonderful. I tell you one thing Ferne cotton knows what she’s doing! This recipe made so many pancakes that I also switched things up and did a batch with strawberries, blueberries and of course maple syrup! My absolute all time favourite pancake toppings. 

Next the disaster. I have no idea where I found the next recipe, obviously google. But by who, I have no idea. All I know was I mixed plain flour, caster sugar, salt and sunflower oil together. From the image online it looked as if it was going to make crepe style pancakes so I got excited. Got the big pan out. And forgot to add oil so it wouldn’t stick. Also conveniently added self raising flor to this when it said plain. The pancake rose, the pancake stuck. The pancake went out of the frying pan and straight into the bin! The food waste bin that is! At this point the pan was going into the bin too. But I thought persist, head back to your faithful and trusted little pan. So I did. And we got there, ever so slowly we got there, finished off with a big squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a teaspoon of caster sugar. A childhood favourite! But one things for certain, I’m heading to the nearest supermarket after swimming and finding some free from pancakes today, you know the ones you pop in the toaster! Because what I did last night? Nope never again. Nada. I do not have the time or the energy to deal with that again! 

Anyway it’s Pancake Day and let’s enjoy the fun of grabbing them pre-made from the supermarket, or shaking them, or making them, or flipping them and definitely eating them. And today rest assure I’ll be buying pre-made ones! Have you ever had a pancake day disaster? Or do you play it safe and buy ready made? Let me know below! And have a great pancake day! I do love a holiday that celebrates food after all! X

My obsession for earrings grows as I discover Kara Creations.

Let’s talk jewellery. I’ve always been a magpie when it comes to it, the shinier the better, the brighter the better, it finishes off every outfit perfectly. And my obsession? Earrings. Tassels, hoops the lot! I’m in love with all the colours, textures and prints. I have a pair for every outfit!

So when the lovely Kathryn from Kara Creations reached out to me and asked if I’d like to receive some of her products to review I couldn’t wait to say yes! Supporting small and local businesses is something that means a lot to me. When you buy and share the love to a small business you are directly paying In and supporting a person, a team, to a dream. We all start somewhere and I feel so lucky to have been gifted a beautiful range of earrings from Kara creations to share with you all.

A little more about Kara creations? Kara creations was created by Kathryn and Rachel, two sisters from Pembrokeshire, Wales. As a matter of fact where I grew up! The passion began when Rachel was involved in a car accident and broke her ankle, whilst on recovery she self taught to crochet from YouTube. She created her first blanket and that’s where the dream began. Her sister Kathryn then started to make jewellery with her, spending time together as sisters, whilst Rachel was pretty much house bound. The business has blossomed and they’ve had such an amazing response to their beautifully handmade jewellery and blankets, and you’ll see why below!