We haven’t had proper holiday in I don’t know how long. What I do know, is that my holiday wardrobe was in serious need of some TLC. Going to northern France, means that we can expect similar weather to Britain, but slightly hotter and hopefully slightly sunnier. I picked out some of my favourite finds below, that will be great for scouring the markets, eating lots of lovely food and chasing after Daisy

The Chiffon Shirt

I love chiffon shirts. They can be dressed up or down, worn alone or layered and there’s a style to suit everyone. This beauty was from Very, but there are loads around at the moment and Primark always have a great selection. This will be lovely over some white jeans in the evening or with denim shorts for a day out.

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The Embroidered Shorts

These beautiful shorts were in the sale in New Look and are so, so pretty. They are white broderie anglaise with navy embroidery and a scallop hem. Basically, the shorts dreams are made of. I’ll be pairing these with a relaxed navy t-shirt and tan sandals. You could easily jazz these up with some jewellery in the evening too.

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The Cable Knit Jumper

So the evenings will definitely be a little chilly, but we love sitting outside our caravan and playing cards late into the night. While it’s nice to have warm weather, I love putting on a cosy jumper and staying outdoors. I found this gorgeous white cable knit jumper in Sainsburys a few weeks back. It’s not too thick and has a split on either side, making it perfect for summer evenings.

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The Bardot Dress

There are so many gorgeous bardot dresses out at the moment, but combining a strapless bra and heat for someone with big boobs isn’t great. Before you know it, both are hanging somewhere around your hips and you’re anything but Brigitte Bardot. You needn’t worry about a bra with this amazing dress though. From Miss Selfridge, this floaty little number is shirred across the bust and at the top of the arm, helping to stop the sleeves from riding up. I just need to mindful of Daisy potentially pulling at this and scaring my poor father for life! Haha!

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The Bikini

Unless you’re one of the lucky ones who sprung back into shape after having a baby, you may be concerned at the swimwear situation. Daisy is 2 and a half now, so I haven’t got an excuse for my ‘mum tum’, apart from I like food too much and exercise too little. So, all hail the high waist bikini! They hide a multitude of sins, are super flattering and make you feel like a 50’s pin up. This gorgeous flower print one from Very is a great fit, supportive and has detachable straps for those pesky tan lines.

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I’d love to know what summer updates you’ve added to you wardrobe and what your essentials are for holidays. Thanks for reading!

Emma  x

Holiday mode begins now! We’re off to France today, which means a full day of travelling. My mother bought Daisy a Trunki last year, so I’ve filled it up with lots of fun stuff to keep our little lady busy, in case she gets a bit bored now and then.



The majority of what I bought was from The Works, B&M Bargains or Homebargains, so didn’t cost me a lot. There’s plenty here to keep Daisy happy on the ferry, while we’re out having food, playing outside the caravan or even having a chill out at the pool (although I’m sure the pool will be less ‘chill’ and more ‘who’s turn is it to catch her while she jumps in for the forty fifth time’ haha!).


Altogether here, Daisy has a few sticker books, a drawing pad, some board books, chunky crayons, waterbomb balls, jumbo chalks and magic bubbles that you can catch! How cool?! I’ve also got her a new drinks bottle (Tommee Tippee) which keeps cool and a gorgeous unicorn neck rest from Matalan.


I also found these beautiful games for Daisy from Dotcomgiftshop. We play cards in the evenings so Daisy has her own pretty deck of cards, along with a Heads & Tails mix and match game and some ABC / 123 flash cards. These are so pretty and I know Daisy will love them.


Any of these can be popped into a bag while we’re out and about and I’m sure will come in very handy for avoiding meltdowns (both of the toddler and adult variety). I’d love to know what you are packing for your little ones and if you’re off on any holidays or fun day trips. As you can see, Daisy is very excited for ours!


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We’re off to France at the end of this week and I am SO EXCITED! It’ll be Daisy’s first time abroad and Jon’s first time going on a Eurocamp holiday. I grew up going on these holidays and I can’t wait for Jon and Daisy to experience them too.

I haven’t been to France in over 10 years now and the thought of pastries for breakfast, fresh baguettes for lunch and pistachio ice cream every day is making me feel like a kid at Christmas. So imagine my excitement when I saw this beauty in Boots a few weeks back?!


Oh yes people, not only will I be eating pistachio ice cream, I’ll be smelling like it too. This is from the lovely The Library of Fragrance who do lots of weird and wonderful fragrances. I love how a particular thing can take you back to a time in your life. Givenchy, Very Irresistible will forever remind me of back to back drunken nights out aged 19. Mamas and Papas hit California Dreamin’ will always remind me of travelling through the French Alps as a child. And (she’ll kill me for this) burnt toast always reminds me of my mother. Now, pistachio ice cream will always remind me of our first holiday with Daisy.

I’ve also picked up my summer favourite, Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula. This smells amazing, lasts ages and is a really thick moisturiser, leaving your skin super soft after a day in the sun.


I bought the usual sun cream and a sun protection lip balm too. Trust me when I say you do not want to burn your lips, and speaking from experience, a bright red blister in the middle of your lower lip is not something you want in your holiday snaps!


I also found these gorgeous toiletry bags in Flying Tiger (although I think it’s just called Tiger in Cardiff?). The large one was £3 and the smaller £2. They’re lined inside so no nasty leakages spoiling your clothes and they’re completely adorable!

I had a tube of this Crabtree and Evelyn hand cream in a Christmas gift set and it is literally amazing! So I was a very happy bunny when I discovered another one in my toiletry box!

Lastly, I knew I needed some sort of volume spray as my hair is sooo flyaway and flat. Sadly I’m not one of those people blessed with big, beautiful, beach hair, so if something promises to give me ‘natural bounce’ or to feel ‘thicker with more body’ (this is a hair product, I swear!) then I’ll be spending my pennies on it.


I’ve only used this VO5 Volume Blow-Dry Spray once so far, but it’s brilliant. My hair definitely felt thicker but without weighing it down or feeling too gunky with product. I think this is going to be a trusty must have, especially with those crappy holiday hairdryers.

I can’t wait to use all this lovely stuff and feel properly pampered, just like us mama’s should be. What’s in your holiday beauty bag? 

Emma x

 

 

As someone who is always itching to get onto the next DIY project, I need to be able to change things around our home without it breaking the bank or causing too much chaos. I don’t like waiting around and many times have just started painting the walls on a whim. I tend to get bored of a room quite quickly and am always thinking of different ways to enhance or freshen it up.

Our living room is currently painted an off white (although I plan on painting it bright white pretty soon – don’t tell Jon!), with a neutral sofa and a dark wood floor. A far cry from the fuchsia pink and lime green wallpaper that screamed from a feature wall when we moved in. No joke, it was like being on LCD, tripping out whilst catching up on Masterchef!

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I like to keep other elements fairly neutral too, using a large jute rug and mink colour curtains. We have a white TV unit and coffee table, along with two ‘laptop tables’ from IKEA’s Vittsjo range. At £30 a table, they are a real bargain. Again from IKEA, I’ve recently been given the ‘vending machine’ from my mother – a nickname the men of the family gave it. Clearly they know nothing! I absolutely love this cupboard and it really completes the room.

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By keeping the base of the room quite muted, I can change it up easily with accessories and pops of colour. I have a total love affair with blues and whites. Its so fresh and classic and reminds me of picnics in the sun, sand in between my toes and the smell of freshly cut grass.

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All I did to get my living room ready for summer, was change out my cushion covers, add a few different accessories and swap some of my picture frames for a couple of free printables I found on Pinterest. I’m still moving things round now and then, but overall it feels like a new room again. Not bad for an hours work!

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This fresh look will see us through summer, until i bust out the burnt orange tartan cushion covers and autumnal faux foliage (I can keep a child alive, but don’t ask about plants).

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I’d love to hear your thoughts on our summer living room. Do you decorate for the seasons? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Emma  x

 

Hi

I’m Emma, 29 year old mama to Daisy and soon to be wife to Jon.

Firstly, thank you so much for visiting my blog. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time now. I’ve typed a few posts before and set up a site many times, but never actually published anything. I thought that with so many other lovely blogs out there, why would anyone care what I’ve got to say?

At the moment, I use my free time to binge watch TV shows and browse Pinterest – not very constructive! I’ve come to realise that the only thing stopping me from doing what I want to do, is me. The kick I needed was a quote I read today. It was from a lovely book called Everyday Happiness, which is full of inspirational quotes; one for every day of the year. I happened to pick it up and flick through to today’s date (31st May). This couldn’t have been more fitting.

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Since having Daisy, I’ve noticed that my mood can change quite quickly and the smallest of things can put a real dampener on my spirit. I’m not sure why and what exactly causes it, but I find that I can feel deflated very easily. Deflated. That’s probably the best word for it. Don’t get me wrong, I adore being a mother and Daisy is honestly the best thing that has ever happened to me, but it’s very easy to lose a little bit of who you were before becoming a mother.

The plan is to use my little space here to document our adventures as a family; a sort of online diary. Jon and I are getting married in September and we’ll finally all share the same surname. We hope to grow our family in the next few years too, bringing even more fun, love and happiness to the mix.

Here you’ll find a bit of everything… family fun, holidays, home decor, fashion, celebrations and perhaps a bit of baking (who doesn’t love a cake?!). It’s my own little sanctuary and I really hope you’ll stick around for the ride.

Welcome to Looking After Mama.

Emma  x