So with wedding planning in full swing, I didn’t manage to get my July favourites posted (face palm) so I’m doubling up this time.

First off is this Jo Malone Room Spray in Pomegranate Noir. A few weeks back, the Jo Malone website had a ‘Just Because’ game running, where you could win a free gift with any purchase. I treated myself to a new perfume for the wedding and this was my free gift! Ordinarily, I would struggle to pay £44 for a room spray, but I can see the fuss over these. I keep it in our bedroom and one spritz manages to make the entire upstairs smell incredible.We had a lovely day out at Hendrewennol Fruit Picking Farm at the beginning of August and it’s definitely going to be a day trip staple. I wrote a post about it here if you’d like a read. It was such a fab day out for children and we made pancakes with berry sauce out of our pickings too. If you’re local to the area, I’d highly recommend it.img_0731Something for my fellow blondies now. I’m forever trying to rid my hair of any brassiness and have tried lots of different purple shampoos and treatments. The Charles Worthington Colour Enhancer Ultra Violet Shampoo is absolutely the purple shampoo I’ve ever used. After one wash it made a massive difference and I now use it once a week, just to keep my colour in check. It does leave your skin with a tinge of death-like colour, but it washes off easily with a good scrub and it’s totally worth it for the results.For my hen party back in July I knew I wanted a white/cream dress for the evening but really struggled finding something I liked. I wanted a floaty boho number but they were all a little too casual or way out of my price range. I spotted this maternity dress and thought I’d chance it. Best, decision, ever! It’s from the Rochelle Humes range on Very and is completely stunning. Well designed for pregnancy and breastfeeding, it’s fantastic for before and (long) after baby. There wasn’t any excess bump material so it hung straight down and you’d never have guessed it was a maternity piece. I’m even planning on wearing it for our garden party after the wedding in September (cross your fingers for good weather!).A few weeks back, the lovely Erica Davies posted on her Instagram something that her son had said to her when he was learning about bees in school. I’m always looking for nice quotes to make prints for around the house and as soon as I read it I made this little print. I sent one over to Erica too and you can download it here if you’d like.Bee1Just in time for autumn, I’ve got Candice Brown’s gorgeous book, Comfort. It’s jam packed with the most delicious recipes and is honestly worth it just for the images alone. I loved everything Candice made on last years Great British Bake Off which she went on to win; and deservedly so. I can’t wait to get stuck into this and am particularly looking forward to making Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Blondies… and Cherry Amaretto Bakewell Tart…. oh and Stilton Twisted Straws….. okay, they’re all incredible and I don’t know where to start! A must for anyone looking for some scrumptious comfort food.Lastly, I had our holiday photos printed out with LALALAB a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t love them more. I love polaroid style photos and being able to add text to these was brilliant too. I’ll be getting these prints regularly for any trips or holidays we have in future.img_1016I’d love to know if you’ve tried and liked any of the above; let me know in the comments.

Emma  x







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