Gift ideas for dads this Father’s Day

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Father’s Day is this weekend already! I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by! Now officially in mid-June, summer is approaching and the warmer days we had a couple of weeks felt fantastic. I even tried out my Bondi Sands fake tan which was lovely – I need to write a review on that soon. Below are gift ideas I’ve got in mind for Daddy P but I hope they inspire you if you haven’t found anything just yet….

Father’s Day gift ideas

Something PERSONALISED

For the last few years, a Father’s Day mug has always on the list for Daddy P. I usually order a personalised 15oz photo mug from Snapfish (£12.99) which was always big hit. I’ve ordered one again this year too! I love adding our own photos to the mug, it gives a personal touch which I think is a little special (and cheesy) but the kids love it. They’ve also got a promo code for 30% off your total basket with no minimum spend so get purchasing. They also offer next day delivery.

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Source: Snapfish
**update**

My personalised photo mug has arrived! I love it, it’s so sweet. The only thing I forgot to add to the mug was some text to say “Happy Father’s Day 2019!” …oops!

I love simple yet stylish watches for men. With most of us constantly on our phones today I feel like sometimes we were slowly getting rid of functional accessories like watches. I found this beautiful stainless steel watch on Not On The High Street and best of all, it can be personalised and they have free standard delivery.

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The silver colour stands out and is so stylish but they have a few other colours so have a look. For £69, it’s a good price too! There’s so much on websites like NOTHS and Etsy I love looking for special and unique items to buy. At the moment (for myself!) I’m obsessed with dainty necklaces and personalised bracelets. Check out NOTHS’s fathers day gifts for even more ideas.

Something ESSENTIAL

It’s good to look after yourself; self-care is one of the things most people tend to overlook in themselves. Daddy P is lucky he has good skin (not oily, not dry) however he doesn’t do anything to look after it. Men usually like to keep their skincare simple so the basic essentials are key; to cleanse, tone, exfoliate and moisturise.

These two kits below are my favourite; the Look Fantastic Father’s Day collection which has a mix of face and body products from premium brands. And the Aromatherapy Associates The Refinery kit is a new favourite of mine which comes with a wash bag. I use this brand at my workplace and I’ve really fallen in love with it. I’ve already gotten Daddy P the face wash and shave oil which is fab and suitable for all skin types.

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The Look Fantastic Father’s Day Collection box
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Aromatherapy Associates: The Refinery Skin Kit for men

Cleansing clears the skin of dirt and debris build-up, preps the skin and leaves it fresh. Toner tones the skin and minimises large pores, and leaves the skin matte yet hydrated for the absorption of the moisturiser. Exfoliating (especially if they shave) helps to buff away dead skin cells and reduces ingrown hairs as the pores are clear, allowing the hair follicle to grow out of the skin instead of inwards (which happens when the pores are blocked with dirt or natural oils). I would also recommend a beard/shave oil for those growing a beard. The oil will help to nourish the skin but also condition the beard hair, keeping it soft. Moisturiser is the last step and works as a barrier against daily pollutants and keeps the skin hydrated and moisturised.

Something FUN

If your man prefers something a little more active, why not take him out for an evening of fun? I’ve picked outdoor cinema or a raving night out at Ballie Ballerson. The Rooftop Film Club hosting in Peckham is showing Schwarzenegger’s classic, The Terminator on Father’s Day. You can book tickets directly from the RFC’s website: https://rooftopfilmclub.com/london/bussey-building/film/the-terminator-1984/

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Ballie Ballerson is an adult-only cocktail bar that has its very own giant ball-pit! So if you and your partner want to bring out your inner child and just spend a night together feeling like kids again, this is not a place to miss out! Tickets are from £7.50pp for admission only or you can go all out with a VIP package which includes food and a designated booth for £25/35pp. Check them out here: https://www.ballieballerson.com/tickets/https://www.ballieballerson.com/tickets
Ballie Ballerson - London's Adult only ball pit cocktail bar

Something SPECIAL

Daddy P LOVES football and I’ve just found a deal TravelZoo for Behind-the-Scenes tour tickets to Wembley stadium… just £9! That’s almost 52% off the standard price. Best thing of all is tickets can be redeemed up until September so he can choose to use it now for Father’s Day or choose to wait for another day when he’s ready to use it. A behind-the-scenes tour is a guided and self-guided tour of the stadium including the footballer’s dressing rooms, the press room, the player’s tunnel, pitchside and the Royal Box. Imagine all those insta-worthy photo moments!

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Source: Travelzoo

Daddy P’s been talking about going to Barcelona but hasn’t been able to get round to it. Between juggling parenting and job hunting it’s been a struggle. Weekend breaks work out really well because you can travel but still be back in time for parenting duties. I love looking for my holiday breaks from OnTheBeach.com so naturally I had a search for Father’s Day trips to Barcelona and found some good deals. You can either search for flights and hotel separately or let On The Beach’s deal finder search for you. I found the following deals for 2 adults; 2 nights in Barcelona (flights & hotel) flying out from London Stansted:

OnTheBeach recommends:
The Mirror Barcelona
£292pp, B&B double room

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It’s not called The Mirror for nothing. Photos of the hotel show that the rooms are loaded with mirrors from the bedroom to bathroom but in a very playful and tasteful way. Great for us ladies to check out our outfits and makeup throughout the day. Th price is reasonable and the Tripadvisor ratings look good too. The hotel offers free WiFi, air conditioning, pool and close to local amenities.

On a budget:
Catalonia Bristol
£171pp, double room only

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This was the best low budget option I found on the site. Pretty decent price and the hotel looks really nice and modern. Their Tripadvisor rating looks good and they have free WiFi which is perfect for a short weekend break.

Splash the cash: 
MELIÁ Barcelona Sarriá
£439pp, B&B level junior suite

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If you want to pull out all the stops this Father’s Day, this is the hotel for you. Hotel Meliá has a lot to offer in terms of room quality, style, and service. This 5 star hotel has a spa on-site so you can treat yourself (and hubby!) to a relaxing massage or spa day in the evening on your mini-break. Free WiFi, air conditioning and a gym are standard amenities and the location is a short car journey from the beach.

Have you already got other gift ideas for Father’s Day? Let me know what wonderful things you treated your loved ones to! X

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My Christmas Hair & Beauty Wish List 2018

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On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

With less than a week to go until C-day, what better way to celebrate than to let you guys know what’s on my Christmas wish list for my favourite hair and beauty products! 🙂

Some of these brands I’ve discovered through my new workplace (I’m working in a spa again, yay!) and from recommendations by other hair and beauty bloggers. I always find the blogging community a great place for finding new products because the reviews are great and I trust the reviews. Being a blogger myself and writing brand collaboration reviews, I always write from the heart and it’s always based on my own opinions.

If I really unlike the product/service I reviewed, I would usually not post the review because if I do have to post it, it wouldn’t be a totally positive one.

For my wish list, there’s 10 things I’d absolutely LOVE to receive this year. There’s actually loads of products I’d love to get my hands on but these ten things are my ultimate must-haves this Christmas…

MY HAIR & BEAUTY WISHLIST

1. Book my appt with Lashes by Linda

This is probably number 1 on my beauty wish list – to get my lashes redone and ditch the eye makeup! I love a natural look and nothing beats a set of individual lashes by my family friend and fellow beauty professional, Lashes by Linda. She is amazing and a master at her craft! If you live in London, she offers appointments at her home otherwise you can find her at the nail salon in Sittingbourne where she can also do your nails too!

You can choose from a classic full set (light and natural look) or a Russian full set (volume and dramatic look) – I’ve tried both and personally prefer the classic, natural look. I have decided that I love the C and D curl and alternate between the two but I keep my lengths short because I wear glasses. If you don’t wear glasses or are a contact lens wearer, go for your maximum length to really get that beautiful fluttery look. Linda also does LVL treatments which is popular and really helps to lift the lashes. I had this treatment once before and it looked good but my lashes are quite short so I do prefer having the lash extensions.

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I really love my lashes thanks to Lashes by Linda!
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No need for eye makeup when I have my Lashes by Linda!

2. Cinq Mondes dry body oil

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Cinq Mondes Ayurvedic dry body oil

Cinq Mondes is a popular French brand that smells great and feels fab on the skin. I am super in love with their hair & body mist, especially the Eau de Siam which smells absolutely amazing! That combined with the Cinq Mondes Universal Ayurvedic dry body oil is totally amazing! The dry oil is great for all skin types especially oily skin as it sinks in immediately and doesn’t leave a greasy film. For dry/mature skins, use when skin is slightly wet and combine with a moisturising cream.

3. Noughty intensive hair mask

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Noughty To The Rescue Intensive Hair Mask

There’s a lot of Noughty haircare products that I love but my ultimate fave is the Noughty To The Rescue intensive moisture hair treatment. This mask will give you heavenly soft hair that you won’t be able to resist touching. I love using it as a deep conditioner and especially after a clarifying cleanse, this moisture mask puts back all the needed moisture into my hair. There’s no protein ingredient in this hair mask so if your hair needs protein, you’ll need to alternate with another product.

4. Aveda Shampure comp oil & hand serum

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AVEDA Shampure – made from 25 pure flower & plant essences

Two products that I absolutely adore from the Aveda range is the Aveda Shampure composition oil and Aveda Hand Relief Renewal Serum.

The Shampure aroma is made up of 25 pure flower and plant essences and smells absolutely divine! I love using the composition oil on wet skin just after a bath or shower. It’s a great multi-functional oil that you can use on hair, body and oils. The hand relief serum smells less of the Shampure aroma and a bit more orange which is nice and refreshing.

5. Boucleme hydrating cleanser (low-poo)

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Boucleme Hydrating Hair Cleanser for wavy hair

I first saw this brand at Stylist Live 2017 and didn’t really know much about the brand. However since my wavy hair journey I’ve been discovering it more and more. It’s a UK brand made for wavy and curly hair that’s free from chemical nasties, silicones, sulfates and parabens. I would love to try the Boucleme Hydrating Hair Cleanser (blue packaging) which is made for wavy hair. Their original conditioning cleanser (green packaging) for curly hair has had nothing but positive reviews from curly bloggers.

I’ve tried the US’s popular Devacurl and found that I only really like their hair styling whip, Wavemaker. Their ‘Delight’ range for wavy hair hadn’t really impressed me as the hype did, which is a shame because I wanted to love it. Boucleme also offer a 30-day money back guarantee (UK only) if you purchase directly from their website and are not satisfied with the product.

6. Birchbox’s December edition

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Birchbox December edition

I want to get my hands on the Birchbox December edition because it looks great and I am really in love with the box itself! It looks really Christmassy and the products seem like all new products I haven’t received before from past boxes.

Get 20% off gift subscriptions using code SANTA at Birchbox

I’ve actually already ordered the box so it’s on its way to me as you read this so I’ll get the review out for it by Christmas. The subscription boxes are usually sent out the beginning of the month but if you’re new and have just subscribed for the first time you’ll receive your box a week from your order date. You can read my past Birchbox reviews here.

7. Spa day gift voucher

Ahhhh a spa day with a facial!! My fave wishlist item

This month I started my new job as a spa therapist! I’m so glad to be back in spa therapies again but I’m not going to lie, it’s taking its toll on my body and I’m only working part-time on the weekends! People don’t realise that spa therapies can be strenuous/exhaustive work. A spa looks glamorous but there is a lot going on to make it look like that (think of duck gliding along the water but its feet paddling like crazy to keep it looking effortless). If I could, I would love to be treated to a spa day complete with treatments – lunch included would also be fab!

Travelzoo currently have some good offers on and I found two I love. One is a trip to North Wales for a spa day with a facial, body massage and lunch for only £55, or stay local in London and visit The Athenaeum Spa for treatments and a glass of bubbly with a friend (or Daddy P) for £135 which is dirt-cheap for this luxury hotel spa (that works out to £67,50 each!)

8. OPI nail polish collection

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OPI Nails – 6 Piece Winter Collection

I LOVE the OPI brand – the polishes are super glossy, the colours are opaque and beautiful and the names are quirky! I came across this beautiful OPI 6 piece winter collection on the QVC and fell in love straight away. It has one of my favourite dark purple shade called “Lincoln Park After Dark” which is what caught my attention. A collection set is always cheaper to buy that individual ones as OPI polishes are around £15 a bottle. Best thing about QVC is the instalment payment plan – that’s really helpful at this time of year to be able to split the cost over a period of time to make the cost more affordable.

9. Packs of Flexi-rods

These cheap and cheerful styling tools are a wavy (and curly!) girl’s best friend when you want a really defined curly look minus the damage. As the CG method doesn’t allow for heat styling, flexi-rods allow you to create curvy or wavy styles easily without heat. They have always worked for me and I can get several different curly styles from them.

Got these curls by using my flexi-rods

I would love to do a really tighter ringlet style like in the photo below but need a lot more rods to achieve the look as I’ll need to create the curls with thinner strands. Chunkier strands create more wave and body, thinner strands create more curl and definition. There’s so many ways to use the flexi-rods – they really are a curly or wavy girl’s best friend! Natural hair Youtuber, Actually Ashly (@actually_ashly) does an amazing tutorial on how to style/set your hair with the flexi-rods as below. Defo check it out her vids if you’re looking for some curly hair inspo!

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Watch Actually Ashly’s video for creating this beautiful curly style! / credit: @actually_ashly

10. Swiss Clinic Derma Roller

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Swiss Clinic Skin Renewal kit

I’ve been thinking about it for a while now and I would really love to get my hands on a derma roller. It’s a small beauty tool that has lots of tiny needles which pricks the surface of the skin to encourage collagen production and helps increase skin cell regeneration. It’s also a tool that can help push in your skincare products deeper into the skin’s layers. It’s supposed to be fab for acne scarring especially ice-pick scars which I actually have quite a few of. I’ve enquired about the derma-pen treatment at SK:N Clinics but the price is around £300 per session which is not cheap and more painful than the at-home versions.

The derma roller I have my eyes on is the Swiss Clinic skin renewal kit for £89. It features a 0.2mm microneedle derma roller, a storage box to keep the derma roller in and a rejuvenating serum to use with the roller. The Swiss Clinic website has a little online quiz you can complete to see which product is best for you as a guideline on what to purchase if you’re also interested in purchasing one.

Don’t be tempted to buy cheap ones – sometimes if it’s too good to be true, it really is. I know Amazon has some great reviews on their £20 roller but it’s a little risk to take. The price is amazing but maybe the roller would need replacing more frequently hence the lower price. I won’t use mine frequently but at least once a month so I’d like to have one that lasts a little longer.


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My top 10 products to buy a new mum & baby

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Firstly… CONGRATULATIONS!

(If you’re not expecting and reading this, here are some great gifts for family members or friends who are)

Expecting a baby whether it’s your first or third is a wonderful experience but it can also be a stressful one. Planning ahead can make things a little easier but from my experience I found that by ‘winging it’ and improvising along the way yields near enough the same results so why add on the extra stress? It’s a bit harder to not stress when it’s your first baby – I remember when I was pregnant with LO I made plans and notes constantly. 1) because of baby brain, I could hardly remember anything and needed constant reminders and 2) I became a little OCD with planning because at the time it felt like it was making a difference and made me feel more in control of my pregnancy.

If you’re a mum to be, you can use this post as a starting point for your wishlist… gifts are what baby showers or  baby sprinkles (mini showers for 2nd, 3rd babies) are for! Don’t be shy ladies, everyone who has children knows how hard and expensive raising a child/children can be and we all need a little help from time to time and showers are the time they should be accepted without arguments. Just don’t go crazy and extravagant with your wishlist or your guests may not turn up! 🙂

I decided to split this list into 5 products for baby and 5 for the expecting parent because gifts aren’t always for bubba, they’re also for the new mum. (sorry Dads-to-be!) Continue reading “My top 10 products to buy a new mum & baby”

Fitness Tuesday: My Summer Sportswear Wishlist

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My Fitness Journey so far…

If you’ve been following me on Instagram (@mannyngo) you will know that I have started to embark on a journey to a healthier lifestyle over the last few weeks. My ab-separation has pretty much gone now – at most they are between 1-1.5 finger width apart. Around the belly button feels a little more like just under 2 finger widths apart but I think it’s normally a little more gappy around the belly button.

I started off with going to a mum & baby pilates class by Bing Pilates (which I am still attending now) and then a week later I signed up to my local Better Gym and now take several fitness classes a week. I also experimented with different classes. Continue reading “Fitness Tuesday: My Summer Sportswear Wishlist”

Home: My Bohemian Living Wishlist

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  1. BHS Babushka easy-fit chandelier light, £45
  2. Habitat Cato desk in sage green, £125
  3. Small macrame plant hanger, £25
  4. Trellis patterned self-adhesive wallpaper, £25.49
  5. Orange Indian star mandala wall hanging tapestry, £12.90
  6. Sikri Kilim hand loom wool rug in teal, £44.99
  7. 16x16in Indian Suzani vintage cushion cover (orange),  £3.85
    Turkish Kilim hand-woven wool cushion cover (red), £9.50
  8. 60cm Chunky knit round pouffe in cream, £37.99

I’ve already purchased my BHS Babushka chandelier which looks amazing. I just need to get the rest of the things on this wishlist one by one then my ideal bohemian living room will be complete! 🙂

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My BHS bohemian chandelier looks great!

Pregnancy: On the hunt for a “pretty” nursing bra

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Who said maternity lingerie had to be frumpy looking? Most maternity bras on the market for us mums-to-be nowadays have better shapes, are really comfy and designed to look good and feel good. (Finally!)

In my recent search I came across so many maternity lingerie brands; some names that I really liked and recognised, others that I hadn’t heard of, or didn’t like the look of. Most of the bras though looked amazing and seemed like they would feel comfy too. Maternity bras comes mainly in three types; non-nursing, nursing, and sleeping. I definitely want a nursing bra as I will be breastfeeding Baby Girl and will need something to see me through those booby-milk days but I want something that would be comfortable enough to fall asleep in too.

I really loved my Emma Jane nursing bra that was given to me at LO’s baby shower and I practically lived in it for the whole 6 months that I breastfed LO however it really unattractive and frumpy looking so this time, I just want something just a little bit “prettier”.

Here’s my wishlist of the nursing bras I’ve found online which I really like…

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This nursing bra by Heidi Klum Intimates looks comfortable yet stylish. I love the black and cream colour because it’s just simple and the design is one that I think I would wear on a daily basis. Also, as it’s a nursing bra, it’ll see me through my breastfeeding days so no need to switch from a non-nursing to nursing bra.


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I really love this bra by Hot Milk. It looks like my Emma Jane nursing bra that I had when I gave birth to LO which was sooo comfy but I’m not going to lie – it looked hideous and didn’t sit well under my clothes. However this one seems to look smoother and seamless so it shouldn’t be visible under my clothes. I love comfort and rate it more higher than looks so this bra will probably be my first nursing bra purchase.

 


Amoralia

nougatine-ig-matbranewThis beautiful silk-soft stretch satin and lace bra by Amoralia looks absolutely amazing. The luxurious design doesn’t compromise the functional or practical aspects of the bra. The material is stretchy so it’ll mould and move with your body, not against it. So no chaffing underarms or irritated/itchy nipples and cleavage – woop woop! The bra comes in the black/cream version which is pretty but my favourite is the nude/cream colour.

 


Topshop Maternity

ts44u18ippk_zoom_f_1This lovely bra from the Topshop Maternity collection. It’s a very simple looking maternity bra – a little cute albeit – and is very much a basic essential maternity bra. It’s the cheapest out of all the bras I’ve mentioned in this post which I am a little scared will reflect in the quality of the material. I mean, Topshop is my go-to place for clothing (especially denim jeans!) however for my maternity wear… I am not 100% sold on it yet. I will need to go to the shops to try it out and see. It may just surprise me!

Former yummy mummies, if you have any recommendations that you can offer me it will be greatly appreciated!

Kids: My Mothercare Wishlist

Back to my online shopping again and this time, I’ve decided to check out the Mothercare website. I’ve been getting so many promotional emails from the company about new sale items and special offers I thought I would check it out and make myself a little wishlist of their cute little toys for LO.

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My Mothercare Wishlist
  1. Mothercare Little Beep Beep Cotbed Duvet and Pillowcase Set, £24.99
  2. ELC My First Sand and Water Table, £25.00
  3. Ladybird Baby Touch Moo Moo Tab Book, £7.99
  4. ELC Wooden London Bus, £20.00
  5. Personalised Storybook- ‘My Name Is…’£19.99

Okay, so the duvet set isn’t a toy but I found it so cute I had to add it into the wishlist. It’s also a very good price – I’ve only got little fleece and cellular blankets for LO and I’m looking to get him a proper duvet now so will need bedding for it and found this the perfect one for him. He loves cars. 🙂

We don’t have any outdoor space apart from a balcony and it’s so bare. I still need to purchase a bistro dining set and would love to get something fun for LO and thought about the sand & water table and thought it would be cool for him to use out there. I know it could get a bit messy so I think I’ll need to get a waterproof mat to put underneath so that any sand and water spillages can be easily cleaned up.

I’ve never purchased any wooden toys for LO and thought it would be a good time to start getting him one now and what better than this super-cute push-along bus with actual wooden characters to put on to the bus! So cute! He will definitely enjoy the bus as we saw one when we went to the London Transport Museum and he couldn’t stop playing with it. With the books, I found the touch and feel animal book really cute and the personalised story book would make a cute present for young children. It’s not got great reviews so it may be trial and error with this one. There’s many other companies that specialise in personalised books etc but I guess it’s more convenient to just get everything under one roof. Mothercare have currently put on an online 3-for-2 promotion on children’s books.

Have you bought anything from Mothercare lately or know if any other special offers? Share your comments below. 🙂

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Home & Kids: My Etsy Wishlist

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It’s nearly payday and I’ve been looking at a few things to get LO for his bedroom. I want to revamp it soon but I’m not sure whether I want to paint it, or leave it white and just use self-adhesive borders and stickers instead to decorate it.

I recently bought these really cute cloud self-adhesive hooks from Ebay. I then had a light-bulb moment and thought why not use clouds as a theme?

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Cheap self-adhesive cloud hooks from Ebay

My Etsy Wishlist

I took some time out to look through what Etsy had to offer because I thought it would be easier to find cloud decor on there than anywhere else. I tried to look on Ebay but there was nothing worthy of purchasing. After trolling through Etsy for an hour and a half I found some wonderful cloud themed items and a little something for myself along the way. 🙂

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  1. Cloud crochet rug (North Star Knits On Etsy, £36.10)
  2. New Baby Shower Gift Set (Pink Pear Tree Gifts, fr. £16.23)
  3. Moroccan Rose Skincare Set (Raven CT Apothecary, fr. £15.00)
  4. Hand Painted Cloud Ceramic Plate (Susan Simonini, £23.31)
  5. Set of 2 Raindrop Wall Hooks (Shop Littles, £15.56)
  6. Small Cloud Wall Shelf (Shop Littles, 26.05)
  7. 90x90inches Blue Goddess Mandala Tapestry (Lavish Jaipur, £13.52)

I was really surprised to find so many cloud designs on there! I really love the ceramic plate, the cloud shelf and raindrop hooks. They’re just too cute and exactly what I’ve been looking for. 🙂

The wall hanging and skincare set is just a little something that I’d like for myself (I love Moroccan inspired things) and the baby shower gift is simply adorable and will come in handy for the few mother-to-be’s that I know. At my previous workplace I received a similar gift but it was in the form of a bouquet which was beautiful and a really thoughtful gift. If you’re still not too sure what it is; it’s a selection of bodysuits, socks, hats or bibs rolled up to look like cupcakes in this case. If you would like to know what the bouquet looks like, check out this one from Baby Blooms.

Is there anything you’ve found on Etsy that you love? Let me know with a comment below. 

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My ShowPo Wishlist

SHOWPO is an Australian fashion company that started off as ‘Show Pony’ from Balmain, Sydney back in late 2010. The online retailer has many of the latest trends on sale at a fraction of the high street price. Even though they are based in Australia, there international shipping price is amazingly low from $9AUD which is roughly £5.00 at today’s exchange rate (26/03/2015).

I am deeply into my two-piece co-ordinates this season and I can’t seem to get enough of them. Whether it’s top and skirt, top and trousers, or top and shorts I am loving them all! I’ve decided to base my ShowPo wish list on co-ords so here are my top three choices.

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I am simply in love with ShowPo! These three sets come up to just over £100 which is simply a bargain as in the UK, you can usually expect to pay around £40-£50 for a set of co-ordinates especially as the majority of UK stores sell their sets separately to make more money but also gives you more flexibility to choose a different sized top and bottom. I pretty much wear the same size for both top and bottom so it’s cheaper for me to get them in one for a combined price.

I love online shopping because it’s super convenient and if I can buy something I like abroad and they deliver to the UK, that’s even better! The other thing I love particularly with Australian clothing is that their designs are gorgeous and the sizes are the same measurements as the UK’s so if you wear a size UK 8, you’d be a size AUS 8. ShowPo has a size guide on every item page so you can always check that out if you’re not 100% sure. ShowPo offers international delivery (to the UK) at a really decent price – $9/£5 for standard delivery, $20/£11 for express delivery. The site also has a section where previous buyers can post up photos of themselves wearing the item so you can see exactly how the clothes look on ‘real people’.

Click on the following link below to see ShowPo’s full collection or alternatively, you can always click on my sidebar banner which you’ll see throughout the blog – I am sure you will be tempted to. 🙂

http://www.showpo.com/

My Ipanema Wishlist For Summer

My Ipanema Wish List
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Summer is approaching thick and fast! I need to start booking my pedicure appointments now to get my toes in tip-top condition and buy a good-quality pair of flip flops from my Ipanema Wish List for summer.

All those long winter months I have been very lazy and neglecting my feet. Apart from a seriously good pedicure, they also need some good-fitting sandals this year. Ever since my pregnancy the soles of my feet have become really dry and the back of the feet are hard and slightly cracking so a paraffin wax pedicure is definitely in order. I am also thinking of having CND Shellac gel on my toes this summer as they last much longer than normal polish. If you’re going abroad and to the beach, I’d highly recommend a gel polish because you will be able to dip your feet in the sea and the sand won’t be able to chip your polish!

I also can’t wear heels anymore since I have had LO so I think the easiest way to give my feet a good rest is to invest in some well-made summer footwear. No more cheap £4.00 flip flops from Primark that wear away within two weeks and leave my soles black from the friction. I’ve seen two pairs from the Ipanema official UK website that have taken my fancy; they are the Festival sandal and the Bella Platform.

My Ipanema Wish List
The Ipanema Festival Sandal (£20)

The Festival Sandal, £20 is incredibly stylish and would look great during the day or at night. The pretty gold chevron detail looks gorgeous and can be easily teamed up simple accessories and maxi dress for a casual style or dressed up with denim jeans for a night out.

The Bella Platform, £22 is perfect for adding some height to your look, platform sandals are also recommended if you (like me) walk with more pressure applied on the back of the foot. I love the Bella design as it’s simple but stylish and the added heel will provide my feet with some gentle relief and won’t wear away easily.

About The Company
The company originates from Brazil and all of the footwear is only produced by their own factories located in the North of Brazil. Each flip flop is made with Brazilian spirit and culture in mind hence the vibrant and colourful designs. Ipanema sandals are 100% recyclable and can only be bought in the UK by selected official stockist.

http://www.ipanema.uk.com/