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Tuesday’s Temptations

I haven’t posted for a while so wanted to get my butt into gear so today’s the day. Whilst out at the weekend I popped into Oliver Bonas for some birthday pressie inspiration only to realise they have some lovely clothes (especially dresses) in stock at the moment. So they have inspired me to start Tuesday’s Temptations.

  1. First up is this beautiful leaf print dress, that is bang on trend – £75.00

Palmrama Printed Leaf dress

2. I love an animal print whether leopard, cow or dalmatian. The great thing about a classic shirt dress is you can use a belt or put it over jeans or leggings and it will still look fab – £69.50

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3. This block dress is my favorite, you could wear with different colour shoes to really make a statement. – £69.50

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4. This dress is also bang on trend, lots of white dresses happening all over the place this season. The pattern on this one is lovely and made with quality. – £85.00

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5. It’s not a dress you are right, but it is a gorgeous bright orange skirt. The material is so touchy feely, I had to buy it. The fit and belt are just perfect for a bit of a mum tum and true to size. Not too short either. – £49.50

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This is not an Ad for Oliver Bonas just lovely items of clothing I would buy myself.

#tuesdaytemptations

Friends supporting friends

It is mental health awareness this week and it is so good to see lots of the lovely women (and Men!) supporting this.

I wanted to share a picture of my bestie, whom is a lovely lady that has supported me, without her my mental health wouldn’t be what it is today. Since aged 11 she has been my go to.

She has seen me through many an up and a down, she would stay with me when I wouldn’t leave the house, she picked me up when I fell down (literally). When my asthma was bad she would check I was breathing in my sleep. When I had to visit a psychiatrist, she walked me there and waited for me to come out. She listens to my troubles even though she has some of own. When I made bad choices in life, with hair, clothes, men, films she still stood next to me as my friend.

She still makes me laugh till it hurts and hopefully I will be able to be as good a friend to her as she has been to me.

Be like Sam, have a friend like Claire xx

#metalhealthawarenessweek

Photo: This was taken at Newmarket Races a few years ago, Claire and I were making our hair bigger so it looked like a picture from the 80’s.

5 Best Tapas Restaurants in SE1 London

Now today is national paella day and with that in mind I thought I would do a post about some of the best places in SE1 to get your spanish food fix.

I studied Spanish many years ago at school. I love the language, the people and the food. Especially the food. In recent years there have been quite a few tapas restaurants open up in the SE1 area and we can’t get enough of them as a whole family. I have two little ladies, one who loves all food and the other who is quite (very) fussy, but we all love tapas.

Here are some of our favourites:

Lobos – www.lobostapas.co.uk

We are regulars at Lobos, the staff are great, always chatty and very helpful when one of the littles ladies wants a dish without something, or just want more breadsticks, they are only to happy to help. The interior is industrial but cosy and we haven’t had a bad meal there.

Brindisa – www.brindisakitchens.com

These guys were there from the beginning of Borough Market, with a stall, a shop, a restaurant and now more restaurants around London. We love this place too, but generally very hard to get a table, as it is very popular and you can’t book. It is best to get there early for more than two of you, unless you are happy to sit outside. We have done that many a time in the rain and shine as the food is worth it. Sometimes we get to sit inside but it isn’t always great as we end up on the high tables, not so good with smaller children.

Mar i terra – www.mariterra.net

I was on a train to Charing Cross once and saw the name on the side of the building and had to check it out. This is a hidden gem in Waterloo, tucked down a side road under the arches. It is family run and traditional. In the hot London sun you can eat outside in their garden/yard but be quick as it is the size of a postage stamp, but very welcome in the summer. They are also very friendly with the kids.

Jose – www.josepizarro.com

This place is always busy, very hard to get a table and no booking, in a true tapas taverna style very small tables and you can end up standing up, but again worth it. Their food and service is excellent and will try to accommodate you if they can.

Bar Tozino – www.tozino.co.uk

Tucked in one of the arches another favourite place to visit Maltby Street Market, Bar Tozino does some amazing Jamon’s, we are also a fan of their wine selection and their pickles.

#nationalpaelladay

Obsessed with The George

I recently posted on Instagram about The George in MontClair, New Jersey. It has been designed by beauty legend Bobbi Brown. I have become slightly obsessed with the interior, it is just beautiful and many of the interior design magazines have been writing about it (The Cut, Architectural Digest etc).  She uses red and the union jack against dark greys very carefully which gives the rooms just the right amount of pop.

So I had a good look around to see what great accessories you can use to get a similar effect to update your greys and whites. Using the reds, tartan and union jack subtlety just like Bobbi Brown.Bear and Bear throw

This large tartan throw over the bed will be perfect to give some bright colours to your bedroom. Tartan throw by John Hanley – Bear and Bear

Union jack cushion

I love a union jack cushion, but my husband won’t let me have them. Don’t worry I don’t usually listen to him so they will appear shortly.

Union Jack Cushions – Red Candy

Red telephone

A Wild and Wold 746 telephone from Robert Dyas. These phones always speak to my love of retro and there is no need to worry about getting your finger stuck on this one, it has been totally updated.

 

I love this Faux Book which actually has gin inside (you’ll look well read but can have a sneeky drink) available form Fortnum and Mason by Chase Distillery.

Union jack mini

You can’t get more British than a red mini with a union jack on top – This will add a bit of fun to the room without going ott from TK Maxx

telephone closet

Not so subtle but I blinking well love this, it is a closet, yep a closet. I can’t tell you how much I want this. If you get it, I want to see pictures!! From Maison du Monde

I also wouldn’t be able to help myself from jumping out of it in a superhero outfit!

Thank you

Sam x

the main image is taken from The George website. credit: The George.

Nice Fanny Pouch! (aka bum bag/belt bag)

When I was a teenager my sister, brother in law and mum saved up their hard earned pennies to take to me and my niece to Disney World. Then it was a holiday of a life time and growing up on MTV, LA Law and Dirty Dancing of course the US of A was exciting.

My sister had done a lot of reading up on what you should and shouldn’t do. Taking stuff on rides was a no-no, bum bags were the way to go in order to keep your belongings whilst hanging upside down on the highest, largest, fastest rides in the world.

The blog post by Ainsley Louise – Inspo – Fanny pack, reminded me of the day we were waiting for the Disney parade to start. We were early and eager to have a good view. The crowds started to build and a lady stood next me, in order to pass the time she said started conversation. Her opening gambit was “Lovely Fanny pouch” pointing to what I thought she meant my nether regions. Slightly shocked and moving closer to my sister, she said it again “nice fanny pouch”

Now we didn’t know in the US, fanny meant bottom, as it means the complete opposite part of our body parts in the UK, there was my sister and I thinking she was complimenting my lady garden and not my bum bag.

I am so glad that the fashion industry have decided to rebrand the Fanny Pack/Bum Bag to the Belt bag. Now no 13 year old is going to get complimented on her lady garden, but quite possibly her designer belt bag.

Here are my favourites:wandler belt bag

Anna Belt Bag Kiss

clare v belt bagClare V Fannypack

 

zara belt bag

Zara Belt Bag

Top shop belt bag

Top Shop Panther Bum Bag

 

Chloe belt bagChloe Pixie mini suede and leather belt bag

Love

Sam x