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A birthday party at Farmer Palmer’s

On Saturday our goddaughter Lexi turned 2. We were invited to a birthday party at Farmer Palmer’s to celebrate. This birthday party was extra special to us as we unfortunately missed her first birthday party as Huxley was still in intensive care this time last year. Lauren & Ben very kindly came to visit me in hospital with a massive care package of sausage rolls and cake so I didn’t totally miss out but it definitely wasn’t the same as being there in person. Hux & Lexi were very nearly birthday buddies as his due date was originally the same day!

We’d never been to Farmer Palmer’s before but had heard a lot about it and were really excited to go. Nick’s sister Neile was invited with Elsie & Hadley and our friends Kat & Lucy were there too. We went on a giant bouncy castle, had a ride on a tractor, stroked a calf, brushed a pony, saw pigs, sheep & guinea pigs, ran around the soft play and gorged ourselves on pizza and cake. It was perfect.

To be honest, we missed quite a lot of things there as we were too busy eating for the most part and Huxley was pooped after 2 hours so we’ll definitely have to go back.

Lexi3Lexi2Lexi1Lexi4Lexi6Lexi7Lexi8Huxley cracks me up in this picture. This is literally me everyday when I try and give him a cuddle. He just won’t sit still.

Lexi9Lexi10Hahaha I promise he was having a nice time! God knows what he was so cross about!

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Christmas party outfit planning

It’s November next week, that means it’s safe to mention Christmas now right?

I have been drooling over Christmas party dresses for a little while now. Unfortunately for me, being self-employed means that I won’t have a party to wear them to but a girl can dream! (Although I did see some talk on Twitter of a Bournemouth bloggers Christmas party?!)

Christmas parties always bring out the girly side of me. Day-to-day I’m a pretty standard jeans, t-shirt and trainers girl with scruffy hair and very little make-up but there’s something about the festive season that makes me want to get dressed up, master the smokey eye and the beehive that I’ve wanted to learn to do for years, stick my Louboutins on and dance the night away. To be honest, I haven’t been to a proper Christmas party in years and I think it would be so much more fun now. It’s amazing how much less I care what people think as I’ve gotten older. That old adage ‘dance like no-one is watching’? I’d be all over that. Maybe a bit too much. Oh well, everyone else will be smashed! (I don’t drink)

When I heard about Watches of Switzerland I was over the moon to have an excuse to waste spend some time on my favourite website, Polyvore, without Nick breathing down my neck. (Seriously, he’s like the strictest life boss ever). They’ve got some seriously dreamy brands like Cartier, Chanel, Jaeger LeCoultre, Piaget & Rolex so I thought it would be fun to incorporate them into some glitzy outfits just in time for Christmas party season.

 

Christmas party outfit with Watches of Switzerland

Dress: Ted Baker | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Watch: Piaget | Earrings: Ernest Jones

How incredibly fabulous is this dress?? Whack a bit of red lipstick on and a good old smokey eye and you’ll be a show stopper for sure. I love that the Louboutins add another ombre edge to this dress with the satin matching the middle tones of the dress and the soles matching the bottom. This is going to look amazing with a messy beehive to show off those stunning earrings. I thought this dress would be best paired with a simple, understated but classy watch – the kind you could easily imagine Audrey Hepburn wearing to breakfast at Tiffanys.

 

'Snow Queen' Christmas party outfit with Watches of Switzerland

Dress: Oasis | Shoes: Steve Madden | Watch: A. Lange & Sohne | Tiara: Debenhams

This look instantly conjured up images of a snow queen in my head. I’m thinking dark tumbling hair, pale flawless skin with rosy pink cheeks and minimal make-up. I love the touches of gold in the watch to lift the outfit and the pearlescent face matches the dress perfectly.

 

Navy Christmas party outfit with Watches of Switzerland

Dress: Coast | Shoes: New Look | Watch: Raymond Weil | Necklace: Ernest Jones

Doesn’t this dress just scream Nigella? She would look SO amazing in this. This beautifully deep shade of blue would look so lovely on a blonde too. I can imagine Cate Blanchett looking utterly gorgeous in this colour. I love that the necklace would subtly make a feature of your collarbones too. I love the simplicity of this classic watch with the outfit too.

Now I just need a party to go to *sob*. Maybe Nick & I can throw our own self-employed party at Wagamamas or something?!?

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Today I’m Wearing: A Joules Monica floral wrap dress

I love this dress. I’ve found it quite hard since becoming a mum to find clothes that are convenient to wear with a child. It can’t be too low cut otherwise Hux will pull it down, it can’t be too short otherwise I’ll be bearing all whenever I bend over to pick him up, patterns are better at hiding stains than plain things etc and this dress ticks all those boxes!

The colours are deep and beautiful and the material is light and feels luxurious against your skin. It can be dressed up for nights out and dressed down with tights and flats for every day. This dress will definitely be a staple feature in my wardrobe for years to come.

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Dress: Joules | Shoes: Christian Louboutin

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