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Playing dress up

I love Polyvore. It allows me to carry out all my outfit fantasies from the comfort of my own home without rushing around the shops like a crazy person, getting hot and sweaty in the changing rooms, feeling depressed when it doesn’t fit or look right and having to spend a ton of money. It’s like playing Barbie’s for grown-ups.

I’ve never really decided on a signature style and I don’t think I ever really will. I’m the same with music. I like motown, emo, hip-hop, dance, rock, punk, a bit of anything. I feel like my heart wants boho so I can dress like a hippy picking flowers in a field but my head is much more practical and knows that floaty white dresses and dangling tassles won’t last long in real life – especially with a baby.

When I was a bit younger, and working in an office, I went through a phase of reading a lot of fashion magazines and I wanted to wear pencil skirts and high heels and look professional. I quickly grew out of that phase though and can now be found wearing jeans and t-shirts and just gazing dreamily at blogs wishing I could look as stylish and put together as Carrie, Olivia, Rose or Amy.

This inspired me to put some dream outfits together, and I used Polyvore to play around with mixing and matching accessories and clothes I stumbled upon online. I discovered some great brands I didn’t know about previously like *Michael Hill and at the same time saw some new trends from my regular faves like Topshop.

 

Boho look with Michael Hill jewelry

Earrings: Michael Hill | Kimono: Mango | Bag: Warehouse | Top: Topshop | Shoes: Sole Society | Shorts: Levi 501 | Bracelet: Michael Hill

This is my ultimate summer boho look. Nice and simple with a white top, denim shorts & a pop of colour from the jewellery. I can just imagine chilling on the ferris wheel at Coachella in this.

 

Beach babe look with Michael Hill jewelry

Bikini bottoms: Aerie | Bag: Needsupply.com | Necklace: Michael Hill | Sandals: Sam Edelman | Ring: Michael Hill | Blanket: J Crew | Bikini top: Topshop

I couldn’t help myself! I had to include a beachy look. I’m spending so much time at the beach at the moment I can barely think of anything else! I love the nautical theme of the anchor necklace and the subtle silver ring will make your tan pop nicely!

 

The Classic Audrey look with Michael Hill

Bag: Forever New | Dress: Vero Moda | Necklace: Michael Hill | Bracelet: Michael Hill | Shoes: Carvela

Who doesn’t want to recreate that timeless classic look from Breakfast at Tiffany’s? This outfit works for any formal occasion and suits anyone. Dinner with your parents? Yep. Hot date? Yep. Night at the theatre? Yep. Covers all bases.

 

The Bombshell Marilyn look with Michael Hill Jewelry

Lipstick: Red Lizard by Nars | Dress: Herve Leger | Ring: Michael Hill | Earrings: Michael Hill | Shoes: Aldo

Now this is a look that I don’t think I’d ever be able to pull off. You’ve got to have serious balls to rock a look like this. But if you get it right, you’re guaranteed to be the centre of attention wherever you go.

Which is your favourite look?

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Top 10 things to do in London with kids

We’ve recently been thinking about having a mini break in London. There’s so much stuff for kids to do in the capital and I loved visiting with my granddad when I was younger. (Although I was too young to appreciate exactly how great his knowledge of London is after being a policeman and part of MI5)

We’ve got family that live just outside the city that we could stay with and we’d be easily be able to hop on a bus to London Victoria coach station* from Bournemouth which would be much more relaxing than driving.

1. Treasure Trails

I hadn’t heard of this until very recently but it sounds so exciting. I can just imagine Huxley and Nick running around and solving all the clues! You buy and print off the ‘case files’ for £6.99 – or get them posted to you (you can even have them personalised for £12.99) – and they lead you all around the different sights and parks of London. There’s 33 different treasure trails to choose from so it doesn’t matter which part of London you’re planning on being in, there’s bound to be one near you. And if you’re staying a while, then why not try a few!

Treasure trail

2. Hamleys

Hamleys is the oldest and largest toy store in the world. It has 7 floors and over 50,000 toys. Need I say more?!

Hamleys

3. Natural History Museum

I absolutely loved visiting the Natural History Museum when I was little. It’s in the most incredibly beautiful building and is just fascinating for all ages. And it’s totally free! I remember being completely in awe of the enormous dinosaur skeleton in the main entrance hall and having a blast on all the interactive exhibits.

natural history museum

4. The London Eye

The London Eye is a giant ferris wheel on the side of the Thames which offers some incredible views of London’s skyline and has itself become an iconic part of it. It’s a little bit pricey but it’s the kind of thing you’ll only do once. There’s a whole range of tickets available online but my personal choice would be the ‘day and night’ ticket which is only £6 more than a regular ticket but gets you two 30-minute journeys, one in the day, and one at night. You can also save up to 24% by booking online in advance so it’s definitely worth checking out the website.

London-Eye

5. Harry Potter London bus tour

I am so going to embarrass the hell out of Huxley when he’s older. I’ll be there, at the top of the bus, dressed like Hermione, forcing a Gryffindor jumper over his head and attacking him with a lip pencil to draw on the famous scar. The tour lasts for 3 hours and you can get off the coach to take pictures at several stops. (There’s also a walking tour if that’s more your style. It’s cheaper too).

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6. HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast was originally a Royal Navy light cruiser but is now a museum ship housed on the Thames. It’s an exciting place for kids to be as they can run around it’s 9 decks and imagine what it must have been like to live on board as one of it’s 950 sailors. Under 16′s are free and adults are £15.50.

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7. Coram’s Fields

Coram’s Fields is a seven acre playground and park in Camden. There’s a duck pond, two tennis courts, sandpits, a basketball court and a pets corner too. Entrance to the park is free, as are all activities.

Coram's Fields

8. Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre is Europe’s largest centre for the arts, comprising of three main buildings. There’s a really cool skatepark, a big food market and lots of street performers busking along the way. Outside the Royal Festival Hall, the popular aquatic sculpture ‘Appearing Rooms’ by Jeppe Hein means that kids can have a bit of a splash around and cool down in the warmer weather. It’s there until 7th September and is open everyday except Mondays.

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9. London Dungeon

Probably aimed at older kids and certainly not for scaredy-cats, the London Dungeon takes you back through 1,000 years of London’s macabre history to learn about characters like Sweeney Todd and Jack the Ripper. It’s an interactive experience with actors employed to play scary characters and shows that encourage audience participation. There are also 2 rides; a water ride and a ‘drop ride’ staged as a public hanging. Lovely. Again, you can save quite a bit on ticket prices by booking online in advance.

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10. Horniman Museum & Gardens

The Horniman Museum & Gardens is a free museum specialising in natural history, anthropology and musical instruments set in 16 acres of gardens. There’s an aquarium, a small animal enclosure, a nature trail, a sound garden with large musical instruments for playing and a bandstand from 1912 overlooking the London skyline. It’s a bit quieter than the more popular museums and it’s all free!

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Have you got any other favourite places to visit in London with kids that I haven’t mentioned? If you’ve done the Harry Potter tour or the treasure trail I’d love to hear about it!

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