Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Four Fail Safe Gifts For Fathers Day

Dads are a special breed, well they are to me anyway. I distinctly remember being asked to write about my hero at primary school and choosing my dad as my subject (sorry mum you're awesome too!) I've always thought my dad is the bees knees (he's just an all round good egg) so whenever Fathers Day comes knocking I like to spoil him, only trouble is he's a nightmare to buy for and he's never been one to hide his feelings! Enter my four fail safe gifts that mean I never have to endure a disappointed dad again, yes he really is that bad.

1. The luxe necessity - think the everyday item that he can’t be without and then up the ante, a Barbour tee instead of their usual Urban Outfitters pick or a pair of super cosy UGG slippers instead of their usual M&S ones. I actually got Craig this pair of Scuff slippers* from Amara (those guys know how to do luxe gifts) as an early Fathers Day gift from Sadie and I can confirm they feel like walking on clouds. Craig literally wears them from the moment he gets in from work until bed and I wear them most of the day (shhh!) The perfect Fathers Day gift? I think so.

2. That's entertainment - this might be an obvious one when it comes to buying for men but I think it's definitely one of the most fail safe gifts around. Think DVDs (The Revenant has just come out and if your dads anything like mine he’ll love this), boxsets, tickets to see his favourite comedian or a CD for his car will always go down a storm. Tell me I'm not the only one who still buys CDs?

3. The edible one - I’ve got two words that win my dad over every time, Hotel Chocolat. Those chocolate making wizards can do no wrong in my eyes and I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love to be gifted a box. Fact.

4. The personal one - possibly my favourite type of gift to give but promise not to tell the others? Choose a simple brass or copper photo frame and fill it with a picture of you both together (go for throw back snaps for the extra cute factor) or try a humorous mug filled with their favourite tea/coffee/hot beverage of choice. Failing that anything monogrammed is always going to make the most memorable gift and I guarantee you won't see a disappointed face.

What's your fail safe gift when it comes to buying for the men in your life?

*These slippers were kindly sent to me by Amara, all cloud like thoughts my own.

Monday, 30 May 2016

All Hail The Midi Dress

Louche Shanta Dress: JOY*
Frayed Crop Jacket: Hush
Willow Bag: Mulberry
Friendship Bracelet: Links of London
Ziggy Round Pendant Necklace: Monica Vinader
Trina Sandal: Sam Edelman via Daniel Footwear
Hold the phone, an outfit post without a stripe in sight - who am I? On a side note don't you think we should all say hold the phone more often? Thoughts in the comments please. With Bank Holiday weekend almost bidding it's final farewell (where is this year going?) I thought it was high time I brought you yesterdays rather glam outfit while sitting in a pair of joggers and a workout hoodie, I'm all about the juxtaposition don't you know. 

Yesterday Craig, Sadie and I headed off to my mum and dads for a family BBQ so I couldn't think of a better excuse to throw on my latest wardrobe addition. Say hello to my floral midi dress which is a dream for lazy occasion dressing and mums a like, double points if you're both. First let's talk about the beautiful flowery print, not only does it brighten your day but it's excellent for hiding food stains, have you ever eaten next to an eleven month baby before? Watch out for the hummus. Next is the length, a midi dress is the twenty something plus girls dream - it skims those areas you want to disguise, showcases your skinny ankles and there's no chance of any cheek being on show when you bend down to pick up your into-everything-baby. Finally the cami style top makes this dress appropriate for all of the occasions, dressed down with low sandals a la moi for a summer BBQ, sans shoes for a beach walk or add high heels and this dress is Summer wedding or races perfect. As Sheffield couldn't make its mind up weather wise I added my Chanel inspired frayed jacket to ward off the chill. Isn't she a beaut? A birthday gift well chosen, thank you mum and dad.

While tomorrow might be everyones Monday (yes I know it's actually Tuesday) I can't complain one jot as I'm off shopping with my mum because I'm craving more blue and white tops from Zara, this one is easily my most worn item in my wardrobe right now. My mission this week is to find a bunch of peonies, now before you call me a blogger cliche hear me out - they're not only the prettiest flower around but closed ivory ones featured in my wedding bouquet so I think I more than deserve an open posy. Right?

Do you have a penchant for peonies? What do you make of midis?

*I was kindly sent this dress by JOY, all midi love my own.

Monday, 23 May 2016

How To Print Clash

Navy Striped Top: Topshop
Floral Print Wrap Skirt: Warehouse
Mini Chain Messenger Bag: Zara
Rose Gold Bracelet: Links Of London
Rose Gold Watch: Olivia Burton
Vintage Western Sandals: Topshop
New backdrop, new ensemble, somebody sound the outfit of the day klaxon. It feels like forever since I brought some fresh threads to Cagney and Lace so I'm thrilled to be sharing a few new pieces with you all. Thinking about it around half my wardrobe will be new to this corner of the Internet as I bought so many garms for our honeymoon and haven't really stopped picking up Spring inspired items since I returned, whoops. Having a baby not only changes your body shape but also your priorities and ultimately how you feel about yourself. I'm almost eleven months in to motherhood and I finally feel like that fashion obsessed woman I was again (albeit one that's wary of white and anything that must be dry cleaned) which in my book warrants celebration in the shape of a hair cut (I wasn't sure at first but now I love it) and half a new wardrobe.

So print clashing, you either do it on the daily or contemplate it before retreating to the comfort and familiarity of block shades. I used to be the girl who threw all of the prints on, only to catch a mirror before leaving the house and deciding something needed to go. Over the past few years I've honed my pattern clashing skills and here's what I find works. Always stick to patterns and prints from the same colour palette - nine times out of ten this will be successful, I promise and if in doubt reach for a stripe, they will never let you down. That said playing with pattern won't always please everyone, I wore this ensemble to my nieces christening yesterday only for my dad to remark, nice skirt but I'm not quite sure about the stripes, maybe you should wear it with something more plain. With jewellery kept to a minimum, I couldn't put together this post without giving a shout out to my favourite bag and sandal combo, and yes they're both black. Now this might not seem unusual to you but for me black has always been a colour I reserve for mourning so it's been fun trying and actually enjoying a new neutral. 

I've actually been sporting this Zara bag so often that I'm thinking my next investment piece might have to be a black bag (my best friend will be gasping right about now) and after much debate over the Chloe Drew I think I'm going to stick to my guns and go classic with something from Chanel. I'm still researching and saving but as always you'll be the first to know when a purchase happens.

Are you a confident print clasher or more of a colour block kinda gal?

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Wedding Gifts From Uncommon Goods

Your wedding day is magical and your honeymoon is the holiday that you never want to end, seriously. It's. The. Best. So you can imagine the come down when you're carried over the threshold (yes we totally ticked that box) to realise all the wedding festivities are over. That is until you realise you have a wedding gift to open from Uncommon Goods*, a cool website that brings together designers, artisans and all round talented folk to offer you different, can't-find-anywhere-else gifts and homewares. 

So before you get carried away and start cracking open the champagne with me (because how else do you open wedding gifts?) let’s talk about what I found inside the cardboard packaging, say hello to our personalised Hannah and Craig print. Isn’t it the cutest? What I love about Uncommon Goods is not only the huge selection of items you never thought you needed until you laid eyes on them but how you get to learn more about the seller too, 'cos after all we all buy from the person right? Our cameo print was designed by Mary & Shelly Klein a mother and daughter duo who not only design couple prints but ace family portraits too - don't just take my word for it, check them here.

Sadie was also lucky enough to get a thoughtful wedding gift too (well she did make the cutest baby around on our special day). The All Aboard Books make a refreshing change from the run of the mill childrens books, taking you on a journey of landmarks in Paris and New York. This adorable series is designed by a husband and wife team and I love how they introduce French to children in a cool, retro inspired book. Sadie can’t get enough of books right now and will happily sit and while away a few quiet moments with one in hand (a woman after my own heart) so it’s a joy to see her with something a touch different. Check out Hailys mini store of beyond cute children's goods here and on that note I bid you au revoir mes amis. 

Do you enjoy finding new places to shop for homewares and gifts? I've got my eye on this super cool lighting.

*In collaboration with Uncommon Goods, all thoughts my own.


Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Introducing Mr & Mrs Wild

Photo credit: S6 Photography
What a difference a month makes, I've gone from Miss Firth to Mrs Wild and I couldn't be happier. The day went without a hitch even though we experienced every type of weather possible - I'm talking glorious sunshine, April showers, hail (yes hail and only when I got out of the wedding car at the church) and finally a dashing of snow. Not long after this picture was taken the heavens opened and I had to clamber down the hills like Bambi, if Bambi wore a wedding dress and a pair of Jimmy Choos. One of my dear friends got married last August and I distinctly remember asking her if married life felt any different when she returned from her honeymoon, she told me yes and that as a couple they felt closer. At the time I did wonder how this was possible especially as Craig and I already had Sadie together but what do you know the girl was right. It's a difficult one to put into words so without sounding like one of those smug marrieds you'll have to trust me on this one although I will say life seems complete and I feel incredibly happy and content knowing that the three of us are all part of one Wild unit.

One thing I will confess though is the tiniest bit of sadness (and I mean the teeny tiniest bit) that I'll not get to plan our wedding or enjoy the day all over again. If only we had a few weddings to attend this year, that'd cure the wedding planning blues for sure. It's true what they say about your wedding day passing by in a heartbeat - with eighteen months of planning you'd think the universe would grant you a slowed down second on your wedding day but sadly not. My advice to any soon to be wedded couples would be to make sure you take a moment together where it's just the two of you and soak it all up. Craig and I were lucky enough to do this twice on our day as Jon our everything-we-could-have-wished-for-and-more photographer took us to two different locations, one enroute to our reception and the other sneaking away and we both agreed these two moments were some of our favourites from the day.

I'm thinking about putting together a couple of blog posts on our wedding including suppliers, behind the scenes planning and of course a whole host of pictures from the day itself so do let me know if you'd be interested in seeing this. For now I'm signing off because as much as I'd love to sit and blog all day I've got a super fun, into everything ten month old to play with.

Are you excited for wedding season? Tell me you have some weddings to attend?


Saturday, 9 April 2016

Birthday Wishing

(L-R) Deliciously Ella Everyday/ Sunday Riley Good Genes/ Becca Shimmering Skin Moonstone/ Florence Ankle Boots/ MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick/ Proenza Schouler PS1 Tiny Satchel/ Silk Eye Mask/ Monica Vinader Ziggy Pendant/ Clinique Take The Day Off/ Frayed Crop Jacket/ Shore Projects Watch/ Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay/ Mini Chain Messenger/ Gemma Lace Up Sandals/ Origins Smoothing Soufflé/ MV Organic Travel Set
Can you believe this time next week I'll be married? I'll probably be sat down enjoying my three course wedding breakfast right about now, isn't that crazy? Also don't you love that it's called a wedding breakfast? To say I'm excited is an understatement yet I can't say I'm enjoying my final week as a Miss just yet as I've been taken down by a viral infection which was masquerading as tonsillitis. Gutted doesn't quite cover it and without sounding like a serious whinger I can't remember the last time I felt so ill. Pity party over I wonder whether my health landslide was brought on by my amazing hen weekend, my sister from another mister and maid of honour Gemma organised the most memorable couple of days in London and for that I'm eternally grateful. Check out my Insta for a few clucky snaps.

Two days after our wedding Craig, Sadie and I are heading off to Lake Como for our honeymoon to enjoy some much needed R&R, we'll also be celebrating my 28th birthday while we're in Italy (my first birthday abroad and as a Mrs) so I thought it was high time I compiled a wish list, you know, in case you wanted to buy me a birthday gift before I jetted off? I jest, I jest. Now it wouldn't be one of my birthday lists without a seriously luxe, over the top item - say hello to the Proenza Schouler PS1 tiny satchel which I've been coveting for longer than I care to admit. A more purse friendly find is the Chanel inspired cross body bag from Zara, isn't she a little beaut? MAC Velvet Teddy would fit perfectly inside either of these leather loves don't you think?

Other notable picks, you know, the ones I can't stop thinking about are the Florence ankle boots from Bath babes Seven Boot Lane, not only are these the perfect update to my much loved Sam Edelmans but they share their name with my daughter, that's a sign right? Another Chanel inspired piece is the white frayed cropped jacket from Hush which would be uber chic in Como, not forgetting the gold wear-with-everything timepiece from Shore Projects which needs to be on my wrist pronto. While we're talking jewellery it'd be rude of me not to mention the Monica Vinader pendant which you can have engraved with your initial, I actually borrowed the same necklace from Gemma last weekend and I must confess, I didn't want to give it back.

Last but by no means least are all the beauty, skincare and honeymoon essentials (hello Sam Edelman sandals and silky eye mask) that I'd love to open in Italy. Since becoming a mum I rarely buy skin and body care prods for myself so I thought my birthday would be the ideal time to be treated. I recently tried a sample of Good Genes and it's incredible and MV Organics can do no wrong in my eyes so their little travel kit would be greatly appreciated. I'm currently sans cleanser, body lotion and highlighter (that's terrible for a blogger right?) so I'd adore Cliniques offering, that Becca compact and a tub of Origins pepperminty goodness. I'm also nearly out of Blackberry & Bay and would love to own a personalised bottle, which is something you can get for free (before the 15th of April) thanks to Lily with the code LILYPEBBLES.

Next time you hear from me I'll be a married lady but for now I bid you adieu as a singleton with a curry calling my name. Fingers crossed I can sweat out this infection...

What do you make of my birthday lust list?

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Pink To Make The Boys Wink

Coline Jacket: Claudie Pierlot via Selfridges
Oversized Wool Scarf: & Other Stories
Navy Striped Top: Topshop
Leopard Print Chain Clutch: Whistles
Popper Side A-Line Skirt: Whistles
Black Opaques: Marks & Spencer
Black Petty Boots: Sam Edelman
It feels like an age since I went on tour so I'm beyond thrilled to tell you I'm bringing you this post from my beyond comfortable bed in the seriously luxe Rudding Park in Harrogate. I'm feeling like a new woman after the most amazing Aromatherapy Associates facial and back massage which is just what I needed, the calm before the storm if you will as tomorrow is my penultimate wedding dress fitting and Friday, well Friday is the beginning of my hen weekend which means it'll be 15 days until I get married. 15 days until I become a Mrs instead of a Miss, I mean where has the time disappeared to? This past week has passed by in a blur of wedding preparations (oh the admin), personal training sessions (it's tough but feels so good afterwards) and Easter egg avoidance as I'm trying my very best to be good on the wedding countdown - so far so good although there is a cookie iced with Sadies name in our hotel room that's staring at me, maybe this will break me? Should I start a pray for Hannah hashtag?

These snaps were taken on Easter Monday where we found ourselves picking up our wedding bands and enjoying a family stroll with hot chocolates in hand, for the record I didn't have my usual addition of marshmallows. Healthy right? I picked up this blue leather jacket in the Selfridges sale when I went to choose my wedding shoes in London back in January (I know, I know how many times have I said wedding). While I wasn't in the market for a leather jacket at that very moment I couldn't resist this buttery soft baby with it's detachable faux fur collar - throw in a final reduction price and oodles of French girl chic and I just had to make this wardrobe staple mine. If my jacket wasn't in the picture my favourite wardrobe addition would have to be my pink a-line skirt, not only is the perfect shape for skimming my child bearing hips but it's also the colour of the moment. Shades of pink, rose and blush are all over the high street right now and I for one am in heaven - I'm not even a super girly girl but rosy tones are definitely something I can get on board with. Completing the look I added a reverse Breton striped tee from Topshop which is that perfect length for pairing with slightly higher waisted garms, my go to ankle boots which I'm keen to replace pronto as they're looking a little tired and one of the best bags I ever purchased from Whistles.

Now I'm off to grab an early and healthy dinner with a crawling (yes she's crawling) Sadie Florence and my mum. Fingers crossed that cookie doesn't wink at me in the meantime...

Did you have a delightful Easter weekend? Do you rate pink?
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