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?

Thursday, 24 March 2016

The Raw Brownie Creme Egg

With the Easter bank holiday weekend almost open us, hello hot cross buns and lamb Sunday roast I thought it was about time I popped up this recipe which my rather wonderful fiancĂ© created as a dessert on Valentines Day. Now to give you a bit of background on the creation of this recipe, someone (also known as me) was giddy about the arrival of creme eggs in the shops and had a craving for a creme egg brownie, something I'm yet to make, shocking I know. Craig took this on board and decided to make a slightly better for you alternative (thanks to Madeline Shaw) which tasted divine. I'll be frank, this recipe isn't for the faint hearted when it comes to a chocolatey pud - if you like your puds rich, decadent and overloaded with chocolate then this ones for you.

To make six portions you'll need:

150g of hazelnuts
150g of Medjool dates (these are the big chunky ones)
50g of raw cacao powder
3 tbsp coconut oil
A bag of mini eggs
3 creme eggs

First you need to make your raw brownie mixture so pop the the hazelnuts in a food processor or blender and blitz for 3 minutes. Next add the dates and cacao before slowly adding the coconut oil as the mixture is blending together. Give this a good few minutes to blend and voila your raw brownie mixture is good to go. 

Now are you ready to get messy? Unwrap your creme egg, grab a palm sized amount of raw brownie mixture and mould this around your creme egg. Think of the coating that makes up a Scotch egg and you'll be on the money. Repeat until you've covered each creme egg. Got some leftover mixture? Pop it to one side for now.

Next pop 3/4 of your bag of mini eggs in the food processor and blitz until they resemble pastel coloured pieces. Now put your mini mini eggs onto a plate add the brownied creme egg and roll until covered. Any mixture that is left over can be made into balls as pure raw brownie or can be used to covered any remaining mini eggs. Alternatively you could use the smaller sized creme eggs to make bite sized Easter celebration treats. 

Once all covered pop them into the fridge to set for around thirty minutes then get ready to enjoy. We sliced ours in half and added strawberries to balance the unhealthy/healthy scales and while I'm no food blogger in terms of photography you've got to admit this Easter egg looks pretty darn good. 

What will you be baking this Easter? 

Friday, 11 March 2016

Dressing Like My Daughter

Stripe Cuff Knit Jumper: Whistles
Khaki Slim Leg Dungarees: River Island
Cream Biker Jacket: Zara
Alexa Bag: Mulberry
Adidas Gazelle Trainers: JD Sport
I think the last time I rocked a pair of dungarees was a good twenty years ago but with Sadie being such an avid wearer (yes I take style inspiration from my eight month old) and because they're all over right now I thought it was time I took the plunge and bought a pair myself. I've seen an abundance of black and traditional blue dungarees across the high street but it wasn't until I spotted this khaki pair on River Islands styling Instagram that my eyes turned into hearts. Cue a rapid online stock check and a speedy trip to Meadowhall to pick these babies up. I think dungarees are the ultimate Marmite buy, you either love 'em or hate 'em but I'm honestly thrilled that I've finally got a pair - they're beyond comfy and most importantly make a change from skinny jeans which I hate to say I'm getting bored of. The only thing I need to work on is my shoe game, sporting just Gazelles will soon get dull no? Maybe I need these?

Another newb we need to discuss is Whistles' take on the regular striped knit which found its way into my wardrobe thanks to Grazias 25% discount, any excuse right? Now we all know I should be building my honeymoon wardrobe but we also know I can't resist a good knit - it must be the true English gal inside me. So yes this piece may not be the most Lake Como appropriate but its definitely going to be one item I wear time and time again, fact. Finally give a warm Cagney and Lace welcome to my cream wannabe wool biker jacket from Spanish giants Zara, this baby has been waiting in the wings since well, what feels like forever. After spotting this in one of Fleurs vlogs and discovering it wasn't even £40 it had to be added to my jacket collection stat. I've got more wear out of this than I ever thought imaginable, kudos Zara. Kudos.

This week has passed by in a sea of loveliness with my first Mothers Day and Sadies christening making Sunday one to remember. Thankfully things have been less uptempo these past few days and I've enjoyed pottering around the house, running errands and catching up with friends. Yesterday Craig and I ordered our wedding bands before he got ready to jet off for his stag in Krakow, I can't believe how quickly the time is going - we'll be saying I do in just over a month! Someone pass the wedding to do list...

What do you make of dungarees? Where do you get your style inspiration from?
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