Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The Burberry Cape

Berry Knit Bobble Hat: Warehouse
Wool & Cashmere Wrap: Burberry
Rust Belted Cardigan: Warehouse
Ca Va T-Shirt: Whistles
Faux Leather Trousers: River Island
Petty Ankle Boots: Sam Edelman via Net-A-Porter
Putting this post together made me realise how long it's been since I got chatty on Cagney and Lace, shameful right? There's been a whole lotta product chat lately and very little in terms of a life catch up so here we go - this weekend has been a real gem, not only have I caught up with friends I don't see enough of (shout out to Jen, Jo and Liza), eaten some delicious food and asked one of our favourite couples to be Sadies Godparents but I've been also enjoyed some quality family time as Craig had Sunday and Monday off. All the hands up emojis. For all you wedding fans I'm excited to say we've received our amazing save the dates which have been designed by one of my beautiful friends (she's a serious talent). These are speedily winging their way to our nearest and dearest. Less than five months to go!

So now shall we talk about the elephant in the room? Step forward my spectacular personalised Burberry cape which has been in my life a little longer than you'd expect even though it's making its first Cagney and Lace appearance today. Not long after my 27th birthday my mum turned up at our house with a cryptic parcel, a belated birthday/wedding gift she announced. Cue much confusion and why are you giving me this now as the weddings not until next year questions. I think things ended with something like, just open it Hannah so you can imagine my shock and sheer elation when I discovered a caramel and gold Burberry box filled with the most perfect cape featuring my soon-to-be initials embroidered onto it. There were definitely screams!

To keep the focus on superwoman's must have I kept the rest of my look tonal - a rust coloured belted cardigan, a grey French slogan tee peeping out, faux leather skinny trousers (these babies seriously keep their shape), a berry cable knit bobble hat to ward off the chill and finally the best ankle boots I've ever bought. Sam Edelman make the comfiest shoes around and these babies are no exception, I'm already eyeing up the taupe pair. Fingers crossed for a Black Friday ShopBop discount code.

Have you had an awesome weekend? What do you make of my new designer piece?

Sunday, 22 November 2015

The Local Timepiece

There was a time when only my Michael Kors watch would grace my wrist - along with almost every other girl in the land I was obsessed with the chunky, sporty style but lately there's been a shift in the times. Gone are the metal linking straps with faces that tell you the date and time replaced by a simple sophistication - the understated gentleman's inspired timepiece and I for one am sold. So much so that I've welcomed one into my collection, say hello to the Wentworth from local brand Vis Vires*.

Now if you're a regular around these parts you'll know how keen I am to support local businesses and Vis Vires is no exception, founded by two brothers from Chesterfield they vow to create luxurious and affordable timepieces and I for one think they're doing an ace job. The Wentworth mixes dreamy rose gold accents with a minimalist white strap which you can even switch up if you get bored, something I can't ever imagine happening. Leather Daniel Wellington-esque watches more your bag? Vis Vires have got the beautifully simple Chatsworth, I know they do spoil us. 

So if you're looking for gifts to put under the tree this Christmas, are ready for a change from your usual Olivia Burton or fancy helping a brother out then maybe it's time Vis Vires were on your radar. Now please excuse me while I throw on my Wentworth and head out, I'm late for a very important date.

What do you make of the Wentworth? Will you be adding a watch to your Christmas list?

*PR Sample, all watch shaped thoughts my own.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Sephora Happened

When any friend of mine travels across the pond they know a Sephora trip is inevitable. American Sephoras rule and with no state side plans in the near future I enlisted my best friends help with my well considered lust list, thankfully she came up trumps so I thought it was about time I shared my black and white bagged goodies with you before I went beneath the packaging.

Anyone into their skincare will know Carolines blog and more importantly Kate Somerville. I can't tell you how long I've dreamt of owning the infamous Goat Milk moisturiser and now it's all mine. I'm currently working my way through an Elemis moisture giver so I promise to report back with all my goat shaped findings but the expectation bar is set pretty high. Next up was a Sephora X nail polish in my favourite kind of milky taupey shade, officially known as Thrilling. I adore the minimal packaging and while the brush is a little thin compared to my favourites from Essie and Nails Inc the colour is practically opaque in one swipe. Impressive.

My next pick may come as a surprise as you can technically buy them here but I think I must have been experiencing a when in Rome moment as I asked Gem to pick up the First Aid Beauty facial radiance pads. Now while every blogger under the sun raves about the magical powers of Pixi Glow Tonic I personally found it too much for my skin and have since given AHAs a wide berth but something about these pre soaked exfoliating discs appealed. Lets hope my skin enjoys the extra attention.

Saving the very best until last is the thing I love most about Sephora, there throw-all-the-best-brands-together sets and in particular this Give Me Some Lip collection. Now originally I bought this as a gift but on arrival I was instantly wooed by its charming lip sized packaging and the I-need-to-try-that contents. With mini lip products from Tarte, Bite, Marc Jacobs and Fresh I'd be a fool to give this to another home. Right?

Are you forever wishing Sephora would come to the UK?

Thursday, 5 November 2015

The H&M Home Haul

I was tempted to title this post three ways to rock a succulent but didn't think it'd have the same pizazz. I was never really aware of H&M Home until I started reading blogs and now I can't get enough of browsing the new in section, especially when most items are less than £10. With a need for somewhere to store Sadies toys my weekly browse turned into a checkout situation and after waiting for delivery (standard H&M online) I couldn't have been happier with the pieces that arrived at my door.

First up is the marble chopping board which I discovered in the sale section, winning. Now before you call me a blogger cliche I've been a long time lover of all things marble, particularly since my parents put freestanding marble topped cabinets in their bathroom. While I won't be chopping vegetables on it anytime soon I will be using it for displaying all my perfumes or maybe even putting more delicate pieces of jewellery on it. Pretty huh?

The main reason for my spree was storage and after eyeing up this standard goods box for ages I knew it was time to take the plunge. This fits perfectly on our built in shelving unit and houses all of Sadies brightly coloured soft toys. From storage I took a December themed u-turn to all things Christmas and fell head over heels for these super inexpensive tree decorations. I'd link them and share the festive cheer but they've sold out so get to your local H&M home store pronto if you fancy some yourself. Speaking of which did you know a H&M home concession has just opened in Selfridges Manchester Trafford? I'm planning my trip as I type.

Are you forever browsing H&M home? What do you make of my picks?

Monday, 2 November 2015

Mainly Monochrome

Black & White Block Knit Jumper: Topshop
Faux Leather Zip Up Skirt: Oasis
Black Opaques: Marks & Spencer
Khaki Duster Coat: Topshop
Leopard Print Brogues: Seven Boot Lane
Hello, it's me or is it me you're looking for? Tell me I'm not alone in the Lionel Adele greeting battle? Almost every time Craig or I say hello to the other we just have to bring these lyrics into the mix. While we're on the subject of Adele though, isn't she just dreamy? I LOVE that lady and reckon she could sing the dictionary, and it'd still sound ace. I'm not going to say I can't believe it's November as I can, lately life seems to be going at the speed of light with the days quickly disappearing and before I know it I'm thinking about hundred and one things I need to do before our wedding, it's only 165 days away you know, thank you countdown app.

Todays ensemble is pretty simple and I must admit I recently doubted my outfit of the day abilities - with so many incredibly stylish bloggers out there would my quickly thrown together from the floordrobe/new mum outfits cut it? After turning to my bestie it would seem they do so thanks Gem for the vote of confidence. I picked up this monochrome knit a couple of months ago from Topshop and while I'm not usually one for black clothing I've rarely taken this lightweight knit off. To say I paired this with my zip up faux leather skirt fills me with joy, it's one of the first pre-pregnancy pieces to fit and I couldn't be happier. As Sheffield experienced a balmy first of November with temperatures reaching eighteen degrees (who'd of thought it?) I completed the look with lace up leopard print brogues and threw my khaki duster coat into the bottom of the pram for when things got cooler. In case you're panicking about the fact I ventured out without a bag, have no fear - out of shot is my carry-everything-I-need-for-Sadie bag with my red Mulberry purse thrown in for good measure.

With clothes slowly starting to fit again I'm looking forward to making a few wardrobe additions, hopefully real soon but first I've got to buy one very important pair of shoes and a trip to London may just be on the cards. Promise to keep you in the loop.

What do you make of my simple monochromatic look?

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Lifestyle: Getting To Know Nest

I may not have an abundance of hobbies but blogging is one that's up there although recently I've struggled to find the time - raising Sadie, planning a wedding and running a home is a full time occupation so whenever I do have a spare moment I find myself doing the necessities like washing pots or tidying up. That doesn't mean the blogging world stops though, the wheels keep on turning and it's easy to feel left behind so when you're invited to an event that manages to reignite your passion for blogging whilst eating the most divine cake you know you're in the company of good eggs.

Step forward Nest, a design led interiors brand founded in Sheffield yet available worldwide. With a Pinterest worthy website and a beautifully curated, on point showroom (when can I move in?) you'd be forgiven for thinking team Nest were part of the sometimes pretentious and often exclusive design world but that couldn't be further from the truth. From the moment you enter the showroom the team welcome you with open arms and you get the impression that nothing is too much trouble, from free at home interior design consultations to social media messaging with overseas customers these guys go the extra mile to make sure you're making the right purchase for your home, Sheffield hospitality at its best.

One thing that was really apparent at Nest HQ was the passion and enthusiasm the staff have for both design and the brand itself, something that is unfortunately lacking on todays high street - if only I could bottle it, I'd make a fortune. This coupled with the seriously aesthetically pleasing product choices, think simple Scandi design against infamous Vitra pieces and you'd be on the right track make Nest an independent interiors force to be reckoned with.

Now all that's left to decide is when we can repaint our bedroom so I can get some Hay bedding in my life...

Have you ever shopped at Nest before? Do you support your local independents?

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Lifestyle: Afternoon Tea at Jameson's

Khaki Jumper: Primark
Grey Wrap Knit Skirt: Warehouse
Pink Suede Tasseled Loafers: River Island
Alexa Satchel Bag: Mulberry
Rose Gold & Mink Watch: Olivia Burton
In case you didn't know I've got a lotta love for Sheffield. It's my hometown with the perfect blend of city sights and countryside cool, it's the place where I ticked off a whole load of important lifetime goals and it's where I met the love of my life (at Leadmill in case you were wondering) so when the team at Travelodge* got in touch asking me to share my favourite place in Sheffield I was ready to shout my love from the rooftops. On a side note did you know Sheffield recently won a Trip Advisor award for the Best Value City Break? I literally feel like a proud parent.

Now there's a ton of independents that get my vote in Sheffield (I need to compile a guide pronto) but one new favourite is Jameson's Cafe & Tea Rooms. Last Tuesday I treated my mum to the splendid afternoon tea and it certainly didn't disappoint. Walking into Jameson's is like stepping back in time, the male waiters don black bow ties and a pianist plays sweet melodies but don't be fooled into thinking this place is stuffy and not for you. The staff are welcoming and the vibe is incredibly relaxed. After selecting our teas, posh pops, scones (yes there's more than just fruit and plain on offer) and our cakes (the selection is endless) we enjoyed a lovely catch up with a teething Sadie in tow, just look at her little red cheeks! The sandwiches were on point but the real show stoppers were the sweet treats, my chocolate and orange scone smothered in lemon curd was a force to be reckoned with and my slice of lemon drizzle and gin cake was something else. Are you wiping away drool too?

With Sadie throwing in the teething ring we took our leftovers home via a trip to Swallows and Damsons, a dreamy florist just a stones throw from Jameson's where I picked up this seriously Autumnal bouquet and another succulent. Yes another one. If pretty blooms are your bag then you must check out their Instagram pronto, get ready to swoon. 

Sheffield you beauty.

Does this sound like your perfect Tuesday? Where do you love to visit in Sheffield?

*In collaboration with Travelodge.
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