Cagney On Tour: The Lakes

Friday, 17 March 2017

Putting together this post has given me all the joy, don't you just love looking back at photographs? Pre Sadie my dream weekend away would have been a city break with as much shopping as possible whereas now I'd happily choose the countryside with team Wild any day. I booked the Lakes to celebrate Craigs 30th and I think I did a sterling job, we stayed on the periphery of the Lakes in the quaintest cottage looking out a striking church in Kirkby Lonsdale. Kirkby Lonsdale isn't a place I'd heard anything about before but I can promise you it's firmly on our radar now - the village is adorable, incredibly family friendly and somewhere I was definitely sad to leave.

Our first day was travel heavy so things didn't get noteworthy until Saturday where the day began with a walk to Ruskins View, a view so epic it was once painted by Turner. I say walk but much of the hour plus stroll was me carrying Sadie as she was feeling under the weather and only wanted me, let's just say I deserved my chocolate scone in the afternoon. With plenty of fresh air in our lungs we collected the pram and headed into town to eat, visit the best gift store and even get a drink in the local brewery, can Kirkby Lonsdale get any cooler? With recommendations coming thick and fast for local eatery Platos we decided it was the only place to dine on a Saturday night. Massive snaps to Sadie who let us eat three whole courses, a real treat for Craig and I.

Day two saw us drive to Bowness as it was somewhere I visited on my Geography trip at school. Rather disappointingly it wasn't quite as I remembered and felt spoilt by tourism which was a real shame as I'd waxed lyrical about going as a teen. Thankfully we found a super relaxed, Instagram worthy pub that more than made up for the let down. From Bowness we drove back to Kirkby Lonsdale via Low Sizergh Barn which is one of the most individual farms I've ever visited - not only can you sit and enjoy a slice of cake but you can do it while watching the cows being milked! Sadie absolutely loved it and so did we, there's even a milk vending machine as you leave. Reason 23 why we need to head back to the Lakes. With weary feet and a tired toddler on our hands we rounded off our day with a pizza at Avanti a stones throw from our cottage.

Waking up on Monday morning to the sound of the church bells reminded me just how quiet and relaxing our stay had been although the chiming did bring me back to reality as I realised today was check out day, cue frantic bag packing and sad faces all round as we left our beautiful cottage. With just the morning before we set home we decided to visit Ambleside and boy did it live up to its high praises. The views and weather were equally glorious particularly as we strolled around the park, the perfect way to end the celebratory weekend.

Have you ever visited The Lakes?

A Few Favourites #1

Thursday, 9 March 2017

It feels like a long time since I gathered a few favourites and wrote about them, as I'm sure you're aware it's fashion content that reins supreme around these parts but after reading a post by Alice it got me thinking in true Carrie Bradshaw style - while posting outfits and talking about the thought process behind them will always excite me it's not always feasible. As a home owner and a parent there's always going to be something that my disposable income needs to be spent on and sometimes that means adding to my wardrobe is put on the back burner. Cagney and Lace will always be my hobby so while I enjoy keeping up to date with my favourite bloggers who are switching their looks up daily the fact is their making a career out of their blogs (and YES that you can do this, go girls) that just isn't going to be me so by writing this I'm reminding myself that Cagney and Lace is my space to write whatever I please and I hope you all still enjoy the journey as much as me.

February was a month where I spent a fair amount feeling under the weather and understandably whinging as I'm sure my poor husband can attest to. When the chips are down my resolve is to have long steam-up-the-windows-and-mirrored-cabinet bath accompanied by a good book and if I'm feeling fancy a candle so of course I've got one of each to tell you about. Jo Malones My Story is one of the most interesting autobiographies I've read in a long time, to say I couldn't put it down is an understatement and it even brought on eye bags as I'd stayed up burning the midnight oil reading it. The woman is nothing short of an inspiration and if you enjoy a book that makes you weep and air punch at the same time then this is one you need in your life. For candles its brand Neom that's been a firm favourite and in particular the De-Stress scent. Unlike many candles I own (and there's a lot) these actually burn cleanly and I truly feel relaxed when this little pot of magic has been burning, a tall order for any relaxing product as I'm the epitome of someone who struggles to switch off.

Underwear isn't usually something I wax lyrical on as I'm not someone who airs my smalls for the world to see but sometimes I make an exception, especially when it's as pretty as this. When I stopped feeding Sadie last year I was so excited to finally get some nice bras but just like jean shopping, finding underwear that fits is a bloody nightmare. Enter this non padded, underwired lacey number from Victoria Secret which is pretty and surprisingly comfortable. Annoyingly it's only available to buy online but I promise it's worth the hassle. February wasn't all baths and books as I finally got to see La La Land, I've already raved about the film on every social platform available so I'll not over do it but with a gaping LLL hole in my life after leaving the cinema I had to order the soundtrack. The songs are the perfect anecdote to a dreary day and have been keeping Sadie and I (well mainly me) entertained on many a car journey.

Last but by no means least is a recipe favourite in the shape of Jamie Olivers fish pie. I'm sure every household features a Jamie Oliver book or three although I must confess I never use ours preferring to cook solely from my Madeline Shaws books but when I heard of a superfood family offering I had to snap it up. Now I'm the kinda girl who follows a recipe to the letter and if I like the end result it quickly becomes a staple in our dining week and that's exactly what's happened with the fish pie. It's literally the best fish pie I've ever tasted. We've also tried the chicken goujons which are moorish so I think I need to expand my horizons and keep turning the pages. My friend Claire has recently posted a more in-depth review of cookbooks you need in your arsenal so I suggest you head over to her blog pronto.

What are your favourites right now?

Eight Items To 'Spring' Your Wardrobe

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Gingham Top - Pink Sweater - Folk Top - Embroidered Shirt - Fringed Knit - Belted Coat - Rainbow Gazelles - White Shirt

If you're looking for a collection of items that epitomise the rainbow and put a huge smile on your face in the process then you're in the right place. Opening my wardrobe this morning I was greeted by my staple cashmere knits, more navy, grey and breton stripes than you could shake a stick at and all of the jeans yet when it comes to pretty day to night tops that could potentially hide a multitude of grubby toddler hand stains (well maybe not the white shirt) to work with my collection of jeans and I'm seriously lacking - enter the eight piece wish list which could easily kick start my Spring wardrobe, now where's that money tree?

If you're a regular around these parts you'll know how I've always been a bit of Topshop princess but I have to say the store's been firmly pushed aside by my new go to & Other Stories, is there anything that brand can make that I don't want to buy? I think not. The folk inspired top has the sweetest pattern mixing stripes and spots while the fringed jumper is a real departure from my regular cashmere knits whilst still bringing the warmth, not forgetting the embroidered shirt - who doesn't love a twisted classic? Flared sleeves are all over the shop right now and while they're not the most practical for a mum I love the green gingham take on the trend from Warehouse and it'd be criminal not to include the scalloped detail shirt that I've seen Kim rocking.

Of course it wouldn't be Spring without some soft muted pastel shades and this season I'm coveting pink and lemon, a hue that's notoriously awkward to style but doesn't this belted coat put all those fears to bed? Good job Mango! The final pull it all together piece are my favourite kicks, the stellar Adidas Gazelles. Now you might remember me putting a pair of Stan Smiths in a previous styling post but after ordering them online I found them nowhere near as easy to style as my beloved Gazelles.

How are you looking to ready your wardrobe for Spring?

Sporty Was Always My Favourite

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Grey Cashmere Knit: & Other Stories
Jenner Stripe Trouser: Whistles
Lace Up Trainers: Topshop
Hibiscus Blossom Bag: Mulberry
Faux Fur Aviator Jacket: Warehouse

It almost seems like yesterday that I was penning my last post, I feel like time goes even quicker now I'm a parent or could that just be a sign that life is more fun as a mum? That ladies and gentlemen is one thought I'll be pondering for days. This week saw a switch up in our usual parenting routine thanks to half term, not only is everywhere busier but there are zero groups running, the solution? Our first trip to soft play, Sadie had an absolute blast and understandably didn't want to leave while I got to test out the slide more than a few times - we'll definitely be going back. With Craig travelling here, there and everywhere with work right now we managed to sync our diaries and enjoy a date night together Friday where we tried Urban Choola before getting a crepe and a gin & tonic (or two) at Street City Market just over the road. If you're Sheffield based and have never been then I suggest you get yourself to their next event pronto - there's a mix of food vendors, two bars and the whole place has a real party feel.

We shot these outfit pictures last weekend when Sheffield decided to dangle the almost Spring carrot which means I wasn't actually freezing in the outtakes, something that hasn't happened for ages. The athleisure sports luxe trend shows no sign of waning thanks to one item in particular which can only be described as a grown up version of tracksuit bottoms, you know the kind you wore at school inspired by the one and only Sporty Spice or was that just me? I even had that lime green and navy reverse stripe Adidas tracksuit, I was always Sporty when we reenacted the Spice Girl music videos. Childhood memories aside I'm yet to find a pair of side stripe trousers that I haven't fallen head over heels for (Me & Em have a beautiful pair), there's just something so chic yet effortless about them and I love that they bring a dressed up vibe to an otherwise casual outfit - yes I am wearing another & Other Stories cashmere jumper, I can't get enough of their knitwear. I even wore them on a friends birthday night out recently and while I didn't quite get the styling right - I'm my own worst critic and don't think a strappy cami was the right pick, I felt uber stylish out in them. It's also nice to throw on something that isn't a pair of jeans so I'd highly recommend this style of trouser if you're looking to break your denim habit too. 

I trust your Sunday will be well spent? Sadie and I are introducing my friend Gemma to Show Me Joni this morning and I've no doubt she'll love it just as much as us.

What do you make of the athleisure trend? Was Sporty your favourite Spice?

Wild Hearts Run Free

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Camel Coat: Marks & Spencer
Wool Mohair Bomber Cardigan: & Other Stories
Wild Heart Tee: Topshop
Raw Hem Straight Jeans: Topshop
Dorateymur Nip Zip Boots:
The days since my last post have rolled into one hazy blur and to be frank I don't think I could tell you what I've done each day without consulting a calendar, Sadie is still out of sorts and I don't know if it's a cold or teething but what I do know is that it's been keeping me up many nights hence those tell tale bags that not even Nars radiant creamy concealer can disguise so there's nothing quite like a cinema trip, a holiday booking (or two) and the birth of a beautiful baby boy to boost a knackered mums spirits. I finally got to see La La Land Wednesday and in my book it truly deserves the hype, Ryan Gosling is well Ryan Gosling but Emma Stone is something else. I'm already having withdrawals and I'm waiting for the soundtrack to arrive any day. Yes I'm that girl. Thursday saw the birth of baby Rory, my friends second bambino and I couldn't be more proud. Any mum that goes back for more deserves a medal in my book. As any girl will know there's nothing like booking a vacay to make you feel all kinds of tropical so imagine how ecstatic I am that we now have two in the diary, eeeeeeeeeeek! Now who's ready for some outfit chat before I start planning Sadies holiday wardrobe?

If I had a pound for every time I've worn these jeans I'd easily be in double digits, to say I'm obsessed is putting it mildly and while I've raved about the merits of these jeans before I think the real saving grace for me is how well they work in my wardrobe, whether teamed with trainers or worn with a heeled sock boot (yes I've finally found the pair of my dreams) so much so that I've actually bought a back up pair, just in case of a denim emergency. Tucked into my jeans is a slogan tee I couldn't resist after my fashion forward pal Scarlett sent me an iMessage I couldn't ignore - as a Wild anything brandishing my new surname is a no brainer, you've been warned. Keeping me snug is a cardigan, something I having sported in a while but there's just something about this knitted bomber with sports luxe styling that makes it cooler than your regular cardi. The real dream boat here though is undoubtedly my oh-no-she-didn't Dorateymur boots. After spotting them on my weekly Net A Porter scroll I just couldn't get them out of my mind so you can imagine how things intensified when I saw them on Lindseys social, or was it Lucys? I promptly tracked them down on Farfetch along with a discount code and the rest, along with a DHL delivery mishap (DHL we are officially over) is history.

PS - Incase you wondered why my camel coat shots show me smiling like a goon to the right I thought it fitting to include a snap of Sadie in situ for the cutest context around.

The Morning After The Week Before

Monday, 6 February 2017

Wool Cashmere Coat: Jaeger
Striped Embroidered Top: Maison Laiche via Smallable
Pink Scarf: H&M
Raw Hem Straight Jeans: Topshop
Lace Up Trainers: Topshop
Long time no see, did you miss me? These past two weeks have been full on to say the least - let's just say everything goes to pot when my husband goes away skiing for a week, think a trip to a&e, matching mother daughter viral infections and minimal afternoon naps making one knackered me so I'm sure you can forgive my absence. It's not been all high temperatures, coughs and snot though as my mum, Sadie and I managed a rather luxurious stay over at Rudding Park in Harrogate which naturally included a spot of shopping, well I am my mothers daughter all. 

If you saw my stepping out of a style rut post you'll know I've been looking to add a blue blazer into the mix so I couldn't have tried this on quicker in Jaeger. Traditionally seen as a brand with a more mature customer base Jaeger have recently collaborated with some of my favourite bloggers to show their well made pieces to a new audience, much to my wardrobes gain. This wool cashmere tailored coat is as soft as our new puppy and made for those days where it's too cool to throw on a real blazer but you want to dress up those casual Sunday vibes outfits which is exactly what I've done here. For a brunch date with friends I attempted to disguise eye bags with stripes with a classic Maison Labiche breton, it may just be embroidered but more about that on my Insta. The real star of the show here though is one of the best pairs of jeans I've found in a long while, so much so I'm on the verge of ordering another colour or even the same shade again just so I have a back up pair and I'm never that sensible. Introducing the raw hem straight jean from Topshop - these fit true to size like a traditional jean with minimal stretch and have that wonderful mid rise straight cut that I'm forever searching for. With my ankles out I attempted to balance the skin exposure scales with my faithful pink scarf bringing a pop of pink to proceedings.

With over a week at home in the bag I can promise a few new items will be gracing the pages of Cagney and Lace so keep your fashion adoring eyes peeled. Time away from the blog has also got me thinking about a bit of a rebrand and maybe even a new name that represents me a little bit more, you might even have seen my poll on Twitter. I'd love to hear your thoughts? 

A Family Trip To Disney On Ice: Frozen

Sunday, 22 January 2017

I may still be clinging to my Merry & Bright mug as though someone's going to take it away but it's safe to say Christmas is well and truly over. While the break feels like a lifetime ago one memory that stands out and feels like only yesterday is our family trip to Disney On Ice*. I've been incredibly lucky whilst blogging to go to some cool events but there's nothing quite like receiving an invite that you can enjoy with the family - I may have done a little scream when I found out the show was Frozen and obviously broke into Do You Want To Build A Snowman, who wouldn't?

While excitement levels were high in the Wild household I did have a teeny feeling of apprehension as I wondered how an almost eighteen month old Sadie would sit for two plus hours but I needn't have worried. Arriving at the Arena we were shown into a VIP lounge where there was seating galore plus child friendly snacks and drinks as well as many other families with their mini Elsas, Olafs and Annas in tow. As a seasoned Arena go-er I've always wondered what the VIP lounge was all about and whether it warranted the extra money but having experienced it myself I'd definitely pay the additional ticket price, especially for an event with Sadie as the whole queuing for drinks/toilets/food stress is taken away. I can imagine it would also be perfect for children who've been at school all day as they can have some all important downtime before the show begins.

With tummies full to the brim the icing on the cake was just on the horizon with a surprise meet and greet with Elsa and Anna themselves, at this point Craig and I did wonder how this would go down with Sadie especially as she'd already expressed a distaste for reindeers and Father Christmas however female Frozen characters is clearly where it's at (although you wouldn't have guessed it from her expression in this picture). With show time fast approaching we headed out into the concourse to take our seats, ready for the magic to begin. As the lights dipped and the characters took to the stage Sadie began to wave, laugh and act like a yoyo sitting on my lap one moment, jumping down the next and staring at a little girls twirling Disney light behind us. That said I was pretty impressed with my daughters attention span and thrilled that we got to watch three quarters of the incredibly enchanting and magical Frozen show before calling it a night. A real highlight for me was seeing all the classic Disney characters in the shows opening scene, it brought back a whole host of childhood memories which shows Disney On Ice is perfect for all ages, not just for children. 

Disney On Ice will be returning to Sheffield Arena on the 15th-19th November 2017.

*I was a guest of Sheffield Arena, all Disney loving thoughts my own.
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