Christmas Market Sundays

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Faux Fur Aviator Jacket: Warehouse
Oversized Tie Waist Midi Dress: Topshop
Sheer Black Tights: Marks & Spencer
Studded Amy Boots: Topshop
Cream Knit Bobble Hat: River Island
I'm putting together this post with the remnants of mince pie (easily the best I've eaten so far from Forge Bakehouse in case you were wondering) on my left and a steaming mug of tea on my right all whilst watching our log fire throw all kinds of shapes, as Sunday evenings go I don't think it could get any more spot on. We've throughly embraced the Christmas festivities this year with the family and I visiting not one, not two but three Christmas markets on the last three Sundays and while I had all the best intentions of capturing the moment and getting blog photos I've usually been too perished to even contemplate it, it's safe to say Winter is officially here. I think it's officially time to crack out the long sleeved thermals! 

Today Craig, Sadie and I visited the Sharrowvale Christmas market which I think won hands down in the battle of the festive markets thanks to the amazing food filled stalls (big love to Eve Kitchen and their to die for donuts & Birdhouse Tea) and homeware store Pom (Chatsworth was dreamy but a bit too busy and there wasn't enough at Whirlow but Sadie loved all the animals). My Christmas shopping is now firmly complete so all that's left to tackle is the decorations and put up the tree, I couldn't be more excited to get the baubles out but Craig is dragging his sorry feet and I really don't fancy trying to navigate our loft hatch/ladder situation so right now it's stalemate. Have you succumbed and put your tree up already? I'd love to know as looking at Instagram I feel like the only Christmas spirited gal without a tree in my living room.

For me Christmas market trips are all about being warm and cosy so you know my faux fur aviator jacket had to be involved which is easily the best purchase I've made all season. It's so snuggly and much nicer than the one Topshop do and a fraction of the price of the Reiss version and original Acne offering. Underneath is my newest arrival and I still can't believe it's a dress! I can't remember the last time I sported a dress in the day but thanks to the midi length it's ideal for all day mum kneeling, universally flattering grey shade and the Whistles inspired tie waist it's just a little bit perfect. To keep this out of frumpy mum territory I teamed it with sheer tights and my favourite bad ass buckle boots which rarely leave my feet, they're that comfortable. That said I do think it'd look ace with a heeled sock boot too, in fact there may be a pair winging their way to me as I type - well it is the season of good will after all.

Are you embracing the festive season? What do you make of my ensemble?

Christmas Wishing

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Hana Pom Hat - Chic Stays - Inside VogueBlack boots - Gracie Sheepskin MittensMaggie Ankle Boots - Cashmere Joggers - Camel CoatCashmere jumper - Faux Fur BlanketLeopard Boots - Tempo Charity Bracelet - Little Liffner Bag

The most wonderful time of the year is quickly approaching and I for one am starting to get just a little bit excited. It might not be our first Christmas as a three but that doesn't mean I'm any less joyous - our almost eighteen month old is talking, noticing and developing at such an alarming rate that I think Christmas and all the festivities that come with it will enchant her senses like never before which is something I can't wait to see. Whenever the festive countdown begins (clearly earlier every year if these blog posts are anything to go by) I grab a cup of tea, my snuggliest blanket and pen a what-I'd-love-to-find-under-the-tree/gift guide for females just like me so take note, get inspiration or simply enjoy this rather aesthetically pleasing collection of goodies.

This year I'm lusting after two pieces I'm itching to buy but can't justify namely a camel coat and a new pair of leopard print boots - both have been at the top of my wish list forever and I've finally found the perfect camel contender in my favourite M&S. With a blend of wool and cashmere I know this coat will transcend seasons making it an all year rounder and the gift that'll keep on giving. Leopard print has always been a neutral in my eyes and after wearing my Warehouse leopard print boots a ton I've no doubt these Mango beauties would be a worthy wardrobe replacement. I'm clearly having a real ankle boot moment this season as I had to include these dusty rose wonders from Topshop and a real luxe pair from Jimmy Choo who have some amazing shoes this season.

When it comes to gifts I'm a firm believer in buying elevated versions of the everyday and that's where this 100% wool Hana bobble hat comes in, throw in a pair of sheepskin mittens and all of the cashmere - hello joggers of my dreams and the most perfect embroidered slogan jumper and you just need some festive wrapping paper. While we're talking about the elevated everyday let's talk handbags - if you're a regular around here you'll know how much I love them and right now I've coveting a more minimal, goes with everything style and the brand Little Liffner are ticking all the boxes. Their seventies inspired saddle bags are everything and while suede isn't that practical I kind of love the plum shade, that said the black leather version is pretty divine too.

One item I love to give and receive every Christmas is books especially if the ceiling and not the sky is your limit when it comes to budget - there's so many titles I've got my eye on this year and don't get me started on cook books. My final gift suggestions are two you'd rarely buy yourself, say hello to the most Intagram ready blanket and an item that gives back - the Tembo charity bracelets from Auree are not only a lovely layering piece but all the profit goes directly to the fight against elephant poachers. 

What's on your Christmas wish list this year?

Chunky Knits For Life

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Suede Biker Jacket: Topshop
Per Una Frill Jumper: Marks & Spencer
Stepped Hem Orson Jeans: Topshop
Soft Pink Scarf: H&M
Studded Western Boots: Topshop
For me theres just one item that epitomises Autumn Winter and that's huge, chunky as you can possibly get knitwear - there's just something incredibly comforting about getting super snuggly and toasty before stepping out into the chill and if you can't go out in your Rosie for Autograph dressing gown then a pullover is the next best thing. Sundays in the Wild household are all about big breakfasts and getting fresh air and this week was no exception. I've been so impressed with M&S lately and not just for their divine food and phenomenal thermal vests, 'cos it wouldn't be a Cagney and Lace post without me mentioning a thermal - they've been hitting it out of the park with their offering this season (I've been raving non stop on my Instagram) and something I had to pick up is this cream frill jumper which caused a double take enroute to the car park at the end of a shopping trip, not the easiest of things to do when you've got a bambino ready for an afternoon nap. There's something a bit Isabel Marant about this jumper and who doesn't love frills and a cable knit combo? I rest my case.

Jeans have always been a staple in my wardrobe, tell me I'm not the only one who struggles with what to wear on my bottom half when the temperatures start to drop? I picked up these straight leg stepped hem jeans when the weather was a tad warmer (outfit post here) but I must admit I enjoy them paired with an ankle boot. Speaking of boots I've got to mention these 'blast from the past' Topshop numbers which I bought over three years ago after hunting down one of the last pairs of size sevens. I love these just as much as the day I bought them and think they bring a seventies nod to a rather simple look. To round off proceedings it had to be my suede biker with the snuggliest scarf you could ever encounter from wooly accessory slayers H&M, those guys and girls know how to do affordable Winter perfect accessories.

I couldn't be more excited about this week as it includes a flying visit to London for a press day and because I had to factor my train around the obscene commuter prices there may just be a few hours free for shopping. My last trip to the capital was for my hen party back in April and before that to order my wedding shoes with Sadie and my mum so it'll be well over a year that I've enjoyed some solo retail therapy in one of my favourite places. Pray for my bank balance?

Have you been loving M&S this season too?

The Tili Gift Box

Thursday, 10 November 2016

If you're a regular around these parts you'll know how much I like to support small local businesses especially as I work with family myself so when I heard from new start up Tili I was more than game to share the love. Founded by two friends Danielle and Sarah who were tired of scouring the high street for meaningful, locally-made gifts for celebrations they decided to launch Tili (Thanks I Love It) an online gifting site where you can buy pre-packaged gift boxes full of harder to find, local brands without a questionable 'filler' gift in sight.

Now as someone who takes real pride in gift buying for my friends I did wonder how this brand would fit in with my love for searching for the perfect present and if it'd have all the markings of one of those beauty boxes but I needn't have worried. Everything from the packaging to the website and even the products themselves have been carefully thought about to ensure the gift you give is something you'd want to receive yourself. Tili kindly sent me The Treat box* which includes a red velvet flavoured lip balm, a beautifully designed notebook by Manchester based Lydia Meiying, some Doisy & Dam chocolate (which tastes absolutely incredible) and a bath bomb from Yorkshire Soap Co. At £24.50 I think this is pretty good value for money although I think this would be perfection with the addition of some snuggly bed socks instead of two beauty items but that could just be the nanna in me! If you've a bigger budget there's also The Glam and my personal favourite The Lush which features the most amazing canvas slogan tote. 

I love how Tili have started small with three gift boxes, keeping the buying decision super simple and I cannot wait to see how they grow and discover which brands they'll work with next. With Christmas just around the corner I think a Tili gift box would be the perfect pick for the girl who has everything or for the friend who enjoys something a little more individual than your standard beauty gift set offering. Thanks team Tili, I love it.

What do you make of pre-packaged gift boxes?

*PR gift, all thoughts my own.

The Crop Kick Flare Jean

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Leopard Print Polo Neck Jumper: Marks & Spencer
Oversized Faux Fur Biker Jacket: Warehouse
Raw Hem Crop Kick Flare Jean: Topshop
Kendall Suede Taupe Loafers: Topshop
Just looking back at these photos gives me the warmest fuzziest glow, sure my hair is thrown into a ready to wash ponytail but I've got my hot chocolate with marshmallows and my two favourites by my side so life is more than alright. As the clocks have officially gone back (did someone say Christmas?) we decided to make the most of the daylight hours last Sunday and take a stroll down to the park, something we try to do most weekends as there's nothing worse than spending the day being cooped up at home. Both Craig and I are big believers in going outdoors whenever we can especially with Sadie as there's so much focus on tech nowadays that sometimes you need to step away from it all and get a dose of fresh Autumnal air to blow the cobwebs away.

This week signalled the beginning of November which means it's officially time for cosy fires, mince pies, thermal vests and all the festive flavoured hot chocolate I can manage. Whenever I buy anything new it's always the first piece I want to wear when deciding on my outfit for the day so it'll come as no surprise that this leopard print knit was at the top of my to wear list. With its flared sleeves, super snuggly fabric and subtle leopard pattern this jumper is firmly becoming a wardrobe fave especially when teamed with the jeans I rarely remove from my behind. Say hello to the crop kick flare jean, a style of denim I never thought I'd be able to pull off but after hearing my friend Claire had snapped up a pair I was dying to give them a bash myself. I don't know if it's the dark wash, raw hem or the perfect not too cropped length but they seem to elongate my legs no end and for that Topshop I'm eternally grateful. Now my loafers need no introduction as I cannot stop wearing them, they're so comfy and I love how well they work with my cropped jeans right now even if my ankles are starting to feel the chill.

One of my favourite things about this time of year is outerwear, I own far too many coats for one person but they're a piece of clothing that can make a huge difference to a simple outfit so with this in mind I thought it was high time I added an aviator, Acne inspired jacket to my collection and out of all the high street versions I've seen Warehouse have absolutely nailed it. The faux fur is so soft that Sadie likes to bury her head into it, pretending to go to sleep and it literally goes with every outfit from casual to drinks with friends. I also like how it doesn't feature a belt as aren't they just a faff when you want to throw on a coat and go? Answers in the comments. In fact Warehouse are on top form with their coats this season as this is another winner. Who wouldn't want to look like a teddy bear?

What do you make of my Sunday strolling attire? Have you been mixing up your denim styles?

Why Ugg Slippers Are The One

Saturday, 29 October 2016

The first thing I do when I get home after I've put my keys and bag down and have taken off my coat, or it's been torn off my body by Sadie (that one will happily wrestle a coat off anyone she wants to stay) I locate my slippers, burying my feet into them as if the livelihood of my toes depend on it. Now I've tried many slippers over the years as I'm a bit of a nanna at heart and being cold is just not on my agenda so I can't believe it's taken me this long to get a pair of the best slippers around, introducing my Scuffette UGG slippers from homeware curators Amara*.

Now if you're a regular around here you'll know my obsession with Ugg slippers intensified when I got Craig a pair as a fathers day gift. Since the day they arrived I've been sneaking my size sevens into the fluffy sheepskin and wool mix wishing they were my own and not a ridiculous four sizes too big. After months of road testing Craigs, you know just to make sure they're toasty for when he wants to wear them I decided they'd firmly found a place onto my Christmas list so you can imagine my glee when Amara sent me over a box fresh pair in the Pinterest worthy espresso shade. Not only are they the perfect wardrobe addition especially for home bods like me but they're so well made that I can see them lasting many years to come making these babies the perfect gift for the girl or guy who has everything. Plus they make you're oversized, worn-them-when-you-were-pregnant H&M joggers feel incredibly luxe.

Now usually I don't mention Christmas until Halloween has passed but this year I'm already feeling it and have bought two gifts, who am I? Another first is the fact that I don't have a huge lust list waiting in the rafters although I wouldn't say no to some Hush loungewear (you know 'cos I'm still wearing pre-baby sized joggers to lounge around in), this beautiful colouring book and a few items from Sweaty Betty to jazz up my gym kit. You know, just in case you were wondering.

Have you ever tried a pair of UGG slippers? Will you be hoping for a pair this Christmas?

*These were gifted to me by Amara, all thoughts my own.

Mixing An Old Favourite With The New

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Leopard Print Coat: H&M
Red Knitted Turtleneck Jumper: H&M*
Castile Pencil Straight Leg Jeans: ASOS
Kendall Suede Taupe Loafers: Topshop
Hold the phone, an outfit of the day where I'm not wearing head to toe Topshop, no I can't quite believe it either. After weeks of scouring the shops for all of the knitwear I'm thrilled to have finally found some winners from high street stalwart H&M. Now I hate to use the term killing it 'cos I say it far too often but H&M certainly are and their knitwear is exceptional, especially for the price so it'll come as no surprise when I say how much I adore this turtleneck. The colour brings the loveliest flush of colour to my cheeks, the fit has that perfect borrowed from the husband vibe and the cotton blend means you don't royally overheat when you pop a thermal underneath. Usually I shop H&M online but I actually picked this turtleneck up and a few other pieces (stay tuned) from The Broadway in Bradford who kindly got in touch and asked me to fill my Autumn Winter boots with a rather handy gift card. The shopping centre is perfectly formed making it ideal for those wanting to spend with a toddler in tow - it's incredibly easy to navigate and did I mention the super sweet train which runs around? So cute.

While we're on the subject of favourites I've got to mention these straight leg jeans. ASOS has never been somewhere I've shopped for denim but after buying these I'm starting to wonder why, not only are they incredibly affordable but they fit well and feel very current - I literally haven't stopped reaching for these blue eyed wonders since I bought them. My final new arrival are these taupe loafers which I fell head over heels for as soon as I saw them, thanks to the suede make up they fit like a glove whilst giving a nod to Gucci. Pulling my look together is an old favourite, a leopard print coat. For me leopard print is a fail safe every Autumn Winter, a classic if you will so I doubt I'll tire of pulling this cover up out of my wardrobe and letting it bring some necessary pizzazz to a simple everyday look. I actually bought this coat two years ago (and blogged about it here) but if you fancy your own slice of leopard print action then hit the high street pronto - Topshop, River Island and ASOS all have grand versions.

I actually wore this look for what felt like the worlds longest Sunday thanks to Sadie waking up at an hour that Sundays should only see in the pm format. Even though the day was full of rain we managed to turn it around by going out for brunch at new favourite Show Me Joni and in the evening I finally got to see Girl On The Train with the girls which I found a tad disappointing as a lover of the book. Tell me what you thought if you've seen it?

What are your thoughts on leopard print? Do you rate H&M as much as me?

*Bought with a gift card gifted to me by The Broadway.


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