The Khaki Boiler Suit

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Jacquard Pleat Front Jumpsuit: Warehouse
Coline Jacket: Claudie Pierlot via Selfridges
Catseye Lace Up Trainers: Topshop
Hibiscus Blossom Bag: Mulberry
In the words of Nelly I feel like a millionaire and not in a monetary sense but because I'm feeling pretty happy with my lot, life is good right now and I'm not just saying this because I've had my hair and nails done although that does make a girl feel all kinds of fancy. Our home is almost there after over three years of renovations and Sadie is growing into the most good natured, beautiful little toddler that it makes my heart swell with pride every time I lay my eyes on her so I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate the fact I'm proud as punch then to shout it from the rooftops aka the top of a wall, or just sit on it for blog photos. This weekend is already shaping up to be a goodie as Craig is off for both days! Weekends off are a serious rarity in the Wild household so when they happen we try to seize the day and do something fun. Todays plans are TBC but they may involve a trip to Chatsworth, make sure you're following me on Insta to see what we get up to.

Yesterday was a family filled day as we celebrated my nieces first birthday and nothing says happy birthday like a khaki boiler suit, am I right? Ever since my incredibly stylish friend Claire sported an all in one I've been searching the high street with a fine tooth comb for my own, I even included one in my Autumnal capsule wardrobe post. One afternoon I dashed into my local Warehouse to exchange an item (sans Sadie before going home to paint a wall, all of the glamour) when I spotted this almost pyjama style, meets mechanics overalls all in one and the rest is history. For me this is the perfect addition to my capsule closet as it lends itself to dressy occasions as well as the everyday, my kinda garment plus it allows me to reenact the Girls Aloud Long Hot Summer music video until my hearts content. Keeping things casual I paired my first (and hopefully not last) boiler suit with a pair of trainers and my take-everywhere Blossom bag before throwing on my navy leather jacket at the last minute to ward off the chill. Yes it's officially jacket weather and I couldn't be more excited to get wrapped up. In fact I think coats and jackets might just be my thing as the number I have in my wardrobe is frankly shameful, keep your eyes peeled for more of my coat collection coming your way real soon.

I hope you're all having the happiest of Sundays and have danced to Nellys song at least once this weekend because having fun and doing a crazy little dance now and again is what life is all about.

Have you ever rocked an all in one?

A Septembers Day

Friday, 23 September 2016

Striped Knit Midi Dress: H&M
Leather Jacket: Zara
Catseye Lace Up Trainers: Topshop
When you should be at work but nannas poorly the only thing to do is don your new dress throw on a leather jacket and go meet your favourite momma and baby duo Claire and Henry for a morning of fun. Now before you worry that I'm being a terrible daughter and not checking on my mum I can assure you its nothing major although she does have a crappy cough and cold which is definitely not something she wants to pass onto the Wild household and if you're thinking my employers are incredibly understanding you'd be right as I work with my family, so I'm lucky that I can work from home when situations like this arise. After a good old catch up with Claire which included a mini kitchen tour we headed to Remos, a local Italian cafe meets deli for a tasty salad and pasta combo (salad for us and pasta for the bambinos). Eating at Remos made me realise just how quickly my work trip to Bologna is coming around, I can't believe I go next week. I'm feeling a mixture of excitement and apprehension as its my first trip abroad without Sadie. I keep telling myself it's just two nights and my work jaunts are always jam packed so I'm hoping it won't be too painful. Any advise fellow mommas?

If you keep up to date with Cagney and Lace you'll know I'm trying to adopt a capsule wardrobe this season so last week I switched over my Summer garms for all those a touch longer, snugglier and/or sporting a sleeve, and along with a few new pieces things are almost there. One more trend led item I've added to the fold is this striped knit midi dress, it's the perfect length for running around after Sadie and I adore the slightly fluted sleeves. Whistles have created a more luxe version but as I don't see this as a wardrobe staple I was happy with the £24.99 price tag. For footwear there's another newb in the shape of these Adidas inspired trainers - I've been eyeing up a pair of white Stan Smiths and then white Gazelles for a while but after trying them on I just wasn't sold. Step forward these dupes from Topshop which are comfy and an absolute steal at £24. Finally a rediscovery from my wardrobe switch up, my trusty leather jacket which I got for my birthday many moons ago - it's truly stood the test of time, just as any leather piece should and I'm so pleased to have it in my collection.

An updated Autumnal capsule wardrobe post will be coming as soon as I've picked up a few basic jumpers 'cos I'm keen as mustard to show you what I've added to my wardrobe. Sadly the Gucci Soho Disco bag is still on my wish list as I can't seem to find it in stock anywhere, is this a sign? Answers in the comments please.

What have you been pulling out of your wardrobe in the seasonal switch up?

Cagney On Tour: 3 Days In Brighton

Sunday, 18 September 2016

If I had to describe my happy place I would always say beside the sea, closely followed by the countryside. I'm sure you'll agree there's something incredibly special about hearing the waves crashing on the coastline that make me feel at peace with the world. After a less than perfect few months Craig, Sadie and I were ready for some serious down town and Brighton couldn't have been a more perfect anecdote if it tried. If you frequent these parts often you'll know it's my second time in the seaside resort (get the original low down here) but this jaunt was all the more special as I went with my two favourites.

With r&r at the forefront of our minds we decided planning every last minute of our trip wasn't the way to go which I'm sure you'll know all about if you have an almost toddler in your life (they sniff out a plan like quicker than an Organix carrot cake bar and see how they can 'alter it'). The only item on my agenda was to visit as many foodie recommendations as possible from my scrambled together list, tell me I'm not the only one who plans their staycation around places to eat out? Huge props to Carrie who gave me some real corkers but more on that later. Naturally Craig, Sadie and I ticked off all the Brighton must dos including a walk along the sea front where we all dipped our toes in the cool blue waves before hitting the promenade, riding the carousel and numerous Sadie sized rides, not forgetting to devour the Brighton shop filled centre and Pavilion Gardens.

As with all good mini breaks the real pull factor for me is the accommodation, I've always been a bit of a boutique hotel girl at heart but since Airbnb came along I've surprised myself at just how much I enjoy living the life of a local and the flexibility of staying in someones home. Our Brighton abode did not disappoint and was just as beautiful in real life as it was online - I'd be one happy bunny if the bedroom wallpaper and dressing table could find its way into my home pronto. Oh and I'd be ecstatic if the little mid century rocking chair with faux fur rug could wiggle its way into my cottage too, Sadie absolutely adored it. Our apartment was just a ten minute walk from the seafront which was absolutely ideal for family Wild and our host was superb so I'd highly recommend checking out our Brighton pad.

Now if you're anything like me you'll want to know all about the food (priorities right?) so without further a do, let's talk food - on Sunday evening we headed to Wahaca for Mexican fodder and a much deserved mojito or two, which is a serious treat for me as I cannot remember the last time I enjoyed a cocktail. The staff were lovely and the children's menu was brilliant so even though its a chain it definitely deserves a mention. 

Monday morning called for a brunch to end all brunches so the Breakfast Club it was and boy it didn't disappoint. The soundtrack was on point resulting in mum dancing (thank goodness Sadie isn't old enough to get embarrassed), the orange juice pitcher was ideal for juice guzzlers like Craig and I and the banana bircher which I ordered for Sadie was an absolute treat. I was almost willing her not to eat it all so I could tuck into it too. It's definitely a breakfast I'm going to try and recreate in our new kitchen.

Lunch was all about vegetarian Food for Friends which may just be my favourite eatery out of everywhere we visited, our server went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and the food was out of this world which is saying something coming from two meat eaters. If only there was one in Sheffield... Also a huge shout out to Bluebird Tea Co which I got to try with my pudding at Food For Friends, the Gingerbread Chai was so good we Google mapped it to the store and bought some to take home straight after our meal. With a day full of dining out we decided to get Deliveroo for dinner, partly to have a more relaxed evening and partly because we were dying to try a burger from Meat Liquor. I haven't had a proper burger in forever so I don't know whether I enjoyed this so much more because of this, maybe you need to be in the restaurant to get the true Meat Liquor experience.

Tuesday morning began in style with pastries and iced coffees on the beach from Small Batch Coffee, I mean can you think of a better way to start your final morning in Brighton or any morning for that matter? In an attempt to counteract the pastries we enjoyed a pre lunch smoothie each at 42 Juice. This teeny juice and smoothie bar is a bloggers dream and I wish I'd of taken some snaps and tried one of their infamous charcoal juices but with Sadie taking a power nap I was enjoying taking a quiet five minutes with Craig.

For lunch we stumbled upon Mange Tout, somewhere I'd seen Suzie recommend and although it doesn't look much from the exterior both Craig & I were blown away by the food. Now French eateries aren't usually our go to but something about this restaurant was just right, the menu was paired back but delicious. Craig even declared it was the best steak he'd eaten in a long time and that's saying something from a man who comments very little when dining out. He also remarked that many places right now are all about creating fancy and elaborate dishes but there's a lot to be said for establishments that do simple dishes really well. I couldn't agree more. 

Before our journey home we decided to line our stomachs with our first ever Franco Manca pizza, the result was heavenly although the service was a lot more in-n-out compared to the note worthy experiences we had in the other restaurants we tried. Another must visit if you ever find yourself in Brighton is Boho Gelato where we wolfed down the most Italianesque gelato outside of Italy not once, but twice. The flavours Boho Gelato produce are just magic think salted caramel, carrot cake and chocolate rose and you'd be on the money.

For me Brighton is a dreamy destination for a family mini break with the perfect blend of cool shops and stand out eateries to keep the adults happy and enough throw back charm to bring out the child in you/keep your own children entertained. If only we could go back and do it all again tomorrow. Until next time seaside...

Have you ever been to Brighton? Which of our foodie must visits would you try?

A Minimal Autumnal Capsule Wardrobe

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Autumn Capsule Wardrobe
Boiler Suit / Khaki Trench / Ruffle Sweat / Striped Knit / Metallic Top / Oversized Shirt / Metallic Knit / Leather Trousers / Leopard Coat / Navy Shirt Jumper / Straight Jeans / Leather Midi / White Trainers / Black Culottes / White Tee / Black Loafers / Nude Tee / Houndstooth Coat / Navy Shirtdress / Grey Knit / Black Jumpsuit / Blue Jeans / Camel Knit / Studded Boots / Two Colour Shoes / Gucci Soho Bag

If you've been keeping your peepers glued to Cagney and Lace then you'll know I'm pretty excited about my Autumnal wardrobe. Last Autumn I was nurturing a three month old so while clothing was something that still graced my bod it wasn't high on the agenda, fast forward twelve months and I feel as though I've had a fashion epiphany. I don't know if it was my appointment at Topshop or the countless number of capsule wardrobe videos I've watched in the bath but I think I might just be swaying towards creating my very own minimal Autumnal capsule wardrobe.

Now I'm not sure about being incredibly strict and sticking to rules where only 37 pieces are allowed in my wardrobe, we'll see how we go, but I think I've finally hit the nail on the head as to why I still have those I have nothing to wear moments - I have too many clothes which frankly I just don't wear. Now no one wants to be that brutal bitch who throws away all her clothes and starts again but what I will say is that a lot of those worn once or twice pieces are internet shopping/impulse buys which is something I'm keen to say goodbye to this season. It's a sad day when you're online order arrives and you're not even excited to try it on but that's something I've recently found myself experiencing. While shopping in store is definitely more time consuming, especially with a fourteen month old in tow it's actually a lot more enjoyable, particularly to set time aside to actually shop instead of it filtering into everyday life and I find myself really considering pieces and thinking about what they'll work with before taking them home. Becoming a parent is also a huge part of my style evolution in the sense that I need to roll out of bed in the morning and be dressed in five minutes flat which I think will be much easier with a capsule wardrobe.

With all this in mind I think I'm going to experiment with a paired back, more minimal wardrobe for Autumn and see how it goes, I've already got grand plans of mixing and matching pieces, clearing out my wardrobe and adding fancy hangers with Useless Wardrobes tips in hand. One suggestion Signe from Useless Wardrobe has is to create a collage of all the pieces from your new season capsule wardrobe to see just how flexible each item is and also as a way to see everything together. I love this idea and it makes me feel a little like Cher in Clueless, I've made a start with my collage above blending together pieces from my current wardrobe along with a few items I'm yet to buy - some faux leather trousers, a leopard print coat, a shirt dress, a boiler suit, plain knitwear and the piece de resistance that Gucci bag I can't stop writing about. It literally keeps popping up everywhere I go, surely that's a sign right?

Have you ever considered a more minimal wardrobe? Do you still love online shopping?

An Outfit Fit For Brunch

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Polka Dot Bomber Shirt: Topshop
Orson Stepped Hem Jeans: Topshop
Lucy Loafer: Topshop
Mini Chain Messenger Bag: Zara
When your favourite couple with a bambino suggest brunch you snap there hand off, after you ask what time you're meeting of course. Tamper Coffee is one of our go to places to get my favourite meal in between breakfast and lunch - it's incredibly baby friendly, the food is always a winner (the poached eggs are pretty delicious) and the building is just a stones throw from all the graffitied walls a girl could ever want. I'd love to say the rest of my day was as fancy but with the rain setting in Sadie and I spent the afternoon indoors only broken by a walk with my Nelson, the family Westie.

With the sun slowly starting to dissipate it feels as though Autumn is officially here so with my new season wardrobe in the pipeline (just wait until you see some of the pieces I've brought home) I played it safe with jeans and a shirt, the perfect I'm-not-sure-what-the-weathers-going-to-be kind of outfit. You might remember seeing my stepped hem jeans here but if not they're what I like to call a real pair of jeans - barely any stretch, which means there's zero room for cake after brunch with that perfect straight leg fit which I've admired on Pinterest more often then I care to admit. My shirt on the other hand couldn't be further from traditional shirt territory, sure it's got buttons but that's where the similarities end. The polka dot pattern brings a certain punchy-ness to my wardrobe whilst hiding a multitude of not-had-chance-to-clean-Sadie-hands stains plus the bomber jacket finishing on the collar and cuffs adds a playful edge to proceedings. 

I completed my look with the latest addition to the footwear family, say hello to a pair of black loafers which are reminiscent of those Gucci ones I adore. I once heard someone say they buy an inexpensive version of a designer buy before committing to the real deal and I thought this was genius, these loafers won't break the bank at £29 so they're the perfect way to test a trend piece to really see how they'll work out for you and your wardrobe. Let's see how they pan out for me...

What outfit do you run to in times of weather troubles? Is brunch your favourite meal du jour?

Five Things I'm Looking Forward To This September

Thursday, 1 September 2016

I don’t quite know what it is about September but it’s one month that has always resonated with me and not just because of the abundance of stationery (I totally used to get a new pencil case every September FYI). The ninth month of the year is the perfect blend of sunny and Autumnal and it's a time I always look forward to and this year is no exception so I thought I’d compile a list of all the things I’m getting giddy about right now. 

Cooking up a storm – If you keep a keen eye on my Instagram you'll know that Craig, Sadie and I are currently staying at my ma and pa’s while our kitchen/dining room renovations are underway. It almost feels like a mini holiday (except there's pots to clean) and I’m beyond grateful to get away from our messy abode where kitchen units in the living room is currently the norm. It’ll not be long until our shell of a kitchen starts to take shape though especially as it’s already changed so much but if you’re eager to see snaps then check out my mood board to see the behind the scenes inspiration.

Back to Brighton – Brighton is somewhere I fell head over heels for on my now sister in laws hen party (I blogged about it here) but thanks to too many cocktails and clucky hen action I didn’t get the chance to explore as much as I'd of liked so I'm thrilled to be heading back with my family for what I can only imagine will be a completely different experience! We're staying in the seaside resort for two nights and while I’d of loved to stay longer (new kitchen problems) I’m excited to get settled into our airbnb and see Sadie on the beach with her bucket and spade. If you’ve been to Brighton recently or live here I’d love to hear your recommendations. 

Hello new stores - & Other Stories has recently opened in Manchester and now Anthropologie, COS and Maje are all soon to open in Leeds, can you tell I’m excited? The north has long been behind our southern friends when it comes to shopping so it's about time we got a few fancy stores to window shop, who am I kidding? Spend all my money in. Closer to home is The Treat Kitchen an independent sweet shop which opens in Meadowhall on Saturday 3rd September and to celebrate the launch they'll be giving away 75,000 sweets! Definitely one to pop in the phone if you've got a sweet tooth.

My Autumn Winter wardrobe - Everyone knows early September is the best time to enhance your new season closet and who am I to argue? I recently picked up this dress from new look Warehouse (I couldn’t love the rebrand anymore, beautiful job Emma Cook et al) so expect to see this styled up on Cagney and Lace soon. Autumn Winter wardrobe aside I've actually got the Gucci Soho Disco bag on the brain especially as little bags are my current jam so any help in my shall I, shan’t I conundrum would be appreciated.

R & R – Show me a mum that wouldn’t snap your hand off at the words spa mini break and I’ll eat my Burberry cape. These past few months have been pretty turbulent in the Wild residence and while I’m not one to dwell I couldn’t be more ready for a rest, I know our Brighton jaunt will be a very welcome break but I also think I need to be kinder to myself and remember to take five minutes wherever I can although if anyone does want to treat me to a spa break then I’m all ears.

What are you looking forward to this September?

Florals & Brick Walls

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Floral Print Blouse: Warehouse
Button Down Denim Mini: Topshop
Kylie Backless Loafers: Topshop
Hibiscus Blossom Bag: Mulberry
Rayban Round Metal Sunglasses: Sunglass Hut
Rose Gold Watch: Olivia Burton
Oh hey there bank holiday weekend, if someone could tell me how we got to to the end of August this quickly it'd be beyond appreciated. 2016 is literally zooming by and I can't believe we'll soon be seeing everything turn to shades of rust but for now I'm quite enjoying these sun filled Magnum days, even if they're in-between twenty four hour stints more suited to ducks. Yesterday my sister from another Claire and I plus bambinos went for a brunch date at The Depot Bakery before taking a sunny stroll around Kelham Island, the previous evening Sadie had Craig and I burning the middle of the night oil so a caffeine fix was a real and welcome necessity. 

Ironically Sadie and I aren't usually the earliest risers so knowing we had a morning meet up in the diary meant I did something I haven't done since my secondary school days. The night before our brunch I hung my outfit on my wardrobe ready to wear. In fact the last time I remember doing this was before a non uniform day, my friends and I used to take non uniform days seriously planning our outfits weeks in advance. One of my most memorable looks was a lace top paired with kick flare red trousers. Now that would have made a cracking outfit post. Memory lane aside this is a serious time saver, granted you've got to put your faith in the weather app but yesterday it paid off. Now onto the clothes, this floral print blouse is a serious rediscovery and one that's reignited my love of prints, It feels like forever since I sported a non stripe and I must say I've missed it. Another rediscovery was triggered after I watched a few of my favourite bloggers on Snapchat sporting button down denim minis with shirts and bare legs. Don't you just love it when an outfit comes together? The rest of my look consists of a few wardrobe favourites, didn't I tell you I couldn't stop wearing these backless loafers?

Maybe my reacquainted love for florals was the catalyst for creating my incredibly special personalised phone case from Go Customized*. For the last few months my phones been naked so I thought it was high time I protected it from the elements. Go Customized does exactly what it suggests allowing you to design your own phone case, although they do have some seriously cool pre-made prints for the less adventurous. After umming and ahhing over a hundred pictures of Sadie I decided to commemorate our wedding (which recently featured on Love My Dress don't you know) and chose the top table placard designed by my friend Joasia as my phones ensemble. It's been love ever since it arrived especially with its matte finish which makes my phone super easy to handle whilst watching YouTube in the bath, tell me I'm not the only one that does this?

The lovely team at Go Customized have given me a 10% discount code, just enter GC-PR-UK-HANNAHPROMO10 on any order over £19.95 so why not treat yo self to a personalised iPhone 6 case this weekend?

Where do you get your outfit inspiration from? Do you find yourself forgetting about pieces you own?

*PR gift, all snazzy design thoughts my own.


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