The ethical Christmas gift list

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The ethical Christmas gift list I’m finding it increasingly difficult to choose thoughtful gifts for any of my loved ones. Christmas is particularly challenging. Mr Maven is bored with my usual rota of wallets, watches and briefcases; the choice for kids is either disposable, cheaply … [read more]

In defence of tights

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I’ve just booked my first leg wax of 2017. I wouldn’t usually even consider such a thing this early in the year, but we have just booked a last minute break to Cyprus and one doesn’t want to scare the other holidaymakers. My legs are … [read more]

My O bag makeover

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With the expense of Christmas looming – I’m entertaining 13 people, more of that to follow soon – now is not the time to be obsessing about new handbags! But what’s a girl to do. I have a habit which must be fed. While sharing … [read more]

How to Hygge

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We have invested a lot of time and money over the last five years, to create a welcoming house from our slightly drab, pebble-dashed 1930s semi. The Hubster did NOT love this house when we bought it. I could see the potential to make it … [read more]

How not to wear animal print

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Preface: I realise showing one’s wardrobe malfunctions might be an unusual angle for a blog, but we all have them right? Just last week I bought a lovely pair of loafers, which were a little bit on the large side – but I went ahead … [read more]

Affordable style from the late summer sales

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I’ve always wanted to publish the kind of fashion photographs that ‘real’ bloggers post on their immaculate Pinterest pages (ie not those with Impostor Syndrome!). You know the ones: tall, leggy brunette with long hair flowing in the wind, striding across a crowded New York street, … [read more]

The cross body bag edit

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It’s no secret that handbags are my thing. I can be having a bad hair day, alongside a bloated tummy and spotty face week, but a statement handbag will always look good. Having recently brought you my Totes review, I’ve been scouring the shops and interweb for … [read more]

Hope Spring Summer collection 2016

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I’ve been waiting for warm sunny weather and the absence of builders for months, so that I could finally take some photos outside in my amazing new Hope Fashion Spring/Summer outfit. Inside the house there’s been nothing but dust and chaos, while outside, the lawn hasn’t … [read more]

What a difference a frame makes

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I had perfect vision until I started using a computer regularly in my mid 20s. Since hitting 40, my sight has become progressively worse and I now need my glasses for everything except driving – my long distance vision still being pretty much in tact. … [read more]

Totes amazing! 5 of the best large handbags

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Women’s handbags are getting bigger and bigger. Tote bags used to be a specific category – a bag large enough to carry your shopping. Now a tote is more or less the norm, as our nomadic working patterns and consumerist lifestyles mean we need to carry … [read more]