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Well I haven't done one of these posts in ages....normally just keep my Wishlist items to the homepage widget but I found so many cute pieces this month that I am lusting after and wanted to share them with you. Lets be honest, we have all spent some of lockdown browsing online and whilst my bank account isn't too pleased about it, I have found some amazing pieces and also new brands (really enjoying discovering local brands & businesses to support)! so this is a collection of fashion along with some home / kid related pieces that I have had me eye on this year.


1. SWYC tote

This tote bag is everything! I saw Emma @brummymummyof2 had ordered one of these in her latest haul and decided I need to add one to my summer tote collection. The ideal mum bag as I can fit lots inside (having a three almost four year old means I carry a lot of stuff!) but the design and personalisation adds something different, elevating it from a traditional changing bag - which I am moving away from as my son is so much older now. Sadly the colourway I want is currently out of stock, but as soon as its back, I will be placing an order ahead of the summer months and filling it when we finally will be able to go places again #lockdownsucks

Jute Market Shopper Bag


2. Lion wall art

A new Instagram seller (@oskieandroo) that I stumbled across on a late night scrolling session (come on we all have had those moments) and OMG how gorgeous is he! I am looking at jazzing up little dudes room this summer and finding pieces like this that are beautiful but also aren't too baby is exactly what I am looking for. There are some other animals including an elephant but Mr Lion is my favourite. Check out her Etsy store for so many gorgeous macramé pieces for the home.

Macrame Lion Wall Hanging


3. Dinosaur prints - Single & Poster 

Although this is a Wishlist, I will admit I have already bought this gorgeous A4 Stegosaurus print for my little boys bedroom, I couldn't resist - its such a beautiful piece by a local artist (@hallelula_prints) and ideal for a dino mad boy. The second piece is a larger A3 poster, which I also need! The detail on these prints is insane and would make such a great idea for a gift. I have had a few bits from this lady before, including the most amazing set of animal flashcards (she lives in my village) and I love the quality and individual-ness of each piece. She does all sorts of beautiful prints, not just dinosaurs so take a look at her store.

Stegosaurus & Dinosaur Poster Print


4. MV vintage tee

It wouldn't be a Wishlist without something from Mint Velvet! Every new season I excitedly scroll through the new in section, ready to choose the pieces for my uniform and this vintage photo tee caught my eye and is perfect for teaming with jeans or chinos & a denim jacket ready for when retail is finally back open again. I love the fit of MV tees and this one is the perfect off white colour with my favourite kind of imagery - vintage with a romantic feel to it.

Cream Photograph T-Shirt


5. Sophia Webster Astra heel

Sophia Webster is my go to designer brand for shoes. Whilst I am still to buy a pair, her designs encapsulates everything I love about fashion - the individualism, quirky and fun and these Astra heels are just beautiful...admittedly maybe not that practical for my day to day life but a girl can dream cant she! I love the subtle nod to stars and the colour palette would make these really easy to style with so many pieces. Maybe one day soon.....

Astra Sandal Black and Metallic Mix


6. ASOS spotty dress

The perfect summer dress, has me dreaming of sunshine and holidays. Love the simplicity of the dress and the classic monochromatic spots, also the shape will be ideal for keeping cool on a hot day. Teamed with sandals and a straw bag, and you are ready for the day.

ASOS DESIGN trapeze maxi dress in oversized mono spot


7. Amazon ♡ Sunglasses 

So I already own two pairs of these sunnies, but the second I saw the lilac pair I knew I needed them! I get compliments every time I wear my tortoiseshell or white pair, they are such a fun accessory but also very chic. Plus lilac is such a key trend colour for the SS21 season and these are a great, inexpensive way to add a trend colour to your wardrobe....need to order ASAP.

Heart Sunglasses - Vintage Retro Cat Eye


8. Storage Crates

These days I am always on the look out for cute storage options (toddlers come with a lot of toys!), something practical yet chic. These crates are a great idea, stackable and available in a variety of colours, ideal to match in with the décor and not scream "toy storage". Just need to decide which of the 28 colours I am going to choose! 

Folding Crate — This Modern Life


Which of these pieces would make your Wishlist? leave me a comment below....

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March Wishlist


Well I haven't done one of these posts in ages....normally just keep my Wishlist items to the homepage widget but I found so many cute pieces this month that I am lusting after and wanted to share them with you. Lets be honest, we have all spent some of lockdown browsing online and whilst my bank account isn't too pleased about it, I have found some amazing pieces and also new brands (really enjoying discovering local brands & businesses to support)! so this is a collection of fashion along with some home / kid related pieces that I have had me eye on this year.


1. SWYC tote

This tote bag is everything! I saw Emma @brummymummyof2 had ordered one of these in her latest haul and decided I need to add one to my summer tote collection. The ideal mum bag as I can fit lots inside (having a three almost four year old means I carry a lot of stuff!) but the design and personalisation adds something different, elevating it from a traditional changing bag - which I am moving away from as my son is so much older now. Sadly the colourway I want is currently out of stock, but as soon as its back, I will be placing an order ahead of the summer months and filling it when we finally will be able to go places again #lockdownsucks

Jute Market Shopper Bag


2. Lion wall art

A new Instagram seller (@oskieandroo) that I stumbled across on a late night scrolling session (come on we all have had those moments) and OMG how gorgeous is he! I am looking at jazzing up little dudes room this summer and finding pieces like this that are beautiful but also aren't too baby is exactly what I am looking for. There are some other animals including an elephant but Mr Lion is my favourite. Check out her Etsy store for so many gorgeous macramé pieces for the home.

Macrame Lion Wall Hanging


3. Dinosaur prints - Single & Poster 

Although this is a Wishlist, I will admit I have already bought this gorgeous A4 Stegosaurus print for my little boys bedroom, I couldn't resist - its such a beautiful piece by a local artist (@hallelula_prints) and ideal for a dino mad boy. The second piece is a larger A3 poster, which I also need! The detail on these prints is insane and would make such a great idea for a gift. I have had a few bits from this lady before, including the most amazing set of animal flashcards (she lives in my village) and I love the quality and individual-ness of each piece. She does all sorts of beautiful prints, not just dinosaurs so take a look at her store.

Stegosaurus & Dinosaur Poster Print


4. MV vintage tee

It wouldn't be a Wishlist without something from Mint Velvet! Every new season I excitedly scroll through the new in section, ready to choose the pieces for my uniform and this vintage photo tee caught my eye and is perfect for teaming with jeans or chinos & a denim jacket ready for when retail is finally back open again. I love the fit of MV tees and this one is the perfect off white colour with my favourite kind of imagery - vintage with a romantic feel to it.

Cream Photograph T-Shirt


5. Sophia Webster Astra heel

Sophia Webster is my go to designer brand for shoes. Whilst I am still to buy a pair, her designs encapsulates everything I love about fashion - the individualism, quirky and fun and these Astra heels are just beautiful...admittedly maybe not that practical for my day to day life but a girl can dream cant she! I love the subtle nod to stars and the colour palette would make these really easy to style with so many pieces. Maybe one day soon.....

Astra Sandal Black and Metallic Mix


6. ASOS spotty dress

The perfect summer dress, has me dreaming of sunshine and holidays. Love the simplicity of the dress and the classic monochromatic spots, also the shape will be ideal for keeping cool on a hot day. Teamed with sandals and a straw bag, and you are ready for the day.

ASOS DESIGN trapeze maxi dress in oversized mono spot


7. Amazon ♡ Sunglasses 

So I already own two pairs of these sunnies, but the second I saw the lilac pair I knew I needed them! I get compliments every time I wear my tortoiseshell or white pair, they are such a fun accessory but also very chic. Plus lilac is such a key trend colour for the SS21 season and these are a great, inexpensive way to add a trend colour to your wardrobe....need to order ASAP.

Heart Sunglasses - Vintage Retro Cat Eye


8. Storage Crates

These days I am always on the look out for cute storage options (toddlers come with a lot of toys!), something practical yet chic. These crates are a great idea, stackable and available in a variety of colours, ideal to match in with the décor and not scream "toy storage". Just need to decide which of the 28 colours I am going to choose! 

Folding Crate — This Modern Life


Which of these pieces would make your Wishlist? leave me a comment below....

Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with new posts!



 

Next up in the series is a casual classic - the sweatshirt, but with a modern twist. The sweatshirt has fast become a staple in lots of daily uniforms (including mine) over lockdown. Easy to throw on with jeans or leggings and a nice alternative to the traditional knit but I wanted to show how to style a sweatshirt not only now but also outside of the house....ready for when we go out for more than a food shop!

All pieces featured are from Mint Velvet - I am trying to stay inspired and ready to style up my ladies once stores reopen.



Outfit One 

Sweatshirt used in all looks - Lilac Ribbed Sweatshirt

Light Grey Boyfriend Coat, Ohio Jeggings & Ezra Suede Boots

First up is an smarter way to wear the sweatshirt, which is typically a casual item of clothing. For this look I have teamed a classic black skinny jegging, with slouchy suede ankle boots and a tailored boyfriend mid length coat, smart but chic. Keeping the look simple elevates the sweatshirt and the slouchy boots adds some texture and refinement without going too "office". This sweatshirt also has a funnel neck detail meaning it will sit perfectly under the lapels of the coat.


Outfit Two

Knitted Joggers, Faux Fur Slippers & Lavender & Geranium Candle

Now this is a much more traditional outfit, but ideal for lockdown. Teaming the sweatshirt with a classic pair of cosy knitted joggers and some stylish slippers - chic loungewear. If you wanted to elevate this look for going out & about, you could switch out the knitted style for the faux leather joggers. I have included a fancy candle in this outfit as this look is ideal for chill days, plus these candles smell amazing.


Outfit Three

Poppy Tiered Mini Dress, Disk Earrings & Allie Padded Trainers

My favourite outfit - something a little more unexpected and playful, layering the lilac sweatshirt over the beautiful purple Poppy print mini dress. The crop of the sweatshirt shows off the cute flippy hem of the dress whilst adding a layer of warmth. Styled up with trainers, keeps this easy and casual, cute for a day shopping or out with the girls. Going tonal with lilac on lilac is a great way to add colour to an outfit without going too crazy, ideal for those who are a little afraid of colour. I have this dress in two other prints and it is a great everyday dress, ideal if you want to be comfy but still look like you've made an effort.


Outfit Four

This outfit updates one of my favourite looks of the year, taking a classic white shirt, skinny jeans combination and adding the sweatshirt on top - love having the tail of the shirt hanging out the bottom. Teamed with a chunky biker boot adds a cool edge and dresses down the more formal white shirt. I have gone with grey jeans here as I love lilac & grey together, less harsh than black especially with a white shirt.

Worth noting, this sweatshirt is also available in white ♡ White Sweatshirt

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Which of the four outfits would you choose?

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1 Sweatshirt - 4 Ways

 

Next up in the series is a casual classic - the sweatshirt, but with a modern twist. The sweatshirt has fast become a staple in lots of daily uniforms (including mine) over lockdown. Easy to throw on with jeans or leggings and a nice alternative to the traditional knit but I wanted to show how to style a sweatshirt not only now but also outside of the house....ready for when we go out for more than a food shop!

All pieces featured are from Mint Velvet - I am trying to stay inspired and ready to style up my ladies once stores reopen.



Outfit One 

Sweatshirt used in all looks - Lilac Ribbed Sweatshirt

Light Grey Boyfriend Coat, Ohio Jeggings & Ezra Suede Boots

First up is an smarter way to wear the sweatshirt, which is typically a casual item of clothing. For this look I have teamed a classic black skinny jegging, with slouchy suede ankle boots and a tailored boyfriend mid length coat, smart but chic. Keeping the look simple elevates the sweatshirt and the slouchy boots adds some texture and refinement without going too "office". This sweatshirt also has a funnel neck detail meaning it will sit perfectly under the lapels of the coat.


Outfit Two

Knitted Joggers, Faux Fur Slippers & Lavender & Geranium Candle

Now this is a much more traditional outfit, but ideal for lockdown. Teaming the sweatshirt with a classic pair of cosy knitted joggers and some stylish slippers - chic loungewear. If you wanted to elevate this look for going out & about, you could switch out the knitted style for the faux leather joggers. I have included a fancy candle in this outfit as this look is ideal for chill days, plus these candles smell amazing.


Outfit Three

Poppy Tiered Mini Dress, Disk Earrings & Allie Padded Trainers

My favourite outfit - something a little more unexpected and playful, layering the lilac sweatshirt over the beautiful purple Poppy print mini dress. The crop of the sweatshirt shows off the cute flippy hem of the dress whilst adding a layer of warmth. Styled up with trainers, keeps this easy and casual, cute for a day shopping or out with the girls. Going tonal with lilac on lilac is a great way to add colour to an outfit without going too crazy, ideal for those who are a little afraid of colour. I have this dress in two other prints and it is a great everyday dress, ideal if you want to be comfy but still look like you've made an effort.


Outfit Four

This outfit updates one of my favourite looks of the year, taking a classic white shirt, skinny jeans combination and adding the sweatshirt on top - love having the tail of the shirt hanging out the bottom. Teamed with a chunky biker boot adds a cool edge and dresses down the more formal white shirt. I have gone with grey jeans here as I love lilac & grey together, less harsh than black especially with a white shirt.

Worth noting, this sweatshirt is also available in white ♡ White Sweatshirt

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Which of the four outfits would you choose?

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Welcome to the first post 2021.... starting the year off with a Mum Life post - I don't write much mum content as this space is predominantly about fashion however occasionally I will share a post that I feel will benefit any mum readers out there. This wont be a "How to Potty Train" post, as my son did it his own way and threw all my research out the window! I actually found potty training the most stressful milestone in my sons life so far but these were products that I found really helped once we began the big boy pants journey and helped him to pick it up quickly. Worth noting none of these products are revolutionary but a few of them I didn't know existed until I found them or was recommended them by a fellow mummy.....

Firstly the main thing required is patience, YOU need to be ready to potty train just as much as your child. Be prepared for a hundred wees on your rug/sofa, don't get angry and if you need to go down the rewards route, then do it!


1. A Potty

Nothing fancy needed here, just a simple plastic potty. We bought the IKEA Lilla as it was only £2.50!! We actually got three of them as they were so cheap, one to have in the lounge where little man spends most of his time, one for his bedroom for night time visits and the third one is actually at his nursery as he didn't want to use the ones available there, so we sent him in with his own (major breakthrough). Not the most aesthetically pleasing item sitting in my lounge but it serves a purpose.

IKEA Lilla Children's potty


2. Seat insert & step

We decide to buy the IKEA set of seat & step along with the potty and both of these items live in the family bathroom, although we did end up buying additional sets from Aldi to have in the other toilets in the house (just in case). My son has been using the seat every night at bedtime and every morning when he wakes up, so as to get him used to going on the actual toilet and to not be scared of falling in. They may need a little help getting on but my son is now big enough to climb on and off unaided. Again super cheap - £8 for the two.

IKEA Tossig Toilet Seat & IKEA FÖrsiktig stool


3. Travel Potty

The My Carry Potty, a great option for days out of the house, admittedly we did our training during lockdown so the only "out" was the park, but this travel potty is great for such occasions. With a vacuum seal on it, your child can use, close it up and there are no leaks, ideal if you can't dispose straight away. This will be good on car journeys too as there is never a service station when you need one! I gave my son the choice of which design he wanted and he chose the dinosaur, but there are others available including a penguin, ladybird and cat.

Dinosaur My Carry Potty


4. Panda Fold-up Seat

Another travel item but perfect for everyday out of the house. To begin with my son hated the potty, he much preferred the toilet and I didn't want to have to carry the solid IKEA toilet seat round with me, but I came across this one which folds down into a little pouch, ideal to pop in the nappy bag and get out to use in public toilets. This will be my go to when we go out and I don't want to carry the travel potty, places where I know there will be a toilet....shopping for instance. 

Foldable Potty Seat


5. Character Pants

This is an obvious one, but I wanted to include as its a good idea to let your child choose their pants, if they have their favourite characters on they are more likely to want to wear them. Also my advice is buy lots as there will be accidents.

Hey Duggee Multicoloured Briefs 5 Pack


6. Books

I bought a couple of books before we started as I thought it was important to talk to him about it before we started the process, give him an idea of what was coming. I chose the Thomas book as again its something that interests him and the other was a recommendation from a friend. Amazon has so many different books - there is bound to be one that your child will enjoy.

Thomas & Friends My Potty Book & What Are Potties


7. Oh Crap Potty Training Book

This was a recommendation from a friend and whilst I found it very informative my son did the opposite to what I expected so it wasn't much help after the prep stage, but if you need somewhere to start I can recommend this book. A real, down to earth read and no touchy feely just simple facts and humour, that makes you comfortable and relaxed about the potentially daunting task ahead of you.

Oh Crap! Potty Training


8. Seat Protector

Another odd purchase but very logical - a simple absorbent pad for the car seat or pushchair just to help soak up any accidents on long journeys or out and about. We have only used a couple of times again because we are in lockdown but I think it will be really helpful for our next trip to Scotland (7 hours in the car is tough on my bladder never mind little mans!).

Koo-di Wetec Baby Seat Protector


So that's my essentials - I would love to hear from any fellow mums, what their potty training essentials & recommendations are.....

Leave me a comment below x

Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with new posts!




Potty Training Essentials


Welcome to the first post 2021.... starting the year off with a Mum Life post - I don't write much mum content as this space is predominantly about fashion however occasionally I will share a post that I feel will benefit any mum readers out there. This wont be a "How to Potty Train" post, as my son did it his own way and threw all my research out the window! I actually found potty training the most stressful milestone in my sons life so far but these were products that I found really helped once we began the big boy pants journey and helped him to pick it up quickly. Worth noting none of these products are revolutionary but a few of them I didn't know existed until I found them or was recommended them by a fellow mummy.....

Firstly the main thing required is patience, YOU need to be ready to potty train just as much as your child. Be prepared for a hundred wees on your rug/sofa, don't get angry and if you need to go down the rewards route, then do it!


1. A Potty

Nothing fancy needed here, just a simple plastic potty. We bought the IKEA Lilla as it was only £2.50!! We actually got three of them as they were so cheap, one to have in the lounge where little man spends most of his time, one for his bedroom for night time visits and the third one is actually at his nursery as he didn't want to use the ones available there, so we sent him in with his own (major breakthrough). Not the most aesthetically pleasing item sitting in my lounge but it serves a purpose.

IKEA Lilla Children's potty


2. Seat insert & step

We decide to buy the IKEA set of seat & step along with the potty and both of these items live in the family bathroom, although we did end up buying additional sets from Aldi to have in the other toilets in the house (just in case). My son has been using the seat every night at bedtime and every morning when he wakes up, so as to get him used to going on the actual toilet and to not be scared of falling in. They may need a little help getting on but my son is now big enough to climb on and off unaided. Again super cheap - £8 for the two.

IKEA Tossig Toilet Seat & IKEA FÖrsiktig stool


3. Travel Potty

The My Carry Potty, a great option for days out of the house, admittedly we did our training during lockdown so the only "out" was the park, but this travel potty is great for such occasions. With a vacuum seal on it, your child can use, close it up and there are no leaks, ideal if you can't dispose straight away. This will be good on car journeys too as there is never a service station when you need one! I gave my son the choice of which design he wanted and he chose the dinosaur, but there are others available including a penguin, ladybird and cat.

Dinosaur My Carry Potty


4. Panda Fold-up Seat

Another travel item but perfect for everyday out of the house. To begin with my son hated the potty, he much preferred the toilet and I didn't want to have to carry the solid IKEA toilet seat round with me, but I came across this one which folds down into a little pouch, ideal to pop in the nappy bag and get out to use in public toilets. This will be my go to when we go out and I don't want to carry the travel potty, places where I know there will be a toilet....shopping for instance. 

Foldable Potty Seat


5. Character Pants

This is an obvious one, but I wanted to include as its a good idea to let your child choose their pants, if they have their favourite characters on they are more likely to want to wear them. Also my advice is buy lots as there will be accidents.

Hey Duggee Multicoloured Briefs 5 Pack


6. Books

I bought a couple of books before we started as I thought it was important to talk to him about it before we started the process, give him an idea of what was coming. I chose the Thomas book as again its something that interests him and the other was a recommendation from a friend. Amazon has so many different books - there is bound to be one that your child will enjoy.

Thomas & Friends My Potty Book & What Are Potties


7. Oh Crap Potty Training Book

This was a recommendation from a friend and whilst I found it very informative my son did the opposite to what I expected so it wasn't much help after the prep stage, but if you need somewhere to start I can recommend this book. A real, down to earth read and no touchy feely just simple facts and humour, that makes you comfortable and relaxed about the potentially daunting task ahead of you.

Oh Crap! Potty Training


8. Seat Protector

Another odd purchase but very logical - a simple absorbent pad for the car seat or pushchair just to help soak up any accidents on long journeys or out and about. We have only used a couple of times again because we are in lockdown but I think it will be really helpful for our next trip to Scotland (7 hours in the car is tough on my bladder never mind little mans!).

Koo-di Wetec Baby Seat Protector


So that's my essentials - I would love to hear from any fellow mums, what their potty training essentials & recommendations are.....

Leave me a comment below x

Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' to keep up to date with new posts!





Pre-loved has become a buzz word, especially within the fashion industry, over the past few years and is fast becoming the favourite method of the fashionistas for adding new pieces to their wardrobes whilst standing up to fast fashion and its detrimental impact on the world. Previously buying second hand was seen as something only the cash strapped did, with charity shops being uncool, but with the help of people such as Mary Portas, giving pieces a second lease of life has become normal and expanded on the vintage culture with more and more people wanting to be individual. Before we discuss my foray into the pre-loved world lets clarify what the term means......

Preloved is an informal word that describes an item that was previously owned. Preloved is a euphemism, which is a milder way to say something to make it less harsh or blunt. Preloved is typically used to describe something for sale to avoid calling it used or second handDictionary.com

I love the term pre-loved, it sounds so much better & more refined than calling it second hand, especially when the item is designer. Up until this point, I have only ever dipped my toe in the pre-loved market finding the occasional piece in charity shops or Ebay, but my latest transaction is so much more than that. There are now many sites specifically for selling/buying beautiful pieces - sites like Vestiaire Collective, that showcase amazing fashion in need of a new home. A much more pleasant experience than your run of the mill transaction on Ebay, where you run the risk of receiving a faulty, damaged or god forbid fake item. Sites such as Vestiaire pride themselves in being a third party platform for genuine sellers to sell on their loved designer items, authenticating pieces before they arrive with their new owners. These sites are also ideal as they can sometimes be the only way to track down older/rarer items, especially limited edition colourways or prints. I became aware of the site after watching a video from Victoria @inthefrow, one of many bloggers/influences who work with these sites and showcase the best of the best available pre-loved.

I actually found my pre-loved piece on Instagram, after a friend of mine sent me a link to the Closet Detox UK, who just so happened to be selling my dream bag! Closet Detox UK is a London based detox service - "helping to reduce textile trash. Detox, Organise, Removal, Donate, Resell" @closetdetoxuk. They have so many amazing pieces, I just spotted a pair of Chloe Susannah boots that look amazing!!!

So onto my purchase.... I have been on the look out for this particular Mulberry bag for years....the black leather, medium Tillie satchel.

The Tillie was part of the SS11 Mulberry collection and has been the IT piece for me for years. I do already own one of these bags, an oversized version in cream tweed (bought in the sale), but sadly she isn't the most practical bag (especially with a toddler) so doesn't get used much, but I love everything about the style and detailing on this bag. I was in two minds at one point, about sending my cream bag to the Bag-Spa and getting her dyed black but I had a deep fear of it getting ruined! So finding this has made me so happy 

A classic satchel shape, with top handle and gorgeous gold hardware, the perfect size to be worn on the shoulder, cross body as well as on the crook of the arm. It is also a great everyday size, ideal for all my essentials plus the odd car, dinosaur or tub of playdoh and because it is preloved I am a little less precious with her, because she has already been "broken in". The bag was exactly as described, no faults, a little wear on the hardware but far less than I expected considering she is nine years old.

So this bag originally retailed for around £900 and although I have been on the look out for a couple of years now, the cheapest I have ever found one, was about £300 but that was on Ebay, and I am not very trusting of sellers on there, especially when it comes to designer items...... going through a verified pre-loved retailer means that it has been authenticated and best of all this beauty was only £120. I know for some people that even this is still a lot to spend on a handbag, but this piece has such a place in my heart and it is a real treat to be able to purchase it, especially as this style of Mulberry is no longer in production. The transaction was conducted via Instagram direct message then once agreed, through Paypal (hello buyer protection), and although the item was sent Royal Mail 2nd class it arrived the next day! and was beautiful wrapped in tissue paper.

Overall I found this pre-loved process, to be a really positive experience and will definitely be doing it again, as I do believe that items should be loved for years, not worn once and thrown away. I also really love the idea of a piece having its own little story, its own history.

Have you ever bought a designer piece pre-loved? Any recommendations?

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Falling for Pre-Loved


Pre-loved has become a buzz word, especially within the fashion industry, over the past few years and is fast becoming the favourite method of the fashionistas for adding new pieces to their wardrobes whilst standing up to fast fashion and its detrimental impact on the world. Previously buying second hand was seen as something only the cash strapped did, with charity shops being uncool, but with the help of people such as Mary Portas, giving pieces a second lease of life has become normal and expanded on the vintage culture with more and more people wanting to be individual. Before we discuss my foray into the pre-loved world lets clarify what the term means......

Preloved is an informal word that describes an item that was previously owned. Preloved is a euphemism, which is a milder way to say something to make it less harsh or blunt. Preloved is typically used to describe something for sale to avoid calling it used or second handDictionary.com

I love the term pre-loved, it sounds so much better & more refined than calling it second hand, especially when the item is designer. Up until this point, I have only ever dipped my toe in the pre-loved market finding the occasional piece in charity shops or Ebay, but my latest transaction is so much more than that. There are now many sites specifically for selling/buying beautiful pieces - sites like Vestiaire Collective, that showcase amazing fashion in need of a new home. A much more pleasant experience than your run of the mill transaction on Ebay, where you run the risk of receiving a faulty, damaged or god forbid fake item. Sites such as Vestiaire pride themselves in being a third party platform for genuine sellers to sell on their loved designer items, authenticating pieces before they arrive with their new owners. These sites are also ideal as they can sometimes be the only way to track down older/rarer items, especially limited edition colourways or prints. I became aware of the site after watching a video from Victoria @inthefrow, one of many bloggers/influences who work with these sites and showcase the best of the best available pre-loved.

I actually found my pre-loved piece on Instagram, after a friend of mine sent me a link to the Closet Detox UK, who just so happened to be selling my dream bag! Closet Detox UK is a London based detox service - "helping to reduce textile trash. Detox, Organise, Removal, Donate, Resell" @closetdetoxuk. They have so many amazing pieces, I just spotted a pair of Chloe Susannah boots that look amazing!!!

So onto my purchase.... I have been on the look out for this particular Mulberry bag for years....the black leather, medium Tillie satchel.

The Tillie was part of the SS11 Mulberry collection and has been the IT piece for me for years. I do already own one of these bags, an oversized version in cream tweed (bought in the sale), but sadly she isn't the most practical bag (especially with a toddler) so doesn't get used much, but I love everything about the style and detailing on this bag. I was in two minds at one point, about sending my cream bag to the Bag-Spa and getting her dyed black but I had a deep fear of it getting ruined! So finding this has made me so happy 

A classic satchel shape, with top handle and gorgeous gold hardware, the perfect size to be worn on the shoulder, cross body as well as on the crook of the arm. It is also a great everyday size, ideal for all my essentials plus the odd car, dinosaur or tub of playdoh and because it is preloved I am a little less precious with her, because she has already been "broken in". The bag was exactly as described, no faults, a little wear on the hardware but far less than I expected considering she is nine years old.

So this bag originally retailed for around £900 and although I have been on the look out for a couple of years now, the cheapest I have ever found one, was about £300 but that was on Ebay, and I am not very trusting of sellers on there, especially when it comes to designer items...... going through a verified pre-loved retailer means that it has been authenticated and best of all this beauty was only £120. I know for some people that even this is still a lot to spend on a handbag, but this piece has such a place in my heart and it is a real treat to be able to purchase it, especially as this style of Mulberry is no longer in production. The transaction was conducted via Instagram direct message then once agreed, through Paypal (hello buyer protection), and although the item was sent Royal Mail 2nd class it arrived the next day! and was beautiful wrapped in tissue paper.

Overall I found this pre-loved process, to be a really positive experience and will definitely be doing it again, as I do believe that items should be loved for years, not worn once and thrown away. I also really love the idea of a piece having its own little story, its own history.

Have you ever bought a designer piece pre-loved? Any recommendations?

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 Welcome back to the second instalment of my 1 item, 4 ways series, where I am showing you how to make a single piece of clothing work harder within your wardrobe, to create multiple looks so you get the best cost per wear. Again I am using Mint Velvet as my shop of choice - I am a senior style advisor for the brand, and the best part of my job is being able to use my love of fashion to help my customers feel great, look amazing and know that they can easily pull together a number of outfits with just a couple of key pieces.

This time round I am focusing on a gorgeous piece of knitwear - the beige metallic knit. This is my 2020 Christmas jumper! subtle metallic sparkle woven into the knit, perfect for a cosy Christmas and a very versatile silhouette - slightly cropped with a chunky polo neck, gunmetal zip detailing to one shoulder & the cuffs and in the most beautiful warm beige that works with so many other colours. I have included a couple of items I actually own from this season, in my selection as these are outfits I will be wearing over the winter months with this knit....head to my Instagram to see them styled up @theglitterfashionista.

All items featured in this post are available now online at Mint Velvet.



Outfit One 

Knitwear used in all looks - Beige Metallic Knit Jumper

Kelly Print Jersey Midi Dress, Black Eyelet Leather Belt & Aston Lace Up Peep Toe Boot

First up is an outfit making the most out of the crop of the knit, layering it up with this gorgeous butterfly print dress, which I have had now for a few months. Teamed with the eyelet belt so as to front tuck the knit in for extra emphasis on the nipped in waist. This combination transforms a beautiful dress into a skirt (two looks for the price of one). I felt this outfit worked as the dress has the most amazing Autumnal colours in it and the beige knit compliments this so well. I also teamed this look with a pair of peep toe boots, in a warm shade of brown, ideal to balance out the skin on show as the knit has a very high neck and very flattering with the hanky hem of the dress.


Outfit Two

Faux Leather Joggers, Tori Metallic BagPalmer White Velcro Trainers

This look was inspired by my gorgeous boss Jodie, teaming the jumper with a statement pair of faux leather joggers, tucked in at the front to show off the waistband and my favourite pair of simple Velcro trainers (very Veja and so classic). Adding the metallic bag ties in the gunmetal zips and is a great way to add subtle sparkle to an everyday outfit - perfect for a cheeky Starbucks date.


Outfit Three

White Oversized shirt, Denver Black Coated JeansDebbie Biker Boots

This outfit, is how I've been wearing this knit during lockdown, layered over a simple white shirt (preferably oversized, as it creates a beautiful drape under the knit) teamed with a pair of black skinnies - these Denver coated jeans are ideal as they add some texture to the look but it would work with any skinny jean. Finished off with the boot of the season....the biker boot, adding a touch of grunge to a classic outfit. The perfect everyday look for me and ideal for mum days, add a bag and your good to go.


Outfit Four

Lottie Animal Print Mini Dress, Rose Gold Plated Star BangleBlack Leather Cowboy Boots

Last up is the Lottie dress, a piece I bought a few months ago and I have been wearing it non stop over a jersey polo neck but it also looks amazing under the beige knit on a colder day. The hem of the jumper hits at just the right point so the flippy hem of the dress has freedom to swish, again creating a skirt look. This outfit wouldn't be complete without a pair of classic black tights - needed to keep the legs warm and the perfect partner to a pair of buckle boots. These cowboys boots are the ideal height for a mini dress, elongating the leg and are so comfy too. I have also included on this outfit, this gorgeous rose gold star bangle, perfect to have poking out of your sleeve (and a great little gift for Christmas).

Worth noting, this jumper is also available in a gorgeous deep teal green shade ♡ Teal Green Jumper

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Which of the four outfits would you choose?

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1 Jumper - 4 Ways


 Welcome back to the second instalment of my 1 item, 4 ways series, where I am showing you how to make a single piece of clothing work harder within your wardrobe, to create multiple looks so you get the best cost per wear. Again I am using Mint Velvet as my shop of choice - I am a senior style advisor for the brand, and the best part of my job is being able to use my love of fashion to help my customers feel great, look amazing and know that they can easily pull together a number of outfits with just a couple of key pieces.

This time round I am focusing on a gorgeous piece of knitwear - the beige metallic knit. This is my 2020 Christmas jumper! subtle metallic sparkle woven into the knit, perfect for a cosy Christmas and a very versatile silhouette - slightly cropped with a chunky polo neck, gunmetal zip detailing to one shoulder & the cuffs and in the most beautiful warm beige that works with so many other colours. I have included a couple of items I actually own from this season, in my selection as these are outfits I will be wearing over the winter months with this knit....head to my Instagram to see them styled up @theglitterfashionista.

All items featured in this post are available now online at Mint Velvet.



Outfit One 

Knitwear used in all looks - Beige Metallic Knit Jumper

Kelly Print Jersey Midi Dress, Black Eyelet Leather Belt & Aston Lace Up Peep Toe Boot

First up is an outfit making the most out of the crop of the knit, layering it up with this gorgeous butterfly print dress, which I have had now for a few months. Teamed with the eyelet belt so as to front tuck the knit in for extra emphasis on the nipped in waist. This combination transforms a beautiful dress into a skirt (two looks for the price of one). I felt this outfit worked as the dress has the most amazing Autumnal colours in it and the beige knit compliments this so well. I also teamed this look with a pair of peep toe boots, in a warm shade of brown, ideal to balance out the skin on show as the knit has a very high neck and very flattering with the hanky hem of the dress.


Outfit Two

Faux Leather Joggers, Tori Metallic BagPalmer White Velcro Trainers

This look was inspired by my gorgeous boss Jodie, teaming the jumper with a statement pair of faux leather joggers, tucked in at the front to show off the waistband and my favourite pair of simple Velcro trainers (very Veja and so classic). Adding the metallic bag ties in the gunmetal zips and is a great way to add subtle sparkle to an everyday outfit - perfect for a cheeky Starbucks date.


Outfit Three

White Oversized shirt, Denver Black Coated JeansDebbie Biker Boots

This outfit, is how I've been wearing this knit during lockdown, layered over a simple white shirt (preferably oversized, as it creates a beautiful drape under the knit) teamed with a pair of black skinnies - these Denver coated jeans are ideal as they add some texture to the look but it would work with any skinny jean. Finished off with the boot of the season....the biker boot, adding a touch of grunge to a classic outfit. The perfect everyday look for me and ideal for mum days, add a bag and your good to go.


Outfit Four

Lottie Animal Print Mini Dress, Rose Gold Plated Star BangleBlack Leather Cowboy Boots

Last up is the Lottie dress, a piece I bought a few months ago and I have been wearing it non stop over a jersey polo neck but it also looks amazing under the beige knit on a colder day. The hem of the jumper hits at just the right point so the flippy hem of the dress has freedom to swish, again creating a skirt look. This outfit wouldn't be complete without a pair of classic black tights - needed to keep the legs warm and the perfect partner to a pair of buckle boots. These cowboys boots are the ideal height for a mini dress, elongating the leg and are so comfy too. I have also included on this outfit, this gorgeous rose gold star bangle, perfect to have poking out of your sleeve (and a great little gift for Christmas).

Worth noting, this jumper is also available in a gorgeous deep teal green shade ♡ Teal Green Jumper

⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯

Which of the four outfits would you choose?

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