Win £120 To Spend On Eyewear

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I’ve been looking for a new pair of specs for months. My current pair were bought around five years ago and as well as the prescription being out of date, I don’t like them much anymore. I really fancy a proper pair of geek glasses – dark and thick rimmed – but any I’ve tried on so far look ridiculous on me. It appears that my huge head means that not only do I have to wear men’s hats (not even joking – my summer hat is from a menswear department and it’s XL) but I also can’t buy most pairs of glasses unless I want to look like a giant melon head. Thanks head.

So my quest continues. But I’m determined to find the right pair for me.

If you’re in need of glasses, check out SmartBuyGlasses, who have given me a prize of £120 to spend on eyewear with them. A prize that I shall give to one of you lovely readers.

HOW TO ENTER

To be in with a chance of winning the £120 to spend on eyewear, comment on this blog post telling me what your dream pair of sunglasses or eyeglasses from SmartBuyGlasses is, and you must visit SmartBuyGlasses over on Facebook. Easy peasy, huh!

Don’t forget to fill in the Rafflecopter box below for your entry to count. Good luck!

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Terms and conditions:

1. Entry is open worldwide, excluding anyone professionally associated with Not Another Mummy Blog or the Promoter.

2. One winner will receive a £120 voucher code. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.

3. The prize draw starts at 12.01am GMT on 22th February 2015 and closes at 11.59pm GMT on 4th March 2015.

4. Entry is free and must be made by commenting on this blog post answering: ‘What are your dream pair of Sunglasses or Eyeglasses from www.smartbuyglasses.co.uk.’ In addition you must visit the Facebook page of SmartBuyGlasses UK.

5. The name of the winner will be published on this website within 14 days of the giveaway closing.

6. The winner will be drawn at random using RaffleCopter and they must have commented on the blog post and visited SmartBuyGlasses Facebook Page to be entitled to the prize.

7. The winner will be contacted by the blog host – notanothermummyblog and the Promoter will be CC’d in the email.

8. In the unlikely event that the prize becomes unavailable the Promoter reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal value.

9. The Promoter’s decision on all matters is final and binding on all entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.

10. By taking part in this competition you agree to be bound by the competition terms and conditions.

11. The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify any entrant and / or winner in its discretion and without any notice in accordance with these terms and conditions.

12. The Promoter is: SmartBuyGlasses, Corso Re Umberto 87, 10128 Torino, Italy.

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Say Hello To My Village England Mini Cranleigh Bag

Village England Mini Cranleigh bag

OK so you don’t actually have to say hello to my bag. That would be a bit weird. But please do look and admire. Isn’t it pretty?

Village England is a brand I know through reading one of my favourite blogs – MMM. My ridiculously stylish friend Erica, who has been a highfalutin fashion editor for 15 years or so, has a few Village England bags and loves them. Now I know why.

I’m the worst person when it comes to buying bags. I tend to buy cheap and cheerful. I do have a little stash of gorgeous leather bags, collected over the years on various holidays to America where they’re soo much cheaper and soo tempting to buy. But I admit, I tend to ignore them in favour of my on-trend bags from the high street – bags that now have broken zips and that look a bit tired.

So I’m going to make a real effort to go for quality, from now on. My gorgeous Mini Cranleigh bag from Village England has reminded me how lovely it is to swing a real leather bag over your shoulder and head out into the world.

Village England bag

Hat: Asos, Sweatshirt: New Look, t-shirt: Asos, Necklace: M&S, jeans: Uniqlo, Mini Cranleigh, New Balance trainers

The shade of green gives any outfit a pop of colour and despite being small, it fits all my essentials inside – key, purse, phone, lippy, a gazillion receipts that as a freelancer I keep and store, and right now, warm gloves. I love how easy it is to access – no fiddly fastening or buckle, just a magnet in the ‘flap’ which secures the bag shut. So when I’m out and about, I can quickly delve into it for my Oyster card and phone.

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The Mini Cranleigh is one of those bags that is a treat to hold – the detail on it is gorgeous and it makes me smile whenever I use it. Which is basically every day since I got it.

• Big thanks to Village England for sending me this bag – as always all views are my own.

 

New Kicks For The Kiddo

I’ve talked before about how uncool I am. I listen to Radio 2. I love an early night. I dance around the kitchen to Taylor Swift. There is not one part of me that’s cool.

But this week, I reached peak uncool status when… we became that family who all wear matching shoes.

Mr P has long been a fan of New Balance and has wanted to get a pair for our little one since she could walk. But as well as being uncool, I’m also (fairly) sensible and thus, always opted for sensible shoes for her instead of awesome New Balance trainers. You know the type – sensible sturdy walkers, cosy winter boots and low price but fun looking trainers.

However when Schuh told us they’d opened some dedicated Schuh Kids stores (in lots of cities from Glasgow to Liverpool) it seemed rude not to indulge Mr P’s wishes and get a pair of New Balance for the four-year-old.

We went for blue 574s with flashes of pink, yellow, orange and zebra print – what do you think?

Blue kids' New Balance trainers

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I love the bright colours and the hint of animal print that adds a bit of fun without being OTT. The four-year-old loves them. She’s going through a real phase of wanting to be just like Mummy and Daddy (I totally realise this won’t last long and soon she will tell us she’d rather DIE than be anything like us…)

So, yes, we all went out for the afternoon this weekend, wearing New Balance trainers. I’m hoping the coolness of NB counteracts the uncoolness of us all matching. …

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Let’s Go Sales Shopping!

Have you braved the sales? I admit, I’ve done all of my sales shopping online. There’s something so civilised about browsing bargains from your sofa with a cup of tea in your hand. Here are the things that have caught my eye this week…

Sales bargains

1. Marks and Spencer oversized faux fur coat, Was £149 Now £69 – I’m so tempted to buy this. It would look fab with skinny black jeans and boots for the day or on a night out.

2. Accessorize Cara camera bag, 50% off. This is the ultimate blogger and Instagram fan’s bag.

3. Boden Millie skirt, Was £59 Now £29.50. I’ve had my eye on this skirt for a while, and now it’s such a bargain.

4. J Crew top, 50% off. This is so up my street – I love an embellished top, and the navy colour is so on-trend.

5. Boden sequin collar top, Was £89 Now £71.20. I’d wear this under a jumper, with the sequin collar on show, while it’s cold and then on its own in the summer.

What have you been tempted by?

Nadia Shireen for Tootsa MacGinty Penguin Knit: The Coolest Christmas Jumper This Year

With Christmas Jumper Day fast approaching, everyone’s on the hunt for the perfect Christmas jumper. A lovely blogger friend of mine posted this photo on Facebook and said she’d found a jumper that was so bad, she loved it….

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And finding a really bad taste jumper (although I have to admit, I kind of love this baby reindeer design…) is all part of the fun, but I’ve discovered a PROPERLY COOL Christmas jumper for kids. It’s so cool, it was in Stylist magazine’s Christmas gift list.

People, I give you… the Nadia Shireen for Tootsa Macginty Xmas Jumper. Isn’t it fab?

Nadia Shireen for Tootsa Macginty jumper

Featuring a partying penguin, complete with party hat and horn, it’s made from machine washable, non-itch wool/cashmere and has buttons on one shoulder for easy access and exit. So who is Nadia Shireen? Well, apart from being a lovely lady that I used to work with back in the day, when we both worked on teen magazines, Nadia is the author and illustrator of some kick-ass kids’ books. Both Good Little Wolf and Hey, Presto! are firm favourites in the Perry household, and if you haven’t got them, pop them on your child’s Christmas list.

Nadia has designed this jumper for Tootsa Macginty and 100% of the profits from the sale of the jumper go to Refuge – a hugely important charity that supports thousands of women and children escape from domestic violence and rebuild their lives.

The jumper not only helps women and children in need, but it will raise a few smiles too – who can’t love that partying penguin?

So buy your Nadia Shireen for Tootsa Macginty jumper here and wear it on Christmas Jumper Day on 12th December. You’ll get a double warm charity glow in your heart.

Thanks to Tootsa Macginty for sending me this jumper – I’ve made a donation to Refuge as a thank you.