WIN! A pair of The Bright Company Polka Moon Slack Jyms


Buying pyjamas for myself is one of my favourite pastimes – you can never have too many pairs. And I have a terrible habit of hanging onto them too long too – just ask the pair of Bridget Jones style penguin PJ bottoms I bought in Gap back in 1998 which are still in my drawer.

But I also love love love buying pyjamas for the five-year-old too. She has a mix of character-covered PJs, and cool ones from independent brands and has a current obsession with always wearing the same as me, every night. “What are you wearing to bed?” she’ll ask while I’m getting her dried off from the bath. “Vest and pyjama bottoms,” I’ll reply. “That’s what I want to wear,” she’ll say. It’s cute and I’m entirely aware the desire to match me will wear off soon!

Luckily, parent and child night time twinning is easy thanks to The Bright Company. I’ve spoken about them a few times before on the blog, and have bought a few pairs of their PJs. There’s something so brilliant about their quirky designs and the kids’ PJs are all gender-neutral which gets a massive thumbs up from me. I’ve got a pair of Mama Jyms and the five-year-old has some Slim Jyms, and nothing makes her happier than us both wearing them at the same time.

Since there is a full moon tonight (and a Super harvest blood moon lunar eclipse, no less!) I’m giving away a pair of The Bright Company’s Slack Jyms in the ‘Polka Moons’ print which has been designed with exclusive illustrations from the children’s book illustrator Sarah Dyer. The Slack Jyms have cool and comfy harem-style bottoms and the top has a dipped back with 3/4 length sleeves and they are worth £35.



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Sharing My Skincare Secrets With Aveeno

Aveeno moisturiser review

One of the things I loved most about working in a magazine office was the number of fashion and beauty tips I’d pick up from my colleagues. These people were stylish and knew their stuff when it came to the best cleansers and mascaras, so I’d soak it all up and pass tips onto my friends.

Because the best beauty and skincare tips are the ones that your friends pass on, aren’t they? Everyone knows that’s why beauty blogging has become such a huge thing – we’re more likely to trust a friend (or you know, a blogger or vlogger that we get to know over time) than a magazine.

Aveeno have asked me to share my skincare secrets, and I’m delving into my memories of tips passed onto me by the Beauty Editors I’ve worked with…


Double-cleanse your face. I know, it sounds excessive, but I’ve been reliably informed that it’s a great idea to take your make up off, and THEN do a proper cleanse of your face. That way, you’re not just removing your make up and nothing else, you’re getting all that grime and grease off. Not that I’m saying you having a grimy, greasy face, of course…


Use nappy cream on your spots. Long before I had a baby, I had a little pot of nappy cream which I would turn to, if I ever had a breakout (quite often, then). Apply some, keep it on over night and wash off in the morning. Hey presto! Your spot should have calmed down considerably.


If you’re fake tanning, scrub scub scrub for the few days beforehand, and moisturise LOADS, especially your elbows, knees and ankles. Then, on the day you’re applying the fake tan, don’t moisturise as it’ll dilute the tanner and it might make it slip and slide over your skin, creating streaks.

Aveeno is one of the skincare brands I’d wholeheartedly recommend to anyone – I discovered their Daily Moisturising Lotion when I was pregnant five years ago, and I’ve used it ever since.


It doesn’t have an overpowering smell, and it sinks into your skin almost immediately. I’m not a fan of moisturisers that feel too thick, and which sit on your skin for ages. When I use it, I can feel a difference in my skin straight away – it feels softer and smoother. I know quite a few mums who use Aveeno on their kids who have eczema too – because it’s made with natural oats, it’s ideal for sensitive skin.

I want to know what your skincare secrets are! Comment below and share them or tweet me using the hashtag #AveenoSkincareSecrets.  I’m tagging Charlotte from Write Like No-One’s Watching, Gillian from A Baby On Board and Eleanor from The Bristol Parent to join in and share their skincare secrets on their blogs, if they’d like to!

This post is written in collaboration with Aveeno – as always, all thoughts and views are mine. Please check out my Work With Me page to read about how I work with brands.


PacaPod Madison – The Most Luxurious Baby Change Bag Ever? (And My One Regret As A Parent…)

Generally speaking, I don’t believe too much in regret – I think it’s good to be aware when you’ve made a mistake, learn from it and move on. But my one big regret since becoming a parent? Not buying a PacaPod baby change bag when my daughter was a baby.

I didn’t even know about PacaPod when I was a new mum, so I went for a super pretty change bag from one of my favourite brands – and it was great. It was waterproof, had loads of pockets and lasted well. But when a friend had a baby 18 months later, and got herself a PacaPod bag, I immediately wished I’d known about them sooner. Her change bag had whole compartments which held the nappy changing bits, or the feeding bits, and which came out of the main bag and could be carried with ease to the loo or in the cafe, or wherever you were. It was GENIUS.

Since then, PacaPod have grown and they have added some seriously luxe leather bags to their collection, including the Madison. Isn’t it pretty?

Pacapod bag review



It’s a gorgeous buttery tan leather, with a top handle and a long shoulder strap too. The back of it opens up, as all PacaPod bags do, to reveal two removable pouches, one for nappy changing gear and one for bottle feeding gear.

Pacapod Madison



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My Summer Festival Look With Zalando

One of my favourite things to do in the summer is go to a festival. Granted, things have changed slightly since my days of going to T in the Park and Reading, but there’s something so magical about sitting on the grass, overpriced plastic glass of Pimm’s in hand, soaking up the sunshine, listening to live music.

These days, that live music is more likely to be the dulcet tones of Justin Fletcher, but honestly? Family festivals still have that same magical feeling to them. The giant bubbles, the music, the face painting, the costumes, the enchanted forests with storytellers perched on a log… family life doesn’t get much better than that.

I’m teaming up with Zalando to share my ideal summer festival look – after all, just because you might be going to Camp Bestival rather than Glastonbury, it doesn’t mean you can’t rock a cool festival vibe.


Pieces across body bag, £30 // Quay Pippa sunglasses, £40 // Deby Debo dress, £70 // UGG Volta boots, £140 //  UGG Volta boots, £140 // Esprit denim shorts, £39 // Roxy beach bonfire scarf, £23 // edc by Esprit top, £19 // Suiteblanco sandals, £23

I love the 70s trend that’s so big this summer – fringing, embroidery, tassels and suede, all look amazing at a festival. I’d also mix in a bit of a sporty feel, with denim shorts and this animal print sleeveless top. Chunky straps on the sandals are everywhere this season and the mix of pastel mint with metallics looks great. I’d need some sturdy boots too, though, in case it gets muddy underfoot and I’d need to stomp back to my tent (who am I kidding, you’d never see me in a regular tent…. a yurt perhaps! I’m such a rubbish camper).

So what do you think? Would you wear these items to a family festival? Don’t forget to pack the glowsticks!

The Day I Let The Wallis Style Advisor Dress Me

Have you ever had a personal shopper? No, me neither. I’d like to think it would be amazing, but in reality, I’d probably feel pressurised into spending money on things I don’t need. But Wallis have launched an online personal shopping experience  – The Wallis Style Advisor – which aims to help us choose clothes that will suit our body shape, without any pressure or potentially embarrassing changing room mishaps (tell me I’m not the only person to have experienced a jammed zip!)

How does it work? Well, you answer a bunch of questions about your body shape, hair colour and eye colour. Then it asks you about colours you like wearing, parts of your body you like and dislike, and what size you are at a specific shop. Finally, it asks you questions about your personality – if and when you like to get dressed up, how you would describe your style and other brands you like and dislike. Then it gives you your style profile and some recommendations!

My style profile is:

“You have voluptuous curves, a defined waist and lovely shoulders. Your key to dressing is to highlight your top half and minimise the focus on your bottom and hip area. Tops and dresses with nipped in or fitted waists, added details at shoulder and bust and wearing darker colours on your lower half are magic styling tricks for you. Lower necklines flatter your fuller bust. Non clingy bottoms and skirts that skim over hips without adding volume will make them disappear. Avoid embellished details and hemlines that finish at your widest part.”

So how did The Wallis Style Advisor do?

Pretty good! The only thing it seemed to get wrong was it kept telling me to order clothes in a size 18. I’m not a size 18 and my gut feeling was that if I ordered things in an 18, they’d be too loose and unflattering. So I went for a size 16 and bingo, I was right. Here’s what recommendations it made…

First up, it picked out this Natural Print Kimono (now £20 in the sale) which I LOVE. It’s very loose and floaty, and can be slung on over plain outfits to jazz them up a bit. I love the print, which is a peach black and grey graphic flower print. I wore this outfit last week, when I went to meet some blogger friends at Cha Cha Moon in Soho for dinner.



Next, it chose me a maxi skirt (now £15 in the sale). I’m a fan of a maxi skirt but don’t actually have many of them, for some reason. The coral colour of this one really jumped out at me, and I like wearing it with a clashing coloured vest or tee. I wore this outfit a couple of weeks ago to a picnic at the primary school the little one will be going to, but I’m just as comfortable wearing it while I work from my kitchen table. I love that it’s a crushed polyester so you could take it on holiday and not worry about creases from the suitcase.



Lastly, it picked out a black jumpsuit for me. Now I love this. It’s a stretchy material (so comfy) and is super flattering, hiding all my lumps and bumps. I love the skinny tapered ankle and the wrap/v-neck top. I’m going to wear this, this week, at the Brilliance In Blogging Awards.



What do you think – did the Wallis Style Advisor do well?

• Thanks to Wallis for asking me to review its Style Advisor app – it was lots of fun!