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Autumn Gardens
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How is it September already? 'I already miss you summer'. Although there are a few sunny days forecasted, we can start to pack away the summer wardrobe, picnic blankets and forget long, lazy evenings in the summer sun. As much as it would be lovely to have longer summers and shorter winters there is something to be said for living somewhere that we can experience four very distinct seasons. It's the one thing that i'm reminded to embrace by my father who now lives in California, it's a part of living in the UK he misses terribly.

I quite like autumn. We can still be outdoors and we see lots of changing colours in nature. Autumn tends to be linked to beautiful falling leaves in all types of golden, burnt orange and brown tones. This is the part of autumn that I love, kicking leaves and buying a coffee along the way to warm up and keep my hands warm. It isn't often that we associates autumn with beautiful blossoming flowers in many delightful colours. We have found the perfect little walk through some gated gardens in Hyde Park next to the Albert Memorial that showcases the most stunning autumn flowers.

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As we walked through, we collected the 'best' stones we could find, admired the pretty colourful blooms and I emptied stones from Gabriella's shoes every other minute. Gabriella scooted whilst I enjoyed a coffee and had a moment to think about the week ahead.

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It actually feels quite nice to layer up and wear the season's first knitwear purchases and head out and about in the park for a few hours. There's nothing more comfy and stylish than a cream chunky jumper with lots of texture with some jeans.

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Gabriella Wore:

Jumper - Zara Kids Jeggings - Gap Kids Shoes - Zara Kids

I wore:

Blazer - Zara Jeans - Topshop Shoes - Zara (last year)

The Monochrome Dress
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We all need a moment sometimes. After a Long weekend in the New Forest it had to be followed by a day to regroup, rest after the long drive and catch up on a few local errands. Being a mother of two toddlers means that I don't get too many opportunities to take a moment. But today I made it happen. It's always refreshing to get away but travelling always disorientates the routine for a while so what was one more day going to add to the equation? Sat in my letterbox was a copy of harpers Bazaar and Vogue. Wouldn't it have been a little rude if I didn't make just a little bit of time for them?

The perfect monochrome dress was hanging in my wardrobe waiting for me to wear it on a day exactly like this. I really love the monochrome revolution thats happening at the moment. Monochrome can be classic, edgy and clean. Not only do you feel all of these things when you wear this combination but it photographs so well and can work with any other colours. As you can imagine this dress is just everything. The print, the colour combination, style and fabric. It's tran-seasonal too. With 3/4 length, wide, bell sleeves it's the perfect dress to take you to fall.

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Dress - c/o Ivana Helsinki Hat - Zara

The Grey Romper

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Paired with an animal printed t-shirt it gives the romper a laid back but style focused look. In the colder months it will look amazing with roll neck long sleeve tops and fine knit jumpers and long sleeve t-shirts.

Romper - Zara (similar here) T-shirt - Zara Hat - H&M

Christmas Inspiration from Not on the High Street
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It may seem a little odd to start thinking about Christmas in the middle of summer but all the press events are at this time. It really does take six months to prepare for this festive family event. I love Christmas. The preparation is so much more important and exciting now that I have a family of my own. I understand that Christmas has a unique meaning to everyone. Personally I never forget the true meaning of this joyous occassion and enjoy teaching my children about this. Being a very creative person, I love putting my creativity into decorating the house, the tree, wrapping presents and presenting beautiful food for friends and family to celebrate.

I adore everything about notonthehighstreet.com, just like their unique handcrafted products, their events are just as gorgeous and as stunning and represent their brand and truly bring their concept to life.

Their hand-picked edit is something I couldn't wait until nearer the big day to share, I think its never too early to start preparing and thinking about Christmas. Don't forget to bookmark this page to remind yourself of finishing touches to make Christmas even the more enjoyable.

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Having one of their sellers making their hand made jewellery at the event was such a special and interactive touch. To actually be able to speak to someone who run their business through them was just lovely. I know I will be putting one on the bangles below on my christmas list, are they not just so stylish?

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For those of you who are interested and may love these bangles as much as me her details are below. You should have a browse through her other pieces.

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Even the windows were given an overhaul in true not on the high street style. I might try this with our sash windows at home this year. This would also work so well in a shop window, especially a little boutique.

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Some of my favourite gift ideas were from the children's floor. The cardboard castle is just everything! My girls would love to help build it and it will keep them entertained for hours. It can also be decorated. How fun.

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Isn't this just the most perfect dressing up cape for a little girl?

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I love this advent balloon idea, instead of a traditional calendar. A perfect find for those who do not want to give their little ones chocolate every morning for a month.

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Ice Cream at Fortum & Mason's The Parlour
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Do you think we enjoyed our ice-cream? I think the picture above says it all. We've eaten so much ice-cream this summer. I have a sweet tooth so I need no convincing, Glenn will never say no to food, it's Gabriella's snack of choice (can't believe i'm calling ice cream a snack, a little worrying, yes I know!) and Lucia is slowly adapting to this very cold, sweet obession of ours.

Yet again the weather has changed and we have been once again enjoying indoor pleasures. I wanted to have a wander around Fortnums, I'm currently seeking inspiration for our new home. I'm actively seeking a new tea set so where better to ponder teapots and teacups? Of course there was bribery involved, the company of two toddlers and a man homeware shopping came in exchange for ice-cream at Fortnum's Parlour.

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Wonderful, exciting and a just a bit magical. It's every little person's dream. And, more than perfectly suitable for bigger people too. Makes a lovely setting to meet a girlfriend or two, or a perfect place for an informal business meeting and I can quite imagine coming here with my mum for an afternoon after a spot of light shopping. The menu is just a delightful as the setting. The children's menu is really creative. Gabriella chose The Hansel and Gretal, huge for a 3 year old but she managed to eat it all. Where on earth does she put it all!

Everything is amazing and they do a lovely selection of teas. Fantastically British!

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Gabriella Wore: Jacket - Scoth R'belle Jumper - Ilovegorgeous

Lucia Outfit - M&S Kids

I wore: Dress - River Island

Diana Memorial Fountains, Hyde Park

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At least summer has finally arrived and it looks like it might just be here to stay for a while or at least a few weeks. How nice is it to find outdoor activities which keep everyone cool and entertain at the same time? Outdoor fountains are what its all about. We have been making regular trips to the Diana Memorial Fountains in Hyde Park. When Gabriella was a baby we used to walk past all the time and on occasion have a dip but now we have Gabriella begging at every opportunity to go to the water fountains.

Icy cool water on the feet feels so good on a hot day, I very often find myself leaving the piles of work to cool off at Gabriella's request. This place is the perfect place to sit and dangle your feet into some water. If you're lucky enough to be on your own sit and read a book whilst you soak up some vitamin D and if you have older children they will happily entertain themselves for hours while you just observe or you could be just like me, have an eager little girl called Lucia who has just learnt to walk and now wants to conquer the world and do it all just like her older sister so I held hands with her whilst she trotted around and around. Of course, like any one year old she would have much preferred to not hold hands and practice all alone. No fear. It was nice that the four of us got to spend a late afternoon there together last week, Glenn and I took it in turns 'Lucia Duty' can get tiring, plus I wanted a moment to people watch and absorb the atmosphere because it really is something.

We easily worked our way through two sets of clothes and still returned home with a naked baby. So, a little advice, pack a swimming costume and a change of clothes and lots of food and drinks because once you are there you'll probably be there for the long haul. And if you are super unorganised like I am most of the time the Lido cafe is about 20 metres away.

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Gabriella's Style: Lemon Yellow
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Dare I say, Gabriella's favourite colour is black. A little worrying to me at first but i've since realised that it's perfectly fine to have girl who is happy to embrace what she actually likes and not just what her friends like. Who are we to gender stereotype? It's quite refreshing that she likes a variety and isn't just stuck on pink, when it comes to fashion we can really experiment and embrace seasonal colours.

Since the weather has changed and now that we have moved back to Notting Hill we spend the majority of our afternoons in Hyde Park walking, playing and having picnics. Morning outfit choosing has become something of a ritual in our house, one of the perks of having girls. On Friday we went for a mid afternoon walk in search of the gold statue in Hyde Park. I think Gabriella picked the perfect outfit. Honestly, I had no influence, she even chose the hat.

Currently Gabriella is really into her lemon yellow jeggings. Not easy to pull off and get right. Fresh and stylish, the yellow jeggings can be worn in many ways. They look great with a white cotton top, or colour blocked with other pastel colours or a fun slogan t-shirt. It's true, yellow can be a colour which is hard to get right, it has to be that right yellow for that particular garment otherwise it can look a little less chic. Many people are afraid of yellow and stay away from it in fear that it washes them out. Why? It's a great colour. More people can carry it off than they think. Its always been a go to summer colour for me and it's now become one of my favourite summer colours for the girls.

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Yellow Jeggings - H&M Top - H&M (available in store) Hat - H&M (available in store) Trainers - Sports Direct

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I think I've worn clothes for just about every season this week. Isn't that crazy?! I often find myself changing throughout the day during the summer here in London.

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The best way to deal with this changeable British Summer is to layer clothes. Yesterday I wore a cape coat with 3/4 sleeves. I love 3/4 length sleeve coats. Perfect for when you need something more than a cardigan but not a full coat. And, let's be honest how ridiculous does wearing a full on winter coat look in the middle of June? Not only is my cape coat lighter in weight it's super stylish. It was my saving grace this spring. It works with so many outfits and in colder weather can be worn over long sleeve cashmere jumpers. On a day like yesterday I wore it with a lightweight printed dress from Zara, black tights and my beloved brogues which my mother purchased for me in France.

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Not surprisingly the weather was up and down, at least I could just throw off my cape coat and have the right outfit for those warm and sunny moments.

Does anyone else love cape coats as much as me?

Cape coat - Zara Dress - Zara Shoes - purchased in France

La Street C'est Chic

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Snaps of our Bank Holiday weekend

What's bank holiday weekend all about? In my past life (pre-motherhood) it was great to have an extra day to socialise, another morning where it didn't matter too much if I had a hangover. Now it's very simple, I love spending this time with my family, the four of us together.