Posts in Inspire Me
An Autumn Stroll from Westbourne Grove to Portobello Road
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red leaves

A stroll through our neighbourhood from Westbourne Grove to Portobello Road is just bliss. Although it has been a little dreary outside, the candy coloured houses, luxury boutiques and buzzy eateries means that this little piece of London is fabulous no matter what the weather or season. We love autumn and cannot get enough of it. Dividing my time between two children and nurturing this blog feels like a juggling act most of the time. I'm beginning to realise the importance of a little time with each of my girls on their own. With this thought in mind, Gabriella and I headed out during lunch for a little wander and a chat along the way.

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Autumn leaves

Autumn notting hill

Autumn notting hill

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notting hill autumn

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Now that we are in the depth of Autumn, we enjoyed wading through thick piles of crispy leaves. Towards the far end of Westbourne Grove as it meets Portobello Road we stumbled upon the most stunning, striking bright red fallen leaves. As many as possible were collected and joined us on our journey. Stepping onto Portobello Road is like stepping onto inspiration road for me. I want to photograph everything, everytime. it seems not to matter that I've taken these photos only a million times before.

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Portobello Road Notting Hill

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Alices portobello road

Alices portobello road

Isn't Alices just delightful? I love the vintage treasures that you can find here. We spotted a crate full of eye catching vintage russian dolls. I've always loved them. Perhaps it is because I never actually owned one as a child. Note to myself, 'I must get one each for my girls'. I also have my eye on a few things for the house, I must return minus children, to make purchasing decisions.

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Alices portobello

Alices portobello

Alices portobello

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vintage teacups

The display of vintage teacups, teapots and saucers outside Alice's is beyond words. It left me wishing we had a kitchen large enough for a welsh dresser. I wanted them all. But, if I had to choose I think I quite like the blue and white. Which would you choose?

Gabriella Wore:

Plaid top - Zara Kids Jeggings - Gap Trainers - nike Gillet - Zara Kids

Chanel Exhibition London: Mademoiselle Prive
Chanel exhibition London
Chanel exhibition London

Chanel is all about elegance. The house of Chanel oozes Parisian sophistication and timeless style. I know my wardrobe needs more Chanel nestled between the rails. The day I am able to do so cannot come soon enough. I appreciate nothing more than a high quality, everlasting, capsule wardrobe. A few Chanel pieces should be in every woman's wardrobe, budget permitting or not. My ideal pieces would be two tweed jackets, a handful of bags and at least two little black dresses. I could think of nothing better than to revel in everything Chanel for an afternoon. From anyone who knows of Chanel, to those who lust after every piece (which is me, by the way) to the ones who own an array of pieces should go and see the Mademoiselle Prive exhibition thats currently on at the Saatchi Gallery in Sloane Square.

Chanel Exhibition Saatchi Gallery
Chanel Exhibition Saatchi Gallery
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Chanel exhibition london

There are queues, but, for some reason when you are waiting for a Chanel exhibition time seemed to pass far quicker than it actually did. The large monochrome printed boards of Gabrielle Chanel outside was just a taste of the style in which the exhibition followed. Why should we expect any different, this is Chanel after all? Everything felt very clean, crisp and contemporary but with a very elegant atmosphere.

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Gabrielle Chanel
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Chanel exhibition
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Creativity. The exhibition shows the true creativity behind Chanel, what Gabrielle's thinking was behind her choices and the design elements are explored. Actually, I can't believe how many of these unspoken design elements (totems as they are called by The House of Chanel) we hardly notice, but, are a huge part of the make up of this fashion label. I have a new appreciation for them. The story behind the making of Chanel was very interesting, as a designer, I found her direction quite inspiring. She had a vision and stuck to it. She didn't believe in following the latest fashion but instead she created her trends which are admired and copied and considered a trend in themselves until this day. Travel played an influence fabric choices, particularly, the tweed we see throughout every collection was inspired by her trips to Scotland. The days

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Gabrielle Chanel

Every room explored her journey, giving little peeks into the path she chose and the decisions she made to create such an iconic fashion house. Through a short film we learned that Gabrielle left very little direction for current creative director Karl Lagerfield, he merely had to use the collections that had been created as a guide for the way in which he should continue, it was inperative that he found a way to interpret the Chanel style for the future. He assumed the role so well. This is clearly what he was born to do.

Chanel exhibition Saatchi Gallery
Chanel exhibition Saatchi Gallery

Every detail down to the floors beautifully represented Chanel. Every room was an adventure, full of textures, smells, small touches to awaken the senses.

Chanel exhibition Saatchi Gallery London
Chanel exhibition Saatchi Gallery London
Chanel Handbag
Chanel Handbag
Mademoiselle Prive Saatchi Gallery
Mademoiselle Prive Saatchi Gallery

My love affair with Chanel has only heightened. It's left me appreciating the brand even more, wanting more, now i'm off to raid my savings account and pester the other half.

The exhibition is free open from 10am-6pm everyday until November 1 2015 - website here

Inspiring Packed Lunches with Capri Sun
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I don't know about you, but do you find lunch time meals the hardest in terms of creating variation? The will to create something a little more exciting than a cheese sandwich has definitely been high up on my agenda. An invite to an afternoon with Capri Sun and Eat Well couldn't have arrived at a more suitable time. I've had my eye on these bento style lunch boxes for some time, but, both of my girls are not at school requiring a packed lunch. It wasn't until I read a lovely post on my dear friend Clara's blog lucyandbelle.com (which by the way is attached to the sweetest baby gift boutique) about travelling with children, that it opened my mind to the fact that your children needn't be in school to make use of a lunchbox. They are perfect for picnicing in the park, family days out, long car or train journeys or as suggested by Clara for airplane trips.

Mummy Gorgeous

Mummy Gorgeous

A few weekends ago whist the children were entertained by the wonderful staff at Maggie and Rose in Kensington we took over their kitchen to learn from the best, Grace Hall the amazing food artist who specialises in making creative bento style lunchbox ideas, and become lunchbox connoisseurs. I can honestly say it is the best spent morning in a long time. Not only was is such a pleasure to be around some other very inspring bloggers, I've learnt skills that will last me a lifetime and make a huge difference to the way I approach making lunch for my children.

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Maggie and Rose Kensington

Maggie and Rose

Maggie and Rose

Maggie and Rose Kensington

Maggie and Rose Kensington

During this short time we learnt how to make an entire packed lunch, it was so simple, creative and according to Gabriella and Lucia completely delicious, with a little practice the lunch box should be able to be prepped and made in 5 minutes. I think being realistic, i'm a bit of a faffer so I would allow myself 10-15 minutes. It's surprising how simple things can be made so interesting, I kept thinking throughout the class 'why hadn't I thought of that?' For example, the grapes dipped in chocolate.

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lunchbox ideas

lunchbox ideas

lunchbox ideas

Learning from the master herself Grace Hall

Learning from the master herself Grace Hall

A snippet of what I wore. A winter floral dress from Zara. Take a peek at my journey to the event, it's is on my snapchat: MUMMYGORGEOUSUK

A snippet of what I wore. A winter floral dress from Zara. Take a peek at my journey to the event, it's is on my snapchat: MUMMYGORGEOUSUK

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Maggie and rose

Maggie and rose

Gabriella had the most wonderful time at the event, they played games and sang songs and she came home with a work of art, a master piece which I will hang on her bedroom wall.

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Since my return I've been experimenting with lots of different themes, not quite as exquisite as grace hall's but Gabriella and Lucia have loved them. I've never gone out and purchased special ingredients, I've only used what we already had at home. I remember one of the questions asked was how this would this work if they do not go to school. I serve the girls on a mini wooden chopping board which I think solves the problem for when you are at home. It's more exciting than a plate, i'm told by the girls.

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children lunch ideas

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goodie bags

Capri sun are the perfect packaged drink to accompany any lunchbox, there are no artificial colours or preservatives. You only have to look at the ingredients to feel assured that you are making the right choice for your children. Thank you Capri Sun for hosting such a wonderful and informative event.

Grace's website is so inspiring in the lunchbox department, you must have a look at Grace Hall's lunchbox ideas her website is called Eats Amazing

My Type of Mothers Meeting
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If you are like me, ambitious, determined and not yet ready to climb into a hole and give up on your life just because you are a mother then you may find the general run of the mill mother and child/baby coffee mornings slightly uninspiring. It is of course lovely to have a chat about your new bundle of joy but how about a chat about you. As mothers we still matter. I know it doesnt quite feel like it at times but we do. I'm slightly ashamed to say but I never did the standard coffee mornings so I don't have an experience to compare it to but I do know that when I stumbled across Mothers Meetings, I actually wanted to be a part of this influencual group of ambitious mothers. I love the fact that Jenny (the founder) realised that many mothers want and need more and she's done the most amazing job by creating the most desirable mothers meeting network EVER.

The meetings are unconventional and so refreshing. Always at a prestigious venue, connecting mothers with the most inspring speakers (usually mothers with success stories) and brands. The undertone of the meetings is that if you hustle hard enough anyone can make anything work. If you are a mumpreneur, a business owner or someone thinking about being either of those you must go to an event and be inspired.

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Jenny makes the experience so relaxed, she takes the time to make you feel at ease, she is down to earth and all in all my type of girl, someone that would not be out of place in my circle of friends. Guess that's why everyone loves her! She provides the tools and all you have to do is be a little bit curious and go along to one of her meetings and make the most of the experience. Yes, its a little daunting the first time round, but really there is no need to feel this way at all. They are such a friendly bunch. Being in that environment did wonders for my confidence and with each meeting you start to really feel the benefits of walking away with an increased network and amazing that you have done something for yourself.

It doesn't matter if becoming an entrepreneur is not high up on your agenda, there are more than the Business Networking events on offer. As long as you are still interested in life there will be something for you. A few weeks ago I attended an interior design taster course run by Mothers Meeting. It was sponsored by one of the most iconic children's brands Stokke and leading the interior design session was KLC School of Design. I love events that focus on a particular subject, it's so nice to be surrounded by likeminded women for a few hours, have a chat, share interests and swap details to build lasting friendships or a business relationship.

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The morning started with Stokke showcasing their beautiful product range and talking us through their innovative furntiure that evolves as a child grows, their furniture pieces are a worthwhile investment as the majority of pieces will stay in the family home for many years. KLC school of design followed by giving us a detailed taster of their interior design course. Most of you will know how obsessed I am currently with interior design since moving house. It's always been a passion but now I have the perfect excuse to put it into practice. We touched on colour palettes and how to choose complimentary colours, patterns and how customising inexpensive furniture from places like ikea can give your home a unique design led feel.

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Stokke showcased their beautiful furniture and accesories in a nursery setting.

Over lunch we had the chance to get acquainted with each other, its always such a pleasure to get to know the gorgeous mamas and be inspired by what they are doing or what they have going on in the pipeline. We all left the morning event feeling inspired, with a bumch of new friends and a wonderful goody bag which contained a super stylish Stokke blanket.

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Get yourself over to their website and get booked to go to an event you will not be disappointed.

If you love interior design and want to learn a little more have a look at the courses on offer at KLC School of Design Stock's beautiful range can be viewed here

Front Doors in Colour
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Sometimes we all need a little inspiration so I thought I would start to share the sorts of things that inspire me each day.

I would love to live in one of these candy coloured chocolate box houses. Until then I'm going to obsess over their vibrant front doors and contrasting painted render and distinctive door knockers. Anything goes and somehow any bright or pastel combinations work. It's all in experimenting with clashing colours. Naturally these houses work best with an adorable typically English garden to compliment, preferably with strongly scented roses for added effect.

Cute little roads with rows of coloured houses seem to attract me like a magnet. The atmosphere and backdrop they create adds depth and playfulness to a neighbourhood. Perhaps this is one of the many reasons I have come to adore Notting Hill. Even on the dullest of days a stroll down Portobello Road and the rest of the neighbourhood lifts my spirits. Portobello is the road I will casually stroll down if I'm having creative block or just want some added inspiration for a project or collection I'm working on.

I often wonder whether the colours the owners choose reflect their personality and confidence in life. What do you think? It doesn't stop at the colours. Knockers and various studding add to the personality and overall style of the door.

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pretty purple house covered in white roses

pretty purple house covered in white roses

Vibrant red front door with a contrasting choice of blue render. Strong and bold.

Vibrant red front door with a contrasting choice of blue render. Strong and bold.

Delicate pastel pink front door with matching render. Soft and elegant.

Delicate pastel pink front door with matching render. Soft and elegant.

Clashing colours. So wrong on paper but so eclectic on Portobello Road.

Clashing colours. So wrong on paper but so eclectic on Portobello Road.

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Personally, I'd love a candy coloured render, maybe a pink or peach with a coral or turquoise door. What colours would you choose?

Celebrating Disney's Into the Woods With a Spot of Baking With Maria

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I love my job or should I say jobs! They say you never work a day in your life if you love what you do. That's me. Don't get me wrong there are moments where things are trying but all in all I love what I do. One of the main things I love about my blog is that I get to meet the most amazing people and that more often than not they leave a very positive mark on my life. Running a blog presents many opportunities which usually fall outside the 'norm' for what you would find me doing on an average day. That's great, because I love to try new things, explore and learn new skills.

This Monday morning I was invited to bake with Maria Mayerhofer master baker, in St. John's Wood to celebrate the launch of Disneys Into the Woods movie. Maria is more than amazing, accommodating and very inspiring. There is such a warm family feel to her baking lab and it feels more like a home away from home kitchen which immediately puts you at ease. We were greeted by her lovely team who had prepared freshly baked homemade blueberry muffins, pastries, hots drinks and beanstalk juice. What a perfect way to start the day.

To many peoples surprise I love to cook but admittedly when it comes to baking I try my best, but, in my head I have ruled out certain things because of the fear that they are too time consuming and complicated for a busy mother like me.

We had the PERFECT selection of goodies to bake. Everything you expect to be eaten in a traditional fairy tale which went hand in hand with the Into the Woods movie.

We learnt to make overnight rye buns. One dish is all you need, this has to be most mothers dream recipe, there's not much washing up and fiddling around and you really do make the most delicious rustic rolls that go so well with the jam that we made. We also made enriched dough fruit bread which is a bit more time consuming but so worth it, I'm waiting to try this one weekend.

Since the masterclass I now prepared my mixture for the overnight rye bread once the girls are in bed or whilst Gabriella is at school in the afternoon and Lucia is having a nap and leave it to rise in the fridge over night. We bake them in the morning ready for lunch before Gabriella goes to school. It's all very exciting and captivating for Gabriella, watching the bread rise in the oven. And Jam. I mean Jam?! Really, I had no idea that jam could be made that quickly easily with easy to find ingredients. I love the idea of my children eating fresh homemade jam with homemade bread. Can you believe I'm now making fresh batches of jam each week.

Maria has totally inspired me and taught me that you can bake simply and quickly at home using conventional domestic ovens. Over the next week I'm going to post the recipes so that you too can become master home bakers!

Both Gabriella and Lucia lasted quite a way through the into the woods movie and loved the singing. It's going to be watched over and over during the half term.

I cannot recommend Maria and her classes enough, you must take a look at her website and book yourself a class, they are life changing.

www.bakewithmaria.com

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What I've been Wearing Lately
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The suns out and spring is delighting us almost every day. Don't you just love this season, it has to be my favourite of them all. The sun whom we have very rarely seen for too many months really is magic I've come alive and feel a new lease of life. Seeing the earth come alive with new life everywhere is just great for the soul. And well who doesn't love blossom against the bright blue skies doesn't it just make you so happy?!

The change in season has seen a change in my wardrobe and now that I'm no longer breastfeeding I can wear something a little more exciting than shirts and jersey vests!

Spring is all about transitional pieces, layering and the introduction of colourful hues. I found the perfect sheer printed long kimono, it's so versatile, I've been wearing it over leggings/jeggings and simple silk vests, jeans and shirts. As the weather warms up more I'm going to throw it on over simple summer dresses and shorts (legs and clean eating permitting!).

I've been on the lookout for a new bra, one that could restore my cleavage to something that resembles me pre-babies. The thing is now I'm a lot larger in the chest since having children so my usual go to brands are no longer for me (for now :-(). What I look for from a bra is support, comfort and style. For the past 3 weeks I have been trying out Playtex Contour Perfection. It's padded (perhaps more padding than I currently need) and underwired which gives support and even, youthful looking cleavage and it's very stylish quite refreshing after nearly 2 years of maternity bras!

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For my nails Essie's A Splash of Grenadine is my colour of the moment. It's a fresh, pastel tone, a pinkish purple but with some omph!

I've fallen head over heels in love with a British Tuesdays 4160 Centrepiece which I recently discovered in a goody bag gifted to me by Fortnum & Mason, If you like a musky, sensual unique fragrance then you probably need this in your life! The Centrepiece fragrance is a smooth, voluptuous 50s style fragrance, inspired by a visit to Fortnum & Mason’s ice cream parlour and perfume salon. The perfect daytime scent, with luxurious frangipani blossom, and notes of green tea and golden honey. Utterly delicious. Tuesdays 4160 handmake very small batches of 50-200 at a time of these gorgeous fragrances. The love that has gone into the making of each and every one of these fragrances can really be felt. At £120 is a little more expensive as some of the mass produced fragrances but remember it is hand made in the UK.

Long Printed Kimono - Warehouse Playtex Contour Perfection Bra - Debenhams (gifted) Tuesdays 4160 Centrepiece - Fortnum & Mason (gifted) Essie Splash of grenadine - Essie

Gabriella's Style: Texture

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For the spring we (Gabriella and I) are loving girly skirts, layered and with some subtle sparkle or sheer colour layered over colour, such fun! Paired with chunky bobbly knits makes the perfect outfit for chilly spring days. Ideal for whatever the day brings, casual enough for play dates or running errands with me over Easter but stylish enough go to afternoon tea and visiting family for the Easter.


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Skirt: ilovegorgeous (last season) Jumper: M&S Kids

Everlasting Memories #SafestoreYourMemories

#safestore competitionTrasured Memories, heirlooms and nostalgic 'stuff' contribute to the people we are. I was lucky enough to be sent a box by Safestore and have the chance to create a memory capsule.

I'm passionate about creating memories for my girls and have always kept a number of things aside for them over the small number of years they have been on this earth. Not only do I think its nice to have some memories of themselves but also of their family and some of the things that are important to us or part of our lives.

I have chosen a mixture of traditional and then some items that are not so traditional but are relevant to the lives we lead.

The newspapers have been kept from both Gabriella's and Lucia's actual birthday. How fun will it be when they are older to have a read of the world news on the day they were born?! On the day Lucia was born it was all about little Prince George's first steps.

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Since i'm a designer and fashion is a big part of my life and very important to me, I've put in copies of Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and House and Garden, will be interesting to see what was in fashion when they were born and how different fashion is when they read it (I've kept the month/year they were born for each of the girls) . Who knows if blogs will exist or be a thing of the past in 30+ years time but they can have a read of this amazing book on the art of blogging, its been my bible to the blog world and the reason i'm a part of this competition.

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I love the white lace shawl and just had to include it. It was my shawl that I was brought home from the hospital in when I was born and I have since brought both of my girls home in the very same shawl. I really hope they treasure it as much as I do and bring their babies home in it one day. How nice is it to see the old Mothercare labels (I totally feel vintage!). The two dresses are both their first dresses which I hope they will keep as heirlooms.

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We are a creative bunch so I've included some of Gabriella's first masterpieces! She also received her first Valentines card from a boy at school this year that obviously had to be included! She wears a very pretty little red smock (cape) uniform for school, I love her uniform and so does Gabriella so i've put a photo of her painting in her first term wearing it.

And the things that relate to me...Tom Ford lipstick in Pink Dusk (one of my favourites), The wooden box is nostalgic to me it reminds me of a very funny evening in Marbella playing drinking games with Sake served in these cute wooden boxes. The rolled sketches are my very first sketches as a designer, can't bring myself to throw them and I think it will be nice to pull these out in years to come.

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1. Blog Inc. blogging book 2. Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, House and Garden Magazines 3. Newspapers from the day both my children were born 4. Sake box cup from Sushi Des Artists, Marbella 5. Mothercare shawl 6. Tom Ford lipstick Pink Dusk 6. (2) Gabriella's first masterpieces and Valentines card, photos 7. The Little White Company Dress 8. Baby Gap Dress 9. Design Sketches

What would you put in your memory capsule?

Our Family Baby Shower

Our Family Baby Shower One of the most exciting parts of the build up to the birth of the new arrival has to the baby shower, you know its the last time to get all your friends together for an afternoon of fun and laughter not to forget the cake eating! Although the preparations are a little exhausting if you do it with the help of your closets girlfriends its not so pressured.

I decided on something slightly unconventional...a family baby shower! Because I'm so late in my pregnancy 35 weeks I didn't fancy my other half and my daughter being far away and actually I wanted to share this lovely day with them both. It also meant Glenn could be there and have some relaxation time and my friends could bring their partners and kids. Yes, I know...it completely defeats the object of a baby shower. It should be all about me and the new arrival but I love sharing special days with the family too.

I love putting together a party, the cake the decorations and organising the food. I have to admit I had lots of help preparing the food this time I'm getting far too heavy to stand on my poor little ankles for too long. Gabriella and her friends had too much fun with the huge balloons and just loved the pink ombré layer cake with sparkles!

I'm sure by the photos you'll not be able to tell what sex baby I'm having now!

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Mummy Loves...Boho Chic
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I'm definitely a self confessed Pinterest addict. It's just so addictive. I use it to create moodboards when I'm designing a new collection or looking for inspiration at home or fashion styling for myself. At the moment I'm loving the boho chic look. Why I love this look; it's probably the way this look relays on heavily mixing textures of fabrics and print design. It also allows you to be free and nothing should be too perfect but feel very feminine and freespirited.

I've spent the last few days hooked on Pinterest having fun which this. Here are a few of my favourite boho chic pins:

I'd love to have you follow me on my Pinterest journey, for those of you who haven't already joined let me warn you, it's soooo addictive!

Follow Mummy Gorgeous on Pinterest: username: WithLoveBaby

Who else loves the boho chic look?

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Rhubarb Crumble...How British!
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A trip to the local farmers market and seeing piles of fresh British grown rhubarb totally inspired me to bake a rhubarb crumble. It's one of the simplest deserts that always goes down well with the whole family. For the crumble:

200g plain flour 110g unsalted butter (cold from the fridge) 110g Golden caster sugar or Demerara

For the rhubarb filling:

7/8 large rhubarb stems 8-10 tablespoons caster sugar (add more if you like it less sharp) 4 tablespoons of water A little squeeze of half a lemon (optional) 1 vanilla pod

To Serve:

Because its summer I served with a dollop of creme fraiche.

Cut the rhubarb into chunks and cover with the sugar in an oven proof pie dish, add the water, lemon and vanilla and bake in the oven on 180c for 15-20 mins

Whilst its cooking prepare the crumble. Sift the flour, add the sugar and rub the butter in with your fingers or use a food processor. Rub until fine crumbs.

After 20 mins put the crumble mixture on top of the filling and continue to bake or a further 15 mins or until golden brown.

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Farmers Market Delights
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20130531-123402.jpg One of my favourite things about moving to Hampstead is I'm now lucky enough to have a weekly farmers market each Wednesday on my road.

I love to support local produce and British products where I can. It feels great that I can buy seasonal flowers and veggies which are all organic. Seeing all the lovely fresh rhubarb has inspired me to bake a rhubarb crumble...can't get any more British than that! Look out for it on a future post.

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My Work...A Sneak Peek at the With Love Baby Unisex Collection Prints
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For those of you that don't already know I'm launching a childrenswear brand and there are some fruits of my labour which I'm dying to show you! It's a sneak peak of the beautiful prints for With Love Baby's unisex collection. Welcome to the first public preview of With Love Baby, an introduction to our prints should allow you to grasp the feel and style of the brand. I'm so proud of what we have produced that I just couldn't wait to show you some of our delicate and unique in-house designed prints. With Love Baby is all about combining the balance of timeless yet contemporary styles and prints whilst keeping colour and fun. Unisex collections can be so predictable and safe with neutrals. I hope you agree that we've achieved the With Love Baby balance we desired to create with our prints?

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For the Love of Fabric
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One of the most exciting and interesting parts of my role as a designer is fabric. It still amazes me how fabric choice can transform a garment and bring it to life. I also love that the same garment can have a completely new identity by just recreating it in a different fabric whether it be a completely different textured fabric or just a different print. Using vintage garment patterns with a contemporary fabric or printed fabric can bring a garment into this century but keeping all the traditional design elements we so love. On the other side of the coin using more tradional fabrics and prints with a contemporary cut garment can give an equally comforting yet stylish look. This is particularly true of children swear but works well with womenswear too. I've been doing lots of fabric shopping lately for some of my up and coming childrenswear collections for my childrenswear brand With Love Baby. If i'm looking for new and unique fabrics I will spend a very long afternoon in Shepherds Bush, West London on Goldhawk Road. My 3 favourite fabric shops are A1 Fabric which is a firm favourite of LCF students, Fabric House and Classic Fabrics.

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Some of our Easter
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Easter has been a much needed break for me and my family but especially me. Lately, I've been more than exhausted. Quality time at home celebrating Easter has put a smile back on my face. Apart from a trip to church on Sunday morning we didn't leave home this holiday, long mornings in pyjamas and afternoons eating Easter eggs...it's been a lovely contrast to life lately. Putting together an Easter basket for Gabriella was so fun, I made lots of special treats for her. We made a lovely mezze lunch on Sunday afternoon before a huge tradtional roast in the evening. We even had a little Easter bunny running around the house! 20130401-122630.jpg

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Mummy Loves...Easter
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I love Easter...I'm so excited that it's around the corner. Looking out at the beautiful blossoms on the trees, daffodils on my desk and longer days starting to emerge, Easter is definitely in the air. Easter is not only about eating Easter Eggs until we feel sick but most importantly spending it with family. To get me inspired I've found some great inspirations for Easter on Pinterest. I'm a self confessed Pinterest addict! I would love you to join me on my Pinterest journey. Pinterest Username: withlovebaby

I love the bunny ears, I'm so going to make some for Gabriella!

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A Few Days in Lourdes, France
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Desperate for a break and to find a little clarity it was perfect timing when one of my dear friends asked me if would like to accompany her on a short trip to Lourdes in France. Naturally I was a bit hesitant at leaving Gabriella for the first time but after thinking about it she was being left in great hands...with her daddy. When I was a little girl I distinctly remember a bottle of holy water which lived on our mantle piece, always knowing that Lourdes is a very special place not only to Christians but anyone with faith or curiosity of faith, it's somewhere I knew I must visit once in my lifetime.

A small and humble town, Lourdes is Nestled in the hills with views of the Pyrenees mountains. It was beautiful to see that the town has been kept as true to the way it was centuries ago with little commercial influence. I loved the cobbled streets and hilly roads, albeit hard on the legs and the typically French architecture. It's hard to explain but Lourdes has an indescribable silence although there are lots of tourist around there is not a sound to be heard apart from singing birds, I've never experienced such a peaceful place, so tranquil and calming.

Lighting a candle in Lourdes for my family and all the people in my life was a moment I will treasure forever.

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Mummy Loves...Flower Shop at Liberty, London
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When it comes to flowers and department stores, Liberty London's offerings are truly stunning. I love their displays and the very British and slightly vintage styling particularly with the feel to their pots, vases and garden ornaments. It's gaurenteed that you will find the perfect selection of seasonal flowers. Flowers too beautiful not to photograph and share with my readers. I hope you agree?

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