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Spending Valentines Day with Children
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Valentines Day. Love, Family, Quality time, appreciation. Those are the words that spring to mind. Not to be seen as a commercial day but as a day to make time to show the ones we love just how special they are and to teach the younger generation just how important it is to show each other just how much we love each other everyday.

Usually, we surround ourselves with giant balloons and embrace the pink and red theme for the day, we gift each other fun activity presents and spend then day hanging out at home baking over the top fairy cakes and make cake pops that we munch on all day and best of all we do it all whilst enjoying each others company. Yes, these things can be done everyday but life gets in the way and besides, theres no excuse to fill the house with giant pink balloons and flowers.

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London Gardens, Fenton House

Hampstead, It's always a pleasure to meet. We adore wandering your beautiful rose lined cobbly lanes, each time we are with you we can barely believe you are in London.

We will forever thrive off of the hustle and bustle of living in London. It's an inherent part of us. It keeps us motivated. It keeps us dreaming. But when those moments of being overwhelmed and overworked and perhaps overstimulated hit, we make sure we listen to our souls and escape to a place of sanctuary for a change of scene and to rest our minds.

Balance...it's the key to a successful, happy life.

That's what I believe at least. Even if for half a day every now and then. We have a growing list of places we go to for a little time out in London. There are tranquil spots in London, they just need to be discovered.

Fenton House transports you back in time to when life was a little less fast paced, enclosed by the most precious walled garden. A small piece of country life in London. How heavenly to spend a late Sunday afternoon playing lawn games as a family and exploring the vegetable garden, apple trees, hanging pears and every other beautiful element of this most wonderful plot. A wander around the house is also such a delight.

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Admiring...

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A Spring Picnic at Kenwood House
Childhood. It's special. Let's make it magical. Turn the simplest moments into extravagant memories and let them live forever. 

Let the mind imagine a backdrop as perfect, stunning and vibrant as a treasured oil painting. A painting filled with every shade of pink and splashes of orange and yellow with a dash of white. The scene set with bloom covered archways leading to secret dens, paths and a fairytale garden just as you imagine in Alice in wonderland. That is where we setup our first official picnic of the year. Yes, such mesmerising places do exist in real life. London, yes, London.

Warm spring days are popping by every now and then, yearning to be used for late afternoon picnics wanting us to pretend summer has arrived almost a sneak peek, just a taster of our summer to come. And, on those days I am more than willling to oblige and pretend if only for a moment that summer is here to stay. I cannot help myself but to plan an outdoor picnic at any opportunity.

 Im just glad, for that opportunity to put together a picnic with a lot of style and creativity. I'm a creative and I will always look for the most creative way of doing the simplest things.

I just know these picnics will create lasting magical memories of their childhood. 

 

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Our picnic was in collaboration with www.notonthehighstreet.com

Picnic Hamper - www.notonthehighstreet.com

Watermelon Origami Napkins - www.notonthehighstreet.com

Grey Pom Pom Blanket - www.notonthehighstreet.com

Customised Drink Swizzlers - www.notonthehighstreet.com

Daisy and Cupcake Chocolates - www.notonthehighstreet.com

Children's Colouring In Picnic Blanket - www.notonthehighstreet.com

 

Discover: Legoland Windsor
Legoland Windsor

Blessed with an Easter baby. 

Lucia turned 3. Excited. Perhaps the most excitement leading up to a birthday, ever. And, this is where she wanted to be. Couldn't be swayed with my endless bribes for a birthday party with friends. No. So, putting putting aside my dream of a 3rd birthday party, I reminded myself that her happiness was all that mattered. It was decided, Legoland it was.

And, just like that we were transported in mind and body. Utterly mesmerised and encapsulated somewhere that our souls yearned to be free and our inner child was released. For a moment we were taken back to our childhood and joined our children at that place in time where they are right now. Just as if we had been transported in a time machine. It was thrilling. It was Amazing. And, it was magical.

 Legoland does that to you.

Wouldn't it be lovely if every birthday filled you with excitement such as this.

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Gabriella wears:

Leggings - H&M kids

Top - TK Maxx (last season)

Trainers - Sports Direct

 

Pearl and Groove Gluten Free Cakes | Portobello Road
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For the most delightful, prettiest and tasty gluten free cakes you must prioritise a visit to Pearl and Groove on Portobello Road. You will find the bakery on Portobello Road, walk under the Westway past Golbourne Road and keep going a little further than you think you're supposed to and you will find it on the left side. Perhaps not somewhere you may stumble upon but a wonderful little bakery you will make every effort to visit once you know it's there. The window display is home to an array of delicately coloured rows of beautifully handcrafted and decorated mini cakes. Be prepared because you will want to try them all.

We sat on the candy coloured pink table and chairs outside, warmed up with a chai tea latte and feasted on these gorgeous edible pieces of art.

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Painting Outdoors | Hyde Park
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It's true, the best things in life are free. I mean that sincerely.

Each and every day I take a moment to show my children the beauty in our world, our surroundings and how to create something wonderful and fulfilling from things that do not cost a thing. I feel passionate about teaching my girls to see the beauty in everything and not to rely on technology to fulfil their lives entirely.

Treasured Moments

It may be simple, but taking some watercolours, paintbrushes, some paper and a bottle of water to the park and setting up under a shaded tree in the summer months can be a beautiful thing. 

Precious and timeless. It's moments like these, I pray, they will treasure forever.

Crepes | Portobello Road

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Every now and then. We must. We've just got to have it. Nothing else will do. 

Grabbing a roadside crepe off of a street stall is something that we love to do. Not any street stall. Has to be a Portobello street stall. So satisfy. So necessary. Hit's the spot like nothing else in that moment.

It's not just the crepe, but everything surrounding the crepe. The 10 minute walk along Westbourne Grove from home. Turning right onto Portobello right after having a quick glance to our left to catch the infamous rainbow coloured houses above the shops on Portobello. Experiencing that complete rush of inspiration as we scurry past the antique stalls and shops. Touching the crowds of tourists as we go. Waiting our turn and deciding in our minds what filling takes our fancy. Being pleasure and totally engrossed as we watch our crepes being made. Excitedly we almost always head to our right and decide which colour house and it's steps we want to sit on. Then, we savour our surroundings. We savour the moment.

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Gabriella Wears:

Top: Zara Kids

Jeans: Zara Kids

A Mother's Day Gift Idea | Thomas Sabo

If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for your mother or finding it a bit difficult to make a suggestion as to what you would treasure and appreciate for a lifetime as a mother, you may have found your answer. Of course, there’s plenty of things on our wish lists as mothers but aside from the latest gadgets, things for the home, clothes and bags, I do like a beautiful keep sake gift that I will wear with adoration and treasure for the rest of my life and keep for the girls as an heirloom.

Thomas Sabo has a beautiful array of bracelets the selection in the Love Bridge collection can be personalised for an extra special meaningful present. It’s a touching gift. My bracelet has both of my girls initials on with a heart either side. The Love Bridge collection is contemtemporary yet classic. Simple, stylish and super lightweight, perfect to be worn everyday. I love to stack my bracelets from time to time, and, this piece fits so well with any of my other pieces. The bracelets come with complimentary engraving. How easy.

Thomas Sabo – www.thomassabo.com

*disclaimer – in collaboration with Thomas Sabo

 

Mothers Day with Lolas Cupcakes

I’m counting down the days until Mother’s Day. It’s our Day, which we should absolutely take all for ourselves. At least that’s what should happen. I’m hosting a Mother’s Day dinner for my mum so the only way I will get a rest is with a little forward planning and lots of delegating. I will take some of the strain out of my day by having our afternoon tea cupcakes taken care of by Lolas. Each year on Mother’s day, I enjoy setting up a magical looking, little afternoon tea for the girls, my mum and myself which we all enjoy together. I plan on choosing a few very pretty and delicate flowers which remind me of a pretty English garden to style the table in a similar way to the photos I’ve put together.

Cupcakes are an inherent part of any occasion in our family. I’m sure it’s the same in most families. They seem to be a guaranteed hit with every generation. I’ve always been a huge fan of Lola’s Cupcakes. My guilty pleasure is their Red Velvet, it’s honestly like no other. They have the most stunning and creative collection of cupcakes and a gorgeous 5 inch celebration cake for Mother’s day which encapsulates Spring just perfectly. If you’re not at home to have these cupcakes delivered and you’re out and about for Mothers Day I recommend picking up a cupcake or two (it’s Mother’s day after all) to enjoy during the day. They would also make a wonderful gift for a friend who is a mother, for grandparents and you can always pass on a little hint hint to the littles ones, hopefully they can pass on the information so the right present buyer. You never know, you might just have a yummy surprise delivered for you to enjoy on your day.

Lolas Cupcakes – Available across London and Bicester Village and to order online 

www.lolascupcakes.co.uk

*disclaimer – in collaboration with Lolas Cupcakes

 

Have Breakfast at the Park
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Breakfast in Hyde Park Mummy Gorgeous

I highly recommend having breakfast at the park at least a couple of times a week. If you live near one. Of course it's nice on a bright summer's morning, but actually, I quite enjoy moody winter mornings. The air is so crisp that it wakes you right up and there is a dual purpose to grabbing a coffee on the way, a caffeine fix and to keep your hands ever so warm. To be honest, I've always liked to spend the day's first moments in the park. I use this time to plan my day ahead, I relish in the quiet time to find inspiration and soak in the season around me. On my winter park visits I've realised that winter isn't that bad, it brings a sense of calm and stillness, so necessary when you live in London, any city, I guess.

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Breakfast in the park mummy gorgeous

This morning was one of those mornings where I had spent every moment until the early hours cleaning and tidying the house the night before and the thought of rice krispies smashed into the rugs, tables to be re-cleaned, milky hands over the just polished mirrors and the general chaos that mornings can bring, filled me with a little anxiety.

If you're super organised, then prepare a little homemade breakfast the night before, and, if you are like me then pop into a Pret, Starbucks or wherever you fancy along the way to the park and pick up some fresh coffee, a babyccino for the little ones (if they are with you) and few croissants. My girls love having breakfast at the park, they think it's such a treat, when really, it's probably more of a treat for me to not have to return home to mess and breakfast plates.

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Breakfast in the Park 7

What's even better is that you are already in the park so they can have a long run around and wear themselves out before lunch. Why shouldn't a mother enjoy a few peaceful moments while the children play and eat. When you return home, they will be as calm as can be. Bliss.

Cupcakes at The Hummingbird Bakery
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Mummy Blog - cupcakes hummingbird bakery

Cupcakes can be simple, extravegant, elegant or fun, subtle or colourful. Perhaps that's their secret to keeping us interested. We want them on an ordinary day and cannot be without them for a special occassion. Cupcakes are everything and more. We often bake cupcakes at home, we experiment with different flavours, icing and have so much fun decorating them. But, sometimes you just need a super duper specially made cupcake.

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Mummy Blog -hummingbird bakery
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Mummy Blog -cupcakes london
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Mummy Blog -christmas cupcake hummingbird bakery

Every now and then I take the girls out to enjoy a cupcake. Living in central London means that we are spoilt for choice, there are bakeries specialising in cupcakes popping up everywhere. One of our favourites is The Hummingbird Bakery. We visit the one on Portobello Road the most often becuase it's a five minute walk from home. It's not the only reason. It's the original bakery and although there are many others that have opened since the Notting Hill branch is my little favourite. Don't visit and expect comfy seating, this is not in the concept of their business it seems, but, go with the expectation of finding a sweet little bakery filled with all sorts of delightful cupcakes, traybakes, cheesecakes, sliced rainbow layer cakes amongst other sorts of pretty deliciousness. I'm sure the intention is to enjoy them at home or wandering down Portobello soaking in the atmosphere as you do. Their display is quite breathtaking, it always has my girls in awe and makes their indecisive little minds even more difficult to make up. Which by the way, in this situation, is a good thing.

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Mummy Blog -cupcakes london
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Mummy Blog -the hummingbird bakery
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Mummy Blog -hummingbird bakery notting hill

Oh, and they do seasonal so well. The Christmas cupcakes are wonderful.

The Hummingbird Bakery - 133 Portobello Road

Breakfast at the Electric Diner, Portobello Road
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Since having children breakfast is by far my favourite meal of the day. I need that fuel to set me up for the lengthly fast paced day day ahead. I'm not one for cereal and milk, I'm much more of a fruit and yoghurt type of person if I'm in a rush, or, if I have a little time then avocado on toast with poached eggs, or, a fruit smoothie bowl with lots of health delicious toppings.

How could I not share one of my longstanding favourite spots for breakfast. In actual fact The Electric hits the spot for every meal in my opinion, breakfast, lunch or diner and/or cocktails. The Electric has grown with me over the years. Gosh, I loved this place pre-babies and settled life, but honestly, I love it just as much now. On the rare occasion we get a moment for a mid-week breakfast date Glenn and I happily sneak out without the children, we eat too much and drink lots of coffee and have a chat which usually revolves around work stuff, having said that, it's not a problem to bring the kids and they love it too. Request a booth, don't be put on one of their crammed tables at the back where you have no privacy, I couldn't even imagine sitting there with a child or two. My nerves would be on complete edge. I don't like sitting on top of other diners while i'm eating, even with another adult, the thought of having to restrict my conversation whilst paying for the pleasure never seems fair.

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What I love is they are not too cool, too American or too French to do a full English breakfast. And, they do it well. The quality of the produce is first class and the atmosphere is exciting, busy without being to much, and you can happily find yourself absorbed and entertained by the eclectic Notting Hill crowd.

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Granger & Co, Notting Hill
Granger Notting Hill
Granger Notting Hill

The queue is quite often trailing down Westbourne Grove. To me, it's the first positive sign that you've stumbled upon a very desirable, well worth the wait eating place, even though there are at least 10 other quite delicious cafes and restaurants within 50 metres of where you are standing. For some reason, waiting in line on Westbourne Grove is an acceptable situation when it comes to Granger, I don't necessarily like it, but, I do it. The food and ambiance seems to outweigh the time spent waiting. Just a little peek through the windows at the buzzy looking scene keeps you excited enough to allow your feet to remain firmly in that queue.

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There is no option to book, so if it's busy you must wait. If there is space, they will offer you a seat outside and you can order drinks whilst you wait. Remembering back to when Granger first opened the long queue situation has always been there but usually only on a Saturday and Sunday brunch time. Nowadays, since the word has travelled about this perfectly relaxed yet lively restaurant which serves fabulously fresh food, the queue often overspills down Westbourne Grove most days.

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London Lifestyle Blog - granger notting hill

It's very popular with the locals and you can see a very international crowd travelling from far to experience the wonders of Granger & Co. I love this place even more because it's child friendly, making it the perfect spot to spend some quality family time. they are equipped with highchairs and although there isn't a children's menu (as far as I know) they are always more than happy to prepare a side of avocado for weaning babies or plain toast. There is plenty of the menu that my girls love, the pancakes are always a hit.

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Lifestyle blog - hotcakes

I highly recommend the hotcakes, the scrambled eggs (they are amazing) and the pancakes.

Granger is a place I quite enjoy working from. I find the buzz very inspiring and seem to achieve quite a lot. It's also a great location to have informal business meetings or lunch or coffee. for me. Glenn and I often breakfast here, I take my mum for lunch (they can accommodate gluten and lactose intolerant diners) and I love to have lunch with friends here too. It's a one venue fits all kind of place.

The only down side is when you are visiting with children the queuing can be difficult, either get there super early on a weekend or be prepared to keep them entertained whilst you wait.

www.grangerandco.com

Farm Girl Cafe, Portobello Road
Farm Girl Cafe - London Travel Blog
Farm Girl Cafe - London Travel Blog

The Australians really do know how to make healthy, tasty and very aeshetically pleasing food. I seem to be drawn to the instagrammers with heavenly food feeds. I've been dreaming of the day this style of eating becomes accessible in the London. The Australian's holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle is just what we need in Britain. Personally, I love this clean, healthy eating concept. Last week, Gabriella and I went on a little local girly date to enjoy some lunch and spend some time by ourselves. We strolled along Westbourne Grove, collecting leaves as we went and admired a few vintage beauties along the way.

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Farm Girl Cafe Notting Hill
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London Travel Blog - Farm Girl Cafe
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Farm Girl Cafe Portobello

I cannot recommend the chicken sandwich enough. Totally gorgeous.

The Farm Girl Cafe is like a dream. In every way. First of all the location is very pretty, tucked away through a typically English quaint little courtyard. Although it is well sign posted you would probably have to know it was there to find it. To me that makes it all the more perfect. The atmosphere is so relaxed, the laid-back Australian vibe can be felt, it suits Notting Hiller's so well. The place seemed to be popular to an eclectic mix of people, just what you would expect, where it is located in the heart of Portobello Road. The cafe is beautifully styled, effortless and very cosy. We wanted to stay all afternoon. The service is amazing. Everyone is so friendly, very attentive without it feeling too much and they have the cutest resident dog. I took Gabriella, and at four years old she was made to feel very welcome. So much so, she wanted to stay forever.

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Travel Blog London - Farm Girl Cafe Portobello

The carrot cake is so yummy, very moist and you'll want to take some home to enjoy later, like we did.

It was possibly the most tasty food I've ever tasted from a cafe. Often, when you think of healthy food you kind of think of a compromised taste. The Farm Girl Cafe certainly proves that the healthy choice needn't be a compromised choice. When food is prepared and cooked with high quality, clean ingredients every single favour can be enjoyed. It's so nice to see that many dishes are cooked in coconut oil and dairy is replaced with almond or coconut milk. I've eaten at so many highly rated cafes and The Farm Girl Cafe is definitely amongst the top. On the menu, you will find plenty of options for vegans and vegetarians and those that are gluten and lactose intolerant. I'm especially fond of places like this because my mum is gluten and lactose intolerant, which can be quite a challenge when we want to go out for something to eat. It's quite exciting when I look at a menu and see so may dishes that would be suitable for her. Waiting for her next visit to London so that I can introduce her to this amazing liitle place.

Just a little thought, wouldn't it be nice if The Farm Girl Cafe published a book with all their delicious recipes so that we can enjoy them at home too.

59a Portobello Road London W11 3DB

www.thefarmgirl.co.uk

Daylesford, Notting Hill
Daylesford Notting Hill
Daylesford Notting Hill

I'm passionate about Notting Hill. Us locals are blessed to have the most amazing selection of restaurants. Just like it's residents Notting Hill has such an eclectic collection of restaurants, eateries and cafes. That includes the organic kind. It wasn't until I had my children that I became more aware about the benefits of organic food and products. Having said that we are definitely not 'organic only' type people, but, we do only give our girls organic milk and try to with most diary products.

If only organic goodness will do and you're looking for an organic feast, Daylesford is the place to go, particularly if you are in the Notting Hill area (although there are many more popping up all over the place). Combining the concept of a deli and restaurant under one very conveniently located roof has created the perfect hangout, pop-in and meeting point on Westbourne Grove. It's sort of become the focal point of the road. I love their coffee, pastries and, well, all their delicious offerings. I'm willing to walk past ten other coffee shops just to enjoy the taste of a Daylesfood coffee.

Daylesford Notting Hill
Daylesford Notting Hill

Whilst I enjoy my coffee I love nothing more than a little wonder around the seasonal veggies and fruits. An organic deli rarely get better than this, it has been cleverly designed to make you feel as though you have been transported to an urban farm shop. One of the four seasons can always be felt inside Daylesford. Now that the autumn is here, pumpkins can be found everywhere. All shapes, sizes and colours. The stunning centre table was topic of conversation as Gabriella questioned us about all the varieties of squashes.

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Daylesford

From time to time I indulge in a long alfresco brunch or lunch, the relaxed atmosphere leaves you feeling as though you are enjoying lunch at a friends farmhouse for the afternoon. I'm Usually with my mother on visits to Daylesford, who, is a keen organic foodie but I sometimes spend a little quality time with my eldest daughter and take her for lunch. A couple of weekends back, three generations of girls enjoy a beautiful autumn lunch together. I always know when autumn is truly here, as I get the urge to order soul warming soup. I may be enjoying comforting winter warmers but I'm not sure Gabriella is ready to move on from summer as she ordered ice-cream. Typical.

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Daylesford Notting Hill
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Seashells and Waves at Somerset House
Waves Somerset House London
Waves Somerset House London

It may not be home to London Fashion Week any longer but it's still very iconic, beautiful and one of THE places to be in London. I'm quite happy to sit in a cafe usually Tom's kitchen followed by a little wonder of the grounds. No matter what the weather I love to venture out onto the terrace where the most gorgeous view of the embankment can be found.

Somerset House Buildings
Somerset House Buildings

Completely by luck we decided upon the perfect moment to spend an hour or two at Somerset House over the weekend. It's been on my ever-growing list of things to do. To see the Frozen Waves Broken Sublime exhibition by Marc Quinn, that is. It's one of those exhibitions that if I didn't see I would never have forgiven myself. The crowds had disappeared home to enjoy their Sunday roast and we were left to enjoy the exhibition with only a few others in the background. Utter Bliss. And, the perfect opportunity to snap some photos without lots of people ruining the shots and enjoy a little tranquility. The exhibition is beautifully set in their courtyard. It's simplicity allows your mind the time to appreciate the detail, time and passion that has gone into creating each of these magnificent oversized sculptures. It's actually displayed with lots of space giving the opportunity to admire each piece from many angles. The spaciousness gave my mind the chance to wander away, imagining crashing waves and dreaming of collecting seashells. That captivating yet peaceful feeling that is felt when you sit and listen to the sea at the beach could be felt. The choice of material works so wonderfully with the historically feel of Somerset House. The contrast of old buildings and the contemporary sculptures is stunning. Quite breathtaking. Isn't there something quite beautiful about mixing the old with the new?

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Seashells Somerset House
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Waves at Somerset House
Waves at Somerset House
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Seashell at somerset house
Couldn't resist a selfie moment with the beautiful seashell
Couldn't resist a selfie moment with the beautiful seashell

Whilst I wandered the courtyard, the girls ran around like two little crazy bears. They found themselves a drain that formed a train track, and, they pretended to be trains while I appreciated the art. Not disturbing a soul. Could a mother ask for any more? This is what I love about outdoor exhibitions. I haven't got to worry.

Bugaboo Somerset House
Bugaboo Somerset House
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Somerset House
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Somerset House

The huge doors that lead the way to Toms kitchen for a quick refuel before leaving to go home.

What I wore:

Cardigan - Zara Playsuit - Zara Boots - Topshop

Inspired by Louis Vuitton Series 3
London Blog - Louis Vuitton
London Blog - Louis Vuitton

I adore afternoons like the one I had on Friday. I feel like it's my life purpose to feel inspired by something each day. My love for Louis Vuitton started way back, you know, the days when we were teenagers. The only goal was to own a LV bag. Nowadays, I appreciate Louis Vuitton for more than that. I love the timelessness of the pieces produced by the French fashion house. It's understated, clean and luxorious. The pieces are undoubtably expensive but they are investment pieces that will stay with you for a lifetime and could quite easily become beautiful vintage heirlooms. The few pieces I have will be passed on to my girls, I hope they treasure them as I have.

Louis Vuitton Series 3
Louis Vuitton Series 3

Sadly, I missed Series 1 & 2 since they were exhibited in different cities around the world but I made it to Series 3 last week in London. It's so much more than I expected. The exhibition showcases an entire season's collection AW15, the inspiration, the making of and the catwalk show. It was spectacular. Laid out over 3 floors at 180 Strand, a stones throw away from Somerset house. This place is completely instagram friendly. They completely encourage you to take as many photos as you like and share as you wish. I love an exhibition that allows this, with the social way this world is moving its the key to more gaining more traction. It's a clever marketing strategy. A heaven for instagrammers, social influencers and bloggers.

Make sure you have at least an hour to enjoy every bit, it's a large exhibition so give yourself plenty of time to absorb, a 13 room journey would probably describe it more accurately. And, perhaps allow yourself a little more time if you fancy wondering across the street to Somerset House to enjoy a coffee or lunch.

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Art in London
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The making of a Louis Vuitton bag
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Louis Vuitton AW15
Experience the AW15 catwalk show as if you were really there
Experience the AW15 catwalk show as if you were really there

I had a lunch date at Granger in Notting Hill which meant I skipped a visit to Somerset House for lunch but we were surprisingly greeted with an offer to have afternoon tea, along with a group talk from an editor at Vogue before a tour of the exhibition. I'm not sure if this is a daily occurrence but we were quite lucky to arrive at the right time. Of course afternoon tea was served in true Louis Vuitton fashion. Handmade juice cocktails, crafted from only the finest ingredients, teas and coffees with waiter service and delicious little canapé deserts could be found wondering the room. There is a great big wall covered in little pockets containing stickers of accessories in the collection and Louis Vuitton monogram letters which we were invited to take after the talk. I'm so excited to now have some of these.

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London Blogging - Coffee Time!
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Louis Vuitton series 3
Louis Vuitton Series 3 stickers
Louis Vuitton Series 3 stickers

I chose my initials and one of my favourite bags from the collection. Now i'm just thinking where I might stick them.

If you are a fashion designer, a design student or want to enter into the fashion industry I encourage you to make every effort to view this exhibition. It will only inspire, motivate and encourage you. Those that just love fashion, particularly Louis Vuitton will become to understand the workmanship and skill that goes into every garment and accessory.

Louis Vuitton Series 3 London
Louis Vuitton Series 3 London

I don't really want to give too much more away and spoil it for those of you that want to visit. All you need to do is turn up at 180 Strand, no ticket needed and enjoy your journey through their AW15 collection.

Charles Petillon in Covent Garden
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A dreamy space because it has been filled with 100,00 balloons. It's almost like having your head in the clouds. Literally. It's more than I thought it would be, more impacting and much more exciting and inspiring than I had anticipated. Beautiful white balloons hang low and feel like they are floating as if they are soft, pure, white clouds. They way in which the light catches and shines through the layers of the handcrafted instillation

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What does a 100,000 balloon sculpture look like? I had heard so much about it and seen a gazillion photos of it over instagram that I needed to experience it for myself. Not knowing what to expect because quite often photos can makes things seem something they are not. Either they do not do something justice or they seem to make something appear a whole lot better than it is. I was more than pleasantly surprised. As we approached the centre of the market building, peeking through the walkway was the 100,000 balloons, I was amazed at how much lower they hung. Something the photos didn't give away. I loved that. There are crowds of people, most with cameras enthusiastically snapping away and those just taking a moment to take in the magnificent balloon sculpture.. Although I say crowds of people there wasn't too many to enjoy the experience and there were still plenty of opportunities to grab a moment to take some photos without people walking past.

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After a long mooch and slow stroll around the sculpture we enjoyed the most delectable, extravagant, scrumptious ice cream from Venchi's whilst stood and enjoyed the view. Venchi's ice-cream is a reason to visit Covent Garden in itself. In my opinion they make the best ice cream in London H A N D S D O W N!

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Gosh London, isn't it a pleasure to be home to Charles Petillons first UK instillation. Wouldn't it be nice if he continued with a series of London Commissions?

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A Picnic
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Sitting here cozied up in a jumper and listening to the rain fall as I write this seems a little odd. It was only a few days ago, when we had no plans that we decided to pack up a last minute picnic and find ourselves a large shade providing tree to enjoy a very warm afternoon. That is the British weather for you. Looking at the weather today confirms that picnics will soon be something of last season. How nice that we had the chance to enjoy one of our last over the weekend.

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Are picnics about the food or the act of laying out a blanket in nature and relaxing with good company whilst enjoying a little food. It probably is a combination of both but I would say for the girls it seems to not matter what I pack in terms of food, they love the act of having a picnic. We didn't enjoy gourmet food on this occasion, just simple sandwiches and snacks. On the days where I plan in advance I do like to pack a 'proper' picnic with cold meats, salads, delicious pickles and a selection of breads with sweet patisseries and fruit for desert. But this, was not one of those days. It really didn't matter as the girls loved it anyway.

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The Serpentine Pavillion
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When I find somewhere that inspires me, I just want to keep going back. I truly love places that keep me wanting more. We must have visited this spectacular masterpiece what feels like more than a thousand times this summer and we have never tired of it yet. It's such an instagramable outdoor art piece, I have to stop myself at times.

This magnificent pavillion is very neatly tucked away behind the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park. From the Baywater side it could almost be missed. Perhaps that is the idea, to be totally shocked by the unexpected.

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You may wonder what we find ourselves doing at The Pavillion almost every day?! It would be rude not to absorb, take in and admire the stunning work, and, we tuck into delicious goodies from Fortnums; Mason who have little snack stalls, vintage looking ice cream vans and drinks vans dotted around the showpiece. I usually sip coffee if it's early in the morning and indulge in ice cream if it's past midday. We lay out on the grassed area or at the Fortnums and Mason brand coloured outdoor tables and relax, chat and soak a little British sun.

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Such an eclectic array of bright and bold colours and textures
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The space is so stimulating for children, Gabriella always wants to go to 'the rainbow tunnel' as she has named it. She's a little creative person which I love to see blossom. Places and exhibitions like this are so important to them at this age. It shapes and helps to develop their creativity and imagination. Don't you just love the vast amount of backdrops this one art piece offers. Every photo is so different and the exact same position can give a totally different look defendant on the sun and the time of day. It's a photographers heaven.

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How bare will this space feel once it's time for it to move on? I hope this space continues to be used creatively like this. Oh, and Fortnums, what will I do without a little bit of you when you are no longer ten minutes travel from home?