Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday dear me, happy bithday to me!
Well incase you hadn't guessed from that very subtle intro, today is my birthday! I plan to spend the day treating myself, eating my body weight in cake and drinking more than my fair share of bubbly not to mention opening some hopefully very lovely presents. So to share the birthday love you can take 25% off all orders placed this week using the code BIRTHDAYGIRL. The code expires at midnight on Sunday so you have plenty of time to treat yourself to some beautiful sparkly presents of your own!
I've been having a little bit of an identity/early mid-life crisis recently, I should know better but sometimes it is just too easy to get dragged down into the day to day drudgery that life can become. I am a wife and I am a mother but that doesn't mean that I should abandon myself. Should I give up the things that make my heart sing and add sparkle to my life? I love my daughter but having a baby and managing to keep her alive for the last four years (whoop go me!) shouldnt feel like my defining feature. FYI nursery teachers my name is not Lily's mom it is Holly! I love my daughter but I also love ridiculous shoes, searching for the perfect vintage dress, drinking gin and dancing til my feet bleed.
I often feel like I am caught between two worlds and I'm not really sure I belong in either. I will never be part of the mumsnet brigade but equally I have responsibilities so I can't be spontaneous and have new adventures like your average twenty something. (Seriously I require at least four weeks notice for an evening out!) People talk a lot about work life balance but never about balancing the aspects of your personal life. Is it not important to make sure that your entire life is not defined by one part of who you are?
Being a mother and retaining your identity is fucking hard, doing that and running a business is even harder! There may be days when it all just feels too much and I feel lost in a sea of demands and housework but I will never stop trying to find that balance. Yes I am a mom but aside from that I'm also a pretty god damn awesome human being. Finding the balance may be a struggle but it's got to be possible. (Please tell me it is!)
Do you ever struggle with finding a balance? How do you go about reclaiming yourself when you feel lost? Hit me up with your tips and tricks!
A few days ago I hit a fairly massive milestone for me - I reached over 1000 fans on Facebook! Now this number may not seem like a lot to some but to me seeing all the support I have gained over the last 12 months is a big fucking deal! And it does a great job of nipping those annoying self doubty days in the bud!
What started as a small but satisfying hobby is growing and evolving and I have every single one of my customers to thank for that. So as a little thank you from me to you the first 10 customers to use the code CELEBRATE at the checkout will receive a whopping 40% discount and after that it will get you a very respectable 20% off until the 14/03/14
So thank you, I love you all more than you will ever know and I feel very god damn blessed to be able to do what I love every day. You're all f*cking superstars!
Daisy printed clothing and accessories are huge this season and I for one am loving it! Daisies are fun and whimsical and intrinsically summery. They remind me of warm summer days basking in the sun making daisy chains without a care in the world. Oh what I would give for some sunny days right about now!
From high end to high street daisies are everywhere and I am finding it very difficult to resist filling my wardrobe with its cuteness! Whether you go for OTT sequinned motifs and statement jewellery or subtle cutouts and some cute bobby pins I think everybody needs to add a little flower power to their wardrobe!
Am I the only one obsessed with daisies at the moment? How do you wear yours?
Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the beauty that is Collectif Clothings SS14 collection! Swoon!
Collectif are one of my favourite repro brands of all time for many reasons. The fit is always spot on for me so unlike several other brands I don't need to dig out my sewing machine and make alterations, the fabric is always great quality and the designs for each season are always the perfect mix of traditional vintage inspiration and fun modern style. The new SS14 collection contains some seriously stunning tiki prints, quirky nautical dresses and gorgeous florals not to mention a healthy dose of gingham and cherry motifs.
I own several items from them already and they are pretty much the most loved pieces in my wardrobe mainly because they make my ass look awesome! Seriously their pencil skirts are like a bra for my bum I think based on what I have seen of their new collection I am going to have to make some extra space in my wardrobe and apologise to my bank card for the inevitable bashing it is about to take!