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Feb 23 / Erica

Welcome to The Edited, the brand new name for MMM!

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Welcome to The Edited – the BRAND NEW NAME for MMM! read more…

Mar 4 / Erica

A little bit dip-dye, a little bit ombré

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Slouchy shopper bag, Zara

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Mar 2 / Erica

Beauty favourites: old and new

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In the world of make up, I have a LOT neatly stashed away at home. Lipsticks, various glow-giving products, countless mascaras, eyeshadows that have definitely seen better days, compacts I barely use but can’t throw out. You name it, I probably have it secreted in a box somewhere.

I LOVE beauty products and I LOVE what make up does for a face. But more importantly, I love how it can change every aspect of the way a woman feels.

Bad day? A slick of red lipstick will cheer you up. Terrible pre-menstrual skin? There are myriad concealers out there to subdue those spots.

And it’s not flippant or silly, this is a multi-billion pound industry generated solely by our love of products. read more…

Feb 27 / Erica

Wearing Spring florals on the wettest day of the year

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Yesterday I got completely caught in the rain.

All-day meetings in town, racing from one place to another, relying on buses that were supposed to be every few minutes but in reality took 25. IN THE RAIN. Also, my hair went insane as you can clearly see in these shots. Crystal Tipps massive. Anyway it was the clearly the perfect day to have worn my new vintage floral blouse, right? Actually completely wrong. But at least the print cheered me up. read more…

Feb 26 / Erica

All about the sisterhood: Atterley Road’s #ARWOMAN campaign

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Instagram has been all over a new initiative by Atterley Road called #ARWOMAN.

In a nutshell, it’s all about the amazing women in our lives and celebrating those who inspire us.

The brand asked me who my #ARWOMAN would be and as a total girl’s girl, I struggled to pick just one. read more…

Feb 25 / Erica

LFW over… Pastels + grey = street style winner

It’s been mainly wet and miserable, but that hasn’t stopped a fair few London Fashion Week attendees from rocking their finest spring ensembles.

From all white (yes – step away from other people /  the tube / food / any kind of beverage), to denim on denim on denim (even, on a couple of occasions, quadruple denim), soft shades brightened up the wettest of London days. read more…

Feb 13 / Erica

MMM {weekend} Accessorize’s new leather collection

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Pink coat, Jigsaw (similar here) | Blue jumper, Boden | Navy raffia trousers, ASOS (similar here) | White brogues, Marks & Spencer (similar here) | Rings, Laura Gravestock, NowSeen, Accessorize, Astrid & Miyu | Bangles, Z for Accessorize, Stella & Dot

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Feb 10 / Erica

MMM {inspiration} Khaki cool

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Embellished coat, ASOS | Utility shirt, Topshop | Cropped trousers, FOLK at Liberty | Boots, Jigsaw

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Feb 9 / Erica

MMM {wears} Designer shoes on a budget

Ah, shoes. Love them.

But give or take a few extravagances, I rarely spend a fortune on them, because – well, frankly, I can’t afford to. And while I know there are those who prefer to save up and buy designer, the high street is very clever at coming up with styles that get the look (in some cases, very similar to the original!).

Wearing my New Look flats Image: instagram.com/erica_davies

Wearing my New Look flats
Image: instagram.com/erica_davies

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Feb 6 / Erica

MMM {weekend} New season striped tops

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Maison Scotch striped knit with star patches on elbows | Zara trench (similar here) | MIH ‘Phoebe’ jeans read more…

Feb 4 / Erica

MMM {five star wednesday} make up and party bags and Instagram-designers

 

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NEW ‘MAKE ME LOOK AWAKE’ GLOWING MAKE UP ALERT

Even though I own a lot of make up, last week I bought two items that I’d seen brilliant reviews for and which – frankly – my make up bag was lacking.

Part of their ‘Enlighten’ range, Estee Lauder’s EE (Even Effect) creme is a skincare corrector that is designed to be worn as a base for your foundation. But I’ve been wearing it as a sheer base and then topping up with concealer where I need more coverage. It’s great for a glowy complexion without too much sheen, plus it has an SPF of 30. There are only three shades and I went for the ‘light.’

And the Clarins Instant Concealer has been shown a lot of beauty blog love from the likes of Pixiwoo, with them raving about its eye bag coverage. Count me in for some of that action. A cross between YSL Touche Eclat and a thicker, creamy concealer, it’s a really great product for people like me who haven’t slept properly for almost five years (thanks kids). You only need a smidge dotted at either side of your eyes then blended in with your ring finger. I bought the lightest shade, 01. Thumbs up.

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(NB I bought both of these items myself, they were not gifted to me)

 

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THE JELLY RABBIT: A GREAT NEW ONLINE STORE FOR KIDS PARTY BAGS

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I love living where I do. There’s a lovely, eclectic mix of mums at Charlie’s school, ranging from those who work full-time, to others like me, who freelance from home. And since he started there, I’ve been completely blown away by the number of local mums who have an entrepreneurial streak, setting up businesses from their kitchen tables before racing down to school at 3pm. I’m sure every area is the same – but I feel very lucky to be surrounded by women in mine who completely inspire me!

I bumped into local mum Sarah last week while grabbing a quick coffee and she told me about her new online kids party emporium, The Jelly Rabbit.

It’s designed to take the stress out of organising all those little bits for party bags – as well as decorations. You can buy kits, bags for specific types of parties (with perfectly appropriate bits inside) or even decorations for tables. There’s nationwide postage on everything too. Check them out.

 

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AMAZING SHOES IN & OTHER STORIES

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I spotted these shoes and I had to share because I think they’re fabulous. Grey leather loafers with a neon yellow rubber sole. I MEAN! Buy now, wear all Summer.

 

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THE DESIGN HOUSE, A NEW BRAND TO WATCH….ON INSTAGRAM

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I was sent a message about The Design House, a mother and daughter team in North Wales who have been quietly making cool faux fur jackets and selling through their Instagram account.

So I checked them out – and noticed that their first customer was model Suki Waterhouse – who was pictured in hers in September last year!

And now business has gone mad. Former fashion and textiles lecturer Sally Pattinson always made clothes for her daughter Lettie, who’s now in her third  year of university. In fact some items were so popular with Lettie’s student friends, Sally would run up a job lot and sell them all.

They’re doing a roaring trade selling through their social media accounts – and student Lettie answering customer emails in between lectures – but they do have plans for an e-commerce site.

Prices start at £70 – and they sell a mix from traditional colour combinations to full-on colour. Email them for more information.

Image: The Design Studio Hawarden

Image: The Design Studio Hawarden

 

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HYACINTHS MAKE ME HAPPY

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Forgive the picture of the wire dangling in the background, but it’s a very simple thing that makes me happy on a {five star wednesday} – and that’s a gorgeous bunch of hyacinths.

Currently on my desk and smelling divine, I just love them.

I have also just invested in The White Company’s ‘Hyacinth’ scented votive candle which is also beautiful *breathes in deeply*

Feb 3 / Erica

MMM {inspiration} Camel coat luxe

Because sometimes amazing pictures are all the fashion inspiration you need. read more…