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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 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…

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…

Feb 2 / Erica

MMM {wears} Mixing up the prints with Boden

There are lots of things I love about the way Boden work as a company.

Hands-down they showcase their collections in the most inspiring ways at their seasonal press days. Plus the colours, in-house designed prints and uplifting imagery never fail to inspire a bit of cheer – even on the gloomiest of days.

So I was well chuffed to be asked to appear in the Valentine’s Day issue of their lovely Great Boden Diaries blog.

I chose three new season outfits for three different kind of V-Day date – incorporating their clothes, my style and some very big hair (courtesy of Cheeky Parlour at Barber & Parlour, Shoreditch).

Here’s some of the shots – and some behind the scenes shots – from my favourite print mash-up outfit.

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Jan 30 / Erica

MMM {weekend} Rainy day textures

Thursday is my child-free day – a whole day to myself when I cram in meetings, sort out my life admin or grab a coffee with friends, contacts and countrymen.

Yesterday amongst the press days and meetings, I met up with my friend Julia from Stylonylon, who asked me to take some pictures for an exciting project she’s working on.

And this is what I was wearing – a mixture of black, white and a red coat (not in pictures, but on my Insta). It was a mix of textures – knit, jersey, pleather and a splash of faux fur pulling it altogether.

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Jan 28 / Erica

MMM {five star wednesday} Including the perfect wavy hair products

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… MY DESK-FRIENDLY HAND LOTION

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Doesn’t this look pretty? White Pompelmo Fresh & Uplifting Hand & Body Balm is a brand new product from The White Company and has become my working desk must-have (apart from the computer, obvs). I’ve had such dry skin so far this Winter that I’m putting little tubes of creams and lotions in every room to encourage the moisturisation! The fresh grapefruit, lemon and lime zesty scent of this one makes me think of Spring. Not bad when it’s minus two outside.

 

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….DIY MOUSE GIFT WRAP. BECAUSE, WELL JUST LOOK AT IT!

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I love Handmade Charlotte’s beautiful blog. This was a gift wrap idea from over Christmas, but Charlie is coming home with party invitations almost daily at the moment and I am very tempted to try this! Read Charlotte’s tutorial here.

 

 

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… SMILEY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN

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Fancy reminiscing over your rave days? Do it in style with these. And I am obsessed with the Anya Hindmarch leather stickers full stop.

Flatform plimsolls: Joshua Sanders at avenue32.com | Leather smiley face sticker, Anya Hindmarch X CHAOS FASHION

 

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… A SNEAK PEEK AT AN EXCITING SHOOT

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Last week I did a photo shoot for a lovely brand. It’s coming out online this Friday so I’ll post on Instagram when it’s live.

In the meantime, here’s a little sneaky peek of one of the shots, taken by my friend Julia from the brilliant Stylonylon.

Can you guess who the shoot is for?!

 

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… AND FINALLY, THE HOLY TRINITY FOR FRIZZ-FREE WAVES

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen I posted a teaser earlier this week about a new (to me) range of hair products that work perfectly on my slightly frizzy, very thick hair. I struggle with consistency, so whatever product I style my hair with can’t be too thin and runny (like oil) as it doesn’t do much on its own. Similarly anything too thick and my hair just ends up looking greasy. Anyway, meet my new hair hero – Kevin Murphy.mmm_kevin_murphy_hair_products

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So, wash and comb through as usual. I’m currently using the Kukui Oil shampoo and conditioner as recommended by the brilliant Caroline Hirons which is great for people whose hair is prone to frizziness like mine. Then rub a few drops of the Young Again treatment oil by Australian stylist and hair guru Kevin Murphy. Think of this as your hair equivalent of a pre-moisturiser skin serum, it gives an intense blast of conditioner and protects it if you want to blow dry. It’s also got a great name, because frankly we’d all like to be a bit younger again.

I tend to leave my hair to air dry a bit (I tend to leave until after I’ve dropped the kids off at school, so it’s generally still slightly damp when I come back home) and then I use Motion Lotion Curl Enhancing Lotion. Scrunch a dollop (you don’t need much even if your hair is thick like mine) through the mid section and ends.

Once it’s dry, I use Easy Rider Anti Frizz Creme (which, by the way, smells AMAZING) to add that final bit of ‘don’t you dare even think about going frizzy’ control. It’s a treatment too, with added minerals and vitamins – I have no idea if this *actually* does anything, but I love, love, love the way it makes my hair look and feel. It’s wavy without going too ‘big’ (my pet hate) and it looks shiny which is difficult to achieve when you have curly follicles.

Check out the entire range here. Could not recommend more highly.