It’s been a few weeks since I last blogged so apologies if you have been expecting to hear from me. I’ve been crazy busy working, attending red carpet events and going to meetings. This week I’ve travelled to Manchester three times; twice to film my new show and then a third time to take part in the A Place in the Sun Exhibition. There hasn’t been a moment to stop for breath and with just 8 weeks to go until the new arrival is here, the countdown has really begun.
If any of you follow me on Instagram, or Twitter you might have seen me using a tag line #luxurylifestyleliving. I have started using this to refer to all the things I love; property, interior design, travel, cars, fashion and of course being a Mummy. I thought it might be good to start using this in my Hello! blog too which I hope you will enjoy…
I’ve always loved my cars and in the last few weeks Alex and I decided to change our family car. We opted for the new and luxurious BMW X5 MSport. We took delivery of it from Keith Heaviside at Evolution Vehicles and we were seriously impressed with the customer service. The car is amazing, it’s spacious, and certainly has some power! Okay so fuel economy wise it might be a bit juicy, but it provides a nice mix luxury and fun and is also practical in terms of space for day to day living with children – well sort of! Alex is literally obsessed with getting it cleaned and keeping it looking immaculate so you would never know it is a family car.
Aside of the new car in preparation for the new arrival, I was lucky enough to be treated to something every girl loves…a new handbag. Hamilton Turnberry bags are about as luxurious and affordable as changing bags/handbags go. This relatively new brand has been created by Louisa Whitlock who is a busy Mum to 5! I’m now the proud owner of the black leather ‘Hamilton’ bag and I’ve been using it as my day to day bag as well as a holdall for travelling. It’s spacious, classy and chic, and comes complete with a purse, bottle warmer pouch and changing mat which will be put to good use in a matter of weeks. You can check out their beautiful collection here www.hamiltonturnberry.co.uk
When you become a parent, your focus very much turns away from you as you become responsible for a little person. However, just because you are a mum it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to take some time out for yourself and you shouldn’t feel guilty about it either! I’ve always lived my life at 110mph and that hasn’t stopped since having children. Time out for me generally means going to an event, going on a date night with Alex, or even enjoying rare spa day. Last week no date nights or spa days were on the agenda, but I did attend the TRIC awards (Television, Radio, Industry Club awards) and I received some really nice comments about my outfit and look. Little did anyone know I had a makeup disaster enroute to the event and was trying to apply false eyelashes on the train on the way to London – oh the glamour. For this red carpet occasion I opted for a dress from UK based designer Tiffany Rose (www.tiffanyrose.co.uk). I completed my outfit with some nude shoes from Louis Vuitton, and some gorgeous yet affordable earrings from Rai Jewel (www.raijewel.com). I put my hair up in a messy side bun and for my make up I used Rodial’s Skin Tint (which I use every day), Chanel’s luxury bronzer and Mac’s red lipstick Ruby Woo. My nails were painted red after a Calgel manicure and my look was complete with my Nouveau falsh lashes (that I managed to glue on in the end!) At least I provided some entertainment on the journey for the lady sat opposite me. I actually managed to get ready in all of 30 minutes which is a tad scary when you know you are potentially going to be photographed on the red carpet. Thankfully the look was a success.
If you are going to a party or event soon and are a mummy to be its worth checking out www.tiffanyrose.com and www.seraphine.com
Since becoming a Mum, Mothercare has become one of my trusted, favourite shops when it comes to buying much needed baby supplies. As well as all the necessities, they have a good range of affordable furniture and I recently purchased a toddler bed and a chest of drawers for Rocco’s new bedroom. I decided to have both pieces of furniture painted (in a water based paint) to make it bespoke which I think I mentioned in a previous blog. After a bit of research I eventually found a great company online to spray it called www.RenovateDecorate.com.
They are based in Bromley, Kent and their prices were very reasonable. I am so happy with the finished product. It looks fantastic and the room is really starting to come together especially with a star rug that I found on www.nubie.co.uk. Nubie is another a great company to check out for nursery bits and pieces and I particularly love their wallpapers and rugs.
I’ve actually become a little bit obsessed with an American based company called RH Baby and Child. It is so chic and stylish and has some really nice ideas for children’s bedrooms. I have been trying to create a similar look for Rocco’s new bedroom as well as the new babies nursery so the rooms tie in with rest of our house. The house is being photographed this week for 25 beautiful homes, and we also have our upcoming shoot with Hello Magazine in May so i want everything to look perfect.
Despite it being a busy few weeks, we always make time to do things together as a family. Something we particularly enjoy doing on a Sunday (if the weather is nice and after Rocco’s swimming lesson), is going for a walk. Rocco absolutely loves his Smart Trike. The great thing about this product is that it will grow with him, and eventually he will be able to pedal himself rather than us pushing him. However, something else he is becoming somewhat attached to his new little Micro Scooter. Just like the trike, the scooter is something that can grow with him. He is currently using it with the little seat but it won’t be long before we can take this off and he can scoot around standing up. I am a BIG fan of these scooters, not only can design your own, (choosing your child’s favourite colours) but they have an adult range too! You can check them out here www.micro-scooters.co.uk.
Little time for sleep…
Most recently because of my crazy work schedule, I have only been getting 6/7 hrs sleep each night, BUT they have been the best 7 hours sleep that’s for sure.
We purchased a new bed from Silent Night and the 2800 latex supreme mattress from The Diamond Collection is so luxurious I feel like the Princess from the story the Princess and the Pea. We invested in some new pillows and a duvet from their website too and their moto ‘the secret to a great nights sleep’ couldn’t be more apt! www.silentnight.co.uk
I enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea last week at Mortons, all for an extremely worthy cause as I supported the charity Mothers2Mothers. This charity is all about helping prevent mothers from passing on HIV to their unborn children. The videos that were played were pretty moving and it was an eye opening afternoon where some much needed funds were raised www.m2m.org.
In addition to this, in the last couple of weeks it has been great to be able to help Action for Children. As the ambassador for their Giant Wiggle campaign, I read the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ to a group of children at Rocco’s nursery and we did a Giant Wiggle of our own. There are just 3 days left to sign up to this fundraising event and you can find out more about it here www.actionforchildren.org. Anyone can do it – so what are you waiting for? Get Wiggling…!
Well that is it from me this week but with another busy week looking there will be more to report on #luxurylifestyleliving
Lots of love