I Love Howkapow

July 3, 2015

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There’s a shop based in Bristol that’s full of wonder and joy called Howkapow. Very fortunately for those of us that live outside of Bristol, they have an online shop that is full of the very same wonder. Whenever I’m in need of something for my flat, I have a certain list of shops I run through to see what they have on offer, and Howkapow is certainly one of them. They carry homewares, jewellery, and numerous other accessories to help you organise and beautify your life.

I’ve picked out a few of my favourites to give you an idea of their colourful flavour, but there’s a lot to be seen and loved on their website. They also have a fun Pinterest page worth following.

So colour. Much love. Wow.

Nursery Planning

June 30, 2015

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We have a two bedroom flat, but we use our second bedroom as an office so we’ve decided that our little one is going to be sleeping in a corner of our room for the first year-ish. I think it’s recommended to keep them with you for at least the first 6 months anyway, so I’m hoping that this isn’t a crazy decision. Fortunately, our bedroom is a pretty decent size, and I think we should be able to comfortably fit him in without too much shifting around. I think we’ll take down our copper clothing rack and set him up in that area.

Just because he’s sharing with us doesn’t mean I don’t want him to have his own little style, so I’ve been digging around to find a look that I like for him that will also work in our room. I love the look of the rooms above, and I instantly fell in love with a blanket covered in trees, so I’ve decided to go for a slight forest theme.

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storage / mobile / print / cot / blanket

I’ve purchased most of this already, but I’m still in the planning stages to complete the look. I’d like to get a bit more colour going, but it’s tricky because it’s recommended that you don’t put any pillows in with baby for a while. I’m thinking the best way to inject more colour will be to hang something interesting next to the print. I was thinking that a paper mache animal head from The Stealthy Rabbit could be nice, but my husband thinks that could be scary for the baby. I’d like something a little more 3-dimensional, so I’ll have to hunt around to see what I can come up with.

For now I think it’s a solid start. it takes into account little things that I think will help keep me organised and save space. I hate using drawers, which is why I opted for a bookcase to store clothes, toiletries, etc. I also don’t think it’s necessary for us to take up space with a changing table, so I’ve gone for a cot-top changer that I can tuck away when it’s out of use. I probably wont start setting things up until Aug/Sept, but I’ll keep you posted as the look develops!

One Time at Royal Ascot…

June 26, 2015

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My mum and sister are in town visiting me from the States, and last Wednesday we all went to Royal Ascot to see the races. I’d never been before and I was excited to see all the crazy hats and bet on some horses. We didn’t go on Ladies’ Day, which is the most popular day, so unfortunately the hats were quite tame. Lots of fascinators, and only one or two that we worth looking at.

At #RoyalAscot today. The queen has arrived!

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Before the races there is a royal procession, and we were standing in a good place to see everyone come in. I was able to grab this great shot of the Queen getting out of her carriage (she’s the one in blue).

Being nearly 5 months pregnant, I really struggled to find something to wear. Maternity clothes have come a long way since my mum had me, but I’d say they have a little further to go still! There’s really not much for pregnant ladies who need to dress up for nice events. In the end, I went with this white dress which isn’t a maternity dress at all! It’s a very stretchy and forgiving number that I picked up from Asos, and it’s in a size that I should hopefully be able to wear after I deliver if I need to.

All-in-all it was a good day. My horse lost, but I picked the craziest one, so no surprises there. It was just nice to get out and experience something different!

Oh boy!

June 11, 2015

So here’s something I’ve been sitting on for about 4.5 months… My husband and I are expecting our first little one and we’ve just found out it’s a boy! We’re so excited to finally share the exciting news with everyone.

I’ve been hunting down baby goodies over the last few months and, while I couldn’t resist sharing one or two things, I can finally begin to share more with you as the baby and I grow. That doesn’t mean that I’m turning into a mummy blog, but I suppose you can expect a few more family posts. We’ll have to see how things develop!

Pictured above are two of the few purchases we’ve made so far. A vintage Fisher Price toy record player and the leopard blanket I wrote about previously. The record player is so cool– it’s essentially a wind-up music box, but seeing as hubby likes to play around on the decks, I thought this would be great for baby.

Looking forward to sharing more with you soon! x

Currently Obsessed with OYOY

June 9, 2015

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Do you ever get so excited when you discover something new that you’re heart starts racing? I couldn’t wait to share this with you! I was hunting down the source of a beautiful mirror the other day and ran across the delicious Danish home designs of OYOY in the process. This settles it– I love Denmark. I had a lovely time in Copenhagen and every time I find some kind of design I love, it’s invariably Danish. I told my husband last night that we should just run away and live there!

OYOY design fab home accessories, so the furniture you see in the photos above is not their work. Focus your eyes on the lovely textiles and the cork/wooden accessories. It’s a Scandinavian dream! Unfortunately, they don’t have their own web shop, so you’ll have to find one near you that carries what you’re after. They have some helpful links to web shops and locations around the world on their website if you spot something you’ve got to have. Hope you like!

Photos from OYOY