Cooking in style

My Mum can’t cook unless she’s wearing an apron. I’ve always viewed it as something reserved for grown ups, which apparently I now am. Apron appreciation is basically one step up from tea towels. We have hundreds of tea towels and I wash, iron and change them frequently. Nothing worse than a smelly jay cloth and a mucky tea towel. There are tea towels out there which are so very very pretty, they’d be happier viewed in a frame than wiping down dishes and dirty hands. Aprons, it seems, are going the same way, they are the must have kitchen accessory for the fashion conscious cook. I have a few and I wear them all. I have a denim one with swallows made for me by my sister in law, a striped one made by my brother’s godmother using the fabric we had on the tables at our wedding, one with a large yellowTea Rex (obviously) and I even dabbled in making my own three tiered skirt apron which I love. It’s the perfect thing to wear when I’m not entirely sure about my outfit. It compliments a jean or plain dress beautifully and sends out all kinds of homely messages.

I’m always on the look out for lovely aprons and Anthropologie may have just about the prettiest I’ve ever seen. You could quite easily wear any of these over something very ordinary indeed and you’d be the belle of the ball – even if someone else is hosting the party. You just have to remember the behind, aprons do magical things to your front view but you will need to turn round at some point so beware.






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Short and sweet

I found them! Go to KIDS, then Boys Age 8 – 14, then Shoes and ta-daaah “Basketball Shoes” in almost grown up sizes (up to size 6) for £7.99

I treated myself to the bright pink and grey, they should arrive today. They may be terrible but I’ll be sure to report back. Sadly I don’t think they have the elasticated laces and velcro but perhaps that would be one step too far for a thirty something.


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A stolen Summer

This title makes it sound much more romantic than it actually is. What I mean by “stolen” is stolen by children and housework and guests and work and anything else which has taken me away from writing posts on my blog.

And now, I have nothing to say or rather I have so much to say that I don’t know where to start. I could tell you about the wonderful Wilderness Festival which was just about the best weekend I can remember, I could tell you about children’s parties and the sleepless pressure of bouncy castle hire vs weather forecasts. I could tell you about the emotional wonderment of welcoming my very first real blood nephew in to the world and I could tell you about my new kitchen…which obviously doesn’t really compare to my nephew but has also made me very happy indeed. I’m desperate to tell you about my Anthropologie rug (sale bargain) which is possibly the most grown up purchase I’ve ever made and my Andy Warhol reproduction Campbells soup tins – complete with soup and all the way from USA.

There’s so much to tell. I’m going to start writing tonight and I won’t stop until I’ve remembered it all.

For now though I’m going to leave you with these perfectly brilliant shoes from H&M kids which have seen the boys very stylishly and cheaply through the entire Summer and are still going strong. They come in so many fantastic colours and have elasticated laces and velcro fastening, all for just £5.99. I just wish they did them in adult sizes – for the same price.


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