Thursday, 25 September 2014

A Super{dry} Fashion Night Out

For one night, 
London's most iconic shopping streets, 
Oxford and Regent Street, 
get transformed into a fashion catwalk. 

It's Fashion's Night Out, 
a special occasion for everyone to celebrate fashion 
and enjoy cocktails and exclusive shopping 
at some of the capital's most stylish boutiques. 

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Having received an invitation to Syperdry's FNO event 
at its flagship store in Regent Street, 
I set out to discover more about this British fashion label 
{no, it's not Japanese, just the graphics}. 

After receiving helpful styling advice 
by the very stylish Lilah Parsons 
and enjoying an acoustic set by the Fireflies, 
it was high time for some browsing.

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I knew Superdry from its signature casual streetwear 
{my younger brother is a fan}. 

What I didn't know was that Superdry 
was also the place to find superbly well tailored coats,  
pretty sequin dresses and stylish footwear.  

I was impressed by the brand's Premium label: 
the fabrics are of the highest quality, 
the tailoring is absolutely perfect 
{never seen so many stitched details} 
and the designs are fresh and classic at the same time. 

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My favourite picks from the Superdry AW14 collection 
would be this woollen city mac in a very chic deep navy colour 
{I'll be wearing it all winter long}, 
the sequin top and dress, 
and the gorgeous faux leather ankle boots.

In a nutshell: British design & tailoring at its best.

Shop the style: Coat £249.99, Boots £89.99, Top £64.99, Dress £69.99
Superdry flagship store, 103-113 Regent Street.

Disclosure: I was gifted an item from the AW14 collection.
All opinions & wording my own.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Brilliant Gifts: Illuminated Canvas

You know that feeling when your adorable child 
wakes up at 03:00 am demanding that you turn on the light 
to scare away the monster hiding behind the curtain?

Well, this has been happening a lot lately 
in A Mum in London's casa, 
where daunted by the prospect of yet another broken sleep
we decided it was high time for a radical solution.

A nightlight.

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This is exactly what prompted two parents 
to set up Illuminated Canvas
a company that creates the most amazing wall art:  

A canvas with incorporated LED lights 
that brightens up the walls and gives warmth to the room. 

Plus, the canvas doubles up as a very stylish nightlight. 
Win-win all around.

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Their children ranges feature canvases with adorable illustrations 
that can be personalised with the child's name,  
as well as the elegant Alphabet range, 
where you get to choose from a variety of letterings and colours. 

It really makes an ideal present 
for christenings, baby showers and birthdays. 

The handmade canvas is of high quality 
and the colourful illustrations 
are a welcome touch in your child's room 
{read: the Toddler welcomed his with enthusiastic clapping}. 

There is also a home range 
{I love this happy yellow one, perfect for a kitchen}, 
a wedding and a Christmas range. 

And they can also create canvasses 
from your favourite photos or your child's artwork. 

After all this, it really comes as no surprise 
that Illuminated Canvas has been voted Gift of the Year 
and has won many awards. 

In a nutshell: a brilliantly unique gift!

View all the ranges at Illuminated Canvas.
Prices from £34.95, choose from two sizes.

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Monday, 22 September 2014

A Chelsea Blowdry: Duck & Dry

'Make everyday a good hair day'. 

This is what the brand new Duck & Dry in Chelsea 
promises to achieve. 

The chic salon on the Kings Road is keeping things simple: 
it offers blowdries, up-dos, and the occasional trim. 

Ah, and drinks and nibbles 
to get pampered in style. 

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You can choose from a stunning selection 
of eight signature blowdries and eight up-dos, 
created by hair stylist to the stars  
and the salon's creative director, Snowden Hill.  

All styles come at a fixed price 
regardless of hair length: 
blowdries are priced at £25 and updos at £35. 

What's more, they can be performed on dry hair, 
a practical solution if you need to look your best in no time. 

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Duck & Dry also caters for the little ones,  
providing stylish dos for children under 12 
{perfect on special occasions}. 

You can book in advance or simply pop by 
{walk ins are welcome}; 
the salon is open all day, everyday. 

And now Wahanda have partnered with Duck & Dry, 
you can book your treatment through Wahanda  
(using the code DUCKANDDRY) 
and get £10 off the booking.


Duck & Dry, 335-337 Kings Road, tel: 02034899370
Nearest Tube station: Fulham Broadway

Thursday, 18 September 2014

For the Love of Jeans

Jeans can be a girl's best friend. 

They are there for you every day 
{with a white top & sneakers}, 
but will also accompany you on a glamour night out 
{with a sequin top & high heels}. 

They slim your figure like no other garment, 
and will always be the first 
to remind you to cut back on those treats. 

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So, choosing a pair of jeans is an important task 
if you want to get it right. 

Enter JQ Jeans

JQ Jeans is an Italian brand 
manufacturing the most well fitting jeans 
I've seen in a while. 

Made exclusively in Italy using the best materials, 
JQ jeans are renowned for their flattering fit 
which sculpts the body and sublimes the curves. 

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JQ Jeans' collection ranges 
from classic denim cuts to beautiful novelty denims,  
{I love the one with the flocked stars pictured above}. 

The denim is of the highest quality 
with hand finished details.

The fabric is so stretchy and light,  
that this is by far 
the most comfortable pair of jeans in my wardrobe. 

And with various lengths and waistband heights,  
finding the perfect pair of jeans 
has never been easier. 

JQ Jeans, made in Italy, see the collection.

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

The British Museum with Kids

The British Museum never figured on my list 
of toddler-friendly activities in London. 

Maybe because of its collections 
{toddlers are not very keen on ancient statues} 
or because of the big crowds of visitors  
who flock from all over the world. 

So, when the Museum invited us 
to a special event for families, 
the Toddler and I set out to discover 
how child-friendly the British Museum really is. 

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Eight Mummies

The event took place at the Ancient Lives New Discoveries exhibition, 
where one can see eight perfectly preserved, never unwrapped mummies 
and discover their secrets with the help of technology. 

Along with an overly enthusiastic Toddler 
who kept talking about 'kissing the mummies', 
we followed the family trail.   

The Toddler had the chance to uncover hidden amulets, 
spot ancient toys and see what's inside the mummies 
{sounds spookier than it really is}.

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Only Children Allowed

Since it was a 'families only' event, 
there were lots of children and one didn't feel bad 
about their children speaking loud 
or tapping on the glass to 'wake up the mummy'. 

The museum's staff was very helpful 
with storing the buggies and providing information 
{fold-up pushchairs are stored for free in the cloakroom}, 
while the Gallery café has a kids eat free policy 
when you buy an adult meal. 

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Child-Friendly British Museum

The British Museum has many free activities 
for children of all ages; 
you can visit the Families' Desk to collect 
activity backpacks, trails and art materials. 

For children under 5 there are 
two especially designed trails and two new sessions: 
Little feet: all wrapped up, a journey to ancient Egypt through the senses
{28 November, 10:30-12:00, free drop in} 
and Little feet: mess it up, an exploration through messy play and art creation 
{5 December & 8 December, 10:30-12:00, free, limited spaces}.

The British Museum also plans to establish special family views 
for their upcoming exhibitions. 

We can't wait!

The British Museum, Great Russell Street, open daily 10:00-17:30. Admission free.
Nearest Tube stations are Holborn & Tottenham Court Road.
Find out more about the British Museum's family activities