A family photo shoot

For my birthday this year, I decided to gift myself a family photo shoot. Laurence and I are often behind the camera. We rarely think of getting someone to take photos of all of us. I’d wanted to do one when Talitha was around a year but we never got around to it. In many ways, it feels like it makes more sense doing it now that both girls are here. A few of my friends have had their photos taken by Bristol family and newborn photographer Annie Crossman. We liked her work and have met her before (she used…

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My Mehndi inspired half sleeve tattoo

After dreaming about it for the last ten years (so I’m a bit of an over-thinker) and never getting around to it, partly because I’m rubbish at spending money on myself, I finally got my half-sleeve tattoo today. It’s Mehndi inspired (I’m borderline obsessed with henna patterns) and it features a hummingbird. I guess there is a bit of meaning there. Trinidad and Tobago is the land of the hummingbird. Hummingbirds are tiny but fierce and free. Mythologically, they represent eternity. That’s probably quite fitting for a tattoo. But, honestly? Hummingbirds are just pretty. For my birthday, Laurence surprised me…

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Hauser & Wirth Somerset

A few weeks ago, Laurence’s parents treated the family to lunch at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, in Bruton, to celebrate a birthday. It’s a modern art gallery and restaurant with a truly exciting garden. I’d love to visit again for the garden alone. I don’t feel like I fully took it in and so much thought has gone into what to plant where. Laurence and his brothers went to school in Bruton and it amuses the family no end that what they’ve known as a somewhat sleepy little Somerset town is becoming a hotspot for art and culture, and really…

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What I wore: Jumper love

It may have taken a while to get here but now it’s certainly time for layering up. Despite having grown up in a hot country, cold weather style is one of the things I look forward to as Autumn and Winter approach. Anyway, there is a story to this jumper. A few weeks ago I was having a Very Bad Day. Like, what-am-I-doing-with-my-life kind of bad. I even ended up throwing a mini hissy fit over not having any jumpers that were warm but not too warm. I know. What dignity. Laurence kissed me goodbye and went off to a…

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What she wore – Collecting leaves

Laurence has been working from home this week, which has been a little weird. He’s there but not really. He has this fancy shmancy start-stop-clock-app thing (me – a technophobe?) to keep track of his hours. If I’m in, I physically have to restrain myself from handing him the baby. So, to his relief, the girls and I have been going out lots. Yesterday, that meant a trip to Blaise Park in North Bristol. House of Fraser sent us the outfit Talitha’s wearing, to feature, so it seemed the perfect opportunity to snap away. I find activities like walks and…

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What I wore: London Retro

Our trip to Trinidad and Tobago called for new sunglasses. How could it not? Going with two small children may have meant that I didn’t spend the holiday sunbathing by the pool, sipping cocktails, but the elegance of these London Retro frames afforded me a little bit of glamour every day. Sunglasses Shop sent me this stylish London Retro Nancy pair in black (RRP £50), and I’m wearing them everywhere as if I’m still on holiday. They’re just a little bit quirky without being over the top. They were also dark enough to prevent me from squinting out at Laurence…

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What I wore: Dots

Yesterday I finally wore one of the first truly new items of clothing I’d bought in a long time, as in, years. I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve bought even second hand clothes in the last few years too. The result is that many things in my wardrobe either don’t fit, don’t reflect my personal style or are worn out beyond hope of repair! Nice. I feel like I had a real release from the tyranny of appearance, for lack of a better way to put it, when Talitha was born. I didn’t worry…

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