Instagraming the shit out of life

Once again January is nearly over and I’ve not written a word in weeks. Life got in the way again, and I’m not sorry about that.

My last post was actually a guest post written for Bad Mum in early December. For those that missed me, you can read it here. I can share it now as the news is official. My bestie Gravy, has totally made a baby!

I did hope to write a festive post in December as I usually get creative and wanted to share some of my festive makes and bakes. Instead, I want to talk Instagram shops.

I’m not recognised as a trendsetter (try this lady for that!) nor do I care too much to follow fashion closely. I just pick things I like and hope I don’t look too much like Stig of the dump…I’m definitely not a fashion blogger. However, I do like to shop Independent, and I’m not just talking clothes (just as well as I look like an oversized potato these days….) #dontdresslikethismum

Im talking, quirky cafes and bars, locally sourced produce, handmade arts and crafts, and personalised touches. I have a particular fondness for ‘Mama Merch’ as despite my Bad Mum post,  I am very much in awe of all those mamas that can get shit done and still create. You get the gist. I like to support small, local business’, whenever I can.

I was hoping to write this post closer to Christmas as it has been a long time coming but I’m going to share it now. We’re all getting over the expense of the holidays I know, but we can still look, right?

Here’s my favourite pick of Insta-Shops:

1. @BlackandBleech

www.blackandbleech.com

‘Alison’ necklace from Black and Bleech and T-shirt from La Totch

I absolutely love their ‘Scandi’ take on monochrome and these beaut beaded necklaces are rad. Handmade and contemporary, they are also practical and baby-friendly! They’re made from Food-Grade Silicon and unfinished wood. It’s a cool gift for a cool mama, and perfectly fine for baby to give it a good chew!
I was already a fan before I discovered (and subsequently won in a pre-Christmas giveaway) this cheeky, little number:

Coffee and Calpol from Black and Bleech

Coffee and Calpol. Medicine for mama, medicine for babe. Take note: the gift box service is spot on! #bestgiftwrap

2. @iamacrylic

www.iamacrylic.com

Battersea Power Station by I am Acrylic

These guys have been a favourite of mine for a few years now and I am still in love with them. Most of the jewellery is made from acrylic and it’s all hand cut by fret saw (no laser cutting here!). All pieces are individual and iconic.
On suspecting myself and Mr Intrepid had duplicated an order (we ordered the same thing, separately on the same day 😂) they contacted him to query if he’d ordered me a surprise present, and offered to cancel his order without giving the game away. Super, sweet service to go with the super, sweet products. #bestservice

3. @mresoeur

www.meresoeur.com

Mere Soeur Pin

This is my mama crush. Everything about Mere Soeur is uber hip. Madame Mere Soeur herself, is a powerful, positive role model for us womenfolk and her merch oozes strength, support and good vibes. Never underestimate the power of a girl gang. #bestgiftsforyourgalpals

4. @nor_folk_store

www.nor-folk.com

T-Shirts all by Nor-Folk

Nor-folk is a graphic design-led, lifestyle brand. It’s neutral, minimalist and timeless designs are ideal for everyone. Quality over Quantity, and perfect for monochrome lovers. I’m a big fan. #bestfortwinning

5. @weareenough

www.weareenough.co.uk

Jumper by We are Enough Co.
This is your reminder. Even on your darkest day, you can do this. I can do this. I am enough. We Are Enough Co merch empowers, unites and supports through good times and bad times. A percentage of profits go to charitable causes that do just that too. You got this. Strong, positive designs to empower. Very special. #bestforreassurance

6. @la.totch

www.latotch.com

This one is as fresh as they come. New mama business. Cute ‘Type’ monochrome tees supporting women. Definitely one to watch! #bestshopperbag

T-Shirt and Shopper bag by La Totch. Necklace by Black and Bleech.

7. @gisellastapletonart
www.gisellastapleton.com

Rebel, Khalo Thayer by Gisella Stapleton

Prince by Gisella Stapleton
Gisella is a Peruvian born Spanish artist based in London. Her work is particularly influenced by women and her blend of colours really bring her creations to life. She is a real inspiration and extremely talented. #bestcolours

Wild Tina by Gisella Stapleton

Gisella is currently exhibiting at Coya in Mayfair, London until 1st March.

8. @lennieandco
www.lennieandco.co.uk

Unisex Handscreen printed t-shirts and sweatshirts made with eco-friendly inks. Award winning (Junior Design Awards 2016) clothing for our little one. My own BV loves his tees from here. Fun designs to wear on fun days. I’m looking forward to getting him the new ‘bossy’ tee. #bestforfun

T-Shirts both by Lennie and Co

9. @amanzi_live_life_as_water
www.facebook.com/amanzi.live.life.as.water

No website for this one yet. Handmade in Cornwall (yay home county!) crocheted hats and blankets made to order. Fam-A-Lamb received a beautiful hat each as a gift and we just love them! Great for gifting (and receiving). Just ping them a message with your request! #bestforhandmade

Fam-A-Lamb hats by Amanzi Live Life as Water
This is proving to be quite a lengthy post as there are still a heap more cool shops I have not yet mentioned. Il carry on Instagramming the shit out of life for now but watch this space for a part 2!

Lindsay x

Hairy Maclary – How can anyone not love that little scruffy dog?

“So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall.”Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Now that I am back commuting, which is still so loathsome, I have welcomed back those 2 hours of my day to enjoy one of my pre-baby loves, reading.  Standing on a packed train with an elbow in my back, and an armpit in my face and a book (well, kindle) in my hand has become my new indulgence, if you can call it that. Reading has become once more so enjoyable, and I am grateful I have that time again.

I used to read a lot, and I love a book. However, I also have a kindle (courtesy of Mr Intrepid), that is great for commuting and travelling as it is so light and stores literally hundreds of books in it’s magical pages.

BV is loving books too. This makes me so happy. I was brought up as the only reader of a family of 7 (4 siblings). I could devour a book a day in my early teens and it is lovely to  think that junior may have a similar passion.  I married a book lover too so the odds are in our favour. We have been reading bedtime stories to BV since he was 5 months old, and now at 16 months it is obviously a favourite part of his day! He selects a few from his book shelf each night and we sit down to enjoy them whilst he has his bedtime milk.

With this in mind, I thought I may write a monthly review or two based on his current favourites.

First up, Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd

This is probably BV’s most favourite story. It was gifted to us by a friend of ours from NZ, just after he was born. I have read it so often for him, that it is now ingrained in my brain. I know all the words off by heart and it has become one of my favourites too. I mean, how can anybody not love that little scruffy dog?! BV loves dogs, and I am sure this book is responsible for that.  The illustrations are fab too.

cover

“Out of the gate, and off for a walk went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy….” 

This is a fun, rhyming story about small dog, Hairy Maclary.  He goes for a walk, collecting on route, his canine friends, and of course the scary, Scarface Claw (the toughest Tom in town!). Written and beautifully illustrated by Lynley Dodd more than 30 years ago, it is still as popular as ever, and is widely available worldwide.

This lovely book is my go-to for birthday presents for BV’s friends. What better way to give a gift from him, then with a copy of his favourite book.  As a champion of local, and independent retailers, I have bought many a copy of this book from my local favourite bookshop The Regency Bookshop in Surbiton. Follow them on Twitter @RegencyBookshop

BV Thumbs up rating: 10/10

This one is most definitely worth a read!

Lindsay