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Stella and Dot

9 May

Hi folks ✨

I don’t know if many of you have heard of the company: Stella & Dot? I hadn’t until I was asked to write a review on one of their gorgeous products. Immediately I googled them to find a little background… I love what I read. The company was originally founded in 2004 in Autin, Texas, by a young Mammy. A Mammy who wanted to be able to work & be flexible giving her optimum time at home with her babies. Now, as new Mammy myself… I can totally identify this. Over a few years the company gained a partner & rebranded itself with the new name of Stella & Dot… Which came from the CEO’s & Co-Creators Grandmothers. They named the company after the ladies who inspired them. Again I love this! I was so close to my Nana before she passed. Still to this day she inspires me. So… Already before receiving my product – I loved this company & what it stood for ✨

I was sent the stunning Crosby Hobo Bag priced at £105. 

This bag is simply delicious!!! The first thing that sprang to mind when seeing this bag was the Victoria Beckham Mini Triangle Collection. Now, the VB bags retail for over £1,500… So this bag is a total snip! It’s just as eye catching & the quality is fabulous. 

This bag can be worn in two ways… Over the shoulder or as a messenger. The shoulder strap easily unclips to create a longer strap. Inside the bag there is a zipped pocket along with 2 open pockets ideal for your smart phone/device, keys & that all important lippy! 

Being a Mammy, it’s so important to have a rather roomy bag on my shoulder, this bag is very spacious. The closure of the bag is a single strap with magnetic button fastening – so it’s great for being able to dive into it in a flash when you’re rooting around for that all important hand sanitiser & pack of baby wipes! 

I’ve had so many compliments on this bag since receiving it. I think it’s the combination of colours… It’s really eye catching without being too in your face. This bag also comes in a lovely cream colour. Both are very summery ☀️ I’ve loved using mine this weekend whilst it’s been so hot & sunny. 

If you would like to browse the collection you can find it here. You can also keep up to date with new products via Facebook here.

I like to think of myself as a bit of a handbag connoisseur ☺️ this bag definitely ticks all of the right box’s! There are also plenty accessories to go with the bag too! Pouch, Scarf, Jewellery & lets not even mention the watches!!! I mean… Have you seen the watches!? They’re GORGEOUS!!! You can also stack the watches with bangles & bracelets to give them a unique look. If you were to stack up your watch with extra bangles – you’d be sorted for birthdays & Christmases! You could give friends & family the shopping link & get them to buy them for you! Everyone’s a winner! People never know what to buy you… & no one likes a pointless gift. So why not submit a wish list ✨ I’ve totally got my peepers focused on the rose gold beauty ✨ PRETTY! 

With wedding season almost upon us – you should check out the range of earrings & necklaces. There’s everything from simple & classic to bold & statement. Perfect if you’re the Bride, Bridesmaid or Guest 💕

I hope this review has given you lots of arm candy inspiration ✨ 

Thanks Stella & Dot ❤️

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Pregnancy, Push Presents & Pretty Things 

29 Feb

Hi folks ✨

Well, this past week has been purely dedicated to sorting out Baby Bears nursery. I’ve been sorting & folding all of his clothes & arranging them into size order. I’ve not been well, so I’ve been trying to be as productive as possible. Sitting & organising is something that I can definitely do  

   I think our little poppet has an outfit for any occasion. It’s a good job I have my name down for a few baby groups/classes already as he’ll need a good social life to get everything worn at least once! 
Couldn’t help but buy a few more books too for his reading corner  

 You really do not need to spend much money at all when it comes to finding lovely books for kids. I picked these two up in Poundland. The illustrations in ‘Jellyfish are Disgusting!’ are utterly stunning. Such a lovely little book. I think I’ve read most of the books to him already… So hoeofully when he’s born there’ll all be very familiar to him.

I wrote a blog post a wee while back about Subtle Whispers. Well, you’ll be able to remember that I was sent a gorgeous luxury hamper from their stunning baby range. The basket it came in was so beautiful that I needed to somehow use it in his nursery. It’s just too lovely not to use. I decided to use it on his changing station in his nursery  

 It’s big enough to hold 2 packs of wipes, 10 diapers & cream. In fact I’d be able to add cotton balls too. I love the basonette shape. I love a useful gift. The baby hampers they sell are fantastic! The garments inside are beautiful quality. You need to head to their website 💙  

 I’ve been discussing the idea of ‘push presents’ on social media over this last week. It turns out that there was an even split on who received them & who didn’t. If you’re not familiar with the term – it’s basically a gift for new Mammy’s after they’ve given birth. Obviously the greatest gift you’ll ever receive after your pregnancy is holding your little miracle. But I wouldn’t me if I didn’t totally take advantage of this ‘push’ present malarkey! So… Of course I went window shopping for a new handbag ☺️ I can confirm I’ve chosen a beautiful tote that I’ll be allowed to have once our Prince has arrived. In fact… I’ve been researching the ‘perfect’ Mammy bags… Not changing bags… But an additional handbag that’s Mammy friendly. So look out for that blog post coming up soon. I know I’m becoming a Mammy & many people tell me I won’t ever use a bag again apart from a diaper bag & I’ll not be me anymore blah blah blah… But I can honestly say that I will always be me. I will always love bags. I will always love make up. I have plenty friends who have children & kept their personalities. Life will change, well life already has changed really, but I’ll always be Hayley. 

I’ve also sent my parents the ‘push present memo’ too lol. Shy Bairns get nowt as my Nana used to say. Gosh I wish she was here to meet her Great-Grandson 💙 

Back to bags though… I’ve bought Baby Bear a handmade diaper wallet  

 I love it. It’s oil cloth so will wipe down really easily. There is a velcro fastening & has 3 large pockets inside. There’s enough room for 5 diapers, travel changing mat & wipes. I thought this would be handy for when you’re out in a restaurant etc… And you want to pop to the loo without lugging your diaper bag. It looks so cute in his changing bag.  

 So this week… I have tests, scans & a dentist appointment. Tomorrow is a full afternoon at hospital. I have another scan & there’s lots of tests they want to carry out. There’s also some complications I need to flag up too with my consultant. Pain is getting pretty bad at times & I’m having problems with some previous surgery complications. Let’s hope I’ll find out when my baby bears delivery day will be 💙 we so cannot wait to meet him ✨ 

So that’s what I’ve been up too… Not a lot really lol. 

I’m gonna leave this post here – thanks so much for reading! 

Have a fantastic Monday! 

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx