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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

Boutique Baby

7 Apr

Hi folks ✨

Who doesn’t love a great quality product!? I’ve found a little gem of a boutique called Subtle Whispers. You’ll probably remember a little while back I was sent a beautiful hamper 💙

When packing my hospital bag ready for Seth’s birth-day I packed him the baby shawl, hat & baby grow. So stunning  

 Before I headed down to theatre, I got his crib ready for him next to my hospital bed. I have to say… His crib was the most beautiful on the ward until we got our private room. 

As soon as he came out of theatre he had his little hat on  

   These items have been washed like a million times already & they wash so well! They need no special attention… Simply throw them in the washer with some non-bio & hey presto… Beautiful clean garments once more. 
Seth is now 3wks old & he’s still rocking the SW babygrow  

 I love the simple logo against the crisp white… It gives the garments such a simple classic look. I’ve had so many compliments already on how ‘posh’ Seth looks. 

If you’re looking for a gift or something special for your little one… Look no further than Subtle Whispers Baby & Little Rascals range. You will not be disappointed! 💙

You can find their range here: http://www.subtlewhisper.com/product-category/babies-little-rascals/ 

Don’t forget to look them up on social media too! 

I have added a direct link on my website too under the review section: www.hayleythorne.co.uk

Thanks again for reading! 

Love & huggles,

Hayley & Seth xxx

Being a Glammy Mammy to Be

15 Feb

Hi folks ✨

I hope you’ve all had an amazing Valentines weekend ❤️

Over this last week I’ve been out & about wearing my stunning maternity dresses that I was sent from Mothercare.

On Tuesday I went out for tea & cake with a friend to one of my favourite places in the little Village where I live. I decided to wear my Oh Ma! Grey & Navy Knitted Maternity Dress which is priced at £40. This dress is so lovely, comfortable & fits perfectly over my bump. I’m now 33 weeks pregnant & my bump is increasing everyday – I’m already pretty big in the bump department haha. 

There are no zips or buttons. So this literally just pulls on which is great. The knit is very generous too. Before becoming pregnant I was a size 12 & now I’m a size 16. The dress I’m wearing is a large. It’s great as it’s roomy & not restricting at all. I’m actually considering taking this into hospital with me & wearing it as my outfit for coming home in. I wore the dress with a pair of black maternity leggings. I love the dress as I felt trendy & glam. I’ve found that some maternity brands can make you feel fat & frumpy. I’d seriously recommend this garment… you could easily dress it up or down with the right make up & jewelry. 

 The second dress I was sent to try is the Blooming Marvelous Stripped Midi Dress priced at £32. Like the Oh Ma! dress, this dress has no buttons, zips or fastenings. It’s a pull on style of dress. I went for the size 16 & it’s a very generous fit with plenty room to grown into. I wore the dress with a pair of black maternity tights. Yet again – super comfy & I felt really nice & dressed in it. I actually wore this Valentine’s weekend. 

 I found that the colours & design are super flattering & I even got a few compliments on it. Now a compliment is always very much appreciated when you feel the size of a whale! Again, with the right jewelry, make up & accessories – this dress can easily be dressed up. 

 The great thing about both dresses are the lengths. ‘Non-maternity’ wear can ride up & make you feel a little exposed. Both dresses are a great length. I’m 5ft 8″ & the lengths are perfect. 

Now I just need to get more social events scheduled in so I can show off my lovely dresses!

I was also sent a lovely pale pink Night Dress & Robe Set priced at £30. 

 I’ve popped these straight into my hospital bag ready to take in with me for when my little bambino arrives. I will give a more in depth review of the robe & nightdress after my hospital stay. But, what I can say is that I love that it’s breast feeding friendly with drop down clip/straps. I have this in a size large – well you want your night wear nice & loose & roomy don’t you. The robe is perfect for hospital as it’s a lovey thin cotton. Anything thicker is just too stiffling for when you’re in hospital as it’s always so hot & stuffy in there.

 Last but by no means least… I was also sent the Mamascarf in Navy which is priced at £17.99. Again, my full review will come after my beautiful bambino arrives. I’m super excited to try the Mamascarf as I’ve been a little anxious about the thought of breastfeeding in public. I’m such a clumsy person & the thought of exposing myself in public just fills me with dread. But this beautiful scarf will hopefully protect my modesty. So please keep your peepers peeled for that!

Well, once again – I hope you’ve found this review useful & thanks so much for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx