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Top 5 Indie Christmas Shopping in Cambridge: A.K.A Where to send your other half

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Indie & Pop style shopping : Gestuz available at Boudoir Femme. You might get a drink too ūüėČ

A gift should be for life, not just for Christmas.

In the first part of the Indie & Pop Christmas Shopping Edits I’m shining a halo over 5 of my favourite Cambridge independent boutiques; a where to shop not necessarily what to shop because each of these retailers have such an incredible curation of pieces that you simply cannot go wrong.

So much so, it’s where Mr O goes to guarantee gift joy. This post might be one to print off & stick somewhere obvious…

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Indie & Pop Charts: Top 10 Beauty products to make you feel better

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Feel good things in small packages

Ah, there’s nothing quite like a Hospital stay to make you appreciate the little things in life &, moreover, LIFE itself. Having spent a vast amount of time at God Bless Hotel NHS, I can speak with a fair bit of authority & experience when it comes to what to take in your Hospital Bag & what stuff to have on standby if, like me, you often end up there via ambulance unexpectedly & leave a bewildered significant other to do the packing for you.

These are things that are guaranteed to make you feel & possibly look a bit better when you’re feeling crappy full stop. They all make excellent gifts & are perfect pick-me-ups for busy Mums or Mums to be especially.

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The Indie & Pop Charts: A Top 10 of life enhancing stuff

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Making my world a brighter place: Business Cards / Business Card Holder / Cosmetics & similar MakeUp Bag / Neckaces c/o SWYC / Similar Notebook / Pom Pom Bedspread

This is your chance to tune in to the things that have rocked my world recently because they might just rock yours, too. A list of things to make you look good, feel good or that just DO good.

NB: Although it’s a Chart they’e not really in any particular order of preference. You can play D.J with the Mix.

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Getting my Greens at (m)ARKET: My visit to ARKET, London

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It’s easy being GREEN at ARKET, the latest store launch from the H&M Group. Photo by Sophie Osborne

I can’t remember the last time I felt this excited about a new chain store launch. Hailing from the stable of one my ultimate High Street heroes, H&M (I still call it Hennes), I’ve been awaiting ARKET‘s arrival to UK shores with excitement; signing up to the Mailing List as soon as I heard the first whispers of the concept online.

I made it down to the shiny new store on Regent Street, London at the first opportunity. It didn’t disappoint. I’m already planning my visit to the newest (& even bigger) Long Acre branch.

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Inspirational Women: Mary Portas

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Part 2: What I’ve got in common with Mary Portas

‘Mary Portas meets Mary Poppins’ it boldly claims in my Bio.¬†Well what have I got in common with Queen Of Shops –¬†Mary Portas?

As foremost authority on the UK Retail landscape & hero of the High Street, I’ve not got much in¬†common¬†when it comes to comparing her wealth of expertise. What I have got though is the desire for change. Have you?

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Flowers of Liberty First Birthday Party

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Liberty Print Cake Topper / Rainbow Cake / Vintage ‘Elysian’ Liberty Print fabric as tablecloth / DIY Floral ‘P’ Monogram made with The Trove Cambridge at #CamMama

Kids’ Parties. Love them or loathe them, if you have children you’re going to be attending them &/or hosting a lot of them for many years to come. Personally, I’m in love with the idea of & ideas for them – oh, so many themes! – even if the reality turns into a swarm of sugar-fuelled chaos.

When it came to celebrating Poppy’s First Birthday I was determined to host a get together. She’d had a rocky time¬†throughout that year with her health & her condition so we wanted to gather all our friends & family together to mark the occasion in style. I’ll admit it was completely self-indulgent; no baby actually remembers the event itself, do they? Yet¬†she’ll always be able to look back on the photographs & keepsakes from her very first party. Continue reading

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My Soap Box: How a bar of soap can add a bit of luxury to your life

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‘Roll up your sleeves, give your hands a wash with slippy, dippy soap…’¬†(Damn you CBeebies). Some of the¬†soaps in the mix at our house. (Not Justin’s).

How many times did you wash your hands¬†today? I was almost at half a dozen before Breakfast.¬†I’m going to preach a bit now on prioritising satisfaction¬†over simple sanitation. Yep, soap. Humble stuff & often overlooked. Whether liquid or solid, it’s something we all use¬†& can just see¬†as an essential purchase; perhaps chucked in your basket/trolley/online order without much thought or opting for whichever brand is on offer.

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Switched On Shopping

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Have some fun as you shop this Christmas in Cambridge (Image)

With Festive¬†events already popping up over the City & beyond, this Weekend heralds the official start of the Christmas Shopping Season in Cambridge with The Big Switch On. With so many events on offer locally, we’re spoiled for choice but, as a busy Mum, I’ve had to prioritise a few¬†favourites.¬†I’ve compiled my¬†Indie & Pop¬†picks for you with some ideas on where to shop & key dates for your Diary. One of my friends commented that my evenings lately looked ‘glamorous’ – well,¬†they’ve all been completely FREE¬†to attend & there’s more to come…

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Indie Undies

 

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The cheek of it – there’s some dirty stains in the Lingerie business. Cheekfrills is championing ethical production.

Underwear, bras, knickers, pants, vests, briefs, drawers, the lovely & chic sounding¬†‘lingerie’ (I draw the line at ‘panties’). Whatever you call them,¬†I don’t seem to opt for much middle ground when it comes to my undergarments. It’s either high-end fancy frippery lace, silk & frills (read: expensive) Vs. flesh hued or black multipack basics, comfortable cottons & seam-free styles (read: boring). I realised long ago no matter your size or shape, a bit of snug shapewear is also superb for smoothing out your stuff when the occasion calls for it. A good fit is usually my number one priority regardless of garment style. We all wear them but probably don’t may pay that much attention to where they’re from¬†let alone who made them. Have a peep now –¬†I just checked the label on my knickers ‘Made in Cambodia’.

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