It’s not often I write a post about men’s fashion, but after putting together a board for Pinterest all about our enduring love affair with striped clothing, I started to wonder if there was any good stripey fashion out there for men too and after a little research, I discovered that stripes are everywhere in the new spring/summer ranges for the high street.

So for those of you who (like me) tend to “help” their men’s wardrobe a little by making the odd purchase for them (not just me surely?) I thought I’d share a few of my picks for spring/summer 2015. All these selections may well be new, but they have a certain timeless appeal which means they’ll be wardrobe staples for years to come .


1) Multi Stripe Rugby Shirt, Boden, £55
2) Fabric Belt, H&M, £7.99
3) Vans stripe plimsols, Very, £36.50
4) Hooded Jacket, H&M, £14.99
5) Howick Butcher Stripe Swim Short, House Of Fraser, £30
6) Thomas Pink Latitude Stripe, House Of Fraser, £79
7) Padstow Pique Sweat, Crew, £55

Do you have a favourite amongst my stripey selection? Don’t forget, if you’re looking for some ladies stripey fashion inspiration, feel free to check out my Pinterest board…

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  • March 25, 2015 - 9:17 pm

    Donna - I absolutely love that hoodie. The kids and I love nautical stripes but need to get Hubby in on the action! xReplyCancel

I have been feeling under the weather for the last few weeks. Nothing serious, but enough to rob me of energy and to laugh in the face of plans I had made. I’ve been forced to slow down, which I almost never do and to spend time sitting still and (horrors!) even napping during the day. It hasn’t all been bad, I think the rest of the family had probably forgotten what I look like when I’m not a blur buzzing round doing things and Theo has found it a novelty to watch CBeebies with Mummy instead of on his own, but I am slowly coming out of the other side of it and ready to start doing stuff again.


And it’s funny how the phrase I picked to sum up the last few weeks was “under the weather”, because the springtime sunshine this weekend, has really felt like part of the cure. On Sunday morning we went to Stansted Park for a dog walk and marveled at the subtle, but definite changes to the landscape since we were last there in January and then in the afternoon we wandered across the fields near our house for a paddle in the sea.

beach2203_2_editI love standing on the shore on a sunny afternoon and listening to the sounds of the harbour, a dog barking across the water, the cry of curlews rippling through the air and the water slowly trickling through the rocks as the tide recedes.

There’s lots I should be doing this week, but I think I shall spend a chunk of my time in the cabin starting a new quilt, away from the phone and the postman and the daily distractions that bog us all down and I’ll try not to give up entirely on watching Cbeebies on the sofa with Theo by my side.

Linking up with…

Living Arrows
  • March 23, 2015 - 10:34 am

    fashion-mommy - I agree totally, my mood lifts considerably on lovely sunny days. I love nothing better than spending time outdoors with my little boy.


  • March 23, 2015 - 10:39 am

    Agata @BarkTime - This is so true, a little bit of sunshine and everything looks so much better around us.ReplyCancel

  • March 23, 2015 - 8:39 pm

    Em @snowingindoors - I LOVE that first photo, just gorgeous! I’m glad you’re starting to feel better, have fun with the quilting and Cbeebies xxxReplyCancel

  • March 23, 2015 - 10:40 pm

    City Coastal Lifestyle - I had it too, slept thru all of January and some of February, took E to school, came home slept from 9-2 then again when she got home! Was horrible pleased you’re feeling better too! Love the beach here, it is very invigorating and revitalising esp when the sun makes an appearance xReplyCancel

  • March 24, 2015 - 8:11 pm

    Polka Dot Family - unny days really do lift my mood, I adore your first photoReplyCancel

Last week a stylist and photographer from Ideal Home Magazine came to photograph our bathroom for a forthcoming issue. I shared a few photos on social media which prompted some questions about what it’s like to have Ideal Home magazine photograph your home, so I thought I’d do a post to tell you a bit more about the experience, if there’s anything I missed please feel free to ask further questions in the comments!

Ideal home photo shoot

How did the shoot come about?

When we finished the work on our house last year a journalist who works regularly with our architect approached us about featuring the house. As a result of that in December Self Build & Design magazine ran a general feature on the house makeover. The journalist was able to do a lot of her research from things I had written on the blog and as a result of seeing the post about our bathroom she suggested Ideal Home Magazine featured it

Did you get paid?

A favourite question! No we didn’t, but the stylist Dilly did bring some lovely M&S goodies for us all to have for lunch

Why did we do it?

I’m always slightly wary about publicity for the sake of publicity, but I was really curious about styled shoots and wanted to know how a professional photographer would shoot the bathroom differently from me and also how much of my own stuff would be cast aside in favour of prettier props the stylist brought with her.

UntitledWhat was the experience like?

Dilly & David were both delightful and allowed me to be involved in the day, watching as they made decisions and David humouring me as I asked questions about his set up. They were there for most of the day, but it wasn’t rushed and we had time for cups of tea and a chat in between working. I’d invite them back again tomorrow!

What did the pros do differently?

The  first thing David did differently to me was taking the bathroom door off its hinges! By doing that he was able to get a really nice view of the wallpaper and bath with the towel rail in the foreground. David also brought lights to balance out the lighting in the bathroom and he took a photo of the basin with the tap running, simple but effective! As far as styling, I was quite pleasantly surprised that all my things weren’t discarded as being unphotogenic! Dilly added some really lovely stripey towels and a few pretty toiletries, but everything else was either in the room  to begin with or was borrowed from other areas of the house. I was quite amused that a cushion I made years ago with a lighthouse design on it actually got put into shot, as I didn’t think it was that great!


What did you learn?

Dilly has guided me towards some decisions about our bedroom and promised (threatened!) to come back and shoot the finished room when I have done them. It was great to have another eye to look at the room and back up some ideas I had and introduce others and whilst David did do some things differently to me, I still think I photographed the room to the best of my abilities at the time. The main thing I learned though is how us bloggers put ourselves under pressure to achieve things in a fraction of the time with a fraction of the resources that the professionals have!

When is the feature published?

It will be in the July issue which is out at the end of May, although confusingly the exterior of our house is also in the May issue which is out at the end of this month.

Other posts you might like about our house…

  • March 19, 2015 - 12:28 pm

    Rachel - Wow, this was fascinating, I can’t wait to see the magazine now, I am going to buy it to be nosey xReplyCancel

  • March 19, 2015 - 12:33 pm

    Caroline Mentzer - How exciting to get your home in Ideal Home Mag – I especially thought David taking the door off the hinges to shoot was a great idea. Can’t wait to see the updates Dilly suggested.ReplyCancel

  • March 19, 2015 - 9:26 pm

    Donna - What an amazing experience! I don’t think I’ll be taking doors off hinges every time I redecorate a room just to get better photos but it’s nice to know that your styling is pretty good as it is :) xReplyCancel

While I was browsing online yesterday I stumbled across a competition with some amazing prizes that Thomas Cook are running for bloggers. To take part you need to share at least one photo for each of the four elements. The deadline is midnight tonight (eek!) so sadly there was no time to compose fresh images to suit the brief, but I did manage to raid my photos and find a few to fit the bill…

“Perspectives” (Water)

The beach huts at West Wittering are always a popular subject for photographers and it’s a challenge to capture them in an original way. I took this photo in November last year and at first glance people often struggle to work out what’s happening in the picture, but it’s simply that the image is reversed. The description for this category in the competition talks of water being “fluid and formless” so I like the idea of playing with perspectives.


“Lock & Chain” (Earth)

This category “represents the hard, solid objects of the earth.” I have already seen some stunning entries of beautiful landscapes so I am pretty confident that this is a group I don’t stand a chance of winning! My entry is a picture of some wonderful texture and colour of a locked door which I took in Omodos village in Cyprus. I love the way the blues and oranges sit side by side in parts of the door.

Light painting @ Duffus Castle, Northern Scotland [Explored]“Duffus Castle” (Fire)

This photo was taken on a very cold winter night in Northern Scotland. The grounds and ruins of Duffus Castle are open to the public at all hours of the day and night, making it a beautiful place to explore and play with light painting. The “fire” in this shot is a sphere created by a torch swung on a rope.

Maypole“Maypole” (Air)

The brief for air describes it as “things that grow, expand and enjoy freedom of movement” I debated including a shot of the Red Arrows for this one, but thought about their rigid metal chasis and uniform routines and instead plumped for the multi-coloured strands of a maypole dancing in the summer air. This photo was taken at the Weald & Downland Museum in Sussex.

The prizes for the #ExploreTheElements competition include a choice of a Macbook Pro (my main motivation for entering as mine is on its last legs!) a Fujifilm X-T1 camera and an Apple iPhone 6, with and an overall prize of an incredible £5000 travel fund. In the unlikely event I were to win the top prize, I’d use it to tick two things off my travel wishlist. The rather modest desire to spend a weekend in Barcelona, but also a longer family trip to the east coast of Canada to visit Prince Edward Island.

As part of entry to the competition I have to nominate another five bloggers to take part. I apologise for the absurdly short notice, but if they want to take part they are as follows…

Em from Snowing Indoors
Mini Travellers
Stephanie at Life at 139a
Carina at City Coastal LifestyleKirsty & Clara at My Two Mums

  • March 16, 2015 - 3:45 pm

    Amy and Lucy Robinson - You have beautiful photos, especially to ust ‘find’ them in your photo collection. I didn’t know about the competition but I don’t think I’ll have anything that will exceed your photos.ReplyCancel

  • March 16, 2015 - 4:26 pm

    Rachel Bustin - Gorgeous pictures, I am learning so much about photography since I started my own blog. xxReplyCancel

  • March 16, 2015 - 4:46 pm

    Dawn &Bean - Fab pictures Clare! What a great theme too. Good luck!ReplyCancel

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Theo has an outing with his nursery school today to see lambs on a farm. He was full of questions before he went. Which car would he go in? Would their be a loo at the farm? Could I go with him? (I wish I could, just for the photos!) and why did he need to wear his wellies?

Over the last few months Theo has grown up into quite a thoughtful and considerate little boy. He still bounces off the walls with boundless excitement and happiness about almost anything, but he can also be calm and helpful and polite. He will be heading to “big” school in September just a few days after he turns four and he is already champing at the bit. Any early hesitations we had about holding back because of his late August birthday have been completely obliterated and I wonder now how on earth we might have kept him entertained and stimulated if he wasn’t going till the following year.

He was particularly delighted to discover that he’ll be able to stay “a bit longer” every day, rather than just the two full days he does currently. His huge appetite for play, discovery, food and conversation seems to know no bounds.

Spring seems to be dragging a bit this year and I can’t wait till the warmer weather is here so we can have some summer adventures together, with trips to the beach and some dinghy sailing… it’ll all be here in good time.

Linking up with the Ordinary Moments

Living Arrows
  • March 16, 2015 - 9:56 pm

    Donna - Oh wow. LP is off to school in September too but has no concept of that meaning longer days or anything. Theo looks so cute in the photo, I wish we could see him at the farm too! xReplyCancel

  • March 16, 2015 - 10:01 pm

    Carie - Oh what a fantastic nursery trip – I hope he had fun! He sounds like he will be more than ready for school in the autumn – Kitty’s at the other end of the scale and she can’t wait. Actually she really wanted to go with her best friend from preschool this year and we had a bit of trouble explaining why she couldn’t go!!ReplyCancel

  • March 16, 2015 - 10:09 pm

    Katie @mummydaddyme - He looks so cute and such a handsome little chap in this photo. Mads is so excited about big school in September, she will be more than ready and because her birthday is December, will be nearly 5 when she goes. I on the other hand am dreading it and am relishing this last few months with her. I am so not ready for this period of our lives to be over. xReplyCancel

  • March 17, 2015 - 12:57 pm

    Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork - He sounds like such a delightful chap! My Bean will be starting preschool in September too, but he’ll only be 2.5 years old… I’m so nervous about it but as he also has this voracious appetite for learning and discovering, I’m hoping it’ll be okay.ReplyCancel