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  • InMama

    Things I’m Loving Lately {February}

    Oh February, as always you whizzed by. I know it’s the shortest month of the year but I honestly thought we had at least one more week left. It’s been a bit hectic here lately so I’m actually really looking forward to March. I always feel like the start of each month is sort of like a fresh start and I can’t help but feel a bit excited to see what’s in store for us over the coming few weeks. Here are a few things that I’ve been loving lately…

    Beauty

    My top beauty item this month is without a doubt the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation which I raved about here. It’s amazing and I love it. If you haven’t already, you must try it.

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    I’ve been going to exercise classes twice a week since the beginning of the year and I’ve been loving using Invisi-bobbles to tie my hair back with. They are perfect for days that you have styled your hair and don’t want to ruin it with a hairband mark. I find them much more comfortable to wear too. I received mine in a Glossybox in the Autumn but you can pick them up here from boots and they are a steal at only £3.75 for 3.

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    Fashion

    I have been wearing my black faux leather jacket to death this month. It’s so easy to just throw on as I’m running out the door and it goes with most things. I’ve been layering it with roll neck jumpers a lot lately. But I think it’s a brilliant transitional piece for this time of year and as we go into spring I can see myself ditching the roll necks and wearing it over midi dresses teamed with sandals instead.

    I loved this playsuit that I wore for the first time recently to my friends leaving party. I wore it with black tights, my favourite black tassel ankle boots and my leather jacket. I can’t wait to wear it sans tights when the weather warms up a bit.


    Lastly, I couldn’t not mention these Adidas monochrome workout leggings that I am utterly obsessed with. I can’t find the exact ones online as I picked them up in the sale last year but these ones are pretty similar. They are a great fit and stay up well when doing a million sumo squats… Trust me, I’ve put them through their paces this month 😉 I just wish it was acceptable to wear them all the time!


    Home

    I have been burning a lot of candles lately that it’s probably about time I replenished my stock soon with some more spring scented ones. I smelt the Yankee Candle in the scent ‘Jelly Beans’ the other day which I think is part of their Easter collection and it smelt divine! This month I’ve been really enjoying burning these M&S alphabet candles which I think look so stylish on our white shelves but also smell gorgeous too.

    I also finally got around to using my lime and grapefruit Valentte soy wax candle which has quickly become my new favourite! I’d been putting off lighting it because I didn’t want to waste it. It smells utterly amazing and the scent payoff is insanely good, it really does fill the whole room. In my bid to make it last longer I have only been lighting it at weekends 😉 They are currently half price on the website so do check them out! The candle came in a set with a reed diffuser in the same scent which smells equally amazing.
    Food

    I have been absolutely loving the Body Coach’s Lean In 15 recipe book this month, the recipes are so simple to follow, super tasty and good for you! A winning combination in my eyes. I included a couple of my favourites so far in my ‘What We Ate’ post which you can read here.


    We haven’t eaten out much this month but did enjoy a gorgeous Japanese meal at Moshimo in Brighton which is one of our favourite places to eat. They do the best chicken katsu curry ever! If you are ever in Brighton, I’d definitely recommend paying them a visit.

    What have you been loving this month?

    Thanks for reading
    Harriet xo

    Linking up with the lovely Emma over at Life At The Little Wood, check out what she has been loving here.

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  • InMama

    Things I’m Loving Lately {January}

    We’ve had a lovely quiet January but it definitely felt like it went on forever! So I’m quite glad to see the back of it and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what February will bring. We haven’t got many plans in place at the moment, but quite frankly I’m really enjoying this slower pace, so I’ve been trying to keep our diary’s as free as possible. Hopefully this will mean we’ll have plenty of time for some family adventures at the weekends and a few quiet days pottering around at home.

    Here’s a few of the things that I’ve been loving lately.

    Beauty

    Throughout January I have been loving wearing a nude lip paired with nude nails as let’s be honest, they just go with everything so you can’t go wrong. My go to nude lipsticks are of course my favourite Rimmel Kate Moss ones in shades 08 and 38.

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    On my nails I have been wearing the shade ‘cinnamon’ by perfect summer which is a shellac brand available here.


    I received some Lush goodies for my Birthday & Christmas and have really been enjoying using them. If you haven’t smelt ‘The Comforter’ scent from Lush then you are seriously missing out. It smells like pick a mix sweets and is my all time faaaaavourite Lush scent. My mother in law bought me a bottle of the shower gel for Christmas and not only does it smell absolutely incredible, its also hot pink which definitely brightens up shower time! I’m obsessed with it and will definitely repurchase when this one runs out. I also used a ‘Candy Mountain’ bubble bar for the first time which was equally lovely.

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    Fashion

    During January I haven’t been very adventurous fashion wise at all and my go to outfit has been some sort of oversized jumper and skinny jeans teamed with my new chocolate brown chelsea boots which I can’t get enough of. I normally wear a lot of dresses with tights but it’s just been too cold so I’ve just been playing it safe and opting for anything that will just keep me warm recently.

    Although saying that, I have been trying to gradually wear a few things a bit out of my comfort zone lately. Nothing too extravagant, just things I have seen on other people and really liked but never been brave enough to try myself. Firstly I’ve been trying to embrace black as it became apparent recently, that it’s not a colour I wear much of and i’m not entirely sure why. I fiiiinally wore these black dungarees that I bought a while back, but wasn’t confident enough to actually wear out the house. Since losing some more weight this month, they fit so much nicer and I think I’ll definitely get a lot of wear out of them now.

    I also wore my black Nike Roshe Runs for something other than working out for the first time ever. I see so many stylish Mama’s rocking trainers with various different outfits but I’ve always thought I would look ridiculous but I recently bit the bullet and wore them with my favourite ripped jeans for a casual Sunday outfit. Let me tell you, they were SO comfy that they’ll definitely make an appearance again, regardless of if I looked ridiculous 😉 I’m now eyeing up these too.

    Home

    For once not much exciting happened to our home in January. Our next project is going to be our spare bedroom, which I’m ashamed to admit, but for the last year has just been full of stuff I’m not quite sure what to do with. It’s the biggest bedroom so it seems like such a waste of space, so we’re going to give it a fresh lick of paint, upcycle some furniture we already have and set it up as a quest bedroom / office so that Josh can work from home when needed and I’ll have somewhere quiet to blog from. I think décor wise I’ll keep this room very simple & minimalistic with lots of white and maybe some yellow bedding.

    Food

    Since the start of the month I’ve been back to my healthy eating and fitness mission which I blogged about here. I’ve discovered a new love for stuffed peppers and have to stop myself from putting them on the menu every.single.week. I’ve been really enjoying cooking this month and trying out some new healthy recipes. We’ve also just bought The Body Coach’s Lean In 15 book and I can’t wait to start cooking some of his meals, they look incredible!

    We’ve enjoyed a few lovely meals out this month including not one, but two trips to Bills at Bluewater, what can I say, we just really like it there! I’m obsessed with the Olives at Bills, I’d go as far as saying that they miiight just be the best I’ve ever had.

    What have you been loving lately? I’m linking up with the lovely Emma at Life At The Little Wood, you can check out what she’s been loving here.

    Thanks for reading
    Harriet xo

     

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    Things I’m Loving Lately {December}

    Oh December, you were hectic. Lovely of course, but definitely hectic. We had a wonderful Christmas spent with our nearest and dearest, promptly followed by us all falling ill and so we have spent the past few days having some much needed down time at home. Here’s a few things I have loved over the festive period!

    Beauty

    During December my go to lip colour has definitely been my favourite Rimmel Kate lipstick in shade 01 – the perfect festive red!

    I recently started using the L’oreal mythic oil and my hair is seriously so grateful! I use a couple of pumps on my hair when its wet and then another small pump when its dry and not only does it feel so much softer and smoother but it looks much shinier and healthier too. One of my favourite things about this hair oil is you can’t feel it in the hair at all and it doesn’t make it feel or look greasy like other (more expensive) oils I have previously used.

      
    Fashion

    For my birthday at the end of November Josh bought me a gorgeous silver necklace from Stanley & Maud personalised with his and Bella’s initials. I have been after something personal like this for ages and I absolutely adore it! All of Stanley & Maud’s pieces are handmade my the lovely Dottie and I love supporting small business’ and have already got my eye on a few more of her pieces 😉 

     
    I recently bought my first ever roll neck jumper (late to the party I know!!) I went for a dark mustard colour and have been wearing it non stop throughout December. My sister bought me a black one for Christmas too which I know I’ll get loads of wear out of also. I’ve been thinking about getting a pinafore dress to wear with them, something like this maybe, but I haven’t quite decided if I can pull it off yet.
    I also had to mention this gorgeous little black dress I wore for my Christmas works do as I felt absolutely amazing in it. It was a steal at only £30 from Boohoo and I received so many compliments on it that evening!

     

    Home 

    December has been a crazy month for us with regards to home decor! We have re-decorated Bella’s bedroom, done a stupid amount of gloss painting (I’m talking almost every bloody door / door frame / skirting board in the house. FML.) and finished off lots of odds and ends of decorating all ready for when our new carpets were laid a couple of weeks ago. We are so pleased we made the decision to ditch some of the laminate flooring and get some carpets down. It’s made the whole house feel so much cosier and homely.

      

    I purchased a gorgeous hand illustrated print by Grace Leaney for Josh as one of his Christmas presents and I’m so so pleased with it. I put it in a grey IKEA frame and we have hung it in our hallway as the grey matches our geo print wallpaper perfectly.

      
    Since we had built in shelves put in our living room I have been really enjoying styling them with various candles, books and baskets. The most recent thing I have added is this light up copper ‘L’. It’s quite a statement piece but I love how it looks along side the other bits and bobs. I’m not quite finished with styling these shelves just yet but I’m not sure I’ll ever be as I enjoy switching things around too much 😉

      
    Food

    December is my favourite month of the whole year for food for obvious reasons. Christmas dinner was definitely a highlight but I always equally enjoy bubble and squeak on boxing day with all the leftover cold meats and cheeses. We also always make the Delia Smith Turkey & Leek flan with leftovers and it’s SO tasty.

      
    I also made this crunchie cheesecake for boxing day which was seriously good even if it did take me two attempts on Christmas eve as the first batch bloody curdled which may have resulted in a minor meltdown from me and I miiiiiighttt have told my Husband I was cancelling Christmas hahaha. Dramatic? Me? Never… 😉

       
     

    What have you been loving in December? I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas too!

    Thanks for reading!
    Harriet xo

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • InMama

    Things I’m Loving Lately {November}

    November was wonderfully busy for us but as always it flew by so fast. Since becoming a parent I just can’t believe how quickly the months pass. There has been lots of celebrating this month, stacks of good food & plenty of family fun. Here is what I’ve been loving lately.

    Beauty
    I was super lucky and managed to get my hands on one of the limited edition NARS Glossybox’s that sold out in something crazy like 27 minutes!? I have been really enjoying using all five of the products I received but my favourite would have to be The Blush in ‘Orgasm’. It is the perfect colour for my skin tone and gives me that natural rosy cheeked glow. It’s very highly pigmented so a little bit goes a long way which means it should last me ages.

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    Unfortunately I was struck down with the dreaded winter cold this month which gave me terribly dry lips so I’ve been smothering them in my Lanolips multipurpose balm which has been amazing. I have also used it around my nose as I tend to get little dry patches at this time of year especially when I’m unwell and it worked wonders for that too.

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    Fashion
    During November I have been living in various shirt/swing/jumper dresses paired with black tights and boots. My new favourite is this long sleeved striped bodycon midi dress that I bought a couple of months back from Forever21 which was a complete steal at just £8! As its very fitted I had been subconsciously avoiding wearing it I think but I finally dug it out and was pleasantly surprised that it now fits much better since I have lost some more weight (thanks to Slimming World) and I actually felt quite confident wearing it. I’ve since ordered two more in different colours thanks to Black Friday 😉

     I picked up some black super high waisted jeans from Primark when I went shopping for my birthday as I had seen loads of people raving about them and for £10 I thought I’d give them a try. They are so comfy and such a good fit that I wish I’d got a few pairs. I love high waisted jeans as they hide a multitude of sins and they always make me feel more confident.

    Home
    I have a new obsession with fairy lights and I’m having to restrain myself from putting them in every.single.room. I just love how cosy they make a room feel. Battery powered fairy lights are bloody genius and I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to get some! Without the need for them to be plugged in you can literally put them anywhere. I currently have some simple white ones along the mantelpiece in the dining room and some gorgeous LED glass globe ones on copper wire along the living room mantel. I also have some retro bulb ones in our bedroom and I plan to add some simple white ones to Bella’s bedroom too when we decorate it. I think the fairy lights may be the start of my festive decorations.. Eeeeek.

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    We have finally ordered our carpets and are booked in to get them fitted 10 days before Christmas. Nothing like leaving it until last minute 😉 We currently have no carpets anywhere in the house as we have laminate downstairs and bare floorboards upstairs so I’m pretty excited for some cosy carpets to be laid! What I’m not so thrilled about is the fact that before they are laid we have to pull up the existing laminate downstairs and do loads of glossing woodwork. Urgh. As well as finishing painting and wallpapering the upstairs landing. Ohhhhh and re decorating Bella’s bedroom. We don’t do things by halves.. Aka we are nuts.

    Food
    November has been filled with amazing food as Bella and I both celebrated our birthdays! Josh and I visited the BBC Good Food Show in London with his parents as part of my birthday celebrations and we tasted some of the most incredible food but one of the highlights was a pork & sage sausage roll from Little Jack Horners. Probably the best sausage roll I have ever eaten. It really was THAT good.

    We enjoyed a beautiful child free meal and overnight stay at The Vineyard in Lamberhurst for my birthday which I’ll probably share more details on in a separate post. The Vineyard is part of the same group as The Great House which is one of our all time favourite places to eat so we knew it would be lovely!

     

    Despite the many treats this month I am still following Slimming World (Finally got my half stone award!) and my favourite SW friendly meal this month would have to be my pork and apple burgers that I shared earlier in the month. I think we must have had them at least two or three times as we all enjoy them so much. 

    To check out what Emma who hosts this lovely linky has been loving then check out her blog www.lifeatthelittlewood.co.uk

    Thanks so much for reading
    Harriet xo

     

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    Things I’m Loving Lately {October}

    Well I thought September whizzed by, but it seems October has done the same! I can’t believe we are now over a week into November (I am fully aware this is a few days later than it should be, apologies!!) It is mine and Bella’s birthday month so it will no doubt be just as crazy. Who wants a quiet life anywaaaay 😉 Here’s a few of the things we have been loving in my first ever ‘Things I’m Loving Lately’ linking up with Emma over at www.lifeatthelittlewood.co.uk

    Beauty
    I received this Talika moisturiser in my October Glossybox and have been using it every day as my base under my make up. I have really noticed that my foundation applies much better on top of this and lasts all day. It suits my oily skin perfectly as its more of a gel consistency, so it doesn’t make my skin feel greasy at all. I’m so impressed with it I may even repurchase when it runs out.

    Over the past month or so I have been wearing more gold/bronzey eye make up and have rekindled my love for Mac’s ‘Woodwinked’ eye shadow. I have had this eyeshadow for a while and I always seem to dig it out around this time of year. It’s such a pretty colour and is so pigmented therefore a little goes a long way.  I have been either wearing this on its own if I’m pushed for time, by applying it all over the lid with a fluffy real techniques eyeshadow brush or using it with a paler nude on the inner lid and darker brown through the crease.


    Fashion
    If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that I have been loving wearing my faux fur gilet! It’s definitely become my favourite Autumn staple in my wardrobe. It’s such a versatile piece and keeps me nice and cosy when I don’t want to wear a proper coat. It took me ages to find the ‘perfect’ one. I even bought a different one then returned it as it wasn’t very soft and just wasn’t what I was looking for. Bella also has a very similar one too and sometime we may accidentally on purpose wear them out at the same time 😉


    I have also been absolutely loving these tan Chelsea boots I picked up for Bella a few weeks ago. I know lots of other little girls that have them and they are just so cute, I’d actually love a pair in my size 😉 Bella literally wears them every day as they go with everything!


    Home
    We have been having a couple of little home makeovers over the last couple of weeks which I’ll be sharing more on soon… once I get round to taking some decent photos 😉 But I did share a picture on my Instagram of our new feature wallpaper in the hallway. Isn’t it gorgeous!?


    Food
    I recently discovered Quark and I’m now obsessed. I’m following Slimming World and I’d seen lots of other people using this fat free soft cheese as a dessert alternative mixed with an options hot chocolate sachet. I was dubious at first but it’s actually really tasty! I have mine with lots of fresh strawberries and it really curbs my chocolate cravings of an evening. I’m yet to try it in savoury dishes but I hear it makes a lovely creamy sauce for pasta!


    I’d love to know what you have been loving throughout October!

    Thanks for reading
    Harriet

     

     

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