Hop to it!

 Matalan - £14.00

Simply on a diet, or looking for an alternative to the good old Easter egg, there are plenty of cute alternatives.

Hop on over to Matalan for these spring like bunny pjamas - also available on line.

Keep toes cosy on Easter morning whilst you are chaperoning the kids in the garden, hunting for Easter eggs!

  Matalan £1.00

Dorothy Perkins £2.50 

Forget about the Christmas jumper, this spring it's all about the Easter jumper.  Two eggcellent choices from Next and Topshop! 

Next - £30.00

Topshop £24.00

Smells good enough to eat!  Relax in a chocolate scented bubble bath on Easter morning. Vanille and Ambre body products by French Perfumier E Coudray

Perfumed Bath Cream - Ambre et Vanille - E Coudray

Then layer with a spritz of perfume

 E Coudray - Ambre et Vanille Eau de Toilette

I picked up the cutest Bunny and Owl Mugs in Homebase earlier this week. They have a promotion this weekend - so these are now half price £1.29 (they also have other pretty pastel colours in store).  Pop in some crepe paper and fill with pretty Easter gifts;- layers of mini eggs, a pastel lip balm, Easter socks and finish with a wrap of cellophane and pretty ribbon.  The sweetest Easter gift for a loved one.

 Homebase - £1.29
    
Do you indulge in an Easter egg or two or save them for the children?
xxx

Bikers Versus Bombers





Inspired by the recent looks published by six fantastically stylish bloggers, albeit with very different styles, over on outfit sharing website Avenue 57, I have been exploring the spring fashion phenomenon that is the biker and bomber jacket.  A great spring style edit to replace the parka and the statement coat, in favor of lighter weight layers.


Biker jackets I must admit to never having dabbled with in the past,  envisioning well worn black leather, encrusted with studs.  Bomber jackets on the other hand, have been known to grace my shoulders, being a child of the 80's and all that.  

As ever, my take on the current styles has to have a feminine edge, detail or vintage twist and work with my corporate and more dressy clothes, as well as my trusty skinny jeans and 'boyfriends'.

Not to everybody's taste, but I am a magpie when it comes to print and am automatically drawn to patterns.

Next was my first port of call, as the aforementioned bomber jacket that had previously been styled was from there.  

   Denim Quilted Bomber Jacket - Next - £45.00

 Pink Jersey Biker Jacket - Next - £45.00

I can imagine styling these with every day looks, running around the village and after my little boy, and smartening up jeans and a blouse or t-shirt.  Tending towards a more polished than casual look, I think these would make a great alternative to a blazer or smarter cardigan, and I loved the quilted pattern and pop of pastel colour.

Mint Velvet usually offer a pretty selection of jackets each season and have featured a number for this Spring/Summer.

   Peach Georgette Mix Bomber - Mint Velvet - £89.00

This one has been styled beautifully with an understated black jumpsuit and black and nude high sandals.


Indigo Denim Biker Jacket - Mint Velvet - £89.00

I've gone for a biker in denim this time, again from Mint Velvet.  I'd wear this layered over a ditsy tea dress, to make the look a little edgier during the day, or over a maxi dress with sandals or Birkenstocks in the summer.



Online store Atterley Road has made me feel a like a little girl in a sweet shop, as they have lots of goodies on the site, although looks like some of the sizes have been more popular than others.  Have you heard of Almost Famous?  Another label that I always think is 'always me'.  They are sold via Atterley Road but I have bought a few things there in the past from the London store.  It's based just off Tottenham Court Road on Percy Street, I used to get my hair cut next door but one at Charles Worthington and couldn't walk past without going in for a good old browse (good excuse)!  
 
Neon and tweed!  What's not to love?


 
 Almost Famous and Atterley Road - £160.00
There is also a GORGEOUS Selected Femme blue print bomber jacket as well - but I realise I am heading into Marmite 'print' territory here!



I LOVE this!! With a tan, little white dress or cropped white skinnies .... Also spotted that there has been a pair of trousers in the same print and a cute dress.  The dress is lovely, the trousers I probably wouldn't brave. 

Hobbs Botanical Print Bomber - Reduced to £99.00 from a mouth watering £179.00



Likewise, drooling over this Botanical print from Hobbs.

If you are feeling lucky, get thee to Twitter and Facebook asap.  Atterley Road run a great #Winwednesday competition (I've just entered the Selected Femme bomber jacket) and Hobbs run a Wishlist to Wardrobe comp on Facebook on a Thursday.  The Botanical number will be on my wishlist tomorrow. 

Are you a bomber or a biker girl?  Print, pastel or plain? 

xxx

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Sarah Lovell Art - Designs Dolliedaydream Blog Header!




As a small business owner myself, I am passionate about supporting and helping promote local artisans, start up's and other small companies.

After almost eight year's blogging, I am so lucky to have had a new blog header designed by local artist and illustrator Sarah Lovell.

Sarah Lovell Art 

There is a sprinkle of magic to Sarah's designs, as she draws on inspiration gathered from family, friends and life.  As well as designing beautiful cards and prints, her paintings and collages are stunning, and encapsulate all of my favorite things - horses, magic, fairytales, dreams and sparkle.  I love the whimsical nature of Sarah's work and she has proved a perfect match for me ... she even loves Unicorns!   

My brief was to capture my love of yoga, fashion, coastal living and cupcakes, as well as including a little caricature of my much loved son;- Luca, our rescue dog Alfie, and my good self!  Being a little obsessed with all things Parisienne, in particular Laudree macarons, I also requested pretty 'Laduree-esque' pastel colours.

Sarah's work is available via her online store, as well as via a number of local Wimborne and Dorset based boutiques.  If, like me, you have young children, she also designs the cutest kids colouring books, handmade scooter and bike ribbons and cushions. 

  


This partnership really does go to show the power of social media, as I initially discovered Sarah's work on Twitter.  

On a Monday evening, between 7.30pm and 8.30pm, Twitter goes mad as we partake in an online networking event called 'Dorset Hour'.  It is an hour dedicated to all things Dorset, and hosts an amazing array of local business owners, from holistic gardeners to drool worthy bakers.

If you are looking for the prettiest, most magical designs please do pay Sarah a visit - she also welcomes private commissions:
Sarah Lovell Art      

If you are a small business or start up looking for coaching or social media support please visit my 'Coaching' page:
Personal and Image Coaching  

@Dorset_Hour #DorsetHour Dorset Hour Twitter feeds can be followed here:
Dorset Hour Twitter 


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