A holiday wardrobe for Joe

In just three weeks time I will be getting really excited, and probably very flustered and panicked, as we make the final touches to our holiday packing. There is always that last minute fluster, have we got everything? Are we taking too many, or not enough clothes for two weeks? Will Joe, once again, wear every single thing in his case thanks to the devil that is melting ice cream? The answer is more than likely yes to all questions, but at least with Joe’s stuff the packing is easier to begin with as he will literally live in shorts and t-shirts for the whole of the two weeks.

I love good quality children’s clothing, it washes better and lasts longer, and for holidays, when there is excessive amounts of suncream, ice cream, sea and sand and countless other things that can literally wreck kids clothing, I think it is even more important that the stuff you choose will last longer than the two weeks you spend on your jollies. That is why this year I have chosen pieces from the House of Fraser kids department – shorts and t-shirts, a few short sleeved shirts for special nights, and, of course, swimwear.

House of Fraser has a really great kids offering that has increased in recent times, and I was well impressed with the pieces I reviewed earlier in the year (you can check out that review here), so it made sense to go back and choose some more stylish togs for my boy.

Here are a few of the bits that caught my eye.

 name it Boys Short Sleeved Check Shirt now £10.40 click to visit House of Fraser


name it Boys Short Sleeved Check Shirt
now £10.40 click to visit House of Fraser

 Mango Boys Floral Denim Shirt £16.99 click to visit House of Fraser


Mango Boys Floral Denim Shirt
£16.99 click to visit House of Fraser

 Polarn O. Pyret Kids denim shorts now £17.60 click to visit House of Fraser


Polarn O. Pyret Kids denim shorts
now £17.60 click to visit House of Fraser

 Billybandit Boys Bermuda Shorts now £17.40 click to visit House of Fraser


Billybandit Boys Bermuda Shorts
now £17.40 click to visit House of Fraser

 Hugo Boss Boys swim shorts £39.20 click to visit House of Fraser


Hugo Boss Boys swim shorts
£39.20 click to visit House of Fraser

 Polarn O. Pyret Kids uv sun safe swim top now £16 click to visit House of Fraser


Polarn O. Pyret Kids uv sun safe swim top
now £16 click to visit House of Fraser

 Polarn O. Pyret Kids animal motif t-shirt now £7.20 click to visit House of Fraser


Polarn O. Pyret Kids animal motif t-shirt
now £7.20 click to visit House of Fraser

Timberland Boys organic short sleeves tee-shirt now £20.30 click to visit House of Fraser

Timberland Boys organic short sleeves tee-shirt now £20.30 click to visit House of Fraser

Are you planning on going anywhere special this summer? What are your summer wardrobe essentials for you, or your child?

 

How to Protect & Clean Leather Sofas

Leather sofas can be an incredible centre piece for your living room: they add an irresistible element of luxury to any environment. However, they also require specialist attention to retain their smooth and stylish shine. But taking care of leather sofas doesn’t have to be difficult. Follow our quick guide to keep your leather fresh.

Image Source: Fishpools

Image Source: Fishpools

Keep out of direct sunlight

Sunlight can cause leather to dry out and fade. To protect leather sofas, it’s best to position them away from the windows so they are not exposed to direct sunlight. Alternatively, cover them when not in use.

Wipe with a dry cloth

The best way to keep leather sofas clean is to wipe them regularly with a clean, dry cloth. Also make sure to clean up any spills quickly with a dry cloth to soak up the liquid, as prolonged contact with water or soap can leave stains and damage the leather.

Vacuum dust and debris

To remove the dust and debris that builds up in a leather sofa’s creases, use the hose setting on your vacuum cleaner to hoover them up.

Clean with water and vinegar

For a more thorough clean, create a cleaning solution with equal parts water and white vinegar, or a few drops of leather cleaner with water. Clean with a damp cloth and dry with a towel.

Apply leather conditioner

To prevent the leather from drying out and developing cracks, use a leather conditioner. Leather conditioners can be purchased from most furniture stores, and have a creamy consistency designed to be buffed into the leather. You can also make your own with one part white vinegar and two parts linseed or flaxseed oil.

How to clean stains

Mold & mildew

Clean the affected area with a solution of water and rubbing alcohol mixed in equal parts.

Pen stains

Rubbing alcohol can also be used to clean off ink stains. Dip a cotton pad into the rubbing alcohol and rub onto the stain. Eucalyptus oil is a great way to get off ballpoint pen marks, and aerosol hairspray can actually double as a permanent-marker stain remover.

Grease stains

Sprinkle baking soda on the area to absorb the oil, and dust it off after a few hours.

Dark stains

For dark stains on a light leather couch, rub then with a mixture of lemon juice and cream of tartar. Leave it for about 10 minutes, then wipe off with a damp sponge.

Sienna Miller – Queen of Cannes

The Cannes film festival finished on Sunday, and I have to say I really enjoyed the glamorous fashion that had been on display this year. There were some truly beautiful looks worn by the likes of Lupita Nyong’u, Julianne Moore, Fan BingBing and Kendall Jenner, but, in my opinion, grand jury member Sienna Miller was the Queen of Cannes style, with a series of stylish, memorable looks.

Sienna first came to prominence as a style icon in her Jude Law days, when a series of boho looks made her a fashion darling. If I’m honest, I was never that impressed then, Kate Moss had done it better and done it first, and although imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, finding your own style is a much better move. 2015 has been Sienna’s style year. She looked great at both the Oscars and the Met Ball, and she paraded a series of looks at Cannes that showed her style versatility and her impeccable taste. Teamed with her chic, tousled bob, she absolutely smashed it!

Sinnna’s style is an ecletic mixture of simple styles and clean lines for day wear, contrasted with glitter, sparkle and flamboyant frills and flounces for evening wear. One part Marilyn Monroe, one part Grace Kelly, with a whole lot of Debbie Harry attitude thrown in for good measure, Sienna is a modern day icon you simply can’t take your eyes from.

Do you have a favourite Sienna outfit from Cannes?

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One which split opinions

I featured this dress on my little black dress round-up from Cannes, and it wasn’t that popular, many saying it was not flattering. I think Sienna can get away with this due to her small bust – on anyone else it would look trashy, but on Sienna, it is chic and elegant.

Hollywood Reporter & Swarovski Party - The 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival

And one I didn’t like

Macbeth+Premiere+68th+Annual+Cannes+Film+Festival+7UuS9AZGdkTlI love the colour, the tiers, the romantic fabric, but that neckline – is it quaker inspired? It’s a little bit Puritan, a little bit 70s nightie, and a rare misfire in my opinion. Did you like it?

Get the Sienna look

AUDREY ROMANCE DRESS £250.00 click to visit Coast

AUDREY ROMANCE DRESS
£250.00 click to visit Coast

 Gerona Fringe Beaded Full Length Dress £350.00 click to visit Phase Eight


Gerona Fringe Beaded Full Length Dress
£350.00 click to visit Phase Eight

 Luna Sequin Full Length Dress £350.00 click to visit Phase Eight


Luna Sequin Full Length Dress
£350.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Off the Shoulder Dress     Was £70.00 Now £56.00 click to visit Wallis

Off the Shoulder Dress
Was £70.00 Now £56.00 click to visit Wallis

PENITA MAXI DRESS PETITE £95.00 click to visit Coast

PENITA MAXI DRESS PETITE
£95.00 click to visit Coast