Santa Arrives at House of Fraser, Birmingham

Every child loves a visit to Santa, and, if you are in Birmingham, the most beautiful and magical grotto of them all is the one that opened at House of Fraser on Thursday. The House of Fraser Grotto is this year working in association with the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, with all proceeds going directly to the hospital. With this in mind it was fitting that the grotto was officially opened by patients from the hospital in a lovely, moving ceremony.

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The thing I love about the House of Fraser Grotto, apart from the wonderful charity element, is that it clearly has children in mind and totally understands them. It understands that kids are not always patient whilst waiting to see Santa, and so has an area with colouring in pictures where children can enter a competition, and there is also a TV screening seasonal favourites like The Polar Express and Frozen.

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The Grotto itself is truly lovely, full of the magic of Christmas, with houses decorated as Santa’s post room and different children’s bedrooms. There is also a workshop and gorgeous animatronic reindeers that made event the adults in attendance smile. A sleigh, and penguins and acres of snow all add to the feel that you have entertained into a winter wonderland.

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Santa himself is lovely, with lots of time for the children, and, due to his elf helpers, he greets children by name. It is not a rushed experience, children have time to chat to Santa, and there is also time for a photograph, which can then be purchased at the end of your Santa Experience.

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If you are in Birmingham this year, and you have young children with you, I would definitely recommend taking the escalator up to the 5th floor of House of Fraser to enjoy a very special meeting with Santa, one that has its heart firmly in the right place.

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An Ankle Boots Wishlist

This week has been a bit of a milestone when it comes to the weather. This is the week I have dug out my opaque tights, and my ankle boots have come out of hibernation. It has felt distinctly Autumnal, with that sense that Winter is definitely on the way. The mornings have been crisp, the nights have been cold, there hasn’t been that much sunshine, even during the day, and boy, those days are getting shorter and shorter.

So, you may be reaching for your ankle boots, or shopping for a new pair. The great thing about the current designs in ankle boots is that they really do compliment every look and style. Once ankle boots were the footwear that you kept to wear with your jeans or trousers, if you were wearing a skirt or a dress you would opt for your longer, knee high boots, or would wear a pair of shoes instead. But these days, ankle boots add an edge to a dress, particularly if you opt for a spiky heeled style. Lower heels, and Chelsea boot styles, work well with mini skirts, whilst fluffy hug style boots will keep your feet warm and snug no matter how low the mercury on the thermometer drops.

Side zip fastenings, buckles and fringes all add interest to the current crop of boots. Colours are not limited to the classic black, with tan, navy, grey, brown and tan designs are proving to be popular. Heel heights are also varied, I like my boots to have quite a high heel, but smaller Cuban heels, more squared designs and completely flat varieties are also available. It seems that whatever your boot preference, you are bound to find something that you like, that fits and is comfortable enough to wear every day.

Here is my current boot wishlist from House of Fraser.

 Aldo Mathia stacked heel ankle boots £90 Click to visit House of Fraser


Aldo Mathia stacked heel ankle boots £90 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Head Over Heels Petrela pointed toe fringe ankle boots £22 Click to visit House of Fraser


Head Over Heels Petrela pointed toe fringe ankle boots
£22 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Phase Eight Jenny Ankle Boots £110 Click to visit House of Fraser


Phase Eight Jenny Ankle Boots
£110 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Carvela Shooter low heel ankle boots £99 Click to visit House of Fraser


Carvela Shooter low heel ankle boots £99 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Head Over Heels Opera mixed material heeled ankle boots £53 Click to visit House of Fraser


Head Over Heels Opera mixed material heeled ankle boots
£53 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Carvela Stephan zip up ankle boots £89 Click to visit House of Fraser


Carvela Stephan zip up ankle boots £89 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Paper Dolls Croc chelsea boots £34 Click to visit House of Fraser


Paper Dolls Croc chelsea boots £34 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Little Mistress Lazer cut boots £31 click to visit House of Fraser


Little Mistress Lazer cut boots
£31 click to visit House of Fraser

June Outfit round up – Part 1

The usual monthly outfit post has, for June, been split over two posts. The reason for this is that I spent the second half of the month on holiday in Portugal wearing a lot of outfits which I will share at a later date. So the outfits featured here are from the first part of the month, which was busy with football tournaments, shopping for said holiday, blogging events and my birthday (the outfit of which I featured on the blog here.)

As ever, I have featured the item and links to it in the post if it is currently available, but some of the clothing featured are old pieces from my wardrobe, whilst others are charity shop finds. This month is also a great time for sales bargains, so some pieces are now reduced, which may mean you get a better bargain than I did. One key piece in question is the blue dress in the first picture, I got this at 30% off the full price, but you can now get it at 50% off, which I think is a real bargain. As they also do this in a black and white version, I may well be heading back to House of Fraser to add that one to my wardrobe too.

Other pieces that come in different colour choices include the Topshop pleated skirt (an absolute favourite of mine) which also comes in silver (on the blog last month – check it out here) and also in a glorious new red shade that is currently top of my shopping list. The LK Bennett shoes are Kate Middleton classics, and I am also thinking of investing in a navy pair as I think they are timeless and elegant, and, for a heel, surprisingly comfortable.

What did you wear in May? Did you head out anywhere special?

New Dress from House of Fraser

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 Therapy Harriet High Neck Midi Dress now £17.50 Click to visit House of Fraser


Therapy Harriet High Neck Midi Dress
now £17.50 Click to visit House of Fraser

Menu tasting at Chaophraya

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Shoes Evans

Tall Orange Crepe Bardot Neck Top £9.00 Click to visit New Look

Tall Orange Crepe Bardot Neck Top £9.00 Click to visit New Look

Khaki Elasticated Back Culottes £9.99 Click to visit New Look

Khaki Elasticated Back Culottes £9.99 Click to visit New Look

 

Afternoon in the park with my boys

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Top Peacocks Skirt from boutique in Menorca Necklace Zara Taylor London Sunglasses Superdry (review here)

Joe’s football tournament

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Top Primark Jeans New Look Cardigan Kaliko Necklace Zara Taylor London shoes ASOS

 

ASOS LEONIE Square Ballet Flats £14.00 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS LEONIE Square Ballet Flats
£14.00 Click to visit ASOS

Shopping morning

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Dress Peacocks

The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Wolverhampton Grand

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Top Mango Belt Primark Skirt Boohoo Shoes Biba at House of Fraser

Boohoo Plus Plus Phoebe PU Midi Skirt £12 click to visit Boohoo

Boohoo Plus Phoebe PU Midi Skirt £12 click to visit Boohoo

Biba Deneuve brooch open courts now £45 Click to visit House of Fraser

Biba Deneuve brooch open courts now £45 Click to visit House of Fraser

School Run and Working from home

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Top Primark Skirt vintage

Shopping for my holiday

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Playsuit Store 21

 Chevron Playsuit Was: £10.00 Now: £6.00 Click to visit Store 21


Chevron Playsuit
Was: £10.00
Now: £6.00 Click to visit Store 21

Joe’s football presentation at The Albion Foundation

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Jumper Gap Culottes New Look Shoes Clarks Necklace Primark

Black Elasticated Back Culottes £9.99 Click to visit Boohoo

Black Elasticated Back Culottes
£9.99 Click to visit Boohoo

Shopping and school run

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Top M&S c/o Charity shop Jeans New Look Bag DKNY Shoes LK Bennett

Black Supersoft Super Skinny Jeans £19.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Supersoft Super Skinny Jeans £19.99 Click to visit New Look

Sasha Fawn Patent Leather £175 Click to visit LK Bennett

Sasha Fawn Patent Leather £175 Click to visit LK Bennett

A birthday party and Cosmo lunch

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Top Primark Necklace Frank Usher Skirt Topshop Shoes Givenchy vintage

Jersey Pleated Midi Skirt £32.00 Click to visit Topshop

Jersey Pleated Midi Skirt
£32.00 Click to visit Topshop