Create a World Cup Memory with Penwizard

For my football mad five year old, 2014 will forever live in the memory as the year of his first World Cup. He has already enjoyed collecting stickers for his sticker book, and has been proudly sporting a Brazil top and an England vest (hedging his bets for sure.), and now, thanks to Penwizard, he has his own personalised book, ‘Joe Luca plays for England’, to treasure forever.

DSCN7643[1]Penwizard are the brains behind a range of personalised books where you can put your child at the heart of the action. The range includes stories including Peppa Pig, Fifi and the Flowerbuds, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom and books centred around Christmas. And now, to run alongside the World Cup, they have a special football book, where your child can star in their own adventure, either playing for a premier league club, or for England.

These books are very easy to create, and can be tailored to make them as personal as possible to the child. You can alter the appearance of the main character, choosing a boy or a girl, and then altering hair style and colour, skin-tone, and by adding glasses or other facial features. You can also choose the manager and team mates – either real footballers, or using your child’s friends. For our design we made Joe’s grandad the manager, and let him appear in the book as ‘Grandad Mick’ – something Joe absolutely adored.

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The finished product is just fabulous, a real treat for the recipient, as they are the true hero of the story. The book is a glossy paperback with lovely bright illustrations.  I liked the fact that the child is mentioned on every page and is totally at the heart of the story, and also loved that you can further personalise the book by adding a message on the title page.

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The finished product arrived within a couple of days of being ordered, and at just £9.99, I think the value is extremely good. This book would make the perfect gift for any footie mad child, Joe Luca certainly loves his!

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With thanks to Penwizard for the wonderful book.

Clothing at Tesco brings a touch of Brazil

Last November I was lucky enough to be invited to the Clothing at Tesco press day, and even though I was feeling very ill that day, actually sleeping on the train all the way to London, I knew that this was one preview event I really didn’t want to miss.

The theme was linked to the World Cup in Brazil, which will dominate Summer 2014 for at least half the population. So we got lots of bright colours, citrus, neon and primary shades that just popped and dazzled so beautifully I was instantly in love. We also got beachy vibes in ethnic print maxi dresses and skirts, playfully teamed with bikini tops and thin glitter knits, and some sandals that will be finding a place in your holiday suitcase come the summer months.

But it was not all about Brazil – despite the theme. I was enchanted by the ladylike, elegant Jackie Kennedy dresses and boxy jackets in pretty coral and pink shades. And there were plenty of accessories to help you transform your current wardrobe without spending a fortune.

This was a really lovely collection, and I also got to meet TV presenter and actress Lizzie Cundy, who just looked so beautiful, and was also really lovely too.

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Zesty Lime and 1960s styling in this perfect cardigan

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Jackie Kennedy/Chanel style skirt

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These style jackets are amazing.

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There were also great accessories in high-popping colours.

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The use of neon on ladylike accessories was inspired.

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Think this was my favourite dress.

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This coat is totally gorgeous!

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Chambrey bandeau – very 1980s Footloose.

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The perfect holiday dress if you’re off to Brazil this Summer.

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Pleats and monochrome – perfection!

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Edgy sandals.

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Aztec style sandals.

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Grunge mixed with ethnic prints – a great look.

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Love this – Dior style panel in the skirt.

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Meeting the very lovely Lizzie Cundy – just look at that amazing coat.