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October 2015

The Friday Spike

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Geocaching. This was brought to my attention by my elder sister, who does this with her kids. What it is, if you don’t already know (and I’d never heard of it, so why should you have done) is a kind of massive treasure hunt. You use the Geocache app to locate little hidden boxes of treasure, which you then find and replace something else in the box for someone else to find. I mean, I *think*.

I’ve been looking on the website and at the app and I haven’t completely got my head around it. Plus my kids are too small and obstinate and cussed to really understand going to look for treasure. And what if it’s not actual treasure or exactly the thing they wanted, found within eight seconds of looking – meltdown. But if you have older or better children, I can imagine that this would actually be a sort of totally perfect weekend activity.

Hack…

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your life. While writing a piece for a magazine recently I came across this website – it looks to me like a sort of social tumblr type thing where people upload their own life hacks. Anyway, it’s amusing and occasionally genuinely useful. My top best ever hack comes from my sister and it’s this: if you are travelling as a group and you are in charge of the passports, label the outside of each passport so you can quickly identify whose is whose.

Wear…

This awesome pom pom beanie from Me + Em – comes with a detachable fluffy pom pom and a spare in a different colour so you can mix and match. I missed out on the pom pom beanie thing last year: might fool me once…

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Sezane

There has been a lot of chatter recently about a French online-only clothing brand called Sezane.

I was totally against it at first because the woman who started it is only 30 years old and people who do this kind of thing when they are younger than me, (though soon everyone is going to be younger than me), make me a bit fucking sick.

But Sezane is good. I say is good, I have no proof yet as I haven’t bought anything, but it bodes well, is what I’m saying. Worth a look. A lot of it has sold out (like I said – there’s been a lot of chatter) but that bodes well for more stock coming in soon – and for things being good.

These are the things I want most and when I can get the stupid website to finally process my payment without freezing or closing or otherwise having a fit – (not so clever now are you Mlle Sezane what, what?) – I might even buy one or two.

p.s. 95 euros is about £68.

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Moccasins – 95 euros

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Biff’s Question Song

I absolutely love this. Following on from Future Day back on the 21st, here is a song from Tom “Biff Tannen” Wilson about all the questions he gets asked about Back to the Future. Just brilliant, very short, no swearing.

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Layering

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I think “layering” is one of those ways of dressing cited by tedious fashion douchebags as a “thing” and as a “trend” purely because it’s such a strange, slippery, odd, mutable concept: thus only really they are able to get it right.

But let’s get one thing straight: layering is not haute couture. There is such a thing as “luxe layering” but broadly this is a street thing. And yes, yes – it is as simple as wearing a lot of layers, all of which can be seen either wholly or party.

Lo, regard above: this was a classic street layering look I exercised yesterday: a checked shirt underneath a fine-knit hoodie from Victoria’s Secret, (an otherwise totally and completely hateful shop, VS lightweight hoodies are really handy), underneath a denim jacket. I mean, I was wearing it for convenience – it was just that sort of weather that required this sort of get-up, but it struck me that it was also a classic case of layering.

Noticing that something that you did entirely by accident is part of a fashion movement is so silly as to point to the whole thing as being such bullshit.

Street style: cushions. Swoon.

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Ear defenders…

… essential kit if you’re thinking about taking any under-5s of a nervous disposition to a firework display. Or just to use in the house on Firework night, which last year was like the freaking blitz in NW5.

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Strange how the most innocuous of things before you have children become an insane pain in arse afterwards:

fireworks night: SHUT THE FUCK UP

saturday night SHUT THE FUCK UP

Hallowe’en: STOP GIVING MY KIDS SO MUCH FUCKING CHOCOLATE AT 6PM THEY’RE GOING TO GO INSANE THEN DO A BROWN SICK ON THE FLOOR

clocks going forwards/clocks going back WHY DOES THIS HAVE TO HAPPEN MY KIDS ARE NOW WAKING UP AT 5AM/WON’T GO TO FUCKING BED

winter: WHY IS IT SO FUCKING COLD AND DARK AND WET THIS IS A NIGHTMARE

summer: WHY IS IT SO FUCKING HOT WHY IS EVERYONE OUTSIDE SHOUTING AND SMOKING AT 10PM

Christmas: WHY IS EVERYTHING SHUT WE ARE GOING MAD WE NEED SOFTPLAY

Rockett St George

I am on an interiors roll, it seems. If you are, too, then you could do worse than have a quick look at Rockett St George. A lot of interiors sites tend to have the same things on them – but this site does seem to have genuinely original things.

Some of my favourites:

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This picture reminds me of my husband
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The amazing Dandelight. If I had more confidence, I would get one of these as think it’s sort of magical. I also worry my kids would wreck it in 3 seconds. Made from actual dandelion clocks. £85
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Nesting tables are very Seventies, therefore at the moment completely fabulous. These are pretty, unassuming, modern and would be useful everywhere. £240
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This is a bit mad and camp but if you’re into it, it’s a very good example of this kind of thing. £69

Christmas Day dressing: kids

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I’m sorry to tell you that now is the time to work out what your kids are going to wear on Christmas Day and/or New Year or whatever other celebratory events you having coming up during Winterval.

I’m not being hysterical! Leave it until mid-November and absolute everything will be sold out in your child’s size.

It may be that you have a cupboard-full of party wear already – you may have a child who likes  dressing up, fine fabrics and things with a sheen. Your daughter might be into it, too.

But Kitty is an unstoppable tomboy. She climbs trees, skids along the ground, falls in the mud and puts tears and holes and indelible stains in all of her clothes. She lives in jeans and sweaters and trainers, all of which she manages to trash within weeks – it’s a talent of sorts. If I forget to put her hair in bunches, people take one look at her ragamuffin clothes, her Louise Brooks crop and call her “sonny”.

So party-wear is a specific special purchase and can usually only be worn once or twice before it is grown out of. In a fit of mania I once bought Kitty a grey chiffon dress from Bonpoint for something like £145 – she had wiped sausage grease on it within half an hour.

I ran screaming, bearing the garment aloft, to a bowl of lukewarm water with an added dash of fine fabrics washing liquid and massaged it gently, singing soothing lullabies, until the stain was out. But it was too late – the chiffon had already shrunk so as to unattractively reveal the silk underlay. I was so disappointed, frustrated and felt so foolish that I briefly wept.

Anyway, I’ve learnt my lesson – no more wisps of neurotic fabric from Bonpoint. Also, skirts don’t work – Kitty always ends up with them on backwards or caught on something or halfway up to her armpits. She needs a nice tunic or, better, a pair of shorts in a jazzy fabric (i.e. velvet) with a very washable but festive jumper over the whole lot.

Zara Kids has had a new load of party clothes arrive on their online store and I was practically dizzy, with something I could only identify as lust, as I scrolled through the collection. Also, being on it so early in the year meant that I had the pick of the crop and was not staring down the only three hideous dresses left in Kitty’s size howling “Who the fuck has bought EVERYTHING in size 4-5???”

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Sam, of course, being a boy, can just go to every event no matter how smart in his blue cords, a cotton shirt and a nice knitted sweater. He’s got no idea how lucky he is.

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