Friday, 10 June 2016

Fathers Day 2016

Fathers Day 2016

I just wanted to piece together a little inspiration for Father's Day 2016.


Father Day Gift Guide 2016
Star Wars Smugglers Starship and Star Wars Battle Stations are both brilliant model building kits to create your own Milenium Falcon or AT-AT.

The BB-8 blueprint mug is great for droid fans. 

Superdad bath bomb from Lush is a great way for Dad to relax - this is a slow dissolving sandalwood bath bomb which creates a stunning effect in the water. 

Father Day Gift Guide 2016

These satin finish rhodium crystal stone cufflinks from House of Fraser come in a presentation box. 

Yankee Candle Barbershop collection includes this fresh scented "Aftershave" in a sleek black footed tumbler. 

Snapfish is a great way to personalise gifts - we made these two photo collage mugs in minutes! 


Happy Father's Day!

Emma in Bromley xx




Disclaimer - Some of the items shown are my own purchases, some are items I've been sent for my consideration and there are 2 affiliate links in this article. 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Happy Towel Day Everyone!


Don't Panic! - just take your towel with you today! Happy Towel Day everyone - we like to celebrate the work of Douglas Adams by joining in and this year I thought I'd share this brilliant story about biscuits with you, and thank you for the whale. 

Towel Day 2016 - Douglas Adams  story of biscuits
Towel Day 2016

Monday, 23 May 2016

Gazillion Incredibubble Wand Review

The Gazillion Incredibubble wand boasts the ability to create bubbles as big as you are!

Gazillion Incredibubble Wand Review with Blake and Maegan Clement

You simply pour the included bubble mix into the tray, dip the wand and wave!
Gazillion Incredibubble Wand Review with Blake and Maegan Clement

When it works, the huge bubbles are amazing! My children absolutely loved it and couldn't believe how large some of the bubbles are and I also had a lot of fun creating these mammoth bubbles!
Gazillion Incredibubble Wand Review with Blake and Maegan Clement

They both had a lot of fun creating the bubbles - although it does seem to take a bit of practice to get right as there was quite a lot of frustration with bubbles not forming or popping before they've even been created, but once mastered, the bubbles are epic! 
Gazillion Incredibubble Wand Review with Blake and Maegan Clement
I just love this photo of Blake (age 6) creating a huge bubble and Maegan's (age 4) unbelieving face - she wanted to reach out and touch it! This was the biggest bubble they had seen at this point! 

Overall - good fun on a sunny day but practice makes perfect - one for the grown ups to start with! The big bubbles are absolutely amazing and sooo much fun! 

Gazillion Incredibubble Wand Review with Blake and Maegan Clement

Argos currently has an offer on a twin pack of Gazillion bubble wands:

Gazillion Incredibubble Wand Review with Blake and Maegan Clement

Emma in Bromley xx



Disclaimer: I was sent the Gazillion Incredibubble wand for my consideration, all words, thoughts, photos and link choices are my own.


Friday, 20 May 2016

Getting Ready For Royal Ascot - The Nail Edit

It seems like almost everyone I know is off to Royal Ascot this year! I love finding a new outfit for a event like this, right down to perfect shoes and that all important matching clutch! 

One thing I have noticed is now that Jamberry  (I'm an independent consultant) is available in the UK, how amazing are everyone's nails going to look!

This week, I've helped a friend find the right nail wrap to match her shoes - she's going for this sophisticated nail classic Champagne Toast which is a nude glossy wrap with gold lustre sparkle:
Champagne Toast - Beautiful Apply Yourself Nail Wraps - Nude and Gold Nail Art

Champagne Toast - Beautiful Apply Yourself Nail Wraps - Nude and Gold Nail Art


And another friend is embracing the theme with her Horses nails! How much fun are these?!

Beautiful, Apply Yourself at Home with a Hairdryer Nail Wraps! - Horses - Ascot Nails

Beautiful, Apply Yourself at Home with a Hairdryer Nail Wraps! - Horses - Ascot Nails


I wish I was going! I'm looking for an excuse to try these beautiful nails! Iced 

Beautiful, Apply Yourself at Home with a Hairdryer Nail Wraps! - Iced - Frozen Nails  - Ascot Nails

Beautiful Do It Yourself Nail Wraps - Iced - Frozenesque blue with silver glitter detail


I'd love to see / hear more about what you are wearing for Ascot!










Thursday, 21 April 2016

Jamberry UK

Have you heard of Jamberry? They're already well established and successful in the US and Canada as well as recently launched in Oz and New Zealand too ... 
 

And just this month they've launched in the UK too!
 
 

Jamberry by Emma Clement


Jamberry nail wraps are made with durable materials in a plethora of designs (over 300 designs) and finishes so you can layer them or mix them to create your own individual style at home. 
 
Jamberry by Emma Clement

Jamberry nail wraps will last up to 2 weeks on fingernails or up to 4 weeks on toes. 
 

These are really easy to apply (and remove) yourself at home and there's even a collection for children too!
 
Jamberry by Emma Clement

I was so excited to see this brand reach the UK that at first I couldn't wait to place an order but then I got thinking and I did a lot of research and decided to join Jamberry as an independent consultant!
 
Jamberry by Emma Clement

So perhaps you would like to try some designs yourself (there's a buy 3 get 1 free offer)?
 

Maybe you love them so much you'd like to have a Jamberry party and earn some fantastic hostess treats.
 

Or perhaps like me, you'd like to be paid to have beautiful nails! Would you like to join my team of consultants?
 

My background is marketing and I'm part of a fantastic team coached by one of the top 10 Jamberry consultants in the US.
 
Jamberry by Emma Clement

To buy some wraps, find out about a party or join my team please visit:
 

Or just ask me for more info!

Emma in Bromley xx

 
 
 

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Lalaloopsy Crumbs Sugar Cookie


Lalaloopsy Crumbs Sugar Cookie

 Crumbs Sugar Cookie is the best baker in Lalaloopsy Land! She loves to start her day by baking all her favorite treats. All of her friends love going to her for her yummy baked cookies. She finds most problems can be solved by quickly popping something into the oven. This time Crumbs Sugar Cookie™ is preparing for her next tea party.  Her friends always love her sweet creations. Guess what’s her secret ingredient? Love! She has her signature accessories which includes: 1 baking tray, 2 cookies, 1 piping frosting bag, 1 mixing bowl and 1 spoon.


Lalaloopsy Crumbs Sugar Cookie
My daughter, Maegan (age 4) absolutely loves Crumbs Sugar Cookie - her very first Lalaloopsy doll, She's very colourful and has a lot of sweet detailing that makes  Lalaloopsy very appealing to children. 

Lalaloopsy Crumbs Sugar Cookie
We were impressed by the baking accessories that came with Crumbs Sugar Cookie, Maegan really liked pretending to nibble the bunny biscuit.


Lalaloopsy Crumbs Sugar Cookie
Lalaloopsy has a big heavy head compared to the rest of her which can make her a little tricky to stay sitting up right. She has a friendly happy smiley face and Maegan loved he stitch details.

Lalaloopsy Crumbs Sugar Cookie
Lalaloopsy Crumbs Sugar Cookie has a removable fabric skirt and rubbery shoes, her arms and legs are articulated so you can change her pose.

Lalaloopsy Crumbs Sugar Cookie
Did you see the shock of bright pink hair? All curls and secured in a big bow!

Lalaloopsy Crumbs Sugar Cookie
Maegan loves the detail on the cupcake shoulder and has requested this dress for herself! Well thats a challenge for me I guess!
Because Lalaloopsy Crumbs Sugar Cookie is solid plastic, she's really simple to keep clean - yey!



Lalaloopsy Crumbs Sugar Cookie

And time for a nap, Lalaloopsy Crumbs Sugar Cookie is the perfect size for Meg's dolls prams.

Overall? A big hit with Meg, I'd been trying to steer her away from Lalaloopsy because they remind me of that Coraline film, but it's great to also be reminded that obviously my 4 year old is not going to be watching that film and for her, well, she just absolutely loves this doll and it has everything that appeals to small people, Meg is already eyeing up other dolls in the range as well as the Build a Bear Lalaloopsy's!

For more from Lalaloopsy, please visit http://www.lalaloopsy.com 





Disclaimer: I received lalaloopsy crumbs sugar cookie for my consideration, all thought, photos and link choices are my own. 

Monday, 18 April 2016

My Brush with Fashion after a 7 Year Rut!

Many moons ago before I became a mum and after uni I had a career in marketing based in central London for a long time - the positions I held all revolved around media, publishing and fashion. I had a keen eye for trends and took care with appearance all the way down to my accessories  - although I'd never say I was ever a trend setter and I've always been too messy haired and geeky to be miss popular.

Emma Clement


But somehow and somewhere over the past 7 years I lost all sense of style, I couldn't tell you what the current trends are and I've become settled in a rut of bobbly jumpers and cheap jeans, I rarely bother with my hair and I haven't had a manicure in a thousand years.
Bobbly Jumper Collecetion
Actually, it was only when I was taking part that I realised that I switch between 3 mustard yellow jumpers and 3 green jumpers! ohh dear that's really not good is it!

Don't get me started on footwear! Pregnancy altered the shape of my feet so now I have small but wide (flat!) feet absolute nightmare getting into pretty shoes!

intu Bromley Fashion Spring Summer 16
intu Bromley Fashion Spring Summer 16

When I was invited by intu Bromley to pop along for a session with Juliet, intu Bromley's personal stylist and get to know all the key looks for Spring Summer 16, I couldn't wait!


intu Bromley Fashion Spring Summer 16


I went with an open mind and no particular criteria - and met Juliet for a coffee and chat first before spending some time in her bijou style lounge - we spoke about my lifestyle, the sort of clothes I wear - I explained my unintentional safety net of naff jumpers but also that in the summer I tend to relish 50's sun dresses.
We talked about who my style icons are, I mentioned Audrey Hepburn (of course! - even my hen party was a Breakfast at Tiffany's one!) but I didn't mention my others as they are a tad obscure and geeky -the character of Bernadette from Big Bang Theory and a character called Lemon  Breeland from an old TV show called Hart of Dixie.

Juliet did my colours! I didn't know this was still a thing but I'm so glad she did! Starting with 4 yellows to determine  which season you belong in - it turned out I'm Spring (I thought I'd be an Autumn as I seem to be drawn to autumnal colours, it's my favourite season and our wedding was an October one) and following on from that we looked further into colours and shades - I should chose navy over black and cream over white and which tones of reds, greens, yellows and blues work well for me - teal was a strong match for my skin tones - Juliet described me as an English Rose! (I'd usually describe myself as a bit pasty!) I was surprised to see that some colours made my skin look grey or washed out!
intu Bromley Fashion Spring Summer 16
intu Bromley Fashion Spring Summer 16

Juliet also gave me some tips such as a little tuck in on tops into jeans or wearing a scarf in a long central line to distract from my mummy tummy.
intu Bromley Fashion Spring Summer 16


Now, I'm not going to lie here - since having children I often struggle to come to terms with the impact 2 pregnancies and the lifestyle changes I've undergone have altered my body - I lack more body confidence now than I did in my teen years and I've been known to burst into tears in fitting rooms. (seriously sad isn't it!)

intu Bromley Fashion Spring Summer 16


Juliet is like having your own personal cheerleader with you, she is a bundle of enthusiasm and confidence boosting - plus she knows exactly what she's doing when it comes to fashion.

She also did the one thing I had hoped - she put me in outfits I wouldn't normally even look at and she also did the one thing I dreaded - put me in pink! 

We went into two shops, French Connection and Karen Millen - both are shops I used to buy from but haven't for the past at least 7 years so it was interesting to revisit them.
intu Bromley Fashion Spring Summer 16


Juliet pointed out the key looks for spring summer 16.
Nautical Luxe, a twist on navy stripes with metallic detailing.
Pink Soda, think floral garden party. Such as the floral display I spotted from Oasis.
Imperial Red, bold red colour blocking. Like the red dress from Karen Millen 
Boho Bandit, floaty dresses with denim and a touch of animal or a boho print cami teamed with fitted trousers like the look from French Connection.
Monochrome, a fresh take on the classic black and white by adding a hint of colour such as the mint green cardigan and black and cream dress from Karen Millen.
intu Bromley Fashion Spring Summer 16



I came away with the imperial red dress - as much as I love red, I've always gone for it as accents or accessories - I'm just not that much of a body confident person to normally try on something so bold and eyecatching - it's from Karen Millen, Juliet was so enthusiastic about this being the one for me and the two sales consultants were also voting for this being the one. - It's a dry clean only dress (I didn't even think to check before I bought it) so not really getting me out of my style rut for the school runs - however I did do a happy dance as I now own something pretty! And Juliet gave me plenty of tips and ideas as well as making it clear that I'd be welcome any time for further (free) sessions with her too. 

intu Bromley is celebrating the new fashion season until the end of April with various fun activities from a pop up style garden, to fashion shows and dance in bloom - you can see more on intu’s dedicated fashion hub page intu.co.uk/fashion and have already announced plans for an autumn fashion event too - I can't wait!

Or arrange a free session via Juliet’s page http://intu.co.uk/bromley/centre-information/shopping-at-the-centre

#intuFashion


Thursday, 14 April 2016

What we thought of the Little Live Pets Lil Mouse Play Trail

Both of my children love robotic animal toys, so we were very excited to see Series 2 of the Little Live Pets Lil' Mouse collection. We received the Lil' Mouse Play Trail set and Bronut the mouse (mice are available separately)


Carrying on from last year's collection, there are new additions for this year. 
"six new musical mice who are ready to scurry around their New Mouse Wheel and multi- featured Play and Fun Park Trail, featuring a slide, turnstile and Ferris wheel. They can be calmed by placing them into the palm of your hand or tickle their backs to make them scoot! These furry creatures love to explore over obstacles, tracks and floors and with all playsets that can either be used alone or connected to existing houses and playsets, a whole mice  world can be created!"
 
Blake (age 6) and Maegan (age 4) couldn't wait to help me set up the track - which is super easy, the parts just clip together and the instruction booklet gives you a step by step guide although it's pretty self explanatory.

Review - Little Live Pets Mouse


Review - Little Live Pets Mouse
Blake couldn't wait to help build the track.

Review - Little Live Pets Mouse
He introduced Bronut the mouse before we had finished building! - Lil' Mice come with batteries ready to play straight from the easy to open packaging.

Review - Little Live Pets Mouse
We love the wheel across the bridge which comes to a slide into a ball pit (sticker decal)


Review - Little Live Pets Mouse
Maegan already has a Lil' Mouse and track from series 1 and introduced her mouse as soon as she could!


Both children love these Little Live Pets and enjoy building tracks.


Review - Little Live Pets Mouse
We added on Maegan's track from series 1 last year and it's all compatible - it's great to build up your own track from all the different playsets.
Review - Little Live Pets Mouse
This is two different playsets added together, there are so many routes the Lil' Mouse can take, the children love to play with these Little Live Pets.

We made a little video of the Lil' Mouse in action.



Review - Little Live Pets Mouse

#LittleLivePets

Emma in Bromley xx


Disclaimer: I was sent a series 2 Lil' Mouse play trail and Bronut mouse for my consideration. All thoughts, photos and link choices are my own.