1. GOLD BUNNY by Projebir, £360 / 2. MONOCLE by Maria Black, € 75 / 3. OMBRE ETERNITY BAND by Elisa Solomon $1,420 / 4. TINY TRIANGLE RING by Odette New York, $24 / 5. BURST by Scosha $180 / 5. BIDIK by Kismet by Mila for price see website.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
When Dean proposed, he whipped out a band of gold barely a millimeter thick (with a tiny turquoise stone in the middle the size of a grain of sugar) and mumbled that it was just to seal the deal till I selected something more rock-like. But I loved it. Never replaced it. It became my engagement ring and wedding band all-in-one. I've been helping a friend's hubby to be choose something similarly unobtrusive and off-beat for him to propose with (she's not a mega rock kind of girl...well he hopes she isn't anyway!). These are a few I'd almost be willing to swap mine in for.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Say hello to sleep deprivation! It's a given that this is the trickiest part of having a baby. The chances are you are reading this in a bleary eyed fug, so I'll get straight to the useful stuff.
1) Get a swaddle and use it every night. This is a no-brainer. Babies get totally freaked out by their arms and swaddling provides a cosy a half way house between the womb and the world for the first few months. I tried a few and Olive seemed to get on best with the Miracle Blanket.
2) Don't fear day time naps. For the first three months babies need around 16 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period. They spend about five hours of that feeding which only leaves three hours of actual being awake and needing to be entertained time (hello: how easy is that!). So don't stress that your baby snoozing loads in the day will lead to it being wide awake at night. Quite the opposite. A well-rested baby sleeps better at night. The only thing to avoid is long naps post 4pm.
3) Get noisy. Ambient, white noise is a sure-fire way to lull a baby to sleep (and keep them snoozing). They tend to like low-pitched sounds. I found simple white noise, and also airplane noise (both just downloaded onto my iphone for 99 cents each) were the most effective. Also you need to play it louder than you think (imagine the noise level in a bustling cafe and emulate that).
4) Give yourself a half-time treat (and the $3 sleep aid everyone needs). So if the aim is to get your baby sleeping through the night at three months book yourself a mini break mid-way at six weeks by getting a night nurse for one night. We did this and it was invaluable. Just one night with the fabulous sleep expert / doula Mavis Green set me back on track, and the reams of useful tips she gave me the next morning proved invaluable. (Like I shouldn't fear using a pacifier. They are a godsend when it comes to getting a baby back to sleep in the middle of the night. These are the best ones to buy according to Green).
5) Read up before they arrive. My favourite two books were The Sleep Solution (which basically extols the virtues of feeding your baby every four hours during the day: they feed more and get used to lasting longer between feeds, thus longer night sleeps) and Secrets of The Baby Whisperer (a great go to for working out everything from deciphering the meaning behind a particular kind of cry to how to structure your day).
6) Pick a sleep coach. Choose a friend who has proven success at getting their baby to sleep through the night and seems to just have it nailed. For me this was one of my BF's, Emily whose two kids were both snoozing blissfully from 7pm to 7am at around 3 months (I know I'm already jealous). Treat them as your go-to for advice and don't be shy of just finding out their exact schedule and copying it. You'll end up tweaking it of course as no two babies are the same but it's a good starting point if you find yourself floundering (as I most definitely was).
Please do post any tips you have in the comments section. ZZZ & Sweet dreams!
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Am totally fixated with this little off the cuff gift from my friend Jana: 134 Scandinavian style stickers to adorn dull matchboxes from Korean brand BonBon. Am currently awaiting a mega pack of matches from Amazon so the stick-a-thon can begin!
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
How we adore a new super oil. I’ve already notched up several pieces this summer on the skin-fixing properties of 2011’s wunderbare ingredient, argan oil. But hot on its heels is marula oil, a featherweight by-product of the marula tree - a densely crowned plant (also known as the elephant tree), indigenous to Southern Africa (the fruit of which also happens to be the key in component of my favorite safari tipple, Amarula). The oil resulting from the pounded down nuts, which has been used by locals for centuries for its skin soothing abilities, has been found to be incredibly rich in pollution-zapping anti oxidants (in particular vitamins C and E) and to have miraculous tissue healing properties thanks to a hefty dose of Omegas 9 and 6; this makes it a formidably effective stretch mark eliminator. It’s the standout ingredient in the soon-to-hit-the-shelves range from LA-based eco brand African Botanic (which launches this September). When I cornered Space NK’s founder Nicky Kinnaird to quiz her about the newcomers that have been making a mark in her own beauty cupboard – the first word out of her mouth were Marula Oil. “It’s going to be something of a phenomenon,” she predicted.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012
This illustration from talented Dutch doodler Esther Aarts made me feel all nostalgic about my hop-on-hop-off commutes back in London. Thinking I might need it for my bedroom wall to spur me out of bed on Monday mornings.