School Run Style

I actually can’t believe we’re nearly at the  end of July already!! Where has the summer gone (if you can even call it that?!)? In a few weeks we’ll be back to the usual routine of school runs, after school clubs and all that jazz! What’s going to be different this time round is that I’ll be dropping both kids at school now! My little baby girl is all grown up!

Anyway, I was invited by the St Enoch Centre to put together a school run outfit, and I was delighted to accept the challenge! For me, my school run outfit needs to also double up as an outfit for work. So it needs to be smart but also practical. 

There was plenty of options at the St Enoch Centre for choosing an outfit, and I started off at Debenhams. They had a few shirt dresses that took my fancy, but that’s not what I ended up buying…

It was in Ness that I found a gorgeous dress that ticked all my boxes. Long sleeves (I have a thing about my upper arms & don’t like them showing), not too short and a lovely soft jersey material with a gorgeous print. The added bonus was that it was in the sale for £20!


I also chose a tartan scarf in similar colour tones to wear with the dress, it was £15.

Next on the shopping list was some shoes, and it was in Dorothy Perkins that I came across some gorgeous grey suede effect ankle boots. Again in the sale, costing £34. I don’t think I could do the school run in high heels, so these boots are ideal. They are super comfy.

I was also needing a new purse that would fit into my small handbag, and I managed to find another bargain in the sales. This time from Fossil. I used to have a large handbag (great for lugging around water bottles, snacks, nappies etc when the kids were small) but now they’re older I find I need less stuff with me and a smaller handbag (with the new purse!) is just perfect for the school run. It’s always handy to have some spare coins available just in case!

Last up is a bright pink lipgloss from H&M. I always feel put together if I’ve got on some mascara and a bright lipstick. Let’s hope the littlest doesn’t steal this one!

It’s not often I go into town to shop for clothes so this trip was a bit of an eye opener. There are some fantastic pieces and bargains too if you just go looking for them!

Thank you St Enoch Centre for providing me with a gift voucher for the purpose of this challenge. Opinions as always are honest & my own.

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Knobs

Did that title catch your attention? I’m talking cupboard knobs!

Knobs are a super easy way to personalise your home…

I’ve previously bought Ikea chest of drawers, and then by simply changing up the knobs, the furniture takes on a whole new lease of life. My daughter has pink glass owl handles and my son has patterned blue handles:

drawers

I’ve also got a number of fitted cupboards throughout our new home, for which I have bought some quirky knobs to make a statement!

knobs

Here are some of the ones I have purchased, along with some others that I love:

white flower
Distressed Finished Flower Knob from John Lewis, £5 for one

 

bulldog
Bull Dog Ceramic Knob from Graham & Green, £23 for one

 

speech bubble
Speech bubble knobs from Marks & Spencer, £7 for pair

 

rectangle
Rectangular mix drawer pull from Marks & Spencer, £6 for pair

 

bow
Bow Knob from Anthropologie, £8 for one

Back to School

Yes, it is nearly that time of year when the schools go back & a sense of normality returns! In Scotland at least… there’s still some time to go for my friends elsewhere in the UK where I think the holidays have literally just started!

This summer I’ve got two kids to get prepped and organised. My son is going into P3, and my daughter is starting out in P1!! I’ve booked for August 15th off work so that I can be there for the school drop off. Selfishly, them both being at school is going to make my life easier as I won’t have to do the nursery run anymore, and I also won’t have childminder costs either!

Anyway, I digress… Glasgow Fort is a fantastic one stop centre for all your back to school needs. I also love that the shopping park is open late in the evenings (until 10pm Monday to Friday) so this meant that I could grab all the other bits and pieces that didn’t need the kids to be there, when they were at their dads after I had finished my work.

We picked up school shoes and gym trainers from Clarks. Plenty of choice, knowledgeable staff and we didn’t have a long wait to be served either. The littlest chose some gorgeous patent black Velcro shoes and a pair of bright pink trainers. My son (eventually) went for a white and red pair of trainers for his gym kit.


I also managed to get their uniforms from M&S. There is also clothing at Asda Living. I spotted a super adorable knitted pinafore with a little bow detail from M&S, perfect for girlie girls like mine!


Finally, we stocked up on stationery at WH Smith and Hobbycraft. I am a huge stationery addict, and really struggled to not buy *all* the things!

We received a voucher from Glasgow Fort in exchange for this review. Opinions are honest & my own.

Lately…

Life has been manic! I’ve not had the time to write, and I really do miss it.

We moved house nearly a fortnight ago and slowly we’re getting settled in. There’s lots of work still to be done, but we’re definitely headed in the right direction.

What’s not helped is the ear infection I picked up, and I had to have two courses of oral antibiotics to get rid of it! Unfortunately my hearing isn’t quite right and the doctor isn’t sure yet if it is permanent damage or not. Anyway…gotta just keep going!

Positive news is that I’m off the steroids for my Crohn’s flare and I’ve started Infliximab infusions. However I then had to postpone the subsequent infusions due to the active ear infection. 

Now that I’m a bit more like my usual self, I’ll hopefully be back writing more frequently! Thanks for being patient! 🙂