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HACKY MONDAYS – ALWAYS TAKE DORITOS CAMPING

Hacks July 25, 2016
Emma Scott-Child
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Here’s a Hacky Monday from the archives…

Always take Doritos with you camping because,

a) they are delicious, and
b) they are highly flammable (proof if needed) so you can use them as kindling when everything else is damp.

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Life hacks every Monday on Ladyland. Have you got a good one?

Photography & styling: Emma Scott-Child

 

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LADYLOVES – BIMBLE’S AFTER BEDTIME COCKTAILS

, Food, Kid Wrangling July 22, 2016
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This week our Ladyloves are the hardworking ladies behind Bimble Shoes, sisters Osyth and Bethany. They know the sweet release of a cocktail after the kids are (finally) in bed and they’ve sheared their top 5 tipples with us today. 

The daughters of shoemakers, Osyth and Bethany grew up wearing their parents’ handmade, super-soft shoes from a very young age. They were surprised to discover that many of the baby shoes people thought of as healthy were hard, uncomfortable and restrictive, so when their daughters came along they went back to the workshop and made their own. 

Shoes are a family business, have you always wanted to start your own shoe company?
As best friends as well as sisters, we always wanted to start a business together, but in all honesty the shoes came a bit later. When we became mothers we were looking for a career change, and did that thing a lot of people do where we searched for the genius business idea which we could work on together, and after making some shoes for Osyth’s first daughter we found that the answer was staring us in the face!

What are the best bits about being your own boss?
Being able to work with a G&T on the desk when the children are in bed is a wonderful thing. It’s also great having no ceiling on our creativity, it’s a great feeling working only to our own limitations, and not someone else’s. The flexibility to work around family life has to be the absolute best thing. Although we have never worked harder, we are doing it on our own terms and can juggle family life so that we don’t miss out on so many important moments in our young children’s lives.

Has motherhood inspired your designs?
Absolutely. It’s only since becoming mothers that we realised there was a real need for shoes like ours. When our little ones started walking we struggled to find anything healthy and stylish in the shops, and so we went to our parents’ workshop and created our own. The style of our classic mocc is fine-tuned to give the best balance of comfort and protection for little feet. Our children also inspired our launch collection, and we have a colour to suit every mood, from playful primary colours, to classic muted tones and our favourites; the metallics and sparkles in our luxe line. Our children’s shoedrobes are fast outgrowing ours!

Where can we get our hands on some Bimbles?
Our website ships worldwide and we are in talks with a number of boutique shops who are hoping to stock our shoes. The first to sign up is Spotty Herberts in Bath with more to follow soon.

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OSYTH & BETHANY’S TOP 5 AFTER BEDTIME COCKTAILS

“Happy parents make happy kids. Although we strive to do the best for our children, everyone knows that running on empty is no good for anyone, and sometimes it’s just time to fill that tank with a well-earned drink. Here are a few of our favourites that get us through the ups and downs of mum-life.”

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THE NEGRONI 

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There’s been poo in the bath. There's been relentless emptying of drawers, cupboards, laundry hampers, the christmas decoration box and biscuit tins. There have been tears. There’s been cbeebies, possibly running the whole day. There’s been under-the-breath cussing, there’s been bribery. They’re in bed, and you don’t have to see them again for 12 hours (2 hours). Except now you miss them and you wish you could start the day again. It’s a Negroni day.

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THE GARRE DU TIGER (THE TIGER’S CLAW)

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It’s date night, the first in a while. You and your partner are full of anticipation – eating nice food uninterrupted, talking, being out after dark! You decide to stop at a Mexican bar before dinner for a quick drink. It makes sense, I mean you could get a call from the babysitter any minute. Every second is precious. So you down a carafe of Tiger’s Claw in 15 minutes….we should explain what a Tiger’s Claw involves. The main ingredient is mezcal, a bigger, better version of tequila. Then there’s lime juice, chilli and salt, except the salt is really ground-up maguey worms. Needless to say you’re on fire for the rest of the night. Not so much the next day though.

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THE PROSECCO COCKTAIL

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It’s been one of those glorious Saturdays when you’ve spent a lazy morning making nice instagram-worthy breakfast while your children play nicely together before meeting friends in a kid-friendly beer garden that actually serves great cocktails, and sipping on English Gardens (Hendricks gin, prosecco, elderflower cordial & mint) as the afternoon wanes. You feel all bubbly as you marvel at your wonderful life, friends, husband, kids etc. etc. Technically the kids are still up but it’s after their official bedtime so it counts. Disclaimer – this kind of day happens about once a year.

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THE SPICY MOJITO

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You’re on holiday. You’ve had a hot morning running around after the kids applying suncream, repeatedly re-applying hats, dusting off sand, feeding them, watering them, changing them. You’re in a dream spot but you haven’t had one single breath to yourself. And then it’s nap-time. You excitedly order your first drink of the day. It’s a chilli mojito. It’s sweet and it’s hot, just like this golden hour. You feel euphoric.

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THE HOT TODDY

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Everyone in the house has been struck down by the mother of all colds. You might even go so far as to indulgently call it flu, but you know it’s probably not. You congratulate yourself on your excellent immune system as you sweep about the house like Florence Nightingale mopping brows, wiping noses and making soup. Then, just as everyone starts to recover you get the achey eyes, the hoarse throat and the pang of regret that you weren’t even MORE sympathetic because this is really bad. It’s definitely flu. Finally it’s bedtime and before you sink into your long anticipated bed, your husband makes you a’medicinal’ hot toddy, you feel soothed, a bit tipsy and soooo relaxed. You might fall asleep on the sofa watching Come Dine With Me at this point.

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Sisters Osyth and Bethany launched Bimble in June 2016, working closely with professional podiatrists to develop the design and supported by the family, including their eldest brother Toby who runs the workshop in Somerset with his two sons.
Check them out here, and on instagram.

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DIY SPACE COSTUME IDEAS – GET READY FOR BLAST OFF!

Craft July 19, 2016
Emma Scott-Child
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Break out the tinfoil, let’s pretend we’re off to another planet (this one looks like its losing the plot anyway!)…We’re getting ready for Camp BestivalWe’ve packed all our stuff, now it’s time to sort out some Outer Space costumes to go with this year’s theme.

The thing I love about fancy dress costumes is that they don’t have to be perfect, they can be messy, absurd and falling apart because they only need to last a day. For me, having a baby was the perfect opportunity to come up with ridiculous outfits for any occasion because I had a tiny person to put them on. Christmas! Halloween! The Royal Wedding!.. it was when I dressed him as a box of takeaway noodles for an NCT get together (that happened to fall on Chinese New Year) that I realised I should probably go back to work and make use of all of this pent up creativity!

He’s now almost six and he’s still letting me dress him up, (which is very good of him, I know this won’t last forever!)…  So here are a bunch of space outfits, modelled by my kids with varying levels of craftiness – from absolute beginner to craft ninja.

Click the link under each image to see the DIY post with step-by-step instructions for each outfit.

 

THE SPACE ALIEN

LL_miniheaders_junior-crafterTake me to your leader! This one is super easy and you can buy all the bits from a craft shop. I actually found most of this stuff at Poundland. Great to make with kiddies.

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THE ROCKET SCIENTIST

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LITTLE RAE & BB8

LL_miniheaders_craft-noviceThis is a great ‘no sew’ costume. It’s simple and Rae is the ultimate kickass role model for fierce little women.  BB8 might not last a long time, but he’s very cheap to make and fun to paint. You could make his head out of papier maché, but I always feel like that’s a bit of a faff. This is a simple version that involves a lot less mess.

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RICHARD BRANSON’S MAIDEN VOYAGE

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THE BIG BANG!

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ROCKET GIRL

LL_miniheaders_craft-ninjaThere aren’t many times in your life when you get to wear silver lamé but a space party is the perfect excuse! I’d love to make an adult sized version of this one because it looks like a lot of fun.

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Let me know how you go with your creations! I’d love to see them. And look out for me at Camp Bestival. I’ll be dancing to Bananarama dressed as The Big Bang.

For more tips for festivalling with kids, take a look at my What To Pack list for a concise guide of what to bring, and Peckham Mama’s list of survival tips

If you’re looking for more fancy dress ideas check out my Terrors of London and our crafty minx tag for more crafty posts.

Photography & styling: Emma Scott-Child
Models: My lovely, very patient children Elliot and Frida. Thank you for being stupidly adorable. 

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DIY SPACE COSTUMES – A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

, Craft, Kid Wrangling July 19, 2016
Emma Scott-Child
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Continuing on from this post….

We’re getting ready for Camp Bestival. It’s time to sort out some costumes to go with this year’s theme, outer space. I’ve made bunch of outfits with varying levels of craftiness, from absolute beginner to craft ninja… I myself am not a sewing ninja… but I tried my best, just don’t look at the inside of the dress! Let me know how you get on with it, I’d love to see the results!

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THE SPACE ALIEN

LL_miniheaders_junior-crafterThis one is super easy and you can buy all the bits from a craft shop. I actually found most of this stuff at Poundland. Great to make with kiddies.

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A plastic headband
Some washi tape – or masking tape will do
Some pipe-cleaners
Polystyrene balls
PVA glue
A black marker

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  1. First draw black dots on the balls to make eyes
  2. Dip the end of our pipe-cleaner in some glue
  3. Push it into the polystyrene ball.
  4. Trim the pipe-cleaner. If it is the full length it might be too long to stand upright and it will flap about.
  5. Start wrapping the washi tape around the headband at one end. Once you get about a third of the way along, stop to add a pipe cleaner.
  6. Continue wrapping the tape around (keep it all in one piece, don’t break the tape off, it will lose strength).
  7. After you have wrapped it around a few more times, add another pipe-cleaner, then continue wrapping around.
  8. Bend them all up into an up right position.
  9. Now keep an eye out for Sigourney Weaver!

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THE ROCKET SCIENTIST

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For the jetpack:
Two soft drink bottles
Some cardboard – the lid of a shoebox will do.
Tulle for the hot jets
Cable ties
Elastic for the straps
Silver paint & a paintbrush
Scissors
Some tape

For the scientist:
A lab coat. I ours mine on Ebay
A NASA patch – also available on Ebay
A button up shirt and bow tie
Some glasses – I took the lenses out of some 3D specs from the cinema.

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  1. Drink all the Pepsi Max
  2. Paint the clean bottles silver. I used silver acrylic paint rather than silver aerosol paint because I had some little helpers and aerosol is hideous stuff to be around. We only needed two coats.
  3. Cut the cardboard so it is slightly smaller than the two bottles next to each other. Paint it silver on both sides.
  4. Cut your tulle into zig-zaggy flame shapes on one end
  5. Roll up the tulle and tape the ends to form a thick bunch. Stuff the bunch into the bottle hole. You could add some PVA glue so it doesn’t fall out.
  6. Cut two slits in the bottle and feed a cable tie through. Make sure it’s long enough to join up to itself to form a loop. I had to bend the end of mine into a little hook to get it to stick back through the second hole easily.
  7. Cut 4 slits into your card for each bottle. (See above)
  8. Loop the cable tie through the middle slits to fasten the bottle on and repeat with the other bottle.
  9. Thread the elastic through the other slits to make the straps and tie the ends in knot to for a sturdy loop. Perhaps get the scientist to try it on first, before you tie it off). I used the scissors to help wedge the elastic through the slits because it was a bit tricky.
  10. 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, blast-off!

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LITTLE RAE & BB8

LL_miniheaders_craft-noviceThis is a great ‘no sew’ costume for little girls and Rae is the ultimate kickass role model for fierce little women!  BB8 is really fun, he might not last a long time, but he’s very cheap to make and fun to paint.  You could strengthen the body, or make his head out of papier maché, but I always feel like that’s a bit of a faff. this is a simple version that involves a lot less mess.

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Some grey leggings or hareem pants
A white or grey vest top
Some old grey tights – cut to form arm bands
Black boots – or wellies would do.
A brown belt
Some grey fabric strips – I got some grey jersey from John Lewis.
Hair ties for her awesome badass hair style.

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This is super easy, just cut the strips of fabric and cross them over at the front. Add the belt on top to hold the fabric strips in place. Cut the tights to form armbands, then go and kick some ass.

BB8 ON A STRING

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This guy is really fun, he might not last a long time, but he’s very cheap to make and fun to paint.  You could strengthen the body, or make his head out of papier maché, but I always feel like that’s a bit of a faff. I’ve done a simple version that involves a lot less mess.

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A white paper lampshade – I got mine from the local hardware store, they also have them at Ikea.
Some string or wool
A bamboo skewer
A colander or salad bowl
White tissue paper
Bubble wrap
Tape
Paint – silver, orange and black to be authentic
Some scissors

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  1. First construct the lampshade.
  2. Take a sheet of tissue paper and putting it in the colander. (Stay with me, I know that sounds like a weird thing to do.)
  3. Stuff the bowl with bubble wrap, then fold the paper on top like you are wrapping a big bowl shaped present.
  4. Put loads of clear tape all over the top so it stays in shape and no paper bits stick out.
  5. Pop it out of the bowl and it should hold its shape.
  6. To thread it onto BB8, tape some wool to a bamboo skewer. This will pierce his head right through the middle, so make sure the tape is very tight so it won’t come off half way through.

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  1. Pierce the centre of his head and force the skewer all the way through.
  2. Pull the skewer through then pull the string through the body and tie it to the wire part at the bottom of the lampshade.
  3. When you hold him by the string he should look like BB8. Tie the wool to the top wire part as well so it doesn’t slide around too much.
  4. Now it’s time to paint him. I painted the circles on the sides by tracing circles around a side plate. Don’t be too precious about painting him, just go with it if you make a mistake. The kids finished it off looking at pictures of him and working out all the shapes. I love his wonky face and the kids are really proud of themselves for working it all out.
  5. Tie the end of the string to a stick, then watch him dance when you wave it about.
  6. Go and fight the evil galactic empire.

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RICHARD BRANSON’S MAIDEN VOYAGE

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A space suit – we got ours online here, only £9.99. Richard loves a bargain.
A wagon, or you could use a bike or a scooter.
Two soft drink bottles
Some tulle
Tape
Cardboard – we used a pizza box
Red paint
White paint or tippex
Some fluff for a beard and talcum powder for lightening his hair.

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  1. Made yourself some jets, like the ones for the jetpack. Then stick them to the side of the wagon, we used a glue gun to do this. You could also do it with cable ties.
  2. Paint some cardboard red and cut it into a super fast rocket sort of shape.
  3. Add a white Virgin logo to it with tippex or paint.
  4. Stick it to the side of the wagon.
  5. Lighten hair with talcum powder and stick on the goatee.
  6. Put on the space suit, then fund and build a research facility for figuring out the commercial viability of space travel for private use.*

*This part may take a while. 

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THE BIG BANG!

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Just because you’re going to a space themed festival, doesn’t mean you can’t live out your Coachella flower crown fantasies – just add a cosmic explosion!

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Some wire – I got mine from the craft shop
Pliers
Tape – washi tape or masking tape is best
Polystyrene balls – for the asteroids
Some paint for your asteroids
Bamboo skewers to help with painting the asteroids
Loads and loads of exploding tulle

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  1. Start by making a loop of wire that fits around your head, then make it slightly larger because all the tulle adds to the size of it.
  2. Tape the loop of wire, then wrap the tape around and around adding pieces of wire as you go. Similar to making a flower crown.
  3. Once your wire is all on, start adding the tulle.
  4. Cut long strips, then loop them around the wire.
  5. Keep adding and adding to the tulle until you’re pleased with your explosion.
  6. Then add your asteroids.

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  1. Stick the ball on a skewer to paint it, this will be much less messy than painting it while holding the ball.
  2. Let the skewers dry by standing them all in a jar, so they don’t touch anything until they are done.
  3. Stick them on the ends of the wires. I poked a new hole for this because the wire was thinner than the skewer. I also added a dab of PVA to the end of each wire before jabbing the ball on.
  4. I ended up trimming a few of the wires down so my asteroids were flying out at different levels.
  5. Kaboom!

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ROCKET GIRL

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There aren’t many times in your life when you get to wear silver lamé but a space party is the perfect excuse! I’d love to make an adult sized version of this one because it looks like a lot of fun.

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LL_miniheaders_YOU WILL NEED_620A dress to model the pattern on.
Silver lamé – I used 2 meters to make this dress for a three year old.
Cotton jersey fabric – I used this to line the dress so it wasn’t scratchy and hot.
Orange tulle – for the under skirt
White, green and black felt for the alien
Googly eyes for the alien
Some clear plastic for his window – you could get this from a plastic sleeve if you don’t want to buy loads of plastic.
Some glitter for the alien’s window
Glue to stick him together.

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I haven’t used a pattern to make this dress, I just traced around one of my daughter’s dresses that is a similar shape. I made it slightly larger to account for mistakes. Things always turn out smaller than you think they will be!

To make the dress:

  1. Trace around the template dress in chalk on both types of fabric. Give it a good inch more than the dress you’re tracing around.
  2. Cut it out, then add a slit at the back of the neck which will allow for the head to get through.
  3. Also cut out some triangles that are the length of the dress from under-arm to hem
  4. Sew the lining to the silver lamé around the neck, arms and side seams. Leave the bottom hem and shoulder seams open. Do this for the front and back.
  5. On the back, sew around he slit for the neck hole, so that when you turn it the right way around, it doesn’t gather ar the bottom of the slit.
  6. Turn it the right way around – the arm hole and neck will now not need any hemming.
  7. Check that it fits over your alien’s head. Some aliens have large heads, so you may need to re-adjust the slit at the back to be longer.
  8. Sew the shoulders together to form a sort of flappy apron.
  9. Before you sew the sides of the dress, make your wings. Sew the two pieces of lamé together along the bottom and diagonal side. Leave the side that gets sewn into the dress’ side seam open.
  10. Turn you wings the right way around and iron the seams flat.
  11. Pin the wings into the side seams of the dress.
  12. Sew the side seams to make the full dress.
  13. Now hem the bottom by hand, folding the lamé inside the dress, and sewing it to the lining, tucking under the raw edge so it doesn’t fray.
  14. I added an orange tutu under the dress for the fire. I already had the tutu, but you could easily make one using tulle and elastic to make a basic elasticated skirt. Remember – you always need twice as much tulle as you think you’ll need.
  15. Finish it off with a button at the top of the slit on the back if you feel really fancy.

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To make the hat:

  1. Cut some lamé into a quarter of a circle. Two layers of lamé, one layer of stiffer lining. I used some canvas fabric that I had left over from a beanbag for mine, but any stiff fabric would do. Denim, felt, cotton drill.
  2. Lay the two sheets of lamé on top of the lining layer
  3. Sew the curved edge and one of the straight edges.
  4. Turn it the right way around so that the lining is in between the two layers of lamé, and the crown of the hat (the seam that runs around the head), will be nice and neat.
  5. Iron the crown seam flat.
  6. Bring the two corners together to form a point hat shape.
  7. Sew along the edge where the two straight sides meet, then turn it the right way around to for the hat.

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To make the alien: 

  1. Cut two circles of felt. One for the background (I used white) and one for the frame of the porthole (I used black). Make the background circle slightly smaller than the frame. Cut the frame to be about 15mm thick,
  2. Cut out an alien to sit inside the window.
  3. Glue on his eyes
  4. Glue him to the back ground
  5. Add some glitter if you want
  6. Draw a ring of glue around the edge.
  7. Cut your plastic, for his window, to fit the circle and glue it down, sealing the alien and his glitter in the window.
  8. Now glue the frame on as well and let it dry.
  9. Position the porthole on the rocket and carefully sew around the frame to attach it to the dress. This might be easier by hand. Make sure you sew through the lining too,  the lamé might not be strong enough to hold the heavy porthole without tearing.
  10. Now get ready for blast off!

 

Let me know how you go with your creations! I’d love to see them. And look out for me at Camp Bestival. I’ll be dancing to Bananarama dressed as The Big Bang.

For more tips for festivalling with kids, take a look at my What To Pack list for a concise guide of what to bring, and Peckham Mama’s list of survival tips

If you’re looking for more fancy dress ideas check out my Terrors of London and our crafty minx tag for more crafty posts.

Photography & styling: Emma Scott-Child
Models: My lovely, very patient children Elliot and Frida. Thank you for being stupidly adorable.

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RATTAN FURNITURE : BACK IN A BIG WAY

, Spaces July 19, 2016
Celia Richardson
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I’m not sure, but I think my parents might have had an inkling of my future career when I announced at the age of 8 that I wanted a bamboo hanging chair for my birthday. Like all great parents of a strong minded 8 year old girl they gave in and my Mum only just got rid of it two years ago… Damn how I wish I had stopped her because the latest trend in interior furniture is all about rattan and bamboo.

Last week I shot one of my projects with furniture from Homeplace, they always have stock of beautiful vintage Rattan pieces like these unusual 1960’s chairs.

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I started looking around to find other Rattan pieces and these are my favourite finds:

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Top Image by Patrick Demarchelier

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HACKY MONDAYS – THIS LEGO HACK WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Hacks July 18, 2016
Emma Scott-Child
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Ok, so this isn’t a ‘life’ hack, it’s not going to change your life, but it blew my mind when I figured it out.

Lego and Duplo fit together. Of course they do! Those clever Danes! Now go and build a crazy hybrid tower.

Life hacks every Monday on Ladyland. Have you got a good one?
Photography & styling: Emma Scott-Child

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HAPPY HOUR – THE BASIL SMASH COCKTAIL

Food July 15, 2016
Margherita Poggiali
Happy Hour – The Basil Smash

Holidaying on the Mediterranean coast at the beginning of Summer is a real senses overload. The heat, the colours, the sun, the fragrant smells, everything conspires for you to be happy and your taste buds almost self-combust the fresh food is so good. So coming back to rainy London is a shock and you really try to prolong your holiday in every way you can.

My suggestion to survive this jolt is to swap pub-time for aperitivo-time. Get your favourite Southern European nibble and prepare yourself a Basil Smash – the perfect drink to get merry while enjoying a taste of the Mediterranean again.

 

THE BASIL SMASH

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  • 45ml Pisco
  • 25ml fresh lemon juice
  • 15ml simple syrup
  • 15ml elderflower cordial (or St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur if you prefer your drinks on the stronger side)
  • 3 or 4 large basil leaves or a small bunch of Greek basil leaves
  • basil leaves for garnish

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Mix the lemon juice, the simple syrup, the elderflower cordial and the basil leaves in a cocktail shaker. Muddle them all together making sure the leaves get properly crushed. Add the Pisco and some ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a short glass filled with fresh ice cubes and garnish with some fresh basil leaves.

A little note: This cocktail’s basil taste really depends on the type of herb you manage to find. So you should up or down the quantities according to what you get and if you are lucky enough to live on the Mediterranean coast and have access to richly odorous basil, maybe add only two leaves and taste your mix before adding the third.

Styling: Margherita Poggiali
Photography: Dee Ramadan

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WHAT’S ON THE WEB THIS WEEK: IN THE LADYLOOP 13-07-16

Ladyloop July 13, 2016
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If you’re looking for somewhere to begin your web wanderings, this is a good place to start each Wednesday…

Bella’s pretty embarrassed she’s only just discovered iconic Swedish storage system String, first created in 1949. Find your local stockist here.

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Emma loves this feature on Lucky Peach about the physical impossibility of those Instagram milkshakes you see everywhere. How do you construct one? How do you bloody eat the thing? Lucky Peach investigates…

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Margherita would love to wonder through Kyra Schmidt’s peacefully dreamy photographic landscapes one step at the time.

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Selina can’t stop watching Method Design’s dancing avatars

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Celia loves the poignant work of Jalal Sepehr. The title of his ‘Red Zone’ series refers to the unending state of alarm thrust upon the Middle East, with endless warning bells signalling war and political unrest we’ve all subconsciously almost gown to expect.

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TWO INGREDIENT ICE LOLLIES

Food July 12, 2016
Clementine Larvor
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I have jumped with both feet onto the ice lollies bandwagon! And yes, it is as good as all the food bloggers/preachers are telling you.

First I splashed out a whole £16 on a fancy mould after wasting money on various supermarket versions (which all broke within a week of use). Then I got making, freestyle, because that’s the beauty of it, no recipe needed, think of them as iced smoothies and you’re on the right track.

I am keeping things simple, with only two ingredients. My first attempt was strawberry and banana, a classic, you really can’t go wrong. Next was coconut milk (tinned version and full fat, obviously) and strawberries (again), and last but not least banana and peanut butter which I dipped in chocolate… Yes I am aware that makes three ingredients, but it was worth breaking the rules.

Apart from an ice lolly mould, you’ll also need a blender of some kind, so go on and get that Nutribullet out for a spin and get making. I don’t think it needs much explanation but I will anyway ’cause that’s what I’m here for…

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  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 4 heaped tsp smooth peanut butter
  • a splash of milk

You could also use

  • 1 tin of coconut milk
  • 1 punnet of strawberries

or

  • 4 bananas
  • 1 punnet of strawberries

optional

  • a bar of chocolate
  • sprinkles, nuts etc

 

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Ingredients

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1. Blitz all your ingredients in a blender, until smooth.

2. Pour into individual moulds, taking care not to overfill.

3. Wipe the mess before you add the plastic top.

4. Add the lolly sticks, don’t push them all the way otherwise you will get very short stick lollies, which isn’t very nice let’s be honest!

5. Freeze for at least 4 hours.

Once your ice lollies are done, it can be a little difficult to extract them from the moulds, don’t fret, just run the whole thing under hot tap water and you’ll be able to get them out in under 30 secs. Don’t try to pull with all your might, it will only lead to disaster and your kids will almost certainly cry.

If you want to add a little chocolate like I did, have a bowl of sprinkles at the ready and another of melted chocolate. Double dip each lolly, first in the chocolate and then in the sprinkles. Lay each of them on parchment paper and freeze again for 5-10 mins.

You can store your lollies in a freezer bag.

I’m going to keep experimenting with the following combos, but let us know what you try and what works for you?

Yoghurt+mango, nectarines+raspberries, coconut milk+pineapple+Malibu… dipped in white chocolate, whoa that’s 4 ingredients! Steady on.

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WHY FANCY SUN CREAM *IS* WORTH THE SPEND

Beauty July 12, 2016
Bella Binns
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If there’s one beauty product I’ll happily invest in, it’s sun cream. Even when backpacking in Asia, staring hard into the face of 6 months of negative income, I splashed out on a stash of Institut Esthederm that probably wiped out a whole month’s food budget in Kerala. Like I said, I think it’s an investment.

You only get one skin after all, and as we beauty editors never tire of telling you, UV damage is the single biggest factor in the ageing process causing our collagen to breakdown, pigmentation marks, and wrinkles to develop. It’s a cold, hard fact.

That said, I do think a little sun is good for the soul. That’s why I’ve made it my mission in life to find the holy grail of sun creams that allows my fair, English skin to develop a moderate golden glow, instead of blocking it out with Geisha-style chalky zincs which, in my *humble opinion, only make it even more sensitive and prone to burning. A light tan is the skin’s natural sun defence, after all.

And, while these are not cheap, what you spend on preparing your skin before you go into the light you’ll save on a multitude of aftersuns and concealers to counteract the lobster effect afterwards (we’ve all been there). You’ll find nothing under the dermatologist-recommended SPF 30 here, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have an enviable tan come the end of the summer. If you can only find some sun, that is.

Institut Esthederm Bronz Repair Anti-wrinkle and Firming Face Care, £55 at SpaceNK

One of my all-time favourite sun cream lines, these French formulas are categorised by strength of sun, rather than traditional SPF ratings. Think of this like a daily anti-ageing moisturiser and you’ll feel less giddy about the £50+ price tag.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Tinted Dry Touch Gel SPF50+, £13.50 at Boots

I first discovered La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios range in an Italian supermarket and it remains a favourite. This new dry touch gel is especially good if you worry about looking greasy, while the tint gives a healthy does of colour which means you can skip your usual base.

Sisley Super Soin Solitaire Tinted Sun Care SPF 30, £92.70

Sisley suncare is just bloody brilliant. True, you might need to remortgage for a summer’s supply, but the texture, scent and efficacy never fail to impress. This new tinted face formula comes in a choice of four shades.

Darphin Soleil Plaisir Anti-Aging Suncare for Body SPF 30, £29

This feels more like a luxey body lotion than a sun cream. Enriched with hydrating hyaluronic acid, nourishing natural oils and algae extracts, you’ll never resent slathering this on before a day at the beach.

Zelens Body Defence Water Resistant Sunscreen SPF 30 Silky Oil, £55

Developed by trusted derm Dr Marko Lens, this silky oil spray is light as a feather and contains some serious antioxidant protection. Plus it’s water resistant for up to 40 minutes.

Natura Bisse C+C Oil-Free Macro Antioxidant Sun Protection SPF 30, £47 at Feelunique

Barcelona brand Natura Bisse make an excellent line in oil-free suncare because, well, the sun shines A LOT in Spain. This facial formula is ultra-light but in 3 days trekking in the Atlas mountains, I didn’t burn once.

 

 

*Disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist

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