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MAKE A CHRISTMAS SNOWFLAKE OUT OF KEBAB SHOP BAGS

, Craft December 1, 2016
Emma Scott-Child
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Aah, ’tis the season to eat, drink, be merry and grab a cheeky kebab before you pretend to be less pissed while you pay the babysitter. Just me? I know I’m not alone.

Well, while you’re visiting your friendly neighbourhood junk food supplier, why not ask them for a bunch of their kebab bags so you can make a dazzling paper star? It requires some assembly, but not so much that you can’t do it hangover. Winner! Mum of the Year! Go and show the PTA!

I’ve made another version of this before using stripy paper bags, but this is the festive version that ends up looking more like a snowflake than a star. Perfect for the front door / school winter fair / shop windows / hiding that bit of the wall that you still haven’t painted from your dad at Christmas time.

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  1. You’ll need 8 or 9 bags per star. I bought 20 from my kebab guy for £1.50. (He obviously thought I was a nutter but I know he’s seen worse.)
  2. A glue stick – don’t be shy with the glue, make sure it really sticks
  3. Scissors

That’s is! check out the video and let me know how it goes if you make one! Show me on instagram with #ladylandmakes

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Video and styling: Emma Scott-Child

Thanks to my lovely assistant, Frida and Lotte Goodwin, handmodel and camera operator extraordinaire

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HACKY MONDAYS – REVIVE TEA-STAINED CHINA

Hacks November 28, 2016
Emma Scott-Child
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If your mugs, are looking a little tea-stained, rub a teaspoon of baking soda (no water) onto the area using a dry paper towel and it will magically come off. Yep, that’s right, no water. It sounds weird but it works because baking soda is abarasive and scratches off the stain.

I’m pretty sure my granny would have done this. She would also find it hilarious that this is now considered a ‘hack’. She was a no nonsense lady in an immaculate house, with a puff of mauve hair and a budgie on her shoulder. #goals.

We do life hacks every Monday on Ladyland. Have you got a good one?

Photography & styling: Emma Scott-Child

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THE 2017 CAMP BESTIVAL THEME….

Craft November 24, 2016
Emma Scott-Child
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This is probably the most exciting thing that has ever happened here in Ladyland.
We’re announcing the theme for Camp Bestival 2017!!
Drumroll please….

POPSTARS & ROCKSTARS!!

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Time to dust off your air guitar and golden hotpants! Here’s some outfit inspiration for you.  Thank you to my fabulous models for all of your rocking attitude, watch out Camp Bestival these guys might just to steal the show!

Maiwenn as…

AMY WINEHOUSE

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Frida as…

BJORK

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Cohen as…

PRINCE

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Raph as…

BOWIE

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Charlotte and Dalia as…

DAFT PUNK

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Ryan, Horace, Jack and Elliot as…

JOHN, PAUL, GEORGE & RINGO

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Pete as…

ELTON JOHN

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Molly as…

SLASH

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Matilda as…

LADY GAGA

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If you’ve landed here by accident and you’re thinking, ‘What the hell is Camp Bestival?’ Imagine this; A music festival designed especially for families… that doesn’t mean it’s all Twiglets and puppet shows. They cater for the WHOLE family. Mum and Dad and the kids. Last year we managed to catch Fat Boy Slim and Django Django… as well as Mr Tumble. There’s also the world’s biggest bouncy castle (aka the pelvic floor workout of doom), amazing food trucks – my husband disappeared at one point and returned with a lobster roll! – comedy, science, craft, films, extreme sports all in Dorset. Basically something for everyone. Everyone there has kids, so the atmosphere is really friendly. People get it, they help each other out.

There’s also a bar with a sandpit in it…. or a sandpit with a bar in it… you decide, either way, it’s everyone’s happy place.

You’ve got until July next year to get your costume sorted – which means I’ll need to get working on my Gwen Stefani abs now so I can wear this outfit! Ha! Yeah right!.

Models: Maiwenn, Frida, Raph, Cohen, Dalia, Charlotte, Molly, Jack, Ryan, Horace, Elliot, Matilda and Pete
Photography and costumes: Emma Scott-Child
Hair and make up: Clementine Larvor
Glamorous assistants: Stevie and Bruce from Bestival, Tom, Bethie and Helen Gibson

Huge thanks to Camp B for making this happen! See you in July!

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JUMP ON THE HYGGE BANDWAGON

Spaces November 23, 2016
Celia Richardson
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The evenings have drawn in and the weather is showing us all kinds of damp and grey, winter isn’t coming, it’s already here!

At this time of year I have to force myself outside and only then, when truly necessary. I love a lazy lay-about and cosy time at home, but it can be so easily sapped by social media, devices and a general continuation of the hectic ways of day-to-day life.

So, when I started reading about the Danish lifestyle Hygge (pronounced Hoo-ga) where simple things are enjoyed and time is taken to pause and create celebration out of simple daily moments, I thought this would the perfect time of year to fully embrace it (despite the current Hygee backlash in the British press!).

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While apparently there’s no one English word to describe Hygge, several could be used to describe the idea of Hygge: cosiness, charm, happiness, familiarity, comfort, contentment, kinship, and simpleness. I have a few friends who implement this in their lives already, making a slow-cooked porridge for breakfast, taking time to brew a pot of tea with loose leaves, lighting a candle with meals. Hygge is all about enjoying the moment and being in the moment. These are all things which could help me enjoy the winter rather than drudging through it.

Of course I can’t stop there and while I’m imagining my perfect cosy Hygge set up there are a few ‘little’ items that might just help me get into the swing of it….

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Photography from IngredientsLDN

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HACKY MONDAYS – BACK-TO-FRONT ADVENT CALENDAR

Hacks November 21, 2016
Emma Scott-Child
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Ok then, this week I’ve eaten four mince pies and it’s only a week until the advent calendar comes out. I am willing to admit that Christmas is almost here.

Something I’ve been meaning to do for ages is clear out some of the kids’ toys before a fresh batch of clutter arrives but this Christmas hack is a way of sorting that our without lifting a finger.

Get your kids to choose one thing each day that they don’t need anymore and add it to the back-to-front advent calendar. It can be something small, or something they’ve grown out of… (we have about 60 Happy Meal toys that could move on!). On Christmas Eve Santa will come and take the toys away to give to some other children who aren’t fortunate enough to have so many nice things.*

Hulk doesn’t look impressed with the situation, but we’ve all seen Toy Story 3, he’ll have some new mates in no time.

We do life hacks every Monday, have you got a good one?
Photography and styling: Emma Scott-Child

*Santa will most likely be too pissed to actually take them away on Christmas Eve, so these things might stay in the shed until Jan 2nd.

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MAKE AN AUTUMN LEAF CROWN – USING JUST LEAVES

Craft November 15, 2016
Emma Scott-Child
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The other day I made some of these in the park with fellow Ladylander Celia. We got really into it… no idea where our kids were, but we were having fun like a couple of bushcraft nerds.

These are so simple because all you need is LEAVES!… that’s it. No string, no scissors, just leaves. So this is how you make an autumn leaf crown… check it out…

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This is my regal face… do you like it? All hail the autumn queen!!… Nutter.

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Happy Autumn!

Video and styling: Emma Scott-Child

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HACKY MONDAYS – ORGANISE YOUR PLUGS WITH WASHI TAPE

Hacks November 14, 2016
Emma Scott-Child
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Mark your appliances with washi tape so when you need to plug something into a power board you’ll know what you can unplug. Every time I do it I have visions of being on a walkie-talkie to Sandra Bullock in a hostage situation. “Do I unplug the black wire or the white wire? Quick everyone will die!”…Just me?

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

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HOW TO HOST A BABY SHOWER – LADYLAND STYLE

Conversation, Craft, Food November 10, 2016
Emma Scott-Child
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A few months ago we welcomed a new little guy into the Ladyland family, Bella’s baby Dylan. Obviously we held a baby shower (any excuse for a party). And managed to get through about eight tonnes of cake and a whole lot of prosecco. So I thought I’d share some of the details in case you’ve got a mate who’s about to pop and you’ve been put in charge of proceedings.

So here’s how to host a baby shower, Ladyland style…

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MAKE IT ALL ABOUT MUM

Hold the episiotomy horror stories. No one wants to hear of their impending incontinence while they’re plump and emotional. Keep it all about the mum-to-be and a ban on any stories that start with “after I gave birth, I ….”

A great way to make it personal is to include the dad as well (he might be there if it’s a co-ed affair). Play a baby version of the old hen-do staple Mr and Mrs. Ask the dad a bunch of questions about mum and her pregnancy and get the mum to guess his answers. Even better if you can video his responses to play on the day.

Some starters…

Where was the baby conceived?
What has her craziest pregnancy request been so far?
What do you hope your baby gets from you partner?
Best comedy name for the baby?
Would you rather your baby became a porn star or BNP leader… that sort of thing…
Add in a bit at the end for him to write something lovely (warning, this might make her cry).

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THE DAY THREE JAR

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The day your baby is born you feel like a mother warrior goddess with the most perfect baby the world has ever seen. Then three days later, the post-partum pregnancy hormones subside and you can be a leaky, emotional wreck, in a body you don’t recognise… and you realise your baby looks like a squashed potato.

… so this is for day 3.

Get a fancy jar and get everyone to fill it with notes of encouragement. Give her some advice on breastfeeding, sleeping, healing, anything. Or if you don’t have kids yet, just tell her why you love her, it will make her day.

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BOOB CUPCAKES

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Much like a penis straw at a hen-do, the boob cupcake should be a staple at any baby shower. Here’s my recipe for fabulous boob cakes. And because even immature baked good should be ethnically diverse, there’s a chocolate and vanilla version.

VANILLA CUPCAKES

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110g/4oz butter or margarine, softened at room temperature
110g/4oz caster sugar
2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
110g/4oz self-raising flour
1-2 tbsp milk

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  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. Mix the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale (you may need to soften the butter in the microwave a smidge). Beat in the eggs a little at a time and stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Add the flour and a little milk until the mixture is smooth and batter-like. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are half full.
  4. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden-brown on top. Test by sticking a skewer into one of the cakes and see if it comes out clean. Cool the cakes on a wire rack.

CREAM CHEESE ICING

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300g icing sugar, sifted
50g unsalted butter, at room temperature
125g Philadelphia cream cheese, cold

Pink boobies: Red gel food colouring
Brown boobies: cocoa powder

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  1. Beat the icing sugar and butter together with an electric mixer on medium-slow speed until the mixture comes together and is well mixed (if it doesn’t come together add some more melty butter or a dash on milk).
  2. Add the cold cream cheese in one go and beat until it is completely incorporated. Turn the mixer up to medium-high speed.
  3. Now add either a tiny bit of red colouring to make it a pink boob, or a few teaspoons of cocoa powder for a brown boob.
  4. Continue beating until the frosting is light and fluffy. Do not overbeat, if it starts to look floppy, stop beating it (good advice for life non?).
  5. When the cake is completely cold, spoon the cream cheese frosting between the layers and around the whole cake… and eat the rest with a spoon in your pyjamas.

NIPPLES

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I’ve made these a few times with varying ingredients for the nipples.

For strawberry nipples: strawberries and red or orange jelly tots

For chocolate nipples: Large milk chocolate buttons, black jelly tots

  1. Slice a strawberry into thin circular slices. Try to find the roundest one in the punnet.
  2. Get a packet of Jelly Tots, pour them into a glass with some red food dye. Swish them around a bit then leave them on a sheet of paper towel to dry out.
  3. Pop the jelly tot on top of the strawberry slice. You could use a bit of the frosting to stick it on if need be.
  4. Stick the chocolate chip to the button with a dab of icing. Voila! Boobies!

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TAKE THE PREGNANCY TEST

Having a kid is the perfect themefor a pub quiz. There’s so much general knowledge to draw from. Everything from the science of childbirth to naming the members of Paw Patrol. Make sure you mix up the teams so you have parents and non-parents on each team.

You can download the quiz I made here… questions include:

By the time a mother gives birth her uterus would have expanded to how many times it’s original size? Answer… 500!!!?
What is the weight of the largest recorded baby ever?
Which of these options IS a character from In The Night Garden
A: Pacca Macka
B: Acca Dacca
C: Macca Pacca
D: Daisy Boo
Who has given birth to the latest baby in the Kardashian dynasty?

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GRANNY KNOWS BEST

This is a great one to involve the family of the parents-to-be. Even better if they are there on the day. Plus it gives everyone an insight into that the new parents have to look forward to.

Ask both grannies (or dads, sister’s brothers) for some funny stories about the mum-and-dad-to-be when they were kids. “My child once… got a raisin stuck in their nose / wanted to be an estate agent / got so drunk I had to pick them up from a Tescos car park….” etc.

Then take these statements and read them out to the guests who have to guess which parent-to-be committed these acts. Cue laughter and embarrassing anecdotes. A great way for Granny to feel a part of the day as well. 

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You’ll need lots of cake. Get people to bring something along and you won’t go hungry. And fizz… get some of that too.

Good luck! If you try any of these ideas, let us know how it all went!

Photography & styling: Emma Scott-Child

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HAPPY HOUR – APPLE & RUM HOT TODDY

Food November 4, 2016
Emma Scott-Child
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Fireworks season is here which means it’s officially the beginning of mulled wine season. A season which I whole heartedly take part in because it opens up a whole new genre of drinks: hot cocktails.

I’ve already divulged my other dirty little rum secret, hot spiced buttered rum: this tipple is marginally less calorific.

I’ve used a nice fancy Anthropologie glass in the photo, but it’s the sort of drink that could also be drunk from a thermos, standing rugged-up in a muddy park, blinking up at the sky while some explosions go off.  Happy weekend, people!

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  • Cloudy apple juice
  • Spiced rum – I used Sailor Jerry
  • Five whole cloves
  • One or two whole star anise
  • Grated orange rind
  • A cinnamon stick

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Heat up some apple juice in a saucepan or microwave to just before boiling point, then pour it into a mug or glass with a shot of rum in it.

Put the grated orange rind, cloves and star anise in a tea infuser and add the cinnamon stick; allow to infuse for a few minutes.

Give it a stir and enjoy.

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A/W BEAUTY TRENDS – WHO DARES WINS

Beauty November 1, 2016
Bella Binns
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So, which A/W16 beauty trend are you currently coveting? When you get to a certain age you pretty much know what suits you and what doesn’t, the flipside being that it can be really, REALLY hard to break out of your standard look and try something new – I should know, beauty editors are the worst and least adventurous with make-up of all the people I know. The irony. Thankfully we have make-up fairy godmothers like the wonderful Tahira who are more than willing to nudge us safely out of our comfort zones. Here, she gives us six wearable ways to sport this season’s best beauty trends, from daring gothic-toned lips (perfect for leftover lippy from halloween) to a great graphic liner look. Yes, you’ll need to be a bit brave but as you can see, the results are definitely worth it. Off you go then.

“Clemmie often wears a statement lip but rarely a dark one, yet I couldn’t think of anyone better to sport this season’s Matte Modern Gothic trend. Clemmie also never uses liner (and truth be told, neither do I) but for a modern 90s feel and a beautifully crisp lip edge (if that’s what you are going for) this Topshop combo of Girl Bye Lip Liner and Liquid Lip in Decoy is perfect.”

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“Bethie has small eyes, fabulous lashes and great lips. She’s a perfect candidate for the Flutter Lash trend.  I used various shades from Rimmel’s Magnif’eyes 001 Eye Contouring palette − a practical little nude matte/shimmer collection − then layered on two to three coats of Glo + Ray Air Ex mascara. I also rubbed a bit of red lipstick into Bethie’s lips for a softer more stained effect, letting the lashes shine as the stars of the show.”

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“Lailar’s beautiful shapely eyes and cheekbones lend themselves perfectly to the Graphic Liner trend. First I applied a little 3INA Cream Eye Shadow in shade #312 all over the lid, then played with a Rimmel London ScandalEyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner on top and a Bourjois Liner Feutre (felt tip style) underneath. Easy Technique: Apply your liner as if you were going to draw a flick all the way across, but stop it short and square just about ⅔ of the way across the eye. Then, make a thin line on the bottom inner ledge. I curled Lailar’s lashes and added two coats of mascara. Clean skin and a neutral lipliner filled with clear gloss finish this look.”

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“LADYLAND’s own resident mermaid Emma is a perfect model for the Jewel Tone trend. I basically created a smoky eye using a bright colour and added a bit of glitter to lift the look. I smudged Glo & Ray Summer Sky Eyeliner pencil (from the marvellous Balloon Pop Limited Edition set) all over the outer corner of the eyelid and then blended with a brush. Using what was left on my brush I smudged the under-eye area. I then lined the waterline with another Glow & Ray liner in Ocean Blue (same set) to add depth. For a bit of fun I smudged Topshop Glitter Liners in Shapeshifter and Wisp into the inner corners of the eyes and eyelids. To finish, I applied three coats of Miss Sporty Fabulous Lash Colour Extreme Mascara in turquoise.”

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“Lovely Lotte never wears a dark lip, but she loved this Plum Ombre I created for her, getting a little creative with products. First I used a Topshop Lipstick in Role Model around the edge with a sharp lip brush (Try My Kit Co. Expert Line and Define) then I dabbed 3INA Liquid Eyeliner #505, a shimmery wine colour, in the mid-section and finished with a bit of classic clear MAC Lipglass. To offset the strong lip, I left eyes simple, layering YSL Full Metal Shadow in Onde Sable and Rimmel Glam’eyes Mono Eyeshadow in 001 Gold Record for a really glittery yet subtle eye colour.”

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“I’m always up for a make-up adventure and love the idea of Red Eye Make-Up as a trend, but wanted to avoid looking ill or like an OLD teenager. So I just updated a basic flick with a bit of a red swipe using Glo & Ray Sky Breaker, again from the Balloon Pop Set. It went on really easily and smoothly and once set, stayed put! I then applied my flick as normal, using Sisley So Intense Eyeliner, curled my lashes and applied two coats of RMS Volumizing Mascara. For my lips we decided to try two versions: a really dark gothic look using Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick in Bankrolled, or Sisley Hydrating Long Lasting Lipstick in L24 Plum. Which do you like best?”

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Photography & art direction: Emma Scott-Child
Hair and make-up: Tahira
Thank you to our lovely models! @mother_of_daughters @hungermama @ottistudio and Lailar. 

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