Thursday, 21 June 2012

Cheery Cheerfulness and Tossed Salad Chic

At last the sun appeared less shy this week and brazenly brushed aside the clouds. Still I've never known a Summer this UV challenged. And today its raining again. So I've decided to ignore all things damp, drizzly and wet and instead focus upon this weeks nuggets of positivity. I'm linking up with Reasons To Be Cheerful hosted by the lovely Mummy From The Heart where you'll find other posts that sparkle and shine .....

My Blog. I don't know if you'd noticed but its had an eye catching overhaul. I'm very pleased with the finish. It's simple, welcoming, clean and a little quirky, which is the look I was after. I really like the broken cassette tape, scruffy converse trainers and the splash of muted teal. The inspiration for the header was mine but the wonderful Violet Posy applied all the technical wizardry. And didn't she do a fabulous job? I spent most of last week frantically emailing her my ideas and demands for the perfect looking site; "could you add one more piece of scrunched paper over the r? ", "can you rotate the tape a little more? ", "the font size isn't quite right" .... I don't know how she put up with my constant requests and obsession with the tiniest of details. It must be tricky for a web designer to accurately interpret a client's ideas. Violet Posy's idea of 'quirky' could have been a world away from mine. Incidentally, I put the L into Luddite. You won't catch a me tinkering with the html and css That's why I had to bring in a learned soul to assist me with injecting some visual magic into this blog.

Fathers Weekend. We celebrated all things Younger Dad during Saturday as we were going to be with friends on Sunday morning. Anyway Younger Dad received a book, 'My Daddy Cooks' from Little A while I gave him a gift of speciality coffees. I made a firm family favourite reserved for birthdays and special occasions; pancakes oozing with full fat butter, maple syrup and bacon. Dee-licious.

On Sunday we went on a reconnaissance of Hertfordshire towns in a bid to choose the location of our next home. Letchworth, Hitchin and Harpenden all looked rather habitable but probably out of our price range. What we happened upon in Letchworth though was, oddly, Britain's very first round-a-bout. It was situated in the middle of a sleepy junction that was surrounded by generous grass verges and post war styled detached homes. I'm not quite sure how this historically recent town can lay claim to having the oldest round-a-bout. There was however a wooden sign post in the middle of the traffic island pompously proclaiming its ascendancy over every other round-a-bout in the country. It must have existed long before this leafy middle class enclave did. Younger Dad was going to make a left turn but I ordered he drive an honorary lap around ye olde circle of grass. I wonder if the National Transport Museum houses a chunk of turf from this slice of Letchworth's traffic history?

Somewhere near Harpenden we visited a Sunday Open Farm. Little A delighted in the daddy sized tractor wheels, sheep shearing and new born chicks. Younger Dad took her on a tractor and trailer ride. I waited by the sidelines with two beefburgers smearing grease on my fingers, the napkins were useless, while they took the tour of the fields perched on farm yardy hay bales. Both lunch and I had gone cold by the time they'd returned after a surprisingly long twenty minutes. Little A's enthusiasm had waned. So had mine. It was time to hit the road.

Britmums. Its finally arrived. My first blogging conference. I know I'm going to feel completely overwhelmed. You kindly read my words but what on earth will you make of me in real life? That's the part I'm nervous about. Now I haven't gone overboard with The Outfit. The ensemble I'm wearing is both casual and comfortable.

So dear reader I present to you the look I'll be rocking this weekend.

I call it Tossed Salad Chic, a thrown together medley of high street reliables from Gap, Next and M&S .....

Tossed Salad Chic



24 comments:

  1. Lovely reasons to be cheerful - the blog looks fab! I hope you enjoy Britmums this weekend. :)

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    1. Thank you! The weekend was great.

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  2. See you at BritMums. My first blogging conference too so come and say hello as I still fear nobody will.
    Love the blog look and may well have to contact the genius you mention if not too costly

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    1. Great to see you at Britmums. You were great as spokes person.

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  3. Blog looks great, love the colour scheme. I looked on VP's site a while back but it said she wasn't taking on anymore work - she did a great job on yours. Have fun at Britmums, think I will join in next year, still have my training wheels on LOL!

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    1. Training wheels - pah - I don't think so! Would have been lovely to meet you - next year? Cheers for liking the new look.

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  4. The new look is very lovely relaxed and chic. I am sad not to be going to bm as would of loved to meet everyone hope to see a detailed write up of what goes on!! I will definately be buying a ticket for next year.Lovely reasons to be cheerful xx

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    1. Thank you. The conference was great. Will go again next year, so see you then!

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  5. Loving your blog's look, the shoe was the first thing that caught my eye, just thrown away carelessly just like a child shredding his shoes and coat coming home from school and carelessly throwing scrunched up paper. Like a lived in relaxed home! Will definitely have to check out VP's site. Hope you have a fab time at Britmum's I am so gonna book a ticket next year!

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    1. Thank you ... I'me very pleased with it too. Britmums was fab - I highly recommend going. Will be going again next year.

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  6. Your blog looks fab! I love it. I hope you have a great time at BritMumsLive. I chickened out of going but am looking forward to hearing all about it from everyone. Love the outfit! x

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    1. Thank you ... the outfit worked well in the end, and the conference was great. Highly recommend you go next year!

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  7. Good luck house hunting! Your blog is gorgeous :-) wish I was meeting you this weekend

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    1. Thank you ... I'm very pleased with it. Did you not go this year? Maybe we can meet next year - I'm definitely going to go again next year.

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  8. I may have commented here before? Not sure - but through R2BC if I have - but as far as my memory goes I came here not knowing your layout before and saw your header and the first impression I had was WOW, fab layout!!!!

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    1. That's very kind. Thank you. I'm very pleased with it too!

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  9. Good luck at Brit Mums! You'll be fine. So so wish I was there too. I want a full report. Outfit and blog looking fab, natch. xxx

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    1. Thank you. I really enjoyed it. It was nerve wracking and overwhelming but really worth going!

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  10. Love your tossed salad chic! Have a super time at Brit mums. Think I'm definitely going to have to join the fray next year. x

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    1. Thank you ... it was the right look in the end. I had a fab time. Oh yes! You must come next year!

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  11. So that's what a Converse trainer looks like! I've been reading all about them recently (very popular in France, apparently) but hadn't yet got around to Googling them. Great post, good luck at Britmums, I'm sure it will all be lovely. Looking forward to hearing about it next week. Polly x

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    1. I have a pair and they are very comfy. Britmums was great - I highly recommend going.

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  12. Hmmm Harpenden, does that mean you are local to me? I am WGC, herts.

    Mich x

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    1. It means I may well be near you when we eventually move!

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