A birthday, a half marathon and breton stripes – #Littleloves

This week I’ve felt so full inside because it’s Winston’s birthday today! He turns 3. I’ve tried all week to hide my excitement so he wouldn’t keep asking me about it, but it was mighty hard. Everybody seems to say that years fly by but I don’t feel that way. I feel like time has been kind to us and allowed steadiness. Pathetically I’ve cried a few times – in recognition that there is no going back. He is a proper little boy – one with a voice, opinions, wants, actions and demands. It’s completely amazing, but he’s growing up and I’m not quite ready to move on. I love this picture of him when he was a couple of days old. It was taken when I was still in complete naivety to the ups and downs of parenthood. When I think of those whirlwind first few weeks it makes me chuckle.

baby winston


My half marathon training schedule, which I should be feeling excited about but can’t get motivated about. I ran a marathon nearly two years ago now and long runs just seem so long ago. I found the marathon awful, but we did find out I was pregnant with Ru the day after so there is a positive! Now I just do the occasional Park Run or treadmill session as I much prefer to do weights and ab work. I will need to dust off my running shoes within the next week or so though. I’m psyching myself up for it.


This is definitely my worst offering every single week. The only thing I have watched this week is ‘Panorama: What Britain Wants’. It explores whether politics can really offer what the people of Britain want. A big part of it this week explored love and how the breakdown of the family unit and community is creating unhappiness and loneliness. It’s a four part series that I’ll be catching up on when I get the chance.


Julia Donaldson’s ‘The Troll’ has been in our car this week and it’s sending me just a tad crazy. I haven’t heard much else and Winston encourages forces me to sing along. Other than that I’ve really noticed the birds chattering wildly most evenings. Another reminder that Spring is almost upon us.


My sewing machine has been out every night this week making various birthday related items. At the moment Winston spends hours and hours ‘fixing things’ so we decided to get him a tool set. The apron that came with it was a bit flimsy, so I made him one earlier in this week. W helped choose the fabrics, without knowing what it was for! I can’t wait for him to see it.

handmade tool kit apron

handmade tool kit


I’ve worn stripes this week along with my usual uniform of black skinnies and ankle boots. It’s been a little warmer so I’ve been able to forgo a coat some days and head out in my crazy tassled coatigan.

ankle boots tassels


This burnt orange midi skirt was £5.99 in the ZARA sale last Saturday and I absolutely love it. I’m a huge fan of the midi and I love it with the stripes.


Jared doesn’t often buy me random presents, but when he does, he gets it right. He returned home from skiing with some perfume – Miss Dior, and I’ve been wearing it lots.

And lastly…

I made some felt party hats for Winston’s birthday and I’ll be putting together a tutorial for this shortly. Sometimes I feel like my blog is so random – seriously!

Have a really lovely weekend!

E xx

#LittleLoves is a chance to remember all the things that made up your week. Linking up with Morgana.




  1. 13th March 2015 / 7:09 am

    Ahhhh…birthdays! We’ve had a birthday this past week too. I like what you put about time… I often feel the old saying is true… “The days are long, but the years are short” I really feel that right now. Love that gorgeous little necklace too!

    • 15th March 2015 / 10:45 pm

      I can definitely relate to that saying. I had forgotten about that one, so thank you for sharing. I hope you enjoyed a happy birthday together xx

  2. Mummy Hearts You
    13th March 2015 / 7:11 am

    I love Miss Dior, such a gorgeous perfume, one of my favourites! You clever lady, that work belt is amazing! Loving your necklace! Popping over from #littlelove

    Have a lovely weekend xx

    • 15th March 2015 / 10:46 pm

      I was pretty impressed with his choice…I think he chose it because he likes Natalie Portman. Haha. She is gorgeous! Thank you very much and I hope you had a lovely weekend xx

  3. Life as we know it
    13th March 2015 / 9:04 am

    Happy birthday Winston! It is quite bittersweet to watch them grow up isn’t it. I want to slow down time a little. I’m sure he will adore his tool belt, it’s amazing. My sewing machine is in storage and I can’t tell you how much I miss her., I’m itching to make something. Have a lovely birthday celebration xx

    • 15th March 2015 / 10:49 pm

      Bittersweet is the exact word. He won’t wear the tool belt, which is rather amusing. He says he prefer it laid on the sofa so he can see all the tools. Maybe one day? Kids! I know exactly what you mean about itching to make something…I hope you can crack it out soon! Thank you! x

  4. 13th March 2015 / 9:42 am

    Happy birthday! They grow so fast don’t they? Gorgoues necklace and I absolutely love the little tool set that is so cute. My kids would love it. Lovely outfits, can’t beat stripes! #littleloves

    • 15th March 2015 / 10:50 pm

      Thank you and absolutely! Stripes are so easy to wear and so versatile…reminding myself of that recently! x

  5. butwhymummywhy
    13th March 2015 / 11:36 am

    That tool belt is fantastic! I’m in awe of anyone that can sew and make things. Happy birthday to your little boy xx

  6. littlejampotlife
    13th March 2015 / 12:38 pm

    Love the newborn photo, makes me broody! Loving your outfits here, stripes are a hit here too. Yay for sewing, thats impressive, I attended a sewing course last week and managed to make a cushion! I was so chuffed, I now just need to make more time (or find it!) to keep it going before I forget! Hope your boy has a fab birthday, my middle little is going to be three in May! x

    • 15th March 2015 / 10:51 pm

      That is amazing that you made a cushion. It feels so good to make something and once you have the confidence the possibilities are endless. Thank you and I hope you had a lovely weekend! xx

  7. 13th March 2015 / 5:45 pm

    Ooh what a pretty skirt..and amazing sewing, that’s such an awesome little tools belt! Hope birthday celebrations go well 🙂 xx

  8. Nat Jones
    14th March 2015 / 10:00 am

    Such an awesome little tool belt! I wish I could sew like that! Have a great weekend!! x

  9. 14th March 2015 / 10:49 pm

    That tool belt is amazing, you are so talented! Happy Birthday to Winston, he was a gorgeous baby. Have a wonderful Mothers Day tomorrow x

  10. 15th March 2015 / 5:13 pm

    The tool belt is FAB! I so wish I could sew!! Love the midi-skirt, absolute Zara bargain! Kerry x

  11. Raising Mighty Girls
    17th March 2015 / 10:28 pm

    You could def sell those tool sets – too cute. And I love a Breton stripe! #littleloves

  12. lifeatthelittlewood
    18th March 2015 / 12:48 pm

    Cutest baby picture EVER!!! So adorable Esther! 🙂 Happy birthday little man! I love your stripes and midi too – I have an impressive midi collection and am so dying for it to warm up so I can start to wear them! Hope you are having a lovely week! Xx

  13. Not A Frumpy Mum
    18th March 2015 / 9:00 pm

    Happy Birthday little man, such a cutie. Gorgeous skirt xx

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