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While we were in Luxembourg at my parents we had a sneaky two days in Paris without the microbee. We were really worried about leaving Milo, as he’s never been away from us for longer than an evening, which is why we only stayed away for two nights and made sure we were back well before bed time on the day we returned. In the end, it was totally fine! He apparently did not cry or have tantrums at all, which is nothing short of a miracle!

Paris

Anyway, it was good we only went for two days because we completely knackered ourselves out walking about all day. We hardly got the metro at all and our legs felt so tight by the end of it we were ready to collapse onto the train.

Paris

We have a very specific way of discovering a city actually, which I’m not sure anyone else does, but works for us. Pretty much all our holidays are to European cities, and what we do is research them lots in guides (we always get time out if there is one), websites and blogs and find some hidden gems. Which sometimes turn out not to exist any more, or not be so gem-like after all, but doesn’t matter because the most important thing is that once we’ve picked them we walk between them. And in the process see the city.

Paris

On our full day the things we had looked up were a secret toy shop, a street of antiques shops focusing on mid century stuff and an arcade. In the end, the toy shop was either closed down or in renovation (it’s courtyard was a building site) and the antiques street turned out not to be particularly mid century based after all (the arcade was ace and I will blog it soon), but in the process we walked from Pere Lachaise, to Bastille roundabout, to Notre Dame, Saint Germain du Pres, the Louvre and all the bits round Opera and les Halles. We’d planned to get the metro to a restaurant we’d picked in Pigalle before fabric shopping in Montmartre but in the end there wasn’t a convenient connection so we ended up just walking there too.

Montmartre

I really recommend this approach to exploring a city, it gives you something to focus on so you don’t just wander about randomly, but it does have an element of chance to it depending on what connecting street you end up taking and you’ll stumble across lots of fun things you’d never otherwise have noticed!

And that’s all for today! I’ve got a few Paris-themed posts planned over the next few weeks, so more soon!

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A trip to the butterfly park

butterfly park
butterfly park
butterfly park
butterfly park
butterfly park
butterfly park
butterfly park
butterfly park
butterfly park
butterfly park
butterfly park
butterfly park
butterfly park
butterfly park
butterfly park
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butterfly park
butterfly park
butterfly park
butterfly park

While we were in Luxembourg we went to the butterfly park in Grevenmacher near the German border for a small trip. Milo wasn’t that interested in the butterflies, I think they were too high up and too fast moving for him but he loved the birds, fish and lizards. I went a bit crazy with taking photos, there was just so many photogenic things and I don’t know how to edit them down!

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What I wore: autumn greens

Autumn fun
Autumn fun
Autumn fun
Autumn fun
Autumn fun
Autumn fun

I’m not actually autumn’s biggest fan, seeing as in Scotland it means constant rain and the stealthy onset of below zero temperatures at night, but I’ll take it if it means sunny beautiful orange toned gardens, as it did at my parents!

The skirt is my second Deer and Doe Chardon. I felt a bit guilty not actually showing what it looked like round the waist, so here it is with something tucked in. I’m actually not 100% sure it’s a good idea to tuck this tshirt in, it bunches around the belly. Oh well, add it to the list of not quite rights about this outfit! The fabric choice was definitely not ideal, I ironed this about 15 minutes before taking the pictures and it’s already completely crumpled. Can’t win them all!

Also wearing new shoes here. They are the same style from clarks as the white ones I got at the beginning of the year and have worn constantly since then. They were my finishing studying treat. I really needed some canvas shoes more as my cons are completely walked through to the point the canvas is showing on the sole and water is getting in, but it’s getting cold anyway so I won’t be needing those much until the spring, and I wanted these more. I am so into brogues! The white looks great but it’s a pain to keep clean whereas the black I can just cover it up with polish if it ever gets scratched.

Outfit stats:
* top – orla keily for uniqlo * skirt – I made it * necklace – tatty devine, gift * shoes – clarks

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Project 52: 42/52

ready steady go

We’ve discovered a new game. Well the game’s not really new, it’s just running around, but Milo has, on his own accord, started saying ‘Steady, GO!’ (I guess they must have taught him this at nursery. As they must have taught him that horses are called horseys, sheep baa baas and trains choo choos. Because they are not phrases we ever used to him ourselves until he started using them himself.) So now we play ‘Ready, Steady, Go’ which is basically him crouching down and then everyone running off at go.

A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014

P.s. Dave disagreed with my photo choice this week. Of course he was overruled because while I value his views (Hi skat!) I’m the boss of this blog. But in case anyone would like to see a less dynamic, but more smiley picture of Milo in ready steady go mode, this is his favourite.

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Louisiana, Copenhagen

LOUISANA
LOUISANA
LOUISANA
LOUISANA
LOUISANA
LOUISANA
LOUISANA
LOUISANA
LOUISANA
LOUISANA
LOUISANA
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LOUISANA
LOUISANA
LOUISANA
LOUISANA

We’re in Paris today, so I thought it was about time to post the last of the photos from our previous holiday, to Copenhagen. These are all from Louisiana, a contemporary art museum a while out of the city along the Oresund estuary. The special exhibitions that were on weren’t amazing, but the building itself is great, and the sculpture garden looking onto the sea and Sweden is totally stunning, especially on a beautiful day. They also have an amazing children’s wing, with lots of art materials, and that awesome lego wall. And a great Scandinavian design shop!

Sorry about the number of photos! This is only half of them!

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What I wore: yellow and green

green and yellow
green and yellow

This outfit is from a while ago. It was one of those random Friday half days of holiday the government and no one else gets. Since I don’t work a Friday anyway, Milo and I went to meet Dave in one of our old locals, Joseph Pearce’s, which is on the way home for us. We also stopped off in London Road gardens for Milo to walk about and for some pictures.

This is the other of the two h&m cardies I got with my birthday vouchers. Probably doesn’t help the bag is catching and opening the button. So ladylike, much fashion blogger!

Outfit stats:
* skirt – I made it out of curtains * cardie – h&m * boots – el naturalista * bag – scaramanga * brooch – I won it * earrings – gift *

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What I made: Knit night scarf

Knit night
Knit night
Knit night
Knit night

In exciting news, I finished a knitted thing! The pattern is Knit Night by Louise Zass-Bangham. This is basically a complete copycat project of the version done by Jess of Ginger Twist Studio herself which was on display at the yarn crawl in the summer. The only thing is hers was beaded, which I didn’t bother with as I didn’t have beads and didn’t want to buy a pack especially.

The yarn is exactly the same though Ginger’s handdyed 4 ply, in the Liquid Sunshine colour way. It’s £20 for a 100g skein, but oh my god, so worth it! It’s 50% merino and 50% silk and it’s SO SOFT and the colours are just ever so slightly variegated, the pictures don’t really do it justice, it’s so beautiful. The pattern is designed for one skein of splurgy yarn, it’s a very slight triangle, you start at the tip and just keep going until you start running out. It’s called knit night because it’s easy enough to make while holding a conversation. Its basically just garter stitch, except for the picots, and there’s no counting involved.

I really like this pattern and have some Mirasol yarn (what I used for my brambles beret and anthro-inspired scarflet) that would be ideal. I would probably make this slightly more triangular and narrower next time, as it really is bloody long! That top picture is it wrapped all the way round my neck and knotted, the second picture is it wrapped around twice. I’m not totally sure why it’s ended up so long, Jess’s version which used the same amount and type of yarn is shorter and could be warn as a little shawl, but mine is really too long for that. Not that I’m complaining too much, better too long than too short!

The only other comment about the pattern: it tells you to start the finishing sequence (from the yarn overs/holes onwards) when you’ve got 20% of your yarn left. I did this (albeit weighed on my not hugely precise kitchen scales) and I had tons left over. I actually added an extra row after the holes, and had enough yarn left for another row when it was cast off. I guess the designer was erring on the side of having too much left over, but I’d just be aware of that!

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Project 52: 41/52

41/52

We’re at my parents in Luxembourg and the playpark in the village was completely deserted so Milo got a shot at all the big kid climbing frames. The Meadows playpark we go to in Edinburgh is always really busy and he does tend to go a bit shy and doesn’t want to try stuff if it’s full of older and faster kids, gentle wee soul that he is.

A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014

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What I wore: Scandi volume

gudrun sjoden dress
gudrun sjoden dress
embroidery detail
gudrun sjoden dress
gudrun sjoden dress
gudrun sjoden dress

Today’s outfit features a new dress which was kindly sent to me by Gudrun Sjoden. When they contacted me for a review, I was really interested because I’d heard of the brand back in my wardrobe remix days when people were talking about how much they loved it, but then I never heard of it again since. Turns out they are a Swedish company headed up by designer Gudrun Sjoden herself that’s only now launching in the UK.

The styling on the website isn’t my thing (this dress was shown with voluminous trousers and a rollneck underneath, it was just all a bit much volume), but the garments themselves are beautiful and stand on their own when worn with nothing much else. This dress is made from a really fine 50% linen – 50% cotton blend, with the most gorgeous embroidery. Which got the approval from the crazy chatty lady* in the corner shop! She told me that the embroidery must have been made in India and indeed it was. The company has a strong sustainable angle, most of the stuff is made from organic fabric (this is not though) and they get involved in environmental projects and the philosophy is very much driven by long-term individual style rather than fashion. They also have long term relationships with their suppliers and have a code of conduct for fair and safe working conditions. Would be good to see them go fully fair trade in future!

One thing to mention about GS is the sizing, which as you can see is very generous. It’s that Scandinavian oversized style, like Marimekko. This is the size M which is UK size 14-16 (S is 10-12). They also have four different levels of fit with increasing amount of ease (which as far as I can tell just means they’re bigger all round). This is the standard fit, the second smallest. My measurements were in the M category, so I went for that. I knew it was going to be massive but that’s what I wanted. I would be interested to see the fit of the S for comparison though!

Outfit stats:
* dress – c/o Gudrun Sjoden * jacket – c/o Great Plains * shoes – Clarks *

* I once had to go for an emergency milk run when Milo was quite small, I’d already given him his bath, so he was in his pj’s and had wet hair so I was really just trying to get the milk and get back home as soon as possible. She engaged me in a ten minute conversation about breastfeeding in which she quizzed me in detail about when I had stopped, when I had gone back to work, when I had switched to cows milk etc, and told me all about her daughter who had breastfed her kids until they were two. She was completely oblivious that this is a topic some people might not want to answer questions on (not me, I don’t mind, though I did just want to get home).

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