Archive - 2015

09.09.15 Do you Dress Like a Mum?

 

Yesterday I came across the super funny and cool Zoe who lives in London with her two kids. She is the founder of the campaign ‘Dress like a mum’ – to change the bad image of dressing like a mum.

It got me thinking about how we all dress and how the school gate has an effect on the way we dress. Do you take the same approach to dress the same, no matter the day, weekend or school run? Or do you make more of an effort in the week or vice versa?

I love this video she made, but even more I can’t even begin to express my love for the gold necklace her little one is rocking out big time. #Respect

Check out Zoe’s site over at Dress like a Mum for more #muminspo !

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09.09.15 Summer I loved you long time…part two: France

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Their first surf lessons in Seignosse, Hossegor. Seb’s first tooth came out. We collected sand, stones and shells, crab claws, frogs, bugs and memories. And water blisters on their fingers from how long they spent in the water. Everyone had gone back to school and the beaches were bare. It was bliss.

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synchronised swimming kids

metallic tattoos

chalkboard living in hossegor

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08.09.15 Summer… I loved you long time. Part One – Greece

Kitty in Greece Chalkboard living

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Greece by Chalkboard living

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Chalkboard living

I long for the eternal summer. This year we made it to Greece, Spain and France with lots of friends and lots of kids. They are bloody lucky and so are we. Not quite ready for Autumn yet.

I always miss the sound of the waves.

 

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04.06.15 Lola ate a 20p coin (and a warning about batteries)

she ate a 20p piece

So Lola ate a 20 pence coin.

Of all the things I worry about with the kids, swallowing money did not come onto my radar. None of them really put things in their mouth any more. When I saw my 3 year old choking in front of me, in our bedroom, I still did not think… she’s eaten a coin. Until she asked us whilst making the gagging, retching, choking noises of a toddler with a metal object stuck in her throat to ‘get the money out’.

A surreal experience of first aid, throwing her over my knee and hitting on the back between her shoulder blades, which did not empty out what she had in her mouth, a call to 999, a few vomiting episodes, an ambulance ride and an X ray later we knew it was definitely a coin. 56 hours later, we had poked around enough poo to find that magical piece of metal that had been places no human eye would wish. If you have no desire to see what a coin that has travelled through an acid bath of the human digestive tract looks like, then look away about now.

she ate a 20p piece

During the whole ‘experience’ I learnt I am not bad in a crisis. Those first aid lessons I had 8 years ago came rushing back. Apart from my initial horror of watching her choking, the only time I felt the gurgle of sickness rise up in my throat was when the paramedic questioned whether it could be a coin shaped battery. These little things containing lithium which fit into clocks, watches, toys, electric scales etc, can burn holes in your oesophagus and corrode your insides. They can be fatal. She reminded me this in the ambulance and I wanted to VOM. I had taken some upstairs to change the batteries from the scales in my bathroom and I couldn’t be absolutely certain she hadn’t found and used these as money until I called home and had him check.

So here’s the thing. You might not think it but kids swallow things ALL THE TIME. When we were in A&E, we were there with another little boy who had swallowed a ball bearing from a game he was playing. My friends little girl swallowed her wedding ring. These things happen. But when you consider where most of us keep batteries, in a drawer in the kitchen? (like me), in devices that can easily be opened by children, it is literally an accident waiting to happen. So think about moving them to somewhere similar to where you keep your medical supplies, high up and out the way of little fingers.

So thank God, fate, the world, karma for good shit happening. All is well in the house of Chalkio and we have 3 healthy kids. Breathe, smile, grin. Now tell me, have you ever swallowed a foreign object you didn’t actually mean to?

 

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21.05.15 Dressing up as a Roman

Dressing up as a Roman Day at school.

Homemade kids Roman costume

Homemade kids Roman costume

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I remembered on the Sunday. Toga making time. As luck would have it she wanted to be a rich Roman lady as funnily enough, they get to wear lots of jewellery and make up. They also had enough money to buy fabrics that were dyed and therefore didn’t have to be white. There are a lot of simple instructions on how to make a toga online and a peasant costume can be made with even a simple white T shirt or pillowcase and a piece of string as a belt.

Obviously wanting to be true to the fashion whilst using a little creative licence, I also searched the images of TV series  ‘Spartacus’ for the costumes used in the show. This gave me a really good idea of how to put all our pieces together. The hair being braided into two small plaits either side was an effective finishing touch.

Her Rich Lady Roman Costume consisted of:

A cot bed jersey sheet with the fitted elastic cut from the bottom and two sides but kept at the top, wrapped around her and fastened with safety pins.

Green and gold scarf of mine worn as a sarong and crossed/knotted around her neck.

Thin gold belt, gold costume jewellery, all mine.

Plus a special last minute Sunday purchase from TopShop of the gold headpiece.

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08.01.15 Lola Wears

lola wears The Brand

lola wears The Brand

lola wears The Brand

She looks so good in black. She loves looking at herself in the pictures as soon as you take them. How would she have survived before digital?

Flounce Cotton top: The Brand

Jersey long sleeve top (underneath) – Next

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07.01.15 Black and white makes me happy

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A few of my favourite scents. My new ‘going out purse’ and an old school bracelet thatis the perfect mix of chunky and cool. Oh and a black and white striped box. Say no more.

Perfume: Korres

Candle: & Other Stories

Skull Wallet: Zadig and Voltaire

Bracelet: All Saints

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07.01.15 Fashion: Lola Wears

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This girl. She cracks me up. My baby. My number 3. The craziest of the lot. That’s Lola.

Sunglasses: Disney

T-shirt: H&M

Jeans and Neon Star pumps: Gap

 

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07.01.15 January: A fresh start

Around the year by Elsa Beskow

I love this book my friend Geraldine bought the kids last year. Around the Year by Elsa Beskow.

It pretty much shows me what I need to do round here. Simplify and get back to creating.

Happy New Year to you all!

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