I have decided to start a few new musings titled, The Mummy Diaries, I hope you enjoy it and would love to hear your views, opinions and feedback! #GoWithTheFlow

In my birthing pregnancy class, which I attended back in May, the teacher started talking about emotions and birth and more about the emotions. Now, I’m not cynical and I agree the emotions and birth are super important but I would say there are 3 things that are going to happen when you have a baby.

  1. Your waters will break or they’ll make them break.
  2. You will have contractions, it will hurt like hell.
  3. Baby will come out- Ouila!

After my C-section which I found wonderful (pushing a near 10-pound baby out? Ouch, ouch and more ouch) a nurse came into my cubicle. She asked me ‘Did I need counselling because I felt guilty?’

Guilty for what? The Cesarean? Are you kidding me? I was literally jumping for joy! A quick fabulous procedure with zero pain? I couldn’t have wished for anything better! (For the record I did try the normal way for 12 hours but I wouldn’t dilate and so it was fine for me).

But anyway this is the sort of thing they talked about in birthing class. I think it’s important the baby comes out in a healthy way and no amount of planning will change that. I just went to the birthing classes for ‘a laugh.’ Literally, I did. The characters in them were super funny. There was nervous gardener. No holds barred outspoken Londoner. Careful couple who wrote down everything the teacher said. The list goes on!

One day I said ‘Isn’t it amazing how women have been doing this for centuries around the back of a hut, or in their bedroom, but now it seems every little detail is looked at?’ (Always my problem in school for saying what I thought but couldn’t resist). The midwife looked shocked. ‘But people used to die more back then!’

O.K that’s understandable but you can’t plan a birth when you really don’t know if it will go exactly to plan, so maybe a loose plan is better? And so she would ask every week, ‘what’s your birthing plan?’

‘For the baby to come out,’ was my naughty reply.

Which leads me onto my next bit. I must admit that when I brought Baby Felix home I googled all the bloody time. Why is his sleep like this? His feedings. How to do this and that. Then I realised, it’s all gone to shit and to just go with the flow.

Yes, most of the time he sleeps through the night like an angel. Then other times he wants to get up at 2am. But you go online and it’s a crazy mummy rollercoaster that you can’t get off.

Sleep training. Should you rock them? Put them in the cot awake. Don’t let them nap in the pram. Be strict but not too strict. Get them used to sleeping out and about. Sleeping should be dark but they should be able to sleep anywhere. Don’t feed them then let them sleep. If you need them to sleep, feed them. Etc! Etc!

I’ve realised instead of planning, go with the flow- every day is different. What will be will be. You are only doing your best! There are going to be the days you feel like crap and nothing goes to plan (I often find this is when the baby is having a bad day then everything else just goes wrong). Enjoy each part of the baby as they will constantly get new associations, developments and challenges. Yes, it’s good to read up and try things and books can be very interesting but it’s important to make it work around your life and schedule. All you can do is try and see what works for you. Also make sure you have a break every now and then, even if that feels like you have a million and one things to do, the cleaning can always wait until later. The End!

Today was a very beautiful day in Wiltshire! The sun was shining, the air was crisp and it was time to go to my favourite tea shop in the whole world… Polly’s Tea Rooms in Marlborough.

Established in 1912 this lovely cafe is a favourite for locals and visitors alike and I just love the atmosphere and style of the cafe. It has black and white photographs on the walls of film stars, fresh gigantic slices of Victoria sponge, homemade iced mice and other ‘childrens’ style treats. They also use classic table cloths and napery, a winner in my book!

After this I wandered around the local stores, and especially the charity shops! I love charity shops and ever since I was little I’ve always loved rummaging around and finding vintage treasures, it never gets boring. Today I just bought a Viyella tweed jacket and looked at the crockery (big fan of crockery lol)

A perfect day with my baby boy Felix, my mum and a rather naughty eclair… XXX

Wearing; Zara

Felix wearing; Cath Kidston

Today was the day… the annual spring harvest event held at the lovely Daylesford

in Gloucestershire, and yes the heavens opened but nothing was going to stop me! Coming straight from New York to the English countryside with all it’s eccentricity, dogs, Hunter wellies and the longest ever queue for a cup of tea, I knew I was certainly back home.

The Daylesford annual Harvest is a speciality with beautiful organic produce and fresh food served as well as The Country Brocante and childrens activities. It was such a lovely day out… and how could I resist but to buy a few goodies to take home?

I wore this autumnal dress by store Joy, and it has totally got me in the mood for all things rustic, I just love this part of the year. Yes, the nights get colder and darker but one can get cosier and warmer inside! Roll on winter I say…

 

New article for The Lady Magazine

https://lady.co.uk/reviv-iv-drip-harvey-nichols

It’s that time of the year. The summer is almost over, the cold autumn days are about to set in and if you’ve had a busy work and social diary throughout the warm months you may be feeling like you need an energy boost. In my case I have not stopped for the last few months and when I heard about Reviv, the leading global wellness provider of signature IV nutrient therapies and booster shots, I thought I would give it a shot (no pun intended I promise!)

REVIV’s proprietary IV infusion therapies target a variety of wellness needs by replenishing hydration, aiding recovery from illness or jet lag, restoring vitamin & nutrient levels, refreshing cosmetic appearance and revitalizing your overall well being. Popular with the likes of Madonna and Alexandra Burke (who apparently had them frequently on her time on Strictly Come Dancing) they aim to give you a shortcut to energy and freshness.

On arriving at Harvey Nichols beauty spa I am whisked into a calming white room with a bed and refreshments to meet the Reviv team. I am not a huge fan of needles (who is?) and it does involve a cannula in the arm but lo and behold the assistant who does it is seamless! We then have a discussion about how needle insertion is a bit of an art form and I was very happy to say I didn’t feel any pain.

I went for the Vitaglow Anti-Aging IV therapy which contains a high dose of the master antioxidant Glutathione as well as Vitamin C to help detoxify the body from damaging free radicals and improve the appearance of hair, skin and nails. They explained the aging process is inevitable and associated with various metabolic changes like declining Glutathione levels your body. Glutathione acts as the master antioxidant which detoxifies your body and promotes cellular repair.

Did I also want an energised B12 shot too? Well, I think I needed it to be honest! B12 gives a pure boost of energy whilst the Vitaglow helps restores hydration, prevent and reverse effects of free radicals, rejuvenates skin, hair and nails, detoxifies vital organs and delivers the high dose of glutathione and vitamin C. The drip took a total of 25 minutes (good if you’re on your lunch break) whilst the location is also handy, being in the hub of Knightsbridge with all the popular London shopping destinations right on your doorstep.

I asked Reviv what kind of customers they treat. They explained they have a real mixture from people wanting to get rid of their jet lag to beauty enthusiasts who want great skin to the odd very hung-over person who’s feeling pretty awful and needs a perk up! Other treatments include the Royal Flush (for if your feeling ill), Hydromax (for more sporty types) and Megaboost (for overall health and wellness).

Some people may think just taking vitamin supplements cuts it but I was informed that the body only absorbs a certain percentage of these and it often goes straight to the vital organs with the skin and hair being the last place it goes- that being the preferred place I want it to go to! That’s why IV drips give a higher concentration faster which is why they have become so popular in recent times.

Later in the week I was complimented by a friend that I looked ‘good.’ This is not common, especially as I’ve been quite tired lately and was wearing zero makeup! I also felt my ability to focus was enhanced whilst I felt ready to face the world with a more energized and fresh approach!

To book your Reviv IV Drip visit;

http://revivme.com 

By Annette Kellow

As featured at The Lady Magazine

https://lady.co.uk/ultimate-tea-triangle-experience-savoy

We all know food fads come and go but there is one quintessentially English past time that has always been a firm favourite of the nation- The indulgence of afternoon tea! In celebration of National Afternoon Tea Week I ventured down to The London Silver Vaults for a special silverware tour followed by a sumptuous afternoon tea at The Savoy.

The Silver Vaults is officially London’s best kept secret and is home to the largest retail collection of fine antique and contemporary silver in the world since 1876 – My eyes quite literally popped out of my head on seeing the most exquisite and rare silver items which all pass a very strict test to gain their place in The Vaults. Many of the families that run the exclusive luxury stores have been there for decades and it is often a family trade that is passed through generations. Some items were dating back hundreds of years and I particularly loved the vintage silver brush sets, mirrors and makeup holders whilst they are home to the biggest collection of silver animals in the world! The Vaults remain a true hidden gem; and it is not surprising that it is well-loved by international royalty, film stars and discerning shoppers seeking the world’s finest silver. These include The Earl of Snowdon, Anthony Hopkins, Gregory Peck and Twiggy. Not to mention all the silver props for Downton Abbey and Pirates of The Caribbean, which were loaned from The Vaults. I particularly love how secret the establishment is, set in a side street near Holborn whilst there are huge doors and a mastermind of corridors all leading to lovely stores of the finest silverware.

Next we were whisked off to The Savoy Hotel– known as the first luxury hotel in Britain of which they serve a classic afternoon tea- as English as you can get!

If you are not familiar with The Savoy it is London’s leading hotel in finery- from the grand fountain that welcomes you to the beautiful flower displays and opulent furnishings inside, you really feel you are experiencing the epitome of luxury. On entering the Thames Foyer you are greeted with a magnificent glass domed atrium at the heart of The Savoy: an enchanting space that radiates natural light and sociable warmth.

Our afternoon tea started with a vintage tea display direct from the London Silver Vaults and a glass of their best champagne. Their tea list is quite extensive but they have a knowledgeable waiter on hand to recommend the best for your pallet whilst the display of sandwiches that they brought out were so well arranged they looked almost (I did say almost!) too good to eat.

As we were serenaded by a live pianist the cakes arrived set in beautiful bone china tiers. Imagine scones, jam, cream, cakes, macarons and miniature pastries all laid out for you to take your pick- it was definitely time to forget the waistline and indulge!

The ambience of The Savoy is enough to make you feel you are indeed starring in a 1940s vintage film whilst the selection of food is so Instagram worthy you will enjoy capturing every delicious moment. Tea, cake and of course, a dash of champagne is the perfect addition to enjoy any afternoon with relaxation- and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Afternoon Tea Week.

The ‘Tea Triangle Experience’ has been created to celebrate the city’s rich silver and tea heritage and includes a tour at tea devotee, Dr Johnsons House, The London Silver Vaults and an afternoon tea at The Savoy.

To book, email The London Silver Vaults quoting ‘tea triangle’ (enquiry@silvervaultslondon.com). Entry to The Vaults and Dr Johnson’s House is free, but there is a cost attached to the tea at The Savoy – afternoon tea menu starts at £65 per person.