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How to wear tartan with Boden, Boden Isla Dress plaid dress autumn 2014

It’s Friday, and (almost!) half-term!!

I know you’re going to be busier than ever over the coming week, nonstopmamas, but we’ll be here with lots of fun and inspiration – starting with a few fun reads to enjoy this weekend!

*  A couple of videos in the mix this week: first, this from Boden’s You Tube channel, showing how to wear this season’s tartan trend.

From Boden How to wear plaid video

How cute is the detailing on the plaid mini, in the screen shot, above?!

I also love the idea of that tartan dress (pictured top of post) for Christmas day – there’s something just so nostalgic about it. Maybe it’s because it reminds me of a long, classic tartan dress that my mother made me for a school Christmas party which I never got to go to because I had earache (but I got the goodies from Santa afterwards!). I wore and loved it for years. Funny how we remember those things …

I LOVE how, in the video, it’s teamed with a super-slim glittery belt! (PS: I’ve just noticed, the Isla dress is now on sale, too!).

*  I LOVE this piece by Joanna Goddard on her wonderful Cup of Jo blog giving the scoop on her ‘Beauty Uniform’. Some great make-up tip offs (going to have to try those Tarte bases and that Korres lip colour!

From Joanna Goddard Cup Of Jo blog

I forgot how much I love Korres – we need to get a nonstopmama interview up with its gorgeous, Greek-born founder, Lena Korres. I interviewed her for the Telegraph years ago, when Korres first came to the UK, and she’s as lovely as this beautiful, naturally-based range itself.

*  On a serious but seriously motivational note, this statistic about the role of exercise in helping to reduce the risk of breast cancer caught my eye on Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity Facebook page this week. Raise your pulse, lower your risk - a great message!

More on autumn ways to squeeze a little pulse-raising activity into your busy day coming soon, nonstopmamas!

*  Making it both easy and fun to go for healthier family cooking, nonstopmama can heartily recommend Jessica Seinfeld’s awesome Do It Delicious site. I’ve bookmarked the Brussel Sprout Chips and Lidia’s Marinara Sauce, as I’m already a fan of Jess’s classic marinara in her book, Can’t Cook Book (a post for another time!).

*  Got any tricky pre-teen boys to buy for this Christmas? Check out this round-up by Tara at Sticky Fingers (I can see how these would go down well …).

*  Lastly, something to make you laugh from one of our fave You Tube channels: this (all too real) video by The Holderness Family on attempting to make a Pinterest-worthy autumn wreath for your front door.

Permission to opt for the Homebase option!

Happy weekend!!

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Leather look leggings trend

Leather look leggings trend ZARA

Nonstopmamas, the new leather look leggings trend is made for busy mamas. They’re super-comfy, can be worn in lots of ways and will take you from school run to party, depending on how you dress them up (or down).

How to wear the leather look leggings trend

Leather look leggings look great worn with boots of all lengths – from flats and sneakers to heels. They work brilliantly with boots, from this season’s short style to longer boots and cowboys – and with cosy-casual layering of jumpers, sweaters (my favourite look – I like to keep my bottom covered!) and big scarves, or with the sharpest winter coat.

They come in a variety of finishes, from matte to super-shiny, and I love the look of contrasting textures when they’re teamed with knits.

Here are 3 great picks.

3 of the best leather look leggings

1. ZARA Faux Leather Legging With Zips (£25.99)

Leather look leggings trend ZARA


I love the finish on these: not too matte, not super-glossy. The zips are cute, too (pictured top of post, also).

2.  New Look Black Leather Look High Waisted Leggings (£12.99)

Leather look leggings trend New Look

An amazing price, I’ve had a pair of these (or very similar) and they’ve washed and worn really well. Loving with the high waist too – cosy and helps a nonstopmama feel a little more covered when she’s running about!

3.  SPANX Ready-To-Wow Faux Leather Leggings (£89)

Leather look leggings trend Spanx

The über-fabulous US mama website Cool Mom Picks switched us onto these, and now we’re obsessed with trying them. Promising the look of the moment and extra support, we’ll report back on these!

The nonstopmama style verdict on the leather look leggings trend? They’re the skinny jeans of autumn/winter 2014!

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Best foot creams for dry feet

Best foot creams for dry feet that really work

How are your feet looking, nonstopmamas?

If you’re anything like us, they could do with a little season-shifting TLC – so what are the best foot creams for dry feet and, especially, heels?

Let one of these super-creams do their work under under tights/socks and boots while you get on with the school run! Read more.

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Personalised jewellery mothers love: Merci Maman winner!

Personalised jewellery for mothers: Merci Maman Family Tree Personalised Necklace

It’s with great excitement that we announce the winner of our giveaway with Merci Maman- creators of personalised jewellery mothers love - to win a beautiful Family Tree necklace!

We had a fantastic response, and the winner of this beautiful treat, picked randomly and by computer, is Mandy Doherty – BIG congrats to you, Mandy (we would say so in French, but we’re a bit rusty!).

Above all, ENORMOUS thanks to all the nonstopmamas who entered and all the wonderful, truly special comments and stories shared about why you love what Merci Maman do and telling us about the sort of jewellery you love to wear.

There was a real split between the 18K gold plated and silver options with this necklace – you loved both options and we have to agree, it’s a tough choice!

I wore the gold in the original post, and this photo at the Merci Maman website, shows just how lovely it can look in silver, too.

Merci Maman personalised mothers jewellery

We love the simplicity of the necklace with this dress and the length of the chain with the ‘V’ neckline – real nonstopmama style!

We definitely hope to be doing more with Béatrice of Merci Maman (who we also wrote about here recently) and the lovely team in the near future, so watch this space …

Our thanks to Merci Maman for teaming up with nonstopmama for this gorgeous giveaway!

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6 Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2014 products we love …

With Breast Cancer Awareness month truly underway, here is nonstopmama’s, busy mama-perfect pick of the best Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2014 products that support the cause!

Best Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2014 products

Here are six of our favourites from the fundraising fashion and beauty fabulousness!

1. River Island Tee (£18, 30 % to Breakthrough Breast Cancer).

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2014 Fashion and Beauty limited editions

We’d team this with skinny jeans or leather-look leggings for school run-ready slogan fun!

2. Stella & Dot Hope Necklace (£32, net proceeds to Breakthrough Breast Cancer).

Best fashion buys for Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2014

We LOVE Stella & Dot, and the mix of metals in this delicate but fun piece makes it super-versatile. It would look great layered, too.

3.  FitFlop SHUV shoe (£60, 50 % to Breast Cancer Care).

Breast Cancer Awareness 2014 products

A nonstopmama style staple, great colour and perfect for clogging around!

4. AVON Watermelon Ultra Glazewear Lip Gloss (£3.50, £1 to Breakthrough Breast Cancer)

Best fashion and beauty buys for Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2014

A pink, pocket-friendly lip gloss that helps to raise funds for the cause? What’s not for a nonstopmama to love?

5. Estée Lauder Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Pink Collection (£28, £10 of suggested retail price to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation).

 Estée Lauder Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Pink Collection

How gorgeous is this trio of a Long Lasting Lipstick in Dream Pink (a limited edition) and a hot and pale pink Pure Color Nail Lacquers – all pink bases covered! – in a cute pink clutch?

These colours are perfect nonstopmama staples: a slick of pink lippie is an instant pick-me-up, and the paler pink makes a great year-round choice for polished-looking, low-maintenance nails.

6.  Origins Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balm (£17, £2.50 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation).

Breast Cancer Awareness 2014 products


Another lovely lip shine in a great, wearable pink and in a non-messy, easy squeeze-and-glide-on tube.


Psst! While we’re on this incredibly important subject, for anyone who knows someone undergoing chemotherapy, London-trained milliner Nicky Zip’s Suburban Turban label of handmade, beautifully designed turbans, hats and scarves are super-stylish and invaluable for helping women to feel like themselves at this difficult time.

Nicky even does stunning bridal headwear for those experiencing hair loss. Do check them out, too, on Facebook and Twitter and help to spread the word!

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How to help thinning hair look fuller: Nioxin Twitter Chat

How to help thinning hair look fuller with Nioxin

I’ve updated this post since I wrote it last week, as since posting it I met a 26 year old hairdresser who experienced hair thinning after going through a very stressful time last year. I ended up speaking with her about what she went through – having been invited to be involved in this campaign – and it definitely brought home to me how conditions like this can affect all ages. Read more.

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