Our Trip to Windsor

On a sunny Sunday in Spring we headed over to Windsor for a day trip. It is only about a half an hour drive from where we live in West London and is the perfect setting for exploring and enjoying … Continue reading

#BloggersXmas

On Saturday 5th December 2015 I ventured over to Finch’s Pub in Moorgate to attend the Bloggers Xmas Party hosted by Soeurs De Luxe.

On arrival we were given a beautiful personalised keyring each from Aloha Lola Cards which had a fun caricature and our own Twitter handle on the back. We were also given a fabulous guide to all of the wonderful brands exhibiting on the day.

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Finch’s Pub was a beautiful setting with cosy armchairs, with twinkly Christmas lights and the smell of freshly cooked chips and mulled cider. It was the perfect location to chat with friends and the brands available on the day.

I met with a variety of brands offering everything from lashes from Lash Perfect, jewellery from Miglio Jewellery, hats from Katherine Elizabeth Millinery, through to green teas from t plus drinks, cheesecake from Sweet Cheesus and even men’s pants from Penny Dreadful! Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the next few weeks as I will be featuring some of the fantastic brands I met on the Pretty & Petit blog! This was all accompanied by nail art, nibbles and a Christmas selfie wall.

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I also managed to get my hands on a fantastic magazine called Blogosphere Magazine. I definitely recommend it for anyone thinking of starting up a blog or looking for new blogs to follow. It’s so insightful to read other bloggers work and so inspiring!

At the end of the event we headed home with a fantastic goody bag and lots of new friends and brand contacts. Thank you @SoeursdeLuxe for a fantastic #BloggersXmas event!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

A View from The Shard

On a warm September evening, we travelled over to London Bridge to visit The Shard, the tallest building in Europe. Watching this gradually being constructed over the last few years, it was amazing to be able to visit this amazing building. Especially as so many of the tallest buildings in London are predominantly housing or office blocks.

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We paid for our tickets, went through some security and had our photo taken. After being provided with an audio guide we were guided over to the lift. I felt a bit apprehensive prior to going to The Shard as I am afraid of heights but once in the lift this seemed to disappear.

To get to the top you are required to get in two lifts, travelling at 6m per second. They are ultra smooth and it doesn’t feel like you are travelling anywhere at all! The first stops at floor 33 where you head to a second lift to go up to floor 68. This was definitely one of the tallest buildings I’ve ever been in. I don’t think I’ve ever been higher than 8 floors!

Stepping out on the 68th floor (and walking up the stairs to the 69th) we were absolutely mesmorised by the sight before us. Every single part of London, North, South, East and West was laid out before us in a criss-crossing pattern of multi-coloured lights and beautifully lit architecture.

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We enjoyed some champagne and took so many photos of the different views available from the floor to ceiling windows in each angle of the building. Although a sprawling city, it looked so small from that height. The railways snaked across the city like rivers and the Thames itself was adorned by bridges spanning its width as far as the eye could see. It was truly spectacular.

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Champagne on the 69th floor! (It was dark up there!)

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Looking up into the night. Towards the spire of The Shard

If you’re thinking of visiting The Shard on a trip to London it’s an absolutely amazing thing to do! Certainly you pay a price for a view like that (concessions are available for students, senior citizens etc.) and there are some wonderful packages available too. However they have an affordable boutique at the end which is good value for money so handy for souvenirs on your way home.

Some key facts about The Shard!

The Shard is approximately 309 metres high.

The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe.

A fox was found living on the 72nd floor during construction which staff nicknamed ‘Romeo’.

The Shard is home to Shangri-La Hotel, as well as multiple bars and restaurants and office space.

It takes 3 months to clean the windows of The Shard by some very brave window cleaners!

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Becky at Pretty & Petit

#BigBloggerConference

Yesterday I attended the #BigBloggerConference! The event was organised by @LDNMeetUp and was held in Hotel Russell, a beautiful hotel in Russell Square, London. Chandeliers adorned the hallways with beautiful decorative mirrors and gorgeous hanging baskets lined the fence to the grand entrance of the hotel.

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Front of the Hotel Russell, London

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The beautiful chandeliers throughout the building.

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Desperate for one of these mirrors for the hallway!

We were provided with some cute gifts from Ohh Deer and Jelly Belly and started the day with a number of really insightful workshops, starting with ‘Pinterest 101’ in which Elizabeth Sellers, Pinterest UK Ambassador gave loads of fantastic tips on how to use Pinterest with blogging. This was great as I have been using my personal Pinterest account more and more lately. I love looking through the beautiful pictures, gaining inspiration and creating wishlists! It’s fantastic for my blog too as it features a lot of smaller businesses and Etsy shops which I have not come across yet. I’m always excited about what I may find on there. So make sure you keep an eye out for Pretty & Petit on Pinterest soon!

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Check out these cute gifts from Ohh Deer and Jelly Belly!

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The lovely Elizabeth navigating us through Pinterest.

Next up we had a workshop from Jasmin Charlotte, Lifestyle Blogger in SEO. I have to admit, whenever I hear ‘SEO’ I seem to cower a little. I absolutely love social media and marketing – I do it as my full time job! but when it comes to SEO something about it makes me want to run into a corner and hide. It’s just not an area that I have an interest in. Jasmin however changed that yesterday. Through providing fantastic tips and advice she informed us of the best ways in which to aid SEO through our blogs. She noted that content is key and provided useful stats about the optimum number of words to include in blog posts and so on. It was very insightful and it was a fun approach to looking at SEO from a bloggers perspective.

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The lovely Jasmin providing us with an insight into the world of SEO.

Finally we had a workshop with Sarah Moody of The Prosecco Diaries in how to monetize our blogs. It was so nice to hear a bloggers perspective on how to do this. It is rare to hear of how much a blogger may be earning but with the rise in blogger and vlogger ‘celebrities’ it just goes to show that if you can put the hard work in you will definitely reep the rewards. I’m excited to take on board some of her advice through consultancy and developing my blog brand. It’ll be exciting to see what the future holds for my little blog!

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The lovely Sarah sharing her top tips on monetizing our blogs!

We headed out to have some (really delicious) cake! before heading out for lunch in the park opposite the hotel. As you might recall it was a beautiful 29 degrees in London yesterday and it was so nice to see everyone enjoying the hot weather. I definitely recommend heading over to Russell Square if you are ever in London. It’s close to the British Museum and is such a lovely place to stop and have a picnic. They also have a cute little cafe there that sells sandwiches, cake, ice cream and even prosecco!

We headed back to the hotel for the second part of the day which incorporated an exhibition. This interactive exhibition provided us with the opportunity to meet with brands and see their products first hand! I handed out my lovely new business cards and collated information of the amazing brands that were exhibiting. Brands included:

  • Shoeaholics
  • Scoliosis UK
  • Made by Jade
  • The Gifting Lounge
  • Look Fantastic, Beauty Expert and HQ Hair
  • Designed by Henna
  • The Parlour
  • Comb
  • Beau Bronze
  • Suti Skincare
  • SASS
  • House of Fraser
  • Heaven
  • Jewellerybox.co.uk
  • My Protein
  • Bee Good

(Sorry if I have missed anyone!)

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The amazing Shoeaholics stand. I absolutely loved their cute cupcakes and check out the leopard shoes on the right! Stunning!

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Made By Jade stand. Loved the cute leather bracelets!

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The Gifting Lounge stand. So bright and colourful! Such a cute range.

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The Look Fantastic stand, full of beautiful boxes of beauty gifts.

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Beautiful packaging on the SASS stand.

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A sneak A/W preview from House of Fraser!

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JewelleryBox.co.uk has the cutest range of jewellery. So many dinosaurs!

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The Heaven skincare stand. Loved the packaging of their gorgeous products.

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Bee Good with their bee inspired products and cute sweet and savoury biscuits!

There were also ‘tweeting’ challenges throughout the afternoon in which we had to provide tips and our favourite products to the brands we had come across throughout the afternoon. Make sure you look out for some reviews of these fantastic brands in the coming weeks!

The Parlour were offering cute braiding on their stand and how could I resist? These cute braids literally lasted all day and I really didn’t want to take it out at the end of the day. Their salon isn’t too far from me so I’m so excited to go and try them out – especially after reading all the amazing reviews they have received!

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Beautiful braids from The Parlour

At the end of the day a raffle was held with proceeds going to the Scoliosis UK charity. I never say no to a raffle and was absolutely delighted when I didn’t only win one prize but two! The first was a lovely gift set from Paul Mitchell and the second was an amazing beauty bundle from W7. I couldn’t wait to get home and try everything out so be prepared for some upcoming reviews soon!

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My beauty bundle from W7

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Collection of goodies from Paul Mitchell

Overall it was a fantastic day and I wish I could do it all over again! Thank you so much to the organisers from @LDNmeetup, including  and . You put in so much hard work for us all and it truly paid off. I can’t wait until the next event!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

Raising awareness around body image

Over the last weekend something amazing happened in Piccadilly Circus, London. On Sunday afternoon, Jae West, stood in her underwear to bring awareness to body acceptance. Now I don’t know about you, but I am not overly keen about getting in a bikini by a swimming pool or on the beach, so the fact that this woman stood in one of the busiest tourist destinations in London was an absolute inspiration to me!

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Jae, who has suffered with an eating disorder for much of her life, stood proud and strong holding a sign asking strangers to draw hearts on her naked body to bring awareness to those who had suffered with eating disorders and self-esteem issues.

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I admit I have my own self-esteem issues as my weight does fluctuate which has probably been reflected in my anxiety issues in recent years. I am happy with my body though and comfortable in my own skin.  I’m truly proud of what Jae has achieved and I hope it encourages others in self-acceptance. You are beautiful!

To read the full Buzzfeed article click here.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images taken from Buzzfeed.

22. My Flash Trash

This week my featured business is… My Flash Trash!

My Flash Trash are a jewellery business based in London. I first came across them at a Pure London event as I spotted their mini trash cans and thought they were such a unique, cool way of storing jewellery! They were originally founded by Amber Atherton who developed a blog into an online marketplace for up and coming jewellery designers. My Flash Trash now has a celebrity following with everyone from Rihanna to Beyonce, Cara Delevingne to HRH the Duchess of Cambridge.

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They specialise in charm jewellery and specifically a unique style of charm bracelet. I love charm bracelets as they’re such a cute way to keep memories with you and My Flash Trash offer a range of different charms for every occasion. I have included a couple of my faves below!

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I absolutely love their quote: “we create playful and bold accessories to bring out your sassy side. we share a passion for not taking life or fashion too seriously, and believe in empowering girls to run the world.” I love the playful nature of this business, emphasising that girls just want to have fun!

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My Flash Trash has recently also just launched in Topshop so make sure you head down to Topshop Oxford Circus to check out their range of fun charms available and why not personalise your own!

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To visit their full range click here to visit their website and let me know in the comments which are your favourite charms!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images are taken from the My Flash Trash website.

21. Foxford

This week my featured business is… Foxford!

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I first came across this independent clothing business on Twitter and absolutely fell in love with their clothing. Launching in 2014 they are based in London and have produced collections that include hoodies, T-Shirts, bomber jackets and beanie hats. Each item includes either a really cute fox emblem or a beautiful typography of their Foxford Vintage logo making each item unique.

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They have both womenswear and menswear collections and every product looks as though it is made to the highest quality. Prices are very reasonable ranging from £9.99 for a beanie hat to £49.99 for the bomber jackets.

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My absolute favourite item is the Foxford bomber jacket. It looks so comfortable and warm! I have also put a couple of my favourite items below including a couple of cute T-Shirts so you can see how beautiful the typography is. All the items are perfect for Sunday lounging around or walks in the park.

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Click here to visit their website. To get your 20% discount use the code “PRETTYPETIT PETIT”

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images taken from Foxford twitter feed and website.

9. The Bear and Miss Rabbit

This week our featured business is… The Bear and Miss Rabbit!

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I first spotted The Bear and Miss Rabbit via Twitter when they were promoting this fabulous Tidlo city of London train set. This is one of my absolute favourite products on the website – perhaps from being a Londoner myself! It includes a whole range of London landmarks in miniature including Buckingham Palace, London Eye, the BT Tower and the Tower of London. It is currently priced at £37.99.

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I absolutely love traditional, wooden toys and this Seedling Design Your Own Wooden Shield is perfect for any knight! It is a great “2 in 1” toy with the morning spent designing the shield using the colourful paints provided and the afternoon spent through play rescuing the princess from the dragon! It is currently priced at £17.99 in the sale.

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This cute Country Play Kitchen is perfect for those who are budding bakers! With an oven, hob and sink the kitchen also includes utensils to make delicious meals! It is currently priced at £110.

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Make the most of days when the sun is shining and get a few friends round for a game of skittles. I love this Peter Rabbit themed set which is great for encouraging hand eye co-ordination. It is currently priced at £16.99.

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For those rainy days why not invest in a couple of craft sets. These are a couple of my favourites which are under £5 and are great way to spend an afternoon!

Melissa and Doug Create a Craft Princess Magnets – Currently £3.99 for a set of 2.

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​Standard delivery is £3.99 on all orders for UK mainland delivery. Orders over £50 are delivered free of charge with standard delivery. Please allow 3 working days for delivery (although parcels are usually delivered quickly!)

To visit their website please click here.

All images are taken from The Bear and Miss Rabbit website.

All prices correct as of 16th February 2015.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

6. Silly Old Sea Dog

Over the next few weeks you will see a number of posts of various small businesses I came across on my trip to Clothes Show Live. I also picked up lots of cute items from these businesses that I can’t wait to share with you!

This week our featured business of the week is…Silly Old Sea Dog!

This week I am featuring Silly Old Sea Dog, a vintage inspired clothing and quirky accessories business from Cornwall.

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I love cute patterns and anything vintage inspired so I was so delighted to come across this stand at Clothes Show Live!

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Their fantastic range of clothing is available in sizes 6-28 and they also offer a range of quirky accessories such as cute hairbands (as shown below!)

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Their website is full of delights that are perfect to add to your Christmas wish list! Here are some that I will be adding to my list!

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P.s. Still looking for your ultimate Christmas outfit? Check out a few special Christmas inspired dresses below – perfect for Christmas Day!

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To find out more about them click here to visit their website.

All images are either my own or taken from the Silly Old Sea Dog website.

4. Cookie – Art London

This week our featured business of the week is…Cookie-Art London!

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Based in a small home-based bakery, these cookies are hand made by keen baker, Szilvia Siklosi. The gingerbread recipe that includes the additional ingredient of honey and is hand made from start to finish. They are then decorated with royal icing with intricate detail to provide a beautiful finish.

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Szilvia takes bookings not only for individuals through her Etsy store but also caters for special occasions such as weddings.

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We especially love the beautiful Christmas range, perfect for hanging on the tree – if you can resist them for that long!

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Cookie-Art London also hosts cookie decorating classes in your own home! Gather a group of friends and family and have a go at making your own beautifully decorated cookies! Szilvia will bring 10 freshly baked cookies per person in different shapes, icing material, piping bags, colouring and couple of templates, a perfect way to spend a weekend afternoon! You can find further information on the website.

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Click here to view their full range of gorgeous cookies online.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images are taken from the Cookie-Art London website.