Phase Eight Bridal || SS15 Launch

Phase Eight Bridal

Phase Eight Bridal recently showcased their SS15 range and I joined them at their James Street (London) store to take a look at what they have in store this season. I married Mr Amazing few years back and remember all too well my search for THE dress. I still love to browse wedding gowns and secretly wish I could get married all over again (to the same man of course!).

So what can you expect from the Phase Eight Bridal SS15 range? Glitz and glam, I’d say. Many of the gowns have gorgeous beading in pewter, silver or pearl-coloured hues. The dresses are form-fitting without the stiff boning that some wedding gowns have and therefore appear to be more comfortable for the girl who wants something that flows and moves easily (especially on the dance floor).

Also, for the budget-conscious, these dresses have a very good price point. They range from £250 to £750 for the wedding dresses. They also have a range of bridal accessories, from veils to shoes to beaded belts which will add something special and personalise the dress.

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I picked out a few favourites…

Hope Wedding Dress

This wedding dress was my top pick of the bunch and I picked up from the rest of the guests that it was a firm favourite amongst us. The Phase Eight Hope Wedding dress us fully beaded and has beautiful finishes, not to mention the detailed art-deco style waistband.

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Phase Eight Bridal: Beautiful Beaded Finishes

Florentine Wedding Dress

I love the Phase Eight Florentine wedding dress because it short yet still glam and elegant. Perfect for the less casual wedding, perhaps in a warmer climate or for a summer wedding. Or even as a second dress to change into once the dance floor gets buzzing and the bride doesn’t want to destroy her beautiful train on her floor length wedding gown.

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Phase Eight Bridal: Beaded Floral Lace Applique

Pearl Cape

This a fabulous accessory to jazz up a simple gown or to take a wedding gown from day to evening. This Phase Eight Pearl Cape will rest gently on your shoulders and still allow you to see your beautiful gown yet add something different.

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Phase Eight Bridal: Strings of Scalloped Pearls

In case you didn’t know, Phase Eight Bridal has ‘By Appointment’ venues at London James Street, Winchester and Edinburgh, where you can try on the gorgeous gowns.  Alternatively, you can order your gown online for delivery or click and collect from one of the Phase Eight Bridal stores. Why don’t you check out the Phase Eight Wedding Boutique online.

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xxx TGM xxx

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Gluten-Free Guilt-Free Banana Muffins

Banana’s are pretty much a staple in my house. I munch them regularly, Bug munches them irregularly but my hubs hardly ever munches them. Despite the fact that bananas are not the snack of choice for my hubs, he is a huge banana bread fan. And due to the fact that we almost always have bananas in our fruit bowl, there are times that we have browning bananas which is usually when our toddler has gone off them for a few days and I can’t get through an entire bunch myself.

Long story cut short is that I have become a bit of a banana bread pro. I have tried out many different recipes – my favourite being one where yoghurt is substituted in for the butter. My husband, who considers himself the banana bread connoisseur of the household stated “I don’t know if I agree with that!” when he first heard of the yoghurt substitute but has now learned to love it.

Anyways, a month or so ago, I came across a flour-free (aka paleo/gluten-free/much better for you) version of the banana bread muffin. Luckily, I had all the necessary ingredients at home already but I did not have the required almond flour. So I substituted in coconut flour instead, and it worked a charm. On occasion I have to add a little milk or water to loosen the mixture as coconut flour expands and can leave the batter a bit dry.

So here is my adapted recipe which is also guilt-free as their is no sugar and only natural fats…


Gluten-Free Guilt-Free Banana Muffins

Adapted from Running With Spoon’s Flourless Banana Muffins

Prep: 5 minutes     Cook: 12 minutes

Gluten Free Guilt free banana muffins

Ingredients:                                  

1/4 cup almond butter

2 ripe bananas

1 egg

2 tbsp honey

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup coconut flour

2 tbsp ground flaxseed

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


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Method:

1. Preheat your oven to 190 degrees Celsius and prepare the muffin tray with either cooking spray or paper muffin liners.

2. Whack all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until you see a smooth consistency. If it appears to be too dry and not mixing, add water (just a little at a time) until it is loose enough to blend.

3. Spoon the mixture into the muffin tray and fill up to the 3/4 mark. I manage to get 6 or 7 good size ones.

4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until they have slightly browned on top and pass the toothpick test. Mine take closer to 12 minutes and I will check every minute past the 10 minute mark with a toothpick.

5. Allow to cool and enjoy with a cup of tea. Preferably in 10 minutes of silence whilst the kids are having their afternoon nap.

Check out the original recipe for flourless banana muffins as well as other fab recipes on Running With Spoons.


xxx TGM xxx

 

 

 

 

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Jimmy Choo Made To Order || Custom fabrics, colours and monogramming

Made to Order Jimmy Choo

Shut the front door! You can now design your very own Jimmy Choo shoes with the Jimmy Choo Made To Order service. Why did no one tell me about this?

I just love monogrammed items and I just love Jimmy Choo’s. Two out of my three pairs of wedding shoes were Jimmy Choo’s and I still wear them to this day. I chose gold ones because white shoes heels on anyone other than a bride is a bit nat, even on Beyonce.

Anyway, you can imagine how much fun I had online playing around with the Jimmy Choo Made To Order web page. Here’s how to do it…

STEP 1

Made to Order Jimmy Choo

First choose your style of Jimmy Choo shoe and decide which heel height you’d like. Time was (before kids) that I would always go for the highest heel and somehow managed to stay in them an entire night. These days I go for the more sensible option of a reasonable height heel or glam flats.

STEP 2

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Then, select your fabric and colour. There are so many options here, you could spend ages choosing your shoes. Like a little Jiminy Cricket, the sobering price pops up with each selection you make but don’t let this deter you from having a play around.

STEP 3

Made to Order Jimmy Choo

Next you select your monogram. You can have up to four characters per shoe and these include letters as well as some symbols. Obviously I would choose “GLAM”.

Take a look at some of my immy Choo Made To Order creations, and an example of what the monogramming would look like:

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Jimmy Choo Made To Order shoes start around £475. But even if you have already spent your annual shoe budget at the Christmas sales, a little play around and designing your next pair of Choo’s won’t hurt anybody. And who knows, if you (mistakenly) leave the page open on your laptop/phone, your hubs may take a hint and clicks ADD TO BAG. Well, that’s my plan anyway.

xxx TGM xxx

{Images via Jimmy Choo}

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Five Fabulous Things | From Guilt-Free Kids Apps To My First Shelfie

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(clockwise from top left, photo’s from The White Company, Domain Home and The Glam Mummy archives)

Awesome Tip From The White Company

I came across this on Instagram and am definitely going to try it out! One thing that makes my stomach flip is the thought of dirt I can’t actually see. Like all the little germs living in your 2 week old dishcloth (I soak mine in soap boiling hot water). So I was actually thrilled to discover a new household tip courtesy of The White Company: “Once a week throw your pillows in the tubule dryer for 15 minutes to kill dust mites, freshen and fluff.” Now, who would have thought!?!

9 Things You Shouldn’t Own Past Age 30

I found this article on Domaine Home and immediately thought “Eeek!”. Don’t worry, I’ve never owned a futon BUT I have folding dining chairs, I kid you not! Long story short, we bought them for a picnic around the time that we moved house. We never got round to buying nice chairs for our kitchen table and kept the folding chairs. Literally within minutes of reading this article I placed an order for new chairs. And a new kitchen table whilst I was at it.

Let’s Go Streaking

I first saw them hitting social media at Cochella last year and since then they have been seen on the likes of Beyonce and Khloe Kardashian. Yup, and even on this Glam Mummy. Streak, started by London-based friends Ella and Freddie, have recently launched their online metallic tattoo shop.  The super cool metallic tattoos are not just for summer festivals either, I got streaking on NYE and the hint of gold definitely added the glam factor.  I suspect we will be seeing a lot more of them in the warmer weather months. Let’s #GetStreaking.

Goop’s Guilt-free Apps to Keep Kids Entertained

I’m really not keen on Bug spending hours on my iPad or in front of the TV but sometimes I just need half an hour to myself – even if its just to read an article in the latest Vanity Fair and finish my coffee. I somehow stumbled across an article on GOOP (Gwyneth Paltrow’s  supposedly controversial blog) about apps that aren’t that bad for kids and found the recommendations quite useful. The “I Hear Ewe” app got Bug’s seal of approval and it has interesting animal noises such as zebra and alligator. Yes, an alligator, it’s an american app. Take a look for yourself, it’s great.

Its all about a SHELFIE these days

I’ve spent many hours on Pinterest looking for home decor ideas now that the builders have left and I have my home back. And for everywhere I look, I see #shelfie, #shelfie, #shelfie. So I attempted a festive shelfie of my own over our fireplace. Not bad for my first shelfie.

 

xxx TGM xxx

 

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Bonapeti | Plant-based meals delivered to you

Bonapeti

Eating whole food and plant-based food is becoming easier by new businesses and restaurants I see popping up here and there. One such business is Bonapeti, who deliver plant-based meals to your home. All of the meals are prepared by hand, pre cooked and ready to be served. There is no added sugar, salt or artificial flavouring.

As a mum of a toddler and a baby, I am much more conscious these days of what I feed myself and a considerable effort goes into ensuring my family eats well. I’ve never bought into restrictive diets where entire food groups are written off but I do buy into eating whole food that is as close as possible to it’s natural form. By having ‘whole food’ as my rule of thumb, I have easily moved away from over-processed, sugar-filled foods.

For me, the biggest butt-ache about following a whole food lifestyle is the food prep and ensuring that healthy options are ready to go when I feel hungry. Bonapeti is a great option for days when I know we will be rushing around or working late and won’t feel like preparing a wholesome meal. All we would have to do is take it out the fridge, pop it in the oven/microwave and then serve.

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Each Bonapeti package arrives chilled in special insulated packaging. It also has a menu card telling you more about the meal, such as ingredients, nutritional breakdown and how to prepare it. Each item is clearly labeled and the instructions are really straight forward. I found the portions generous and actually ate them over a couple of sittings.

I tried out the Coconut tamarind curry Laksa with marinated tofu Pasembur as mains. Not sure what Pasembur actually is but they were three tofu bites of deliciousness. I ate them separately for lunch the next day with some salad as I wasn’t able to finish them along side the curry.

Next I had the Carrot salad with pumpkin seed Dukkah. I’ll be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of carrot in a salad. Not sure why but its just not my thing. But it was good and the Dukkah was great. So great that I nibbled on it whilst making the meals.

And lastly I had the Chilli marinated roasted pineapple with toasted coconut, mango and papaya salad.The dish I was most surprised by was the dessert as I was expecting the pineapple to be sickly sweet as it was drenched in honey. In fact, it was refreshing with a kick of chilli and I’m going to attempt to recreate this dish myself in summer.

Bonapeti meals range from £3.50 for a dessert to £10.00 for a main. There are a number of options which include wheat, gluten or dairy-free, vegan, low carb, sugar, soya or nut-free, or no bake/ raw. Also, all of their packaging is biodegradable (double thumbs up!).

Bonapeti launches in early January 2015 and for a limited time have an introductory offer  of 40% off your first order and free delivery. Check out Bonapeti for more info.

xxx TGM xxx

* Bonapeti gifted the meal, words are my own.

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Monday’s quotable quote

Inspirational and quotable quote

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Joolz | Personalise Your Joolz Bumper Bar

 

Joolz bumper bar

The pram that brought you the glam has now taken it up a notch. Joolz has recently launched a personalised Joolz bumper bar service whereby you can upgrade your Joolz Day pram with a bumper that is as unique as you.

This luxury Dutch pram company is all about positive design. With each pram designed around the mum and the baby, they are always seeking ways to be innovative and forward-looking in this the pretty saturated pram/stroller market. I could spend hours talking you through all the nifty little things they have added to their prams that make a mum’s life easier. In fact, as a proud owner of a Joolz Day Tailor myself, I shared 6 Reasons To Love This Stylish Pram not too long ago.

At their recent press day, where they launched their new Joolz Geo (Very excited! More on that soon!), they also shared their new unique Joolz bumper bar service. You can choose from 19 colours and add text or numbers (up to 15 characters). So you could have your baby’s birthdate or their name/ nickname. Or even something inspiring.

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Whether you own a Joolz Day already or are ordering one for the first time, all you have to do is go online and create your very own unique Joolz bumper bar. I had a play around with the various colours and cannot wait for my very own personalised Joolz bumper bar to arrive.

xxx TGM xxx

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Monday with Oscar Wilde

 

Inspirational Quote from Oscar Wilde
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Monday with Tom Ford

Inspirational quote from Tom FordMonday inspo 8xxx TGM xxx

 

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Giveaway | Phase Eight Advent

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It’s Day 5 of the Phase Eight Advent and I’ve got something very glam to give away! Today I have partnered up with Phase Eight and we are going to give this gorgeous Dionne Necklace (worth £35) to one lucky lady. It’s really easy to enter but you have until midnight to enter…

For your chance to win this necklace you simply need to follow @Phase_Eight on Twitter and send them a message that includes #PhaseEightAdvent. Or you could just reply to one of my competition tweets, but make sure you are following @Phase_Eight to be eligible to win.

I will select a winner after midnight and notify them via Twitter and this fabulous necklace sent on its way to them. But remember, you only have until midnight tonight to win the Phase Eight Dionne Necklace. You can enter as many times as you like but each tweet you send has to be different and include @Phase_Eight and #PhaseEightAdvent.

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With the Phase Eight Advent, there will be a fabulous treat up for grabs every day up until Christmas. Check out what else is coming up in the Phase Eight Advent.  Also, here are the T’s & C’s for this competition.

Good luck!!

xxx TGM xxx

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