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Sales Madness

Jan 17th, 2017 Small Talk Bean 16 min read

So… although it’s the middle of January and Christmas & New Years Eve are long gone, I’m gonna have to do it. I’m going to say it, even though its woefully late: Happy New Year! (#sorrynotsorry!) So far this year, my blog has taken a back seat even though I have been desperate to get back to it though sadly a few things hindered my…

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New Years Eve… with the kids!

Dec 31st, 2016 Small Talk Bean 9 min read

Hello!  Hope you’ve all had a fabulous festive season so far… was Santa kind to you? Tonight, it’s the big one… the grand finale… New Years Eve! Since having kids, NYE nights are spent round at friends or family houses… we have been to the occasional party, but long gone are the days of working out whose going where, sourcing enough tickets for our favourite haunt…

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Insta-reality & Other Stories…

Dec 13th, 2016 Small Talk Bean 19 min read

So! (my favourite word to start a blog with, in case you hadn’t noticed…) I’ve recently been up to London a couple of times and met some ‘virtual’ friends which I’ve made along the way since joining Instagram back in March. The first meet-up was with a group of #mystylephotochallenge ladies back in the middle of November; ‘my style photo challenge’ (@mystylephotochallenge) is a a…

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My one and only Black Friday purchase…

Nov 29th, 2016 Small Talk Bean 10 min read

… so following on my from my previous Christmas Gift Guide post, where I confessed that although I seem to want masses of clothes all year round and yet, at this time of year, I tend to hit a bit of a blank. A more frugal shopper that I would have have been noting stuff down as they spotted things for a “wanted list” and…

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Alternative Gift Guide for Fashionistas

Nov 21st, 2016 Small Talk Bean 14 min read

So… there are a great many things I want, primarily for my home… however, I spend every spare hard earned eBay penny on clothing & shoes. Fact. And for my birthday in the summer, I have no qualms in requesting more clothing bits and bobs, even though I buy for myself all year round. However, at Christmas, I’m the classic “can’t think of anything I…

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New discoveries…

Nov 8th, 2016 Small Talk Bean 16 min read

… and a couple of old ‘friends’ of course. This is my round-up from last week’s Spirit of Christmas Fair at Olympia, where some 750 independent boutiques, all hand-picked by House & Garden, gathered under the colossal pink & silver adorned roof of Kensington Olympia. I’d never been to any kind of fair at Olympia before – a gig or two back in the day,…

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That’s not my coat: it’s too leopard!

Nov 1st, 2016 Small Talk Bean 18 min read

Unless you’ve been living under a rock since August, that time of year when all the new Autumn /Winter loveliness hits our stores, you will have noticed that *the* coat to buy this season would be a Leopard Print coat. From Fearne Cotton sporting a bargainous £29.99 Tesco’s F&F one… … to Lauren Laverne sporting the much pricier (£189) and again, SOLD OUT Boden one: And,…

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Donna Ida @ Hero Stockbridge

Oct 11th, 2016 Small Talk Bean 14 min read

Waaaaaaay back in March, when I published my very first blog post, I lamented the loss of shopping in fabulous independent boutiques after moving from London to my Small Town. When I lived in South West London (Clapham then Battersea followed by Tooting), I was never far from such boutiques in Clapham Old Town, Northcote Road and Wimbledon Village. These boutiques generally carried stock that was certainly…

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Boden, be me.

Oct 6th, 2016 Small Talk Bean 13 min read

I recently placed an order with Boden, something I haven’t done in almost 2 years now. As per my last post, having had several items, jumpers mainly wrecked by my tired-fatigued brain (you know, when you put your non tumble-dry sweaters in the tumble-dryer by accident?) and by my youngest (see last post!), I feel like my life is in a much better place now…

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Hilfiger Collection

Oct 2nd, 2016 Small Talk Bean 11 min read

These are the boots which I fell in love with last Spring (2015), and which are responsible for reigniting my love for fashion, and ultimately, led to this blog: A friend of mine did somewhat taint these boots for me by declaring they had a “touch of the Gary Glitter’s” about them” but ultimately, it was true love. Here they are in gold and wine: Now,…