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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,…

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Bloggers Delight

Sep 20th, 2016 Small Talk Bean 13 min read

Hello!! My holiday is over, and my little moon has started school, albeit half days for 3 weeks and so, (hopefully) normal service will resume. This post has been in ‘draft’ status for the past two weeks, during which time both New York and London Fashion weeks have taken place… Fashion doesn’t stop for anyone. Especially if you’ve fallen off the blogging wagon and been sucked…

Barcelona, Baby!

Jul 21st, 2016 Small Talk Bean 11 min read

Tomorrow I fly out to Barcelona, a city that’s on my bucket list. Excited doesn’t even begin to sum it up. The whole Small Town Threads family is going, and after a fortnight in the city, we then have a further 2 weeks up coast. Yep, you read that right: FOUR weeks in Spain!! So how is it that we can go on ‘holiday’ for a…

The Sales: Mango vs Zara hits & misses

Jul 11th, 2016 Small Talk Bean 12 min read

I hate the summer sales. I mean, I love a bargain – I really l.o.v.e. a good bargain, however, I seem to go ‘sales blind’. Or, in other words, I can rarely find a single thing I like or want (anymore) and find myself browsing the ‘New In’ sections… plus things I’ve had my eye on and hoped would go into the sales, either don’t…

Impulse Buying

Jun 22nd, 2016 Small Talk Bean 9 min read

This is rarely a good idea in my experience. Impulse buying that is. There have been (extremely) rare occasions when I’ve bought something on a whim and its turned out to be a dream buy / best purchase ever/ lasts forever [delete as appropriate]. However, as somebody who considers herself a veteran shopper, or in other words, a careful, considered shopper, every now and then…

Big Unwrap: Topshop

Jun 14th, 2016 Small Talk Bean 15 min read

Welcome to another Big Unwrap, an exciting one for me as it contained potential birthday presents: big YAY! Before I get onto that, I wanted to apologise for being remiss about the irregularity and frequency of my posts. When I started this blog 3 months ago, I had the intention of doing 3 posts a week as my youngest is at preschool 3 days a…

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Birthday Wish List

Jun 2nd, 2016 Small Talk Bean 23 min read

So, I turn 45 in just under a week. I’ll leave that thought hanging there, as although I’m not especially bothered by the actual number, I guess I can’t believe that I’m so into my forties: yes I’m a walking mid-life cliché! Where did all that time go? I’ve never been one to make a fuss about my birthday, and although I’ve compiled this ‘wish list’,…

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To Culotte or Not?

May 23rd, 2016 Small Talk Bean 12 min read

Are you a culottes-crazy like me? I am *in* love with them. Bit OTT? Well, the original idea behind culottes came about from skirts being split into two legs so that ladies wouldn’t have to ride side saddle or some such. Or in other words: they gave women a bit of equality and freedom if you like. So, what’s not to love? Although I will state now for…