Christmas in July might seem a bit bonkers to those not in PR, but trust me, it makes total sense for brands to spend this summer month showcasing erm, what’s in store, in store, this Christmas!

And last week saw me get rather festive in the Big Smoke-

But first, before the Christmas cheer commenced, I spent my morning in quite the sunny mood, meeting with PR Emily of designer swimwear brand heidi klein over at their flagship store, on Westbourne Grove.

I actually lived on Westbourne Grove straight after uni when I first worked in the film industry, myself and four great girlfriends and still now, these parts along with Notting Hill and Portobello Road have always been my favourite haunts, instantly transporting me to carefree days, life learning the ropes of the film industry at a major film company, first dates with my then boyfriend, now husband, shopping expeditions blowing rent money on designer bags most frequently, and lots (and lots) of wild nights out.

How times have changed (sort of)!

…Now for those who missed it (where have you been?) I recently collaborated with heidi klein on a swimwear shoot in Jamaica ( I know, crazy right, and I must state again how much I appreciate all that this blog brings)…so I returned to discuss another two shoots planned in Spain next week, and have a sneak peak at the current and next season pieces (some below) and next year’s (embargoed) collection too.

I was in beautiful beachwear heaven!

heidi klein flagship storeFrom timeless nautical pieces channelling the much lusted ‘riviera chic’ to LA style bold brights, and boho Aztec prints, I craved every single piece (greedy, moi?)!

But can you blame me?

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heidi klein beachwearbeachwear by heidi kleinresortwearheidi klein bikinisnautical bikiniThe resortwear, beach bags, clutches, sun hats from fedoras to wide brimmed and beyond to fine bracelets and metal cuffs, now all on my ever growing wish list, some, thankfully making their way to Leeds right now (phew).

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heidi klein hat

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heidi klein jewellery

Thoughtful, inspired, exquisite swimwear pieces and accessories, the answer to our longing to be stylish yet comfortable while away…I simply cannot wait to share more soon…

Leaving the ‘beach’ behind, I jumped in a black cab to shield the rain (a reminder I was in London and not the South of France) and headed to ‘colder climes’ at the much anticipated Christmas preview for Harrods.

This was in fact, the first time the press show was held outside its famous doors, hosted in a towering townhouse in Waterloo, each floor cleverly and elegantly creating the perfect Harrods home at Christmas.

Stepping into an open plan plush kitchen/diner, all stripped back walls and concrete floors-a sleek ebony black dining table took pride of place dressed for Christmas Day with honey glazed turkey, cold meats, pies, Christmas pudding, and cherry cakes, placed upon muted teal and aubergine crockery: a scaled back, contemporary feast.

Above us, towered the most magnificent tree filled with vintage style trinkets, dazzling baubles, gold and shiny crackers, red roses laid beneath. The perfect Christmas for those with high ceilings and wide rooms (*calls my folks)!

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In fact, there were as expected, a great many stylized tree in each and every room, along with fresh blooms and fragrantly spiced biscuits by Harrods (all offered to us in our gift bags).

The crimson sofas in the lounge, stockings by the fire and the mountain of boardgames at the ready, all perfected the happy Harrods Christmas tableau. I could have stayed all year.

harrods lounge


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Climbing the wooden stairs, I discovered almond white bedrooms filled with kidswear, toys, womens and menswear, with a short trip to the master bedroom’s ensuite bathroom (all white tiling and glass mirrors) housed the Urban Retreat spa for the day.

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menswear at harrods

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luxury beauty products

Any one for Louis V boxing gloves and brandy?

harrods beddream bedroomWith rows of Jimmy Choo, Chloe and Tom Ford clutches to beg Santa for, Chanel shades, and every designer imaginable laid on dressing tables, draped on chairs and hung on metal beams, you felt you were tiptoeing into the bourdoir of Dita Von Teese’s (her delicate, sensual lingerie graced the bed to many gasps)…


Divine to infinity.

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Tucked away in the bathroom was celebrity hairstylist Andrew Barton CEO of the Urban Retreat spa in Harrods himself, there to discuss beauty and hair treatments that promise high octane glamour this festive season.

Andrew is such a hoot, born in Yorkshire, just like myself, and gifted in all things hair, I’m beyond excited to visit the spa in September and share some party style and treatments with you all.

It was wonderful to meet and catch up with several PR’s at Harrods across various departments too, with exciting collabs in the works, more on that soon…

andrew barton

And if that was not enough excitement, to end the day, I hot-footed it to stunning shoe lounge of designer brand, Upper Street, where I set about designing my very own bespoke pair of heels with stylist Janine.

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upper street shoes - stylist material swatches

design your own pair of shoesAn online design site where you can choose your fabric and style of shoe, ensuring no one will ever own the same set of heels as you, it was a true delight to visit the boutique myself and see and feel the samples, playing with the styles I liked, creating heels I know will shine this winter.

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Once champagne was sipped and the shoes designed and ordered (to be delivered in a few weeks), it was time to return to Leeds, and kiss my sleeping babes…

macaroons and champagne

What a day!

Blogging really is an incredibly dynamic, stimulating job to have, it’s hard work of course, long hours but I love it all, the stimulation, the intensity, the creative joy it brings-it’s a little world I made, a business I created, word by word, that’s growing every day.

Thank you for your support, for reading and being interested, it means the world.

I cannot wait to share more from these sublime brands soon but now, right now, I’m off for cocoa and to start my ask Santa list (something Tom Ford shaped please)…well, I have been a good girl (so far) this year 😉


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29 Responses

  1. ali

    it must have been quite surreal seeing everything so festive in the summer, but as I love Christmas, I wouldn’t have objected at all! I great to see a glimpse of what we’ll be seeing in the shops this year. #brilliantblogposts

  2. Mirka Moore @Kahanka @Fitness4Mamas

    When I started blogging, almost 7 years ago, and PRs were inviting me to Xma i July events, I had no idea what they were about. These days I carefully choose only brands I like to see, and have to admit, I am dying for some Heidi Klein swimwear. When we lived in Sydney, there was a huge choice, but cannot say the same about the range in Europe, need to pay a visit to the store soon!

    • honestmum

      Oh wow 7 years is incredible Mirka, so amazing and you will love hk, their store on Westbourne Grove is divine xx

  3. Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn)

    Talk about kid in a candy store *squeeeal!* just looking at all your stunning photos brought the goosebumps out! Loving those elephant purses and can’t wait to see the shoes you designed. I’m feeling all eggnog and stocking fillers now! Glad you had a fun day darling x

    • honestmum

      Thanks darling, I definitely was a kid in a candy store, dream day and now all excited for Christmas, think you will love the heels! xx

  4. Lucy @ bottlefor2

    Wow. So many beautiful things. What a great experience. I tell you what randomly stands out to me the most, those amazing Christmas Crackers! beautiful!

  5. zoe dunn

    wow what an amazing day I’d say your lucky but I don’t think that’s accurate. nothing comes free in this life and you’ve grafted to earn it well done and enjoy spain! #brilliantblogposts

    • honestmum

      Thank you Zoe, I do work hard but we all do and I never let these things feed my ego, I enjoy them but always ‘keep things real’, thank you for your lovely words x

  6. Kate

    Wow what a wonderful day, thank you so much for sharing it with us! I love reading posts like this, it makes me feel so inspired 🙂

  7. Wave to Mummy

    How fab and wow what a packed day 🙂 blogging has brought such wonderful opportunities for you, really lovely to hear about all these things and the hard workbehind the success 🙂 loving the idea for designing your own heel, how fab!

  8. Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    The swimwear is fabulous – every photo I said ooo & ahhhh – I adore the style, colours, everything! Then, you put me into the Christmas spirit. What beautiful decor & the table was amazing! You have the most fabulous job! #brilliantblogposts x

  9. Random Musings

    I now want literally everything on this page! I love, love, love the idea of designing my own heels 🙂 Enjoy Spain! Thanks for hosting #brillblogposts

    • honestmum

      Thanks lovely, it was such a fun day with the most beautiful of brands- I cannot wait to receive my heels and share more from Harrods and heidi klein! x

  10. Lucy Bishop

    Okay so I literally want this day to be my Groundhog Day! Amazing 🙂 I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the white nautical bikini! Lush! And cannot wait to see the shoes babe xxx

    • honestmum

      Oh that made me laugh Lucy, come with me next time, so, so much fun, those shoes are divine, as are the swimwear and everything in Harrods-the best day xx


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