Posts Written ByAnna

My #RandomPhoneSnaps

A bit of a silly post this, But I needed to preserve this stuff forever. We’ve all got them – the really random snaps on your phone that made complete sense at the time, but later cause you to question either a) what? or b) why? It’s now time for me to delete some of mine, but before they go, come, lets take a walk down memory lane …       A fine example of a duvet day done properly. My sartorial mud flaps. A scotch egg, with piccalilli, olives and octopus. My dog and his post. A steep hill. A giant Jellybaby.…

Acrylamide – Another Inconvenient Truth

french fries

You’ve probably heard the news this morning, or read it on MSN or something – Toast, chips, crisps and roasties are among the food group which apparently all cause cancer. At least, they definitely do in animals, and it is therefore very likely that Acrylamide (a chemical compound released by cooking starchy foods above 120c) is a “probable human carcinogen” too, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Great. Some new all-time favourites to add to the ‘banned’ or ‘must be limited list’. This list is getting longer by the month, let me tell you. “OH FOR GODS SAKE!” Yells my genuinely hacked-off 13 year old…

10 Of My Weirdest Habits.

Toast with jam on, cut vertically

By Anna. Ok. Here goes. Don’t judge me, but …   1. I’ve got a subtle and slightly sinister kind of OCD that I like to satisfy as I go about my day. For example, this morning I had to select the plate from the cupboard which was second from the bottom of a stack of 25 plates. Because that particular plate was very definitely ‘the chosen one’ as far as I was concerned, and if I didn’t use that chosen one, then it would result in bad luck, possibly even death. Obvs.   2. I still sniff my youngest child’s head and neck because he still smells as close to baby-like…

New Gym Wear by @NextOfficial

Happy Friday readers! For this weeks Friday fashion post, I just had to share my new gym wear by @NextOfficial, Its all high-quality, beautiful, and completely affordable. Now, I’d love to claim otherwise, but on a day to day basis, I’m pretty much the least glamourous person on the planet, and prefer to just chuck on my gym clothes first thing in the morning when I get up at 6.30am, just so that I’m good-to-go whenever the gym or run window presents itself throughout my day of working from home. And if it doesn’t present itself? Well I just steel it anyway…

New Year. New Phase.

Firstly, Hi! This is my First ZmG post for 2017 and it feels good. Its really nice to be back after what has been a mental busy 8 weeks or so. Hence, I’ve truly been the worst blogger on the planet of late. I guess its just that with all the best will in the world, sometimes life with 4 children and various fingers in various pies all over the various place makes life, well, varied … as well as unpredictably busy. Anyway, excuses excuses. I’m back. And I’ve got a about a trillion and one plans for the new year; so…

Festive Party Wear With Great Plains

Great plaines white coat

Now I don’t know about you, But as I approach my 37th Christmas, I’m a bit board of traditional festive party wear. I’ve worn all the little black sparkly, shimmering dresses, and the red spangled tops a girl can muster; I’ve procured more sets of matching bejewelled clutch bags and twinkling shoes than should be legal, and over the years I’ve curated a monstrous collection of faux fur collared coats … Nowadays, I just sort of crave edgier things I suppose. Perhaps this is what happens when people approach their mid-life crisis? Y’know what I mean – as we approach our 40’s we have a tendency…

My La Redoute Black Friday 40% Off Wishlist

Picture tonight’s evening scene if you will – Everyone has had dinner; all homework and reading is done, and the kitchen is tidy(ish). Finally, its time for me to sit down next to the fire with my Chai Latte when it hits me: The email to change the course of anyone’s evening – 40% EVERYTHING at La Redoute. Oh Hell!!! The inevitably quick and excitable shop was promptly followed by this blog, hastily cobbled together for the purposes of public service –  I know most of you will know about this amazing offer, but my concern is that some of…

Mind The Gap. By January Carmalt

  Guest post: January Carmalt examines how mums can leap back into the workforce with confidence after the school-run sabbatical.   Gap years. What do we think of them? No, no—think less setting sail to artificially inseminate indigenous blue-footed boobies of the Galapagos– more pram-pushing, nappy changing, food pureeing and later– forging ever more inventive means to entertain restless children during rain-soaked school holidays. Cast aside self-indulgent naval gazing and imagine instead those career-sacrificing years spent at Tumble Tots, play dates and bake sales.  Ah yes, those gap years. These past decades women have made pioneering strides combining families with…

The Best Hair Appointment Ever: Hair Filler @ Daniel Hersheson

Hair filler Daniel Hersheson before and after picture

Yesterday I visited the Daniel Hersheson salon on the 4th floor of Harvey Nichols, and honestly, it was one of the best and most satisfying hairdressing appointments OF MY LIFE. I went in with a technically dodgy haircut, and came out with an entirely re-booted barnet, all thanks to a pioneering ‘Hair filler’ treatment, followed by the most considered hair cut and finish I think I’ve ever experienced …   Allow me to give you a little hair history: Guys, I’ve had a string of awful and unflattering haircuts, and have been left with what felt like virtually no hair what-so-ever; terrible layers (which I…

Easy Smart From Hush Homewear & Topshop

Granny-chic shoes. Your thang? It wasn’t mine … until I walked past these beauts – Now lets look at their credentials, shall we: Animal print? Check. Velvet? Check. Metallic block heel? Check. Khaki representation? Yes check. Guys, these shoes have every ‘on-trend’ detail for this season crammed into one design. Its all here; they are literally ticking all of the trendy little boxes. And for that reason, they came home with me. (Because I am without a shadow of a doubt, the biggest fashion victim ever and If Instagram tells me to wear old lady shoes made from velvety animal print,…