Friday, 30 March 2012

Kinky Knickers

For those of you in the UK, you may have like me just finished watching The Bottom Line with Mary Portas. Well I'm a big fan and when I heard that she was planning to try and bring back British-made knickers in her new show I was hooked on the idea. I love what Mary stands for and her work ethic is second to none! What she achieves in her shows is just amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the show. 

I was lucky enough to grab myself 3 pairs (one in each colour!) of her brand of 'Kinky Knickers' from John Lewis priced at £10.00 each, which I know may sound like a lot when compared to Primarks £1 a pair... BUT... these knickers are well worth their higher price point. Mary wanted to create a pair if knickers that were not only pretty but functional... comfortable to wear and with no VPL! Well she succeeded. The Nottingham Lace is so very beautiful and makes each pair special. They are amazingly comfortable to wear...  to be honest they were so nice it felt as if I were going commando!!

Kinky Knickers in Pink (Size M)
And the packaging... well I love vintage anyway but the little boxes that you knickers nestle in are just so sweet. The packaging reads, "Best worn when the Sun's up but the blinds are down, you're on top of your day (or under the milkman) and you're feeling just a little bit naughty underneath... Top Knickers for the Finest Bottoms", And proudly states MADE IN BRITAIN!! Simply adorable.

Adorable Vintage Style Packaging... and its recyclable too!!

The quirkiness of the product doesn't stop there as hidden away in the gusset of each pair you'll find a little ribbon label telling you exactly which one of Mary's recruits lovingly made you pair... two of mine were made by James and one by Adrian... thank you Boys!!

My Knickers, Proudly Made in Britain By Adrian

So I highly recommend that you go out a buy yourself at least one pair of these fabulous knickers... say knickers to the others and show Mary and her team your support!!

Buy British!!

A family holiday in Nerja.

March and time for a family holiday! We'd been saving for a well deserved break from the everyday and booked ourselves a 5 night stay in Nerja, Andalucia.

What a fantastic time we had! The weather was fantastic, temperatures of between 19 - 23 degrees, just nice with a pleasant sea breeze and not too warm overnight to be uncomfortable. The views in this unspoiled part of Spain were simply stunning and the old cobbled streets with white washed terraced homes were just beautiful.

Balcon de Europa

C/ Caraebo

Kaylee was well catered for almost everywhere we went, the only downside was the lack of high-chairs even in some family friendly establishments, however she weathered this by showing what a big girl she is becoming and sat on a grown up chair in most places! As for things to do, we all highly recommend the Nerja Donkey Sanctuary who do a fantastic job of looking after the Donkeys, Horses, Pigs, Sheep and Dogs in their care. We adopted Ginny and Ozzie, a Mum and her 5 day old baby! 

Ginny the Donkey
The land train was also a favourite for us, Kaylee loved being taken round the old streets waving to everyone who we passed. There was also no shortage of toddler friendly play areas dotted around the town! 

The Little Blue Train
 I must also highly recommend the traditional 'Chocolate Y Churros', well worth the calories!!

Churros - sweet doughnuts best served dunked in think Hot Chocolate!!

I was very pleased to see lots of little shops with independent crafters selling their wares instead of mass market tacky tourist trinkets!! Kaylee bought me a lovely bracelet from jewellery designer Isolda Navarro and I treated myself to a gorgeous little leather coin purse sculpted into the shape of a scallop shell!

Bracelet by Isolda Navarro
Isolda's Studio on C/ Carabeo
Scallop Shell Purse

A lovely place, and we'll certainly be going back some day!