New Start x


Uniforms washed and ironed, school bags packed, kids out the door!!!!!!! Finally time to step off the battle bus, to stop chasing screams and no longer think about jumping the pitfalls of regular crashes.  It’s a huge sigh of relief that once the breakfast things are sorted, my house will remain in the same state ALL DAY…that I can sit at my desk to write without earplugs or feeling guilty that I’m ignoring the chaos or their needs, because that’s where the holiday conflict lies – doing something just for me, which is effectively inherently selfish versus being at everyone’s beck and call.  Despite knowing that a happy mum is a happy family, it’s incredibly hard – like holding a bubble – to find the balance. Which I think is why my brain has been swirling round the notions of simplicity and how it works across all aspects of life.    Take Sonia Rykiel Resort 2016 – in the happy, slightly dappy land where my second self permanently lives, I could cheerfully own the whole collection, but not just for Resort season – it would last the whole year and beyond..the outfit above would be for today, the first day back..


Parents evening..


Cooler, autumnal days..


A bit of bling for Christmas..


New Years eve, painting the town red in black and white.




All the way to sports day..


(All pics from the new

And summer hols.

(Please note that my second self can fit all these sample sizes and has legs up to my armpits) But then what would I do next year? Sell it to make way for new stuff? Store it because one day Bella might love it too? or just love it till it falls to bits in the acceptance that fashion is fickle and there’s no point in chasing rainbows?

It’s a conundrum. Deep within, even for my second self, there’s a questioning at the constant need for accrual, for stuff, for the next big thing.  We’re constantly bombarded with pretty things, branding and temptation. Consumerism is important – businesses and artisans need supporting, and I’m as guilty as anyone, constantly looking for the next delight, the next perfect shoe or dream coat. But has it all gone too far?

Oh God.  I think I think I need a uniform too.

Laters, Kate x


  1. KerryCan

    Finally, you get some time for YOU! I know you’ll miss having the kids around but, hey, they come home after school, right? And, yes, I think we all need to adopt our own uniforms–simplify . . .

  2. dievca

    I’m sorry that the kids are back in school — you had such fun this Summer, but it is a relief, too, huh? Thank you for sharing this Sonia Rykiel — the first outfit, WANT! The blue ankle strap shoes, WANT. Ugh! All of it, WANT. My wallet, DOESN’T WANT. Sigh. XO

  3. jackiemallon

    Love the Christmas dress. Put your feet up girl, make a mug of tea, go out in the garden with a magazine and kick your shoes off. Take it as it’s given. You’ll be divided into sections again in no time! xo