Friday, 6 June 2014

Belle and Boo Gift set

Have fallen in love with this gorgeous melamine gift set from Belle and Boo.
Make every mealtime a pleasure with this fantastic set of plate, bowl and mug in lovely soft colours and featuring our well loved Belle & Boo characters.
Arrives in a beautifully illustrated Belle & Boo gift set box. 

£11.99 from

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

What's happened to Anne Louise Magazine?

Hello everyone, so sorry it's been such a long time since I wrote anything here on the Anne Louise Magazine blog!
I've been on maternity leave, looking after my gorgeous little girl, Isabelle Lily.

Isabelle Lily

I'm starting to get back into the swing of managing to turn on my computer, something that has become very rare since Isabelle was born!
The magazine will be back, but only when I can make sure I can devote enough time to create something special and worth reading.
I'm going to concentrate on keeping the Facebook and blog side of the magazine upto date with fab finds and business features, interview, competitions etc.
Then when the time is right, get the magazine running online again, something I'm really looking forward to doing as I've missed it so much.
Thank you so much for your continued support and I hope you continue to follow Anne Louise :) x


Linsey & Isabelle x

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Lustre 2011 - "beautiful things for you and your home"

I was fortunate enough to gain a ticket for the 'Free Buyer's' preview evening of the annual Lustre event at Nottingham University's Lakeside Arts Centre. The yearly showcase reflects craft designer makers that not only have talent but have shown commitment and potential in relation to their skills and industry.

Instantly I was drawn to the jewellery, all was beautifully laid out and each designer achieved their own style through their displays. Particular favourites of mine were pieces by Kate Gilliland, Lucy Elsie Harvey and Rosy Maddison. All had a vintage feel with many pieces featuring components that aren't usually associated with being wearable jewellery, each designer had reworked and exploited these components to construct luxurious forms. Lucy Elsie Harvey's approach to making jewellery effectively sums up the asethetic of these three talented jeweller's; "Making jewellery allows me to work within a defined parameter: elevating the mundane and forgotten into significant keepsakes through the function of adornment", (

For more information on Lustre please visit where you will find a list of this year's makers. It is only on for two day's, closing today the 6th of November, but well worth remembering for next year and having a look at the makers chosen for this year.

by Samantha Barker

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Pregnancy Diary: 20 Week Scan

We went for our 20 week scan last week, what a difference to the first one! We had a fabulous sonographer who took the time to explain what we was seeing and reassured us everything was perfect as she went along pointing things out. The whole scan took about half an hour. I decided to drink a pint of water, some hospitals want you to attend with a full bladder, some don't, so always try and check before your appointment.
Again it was a nervous moment before the scan as I was worried baby was still there, still moving, heart beating.....I was worried about if the baby had grown at all since the last scan. All normal concerns I'm sure.
The baby was lying head down, bum to one side and legs stretched out and crossed leisurely across my stomach! Having a nice relaxing snooze by the looks of it. Heart beating away and mouth chomping every now and again as if saying hello.
The sonograpgher checked everything, from measuring baby's head circumference, bones, checking spine, stomach, brain and heart to make sure everything was as it should be.
We were spot on with the date of birth, 21st February 2012 so hopefully baby won't be late otherwise we'll be having a leap year baby!
The details on the scan was amazing, we saw toes and fingers, ribs and even a tiny bladder, which took a moment to find as baby had done a little wee and needed to fill up again to check! We got very emotional!

After the scan we waited to have the usual blood pressure and urine checks and have a chat about the results of the scan, all which are normal. 
We also received a 'Parents guide to money' a useful guide on all things money for, you guessed it parents!
Also received Maternity Certificate which you need to claim maternity benefits including statutory maternity leave and maternity allowance.
Plus you get a link to download a video called 'Bump to Breastfeeding' which I have yet to have a look at.
I was booked in for Anti D injections at 28 weeks, this is due to an unusual blood type. I'll also need an injection at the birth. This will stop my body rejecting any future pregnancies.
I was also told to have my pregnancy notes with me at all times in case I went into labour early or complications arose. 

Next appointment is with a community midwife at my doctors for my 25 week checkup (first time pregnancy appointment only) As usual, my midwife will check my blood pressure and test my urine. She'll also measure the distance from my pubic bone to the top of  my bump to check that your baby is growing well.

Little Baby Coles :)

Monday, 10 October 2011

WIN! WIN! WIN! A gorgeous goodie bag from Queenies Bazaar

Prize includes:
  • Long multi bead necklace
  • Hand made faceted glass bead earrings
  • 2 earring piece set with studs and small flowers
  • Hand made 2 piece bracelet set
  • A heart Queenies Bazaar necklace
  • Disc earrings
  • A gold tone vintage brooch

"Alexandra has been selling pretties since 2010 and now Queenies Bazaar has clients all over the world. Aiming to provide an easy to use online boutique with the service you would expect and want.

Picking interesting, pretty and usable pieces of fashion & accessories for everyday wearing or that special occasion. With many limited, individual and different styles from well know designers plus up and coming labels, it's a great first stop for a style fix.

Also with the launch of a new website and her own ‘QB Collections’ brand. Things prove to get more interesting and fun for the little shop.

QB Collections offer hand made limited edition items with an accessible price range to suit every style and taste.

Also sourcing vintage accessories and clothing there is always something new being added to the website.”

How to Enter:

Send your name, address and contact phone number to (stating ‘goodie bag’ in the subject line)

Terms and Conditions: Closing date: 30.10.11. Competition is open to all UK residents. No cash alternative available. Data Protection By entering, you agree that Anne Louise magazine may contact you by e-mail regarding products and offers. If you don’t want offers from Anne Louise magazine please state clearly in your entry ‘OUT’.



Win a gorgeous new ‘Boho’ Healthy Back Bag® to help you look and feel great this autumn.

The Healthy Back Bag’s unique teardrop shape contours to the natural curve of the spine making a heavy load feel lighter. Developed with a doctor and a chiropractor it reduces stress on the back, neck and shoulders and encourages good posture.

Glamourous and chic with retro overtones, the new ‘Boho’ Healthy Back Bag is made of a durable synthetic leather material that is both soft and water resistant. The range features curved outer pockets and a fun, colourful shoulder strap and pocket detailing styled on a vintage 1960s guitar strap! Funky and functional, this new addition to the Healthy Back Bag’s line-up will appeal to fashion conscious consumers of all ages. Colours include Teal, Grey, Purple and Black.

Worn either on the shoulder or cross-body, weight is distributed asymmetrically rather than pulling from one point, keeping the stress off your back. The bag fastens via a double zipper which is always against your back for security and the separate compartments ensure stress-free rummaging.

Win a Boho Healthy Back Bag worth £56 in the colour of your choice.

How to Enter:

Send your name, address and contact phone number to (stating ‘back bag’ in the subject line)

Terms and Conditions:
Closing date: 30.11.11. Competition is open to all UK residents. No cash alternative available. Data Protection By entering, you agree that Anne Louise magazine may contact you by e-mail regarding products and offers. If you don’t want offers from Anne Louise magazine please state clearly in your entry ‘OUT’. By entering this competition your details will be automatically passed on to the competition sponsor, please state clearly in your entry if you do not wish your data to be passed on.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Sale Bargains, London Fashion Week and buying those Winter Boots!

I have picked up two fantastic bargains from Birdy's Boutique, a fabulous little stop for fashion fixes, they have now moved to the high street from their previous Corporation St location, where they are having a sale featuring their summer stock. I picked up two dresses at £5 each, which could be kept for next year, or layered with a fur gilet, patterned tights and heels to give a quirky take on the autumn trends. The photo shows one of those dresses which had beautiful lace detailing, and back bow detail.

London Fashion Week showcased Mary Katrantzou's Spring Summer 2012 collection, which had an eclectic patterned appeal: revealing Mary's shrewd talent for creating memorable graphic influenced designs. Giles Deacon, a winner of the 'The Best New Fashion Designer' by the British Fashion awards in 2006, revealed a collection that was influenced by a mix of an exhibition catalogue and the Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands trust. Visit for more tasty nougats of fashion inspiration.

Finally I have given in to the fact that the weather is getting colder and I will actually have to take my very comfortable, laidback chic leather sandals off and put them back in the wardrobe. I have two pairs of black boots, but to be completely honest they don't provide the comfort my long and quite wide feet yearn for. After trekking through the fab online sites such as Asos, I took a trip down the high street and found some comfortable but stylish black boots from River Island at £40, all I need is a pair of leg warmers and gloves and I'm ready for any unexpected snowy down falls.

by Samantha Barker

(Your Regular Fashionista Contributer)