Review: Britax Revolution Pro Stroller

Since Anastasia was a couple of months old, I have tried to do at least one session of exercise a week whilst the girls are at school and nursery. Even though my body is constantly active – walking, carrying, chasing… until I actually get my lycra on I don’t feel like I have had a work out. I started with aqua aerobics, but 2 weeks later I decided this wasn’t for me – the pool was too cold. I toyed with the idea of going to the gym but soon laughed this one off… Now I power walk / lightly jog whilst enjoying a gossip with my friend around Virginia Waters once a week and I absolutely love it! Up until recently I just used my regular day buggy to jog the 4.2 miles around the lake and didn’t really think anything of it, but now I have been introduced to BOB – my sports buggy, and I don’t think there is any going back.

The Revolution Pro by Britax was sent to me a few weeks ago in return for an honest review. Well here it is…

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The Revolution Pro is a state of the art 3 wheel buggy suitable for running and skating. You can see from the pics, it is a pretty serious piece of kit!
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It offers comfort for Anastasia on any terrain with it’s adjustable suspension and high impact wheels.

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The wheels look like they belong on a bike! They make it so easy to push, I can steer this no problem with one hand going around any bend, on any terrain. That little red button above the front wheel adjusts the wheels to be suitable for ‘sport’ and ‘city’ but whilst this is a great optional extra, make no mistake, this buggy is for the great outdoors – it was all kinds of dangerous steering around the clothes rails in House of Fraser due to its length!

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It even has a hand brake to slow you down or stop instantly if you are travelling too fast (I haven’t actually needed to use this yet). Of course it has your regular parking brake which is unbelievably efficient on any hill. The handle bars are very adjustable, they can even move down to Scarlett’s level so she is also a big fan of this buggy!

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Making the most of the September sun!

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Just like a regular buggy, it has ample storage by way of a basket under the seat so I can still take out the days essentials for Anastasia and me.Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 18.43.05

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It takes babies from 6 months until they are 3 but can be used from birth with the additional carry cot. It is priced at £455 and you can get more details on the specifications here. If I was forced to say something negative it would be that due to it’s bulk, it can be tricky to get it in and out of the car, but actually it’s the bulk and the wheels that set it apart from a regular buggy so I suppose you can’t have it all!

We love our mornings around the lake and the Revolution Pro has made it even more enjoyable, if you are looking for an easy activity to get fit with a baby in tow, then invest in this super buggy and start jogging somewhere beautiful!

AW16 Fashion Show, The Mall Camberley

Saturday marked the end of the 2 week fashion event at The Mall in Camberley with a full Autumn Winter ’16 Fashion Show. Hayley at Frock Me I’m Famous and myself hosted the event and styled 10 models each to highlight the trends available at stores in The Mall.

With help from my BFF behind the scenes, 5 of my nieces and nephews modelling the clothes and a sister snapping some professional shots of the event – I certainly felt more confident up on stage this time around!

Here are some pics of the day…

Hayley and I being introduced on stage by the lovely MC Lucy!

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First up was my niece Olivia wearing a French Connection ribbed crop top and navy jeans, bag by Accessorize, and jacket and patent brogues by Primark.

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Quite a looker eh? You can check out her beauty vlogs here

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Next we have Claudia, Olivia’s sister, she is wearing a long white shirt buttoned to the collar (she seemed too young for the statement necklace which I would normally put with this style), a leather-look waterfall style jacket – both by Miss Selfridge, fail safe Primark skinny jeans which cost just £7!!! and these fabulous little patent ballet pumps from Accessorize.  Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 08.08.57

Such a beaut!

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And this gorgeous thing is the youngest of the sisters – Saskia. She is wearing head to toe Primark and looks a million dollars.

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Saskia certainly had the best walk of the day, there was some serious attitude going down the runway!

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This is Hayley, the fashion expert and blogger who hosted the show with me. You can check out her blog here… Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 08.08.54

And on to the men… This is James – my eldest nephew, I was asked several times if he was a professional model (not that I would tell him that! We would never hear the end of it!). He is sporting the seasons sheepskin in this classic Levi’s jacket, Criminal shirt and slim fit 511’s – all available at House of Fraser. Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 08.09.16

Taking a moment!

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Here they are, the Anstee boys. giving ‘The Face’ a run for its money…Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 08.09.33

In addition to the show, myself and Hayley were set a challenge to dress a model each from head to toe for less than £50 in a Style War. Hayley followed the seventies trend with the suedette skirt and tasselled accessories and I opted for a classic trench coat and breton stripe combo. The audience were left to decide who won and I was very pleased that they voted my outfit to win!Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 08.09.18

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And here I am walking the runway with my family of models in the background :) Last time I did this was for a Mini Miss competition in Ibiza when I was about 7 years old!
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I absolutely loved the whole experience from selecting the outfits, choreographing the models and finally presenting the show. I’m very much looking forward to what Spring Summer ’16 has to offer!

Images displayed on this post are the property of Lorna Anstee Photography. Please get in touch if you wish to use any images. 

My Fashion Workshop at The Mall, Camberley

I was recently approached by a PR agency working on several events around the country to promote various shopping malls and the brands within them. The event they contacted me regarding is called Fall For Me and is part of a 2 week fashion extravaganza being held at my local shopping centre, The Mall in Camberley. My brief was to present the shows as the Fashion Expert / Blogger, style all of the models and help choreograph the events on the day. With a background in marketing and a huge interest in fashion, I felt confident I could deliver so jumped at the chance to get involved!

After several conference calls between myself, the agency and the marketing manager of the mall, we met the heads of the retail partners involved to select which clothes to use that best highlight the trends of AW16. The main retailers I used were House of Fraser, Monsoon, Accessorize and Primark.

After checking the schedule for these events, I soon realised I needed extra help if I was going to pull this off! So I called in the help of my good friend and fashionista Yasmin Bond, who helped with the finishing touches and selecting the accessories for the models.


Yasmin and I backstage at the Fashion Workshop event


The first event which was held on 19th September was the Fashion Workshop. Here I was asked to discuss the current trends and how to wear them, offer some lifestyle and wardrobe tips, and showcase these trends and tips on 8 models in front of an audience at The Mall in Camberley.


Arriving early before The Mall was open!

So after arriving at the marketing suite of the mall, we met with the rest of the team and models for a quick debrief on how the day would run and then it was time to get make up sorted and outfits ready.


The endless rails of clothes I had handpicked from the retail partners ahead of the event.


Matching the clothes to the models!


Shoes, shoes, and more shoes. And boots.


Dressing the models ready for the stage!

I also called in the aid of an old school friend and Make Up artist Nicola Waters who made up each of the models keeping the looks relevant to the trends featured on the AW16 runways. She kept the complexions fresh with a dewy finish, eyes were mostly natural shades of brown and the lips were coloured in the seasons warm berries. Each of the models looked and felt absolutely beautiful.


Even the boys got to enjoy a quick session with our beauty expert!

I gave a quick talk to the models offering tips on how to pose and how best to show off the clothes and accessories, before making our way down stairs to the stage…


Probably one of my favourite parts of the event. If there is one thing I know, it is how to pose…

I was incredibly nervous about the presenting part of this work… Styling? no problem. Project management? no problem. Script writing? no problem. Public speaking? slight issue with this one… The nerves got the better of me for the first show at 12 and the slight technical hitch with the microphones didn’t help! but by 2pm when the second show started I was feeling loads more confident and was happy to walk on stage when the MC Lucy introduced me.


Lucy calling me up on stage at the 12pm show


And I’m up! Legs are shaking, voice is low…


Sharing a mic after my ear piece fell out! Not ideal…


And this was the 2pm show, quick outfit change into this little French Connection dress and I was far more confident!

After a quick breakdown of the current trends of Autumn Winter 2016 and a few lifestyle tips (you can read my full script here including all of the trends I mentioned), we introduced the models and I talked through their clothes and accessories.


Here they all are on stage at the end of the first show.

The models were actually competition winners with no experience in modelling and I only had dress sizes and heights to work with when selecting their outfits. This was perhaps the most challenging part of the brief! I was so lucky that each of the models were confident and wore all the clothes I selected for them absolutely perfectly. There was a huge risk of nothing fitting or suiting the models having not seen any of them before the event, but luckily – everything worked and they all looked fab!

Here are a few of the outfits we showcased on the day.


Mel looked fab in the biker chic trend wearing a French Connection shirt and jacket, Monsoon jeans and Primark heels.


Roselyn is following the Victorian trend in a lace top and jacquard print trousers, both from Monsoon. The shoes are Primark, £16!


Vanessa demonstrating how to wear the seasons tribal prints! Jacket from Monsoon, polo neck from House of Fraser and seventies inspired jeans from Monsoon.


All together!!

This was the perfect warm up to the real event taking place next saturday at The Mall in Camberley, the full Autumn Winter 2016 Fashion Show. The stage is bigger, there is a 6m runway, there will be 20 models (including 6 of my gorgeous nieces and nephews) and even a style war between myself and another fashion blogger Hayley, at Frock Me I’m Famous (who incidentally is absolutely lovely and you should go check out her blog!). If you are anywhere near the Mall in Camberley on 26th Sept, please do come along, it’s set to be a really good show and of course there will be free goody bags!

AW16 High-Street Trend Report

For the fashion workshop I recently hosted, I was required to put together a trend report taking inspiration from the AW16 runways and make them apply to the looks available in stores on the high-street.

Here is the breakdown of trends I discussed at the event and some examples of the items my models wore…

The 70’s comeback dominated the runways with their fringed accessories, paisley prints and of course the denim flares.


Monsoon, £49


Oasis, £45


Oasis, £22

The runways were rich in texture with faux furs, leather and Victorian lace and the colour of the season is red… from pillar box to warm berry.

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Linea at House of Fraser, £189


Accessorize, £35

Touches of metallic were used to accessorise and to add Christmas sparkle to plainer outfits.

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Biba at House of Fraser, £39

Shoes have remained pointy and high, with Aquazurra owning the open laced up styles that I am sure you have seen in all the shop windows and that I have some great examples of today!

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Primark, £16

The poncho or blanket coat has been carried over from last season’s boho trends and biker chic has been updated for AW16 to a far more sophisticated style worn with silks and elegant shoes.


Monsoon, £99

Valentino and Emillio Pucci revived the monochrome palette with bold accessories and Victoria Beckham took oversized bags to a whole new level.


Coast, £115

When it comes to make up, a dewy fresh glow, subtle browns on the eyes and warm berry shades for the lips were popular on the ‘ready-to-wear’ catwalks whilst popping lips and heavy liners were more focused on the couture shows.

Travelling With Kids

With our holiday to Turkey just a week away, I thought that for the first time ever – I would get prepared in advance. Usually our holiday prep consists of making an emergency Amazon order with next day delivery and leaving the washing and packing until the night before; fine when it was just the 2 of us, slightly more stressful with a family of 5… But as I am feeling nicely organised this year, I thought I would share with you some of the products I have picked up to make travelling with kids that little bit easier! No longer is my greatest dilemma matching heels with bags, it is being prepared for almost every eventuality holidaying with children brings. So from airport boredom to pool safety – here are my must-have items…

BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One, £119.95

For the majority of the holiday, you’ll likely have your buggy to hand, but I have found the carrier to be hugely useful at the airport. Especially when you get off the plane with the endless carrier bags you’ve accumulated along the journey (who knows what is in them), all of your hand luggage, and no buggy…


Trunki Paddlepak, Amazon, £14.99

Scarlett has loved filling this little bag with all of her essentials. It’s very light weight and splash proof so perfect as a travel bag and whilst on holiday by the pool.

EVY Sun Mousse SPF50, £18.95

I really recommend this sun mousse for kids, perfect if your little one has sensitive skin and it is so easy to apply which is essential for impatient 2 year olds desperate to jump in the pool!
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Babymoov Anti UV Tent, Amazon, £29.95

This pop up tent is so handy for a trip to the beach. Light weight, easy to assemble and put down, it has a convenient carry handle to store on the back of the buggy plus it offers instant UV protection for total peace of mind.



My Carry Potty, Natural Baby Shower £24.95

We are about to enter the Potty Training sagas with Savannah. She has already told us point blank that she is not interested in using a potty, or a toilet and couldn’t care less about wearing knickers no matter which Princess is on them. However, she hasn’t met this carry potty that looks like a lady bird yet so I am hopeful for success on our holiday! 233742615alt2

BabyZen YOYO, £445

This buggy folds down small enough to pass as hand luggage when travelling. I know. Genius right?? Light weight and can even be carried with a strap over your shoulder like a hand bag. The perfect travelling buggy. poussette-yoyo-babyzenTrunki Ride-on Suitcase, Amazon £32

I swore I would never be a mum with a Trunki. Now I have 2. The girls absolutely love them and packing them up with their little goodies really gets them in the holiday spirit. It also means whilst Paul is dragging them around the airport I can peruse duty free at my leisure!
81ud8iFpqqL._SL1500_Zoggs Inflatable Noodle, £7

Hours of pool time fun to be had with these noodles and a great learning tool for early swimmers. Plus, being inflatable as opposed to foam makes them really easy to travel with.300840_miss_zoggy_inflatable_noodle_24


LifeProof iPad Case, From £63

An iPad is quite literally worth its weight in gold when travelling with children. Paul fills ours with new movies and games that both can play when chilling out by the pool (keeping them out of trouble) and on the plane before total boredom sets in. But if you are going to trust an iPad in the hands of a child, make sure it is protected with a Lifeproof case. It is waterproof, shock proof, dirt proof, even snow proof – it is about the only thing that will protect a valuable iPad from a toddler…



Summer Style 2015: The Holiday Edit

Holiday is booked, bikini is purchased, legs are shaved. Ok legs aren’t shaved, but we’re not going for a couple more weeks… We are heading back to the fabulous Gloria Resort in Turkey for some last minute sun and the holiday prep is well and truly underway! From hair protection to stylish sunnies, check out my break down of this years holiday essentials…


All you need for Pool Side Glam…

1. Huit Dressy Foam Triangle Bikini, £77

Simple and elegant, you can’t beat a triangle top bikini but always go for a foam cup to offer more support and give a better shape.

2. Beaded Tusk Necklace, £19 

A subtle gold chain against a sun kissed décolletage gives just enough bling for instant poolside glam.

3. Seafolly Gili Island Striped Kaftan, £53

Seafolly do a great range of colourful kaftans with these gorgeous tasselled trims, they are so easy to throw on over your bikini whilst you enjoy cocktails by the pool.

4. Paul Mitchell Sun Shield Conditioning Spray at, £9.99 is my first stop for all of my hair needs, this conditioning spray will protect against the suns harmful rays to stop your hair getting too dry.

5. Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses, £125

The celeb sunnies of summer 2015.

6. Tigi Bed Head Totally Beachin Shampoo at, £8.99

This shampoo is really hydrating, perfect for your summer holiday wash bag and can be picked up at discounted prices at

7. I+I Jewellery Crescent Moon Ring, £160

I discovered this brand on instagram and am lusting after this crescent moon ring.

8. Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Oil, £34

An alternative to the after sun lotion is this luxury body oil for intense rehydration and to moisturise your skin. It also gives you a gorgeous dewey glow to compliment your holiday skin.

9. ESPA Skincare Optimal Skin ProDefense, £35

I keep this handy little pump in my hand bag and apply daily for instant protection from the sun. It’s great peace of mind whilst working as an intense moisturiser.

Review: Pacapod Madison Changing Bag

It has been a long time coming, but the Madison by Pacapod was certainly worth the wait. This is the latest style in their luxury collection of baby changing bags and I am thrilled to say I am one of the first to receive it! So without further-ado, I have photographed the hell out of it to try and give justice to this beautiful bag but if you get the chance to sample it in the flesh, grab it. This is set to be the next iconic nappy bag and I love it!

Available in soft tan leather, this structured 1960’s style bag with a classic top carry handle is the perfect combination of style and practicality.


The front features two large pockets with magnetic fastenings which makes reaching for your essentials far easier than routing around internal pockets.

This is where I keep my phone, my lipstick and a bag of chocolate buttons (no mum of a toddler should leave the house without these – these are an instant tantrum remedy.)


The chunky gold detail takes it from an ordinary nappy bag to serious arm candy.



The entire front panel zips open to reveal enough space for all your day to day hand bag essentials; the sunnies, wallet, sun creams and anti bac sprays, as well as the bulky necessities such as spare baby clothes and muslins.



At the back is another full zip to access the largest compartment of the bag.



In here are kept Pacapod’s signature Changer and Feeder Pods.



The Changer Pod is big enough for everything you need to change your baby. Nappies, wipes, creams and nappy bags. There are 4 separate compartments within the pod to keep everything incredibly organised…


The pod has a further compartment on the back for the changing mat to be neatly stowed away. These little pods mean you dont need to take the entire bag for a quick nappy change in the restaurant toilets, you can just grab the changing pod and go – genius!


The insulated feeder pod is perfect for keeping food warm and milk bottles cool. We haven’t entered the ‘weaning’ stage with Anastasia yet but this bag is perfect for my older girls. I keep the emergency stash of snacks in here as well as their water bottles.


Again, rather than rummaging through the bag, or taking out a separate lunch bag – I can keep it all in here and only need to take out this bag for food and drinks. It has ruck sack straps on the back too which means the girls enjoy carrying it themselves! 


The bag is slightly larger than most nappy bags, but you would be surprised how quickly you’ll fill it! It means I only ever need one bag to take out with me, and if I ever need more space, I can take out the pods leaving a huge compartment for things like jumpers and blankets for the girls.

The Madison retails at £290 and is available for Pre-Order with an expected delivery mid August. For more information check out the official Pacapod site here.