2013… Bring it on!

Happy New Year

So here we are, it’s New Years Eve. How did that happen?

I’ve said this before countless times to friends, family, colleagues, everyone, but really, where has this year gone? 2012 for me has been one of, if not THE best year I think I’ve personally had, with the cherry on the cake arriving on July 1st – halfway through. Nothing prepares you for the all-encompassing emotion and love you feel becoming a Mother, and I feel very privileged to be able to have done just that. I also relish in the fact that our son was born in the year of the Dragon, and a Water-Dragon at that. Too many hopes for his little shoulders perhaps, but we know he’s our lucky little man without the Chinese Horoscopes.

I do maintain though that 2012 has finished in the blink of an eye. Perhaps the fastest year that has gone in my memory. With that in mind, could 2013 be any better?

At this point, I’m thinking about a film I saw recently with a very good friend of mine. A year too late granted, but part of the film has remained with me. The film in question? New Year’s Eve (very apt). Without giving too much away for those who have not seen it, this passage really touched me (if you haven’t seen this film, you must!):

“…before we pop the champagne and celebrate the New Year, stop and reflect on the year that has gone by. Remember both our triumphs and our missteps, our promises made and broken. The times we opened ourselves up to great adventures or closed ourself down for fear of getting hurt. Cause that’s what New Year’s is all about, getting another chance. The chance to forgive, to do better, to do more, to give more, to love more. And stop worrying about what if and start embracing what will be. So when that ball drops at midnight, let’s remember to be nice to each other, kind to each other. And not just tonight, but all year long…”

I’ve altered it slightly, but the gist remains. 2013 for me will be continuing with great adventures, now as a family of three; to do better, at home, work, in whatever I, and we three do; to try and do more – especially important for me as I return to work – individually and as a family; to give more, to give back; and to love more – if that’s at all possible. My Husband and Son are my world, as are my Family and Friends.

I hope that 2013 will be a brilliant year for you all. Remember, it’s about being kind to each other – do that, and the rest will just happen. Here’s to a healthy, happy, successful one.

Happy New Year!

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

Jump for #JanuaryJoy

I’ve never really had that feeling of dread that January brings to a lot of people. I like to see the New Year as a fresh start, a chance of blow off the cobwebs, and try and do new things to help stave of those January blues.

This year, Rebecca over at Florence Finds has done all the work for me!

I shall be partaking in her #JanuaryJoy, something she has put together with inspiration from the #ShareAdvent post that Anna over at Skin and Blister Blog did in December. The tasks are below, but check out Florence Finds for the full low down…

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I do love these Join-in series’. Do you think you might join in? Go on, you know you want to spread some #JanuaryJoy 😉

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

New Look for a New Year

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You may remember back in October, I mentioned that I would be getting a little help from some friends for my blog. Well, that help came in the form of the Dream. Find. Do Blogging Masterclass I attended in London in November.

Dream. Find. Do – A Blogging Masterclass, is the brainchild of two very experienced Bloggers – Rebecca Norris (below left) from Florence Finds and Michelle Kelly (below right) from Pocketful of Dreams. What these ladies don’t know about Blogging really isn’t worth knowing!

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The workshop itself was broken up into two days. Day One focussed on blogging basics with Rebecca concentrating on good blog design, what your blog is and who it’s for, and reminding us constantly that “content is king”. Michelle delved into looking at our blogs as brands in themselves, but what was key for me what the fact that there was much time for workshopping – not just being talked at – the key of a great class for me.

Day Two was all about Photography and Photoshop skills, and although I have done a Frui photography course, a little reminder on how to use my dSLR really helped, plus we got to find out how to effectively use our iPhones – a key skill for a blogger. Who knew what they can do in terms of photos?! The highlight of this day for me was the Photoshop part which was totally practical, meaning I now have all those handy shortcuts that will make it so much easier for me in the future.

The course was so well put together. It absolutely showed that both ladies are passionate about what they do, and certainly practice what they preach. My fellow students were also lovely ladies, and I love the fact that I now have some firm blogging friends, all from these two days. It was all topped off by the fact we received amazing goody bags (supplied by Alphabet Bags), filled with not only the Dream.Find.Do blogging bible, but a very pretty lanyard (made by Pimp It Pretty), some nail polish and a lovely pencil. I do love a good pencil.

DreamFindDo Workshop

I haven’t gone into reams of detail about the course, as where would the surprise be, but if you want to get ahead with your blogging, or have the desire to start, whatever level you are at, this course will really help you. I urge you to keep a look out on the Dream.Find.Do website for the next one, or follow @dreamfinddo for regular updates. You really won’t be disappointed.

So, when will my new found skills be making their way to Love from Cornfield…? The answer is soon. New Year, new start and all that. Keep a look out…

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

 

 

Inspired by Denim & Fur

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I saw this image of denim styled with a Fur Gilet on Pinterest and had to try and recreate it. I love the simplicity of the black trousers and Denim shirt, finished with the luxe fur, taking the outfit from normal to something a little bit special.

This was an outfit of choice for a family day, post the Christmas extended family activities, where lunch and a walk were in order.

I’m wearing Black Leggings (Next – I particularly like these as they are thick!); dark denim shirt (Calvin Klein Jeans); fur and leather gilet (House of Deron via RBYG in Banstead); black biker boots (Dune).

A longer, less bulky shirt would probably work better, something in Chambray perhaps, and also a Bootie with a small heel (which I don’t own believe it or not!). Shades would also finish off the look but with the ridiculous rain that has cursed is over the Holidays, they weren’t needed for this outing.

What do you think? Good combo, or could do better?

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

Tuesday Shoes-Day

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Barefoot

Merry Christmas everyone!

No shoes today as I’m at home with my family hosting our Little Man’s first christmas.

Usually on Christmas Day you’ll find me wearing something new and red, a tradition I’ve held for a long while. I didn’t have anything new that was Red today so red nails, lips and statement necklace added the colour to my sparkly outfit.

Today I wore navy sequin skirt, Whistles; cream glitter top, Autograph M&S; statement necklace, Zara, Black Gloss tights, Wolford.

Short post today… Off now to play more games with the family! Hope you all had lovely days.

Erin, Love from Confield… X

Inspired by J.Crew

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In an attempt to actually get wear from the clothes that are in my frankly overflowing drawers and wardrobes, I thought I’d start to seek outfit inspiration to help me re-style what I already have. I enjoy a blog called J’s Everyday Fashion who is the Queen of this inspiration idea.

Although seasons do change there are some items that come back around (for instance the Military coat I have which I bought back in 2008 was a firm staple this AW), so keeping current isn’t usually a problem. That and also the fact that I’m not an absolute slave to fashion being brought up by a Mother who has a “who wants to be a sheep anyway” non-conformist attitude.

Here’s my take on an outfit inspired by J.Crew. I do love the classic American-ness of the brand and am over-excited about the store opening in London next year. The outfit I’m wearing though has less to do with actual J.Crew clothes but more the colour combos. I know that Florence Finds uses their Outfit Guides in this way as well.

I have styled my Burgundy Jeans (Primark) with a White Shirt (Zara), Navy Cardigan (Zara) and Leopard pumps
(Autograph M&S) to achieve a similar look. I’m pretty happy with it (this was for a casual occasion) but I think it could work better with heels and a full Navy top for work/a smart occasion. I’ll definitely be trying that out.

Hope you enjoyed this post… There will be more in this vein, and you can see what inspires me in the meantime by following my Pinterest Board aptly named ‘Outfit Inspiration’.

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X