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#NationalSleepAwarenessWeek #SMSleepWeek

This week we’ll be focusing on that blissful perk of parenthood: SLEEP.

From great products and tips to get the tiny ones forty winks (and a few to get you – well, let’s say say four winks…) to real mum reviews and expert opinions. Sleep is precious and achieving it is golden.

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Image: Curing Snore

Teen idols we *heart*… Lynda Day in Press Gang

Back in the early 90s nobody rocked a boyfriend cardigan like Julia Sawalha as editor Lynda Day in Press Gang. In a much more ‘fashion forward’ role than her latter-day Saffron in AbFab (although arguably rocking a similar look in a different context!) Lynda was feisty, frizzy and had an on/off frizzante with Dexter Fletcher…

Editor’s tip: we adore the Marino Car Coat from Baukjen for a modern update on the oversized cardy…

Is good sex making us conceive more boys?

One of our SM team said the other day ‘Is it just me or does everyone seem to be having boys at the moment..?’

I’m sure the big pendulum maintaining ‘the grand scheme of things’ is still dressed more or less to the 50/50 centre – but we do seem to be buying more blue baby shower gift baskets these days… hmmmm.

Rewind a few years (4 to be precise) when uber-SM Victoria Beckham finally delivered a daughter – there was much talk at dinner parties of the 1940s Shettles Method for ‘choosing’ the gender of one’s children. Essentially this suggests that diet, sexual position and timing of sex had a quantifiable effect in terms of gender prediction. And this leads us to wonder (and banter) – if there is any truth in his theory – whether ‘modern women’ are just more likely to conceive boys.

Shettles’ basic principles included:

For a girl; have sex in the missionary position (or another shallow penetration one) and female orgasms are a huge no-no. One Big-O and the vagina releases ‘sperm friendly’ fluid which would allow the Y (male) sperm to swim faster to the egg.  So if you’ve tried out something from Cosmo or lived out your Mr Grey fantasy you’ll be having a son.

Avoid caffeine: no lattes or perk-me-up energy drinks (with or without vodka!) for girlmaking – Starbucks junkies will be making boys.

Keep the vagina acidic for a girl and alkaline for a boy (yep, we weren’t sure how you measure this either, apparently you can get a kit in Boots or on Amazon). Berries, kale, almonds, tofu are all alkaline – as too are steak and chips. Dairy and wheat are acidic  so if you’ve cut these out you’ll be growing a little gent, says the theory. Food for thought, maybe…

Editor’s tip: if none of the above sounds like you, but you still ended up with a blue baby boo then maybe it’s because you married a billionaire. A study by Forbes showed more male heirs born to those who inherited fortune *yet not to self made billionaires, randomly…




Get in the Valentine’s mood with the Tanqueray Rouge, made rosy pink with pomegranate juice.


1.25 oz. gin (recommended: Tanqueray London Dry)
1 oz. simple syrup
.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. pomegranate juice
1 spiral lemon peel


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the gin, simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, and pomegranate juice.
  2. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass.
  3. Garnish with lemon peel spiral.

Makes 1 drink.

Teen Idols we heart: Taylor Swift

From grunge to glamour;  glistening in full length Gucci at the Grammys to beanies and sweats with Harry Styles, what we adore most about Ms Swift is her trademark red lippy, which she seems to wear – no matter what the occassion – to pull together her look.

We’d say her morning make up routine is, erm… swift!

Get the look: Taylor uses Nars Matte Velvet lip pencil in ‘Dragon Girl’ but we love the more wearable Clinique Chubby Stick in ‘Two Ton Tomato’ for a moisturising day wear.

Teen Idols we heart: Molly Ringwald

She was an 80s Jayne Mansfield with her ice-cream-pink bucket hat and vintage car in ‘Pretty in Pink’ but our SM crush moment was when she did ‘the lipstick thing’ in Brat Pack uber movie ‘The Breakfast Club’

Now a Slick Mummy herself to Mathilda, Adele and Roman here’s hoping she still utilises that special talent; maybe to tear the top off a Frube or a cheese string…?

Get the look: rock the redhead vibe with Garnier Olia Intense Copper

Teen Idols we heart: Blair Waldorf

Whilst Gossip Girl might have finished with a fistbump to queen-of-the-romapthon Serena (and we do love her ‘just got out of bed’ hair’) our Slick Mummy icon was always, always Blair.

From the red lipgloss of the pilot to the perfect hostess skills at her many parties; from the entrapment of the prince to the low key wedding to badass Chuck Bass, we raise a gin martini to her style …

Get the beautiful headpiece look from Rosadior.

Five Little Miracles…

Whether the little ones have come down with the sniffles, or you’ve just got plain ole ‘knock em for six’ manflu, these should help to ease the pain and get us through Winter…