If you follow me on Instagram you know that Mazda kindly loaned us a CX-3 to go on a family day out two weekends ago!

As Suri loves horse riding and I had never done it before we decided to go for a family horse-riding session close to Brighton and at the same time test drive the car.

It was so much fun, we had two non-stop hours of horse riding starting at 10:30am. We were given tuition for half an hour and then we were escorted out for a short ‘Doddle’ along the nearby bridleways, then another full cycle of tuition and ‘doodle’.

After the ride we went for lunch in Brighton. Shame the weather was awful with lots of wind and rain but we still managed to have some fun.

The day ended with a smooth travel back to London enjoying the car a bit more. 😉

Now about the car as you may all be wondering, I’m far from being a car expert so I’ll focus my review on comfort and practicability as well as design of course, after all I have to admit that a big percentage of my decision when buying a car is based on interior and exterior design (don’t tell my husband please :P).

 

What I liked the most:

  • Although it’s a small car it had plenty of space in the front and back and even for Suri’s car seat, I have to say I was afraid it was not too comfortable but glad to say there was no reason to worry;
  • The exterior design looks modern but at the same time I think it will still be a good looking car in a few years, I hate when a car is too trendy and modern and then in a couple of year it looks old fashioned;
  • Interior looks also very nice, love the same colour stitches and details that gives the car a more refined look;
  • Driving experience was really good as well, you feel safe and comfortable driving the car, it gives you the sense of quality and pleasure;
  • Rear parking camera, a must!
  • It features a colour head-up display that shows the road speed limit as well as your current speed, this one I wish I had on my own car, find it very useful and removes the pressure of always having to look to the signs and to your speed, it also shows important driving information without shifting your attention away from the road.
  • Alerts you should you stray from your lane when driving on dual carriageways or motorways.

There’s other features that I liked having in that car like the heated seats that were life savers after the horse riding as we were freezing but those above are definitely my favourites.

In general If you are looking for a car like this in terms of size and budget I would strongly recommend the Mazda CX-3 for it’s quality, comfort and design. In any case go for a test drive and see it for yourself, I’m sure your will be as impressed as I was. As Mazda says you will never feel alone when driving a Mazda #DriveTogether.

 

 

 

 

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10 days until one of the most special days of the year, the day when we celebrate Suri’s birth, 6 years ago, I can’t believe it!

But before and apologies for the massive delay I would like to share with you her Birthday Party last year, the theme was Princess Power and it was a fantastic party!

The venue could only be our favourite nursery London Nursery Schools, Bluebell Cottage.

Decorations by myself, well not completely, I bought templates online and did some DYI. All printed at home thanks to my Epson EcoTank ET-2500 (highly recommended).

The cake, cupcakes and cookies, and already for the second year because it’s the best we found so far and the guests always love it are from Cakes by Robin. They were so perfect that it was a shame to cut/eat it, but when you try it you move on from the visual experience and start a fabulous taste experience (YUMMY).

The entertainment was from Dazzle and Fizz, so much fun! We had Barbie and Ken who did an amazing job entertaining the children (and adults as well as we had a little dance too :P).

Our happy family! 😉

An even happier girl 😉

A proud mum!

And another one of our little family.

All the backdrops were from Ne Riba Events Styling.

An excited girl 😉

The Boys’ Party Gifts.

The Girls’ Party Gifts.

I have to say I enjoyed very much going through last year’s photos to write this blog post, so many good memories, so much fun!

Now I’m getting ready for the 24th again, this year I’m struggling with lack of time but this is such an important date for Suri that I just can’t miss it without a party! Will share everything on Instagram and I will really try to do a vlog like we did two years ago, you can watch it below.

To make it easier, here is the full list of suppliers, all of them highly recommended:
Cake, cupcakes and Cookies: Cakes by Robin
Venue: London Nursery Schools, Bluebell Cottage
Entertainment: Dazzle and Fizz
Backdrops: Ne Riba Events Styling
Food: M&S

 

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As a busy working mum I have to confess that sometimes it’s hard to find the time for myself and things like having my nails done are recurrently postponed. That’s why when I heard about LeSalon I had to try it immediately, the fact that I can book online (website and app) even with short-notice and that I can enjoy some pampering at home or at work it’s priceless and got my loyalty since the first time I used it, of course their excellent service and customer support helped as well.

As I know how busy you are as well I thought to not only share this here with you but also ask for a discount for you all to try.

You just need to book through the website or app (App Store or Google Play) and use the code SOFIA10, it will give you £10 off your first booking.

Jewellery from House of Carat, Bespoke Fine Jewellery.

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For the 3rd year we are (of course) attending Chestertons Polo in the Park this Sunday (Family Day). It’s now a not to be missed Summer event that every year we look forward to attend and I can only recommend it to all the families.

Check last year’s post that include some pics here 😉 And this was us last year 😉

Chestertons Polo in the Park, will be back in Hurlingham Park on the 9 10 & 11 June, for the ninth year of the annual Polo competition.

Combining world-class sport, a host of London’s most exciting restaurants and Europe’s longest outdoor bar, Chestertons Polo in the Park is the perfect setting for polo fans and London’s social society to kick-off their summer season in style.

Finals Day on Sunday 11 June will see the crowning of the winner of Chestertons Polo in the Park 2017. The last day of action is perfect for all ages with fun and interactive activities for children taking place for the whole morning before the hotly contested polo gets underway. Sharky & George will host children’s entertainment with activities including:

  • –  Rocket balloon launching and giant bubble making
  • –  Space hopper steeplechase, mega sack races, rocket balloon javelin
  • –  Giant musical matts
  • –  Ultimate waterbomb catapulting competition
  • –  Giant musical bumps
  • –  Biggest game of musical statues ever
  • –  100-a-side tug of war

The pitch side entertainment ensures that spectators are treated to a day of non-stop action both on and off the field. An array of exclusive bars, including the renowned Mahiki Bar, Champagne Lanson Garden Bar and Fever Tree Bar & Garden provide quintessential locations to enjoy world class polo and music whilst sipping a thirst-quenching cocktail. For those with withdrawal symptoms from the Kings Road, there is an onsite shopping village selling unique luxury items.

Following the success of 2016, the Grazing Paddock, polo’s greatest pop-up food festival, will return bigger and even tastier in 2017 with many of London’s most sensational restaurants in attendance to ensure the fans of Chestertons Polo in the Park 2017 are treated like polo royalty.

Tickets for Chestertons Polo in the Park can be purchased from www.ticketmaster.co.uk and start at £10, age 5 and under go free. For more information please visit www.polointheparklondon.com.

See you there!!

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Can you believe that we are in December and less than a month away from Christmas?? This year I decided to be quite organised and instead of choosing Suri’s Christmas outfit at the last minute and then ending up not finding what I wanted as it was already sold out, I’ve made my order already (and received it)! I know, hard to believe, right? 😛

Before I tell you what we’ve chosen, here are some suggestion for girls that I hope you like as much as I do.

Christmas outfits Childrensalon

TUTTO PICCOLO
Girls Red Tartan Dress & Navy Blue Tights £40

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DOLCE & GABBANA
Girls Red Viscose ‘Fairytale’ Dress – £1,200.00

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KIDIWI
Girls Red Tartan Hand Smocked Dress – £71.00

Christmas outfits Childrensalon

IL GUFO
Red Check Wool Dress with Bow – £125.00

Christmas outfits Childrensalon

POLO RALPH LAUREN
Girls Red Cotton Corduroy Dress – £85.00

Christmas outfits Childrensalon

GUCCI
Girls Red & Blue Knitted Wool, Silk & Cashmere Dress – £305.00

Christmas outfits Childrensalon

GUCCI
Red Tartan Check Dress with Blue Denim Bib – £440.00

Christmas outfit guide - girls

BENEDITA

Grey Tartan Dress – £59.90 (Code SURI to get 20% off)

Christmas outfits Childrensalon

GUCCI
Girls Blue ‘GG’ Supreme Canvas Shoes – £160.00

Christmas outfits Childrensalon

MANUELA DE JUAN
Girls Ginger Brown Leather Robine Pumps £59 – See also in navy blue

GUCCI Girls Red Velvet Cape

GUCCI
Girls Red Velvet Cape – £365.00

BURBERRY Girls Red Wool & Cashmere 'Coraline' Coat

BURBERRY
Girls Red Wool & Cashmere ‘Coraline’ Coat – £350.00

Christmas outfit guide - girls

BENEDITA

Coat with Cape – £95 (Code SURI to get 20% off)

Christmas outfit guide - girls

BENEDITA

Red Duffle Coat – £120 (Code SURI to get 20% off)

Now our selection for this Christmas ;).Christmas outfit guide - girlsBURBERRY
Grey Cotton Cardigan with Check Cuffs -£95

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DOLCE & GABBANA
Girls Pink ‘Back To School’ Print Cotton Skirt £155

MANUELA DE JUAN Girls Silver Leather 'Robine' Pumps

MANUELA DE JUAN
Girls Silver Leather ‘Robine’ Pumps -£60

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TARTINE ET CHOCOLAT
Girls Pink Padded Puffer Coat with Fur – £214

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CATYA
Ivory Merino Wool Hat with Fur Pom-Pom – £71

Usually I choose red, navy and tartan for her Christmas outfit to keep the tradition but this year as we are not going to Portugal to spend Christmas with our family, instead we are spending it only the three of us in Scotland, I decided to break the rules and make the whole Christmas different this year!

Merry Christmas! 

Love,

Sofia

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