winter coat from Joules

There’s something so cosy about this time of year. It’s not necessarily cold but I still find myself reaching for my winter coat when going out for a walk. A big, comfy coat that leaves me feeling snug and warm. There’s no need for for scarves, hats or gloves yet, but that coat feels so good… like a big duvet wrapped around me.

Like me, the girls all feel the cold and always want to be warm, so it’s never an issue to get them to wear their winter coats. This year without realising it, we’ve all gone for similar ‘matching’ coats from one of our favourite brands Joules.

They’re all navy with a faux fur trimmed hood. Poppy, Iris and I have gone for padded/ puffa style coats, which are light and incredibly warm. While Lili’s is a classic parka style coat with a warm fleece lined hood.

winter coat from Joules

Poppy’s padded coat has a nipped in waist, which gives it a good shape and fits her perfectly.

winter coat from Joules

And Iris’ cute little star puffa coat is completely lined with fleece for added warmth, while still being super light.

winter coat from Joules

I absolutely love my padded coat, it’s what I reach for every morning for the school run and at weekends for walks in the country or around the park.

I opted for navy as I thought it would make a change from my usual black and I liked the classic style of this coat.

winter coat from Joules winter coast from Joules

However, it had to be navy coats for my big girls, who are only allowed to wear navy coats to school. I was shocked by this rule when Lili first started a few years ago but I’m now used it and if I’m honest it does make them all look very smart in the same colour.

winter coat from Joules

I picked Iris’ coat without considering the colour, I was just completely taken-in by the cute silver stars and it’s gorgeous fluffiness! Perfect for any 18 month old girl.

winter coat from Joules

For me these warm coats are the outdoor equivalent of a cosy blanket. With Halloween and Bonfire night coming up, I know what we’ll be wearing to keep warm.

winter coat from Joules

Disclaimer: We were kindly sent these coats by Joules but all copy and pictures are true and my own. 

I’ve always been a big fan of Next clothes, especially the kids range. They always offer good quality clothes for little girls (and boys) at a great price. I love going through the different trends, styles and prints available for my girls – but this year I’ve also picked up more than a few bits for me! Next have really nailed it for me this summer with their pretty dresses, gorgeous embroidery and beautiful broderie anglaise.

I’ve been so impressed I thought I’d gather some of my favourite pieces from the Spring/Summer collection and share them with you. Here are some shots taken from my Instagram feed

I must also mention these amazing rose gold sunglasses, which are retro and modern all at the same time.

Being 5’2 (which is pretty short) I find it tricky to get clothes that fit me perfectly but Next’s petite range is always spot on, which is a big bonus, especially when in comes to maxi dresses – and I just love this red maxi dress…

I was so obsessed by this top I also got the red one! I’d say this has been ‘the top’ of the season – as seen on all fashion bloggers  over the past few months.

Most of these pieces are now in the Next sale or sold out but it’s definitely still worth a look to see what’s left because there are some real bargains still up for grabs.

I hope that Next Autumn/ Winter ’17 collection lives up to their Spring/ Summer ’17 collection. And I for one can’t wait to see what they have to offer!!

Disclaimer: Some of these items were kindly sent to me from the lovely people at Next (some I bought myself) but all thoughts and opinions are honest and true. 

Have you noticed that buying clothes for kids is so much easier than for yourself? Basically everything fits them and looks great! All I need to do is order an item in the right age range and like magic, I know they’ll fit. If only the same could be said for me. However, finding a brand that offers good quality, great design at an affordable price is not always so easy.

Have you tried Vertbaudet?

I’ve been a fan of Vertbaudet clothes for a few years now, they’re a French clothing brand for babies and kids up to the age of 14.  I first discovered Vertbaudet online when I was looking for holiday clothes for the girls when Poppy was just a baby. The first thing that struck me about the clothes was the amazing style and quality – apparently every product is tested and approved by experts to ensure each item keeps to the brand promise of ‘exceptional quality’. Their style is fun, colourful and always bang on trend, without looking too grown up or inappropriate.

Many of their items also offer clever little design details and practical solutions to typical (child dressing) issues – such as; clothing that help your little ones dress themselves, 3-in-1 parka coats, reversible dresses and perfect fit trousers (with different hip sizes). Poppy has the tinniest little waist, so perfect fit trousers are great for her, we simply adjust the waist to the smallest level.

If you’re looking for the latest trends in kids fashion and don’t want to spend a fortune then you should definitely take a look at the Vertbaudet website. Here are our top picks from the current collection for girls.

Lili’s Picks…

top £9.75 (with 25% off)

jeans £16

dress £15.75 (with 25% off)

tunic £18

jeans £16

Poppy’s Picks…

jumper £10.50

white trousers £12

dress £10

dress £24

Iris’ Picks…

baby dress £9.60 (with 40% off)

baby dress £10.15 (with 30% off)

Disclaimer: Collaborated post. 

If you’re anything like me, picking up a few bargain wardrobe essentials while doing the weekly food shop is becoming a bit of a guilty pleasure. What’s not to love? A bonus little treat before hitting the (what feels like endless) food isles. A little, light retail therapy is the sugar that helps the medicine go down… if you know what I mean?

Morrison’s are the latest supermarket chain to add women’s wear to their larger stores. The new collection is currently stocked in 50 stores nationwide and are available in sizes 8 to 22. This isn’t the first time Morrison’s have dipped their toes in the fashion arena – 4 years ago they launched their successful children’s wear collection. The brand called Nutmeg describe their children’s wear range as “affordable but rich with clever design ideas, made with lots of thoughtful details”.

After listening to their customers’ demands, Morrison’s have created a collection with “the same fashionability, quality and attention to detail” as their successful kids collections. Nutmeg say that their designs “are easy to wear and ensure you’re ready for whatever the day may bring”.

Here are a couple of my top picks from the collection….

Dress £20

T-shirt £4

Joggers £14

I was lucky enough to pick an outfit from the new collection. I decided to stick to this very classic, stylish outfit which includes skinny jeans, t-shirt and a beautiful mac.

Mac £30

T-Shirt £10

Jeggings £12

Do you have ‘holiday clothes’? You know, clothes you’d only dare wear while you’re away, as if you only really have the confidence to wear them when you’re abroad. I definitely have a holiday wardrobe that usually sits in my suitcase from one holiday to the next. However this is not the case for the girls, they wear their summer clothes from May to September regardless of where we are. Maybe I need to take a leaf out of their book and not be so scared to wear my ‘holiday clothes’ here in the UK?

Having said that bikinis and coverups are defiantly always going to be holiday wear! On that note I’d love to take you through the beautiful holiday clothes we got from the Joules Spring/ Summer 2017 collection before jetting off to Dubai last week. I’ve always loved Joules clothes, the quality is brilliant and the designs are classically stylish and easy to wear, which is just what you want for your holiday wear.

I chose two beautiful coverups and a large rope handle beach bag for myself. The coverups are both easy to throw on and literally cover up all your lumps and bumps in the most stylish way. Also the fabric on these two were so beautifully soft and flattering.

Lili and Poppy opted for a couple of dresses, one white and navy stripe and made of the softest jersey and the second was a stunning white cotton dress with a beautiful embroidery.

And I picked out these super cute little outfits for Iris, which I just love!

Here is a video of my opening/ unboxing this Joules order…

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, I’ve really loved putting it together and going through our holiday photos.

Disclaimer: Joules sent us these items for the purpose of this post.