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. 

 

With another six weeks to go, it’s starting to feel like winter will never end. I’m really looking forward to the light and warmth that spring brings but I’m not so excited about the unpredictable weather. I like the certainty of knowing what to wear in winter, spring (and Autumn for that matter) can be so uncertain which makes it more difficult to know what to wear.

These days my wardrobe check list looks a bit like this; a big warm scarf, a beanie hat, a padded coat, over sized jumpers, jeans, boots and of course lots of layers. As a ‘school run mum’ my clothes need to be practical and warm but I certainly don’t want to look frumpy… or lumpy for that matter!

So what do I want from my winter wardrobe? Classic styles, that are flattering, not frumpy, warm and practical. Is that too much to ask?

Fat Face recently approached me to create a capsule winter wardrobe using their latest collection. They asked me to choose a selection of winter must-haves that would see me through the season. After spending some time on their website, I started a list of my favourite items and winter essentials. This is what I came up with…

The first thing I chose was this gorgeous scarf. The colours are stunning and it’s beautiful soft and cosy. Definitely one of my favourite pieces from the collection.

Secondly, I went for this easy to wear Puffer Jacket. Again, it’s warm, cosy, and perfect for the chilly morning school runs. I love the length too, it’s not too long, not too short – just right!

My eyes were then drawn to this padded denim jacket. I’m a big fan of a denim jacket (in the warmer months) but of course it’s way too cold for my usual one at the moment. As this one is padded, with a sheepskin style collar, it’s warm enough to wear through the winter months (although maybe not on sub-zero days) with a scarf and gloves. I love how easy and casual this jacket is to wear.

Now let’s talk jumpers. I picked out a few winter woolies and I think this longline stripy number is the warmest and most practical of my choices. It covers all ‘those’ bits and is ridiculously comfortable, a total go-to essential for those really cold winter days. Just what you need when you’re snuggled up on the sofa on a Sunday afternoon.

This Saskia 2 in 1 jumper has to be my favourite knitwear choice. To say it’s super soft would be an understatement and of course the attached shirt detail at the bottom means that it also covers all the areas you want covered. I love this jumper!!

Next I chose this classic style Bella Jumper – in Vintage Blue  (can you tell I like stripes?). It’s casual, with  a button detail on the sleeve – this is basically my ‘mum uniform’!

Without question, you need a good winter beanie hat and let’s face it, finding a good one is not as easy as it sounds. So many times I’ve seen one I like but as soon as I put it on, it just doesn’t look right. Thankfully, this Fat Face beanie was an instant winner!

Lastly, I picked out this absolutely gorgeous Luna Embroidered Blouse (for spring). I love these peasant style tops and know that this one will be a firm favourite this year.

So there you have it, my Fat Face winter and spring capsule wardrobe. What do you think? What are your favourite items?

Disclaimer: I was sent these items from Fat Face in return for this post.