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. 

 

I'm a massive fan of a pretty embroidered/ peasant style top and this one from Zara is my new favourite!

I’m SO ready for winter to be over now, and for spring to shine. I realise we haven’t had a particularly hard winter this year but it really does feel like its been a long one.

If you’re anything like me, this beautiful top will have stopped you in your tracks. As you may already know (if you’re a regular follower) I’m a massive fan of a pretty embroidered/ peasant style top and this one from Zara is my new favourite! I’ve already mentioned it in my Little Loves post for February but now that I’ve got some pictures I thought I’d share them with you. Isn’t it gorgeous? And the best news is that it’s an absolute bargain at only £25.99 from the ZARA spring collection. I actually bought it a few weeks ago (as soon as I saw it) and now I can’t wait for the weather to get warmer so that I can start wearing it.

I’ve also just ordered these two tops from Next. Seriously, can I have too may boho style tops?

Next month we’re off to Dubai for a week of fun in the sun and I can’t wait! The thought of guaranteed sunshine (coming in just a few weeks) is getting me very excited about my summer wardrobe. This time last year I was nine months pregnant, so I really wasn’t thinking about my spring/summer wardrobe, I had other baby related things on my mind. And when summer did come, I was a stone heavier (thanks to baby weight) and didn’t feel comfortable in my own body, so the thought of buying summer dresses or anything remotely revealing made feel awful. However, this year I feel healthier and fitter and ready to get back into my summer dresses and beach cover-ups. Keep you eyes peeled for a holiday fashion haul coming soon!

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.

Wild and Gorgeous dress On Saturday the girls and I travelled into London with our friends Bonnie and Miss M from MamasVIB. We were heading to a store event at Wild and Gorgeous in Primrose Hill, where were booked in to decorate gingerbread men and have a look through their beautiful clothes.

Wild and Gorgeous (formally known as I Love Gorgeous), have recently rebranded and introduced a boy range to their collection. Although, of course we were more interested in the pretty dresses!

After the girls had finished decorating their gingerbread boxes, we asked them if they wanted to play ‘dress-up’. I wasn’t sure what response we’d get but all three girls jumped at the chance and quickly picked out the glitziest dresses they could find. They all looked so gorgeous in their dresses and loved dancing around the shop, pretending they were at a fashion show.

Of course, I had my camera at the ready and managed to capture some lovely shots of the girls in their chosen dresses – and with their gingerbread boxes.Here are just a few of the shots I took on the day… Wild and Gorgeous dress Wild and Gorgeous dress Wild and Gorgeous dress Wild and Gorgeous dress Wild and Gorgeous dress Wild and Gorgeous dress If you’re looking for beautiful outfits with a modern twist for gorgeous girls or wild boys, I highly recommend you take a look at the new Wild and Gorgeous collection.

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I must admit I do love a good designer/high street collaboration and this is an absolute corker! Luxury children’s wear designer Princess Marie-Chantal has partnered with high street favourite Marks & Spencer, to create a 33 piece collection for babies and children up to 5 years.

Marie-Chantal’s designs and style are classic, elegant, sophisticated and completely gorgeous. She uses the finest materials, perfect for delicate baby skin including; cashmere and silk, which are normally way out of my price range. However, this collection brings her designs to the high street at a much more affordable price point, with items starting at £14.

The full collection includes; clothes, accessories and beautiful baby gift ideas, including a stunning pure cashmere shawl for £60, which I’m sure will quickly sell out and become the must-have baby accessory of the year.

If you’re a fan of Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s style, this collection is perfect for you. Here’s Iris in a few of my favourite pieces from the stunning collaboration…

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This collaboration in now in-store and online at Marks & Spencer.