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Partywear for Tween Girls

25th November 2017
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Speaking purely about what I know, choosing partywear and dressing daughters for Christmas who are in the 11-12 year old age bracket has to be one of the trickiest ages to dress for. Gone are the cute little tutus that we bought in abundance when they loved anything that would twirl. I am struggling to find partywear outfits that she won’t reject straight off and I am desperate to hold onto those moments of dressing my daughter in age appropriate clothes and accessories. We are already experiencing the all black phase, requests for cropped tops and very few skirt or dress purchases any more.

To be honest, it is rare to find independent labels who go up to age 13. The large retailers do have partywear for girls but it’s not always easy to find something that both mother and daughter agree on.

I have picked a few of my partywear favorites for tween girls this Christmas and also in our household for a winter birthday.

Partywear for Girls

Tween Girls Partywear

  1. Outside the Lines beaded embellished dress | £45 – such a beautiful teal colour with lovely sequin embellishment
  2. Faux Fur Sequin Bag at Rockahula Kids| £14 – you can’t go wrong with a bit of faux fur to add the finishing touch to an outfit
  3. Polder Girl Metallic side ruffle dress at Little Circle | £86 – love the 80’s vibe of this dress – Crystal Carrington eat your heart out!
  4. Sequin feathers sweater at Zara | £24 – another gorgeous teal colour
  5. River Island silver glitter boots | £20 – pair glitter boots with a party dress and you are all set
  6. Finger in the Nose Metallic Skirt at Smallable | £43

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Playtime Paris Review SS18 – 22nd edition – July 2017

4th July 2017
Question Everything at Playtime Paris

It’s been a while since I blogged so apologies for the delay. I just had to share with you this year’s round-up and review at Playtime Paris, the trade show for the childrenswear industry so you are in the know about up and coming brands, new designers to watch and what’s coming next.

I have never been to this show before but it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Over 500 brands, established and emerging designers from across the globe all in one place at the Parc Floral de Paris with a good contingent of British brands too.

With photography prohibited inside the fair, it is a bit tricky to show their forthcoming collections but here are a few of the brands that caught my eye.

Fashion brands to watch at Playtime Paris

  1. Plumeti Rain – a Spanish childrenswear brand mixing quality fabrics with beautiful prints
  2. My Little Cozmo – their babywear is so adorable. Cute little knitted rompers for ages 0-36 months and enough to make one broody again!
  3. Question Everything – a selection of handsmocked dresses, skirts, rompers. My favourite pieces were the leopard print with pink smocking detailing adding a modern twist on a classic piece and an little baby dress adorned with strawberry ice creams
  4. Babe & Tess – Babe&Tess combines a casual chic style with the unmatchable Italian dedication to craftsmanship and quality
  5. Outside the Lines – premium quality girlswear for ages 3-13. The SS18 collection was full of pom poms, tassels and embroidered detailing. They had a beautiful white and gold embroidered jacket which was stunning. Also full of primrose yellows and gorgeous broderie.
  6. Louise Misha – a brand which has a distinctive Bohemian vibe. Full of embroidery and stylish, wearable pieces
  7. Maison Labiche – for cool discreet slogan tees now available in child sizes. They also had a Paddington bear range!

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Accessories brands to watch at Playtime Paris

  1. Milk & Soda – beautiful fashion accessories from Australia. Sunglasses, hair accessories, bags – all perfect for little girls
  2. Rockahula Kids – have always loved this accessories brand. Cute hair bows and bags that are adored by children and parents alike.
  3. Sticky Lemon – a Dutch contingent of designers creating stationery, pencil cases, back packs all in beautiful finishes and prints

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Interiors brands to watch at Playtime Paris

  1. Eno Studio – French designers who create simple, beautiful and useful objects. I love their lighting especially the dog lamps and pendant lampshades where you can place any items inside them.
  2. Engel. Celebrate Life – A Dutch brand which offers the most beautiful bamboo tableware which I would have loved when my kids were little. Also on offer vinyl rucksacks, accessories, bunting and party tableware.
  3. Fabelab – Not new to me but such a beautiful collection of homewares and accessories all in gorgeous colours from another Dutch brand
  4. Konjes Sløjd – a Danish interiors and nursery accessories brand with pieces all in muted colours. Available in the UK at Scandibørn
  5. Meri Meri – this was its first time at Playtime and they had such a beautiful stand full of accessories, homewares, textiles and much more. I always thought this was a French brand but it is based in the UK and originally established by Meredith from Los Angeles.

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Introducing Outside the Lines SS17 Girls’ Fashion

16th March 2017
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Outside the Lines SS17 has landed online and what a gorgeous collection it is! With pleasure, I hosted a press breakfast at Bronte to launch Spring / Summer collection of girls fashion and preview the Autumn Winter collection. What a great response it received. There were lots of demands for adult sizes for a mini-me matching look so watch this space for some further developments!

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Spring Summer ’17

Outside the Lines‘, spring / summer ’17 collection takes its inspiration from global travel combining elements of bohemian ’70s style with a more contemporary look for free-spirited girls who wish to explore their own style. With a nod to the folk trend, the 30-piece collection for ages 3-13 years offers a soft muted palette punctuated with pops of colour and fun yet refined details that bring the looks alive. The handicraft touches complement the strong denim chambray workwear and refined essentials all with their own twist. Folk-inspired tassels and pom-poms adorn dresses, tops and shorts in Outside the Lines’ second collection, keeping the bohemian spirit of this collection alive. Due to popular demand, Outside the Lines has increased its age range for the first time up to 12-13 years. Highlight pieces in the collection include the indigo Maddie all-in-one playsuit punctuated with white embroidery, the Sadie pom-pom tapestry jacket in accents of neon coral and the crisp white Ava cotton blouse with this season key ruffle detail finishing into a soft pretty bow at the back, perfect for a carefree summertime look.

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Outside the Lines embroidered playsuit

This embroidered all in one playsuit is my favourite from the collection. Get it all before it’s gone. It’s not going to hang around for long! And just wait till you see the AW17 collection which is full of glitz and glamour, faux fur, pleated skirts and embellishments. I want it all!

www.outside-the-lines.co.uk 

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New Brand Alert: Apolina Kids

31st January 2017
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Apologies for the silence. It’s taken me a while to get back into the swing of blogging and it’s been so busy for me. I simply just had to share one of my favourite brands out there at the moment. I have been following them for a while and I have really fallen in love with them. It’s called Apolina Kids and they design some of the most beautiful childrenswear. I seem to have a slight obsession with boho style, (it must be my Indian roots!) and the Mexican style embroidered jumpsuits and dresses which evoke a 1970’s feel are to die for. The only sad thing for me is that they go up to age 7-8 which is too small for Miss I. I desperately need another baby girl!

About Apolina Kids

Established by designer Caroline Duckett, Apolina was born out of a desire to create a more authentic style, not a passing trend but a modern bohemian range with longevity and a sense of craft. Fusing an influence of Californian vintage ‘mexicana’ with rich heritage colours inspired by traditional Scandinavian folk art, the collection of heavily embroidered pieces is both nostalgic and exciting.

With a focus on highlighting Indian craftsmanship, Apolina Kids works with a small, family-run Indian manufacturer, who employs equal numbers of women and men (unusual for this industry; it’s usually men). Ethical trading and production practices are strictly adhered to and workers are not only paid a fair wage, they are also treated as members of the extended family. Each item is unique due to the hand finishing of the garment and the free-hand machine embroidery is carried out by artisan embroiderers. Garments are produced in limited numbers through ‘small batch’ production.

It also embraces the idea of ‘slow fashion’, meaning that pieces can be worn for at least two years and to move away from that throw away culture. The ‘Pattie’ dress has a loose relaxed fit and the Tina tunic can be worn as a dress for babies or blouse for a toddler.

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Apolina Kids recently picked up an award from Dot to Dot, the kidswear trade show for best new brand and was totally deserved. for The spring / summer ’17 collection is inspired by folk crafts picked up on travels to America and Sweden from embroidered linens to woven blankets. There are unusual colour pairings and pastel hues in dresses, jumpsuits and bonnets all re-imagined in a modern bohemian style. Here are a few of their Spring Summer ’17 pieces which will be out 15th February. You heard it here first.

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Below is the ‘Pattie’ dress from their AW16 collection which is now sold out but just gives you an idea of the beautiful embroidery.

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Christmas: Partywear for Girls

17th November 2016
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With only five weeks to go till the big day, there is no better time to start researching which party frocks your little ones will be donning this Christmas. This time, I had a little help compiling my partywear edit with the assistance of Miss I.

The Partywear Edit

When it comes to partywear, I think we are spoilt for choice with dresses, tutus and hair accessories in abundance on the high street, mid range and through to designer brands. I am not one to spend a fortune on dresses that they will wear just once and then grow out of quickly. If you are looking for good value yet stylish party dresses, I think Question Everything‘s party dresses which can be seen above in the main picture tick all the boxes. They all have beautiful prints, hand smocking detail and can be dressed up or down with converse or party shoes. My favourite dresses from this season are the Joni dress which features and all over cherry print seen above and the Izzy tartan dress below with tulle underskirt. They go from ages 0-9 so I can just squeeze Miss I in! Not for long though.

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For more partywear pieces this year and also birthdays in our case which is 4 days before Christmas, we found a few more festive pieces to get the party started.

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  1. Swan bag at Monsoon | 2. Fluro tutu at Outside the Lines | 3. Bow hairband at Pepa & Co | 4. Tulle dress at H&M | 5. Gold shoes at Monsoon | 6. Butterfly hair slides at Accessorize

And for a finishing touch, if you are looking for the perfect party coat to wear to all the Christmas parties, I think I have found it at Monsoon. How gorgeous is this beautiful coat with the pop of pink faux fur collar?

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New brand alert: Outside the Lines

13th October 2016
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You know how we love to discover and showcase new brands at homework? Well I have come across a little gem here and it’s called Outside the Lines.

Outside the Lines – carefully considered girlswear

Outside the Lines is a new girlswear brand offering a carefully considered clothing collection for girls age 3-10. Each piece is designed in soft muted colours and eye-catching prints in a sophisticated and feminine collection catering for different personalities for girls who like to explore their own style. I first spotted them at the Bubble trade show in London earlier in the year and they were definitely one of the highlights of the show.

Outside the Lines has been set up by two friends with years of experience in the industry who shared a similar vision to create a fun and comfortable girlswear collection which doesn’t compromise on quality. There is plenty out there at the designer and high street end of the market but little in between. With its price point and clothing starting at £25, I think Outside the Lines ticks all the boxes. Affordable, good quality and beautiful design.

I would happily put Miss I in the entire collection. They have all the pieces required for a capsule wardrobe which can be dressed up or down from the skinny jeans which have the perfect fit to the Breton top with foil collar, twist hem embellished tutu and fringed cardigan. These are just a few of the hero pieces of the season and I can safely say there is a lot more to show.  I have even had a sneak peek of their Spring Summer ’17 collection which exudes a boho and mini-Marant free-spirited style.

Prices start from £25 and the online boutique launches on Friday 14th October. Personally, I cannot wait for this brand to launch.

Check it out at www.outside-the-lines.co.uk and if you sign-up to the newsletter you will get 15% off your first order.

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Margherita Kids Launches at John Lewis

20th August 2016
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Margherita Kids is a new childrenswear collection designed by Margherita Missoni, one of the members of the Missoni family launching exclusively at John Lewis this month. The 37-piece collection which has just launched online and in-store includes bohemian-inspired pieces from ages newborn to seven years old.  Prints are bold and bright and exude a boho style that Missoni has become renowned for herself. Prices range from £20-£52. Prior to this, Margherita Kids was only available via Yoox so it’s a delight to be able to get hold of the collection in the UK easily.

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My favourite pieces from the Margherita Kids collection include the denim embroidered skirt, floral print bodysuit, the embroidered shirt and chambray dress.

Sadly my one and only daughter is too big for this now although she could probably squeeze into the age 7. Better start breathing in! These pieces also make a lovely gift and won’t break the bank.

Available now at John Lewis online and in-store.

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Summer Suitcase – packing ideas for the holiday season

17th July 2016
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Summer Packing

Schools out and summer holiday time is here. Not long now till we jet off on holiday so I have compiled a selection of wardrobe staples for girls, boys and for mamas of course! I hate packing with a passion and unpacking even more. It’s taken me over two weeks to unpack from the last holiday which is really quite embarrassing now! The kids are off for a short break with granny so two more lots of packing to come and so pleased that the summer and heatwave has finally arrived in the UK.

For Girls

A decidedly pink edit for the girls, not intentional but who would not want to pack that infamous Sunnylife inflatable flamingo for their summer holidays? Bit pricey for a piece of plastic but definitely investing in one this year. Not for the kids but for me! Also snap up the Limited Edition rose gold Saltwater sandals from Smallable as they are going fast. I have yet to buy a pair of these pretty sandals but my blogger pal Kidstylejunkie swears by them and buys two sets for her twins every summer.

 

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1. Provence style dress at Pepa & Co

2. Pom Pom Kaftan at Next 

3. Rose Gold Limited Edition Saltwater Sandals at Smallable 

4. Diamante and Embellished Rose sunglasses at Monsoon 

5. Sunnylife Flamingo inflatable at ASOS

6. Ikaria print rucksack at Monsoon 

 

For Boys

The boys are not to be outdone on the inflatable stakes this year so head to ASOS for the toucan inflatable and a selection of other fun poolside pieces.

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1. Striped shirt at Zara

2. Vintage swimwear t-shirt at Pepa & Co

3. Bermuda shorts at Zara 

4. Bathers at Boden

5. Tennis plimsoles at Elias & Grace 

6. Sunnylife Toucan inflatable at ASOS

For Mamas

Boho is still big news this summer, from the floaty kaftans to the numerous embroidered blouses and peasant tops seen everywhere on the high street. I instagrammed this River Island festival jacket recently as simply had to share but seriously I do not want to take it off. It’s such an amazing find, sadly now sold out in the sale but available at ASOS full price. How many pairs of denim shorts is too many? Can’t stop buying different styles of these but got these high-waisted denim shorts for a bargain from H&M. Just get one size up as their sizing is a joke! If one thing is having its moment this summer, it’s the tassel and pom pom. I am coveting the Elina Linadarki pom pom sandals but these ones from Ego will do just the trick.  Last but not least is this Reformation-style bardot dress from New Look. Team with gold jewellery for that essential summer look.

 

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1. River Island Festival jacket at ASOS

2. High Waist Denim shorts at H&M

3. Mango straw clutch

4. Saskia Pom pom sandal at Ego

5. Red bardot dress at New Look (sold out – available in black)

6. Trikini swimsuit at Zara (sold out)

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New Launch: Petit Pai from Pai Skincare

17th June 2016
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Beauty brand, Pai Skincare has this month launched its dedicated baby and child-focused range, Petit Pai. The new range focuses on delicate skin that is easily irritated or unsettled. Formulated using certified organic ingredients with proven therapeutic properties, the new range delivers instant relief to troubled skin and helps lay the foundation for healthy skin in the future. The new collection includes: Apple & Mallow Blossom Face & Body Cream (£20) and Apple & Mallow Blossom Hair & Body Wash (£18, including 100% natural Konjac Sponge), both created to maintain the optimum pH of babies’ skin.  All Pai and Petit Pai products are certified organic by the Soil Association are Vegan accredited and Cruelty-Free.

According to Sarah Brown, founder of Pai Skincare, “When you’re a mum, you have a million things to think about, and worrying what you’re putting on your child’s skin shouldn’t be one of them.”

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I can’t wait to try out this new Petit Pai skincare and haircare range from Pai Skincare. When Miss I was very little she had a patch of eczema on her face which would not disappear.  I hate using chemical-ridden products for baby and children’s sensitive skin as you really have no idea what you are putting on. How delicious does the Apple & Mallow fragrance sound?

There is even a try me set (£8) which is a travel sized option of the cream and body wash.

Available now from Pai Skincare.

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Trend Alert: Tropical Paradise

28th May 2016
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Hello Summer! It’s the trend that keeps giving and giving – palm and tropical prints galore again this spring-summer. Palm tree prints have been a part of interior design for decades and experienced huge popularity in  the 1940s with oversized banana and palm prints which are just as modern today. With the increasing demand for palm prints in  the home as well as the forthcoming Rio Olympics, we have seen the trend re-imagined and influencing clothing and fashion accessories. This time round, rather than palm & tropical prints for the home, this is how to add a tropical splash this summer with exotic birds and flowers and palm prints on kids’ fashion and women’s fashion. Here are a few of my favourites.

Kids – Tropical Trend

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  1. Tropical print skirt at Tu Clothing £7.50
  2. Molo tropical sunglasses at Alex & Alexa £15
  3. Polly the Parrott cushion at CMYK Living £22
  4. Floral swimsuit at Pepa & Co. £34
  5. Globe bantam graphic tropical skateboard at Smallable £85
  6. Scotch & Soda shorts at Smallable £28
  7. Love Made Love Dress at Alex & Alexa £139

 

Women’s – Palm Prints

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  1. Palm Print cross body handbag at Pia £60
  2. Palmeral Meynell high waist bikini at House of Hackney £185
  3. Palm print heels at Jimmy Choo £525
  4. Palm print jumpsuit at Top Shop £39
  5. Palm ditsy necklace at Top Shop £5
  6. Palm Print skirt at Wallis £27

Et voila – there you have my tropical and palm print homework hotlist.  Bring on the Rio Olympics!

 

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New brand alert – children’s bedding by LIEWOOD

9th February 2016
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I just had to share with you an amazing new children’s bedding brand I recently discovered. It’s called LIEWOOD, a Danish brand which offers textiles, cushions and bedding in beautiful prints for the modern family. I was immediately drawn to their their calming and neutral colour palette of rose blush, cream, greys and white all adorned with delicate graphic prints like pandas, feathers, cats and paper aeroplanes.

The brand was established by Anne Marie Lie Nielsen who worked in the fashion industry and Anja Skov in 2015  who was a graphic designer.  They have created a pure and simple debut collection in a pared back style which the Danish are renowned for.

Children’s Bedding – Duvet Covers 

The LIEWOOD children’s duvet covers are particularly striking. Each set is delivered with a tote bag and is wrapped in tapes with a set of mini toys to hang by the the cot, changing table or in your kids room. Everything is made in India and produced in organic cotton which is certified.

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Cat Duvet Cover – Rose Blush by LIEWOOD

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Paper Planes duvet cover – grey by LIEWOOD

Children’s Bedding – Baby Blankets

Each of the prints come in a baby blanket size and make ideal presents for newborns. I thought the panda print graphic was particularly strong.

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Panda baby blanket – cream by LIEWOOD

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Mini dot baby blanket – by LIEWOOD

They currently don’t have any UK stockists but you can buy online at LIEWOOD via their online shop. Duvet covers for junior sizes are around £45. I love it!

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New SS16 Launch: The Animals Observatory

14th January 2016
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Sorry for the silence. It’s taken me a while to get back to things after Christmas! But now I am back and ready to let you know about 2016’s hottest launches. First up is The Animals Observatory by Bobo Choses former creative director, Laia Aguilar and Jan Andreu.

Fascinated by art, architecture and paintings from the 70s, Laia Aguilar decided to take inspiration from them to create The Animals Observatory, a brand of graphic, edgy kids clothing. Animals are at the centre of Laia’s designs, seen through the eyes of children. Instinctive, modern, creative and timeless, The Animals Observatory offers a new version of kids fashion and tells us beautiful stories!Laia sees children’s fashion as an artistic tool through which she can express her own extraordinary world. Tireless in her efforts, each garment she designs is infused with her flair and authenticity.

Children and adults alike will be drawn to its sense of playfulness, comfort and aesthetic pleasure, all based on the philosophy of an old motto that Laia often repeats to her children: ‘Be a good animal, true to your instincts’. All pieces below from The Animals Observatory are available at Smallable. 

 

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The Animals Observatory at Smallable

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The Animals Observatory at Smallable

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All available at online department store, Smallable.

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Christmas: Part 1 – Partywear for Girls – Let’s Party!

21st November 2015
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Christmas Partywear for Girls

Naturally in mid-November, it’s always at this time that I am scourimg the shops for festive partywear. Not only for the festive season but also for my daughter’s birthday which is just a few days before Christmas. There is no end of choice of partywear for girls, it’s just the boys don’t have much on offer!

One label I absolutely love is Belgian brand, Morley which is featured above and you can buy from here. Not just for partywear, Morley has such a good selection of stylish girlswear and boyswear, I just can’t get enough. This is such a beautiful simple dress for day or for the festive season.

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Morley Colette Dress

Check out new brand Little Circle which sells select designer brands like Morley and allows you to ‘recircle’ by selling select second hand designer brands through their platform.

Without trying to be too much of a magpie, there are a few sequin numbers that get my vote from Monsoon and from online department store, Smallable. I am in love with this shirt dress (2.) from Cos which only goes up to age 6-8 but is just super chic.  Here’s my top picks of partywear for girls this Christmas. Enjoy!

 

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  1.  Monsoon Arlenis dress at Debenhams – £55 | 2. Shirt dress at Cos – £35 | 3. Roma dress at Monsoon – £60 | 4. Manuela de Juan Constance Glitter boots at Smallable- £74 | 5. Ilovegorgeous Wonder Sequin dress at Smallable – £83 
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Gap Kids + Baby Gap x Peanuts

26th October 2015
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In honour of Charlie Brown’s and Snoopy’s 50th anniversary, Gap Kids and Baby Gap have collaborated with Peanuts in an exclusive capsule collection of clothing, shoes and accessories for the forthcoming Peanuts Movie.

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Charlie Brown and Snoopy are both iconic cartoon chartacters that we all grew up with. This collection is a perfect way to introduce your children to our childhood heroes. The Gap collection launches in-stores worldwide now and will make perfect festive gifts this Christmas to a legion of old and new fans.

“In collaborating with Peanuts, we wanted to celebrate their heritage by incorporating vintage artwork and an exclusive collection of hand sketched drawings for baby,” said Phu Ngo, vice president of merchandising at Gap. “By going back to the origins of the story, we truly find the special timelessness of the brand and re-introduce it to a new generation.”

The Peanuts Movie is out in the UK on 21st December and the Gap collaboration is out now. Prices from £9.99. www.gap.co.uk

Here are a few of my favourite pieces from the collection.  I predict a sell-out!

 

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  1. Charlie Brown cardigan | 2. Snoopy Bomber Jacket | 3. Snoopy wool jumper | 4. Snoopy tote

 

 

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Back to School

1st September 2015
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Main Picture credit: Double desk and chairs from bobo kids 

It’s almost Back to School time folks and I couldn’t have a blog called homework without writing a post about it. So here’s my edit of stationery, backpacks, furniture, school shoes and winter coats. I also had a little help from my 9 year old assistant, Iyla, a mini-blogger in the making who has also compiled her pick of the best too.

Back to School Stationery & Rucksacks

When it comes to Back to School stationery, Dutch shop, HEMA (pronounced ‘hay-ma’) is the only place to go. They offer really good value pencil cases, notebooks and all types of stationery amongst a host of other homewares and accessories. HEMA launched in the UK for the first time last year which I was involved in. There are currently three HEMA stores in London but you can always buy online as they have a much wider selection.

 

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1. Bakker Mini-Canvas backpack at Smallable | 2. Pencil cases at HEMA | 3. 50s retro accountant desk and chair at bobo kids | 4. A5 Notebook at HEMA | 5. Tropical pencils at HEMA 

 

Back to School Clothing, Shoes & Rucksack

Working within the limited parameters of what she can wear to school, here’s Iyla’s Back to School Edit below.

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1. Eva & Oli Stars Rucksack at Smallable | 2. Fleecy Duffle coat at Zara | 3. Lee gloves at Smallable | 4. Patent black shoes at Lelli Kelly | 5. Bakker pom pom hat at Smallable 

Back to school Furniture & Lighting

When it comes to furniture, I love the retro, vintage inspired pieces from Laurette at bobo kids. They are available in 15 different colours and are a real nod to the 50s.

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1. Retro bookcase at bobo kids | 2. Elektra Silver Desk Lamp at bobo kids | 3. Retro 50s desk at bobo kids | 4. Retro desk chair at bobo kids

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Parliament Hill Lido

25th August 2015
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Well on Saturday last week, London was experiencing temperatures as hot as the rest of Europe which meant there was only one place to be – Parliament Hill Lido.

The Location

If you are unfamiliar with the outdoor swimming pool, it is located close to Hampstead Heath and Dartmouth Park in North West London. Of course because of the weather on that beautiful Saturday, there was a queue to get in but this moved swiftly and we only had to wait (in the sun) for around 15-20 minutes.

What always strikes me when arriving at the Lido is the beautiful art deco entrance with its angular lines, neat steps and narrow windows.

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Parliament Hill Lido (picture from coolplaces.co.uk)

 

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Art Deco entrance

About the Lido 

Built in 1938, the outdoor pool is Grade II listed, fairly large (61m x 27m) and owned by the Corporation of London. It is almost identical to Victoria Park and Brockwell Park lidos. It is unheated and open all year round. A family ticket (2 adults + 3 children) is £15. The pool has a stainless steel lining, the first of its kind in the UK, having been refurbished in 2005, which gives the water extra shimmer.

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Before the pool gets really busy

The Pool

Be warned though, even in the summer the water is pretty cold. I couldn’t stay in for more than 10 minutes but the sunbathing opportunity made it all the worthwhile. There is a little slide for children and also quiet swimming lanes if you want to stay away from the hustle and bustle. There are hot showers and a cafe selling the basics as well as plenty of ice-cream.

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Parliament Hill Lido on a summer’s day

Why visit?

So if you are looking for something to do with the family in London which won’t cost the earth, I can highly recommend a trip to the lido. Now if only the sun would shine again, we may make another visit there.

Picture credit: All pictures by me unless otherwise stated.