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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.

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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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Introducing Outside the Lines SS17 Girls’ Fashion

16th March 2017
Girls Fashion

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
Apolina Kids SS17

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.

http://www.apolina-kids.com/

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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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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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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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Gap x Peanuts

  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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Sunny Delight

7th July 2015
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Main Picture Credit: Ilovegorgeous | Boden | Talc 

Blame it on the sunny weather we’ve been having but the yellow trend has no signs of abating this spring /summer. Not the easiest shade to wear for adults but for girls, a zesty yellow dress or pair of yellow coloured Boden Mary Jane’s adds a little sunshine into your life and can instantly lift anyone’s mood. With yellow coloured hues ranging from citrus lemon through to chartreuse, there are still plenty of girlswear finds on the high street, online and beyond. I love the look of this cute yellow laser-cut, layered Monsoon bikini, perfect for summer holidays and  days spent by the pool. Team yellow with pale grey or white like the Ilovegorgeous Jet Skirt for a sophisticated look. And if all you want is a touch of yellow, add brightly coloured nails with Nailmatic Kids Nail Polish at Smallable, the toxic free nail varnish for children or the Elfie party hat in mustard. Here’s my pick of the best yellow pieces:

 

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1. Beth yellow dress at Ilovegorgeous | 2. Nailmatic nail polish at Smallable | 3. Lizzie Bikini at Monsoon | 4. Embroidered dress at Boden | 5. Leather Mary Janes at Boden | 6. Daisy Dress at Boden | 7. Party hat at Elfie 

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Top Sales Picks

22nd June 2015
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Main Picture Credits: Finger in the Nose | Whistles at ASOS | Elias & Grace

Summer is here and that can only mean one thing…. the Sales have started! I have to try and restrain myself when they first start (especially in the Zara sale) and not buy up everything just because there is a little discount. There are always some good bargains to be had right at the end.

Here are a few of my top sales picks with some real-life purchases across womens, girls and boys fashion with a dressing up outfit thrown in for fun.

Enjoy!

 

FOR GIRLS

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1. Long boho printed dress at Zara – now £15.99 | 2. Raincoat with hood at Zara – now £9.99 | 3. Talc dress at Smallable (currently sold out)| 4. Manuela de Juan Helena sandals at Smallable – now £39.22 | 5. Finger in the Nose Annix Copper Gathered Skirt at Elias & Grace – now £28.00

 

FOR BOYS

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1. Palm tree shirt at Zara – now £9.99 | 2. Finger in the Nose Mylan Windbreaker at Smallable – now £59 |3. Hundred Pieces Mixtape t-shirt at Smallable – now £17 | 4. Veja Canvas Esplar trainer at Smallable – now £32 | 5. Numero 74 superhero cape at bobo kids – now £44

 

FOR WOMEN 

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1. Embroidered smock top at Warehouse – now £18 | 2. Suede wrap skirt at Mango – now £34.99 | 3. Whistles Button Through Shibori Skirt – now £55 (sold out many places)  | 4. T-bar sandals at Mango – now £17.49 | 5. Lyocell dress at H&M – now £15