Wearability is always top of my list when it come to kids clothes.
There is nothing worse than the children being restricted by clothing as it makes for unhappy children and stressed parents.
A while ago the lovely people at Lilly and Sid sent me a few items to try and all I can say is both me and number four had smiles on our faces!
Their cotton garments are super soft and cosy, the contrasting prints and bright colours are always so eye catching and for me is one of the ways you can always spot a Lilly and Sid piece.
Bugs and dinosaurs and always a hit with number four and being able to give my little ones clothes that have things they love featured on them clearly go down well.
As well as outstanding clothes their customer service is second to none and whenever I’ve purchased anything from them the delivery is quick, efficient and I can’t imagine any ask being to big for them.
With Christmas fast approaching I can’t wait to see what items they have to slip under the tree!
*we were given these items for the purpose of this review and they are all my own, honest opinions.
Last year I was introduced to the children’s clothes brand Jacadi at their Hampstead branch and was immediately taken by their traditional, timeless classic pieces that are made to perfection.
The brand has gone from strength to strength since hitting the UK and a brand new store has just opened in Richmond that we went to check out last night.
I decided to have a bit of quality time with number three who was more than happy to join me and see what they had to offer.
The store was a little ones dream with a Charlie And The Chocolate Factory theme complete with chocolate fountains, big sticky lollies and a real life Umpa Lumpa!
It was at this point I was extremely pleased that I hadn’t got the little ones as there is no way I would have been able to keep their chocolate covered fingers away from the beautiful clothes!
The stores collection was as stunning as I had expected.
For the boys their were beautiful soft knits that could be teamed perfectly with smart shirts and tailored trousers.
For the girls their were cute dresses and matching cardigans in bright colours that are always welcome at this time of year.
The section that always catches my eye though is for the really tiny ones.
I like babies in outfits that are firstly made for comfort as well as looking good and this is what Jacadi have down to a tee.
Jacadi falls into the upper price bracket of children’s clothing but they really are items that are made to last and with their classic designs could be passed down through the family for years to come without aging at all.
I know that I would be super happy to find a little blue gift box for any of my little ones under the tree this Christmas.
*I was supplied with a gift token for attending this event and they are all my own, honest opinions.
Last year I wrote a post on the trials and tribulations of having a new bag for school every term and how I didn’t cave into the pressure.
This year however bags were needed and the search started.
Instead of going for the run of the mill superhero design or the favourited Disney princesses we looked outside the box and were really taken with the look of this new mini range from Sprayground.
Sprayground are a relatively new company that have made a rapid growth over the last few years and have become a name that several celebrities favour.
With their success on the adult market they are now reaching out to all the mini fashionistas out there with their range of mini backpacks that are perfect for little ones that like something a bit different.
The hard wearing, weather resistant material is perfect for transporting everything you need and the internal compartments make it easy for them to keep themselves organised.
The bright colours make them majorly appealing and easy to spot in a cloakroom full of abandoned bags.
One other great attribute is the fact that only a limited number are made, so you are really left with something individual.
With a fair few designs a simply can’t pick a favourite. What is yours?
I was one of the unlucky ones that was refused a pair of Kickers as a child and I’m sure this has left a little scar for life!
That is why when I had to opportunity to go along to the meet up with the georgous ladies at Mothers Meetings for their Kickers ‘Back To School’ event I knew it was one not to be missed.
We walked into a room full to the brim of super cool mummies and their little ones dancing along to some great tunes, having a bite to eat, getting faces painted and having a good catch up.
Scattered around the room Kickers were showcasing their back to school range with the old favourites and a few new eye catching designs that I had not seen before.
The rounded design and thick stitching was still a predominant feature and I loved seeing the addition of some two tone brouges that really caught my eye.
It was refreshing to see that they have still keep their trademark red and green labels and that longed for tag that I never got to get my hands on!
After singing along to some African nursery rhymes the little ones were over the moon to get to take home some Kickers of their own to set them up for their return to nursery and school.
And I left safe in the knowledge they wouldn’t hold a grudge about not owning a pair of Kickers in their childhood like I have!
Before we left for Camp Bestival the lovely Sophia at Five Boys Clothing offered to send us a fabulous interactive glow t-shirt by Illuminated Apparel.
I just knew this quirky t-shirt was going to be the perfect item to take away to a festival and show it off during the crazy evenings.
The t-shirt come with a UV keyring that you can us to write on the large panel at the front to bring out the fab neon colour.
The keyring is attached to a lanyard which is easy to hang around your neck so it doesn’t get lost but you can also use your mobile phone or a lazer pen to create your patterns.
There was a little bit of arguing over this t-shirt as everyone wanted to have a go and we got stopped several times by people telling us how cool it was!
As well as looking great it keeps the kids amused which is always a bonus in my book.
We opted for the black but this t-shirt is also available in blue which would look just as good.
The sizing goes all the way up to aged 12- 14 and my usually mega fussy teen said he would have loved one.
All in all this really is more than just a t-shirt and worth getting just for the five minutes peace alone!
*we were given this t-shirt for the purpose of this review and they are all my own, honest opinions.
Number three is one of a kind! She is confident, knows her own mind and is not afraid to go out and get exactly what she wants.
We went to a fantastic opening event of Kerb food in Camden Market the other night where there was a great lady painting the children’s faces.
She didn’t quite bargain on my daughter googling face paints whilst she was in the queue and coming across the snapchat filter that she wanted to recreate!
Just before Christmas last year I was invited to the store opening of the French children’s wear brand Jacadi.
I wasn’t a brand I had heard much about before but I was really taken by their simple, classic designs with a modern twist.
It appears that it is not only me that has been won over by this brand as they have very deservingly just won the prestigious title of ‘Best Baby Designer Brand’ and came in at a good third place in ‘Kids Best Footwear’ in Junior Magazine Design Awards 2016.
There was a lot of strong competition in both these categories so they did superbly to be placed so highly.
If you would like to take a look for yourself at some of their beautiful pieces then pop over to their newly launched website or get yourselves along to their new store that is due to open at the beginning of September, which is perfect timing to start thinking about your little ones Autumn and Winter wardrobes!
Who could resist a trip to a stunning new children’s wear store in the run up to Christmas.
We were lucky enough to be asked by Jacadi to come along to their brand new store in Hampstead and select an outfit from their wonderful collection.
Until now Jacadi was not a name that I was to familiar with but I soon feel in love with their classic French lines that also had that modern edge.
I had the youngest boys with me and number four was more than happy to wander round the store and pick himself an outfit. The boy has great taste and selected a pair of bright red straight leg trousers, a blue and grey rugby style top and some georgous blue suede boots with red stitching.
You could easily create a capsule wardrobe from this store that could be mixed and matched and take you through the whole season.
What I loved was their range went up to the age of twelve as I often find shopping for my nine year old daughter a challenge as I like to keep her in age appropriate clothes which other stores don’t often cater for.
The whole experience of shopping here was a pleasure from being greeted by the friendly staff as you enter to the imaulate gift wrapping at the end of your shop.
I can’t wait for the new collection to hit the shelves and will be keeping an eye out for their online store which will be coming to the UK very soon.
We were given a complementary voucher to spend at this event and they are all my own, honest opinions.
In our house the children love nothing better than stressing me out by lol deciding to change around bedrooms! At the moment there is actually only one of the children’s rooms decorated as I had refused to do anything until they finally made up their minds where they wanted to be.
Number two has struck lucky and now has the biggest room which is wonderfully light and airy with plenty of room for him to have friends round which is what he needs now he is approaching the big ’13’.
He has a big love for scooting which I thought he would like reflected in his room but he has informed me that he would like to go for a monochrome look.
This is gong to be nice and easy and can be easily achieved with the addition of some simple lighting changes.
Currently he is putting up with his sister’s floral duvet so changes in his soft furnishings will make a big difference.
Yorkshire Linen have asked me to create a mood board to depict how I would like to see my room. There was such a big selection of beautiful soft furnishings on their site it was very hard to pick.
I’ve gone with his dream room and picked lots of black and white with some fabulous # cushions that are prefect to create a teenage boys den!
I can’t wait to get started and will have the finished room up on the blog very soon.
A couple of weeks back we were invited to a fantastic event at Centrale Croydon. One of our gifts was a Mother And Daughter manicure at Hello Gorgeous.
Number three has been nagging at me to get it booked, so with my husband around to have the little ones I book in our special treat.
On arriving we were greeted with a beaming smile and the offer of a drink while we waited. Number three was more than impressed that her squash was presented in a wine glass, making her feel like a real princess.
We made our way over to the monochrome beauty area where we were seated by our two super friendly beauticians that helped us to chose our perfect nail colour whist having a gossip.
We had a great couple of hours of time just to ourselves which is a rarity when you have five children. We were made to feel really at home and will defiantly be coming back.
Hello Georgous is primarily a photo studio that offers great packages that include hair and make up to give you that extra special touch.
Number four is already planning a Birthday party there with a few of her friends!
I was gifted a voucher from Hello Gorgeous and all opinions are my own.