Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Land's End Blogger Style Challenge

A couple of weeks ago I was contact by the lovely peeps over at Lands End and asked if I would like to take part in their "Styling the School Run" Blogger Challenge. I jumped at the chance and scurried off to pick my perfect dress from their Autumn/Winter dress collection.

Being a bit 'bottom heavy' I opted for the Welt Pocket Ponte Jersey Dress in black. The cut is perfect or us ladies with curves as it skims over the hip and bum area and the colour is perfect for dressing up or down depending on the occasion.

I had high hopes for the dress and it didn't disappoint. The material is a luxurious viscose / elastene / nylon mix - it clings in all the right places and skims the bits you might like to hide. The cut of the waist pulls gives the appearance of a slender waist and allows you to wear a belt of your choice.

I'm in to a bit of scarf styling at the moment so I had a play about with various ways to wear. Take a peek at the looks you can create with pieces already in your wardrobe...

Keep it formal for work meetings with a neck scarf in a bold colour or print

Add a cream scarf to brighten up you look. 

If you need to dress it up for a work lunch or after work drinks then move the scarf to your waist.

For a more casual work look I added a white cardigan 

and of course it works with any coat from casual leather...

to smart grey wool knits...

It's a great dress, classic, simple but sharp. The fit is perfect and it washes well (on a cold wash as per the instructions.) It will certainly be gracing my wardrobe for the season ahead - in fact I'd say that this is my new wardrobe hero! Perfect with black or coloured tights and shoe boots through the Winter and then bare legs and pumps come Spring. Go check out the full range now at Lands End or head to these wonderful blogs to see their Style Challenge Results:

Monday, 17 September 2012

Review: Boots Mini Club Autumn Winter 2012

A couple of weeks ago the lovely people at Mini Club (you know - off of Boots) got in touch to ask if we would be interested in taking a peek at their new Autumn Winter Collection. I jumped at the chance because Winter is my favourite season for fashion - you can never have enough Winter warmers - there's nothing better than layering up for the cold weather!

A week or so later, two lovely packages arrived - a blue one for Mister A and pink one for Little E. They couldn't wait to rip them apart to see what was inside. 

I should say, prior to this review I had purchased a few bits from Mini Club before but only if there was an offer on. I tend to get the children's clothes from the supermarkets for 'non-special' occasions as the prices are so low however the quality,  isn't great. I was looking forward to putting these garments through the 'wear & wash' test to see how they perform versus the cheaper brands.

Mister A wears...

Mini Club Boys Colour Block Gilet

I absolutely love this gilet and was really pleased to see it in the package. The colour blocking is great  - on trend for the season - and Mister A loves it. It's a great transitional piece for the Autumn. We always um and ah over whether to wear coats in our house but this solves the issue. The chunky zip is perfect for little hands and the retro feel adds to the style. Definitely a hit!

Mini Club Boys 3 Pack Long Sleeve Tops

These three pack long sleeve tops are great value, they're 100% cotton and are so soft and comfortable. They go with anything from smart pants to jeans and go great with the gilet we mentioned above. These have washed really well and haven't lost colour. The only downside for us was that you can't tumble dry them. Aside from that we love them.

Mini Club Boys Belted Jean

Mister A's final piece was these fab classic 100% cotton worn wash jeans. The best thing about these is that despite them being aged 5-6 they still have the adjustable button/elastic waist - a must have for us. In addition the belt is perfect and easy for Mister A to adjust himself.

Little E wears...

Mini Club Girls Chunky Knit Navy Cardigan
I love the fit of this chunky knit cardigan The description says navy but it's on the purple side if you ask me - which is even better. It's toasty warm and works well with all outfits - skirts and trousers. I think we'll be seeing a lot of this over the next few months. Great value too!

Mini Club Girls 3 Pack Long Sleeved Tops

You can never have too many t-shirts and this 3 pack will not let you down. As I mentioned with the boys pack- these are so soft - with a brushed cotton feel. The colours and prints are funky and right on trend for the cold season. Little E loves them and again they have washed really well.

Mini Club Girls Short & Tight Set 

I love shorts and tights in the Winter and this set will look fabulous with camel boots. Cord is huge this season and these camel shorts look fab layered with the bright blue tights. Little E looked so cute in this set and loved being a little fashionista. As with the jeans - these have an internal adjustable waist meaning we'll get a lot more wear out of them. Perfect!

This review has actually changed my opinion of the way I buy. I have been buying cheaper clothes for the children but in all honesty Ive had to throw a lot away because the fabric doesn't wash well or stitching has come away. These Mini Club clothes are a bit more expensive but the difference in quality is immense. I'll definitely be popping in to Boots this week to see the rest of the range. I am totally recommending Mini Club - for great trends and value for money - you can't lose. Plus there's the added bonus of collecting advantage card points too - winner! And for those of you that don't know, Mini Club is made for Boots by Mothercare  - another trusted brand in our household.

So that's my verdict, but judge for yourselves - Mister A and Little E love their new outfits. I love that they are on trend, comfortable and amazing quality and although these pieces are a little more than I would usually spend, given the quality of the garments they are definitely value for money.

Friday, 7 September 2012

fashions for Yummy Mummies

Celebrity mothers-to-be have set the fashion stakes high in 2012, with TV and pop stars such as Holly Willoughby and Emma Bunton proudly displaying their pregnant bumps as they walk the red carpet at film premiers and events. Their influence has brought the glamour back into maternity wear, and this summer evening dresses for yummy mummies are elegant, sweeping to the floor, with empire style waists embellished with ribbons and sashes. Necklines are deep, with the briefest of puff sleeves, or bodices go strapless, 1950s style. The material of the season is jersey, often lined so that it falls in soft drapes, and generously gathered and ruched. For evening wear shades of lilac, dusky silver and old gold first seen on the fashion house catwalks have been translated into delicious designs for maternity clothing, and Next UK have an elegant lilac maxi dress that embodies the film star look.

Going casual, this summer has seen the growing popularity of the tunic, worn over leggings, a mini or midi skirt, and it’s a style that is perfect for the mum-to-be. Worn belted in the first months of pregnancy, and then loose and flowing to accommodate the growing bump, they make the ideal top. Designs range from this season’s popular prints to colour-blocks in neon yellow and green; if budgets are tight, then a simple black or dark grey tunic can be worn over dark tights for the day, and transformed for evening wear with the addition of sparkly tights, a narrow silver belt worn empire-style and chunky bracelets.

A popular choice for many mums-to-be is the layered look, which again gives that element of versatility and allows you to create a different look from day to day without having to buy a whole new wardrobe. A tip is to stick to a base of black or a dark colour – it’s both slimming, and easy to build layers of colour over. Starting with a black long-sleeved T-shirt, create different styles and moods for yourself by adding a washed-out pink sleeveless tunic with a flounced maxi skirt, or if you feel like splashing out on colour, a bright cerise silk short-sleeved blouse with floral pattern maternity jeans.