If you can’t afford a sequinned moroccan wedding blanket…

27 August 2016

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M&S Sequinned Cushion

I have long been a fan of a Moroccan wedding blanket. I have one on the back of each of our sofas at home (I can’t bring myself to actually step on them, although I did try them as rugs initially). They were a pre-Tabarlow Liberty spurge (there is a story behind that, but I won’t bore you with that now…). So Moroccan wedding blankets – beautiful, but always with a pretty hefty price tag (even if you go directly to Morocco to buy one). I saw this gorgeous (tweedy, tufty and the sequins are the ‘right’ kind of dull ones) cushion when I was wandering through the M&S in Westfield a few months ago, and literally did a double-take. And I couldn’t believe the price (its original price that is – just £35.00) including the filling! I snapped it (I figured one was enough with two similar blankets already in residence, plus a very old sequinned cushion, an old favourite from Day Birger) up straight away. But wait for the best bit. It’s currently 20% off, so now just £28.00! Mine is on one of our sofas, but I love the idea of two on the bed. I also love how a new cushion (or three) can really refresh a sofa or room without spending too much. Needless to say, I always love a mash-up of different ones, and usually only buy one of any particular design. In fact, this is another one I liked when I was buying the sequinned one. Which is also now on sale. Hmmmm…
And here (below) are a few more cushions bargains that I’ve now also got my eye on. Oh and did I mention that La Redoute has a Bank Holiday Weekend sale on? 30% off!! Love a La Redoute sale!

Sarah xx

Back To School: Bags

25 August 2016

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Emile Et Ida Satchel Backpack

As the kids get older, there seems to be more and more things to carry to school (we’ll be adding a recorder to Bailey’s bag next term – let me just say this was not my choice, it’s compulsory). He’s ‘played’ it twice since we bought it a few weeks ago, oh my, a badly played recorder is hard to take! Anyway, whilst we know that many schools have their own ‘book bags’, if they’re anything like the ones that we have, put more than a book in there and the velco gives up. So, for those of you who can chose their own school bag, or if you need something with a greater breaking strain than a kit-kat, the Emile et Ida one is our absolute favourite (for a boy or girl). If you need something completly plain, this one comes in various school friendly colours (Tabarlow have the green one). We also like this grey one, this Bonton backpack and this navy one. For everyone else, if the contents of your book bag are going to burst out, might as well have a super cute pencil case inside; we like this, this and this one, and of course we can’t resist something personalised.

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: we thought it too early (and too depressing) to think about school winter coats right now, but with a rain shower never far away, you might want to take a look at this grey, and these navy lightweight options.

Back To School: Boys Shoes

24 August 2016

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Geox JR William School Shoes

If you thought girls’ school shoes were uninspiring, you ‘aint seen nothing yet. This is painful, so let’s keep it short and to the point. Nicky and I have bought both the boys these William school shoes since they started reception two years ago. We did our research, we felt depressed, we drank some wine, then bought the shoes. And kept on buying the exact same pair. Now the William (unlike us) has evolved somewhat, but sadly into an even less attractive version of it’s former self (some of you may remember last year’s version of this post?), and this time with two velcro straps instead of one. Oh well, let’s not get too down in the dumps – at least we know they are comfortable.
Other options that we can live with include these from Clarks, Geox, M&SJohn LewisDr MartensGeox (I actually don’t mind these at all, if you’re allowed this slightly more casual style at your school) and Lacoste (ditto).

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: Whilst you’re online, you might as well get the boring black plimsoles to go with your boring school shoes right? I bought these for Tabs and Marlow.

pps: you should know that whichever pair of shoes you decide on, they will look totally trashed at the end of the first week of school. Fact. Just go with it.

 

Back To School: Girls Shoes

23 August 2016

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Primigi Olea Mary Jane School Shoes

Another day, another pair of Mary Janes. But this time, it’s fair to say, they’re a little less inspiring. School shoes. Sigh. Dull, boring, but inevitable from the age of four upwards. The thing is, take a tip from us – don’t waste unnecessary energy searching for stylish options. We’ve done it (this will be our third year in fact) and the options are limited to say the least, and the groundwork tedious at best. Another gem of wisdom we can pass on to all (you can thank us later) is that the same styles are repeated term after term, year after year. So if you find a pair that don’t make you want to vomit, stick with them. I have bought Tabitha this exact pair from Primigi for the last year and a half I think. They are simple, plain, velcro, and comfortable. Done, done and done.
Other pretty respectable options include these from John Lewis, John Lewis, Geox (if laces are indeed an option), StartRite (if buckles are allowed), and if you’re lucky enough to be able to wear navy shoes at your daughter’s school (I’m very jealous!), these and these are both great options.

Sarah & Nicky xx

So Pretty

22 August 2016

So Pretty was started by friends Lucy and Lou in 2014.  Based in South London and with five young daughters between them, they wanted to offer a new range of clothes and accessories for girls aged 3-10 years.  Inspired by nostalgic and fashion forward fabrics they like to use comfortable, fun and feminine materials that share their love of pretty prints, textures and a touch of sparkle. All their collections are designed by them and made in South London with limited numbers in each range. They work  hard to ensure the materials they use are produced fairly, sustainably and as close to home as they can so they benefit local economies as well as the environment. They currently have a sale on, so definitely worth a little look.

A little (Autumn) Boden Spree

21 August 2016

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Leopard Print Mary Janes

I’ve been back from holiday a week now (although it might as well be a month!), and felt like sharing my recent Autumn Boden haul for Tabitha and Marlow (we’ll get to mine another day). Many of these things had been mentally logged from the Boden press day, back in May and these adorable Mary Jane shoes were top of my list for Tabitha. They are just so perfect. I love them! They look really expensive – everything about the design of these is totally spot-on. I also bought her (and one for Marlow too) this fisherman’s raincoat (it’s also great as it starts from baby sizes), this cardigan (I bought pink (it’s a good pink) this time, but I know I will be ordering a least one other colour soon enough), and this floral print onesie for bed. A slightly random mix of pieces I know, but I love them all, and so does Tabs. For Marlow I snapped up these boots (in grey), this sweatshirt, this zip-up sweatshirt (in grey) for those in-between Autumn and Winter days, and this hoodie. So not much variation there I know, but I also know he will wear them all on rotation through the Winter months. I definitely have my eye on various other pieces for both of them, and the new baby collection is just too cute for words (even more so than usual). Don’t worry, we’ll be sharing our favourites with you soon.

Sarah xx

ps: whilst we’re talking Boden, I was on a shoot on Friday, and the art director was wearing this denim jumpsuit (which looked amazing on her – everyone was asking where it was from). And not only did it look good, it was so lovely and soft too. Now the original price was pretty steep for Boden (I think it was £170.00 from memory?), so even though I liked it, I never bought it. But now it’s been reduced to a guilt-free £39.80! Such a great bargain. The makeup artist on the shoot ordered one online then and there! And I think I may well be next… Oh, and size up for a slouchier (cooler) fit.

pps: I know quite a few people who have been struggling to buy swimwear for little ones for August holidays, as most places have now sold out. This Boden striped, frilled swimsuit that we featured a while ago is still available in quite a few sizes. And I just snapped up these and these for Marlow last week. He had literally worn his old ones out on holiday. Turns out that natural spring pools are the not the best for one’s swimwear..