Thursday, 14 August 2014

Trendy Thursday - Holiday Style!

We have a wonderful week in Brittany last week.  So lucky with the weather, only a little bit of rain.  Brittany isn't the south of France, we knew we weren't going to be getting super high temperatures but to be honest, that suits us.

The boys were happy.  The had the pool and the beach.  They spent the week in their swimwear and shorts.  Comfy and easy to wear!

Now, I have to say that the photo of Ethan above (I'm sure I don't even have to tell you which one!) is probably one of the funniest I've ever taken of him.  Poser!

The Clothes:

This is my tribe vest - Kenzie Jaws
Black and white swim shorts - Katvig
Brown Dad vest (on Felix) - Minty via eBay
Stripy UV top - Katvig
Cap - George @ Asda
Jelly Fish playsuit - Indikidual via KyNa Boutique

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Local Limelight - The Curzon Cinema, Clevedon

We are really lucky in Clevedon.  We have more than one thing to be proud of, and one of those "things" is our wonderful cinema.

The Curzon (Clevedon) is one of the longest continually running purpose built cinemas IN THE WORLD.  It opened it's doors on the 20th of April 1912.  Right in the center of our town, it's a real feature.  The front of the building was damaged during the 2nd World War - a soldier was standing in the doorway and was killed by a bomb.  The damage is still visible today.

Image Source : Neville Stanikk Photography

I love The Curzon.  I don't say that lightly.  I really do love it.  I visited myself as a child and I enjoy being able to take my boys there.  When I have more time, I fully intend to volunteer there.  It has struggled for a long time to be profitable so I do love to support it.

Something I really love about The Curzon is how community focused it is.   Along side screening current releases in the evenings,  The Curzon offers various other events including:

CineMa & Baby

This is something I've loved over the years - screenings especially for parents/careers held on Wednesday mornings.  You can bring your baby along with you.  Enioy a current release and no one minds if your baby cries!  Even better, CineMa & Baby is improving!  From September, it is moving to Mondays at 11am and will include an arts & crafts activities aimed at 0-2 year olds!  This will cost £6 per session.

Curzon Kids

Another event I am passionate about! The Kids Club was set up for 3-16 year olds and their parents.  Held on Saturdays once a month, for the cost of £4 a ticket you get to watch a film and enjoy an arts & crafts activity after the film.  Since having Felix, I have had little time one on one with Ethan.  I've found attending the Kids Club at The Curzon invaluable.  It provides us with a chance to have some time together, just me and him.  Mummy and Ethan time.  It's precious to both of us.  Ethan always enjoys the craft sessions after the films.  Sometime I really love about it is that it's not all about "new releases".  The films shown might be new, the might be classics or they might be something a bit more "cult".  To give you an idea, we have seen Dumbo, Kiki's Delivery Service and My Neighbor Totoro among others.

The people behind The Kids Club are lovely, friendly, welcoming and very passionate about what they are doing.  The main person behind it all is Caroline Lowe.  If you go along you are bound to be welcomed by her.  I have spoken with Caroline a few times about The Kids Club.  She has worked tirelessly to make it a real event. The Kids Club now has a special area above the cinema, a whole room with space for arts & crafts and other actives.  It's a great little space and so lovely to see more of the cinema building being used.

Summer Holiday Activities

Over the summer holidays, The Kids Club is running extra craft activities.  During August there is a film screening and activity every Saturday morning and during the week extra craft sessions are being held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and afternoons at a cost of £3.50 per session.  We haven't been able to attend any of these yet but many of my friends have and they have been raving about them!

In short, we just can't get enough of The Curzon.  It's such a family and community centered place.  A real gem, something that is hard to find these days I feel!

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Friday, 1 August 2014

Great Plains Jumpsuit Review

I've really got into jumpsuits in the last year or so.  I actually have quite a few in my wardrobe and I'm starting to think that you really can't have too many!  You can have retro jumpsuits, smart "going out" jumpsuits and chillied out hanging our with the kids style jumpsuits.

I've just recently become the owner of one that could easily go from day to night though - very handy!  Meet my newest jumpsuit from Great Plains.  I've been putting it to the test and I can confirm it really is comfy yet stylish.

Great Plains Jumpsuit

We're about to set off on our holiday soon and I'm very excited about packing this jumpsuit.  It's going to be my go-to piece.  It'll be great for a day trip or sight seeing.   It'll even work down on the beach.. but best of all, if I pop on some heels I'll be able to rock it for an evening out!  This is the kind of item you need in your suitcase.

I really like how it looks when teamed with my red Lotta from Stockholm cloggs.  I've made the trousers more tapered and cropped by rolling them up a little and buttoned down the front for a more "evening" look:

Great Plains Jumpsuit

Something I do worry about with jumpsuits is how flattering they are.  I love how they feel to wear and do like how the look from the front.  It's the side and back views I worry about.  Ultimately, it's not enough to stop me wearing them, but it is something I think about.  On my more "sensitive" days when I feel more cautious about what I'm wearing, I usually avoid them!

Does my bum look big in this?
I love the pattern on this jumpsuit.  If you look closely at it, you can see if consists of lots of tiny flowers.  From a distance though, it looks like a geometric print.  And I am very into geometric at the moment - another reason for me to love it!! I'm guessing that's why it's called Geo Jane!

Great Plains Jumpsuit

I'm going to have a lot of fun with this number in my wardrobe!

Great Plains Jumpsuit
***I was provided with this jumpsuit by Great Plains for the purpose of review.  All views expressed are truthful and my own***

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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Trendy Thursday - Baptism Outfits

This Sunday just gone was Felix's baptism.   Ethan was baptised when he was 7 months old and Felix was 14 months old so twice the age - it took us longer to get things organised - life is busier with two children, one of whom is at school!  Anyway, due to the age difference, I knew Felix wasn't going to be able to wear what Ethan wore.. well, apart from the waistcoat.  Luckily I knew that would fit!

For ages I wasn't sure what I'd put Felix in.  I knew there was a good chance it'd be hot so I didn't want heavy trousers or a shirt.  I wanted something he could be comfy in but I also wanted him to look cute, funky and smart - ish!  He does have wild hair, don't forget!

In the end, I just knew that the shorts I had made by Sarah from Marmalade Sky Baby would look awesome.  They are different enough to really stand out.  Cut well enough to look smart.  Soft enough to be comfy for a whole days wear.  I teamed them up with our absolute hands down favorite vest from Whistle and Flute, popped Ethan's old waistcoat over and completed the look with some grey converse.   We think he was rocking!

Ethan  wore his Little MooShoo retro shirt with a waistcoat over the top and some shorts.  It was too warm for trousers.  Unfortunately the cheeky monkey avoided all cameras it seems (well, until he was naked in the garden later that is!) so I don't seem to have any evidence of his outfit!

Whistle and Flute.  Marmalade Sky Baby

Whistle and Flute.  Marmalade Sky Baby Trendy Thursday

Both my boys looked fantastic.  They were smart but not over the top.  If you want to know what I wore, check out my previous post on designer dress hire!

If your kids have been rocking out in their duds lately, link up your posts showcasing them below! Don't forget you can also link up with The Mother Geek for her #TT_Thursday linky.  Oh, and whilst you're reading, have you heard about my new linky, #LocalLimelight?  I often write about events/places/shops local to me and others do too - if you are one of those folks, you can link up here!

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Local Limelight - Portishead Open Air Pool

Hurrah!  Today I am writing my first post for my new linky, Local Limelight!  I do hope others will link up posts about their local area below!

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Well, today my "limelight" is focused at Portishead Open Air Pool/Lido.  I've always called them Lido's but this one seems to go by "Open Air Pool" but I'm sure they are happy with either!

Portishead is a town just a few minutes drive away from us.  Another North Somerset coastal town.   The pool itself opened in 1962 so is now just over 50 years old.  For years the pool was well loved, but when local leisure centers became more popular, visitors to the outdoor pool reduced and bit by bit, the pool became very unloved and neglected.   Thankfully in 2008, after being threatened with closure, things started to turn around.  A trust was formed and volunteers rallied around to try to save it.  The biggest helping hand was from Ty Pennington and his Extream Makeover program - he was in the UK recording a special UK edition and ended up saving Portishead Outdoor Pool along with a team of volunteers!

Today, the pool is in great condition.  As someone who has lived in the area for my whole life, the pool is a local treasure.  It forms many fond memories of my childhood and I love that I can take my own children their to build upon my memories and create their own.

What will you find there?  There is one main pool and a toddler/splash area.  There is an excellent changing room that is clean, has everything you need and is reminiscent of the past!  You can buy snacks, drinks and ice lollys from the "Tuck Shop" or if you need something more filling, you can visit The Lido restaurant after your visit.

Last Monday the boys and I took Granddad for a visit.  He hadn't been since I was a child so he was looking forward to it.  We were very lucky, most schools hadn't yet broken up and the weather was fantastic.  We were set for a great afternoon!  We found ourselves a table and some chairs and set up camp.  We then spent a lovely 3 hours popping in and out of the pools, eating lollys and soaking up some sunshine.

Portishead Lido Open Air Pool

It's not easy containing a crazy on the go child like Felix in a place like this, water and concrete aren't a great mix with a 14 month old, so Granddad and I had our work cut out for us, but nevertheless, it was a lovely afternoon.

Ethan had a fantastic time in both pools, he loved getting in, getting out, warming up and getting in again.  He even managed to charm the folks at the tuck shop into giving him a free Freddo bar.  Cheeky monkey!

Portishead Lido Open Air Pool

After about 3 hours we decided it was time to go and get some food so we packed ourselves up and headed to The Lido Restaurant.  I ordered a lamb burger and chips, my Dad ordered a chicken salad.  Our food took about 20 minutes to arrive so we knew it was freshly cooked, but goodness, it was lovely.

You have a lovely view over the Bristol Channel from the restaurant.  The only downside was keeping Felix entertained whilst we tried to eat!

Prices are as follows:

Junior ticket (2-15 yrs) £3.50
Adult £5.00
Senior (60+) £3.50

You can also purchase season tickets.

We really love this pool.  It has a fantastic view, lots of space, is a nice comfortable temperature to swim in, friendly staff and a real community spirit!  Can't recommend it enough.  If you are a local reader looking for something to fill the holidays, give it a go.  If you are a visitor, put it on your "to do" list!

Now it's over to you!  Where have you been recently?  Is there a local spot you want to write about?  A shop you love local to you?  A National Trust property you visit all the time?  Write a post and link up below!  If you join in I will share your link at least once on Twitter, probably more.  Please don't forget to comment on my post and visit others who join in.  Please display my badge (see sidebar) and link back to me as well!

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Wish Want Wear - Designer Dress Hire

Hiring a dress. When does one do that? I don't think I've hired a dress before in my life. I considered doing so when attending my school ball but apart from that (and that was *ehem* 16 years ago) I don't think it would cross my mind... That was before I had heard of Wish Want Wear though!

Who are Wish Want Wear? Well, in their own words:

"Wish Want Wear is the UK’s leading designer dress hire website, launched in September 2011 and has grown from strength-to-strength ever since. We have a strong list of internationally renowned designers including Temperley London, Sass & Bide, M Missoni, Just Cavalli and Halston Heritage with accessories from the likes of Mawi and Erickson Beamon. Wish Want Wear is the ultimate choice for online shopping, offering the ability to hire designer dresses without the designer price tag. Stocking dresses suitable for every occasion from lunch with the girls, a night on the town, to balls, Wish Want Wear leaves you with the ultimate, designer wardrobe that won’t break the bank"

I think they sum themselves up well!

I was recently offered the chance to hire one of their lovely dresses amd experience the whole process from start to finish; choosing a dress, waiting for delivery, trying on, using and finally returning the dress.

What did I think?  Well, first of all, the most exciting part; the dress.  Choosing was hard.  There were a heap of gorgeous dresses to choose from.  I had my son's baptism coming up so I thought a dress for that would be perfect.  There were quite a few dresses that really spoke to me.  I was keen to hire an M Missoni or Alice by Temperley dress - my two favorite designers from the group stocked.  I narrowed it down to one from each and in the end, the decision was taken from my hands - the Temperley dress the Temperley dress I was interested in wasn't available on the dates required.  This is a lesson learned - if you plan on hiring a dress, do so at the earliest opportunity to allow more choice/availability.  Still, even though I couldn't have the Temperley dress I liked, the fall back was Missoni.  Not exactly bad!  This was the beauty I picked:

Wish Want Wear, M Missoni, Designer Dress Hire, Irregular Choice

Yes.  I am swinging from a tree in a dress worth over £800 like a loon.  Still looks good though!

After choosing my dress and checking availability, it was simple to order.  You choose a delivery date, preferably a day or two before the event for which you are hiring, so you have time to make sure it reaches you.  WWW kindly offer you the choice to hire the same dress in another size for free so you can be sure of a good fit - very useful!  I decided to stick with just the one dress as I was confident the fit would be good.  Once my order was placed and delivery date selected, it was just a case of waiting!

WWW use a courier service who tell you what time they will be delivering within the hour which is very handy.  You also have the option to text them to say you'd rather have it delivered to a neighbor or the following day, should your circumstances have changed - very handy!

My dress arrived right within the given time slot.  It was packaged very carefully in a large box.  The dress was packed in such a way that it wasn't creased.  Very important!  It was held within the box with a plastic protective cover over it and a clothes hanger from which to hang it.  It was in perfect condition and smelt lovely.  Obviously they look after their dresses!

Did  I like my dress?  Oh yes.  I was very pleased with my choice.  It was funky without being too over the top for a baptism.  It was comfortable.  It fitted well.  The colours were lovely and easy to match to my eye makeup.

When wearing my dress I received heaps of compliments and I was forever telling people that it was a rented dress.  It was lovely to open other people's eyes to the world of dress hire.

Wish Want Wear, M Missoni, Designer Dress Hire, Irregular Choice

It was such a flattering dress and I felt lovely wearing it.  It gave me a boost knowing that it was designer and that I would be the only one wearing one like it!

Wish Want Wear, M Missoni, Designer Dress Hire, Irregular Choice

I paired it with my beautiful Irregular Choice shoes, the ones I wore on my wedding day.  The come out for all special occasions now!

Wish Want Wear, M Missoni, Designer Dress Hire, Irregular Choice

After the day was over, I carefully took "my" dress off, shook it out, hung it back on the hanger, slipped the protective cover over and placed it carefully in the box, sealing it back up.  Inside the box was a returns label to be stuck on the front- easy peasy!  All I had to do after that was cry take it to the Post Office the next day, post it back and obtain proof of postage.

It was all very easy.

So.  What you all want to know is would I hire a dress again?  Yes.  I really think I would.  As I said earlier, it's not something I would consider normally.  However, after experiencing Wish Want Wear, I would!  Why?  Well, for about £50 you can hire something amazing for an event.  Something it is unlikely anyone else there would be wearing.  You get to swan about in the knowledge that you are wearing a special dress, a designer item.. but, you don't have to stump up the full cost for it!  Yes, for your £50+ you don't have something to keep, but that can be a good thing!  I know I have a wardrobe bursting with dresses at the moment.. but when I go to a special event. I like to wear something that's new to me.  This is a way to do that without further filling up your wardrobe.  I have a wedding to go to at the end of the year and I'm really thinking this is the way to go!

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Trendy Thursday - The colour grey

One of my fave Instagram peeps is Susan Lynch AKA @SoobyLynch.  She has a wonderful Instagram feed mainly featuring gorgeous photos of her little fashionista Penny.  Susan blogs as well under the name of Standing By The Wall,  so named because she takes photos of Penny in her outfits, standing by the wall!

Susan is running a 30 day challenge, 30 Days of Colour.  The idea is that every three days you are given a new colour and you have to dress, do and find things that fit in with that colour.  The colours are as follows:

Days 1-3 : Yellow
Days 4-6 : Purple
Days 7-9 : Grey
Days 10-12 : Green
Days 13-15 : White
Days 16-18 : Pink
Days 19-21 : Orange
Days 22-24 : Black
Days 25-27 : Red
Day 28-30 : Blue

It's a challenge for anyone and everyone to join in with, all you have to do is take photos and tag them on Instagram using #colourbythewall.

We missed the first few days but we have been joining in with grey, so I thought today I'd share some "grey" looks from myself and the boys!

Colour By The Wall - Grey - Standing By The Wall - SoobyLynch
Colour By The Wall - Grey

Grey Vest - very old from Gap
Jelly Shoes - Sunjellies
"Felix" arrow print leggings - Boco Baby

LOVE t shirt - Whistle & Flute
Star print shorts - H&M (last year)

Grey Hello vest - Hello Apparel via Southwood Stores
Denim shorts - Next

I think we did a reasonable job with grey.  I realised this morning when I was hanging out the washing that we had a load of grey items in the wash.  I should have been more organised.  We'll make more effort with green!

Why not join in?  Search for the tag #colourbythewall on IG, see what everyone has been rocking and have fun!

If you have a kids fashion post to link up, please do so below.  Please, PLEASE don't forget to comment here and visit others who join in.  It's not a huge linky so it's not hard to do.  I have to admit that I find it rather galling when people link but don't comment.

I will make every effort to tweet your links at least once, hopefully twice.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Local Limelight - a new linky for Wednesdays

I've been writing the odd feature under the heading of "Local Limelight" off and on for a while now.  Whilst I was washing up today I was thinking about the next Local Limelight post I was planning to write up when I realised that actually I have about three that need writing up.. and that got me thinking that it needs to be a more regular thing.. and that lead me on to thinking it might work well as a linky!

Lots of us bloggers write about our local area, reviewing local attractions, shops and businesses etc.  Not only are these write ups useful for local readers, they are useful for people visiting the area or even for people looking for inspiration for places to go.  How useful would it be to have a place for all of those posts to be shared together?

I've asked around and it seems that people think it's a good idea.

So.  As of Wednesday 30th July , Local Limelight will become a linky.  The rules will be simple:

1) Link up any posts you've written about your local area (when I say local, I'd say within a 50 mile radius ish) - you can link up old posts and new posts.  I'm also happy for you to link up posts you've written about places you've visited, even on holidays, because whilst they might not be "local" to you, they will be local to someone!

2) Display my badge and link back to my blog.

3) Tweet the link to your post/s using the tag #LocalLimelight

4) Visit some or all others who join in to share the love and hopefully find out something new!

The linky will be held every Wednesday initially and will be live for 5 days.  You can post in advance and link up or post after Wednesday and link up.  It may drop to bi-monthly depending on interest.

I really hope you'll join in!

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Trendy Thursday - Marmalade Sky Baby Clothing

I love finding lovely new brands, especially small work at home ones based in the UK.

One of my most favourite finds of the last few months is Marmalade Sky Baby.  Sarah is the lady behind Marmalade Sky and she makes some of the coolest children's clothing you will find in the UK and you can be sure you're getting quality and supporting a lovely work at home Mum.

I asked Sarah if she could make some shorts for Felix.  He only had a couple of pairs and with all this wonderful weather he needed some more.  Sarah has some lovely fabric to choose from but I had my eye on her rainbow print.  She was happy to whip up a pair for us and promptly did so.

Well, last week we happily took delivery of them and they are GORGEOUS! Due to their colour (a sort of pale sage green) they pretty much go with any other colours.  The pattern is pretty flexible too!

Today we paired them with a snake print Mini Rodini vest.  He looked awesome!

Vest - Mini Rodini via Cissy Wears
Jelly Shoes - Sun Jellies

Have you found any new brands lately?  Do you love trawling Etsy and Folksy like I do?  If you do, share your favourites with me!

Link up your children's fashsploits below and don't forget to comment here and visit others who link up! xx

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Trendy Thursday - Rompers, Playsuits, Jumpsuits....

I really love all in one outfits.  Even for myself.  They are so retro, so reminiscent of childhood.  Even though they can be a pain in the butt (literally) when it comes to trips to the loo or nappy changes, they just look so darn cute.

This Sunday just gone Ethan was rocking his new Indikidual jumpsuit and we both thought it rocked.  Ethan has a thing about jumpsuits/rompers as well.  He loves to wear them.  They just seem to boost his mood, they feel fun and playful.  This jumpsuit has cute jellyfish all over it so he kept telling me he was a jellyfish.  Especailly with his jelly shoes on!

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Jellyfish romper - Indikidual via KyNa Boutique
Jelly shoes - Project Jelly
'Dad' vest - Minti via eBay
Harlequin leggings - Rock Your Baby
Moccasin sandals - Monkey and Mole

Felix was sporting a rather fantastic pair of bright harlequin print leggings from Rock Your Baby (a super cool Aussie brand) which we really love.  I can vouch for them being hard wearing - twice he's stained them and each time I've managed to get the stains out and they've washed really well.   They just look amazing.

I can't write this week without mentioning Felix's new Bobo Choses romper.  It is INSANE it's so lush.  I love out slouchy it is, plus, due to it's slouchy nature, it'll have loads of growing room so I think he'll be wearing it a good while.  It's a simple spotty print but simple is all you need sometimes!

Bobo Choses romper

Bobo Choses Romper - Yellow Lolly

What have your dudes and dudettes been wearing this week?  You can link up below!

I discovered this week that Mother Geek and Clearly Bex have also started a kids fashion linky on Thursdays so you can link up with them too if you wish!

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