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Little Legs loved Frozen. It has even usurped Shrek. I am no Disney fan but I liked that it was sisterly love that saved the day and am thus happier playing Frozen than any other Disney character inspired game. Lucky as this morning’s game began shortly after 6am and lasted two whole hours. At least I got to be Elsa. Poor Bambina spent two hours as a talking snowman.

Today we really were frozen. Down by the Thames it was so cold and windy. You can see me desperately trying to wrap up in the second photo.
Black H&M trousers, Zara zebra pony skin trainers, black Uniqlo Heattech, old black Warehouse roll neck, Gap denim waistcoat, old La Redoute boiled wool coat from my mama, grey RayBans, navy Alexander Wang Diego.

Another major thumbs down from my partner who actually laughed at my outfit and suggested that the H&M trousers make me look crazier than Little Legs (she was sporting a pink tutu with a cat on, silver sparkly tights, a Breton, ski jacket and headband and bright blue Uggs)
I got changed before we headed out again.
Black Nudie jeans, shearling lined Acne Pistols (I cannot stay away from their warmth), Zara roll neck, Diesel faux fur sleeveless jumper/vest. Next time I’ll try and get some outfit shots before small grubby hands get to my mirror.

Hope you’re having a good weekend.

For the girls: La Redoute

Until recently, I bought most of the girls’ clothes at Zara, with their skinny jeans and pyjamas from Gap.  But then Zara started to make most of their girls clothes in polyester and viscose, and most of the shoes in vinyl, so I needed to find another retailer who still used cotton and leather.  And didn’t make hideously tacky clothes with cutesy slogans in nasty candy pink or bright purple.

My searching led me to La Redoute where I have bought some tremendously good value things that are both lovely and well made (eg good weight to the fabric, pretty prints, nicely cut and good quality workmanship).  My eldest daughter is 3, so I can’t tell you about clothes for older girls.

Recent purchases that I have been very happy with are:

Star print cotton long sleeve top (£7 full price, but with a discount code applied to a mid-season sale price, I paid £2.  Crazy)

Baby’s and Girl’s Long-Sleeved Cotton Jersey T-Shirt Star print on a light grey bac+Star print on a dark grey back
Baby’s and Girl’s Long-Sleeved Floral Folk Style Blouse All-over print
Long-Sleeved cotton cardigan (£11.  I paid £2.90 and bought it in all the colours.  I returned the pink, though, as I didn’t like that particular shade when I saw it in real life)
Baby’s and Girl’s Long-Sleeved Cardigan Off-white+Pink+Charcoal grey+Blue+Purple
Baby’s and Girl’s Long-Sleeved Cardigan Off-white+Pink+Charcoal grey+Blue+Purple
Girl’s Leather Gladiator Sandals (£20.30.  I think these are outstanding value)
Girl's Leather Gladiator Sandals Gold-coloured+Silver-coloured+White+Caramel

And today, I have ordered the following items using discount code 8144, which gives you £50 off when you spend £100.  Even on sale items.  Tremendous!  Obviously, while these things look good on the website, I haven’t actually seen them yet:
Short sleeved red floral printed cotton dress (£9.10.  All prices are before the discount is applied):
Girl’s Short-Sleeved Floral Printed Pure Cotton Dress Small flower print
Short-Sleeved Striped Cotton Dress (£4.50).  I ordered both the red and blue striped versions:
Girl’s Short-Sleeved Striped Cotton Dress Navy blue/white stripes+Red stripes/white

Girl’s Short-Sleeved Striped Cotton Dress Navy blue/white stripes+Red stripes/white

I don’t normally post about the girls’ clothes or shoes, but I have been so pleased with the La Redoute products (and prices!!) that I thought it was worth making an exception for…

Monochromish Monday

Did Black and White ever go out of fashion?

For work today I am wearing a pair of very old Gerard Darel classic black trousers.

The black metal chain type belt is also from Gerard Darel. No links as both items are so old but similar here Gerard Darel, Ma Boutique

The jacket/blazer was bought in the sale last year from Paul Smith. Paul Smith

The main colour is grey but it has black lapels and is fully lined in cream. It’s been worn out to the max since being purchased but today it is worn with one of my favourite white stretch shirts from La Redoute, a decade old and still going strong. La Redoute

I love this particular shirt as it stays tucked in all day and does not allow for any cleavage glimpses in the office.

LK Bennett metallic grey Shilos are on my frozen feet after trudging in yeti boots to the office.

The reason for the “ish”? Just been told that the trousers are dark Navy and not Black. You can’t tell, can you?

Happy Monday.



Se(quin) me coming

I have no shortage of sequins in my wardrobe, some sadly underused. But I think it was seeing Eve and Tracey looking so marvellous in their Baukjen sequin jackets that led me, subliminally, to air a few from my own collection this weekend.

Friday was spent with my youngest at the Natural History Museum. I was by no means the only person wearing a variation on the skinny jeans + sparkly top combo but to that I say bravo: sequins are now common as daywear which  can only be a Good Thing. This sweater is a navy one from Zara – currently unavailable online but I’m certain I’ve seen it in store in the last week or so. It’s a good one for day, I think – the navy is softer than black and the sequins quite subtle.


T-shirt, Primark. Jeans, H&M. Ballets, Bloch. Sweater, Zara.


On to Saturday where my husband, our children and I celebrated what might possibly have been the last day of real summer with an afternoon on the Southbank. The Real Food market is fantastic and beats sitting in a restaurant or cafe hands-down, I think, especially with kids. On to the roof gardens where the kids were encouraged to pull up carrots, pick tomatoes and water plants with readily available watering cans, while we soaked up the sun with a Pimms in hand. I was dressed for comfort and the inevitable burger/ ice cream spillages in slouchy trousers from H&M but made sure I caught the sun with some multi-coloured H&M sparkles – a bargain at £9.99.



My husband’s been working madly these last few weeks and I’ve barely seen him so Saturday night we took ourselves off out to eat at Hix. I was reliably informed by Gina that it wasn’t massively dressy, I went for some sequinned bottoms from La Redoute – now only £11.25! They are super comfy as they are essentially tracksuit bottoms underneath all of those sequins (which meant more room for pudding, right?). With them I wore a grey t-shirt from Cos under a softer-than-soft grey knit and studded heels (dubbed The Shoe of Hotness by me), both from Zara.



In other sparkly news, I may have done a complete volte face on the Zara sequin bomber, which is now in my possession. I blame my second born, who walked straight up to it, stroked it and said “Oh Mama … this is so pretty for you.” It’s now awaiting its fate in a carrier bag next to my bed: if it has not been worn within 21 days of purchase, I will return it before the 28 days is up. What do you think of it?



And now for this afternoon’s event – a Princess Party for a 6 year old. Somehow I think that sparkles will abound!