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Every day this week, my three-year-old asks ‘Is it the weekend yet?’ because she knows that on Saturday, we’re heading to a festival. I’m not sure she even knows that a festival is, because I’m pretty sure her memory won’t stretch back to last year’s Camp Bestival or Lollibop.

But she knows that a festival sounds fun, and that’s good enough for her. So each morning, when I tell her, ‘No, it’s only Thursday… two more days until the weekend!’ she puts on a really sad face and says ‘Awwwww!’ in a dramatic way. It’s so cute how excited she gets about our weekend adventures.

The festival we’re going to on Saturday is Lollibop – in its brand new home of Hatfield House. With acts like Justin Fletcher and Mr Bloom (hey-lo Mr Bloom!) plus a storytelling area, foodie treats and Titan the Robot, there’ll be plenty to keep us busy. I highly suspect Mr P will sneak off to watch Sam and Mark too (he is a secret fan of their CBBC show – ha!)

We were very lucky to be invited to Lollibop 2014 by River Island, who have an area at the festival and who are leading the way when it comes to affordable trend-led kids’ clothing (see my current faves below). We’ll be checking out their design area where kids can get crafty and then show off their designs on the catwalk. If you fancy going along, there are still tickets available to buy for £22 (£25 on the day).

 

River Island Kids

River Island have also given me a £100 voucher to give away to one lucky winner. Ooooh! To be in with a chance of winning:

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The Circus Is In Town!

Is anyone else as obsessed with the new Mini Rodini AW14 kids’ clothing with the strong man on it, as I am? I discovered it last week while browsing Scout & Co Kids (one of my favourite online stores) and it reminded me how much I love circus themed stuff for kids. And there are lots of things to choose from at the moment – the big top is having a bit of a ‘moment’. Here are a few of my favourite circus buys for kids …

Circus buys for kids

 

1. Mini Rodini t-shirt and leggings, from £23

2. Zara Kds Home cutlery, £4.99

3. Maileg wooden circus mice wagon, £16 and ringmaster mouse, £14

4. Great Little Trading Company circus play tent, £25

5. Missus Print circus print, £25

6. Make your own big top party hat with this tutorial from Oh Happy Day.

Which is your favourite? I vote for Mini Rodini and Maileg…

 

 

Last Minute Holiday Shopping… Sorted

Have you booked your holiday yet? Whether you’re about to go, or you’re going to wait until the schools go back to get a good deal with your pre-school age kids, it’s time to pick up some holiday wardrobe essentials. I always think the trick is to buy some great basics that will see you through a few years and then pick up some on-trend pieces each summer to bring your look up to date. George at Asda have some fantastic summer buys…

Holiday buys

Swimwear

If you’re lucky, you’ll all be spending most of your holiday in bikinis, trunks or a swimsuit. I usually pack at least three sets for us all, so we can wear one, have one drying and another stashed in our beach bag. I’m really hyper-aware of protecting my three-year-old’s skin so I usually buy her a rash vest to use in conjunction with sunblock to protect against harmful UV rays.

T-shirts

They’re the best holiday basic if you ask me – my family live in t-shirts all summer long. My rule is to buy plain shorts/leggings/skirts for my daughter and then patterned or appliqué t-shirts so that we can mix and match during the holiday. Actually, the same rule goes for me, but in reverse – I buy myself plain tees to go with floral or patterned skirts and trousers.

Underwear

It doesn’t matter how many pairs of pants you pack to go away, it’s one of those mysterious facts of life that, no matter how many you cram in to your case, they always seem to run out or go missing. ASDA has a great selection of great value underwear for all the family, so next time you’re out shopping don’t forget to chuck a couple of kids’ packs in and some George nude coloured pants for you that won’t show through sheer fabrics. Hey, they’re not always sexy, but they work.

Dresses

Maxi-dresses work just as well as beach cover-ups as they do for an evening hitting the bar for a cheeky martini, and pretty, feminine sundresses are perfect for strolling around the local market (like we still do that now we have kids…). Full midi skirts go great with a plain tee and sandals too. Lightweight summer fabrics roll up into almost nothing, which means you can pack a few for a holiday. Just add a slick of red lippy and you’ll be good to go.

Hats and sunglasses

Every summer outfit needs a few accessories to finish it off. A nice pair of sunnies, a fedora hat and a statement necklace (how nice is that white one at the top of this post? It’s only £12!) are the perfect way to complete a holiday look. For my three-year-old, we never go anywhere without her hat (a leopard print number) and sunglasses (Minnie Mouse design) even if it sometimes does involve a small fight to get her to wear them.

 

What are your can’t-live-without holiday basics?

 

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Retro Wrist Candy

A recent conversation with friends on Facebook led us to reminisce about the fashion from our childhoods. We pretty much all wore shell suits, bum bags, t-shirts with Kylie Minogue on them, and we thought it was a real treat if our mums bought us something from the market (the market had SUCH COOL stuff!)

The other must-have item back then (I’m talking circa 1990 here) was a Pop Swatch. Any Swatch watch was cool but the Pop Swatch was extra lust-worthy…

Pop swatch love!

It had a fabric strap, was always bright jazzy colours (yep, I just said ‘jazzy’) and the BEST BIT: the watch face popped right out! And you could even take the plastic clip off the strap and attach it to your t-shirt. Although I never actually did this.

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Summer Dress Masterclass

One of my favourite things about summer is my summer wardrobe – and adding to it. My summer staples this year are denim shorts, boyfriend tee, statement necklace and Birkenstocks but for really hot days (hello muggy weather we’ve been having recently!) or for days when I want to look a bit smarter, the summer dress is everyone’s best friend. You can wear one with some flip flops for a picnic or day at the seaside or wear some bejewelled sandals and a statement necklace and it’ll be office-ready.

George at Asda have asked me to pick out my favourite dresses from their Summer Shop… this is how I’d wear them…

The maxi

There’s something about any print that vaguely has a hint of Missoni about it, that appeals to me every time. This maxi dress just needs a slick of bright lippy, sandals and a denim jacket to make any picnic or BBQ a style hit. Add a fedora hat if it’s really sunny.

Maxi dress from George at Asda

Printed maxi dress, £12

Buckled sandals, £10

Mid-wash cropped denim jacket, £18

Rimmel Kate Matte lipstick in 110, £5.48

The midi

This outfits screams ‘summer date’ to me – whether you’ve managed to blag a babysitter or you’ve got a night out with the girls planned (cocktails and cinema is always a winner with me) the combination of cotton midi dress, leather jacket and embellished flats will see you right.

 

Gorgeous summer outfit from George at Asda

Embellished dip hem dress, £18

Faux leather jacket, £30

Gemstone sandals, £12

Wasp necklace, £4 (has an air of Alex Monroe to it, don’t you think?)

The classic

I love a stripe – especially when paired with a statement necklace. But for this look, I’ve gone for a print clash (something I learned from my friend Erica) by choosing a floral kimono in similar colours to wear over the dress. Add a pop of colour with some bright nail polish and trainers (or if you’re going for a more dressy look, block heeled sandals would look ace.)

Striped summer dress - George at Asda

Stripe sundress, £10

Floral print kimono, £16

Max Factor mini nail polish in coral, £1

Canvas slip-ons, £6

Which look is your favourite?

• Thanks to George at Asda for collaborating with Not Another Mummy Blog!