New Kicks For The Kiddo

I’ve talked before about how uncool I am. I listen to Radio 2. I love an early night. I dance around the kitchen to Taylor Swift. There is not one part of me that’s cool.

But this week, I reached peak uncool status when… we became that family who all wear matching shoes.

Mr P has long been a fan of New Balance and has wanted to get a pair for our little one since she could walk. But as well as being uncool, I’m also (fairly) sensible and thus, always opted for sensible shoes for her instead of awesome New Balance trainers. You know the type – sensible sturdy walkers, cosy winter boots and low price but fun looking trainers.

However when Schuh told us they’d opened some dedicated Schuh Kids stores (in lots of cities from Glasgow to Liverpool) it seemed rude not to indulge Mr P’s wishes and get a pair of New Balance for the four-year-old.

We went for blue 574s with flashes of pink, yellow, orange and zebra print – what do you think?

Blue kids' New Balance trainers


I love the bright colours and the hint of animal print that adds a bit of fun without being OTT. The four-year-old loves them. She’s going through a real phase of wanting to be just like Mummy and Daddy (I totally realise this won’t last long and soon she will tell us she’d rather DIE than be anything like us…)

So, yes, we all went out for the afternoon this weekend, wearing New Balance trainers. I’m hoping the coolness of NB counteracts the uncoolness of us all matching. …

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Let’s Go Sales Shopping!

Have you braved the sales? I admit, I’ve done all of my sales shopping online. There’s something so civilised about browsing bargains from your sofa with a cup of tea in your hand. Here are the things that have caught my eye this week…

Sales bargains

1. Marks and Spencer oversized faux fur coat, Was £149 Now £69 – I’m so tempted to buy this. It would look fab with skinny black jeans and boots for the day or on a night out.

2. Accessorize Cara camera bag, 50% off. This is the ultimate blogger and Instagram fan’s bag.

3. Boden Millie skirt, Was £59 Now £29.50. I’ve had my eye on this skirt for a while, and now it’s such a bargain.

4. J Crew top, 50% off. This is so up my street – I love an embellished top, and the navy colour is so on-trend.

5. Boden sequin collar top, Was £89 Now £71.20. I’d wear this under a jumper, with the sequin collar on show, while it’s cold and then on its own in the summer.

What have you been tempted by?

Nadia Shireen for Tootsa MacGinty Penguin Knit: The Coolest Christmas Jumper This Year

With Christmas Jumper Day fast approaching, everyone’s on the hunt for the perfect Christmas jumper. A lovely blogger friend of mine posted this photo on Facebook and said she’d found a jumper that was so bad, she loved it….

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And finding a really bad taste jumper (although I have to admit, I kind of love this baby reindeer design…) is all part of the fun, but I’ve discovered a PROPERLY COOL Christmas jumper for kids. It’s so cool, it was in Stylist magazine’s Christmas gift list.

People, I give you… the Nadia Shireen for Tootsa Macginty Xmas Jumper. Isn’t it fab?

Nadia Shireen for Tootsa Macginty jumper

Featuring a partying penguin, complete with party hat and horn, it’s made from machine washable, non-itch wool/cashmere and has buttons on one shoulder for easy access and exit. So who is Nadia Shireen? Well, apart from being a lovely lady that I used to work with back in the day, when we both worked on teen magazines, Nadia is the author and illustrator of some kick-ass kids’ books. Both Good Little Wolf and Hey, Presto! are firm favourites in the Perry household, and if you haven’t got them, pop them on your child’s Christmas list.

Nadia has designed this jumper for Tootsa Macginty and 100% of the profits from the sale of the jumper go to Refuge – a hugely important charity that supports thousands of women and children escape from domestic violence and rebuild their lives.

The jumper not only helps women and children in need, but it will raise a few smiles too – who can’t love that partying penguin?

So buy your Nadia Shireen for Tootsa Macginty jumper here and wear it on Christmas Jumper Day on 12th December. You’ll get a double warm charity glow in your heart.

Thanks to Tootsa Macginty for sending me this jumper – I’ve made a donation to Refuge as a thank you.

My Christmas Wishlist

It’s December! We are allowed to officially get excited about Christmas. We picked out a few new decorations today (we’re going for a bright, colourful theme this year) and I even started my Christmas shopping. Get me.

While I was walking around Carnaby Street, Liberty and Covent Garden in London today (humming Driving Home For Christmas natch), I started making a mental Christmas wishlist for myself. I thought I’d share it with you, in case it inspires you when you’re buying for your friends and family. I’M ALL HEART.


1. Cocoon coat J.Crew £350

2. Personalised leather camera strap, NOTHS, £47.50

3. Mark Slojd lamp, Wayfair, £65.99

4. Joby GripTight Gorilla Pod iPhone tripod, Amazon, £16.99

5. iPhone case, $25

6. Smile print, Southwood Stores, £25

7. Hello Apparel sweatshirt, Southwood Stores, £40

8. Storage jars, Hema, from £5


What are you hoping Father Christmas brings you?



Can My Family Rock A Christmas Jumper With Style?

Ah Christmas jumpers. In the last few years, they’ve gone from seriously uncool (Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy anyone?) to ironically cool to… well, have they gone past the point of irony back to uncoolness again?

Or, actually,  is Christmas something that should just never try to be cool? After all, some of my favourite decorations are the tatty old things I’ve had for years and I loved it when my parents put our (crappy) homemade decorations on the tree. Year after year. Until they practically disintegrated.

And when it comes to Christmas jumpers, now that Save The Children have created Christmas Jumper Day (December 12th, fact fans), we have a brilliant reason to wear our festive knits and if anyone dares to scoff at us, we can remind them that’s it’s all for charity. This year, a selection of Christmas jumpers that George at Asda are selling will see a portion of the money go to Save The Children. YAY TO GEORGE AT ASDA.

Here’s how we’ll be rocking our festive knits, come 12th December…


I’ve got this Nordic pastel jumper (£16), and I wore it last week, on a little trip to Columbia Road flower market with the family. It’s kind of a Christmas jumper in disguise – you might miss the festive reindeer if you didn’t look too closely. I wore it with my distressed jeans, chunky boots and a statement necklace.

Christmas jumper chic

Mr P

We’ve gone for another Nordic affair – a navy knit with reindeer and trees (£12) – for Mr P. He usually rocks his jumpers with a pair of loose jeans and tan brogues. Maybe even a shirt underneath, if he’s feeling fancy, like.

Christmas jumper chic

The four-year-old

You can’t go wrong with Rudolph, can you? This jumper (£8) is in the boys’ section at George at Asda, but we have bought it for our daughter, and we’ll team it with her Rudolph leggings and probably her black patent boots (not in shot because she was out wearing them when I took this pic!)

Kids Christmas jumper

So what do you think – will we be rocking our Christmas jumpers in style this year?

• Big thanks to George at Asda who agreed to donate an extra £150 to Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper appeal in Not Another Mummy Blog’s name. You can donate here! And don’t forget to wear your Christmas jumper on 12th December.