Sweatshirt Love

Zara rainbow sweatshirt

I’ve developed a bit of a thing for sweatshirts, of late. It started off when I bought a grey one from Marks and Spencer, on impulse, back in November. And then last month I picked up a floral embossed black sweatshirt (and a burgundy one) from New Look (well, they were a tenner each! How could I say no?). Then last week, I bought a white sweatshirt in the Mint Velvet sale – it was half price, and calling out to me from the sale rack.

Since then, I’ve found myself wandering casually into Topshop to look at their sweatshirts and looking on My Wardrobe at some pretty expensive ones. Oh and pinning a lot of them on Pinterest. The thing is, they’re so blooming versatile. My favourite way to wear a sweatshirt is with a statement necklace, skinny jeans and my new black leather Ash trainers. When I get to work, I can swap my trainers for heels and the look still works. If I had better legs, I’d rock the sweatshirt and leather skinnies look (I’d have to be careful not to end up in a lotion/talc mess like Ross from Friends). Continue reading

My Daughter Wears Pink… And I’m OK With That

Think pink

Recently, headlines about Jenny Willott, Consumer Affairs Minister were in most newspapers.

“Parents who dress their daughters in pink are holding back the economy, says minister” was the Telegraph headline.

Jenny Willott had been in an MP debate at Westminster Hall when she spoke about gender stereotypes and how they affect our children as they grow up and choose career paths. “Girls and boys take into the classroom assumptions that they develop as part of playing,” the Lib Dem minister told MPs.

“Boys who have routinely experienced the sense of accomplishment associated with designing and building something, which can often can come from playing with what would be seen as a boy’s toy, feel more at home with subjects such as maths and science, which utilise such skills more,” she continued.

“By the time they get to university level, boys and girls are strongly segregated in some areas with, on the whole, boys dominating in the subjects that can lead to the most financially lucrative careers.”

Gender stereotyping is something I feel strongly about. It’s so huge in my mind that I haven’t really talked about it on here – there’s just too much to say and so much angers me. In the past, I haven’t even known where to start. Continue reading

Life Lessons We Can Learn From Disney Movies

Being mum to a three-year-old, it’ll come as no surprise that we are slowly working our way through the back catalogue of Disney and Pixar movies. We have a mix of DVDs (Tangled, Toy Story…) and well viewed movies on Netflix (The Princess And The Frog, Tinkerbell…). A couple of weeks ago we took our daughter on her first trip to the cinema. We watched Frozen (which was all kinds of amazing) and the little one did so well sitting through it without getting too fidgety. We need to work on her eating-ice-cream-in-the-dark skills (I was covered in chocolate stickiness by the end) but she thoroughly loved it. So much so that after the credits ended, she dissolved into huge heartfelt sobs because it was over.

Frozen's Elsa

But Disney movies aren’t just for fun, you know. We can learn all important kinds of life lessons from them… *serious face*…

Life lesson 1: Follow your dreams

Learn it from: Cinderella

All Cinderella wants is to go to the ball, with her step-mother and step-sisters. After being promised she can go if she finishes her chores, her step-mother goes back on her word and leaves Cinders in tatters at home. When the Fairy Godmother turns up, Cinderella could have said “Oh forget it! I’m just going to stay home and play Scrabble with the mice by the fire” but she didn’t. She picked herself up, went along with a crazy plan, and her boldness was rewarded by achieving her goal (marrying the prince. Hey, I didn’t say this was a feminist-friendly life lesson.) Continue reading

Atticus And Gilda – Theatre Inspired Kidswear

Atticus and Gilda nightwear

Ooh isn’t that such a pretty nightdress? Sometimes brands and designers just have that something about them that makes you stop and take notice. Being a big fan of theatre, I’m drawn to Atticus and Gilda – a kidswear brand that was started by two costume designers and is heavily influenced by the theatrical world. Lucy and Conchita met while working on Phantom Of The Opera (one of my faves) and worked together on a few West End productions before deciding to join forces and start their own company.

Both have hugely impressive backgrounds. “Conchita trained as a fashion and millinary designer and worked for several years in a London fashion house before moving into theatre costume,” Lucy tells me. “I trained as a theatre costume designer and maker and whilst at college started making contacts and working on West End productions.” Lucy has dressed some of the world’s greatest actors during her career – from Helen Mirren on the film The Madness Of King George to Nicole Kidman in the Donmar’s The Blue Room. Wow. Continue reading