It’s not very often that we have an excuse to get all dressed up, so when we do we, or at least I, like to really make an effort, assuming that I have time! We were recently invited to a Christening, and so, of course, I trawled the internet in search of the perfect outfit. I ended up at my go to shop, Yours Clothing, which is where I fell in love with this beauty of a dress.
When the dress first arrived I wasn’t sure I would like it, the fabric felt as though it would cling to me which is something that I dread. I went ahead and tried it on and instantly realised just how wrong I was, the dress is possibly the most flattering dress EVER in the history of flattering dresses. The dress covers my flabby arms, conceals my mum tie and enhances my waist, add to this the gorgeous colours and pattern and it ticks every box.
With a new dress came new heels which is always a worry as I don’t do heels. I needn’t have worried, the comfort insole in these platform heels* meant that I happily strutted around in them all day right through until the early evening.
Needless to say Spencer and Aria also scrubbed up pretty well, Aria wore her Roco clothing dress and shoes and Spencer wore an old blazer from H&M.
Getting ready in the new house was no easy feat. I couldn’t find my hair dryer, my hair straighteners or a nice lipstick, yet somehow we still made it to Church on time!
*Disclosure – I received the dress and shoes from YoursClothing in exchange for promotion*
Aria loves getting out discovering nature, she loves picking things up, getting her hands dirty and excitedly shouting “look mammy”. I try to encourage and embrace this as much as I can, except for when she attempts to discover the things that nature didn’t intend, such as discarded chewing gum. With an abundance of fruit & veg growing in our garden and situated at the top of a beautiful park and woods our new house is just perfect for Aria to discover and learn more and more about nature.
Dressed in her gorgeous new outfit from the JoJo Maman Bébé AW17 Woodland clothing collection Aria and I went on a little stroll down to the woods where Aria picked acorns (or balls as she calls them), leaves (or trees as she calls them), climbed trees and more. Aria absolutely loved it and I can see us spending a lot of time down there from now on.
Me being me, I had to dress her in a cute little outfit perfect for the occasion, so I opted for some gorgeous woodland pieces from the JoJo Maman Bébé AW17 collection*. The new collection is to die for, with plenty of warm colours and the cutest little animal designs.
These little fox welly liners are the cutest, Aria loves them and I’m pretty sure that she would wear them all the time, in fact, the day after I took this photo she insisted on taking her wellies, along with said fox liners, to her nan & grandad’s house, despite the fact that the sun was shining that day!
Aria is wearing :
Yellow fox cardigan
Ditsy peter pan top
Teal elephant pinafore dress
Plain cotton tights in purple
Fox wellie liners
*Disclosure – we received the clothing items in exchange for a feature*
Wow it’s been hot lately! Thankfully we’ve had the perfect summer clothing to wear during the heatwave courtesy of high street fashion brand Peacocks*. I’ve always been a fan of Peacocks, I find that their clothes are comfortable and their sizes are fairly generous, now that I have a family I find shopping there even more practical, as it means that I can easily kit the whole family out under one roof without spending a fortune.
We decided to take a wander down to the backs of our soon to be new home (if the Solicitors ever sort themselves out) to enjoy the sunshine and, of course, take a few photos. Aria decided to become all model-esque in quite possibly my favourite photo of her ever to show off her gorgeous t-shirt and dress set. Her floral bomber jacket is perfect for throwing on over the top when the sun goes down and it gets a little chilly, I would actually love one of these in my size!
I opted for the comfortable yet flattering women’s blank hanky hem dress (which is now on sale, FYI!). This dress is absolutely perfect for me, it nips in at the waist and then flares out in a bid to hide my mum tum. The length hides my legs without being too long and dragging on the floor, which a lot of dresses do when you are only 5’3 like me. Pop a pair of cycling shorts on underneath and you needn’t worry about chub rub!
Spencer decided to be all ‘daddy cool’ in these belted shorts and a pink linen shirt, and I must admit, he scrubbed up quite well!
Where is your favourite destination for family clothing? Do you prefer to get it all under one roof or do you like to shop about?
*Disclosure – We received the clothing in exchange for a feature*
In the Cornelius household we love an excuse to dress up almost as much as we love a pyjama day, almost. When Roco got in touch asking if I would like to review one of their stunning dresses for Aria obviously I said yes please. Manchester based Roco specialise in formal children’s wear, they are the perfect destination for Weddings and, of course, wooden wonderland walks!
Armed with our basket, for no reason other than that it looked fancy in the photos, we headed to Sor Brook, a very pretty yet quiet spot near the more popular Llandegfedd Reservoir. There is plenty to do while in Sor Brook, there is a large open meadow, a small stream and beautiful woodland walks.
Aria looked beautiful in her Anna dress in size 2-3 years and the pretty white Hana shoes. All that was missing was flowers in her hair, and that was only because I knew she wouldn’t keep them in.
The dress and shoes are the perfect fit and are fab for wonderland walks, parties, Weddings and so much more. I was very relieved to discover that the bow at the back simply does up with a popper, but not quite so relieved that the dress is dry clean only. The perfect swishiness of the dress more than makes up for the fact that it is a pain to wash.
*Disclosure – We received the dress and shoes in exchange for a feature*
Me and my daughter, Aria, LOVE twinning, well I do, she’s two and can’t yet argue back so I just make the most of that. I have wanted a pair of Hunter wellies for as long as I can remember, so, for my birthday this year I decided to make my Hunter wellies a reality, and also buy a matching pair for my toddler.
Obviously I couldn’t just stop at matching yellow wellies, oh no, I had to take it a step further and buy matching yellow raincoats too. I’ve been lusting after the Regatta Bayeur for quite a while now so just had to snap it up when I saw it reduced to £35, it would have been rude not to right? Aria’s Peppa raincoat doesn’t appear to be available in yellow anymore, but it is available in a few other colours.
The Hunter wellies weren’t cheap, they were never going to be, but I did buy them direct from their website and signed up to their newsletter beforehand to receive a small discount and they came with free postage – silver lining.
I am so glad that I finally gave into the temptation and bought some Hunters after lusting after them for so long, it isn’t like my feet are going to grow and so they should last me for years to come, Aria’s may have been an unnecessary splurge but they are very cute and very bright, plus her feet take ages to grow, so kind of justified, right?
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For more kids weather appropriate clothing see Danielle’s review of Muckboots and Beth’s review of Dry Kids Waterproofs.