ZippyUp!: Review

ZippyUp!: Review

This piece has been written in collaboration with ZippyUp and also contains affiliate links. This means that if you love these ZippyUp’s as much as I do and you purchase through my links below I get a commission from the sale with no extra cost to you! So you can help support the blog further as I will invest in items that you want to see reviewed!

It’s all very well having quaint, fussy and buttoned clothing for your mini (heck! I have a whole section dedicated to babywear come doll like creations in Bea’s wardrobe!) but 44061636_559599001142330_5058356058796326912_nafter the Newborn stage you very swiftly come to the realisation that you actually have a little person on your hands who is just that… a little person! And they don’t appreciate being fussed; and very much, like us, find aspects of their day to be quite the annoyance ie: getting dressed in the morning and getting dressed after a relaxing bath to name but a few situations. This means that the highly aesthetic pieces that you like to play dress up with are pretty much obsolete and hang in the wardrobe for situations where you feel that you can muster enough fight to battle these garments on to your child!

What can I say?! We are coming up to Bea’s half Birthday now and I started to sacrifice high style for function and clothes that can be put on and removed with as little fuss as possible. This had me wondering if there are pieces that make it super easy for Mummy to put Miss Fussy Pants in, whilst still looking like I do care about how I present Bea. Can she still look adorable and feel less vexed after the “trauma” of being pulled through tight fitting lacy numbers, kicking her way through pulling up tights then wriggling as she attempts to escape the fumbled attempts of a frustrated mummy and a thousand buttons?!!

(Why do so many baby clothes have buttons? I mean, even huge quantities of poppers are still less than desirable when we reach the point of no return. A red faced baby. A Mum on edge questioning every single choice she has made selecting outfits in the past! I curse my past self!)

One of the biggest lessons I have learnt is to always go for ease of the dressing process over how adorable your child looks. Your highly stylised outfits will still end up covered in bodily fluids, bottled milk, random patches of “what-even-is-that?” on a daily basis and when it comes to Poo’splotions the best combination of clothing has to be the classic combo of short sleeve/long sleeve body suit as I am somewhat of an expert now at peeling the short sleeved number down the body to minimise the damage from excrement that shoots triumphantly in all directions of the compass! I am always amazed how it manages to travel up Bea’s back.

But enough of the Poo Talk (which becomes the every day staple of conversation!) I wanted to find a solution for a happy baby and ultimately happy Mummy and to find a clothing compromise. It turns out that you do not have to sacrifice fashion for function! Just take a look at the gorgeous offerings from ZippyUp!

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ZippyUp came into existence when another lovely Mummy (with two under 2) asked herself the same questions during those 2am nappy changes, whilst looking for that Magic Bullet that could make the bleary-eyed struggle a little kinder. Angela decided that the UK needed affordable zip fronted babygrows. They were very much exclusive to the USA/Australian market and not easy to access here, so Angela set about creating the Original ZippyUp with her background knowledge in design. Angela was the lady to bring us Mummies this much needed solution as she knows the fashion industry and has high standards so rest assured each ZippyUp has been made in her trusted factory with the best materials available.

I was gifted both the original babygrow in aqua/white and the plum/white sweater one piece and I can’t decide which I love more! The first property I noticed of both garments was the stunning quality. Durable yet super soft.

Original Baby Grow- The design ensures a good fit for your baby. There is such discrepancy in sizing in the UK clothing industry; as I have mentioned previously, but the way in which the Original Babygrow has been crafted (it is a 1×1 rib construction and weighs 320gsm) means that there is stretch in the fabric without adding elastane. Elastane can make your little wriggler hotter and the fabric less breathable so the absence of this means a happier baby and more room to grow. It is 100% cotton which I have found is so much better for Bea’s overall well being. We have made a really noticeable move towards totally organic clothing (brands such as Little Green Radicals and Lil Cubs) with similar properties and it has been a resounding success!

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We used the Original ZippyUp babygrow as our go-to night wear for a whole week for the testing process. The zips are nylon and cleverly concealed so they never make contact with your babies skin. I just loved the neck tab that protects chubby chin skin making contact with the zip! It looks stylish but there is purpose to every element of design and it is as if Angela has turned every single Mum Worry into the perfect solution. The Original ZippyUp could truly be pulled straight from the dreams of Mummies going GaGa over buttons and poppers!

We attempt a nightly routine (in all honestly it has slipped to every other night due to Bea’s distaste of being undressed/re dressed) of Bath – Book – Bottle or Boob – then Bed, but recently found that we started having to remove the “book” element (which to me is super important) because after the bath there were tantrums! There has not been the intensity of protest to getting dressed after the bath following the introduction of the Original ZippyUp. It has not all together solved the issue, but I would not expect that from one product but it has certainly gone a long way to making changing for bedtime a much more agreeable experience. As the week went on our stress levels at bedtime have certainly reduced and now Bea only exhibits a mild annoyance rather than explosive rage at the inconvenience.

I just love the head to toe zip. It is one swift and solid movement rather than a series of late night changing fails.

Plum/White Sweater One piece- Truly my photography does not do the colour justice! It is the perfect shade for looking dressed up on more “dressed down” kind of days. I can see this romper taking us through Autumn/Winter & into Spring again as it keeps Bea suitably warm but I could imagine it still being wearable as temperatures increase again because it is breathable and I like that it it not full footed like the Original ZippyUp so we utilised it as more of day piece as it looks cute paired with white frilly socks too!

Whats great about both these pieces is that they are machine washable and can be chucked in the tumble dryer! The original also comes in a two pack and there is also a variant of the striped version in charcoal/white. If you would like to see even more colour combinations (I am now eyeing up the rose pink/white bodysuits!) check out their website.

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Angela truly has a gift for design and appreciation of what Mummies are looking for in the products they buy. Maternity pay will stretch that little bit further because the original ZippyUp is only £9.99 (in all colour combinations) and just £15 you get your paws on a 2 pack! The gorgeous striped sweater one piece is £18. Affordable, functional and rather pretty to look at!

These fabulous bodysuits are a must have addition to any babies wardrobe. Bea is looking and feeling good and we are forever Pro Zippy! #BanishTheButtons!

Have you included a fully top to toe zippy bodysuit in your baby wardrobe aresnal? Would you be keen to replace your buttoned and poppers items with zip only items? What other colour combinations would you be keen to see in the ZippyUp Range?

#StaySweet

-Bea’s Mummy x

I am Part of the Amazon Affiliate scheme and have included links that may earn me commission. As always all opinions are my own.

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Bows & Bloomers & Bodysuits: Roundup of The Best of Insta Shops- 1st Week of October.

Bows & Bloomers & Bodysuits: Roundup of The Best of Insta Shops- 1st Week of October.

Can you believe how quickly it has whizzed into and through the Ber months so far? We find the Winter months drawing in closer and the first week of October has concluded! Already?! Time flies when you’re a Mum…! That is the saying right?!

Bea and I have very much enjoyed where our #InstaAdventures have taken us and I am blown away by the beauty and skill of the small business community. I would always seek clothing from small/Independent businesses now over our High Street offering because you just can’t easily source a delightful pair of bloomers or headbow that you can see from space in the local town. (#SupportSmallBusiness!)

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I have been able to source very Autumnal goodies to road test with a compliant Beatrice (I think she has now become rather accustomed to dressing up and posing for Mummy!) so I bring you a round up style post of all my new favourite things (*sang in the style of Julie Andrews/ The Sound of Music Style!!)- Please take a look at their glorious Instagram feeds. I had the privileged of virtually meeting a few of the equally fabby business owners, which as I have said before is one of my favourite parts of the experience, so I will hopefully be able to capture their voices too to add an extra dimension to this post and hopefully persuade you to shop Small Business too!

It has been a manic week so I have been unsuccessful in capturing Bea in our offering from Claudie & Co Kids, which is a beautifully festive really large gold headband (I promise you pictures in action will follow as it is just perfect for Party Season so this will be paired with one of Bea’s fancy outfits! Watch this space. But this is the picture from the Instagram feed below (beautiful but does not do the full sparkle of the bow justice!!!)

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Claudie and Co Kids turns 1 this month! Happy birthday to your whim and go for it style Melanie! It came into fruition as Mel got into making bibs and hairbows for family and friends and realised that it was not only a way to keep her busy of an evening with her husband working late shifts and bringing up her little girls, but also a great small business idea! I was really swept up by Melanie’s passion as she described her business. Her buzz words are a great foundation for any small business but I feel that Melanie really lives these values. I asked her for five words to describe her business but I got a lot more than I anticipated!

    1. Happy! – it makes me HAPPY and I hope that it makes my lovely customers HAPPY too!
    2. Custom – I don’t just make and sell (….what’s on Instagram) I also accept custom orders….If you have an idea I will have a go for you.
    3. Reasonable– I am forever being told about Claudie  and Co being reasonably priced in comparison so I will always aim to be that way.
    4. Exciting!- Claudie and Co excites me, yes it’s not huge (just yet!) but I truly believe in it and I hope it excites my customers too.
    5. Friendly– I always talk about this as I did not think that I would have met so many amazing people through Instagram. I have made friends from all over through Claudie and Co and it is an amazing community to be part of.

It certainly has that community feeling that Melanie describes and the vision to do more. I look forward to seeing how far Melanie will go. Honestly the quality of the bow was so high. The softness is ideal for a baby head and it is large but comfortable (Bea’s comfort is the most important thing to me so there will never be a case of style over comfort in her outfits but I wouldn’t have to worry about this with Melanie’s bows!)

@claudieandco.

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Now moving on to big, ruffle bums! I am a sucker for a pair of bloomers with their adorable silhouettes on baby bottoms. I feel in love with Remlyn Makes traditional aspect. Sandra created the business (an amalgam of her daughters names Remesnay and Harlynay) when she fell in love with a romper that she ordered for her youngest daughter’s first birthday, so she bought a sewing machine and began creating “handmade vintage clothing with a twist.” Like myself Sandra’s most loved garment to make are the gorgeous Olive Ruffle Bum’s! I fell in love with the fabric and I put them on Bea and it was as if they were made for her and her alone. They fit like a glove and are just so adorable that you can not help but to “awww!” out loud at them. Sandra crafts bloomers, rompers & headwear and customers can select their own fabrics too so the offerings can be really bespoke in nature.

(Pictured above is Bea wearing the two beautiful designs we got to road test obviously the Olive Ruffle Bums and the Pebble Tweed Bloomers.)

The materials used are very hard-wearing – I can imagine Bea bum shuffling in these and not having to worry about them falling apart. They are both quite thick materials but the photos really capture their fluidity too. Both pairs were easy to put on in the first instance and Bea was comfortable whilst wearing them. The colour of the Olive Ruffle Bums is so vibrant and really evokes images of an Autumnal walk. I will be pairing them with thick cream tights for Winter 2018. The ruffles fall so beautifully over Bea’s bum and I love that it has almost a playful vibe. Bloomers = cuteness anyway but these Olive’s are so sweet they could give you a sugar coma! I do feel like the pebble tweed bloomers are more for every day wear as the ruffle of the Olive may be seen as overly designed in some people’s opinion (however Bea will be wearing both pairs as daytime bloomers.)

There are some adorable offerings on the Instagram feed to feast your eyes on and have my eye on the personalised rompers there is even a super cute Halloween Set! (I adore all things Halloween so this spooktacular set is right up my street and much more a treat than a trick for me!!!)

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You can never have too many bows as a Mummy to a little girl… and a slightly balding one at that at the moment! Whilst her new hair is set to grow in I have opted for 181BD1BD-EE1A-49A0-9330-E0B001B49622wrapping her little head in all kinds of material cuteness. I initially came across My Marali because of the beautifully unique pom pom blankets which I fell in love with. I thought the pink and white version would look incredible in the nursery- truly girly!

We were sent a beautiful selection box of headbands and the colour variations were perfect to take Bea through the seasons from the crisp white (which I tend to associate with snow drops of spring), to a Summery Coral (that evoked images of ice creams or flamingos!), to my favourite colour burst of mustard which is very on trend for Autumn 2018 and organic beige which will transition well from Autumn to Winter.

The presentation was stunning and very efficient customer service (turn around time was less than three days as promised on Instagram. I loved that there is a more turban type look to these headbands compared to more traditional bows. This makes them look sharp, clean and interesting. I have found the material to be quite snug to the head but not in an uncomfortable manner, but I am always checking anything I put on Bea’s head (stickler for Health and Safety and making sure I do not leave things on her head for too long at a time!)

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I wasn’t lying when I said we can’t get enough of bows! I was super lucky to have won not one but TWO separate Instagram competitions for store credit at Lillies Lovelies which sell beautiful luxury hairbows #MamaApproved & choice of two bows from Everly and Me that craft beautiful handmade bows for little ladies. Of course we had to opt for headbows as our little Bea has no hair to make use of standard clips currently.

Everly and Me (2 headbands win).

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Lillies’s Lovelies Goodies

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I can’t for the life of me figure out where it even came from, but soon after Bea was born I started calling her “bunny” in hospital. It was a pet name I had not anticipated, but it stuck and I quickly started accumulating rabbit/bunny designed clothing (who doesn’t love “Some Bunny To Love” as a pun? It makes for an adorable body suit!!!)

Talking of bodysuits Cookie Dough Kids offer quirky unique designs that can be personalised for any occasion. I instantly fell in love with the Snuggle Bunny design- it was probably the glitter that attracted me! The design is simple but beautiful and made me smile. If it doesn’t make you smile I really question whether you have a soul!!!!

Kristy’s business is in its infancy (established in July of this year) but with

“cute, unique, handmade, personalised fashion”

I think there is such longevity in this wonderful small business. The body suit is lovely quality and in my makeshift “studio light” the text really sparkled.

Simple but effective! Sometimes simplicity is key and going back to basics with these lovely bodysuits and t-shirts bring charm to your babies wardrobe. There are some great designs if you are a Harry Potter fan but I do not want to give too much away! I want to you to go and checkout the website now for the full range!

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@cookiedoughkids.

The last shop I would like to feature is Lancashire based print company with heart. Having had a premmie myself I was moved by Kay’s story and the beginnings of Darling Prints. It came into fruition as a way to look after her daughter (now four) and was imagined into being because there was so much scope to come up with beautiful designs for various occasions. Kay began creating fingerprint trees for baby showers and the ideas and designs went from there- Kay still loves one of her first designs; a fingerprint giraffe and describes the business as “bespoke designs for life events.”

The service was super speedy- I literally received the beautiful prints the next day after speaking with Kay. They look so… well… Darling in their frames and add interest to the room. I love anything that relates to little people and big dreams and we are a house of animal lovers so there was something so whimsical and beautiful about the wild animal print. To add to the beautiful dreamlike feel I was even sent a beautiful gorgeous smelling wax melt too which really set apart the delivery. I love nothing more than attention to detail and getting more than you bargain for!

There are design to suit any colour pallet and there are many that look great as part of a mix and match series. There is such a breadth of design and you can see that Kay clearly has a passion for creating beautiful imagery that captures the imagination and really transforms any room. There are degrees of whimsy from more traditional designs such as Peter Rabbit to quirkier ones like the Batman Monochrome series, so there truly is a design for every style and taste imaginable.

@darlingprintsuk

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The beauty and design that can be found when you chose to shop small is very rewarding. I love that I have found a handful of newly established businesses that seem to come from the necessity to balance work and family life and live with a passion for the makers trade. There is something rather poetically beautiful about designing your own future and there is a lot to be said for being a #MumTrepreneur. Mums are Ballsy! Mums are defining their own success. Mums are choosing a happier family life by being able to work more sociable hours (often part time). I respect the way that these Mum’s have thrown themselves into running a business and many times it is about giving it a go! And boy are they succeeding. It is heartwarming. It is soulful. The background stories really appeal to me and my passion for people. That is what sets independent shops apart that there is so much to learn about the business owner.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s featured Instagram Shops and I hope they are a starting point for you and a new way of shopping (especially as the holiday’s are fast approaching!)  If you choose to purchase any beautiful products from the stores above please do mention that you found them through my review.

I think this is a lovely way to start a new week. Let me know if this is a format that you would be keen for me to adopt for coming weeks (a set of featured Instagram shops with links to their feed.)

#StaySweet

Bea’s Mummy x

 

 

As part of a review agreement I was gifted the items above but all opinions are my own.

Review: Bumble Bee Crafts.

Review: Bumble Bee Crafts.

Of course I was going to be drawn to any independent business that alludes to or directly references bees!! As Beatrice’s spirit animal and also such an integral part of the structure of our planet (#SaveTheBees!!!) I happily stumbled upon Lauren’s work on one of my Instagram Wormhole moments again… I think maybe “Beehive moments” would be more apt as it certainly sounds more appealing!

My favourite thing about supporting small businesses is that you really get to connect with the makers, the creatives, the owners of a dream; on a much deeper level. One of my favourite hashtags to explore on Instagram incidentally is #MeetTheMaker because I love to put a face to the work and beautiful items that make their way to you!

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Bumble Bee Crafts had gone through a metamorphoses since trading under an old name since 2015. After a small hiatus Lauren revamped her Etsy/Instagram stores you see today to manage her anxiety following the birth of glittle lady in 2017 and her love of crafting and customer service excellence has kept her busy!

I am a sucker for stories of the heart and a family ethos that is truly central to the ongoing success of this small business. Lauren clearly has a passion (and gift) for crafting and it is this zest that has inspired various projects including peg picture frames, bow holders, Fairy doors, tulle wreaths and most recently (and most loved by her customers) her mini Pom Pom wreaths.

In our conversation I requested our bespoke “bumble bee themed” Pom Pom wreath. The ongoing communication really set my experience apart from other shops where I have placed custom orders previously, as Lauren works in a very consultative yet collaborative fashion and kept me in the loop for the entire process. She came to me to see which colour wool I would prefer and also whether I wanted the wreath one solid colour or mixed colour to ensure my exact requirements and expectations were met (then exceeded), with pictures of the progress sent throughout our communication.

Lauren admitted that her favourite item to make has shifted due to its popularity. Initially she favoured her chocolate bouquet makes, but her mini Pom Pom wreaths have really become the star of the show and are flying out of her Craft Space quicker than you could say “Buzz”!!

I really enjoyed getting to know Lauren through our messages throughout and found out that we both have little bee’s! Her youngest daughter is call Honey (Honey Bee) and I call Beatrice my little Bea/Bee. I could really tell that she was enjoying creating my order. The process was speedier than I had anticipated despite there being a small wait for the personalised name letters to arrive for painting/finishing. For good (decadent) measure I decided on a gold glitter finish for the name.

The photos of the wreath do not do it justice. It came out of its bubble wrap protection and I was delighted with the colour! It packs a punch and certainly screams “bee design”! The Pom Poms perfectly coordinate with the wreath stripes & falling ribbons and I couldn’t get enough of the adorable addition of the felt flower. The name sparkles in glittery splendour but does not detract from the main feature of the design which is clearly the Pom Pom huddle!

These wreaths are perfect for bespoke door signs for children’s rooms. The compact size makes it ideal for room decor, though Lauren is able to offer any size and colour combination because she describes her shop and products as “different, lovely, handmade and personalised” and I really feel like she is happy to challenge herself to create pieces that are imagined by her customer. It was lovely to have an idea in my head that was actualised very successfully! It has already been a talking piece with my family commenting on how individual and quirky it is on their visits!

The mini wreaths are very reasonably priced for the skill and time invested. They are £10 and if personalised each letter is at a cost of 50p. The wreaths are fab for any occasion. My mind is already buzzing with other ideas for my next wreath order (hello Unicorn Pom Pom goodness!!!) and these would be an interesting, contemporary take on a Christmas wreath. Add the gorgeous Pom Pom baubels to your order and you are good to go for the festive period (supporting a small business and having unique items!) – just don’t miss out on Christmas order books closing! (Shipping between 1-6 weeks so place those orders sharpish!)

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For a discounted price for your bespoke orders quote BEAANDME in your communication with Lauren.

What colour Pom Poms would you select for your wreath? Do you think wreaths are perfect all year round in interior styling?

#StaySweet

Bea’s Mummy x

 

I received a discounted price on my wreath as part of our review agreement but all opinions are my own.

Review: Little Strawberries Co.

Review: Little Strawberries Co.

 

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I am a collector of whimsical items. For as long as I can remember my shelves became a stage for beautiful, quirky items to be marveled and loved from afar (and at close range too! I got a real buzz from rearranging my trinkets into new compositions!) I think there is something rather charming about creating miniature scenes, orchestrating colour, design flair and ultimately cuteness. Queue my reignited passions for what’s-it’s & bits-n-bobs to represent me as a person. I recently discovered the hashtag #Shelfies on Social Media and it made me chuckle because I had been creating these since the early 2000’s when I had my own money to spend (unbeknownst to me that this is another category of pictures that bring together eclectic collections!)

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All stories have a beginning,  & Little Strawberries Co started with a peg doll! Charlotte opened her home and heart for business in April 2018 as a way to be able to work on a part time basis, to be able to spend as much time as possible with her daughter. As the humble peg doll was the where this journey began I was excited to request a sunshine yellow set of Flower Girls. I just adored the floral headpieces of the wooden chorus I had seen, happily scattered across a beautiful Instagram feed. By no means is the shop limited to peg dolls… there are many, wonderful wooden items (including stacking clouds, engraved name blocks which are Chatlotte’s personal favourite item to create & unicorn bookends!) that are only limited by the imagination of the Little Starwberries Co customer, as Charlotte exudes passion for creating bespoke and individual items. Each piece is unique, which is what I appreciated about my lovely ladies that arrived in yellow splendour. They are the only set that look like this! Colour combinations may be similar, but due to the handmade aspect there is a knowledge that there are going to be subtle differences from one set to the next, be it in a slightly different angle of a flower or even the expression of the eyes due to a different paintstroke. This really excites me. Each doll (or piece) is as unique as its new owner!

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The quality of the dolls was really high, especially the attention to detail in the floral headpieces. They evoked images of hippy chicks who were all about peace and love. I opted for a yellow gathering; firstly as a way to keep my social media feed cohesive with the yellow colour pallet and secondly because a pop of yellow brings happiness into the home I find! I couldn’t wait to arrange my dolls and took the two matching ladies for a photo shoot around the house. I kept my doll with the more elaborate headpiece looking on from the shelf to ensure that she stayed in immaculate condition!

The days have been getting darker as we descend into the colder months of the year, but my Flower Girls certainly brought a dash of sunshine into my home. They stand out from my white shelving and I think they would look equally as beautiful on wooden shelves or on funky, contemporary examples of consoles from Ikea even! Their design speaks for themselves and I found them to be somewhat cheeky as I posed my playful pair. It made for some pretty photography. Little People would certainly appreciate these glorious items. There are many pieces that are themed and can be incorporated into various designs for little girls rooms.

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There are certainly plenty of pieces for little boys too. I particularly like the teepes and wall arrows. Many designs are beautifully Scandi so there is much more scope for items to be unisex, especially when the customer opts for monochrome. There are some stunning examples of this trend on the Instagram feed.

I believe this store may be the start of a new Shelfie obsession. Watch this space for more beautiful items! I already have my eye on some glorious swans for Bea’s nursery! I don’t think I have ever grown too old for handmade, fairytale things!

Are you a Shelfie officinado? What trio of flower girls would you choose? Brights Vs Monochrome: What’s your style?

#StaySweet

Bea’s Mummy x

 

These flower dolls were gifted as part of our review agreement but all opinions are my own.

Review: Little Peaches.

Review: Little Peaches.

Our little Bea seems to be suffering with Baby Pattern Baldness of late… the top of her hair is really thinning and we are constantly finding little, baby hairs in her cot, our bed and her Sansa seat…. anywhere that she spends an extended period of time really, so whilst she grows her new hair back in I have remedied this aesthetic change with adorning her in exaggerated & quirky headwear. #WeLikeBigBowsWeCanNotLie!

She has such a big personality she can wear these beautiful baby accessories with style and ease and our new favourite headbow comes from Little Peaches. It evokes Summer vibes with its sunshine yellow brilliance.

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The store has just celebrated its first year of trade (having launched in August 2017) and was truly created with a Mummy’s love. I really relate to Michaela’s utter distaste of going back to the grind having been off for maternity leave. As my own maternity leave is swiftly coming to a close, I can not even imagine spending time apart from my little sidekick. Michaela decided that this store would offer the lifestyle that would be most compatible with family life as she ensured that she could spend as much time with her daughter as possible.

Mum-treprenuer’s are fuelled by love and pure passion for products that have to earn the seal of approval from their own little people, which is one of the main reasons I trust independent businesses to deliver quality products. It is because each item has been put through its paces by a real child, with exacting standards and a varied and exciting routine.

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The store is full of adorable, fully personalisable pieces including the adorable tee that Bea sported on our little Costa trip “Mummy’s Coffee Date.” The quality of material is first rate and the fit surprised me as Bea is an awkward size and often mass produced/highstreet stores sizing is laughable (I don’t know why some manufacturers think babies are so long!!!) The t-shirt cut Bea perfectly and the full quote could be seen without being distorted in any way and offered ample space for movement.

It is a so wearable and can easily be paired with jeans, leggings or bloomers. We teamed the top, hairbow & angel winged socks with a pair of ruffle bum bloomers which were forest green/gold detailed, so there was a beautiful contrast between decadence and every day charm. I had many compliments on the angel socks as I assume, like myself; people haven’t seen these on regular/highstreet shopping trips. They certainly are the most unique part of Bea’s outfit. Yet again the material felt really durable and the thickness means that they will be functional throughout the colder, Winter months.

The service was top notch and the products have been sourced because they are the items that Michaela wanted as part of her daughters wardrobe! She says her favourite piece is the “Mamma is my bestie” monochrome top because it sums up her hope that her daughter will be her bestie forever… let’s get real.. this truly is the dream as a Mummy! I think this will resonate with a huge number of the #MumArmy.

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The full outfit was a hit with Bea; who didn’t complain about being put in any of the items, myself because I feel pride in dressing Bea in quirky and beautiful outfits that will stand out & with the general public (I saw the delight in otherwise deadpan faces of coffee drinkers and people audibly “awww”-ing as we passed.)

There is a huge selection of clothing available for babies and children and there are various snapshots on the Instagram feed of Michaela and her little lady, as well as other happy customers. It is nice to see the garments actually being worn in real life settings, because often on Insta Shops there is a feed of beautifully “fluffed” flatlays to manipulate the items into looking wearable, but this may not translate into reality! I have been fooled into this false sense of security before because I am a sucker for beautiful images!

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Little Peaches offers both style and functionality. The garments quality is not trumped by the aesthetic. By this I mean the items look great, but they also have longevity and will not burn a hole in your pocket without a quality output.

 

Do you love slogan tees too? What do you think of the winged socks and have you seen this design before? What quote would best describe your little one?

 

#StaySweet

Bea’s Mummy x

 

These items were gifted to Bea and I as part of our review agreement but all opinions are my own.

 

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Review: Bear & Rue.

Review: Bear & Rue.

Coming into writing a blog I was aware that it was essential that my photography made a big impact and that I would need to shout about it- loud & proud! From the metaphorical blogosphere rooftops! Cue my search for beautiful, milestone disks that would feature in my pics and remind me of who we are and what our mission is!

Nikki and Bobbi-Lee have lovingly handcrafted this gorgeous #InstaShop, work appearing on many an influencers feed that bring beautiful walnut & oak wooden items to life! The goodies hark from nurseries of the imagination. I love creative, wooden decor and the wood almost smells like childhood. I couldn’t help but be flooded with great nostalgia as I excitedly opened my package. It makes me think of all things Hundred Acre Wood for some reason and evokes my true love of the Winnie the Pooh stories (maybe it is in the very natural sounding name too!)

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The items range from milestone disks, wooden props, alpha blocks to keepsakes and even their own beautiful characters lovingly crafted in wood to inspire your little people (heck it even inspires the big people too!!! I was taken with the goodies straight away and knew I MUST own a gorgeous milestone disk to give my photography rustic charm and an extra dimension for whimsy!)

I could not have been more excited to unwrap my gorgeous birch plaque/disk. It was finished beautifully with an intricately cut leaf design which complimented beautifully my double-sided delight! I had requested for the disk to introduce us so have “Bea & Me” on one side, then was keen to include #OOTD (Outfit Of The Day) posts on my evolving Instagram account so requested this to be added.

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The possibilities for your own disks are endless and any dream InstaPic can be achieved. The website even lists a handy guide to the milestones/announcements you could buy are not limited to use! The disks are only limited by your imagination!I will be sure to get more in for upcoming events. Some of the Halloween Designs are super adorable. The entire Instagram Page is just a delight to scroll through and collect inspiration for your own blog journeys or even just personal adventures you wish to capture for your private worlds.

 

The disk was a perfect size for transporting between my home and the shoot location. Though they are compact they are the perfect prop size to compliment your photography subject/objects. Because of the finish I wasn’t worried about Bea handling the disk herself (there would be no nasty splinters here because the finish was impeccable!) The paints used are non toxic so you can be safe I The knowledge that your little ones are safe in the presence of the disk. Approx size- Diameter: 12cm x 6mm thick.

The products look like they have just been transported straight from your favourite childhood stories. There is clearly a family focus at the core of the company as it was brought into reality in 2016 after the two sisters had their babies in the same year. The motivation was so that Nikki never had to be away from her daughter (unless on her own terms) so this small business has heart! Nikki herself describes Bear & Rue as being “Artisan Hand Painted Decor” and loves knowing a little piece of her art and her baby will be making peoples homes a little more magical!

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I just loved using my beautiful disk on my first attempt at flatlay photography. The material is robust and holds it own to create drama and focus. I am just a little bit obsessed with the darling Bear & Rue solid oak shapes that are Nikki’s favourite item to create too. The characters are recognisable and can easily be woven into storytelling. It is lovely to think that they have been inspired by Nikki and Bobbi-Lee’s own children, as if to immortalise such a wonderful moment in time and always keep a little piece of childhood close by!

#StaySweet

– Bea’s Mummy x

 

This milestone disk was supplied by Nikki of Bear & Rue as part of our review agreement but all opinions are my own.

Review: The Children’s Closet.

Review: The Children’s Closet.

Before Bea the bulk of my knowledge of babywear was minimal and mostly shaped by what I saw on the high street. Then one day I had one of those Instagram Wormhole moments where you stumble across beautiful things that would have never existed in your consciousness! This was the day I discovered Spanish Baby Wear and I cooed at the feed of cutesy, frilly, Pom-pom’ed items that I observed made these babies look rather regal.

Ruffled two pieces, Peter Pan collars and knee high socks to match really piqued my interest in this fashion and these items soon became part of my baby clothes search. What makes this trend really stand out from regular baby wear is the exquisite attention to detail and I would personally describe it as elevated style that you would not expect from a Babies every day wear; in a sense it even looks a little “fussy” and I initially questioned its practicality credentials. Surely these beautiful angel white rompers would soon be dirtied by every day play and wear and tear?

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Spanish wear isn’t particularly easy to come across in bulk and certainly not in high street shops. It is usually a market find or stocked in Baby Boutiques.

The Children’s Closet really is the jewel in the crown of Spanish Baby Wear. It was established in 2015 to provide “affordable everyday Spanish Children’s Clothing” and came to be because of the lack of availability in the UK. Amy (the owner) was unable to source a nice frilly collar on local shopping trips but saw loads of items on her holidays in Spain and fell in love with this style and decided that “the UK needed things like this!”

Indeed it is a niche market but I very much champion individuality and whether you love the Spanish Style or hate it (The “Marmite” of the clothing world perhaps?) there is more and more conversation centering around its whimsical charms. Like The Children’s Closet I too believe that this is a trend the UK needs because we all have different tastes and the Spanish flavour is certainly spicy.

These beautifully, often “over designed” pieces certainly allow for memorable photography, capturing the idyllic image of childhood. I particularly like that there is the vintage vibe, but it harks from overseas and is almost jarring when you see it because it is not English vintage. There is something rather fabulous about decadent, old-timey looking little people.

So Bea will be test driving the AW18 baby girls layered dress from the Newness collection and we were sent an extra Mystery Piece from Dadati, which is ideal for “The C Word” with it’s super cute reindeer print . Both have come in the smallest stocked size which is 6 months so Bea will need to grow into the pieces as she is still the lower end of 3-6 month clothing! But they will be perfect for the Party Season with the colours and designs.

Dealing with Amy was super easy and she certainly has a deep routed passion for all things Spanish Baby wear as I asked her what her favourite piece was and she couldn’t choose “I have different favourites for every brand and season!” I was certainly excited to see how these dresses could be practical as well as stylish and ensure the baby is warm throughout Autumn/Winter.

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1st impressions of Newness- in the packaging it looked bulky in terms of the material and the colour seemed brighter than in the photo of it on the website (which was a positive for me because when I opt for colour… I want colour!!!) For just £26 you get an awful lot of skill present in the garment.

There’s the layers, the collar and the two materials seamlessly joined in one piece. They are both materials that hold their own but also compliment each other so well. I couldn’t get enough of the almost aquamarine colour alongside the most decadent gold. The design will be easy to wear throughout AW18 into Spring 2019 as the design isn’t as Seasonal as some of the other designs in the collection.

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1st Impressions of Dadati- I am a sucker for pink so I was thrilled Amy included this item to review. I wouldn’t say from my own Instagram research that this dress is typically Spanish Wear or overtly so, as it seems much more wearable & understated. I don’t feel like people would question this piece compared to dressing Bea in the Newness dress which is much more an acquired taste! I would say this is a nice introductory piece into the world of Spanish Babywear. The deer pattern is really adorable and looks great at long & close distance.

The dresses in action- As previously mentioned with Bea being quite the dot of a baby still we had to roll the sleeves up, but in terms of sizing I would advise that the sizing is on the smaller side with it being a European import. I didn’t feel like the dresses were large on Bea and were wearable without looking like she was a shrunken baby in clothes 3 sizes too big, which often happens with UK sizing (for some reason ASDA seem to think that babies are rather long and Bea fits sensibly in 0-3 months rather than 3-6 months!) I would suggest maybe buying the size up to ensure you get full wear out of the gorgeous garments.

My previous observations about the Newness dress were unfounded as the material was much lighter than I anticipated and the movement aspect was clear to witness as Bea rolled the skirted section of dress up and was moving her legs as normal. I think where  there may have been a little space at the top of the dress the collar did tend to pop up but this piece is very much an occasion dress because of its decadent design. I would not be putting Bea in this for baby groups but with the festive period quickly approaching I feel this will be her go-to party frock!

The dress can easily be styled with bonnets, tights or long socks, I would personally love to see Little winter boots with it. It is also easy to wear with every day items such as the winter hat I have styled with the dress in the pictures.

The shine on the material is captivating and in different light the colour changes from green through to the more blue spectrum. I love the lace detail as this is a much softer inclusion against the hard layering and collar feature.

The dress was easier to put on than I anticipated. Bea has gotten to that age where she hates being fussed and changes of clothing often upset her. I was worried but the dress went on with minimal grumbles and no tears and the back button-fastening was easy.

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Bea was comfortable in the dress and posed for us for almost 40 minutes and was happy throughout. The dress did not impede her movements in any way however silly Mummy forgot to bring her ruffled pants to the shoot location (Nannies house!) so that is something that would have appropriately completed the outfit!

Do excuse the nappy shots because Mummy also forgot cream tights (I blame the broken sleep of the previous night where I welcomed in every hour from 12pm through to 5am!! I truly understand why the military use Sleep deprivation as a form of torture!!!)

our little model had to have a nap in between photographing each outfit but we put her in the Dadati dress before she fell asleep and it was comfortable enough to catch her zzzz’s in! The dusky pink screams luxury and is a colour that is being incorporated much more in childrenswear in the UK now. What makes it Spanish Baby Wear was the ruffle effect around the neck again and the fact that there are two very different materials fighting each other yet managing to compliment each other of one garment.

I loved the whimsy of the reindeer pattern, as woodland theme is often popular in baby room decor but it is nice to be able to wear a stylised version. The best feature in the pocket at the front as unlike many pocketed baby items in the UK the pocket could be used to store Bea’s tethers and even her small rattle rather than being a throw away feature- there was actual  functionality.

The material was very soft and again it was very easy to put on. This piece is much more every day appropriate and would look great with tights and a cardigan going into the colder months.

Both dresses withstood Hurricane Bea, and she seemed to enjoy wearing both dresses. I would even suggest that she enjoyed the Newness dress more as it brought together lots of exciting elements she hasn’t experienced from an outfit previously.

This was the first time that I have attempted flatlay photography so I am a novice, (Please go easy on me with any feedback- I hope to improve soon) but I really enjoyed capturing these two outfits. It gave me an idea as to how both these dresses can be worn to ensure Bea is happy and warm throughout Winter. Disclaimer: The pearls were only used as a photo prop. Please do not put your own babies in necklaces. Bea never wore the necklace nor would I ever let her!

Both outfits exceeded my expectations and proves  to me that Spanish Baby Wear IS wareable on the daily when you buy the right pieces. The quality and design certainly surpass many brands I have used from the UK. I look forward to occasions where I can bring out the Newness layered dress and be confident that this will be the only one in the room. I am sure it will certainly get people talking.

I thought Bea truly looked like a little princess in it. I am obsessed with historical dramas and thought that it wouldn’t be out of place in the dramatisation of Queen Elizabeth & Mary Queen of Scots in Reign!

If you are interested in introducing Spanish Wear into your babies wardrobe The Children’s Closet is the place to start and Amy would be able to direct you towards appropriate pieces for you and your lifestyle. I honestly believe it is a style that is glamourising yet clearly practical.

Having now seen it in action, there is so much give in the design that you wouldn’t necessarily expect from it at first glance. It has certainly been a pleasure to shoot Bea in it. If you are keen to explore this gorgeous fashion you can utilise Discount Code: BEAANDME at the checkout for your own piece of Spain in England.

What are your thoughts on Spanish Baby Wear? Can you just not get enough of the ruffles and Pom poms? Do you think the collars are ridiculous or regal? Would you dress your little boy in this style?

#StaySweet

– Bea’s Mummy.

 

These two items were gifted to Bea and I as part of our review agreement. With thanks to Amy of The Children’s Closet. All opinions are my own.