Review: Bumblebee Collection- “It’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!”

Review: Bumblebee Collection- “It’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!”

Darkness falls across the land
The midnight hour is close at hand
Creatures crawl in search of blood
To terrorize y’all’s neighborhood
And whomsoever shall be found
Without the soul for getting down
Must stand and face the hounds of hell
And rot inside a corpse’s shell…

I have always had strong affinity with Samhain (or Halloween to the less creepy folk!) I tend to believe that our bloodline of women have historical links to witchcraft or at the least paganism. It has always fascinated me and I was encouraged to explore a spiritual path from an young age.

Queue the angsty, teenage years when I would cast spells to bring love, wealth and happiness. I had odds and sods to use alongside simple incantations such as feathers, herbs and different coloured candles for various spell types. Really it was a belief system that allowed me to navigate the challenges of growing up because a lot of the “lifestyle” was about being close to nature (which has proven health benefits), positive mental attitude & recognising the value of people and life. Wicca was very positive and taught me a lot about myself.

Should Bea show an interest in this way of life I would certainly not discourage her. It is not dark and destructive. It is in fact a force of positive energy much like other derivatives of self improvement (eg: yoga, meditation) as it is a focus for change and allows you to affirm your positive presence in the world. Ask the Universe and you shall receive!

So there’s a random nugget about my past interests. And in the present I still carry the benefits of what I learned. This Halloween I will be my regular Witchy self and watching Practical Magic with my mini witch #MidnightMargaritas anyone?!  I feel so happy to have grown up in a time that made witchcraft feel appealing and acceptable. I was part of the Sabrina The Teenage Witch generation. (It gives me a warm feeling inside when I just think about it!)

Another of my all time favourite Witch-centric movies is Hocus Pocus. It has certainly aged! It exudes 90s charm/cringe (you decide which side of a very blurred line it traverses!) in my humble opinion I have nothing but love for it! I can’t help but to join Bette Middler in song in the “I’ll Put A Spell On You” scene.

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It is no secret that Bea and I are massive fans of a bow or two… so we were thrilled to be gifted October’s Subscription Box from Louise of the Bumblebee Collection; aptly named “Hocus Pocus”. The name itself evoked a warm glow in my very soul. I couldn’t wait to unwrap the five very different but equally beautiful bows. They looked both beautiful as a group and individually.

Each bow exceeds the quality I expected, having scrolled through a beautiful Instagram feed. The photography I have captured, I do not feel shows the bows in their full glory when you see them in person; in particularly the shine of the glitter bow and how the ombré fades seamlessly. They are very striking and I loved the attention to detail and that each bow relates to a specific dimension of Halloween.9C144919-543F-4557-A3D1-C8A9AE3A694F.jpeg

The names of the bows are as follows:

Ghouls Ombré Ribbon Bow, Wizards Tulle Bow in navy, Witches Magic Glitter Bow, Glow in the Dark Ghost Bow and Black Magic Painted Bow- #SpookTacular!

The colour scheme of the bows very much lends itself to the aesthetic of Halloween. The designs are both very overtly related to the holiday (such as the charming glow in the dark ghostie that lit itself in a phosphorescent glow much like a splodge of ectoplasm!) and bows that are more wearable all year round (Glitter is for every season!!!)

The headbands are very soft and I have found that after a long period of time have not left as obvious marks on Bea’s head as other bows. She has found them most comfortable to wear and they are easy to slip on with no fuss.

 

What I particularly appreciate is the sizing of the larger bows (Ghouls Ombré & Wizards Tulle.) I would describe these two as “oversized” bows. They occupy the largest top section of Bea’s head and are very prominent. They could also be refered to as head pieces

Personally I would then size the Witches Magic Glitter Bow as medium and the Ghost and Black Magic bows are more petite.

The materials used are of utmost quality and every effort has been employed by Louise to ensure that the comfort aspect has really been exceeded. For example glitter can be uncomfortable but the bow has been fashioned to limit the glitter rubbing the baby/child’s head directly because there is sufficient padded material on the underside of the bow.54B5049B-E63F-4A0B-9730-1920733805C5.jpeg

I couldn’t decide which bow was my favourite as each can be paired with all sorts of ensembles. I would say they are more than an “accessory”. Whilst Bea’s hair is growing back in I would say that to me personally, dressing her head is just as important as the rest of her body so it is important to me that the headbows are both unique and functional/comfortable. I must admit I “awww’ed” out loud as the tulle bow and “ooooh’ed” at the glitter bow as it’s colour changed in different lights.

I couldn’t help but to join in the Halloween Fun and dressed Bea for a suitably themed shoot; showcasing the glow in the dark ghost and black magic bow. I haven’t seen a ghost design like this before so it was pleasant to own an eccentric and one of a kind piece. The black magic bow was more classic but there’s a reason why bows like this are made: they look good! All bows are handmade with love and the value is incredible in my humble opinion. The subscription boxes are only £12.50 and they feature designs that are unique to the sets that Louise creates for her themes to showcase fabrics and designs that her customers may never have purchased previously.

 

The boxes ship on the 1st of each month. I will certainly be placing my order for the next available box as October and November sold out so speedily.

Blink an eye and they have gone! I feel so privileged to have gotten my (monster) claws on these gorgeous bows. I have enjoyed matching outfits to the bows (This Momma loves CB6BEA0C-DC88-4390-9970-294C49752518a challenge!) These bows are not just for “dress up”; though I have loved incorporating them into my Halloween Photography. They are so wearable and the bows form a Go-To capsule of headpieces that I know look good, but also feel comfortable for Bea.

Bea will certainly be wearing her black magic bow with her witch costume this year (as pictured). The bows have cast a spell on us and are a “treat” this Halloween. I feel this outfit will honour our ancestry whilst Bea looks adorable (#TooCuteToCreep!)

Have a wonderful Halloween all and remember to observe safety as well as fun with your Little Monsters.

– Bea’s Mummy/Momma Witch.

 

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I was gifted this set of bows by Louise of Bumblebee Collection but all opinions are my own.

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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.

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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@mymarali.

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

@lillieslovlies.

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: 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.