Thursday, 28 January 2016

The Spring Summer 2016 season. Our pick of what's new from the designer clothing ranges. Mayoral, Burberry, Armani, Junior Gaultier & more...

NEW Spring Summer 2016 collections, our top picks from the new season designer ranges for the younger boys

Even though it's still very chilly outside and the January sales still have some bargains to be had, there are lots of stores online and on the high street that are adding to their Spring Summer 2016 collections every day. I often 'window shop' on the internet across quite a few children's designwear stockists to see what is new in, what's on sale and what's popular. 

As each season passes there seems to be more and more available in the designer childrenswear stores. I often look online at Childrensalon, Childsplay clothing, Alex and Alexa and Kids Cavern as well as other stockists. The sales have been good but I have been looking at the new seasons Spring Summer collections to see what is coming in for the warmer months ahead. Here I focus on a few things I have seen and  like for Thing 5, aged 3 and the younger boys age range.

Mayoral




Mayoral is a reasonably priced range with some lovely pieces in their Spring Summer collection. With jersey shorts or smart shorts and smart striped polo t-shirts. I love the navy knitted cardigan to go with summer outfits. 


Burberry


I love these Burberry t-shirts. I am particularly drawn towards anything with foxes on for Thing 5 but the hedgehog t-shirt with a splash of colour is fab too.


Armani




Armani shorts in lots of different colours to match different outfits




Armani electric blue jacket, ideal for the warmer Summer months but when you still need a bit of cover on chillier days or Summer evenings.


Our pick of the rest;





Fendi and Paul Smith t-shirts, I was drawn to the rainbow stripes on the Fendi t-shirt. The Paul Smith t-shirt is also fab bright colours and the vehicles design is great.


Dolce and Gabbana small boys trainers. Again I was drawn to the bright colours of these trainers. Ideal for the younger ones with the velcro fastening. 






Junior Gaultier t-shirts. I love the stripes on each t-shirt. The sailing boat and spray paint tops are fab. 






Dolce and Gabbana jelly shoes available in 7 different colours ideal for the warmer months, Boss hi tops and Fendi moccasins.

All items I have featured are now available in the new Spring Summer 2016 collections from the stockists listed above. Let's hope the warmer weather arrives soon so we can enjoy all of the lovely new seasons clothing that is available to buy. 









Friday, 22 January 2016

Our dining room makeover and revamp. A complete monochrome room restyle and overhaul with the help from Ikea, Stokke, Buddy + Bear, eames style chairs and lots of accessories! Trying to find my inner interior designer for a home improvement!

A dining room revamp in monochrome, what I've got on my list to make this room how I would like. 

When we finished the extension work nearly 2.5 years ago now there was still finishing touches that needed to be made. What is the dining room now was being used as a makeshift bedroom for Thing 1 whilst his bedroom was being constructed! Once we moved him out into his new room we did paint the dining room and bought a new table but it was very bare and boring.

I've recently been scouring the internet, Instagram, Pinterest and lots of websites to find my inner interior designer! I'm thinking, with lots of help, I may have found something but Laurence Llewylln Bowen I am not.

I've had this image in my head and I am hoping to make a real effort with the dining room that will then rub off on the rest of the house. There are lots of rooms that need revamping but I need to start somewhere.

So, after lots of Googling and visiting lots of websites and discovering new and wonderful products and brands I think I've settled on furniture, lighting and accessories, or at least made a good start.

I'm going for a monochrome theme for the dining room. Keeping it simple and neat with lots of accessories, prints etc...

The dining room already houses the home PC on an Ikea Kallax unit which will stay but will be placed elsewhere in the room. I'm wanting the main focus of the room to be back onto the dining side of things rather than the home PC being the main attraction like it is at the moment. With just a small adjustment of new Drona storage boxes to go in the Kallax unit to match the black and white theme.



Our existing set up means that the Kallax unit with the home PC has become the focus of the dining room rather than an area where we can all eat together. The current dining table is out of view in the picture and pushed to one side. Lots of changes to be had to bring back life into the dining room. 



 Our existing dining table is only a couple of years old but very rickety and falling apart and is also too small for all of us to sit around comfortably. I have found the Ikea Bjursta extendable table in white and grey eames style chairs on eBay which I think will look lovely and we will all be able to sit comfortably around the table together. I've also got my eye on a storm grey Stokke Tripp Trapp chair for Thing 5 so he can reach the table nicely and join in with family meal times.



Grey eames style chairs to go around the Ikea Bjursta extendable table so we can all sit together. Also a storm grey Tripp Trapp highchair so Thing 5 can reach the table easily. 


A pendant light above the table is a must and I have found a couple on the BHS website that caught my eye. Although I am still looking as I haven't made any decisions as yet, BHS have a great lighting collection at the moment with some lovely styles and designs available. I quite like the long crystal pendant light which will cover a good length of the table area although the silver also caught my eye too. I'm unsure if either will fully fit with the monochrome theme so I'm still looking to see if anything else catches my eye!



I'm liking the long pendant style light on the left but love the silver style on the right too. A pendant light will look great instead of our style lighting we have at the moment. 


Accessories for the table include placemats. I found the fab Yay! and Bear trays from Buddy + Bear which I thought would be great as a double up as placemats although there are lots of black and white placemats to choose from on the internet and that can remain in situ on the table. I also found the Yay! tumblers and nom nom plates also from Buddy + Bear. 



Black and white plates, tumblers and trays (I was thinking of using as placemats too). All from the fab range from Buddy + Bear. 

For the rest of the room I am thinking of using picture ledges to display lots of black and white prints in frames. There are so many places to buy prints online. Etsy have a huge range of sellers for prints both pictoral as well as lots of prints with sayings and themes which I quite like. Also some storage where I can put stray toys that inevitably end up in every room in the house and need to be stored out of the way quickly. I also found the fab lightbox which I have added to my list. It comes with letters and numbers and you can buy extra packs too for more choices and that can be changed for different days or occasions. 


This storage bag looks fab and will be ideal to put stray toys in. 

The Ikea picture ledge comes in different lengths and will be ideal for adding lots of prints to the room along the same black and white theme. 




The DIY lightbox and banner are perfect to add a personalised touch to any room. I love the idea of adding your own personal messages to the lightbox as when the occasion arises or just different messages each day. 

I can't wait to see it all come together. With lots to do before it all gets put in place. Prints and frames still to find, final decisions to be made and lots of painting to be done we've got to get started. I'm not one for doing bits of a job at a time so need it all purchased before I will put it all together all at once. I can't wait to see it done and will share a before and after picture as soon as I can. 




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Bugaboo and Diesel collaboration to bring the Denim by Diesel Bugaboo Buffalo and tailored fabric set for the Bugaboo Donkey

Bugaboo Diesel collaboration denim design Buffalo



I have been meaning to write about the Bugaboo and Diesel collaboration for a while now. After I lusted over the first Bugaboo and Diesel collaboration along came the Denim by Diesel Bugaboo Buffalo.

The Buffalo is the all terrain member of the Bugaboo family. Big chunky wheels on a sturdy chassis with a generous seat unit. As a whole package it also comes with the bassinet for newborn onwards converting to the seat unit once they are old enough to use it. 

The Bugaboo Buffalo is the one and only Bugaboo that I haven't yet tried and would love to. With similarities to the Donkey in mono mode but with a slightly more generous seat unit, large underseat basket and an ideal pram for city life as well as being able to tackle most terrain for an outdoor lifestyle too. Also fab to carry your precious cargo through from newborn up until toddler age in comfort. 

The denim collection looks great. With a lovely blue adonized chassis and denim fabrics it screams Diesel DNA. 

Premium details on the Bugaboo Buffalo by Diesel include contrasting, copper-coloured zips on the extendable sun canopy, sophisticated black leather-look details on the seat, and a large rivet as the stroller’s central joint cap. Breathing the iconic fashion brand’s DNA, the signature washed denim fabric features a unique finish with paint splatters in various denim hues, and reveals all kinds of details found on a pair of Diesel jeans such as rivets, pockets, and custom logo patches. 

Retailing at £1089 as a complete package at www.bugaboo.com. 

Optional extras include a matching denim change bag plus there is a denim hood available for your existing Donkey and a tailored fabric set also for the Bugaboo Donkey if you don't want to buy the whole Diesel package, all at extra cost. 

Sun canopy for the Bugaboo Donkey RRP £89.95

Tailored fabric set for the Bugaboo Donkey RRP £139.95

Bugaboo Diesel denim bag RRP £134.95


The NEW Pink Lining Spring Summer 2016 prints; True Love, The Bees Knees and Zebra Crossing plus new style bags too. Preorder now for February delivery.

NEW Pink Lining 2016 Spring Summer collection

A new year always brings fab new products and designs from some great companies. I have been buying Pink Lining bags for many years and I am always keen to see what their new collections bring both in new prints and new style bags both for Mum, Baby and Child. 

Pink Lining's new Spring Summer 2016 collection brings three new prints called True Love, The Bees Knees and Zebra Crossing. 

All three prints can be found across a wide range of their changing bag styles as well as purses, bottle holders and children's mini rucksacks. 

True Love; This is a lovely small heart print all over, it's not overly bright but eye catching enough. 



The new true love print in the new Henrietta tote bag and the wash bag.




The Bees Knees; A wonderful all over floral print inspired by the designer's love of wild garden flowers, butterflies and dragonflies.


The new Bees Knees print in the wallet and Mum on the Run bag.


Zebra Crossing; An amazing and fun all over zebra print but with colourful stripes. Funky fun and bold. 


Zebra Crossing in the new Wonder bag and children's mini rucksack (both styles very different in sizing unlike the pictures here!)


There are also two new styles of Pink Lining change bags. The NEW wonder bag is a lovely sized rucksack style change bag with shoulder straps as well as carry handles. louts of integrated pockets too. The Henrietta tote is an over the shoulder bag with lots of integrated pockets a zipped main compartment and a lovely look that can be used as a change bag but also has the look of a bag for Mum too. 

The wonder bag retails at £95 and the Henrietta tote retails at £79 and both available for preorder only as well as all other bags in the new prints. Preorder for delivery first week of February.