Mini style

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I have long been a fan of the gorgeous clothes made by Wild Things. I first discovered them on Etsy and fell pretty much instantly in love with the fun, cute designs, the creative details and the imagination the clothes inspire. I think in all honesty I regressed to being 4 again and wanted one!! I would have loved one of Kirsty’s creations when I was a little girl but luckily I now have Littlelish to dress up!

Shortlisted for the Junior Design awards in 2013 Wild things have gone from strength to strength and Kirsty has added several new designs, from Koala dresses to Russian doll dresses. Playing dress up has never been so gorgeous! I’ve style spotted some particular favourites below for Halloween that I just adore. My absolute favourite is this gorgeous cat cape, what an easy, versatile Halloween costume this would make and hours of fun imaginative play for years afterwards.

You can WIN one of the beautiful cat capes from Wild Things in time for Halloween. Please note the competition is only running for a short time so make sure you enter straight away! You will need to leave a comment and tell me why you want to win the cape and also like / follow Wild Things on Facebook and Twitter via the Rafflecopter. On your marks, get set, go!

I ADORE the Little Red Riding hood cape for Halloween and every other day of the year. Just adorable!

Oooh I’ve always loved this cat dress too, again perfect for Halloween or any other day with a cat loving little one like mine :)

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Last weekend I was invited by Lucy Knight, personal stylist at John Lewis Nottingham to preview the new Alice Temperley A/W13 collection ‘Somerset’ along with the lovely Jen from LoveChicLiving, Amanda from The ana mum diary and Penny from The Aresidence.

The range (exclusive to John Lewis) was the fastest selling brand in the store’s history… wow!  I have to say on viewing the collection I could see immediately why, Alice has created stunning stand out pieces for everyday women who want a touch of designer without paying the designer pricetag.

The range was very appealing to me as a woman as it was elegant and feminine, featuring gorgeous soft silk numbers. It also cleverly combined glamourous with a somewhat nostalgic countryside element as seen in the pine cone print below (Alice took her inspiration from her childhood in Somerset).

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But this time, alongside the Somerset womenswear, Alice has just launched a range of girlswears for 4 – 12 year olds called ‘Somerset girl’ . The 15 piece collection comprises of blouses, printed skirts, party dresses, arran knit jumpers, winter coats and trousers, all very much infuenced by her popular womanswear range.

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Alice Temperley, MBE said, “I am excited to be branching into girlswear. My mother and grandmother always made really beautiful dresses for me whilst I was growing up -pieces that I still treasure today. Clothes hold memories and I hope these will do the same for little girls. The collection consists of easy, playful clothes to have fun in.”

There is definitely a sense of nostalgia around the brand that evokes cherished childhood memories and you can see how these key pieces would become a treasures and fond memories in years to come…

While the range is playful and most definitely created with children in mind, I would say the standout pieces for me are the ocassion wear. Also elegant and grown up but always with the little girl in mind, the dresses are very much in keeping with what you would expect from Alice Temperly with gorgeous beading and lace embellishments. We all had a little try on (even the mummies) and I adored Littlelish in this gorgeous dress. I am seriously contemplating it as her Christmas dress.

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I loved that there was a cross over with some of the pieces from Mummy to daughter. I’m not sure I would necessarily match my outfit to my little one but it is nice to have pieces that work together.

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For the grown up girls there was a lot of black and actually I don’t wear a huge amount of black. I did however fall in love with these pieces for their cut and exquisite detail. I tried on this stunning blouse (above) which was just so versatile, I need one! I was also adventurous and tried on a gorgeous evening number! I was all dressed up with nowhere to go but felt incredible in it. Who knew floor length pleats could be so flattering?

I’ve chosen my absolute favourite pieces from the range to share with you here, I think you will agree that they are beautiful and very affordable for something a bit special. Check out the full collection online at http://www.johnlewis.com

 My favourite pieces for Mummy

Black lace detail floor length dress £249

Pinecone print jump suit £160

Black lace top £59

My favourite pieces for Littlelish

Lace frill hem dress £40

Aran knit jumper £25

Pinecone print skirt £20

 

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Well for once Littlelish is bang on trend. It is all about the pink this Autumn / Winter and I for one definitely fancy getting myself warm and cosy in a soft dusky pink scarf. But apparently we’ve got some warmer weather this weekend to enjoy before the Autumn really sets in.

So come rain or shine take inspiration from my daughter the Queen of pink (she would only wear pink if it was up to her!). I’ve been browsing through the beautiful AlexandAlexa for inspiration and have pulled out some of my favourite pink things with my gorgoeus Littlelish in mind.

1. Fuscia Hunter wellies

I am loving the kids Hunter wellies, I didn’t even know they made childrens ones and now I may need to buy them. They have some other absolutely beautiful designer shoes for little kids feet over on their site :)

2. Angel’s face skirt

Littlelish has had one of the Angel’s face skirts since she was 2 and she still loves it, it doesn’t really fit her anymore and has been relegated to the dressing up box but it is still her favourite item of clothing, EVER.

3. Heart print cardigan by Kickle

This sweet heart print cardigan is 100% cotton. I think Littlelish would think this is the perfect happy go lucky cardigan to wear with everything!

4. Molo sunglasses

Pink with stars and polka dot, need I say more?

5. Cute little umbrella by Vilac

How sweet is this brolly with its little mouse head handle. Oooh and teamed up with the Hunter wellies, now that couldn’t fail to brighten up a rainy day.

So now I’ve put together my wish list I am off to enter the Competition at AlexandAlexa where you can win £1000 worth of clothes for your little one – yes pleeeeease!

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