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Well I’ve made it to the middle of FrOctober and worn a dress every day – go me! If you’re wondering why I am applauding myself for wearing a dress (strange woman) then check out my earlier post about FrOctober and how we (myself and many other mummy bloggers) are raising awareness (and hopefully donations) for Post Natal Illness charity PNI ORG UK.
The lovely team at Lands’ End UK heard about our fundraising efforts and kindly offered to send me one of their beautiful dresses to review for FrOctober. I was delighted!
I received the beautiful crepe jersey wrap dress in purplette (£59.95) which is perfect for my office days. Feminine without showing off too much flesh, I loved the modest and flattering length which stopped just at the knee. The low but not too low V neckline is flattering and gives you the chance to wear a lovely statement necklace or scarf with it (as pictured on the Lands’ End site). The fluid stretch jersey is lovely and it really does skim over my ‘ample’ curves/belly ;) It feels very comfortable to wear and most importantly it is nice and thick/warm for these cooler Autumn days.
I absolutely love the purple which is of course THE colour for Autumn, all the shops are going berry mad! I decided to style it with brown/tan boots and tied the waist tie (which is normally at the front of the dress) behind so I could accessorise with a small tan belt. This worked well and added an extra element of colour which I like. The necklace is one from many many moons ago but I love all the tiny different coloured stones on it which again just inject an extra bit of colour. (I do like colour, can you tell?).
Sorry for the slightly akward looking photo, I’d make a rather rubbish model wouldn’t i? It was absolutely FREEZING outside and my husband was doing the photography. He has the patience of a flea, took 2 shots and that was my lot! Oh and we desperately need a new camera…
Thank you very much Lands’ End. I was really pleased to add a flattering, comfortable dress that is suitable for work, easy to pop on and look good. If you want to know what else I’ve been wearing this month, check out my instagram. A month is a long time so I’ve had to be somewhat creative, dragging out dresses that haven’t seen the light for quite some years!
Please remember all this dressing up is for a very good cause. PNI ORG UK is a charity that offers vital support to women suffering with post natal depression.
Look what I’ve just spotted! Lands’ End have a SALE on all their children’s swimwear. Unfortunately I think it might be the last day today (Thursday) so better get in there quick to stock up for your holiday and all the nice weather that is on it’s way!?! I’ve just ordered this more »
Look what I’ve just spotted! Lands’ End have a SALE on all their children’s swimwear. Unfortunately I think it might be the last day today (Thursday) so better get in there quick to stock up for your holiday and all the nice weather that is on it’s way!?! I’ve just ordered this for Littlelish, with the top now priced at £9.60 and the bottoms £4.80 I couldn’t resist.
How you dress your child is always a matter of personal taste. I choose to dress Littlelish in the way I do probably as an extension of my own style. I’m a bit of a tomboy who likes quirky street style but with a penchant for pretty dresses and chunky jewellery. As a mother I steered away from pink when Littlelish was a baby. These days (nearly 3) there is not much getting around the fact that it is her favourite colour along with purple, white and gold (?!) but we’ve explained that boys can like girls colours and girls can like boys colours and I think she gets it! She wears every colour of the rainbow.
It’s not that I’m against pink per se it is more the whole message that comes wrapped up in the pink paper! If you are a girl, you like pink, you wear pink clothes, you play with pink toys which nine times out of ten are princesses / fairy / mummy related. And again I have no problem with Littlelish playing fairies, princesses or mummies (which she loves to do) but then she also plays dentist, doctor, zoo keeper, pirate – whatever her heart desires. This is where my problem lies, the dreams of little girls. What are we encouraging our daughters to aspire to? Princesses? Fairies? Ok so they get to float around, look pretty, be swept off their feet and maybe do a spell or two (could be fun)…Why do boys get to have all the adventures as explorers?
I would never tell anyone how to dress their child but I do think children should, on an average day, wear comfy clothes that they can play in, run in, jump in. Littlelish can often be seen running around in a pair of jeans and a cool tshirt. There has always been plenty of media coverage on the topic of age appropriate childrenswear especially since back in 2010 Primark featured their ‘Future Footballers wife’ slogan t shirt in store. Sure, it said in jest, dear god I hope it is said in jest but really what kind of inspiration is this for our girls? To be a wife? I’m also not saying we should push all our daughters to be brain surgeons, happiness comes first, but let’s just let them find their own way.
Personally I love a good slogan t shirt but prefer something a bit more age appropriate like these cute t shirts from Lands’ End. Their childrenswear starts from age 3-4 which just fits Littelish and it is great. I’ve found it is always excellent quality as well as being trendy, robust clothing that she can leap/scoot/dance/run around in and it stays good wash after wash. I was crazy about their jodhpurs from last season and we got compliments every time she wore them. I’m definitely going to be investing in these cute slogan tees, which one to choose? Berry Happy, Orange you glad we’re friends or Grape friends hang out! Quirky, fun, full of life and happiness just like kids.
- I’m a freelancer in creative marketing with a background in design and styling but when I'm not working I'm doing the most important job in the world, being mummy to my beautiful little girl! I love to create and craft and have a passion for colour and beautiful detail. This blog is all about my life, my amazing daughter, my inspirations and creations!
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