New Look loving…

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Sometimes a good snoop around New Look is all you need to make you feel instantly better! Gorgeousness at reasonable prices. I’ve rounded up my favourites below.

Shelley x

P.S; remember there’s is still 30% off at Mango with code VIP17, see the dresses post below for ideas.

P.P.S; The fabulous Marks and Spencer’s Beauty box is back for £10 if you spend £40 on clothes, homewear and beauty, seriously good. The Christmas one was amazing. Also there is 20% off all School uniforms.

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Dresses

The beautiful Milou and Pilou…

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I am always looking for timeless, classic pieces for both Daisy and Bobby and Milou and Pilou have to be one of my favourite finds. Daisy has been wearing the skirts for nearly 3 years now and they are still going strong! I am so happy that they go all the way up to age 10, as the bigger Daisy gets it seems to be harder and harder to find beautiful pieces to fit.

Milou & Pilou is a Spanish childrens vintage-flavour brand, based in Barcelona, created by Felip and Alicia (brother and sister), both born in Spain to a French mother (that’s why the name might sound French). They launched the brand nearly three years ago, and the brand is named after Alicia’s daughters’ nicknames.

  1. When and how did you 1st come up with the idea of Milou and Pilou?

Milou and Pilou started nearly three years ago and, honestly, it was more a decision from people around us than anything else, as I was a little bit scared to enter that crazy children fashion world.

I started designing dresses when I became a mother, I made pieces for my two daughters. I grew up in a family where the grandmothers and mothers used to design clothes, so I guess it came naturally. Very soon other mothers started ordering from me the same little dresses; they liked the vintage style with lots of Liberty prints. Most of the times they were asking me to design the same pieces they used to wear when they were children, that’s how the idea came about. With the help of my brother Felip, and a small young team around me, we decided to launch the brand and that’s it until now!

2.What were you doing before Milou and Pilou?

I am a Psychologist and I have been working for many years in the healthcare industry. It seems that my creative self was buried under an 8 to 5 job! My brother comes from the fashion and clothing industry, so it was much more natural for him.

3.How do you juggle family life with working at Milou and Pilou? Any tips for my readers.

Ha! that’s the million-dollar-question! I think running a family business makes the whole family involved so that’s a good point. My daughters spend most of the afternoons at our Atelier (where we design, pack and ship), doing their homework and my other half is also involved, so that helps. Tips? After dinner time is where the best ideas come from, preferably with a glass of rosé.

4. What’s the best bit of running your own business?

I would say that running your own business is like raising a baby, there is the challenge to do it right, to make it work, to see it grow and the excitement of “what’s next”.  It is definitively worth it. They also say that once business starts rolling a bit, usually you can kick back and enjoy life a bit more, but we haven’t reached that point yet…ha!

5. And the worst?

Well, the stress and multi-tasking. We are lucky to be a small family company and we get on very well together, but at the same time we have stressful periods during the year, when we are launching new collections for example, that are crazy. We are getting there, but still we need to have a better planning system.

6. What advice do you have for people wanting to launch their own business?

Be patient and persuasive, don’t give up. Try to get someone on board, loneliness can be the worst enemy.

7. Which are your 3 favourite items on your site?

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Dark Denim Skirt

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Denim Skirt

Denim skirt, definitely our best-selling piece,

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Amy Cord Skirt

Amy Cord Skirt too (we re-launch it every year) and I have a big crush on our new Red Breton Jumper

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Red Breton Jumper

The fabulous Milou and Pilou are offering a lucky reader a 40 euro voucher, for details on how to enter, head on over to my Instagram.

Shelley x

Mango VIP sale…

Run run as fast as you can… Mango have 30% off with the code VIP17. Too good to miss

Shelley x

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Dresses…

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Mango Polka Dot Dress

Be it long, short, worn over trousers or midi, dresses are definitely having a moment and yet again Mango have nailed this trend. I would wear the one above with my white trainers and a leather jacket at the minute, but it will be just as fabulous worn smart with heels. Below I have chosen some other dresses I am absolutely loving. I think I have a little bit of a problem with white dresses! You may also want to shop this post as to what to wear on your feet.

Shelley x

P.s; I’ve added lots of new dresses to my ladies shop.

New in at M&S…

Shelley x

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Bikini time

Boden bonanza…

There’s a whopping 30% off dresses and accessories today at Boden so I have taken the time to pick out my favourites for the babies, big girls and us ladies..

Shelley x

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The White Company…

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Chambray Spot Dress

The beautiful White Company. Always classy, always chic and always very good quality. Daisy and Bob have been wearing their pyjamas since being tiny as they are truly the best and wash so well. Here is a selection of their children’s clothing I am loving at the minute.

Shelley x

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Sandal love…

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Bikini time…

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The White Company Banded Bikini

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 ASOS Gingham Bikini

I am just back from my holidays in beautiful Tuscany, so still have beachwear very firmly on my mind. I don’t think I have ever seen so many magnificent speciamans in one place. The Italians were HOT! What they wore was miniscule and their bodies were bronzed magnificence! Here are some bikini’s I am loving for us ladies. If you prefer a swimsuit, you may like this post.

Shelley x

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From sunny Tuscany…

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Embroidered Top £18-£23

My wifi is horrendous here in Tuscany, but if I am near the pool or bar I have signal! After a week of not really being on the internet at all I have begun to miss shopping just a little, so this morning, whilst the kids were happily jumping in the pool, I perused the ‘New In’ section of Next. I wish I hadn’t! There is too much gorgeousness! I have just ordered Daisy the top above (is it bad that I have also ordered the 16 for me) and these denim shorts to go with it. I’m also tempted by these sandals and this top so Daisy and I could match!

Shelley x

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