It’s that time of year when the weddings, christenings and special occasions start to pop up on the calender and I often get asked if I have seen any smarter items for the boys. How gorgeous is this suit. Bobby would look super dapper in it and all pieces could be worn as seperates afterwards. The jacket would look just as beautiful with jeans. Below are some more of my favourites.
I was recently in London for the Boden A/W17 press day, oh my it was so exciting and whilst there I ventured down Regent street and had a good browse around all of the shops. There were some beautiful summer clothes around but I have to say that my favourites were all in & Other stories. So above I have put together a few of my favourite things! Some of which I have purchased! Some are in my basket ready to purchase!
This is exactly the kind of outfit Bobby absolutely loves, seriously, we have these shorts and he has wanted to wear them constantly. I have bought both the light and dark version and they are ace. Well worth the money and fit so well. The shirt we had a couple of years ago and although it looks nothing off, it is stunning on! I have re-ordered this years’ version for Bob. If you have never owned a pair of the Saltwater Sandals you are missing out! They are amazing. You can go in the water in them and my goodness they can take a bashing. Bob usually gets Daisy’s hand me downs and they still look like new, even though she has worn them all summer. I order the navy or tan (Bob has navy for this year) and they go with all his summer outfits. Below are some other shirts that I have been checking out for Bobby. I do so love a granddad collar!
I am very excited to introduce you to Uzma, who runs the magnificent on-line boutique Mabel Child. Every single item on her site is a dream. I was trying to find my favourite pieces to share with you but I honestly loved every item. Uzma chooses each piece herself and has exquisite taste, with many of my favourite designers being included (Louise Misha, Milou and Pilou, Kalinka, Maileg and Hubble and Duke). I had the honour of meeting Uzma at the Shop Up event just before Christmas and she was truly lovely. Very chatty and helpful as I oohed and aahed over everything! Here she tells us a bit more about herself.
1. When and how did you 1st come up with the idea of Mabel Child?
Prior to getting married and having a family, I worked as a freelance fashion designer. I designed and styled clothing for women. However, I decided to stop working and focus on raising my family. When my first daughter was born, I became obsessed with buying children’s clothes, although my husband was not amused! I love buying independent brands and it was at this time that the idea came to me to establish my own business. Mabel Child was established shortly after my third child was born.
2. What were you doing before Mabel Child?
I was a full time mum and I still am! I juggle the school-run, housework and running my business.
3. How do you juggle family life with working at Mabel Child? Any tips for my reader.
It can be very stressful being a full-time mum and running my business, Mabel Child. I check my emails when my little one has a nap and catch up with much of the the work in the evening when the children are in bed. Fortunately, since January, my youngest daughter has been attending nursery school twice a week and this has made working much easier! I am profoundly deaf and have an interpreter who works with me to interpret telephone calls, meetings and some paperwork.
Tips. I don’t work at the weekend! I like to switch off and spend time with my family.
4. What is the best bit of running your own business.
I love checking out new collections to order. I especially enjoy visiting Paris and at the same time taking a little break away from my children! I’m not mean but to be fair I work so hard and I really need a good sleep! Sometimes I stay in Paris for 2 or 3 days. I also love receiving a package of new collections – unwrapping the new items feels like Christmas! I get so excited and I can’t wait to add the new items to our website.
5. And the Worst is ?
My office is always a little messy as we receive so many orders. Also, my life changed when I launched Mabel Child and I have very little time for myself. Healthy eating, sleep and exercise are so important and achieving a balanced life is something I have to work at.
6. What advice do you have for people wanting to launch with own business?
Make a detailed one-year plan before you launch and plan for the next 3-5 years. Management is the most important! If you fail to plan and manage well, your business will struggle to be successful.
7. What are your 5 favourite things on your site?
Everything is my favourite because I have personally chosen each item.
I’m always broody! Honestly I am and it doesn’t help how gorgeous the baby and toddler clothes are these days! Seriously I’m sure they weren’t this cute when my two were tiny. Anyway I love a good snoop around the baby sections and I recently did this in Marks and Spencer’s. Above are some of the items I was loving for the girls and boys.
How good is this trench coat, a total total bargain and in real life it looks so good and much more expensive. New Look have some really great items in at the minute at really good prices, here are some other bits I was loving…
How cool is this outfit. I love it and was ready to add it to my basket when I realised it starts at a size 12. These beauties are from the Mango plus size range. After seeing this outfit I then went and looked through their whole collection and there are some real beauties. So, for all you magnificent curvaceous ladies, today’s post is for you…
I think Olivier Baby and Kidshas to be one of the most beautiful on-line shops for baby and childrens clothing. The ladies who run it couldn’t be more lovely and have the most exquisite taste in clothes. Think classic Liberty print, cashmere and children dressed as children should be. What makes me even happier is that they have added extra sizes to their collections and now go up to age 11-12.
If you don’t already know about Milou and Pilou you are totally missing out! They sell THE most beautiful clothing for girls.
Milou & Pilou is a vintage-flavoured brand for girls born in Barcelona in 2014. Timeless, classic but with a vintage twist, we offer those nostalgic looks that every little girl dreams to wear. Stylish dresses in Liberty Prints, twirling pinafores in soft denim and lovely skirts with that “je ne sais quoi” that we all love. All our children clothes are locally and ethically manufactured in Barcelona.
Last season I bought nearly the whole collection as it was all so gorgeous. The lovely Milou and Pilouhave offered to give Shelley Loves followers 15% off till Friday with the code ‘Press15’.