Tags: Boden, Fashion, SCHOOL GATE STYLE, yummy mummy
When you have children most, if not all women, go through some sort of style crisis. I know I have on both occasions.
It’s compounded by the school run – you look at other mothers, comparing yourself to them – how quickly they lost their baby weight, how they deal with meltdowns from their children at the school gate and still look composed – how they channel their inner style goddess even on the coldest of winter mornings, when your nose is red and streaming and your ratty old gloves are slowly unravelling.
You also ponder what sort of woman your husband is attracted to at this stage in his/your life. Is it still you? So, you’re not the flirty mini skirt and wedges wearing girl he met in a bar in Crete, but does he now think the slightly more mature, softer around the edges you is equally as alluring? I sometimes wonder if I have a warped view of the type of woman my husband would pick – should he be given the opportunity.
So, here’s my question to you. Which of the following three women would your husband choose as his wife? Not a bit on the side – his wife – a woman on his arm at the park, at dinner, at the movies.
Then, ask your husband which woman he would pick – with the promise of no repercussions for his choice. I’d be interested to know if the two choices match.
If my husband wasn’t on a boys night out at the boxing, I’d ask him too. I shall report back.
From left to right: GEEK CHIC, YUMMY MUMMY, STYLE ICON.
Tags: Boden, Boys Clothes, cool boys clothes, Mini Boden
…your clothes are fun too…
Shouldn’t it be fun?
All it takes is a little style, some soft comfort, some strong men and stomping boots.
Boys like rough and tumble. Climbing. Jumping. Swinging. Hanging. Charging. Bashing. Grabbing. Launching.
Let’s go out and play…
We like tough, durable, friendly and fun. Clothes for real life.
This is our entry for the Mini Boden blog challenge. We received Bear’s outfits for free as part of the competition. Three finalists will be posted on the Boden Facebook page, with the winner receiving a £250 gift voucher.
Tags: Bershka, Boden, Matalan, Primark, What I Wore Wednesday, Zara
So it wasn’t until I changed into my after work ‘loungewear’ that I remembered that it’s Wednesday. And because I’m lazy I couldn’t be bothered to get dressed again….
Jacket - Boden last summer
Top – Primark last week
Trousers – Berksha in the last few months
Belt – Zara in the last year
Shoes - Matalan in the last few years
Stop over at Transatlantic Blonde’s place for a little fashion fiesta.
Tags: Boden, Fashion, M&S, Miss Selfridge, Tesco, Transatlantic Blonde, Uniqlo, What I Wore Wednesday
A day at the office today and a hop over to pre-school for the nativity this afternoon, so this is what I opted for…
Jacket – Boden (last summer)
T-Shirt – Miss Selfridge (recent purchase)
Shorts – Uniqlo (recent purchase)
Tights – Tesco (recent purchase but sure they have black tights year round!!)
Suede wedges – Marks & Spencer via Save the Children charity shop (a bargain at £6.99)
Boy - home-made (had for just over three years now, wearing well).
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Tags: blogger event, Boden, Cybermummy, huggies, Lego Duplo, mum blogger, Mummy Bloggers, Sarah Brown
Finally, my round up of the incredible day that was CyberMummy – does this capture the craziness?!
All characters in this film share no physical resemblance to the people they depict. This film is designed to document my day at CyberMummy and alongside the chaos demonstrate what a fantastic, jam packed full of great stuff day it was. The 450 bloggers that attended were very lucky to be a part of it. And by the way, I didn’t pick up one single goody bag – it was all about learning new things and meeting friends old and new…
…oh apart from the Disney one because that looked good…oh and the big pink one at the end, who could resist?!
A huge thank you once again to Lego Duplo for my ticket, train fare and hotel overnight, to Huggies for treating us to breakfast and Boden for dressing me. You can see the outfit here (it’s a bargain now in the sale) using the Boden Outfit-maker.
Tags: Boden, Cybermummy, huggies, Lego Duplo, Mummy Tips, Sarah Brown, Susan K Mann
With only five more sleeps to go, the butterflies have started to set in, I’m wishing I’d toned up, booked an eyebrow shape and manicure…..but, tsk, less of the vanity, more of the important stuff – on this coming Saturday I’ll have to chance to squeal and hug old friends, squeal, hug and maybe take by surprise some new friends and squeal and run around a little as the madness of CyberMummy II begins.
This event is a huge accomplishment – the bringing together of 400 bloggers after the hugely successful launch event last year. This year is twice as big; the workshops will be twice as good, the crowdsourced keynote speakers will be twice as good at making us cry – and the keynote of the day will be by none other than Sarah Brown. Whether you have political alliances or not, Sarah has done a huge amount for mothers and family related causes, and I feel utterly privileged to listen to her speak. It’s the first thing I tell people when I tell them about CyberMummy.
So, who am I? Because I’ll be running round like a loon with the rest of you, overwhelmed by the prospect that so many Twitter friends are actually real people with accents, dress sense and a great ability to drink, here’s a little about me.
Important CyberMummy stuff first.
I am delighted to be a Lego Duplo Expert this year. Lego Duplo have very kindly sponsored me to attend CyberMummy. I shant be trying to make you a Duplo hat or sneaking bricks into your pockets while you’re not looking don’t worry – they have a stand all to themselves and will have lots of great stuff going on.
I’m also a Huggies Mum and although not sponsored by at CyberMummy, I would say, do go and chat to the girls, they are absolutely lovely and when it comes to advice they have some great experts they can connect you with.
Finally and very excitingly, Boden have been extremely good to me and are dressing me for the day. I know!!!! No more dilemmas as to what to wear – as who can deny, it’s been a hot topic and despite suggestions to go comfy and practical, most of us are on a free pass – no children for a whole day and it’s not even a school night! So no need to wear the old scruffs in case a banana gets squashed into your trouser leg.
I should also mention that I am one of the lucky 11 crowdsourced keynote speakers. Last year this was my favourite part of the day so I feel very, very important and special – and nervous and unsure and a little terrified. But above all I really hope that the post I’ll be reading resonates with people and offers a little light at the end of the tunnel.
I’m Catherine for those I don’t know – I write here, obviously. I’m 32 – I only found this out yesterday when my mum corrected me, I thought I was still 31. Such a shock.
I live in Oxford with my husband (a holiday romance that stuck) and our son, bear who will turn three in August. He was a month early. I was in shock for a little while. I wasn’t quite done nesting.
Away from blogging and a social media habit that gets me into trouble with my other half (his gym habit gets him into trouble with me); I run a small but flourishing consumer PR agency called Publicity Oxford. Basically what that means is that when I get PR pitches for Baby Genie and don’t read past the first line, it’s a good reminder that my staff and I are good at what we do, because we get great coverage and people generally like us. It also makes me laugh when I get the ‘I loved reading your website and your daughter is adorable’.
I also like to do a few creative bits but time rarely allows – I used to make cards and jewellery. I love to cook – 6-7pm is my hour off, in the kitchen creating something nice. I am very partial to a nice glass of Malbec with dinner too.
I also little to potter in the garden, watch action films, go running (this is quite rare but it sounds good), read fashion magazines and eat out at nice places. I love to shop as well. Cleaning is a tricky subject for me – I like the house just so but there are far more exciting things in life to be doing other than hoovering. It took me years to tear myself away from the duster.
I have a lovely group of friends who I always need to make more time to see.
My parents are just down the road and they are hugely supportive and helpful with bear and generally just have good listening ears.
So, that’s me in a bite sized chunk.
So, see you all on Saturday, I promise not to have a tipple on the train on the way up to calm myself…
Oh and finally if you haven’t been before, my top three tips:
1. Wear a bright colour – we spent a lot of time saying ‘which one is so and so?’ so it really helps people to find you if you can be pointed out easily. Ridiculous shoes, outrageous head wear or being very drunk can also achieve this.
2. Don’t get too hung up on getting to every workshop you want to – the day goes by as fast as your wedding day so take some time to sit and chat with other bloggers too. And sit with people you don’t know for lunch.
3. Write yourself some little notes – people to find on Twitter, blogs to read, tips to improve your blog and so on – and try not to spend the day behind your iPhone – it’s great to live blog and tweet but don’t miss out on the day because of it.
Write, am really signing off now.