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The Boys Summer Wardrobes From AlexAndAlexa.com

With only a couple of weeks until we go away to Ibiza, over the last month I have been putting together the boys swimwear, day and evening outfits and making sure I have everything I need for them whilst we are away. So I wanted to show you The Boys Summer Wardrobes From AlexAndAlexa.com.

I have always brought a lot of Oscar and Archie’s clothes from AlexAndAlexa.com as I like buying higher end clothing for them and the service when buying from Alex And Alexa has always been second to none! The boys also both modelled for a collaboration with Stokke and Alex and Alexa a few months ago and the array of boys and girls clothes there for the children to wear were gorgeous!


They sell a huge range of top designer brands such as Burberry, Dolce and Gabbana, Kenzo, Fendi, Hugo Boss and loads more. They also have an amazing sale running at the moment and for a limited time only you can get an extra 15%off the sale using the code AA15!

From the clothes I am about to show you some of them I have brought myself and Alex and Alexa also kindly sent me a few bits for each of the boys as well.

A pair of shorts that Oscar has had for awhile is these lovely blue camouflage ones from Stella McCartney. They go with a lovely crisp white tee or a nice shirt in the evening and are a great pair of shorts to have in his wardrobe as I can team it up with various tops and Oscar will get lots of wear out of them in the evenings on holiday. They are currently reduced from £55 to £41.30 and then don’t forget you can use the extra 15% off code too!


Another pair of shorts that are great to have are a beige pair of chino shorts. There are lots to chose from but my favourite were the Burberry Taupe Chino shorts as they have a great fit and go well with  a smart tee or a lovely shirt, especially a plain linen one. They are reduced from £80 to £64. I’ve put it with the Burberry Blue check pocket tee which I have for both of the boys as I like some of their clothes to be matching. Again it is reduced, from £50 to £40.


I brought a couple of pair of swimming shorts for Oscar as he asked for some ‘big boy’ ones like Daddy and I got the Burberry Bright Blue Check Swim Shorts which you can get in a few different colours and the Hugo Boss BOSS Blue Swim Shorts which again come in other colours too. Both of these are in the sale at the moment and the Burberry ones are £55.30 and the BOSS ones are £36.


For one of Archie’s evening outfits I picked the Burberry Navy Classic Check Shorts which are £56 reduced from £70 and again will go with shirts and tees and he can wear them on a few evenings whilst on holiday with different tops. One of the tees I have got it the Burberry ‘White Use Your Head Beefeater Print Junior Tee’ which I think is really cute. Burberry have some lovely tees this season with fun graphics on them like Thomas the bear and the Full English breakfast Summer tee which are great fun!


I like the boys to match on a few occasions when we are away and having a 5 year age gap between them can often prove difficult to find nice matching items on the high street. With designer clothing this is never really an issue as they have the same pieces in loads of different sizes. I wanted to find a nice evening shirt for them both and absolutely love the Burberry Pale Blue Check Short Sleeve Shirt. There is a range of different colours in this design but I picked the blue as it will go well with the taupe chino shorts that they have. The shirt was £70 and is now reduced to £56. As you can probably tell I am really loving the boys Burberry clothing this season.



I also got a Hugo Boss tee for Archie which is worn a few times already and can be worn in the day or with his chino shorts in the evening. I love the stripes in the bright green and blue and think it is a really great item for his Summer wardrobe which can be put with lots of different shorts or trousers.


As well as the boys having a pair of Havaianas for holiday and some Tom’s Canvas shoes I wanted to get them each a pair of smart trainers for the evening and they will last for the whole Summer into Winter. The Burberry Heacham velcro trainers are to die for and I got a pair of the black ones for Oscar which were £135. They also do them in a gorgeous baby blue colour which I will get for Archie. I did pick Archie up some BOSS jelly sandals last year in the Summer sale and they finally fit him now.



Last but not least, Oscar loves his new baseball caps from Mini Rodini. He has the Light Green Lion Embroidered Cap and the Off White Music cap which are both £26. Then to keep their little eyes protected from the Sun the boys each have a pair of Zoobug Sunglasses which are really funky. Oscar has the Blue Camouflage Round Sunglasses which were £60 and are now reduced to £42 and Archie has the Black and White Clubmaster Baby Sunglasses which were also £60 and are now reduced to £48.



As you can probably guess I absolutely love the AlexandAlexa.com website and wouldn’t shop anywhere else when picking up the boys some designer clothes! I have also had a sneak preview of their Autumn/Winter 2017 collection and it is all totally amazing, so watch out for that going on their website very soon!



 

Oscar & Archie’s Photo Shoot With Stokke & AlexandAlexa.com

We brought our first ever Stokke Tripp Trapp when Oscar was small and then went on to use used it when Archie was born with the newborn seat. I then brought the Stokke Steps as Oscar got annoyed that he had to share his Tripp Trapp with Archie.  In addition to a wide of variety of colours and accessories, Stokke now offers complimentary engraving of the back of their Tripp Trapp chair with your child’s name, adding that extra special personal touch.


I first saw a personalised Tripp Trapp in the flesh last month when Oscar and Archie were both models for the collaboration between Stokke and Alexandalexa.com for Baby London which you can see HERE. Alexandalexa.com sell the most beautiful kids clothes with a huge range of designers on offer. Both Oscar and Archie were kitted out for head to toe in brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs, Adidas, Bang Bang Copenhagen, Stella McCartney, Tao & Friends, Veja and Zoobug Sunglasses. They both looked so cute!

We had such a fun day and the boys loved being part of the shoot, strutting their stuff and being spoilt by the lovely ladies at Azaria! We got to meet up with some other lovely bloggers/instagramers and their gorgeous children; Jessica from Lilypod & Sweetpea, Chelsea with Harlen and Harlow, Lisa from LeeLee Loves and Becky from Wishes & Wellies.


Stokke then kindly sent each of the boys a personalised Tripp Trapp in the hazy grey colour which matches our kitchen perfectly!  Archie uses his with the baby set and a star print cushion which is so easy to wipe and keep clean and Oscar uses it as a chair at the table, keeping my lovely new chairs clean! 🙂



I love that with the Tripp Trapp they grow with your child starting with the newborn seat, to the highchair using the baby set, to a chair for bigger children and even adults can sit on it too. The great design means it doesn’t look out of place and blends in with our other furniture.


The boys love their personalised Tripp Trapps and using them everyday! The Tripp Trapps are £169 and the engraving is free of charge!

 

 

Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer Review

When Greg asked me in December what I would like for Christmas, the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer was at the top of my list. I had seen some amazing personal reviews and really really wanted one.

On Christmas Day I opened up the wrapping paper to reveal my gorgeous new Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer in the Fuchia/Iron colour combination. It is also available in White/Silver and the Fuchia/Iron limited edition which comes in a special Dyson Supersonic™ Limited Edition Box which is slightly move expensive.

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The standard edition retails for £299.99 and the limited edition with the case is £349.99. A lot of people that have asked me about what I think of the hairdryer have always said “but its £300 for a hairdryer!” and “is it worth the money?” Well the answer is yes! I absolutely love the Supersonic and cannot fault it. It drys my hair in literally half of the time as my old Parlux hairdryer, which at the time I thought was an amazing hairdryer. The Supersonic makes an Air flow that travels at 105 mph for quick drying. My hair feels so soft after drying and when I use the smoothing nozzle it leaves my hair looking shiny thanks to the intelligent heat control, super soft and smooth and all I have to do is run my straighteners quickly over the ends. My drying and styling time has been cut easily in half.

The hairdryer itself is small and light to use, its almost as light as a travel hairdryer. It has a sleek and modern design and stands out in the ground! As the motor is in the handle it doesn’t feel top heavy like an ordinary hairdryer and you don’t get arm ache when blowdrying your hair.

While other hairdryers can get too hot, the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer works differently. It measures air temperature 20 times a second, preventing extreme heat damage to help protect natural shine. This also means less breakage which is music to my other half’s ears as he hated it when my hair got everywhere before when I have dried my hair.

The hairdryer has three precise speed settings; Fast drying, Regular drying and Styling and four precise heat settings; 100°C Fast drying and styling, 80°C Regular drying, 60°C Gentle drying, 28°C Constant cold. I use the constant cold for a few seconds when I have finished drying my hair to cool down the hairdryer to put back in it’s box.

In the box you get the hairdryer itself, a smoothing nozzles, a styling nozzle, a diffuser, a non slip mat and a storage hanger. It all packs back neatly in the box for easy storage.

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To summarise, this is by far the best hairdryer I have even owned/used! It drys your hair in minutes, keeps it sleek and smooth, protects your hair from damage and looks great too! In my opinion it is worth every penny, especially as it gets used so much!

 

The Stokke Xplory Onyx Black Winter Kit Review

In my opinion the Stokke Xplory is the most unique looking Pushchair on the market and stands out from the crowd. I often get comments about how modern it looks from other Mum’s and it’s defiantly  a much more trendier and fashionable pushchair. So when we were sent the Stokke Xplory Onyx Black Winter Kit I was very excited!

You will have seen in the Summer I jazzed up my sleek black Xplory with the blue Stokke summer kit and now with Winter well and truly here my Stokke is now wearing its Winter kit in Onyx Black. To be honest I hate the cold and Winter is just not for me but with the gorgeous sheepskin fur, the Stokke Onyx Black Winter Kit has certainly given me something to smile about.

As well as looking great it keeps little Archie lovely and warm and the pop on front storm cover keeps him shielded from the cold weather. His little cheeks go so red and sore in the Winter and having the storm cover protecting him from the wind when we are out and about makes it so much better!

Doesn’t Archie Look Cosy?!

Inside the Winter Kit box which as an RRP of £255.00 and comes in three lovely different colours; the Onyx Black, Bronze Brown and Pearl White is the sheepskin fur insulated hood which is just gorgeous, the seat rear textile cover, the sheepskin care brush, the storm cover and a pair of sheepskin lined mittens that attach easily to the handlebar and keeps my hands lovely and warm!

Being able to switch up the look and style of my Stokke Xplory is great fun and with so many kits and colours to choose from there is a style for everyone. I’m always excited to see Stokke’s new style when the new season comes around.

I absolutely love our Stokke Winter kit and the material is so durable and easy to wipe down which means keeping my Xplory clean and looking great is super easy! Especially in the Winter when it’s in my car boot sometimes mud gets on the fabric but as it’s wipeable I use a baby wipe and it looks as good as new!

Having a gorgeous pushchair to look at everyday has certainly made this cold Winter a bit more bearable! Take a look at the Stokke website to see for yourself!

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Disclaimer: We were sent the Winter Kit for the purpose of this review. However all opinions are honest and my own and I absolutely love my Xplory and the Stokke Xplory Onyx Black Winter Kit.

Baby Blooms Skincare Gifts Review

Baby Blooms is a brand that I have come across before when I had a baby shower thrown for me when I was pregnant with Archie I was given a gorgeous bouquet of flowers that was made up of bibs and baby grows and two cupcakes that were baby vests. The gifts are so unique and original and look almost to good to use! They make the most gorgeous gifts; hampers, bouquets, nappy cakes, toys and balloons and so much more. It is literally your one stop shop for new baby and new Mum gifts.

When I was recently contacted by them to review one of their gorgeous skincare sets and it came in the most amazing gift box that has been designed and illustrated by Amanda Bradley. The boxes are great to keep your baby memories inside after you have finished using it. Inside my box was the most gorgeous tissue paper wrapped around a organza gift bag that had potpourri attached which made the box smell amazing and inside the bag was a soothing body lotion, replenishing hand cream, rejuvenating facial moisturiser, lip rescue balm and a baby care cream. They all come in gorgeous pots and bottles which are the perfect size to put into your hospital bag or changing bag. Two products I am so pleased I packed into my hospital bag was lip balm and hand cream and used tons of it! They are defiantly a must if you are packing your hospital bag.


This set would make a fantastic baby shower gift or new Mum gift so amongst everything baby Mum can still look and feel great too. All of the products in the Baby Blooms skincare range are handmade and made from natural ingredients and are produced here in the UK.


The replenishing hand cream smells amazing with a refreshing lemongrass scent and contains jojoba which leaves you hands smelling amazing and super soft and moisturised. The hand cream is really light and doesn’t leave your hands feeling tacky afterwards.


The soothing body lotion leaves your skin feeling really soft. After being pregnant for 9 months I have continued to moisturise my skin since having Archie. When I was pregnant I moisturised morning and evening as my skin felt tight and itchy and I wanted to prevent stretch marks. Afterwards I used lots of different body lotions and the Baby Blooms one is by for the most moisturising and the calendula and primrose leave your body smelling amazing.


In the three pots is the lip rescue, baby care cream and the rejuvenating facial moisturiser. They are all 20ml which like I said before are the perfect size for your hospital, changing or handbag. The lip balm leaves your lips feeling soft and nourished and after having a baby your lips can feel so dry so this lip rescue is exactly what you need. Again with the facial moisturiser it is rich and leaves your skin feeling soft and replenished. The baby care cream is fantastic for healing nappy rash, baby eczema and psoriasis. I have also used it on my hands as I get eczema on them now and again and it has helped soothe and repair my skin too.

Baby Blooms make the most fantastic award winning gifts and you can see their full range HERE. I also love their announcement balloons which inside the balloon is a teddy announcing that you are expecting or for a gender reveal. The gifts are truly amazing and you will not be disappointed.

Disclaimer: I was sent the above mentioned box of skincare for the purpose of this review, all opinions are honest and my own. I love them!

Mothercare’s Autumn Winter 2016 Collection

Last Thursday Archie and I headed into London to the Wardof Street gallery in Soho to take a sneak peek of Mothercare’s new Autumn/Winter collection for 2016. This included the newest pieces from the ‘Little Bird’ collection by Jules Oliver and the gorgeous ‘Smile’collection by the world famous designer, Julien Macdonald plus much more and the exciting launch of ‘My K’ clothing range for older boys and girls by the lovely Myleene Klass who also has her baby clothing range ‘Baby K’. It was also a really exciting day for me as my lovely friend Rachel came along with us to film a vlog for me.


When we arrived the windows of the gallery and the interior were decorated in a monochome theme to compliment Myleene’s new range. Myleene was actually there in person when we arrived and we grabbed a quick photo with her and I got to chat with her for a couple of minutes about her new collection. Without a doubt Monochrome is on trend at the moment with most if my Instagram feed full of Monochrome interiors and fashion so I absolutely love the new ‘My K’ collection that has completely embraced the trend and the clothing and shoes are amazing. There were actually quite a few pieces that I would love in adult sizes for me, the sparkly black trainers in particular!


We then looked at the ‘Smile’ collection by Julien Macdonald which is available in 0-2 years, there are so many gorgeous pieces for boys and girls and I absolutely love the collection. I have picked out and ordered a few pieces already for Archie. Here is what I have ordered and a couple of my favourites that I haven’t been able to get in his size yet.


The rest of the Autumn Winter collection has gorgeous leggings, dresses and tops for girls with lovely hats and bags to accessorize with and for boys lovely animal printed joggers, lion jumpers and other animal themed pieces that I know Oscar will love as he loves anything to do with animals. The Peter Rabbit collection is also gorgeous and is available in 0-12 months. The range is in soft greys and with gorgeous little prints on them. The whole collection is perfect for newborn gifts.

We had a great afternoon and as you can see there are some amazing pieces for boys and girls in the Mothercare Autumn Winter collection for this year. Take a look below and the vlog Rachel Mannes from Minifilmz  put together for me. She is absolutely amazing and if you need films with content for your blog/website made for you please drop her an email on minifilmz@outlook.com.

Archie’s Birthday Competition – Day 9, A Chequered Bobble Hat from Blade & Rose

You will love the chequered Bobble Hats from Blade & Rose. The stylish woolly hats are lined with a lovely super-soft fleece to keep newborn babies extra cosy during chilly winter days.  It is defiantly cold out now and these hats would help to protect your little ones from the cold weather. The Bobble Hat features an adorable pom pom on top to complete the snuggly, and fashionable look.  Bobble Hats are on trend this Winter, I have brought an adult version for myself. The range of eye-catching colours include Blue, Red, Purple and Pink which are suitable for babies 0-3 months, 6-12 months and children 1-2 years and 2-5 years.

Blade and Rose is a leading British children’s clothing brand specialising in a trendsetting range of leggings and clothing accessories. Blade & Rose was created whilst designer Amanda was on maternity leave, which ultimately led the company to be named  after her children’s middle name ‘Blade’ and ‘Rose’. Each piece of the collection is unique and has the trademark design on the bum. A major component of the development was to ensure that the quality of the fabric was durable, functional, would wash well and most importantly, that was soft and kind to children’s delicate skin which is exactly what I look for when buying clothes for Oscar and Archie.

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The range of clothes they have are gorgeous and I especially love their leggings that are for baby boys and girls. My favourites at the moment are the pirate, whale and star ones. They look so comfy and snug. They also have tops, bodysuits, tights, bandana bibs, socks along with their hats.

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The bobble hats have an RRP of £13.00 and are available at www.bladeandrose.co.uk and now in Harvey Nichols stores. Blade and Rose have kindly given the chance for one of my readers to win a chequered bobble hat in the colour of their choice. Enter below and good luck!

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Archie’s Birthday Competitions – Day 4, My 1st Years Baby’s Personalised Hooded Fleece Robe

My 1st years if you haven’t come across them before are a fantastic online store that sell beautiful personalised products that range from teddies and toys, blankets, clothing, bed, bath and home accessories. All orders arrive in their signature green luxury gift box which is free and they offer free personalisation with every order too.

We have quite a few bits from My 1st Years including a beautiful personalised ride on fire engine that we brought from Archie for his first Christmas present and a personalised wooden xylophone that we have give as one of his first birthday presents.

The quality of the My 1st Years products are always fantastic and with the luxury gift boxes are a high end brand that offer great gifts at great prices. Over the last few years I have ordered all sorts of gifts from personalised blankets to shoes and money boxes when our friends have had babies or have had a christening.

Before Christmas we were lucky enough to be invited to an event in London to check out their Christmas range and the boys were kindly given personalised stockings and Archie also has a reindeer robe which is so soft and snuggerly and is the perfect dressing gown. I want one in adult size! It washes great too and has been washed and dried a few times and still looks and feels as good as new.

My 1st Years have kindly given the chance for one of my readers to win a Baby’s Hooded Fleece Robe that comes in ages 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-2 years, 2-3 years, 3-4 years and 4-5 years. You can choose from 7 different colours and pick your personalisation up to 15 letters and in what don’t you would like. Enter below and good luck! Also check out the My 1st Years website as they have a massive sale on at the moment!

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The Gift Of Giving With Frugi

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We love Frugi clothes and since Archie was born he has lots of Frugi outfits in his wardrobe. My favourite thing about Frugi is they fit Archie like a glove as they are ‘cut from cloth’ and he is super comfortable in the soft organic cotton. I have noticed this is especially good at the moment with him rolling around everywhere and bottom shuffling, it is important he can move around freely and comfortably. As if those points are not good enough Frugi is also a wonderful company that works as ethically as possible, donating 1% of their turn over each year to different charities to help the planet. So far they have donated over a whooping £200,000!

With Christmas fast upon us Frugi do a wonderful campaign and share their ethos of giving back and started the ‘gift of giving’. What they do is ask their regular ‘Frugi Family’ bloggers to pick a blogger friend to gift a Frugi item of clothing to and lovely Michelle from whatmummythinks.co.uk chose me! (Jumps up and down with excitement!) 🙂

Archie was kindly sent a Bobby Applique Top which is absolutely gorgeous and is bound to get anyone in the festive mood! It is a lovely long sleeve top which is perfect for this cold weather and is made from organic cotton which has kept Archie lovely and snug! I love that it has a envelope next like a baby grow which makes it easy to put on and take off. The Bobby Applique top comes in 9 gorgeous designs in sizes from 0-3 all the way up to 3-4 years.

As you can see the colours on the t-shirt are lovely and bright and funnily enough we went to a event a few weeks ago and Archie was wearing his top and two people pointed out that it was Frugi. Their lovely designs and top quality clothes are easy to spot!

Now head over to the lovely Laura to see what she received as her gift and who gifted it to her… Laura’s Lovely Blog – http://www.laurasummers.co.uk/2015/12/02/review-frugi-little-isla-cord-dress/

Laura's Lovely Blog ♥ - Mother. CWP Consultant. Bookworm. Handbag Addict. Lover of Lovely Things.

Disclaimer: We were sent the Bobby Applique Top as part of the Frugi Gift of Giving campaign. All opinions are honest and my own.

Preview Of The Mothercare Spring/Summer 2016 Collection

Yesterday we went to the preview of the Mothercare Spring/Summer 2016 collection. When we first went in we saw the gorgeous Peter Rabbit collection which is in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter. I have a little bit of a Peter Rabbit obsession and have all of the ornaments and even sourced some bedding for Oscar from France. I had been looking for a nursery range for ages for Archie and only found bits in the U.S and to ship them over here was a fortune. Seeing the new Mothercare collection made my day and I can’t wait for its release in March. There is everything from Peter rabbit clothing and accessories to beautiful cot bedding, furniture and gifts. The clothing range is for babies of newborn to 1 year and the collection is made up of soft grey and white unisex colours with traditional illustrations. The embroidery is gorgeous.


Around the room were different sets of nursery furniture to suit any nursery. From walnut to white the furniture is lovely and so well made. My favourite is the new Bloomsbury collection with smooth, stylish curves and I love the changing unit. Also the new moses baskets and stand caught my eye. They are beautiful with soft material weaved around the edges and with the new stands look amazing. I wish Archie could still fit in one as I would definitely get this one in the grey.

 

I was then shown the new XSS Pockit stroller and was absolutely blown away by it. It is a Guiness World record breaker as it is the most compact pushchair at only H34cm x W14cm x D32cm when folded. It is absolutely tiny and so light weight too. Wherever you go the XSS will fit everywhere. From an over head compartment on a plane to inside its very own carry bag, you can carry it anywhere. The carry bag matches the pattern of the pushchair and when the stroller is inside nobody would ever guess you are carrying around a pushchair. It is brilliant for travelling or even on the school run when you want a small pushchair that won’t take up the whole of your boot. It is packed with additional features including a sun canopy, adjustable handles and lockable front swivel wheels. It is suitable for babies of 6 months + and is an absolute bargain at only £129.99!

The Little Bird collection by Jools Oliver is as gorgeous as ever, with the bright colours and funky designs. The Little Bird brand is iconic and most parents will be able to spot a Little Birds outfit out in a crowd. The collection is bright, fun and with the bold graphics your children will love wearing these outfits. The whole collection is gorgeous and I can’t wait for it to hit the stores in the early part of next year!

 

The Baby K collection by Myleene Klass is exclusive to Mothercare and every season she designs the most beautiful children’s clothes and nursery collections. I love the baby collections with different slogans on, especially the grey and yellow ‘happy’ jumper.

The Mothercare clothing range caters for babies and children’s up to 8 years. They have launched three collections for the Spring/Summer collection; Hamptons, Eco and Rio. I love all of the vibrant colours and prints. The children’s trainers are really on trend too and they have also refreshed their character ranges with retro favourites like Tom and Jerry and Dennis the Menace. I have a long shopping list of clothing for the boys from everything I was shown. Role on Spring!


 

We had a great afternoon at the Mothercare Spring/Summer preview #SS16Mothercare and loved everything. We also got to make a great tote bag each which was a great idea and a really fun momento of the day.


Thanks Mothercare!