Allium B was founded in March 2012 by frock fans and sisters Clare and Mary Burgess. It has quietly established itself as a British independent label for a grown up woman, who is confident with her own style and knows what suits her but above all loves wearing a dress. When they got in touch asking me to take a look at their latest Spring Summer 2015 range and choose a dress to review, I have to say that I was completely spoilt for choice.
They specialise in a tightly edited collection of beautifully detailed dresses, this is slow(er) fashion not fast fashion. The dresses are designed to be worn and loved for more than one season. If you are looking for fast catwalk copies, sharp tailoring or tight body-con then Allium B is probably not the label for you but if you want something a little softer with a slightly vintage feel in a beautiful fabric then you must take a look. Basically I feel like this collection was made for me!
After much swooning, I finally chose the Eliza Liberty print sundress. It is a simple, slightly 70’s style sundress that comes in a range of fine cotton prints from Liberty and I chose it in the blue. It arrived beautifully packaged and I have to say that I was blown away by just how beautiful the Pereira print was in the flesh. The dress is a really flattering cut and sits just on the knee. It has a sheered back panel that helps to give it a perfect fit (and gives me a waist that I didn’t realise I had!) The pretty thick straps have a button fastening to the back and are also wide enough to hide unsightly bra straps. I love that the contrast piping gives it a really retro feel and best of all… Yep you guessed it… It has pockets! Oh how I love a dress with pockets!
There was absolutely no way that I could wait for the sunshine to come out to play before getting to wear this beautiful dress and our plans for Easter don’t include anything more exotic than the Lake District (so no chance of any sun there!) But actually this is such a versatile little dress and layered up, I think it works really well on these chillier spring days. I wore it with navy opaques and tan brogues then added a distressed denim jacket and a light blue scarf and I think it works perfectly. It would even be great with a roll neck underneath and worn as a pinafore. That said, I can’t wait to show it off to its full glory once that sunshine does make an appearance of course and I’m sure you will be seeing the Eliza time and again in my summer outfit posts as I plan to never take it off!
Now I have a little treat for my blog readers! How would you like a 20% discount off Allium B? I thought so! Just simply add YUMMY at the checkout and this special discount is all yours. You’re welcome!
Posted in Fashion, Product Review
Tagged Allium B, beautiful, British, discount, dress, Easter, Eliza, fashion, independent, Liberty, print, review, spring, Spring Summer 2015, style, vintage, What I Wore
I absolutely love Hotel Chocolat and when they got in touch asking if they could send me a little something to review from their range of Easter goodies, I didn’t have to think twice! What can I say, this blogging lark is hard work but somebody has to do it. The things I do for my readers, hey? I was sent the Scrambled Egg in milk chocolate but it is also available in white, dark and even milk free chocolate.
It arrived beautifully presented in a foiled box and would make such a lovely gift. This amazing hollow egg was beautifully decorated with a wild scramble of dark and white chocolate. There’s something about breaking into an Easter egg, isn’t there? And I swear Easter egg chocolate tastes better than all other chocolate! The egg itself was lovely and thick and absolutely delicious. It also came with a box of six scrambled pralines sealed in milk chocolate. Utterly yummy! Priced at £15 I think it is really good value for what is a really luxurious egg. Maybe one for the grown-ups mind, I’m not sure that little people would appreciate just how amazing this egg is!
Hotel Chocolat as you might expect have an amazing range of chocolate treats this Easter. From amazing Egglet Selections to Easter Goodie Bags, Extra Thick Eggs to the now famous (and quite frankly out of this world) Ostrich Egg. And of course it wouldn’t be Easter without chocolate bunnies and there are more than you can shake a carrot at in milk, white, dark and milk free chocolate.
Disclaimer: I was very kindly sent this milk chocolate Scrambled Egg from Hotel Chocolat for the purpose of this review. Don’t expect me to share though, you’ll have to get your own.
Posted in Food, Product Review
Tagged chocolate, Easter, Easter egg, egg, Gift, Hotel Chocolat, luxury, review, Scrambled Egg, treat
This spring Barbie joins the ranks of superheroes with her all new feature film release of Barbie in Princess Power and we were lucky enough to be sent our very own Barbie Super Sparkle doll to review here on the blog. The first thing that my daughter said when she saw this was ‘So she’s a Barbie and a superhero? WOW!’ I couldn’t have put it better myself!
In the film Barbie stars as Kara, a modern day princess with an everyday life. She is kissed by a beautiful and very special butterfly then discovers that she has amazing magical powers. As Kara, the doll has a beautiful shimmering pink gown and pretty tiara.
But with the push of a special gem on her bodice, she spins and transforms into her superhero alter ego Super Sparkle. Her tiara becomes a mask and her skirt magically opens into a full sparkly cape revealing her utility belt and tall pink boots underneath. Ta daaah!
My daughter absolutely loves this Barbie! The doll itself is so much fun when she spins and transforms. Of course it means in effect you have two dolls in one it’s fab. But she also loves the idea of Barbie being a superhero too and can’t wait to see the film now.
Barbie Super Sparkle Doll is available now for just £22.99 and you can also find lots of fun make and do activities online at http://www.Barbie.com/PrincessPowerUK
Posted in Product Review
Tagged Barbie, Barbie Super Sparkle, doll, film, princess, Princess Power, review, spring, Super Sparkle, superhero, toy
No other tee was really going to do today, was it? I’m spreading the love for this amazing Mother Tee and even more amazing cause. All profits from sales of Mother designs go to Women for Women International – an amazing charity that helps women in 8 war-torn regions rebuild their lives through training programmes. You can get yours now from Selfish Mother. Go on, spread the mother power!
Happy Mother’s Day from one mother to another x
Posted in Fashion, Feminism
Tagged charity, fashion, mother, Mother Tee, Mother's Day, Selfish Mother, style, tee, war, women, Women For Women International
..so it’s what I wore
Cream boucle blazer – Zara, white tee – H&M, dark indigo 1969 Legging Jeans – Gap, bracelets – Links of London, watch – Michael Kors, ballet flats – c/o Upper Street
Spring is very nearly in the air so it’s hello ankles! And hello last years favourite blazer from Zara! It was actually a birthday present last year and I still absolutely love it. The jeans are a new addition from Gap and are the best stretchy skinnies I have ever found that are still very much jeans not jeggings if that makes sense. These are the ballet flats that I designed with the lovely folk over at Upper Street and I still love them to bits! I purposely chose a very simple and classic design when they were made especially for me and I’m so glad that I did as I’m still enjoying them years later, they really are beautifully made shoes.
I absolutely love dressing for spring (and autumn too in fact) I suppose so called transitional dressing could be seen to be tricky but I love that it is not quite as extreme as winter or summer, even if you don’t always know where you are from one day to the next. The great thing about the whole blazer and skinnies uniform is though is that it is so versatile. You can wear long sleeve tops, basic tees or even vests underneath. Lose the blazer altogether if you get too warm. Add a scarf if it’s a bit chilly. I have even been known to throw my Boden Rainy Day Mac over a blazer for the school run before now. (Best raincoat ever by the way – every mama should have one. I have two I love it so much!) But there is something about the blazer and jeans combo that instantly makes me feel more put together. Like I have made an effort when really I haven’t at all. I’m a big fan of a mummy uniform as I am essentially a very lazy dresser!
So that was me, what have you been wearing this week? Have you dared to flash a bit of ankle yet?
Posted in Fashion, What I Wore Wednesday
Tagged Autumn, ballet flats, blazer, Boden, fashion, Gap, mummy, mummy uniform, Rainy Day Mac, skinny jeans, spring, style, Upper Street, What I Wore, What I Wore Wednesday, Zara
Dino Tales is a new educational game by Kuato Studios for kids aged 4-10 years and we were lucky enough to get to have a play to review here on my blog. You can customise and control a baby dinosaur to explore a 3D island filled with dinosaurs, plants and fossils. The game was created alongside educational specialists and tested with pupils and teachers across primary schools in the UK. There are 6 characters to play with as well as plenty of games and activities like lava slides, rock bowling, scary caves and more.
My youngest daughter who has just turned 7 is absolutely dinosaur mad so she couldn’t wait to play but actually it was just as big a hit with my 8 year old daughter too. It is nice to see them both enjoy the same game so much, it really seemed to capture their imaginations. With Dino Tales you can create a digital storybook from your adventure which can be shared and read with an adult. It’s a great way to use an app in an educational way to enhance vocabulary and practice their storytelling skills. Then obviously from my point of view it’s also nice to be able to share the fun with my daughters. You can set the reading age so it is appropriate for your child which was a feature I also loved. You can also set playing time limits too if you feel it necessary and you can receive the storybook via email every time the kids play. The Parent Corner is really straightforward to use and also has all the instructions you need to get going. Although I have to say that at 7 and 8, my girls had no problems in navigating the actual games by themselves.
There’s a really nifty feature of an interactive dino guide called Darwin and using the special word wheels, children can ask him different questions. It’s so much more than just a game as you really do get to learn lots of new dinosaur facts too. My youngest daughter loved customising her dinosaur and making him sneeze (the poor thing! Ha!) while my older daughter particularly liked exploring the island and collecting the fossils along the way. I think the mix of the educational elements along with the range of games really keeps the kids interested though. That as well as the great graphics. It really is a very well thought out and put together app and I think it goes without saying that it gets a huge thumbs up (or should that be claws up?) from us!
Dino Tales is available now from the App Store priced at £2.99 and is suitable for iPhone/iPad.
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Tagged app, App Store, children, daughters, Dino Tales, dinosaur, educational, explore, fun, game, iPad, iPhone, Kids, knowledge, Netmums, Netmums Official Blog Review, review, story
We have a new and very special addition to our family. My eight year old will soon be nine and her grandparents have treated her to a very special (and slightly early) birthday present. A pet tortoise all of her own. She honestly couldn’t be happier, it was like all of her birthdays and Christmases came at once when this little fellow arrived. Meet Esio Trot!
My daughter is a sensitive little soul and she absolutely loves animals. I think having a pet all of her own will be really good for her. The name Esio Trot came from the Roald Dahl book of the same name of course. Strictly speaking I suppose he should be called Alfie like the tortoise in the story but she thought he looked more like an Esio Trot than an Alfie. Sounds good to me! I’ve never seen a tortoise in the flesh before and I have to say that I am rather taken by him myself. He’s only 1 so he’s tiny right now but in about 10 years time, he will be fully grown and the size of a dinner plate.
My little girl doesn’t like surprises. In fact, she can get terribly upset by change or big surprises. She’s a planner and likes to know exactly what is happening when so since her Grandad told her about the tortoise a few weeks ago, she has been plotting and planning away. I don’t think there is anything that this child does not know about Horsefield tortoises bless her little cotton socks! She immediately took her responsibility of having a pet tortoise of her own very seriously and with our help, has researched how best to look after him. I must admit that there is a certain pressure that comes with looking after him for her while she is at school, I’m under very strict instructions as you can imagine! Ha!
But seeing her little face light up when she sees him is just priceless. She’s so gentle with him and spends hours just looking at him. She comes running into our room every morning asking to go downstairs to see him. Although it has to be said that Esio Trot is quite the little lazy bones and so far has still been tucked away fast asleep every morning. He then takes a good couple of hours to really wake up but when he does, he’s quite a lively little thing. And greedy. Really very greedy! What a life! It’s funny to think that he’ll probably out live the lot of us though. Just think, it might be my daughter’s grandchildren who are enjoying him one day. Esio Trot is a very special present for a very special little girl, that’s for sure. We’re a big bit in love.
Posted in family
Tagged animals, birthday, child, daughter, eight year old, Esio Trot, family life, girl, grandad, grandparents, Horsefield, love, pet, present, responsibilty, Roald Dahl, sensitive, tortoise