If I’m honest – which as you well know I always am – often to the point of foot in mouth – but whatevs – I never would have believed I’d be writing a blog title like this. Marie Chantal X good old M&S? Who’s have thought it? But boy, is it a thing, and boy is it good. Look here.
Many, many years ago when I had a small kids fashion retail pop-up in a local leisure centre, there was a large fish tank next to it that was filled with lots of beautiful tropical fish. Amongst them, Clownfish AKA Nemo. All I heard ALL DAY LONG from little kids walking past was “Neeeeeeeemo mummayyyyyyy”. Now this was all very much pre having had kids for me – I had no clue what they were on about.
Oh how very much my life has now changed. And now, all these years later – Disney Pixar have finally created a sequel to Finding Nemo called Finding Dory which is released in the UK on the 29th July. Which if Nemo is anything to go by, will be a huge smash. Not least with our British summer pretty-much guaranteeing NO rain-free days – it’s somewhere to take them and keep them amused for a few hours eh? Here’s the trailer.
So inspired by this – I bring you my Top 10 Underwater inspired fashion as it goes without saying that we don’t ‘do’ official merchandise darlings. Let’s go..
How perfect is this underwater-scene hoodie by Hitch Hiker (Monnalisa’s boys brand) €87.
Ahhh, beach life – how I love you and pine for you. BUT you cannot send those kids willy-nilly on to the sand unless they are properly swim-suited and booted so here are my Top 10 kids beach essentials for summer holidays.
Starting with to swim in. Now I know these swim shorts are rather expensive but come ON they are oh so amazing! By Orlebar Brown from Melijoe £110.
I am loving this swimsuit by M&S. Ticking both the gingham trend and the appliqué trend – this ticks my boxes. From £10.
The tiniest female fashion icon turns one on Monday 2nd May – Princess Charlotte. There has been much in the press over the last week about the way the Duchess dresses her kids – even I have had my say in the Mail Online. The Duchess has a very specific style for Charlotte – traditional, very Spanish, muted tones, lots of ditsy florals, collars and smocking. My mother used to dress me like that. Until I was 13. No lie. Anyway – I survived – so here’s how to get her look for less for your very own princess with my Top 10. Let’s go…
Her dress in this picture is by Spanish brand M&H and costs a mere £21. Compare that to what the celebrities spend on their kids outfits eh?
Halloween is round the corner. Arguably the best day in my girls’ year – ahead of their birthday. Why? Because you get the dress up and eat sweets of course. Outfit conversations start on the 31st October as a matter of course. Of course.
But, what we will not have, is an ugly, scratchy costume situation. We will do this with style. Let’s go!
Nice. By Stella McCartney Kids at Melijoe £46.
This Hoopoe cape by Mainio is a Halloween winner €49.90
How cool is this cap! 23 by Loud Apparel from Cloudo Kids.
Lazy Legs leggings by Bang Bang Copenhagen from Scandimini £21.50
A rather dapper skeleton by Bang Bang Copenhagen from Alex and Alexa £26
Love these high tops by H&M £17.99
How to do cat stylishly by Pop Up Shop from Cissy Wears £33
Inky Black mouth baseball jacket £51 Beau Loves
A twist on cats ears headbands by Little Eleven Paris £18 from Scout and Co Kids
Love the tiny colour-pop stars on this dress M&S from £18
Now that’s a treat eh? No tricks in sight. Happy Halloween!