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Mothercare Spring/Summer 2017 Preview: my top picks

This month my London meetings coincided with the Mothercare Spring/Summer 2017 press day by happy coincidence. It meant adding a little bit of sunshine and a lot of bright colours and positive slogans to my day, which were much needed after this week’s sorry events. Plus I got to meet Hannah @ Budding Smiles and Alex @ Lamb & Bear which was a nice bonus (and a good reminder to buy Baby D some his Christmas leggings from Lamb & Bear!).

I’m a bit sad that Scrip is getting too big for some of Mothercare’s clothes because I think the ranges get better and better. For next summer, expect this:

Never out of fashion and some can be unisex – I love stripes. Nautical, smock tops and sweet toddler tees to look forward to.
Mothercare topMothercare vestMothercare t-shirt

I particularly love the ‘3 months’ and ‘6 months’ vests – taking their cues from the popular age cards. These are fab and would make good presents. My Rainbow Baby is a lovely idea and Little Bird slogans are as joyful as ever. Little Bird happy t-shirtMonth marker vestsRainbow baby vest

Some roarsome stuff here and great little details. The little faces and ears on the sleeves of this t-shirt and the dinosaur scale leggings are gorgeous. I’m very tempted by the bedding.

Mothercare jumperMothercare cat sleevesAnimal bedding

Perfect patterns
Orla Kiely sleepbags, retro dresses and that unisex babygro (I love unisex now, for obvious reasons!)

Little Bird sleepsuitOrla Kiely sleepbags Little Bird dress

I had a quick look at the ELC   toys – probably just as well I was child-free as a big tractor took centre stage and I wouldn’t have been able to drag Baby D away! Some nice Happy Land pieces and the portable potties looked good. Thanks for a good afternoon, Mothercare!


The White Company: White Label preview

White Company white label previewI’m a big fan of The White Company (who isn’t?) for presents, treats and gorgeous clothes and toys for little ones. They also come into their own at Christmas. But aside from some PJs and dressing gowns, I don’t own any grown up White Company clothes.

That’s about to change with the launch of White Label, their new Spring/Summer 2016 range and the name for all future White Company clothes, which I was lucky enough to preview last week. The first thing that struck me was the colour. Still in tasteful White Company tones, there seemed to be a larger colour palate than before.

Also texture – pretty lace and delicate silks, thick denim and soft cottons. I spotted so many things that I’d love to have. I overheard a fashion editor talking about it being ‘perfect for the school run’. If I ever look that elegant for the school drop off, I’d be very pleased! I was thinking more smart casual weekend and evenings and some would be perfect for workwear. And the styles would flatter many figures.

As I browsed I sampled some Jing tea which is soon to be available at The White Company. The green tea had a delicate flavour and wasn’t at all bitter and the Jasmine was fragrant and delicious. Previously available at hotels and restaurants and via Jing’s website, this is the first time they’ve partnered with a retailer and I’m sure it will be a fruitful relationship.

Jing tea’s shortly to be stocked while the White Label clothes are available from end of January next year. Here are a few of my favourite items:

I love this denim dress. It could be worn with leggings or tanned legs (optimistic) and should skim the curves nicely.

White Company denim dress

A beautiful soft woollen/cashmere top in a creamy grey.


The gorgeous lace back and shoulder detail makes this little black dress.


This glam kimono-style dress is eye-catching.


A simple, flattering cotton top – and I love the necklace.


This mauve and silver bag stood out amongst a wide range of leather accessories.


The first time the White Company have made the step up from flats to heels – and a very promising start!


Easy to wear and pretty, I love this silky top.


This dip dye pink/white sweater looks fresh and comfy.


And finally a white top! A pretty knitted sweater which could be dressed up or down. Lovely.


My maternity staples – taking you through 9 months of bump

maternity staplesI definitely stuck to a capsule wardrobe during my pregnancy this time, and whilst some things were great for the early stages I’ve found there were a few classics I was able to wear from mini-bump to maxi-bump, and that stayed comfy and shapely along the way. Here are some of my maternity favourites this time:

H&M MAMA black stretchy jeans (£20)
These didn’t lose their shape or get too faded and I wore them for 4 or 5 months as well as after birth. They’re comfy and more flattering than a lot of maternity jeans.

Jojo Maman Bebe 4 Way Maternity cardie (£39)
My version was actually the thicker, winter version of this but it’s got the same shape. It’s nice to pull on when you’re not in the mood for tight clothing, it’s warm whilst being a layer you can take on or off and you can wear it in different ways. Plus there was plenty of room for my growing bump.

Gap V-neck long sleeve t-shirt (£14.99)
A great stretchy staple. Mine was purple (in a bid to move away from the blacks and greys) and it was long enough to pull down over trousers and not ride up. It’s been great for layering.

Vertbaudet Colline maternity sweater (£34)
This looks smarter than a stretchy t-shirt and is just as comfy. It’s been really versatile and I’ve worn it with skirts and trousers, to birthday parties and to work meetings. It’s also good for layering with a vest for breast feeding.

Isabella Oliver blue dress (£40 on eBay)
Mine was similar to this but much less as I got it on eBay. I love Isabella Oliver and Baukjen dresses – in fact I’ve still been able to wear my non-maternity stripey Baukjen dress up until recently and it seems to ping back into place for post-maternity. This blue dress has been brillant for work, dinner out and most recently, a Christening. It’s smart but comfy and I love the shade. It’s worth signing up to emails as there are always promotions and great sales and the clothes are worth the investment.

And one thing I wish I’d had:

Maternity sweat pants (£20)
For some reason I never got round to buying these. I still had some harem pants from last time that I’ve been wearing but they’re really not very flattering. Something like this would have been great for weekend wearing (or weekday mat leave sofa slouching).

What are your maternity staples? I’d love to know.