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Back To College

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Fashion | Posted on 07-08-2013

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If your teens are heading to college this September the uniform list tends to be a bit smaller than it has been for the last few years. In fact most colleges don’t have a uniform list and its the first time children have been able to really express themselves with their clothes apart from at weekends. Clearly the college will want your child looking smart and won’t approve of them wearing anything too wild, but I remember most students getting a pretty free reign when I went many years ago. In fact I the only policy that my college really enforced was on footwear. High heels were definitely not allowed which seemed sensible enough.

As a keen buyer of shoes – though nowadays they tend to be for Little Man – I spend a lot of time browsing them online. I’ve found some really cute plimsolls on sale at New Look which would make great footwear for the new term. Simple in design and available in a range of colours – or an uber cute dog pattern – they are going to go with whatever your teen wears to college. I think they’d team up well with dresses, shorts, jeans and leggings, giving that casual sporty look to any outfit. Now whilst I don’t have a teen , nor am I remotely teen in age, I would certainly wear them myself! In fact with prices starting at just £9.99 for a pair, I may well treat myself to a couple.

black and white sausage dog print plimsolls from new look

I’m pretty sure these are my favourite though. What do you think? Like I said, whilst I am in no way the target market for these shoes, I think they’d make great summer footwear – what’s left of it anyway – and would be perfect to pull on and chase after Little Man wearing. And anyway, can a girl EVER have too many pairs of shoes? According to my husband, yes they can. Or more specifically, yes I do. Such a spoil sport.

Bring On The Summer

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Fashion | Posted on 13-05-2013

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I’m currently on holiday in Pembrokeshire – clearly not TOTALLY on holiday or I wouldn’t have packed my laptop – and despite a rather dubious forecast, today has been pretty gorgeous weather wise. Yes it did go from bright sunshine to epic downpour within minutes, but minutes later the sun was back out again. Its a little breezy yes – gale force at times – but its sunny, so what more can I ask for?

We’re spending as much time as we can outside, making the most of the weather and the sunshine whilst it lasts. Having checked the forecast before we packed and left home I threw a lot of jumpers in at the last minute, and brought only trousers. Not a summer dress in sight, and I’m beginning to regret that. I think a little shopping trip might be called for before the clouds roll out again and turn the week into a wet squib.

I’m thinking a nice sleeveless dress. I’m not a fan of plain dresses. I like a pattern – generally something cute like birds, which won’t come as a surprise to anyone that’s met me. I have lots of tops, skirts and dresses with a bird print on. A friend of mine suggested I looked at the range of dresses at New Look. They are cheap and cheerful, and luckily for me, plenty come with cute prints on. These are my three favourites from their website, each with a different print – flowers, birds and bees. I think a trip into town is called for to see which I like. Knowing me, I’ll end up buying all three. Then again, it is my birthday on Friday, so perhaps I can persuade Hubby to get them for me. A girl can dream!

Which is your favourite? I’m leaning towards the bee print myself. I like the zip pocket detailing. This dress is an online exclusive… now where did I put Hubby’s credit card…!