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New Shoes For Christmas From Hotter

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas, Product Reviews | Posted on 22-11-2012

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If you’re looking for something stylish and comfortable to wear on Christmas Day this year, or want to spoil your other half with a good long lasting pair of shoes then here are a couple of Hotter’s newest additions, perfect for the festive period.

For the man in your life the new “Thor” shoe is a very versatile style. A great sporty appearance which is also smart enough for a trip to the pub or date night these shoes are superb. They also benefit from being Gortex so you don’t need to worry about puddles or heavy rain, plus you could use them if you’re taking the children for a walk in the park or woods and find yourself a but muddy!! My husband has a pair of these and he uses them on “Casual Fridays” to go to work. He has to walk to our local train station which is about a mile then about three miles to his office when he gets off the train. Whilst he has said that the soles are a little harder then he is used to – typically he wears trainers to walk to work – he was impressed that they withstood all weathers and as a daily commuter this was very important. “Thor” shoes are available in Mahogany (shown here) or Mushroom and are priced at £95.
For the girls, if you’re looking for a nice comfortable heel to wear on Christmas Day whilst you’re dashing about after the children and cooking up a feast in the kitchen then the “Amethyst” might just be your perfect shoe. A stylish court shoe with a quirky off-set strap this comes in Brown (shown here), Ocean or Taupe. Its ideal for wearing with skirts or dresses for something formal, but would also work fine with a pair of jeans for a day out with the girls or a trip to the shops. This shoes features a new sole with additional padding around the heel and ball of your foot making it even more comfortable to wear for a long time. The shoe also fastens with a simple velcro patch which makes them quick to get on and off whilst also looking smart. I am a huge fan of Hotter shoes as you’ll know from previous posts, but these are without doubt my favourite pair. They are so comfortable, and for someone who lives in flats this is quite a feat. I will definitely be wearing these on Christmas Day and no doubt for a long time to come.

You can find these latest styles from Hotter and many more in store or online now.

Andy & Evan For Little Gentlemen Competition

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Competition, Trade Show Discovery | Posted on 10-02-2012

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During my recent trip to the Bubble Trade Show in London is was so excited to discover the Andy & Evan Brand. Andy & Evan started out in America as a tailored shirt company for adult men. It was formed by Andy & Evan who left their jobs and set up the company, keen to provide an excellent product and excellent customer service. Since the companies birth they have gained a following of industry leaders, celebrities and famous athletes. Three years on they’ve decided to take the leap into children’s clothing and have set up their “Little Gentlemen” range, and now they over in the UK trying to smarten up the little boys here.

Their current Spring Summer 2012 range boasts a range of their famous “Shirtzies.” These are a gorgeous combination of a traditional button down shirt with the functional snap closure underneath your little boys bottom. This helps to keep your little one looking smart as he crawls and rampages around. The shirts are made from 100% premium tailored cotton with a soft cotton terry lined collar so they are comfortable on even the littlest gentleman.  The “Shirtzies” come in a range of plain, gingham and plaid designs. There is even a shirt with contrasting white collar and cuffs called “The Banker. Andy & Evan also have a range of lightweight cotton cargo pants and shorts, polo shirts, rompers and bucket hats to help keep your little gentleman looking smart but keeping cool this summer.

Later this year I will be doing a review of their amazing Autumn Winter range as displayed at Bubble London, but for now I am so excited to be able to offer this cute prize to one lucky reader.

I have one White Oxford Shirtzie and one pair of Navy Twill Shorts to give away in size 6-12 months. Perfect for keeping your little man looking cool this summer. To be in with a chance of winning this prize please Tweet the following:

“I Want To Win A Shirtzie & Shorts Set From @AndyAndEvanKids With @SussexMummy! http://ht.ly/8ZD5F “

The competition ends on Friday 17th February at 8pm and the winner will be notified as soon as possible afterwards.

To find out more about Andy & Evan check out their website and follow them on Twitter @AndyAndEvanKids.