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It’s Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas…

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 06-12-2017

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I do wish the weather would make its mind up. Its oddly mild today, yet a few days ago I was scraping ice off my windscreen. Thankfully we’ve managed lots of clear bright yet cold days recently, which is by far preferable to wet miserable days. Doing the school run at this time of year is amongst my least favourite activities, and that is largely down to the weather. Cold early mornings battling ice and trying to bustle the children into the car before they catch yet another round of coughs and sneezes is never enjoyable. And then there’s me; decking my boys out in coats and hats and scarves and gloves, and then dashing out myself hardly dressed for the occasion.

My school run uniform of choice during this period always features my trusty Gortex boots I got from Hotter a few years ago. But my winter coat has been seriously lacking. I broke the zip on mine last year and now I can’t fasten it, so its hardly doing its job when it comes to keeping me warm. And with daily school runs and a weekly evening spent outdoors watching my eldest play tennis – yes tennis is played outdoors even in winter around here… – I’ve started turning rather blue.

You know when you get those emails from PR companies or brands at literally the right moment in your life and you just grin? I got one of those a couple of weeks back from the team at JD Williams. “Would you like to pick yourself a new winter coat from the selection on our website and mention it on your blog?” Don’t mind if I do.

I am warm. I am cosy. And I think I look rather good too. This super cosy yet amazingly lightweight jacket from Tog24 has a thermal insulation to keep me warm – crucial for someone who is basically always cold – it is breathable so I don’t overheat and start sweating, it is windproof which is ideal for draughty playgrounds and tennis courts, and its showerproof for those occasions when the weather can’t make its mind up. I’ve been wearing this daily for a couple of weeks now and its been marvellous. The fit is really good, the pockets store me keys and phone without adding bulk, and when I use the hood I feel snug and protected from the elements.

Now this jacket is currently reduced on the JD Williams website, and comes in Navy or Red. But if this doesn’t take your fancy there is a huge range of other jackets and coats for all occasions to take a look at, and you get 20% off your first order. Sounds like a good opportunity to do some more Christmas shopping if you ask me.