To us, Jardine of London epitomises handbag elegance. Their clean lines, soft leather, and chic designs are key attributes that saw them nominated for the Mama Style category in this year’s Mummy Must Have Awards.
And to celebrate making the shortlist, Jardine are offering a 30% shopping discount to Slick Mummy readers – valid until 31st October 2017.
Shop the range of bags (including the gorgeous new Judi clutch) and leather accessories (such as the striking Suffolk leather journals).
Just use coupon code: SLICKMUMMY30 at the checkout.
Phew; what a huge task the Shortlist was this year. So many great products, challenging brands and charity collaborations caught our attention. Firstly, big thanks to our judging panel (made up of celeb mums and our own editorial team) for their gargantuan efforts here – but now the final choice of winners is down to you, our fabulous readers.
For every like, share, post, RT or competition entry on social media that includes the name of the shortlisted brand and the hashtag #MMHA17 your favourite will receive one vote. Votes will be counted on the eve of 5th October and announced on 6th October. So make your opinion count… (Vote as many times as you like, there are some wonderful choices on the list!)
So – in alphabetical order for each category – here goes:
Best Boutique: online or physical store, we’re applauding choice, quality and customer service.
Maggie and Rose Home
Me & Buddy
My 1st Years
The Essential One
Buggy Love: the strollers for high rollers… We’ve been impressed by the below.
Ickle Bubba Aurora Travel System
Quinny Zapp Flex Plus
Silver Cross Wave
Kids’ Style: too cool for school. Brands we’re consistently excited by…
Blade and Rose
Honey and Toast
Lilly + Sid
Molly Brown London
Wild & Gorgeous
Mama Style: where to shop for school gate style, preggo or not.
Celtic and Co
Coco Rose London Shoes
Jardine of London
Martha Jackson Jewelry
Best Changing Bag: style AND performance (and a bit more style) here are our arm candy nappy carry picks.
Born in Britain Charlton Hobo Bag
Jem and Bea Beatrice Bag
Ju-Ju-Be BFF Bag
Pacapod Gladstone Bag
Tiba and Marl Elwood Backpack
Best Baby Product: big category here, but we’ve chosen based on quality, design, and performance.
Babybjorn Bliss Bouncer
Cheeky Chompers Neckerchew
Etta Loves Muslins
Izmi Cotton Baby Carrier
Little Aurelia Comfort and Calm Rescue Cream
Matchstick Monkey Teether
Mokee Wool Nest
Mustela No Rinse Cleansing Water
Sleepyhead Sleep Pod
Splashabout UV Combie Wetsuit
Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine
Playtime: make some noise for great toys. Chosen for longevity, sparking imagination, getting kids out and about – and because they made our team of junior testers smile.
‘The Superhero Handbook’ by Jason Ford published by Laurence King
Ciao Bimba Dolls
Hape Classic Bus Walker
Infantino Grow With Me Teepee
Kindle Fire For Kids
Microscooters Maxi Micro
Mud Kitchen Pebble Kitchen
SmarTrike 7 in 1 folding trike
Best Beauty Product: when you only have ten mins (ok ten seconds) to spend on your own beauty routine, you need products that pack a punch.
Bee Good Cleanser
Harbour Elements Cleanser
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer
Rodial Glamolash Mascara
Skin Elixir Frankincense and May Chang Moisturizer
Sukin Rosehip oil
Weleda Skin Food
The Game Changer Award: this category is for products or brands that have shaken up the way we approach a problem, through smart thinking, multitasking or innovation.
Ergobaby OMNI 360
Fred Pressure Fit Stairgate
miFold Car Seat
Thule Multisport and bike trailers
We Are Story
Better World Award: we were really excited to judge this category. Charity collaborations that showed style and pizzazz (as well as big hearts!)
Bax & Bay for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity
Inkrocket for Starlight, Tearfund and Samara’s
Pearl Lowe x Selfish Mother for Tommy’s
Seraphine Love T-shirt for Tommy’s
Scamp and Dude Sleep Buddies for Grief Encounter
Gin Friday Award: how could we not include our regular Gin Friday slot in the awards?
ISFjord Premium Arctic Gin
Rock Rose Gin
Silent Pool Gin
And finally the Editor’s Choice Hero Brand Award:
So c’mon – have your say. What do you think of our choices? Use #MMHA17 to comment on social media.
Jacadi – France’s oldest baby and children’s fashion label with 270 stores in 35 countries – opens its fifth store in London on Northcote Road in Battersea.
Shop Jacadi’s range of Liberty prints, adorable knits, Breton stripes and party shoes with staff on hand to help out – or have a browse in store and then order online for home delivery (and free gift wrapping).
Jacadi Battersea is located at 50 Northcote Road, SW11 and is holding an opening party on Thursday 28 September from 2 – 6 pm. Guests are invited to discover the AW17 collection and can enjoy an exclusive 20% discount as well as other surprises on the day! For more information please visit www.jacadi.co.uk
What’s that you say? Ergobaby doing a wrap style carrier?!
Yes – really. The makers of the hip-friendly, go-anywhere baby carrier du jour, have just announced that next month they will be introducing the Aura, which is a tie sling.
Obviously, there are many elements of this that have gotten us super excited already; the lightweight, breathable fabric, the gorgeous colourways and the integrated carry pouch for starters – plus the fact that it will essentially be an Ergo that you can toss in your bag…
RRP £49 – available from October – more info online.
If back to school means colds, tired and grumpy kids, a return to washing PE kits and remembering after school clubs (hands up who has had a ‘late’ from school or a parking ticket already?) – here’s our guide to making it through til half term…
Whilst this might sound like something out of the Edina school of parenting, enjoying a wonderful bottle of fizz in the bracing outdoors is the grown-up equivalent of jumping in muddy puddles. We love the rich and robust Champagne Gremillet Blanc de Noirs NV(£32, All About Wine, Tiny’s Tipple, Christopher Piper etc) – which would pair wonderfully with Venison if you were at home – but is delicious alfresco after a dog walk or pony ride with a pulled pork roll (and toffee apples!)
Outpacking Rainy Day Kids Adventure Book is the sequel to ‘Let’s Go Outside’ and packed with inspiration for getting little ones enthusiastic about drizzle. Their tips: fill a backpack with essentials like string and tape, invest in a good puddle suit (Frugi or Wet Wednesdays do some great ones) and never use the word ‘gloomy’ to refer to the weather.
Even without a book of ideas, what kid wouldn’t be thrilled at the prospect of hunting for shiny conkers right now – and displayed in a bowl they’ll keep spiders away too…
No, not hotel lounges with leather chesterfields (although, let’s not rule those out!) baking these comfort bars involves firstly cleansing your cupboards by emptying every half used pack of pumpkin seeds, raisins, organic oats and almonds clogging up shelf space into a mixing bowl, adding a scoop of protein powder (we love Nature’s Plus Paleo one) and a spoonful of coconut oil. If the mix isn’t mushy enough, add that old banana that you’ve had in your changing bag – or a few blueberries. Press into a lined tin and bake on a low heat for about the length of an episode of ‘Ben and Holly’. Then be comforted by a) the fact that you’ll be snacking on superfood flapjacks all week and b) you won’t be showered with hazelnuts the next time you try to find a tin of tomatoes … #Win.
If Autumn flower arrangements make you think of those orange-overload far-too-cheery Thanksgiving style table centrepieces then keep it moody blue with the humble thistle. They look really elegant with antique roses or even just alone tied with string (if you’re feeling extra ‘spiky’). Grab a dried bunch for a tenner and it will last til Spring.
The bastion of fashion bloggers, a good beanie hat keeps one’s head warm, helps calm frizzy hair, hides most of your face when you don’t want to make eye contact at the school gate and forms an impromptu shopping bag when you don’t want to be hit with the 5p charge in Tesco. Celtic & Co’s lambswool pom pom beanie in claret is the colour pop equivalent of red lippy (or go all out for their cashmere version.)
Why brand your child’s uniform in Century Schoolbook when you can brand it with unicorns (or pandas, pirates and ponies?) Petit-Fernand’s stick on clothing labels make stitching nametapes into blazers a thing of the past – and the colours, fonts and designs can all be customised.
Granted, those little love gestures tend to fall by the wayside once sleep deprivation, endless piles of laundry and PTA meetings take over one’s life, but Dads (if you’re looking for inspiration) here are a few tokens we’ve found to tell your partner that they’re still number one (even with yoghurt in their hair…)
Ahead of his LFW show HH shared a few words of career advice…
What made you decide to create your own brand? It all started with your iconic collection of slogan t-shirts…
I was working in magazines and I absolutely loved it. I actually had no intention of creating anything that would change my career path. I just started making t-shirts for my friends and me to wear as a personal project. I think the authenticity and grassroots nature of the work really resonated with people and the industry – it took off quite quickly! It was very much an idea I had for my friends and I which worked on a wider scale, but that was never my intention and I think that’s why it worked. I think if I had a preconceived marketing strategy to launch the shirts in the way that I launched them, it would have been interpreted as unauthentic and wouldn’t have resonated in the same way. It all happened for a reason.
Do you want to create a lifestyle brand? Is this in the pipeline?
Yes, for sure. That’s definitely one of the things that I still have to do. Since day one, I’ve always approached House of Holland as a brand and I’ve never considered myself a young designer. I didn’t use my name for House of Holland because I’ve always seen what I’m doing as being about a brand, rather than it being about me. My outlook is that its very much team effort and there’s still so many different product categories and so many areas I want to work in. Watch this space!
Where do you obtain your inspiration from?
That’s a very difficult question to answer. I think as a creative person you’re sort of like a sponge. You’re constantly absorbing different ideas and concepts and trying to reconfigure them in your head to a way you can translate them through your work – that comes from all different places. I really like to reference films and fictional characters because I love the characterization of fashion. I love the way that you can use clothes to really tell the story of a character almost as much as dialogue.
When you look back on your career, what do you feel was your big break?
My big break was a happy accident like my entrance into the fashion industry. I made t-shirts with the names of fashion designers on them and I gifted them to my friends, some of those friends were the designers who were the names on the t-shirts. People first saw my t-shirts because Gareth Pugh was wearing it for work and he was so busy he didn’t have time to get changed after his fashion show. Gareth was wearing my t-shirt the night before his fashion show and he worked through the night so he was still wearing it when he came out for his bow at the end of fashion week! I think it was fate and very much meant to be. I believe in that type of thing.
What was the best piece of advice you were given when you started out in your career?
I think the best advice I had was to remain very authentic and true to who I am. I’m staying really strong on that with what I want to do and say with my work. I think people really forgot the fashion industry is an objective industry. One person’s favorite dress can be another person’s most hideous piece of clothing that’s ever been put out there. You have to remember that not everyone’s going to like everything that you do. So if you build your brand, build your company on a very strong set of rules and a strong DNA, then however much people like or dislike what you do then you can always remain true and authentic to what it is you set out to say in the first place.
Do you manage to keep a good work/life balance?
I keep an exceptional work/life balance and that’s partly because I love what I do so much. I’m very happy when I’m at work so I very rarely feel the differentiation between work and life. I also get to choose the people who I work with and I choose those people very carefully. I have one of the best jobs in the world and I think that helps you remain positive and happy in what you do.
What do you do to relax/switch off?
To relax or switch off I exercise because its probably one of the only times my brain thinks about something over than my work. I think when you run your own company, it’s very hard to switch on and off. People ask what hours do you work and the answer to that is the moment my eyes are awake to the time my eyes are closed. Exercise is kind of my chance to switch off. I run a lot and it’s good. Except when I ran two marathons, that wasn’t so good. That was too far. There’s running and then there’s running. That was running.
Who have been the mentors/people you have worked with who have been the biggest influence on your career?
My parents have been a massive influence on my career. My parents work in very different industries – my Dad is very traditional and runs his own law firm while my Mum runs a château and a training company in positive thought. My Mum runs training courses on meditation and relaxation, she’s very spiritual like that. My parents are at two completely opposite ends of the spectrum, but they both have the exact same approach in that whatever it is I told them I wanted to be, you couldn’t ask anyone to be more supportive as long as I had the conviction and the drive to do it. They would have been happy if I’d have been a bin man as long as I’d worked my way up to driving the truck. That was their approach. It was like just be you and be good at it.
When did you first realise you wanted to be Henry Holland, the fashion designer?
Still waiting! I don’t really see myself as Henry Holland the fashion designer. I think you just get on with your day-to-day work and your role. I think if you were to pause the TV and ask ‘can we have a chat about Henry Holland?’ you’d be a bit of a d**k. So I try to not focus on any of that. I try to get on with what I’m doing and work hard. I don’t pay attention to anything like that whatsoever. It puts me on any pedestal to says things like Henry Holland ‘the fashion designer’.
What would be your advice to anyone starting out wanting to make a career in fashion?
It would be to find that authenticity and what it is you want to say with your work. There’s so many brands out there and there’s so many different things going on in the fashion industry, it’s hard to cut through the noise. It was much easier for me ten years ago. I think its really about ensuring you’ve got something to say that is unique and different. The way you communicate that is so important. Just stay very true and authentic to yourself because its so much extra work if you’re having to be something you’re not. That’s a job in itself.
What skills do you think are most important to be a success in fashion?
You need to be tenacious; have drive to succeed; passion in your work; commit to what you want; a fearlessness to stick with it, and creativity to deliver.
What career advice would today’s 34 y/old Henry Holland give to the 18 y/old Henry Holland?
I would definitely say don’t threat too much about your first few jobs. My Mum always taught me that you’ll have seven different careers in your life. I don’t think you should put so much pressure on your first job or two because I think that some people need longer to find out who they are and what they want to do. It doesn’t always happen for everybody during university or during college. It’s important to go out there and experience the world and formulate your life plan from that. There’s no rush.
“Henry Holland was speaking on behalf of online job boards totaljobs and Milkround in their latest campaign around achieving a healthier work-life balance”
Ethical childrenswear retailer Frugi has collaborated with Kirsty Hartley, inspiring designer, maker, and author of Wild Things; to create a bold and beautiful range of playful characters woven into imaginative everyday wear for little ones.
Introducing new characters including Felicity Fox, Peanut Penguin and Roary Tiger, all made from super soft GOTS certified organic cotton to create clothes that little ones just can’t wait to dress in each morning! In this NEW collaboration, you can find cord pinafore dresses with matching cord bags (a Frugi first!), a transformation of the famous Frugi snuggle fleeces, cord dungarees and a cosy button up jackets.
Suitable for ages 1-6 years, RRP: From £16 – £49. Available to buy from today at www.welovefrugi.com
Following Prince William’s comment that he had a ‘stressful school run’ on Prince George’s first day at school, real-time, crowd-sourced, navigation app, Waze have analysed his daily journey to see if they can save him some time in traffic in the morning.
Finlay Clark, head of Waze UK comments:
“It’s only a 3 mile, 20-25 min trip, but traffic is significantly congested. The routes most sat navs will take you is down Gloucestershire Road, followed by a right on Fulham Road then left on Beaufort Street and continue over Battersea Bridge. But the quickest route will depend on live traffic data, which this morning would mean going down the adjacent Queen’s Gate, then cutting down Old Church Street, along Elm Park Road, down the Vale and then joining Beaufort Street from King’s Road.
With Fulham Road partially closed, only operating one way for gas main repairs, the route is heavily congested, so best to try and use Waze to get the best route for any given moment.”
The Duke of Cambridge isn’t alone when it comes to school run stress. Research by the free app, reveals one in eight parents (13%) said that the school run is the most stressful time of the day with over half (53%) getting stuck in traffic up to three times a week. This equates to eight minutes a day which adds up to over one day (26 hours) sitting traffic over a school year*. With the average school run timed at almost 20 minutes, sitting in traffic represents over 40% of the daily journey.
As the school commutes kick back in, the sat nav app will see weekly registrations grow by 100% month on month from August to September as people seek ways to avoid the traffic.
Finlay Clark adds:
“The Prince has experienced what millions of people experience every day as we see the relative quiet on summer roads instantly revert to the usual snarl of school run traffic. The good news is that we know from millions of users’ live updates how to avoid the worst of the queues – for both parents on the school run and commuters alike. We recommend the Prince downloads the UK’s fastest growing navigation app to find the quickest route on the school run. Given time, if he accumulates enough points, he can become Waze royalty”.
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