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SM reviews… Playful Promises lingerie

Editor writes: “Aaah, bras and knickers. Our relationship with them rolls with the punches over our lifetime. At thirteen, we’re desperate to wear thongs under our school skirt, but we think it’s super cool to rock them with a sports bra… At seventeen it’s more about the boy shorts and bf jeans. When we discover proper lingerie (in my case, at nineteen, along with my first ‘proper job’) it can be lifechanging.

Not only did the satin and lace feel so much better than the multi-packs of sloganed panties I’d buy in Topshop, but for someone who is short but 34E big boobed (the downfall of my ballet career!) for once I felt like I had some shape, some curves…

But then ‘Hello Pregnancy’; all of a sudden it’s back to oversized, cheap pants and sports bras again. And afterwards – well – even with reformer Pilates and bicep curling with bags of shopping, jiggling my bits into expensive lingerie just seemed like a bit of a waste…

But Playful Promises create sexy solutions for all sizes. And by that I don’t just mean plus sizes but also string beans, those who have had three children and those who are short with big boobs. And by sexy I mean HAWT. Choose from vintage glamour, fifties flirty or chic bondage (think Madonna in JPG in the 90s) looks and – well – maybe don’t browse at work!

I tried the Portia set, pictured above (that’s not me – but I did feel a bit like that, wearing it!) I did wonder at the time of the knickers were a bit risque to be rocking on the school run, but they are actually really comfy and wearable – as all well designed lingerie tends to be.

I guess I wouldn’t normally buy a green bra – my drawer is full of shades of nude called things like ‘blossom’ and ‘blush’ – but it’s a really lovely satin shade and not at all like dressing up as a mermaid 😉 The bra fit is wonderful; super perky under a tshirt and va-va-voomy under a sun-dress! It’s from their ‘fuller bust’ collection, which goes up to 36G and you could also opt for a suspender belt in the same shade of teal/black lace.”

For more info or to buy click here.

 

Christopher Kane debuts his Crocs collaboration at #LFW16

Aah, Crocs. You hate them, but you kinda love ’em. Perfect for when the kids want to run around in the garden – but it’s neither welly nor barefoot weather – or for wearing in the shower at the swimming pool. Occasionally wearing ’round Tesco cos they were so comfy you walked out the door and got in the car…

But you’d never actually wear them in public – right?

1r6a2367_reWrong – because now, if you rock a pair of Crocs you can say ‘Oh, but they were designed by Christopher Kane’. His collaboration with the shoe brand debuted at LFW yesterday…

Christopher Kane, said of the partnership: “I always work with unexpected items and combinations, transforming the everyday into desirable luxury. I wanted to bring my own stamp and DNA to Crocs’ classic clog shoe and achieve something really special. The marble print feels very earthy and I often think of Crocs in a very grounded way, worn with either an evening dress or with jeans, and adding the rock crystals brings a bit of luxury to this everyday style. Crocs are arguably the most comfortable shoe, I love that they are slightly awkward and might be perceived by some as ‘ugly’. They have a very naïve and childlike shape which I especially like when they look extra clunky on the foot.”

More at www.crocs.eu

Get 25% off at French Sole

We’re huge French Sole fans at Slick Mummy.  From providing stylish salve to sore pregnancy tootsies to fabulous simple school run chic, nothing beats a pair of their ballet flats and jeans…

So we skipped for joy at the exclusive discount code we can offer our readers – just use code SLICKMUM for 25% off when you shop online!

Be sure to check out the adorable children’s range – like the jaguar calf hair leather love heart shoes pictured (right) – as well as some of the new arrivals and classic colourways.

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We’re loving the striking metallic blue India flats from the new collection and the Jane Winkworth Lavinia bucket bag from French Sole’s handbag collection.

Lovely Little Things: The Reach pyjamas

We love ‘proper’ pyjamas at SM. From The White Company’s flannels to Boden’s pull-ons, from Olivia von Halle to Rosie at Autograph – so were delighted to hear about The Reach, who launch their luxury cotton pj range on Kickstarter on 31st August. 

With gorgeous, timeless fabrics and a range for men and women which can be customised in terms of fit (if, say, you’re a different size for top and bottom) and details in the finish such as mother of pearl buttons and that all important top pocket…

In their own words…

Liberty print fabric
Liberty print fabric

On 31st August 2016 we shall be introducing a collection of beautifully cut, luxury pyjama sets, trousers and shirts on Kickstarter. Perfect for slipping into for a wonderful night’s sleep or for lounging on lazy weekends.  We have an uncompromising approach to quality so our pyjamas will be produced by the most experienced British manufacturer, a small London factory who supplies some of the world’s top luxury brands including Gieves & Hawkes, Burberry and Victoria Beckham. The quality of craftsmanship will clearly be evident in our pyjamas with their French seams, piped trim and hand tailoring. 

Tea Print PJ
Tea Print PJ

Only the highest quality materials make the cut for our pyjamas. We have sourced the finest and most luxurious cottons:- Pima Cotton Lawn with its extremely long fibres that produces a beautifully soft yet durable fabric, so smooth it feels almost like silk; Tana Cotton Lawn named after Lake Tana in East Africa where the original cotton grew, again woven from specially selected ultra-fine long staple cotton resulting in a delightfully fine, luxuriously soft fabric, the fabric of choice for Liberty of London for its iconic prints; and the most high-end cotton twill, as supplied to London’s finest shirt makers on Jermyn Street. All our pyjamas are finished with ethically sourced mother-of-pearl buttons.

And, in addition to being effortlessly chic, our pyjamas are still practical in that they are all machine washable.”

Find out more www.thereachlondon.com

In praise of… Little Foxes

Whilst some might see the urban fox as a vulpine terror, we think he’s cute as a whiskery button. Here’s our pick of bright eyed and bushy tailed delights…

Grab this Joules Baby top quick as it’s in the sale; Mr Fox flies high in soft sky blue cotton.

Pair with these adorable welly liners from JojoMamanBebe (the liners themselves take around a shoe size, so these are great transitional items if you’ve bought wellies with ‘room to grow…’)

Molly and the Wolf stocks Tobias and the Bear’s chic statement tee which looks great with combat trousers or a tutu…

And pack DotcomGiftShop’s Rusty the Fox brolly for rainy days (or general twirling)

#MMHA16: The big deal about Smalls

BADGE2Smalls make luxe everyday loungewear and activewear from breathable merino wool.

With a range of undergarments that are smart enough to pass as outerwear, be worn as pjs, under winter layers or for skiing, you might wonder how you managed without them.

One thing’s for sure: kids don’t want to take them off…

To vote for Smalls in the #MMHA16 on social media use hashtag: MMHASMALLS

#MMHA16: Why the @Boden Mac is the perfect School Run coat

BADGE2We ummed and aahed about the perfect School Run coat. Classic styling over fashion, how warm does it need to be…? There were lots of considerations, but here are a few reasons why the Boden Mac came out tops:

 

  • It has a hood, which means your hands can be free for road crossing, carrying shopping, buggy pushing and eating toast on the way…
  • The colourful design makes you visible (great when your walk to school takes you down a country lane on a misty morning)
  • The pockets are roomy enough to hold larger items (Fruit Shoots/baby bottles/commuter coffee cups, packs of wipes, half eaten toast…)
  • It keeps the rain off (and you can wipe off sticky handprints or jam…)
  • It might not be the warmest fabric, but the straight cut means you can layer a jumper underneath.
  • You can roll it up in your bag and it doesn’t look creased afterwards…
  • It looks great with jeans, works as a colour pop over a suit -or as a cover up over pyjamas…

To vote for the Boden Mac in the #MMHA16 on social media use hashtag #MMHABODEN

images: Boden

Our Summer preg-drobe solutions

In the pudding club this Summer? Here are a few picks that will mix and match – and take you from beach to festival to waddling through a monsoon…

Ethical and organic brand Frugi have gone all coastal with their SS16 collection for mothers (from bump to breastfeeding). We love the nautical Summer Tie Maxi dress

Team with the navy suede sandal from elegant shoemakers Sargasso and Grey, which has a wide fit for those poor swollen tootsies and a wide-brimmed hat (like the Mandy one from Joules).

Think shorts might be a tad risque as a pregnancy choice? These ones from Seraphine are super elegant and will help you keep your cool. Available in blue or black – toughen up your look with  super cute Taylor Shine Chelsea boots (currently on sale at Clarks 30quid, bargain!) a floaty gypsy top (ASOS have some goodies) and a hardworking black blazer (Kate Moss namechecked this as her must-have fashion item at a recent press conference) – we love Isabella Oliver’s Earlham one

Ten Minutes With… Soléne Roure, on her collaboration with Bobux

French born, Dalston dwelling designer Soléne Roure has worked with the likes of Nike, Puma, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen and Lululemon, but this week announces her debut collaboration with children’s footwear brand Bobux.

We caught up with her to find out more…

SM: Can you tell us how the collaboration with Bobux came about?

Soléne Roure: The innovation & design manager at Bobux had seen some of my work and contacted me through my website. We had a number of Skype conversations and I met other members of the team in London. The enthusiasm of the Bobux team was instantly infectious and I was very excited to be working with them. They gave me a lot of creative freedom, too. They truly care about kids’ feet from an ergonomic point of view, which is very important to me.

SM: What was on your mood board when designing the collection?

Soléne Roure: Whilst I have a lot of experience designing footwear, it’s my first time working on kid’s product. It felt like a new world full of possibilities! Bobux wanted me to use my influences from working in the sports and fashion industry, and inject them into a unique product.

I was looking at what mums were currently wearing, the shoes they were into, and I wanted to make a version for the kids. So I looked at slip on sneakers. They are practical, modern and stylish. I wanted to design a shoe that could act like a blank canvas, to hold lots of colour and graphic combinations. The sole however, is very curvy, and I thought it was an interesting hybrid look. I hadn’t seen that successfully done in a slip-on before.

We created graphics that almost look like a texture from far away, yet are quite intricate when you look up close, allowing kids to engage with the playful details. Meanwhile the adults can enjoy a tasteful graphic. You’ll see it more in our future collection.

I also wanted the graphics to look like they were created by a kid. Kid’s artwork can be very similar to modern art, in the best way possible! I am excited to explore this further, in the future.

SM: Bobux are obviously known for their ‘barefoot freedom’ in children’s shoes – did this pose any limitations on your designs?

Soléne Roure: Yes, it’s a difficult balance. It’s all about communication and my job ultimately is about problem solving.

Thankfully, the Bobux team held my hand. I’ve learnt a lot about kids’ feet!  Thanks to their technical and ergonomic expertise combined with my creative efforts we were able to come up with the best design possible as a team, without compromising ‘barefoot freedom’.

SM: If you could shrink your own feet down to kids’ sizes, which shoe would you pick from the collection?

Soléne Roure: I think I would wear the Xplorer City white/black+ (with the yellow sole). I was always a bit of a tomboy growing up.

SM: And have you had any feedback from children on wearing your designs…?

Soléne Roure: Not yet, the collection only launched yesterday, we’ve had some great comments on Instagram and Facebook though so I hope people will enjoy them.

SM: Will this collaboration be the start of a beautiful relationship with Bobux..?

Soléne Roure: It’s looking pretty good, yes! I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say about this, actually.  My first collection wasn’t supposed to come out for a few months yet. Bobux was so excited though that they arranged an early release of some of the styles! That means we have more shoes coming out very soon! I can hardly wait, as these are some of my favourites so far…

View the collection online here