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#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

A week in the life of a pair of Wolky Shoes

Wolky shoes might have a less-than-glam sounding name, but they have been specially and anatomically designed for walking (shopping/running for buses…) in comfort. And unlike a lot of ‘functional footwear’, the Wolky range is packed with super cute choices – from ballerinas to boots – with fabulous craftsmanship and on-trend colours.

Editor writes: I have spent the last week wearing a lovely pair of ‘Aspe’ suede espadrille wedges from Wolky. The shoes come in a gorgeous rainbow of colours but I opted for taupe as it goes with everything. At six months pregnant, comfort is important – but I’m not quite ready to throw in the style towel just yet – but with two kids already I also need a shoe that allows me a turn of speed when I need to chase after which ever one of them has run off with my car keys…

Monday: when the shoes arrived, all boxed up, I was wondering if I’d made a mistake ‘sizing up’ as the website suggested – but actually a size up was the perfect fit. They are great shoes, with a two inch heel (so enough height to give the simple Baukjen jersey dress that has become my pregnancy staple a little bit of ‘oomph’) and the colour is lovely. 

As I said, I am in the land of the puffy ankles at the moment, so I wasn’t expecting to be slipping these on and pirouetting; I wore them for the first few hours with a pair of socks (yep, really sexy!) in case there were any bits that rubbed. 

Tuesday: I actually had a midwife appointment today and wasn’t expecting to be standing in a queue for 45 minutes (those striking Junior doctors…) but the shoes did me proud. One thing it did make me think (whilst standing in line) was that greige toenail polish and taupe shoes wasn’t a great combo – so killed a bit of time wondering what might be more complimentary… rouge noir? neon yellowInstagramCapture_7226d141-7f51-448d-bbbc-d053903840bb

Went home and opted for a sort of pale lavender… 

Wednesday: ‘designed for walking’ says the Wolky slogan and today we were shooting products for the Summer issue of the magazine. The studio was on the third floor and I’d say I walked up and down three flights of stairs around 50 times over the course of the day, carrying everything from cushions and scented candles to coffee and croissants. Totally fine – although there was a moment of panic when I spilled latte on the suede (it wiped clean, it was fine…)

Thursday: my youngest had a play date at a friend’s house where they hadn’t mentioned that they had the paddling pool up. The two-year-olds thought that the muddy puddled garden (and resulting muddy paddling water) was a dream come true; I picked my way daintily through the swamp (well, as dainty as you can be at 26 weeks) but the wedge heels worked well and I didn’t skid. Unlike a lot of espadrilles, these ones actually do have a rubber sole, so a little bit of water doesn’t totally ruin them – I probably wouldn’t recommend *actually* paddling, but being  caught in a shower won’t do any harm…

Friday: we were off to the South of France for the weekend and trying to pack for four in just one hold bag – so basically it was ‘wear the shoes or leave them behind’. You’ll probably read loads of ‘advice’ to the contrary of wearing heels whilst pregnant on a two hour flight but it was totally comfy (and I did my usual kicking them off and sitting cross legged thing anyway…) 

Definitely chic footwear for strutting up and down promenades and jetties,  cobbled squares and hilly villages – I did feel a bit like Malibu Barbie wearing them beside the pool, but hey-ho… 

Want to #Win a pair of Wolky shoes from their Summer range? Just RT and follow @WolkyShopUK on Twitter to enter…

See Wolkyshop.co.uk for full t&c’s – no cash alternative

#Win an outfit of your choice worth £500 from luxe French label Maje

It couldn’t be simpler  – just enter your details here to be in with a chance to win a Parisian-chic wardrobe worth £500 from Maje.

Pieces we’re loving include this gorgeous nude and powder pink ‘Saskia’ bag in calfskin leather with cute fringing…

Or this statement dress (below left) with dramatic ruffles and a super flattering split, available in black or hot pink…

Throw on a double breasted, trench-coat-style black cape for warmth and timeless elegance… (this one, pictured below, looks great over jeans for the school run too!)

And ooh-la-la, how great are these cornflower blue leather ankle boots? Dress them up with a cocktail dress or down with a denim skirt…

Shop the collections at http://uk.maje.com/

Closing date for the comp is 27th June 2016, full terms and conditions here.