Leah has collaborated with Selfish Mother on a series of ROCKING tees – or STILL ROCKING for grown-ups – available now at The FMLY Store.
£10/£5 from each sale will go to STARLIGHT CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION, who grant wishes to seriously and terminally ill children, and entertain over half a million children every year in hospitals and hospices throughout the UK.
We really felt for Binky Felstead this week saying she felt uncomfortable getting her boobs out in public. A ‘regular’ new mother doesn’t need to contend with a bunch of papz trying to poke their lens as far into the nipple action as poss – but it’s still not easy.
A few comments from some of our writers:
“We were in a seaside town (which I shan’t name, but it was super provincial) and having lunch in a pub. I honestly felt like every dirty old man was staring at my chest, and held off so long on a feed that both of my boobs blew and I had to rush and feed my son on the loo…Looking back I wished I’d had a poncho – but it was like, 100 degrees. Dria Cover’s ones are super light and really beachy…”
“I might sound like something out of the 50s, but when I was out with my husband I felt like every other man in the room shouldn’t get a free peek of my boobs. So, if we went out for dinner I’d just pump beforehand (or – in the car park). I started out with a Philips Avent Manual Pump (really efficient but my god it squeaks!). If I had my first again (ie the golden moments when we could go out for dinner and express in the car park) I’d get Medela’s ‘Pump in Style’ pump, in the chic black tote.”
“I honestly don’t have a problem with having a glass of wine as a mum – and most guidelines would recommend having the wine at the same time as feeding rather than afterwards because it won’t enter your system (ie milk) for 20 mins or so… But wow – the looks – boob out and a glass of prosecco? The FMLY storehave the right idea (free booze and you can breastfeed) but not sure anywhere else is as switched on to ‘what mama wants’. But, don’t judge a gal for having a wine’o’clock moment, til you’ve walked a mile pushing her stroller…”
The Penclic KB3 mini keyboard is cased in metal and the keys feel amazing to type on (as well as preventing RSI). Connects via Bluetooth, compatible with Windows, Android and ios – and it looks rugged and masculine. RRP £79.99
Aloha! How about a subscription to Tiki Cocktail Box; a 50/70cl bottle of rum to build your cocktail collection, plus mixers and either a Tiki mug or exclusive glassware to serve it in,
Follow the link to gift a box to your rum-loving rogue.
TOMS shoes are not only freakishly comfortable, but their one-for-one gifting policy means that a child in need will also get a pair of shoes when you treat your king-of-loafing to some new loafers… We love these cornflower blue ones… RRP £39.99
Coffee Gator’s pour over coffee maker makes fuss-free great-tasting coffee. And you don’t need to mess around with paper filters (or improvise when you run out) as the metal filter is reusable. RRP £39.95
And don’t forget Grandpa! Give him a hipster makeover with a FMLY store sweatshirt. RRP £50
Some collabs are just made in heaven (or in this case, in Somerset – possibly over some of the free flowing prosecco in the Bruton FMLY store…)
All the stylists we use here at Slick Mummy have been going crazy for Pearl Lowe’s Petite range – with its distinctive circus prints and sequins – and there’s always an editorial meeting here when at least two of us turn up in the same Selfish Mother sweatshirt (they are just soooo comfy!)
So we were thrilled when one of our fave PR’s told us that Pearl and Mollie Gunn were collaborating on a range of kids’ capes, sold through The FMLY store with £10 from the sale of each going to support the wonderful Tommy’s charity (which does so much more than just help those affected by miscarriage and premature births).
As these capes are just £60 (vs the £275 price tag of the Petite Pearl Lowe capes) we expect they will ‘fly’ off the shelves – so pre order now to avoid a tearful would-be superhero situation…
They come in pink, blue, green and red (and we won’t just you if you order one for yourself too…).
Editor writes: Personally, I believe Mothers’ Day should involve Mummy having a bit of ‘me-time’. Maybe a coffee (or two) in bed. The chance to read at least one of the papers in peace (OK, maybe just the supplement!)
My middle child has just started to draw and thus I look forward to a ‘proper’ picture – as opposed to the goopy handprint cards you’d have gotten in previous years, made at nursery. And goodness knows a glass of fizz wouldn’t go amiss…
But really, what I’ll cherish most this Mothering Sunday is the chance to appreciate some of the things I already have, take some deep breaths and do a bit of yoga stretching… (well, until one of my sons blows a raspberry in my face!)
First of all, I won’t be getting properly dressed. Mothers’ Day attire will be this: my supersoft ‘Mama’ print sweatshirt from The FMLY Store (which I have in navy) and dark iris lounge pants from Jockey, which are lighter than air and as close to wearing nothing as you can get without being arrested.
What else? Well, I’m going to layer up my perfume. Who cares if it is 8 in the morning, I will be smelling like I’m on a hot date. I’ve recently discovered that layering Annick Goutal’s heady rose ‘Ce Soir ou Jamais’ with Library of Fragrance’s dreamy ‘Plum Blossom’ creates the kind of super creamy floral haze you’d imagine would make Jayne Mansfield swoon. I love it – but on a normal day I am hardly going to waft of it in Waitrose.
Then I’m going to paint my toenails. Super decadent, you might gasp (as my youngest is barely crawling). Forget the more expensive brands, Rimmel’s ‘Rapid Ruby’ is divine (and sets in 60 seconds, so when you realise you also need the loo you don’t need to hobble…)
And I’m going to wear lipstick. At the breakfast table.
With chestnut hair, reds are trickier to match than you’d imagine. I adore Nars Audacious Lipstick in ‘Olivia’ (or the slightly paired down ‘Marlene’) – or Clinique’s ‘Black Honey’.
I’ve been inseparable from my Marloe London scarf blanket since I got one (fingers itching to buy another one…) They are so chic – but also so cosy. If you need to have a duvet day whilst in a board meeting, essentially, this is the way to do it. I’ve worn mine as comfortably to Charity Galas as to the kids’ riding lessons. You can’t go wrong (and if you snap up the current Lady Garden collab one, you’ll be doing right – namely helping the gynecological cancer cause.) So basically, I shall wrap mine ’round my shoulders whilst I skim the Telegraph.
After that my day will involve Netflix. I’ve gotten a handy power pack from PNY which means when my tablet runs out of juice mid episode of ‘The Client List’ I can just plug in for prolonged telly gratification.
And yes, I realise that the likelihood of any of this happening is as entirely fantastical as the homework excuses my eldest child comes up with. But if you have the chance to enjoy even a fraction of my daydream, please live vicariously for me and for mothers everywhere.