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The new ‘It’ bag – Marloe London

No longer just the dreamy one-stop-shop for the perfect Muslin, Marloe London has branched out into accessories and I want them all.  My top pick for this Christmas is their uber useful Zip Pouch.  The perfect gift for any new kid on the block or Godchild, the zip pouch is made out of heavy weight cotton, has a cool waterproof lining and you can pop their name or initials on the front.  It’s one of those items that would soon infiltrate your daily life in a number of guises – change bag, snack carrier, wash bag, laundry bag or older children could even put their phones/tablets in them.  We use Little B’s as a washbag and you can literally fit everything in.  It comes with a wristlet so you could easily sling it in whichever bag you are toting for the day.  Check out their oversized family bag – great gift for the sister in law.

Also coveting their brass Alphabet charms, £22, perfect for new mums or stocking fillers. Like all lovely Marloe London gifts everything comes beautifully wrapped ready to go.

Especially for PATP readers you can get an exclusive 15% off using the code mumsrule at checkout

All in the detail:
All by Marloe London
Zip Pouch, £25
Family Bag, £65
All can be personalised
Click here to view`
Princess and the Pram readers can receive 15% off their entire order by using the code: mumsrule at checkout

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Doctor Who? Doctor on Demand

So we have all been there when you are packing your bags for holiday and your Little One comes down with a sore throat/rash/ailment and the phone line to your GP seems permanently engaged.  Help is at hand in the form of a handy little app – Qure.

Currently operating in and around Zone 1 and SW postcodes, but will soon be expanding to other areas, it really is worth knowing about.  I put it to practice last weekend when after a period of feeling run down I discovered that the rash on my face might just be the dreaded shingles.  It was a Sunday and as the rash was near my eye I knew I needed to see someone asap.  I downloaded Qure and within 2 hours Dr Dewan arrived at my door. Diagnosis confirmed I had my prescription and was able to start a course of medicine the same day.

Brilliant for those times when travel is problematic with poorly Little Ones as a GP will come directly to you. Prices start at £70 and include a 20 minute consultation.

All in the detail:

Download Qure from your App Store
Currently Zone 1 London and SW postcodes
Prices £70 weekdays per appointment
Weekends £90
For more info click here

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Fashion Forward – new discovery Anna & Louis

Perusing the fabulous Daisy Trust Fair the other week I stumbled across kids fashion label Anna & Louis.  Bringing simple but chic Spanish style to London, Anna & Louis has some really gorgeous pieces – lots of collared dresses, chunky knits and a fine boys selection too.  I snapped up this tartan dress in the sale for Little B’s festive frolics this Christmas.

Adorable outfits for babies too. Take a look.

Take a look.

All in the detail:

All by Anna & Louis
Click here to view

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Let’s Talk Teeth – Invisalign

So as the years go by and the fine lines on my face are making themselves known, one thing I think can still make a difference the older I get, is good teethypegs.  Whilst holidaying with my mother she mentioned that my front tooth was starting to push forward and shock horror she was right.  A swift trip to the dentist confirmed that your teeth do shift with age and although I had joined the train-track brace gang in my teens, I would indeed benefit from a little straightening out.  Vanity got the better of me and I opted for Invisalign.  In short the dentist takes a mould of your teeth and attaches little ‘buttons’ to your teeth that then fit a series of bespoke clear aligners.  You have a course of treatment which includes a number of aligners and come away with nice straight teeth at the end.

Invisalign is a financial investment so you are best to have a consultation and see how you feel.  I go to Pure Smiles in Fulham and so far my treatment has been a lot easier than the old train track variety.

Some things worth noting though –
– Invisalign is a commitment, for results you have to wear your aligner 20 to 22 hrs a day even if it is a special day like attending a wedding etc.
– You can’t eat with your aligner in which means no more snacking (I consider this a mega plus as it has stopped me hoovering up the kid’s leftovers!)
– Sadly it is goodbye to Shellac nail varnish – it chips as you remove your aligners.
– Even worse it’s goodbye to lipstick too.   I had a disastrous first outing trying to wear my beloved Mac Lady Danger and it smeared all over the front my new aligner.
– It is likely that at the end of your treatment you will need a retainer of sorts to stop them moving again.

I have also upped my dental hygiene armoury to include the Oral-B Pro 2500 Toothbrush. It comes in either black or pink and includes a handy travel case so no excuses when on holiday.  My dentist also recommended Tepe flossing brushes which I find a whole lot easier than the old dental floss type.

Will keep you posted on my quest for the perfect smile.

All in the detail:

I go to Pure Smiles in Fulham for my Invisalign Treatment – 0203 613 3343 
They have practices on Fulham Road and New King’s Road 
Oral-B Pro 2500 Toothbrush available on Amazon

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Angel Delight – Olivier Baby for Angelmans

Meet this smiling little cherub Amelia modelling her insanely cute new cashmere jumper by Olivier Baby & Kids.  Amelia was born with Angelman Syndrome, a neurological disorder characterised by profound developmental delays and no functional speech, and 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this new cashmere collection will go to the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST UK).

FAST UK is a charity dedicated to increasing awareness of Angelman Syndrome and in turn work on finding a cure. The Foundation is also committed to assisting individuals living with Angelman Syndrome to realise their full potential and quality of life.

A wonderful addition to any winter wardrobe and a brilliant reason to buy one.

All in the detail:

Cashmere Jumpers available in Cream, Duck Egg and Smog Grey (Pink coming in Nov)
Sized 3mths – 4years
£59-74
Baby rompers online
Cashmere Blankets coming soon 

Click here to view 

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Get with the Picture – curating your own walls

So how many of us are guilty of snapping a hundred pics of the kids, only for them to fester in a folder on your laptop rather than be printed out and enjoyed? The other day a friend gave my two Littles their own photo flip albums with recent holiday pics inside and they were thrilled to actually see them physically printed out.  As I am way too lazy to take memory sticks to shops and rummage for albums, a new website has caught my attention and it is simply brilliant at providing a straightforward, easy way to create masterpieces from the snaps off your smartphone.  Even better, if you are an Instagram junkie then there is an easy file upload tool to take snaps straight off your insta feed. Hello Inkifi.

For Father’s Day, I gave the husband one of their wonderful Instagram Gallery Frames (see above) documenting the last year or so and it duly arrived all framed and ready to don the walls.  Their photobooks are also super easy to use and a lot less of a faff than other photobook websites.  I like their framed Instagram prints for £30 for presents too.

Its time to get with the picture, download the app (its the way I ordered) or go to their website and quite soon your pics will be released from desktop purgatory and sitting quite happily on your coffee table or merrily hanging on your walls.

All in the detail:

All by Inkifi
Download their app or visit their website
You can order Prints, Photo Books and Wall Art 

Their Instagram Photo book is £15.99 for 24 pages
The Instagram Gallery Frame is £52.00 and 20 x 16 inch
If you don’t have Instagram then don’t fret you can simply download pics from your computer folders.

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All in 1 – Outdoor Overalls for kids

Beatrix Potter, Kendal Mint Cake, and some pretty fine scenery are not the only good things Cumbria has got going on.  Welcome Lakes and Lambs.  The brainchild of a busy mum who couldn’t find well designed, all purpose overalls for her young children so she decided to design her own.

If you are bored of the endless clothing changes required when your Little Ones retreat from playing outdoors covered in dirt and dust then these are for you.  The lightweight fabric is soft and breathable yet durable, and comes with a water and stain repellant invisible coating.  Pop over shorts and t-shirts for the summer days ahead or bulk up with a jumper underneath when winter prevails.

I love the nostalgic, childhood prints – I bought ‘flower meadow’ for my Goddaughter’s first birthday and boys will adore the ‘Busy Bugs’ or ‘Little Farm’ versions.  Lakes and Lambs currently have a sale on so snap up yours now and save on your washing all summer.

All in the details: 

Children’s printed boilersuits all by Lakes and Lambs
Sizes 1 – 5 years
Currently £29.95 in the sale
Gift Boxes available too so you can send pressies direct 

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Let’s Get Personal – monogram marvels

So a couple of years back I went to the States and was in absolute heaven will all the monogramming/personalisation options you could find in the shops.  I came back with all manner of things embossed and initialled and simply couldn’t find anything to compare in the UK….that is until now.  Hello Initially London.  If you have a friend’s birthday, need to take a pressie whilst staying with friends or you simply fancy having a ‘me me me’ moment then take a look at their gorgeous personalised goodies.  I have the wonderful Covent Garden Market Basket personalised in hot orange that I will be toting all summer.  Adorned with a lovely co-ord tassel – it’s the perfect size for the beach, park time or even just grabbing your evening groceries.

Next on the my hotlist is their St James cotton seersucker wash bags.  At £25 they are the perfect pressie for a galpal and you get to play designer and choose from a series of styles and colour thread choices.  I am hankering after the baby pink seersucker with an apple green italic monogram.

Brothers, fathers and boys in general needn’t be left out as they have a broad selection of boot bags, wash bags and sports bag all in ‘manly’ finishes.  For babes their nappy covers make the perfect newborn gift.

So if you have a large brood or just fancy getting organised, take a look and have fun adding your initials to their fantastic designs.

 

POP UP SHOP ALERT
All South West Londoners – you can pop down to Papouelli at 187 New Kings Road where Initially London has taken up residence for the week.  Monday 8th through to Sunday 14th May.

All by Initially London
Click here to view
Prices range from £20-£75 and include monogramming
All feature an embroidered monogram and you get to choose the font style and thread colour
Most importantly they have no limit on the number of letters so you can have house names, mantras and hashtags
If you are not sure on which initial goes where, then check out their super helpful monogram guide
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New Label Alert – Bumble & Ava

A new label has hatched this spring! Bumble & Ava, a clothing label for babies, toddlers and children is the brainchild of mother and daughter duo, Alexandra and Natasha.

Their first collection ‘The Malindi’ is full of fresh and vibrant prints.  The boys’ nehru shirts have fantastic contrast cuff detailing and I love their signature long-sleeved Ava dress which is 100% cotton and has a lovely floaty aesthetic.  For babes-in-arms, the blue rollo romper would suit both boys and girls and features a lovely elephant print.  For crawlers the pantaloons are perfect for everyday wear.

Bumble & Ava is designed in England and made in Kenya at a factory that is a member of the World Fairtrade Organisation.  It certainly feels good to know that the people making the clothes your children wear, have access to a self-help group whose purpose is to provide members with access to financial funds, to assist with children’s education, housing and pension preparations.
A fresh new collection, perfect for the summer days coming ahead.
All in the detail:
I love the blue/white Ava dress – main pic
Collection for ages 0-5 yrs
Baby rompers, £39
Baby pantaloons, £18
Alfie Shirts, £29
Dresses from £35
Designed in England, made in Kenya.
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S/S 17 Lust List – Katie & Jo

I realise that I am getting to the stage in life when my girlfriends are becoming uber successful. One has her novel published this summer (more on that to come), another is she-bossing it in the city, one friend spends her days delivering babies and lots have set up creative and innovative businesses from their kitchen tables.

A couple of such schoolfriends have not only created a successful boutique in the heart of Parsons Green, but are currently launching their first eponymous collection and it is right up PATP’s street.

Katie & Jo have channelled years of noting exactly what their clientele look for and created a capsule 5 piece collection full of bohemian vibes and pops of neon.

I love the Florence dress (above) – perfect for the summer days to come and my hero piece of the collection is their navy military jacket which has a stunning embroidered back.

Out after Easter weekend – happy shopping!
All in the detail:
All Katie & Jo S/S 17 collection
Click here for online store
Florence Dress, £145
Thea top, £85
Pom scarf, £65
Available instore and online w/c 18th April
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