Perfect Party Prep – Aromatherapy Associates

If you are already suffering from Christmas party fatigue, I may have the perfect little pick-me-up for you.  Recommended by a somewhat ‘spiritual’ friend of mine, this Aromatherapy Associates bath/shower oil is the perfect tonic to combat the post war-zone/kids tea slump after 5pm.  If your hair smells of fish fingers and you would rather slob on the sofa than don your glad rags for the night ahead, then add a couple of drops of this to your bath or shower and you will raring to go again.  The perfect recharge for the evening ahead… you just might have to fish the bath toys out of the way first.

All in the detail:

Revive Evening Bath and Shower Oil, £45
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Also available at John Lewis
I have the Evening version but there is also a Morning one too
Would make a great stocking filler 

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READER OFFER – Octavia Hix


Rather than do Gift guides this year I am just going to do the odd post here and there on pretty things that have caught my eye. (I also have the problem that if I say what I have bought it slightly ruins the surprise factor for my family and friends on Christmas Day!). That said and because my mum is a somewhat sporadic reader of PATP, I will let you in on what I am wrapping up for her under the tree.

For a lady who likes her Winter Sun I have snapped up one of these gorgeous easy breezy dresses by Octavia Hix.  Perfect to throw on post pool for lunch, they come in two different lengths and most importantly for my mum they come out of your suitcase looking like they did when they went in.  I bought a couple for half term and not only did I find them super flattering but a totally indispensable addition to my holiday wardrobe. Wear with a heels and a leather jacket at night, sandals and straw hat for the day.

For Princess and the Pram readers you lucky things are entitled to 15% off.  Simply use the code below and happy shopping.  Always a good one to direct the hubby to incase they are struggling to get you something for Christmas.

All in the detail:

Dresses by Octavia Hix
For discount enter the code ANCHRISTMAS15 on the shipping address page
With code short dresses are £135.15 and long £152.15
Perfect Christmas pressie for anyone destined for hotter climes in 2017

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Magic Slippers – Desmond and Dempsey


After a particularly rain-soaked weekend, nothing makes me more pleased than getting rid of the wellies by the door and sinking my feet into my heavenly new slippers. Burgundy ponyskin – check, candyfloss pink faux fur interior – check, sturdy soles in case you nip out – check.  Bags of style on the outside and super comfy on the inside, these slippers scream weekend chic.  Perfect if you are currently post baby and slobbing out in a variety of moth eaten cashmere and need to up level your ‘nan’ slippers.  I wear mine non stop and they disguise themselves beautifully as loafers when teamed with a black skinny jean.

Also available in smoke grey ponyskin with zebra trim for those that keep things monochrome.  Definitely check out Desmond and Dempsey’s PJs if you are looking to overhaul your bedtime wardrobe.  Their slippers and nightwear also make pretty perfect Christmas pressies for the sister who has everything.


All in the detail:

All by Desmond and Dempsey
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Slippers, £85
Sized 36-41
Nightwear from £75
I love the Bocas Print & Howie Pineapple

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Xmas One Stop Shop – Sophie Allport

SA backpack

Now we are safely in November I can finally breathe the word Christmas! Yep its time to get organised and tick off the pressie list.  First wonder shop to visit is Sophie Allport. There is a great range for different budgets and I have already accosted Father C to deliver one of their Alice in Wonderland rucksacks for Christmas this year.   Huge variety in prints – we love the Safari and Woodland Party especially – and if you have Godchildren pressies to post, the children’s aprons are sure to be a big hit and postbox friendly too.

Also if you feel your Little Ones have outgrown the melamine plate stage then check out their gorgeous Alice in Wonderland china.  I snapped up the cereal bowls and plates and not only do the kids feel very ‘grown up’ but it also gets them to finish their food as they race to find the mischievous White Rabbit adorning their crockery.

All in the detail:

All by Sophie Allport
Backpacks from £19
Aprons from £12
Melamine Dinner plates from £7
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British Bake off – the cheat’s way

Lets eat cake

Now GBBO is over I am on the hunt for another program to enjoy with the kids.  Aside from giving me massive cravings for cake, each episode always makes me believe that maybe even I could whip up a masterpiece with the Kitchen Aid currently sitting sadly in my cupboard.  The hero of my wedding gift list has had to contend with being dusted off for the odd time I am required to bake for school sales and it is even neglected when it comes to the kids’ birthdays as I usually head to the shops in search of personalised cakes.  Little B had an incred Cinders cake from M&S this year.

However, there is a part that niggles my conscience and one glance into my childhood photo albums reminds me of the lovely cakes my mum used to spend hours making for me and how I really ‘should try harder’.  Just yesterday though I was let into a little secret.  A kind of mummy’s little helper.  I am not talking about Gin but a clever little company who sends you all the bits and pieces you need to create really lovely cakes.

That’s right simply add eggs, butter and a dash of milk to Craft and Crumb’s organic cake mix and follow the instructions and you too can be proud of something Bake Off worthy.  Each kit contains disposable cake and cupcake baking pans, cupcake cases, icing bag and nozzle, natural colouring, cake board, organic cake mix, organic icing sugar for your buttercream and decorations.  You can buy extra decorations and cute number candles too.  My friend had just pulled off the Princess Castle cake with total success and there are some really cool boys ones too.  Have a look and for once be pleased to adorn a pinny and not have to hide the supermarket packaging!

All in the detail:

All by Craft & Crumb
Cake Kits from £29.95
Boys and Girls themes available
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Pepa’s Picks – Autumn Winter 16


The leaves have turned, the heating is now on and I must admit I am just a little overexcited by the prospect of winter dressing. It’s only one more year before school uniform prevails for Little B and wardrobe fun becomes limited to weekends only.   Go to brand for A/W togs is local SW6 brand Pepa & Co.  Princess Charlotte looked impeccably cute in her pieces for the Canada trip and her brother most dapper.  What I love about Pepa & Co is that there are great things for both boys and girls.  I snapped up two pairs of bloomers for Little B (the dusty pink with frill trim and the grey herringbone) and I have my eye on the blue double collar sweater for Little A.   For any newborns out there check out the Bear motif knitted romper.

All in the detail:

All by Pepa & Co
Clothing sized Newborn – 8 yrs

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Spot On – chic flats for Autumn



Fancy a little Mini-me fashion in your life then look no further than these slippers from French company Chatelles.  You can add coloured tassels for extra personalisation and for a sportier look check out their slip-on version.

All in the detail:

Leo slipper, €190
Mini Leo slipper, €125
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They courier your shoes in 1-2 days to UK.

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Sun Seekers – Kids swimwear for winter heat


Yes the leaves may be crunching underfoot and whilst it’s nearly time to switch on the heating my mind is already travelling to far flung destinations for some winter sun. Luckily for us this half term will see us swapping the crisp London days for some African heat and the first thing to be packed will be Little B’s new cossie.  Having been a longtime fan of Heidi Klein for my bathers I am delighted to discover they do an incred kids’ range.  Hand on heart Little B’s new Phoebe one-piece is the most beautiful costume I have ever seen.

Phoebe Costume

The delectable strawberry print is teamed with a sweet red gingham and frill detailing adorns the shoulders.  If you have boys then definitely check out the gorgeous range of fun rash vest and trunk co-ords.

Mix and Match

For mummies I swear by Heidi’s one-pieces- I have been donning the Nantucket this summer.  Generous support and flattering silhouettes ensure you feel confident poolside and although they are investment pieces they certainly perform better than their high-street counterparts.

I was keen to ask the Queen of chic resortwear a few questions…

Princess asked Heidi…

What are your 3 favourite things in life?

–          My beautiful family

–          My career

–          My gorgeous dog Otto

London’s best kept secret for kids?

–          Kite flying on Parliament Hill, tons of fun for the family.

Best holiday memory?

–          In Lake Joseph (Ontario, Canada) this summer.  We spent 3 weeks there.   My little boys faces when the caught their first fish!

All in the detail:

Kids swimwear by Heidi Klein
Prices from £30 (sale pieces available)
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Get ARTee – cool kids’ t-shirts

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What’s not to love about a Flamingo wearing high-tops.  Yes I have blogged about her before, but I am pleased to announce that Millie McCallum‘s fabulous linocuts of various animals rocking quirky accessories, no longer have to be restricted to your walls as she has ventured into kidswear. You can now pick up her wonderful ‘Superpenguin’ and ‘Funky Flamingo’ on cute white T-shirts.  Little A and Little B are addicted to theirs and for once I can agree with their sartorial choices. They are also the perfect pressies to buy when holidaying with friends as they will appeal to the kids as much as their parents.

All in the detail:

Kids t-shirts by Millie McCallum 
£15 each
Sizes 1 up to 8yrs old
100% cotton
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Also need to note you can buy them in adult sizes too – matchy matchy!


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Taking flight – shwings for your shoes


So I thought I had seen everything until I was watching one of my bessies wrap her daughter’s birthday presents and she pulled out these.  Which Little One wouldn’t like a pair of silver wings to make them go faster?  She combined them with a fresh pair of white converse (from Schuh Kids) and voila a pretty cool new pair of kicks.  Perfect to upgrade any trainer, Shwings are available in five colours and attach easily to any lace-up shoe.  I am just wondering if mums and dads can get away with wearing them too…

All in the detail:
Shwings attach easily to any lace-up shoe
Five colours to choose from – we love the silver
Great pressie for any Christmas stockings
£7.99 – available here


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