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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.
Click here to view
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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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The Arts Club – Picassos in the Park

Calling all child creatives there is a new class in town! If your Little One is between the age of 5-10 and is looking to demonstrate their artistic capabilities then I have just the right after-school club for you.

Picassos in the Park, created and run by two London mums, introduces a new artist from the spectrum of Art History every week and after examining what inspired the artist, the children are then let loose to create their own interpretation.  Using a variety of mediums they get to explore the works of iconic artists be it Picasso, Monet and Matisse and what’s more you get to keep your children’s masterpieces afterwards.

I love the concept of having a theme to each week and really talking through different artists’ styles and mediums and then seeing your Little One interpret them in their own style.
The new class is being held at the Skylark Cafe in Wandsworth on Thursdays 3.45 – 5pm but Picassos in the Park can also be found in Kennington on Saturday mornings and Barnes on Wednesday afternoons.
All in the detail:
Picassos in the Park, click here to view
You can take your child for a taster session for only £10 
Sibling discount of 10% for the second child
Classes are term-time
£180 for 12 week summer term at the Skylark
To book email picassosinthepark@gmail.com or call 07968 701223
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Easter Eggstravaganza

Less than a week to go until a giant rabbit sprinkles its foil coloured droppings around the garden and my two are already a little overexcited.  If you fancy something a little different to the usual supermarket chocs then have a look at the below.

I am turning to Hotel Chocolat for their super sweet chocolate characters –Woolliam the lamb and Elizapeck the chick.  They also do sophisticated grown up versions – I am hankering after the Hard Boiled Salted Caramel Easter egg.

Marks and Sparks have come up trumps with their rather lovely embossed rabbit mugs.

For some post Church activities I bought a couple of these Paint your own Eggcups by Tobar that I snapped up on Amazon, alongside Laura Hughes’s Egg Hunt Activity Book packed with puzzles, colouring and stickers.  If your little one is too small to enjoy the wonders of an Egg Hunt then skip the chocs and have them sitting pretty in this Bunny smocked Bubble by Trotters.

If you really wanted to go to town with your Easter table then take a look at M&S’s retro Easter plates. Vintage in look, each plate features charming bunnies or chicks.

Wherever you are this Easter I hope you have a very ‘hoppy’ time indeed x

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Spring Bloom(ers) – Liberty print bottoms

Yes yes I am aware I maybe should have called this blog Princess and the Liberty Print as it seems the majority of my posts seem to focus on my penchant for the classic, delicately detailed, floral British fabric. I couldn’t resist flagging up my latest discovery Tinker & Belle – purveyors of gorgeous classic childrenswear made to order with Liberty Art Fabrics.  Created by a mum, who was struggling to find little girls’ clothes she liked that were simple in shape and devoid of cartoon characters, and looking to achieve that perfect balance of a career and motherhood, set up her sewing machine and Tinker & Belle was born.

I love the longer length baby bloomers – perfect to take you through the crawling stage and lightweight enough for summer days. Boys need not be left out and her printed shirts would be perfect for summer weddings and Christenings. Take a look.

All in the detail:

All by Tinker & Belle
Age range – Babies to girls/boys aged 10
From £19
Made in the UK 
Delivery times may vary as each piece is beautifully made by a busy mummy!

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