Introducing independent kids wear brand, Milk and Biscuits

I love supporting independent stores and brands, partly I guess because I have my own and know the work that goes into them but also because I like seeing new things spring up and I’m inspired by the creativity. I first discovered kidswear brand, Milk and Biscuits a few years ago at a trade show I was visiting while looking for brands to stock at Little and Fierce Kids. I loved the classic simplicity of the collection that still managed to have a contemporary and stylish look. There’s a good mix of prints and staples in muted colours.

When they asked me to review something from their AW collection I jumped at the chance. A lot of independent kidswear brands only go up to age 5 and although my littlest girl is five she’s actually in age 7-8 clothes! Luckily for us Milk and Biscuits go up to 9-10 so even my biggest girl could wear them.

I chose this versatile pinafore dress..

We are big fans of pinafores and dungarees, and love how you can change them up to create all sorts of outfits. This particular dress has been worn with tights of various colours, leggings, long sleeve tops, short sleeve tops, boots and trainers. In my opinion having wardrobe staples such as this dress is key for children’s wardrobes. We’re not fans of fussy clothes that can only be worn occasionally, those end up at the back of the drawers never to be worn. Kids clothes need to work for them and be fun and practical while also being effortlessly stylish, and I think Milk and Biscuits do this really well.

E wears the dress with a plain long sleeve top, glittery tights, silver trainers and a glitter star headband.

Another way to style this dress..

My littlest girl has a particular love for unicorns, fun prints and of course her favourite colour of all, yellow, so this kind of outfit is right up her street.

Pricing wise Milk and Biscuits are an independent brand so you shouldn’t be expecting to pay high street prices, however you get ethically produced and high quality kids clothing that you won’t see on every other child. I’m excited to share with you a few sneak peeks of this seasons collection which is a collaboration with illustrator Lucy Kirk and as you can see it’s inspired by the circus.

You can see more of Milk and Biscuits here.

A big thanks to Milk and Biscuits for sending us this dress, as always all views are our own.

 

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Win unicorns and celebrate Little and Fierce Kids turning two!

My little business, the online kids accessories store, Little and Fierce has been online for two years now! I can’t quite believe it really. Writing this blog and running my webshop while the girls are at school has been a dream come true. When I got made redundant after maternity leave back in 2011 I had no idea that five years later I’d be doing all this.

Of course there have been ups and downs and I’ll admit it’s been a steep learning curve! I’ve discovered some fantastic brands, both big and small and worked hard to curate accessories and gifts that belong together ans share the Little and Fierce vibe – a lot of colour, fun and of course some glitter!

I want to say a huge thank you to all you lovely readers that have popped on over and bought from my shop over the past two years, to all the bloggers that have supported me and even guest blogged over on the Being Fierce blog. I wouldn’t still be a shop owner if it wasn’t for you!

Now that Christmas is around the corner (eep!), there’s a whole section for Christmas gifts and stocking filler ideas, and they’ve even been broken down into price categories to make it easier to shop.

We are very well know for our range of unicorn gifts and accessories so when I put together ideas for a giveaway I just couldn’t resist making it unicorn themed! So to celebrate turning two we’re giving away these prizes, a Unicorn Tape Dispenser, Unicorn Stickers, Unicorn Hair Clips Unicorn Rainbow Pencils Holder, and Unicorn Nail Stickers. To be in with the chance of winning this magical bundle just enter via Rafflecopter below. Please make sure you read the terms and conditions before entering.

Win unicorns and celebrate with us!

 

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

GOOD LUCK

Take a look on the Little and Fierce social media accounts as I’ll be running mini giveaways and sharing offers on there too, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

(Giveaway runs from 14th November 2016 12.00AM until 21st November 2016 12.00AM
The prize consists of 1 unicorn tape dispenser, 1 unicorn rainbow pencil set, 1 unicorn nail sticker set, 1 unicorn hair clip set, 1 unicorn sticker set
Little and Fierce are responsible for the fulfillment of the prize and will send it straight to the winner.
The winner will be contacted within 24 hours of the end of the giveaway, they will then have 48 hours and claim the prize, if they fail to do so another winner will be drawn
All entrants will be signed up to the Coffee Work Sleep Repeat mailing list and the Little and Fierce mailing list, this can be unsubscribed from at any time.)

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My girls Mini Boden Wishlist for Autumn/Winter

Now that both my girls are at school they definitely don’t need as many clothes. When they were little I’d buy loads of t shirts and playwear so if they wore them to nursery and got messy it didn’t really matter. They had lots in their wardrobes but little of it would be expensive, I couldn’t cope with watching expensive clothes get ruined. When you’re starting out two businesses in one family and have a family to support every penny counts!

With both of them being older now and needing less clothes I’m being more mindful of what clothes we buy and would be more inclined to spend more money on less so that they will last. Like so many I am obsessed with Mini Boden and love that so many of their clothes mix and match. You can put together a capsule wardrobe of lovely prints that will make up lots of outfits, here’s some examples in my girls Mini Boden wishlist for the coming Autumn and Winter.

My girls Mini Boden Wishlist

 

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Retro Stripe T-shirt |  Sherpa Lined Anorak

Velour Sweat Pants | Pinafore Skirt |

Glitter High-Tops | Fun Leggings | Raglan T-Shirt

These are the items I’ve got my eye on for my five year old. She loves comfy, fun and colourful clothes and I think these really fit the bill. The jacket will also be perfect for school in those cold winter months. I really love the stripey rainbow prints and I know that they will be an instant hit with E too.

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Printed Jumpsuit | Skinny Jeans

Leather Chelsea Boots | Fun Breton

Shirt Dress | Cosy Parka

I like that Mini Boden have combined with the older girls Johnnie B on the Boden website, it makes shopping for my girls at the same time so much easier. N prefers more muted colours and less prints but still likes to have fun with her clothes. She does like to be different to her sister, there’s no matchy matchy outfits going on in our family. With buying from the same store however, I can sneakily get them similar colours and prints so they don’t necessarily match but they do a little.. shh don’t tell them 😉

To see more of our choices head on over to Pinterest and follow our board

 

What do you think of our choices?

Are you a fellow Mini Boden fan?

 

 

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Our summer swimwear favourites

My girls have loads of swimming costumes all of various shapes and sizes, we’ve got a box in the utility with all their swimwear as well as some bits in their wardrobes. With the littlest doing swimming lessons once a week and the eldest being in the town’s swim squad and swimming 4 times a week (I know! She’s a fish!) we need lots ready to go. I do make a distinction between functional swimwear for lessons and training and beach wear. I really think that beach wear is the chance to have a little more fun with prints and styles.

I’ve been having a look at the collection of swim wear and beach wear and here are some of my choices.

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I chose these with my 8 year old in mind and think she would love the surfy style and geometric print. I’m not a fan of bikinis on children but I think this tankini is a great compromise. Both my girls have cover ups for when we’re on the beach and I love this whole matching set. With UPF 50+ protection these are all perfect for a sunny beach days.

 

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Now, this collection is just perfect for my littlest, she loves bright, fun prints and I think this watermelon themed collection from Sunuva is just so cute. We’re already big fans of Sunuva and like Platypus Australia their beach wear and swimwear gives UPF 50+ protection from the suns harmful rays.

All swimwear from House of Fraser.

 

What do you think of my choices?

 

This is a collaborative post

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What we think of Matalan school uniforn

When both my girls started school one of the things they were most excited about was wearing a school uniform. No joke. I think with my youngest especially it was because she wanted to be a big girl like her older sister. It’s safe to say that now they are both established at school the novelty has worn off! They are still very opinionated about what kind of uniform they want though, for example now that N is in the juniors she no longer wears pinafore dresses, apparently they are just not cool (who knew?). I like to get organised with the Autumn/Winter uniform and will start buying bits now. Of course I size up as kids grow like weeds over the summer holidays. The only thing I leave until the last minute is shoes, I get them at the end of August.

I tend to buy a lot of uniform, especially for my youngest, she is always coming home with board marker on her shirts and dresses and food stains down her top. We joke that you can tell what she’s been doing and eating during the day as you can see it all over her clothes! N on the other hand has always taken great pride in her appearance and is really fussy when it comes to clothes and that even includes uniform!

We’re lucky in that my girls school doesn’t have a strict policy where you can only buy uniform from them or a certain shop, you don’t even need to have the school badge on anything. This means that somewhere like Matalan is perfect. Here’s a few examples from the Matalan school uniform range.

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As you can see we’ll never make serious kids fashion bloggers, will we?!

 

Our Matalan school uniform review

Matalan is a great place to pick up school uniform, my girls have always had various things from there and considering how affordable it is we’ve been really happy with how they’ve worn and washed. It’s not often you manage to get affordability and quality clothing. I’m particularly happy that the pinafore you see E wearing is stain resistant! As I mentioned early she’s not the neatest and cleanest of children so having a Teflon stain resistant coating that repels water and stains AND restricts stains from absorbing into the fabric is a must for her uniform!

The only downside to buying in lots of uniform is sewing name tags in everything, oh well at least I have all summer to get around to doing that job..!

 

 

(Thanks to Matalan for sending over this school uniform for my growing girls. All prices were correct at time of publishing. As always all opinions are our own.)

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Summer ready with Vertbaudet

As much as I love partnering with brands I already know and love it’s also fun to try out new ones, so when Vertbaudet asked us if we’d like to try some pieces from the kids summer range I thought it would be a great chance to try a brand I’d never bought from before.

My two have very different tastes so often we end up having to buy from different shops for each of them. Checking out Vertbaudet’s summer range online I was so pleased how easy it was to choose outfits for both my girls. I’m having a thing for playsuits and dungarees at the moment, not only do they look great, they are just so easy to throw on and you have an instant outfit. I was happy to find that Vertbaudet had plenty to choose from in these styles.

For the five year old I chose a yellow broderie anglaise playsuit. E loves colourful clothes so I knew this would be an instant hit. To go with it I picked up a more neutral grey cardigan and white floral leather sandals.

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E’s outfit – she wears age 7-8

Yellow Broderie Anglaise Playsuit  £20

Grey cardigan with macrame flower £17

Leather floral and white sandals £21 (30% off usual price of £30)

As for N I found it really easy buying for her as one of the first pages I saw had an outfit that I knew she would love.

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I got the whole outfit, minus the scarf and N could not be happier with it. N is 8 and a half and I would say average height wise for her age. I ordered her outfit in age 9 and it fits perfectly.

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N’s outfit, she wears 9-10

Short denim dungarees – £14

T-shirt with lace detail – £7

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Pumps – £9 (with 40% off)

We are really happy with the outfits from Vertbaudet and I’d definitely consider buying from them again. The quality was good and the price really reasonable. We’ve had these clothes for about a month now as I wanted to see how they fared being put to the test by my girls and our washing machine! I can happily say that they are all wearing well. The sandals have hardly been off E’s feet at the weekends, a testament to how comfy she finds them – at five she’s not one to suffer for style! One thing I would say is size up on everything. I’m so thankful that one of my mum friends told me this before I placed my order. N is of average height for 8 so I got her 9-10 which fit perfectly. E is only 5 but tall for her age so her outfit is in 7-8.

 

Have you ordered from Verbaudet before?

What do you think of our outfit choices?

 

 

 

(All prices correct at time of publishing. As with all our reviews and partnered posts all views and opinions are our own, for more info on this see here)

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Bomber jacket trend – for mamas and minis

The Bomber jacket trend is huge this season, and I for one cannot wait to get my hands on one (or two) as the weather starts to brighten up a bit.

I’ve put together a high street edit for us mamas and our minis. I’ve chosen stores that have both Women’s ranges and children’s though it’s worth noting that the New Look range starts from age 9 (so perfect for my eldest girl).

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I buy a lot for both myself and my girls so this is a great option for us. It has ranges for both my daughters’ age groups. I choose pink for my five year old (even though it’s not to my taste I know she would LOVE it) and a gorgeous satin effect mint green/ice blue for my eldest.

 

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MINI – Glittery bomber jacket – £14.99 (age

MAMA – Bomber jacket £29.99

MINI – Satin bomber jacket £17.99 (age

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ZARA

We unfortunately don’t have a Zara near us but I often buy from them online as they have lots of stylish pieces for both myself and the girls. I adore the bomber jacket in the middle and I’m not surprised it’s out of stock in all sizes. You can be notified when they are back in though, something I’m waiting for with baited breath!

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MAMA – Oversized Bomber Jacket £49.99

MINI – Embroidered Bomber Jacket £22.99 (age 5- 14)

MAMA – Nylon Bomber Jacket £29.99

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NEXT

I wasn’t blown away by the choice that Next offered for Women, but I do like the kids bombers, particularly the middle green one. I can see my eldest in that one for sure.

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MINI – Pink Quilted Bomber £26-£32 (age 3-16)

MINI – Khaki Bomber Jacket £26-£32 (age 3-16)

MAMA – Indigo Bomber Jacket £24

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NEW LOOK

This is a store that I rarely went in after having the girls but I think it’s really upped it’s game recently. It has a fantastic Petite section and now that my eldest is old enough for the 915 clothes we are often in there having a look. It’s great to update your wardrobe with a few pieces for the new season. You could definitely twin with these jackets, though I don’t think older kids get quite so excited wearing the same as their mum as little ones do!! 😉

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MAMA – Shell Pink Sateen Bomber Jacket £29.99

MINI –  Teens Shell Pink Sateen Bomber Jacket £24.99 (age 9-15)

MINI – Teens Khaki Lightweight Bomber Jacket £24.99 (age 9-15)

MAMA – Khaki Sateen Bomber Jacket £29.99

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What do you think of our choices?

 

Will you or your minis be rocking the bomber jacket trend this Spring?

 

 

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