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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Keeping warm on the school run

I’m a bit of a coat and jacket addict and I’m always on the look out for the ‘perfect’ school run coat. It needs to be warm, waterproof and have a decent hood. I’ve got coats that are warm but no hood and waterproof but not warm, I think you get the idea. I thought I’d cracked it last year when I picked up a coat with a removable fur trim to the hood. I thought I was being really clever – I could have the fur on when it was cold and take it off when it rained. Unfortunately when you take the trim off the hood is then too small to cover your head! Fail. I’ve been told by friends that I need to embrace the ‘mum coat’ or ‘teacher coat’, the often brightly coloured waterproof cagole. I’m sure you know the type.

Blacks approached me to try out one of their women’s jackets for my school run mission and this is the one I chose.

The North Face Endeavour Thermoball Jacket

I love the shape of this coat. It’s nipped in at the waist and has a long scoop at the back. Considering it’s so light you wouldn’t expect it to be so warm but thanks to the clever people at The North Face its insulation traps hot air for reduced heat loss and increased warmth. The Lightweight warmth and compressibility of down with the wet-weather insulating performance of synthetic insulation. So in theory I could go for an actual run in this jacket and it would keep me warm (but not too hot) and dry. As you might have guessed I’ve not put that particular aspect to the test yet.. well unless you count legging it to school while dragging to sleepy children along with me!

The only downside is that it has fabric arms, something I didn’t clock when I chose it. So it wouldn’t be ideal in torrential rain but it can cope with a quick down pour. 

 

All in all this jacket is the perfect addition to my school run coat and jacket line up. I’ve been grabbing it and rushing out the door most days since it arrived and I think it will transition well into Spring.

I was sent this jacket for the purpose of this review, all views are my own.

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Renovating our small bathroom

We moved into our current house about six years ago and knew that the small family bathroom would need updating and renovating but just didn’t have the budget for it then. We put up with it and saved our pennies in the hope that one day we’d get our dream bathroom. I hated staring at the brown wallpaper and turquoise tiles, they didn’t reflect my taste and I would feel embarrassed when people went in there! It sounds silly really but I desperately wanted to change it and make it feel like ours. Earlier this year we finally got the funds together and starting renovating our small bathroom.

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

As you can see, it was in desperate need of some love. We may have got rid of the brown wallpaper, but that wasn’t enough to make it look the way I wanted.

I’d spent years dreaming and pinning ideas on Pinterest, I was desperate for a clean bright look and knew that subway tiles would have to feature.

Not only were we getting it re-tiled we also redesigned the whole layout to create more space. Before, we struggled to get more than one person in there at the same time which made bathtime and bedtime with small children very interesting, as you can probably imagine! We ended up turning the bath around and moving both the toilet and the sink. It was a pain but now it’s all done it was so worth it. 

We ripped everything out, with the help of friends and then went on holiday while the builders went in and got on with renovating our small bathroom.

renovating our small bathroom

renovating a small bathroom

This is what we came home to,

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

A lick of paint and some accessories later and here we have it..

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

As you can see we’ve kept it simple with white walls and white subway tiles. The floor is tiled with slate tiles and I’ve tied in the grey theme with our towels and accessories.

All we need now is a new blind and a mirror for above the sink. When they’re in, do keep an eye out for my next bathroom post – Styling a Small Bathroom, which will be up very soon.

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(Small mirror, hand lotion and soap are courtesy of TK Maxx, this post is not sponsored in any way beside the gifting of those items)

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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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Styling the perfect guest bedroom

We’re currently looking at moving house, and near the top of my list when we’re house hunting is an extra bedroom so we can have a room that’s permanently set up as a guest bedroom. We live far away from family and have lots of friends scattered around the country so I would love to have a room for them to stay in when they visited rather than them having to sleep on the sofa or on a blow up mattress in my office! I’m always looking at guest bedroom decor inspiration for when I’m ready to get styling the perfect guest bedroom.

I really like a fresh and neutral colour palate and will be leaning towards white and greys. This works well and can be adapted for anyone that comes to stay. I love the clean lines of a Scandi style space and the greys of Nordic styling but also want a luxe feel so lots of throws and texture too. 

This room is beautifully laid out, they have really kept the guest in mind with making sure there are towels, spare blankets and even a pair of slippers!

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Image from tatertots and jello – top tips for creating the perfect guest room

This is beautifully styled bed by The White Company, I love the blankets and co-ordinating cushions. It’s really simple but elegant styling.

styling the perfect guest bedroom

Hanbury Collection by The White Company

I think it’s important to have bedside tables or units if there is the space for them. Perfect for bedside lamps, books and even fresh flowers.

 

I love being clever with storage and keeping in mind the aesthetics when picking pieces out. This wooden ladder shelf unit is great for towels, toiletries, reading material and even a few little pot plants!

 

See my Guest Bedroom Pinterest board for more inspiration on styling the perfect guest bedrom

Follow Coffeeworksleep’s board Guest bedroom on Pinterest.

 

 

On a practical note, having a dedicated guest room doesn’t have to mean that you’ve got less storage. If you get a larger sized ottoman  bed you can use the bed as storage as well. It’s really handy for things like spare linens, towels and even out of season clothes all in vacuum packed storage bags. You can be clever with storage without having to compromise the style. On the subject of storage make sure that you have somewhere for guests to put their luggage, if there’s space for drawers/a wardrobe make it clear they can utilise them.

When the styling and practicality is down you need to think of what else to add in the room to make your guests as comfortable and looked after as possible. When there’s been a long journey the best thing is being met with a ready made relaxing guest bedroom.

I’ve pored over those Pinterest tutorials on how to be the best host and read those posts listing the essentials your guest room needs (I know, I’m such a goon). It all pays off though, here are some of the ideas I’ve collated for my perfect guest bedroom.

ESSENTIALS

Freshly made bed with guest towels, obviously

Extra blankets and pillows

Scented candles and matches

Bedside lamps

Bin

Fresh flowers

Clock

Wifi code

Accessible power sockets

Toiletries – a great idea I read somewhere mentioned having a basket of mini samples of things like shampoo, body wash etc.

Things to read, books, magazines, etc

If you’ve got kids staying in the room as well then think about anything else that might be useful, a few toys, or books for example

 

What have I missed? Can you think of more?

Do you like the style of my guest bedroom?

 

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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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Pastel Hair Trend – Pink hair don’t care!

Up until last year I had never, ever dyed my hair. The closest thing to dying my hair I came to was using hair mascara in my teens (remember them?!) and that wash in wash out stuff that never really worked! It wasn’t until grey hairs started to appear that I thought the time may have come to embrace the dye so I went whole hog and got my hair dresser to do a bit of ombre too. I’d wanted it for ages but been far too scared! Once I’d done that I’d kind of got the bug. It’s a bit like getting a piercing or tattoo, once you’ve got one you want more! I used to be the same with my hair styles and lengths, I’ve had loads of different ones over the years. Now that I’m happy with the length of my hair I have to do something to stave off the boredom and it looks like colour could be my solution. Only now I’m a bit obsessed with the pastel hair trend.

My main worry was that at 31 I’m a bit old to be playing with colour, especially pastel colours like pink. Wasn’t it all a bit mid-life crisis ish, ok maybe not mid-life but you get what I mean. I’m a 30 something mum, not a teenager, would I be able to pull it off? I think because I’d never done it I felt a bit like it was now or never so I thought F it, why shouldn’t I have pink hair if I want it. I work from home, I’ve got no dress code, it’s the perfect opportunity to give it a try.

I’d been pinning pink ombre or rose gold ombre hair for a few weeks when I dropped it into conversation at the school gate with my hair dresser (and fellow reception mum). I showed her loads of ideas and we decided to go for it!

 

Rose Gold Hair Inspiration

 

This was the first time..

pastel hair trend

When that faded quicker than we expected, we added some lighter blonde bits and a darker pink a couple of weeks later. I think I’ll be experimenting with it every time I get it cut, it definitely feels more fun and a lot more ‘me’

I have to admit I’m loving these more daring styles at the moment..

Pastel Hair

 

Part of me still wishes I had blonde hair – it would make following the pastel trend easier for me!

Hey, who knows what my hair will look like next month..!

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Kids colourful bedroom ideas from George at Asda

I haven’t done a home style interiors post for a while and putting this one together has reminded me how much I really miss doing them so I’ll definitely be writing more from now on. I enjoy styling rooms and have had fun over the years with the girls bedrooms. I love splashes of colour, so kids colourful bedrooms are a must in my book!

My five year old and I have put together a moodboard of kids colourful bedroom ideas for her room. My two have switched and chopped and changed bedrooms over the years and in all honesty E has had no say in the way her room currently looks. It’s all things I’ve chosen or her sister chose before she moved into her own room. The basic colour palate is fine, and hey with white walls you can pretty much do anything colour wise. E is a huge colour lover so we’ve kept this in mind while picking out bedroom accessories and furniture from George at Asda.

Kids colourful bedroom ideas

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1. Kids Daisy Beanbag Seat – Yellow // 2. Shopkins bean bag // 3. Seahorse cushion // 4. Pink bean bag chair

5. Seahorse rug // 6. Russian dolls throw // 7. Colour change rabbit light  // 8. Drake desk

9. Mermaid fitted sheet // 10. Webster bed – yellow // 11. Shopkins Cookie cushion // 12. Finley desk chair

 

As you can see it’s quite an eclectic, colourful mix what with seahorses and Shopkins! We’re not fans of matchy-matchy bedrooms and unlike my children I don’t like to theme their rooms solely on a cartoon character. I know how quickly their tastes change and I’m not prepared to re-decorate on their every whim! However, it’s a great compromise to pick up a few homeware accessories of their current favourite to add in and George at Asda have loads to choose from.

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What do you think of our choices?

Do you love splashes of colour like we do?

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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?

 

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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?!

E is wearing an age 6 blouse from the Girls 2 Pack Long Sleeve School Blouses (3-16 yrs, £5.50-£8.00), an age 6 Girls School Pinafore (3-8 yrs, £6-£7). I love the bow detail on the pinafore pockets!

N is wearing an age 9 skirt from the Girls 2 Pack Pleated School Skirts (3-13 yrs, £7-£9) and a blouse of the same size from the Girls 2 Pack 3/4 Sleeve School Blouses (8-16 yrs, £8-£9). This fussy one doesn’t like short sleeve or even full length sleeve shirts so these 3/4 are a nice compromise and they are fitted too so a little more grown up than her sister’s.

They both wear a royal blue Girls Scallop Edge School Cardigan (3-13 yrs, £5-£7)

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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