Retail Therapy

I’ve not been feeling particularly well these past couple of days. And to top it all off, I woke up to excruciating pain in my lower back and side, meaning I can’t carry C, I can’t bend over and can barely get up off a chair.

So I did some online retail therapy. Anything to make me feel better.

As always, I had to hold myself back. Were it up to me, I’d have swept clean all my bank cards and touched my overdraft. But the nagging voice in the back of my head (I think it’s called my conscience) got the better of me, and I managed to control myself.

That’s not to say tomorrow will be the same.

First shop I visited was Dorothy Perkins. Last weekend I managed to pop by our local one, and saw the Kardashians collection first hand.  I have to say that my personal feelings about the three eldest sisters aside, it’s quite a good collection. It was a bit hard getting through their clothes, because the shop was full of teenagers grabbing this and that, and when I see that chaos going on, my shopping curb shrivels up. So I did some online browsing and I have to say that I found some items which took my fancy. Of course I don’t know how much the girls were actually involved in the designing of the things, but you do get to see the girls’ distinct styles in each and every item. The prices are quite low, so I’m guessing it’ll be a hit.

I love the colour of this dress and the style, which helps hides away any sins I have on my hips. It was one of the few dresses from the KK collecton which didn’t expose the cleavage area, so if like me you’re on the smaller side, this is a good dress. With the other dresses, you’d need massive honkers. And I don’t mean horns.

The KK blouses are really pretty. This particular one really took my fancy – and at £35, it’s a good deal!

Yes, I love leopard print, yes A hates it, yes I’d love to own this blazer, and NO I probably wouldn’t have the guts to wear it. Though I can imagine a black outfit with this on top…

Then there’s Zara. Zara can do no wrong, not ever. Their winter collection is so beautiful, I visit their shop every time I’m in the centre. The salesgirls must know me by now – the woman with the loud baby in the push-chair…

I love cable-knit sweaters. You get so much wear out of them in winter and they’re so warm. Plus this red one has an original side-zip detail! Classy as always from Zara.

It’s not the skirt which I love (shocking right?!), but this beautiful blazer from Zara. In fact, if you’re feeling extra-generous, please send me all of Zara’s blazers! They’re all so beautiful I want them all! This one is at the front of the line though 🙂

Quirky and funky, I love them!

Of course C wasn’t forgotten. I won’t bother putting up individual pictures of the things I would choose for her if I could. Just visit this page and click on every ‘Young Girl’ item you see.

The road to hell is paved with beautiful clothes on beautiful hangers screaming ‘Wear Me!’

I might just go a bit crazy…

Disclaimer: The following post contains the slight over-mentioning of baby-clothes and one-too-many images relating to the same. The author reserves the right to indulge in this crazy passion of hers, and will not be held responsible for the same or similar actions being exercised by her readers after reading this post. 

Like I’ve said before, C is outgrowing her clothes at a super-sonic rate. Clothes have stopped fitting her overnight. All of a sudden her outdoor clothes drawer is half empty.

So what better solution than to go out shopping and indulge?

(Also I’m inspired by the Haul Posts written by Claire and Alison. This post is a semi-haul and semi-haul-to-be post).

My mother was visiting last week and she started off the whole shopping vibe. She got her cute little things from Malta (I tell her not to because she’ll probably find them better-priced here, but what nanna doesn’t do that I guess?), and she bought her some trendy pieces for summer.

A baby jumpsuit, a white and light blue shirt with tan buttons, a coral polo-shirt and beige roll-up trousers!

We...erm, C, also got this present from my Aunt T. It's adorable!!

We also need new things for our Easter visit, and I love the combination of yellow and blue! If you visit Next and take a look at their baby range, I dare you not to want to buy everything off their racks! I’ve already eyed the following, and will buy them one by one, at a slow pace, so as not to alarm A 😉

Oops wait, he reads this blog now :S

Then again he loves the combination himself, so I’m sure he’ll approve.

If I could, I'd buy C every pair of shoes that Next has! But I'm thinking that would cause a space problem 🙂 I particularly love the blue espadrills!

And these beauties?

I can’t leave out Zara.

I love how they manage to take the key features of each season's style and insert them so elegantly into practical children's wear!

All of a sudden I need to get out of the house and hit the High Street!

Happy Friday dear readers and let’s hope it’ll be one with nice weather!!

xxx Jos

Of Things That Do Not Fit And Others Which Will

Every couple of weeks I have to go through C’s clothes, discard the ones that don’t fit her anymore and replenish with new stuff. There are some things which I’m reluctant to put in the Don’t-Fit-Anymore pile. Take her Benetton Jeggings – they are the cutest denim leggings which although still fit her lengthwise (they’re 9-12months size), can not come up past her knees thanks to her chubby thighs. I’m still managing to put them on her but I got a telling-off from mum last week when she saw them on her – “Honestly, doesn’t she have a pair of leggings which actually fit?!”

They were already a close fit then, and that's over a month ago!

The only denim trousers which fit her are the 12-18month ones – again, her thighs make all trousers an ultra-skinny fit. For that reason I stick mainly to leggings, which are comfortable on her, allow me to put on a pair of tights for warmth underneath and are easy to find. She now has around 8 pair of leggings, of which I’m thinking 5 will have to be removed.

We go through sleepers like there’s no tomorrow. It’s amazing because one week they fit her quite well and then all of a sudden there’s no leg space anymore and C can barely stretch her legs! She’s quite a tall girl – my gynae had told me she would be from the very early days, and he was quite right.

Last case in point was a cute Carter’s outfit my aunt sent her – size 12 months. I put it on her last weekend, and I don’t think we’ll be able to wear the fleece top again. It was a close fit and I could barely fit her arms in the sleeves. Also, the leggings seemed to be three-quarters skinny capri pants 😦

And a cute lilac jacket C got as a present when she was still a baby? She hasn’t yet worn it and I don’t think we will before Easter in Malta – IF it fits then! She can’t wear it then because it’s more of a windbreaker than a winter jacket, but it’s a real pity she probably will not wear it more than a couple of times, if that much.

We’re still safe with skirts and tights, so I’ll be looking for a couple of new skirts to add to her wardrobe. A quick stroll through the centre yesterday drew me to Zara and Next, who have the cutest collection of basic children wear. Next has a beautiful collection of navy blues and yellows – a combination which I really like. And I particularly loved a Zara shirt dress, which will soon be coming home with me…

Red tights and red hair bow and I'll gobble you up!

Of course if it’s something totally girly for a special occasion, you can never go wrong at Monsoon.

The Estella Dress at Monsoon

They also have beautiful playsuits and the cutest harem pants. Yes, harem pants for baby girls!!

And by the way, remember that red Monsoon dress I mentioned last time? The one C wore for Christmas and covered it in milk? Well we got to wear it last Sunday!! Yes the sleeves were a bit short, but it fit her and best part is she managed to keep it clean!

Nothing beats baby shopping!