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I’m not fashionable but I do like clothes. I’m gonna be honest, I googled ‘autumn/winter trends 2017’ in order to write this post. Part of me thinks ‘clothes don’t matter’ and then I also know that I feel like I’m handling life ‘Like A Boss’ if I’m feeling good about what I look like right? BUT and it’s a big BUT, Confession – I barely have time to shop.
I feel guilty about spending a lot of money on myself and I’m totally more Primark than Prada. I love supermarkets. Because that’s the only place I go these days. I wanna look good but I also don’t want to spend a fortune on something I wear 4 times! So I’m doing fashion on the food shop. Clothes I think are trendy and fashion forward but easy to get and easy to afford. That’s my kind of fashion. So here’s today’s round up and It’s all about the seventies.
The seventies were heavily covered by all the major designers for this season and you can tell that by the way it’s filtered into your local store. This trend is perfect for autumn/winter – the fabrics like cord and flurry shearling lend themselves well to the cooler weather and the colour palette of mustard, camels, and rich jewel tones will last you well for many autumns to come. I personally think the seventies trend works across all body types (hurrah!) Here are my favourite picks that you can grab right now on your food shop or online.
The Wear More Than Once Blouse
If you want an easy way to up your fashion game. Here it is. This pussy-bow blouse is ina perfect 70’s print and can be worn in multiple ways. Go casual with your fave pair of jeans. Pair it with a pencil or a-line skirt for a dressier or work option – OR go all out and pop this beauty under a pinafore or shift dress. It’s priced at £18.00 from the Tu range Sainsbury’s – Grab yours here
The Easy Going Dress
The perfect print – The perfect colour – The perfect fit and all for £16.00.
I love dresses. It’s an outfit all in one and this beauty is under £20.00. Pair it with tights and boots or your work wear shoe and you are going to be good to go. This trapeze style dress is also really flattering on ALL bodies. This is also from Sainsbury’s Tu range who are rocking the 70’s game. Grab yours here
This is a great little embroidered number that really hits that 70’s vibe. If you really want to go for the trend this would look like perfection with a faux fur gilet or chunky shearling jacket and some boots. Equally, this is an easy way to dip your toe into the trend and pair with some nice warm tights. This is from George at Asda and is £25.00. Grab yours here
A Multi-Tasking Pinafore
You know mum’s have fallen for the dungaree in a BIG way right? I kinda feel the same about a pinafore. this is SO wearable and I love the look with a roll neck underneath. However, I’m personally a little busty and can imagine this making me look a bit like an ‘egg’ so I may have to leave this for you. It’s gorgeous though and priced at £16.00 from George at Asda. Get it here
This Seasons Coat
Look at this gem! I love a fashionable coat but you really don’t want to pay that much for one. If you think the same, run to Asda. Run. This coat comes in this textured, check blue option and also a plain mustard yellow. it’s priced at £35.00 and will last you ALL of Autumn/Winter. Have a gander here
So that’s our roundup of 70’s inspired trends for Autumn/Winter 2017 that you can grab on your food shop. I hope some of it has tickled your fashion fancy and remember, we want to see what you are weather so post your best, unfiltered, real life shiz over on our Facebook Page or on Insta using #thiswelshmotherwears.
Every mother feels their child is a wonderful, unique, precious Gem & they are, all of them. So let me tell you about mine.
At two Fred is…. Well, how can I say it? he’s strong willed. If Fred doesn’t want to do something, he won’t be doing it and as parents, we have resigned ourselves to that but we are busy. We are oh so busy. Aren’t you? So I’m going to be straight up with you, mealtimes can be stressful.
It’s fine for my partner. He’s a professional chef. He can grab 3 left overs from the fridge and make ANYTHING. I on the other hand, I’m a little bit more… well, I can make you anything you want on toast! So when Heinz recently sent Fred some of their no added sugar Hoops to try I knew I’d be working those cans into some mum/son meals.
You see Fred doesn’t like cereal. His Father has given him a hot, cooked breakfast since he could have solids and mornings with kids can be hectic so I’m not as good at watching the stove, watching the toddler and making sure we get ourselves out of the house on time but let me tell you, these Hoops made a hot breakfast a breeze.
Fred munched down a portion of no added sugar Hoops with some toast and a bit of grated Caerphilly cheese and I managed to have a presentable face and outfit when I arrived at the office.
There is a great feeling that comes with giving your child a hearty breakfast. You feel like you’ve started the day on the right foot but these Hoops aren’t just restricted to your breakfast plates. A can of Hoops in the house makes a great staple for those nights when the cupboards are less than inspiring OR for those times when you’ve left it a little too late and you need to knock up a meal in minutes before your child turns into an extra from ‘Gremlins’. If this resonates with you, grab some Hoops!! You won’t regret it.
These Hoops have the same great tasting sauce that you remember but they use Stevia, a plant derived sweetener. Confession, I couldn’t tell the difference, these were just as I remembered from my childhood but as well as being out of the house on time, looking slightly human, I also had a little less guilt because I was giving him a better option!
So if you are after some cupboard staples that can get you out of a mealtime pinch morning, noon or night grab some Hoops from your local supermarket or grab a pack online. Find more information here.
** We were sent these products in order to provide an honest review but Fred would tell me if he hated them, he’s picky like that.
If you are knee deep in the summer holidays and don’t know what to do next, this is for you.
Each week something for the weekend will be your guide to what’s on here in Wales .. family-friendly of course
so here’s what you can get up to this week…
Starting in the North.
If getting outdoors is your families kind of thing then be sure to head to RSPB Conwy nature reserve and check out ‘Catrin the caterpillar’s trail’. This is an interactive outdoor trail suitable for all ages – and you can even collect a special badge for completing the route.
If you fancy a trip to Machynlleth there is plenty to occupy you on the Ceredigion art trail at RSPB Ynys Hir nature reserve. With 3 different trail routes and a cafe for light refreshments, all you need to bring with you is the sunshine.
If you are near Tenby and want a break from the usual seaside pursuits you may want to check out the Robin Hood Treasure Trail at Carew Castle and Tidal Mill. Taking place each Saturday of the summer.
Tretower Court and Castle have summer events running each Saturday. Located near to the pretty town of Crickhowell there is plenty in the area to keep you occupied and the castle itself is offering activities such as games, face painting, and lantern making.
And finally, if you want to head down to Cardiff Bay you’ll be sure to see plenty of extreme sailing this weekend. That’s right the Extreme Sailing Series will be taking over the bay area this Saturday so head down to the Norwegian church for the best views. They have organised a full day of child and family friendly activities including performances and crafts.
That’s it for this week.
Whatever you decide to do, have a great time and I’ll be back next Friday with another update for your family social calendar
I became mother two years ago and I have a confession. In those two years, I’ve not spent too much time thinking about my relationship with my other half (Soz James).
I can count on one hand the number of times we’ve ‘been out’ since then and quite frankly if we did have the chance, we’d be too knackered. That’s parenting for you.
Recently though things have taken a shift. Fred’s started to sleep better. I leave the house a few days a week to go to work, hell I even did my hair the other day, so I started chatting to one of my mates about date nights.
She wants to do them. Her husband is up for it, but how? what? where? and when?
To help her out, me out and hopefully you, if you are up for it? I’ve created this quick list to give you 7 sure-fire hits for a date night that you could try this week!
1) Winner, Winner Let’s cook dinner.
Stick with me… You are sick of bloody cooking dinner, right? So you don’t wanna do that for a date but aside from your traditional takeaway or forcing your loved one to cook for you, what are your options? Well… how about a theme night?
Pick something new, find your meal ideas and join together to get them created. It can be fun, no babysitters required.
Creating a movie night at home can be just as fun as heading to the cinema and loads cheaper. You can go as crazy as you like, grab some popcorn, set up your theatre or make amazing snacks (we like nachos in our house) and you could alternate who chooses the film.
A carpet picnic isn’t just for the kids. You can create a lovely setting in your own home, select your foods and get comfy while you chat about what’s been going on for each of you. It can be a really cost effective way to reconnect.
4) Tech Free 2 Hours
You’d probably be surprised by how much tech-free time I enjoy. It infuriates me when my other half stares at his screen during meals, or programs, even when I chat but we can all be guilty of it so why not schedule and ENJOY some tech-free time! Two hours of no screens, normal chatter and catch up. it’s really simple but I think this one really helps.
5) Recreate your 1st date
Ok, So I’m not gonna recreate mine. It was dire (ha ha) but if you want to feel nostalgic and romantic you could go ahead and recreate your first date. It will put you into the mindset of thinking back to all that new-ness and that can’t be a bad thing when neither of you can remember a full nights kip.
6) Game night
As with the tech-free two hours above, how often do you actually spend time just doing something one on one with your partner? Probably not very often. A game night can help you enjoy something funny, take you out of your normal situation and also stir up some healthy competition.
7) Spa Night
Fancy treating yourself as well as your loved one? This one is for you and trust me, men love a bit of pampering no matter how much they protest. Take an evening to indulge in so spa style activities and feel pampered and relaxed all at once.
So there we have 7 quick and easy date night ideas just for mums. Do let me know if you try one or if you have some great date night ideas for keeping things fresh in your house.
I have loved New Look since I was a teen. It has everything, doesn’t it? It’s fashionable, affordable but you can be sure to grab some classics there that you know you live in, jeans, leggings, that kind of thing.
It’s also a guaranteed place where I can buy shoes that don’t rub. ** Random, but true.
New look is also a store that you can find on A LOT of small town high streets and also Online so, y’know, I’m guessing you might love it as much as me. So enough of the chatter and let’s get down to this weeks top fashion picks.
The Embroidered Dress
It’s pretty, oh so pretty. it’s embroidered, who doesn’t want that? AND it’s gonna take you into autumn/winter territory. This little beauty is priced at £34.99 and you can grab one here. You’re welcome.
I am LOVING this red, SISTERHOOD jumper in the Curves Selection (sizes 18-30). I’m a huge fan of a slogan tee and they don’t seem to be dropping off the fashion radar so if you fancy wearing your feelings right where people can see them, this is one for you. It’s priced at £22.99 and you can grab one here
The weather has been causing me problems this past week or so. I leave the house in the morning dressed for one season and by 10 am I’m regretting it. I *almost* put the central heating on last week but slapped myself across the face (and wore two jumpers) before turning that dial. I need a light jacket. Something that’s stylish but can keep the cool breeze off if the weather turns.
I’m thinking this Duster Jacket might fit the bill and it’s reasonably priced at £34.99
The Earring Must Have
Tassels have been a HUGE thing this year. All the mags featured a pair of earrings from H&M and the world and his wife went into overdrive. I’ve still yet to see a pair in store – However, these New Look beauties are VERY similar and would really jazz up an outfit. Priced at £7.99 they come in multiple colours.
Flat & Fancy
I can’t remember the last time I wore a heel if I’m truthful. Flats are comfy and hell they are practical when you are tearing around after a kid or 4. This snazzy pair tick A LOT of my boxes. Flat. Velvet. Detailed. Reasonably Priced. Boom!
Those are my top picks for this week from New Look. Do let me know what you think and if you’ve seen any banging and bargainous fashion that we should be telling other Welsh mothers about pop all the details in the comments below.
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