With us Brits experiencing a slow start to the summer I know many of us were reluctant to put our winter/ transitional clothing away, but with this current heatwave in full force I think we can safely say SUMMER IS HERE.
Mini-me London have launched a range of plain unisex adult’s and matching kid’s t-shirts in an array of colours. These t-shirts are 100% cotton, so are ideal for keeping you and your mini-me’s cool in this weather. What sets this t-shirt range apart from any other is that you are able to purchase them plain or personalise them with whatever slogan or print you like.
Slogan t-shirts are making a major comeback this season so here’s a round-up of a few available in-stores and online now:
If none of the above take your fancy simply create your own at Mini-me London for £13 for an adult's and £10 for a children's t-shirt
Father’s day is fast approaching and it’s time to show the Dads out there how appreciated they are, so I have put together a little gift guide to help you out:
2. For the "Hipster" Dad
Many men are currently sporting the hipster beard so help Dad keep his tamed and styled beautifully with some Mo Bro’s beard grooming products; from a moustache wax and comb set for £8 to this gift set with the option of a personalised box for £47:
3. For the "sporty" Dad
For those dad’s who love to keep fit or the one’s who have had the intention to try a new sport for a while now, why not encourage them by buying some items like a yoga mat or a new football to give them that kick start they need. JD Sports have an array of products to suit any sport/hobby the main man in your life is into.
4. For the “on-trend” Dad
Twinning is a huge trend right now. There seems to be lots of mother-daughter mini-me style brands out at the moment and pictures of celeb mums like Beyonce and Kim Kardashian twinning with their daughters but what about the Dads? What sets Mini-me London apart from these other brands is that we also cater for dads wanting to hone in on the trend with their kids as well. So whether it’s a t-shirt, polo shirt, hoodie, casual outfit, evening outfit, outerwear or sneakers we have a wide selection to cater for dads of sons and daughters.
For those in a panic not realising that Father's day was coming soon, don't worry we have your back, it's on Sunday 18th June, so get ready to spoil that special man in yours and your child's life.
Last Saturday I attended my first Lucky Things meet up, organised by the fabulous Sunita from the www.luckythings.co.uk blog. Sunita often organises these events which bloggers, stylists, entrepreneurs, mums and career women attend, touching on a variety of topics and this one was all about Feeling confident in your own style. Guest speakers included fashion stylist Susan Alcindor and Alison Perry from Not Another mummy blog
It was a lovely day meeting and mingling with like minded women and I even managed to pick up some style tips from the guest speakers and the other ladies who attended, so I would like to take this opportunity to share those tips with you:
1. Where to get style inspiration
Alison Perry openly admitted that she insta-stalks, to which we all giggled knowingly. In the past we only had celebrities and models like Kate Moss to look to for inspiration and when buying an outfit like something you’d seen Miss Moss in you’d realise it didn’t suit you because quite frankly most of us don’t have her figure so it’s refreshing to see stylish people on instagram of all shapes and sizes. You simply find people with a similar style and shape as you and use their outfit posts as inspiration.
2. What every wardrobe needs.
Denim is a key wardrobe staple, weather its jeans, a shirt, jacket, skirt or a dress. Another item both guest speakers mentioned was a breton striped top and Alison also said that if you team up a stripe with a leopard print you instantly look stylish (*note to self must try that out with some pieces from Mini-me London’s “Wild Things” and “Striped studs & starlets” collections as well as grabbing some keys items from the "Denim dudes and divas" collection).
The thing with wardrobe essentials is that you can jazz them up or dress them down to suit your own individual style. For example: a statement necklace can really jazz up a simple breton style top.
3. Get it tailored
A little tip blogger Emma_says shared with us was that if something doesn’t fit quite right get it tailored. Getting jeans to fit perfectly can be the bane of many women’s lives. Like Emma, I also have a smaller waist compared to my hips, hence jeans tend to gape, so personal stylist thefashioncraver passed on the tip to Emma about getting items tailored otherwise you will buy them and they will just sit in the wardrobe.
4. What to do with items that have been sitting in the wardrobe
We all have items in our wardrobe that we haven’t worn for ages, so a great style tip Susan gave was to hang it up outside of your wardrobe for a week or so. If it is constantly in front of you it may inspire you to wear it or you can work out whether you really love it or not.
5. Find your style
Don’t follow trends literally if it isn’t you. Alison spoke about recently getting sucked into the “velvet trend” and purchased a velvet blazer. However, that velvet blazer has done nothing but sit in her wardrobe for months and she really can’t see herself wearing it so is getting rid of it. Quite simply know your style and take inspiration from current trends that suit and go with your style, only then will you feel truly confident with what you are buying and wearing
6. What if you are struggling to find your style
As we get older or our body shape changes (I’m sure many of you who have had children can relate to body shape changes even if you have dropped to pre-pregnancy weight) and of course with lifestyle changes (not everyone can run around children wearing 5 inch heels), many people struggle to find what their style is and what suits them. Many women also get shoved into an age bracket box of how they “should” dress even if they are not particularly comfortable with that box. On top of that trying to find the time to shop and work out what you style is with a ratty mini-me in tow can be too much hard work so why not hire a stylist. Many department stores and retailers these days have their own personal shopping service but what I think would work more is hiring an independent stylist/personal shopper who doesn’t have any ties or loyalty to any one brand and can really hone in on what you are after. You might think “Stylists are only for celebrities”, but I think “what makes you any less than a star?” and if you think all the top stylists/ personal shoppers are in London think again, there are some fantastic ones all over the country. Here’s a list of some independent stylists I have had the pleasure to meet and some I totally admit I have been Insta-stalking: Karen at thestylenurse in London/ Hertfordshire, Lucy Eastment at styled_by_Lucy in Bristol & the South West, Gemma Lomas-Jones at gemmalomasjonesstyle in Derbyshire, Emma Carr at thefashioncraver in Manchester and Donna from sulkydollstyling.
Apparently it’s officially Spring time now, however the cold windy weather would suggest otherwise. Luckily, hoodies are a big craze at the moment. Not only are they bang on trend but they are super comfy, can keep you warm and when it starts to unexpectedly rain and you don’t have an umbrella (yep, that happened to me whilst on the school run the other day) you can just put the hood up to save your hair going crazy and looking like a dripping wet dog. So, here’s our round up of the best hoodies currently on the high street and online:
Most of these hoodies featured are available in a variety of colours and the H & M and Mini-me London hoodies are both unisex. What sets the Mini-me London hoodies apart from the others though is that they can be bought plain for £19 or customised with your own personalised slogan or print for £24.99. Furthermore, this brand also sell children's hoodies and baby hooded rompers if you wanted to get matching slogans and prints as the mini-me. Here's a couple of examples of the customisation that has proved popular on the site:
It’s that time of year again; Mother’s day is coming up on Sunday 26th March. What better a gift to give to a mum (other than a lie in) than a matching outfit, so she can do a spot of twinning with her mini-me (s)?
Whether the gift is for someone celebrating their first mother’s day with their baby or whether the children are slightly older, a boy or a girl, Mini-me London has something for everybody. There’s a number of collection depending on what style you like, from the “Wild Things” collection, featuring some gorgeous leopard print pieces to “Florals and Fuchsia” for a more feminine look.
Mini-me London has also recently launched a new “Basics” collection, which includes a range of casual hoodies for adults and children and hooded rompers for babies up to a year old. These can be customised with slogans or images from the selection of vinyl colours available on our website. So, to add an extra special touch this Mother’s day why not personalise a hoodie with something special or get a lovely matching outfit from www.mini-melondon.com
Award season is over!!! The Oscars’ 2017 have been and gone and this is the one night every year I swear that I will not stay up until “stupid o’clock” to watch all the red carpet coverage because I will wake up feeling like a groggy mess. I should have just gone to sleep early on Sunday night and woke up feeling fresh and well rested to see the mountains of news coverage on the event and most important of all the A-M-A-Z-I-N-G dresses, but yet again I stayed up until "stupid o'clock".
However, instead of gushing about the dresses, because in all honesty I thought there were quite a few bad ones this year, I want to take a moment to gush about the men (swoon)…I meant the men’s tuxes. I have to admit it’s a rare sight to see a man in a well cut suit, so it was refreshing to see the swarm of bow ties, buttoned up blazers that cinched in to accentuate the V-shape and down to the well-polished shoes.
So, with spring time around the corner meaning wedding season is upon us, we thought we'd do a round-up of Oscar’s inspired suits/tuxes for our mini-men, the big-men can surely sort themselves out, right?
A week into school runs and I’m ready for another half-term break already. One thing I loved about our little half-term trip last week was that I actually got to sit and read my magazines while the hubster and mini-me splashed around at the water park.
Flicking through Marie-Claire I came across this fantastic article on “Why every man needs a feminist mother”. It was a great read and as a mother of a young boy I thought it was so poignant, especially in this current political climate where certain mindsets seem to have taken a step back 50 + years and we are still having to do women’s marches in order to stand up for our rights.
We see many motivational quotes all over social media about how a mother is a role model for her daughter and it being imperative to raise the next generation of “strong women”, but not much on the values to instil in young boys.
If the next generation of women are going to be strong it’s about time we raised a generation of men who won’t be intimidated by that strength. Its imperative that they realise whatever a man can do a woman can do too and not find it threatening, but instead find it an attractive quality.
Without actively trying to I realised I have been trying to instil these thought processes and ideologies in my son from a young age. Here’s a few examples:
1) No such thing as “women’s jobs”
For my son’s first birthday I bought him a toy kitchen. Surprisingly I did get some people ridicule me for that, so my response was that I didn’t want him growing up thinking kitchens were just for women. Now, as a four year old he often comes into the kitchen to “help” me make food. Yes, it gives me anxiety when he cracks an egg and the shell goes in the dish too but at least he is willing to learn what some would say is “a woman’s job”, without giving it a second thought.
2) Boys and girls are equal
I have always set up play dates with a mix of girls and boys and have no qualms or worries about him playing with so-called “girl toys”. What’s the worst that could happen, he pushes a trolley, pushchair or hoover around. These are things he’s seen his father as well as other men do, so why make it a big deal when young boys play with these toys.
Another little lesson I am trying to instil is that colours don’t have to be for a particular gender. A year ago I bought my husband and son matching baby pink Ralph Lauren polo shirts, when I tried to put it on him (the mini-me, not the husband) his first response was “euuuuwww, pink is for girls”. This took me by surprise as we had never said anything like that at home, so I said “If girls can wear blue why can’t boys wear pink?”, he didn’t have anything to say and when he saw Daddy wearing the pink polo shirt he was happy to wear it as well. Safe to say he hasn’t kicked up a fuss about wearing pink since.
These may be minor examples to some, but to me this is the start of a young boy realising that boys and girls can do the same things, making them equals.
3) Women work hard
When Sav and I were setting up Mini-me London and my son hadn’t started school yet I have to admit there were days when I would plonk him in front of the TV whilst I was busy on my laptop. I felt pangs of guilt as I wasn’t interacting with him or giving him quality time, but then I read an inspiring blog (it’s bugging me that I can’t remember who the blogger is) about how us mums who work from home shouldn’t feel guilty because we are showing the youngsters you have to work hard in life. From then on I didn’t feel guilty, instead I was proud that I was showing my son that mummy goes out to work, as well as works from home and is able to look after him at the same time.
I am no way trying to say that my son is a fully fledged feminist or understands these life lessons; he still says “Euuuuw, I don’t want to watch Frozen, it’s for guuuurls”, although he used to love watching it and sang “Let it go” (really badly) all the time, but my point is that it’s important for sons, not just daughters to see strong feminist mothers from the get-go. This mindset will hopefully lead to a generation of strong, confident men who will admire and appreciate their wives/girlfriends achievements and are able to walk into a boardroom and stand face-to-face with a female colleague/ boss and not think “She must have got here due to her looks”, or “I can do a better job than her” but to shake her hand in admiration and NEVER feel it’s acceptable to think that if he wanted to he could just “grab her by the p***y”.
It’s February, which means spring weather should be just around the corner. It’s at this time of the year I start rearranging my wardrobe; packing away my big chunky knits and pulling out some classic transitional pieces, and one of the best pieces at this time of year has to be a trench coat.
High end designer, Thomas Burberry was the original creator of the trench coat in 1912 and it still remains a staple item for the fashion house today. As the Burberry trench coat carries a hefty price tag we are lucky that many British high street brands have their own stylish take on the wardrobe must have.
Here’s a few available now:
...and just in case your mini-me wants to get in on the trench coat action we have a gorgeous one for her too...
Mini-me London are pleased to announce we'll be exhibiting our fabulous collections at the Baby Show in Olympia this October :-) We'll have exclusive Baby Show items that aren't on sale online and there'll be many other fantastic parenting brands & stands. Looks like it will be an action-packed weekend for families! So if you haven't already gotten your tickets head over to the Baby Show site to book now - use our exclusive discount code MINI for discounted tickets. We hope to see you there!
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