I’ve written about barefoot shoes for children before. Not only that, but the ones I reviewed were by the same brand and bought from the same retailer and, as they’re the same style and only the design is different, there’s not that much new to say. They do, however, feature a gorgeous glittery bird that prompted The Girl to learn a new word: “sparkly” (only with more of a lisp) and garnered a whole heap of admiring compliments from friends, family and strangers alike. That being said I have simply linked you to my previous review and will now blitz you with lots of fab, shiny photos of the shoes and even a little video I put together of them in use.
It’s all too easy as a mum of small children to get stuck in a sartorial rut, especially when it comes to buying new clothes – let’s face it, anything you buy for your kids will not only be guaranteed to fit them better than anything you buy for yourself, but they will also look cuter and it will probably cost less, too. Having been a mum for over four years now, I’ve well and truly settled into my ‘uniform’ of scruffy jeans, t-shirts and baggy jumpers. They’re practical, hard-wearing and I’m not too gutted when I get noses or (as happened this morning) baked bean juice wiped on them.
There are certain places that evoke some deep-seated memories, aren’t there? If I drive down a certain road I’ll remember an old friend who lived there, if I go anywhere near the Midlands I remember bits of my university experience, and if I go to the shops near my parents’ I remember being a teenager, having a half-day at the end of the school term and hopping on the bus with my friends to go and saturate ourselves in White Musk body spray at the Body Shop and try on different outrageous shades of nail polish.
Review of corduroy bloomers from Pigeon Organics
I may have mentioned before how much I like wee girlies wearing bloomers, but they’re not necessarily that easy to find, and not always in great colours. I was absolutely thrilled when I found this scarlet corduroy pair from a local, Oxfordshire business. Pigeon Organics makes fabby childrens’ clothing with an ethical background, local sourcing and unique styles and patterns.
I would consider myself to be a feminist mother, hence the title, and every day I face the following internal struggle: style versus practicality – for myself and, more particularly, for my daughter. Children need to be active (especially mine it would seem). It goes without saying, doesn’t it? From learning to roll and crawl to learning to scoot and ride bicycles children are built to be constantly on the go using every bit of their bodies, and yet so many girl’s clothes – dresses, skirts, tight trousers, ruffles and frills – are not designed to accommodate ease of physical movement.