All those that keep a keen eye on fashion trends you will be already up to speed on the ‘Dungaree movement’ in the fashion world.
I’ve have accumulated two pairs so far one in a dark navy cord purchased from Anthropolgie ( bargain sale purchase) and the other curtesy of ‘H’ (husband) a fabulous Levi pair although new the denim experts have got the wash just perfect, worn and battered.
The thing is I can understand some peoples reservations and the whole ‘hillbilly’ connotations but styled with conviction these all time classics can truly give you a whole new outfit to feel good in.
They can also work for the whole family, OK maybe mum and child may have the upper hand on this one. Dad’s can unfortunately end up looking like a rather famous trailer park serial killer. Probably not advisable for daddy’s weekend look.
Parentalstyle is all in favour of those creative and stylish parents that can bring their grown up practical design ethos and translate it into super cool style for their kids bedrooms.
Currently looking at inspiration for Squeak’s bedroom, all though not quite sure she is going to be as lucky as some of the kids in these research images. I love clean and clever design that means there is a carefully thought out plan that allows everything to have it’s place and ideally for me can be put away quickly and leave a room looking considered as opposed to a bomb site, which in a child’s room is tricky.
Here are some design minded parents that seem to have it down.
March sees the launch of Juicy Couture’s new fragrance range, Juicy Couture Malibu, featuring two new, brighter interpretations of the Juicy Couture and Couture La La fragrances.
Juicy Couture Malibu combines top notes of pink passion fruit, watermelon and green apple with mid notes of wild rose and jasmine on a musky wood base. Couture La La Malibu fuses mandarin and red currant notes with wet flower petals, mid notes of white peony and a base of white musk and sweet pink sugar.
The scents are packaged in bottles bearing oversized pink and orange lucite heart charms and decorated with palm trees. Available in Eau de Toilette (£63 for 150ml; £47 for 75ml), EDT Rollerball Duo (£9.99) as well as an Eau de Toilette (£34 for 40ml) exclusive to Boots. The collection will be available at Boots (40ml only), Selfridges, Debenhams, The Perfume Shop and The Fragrance Shop.
My feathers are feeling ruffled by ruffles. Over the last few days the International Fashion Weeks are seeing ruffles walking down the catwalk adding a lovely touch of romance to many collections.
Ruffles can around a neckline or generally speaking on your top half work easier in a day to day wardrobe. Be wary that too many ruffles especially around hip and bottom area as they may not always be that flattering if mother nature missed you out when handing giving that tall willow gene.
Also too may ruffles in pretty pastels can reminisce of over done wedding outfits, add a feather fascinator and there is strong whiff of a garden marquee and prawn vol au vents.
But aside from my little warnings if you are a busy mum looking for a quick and effective new blouse to update your favourite jeans for the Spring Summer season then definitely seek out a blouse that has a few ruffles. Unfortunately, as of yet I have not found a good version on the high-street but when I do I of course will pass this on. What I’m finding with the high-street attempts at this trend is trying to save money on fabric costs is only allowing for small mean looking ruffles and I’m looking for more romance and billowing. So high-street stop, more fabric please.
For this trend post I have looked towards vintage, as I do with most things, for my personal inspiration board.
Personally I’m a fan of Diptyque scents so to hear that they announced the launch of its new skincare range for the face, available in March, I was naturally very curios.
The L’Art Du Soin collection features five products that transform on contact with water or with the skin. The primary ingredient is damask rose matched with jasmine, white lily, clay, rice powder and petals or with essential floral wax.
The Infused Facial Water (£35) features vitamins, minerals and moisturising agents to cleanse, tone, moisturise and restore the skin. The Radiance Boosting Powder (£38) transforms into a foam to cleanse and revive dull complexions. The Nourishing Cleansing Balm (£44) transforms into a fine oil and then into a milky emulsion on contact with water. The Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay (£44) detoxifies the skin and is enriched with marble powder to exfoliate. The last of the products, the Protective Moisturizing Lotion (£44), boasts an SPF 15 sun protection and contains orange blossom as a powerful moisturiser.
Today sees the launch of fitness and nutritional supplement brand Protein World’s new beauty supplement The Glow Collection. The line is designed to help nourish hair, skin and nails and contains antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and protein. The collection comprises of: Luminous Capsules (£20) containing milk thistle and biotin to promote healthy hair, skin and nails; Brilliance Capsules (£18), an eye brightening formula with carotid vitamin lutein to support eye health; and The Slender Blend (£30), a protein shake containing whey protein to provide energy and raspberry ketone to offer skin elasticity. The collection retails at £64 and is available online, accompanied by a guide on how and when to take the supplements to the best effect with recipe and meal suggestions.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love a designer bag as much as the next mum but the thought of my child using one to carry Ariel the mermaid, half eaten rice cakes and Squeaks latest obsession of holding stones in her hands makes me feel a little nervous.
Starting at £300 I’m not sure I would be over keen on her putting it over the handle bars of her pink scooter and scooting off down the street. I guess I don’t live in the right city, I’m sure in the glamorous hills of Hollywood this kind of children’s status symbol is a very common sight. As fashion designed objects it’s not that I don’t like the look of them but I can’t help remembering how beautifully innocent my school/gym bags were that my mum use to hand sew for me and yes my name was embroidered in it.
If you are looking for a new school, gym or weekend bag for your little ‘princess’ then check out GUCCI they look as good as the grown up versions. Although the frog is my personal favourite, at least it represents some kind of design fun for kids.