Category Archives: family time

Back to nursery with Barbour

Today Squeak went back to nursery. For the occasion the weather typically was drizzly with a definite chill in the air after our body temperatures had become rather use to the high twenties.

Squeak was in need of a fit for purpose kind of coat, a coat that without doubt would keep her snug and warm as the Winter settles in. As a family who are into their heritage fashion brands we have Barbour to thank for the perfect silhouette , stylish, iconic and functionable. We (Squeak has a say in her wardrobe now) decided on the Winter Force Parka Jacket with it’s classic lines and traditional olive waxed finish. Squeak is particularly fond of the woolly fleece lining which is also in the hood.

Also with Barbour’s excellent customer service comprising bespoke repairs and re-proofing this is the perfect coat for passing down to siblings, and with all Barbours they get better with age.

Here are a few snaps of our journey this morning…Back to nursery with Barbour.


If you visit the Barbour website you will find some fabulous knitwear pieces that will ensure toastie children for the whole chilly season. Here are some of my personal favourites.

Roseycomb Cardigan


Taylor Jumper



Last days of Summer – Vintage and second-hand style NBUCQ9V2AT9A

Without trying to depress you all Summer is starting to draw to an end. Whilst the sun is still making an effort to appear we are cramming family time into the days we have left and making sure we have ticked off the list places and exhibitions we wanted to see.

Today was spent in Hyde Park to visit the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion before it comes to a close. We went to meet family and sat by the also impressive piece of art Fischli/Weiss
‘Rock on Top of Another Rock‘  to eat our picnic.

After lunch we strolled over to the Diana Memorial Fountain, which if you haven’t been with the children is a great way to let little hot feet splash and paddle. Squeak and her cousins, with dresses tucked into fairy knickers, enjoyed a great afternoon making the most of a late Summer day.

For our day excursion la famille opted for vintage and second-hand ensemble to style-up the day.

My red and white vintage dress I have owned for years and was originally purchased from a stall at Camden market, London. Squeak’s dress, second-hand which I think has been hand-made, was found at a local fair and the woman selling the dress told me it was sent for one of her children several years ago from her mother in New Zealand. H went for a vintage early seventies Tennessee sport tee worn with his French workwear jacket.

Our family look was most definitely from a mix of decades inspired by Parentalstyles love of vintage and the joy of living a little bit in the past.

Hope you had a happy and stylish Sunday too. x NBUCQ9V2AT9A


Boden…..full of surprises

I have to admit on a personal style level Boden has never been on my radar, I knew of it’s existence as it has had an amazing commercial success story in terms of market growth and penetrating into new territories, with mentions of America, Germany and Austria on their ‘About us‘ page.

From launching in 1991 with apparently only eight menswear products to now shipping out on a daily basis 12,500 parcels. Therefore, they must be something right. In 1999 when they launched the website Boden have learnt how to jump on the fast moving e-commerce train.

Last night sat on the sofa with the TV on my laptop perched on my lap and my cat tucked in beside me I visited the Boden site and to my surprise I liked what I saw. The lifestyle images are good and not as ‘twee’ as I thought it would. Women’s and children’s model shots really worked at selling the product. For me the mens had a completely different feel but I guess the direction was more   what they think men respond to, less lifestyle and more fashion magazine editorial. Personally I think I would like to see men (dads) photographed with children too and not not just women! An excellent reference point for how men (dads) can been shot in a family way and still look cool, visit I will be posting about the new online magazine soon.

Below are some of the images and fashion pieces that Parentalstyle took a fancy too. Mainly for Squeak, especially fond of the pink boots and there is an excellent selection of kids fleeces, which is my fabric of choice for the new season. Last season I was on the hunt for cool sweatshirts but fleece now has my attention.  The item that would fit into my wardrobe would be the Boden take on a classic Fairisle knit. Might have to make my first ever purchase from Boden.


Squeak’s Fashion Week

It’s no surprise really that Squeak is beginning to take an interest in her clothes with a mother and father working in the fashion industry who constantly talk ‘fashion’. Some may think wow that must be a shallow existence but for us it’s a way of life. We constantly point out people on the street, on a train and whisper to each other, those shoes are cool. We love the history, the culture, the trends, the catwalks, the designs, the fabrics, the people, the parties, sorry correction we use to love the parties, the colours, the creativity, the industry. It would be fair to say it’s a genuine passion of ours.

As with most parents of two and three quarter year old daughters, we tend to buy and dress Squeak in things that are a reflection of our own personal tastes mixed with things she just looks super super cute in, which to be fair is most things, but of course that’s a mother’s biased and granted opinion.

So probably for my own selfish enjoyment I have created Squeak’s Fashion Week, seven days seven outfits and a little dressing up creation as her finale. Love her so much.


Nautical Day


Denim day – Dad doing turn-ups



Polka dots overload with added red paint


Luxury shopping outfit


Flowers and ladybirds


Upside down TV watching sundress


Love heart sunglasses


Rave on outfit


Squeak’s Westwood creation


With love from x

Family time and wedding outfits

Yesterday my lovely family had the pleasure to attend a friends wedding. Here is a quick snap of what mother and daughter wore. Squeak made a lot of new friends that day as her timing of insisting of going up to hug the beautiful bride means she is now in the happy couples signing of the register photos forever. A wonderful, wonderful day.


my dress Red Valentino worn with vintage 70’s shoes,

Squeaks dress Troi Zenfants and sandals by Sun-San ‘Weekend Pursuits’ Family portraits

This weekend I needed to find a victorian style reference but got completely drawn into looking at hundreds of photographs of Victorian family portraits which then progressed into searching through other decades too. 

My fondness for them is centred around having an insight into what would have been such a special occasion  for the family and with the Victorian images the formality of the setting and the seriousness of the expressions. Also you begin to think, who are they and what events happened in their lives. The fact that these family photographs have survived and now have been transferred to a digital format confirms for me even more how cherished and loved these moments in time for these families were. The family portrait.



The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party


The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party will be taking place tomorrow evening. The event is a glittering private fundraiser held in Serpentine’s new architectural commission. Strictly invitation only.

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 is designed by multi award-winning Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto He is the thirteenth and, at 41, youngest architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary structure for the Serpentine Gallery. The most ambitious architectural programme of its kind worldwide, the Serpentine’s annual Pavilion commission is one of the most anticipated events on the cultural calendar.

“The delicate quality of the structure, enhanced by its semi-transparency, will create a geometric, cloud-like form, as if it were mist rising from the undulations of the park. From certain vantage points, the Pavilion will appear to merge with the classical structure of the Serpentine Gallery, with visitors suspended in space”.

Looking forward to taking Squeak to see this art structure.