Friday, 21 December 2018

Dressing the kids for Christmas with M&S | Life Lately

For my regular collaboration with Marks & Spencer, I'm featuring kids clothes - for a change. Though as you know, it won't feature my actual kids...just flat lays. I know you understand this - I've pretty strong views on kids on blogs and most brands are not interested in working with me for this reason. But M&S don't have an issue with it and I greatly appreciate that they respect my views.

Starting with the almost 15 year old and any of you who have kids this age will appreciate the difficulty dressing them. So I was amazed that he found an outfit that he loved (and has worn twice already).
The chinos are a good slim leg fit and he's wearing Age 14-15. He's teaming them with a navy moss stitch knit which he got an age 12-13 in as it was quite oversized in the bigger size. There's lovely detail on both - particularly like the navy trim on the turn ups of the chinos.
Shoes wise, he had to go to the men's section...frustrating as men's shoes are generally more expensive but these suede boots are just £35. He also put some of his own money towards this yellow puffa style jacket as he loved it. It's an age 14-15.
It's mind boggling to see him order a coat in age 14 and men's shoes in a size 10!!!

Next up the twins did what twins do so well - pick something COMPLETELY different to each other! The older girl chose this black floral playsuit. She will usually only wear black leggings for me so this was a welcome departure. She added 60D opaque tights and some black ankle boots with a zip and croc effect detail.
Size wise, the playsuit comes up small so definitely size up - I got her the 10-11. She's tall but slight and needs every bit of it and she's one just turned 10.
My other daughter is a real texture girl - she loves fur, sequins and velvet and this outfit combines all three!
The boots are particularly lovely with their glitter heel...so perfect for Christmas! I bought her sequin shorts last year too and she wore them endlessly - daytime or springtime, she's always happy to have a bit of sparkle.
Not wanting to be left out and I should say, at my own cost, I added this dress to the order - which I've already worn to a Christmas lunch with my Field Day friends. It's a perfect buffet dress (see Susie's post here for an explanation of that!) and the lovely mix of colours make it so wearable. I also love that it's not leopard but it's got that animal vibe going on. 
Boots & Jacket - both preloved

Life Lately....
I've not been on here much over the past month - a combination of Christmas approaching and work means I've had less time to blog. But I'll be back in the swing of it again in the New Year as I've got more regular hours in work and fewer parties/events to go to. The job is still going well though my project is likely to come to an end in January. I'm not sure if I'll be kept on but hopefully they will find another project to keep me busy! 
I'm hosting Christmas this year and I can't lie - I'm a bit anxious. I know I have no need to be but I can't help it. I've a tendency to forget things and I'm making lists galore to ensure I've everything here for the 12 people I'm feeding on Tuesday. If you're also cooking for many this Christmas Day, I will gladly take all the hints and tips you have!

I guess all that's left for me to say is a massive THANK YOU for reading, watching, following and commenting. I know not as many people read the actual blog anymore but I won't ever let it go - there are still many thousands of you here every week and I appreciate you dropping by. I've always struggled with Instagram and the competition that you face on there, both from the millions of other accounts vying for your attention and the feeling that you might not be quite achieving & succeeding as well as others. So this space will remain - no pressure and hopefully a place where you find inspiration and an escape from day to day.

Have a wonderful Christmas and every good wish for 2019 my blogging friends,

Avril x
Disclaimer - I was not paid to write this post but was supplied with vouchers to purchase some (but not all) of what I've featured. My links are affiliate links which means M&S know you came to their website from my blog and they may pay me a tiny commission if you purchase and keep anything after you click the links. This doesn't change the price of the item for you and the modest income I make from these links helps to cover some of the costs of this website - so thank you!
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  1. I love your blog and IG Avril, you are one of the most genuine bloggers I know and I admire your integrity and honesty. I know your posts are always genuine and you don't post about any products you wouldn't buy or personally endorse. I am also cooking for 12 this year, my one tip I got from IG was to buy a large piece of MDF to extend our dining table !!! Take care and I wish you and the family a Happy and Healthy 2019 ! God Bless .

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    1. Lynne - Thanks so much for your kind words...I really appreciate them and all the support you've constantly shown me over the years. Happy New Year to you and all the family and we will hopefully get that coffee early in 2019 xx

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  2. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yor family! I have really enjoyed reading your blog and looking at your squares so I'm looking forward to more next year!x

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    1. Thank you so much Bee - I am so grateful for the encouragement. As you know, I have wobbles now and again about keeping this up so it's great to hear that you enjoy it. I think I'd miss it a lot if I didn't do it. Anyway, Happy New Year to you and your family - hope it brings lots of happiness and good health. Ax

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  3. Happy Christmas Avril to you and your family. I drop by now and then to read your blogs and love your styling and outfits, though I am a lot older than you. It seems your children have good taste too when putting outfits together !!! Good luck with the Christmas lunch, my tip is just to treat it as a posh Sunday lunch and don't loose your sense of humour !!! Karen X

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    1. AW thank you Karen - so the Christmas Day did go ok in the end..I loved your advice about posh Sunday, it's so true, that's all it is! Thanks also for the encouragement on the blog - it really helps to keep me in the game as it can feel like a lot of effort at times. Amazing to hear you find it helpful - I want it to be ageless...applicable to as many women as possible so yay to that! Happy New Year to you and your family, Ax

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  4. I love your blog and IG - I hardly follow any other bloggers but you really do seem so genuine and warm. Thank you for all your work on the blog and Merry Christmas x

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    1. Thank you so much - that means a lot. It's such a competitive space and I do struggle at times when I see the content some other bloggers put up. But as I get older, I'm trying not to compare. It's just a sideline after all - a fun one and so enjoyable to be involved in but not the be all and end all! Happy New Year to you and your family and thanks for following! xx

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  5. Always really enjoy reading your blog Avril, you have given me so much inspiration over the years. Merry Christmas xxx

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    1. Oh Jenny, that's so lovely of you to say - thanks very much! Hope I can keep delivering in 2019. Happy New Year to you and your family, Ax

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  6. Hello, I'm new to your blog and am really enjoying it. Your style and colouring is very close to mine, thank you for the inspiration you've already provided!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family, I look forward to more blog posts in 2019 x

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    1. Hi Caroline - welcome! It's so lovely to hear that people are still finding my blog 8 years on. I forget that not everyone has been here since the beginning - just as well when I look back on some of the earlier blog posts!!! I'm delighted to hear you enjoy the content and it's inspiring you and I hope I can keep it up in 2019. Happy New Year to you and your family! Ax

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  7. Love your blog! We have a Christmas spread sheet that we use when catering for large numbers, it includes timings etc so that nothing gets forgotten - not been allowed to forget the year that I left the bread sauce in the fridge!

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    1. Thank you!! I could have done with the spreadsheet in the end...though I didn't forget anything important. Just found it all a bit hectic in the hour leading up to dinner. It definitely helped not having starters though - I'm keeping up that tradition in future! Happy New Year to you and yours x

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  8. Have a lovely Christmas Avril and a wonderful 2019. Love your blog. Xx

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    1. AW thank you so much Christine - sorry for the delay replying. I saw your comment but this is the first day I've had a chance to get onto the blog and reply. Really appreciate your encouragement. Happy New Year to you and your family and I hope I can keep the content going in 2019! x

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  9. Dear Avril, Thank you for being there...life would be a lot less brighter without you!
    Happy New Year,
    Ingrid x

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