Fun on the School Run with Regatta

October 21st, 2014

Walk to school month continues, and I can happily say that we are still enjoying all the new adventures we are finding to have along the way.  For many children though, a walk to school is something that they never get chance to enjoy.

Outdoor specialists Regatta have recently published the results of a survey they carried out looking at the school run. The results made interesting reading. Here are a few of the key results:-

  • Despite almost half (47%) of British primary school children living within just one mile of the school gates, over a million1 have never walked to school.
  • Walking to school has declined 62%2 over the past 50 years.
  • Parents blame ease and convenience for their reliance on the car, despite four out of five (79%) children expressing a keen desire to pound the pavement with them.
  • Over half (58%) of parents readily admit that their own children have petitioned for them to ditch the car in favour of walking.

To help combat this, Regatta have come up with a list of fun activities that you could do on the walk to school to make the trip more interesting, and to pass the time quicker. The ideas are fab fun, everything from not walking (skipping, jumping, hoping etc), looking for animals on the way, taking a diversion to your route, counting your steps like a human pedometer…the list is just endless. (If you are interested, you can download the guide here.)

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Dad wrapped up in his Regatta gear.

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Ready for the school run in Regatta

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Joe on route to school.

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Regatta very kindly sent us some lovely warm, outdoor clothing to make the cold, frosty mornings a little bit more bearable. This included waterproof coats, woolly hats and gloves, and strong, protective footwear. We have enjoyed wearing these pieces when doing a part walk of the school run. (As I explained in a previous post – we live almost 2 miles away from school, so a full walk is not possible, but a partial walk is perfectly manageable.) One of the tasks we tried was to take a diversion, and so we have made a visit to the local park part of our afternoon walk home. This has helped make the most of the lovely, warm afternoons we have been enjoying this Autumn.

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How do you make the school run more interesting? Do you take the car or enjoy the walk? I would love to hear more about your daily routine.

*I was sent some products from Regatta to use whilst taking part in the #itsmyadventure  challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

Retro glamour with added feathers

October 20th, 2014

I don’t mind admitting that I am truly excited about an event I am going to be attending tomorrow night. The award winning musical Top Hat is opening at the Wolverhampton Grand, and, as a huge fan of the original 1930s movie, I am literally counting down the hours until the show.

Top Hat has been called the daddy of the 1930s musical, full of romance, glorious songs (Puttin on the Ritz, Let’s face the music and dance, Cheek to Cheek) and some of the most beautiful costumes of all time. And I guess that is what has got my excitement levels soaring to an all time high – the thought of those gorgeous, glittering costumes that are simply filled with sparkle, sequins and, best of all, all those feathers.

Is there anything more glamorous than an outfit festooned with marabou or ostrich feathers. Think of Ginger Rogers in the iconic dress from top hat, these feathers perfectly framing that beautiful face, and then swishing at her hemline as she danced cheek to cheek with Fred Astaire. Then there is Kylie, the ultimate showgirl, who is never fully dressed without a tall headdress and a feathered skirt. One of the most iconic of Kate Moss’s looks featured black feathers and Johnny Depp on her arm, whilst Jennifer Lopez is another fan of the feather.

There are some truly exquisite feathered creations on the High Street at the moment, and there are also exquisite designer creations available at Selfridges for those moments when we have a little dream about money being no object.

Let’s enjoy and wallow in the lure of the feather.

Iconic Ladies in Feathers

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Just so glamorous!

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Icon in the making – Laura Whitmore.

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I’m so looking forward to seeing this – the new adaptation of Top Hat.

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Kylie – The Ultimate Showgirl.

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Kate and Johnny.

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The effortless Emma Watson

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Ginger in Top Hat

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Fred and Ginger – He gave her class, she gave him sex.

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Modern goddesss Jennifer Lopez.

Feathers Autumn 2014 style

Kate Feather Shoulder Bodycon Dress £35.00 click to visit Boohoo

Kate Feather Shoulder Bodycon Dress
£35.00 click to visit Boohoo

 

Lucinda Feather Trim Shift Dress £35 click to visit Boohoo

Lucinda Feather Trim Shift Dress £35 click to visit Boohoo

Lucinda Feather Trim Shift Dress £35 click to visit Boohoo

Lucinda Feather Trim Shift Dress £35 click to visit Boohoo

Rosanna Feather Trim Sleeveless Shell Top £18.00 click to visit Boohoo

Rosanna Feather Trim Sleeveless Shell Top
£18.00 click to visit Boohoo

Lana Feather Collar Necklace £10.00 click to visit Boohoo

Lana Feather Collar Necklace £10.00 click to visit Boohoo

Claral Prom Dress With Feathered Hem Detail £39.99 click to visit Missguided

Claral Prom Dress With Feathered Hem Detail £39.99 click to visit Missguided

Shiny Feather Cape     Price: £110.00 click to visit Topshop

Shiny Feather Cape
Price: £110.00 click to visit Topshop

Purple Feather Chain Cape     Price: £55.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Purple Feather Chain Cape
Price: £55.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

CERIN JACKET £195.00 click to visit Coast

CERIN JACKET
£195.00 click to visit Coast

LILI FEATHER TOP £85.00 click to visit Coast

LILI FEATHER TOP
£85.00 click to visit Coast

CHERISH FEATHER DRESS £250.00 click to visit Coast

CHERISH FEATHER DRESS
£250.00 click to visit Coast

AGNES FEATHER TOP £75.00 click to visit Coast

AGNES FEATHER TOP
£75.00 click to visit Coast

Designer feathers

 VICTORIA BECKHAM Feather-hem crepe dress £2,100 click to visit Selfridges

VICTORIA BECKHAM Feather-hem crepe dress
£2,100 click to visit Selfridges

TEMPERLEY LONDON Feather coat      £1,495.00 click to visit Selfridges

TEMPERLEY LONDON Feather coat
£1,495.00
click to visit Selfridges

JENNY PACKHAM Feather shrug £755 click to visit Selfridges

JENNY PACKHAM Feather shrug £755 click to visit Selfridges

Look out for a review of Top Hat on Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holly & Beau Brolly Review

October 20th, 2014

Autumn is renowned as the season when an umbrella is a handbag essential that needs to be carried every day. This Autumn we seemed to be escaping the incessant rain…right up until last Monday, when it started, and then never seemed to stop. I have quite frankly never done a wetter school run!

Award winning childrenswear specialists Holly & Beau have tapped into the worst of the British weather and have created a fabulous range of childrenswear that actually changes colour in the rain. The designs include raincoats and umbrellas that only burst into full colour when the rain starts to splash down. Once they are dry, they return to their original shade. Holly & Beau almost make children wish it would rain down!

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Holly & Beau Pink Cupcake Umbrella £14.99 click to visit Holly & Beau

I was sent a lovely umbrella from the range that was emblazoned with cute cupcakes, but then I hit a small problem. The umbrella was too big for my toddler niece to carry by herself, and Joe refused to carry an umbrella with cupcakes on it (although he thought it was very cool when it changed colour!), so what to do? The answer is actually very easy. I totally fell in  love with the kitsch design – so pretty and girly, and this brolly was actually more sturdy and substantial than many adult brollies that I have got in the past (and thrown in the bin at the first sign of a storm as the wind blew them inside out.) So the answer my friends is that I am keeping and using it myself! The pure 1950s vibe is amazing, and a real talking point.

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The design before the rain gets to it.

The umbrella works so well, it is easy to put up and down, no struggling in the rain with this. Once the rain starts to hit the fabric, the cute white cupcakes become a blaze of colour, with pink, lemon and blue cakes all festooned with icing and cherries. It really is lovely to see the colours becoming unveiled, and children really are fascinated by it. (Joe thought the colours would drip off like paint!). As you can see, this is quite a large umbrella, more than big enough for both Joe and I to stand under.

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Look what the rain has done to the brolly!

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A close up of the print.

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I think these are a great buy for a christmas present, and at £14.99 each I think they are reasonably priced. I do have one request from Holly and Beau – Joe would love one of these with dinosaurs, or robots, or spaceships – how about one for the boys?

*I was sent an umbrella from Holly & Beau for review purposes.