Skribbies – A cute idea in Kids shoes

Easter half term saw an exciting new development open in Birmingham’s Bullring, with POP UP Birmingham giving space and a showcase to a range of 80 new designers for a period of 8 weeks. One of the first companies to take up space in the new store was fabulous children’s footwear brand Skribbies, which offers light up LED shoes on their company website among many other children’s footwear options.

Skribbies are the innovative range of kids trainers that can be drawn on. The idea of young entrepreneur Jennifer Duthie, Skribbies were launched last year and have been a huge hit with parents and children alike. The premise is simple, the Skribbie is a comfortable. hard-wearing hi-top trainer that has been made in a very special, wipe clean material that allows your kids to get creative. Each pair of trainers come with their own set of 6 pens that can be used to draw designs on the trainer. In addition, the trainers also come with some cute Skribbies monster stickers that can also be stuck on, and then easily removed for each new design. Children can change their designs again and again, simply by wiping the trainers clean with the wristband that comes in the box.


The Skribbies Store in Pop Up Birmingham


Joe’s choice – neon!

DSCN6943I was invited to take Joe to a special bloggers event to celebrate the launch of the Skribbies Pop-up in Birmingham. At the event, Joe was very excited to be gifted his very own pair of Skribbies and proceeded to set about decorating them straight away. I had chosen the neon option, but there were also pink and blue choices. (Click here to look at the other options). Joe was really impressed that he was actually able to draw (or at least scribble!) on his shoes, and enjoyed doing this. He also loved the stickers, re-arranging them to get them just right. From a parents point of view, I was impressed by how well they fitted Joe, and the fact they seemed to be comfortable straight away, brilliant when you have a little boy who complains that everything except his Nikes are too tight…


Joe sets to work.


Loving his trainers – I think the design is very hip hop!

Once he was happy with the design, Joe put his Skribbies on, and then refused to take them back off again – wanting to wear them for the rest of his shopping trip.He has since rubbed off his initial design, and added boatsdrawings to his Skribbies. The pen wipes off really easily, and the cute wrist band just adds to the sporty look.

I got chance to chat to Skribbies Jennifer about the designs, and was really interested to learn that there may well be tie-ins  related to football and TV/Films in the future. This is a lovely brand with a great idea that I really do think will be going places in the coming years.


Joe’s first design completed.


Skribbies Stickers and wrist band.


Proud Joe with his design.


Skribbies cost £39.99 and come in sizes UK 10 TO UK3.

With thanks to Jennifer from Skribbies and Dani Knapp at Need to Know PR.


Keeping your wedding party on trend

Planning a wedding is a big job, especially when everyone you know has an opinion about what should be worn. When it comes to the bridesmaid dresses, you can either pick them out on your own or provide bridesmaids with guidelines in choosing their own attire. Either way you go, you will want to be aware of the summer 2014 bridesmaid dress trends that are hot right now. Here are a few of the trends that any bridesmaid in any wedding can pull off.

The top trend in weddings for 2014 is lace. Bridesmaids can look great in head-to-toe lace, or it can be added to parts of the dress for a more subtle look. Lace can really stand out in two ways. The first way is to add it to the neckline for a sophisticated look. The second way is to have the skirt made of lace with a contrasting color showing through underneath. This style is a little more fun and great for weddings that are not seriously formal.

dress Lela Rose

dress Lela Rose

Dress Dessy

Dress Dessy

Dress Alvina Valenta

Dress Alvina Valenta

Bridesmaids dresses are supposed to take a backseat to the glitz and glamor of the bride’s dress, but today’s designers are adding a hint of sparkle and flair to bridesmaid dresses so they can feel special too. While most of the trendy dresses only add the sparkle as a subtle hint, this additional element can be tailored to suit the needs of your wedding theme. This style is best utilized for formal weddings, and if you want to be on trend twice, your bridesmaids can wear dresses with sparkly lace for added depth.

pink peony and rose bouquets

For more casual weddings, an ombre style dress can be the thing that sets the wedding party apart from the scenery. The ombre style is basically a fade from one color to another down the dress. While it can be subtle, you can also have a bolder ombre style that mixes a number of colors into the design. This trend is great for outdoor wedding. particularly those being held at the beach.

Grey Ombre dresses

Grey Ombre dresses

Monique Lhullier dress in fuchsia ombre

Monique Lhullier dress in fuchsia ombre


Choosing what your bridesmaids will wear is an important part of the overall look of your wedding. As long as you love the look and your bridesmaids are comfortable in it, you can have fun with style and fashion.

The Royal Tour – My favourite looks from (N)Z to A

The Royal tour of New Zealand and Australia is now officially over, and by any standards, it has been an absolute triumph for Prince William, Duchess Kate and the gorgeous baby Prince George. Kate’s wardrobe, as ever, has been a joy for fashion lovers, with a definite emphasis on something old, something new, jewellery borrowed, and something blue.

Before the tour, there had been lots of speculation about Kate’s wardrobe, with some saying The Queen had asked for more jewellery, more designer wear and longer skirts. I personally think Kate’s wardrobe proved to be a total triumph that stayed true to her fashion roots. There were splashes of High Street with a beautiful LK Bennett dress(featured here on Friday’s celeb post), lots of new designer looks from Erdem, Alexander McQueen and Lela Rose amongst others. But Kate still recycled looks from the past, including the Luis Spagnoli red suit she wore before her wedding, and hats were kept to a minimum, with a lot of bare-headed looks and lots of flowing hair.

With the tour now over, I have spent a leisurely few hours looking at every single look from the two countries. I have chosen my personal favourites from the tour for this post, and would love to know what your favourite look was.

I have also added a few Kate inspired items for a get the look at the end of the post.

Alexander McQueen


Emilia Wickstead and a Jane Taylor Hat


Roksanda Ilincic


Zimmerman Dress


Alexander McQueen and a Jane Taylor Hat

duchess-of-cambridge-5-vogue-22apr14-getty_b_426x639Roksanda Ilincic


Alexander McQueen


Lela Rose


Get the look

 Marios Schwab/EDITION Was £135.00 Now £80.00 Now £54.00 click to visit Debenhams

Marios Schwab/EDITIONNow £54.00
click to visit Debenhams

 Mary Portas The twist dress short sleeve  £69.30 click to visit House of Fraser

Mary Portas The twist dress short sleeve £69.30 click to visit House of Fraser

 Adrianna Papell Cap Sleeve Grupere Lace £170 click to visit House of Fraser

Adrianna Papell Cap Sleeve Grupere Lace £170 click to visit House of Fraser

 Shubette Guipere lace dress with satin dress coat £250   click to visit House of Fraser

Shubette Guipere lace dress with satin dress coat £250 click to visit House of Fraser

 Side Knot Dress £47.20 click to visit Kaliko

Side Knot Dress £47.20 click to visit Kaliko

LISANNE DRESS £125.00 click to visit Coast

£125.00 click to visit Coast

Designer pale pink belted fit and flare dress £60 click to visit Debenhams

Designer pale pink belted fit and flare dress £60 click to visit Debenhams

Crepe Shift Dress £16.00 click to visit George at Asda

Crepe Shift Dress
£16.00 click to visit George at Asda