How to Lounge in Style

Given the sweltering temperatures in London of late I’ve been dragging everything out into the garden and making my home under the shade of our overgrown apple tree. “Children join me if you wish but I shalln’t be moving”.

Clearly I didn’t take out just any old thing. My current garden/ outdoor living/ summerhouse soft furnishing obsession is mixing pink with a bit of red in lots of clashing patterns. First up is this beauteous block printed quilt from Molly Mahon.  It’s in the softest cotton and makes for a seriously nice lounging companion.  I mixed it with a paler pink cushion in a contrasting print and chucked in my favourite vintage striped friend for good measure. A rather pleasing combo. As you can see I’m not the only fan.







Minford Shop: The Summer Edit

Hi JUNE. Hi Summer. We’ve missed you. Hi long nights sat on a cotton beach mat in the garden. Hi enamel plates to eat picnics off. Hi big floppy hat and bikini. I am in the mood for some good old sun now and subsequently the Minford shop is all prepped. As per usual, shop my edit of the best interiors selection and fashion for you and your minis.

#FASHCHAT It's All White

An all white outfit is my summer uniform. Without fail, I always gravitate towards a head-to-toe white look each time the mercury goes anywhere near 20 degrees…who am I kidding make that 15.
It reminds me of summers spent with the brood in Ile de Ré where each year we dip our toes in the Atlantic ocean, tangle our hair with salt and sand and sit out under the sun till our freckles come out.
This year, the white-out comes courtesy of & Other Stories. I found the perfect length and cut skirt (i.e. not a mini, mini skirt but not too dowdy) and matched it with a creamy knit with big sleeves.
Both of these items potentially look a bit blah online, but on, well it’s safe to say I’ll be living in these for months to come.

(Scroll down to the post below to see the skirt in action.)

Bishop Sleeve Knit . Denim Skirt


miniFORD Swimwear For Kids

Each year around this time I become completely fixated upon finding the perfect swimwear for each of the children. Don’t ask me why it’s this particular item of clothing. Especially as we don’t exactly live in the hottest of climates…

And yet still I get them a new swimming costume every year. I make it my mission to quite literally leave no stone unturned in my quest.

So, I’ve put together a definitive guide for you. For little girls it’s all about the ruffles for as long as possible as far as I’m concerned. The more frills the better. I usually go for one pair of frilly knickers and one swim suit.

Aurelie is now 10 and last year was the first year I let her wear a bikini. With a pre-teen girl I think it’s all about them still looking like young girls. The last thing you want is them looking sexy.  I go for a bandeau with ruffles and steer well clear of anything that looks like a bra.

Boys, oh the boys. SOOOO tricky. So often SO wrong with the most garish colour combos. Instead, I think gingham and stripes always looks cute on a little boy as do those insanely cute mariniers from Petit Bateau.

Teen boys need something a bit cooler and let’s face it an Andy Pandy stripe doesn’t really feel like that no matter how much you’d like it to. Think surf dude but in nice colours.

For Little Girls

Trotters Betsy Ruched Swimsuit . Emile et Ida Liberty Ruffled Swim Knickers . Next Blue Gingham Frill Swimsuit  . White Co Floral Swimsuit . Next Stripe Frill Swimsuit in pink and blue

For Older Girls

Boden Pretty Ruffle Bikini . Simple Kids Floral Bikini . Mango Striped Bikini . Petit Bateau Floral Print Two-Piece Swimsuit . Massimo Dutti Striped Bikini

For Little Boys

Tom & Teddy Swimming Trunks . Alice a Paris Pablo Swimsuit .Petit Bateau Milleraies Striped Swimsuit . Marks & Spencer Striped Swim Shorts . Boden Baby Bathers


For Older Boys

Next Pink Palm Printed Shorts . Jott Contrasting Belt Cord Swim Shorts . J Crew Boys Short-Sleeve Rash Vest . J Crew Boys Snap Front Board Shorts . Zara Surf Label Swim Shorts

Matchy Matchy

Forgive the Mango garment overload but as I was purchasing my asymmetric top of wonder I obviously had a good old snoop at the children’s clothes.

(The thing I love about Mango is that they literally have so much to choose from and a lot of it is not available in store so you don’t get that ‘oh that’s that top from X’ comment and everyone is wearing exactly the same thing. Not naming any names.)

Each year I like to buy the girls a matching summer outfit.  It’s a thin line I tread between naff and super cute but I’m hoping these fall on just the right side. With no zips, you can just chuck these on. They’re comfy cotton and have a fine metallic blue thread running through them which I have (badly) tried to show you in the photos.

For me, these are the perfect little summer dresses. All that’s left is to accessorise them with some sun.

Mango Metallic Thread Dress