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12th February 2015

My favourite places to shop for my boys

One thing I’ve heard repeated frequently from pregnant mummy friends is that it’s not as much fun to dress little boys. A lot of shops admittedly seem to give up on boys’ clothes, filling the rails of the girls’ aisles with pretty prints and classic shapes, so that you don’t have to spend a lot to dress  girls classically and beautifully. For the boys, however, there might be a few pairs of tracksuit bottoms, with a tacky embroidered logo on the pocket for good measure, and a couple of different choices of T-Shirts with neon cartoon characters emblazoned across them. So no; it isn’t always easy to shop for boys, but if you shop in the right places, it really can be just as much fun to dress them.

Here are my favourite places to shop for my boys. All 6 are available in the UK and 4 are available in the UAE (I highly recommend getting yourself a Shop & Ship account if you don’t already have one so you can ship the other 2 too).

TOP BOYS SHOPS

 

1 – ETSY. This online marketplace has a bit of a reputation for crafty, homemade buys – but you can pop anything into the search engine and discover some very cool buys for boys. The above three buys are all by UK sellers (Top, Leggings, and Downloadable Print) and cost very little. I’ve just ordered Wilfred this pair of leggings and another covered in monsters, oops. Shop here.

2 – H&M. You need to hunt through the rails of H&M to find the best bits, but I have dressed my boys from this store since they were a couple of months old. I usually go for the simple basics. Don’t expect them to last too long, as you get what you pay for in terms of quality. Shop the UK online store here. View the UAE collection here.

3 – NEXT. I’m a sucker for Next. I like the simplicity of a lot of their clothes and I love the fact that things are always comfortable. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t bear to put the boys in scratchy clothes that I would never dream of wearing against my own skin. The prices are very good too. Shop the UK online store here. Shop the UAE online store here.

4 – OFFICE. I get all Stanley’s shoes from Office. He lives in TOMS and Converse, which look cool but also support his feet. The TOMS are especially good, as he’s very independent, meaning he can put them on and take them off himself. If we lived in the UK, he would also be wearing Timberlands. Shop the UK online store here.

5 – GAP KIDS. Oh I love GAP Kids. Such simple, stylish pieces for boys. I just wish it was a bit cheaper, especially in Dubai where everything is inflated by another 30% – I just can’t bring myself to spend the equivalent of £30 on a pair of shorts. When the stuff goes on sale, however, I’m the first through the door. The 2-for-1 T-Shirt deals are also brilliant. Shop the UK online store here. Head into store if you are in the UAE.

6 – ZARA KIDS. Also a bit pricey, but really lovely for the odd piece for your boys’ wardrobes. There’s a real mixture of classic and quirky. The store is especially lovely when boys are teeny – and make sure you pop into Zara Home too, for the irresistible choice of baby blankets. Shop the UK online store here. Head into store if you are in the UAE.



9th January 2015

Currently Loving – January 2015

I hereby vow to share a ‘Currently Loving’ post with you at least once a month throughout 2015, to give a brief recap to the things, shops, addresses, and websites that the boys and I have been enjoying recently. I promise to post an even spread of things in the UK and Dubai, so that all my readers are inspired. So without further ado, here are the things we have enjoyed in the last few weeks.

CURRENTLY LOVING JAN 15

1 – The Gruffalo’s Child – UK and Dubai

We’ve been fans of The Gruffalo for a while, but Stanley has suddenly developed an obsession over Christmas with sequel The Gruffalo’s Child. It’s an equally brilliant story by Julia Donaldson, with beautiful illustrations throughout the book. We love it so much that we bought it for several friends and relatives to enjoy over Christmas too. And on the way back to Dubai on our Emirates flight, they were showing the book’s stunning animation, which stars Helena Bonham Carter and James Corden, to name just a few. I will be downloading this on iTunes soon, but there is also a DVD available at Amazon.co.uk

Details: Both can be bought at Amazon.co.uk (Book and DVD).

2 – GAP Kids – UK and Dubai

It’s not very exciting or innovative to recommend GAP Kids, but I have to admit it is my go-to shop for the boys in both the UK and Dubai. I like to dress my boys in simple, comfortable basics that still look very stylish – so before we flew back to Dubai on Tuesday, I ran into store and stocked up (the prices are cheaper in the UK, but everything is still available here if you are a Dubai-based Mummy).

Details: Here for UK site. Here for UAE site.

3 – The Essential One – UK and Dubai

We ran a competition with The Essential One a few weeks ago, so I have already briefly introduced you to the company – but I wanted to tell you a little more. The online store is packed with baby wear and essentials in simple, basic, but very stylish designs. The company was kind enough to send me a few winter togs for Wilfred before we flew back to the UK in December (bearing in mind that he usually lives in vests) and I was seriously impressed with the quality of the clothes and the affordable price tags. If we ever have baby number three, I will be going on a big shopping spree – and I really recommend you do the same if you (or someone close to you) is expecting a little person soon. They are based in the UK, but will ship overseas, so mummies in the UAE can enjoy too.

Details: http://www.theessentialone.com

 4 – V Tech Kidizoom Twist Plus Camera – UK and Dubai

Stanley is 2 years and 8 months old and I did wonder if he was old enough for the V Tech Kidizoom Twist Plus Digital Camera that we bought him for Christmas. He does love taking a selfie with my phone, so I decided to go ahead – and thankfully it was a big success. This camera is brilliant; chunky, easy-to-grip, impossible to damage with a drop, but packed with features. Stanley spent hours clicking away at Christmas and I did plan to share his photos with you in a blog post, but on reflection realised the highlight was a photo of my Dad with no trousers on after he crashed his way into my parents’ room when they were getting dressed one morning – and he probably wouldn’t forgive me for sharing it… If you have a little person that is creative and fairly good with technology, it makes a brilliant gift.

Details: UK, buy at Amazon.co.uk for £43.99 here. UAE, buy it from Toys R Us for 475AED here.

5 – The Kings Head, Cirencester – UK

The husband and I escaped to The Kings Head in Cirencester, The Cotswolds on our trip to the UK last month, staying for two days without the children for our anniversary. Recommended to me by another Dubai-based Mummy, the hotel has been recently renovated and is on Cirencester’s high street, making it ideally placed for exploring this lovely Cotswold town. I absolutely adore this hotel and am already planning our next visit; think stylish, modern, comfortable, and very cosy. There’s free WiFi (though not the most reliable, so don’t plan a morning of work from your room like we did, yep we know how to live) with a plethora of fabulous restaurants, shops, and stunning countryside right outside. It was a dream break away and I highly recommend it for a kid-free break.

Details: http://kingshead-hotel.co.uk

6 – LeBazar Online Shopping – Dubai

I have been hunting for an online grocery delivery company that can rival those in the UK since I arrived in Dubai four years ago – and I have finally found it with Le Bazar. I tested the company out a few weeks ago and was seriously impressed. You start by logging on and making an online order from the range of over 5,000 items (which it will remember as ‘favourites’ to make life easier next time). You then choose your delivery slot for the next day. My order was confirmed by phone and delivered promptly the next day (without even a phone call for directions, which is practically unheard of with delivery drivers to my apartment). Everything came in strong plastic bags, with no swaps on my order (although this would happen if something was out of stock). The size of the portions of fruit and vegetables were amazing for the price I paid and it was very good quality too. It’s a life-saver for busy Dubai mums and I will be ordering again this week.

Details: http://lebazar.ae



22nd August 2014

18 of the coolest jumpers for boys

Feeling the chill? I certainly am – and I am rapidly running out of long-sleeves for my boys, who are more used to living in T-shirts in the warm Dubai climate. We’re still in the UK for a few more weeks, so I have been spending some time browsing for a few jumpers to see us through until September (no doubt this will prompt the sun to come back out in typical ‘sod’s law’ fashion, but at least they can wear them on our Christmas trip home if that’s the case…)

So without further ado, here are my favourite jumpers for boys this autumn. Happy shopping!

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1. Stripe Guard Jumper, £30, The White Company (sizes 2 to 8 years) (click here)

2. Smiley Face Sweat Top, £7, Mothercare (sizes 2 to 8 years) (click here)

3. Engineer Stripe Sweater, £14.95, GAP Kids (sizes 12 months to 5 years) (click here)

4. Batman Jumper, from £18, Marks & Spencer (sizes 5 to 14 years) (click here)

5. Colourblock Crew, from £12, Next (sizes 3 months to 6 years) (click here)

6. ‘This Boy Rocks’ Jumper, £9.99, H&M (sizes 18 months to 10 years) (click here)

7. Striped Sweater, £65, Elias & Grace (sizes 4 to 14 years) (click here)

8. BAM Jumper, £20, Pumpkin Patch at House of Fraser (sizes 0-18 months) (click here)

9. ‘Pullover’ Jumper, £62, Stella McCartney at Alex & Alexa (sizes 2 to 14 years) (click here)

10. NYC Sweater, £14, River Island (sizes 3 to 12 years) (click here)

11. Dog Jumper, £22, Mamas & Papas (sizes 2 to 6 years) (click here)

12. Half Zip Jumper, from £29.95, Joules (sizes 3 to 12 years) (click here)

13. Dinosaur Hoodie, from £15, John Lewis (sizes 2 to 12 years) (click here)

14. Cashmere Star Jumper, from £59, Not on the Highstreet (sizes 1 to 10 years) (click here)

15. Dogtooth Jumper, £14, Baby K at Mothercare (sizes 1 to 8 years) (click here)

16. Cable Knit Jumper, £20, Jo Jo Maman Bebe (sizes 6 months to 5 years) (click here)

17. Sunglasses Sweater, £46, Emile et Ida at Cissy Wears (sizes 1 to 6 years) (click here)

18. Dog Jumper, £22.47 (reduced), Barbour at House of Fraser (sizes 8 – 13 years) (click here)