6 articles Tag clothing

5 Hacks for Comfortable Travelling

TravelIt’s getting to that time of year when we’re all thinking about jetting off to warmer places to enjoy a week or two of relaxing, and as far as I’m concerned the relaxation should begin the moment you start travelling. Whether you’re travelling by pane, train, automobile or some other method of conveyance, I’ve got 5 hacks that should help you to feel more comfortable while you’re doing it.

Wear Comfortable Clothing

We know it’s tempting to want to glam up to sit in the airport lounge and drink champagne, but being comfortable should trump everything when it comes to choosing your outfit. Damartex UK is a great place to grab some trousers which will be loose and stylish which will have gorgeous prints but will be made from breathable fabric which stretches with you.

Add Layers

You can’t control the climate at the airport and on the plane. If you arrive at night, expect the temperature to drop suddenly. Have a cardigan or jumper on the top of your suitcase, so you can put it on immediately after you land. Likewise, leave some space in your luggage for taking off layers when you are too hot, so you don’t have to carry extra items in your hand, while you are pulling your suitcase.

Pamper Yourself

Now you’re sitting comfortably, it’s time to settle in. A few simple essentials can really amp up the luxury in your Economy seat. It’s no secret that recycled plane air wreaks havoc with your skin so fighting it before it gets out of hand is always a good idea. Go on, treat yourself to those lavish miniatures in Duty Free.

Pack a Travel Pillow

We’re just not meant to sleep sitting upright, but when a 10-hour flight awaits you, you need to be prepared. Those free cushions don’t cut it and they won’t give you the support your neck needs. If you suffer from lower back pain, you may want to consider a lumbar cushion for the small of your back too.

Carry a Reusable Water Bottle.

Durable water bottles are a simple way to keep hydrated, especially while travelling. To be sure you’re getting enough water, use a water bottle with time increments to show you how much to drink throughout the day. At rest stops you can refill your bottle without buying another plastic bottle.

Rebuilding My Wardrobe

wardrobeSince making changes to my diet and activity levels, I’ve not only lost weight but also changed shape (although the summer holidays has done a good job of undoing some of that, unfortunately!), which means that there’s a LOT of stuff in my wardrobe which no longer fits me. There are a few bits which I’ll hang onto, like t-shirts which still look okay, just a little looser than before, but so much stuff is now too big that I need to have a major overhaul of my wardrobe. I thought I’d tackle it bit by bit and focus on main areas which need replacing:

Jeans

While I don’t want to invest too much money on expensive jeans before I’ve hit my target weight, there’s little more unflattering than ill-fitting jeans, so this is something I’ll need to replace sooner rather than later. It’ll be a while before I go for Levis or something with a label, but a few pairs from a High Street store should see me through the winter.

Nightwear

Being a co-sleeping Mama means that nightwear is a priority, especially with winter coming – I cannot BEGIN to tell you how often I get woken up by my own shivering because a duvet-hogging toddler has left me without a cover! I like to wear high-quality nightwear such as soft jersey pyjamas which will keep me warm but allow me to also breathe.

Undies

Being a big-busted lady means that I’m all too aware of the importance of a good bra, and changing shape has meant that many of my old bras are now too big around the band. My bras are generally expensive, no matter where I buy them from, but it’s something that I need to just suck up and deal with so that I can maintain good support.

Basics

This is a pretty general category, but I tend to keep a lot of basics like plain vests and t-shirts which I can use to layer up in the colder months. Being in and out of the car all day means that I HATE wearing coats and thick clothes, so wearing a few thinner layers keeps me warm without making me feel too bulky and uncomfortable. Most of my current basics are either too big or have holes/bleach stains on them (hands up who else ruins EVERYTHING whilst cleaning?!) so replacing them is something that I need to do on a fairly regular basis.

Woollies

I do love a good woolly, and as I said above, they’re an Autumn/Winter staple for me so that I can use them for layering. As with jeans, ill-fitting woollies can be super unflattering (I threw a jumper away in 2013 purely because it clung in ALL the wrong places and I got asked three times if I was pregnant while wearing it!), so I need to invest in some jumpers and cardies in smaller sizes now.

Make Dress Shopping a Doddle

I may not be the most girly of girls, but I really do love it when it gets to spring and summer so that I can start to wear dresses again. Don’t get me wrong, I wear dresses in autumn and winter too, but that’s always with tights or leggings – there’s nothing quite so nice as being able to get your legs out when the sun is shining!

Having said that, finding dresses which flatter my shape can be a tricky affair – I’m a classic apple shape, which means I carry the bulk of my weight on my chest and tummy, while my arms and legs are slimmer by comparison. Finding dresses to accomodate my bust, hide my tummy and NOT look like I’ve been draped in a tent isn’t the easiest task, which is why I’m pleased to have found Lyst.co.uk

Lyst is a site which remembers the way you shop and curates a personalised shopping experience just for you, suggesting items that you might like, a bit like a helpful friend or sister would! When you sign up, you get taken through a bunch of slides showing items from specific designers and asked if you like it or not and then based on these preferences, serves up a load of suggestions.

One of the things I love about it is the massively wide ranges of budget the site covers – I have to admit that I flinched a little when I saw the first dress it served up for me; no matter how beautiful it is (and, believe me, it is beeeeeeautiful), I’ll probably never spend £1022 on an Alexander McQueen frock. However, scroll down a tiny bit and there’s a bunch of stuff from ASOS, TopShop and Fashion Union which are far more suited to my price range.

The next part, however, is where Lyst really comes into its own. Each item has a button overlaid which gives you the option to “Lyst It” – click this button and you’ll have the option to add the item to any one of your bespoke lists. Wedding planning? Finding a holiday wardrobe? Trying to mix things up, style wise? Add it to a Lyst and you’ll be able to come back to it any time you like and either buy it or bin it. This is brilliant if you’re a window shopper and especially if you like to browse during that annoying week before payday where dress purchases are a thing of pure fantasy!

You can also look at other people’s Lysts, too…click on the image below to see my full Lyst!

Summer Dress Inspiration

Lyst

Head over to Lyst to make your own Lysts and for lots more fashion inspiration!

Fat Face Women’s Gilet Review

I love being a blogger, especially when great opportunities come my way, or a company asks me if I’d like to try their product. What is sometimes even nicer is when something turns up in the post from a company which is a complete surprise, which is exactly what happened to me last week. I got a knock on the door and a very nice courier handed me a parcel from Fat Face, the company who provided me with an outfit for BritMums Live. I tore into it and found this inside:

 

Fat Face Amy Gilet

 

(click on the image to be taken to the website)

This is the Amy Gilet, a hooded, sleeveless body warmer (£65.00) which is perfect for the Autumn months.

I’ve worn the gilet for the school run pretty much every day for the last week and a bit and I love how warm and cosy it is, whilst letting me have a decent range of movement with my arms. The fur trim around the hood is a lovely detail and the sheepskin lining inside the body of the gilet is so soft and snug. I’m a real lover of snuggly winter-wear and this really fits the bill.

I’ve mostly been wearing it with jeans or combats, with a hoody or long sleeved t-shirt – it’s great to be able to layer up or down, depending on the weather. The outer is shower-resistant and the gilet is filled with duck down and feather. I think it’s one of the most luxurious items I’ve ever owned, but it’s really wearable and practical at the same time.

Thanks so much to Fat Face for sending me the gilet; I feel like I’ve already had tons of wear out of it and I’m looking forward to getting even more use over the coming months. It’s available in different colours, just click on the picture to head over to the website and take a look.

Top of the Class – Mum’s the Word Recommends…George

Up today we have George, the clothing brand from Asda.

They hit the target in terms of colour, giving us both gold and brown, so here’s what we got:

1. Leather School Shoes (price unknown)

2. Yellow School Scallop Polo Shirt (2pk) – £3

3. Brown Box Pleat Skirt – from £3.50

4. Feel Fresh Ankle Socks (7pk) – £4

The shoes don’t seem to be on the George website anymore, so I can’t comment in terms of value as I don’t know what they cost but Sausage has been wearing them for about two weeks now and they haven’t rubbed her feet at all, and they don’t have any scuffs. There’s a padded bit at the back which is presumably to reduce discomfort from rubbing, the insoles feel almost squishy like memory foam, and Sausage says they’re really comfy. There are other shoes on the site which look almost identical but with a different pattern on the front.

The polo shirt doesn’t feel like it’s made of quite as thick material as the ones from Tesco, but I do like the scalloped collar for little girls, it’s a nice touch that looks pretty and feminine.

The skirt washes up nicely and is a good length while the box pleats allow for full range of movement, so she’ll still be able to charge around whilst wearing it. It washes up nicely and has a Teflon coating to reduce stains, so I suspect it’ll last quite well too.

The socks are for size 9-12 and Sausage is a size 9 but they come up on the larger end of the scale, they bunched up around Sausage’s heel, so the 6-8.5 may have fitted better but they’re okay quality and the whole ‘feel fresh’ thing intrigues me, I’m guessing it’s something to do with not getting stinky feet, but I can’t find an explanation on the website. They also have a scalloped edge, which is pretty.

All in all, the George uniform is really nice; the polos don’t feel quite as good as the Tesco ones but the skirt feels thicker and more durable (although twice the price, but still only £3.50). The shoes are leather, which is impressive as most of the pairs on the site are below £15, and I reckon they’ll last well but only time and many hours kicking around the playground will tell!

All in all, we give George an A – narrowly missing the A* for the slightly flimsy polo but being held up by the quality and value of the other items!

Top of the Class – Mum’s the Word Recommends…Tesco Clothing

The school that Sausage will be attending is a bit of an awkward one, the colours are ‘gold and brown’ (I’m sure that was ‘yellow’, last time I looked?!) and I’ve noticed already that acquiring the correct items for her has been an issue. Yellow doesn’t seem to be too difficult to get hold of, but brown seems to be far less popular. I’m surprised that retailers don’t make a point of finding out what colours the schools in the area wear and make a point of stocking them.

Anyway, today’s Back to School review comes courtesy of Tesco Clothing.

Here’s what we got:

1. F&F Fresh Feel knee-high socks (5pk) – £4

2. F&F 100% cotton v-neck t-shirt (2pk) – £2

3. F&F Basics grey skirt – £1.75

4. Back to School Summer Dress with coordinating hair band – £4 (or 2 for £7)

5. F&F 100& cotton pique polo shirt (2pk) – £2

6 – F&F School girls stripe swimsuit – £4

One thing that struck me about the range available from Tesco is that it seems to cater for every budget. There are more expensive skirts available, but the one I picked out for £1.75 is shockingly cheap and still seems to be good quality. It washed and ironed up very nicely and quite honestly, with the amount of paint, chalk, mud and goodness knows what else Sausage will be smothering herself in at school, I’d be tempted to buy her one for every day of the week! (Although official colours are brown and gold, grey and black are accepted too)

The cotton t-shirts will be for P.E. and at £1 each, you really can’t argue with the price. The material feels really soft and is surprisingly good quality for the price, it’s not thin or flimsy at all. I love the fact that the socks come in a pack of five, giving us one pair for every day of the week and the swimming costume, which Sausage has already swum in, is comfy, covers well and washes up nicely without bobbling like some cheap cozzies.

The summer dresses are a particular favourite. I noticed when browsing the shops that some of the summer dresses around are made of pitifully thin material which would be see-through if wearing patterned undies, but the Tesco Clothing ones are thick enough so as not to be, whilst still being the sort of fabric which will keep her cool. They also come with a matching hair bobble, which is a touch that both Sausage and I love. They’re in a deal at 2 for £7 at the moment, which seems great value to me. The polo shirts are also great value and quality, which seems to be a running theme with all of the items we received.

Tesco also offer an embroidery service, which is not something we’ve used as we’ve not bought Sausage’s cardigans or fleeces yet, but it’s definitely something we’re considering, as it adds a nice touch to uniform.

All in all, Tesco Clothing and F&F offer brilliant prices, great quality and a nice range of colours and options, all of which you can check out here.

Mum’s the Word gives Tesco Clothing an A – narrowly missing out on the A* mark by not offering anything brown!