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Nursing top sale – New nursing clothes in the pipeline

I’ve been having a look around our warehouse and at the older style nursing tops we’ve got; Over the years we’ve stuck to a lot of the same styles and designs of nursing top as they’ve proven to be really popular and i like them . Sounds so arrogant “hey i like them so we’re gonna keep doing them” !  But i’ve found as with most things if i’m not feeling the love for it you’re not gonna loose interest fast , i mean how can you expect your customers  to want something if you’re only luke warm about it.

SO whilst i  love these breastfeeding tops they are going on sale to make way for the new lush lush lush nursing tops that are in production.

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Our unicorn long sleeve nursing top has just on sale this morning .

With our new collection of nursing tops we plan to have something for everyone, broaden our breastfeeding top range and who knows maybe even go a little greener if you know what i mean. It’s always such a long process planning a new range of nursing wear, i’ve really got to go with what i like – not neccesarily what i would wear myself (blimey you should see what i rock up to the school gates in sometimes, i promise there are no pyjamas outside the house but ……); But i gotta love what i make .

 

So watch this space for more nursing tops going onto our sale and then the new ones will start arriving later on this year.

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Bubble Trade show , maternity & nursing clothes & me

This week i went to the Bubble Trade show in London, it’s held twice a year and i’d been meaning to go for years but to be honest i am quite a home bod so it takes something pretty special to get me to leave Bristol ! Yeah it sounds quite sad but without sounding pretentious if i have 1 day off a week i generally pay for it the rest of the week (i’m taking work wise here) and whilst i am not the most organised person in the world i do kinda have my work routine set down .

What made me really wanna go was that i met my on-line buddy Musetta from MUS4kids, she got in contact and said about meeting up in Bristol and going to to London together (she is from Holland) so it was like hell yeah.

By the Way Musetta makes a really nice clothing range for kids and babies you should check her site out.

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Like i mentioned before i had been coveting the Bubble trade show for some time, a lot of the people whom i follow on twitter have been and always post great reviews and pictures and it seemed really cool. Lots of indie brands there (and the theme of the show is babies & kids clothing and accessories ) so it would be great to meet like minded people who love their brand and are trying to spread to word. 

I didn’t really have much expectations of what it was going to be like,i was quite laid back about the event and dressed in my scruffy converse and defo had dressed for comfort (as always, i mean in my mind it’s acceptable to wear a T-Shirt anywhere!) . So when i got there and the first person i saw had an uber expensive mulberry bag resting quite uncomfortably on her mid inner forearm, sky scrapper platform stilettos and a silky looking mostly see through top on  i was like ohhh ok………

I think has a lot to do with the London affect though, i always find that in London people dress differently from other parts of the country (i don’t mean this is a bad way) i find it really interesting.

Now obviously that was one person from many and not everyone was like that, but with all shows where people collide you get people who seem to  look at people with the attitude of “look at me, i’m important you know” ie to quote Prince ” seems they were busy doing something close to nothin” . I find all this quite funny, as my mum would  say “all fur coat and no knickers”. I’m sure they were looking at me thinking jeepers someone really needs to enforce a dress code here, a street woman has just wandered in ! Or maybe it could have been envy of the fact my shoes weren’t cutting off my blood circulation to my toes but hey live & let live dudes.

Anyways to get back to the trade show itself , it’s a really kinda compact and cute show; Absolutely great for meeting new kids wears brands and finding their story behind their brand. It’s SO cool to meet the people who make their brand happen and it makes you want to get behind them and really “get” what they are all about. Behind any brand there is a real motivation as to why they started and the majority is to make something awesome for the consumer.

Scandinavian brands feature quite heavily in the trade show, and for good reason because their clothes are fantastic. Really well made from lush fabric, pieces that are really original and you know you’ll be keeping them in your bottom drawer way long after your kids have out grown them because they hold such precious memories of when your kids wore them. I was looking at the Smafolk range for next year and basically had to massage my cheeks because i was smiling so much. It was awesome; it makes me wonder why Nordic brands are so awesome compared to some british ones (i’m thinking about the big chain retailers here) i mean british brands must be able to make things like this ? I’m guessing maybe with the big chains it comes down to profit and loss sheets rather than “yeah lets go for the thicker cotton because that is better” .

Although that being said i did meet an awesome company from Norfolk which make their own baby and toddler clothes , and the quality was SO good. I really liked Immink , Ben was a really nice chap and you can see that he and his wife (i’m so sorry i’ve forgotten her name but she was Very nice too ) are really into what they do, and they do it very well. Their baby clothes we so soft it was a major WOW moment.

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This is Immink’s stand from Bubble.

 

I have to admit there were some other brands that were just ewwww. To be fair they were from outside the UK so maybe i don’t fit their target audience or maybe i am just weird and don’t get them; But to me they looked like things i could just pick up in a big supermarket here – nothing remarkable, for sure not something i would want to spend £20 for a baby grow.

There were the brands that like Jessie J think they are better than what they are (sorry to all those Jessie J fans ! ) and i just don’t  buy into all that pretentious rubbish, i don’t REALLY care if someone from a pop band has dressed their kids in your clothes i care more about my kids and if they will be comfy, will it last, bringing something original etc etc.

There are some brands that have strong principles and even if they aren’t necessarily my principles i have to give them the respect they deserve as they are staying true to themselves, and with a lot of passion .

I admit i am much more likely to buy from someone i like, and i prefer the more down to earth approach ; In business there is so much hot air and the creation of “aren’t we doing well ” when really it’s “ahhh no ones buying our stuff, i really thought neon leg warmers would be in this season” , go with your own instincts and don’t let anyone tell you whats in or out. I hate the saying “it’s so on trend” ……..  And i heard that a lot during this show with some brands. I’ve dressed my youngest daughter in clothes that my eldest daughter had worn 4 years previously so “being on trend” is not a big concern for me ! 

 

Also another bug bear for me is having to buy seasons ahead (not that i do ! ) i really think things have to change in the fashion world, our weather here in the Uk is pants; look at it now, it’s June and it’s raining and windy. Our summers just don’t seem to be happening as they use to,   last year was pants too. So what you find is now stores are doing their summer sales with stock they’ve had since March (ie summer stock) which you don’t really want to buy because you can’t wear because it’s too cold ; then in late August September when we may actually have some hot weather in the stores are the Autumn winter ranges which you don’t want to buy a jumper because it’s freakin boiling. Weird thats what i say ! I know a lot of this is down to the manufacture of the clothes so it’s maybe not so simple but hey !

Sorry rant over !

Overall Bubble trade show was a good experience, great to see some really funky brands doing their own thing, nice to meet the people behind the brands, get an overview on how other countries roll with kids wear and get to meet other store owners and think wow you are nothing like i thought.

It would be cool to have maybe maternity wear and nursing wear thrown into the mix as there used to be a trade show for this called Premier Kinds which was held in the NEC which hasn’t been held for many years which is a shame.  Although one of my friends is of the belief trade shows themselves are on their  way out due to the fact they are SO expensive to exhibit at (i’m not sure if i agree with her here but they are hideously expensive).

In all what i took away from this is if you are prepared to look around there are some great indie kids brands making some cracking clothes that are both original and well made. Shame more of these can’t into the main stream stores to make them easier to buy but then i guess it would take away from the originality of them. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Do what you love & you’ll never work another day – Why we love making nursing tops

Doing something you love for a living is such a rare opportunity, everyday i am working on Mama FeelsGood i feel really proud i made this from scratch and now we help  breastfeeding mums lives that little bit easier. Knowing you can breastfeed in public easily, quickly and discreetly can be a big weight of a ladies mind, of course you don’t need one of our nursing tops to do this but lots of ladies have let us know our nursing tops have given them that extra bit of confidence to breastfeed in public. 

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Until you really need something it’s hard to understand the need for it, so before I had my first daughter breastfeeding and what I would want to wear whilst breastfeeding didn’t occur to me (would be kinda weird too if it did – day dreaming about nursing clothes might be considered a tad strange). So it struck me like a smack with a wet kipper – the nursing tops  / breastfeeding clothes available REALLY suck. 

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I didn’t want anything with a bump in it thankfully my pregnancy was over (yeah I am one of those ladies where my body just doesn’t get on with being pregnant. I didn’t glow, and I definitely never felt blooming I just went from the ooh I’m constipated Matt go and get me some lactolose to my ankles are now cankles are now thankles…. Yeap hurrah baby is out ) SO I wanted my post baby wardrobe to be bumpless the sooner the better. Just to add all our nursing tops are bumpless – some companies who sell maternity tees with nursing access come from the angle of it’s a great saver of cash and I’m not knocking anyone for this but I myself didin’t like these so I don’t make them. 

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Also I wasn’t into flowers or really uber girly things so I was at a loss what I could wear that I KNEW I could breastfeed easily in and would make me feel good. The whole put a vest under a top thang yeah again I can see how that works and all the power to you if you want to do that but I didn’t ; It wouldn’t rock my boat and I just wouldn’t feel good stretching a cheap vest to buggeration to breastfeed (and lordy that top would be stretched a lot as I know now babies especially new ones want breastfeeding a lot) – but again that’s me . In a way Mama FeelsGood is about me and what I wanted – it might not be you or every breastfeeding mums dream but when starting a company you got to go with what you love and feel passionate about

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So fast forward 5 years – 1 more child (which makes 2 in total) and here we are. We’ve won the most recent and last ever (how sad Practical Parenting Magazine has ended ) Practical Parenting Magazine GOLD ward for best breastfeeding top cough cough GOLD ! We sell overseas via other fabulous retailers – Canada, Australia , Holland to name drop a few countries. We’ve lots of really lovely customers who have even been known to send us chocolates (Turkish delights hint hint) and I absolutely LOVE doing what we do. We are working on new nursing top collections (collections sound a bit rah rah rah so I mean major badass nursing clothes) and we are aiming for world domination in the nursing clothes market. Hey aim big bab !

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It’s National Swedish day today – Swedes have some style

 

Today i have been informed it’s national swedish day – i love Sweden.

I’ve never actually been so i’m not so sure my love of it can be confirmed as genuine but the Swedish people know how to rock on the style front .

From funky home wares to cool swedish kids clothes it cannot be denied  the swedes know how to get the party started on the style front.

Here are some of my fav loves to come out of sweden and NOOOOO ABBA is not one of them !

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DUNS from Sweden as the name suggests are SUCH a cool brand of kids clothes.

My girls have some of their clothes are they are really well made, super cool and especially the dresses they can be worn as tunics when they grow so they spread the costs of the clothes. DUNS clothes are available in the UK via various on-line retailers.

Ok as mentioned in my previous blog this week Lotta from Stockholm really rock it on the clogs front ; I will stop gushing about them now !

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There are so many cool people who make their own item to sell, thats whats etsy is so lush for and one of my personal favourites is Jane Fosters store

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With our Maggie print nursing top i tried to bring a little of the scandinavian feel to the print, it’s a simple print but it does have a slight ring of the nordic about it.

There are loads of great brands from Sweden, i will have to keep adding to this blog post as the deeper i look the more i find!

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Who New Clogs would be so less Cloggy

Ok so this sounds weird.

But clogs are really cool; My dad thought it was hilarious that i wanted a pair of clogs “seriously Liz you are nearly 40 not 4” , back when i was about 7 i lived in my clogs, i remember i had a red pair and my elder sister had blue and i was too cool for school when i wore them. LOVED them, never took them off and probably if my mum left me (which she wouldn’t have) would have slept with them.

OK so fast forward a fair few years and now i am back wearing clogs again Q Heidi Music from my dad.

But clogs aren’t so cloggy anymore – there are so many different styles.

I found such a cool site that i couldn’t believe that is actually based in the UK (so many cool sites are in the US i find so it’s pretty rockin these are here in the UK- Middlesex to be precise) Lotta from Stockholm have totally got the clog style down.

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These T-Bar clogs in Aubergine are a real thing of envy for me

When i found the website a think a little part of me was like the 7 year old girl again and my gawd it felt good. Talk about excited that didn’t come close. I even got my 8 year old daughter down to covet them with me (she has great taste and loved them too !)

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These are the Highwood Tan clogs

I know right now in the UK we are hitting hotter weather (well we have had 2 consecutive days when the sun has shone and it’s not rained so i’m classing this as summer time) but i was thinking do you think you could get away with wearing socks with these bad boys above? Although *be still my beating heart* they make clog boots for the winter (might sound weird but they are awesome).

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All the clogs are hand made in sweden and then shipped here to the UK where Lotta ie the clues in the name- the lady who owns the brand sells them via her website. They are a husband and wife based team which i think just makes this brand even awesomer (is that a word?) and i hope they are having a mahoosive success because they really rock what they do.

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I’m gonna have to stop this blog now as i’m finding putting all these pictures up is just fuelling my obsession with them; But just to fan the flames for one brief time they also do bags and they are awesome too *walks away and starts selling family possessions *

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