What a day!
As everyone was asleep on Wednesday night and I was on my own having a few crackers and cheese (as you do at 1 a.m.), I started reminiscing… Exactly two years before, I was sat on the sofa marking A-level exams and trying to finish a blog post when mild contractions started. I had no idea Wriggly would make such a speedy arrival in our bathroom a mere seven hours later…
How can you be two already, little one?
The morning started with a moody toddler. Wriggly had no intention of getting up at 8 a.m. and she pushed away every single attempt from your siblings to give you a cuddle and a birthday kiss.
Our birthday girl cheered up when it was time to get dressed (we were late, naturally). The candles on her birthday porridge left her rather puzzled, and she had no intention of blowing them, so their siblings helped.
We had to run to school so Crevette and Beanie were not late and we took Crevette to preschool. She immediately started working on a special card for her little sister.
As we got to the train station, we found a parking space miles away (sort of) from the entrance and it dawned on me it might not have been a good move not to take a stroller. My bag weighed a ton and Wriggly wanted to be carried. Hummmm… Great start.
Our train was not leaving for another 20 minutes so we got an almond croissant to share and had a pleasant journey.
but were late to meet Reneé and her lovely brood. At this point, I felt completely frazzled but Ren was kind enough to meet us at Euston station. They even had a handmade card and lovely present for Wriggly! There, we enjoyed a chat, coffee and babyccinos before we embarked on an epic bus journey to Oxford Circus.
We went to the launch of Outside the Lines, a new girlswear label for ages 3-10 launching this autumn. I was immediately drawn to the tops, jumpers and scarves, with their soft colours and delicate prints.
What really appealed to me in the collection was the fact all pieces could be dressed up or down and were pretty interchangeable. The collection as a whole felt like some of my French boutique favourites in the likes of Jacadi, Tartine et Chocolat or Cyrillus.
Outside the Lines is the brainchild of two friends, Philippa Cloete and Kate Please. They both travel quite a lot, find inspiration everywhere, from markets to high street stores and have 2 boys and 2 girls between them. They even live in the same village! I had a good chat with both of them and I am really looking forward to the launch of the ethically-made collection at the beginning of August.
Prices start at £25 so overall, people who buy on the high street can also aspire to get a few pieces. Beanie would absolutely love this casual chic outfit and the whole look would cost you approximately £65.
It is not exactly cheap, but not unaffordable either. We get most of our children’s clothes handed down to us so when I want to buy something nice for them, I always go for special, unusual pieces. I wish I could have that Breton top with soft metallic Peter Pan collar for myself! Every detail has been considered. The finish is impeccable, and each collar is hand cut.
After a run to the tube station and a short tube journey, we got on our train. A couple of treats saved us from a full-on meltdown and exhaustion got the best of Wriggly.
Wriggly fell asleep as soon as the train departed Euston.
My friend Aimee picked up the big ones from school and I collected Jumpy from preschool with Wriggly and we had a quick play date.
Back home, we all celebrated together, with fillet steak and vegetables followed by cake, and more cake.
My grubby baby needed a shower, and after that she brushed her teeth.
Crevette read The Book With No Pictures by J. Novak to his sisters. As usual, the book caused much hilarity and Wriggly fell asleep within minutes. What a day!
How cute is she?
We were invited to the launch of Outside the Lines and I chose to write about the press event as I loved the clothes so much, as well as Philippa and Kate’s carefully considered clothing that is affordable.
We were sent the shoes from Bobux free of charge. All opinions and photographs are my own.