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The Dark Days

Hello! I have been reunited with my laptop cable and am longing to share my pictures with you.

School ran right up until Solstice this year so we kind of fell into the holidays, exhausted and in need of a recharge. Thankfully the rain gave us a reason to cosy up and slow down. Lazy mornings, pyjama days and delicious feasts.

After Christmas we headed up to Scotland to stay with Kat and her family.

Our visits together are normally a night or two at most so it was great to spend a little longer (although not long enough) hanging out together.

(Black & white images above edited with the Capturing Childhood Lightroom 4 Black & White Presets)

Our children took to communal living with enthusiasm and there is already talk of our next trip to Scotland.

I also got to go and meet a couple of my favourite bloggers Flannery O’Kafka in Glasgow and Amanda Kitschy Coo (below) in Edinburgh. Bittersweet in a way as I would have liked to talk to them both for at least three times as long as we had. Next time.

We made our reluctant way home having enjoyed the first proper break from working in the whole of 2012. 2013 already looks bright for the promise of more time dedicated to family, friends and feasting. Got to love the feasting.

Scotland, you did not disappoint.

Something to Wear

In the third of my Shop Indie guides I’m focusing on my favourite places to buy clothes. I would love to be talking about my favourite boutiques for Mamas but frankly – they don’t cater for women of my size. I’m ok with that and thankfully there is so much joy in the world of children’s clothing.

Having spent the last four or so years writing about the very best in children’s fashion and design I’d like to think I know a bit about the brands which have ethics and quality at their heart. I choose to shop with stores who value these qualities and provide excellent, personal customer service. These are my favourite spots.

Having tried, failed and become a little stabby when attempting crochet I am incredibly grateful to know Kat who creates the most beautiful crochet hats, accessories and patterns. You may have noticed that Betsy is sporting one of her latest designs – soon to be released as a pattern.

I fell in love with Tootsa MacGinty from the first tiny thumbnail I saw of their debut collection. Invariably when someone asks me where I got something the children are wearing it’s from Tootsa. Proud to be unisex, ethical and long-lasting they are a brand I hope will become a national favourite. If you’re looking for a funky Christmas Jumper this is the place to go…

JuicyTots are my go to for favourites such as Molo and Smafolk and their amazing organic range from Maxomorra which doesn’t break the bank. They have just got the cutest range in from my friend Amanda at Kitschy Coo which would make an awesome baby gift.

If you like your service with a huge side of personality then Love it Love it Love it is the place to go. Always borderline inappropriate in the best possible way; Ruth’s shop is packed with amazing, comfortable, colourful clothing which doesn’t need ironing. Amen!

Already mentioned in something you want, Sisters Guild is the place to go for classic cuts and timeless clothing. Ilovegorgeous, Waddler and Little Duckling are a few of my favourites with new  addition Tutu du Monde making my heart beat faster. Worth mentioning their winter sale is already in full swing.

As a lover of Scandi clothing I can’t fail to mention Nordic Kids who have one of the widest selections of Scandinavian brands in the UK. They were one of the first stores which gave me a glimmer of hope in a bleak market back in 2006 when I was carrying Milla.

Last but by no means least is The Pippa and Ike Show which is a well curated delight of a shop. Lianne, who is the owner of the shop, is a clothing designer by trade and will be designing once more in 2013 – I’m hoping that this will mean a new and exciting children’s brand!

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