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Just like you guys, I’m a mother trying to juggle it all, stay sane and pretend I’ve got all bases covered when I’m generally having a meltdown on the inside and dropping plates left, right and centre. I never get to go to the bathroom alone anymore and can’t remember the last cup of tea I drank hot, but would I change it? Of course not! As I navigate the chaos that is life with two under three, I’m here sharing my motherhood journey with you all. Expect plenty of baby hacks, parenting tips and postpartum advice.
As the amber leaves carpet the pavements and the chill creeps up on us, we’re all turning our attention to their outerwear arsenal. In our house the kids coat wardrobe is high priority, ensuring there’s every reason to get outdoors. That means coats, snowsuits and waterproofs that can withstand every and any adventure, from trips into town to foraging in the woods and collecting pebbles on the beaches of Cornwall. (Which is where this shoot took place, in and around our favourite little bolthole on the peninsular.)
A hardy winter coat is essential for the British coast and visiting our family in Cornwall is about as exposed to the elements as it gets. Back home, the kids coats have to keep them cocooned and toasty, while being the leading piece in their winter collection. A great coat has the power to pull together any outfit in an instant. So I totally get the pressure of having to pluck out and pick that single trophy design that’ll work seamlessly with everyday ensembles, uniforms, Sunday slacks and the stroller footmuff alike!
For Hector and Hadley the tick list is always the same – is it warm, practical and does it pack a serious punch? If I can tick all three, then it’s a winner. I’m a sucker for a statement print, faux fur trim and all those elevating extra details like secret pockets perfect for stashing treasure and reflectors to keep them safe. Of course, it’s got to be easy to wash too.
Hector’s Mini Rodini camo parker is a great all-rounder. The knock-out print speaks for itself but look a little closer and you’ll spot that it’s the perfect length, is waterproof and has reflective trims decorating the cuffs and back. Hadley’s Wheat snowsuit comes in the softest delicate rose floral, has cute stag charm reflectors and is lined with super soft fleece. There’s removable boot straps for the depths of winter and duel zips that make it super easy to get on the wriggliest of tots!
Durable cuts like these will withstand anything the winter throws at us. As a freelancer and our family’s primary caregiver, the park is always high on my list of activities. A haven of amusement and bedtime-inducing fresh air for them and for me, an opportunity to visit my mobile office. The phone comes straight out and I claim back some time to check my emails, draft replies, work on copy and catch up on social media. The chance to defog and clear my head from frantic days keeping the kids clean/dry/fed/happy/alive is a necessity. My children are distracted in the playground, the gated perimeter provides an element of switch-off and there’s plenty of other like-minded adults keeping an eye out for each other’s broods. Good coats mean more park time!
To make absolutely sure you’re not stumped about what to wrap them up in this winter, here’s a run-down of the best outerwear to tackle any cold snap head on. Don’t let not having the right gear stop you from getting out and about. We’ll be the ones hogging the park bench wearing camo and florals – see you there!
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With sherpa, fleece and pile coats taking centre stage, think anything with a teddy bear finish that looks a lot like sheepskin. Boxy, outsized shapes are the cut of choice. Head to Wynken, Bonpoint and Stella McCartney Kids.
There’s one reason why duvet coats are perennially popular – it doesn’t get cosier! Shop the trend at Mayoral, Moncler, Kenzo and Gucci.
Quirky hues and patterns score big style points while sticking to block colour is timeless. Add grungy boots to up the edge. Shop Beau Loves, Guess and Bobo Choses.
A pea coat or duffle takes things into retro and regal territory. Wool will up the warmth while a contrasting lining adds interest. Pick yours at Paul Smith Junior, Burberry and Gap.
With a nod to military and all round utilitarian ease, the staple parka is no-brainer buy. Shop theirs at Mini Rodini, Paul Smith Junior and Ralph Lauren.
Pramsuits and snowsuits are the ultimate all-weather winners. A must for babies, they’re also brilliant at keeping the damp/mud/snow out once toddlers up the adventure levels. Look out for technical ski details like snow flaps and boot straps for the slopes. Check out Absorba, Wheat and Molo.
Whatever the weather you’ll find us out in the park, on the beach and taking in the great outdoors. What’s your go-to family winter outing? Share your tips in the comments below because when it comes to keeping the kids entertained during the colder months, us parents need all the help (and ideas) we can get. You can find lots more fashion, baby and parenting over at my blog The Lucy Edit and Instagram @thelucyedit. Stop by and get involved in the conversation.
Sending you toasty well-wishes and a snuggly winter season! Catch you next time.