Guest Blog

  • Piccalilly Clothes, One Year On

    Last year, my girls were fortunate to be chosen as Brand Ambassadors for Piccalilly. I was so happy to spread the word about the gorgeous clothing, and Piccalilly’s excellent eco credentials. It’s important to me to choose ethical businesses, and spend my money supporting British companies who trade fairly.

    A year on from receiving our clothes, both Ava and Thea are still wearing them, and the dresses in particular have become firm favourites. Piccalilly clothes are more expensive than some high street brands, but I want to show you why I think they are fantastic value.

    Do Piccalilly organic kids clothes stand the test of time?

    The girls wear these dresses an average of once a week, so they have been washed around 50 times. They are still as soft and comfortable today as they were 50 washes ago. They have kept their shape beautifully. Ava’s Town House dress has kept its gorgeous vibrant colour, and she’s just sad that she’ll soon be too tall for it! Thea’s Forest Tunic dress has faded ever so slightly, but it’s barely noticeable, and still looks fantastic.

    Here is a picture of how the girls looked back then, and how they are still wearing these clothes a year later.

    Do Piccalilly clothes stand the test of time? Do Piccalilly clothes stand the test of time?

    Red-Piccalilly-ethical-organic-kids-clothes-11 Piccalilly clothes, one year on.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    They still look great, don’t they? I think Ava will have to reluctantly pass hers down to Thea soon, as she’s growing a bit tall for it!

    They are also particularly fond of the skirts they were sent. Again, these look as good as new.

    Ava will be handing down her clothes to Thea when she gets too big for them, and Thea’s will be handed down to her cousin. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they went to a 3rd or even a 4th child.

    Buying organic and fair trade gives you a clear conscience 

    In my opinion, it’s well worth spending a little more on high quality, ethically produced clothes like these from Piccalilly. They stand the test of time much better than fast fashion, and you can buy them with a clear conscience. The organic cotton used to produce them is free from harmful chemicals, and is more healthy for the farmers who produce it. The people who make these clothes receive a living wage, plus healthcare and funding for their children’s education and they are child labour free, naturally.

    P.S. I believe these dresses are both available, and on sale at the moment. I can’t recommend them highly enough!

    Guest blog by Becky Pink - www.pinkscharming.com

    Buying organic and fair trade gives you a clear conscious. Buying organic and fair trade gives you a clear conscious.
  • Not for boys. Not for girls. Clothes for children.

    18119238_674137269455846_7389240717958683392_n Gender neutral clothing - for girls & boys - by Piccalilly

    Piccalilly have asked me to guest post for them. Pretty exciting as I've never produced a guest post before. They wanted someone to write about unisex clothing. This is a subject that I have been meaning to write about for sometime as having a boy and a girl it has become something that at times has really frustrated me.

    I admit that I do love a dress. I suppose after boys clothes shopping for 8 years it's a nice change to look at all the lovely girls clothes or is it simply that girls clothes are better than boys? Should it not be that girls and boys clothes all come under the same section. Thankfully this is changing.

    How different it was in the early 1900s, when blue was for girls and pink for boys.

    I found this quote from DressMaker magazine. "The preferred colour to dress young boys in is pink. Blue is reserved for girls as it is considered paler, and the more dainty of the two colours, and pink is thought to be stronger (akin to red)."The Women's Journal explained it thus: "That pink being a more decided and stronger colour, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.

    I am not sure when the change happened and the obsession with girls in pink and boys in blue started but thankfully the days of walking into a children's clothes shop and being faced with rails of pink clothes for girls and blue clothes for boys are fading.

    More and more retailers, both high street and independent, are making clothes available to every child, whatever their gender. Companies like Piccalilly have taken steps to make this easier for us all to choose by getting rid of the boy and girl selection option. You simply choose what clothes you like not what should be for a particular gender. They recently announced a new structure to there 'Baby & Toddler' section which removed the gender from the main category structure to enable you to shop all the ranges without having to move between girls, boys and unisex, many of which were duplicated.

    The other thing I have noticed is the difference in quality. This is going to sound crazy but on many occasion I have noticed boys clothes often feel different to girls clothes.  Boys clothes often feel thicker, better quality than girls. It's as if manufacturers feel that boys clothes need to be more robust. Girls clothes can feel thin and often shrink and become more tired than boys clothes. Shopping in the winter can leave me asking, don't girls get cold? Don't even get me started on swimming costumes for girls. I was horrified recently when looking at costumes for my two year old. Why on early would by daughter at two years of age want a costume with splits down the sides?! Thankfully all of the clothes I have purchased from Piccalilly have been thick and beautifully made. All the clothes are organic making them super soft and super strong. The way my children wear them, they need to be tough and comfortable. They are to feral to put up with tight fitting clothing.

    I wonder how much pushing children in a particular way of dress effects how they feel later in life. How much does it effect the person they become. If I dress my daughter like a Tom boy (a term I can't stand) does that make her less feminine in the future?! Of course it does not. It just means she learns to drive a tractor in a frock!

    Guest post by Vicky Lane - Earth Based Fun www.earthbasedfun.com

  • The perfect fit - Finding clothes to fit over a cloth nappy

    Cloth Nappy I adore my real nappies

    My name's Kerry aka Fluffy, I'm mummy to two beautiful girls Little Squidge and Puddle. Together we run Fluffy & Squidge making handmade crochet clothing we also have a blog that runs alongside documenting our adventures which we're never short of ?

    So this week has been real nappy week Wohooo! anyone who knows me knows how much I adore my real nappies, my friends all say that I have OND (obsessive nappy disorder) if anybody mentioned real nappies near me you couldn't hide the look of horror on Mr Squidge's face as I squealed like a giddy child and promptly started an hour long speech on how amazing real nappies are.

    From the moment I found out I was pregnant with Little Squidge I knew the one thing that I wanted to do was use reusable nappies, even though lots of people said I wouldn't stick it out and they'd give me a month at most!

    I spent hours pouring over the internet reading about the different brands and the different types after finally settling on a brand I ordered my nappies and by the time that they arrived the seed was sown I was truly hooked, I didn't even have a baby yet! Who cares though pretty nappies ?

    Little Squidge arrived 2 weeks early weighing 5lbs 8oz and baby Puddle arrived 4 weeks early weighing a tiny 5lbs, they both went straight into my tiny nappies and they were a great fit just looking at their tiny squidgy bottoms filled my heart with such joy.

    Everything was going well until I hit my first bump getting clothes to fit, I quickly realised that clothing on the high street was really hit and miss with a cloth bummed baby. I would struggle to find trousers that were comfy on the bottom without being too tight, I'd have to size up and then they ended up being huge on the waist with super long legs which tend to look silly on my tiny girls.

    Then we started using other brands our favourite being Piccalilly their clothing is cut for cloth so is perfect for big bums especially now Puddle is on the move! We love them so much we have recently become brand ambassadors for them.

    Our favourite cloth nappy clothes are from Piccalilly Our favourite cloth nappy clothes are from Piccalilly

    When looking for clothing for cloth bums it needs to be soft fabric that's got plenty of room without looking like you've dressed your baby in a sack, if the clothing is too tight you end up with compression leaks which of course no one wants.

    There needs to be enough stretch and movement in the fabric so that Puddle can move around at ease, we used to find especially with Dungarees that within moments of putting them on her they'd be huge gaping holes between the legs where the popper's had come undone.

    I also wanted clothes that had bold prints and bright colours, neither of my girls are particularly girly girls so pink frills are a no go here, Little Squidge much prefers her superhero costumes if it's got a cape she's sold.

    In short if Puddle can move around and cause havoc whilst looking comfy then we're onto a winner these comfy reversible Dungarees and stripy romper from Piccalilly's new summer range are perfect, they tick all the boxes and will see Puddle right through the summer months ?

    Look for soft clothing when looking to for clothing for cloth nappies Look for soft clothing when looking to for clothing for cloth nappies

    So there we have it, what to look for when your looking for clothing to fit a cute squishy cloth bummed baby. We absolutely love our Piccalilly clothes they are perfect for any cloth bummed adventurer. The fun prints and comfy material means they always stand out from the crowd were never short of compliments when we're out rocking our Piccalilly.

    Piccalilly's new summer ranges are perfect, they tick all the boxes. Piccalilly's new summer ranges are perfect, they tick all the boxes.

    Piccalilly's fun prints and comfy material means they stand out from the crowd! Piccalilly's fun prints and comfy material means they stand out from the crowd!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Guest blog post by Kerry Durrant from Fluffy & Squidge

  • Transport fun inspired by Piccalilly new season car print

    Transport inspired clothing for toddlers Transport inspired organic clothing for toddlers

    When I woke up to giggles and shrieking on a Monday morning, I knew I had to be on my A game. The little guy was so full of mischief already. Before 7am, my front room had been invaded by cars. So, I thought, lets roll with it. Here is our day of Piccalilly inspired fun with transport.

    After playing with the cars for a little longer than we should, we got dressed and headed out. We chose the transport organic cotton car print trousers, naturally. I love the print and they are so soft and comfy it’s like Dex is wearing PJ’s!

    Playing on the slide - a day of transportation fun! Transportation fun - Sliding cars down the slide!

     

     

    We were shopping for ingredients for a special treat…more on that later…but the cheeky monkey streak was still strong. I needed something to tire him out!

    This activity is super cheap and easy to do – all you need is a ramp and toys with wheels so you can explore how fast or slow your vehicles go. We used our slide, but I’ve done this at the park, on a slope and at school where we make huge car cities using plastic drainpipes! It is so much fun and a guarenteed win. Dexter loves it and shouts ‘GO!’ every time they whizz down the slide.

    After lunch, we sat down for a story before naptime…Yup…you guessed it…he picked the ‘Things That Go’ book.

    I find the best time for puzzles is just after the little chap has woken up. He is usually happy to sit quietly and concentrate on one task because he is more refreshed.

    The best time for puzzles is after a nap! The best time for puzzles is after a nap!

     

    These were a Christmas gift last year and have really come into their own from 18 months+ I like that they grow with them, initally just a puzzle but later, children can begin to name the objects and compare the number of wheels, colours etc.

     

    While the little guy was a busy bee playing with these puzzles I started getting prepped for dinner and also made that little treat I mentioned…

    Baby Led Cookie Dough Baby Led Cookie Dough

    The cookie cutters I used for these were an online  purchase and easy to use. The recipe is the Baby Led Biscuit dough. You can search for it on my blog www.babyledblog.com.

    We spent the rest of the day visiting friends and sharing the Piccalilly (and biscuit) love. By the time dinner time came around Dexter was shattered!

    The sushi rice mold is really easy to use – you prep the rice in advance and just pull it out when you are ready to eat. The traffic light fruit was achieved by using a melon baller and the silicone truck spoon is by Oogaa baby.

    Supper after a busy day! Supper after a busy day!

    So, there you have it…a day jam packed with Piccalilly fun! We really love our Piccalilly clothes – they are truly designed with kids in mind and inspire creativity and fun. Well done Piccalilly!

    Piccalilly organic cotton boys car print Piccalilly organic cotton car print - Autumn-16

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I'm Faye. Mama, wife, teacher and blogger. I blog over at babyledblog.com about all things babyled; weaning, fashion and fun. We love bright colours, Mr Tumble, bold prints and anything outdoorsy.

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