The first week of the Easter holidays we were housebound due to car issues. Which meant lots of garden play and trips to the skate park in the evening. So I had a lot of making up to do - you know what #mummyguilt is like! I started off with a trip to London to the V&A Childhood Museum for #HPEaster (more to come) then an impromptu visit to Linford Bottom, our Easter Egg hunt with Studland Sea School and we also went to Next HQ in Leicester.
We got to visit a mock up shop in Next HQ where they had the new Summer Season of clothing for children on display.
Love this picture of Megan that the Next photographer took! There was a play area set up for the children and it was lovely to see them making friends with new people.
We also had an opportunity to speak to the design team. Here is Kara from ChelseaMamma letting them know what jersey designs she likes. I let my dislike for slogan t-shirts be known and we looked at the multi buys and how they could be more appealing. We also chatted about leggings and 3 piece sets! I think it was a useful exercise for Kara too as Olive gets a lot of Eliza's hand me down and now she knows what I like ;) hehe!
Olive tried a few pairs of shoes on! I even ended up using our Next Gift Card to buy her some Peppa Pig jelly shoes!
There is a fab colour range in store to suit everyone's tastes. Charlie likes bright colours and t-shirts with animals on (although I think he was a little perplexed by the neon green braces!!) Megan is a bit more pink and girly, she loves dresses, leggings and long t-shirts. She prefers her clothing to have embellishments, sparkles and graffiti is a big hit at the moment. Olive hasn't quite got a style yet as she does have a lot of hand me down items - but she likes navy, green and red. Olive also prefers her clothing to be a bit less "girly" - she had a lovely pair of red shoes last summer from the boys line! But having said that she would team them up with a ballet skirt! The price point for Next is a bit more than supermarket brands but the quality is there and the longevity of each piece too. I love the "twofers" too - which is basically a skirt and top sewn together but from different ranges. Megan has a lovely denim skirt sewn to a bold print vest with Peter Pan collar.
After we were treated to lunch at a local Italian restaurant. Megan was in her olive elliment!