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Win an Ottillie Pop Dress

Ottillie Pop Westbourne Wrap Dress £79.50
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Ottillie Pop are a new favourite here at MilkChic thanks to their eyecatching prints and rich colours. Their gorgeous selection of wrap and bodycon dresses are made here in England, and Ottillie Pop are so confident in their quality workmanship that they offer a 5 year manufacturing guarantee against fraying fabrics and faulty seams!

Ottillie Pop Pembridge Wrap Dress £79.50Ottillie Pop Westbourne Wrap Dress £79.50Ottillie Pop Kendal Wrap Dress £79.50

You can see the full range of breastfeeding friendly Ottillie Pop wrap dresses on our shop pages. We have a stunning Ottillie Pop dress worth £79.50 to give away to one lucky reader, and everyone who enters will receive an exclusive 40% off code!

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Britain’s Best Baby Bag?: Designing the Perfect Mum Accessory with Cooper & Hill

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For fashion conscious women, there is nothing quite so frustrating as the baby bag dilemma.

It’s a pretty stark choice – buy a practical changing bag, which stores everything you need, but is designed to coordinate only with canvas prams and baby toys instead of the Jimmy Choos (dream world, moi?) or forego practicality with coordinated fashion totes but destroy the yummy mummy illusion every time you throw a dirty nappy over your shoulder while you hunt frantically for your phone and purse!

UK bag manufacturer, Cooper & Hill, want to do something different, making stylish bags designed with function in mind. I’m currently working with them on an exciting project to “crowd design” a brand new baby organiser based on your feedback. These organisers will simply pop into a fashion tote bag and transfer from bag to bag easily so you never forget your essentials or have to wave a nappy around in public again.

Over the next couple of days, I will be collecting feedback to send back to Cooper & Hill which they will use to adjust and improve their designs – even the colour range will be decided through your feedback!

Here are the initial designs – please vote on your favourites below (clicking on the images will let you look a little closer) and let us know what you like and what you don’t in the comments – the more detailed the better!! Let’s make this the best baby bag ever!

OPTION 1:

Cooper & Hill Baby Bag 1-1 Cooper & Hill Baby Bag 1-2Cooper & Hill Baby Bag 1-3

OPTION 2:

Cooper & Hill Baby Bag 1-4 Cooper & Hill Baby Bag 1-5 Cooper & Hill Baby Bag 1-6

OPTION 3:

Cooper & Hill Baby Bag 1-7 Cooper & Hill Baby Bag 1-8 Cooper & Hill Baby Bag 1-9

Please vote below and share wherever you can!

Which design do you prefer?

Sophisticated Mum 1
Sophisticated Mum 2
Sophisticated Mum 3
What colour would you like?

 

Please pick a maximum of 2 colours

Black

Grey
Brown
Beige / Neutral
Red
Blue
Pink
Purple
Green
Turquoise
Yellow
Other
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Dressing Up for Xmas with Wallis Fashion

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I spent a fab afternoon last week at the Wallis Fashion Xmas Preview Event. For the girl who said she’d “maybe try just one thing, but wouldn’t have any photos”, I got a bit carried away. I always was a sucker for accessories (I used to buy wands and tiaras for Disney…) and with the lovely treasure chest of props, I couldn’t resist getting dressed up.

The AW12 collections are full of glamour and glitz and I love the Wallis take on that, which is really wearable, even if you’re breastfeeding!

I checked out lots of styles for breastfeeding friendliness (I’m pretty sure I was the only blogger / in attendance who felt the need to check how quickly and easily I could get my boobs out of the clothes…) and these are my hot picks, which have all passed the MilkChic test!

Breastfeeding friendly topLurex top with wide stretchy sleeves – perfect for sleeve feeding!

This is a really good day to evening top that would work well with skinny jeans (sadly none of the Wallis styles fitted me quite right, but I am an odd shape…). I wore it with my own wide belt and full skirt for a retro feel.

Wallis Black Drape DressFor full on glamour, this Black Drape Embellished Maxi Dress is stunning. I fell in love with the necklace, which is a real showstopper. The crossover front is fastened with a sparkly brooch which distracts from a tummy and gives it lots of adjustability. The teal version is pretty too!Wallis Oval Stone Section NecklaceWallis Silver Embellished Clutch Bag

Wallis Navy Lurex Split Back Jumper
This Navy Lurex Jumper has an unusual split back detail which means it lifts up easily for breastfeeding access. The sparkly knits feel dressy without too much effort, which is perfect when you haven’t got long to get ready.
I surprised myself by really liking the leather pencil skirt, which felt great on and instantly added a bit of edge to statement knits. And of course leather is wonderfully wipe clean! Black & Red Court Shoe

Leopard Print Faux Fur Jacket
Finally, if you’re looking for a really cosy jacket that won’t interfere with feeding your baby, this leopard print faux fur jacket might be the one. It feels unbelievably soft and has a hook and eye fastening which isn’t too fiddly. If you fasten just the top one or two hooks, it will act just like a breastfeeding cover, but look considerably more stylish!

For more breastfeeding friendly Wallis Fashion clothing, check out the shop pages – lots of new lines just added! If you’re no longer restricted by breastfeeding, take a look at the sleeved picks at Armed & Glamorous too. But please don’t buy the last kimono sleeved dress in a size 12. I will cry if I miss out…

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Seraphine at John Lewis – Voucher Giveaway!

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To celebrate the launch of the Seraphine maternity and nursing range at John Lewis, I have £50 of John Lewis vouchers to giveaway to one lucky reader.

I was keen to take a look at the range as it’s always good to see nursing wear in high street stores. At first glance the clothes are lovely, but other than one breastfeeding top, it looked like it was all just maternity wear. Don’t be put off – not only are there lots that work well from pregnancy to breastfeeding, but when you click through and read the descriptions, you realise that a number of the designs are made for nursing mums too. As it’s not always immediately obvious, I’ve highlighted breastfeeding friendly Seraphine designs here.

My range highlight is the knitwear, which is really well-thought out for future nursing mums. It’s always hard to find something other than a cardigan for warm winter feeds, so I would definitely have been tempted by a jumper designed for the purpose, had I actually been able to find one when I was breastfeeding.

Seraphine Maternity/Nursing Jumper
The top of this jumper pops down for breastfeeding access. Also available in purple.
Seraphine Crossover Jumper
The crossover top on this jumper is designed to accommodate breastfeeding and the tummy will stretch back over your diminishing belly.

To enter:
For a chance to win £50 John Lewis vouchers, click through to John Lewis, leave a comment below and tell me what you would spend the vouchers on. For a bonus entry either share this post on Facebook or tweet the following:

I’ve entered to #win £50 of @johnlewisretail vouchers with @milkchic http://milkchic.co.uk/60522 #fashion

Please share the love – tell your friends about this giveaway (or even post it on a few forums…) The more entries, the more giveaways I can host and John Lewis sells everything from clothing to kitchenware, so you don’t have to spend the vouchers on nursing clothes! For more breastfeeding-friendly John Lewis fashion, check out the shopping pages.

Terms & Conditions: Entry open to UK & Ireland only. Closing date: 30th September 2012. Winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries. No cash alternative. If the winner cannot be contacted after 7 days, an alternative may be chosen.

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Win George at Asda vouchers for World Breastfeeding Week

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To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week (1st-8th August, 2012), MilkChic has teamed up with lots of breastfeeding friendly retailers to give nursing mums a treat. Today, it’s the turn of George at Asda, who are giving away a £50 voucher to one lucky mum!

George at AsdaSince pregnancy, I’ve got a bit more adventurous with fashion. Where previously I was a dress for your shape kinda girl (in my case, empire line / 50s styles… anything that would make my boobs seem less of a liability), now I’m more likely to try new things. Getting dressed used to be a lot easier when I was certain what worked, but it’s a lot more fun now I’m not ruling out shapes on sight. I bought my first ever pair of skinny jeans in Asda when small one was a few months old and they stock loads of breastfeeding-friendly styles at affordable prices, so you can experiment with new looks without breaking the bank.

*Word to the wise: If you’re trying to budget, close your eyes as you go past the kids section. I seem unable to walk by without picking up something.

Here are my picks of the current range… Gorgeous prints in classic dress shapes:




Animal Print Cotton Summer Dress, £12
Button front for breastfeeding access

Floral Print Shirt Dress, £20
Shirt dresses are brilliant for breastfeeding access, and this is just gorgeous!

Moda Printed Jersey Dress, £16
The crossover neckline will stretch for breastfeeding access.

Funky flat shoes:




Bird Print Canvas Shoes, £8

Aztec Print Canvas Shoes, £8

Patent Contrast Ballet Shoes, £10

Something to keep in the baby bag for when the weather isn’t “quite” as summery as you’d hoped:

This Crown Print Pac a Poncho is a good shape for breastfeeding in – wear with anything underneath and just lift up to feed.

(Other designs are also available)

And finally, some breastfeeding friendly nightwear to curl up in at the end of the day:




Floral Print Jumpsuit, £10
Button front for breastfeeding access

Ruffle Trim Pyjama Top, £6
Button placket will stretch for nursing access. I’d wear this with the Animal Print Pyjama Bottoms, £6

Win a £50 voucher – what are your favourites?

For a chance to win a £50 George at Asda voucher, visit George at Asda and tell me in the comments below what you would buy. For a bonus entry, share this on Facebook or tweet the following:

I’ve entered to #win a £50 @georgeatasda voucher with @milkchic http://milkchic.co.uk/59541 #fashion

Good luck! You can find lots more breastfeeding friendly George at Asda fashion on the shop pages. Don’t forget to enter the other World Breastfeeding Week 2012 Giveaways too.

Terms & Conditions: Entries restricted to UK & Ireland only. Closing date: 18th August 2012, 23:59. Winner of 1 x £50 George at Asda voucher will be selected at random from entries. No cash alternative. If winner cannot be contacted after 7 days, an alternative name may be drawn.

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