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Retro Kids Fashion – Buckle My Shoe Vintage

A lot of mainstream clothing for young girls lacks imagination - far too many shades of pink and boring floral prints. I often end up buying boys clothes for my girls in a lot of shops, as their ranges tend to be larger and the designs more interesting. There's also that crushing feeling when you…

Two essential summer shirts

As a dandy I feel quite underdressed when I don’t wear a shirt. Even in the height of summer, I’ll try my best to smarten up a T-shirt by tucking it into a pair of slacks (with a woven leather belt and a pair of penny loafers for company) but I still feel like a…

Mothercare A/W18 collection

I've been a big fan of Mothercare's clothing range since I started this parenting lark. In particular, I rate the ongoing collaborations they have with Mylene Klass (the subtle 'My K' range) and Jools Oliver (the retro 'Little Bird' collection) and so I looked forward to seeing what they had in store for A/W18. The press…

Old MacDonald had a Farm (just off the M25)

The old curmudgeon in me used to quite enjoy the fact that we didn't own a car, mainly because the idea of going to places like Peppa Pig World or The Making of Harry Potter used to fill me with dread - hell is other people, right? However, now that we're paying through the nose…

Adventures in A&E

Rugrats, by their very nature, get under your feet. In fact, they get everywhere. I was washing my hands in the downstairs toilet the other morning after a particularly arduous nappy change and my baby daughter Scarlett was crawling around on the floor, trying her best to get into the toilet bowl and unfurl the…

How to stop kids ruining your holiday

Last month we took our first holiday abroad as a family. To mark this monumental occasion, we decided to push the boat out a little bit and grab a week of winter sun in Dubai – cocktails on the beach, luxury hotel bars, shopping malls with aquariums built inside them, the whole 5* shebang. However,…

Martha does London Zoo

As an animal lover I'm slightly ambivalent about zoos. I love getting close up to magnificent beasts but at the same time, when you look deeper into larger mammal's eyes, you do sometimes sense a modicum of sadness; it's clear they just want to be free, bounding around the Serengeti, instead of being gawped at…

Dandy Dad does sewing – GBSB Live competition

"Fancy making your daughter a pair of pyjamas?" they said.  As the only two things in my life currently are children and a love of tailoring, I said of course I do! The good people at The Great British Sewing Bee Live have invited me to take part in a three hour workshop at the event…

Lunch with Chester Barrie

My life very much feels like it’s in transition at the moment. This sense of straddling the past and the future was neatly highlighted on my last day of full time work in July. I’d swanned off at lunchtime saying I was going to the pub and might be a bit late back for a…