Our Holiday Packing List

It’s that time of year again but the lead up to holidays can be stressful. We’ve put together our summer holiday essentials packing list to make life a little bit easier.

Flight

Nofolk Top, Towelling Joggers, Merino Patch Trousers & Pirate Tee

Don’t forget…

  • Passport
  • A book or games for the plane

Beach or Pool

Paradise Dress, Mod Tee & Owen Shorts

Don’t forget…

  • Sun cream
  • A beach towel
  • Sunglasses
  • A hat
  • A ball
  • Arm bands

Sight Seeing

Geo Smoothie Jumpsuit, Cas Top & Cargo Shorts

Don’t forget…

  • A camera
  • Water

Evening

Pom Pom Hairband, Gold Cashmere Cardi, Goa Dress, Kurta Shirt & Wes Trouser

Don’t forget…

  • A cardi
  • A little bag for storing essentials

Bedtime

Cherub PJ’s  & Dragon PJ’s

Don’t forget…

  • A bedtime story
  • Toiletries
  • Your favourite teddy bear

 

Take a look at our full range of holiday essentials.

Fashion to Keep Your Kids Looking and Feeling Cool

We are loving the soaring temperatures this week but it’s hard to keep your cool when it’s 32 degrees out there! We have put together our favourite summer strappy and cotton styles designed to help you beat the heat.

1. Goa Dress
This beautiful summer maxi girls party dress is perfect for sultry summer nights. We love the unique ikat chiffon print and the vibrant colour with just a hint of gold trim on the strap. Looks cute with flip flops or strappy sandals.
2. Pippa Dress
This vintage inspired cotton girls dress is an old fashioned favourite of ours. Pure cotton voile cut in a loose shape with pretty lace trim. It comes in either a classic pale aqua colour way or a zesty lemon colour for a more modern take. Great for younger girls.
3. Coachella Jumpsuit
This cotton crepe kids jumpsuit is perfect for crumpling up in a ball and shoving in a suitcase or indeed for prancing around the garden when Britain is boiling. It’s a little bit disco with the 70’s inspired silver zig zag trim. Great for day or night.
4. Lola Dress & Tribe Playsuit
Our beautifully designed woven 100% cotton geo jacquard lends itself to summer perfectly. When the heat rises you can choose between the chic girls halter neck dress (great for getting a tanned back) or the more playful short girls playsuit.
Both styles are adorned with hot pink pom poms and scream SUMMER FUN.
5. Colada Dress
This cross back style is perfect for heatwaves. Easy wrap around fit girls dress with deep pockets and full skirt.
Pass the pina colada’s please (non alcoholic of course!)
6. Funky Sun Dress
Swirly, twirly, girly cotton crepe layered summer girls sundress with 70’s inspired silver trim. Fabulous.
7. Amandine Dress
Super light cotton voile girls dress with intricate vintage inspired embroidered detail. Based on a Portobello find we love the soft colours in both the peach and the aqua colour way. It also happens to be the prefect girls dress for a heatwave being both light and protective to small shoulders.
8. Folk Dress & Budapest Dress
When it’s super hot I really like to wear fresh white cotton and that’s what I want my kids to be wearing too.
Add some beautiful embroidery and some scattered sequins and you’re ready to be the chicest thing on the beach.

Mini Pina Colada Recipe from Lizzie Loves Healthy

It’s summer time and that means one thing…cocktails (child friendly of course)! We’ve teamed up with Lizzie Loves Healthy who have given us a delicious alcohol free summer cocktail recipe for you to try. We can’t get enough of them!

Mini Pina Colada

All the freshness of a summery drink without the alcohol and less of the stickiness.

What you’ll need

100g fresh pineapple chunks

3 ice cubes

50 ml coconut milk (from a tin)

½ a lime juiced

100 ml Sparkling water

Makes 2 small glasses

Instructions

Place the ice cubes and pineapple chunks in a high speed blender and blitz until you have a liquid. Add the coconut milk and lime juice and whizz together.

Place another couple of ice cubes into two glasses.

Pour over the pineapple mixture and top with sparkling water. Stir together gently with a swizzle stick and serve with a slice of lime on the edge of the glass.

*You can always turn it into an adult cocktail by adding a shot of rum to the glass.

 

Take a look at Lizzie Loves Healthy for more healthy ideas and recipes.

Shop our Pineapple Jumper & Cy Polo Shirt pictured above.

Royal Wedding Preparations – In Store Crown Making

In celebration of the Royal Wedding, we held a majestic crown making craft day in our Notting Hill and Primrose Hill stores this weekend.
 
Choosing from all manners of embellishments fit for a king or queen, our royal guests decorated their crowns with suitably wild and gorgeous creativity. 

From sparkly pom poms to glittery gemstones, each crown was bursting with artistic flair – we really do have some very talented young crafters

We were also delighted to welcome Robert Downey Jr and his daughter Avri in store, who decorated a beautiful crown of her own! 

Be sure to look out for future craft days in stores, and join us for what always promises to be an enjoyable afternoon for all.

LITTLE DETAILS

At Wild & Gorgeous we believe it’s the LITTLE details that make the BIG difference. Our clothes are designed to be classic with a twist and very often that twist will take the form of an embroidered or sequin detail or some fabulous trim that we’ve discovered or a print that we have designed in house. 
For Spring Summer 2018 we are proud of the fabulous ikat print that we took from its traditional place on a cotton beach bag and reimagined it onto a chiffon party fabric in vibrant colours to create a truly unique party dress. 
Some styles have layers and layers of under net to create fabulously full and swirly skirts. We have added cute, brightly coloured pom pom’s to cotton crepe styles, recreated a 70’s vintage trim to use as the waistband for a cotton skirt and added on trend fringing to our trousers and dresses.
We have also sprinkled sequins and gold onto our net summer party wear, added pin tuck and fine shirred detail to our dresses and worked hard to create some really beautiful embroidered and
sequin work to go on our cotton summer dresses and tops. 
To us, it’s all in the detail.

Behind the Scenes on our Spring Summer 2018 Shoot

Our shoots are busy and time pressured but also a whole lot of fun.

For our Spring Summer 2018 we headed out into the countryside with a box full of saris, customised lampshades, a giant fake flower vine some brightly coloured smoke bombs with the intention of rustling up and Wild and Gorgeous summer wonderland.

We are lucky enough to have a gorgeous friend Judy who lives in the rambling Oxfordshire countryside and is also infinitely patient and welcoming as well as being a dab hand at stringing up lampshades and draping old curtains. At the bottom of the garden is a derelict summerhouse on its last rickety legs that also serves as the perfect vehicle for creating a set.

Her garden is full of flowers both planted and wild and old gnarled trees – perfect for climbing or posing in. As well as taking advantage of nature just as it is we were also able to add quirky touches here and there. We draped our floral vine through the trees to create our very own tropical forest.

At the end of the day it was coloured smoke bomb time. Like a home-grown Indian Holi Festival the coloured smoke fills the air with billowing clouds of yellow orange or blue. You have to be quick as once the smoke bomb has been released the wind quickly whisks it away to nothing. Our photographer Christina snaps away to shrieks of delight from our younger models while our graphic designer races around them disbursing the brightly coloured smoke.

It is an exhausting day for models photographer kids and mums but at the end of it we have some gorgeous imagery. All our little models have big characters and really add to the fun with their exuberance and friendship.

As well as lots of beautiful stills we also managed to make a mini film that you can view here.

ENJOY!

Off the Beaten Track – Tots Too Q&A

Founded in 2007 Tots Too is a holiday company dedicated to creating fabulous, bespoke holidays for families. We were lucky enough to sit down with Tots Too co-founder Emma Barnett Spitzer to uncover how she balances work and home life plus her top tips for tots travel.

W&G: Other than having children, was there a defining moment that inspired you to launch Tots Too?

E.B – I took my eldest daughter to Mauritius when she was 4 months. My husband and I crammed our clothes into one half of a suitcase and she had a whole plus our other half of a suitcase just for all the equipment I thought I needed to take. The hotels had all the baby stuff I could possibly need but I was surprised they didn’t communicate all the things they could offer to families with babies and young children that so that was definitely the light bulb moment.

W&G: How hard was it to find resorts that catered to the needs of young families? And do those needs change as the children grow up?

E.B – It wasn’t too hard to find the best family friendly resorts but the hardest part is always making sure we match up the right client to the right resort. The needs change significantly when the children get older and out grow the kids clubs. For this reason we have added (and are continuing to add) more adventure itineraries to grow with our families that have been booking with us for years.

W&G: What are the biggest challenges for family travel?

E.B – I would say that ticking all the boxes for all family members is always the greatest challenge. Siblings of various ages want different things so its important to make sure everyone has something to keep them happy. Also families want space so finding options that keep them together but with some separation for a bit of peace and quiet!

W&G: Hot or cold. Snow, beach, culture…what are your favourite family adventures?

E.B – I am definitely a beach person with some culture thrown in for good measure. I was fortunate enough to travel to Sri Lanka last summer with my family and that was the perfect balance of both. We toured for 9 days and then had 7 days on the beach.

W&G What do you regard as essential kit and tips for family travel?

E.B – I’m ashamed to say we couldn’t survive without some sort of device like an IPAD. There are always times when you need to occupy the kids for whatever reason and we usually always turn to a technological distraction. Allowing the kids access to a camera so they can document their own holiday is always a great thing. The kids take very different pictures to ours and its lovely to see it through their eyes.

W&G: Family trips to space? What does the future hold?

E.B – Who knows what the future holds. Things never move on as fast as you think they will. We are not doing things wildly differently to 16 years ago. Families are definitely more adventurous now though and the more off the beaten track the better.

Win a £50 Gift Voucher + Chocolatey Easter Treats

Here’s something to keep your little ones busy for a while… Get your pens, pencils, glitter, tissue paper and anything else you can think of at the ready for our Easter craft competition.

Click on the pictures to choose their favourite, print and let them get creative! Once finished, take a picture and head over to Facebook to enter.

You’ve got until midnight Monday (2ndApril 18) to get their entries in. We’ll choose one lucky winner after the closing date who we’ll send a

£50 gift voucher to spend at Wild & Gorgeous and some chocolatey Easter treats too!

Good luck!

 

All usual competition T&C’s apply. More information can be found here.

DIY : Mother’s Day Card

Join us in our shops this Saturday to make a beautiful Mother’s Day card and also enjoy 15% off our Spring Summer collection IN STORE on the day …

The event will take place between 11am and 5pm, in both  Wild & Gorgeous shops, see here for more details 

Can’t make it to the event?

Here is how you can create your own adorable Mother’s Day card at home …

Sign Language I LOVE YOU Card

First of all you can download all our pattern papers here
If you don’t have a printer, not to worry, ask your little ones to colour a piece of paper on both sides. They can create a beautiful polka dot pattern one side and a heart pattern on the other and colour them in using felt tip pens or crayons.  And then follow the steps below…

GOOD TO KNOW: This “I love you” sign is a combination of the American Sign Language (ASL) letters I, L, and Y.

Happy Mother’s DAY!!!

Happy Holi

 Bold, brash, bright crayola colours are saturating the Spring Summer 2018 collections. Its a fabulous way to celebrate the end of winter and the joyous birth of spring. The annual Indian Hindu Holi Festival does exactly that every year. Also known as the ‘Festival of Colours’ the rituals include people throwing coloured powders at each other in the streets, parks and temples.
Traditionally, washable natural plant-derived colours such as turmericneemdhak, and kumkum were used, but water-based commercial pigments are increasingly used. All colours are used.
Everyone in open areas such as streets and parks is game, but inside homes or at doorways only dry powder is used to smear each other’s face. People throw colours and get their targets completely coloured up. It is like a water fight but with coloured water. People take delight in spraying coloured water on each other. By late morning, everyone looks like a canvas of colours. This is why Holi is given the name “Festival of Colours”.