Woolley Grange Luxury Family Hotel Review

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Woolley Grange Luxury Family Hotel Review | She and Hem

Woolley Grange Luxury Family Hotel Review | She and Hem

Since having babies, Jo and I (Victoria) are ALL about family friendly holidays. Luckily, that doesn’t always have to mean Butlins. Hey, we’ve had some great times at Butlins in our younger days, but while the girls are still only crawling around, a luxury hotel like the gorgeous Woolley Grange meets all of our staycation needs. Situated just outside the beautiful old town of Bradford-on-Avon, it’s the perfect place to spend some family time, relaxing in their 14 acres of fun! This all came in very handy, as we were recently invited along to try their ‘Baby’s First Stay Away‘ package.

Woolley is a real comfy retreat, with all the luxurious treats a tired mum needs. There’s many a large comfy sofa dotted around, a few cosy (and baby proofed!) fires, and most importantly for us, lots of room for children to play. They even have toy boxes in their social areas. Children are welcome everywhere in the hotel, which is great as going away with a baby for the first time can be pretty daunting. It’s very comforting to be able to relax while your baby has room to roam without disturbing anyone. All this made us feel super welcome, although the abundance of free chocolate in the welcome hamper certainly helped…

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Woolley Grange Luxury Family Hotel Review | She and Hem

Woolley Grange Luxury Family Hotel Review | She and Hem

Woolley Grange Luxury Family Hotel Review | She and Hem

For me, the facilities are Woolley’s biggest selling point, particularly the onsite spa, which has a sauna, steam room and heated pool. As part of the ‘Baby’s First Stay Away’, the girl’s took part in a swimming lesson run by Puddle Ducks. That was a lovely experience for all of us, and the kids didn’t want to get out afterwards. As the pool overlooks the walled gardens, neither did we! The gardens are filled with ducks and chickens pottering around, cute wooden play houses and a fairy garden. It’s all really rather sweet.  

After their swimming lesson the girls spent some time at the Ofsted-registered Woolley Bears Den located in an old coach house. You get two hours of free childcare whenever you stay! We were all a bit nervous about leaving them as neither of the girls have been left with strangers before, but we were really impressed by the size of the facilities, the sheer amount of toys available, and the lovely welcome we received from the nannies there. It wasn’t long before we were back in front of the fire wondering how to spend our baby free time. *Spoilers* We spent it eating and drinking. Lots. Want MORE baby free time? Then sign up to the ‘Baby Breakfast Club’ where your little love is picked up from your room, allowing mum and dad a lie-in on the Wednesday morning.

As you can see above, there is also plenty to do outside too! We tried our hands at croquet, netball, football and even had a bounce on the giant trampoline. Unfortunately, it was far too chilly to jump in the outdoor pool, but that’s a good excuse to go back for a Summer holiday.

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Woolley Grange Luxury Family Hotel Review | She and Hem

Woolley Grange Luxury Family Hotel Review | She and Hem

What makes this place so great for kids I hear you ask? Well! They really have thought of everything. The restaurant is filled with everything your baby/child needs to feel welcome, from highchairs to colourful cups and plates. The kitchen staff were even able to puree meals from the kids menu for the babies, using ingredients fresh from the walled garden. Our girls were big fans of the macaroni cheese and the sausage and mash. They send their compliments to the chef!

Woolley Grange have obviously spent a lot of time thinking about how to make all of the rooms feel like a home away from home for both adults and children. They give you a call before you leave to check what you’d like in your room to make sure you have the most comfortable stay possible. For example, you can request a cot, nappy bins, changing mats and a bottle warmer. I also requested a mini fridge to keep my daughter’s food in and they were more than happy to supply one.  Jo’s split level room, the John Baskerville suite, even came with it’s own sitting room. Once the kids feel content in their cots (just look how happy Poppy is below!), if you fancy heading down for dinner, you can request a baby sitter for an additional charge or take advantage of the free baby-listening service. I decided not to take them up on this offer, preferring to spend most of my time sitting on the windowsill admiring the view…

Woolley Grange Luxury Family Hotel Review | She and Hem

Woolley Grange Luxury Family Hotel Review | She and Hem

Woolley Grange Luxury Family Hotel Review | She and Hem

Until next time Woolley!

V&J

 

 

Merry Bristmas with Visit Bristol

Merry Bristmas with Visit Bristol

A couple of weeks ago, thanks to Visit Bristol, we were treated to one heck of a festive outing as we joined them for their Christmas press trip. The aim was to showcase some of the many fabulous things you can do in our city over the Christmas period and, good tidings we bring, most of it includes stuffing your face. MERRY BRISTMAS INDEED!

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We met at the Broad Quay Pieminister (or the one on the centre if you’re local), their third restaurant in the city and the only one neither of us had visited before. It’s rather swanky indeed and we were surprised to discover that as well as their usual selection of fabulous pies, they also do quite an extensive list of cocktails! Victoria was straight in on the seasonal offerings and plumped for a Gingle Bells, whilst I remained true to form and ordered a peanut butter and banana milkshake. Both of us were equally giddy afterwards.

We were here to check out ‘The Christmas Feast’, a truly excellent alternative for a Christmas meal out. You get to pick any Christmas pie (out of a choice of four) with mash, spiced red cabbage and gravy with a festive stick (yes, stick) and a pudding of your choice for £15. I practically had to have a lie down before even ordering. I always tend to go for the turkey option when dealing with a Christmas menu so went for ‘The Cracker’  (turkey, ham, cranberries, parsnips and Sherry), whilst Victoria went for the vegetarian ‘Christingle’ (parsnips, chestnut, cheese and leek). Both were presented, as most things should be, on a bed of delicious mashed potato and adorned with a ‘Festive stick’. The festive stick is possibly my new favourite thing about Christmas. All hail the stuffing ball, pig in blanket and mini Yorkshire pudding on a stick. I’ll take 400, please and thank you Pieminister.

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Tummies suitably full, we waddled the short distance to Broadmead to check out the Christmas markets. It was lovely to see them so busy already and the atmosphere was fantastic! Considering we visited early on a Friday afternoon in November, people were already getting well into the spirit of things and we gladly joined in and had our first mulled wine of the season. Now that we have finally entered December I can only imagine the Christmas spirits are flowing freely.

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I know what you’re thinking, we must have been peckish after all this eating and drinking! Thankfully, the lovely folk at Swoon were on hand to ply us with treats. We were both in absolute heaven as we tried their hot chocolate, which is essentially just pure liquid chocolate and quite honestly I was still thinking about it days later. We also had the opportunity to try all of Swoon’s festive ice cream flavours which are incredible! Gingerbread, Panettone and Mulled Wine were just a few that we sampled and if you’re in the area we heartily suggest you go and indulge.

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Sadly for me I had to skip off before the grand finale of a trip on the big wheel (down by We The Curious) and a pizza fest at Pi Shop but as you can see, Victoria and the rest of the gang had a pretty neat time completing the festivities.

Thanks for organising such a great day, Visit Bristol!

J&Vx

Etsy Made Local

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Etsy Made Local

Every Christmas, I (Victoria) spend hours searching online for unique Christmas presents perfect for family and friends and every year without fail my search always leads me back to the same reliable place, Etsy! So when they got in touch recently to ask if we would help spread the word about their annual Etsy Made Local campaign, we were more than happy to showcase some of the wonderful pieces by independent artists from across the UK. Etsy Made Local Pop-ups are community led and are coming to a city near you between 1st-3rd of December, which gives you plenty of time to pick something special up before the mad Christmas rush. We’ll be taking our families along to the Bristol Pop-up, taking place at MShed on 2nd December. Keep an eye on our Instagram to find out what we get up to on the day! It will mostly involve buying things.

We were lucky enough to be able to choose a few of our favourite bits from some of the artists taking part in this year’s Etsy Made Local, which I plan to give as presents to friends and family (so let’s hope they don’t read this). The first shop that caught my eye was the gorgeous Katy Pillinger Designs, from where I purchased the items above. The Cornish pasty recipe illustration is for a very good friend of mine who is rather partial to such treats, but insists that they taste better in Cornwall. Can anyone back him up? I’ve cheated a little with the incredible His and Hers mugs, as they are actually going to be a wedding present for a wedding I’m going to next year. I just couldn’t resist them! After making the purchase I thought I may as well continue to be super organised and buy the Mr&Mrs floral wedding card below from Corin Beth Designs. I also picked up a colourful town house tote as it reminds me of the cool colourful houses of Bristol.

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Speaking of cards, I just had to pick up two of these adorable new baby cards from Hannah Stevens. Hannah’s shop is filled with fun cards, cute prints and animal cushions and I must admit I’ve got my eye on a few things for my daughter’s nursery. Lots of her items are currently reduced too, so I would recommend paying her a visit. Last, but by no means least on my Etsy shopping spree, I fell for two prints by Constance and Clay and I am absolutely thrilled with them! They are both bold quirky images created by Holly from Leicester, who I’ve filed straight into my favourite sellers list.

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Jo recently moved house so was really keen to pick up some prints to adorn her shiny new walls. It didn’t take her long to identify a few gems! Like me, she fell for the lovely style of Katy Pillinger Designs and snapped up the ‘Sky Watcher’ illustration for Poppy’s nursery. It features a very cute explorer and his cat! She also picked up a mug (yep, we really are this similar folks) and plumped for the super cute cat faces style. I am hoping this one is going to be a Christmas gift for a crazy cat lover in her life (*hint*).

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Next on the shopping list was this fab London print by natilieasingh who creates wonderful retro inspired art prints. I know Jo spent a lot of time debating over which of her many fabulous pieces to go for but was one over by this brightly coloured illustration. There’s just so much going on and it really captures the hustle and bustle of the capital! I can’t wait to see where they end up hanging it. Lastly, Jo chose a beautiful print by JemmaBanksDesign which depicts a group of ice skaters having a grand old time against a gorgeous backdrop of a city skyline and mountains. It’s rather magical and I can see why she fell in love with it.

We hope we’ve given you all a bit of inspiration!

V&Jx

This post was written in collaboration with EtsyUK. 

Something kinda wonderful

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Happy November! Sorry we’ve been a bit quiet for a couple of weeks, but as well as looking after our lovely little ladies, we’ve been plotting something kinda wonderful! Keep your eyes peeled here and on our social media (especially if you are Bristol based) as we are going to be trying our hands at something a little different. We will fill you in properly once everything has been finalised, we promise! Hoorah, very exciting stuff here at She and Hem HQ.

As we now live a little further away from each other, every time we meet up at the moment, we do seem to have lots of blog admin to discuss and outfits to shoot. Which is lovely but unfortunately we don’t always have our husbands/friends around to help us with the photography. Luckily, over the years we have learnt a few tricks of the trade and have finally lost our inhibitions when posing in public. Well, we’re not as awkward as we were a few years ago. We literally don’t have the time to act shy now, as normally we are en route to soft play or baby song time at the library. Mum life, eh?

When we met up to take these photos in the centre of Bristol recently, we not only tackled a broken tripod and an alfresco outfit change but also a rather chilly downpour! We kept on smiling, because after all this time we both still absolutely love being bloggers!

It seems very fitting to end the post with a great big thanks to one of our favourite brands Sugarhill Boutique for always reaching out to us. We blooming love you every season, but here are our current faves. Jo’s all about the Wonderful Sweatshirt* and Cloud Jumper* and I (Victoria) can not get enough of the red Wonderful Tee* and Hell Yeah Tee*! We’re pretty hyped to see what Sugarhill have up their sleeves for Christmas, it’s always amazing!

Something kinda wonderful | Sugarhill Boutique

Something kinda wonderful | Sugarhill Boutique

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Something kinda wonderful | Sugarhill BoutiqueSomething kinda wonderful | Sugarhill Boutique

V&Jx

Saks Appeal | Win an Ultimate Vitamin Glow Facial

Last week Jo and I (Victoria) had the pleasure of meeting up at Saks Beauty in Bristol to sample a couple of their treatments and indulge in a spot of afternoon tea. Not a bad way to spend a grey Tuesday afternoon, we are sure you’ll agree. Saks is based at the bottom of Park Street, making it a super convenient rendezvous point for the two (sorry, four) of us now that we aren’t living in the same part of Bristol!

We had a great time taking it in turns to baby sit whilst the other was treated to some ‘me time’. Turns out, after several months of carrying our babies around, boy did our knots need untying! My massage was carried out by the lovely Donna, who actually gasped at the state of my poor back. A good excuse to go back for a few more visits.

After saying goodbye to our stresses and aching muscles, we caught up over a delicious spread of scones and cupcakes. Delightful! We proceeded to compare notes on our various post baby aches and pains, and Jo explained that she thought the Saks massage was even better than the one she’d had recently at the The Lido in Clifton. High praise indeed. If you fancy seeing for yourself, Saks are kindly offering half price massages to all new clients – just mention that She and Hem sent you!

Now, what you’ve all been waiting for, it’s competition time! Would you like to win an ultimate vitamin glow facial at Saks Beauty? Of course you would! It’s 60 minutes of pure bliss. Simply enter below and we’ll keep our fingers crossed for you!

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V&J

 

 

Nursery Inspiration with Festive Lights

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Nursery Inspiration | She and Hem | Festive Lights

The girls are growing up so fast! It’s so much fun seeing them turn into little mischievous girls and they are starting to really adore spending time together. They are both currently still sleeping in with Mum and Dad but it won’t be long now until they are in their own rooms! We are therefore both having a lot of fun collecting nursery bits and setting up spaces that they will love. 

After sourcing furniture, curtains and all that sort of jazz, we were on the hunt for decorations! Never ones to shy away from novelty lighting, these colour changing unicorn fairy lights* from Festive Lights were perfect! The girls are fascinated by them as they slowly change colour to showcase a selection of baby friendly soft shades. Fairy lights are such a cheap and easy way to add a bit of character to a space and hopefully they will help make the transition into their own rooms that little bit nicer. Plus, unicorns are pretty great! Naturally, being babies, they wanted to eat the unicorns (!!!) so we had to come up with ways to keep them safely out the way. Thankfully they are battery operated so no nasty mains to worry about (phew) so Jo will be pinning hers to the top of her dollshouse-shaped bookcase and Victoria has a cunning plan to display hers in a clear vase that can be stored out of reach!

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Nursery Inspiration | She and Hem | Festive Lights

Nursery Inspiration | She and Hem | Festive Lights

Don’t the girls look so cute in their matching Cath Kidston* pjs? We’ve been wondering how old they will be before they ask us to stop dressing them in matching outfits! If they are anything like us, they will both still be twinning in their thirties!

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Nursery Inspiration | She and Hem | Festive Lights

Big thanks to Festive Lights for our new lighting. With Christmas on the horizon we are sure to be spending a lot of time on your website!

J&Vx

This post is a collaboration and contains affiliate links, but the love of unicorns is all mum’s own. 

Cute Cuggl Travelcot

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Last week I (Victoria) had the pleasure of spending a few nights away at Nantwen, a beautiful holiday cottage in Pembrokeshire. It was a lovely present from Jo as part of our collaboration with notonthehighstreet.com. If you are ever looking for somewhere to stay in the area, I’d definitely recommend it. We had such a relaxing few days! Something that I didn’t find quite as relaxing was packing for the trip. I’ve always disliked packing but it has changed significantly since having a baby. Before, I would spend far too long making sure I had outfits for all occasions, with accessories to match. Now, I chuck whatever is clean into my suitcase and hope for the best. I then spend the rest of the time triple checking we have everything my little one needs. And she needs a lot. Babies do not travel light.

If you are a regular reader, you’ll know that we took the girls to Bluestone a few months ago (review here), who provide travel cots as standard, so I haven’t needed to think about Ada’s holiday sleeping arrangements before now. As Nantwen is more of a couples getaway, we had to take anything we needed to make sure Ada was as comfortable as we were, so my plan was to try and borrow a travel cot. As luck would have it, that very same week an email appeared in our inbox asking if we’d like to try out something from Cuggl. Not heard of them before? Don’t worry, neither had I! They are a new nursery brand who have just launched at Argos. Keep an eye out for them when you are flicking through the catalogue circling things for your Christmas list. That’s still a thing, right?

The Cuggl Grey Travelcot was the first to catch my eye because it’s in my favourite colour scheme (yellow and grey) and looks so light and manageable. However, I thought it would be more sensible to try out the Cuggl Deluxe Travelcot* and Changing Unit, because it comes with, you guessed it, a changing unit! The unit came in really handy, and it was nice not to have to balance a changing mat somewhere or change Ada on the floor. Girl’s got class y’know. Not only did the Travelcot provide somewhere for Ada to sleep and be changed, but it also creates a safe playpen. Bonus! It’s on lockable wheels, so it can be moved around easily and as you can see on the pictures below, I popped Ada in for a little play (with these two pots that she is obsessed with!) whilst I run a bath and her dad made us breakfast. She was as happy as Larry, especially as she could see me the whole time thanks to the mesh sides. I’ve already recommended the travelcot to a few other mums and they have all asked if Ada slept ok in it, and I can happily say that she did!

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If you are looking for any baby related kit, Cuggl got you covered!

Vx

Ghibli Museum, Japan.

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It’s my (Victoria) 2nd wedding anniversary in a next week, which not only means that I’m due a hella sweet present but also that lots of lovely wedding pictures have been popping up on my Facebook timeline. I’ve really enjoyed looking back at all the photos. It still feels like it was the perfect day.  A few photos that really caught my eye (and given me a severe case of wanderlust) were from our honeymoon. We went on a bit of a tour of Japan and it was honestly the BEST TIME EVER. I can’t imagine ever visiting anywhere that’s as magical, fun and interesting as Japan.

I can’t wait to take my daughter there in a few years time. My husband and I have decided to wait until she is old enough to appreciate it fully. We are keeping all of our fingers crossed that she loves Studio Ghilbi as much as we do, as it’ll be a great excuse to go back to The Ghibli Museum. As we are both huge Ghibli fans, as soon as we had our honeymoon route plotted (through the awesome Inside Japan), one of the first things we did was book our tickets to The Ghibli Museum and got VERY excited about riding the giant Cat Bus. A typical (purr-fect?) honeymoon activity I’m sure you’ll agree.

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I came away from the museum with so many beautiful photos, it was hard to whittle them down into a blog post. Hundreds of photos of dust bunnies, spiral stairways and glorious glass windows. Spellbinding stuff. There’s so much to enjoy that I’d even recommend a visit to non-Ghibli fans! Watch a short film in the Saturn Theatre, wander the roof garden with gorgeous views over Inokashira Park (and a giant robot) or pop for a Ghibli-themed lunch in the Straw Hat Cafe. Thinking about it all over again has put a big old smile on my face. You’ll be pleased to know that I did get a little Spirited Away in the gift shop and that cheeky Totoro above came home with me.

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Sayōnara!

Vx

A Sight for Sore Eyes | Ollie Quinn

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A Sight for Sore Eyes | Ollie Quinn | Bristol

A Sight for Sore Eyes | Ollie Quinn | Bristol

A Sight for Sore Eyes | Ollie Quinn | Bristol

A Sight for Sore Eyes | Ollie Quinn | Bristol Ollie Quinn have just opened a brand new store on Park Street in Bristol and we went along to have a look around, choose some glasses and try not to make a complete spectacle of ourselves. If you are sat there thinking, girls, who are Ollie Quinn? Well, let us tell you. They’re easily the most stylish, chic and sassy independent opticians you will ever visit (if you’re lucky enough to live in London, Bristol, Bath, Brighton or Leeds). All of the frames are unique to the business, as they are designed and produced in-house and they are pretty damn affordable too! £98 to be exact, and that covers EVERYTHING. Spec-tacular! Gone are the days of choosing cheaper frames to keep the cost down, and then getting hit with a bill for anti-glare, scratch-resistant coating and a kitchen sink or two. Not at OQ, you’ll never leave having to pay more than £98 for your frames. We took along our current prescriptions, but a 30 minute eye exam costs £20. Raise your glasses to that.

The guys at the Park Street store were so friendly and helpful, we left feeling like we had made a couple of new friends. We had a chat about our personal style, which really helped us to choose our new frames (and my goodness was it hard to choose!). Thankfully, the staff managed to give us some honest feedback on the frames we had picked without making us feel self conscious. They even let the babies try on some frames and as you can see below, they looked so cheeky, we’ll really have to keep our eyes on those little ladies. Sorry, these puns really couldn’t get any cornea.

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I went for a statement square frame called ‘Daniel’* in brown zebra, which you can see in close up here, and I absolutely love them. Even though they are oversized, they’re not at all heavy, and I’ve had so many compliments since swapping from my old smaller frames (seen here).  Jo chose a pair of the rounder cat-eye ‘Jelka’* frames in pink spice. Nice. Jo knew she wanted something colourful, so mentioned to the staff that she often chooses coloured glasses (example here) that clash with lots of the things that she wears and aren’t always work appropriate. We all agreed that these frames will go with everything, look smart and the subtle pink adds the element of colour she was after.

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One last perk that will probably only interest mums with pushchairs, but is useful to note, OQ is all on one level! I had to cancel an appointment at an opticians on Whiteladies Road recently, as without a lift or buggy store, I couldn’t get upstairs for the eye test! A real eye opener, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Thanks for inviting us along OQ!

V&J

Thanks for the support | Bravissimo

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Bra shopping has always been a bit of a nightmare for us, and to be honest it’s even harder now that we both have little ones in tow. Babies and changing rooms just do not mix! Neither of us have ever enjoyed getting measured for bras in the past, so much so that we recently confessed to each other that we had both been guessing our bra sizes throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding – not our breast idea!

We were therefore slightly apprehensive when the lovely Bravissimo got in touch to invite us to their new Bath store. Was it a booby trap? We had visions of them laughing at our ill fitting nursing bras whilst we crammed ourselves into the changing rooms with a pair of screaming babies. Nothing could have been further from the truth! Holy macaroni, this is bra shopping! This store has been so thoughtfully designed, and was a bit of a revelation to us. We had no idea underwear shopping could be such a positive, welcoming experience. First, we were ushered to two huge changing rooms, which were even large enough for babies to crawl around in. Then, we were introduced to our lovely fitters. They listened to our needs, which were (of course) mostly breastfeeding related, before measuring us (yep, totally wrong sizes) and bringing us some styles to try on. AbracadaBRA!

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Thanks for the support | Bravissimo | Bath

There were some seriously glorious looking bras in store that we knew were going to be off limits to us, but we were still pleasantly surprised by the nursing offerings. Bravissimo’s nursing range is all about comfort and practicality, without skimping on style. Just because these boobs have a job to do, it doesn’t mean that us mums shouldn’t feel special.

Did you know that Bravissimo also sell clothes for the rest of your body? Because we didn’t! Good thing they set us straight, as Jo is now obsessed with the stunning wide leg jumpsuit* seen above, and I’m not surprised because it looks gorgeous. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of their colourful bikinis for next year’s holiday. Since our visit we’ve found that due to the right size underwear (thanks again girls!) our shapes have both improved, which has done so much for our post-partum confidence. If you needed any more convincing to give Bravissimo a visit, check out their changing room doors. Each has a quote from customers based on their super experiences shopping at the store. And last but not least, they also have a reward system. Free bras! Cup a load of that.

Thanks to all at Bravissimo for inviting us both along to check out the new store and for being beyond lovely to the babies. As you can see above, the wonderful Emily even managed to get Jo’s daughter Poppy to have a little nap whilst we were browsing. I know a lot of mums who’d pay extra for this service!

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So BRAvo, Bravissimo. Reader, are you a Bravissimo girl?

V&J