Bikini Confident

This post in particular, is for all the other #fortyplus mums and anyone else who dreads buying swimwear.

Whilst I seem to be noticing some of my fave 30+ fashion bloggers covering up in swimsuits, the slightly more ahem 'experienced' bloggers (myself included), are rocking their bikinis!

Having returned from a week on the Estoril coast in Portugal, we were treated to the most wonderful sunny, warm weather. 

I subsequently posted a photo of myself in a white Boux Avenue bikini and was thrilled and not at all surprised with the response. Women over forty and beyond love their bikinis. They are beach confident and not ready to cover up at all! 

On holiday I've spotted women of all shapes, sizes and age all looking fabulous.  I bought two great bikinis from Boux Avenue - the Lanzarote Bow Bikini in Fuscia and the Capri Broderie Frill Bikini in white. I love that Boux Avenue features/photographs their bikinis on models online with different cup sizes too.

Also purchased a ridiculously cute and baragainous peach striped bikini from Peacocks for this holiday and I can recommend them all for poolside posing and for swimming.   

Fatface have a lovely selection of affordable swimwear this summer as well.

Bikini Confidence

Admittedly I am petite, I have liked to tan in the past (I know - not good!) but I am pretty sure I will be likely to be found strutting around on some hippie beach in Ibiza in my 80's sporting a tie-die thong :-)

Who says we have to cover up over forty?!

(Hint - there is currently 25% off selected swimwear at Boux Avenue and my Peacocks bikini is now on sale).

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Go Play Outside with Fatface! (Part Two)


Don't people say never work with children or animals?

Part Two of our Fatface review was certainly a challenge photographically!  

Having been cooped up indoors, for most of what was, a wash out Bank Holiday weekend, I just about managed to dress Luca and style husband, just in time for some pictures in between the rain clouds.

We had kindly received a second set of goodies from Fat Face to review.  This time Chris choose the CLIVEDEN FLORAL PRINT SHIRT, myself a handy pair of denim shorts in SMOKEY INK, and Luca the cute SHARK HOODED ZIP THROUGH SWEAT.

All perfect for the 'go play outdoors' theme, which as you can see Alfie took to heart! In between the downpours we set off for a walk to feed our neighbouring horses and to let Luca run off some energy.

For the purposes of the blog the photos have been carefully chosen!  Having got carried away bossing everyone around (again) to pose for me, I decided to 'instruct' Chris to stand next to the local Appaloosa pony (...because it matched his dotty shirt).  

Forgetting his allergy, he spent the rest of the walk in streams of tears, followed by Luca, who then went flying because he wouldn't stop running.

Alfie (for Alfie) was actually quite well behaved (on this occasion).  Fat Face please when are you going to start designing some cute dog accessories?  We have another family 'model' available....

  Open your eyes Chris! Jeans - Gap, Trainers - Converse, Shirt c/o - FATFACE

Luca - Shorts - Peacocks, Polo Shirt - Jelly Cat, Hooded Sweatshirt c/o - FATFACE

 Keri - Shoes - Converse, Breton Top - Zara, Short c/o FATFACE

If you like anything you have seen in our two FatFace posts, they have a great sale on at the moment!

With kind thanks again to FatFace and Alexandra

Keri, Chris and Luca
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Go Play Outside with Fatface! (Part One)

'There is no such thing as the wrong weather, only the wrong clothing'!

That's my husband's quote, not mine, if you were wondering!  If I had a pound for every time he had said that to me over the years, I'd have enough money now to buy ... well, practical clothing!

The rather fabulous FATFACE approached us to see if we would like to review some items in collaboration with their recent campaign of 'GO PLAY OUTSIDE'. Lucky enough to live in Dorset, with easy access to coast and countryside, we spend more than our fair share of quality time in the fresh air.  Although I am the last person who would consider us a sporty family, we are always 'out and about'. Whether that be enjoying a walk with Alfie, playing down on the beach or enjoying one of the local tourist spots.

Having kept an article I had read in Country Living magazine about a pick your own tulip farm and craft centre in Somerset, I knew it would be a great place to layer up in our Fatface goodies, and to go play outside with Luca.  


We were each lucky enough to choose two items from the latest Fatface collection and firstly decided on some practical layers that we could use now, as well as some more summery outfits ready to take to Lisbon with us at the end of May (coming up in Part 2)!

Both Chris and I choose rainproof and stain resistant jackets, that I can't recommend highly enough.  It was a freezing day out and we all stayed snug and dry! As usual I went for something classic,  I know I will get loads of wear out of - the classic belted trench coat - 'HARROGATE HOODED MAC' and Chris loved the navy 'FISHERMANS JACKET.

Luca's decision was extremely quick and extremely loud!  The 'ROAR BEAR HOODY'.  Prepare to be terrified whenever he wears it!

Luca wears: Trainers - Converse, Jeans - Peacocks,  BEAR HOODY C/O FATFACE

Keri wears: Jeans - House of Fraser, Leopard Print Lace Ups - Moda in Pelle, Bag - Carvela at TK Maxx, HARROGATE HOODED MAC IN BUTTERKISS C/O FATFACE

Chris wears: Jeans - Cahartt, Suede Trainers - TK Maxx, FISHERMAN JACKET IN NAVY - C/O FATFACE 

If you follow my account on Insta etc you will know that I am a big champion of coaching and entrepreneurial endeavors, so I loved learning more about the ethos of how Fatface was started as a small company, by chaps trying to avoid the dreaded rat race.  Inspiring that the brand has grown over the years.  Plus they are fellow 'South Coasters'!

Admittedly I have in the past assumed that the clothes would be too sporty or 'outdoorsy' for me, but I was actually spoilt for choice.  The quality is great, Chris found lots of items he loved and I've also fallen for the kids range. Especially with a little boy, it can be difficult to find cool clothes for them.

Also loved discovering that they actually do have an Activewear collection, which would be great for me teaching yoga.

Thank you so much Fatface and Alexandra for the generous collaboration. We are lucky things, and were thrilled to be able to review for you and to spend more time as a family playing outside!

We will look forward to reviewing and sharing our next items over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Keri, Chris and Luca 


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