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Hey lovelies! I’m so excited to share with you my first post as a Little B writer for B.LOVED!

I feel like this summer has shot past with a blink of an eye, does anyone else feel the same? One minute I was busy working on summer weddings, and then suddenly it’s almost the end of October and I’m planning for Christmas (is it too earlier for the C word still?).

I love this time of year, when the days get a little chillier and the leaves start to turn golden brown. I also get really excited about hitting the shops and choosing new winter coats for my 2 boys! Before I became a wedding planner, I worked for a children’s outerwear supplier for 10 years and still to this day I love seeing the new trends and designs that the retailers bring out each Autumn/Winter season. I actually get more excited picking out a new coat for my boys, than I do myself! So I thought I would share some of my favourites from across the high street, and if you have any particular favourites of your own please share with us all.

My youngest is Liam, who’ll be 3 in February, and when it comes to choosing clothing for him I usually try and go for something fun and bright, yet practical so he can wear it for nursery. I always look for a jacket that is going to keep him warm and snuggly, at nursery they often go for long walks exploring the outdoors so looking for a jacket that is heavily quilted and ideally with a nice soft lining such as fleece would be perfect! The outer fabric also needs to be showerproof, as you just can’t rely on the weather here, and ideally wipeable in case he has sticky fingers or spills something down himself.

  1. Mini Boden Star Print Fleece Lined Anorak £40-45
  2. Zara Bold Yellow Quilted Jacket £17.99
  3. Next Geometric Character Print Jacket £18-20
  4. We live high up in the hills in Yorkshire, so when it snows over winter we tend to get a heavy down pour. The kids love it! We go sledging, make snowmen and have snowball fights. Snowsuits are perfect for toddlers to run around in the snow and still keep warm and dry. I prefer snowsuits that have removable booties so Liam can run around with his snow boots or willies on, and I also prefer to have fold back mittens as we tend to end up loosing one of the button off mittens. The snowsuit also needs to be easy to put on or take off, so choosing one that has a zip is a great idea, rather than having lots of fiddly buttons or snaps.
  1. John Lewis Hatley Baby Polar Bear Print Snowsuit £46
  2. Baker by Ted Baker Quilted Snowsuit £36-39
  3. Next Transport Print Snowsuit £26-28
  4. For those occasions when your little ones need to wear something a little smarter, I’d recommend a soft wool duffle coat or a waxy-coated jacket so that it’s still comfortable for your little one to wear but looks stylish and smart at the same time.
  1. Next Khaki Waxy Jacket £30-32
  2. Zara Quilted Hooded Jacket £27.99
  3. Mini Boden Wool Duffle £65.00

Jake is my eldest at 7 years old, and each year we have to buy him a new school coat. As a boy he’s not fussed about going shopping and so I get to indulge in my love of shopping for him a little while longer. When choosing a new school coat for Jake I don’t automatically head for the traditional back-to-school ranges that most high street retailers launch each year. Instead I prefer to shop around and choose something that’s still stylish in case he needs to wear it outside of school.

Again it needs to be practical with a warm lining and a hood, and maybe some special features such as hidden pockets so he can store his snack money.

  1. Zara Parka With Detachable Lining and Hood £35.99
  2. M&S Detachable Faux Fur Trim Parka £36-42
  3. Debenhams Mantaray Yellow Padded Jacket £32-34

Again for something a little smarter to wear on a weekend or to a special celebration, I would recommend these…

  1. Next 3in1 Coat/Gilet £50-56
  2. Next Waxy Jacket £17-20
  3. Zara Double Breasted ¾ Length Coat £39.99

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I'm Gemma and I'm the heart and soul behind Rosy Apple Creations, a wedding planning and design boutique based in the Yorkshire Dales. I heartfully plan, design and style beautiful celebrations which are full of loveliness, meaning and love.
I'm mama to two gorgeous boys, Jake and Liam, and I love them both with my whole heart. I know all too well that being a parent brings its own challenges and running a business too means there is always a lot to juggle. I have a confession to make though....I'm a huge fan of routine! I find it's the best way to have a chaos free house, especially when it comes to getting our family ready on a morning which can often turn into a whirlwind of craziness!


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