Every year, between Christmas and New Year, we reach the stage where we have eaten all we can possibly eat, played with every toy and game ten times over, and watched enough Christmas movies to last a lifetime. And getting outdoors is not only preferable, but it’s necessary!
It’s funny because after being holed up all Christmas never leaving the house, all toasty warm in our fleece pyjamas, going outside with the temperatures dropping came as a real shock. Thankfully for us, Debenhams gifted us the most beautiful Winter coats from their mini-me AW18 collection and not only did the girls love that we were matching, but not once did they complain about being cold!
Having joined the National Trust late last year we decided to pay a visit to a local site, Dunham Massey. It’s a beautiful place to blow away the cobwebs, breathe in some fresh air, and put our coats to the test!
I’m a big fan of a fur trimmed hood and these coats from Blue Zoo have the most amazing fluffy hood we’ve ever had. At this time of year it’s important to keep those little ears warm and I loved that the hoods on these coats are big enough not to fall down every two minutes. Is there anything more annoying?
Inside the hood is a soft leopard print faux fur which both the girls and I adore. Leopard print is everywhere this season and it’s great to see Debenhams extending that trend right through to little ones.
With a gorgeous belted waist and a shiny gold clasp, the novelty of their first coat with a belt was a big hit. My girls are like magpies and adore anything shiny, and the gold looks so striking against the black.
Everyone knows how much I love for my girls to twin, something I have done ever since they reached the same size in clothes and shoes. It’s so much easier for me to buy two of everything and halve our shopping time with fewer arguments over who gets what. 99% of the time the girls choose to wear the same clothes and, for as long as they continue to want to, I think it is utterly adorable.
The Mini-Me range at Debenhams is such a lovely idea meaning that Mums and their daughters can twin in co-ordinating coats and jackets. I love that they aren’t identical, as I do believe that children should dress age appropriately, but that the features and styles are similar to really give that lovely matching feel.
My coat comes from the Jasper Conran range, and has the softest insulating made with feather and down mix, and a classic quilting in a waterproof fabric. I can honestly say, hands down, it is the best coat I have ever had in terms of keeping me warm, looking stylish, and not to mention the most gorgeous fur trimmed hood to match my girls.
Being on the taller side I adore the length, coming right down past my knees, which is just what I need at this time of year. I also love that, whilst being hugely practical, it is still so stylish and has beautifully tailored seams to give the perfect fit. The coat also comes with a belt for those who really want to pull it in at the waist or, if like me you’ve indulged in all the Christmas goodies, you can remove it for an alternative look.
Thanks to being so lovely and warm we were able to spend the whole afternoon exploring Dunham Massey, wandering around the gardens, viewing the mansion, and the children’s favourite part, climbing trees!
It was good for me to see how warm and dry the girls stayed, despite rolling around in the mud and clambering up trees. It was also hugely reassuring to know that the coats are fully machine washable!!
We had such a lovely day exploring Dunham Massey and I think we all agreed that our favourite part was spotting deer in the deer sanctuary. It took a great deal of patience, and a lot of practice at being quiet, but we just about managed to pull it off and were rewarded by the most beautiful deer coming out to say hello!
I’m sure Dunham Massey will be the first of many Winter walks together in the coming weeks and we are so excited to explore more National Trust properties throughout the year. You can’t beat getting outdoors when you’re wrapped up cosy and warm, and some of my favourite moments are these ones right here, snuggled up to my beautiful babies, just enjoying family time together.
** We were sent our coats for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own **