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Kids' Easter essentials

Kids' Easter essentials

The chocolate. The spring flowers. The sun on our faces. Easter – and spring for that matter – are just around the corner and in honour of the upcoming holidays, we’ve picked ten essentials that’ll make the break go down a treat. From the cutest Easter dresses to toys to keep little ones happy all break long, these items will get you excited for Easter now. We can practically taste the chocolate…

 


1. Floral fancy

Yumi Girls Pressed Butterflies Prom Dress

 

If there was ever a moment for a new dress, it would be now. And what better frock to see her through spring occasions than one with a painterly floral print? It’s our favourite for sure.


Yumi Girls, Pressed Butterflies Prom Dress, £40

 


2. Splash back

Hamleys Nerf Super Soaker Splashmouth

 

We’re forecasting warm weather this Easter (fingers crossed) and booking in an almost compulsory water fight. Your shortcut to easy Easter entertainment, a couple of water guns will help while away a sunny afternoon.


Hamleys, Nerf Super Soaker Splashmouth, £12

 


3. Hopping around 

Happy Socks Rabbit Print Socks

 

Keeping feet cosy in the most Easter-appropriate way possible, these beauties will result in happy feet, guaranteed.


Happy Socks, Rabbit Print Socks, £5

 


4. Little lamb

Hamleys Lamb

 

After the springtime ritual of a farmyard trip to see the new lambs, surprise little ones with a woolly friend of their own.


Hamleys, Lamb, £18

 


5. Cute cover-up

Petit Jour Paris Peter Rabbit Family Apron

 

Mess, what mess? Baking, crafts and the like will go down much more smoothly with a super sweet apron that kids will be proud to wear.


Petit Jour Paris, Peter Rabbit Family Apron, £9

 


6. Ultra huggable

Hamleys Rabbit Soft Toy

 

That face… It would be impossible for kids not to love this laughably soft bunny that will no doubt play a starring role in Easter playtime proceedings.


Hamleys, Rabbit Soft Toy, £18

 

 

 

 

Trending: caramel hues

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Trending: caramel hues



Call it salted caramel, warm mocha (or according to Dulux’s colour of the year, the wonderfully evocative ‘spiced honey’) - just don’t call it brown. Yes, the trend for rich, earthy colour has come straight off the catwalk - and onto our walls.

Our ‘70s obsession shows no sign of slowing down. Since autumn we’ve been courting corduroy, fringing and – more than ever – a whole host of warm, earthy (and delicious-sounding) shades. But why are we so down with brown (okay, we said it), both on the catwalk and off? Perhaps it’s the perfect antidote to less-than-lukewarm weather, a serious amount of political palaver and our waning obsession with fifty shades of grey - or just a case of good old ‘70s-style nostalgia. Either way, we’ve been reminded of just how versatile these hues truly are.



These honeyed hues will warm up even the starkest space.



Warmer than grey but easier to live with than sunshine yellow, these are neutrals turned up a notch. And they can feel so different depending on where you use them in your home, and what you team them with. Paired with powdery pinks, they’re fresh and modern; with crisp whites, chic and sophisticated; with burnt orange, bold and retro - plus they pair perfectly with almost any type of wood. While Dulux - by default - is going wall to wall with their spiced honey shade, a splash of maple syrup (yep, we’re just making them up now) can go a long way – see our edit of the best below.



Get down with brown 

 

 
 
 
 

How to style a spring table

HOW TO STYLE A SPRING TABLE

Whilst the arrival of double digit temperatures perhaps doesn’t justify the triumphant return of al fresco dining just yet (we’re yet to anniversarise the ‘Beast from the East’, guys) but it’s as good an excuse as any to spring-ify our table in anticipation. And whether inside or out, a stylish set up makes a great first impression before you’ve served a single plate of food. Here’s how to style your spring table and bring a little sunshine to your supper.

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Whilst the arrival of double digit temperatures perhaps doesn’t justify the triumphant return of al fresco dining just yet (we’re yet to anniversarise the ‘Beast from the East’, guys) it’s as good an excuse as any to spring-ify our table in anticipation. And whether inside or out, a stylish set up makes a great first impression before you’ve served a single plate of food. Here’s how to style your spring table and bring a little sunshine to your supper.



Start at the centre

Put down those plates for now - unlike almost anything else in life, it’s best to start in the middle here. Your centrepiece depends largely on whether you need to find room for the food. If you’re serving on the table, don’t despair if it all feels a bit like a jigsaw puzzle - try oval platters (which don’t produce as much dead space), build upwards with a creative use of cake stands or optimise a sideboard for overspill. Check your handiwork by placing a dinner plate at every sitting - overhang is most definitely out.



Load up the layers

Once you’ve done the all-important dinner plate positioning, add your side plate, napkin and cutlery on top. Unless you’re styling for a seriously swanky ‘do, don’t get caught up in the ‘four different forks and mandatory salad plates’ school of thought - we’ve never met anyone that asked for both red and white wine glasses. It’s always the DIY details that’ll be appreciated, like handwritten name tags (with a floral flourish for spring), sprigs of foliage on each napkin or a few scattered petals.



Set a spring mood

A bunch of gorgeous blooms is basically mandatory, and you’re always spoilt for spring. There’s something to fit in any space - try tumblers with crocuses from the garden, a taller vase with tulips or a simple jug with branches of cherry blossom. Whilst sunshine yellow daffodils might be synonymous with spring (and a trusted seasonal barometer) their punchy scent will interfere with the food. As always, dinner candles are our top finishing touch - they’re such an easy way to add height and drama to any table.


 

What you'll be wearing this spring

What you'll be wearing this spring

We’re calling it - there’s never been a more exciting time for menswear. From an Oscars with a host of rule-bending outfits (hello beanie on the red carpet) to man skirts appearing on the most recent fashion runways, times are a changin’. And this spring, we’re excited for a load of new menswear trends we haven’t worn before. Here’s our lowdown on what you’ll be wearing this spring and beyond…

 


1. Trench coats

Hugo Maxido Double Breasted Belted Trench

 

We recommend wearing a trench this spring. Suave, sophisticated and with pastoral vibes (see the Ami catwalk for style notes), it’s spring’s answer to being warm but not too warm.


Hugo, Maxido Double Breasted Belted Trench, £224

 


2. Pattern clash

AllSaints Java Shirt

 

 

Forget everything you’ve ever been taught about pattern. From ditsy florals with even more florals at Versace to doubled-up fluro, Miami-prints at Prada, the message is: don’t be content with just one print. Designers, we’re listening…


AllSaints, Java Shirt, £85

 


3. We like short shorts

Replay Bermuda Shorts

 

Shorts of the more daring variety were seen on the catwalks last summer and are back this year in full force. If it feels a bit dorky, that’s a good thing. Roll up the hems on your current shorts and sun’s out, legs out as the saying will now go…


Replay, Bermuda Shorts Regular Fit, £75

 


4. Loose shirting

Ted Baker SS Snake Print Shirt

 

For SS19, shirting took an unexpected turn. Breezy, Bengal-stripe shirts, half tucked, and artisanal, billowing checked shirts took to the stage. Our favourite – boxy Hawaiian-shape shirts in updated prints – also made a (welcome) appearance.


Ted Baker, SS Snake Print Shirt, £62

 


5. Triple denim

French Connection Denim Shirt

 

Just when you thought you’d mastered double denim, along comes full-denim outfits for SS19. A jacket, a shirt and jeans are the three components needed for this simultaneously coordinated, simultaneously edgy look. You’ll wonder how you ever stopped at just jeans…


French Connection, Denim Shirt, £60

 


6. Ugly sandals 

Ugg Seaside Slide Mule Cork Sandals

 

Rather than shaking off the embarrassing-dad-on-holiday connotations, dadcore is precisely why you should wear sandals this season. Chunky sandals are our particular variety of choice, as seen at MSGM, Wood Wood and Fendi.


Ugg, Seaside Slide Mule Cork Sandals, £60