It was one of those Saturdays where my kids just wouldn’t play ball. Lands’ End put on a wonderful family friendly day for us, lovely food, a roomful of great entertainment for the kids, so that the grown ups could get acquainted with the clothes. My youngest took it as cue to load up on sugar, wrestle another blogger’s child he had been lucky enough to be on a family press trip with this summer, and fully unpack the games room in 5 minutes flat. It was slightly mortifying. Kids in unfamiliar surroundings are unpredictable. I probably wasn’t on best form either, this was the day before my half marathon, and only now it is over and done do I see how stressed I was.
My Picks at Lands’ End
The kids finally settled in the party room – Mr G collapsed in a post sugar haze in front of a movie, while Miss L had settled on the Wii with E from My Gorgeous Boys – these two were last seen chatting into the night on the beach at Levante – so I snuck off to have a tour of the clothes. Here are my picks from the Women’s Wear collections.
The yellow jacket is my absolute favourite. I bought a yellow bag last year and I get so many comments on it. I am trying to be braver about colour and yellow is just one of those colours that makes people smile and feel happy. I love wearing it. This jacket will last and last and keep you incredibly snug and waterproof. The yellow jumper too, it’s so happy.
The great thing about Lands End jeans I discovered, is that when you order them you specify the leg length. I love this idea as finding and buying jeans drives me mad. These grey skinnies were so soft.
I also fell for the shirt dress, again so soft, but stylish too. A couple of staff members were wearing it and it looks great dressed up or down.
The kids’ picks at Lands End
My kids managed to pick out some things they liked too. Spot which are girls and boys? Not so obvious is it? You won’t find pink in our collection, although there are pink clothes at Lands’ End. My daughter won’t wear pink, she is also very aware of when she is being presented with gender stereotypes, but she wants to look cool too. I think Lands End have some great Kids Clothing options for both mine.
The top left coat can be scrunched up into a pack away bag, perfect for changeable weather – I loathe carrying everyone’s heavy coats when the sun break through a crisp Autumn day – ‘stuff it in a rucksack’ sounds perfect for me. There are adult versions too.
L is going to try out a Waterproof Squall jacket, we love the thumb holes, and snow/cold protecting cuffs to keep your wrists warm and the drafts out.These coats have ‘Grow a Long’ sleeves, which extend an extra 3.5cm to allow for growth. The padding is light weight too, she was truly fed up with a very puffy jacket she had last Winter restricting her movement, so I will let you know how we get on with this.
What impressed me about the kids’ T shirts was the designs have themes and keyword labels on the imagery, which makes them interesting and educational. I also liked that the science theme was explored in the girl’s range, with a female astronaut and astronomy designs above.
I came back from the tour to a lovely surprise, a massive cuddle from Mr G who had missed me, and Miss L had drawn a picture of me, with the staff at Lands End, she knows I love a bit of nautical clothing.
The Rutland Belle
Rutland Water, near Oakham in the East Midlands, is a fab place for a day out, and the Rutland Belle is a gorgeous boat trip available to pay on the day or for special hire. All of Lands’s End offices round the world are near water, perfect for a day of outlet shopping and time on or by the water!
I can’t wait to share some fab images from the boat trip, watching the sail boats made me feel really sad I had not thrown myself into the sailing like Mr A did, when we went on holiday with Mark Warner in the Summer, I feel like I really started to overcome some fears of the deep on that holiday, and since running my half marathon, I feel ready for a new challenge.
We got there in the end, a magical day – afterwards we loved snuggling back at home under the gorgeous chenille throw I found in my goody bag. I might have carb loaded for the half marathon on the cakes Lands End sent us away with too – the kids had had plenty by then 😉
Thanks for having us Lands End, this is not the end, L looks forward to lots more adventures outdoors in her jacket!