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Finding a nursery for your child - Ep 1

For what feels like the past 12 months, I have been looking for a nursery for my child. With being a working mum, and the return to the office imminent, I thought it best to start looking early. With us still being in a pandemic, of course I was rudely initiated with the fact that there are no nursery spaces on offer, anywhere really!  If like me, you are having to consider your daycare arrangements, and would like to consider putting your child in a nursery, I've compiled below a check-list of things to go through as you consider the various options.  As with most nerve-wrecking decisions that I feel woefully underprepared for, having never done this before, I reached...

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The true cost of fashion - natural fabrics vs synthetic fabrics

One of the things most lamented when the topic of the impact of the fashion industry on the environment comes up, is the contribution of the fibres used to make our clothes. Both in terms of the harmful chemicals used to make the fabrics, as well as the biodegradability, or lack thereof, of the garments once they reach end of life and potentially end up in landfills.  Natural fibres, like wool and cotton, may often be preferred over synthetic fibres like polyester that do not biodegrade, and could apparently take up to 200 years to break down (still leaving micro particles in the environment). So why then do we use these synthetic fabrics? Well, they may be relatively cheaper to...

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Things I wish I knew in my 20s

There's something incredibly sweet about growing older - the simple, quiet assurance in who you are and comfort in being that person. I had always thought I was a confident and self-assured person, and to some extent I was. However there also always seemed to be cracks in it all. Cracks that would catch me offguard and rock my boat a little too hard at the slightest hint of trouble. So when I learned that I was going to be a mother, I promised myself that I would spend the 9 months in the lead up to meeting my child getting ready. While others looked into nurseries, impossibly cute baby clothes and what pram to buy, I focused on "becoming"....

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Sustainability Tuesdays

Sustainability, ethical, eco-conscious... All buzzwords, or a tangible, actionable environmental promise? Part of our brand mission is to provide you with conscious childrenswear, hopefully making it a lot more convenient for you to continue making environemntally-friendly and sustainable choices. As we contribute to the effort of building responsible businesses that put the welfare of our planet for the benefit of future generations, we will reignite in you the joy and magic of childhood. Together we will prove that tradition and modernity can co-exist, that the classics belong just as beautifully seated alongside the innovative, that the enchanting and beguiling can be just as dependable and grounding.   So what does sustainability mean within the world of fashion? This is one...

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In conversation with Lorraine Barlow

Welcome to Coeur et Maman, thank you for joining us today. If you had an opportunity to write your own bio, how would it read? What do you want to be known for? Hi my name is Lorraine and I’ve a diverse career background which includes Market Research, Graduate Recruitment and running my own online business. Currently I am a full time mum and without a doubt this is my most rewarding job to date! My biography would probably make quite a read, it’s almost soap opera worthy but as I hit my mid 40’s I am proud of what I have achieved in my life thus far. I persevere at things, I pick myself up and carry on. On...

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