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The Little Lilypad is a lifestyle blog mostly written by a mum to two beautiful, cheeky and entertaining daughters. It is sometimes written by the Man on the Pad or by one of our baby bloggers. Occasionally we accept guest posts too. There is frequently talk of shoes and clothing (we love fashion and savvy shopping), chocolate (who doesn't love chocolate) education and swimming (we love this too). It is hopefully helpful, sometimes funny and always honest.

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Category: Fashion

  1. How to keep up with a fashion conscious pre-teen

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    My husband thinks I am addicted to shopping, he thinks that I am unable to stop myself from buying things online because I love the thrill of the parcels arriving. I justify it to myself that a third of the clothing that arrives at our house is for the fashion conscious preteen and her evolving style choices. (although who doesn't love those parcels arriving with new delights inside).

    Keeping up with her changing and developing style is not cheap, especially when she wants a Ted Baker outfit in the sales for her end of year disco in one breath and Nike Air trainers in the next. I know that there will be some parents who think it is ridiculous to put children in named clothes or designer outfits but it doesn't seem that long ago when I was at senior school and watched in envy at the children with all the "right" clothes. Unfortunately for me, being fashion conscious has arrived in our house earlier than expected so it is important for me to shop savvy so that she can get the best of everything but at the best price for my bank balance too!

    I always shop around, whether it is making sure that we get cashback for the girls savings accounts or getting money off upfront via online websites such as Love the Sales. I know that when I am shopping for her now that her friends influence her far more than I do, but while she still wants to shop with me I just have to remember that I can't simply enforce my own tastes anymore.

    For her, it is an experimental time, working out what sort of teenager and young person she is eventually going to become ..... hopefully one that has been taught that if she works hard and shops smart, she can have the life AND the wardrobe she wants. 

     LLP - Keeping up with the fashion choices of an pre-teeenage girl

  2. Top tips for dressing an 11 year old girl

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    11 year old girls are not quite teenagers but no longer innocent children. They are on the brink of senior school and finding their place in the world (not to mention her place in the social pecking order) and I have found, much to the dismay of my bank account, that their fashion sense has kicked in way earlier than mine ever did! But how do you dress an 11 year old girl that is appropriate for her age?

    I am not a fan of the crop top look but that is because I remember wearing it when I was 18 and somehow my daughter doesn't seem old enough for that just yet. The sporty look is something that many of her friends aspire to now but with that comes designer brand names and expensive trainers.

    I still covet many beautiful girls dresses although I know that in a blink of an eye, she will be wanting to go to nightclubs in a dress that her Dad and I will insist is too short.

    My girl is growing up, growing more beautiful, she is finding her way, her own innimitable style and is far "too cool" to be called pretty any more. So while I can look forward to having a shopping companion in the coming years, I know that there will be some fashion battles ahead too because Instagram is more likely to influence her than me!

    LLP - How to dress an 11 year old girl


  3. Make Up Tip for Glasses Wearing Mums

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    I have worn glasses since the beginning of time (and have the bad glasses choices to prove it), so I have never really known how to do makeup for women who don't wear glasses. I was quite recently asked to do a friends make up for her wedding (no pressure there then) and she quite simply said, "I want you to do it as you just know what works". Quite a compliment I thought!

    After talking about glasses on the blog a few times and taking silly photos in my new frames, I got to thinking about how I accentuate my eyes and how I purposefully spend more time putting make up on my eyes than I do for the whole rest of my face. So I thought I would put my top tips together, especially those for busy mums who haven't got a spare half an hour every morning to do their eyemakeup.

    • Your glasses probably already dominate your face, so keep it simple and accentuate the good parts of your face. If you have killer cheekbones, you don't need eye popping make up around your eyes.
    • If you are going out and want to use eye shadow, the lighter and more neutral the color on the lid, the better, you can use bolder colours if you are wearing contact lenses.
    • Talking about lenses, it is important to keep your contact lenses hydrated as this will make your eyes look brighter and healthier with a product like 1 Day Acuvue Moist by FeelGoodContacts.
    • Keep control of your eyebrows, they frame your face and glasses will emphasise any stray eyebrow hairs above the arch. Get them threaded, waxed or plucked but keep them maintained!
    • Eyeliner is a great way to make your eyes brighter, especially if you have had a bad night with the children. Make up artists recommended using an eyeliner a shade or two lighter than your frames so that your liner doesn't get lost with your frames. The thickness of your liner should directly correlate to the thickness of your frames, meaning the thicker the frames, the thicker your eye liner.


    Finally, using a setting powder on your whole face once your makeup routine is complete is a great way to stop your foundation from coming off onto your glasses and will just help keep everything nicely in place. Good luck!

  4. What Should You Wear to the Races?

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    After a stressful few weeks worrying about school selections, we have our places and this now means I can look forward to some of the more exciting dates in the calendar ahead. Ladies Day at the races is always a favourite of mine, especially when a day at the track has always been about more than a horse race. It is a place to see and be seen, and that means wearing the sort of clothes which will get you noticed for all the right reasons. Online newspapers and magazines love showing photos of Ladies’ Day at the races, highlighting the fabulous and the faux pax. So here are my top tips to ensure you don’t fall into the latter category! 

    Dress Code

    Before you even think about what you’re going to wear check whether the racecourse you’re attending has a dress code. For example, Ascot encourages smart formal dressing during all their racing seasons, with more formal attire being required during Royal Ascot week. Ascot does not allow fancy dress or football shirts, however Cheltenham has no such restrictions as long as the costume is not offensive. Newmarket and Ayr have similar guidelines, as do other racecourses around the country. A good tip is to dress for the races as you would for a smart wedding. 


    The unpredictability of the British weather is shown to perfection when looking at photos of Ladies’ Day at Aintree in April. Some years it is freezing, other years it is like mid-July. Plan your outfit to take into account the conditions you may face, like rain, wind, and bright sunshine. In other words: layers.



    Even if you’re lucky enough to have a pass to the Royal Enclosure, It’s likely you’re going to be on your feet a lot during the day so wear shoes that won’t cripple you. I always go for an amazing pair of heels like those above but if you are more practically minded, wedges and platforms are fantastic for the races as they are easier to stand on for long periods of time, and won’t get stuck in the grass the way skinny heels will. Not only will you be standing, you’ll be walking a lot - from the car to the track, from the track to the bar and the bookies so bear this in mind if you have your heart set on a pair of Angel Wing Leather Sandals

    The Perfect Race Day Outfit

    The perfect outfit for the races is a dress or skirt that is knee length or longer to avoid any embarrassing mishaps with the breeze, and to keep your modesty intact when you sit down. Add a smart tailored jacket on top - something thick enough to keep you warm, but light enough that you can carry it if gets hot, and finish off with a pair of mid-height wedges. Trouser suits are fine - just make sure you don’t look like you’ve come from the office.  There are so few occasions when you can legitimately wear a hat these days that it would be a shame not to. Look to Kate Middleton for inspiration. 

    Men can also go to town with their outfit. Whether they wear a classic grey or navy suit, or choose a modern look of mismatched trousers, jacket and waistcoat, they should at least consider wearing a hat like a trilby or fedora.

    The three main tips to remember when dressing for a day at the races are to dress for style, consider your comfort, and wear layers to accommodate dithering weather.