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Mothercare Opens New Greenwich Superstore

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Who knew that a Tuesday night could be so much fun?! When Mothers Meeting invited me to attend the VIP launch party of Mothercare‘s brand new superstore in Greenwich, I didn’t think twice.  I wasn’t sure what to expect. I mean, a night out at Mothercare isn’t the usual deal for midweek entertainment but Zoe from Dress Like a Mum was presenting a bit on mummy fashion so there was bound to be a good crowd.

Being a female entrepreneur, whether you’re a mum or not, is hard work and it can sometimes be isolating.  Mothers Meeting is an amazing remedy in providing local area meet ups and events for like minded creative women and has been branded by Sunday Times Stylist magazine as “The World’s Coolest Mums”.  The objective is to support the meeting of mums in getting together to share practical parenting tips and intelligent and inspiring stories. So when someone invites you to hang out with the coolest mums EVER, you don’t really say no, do you?!

Mothercare Opens New Greenwich Superstore

As Greenwich/Charlton is my local area, I have seen huge developments over the last few years in terms of retail space so I was super excited to see how amazing the retail park is looking right now.  With some huge brands in situ, Mothercare stands out pride of place with its huge floor to ceiling glass shop front right ahead as you enter the park.  With ample parking space, including slots for car seat fitting and of course those dedicated to parents only, the store really does look inviting.

Huge pink balloons, dress like a mum branded corsages and silver and pink glitter streamers decorated the entrance, leading on to a huge bright pink leopard-like backdrop wall! Can you imagine the utter excitement?! A bright pink leopard wall!! (I’m not sure if it was actually feathers but from a distance it looked leopard so I’m sticking with that!).  Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a tiny bit partial to leopard print so as I was on my own I had to have a little moment to myself to contain the inner scream of joy! This was a very good start to what was to be a brilliant evening!

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Although I’d already eaten, it was hard to resist the lovely canapes and mini deserts by CountryCity Catering.  I think I had mini caeser salad but to be honest I was too busy chatting to take notice and just shovelled it in! Always glamourous.  I was driving so I held back from the Prosecco but I did have a couple of Pear Bellini’s that were absolutely gorgeous.

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Maternity Fashion

When I was pregnant with Sofia, Mothercare was the only shop that I would buy things from, especially baby clothes.  It’s just got that reputation that you know everything will be perfect and you want nothing less for your first child.  I think I bought two pairs of maternity jeans for myself and wore them every single day, even after the birth to tuck in my overhang, until the crotch literally fell out of them! Fashion wasn’t a thing I considered when I was pregnant, either time, although I generally looked ok (I think).  With Sofia it was through the spring and summer so I had floaty dresses and pretty tops and I felt wonderful.  Luca however was born in the winter so I was covered up in huge jumpers and scarves.  I was swollen everywhere and had to leave work a month early as my legs were so swollen I couldn’t actually do the commute to the City anymore.  The last month of that pregnancy was spent in fleece pyjamas! Not quite the level of maternity fashion I had hoped for.

Please. Don’t get me started on the bras. Maternity bras are THE comfiest bras you’ll ever wear in your life.  SO comfortable that for my 40th birthday my friends clubbed together and got me a shed load of FigLeaves vouchers as I was still wearing my maternity bras 5 years later! I should hang my head in shame but my boobs are hanging well enough for the both of us! Don’t be like me.  Go to Mothercare’s bra fitting service and get your milk makers some proper scaffolding, it’s important!

It was great listening to Dress Like A Mum talk about, well not dressing like a mum! It doesn’t have to be frumpy.  Just because you’re gaining a baby doesn’t mean you also gain a twin set and pearls! Zoe showed us a very cool pair of maternity jeans with zips everywhere and a grey sparkly top that would be perfect casual or dressed up for the festive season.  If I was pregnant again (which I wont be!), I would definitely consider my fashion choices – good clothes equals good mood and lets face it, with raging hormones, anything that helps create a good mood is a winner!

I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t get to say hello to new mum Anna of Mother Pukka. She was wearing a very cool army green embellished jacket and definitely looked like she got the dress like a mum memo on all things keeping it real after the bump has gone and baby is out!

Children’s Fashion

It’s no secret that I love bright colours and with my children being half Italian, they can get away with wearing everything bold.  Amongst other ranges such as My K, I LOVE Jules Oliver’s, Little Bird.  With the almost ’70’s vibe and the statement yellows, all collections are just adorable! Currently instore there are the most gorgeous winter jumpers and retro tees and I absolutely loved the little old style vanity cases! The blue rainbow case will most definitely be going on Sofia’s Christmas list!

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Toys

Word of warning: YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO LEAVE!

The toy area is AWESOME! There is a grown up size wendy house aptly named Greenwich Village Tea Room and yes, you can walk right inside it and make pretend dinner! There is a Happyland bus and huge life size Happyland characters dotted around the store.  AND. AND. There is a half price sale on selected toys at the moment – right before Christmas! Oh. And don’t forget to check out the Black Friday offers on your social using #mcblackfriday

If you ever do get a chance to make a run for it, be sure to hopscotch your way to the till on the way out!

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After the talk we got to mingle a bit and I met some really lovely ladies.  We swapped stories and ambitions and found a common ground in motherhood, pending or present.  It was a really lovely evening and I send huge thanks to Mothers Meeting for inviting me along.

But just before I sign this post off, I’d like to share something about the evening that really touched me.  As I was walking up the stairs to take that aerial photo, I stopped to read a lit up saying on the stair wall.  Every word of it is true and I take my hat off to Mothercare for recognising the positive! Parenthood is a rollercoaster and with every stage you’re spun around and turned upside down, never knowing quite when it will all end.  Yet we all do it because its bloody brilliant!! I tried to take a photo of the phrase but the lightening was rubbish so, Mothercare I hope you don’t mind, it was too good not to share so I made my own!

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Wonderful. Hilarious. Rewarding. I couldn’t have said it better myself!

 

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14 comments

  1. Donna

    Great post! I love the Myleene Klass range there. Sounds like a fun evening x

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    1. KellyAnn Schiavo

      I’m a Little Bird fan, love the colours. It was a fab night, so happy I got to go x

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  2. Random Musings

    Sounds like a really fun event and the selection of toys is fab!
    Debbie

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    1. KellyAnn Schiavo

      It was great fun. I was really surprised how popular a night out a Mothercare was and the new store is gorgeous! Thanks Debbie x

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  3. donna

    I love little bird, and happyland! Sounds like a great evening!

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    1. KellyAnn Schiavo

      Little Bird is my fave! I love all the bright colours. It was fab evening, thanks Donna x

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  4. Kate

    Lovely photos – looks like you had a great time!

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    1. KellyAnn Schiavo

      ah thank you! Yes I was a chatterbox all night, so many lovely people there which is always a bonus! x

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  5. Katrina

    What an amazing opportunity. We really must attend a Mothers Meeting event. We love Mothercare too. Like you, all my maternity wear came from there – we also had about £1000 in vouchers to spend when the girls were born thanks to family and friends. We were going in pretty much every day. It’s such a great shop and I always pop in to get clothing and ELC toys. They have quite a few Happy Land characters and play-sets. They always have stunning clothes and even when I pop to get pants or socks, 80% of the time I end up spending a small fortune. You’ve really captured the event so well, I might have to take a trip over to this store, it looks incredible. Kat xx

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    1. KellyAnn Schiavo

      Wow that was loads to spend! Must have kitted you out for ages 😉
      Honestly, the store is HUGE! I went a few days ago to get some stuff for the children and we were in there well over an hour, I couldn’t drag them away from the tea house! They loved Happyland when they were little and still play with a few bits now. I’ve just bought them some educational bits for maths and geography which is great as Mothercare isn’t just for baby stuff, there’s a whole section on education! It’s fab x

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  6. Gaa Gaa Land

    Great post! I LOVE the Little Bird range at Mothercare, your post has inspired me to visit and grab some Christmas presents for my little ones. 🙂

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    1. KellyAnn Schiavo

      I know, me too! I love the bright colours and retro vibe 🙂

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  7. Amanda asiggins

    Oh my god yes! Maternity bras rock my socks off! I am going to look into finding events like that around here! So fun!

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    1. KellyAnn Schiavo

      They’re so comfortable!! I literally wore mine out! 😂😂

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