Fashion & Beauty ideas by Tracy Davis

5 Dec

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Hi there, my name is Tracy Davis. As well as working in the magazine industry for almost 20 years as a fashion and beauty editor, I’ve spent the past 13 years as a mum to my three daughters, Mia (13), and twins Cate and Sophia (11). Each season I look forward to posting my thoughts on a selection of new clothing from Pumpkin Patch – how they look, feel and fit on my girls, as well as sharing some of my favourite beauty tips for mums-on-the-go. Enjoy.

photo 4 (1)Dresses are the cornerstone of any girl’s summer wardrobe and in our house it’s tradition to get a new one (me included!) to wear on Christmas Eve. I know I should have kept them under wraps, but I couldn’t resist letting the girls have their dresses early this year just so we could show you. So on went the dresses, and in went the Justin Bieber Christmas CD, as the girls set about decorating our Christmas tree – a special occasion made even more exciting with a dreamy new dress to wear.
It would be impossible to choose a favourite feature of Cate’s gorgeous tropical number – from the patent pink skinny belt, to the cross-over detail in the back, to the pleated, full skirt with all-important twirl factor – it’s everything a little girl could wish for in a dress.
For classic simplicity, there’s nothing more summery and fresh than a white cotton dress and Sophia’s tiered broderie- anglaise dress is a delightful example. With its comfy elasticated bodice and adjustable straps I think it will look equally pretty worn as a tunic with leggings when it gets too short for her to wear as a dress.
And how adorable is Mia’s lady-like shift dress? Apart from being bang on trend with its lacy overlay, the cute rounded, peter-pan collar sweetens it up just enough for a young teen, and aqua just happens to be her all-time favourite colour.

photo (1)More than just shorts and tees, I love that these pieces are practical enough to let the girls have some serious playtime, yet the clever little detailing like the soft shoulder ruffles, ruched sleeves, and pretty broderie-anglaise straps ensure a feminine, girly feel.
I’m all about keeping little girls as little girls for as long as possible, so I’ve been cringing at the selection of VERY SHORT shorts I’ve been seeing around – however these ones totally get my seal of approval. In particular, Mia was delighted with her floral printed denim shorts – they’ve got a frayed hem, and just the right amount of coverage. I’m so impressed with the designers at Urban Angel –they really get that awkward middle ground where girls’ clothing can start to look a bit too adult and really inappropriate. Plus these shorts still have the fantastic bonus of an adjustable waist. I honestly don’t know how I would have dressed my girls over the years without this much-loved feature – a signature of Pumpkin Patch clothing.

photo 1 The girls had a great time hitting the beach in their new swimwear. Cate swooned over her darling gingham swimsuit – obviously it indulges her obsession for anything pink and ruffled. Tankini-style swimwear is a brilliant invention for Sophia’s athletic nature and this nautical striped one is fresh and sporty, while Mia’s tropical printed one-piece is perfect for boogie-boarding and catching waves in.
We live at the beach and the girls are lucky enough to have good friends in the neighbourhood with pools so between the saltwater and chlorine, our togs gets pretty thrashed. I’ve always found that any swimwear we’ve had from Pumpkin Patch truly lasts the distance though. The kids end up growing out of them rather than wearing them out. A clear sign that practical and pretty, doesn’t mean a compromise in quality!

BEAUTY 101: GET SUMMERISED
I know that being a busy mum can take a toll on your beauty routine, so I’d like to share a few of my favourite Summer-time beauty secrets with you that you’ll easily be able to squeeze into your day …
Multi-task your skincare: These days we’re lucky enough to be able to choose from a wonderful range of products from tinted moisturisers to BB Creams that not only combine powerful anti-aging ingredients with broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, but actually make our skin look fantastic too. Get into the habit of putting one on every morning after cleansing.
Choose a healthy glow: I’m all for safe, sunless tanning – and the only way to get it is to fake it. Some self-tanners can be tricky and time-consuming to apply so for a simple, speedy option, opt for a gradual tanner. It’s the best way to get a subtle, even, tan – Just apply for a few days until you get the desired amount of colour. Easy.
Show off those legs: The formula for smooth gorgeous legs is easy – exfoliate and moisturise. Do this every day and you’ll really notice a difference in skin tone and softness. No time? No problem – invest in a bottle of moisturising body oil and apply to damp skin in the shower. Hop out and simply pat dry.
Easy holiday hair: Here’s an easy, breezy trick I’ve learnt for a casual summer hair style that works while you sleep. Apply your favourite styling product to the mid-length and ends of damp hair, then put hair into two simple plaits. In the morning take plaits out and loosen with your fingers for cascading summer-waves. Apply a little more product if needed to tame any frizz and boost shine.
I’d love to hear your favourite time-saving beauty tip?

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