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Happy Birthday Prince George

It’s been a whole year since excitement gripped the nation and we were eagerly anticipating the arrival of Prince George. Reporters, journalists and enthusiastic fans camped outside the hospital for days, news channels from all over the world waited for the announcement and at 4.24pm on 22nd July 2013 the wait was over as Prince George was welcomed to the world.

To celebrate we’ve had a look back at the past year to bring you some fun facts about Prince George’s first year as a Royal (and we can’t quite believe where the time has gone!).

1. He has already caused a Twitter frenzy – On the day he was born there were on average 25,000 tweets a minute about his birth.

2. Making his first appearance – Who could forget the moment when Kate and William walked down the front steps with baby George in their arms. This was followed by William taking the brave move of fitting the car seat with George in tow while the world watched – surely he must have practiced!?

3. He’s not a traditional baby – Despite tradition that newborn royals should spend their first days inside the palace walls, Prince George instead spent his first few days at the Middleton family home.

4. He has 7 Godparents - On Prince George’s christening day (23rd October 2013) the names of his seven Godparents were announced. They are:  William van Cutsem, Julia Samuel, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Emilia Jardine-Paterson,  Zara Tindall, Earl Grosvenor and Oliver Baker.

5. He has a super nanny –  Not only is she great with children, his nanny Maria Teresa Turion Borallo is experienced in self defense and high-speed driving – wow.

6. He’s already a pro at international travel - We all know international travel is rarely stress free but in April 2014 Prince George embarked on his first royal tour to Australia and New Zealand and took it in his stride.

7. He’s received two marriage proposals – No we’re not kidding, while on tour in Australia two babies wore “marry me George” t-shirts. He is one popular baby!

8. He loves a soft toy – From wombats to bears, George has received a lot of soft toys in his short life! We just hope Kate and Will have a spare room to put them all in…

9. He boosts tourism – His visit to Australia and New Zealand boosted tourism in the countries by tens of millions of pounds.

10. Prince George is a cover star – We all know Prince George is becoming a bit of a baby fashion icon (I mean who couldn’t love all of his cute dungarees!?) but he’s hitting new heights as the cover star of this August’s edition of Vanity Fair.

Maybe you have a newborn on the way or you’re celebrating a little one’s birthday – why not check out our baby gift guide for great new pieces for tiny tots!

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Staycation vs Vacation: Blogger Debate

Let the debate commence… This week, we have let two of our favourite bloggers debate the summer topic of, staycation vs vacation!

We all have different holiday preferences, but with our British summer looking set to be the hottest on record, are you considering a staycation? Or do the tropical beaches top the British seaside everytime? We are going to weigh up the pros and cons for you, with a little help from our friends!

Staycation

Sarah JonesFirst up… The lovely Sarah from Sarah Speaks.

“The UK is so beautiful and there’s so much to do here. Yes the weather is ever-changing, but if there’s one thing the British know how to do, its how to have a good time in the rain!

Just pack a good parka like this one  for emergencies and you’re good to go. A good pair of jeans can take you through the day to night time so jeans like this are the first to go in my case. Also, a colourful Kimono is great to throw on to make a simple outfit pop and gives little more protection if there’s a chill in the air.”

Plus,  ”The best thing about a staycation- no weight limit on luggage!”

We agree there, the thought of limiting our luggage allowance to 20kg or below is a major negative.

Don’t forget, even when the good old British weather isn’t on your side, there are still plenty of relaxing and fun activities to do. Here are our Top 5:

  • Head to the nearest spa
  • Have a much deserved long lie
  • Rent a car and explore the local area
  • Book a table in the poshest restaurant
  • Find the best cocktail bar in town

Vacation

Hello TashaThere are definitely a lot of plus sides to planning a summer staycation, but Tasha from Hello Tasha might just convert you over to the glorious sunny side.

“I love a holiday abroad, everything from the initial arriving at the airport, that excited feeling you get when you know its holiday time, the heat that first hits you when you come off the airplane, relaxing on a sandy beach, being able to jump in the ice cold pool, eating ice-cream all day and not feeling guilty, the smell of suncream, being able to learn about different cultures, exploring new places that I’ve never been to before and especially holiday dressing as theres nothing better than a summer wardrobe.”

“My holiday essentials are this kimono, this gorgeous bikini and this lovely maxi dress for the evening.”

The feeling of the heat when you walk off the plane is a personal favourite of ours too!

It certainly is a tough one.  Don’t forget to let us know what you have planned for your summer vacation this year, and don’t forget to let us see the holiday snaps (especially if you are wearing M&Co!) You can send them to us via our Facebook or Twitter page.

Shop your staycation or vacation holiday wardrobe now.

 

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Kylie: Get Festival Ready

Heading to a festival this summer? Oh you lucky girl! After crushing over Coachella style back in April, we could not wait to snap up our festival threads. To make sure you are festival ready we have the ultimate lowdown, from how to steal Cara’s style to your essential packing list.

Steal Her Style

All hail Queen Cara! She is the Queen of casual dressing (Haute Couture too for that matter) and she has stolen our festival hearts once again.  Proving that festival dressing does not have to be fussy, team your everyday leather and staple cami with a pair of statement trousers for a summer vibe. Plus, don’t forget your headwear!

summer dresses

Giraffe print hareem trousers I Biker jacket I Basic cami I Photo Credit: AKEM Photos/REX

We are loving this micro trend. Watermelon playsuits are having a moment and we hope they stay around for the long run! Team yours with simple yet stackable accessories to create a festival look while still letting your playsuit do the talking.

She was already ahead in the style stakes when she was on the arm of our favourite red-headed Prince, but once we spotted her perfect Glastonbury dungaree outfit we loved her even more.  Simple yet effective, Cressida has nailed this off-duty festival look. Channel the 90′s in a dungaree dress and simple tee, while adding a pop of colour through your accessories.

Although we have our fingers crossed for the sun to shine over your festival of choice, remember and pack your wellies just in case -It is Britain after-all!

We also asked Team Kylie for their top festival essentials.

  • Dry shampoo should be top of your list
  • Remember SPF, burnt skin is not festival chic
  • Babywipes… You can never have too many!
  • Hair bobbles – 3 day old hair will love a top knot or pleat
  • A waterproof jacket!
  • Hand sanitizer

Let us know what festival you are heading to this summer and before you go, remember to tick our essentials off your packing list!

Shop more Kylie festival fashion now!

 

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Kylie’s 25th Birthday: Yearbook

This summer Kylie is turning 25! Can you believe it?! To celebrate we are going to be running competitions, giveaways and basically just having one massive birthday bash. Although, before the celebrations begin, we need your help! We are creating a Kylie Yearbook to showcase Kylie’s transformation through the decades and we want you to get involved. If have any photos of you wearing Kylie recently or as a young girl then please send them across to us.  Your picture will then be featured in Kylie’s Yearbook on our website and across our social platforms. If you don’t have a snap then we want to hear about your Kylie memories! The lovely Lucy from LucyLoves has already kicked of the Yearbook celebrations with this snap of her rocking vintage Kylie as a young girl. One thing is clear… Summer florals never go out of fashion! LUCY1 Post your photos and memories on our Facebook or Twitter page to get involved. We can’t wait to see them! *Terms and Conditions: M&Co reserve the right to use all photos submitted during the event for promotional material in both online and offline activities. 

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National Bikini Day: Swimwear Style Guide

To celebrate National Bikini Day on the 5th of July, we are going to talk ALL things bikinis. From shapes to flatter your figure and how to accessorise, to the key trends for the summer season. Plus, we have enlisted the help of some of our favourite bloggers to give you some insider tips on poolside dressing. If you are hitting the beach this summer then you better keep reading…

SS14 Trends

Want the trend lowdown? You got it! Designers embraced swimwear on the SS14 catwalks by even showcasing swimwear as outerwear. Although, we don’t suggest you try out this trend in Britain’s climate, please do keep it for the sunnier climates overseas. The SS14 swimwear catwalks were alive in bold colour and clashing print, along with statement accessories that will enhance your poolside look. We picked out a few of the key trends that you need to know about:

1. High Waisted Bottoms

Not only is this trend super flattering, it is also super chic.  High waisted bottoms channel 50s glamour to add a classic elegance to your holiday look. To top it off, this flattering cut suits all body shapes. It worked for Marilyn Monroe, it could work for you!

2. Mismatched Suits

Your purse will love this trend even more than you do. Mismatching your bikini top with a different colour/printed bottom is bang on trend. Obviously there are some prints that would never work together so don’t go crazy with this one. Keep it simple by mixing a block colour with a printed piece. Why not update your much loved bikini from a previous year by finding its perfect mismatched partner?

3. Hardware

Love adding a bit of bling to your holiday outfits? If you do then this trend is definitely for you. Subtle or bold, purchasing swimwear with metal hardware majorly lifts the glam level. Be cautious though, too much bling is never a good look so go with metal detailing to guarantee sophistication.

 

Insider Tips

If anyone knows how to work a swimwear wardrobe then it has to be your favourite bloggers. Bloggers are always ahead of the trends and they definitely know how to dress for their shape so listen up…

swimwearFirst up, the lovely Vicky from Verily Victoria Vocalises talks you through how she tackles her body issues at the beach.

“Like many women, one of my biggest issues is that I am conscious of the size of my hips and bottom. M&Co make it easier in this department with their great slimming swimwear range. I love the print on this swimsuit which hides a multitude of sins! Even better is this beautiful flowing multiway skirt which you can wear on the beach or by the pool with ease.  Couple it with these gorgeous white sandals and roomy bag for all your beach essentials.”

We all want to enhance our figure while we are soaking up the sun and as Jessie from – All Things Beautiful explains, there is definitely a way… swimwear

“Sometimes it’s nice to just spend the day chilling by the poolside and for this you need three things – swimwear, shades and a sunhat. Keep it simple with this flattering ruffle tankini helping to enhance your shape, along with these stylish sunglasses and cute straw hat to keep your head and face protected from the sun.”

Oh to be Marilyn Monroe or any 50′s Hollywood film star to be exact. Where there’s a will, there’s a way and Sophy from Dizzy Miss Lizzy is here to help. swimwear

“I just can’t get enough of vintage style bikinis this season; they’re so flattering and make beach style look effortless. Match yours with a pair of oversized sun glasses and a wide rimmed hat to create that perfect “Hollywood film star” look.”

With your bikini lowdown complete, what bikini style are you going to be strutting along the sand in this summer? To shop more swimwear ranges, check out our Swimwear Collections now and pick up a style that will suit you perfectly. Don’t forget to let us know what you snap up!

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