For someone who adores her camera and documenting every single memory I can, there is one thing I absolutely HATE with a passion. Photographs of me. Don't get me wrong, I like natural shots with my babies, and I love the odd 'selfie' on my iPhone but ask me to pose for a photo and I end up looking incredibly uncomfortable.
However as a Mum I don't get to treat myself as much as I used to. Before children my money used to go on exciting things such as holidays, bags and clothes. Nowadays I have much less and it goes on mortgage payments, bills and clothes for them. Therefore when Florence and Fred got in touch to see if I would like to try some of their range I thought I would put aside my serious 'being in front of the camera' anxiety and channel my inner Kate Moss. If you want a laugh keep scrolling down.
I must admit I don't buy a huge amount of clothes from Tesco for myself. I have the odd thing from there, and my girls probably have over half their range every season, (it washes so well for the price!) but it's not somewhere where I would particularly shop for things for me. However I was so impressed with the amount of things they had on their website and I had a great time picking out some bits and pieces from their collection.
Aside from being uncomfortable and tense in these photos, I also don't have the luxury of Mario Testino photographing me, instead I had a slightly grumpy husband who had just got home from work and wasn't impressed with my modelling. But here is what I purchased...
Awkward pose and expression aside I love this spotty pinky jumper. I teamed it with my own shirt and jeans, and it is something I know that I will wear a lot.
Kate Moss so wouldn't leave the coathanger plastic thingy out. Rookie mistake.
Nervous laughter and Kate Moss would definitely have had one of her assistants pull those unsightly weeds up. But I do love this flowery dress, I have a fair few family things coming up so will wear this when I want to be smart casual with tights and boots. Note to self- remember to straighten hair properly next time.
A solution! Grab a baby to pose with- that will make it easier. I really like this white chiffon top, it doesn't cling to my tummy and is smarter than just a t-shirt. Love the pumps as well, I have a thing for neon.
Love them- perfect for Spring.
Love my Russian Doll necklace.
The smallest model was starting to get fed up by this point, and was a little embarrassed about standing outside our house posing for all the neighbours to see. But I do love this neon striped top, it's perfect for wearing on my endless exciting and glamorous trips to soft play. Basic but pretty.
Did you know that F&F also do gym stuff? Nope I didn't either. I am happy in this one as I am about to run away from the camera, love this neon orange vestt!
I also got two beautiful little sets of dungarees for the girls (can't beat kids in dungarees in my opinion!) but they are shorts for summer and are a little big at the moment so they will fit in time for our holiday. I am really pleased with the outfits that I selected and it was so lovely to be able to treat myself to some things for me. Definitely worth ten minutes worth of awkward photo taking. I am pretty sure Kate Moss won't be concerned about me taking any work off her soon!
Thank you so much Florence and Fred.
NB. I was gifted £100 to spend online at F&F as part of their #ffontrendmum campaign. All thoughts, opinions and horrendously awkward poses are entirely my own.