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Friday, 15 April 2016

It's time to update your kids' wardrobe

I have some shocking news. Over the Easter holidays I actually felt the warmth of the sun on my face! Yes ladies and gentleman, summer is almost upon us! It's time (well maybe it's almost time) to pack away our chunky knits and boots and discover the new trends for spring/summer.

Nothing gets me more in the mood for summer than a good old shopping spree to update our wardrobes. It feels like the kids have been stuck in jeans and sweatshirts forever and it is definitely time for a change.

Our first taste of sunshine in 2016!

According to the experts at intu Eldon Square there are 5 key trends to look out for this spring/summer:-

Imperial Red:- Red block colour with gold accessories and bold patterns

Pink Soda:- Shades of pink from casual to on the town

Monochrome:- Stripes and block colour in two statement shades

Boho Bandit:- Think floaty dresses and lace with delicate prints

Nauticaluxe:- All over stripes or stripy trims in a nautical colour palette

Now when I think of fashion trends, I immediately think of them applying to adults but once I knew what the trends were I was amazed to see how much they influenced children's fashion too. Whether this be Pink Soda at River Island Kids, Boho Bandit at Next or Monochrome at M&S, the shops are full of fresh trends to try for kids this season and there is definitely lots of fun to be had with fashion this summer. 

Introducing the intu Eldon Square Style Garden

Over the next few weeks, the lovely folk at intu Eldon Square are hoping to inspire shoppers with these fabulous new trends and will be showcasing the various looks at the intu Style Garden.

Located near Debenhams, the garden has been designed to stimulate all 5 senses and brings together pieces across a huge selection of retailers from the centre. The live videos really catch your eye as you walk past and you can't help but stop to watch.

Live Fashion Shows - Saturday 16th April 

Make sure you grab a seat on Saturday and snap away during the FREE live fashion shows where you can learn about key trends and maybe be inspired to try something new. Boost Juice will be treating everyone in a seat to one of their delicious smoothies at various points throughout the day and there is a chance to win a £25 gift card after certain shows too. 

Saturday 16 April Fashion Show Schedule:-
11.00am  adidas - Chance to win an intu Gift Card
11.20am  AllSaints
11.40 am  Burton & Dorothy Perkins - Complimentary smoothie to all those who are seated
12.00pm  Debenhams - Chance to win an intu Gift Card
12.20 pm  John Lewis
12.40 pm  Topman & Topshop - Complimentary smoothie to all those who are seated
1.00 pm  Miss Selfridge - Chance to win an intu Gift Card
1.20 pm  New Look
1.40 pm Monsoon &  Accessorize - Complimentary smoothie to all those who are seated.
2.50 pm  Next
3.10 pm  Oasis - Chance to win an intu Gift Card
3.30 pm  River Island
3.50 pm  Ann Summers
4.10 pm  Lipsy -  Chance to win an intu Gift Card
4.30 pm  Wallis

All timings/giveaways are subject to change/subject to t&c's - see here for more details.

Our shopping spree

I am going to post in more detail next week but here is a sneaky glimpse at some of the trends I picked up for Harry, Heidi and Jack during a trip to intu Eldon Square this week:-

Nauticaluxe, Boho Bandit & Pink Soda trends for Heidi

A lot of Nauticaluxe for Jack

Monochrome for Harry

OMG does anyone else find it so much easier to shop for girls than boys??  I feel bad that I obviously bought a lot more for Heidi than the boys. Oooops! 

You could win a £100 intu Gift Card

All you need to do is take a snap of your favourite outfit in the style garden, either on one of the mannequins or during a live catwalk show on Saturday 16th April and then share across social media.

How to enter:

1 - Take a photo of your favourite Style Garden outfit (from the mannequins or fashion shows)

2 - Share with intu Eldon Square on Twitter or Instagram. Make sure you tag @intueldonsquare and use #StyleGarden

​3 - You're done, it's that simple! 

Come back each day, from 14 - 21 April, to find a whole host of new outfits and make sure you share your favourite each day. Full competition details and t&c's can be found here.

The Style Garden will remain open until 21st April. If you are heading into Newcastle, make sure you pop by (next to Debenhams).

Thank you to intu Eldon Square who enabled us to shop the key trends for SS16 



  1. What a lovely collection of clothing you have picked. Great colours and styles.

  2. All the trends you mentioned are right up my daughter's street, she's going to have a great time when we start our summer shopping spree! :)

  3. Oh this looks great , I will have to keep an eye out for it when I am in town. I love shopping for my children, they are way better dressed than me these days as I just love putting little outfits together for them xx

  4. I love buying clothes for my daughter Darcy, I don't know why but kids clothes are just so cute. I'm loving the floral jumpsuit by the way

  5. I agree about shopping for boys. I see so many cute things for girls. A Shame, as small person is starting to take a lot of interest in his clothes these days. Seems to get harder to excited by his clothes the older he gets.

  6. Shame the sun did not last long! Lovely selection of clothes. Will have to look out for the fashion show

  7. Oh wow what a fantastic shopping spree - you have me in the mood to shop now! x

  8. Oh we were at Intu Trafford Centre last week an saw this there too. I love the Boho Bandit look. You had some great clothes :) Kaz x

  9. Wow that is a shopping spree and hald isn't it! Absolutely amazing x

  10. Feeling the sunshine on your face is indeed rare. What a great shopping spree xx

  11. I didn't realise there was so much kid trend either, I always thought it was more what they could make cute for kids... I Love that t-shirt with the camera on it though! :D Good choice x


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