Millie Beau Designs

Millie Beau Designs, Camberley

Dear mummy, it’s not often that we stumble on something that takes our breath away. This has got to be one of the cutest dresses we have ever seen! We’re drooling over photos we found on Twitter of party dresses made by a local dress designer based in Camberley, Surrey, UK.

Millie Beau DesignsMillie Beau Designs is one of those quirky designers that you find on #handmadehour. We usually spend hours swooning on Pinterest and Etsy looking at funky kids wear daily and we don’t think you can get much funkier than this.

We love the fabrics Millie Beau Designs use and the reversible dress design. It’s perfect for when you are at multiple events and need to have a quick clothes change for another. (Sounds like a trip to the Oscars eh?) Over the weekend, we had a couple of parties to go to. I spilt food down my frock and then my daddy quickly changed by baby grow, reversed my dress and TAD DAH! A whole new look.

Millie Beau DesignsWe love the subject matter of the dress. On one side is a woodland scene with giant toadstools, squirrels and hedgehogs in deep bright colours.

The other side has rainbows and unicorns on it! Which is always a winner for my mummy as she LOVES unicorns! There is no-show through and the hems match perfectly which demonstrates a good seamstress.

This A-line reversible tunic dress is so easy to wear and it has a long shelf life. I’m also going to wear it as a top instead of a knee-length dress when I get bigger.

Millie Beau DesignsThe arms have plenty of room and are cut generously. Our dress is for a 2-year-old but Millie Beau Designs do a range of different sizes and styles of clothes on their Facebook page too. Prices range from £8-£15 for sale items up to £25-£30 for more bespoke dresses. Well worth the pennies!

We love the attention to detail and their dresses are all handmade and unique. The large plastic buttons are colourful and fun but also practical as they aren’t fiddly small buttons! Daddy approves of this design feature as he has fat thumbs!

Millie Beau DesignsWe received some lovely comments from other parents and at least two asked us who the dress was made by on our adventures so far.

Well done Millie Beau Design, a beautifully cut dress, well made and quite the head turner with a funky and unusual fabric used.

We can’t wait to expand our collection further, these dresses are perfect layered up over long sleeves and also with bare arms in the summer time as they have been made from soft cotton. The perfect day dress and party dress combined.

We’ve teamed our Millie Beau Designs dress with tights from Boden and Sky blue shoes from Livie and Luca.

Love Bella x

Disclosure: We received the product in order to write an honest review.

My ‘Little Street’ Review

Going down the road to ‘Little Street’.

My review on this fabulous children’s role play centre in Surrey.

Little Street ReviewDear mummy, the weather’s been miserable recently and our long walks in the countryside have been put on hold. All the puddle jumping I’ve been doing recently has been on footpaths and in car parks visiting soft play centres ranging from Gambado, in Eastleigh and Active Tots in Bramley.

However today we’ve decided to go further afield to a little known place called Little Street. It’s says exactly what it does on the sign…it’s a little street for children. We hunt it down at Frimley Train Station just off the M3 near Camberley. Parking is good and mummy drives into the train station car park which charges £1 on weekdays, free at weekends. We’ve known about Little Street since it opened back in June this year, but have needed a good excuse to pop down and this wet and windy day is the perfect reason to go and explore this new type of children’s play center.

Little Street Review Fire EngineLittle Street is a realistic street designed for role play, to help little ones to reenact scenarios in the everyday world helping them to learn through play and is great fun. My mummy knows I love role play and Little Street is a scaled down version of Little Street Review Areasa typical high street with a supermarket, doctors surgery, beauty salon, a cafe and a construction site. My favourite area has to be the large dressing up box and stage with musical instruments called Starlets Theatre. I spend a lot of time dancing on the stage, while mummy and grandma sing and play on musical instruments. Another area I like is the large round-about with a fire engine in the middle…I do like to climb at the moment so I spend a great deal of time on this large wooden vehicle. There are murals and artwork on the walls with a post office, police station and fire station.

Little Street Review Role PlayLittle street operates an online booking system which allows parents to pre-book a particular session of the day. Child (Includes free entry for 1 adult) – £5.50 / £6.00 and Additional Adult – £3.50 / £3.75. We went off-peak on a Monday. They have 4 daily play sessions and are open 7 days a week! We choose the 13:30 to 15:00 session and even though it was busy, it wasn’t heaving. Adults do tend to get in the way, especially if they are nattering to other parents standing in the middle of the hair salon (True to form eh?), the best thing to do is to get down on the floor and engage/play with your little ones (if they haven’t already found a friend to play with) all children must be supervised by a responsible adult/guardian at all times, so keeping a beady little eye on them is recommended. My mummy and grandma sat in a corner to let me get on and do my thang.

Little Street also has a cafe which serves hot and cold drinks, snacks and gorgeous cakes! The staff are friendly and helpful. We spoke to another parent and they had mentioned that Little Street can get very busy on school holidays, so it is always worth booking online to check availability of time slots. You can just walk-in, but you may be disappointed, so always check their website first. Little Street also do parties, which is a great idea and maybe a thought for the future *hint hint mummy*

Would we go back? Yes, but not until I’ve stopped my climbing stage, as I wanted to climb up on everything…the shelves in the supermarket, the scales in the doctor’s surgery, the walls in the construction yard….the list goes on and it was a bit hairy for my mummy to keep an eye on me all the time. I wasn’t taken with Belle & Beau beauty salon area, however I might grow into this. Definitely a play centre to keep an eye on for a rainy day. Early Years Practitioners have helped design Little Street and they have incorporated other learning opportunities for children throughout the play areas, puzzles, languages, shape sorters and challenges. Little Street is most appealing to children from walking age to 7 years… or any adults that like role play… as my mummy found out pretending to be a police officer!

If you suffer from tidiness OCD, it might be worth relaxing your reins for a little while, as my mummy trailed after me putting prop cartons and boxes back onto shelves and turning them facing outwards, a bit like that strange creepy man from ‘Sleeping With The Enemie” However the place is immaculate and clean, you could eat your dinner off the floor it sparkled so much, so well done Little Street staff for keeping the play area beautiful.

It is truly an unique and inspirational play centre for young children and we would recommend taking your little ones down there for a couple of hours of play. You couldn’t spend the whole day down there, but with Frimley High Street (yes the adult version) on it’s doorstep with shops and cafes you could fill your day up visiting Frimley or Camberley.

We had a fab time and hope other families enjoy their time down there as much as we did. Shame the 90 min play session didn’t last longer…

Until next time Little Street!

Bella x