Looking Good at the School Gate

Let’s be honest I am not the mummy that looks perfectly
groomed at the school gates. In the
morning drop off I am the slightly frazzled harassed looking one you can spot a
mile off. My clothes are not well
coordinated, my hair never straightened and you can forget any thought of make
up being applied!

It’s all I can do to get to
school on time with the correct things (school bags, PE Kit, water bottles) and
before the last bell rings to say the day has started. The pick up doesn’t fare much better; I
usually arrive in a rush having tried to squeeze in as much as possible between
the hours of 9am till 3pm, red faced and flustered from walking so fast…

But I was grateful for Matalan for sending me a few items of womenswear
to show how easy it is to look fabulous (even on a budget!). I wanted to pick out a few items to make
looking stylish at the school gate a possibility. Other mums seem to achieve it, they look flawless, relaxed and
like they have it all under control!!! 
I think your appearance can say a lot about you to other people, so
those mums tend to be the ones you consider to be confident. Even though technically I am probably
holding it all down as well as them, you would never guess from my mismatched

I adore these nautical striped
flats; they instantly improve how I look, compared to my usual tatty
trainers. Plus they slip on so no time
wasted tying laces in the morning, it might mean I have enough spare to add
some mascara or lip-gloss!!! At £10
they are a steal.

New shoes ❤ #matalan #nautical #shoes x

A photo posted by Karen (@missingsleep) on Jun 16, 2016 at 10:01am PDT

But its not just time its money
that stops me having an extensive wardrobe, my clothes budget is very
small. Fortunately it is accommodated
at Matalan as the prices are very reasonable. 
I have found the quality to be good too; the tops and slim fit jeans
still look fantastic after lots and lots of washes – when you have a capsule
wardrobe your washing machine has to be on fairly regularly!!! Still I plan on getting a few more pieces of
clothing now I have been so impressed by my Matalan experience.

That’s probably where those mums’s are shopping
anyway! I don’t have a huge amount of
time left to be standing around at the school gate, in a couple of years they
will want to make their own way home – so I better make one last stand as the
mum that looks like she has a clue too!!!

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