Washed in happiness, with Fat Face

July 27, 2016
Fatface norfolk VW camper van

It’s important to me to feel comfortable in the clothes I’m in. I’ve never been overly tolerant of things that hurt my feet, things I can’t sit down in, or things that dig in and ride up. Now I’m a busy working Mum I am less prepared to put up with clothes that I feel I have to “carry off” than I ever was before. I just want to wear things that make me happy, and that I feel confident and not self conscious in. We have a pretty active life as a family, we are out with the horse and the dog every day, I go from stable yard, to meetings in London, to the school run on a regular basis. My work as a photographer involves an awful lot of kneeling down, bum in the air poses! The last thing I want whilst trying to pose a 10 day old baby is to be worrying that I’m going to split my jeans!

Norfolk beach little boys and dog

I have a few brands that I stick to, knowing they will fit me when I order online, that the quality is great and that I’ll feel good in them. Fatface is one of these, and when they contacted me and asked me if I’d like to wear some of their clothes on a family day out I jumped at the chance! We already had a trip to Norfolk booked, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. I asked Fatface if I could photograph the clothes while we were away and they very kindly offered to dress the boys too!

Camping holidays by the sea form a large and happy part of my holiday memories. We haven’t been for a few years though – long walks to toilet and shower blocks, and dealing with bottles and baby food had been tricky with one baby and was a daunting thought with two small children in tow. For this weekend away we decided to go one step up from the tent and hired a camper van (called Blossom, how perfect!).

We’d been over to Norfolk for the first time ever between Christmas and New year, and I completely feel in love with the beach at Wells-next-the-sea. It’s our closest sandy beach (at 2 hours and 45 mins away it’s not on the doorstep but definitely doable for the weekend) and I knew it was going to be a must on the Summer to do list to go again. I absolutely love being near the sea, and the kids are never happier than on the beach. Who doesn’t love a giant sand pit and all that space and freedom to run and play! They are finally at an age where it is almost relaxing for the grown ups. Of course I can only close one eye at a time, but at least I’m not trying to dissuade them from eating sand or falling head first into the sea any more.

Fatface is a brand whose clothes are designed with happiness in mind. It began in 1988 when two guys who were skiing in the French Alps dreamed of making enough money to carry on skiing and not have to return to the day jobs. They wanted to sell t-shirts and sweatshirts to those who loved adventure, and enjoyed a healthy, happy, outdoors lifestyle. Fatface was born. The clothes are still designed in England, are built to last and washed over and over again so that they have that soft, lived in feel before they even reach you. Fatface believe their clothes are washed in happiness, and I would have to say the evidence is here to support this!

The labels came off and the clothes went in the camper van, ready to be worn for the first time on the beach the next day. My choices were from the Down to Earth collection, which is inspired by Nature to combine cool Summer styles with rich Autumn shades. I honestly didn’t need anything else for the whole weekend. I felt completely at ease, stylish, cool and comfortable in everything I wore. Particular favourites for me were the gladiator sandals, which are in the softest leather and there would be no chance of any rubbed feet. It’s great to have a pair of sandals that feel smart enough to wear with anything and are still really comfortable. The cardigan, which is so cosy and perfect for cooler evenings. Also the shorts which I have absolutely lived in since I received them. They are such a flattering fit and so easy to wear. Not to mention each of the tops, with beautiful embroidered details, flattering fits and light, dreamy fabrics. Oh, I just love all of it!

My clothes – Sandals | Cardigan | Embroidered Cami Top | Denim Shorts | Embroidered Blouse | Jumpsuit | Dress | White Tank |

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The boys absolutely loved their outfits, and they wore them all weekend long. In fact they still pull them out to put on every morning and their shorts have been washed again several times already! The hoodies are the cosiest, comfiest and softest cotton, which I love as both the boys feel so cuddly in them. They had the freedom to play all day long on the beach, at the campsite and in the fields, with no restrictions and were cool and comfortable as they did so. They were also as tired and grubby as little boys should be at the end of a long happy day.

The boys’ clothes – Shorts | Octovan T-shirt | Blueprint Van T-shirt | Wildlife Guide Hoody | Paddle Board Hoody

Honestly all these pieces have become firm favourites in my wardrobe and I’ve loved wearing them around town just as much as I did at the beach. You may have seen the kids popping up on Instagram in their shorts already! Although I tried to save them for this post I can’t prize them out of them!

We were truly washed in happiness for the whole weekend, in every sense. What more could you wish for than to have clothes that allow you the freedom to live and to feel comfortable with who you are. Even making you look nice at the same time.

This post was very kindly sponsored by Fatface, all thoughts and images are my own.

Thanks for reading x

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No point in asking these two to smile for the camera!! Good effort boys! 🙂 Next time I’ll get the tickle fingers out.

 

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41 Comments

  • Reply Julia July 30, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Bloody gorgeous, that is all x

    • Reply Hannah Argyle August 1, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Hahaha thank you so much! 😉 xx

  • Reply Masha July 30, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Absolutely gorgeous dear ! You look like you had such a great time , love your outfits too !

    • Reply Hannah Argyle August 1, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Thank you my lovely! We had the best time xx

  • Reply Lauren July 30, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Oh I love this so much! Such a treat to see so many pics of you too pretty lady!! Beautiful xxx

    • Reply Hannah Argyle August 1, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Thank you so much Lauren, stepping out of the comfort zone but it’s lovely to have these pics! xx

  • Reply Lauren July 30, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Absolutely beautiful 💕 We are going to Wells-next-the-sea in a couple of weeks it’s just stunning!!

    • Reply Hannah Argyle August 1, 2016 at 11:04 am

      How exciting!! It really is the most gorgeous place. Have a wonderful time! xx

  • Reply Claire - This Little House July 30, 2016 at 9:21 am

    This looks like an amazing weekend, and you all look perfect. I’m with you on stylish but above all comfort!!!! Xx

    • Reply Hannah Argyle August 1, 2016 at 11:01 am

      Thank you lovely! it’s the only way to go with two little boys to run after isn’t it!! xx

  • Reply Alba leader July 30, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Oh you have a horse ? How amazing! I really miss having a horse. This brand looks so wearable, I couldn’t agree more about feeling comfortable in what you clothes. Thanks for your constant inspiration x x

    • Reply Hannah Argyle August 1, 2016 at 11:01 am

      Thank you so much Alba! i do indeed, I’ve had her since I was 17, she’s my first love! Thank you for your inspiration too, love your style xx

  • Reply Janan July 30, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Ah. How lovely is this?!? Fab fab fab. Gorgeous images. Take me with you next time. X

    • Reply Hannah Argyle August 1, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Thank you so much Janan! You’re welcome to come along any time! xx

  • Reply Judi July 30, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Hannah, you are so adorable! What an amazing lady you are! Happy weekend, dear! x

    • Reply Hannah Argyle August 1, 2016 at 10:59 am

      You’re too kind! Thank you so very much xx

  • Reply Elizabeth July 30, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Gorgeous all of it!!! Have a great weekend x

    • Reply Hannah Argyle August 1, 2016 at 10:58 am

      Thank you so much lovely!! x

  • Reply Wunderblumen July 30, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Hannah, the photos of you are so very pretty…such a beautiful woman♡♡♡. I love the clothes, the photos of you and the boys in the nature…the great old VW….everything. I think you have really enjoyed this. Have a nice evening my dear…many greetings, Daniela😙

    • Reply Hannah Argyle August 1, 2016 at 10:58 am

      You’re so kind Daniela, thank you. I really did enjoy everything about this! xx

  • Reply Michelle July 31, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Such a beautiful post Hannah, the clothes, your children, you and of course Blossom, looks and sounds like the most perfect weekend 💛💛

    • Reply Hannah Argyle August 1, 2016 at 10:58 am

      Ah thank you Michelle, it was such a lovely trip. Really out of my comfort zone but I just loved working on this one xx

  • Reply Olena July 31, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Amazing pictures Hannah.. Each one of them is absolutely amazing.. And I want those short too!

    • Reply Hannah Argyle August 1, 2016 at 10:57 am

      Thank you so much lovely Olena! They are fab shorts, so nice to have a good summer staple like this! xx

  • Reply Kim Young July 31, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Beautiful of you & your boys Hannah! I love your VW camper Blossom too – looks like you had a lovely time xx

    • Reply Hannah Argyle August 1, 2016 at 10:56 am

      Thank you so much Kim! Its was such a fun trip, really loved it xx

  • Reply Hannah July 31, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    How gorgeous, these photos look like the most idyllic summer escape! Sand for miles, blue skies and THAT camper 😍 xxx

    • Reply Hannah Argyle August 1, 2016 at 10:54 am

      Thank you so much Hannah! So good to be beside the sea xx

  • Reply Jules August 1, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Well I don’t think I have the words for how much I love this post!! Your photos of the three of you are absolutely stunning Hannah – such a dreamy collab and what a beautiful result xx

  • Reply Sally August 1, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Oh Hannah, I love seeing you in more of the pics in this post, you’re beautiful! I totally agree with everything you’ve said about FatFace too they truly are so comfy and lovely to wear, I wear mine so much and they really are amazing quality! It looks like you had such a beautiful weekend away xxx

  • Reply Zoë August 3, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Such gorgeous, gorgeous photos Hannah – you must be so happy with these. And that camper van too!

    • Reply Hannah Argyle August 8, 2016 at 10:00 am

      Thank you so much Zoe! I really loved the whole collaboration and was very glad so many pictures came out ok! You never quite know when you’re using a tripod! xx

  • Reply Elaine Taylor August 6, 2016 at 8:36 am

    You all look fabulous . I adore the photos!

    What a gorgeous post.

    • Reply Hannah Argyle August 8, 2016 at 10:00 am

      Thank you so much Elaine! xx

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    I love this story, full props to you in getting yourself and the boys in a photo together and making some memories to treasure. Tickle fingers not needed!

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      Thanks a lot Rachel, it’s so far out of my comfort zone but I’m really glad I did it! x

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