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One of the joys of being a parent (other than having an abundance of sweet things in the cupboard at all times and having the ability to function perfectly well on a few hours sleep!) is having the joy of worrying about the wee nippers from time to time!! I have always had psoriasis, well from the age of about 14 (probably worrying about something meaningless like boys or how well the new haircut will go down at school!) but I’ve managed to keep it at bay pretty well until recently when I had a pretty nasty outbreak. Of course not only does it drive you literally crazy with the constant itch, itch and scratch, stratch, the other complete nightmare is what to wear?! When the mercury didn’t raise much above zero the problem was quite manageable, layering on the cream and covering up, but since the nicer weather has finally arrived it’s a little tougher to dress without feeling rather self-conscious. Not to mention that a great and natural cure for psoriasis is the glorious sunshine!!

Never is the problem more annoying when you have a fab weekend with the girls lined up! My good friend Laura was the hen and all the girls were very much looking forward to a child-free few days full to the brim of giggles! Needless to say it didn’t disappoint, we all had a great time (especially the bride-to-be!) and I just about managed not to look too much out of place – try the geo print jersey trousers if you have a similar problem (or if you don’t want to bare the legs just yet!), they are super comfy and the fabric so light so it doesn’t rub or bother the skin. I shall be wearing them lots over the summer months to come; in fact I may order them in the other prints that Next have!! Another winner was the Floral Lace Dress; I wore mine with tights but when the ghastly rash has gone bare legs and sandals will look great.

So the experts say worry is the root cause of psoriasis and as a person I don’t think I worry too much, I’m pretty laid back and take things as they come. But nothing could’ve prepared me for the worry I had recently over Fin. After a few eye tests and swift hospital referral we found ourselves at Great Ormond Street. The experts say he has a build up of pressure in his brain so they completed a 48 hour test to monitor the pressure. Fin was absolutely amazing throughout, a real little superstar, and a few things made him really enjoy his hospital ‘adventure’; an appearance made by the one and only Peppa Pig, every magazine a 4 year old could wish for, a playroom to be proud of and a brand new set of PJ’s (the Transport short pyjamas were a great buy – they mix and match and are baggy enough to pull on without any fuss).

The great news is that Fin’s pressures are not causing any major concerns at the moment so we can stop the worrying for the time being and maybe the psoriasis can rest up too – in the meantime I will be embracing my geo print trousers and also the Grey Maxi Skirt! I never forget when Fin was a mere day old babe in my arms, my Aunt passed on some very wise words ‘welcome to motherhood; you will now feel worried, in one way or another, for the rest of your life!!’ Although very true, I wouldn’t have it any other way!!

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This week was a very special week for us here at Next… We had the pleasure of entertaining 4 of Germany’s top Fashion Bloggers! Masha, Jasmin, Jana and Jasmin joined us in London for a few days of fun including a…

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From cocktails in Costa Rica to ice cream in Cornwall… there’s nothing quite like a summer holiday. Whether you’re jetting off somewhere tropical or planning a fun filled staycation (come back sun!) we’ve set a blogger challenge to find out…

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Whether you love the eloquent feel of Parisian inspired furniture, the modern, minimalist style hailing from Stockholm or the rich and fiery colours of Marrakesh; you can travel to your favourite cities every day (without the jetlag) with our latest…

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We finally caught a glimpse of British Summertime last weekend… Legs came out and sunglasses went on as the country ventured out into the garden for the first time in months! It was also the first time we’d revisited our…

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Theeeey’re back! That’s right, we’re celebrating the best talent in the blogosphere for the second year running with Cosmopolitan Magazine. Do you regularly read a particular blog or write one you think the world should know about? Then get entering!

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This is such a perfect outfit for me and a look you will find me wearing variations of on many occasions. A classic blazer in black – you can never have too many! I already have three, and each one…

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Last night, we were joined by our best blogger pals at the #NextPOTO in London! It was back to the old-skool themed with fizzy pop-tails and retro snacks GALORE. Think coke floats, mini burgers, posh pizzas… oh, and the MOST…

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