What the Twins Wore For: A Splash in the River

I’ve written in the past about my affinity with the water.  I have a friend who says that it’s because of my star sign, because I’m of a fire sign, water balances me.  I don’t know whether that’s true and I’m quite sure that I don’t believe in that sort of thing, but I do know that I feel instantly calmer and happier in water.  We don’t live near the sea but we do have rather a pleasant river a bus ride and walk away, and I anticipate that with the warm weather upon us we’re going to be spending rather a lot of time there.

It’s a happy place, Footscray Meadow.  It’s beautiful.  The dog loves to explore through the long grasses and the trees and I can imagine that the twins will enjoy chasing after her when they’re bigger, dwarfed by foliage and splashing through the water.  It’s a part of London that doesn’t feel like London and it’s one of the reasons that we’ve chosen to live here – so that the twins can grow up with these experiences too, so that they can behave like wild children if they want to, so that they can trample and stomp and yell.

I chose these swimsuits, ‘Zebra Jo’, by Lilly and Sid for the twins to wear this summer and I couldn’t be more delighted with the choice.  They’re absolutely adorable, with their big eyes, jagged mane and poky-out little ears.  We almost never dress the twins identically but I couldn’t resist buying two of these and I’m so glad that I did because as you can see, it makes the perfect photograph.

In terms of practicalities, these swimsuits are UPV 50, meaning that once you’ve slathered on the sunscreen and zipped them up in their ‘Zebra Jo’, you don’t have to worry in the least about your baby burning to a crisp (I’m not the only one who frets about that, am I?).  They’re super easy to put on and take off, the hood stays up until you pull it down and the costumes dry out very quickly once out of the water.  I think that they’re absolutely super.  I can’t tell you how impressed I am with these swimsuits.

If these words don’t convince you, I’m sure that these pictures will.  I can’t help but note that these swimsuits are currently in the sale, and there are a couple of equally adorable varieties.


Lilly and Sid did not provide the swimsuits for this review, but kindly agreed that I could replace an old review from when the twins were small with this newer one, as I was displeased with the photography on the old.  This photography looks much smarter and I’m wildly in love with the resulting images. 

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23 Comments

  1. Caroline
    July 20, 2015 / 10:19 pm

    Like like like like a million times OMG.
    You and Kirsty have grown the most perfect babies and dog.
    I can’t even with these photos.
    I want twenty of those costumes and a crèche-ful of babies like your twins to dress them in.
    Photography envy grows with every post. And baby envy.

  2. Deborah
    July 20, 2015 / 10:41 pm

    I might be a teensy bit biased, but could these two little angels be any cuter?
    Fabulous photos Amber. I want to plaster my walls with these. The suits are Absolutely Fabulous too xx

  3. July 20, 2015 / 10:44 pm

    Seriously; CUTE. And love how your dog looks so protective x

  4. July 20, 2015 / 10:55 pm

    Oh the ear eating! Stunning photos, they look so amused with it all and I love finally seeing them in matching! The swimsuits looks fab

  5. Claire
    July 20, 2015 / 11:34 pm

    Oh wow, these are beautiful. I love seeing you both in pictures as well. Josephine looks very attentive and like the big sister you refer to her as. Just hovering over her tiny people.

  6. July 20, 2015 / 11:49 pm

    Aww so cute! Loving these pictures and the swim suit. We have the same one and it is the cutest one ever!

  7. July 21, 2015 / 3:32 am

    Oh wow I Love this little photoshoot, they look old they’re having so much fun and the swimsuits are gorgeous. I love anything with hood and ears for little ones 🙂

  8. July 21, 2015 / 4:38 am

    Aww I love this. So so so cute. What beautiful boys and stunning photography. My you’re a good looking family xxx

  9. July 21, 2015 / 2:48 pm

    How adorable, we have the girly swimsuits snd they too are beautiful. Love x

  10. July 21, 2015 / 4:06 pm

    Oh my good lord, possibly the BEST photos I have ever seen!!!!! I just want to gobble them up!! x

  11. July 21, 2015 / 6:28 pm

    These photos are amazing. So so beautiful. It’s funny the boys look so alike here. More than ever before I think.
    Those swimsuits are adorable too. We need new ones so I shall go and have a look xx

  12. July 21, 2015 / 7:34 pm

    I think this might be my most favourite post in the history of the internet. Ever. Those boys are edible, the swimsuits are adorable and the photography utterly breathtaking. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous xxx

  13. July 23, 2015 / 8:24 am

    Beautiful photos, you have the most adorable children.

  14. July 23, 2015 / 9:11 pm

    Gosh they are so cute! I love, love, love these photos.

  15. July 24, 2015 / 9:46 pm

    Oh the cuteness – it slays me! And also I now need a cozy like that for Pip for the rest of the summer – I hope it comes in his size!

  16. July 25, 2015 / 12:26 pm

    So these images just made my day! I know I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again-you are an unbelievable talent. I wouldn’t be surprised if you ever have to buy those boys clothes ever again because brands are going to beating down your door to dress them! xx

  17. July 27, 2015 / 3:00 pm

    Is it wrong to want more babies so I can buy cool outfits like that?!
    It was all so dull when my oldest ones were tiny!

  18. Fiona @ Free Range Chick
    November 14, 2015 / 8:21 pm

    I’ve hopped over to your blog after we chatted on Twitter earlier. I wish I had more time for the accounts that I follow, and that sweetly follow me back (you are one of these).

    I was born in Kent, near the magical place of this photo shoot. My dad will know this place, as he was born and grew up around there.

    Your photography is immense, and it helps to have perfect subjects, wonderful settings and a superb imagination (not to mention super-cute clothes!). I’m one of those parents who dresses her kids identically. It is a little silly, but I love it. They’ll soon be old enough to say ‘no more, mum!’ xx

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