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jewels from joules–>that time Nell did a photoshoot in her backyard

joulesMy poor sainted husband. This man. He has to listen to me talk all about my online life, my online friends ((waving)), and now take photos of me in the backyard at 8pm while I’m fake laughing. Bear with me here. {{was I supposed to lighten my teeth? they’re a little yellow. #sorrynotsorry}}

It all started when I met the wonderful ladies from Joules at The 100 Event this summer. Joules is a British company, accent included, that offers lovely high end clothing & accessories for your whole family. And boots. Cannot forget the boots. They sent me this beautiful dress (I’m wearing a slightly different version), this handsome men’s polo shirt, and these stellar vests for SuperBoy & SweetPea. At the conference, we were gifted an amazing bag (see more of their selection here), and will be mailed a pair of their famous boots!

Remember that if you’re on a budget, they have a fabulous and affordable outlet section too!

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So we set out to photograph them. The dress, the vests, the whole kit & caboodle. I had an impulse to shower after dinner, and then blow dry my hair, apply two layers of lipstick, my face oils, no eye make because HELLO large glasses!, and then make my husband photograph me. Maybe it wasn’t the best timing? The kids wanted so desperately to help. And then so desperately not to go to sleep after.

First I leaned up against the fence. Then I looked like I had to go to the bathroom. Then I fake laughed loudly while my kids kept asking mama, what’s funny? And then AA asked me about 10 times if this was supposed to be a dress or a shirt. Maybe I left out the requisite leggings??



Scroll past me to get to the kiddos.

joules dress





Then I balanced the camera on the kiddie car & put the self-timer on, meanwhile le bebe started screaming so AA picked him up and looked remarkably over it all (they both did–so much for our family modeling career).

The dress is a great tunic number, lightweight cotton, with buttons to the belly button (perfect for the nursing mom like me), and fits our lumpy parts beautifully in the midsection. Love the weight and hand of the fabric! High quality clothing for a special outfit!!

Then, AA. He really didn’t like being my model, but he really loved the polo that’s slim fit. He’s a slim guy and polos are always too boxy on him. Not this one. #theynailedit.



And now–what you’ve all been waiting for: the kids! the kids!

When I first talked with Joules about these vests, I thought they’d be perfect at the Lodge. A perfect outdoor photoshoot in the great outdoors. Remember the pics I snapped last time we were out with the kids? But then I realized, most of my friends are urban folks. City farmers. Like us. So here we are around town in their vests.

joules vestsI love that hers is quilted. I love that it zips AND snaps. She loves the deep pockets and stuffed them with her hoarding items immediately. His is a cleaner fit without the extra snaps, with a simple big zipper he could do himself. He loved the way it shrouded his neck and protected it from “everything.” I’m definitely buying one for the baby for this fall.

joules vests

joules vests

joules vest

joules vest

joules vest

While they’re busy window shopping, you now get to enter into a giveaway for this adorable 9-12 month baby onesie. I’m holding it in my hot little hands and so tempted to keep it for myself. BUT I want to give it to you! So get ready, aim, and fire.

joules baby

Enter via a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don’t fear it. I made the options very easy.

X to the O {to borrow a line from my girlfriend Shea}




  1. Alicia on September 15, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Just checked out the joules site! LOVE the sweet onesie for my chunky monkey (5 months old but wearing 6-12 month clothing to accommodate his buxom self). I am digging some of their outerwear too-let’s be honest, winter is coming to MN sooner than later so staying warm AND cute is key (plus, it will fit my ever-changing postpartum bod) 🙂 Thanks for sharing the giveaway love-great modeling session BTW 🙂

  2. Rachel @ Efficient Momma on September 15, 2014 at 9:11 am

  3. Laurel on September 15, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Why are the European clothes so much cuter (…and so much more expensive)??? I love the baby girl jersey dresses. I just might have to make splurge purchase.

  4. Amanda on September 15, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Love those vests for the fall and love cozy baby sleepers! #2 is arriving this winter, so it would be great to have a romper ready to go.

  5. Emily on September 15, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Those vests!!

  6. Amanda S on September 15, 2014 at 10:06 am

    All of the babygrows are adorable! I also love the girls navy rugby dress.

  7. Christy on September 15, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Hahaha, you’re so cute Nell! As are those children in those adorb vests.

    I will take all their shoes, dresses, and coats thanks!

  8. Kathy H on September 15, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Love that dress shirt! And the onsie!!!

  9. Sarah @ Two Os Plus More on September 15, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Win for the wellies! Those are awesome.

  10. CM on September 15, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    So entertained! I love when you laugh at yourself(even if it’s a fake laugh). Thanks for making me smile too!

  11. Danielle on September 15, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I love the JNR MARCOTTE Girls Quilted Hooded Coat. I’ve been looking for a coat for my daughter that’s feminine but not too girly, and this fits the description. Most coats I find are shiny puffer coats or have animal prints. Not a fan of either.

  12. Kelly on September 15, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Love the Womens Shirt Tunic, Indigo Herringbone for me! And the sweet heart on the Girls Striped Top, Grey Stripe for my little lady!

  13. Helen on September 15, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I discovered Joules while living in the UK. Love them, and wore their wellies as my snow boots while over there! I’m a fan of their wellies and gillets and quilted jackets. And their floral patterns are lovely.

    • Natural Mama Nell on September 15, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      Aren’t those florals fabulous?? How fun you lived in the UK!

  14. Amy on September 15, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Love the babymabel quilted jacket with the adorable novelty gloves!

  15. Shannon on September 15, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Such cute stuff! Thanks for sharing 🙂 This baby stuff will be on my Christmas list!!

  16. Ana on September 15, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    The wellies! The wellies! Love all the wellies!

  17. Laura on September 15, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I love the vests! Adorable!

  18. Laura on September 15, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Oh I love the little girls jersey dresses!

  19. Leah on September 15, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    I love everything about this post. And that dress is beautiful!

  20. Carolyn K on September 15, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    I love the baby foxly hat and mittens

  21. Rebecca McAllister on September 16, 2014 at 7:53 am

    You look great Nell! Not awkward at all.

  22. Megan on September 16, 2014 at 9:58 am

    I love so many things! However, the Chambray Rose Wrap Dress really caught my eye.

  23. Amanda on September 16, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Love this post, your photo shoot, and now all things Joules! Fun post 🙂

  24. Kate @ The Rhodes Log on September 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Wellies wellies wellies. I also kind of love how they manage to do girly in a way that I could wrap my brain around.

  25. Laura McCants on September 17, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Those vest (and the kids under them) are just the cutest!!

  26. Claire on September 18, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    I love the floral women’s rainboots!

  27. Maro on September 18, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I love the vests too but I also really think the boy romper with the appliqué fox is especially adorable. Loved this blog post. I think the photoshoot was a success!

  28. Amy on September 18, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    I like the vests. The boots. And all the bright colors. The brand looks very happy.

  29. Caitrie on September 18, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Cool! I’ve never heard of Joules before! Checked out their site. Love their little boy sweaters. I am a sucker for little boy sweaters. Could have drawers and drawers full.

  30. Lara on September 18, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Love so many things! My 5 month old would look mighty fine in that onesie!

  31. carolyn on September 18, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Hi! I’m super in love with the whole women’s line, but I’ve never looked at the baby clothes- cause I’m a selfish, selfish momma 😉 – and uh oh! The rompers are darling, especially the little boy’s fox embroidered one. Thanks for the giveaway- That dress is so lovely on you!

  32. Joan Craig on September 18, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Love the Girls Mix and Match dresses!

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