Joules Cream Baby Boys Knitted Cardigan (0-3 years)
This is another of those cardigans that is a bit more than a regular cardigan. It’s a cardigan/jacket hybrid. Warm enough to wear as a jacket in the Spring/Autumn months, and cosy enough to wear as a layering piece under a coat in the depths of Winter. Plus super-stylish of course (love the wooden buttons and the shawl collar, and the fact that it’s 100% cotton…). And yes, it’s another cable knit! Still loving them…
Petasil Kaz Chelsea Grey Boots (sizes 24-30)
You all know me (and my taste) so well now, that I’m getting lots of really great tip-offs… These fab chelsea boots (and we all know how hard it can be to find decent boots) were recommended by Little Spree reader, Annamarie, and I love them! And they also come in navy!
ps: there is currently up to 30% off at The Little White Company, including this super-cute knitted beanie, and this gorgeous gingham dress.
Gap Python Leather Tote
I’ll admit, I have been in a bit of ‘Gap bubble’ this last week, and have been in the flagship store a number of times. In fact, I now feel like I know the collection (womens, kids, babies, and some of the mens – they have done some amazing jumpers) so well, I could probably get a job there for the run-up to Christmas. But this tote was the first thing that caught my eye when I entered the store last Wednesday. It’s amazing. Firstly, it’s super-chic, but then on closer inspection, it’s also really roomy; light as a feather (love that!); and can be worn on the shoulder or as a tote. So I have now decided it’s the perfect ‘mummy bag’, for all us mums who would rather be seen dead than be seen with a frumpy, practical, mumsy ‘mummy bag’. I’m not going to lie, it wouldn’t necessarily make the ideal ‘baby bag’ (you definitely need pockets for all those bottles and numerous bits and pieces), but for anyone with toddlers up, it’s perfect. Even though Tabs and Marlow are now almost four (how did that happen??), I still always need to carry certain ‘stuff’ (water, snacks, assortment of favourite toys, ranging from fire engines to enormous Jelly Cats bunnies…), wipes (I don’t think I will ever be able to give up the wipes – I even carry them in my bag when I don’t have the kids with me) around with me when I have them in tow. This is at the top of my shopping list. She’s quite pricey, but definitely worth every penny in my opinion. Oh, and as a seasoned traveller (I am literally like a robot at the airport, I have my ‘routine’ down to a fine art), I know it would also make the perfect ‘carry-on’ bag. It’s so light that you’ll be able to just chuck all your magazines (I buy every magazine), Duty Free, bottle of water etc in it, along with your travel wallet, then you don’t need to carry all those nasty plastic carrier bags (that give you welts on your fingers). I’m going away on a work trip on Wednesday (I’m not going to tell you where, you’ll hate me), so I will definitely have mine by then… Oh, I almost forgot! The winner of the babyGap £150 shopping spree is… Marie Hale. Congratulations! I will be emailing you soon to arrange the date.
£79.99 (was £99.95) gap.co.uk
ps: check out all the gorgeous baby pictures I styled on Friday here. And don’t forget to vote for your favourite!
Mini Boden Knitted Jacket (0-3 years)
I have loved this cardigan since I first clapped eyes on it (months ago now), so I have no idea why I have left it so long to share. Anyway, it’s a cute as a button. I love the little ears (sometimes that can be over-kill, but not when it’s done right like this). And not only does this knitted jacket look adorable, but it’s so practical (double-breasted, hooded, knitted all = warm!), and well, useful. It also comes in duck-egg blue and navy, which I equally love. It would make a great baby gift too. But like everything I seem to like at Mini Boden at the moment, it’s selling out first, so get your skates on!
£16.80-£18.20 (was £24.00-£26.00) boden.co.uk
M&S Silver Desert Boots (4-13)
I always think a little bit of metallic can go a long way with any outfit (it jazzes things up in a way that doesn’t have to look like you’re going to a party…). These silver desert boots are quite ‘low key’ because they are not glittery/sparkly, so you can just think of them as a neutral colour that will go with anything (I actually prefer them with more casual outfits). I like the pretty velvet ribbon laces too. These navy glitter boots are also a great option (as recommended by Little Spree reader and Red collegueue, Sarah). I also adore these gold glitter desert boots (they look super-expensive) from Mini Boden (why haven’t I bought them for Tabs yet??), but they are selling out fast, so you’ll have to be quick if you want to get your hands on a pair…
ps: as you know I spent the day at the Gap flagship store yesterday. My eagle eye noticed that were a few new additions that I feel I need to share. I LOVE these gorgeous boys’ chunky cable-knit jumpers (they come in navy and cream); this super-cool moustache jumper; this cosy fur bear hat (a huge hit on the baby shoot yesterday); these cute mittens; this amazing party dress (it looks SO much nicer in real life, and I dressed two little girls in it yesterday for the photo shoot, and will definitely be buying one for Tabs) and this pretty plaid blouse.
pps: Thank you to all of your who entered the babyGap/Little Spree special prize draw. I will be announcing which of the five winners has won the £150 mini shopping spree with me here on Monday, so don’t miss it!
Cyrllius Baby Cotton Crew Neck Jumper (1 month-2 years)
Such a sweet jumper. I also love this moss green waffle knit baby jumper from The White Company, and it’s currently 50% off in the sale, which makes me love it all the more!
ps: thank you to all the Little Spree mums who came along to the babyGap event today. It was so much fun! I think at the last count, I’d styled a total of 28 babies.!! And rather gorgeous they all looked too.
Monsoon Baby Fox Mittens (0-3 years)
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been on the hunt for some cute mittens now that the weather has made it pretty much impossible to leave the house without a pair. I found these sweet fox ones in Monsoon. I love that they like they could have been knitted by somebody’s granny…
Martin Krusche Moon Print (50 x 70cm)
I found this adorable print when was looking for bedlinen for the twins’ beds… Their walls are already pretty full now, so sadly no space for this one, but I absolutely love it. And it’s such a great price. Plus the dimensions are perfect for a good old Ikea frame. This is my favourite for prints like these.
ps: thought you might be interested in a few recent purchases of mine (some of which you have already seen). I bought these gorgeous cashmere gloves from Cos for Tabs and Marlow, and this velvet dress for Tabs (she loves that it looks just like one of mine) while I was there; this Zara dress for Tabs, and also this one. Anyway, at least you know I definitely practise what I preach…
Gap Cable Knit One-Piece (0-24 months)
Now I love (ok, am obsessed with) cable-knit jumpers at the moment, and this cable kit romper is taking things to a whole new level. It’s so sweet. I love the idea of a chunky-knit onesie, and I love that it’s cream. Super-cosy. I also love this style of cardigan. Perfect for boys and girls; this ‘garter stitch’ is always so chic and stylish, plus it’s really chunky and warm. Tabitha and Marlow both had (and still wear) a very similar version, (but with hoods) from Gap last Winter, and they wore them constantly (they multi-task as cardigans and cosy jackets). They are so warm! Here are some more of my favourite pieces from the current babyGap collection… This floral sprig printed blouse (I just bought it for a friend’s baby – it’s so sweet); this fur trimmed flapper hat; this super-chic little camel coat; these plaid trousers, this star print corduroy romper (also bought for the same friend’s baby, and also super-cute); this colourblack cardigan; this marl grey hoodie and this plaid dress. As you probably know by now, I am taking part in a really exciting all-day event with babyGap on Friday at their flagship store at 376-384 Oxford Street (the one near Selfridges – don’t go to the wrong one!). I will be there all day with my friend and fashion photographer, Jane Mcleish-Kelsey, styling a really cool Holiday photo shoot with babies aged between 0-24 months (including yours hopefully!). I would love to meet you (and your gorgeous little ones of course), so please come along and join us (from 10.00am-6.00pm). As well as the photo shoot, there will also be a free monogramming service (I am completely obsessed with monogramming – my handbag collection is testament to this), and a chance to win £500 shopping spree for your little one. And here’s the most exciting bit… There is a chance for FIVE lucky Little Spree readers to win a guaranteed place in the queue for the photo shoot, and to be entered into a special prize draw to win a £150 shopping spree at babyGap, with me at the store at a later date, where I will help you put together a gorgeous mini capsule wardrobe for your baby. All you need to do is RSVP to: email@example.com before midnight on Wednesday (27th) for a chance to win. Five winners will be picked at random, and emailed directly by Gap. Then the winner of the prize draw will be announced here on Monday 2nd December. For full terms and conditions please click here. Good luck! See you on Friday…
£19.95 SHOP NOW
John Lewis Sequin Dress (2-12 years)
I love a sequin (always in moderation of course), and so does my daughter. I have noticed that the high street is awash with gorgeous sequinned dresses, perfect for the Christmas party season, but also perfect for any other time too… I have hand-picked my favourites (Including this fab navy and gold one from John Lewis), which includes a couple of really low-key, un-blingy options for the sequin-phobic (if there indeed, is such a person?)… This Mini Boden dress (I love the combination of this particular shade of pink and the gold sequins – it has a bit of a Marni vibe about it…); this ilovegorgeous gold sequinned dress (full-on and fabulous!) and this one (just divine): loving the casual, everyday sparkles on this navy one from Zara; this classic ballerina style from Ted Baker; and this baby version; and this Little White Company dress (Tabs already has it).
£22.00-£24.00 SHOP NOW
ps: all the details on how to enter the babyGap prize draw will be in tomorrow’s post. You don’t want to miss it!
pps: if you have a daughter who is OBSESSED with Hello Kitty (as I do), and try (as I do) to steer her away from the scary (and invariably, pink) branded clothing, I have a little find that that may just be of interest to you… This t-shirt from M&S is as tasteful as Hello Kitty comes, and I actually think it’s rather cute (and yes, it really is navy!). I bought it for Tabs, and of course, she LOVES it, and I don’t hate it. Result! I like it best worn with navy and white striped leggings, cream cable knit cardigan and her trusty Boden suede boots. And everyone is happy.
Mango Slim Fit Dark Wash Jeans (3-12 years)
I always find it so hard to find good jeans for Marlow. I almost always end up buying H&M or Gap girls’ skinny jeans for him (they are always a great fit, and not too skinny), because I hate really baggy jeans on boys. So I was pretty over-the-moon to discover these slim-fit jeans from Mango (that are actually for boys!). They are definitely some of the best I’ve seen, and a great price too.
£22.99 SHOP NOW
ps: all the details for the babyGap/Little spree event on Friday 29th will be revealed in tomorrow’s post, so make sure you remember to log in.
pps: Elias & Grace currently have 20% off everything in store and online (until 30th November), so definitely worth checking out. I am in love with this gorgeous Chloe coat…
ppps: Boden have a whopping 30% off all the ‘Winter Warmer’ pieces, which includes all coats, knitwear and ‘cosy’ accessories. Some amazing bargains. You have to be quick though, a gorgeous cashmere jumper that I had my eye on (for myself) has already completely sold out!! As I’ve said before, you snooze you loose…
Lands End Flannel Tunic (6-12 years)
The high street (as were the catwalks before that) is awash with various tartan and plaid prints. I love this smock style top (so easy to wear) with its cute heart-shaped patch pockets. Size-up, then it can be worn at as a little dress with knitted tights before it morphs into a top. I like that it can also be dressed down with jeans to feel bit more grungy. This chambray version is also great if you don’t fancy the tartan…
£19.95 SHOP NOW
ps: all the details of the babyGap/Little Spree event at the flagship store on Oxford Street will be revealed on Tuesday. I can’t wait to meet you all (and your gorgeous little ones) next Friday!
Cyrillus Baby Cable Knit Hat (45cm-53cm)
For babies it’s great to have this style of hat with the ties that do up under the chin so that it (ideally) stays in place. This is one of the chic-est ones I’ve seen. I also like this grey and navy striped one, also from Cyrillus; this navy cable knit one from BHS; this trapper-style hat from The Little White Company; For something a bit more fun, I really love this Gap one. I saw it in store last week, and it’s so cute. And I always love a bobble or a pom-pom!
£25.00 SHOP NOW
Donna & Markus by Markus Lupfer Girl’s Sequin Moon Jumper (4-14 years)
I’ve always loved a bit if Markus Lupfer, and I absolutely love this cute sequinned moon jumper. It’s just the right side of kitsch (I hate kitsch). The mix of the grey and navy striped sleeves balance out the cuteness of the silver sequins. All it needs is a cool pair of jeans…
£15.00-£19.50 (was £20.00-£26.00) SHOP NOW
John Lewis Fake Fur Hand Warmer
Call it a hand warmer if you must, but at the end of the day, this is technically ‘a muff’. And super-cosy it is too. They always remind me of those beautiful Victorian Christmas scenes… And here’s another cute one from Rachel Riley (and it’s half price!). I want one!
£10.00 SHOP NOW
Next Sherpa Lined Peacoat (12 months-5 years)
During my endless search for navy pea coats, I constantly found myself unearthing various great grey coats, so felt they were worthy of a post in their own right. In the absence of navy, grey is always the next best thing for a Winter coat as far as I’m concerned. This Gap one really caught my eye – I love that is a slightly different spin on the traditional reefer/pea style. The sheerpa trim/lining looks (and I’m sure feels) so cosy. Here are a few others that I found… I really like this cosy parka-style from Next; this one from Kihawo; this Cyrillus one; this Cocoon one; this reefer-style from Vertaudet; and finally, this ‘baby pea’ also from Gap.
£27.95 SHOP NOW
Mango Pocket Flared Skirt (XS-L)
Believe it or not Tabitha has only ever owned about four skirts in her lifetime (and I think they have all been some kind of variation of a ‘tasteful’ tutu). For some reason I just seem to find skirts tricky (I own virtually none, for the same reason). She either wears dresses, jeans, trousers or leggings, but never skirts. But I have suddenly had the urge to start buying her some. I bought a couple of great Miller ones from that fabulous sale last week, and they were very similar in style to this one. I love this ‘skater style’ of short, full skirt, and I adore this shade of mustard, and the little patch pockets. It will look great with a chunky sweater, knitted tights and boots/ballet pumps (and this colour will work really well with grey and navy) And I will be buying it for Tabs. And just like that, the skirt spell was magically lifted…
£16.99 SHOP NOW
Cath Kidston Fire Engine Suitcase
This would make the coolest gift for a little boy (perfect for storing all those annoying little cars in), and would look great in their bedroom too. In fact, I would probably fill it with annoying little cars, then give it as a present…
£25.00 SHOP NOW
Cos A-line Velvet Dress (1-8 years)
I have at least three velvet dresses like this in my wardrobe (including one from Cos actually). So it makes perfect sense that Tabitha should have one too, right? I just love the simplicity of it (and it would look so cute with silver/grey stripy tights if you want to pimp it up a little). And let’s face it, it’s probably more age appropriate for a three year old (not that that’s ever put me off before…).
£35.00 SHOP NOW
ps: I couldn’t help noticing that one of my most treasured Marlow purchases is still available on the Cos website. This grey cashmere cardigan is well into its second year, and still looks as good as new, and is so warm and cosy. I’ve just got it out again now that the temperature has plummeted. And I love it just as much as I did last Winter. I’m very tempted to buy another one in a larger size for next Winter…
Benetton Cable Knit Sweater (1-14 years)
It’s all about the cosy, chunky (and preferably cable knit) jumpers at the moment. I absolutely love this Benetton one – such a great colour. Here are a few more favourites that I also discovered on my travels… I’m actually obsessed with this navy Joules one (how great is it?): this Gap one; this Mango one (love the buttons on the shoulder); this M&S one is fab too. I’m clearly having ‘an anchor moment’…
£24.90 SHOP NOW
ps: while we’re on the subject of cable knits, I just bought this cream cardigan from The Little White Company for Tabs. It’s the perfect ‘go with everything’ cardigan. She’s wearing it today over her Zara red gingham dress.
pps: literally just seen this navy cable knit from Howick. Another one to add to my ever-growing shopping list…