Open Toe T-Bar Sandals (size 4s-13s)
These gorgeous sandals caught my eye as I was doing my usual 10 minute trolley-dash around M&S foodhall (conveniently located next to the children’s department in the Marble Arch store) this afternoon. Possibly a little optimistic buying Summer sandals in February, but the sun was shining, so what the hell! These are so sweet, and I love that they are such a simple design (hard to find non-embellished girls’ sandals). And the silver is fab – a welcome change from pink. They will look equally cute worn with simple sun dresses or jeans this Summer. I love them and so does Tabs. However, she did want to wear them today – well, don’t we all want to wear our new purchases immediately? Can’t blame a girl for trying…
Bambino Merino Baby Sleeping Bag (2 months-2 years)
This post was suggested by my lovely neighbour, Kath. I had recommended these sleeping bags to her a while ago for her little boy, Sam, but had decided not to include them on Little Spree because I thought people might be put off by the price. But then as she reminded me, when you only need to buy one sleeping bag (instead of various ones with different TOGs for the different seasons), they are actually a great price, and a real bargain. I will let you read all the blurb on their website (just click on the price below) for yourself, but basically they are made from all natural fibres, including a lovely, soft 100% merino wool lining. They cleverly create a microclimate around your baby to keep them warm and comfortable throughout the night, without the risk of overheating. Now that’s the science bit out of the way, let’s get to the important stuff… They come in lovely colours (sage, petal, sand, sky) and look really stylish (so many sleeping bags are so naff!). And you can buy two for £99.00. Oh, and they come in their own cute little drawstring pouch. I just wish I’d discovered them before Tabarlow were a year old – it would have saved me a fortune (I have a huge pile of redundant sleeping bags in my airing cupboard).
£56.95 (or £99.00 for two) bambinomerino.com
Mini Club Denim Shirt (6 months-6 years)
I am loving Boots at the moment (who knew?). Honestly, they have some really fab things. And you can’t argue with the ‘3 for 2 mix & match’ bargains (plus you can get your Boots points – result!). Now I know I said that I wasn’t a big fan of little boys in shirts, but like the Cos checked one, this has a more relaxed feel to it. I really love the wash of the denim. Would look really cute with a cashmere cardigan (in navy, grey or brown) over the top. Or dare I say it – you could always go for a ‘double denim’ look and wear with a pair of darker wash jeans? I think it would be really cute on a girl too, so Marlow and Tabs might have to share this one!
Tu Queen’s Guard Costume (3-10 years)
All kids love fancy dress and dressing up. But if you’re bored of pirates and princesses, look no further. How ‘on trend’ is this Queen’s guard costume, with the Diamond Jubilee around the corner? Plus, I’ve never seen a costume like this. It’s so sweet. And who says little girls can’t dress up as guards too??
La Redoute Smocked Floral Dress (12 months-5 years)
This is the most gorgeous dress! Now it may not feel like the right time to be buying a Summer dress, but when it’s this cute (and this price!!), you’d be crazy not to buy it. Love the smocking, and the frilly cross-over straps, but that the shape is simple and A-line. The floral print is my absolute favourite kind – a small, Liberty-esque sprig print. And in a gorgeous colour. It has a real A.P.C feel. Buy it in a bigger size, and put it away until the Summer. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.
Was £12.00 Now from £3.00 laredoute.co.uk
John Lewis Checked Wool Coat (3-12 months)
Just seen this! So sad that Marlow is too big for it, but definitely would have snapped one up for him otherwise. Such a lovely boys coat. What are you waiting for??
Was £34.00 Now £17.00 johnlewis.com