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
It would probably be an understatement to say that I am obsessed with hair bows/clips for Tabitha. She wears one every day, come rain or shine (even on holiday in the swimming pool – I kid you not) and I am constantly on the hunt for new ones. Not as easy as you might think!! Easy to find super-girly ones. Not so easy to find ones that are in simple, non-sickly colours. I discovered these ones from a little shop called Panache when I was visiting my friend, KP in Hoddesdon, Herts in October, and they are still my favourites. I almost had a meltdown when I couldn’t find my favourite (navy) one for the twins’ 2nd birthday party! THE perfect grosgrain ribbon bow. And the navy one looks good with everything. Love the grey too though. Plus they come in tons of other colours. Oh my God, did I really just write all that about bows?? And the scary thing is, I could have written more… Over and out.
Vertbaudet Newborn Convertible All-In-One (0-18 months)
Verbaudet is a really great French kids brand that I first heard about through another fellow twins mum, Emma. They do really lovely, affordable things. I love French children’s clothes, but they can be on the expensive side. Vertbaudet is a brilliant high-street alternative. This all-in-one is just gorgeous. Perfect for a Winter baby. Love that it’s grey – super-stylish. Loving the hugely practical design – so clever. It would also make a fantastic baby present if you don’t know the sex of the baby. My sister is having her baby any day now, so one might be coming her way…
Was £29.00 Now £20.30 vertbaudet.co.uk
Mini Club Striped Heart T-Shirt (6 months-6 years)
I spotted this while I was in Boots earlier today (after the Burberry show should you be interested?!?). Boots is probably one of the last places I would think of looking for clothes for Tabarlow, but they actually do some great things, so take a look next time you’re buying some nappies (only in the larger branches though). Or if you can’t get to the shops, just click below.
Red Direct ‘Little Lapin’
I just love these. I always like anything that is (or looks) handmade for babies/kids. These knitted rabbits are so sweet, and would make a lovely gift for a newborn baby. They are handknitted from lambswool and measure 28cm high. Choose from 4 x colours.
Cos Check Flannel Shirt (sizes 98-116)
Yes, there are actually still some sale bargains out there, waiting to be snapped up if you’re quick. I bought this shirt for Marlow back in January, but it is still available. I’m not a big fan of shirts on little boys (somehow, they just always end up looking too formal and grown up…), but I really love this one. I like the relaxed fit and the fact that it’s collarless. Love the colours (no brights!!), and it feels really lovely and soft. It’s all about the details. Cos is one of my favourite shopping haunts for kids, but it can be quite pricey. Always check out their sales though – there are definitely bargains to be had.
Was €35.00 (£30.00) Now €18.00 (£15.00) cosstores.com
1. Gap Intarsia Jumper (0-24 months)
This is a great jumper for a boy. Not too boyish, but not too girly either. I lalways love a star motif. Perfect with a pair of slim-fit jeans.
2. Next skinny jeans (3 months-6 years)
I originally bought a pair of these jeans (the grey ones) for Tabs, but when I got home they were too big for her, so I tried them on Marlow and actually, they looked great! Don’t be put off by the fact that they are officially called ‘skinny’ jeans (somehow seems so wrong on a two year old…) – the fit is more of a cool, straight-leg jean. And give them a little tun-up. I find Next sizing quite generous, so I would consider buying a smaller size in these. My faves are the grey, but I do really like both the indigo and mid-wash blue (and will be going back to buy them).
Zara Trench Coat (2-12 years)
This post is dedicated to Nicola Rose, Fashion & Creative Director of Red. She loves a trench! And how cute is this mini one? London Fashion Week starts today, and a great trench is always a fashion staple. Its never too early to start building your capsule wardrobe!
H&M Dresses (4-18 months)
H&M is one of my favourite discoveries for kids clothes. The prices are hard to beat, but you do have to search to find the treasures. These dresses are totally adorable. If Tabitha could write a shopping list, these would be at the top.
Next Grey Face T-Shirt/Body (0-18 months)
I’m not sure what it is about this, but I just think it’s SO cute. That’s all.
Zara Home Baby changing mats
How many things can claim to be gorgeous to look at and practical? Not many kids’ things that’s for sure. I love both the heart and star print. And they are also small enough to stash in your bag.
Stars £19.99 zarahome.com
Hearts £19.99 zarahome.com
M&S wellies (sizes 5-13)
These are fab because they are completely plain with no branding. They are a great price too. I particularly love the yellow ones (they look fab with the Next navy snowsuit; which by the way, I have just washed in the machine after a muddy outing to the park,and came out as good as new), but thought I’d throw in the pink ones for mums out there who might not be as phobic as I am about pink.
1. Yellow £6.00-£8.00 marksandspencer.com
2. Pink £6.00-£8.00 marksandspencer.com
Little White Company hooded towels with ears
This post was inspired by the lovely Kate, a fellow twins mum. She recently texted me to ask when was I starting my blog because she couldn’t find nice hooded towels for toddlers. I immediately texted back: The Little White Company!! They do small ones for babies (which she already knew about), but also larger ones for older babies/toddlers. I love that they are just completely plain. And the ears are such a cute detail. This may seem a bit of a dull post, but wait until you’re trying to find tasteful baby towels!
Small £17.00 thewhitecompany.com
Large £22.50 thewhitecompany.com
Celtic Sheepskin Company sheepskin booties (0-2 years)
These are the cutest things ever! So gorgeous and soft. I have just given a pair to two friend’s babies – I think they make a really lovely gift. 100% sheepskin, handmade, and machine washable.
Jo Jo Maman Bebe cable knit hat (6 months-5 years)
There a still few good knitted hats out there, and this is one of my favourites. In this snowy weather, a hat that covers the ears and some of the face is a must. And this one is made of cotton, so won’t irritate your little one’s skin. And did I mention that it looks cute too?
French Connection heart print dress (0-18 months)
I have very little to say about this dress, apart from that I LOVE it. The perfect dress. Wear with grey or navy knitted tights – Mothercare have done great ones: £8.00-£9.00 for 3 x pairs. I would like this dress in my wardrobe… Love, love, love.
Was £35.00 Now £22.50 frenchconnection.com
Sass and Belle owl cushions
Love these cushions!! I actually first saw them on another blog ages ago, not long after Tabarlow were born, and went straight to the shop to buy them. I love that they have a slightly ‘folky’ feel to them. Tabs and Marlow have one each in their cots (only when they were well over six months old of course – you should never put cushions in infants’ cots). They are such a great price. They make a lovely baby present too (I have given them to a few friends with new babies and they were very enthusiastically received). They have lots of other colours, but these were the ones I bought.
Zara star print dress (6-36 months)
I’m a huge fan of Zara Kids, particularly for girls. Many of my favourite things of Tabitha’s are from Zara. They always manage to combine cute and cool, which is always tricky with girls’ clothes. And they undoubtedly take a lot of inspiration from the high end French kids’ labels (always a good thing in my book!). Cute star print, front pleating detail, Peter Pan collar – what’s not to love? Buy in a bigger size and wear with a long sleeved t-shirt/fine knit sweater underneath, tights and a cardigan until the weather changes. Super-cute.
French Connection printed pyjamas (0-18 months)
I was given some French Connnection pyjamas for Tabarlow when they were first born, and I absolutely loved them (and this is very apparent when I look back at pics from that time!). They literally lived in them. They are made of really lovely, soft cotton; look cute, and wash really well (sorry, a dull thing to mention, but a very important fact for busy mums). They also look great a bit ‘styled up’ for all those endless visitors in the early days – a gorgeous jumper or cardi over the top will look fab. Think of them as cool ‘loungewear’ for your little ones. You’d better be quick though, the sale ends soon!
1. Were £25.00 Now £12.50 Birds frenchconnection.com
2. Were £25.00 Now £12.50 Planes frenchconnection.com
Mothercare velcro high-tops (sizes 2-6)
Like the duffle coat, I bought these for Marlow ages ago (last Summer in fact). He’s currently on his third pair (I am a ‘repeat buyer’ if I really like something). So I was really excited to see that they are still available in the sale, and felt it only fair to share my find! They always get loads of compliments whenever he wears them (to give you an idea of sizing, Marlow is wearing a size 5 at the moment and he’s just turned two). As you already know, navy and grey are two of my favourite colours to dress boys in, so these instantly tick two of my style boxes. I also love the corduroy and the easy-to-put-on-and-get-out-the-house velcro. In fact, might have to go and buy another pair before they sell out…
Mini Boden cardigan (0-4 years)
This is such a cute cardigan. I love the contrast trim, and that it has a slightly hand-knit feel. And the chick is such a sweet detail. I’m generally not a big fan of pictures on kids’ clothes, but this has a lovely whimsical feel that works. Oh, and it’s machine washable!
Mothercare herringbone tweed duffle coat (18 months-8 years)
I bought this coat for Marlow at the beginning of the Winter last year, but just noticed that it’s still available in the sale. It’s classic (looks expensive) and well made. And really warm and cosy with a lovely soft, furry lining. And makes a nice change from a navy duffle. Mothercare are doing some great things at the moment. Marlow is wearing his today!
Was £36.00 Now £18.00 mothercare.com
1. Zara Home Baby cashmere cable knit sweater (0-6 months)
Ok, so these aren’t exactly cheap, but they are beautiful, and 100% cashmere. There is nothing nicer than a baby dressed in head-to-toe cashmere (you can’t stop cuddling them). A special splurge for your newborn, or a friend/relative’s baby. I would have been very happy to have received this set as a gift! If you can’t stretch to both, go for the sweater.
2. Zara Home Baby cashmere knit trousers (0-6 months)
These are great because they are so cosy with the feet. And easy for nappy changes!
Next quilted snowsuit (3 months-6 years)
I’m sure I wasn’t the only mum who wasn’t on standby with a cosy snowsuit (or two) on Saturday? So I panicked and went online! With the stores full of Spring/Summer clothes already, there wasn’t a huge amount of choice. I shopped around, but found this one from Next to be the best for design and price. Love that it’s navy and not a bright colour (trust me, it looks much nicer in the flesh). Tabarlow will prob not wear them that much, so definitely didn’t want to spend a fortune. They will be perfect to see them through this cold snap. Plus Next do next day delivery, which was a big bonus.