Cos Polkadot Hairclips (one size)
As you now already know, I’m always on the lookout for great hairclips and bows for Tabitha. Cos always have fab ones that perfectly combine cute and cool, and are never too girly. Love these!
Gap Denim Shorts (0-24 months)
I always think it’s much harder to dress boys in the Summer than girls (well, when you think about it – take away dresses and your choices are quite limited). Denim shorts are a great option because they can just replace jeans. And they look good with pretty much everything – t-shirts, sweatshirts (even jumpers when it gets a bit cooler later in the day). They just look so cool and effortless. Marlow is wearing a very similar pair to this (also from Gap) today with a Boden navy and white striped long-sleeved t-shirt and his Hampton Classic sandals.
Hampton Classics Nantucket Sandals (sizes 19-32)
I love these! Tabitha had a pair last year, and she literally lived in them. I’ve just bought Tabs and Marlow a pair each for this Summer, and they are both wearing them today. I love that they are such a classic design, and completely plain. And honestly, they look great with everything, from jeans to shorts to dresses to leggings. They are perfect for this weather because they are open, but still have the closed toe for when it’s a little chillier. And such a great price too.
Monsoon Girl China Striped Dress (0-3 years)
How much are you loving this gorgeous weather?? Apologies to all mums (and not forgetting the dads, grannies etc etc) with boys – I know I have been guilty of more girl posts recently. But worry not – loads of lovely boys’ things to come I promise! This weather just makes me feel more ‘girly’ I suppose. And how cute is this dress? To anyone who thought that Monsoon just did pretty bridesmaids’ dresses (myself included), think again. Loving the blue and white stripe, the flower embroidery, the pockets, and last but not least, that it comes with matching knickers! So sweet.
Cox & Cox Light Switch Stickers (Girls/Animals)
Oh my gosh, could these stickers be any cuter?? Such a lovely idea. If I had to choose (and I will of course, when I get five minutes!) I would go for the animal set I think. Each set contains enough stickers for eight switch boxes. Another lovely (and inexpensive) present idea. Love, love, love.
Boden 5 Pack Bodies (0-24 months)
Boden do the best bodysuits. Tabarlow wore them (different prints, but equally cute) when they were babies, and I loved them in them. Generally I like plain white ones to wear in Winter under things, but these are great for the Summer to sleep in, or as t-shirts during the day. The rabbit print is completely adorable, and as you know, I always love a stripe! They wash brilliantly and are made from lovely cotton (always very important to me). And they come in a cute little matching drawstring bag (I still use mine now for keeping snacks in when we’re out!). They would make a great present too.
Next Embroidered Blouse (3 months-6 years)
Could Summer finally be on the way? The clocks have gone forward and I’m feeling Summery! This gorgeous top is just perfect. I spotted it a while ago and immediately fell in love, so bought it despite the freezing temperature at the time (I never like to leave things to ‘buy later’ if I can help it – far too risky). If you really love something, just buy it – it’s not just Isabel Marant boots that sell out the minute they hit the shop floor! Anyway, I probably don’t need to explain why I like this top so much – you can see for yourself. But FYI: the pink embroidery is more neon in the flesh, which just makes me love it that bit more.
John Lewis Cut Out Sandals (sizes 4 Jnr-4)
I always find it a real style challenge to find great shoes for girls, but suddenly I seem to keep seeing fab ones everywhere I go! I really love these, but I can’t quite put my finger on why. I just know they will look great (and I will definitely be buying a pair for Tabs). They are not too girly, but not too butch either. They will look so cute with pretty dresses if you’re not into super-girly looks for girls (I’m not). And they look comfy and practical for running around in. They do also come in pink, but of course I was never going to go for those! Oh and by the way, talking of footwear – I bought Marlow and Tabs the Jones Bootmaker navy desert boots (as featured in last Sunday’s post) on Friday and I absolutely love them. Was only planning on getting them for Marlow, but they looked so cool, I couldn’t resist! Tabs is wearing hers today with a denim tunic top (H&M), a marl grey cardigan (Zara) and navy and white striped leggings (Gap).
Bows And Arrows Grandad Jumper (6 months-6 years)
Is it me, or does this jumper have a bit of a Jonathan Saunders/Christopher Kane feel about it? Love the colour – not too bright (as you probably know by now, I’m not a huge fan of bright colours); and the Grandad-style neckline. I just think it’s really cool. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, I can tell you that it’s now half price (just £7.00!), and that you get your Boots points when you buy it (I love my Boots Advantage card!!). So what are you waiting for?
Was £14.00 Now £7.00 boots.com
Mothercare Unisex Booties (newborn-9 months)
These are so sweet. I love that they are so simple and stylish (grey, stars, stripes – all my favourites), but still cute. And you get all three pairs in one set, which is such a great bargain. They would make a lovely (and inexpensive) gift too.
I have news, and it’s exciting! Diane von Furstenberg and Gap are launching a girls’ collection on 28th March, and I’ve had a sneak preview, and can tell you it’s fantastic. It has been cleverly designed as a little bit ‘mini mummy’, but not too much. These are just a couple of my favourite pieces. I love, love, love these heart print sandals (yes, I’m slightly obsessed, it’s true)! They will look so cute with jeans or simple sun dresses. And how cool are these leggings? I would style them with a navy cashmere sweater/long sleeved t-shirt, or even a simple white smock top once it’s a bit warmer. And this is just a taste of things to come. Other pieces to scope out are the gorgeous print dresses, capri pants and the swimwear. As you would expect from DVF, the prints feature heavily (hibiscus and leaf), and are all super-cute, and in gorgeous colours. And there are some great accessories too. There’s even a printed nappy bag! The collection starts from newborn and goes right up to age 14, and prices start from just £9.95. These will be great pieces to buy and keep. I still have pieces from the Stella McCartney/Gap collaboration that I bought for the twins when I was pregnant. I still love them now, and have passed on the boys’ things to my sister for my nephew. So you better make a note in your diary to get down to your nearest Gap next Wednesday (preferably first thing!). Or stay at home in your pyjamas and log on if you can’t face the scrum…
The Little White Company Breton Anchor T-Shirt (0-24 months)
I have more Breton t-shirts than I know what to do with. And at the last count Tabs and Marlow had around six between them. I just love them. This is a great one, and the anchor detail is so cute. Perfect for this time of year, because you can just layer it under a jumper or cardigan. They always look great under sleeveless/pinafore dresses too. And for boy/girl twins it’s a great piece to share (provided they are not very different sizes like mine!).
Pebble Knitted Floppy Bears
How cute are these? I discovered Pebble when I bought my friend, KP’s little boy, Carter a knitted octopus, which he loves apparently. They do such sweet things. These bears (choose from Freddie, Harry and Nancy) are 23cm high, machine washable and made from 100% organic cotton. A lovely quirky gift if you’re looking for something a little different that’s not only ethical, but cute and stylish too. Love!
£10.50 each littlehathi.co.uk
Jones Bootmaker Suede Desert Boots (sizes 22-27)
I spotted these in the window of the store in Westfield the other day, and was inside (trying to remember the last time I was in a Jones Bootmaker store??) in a flash! I am sort of obsessed with desert boots on kids (the idea for Little Spree all started with a fab pair that I found in M&S last year that I ended up telling everyone about, and that the twins then wore all Winter, and are still wearing now). I love that they are a design classic, and so simple. And I like them equally on girls and boys (they look great with dresses and tights as well as trousers and jeans). These navy ones are super-chic, and look much more expensive than they are. I would maybe consider switching the laces to navy ones though. Just a little tip from me to you.
H&M Chunky Knit Socks (sizes 1-7)
Ok, so a sock post is possibly a little dull. I don’t often get excited about socks I must admit, but honestly, I really love these! Perfect for wearing with trainers or desert boots/hi-tops, and would make a great ‘welly sock’. I stand by my sock post!
Petit Bateau Chambray Dress (3-24 months)
I know I’m guilty of posting lots of dresses, but who doesn’t love a dress? There’s nothing cuter than a little girl in a gorgeous dress. This one is great because it’s so simple, but still pretty. Reasons why I love it: the colour, the fact that it’s chambray (a little less casual than regular denim), the tunic-style shape, the patch pockets (always love a dress with pockets) and the buttons down the back. Oh and that it’s 100% cotton. Buy in a slightly bigger size, and this will last for months. Would make a lovely present too.
Trotters Rainmac (1-7 years)
With this schizophrenic weather we’re experiencing at the moment, it’s anyone’s guess what we’ll be dressing our little ones in from one day to the next. A great rainmac is an essential item in times like these. It’s not always cold enough for a full-on Winter coat, but it’s not necessarily mild enough to ditch the coat altogether. Hello fab yellow rainmac! Tabarlow have lovely macs very similar to this that I bought in Target (more about them later) in Washington at Christmas (courtesy of Granny and Connie) that I absolutely love. I normally run a mile from bright colours, but there is something very traditional about a yellow rainmac, and this is a great one. And I love the striped lining – a lovely detail. It does come in other colours, but the yellow is definitely my favourite.
Mibo Alphabet Print (40cm x 50cm)
Red Direct do some fantastic things for kids. I’m a huge fan. I actually bought Tabarlow most of their Christmas presents from there, and they loved them all. The thing I like about the things they (carefully) select is that they are things that obviously appeal to kids, but that also look happen to look great, so you don’t mind them hanging around your house, tripping you up. I really love these prints, and they will encourage your child to learn their numbers/alphabet at the same time as looking great hanging on their bedroom wall. I’m all about the multi-tasking (well I am a mum of twins!).
Monsoon Cable Knit Jumper (6-12 months)
How great is this jumper? Again, like the DPAM blouse, it has a bit of a mini Isabel Marant feel about it. I love that it is cool, but still quite classic at the same time. I’d definitely dress Tabitha in it too (with a skinny jean and a desert boot), even though it’s officially a boy’s jumper. A shame that it’s only available in such a small range of sizes, but I liked it so much I still wanted to share!
H&M Chinos (4-18 months)
These are a great alternative to jeans now that Spring seems to finally be here (although I won’t be packing the snowsuits away just yet). Love the colour, the faded stripe, and the lightweight feel. They are 100% cotton, which is always a bonus too. Will look fab with a grey sweatshirt.