I never get bored of stripes…

30 May 2012

French Connection Navy Stripe Tee (2-13 years)
I picked up this lovely t-shirt for Marlow (even though it’s officially a girl’s tee) the other day when I was browsing in French Connection (and checking out the lovely new homeware collection at the same time). It’s lovely, soft cotton and not too thick, so perfect for those days when it’s not quite hot enough for a short sleeve, but you still want something light. Admittedly, it’s perhaps a teeny bit more expensive than other similar Breton-style tops on the high street, but the cut is great (slim but not too tight), and the quality of the cotton is lovely. Definitely worth the extra pennies. It’s also washed really well (dull but important when it comes to kids’ clothes). I even chucked it in the tumble dryer (although pretty much all of Tabarlow’s clothes go in the dryer!) and it came out as good as new. It also has a cute little cut-out, keyhole detail with a button at the back (the only real giveaway that it might not be a boy’s top…). I’m definitely going to go back and pick up another one for Tabs.
£16.00-£19.00  frenchconnection.com 

peter pan: my collar of choice

29 May 2012

Cyrillus Blouse with Peter Pan Collar (6-36 months)
I am always a big fan of the Peter Pan collar (for babies, little girls and for myself). Apart from anything else, I just love saying it! And they always just always look so sweet. I like that the print on this one is quite neutral and understated. Tabitha lives in pretty little blouses similar to this, and I always love them on her. They just feel a bit more special than a regular top or t-shirt, but can still be great for every day with jeans or shorts.
£25.00  cyrillus.com 

military chic

28 May 2012

La Redoute Boy’s Army Style Cap (one size)
I’ve been on location in beautiful Hyde Park all day today, shooting a Military story (it’s a big trend for Autumn/Winter) for the September issue of Red. This means I am tuned in to all things military right now, so when I spotted this fab cap I felt I had to share it with you all. After searching all over London for one for Tabitha and Marlow’s dad (after he lost his favourite Marc Jacobs navy one that I had bought him) for Christmas, I discovered that the official term for this particular style of cap is a ‘tram driver’s cap’ (you can’t say Little Spree isn’t informative!). I just think they are a little cooler than a regular cap (and make a change from a sun hat). This one only comes in one size, but it has an adjustable strap at the back. Perfect for cool little boys.
£11.00  laredoute.co.uk 

mini marni?

27 May 2012

M&S Girl’s Open Toe Bow Sandals (sizes 4-13)
You’d been forgiven for thinking these are Marni (they have just launched a kids’ collection after all). They totally look like they could be! I just love everything about them – the navy spot/stripe combo, the (non-perfect) bow, the fact that they are espadrilles… And of course, the fact that they aren’t Marni, and are a tenner (or less if you are shopping for very little girls!). You’ve gotta love M&S!
ps: a (very cool) fellow Fashion Editor friend of mine, did actually think they were Marni! So there you have it.
£9.00-£10.00  marksandspencer.com 

building blocks

26 May 2012

Red Direct Vintage Alphabet Blocks
Never underestimate the power of the simple building block. Tabarlow (Marlow in particular) absolutely love playing with them, and they have learnt so much at the same time – fine motor skills and letter names (that’s the science bit to you and me). These are particularly lovely ones, and would make a really great gift. As always, Red Direct hits the spot.
£25.00  reddirect.co.uk