Cos Colour-Block T-shirt (1-8 years)
Why is so hard to find good t-shirts (even completely plain ones) for little boys? It’s such a mystery to me (I have had more trouble finding T-shirts for Marlow this Summer than anything else for the twins collectively). Thank God for Cos! You just can’t beat them for cool, stylish kids’ clothes that don’t cost the earth. I tend to find myself buying more things for Marlow than Tabitha here, simply because I generally find it harder to buy great boys’ things than girls. I just love everything about this T-shirt. The colour combination is spot-on. This is at the top of Marlow’s shoping list!
Miller Seersucker Dress (6-18 months)
I love Miller! They do such lovely things, but they are not necessarily what I would class as ‘high street’, so I usually (reluctantly) give them a wide berth. Hello sales! Suddenly Miller is on my shopping list! This is the most perfect Summer dress as far as I’m concerned – gorgeous colour (and completely plain), simple shape, seersucker (I love anything seersucker!), cotton, smocked, and cute buttons at the back. It has all the elements of a classic little girl’s dress, but in a slightly more modern package. And what an amazing bargain! What’s not to love?
£22.00 (was £55.00) liberty.co.uk
Cyrillus Ankle Boots (sizes 20-24)
You already know how much I love a desert boot for kids, so you can imagine my excitement when I found these from one of my favourite French kids’ labels. Still as stylish and versatile as a regular desert boot (I’ve yet to find something that they don’t look great with), but with a velcro strap (so you can get out the house that bit quicker!). And the colour options coudn’t be more perfect – navy and dusky pink (always two of my favourites). Now I know they are not exactly cheap as chips, but I think £52.00 for a pair of really lovely, French kids’ boots is actually pretty great. I will be buying both colours for Tabarlow.
Lötiekids is a new discovery for me, but one that I really feel is quite special, and that I’m really excited to share with you. It’s a gorgeous little capsule collection from Spain of stylish, easy-to-wear basics in lovely, soft, stretchy cotton. Many of the pieces feature charming, original little prints such as this bicycle one, which I particularly love. I also love this pretty, dusky-pink (always one of my favourites, but generally not that easy to find on the high street). These are not necessarily designed to be pyjamas, but I always find it so difficult (a nightmare in fact) to find nice girl’s ones, that I thought this set would make the ideal pair for Tabitha for the Summer. But they also double up as lovely separates to wear every day. How clever! They also do great printed sleepsuits that go up to age three (super-cosy). Love!
1. Lötiekids printed top (1 month-5 years) £13.50 lotiekids.com
2. Lötiekids printed leggings (1 month-5 years) £13.50 lotiekids.com
Petit Bateau Baby Boy Striped Trousers (3-24 months)
I’m definitely in the mood for a bargain today. I have had my eye on these Petit Bateau trousers for a while now, but resisted posting them until today. I just love them (and they would be just as cute for little girls too). They are a great shape for babies and their nappies, but still super-chic. And at £24 in the sale, I think they are a great investment. More sale bargains to come (I have plenty more up my sleeve!).
£24.85 (were £35.50) petit-bateau.co.uk
ps: I hot-footed it across Paris like a mad woman today after shooting (while the rest of the team chilled out in their rooms, getting ready for dinner) to get to the Bonpoint sale shop before it closed at 7pm. And it was definitely worth it. I was really pushed for time (the shop assistant was politely hustling me out as I tried to look at more things…), but I managed to leave with the following: a gorgeous little floral blouse for my friend Des’s new baby girl, a checked smock-top for Tabs, a cool pair of striped skinny trousers for Marlow, and the girl’s version for Tabs. Not bad for ten minutes work. And trust me, my bank will not be calling me to check whether my credit card has been stolen either! If you are ever in Paris, it is well worth a visit (and it’s in a great location too, which is unusual for a sale shop – they are normally either stuck out near the airport or in some dodgy suberb that you can’t find for love nor money). Here’s the address so you have it: 42 rue de L’Universite, 75007 Paris (open Monday-Saturday, 10am-7.00pm).
Zara Jumper With Back Detail (3-14 years)
This is understated chic at its best. A gorgeous, simple jumper for every day that will go with everything and look great no matter what (plus, it looks expensive – always a bonus). Just add jeans (or it would look fab with a striped trouser) and you have such a cool, simple outfit. And it has a little keyhole detail at the back which just adds a little ‘je ne said quoi’ (sorry, I’m in Paris – couldn’t resist…).