Starchild Milky Stars Leather Baby Shoes (0-6 months)
Baby shoes/booties are just as tricky as toddlers’ in my opinion. You can find this type of soft-soled leather shoe (I used to call them ‘Michael Flatleys’ when Tabarlow wore them) everywhere, but can you find tasteful ones? Not easily. They are few and far between, believe me. This pair is definitely one of the cutest I’ve seen. Admittedly, white is perhaps not the most practical of colours for baby shoes (but let’s face it there’s not a whole lot of walking going on at this age…), but you can’t have it all! They are simple and stylish, and the tiny cut-out stars are just such a sweet detail (and just enough). And suitable for both boys and girls. Trust me, you’ll be lucky to find nicer ones (if you can, please share!), and these are just £10.00 in the sale! Oh and apparently their sizing is quite generous, so I’m sure these would last beyond six months. Love.
£10.00 (were £16.00) custard-online.co.uk
John Lewis Pack of Two Cotton Tights (2-15 years)
I get so many emails (yes even in August!) from mums asking my advice on where to buy good girls’ tights, I felt they were deserving of their own post. I am (surprise, surprise!) very particular about tights (both for me and for Tabs, although I will stick to Tabs for the sake of this post). Firstly they have to be cotton. For Tabitha they must only ever be the cotton, knitted variety (I have an irrational phobia of little girls, particularly babies, in regular opaque tights – the white ones literally bring me out in hives, even at christenings…). I am very picky on colour and design too. I have dabbled with the occasional pair of striped tights, but always end up hating them once they are on (too gimmicky for me, although I am not entirely against them). So this narrows is down to a rather modest selection of navy, grey and charcoal. Sorry! But before you get too depressed by this limited colour palette, allow me to lift your spirits by adding that all those colours go with pretty much any other colour, so you don’t have to faff about so much in the morning getting (your little ones) dressed. I always buy these John Lewis ones (but they only start from age two, so no good for babies I’m afraid), which also come in, yep, you’ve guessed it – navy and charcoal. I also buy the Mothercare ones, which also come in a pack of two. Zara always do great ones too, particularly if I’m feeling really crazy – they do lovely cable and ribbed ones (Tabarlow wore charcoal ribbed ones under their christening gowns). I do also like brown and beige too actually now I come to think of it. So there you have it. If anyone else has any other leads, I would love to hear from you (unless it’s about white, opaque ones – you can keep those).
Mila-Moo Floral Nappy Cover (size: newborn)
These are just so cute! Similar to the pretty knickers I have previously posted, these are slightly different in that they are designed specifically to go over nappies (such a great idea). They are handmade from cotton Liberty fabric, are elasticated for extra comfort, and have a pretty velvet trim. And as for the bow? Too adorable for words… Would make the most beautiful gift for a newborn. It’s things like this that seriously make me want to have another baby! Almost.
Start-rite Navy Boots (sizes 4E Jnr-6.5E Jnr)
I’m now constantly on the look-out (on high-alert in fact) for great shoes for babies and toddlers because so many people have emailed me about this very subject, and how hard they find it to get decent ones. How cute are these navy boots from Start-rite’s ‘English Classics’ range? They almost look a bit Victorian, which of course, I love (just leave the velvet knickerbockers at home…). And no velcro/trucks/cartoon characters in sight! I just love that they are simple, classic and completely plain. And navy! And you know that Start-rite are def going to look after your little one’s feet. Love.
Lily Rose ‘Coralie’ Liberty Print Blouse (3-24 months)
I love the Winter florals trend that was all over the catwalks for Autumn/Winter 2012/13 (you will be seeing a lot of them around in the stores from now). Gone are the days when pretty floral prints were just reserved for the Summer months. I love nothing more than dressing Tabitha in a Liberty print (this one is Liberty Arts fabric) blouse, skinny jeans or cords and boots (usually desert) in the Winter. I will just add a simple grey cardigan over this blouse for chillier days. I particularly love the colours of this one, and the ric rac trimmed collar.
Next Grey Spot Skinny Jeans (3 months-6 years)
Printed jeans are all over the place at the moment (I’m still loving the Current Elliot faded leopard print ones…), and this is a really cool pair from Next. It’s getting to the end of ‘Summer’ and I’m starting to think less about Summer dresses and sandals and more about cool skinny jeans and jumpers (I think I’m talking about myself and Tabs now). I love that these are a little different from your average skinnies, but will still go with loads of things because of the neutral grey. Tabs will be rocking hers with a little blouse and hi-tops. Cute.