Mothercare Teddy T-Shirt (18 months-8 years)
I think this has to win, hands down as the best bargain ever to be posted on Little Spree. £2.50 for a super-cute long sleeved t-shirt made of 100% cotton! Can it really be true? Yes it can! Thank you Mothercare. See, cheap can be chic!
Du Pareil Au Meme Hansel Blouse (1-23 months)
Another day, another charming little smocky blouse. Loving the black and white gingham check. Autumn is when these blouses really come into their own – you never really know what the weather is doing from one minute to the next. Just throw a chunky cardigan over the top (I’ve just taken delivery of the most gorgeous dusky pink one from Mini Boden – more of that later) and add skinny cords/jeans and you’re good to go. Then ditch the cardigan if (like today) it turns out to be beautiful (as I sweated it out in my new tweedy Topshop jumper…). It’s all about the layering.
ps: various London-based Fashion Editors I know will be hitting the DMAM store on Boulevard Saint Germain looking for bargains in between shows during Paris Fashion Week (on at the moment). Bonpoint it ‘aint, but if you don’t mind a rummage you can find some fab things at amazing prices. I was first dragged into this particular store by my old boss and Glamour Editor-in-Chief, Jo Elvin (we always managed to squeeze in a quick ‘trolley dash’, even in the tightest of show schedules), and I’ve been back every time I’ve been in Paris since. So thank you Jo!
Tootsa MacGinty Fox Jacquard Knit Jumper (3 months-5 years)
Love this because it’s simple, but quirky at the same time (even I get sick of plain grey sweatshirts sometimes…).
ps: just tried to order the Hello Kitty Vans for Tabitha. Sold out! Note to self: order before sharing.
Boden Printed Jersey Dress (0-4 years)
This is not an intentional ‘nursery related post’, but as of this morning I realised it sort of is by default. I ordered both of these dresses for Tabitha simply because I thought they were cute (as you do!), but I now realise that not only are they very cute, they are super-practical too! They are a really simple design, made of jersey (so don’t need ironing), really easy to get on quickly (popper fastenings), and are helpfully printed all over, so don’t really show up the odd mark from paint/pen/food. I couldn’t decide which print I preferred, and seeing as they are such a great price, I simply ordered both (as you do!). They look adorable on (and I probably don’t need to even mention the Peter Pan collar do I?) and I can literally get Tabs dressed for nursery in seconds (just add navy knitted tights). She wore the floral print today, and will be busting out the ducks tomorrow. Just one last thing, they are quite generously sized (I think). I originally ordered age 2-3 years for Tabs, but they swamped her, so I returned them and ordered 18-24 months instead (even though she will be three in January) and they are perfect (Tabs is quite small though…). I love them!
£13.60-£18.00 (was £16.00-£18.00) boden.co.uk
Zara Double Breasted Coat (6-36 months)
This is for everyone (I know there were a few of you out there…) who balked at the price of the Lily Rose coat from Trotters that I posted on 17th September (although I still stand by that post – a good coat is a great investment). In fact I had already seen this Zara one before I fell in love with the Lily Rose one, and absolutely loved it. I love the classic camel colour, the shape is super-chic, and the little collar is just too cute for words. All in all, a great (inexpensive) antidote to the everyday waterproof (boring) ‘nursery/school’ coat. And an alternative for anyone who feels slightly sick at the the thought of coughing up 80 big ones for a coat for such a little person. The problem is, now I want this one for Tabs too (it would look so cool with her skinny jeans and sequinned hi-tops)…
Les Tricots De Margot Cashmere V-neck Cardigan (0-18 months)
Looking for a lovely christening/baptism/naming ceremony present? Look no further. This amazing French cashmere company is my latest obsession (well at least it’s not nursery-related for a change…) and I have now bought this exact cardigan for two babies for two christenings in as many months (I know – not very original of me, but I just love it). Both times I bought the largest size (12-18 months), so that the baby in question could keep it to grow into. So why the obsession? Well, the quality is fantastic (100% 2 x ply cashmere), I love the classic design – the v-neck and the little pocket, the colour (it does also come in other colours, but this is definitely my favourite), and last but not least, the fantastic price (I’m not saying that £48.00 is particularly cheap for a baby cardigan, but it certainly is for a gorgeous cashmere one). It’s also equally perfect for a baby boy or girl. If you had the time or the resources, it would also be a nice touch to have the baby’s initials embroidered on it (know anyone handy with a needle and thread?). It also come beautifully wrapped in tissue in a pretty box (I just wrote on the box and added a ribbon, and I was done). Anyway, both cardigans were very happily received (I would have been more than happy to unwrap one of these myself!).
ps: while we’re on the subject of christenings, I would love to know where I can buy a decent, tasteful christening card? I have literally scoured dozens of shops (some well-known and some small, independent ones), searching and searching. Of the few that I did find, they were either too religious (sequinned crucifix? Not today thank you) or just plain naff. So I simply didn’t give one for the last two christenings. So any leads, gratefully received. One idea I did have though (after the event – really helpful!) for the next one is a card with a single initial on (Liberty stock them). Thought that could be a cute option? Any thoughts?