Little Bird By Jools Gingham Romper (0-12 months)
This adorable classic style baby romper is so, so sweet. It could have come from an antique clothing shop. I love the retro gingham fabric, and the cute (and comfortable) bubble shape. And I always love a bit of smocking. Tabitha had a similar one when she was a baby (a gorgeous ladybird printed one from Gap), which I absolutely loved her in. They look great with a pair of simple sandals and a little cotton cardigan if it gets chilly. And this one is 100% cotton, which is always a good thing. Love.
Win Green Striped Wigwam
I was obsessed with finding the perfect teepee for Tabarlow before Christmas. Obsessed! It had to be cool and tasteful, and ideally in a ticking stripe (I know, I know…). In a nutshell, I wanted one that looked great (and it did, in the middle of the living room for a while…), but was obviously still fun for the twins to hide and play in (and large enough to house two small people comfortably of course). And believe me when I say that no stone was left unturned in my quest. Now this one was definitely not the cheapest, but it was definitely the nicest. It is pretty big though (I tend to forgot to check measurements of anything I buy online, which has got me into all kinds of scrapes with all manor of things, which I won’t bore you all with now…), so check out the dimensions on the website. You can also buy the matching quilt for the floor of the teepee, which although an extra cost, was a really lovely finishing touch. But to be honest, you could just lay a few mismatched quilts and blankets down for an equally lovely, cosy effect. There is currently a waiting list for this one, but you can pre-order now, which I would definitely recommend. And if you’ve already started searching for the perfect teepee yourself, you can call it off…
Vertbaudet Baby Boy Denim Hooded Parka (1-18 months)
Another post, another rubbish weather day (apologies if you don’t live in South-East England, but I hope you’re having better weather where you are?). You daren’t leave the house without some kind of hood these days, but you don’t necessarily want a really warm, Wintery coat attached to it. And if you feel like giving your (yellow, obviously) rainmac the day off, here’s a great option. It looks like denim, but it’s actually a lighter weight, and 100% cotton. I love the little pockets, and the fact that the hood is detachable (if you’re feeling particularly brave!). And you may not be able to see it, but the lining is marl grey. How much more perfect does this get? It might as well have been designed for Little Spree!
Gap Embroidered Baby Girl’s Dress (0-24 months)
A little bit A.P.C, a little bit Isabel Marant Étoile… Love the folky vibe of this sweet Summer dress. I bought one for my friend’s daughter because I simply could not resist it (and someone had to have one!). It’s just been reduced, so snap one up while you can!
£15.99 (was £19.95) gap.co.uk
ps: you can now follow Little Spree on Instagram (littlespree) for even more style inspiration for little ones.
M&S Lace Up Espadrilles (sizes 4-13)
You’ve seen the girls’ version, now it’s the boys’ turn… Love these. So cool with denim cut-offs or jeans with a little turn-up.
George Slogan Print Jumper (1-6 years)
I’m not normally a fan of gimmicky slogans on clothes, but I really like this jumper, and could definitely see Tabs wearing it. It’s hard to see from the picture, but it’s a chunky metallic knit (so on-trend!), and would look so cool worn with navy and white striped leggings (they are a real staple in Tabitha’s wardrobe, as they go with pretty much everything – I picked up a great pair from Old Navy when I was in New York recently). And it makes me think of my own ‘Ginsberg is God’ slogan jumper from Bella Freud, which I have had for years, and still love (although it’s definitely on its last legs…). This one has more of a Markus Lupfer feel to it, and that’s ok by me…
Vilac Toy Guitar
If you’ve been an avid follower of Little Spree for a while now, you may remember this cute red piano that I posted back in April last year. It is still one of the best gifts Tabarlow have ever received. And honestly, they still play with it virtually every day. And the same goes for this guitar (they were given the piano and the guitar to share as a first birthday present from their nanny). And I still love them too. They both have prime position in their bedroom, and have outlived most of the other toys/presents. And I have to say (amazingly), they both still look as good as new. The guitar actually has six musical strings, so no need to cover your ears when the kids start strumming (definitely a bonus!). And it still amazes me what a great price it is for such a lovely, stylish, beautifully made toy, and one that you don’t mind tripping over occasionally…
Little Bird By Jools Breton Striped Shorts (6 months-5 years)
It may be Winter outside (I dusted off the black opaques today – so depressing…), but I’m going to carry on regardless. I have to remain ever hopeful that at some point, Marlow will be able to wear a pair of shorts this year. And I love this striped jersey pair from the Little Bird collection (still going strong, and still doing some great pieces). Maybe he could wear a pair of Tabitha’s knitted tights underneath?
ps: I have already given his (warmer) Winter coat to a charity shop. I was clearly a little hasty. Might have to buy it back!!
H&M Baby Hangers (pack of two)
I love a bit of a H&M Home (if you haven’t checked it out, you have to – it’s really fab), and the baby and kids’ collection is growing all the time (just bypass the pink leopard print…). How sweet are these hangers? I also love (and bought) these ones from Cyrillus. And It’s never too early to start hanging up your little one’s favourites pieces (or rather, yours)…
Zara Ruffle Dress (3-36 months)
I do love a pretty, girly dress, as long as it’s pretty in the right way. I’m loving this lime green (definitely not an obviously girly shade…) version from Zara. It has a bit of a Holly Hobby feel about it. And I love the wide ruffles. It will look so cute worn with plain white sandals (preferably these – my favourite ‘Surfer’ sandals from Sun-San). Now if this dress was in pink, it would be a whole different story…
ps: Tabs has a gorgeous cream crochet dress (also from Zara) that I bought her last Summer, and after posting a photo of her on Instagram wearing it, a lot of people have been asking me about it. Obviously you won’t be able to get your hands on that exact dress, but I have just noticed this very similar one that is almost as cute…
George Zip Hooded Sweatshirt (4-14 years)
Everybody needs at least one great zip-up hoodie in their wardrobe. I realised this more than ever when I was shooting in Ibiza last week. I didn’t pack one, and I really regretted it. They are just so perfect to chuck on for those early starts and late finishes, i.e. when it’s a bit chilly, but you don’t want a jacket. I even wear one with a hippie cheesecloth dress sometimes (a look I copied from Carrie in Sex & The City many moons ago…). I tend to always go for a classic light marl grey, but I actually love this faded navy one, and will be picking a similar one up for Marlow (this one sadly only starts from age four). Ideal for ‘Spring’, when it’s not necessary cold enough for a coat, but you still need ‘something’. I will be stashing a couple under the pushchair from now on. Super-cosy.
Jo Jo Maman Bebe Espadrilles (sizes 4-11)
I spotted (sorry!) these a while ago when I popped into the store in Marlow, and they have been on my/Tabitha’s shopping list ever since. I’ve always loved espadrilles – they make me think of Jane Birkin, and holidays in the South of France as a teenager. In fact, I don’t think people ever stopped wearing them in France! But they are definitely having a bit of ‘moment’ again (if Chanel have done a version of something, you know there is a trend emerging…). I love this Mary Jane style (a lot easier for little ones to keep on than the traditional style). Super-cute.
Alice à Paris Baby Tousers (1-18 months)
Love these. They definitely have that French feel/design to them, and I love them equally for baby boys and girls. I really like the loose cut (so ‘French’, and let’s face it, no one wants to see a baby dressed in jeggings…), the pockets, and the little twill tie at the waist. So cool and easy to wear. And will look great with pretty much every kind of top. I can’t get enough of Alice à Paris!
I Love Gorgeous ‘Cloud’ Dress (2-13 years)
If you are looking for a gorgeous, stylish bridesmaid dress, then I would definitely recommend ilovegorgeous as the first place to look. They have the best selection of the most beautiful dresses. Think Kate Moss’s bridesmaids and you kind of get the idea… Pretty, but cool in that lovely whimsical way. No unnecessary frills or flounces (or polyester!) – just simple, pretty dresses that will keep the bride, the bridesmaid, and the bridesmaids’ mum more than happy. And I love that they are would be just as lovely on a two year old as a thirteen year old. This is one of my favourites. It’s silk, knee-length, with delicate pin tucks, silver lace trim, and fluttery sleeves… And completely adorable.
F&F Leopard Print Sun Hat (6-12 months)
I love, love, love this cute sun hat!
Tulip & Nettle Sailor Suit (12 months-6 years)
There is something so adorable about this little sailor suit – I was drawn to it immediately. It has a really classic, Victorian feel to it, which is so sweet and charming. Perfect for a special occasion like a wedding if (like me) you have a phobia about babies and toddlers wearing suits (particularly when ties/bow ties/waistcoats are involved), but you still want something traditional. It looks like it came from some amazing vintage store somewhere…
ps: I want the top half in my size!
Autograph Embroidered Blouse (12 months-7 years)
As I’m writing this (in Ibiza – I’m here working on a shoot), I’ve just realised that I am wearing a very similar top (a cream cheesecloth version from H&M with a pair of denim cut-offs), so no one can argue that I don’t practise what I preach! I always love a pretty long sleeved blouse, and I love them most when paired with something a bit more casual and scruffy. This one has gorgeous details, such as the floral embroidery, the pin tucking and gathering, and the buttons down the back… So at the risk of morphing my daughter into a ‘mini me’ (like that would ever happen!), I will be snapping one up for Tabitha in the very near future (and yes, she does have a pair of denim cut-offs…).
Mini Boden 5 Pack Of Bodies (0-24 months)
My sister emailed me a picture of my one year old nephew the other day, and he was wearing one of these (the orange striped one if you’re interested) under a pair of dungarees, and it reminded how great they are. I used to regularly buy them for Tabarlow when they were babies, and I loved how versatile (great with jeans, dungarees, layered under dresses…), practical, and stylish they were (and still are). And not to mention great value. I love the colours in this particular set. Perfect for this kind of weather, because they are so easy to layer. And my ever-growing collection of Mini Boden little cotton drawstring bags is testement to just how much I loved them! I am currently using a strawberry printed one for Tabitha’s ballet stuff (it’s the perfect size).
£24.00 (was £30.00) Boden.co.uk
Milliemanu ‘Blue Kaylie Sunshine’ Hair Clips
Just love these. So pretty…
Cyrllius Baby Sailor Top (6-36 months)
Now that we have (finally!) ditched the Winter layers, Tabarlow are starting to bust out their Summer clothes. But this weather is still a little unpredictable (I’m covering all bases today in denim cut-offs, cashmere jumper and Chanel ballet pumps…), so it’s the perfect time to introduce a few cotton long sleeved t-shirts into their little wardrobes. I always find them so useful, particularly for nursery when the temperature can change dramatically from drop-off to pick-up. This is a great one from Cyrillus, and I can can see both Marlow and Tabitha wearing it. And I never, ever tire of navy and white stripes…
ps: just popped into Gap and saw this adorable cheesecloth baby girl’s dress. Just had to share it!