slub tees

Gap Boys Heathered Slub V-neck T-Shirt (12 months-5 years)
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You can always rely on Gap to to do a great tee (I’m a big fan for myself too, and regularly stock up – this one is next). I am obsessed with slub t-shirts (fine weight, flecked), and a grey one is a must-have for Summer (whatever your age). I love this v-neck version for boys. And while I was nosing around the Gap website I also found these others that I will be adding to Marlow’s Summer shopping list… This striped one (I like the blue and white); this pocket one (I like the khaki, the navy and the bright yellow); and this ‘engineer’ style (I like the ‘milk’ colour way).

hippie boys

Monsoon Embroidered Boys Collarless Shirt (3 months-12 years)
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Sometimes I find that shirts can be a bit stiff and formal for little boys (and Marlow refuses to wear them at all), so I liked this more hippie, Indian inspired version for the Summer months. It would look great for a wedding/party, but also just for everyday with jeans and sandals. Boys can get on the ‘stylish hippie bus’ too…

ps: it’s almost time to bust out the Summer pyjamas. I love these ones from Gap and these ones from The Little White Company.

pirate trousers

Mini Boden Roll-Up Trousers (0-3 years)
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These cute baby trousers have a bit of a pirate feel about them, which I love. They will look great turned up. So easy and comfy to wear. Just add a cosy neutral coloured sweater like this one from Cyrillus or this one from Susie and Toto, then switch up for a grey marl tee in the Summer. I’m also liking these navy M&S sandals, which would work well with this look.

ps: don’t forget it’s Mama Spree Friday tomorrow. And it’s all about how to be chic, cool and comfortable when you’re pregnant (and yes it is possible!).

lace & denim

Mothercare Denim Playsuit With Lace (18 months-8 years)
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It does seem a little strange to be writing about Summer playsuits from the Inner Hebrides (I am in Skye, then the Isle of Harris shooting for the next 8 days), but that’s the way we roll at Little Spree…). I do love a playsuit (as does Tabitha), and this one’s mix of cool denim chambray and pretty lace is spot-on. And no need to wait until the warm weather (although I wouldn’t recommend wearing it here quite yet!!) – just layer with knitted tights and a long sleeved tee until then. The only downside to the playsuit? Not great for an urgently needed trip to the loo…

affordable luxury

Chloe Baby Girls Cashmere Hat & Scarf Set (12 months)
£42.00 (was £84.00)  SHOP NOW
Chloe. Cashmere. Beyond gorgeous. And totally affordable. No this is not an April fool! These are hard facts. Such an amazing price for a beautiful, luxury baby gift (for yours or someone elses). I’m very tempted to buy it to keep for the next friend who gets pregnant… I’m even tempted to have another baby myself!

my all-time favourite sandals

Sun-San ‘Surfer’ Sandals (sizes 5 infant-3 junior)
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Anyone who has been a follower of Little Spree for over a year will already know about these sandals, so forgive me for repeating myself. But it’s that time of year again when we have to start thinking about (and buying) our Summer sandals before they all sell out. I am still yet to find a childrens’ sandal that I love more than the Sun-San ones. Tabitha and Marlow have worn them every Summer since they could walk, and I’ve just bought theirs for this Summer (Trotters have started stocking them, which is great because you can get their feet measured for them in the store). They look great, they are super-comfy, they look good with everything, they are equally cool for boys and girls, they start from baby sizes, they are waterproof, and they go in the washing machine. Oh, and they come in a huge range of colours (and styles, but the ‘Surfer’ is definitely my favourite). My favourite colours are white, navy, pale pink, silver, gold (for girls) and navy and tan (for boys). The best kids’ sandals ever.

ps: happy mothers’ day to all the Little Spree mamas out there! Hope you’re having a wonderful day.

girls & boys

Uniqlo Striped T-Shirt (3-11 years)
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As you know, I’m often bypassing ‘boys’ clothes when it comes to dressing Marlow. I suppose it comes from having kids of each sex at the same time. I am always simultaneously looking for girls and boys clothes. So overlaps are inevitable. I often prefer the less ‘boyish’ shapes and cuts of girls’ clothes for boys. I saw this t-shirt and instantly earmarked it for Marlow, not Tabs, despite the fact that officially it’s a girls’ t-shirt. And it will look great with his (erm, girls’) Gap cargo pants (which are now just £11.99). Needless to say, I don’t actually tell Marlow any of this…

ps: I know it’s not Friday, but I thought I’d just share a couple of Mango purchases that I made on Saturday. Is it is just me, or have Mango really upped their game recently? And I’m not just talking about the kidswear (which I am obsessed with at the moment). At first I merely put it down to the ‘Daria factor’ (who, frankly could get me into ANY store if she’s wearing the clothes in the campaign), but it’s definitely more than that. This season they have definitely tapped into the whole Isabel Marant/Vaness Bruno vibe, which as you all know, I can’t get enough of. I bought this really simple, but super-cool tee (the sleeves aren’t as exaggerated looking in person), and this hippie Summer dress, which I know I will live in with a chic flat sandal (I already have my eye on an a fab Kurt Geiger pair, which I will be sharing on Mama Spree) come the warm weather. You need to trust me with the dress – it does not look good at all on the website. In fact, I didn’t look that great on the hanger in the store. But I saw potential there, and once I tried it on, instantly loved it. Size down though to avoid it looking too maternity (I bought a small). I also loved this gorgeous ruffled dress (way too short for London, but super-cute on holiday), but only spotted it on my way out, and I was in a rush to meet some friends, so I’m going back next week. The obsession continues…

itsy bitsy teeny weeny

Cyrillus Liberty Print Bikini (4-16 years)
£35.00  SHOP NOW
I know a lot of you are going away at Easter with your little ones, so this has got me thinking about holidays, and what we need to start buying. I think a bikini is always a good place to start, and there is nothing cuter than little girls running around the beach in their mini bikinis (Tabs will usually just wear the bottoms). Here are some of the prettiest I have seen…
This gingham tankini from Next; these adorable bikini bottoms from Alice à Paris (they come in various colours/prints, but I love the plum colourway the best); this striped bikini from Mango; these leopard print bikini bottoms from Bonton; and this totally gorgeous floral printed one (complete with matching bag) from ilovegorgeous.

ps: boys swimming shorts coming this week…

pps: alexandalexa asked me to write a diary of an average working day (not easy for me, as no two days are really the same…) for their ‘Day To Day’ feature on their blog. Check it out here.

no bows, just arrows

Lötiekids Arrows Sweatshirt (12 months-3 years)
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As you know I love a grey sweatshirt, and this one has a cool arrow print which just make me like it all the more. If you don’t know Lötiekids you should definitely check them out. They do great unisex basics in the great muted colours that we all love; some with really sweet, unique prints. Marlow had a pair of grey leggings with a bicycle print on when he was a baby, which I loved. And Tabitha had this A-line t-shirt dress in dusky pink, which (as you can see) they still do.

ps: these plain grey canvas shoes from Mothercare are the perfect every day ‘running around in’ shoe.

the right stripes

Kin by John Lewis Linen Stripe Dress (0-18 months)
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I just love the colour combination of these pretty faded stripes on this vintage-inspired dress. And there is this version for older girls too.

ps: I just bought My Wonderful World of Fashion colouring book for Tabitha, and she absolutely loves it. It’s a super-cool, gorgeus interactive colouring book, jam-packed (it’s as thick as a September issue of American Vogue!) with beautiful illustrations, such a the Marc Jacobs mouse shoes, and pages and pages of bows… Tabs has barely put it down since I bought it. It would make a fantastic present for any budding mini Fashion Editors out there…

cute doesn’t always = girly

The Little White Company Flutter Sleeve Top & Bloomers (0-24 months)
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How gorgeous is this little baby set? So pretty. And one of the things I love most about it is that it’s chambray blue, not pink. I’ve also found these equally adorable (non-girly) pieces for baby girls this week…
These (very French) grey baby cords (just as cute for girls as for boys), also from The Little White Company; this pocket blouse from H&M; this Mini Boden pointelle cardigan (in yellow) as worn by super-stylish Harper Beckham; this Gap romper; this Paz Rodriguez baby cardigan; and this Zara striped sweater. Make the most of the non-pink, non-non-girly times while you can…

hippie chic

MangoTassel Bead Blouse (3-12 years)
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I love this top! I want this top!! For me!! But in the meantime, one will be winging it’s way to Tabitha wardrobe… 100% striped cotton, beads, tassels (bells, whistles?)… All you need to add is a great pair of skinny, mid-wash jeans (with little ankle boots for now, and sandals for Summer, and it would be totally adorable with denim cut-offs too). Ok, it’s not strictly a pink princess dress, but I am going to try my hardest to convince Tabs that it’s way cooler than any princess look (wish me luck!)… Here are some more cute hippie/folky style tops (and a dress for good measure!) that I found that I think you might like… This other Mango top; this Mini Boden one; this Gap dress; this La Redoute lace blouse; I love the print on this Alice à Paris one; this ilovegorgeous one; and this Crew Cuts one (I like the pink).

ps: these are Marlow’s Gap jeans that I was talking about on Sunday. They are so cool, and he’s barely taken them off since I bought them. Just give them a little turn-up and you’re good to go.

sophie’s (& sarah’s) choice

Sophie La Girafe Hair & Body Wash (200ml)
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Sophie La Girafe (yes my spell check is working, this girafe is French) was a bit of an icon when the twins were babies (it was only teething accessory so be seen with, and all babies and parents were obsessed with her…). When I was walking around our old neighbourhood in Maida Vale with Tabarlow in their buggy I used to see at least one dropped Sophie per day on the pavement. Needless to say we got through a fair number of Sophie’s ourselves getting through those testing teething months.. Back then she was just a rubber giraffe, but nowadays she’s also morphed into a fully-fledged teething ring. Anyway, now it seems that she has branched out into a whole organic bath and body range. Now as you all know I have been loyal to Burt’s Bees Baby since the twins were tiny (I’m just addicted to the smell!!), but having just tried the Sophie hair and body wash, things might be changing around here… Firstly, the smell is amazing (even Tabitha and Marlow commented on how lovely it was!!). Then there is the fact that Tabitha’s hair (which is getting quite long and prone to knots and tangles) didn’t even need conditioner afterwards. And that’s just for starters. Specially formulated for baby sensitive skin, this mild and gentle hair and body wash is made with all natural ingredients, and is dermatologically tested and Ecocert approved (whatever that means, but it sounds reasuring).  As well as the body wash the range also includes body lotion, protection cream, bubble bath and baby oil (all equally gorgeous smelling). Yes please! And call me superficial (well I do work in fashion..), but it also looks super-chic in the bathroom. I really like this starter set (the perfect gift for a ‘mama-to-be’).

ps: and while we’re on the subject of organic products for babies, how cute are these handmade organic knitted booties?

pps: this adorable Liberty print Chloe baby sun hat has been reduced to just £20.00. Buy now, stash for later…

bathtime

The Little White Company Hydrocotton Baby Robe (0-12 months)
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Tabitha and Marlow had these hooded towels as babies (I loved that they came in two sizes, so you can just size-up when they get too big for the smaller ones), and they were just brilliant – they looked adorable all wrapped up in them, but they were just that bit more practical than a regular towel. And now you can get a dressing gown version (above), which is equally cute and snuggly. Here are a few other dressing gowns that I have seen and like…
This Vertbaudet boy’s one; this Little White Company hydrocotton girl’s one; this Cyrillus boy’s one; this Mothercare baby girl’s one; this Mini Boden striped boy’s one; and this Little White Company striped boy’s one (sorry, didn’t find many girl’s ones that I liked…). Tomorrow: my edit of the best pyjamas on the High Street…

ps: check out this fab Mini Boden competition that’s running at the moment. It’s a chance for your little ones to design their very own Mini Boden catalogue cover, and have it printed and sent to them! The closing date is 7th March, so you’ll need to get your skates on. The 10 favourite entires will win a £500 account credit, an iPad mini and a framed copy of their cover. Not too shabby! Tabitha whips the Mini Boden catalogue off me before I’ve even had a chance to look at it, so I will definitely be getting her on the case… Details here.

pimp my ride

Betty Bramble Liberty Print Buggy Liner (universal design to fit most 3 and 5 point buggy harnesses)
£39.00  SHOP NOW
I LOVE this idea. Move over sheepskin, it’s all about the Liberty print buggy liners now!! How chic and totally gorgeous! I particularly love this classic Tana Lawn Liberty Arts print (equally for girls and boys). And it’s reversible – printed cotton on one side and luxurious navy corduroy on the other side. Genius. It’s padded with a hypoallergenic filling to give your little one the most comfortable ride, and it’s 100% cotton and machine washable. Perfect for adding a little extra style to your buggy. There is a more girly print too, and you can also get a blanket to match. They would make wonderful presents for a stylish ‘mummy-to-be’ (practical, but beautiful), and the prices are really reasonable too. I also love the fact that all of Betty Bramble (love the name too – sounds like a Beatrix Potter character) products are designed and manufactured in Britain, and the quality is amazing. I only wish they had been around when Tabarlow were babies…