As many of you probably know, my sister Caroline got married on Saturday. Lots of you have been asking me recently about what to dress your little ones in for weddings (your own or friends/relatives). As you also probably know, one of my absolute pet hates is babies and toddlers in any kind of ‘formal’ clothing. And don’t get me started on waistcoats, suits or ties. So how do we navigate this tricky path of wanting to dress them up without the tackiness of the ‘mini adult’ look? So I thought I would share the (pretty much) exact three outfits worn by Tabitha, Marlow and my two year old nephew, ‘Baby James’ on Saturday. Tabitha was an ‘unofficial flower girl’ (it’s a long story…), and I wanted something pretty and whimsical, rather than big and pouffy (no hooped underskirts please). I fell in love with the Woodstock flower garland months ago (I challenge anyone to find one prettier…), so this was my starting point. It is SO gorgeous, and the picture really doesn’t do it justice. I saw the dress in M&S a while ago, and ummed and ahhed for weeks, but once I’d actually bought it and tried it on Tabs, I was pretty smitten. Again, it’s hard to see how nice it is from the picture (one of the downsides to internet shopping I guess). Plus, to be completely honest, I really didn’t want to blow £100 plus on an ‘unofficial flower girl’ dress. This one was perfect, and just ‘pretty enough’. It also comes in pale pink (I didn’t even show Tabs that one, for obvious reasons, though it was pretty I have to admit). And the satin ballet pumps were a cute finishing touch (she changed into her regular ballet shoes with the trusty elastic later on). I wanted Marlow to look smart-ish, but still cool and comfortable (he’s not one for dressing up, and even shirts can be a struggle with him). I liked this soft, collarless one from Cos (he also had another striped one from Cos that he also wore, but it’s not on the website) because it didn’t feel too stiff and formal. The shorts are denim, but the gunmetal grey was just smart enough. And he LOVES his silver sandals! ‘Baby James’ looked adorable in his classic sailor top and matching cropped trousers. He then wore the white version of the top the following day with navy shorts (I like these ones from Next). So if the complete look is a step too far into Victoriana for you, then just replace the matching trousers with shorts or regular trousers. And I love the navy t-bars (James’ were from BbBell). So there you have it. Check out Instagram (littlespree) for some pictures of them. ps: if you’re interested in what I wore, I will give you the details on Friday in my Mama Spree post.
Mini Boden Cosy Pointelle Pack (0-3 years)
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Could these be any cuter? I mean, seriously…
The perfect transeasonal outfit to take your little girl seamlessly from Summer to Autumn, and through to Winter… Just add grey or navy knitted tights (and possibly these cute boots in ‘mouse’) as the temperature drops…
Mini Boden Baby Cardigan (0-3 years)
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I love, love, love these gorgeous cardigans. I couldn’t decide which colour I liked best, so I edited it down to my three favourites. I love the hand knitted feel, the velvet ribbon trim, and the sweet little patch pockets (basically everything about them!). Tomorrow I’ll show you how I’m styling Tabitha’s (and which colour I went for in the end)…
Just bought a couple of great long sleeved (it’s that time…) slub tees for Marlow in Gap today (styling tip: they look really cool with the sleeves rolled up a couple of times). This one (in ‘cast iron’) and this one (in ‘raison’). Love them. I also spotted this coat in M&S, and ended up buying it for Marlow’s school coat (apologies that it wasn’t in last week’s coats edit, but I hadn’t seen it then). Trust me, it’s so much nicer in person; plus it’s grey not khaki as it states on the website. And it has a really warm, cosy lining. I was also tempted by this one that I spotted in Next yesterday. Not bad at all.
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The Bubble London exhibition back in July (where does the time go??) was really inspiring in so many ways. Me and my new partner in crime (and super-stylish mama), Nicky set off on a mission (both in flat shoes) in search of lovely new brands/labels, and believe me, she’s as picky as I am am! We saw a lot of things we liked, a lot of things we didn’t like (or simply just weren’t very ‘Little Spree’), and some things that we loved. I have narrowed down to who we really loved (it was tough, but my job is to edit after all), and who you may not necessary be on your radar just yet (there were also a lot of familiar brands that we already know and love there too, but you don’t need me to tell you about those), so here’s who to keep an eye on now, and particularly come Autumn (we were looking at their upcoming Autumn/Winter collections).
First up: Velveteen (above) was our absolute favourite. We loved everything about his label and their collection!! Think Bonpoint, but (much) more affordable, and with a cooler/hippie/artisan, handmade feel (but still lovely quality). Faded tiny florals/stripes/dot prints, tassels, to-die-for cute bikinis, baskets… You get the picture (and it’s not just for girls – the boys things are equally gorgeous). I would probably have bought the entire collection there and then if I could have! We also loved their philosophy of working with fair-trade organisations wherever possible. You will definitely be seeing more of Velveteen (even the name is adorable!!) on Little Spree. The Little Tailor was another fave. Beautiful hand knitted baby pieces in perfect colours/tones. Favourites included the square comforters (definitely the most stylist one I have seen to date); blankets, cashmere trousers and knitted rattles.
You will already have heard of Nature Zoo because of the recent ‘Octochic’ competition. We loved everything about their stylish crocheted toys and nursery accessories. Everything they do would make the loveliest baby gifts too. Sticky Fudge - just gorgeous pieces for boys, girls and babies. A lovely muted colour palette. Ponytail (probably our second favourite) focuses on the coolest/most stylish toy storage bags, changing mats and nappy bags. We particularly loved the genius drawstring ‘Saco’ bag (in grey) which is a toy storage bag and play mat in one. I definitely would have bought one of these if they had been around when Tabarlow were babies. Another great (original and stylish) baby gift idea. Castell make the simple, stylish Spanish sandals that you have probably seen around quite a bit this Summer. Love love love! Collégien is a French label that make super-cool toddler slipper-socks with a moulded sole (they even do a pair in navy cashmere!!). They also do a great selection of coloured socks and tights. Dadati is another Spanish label (there are such great kidswear designs coming out of Spain at the moment) that we loved. They specialise in beautiful, classic children’s clothes. Lots of pretty Liberty prints and lovely colours, a lot of which is unisex. Great prices too.
ps: remember this super-cute kitty bag (as featured on Little Spree back in July? I’ve seen so many all over Instagram recently (and not just for little girls either!), and the good news is, it’s still available here.
Bob & Blossom ‘Love’ Silver Print Long Sleeve Tee (1-5 years)
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I have long been a fan of Bob & Blossom, and have bought countless number t-shirts for birthday presents (they are always well received by both parents, and little ones, and a great price at just £16.95). But at the recent Bubble exhibition in London, it was this adorable love tee that caught my eye. The ‘marshmallow’ pink is just right, and the silver text makes the perfect cool contrast. I also loved the ‘hello’ version in the perfect ‘cloud’ grey with neon text (in fact, it was tough to choose which one to use as the picture for this post). They are also both available in baby sizes too. I can’t get enough of them!
ps: the lucky winner of the gorgeous Nature Zoo musical octopus is Louise Knight. Congratulations Louise! Please email me with your address and I will post it straight to you. Thank you to everyone who entered, and worry not, there will be more competitions coming soon.
pps: next week is dedicated to the dreaded (for so many reasons!!) subject of ‘back to school’, or in Tabarlow’s case: starting school. I am traumatised, but mostly about the scary shoes. I will be sharing my woes with you all next week, so don’t buy anything until you’ve read my edit.
Nature Zoo was one of my favourite stands at Bubble London last week. They make the most beautiful (and stylish) crocheted toys and accessories, and chic, stylish baby gifts. I was immediately drawn to this gorgeous musical octopus, and the lovely ladies at Nature Zoo kindly offered to give one to a lucky Little Spree reader. All you need to do is answer this (ridiculously easy) question, and email your answer to me at the usual Little Spree email address (you can find it in ‘contact’ at the top of the website). How many legs does an octopus have?
I also loved the cot and pram/buggy mobiles (the figures are detachable, so you switch them over or add to them – love that – so clever). Anyway, check out the website for yourself – they have so many cute things. There’s just something about the look and feel of these crocheted pieces that babies just love. The little rattles are adorable too. And the great thing is, they are all super-stylish.
We’re off to Tuscany tomorrow on holiday (follow me on Instagram: littlespree), so Little Spree will also be taking a little (and much needed) break. Back in two weeks! Good luck with the competition! I will announce the winner when we’re back, so you have plenty of time (the closing date is 6th August).
ps: more from Bubble soon. I can’t wait to share my favourites with you…
M&S are doing some great baby pieces (and all in lovely cottons) at the moment. I love this cute little gingham outfit and cable cardigan. So chic.
ps: saw lots of gorgeous things at the Bubble London exhibition today. Very inspiring. I will be writing a special post all about my favourite ‘ones to watch’ (some you may already know, and some you probably won’t). And guess what? I also found some non-hideous boys’ school shoes (yes complete with the obligitoary velcro!). I will definitely be sharing those, so don’t buy any new school shoes until you’ve read it.
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One of the sweetest baby mobiles I’ve ever seen (and even lovelier in the flesh)…
1. Gap Stripe Tiered Dress, £19.95
2. Noro ‘Valante’ Dress, £51.10 (was £73.00)
3. Coccon Denim Dress, £6.80 (was £17.00)
4. Bonton ‘Delta’ Dress, £45.50 (was £65.00)
5. Ralph Lauren Dress With Bloomers, £32.50 (was £65.00)
I’ve seen so many gorgeous blue Summer dresses that I wanted to share my favourites with you…
Braces don’t just look cute, then are actually serve a purpose too! I love these striped ones from H&M – some of you may remember Marlow’s from last Summer. And these (girl’s) gold trainers are super-oool.
Rompers, playsuits, all-in-ones, bubbles (yes really)… Call them what you will. Here is a selection of my favourites out there, to fit little ones from three months to five years.. As you know Tabitha has the striped one from Gap, and I love it on her so much (and you can now pick one up in the sale). I’m rather tempted to buy another one for her for next Summer. A romper just looks so cute, no matter what. And no annoying gaps between tops and bottom halves (the baby equivalent of the muffin top!).
How cute is this Missoni-esque romper and matching hat? Completely adorable. I’m also loving this navy dress; this pleated blouse; this romper; these hareem pants and this cotton cardigan. All from M&S.
Caramel Bluebird Baby Dress (6 months-2 years)
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I love, love, love this dress. The gorgeous duck egg blue; the classic but cool design; the fact that it’s on sale…
ps: I will be announcing the two lucky winners of the ‘mini spree’ competition in my post on Thursday. If you haven’t already entered you have until 1.00pm on Thursday.