messenger chic

Mango Canvas Messenger Bag
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It can be so hard to find cool kids’ bags. Now I know that Marlow will be all over this one because it bears more than a passing resemblance to one of his dad’s bags (which just so happens to be Marc Jacobs). It’s simple, stylish, not too big… Perfect for nursery.

ps: this cool boys’ graffiti tee from Stella Kids is now just £21.50 in the sale.

pps: I also like these checked denim shorts from Mothercare.

hands free

ilovegorgeous Floral Rouched Bag
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Tabitha can’t get enough of little bags (of any description!) at the moment. I thought this one struck the perfect balance between cute and stylish. And I love that’s it’s hands-free (Tabs needs her hands free to carry approximately four of her bunnies at any given time…). Actually, I wouldn’t mind one myself (a hands free, floral bag that is).

ps: apologies for the notable absence of Mama Spree yesterday. The honest truth is, I had no wifi (thanks Sky!) for 24 hours in my house, and after three (very long) days of shooting on location, I simply couldn’t muster up the energy to get in the car in search of wifi on Thursday evening (I usually only write my post the evening before I post to ensure that it is as current as possible). Sorry ladies. I will make it up to you next Friday I promise (I’m thinking Isabel Marant minus the £££)…

ps: a few readers have alerted me to the fact that this hippie blouse that I posted a few weeks ago is also available in mama size! Yay. Here it is.

i heart cute baskets

Lands’ End Heart Straw Bag
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Tabitha has adopted my love of baskets, so I figured this one would be right up her street with it’s cute pink heart. Perfect for playing shops until our Summer holiday. I’m also still a huge fan of the classic Spanish style from Hedgehog (I have the medium one and Tabs has the small, although I have borrowed hers many times for my work trips in sunny locations – it’s the perfect size). Effortlessly chic as a mini holiday handbag.

the perfect ‘chuck everything in’ bag

Gap Python Leather Tote
I’ll admit, I have been in a bit of ‘Gap bubble’ this last week, and have been in the flagship store a number of times. In fact, I now feel like I know the collection (womens, kids, babies, and some of the mens – they have done some amazing jumpers) so well, I could probably get a job there for the run-up to Christmas. But this tote was the first thing that caught my eye when I entered the store last Wednesday. It’s amazing. Firstly, it’s super-chic, but then on closer inspection, it’s also really roomy; light as a feather (love that!); and can be worn on the shoulder or as a tote. So I have now decided it’s the perfect ‘mummy bag’, for all us mums who would rather be seen dead than be seen with a frumpy, practical, mumsy ‘mummy bag’. I’m not going to lie, it wouldn’t necessarily make the ideal ‘baby bag’ (you definitely need pockets for all those bottles and numerous bits and pieces), but for anyone with toddlers up, it’s perfect. Even though Tabs and Marlow are now almost four (how did that happen??), I still always need to carry certain ‘stuff’ (water, snacks, assortment of favourite toys, ranging from fire engines to enormous Jelly Cats bunnies…), wipes (I don’t think I will ever be able to give up the wipes – I even carry them in my bag when I don’t have the kids with me) around with me when I have them in tow. This is at the top of my shopping list. She’s quite pricey, but definitely worth every penny in my opinion. Oh, and as a seasoned traveller (I am literally like a robot at the airport, I have my ‘routine’ down to a fine art), I know it would also make the perfect ‘carry-on’ bag. It’s so light that you’ll be able to just chuck all your magazines (I buy every magazine), Duty Free, bottle of water etc in it, along with your travel wallet, then you don’t need to carry all those nasty plastic carrier bags (that give you welts on your fingers). I’m going away on a work trip on Wednesday (I’m not going to tell you where, you’ll hate me), so I will definitely have mine by then…  Oh, I almost forgot! The winner of the babyGap £150 shopping spree is… Marie Hale. Congratulations! I will be emailing you soon to arrange the date.
£79.99 (was £99.95)  gap.co.uk

ps: check out all the gorgeous baby pictures I styled on Friday here. And don’t forget to vote for your favourite!

 

cat bag

Bobo Choses Cat Bag
Now that Tabarlow are at nursery five mornings a week, my latest obsessions are all nursery-related (I will graudually work my way through the list over the next few weeks…). My current one is bags. Tabs and Marlow already have the Oliver Bonas grey initial bags (I posted one back in June), which I love because they are so easy to spot and I immediately know whose is whose. And now I’ve found this adorable duffle bag (men, buses… and now bags!). I mean seriously, could this bag be any cuter??
£16.00  bobochoses.com

This would make a really cool baby bag

John Lewis Leopard Print Tote Bag
I was in John Lewis this morning (buying a letterbox if you’re interested) and stopped in my tracks when I clocked this beauty on the ground floor. I am slightly obsessed with leopard print, but only in small doses, and it has to be the right kind of leopard print. I have mentioned my bag before (I have a great leopard print bag from Antik Batik that always gets a lot of attention whenever I use it), but have never come across another one that even comes close. Until today. This is a great size to just throw on your shoulder. It’s lightweight, and the design is really simple. I love that it looks slouchy (well it will once you’ve filled it anyway) The leopard print is spot-on (sorry, but it is!) and it is just a really cool bag. I think it would make a great baby/kids bag to chuck all that stuff in that we all lug around the whole time. I love it! I was so tempted, but I managed to resist. This time. Oh and by the way, it looks much nicer in the flesh (you have to trust me on this). Would look super-cool worn with jeans or anything low-key and casual (so perfect for us mums). I can’t stop thinking about it…
£129.00  johnlewis.com