pretty romper

Gap Chambray Romper (12 months-5 years)
£15.99 (was £19.95)  SHOP NOW
Another thing for Tabitha’s Summer shopping list. I love a romper, and so does she. Layer a pretty Liberty print blouse underneath, such as this Cyrillus one or this one from Trotters. Super-cute and super-practical.

cute doesn’t always = girly

The Little White Company Flutter Sleeve Top & Bloomers (0-24 months)
£22.00  SHOP NOW
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)
£16.99  SHOP NOW
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.

stars + bows

Gap Star Bow Blouse (0-24 months)
Such a pretty, but simple blouse (love the tiny star print, and the bow detail). Perfect with skinny jeans/cords. Add a muted colour knit, such as this cardigan from Cyrllius, for extra warmth when needed (today!!).
£12.95   SHOP NOW

ps: a date for your diary: Friday 29th November. If you are in London, come and see me at the Gap flagship store on Oxford Street, where I will be working on a special in-store Baby Gap event. I will give you all the details a little nearer the time. It’s exciting!

pps: I actually popped into my local Gap this afternoon, and noticed that there is currently 30% off on all kids’ outerwear. I picked up this super-cosy puffa coat for Marlow – his navy pea is no longer cutting it now the chill has set in…

feeling blousy

Stella McCartney ‘Peaches’ Blouse (3-24 months)
It’s a while since I posted a blouse (and as you know, it’s my favourite item of clothing for little girls…), and this is such a gorgeous one. I love the colour and the pretty print (an abstract flower print if you look close enough), the frilled neckline, and the fact that it’s not too girly. Oh and the fact that it’s £40.00 from Stella! Not bad. The only thing wrong with it is that it only goes up to 24 months. Sorry Tabitha.
£40.00  stellamccartney.com

ps: worry not, coats are coming! I can see why so many people have been in touch about them – there definitely seems to be a dearth of decent ones on the high street at the moment. I have a few on my radar, but the search isn’t over yet. Watch this space.

pretty embroidery

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…).
£11.00-£13.00  marksandspencer.com

little miss sunshine

Du Pareil Au Meme Floral Print Blouse
There’s nothing like a shot of yellow to lift your mood (I’m talking about our seemingly never-ending, grey Winter…), and this pretty printed blouse should definitely do the trick. And it’s currently reduced by 40%, so it’s appeal is growing by the second! I love this particular shade of ‘sunny’ yellow with denim, so it will make the perfect ‘blouse & skinny jeans’ combo (one of my favourites on little girls as you know). Oh and there’s a super-cute dress version too (with matching knickers). Time to get tapping…
£10.00 (was £16.00)  www.dpam.com

ps: I want this SO much for Tabitha, but even she would be hard-pushed to fit into a 23 x month size…

pretty hippie

Emma Levine ‘Joanie’ Top (2-9 years)
This is the top version of a dress I posted back in October. It turned out to be one of my all-time favourite dresses on Tabs, and people always commented on it whenever she wore it. A lot of friends said they wanted one in their size (me too)! I love the top because it will look so perfect with faded skinny jeans (to balance out the prettiness). I always love a folky/hippie style top (or dress, or anything really…), but only worn with non-hippie things. This one is hand woven, and I love the blue-grey stripes and the pretty embroidery and frills on the shoulders – all gorgeous details that make it special. It’s great to have something a little ‘different’ sometimes. This is  quite ‘mini adult, but in all the right ways. Love.
£32.00  emmalevine.net 

is it a blouse or is it a smock?

Little Bird By Jools Floral Blouse With Peter Pan Collar (6 months-5 years)
Who cares when it’s this pretty? Love the tiny sprig floral print, and the contrast of the white Peter Pan collar. One of my favourite pieces from this particular collection. And a fantastic price for a super-cute blouse (smock/top/whatever…) that I guarantee will be worn (preferably with jeans/trousers) week in, week out…
£4.50-£5.00  mothercare.com 

ps: I’ve managed to track down some very similar sheepskin mittens to the ones I saw in Oliver Bonas that I mentioned in yesterday’s post. Yes! Will post them in the next few days, so watch this space…

your chance to win a few of my favourite (mini boden) things…

I love Mini Boden. Fact. I have almost used an entire pack of post-its (mini neon pink ones if you’re interested?) ear-marking all my favourite things that I am planning on ordering. Fact. I just think the collections are getting better and better each season. Fact. I’ve even ordered a super-cool Johnnie b beach cover-up for myself – you really should check out the Johnnie b collection for yourself!). Fact. Anyway, I’m poised, ready to put my order in for the new season, but in the meantime, here are some of my absolute favourite pieces from the Spring collection. And here’s the best bit. Now you have a chance to get your hands on some too! Thanks to our lovely friends at Boden (and they really are lovely – even the people who take your order on the phone are super-friendly) you have a chance of winning one of these eight pieces. All you have to do is choose your favourite item (from the eight I’ve selected here), then click on the pink link below to select the exact size you would like, then go to ‘comments’ below this post. Then simply state the item and size and how your lucky little one is going to wear it/them if you win. Then eight winners will be selected at random and announced here on Friday 1st March. It’s that easy. Good luck!

1. Pretty Woven Top  £16.00-£18.00 (0-3 years)
2. Leather Sandals £24.00-£28.00 (sizes 24-37)
3. Alphabet Print T-shirt £10.00-£12.00 (0-3 years)
4. Roll-up Trousers £16.00-£18.00 (0-3 years)
5. Colour Pop Jumper £28.00-£32.00 (1.5-10 years)
6. Stripey Pocket Tee £12.00-£14.00 (1.5-10 years)
7. Easy Printed Dress £22.00-£24.00 (1.5-10 years)
8. Towelling Top £16.00-£18.00 (0-3 years)

mellow yellow

Zara Floral Print Blouse (3-36 months)
Sorry, I know I said there would be no more sales posts. Well I lied (unintentionally). Had to share this.  I bought this blouse for Tabitha just before Christmas (foolishly pre-sales), and it’s become one of my favourites on her.  I’m just loving (am obsessed with) this shade of yellow at the moment. Tabs wears hers with her Gap pale grey skinny jeans, (ancient) Zara grey marl knit cardigan and Clarys red Mary Jane’s. And very cute she looks too (well, I think so anyway…). I just love the versality of a blouse. They add a little girly (but not too girly) touch to jeans, and they just always look chic and stylish. But they also look cool (with jeans/trousers). If you have a little girl, trust me, the blouse is your best friend. Plus they work all year round – just layer accordingly. Tabs loves this one (amazingly – she’s hit the dreaded ‘Barbie pink everything’ phase in a major way – you can imagine my horror!), so she’s wearing it a lot! Thank you Zara!
£7.99 (was £12.99)  zara.com 

ps: always buy blouses in a bigger size than you need. Wear as little dresses (with tights) with the sleeves rolled-up, then as blouses later on. This tip is particularly good for babies. Some of the blouses Tabitha had as a baby lasted for almost a year!

starry starry blouse

Next Star Print Top (3 months-6 years)
I bought this blouse for Tabs back in July, and she wears it at least once or twice a week, week in, week out. I got it when we were on holiday in Cornwall (on a rainy day – Next and M&S were the only shops within a ten mile radious that didn’t just sell Cornish pasties), and my friend Kerry also bought one for her baby daughter, Zeffie at the same time. The two girls looked so cute wearing their matching blouses. Anyway, the (lovely) holiday is now a distant memory, but the top lives on! It washes brilliantly, doesn’t need ironing and reliably always looks great with a skinny jeans/cords & cardigan combo. It’s definitely been one of those unexpected ‘hits’, which are always so hard to predict. Love it.
£7.00-£8.00  next.co.uk 

spoilt for choice

Cyrillus Liberty Print Blouse (1-24 months)
I know it’s Winter, but that doesn’t mean you have to ditch the pretty blouse as a wardrobe stable for your little girl. You just need to layer it up a bit. Tabs is still rocking a trusty blouse with a jean and a cosy, hand knitted style cardigan (and a very un-glamorous vest underneath, but needs must when it’s cold). These two were both so pretty, I literally couldn’t choose between them, so I thought I would let you choose for yourself. I love both of these gorgeous muted Liberty prints. And how sweet is the frilled collar? Cyrillus really do make some of the most gorgeous blouses around (I just wish they did a ‘two for one’ deal! Sadly not).
£34.00  cyrillus.com 

pretty cool

Gap Emroidered Chambray Blouse (0-24 months)
This post is dedicated to Missy Chadwick. Missy is one super-stylish baby girl with a super-stylish Mum, Des (a great friend, and fellow fashion editor). And consequently a super-stylish mini wardrobe. Missy was wearing this gorgeous blouse when I was visiting last week. Des suggested it as a Little Spree post, but I was already on the case, and had it ready to post (I’d spotted it a couple of weeks ago when I was cruising the website…). Great minds! Missy did look adorable in it I have to say. It’s a great top if you want something that’s pretty, but not super-girly. This is what I call ‘pretty cool’. And it is.
£12.95  gap.eu 

birds & flowers

H&M Printed Blouse (4 months-2 years)
You have to search a bit to find them sometimes, but H&M always do really sweet little printed blouses for girls (in the baby section if you’re looking in store). They always stick to the same style (like this one – smock shape, elasticated neck and sleeves, and buttons at the top), and I have bought many for Tabitha as well as for various friends’ daughters. They are usually 100% cotton too, which at £5.99 seems pretty incredible doesn’t it? Maybe we shouldn’t ponder too long on that…  Anyway, this one has an adorable tiny bird and flower print, and the neutral colours will work with most things in your little one’s wardrobe (Tabs normally just wears these kind of tops with jeans and desert boots/hi-tops). Remember to size up, then it will last you twice as long!
£5.99  hm.com 

check it

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.
£16.00 dpam.com 

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!