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 everhappen!), 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
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…
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
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…
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!
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!
La Redoute Baby Girl’s Blouse, Gilet & Hareem Pants Outfit (newborn-2 years)
Such a chic little layered look. How cute is the faux fur gilet? And I always love these hareem-style trousers for babies. Love everything about this folk-inspired outfit (including the fact that it’s sold as an outfit!). It’s a no-brainer. £23.00 laredoute.co.uk
Cyrillus Blouse With Pleated Collar (6-36 months)
I can only go so long without a ‘blouse fix’, and try as I might to find others that I love as much, Cyrillus just always seem to have the prettiest ones. In fact, I think this may be my favourite one to date! It’s just divine (and on it’s way to Tabitha’s wardrobe as we speak!). £30.00 cyrillus.com
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
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
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
Zara Floral Blouse With Lace Trim (3-36 months)
Some of my absolute favourite blouses of Tabitha’s have come from Zara (most of them in fact). They just always do such gorgeous ones – by far the prettiest on the high street. This one is at the top of my (Tabitha’s) shopping list! £12.99 zara.com
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
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!
Lily Rose ‘Coralie’ Liberty Print Blouse (3-24 months) I love the Winter florals trend that was all over the catwalks for Autumn/Winter 2012/13 (you will be seeing a lot of them around in the stores from now). Gone are the days when pretty floral prints were just reserved for the Summer months. I love nothing more than dressing Tabitha in a Liberty print (this one is Liberty Arts fabric) blouse, skinny jeans or cords and boots (usually desert) in the Winter. I will just add a simple grey cardigan over this blouse for chillier days. I particularly love the colours of this one, and the ric rac trimmed collar. £34.99 trotters.co.uk
Du Pareil Au Meme Spotted Blouse (1-23 months)
Yet another gorgeous little smock top from my favourite French high street label. This is also another example of one of those tops that is constantly either on or in the wash. Personally I always think they look best worn with jeans (preferably skinny), but they also look cute with leggings too (and as always as a little dress with tights on babies). They just always look cute and super-stylish. And they just feel a little different to what you would find here. And I love the grey and spot combination. Super-chic. £16.00 dpam.com
Cos Gingham Print Top (1-8 years)
Another print I always love is gingham. I just don’t know what it is, but it always looks so cute on kids (and very rarely looks cheap). This is such a fab top (and would look so sweet on a baby worn as a little dress with navy knitted tights). I love the colour combination of the low-key grey with the pop of acid yellow (yellow is one of the few bright colours that gets past me on this website!). And I always love this style of top for girls – it’s just so easy to wear. Add a pair of faded skinnies and your little one is one very cool girl indeed. And minimal effort required. And that’s always got to be a good thing right? £23.00 cosstores.com
ps: so Sienna Miller has named her baby daughter after one half of Tabarlow! Is she a Little Spree fan perhaps? Great choice anyway. Never heard it as girl’s name I must admit, but I love it (obviously).
I literally cannot wait for the new Mini Boden Autumn/Winter collection to hit their website. This is just a small selection of some of my favourite pieces – in order of ‘baby’, ‘girl’ & ‘boy’. I went to the press preview a few weeks ago (with Tabarlow), and was instantly smitten. It was such a gorgeous collection. I am already a fan of Boden for kids, and buy a lot for Tabarlow, but it has a very different feel for next season. Firstly, there is a new designer at the helm (Tara, a fellow twins mum as it happens), and it just feels, well, different. It just has a more whimsical feel that I love. The colours are more muted (plenty of my favourites in there – grey, navy and dusky pink amongst others), there are less bold pictures on things (although having said that, I am obsessed with this fab raccoon jumper!), the prints are sweeter, and it just has a bit more of a ‘French’ vibe. This is just a tiny taste of what’s to come, but trust me, the collection is literally brimming with beautiful things for your little ones. You are going to love it (and be surprised too I think). The collection will be available online from 31st July. Put it in your diary now! I have.
The Little White Company Yoke Blouse & Bloomers (0-24 months)
I love the sales for kids’ clothes. Things that you might have looked at before, but decided not to buy (usually because you didn”t really need it), suddenly take on a new lease of life now that the price tag has changed! Some people might consider The Little White Company a little pricey for the high street, but they always have a great sale. This little baby set is just adorable. Love the different sized checks, and the bloomers are just too cute. It may not feel very Summery now, but as some point, when the Summer does eventually arrive, this outfit will be absolutely perfect. In fact, my lovely friend Des has just had a baby girl called Missy (how cute is that name?). This little number might well be coming her way… £15.40 (was £22.00) thewhitecompany.com
ps: I am in Paris again, and this time I have a whole afternoon free before we start shooting tomorrow. But all the shops are closed! This is literally torture.
Trotters Liberty Print Top (2-11 years)
I bought this the other day for Tabitha. I just love the muted colours (quite unusual for a Liberty print) and the ease of this kind of top. It will go with pretty much everything – jeans, stripey leggings, denim shorts etc etc. It’s a great smocky shape and a really lovely, light-weight cotton. I like that tops like this are just a bit ‘prettier’ than a regular t-shirt/top, but still look relaxed and not too girly. Tabs will live in it. £29.99 trotters.co.uk
ps: I have to apologise to anyone who tried to buy the CFK bikini from Monoprix that I posted on Tuesday. I was so excited when I found it on their website after buying it in the store, and assumed that they would ship to the UK. But it turns out that they don’t, which is so frustrating. I’m so sorry. I will of course, share with you any other gorgeous bikinis that I come across (that I know you can definitely buy from the UK!). More fool Monoprix – they are missing out on some seriously savvy shoppers…