Mini Boden Short Leather Boots (sizes 22-39) £40.00-£55.00 SHOP NOW Some of you may remember the big ‘Boden boots panic’ last Winter? They had a very similar boot to this one that came in navy and grey, but they sold out in weeks, and you couldn’t get your hands on a pair for love nor money. So this year ladies, let us learn from our mistakes, and get in there early. Tabitha’s have been duly ordered (yesterday) and are en route. I would suggest you do the same. Ok, they may not be navy, or even grey for that matter, but they are a very respectable shade of ‘mouse’, and I think Tabs will be wearing hers a lot this Winter… Get them before they’re gone!
ps: a few of you have emailed me to ask which school coat I got for Tabitha in the end. I went for this one from Gap. She hates it (obviously), but for me it ticks most of the boxes. Ok it might not win any style awards, but it’s pretty plain and simple, and does look really warm and cosy (she’ll thank me come November!). Um, and I’ve also ordered this Zara one… I also just ordered these gorgeous macs (as let’s face it, it’s all about a mac at the moment right?) from Zara for both Tabs and Marlow. Thought it was time for a change from their trusty M&S yellow macs…
Mini Boden Boys Cardigan (2-12 years) £20.00-£24.00 (was £25.00-£30.00) SHOP NOW It’s all about the boys today. Starting with this super-cool, simple cardigan made from cotton and cashmere. Great for those ‘in-between days’ when you’re need an extra layer, but not necessarily a really thick, warm one. I love the elbow patches and the subtle neon trim details. Here are a few more pieces that I have spied for the boys this week that will also work for those ‘is it Spring yet?’ layering kind of days…
I bought these Zara girls’ cotton striped trousers for Marlow a couple of weeks ago – they are lightweight, and a slim fit. Perfect for Summer (and there’s no way I could get Tabitha anywhere near a navy striped trouser these days…); this cool star print scarf from Cyrillus; these M&S navy suede chukka boots (I always loved a chukka style boot – Tabarlow’s daddy is a big fan of the Common Projects ones); these John Lewis colour block Wayfarer sunglasses; this The Little White Company mixed stripe long sleeved tee; this cool tee from The Fableists (this new little brand that I just discovered – definitely worth checking out); and this H&M cargo shirt. I also mentioned a great pair of jeans that I picked up for Marlow in Gap on Saturday. They were my favourite skinny fit that I always buy him, but they were a new wash – slightly distressed and with a little turn-up. I am going to double-check with the press office, but I think these are them. He was wearing them today with a Miller striped tee (from my Miller sale swoop a few months ago) if you want to take a look on Instagram. I also noticed that they already have their denim cut-offs in for Summer. I bought the Gap ones last year (for me and for Marlow actually, but more about mine in Mama Spree) and he literally lived in them. So I am going to ‘buy now, stash for later’ (I like these H&M ones too).
M&S Leather Riptape Ankle Boots (sizes 4s-13s) £30.00-£32.00 SHOP NOW These are some of the best High Street boys’ boots I have seen for a while. They are almost identical to a very expensive, designer pair that my friend’s son has (and I tried to buy during the sales, but sadly wasn’t quick enough). They are a great shape, and I love the brown for a change. And the rip tape fastenings definitely make them look and feel expensive. I have already ordered Marlow a pair.
ps: an amazing 30% off on Gap Kids and Baby Gap (including sale items!) until 20th. Hard to resist when they have so many fab things at the moment. Make sure you check out the nightwear -they have really cute pyjamas and colour block onesies (for boys and girls) that I have not found in any of the stores yet. I will be doing a supermarket sweep later…
Stella McCartney Boys Navy & Grey Rubber Sole Desert Boots (sizes 24-30) £40.50 (were £81.00) SHOP NOW I saw these a while ago when they first went into the sale, but never got around to actually ordering a pair for Marlow. So I was eally excited to see that they were still available. I love that they are cool and stylish, but also sturdy/chunky enough for boys. Marlow’s are on their way…
Petasil Kaz Chelsea Grey Boots (sizes 24-30)
You all know me (and my taste) so well now, that I’m getting lots of really great tip-offs… These fab chelsea boots (and we all know how hard it can be to find decent boots) were recommended by Little Spree reader, Annamarie, and I love them! And they also come in navy! £46.95 liquoricelaces.co.uk
M&S Silver Desert Boots (4-13) I always think a little bit of metallic can go a long way with any outfit (it jazzes things up in a way that doesn’t have to look like you’re going to a party…). These silver desert boots are quite ‘low key’ because they are not glittery/sparkly, so you can just think of them as a neutral colour that will go with anything (I actually prefer them with more casual outfits). I like the pretty velvet ribbon laces too. These navy glitter boots are also a great option (as recommended by Little Spree reader and Red collegueue, Sarah). I also adore these gold glitter desert boots (they look super-expensive) from Mini Boden (why haven’t I bought them for Tabs yet??), but they are selling out fast, so you’ll have to be quick if you want to get your hands on a pair… £22.00-£24.00 marksandspencer.com
ps: as you know I spent the day at the Gap flagship store yesterday. My eagle eye noticed that were a few new additions that I feel I need to share. I LOVE these gorgeous boys’ chunky cable-knit jumpers (they come in navy and cream); this super-cool moustache jumper; this cosy fur bear hat (a huge hit on the baby shoot yesterday); these cute mittens; this amazing party dress (it looks SO much nicer in real life, and I dressed two little girls in it yesterday for the photo shoot, and will definitely be buying one for Tabs) and this pretty plaid blouse.
pps: Thank you to all of your who entered the babyGap/Little Spree special prize draw. I will be announcing which of the five winners has won the £150 mini shopping spree with me here on Monday, so don’t miss it!
Petit Bateau Leather Vintage Trainers (sizes 7-12)
These are some of the coolest hi-tops I’ve seen. Love the sheepskin lining/trim. And the colour. And the shape/style. Everything really… £59.00 SHOP NOW
Mango Girl’s Fringed Suede Ankle Boots (7 small-5)
I always love a moccasin boot (they are always cool in my book), and these are a great pair (so cute!). I will definitely be making a purchase (although Tabs will probably complain that they aren’t pink…). £44.99 BUY NOW
ps: while I was cruising the Mango website, I also saw (and loved) these super-cool leopard print chelsea boots.
Geox Navy Ankle Boots (sizes 21-25) The quest for stylish navy boots (for babies, boys and girls) continues (I can’t not look for them when I’m trawling through the websites/cruising the shops). When I was searching for the in-demand girls’ navy ankle boots, I came across these cute boys’ boots. So now I find myself compelled to share any cool navy boots! I slightly recoiled when I realised they were Geox, but I thought they were more than worthy of a mention on ‘The Spree’ as they look so great (call me superficial…). Navy nubuck with lovely grey stiching, and they are super-practical as they are slip-ons, but look like proper lace-up boots. Waterproof, but breathable (that’s a Geox thing I think); a sturdy brown sole, and extra cushioning around the ankle, making them both durable and super-comfortable. And not forgetting, stylish of course. £47.50 BUY NOW
La Redoute Suede Ankle Boots (sizes 19-28)
I have been inundated with requests for girls’ boots, after posting the fabulous Mini Boden ones a couple of weeks ago (which, as most of you now know, have sadly almost completely sold out). I have searched high and low, and I cannot find any quite as nice at such a great price, but I have found a little selection of boots that I like (some affordable, some, not so much…). These La Redoute ones are some of my favourites (I know, I know, they are pink, but they are cute, and I’ve posted so much grey recently, it’s starting to depress me…), and they come in a whole range of great colours – navy, grey, chocolate brown, beige… And a fab price too. A good girl/boy option, and velcro is always helpful. I also found these ones from M&S one; these Pom D’Api ones (sorry – they’re pricey, but fabulous, and probably the closest in design to the Mini Boden ones); these cute Zara fringed ones (for little-ish girls); and finally these really cool Cyrillus ones (I actually love the grey, but they also come in navy). Sorry not to have found more ‘stylish affordable’ ones, but it’s easier said than done to find good kids’ shoes/boots on the High Street, and believe me, I have been fully dedicated to the cause. £39.00 BUY NOW
M&S Corduroy Cuffed Trainers (sizes 4s-13s)
I’m starting to (reluctantly) think about phasing out the (well worn) Summer sandals and ushering in the hi-tops and various other closed-toe Autumn footwear options for boys. And I think these are pretty great. Next stop – the velcro option for nursery… £18.00-£20.00 marksandspencer.com
La Redoute Boys Suede Boots (sizes 19-30)
It’s never too early to start searching for the perfect desert boots for the Autumn. I love these ones from La Redoute (and they come in beige and brown too) for girls as much as for boys. Yes, my obsession with the humble desert boot is going to continue for another Winter… £35.00 laredoute.co.uk
H&M Boys Basketball Boots (sizes 7 small-1)
Time for a boys’ post I think. These were brought to my attention by my lovely friend (and ex-neighbour), Kath (who is about to go from one to two kids in a matter of weeks). I was (and always am) happy to get a good tip-off, but equally annoyed at myself for not sniffing them out myself (after all, I’m always in H&M on a ‘smash ‘n grab’ mission for Tabarlow). Kath bought them for her two year old son, Sam and he’s barely taken them off apparently. They are completely plain (I like that they are unbranded, and so does my credit card), and grey! And you just know they are going to go with everything. I love the lace and velcro combo. This is the kind of thing that I would definitely double up on (as Kath wisely did), because at this price, frankly you’d be crazy not to… £5.99 hm.com
Pom D’Api Boys Boots (sizes 25-29)
Pom D’Api is one of my all-time favourite brands for kids’ shoes. I love them. But I’m not going to lie, they aren’t cheap. But they are super-stylish (I particularly love their boys’ boots and sandals), and really well-made, and therefore I think they are a great buy if you’re going to invest in one decent pair of shoes/boots a season (which I always do). I bought Marlow the exact same pair of (Pom D’Api) sandals last Summer and the Summer before because I loved them on him so much, and they really lasted. There was no denying that there were well-worn by the Autumn, but they were still going strong! I also bought him other less expensive sandals and boots to fill in the gaps, but the Pom D’Api were his ‘go-to’ pair. They do lovely girls’ shoes too. The design is great – chunky, but not orthopaedic looking (it can be a fine line sometimes…). And very French. And how can you resist the name? So cute. Oh, and last but by no means least, these fantastic (navy) chelsea boots are in the sale! I’m definitely buying a pair… £55.99 (were £69.99) panachekids.co.uk
Petit Bateau Unisex Leather Boots With Wool Lining (sizes 24-31 European)
Love, love, love these! They are still quite pricey, even in the sale, but I think they will definitely see a lot of action because they are just so cool. Loving the distressed finish on the leather. And how toasty does that sheepskin-esque lining look? Could have done with a pair myself today, instead of running around town in my Isabel Marant boots, which are many things, but cosy is definitely not one of them. These did also come in grey, but have sadly now sold out. But actually, I have to say, I’m really liking this colour (and let’s face it, it makes a nice change). Hurry though, these ones are selling out fast too… £57.50 (were £72.00) petit-bateau.co.uk
Ugg Infants ‘Boo’ Boots (sizes S, M, L)
These are coming Tabarlow’s way on Friday as birthday presents from my sister, Caroline (navy for Marlow and chestnut for Tabs – not that I was involved in the colour choices of course…). Am I more excited than they will be about this fact? Um, yes I would say so (after all there is a distant lack of Hello Kitty or Thomas…). Now I’m not what you would exactly call an Ugg fan, but I really do love these toddler boots. I love the moccasin vibe, and the fact that the sheepskin gives a funny sort of mohawk effect (or is that my imagination?). Anyway, I think they are super-cute, and just feel that bit more stylish than your average, regular Ugg. Roll on Friday (and an end to this dreary, wet, rather un-Ugg friendly weather). £40.00 uggaustralia.co.uk
I have to admit I’m pretty low-maintence in the beauty department. I think years of working at magazines, surrounded by all the latest beauty products sort of turned me the other way. I’m about as far from a ‘product junkie’ as you can get (I have my other vices as you all know…). But after being recommended this Nuxe dry oil by a friend, I am now a complete addict. It’s not exactly cheap, but you only need the tiniest amount, and it leaves your skin baby soft. I’ve ditched my trusty body moisturisers completely (yes even my Kiehl’s Crème de Corps), and just use this (you can also use it on your hair and face). I literally just bought some online (good old M&S sell it – who knew?), and noticed that all the Nuxe products are currently on offer, so I wanted to share immediately. Oh and it smells amazing!