Admittedly this is about as un-Christmasty a post as you can get. But, I had to share these fab boots because I have a feeling that they won’t hang around too long (let’s not forget that girls Mini Boden ‘boot gate’ of last year). I bought a pair for Marlow and I LOVE them. Everything about them. And Marlow does too (and trust me, he can be very picky – I can’t imagine where he gets that from?). All I’m saying is, be smart and snap a pair up now while everyone else is still in Christmas shopping mode. I like them so much, I’m tempted to buy a second pair.
The Little White Company Gingham Pyjamas, from £24.00
It’s hard to say when my love of fashion began, but during my childhood certain times of the year were all about clothes: new shoes at Easter (hard to explain) and new pyjamas on Christmas Eve. They would be beautifully wrapped and it felt so exciting to open a present before ‘he’d been’. Whilst equally as difficult to explain as the shoes, new pyjamas on Christmas Eve is a tradition I have kept alive, and I hope that one day Bailey will think back to the year he opened these lovely pyjamas and smile. In the meantime, here are some others we like:
For the girls: Gap glitter dot onesie; Gap robin sleep set; Gap reindeer sleep set; The Little White Company floral pyjamas; and Cyrillus floral pyjamas. For the boys: Gap ho ho ho sleep set; Little White Company striped skinny pyjamas;La Redoute pyjamas with cape; and The Little White Company striped pyjamas.
You can’t move for bargains and ‘Black Friday’ deals at the moment (we may not celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK, but we are more than happy to jump aboard the bargain bus that comes with it!). And we are more than a little excited, as this means not just good news for our Christmas shopping, but it’s also good news for for our little ones’ wardrobes. Time to stock up on things that might normally be a little pricey; even start stockpiling for next Spring? As you know, Elias and Grace is one of our all time favourite kids’ stores, so make the most of their Black Friday deal – they are offering between 30-70% off everything online (boys, girls, baby). Starting at midnight tonight (Thursday) for 24 hours. Go, go, go!
ps: and that’s not all. M&S’s Cyber Weekend starts at midnight tonight and ends on 1st December; Caramel has a friends and family 20% off from today until midnight on Sunday (use the code: LOVECARAMEL); Mango has a Black Friday 30% off everything until 30th November (use code: 5BLACK4). Shop ’til you drop!
I realise this is potentially a bit of a dull post, but I always find it a challenge to find decent boys socks. This pack from John Lewis is not only great value, but the colour selection is pretty great too. In fact, I think I would keep all five pairs (something I rarely do in any kind of multi pack situation). We also like (and regularly buy) these ones from Gap in grey and navy for Marlow and Bailey.
1. Kate Spade Gap Kids Colourblock Tote, £29.95 2. Kate Spade Gap Kids Coloublock Tote (Large), £59.95
1. Jack Spade Gap Kids Contrast Cardigan, £29.95 2. Jack Spade Gap Kids Wool Jacket, £69.95 3. Jack Spade Gap Kids Selvedge Straight Jeans, £27.95 4. Jack Spade Gap Kids Google Eyes Hi-Tops, £29.95
Nicky and I (with Tabarlow and Bailey in tow – it was during half term) went to the press breakfast for the launch of the new Kate and Jack Spade collaboration for Gap Kids. Whimsical, playful, kooky and colourful. We saw, we liked, we shopped. In fact, we actually preferred the boys collection (which is unusual because generally boys’ clothes are so much harder to find). Nicky bought these super-cool hi-tops for Bailey, and he/she absolutely loves them. They are so cool. And how sweet are these ‘mini me’ totes? Here are some other bits and pieces that we liked… these gift bow ballet flats (Tabs was obsessed with them!); this pom pom hat; this glitter satchel; and ok, so this is more of a Mama Spree purchase, but we love this iPhone cover too.
Available (for a limited period only) in stores and online now. www.gap.co.uk
Elias & Grace is probably our favourite website for children’s clothes (from newborn to 14 years). It’s a one-stop shop for all things super-stylish for you little ones. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find something that wasn’t stylish. We love their edit of the designer collections (favourites such as Mini Marc, Pom D’Api, Bellerose, Woodstock, Chloe, Miller…); the way they put gorgeous, effortless looking outfits together in the ‘looks’ section – so inspiring; and their ‘trends’ – a great way of narrowing down if you’re pushed for time and looking for something more specific. And if you haven’t checked out their ‘outlet’, you definitely need to – they have some amazing bargains tucked away in there…
And the exciting bit is, Elias & Grace are having a ‘treat week’ where they are offering 20% off eveything, starting on Monday. But we’ve managed to secure an early bird discount just for our readers, so you can scoop up the best pieces before they go! The discount will run until 10th November. Just use the code: TREATBC14at check-out. What are you waiting for??
ps: we’ll be showing you some of our favourite pieces/looks next week.
It’s that time of year again. Many of you have been asking us about good (plain, simple, stylish, and inexpensive of course) wellies. So here you go. These are great options too… M&S; Mothercare; M&S; Bundgaard and Next (love all three colours). And although, not plain, these are really sweet.
1. Petit Bateau Wool & Cotton Sailor Sweater, £50.00 2. Petit Bateau Long Sleeved Wool & Cotton T-Shirt, £19.50 3. Mango Five Pocket Trousers, £14.99 4. Petit Bateau Striped Jersey Socks, £8.00 5. 10 IS Silver Hi Top Trainers, £48.50
Cool and cosy layering, with a pop of colour…
ps: 30% off the most expensive item in Petit Bateau when you buy three things at the moment…
1. John Lewis Glow-In-The-Dark Pyjamas, £15.00-£17.00 2. Gap Oversized Pom Pom Hat, £9.95 3. Urban Sweat Long Sleeve Hoodie, £19.90 4. Little Baby Company Halloween Pack Of Eight Trick Or Treat Bags, £10.95
Today it’s the boys’ turn, and we’re sticking with our stylish pyjama based Halloween costumes. You may already have a pair of glow-in-the-dark pjs (Marlow and Bailey do), in which case you only need to add the accessories for a trick or treat outfit. We also love this bat tee; these glow-in-the-dark pyjamas; these glow-in-the-dark leggings (these would look so cool worn with a jumper like this); and this wizard costume (ok, so it’s 100% polyester, but for £6.00 for one night…).
1. Mango Navy Pocket Wool Blend Sweater, £16.99, Shop Now 2. Oeuf NYC Bat Beannie, £53.00, Shop Now 3. Zara Slim Fit Trousers, £12.99, Shop Now 4. Petit Bateau Unisex High Tops, £59.00, Shop Now
This low-key boys look, is just cool enough…
ps: for anyone who has tried to buy the Geox ‘William’ school shoes from yesterday’s post and were unable to use the discount code, our friends at Alex and Alexa apologise, and assure us that the problem will be resolved by tomorrow (Thursday) morning, and the code will definitely work then.
1. Pom D-Api Rose Pink Leather Boots (sizes 19-30), £54.00 (were £68.00) SHOP NOW 2. Start-Rite Gold Leather Mary-Janes (sizes 20-26), £48.00 (were £60.00) SHOP NOW
1. 10 IS High Top Trainers (sizes 24-38), £56.50 (were £71.00) SHOP NOW 2. 10 IS Girls Leather Trainer (sizes 24-34), £56.00 (were £70.00) SHOP NOW
Alex and Alexa currently has 20% off online, then you get an extra 15% on top with the code: SHOE15 until midnight on Thursday. Woohoo! These are our four favourites styles, and we also love these Pom D’Api feather fur girls boots (Nicky saw them in person last week and said they were adorable); these Start-Rite lilac Mary Janes; these Minetonka fringed ankle boots; these Start-Rite white T-bars; these Hunter unisex silver wellies; these Hunter navy ‘first’ wellies; and our favourite boys’ school shoes the Geox ‘William’ (a great time to buy the next size up). They also have a great selection of Pom D’Api girls sandals. Buy now. stash for next Summer…
Rain Starts Play Handmade Wool Slippers (3-12 months & sizes 2-12), £24.99 SHOP NOW Nicky’s son Bailey has these, and she loves them. I also still love these Gap bear slippers (Marlow is currently on his fourth pair – he’s had every size over the years) , which some of you may remember, were the first thing I ever posted, back in January 2012. We also love these from M&S, these from Minnetonka; and these slipper socks from Falke.
Remember last year’s obsession with finding the perfect navy pea? Well it seems that you can’t move for them on the High Street this year! Here are four of our favourites (this M&S one is even machine washable!!). We also like this one from Gap; and for a non navy one, this grey herringbone one from La Redoute is pretty great.
Cos Cashmere Hat (1-8 years), £17.00 This has been my favourite go-to beanie hat for the past three years, and I still love it. Marlow has had the charcoal version every year, but this Winter I went for navy (so chic). It’s the softest cashmere, and the ear flaps are a godsend for keeping those little ears extra cosy. And such a bargain at just £17.00.
ps: and the winners of the Monsoon coat competition are…
Sophie coat: Grace Elliffe
Anna coat: Clare Scott
Baby bear coat: Rosi Richmond
Congratulations ladies! Monsoon will send sending your coats out to you directly. Woohoo! And for everyone else who entered and weren’t lucky this time, worry not – there is another (really exciting!) competition just around the corner. And it involves one of my all-time favourite design duos.
1. Mid-Wash Denim Shirt, £19.99 2. College Sweatshirt, £14.99 3. Slim-Fit Corduroy Trousers, £19.99 4. Stitched High Top Sneakers, £29.99
If you’re looking for a little inspiration before getting that hefty 30% off at Mango (it ends at midnight tonight – just enter this code at checkout: 5WEEKEND), here’s one for the girls and one for the boys…
And for us? We’re loving this jacket; this cardigan (perfect for those chilly morning school runs that we know are coming – just chuck it on and run out the door); these scarves; and we’re still loving this jacket and these boots.
ps: love this girls dress too (I always love a white dress in the Winter with tights and boots).
1. M&S Hooded Duffle (5-14 years), £32.00-£36.00 2. Mayoral Navy Parka Coat (2-9 years), £43.00 3. Little Marc Fur Lined Hooded Coat (8-14 years), £80.19 4. Next Padded Jacket With Borg Collar (3-16 years), £34.00-£40.00 5. John Lewis ‘Augusta’ Tweed Duffle Coat (2-12 years), £40.00-£42.00