Nicky and I both found this exact same boys sweatshirt (at pretty much the same time) and emailed it one another as the starting point for a post. Sometimes it just happens like that. So now you know we both love (and want) it, here’s how we’ll be styling it up.
Sarah & Nicky xx
A few more sweatshirts that we’re loving right now…
Olivier Baby & Kids is without doubt, one of our favourite independent brands for children. We particularly love the baby collections – you literally want everything (including a new baby to wear it!). Think the softest cashmere in the most beautiful colours, Liberty print frilled blouses, cashmere rompers, ruffle front dresses, striped knits… And not to mention the most adorable accessories – cashmere bonnets, beanies, scarves and mittens. Classic, but not too classic. Traditional, but cleverly designed with a modern edge. Anyway, this is just a tiny selection of our favourite pieces for Autumn/Winter. But don’t just take our word for it – you can see (and feel) the collection for yourself at their first ever Pop Up shop in London – a little treasure trove of discoveries for babies, girls and boys. Edit.58 will also be at the store with a selection of the gorgeous baskets, rugs, cushions and wire words that we all know and love from Instagram. The store opens on Monday 12th September for just two weeks. And on 17th September, we are really excited to be teaming up with Olivier Baby to co-host an exclusive private shopping/press event at their store from 3.00pm-4.30pm. As well as the chance to preview the new collection (entitled ‘Adventure Is Out There’), there will be a delicious afternoon tea, plus sweet entrainment for the kids. And our friend, the lovely Lisa (who we know you all love too) from Edit.58 will be there too. The event is by invitation only, but we are excited to extend the invite to ten lovely Little Spree readers (plus your little ones of course – you have to bring them!). We would love to see you! Please email Katie at Olivier Baby & Kids (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you fancy joining us. Also, one of the ten will be picked at random to win an Olivier Baby & Kids outfit, which can be chosen on the day. We will be on hand (if you need us) to help you choose of course!
Olivier Baby & Kids Pop Up Shop
Monday 12th-Saturday 24th September
Open daily from 10.00am-6.00pm
121 Sydney Street, London SW3
Sarah & Nicky xx
ps: we’ll share what we bought for our kids another time…
pps: a little reminder that the H&M Studio collection launches today.
Here’s a date for your diaries: Thursday 8th September (yes, this Thursday!). Trust me you will want to be in on this. It’s another one of H&M’s genius kids’ collections, and possibly one of my favourites so far. I’ve been desperate to share it with you since the first time I clapped eyes on it, way back when in April. I was on an appointment at the H&M press office, pulling things for one of my Stella stories in Ibiza. Anyway, the PR gave me a sneak peek of a few of the pieces. I instantly fell in love with the peach coloured (sounds so wrong, but trust me, so right…) quilted velvet coat (6) and the folkloric tiered, frilled white cotton dress (1). Just divine.
In a nutshell, the collection is a world of fashion fantasy, filled with folklore inspiration. How gorgeous does that sound? Influences came from stories such as Alice in Wonderland and the Swedish tales of John Bauer, with plenty of embellishment and prints. Folkloric influences run throughout the collection, with key styles including an embroidered lace jacket with matching flared skirt; a black velvet cape with gold embroidery; billowing sleeved smocks and a poncho-style blouse. Illustrations add kooky character to garments, with lynx prints and fun horse patterns on knitted sets. Think a cool mash-up of pretty, cool, romantic, dandy, rock-and-roll and folk. That covers most of my favourite fashion elements right there! Oh, and let’s not forget the beyond cute, charming, and not to mention whimsical accessories, including party kits (including cups, plates and napkins), embroidered animal masks, crowns, a mini guitar (8), cowwboy boots, and even a velvet hobby horse (2). I definitely need that hobby horse!!
The collection hits (selected) stores (and the H&M website) on Thursday. I literally cannot wait.
The leaves on our chestnut tree have begun to turn; a sure sign that Autumn is on the way, but we’re not ready to think about jeans and jumpers just yet. So for that in between stage, before the temperature drops to single digits, we’ll be dressing the boys in a long sleeve top and lightweight trousers such as these from The Animals Observatory (this cool brand is definitely worth a look if you haven’t come across it). I just can’t decide whether to buy the blue/grey or the khaki ones? This Gap jacket is a another great transitional piece (with definite mummy mini-me potential). It’s quite thin, so good for layering and I love that it has a hood hidden in the collar (I’d say that the sizing is quite generous – I bought XS for Bailey). If you can’t bring yourself to pack away summer sandals just yet, they would still work well with this outfit, but for those of you who have children with a name that begins with the letter ‘M’ (like, er Marlow for example, although we love them for girls too) these trainers would be a great way to ease back into shoes…
I’ve been back from holiday a week now (although it might as well be a month!), and felt like sharing my recent Autumn Boden haul for Tabitha and Marlow (we’ll get to mine another day). Many of these things had been mentally logged from the Boden press day, back in May and these adorable Mary Jane shoes were top of my list for Tabitha. They are just so perfect. I love them! They look really expensive – everything about the design of these is totally spot-on. I also bought her (and one for Marlow too) this fisherman’s raincoat (it’s also great as it starts from baby sizes), this cardigan (I bought pink (it’s a good pink) this time, but I know I will be ordering a least one other colour soon enough), and this floral print onesie for bed. A slightly random mix of pieces I know, but I love them all, and so does Tabs. For Marlow I snapped up these boots (in grey), this sweatshirt, this zip-up sweatshirt (in grey) for those in-between Autumn and Winter days, and this hoodie. So not much variation there I know, but I also know he will wear them all on rotation through the Winter months. I definitely have my eye on various other pieces for both of them, and the new baby collection is just too cute for words (even more so than usual). Don’t worry, we’ll be sharing our favourites with you soon.
ps: whilst we’re talking Boden, I was on a shoot on Friday, and the art director was wearing this denim jumpsuit (which looked amazing on her – everyone was asking where it was from). And not only did it look good, it was so lovely and soft too. Now the original price was pretty steep for Boden (I think it was £170.00 from memory?), so even though I liked it, I never bought it. But now it’s been reduced to a guilt-free £39.80! Such a great bargain. The makeup artist on the shoot ordered one online then and there! And I think I may well be next… Oh, and size up for a slouchier (cooler) fit.
pps: I know quite a few people who have been struggling to buy swimwear for little ones for August holidays, as most places have now sold out. This Boden striped, frilled swimsuit that we featured a while ago is still available in quite a few sizes. And I just snapped up these and these for Marlow last week. He had literally worn his old ones out on holiday. Turns out that natural spring pools are the not the best for one’s swimwear..
Hot on the (slightly larger) heels of the Mama Shop, the Little Shop has been re-stocked. You’ll find our Summer holiday edit – our favourite pieces for babies, boys and girls in the most gorgeous colours and prints, all perfect for the Summer months. And many of them are on sale – even better! But don’t take our word for, take a look for yourself…
Happy shopping, and happy holidays!!
When it comes to kids party invitations, we’re onboard with the ease and convenience of electronic communication, but there’s always something special about receiving a handwritten note, especially to announce an important event or to say thank you. If you’re with us, take a look at the beautifully printed stationary at Papier.