Barbour McQueen Sweatshirt (xxs-xxl)
£40.00 SHOP NOW
I love a sweatshirt (preferably grey marl Alexander Wang). Marlow loves a sweatshirt (preferably grey marl, but as yet, not too fussy about the label). And long may it last. The humble sweatshirt is effortlessly cool, and I can’t seem to stop finding great ones wherever I look. These are some of my favourites around at the moment, starting with this super-cool, faded print Steve McQueen one from Barbour. I’m also loving this Peanuts one from Uniqlo; this ‘boom’ one from Stella McCartney; this H&M plain charcoal one (always a classic along with a grey marl); this contrast one from Zara; this cool quilted one from Next; this striped one from Next; and finally this Mini Boden waffle one (in grey);
ps: these Mango plain cashmere crew necks are still available in the sale. I ordered two navy ones for Marlow (one for now, one for next year) that just arrived yesterday (along with his Monsoon robot sunglasses), and he’s weaing one today. I really like that they are a really fine-knit, so ideal for this unpredictable weather (and they look really expensive).
pps: don’t forget, it’s Mama Spree tomorrow!
Gap Colourblock One-Piece (6 months-5 years)
£14.95 SHOP NOW
I bought this for Marlow (and anyone who follows Little Spree on Instagram will probably have seen him wearing them), and Tabs has the girl’s version, and I absolutely love it. They are essentially onesies, but not baggy like most of them (there’s nothing stylish about them…). I like that these have a snug fit (think Uma Thurman in Kill Bill!), so they look cool and are super-cosy to sleep in (the twins love them). And I love the colour combinations. I’m thinking of buying bigger sizes to put away for when they are older. In the meantime, here are some more girls and boys pyjamas that I am coveting… These pretty Cyrillus velour ones with a Liberty print bow, these La Redoute knight dressing-up ones (still loving the idea of dressing-up nightwear) and classic star print ones; these sweet floral print Monsoon ones for the Summer; Cath Kidston plane print ones; John Lewis fun skeleton ones that glow in the dark (now reduced to just £10.00); Hatley horse print ones; Petit Bateau striped ones; Stella McCartney printed ones (currently half price); Mini Boden girls’ ones; and Mini Boden boys’ ones (I like the stripe/UFOs best). Phew!
The Little White Company Hydrocotton Baby Robe (0-12 months)
£26.00 SHOP NOW
Tabitha and Marlow had these hooded towels as babies (I loved that they came in two sizes, so you can just size-up when they get too big for the smaller ones), and they were just brilliant – they looked adorable all wrapped up in them, but they were just that bit more practical than a regular towel. And now you can get a dressing gown version (above), which is equally cute and snuggly. Here are a few other dressing gowns that I have seen and like…
This Vertbaudet boy’s one; this Little White Company hydrocotton girl’s one; this Cyrillus boy’s one; this Mothercare baby girl’s one; this Mini Boden striped boy’s one; and this Little White Company striped boy’s one (sorry, didn’t find many girl’s ones that I liked…). Tomorrow: my edit of the best pyjamas on the High Street…
ps: check out this fab Mini Boden competition that’s running at the moment. It’s a chance for your little ones to design their very own Mini Boden catalogue cover, and have it printed and sent to them! The closing date is 7th March, so you’ll need to get your skates on. The 10 favourite entires will win a £500 account credit, an iPad mini and a framed copy of their cover. Not too shabby! Tabitha whips the Mini Boden catalogue off me before I’ve even had a chance to look at it, so I will definitely be getting her on the case… Details here.
H&M Home Child’s Apron
£6.99 SHOP NOW
If you’re going to wear an apron, better make sure it’s a cute one… And this is definitely that. And here’s one for the boys from La Cerise Sur Le Gateau (don’t you just love that name?).
Monsoon Boys’ Robot Print Sunglasses (one size)
£6.00 SHOP NOW
The sun is shining (well it is in London anyway), and Tabarlow have actually been asking to wear their sunnies… Marlow’s cool Wayfarer-esque ones from Gap from last year seem to have vanished, so I am quite tempted by these cool robot print ones… And and I’m also loving those leopard print Mini Rodini sunglasses for the girls.
Next Ochre Printed Sweatshirt (3 months-6 years)
£9.00-£10.00 SHOP NOW
I love pretty much everything about this sweatshirt, but specifically the colour (that gorgeous golden-yellow that always looks expensive) and the fact that it’s 100% cotton. In fact, Next had quite a few cool pieces that caught my eye when I was browsing recently. I like these boys’ boots too.
I have been getting requests from mums of little boys who refuse to wear jumpers, despite the recent temperatures. Marlow can be tricky about jumpers too (I think it’s all the charging around they do – they get so hot…), so I try to buy long sleeved ‘tops’ that are a bit warmer than a regular long sleeved t-shirt, and will almost always layer a cashmere cardigan over when we go out. His Cos charcoal cashmere one is still my favourite, but sadly seems to be unavailable now – I will endeavour to hunt out a replacement, but this Brora navy one is the closest I could find today). So here are a few tops that are a bit more substantial than just a long sleeved t-shirt, but aren’t too warm… Starting with this Mini Boden long sleeved top (I like the grey and the navy); this Alice a Paris fine knit sweater (should be light enough to avoid a morning meltdown); this Cos double-layer sweatshirt (I’ve seen it in the store – it’s a sort of sweatshirt-t-shirt hybrid); this John Lewis striped sweater; and I love, love love these Henley style sweaters from Mango (I will be buying both colours for Marlow).
Cyrillus Boys’ Pirate Pyjamas (2-8 years)
£35.00 SHOP NOW
The chicest pirate pyjamas I’ve ever seen (actually, the only ones I’ve ever seen…). Marlow and Tabs have been invited to a pirate themed birthday party, so I am suddenly tuned into all things pirate-y. Marlow actually already has a pretty good pirate outfit, but this one definitely surpasses his in the style stakes. And how cool that it multi-tasks as pyjamas? Quick – they are selling out fast!
ps: this costume isn’t pirate related, but I love it so much I had to share.
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…
The Little White Company Boys’ Striped Jacket (2-8 years)
£45.00 SHOP NOW
I love the combination of the ticking stripe (although you have to squint to actually see it in this picture, or simply take my word for it) and a sporty style hooded jacket – classic, but cool. It’s 100% cotton with a jersey lining, and is machine washable. I also love that the hood is detachable (I like options). This H&M three-in-one version is also a great option for babies and younger boys.
Zara Flecked Trousers (3 months-3 years)
£8.99 SHOP NOW
I bought Marlow a pair of trousers from H&M a few months back that are not dissimilar to these. Wary at first (his mother’s son…), he has now embraced his ‘slounge pants’ as I call them, and can’t wait to slip into them for a bit of r&r and an Octonauts DVD… It makes me laugh how much he loves them, but I totally get it. Sometimes there’s nothing nicer than changing into something comfy when you get home (I daren’t even tell you what I am wearing on my bottom half as I write this for fear that you may never log in again). But the best thing about these trousers (and Marlow’s) is that they also look really cool, so of course, it’s totally fine to wear them outside the house too.
ps: don’t forget: tomorrow it’s all about us with the second instalment of Mama Spree!
Alice a Paris Boiled Wool Pea Coat (3-36 months)
£37.00 (was £54.00) SHOP NOW
I LOVE this French brand. All the pieces are beautifully simple and well designed, and just have that inexplainable ‘French factor’. The colours are neutral and expensive looking (but the prices are anything but), and they stock the same styles season after season (this definitely appeals to my ‘repeat offender’ shopping habits). And it’s equally fabulous for boys and girls. And look what I found in the sale?? Another pea coat! But how gorgeous (and so French!) is this chocolate brown boiled wool version with a plaid lining? Beyond gorgeous in fact. And on sale. As one Little Spree reader put it: “it’s the guilt-free Bonpoint”. I couldn’t have put it better myself.
ps: ilovegorgeous has a great sale on at the moment. And talking of coats, how cool is this teddy boy style for girls?
Mothercare Navy Wellies (sizes 4-12 jnr)
£10.00 SHOP NOW
If only I’d known just how much the twins would be wearing wellies this Winter, I would have bought more pairs! I really like these navy ones because they are completely plain, and the looped handles make it so easy for your little one to put them on themselves. Now the big question is: will it ever stop raining??
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…
Little Marc Jacobs Cannoli Jacket (4-12 years)
£78.00 (was £195.00) SHOP NOW
I am clearly still subconsciously searching for the ultimate navy pea coat. This is a fantastic one from Little Marc. It is still quite pricey, but I think it’s worth investing for next Winter if you size up. There are still quite a few things out there in the sales if you look hard enough (you just need to be lucky with the sizes). And this is definitely the time to pick up some designer pieces that might normally be unaffordable (or more accurately, unjustifiable). Here is my edit of the best things out there… These boots are old favourites (Marlow has had at least two pairs over the years) that I still love. Quite tempted to buy him another pair actually. He’s also had a pair of these (I love that they repeat the same styles season after season). I really love these suede boots (they also come in navy) for girls (a lot more affordable now they are half price); this owl jumper from Stella; this gorgeous Chloe dress; this Chloe cashmere hat and scarf set (it would make the most adorable baby gift); this printed Miller dress; and finally, how cute are these Bonton booties??
Uniqlo Unisex Down Gilet (3-11 years)
£19.90 (was £29.90) SHOP NOW
The trusty down filled gilet. Arguably not the most exciting item of clothing in the world, but definitely one of the most useful. A good one will see you through to Spring. This one also comes in navy. Perfect layered over a cosy chunky jumper.
Howick Boys Lambswool Jumper (2-8 years)
£16.00 (was £20.00) SHOP NOW
Another day, another sale bargain. This is a great price for a super-stylish boys’ jumper in lambswool. Plus it’s machine washable. Sold!
Ralph Lauren Western Shirt (2-7 years)
£30.00 (was £60.00) SHOP NOW
The denim shirt has definitely become a wardrobe staple, and one that I always love on little boys. And this one is one of the best I’ve seen. Snap one up quick, before word gets around! And whilst I’m on the subject of sale bargains, I’ve just ordered these Pom D’Api canvas velcro shoes for Marlow (he already has the grey, which I posted once before). Oh, and I also love this shirt and velvet jacket combo from Autograph; this super-cool animal print sweatshirt (very A.P.C…) from M&S; this fab Bellerose jacket (still quite pricey, but less pricey than before…); and these Pepe (love their kids’ shoes) trainers.
Mango Double-Breasted Plaid Coat (sizes XS-L)
£19.99 (was £47.99) SHOP NOW
This boys’ jacket is an amazing bargain, and it’s certainly not too late to jump into the plaid trend (let’s face it, Winter is going to be here for a while yet..). I love it. This (very Isabel Marant-esque) fabulous charcoal flecked girls’ coat, also from Mango is another hit. Love, love, love this gorgeous girls’ tulle skirt from Chiara; this cool tee from Bang Bang Copenhagen; these pretty vests from Stella McCartney; this simple Miller grey tee; this smocked Liberty London dress; and finally, this Miller printed dress.
Joules Jaws Gloves (sizes S/M M/L)
£12.95 SHOP NOW
Love these – warm and fun! I also love these Mango cream mittens, and these super-cute Oeuf ones.
Les Tricots de Margots Cashmere Baby V-neck Cardigan (0-2 years)
£55.00 SHOP NOW
Christmas would not be Christmas without a little (or ideally, a big) sprinkling of cashmere. Les Tricots de Margots has been one of my favourite go-to places for beautiful baby/kids cashmere since the twins were tiny (and I have bought countless cardigans, just like this one, for various new babies since), and this is one of my favourite pieces. You simply cannot go wrong with a cashmere cardigan, and I love the v-neck and little patch pocket on this one. And it’s a great price for really good quality cashmere. I’m actually a little sad that Tabarlow are too big for them now. And if you’re really hunting for a bargain, this cute grey cardigan from M&S is now in the sale for only £24.50.