our m&s spring edit

M&S Boy

1. Cotton T-Shirt (part of a set of two), £12.00-£16.00
2. Pure Cotton Utlity Shirt, £14.00-£16.00
3. Cotton Skinny Jeans, £10.00-£12.00
4. Leather Hiker Boots, £30.00-£32.00

M&S Girl II

1. Cotton Dungarees, £14.00-£18.00
2. Cotton Embroidered Top, £14.00-£16.00
3. Glitter Skate Shoes, £14.00-£18.00
4. Thermal Brushed Tights, £6.00

Remember our baby edit back in November? Well this time we are bringing you are favourites from the boys and girls collections for Spring. We first saw this collection at the M&S press day back in November, but have been waiting to share them with you, so that you can actually buy them. We love this boys’ ‘shacket’ (is it just us or does it have a bit of a Margaret Howell feel about it?), and all these blue and grey tones make this outfit definitely look and feel more designer than high street (we would never guess anyway). And this girls’ look is what we like to call ‘pretty tomboy’. These (just in!) glitter skate shoes are fab! Great for boys too with a skinny jean. We couldn’t squeeze all our favourites into two pictures, so here are the other pieces that we’re coveting…
For the boys: this sweatshirt; these slim fit cords; this hoodie; these dungarees; these shorts; this jumper; this hat; these sandals; this mac; and these hi-tops;
For the girls: these jeans; this dress; this jumper;  this blouse; this denim playsuit; this jumper (very Sonia Rykiel!) this dress; this skirt; these shoes; these shorts; this belt; and this cardigan;

Sarah & Nicky x

created in collaboration with Marks & Spencer

boy meets girl

stripe jean

1. Uniqlo Sweatshirt, £14.90
2. Verity Jones Large Hair Bow, £6.00
3. Boden Denim Slim-Fit Jeans, £22.00-£26.00
4. Velveteen ‘Ali’ Bag, £25.35
5. M&S Leather Mary Janes, £34.00-£38.00

stripe jean boy

1. Uniqlo Sweatshirt, £14.90
2. M&S Beanie Hat, £8.00
3. Boden Denim Slim-Fit Jeans, £22.00-£26.00
4. Uniqlo Pea Coat, £19.90 (was £39.90)
5. Gap Canvas Hi-Top Sneakers, £17.95

One pair of trousers that we both love, but for girls or for boys (they are officially girls’)? We love them equally for both. So we decided to style them two ways – one look for the girls and one look for the boys. All bases covered.

Sarah & Nicky x

puddle proof

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Mamas & Papas Puddlesuit, £28.00 (12 months-6 years)

We just love the idea of a ‘puddle suit’. And it just sounds so… Beatrix Potter. But apart from sounding sweet (and being super-practical obviously), this one actually looks good too. It’s just an all-in-one version of the Little Spree favourite, the classic yellow rain mac. We love. And here are some rain macs too (some yellow, some not..): this one from M&S; this one from John Lewis; this one from Mini Club; this one from Gap; this one from H&M (as posted on Instagram); this one from Next; and this one from Petit Bateau. And not forgetting a few wet weather accessories: this umbrella and this umbrella (for your mini super hero), both from M&S; and these plain wellies from John Lewis (available in red, navy and green).

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: and we couldn’t resist these cute biker-style wellies for us! Love them! Think of them as a little ‘bonus mid-week Mama Spree’.

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ASOS Gone Biker Wellies, £25.00

about a boy

Boys gap boots

1. Petit Bateau Wool & Cotton Sailor Sweater, £25.00 (was £50.00)
2. Miller Xeno Beanie, £16.00 (was £40.00)
3. Tootsa MacGinty Denim Stripe Jeans, from £31.00
4. Gap Canvas Hi-Top Sneakers, £17.95

We loved these Tootsa MacGinty jeans when we saw them a few weeks ago at the fantastic Dot to Dot kids exhibition (look out for our round-up later this week). You can’t really tell from this picture, but they have a a gorgeous blue ticking stripe.

Sarah & Nicky x

bobbletastic

Hats

Olivier Baby Hand Knitted Cable Hats, £32.00

How gorgeous are these hats? And the colours?? We can’t get enough of them (particularly in these sub-zero temperatures we’re experiencing in London at the moment). And if we tell you they’re 100% cashmere would you love them just that tiny bit more…
And you can also get the, equally adorable, matching mittens on a string!

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: I have the heads-up on the online drop date for the Boden ‘navy blue Monday’ flats!! 9th March. Put it in your diaries ladies! I already have! SC

khaki combinations

Boys stripe

1. Morley ‘Fanny’ T-Shirt, £36.00
2. Gap Knitted Peacoat, £15.99 (was £32.95)
3. Next Super Skinny Jeans, £13.00-£19.00
4. Boden Suede Boots, £38.00-£42.00

I love the colour of this shirt, it makes everything you wear it with seem more expensive. Caramel & Baby and Bonpoint often use it in their colour palettes and this one wouldn’t be out place in their collections (except for the price). Here is one way our boys will be wearing it  (Marlow already has the boots) and come summer we’ll be styling it with our favourite denim cut-offs. Last year I waited until the summer months arrived to buy a very similar one and of course all the other clever mummies bought early and it was sold out. This year we’ll be buying early too.

Nicky x

chukkas, cables & and a touch of combat

B outfit

1.Uniqlo Cable Knit Sweater, £7.90 (was £14.00)
2. Gap Knit Utility Jacket, £22.95
3. Gap Carpenter Jeans, £19.95
4. Next Leather Chukka Boots, £20.00-£26.00

We love a (cream or navy) cable knit, we love a chukka boot, and can’t resist a touch of combat cool… This is what it looks like when some of our favourite things come together.

Nicky x

ps: thanks for the tip off about the boots Lisa!

boy bargains

Boys sale

1. Miller Adamite Scarf, £22.80 (was £38.00)
2. Mango Cotton-Blend Canvas Jacket, £16.99 (was £24.99)
3. Little Remix T-Shirt, £18.00 (was £30.00)
4. Monsoon Jeans & Braces, £10.50 (was £21.00)
5. Petit Bateau Unisex Leather Trainers, £43.40 (was £62.00)

I buy clothes for Bailey in the same way that I buy clothes for myself: by mixing high street purchases with a few more expensive items (which I try to buy during sale time). In fact I have an ongoing ‘stash’ box of things I’ve bought in previous sales for Bailey. It’s actually quite exciting when the seasons begin to change and you look inside the box and see your bargains waiting to be worn. So here are a few items we’ll be stashing this year….

Nicky x

matching set

sweatshirt

1. Finger In The Nose Sweatshirt, £44.55
2. Little Marc Jacobs Hat & Scarf Set, £57.10 (were £81.50)
3. Gap Rip & Repair Skinny Jeans, £22.95
4. Gap Tennis Sneakers, £10.99 (were £14.95)

We’ve had our eye on this Little Marc hat and scarf set for a fair few months now. We’ve been waiting for the sales. Now’s the time to make the move…

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: look out for our sale edits, starting with our favourite baby picks tomorrow…

get them before they’re gone!

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Boden Suede Boots, £38.00-£42.00

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.

Sarah x

christmas pyjamas

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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.

Nicky x

little gifts

Girls Christmas

1. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera, £69.99
2. Maileg Mini Angel Bunny, £19.00
3. Moulin Roty Wicker Dolls Pram, £68.00
4. Music Alley Junior Guitar, £24.43
5. ilovegorgeous Silk Freida Party Purse, £25.00

A few more ideas for the little girls: Apollo wooden balance bike; Maileg mini angel; Woodstock gold cat ears headband; Moulin Roty baking set; Mini Boden bunny slippers; Louisa Misha Taj braceletM&S wooden toaster; Lucky Voice microphone; Liberty print mini suitcase; Sophie La Girafe music box; and M&S wooden till.

Boys Christmas

1. John Lewis Mini Kitchen, £50.00
2. Le Toy Van Tipi Camp Set, £30.00
3. Nobodinoz Retro Bowling Set, £34.00
4. Maileg Mouse Prince, £16.00
5. The Little White Company Wigwam, £120.00

For the little boys we also like: this Le Toy Van Bucanner’s pirate fort; B Toys Symphony in B; Paddington book suitcase; Seedling My Little Dino World; Toyella Build Your Own Den, M&S small oven top; Little White Company ride on car; and this Vilac accordion.

bargains, bargains, bargains…

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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!

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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!

socks socks socks

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John Lewis Cotton Socks (Pack of Five), £6.00

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.

kate spade loves gap

Kate Spade Gap bags

1. Kate Spade Gap Kids Colourblock Tote, £29.95
2. Kate Spade Gap Kids Coloublock Tote (Large), £59.95

Gap Kate Spade

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 ‘treat week’

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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: TREATBC14 at check-out. What are you waiting for??

ps: we’ll be showing you some of our favourite pieces/looks next week.

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