Autograph Cotton Floral Shirt With Bow Tie (12 months-10 years)
I can’t help getting preoccupied with girls’ clothes in the run-up to Christmas. So many gorgeous things to choose from (watch this space for my favourite party dresses and tutus – both coming up this week), and frankly, not enough parities/festivities to showcase them. Boys (particularly toddlers) on the other hand… Not so much. However, I have had my eye on this stylish little shirt and bow tie combo for a while now. I love the tiny floral print, and the contrast of the black trim and velvet bow tie. And you can’t really go wrong at £14.00 can you? My only problem now is persuading Marlow to wear it! He HATES dressing up of any kind. Oh well – I suppose a grey sweatshirt works for any occasion…
Belle Enfant Laurie Scarf (one size)
Simple. Stylish. Affordable. And grey!
ps: and here’s another one for you…
Joules Cream Baby Boys Knitted Cardigan (0-3 years)
This is another of those cardigans that is a bit more than a regular cardigan. It’s a cardigan/jacket hybrid. Warm enough to wear as a jacket in the Spring/Autumn months, and cosy enough to wear as a layering piece under a coat in the depths of Winter. Plus super-stylish of course (love the wooden buttons and the shawl collar, and the fact that it’s 100% cotton…). And yes, it’s another cable knit! Still loving them…
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!
ps: there is currently up to 30% off at The Little White Company, including this super-cute knitted beanie, and this gorgeous gingham dress.
Mini Boden Knitted Jacket (0-3 years)
I have loved this cardigan since I first clapped eyes on it (months ago now), so I have no idea why I have left it so long to share. Anyway, it’s a cute as a button. I love the little ears (sometimes that can be over-kill, but not when it’s done right like this). And not only does this knitted jacket look adorable, but it’s so practical (double-breasted, hooded, knitted all = warm!), and well, useful. It also comes in duck-egg blue and navy, which I equally love. It would make a great baby gift too. But like everything I seem to like at Mini Boden at the moment, it’s selling out first, so get your skates on!
£16.80-£18.20 (was £24.00-£26.00) boden.co.uk
Monsoon Baby Fox Mittens (0-3 years)
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been on the hunt for some cute mittens now that the weather has made it pretty much impossible to leave the house without a pair. I found these sweet fox ones in Monsoon. I love that they like they could have been knitted by somebody’s granny…
Mango Slim Fit Dark Wash Jeans (3-12 years)
I always find it so hard to find good jeans for Marlow. I almost always end up buying H&M or Gap girls’ skinny jeans for him (they are always a great fit, and not too skinny), because I hate really baggy jeans on boys. So I was pretty over-the-moon to discover these slim-fit jeans from Mango (that are actually for boys!). They are definitely some of the best I’ve seen, and a great price too.
£22.99 SHOP NOW
ps: all the details for the babyGap/Little spree event on Friday 29th will be revealed in tomorrow’s post, so make sure you remember to log in.
pps: Elias & Grace currently have 20% off everything in store and online (until 30th November), so definitely worth checking out. I am in love with this gorgeous Chloe coat…
ppps: Boden have a whopping 30% off all the ‘Winter Warmer’ pieces, which includes all coats, knitwear and ‘cosy’ accessories. Some amazing bargains. You have to be quick though, a gorgeous cashmere jumper that I had my eye on (for myself) has already completely sold out!! As I’ve said before, you snooze you loose…
Cath Kidston Fire Engine Suitcase
This would make the coolest gift for a little boy (perfect for storing all those annoying little cars in), and would look great in their bedroom too. In fact, I would probably fill it with annoying little cars, then give it as a present…
£25.00 SHOP NOW
Benetton Cable Knit Sweater (1-14 years)
It’s all about the cosy, chunky (and preferably cable knit) jumpers at the moment. I absolutely love this Benetton one – such a great colour. Here are a few more favourites that I also discovered on my travels… I’m actually obsessed with this navy Joules one (how great is it?): this Gap one; this Mango one (love the buttons on the shoulder); this M&S one is fab too. I’m clearly having ‘an anchor moment’…
£24.90 SHOP NOW
ps: while we’re on the subject of cable knits, I just bought this cream cardigan from The Little White Company for Tabs. It’s the perfect ‘go with everything’ cardigan. She’s wearing it today over her Zara red gingham dress.
pps: literally just seen this navy cable knit from Howick. Another one to add to my ever-growing shopping list…
H&M Long Sleeved T-shirt (1-10 years)
As you know, I’m not normally a fan of ‘gimmicky’ clothes, but I just couldn’t resist this cute (technical term: trompe l’oeil) t-shirt. Perfect for a bit of tongue-in-cheek chic on special occasions…
£5.99 SHOP NOW
ps: this little number is rather cute too…
pps: If you have a baby aged between 0-24 months, and live in the London area (or feel like a trip to London?), come and see me at the Gap flagship store on Oxford Street for an exciting Baby Gap/Little Spree event on Friday 29th November. I will the there all day, and would love to meet you (and your gorgeous little ones!). That’s all I’m allowed to tell you at the moment, but all the (exciting) details will be revealed nearer the time, so watch this space… It’s going to be fun!
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
Autograph Pure Cashmere Cable Knit Jumper (12 months-6 years)
I have been buying the M&S mens’ cashmere jumpers (the plain crew neck in navy, charcoal and black) for myself for years, and I swear by them. Now I have turned my attention to the boys’ ones. And it seems that I have struck gold! How great is this cable knit? And it’s navy with a crew neck! And an incredible price for pure cashmere! It also come in a gorgeous burgundy (loving a bit of burgundy for boys at the moment – a stylish/less brash alternative to red, and looks great with navy and grey). It’s machine washable too. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it comes ribbon-wrapped in a chic box, so would also make a fabulous (and I’m quite certain, enthusiastically received, by the parents anyway) present.
£33.00-£35.00 SHOP NOW
ps: I’ve just ordered one for Marlow. Thought I’d better make sure I get my hands on one before the stampede…
Cos Charcoal Waffle Knit Jumper (1-8 years)
I am sort of obsessed with waffle knits at the moment. I bought the most gorgeous cashmere waffle knit colour-blocked jumper (for me) from J Crew last week when I was in New York. And this charcoal grey one is pretty perfect. And seeing as Marlow is pretty much refusing to wear anything that is not grey at the moment, this may well be the next purchase I make…
£27.00 SHOP NOW
ps: of course, I didn’t just buy the cashmere waffle knit when I was in J Crew… Amongst other things, I also snapped up this beautiful headband for Tabs (apparently one of their most popular items for girls at the moment). It’s even more gorgeous in real life – so pretty! It’s the perfect blend of ‘dressing up’ and cool. Love, love, love… And yes, Tabs loves it too.
pps: the Mini Boden grey suede boots are back in stock! And they currently have all sizes! What are you waiting for??
Alice à Paris Wool Beannie Hat (6 months-10 years)
Simple, stylish (love this garter stitch), navy, French…
£17.00 BUY NOW
Uniqlo Unisex Down Gilet (3-11 years)
Sometimes you just don’t need a full-on jacket or coat. I’ve been wanting to get Marlow a down gilet (they look so lovely layered over a gorgeous jumper) for a while now, but most of them come with a price tag to match the down content, so I’ve always hesitated. Until now. I love the look of this one from Uniqlo, and it’s filled with 70% premium quality down (whatever that means, but it sounds warm and cosy!). And I love the cord detail on the shoulders. Uh-oh, I feel another purchase coming on…
£29.90 BUY NOW
Cath Kidston Boy’s Striped Jumper (2-8 years)
Cosy, chunky, cool…
£30.00 BUY NOW
Mango Cashmere Sweater (3-12 years)
I’m always on the look-out for great cashmere on the high street (for me and Tabarlow), and I love this simple sweater from Mango (it also comes in camel). And it’s a pretty great price for cashmere it has to be said.
£47.99 BUY NOW
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
Autograph Wool Blend Peacoat (12 months-7 years)
The navy peacoat is still as elusive as ever this Winter (on the High Street anyway), and I have now become slightly obsessed about it. I think this Autograph one from M&S is one of the best options (thank you Nicky), and it has a cosy padded lining, and is machine washable (why do kids’ coats get SO filthy?). Here are a few other recent finds I’ve sniffed out on my travels… Thanks to all the mums (and there were lots of you!) who recommended this fab one from Zara (it’s a girls’ one, but obviously perfect for boys too). This is the same one I bought (and loved, and amazingly still fits!) for Marlow from H&M last Winter. Annoyingly they have made it in black this year instead of navy (don’t they realise that navy is THE colour of the season?), but it’s still a good option (I love the extra sewn-in ribbed collar for those extra-chilly days).. This is not a peacoat, but it’s navy, wool and really cool (do not be put off by this terrible picture, which bears no resemblance to the fab coat I saw in the flesh in the store last Thursday – trust me, it’s fantastic). I really like this new (ish) Kin collection at John Lewis (it has a whiff of Cos about it…). I think I might go back and get it. Again, this one from F&F is black, but it’s a good one. And finally, if you feel like a splurge, this Cyrillus one is really lovely (and probably my favourite of the lot), and definitely navy: as is this Petit Bateau one – a classic naval officer style, complete with gold buttons. That’s it for now, I’m going for a lie-down…
£28.00-£30.00 BUY NOW
ps: just in! I spotted this one on the Mothercare website a few weeks ago, but for some reason thought it was black, so discounted it, but in actual fact it’s dark navy (thank you ‘Belfast Mummy’). So I’m adding it in as late contender. Definitely more of a boy’s pea than girl’s I would say, but a really good (and affordable) option.
pps: girls’ boots coming this week…
Mini Boden Cord Padded Baby Jacket (0- 3 years)
I spotted this as I was flicking through my new Mini Boden catalogue the other day. It literally leapt off the page, it’s so cute (I’d slapped a mini post-it on the page before before I’d even checked whether it was machine washable!!). It really reminds me of the gorgeous little baby jackets that Bonpoint always do. It just looks so French, and well, expensive… I love this super-chic slate grey, but is also comes in a lovely ‘off’ blue. If I had a baby (or two), I would definitely be buying this. Love.
£24.00-£26.00 BUY NOW
ps: more peacoats tomorrow…