I didn’t know that I wanted blue, fringed, harem trousers for Bailey until I saw this oh-so-cute and cosy pair (they’re made from cotton fleece) from Oaks of Acorn. I’m always looking for an alternative to jeans as, like me, sometimes he wants to wear something soft and loose (‘sloungewear’ as we like to call it), and these trousers tick all the boxes. Worn with hi-tops (see some favourites below) and a hoodie, they’re cool enough to be seen outdoors, but still practical enough to play football in (another big tick for me if it means a break from the Barcelona kit). The hoodie is new in at Boden. If you haven’t seen the latest boys’ knitwear it’s worth taking a look; I’ve just added this grey and green jumper to my Bailey basket. I also like these striped pyjamas. Technically they are for girls, but as they don’t have any frills, flowers or fairies on them (I checked) I’ll keep that small detail to myself.
When it comes to boys winter coats it’s fair to say we have our favourite styles and colours: pea coats, parkas and (who can resist) a duffle, in navy, grey, khaki or ochre. Having decided 99% of what we’re looking for you might think finding ‘the one’ would be easy. The thing about boys winter coats though, is it’s all about the 1%. Finding the right pea coat, parka or duffle, in the right shade of navy, grey, khaki or ochre. This year Bailey needs extra warmth for our trip to Lapland and top of my list is the aptly named J Crew “Expedition Parka’ (number 5) and Marlow already has the ‘Harry’ herringbone pea coat (number 1). Whichever one you go for, don’t leave your winter coat purchase (either for you or the kids) until the temperature drops to single digits, otherwise you risk ‘the one’ becoming the one that got away…
Nicky & Sarah xx
ps: if you’re looking for a pea coat we love the grey and navy ones from La Redoute (below) and if you’re quick you can buy them with 30% off.
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 (email@example.com) 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…
When we received an email from cool kids brand Dandy Star we wanted to help share their message: “To support children in Syria we are giving £3.50 from any sale of our NO MORE WAR t-shirt to UNICEF. It doesn’t sound like much but as a small company, appalled at the images we are seeing, we would like to do what we can”.