cute doesn’t always = girly

The Little White Company Flutter Sleeve Top & Bloomers (0-24 months)
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How gorgeous is this little baby set? So pretty. And one of the things I love most about it is that it’s chambray blue, not pink. I’ve also found these equally adorable (non-girly) pieces for baby girls this week…
These (very French) grey baby cords (just as cute for girls as for boys), also from The Little White Company; this pocket blouse from H&M; this Mini Boden pointelle cardigan (in yellow) as worn by super-stylish Harper Beckham; this Gap romper; this Paz Rodriguez baby cardigan; and this Zara striped sweater. Make the most of the non-pink, non-non-girly times while you can…

boys boys boys

 

Mini Boden Boys Cardigan (2-12 years)
£20.00-£24.00 (was £25.00-£30.00)  SHOP NOW
It’s all about the boys today. Starting with this super-cool, simple cardigan made from cotton and cashmere. Great for those ‘in-between days’ when you’re need an extra layer, but not necessarily a really thick, warm one. I love the elbow patches and the subtle neon trim details. Here are a few more pieces that I have spied for the boys this week that will also work for those ‘is it Spring yet?’ layering kind of days…
I bought these Zara girls’ cotton striped trousers for Marlow a couple of weeks ago – they are lightweight, and a slim fit. Perfect for Summer (and there’s no way I could get Tabitha anywhere near a navy striped trouser these days…); this cool star print scarf from Cyrillus; these M&S navy suede chukka boots (I always loved a chukka style boot – Tabarlow’s daddy is a big fan of the Common Projects ones); these John Lewis colour block Wayfarer sunglasses; this The Little White Company mixed stripe long sleeved tee; this cool tee from The Fableists (this new little brand that I just discovered – definitely worth checking out); and this H&M cargo shirt. I also mentioned a great pair of jeans that I picked up for Marlow in Gap on Saturday. They were my favourite skinny fit that I always buy him, but they were a new wash – slightly distressed and with a little turn-up. I am going to double-check with the press office, but I think these are them. He was wearing them today with a Miller striped tee (from my Miller sale swoop a few months ago) if you want to take a look on Instagram. I also noticed that they already have their denim cut-offs in for Summer. I bought the Gap ones last year (for me and for Marlow actually, but more about mine in Mama Spree) and he literally lived in them. So I am going to ‘buy now, stash for later’ (I like these H&M ones too).

dotty romper

La Redoute Sleeveless Polka Dot Print Romper (1 month-2 years)
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This super-cute romper may look a little Summery, but with a little bit of layering it could be totally adorable right now (and frankly, why wait?). Just add a cosy cashmere cardigan, some soft knitted tights, a gorgeous bow (you’ve got to have a bow right?), and you have yourself one very stylish baby. Then come Summer (if it still fits, which it should if you size up enough now), you can show off the pretty crochet detail on the sleeves (which I love). I squeezed Tabs into rompers like this for as long as I possibly could, I just loved her in them so much. Sadly no more. But how cute is this Bambo frilled bodysuit? And totally practical too – no extra fabric to ride up when your little one is on the move…

ps: just had a bit of a ‘mini spree’ in Zara this morning. I bought these boots, and this blouse for Tabs (plus one in age 13-14 for me – yep, another white blouse, but it is so pretty…); and this sweatshirt and these sandals for Marlow. Love them all.

time for a new cardigan…

Cath Kidston Blue Swing Cardigan (2-8 years)
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Just the kind of little girl’s cardigan I like. And love the duck egg blue. I have been looking for one to replace a trusty Mini Boden dusky pink one that Tabs has lived in, and I think I may just have found it… This navy ribbed cardigan from Jigsaw is another great (and tempting) option. Love the bows.

ps: can it be true that there is actually a navy pea coat for kids that I have yet to discover and share? Seems so. Just stumbled across this beauty as I was trawling the Jigsaw website, and it’s on sale (and fabulous!)!

fair isle

Benetton Fairisle Cardigan (1-12 months)
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I always love a bit of fair isle, and what I really like about this particular cardigan is the the muted colours. It feels like a vintage find – all a bit faded (but in all the right ways). I particularly love babies in the kind of fair isle, and this would equally good on a baby girl as a baby boy. How cute would it be layered over a Liberty print dress/blouse? 

christmas cashmere

Les Tricots de Margots Cashmere Baby V-neck Cardigan (0-2 years)
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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.

another day, another cable knit…

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…
£29.95  joules.com

cute & cosy

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

babyGap & little spree

Gap Cable Knit One-Piece (0-24 months)
Now I love (ok, am obsessed with) cable-knit jumpers at the moment, and this cable kit romper is taking things to a whole new level. It’s so sweet. I love the idea of a chunky-knit onesie, and I love that it’s cream. Super-cosy. I also love this style of cardigan. Perfect for boys and girls; this ‘garter stitch’ is always so chic and stylish, plus it’s really chunky and warm. Tabitha and Marlow both had (and still wear) a very similar version, (but with hoods) from Gap last Winter, and they wore them constantly (they multi-task as cardigans and cosy jackets). They are so warm! Here are some more of my favourite pieces from the current babyGap collection… This floral sprig printed blouse (I just bought it for a friend’s baby – it’s so sweet); this fur trimmed flapper hat; this super-chic little camel coat; these plaid trousers, this star print corduroy romper (also bought for the same friend’s baby, and also super-cute); this colourblack cardigan; this marl grey hoodie and this plaid dress. As you probably know by now, I am taking part in a really exciting all-day event with babyGap on Friday at their flagship store at 376-384 Oxford Street (the one near Selfridges – don’t go to the wrong one!). I will be there all day with my friend and fashion photographer, Jane Mcleish-Kelsey, styling a really cool Holiday photo shoot with babies aged between 0-24 months (including yours hopefully!).  I would love to meet you (and your gorgeous little ones of course), so please come along and join us (from 10.00am-6.00pm). As well as the photo shoot, there will also be a free monogramming service (I am completely obsessed with monogramming – my handbag collection is testament to this), and a chance to win £500 shopping spree for your little one. And here’s the most exciting bit… There is a chance for FIVE lucky Little Spree readers to win a guaranteed place in the queue for the photo shoot, and to be entered into a special prize draw to win a £150 shopping spree at babyGap, with me at the store at a later date, where I will help you put together a gorgeous mini capsule wardrobe for your baby. All you need to do is RSVP to: littlespreeblog@gmail.com before midnight on Wednesday (27th) for a chance to win. Five winners will be picked at random, and emailed directly by Gap. Then the winner of the prize draw will be announced here on Monday 2nd December. For full terms and conditions please click here. Good luck! See you on Friday…
£19.95   SHOP NOW

little pea

The Little White Company Knitted Peacoat (0-24 months)
If womens’ Winter coats/jackets are anything to go by, the best time to be buying one is right now, as the best ones are already starting to sell out. So if you have you heart set on a particular style for your little one, you need to hop to it. I always love a peacoat (for men, women and children), and this cute knitted, grey one really caught my eye because it’s not navy – the silver-grey makes such a refreshingly stylish change. I love the cute Peter Pan collar, and the little tabs on the cuffs. It will be perfect for the Autumn – cosy and cool (so fab with jeans), then you can bring out the hardcore Winter coat a little later on when a jacket no longer cuts it. This one would make a lovely gift for a newborn too.
£45.00  thewhitecompany.com

chic hoodie

Mini Club Boys Knitted Hooded Cardigan (6 months-6 years)
Good old Boots has done it again! How great is this cardigan? I love chunky knitted cardigans like this, and find them incredibly useful. Last Saturday I had to bring Tabarlow back in the car from their grandparents and they were dressed in their pyjamas with cardigans similar to these (one from Gap and one from Mini Boden) over the top, and they were so warm and cosy (and less stiff than their coats). And the hoods came in very handy when I had to get them out of the car and into the house single-handedly in a freak hail stone storm. This one is 100% cotton (pretty incredible considering the price). And don’t forget, your Boots Advantage card will get a boost at the till (sorry, I know it’s naff to admit it, but I do love my Boots card…).
£7.00  boots.com 

spots

Mini Boden Spotted Cardigan (1.5-14 years)
This is going to my last sale post of the season. To be honest I’m a bit over the sales now (I’ve seen too many gorgeous things for Spring/Summer – it’s time to look forward (and get excited!), despite the snow… But I couldn’t resist this fab cardigan. There aren’t many sizes left, but you never know, you could get lucky (or buy a larger size for next year?). I just love the grey and yellow combination (I think my yellow obsession is definitely growing…), and there is something about a large, graphic spot print that always feels a bit Marni-esque (i.e. expensive) to me. This would just look so great with the trusty jeans and desert boots combo…
£23.80-£27.20 (was £28.00-£32.00)  boden.co.uk

peter rabbit: style icon

If you follow me on Twitter, I apologise, because you’re probably sick to death of me gushing over this collection already… Peter rabbit is 110 (and looking good on it!), and to celebrate Gap have collaborated with Beatrix Potter with this completely adorable collection for babies. I have to confess, I was slightly sceptical when I first got wind of it – how would such a collaboration even work? It just sounded a little gimmicky to me, and I suppose I just didn’t ‘get it’. How wrong I was. I first saw the collection on Tuesday in the Oxford Circus store when I dashed in to check it out quickly (in the name of research) on my way home. I was instantly smitten, and promptly scooped up two rabbit face jumpers (one with pink trim, one with blue) and his and hers packets of socks in the most gorgeous colours (I always find it a struggle to find good socks for toddlers…). Officially the age range is 0-24 months, but I wasn’t about to be defeated that easily, and on inspection of said items, endevoured to squeeze my two (who just turned three) into them. Bingo! Both jumpers (age 18-24 months) fitted, and the socks are perfect. Where there’s a will and all that… Fast forward to the official press launch breakfast this morning, and I arrived feeling like I had already seen the collection in its entirety. Wrong again. I had barely seen anything – this collection is huge! The colours are spot-on – lots of grey (oh yes!), navy, dusky pink, pale blue, saffron (which I’m loving at the moment – so easy to work into a neutral-ish wardrobe, and so chic) etc. It’s just the perfect mix of whimsical and cute. Stylish and so, so sweet. Here are my favourites (including the jumpers I bought for Tabarlow, and Marlow’s days of the week socks), but I also particularly loved the days of the week bodysuits for little babies (up to six months). They would make the lovelist gift for a newborn. The blue shawl-neck cardigan (or possibly jardigan?) is based on Peter Rabbit’s own ill-fated jacket (how cute is that?). Love, love, love…
from £7.95  gap.eu

ps: available online and in-store now.

scallops

French Connection Knitted Cardi-Jacket With Scalloped Trim (0-18 months)
Yes it’s another ‘jardigan’ (jacket/cradigan hybrid). Always so useful – I’m a big fan. Anyway, all you really need to know is that it’s super-cute and in the sale, so get your skates on if you want to bag one! Here’s the boring (but always useful to know) bit: it’s 100% cotton and machine washable. What’s not to like? Go!
£22.50 (was £45.00)  frenchconnection.com 

pom pom

La Redoute Knitted Hooded Jacket (newborn-2 years)
This is such a great example of a classic French baby jacket. The ribbing, the pointed hood, the pom pom tassle… You can always spot the details. It’s just so chic. And so cosy and warm (check out the toasty sheepskin lining…). I love the chocolate brown and the sweet toggle buttons too. I found little cardigan/jackets (yes it’s a jardigan!) like this so handy when Tabarlow were babies. This is definitely one of the nicest ones I’ve seen. Would make a lovely gift (and a great price too).
£21.00 laredoute.co.uk 

it’s a wrap

La Redoute Unisex Baby Organic Cotton Wrap Top (0-2 years)
When it comes to dressing babies, top of my list is how cute they look (obviously!). But practicality always comes a very close second. When the twins were babies, I was constantly changing one of them (clothes, nappies, you name it…), so although I wanted them to look stylish (sorry, call me superficial, but I am a Fashion Editor after all…), I also needed them to wear things that were easy and quick to whip on and off. Enter the wrap top. I had a few similar ones to this (all French brands actually – must be a French thing) for the twins and they always looked so sweet. They always look great layered over tights or leggings, and are perfect for boys and girls. And obviously I love the grey stripes! Stylish and practical is possible if you know where to look.
£11.00  laredoute.co.uk 

fade to grey

Cyrillus Baby Cardigan With Raglan Sleeves (6-36 months)
I always love a grey cardigan (on babies, boys, girls, men, women…), and I just love the style of this one. The raglan sleeves, the mother of pearl buttons, the little flare at the hem… The perfect (chic-est), every day cover-up for the most stylish little ones…
£23.00  laredoute.co.uk

ps: how relieved are you that I managed to get through that post without mentioning ‘that book’?

h&m & unicef

H&M’s ‘All For Children’ Collection
I loved it last time (I scooped up so many great pieces for Tabarlow), and it’s back again – H&M’s genius collaboration with UNICEF. These are just a few of my favourite things (how cute is that bow dress?), but there is much more (including a tent, wall stickers and magicians’ hats…). This time the collection is made up of cute fashion as well as fab dress-up pieces for both boys and girls (think Halloween costumes, but way cooler). The collection will be available from 18th October (tomorrow!) from around 300 H&M stores, as well as online. H&M will donate 25% of the sale price of every piece to UNICEF’s work in Bangladesh. Through this partnership, H&M and UNICEF aim to promote education and improve the health of children in slum areas around Dhaka in Banglasdesh. So you can shop up a storm and help a great, worthwhile cause at the same time. What’s not to love about that?
hm.com 

ps: sorry for the gap in posts, but I have had wifi issues in Miami. I hope all these lovely things have made up for it…

pps: please don’t buy everything! Leave some things for me! I’m not back in London until Tuesday…