Massimo Dutti Striped Linen Skirt (4-14 years) £29.95 SHOP NOW I like to call this kind of skirt a ‘skater skirt’ – full-skirted but short and cute. They always look adorable on, and work well with most kinds of tops – jumpers, long sleeved tees, also with or without tights. In Winter I would add knitted tights (love these colours), a cosy jumper and ankle boots, and come Summer, Mary Jane’s or sandals and a simple short sleeved tee. I love this striped one. Here are a few more that I have found and like… This grey spotty one from Lands’ End; this blousy floral print one from Gant (it’s all about bold Floral prints this Summer, trust me on this); this embroidered cheesecloth one from Mango; this sequinned tulle one from Jigsaw; and this gorgeous ‘dancer’ version from Cyrillus (possibly my second favourite).
ps: just spotted this great tweed coat in the sale at Jigsaw. Size up and put it away for next Winter…
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.
Paddington Bear For Baby Gap Rain Parka (0-24 months) £29.95 SHOP NOW As one of my all-time favourite childhood characters, Paddington Bear is definitely worthy of a collaboration of his own. And we know that Gap can work a collaboration like no one else. Forget naff gimmicks and cartoony motifs, the execution is always spot-on, and the pieces always have that ‘want it right now’ appeal. Pus we know that the pieces are always going to be totally affordable. The collection is primarily made up of red, white and blue, with a few splashes of yellow. This parka is one of my favourite pieces – love the toggle buttons and the striped lining. My other favourites are this super-cute embroidered dress (love it!); these classic yellow rain boots; these days of the week bodysuits; this quilted floral print jacket (if you have a daughter and you haven’t bought one already, you have to buy her a cotton quilted jacket for the Spring – there are so many cool ones around); and this bodysuit. And no need to journey to Peru to buy them…
ps: Tabarlow and I spent a lovely (rainy) afternoon with our friends Nicky and Bailey at Maggie & Rose in Chiswick today. For anyone living in West or South-West London who doesn’t already know about it, you need to. It’s a little (well, not so little – 12,500 square foot actually) haven for anyone with young kids, hidden away in deepest W4. The amazing soft play area has been designed like a cool farm (complete with with mini barn, not to be confused with a mini bar) and horses, and is over looked by an all-day family brasserie open seven days a week serving healthy and delicious food (so we can catch up while they play where we can see them). There is also a walled garden with a tree house and a vintage double decker bus; a cinema snug, mini allotments and loads more… It’s basically an amazing place to hang out with your little ones (regardless of the weather), where you can all have a lovely time. It’s a total win-win. I’m hooked.
pps: just spotted this fab checked blouse from Miller. It’s 70% off and so cool…
Little Marc Jacobs Cannoli Jacket (4-12 years) £78.00 (was £195.00) SHOP NOW I am clearly stillsubconsciously 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??
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.
Zara Tweed Coat With Detachable Fur Collar (9-36 months) This is the cutest coat ever. I love everything about it, from the tweed, to the double breasted style to the detachable fur collar (two coats in one). I also love this one (Tabitha had a very similar grey version from Zara the Winter before last); and this one, which is very similar, but for girls older than 36 months. This is a really sweet little coat from Mothercare; and how cool is this shaggy fake fur one from Mango (and such a practical colour!). And finally this super-chic one from Cos for a splash of colour. £32.99 SHOP NOW
ps: just seen this neon pink tweed coat with a fur collar on the John Lewis website. It’s from the Somerset collection by Alice Temperley. I have actually seen it in the flesh, and it’s so lovely (I don’t think the John Lewis still-life pics ever do the products justice I have to say).
pps: navy pea coats still leap off the screen/rail/page whenever I see one, and I still feel compelled to share. So after spotting this great cord one (love the fur collar – lots of them around at the moment), how could I not share?
Mothercare Herringbone Tweed Duffle Coat (3 months-3 years)
This is the first time I have ever posted something twice, but I felt it had to be done. I posted this exact duffle coat on 7th February 2012! I also mentioned it in a post a few weeks ago, as one of my favourite ever buys. It was Marlow’s first proper Winter coat, and I absolutely loved it on him. And yes, this is the one that everyone thought was from Caramel! It looks really expensive (and is anything but), and is really warm and cosy (thanks so the borg fleece lining); has the all-important zip and buttons combo; and unlike many baby duffle coats, it’s not stiff and hard to get on (I found so many to be so cardboard-y that unless your child happened to be double-joointed they were virtually impossible to get on…). So I am sharing it for the second time around because it’s just such a brilliant find. £26.00 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.
Mothercare Wool Peacoat (3 months-3 years)
I have lost count of the amount of people who have asked me who (on the High Street) has done a good navy pea coat in the last few weeks. And the honest answer is: virtually no one! So strange (last Winter they were everywhere!). I have found quite a few good black ones (more of those, plus more coats, later in the week), but no navy. Until now. This is such a great find (even if I do say so myself) from Mothercare, and it’s ticking all the right boxes – classic shape, cute grey collar, super-cosy grey (yes grey again!) borg lining (even in the hood!), wool mix fabric, machine washable, and a great price. Sadly Marlow is too old for this one, otherwise I would definitely have snapped it up for him. I actually bought his very first Winter coat from Mothercare, and it was fantastic (everyone thought it was from Caramel…) – great quality, stylish and really warm. So I am definitely a fan of their coats. Quick, before the stampede – I know for a fact that there are a LOT of mums out there right now looking for a coat like this… £26.00-£28.00 mothercare.com
John Lewis Checked Lumberjack Jacket (3 months-3 years)
Checks and plaid are big news this Winter, and were all over the catwalks (at Celine, Stella McCartney etc etc); as was the ‘grunge’ trend. This super-cool jacket covers two trends in one (should you care?), and is really cosy and warm (due to the borg inner lining), so will see your little one right through until Winter. I love that is has the double-breasted style of a classic reefer jacket. And the fur collar is super-cute. And it’s not just for boys either – I would definitely dress a little girl in this jacket (wear it with a Liberty print dress and knitted tights) for a cute tomboy style. £28.00-£30.00 johnlewis.com
Alice àParis Linen Coat (6 months-10 years) It’s looking increasingly likely that our little ones are still going to be needing a coat come June. Not great news I know. But let’s look on the bright side – if they are going to have to wear a coat, it may as well be one as chic and lovely as this right? I love this coat! The colour, the tiny pockets, the pretty lining… And it’s lightweight, so should therefore make the perfect ‘Summer coat’. And let’s just try and ignore the terrible weather… £26.00 (was £41.00) aliceaparis.com
Vertbaudet Baby Boy Denim Hooded Parka (1-18 months) Another post, another rubbish weather day (apologies if you don’t live in South-East England, but I hope you’re having better weather where you are?). You daren’t leave the house without some kind of hood these days, but you don’t necessarily want a really warm, Wintery coat attached to it. And if you feel like giving your (yellow, obviously) rainmac the day off, here’s a great option. It looks like denim, but it’s actually a lighter weight, and 100% cotton. I love the little pockets, and the fact that the hood is detachable (if you’re feeling particularly brave!). And you may not be able to see it, but the lining is marl grey. How much more perfect does this get? It might as well have been designed for Little Spree! £21.00 laredoute.co.uk
Caramel Baby ‘Kipling’ Cord Coat (6 months-2 years) I’m like a blood hound when it comes to sniffing out a bargain. I can literally smell the reductions though my laptop/as I enter a shop. I never really shop in Caramel unless there is a sale involved (I have to say that in case Tom is reading…), and I’ve sniffed out some great sale finds which I’m duty-bound to share with you all. This coat is the first one, and it’s completely adorable. I love this gorgeous mink colour (not so easy to find on the high street – always looks expensive and so ‘French’…). It’s such a chic and simple design, and will work equally well with little dresses and tights as with jeans and blouses/sweaters. This is definitely a bargain that you don’t want to resist… £34.00 (was £85.00) caramel-shop.co.uk
La Redoute Baby Boy’s Hooded Duffle Coat (0-18 months)
These sub-zero temperatures seem like they might be staying for a while, so there is definitely still time to squeeze in another Winter coat (or upgrade the existing one for an altogether warmer, cosier one). This is a great one, and I always love the classic duffle coat. It’s lined in ultra-soft faux fur, and has the all-important zip and press studs (toggle buttons alone are never going to keep the chill out). Oh and it’s machine washable! Wish it came in Marlow’s size… £25.00 laredoute.co.uk
Mothercare Quilted Hooded Jacket (12-24 months)
This is a great little baby boy’s jacket. Cool, but still classic. Marlow has a very similar one that I bought him from M&S (which he chooses over his Bonpoint charcoal duffle coat every time!) that he lives in. It’s snug and cosy, and goes with everything (well I guess the rest of his wardrobe is mostly just grey and navy, so it was never going to be much of a struggle…). I love the parka style, and the corduroy patches are a cute detail (and is that a grey lining I see?). And let’s face it, you’re barely going to notice the £11.00 coming out of your bank account… £11.00 (was £22.00) mothercare.com
Cos Hooded Cotton Parka (2-8 years)
I don’t want to get carried away here, but my spirits lifted today when I didn’t have to bundle myself and two toddlers up in hats, gloves and scarves (mostly cashmere of course!) for the first time in months. I even went as far as letting Marlow wear his coat unbuttoned when we went to swimming classes this afternoon (admittedly, in the car…). I’m not saying that the cold weather is behind us (it’s not even February after all!), but today certainly put a spring in my step, and got me thinking about less Wintery coats. This is my favourite so far. I love a parka, and I love Cos, so this was always going to turn out well. But what I particularly love about this one is its simplicity. It’s just so cool, but not in that trying too hard to be way. I might be a bit ahead of myself, but come Spring, this will be the perfect in-between seasons coat. Also, the extra details are worth paying that little extra for. It has a removable quilted lining, removable hood, is 100% cotton, and machine washable. So there you have it. £45.00 cosstores.com
Mothercare Twill Parka (3 months-3 years)
The parka has become a style classic, and is definitely a must-have for every little boy’s wardrobe (I don’t need to state the fact that it would also be super-cute on a girl do I?). I particularly love this one because it’s doesn’t veer too far away from the traditional design – khaki, pockets, fur trimmed hood, but with extra little details for kids, such as the cosy fleece lining, the zip/toggle buttons combo. And of course, it looks great. I bought Marlow’s coat from Mothercare last Winter actually, and it was brilliant – a tweed duffle coat that everyone assumed was from Caramel. Could this be on Marlow’s Christmas list (the one he doesn’t actually know about!)? I think it might. £26.00-£28.00 mothercare.com
ps: off to Miami tomorrow to shoot a story for the April issue of Red, so please forgive me for any gaps in posts…
Zara Three Quarter Length Coat With Fur Collar (2-14 years)
What is it with Zara at the moment? They are doing the best things (and not just for kids either – I’ve bought tons of stuff for me too….)! Tabitha has this coat, and I am totally obsessed with it. I’d wanted it for ages, and had to really search to finally find one in her size. It’s back in stock online, so had to share it with you all immediately. I love that it is a bit ‘mini me’, but in all the right ways (if you know what I mean?). I like it best worn with jeans/trousers, but it looks great with most things to be honest. It’s not the warmest coat in the world though, so she does always wear a cosy vest and jumper/cardigan underneath. I really love the cream fur (fake of course) collar, but if it’s not your cup of tea, it’s detachable. Did I mention that I love this coat? £49.99 zara.com
H&M Navy Reefer Jacket (12 months-8 years)
I have had quite a few emails asking about slightly ‘smarter’ coats for boys, now that we have the whole nursery-friendly, waterproof coats covered off. I love this reefer-style jacket from H&M. It’s smarter than an anorak (sorry, hate that word, but what else to call them?), but not too formal either (I’m assuming no one was wondering where to buy a dinner suit for a toddler from??), so great for every day. And it’s really cool. I always love a pea/reefer coat, and it always has to be navy (sorry, that’s just the law). This one has the great added detail of the extra zip-up roll-neck inside the lapels. Perfect for these chilly days. £29.99 hm.com
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…