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.
We’ve shared our Winter coat edit for us (that’s us sorted!), now it’s time for the ‘mini me’ versions. Starting with the girls. So many gorgeous ones out there to choose from. We’ve chosen a section of coats for various budgets, but if you can, a Winter coat is definitely something worth the splurge. Just think how often it’s going to be worn (if you like in the UK anyway!). We always invest in our kids’ coats, and have never regretted it. In fact, I’ve already bought this coat for Tabitha. She also has this leopard print Monsoon one (above), which I love (I’m actually quite jealous actually), so that’s all bases covered. I actually removed the (detachable) collar – I like that you have the option of wearing it two ways.
Jigsaw also has some great coats for girls. We like this parka, this navy wool coat, and this raw edge coat in navy and oatmeal.
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.
I’ve been back from holiday a week now (although it might as well be a month!), and felt like sharing my recent Autumn Boden haul for Tabitha and Marlow (we’ll get to mine another day). Many of these things had been mentally logged from the Boden press day, back in May and these adorable Mary Jane shoes were top of my list for Tabitha. They are just so perfect. I love them! They look really expensive – everything about the design of these is totally spot-on. I also bought her (and one for Marlow too) this fisherman’s raincoat (it’s also great as it starts from baby sizes), this cardigan (I bought pink (it’s a good pink) this time, but I know I will be ordering a least one other colour soon enough), and this floral print onesie for bed. A slightly random mix of pieces I know, but I love them all, and so does Tabs. For Marlow I snapped up these boots (in grey), this sweatshirt, this zip-up sweatshirt (in grey) for those in-between Autumn and Winter days, and this hoodie. So not much variation there I know, but I also know he will wear them all on rotation through the Winter months. I definitely have my eye on various other pieces for both of them, and the new baby collection is just too cute for words (even more so than usual). Don’t worry, we’ll be sharing our favourites with you soon.
ps: whilst we’re talking Boden, I was on a shoot on Friday, and the art director was wearing this denim jumpsuit (which looked amazing on her – everyone was asking where it was from). And not only did it look good, it was so lovely and soft too. Now the original price was pretty steep for Boden (I think it was £170.00 from memory?), so even though I liked it, I never bought it. But now it’s been reduced to a guilt-free £39.80! Such a great bargain. The makeup artist on the shoot ordered one online then and there! And I think I may well be next… Oh, and size up for a slouchier (cooler) fit.
pps: I know quite a few people who have been struggling to buy swimwear for little ones for August holidays, as most places have now sold out. This Boden striped, frilled swimsuit that we featured a while ago is still available in quite a few sizes. And I just snapped up these and these for Marlow last week. He had literally worn his old ones out on holiday. Turns out that natural spring pools are the not the best for one’s swimwear..
We love the cute star and stripe prints of Sleepy Doe pyjamas, and the fact that they’re designed and produced in the UK using sustainable and ethical manufacturing methods. But our favourite thing about this lovely new brand is their ‘doeliveries’: locally purchased products are delivered by founder Sophie Woodrow’s partner, Dan, on his bike!