the right stripes

Kin by John Lewis Linen Stripe Dress (0-18 months)
£16.00  SHOP NOW
I just love the colour combination of these pretty faded stripes on this vintage-inspired dress. And there is this version for older girls too.

ps: I just bought My Wonderful World of Fashion colouring book for Tabitha, and she absolutely loves it. It’s a super-cool, gorgeus interactive colouring book, jam-packed (it’s as thick as a September issue of American Vogue!) with beautiful illustrations, such a the Marc Jacobs mouse shoes, and pages and pages of bows… Tabs has barely put it down since I bought it. It would make a fantastic present for any budding mini Fashion Editors out there…

cute doesn’t always = girly

The Little White Company Flutter Sleeve Top & Bloomers (0-24 months)
£22.00  SHOP NOW
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…

hippie chic

MangoTassel Bead Blouse (3-12 years)
£16.99  SHOP NOW
I love this top! I want this top!! For me!! But in the meantime, one will be winging it’s way to Tabitha wardrobe… 100% striped cotton, beads, tassels (bells, whistles?)… All you need to add is a great pair of skinny, mid-wash jeans (with little ankle boots for now, and sandals for Summer, and it would be totally adorable with denim cut-offs too). Ok, it’s not strictly a pink princess dress, but I am going to try my hardest to convince Tabs that it’s way cooler than any princess look (wish me luck!)… Here are some more cute hippie/folky style tops (and a dress for good measure!) that I found that I think you might like… This other Mango top; this Mini Boden one; this Gap dress; this La Redoute lace blouse; I love the print on this Alice à Paris one; this ilovegorgeous one; and this Crew Cuts one (I like the pink).

ps: these are Marlow’s Gap jeans that I was talking about on Sunday. They are so cool, and he’s barely taken them off since I bought them. Just give them a little turn-up and you’re good to go.

dresses, dresses and more dresses…

Billieblush Embroidered Dress (3-8 years)
£37.00  SHOP NOW
The High Street is awash with gorgeous girls’ dresses. It was so hard to narrow them down, but these are some of the best ones I’ve seen (a couple of which I’ve already bought). I popped into Gap today and bought a few bits and pieces (including a fab pair of jeans for Marlow that, amazingly, I haven’t bought him before – details in tomorrow’s post), and this got me thinking about more dresses. There are just so many great ones around, and this is just a small edit… I love the colour of this pretty Billieblush one (above), and it also comes in two other equally gorgeous shades. This simple Gap colour block striped t-shirt dress (bought for Tabs – perfect for nursery); Gap Breton stripe chambray dress (and this one): Zara lace detail dress: Il Gufo striped shirtdress; M&S pique dress; M&S leopard print dress; The Little White Company chambray sundress (just layer a long sleeved tee under for now); Antik Batik printed dress (love this!); Kin striped dress; Emma Levine embroidered dress; Cyrillus mosaic print dress (such a cute print); and this La Redoute sweatshirt dress with lace trim.

bowtastic

Rykiel Enfant Bow Dress (6 & 8 years)
£45.00 (was £158.00)  SHOP NOW
Now this is a showstopper of a dress! And of course, I LOVE it. I love anything with a bow, and the bigger the better, so this dress is definitely hitting the spot with this enormous oversized one! It would make the coolest party dress (as long as you don’t add girly party shoes. I’m thinking a flat boot or hi-tops…).

ps: talking of gorgeous dresses, this Torres spotted dress is so chic, and now half price! I’m also loving these Woodstock (can’t get enough of their beautiful accessories at the moment) bow clips; and if you’re quick you could still nab one of these pretty Stella McCartney navy tulle skirts (also half price!).

my kind of dress…

Next Contrast Denim Dress (3 months-6 years)
£10.00-£11.00  SHOP NOW
Just love this (and would rather like one in my size please!).

ps: bought these for Marlow in Gap the other day. Now let’s see whether he will entertain the concept of a skinny (erm, girls’) cargo pant…

pps: news flash! So this dress does come in my size (thank you Heather)!! It goes up to age 16!! Good news ladies! It’s an impromptu Mama Spree on a Wednesday!

summer stripes

Kin By John Lewis Striped Dress (2-12 years)
£18.00-£20.00  SHOP NOW
How cool is this dress? Definitely has a bit of a Marni feel about it (I know I always say that, but it does!). I love the shape, and the faded chevron stripes. The perfect ‘every day dress’. Another one for Tabitha’s ‘Summer drawer’…

ps: I know I am a little obsessed with the Stella sale bargains at the moment (but there are so many – the more I look, the more I seem to find…), but I always feel compelled to share with my fellow (mini) shopaholics. There are still loads of amazing things at great prices! Definitely worth a look anyway. stellamccartney.com

mini mouse

Wild Things Funky Little Dresses Mouse Play Dress (6 months-7 years)
£44.00  SHOP NOW
As you know I normally hate anything ‘gimmicky’, or worse still, ‘novelty’. But you have to admit, this is cute. Love the little pockets. Just make sure you keep the rest of the outfit simple – plain jumper/long sleeved tee layered underneath, navy tights, boots… And if you’re not sure about the mouse, there’s always the cat!

ps: I recently bought these for Tabarlow’s bedroom, and they are so great. The actual stars are quite tiny, but they look so fab strung up over a window. I love that they are felt (they remind me of Fuzzy Felt – anyone else remember that?). I’ve got the dark grey. And perfect for a gender-neutral room like Tabarlow’s.

the prettiest party dresses

Okaou Charcoal Cotton Dress With Flounced Sleeves (18 months-5 years)
£9.50 (was £19.00)  laredoute.co.uk
It’s that time when we need to start, not just thinking about party dresses, but actually buying them (before the best ones all sell out!). Here is a little round-up of my favourites around at the moment… This Okaou one from La Redoute (I have to say, La Redoute have  some amazing dresses) is definitely one of my favourites. It looks black (I’m really not a fan of black for little girls) in this picture, but it’s actually a gorgeous charcoal grey. I love the pretty tulle frill and the gold studded embroidery at the hem, and it’s such an amazing bargain! Another favourite is this feather one from Kihawo: this sweet brocade one from H&M; this navy one with metallic stars from Mango; this gorgeous navy tulle one also from Mango; this navy corduroy one from J by Jasper Conran (not strictly a party dress, but it’s cute and it’s a dress, and I really love it/wanted to share it anyway); this velvet one from Gap; this pink chiffon one, also from Gap (it looks a bit boring in the picture, but I’ve seen it in the store, and it’s really pretty); this lace one from Hucklebones; and this super-cute spotted one, also from Hucklebones; this fabulous lace spotted one from Somerset by Alice Temperley (love!); and if you feel like having a major blow-out (alternatively you could always wait for the sales, and you might just get lucky…), this Chloe dress is to die for.

sequins

John Lewis Sequin Dress (2-12 years)
I love a sequin (always in moderation of course), and so does my daughter. I have noticed that the high street is awash with gorgeous sequinned dresses, perfect for the Christmas party season, but also perfect for any other time too… I have hand-picked my favourites (Including this fab navy and gold one from John Lewis), which includes a couple of really low-key, un-blingy options for the sequin-phobic (if there indeed, is such a person?)… This Mini Boden dress (I love the combination of this particular shade of pink and the gold sequins – it has a bit of a Marni vibe about it…); this ilovegorgeous gold sequinned dress (full-on and fabulous!) and this one (just divine): loving the casual, everyday sparkles on this navy one from Zara; this classic ballerina style from Ted Baker; and this baby version; and this Little White Company dress (Tabs already has it).
£22.00-£24.00   SHOP NOW

ps: all the details on how to enter the babyGap prize draw will be in tomorrow’s post. You don’t want to miss it!

pps: if you have a daughter who is OBSESSED with Hello Kitty (as I do), and try (as I do) to steer her away from the scary (and invariably, pink) branded clothing, I have a little find that that may just be of interest to you… This t-shirt from M&S is as tasteful as Hello Kitty comes, and I actually think it’s rather cute (and yes, it really is navy!). I bought it for Tabs, and of course, she LOVES it, and I don’t hate it. Result! I like it best worn with navy and white striped leggings, cream cable knit cardigan and her trusty Boden suede boots. And everyone is happy.

mini me

Cos A-line Velvet Dress (1-8 years)
I have at least three velvet dresses like this in my wardrobe (including one from Cos actually). So it makes perfect sense that Tabitha should have one too, right? I just love the simplicity of it (and it would look so cute with silver/grey stripy tights if you want to pimp it up a little). And let’s face it, it’s probably more age appropriate for a three year old (not that that’s ever put me off before…).
£35.00   SHOP NOW

ps: I couldn’t help noticing that one of my most treasured Marlow purchases is still available on the Cos website. This grey cashmere cardigan is well into its second year, and still looks as good as new, and is so warm and cosy. I’ve just got it out again now that the temperature has plummeted. And I love it just as much as I did last Winter. I’m very tempted to buy another one in a larger size for next Winter…

bow stripes

Mini Boden Big Bow Party Dress (0-3 years)
This cute dress definitely has a whiff of Marc by Marc Jacobs about it – the big bow, the bold stripes, the A-line shape… And I love the colour combination. Just layer a long-sleeved tee under, and add navy knitted tights. So sweet.
£24.00-£26.00   SHOP NOW

ps: I have had a little tip-off about a amazing Miller clearance sale (one of my absolute favourite brands, although not necessarily one that I would class as ‘high street’, so usually one reserved for sale times). There are some fantastic bargains (including this dress that I posted a while back, and that Tabs is wearing today), so make sure you check it out. I’ve just placed a rather large order…

pretty plaid

No Added Sugar Hollyhock Plaid Dress (3 months-3 years)
As you have probably noticed by now, plaid is a huge trend this Autumn/Winter, from shirts, to coats to accessories. Personally I always love a plaid dress, and they don’t come much cuter than this one. I particularly love the colour combinations, and the vintage-inspired feel. And of course, the sweet Peter Pan collar (we might be over them for us, but they will always be adorable on little girls as far as I’m concerned). Love.
£57.00   BUY NOW

ps: and while we’re on the subject, how great is this Zara coat?

spots & corduroy

Marks & Spencer Corduroy Spotted Dress & Tights Outfit (3-24 months)
If someone had shown me this dress and asked me to guess where it was from, I’m not sure even my trained eye would have guessed M&S. Totally adorable. And normally pre-styled outfits/looks make me really tense (I usually only like one piece, but hate the rest, which then puts me off buying it completely. Plus obviously being a Fashion Editor makes me a total control freak when it comes to styling outfits), but these tights are equally adorable. Would make a great present. And an amazing price! Amen to that.
£18.00   BUY NOW

halloween stripes

H&M Pirate Dress (1.5-8 years)
I was tipped off about this collection by Nicola, Creative And Fashion Director at Red when I was at the office today. How had I missed this amazing UNICEF collection of the coolest (and chicest!) kids’ Halloween costumes ever?? Think Beetlejuice meets Marc Jabobs… I sprinted straight round to the store on Regent Street (cutting Nicola off mid-sentence), but alas, there was not a single item left. Not even so much as a striped bow tie. But all is not lost, because it’s still available online! And there are still plenty of sizes left! This dress is part of the collection, and ‘styled up’ (just add a pirate hat and boots) could be an amazing dressing-up costume (for all year round), but I also rather love it ‘styled down’ just as a cute dress (loving the bold black and white stripe). How cute are the bows and pleated grosgrain? It could easily pass as ‘Mini Marc’. I also love the striped suit for boys, and this amazing Marie Antoinette style princess dress (surely the princess dress to end all princess dresses?). And how sweet is this (yes, tasteful!) mermaid dress? I’m in dressing-up heaven!
£19.99   BUY NOW

ps: what do you know? It’s another navy peacoat!!

forward thinking…

Du Pareil au Même Cotton Dress (3-14 years)
White cotton dresses in September? Indeed. I couldn’t resist this gorgeous one from DPAM. Buy now, wear next Summer. Sometimes I just can’t resist a bargain, and this is the kind of simple (but so pretty) dress that I love on Tabs, and will be happy to rediscover next Spring… This is a great policy to adopt in the sales (a tip I learnt from my friend and Glamour ex-collegue, VG – shop for the following year), particularly in stores that are off-limits in non-sale times. Just remember to size up!
£14.00 (was £20.00)   BUY NOW

ps: personally I love a white dress (my wardrobe is full of them), and wear them all year round (just switch up the bare legs for the black opaques come Winter). This one would look super-cute worn with a fine-knit sweater layered underneath and grey knitted tights. Food for thought…