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.
World Book Day, roughly translates to a last-minute mad panic (or a total nightmare for full-time working mamas) for mamas everywhere. We’ve rounded up the best costumes that are yours at the click of a button (sorry, but we are not even going to try and pretend that we’re going to make one…). So, instead of panicking, stick the kettle on/pour yourself a glass of wine, and we’ll share the best costumes we’ve found (some admitedly more ‘on brief’ than others, but we can’t be the only ones with kids who like to go off piste?)…
For the boys: Peter Pan, BFG, The Gruffalo, Fantastic Mr Fox, Willy Wonker, Mad Hatter, Where’s Wally, Chewbacca, Stormtrooper, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, or a good old fail-safe pirate.
For the girls: Alice in Wonderland (and not forgetting the striped tights), Mary Poppins, Little Red Riding Hood, Matilda, The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Rey (ok, not strictly a book character, but Tabitha is obsessed by her), easy and generic (and frankly, a bit snoozy): fairy and ladybird.
And for the little-er ones :a hedgehog, a tricreatops, a lamb and The Hungry Caterpillar,
Sarah & Nicky xx
ps: obviously we are not saying boys can only wear the ‘boys’ costume and girls can only wear the ‘girls’ – they are all interchangeable. We just wanted to split them for the sake of this post to make it quicker for you to look for your little ones (we know how time-poor you are!!). We can’t think of anything cooler than a girl Stormtrooper (just ask Preen!).
Christmas Star Outfit, £6.00
This post is dedicated to all the ‘slummy mummies’ (myself included) who can’t sew to save their life, and even if they could, just simply do not have the time to rustle up nativity costumes for their kids Christmas nativity play. There are some great, really inexpensive options that are literally just a click away, including Mary (Tabitha wore this very costume for her ‘Mary moment’ last year), Joseph, a shepherd, and who could object to their little one being a lamb when the costume is this sweet?
Sarah & Nicky xx
1. Little Eleven Paris Tutu Dress, £33.07
2. Woodstock Cat Clips, £16.00
3. Gap Cat Ballet Slippers, £10.99 (were £14.95)
1. Gap Glow-In-The-Dark Halloween Onesie, £10.99 (was £14.95)
2. The Contemporary Home Halloween Mask, £6.00
3. Gap Hi-Top Sneakers, £19.95
Between them, Marlow, Bailey and Tabitha already own pretty much everything in today’s post. Marlow has the onesie, and LOVES it (and it’s such a great price now). He wears it for bed, and is so cosy and warm in it. He also loves that the feet have grips, so he can charge around like a maniac in that window between bath and bed time and not slip on the wooden floor (while I’m reaching for the wine…). He also has the hi-tops (I always buy him one pair of expensive boots/shoes and one more affordable pair each season – this Winter’s espensive ones are these – look away Grandma!), pricey but well worth the investment) which he loves because the fit is really comfortable as he has quite wide feet (and is as fussy about how things feel as how they look!). And he will definitely be wearing the onesie with his hi-tops come 31st October. Bailey has the mask from last year (such a great price if you don’t want to invest too much on one night); and Tabs has the tutu (she would wear a tutu around the clock if I let her, but a black one is surprisingly stylish and easy to wear in an non dressing up way) and the kitty flats (who needs Chalrotte Olympia when we have Gap right?).
Here are some more spooky things we found for the girls – this Mouche crown with veil; this Candy Bows tutu and wings set; this M&S sparkle tutu; and these Gap pink glow-in-the-dark pyjamas (if you can’t persuade her into the cooler back and white pair).
And for the boys – how cool is this Gap embroidered skeleton sweatshirt? Definitely not just for Halloween. This Paul Smith Junior glow-in-the-dark sweatshirt; this M&S vampire costume; this John Lewis two pack of glow-in-the-dark pyjamas; and this super-stylish Numero 74 super hero costume.
And we haven’t forgotten the babies (why should they miss out on all the fun?). Check out this Little Eleven Paris bat set; these Stella McCartney Kids glow-in-the-dark pyjamas; this M&S skeleton print onesie; this Gap bat beanie; and this John Lewis skeleton sleep suit.
Sarah & Nicky xx
1. Tutu Du Monde ‘Princess Charming Onesie’, £80.00 tutudumonde.com
2. I Love Gorgeous hairband, £15.00, ilovegorgeous.co.uk
3. Boden Leather Mary Janes, £30.00-£35.00, boden.co.uk
4. La Coqueta Cardigan, £38.00, lacoquetakids.com
I am sort of in love with the whole idea of this tutu. It is just beyond gorgoeus. Kind of like a modern day Princess style tutu. This tutu is not just beautiful, it’s cool too. And how often can you say that?
F&F Shepherd Nativity Dress Up Costume, £8.00
Marlow may be an inn keeper, not a shepherd in the school nativity, but I thought this costume was so sweet, I’ve bought it for him anyway (he can always ditch the crook…). Tesco is a bit of an untapped resource for kids dressing up costumes I’ve recently discovered (remember the wizard costume?). They are super-cheap and there are actually some pretty good ones. Here is a round-up of some of our favourites around… this sheep costume; this king costume; this Joseph costume; this camel onesie; this king costume; this Joseph costume; this lamb costume (take it one step further and add a black hooded sweatshirt and leggings as recommended by super-stylish LS reader, Lisa for her son, George) this Mary costume; this one covers all bases (in keeper, shepherd, ‘extra’… and really sweet in the flesh); this Mary costume (I bougtht this one for Tabitha – yes she’s Mary!!); this gold star; this Numero 74 crown; this Angel Halo and these wings.
ps: ok this is so naff (please don’t judge, or unsubscribe!!) but I have to confess to just ordering this for Marlow. Eeek. He has been to one too many Frozen themed birthday parties this year, with nothing to wear. As naff as this is, I think he will love it, and that’s what it’s all about at the end of the day right? Ok, well at Christmas anyway… And I have to say, ordering from Tesco is so easy, and you can have it delivered to your nearest store. I’m always a fan of that.
pps: 25% off today (until midnight) at F&F!