Cyrillus Princess Nightie (4-6 years) £35.00 SHOP NOW Here is the girls’ version of yesterday’s pirate pyjamas. I love this! Tabs wants to dress up ALL the time at the moment, and often wants to go to bed still in full-on princess mode. I then have to strategically peel off all the flammable fabrics after she’s fallen asleep… Not so easy. This gorgeous ‘princess nightie’ offers the perfect solution. Go to bed already dressed as a (non flammable) super-stylish, fully accessorised princess…
Cyrillus Boys’ Pirate Pyjamas (2-8 years) £35.00 SHOP NOW The chicest pirate pyjamas I’ve ever seen (actually, the only ones I’ve ever seen…). Marlow and Tabs have been invited to a pirate themed birthday party, so I am suddenly tuned into all things pirate-y. Marlow actually already has a pretty good pirate outfit, but this one definitely surpasses his in the style stakes. And how cool that it multi-tasks as pyjamas? Quick – they are selling out fast!
ps: this costume isn’t pirate related, but I love it so much I had to share.
Cocoon Cotton Romper (0-2 years) £9.00 SHOP NOW
Looking for something cute and a little tongue-in-cheek for your baby boy to wear over the festive period that doesn’t involve reindeer ears? This is sweet, playful, but still cool and stylish. And not too silly. I love it. And for all the baby girls out there, the Angel baby grow is fast becoming a cute classic. For a more traditional take on the Christmas romper, this striped one from Gap is another favourite.
H&M Long Sleeved T-shirt (1-10 years)
As you know, I’m not normally a fan of ‘gimmicky’ clothes, but I just couldn’t resist this cute (technical term: trompe l’oeil) t-shirt. Perfect for a bit of tongue-in-cheek chic on special occasions… £5.99 SHOP NOW
pps: If you have a baby aged between 0-24 months, and live in the London area (or feel like a trip to London?), come and see me at the Gap flagship store on Oxford Street for an exciting Baby Gap/Little Spree event on Friday 29th November. I will the there all day, and would love to meet you (and your gorgeous little ones!). That’s all I’m allowed to tell you at the moment, but all the (exciting) details will be revealed nearer the time, so watch this space… It’s going to be fun!
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
Okaou Ruffled Tutu (18 months-5 years)
I am often asked about tutus, and where to buy a stylish, non-scary one. They are not one of my favourite items (unless at a ballet class of three year olds, when there is simply nothing cuter…) of clothing, but having said that, Tabitha does own three (not including her ballet one). One pale-pink, one cream, and one grey, although they don’t get out much I must confess… The grey one was a DPAM find on a work trip to Paris, and is by far my favourite. I suppose I just like the fact that it’s not pink. And it’s not too ‘poufy’, so can (and has been) worn with knitted tights, a (Breton) jumper and boots and still pass as a reasonably normal outfit. So I was rather pleased to find this similar one on the La Redoute website last night. I love the pretty layers/ruffles of tulle. And it starts from 18 months, which is a real bonus, as it is even harder to find a tasteful tutu for babies! And for the record, I do let Tabs express her ‘inner princess’ in suitably scary/flammable ‘dressing-up’ outfits. Inside the privacy of our house. Oh and by the way, this one does also come in pink! £11.00 laredoute.co.uk
ps: I also always love the Bob & Blossom ones for a slightly more ‘full-on tutu’ experience. And they do a grey one too!
Paperchase Floral Print Bunny Ears (one size) I have posted a very similar pair of floral bunny ears last May, but I couldn’t resist these ones (and I figured that a once yearly post on cute bunny ears was acceptable?). These were a tip-off from the lovely Laura Fantacci, a collegue of mine at Red, who has the most adorable (and super-stylish, naturally!) six month old baby girl called Greta Zeta. She snapped these up for her, and I will be doing the same for Tabitha (Laura knew they would be right up Tabitha’s street…) for the Easter weekend. Hop little bunnies, hop hop hop… £8.00 paperchase.co.uk
ILoveGorgeous Disco Ball Dress (2-13years) This is not a ‘good on paper dress’. If someone was to describe a girl’s dress as being covered in gold sequins, I’m instinctively thinking of something pretty naff and tacky. Then you see this dress and you kind of fall in love with it… I love the gold sequins! I also love the pretty butterfly sleeves in white (such a sweet contrast), and I love that the shape of the dress is loose. This is a cool sequinned dress. I have been asked to recommend a good girl’s party dress by a few different Little Spree followers recently, and this was the first one that I suggested. Also, it will appeal to adult and mini magpies alike – let’s face it, all girls (including myself!) love a bit of sparkle don’t we? And don’t just save it for special occasions either – this would look super-cute dressed down with a navy and white long sleeved Breton t-shirt layered underneath. Did I mention that I love it? £55.00 (was £110.00) lovegorgeous.co.uk
Monsoon Snow Queen Dress Up Set (3-8 years)
I’ve bought this for Tabithaas one of her birthday presents (for 4th January). It’s so cute! Definitely a pretty tasteful dressing-up option (and they even throw in a tiara). My plan is to add her Little White Company striped knitted tights, but whether she will agree to that remains to be seen. I’ll let you know! In the meantime I’m seeing A LOT of her (very pink!) Christmas ‘princess’ dress from Father Christmas, but the less said about that the better… £18.00 monsoon.co.uk
John Lewis Pirate Dressing-Up Costume (3-7 years)
I spotted this the other week when I was racing around the store in Kingston, buying various Christmas paraphernalia. It really stood out as a more stylish-than-average pirate costume, so I snapped one up for Marlow, despite the fact that he has no dressing-up parties on the horizon. I don’t know about you, but I rarely see any decent options for dressing-up (and it’s even worse for girls – although this would be really cool for girls too). The attention to detail is pretty great for the price I have to say – the gold brocade frogging on the waistcoat, the raggedy sleeves and trousers, the ‘accessories’ (hat, sword and eye patch no less!). Basically it’s a non-tacky (and not overly-flammable – it doesn’t even make your hair stand on end!) costume at a great price. Now I just need to invent an occasion for him to wear it… £14.00 johnlewis.com
Gap Velvet Band Jacket (6 months-5 years)
How cool is this jacket? It has more than a whiff of Stella McCartney Kids about it (which of course, I love), yet it’s from Gap. I love the Sergeant Pepper vibe. It would be so cute for a a party or special occasion, but also just great to keep for dressing up (I would style it up with a bit of a pirate dressing up costume for a party). It’s not always easy to find decent fancy dress costumes for boys (unless they want to be Spiderman or Snow White), so this would be a great investment. I love it, and will be buying one for Marlow as soon as I’m back from Cape Town. So please leave one for me! £24.95 gap.eu
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…
Bob & Blossom Tutu (2-8 years)
It’s a very fine line between naff and cute where tutus are concerned. Sadly most of them fall into the former category. This one however, strikes the perfect balance between pretty and cool. It’s made from layer upon layer of gorgeous chiffon, and I love the grey (just so much cooler than the standard pink – Tabitha has a grey one that I bought her in DPAM in Paris one time, although it’s not as ‘poufy’ as this one). Would look super-stylish for a party or special occassion, or just for playing dress-up at home. But the great thing about this one is that it is tasteful enough to look equally great worn on a regular day with a cashmere jumper and knitted tights, or a Breton t-shirt in the warmer weather. It would make such a lovely present if you’re stuck for what to buy for a little girl (and you can have it gift wrapped in a gorgeous candy pink and white striped box – so cute!). Love. £39.99 bobandblossom.co.uk