affordable luxury

Chloe Baby Girls Cashmere Hat & Scarf Set (12 months)
£42.00 (was £84.00)  SHOP NOW
Chloe. Cashmere. Beyond gorgeous. And totally affordable. No this is not an April fool! These are hard facts. Such an amazing price for a beautiful, luxury baby gift (for yours or someone elses). I’m very tempted to buy it to keep for the next friend who gets pregnant… I’m even tempted to have another baby myself!

mama spree: mothers’ day ‘hint list’ for all the dads out there…

Anya Hindmarch Bespoke Loose Pocket
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Mothers’ Day is only two weeks away, so it’s time to start throwing out some serious hints. I have compiled a little selection of things that I definitely would be more than happy to unwrap on 30th March, and hopefully you will too. I have tried to choose things that we wouldn’t necessarily buy for ourselves (when was the last time you actually bought yourself a pair of cashmere socks??), so they feel that bit more special and luxurious. I’ve also tried to cater for all wallet sizes… I would politely call this a ‘hint list’, so email this post to your husband/boyfriend/partner right now, then keep your fingers firmly crossed…
I’m going to start with this fabulous Anya Hindmarch personalised ‘loose pocket’. I have been a fan of these for many years, but I actually don’t have one (Tabitha and Marlow do though – Anya Hindmarch very kindly sent them both one after they were born – you may have seen Tabs’ on the Little Spree Instagram feed – it’s gold and super-cute). I like this  red ‘I love you’ version too. They are impossibly chic (personally, I love the red and the navy the best, but they come in a whole host of colours), and so useful. You can use them to keep pretty much anything in. And I love the fact that you can have them personalised in handwriting (like the one above) or embossed (there are lots of options available, or you can choose your own words) to make it a totally personal/bespoke gift (so all the more thoughtful). I would go for something that includes your name, but I also love the idea of a Mothers’ Day gift having ‘mummy’ in there somewhere – ‘mummy’s stuff’ etc etc. You’ll need to hurry though if you want to personalise (in your own writing if you want), as the deadline for this is Monday 17th. So make sure you waft this under your significant other’s nose asap! There is an additional charge of £40.00 for this service. Instead of cut flowers, how about this M&S lavender tree (I was sent two from my cousins for my birthday recently, and they are so lovely, and they are delivered to your door – mine are currently residing in our little courtyard); or this vintage lavender trough from Not On The High Street? This Valentino Rockstud leather headband (a lot cheaper than the shoes, and probably a lot more comfortable to wear…); these White Company cashmere socks (currently 20% off); you can’t ever go wrong with a  Diptyque scented candle - they are without doubt the best scented candles, and they smell amazing just sitting on the mantelpiece without even being lit – my favourites are Baies, Figuier, Roses and Tuberose; this (ridiculously tactile) Marc by Marc Jacobs heart paperweight;  I already have (and love) these cute Stella McCartney days of the week knickers (size up though – they come up tiny!); I have been dreaming of this super-cool Hillier gold bunny necklace for some time now; anything from Smythson always makes a stylish gift, and this ‘I love my mum’ notebook is so sweet (and we can never have too many notebooks!); an indulgent Cowshed (one of my favourite places) treatment gift card (anything from a manicure to a full body massage will make all us mamas out there feel truly pampered and appreciated; this Nuxe multi-purpose oil comes highly recommend by a very discerning friend. Apparently it’s amazing (and smells incredible); this fun personalised tote bag from Not On The High Street would be a cute, inexpensive pressie that I would probably use every day. And like the Anya loose pockets, you could either have your name, or ‘mummy’ or ‘mama’ – whatever is personal to you really. And no wish list would be complete without some Isabel Marant (show me a mama who doesn’t want to receive a little something from Issy?), so I am adding these gorgeous multi-drop earrings as a final wish. I hope I have provided all the men out there with enough inspiration. I think this should be enough to be getting on with. And dads, any questions, please feel free to email at the address at the top of the page…

pimp my ride

Betty Bramble Liberty Print Buggy Liner (universal design to fit most 3 and 5 point buggy harnesses)
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I LOVE this idea. Move over sheepskin, it’s all about the Liberty print buggy liners now!! How chic and totally gorgeous! I particularly love this classic Tana Lawn Liberty Arts print (equally for girls and boys). And it’s reversible – printed cotton on one side and luxurious navy corduroy on the other side. Genius. It’s padded with a hypoallergenic filling to give your little one the most comfortable ride, and it’s 100% cotton and machine washable. Perfect for adding a little extra style to your buggy. There is a more girly print too, and you can also get a blanket to match. They would make wonderful presents for a stylish ‘mummy-to-be’ (practical, but beautiful), and the prices are really reasonable too. I also love the fact that all of Betty Bramble (love the name too – sounds like a Beatrix Potter character) products are designed and manufactured in Britain, and the quality is amazing. I only wish they had been around when Tabarlow were babies…

bye baby bunting

Little Cloud Liberty Print Fabric Garland
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I can never get enough of Liberty print, it’s just such a design classic, and always so pretty, no matter what. I found this name garland when I was cruising for baby gift ideas, and it’s just brilliant. Such an amazing price for such a pretty, personalised (I always love a personalised baby gift – it just shows so much more time and thought, plus your new baby’s name is such a novelly for those first few months…). Love.

ps: if you don’t necessarily want to go down the personalised route, this more traditional bunting from The Little White Company, inspired by a vintage eiderdown, is another sweet option. It would look adorable strung up in a nursery or bedroom. And how cute are these Liberty print Milk Two Bunnies hair clips?


Toffee Moon Baby Blanket & Hat Gift Set (sizes 0-24 months)
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This is a great price for a lovely, good quality (100% cotton) baby blanket and matching hat. And it comes gift wrapped too, so one less thing to worry about. Blankets are one of my favourite newborn gifts because they look chic (if you choose the right one anyway); stand the test of time, feel luxurious (even if you don’t necessarily splurge on cashmere) and have multiple uses. I have mentioned them before, but when the twins were born their ‘New York Granny’ bought them a beautiful grey cashmere blanket each. I loved and cherished them, and used them straight away in their pram; when we were out and about; in the car, everywhere… Now Tabitha uses hers to play with her baby dolls, and Marlow’s is, er, currently being used in our kittens’ bed (see, still useful!)… So they have been used constantly for over four years now. And I still love them. The gift that keeps on giving…

ps: I’ve also just seen this lovely cloud mobile from The Little White Company which would also make a gorgeous baby gift.

cotton tail

Stella McCartney Grey Rabbit Jumper (9 months)
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I’ve always loved this jumper (this is the back view by the way – the front is completely plain, making it all the more adorable), and although it’s not a huge reduction in price, it makes it just that bit more affordable (I have a mental block over £50.00 unless we’re talking about shoes, coats or something very special). It would be an ideal purchase if you are pregnant (as tempting as it is, it’s actually a good idea not to only buy newborn and tiny sizes – also buy some cute things for a little later on – it’s so lovely when you unpack them when you’ve come through the fog of those first few months (or in my case the first year!!) once you’ve got your mojo back, and can really start enjoying styling up your little one/s). I like to apply the same method to buying gifts for friend’s newborns too – buy bigger, wear later. A few friends did this when the twins were born, and I was so glad that they did. I also bought LOADS of the fabulous Stella Kids collection for Gap when I was pregnant in various sizes, and just packed it away accordingly (you also forget what you have, so it’s a lovely surprise when you do find it). Sadly this jumper is now only available in age 9 months, but it’s such a cute sale find, I would definitely recommend snapping one up if you can make it work. And still on the subject of the sales and jumpers, I also love, love love this beautiful orchid pink angora jumper from Caramel and this boys’ star jumper from The Little White Company. Marlow’s new boots are coming tomorrow…

boxing day jumpers

J.Crew Boys’ Lambswool Baseball Sweater (2-14 years)
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I saw this jumper in J.Crew when I was in New York last month, and really regret not buying it for Marlow then. I love the colour-blocking, the baseball style, and the waffle knit (so everything pretty much!). It would make the perfect ‘Boxing Day jumper’, i.e. stylish and cosy, but not too dressy. Perfect. I love this gorgeous jumper from Susie & Toto too.

dreamy mobile


Little Cloud Betsy Ann Liberty Moon & Stars Baby Mobile
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This is undoubtedly one of the (if not, the) loveliest mobiles I have seen to date. So, so sweet. This cloud version is equally adorable; as is this one and I also like this one for a toddler’s room.

ps: I bought this coat for Marlow from Zara yesterday, and I’m so pleased with it. It’s fantastic. You can remove the fur trim (I did – much better without, I don’t like the fur), and it has a cool, slightly waxy finish and a sheepskin lining, so really warm and cosy. And I love the colour. It looks super-expensive, but isn’t! Result.

give me a t….

J Crew Girls’ Letter Necklace
It doesn’t get cuter than a personalized letter charm (especially a rosy gold one on a neon cord). And such an amazing price for such a sweet and thoughtful gift idea (daughters, granddaughters, nieces, goddaughters…). Tabitha, this one’s for you…

ps: looking for stylish kids’ party plates/cups/napkins etc? Look no further than My Little Day. They have everything you need for a stylish celebration.

the cute side of the moon

Martin Krusche Moon Print (50 x 70cm)
I found this adorable print when was looking for bedlinen for the twins’ beds… Their walls are already pretty full now, so sadly no space for this one, but I absolutely love it. And it’s such a great price. Plus the dimensions are perfect for a good old Ikea frame. This is my favourite for prints like these.

ps: thought you might be interested in a few recent purchases of mine (some of which you have already seen). I bought these gorgeous cashmere gloves from Cos for Tabs and Marlow, and this velvet dress for Tabs (she loves that it looks just like one of mine) while I was there; this Zara dress for Tabs, and also this one. Anyway, at least you know I definitely practise what I preach…

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

hello dolly

Ragtales Molly Rag Doll
This is Molly, and she in one stylish dolly. So stylish in fact, that she is stocked at Liberty no less! Now a stylish doll is definitely not easy to come by (I recently succumbed to buying ‘Tanya’, Italy’s answer to Barbie at Pisa airport as a ‘guilty working mum present’ for Tabitha, but she was wearing a rather cool Pucci-esque shift dress…), so I was rather excited to discover her. How cute is her outfit? A stripe, a floral, and even a hint of a tulle underskirt. And she also comes with her own stylish little cotton bag with her name embroidered on the front. And she is really lovely and soft (not always the case with the more well dressed dolls…).  And what I love most of all, is that that she actually looks like a proper ‘little girl’s doll’, not some spooky incarnation of a lap dancer (sorry Tanya). Tabitha will definitely be unwrapping a Molly on Christmas day…
£30.00   BUY NOW

très cool

Baby Oeuf for J Crew Sweater (3-24 months)
Not the cheapest, but definitely the coolest…
£81.00   BUY NOW

ps: I have some good and bad news about the Mini Boden girls’ suede boots… Boden have got in touch with me today to let me know that although the navy boots are no longer available, they will be getting more of the grey (a great second choice after the navy) and the lilac at the end of November. So all is not lost.

baby cashmere

Trotters Grey Cashmere Leggings (1-6 months)
There is nothing I love more than cuddling a baby wearing cashmere. Nothing. Ok, these luxurious (and super-cool) leggings aren’t exactly cheap, but cashmere by it’s very definition is not cheap, and anyway, if you can’t splurge on a gorgeous newborn (yours or someone else’s), when can you? Also, cashmere pieces are great to keep and pass on/loan to family/friends (as my sister will testify!). I have kept all of Tabarlow’s pieces, and every so often I get them out (so tiny!) and have a little cuddle…
£50.00  BUY NOW