love tee

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Bob & Blossom ‘Love’ Silver Print Long Sleeve Tee (1-5 years)
£14.95  SHOP NOW
I have long been a fan of Bob & Blossom, and have bought countless number t-shirts for birthday presents (they are always well received by both parents, and little ones, and a great price at just £16.95). But at the recent Bubble exhibition in London, it was this adorable love tee that caught my eye. The ‘marshmallow’ pink is just right, and the silver text makes the perfect cool contrast. I also loved the ‘hello’ version in the perfect ‘cloud’ grey with neon text (in fact, it was tough to choose which one to use as the picture for this post). They are also both available in baby sizes too. I can’t get enough of them!

ps: the lucky winner of the gorgeous Nature Zoo musical octopus is Louise Knight. Congratulations Louise! Please email me with your address and I will post it straight to you. Thank you to everyone who entered, and worry not, there will be more competitions coming soon.

pps: next week is dedicated to the dreaded (for so many reasons!!) subject of ‘back to school’, or in Tabarlow’s case: starting school. I am traumatised, but mostly about the scary shoes. I will be sharing my woes with you all next week, so don’t buy anything until you’ve read my edit.

daddy spree: what are we going to buy for father’s day?

1. Uniqlo Sweatshirt, £19.90
2. Acqua Di Parma Colonia After Shave, £35.10
3. ‘Where Chefs Eat’, £11.96
4. Tillyanna ‘Daddy We Love You’ Cushion, £30.00
5. Jigsaw Two Tone Scarf, £39.00
6. I love My Dad, from £1.99
7. Anya Hindmarch Bespoke Wallet, £195.00

Here is a round-up of all my favourite gifts ideas for Father’s Day. You even still have time to order a thoughtful bespoke or personalised gift or card if you get your skates on. This edit (I hope) covers all types of dads, and all types of budgets… As always, the trawling through the internet has been done for you (you can literally write off an entire afternoon on notonthehighstreet.com!!). Father’s Day can be a bit of a last-minute panic, but if you are reading this, you are already on your way to getting organised! I have even included ideas for cards and wrapping paper…
Love this sweet fortune teller game; story time dice (I have ordered these for Tom from the twins as one of his pressies); personalised chopping board or slate trivet for dads who like to cook; ‘you are loved’ print; ‘you are amazing’ print; ‘do small things with love’ print; canvas weekend bag; navy chukka boots; type map print; personalised bookmark; ‘dad’ cushion; stylish (and practical) picnic blanket; you can’t go wrong with a bottle of Acqua di Parma as far as I’m concerned (Tabitha and Marlow’s Daddy wears/loves it, and I adore the smell)… this super-cool Roberts Revival Blutone black radio (really tempted to buy this for Tom, as I know he would love it..); perosnalised record label print (I love ‘daddy cool’); steel hip flask; vintage playing cards ‘Daddy’ picture; personalised money clip; if you’ve got a holiday booked, how about these chic seersucker swim shorts (bought for Tom from Marlow, to match his) or these (also bought for Tom, from Tabitha)? Jigsaw round collar shirt; ‘my daddy is…’ framed print; Gucci sunglasses; ‘my heart belongs to Daddy’ mug; Jigsaw checked scarf; personalised canvas bag; A.P.C-esque wash bag (I like the one with the cross); super-cool Lanvin trainers; for beardy daddys (including Tabitha and Marlow’s), this beard oil set; this tricolour sweatshirt; and last but not least we really love (and will probably be buying) this personalised bookmark (‘best storyteller’ is our favourite – so sweet). And don’t forget the card/s! Notonthehighstreet.com have some of the best I’ve seen. Love this (and have ordered three!) ‘days you have been my dad’ card; this ‘to the moon and back’ card; this ‘best grandad ever ever ever ever ever’ card (don’t forget the granddads if you’re little ones are lucky enough to have them); this hand print card; this chalkboard card; this ‘daddy cool’ card; and I adore this sweet ‘write your own’ father’s day wrapping paper. Amen.

ps: and while you’re online check out my Style Passport interview on the AlexandAlexa blog. Can’t wait for our holiday now…

pps: just re-read this and realised that Tom has done pretty well! I’ve also bought him ‘The Where Chefs Eat’ book, which I know he’ll love.

house rules

Lime Lace Personalised Ruler Height Chart
£125.00  SHOP NOW
I came across this when I was searching online for a cool ‘rewards chart’ for the twins (I didn’t find one, so any suggestions gratefully received!). It is such a great idea for a height chart, and can be personalised (which I always love for kids’ things). It is quite pricey (but it is GIANT – over six foot!), but would make a really cool statement in a baby’s nurser/child’s room. It would also make a really fab, original gift (newborn, christening, early birthday). I love it.

pull along

Hedgehog Pull Along Cart
£35.00  SHOP NOW
What kid doesn’t love loading up all their toys (crap) into something vaguely mobile, then moving (dragging) it from place to place? So why not get them something cool to do it with? This a great price for something that is guaranteed to get A LOT of use. Plus I won’t resent it (too much) hanging around because it looks good. Sold!

ps: I bought the best swimming costume for Tabitha this afternoon in Gap. I have scoured their website and it’s not there, but this is the bikini version (also very cute, but better for slightly older girls). The one piece is the same seersucker fabric and grey/blue stripe and it has a halter-neck. I bought Tabs age 4-5 and it fits (admittedly quite roomy, but she is tiny, and it was the smallest size). It’s gorgeous, and looks super-expensive. It will be having it’s first outing on Monday at their swimming lesson.

pps: I know it’s Saturday and not Friday, but I bought these flats from Zara, and I already love them, and they were just £20.00!! I wore them this afternoon with a cashmere sweater and my Current Elliot black jeans (with a little cuff). Super-chic.

ppps: Mango has a whopping 30% off today (enter the code: 5APRIL2014 at checkout), so get shopping! I’ve just had a breakfast (not so little) shopping spree (for me and the kids) and I’m still in my pyjamas! Thanks Lisa for the tip-off.

 

gifted

New Baby’s Cardigan And Teddy Gift Set (0-6 months)
£50.00  SHOP NOW
Looking for a chic, original gift for a newborn baby? I absolutely love this gorgeous gift set. Sometimes even I get bored of my usual High Street haunts when it comes to buying baby gifts, and this set really caught my eye because it’s a little bit different, and a whole lot more stylish than your standard baby sets. And you can order it without setting foot outside your house – you don’t even have to buy wrapping paper or a card – it comes wrapped in tissue paper in a chic box with a gift tag (which can be personalised). The cute hooded cardigan (made from super-soft, machine washable cotton) comes in a selection of gorgeous (Little Spree favourite) colours – dusky blue, vintage pink, soft grey and cream. And teddy (who is also machine washable) comes with a removable grey jumper. What more could a newborn wish for for a stylish start?

ps: if you want a little less of a splurge, how cute are these knitted t-bar baby booties?

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
£135.00  SHOP NOW
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)
£39.00  SHOP NOW
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
From £12.00  SHOP NOW
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?

gifting

Toffee Moon Baby Blanket & Hat Gift Set (sizes 0-24 months)
£35.00  SHOP NOW
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)
£40.50 (was £58.00)  SHOP NOW
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)
£46.00  SHOP NOW
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
£35.00  SHOP NOW
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…
£8.00  jcrew.com

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.