Billieblush Embroidered Dress (3-8 years)
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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.
Lands’ End Heart Straw Bag
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Tabitha has adopted my love of baskets, so I figured this one would be right up her street with it’s cute pink heart. Perfect for playing shops until our Summer holiday. I’m also still a huge fan of the classic Spanish style from Hedgehog (I have the medium one and Tabs has the small, although I have borrowed hers many times for my work trips in sunny locations – it’s the perfect size). Effortlessly chic as a mini holiday handbag.
Gap Colourblock One-Piece (6 months-5 years)
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I bought this for Marlow (and anyone who follows Little Spree on Instagram will probably have seen him wearing them), and Tabs has the girl’s version, and I absolutely love it. They are essentially onesies, but not baggy like most of them (there’s nothing stylish about them…). I like that these have a snug fit (think Uma Thurman in Kill Bill!), so they look cool and are super-cosy to sleep in (the twins love them). And I love the colour combinations. I’m thinking of buying bigger sizes to put away for when they are older. In the meantime, here are some more girls and boys pyjamas that I am coveting… These pretty Cyrillus velour ones with a Liberty print bow, these La Redoute knight dressing-up ones (still loving the idea of dressing-up nightwear) and classic star print ones; these sweet floral print Monsoon ones for the Summer; Cath Kidston plane print ones; John Lewis fun skeleton ones that glow in the dark (now reduced to just £10.00); Hatley horse print ones; Petit Bateau striped ones; Stella McCartney printed ones (currently half price); Mini Boden girls’ ones; and Mini Boden boys’ ones (I like the stripe/UFOs best). Phew!
The Little White Company Hydrocotton Baby Robe (0-12 months)
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Tabitha and Marlow had these hooded towels as babies (I loved that they came in two sizes, so you can just size-up when they get too big for the smaller ones), and they were just brilliant – they looked adorable all wrapped up in them, but they were just that bit more practical than a regular towel. And now you can get a dressing gown version (above), which is equally cute and snuggly. Here are a few other dressing gowns that I have seen and like…
This Vertbaudet boy’s one; this Little White Company hydrocotton girl’s one; this Cyrillus boy’s one; this Mothercare baby girl’s one; this Mini Boden striped boy’s one; and this Little White Company striped boy’s one (sorry, didn’t find many girl’s ones that I liked…). Tomorrow: my edit of the best pyjamas on the High Street…
ps: check out this fab Mini Boden competition that’s running at the moment. It’s a chance for your little ones to design their very own Mini Boden catalogue cover, and have it printed and sent to them! The closing date is 7th March, so you’ll need to get your skates on. The 10 favourite entires will win a £500 account credit, an iPad mini and a framed copy of their cover. Not too shabby! Tabitha whips the Mini Boden catalogue off me before I’ve even had a chance to look at it, so I will definitely be getting her on the case… Details here.
H&M Home Child’s Apron
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If you’re going to wear an apron, better make sure it’s a cute one… And this is definitely that. And here’s one for the boys from La Cerise Sur Le Gateau (don’t you just love that name?).
Monsoon Boys’ Robot Print Sunglasses (one size)
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The sun is shining (well it is in London anyway), and Tabarlow have actually been asking to wear their sunnies… Marlow’s cool Wayfarer-esque ones from Gap from last year seem to have vanished, so I am quite tempted by these cool robot print ones… And and I’m also loving those leopard print Mini Rodini sunglasses for the girls.
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!).
Massimo Dutti Striped Linen Skirt (4-14 years)
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I like to call this kind of skirt a ‘skater skirt’ – full-skirted but short and cute. They always look adorable on, and work well with most kinds of tops – jumpers, long sleeved tees, also with or without tights. In Winter I would add knitted tights (love these colours), a cosy jumper and ankle boots, and come Summer, Mary Jane’s or sandals and a simple short sleeved tee. I love this striped one. Here are a few more that I have found and like… This grey spotty one from Lands’ End; this blousy floral print one from Gant (it’s all about bold Floral prints this Summer, trust me on this); this embroidered cheesecloth one from Mango; this sequinned tulle one from Jigsaw; and this gorgeous ‘dancer’ version from Cyrillus (possibly my second favourite).
ps: just spotted this great tweed coat in the sale at Jigsaw. Size up and put it away for next Winter…
pps: it’s all about the boys tomorrow…
Cyrillus Princess Nightie (4-6 years)
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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…
Monsoon Baby Heritage Jacket (0-3 years)
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This jacket is just adorable. I love everything about it (especially the pom pom trim!). It’s the prefect Spring cover-up. It will also work well when you want to jazz up a plainer outfit underneath. This will definitely give your little one’s mini wardrobe an instant style boost. This Mango version is great option too.
ps: just bought this cat print dress for Tabs from Gap (they still have 30% off online). Looks really great with charcoal or navy knitted tights and a cardigan. I just love the print – very Miu Miu…
The Little White Company Boys’ Striped Jacket (2-8 years)
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I love the combination of the ticking stripe (although you have to squint to actually see it in this picture, or simply take my word for it) and a sporty style hooded jacket – classic, but cool. It’s 100% cotton with a jersey lining, and is machine washable. I also love that the hood is detachable (I like options). This H&M three-in-one version is also a great option for babies and younger boys.
Woodstock Liberty Print Rabbit Ear Head Band
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My lovely Red colleague (and ex Glamour colleague), Sarah told me about this label. All the mums of little girls at Red are already hooked! Just a beautiful, whimsical collection of hair accessories and head bands. This Liberty print bunny ears version is definitely a favourite (how pretty is the tiny print, and the backs of the ears are grey baby cord), but I love the cat ears too. I also love this bow headband from ilovegorgeous (currently half price); and I always love a pretty flower garland (and in fact, just shot one for my Florals story for Red – out in the May issue).
ps: M&S has 20% off thermals today. My favourites are these striped ones for boys and these heart print ones for girls. I also really like these thermal leggings (great for boys or girls). Brrrrrr…
ps: and whilst I was snooping around the M&S website, I found this super-cool leopard print jersey dress, which I love!
Next Contrast Denim Dress (3 months-6 years)
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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!
Cath Kidston Blue Swing Cardigan (2-8 years)
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Just the kind of little girl’s cardigan I like. And love the duck egg blue. I have been looking for one to replace a trusty Mini Boden dusky pink one that Tabs has lived in, and I think I may just have found it… This navy ribbed cardigan from Jigsaw is another great (and tempting) option. Love the bows.
ps: can it be true that there is actually a navy pea coat for kids that I have yet to discover and share? Seems so. Just stumbled across this beauty as I was trawling the Jigsaw website, and it’s on sale (and fabulous!)!
Mothercare Navy Wellies (sizes 4-12 jnr)
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If only I’d known just how much the twins would be wearing wellies this Winter, I would have bought more pairs! I really like these navy ones because they are completely plain, and the looped handles make it so easy for your little one to put them on themselves. Now the big question is: will it ever stop raining??
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
M&S Foil Star Print Mary Janes (4-13 small)
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I popped into M&S the other day for a quick sweep of the kids’ department. I had about five minutes to spare between appointments, but found myself lingering for a lot longer as I kept finding more and more cute things for Summer. Love these sweet star print Mary Janes (a little bit Chloe, non?) – the perfect ‘just bling enough’ party shoe. Here are some other bits that caught my eye, including a couple of things I bought for Tabs, and a blouse that I bought for myself! These navy spotty t-bar plimsoles for toddlers (they also come in grey); these white sandals; this printed blouse which I bought for Tabs (the flecks look more like a cool neon pink in the flesh); this printed blouse (also now in Tabs drawer); this t-shirt: this embroidered blouse (it reminded me of an A.P.C sundress of mine…); and finally this is the top that I bought for myself (in age 13-14). And yes, it fits! Sorry, didn’t make it to the boys’ section – I was too late by then! Next time…
Gap Leopard Peplum Print One-Piece (12 months-5 years)
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As I sit here typing this, all I can see from my window is wind, rain, and the onset of evening (it’s 4.30pm). Hey ho. But as I skipped through the Gap website just now, all I could see was this, completely adorable all-in-one (I’m filing it under ‘beachwear’) that is simply too cute for words. And all it makes me think of is the Summer and holidays… So although it may be completely inappropriate right now, that just makes me love it all the more! We all need a few daydreams to get us through this never-ending Winter. I will be snapping one of these up for Tabs, hanging it up on display in her room, and dreaming of Summer…
ps: whilst I was busy daydreaming, I also found this gorgeous ‘baby bubble’. Roll on Summer (although this would look super-cute now layered with knitted tights and a cashmere jumper/cardigan)! This is also the perfect time to buy a few baby gifts if any of your friends are pregnant (or perhaps you are?). You can get some amazing things (and not to mention bargains!) in the tail end of the sales, and just stash them away until the due date/s.
pps: and talking of sale bargains, these fab boys’ cashmere crew-neck jumpers from Mango that I posted a while back are now half price. And this striped onesie from The Little White Company was one of my best buys of the Winter (Marlow is already on his second one – he grew out of the first). And it’s now an incredible £6.90 (yes really!) in the sale!! I’m tempted to buy him another one for next Winter…
Mango Liberty Print Dress (3-12 years)
£24.99 SHOP NOW
A little bit hippie, a little bit florally… This is my kind of Summer dress! Buy now, and start dreaming of Summer…
Christina Rohde Oregano Dress (3-14 years)
£31.00 (was £45.00) SHOP NOW
You really can’t go wrong with a Breton dress. And a floral print will also serve you well, such as this pretty one from Petit Bateau, also on sale. And this one from Caramel is hard to beat for that ever-elusive pretty-cool factor. Love!