H&M Striped Jersey Leggings (6 months-2 years)
Never underestimate the power of the navy and white striped legging. Every little girl should have at least one pair in her wardrobe at all times. Tabs has been wearing them since she was baby, and wears them week in, week out. They go with pretty much everything (I particularly love them when worn with a floral printed blouse), and always look cute and stylish. They are particularly useful when it’s this kind of uncertain weather – when you’re not sure whether it’s quite warm enough to bust out a Summer dress (it rarely is). They look so sweet with sandals or hi-tops. These ones are an amazing price, and are made from 100% organic cotton. I would definitely recommend buying a couple of pairs in one hit. I often buy Tabitha’s from Gap too. And as we all know, you can never have too many Breton stripes.
I Love Gorgeous ‘Love’ Necklace (one size)
How cute is this? And I have to say, I was surprised at the price – I thought it would have been much more expensive. It would make an adorable present for a (not too little – I am definitely not a fan of jewellery on babies and toddlers) little girl. And it comes beautifully packaged in a fluorescent pink gift box. I could definitely see my niece, Holly wearing this. And of course, I can’t help thinking of Sex & The City and the Carrie necklace. Love!
ps: is it wrong that I sort of want one..?
Mini Boden Printed Swimsuit (1.5-10 years)
I first clapped eyes on this super-cute swimsuit when I was on a Boden shoot in South Africa back in November last year. The (adult) model absolutely loved it, and managed to squeeze herself into the age 10 sample (which admittedly did involve a certain amount of gymnastics), and vowed to buy herself one when it came out in the catalogue! Anyway, fast forward to June, and it’s now Tabitha’s latest obsession. I bought it for her to wear to her swimming classes (no dull, plain costumes for her obviously…), and she loves it as much as the model in South Africa did! I love the cute retro print, and the pretty hawaiian-esque petal trim. The only thing is, it seems to be quite popular, and Tabs had her first taste of ‘who wore it best’ at the swimming pool last week when another little girl pitched up to the class wearing the exact same one! Fortunately Tabs didn’t mind one bit, and continues to love it just as much…
Stella McCartney Kids Weekend Underwear (2-6 years)
This little box set would make the most adorable gift for a little girl. Or in my case (or rather Tabitha’s), a gorgeous little ‘reward’ gift for being so good with all things ‘toilet related’ (well, here’s hoping anyway…). 100% organic cotton Saturday and Sunday pants with the prettiest embroidery on the front. Too cute for words.
ps: I have the adult version (and all seven days no less!), and although a little on the skimpy side, I absolutely love them too. Although, just to be clear, they weren’t a ‘reward gift’ of any kind!
Cos Curved Hem Dress (1-8 years)
I have discovered that it is virtually impossible (for me anyway) to find anything that I don’t like from Cos kids, so I try to keep my visits to the store to a minimum. They have totally nailed their kids’ collection. It doesn’t change that much, which I actually quite like (I am definitely a creature of habbit when it comes to dressing…), and they often repeat the same item season after season (if it aint broke and all that…). They have been doing this dress for a while now, and I bought it for Tabs last year, but I generally find Cos kids’ sizing to be quite generous, so it didn’t fit her until recently (it was too long, and one of my pet hates on little girls is long dresses). So on Sunday, I dusted it off for a friend’s bbq. She wore it with her Mini Boden neon orange sandals (which can I just add, get numerous compliments every time she wears them!) and very cute she looked too. This is the perfect ‘non-girly’ dress. Still pretty, but in that lovely, simple pared-down way. Gorgeous.
Cyrllius Printed Bikini (4-14 years)
The French brands do the prettiest bikinis for little girls. Always. And you don’t have to spend a lot either. They are usually made from lovely cotton, with the most gorgeous prints, and the colours are always soft, never garish. And this one has the cutest frills. And it even comes with a matching headscarf and little bag! Beyond cute.
ps: My lovely Red colleague, Laura asked me today where to buy a great Summer-weight sleeping bag for her baby daughter, Greta for an upcoming trip to Italy. Without hesitation, I replied: Bambino Merino. I have already written about them on Little Spree before, but over a year ago now. They are the best baby sleeping bags ever. They are certainly not the cheapest, but you can use the same one all year round, so no need to buy different ones for different seasons, so they actually saved me money in the long run (and they always have an offer if you buy two at once). The merino lining cleverly creates a microclimate around your baby to keep him/her warm and comfortable throughout the night without the risk of overheating. Genius. And they are a lovely simple striped design in a selection of chic, tasteful colours. I have recommended them to countless friends/family members, and everyone loves them as much as I do. So if you don’t already know them, definitely check them out.
Zara Printed Hareem Pants (3-36 months)
How great are these? And they definitely have a bit of an Isabel Marant ‘luxe hippie’ feel to them. Perfect for warm weather when you fancy a change from dresses/jeans. Lovely and loose and comfy. I love the print and the tie waist. I would probably style them with some kind of grey or white top, most likely a grey sweatshirt (I picked up a great one with a cute little white frilled hem for Tabs from H&M recently – sorry not on their website annoyingly). I bought myself a great printed pair quite similar to these from Zara Home that are officially pyjamas bottoms…). So easy to wear, and they look great with a tan flat sandal… Just saying.
Original Pyjama Company Moccasins (sizes 18-25)
These are the perfect footwear for babies who aren’t yet walking, but are on the move (crawling and cursing, and generally getting into all sorts of mischief). They look cute (I love that these ones are completely plain – not that easy to find, believe me), are comfortable to wear, and they actually stay put. And the leather soles mean that they don’t slip. And they look so cute of course! They are also great for both boys and girls (Tabs and Marlow both wore them), and the navy will go with everything. One thing I would say though is that they only really work with dresses when worn with knitted tights, so stick to jeans/trousers when it’s too warm for tights. And when worn with trousers, make sure they are worn under trousers. It’s all about the details!
Alice à Paris Linen Coat (6 months-10 years)
It’s looking increasingly likely that our little ones are still going to be needing a coat come June. Not great news I know. But let’s look on the bright side – if they are going to have to wear a coat, it may as well be one as chic and lovely as this right? I love this coat! The colour, the tiny pockets, the pretty lining… And it’s lightweight, so should therefore make the perfect ‘Summer coat’. And let’s just try and ignore the terrible weather…
£26.00 (was £41.00) aliceaparis.com
I Love Gorgeous Sparkly Plimsolls (sizes 1-13)
Love these. They will look perfect with a simple Summer sundress, jeans or denim cut-offs… And of course, I’m loving the cute little bag that they come in too!
Little White Company Broderie Long Sleeve Dress (2-8 years)
This dress instantly reminded me of a gorgeous Chloe dress that I once shot when I was at Glamour, then subsequently became obsessed with (and ended up borrowing to wear the the Glamour Awards). I was so sad to send it back. It was silk and a pretty blush colour, but it was the shape and the frilled bib detail that I loved. As you can tell, I still think about that dress! This one is such a cute little girl’s version. Very Alexa Chung (she might even be able to squeeze into the age eight!). Again, like yesterday’s jumper, this picture does not do it justice at all (check out the pics on the website to get a better idea). It’s completely adorable. I love the broderie anglaise detail around the (scalloped) cuffs and hem, and of course the frilled bib front. I am picturing Tabitha wearing this already (particularly now that it’s in the sale)…
£25.60 (was £32.00) thewhitecompany.com
Gap Embroidered Baby Girl’s Dress (0-24 months)
A little bit A.P.C, a little bit Isabel Marant Étoile… Love the folky vibe of this sweet Summer dress. I bought one for my friend’s daughter because I simply could not resist it (and someone had to have one!). It’s just been reduced, so snap one up while you can!
£15.99 (was £19.95) gap.co.uk
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George Slogan Print Jumper (1-6 years)
I’m not normally a fan of gimmicky slogans on clothes, but I really like this jumper, and could definitely see Tabs wearing it. It’s hard to see from the picture, but it’s a chunky metallic knit (so on-trend!), and would look so cool worn with navy and white striped leggings (they are a real staple in Tabitha’s wardrobe, as they go with pretty much everything – I picked up a great pair from Old Navy when I was in New York recently). And it makes me think of my own ‘Ginsberg is God’ slogan jumper from Bella Freud, which I have had for years, and still love (although it’s definitely on its last legs…). This one has more of a Markus Lupfer feel to it, and that’s ok by me…
Vilac Toy Guitar
If you’ve been an avid follower of Little Spree for a while now, you may remember this cute red piano that I posted back in April last year. It is still one of the best gifts Tabarlow have ever received. And honestly, they still play with it virtually every day. And the same goes for this guitar (they were given the piano and the guitar to share as a first birthday present from their nanny). And I still love them too. They both have prime position in their bedroom, and have outlived most of the other toys/presents. And I have to say (amazingly), they both still look as good as new. The guitar actually has six musical strings, so no need to cover your ears when the kids start strumming (definitely a bonus!). And it still amazes me what a great price it is for such a lovely, stylish, beautifully made toy, and one that you don’t mind tripping over occasionally…
Zara Ruffle Dress (3-36 months)
I do love a pretty, girly dress, as long as it’s pretty in the right way. I’m loving this lime green (definitely not an obviously girly shade…) version from Zara. It has a bit of a Holly Hobby feel about it. And I love the wide ruffles. It will look so cute worn with plain white sandals (preferably these – my favourite ‘Surfer’ sandals from Sun-San). Now if this dress was in pink, it would be a whole different story…
ps: Tabs has a gorgeous cream crochet dress (also from Zara) that I bought her last Summer, and after posting a photo of her on Instagram wearing it, a lot of people have been asking me about it. Obviously you won’t be able to get your hands on that exact dress, but I have just noticed this very similar one that is almost as cute…
Jo Jo Maman Bebe Espadrilles (sizes 4-11)
I spotted (sorry!) these a while ago when I popped into the store in Marlow, and they have been on my/Tabitha’s shopping list ever since. I’ve always loved espadrilles – they make me think of Jane Birkin, and holidays in the South of France as a teenager. In fact, I don’t think people ever stopped wearing them in France! But they are definitely having a bit of ‘moment’ again (if Chanel have done a version of something, you know there is a trend emerging…). I love this Mary Jane style (a lot easier for little ones to keep on than the traditional style). Super-cute.
I Love Gorgeous ‘Cloud’ Dress (2-13 years)
If you are looking for a gorgeous, stylish bridesmaid dress, then I would definitely recommend ilovegorgeous as the first place to look. They have the best selection of the most beautiful dresses. Think Kate Moss’s bridesmaids and you kind of get the idea… Pretty, but cool in that lovely whimsical way. No unnecessary frills or flounces (or polyester!) – just simple, pretty dresses that will keep the bride, the bridesmaid, and the bridesmaids’ mum more than happy. And I love that they are would be just as lovely on a two year old as a thirteen year old. This is one of my favourites. It’s silk, knee-length, with delicate pin tucks, silver lace trim, and fluttery sleeves… And completely adorable.
F&F Leopard Print Sun Hat (6-12 months)
I love, love, love this cute sun hat!
Autograph Embroidered Blouse (12 months-7 years)
As I’m writing this (in Ibiza – I’m here working on a shoot), I’ve just realised that I am wearing a very similar top (a cream cheesecloth version from H&M with a pair of denim cut-offs), so no one can argue that I don’t practise what I preach! I always love a pretty long sleeved blouse, and I love them most when paired with something a bit more casual and scruffy. This one has gorgeous details, such as the floral embroidery, the pin tucking and gathering, and the buttons down the back… So at the risk of morphing my daughter into a ‘mini me’ (like that would ever happen!), I will be snapping one up for Tabitha in the very near future (and yes, she does have a pair of denim cut-offs…).
Milliemanu ‘Blue Kaylie Sunshine’ Hair Clips
Just love these. So pretty…