Okaou Charcoal Cotton Dress With Flounced Sleeves (18 months-5 years)
£9.50 (was £19.00) laredoute.co.uk
It’s that time when we need to start, not just thinking about party dresses, but actually buying them (before the best ones all sell out!). Here is a little round-up of my favourites around at the moment… This Okaou one from La Redoute (I have to say, La Redoute have some amazing dresses) is definitely one of my favourites. It looks black (I’m really not a fan of black for little girls) in this picture, but it’s actually a gorgeous charcoal grey. I love the pretty tulle frill and the gold studded embroidery at the hem, and it’s such an amazing bargain! Another favourite is this feather one from Kihawo: this sweet brocade one from H&M; this navy one with metallic stars from Mango; this gorgeous navy tulle one also from Mango; this navy corduroy one from J by Jasper Conran (not strictly a party dress, but it’s cute and it’s a dress, and I really love it/wanted to share it anyway); this velvet one from Gap; this pink chiffon one, also from Gap (it looks a bit boring in the picture, but I’ve seen it in the store, and it’s really pretty); this lace one from Hucklebones; and this super-cute spotted one, also from Hucklebones; this fabulous lace spotted one from Somerset by Alice Temperley (love!); and if you feel like having a major blow-out (alternatively you could always wait for the sales, and you might just get lucky…), this Chloe dress is to die for.
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.
Belle Enfant Laurie Scarf (one size)
Simple. Stylish. Affordable. And grey!
ps: and here’s another one for you…
Petasil Kaz Chelsea Grey Boots (sizes 24-30)
You all know me (and my taste) so well now, that I’m getting lots of really great tip-offs… These fab chelsea boots (and we all know how hard it can be to find decent boots) were recommended by Little Spree reader, Annamarie, and I love them! And they also come in navy!
ps: there is currently up to 30% off at The Little White Company, including this super-cute knitted beanie, and this gorgeous gingham dress.
Mini Boden Knitted Jacket (0-3 years)
I have loved this cardigan since I first clapped eyes on it (months ago now), so I have no idea why I have left it so long to share. Anyway, it’s a cute as a button. I love the little ears (sometimes that can be over-kill, but not when it’s done right like this). And not only does this knitted jacket look adorable, but it’s so practical (double-breasted, hooded, knitted all = warm!), and well, useful. It also comes in duck-egg blue and navy, which I equally love. It would make a great baby gift too. But like everything I seem to like at Mini Boden at the moment, it’s selling out first, so get your skates on!
£16.80-£18.20 (was £24.00-£26.00) boden.co.uk
M&S Silver Desert Boots (4-13)
I always think a little bit of metallic can go a long way with any outfit (it jazzes things up in a way that doesn’t have to look like you’re going to a party…). These silver desert boots are quite ‘low key’ because they are not glittery/sparkly, so you can just think of them as a neutral colour that will go with anything (I actually prefer them with more casual outfits). I like the pretty velvet ribbon laces too. These navy glitter boots are also a great option (as recommended by Little Spree reader and Red collegueue, Sarah). I also adore these gold glitter desert boots (they look super-expensive) from Mini Boden (why haven’t I bought them for Tabs yet??), but they are selling out fast, so you’ll have to be quick if you want to get your hands on a pair…
ps: as you know I spent the day at the Gap flagship store yesterday. My eagle eye noticed that were a few new additions that I feel I need to share. I LOVE these gorgeous boys’ chunky cable-knit jumpers (they come in navy and cream); this super-cool moustache jumper; this cosy fur bear hat (a huge hit on the baby shoot yesterday); these cute mittens; this amazing party dress (it looks SO much nicer in real life, and I dressed two little girls in it yesterday for the photo shoot, and will definitely be buying one for Tabs) and this pretty plaid blouse.
pps: Thank you to all of your who entered the babyGap/Little Spree special prize draw. I will be announcing which of the five winners has won the £150 mini shopping spree with me here on Monday, so don’t miss it!
Monsoon Baby Fox Mittens (0-3 years)
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been on the hunt for some cute mittens now that the weather has made it pretty much impossible to leave the house without a pair. I found these sweet fox ones in Monsoon. I love that they like they could have been knitted by somebody’s granny…
John Lewis Sequin Dress (2-12 years)
I love a sequin (always in moderation of course), and so does my daughter. I have noticed that the high street is awash with gorgeous sequinned dresses, perfect for the Christmas party season, but also perfect for any other time too… I have hand-picked my favourites (Including this fab navy and gold one from John Lewis), which includes a couple of really low-key, un-blingy options for the sequin-phobic (if there indeed, is such a person?)… This Mini Boden dress (I love the combination of this particular shade of pink and the gold sequins – it has a bit of a Marni vibe about it…); this ilovegorgeous gold sequinned dress (full-on and fabulous!) and this one (just divine): loving the casual, everyday sparkles on this navy one from Zara; this classic ballerina style from Ted Baker; and this baby version; and this Little White Company dress (Tabs already has it).
£22.00-£24.00 SHOP NOW
ps: all the details on how to enter the babyGap prize draw will be in tomorrow’s post. You don’t want to miss it!
pps: if you have a daughter who is OBSESSED with Hello Kitty (as I do), and try (as I do) to steer her away from the scary (and invariably, pink) branded clothing, I have a little find that that may just be of interest to you… This t-shirt from M&S is as tasteful as Hello Kitty comes, and I actually think it’s rather cute (and yes, it really is navy!). I bought it for Tabs, and of course, she LOVES it, and I don’t hate it. Result! I like it best worn with navy and white striped leggings, cream cable knit cardigan and her trusty Boden suede boots. And everyone is happy.
Lands End Flannel Tunic (6-12 years)
The high street (as were the catwalks before that) is awash with various tartan and plaid prints. I love this smock style top (so easy to wear) with its cute heart-shaped patch pockets. Size-up, then it can be worn at as a little dress with knitted tights before it morphs into a top. I like that it can also be dressed down with jeans to feel bit more grungy. This chambray version is also great if you don’t fancy the tartan…
£19.95 SHOP NOW
ps: all the details of the babyGap/Little Spree event at the flagship store on Oxford Street will be revealed on Tuesday. I can’t wait to meet you all (and your gorgeous little ones) next Friday!
Cyrillus Baby Cable Knit Hat (45cm-53cm)
For babies it’s great to have this style of hat with the ties that do up under the chin so that it (ideally) stays in place. This is one of the chic-est ones I’ve seen. I also like this grey and navy striped one, also from Cyrillus; this navy cable knit one from BHS; this trapper-style hat from The Little White Company; For something a bit more fun, I really love this Gap one. I saw it in store last week, and it’s so cute. And I always love a bobble or a pom-pom!
£25.00 SHOP NOW
Donna & Markus by Markus Lupfer Girl’s Sequin Moon Jumper (4-14 years)
I’ve always loved a bit if Markus Lupfer, and I absolutely love this cute sequinned moon jumper. It’s just the right side of kitsch (I hate kitsch). The mix of the grey and navy striped sleeves balance out the cuteness of the silver sequins. All it needs is a cool pair of jeans…
£15.00-£19.50 (was £20.00-£26.00) SHOP NOW
John Lewis Fake Fur Hand Warmer
Call it a hand warmer if you must, but at the end of the day, this is technically ‘a muff’. And super-cosy it is too. They always remind me of those beautiful Victorian Christmas scenes… And here’s another cute one from Rachel Riley (and it’s half price!). I want one!
£10.00 SHOP NOW
Mango Pocket Flared Skirt (XS-L)
Believe it or not Tabitha has only ever owned about four skirts in her lifetime (and I think they have all been some kind of variation of a ‘tasteful’ tutu). For some reason I just seem to find skirts tricky (I own virtually none, for the same reason). She either wears dresses, jeans, trousers or leggings, but never skirts. But I have suddenly had the urge to start buying her some. I bought a couple of great Miller ones from that fabulous sale last week, and they were very similar in style to this one. I love this ‘skater style’ of short, full skirt, and I adore this shade of mustard, and the little patch pockets. It will look great with a chunky sweater, knitted tights and boots/ballet pumps (and this colour will work really well with grey and navy) And I will be buying it for Tabs. And just like that, the skirt spell was magically lifted…
£16.99 SHOP NOW
Cos A-line Velvet Dress (1-8 years)
I have at least three velvet dresses like this in my wardrobe (including one from Cos actually). So it makes perfect sense that Tabitha should have one too, right? I just love the simplicity of it (and it would look so cute with silver/grey stripy tights if you want to pimp it up a little). And let’s face it, it’s probably more age appropriate for a three year old (not that that’s ever put me off before…).
£35.00 SHOP NOW
ps: I couldn’t help noticing that one of my most treasured Marlow purchases is still available on the Cos website. This grey cashmere cardigan is well into its second year, and still looks as good as new, and is so warm and cosy. I’ve just got it out again now that the temperature has plummeted. And I love it just as much as I did last Winter. I’m very tempted to buy another one in a larger size for next Winter…
Mini Boden Big Bow Party Dress (0-3 years)
This cute dress definitely has a whiff of Marc by Marc Jacobs about it – the big bow, the bold stripes, the A-line shape… And I love the colour combination. Just layer a long-sleeved tee under, and add navy knitted tights. So sweet.
£24.00-£26.00 SHOP NOW
ps: I have had a little tip-off about a amazing Miller clearance sale (one of my absolute favourite brands, although not necessarily one that I would class as ‘high street’, so usually one reserved for sale times). There are some fantastic bargains (including this dress that I posted a while back, and that Tabs is wearing today), so make sure you check it out. I’ve just placed a rather large order…
Zara Tweed Coat With Detachable Fur Collar (9-36 months)
This is the cutest coat ever. I love everything about it, from the tweed, to the double breasted style to the detachable fur collar (two coats in one). I also love this one (Tabitha had a very similar grey version from Zara the Winter before last); and this one, which is very similar, but for girls older than 36 months. This is a really sweet little coat from Mothercare; and how cool is this shaggy fake fur one from Mango (and such a practical colour!). And finally this super-chic one from Cos for a splash of colour.
£32.99 SHOP NOW
ps: just seen this neon pink tweed coat with a fur collar on the John Lewis website. It’s from the Somerset collection by Alice Temperley. I have actually seen it in the flesh, and it’s so lovely (I don’t think the John Lewis still-life pics ever do the products justice I have to say).
pps: navy pea coats still leap off the screen/rail/page whenever I see one, and I still feel compelled to share. So after spotting this great cord one (love the fur collar – lots of them around at the moment), how could I not share?
Gap Star Bow Blouse (0-24 months)
Such a pretty, but simple blouse (love the tiny star print, and the bow detail). Perfect with skinny jeans/cords. Add a muted colour knit, such as this cardigan from Cyrllius, for extra warmth when needed (today!!).
£12.95 SHOP NOW
ps: a date for your diary: Friday 29th November. If you are in London, come and see me at the Gap flagship store on Oxford Street, where I will be working on a special in-store Baby Gap event. I will give you all the details a little nearer the time. It’s exciting!
pps: I actually popped into my local Gap this afternoon, and noticed that there is currently 30% off on all kids’ outerwear. I picked up this super-cosy puffa coat for Marlow – his navy pea is no longer cutting it now the chill has set in…
No Added Sugar Hollyhock Plaid Dress (3 months-3 years)
As you have probably noticed by now, plaid is a huge trend this Autumn/Winter, from shirts, to coats to accessories. Personally I always love a plaid dress, and they don’t come much cuter than this one. I particularly love the colour combinations, and the vintage-inspired feel. And of course, the sweet Peter Pan collar (we might be over them for us, but they will always be adorable on little girls as far as I’m concerned). Love.
£57.00 BUY NOW
ps: and while we’re on the subject, how great is this Zara coat?
Louise Misha Nuage Frilled Sweatshirt (2-6 years)
This gorgeous sweatshirt really reminds me of Miu Miu one I shot (and was a little obsessed with) a while back when I was at Glamour. I love the concept of a pretty sweatshirt, and this one is perfect.
£55.00 BUY NOW
Uniqlo Unisex Down Gilet (3-11 years)
Sometimes you just don’t need a full-on jacket or coat. I’ve been wanting to get Marlow a down gilet (they look so lovely layered over a gorgeous jumper) for a while now, but most of them come with a price tag to match the down content, so I’ve always hesitated. Until now. I love the look of this one from Uniqlo, and it’s filled with 70% premium quality down (whatever that means, but it sounds warm and cosy!). And I love the cord detail on the shoulders. Uh-oh, I feel another purchase coming on…
£29.90 BUY NOW