The sweetest sequin basket, (a tasteful) Batman sweatshirt, cool khaki cut-offs, the cutest crocheted dress (Tabitha’s is on its way), and probably one of our favourite logos tops of all time (we’ve already ordered a couple as gifts): the Little Shop has been re-stocked!
1. Little Eleven Paris Tutu Dress, £33.07 2. Woodstock Cat Clips, £16.00 3. Gap Cat Ballet Slippers, £10.99 (were £14.95)
1. Gap Glow-In-The-Dark Halloween Onesie, £10.99 (was £14.95)
2. The Contemporary Home Halloween Mask, £6.00 3. Gap Hi-Top Sneakers, £19.95
Between them, Marlow, Bailey and Tabitha already own pretty much everything in today’s post. Marlow has the onesie, and LOVES it (and it’s such a great price now). He wears it for bed, and is so cosy and warm in it. He also loves that the feet have grips, so he can charge around like a maniac in that window between bath and bed time and not slip on the wooden floor (while I’m reaching for the wine…). He also has the hi-tops (I always buy him one pair of expensive boots/shoes and one more affordable pair each season – this Winter’s espensive ones are these – look away Grandma!), pricey but well worth the investment) which he loves because the fit is really comfortable as he has quite wide feet (and is as fussy about how things feel as how they look!). And he will definitely be wearing the onesie with his hi-tops come 31st October. Bailey has the mask from last year (such a great price if you don’t want to invest too much on one night); and Tabs has the tutu (she would wear a tutu around the clock if I let her, but a black one is surprisingly stylish and easy to wear in an non dressing up way) and the kitty flats (who needs Chalrotte Olympia when we have Gap right?).
Here are some more spooky things we found for the girls – this Mouche crown with veil; this Candy Bows tutu and wings set; this M&S sparkle tutu; and these Gap pink glow-in-the-dark pyjamas (if you can’t persuade her into the cooler back and white pair).
And for the boys – how cool is this Gap embroidered skeleton sweatshirt? Definitely not just for Halloween. This Paul Smith Junior glow-in-the-dark sweatshirt; this M&S vampire costume; this John Lewis two pack of glow-in-the-dark pyjamas; and this super-stylish Numero 74 super hero costume.
And we haven’t forgotten the babies (why should they miss out on all the fun?). Check out this Little Eleven Paris bat set; these Stella McCartney Kids glow-in-the-dark pyjamas; this M&S skeleton print onesie; this Gap bat beanie; and this John Lewis skeleton sleep suit.
When was the last time you took at look at Next kids clothes? We’re guessing probably not for a while? I’ve been finding the odd gem every so often since the launch of Little Spree, but recently we have been finding quite a few… Love the colour combination of this dress and (ginger, apparently) cardigan. Certain colours always look expensive, and these two are perfect examples. And there are plenty more where these (finds) came from…
I am sort of in love with the whole idea of this tutu. It is just beyond gorgoeus. Kind of like a modern day Princess style tutu. This tutu is not just beautiful, it’s cool too. And how often can you say that?
I can’t get enough of Woodstock and their gorgeous hair accessories, and I just love the colour of this pom pom headband (great with khaki and olive…). Here are a few other cute things that I’ve got my eye on for Tabs… this Zara headband; these Mothercare slides; this Woodstock headband; these Cos clips; this Hucklebones hairband; and these clips from H&M.
ps: please share any gorgeous pictures of your little ones (and indeed yourselves, in your Mama Spree purchases) on Instagram wearing their Little Spree buys by including the hashtag: #asseenonlittlespree
1. Zara Loose Fit Jumpsuit (3-14 years), £22.95 2. Mango Star Hair Clips (set of two), £3.99 3. John Lewis Cotton Tights Pack Of Two (2-15 years), £6.00-£7.75 4. Boden Short Leather Boots (sizes 22-39), £40.00-£55.00
If you little girl is bit of a tomboy, or you just want to get her out of princess dresses for a day…
1. M&S Cotton Corduroy Dress (1-7 years), £20.00-£22.00 (plus 20% off at the moment) 2. Verity Jones Extra Large Antique Mauve Hair Clip, £7.00 3. Gap Metallic Ballet Flats (sizes US 5-11), £14.95
1. M&S Cotton Corduroy Dress & Tights Outfit (1-7 years), £20.00-£22.00 2. Gap Cable Knit Pom Pom Beannie (sizes xs-l), £9.95 3. Gap Biker Boots (sizes US 5-11), £22.95
I snapped this gorgeous dress up in M&S a few weeks ago when I was doing a sweep of grey school trousers, skirts and pinafore dresses. What a relief to find something so pretty! And it is so much prettier in real life – needle cord, gorgeous smocking at the neckline, and a cool smocky shape. A real Holly Hobbie style dress. And for the first time ever, I actually like the tights that come with it! They are a great colour. So at the moment Tabs is wearing hers like the first picture (we are loving those Gap Lanvin-esque pumps, and she has also worn it with these gold Mary Janes), then as Winter sets in, she will be busting out the tights, biker boots and beanie. I absolutely love this dress! And while we’re talking dresses, here are some others that I like… This one from The Little White Company; this one from Gap (they have done so much cute ones, and if you’re quick you can still get the 30% off until Monday); this one from Zara (bought for Tabs); this one from John Lewis (just add a cardi); and this one from Zara (also bought for Tabs).
ps: bought these super-cool leopard print ‘Birks’ for Tabitha yesterday. Now Marlow wants a pair, so have ordered him some too. Admittedly a bit late for a Summer sandal, but I couldn’t resist. Plus they look so cute with chunky grey socks (as modelled by Marlow yesterday when he tried Tabitha’s on)… Oh, and if you’re interested ladies, they go up to a size 40!!
1. Mango Lace Trim Blouse, £16.99 2. Woodstock Bow Hair Clip (set of two), £12.00 3. Mango Embossed Cardigan, £16.99 4. Gap Skinny Jeans, £17.95 5. Gap Crisscross Sandals, £12.95
Here’s a cute girl’s outfit for a slightly, grey dreary Monday… This is definitely a ‘Tabitha look’ (and she already has two of these five things). I love these colours! I would call this ‘pretty tomboy’.
I was having a bit of a snoop on the (always) gorgeous and inspiring Elias & Grace website when I found this sweet striped baby dress (above) at a really reasonable price. I have to confess, I was a little surprised. So I kept on snooping… And I unearthed a whole host of amazing bargains. So many in fact too many to include them all here) that I decided to dedicate an entire post to them. So here you go (sorry – just girls this time)…
This Miller navy (also comes in grey) dress; this putty coloured Maan dress; this Maan bow dress; this Miller printed blouse; this Chloe printed dress; this Noro cardigan; this Morley dress; this Miller blouse; this Miller dress; these Miller corduroy jeans; this Miller baby cardigan; this Simple Kids dot print dress; I bought this navy full skirt for Tabitha a while back, and she’s just grown into it and starting wearing it. I love it. I was never really a fan of skirts on her before, but these sweet styles are so versatile and pretty – they look great just with a simple tee and sandals. Oh and I also love this Miller striped brooch.
ps: I know I have already posted these cute gold Start-Rite shoes, but I wanted to show how versatile they are. They look just as great with little dresses as with jeans. Gold works in the same way as neutral colour – it goes with pretty much everything (except maybe gold…).
pps: and talking of bargains, how adorable is this floral ruffle bikini from Gap?? What is going on at Gap these days? I’m buying more in there these days than ever!! Loving this, this and these too.
1. Trotters Liberty Print Blouse, £44.99 2. Cos Knot Detail Hair Clip, £4.00 3. John Lewis Pointelle Cardigan, £12.00-£13.00 4. Gap Legging Jeans, £17.95 5. Start-Rite Mary-Janes, £59.00
A pretty blouse has always been my favourite starting point for dressing baby/toddler girls. I love the way they look, and they just last and last. I know this one (love this Liberty print – so pretty!) only starts at age 2-3, but with Tabitha I always used to buy them much larger, then she would wear them as dresses (with or without tights/leggings) with the sleeves rolled up to start with, then as tops later on (this was a top tip from a fellow fashion editor when I was pregnant). I literally had some that she wore for well over a year. This is one of my favourite looks that I used to dress Tabs in (and still do, minus the elasticated waist jeans and baby shoes…).
ps: I found this adorable baby floral print blouse in John Lewis the other day. So sweet.
1. Mothercare Spotted Sunhat, £5.00 2. Cyrillus Breton Top, £17.00 3. Next Floral Romper, £9.00-£10.00 4. Verity Jones Hair Clip, £3.00 5. Zara Leather Fringed Sandals, £22.99
This baby girl’s outfit has all my favourite elements – a Liberty-esque floral print (rompers are one of my all-time favourite things to dress a baby girl in – and this one can be layered with the long sleeved tee depending on the temperature), a Breton stripe, a gorgeous bow, a cute sunhat (in a clashing print, but in the same colour palette, so not too clashy) and a cool sandal (these remind me of larger pair from Christian Louboutin that I’ve got my eye on…).
ps: this gorgeous printed tea dress (my favourite print is the ‘washed bluebell poppy field’) and matching knickers from Mini Boden is currently 30% off.
La Redoute Sleeveless Polka Dot Print Romper (1 month-2 years) £13.00 SHOP NOW This super-cute romper may look a little Summery, but with a little bit of layering it could be totally adorable right now (and frankly, why wait?). Just add a cosy cashmere cardigan, some soft knitted tights, a gorgeous bow (you’ve got to have a bow right?), and you have yourself one very stylish baby. Then come Summer (if it still fits, which it should if you size up enough now), you can show off the pretty crochet detail on the sleeves (which I love). I squeezed Tabs into rompers like this for as long as I possibly could, I just loved her in them so much. Sadly no more. But how cute is this Bambo frilled bodysuit? And totally practical too – no extra fabric to ride up when your little one is on the move…
ps: just had a bit of a ‘mini spree’ in Zara this morning. I bought these boots, and this blouse for Tabs (plus one in age 13-14 for me – yep, another white blouse, but it is so pretty…); and this sweatshirt and these sandals for Marlow. Love them all.
Woodstock Liberty Print Rabbit Ear Head Band £25.00 SHOP NOW 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 bunnyears 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!
Paperchase Floral Print Bunny Ears (one size) I have posted a very similar pair of floral bunny ears last May, but I couldn’t resist these ones (and I figured that a once yearly post on cute bunny ears was acceptable?). These were a tip-off from the lovely Laura Fantacci, a collegue of mine at Red, who has the most adorable (and super-stylish, naturally!) six month old baby girl called Greta Zeta. She snapped these up for her, and I will be doing the same for Tabitha (Laura knew they would be right up Tabitha’s street…) for the Easter weekend. Hop little bunnies, hop hop hop… £8.00 paperchase.co.uk
I LoveGorgeous Aliceband How pretty is this? Love the print. Alice bands can be tricky with toddlers (in my experience anyway), but I will certainly be giving this one a go with Tabitha. I would love it on her with more of a tomboy outfit though – a Breton tee and some skinny grey cords, rather than anything to obviously pretty and girly. I’ll let you know how that pans out… £10.00 ilovegorgeous.co.uk
ps: this would make a lovely (inexpensive) birthday gift if you have any girls’ parties in the diary.
Monsoon Bunny Hair Set How cute are these? They really remind me of Katie Hillier’s (super-cool accessories designer who has worked for Luella, Marc Jacobs and Victoria Beckham as well as designing her own fab collection) designs. She often uses bunnies like these in her work. Anyway, these are from Monsoon and are a fantastic bargain at £4.00 for the set (including 2 x elastics and 2 x ‘click clack’ clips)! Pretty cool. £4.00 monsoon.co.uk
Bobobows Handmade Star Print Hair Slide
This post is dedicated to Victoria. Her Jack Russell ran off with her daughter’s favourite (velvet, dusky pink) hair bow. She tweeted. I felt her pain. If I tell you that Tabitha wears a different bow in her hair each and every day, please don’t judge me. I’m an addict. I just can’t help myself! Tabs has worn one in her hair pretty much every day from around 10 months. I just don’t feel she is dressed without one. Plus she has a ‘tricky’ hairline, which results in her hair always falling forward over her face, so she can’t actually see without one (there you go – not just stylish, essential!). I have my favourites of course (but no dog, luckily), but I came across this one the other day, and felt compelled to share. It’s reasonably pricey for a single bow, but I haven’t seen one like this before. It can be a ‘special occasions only’ bow (dogs: not invited). Navy, grosgrain ribbon, hand-sewn, star print… Do I need to go on? £8.99 bobobows.co.uk
ps: there was a happy ending to Victoria’s story – she found said bow stuck in her daughter’s dress a few days later. The dog is in the clear, and everyone is happy. Oh, and Victoria had the perfect excuse to re-stock her daughter’s bow collection (courtesy of my favourite place to buy Tabs’ bows – Vertity Jones). The End.
Verity Jones Velvet Hair Clip (medium) This is one of my most recent discoveries, and one that I am very excited about, and keen to share. As you all know by now, I am ever so slightly obsessed with hair bows/slides for Tabitha. I am constantly on the look-out for great ones in great colours (it is always the colour that seems to be the issue) that don’t cost the same price as a manicure! Julia Jones decided to start making her own hair bows/slides/bands/elastics when she just couldn’t find what she wanted (tasteful, pretty colours) in the shops, and named the business after her daughter, Verity (sweet!). So she now has her own collection of beautiful hand-made bows in the most gorgeous colours ever! This is just one of my favourites, but the list of colours, fabrics and sizes is endless (and not so much as a hint of ‘that pink’ in sight) – you really should check them out for yourself. I particularly love this little velvet one, but I could literally buy dozens… I’m now obsessed with Verity Jones! Love, love, love.
ps: I’m tweeting lots of other great Little Spree finds (can’t possibly post everything I see!), so follow me on Twitter so you don’t miss out. £3.00 verityjoneslondon.com
Monsoon Ditsy Bunny Ears Headband (one size)
This headband is just adorable. I’m so over the regular (and let’s face it it – pretty tacky) bunny ears headbands that you get for little girls on the high street. This one is so pretty and just a little bit different. A perfect addition to a dressing-up outfit/party costume, and also just a fun way to accessorise a regular, everyday outfit for a little girl. Would make a cute (and inexpensive) gift too. Love. £4.00 monsoon.co.uk
Du Pareil Au Meme Printed Blouse (1-23 months)
This is one of my favourite tops that I’ve ever bought for Tabs. I bought it from one of the DPAM stores (love, love, love this store!) in Paris last February during Fashion Week, and she is still wearing it now (it’s size 18 months, and she was two in January!). It’s such a pretty print and always looks cool with jeans or leggings. I always buy this style of blouse in a much bigger size, then they can evolve from little dresses worn with knitted tights to tunic/smock tops, to, erm, tops that are probably a bit on the small side, but still look cute… Oh and by the way, I know on the website it says that the sizing is not in months, but as a rough guide, that’s always worked for me. I’m so excited it’s still available! Wear with…
Cos Polkadot Hairclips (one size) As you now already know, I’m always on the lookout for great hairclips and bows for Tabitha. Cos always have fab ones that perfectly combine cute and cool, and are never too girly. Love these! £2.50 cosstores.com
It would probably be an understatement to say that I am obsessed with hair bows/clips for Tabitha. She wears one every day, come rain or shine (even on holiday in the swimming pool – I kid you not) and I am constantly on the hunt for new ones. Not as easy as you might think!! Easy to find super-girly ones. Not so easy to find ones that are in simple, non-sickly colours. I discovered these ones from a little shop called Panache when I was visiting my friend, KP in Hoddesdon, Herts in October, and they are still my favourites. I almost had a meltdown when I couldn’t find my favourite (navy) one for the twins’ 2nd birthday party! THE perfect grosgrain ribbon bow. And the navy one looks good with everything. Love the grey too though. Plus they come in tons of other colours. Oh my God, did I really just write all that about bows?? And the scary thing is, I could have written more… Over and out. £3.00 panachekids.co.uk
We’re always on the look out for beautiful bedding so were excited to be introduced to new, ethical brand Willa and the Bear. Take a look at their lovely blankets, quilts and pyjamas, but also spare a minute to read the heartwarming backstory of the founder, Hattie Goodley.