Olivier Baby & Kids is without doubt, one of our favourite independent brands for children. We particularly love the baby collections – you literally want everything (including a new baby to wear it!). Think the softest cashmere in the most beautiful colours, Liberty print frilled blouses, cashmere rompers, ruffle front dresses, striped knits… And not to mention the most adorable accessories – cashmere bonnets, beanies, scarves and mittens. Classic, but not too classic. Traditional, but cleverly designed with a modern edge. Anyway, this is just a tiny selection of our favourite pieces for Autumn/Winter. But don’t just take our word for it – you can see (and feel) the collection for yourself at their first ever Pop Up shop in London – a little treasure trove of discoveries for babies, girls and boys. Edit.58 will also be at the store with a selection of the gorgeous baskets, rugs, cushions and wire words that we all know and love from Instagram. The store opens on Monday 12th September for just two weeks. And on 17th September, we are really excited to be teaming up with Olivier Baby to co-host an exclusive private shopping/press event at their store from 3.00pm-4.30pm. As well as the chance to preview the new collection (entitled ‘Adventure Is Out There’), there will be a delicious afternoon tea, plus sweet entrainment for the kids. And our friend, the lovely Lisa (who we know you all love too) from Edit.58 will be there too. The event is by invitation only, but we are excited to extend the invite to ten lovely Little Spree readers (plus your little ones of course – you have to bring them!). We would love to see you! Please email Katie at Olivier Baby & Kids (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you fancy joining us. Also, one of the ten will be picked at random to win an Olivier Baby & Kids outfit, which can be chosen on the day. We will be on hand (if you need us) to help you choose of course!
Olivier Baby & Kids Pop Up Shop
Monday 12th-Saturday 24th September
Open daily from 10.00am-6.00pm
121 Sydney Street, London SW3
Sarah & Nicky xx
ps: we’ll share what we bought for our kids another time…
pps: a little reminder that the H&M Studio collection launches today.
Here’s a date for your diaries: Thursday 8th September (yes, this Thursday!). Trust me you will want to be in on this. It’s another one of H&M’s genius kids’ collections, and possibly one of my favourites so far. I’ve been desperate to share it with you since the first time I clapped eyes on it, way back when in April. I was on an appointment at the H&M press office, pulling things for one of my Stella stories in Ibiza. Anyway, the PR gave me a sneak peek of a few of the pieces. I instantly fell in love with the peach coloured (sounds so wrong, but trust me, so right…) quilted velvet coat (6) and the folkloric tiered, frilled white cotton dress (1). Just divine.
In a nutshell, the collection is a world of fashion fantasy, filled with folklore inspiration. How gorgeous does that sound? Influences came from stories such as Alice in Wonderland and the Swedish tales of John Bauer, with plenty of embellishment and prints. Folkloric influences run throughout the collection, with key styles including an embroidered lace jacket with matching flared skirt; a black velvet cape with gold embroidery; billowing sleeved smocks and a poncho-style blouse. Illustrations add kooky character to garments, with lynx prints and fun horse patterns on knitted sets. Think a cool mash-up of pretty, cool, romantic, dandy, rock-and-roll and folk. That covers most of my favourite fashion elements right there! Oh, and let’s not forget the beyond cute, charming, and not to mention whimsical accessories, including party kits (including cups, plates and napkins), embroidered animal masks, crowns, a mini guitar (8), cowwboy boots, and even a velvet hobby horse (2). I definitely need that hobby horse!!
The collection hits (selected) stores (and the H&M website) on Thursday. I literally cannot wait.
Our first holiday with the twins was to Tuscany when they were eight months old. Not the easiest holiday I’ve ever had (living without a nappy bin, was definitely living ‘on the edge’…), but I always remember Tabitha and I in our matching Mexican embroidered dresses at the beach one day. So when I saw this one it reminded me how cute this type of simple dress is on baby girls. And just add a too big straw hat for extra cuteness…
Here are a few more options from Bonton, Louis Louise, Stella McCartney, and ilovegorgeous (all one sale).
1. April Showers Bikini (4-14 years) £40.00 2. April Showers Staw Hat (6-12 years), £21.06
I always like to invest in one gorgeous, arguably slightly over-priced bikini for Tabitha each Summer. Last year’s was from Little Spree favourite, Louis Louise, and was an ochre version of this one. I just loved it, and still love it now. Pretty, frilly, cotton: tick, tick, tick! I then add in a couple of fab high street swimsuits, but I have to say, I always find it harder to find a really beautiful cotton bikini in the same places (there are lots of cute options, but just not that specific kind that I particularly love so much). So anyway, this April Showers one (above) is a strong contender (and the fact that it comes with its own matching little drawstring bag is proving increasingly hard to resist…).
For slightly older girls Bonton dusky pink striped; for high street options I do like this John Lewis seersucker stripe; this Mango navy and white stripe and this Boden (yes, you’ve guessed it) stripe (this time with mini pom poms); and frankly, who needs the top anyway, when the bottoms are this cute?
Sarah & Nicky xx
ps: now I come to think of it, the April Showers bikini is almost identical to a cotton one that I once owned (bought in Capri many moons ago). How I loved that bikini (and more specifically, how I could actually wear it and (just about) get away with it!!). SC
No we haven’t lost our marbles, and yes we do know that it’s only March. We also know that some of you lucky Little Spree’ers will be heading off in search of Winter sun at Easter. So, we thought we’d give you a head start on your packing with a few of our essential Summer pieces (between us we have almost all of them already!). For everyone staycationing this Easter, consider this a buy-now-stash-for-later (before they sell out) post. Either way, we thought the idea of being on holiday is a pretty good way to start the week.
Apparently it’s going to be cold and cloudy this week, so we thought we’d bring a little sunshine to your inbox. This is exactly the sort of outfit we love for boys: cool, cosy and practical. It also includes our current colour obsession: ochre – a subconscious longing for warmer climes perhaps? So until the sun decides to make another appearance, you’ll find us staring at this sweatshirt.
Nicky & Sarah xx
ps: although technically a boys post, individually, all these items work just as well for girls.
We love the cute star and stripe prints of Sleepy Doe pyjamas, and the fact that they’re designed and produced in the UK using sustainable and ethical manufacturing methods. But our favourite thing about this lovely new brand is their ‘doeliveries’: locally purchased products are delivered by founder Sophie Woodrow’s partner, Dan, on his bike!