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.
1. Bellerose T-Shirt (2-14 years)
2. The Animals Observatory Trousers (2-12 years)
3. Gap Jacket (sizes xs-xxl)
4. Mango Sneakers (sizes 10 small-5)
The leaves on our chestnut tree have begun to turn; a sure sign that Autumn is on the way, but we’re not ready to think about jeans and jumpers just yet. So for that in between stage, before the temperature drops to single digits, we’ll be dressing the boys in a long sleeve top and lightweight trousers such as these from The Animals Observatory (this cool brand is definitely worth a look if you haven’t come across it). I just can’t decide whether to buy the blue/grey or the khaki ones? This Gap jacket is a another great transitional piece (with definite mummy mini-me potential). It’s quite thin, so good for layering and I love that it has a hood hidden in the collar (I’d say that the sizing is quite generous – I bought XS for Bailey). If you can’t bring yourself to pack away summer sandals just yet, they would still work well with this outfit, but for those of you who have children with a name that begins with the letter ‘M’ (like, er Marlow for example, although we love them for girls too) these trainers would be a great way to ease back into shoes…
1. Boden Washed Surf Hoodie (9-16+ years), £29.50-£34.50
2. Next T-Shirt (sold as part of a set of two, 3-16 years), £10.00-£16.00
3. Bonton Backpack, £40.00
4. Boden Denim Shorts (sizes 22-32), £26.50-£31.50
5. Mango Hooded Cotton Parka (3-14 years), £29.99
6. M&S Leather Trainers (sizes 13 small-3 large), £13.00-£14.00
Seeing as we brought you a tween post for girls, we thought it only fair that we do one for the boys too. Here’s a little selection of some of our favourites for those pre-teen boys (although as can see, most of these pieces come on little boy sizes too).
Sarah & Nicky xx
1. Mango Flowy Shirt (4-14 years), £16.99
2. Next Jumpsuit (3-16 years), £16.00-£21.00
3. Gap Shirt Jacket (xs-xxl), £24.95
4. Monsoon ‘Make Your Own’ Beaded Necklace, £8.00
5. Gap 1969 Boy Fit Denim Shorts (4-13 years), £16.95
6. Next Fringed Bag, £12.00
7. Next Woven Sandals (sizes 26.5-41), £24.00-£30.00
Ladies, you spoke, we listened. So here it is: our first ‘Tween Spree’ post. There are some lovely pieces out there for older girls so we thought we’d start you off (yes, we’ll be doing more, and not just for girls) with a round-up of some of our favourites. These denim cut-offs and green utility jacket are mini-must-have pieces, and we just love these cute accessories (they would make great gifts too). Oh, and just between us Mamas, those leather woven sandals go up to size 41, so, if somehow your shoe size ends up in the basket, our lips are sealed!
Nicky & Sarah xx
1. Monsoon Toby Tuxedo Suit, £55.00
2. Adidas Stan Smith Trainers, £36.99
Of all the outfits at a wedding, the one for page boys can be the most difficult to get right. It’s just so much harder to achieve the right amount of formality whilst also ensuing comfort (i.e. no fidgetting) and style, than for bridesmaids/flower girls. With that in mind, as well as our favourite suits, we thought it would be helpful to highlight pieces that we think work well together and can be used to smarten up or tone down an outfit; a sort of mix and match approach.
Starting with one of our favourite looks: the ‘mini tux’. You may remember we featured this navy suit in the Little Shop at Christmas as a party outfit – well it works for weddings too. In fact, page boy-to-be Bailey will be wearing this exact outfit at a friend’s wedding this Summer and I can’t rate it highly enough. The material is soft (no stiff collars), it fits well and comes with the little cotton shirt and bow tie pictured (and I can confirm no fidgeting required). If you need a black tux this one from Marks and Spencer is a good option and for a tuxedo jacket alone, try this one from Next. One of our other favourite pieces is this stand out Little Marc Jacobs shirt with bow tie. It would look super cute worn casually with these shorts, or more formally with these suit trousers (with optional jacket). Alternatively, and for something a little more casual switch in this shirt, these sandals or these trousers with braces from Next into the mix.
Nicky & Sarah xx
ps: if you know a groom that needs pointing in the right direction, we discovered some really well made, well priced mens suits at the M&S press day. We like this tuxedo and this navy suit. For grooms looking for a modern look, this ASOS tuxedo and suit are well worth a try.
1. Quilted Jacket, £23.20 (was £29.00)
2. Embroidered Dress, £19.20 (was £24.00)
3. Pocket Dress, £19.20 (was £24.00)
4. Doll, £12.00 (was £15.00)
5. Bobble Cardigan, £15.20 (was £19.00)
6. Spot Sweater, £12.80 (was £16.00)
When we were re-stocking the Little Shop last week, we were having a quick snoop (as you do) on the Mamas & Papas website. Suddenly I stumbled across these ‘too cute for words’ pieces from their recent collaboration with Fifi Lapin (which I must confess, I’d completely forgotten about – how??). Each piece is adorable as the next, and all with a much appreciated 20% off! Our favourite kind of ‘stumble’…
Sarah & Nicky xx