summer’s coming…

Monsoon Baby Isobel Embroidered Top (0-3 years)
£18.00  SHOP NOW
All you need to add is a skinny jean (love the lighter wash of these – Tabs has them) or a pair of denim cut-offs (Marlow and Tabs both have these) for the ultimate Summer top.

boys boys boys

 

Mini Boden Boys Cardigan (2-12 years)
£20.00-£24.00 (was £25.00-£30.00)  SHOP NOW
It’s all about the boys today. Starting with this super-cool, simple cardigan made from cotton and cashmere. Great for those ‘in-between days’ when you’re need an extra layer, but not necessarily a really thick, warm one. I love the elbow patches and the subtle neon trim details. Here are a few more pieces that I have spied for the boys this week that will also work for those ‘is it Spring yet?’ layering kind of days…
I bought these Zara girls’ cotton striped trousers for Marlow a couple of weeks ago – they are lightweight, and a slim fit. Perfect for Summer (and there’s no way I could get Tabitha anywhere near a navy striped trouser these days…); this cool star print scarf from Cyrillus; these M&S navy suede chukka boots (I always loved a chukka style boot – Tabarlow’s daddy is a big fan of the Common Projects ones); these John Lewis colour block Wayfarer sunglasses; this The Little White Company mixed stripe long sleeved tee; this cool tee from The Fableists (this new little brand that I just discovered – definitely worth checking out); and this H&M cargo shirt. I also mentioned a great pair of jeans that I picked up for Marlow in Gap on Saturday. They were my favourite skinny fit that I always buy him, but they were a new wash – slightly distressed and with a little turn-up. I am going to double-check with the press office, but I think these are them. He was wearing them today with a Miller striped tee (from my Miller sale swoop a few months ago) if you want to take a look on Instagram. I also noticed that they already have their denim cut-offs in for Summer. I bought the Gap ones last year (for me and for Marlow actually, but more about mine in Mama Spree) and he literally lived in them. So I am going to ‘buy now, stash for later’ (I like these H&M ones too).

the perfect fit

Mango Slim Fit Dark Wash Jeans (3-12 years)
I always find it so hard to find good jeans for Marlow. I almost always end up buying H&M or Gap girls’ skinny jeans for him (they are always a great fit, and not too skinny), because I hate really baggy jeans on boys. So I was pretty over-the-moon to discover these slim-fit jeans from Mango (that are actually for boys!). They are definitely some of the best I’ve seen, and a great price too.
£22.99   SHOP NOW

ps: all the details for the babyGap/Little spree event on Friday 29th will be revealed in tomorrow’s post, so make sure you remember to log in.

pps: Elias & Grace currently have 20% off everything in store and online (until 30th November), so definitely worth checking out. I am in love with this gorgeous Chloe coat…

ppps: Boden have a whopping 30% off all the ‘Winter Warmer’ pieces, which includes all coats, knitwear and ‘cosy’ accessories. Some amazing bargains. You have to be quick though, a gorgeous cashmere jumper that I had my eye on (for myself) has already completely sold out!! As I’ve said before, you snooze you loose…

stars & skinnies

Gap Star Print Skinny Jeans (6 months-5 years) 
You’d be forgiven for thinking these are ‘mini Current Elliot’ jeans – they are every bit as cool (but minus the hefty price tag). As you know, I’m a huge fan of the trusty Gap skinnies (Tabs and Marlow literally live in theirs), and they just got that little bit more exciting! Perfect with cute chunky knits and simple cotton blouses..
£17.95   BUY NOW

jean genie

Petit Bateau Unisex Jeans (3-36 months)
I love Petit Bateau, but I particularly love it during sale time. They always have great reductions, and they always have really good things that you actually want/need, rather than just lovely things that just happen to be in the sale. I always buy pyjamas for both Tabs and Marlow, and various other bits and pieces. Love these jeans. And you know the quality is going to be great. I’m loving the dark denim too. But hurry up if you want you get your hands on a pair, bargains like this don’t hang around for long!
£20.10 (were £33.50)  petit-bateau.co.uk

the chic-est baby jeans

Alice à Paris Baby Tousers (1-18 months)
Love these. They definitely have that French feel/design to them, and I love them equally for baby boys and girls. I really like the loose cut (so ‘French’, and let’s face it, no one wants to see a baby dressed in jeggings…), the pockets, and the little twill tie at the waist. So cool and easy to wear. And will look great with pretty much every kind of top. I can’t get enough of Alice à  Paris!
£22.00  aliceaparis.com

tabitha’s favourite jeans

Gap skinny jeans (6 months-5 years)
These are the jeans that I am a little bit obsessed with. I originally bought a pair for Tabs, and loved them so much, I bought a pair for Marlow too (I don’t care whether something is labelled ‘girls’ or ‘boys’). They are skinny, but not too skinny. I have since bought Marlow no less than three pairs of the exact same jeans because they are one of the few styles of jean that I like the fit of. Most boys’ jeans are too baggy for my liking. The fit of these is perfect. Tabs has had the same pair (plus a pale grey version) for over a year now, and the knees have just worn through (they have had a LOT of wear though!). Time to get a new pair for I think. Marlow’s however, have got plenty more life in them yet…
£17.95  gap.eu

little levi’s

Levi’s Baby Jeans (3-18 months)
How cute are these? I’m not normally a fan of obviously designer things for babies, but I just couldn’t resist these. Perfect for girls or boys, and the faded (mid blue) wash is spot-on. And they have the all-important baby elasticated waistband (in stylish grey no less!). And apparently Levi’s are making a comeback, so it’s the perfect time to get ahead of the curve…
£38.50  johnlewis.com 

faded stripes

Petit Bateau Boy’s Striped ‘Serge’ Trousers (3-12 years)
I love that these trousers are called ‘Serge’, presumably after Serge Gainsberg (when he was cool, rather than old and a little bit creepy…)? Great shape, and loving the faded stripes. A great option for boys who wear the exact same pair of (Gap, girls) skinny jeans day in, day out to nursery (Marlow). I need a pair of these (for me and for Marlow)!
£45.50  petit-bateau.co.uk 

bow peep

Gap Bow Printed Skinny Jeans (6 months-5 years)
Is this not the perfect seque from my last post? From a single bow hair clip to a pair of skinny jeans literally covered in bows! Told you I was an addict. These are almost a bit kitsch for my taste, but I just think they are so cute (in that ‘cool cute’ way that is very hard to call sometimes…). I also love the shape and fit of Gap’s skinny jeans (and always buy them for Tabitha), so I know they will look great. I would style these with a grey cable knit jumper (in fact, now I come to think of it, Tabs has one from Gap!) or a simple sweatshirt. Nothing too ‘glitzy’ (yeah, like Tabs has anything even remotely glitzy that’s not confined to the dressing-up box!) or girly. And I might add a pair of hi-tops or an ankle-boot. What I’m trying to say is, steer clear of anything too girly or sweet with these – think ‘cute tomboy’ and they will look adorable.
£17.95  gap.eu 

ps: just realised that these are very similar to a pair of Topshop cropped cigarette pants that I have from last Summer. Pale pink with little black hearts all over them (they sound a bit Timmy Mallet, but honestly, they are really cool). I would only ever wear them with a navy or grey cashmere jumper or a slouchy grey or white t-shirt. If you tone down the cute/fun element, they look really great. Actually, where are those trousers..?

spotty jeans

Next Grey Spot Skinny Jeans (3 months-6 years)
Printed jeans are all over the place at the moment (I’m still loving the Current Elliot faded leopard print ones…), and this is a really cool pair from Next. It’s getting to the end of ‘Summer’ and I’m starting to think less about Summer dresses and sandals and more about cool skinny jeans and jumpers (I think I’m talking about myself and Tabs now). I love that these are a little different from your average skinnies, but will still go with loads of things because of the neutral grey. Tabs will be rocking hers with a little blouse and hi-tops. Cute.
£10.00-£11.00  next.co.uk 

a taste of things to come at mini boden…

I literally cannot wait for the new Mini Boden Autumn/Winter collection to hit their website. This is just a small selection of some of my favourite pieces – in order of ‘baby’, ‘girl’ & ‘boy’. I went to the press preview a few weeks ago (with Tabarlow), and was instantly smitten. It was such a gorgeous collection. I am already a fan of Boden for kids, and buy a lot for Tabarlow, but it has a very different feel for next season. Firstly, there is a new designer at the helm (Tara, a fellow twins mum as it happens), and it just feels, well, different. It just has a more whimsical feel that I love. The colours are more muted (plenty of my favourites in there – grey, navy and dusky pink amongst others), there are less bold pictures on things (although having said that, I am obsessed with this fab raccoon jumper!), the prints are sweeter, and it just has a bit more of a ‘French’ vibe. This is just a tiny taste of what’s to come, but trust me, the collection is literally brimming with beautiful things for your little ones. You are going to love it (and be surprised too I think). The collection will be available online from 31st July. Put it in your diary now! I have.

skinny alternative

Cos Classic Blue Jeans (3-4 years)
Some days you just don’t feel like rocking a skinny jean. Some days you just want something a little more relaxed… Same goes for little boys. These jeans from Cos are a great alternative because they are looser than a skinny, but not too baggy (my pet hate in boys’ jeans as you know). They are based on a classic five pocket style that taper at the leg. I really like the classic indigo colour too. They will look great with a hi-top or chukka boot. Sold!
£30.00  cosstores.com 

colourful skinnies

Mini Boden Slim Fit Jeans (2-14 years)
These are the famous Mini Boden jeans that I am always banging on about (anyone who follows me on Twitter will definitely know this!). They are just such a great fit – skinny, but not too skinny (and I am very particular about the fit of jeans – my biggest pet hate is really baggy jeans on boys). I have bought these ones for Tabs and Marlow, even though they are officially girls’ jeans. So far I have only bought the mid-wash and the indigo, but I love these other colours too (surprisingly I actually really love the marshmallow pink ones!). And they are such a great price for a really well made pair of jeans (I love Mini Boden quality). Time to stock up!
ps: thank you for all your lovely emails. I love hearing your thoughts on Little Spree, and I welcome any feedback.
£20.00-£22.00  boden.co.uk 

crazy horse

Stella McCartney Kids Horrace Jumper (3-36 months)
As much as I love Stella McCartney Kids, it’s a little on the expensive side for Little Spree (it would have to be a very little spree indeed!). Then my lovely friend Kim told me about this cute jumper that she had bought for her daughter, Marcie. Ok, so £40.00 for a children’s jumper may not be the bargain of the century, but I think it’s a pretty fab price for such a cute and quirky jumper from Stella. And I think you would get tons of wear out of it if you make sure you buy it in a slightly roomier size. Wear with…

1.  Stella McCartney Kids jumper  £40.00  stellamccartney.co.uk
2.  Gap skinny jeans  £15.95  gap.eu
3.  Jo Jo Maman Bebe floral sandals  £14.00  jojomamambebe.co.uk 

more grey skinnies…

Mini Club Boys Slimfit Jeans (6 months-6 years)
I noticed that the Next grey skinny jeans I posted a couple of weeks ago have sold out. So these are another option if you didn’t manage to get your hands on a pair (I think all little boys need a pair of grey, skinny jeans in their wardrobes right now). This pair from Mini Club are really great (don’t be put off that in the picture they look a bit like something Simon Cowell might wear), and are made from 100% cotton, and are lovely and soft. Plus they have the all-important adjustable waistband, which I am always a big fan of. In fact, I actually bought a pair for Marlow this morning, and have just tried them on him and they look really cool (the shape is really good). Give them a little turn-up to make them a bit more 3/4 length, particularly when wearing them with boots. One thing I would say though, is that their sizing is often quite generous. I bought these in size 1-1.5 years for Marlow and he’s almost two and a half! And he’s not exactly what you would describe as skinny either. So bear that in mind when you’re buying. And don’t forget, you get your Boots Advantage points too!
£8.00   boots.com

cute floral blouse

1. The Little White Company Peter Pan Collar Floral Blouse (0-24 months)
Tabitha wears some version of a blouse or tunic most days. They always look so sweet with jeans and a little cardigan, which is kind if of her ‘look’. It’s a kind of ‘pretty tomboy’ vibe which I love on little girls. You’ll never catch Tabs busting out a pink, frilly dress that’s for sure. So this blouse is a great example at a great price. The Peter Pan collar is such a cute detail too.
£16.50  thewhitecompany.com

2. Zara Jeans With Bow Detail (3-18 months)
£11.99  zara.com 

lucky star

1. Gap Intarsia Jumper (0-24 months)
This is a great jumper for a boy. Not too boyish, but not too girly either. I lalways love a star motif. Perfect with a pair of slim-fit jeans.
£16.95  gap.eu

2. Next skinny jeans (3 months-6 years)
I originally bought a pair of these jeans (the grey ones) for Tabs, but when I got home they were too big for her, so I tried them on Marlow and actually, they looked great! Don’t be put off by the fact that they are officially called ‘skinny’ jeans (somehow seems so wrong on a two year old…) – the fit is more of a cool, straight-leg jean. And give them a little tun-up. I find Next sizing quite generous, so I would consider buying a smaller size in these. My faves are the grey, but I do really like both the indigo and mid-wash blue (and will be going back to buy them).
£9.00-£10.00  next.co.uk