We love, love LOVE this pomtastic sweater! So cute. And we’re loving it styled with jeans and Mary Janes. Perfect. Oh and Boden has 25% off until tomorrow, so if you’re loving this jumper (and Mary Janes) as much as we are, today’s the day (you might also want to take another look at this post before you place you’re order…).
I didn’t know that I wanted blue, fringed, harem trousers for Bailey until I saw this oh-so-cute and cosy pair (they’re made from cotton fleece) from Oaks of Acorn. I’m always looking for an alternative to jeans as, like me, sometimes he wants to wear something soft and loose (‘sloungewear’ as we like to call it), and these trousers tick all the boxes. Worn with hi-tops (see some favourites below) and a hoodie, they’re cool enough to be seen outdoors, but still practical enough to play football in (another big tick for me if it means a break from the Barcelona kit). The hoodie is new in at Boden. If you haven’t seen the latest boys’ knitwear it’s worth taking a look; I’ve just added this grey and green jumper to my Bailey basket. I also like these striped pyjamas. Technically they are for girls, but as they don’t have any frills, flowers or fairies on them (I checked) I’ll keep that small detail to myself.
I’ve been back from holiday a week now (although it might as well be a month!), and felt like sharing my recent Autumn Boden haul for Tabitha and Marlow (we’ll get to mine another day). Many of these things had been mentally logged from the Boden press day, back in May and these adorable Mary Jane shoes were top of my list for Tabitha. They are just so perfect. I love them! They look really expensive – everything about the design of these is totally spot-on. I also bought her (and one for Marlow too) this fisherman’s raincoat (it’s also great as it starts from baby sizes), this cardigan (I bought pink (it’s a good pink) this time, but I know I will be ordering a least one other colour soon enough), and this floral print onesie for bed. A slightly random mix of pieces I know, but I love them all, and so does Tabs. For Marlow I snapped up these boots (in grey), this sweatshirt, this zip-up sweatshirt (in grey) for those in-between Autumn and Winter days, and this hoodie. So not much variation there I know, but I also know he will wear them all on rotation through the Winter months. I definitely have my eye on various other pieces for both of them, and the new baby collection is just too cute for words (even more so than usual). Don’t worry, we’ll be sharing our favourites with you soon.
ps: whilst we’re talking Boden, I was on a shoot on Friday, and the art director was wearing this denim jumpsuit (which looked amazing on her – everyone was asking where it was from). And not only did it look good, it was so lovely and soft too. Now the original price was pretty steep for Boden (I think it was £170.00 from memory?), so even though I liked it, I never bought it. But now it’s been reduced to a guilt-free £39.80! Such a great bargain. The makeup artist on the shoot ordered one online then and there! And I think I may well be next… Oh, and size up for a slouchier (cooler) fit.
pps: I know quite a few people who have been struggling to buy swimwear for little ones for August holidays, as most places have now sold out. This Boden striped, frilled swimsuit that we featured a while ago is still available in quite a few sizes. And I just snapped up these and these for Marlow last week. He had literally worn his old ones out on holiday. Turns out that natural spring pools are the not the best for one’s swimwear..
As well as filling the gaps in their Summer wardrobe, Summer sales are also an opportunity to make a (cheap chic) start on the season ahead. For now we love these khaki green shorts and navy sandals for their classic versatility,and we’re making a start on our boys Autumn wish-lists with this Louis Louise navy jumper and these long sleeve t-shirts. Well we say Autumn, but actually long sleeve t-shirts (along with rain macs and wellies) seem to be essential Summer-wear so far. Still, we remain optimistic that short sleeve t-shirts will be required – I have bought Bailey this ukulele one from Hartford and this lovely Bellerose grey linen one. For those days where it’s chilly, then sunny, hot then chilly, sunny, rainy and chilly again, we’ll be layering them under this Babe & Tess navy sweatshirt, and for really chilly days this Hartford cosy fleece lined grey one.
1. Bellerose Lurex Button Sweater, £57.00 2. Zara Raffia Cross Body Bag, £17.99 3. Gap 1969 Flared Jeans, £10.99 (were £22.95)
4. Pepe Tassel Sandals, £82.00
This is why we don’t like to plan our posts too far in advance – we had this post planned around a certain Gap cotton cream and navy striped sweater with shoulder buttons (my friend and agent, Emma tipped me off about it actually – I was little peeved that I hadn’t seen it myself, but it was in the girls department, rather than the toddlers, and Tabs has only just graduated to Gap girls…). Anyway, the reason I am sharing that with you, is that you may well still be able to find one in a store (it’s sadly now sold out online), so keep you’re eyes peeled… I also saw a little girl wearing it in the playground in Richmond park recently – she was wearing hers with a skinny jean and messy hair and was just running around without a care in the world, obviously totally oblivious to how cool she looked! Is it wrong to cover the style of a seven year old?? So clever Nicky quickly found this cute substitute – ok not as cheap as the original Gap one, but definitely every bit as cool – we love a bit of Bellerose. And the quality is always great. So there you have it – you snooze (or wait to post), you lose. But the great thing is, for everything you miss out on, there’s something better waiting in the wings, just waiting to be discovered…
Sarah & Nicky xx
ps: you’d be forgiven for thinking this was a Mama Spree outfit. Frankly I wish it was!! I want it all. But as luck would have it this Isabel Marant ‘Erwan’ sweater (I’ve shot this for Stella and it’s beyond gorgeous. Quite a ‘neat’ fit though, so I wouldn’t neceaassrily recommend it for the more ample chested mamas out there…)
ps: this Gap sweater that Tabs already has is still available to buy online. I love it, and it also comes in navy. The perfect Spring jumper, and available in all sizes. Oh and it’s also on sale!
When we received an email from cool kids brand Dandy Star we wanted to help share their message: “To support children in Syria we are giving £3.50 from any sale of our NO MORE WAR t-shirt to UNICEF. It doesn’t sound like much but as a small company, appalled at the images we are seeing, we would like to do what we can”.