Autograph Cotton Floral Shirt With Bow Tie (12 months-10 years)
I can’t help getting preoccupied with girls’ clothes in the run-up to Christmas. So many gorgeous things to choose from (watch this space for my favourite party dresses and tutus – both coming up this week), and frankly, not enough parities/festivities to showcase them. Boys (particularly toddlers) on the other hand… Not so much. However, I have had my eye on this stylish little shirt and bow tie combo for a while now. I love the tiny floral print, and the contrast of the black trim and velvet bow tie. And you can’t really go wrong at £14.00 can you? My only problem now is persuading Marlow to wear it! He HATES dressing up of any kind. Oh well – I suppose a grey sweatshirt works for any occasion…
Gap Python Leather Tote
I’ll admit, I have been in a bit of ‘Gap bubble’ this last week, and have been in the flagship store a number of times. In fact, I now feel like I know the collection (womens, kids, babies, and some of the mens – they have done some amazing jumpers) so well, I could probably get a job there for the run-up to Christmas. But this tote was the first thing that caught my eye when I entered the store last Wednesday. It’s amazing. Firstly, it’s super-chic, but then on closer inspection, it’s also really roomy; light as a feather (love that!); and can be worn on the shoulder or as a tote. So I have now decided it’s the perfect ‘mummy bag’, for all us mums who would rather be seen dead than be seen with a frumpy, practical, mumsy ‘mummy bag’. I’m not going to lie, it wouldn’t necessarily make the ideal ‘baby bag’ (you definitely need pockets for all those bottles and numerous bits and pieces), but for anyone with toddlers up, it’s perfect. Even though Tabs and Marlow are now almost four (how did that happen??), I still always need to carry certain ‘stuff’ (water, snacks, assortment of favourite toys, ranging from fire engines to enormous Jelly Cats bunnies…), wipes (I don’t think I will ever be able to give up the wipes – I even carry them in my bag when I don’t have the kids with me) around with me when I have them in tow. This is at the top of my shopping list. She’s quite pricey, but definitely worth every penny in my opinion. Oh, and as a seasoned traveller (I am literally like a robot at the airport, I have my ‘routine’ down to a fine art), I know it would also make the perfect ‘carry-on’ bag. It’s so light that you’ll be able to just chuck all your magazines (I buy every magazine), Duty Free, bottle of water etc in it, along with your travel wallet, then you don’t need to carry all those nasty plastic carrier bags (that give you welts on your fingers). I’m going away on a work trip on Wednesday (I’m not going to tell you where, you’ll hate me), so I will definitely have mine by then… Oh, I almost forgot! The winner of the babyGap £150 shopping spree is… Marie Hale. Congratulations! I will be emailing you soon to arrange the date.
£79.99 (was £99.95) gap.co.uk
ps: check out all the gorgeous baby pictures I styled on Friday here. And don’t forget to vote for your favourite!
John Lewis Fake Fur Hand Warmer
Call it a hand warmer if you must, but at the end of the day, this is technically ‘a muff’. And super-cosy it is too. They always remind me of those beautiful Victorian Christmas scenes… And here’s another cute one from Rachel Riley (and it’s half price!). I want one!
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Hello Kitty Liberty London Print Storage Cases (set of three)
There is only one person who loves Hello Kitty more than Tabitha, and that is her best friend, Emily. It’s Emily’s birthday party this weekend, and I have ordered this adorable set of three little cases for her. I really love this (not so new now) collaboration between Hello Kitty and Liberty – the prints are so sweet, but it has a slightly cooler edge than your average Hello Kitty merchandise. Tabitha is obsessed with putting things into little bags/cases at the moment, so she might also find this under our Christmas tree come December…
Hedgehog Spanish Woven Basket (3 x sizes)
I have always loved a basket – our house is awash with them (filled with everything from toys to loo rolls). But I always love a basket as a bag too, and when it comes to a Summer holiday, the basket is always my bag of choice (well if it was good enough for Jane Birkin back in the day…). I was so excited to find these ones in the three different sizes (the Goldilocks of chic baskets?), and promptly ordered one for me (medium) and one for Tabitha (small) to take to Cape Cod with us in August. I cannot wait to stroll along the beach together with our matching baskets…
Hedgehog Ballet Kit Bag
Hedgehog is my newest discovery, thanks to my ‘new friend from nursery’, Nicky. They have such cute things, ranging from clothes (including the perfect Breton, which I will be posting soon) to stylish picnic accessories. I love this sweet, simple cotton kit bag (it’s the perfect size and made from good quality natural cotton). You can also get one for swimming, football and gym kit. They do the job (anything that helps you organise your kids’ things is always a good thing in my book), but also still manage to look chic and stylish in the process.
Win Green Striped Wigwam
I was obsessed with finding the perfect teepee for Tabarlow before Christmas. Obsessed! It had to be cool and tasteful, and ideally in a ticking stripe (I know, I know…). In a nutshell, I wanted one that looked great (and it did, in the middle of the living room for a while…), but was obviously still fun for the twins to hide and play in (and large enough to house two small people comfortably of course). And believe me when I say that no stone was left unturned in my quest. Now this one was definitely not the cheapest, but it was definitely the nicest. It is pretty big though (I tend to forgot to check measurements of anything I buy online, which has got me into all kinds of scrapes with all manor of things, which I won’t bore you all with now…), so check out the dimensions on the website. You can also buy the matching quilt for the floor of the teepee, which although an extra cost, was a really lovely finishing touch. But to be honest, you could just lay a few mismatched quilts and blankets down for an equally lovely, cosy effect. There is currently a waiting list for this one, but you can pre-order now, which I would definitely recommend. And if you’ve already started searching for the perfect teepee yourself, you can call it off…
Vertbaudet Knitted Blanket
Can it be true? Is it actually Spring at last?? Well it seems so (in London at least…). So time to dust off the picnic blanket and get down to your nearest park (Richmond in our case) quick, before it changes its mind! I love this patchwork style. And I love that these kind of blankets are multi-purpose (I always keep at least one under the twins’ pushchair at all times). Perfect for the park, the pram, the cot, the bed… The list is endless. And I love these colours…
Jo Jo Maman Bebe Unisex Wipe-Clean Tabard (1-3 years)
Kids get messy. Fact. There’s no getting away from it, that’s just what they do. It might make you tense (I’m not going to lie, a tiny shudder runs through me every time the box of paints and pens comes out within splashing distance of the Liberty sofa…). But we can’t let this stand in the way of creativity. All you need is a cute tabard (a bib is not going to cut it when things get really messy – you need full coverage) like this one. This is one of the nicest designs I’ve come across (how sweet is the old-fashioned farmyard print?). Love the handy pocket too (so convenient for all those extra, hidden felt-tip pens with missing lids). Just pop it on before embarking on any messy activity (cooking, eating, painting, you name it…), and you never need to be tense again.
M&S 5 x Pack Star & Striped Muslin Cloths
I don’t know whether it’s my imagination, but there just seems a much better (and wider) selection of cute muslins around now compared to when I first had the twins. I just had to make do with a huge stash of plain white ones (which, don’t get me wrong were perfectly acceptable, but they definitely weren’t going to win any style awards…). These days the high street seems to be awash with lovely printed ones. I really like these M&S ones for their simplicity. If I was pregnant now, I would definitely be stocking up on these…
H&M Home 2 Pack Fabric Bags
I have these and I love them. I have to confess to having a bit of a thing for little drawstring bags (I have so many, I’ve actually lost count…). I just find them so incredibly useful – keeping snacks/spare pants/medicine in inside my bag when I have the twins with me, so I can lay my hands on things quickly and easily. Also for separating things out when I pack Tabarlow’s bag for a visit to their grandparents… These ones are great sizes, and made from 100% organic cotton. They would make a really sweet present if you’re a bit strapped for cash after Christmas. Have I mentioned how much I love H&M Home??
H&M 2 Pack Baby Blankets
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I love H&M Home! They have the best stuff, and the prices are incredible. I always find great things there, and now I’m obsessed with their increasing collection of baby/kids things. How cool are these? They are officially baby blankets, but you could use them as muslins, or to cover the top end of the cot mattress (a tip I learnt from my maternity nurse – so you don’t have to change and wash the sheet if baby (or babies in my case) are sick or dribble a lot…). And how chic would one of these look in the cot? I would just be happy to have these ‘around’ (if I had babies around that is). And they’re in the sale!
£4.00 (were £6.99) hm.com
Snoodie Dribble Bib (one size)
I can take or leave a dribble bib. I mean, I did use them a couple of times for Tabarlow when they were babies, but I must confess I don’t really have any strong opinions on them style-wise. But I have to say, this one did catch my eye. You may or may not know that snoods are having a bit of a ‘moment’? So at a pinch, you could even say that this Snoodie bib is ‘on trend’. Hmm. I just think it’s a really cute one. I like that it’s more scrunched and ‘snood-y’ than the normal bandana/cowboy style versions. So to sum up: it looks stylish, and will keep your little one’s clothes dry and dribble-free. Which is exactly what you need it to do. Cute.
Percy & Nell Monogrammed Cushion
As you know, I’m a huge fan of anything monogrammed (my new Louis Vuitton ‘S.C’ bag is testament to that…), but particularly where gifts are concerned. How chic and stylish is this cushion? It would make the best present. It looks great, and shows that you have put a little bit of time and thought in (always a good thing in my book). It would make a great Christmas present, or gift for a newborn baby (Tabarlow were both given handmade T and M cushions when they were born, and I still cherish them now). This is a particularly chic one – I’m loving the grey on grey. There’s nothing not to love about that…
I was hugely flattered to be asked to be interviewed by Erica Davies for her fab blog ‘Modern Mum Must Haves’ aka ‘MMM’ (you must check it out if you don’t already know it). Here are some pics of me (excuse the bad hair) with Tabarlow, as well as some of my favourite things.
To read the interview click here
M&S Assorted Muslins (5 pack)
Let’s face it, you can’t live without muslins when there’s a baby (or babies) in the house. I had at least one permanently draped over one shoulder when Tabarlow were babies (often when I left the house too). I always had a huge stash of plain white ones, and with the amount I was getting through, this was fine because I just chucked them all in a big white wash together. But these days, muslins are branching out in all sorts of colourful guises. I spotted these in M&S and just loved them. Such pretty (and unexpected) colours. Just makes a nice change from boring white. They are, of course, 100% cotton, as you would expect from M&S. And now they’ve been reduced!
£6.40 (were £8.00) marksandspencer.com
La Redoute Baby Star Sheets (set of two)
I’m about to move Tabarlow into little beds (late I know, but the later the better as far as I’m concerned!), so sadly I’m too late for these as well, otherwise I would definitely be ordering them. I think they are the chic-est, most stylish cot sheets I have come across to date (well that don’t involve extending your credit card limit and lying to your husband anyway…). And such a great price. And perfect for twins! Make sure you check the size guide before you buy though – they come in two sizes. Sweet dreams.
10 Little Birds Star Print Suitcases
How sweet is this set of three little cases? Tabarlow are obsessed with drawing and colouring at the moment, so I have accumulated quite a collection of crayons and pens (you can only imagine how tense I am about all those loose lids etc…). I have a case similar to these that I am currently using to keep them all in (although I have to admit, it’s not as cute as these). This is a perfect example of something that looks great, that you and your kids like (and we all know what a rarity that is?). And why stop at crayons – you could use these to literally store anything. They are also great to take out and about (I have started carrying said crayons and drawing pads with me when I’m out with the twins so that I know I always have their current favourite source of entertainment onboard to bypass any potential tantrums). Great for gifts too. Oh, and can we just talk about the price? £10.00 people! £10.00!
10 Little Birds Mushroom Fairy Lights
Looking for a cute alternative to a night light for your little one’s bedroom now that the nights are getting darker earlier? Look no further. Tabarlow still have their big toadstool night light on the floor in their room (which I love, but does need a new bulb, which is proving to be rather tricky to find, but anyway…), but how sweet are these mini woodland mushrooms? They come as a string of eight battery powered LED lights that you can simply hang anywhere in the nursery/bedroom. How cute! I have actually just recently discovered 10 Little Birds, and I am sort of obsessed with it. It’s a website that stocks a huge selection of adorable, original things for kids that are all £10.00 or less. So perfect for presents, pass-the-parcel, and those all important party bags. It’s a small, family run business, and the initial concept was based on ‘imaginative gifts at the most affordable prices’ (such a great idea). They also include many pieces from fair-trade businesses, and products that incorporate recycled materials. My only question is, are these mushrooms or toadstools?
Vertbaudet Compact Changing Table
This post is dedicated to anyone out there with limited space for a changing table (including my colleague at Red, Laura Fantacci, who has just had a beautiful little girl called Greta), which I know can be a big problem. Laura was going to have my changing table now that I no longer need it, but realised at the last minute that it was simply too big for the space in her nursery. This is the perfect solution – a ‘compact’ (just a little smaller than average) changing table, that also happens to look incredibly chic and stylish (it basically looks like a Bonton one, minus the hefty price tag). I love the fact that it has wheels (and they have brakes, so not a safety hazard) so you can move it from room to room if you need to (I remember moving our changing table from the nursery to the living room when Tabarlow first came home from hospital). It’s not necessarily the cheapest one out there, but it’s definitely one of the nicest ones I’ve seen (regardless of size), and I would certainly buy it if I was pregnant (I’m not). Click on the link below for the exact dimensions.