The Easiest Pancakes You’ll Ever Make…

1 May 2016

Gluten free banana pancakes recipe - Little SpreeGluten free banana pancakes recipe - Little Spree
Bonton Apron, £26.00

I never thought I’d see the day when I would be writing about cooking. How did this happen?? This is how this happened…
I was shooting in a London studio the week before last (if you want to gain 7lbs in a week, don’t be a Fashion Editor with zero willpower on an 11 x day shoot with delicious round-the-clock catering), where each morning we were presented with the most delicious (gluten free) breakfasts. Now I am about as far away from gluten free as you can possibly get, but I have to tell you, I was completely seduced. In particular by the pancakes. Now they didn’t look (or indeed taste) much like your usual pancakes – well more like a small American style pancake that you’d get in a stack with a side of bacon and a moat of maple syrup (most commonly ordered when I have a hangover). They served them with a cute little jug of maple syrup (sometimes honey) and a smattering of blueberries and sliced banana. To die for. But gluten free? How did that work exactly? So I discovered that the only ingredients in said pancakes was bananas and eggs. That’s it. What?? Now even with my very limited knowledge of cooking and baking, knew that that sounded a bit fishy…. How?? So I set about trying to make them that weekend at home. Did they taste good? Yeah, ish. Did they look good? Nope. Were they are a bit of a faff? A little, yes. So on the Monday I pressed the lovely chef for for a bit more information. And so last weekend, I attempted them again (armed with a fairy cake tin and some coconut oil – I felt like Linda Hamilton in Terminator), and they were absolutely delicious. I tweaked, experimented, tweaked some more (with my harshest criticitcs: Tabarlow and Tom). Healthy, delicous, and so easy to make you’ll feel like a fraud. Want to give them a whirl? Be warned though – they are a little too easy to eat…). This is what you’ll need:

– A fairy cake baking tray (like these)
– 4 ripe bananas (the riper the better – perfect excuse to get rid of those nasty looking brown ones that no one wants to eat, and are generally just spoiling the overall look of the fruit bowl)
–  3 eggs
– Coconut oil to grease the tin (and add a little extra yumminess to the pancakes)
– 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder (this is a little sneaky extra addition, but makes all the difference)

Pre-heat the oven (fan) oven to 200C
Grease the tin/s with the coconut oil
Mash the bananas in one dish
Whisk the eggs in another dish
Add the bananas to the eggs
Add the baking powder
Mix
Add the mixture to your tin/s (you will have enough for at least two batches). I added a tablespoon amount for each pancake.
Cook for 10-15 minutes (check on them after 10 – don’t worry, there’s not much rising going on, so you won’t ruin anything.
Put your pancakes in a big pile and let everyone dig in!

The ratio of bananas to eggs is totally up to you, and a little bit of experimenting will guide you. The chef I asked said she does one egg to one banana, but Tom and the kids seemed to prefer the more ‘banana-y’ ones which were more like 4 x bananas to 3 x eggs. Remember, these pancakes are literally idiot-proof, so live a little, experiment… I actually just guessed at the baking powder (I’d like to say I didn’t, but I’m not going to lie), but they were my best batch, so that’s all you need to know.

Sarah xx

ps: absolutely nothing to do with cooking, but remember the tiny hobbit/fairy door on Instagram? Well if you’re interested, here it is.

Borrowed from the (Uniqlo) boys…

17 March 2016

Little Spree Uniqlo collaboration
Trench Coat, £29.90

Little Spree: Uniqlo collaboration - girls

1. T-shirt, £7.90
2. Trench Coat, £29.90
3. Skinny Jeans, £12.90

Little Spree: Uniqlo collaboration - boys

1. T-shirt, £7.90
2. Jersey Jacket, £24.90
3. Slim Fit Jeans, £12.90

You’ll often find our boys in pieces that we’ve bought from the girls department (we’re careful to remove any ‘girls’ labels now the boys can read!). It’s less often that it works the other way around, so when we saw this (boys) Breton top (you know we can never resist a Breton) we couldn’t decide whether to style it for a boy or girl so we deicide to do both. For Spring, wear with jeans and a lightweight jacket (how cute is this mini mac!) hi-tops for boys and ballet flats for girls.
While you’re on the site, definitely worth a look are this striped skirtsweatshirtstriped tee, padded gilet, and hoodie.

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: Uniqlo’s (newly refurbished) Oxford Street store is re-opening tomorrow. Alongside our favourite mens’ cashmere jumpers you’ll find their new Liberty London for UNIQLO collaboration, and a roof terrace which we’re told has breath-taking views across London.

Created in collaboration with Uniqlo

Pimp My (Scooter) Ride…

16 February 2016

Little Spree - cool scooter helmets

1. Mirco Mirrored Safety Helmet, Purple, £14.95
2. Micro Mirrored Safety Helmet, Silver, £14.95
3. Micro Mirrored Safety Helmet, Aqua, £14.95

There’s been a lot of growing going on with the Little Spree kids which has meant new scooters for Tabitha and Marlow and a new scooter helmet for Bailey. In case there’s been a lot of growing going your end too, we thought we’d save you some scooter related shopping and share our recent scooter scoops.  Bailey has the silver version of this helmet (actually it’s more mirrored that silver- there’s a photograph of him wearing it on Instagram) and it has caused quite a stir. Without exception, each time he goes out with it on someone stops to ask about it. Ditto these cool handle bar streamers and deck lights (useful on dark morning scoots to school). We also like this cute basket and cosy scooter mittens, and for anyone with a tiny tot this ‘scoot n pull’ strap will save save your back bending over to push/pull your tired toddler when they refuse to go any further. We’ve all been there right…

Nicky & Sarah xx

buy, wear, love, then resell…

1 September 2015

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Little Circle is one of those ideas we all wish we’d thought of. The most beautiful childrenswear brands (including many of our favourites – Louis Louise, Maan, Noro, Woodstock…), curated into one online collection. But the clever bit is the concept behind this collection. Buy the most chic collection of clothes (for girls aged 2-10 years); wear them and love them; then when they are too small, simply return them, and they will sell them on for you. You can then use your credit from the sale to buy new pieces. And so it continues. A perfect little cycle (or rather, circle) for your ever-growing little ones. Clever huh? Well, we are definitely intrigued, and super-excited to see it! It launches today, so take a look…

littlecircle.co.uk

Sarah & Nicky xx

mothercare & tusk

31 March 2015

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Mothercare Tusk Branch Shelf, £29.99

Tusk is a charity that we really believe in. All three of our kids LOVE animals, and have a pretty impressive collective knowledge of them (although not necessarily when the cameras are rolling, but more of that later…). Tusk supports the conservation of wildlife, sustainable development and education in Africa. Mothercare is working together with them to help save endangered animals. Which can only be a good thing can’t it? So when we saw the Tusk and Mothercare collaboration at the Mothercare press day back in November, we couldn’t wait to share it with you. The prices, are (as you would imagine from Mothercare) fantastic, and there are some really sweet pieces. And the best bit is that 4% of all the sales goes directly to Tusk. So these are almost guilt-free purchases!
We love this branch shelf! And who says it has to go in a child’s room anyway? It would look great in any room… We also like the teepee; this cushion; these wall stickers; and this duvet set.

Oh yes, and if you fancy a laugh, watch this! Mothercare asked all three of our kids to take part in this little film about conservation. Bailey and Tabitha actually didn’t make the final cut, and Marlow went a little ‘off piste’ (he was talking about the leopard print lining of his favourite Bellerose coat), but it’s pretty sweet. But the little boy who talks about the gorillas is so cute, and totally steals the show as far as we’re concerned. It make us laugh every time!

Sarah & Nicky xx

bubbletastic

26 February 2015

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It’s Bubble London time again (well it was a few weeks ago anyway), and this year Little Spree were excited (and not to mention, very flattered) to be invited to go behind the scenes as part of the judging panel for the ‘Rising Star Award. You can find a list of the finalists that we were asked to judge here. And and the winner was… well that’s actually what we would like you to tell us! Our friends (and exhibitor at Bubble) Nature Zoo very kindly offered to give away two of their lovely crocheted toys (remember the Octopus back in July?). All you have to do is send us an email with the answer to the above question, along with your preferred toy (a tough choice – they are both so cute – go to our Instagram feed to see them). As always we will select two winners at random, and will announce them here next Thursday (5th March).
I can tell you that the two runners up for the Award were JAM and Panda and the Sparrow. Both brands were new to Bubble this year and were deserving recipients. The judges were particularly impressed with the thoughtful design of the JAM collection – every garment being made with children in mind (so no hash seams etc.), and clever details to try to extend the life of the garment.  For Panda and the Sparrow it was the quality of the material and make of their collection that caught the judges’ attention. Their garments are made from the softest bamboo material which is also hypoallergenic, UV resistant, antibacterial, thermo regulating, and not to mention eco friendly, and most items were less than £20.
Thank you Bubble London for a really interesting day and congratulations to all the winners, we wish you all the very best of luck.

Nicky x

While Nicky was busy on judging duty, I made my way around the many stands (in a flat boot – more of that tomorrow on Mama Spree) looking for inspiration to share with you all on Little Spree. I found a mix of familiar and new brands. These were some of our favourites:
Little Llama: super-sweet knits all made from alpaca wool. Gorgeous colours. Moccis: a sock/slipper hybrid in plain colours, as well as cool prints such as leopard. Tabarlow had a version of these when they were crawling and they were the best thing ever. Kusi Kusi: I really loved this collection of beautiful homespun knits made in Peru by local women. Love My Smalls: already a firm favourite of mine. I was also excited to see that the girls have added grey to the simple colour palette. And they had one of the chic-est stands at the exhibition – compact and bijoux! Angulus: again, another Little Spree favourite, and their Autumn/Winter collection didn’t disappoint. The metallic lace-up booties were beyond cute. Old Soles: one of my favourite new finds. I loved their shoes, particularly for boys. Nicky and I were obsessed with their fur-lined suede hi-tops, amongst others. Tic Tac Toe: the sweetest, most charming little collection of cotton baby rompers/bubbles (in the prettiest prints) and matching accessories from Cape Town. Bob & Blossom: another old favourite, but definitely worth a mention for the ‘Hey’ and ‘Bonjour’ tees alone. Melton: more gorgeous shoes! They had the sweetest mini leopard print ballet flats with a criss-cross elastic over the foot. To die for.
Of course, there were were so many more gorgeous brands, but we just don’t have the time to mention them all here. Do check our Instagram feed lots of pics from the day though.

Sarah x

baby folk

2 February 2015

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1. Gap Embroidered Dress, £19.95
2. La Coqueta Baby Cardigan, £23.40 (was £39.00)
3. Martin Pederson Girls Baby Tights, £16.00
4. Pom D’Api Brogue Desert Boots, £95.00

This is the perfect girls outfit as far as we’re concerned. We love everything about it. But the star of the show is this adorable folky dress from Gap (I’m obsessed with it – SC!). Love!!

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: we were so excited to do a high street guest post for the fabulous blog, The Frugality. Alex (fellow Red Contributing Editor) asked us for our Spring edit of Little Spree finds. Some may be familiar, some won’t… Check it out here.

pps: we will be announcing the winner of our Blue Monday Boden competition this evening. So if you haven’t already entered, you still have a few hours!!

cheap & chic

17 November 2014

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H&M Home Wooden Storage Box, £14.99

I’m a little obsessed with toy storage, particularly the stylish kind… And this wooden box makes a refreshing change from one of my many baskets. Here are a few other cute storage ideas, also from H&M (I do love a bit of H&M Home): this bunny ears basket; this fabric basket; this monster storage basket; and this wall storage hanger.

Sarah x

mama spree: khaki cool

14 November 2014

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photo: Isabel Marant (from the Spring collection, in stores now)

Having spent more than a decade as an Army lawyer (think more ‘A Few Good Men” rather than ‘Private Benjamin’) wearing green, green and more green, you might think that anything vaguely resembling that colour would be off limits. The truth is I’m hooked, although these days I prefer my military style a little more Marant than MoD. It’s fair to say that we’re obsessed with khaki cool at Little Spree (how many army style jackets do you have Sarah??). And we’re not alone, utility wear was a big trend in the Spring/Summer 2015 shows (isn’t is always?) with designers treating it as a neutral like grey or navy might be used, or layering different tones of khaki like Isabel Marant did for her Spring collection (above). At Little Spree we love to ‘tone down’ anything dressy and ‘cool up’ our casual outfits with a little khaki and so we thought we’d share some of our favourite pieces so that you can be combat cool too…
Jigsaw long military coat; Isabel Marant belted jacket; Topshop trousers; Mango shorts jumpsuit; Zara pleated dress; French Connection textured coat; Topshop plaid shirt; Topshop parka; ASOS coat; Topshop sweatshirt dress; ASOS coat; J.Crew cable knit jumper; Vanessa Bruno coat; Elizabeth and James jacket; ASOS cashmere roll-neck; Current Elliot trousers; Pull & Bear shirt; Hush parka (the fur collar is removable); and don’t forget the Issy boots that I’ve got in my Matches ‘wish list’…

ps: I wanted to mention an event called Hub Dot that I  recently attended. You can read about them here but in short they run events at which women can come together to exchange ideas, talent and support. I’ll be honest that I had reservations about going but after the first speaker I was sold and would recommend keeping an eye our for future events, I certainly will be.

Nicky x

bibbity bobbety boo

26 October 2014

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Tabitha and Marlow were lucky enough to be invited to the Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi (yes that is the correct spelling) Boutique in Harrods a few months ago. Marlow was a little unsure. Tabitha was in heaven. I tried to think of a comparison for me? Maybe discovering an Isabel Marant outlet store in central London that no one else knew about, where you are magically transformed into Daria before stepping out with a complete new outfit? Something like that anyway. So you don’t need me to tell you how excited Tabs was. She was asked in advance which princess (yes, you get to choose) she wanted to be (more of that later), and she immediately decided on Snow White. Apparently she was the first girl ever to choose her. Like her style! When the day came, the excitement mounted, and when we arrived at the boutique/castle, situated conveniently (or not, depending on which way you look at it?) in the Disney department, they were given a special ‘fairy godmother’ pager, which would alert them when it was time for their appointment. Actually, I was as excited at they were by this time! Two ‘fairy godmothers’ were at the entrance to greet us, and I have to say, they were so brilliant. They were ‘in character’ (don’t be tense, remember, it’s not for us…) the whole time, and really made the whole experience so special and magical. Once inside, Tabitha (and by then, a moody and reluctant Marlow) were shown to a special ‘changing room’ where their costumes were already hanging up inside, waiting for them. Boys get a very respectable Knight costume. Marlow refused to put it on. Tabs was beyond excited! Anyway, to cut a long fairytale a little bit shorter, she was then able to chose from a selection of make-up/face painting and hair styles (but all very child appropriate – no Miley Cryrus inspired looks here); then sat in a special chair where she was fussed over, and transformed into a ‘bespoke’ Snow White. Marlow sulked. I have to say, I was really impressed by the whole experience (and I was a little sceptical I have to admit). And mums, we need to remember, it’s not for us, so don’t be expecting dusky pinks, cashmere hand knit cardigans and desert boots – you need to let that all go for an hour, and just embrace (or pretend to anyway) the Princess makeover experience (and remember my Issy reference). They can choose from five (which includes the Knight one) personalised experiences (for children aged between 3-12 years), and they each include a magical transformation with hairstyling and face painting, as well as exclusive Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique merchandise. And now they have added the Frozen experience. Amazing!! I will warn you, it’s not exactly cheap. But honestly, I have to say, the experience was such a special one for Tabitha (ok, Marlow less so, but he did warm up a bit eventually and was given a very stylish sword, which he loved, and anyway, let’s be honest, it’s not really aimed at the boys is it?); and one that she will hopefully always remember. And it’s a one-off experience, so for a special birthday treat it can be justified. And just going to the Harrods toy department is a treat in itself (it’s just trying to get them out again that’s the problem) – it really is amazing. I remember going there every year with my brother and sister as a child, and always remember it so fondly (we were each allowed to choose one toy). And if you really feel you need a Disney detox immediately afterwards, there is a fabulous Bonpoint concession just downstairs…

The Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo Boutique

extra spooky

16 October 2014

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Little Baby Company Halloween Trick Or Treat Card, £3.95

You still have a couple of weeks, but we like to get organised early. So we’ve ordered our cute Halloween costumes and they are on their way. So now that just leaves the sweet little extras that make it all the more fun… We’re loving these personalised trick or treating bags; this pumpkin window sticker; this pumpkin piñata; this door sign; these window stickers; these balloons; this bat card; and this light-up pumpkin (ok, so it’s not the real deal, but I bought one last year, and it looked pretty great – I’ve also bought the mini ones this year).

star chart

28 June 2014

Belle & Boo Star Chart
£9.99  SHOP NOW
I have been looking for a sweet reward/star chart for the twins for a while now, and someone recommended this one from Belle & Boo. It’s such a lovely, stylish one. Another option is the trusty marble jar system (which we also use). These personalised ones from notonthehighstreet are great (Tabs and Marlow have them).

we love daddy!

15 June 2014

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful Daddys out there! It’s all about you today! And I hope all you stylish Mamas are having a fabulous day too. And I really hope your Daddy Spree card/gift ideas were as happily received as ours…

Sarah, Tabitha & Marlow xx

garden retreat

8 June 2014

Hedgehog Hazel Twigwam
£175.00  SHOP NOW
I can’t stop thinking about cool playhouses for the twins. This cool twigwam (above) can stay outside all year long! Here are some other favourites…
This Indian teepee from Hedgehog; this rustic playhouse from Cox & Cox; and I still love this Win Green striped wigwam (bought for Tabitha and Marlow the year before last, and about to come down from the attic for the Summer – you can also buy the matching floor quilt). Just add some mismatched quilts, blankets and cushions and you’ve got yourself (erm, I mean your little ones…) one stylish little garden retreat.

muddy puddles

4 June 2014

1. John Lewis Stripe Star Jumper, £14.00-£15.00
2. Gap Frayed Denim Shorts, £14.95
3. Hunter Silver Wellies, £30.00

I literally never know what to dress the twins in from one day to the next at the moment…One day it’s jumpers, the next it’s t-shirts. So for those jumper days, here’s a practical (but still cute) outfit (if you’re going to jump in muddy puddles, you might as well do it in style…). And I am loving these silver wellies!!

ps: here’s another great jumper (and it’s currently 60% off!).

pps: I recently ordered some new name labels for Tabarlow from Tiny Me. I love the ‘mini labels’ in ‘garden party’. They have gorgeous colours (I went for ‘classic’) and the quality is great. I will definitely be re-ordering.

little house

11 May 2014

Homebase Bunny Playhouse
£299.00  SHOP NOW
Love it. Want it. Buying it!

ps: how cool is this play castle too??

pps: if you happen to be in Shoreditch any time soon, you must check out the Little Hanbury pop-up shop in Luna & Curious on Calvert Avenue (E2 7JP). They have some really great pieces for little boys, and currently have many things in the sale for just £10.00. I happened to be shooting outside the store on Friday, so popped in and a did a quick ‘smash and grab’ for Marlow, leaving with a bag full of goodies! If you don’t make it to the shop, check out their website.

yay lunch!

5 April 2014

Happy Jackson Lunchbox
£6.00  SHOP NOW
I bought one of these each for Tabitha and Marlow when they started staying at nursery for their lunch on a Thursday for French Club (which they think is the most exciting thing ever!). I like that it is both cool and practical. Love the monochrome striped ribbon band (ensuring the lid never comes off), and it’s great for boys and girls.

baby to go

25 March 2014

Cocoon Cotton Fleece Baby Travel Bag
£29.00  SHOP NOW
Super-cute, super-chic, super-cosy. And not to mention super-clever as it adapts easily to fit in a car seat. So baby really can travel in style and comfort.

getting messy never looked so chic…

17 March 2014

Cyrillus Boy’s Embroidered Apron (4-10 years)
£17.00  SHOP NOW
Only the French could (and would) design something this stylish to protect the clothes underneath! I’m sure I’m not the only mum out there who gets the tiniest bit tense when the words ‘messy play’ are mentioned? But obviously, I know how important this kind of play is for children’s development (and even I wouldn’t prioritise style over developmental progress), so I just take a deep breath, and pray whatever it is will come out in the wash (and to be honest, it usually does). At nursery Tabitha and Marlow do wear (not entirely un-stylish actually) gingham, smocks, but they often forget to put them on, or simply don’t want to. But I can live with that. But for when things get messy at home? What could be chic-er than this ‘apron’ (as the French call it)?

ps: just spied this fab boys’ khaki oilskin jacket at  River Island. And it’s currently half price!

we are family…

8 March 2014

Bodie And Fou Exclusive Family Hearts Print
£35.00  SHOP NOW
Mothers Day is just around the corner, and I’m in the process of compiling a ‘hint list’ for our husbands/boyfriends/partners (just forward to him or print it out and pin it to the fridge) for next week’s Mama Spree. In the meantime, I saw this sweet ‘la famille…c’est important’ print, and had to share it. It would make such a sweet present (any day, not just for Mothers Day). You do need to buy the frame, but I would recommend the (super-cheap) Nyttja style from Ikea (I prefer them to the chunkier ‘Ribba’ frames).

baby bow tie

16 December 2013

Baby Bow Tie Metallic Bow Tie
£15.00  babybowtie.com
I’m getting quite into the idea of boys in bow ties. They can look rather cool! This cute gold one would look great worn with a denim shirt. I also like this bunny printed one from Paul Smith if you’re not entirley convinced about the gold…

ps: I mentioned this book in a post quite a while ago now, but people are always emailing me asking for the details again. So here you go. Lostmy.name. It’s a gorgeous, personalised book that tells the story of a child who has lost their name, and sets off on a mini adventure to find the missing letters. I’ve just read Tabitha’s book to the twins. They absolutely love theirs! One of the most original, personalised (and not to mention, fun and educational) gifts you can buy. Such a lovely (and, at under £20.00, very inexpensive) present for any child from a newborn to six years. Sadly they are no longer able to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas, but they are currently offering a 15% discount. And they are wonderful all year round anyway…

dreamy mobile

13 December 2013

 

Little Cloud Betsy Ann Liberty Moon & Stars Baby Mobile
£35.00  SHOP NOW
This is undoubtedly one of the (if not, the) loveliest mobiles I have seen to date. So, so sweet. This cloud version is equally adorable; as is this one and I also like this one for a toddler’s room.

ps: I bought this coat for Marlow from Zara yesterday, and I’m so pleased with it. It’s fantastic. You can remove the fur trim (I did – much better without, I don’t like the fur), and it has a cool, slightly waxy finish and a sheepskin lining, so really warm and cosy. And I love the colour. It looks super-expensive, but isn’t! Result.

little dandy

9 December 2013

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…
£12.00-£14.00  marksandspencer.com

the perfect ‘chuck everything in’ bag

2 December 2013

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!

 

fur muff

19 November 2013

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!
£10.00   SHOP NOW

hello kitty + liberty

24 September 2013

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…
£19.95  amazon.co.uk

small, medium, large…

24 July 2013

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…
£15.00-£35.00  hedgehogshop.co.uk

ballet bag

2 July 2013

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.
£15.00  hedgehogshop.co.uk

teepee with style

21 May 2013

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…
£120.00  wingreen.co.uk

barefoot in the park

24 April 2013

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…
£29.00  vertbaudet.co.uk 

wipe clean

1 April 2013

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.
£14.00  jojomamanbebe.co.uk

stars & stripes

26 January 2013

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…
£8.00  marksandspencer.com 

little & large

9 January 2013

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??
£6.99  hm.com 

beautiful (bargain) blankets

29 December 2012

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