1. John Lewis Glow-In-The-Dark Pyjamas, £15.00-£17.00
2. Gap Oversized Pom Pom Hat, £9.95
3. Urban Sweat Long Sleeve Hoodie, £19.90
4. Little Baby Company Halloween Pack Of Eight Trick Or Treat Bags, £10.95
Today it’s the boys’ turn, and we’re sticking with our stylish pyjama based Halloween costumes. You may already have a pair of glow-in-the-dark pjs (Marlow and Bailey do), in which case you only need to add the accessories for a trick or treat outfit. We also love this bat tee; these glow-in-the-dark pyjamas; these glow-in-the-dark leggings (these would look so cool worn with a jumper like this); and this wizard costume (ok, so it’s 100% polyester, but for £6.00 for one night…).
1. Gap Glow-In-The-Dark Sleep Set, £14.95, Shop Now
2. Numero 74 Super Hero Outfit, £39.69, Shop Now
3. Hunter Sillver Wellies, £30.00, Shop Now
With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about little Halloween costumes. After trawling through (what felt like) hundreds of ‘scary’ polyester outfits; various Halloween themed items of clothing (most of which were pretty dodgy it has to be said); and far too much black and orange for our liking, we came to the following conclusion… Buy a pair of ‘spooky-ish’ pyjamas, pimp them up a bit with a few carefully chosen accessories, et voila! You have a stylish, comfy, inexpensive ‘trick or treat worthy’ outfit that means you can just pop your little ones straight into bed after trawling the streets because they’re already wearing their pjs! Perfect. We always love a Gap set of glow-in-the-dark pyjamas (Marlow and Bailey already both have a pair), and these girls ones are so sweet. Just add the (super-stylish) cape, mask and wellies and you’re all set. Who said Halloween has to be scary anyway? Let’s leave that to the older kids. Also, there’s nothing stopping you from adding a pretty cape or tutu to the pyjamas… I’m also going to be buying Tabitha this Hello Kitty Halloween DVD to get her in the spooky mood (and let’s be honest, how scary can Hello Kitty actually be??). Tomorrow it’s the boys’ turn…
ps: we have had a few requests for some more purse-friendly leather pencil skirts following Friday’s Mama Spree. Here are a few we found on the high street… This ASOS one; this River Island one (we like the pockets); this French Connection wrap one; and this petite one from M&S.
Mini Boden Cosy Pointelle Pack (0-3 years)
£32.00-£34.00 SHOP NOW
Could these be any cuter? I mean, seriously…
Mango Striped Cotton Pyjamas (3-12 years)
£19.99 SHOP NOW
It’s that time of year for the ‘big pyjama handover’. It’s suddenly too warm (and long may it last!) for the long sleeved, long legged pjs, and time to buy the cooler, Summer version. I love this classic cotton pair from Mango (above), and I will also be buying Marlow at least two of these options… The Little White Company gingham; Gap colour block stripe (reduced to just £11.99); The Little White Company striped two pack (love); Gap submarine three piece sleep set (clearly aimed at the British market!). Could Summer really be on its way?
ps: coming up this week on Little Spree: girls’ sandals, dressing-up costumes (for boys and girls), and one of my favourite Summer dresses that I’ve bought for Tabitha…
Gap Colourblock One-Piece (6 months-5 years)
£14.95 SHOP NOW
I bought this for Marlow (and anyone who follows Little Spree on Instagram will probably have seen him wearing them), and Tabs has the girl’s version, and I absolutely love it. They are essentially onesies, but not baggy like most of them (there’s nothing stylish about them…). I like that these have a snug fit (think Uma Thurman in Kill Bill!), so they look cool and are super-cosy to sleep in (the twins love them). And I love the colour combinations. I’m thinking of buying bigger sizes to put away for when they are older. In the meantime, here are some more girls and boys pyjamas that I am coveting… These pretty Cyrillus velour ones with a Liberty print bow, these La Redoute knight dressing-up ones (still loving the idea of dressing-up nightwear) and classic star print ones; these sweet floral print Monsoon ones for the Summer; Cath Kidston plane print ones; John Lewis fun skeleton ones that glow in the dark (now reduced to just £10.00); Hatley horse print ones; Petit Bateau striped ones; Stella McCartney printed ones (currently half price); Mini Boden girls’ ones; and Mini Boden boys’ ones (I like the stripe/UFOs best). Phew!
Little Fashion Gallery Peeji Pyjamas With Cloud Print (3-10 years)
Now that Autumn is suddenly upon us (one day the twins (and me!) were wearing sandals and shorts/sun dresses, the next, boots and coats), I suddenly needed to make the switch to Winter pyjamas. I always love (and buy) the Little White Company ones (the boys and girls) and the Gap ones (the boys and girls), but I love these super-cute cloud print ones for Marlow for a change.
ps: I have had lots of requests for suggestions for Winter coats and cute, cosy knits. So watch out for those next week…
The Little White Company 2 Pack Short Sleeve Pyjamas (12 months-12 years)
A few people have been asking me where to get good ‘Summer’ pyjamas from for boys. Why they actually need them is another question (they obviously don’t live in London)! No seriously, I have reached for Marlow’s short sleeved pyjamas a few times this year (although I’m yet to buy Tabs a new nightdress for fear of it just sitting unworn, looking pretty in a drawer…). I have always been a big fan of The Little White Company boys’ pyjamas, and have recently discovered that they do fab Summer ones too. I like that these are shorts, but that the legs aren’t too skinny (like some brands). And of course I’m loving the simple striped design. Their pyjamas are always lovely quality and wash well (sorry – this is turning into a rather dull post isn’t it?). I will definitely be buying this set of two (great value for two pairs I always think) for Marlow. And Tabitha? Well, you never know, she may still get to wear a pretty nightdress yet…
£22.40 (were £28.00) thewhitecompany.com
ps: I always find the White Company sizing to be quite generous, and often actually size-down for their pyjamas. So double-check before buying.
Trotters William Pyjamas (12 months-11 years)
Trotters are great at the kids’ classics, and I love them for that. These gingham pjs are so cute. I took the twins to see The Snowman at the theatre on Sunday (which they absolutely loved), and the little boy’s classic pyjamas made me think of these. As you know, I always love gingham, and these are the classic brushed cotton variety, which are always super-cosy. You just can’t mess with tradition.
Little White Company Henley Jersey Pyjamas (12 months-8 years)
I always buy Tabs and Marlow’s pyjamas from The White Company. I love the quality, and that they are always pretty classic. I particularly love these ‘long john’ style ones because they are are cosy, skinny fit and don’t have the drafty wide legs (hate those). The elbow patches are a great added detail too. And of course, I’m all over the fact that they are navy and white striped!
Cyrillus Girls’ Butterfly Pyjamas (2-14 years)
I know I keep banging on about the difficulties I have finding good girls’ pyjamas, but I really do. Not today! How gorgeous is this grey butterfly print pair? As chic as you would expect from Cyrillus, but still whimsical and pretty enough to keep me happy. I love the bib front and the velvet trim. And they are made from lovely cotton. Suddenly Tabitha seems to have an abundance of great pyjamas!
ps: I went to John Lewis (in Kingston) today and discovered that the fab Native shoes I posted on 26th July are now half price in the sale! So a real bargain at just £12.50 a pair! I hadn’t got around to buying them for Tabarlow yet because I’ve been so busy, so was more than a little excited to get both pairs for the original price of one. Tabitha was with me and (obviously) wanted the fuschia pink ones, but they didn’t have her size (which, as you can imagine, I was devastated about…). So I got them both the navy (Kath was right – the blue is definitely more of a navy in real life), which I love. Tabarlow have just gone out with their dad wearing them and they look so cute (both wearing jeans with a little turn-up). They have a real ‘skater vibe’ which is so cool. In fact, I like them so much I may even buy larger sizes to keep for when they grow out of these ones. Love, love, love!
Lötiekids is a new discovery for me, but one that I really feel is quite special, and that I’m really excited to share with you. It’s a gorgeous little capsule collection from Spain of stylish, easy-to-wear basics in lovely, soft, stretchy cotton. Many of the pieces feature charming, original little prints such as this bicycle one, which I particularly love. I also love this pretty, dusky-pink (always one of my favourites, but generally not that easy to find on the high street). These are not necessarily designed to be pyjamas, but I always find it so difficult (a nightmare in fact) to find nice girl’s ones, that I thought this set would make the ideal pair for Tabitha for the Summer. But they also double up as lovely separates to wear every day. How clever! They also do great printed sleepsuits that go up to age three (super-cosy). Love!
1. Lötiekids printed top (1 month-5 years) £13.50 lotiekids.com
2. Lötiekids printed leggings (1 month-5 years) £13.50 lotiekids.com
Baby Joule Buzz Circus Pyjamas (0-3 years)
I don’t know about you, but I always find it a challange to find lovely pyjamas. Well, ones that aren’t adorned with naff cartoon characters anyway. These are really lovely ones, and make a change from regular, classic striped ones (which admittedly, I always naturally gravitate towards). I love this whimsical circus print and the mismatched (it’s all about mix & max prints this season after all) striped bottoms. Stylish, but still fun.
French Connection printed pyjamas (0-18 months)
I was given some French Connnection pyjamas for Tabarlow when they were first born, and I absolutely loved them (and this is very apparent when I look back at pics from that time!). They literally lived in them. They are made of really lovely, soft cotton; look cute, and wash really well (sorry, a dull thing to mention, but a very important fact for busy mums). They also look great a bit ‘styled up’ for all those endless visitors in the early days – a gorgeous jumper or cardi over the top will look fab. Think of them as cool ‘loungewear’ for your little ones. You’d better be quick though, the sale ends soon!
1. Were £25.00 Now £12.50 Birds frenchconnection.com
2. Were £25.00 Now £12.50 Planes frenchconnection.com