Leopard Print Mary Janes
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..
Photo: Bruce Weber
1. Petit Bateau (6 months-12 years), £59.00
2. Cyrillus (6 years), £40.00
3. M&S (12 months-7 years), £22.00-£24.00
4. Mango (3-14 years), £25.99
This wasn’t the post we had planned for today but after the past few days, buying the kids a new raincoat is all we can think about. We’re pretty sure that some of you will be feeling the same so we thought you might appreciate us sharing our finds. A traditional yellow mac will probably always be the Little Spree favourite and this unisex one from Petite Bateau is pretty much perfect. There are however plenty of great, less expensive versions like this one from Mothercare or this one from M&S. If you fancy taking a break from tradition, how about pink, classic navy, a breton stripe, this minimalistic grey one, or for slightly older boys, this cool ombre version. I saw these teeny tiny baby wellies at the Alex & Alexa press day last year, even if you don’t have a baby, take a look. Trust us, they will raise a smile even on the dampest of days.
Nicky & Sarah xx
ps: it’s raining in Paris too… SC
Photo: Caramel Baby & Child
It’s not too late to scoop up a few last-minute sale bargains (and there are definitely some great things still out there if you’re quick!). There is a common myth that if you shop the tail end of the sales, it’s only the dregs left that no one else wants. Not necessarily. You just need to be a bit more sale savvy that at the beginning of the sales. We’ve done the savvy bit for you…
Take a look at this Kickle rain mac, this Mango sweatshirt; these Mango shorts; this Miller sweatshirt; this Mango belt; these The Little White Company short pyjamas; this Miller sweatshirt; Marlow’s favourite boots from Boden (tempted to buy him another pair for the Autumn…); Marlow’s Boden jumper (as featured on the Boden blog); these Boden baby dungarees; this Mango baby long sleeved tee; these Louis Louise baby trousers; these Caramel baby trousers; this Mango baby sweater; Bonton baby cardigan; and this Mango baby sweater (a great ‘buy now stash for later’). Phew!
Sarah & Nicky xx
Mamas & Papas Puddlesuit, £28.00 (12 months-6 years)
We just love the idea of a ‘puddle suit’. And it just sounds so… Beatrix Potter. But apart from sounding sweet (and being super-practical obviously), this one actually looks good too. It’s just an all-in-one version of the Little Spree favourite, the classic yellow rain mac. We love. And here are some rain macs too (some yellow, some not..): this one from M&S; this one from John Lewis; this one from Mini Club; this one from Gap; this one from H&M (as posted on Instagram); this one from Next; and this one from Petit Bateau. And not forgetting a few wet weather accessories: this umbrella and this umbrella (for your mini super hero), both from M&S; and these plain wellies from John Lewis (available in red, navy and green).
Sarah & Nicky x
ps: and we couldn’t resist these cute biker-style wellies for us! Love them! Think of them as a little ‘bonus mid-week Mama Spree’.
ASOS Gone Biker Wellies, £25.00
1. Ugg Ear Muffs, £31.50 (were £45.00)
2. Next Plastic Rain Poncho, £10.00 (was £21.00)
3. Hunter Wellington Boots, £24.00
We couldn’t resist this cute waterproof poncho. Buy now and put it away for those April showers. Alternatively dig out the warmest, cosiest jumper you can find and road-test it right now.
Sarah & Nicky x
ps: Alex and Alexa has an extra 15% off all their sale stock this weekend, so definitely worth a look…
The Little White Company Boys’ Striped Jacket (2-8 years)
£45.00 SHOP NOW
I love the combination of the ticking stripe (although you have to squint to actually see it in this picture, or simply take my word for it) and a sporty style hooded jacket – classic, but cool. It’s 100% cotton with a jersey lining, and is machine washable. I also love that the hood is detachable (I like options). This H&M three-in-one version is also a great option for babies and younger boys.