1. Caramel ‘Nikau’ Baby Romper, £72.00 2. Les Tricots De Margot Cashmere Bonnet, £34.00 3. John Lewis Pack of 2 Tights, £6.00 4. Gap Velvet Mary Janes, £8.95
Caramel is probably one of my favourite children’s labels – the colours, the shapes, the knits, the beautiful sprig prints… You could literally shop on their website blindfolded and still come away with the most stylish outfit ever. My bank balance however… not so keen. You can do some serious damage in less than a minute without even trying. So for me Caramel is a one-off; a treat; something for a (very) special occasion; or somewhere I might shop during sale time. A bit like Bonpoint I suppose. Which doesn’t mean I love it any less. In fact, it probably just makes me want and love it even more… But a couple of weeks ago I had an interesting conversation with someone who had a slightly different slant to shopping at Caramel. Her and her friends (all with little ones) buy a few pieces from Caramel each season (for newborns and up), then pass them all on to each other. But not just as casual hand-me-downs in a Waitrose carrier bag; as actual gifts for newborns and birthdays – washed, ironed and beautifully wrapped in tissue and ribbon. As good as new. So their little ones wear them, their mamas love them in them, they are carefully cared for (well you would when a romper sets you back £72.00 wouldn’t you??), then passed on, then the whole process is repeated. Everyone is happy. And it works because the quality is great, so the pieces really last and last. I suppose it’s simply the polar opposite of today’s ‘throw away fashion’ (a concept that I personally loathe). The chicest form of recycling. I just love this idea. And who wouldn’t want a gorgeous Caramel cardigan/romper/pair of bloomers for their little one, even second-hand?
Rompers, playsuits, all-in-ones, bubbles (yes really)… Call them what you will. Here is a selection of my favourites out there, to fit little ones from three months to five years.. As you know Tabitha has the striped one from Gap, and I love it on her so much (and you can now pick one up in the sale). I’m rather tempted to buy another one for her for next Summer. A romper just looks so cute, no matter what. And no annoying gaps between tops and bottom halves (the baby equivalent of the muffin top!).
1. M&S Cotton Onesie With Hat, £16.00 2. Numero 74 Star Garland, £15.00 3. Numero 74 Round Bib, £8.00
How cute is this Missoni-esque romper and matching hat? Completely adorable. I’m also loving this navy dress; this pleated blouse; this romper; these hareem pants and this cotton cardigan. All from M&S.
One of my favourite (and yours too I’ve noticed!) kids’ labels, Mini Boden are kindly giving away all ten of these gorgeous baby pieces (personally chosen by me) to two lucky Little Spree readers. Five pieces for baby girls, and five pieces for baby boys. Each item comes in ages 0-3 years (so not just for babies). To enter, all you need to do is to answer one simple question, and follow Little Spree on Twitter (little spree) and Instagram (littlespree @littlespree) if you don’t already. The question is: what is Tabitha and Marlow’s collective nickname? Please send your answer to: email@example.com, stating ‘boy’ or ‘girl’ to specify which of the two prizes you would like to win, and the age of your baby or size you which to be sent (you can choose to size up and ‘stash for later’ if you prefer – it’s totally up to you). Two winners will be selected at random, and I will announce them on Thursday 19th June (so you have plenty of time). Boden will then send the five items directly to the two winners. One of them might just be you! Good luck!
This Bella Freud jumper is one of my favourite jumpers ever. I treated myself to one around six years ago, and literally wore it (at least once a week, every week that I had it, with the exception of the latter part of my pregnancy) into the ground… I am actually about to buy myself a new one, I still love it that much. It’s since become a classic, and I love just wearing it with a pair of jeans for a low-key, but cool, easy everyday outfit. It just feels a bit more special than one of my trusty plain men’s cashmere jumpers that I wear day to day. I also used to wear it with a cut-off denim mini (this slightly longer, higher waisted version from Gap feels more ‘now’ (and a bit Stella-esque) and is probably a little more forgiving on my (slightly older) legs. So I’ll be recreating this look again this Summer. I will be adding a pair of patent heels for the evening, or for meetings. You could also switch the heels for these cool navy (Isabel-esque) bow flats if you prefer. By the way I’m obsessed with this Baggu bag. This navy suede small version is my favourite, but the options are endless, and you can also customise a bag to your exact requirements. I love that they are completely unbranded and anonymous in a stylish, understated way.
ps: I did a great Gap haul for Tabitha yesterday, so wanted to share… I got this navy sun dress (as featured last Saturday); this white cheesecloth dress (I’m starting to think about our Summer holiday now, and this would be perfect); this striped romper (which I LOVE – she’s already got it on! Size up though – I bought age 5 for Tabs, and I usually size down if anything); and these floral print days of the week pants. Not bad!
pps: don’t forget my special Father’s Day post on Sunday. No need to panic – you’ve still got plenty of time to order a cool, stylish (and personalised?) present (and card) online for the Daddy of your little ones…
ppps: just found out that Mango has 30% off again! Just for today and tomorrow. Enter 5SHOPMAY when you confirm your purchase. Woohoo!
1. Mothercare Spotted Sunhat, £5.00 2. Cyrillus Breton Top, £17.00 3. Next Floral Romper, £9.00-£10.00 4. Verity Jones Hair Clip, £3.00 5. Zara Leather Fringed Sandals, £22.99
This baby girl’s outfit has all my favourite elements – a Liberty-esque floral print (rompers are one of my all-time favourite things to dress a baby girl in – and this one can be layered with the long sleeved tee depending on the temperature), a Breton stripe, a gorgeous bow, a cute sunhat (in a clashing print, but in the same colour palette, so not too clashy) and a cool sandal (these remind me of larger pair from Christian Louboutin that I’ve got my eye on…).
ps: this gorgeous printed tea dress (my favourite print is the ‘washed bluebell poppy field’) and matching knickers from Mini Boden is currently 30% off.
Gap Chambray Pocket Tee (xs-xxl) £14.95 SHOP NOW Where would we be without denim and chambray in our wardrobes? I particularly like chambray in the Summer because it’s so much lighter and cooler to wear. This top is from the Gap girls’ collection (from five years and up), so bear that in mind with the sizing. It would look great with little shorts or skirts, or even skinny jeans. Just think of it as a normal t-shirt, and style accordingly. I also love this cute H&M baby version, and this Mango mama version. Here are a few more fab pieces for the girls… This cool denim tunic top from Tulip & Nettle (love!!); this Gap chambray romper; this Petit Bateau dress; this Zara top; this Mini-A-Ture pocket dress (now reduced from £45.00 to £22.50); this Petit Bateau baby pinafore dress (gorgeous with a white peasant style blouse under); these Gap ruffle shorts, this Cos top and these (chambray-esque) Cos hair clips.
ps: other recent purchases for Tabs include this sweet spotty dress from Mini Boden (still waiting for it’s debut), and these leopard print sunnies (I couldn’t resist them when I popped into H&M on Saturday). So cute! And they will look great worn with all this chambray…
Gap Chambray Romper (12 months-5 years) £15.99 (was £19.95) SHOP NOW Another thing for Tabitha’s Summer shopping list. I love a romper, and so does she. Layer a pretty Liberty print blouse underneath, such as this Cyrillus one or this one from Trotters. Super-cute and super-practical.
Little Bird By Jools Gingham Romper (0-12 months) This adorable classic style baby romper is so, so sweet. It could have come from an antique clothing shop. I love the retro gingham fabric, and the cute (and comfortable) bubble shape. And I always love a bit of smocking. Tabitha had a similar one when she was a baby (a gorgeous ladybird printed one from Gap), which I absolutely loved her in. They look great with a pair of simple sandals and a little cotton cardigan if it gets chilly. And this one is 100% cotton, which is always a good thing. Love. £12.00 mothercare.com
Alice à Paris Knitted Baby All-In-One (3-6 months) Alice a Paris is still quite a new discovery for me. Gorgeous, simple, French clothes for babies and toddlers at really great prices. I love that they only have quite a small selection of styles, but they all come in various colours and fabrics. Perfect. How chic is this knitted all-in-one? Love the ties at the side. The perfect ‘don’t know what I’m/they’re having’ pre-baby purchase/gift. £33.00 aliceaparis.com
Stella McCartney Kids Romper (1-24 months)
There are still some great bargains around in the sales, and this is most definitely one of them. I tend to steer clear of designer kids’ clothes normally (for all the reasons I mention on the site in ‘about’), but come sale time, it’s a whole different story. Stella Kids always have a great sale, and I have fallen head over heels in love with this romper. It’s just so pretty (and at the risk of sounding like a broken record, you all know how much I love a romper!). Again, sadly Tabs is too big for it now, but for all little girls out there under two, you definitely need this gem in your wardrobe. It would look super-cute with the Boden yellow sandals. Do bear in mind though that Stella’s sizes come up quite tiny, so I would definitely size-up to be safe. So what are you waiting for? If Tabs can’t have it, I would at least like one of your daughters/granddaughters/nieces/goddaughters to! £31.80 (was £53.00) stellamccartney.co.uk
No Added Sugar Eden Romper (3 months-2 years)
I love this. As you know by now, I am a big fan of the romper/playsuit (call it what you will). They always just look so effortlessly cute. They are great for layering under other things, but personally I just love them worn on their own with sandals on a sunny Summer day. And they don’t come much prettier than this. £32.00 johnlewis.com
Gap Chambray Bubble Romper (0-24 months)
I love any kind of all-in-one/playsuit/romper for baby girls. They always look super-cute, but are always super-practical too. They keep your little one ‘together’, so that they can crawl/run around without losing bits of their outfit as they go. And I always love anything in chambray because it feels/looks a bit more special than regular denim, but still has the same casual, laid-back feel. This one has poppers around the legs, so nappy changes are quick and easy. I love the oversized bows on the shoulders and the pretty embroidery at the neck. Just pop a Breton striped long sleeved t-shirt underneath if it feels a bit bare and breezy. It would look great with sandals, such as the John Lewis white cut-out ones or the Jo Jo Maman Bebe floral ones that I have featured in previous posts. £17.95 gap.eu
Looking for inspiration to fill the Christmas holidays? We’ve used this discount site to buy tickets for a few years now (the last time for a theatre performance of Paddington which included a marmalade making class). It’s updated every Thursday and is currently offering tickets for a Frozen sing-along. Need we say more….