1. M&S Cotton Sailor Dress (12 months-7 years), £16.00-£18.00 2. Salt Water ‘Surfer’ Sandals (sizes 24-28), £45.00
Many of you may remember this adorable ‘mini Alexa Chung’ dress from Instagram when we posted it after seeing it as the M&S press day day a while ago? You loved it as much as we did (and a few of you wanted one in your size too!). It really reminded me of a similar dress that from A.P.C that Alexa had a few years ago. In fact, I desperately tried to get one (I never could resist a sailor collar), but they had all sold out once she was photographed wearing it in one of the Sunday supplements. Hey-ho. Fast forward a few years and a set of my very own twins later (I definitely did not see that coming, but that’s a whole other story…), and my own daughter can wear her own cute sailor dress (yes, Tabs already has it). I bought it on Friday after a quick trip to M&S (the giant one at The Meadows in Camberley – anyone else know it?) on Friday with my stepmum (I told her that under no circumstances was I to buy anything for the kids – they have far too much stuff already!!). I simply could not resist. It’s pure cotton ladies – how could I? Oh, and for any mamas of teeny-tiny wannabe Alexa’s out there? Good luck trying to resist this (yep, matching hat and knickers!).
This is the perfect time to invest in those slightly more expensive pieces that, having been discounted, feel like a real bargain. Such as this perfect navy wool jumper from Miller (which we love in all colours). It’s also worth looking ahead to next Winter and sizing up on anything you know you will need – we’re very tempted to buy this cool grey pea coat and stash it for next year (love the cosy sheepskin style lining). Hats and scarves are also great sale buys – this hat and mittens set is also on our boys sale wish list, along with these these trousers, and this jacket.
I buy clothes for Bailey in the same way that I buy clothes for myself: by mixing high street purchases with a few more expensive items (which I try to buy during sale time). In fact I have an ongoing ‘stash’ box of things I’ve bought in previous sales for Bailey. It’s actually quite exciting when the seasons begin to change and you look inside the box and see your bargains waiting to be worn. So here are a few items we’ll be stashing this year….
Chloe Baby Girls Cashmere Hat & Scarf Set (12 months) £42.00 (was £84.00) SHOP NOW Chloe. Cashmere. Beyond gorgeous. And totally affordable. No this is not an April fool! These are hard facts. Such an amazing price for a beautiful, luxury baby gift (for yours or someone elses). I’m very tempted to buy it to keep for the next friend who gets pregnant… I’m even tempted to have another baby myself!
Mini Boden Boys Cardigan (2-12 years) £20.00-£24.00 (was £25.00-£30.00) SHOP NOW It’s all about the boys today. Starting with this super-cool, simple cardigan made from cotton and cashmere. Great for those ‘in-between days’ when you’re need an extra layer, but not necessarily a really thick, warm one. I love the elbow patches and the subtle neon trim details. Here are a few more pieces that I have spied for the boys this week that will also work for those ‘is it Spring yet?’ layering kind of days…
I bought these Zara girls’ cotton striped trousers for Marlow a couple of weeks ago – they are lightweight, and a slim fit. Perfect for Summer (and there’s no way I could get Tabitha anywhere near a navy striped trouser these days…); this cool star print scarf from Cyrillus; these M&S navy suede chukka boots (I always loved a chukka style boot – Tabarlow’s daddy is a big fan of the Common Projects ones); these John Lewis colour block Wayfarer sunglasses; this The Little White Company mixed stripe long sleeved tee; this cool tee from The Fableists (this new little brand that I just discovered – definitely worth checking out); and this H&M cargo shirt. I also mentioned a great pair of jeans that I picked up for Marlow in Gap on Saturday. They were my favourite skinny fit that I always buy him, but they were a new wash – slightly distressed and with a little turn-up. I am going to double-check with the press office, but I think these are them. He was wearing them today with a Miller striped tee (from my Miller sale swoop a few months ago) if you want to take a look on Instagram. I also noticed that they already have their denim cut-offs in for Summer. I bought the Gap ones last year (for me and for Marlow actually, but more about mine in Mama Spree) and he literally lived in them. So I am going to ‘buy now, stash for later’ (I like these H&M ones too).
Little Marc Jacobs Girl’s Knitted Scarf, Hat & Mittens Set (3 months-3 years) £85.00 SHOP NOW Ok, this may not exactly be the bargain of the century (although for three things from Mini Marc Jacobs I don’t think it’s too bad…), but it was just too cute to resist. A gorgeous present if you’re feeling generous!
Cyrillus Polka Dot Scarf
My latest obsession? Scarves (for babies/kids). I just think they look so cute and stylish. I’m not talking about the knitted, functional variety though – these are purely decorative. And this particular one also taps into my yellow obsession. Perfect. Oh yes, sorry, another sale post (I never could resist a bargain…). £15.00 (was £24.00) cyrillus.com
Cyrillus Liberty Baby Bandana
I just think this is so sweet (the colours are divine). Will look so chic worn with a little grey sweater or cardigan. I’m not normally one for over accessorising babies/kids, but this just has that effortless thing going on that you just can’t quite put your finger on… Is it that French magic at work again? I think it might be… £14.00 cyrillis.com
H&M’s ‘All For Children’ Collection
I loved it last time (I scooped up so many great pieces for Tabarlow), and it’s back again – H&M’s genius collaboration with UNICEF. These are just a few of my favourite things (how cute is that bow dress?), but there is much more (including a tent, wall stickers and magicians’ hats…). This time the collection is made up of cute fashion as well as fab dress-up pieces for both boys and girls (think Halloween costumes, but way cooler). The collection will be available from 18th October (tomorrow!) from around 300 H&M stores, as well as online. H&M will donate 25% of the sale price of every piece to UNICEF’s work in Bangladesh. Through this partnership, H&M and UNICEF aim to promote education and improve the health of children in slum areas around Dhaka in Banglasdesh. So you can shop up a storm and help a great, worthwhile cause at the same time. What’s not to love about that? hm.com
ps: sorry for the gap in posts, but I have had wifi issues in Miami. I hope all these lovely things have made up for it…
pps: please don’t buy everything!Leave some things for me! I’m not back in London until Tuesday…
1. Cos Cashmere Hat (2-6 years) Marlow has this hat and I absolutely love it on him. It looks great, is incredibly soft, and really keeps his ears warm. And he also loves it, so, amazingly, doesn’t try and take it off all the time (this of course may change at any time!). £16.00 cosstores.com
2. Cos Cashmere Scarf (one size) I bought this scarf for my friend, Mary Alice’s little boy, Louis last year, and it was a big hit. I might have to buy Marlow one too now. There is nothing I like more than the feeling of cashmere on babies/kids, and this is such a great price for a little bit of luxury. It would make a really lovely present too (just ask Mary Alice!). £24.00 cosstores.com
We have a thing about nightwear; we can’t get enough of it, especially when it’s beautifully designed and handmade. If you do too, then take a look at ‘Marin’ (lovely boys stripe pyjamas) and pretty ‘Penelope’ pyjamas for girls at My Little Shop.