For a chic christening outfit, you needn’t spend a fortune. The high street has a few fantastic options. Then just add some gorgeous cashmere and cute accessories. The Little Shoemaker is another of our recent discoveries. The most adorable hand-made baby and kids shoes (all made by just one man in Brighton). You’ll definitely be seeing more of them on Little Spree. We also love this christening gown (as worn by Tabitha and Marlow in 2010, then loaned to their cousins Evie and Arthur); this romper; this cashmere cardigan; these booties; this hat; and these baby shoes.
What could be cuter than a pair of pretty bloomers (check out the adorable frilly bottom!) worn with soft suede Mary Janes, and a gorgeous, cosy cashmere bonnet?
Sarah & Nicky x
1. Stella McCartney Kids Hat With Bunny Ears, £28.00 (was £40.00)
2. Zara Home Kids Flannel Romper, £17.99 (was £29.99)
3. Emile Et Ida Baby Jumper, £34.80 (was £58.00)
4. Noro Carousel Trousers, £14.38 (were £47.93)
5. Bloch Classic Ballet Pumps, £14.00 (were £20.00)
This is a little edit of some of our favourite things on sale for the littlest of little ones. We also love this jumper from Imps Elfs.
Sarah & Nicky x
This is a great Christmas Day/party look that’s not too blingy. Cosy, cute, with just a smattering of sequins. Perfect.
It’s a different vibe altogether, but I just ordered this robin jumper for Tabs and it’s SO sweet. Christmas-y, but in an adorable old fashioned way. She will definitely be busting it out with a skinny jean (possibly even dungarees if I can bribe her!!) and a gold Mary Jane.
Whether it’s a birthday, wedding or Christmas it’s the same dilemma: how to make your little boy look dressed up but not overdressed? Oh how I’ve envied mothers of little girls at these times, but we think we’ve come up with a cool Christmas solution here. We also like this grey jumper from Next if the Batman sequins are a step too far; and these amazing boots if these hi-tops aren’t far enough.
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?
Nicky and I (with Tabarlow and Bailey in tow – it was during half term) went to the press breakfast for the launch of the new Kate and Jack Spade collaboration for Gap Kids. Whimsical, playful, kooky and colourful. We saw, we liked, we shopped. In fact, we actually preferred the boys collection (which is unusual because generally boys’ clothes are so much harder to find). Nicky bought these super-cool hi-tops for Bailey, and he/she absolutely loves them. They are so cool. And how sweet are these ‘mini me’ totes? Here are some other bits and pieces that we liked… these gift bow ballet flats (Tabs was obsessed with them!); this pom pom hat; this glitter satchel; and ok, so this is more of a Mama Spree purchase, but we love this iPhone cover too.
Available (for a limited period only) in stores and online now.
Vintage style foral prints, pure cashmere, knitted tights and sheepskin lined Mary Janes = the sweetest, chicest baby girl look.
Alex and Alexa currently has 20% off online, then you get an extra 15% on top with the code: SHOE15 until midnight on Thursday. Woohoo! These are our four favourites styles, and we also love these Pom D’Api feather fur girls boots (Nicky saw them in person last week and said they were adorable); these Start-Rite lilac Mary Janes; these Minetonka fringed ankle boots; these Start-Rite white T-bars; these Hunter unisex silver wellies; these Hunter navy ‘first’ wellies; and our favourite boys’ school shoes the Geox ‘William’ (a great time to buy the next size up). They also have a great selection of Pom D’Api girls sandals. Buy now. stash for next Summer…
1. Mini Boden Cosy Cable Throw-On, £31.00-£36.00 (was £35.00-£40.00, SHOP NOW
2. M&S Cotton Embroidered Skater Skirt, £16.00-£20.00, SHOP NOW
3. Zara Ribbed Tights, £5.99, SHOP NOW
4. Start-Rite Gold Leather Mary Janes, £48.00 (were £60.00), SHOP NOW
We love this chunky cable knit sweater (it has the cutest pom pom on the hood, which you can’t see in this pic). And I bought this gorgeous skater skirt for Tabitha back in the Summer. Perfect with or without tights. It really reminds me of the Miller ones that I bought her last year in that amazing Elias & Grace sale.
M&S Metallic Effect Jazz Shoes (10 small-6 large) £16.00-£20.00
I was tipped off about these by super-talented interiors stylist, Twig Hutchinson when were on a shoot together recently in Ibiza. I had seen the gold glitter ones, but not these. Love the understated metallic with the pretty grosgrain ribbon laces… Loving these rose-gold Mary Janes too…
Next Cat Pumps (sizes 26.5-41)
£14.00-£17.00 SHOP NOW
If you can’t stretch to the kitty flats, you can console yourself (and your daughter) with these ones…
ps: Gap has done it again! But this time it’s 50% off!!! So if you haven’t already bought everything you want/need, it’s 50% off select Gap baby and kids styles right now!
pps: my favourite Aigle wellies are now available on the John Lewis website (thank to my eagle-eyed sister for spotting them). The navy are my favourite. Obviously.
1. Bobo Choses L.A T-Shirt (2-10 years), £27.00
2. Mango Cotton Field Jacket (3-12 years), £16.99 (was £34.99)
3. Massimo Dutti Cotton & Cashmere Knitted Leggings (4-14 years), £29.95
4. Pepe Suede Boots (sizes 24-36), £40.00 (were £100.00)
We’re obsessed with these amazing cashmere (yes cashmere!!) joggers/leggings. How cool are they? In fact, we’re loving this whole laid-back look.
I snapped this gorgeous dress up in M&S a few weeks ago when I was doing a sweep of grey school trousers, skirts and pinafore dresses. What a relief to find something so pretty! And it is so much prettier in real life – needle cord, gorgeous smocking at the neckline, and a cool smocky shape. A real Holly Hobbie style dress. And for the first time ever, I actually like the tights that come with it! They are a great colour. So at the moment Tabs is wearing hers like the first picture (we are loving those Gap Lanvin-esque pumps, and she has also worn it with these gold Mary Janes), then as Winter sets in, she will be busting out the tights, biker boots and beanie. I absolutely love this dress! And while we’re talking dresses, here are some others that I like… This one from The Little White Company; this one from Gap (they have done so much cute ones, and if you’re quick you can still get the 30% off until Monday); this one from Zara (bought for Tabs); this one from John Lewis (just add a cardi); and this one from Zara (also bought for Tabs).
ps: bought these super-cool leopard print ‘Birks’ for Tabitha yesterday. Now Marlow wants a pair, so have ordered him some too. Admittedly a bit late for a Summer sandal, but I couldn’t resist. Plus they look so cute with chunky grey socks (as modelled by Marlow yesterday when he tried Tabitha’s on)… Oh, and if you’re interested ladies, they go up to a size 40!!
M&S Glitter Effect Mary Janes (sizes 5-13 small)
£12.00-£14.00 SHOP NOW
When I used to be dragged to Clarks, kicking and screaming, just before term started to buy my new school shoes (between the ages of around 4 to 10), my mother and I always struck a deal. If I got my regulation (ugly) t-bar clompy flat sandals (which of course, I loathed), I was allowed to choose a pair of ridiculous ‘party shoes’ at the same time (presumably this was the only way my mother could survive the experience without prescription medication?). Every time I went for for an almost identical pair (except for one time when I went totally off-piste and plumped for a pair of blue knee high wellingtons with a cream high, block heel, but that’s another story…) of glittery Mary Janes (in either silver or gold) with a little, block heel. Not dissimilar from these in fact (although admittedly in hindsight, far less stylish). Unlike me though, Tabs will be wearing hers with her skinny jeans and blouses/jumpers. Hopefully.
The perfect transeasonal outfit to take your little girl seamlessly from Summer to Autumn, and through to Winter… Just add grey or navy knitted tights (and possibly these cute boots in ‘mouse’) as the temperature drops…
Papouelli Violetta Mary Janes (sizes 26-34)
£59.00 SHOP NOW
Here we go again, but this time it’s the girls’ turn. And I have to say, compared to the boys they haven’t got it so bad. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s slim-pickings out there, but there are definitely some more than ok options. Personally I prefer the more traditional style for girls – the classic Mary Jane is always a favourite of mine (in or out of school), so I was pleased to see so many around for school. The ‘Violetta’ style from Papouelli (above) is the girls’ front-runner (and almost certainly going to be Tabitha’s first pair of school shoes), and they come in navy and black (for some reason, most of my favourites only seem to come in navy, annoyingly). They look sweet, but are pretty sturdy too. I also like these options… These from Start-rite; these from Petasil (Blanche): these from Start-rite; these from Clarks (I actually saw these in the window of the Richmond store last week, and they are much nicer in real life); these from Start-rite; these from Geox; these from Lelli Kelly (I never thought I’d see the day when I would be featuring Lelli Kelly on Little Spree!!); these from Start-rite; these from these Menthe et Grenadine (thank you Lucy for the tip-off – they have some gorgeous shoes for girls and boys); and finally these from Next. Amen.
ps: tomorrow it’s onto school coats… Oh joy.