As well as filling the gaps in their Summer wardrobe, Summer sales are also an opportunity to make a (cheap chic) start on the season ahead. For now we love these khaki green shorts and navy sandals for their classic versatility,and we’re making a start on our boys Autumn wish-lists with this Louis Louise navy jumper and these long sleeve t-shirts. Well we say Autumn, but actually long sleeve t-shirts (along with rain macs and wellies) seem to be essential Summer-wear so far. Still, we remain optimistic that short sleeve t-shirts will be required – I have bought Bailey this ukulele one from Hartford and this lovely Bellerose grey linen one. For those days where it’s chilly, then sunny, hot then chilly, sunny, rainy and chilly again, we’ll be layering them under this Babe & Tess navy sweatshirt, and for really chilly days this Hartford cosy fleece lined grey one.
1. Maison Lebiche Later Aligator Tee (2-12 years) £22.75 2. EasyRead Time Teacher Watch £19.95
3. Boden Denim Shorts (2-12 years) £22.50-£26.50 4. Pom D’Api Leather Sandals (sizes 24-34) £51.35
We accidentally left Bailey’s watch on holiday recently. Whilst looking for a replacement, I came across the ‘Easy Read Time Teacher’. It’s not possible to see all the clever details here, but all the minutes are named, the screen is split into ‘past’ and ‘to’ as well as other useful annotations like ‘o’clock’ next to the number 12. I also think it has quite cool styling – the shape and fabric strap remind me of military pilot watches. Be sure to impart this information if you think it will encourage them to wear it!.
1. Boden Washed Surf Hoodie (9-16+ years), £29.50-£34.50 2. Next T-Shirt (sold as part of a set of two, 3-16 years), £10.00-£16.00 3. Bonton Backpack, £40.00 4. Boden Denim Shorts (sizes 22-32), £26.50-£31.50 5. Mango Hooded Cotton Parka (3-14 years), £29.99 6. M&S Leather Trainers (sizes 13 small-3 large), £13.00-£14.00
Seeing as we brought you a tween post for girls, we thought it only fair that we do one for the boys too. Here’s a little selection of some of our favourites for those pre-teen boys (although as can see, most of these pieces come on little boy sizes too).
1. Mango Flowy Shirt (4-14 years), £16.99 2. Next Jumpsuit (3-16 years), £16.00-£21.00 3. Gap Shirt Jacket (xs-xxl), £24.95 4. Monsoon ‘Make Your Own’ Beaded Necklace, £8.00 5. Gap 1969 Boy Fit Denim Shorts (4-13 years), £16.95 6. Next Fringed Bag, £12.00 7. Next Woven Sandals (sizes 26.5-41), £24.00-£30.00
Ladies, you spoke, we listened. So here it is: our first ‘Tween Spree’ post. There are some lovely pieces out there for older girls so we thought we’d start you off (yes, we’ll be doing more, and not just for girls) with a round-up of some of our favourites. These denim cut-offs and green utility jacket are mini-must-have pieces, and we just love these cute accessories (they would make great gifts too). Oh, and just between us Mamas, those leather woven sandals go up to size 41, so, if somehow your shoe size ends up in the basket, our lips are sealed!
The sweetest sequin basket, (a tasteful) Batman sweatshirt, cool khaki cut-offs, the cutest crocheted dress (Tabitha’s is on its way), and probably one of our favourite logos tops of all time (we’ve already ordered a couple as gifts): the Little Shop has been re-stocked!
It can be hard to find ‘character’ pieces that our children like (and we like!) which is why we (and you) loved the Boden dinosaur sweatshirt so much. We know how disappointing it was when it sold out (although having just checked ages 9-10 and 11-12 are now available). So, we’ve been keeping our eye open for something we like just as much; what a relief then to find these dinosaur sweatshirts. It’s the scribbled images that make them cooler than your average printed top. Plus they have helpful poppers which allows you to ease (rather than yank) them over your little one’s head. They’re available in 3 months-3 years, but don’t worry mums of older boys, Boden have recreated the ‘jurassic dinosaur’ print from their sweatshirt and made this fisherman’s hat (Bailey loves his) and these board shorts. Both are currently available in most sizes and are in the sale, but please be quick, otherwise we’ll have to start looking for replacement dinosaur hats and shorts too!
So Pretty was started by friends Lucy and Lou in 2014. Based in South London and with five young daughters between them, they wanted to offer a new range of clothes and accessories for girls aged 3-10 years. Inspired by nostalgic and fashion forward fabrics they like to use comfortable, fun and feminine materials that share their love of pretty prints, textures and a touch of sparkle. All their collections are designed by them and made in South London with limited numbers in each range. They work hard to ensure the materials they use are produced fairly, sustainably and as close to home as they can so they benefit local economies as well as the environment. They currently have a sale on, so definitely worth a little look.