summer’s coming…

Monsoon Baby Isobel Embroidered Top (0-3 years)
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All you need to add is a skinny jean (love the lighter wash of these – Tabs has them) or a pair of denim cut-offs (Marlow and Tabs both have these) for the ultimate Summer top.

boys boys boys


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).

faded denim

Mini Club Boys Denim Shorts (6 months-6 years)
I spotted a (always very stylish) little boy at nursery this morning wearing these (with a Breton striped t-shirt and grey Pom D’Api sandals if you’re interested), and immediately started interrogating his mum as to where they were from. Even I was surprised when the answer was Boots (and I have found many a gem there over these last three and half years as you know…). They are a fab washed denim that is really lovely and soft; a slouchy, relaxed fit, and just very cool (this picture does not do them justice at all). His mum had ditched the belt, which somehow made them look a lot more stylish (and expensive). I really like the pale denim for a change too. I am going to copy and buy a pair for Marlow right as soon as I have finished writing this! I have found myself living in denim cut-offs these last few weeks, and I have come to realise that you can’t understimate their versatility (I’ve worn mine with everything from hippie blouses to cashmere jumpers to embellished tops…). So it was the logical next step to pass my latest obsession onto my kids…

ps: these would be really cute on girls too.

breton shorts

Little Bird By Jools Breton Striped Shorts (6 months-5 years)
It may be Winter outside (I dusted off the black opaques today – so depressing…), but I’m going to carry on regardless. I have to remain ever hopeful that at some point, Marlow will be able to wear a pair of shorts this year. And I love this striped jersey pair from the Little Bird collection (still going strong, and still doing some great pieces). Maybe he could wear a pair of Tabitha’s knitted tights underneath?

ps: I have already given his (warmer) Winter coat to a charity shop. I was clearly a little hasty. Might have to buy it back!!

swimming stripes

Cyrillus Swimming Shorts (4-16 years)
I’m possibly a little late in the year with this post, but I don’t know about you, but I was experiencing a balmy Summer’s day today in London (I am still wearing my white vintage sundress and flip-flops to prove it…). So I think there is definitely still a ‘swimwear window’. How great are these ‘swimshorts’? Super-stylish, but still fun. And chic enough to be worn as regular shorts pre/post swimming.

my best buy of the Summer

Mini Club Boys Denim Shorts (6 months-5 years)
These shorts are without doubt my best buy this Summer. They may not look particularly exciting, and to be honest, they were just a quick purchase without too much consideration. But four months later I have realised that Marlow has literally lived in them. They are a fab shape, and just look really great on. And they go with everything in his wardrobe. You can’t really see from the photo, but the turn-ups are striped, which is a cute little detail that you probably wouldn’t expect from something bought in your high street pharmacy. Wherever I can, I always try and check things out in the flesh as well as online, because things can look very different. It can work both ways, but things often look so much better in real life than in a picture (these are a good example). I like to give things the once-over if I possibly can (and I’m very fussy, believe me). They were a bargain when I bought them for £11.00 back in April, so they are an absolute steal at £5.50 in the sale now! And I know it’s not very cool to admit, but I just love the fact that I get my Boots points too!
£5.50 (were £11.00) 

swimming in liberty

Zara Home Kids Liberty Print Swimming Short (2-5 years)
Sorry for posting another thing from Zara so soon, but these are in the sale, so may not be available for much longer, so had to share. And I always find it really hard to find (I feel like I’m always saying this about everything…) good swimming shorts for boys, so was so happy to find these. The paisley print is from a Liberty Arts fabric, which I absolutely love.  And they are 100% cotton, which is always a good thing in my book. If you have a little boy (even if he’s younger than two years – keep them for later), you should buy these.
£14.99 (were £29.99) 

candy stripes

Trotters Summer Shorts (2-11 years)
I bought these for Marlow in the Trotters sale a couple of weeks ago. There are such a cute, classic pair of shorts for little boys. They go with everything. And you may not be able to see from this picture, but they are seersucker and have little belt loops. Nice. Admittedly Marlow’s have only had one outing due to the Monsoon weather in London, but they looked super-cute worn with a little turn-up and his Hartford simple white cotton t-shirt (which I’m loving!). Fingers crossed he gets to give them a second outing (I’m not holding my breath)…
£12.99 (were £24.99) 

faded stripes

River Island Girl’s Blue Stripe Shorts (3-12 years)
Yes River Island are now doing kids’ clothes too. And there are some great bits (although for slightly older kids rather than very little ones). I love these faded blue striped shorts. They definitely have a whiff of Isabel Marant about them, which is always fine by me. They would look great with simple tan sandals and a peasant blouse or (navy) cotton jumper for the British Summer. And if you can be bothered, I would cut the hems and let them fray – super-cool. In fact, I’m now thinking I would rather like a pair myself (wonder if I could squeeze my butt into an age 12 pair??)…

cool cut-offs

H&M Girl’s Denim Shorts (12 months-8 years)
Little girls always look so cute and cool (always the perfect combination in my book) in denim cut-offs. But the trick to pulling this look off is to ‘pretty them up’ a little. I would style these ones with a pretty peasant/smock top or blouse (extra points if it’s a little sprig floral print!) and sandals for a lovely, easy Summer outfit for a little girl. Perfect.

it’s all about a sweatshirt

Cos Melange Sweatshirt (2-6 years)
I always love a grey marl sweatshirt (and live in them myself – I particularly like them dressed up with a skinny trouser, heels and a sparkly drop earring, but enough about me…). I love that this one is more of a charcoal grey. I copied Sam (one half of a another twin duo that Marlow & Tabs hang out with) with this one from Cos. Marlow literally lives in his. Wear with…

1. Cos sweatshirt  £20.00
2. Next shorts  £6.00
3. M&S shoes  £8.00

surfer chic

Monsoon Hibiscus Print Shorts (3 months-3 years)
I love the whole ‘mini surfer’ vibe of these shorts. I always find boy’s shorts tricky to find (well, nice ones anyway), but there’s something I really like about these. Normally I would go for something plain, or a seersucker stripe if I was feeling a bit crazy, so I actually surprised myself by liking these! They will look really cute with a grey t-shirt and navy sandals/hi-tops.

denim cut-off shorts

Gap Denim Shorts (0-24 months)
I always think it’s much harder to dress boys in the Summer than girls (well, when you think about it – take away dresses and your choices are quite limited). Denim shorts are a great option because they can just replace jeans. And they look good with pretty much everything – t-shirts, sweatshirts (even jumpers when it gets a bit cooler later in the day). They just look so cool and effortless. Marlow is wearing a very similar pair to this (also from Gap) today with a Boden navy and white striped long-sleeved t-shirt and his Hampton Classic sandals.