hearts & flowers

Cath Kidston Ditsy Print Sunglasses
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Cute and cool. And whilst I was on the Cath Kidston website, I also found these other great things… This floral print pinafore dress; this giraffe sweater; and this floral print skirt (gorgeous with a long sleeved Breton).

ps: a quick snoop around the T.K.maxx website threw up a few great finds from Stella McCartney Kids (the sizes are a bit random, but the prices are incredible). Love this boys striped shirt; this girls cotton camisole; these denim jeans; and these boys striped shorts (love the green version too). I had heard the rumours about them stocking Stella, but had never actually managed to get my mits on any in the store. Who knew they had a website? Easy!

pps: lots of people have been asking me exactly what I bought when I did my Mango Spree with the recent 30% off online. Unfotrtunately everything I bought for Marlow (including a girls’ t-shirt), and a lot of the things I bought for Tabs, appear to have sold out (sorry!), but here are a few of the things I bought for Tabitha: this embroidered blouse; this lace trim blouse (in lavender); and this embroidered dress. I did also buy myself this dress for my Summer holiday (I sized up and ditched the black ribbon tie). I am under no illusions that I will look like Daria in it, but I will wear it with a tan flat sandal (see Friday’s Mama Spree) and an army-style oversized shirt-jacket…

faded florals

The Little White Company Floral Print Skirt (2-8 years)
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I absolutely love the pretty grey, faded floral print on this full skirt. This style reminds me of the skirts that Miller always do (classic, but modern at the same time). And it has cute pockets for added coolness. Such an easy piece to wear in the Summer. I would style it with a classic navy and white Breton and simple (white or navy) sandals.

ps: it comes in a dress version too. Which one to get??

skater girl

Massimo Dutti Striped Linen Skirt (4-14 years)
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I like to call this kind of skirt a ‘skater skirt’ – full-skirted but short and cute. They always look adorable on, and work well with most kinds of tops – jumpers, long sleeved tees, also with or without tights. In Winter I would add knitted tights (love these colours), a cosy jumper and ankle boots, and come Summer, Mary Jane’s or sandals and a simple short sleeved tee. I love this striped one. Here are a few more that I have found and like… This grey spotty one from Lands’ End; this blousy floral print one from Gant (it’s all about bold Floral prints this Summer, trust me on this); this embroidered cheesecloth one from Mango; this sequinned tulle one from Jigsaw; and this gorgeous ‘dancer’ version from Cyrillus (possibly my second favourite).

ps: just spotted this great tweed coat in the sale at Jigsaw. Size up and put it away for next Winter…

pps: it’s all about the boys tomorrow…

christmas tutus

Mango Tulle Miniskirt (sizes XS-L)
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I never tire of a pretty tutu (particularly when worn with a knit of some kind), and there are so many gorgeous ones out there to choose from a the moment, from the full-on flouncy to the more understated ones that just feel more like a ‘special skirt. These are my favourites, starting with this simple style from Mango, which comes in a whole array of other equally cool (un-Barbie) colours. I also love this beautiful ruffled vintage pink one from The White Company; this floral embroidered one from M&S (very similar to a little Zara skirt of mine actually that I wear with tights and a chunky jumper, but I digress…), this diamante ruffled one from Zara. this dotted tulle one from Kiahawo; this can-can style from ilovegorgeous; this star one from Carousel; this La Redoute one (that I have posted in the past, but is still available, and is now half price in sale!).

ps: just ordered these for Tabs from AlexandAlexa (thanks for the tip-off, Nicky!). Totally adorable. Hurry – they are selling out fast…

skater girl

Mango Pocket Flared Skirt (XS-L)
Believe it or not Tabitha has only ever owned about four skirts in her lifetime (and I think they have all been some kind of variation of a ‘tasteful’ tutu). For some reason I just seem to find skirts tricky (I own virtually none, for the same reason). She either wears dresses, jeans, trousers or leggings, but never skirts. But I have suddenly had the urge to start buying her some. I bought a couple of great Miller ones from that fabulous sale last week, and they were very similar in style to this one. I love this ‘skater style’ of short, full skirt, and I adore this shade of mustard, and the little patch pockets. It will look great with a chunky sweater,  knitted tights and boots/ballet pumps (and this colour will work really well with grey and navy) And I will be buying it for Tabs. And just like that, the skirt spell was magically lifted…
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don’t mess with my tutu…

Okaou Ruffled Tutu (18 months-5 years)
I am often asked about tutus, and where to buy a stylish, non-scary one. They are not one of my favourite items (unless at a ballet class of three year olds, when there is simply nothing cuter…) of clothing, but having said that, Tabitha does own three (not including her ballet one). One pale-pink, one cream, and one grey, although they don’t get out much I must confess… The grey one was a DPAM find on a work trip to Paris, and is by far my favourite. I suppose I just like the fact that it’s not pink. And it’s not too ‘poufy’, so can (and has been) worn with knitted tights, a (Breton) jumper and boots and still pass as a reasonably normal outfit. So I was rather pleased to find this similar one on the La Redoute website last night. I love the pretty layers/ruffles of tulle. And it starts from 18 months, which is a real bonus, as it is even harder to find a tasteful tutu for babies! And for the record, I do let Tabs express her ‘inner princess’ in suitably scary/flammable ‘dressing-up’ outfits. Inside the privacy of our house. Oh and by the way, this one does also come in pink!
£11.00  laredoute.co.uk

ps: I also always love the Bob & Blossom ones for a slightly more ‘full-on tutu’ experience. And they do a grey one too!

tasteful tutu

Bob & Blossom Tutu (2-8 years)
It’s a very fine line between naff and cute where tutus are concerned. Sadly most of them fall into the former category. This one however, strikes the perfect balance between pretty and cool. It’s made from layer upon layer of gorgeous chiffon, and I love the grey (just so much cooler than the standard pink – Tabitha has a grey one that I bought her in DPAM in Paris one time, although it’s not as ‘poufy’ as this one). Would look super-stylish for a party or special occassion, or just for playing dress-up at home. But the great thing about this one is that it is tasteful enough to look equally great worn on a regular day with a cashmere jumper and knitted tights, or a Breton t-shirt in the warmer weather. It would make such a lovely present if you’re stuck for what to buy for a little girl (and you can have it gift wrapped in a gorgeous candy pink and white striped box –  so cute!). Love.
£39.99  bobandblossom.co.uk