1. Monsoon Toby Tuxedo Suit, £55.00
2. Adidas Stan Smith Trainers, £36.99
Of all the outfits at a wedding, the one for page boys can be the most difficult to get right. It’s just so much harder to achieve the right amount of formality whilst also ensuing comfort (i.e. no fidgetting) and style, than for bridesmaids/flower girls. With that in mind, as well as our favourite suits, we thought it would be helpful to highlight pieces that we think work well together and can be used to smarten up or tone down an outfit; a sort of mix and match approach.
Starting with one of our favourite looks: the ‘mini tux’. You may remember we featured this navy suit in the Little Shop at Christmas as a party outfit – well it works for weddings too. In fact, page boy-to-be Bailey will be wearing this exact outfit at a friend’s wedding this Summer and I can’t rate it highly enough. The material is soft (no stiff collars), it fits well and comes with the little cotton shirt and bow tie pictured (and I can confirm no fidgeting required). If you need a black tux this one from Marks and Spencer is a good option and for a tuxedo jacket alone, try this one from Next. One of our other favourite pieces is this stand out Little Marc Jacobs shirt with bow tie. It would look super cute worn casually with these shorts, or more formally with these suit trousers (with optional jacket). Alternatively, and for something a little more casual switch in this shirt, these sandals or these trousers with braces from Next into the mix.
Nicky & Sarah xx
ps: if you know a groom that needs pointing in the right direction, we discovered some really well made, well priced mens suits at the M&S press day. We like this tuxedo and this navy suit. For grooms looking for a modern look, this ASOS tuxedo and suit are well worth a try.
Boden ‘Best Dress’, £45.50-£49.50
I was recently asked to review a new collection of girls ‘occasion wear’ for Boden. I was more than pleasantly surprised – it’s gorgeous. And perfect for little wedding guests, parties, or just every day twirling… My favourite dress is the (cotton) one above (sadly, rabbit not included), and Tabitha has it (obviously). I love that it’s a proper old-fashioned ‘girls’ dress, similar to one that I would have worn as a child. Very Alice in Wonderland. My other favourites are the ‘Baby Charming Petal Dress’ and it’s big sister version (I am definitely buying this for Tabs for our Summer holiday – perfect with her Sun San tan sandals – find them in the Little Shop) and ‘The Lace Dress’ (love this colour). Read my full review of the collection here.
ps: Boden is currently offering 20% off, plus free delivery and returns until Sunday. So hop to it!
pps: oh and did I mention that all the dresses are machine washable? Genius.
World Book Day, roughly translates to a last-minute mad panic (or a total nightmare for full-time working mamas) for mamas everywhere. We’ve rounded up the best costumes that are yours at the click of a button (sorry, but we are not even going to try and pretend that we’re going to make one…). So, instead of panicking, stick the kettle on/pour yourself a glass of wine, and we’ll share the best costumes we’ve found (some admitedly more ‘on brief’ than others, but we can’t be the only ones with kids who like to go off piste?)…
For the boys: Peter Pan, BFG, The Gruffalo, Fantastic Mr Fox, Willy Wonker, Mad Hatter, Where’s Wally, Chewbacca, Stormtrooper, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, or a good old fail-safe pirate.
For the girls: Alice in Wonderland (and not forgetting the striped tights), Mary Poppins, Little Red Riding Hood, Matilda, The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Rey (ok, not strictly a book character, but Tabitha is obsessed by her), easy and generic (and frankly, a bit snoozy): fairy and ladybird.
And for the little-er ones :a hedgehog, a tricreatops, a lamb and The Hungry Caterpillar,
Sarah & Nicky xx
ps: obviously we are not saying boys can only wear the ‘boys’ costume and girls can only wear the ‘girls’ – they are all interchangeable. We just wanted to split them for the sake of this post to make it quicker for you to look for your little ones (we know how time-poor you are!!). We can’t think of anything cooler than a girl Stormtrooper (just ask Preen!).
The White Company Danvers Vase, £12.00
Mother’s Day is just a round the corner. And it’s not just about us mamas, but our mamas too. Here’s some inspiration to buy and hint for…
Flowers are always a good idea (the right flowers that is, not just any old flowers). M&S have some great options, and you know where you are with them, i.e. you know what you’re going to get, and we love that you can order them now and tick that off your never-ending to-do list). Go for anemones, roses and thistles (a lot prettier than they sound!), scented stocks, meadow flowers, hyacinths (and even supersize your hyacinths!), or how about a three month supply of flowers that go through the letterbox? Or order these and put your own picked flowers in (get the kids involved too. Perfect for Grannies and Grandmas everywhere). And not forgetting this simple, stylish vase (above) from The White Company.
We’re still loving these sweatshirts and tees (Nicky was way ahead of the game with hers!). I would love a grey one for Mother’s day (please kids/Tom!), these The Gray Store (one of our newish discoveries) Mama cotton zip-up bags, this chic (with just the right amount of schmaltz) clutch, and our current favourite tassel bracelets. Here’s hoping…
Sarah & Nicky xx
Next Jewel Trim Shift Dress, £26.00-£34.00
1. Monsoon Estella Dress (0-3 years) £40.00
2. AO78 Leopard Pockets Dress (2-16 years), £47.66
3. Mademoiselle à SOHO Stars Dress (3 months-8 years), £32.61
4. Mamas & Papas Frill Dress (0-3 years), £34.00
5. ilovegorgeous Cloud Dress (2-13 years), £136.00
6. Dress Gallery Leopard Tulle Dress (8-16 years), £63.07
7. Zef Almeria Stars Dress (6 months-10 years), £43.00
8. Mango Bead Tulle Dress (3-12 years), £14.99
We’ve recently been asked a lot about ‘party dresses’. Now party dresses can mean different things to different people (and indeed, to different girls – one girls’ party is another’s casual Saturday playdate). So we’ve found a total of eight, each one as gorgeous as the next (and can we just discuss the ‘mini Miu Miu’ from Next??). Interestingly, our favourites just happened to be in black or pink (we have no idea why either!!).
Sarah & Nicky xx
1. Next Shirt And Bow Tie, £11.00-£12.00
2. Monsoon Velvet Jacket, £45.00
3. Mango Jeans, £14.99
4. Converse Black Rubber Boots, £35.00
There are two groups of people who seem to carry off a bow tie easily: the very young and the very old (oh, and anyone wearing a tux).We love this soft gingham version for a boys party outfit as it takes a classic look and makes it fun (and therefore more likely that your little man will want to wear it!). Not necessarily how we would expect the more mature man to wear his bow tie perhaps (although we’re not against it), we’d style it with jeans, a velvet jacket and these cool hi-tops.
Nicky & Sarah xx
ps remember this super cute Little Marc Jacobs shirt and bow tie that we posted on Instagram after the Alex & Alexa press day? Now in stock.