John Lewis Sequin Dress (2-12 years) I love a sequin (always in moderation of course), and so does my daughter. I have noticed that the high street is awash with gorgeous sequinned dresses, perfect for the Christmas party season, but also perfect for any other time too… I have hand-picked my favourites (Including this fab navy and gold one from John Lewis), which includes a couple of really low-key, un-blingy options for the sequin-phobic (if there indeed, is such a person?)… This Mini Boden dress (I love the combination of this particular shade of pink and the gold sequins – it has a bit of a Marni vibe about it…); this ilovegorgeous gold sequinned dress (full-on and fabulous!) and this one (just divine): loving the casual, everyday sparkles on this navy one from Zara; this classic ballerina style from Ted Baker; and this baby version; and this Little White Company dress (Tabs already has it). £22.00-£24.00 SHOP NOW
ps: all the details on how to enter the babyGap prize draw will be in tomorrow’s post. You don’t want to miss it!
pps: if you have a daughter who is OBSESSED with Hello Kitty (as I do), and try (as I do) to steer her away from the scary (and invariably, pink) branded clothing, I have a little find that that may just be of interest to you… This t-shirt from M&S is as tasteful as Hello Kitty comes, and I actually think it’s rather cute (and yes, it really is navy!). I bought it for Tabs, and of course, she LOVES it, and I don’t hate it. Result! I like it best worn with navy and white striped leggings, cream cable knit cardigan and her trusty Boden suede boots. And everyone is happy.
H&M Long Sleeved T-shirt (1-10 years)
As you know, I’m not normally a fan of ‘gimmicky’ clothes, but I just couldn’t resist this cute (technical term: trompe l’oeil) t-shirt. Perfect for a bit of tongue-in-cheek chic on special occasions… £5.99 SHOP NOW
pps: If you have a baby aged between 0-24 months, and live in the London area (or feel like a trip to London?), come and see me at the Gap flagship store on Oxford Street for an exciting Baby Gap/Little Spree event on Friday 29th November. I will the there all day, and would love to meet you (and your gorgeous little ones!). That’s all I’m allowed to tell you at the moment, but all the (exciting) details will be revealed nearer the time, so watch this space… It’s going to be fun!
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!
Stella McCartney Bell Dress (3-9 months)
If you look hard enough, there are still a few bargains to be found in the sales. This baby dress is just adorable. And just the right amount of cute and cool (thanks to the winning combination of spots and tulle…). The perfect party dress for stylish babies everywhere. Love. £25.00 (was £50.00) stellamccartney.com
Gap Baby Girl Woven Dot Ruffle Dress (0-24 months)
I am starting to lose track of all the pretty Summer dresses I have bought for Tabitha in the last few weeks. Some have been great sale bargains, and some haven’t, but they are all completely gorgeous, and everyday wearable. So I felt compelled to dedicate a post just to dresses, and share some of the ones I have bought. I should also mention that I have been so taken with some of the Summer dresses currently available on the High Street, that I have been buying some in sizes as small as 18-24 months (Tabitha is three and a half!!) in the hope that they might just fit her (most do, amazingly, but she is very petite, and I do love a short dress on little girls…). So don’t be put off by the sizing if you don’t necessarily have a baby girl (and lucky you if you do, as some of my favourite finds are for babies). So here we go. This gorgeous classic full-skirted floral print dress is just adorable (I am little obsessed with it actually, as anyone who follows me on Instagram will testify). I love the faded yellow rose print (that sort of looks like a lemon print). Tabs debuted hers today as nursery’s Summer Camp (needless to say, it was a little worse for wear at pick-up time! This super-simple blue and white seersucker striped sun-dress from The Little Company (currently reduced from £28.00 to £14.00). This cute white broderie anglaise cotton dress from Autograph at M&S (bought yesterday). This classic Breton striped t-shirt dress from Petit Bateau. I think I have bought Tabs this exact same dress (ok, sometimes with long sleeves in the Winter) at least four times since she was worn. I always love it, and I love that they always have one every season. I picked one up in the sale yesterday (£22.80 reduced from £38.00). Add to this list the Miller dress I posted last Thursday (which I absolutely love, but am saving for the Autumn) and I think Tabs is pretty well stocked for dresses. Maybe in retrospect this post was a bit of an over share? £19.95 gap.co.uk
ps: I almost forget to mention the dress in today’s post! As you know, I love a white dress, and I’m loving this one. It’s part of Gap’s new ‘High Tea’ collection, which is made up of ‘dreamy pastel hues in supersoft fabrics’, so right up my street. So simple, but so pretty. It would also make a fantastic (and inexpensive) bridesmaid/flower girl dress. I have to say, if you are time-poor and looking for great Summer dresses, head straight to Gap. They definitely have some of the best I have seen. Over and out.
I Love Gorgeous ‘Cloud’ Dress (2-13 years) If you are looking for a gorgeous, stylish bridesmaid dress, then I would definitely recommend ilovegorgeous as the first place to look. They have the best selection of the most beautiful dresses. Think Kate Moss’s bridesmaids and you kind of get the idea… Pretty, but cool in that lovely whimsical way. No unnecessary frills or flounces (or polyester!) – just simple, pretty dresses that will keep the bride, the bridesmaid, and the bridesmaids’ mum more than happy. And I love that they are would be just as lovely on a two year old as a thirteen year old. This is one of my favourites. It’s silk, knee-length, with delicate pin tucks, silver lace trim, and fluttery sleeves… And completely adorable. £136.00 ilovegorgeous.co.uk
Tulip & Nettle Sailor Suit (12 months-6 years)
There is something so adorable about this little sailor suit – I was drawn to it immediately. It has a really classic, Victorian feel to it, which is so sweet and charming. Perfect for a special occasion like a wedding if (like me) you have a phobia about babies and toddlers wearing suits (particularly when ties/bow ties/waistcoats are involved), but you still want something traditional. It looks like it came from some amazing vintage store somewhere… £48.00 tulipandnettle.com
Le Petit Tom Baby Ballerina Shoe (0-18 months)
How adorable are these? Now I usually find most decorative baby shoes a bit naff and pointless, but I just couldn’t resist these handmade ones. Love the navy velvet of course. They are cute and pretty, but not gimmicky or too ‘doll like’ (one of my absolute pet hates with baby girls). And you don’t need to wind the ribbons up the leg – just cross them over once, then double-up if you still have more ribbon left. Super-chic. They would be perfect for a special occasion worn with tights. Love. £19.25 (were £38.50) igloo kids.co.uk
Monsoon Glitter Tap Shoes (sizes 7-13)
How cute are these? I still remember having a pair of silver glitter t-bar ‘party sandals’ (they were a bit of Granny-style ballroom shoe as I remember…) when I was little, and I absolutely loved them (and wore them at every opportunity!). I just felt so ‘pretty’ wearing them. I need to remind myself of these past feelings when I am literally having to wrestle a nasty pink sparkly ‘item’ out of Tabitha’s hands in a shop (sadly this is becoming all too frequent these days…). I think these are a pretty great example of something that will keep both Mummies and their (princess/pink/sparkly obsessed) little girls happy. Love the ribbon ties – so sweet. I think they would also look great dressed-down with (navy) leggings and a cashmere jumper (very ‘in rehearsals’)… £23.00 monsoon.co.uk
ps: obviously not (under any circumstances) to be worn at the same time as the ilovegorgeous gold sequinned dress (as featured on 29th January). Can you imagine?
ILoveGorgeous Disco Ball Dress (2-13years) This is not a ‘good on paper dress’. If someone was to describe a girl’s dress as being covered in gold sequins, I’m instinctively thinking of something pretty naff and tacky. Then you see this dress and you kind of fall in love with it… I love the gold sequins! I also love the pretty butterfly sleeves in white (such a sweet contrast), and I love that the shape of the dress is loose. This is a cool sequinned dress. I have been asked to recommend a good girl’s party dress by a few different Little Spree followers recently, and this was the first one that I suggested. Also, it will appeal to adult and mini magpies alike – let’s face it, all girls (including myself!) love a bit of sparkle don’t we? And don’t just save it for special occasions either – this would look super-cute dressed down with a navy and white long sleeved Breton t-shirt layered underneath. Did I mention that I love it? £55.00 (was £110.00) lovegorgeous.co.uk
Mulberry Bush Wooden Birthday Cake
It is safe to say that I am now completely obsessed (yes two obsessions in as many posts) with wooden play food. Tabitha got the most beautiful shop (complete with stylish striped awning) from her New York Granny for Christmas (I will post it soon – it’s currently out of stock), and I cannot stop buying things to put in it. In fact, I’m actually starting to dread the postman coming, because the shelves are now literally groaning with lovely produce, and I fear there is still more to come… Anyway, it’s Tabitha and Marlow’s third birthday today, so here’s a cake (that I haven’t ordered) to celebrate… £11.99 mulberrybush.co.uk
The Little White Company Sparkle Tights (2 Pair Pack)
Even I get sick of plain grey or navy knitted tights sometimes. These are a great way of adding a bit of festivity to your little girl’s outfit without compromising on style. All the key elements are here (all my favourites) – navy, grey, spots, stripes, but also a sprinkle of silver glitter (on the striped pair) for good measure. This is probably about as festive as Tabitha’s legs will get this Christmas, but that’s fine by me. Love them. And great news – they have just been reduced! £8.40 (were £12.00) thewhitecompany.com
M&S Lace-Up Glitter Boots (sizes 4s-13s)
These boots could definitely go one of two ways: super-cute or totally naff. I’m definitely in the cute camp on this one. I love a bit of sparkle, but I love it a whole lot more because it’s on a pair of flat, lace-up boots. The trick with these is to play them down a bit (or even a lot). Wear them with jeans or trousers, but if you insist on a dress, make sure you also add knitted tights (preferably grey of course) – basically nothing too ‘party’. There’s all the party you need right here. £18.00-£20.00 marksandspencer.com
Massimo Dutti Combined Silk Dress (4-14 years)
This is my first Massimo Dutto post for various reasons. But the main one being that I just assumed their prices would be on the higher end of the (‘style for less’) bargain spectrum. Not so. This particular dress was a tip-off from a lovely work collegue/friend, Vicky. I loved it immediately, and was soon scrolling through the rest of the wesbite, checking out other things (there were tons of gorgeous pieces). Their kids’ clothes really remind me of Zara, but with a slightly more luxe feel. This dress is just adorable. So cool, but also so pretty (never an easy balance to strike). I love the combination of the knit and the silk skirt, and the muted grey and ‘mulberry’ (it’s clearly a week for shades of purple…) colurs. And it has sweet buttons running all the way down the back. I am definitely buying this for Tabs (if I can track one down in her size). You never know, I might even manage to bribe her into it for her birthday party in January (although it’s probably worth mentioning that it will have some pretty stiff (literally) competition from a 100% polyester ‘princess dress’). £39.95 massimodutti.com
H&M’s ‘All For Children’ Collection
I loved it last time (I scooped up so many great pieces for Tabarlow), and it’s back again – H&M’s genius collaboration with UNICEF. These are just a few of my favourite things (how cute is that bow dress?), but there is much more (including a tent, wall stickers and magicians’ hats…). This time the collection is made up of cute fashion as well as fab dress-up pieces for both boys and girls (think Halloween costumes, but way cooler). The collection will be available from 18th October (tomorrow!) from around 300 H&M stores, as well as online. H&M will donate 25% of the sale price of every piece to UNICEF’s work in Bangladesh. Through this partnership, H&M and UNICEF aim to promote education and improve the health of children in slum areas around Dhaka in Banglasdesh. So you can shop up a storm and help a great, worthwhile cause at the same time. What’s not to love about that? hm.com
ps: sorry for the gap in posts, but I have had wifi issues in Miami. I hope all these lovely things have made up for it…
pps: please don’t buy everything!Leave some things for me! I’m not back in London until Tuesday…
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
I am often asked what to dress a baby in for their christening (or baptism/naming ceremony etc). Everyone will have different opinions on this one, but I will base my answer on how I dressed Tabarlow at their baptism. As you know I am quite traditional, so I always knew I wanted them to wear a full-on christening gown, and I initially started looking for vintage Edwardian ones. But I quickly discovered that most of them were either too fragile to actually be worn, or too tiny, or both. Now Marlow was diplomatically described as a ‘bonny’ baby, but the truth is he was just a bit fat, so I ditched the Edwardian idea pretty quickly (it’s not about the christening gown ripping at the seams in the middle of the service). Then one day, I was in John Lewis and just happened to spot their selection of christening outfits. I immediately homed in on this one (this is the very one that both Tabitha and Marlow wore) because it was simple enough to be worn by a boy and a girl, and traditional enough to satisfy my vintage craving. I loved it. You can’t see all the detail in this picture, but it’s ivory, 100% silk, has a lovely Peter Pan collar, pintucking, little puff sleeves, a sash ribbon tie and is very long! It also comes with a hat, but these weren’t worn. It’s really beautiful, and a great price. I then bought lovely cashmere cardigans from Chinti & Parker (sadly they are no longer making childrens’ clothes) in grey and oatmeal and had their initials embroidered on to each one (I think this is a really sweet idea, and such a lovely thing to keep). I love these ones from Les Tricots de Margot (you’ll be seeing more of their pieces coming up), and I think they are a great price for good quality cashmere. It was a December christening, so they also both wore cashmere knitted tights under their gowns, and cashmere bonnets for extra warmth. But even if your service is a Summer one, a cashmere cardigan is always a chic and useful thing to have for before/after the service, or it’s a drafty old church… Anyway, I loved their ‘look’. Hope you do too.
Ilovegorgeous… Baby Daisy Dress (0-24 months)
This is one of the prettiest dresses I have ever seen for a baby girl. My great friend (and amazing make-up artist), Kim was searching for a bridesmaid dress for her nine month old daughter, Marcie. Turns out, it’s not as easy as you think to find a lovely one in such a little size. This is the one she ended up buying. Ok, so it is not officially a bridesmaid dress, but I agree that it makes a perfect one. I love that it has a slight Victorian feel, and I particularly love it in this gorgeous shell pink (always a favourite of mine). I am going to buy one for Tabitha to wear in the Summer – you don’t need a wedding to have an excuse to wear a dress this beautiful. £51.00 ilovegorgeous.co.uk
Monsoon Ditsy Bunny Ears Headband (one size)
This headband is just adorable. I’m so over the regular (and let’s face it it – pretty tacky) bunny ears headbands that you get for little girls on the high street. This one is so pretty and just a little bit different. A perfect addition to a dressing-up outfit/party costume, and also just a fun way to accessorise a regular, everyday outfit for a little girl. Would make a cute (and inexpensive) gift too. Love. £4.00 monsoon.co.uk
Delphine Manivet Bridesmaid’s Dress (2-10 years)
This is one of the most gorgeous bridesmaid’s dress I’ve ever seen (if you’re not into frills and lace, which I’m sure you know by now, I’m not). So simple, but so pretty. This is the back view – the front is completely plain, with two (very useful) pockets. For any cool, stylish brides-to-be out there (or mums of little bridesmaids-to-be), trust me, this is the dress you need. £65.00 laredoute.co.uk