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.
I bought Marlow the first version of this little set just after Christmas. I spotted it and just loved it straight away (as you know, we’re both big fans of the drop-crotch/harem/slounge pant for our boys. As the mama of a very ‘fabric fussy’ six year old boy, I knew it would pass the Marlow litmus test, as Tabitha already has a few of the Numero 74 dresses in the same super-soft fabric. I initially bought them for him to wear in the Summer months, but he’s already been wearing them as pyjamas (and the pants with cashmere jumpers) as they are so comfy to wear. Bailey now has a set too, and I’m tempted to order Marlow another (they come in other gorgeous colours such as this grey blue and grey. So once we decided to post about them, we then discovered that they also came in this pretty ‘powder’ pink (above), so they also make the perfect his ‘n hers Sumer outfits. Honestly, we literally cannot get enough of Numero 74 right now.
No we haven’t lost our marbles, and yes we do know that it’s only March. We also know that some of you lucky Little Spree’ers will be heading off in search of Winter sun at Easter. So, we thought we’d give you a head start on your packing with a few of our essential Summer pieces (between us we have almost all of them already!). For everyone staycationing this Easter, consider this a buy-now-stash-for-later (before they sell out) post. Either way, we thought the idea of being on holiday is a pretty good way to start the week.
As one of our absolute favourite labels, Numero 74 is always on our ‘go-to’ list for anything from bunting to tutus, to curtains to cot bumpers. But until now that list never included clothes. But only because because they didn’t do them! So we can barely contain our excitement with the recent discovery that they now do! The same gorgeous colours, styles, fabrics, but this time in clothes. And the prices are great too (almost too good to be true in fact). Anyway, we’ll be bringing you a post with our edit in the next few weeks, but for the time being, here is one of our favourite sun dresses (we can’t get enough of this ochre colour at the moment…) to wet your appetite…
Yippee, our favourite Mango striped boys shorts are back! Bailey and Marlow both have them from last Summer. We’ve looked (a lot!) for a pair we like better, but came to the conclusion “if it ain’t broke…..”. Close runners-up however are these Boden swim shorts; these F&F swimming trunks; these Petit Bateau trunks; these F&F swimming shorts; these M&S trunks; these John Lewis trunks; and these swimming shorts from Bakker Made With Love.
We’ll be teaming our stripes with cute leopard print sunglasses (leopard print: not just for girls!), navy sandals and our favourite Numero 74 towel. Alternatively how cute is this towling poncho from Boden. Now all we need is a beach….
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…
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).
Barbour McQueen Sweatshirt (xxs-xxl) £40.00 SHOP NOW I love a sweatshirt (preferably grey marl Alexander Wang). Marlow loves a sweatshirt (preferably grey marl, but as yet, not too fussy about the label). And long may it last. The humble sweatshirt is effortlessly cool, and I can’t seem to stop finding great ones wherever I look. These are some of my favourites around at the moment, starting with this super-cool, faded print Steve McQueen one from Barbour. I’m also loving this Peanuts one from Uniqlo; this ‘boom’ one from Stella McCartney; this H&M plain charcoal one (always a classic along with a grey marl); this contrast one from Zara; this cool quilted one from Next; this striped one from Next; and finally this Mini Boden waffle one (in grey);
ps: these Mango plain cashmere crew necks are still available in the sale. I ordered two navy ones for Marlow (one for now, one for next year) that just arrived yesterday (along with his Monsoon robot sunglasses), and he’s weaing one today. I really like that they are a really fine-knit, so ideal for this unpredictable weather (and they look really expensive).
Monsoon Boys’ Robot Print Sunglasses (one size) £6.00 SHOP NOW The sun is shining (well it is in London anyway), and Tabarlow have actually been asking to wear their sunnies… Marlow’s cool Wayfarer-esque ones from Gap from last year seem to have vanished, so I am quite tempted by these cool robot print ones…And and I’m also loving those leopard print Mini Rodini sunglasses for the girls.
This is not the first time Gap and Diane von Furstenberg have joined forces, but in my opinion, it’s definitely the best. I must confess, bright colours and clashing prints are not normally my thing (or Tabs’ seeing as I buy and police her wardrobe!), but I love this collection, and it’s so perfect for Summer (when you really want a good print). I’ve picked out some of my favourite pieces for you, but there is tons more to choose from. I really love this blue and white printed playsuit (how cute with simple, flat sandals?), which I homed in on immediately at the press breakfast last week. And this easy t-shirt dress (which comes in other colours too, as do most of the pieces in the collection) will be worn into the ground once Summer decides to put in an appearance. And I can definitely see these yellow heart print leggings with a grey tee or sweatshirt. Ok, so Diane might not approve of how I might deconstruct her ‘clashing vision’, but then that’s what I love (and admire) about her clothes – you can go as crazy or as low-key as you like, and they always work. And the fantastic thing about this particular Gap Kids collaboration, is that it covers such a broad range of ages, from toddlers right up to teens. Perfect. I know my ten year old neice will love some of the pieces as much as Tabitha (for different reasons). And as much as I loved the Peter Rabbit collection, I still feel sad every time I see this white broderie anglaise dress, knowing that Tabitha will always be too big for it. Ok, time to get over it – it’s been months now… www.gap.eu
Cath Kidston Heart-Shaped Sunglasses
One minute it’s raining, the next it’s sunny. This is the Summer we’ve come to expect in England. So as long as there is a chance (however small) of sun, here are some super-cute sunglasses to wear. £8.00 cathkidston.co.uk
The adorable books from ‘Lost My Name’ have been one of our go-to birthday gifts for some time, so we were very excited to hear about the new edition to their collection: ‘The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home’. We don’t want to spoil the surprise so we’ll just say that if you loved their original book, we think you’ll love this one too.