I’ve been back from holiday a week now (although it might as well be a month!), and felt like sharing my recent Autumn Boden haul for Tabitha and Marlow (we’ll get to mine another day). Many of these things had been mentally logged from the Boden press day, back in May and these adorable Mary Jane shoes were top of my list for Tabitha. They are just so perfect. I love them! They look really expensive – everything about the design of these is totally spot-on. I also bought her (and one for Marlow too) this fisherman’s raincoat (it’s also great as it starts from baby sizes), this cardigan (I bought pink (it’s a good pink) this time, but I know I will be ordering a least one other colour soon enough), and this floral print onesie for bed. A slightly random mix of pieces I know, but I love them all, and so does Tabs. For Marlow I snapped up these boots (in grey), this sweatshirt, this zip-up sweatshirt (in grey) for those in-between Autumn and Winter days, and this hoodie. So not much variation there I know, but I also know he will wear them all on rotation through the Winter months. I definitely have my eye on various other pieces for both of them, and the new baby collection is just too cute for words (even more so than usual). Don’t worry, we’ll be sharing our favourites with you soon.
ps: whilst we’re talking Boden, I was on a shoot on Friday, and the art director was wearing this denim jumpsuit (which looked amazing on her – everyone was asking where it was from). And not only did it look good, it was so lovely and soft too. Now the original price was pretty steep for Boden (I think it was £170.00 from memory?), so even though I liked it, I never bought it. But now it’s been reduced to a guilt-free £39.80! Such a great bargain. The makeup artist on the shoot ordered one online then and there! And I think I may well be next… Oh, and size up for a slouchier (cooler) fit.
pps: I know quite a few people who have been struggling to buy swimwear for little ones for August holidays, as most places have now sold out. This Boden striped, frilled swimsuit that we featured a while ago is still available in quite a few sizes. And I just snapped up these and these for Marlow last week. He had literally worn his old ones out on holiday. Turns out that natural spring pools are the not the best for one’s swimwear..
Louis Louise James Sweatshirt (2-12 years), £45.00
1. Louis Louise James Sweatshirt (2-12 years), £45.00 2. Mango Skinny Jeans (3-14 years), £19.99 3. Gap Cork Buckle Sandals (5-10 years), £16.95
As you know we’re huge fans of French brand Louis Louise (how many dresses does Tabitha have Sarah..?). We love the delicate charm and simplicity which lends itself to sweet baby bloomers and pretty girls dresses, so much so that you could easily miss their cool boys collection. Not us. We both have our eye on this sweatshirt (also available as a t-shirt) to wear with these trousers that Bailey and Marlow have (for those who asked, they are the ones Bailey wore on Instagram whilst we were in Mexico). Other pieces we’re coveting include the ‘Grand Pere’ shirt (although we can’t decide which colour we like best), and these green denim shorts (the perfect alternative to our favourite blue denim ones).
Imps & Elfs Jersey Sweatshirt (3 months-4 years), £25.35
This is still our favourite mini sweatshirt. And our current go-to baby gift (I’ve just bought two for girlfriends’ new babies, and they may not be the last – SC). Just to flag up one thing, it looks quite yellow in the pictures (above and on the Smallable website) – it’s actually much less so in person, more of an oatmeal colour. But no lessadorable! And perfect for a boy or a girl.
1. Boden Washed Surf Hoodie (9-16+ years), £29.50-£34.50 2. Next T-Shirt (sold as part of a set of two, 3-16 years), £10.00-£16.00 3. Bonton Backpack, £40.00 4. Boden Denim Shorts (sizes 22-32), £26.50-£31.50 5. Mango Hooded Cotton Parka (3-14 years), £29.99 6. M&S Leather Trainers (sizes 13 small-3 large), £13.00-£14.00
Seeing as we brought you a tween post for girls, we thought it only fair that we do one for the boys too. Here’s a little selection of some of our favourites for those pre-teen boys (although as can see, most of these pieces come on little boy sizes too).
The sweetest sequin basket, (a tasteful) Batman sweatshirt, cool khaki cut-offs, the cutest crocheted dress (Tabitha’s is on its way), and probably one of our favourite logos tops of all time (we’ve already ordered a couple as gifts): the Little Shop has been re-stocked!
It can be hard to find ‘character’ pieces that our children like (and we like!) which is why we (and you) loved the Boden dinosaur sweatshirt so much. We know how disappointing it was when it sold out (although having just checked ages 9-10 and 11-12 are now available). So, we’ve been keeping our eye open for something we like just as much; what a relief then to find these dinosaur sweatshirts. It’s the scribbled images that make them cooler than your average printed top. Plus they have helpful poppers which allows you to ease (rather than yank) them over your little one’s head. They’re available in 3 months-3 years, but don’t worry mums of older boys, Boden have recreated the ‘jurassic dinosaur’ print from their sweatshirt and made this fisherman’s hat (Bailey loves his) and these board shorts. Both are currently available in most sizes and are in the sale, but please be quick, otherwise we’ll have to start looking for replacement dinosaur hats and shorts too!
So Pretty was started by friends Lucy and Lou in 2014. Based in South London and with five young daughters between them, they wanted to offer a new range of clothes and accessories for girls aged 3-10 years. Inspired by nostalgic and fashion forward fabrics they like to use comfortable, fun and feminine materials that share their love of pretty prints, textures and a touch of sparkle. All their collections are designed by them and made in South London with limited numbers in each range. They work hard to ensure the materials they use are produced fairly, sustainably and as close to home as they can so they benefit local economies as well as the environment. They currently have a sale on, so definitely worth a little look.