no bows, just arrows

Lötiekids Arrows Sweatshirt (12 months-3 years)
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As you know I love a grey sweatshirt, and this one has a cool arrow print which just make me like it all the more. If you don’t know Lötiekids you should definitely check them out. They do great unisex basics in the great muted colours that we all love; some with really sweet, unique prints. Marlow had a pair of grey leggings with a bicycle print on when he was a baby, which I loved. And Tabitha had this A-line t-shirt dress in dusky pink, which (as you can see) they still do.

ps: these plain grey canvas shoes from Mothercare are the perfect every day ‘running around in’ shoe.

stripetastic

Petit Bateau Boys’ Striped Canvas Chinos (3-12 years)
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We all love a stripe right? Perosnally I can’t get enough of them for Marlow. Here are the stripes I’m loving this week…
This Uniqlo girls’ striped long sleeved top (but who says boys can’t wear it too?) This M&S straw trilby (with striped band); this Monsoon striped sweatshirt; Cos striped socks (Marlow has these); he also has this long sleeved tee from Gap; and I’ve got my eye on this sweatshirt from Mango. Just make sure you don’t bust them out all the same time. Obviously.

ps: don’t miss tomorrow’s Mama Spree. It’s the ultimate Mothers’ Day ‘hint list’ for the Daddys…

it’s all about a sweatshirt…

Barbour McQueen Sweatshirt (xxs-xxl)
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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).

pps: don’t forget, it’s Mama Spree tomorrow!

fools gold

Next Ochre Printed Sweatshirt (3 months-6 years)
£9.00-£10.00  SHOP NOW
I love pretty much everything about this sweatshirt, but specifically the colour (that gorgeous golden-yellow that always looks expensive) and the fact that it’s 100% cotton. In fact, Next had quite a few cool pieces that caught my eye when I was browsing recently. I like these boys’ boots too.
I have been getting requests from mums of little boys who refuse to wear jumpers, despite the recent temperatures. Marlow can be tricky about jumpers too (I think it’s all the charging around they do – they get so hot…), so I try to buy long sleeved ‘tops’ that are a bit warmer than a regular long sleeved t-shirt, and will almost always layer a cashmere cardigan over when we go out. His Cos charcoal cashmere one is still my favourite, but sadly seems to be unavailable now – I will endeavour to hunt out a replacement, but this Brora navy one is the closest I could find today). So here are a few tops that are a bit more substantial than just a long sleeved t-shirt, but aren’t too warm… Starting with this Mini Boden long sleeved top (I like the grey and the navy); this Alice a Paris fine knit sweater (should be light enough to avoid a morning meltdown); this Cos double-layer sweatshirt (I’ve seen it in the store – it’s a sort of sweatshirt-t-shirt hybrid); this John Lewis striped sweater; and I love, love love these Henley style sweaters from Mango (I will be buying both colours for Marlow).

three shades of grey

George Contrast Sweater (5-11 years)
Marlow is currently obsessed with grey sweatshirts (can’t think where it’s come from…), and refuses to wear anything else (on his top half anyway). Although a little frustrating (getting two three year olds dressed in the morning just got that little bit more challenging), I do realise that it could be a lot worse (he could be insisting on wearing a pink tutu every day?). And obviously, you all know how much I love a grey sweatshirt (as far as I’m concerned you can never have too many, no matter what your age). So my current mission is to find different variations of the classic marl grey version. I love this one because it has not one, but three tones of grey, ranging from pale grey to charcoal (with a touch of mid-grey on the shoulders – nice detail). I love it, and surely Marlow will too. I will let you know.
£7.00  direct.asda.com 

ps: I also love (and have bought) this one and this one from Mini Boden for Marlow. The towling one also comes in navy, which is fab too (um, yes, he has that one too). I think that’s Marlow’s obsession covered for the time being…

the must-have hoodie

George Zip Hooded Sweatshirt (4-14 years)
Everybody needs at least one great zip-up hoodie in their wardrobe. I realised this more than ever when I was shooting in Ibiza last week. I didn’t pack one, and I really regretted it. They are just so perfect to chuck on for those early starts and late finishes, i.e. when it’s a bit chilly, but you don’t want a jacket. I even wear one with a hippie cheesecloth dress sometimes (a look I copied from Carrie in Sex & The City many moons ago…). I tend to always go for a classic light marl grey, but I actually love this faded navy one, and will be picking a similar one up for Marlow (this one sadly only starts from age four). Ideal for ‘Spring’, when it’s not necessary cold enough for a coat, but you still need ‘something’. I will be stashing a couple under the pushchair from now on. Super-cosy.
£6.00  direct.asda.com

another day, another cool sweatshirt…

Mini Club Boys Sweatshirt (6-24 months)
Another great find at Boots. Our favourite grey sweatshirt joins forces with our other favourite, the Breton. Meet the Breton/sweatshirt hybrid. Love it.
£4.50 (was £9.00)  boots.com

ps: I have been searching and searching for these Pom D’Api (one of my favourite kids’ shoes brands, particularly for boys) boots (which seem to be have sold out everywhere in most sizes) for Marlow. I finally found them on a website called Shoe-ly Scrumptious, and they are reduced from £75.00 to £52.50. Just thought I’d share the love (and save you the legwork if you are looking for a pair too…).

sweatshirt stripes

Tootsa MacGinty Striped ‘Joe’ Sweatshirt
So there are some sweatshirts worth buying that aren’t grey? Who knew? Love the (non-primary) colours of this one, and that it’s still a classic sweatshirt style. And a fantastic price. Loving the Tootsa.
£15.00 (was £25.00)  tootsamacginty.com 

ps: just had a quick count up, and out of the last 20 posts, six have included stripes!! Conclusion? I love a stripe! Hope you do too…

simple sweatshirt

Cos Speckled Sweatshirt (1-8 years)
This speaks for itself really. A super-cool, simple grey sweatshirt that will go with everything. Perfect for girls as well as boys. Cos always do the best ones (although I’ve also found great ones in Next and H&M in the past). You can’t really see from this picture, but it has little flecks in it too. I have also noticed that their prices seem to have come down recently. I think £19.00 is pretty great for this. Everything I have ever bought from Cos has been really well made and seems to last and last. And you can never have too many classic grey sweatshirts (my own wardrobe is testament to this)…
£19.00 cosstores.com 

ps: check out the latest issue of Gurgle magazine (April/May) – Little Spree gets a mention in ‘The Celebrity 2013 Baby Lust List’.

your chance to win a few of my favourite (mini boden) things…

I love Mini Boden. Fact. I have almost used an entire pack of post-its (mini neon pink ones if you’re interested?) ear-marking all my favourite things that I am planning on ordering. Fact. I just think the collections are getting better and better each season. Fact. I’ve even ordered a super-cool Johnnie b beach cover-up for myself – you really should check out the Johnnie b collection for yourself!). Fact. Anyway, I’m poised, ready to put my order in for the new season, but in the meantime, here are some of my absolute favourite pieces from the Spring collection. And here’s the best bit. Now you have a chance to get your hands on some too! Thanks to our lovely friends at Boden (and they really are lovely – even the people who take your order on the phone are super-friendly) you have a chance of winning one of these eight pieces. All you have to do is choose your favourite item (from the eight I’ve selected here), then click on the pink link below to select the exact size you would like, then go to ‘comments’ below this post. Then simply state the item and size and how your lucky little one is going to wear it/them if you win. Then eight winners will be selected at random and announced here on Friday 1st March. It’s that easy. Good luck!

1. Pretty Woven Top  £16.00-£18.00 (0-3 years)
2. Leather Sandals £24.00-£28.00 (sizes 24-37)
3. Alphabet Print T-shirt £10.00-£12.00 (0-3 years)
4. Roll-up Trousers £16.00-£18.00 (0-3 years)
5. Colour Pop Jumper £28.00-£32.00 (1.5-10 years)
6. Stripey Pocket Tee £12.00-£14.00 (1.5-10 years)
7. Easy Printed Dress £22.00-£24.00 (1.5-10 years)
8. Towelling Top £16.00-£18.00 (0-3 years)

sweatshirt + leopard print = super-cool

H&M Sweatshirt (1.5-8 years)
As you all know, I am quite partial to bit of leopard print (in small doses). Maybe it’s because I’ve just come back from Cape Town, but something has drawn me to this sweathshirt. Now it may not be for everyone, but on the right little boy (or indeed, girl) it could look really great. Just add jeans and hi-tops/converse, or even a navy desert boot. I love it.
£9.99  hm.com 

grey sweatshirt

H&M Cotton Sweatshirt (4 months-2 years)
I always love a simple, grey sweatshirt (for me and for my kids) – they are always so useful in your wardrobe – I’ve yet to find something they don’t look look good with. And as far as I’m concerned you can never have too many (although, I always end up wearing my favourite Zara one, despite the fact that it’s so ancient, it has holes in it…). This is such a great one from H&M, and for £3.99 I will probably have to buy two (crazy not to!). This is not my first grey sweatshirt post, and I very much doubt it will be my last…
£3.99 hm.com

it’s a breton, but not as you know it…

The Little White Company Stripe Breton Hoodie (0-24 months)
Ok, so it’s another Breton – what can I say? Guilty as charged. I just can’t get enough of them for little boys (and girls). I’m all about the cardigan/lightweight jumper, cover-up at the moment due to this ridiculous Monsoon weather we are currently experiencing. It’s not necessarily cold, but you definitely need a little something to keep the chill off when you leave the house. Hello Breton hoodie! So easy just to chuck on over anything. Cute done up or just left open and worn like a cardigan/jacket. And you know the quality is always going to be great with The Little White Company. I love that they just stick to the classics too – no gimmicks/naff surprises when you give something the once over (as I always do of course – searching for the nasty, hidden surprise – be it a ‘fun’ lining or a Peppa Pig/Thomas the tank engine emblazoned across the back or something equally alarming) in the store. This is just one of those ridiculously ‘useful’ items, that still happens to be cute and stylish. So you need to get one!
£24.00  thewhitecompany.com 

it’s all about a sweatshirt


Cos Melange Sweatshirt (2-6 years)
I always love a grey marl sweatshirt (and live in them myself – I particularly like them dressed up with a skinny trouser, heels and a sparkly drop earring, but enough about me…). I love that this one is more of a charcoal grey. I copied Sam (one half of a another twin duo that Marlow & Tabs hang out with) with this one from Cos. Marlow literally lives in his. Wear with…


1. Cos sweatshirt  £20.00 cosstores.com
2. Next shorts  £6.00  next.co.uk
3. M&S shoes  £8.00  marksandspencer.com

peace & love

Tootsa MacGinty CND Sweatshirt (3 months-5 years)
Love this! I always love a CND/peace symbol and I am slightly obsessed with grey sweatshirts, so this was a no-brainer post for me. Such a cool item to have in any little boy’s wardrobe. Would look great with jeans or shorts. It’s also 100% cotton, which is always a big tick in my book too. Would make a really fab present.
£25.00  tootsamacginty.com