Blue and white stripes and rows of cute ruffles = immediately ‘in my basket’. As much as I love a sweet cotton bikini for Tabitha, I also always have a couple of cute swimsuits in the mix. I love this one! But there’s a catch (for Tabs anyway) – it only goes up to age 5-6 (although, believe me I will try and squeeze her into it – it’s on its way!). But fear not, fellow mamas of girls six years and beyond, this Boden one is equally cute (and equally striped and ruffly) and goes up to age 12. Panic over.
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!
Baby beachwear doesn’t get much cuter than these Liberty print bikini bottoms. How wonderful to be able to run around on the beach in nothing more than a pretty Liberty print and a couple of bows… So sweet. For the girls we also love these Emile et Ida bikini bottoms; this M&S swimsuit; and these Soft Gallery bathing knickers (if you’re looking for something a little ‘studier’). For the boys we love these Petit Bateau swimming trunks; these M&S swim shorts and these John Lewis swim shorts. I’ve also just discovered that our favourite Mango swimming shorts have also been scaled down (if you haven’t checked out the Mango baby collection, you need to!) and come in two colours. For baby boys or girls, this Konfidence swim nappy is a great option too.
Now let’s start that holiday countdown…
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….
The perfect beach look for little girls. Simple, stylish (we love this combination of colours…), and practical. A headscarf makes a stylish change from a sun hat, and they don’t get much prettier than this one. We have featured these towels before on Little Spree, but have decided that as well as our favourite bath towels (just don’t tumble dry them like I did! SC), they would also make the ideal beach towels as they are so lightweight to pack. And we love a cosy hood for that end of day post-swim snuggle…
Sarah & Nicky xx
ps: and while we’re talking swimsuits, we also like this one from Next; this one from Next; this one from M&S; and this one from Emile et Ida.
We love the cute star and stripe prints of Sleepy Doe pyjamas, and the fact that they’re designed and produced in the UK using sustainable and ethical manufacturing methods. But our favourite thing about this lovely new brand is their ‘doeliveries’: locally purchased products are delivered by founder Sophie Woodrow’s partner, Dan, on his bike!