Could Next have made dressing any easier? The perfect striped Breton already layered under the cutest dungarees shorts. This a ‘mini me’ outit if ever there was one (ok, maybe not the cat bag, although I do love it…)
Love this colour of this top with white (don’t worry – the price of the shorts reflects how laid back you can be about getting them dirty, but they do look cool though don’t they?). And you don’t get more ‘lo-fi’ than this super-cute wooden mobile phone (complete with chalk and earphone erasers)! Love it.
I’m having (so that means Marlow too) a bit of a Bonpoint-inspred yellow moment…
pps: 20% off at M&S until midnight today!!
Petit Bateau Men’s Jersey Breton Top (s, m, l, xl)
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Petit Bateau Boy’s Jersey Breton Top (3-12 years)
£33.00 SHOP NOW
I never really think of ‘mini me’ in a dad context, but how cute would this be? A really simple, but cool gift idea if you’ve found yourself running out of time. And the trusty Breton top is always a Little Spree favourite. And obviously the boy’s one would be just as perfect for a little girl too. And there’s even a baby one!! Love.
Little Joule Pocket Detail T-shirt (0-3 years)
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Now it’s no secret how much I love a Breton tee (and Marlow’s drawer is testament to this), but recently I have been discovering quite a few in non-traditional colours, and have been rather liking them. Here are a few others that I have found on my travels…
Polarn O. Pyret (love this one, and it’s currently 20% off!); Mini Boden has a whole host of alternative colours; Joules; Uniqlo; Mango; and No Added Sugar.
ps: just bought this clock for Tabarlow’s bedroom. We’re in the process of teaching them the time (but obviously a regular clock is a bit to much of a challenge at four), so that they know (well Marlow specifically!) that until they see a 7 at the beginning of the numbers, it is too early to go into Mummy and Daddy’s room!! At the moment, they (he) comes into our room to look at our clock, but by that time it’s a bit late… I’m hoping this cute tradiitonal clock with prove to be enough of a novelty to keep them (him) in their room a little while longer… Wish me luck!
pps: don’t forget – Little Spree’s guide to the best Father’s Day gifts this Sunday…
Easy, inexpensive Summer style for boys…
ps: this Gap tee also comes in navy, blue and off-white and if you buy two or more, you’ll save 25%. I will be stocking up for Marlow for the Summer. I also like these H&M ones.
Next Batman Crew Neck Sweater (3-16 years)
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Love this. I normally hate anything gimmicky or branded, but this really reminds me of all the super-cool Zoe Karrsen sweatshirts and tees, which I always want to buy. So if your son happens to be obsessed with superheros, this is a way to keep him happy (and stylish).
ps: my friend just bought this Cos coat for her four year old son, Bailey, and it’s so great. I had checked it out quickly when I was in the store the other day, but am definitely going back to get it next week. It’s a great boys’ lightweight ‘Summer’ parka, and the charcoal grey makes a refreshing change from an army-style khaki jacket. This week (other random things) I’m also liking are this colour block cardigan from Mamas & Papas; these Hampton plimsoles (in charcoal); this baseball style tee (in heather/pepper) from J.Crew; these River Island swim shorts; this Boden sun hat; and this stripe sweater from The Little White Company.
Jigsaw Long Sleeved Striped Top (4-14 years)
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Will I ever tire of the trusty Breton tee? Probably not. And how cute is this pink one with a Liberty-esque floral print pocket? And it also comes in blue. I can’t choose between them, so Tabs might just be getting two (although I think I can guess which one will be more popular!). Here’s a (classic style) baby version for little ones too.
Stella McCartney Fingerless Gloves (sizes s, m, l)
£15.00 (were £30.00) SHOP NOW
One day it’s swimsuits, then the next it’s gloves (albeit fingerless ones). That’s the crazy British weather for you. I do love these though (they will be so warm and cosy – no drafty gaps between little hands and arms), and they could be a fab ‘buy now, wear later’ purchase, or indeed a ‘buy now, wear now’ one… And as I was cruising the Stella collection, I came across a few other great sale bargains. This baby bat tee; this boys striped cashmere cardigan; and this boys owl intarsia jumper.
ps: these 10 IS grey canvas trainers are one of my favourite pairs that Marlow has had. They super-stylish, look great with everything, and have the all-important velcro straps. They wear really well too.
Gap Boys Heathered Slub V-neck T-Shirt (12 months-5 years)
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You can always rely on Gap to to do a great tee (I’m a big fan for myself too, and regularly stock up – this one is next). I am obsessed with slub t-shirts (fine weight, flecked), and a grey one is a must-have for Summer (whatever your age). I love this v-neck version for boys. And while I was nosing around the Gap website I also found these others that I will be adding to Marlow’s Summer shopping list… This striped one (I like the blue and white); this pocket one (I like the khaki, the navy and the bright yellow); and this ‘engineer’ style (I like the ‘milk’ colour way).
Uniqlo Striped T-Shirt (3-11 years)
£7.90 SHOP NOW
As you know, I’m often bypassing ‘boys’ clothes when it comes to dressing Marlow. I suppose it comes from having kids of each sex at the same time. I am always simultaneously looking for girls and boys clothes. So overlaps are inevitable. I often prefer the less ‘boyish’ shapes and cuts of girls’ clothes for boys. I saw this t-shirt and instantly earmarked it for Marlow, not Tabs, despite the fact that officially it’s a girls’ t-shirt. And it will look great with his (erm, girls’) Gap cargo pants (which are now just £11.99). Needless to say, I don’t actually tell Marlow any of this…
ps: I know it’s not Friday, but I thought I’d just share a couple of Mango purchases that I made on Saturday. Is it is just me, or have Mango really upped their game recently? And I’m not just talking about the kidswear (which I am obsessed with at the moment). At first I merely put it down to the ‘Daria factor’ (who, frankly could get me into ANY store if she’s wearing the clothes in the campaign), but it’s definitely more than that. This season they have definitely tapped into the whole Isabel Marant/Vaness Bruno vibe, which as you all know, I can’t get enough of. I bought this really simple, but super-cool tee (the sleeves aren’t as exaggerated looking in person), and this hippie Summer dress, which I know I will live in with a chic flat sandal (I already have my eye on an a fab Kurt Geiger pair, which I will be sharing on Mama Spree) come the warm weather. You need to trust me with the dress – it does not look good at all on the website. In fact, I didn’t look that great on the hanger in the store. But I saw potential there, and once I tried it on, instantly loved it. Size down though to avoid it looking too maternity (I bought a small). I also loved this gorgeous ruffled dress (way too short for London, but super-cute on holiday), but only spotted it on my way out, and I was in a rush to meet some friends, so I’m going back next week. The obsession continues…
Petit Bateau Boys’ Striped Canvas Chinos (3-12 years)
£44.00 SHOP NOW
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…
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).
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
ps: this little number is rather cute too…
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!
Alice a Paris Tunisian T-Shirt (2-10 years)
I just love these simple ‘Grandad’ style t-shirts for boys, and this one is one of the best I’ve seen. It’s a great fit, and also comes in white, (and not one, but two shades of grey!), and for £11.00, I’ll definitely be buying more than one for Marlow. I would recommend sizing up and just rolling the sleeves up (as shown here) to last the Winter and beyond… And perfect for this ‘not quite cold enough for a full-on jumper yet’ weather.
Mango Kids Denim Effect T-Shirt (3-12 years)
I can’t get enough of the new kids’ collection at Mango! As a store that I very rarely shop in for myself (unlike Zara!), I was very pleasantly surprised to see what amazing things they are doing for little ones. And for both boys and girls (I often find that certain shops tend to be better for boys or girls, not necessarily both). Loving this cool dip-dyed t-shirt. Let’s enjoy the rest of this t-shirt weather while we can…
Zara T-Shirt With Bow (3-36 months)
We all need the ‘go to’ basics in our wardrobe for every day (after all, we can’t be ‘busting a look’ 24/7 can we?). I love that this is described as a ‘basic tee’, but it is so much more, thanks to the gorgeous bow detail. So it’s an ‘every day’ top, but a little bit more special. I love that about Zara Kids – always great little finishing touches. It also comes in a whole range of other colours – navy, off-white, ‘brick’ and charcoal (I’m sure you can guess which ones I’ll be buying), and for £4.99 you’d be crazy not to buy a few. Love!
Esp No1 Striped Tee (6-12 years)
Love this super-soft t-shirt with a fine stripe (a pleasant change from our favourite Breton stripe without going too wild…). Like the cute pocket too. It’s all about a great t-shirt for little boys at the moment (and Marlow will only wear a grey one).
£25.00 (was £36.00) notsobigshop.com