cute doesn’t always = girly

The Little White Company Flutter Sleeve Top & Bloomers (0-24 months)
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How gorgeous is this little baby set? So pretty. And one of the things I love most about it is that it’s chambray blue, not pink. I’ve also found these equally adorable (non-girly) pieces for baby girls this week…
These (very French) grey baby cords (just as cute for girls as for boys), also from The Little White Company; this pocket blouse from H&M; this Mini Boden pointelle cardigan (in yellow) as worn by super-stylish Harper Beckham; this Gap romper; this Paz Rodriguez baby cardigan; and this Zara striped sweater. Make the most of the non-pink, non-non-girly times while you can…

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…

hippie chic

MangoTassel Bead Blouse (3-12 years)
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I love this top! I want this top!! For me!! But in the meantime, one will be winging it’s way to Tabitha wardrobe… 100% striped cotton, beads, tassels (bells, whistles?)… All you need to add is a great pair of skinny, mid-wash jeans (with little ankle boots for now, and sandals for Summer, and it would be totally adorable with denim cut-offs too). Ok, it’s not strictly a pink princess dress, but I am going to try my hardest to convince Tabs that it’s way cooler than any princess look (wish me luck!)… Here are some more cute hippie/folky style tops (and a dress for good measure!) that I found that I think you might like… This other Mango top; this Mini Boden one; this Gap dress; this La Redoute lace blouse; I love the print on this Alice à Paris one; this ilovegorgeous one; and this Crew Cuts one (I like the pink).

ps: these are Marlow’s Gap jeans that I was talking about on Sunday. They are so cool, and he’s barely taken them off since I bought them. Just give them a little turn-up and you’re good to go.

boys boys boys

 

Mini Boden Boys Cardigan (2-12 years)
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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).

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)
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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).

grunge chic

Lands End Flannel Tunic (6-12 years)
The high street (as were the catwalks before that) is awash with various tartan and plaid prints. I love this smock style top (so easy to wear) with its cute heart-shaped patch pockets. Size-up, then it can be worn at as  a little dress with knitted tights before it morphs into a top. I like that it can also be dressed down with jeans to feel bit more grungy. This chambray version is also great  if you don’t fancy the tartan…
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ps: all the details of the babyGap/Little Spree event at the flagship store on Oxford Street will be revealed on Tuesday. I can’t wait to meet you all (and your gorgeous little ones) next Friday!

tux tee

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…
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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!

stars + bows

Gap Star Bow Blouse (0-24 months)
Such a pretty, but simple blouse (love the tiny star print, and the bow detail). Perfect with skinny jeans/cords. Add a muted colour knit, such as this cardigan from Cyrllius, for extra warmth when needed (today!!).
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ps: a date for your diary: Friday 29th November. If you are in London, come and see me at the Gap flagship store on Oxford Street, where I will be working on a special in-store Baby Gap event. I will give you all the details a little nearer the time. It’s exciting!

pps: I actually popped into my local Gap this afternoon, and noticed that there is currently 30% off on all kids’ outerwear. I picked up this super-cosy puffa coat for Marlow – his navy pea is no longer cutting it now the chill has set in…

the perfect grandad

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.
£11.00  aliceaparis.com

showing the love for chambray

Indikidual Chambray Top With Button Back (6 months-6 years)
This post is dedicated entirely to one Ms Des Lewis. She emailed me last night to say she had bought this adorable top for her one year old daughter, Missy. I of course, love it! How could you not love it? I have not been hunting for stylish bargains this month for Little Spree due to holidays and house guests, but when one as good as this lands in my lap/inbox, it would just be selfish of me not to share. I love a bit of chambray (not quite denim, not quite cotton…) because it’s just that little bit more girly than denim. I love the simplicity of this top, and the buttons down the back are just perfect. Here are two other fab chambray finds (also courtesy of the lovely Des) from Zara (I want this!) and Cos (yes please!). Des assures me that the Cos shirt looks better in real life, but I think it looks pretty great in the picture! Anyway, I have come to the conclusion that not only does chambray look cool, it is also a great Autumn fabric – a little thicker than your regular cotton, but still cool enough for those late, warm end of Summer/early Autumn days…
£28.00  indikidual.bigcartel.com

bowtastic

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!
£4.99  zara.com

a superior breton

Hedgehog Breton T-Shirt (age 2-10 years)
The website describes this particular Breton as being of ‘superior quality’ and I believe them. It’s made in France, and has all the key, traditonal details of the classic Breton – boat neck, long sleeves and a close fitting navy stripe on white. And 100% cotton. It’s defintiely ticking all my boxes!
£28.00  hedgehogshop.co.uk

ps: apologies if you’ve dropped off reading this. I’m afraid my breton obsession is not showing any signs of abating… Zzzzzzzzzz…

petit grocery

Bobo Choses Petit Grocery T-Shirt (6-9 years)
I love these t-shirts from Bobo Choses. I popped into Fenwicks (one of my favourite stores in London) on Monday to buy a present for my friend’s new baby (their kids’ department is fantastic – they have the best toys/clothes/gift ideas), and they had this t-shirt, and it’s so cool. I’m generally a bit phobic about any kids’ clothing with pictures on, but Bobo Choses always get it spot-on.
£29.00  bobochoses.com

pretty embroidery

Autograph Embroidered Blouse (12 months-7 years)
As I’m writing this (in Ibiza – I’m here working on a shoot), I’ve just realised that I am wearing a very similar top (a cream cheesecloth version from H&M with a pair of denim cut-offs), so no one can argue that I don’t practise what I preach! I always love a pretty long sleeved blouse, and I love them most when paired with something a bit more casual and scruffy. This one has gorgeous details, such as the floral embroidery, the pin tucking and gathering, and the buttons down the back… So at the risk of morphing my daughter into a ‘mini me’ (like that would ever happen!), I will be snapping one up for Tabitha in the very near future (and yes, she does have a pair of denim cut-offs…).
£11.00-£13.00  marksandspencer.com

little sailor

Cyrllius Baby Sailor Top (6-36 months)
Now that we have (finally!) ditched the Winter layers, Tabarlow are starting to bust out their Summer clothes. But this weather is still a little unpredictable (I’m covering all bases today in denim cut-offs, cashmere jumper and Chanel ballet pumps…), so it’s the perfect time to introduce a few cotton long sleeved t-shirts into their little wardrobes. I always find them so useful, particularly for nursery when the temperature can change dramatically from drop-off to pick-up. This is a great one from Cyrillus, and I can can see both Marlow and Tabitha wearing it. And I never, ever tire of navy and white stripes…
£21.00  laredoute.co.uk

ps: just popped into Gap and saw this adorable cheesecloth baby girl’s dress. Just had to share it!