I recently saw an outfit that Marlow had put together, all by himself, which mixed blue and tobacco colours. It was such a cute colour combination that I thought I should share it; thank you for the inspiration Marlow! Master Clark finished his ensemble off with a pair of sandals similar to the ones here. I know when Bailey sees them he will want some just like Marlow, so watch out for more matching shoe pictures. Oh, and I’m reliably informed that the Tegu blocks (suggested by a lovely Little Spree reader) are the toy of choice in the Clark-Lloyd household which is high praise indeed!
1. Bien a Bien Oslo Dress, £37.00 (was £54.00)
2. Soft Early Blouse, £36.00 3. Allo Cotton Cat Detail Fur Dress, £25.00 (was £49.00)
4. Round Avec A Alphabet Print Sweater Dress, £32.00
1. Sweven Kids’ Exposed Seam Easy T-Shirt, £14.00 2. Bien A Bien Simple V-Neck Tee, £10.00 3. Bien A Bien Slubby Harem Trousers, £38.00 4. Round Ticking Stripe Trousers, £32.00
We first discovered this gorgeous website (and one of our current favourites – even the name is super-sweet) when my lovely friend and fellow Fashion Editor, Des sent me a link to this gorgeous jumper (sadly it’s currently sold out, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed that they get more in…). We were instantly smitten. Then Nicky saw them at the Babyccino Shop Up event, and we have been obsessed ever since (we want pretty much everything on the site). They stock a tight edit of the most gorgeous brands for both girls and boys (we love both equally). Our kids are already fans too. And the prices are (surprisingly) so reasonable for such lovely, well designed pieces. These are our favourites. And the best part is, Rabbit In The Moon have kindly given Little Spree readers an exclusive 15% discount, just for today (Monday 6th). Woohoo! Just enter: SPREE15 at checkout. Happy Monday!
1. Bob & Blossom Speech Bubble Tee, £16.95 2. Gap Skinny Jeans, £12.57 (were £17.95)
3. Adidas Stan Smith, £31.99
A few weeks ago Bob & Blossom kindly invited Bailey to be part of a shoot, modelling some of their new logo t shirts. As well as being the first time Bailey has worn something that has been ironed, it also reminded me how much I love this simple, cool brand. Both Bailey and I fell for this ‘Hey!’ top (which Sarah also loved at Bubble back in January) which was styled with skinny jeans and hi-tops (he wore a version of these super-smart sneakers on the shoot). Just as cute are the ‘bonjour‘ ‘hello‘ and ‘love‘ tops. In fact, there isn’t anything we don’t like about Bob & Blossom, including the price. And now that we’ve met her, the lovely founder Kirsten. Thank you, we had fun.
We were hugely flattered to be asked by Boden to be included in their ‘Boden Diaries’ ‘The New Mother’s Day Wishlist’ feature on their blog. We were asked to choose our favourite pieces (for us and the kids) for Mother’s Day. Where to start? We tried on a LOT of clothes (um, that pile of boxes was mine!! Sarah). If you haven’t already seen the results, check it out here. This is what they wore (above), and this is what we wore (well our two favourite looks anyway):
1. Kin By John Lewis Dungaree Set, £18.00 2. M&S Pure Cashmere Cardigan, £35.00 3. Anne Claire Petit Lamb Music Box, £36.45 4. Minnetonka Fringed Booties, £40.00
Generally speaking we’re not fans of the ‘set’. You know the ones – where they cleverly put an outfit together, usually for a baby, so you don’t need to worry about what goes with what? So they are well-intentioned, but generally pretty naff. We usually find it frustrating when we only like one of the pieces (as is often the case), but then feel reluctant to buy the entire outfit just to wear one thing. Maybe we just don’t like being told how to style an outfit?? Anyway, occasionally we are pleasantly surprised, and this is one of those occasions. How cute is this striped dungaree set?? If you aren’t familiar with the Kin collection by John Lewis, you should definitely check it out. And whilst we were online, we also saw and liked this dungaree set from Mini Club at Boots and this three piece outfit from M&S. Sometimes it’s good to be proven wrong.
I buy clothes for Bailey in the same way that I buy clothes for myself: by mixing high street purchases with a few more expensive items (which I try to buy during sale time). In fact I have an ongoing ‘stash’ box of things I’ve bought in previous sales for Bailey. It’s actually quite exciting when the seasons begin to change and you look inside the box and see your bargains waiting to be worn. So here are a few items we’ll be stashing this year….
1. Petit Bateau Wool & Cotton Sailor Sweater, £50.00 2. Petit Bateau Long Sleeved Wool & Cotton T-Shirt, £19.50 3. Mango Five Pocket Trousers, £14.99 4. Petit Bateau Striped Jersey Socks, £8.00 5. 10 IS Silver Hi Top Trainers, £48.50
Cool and cosy layering, with a pop of colour…
ps: 30% off the most expensive item in Petit Bateau when you buy three things at the moment…
Smalls Tanks & Long Sleeved Tops (2-12 years) From £27.00 SHOP NOW I am now a complete convert to these gorgeous merino wool pieces. Marlow and Tabitha now have a tank and a long sleeve top each (Marlow’s in navy, Tabitha’s in the (perfect) ‘misty rose’ shade of pink (I can’t wait to layer it under her dungarees). I was lucky enough to be sent one each for them to try, but I was instantly smitten, and have since ordered one more each. When I first dressed Marlow in his, he actually commented on “how lovely and smooth” it felt as it went on (that’s my boy!), and he is very picky about fabrics and the feel of things he wears. Actually he’s pretty picky about everything he wears, but that’s another story. These tops are the perfect combination of comfort and cool (trust me, they look as great as they feel, and I’m a lot pickier than Marlow), but don’t take my word for it, here’s why…
They are machine washable (in fact they get better with every wash); breathable like a second skin (cleverly drawing moisture away from the body); warm in Winter and cool in Summer; you honestly won’t believe it’s wool – super-soft. made from superfine wool trimmed from happy sheep that roam the mountains of New Zealand and Australia (love that!); naturally stretchy for maximum movement; longer in the body to keep out pesky draughts (nothing worse than a ‘too short’ top); cool curved hem to keep little bottoms warm and won’t ride up when your little one climbs a tree or runs around the playground; contrast coloured stitching for a cool pop of colour, so stylish enough to wear on their own or layer under things in the same way as a regular vest; and no need for lots of bulky excess layers thanks to the amazing weight-to-warmth ratio of merino (not sure exactly what that means, but it sounds impressive). Oh and last but not least, no need to fill a (much needed) drawer with a different vest for every day (as I used to) that invariably shrink and have to be chucked anyway. No they aren’t exactly ‘cheap’ but the you only need one or two. So once you’ve bought them, you’re done for quite a while. Amen.
ps: while we’re on the subject of the wonders of Merino, I was a huge fan of the Merino Bambino sleeping bags when Tabarlow were babies. They were the best thing ever. No more buying loads of different ones for the various seasons in varying tog sizes (so confusing and not to mention bulky to store) – just one each for the whole year round. For any mamas of little ones under the age of two, I cannot recommend these enough. And after a quick look on the website, it seems that they are also now available for toddlers too. Genius.
Mini Boden Baby Cardigan (0-3 years)
£18.00-£20.00 SHOP NOW I love, love, love these gorgeous cardigans. I couldn’t decide which colour I liked best, so I edited it down to my three favourites. I love the hand knitted feel, the velvet ribbon trim, and the sweet little patch pockets (basically everything about them!). Tomorrow I’ll show you how I’m styling Tabitha’s (and which colour I went for in the end)…
Just bought a couple of great long sleeved (it’s that time…) slub tees for Marlow in Gap today (styling tip: they look really cool with the sleeves rolled up a couple of times). This one (in ‘cast iron’) and this one (in ‘raison’). Love them. I also spotted this coat in M&S, and ended up buying it for Marlow’s school coat (apologies that it wasn’t in last week’s coats edit, but I hadn’t seen it then). Trust me, it’s so much nicer in person; plus it’s grey not khaki as it states on the website. And it has a really warm, cosy lining. I was also tempted by this one that I spotted in Next yesterday. Not bad at all.
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Bob & Blossom ‘Love’ Silver Print Long Sleeve Tee (1-5 years) £14.95 SHOP NOW I have long been a fan of Bob & Blossom, and have bought countless number t-shirts for birthday presents (they are always well received by both parents, and little ones, and a great price at just £16.95). But at the recent Bubble exhibition in London, it was this adorable love tee that caught my eye. The ‘marshmallow’ pink is just right, and the silver text makes the perfect cool contrast. I also loved the ‘hello’ version in the perfect ‘cloud’ grey with neon text (in fact, it was tough to choose which one to use as the picture for this post). They are also both available in baby sizes too. I can’t get enough of them!
ps: the lucky winner of the gorgeous Nature Zoo musical octopus is Louise Knight. Congratulations Louise! Please email me with your address and I will post it straight to you. Thank you to everyone who entered, and worry not, there will be more competitions coming soon.
pps: next week is dedicated to the dreaded (for so many reasons!!) subject of ‘back to school’, or in Tabarlow’s case: starting school. I am traumatised, but mostly about the scary shoes. I will be sharing my woes with you all next week, so don’t buy anything until you’ve read my edit.
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.
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) £12.95-£14.95 SHOP NOW 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…
ps: a quick snoop around the T.K.maxx website threw up a few great finds from Stella McCartney Kids (the sizes are a bit random, but the prices are incredible). Love this boys striped shirt; this girls cotton camisole; these denim jeans; and these boys striped shorts (love the green version too). I had heard the rumours about them stocking Stella, but had never actually managed to get my mits on any in the store. Who knew they had a website? Easy!
pps: lots of people have been asking me exactly what I bought when I did my Mango Spree with the recent 30% off online. Unfotrtunately everything I bought for Marlow (including a girls’ t-shirt), and a lot of the things I bought for Tabs, appear to have sold out (sorry!), but here are a few of the things I bought for Tabitha: this embroidered blouse; this lace trim blouse (in lavender); and this embroidered dress. I did also buy myself this dress for my Summer holiday (I sized up and ditched the black ribbon tie). I am under no illusions that I will look like Daria in it, but I will wear it with a tan flat sandal (see Friday’s Mama Spree) and an army-style oversized shirt-jacket…