Stella McCartney Kids Weekend Bodies (1-24 months)
How sweet are these? Love the cute, simple design and the fact they are made from 100% organic cotton (very Stella!). Perfect for Summer sleepwear or layering for every day. Would make a lovely baby present too. Super-chic.
French Connection Navy Stripe Tee (2-13 years)
I picked up this lovely t-shirt for Marlow (even though it’s officially a girl’s tee) the other day when I was browsing in French Connection (and checking out the lovely new homeware collection at the same time). It’s lovely, soft cotton and not too thick, so perfect for those days when it’s not quite hot enough for a short sleeve, but you still want something light. Admittedly, it’s perhaps a teeny bit more expensive than other similar Breton-style tops on the high street, but the cut is great (slim but not too tight), and the quality of the cotton is lovely. Definitely worth the extra pennies. It’s also washed really well (dull but important when it comes to kids’ clothes). I even chucked it in the tumble dryer (although pretty much all of Tabarlow’s clothes go in the dryer!) and it came out as good as new. It also has a cute little cut-out, keyhole detail with a button at the back (the only real giveaway that it might not be a boy’s top…). I’m definitely going to go back and pick up another one for Tabs.
Cyrillus Blouse with Peter Pan Collar (6-36 months)
I am always a big fan of the Peter Pan collar (for babies, little girls and for myself). Apart from anything else, I just love saying it! And they always just always look so sweet. I like that the print on this one is quite neutral and understated. Tabitha lives in pretty little blouses similar to this, and I always love them on her. They just feel a bit more special than a regular top or t-shirt, but can still be great for every day with jeans or shorts.
La Redoute Boy’s Army Style Cap (one size)
I’ve been on location in beautiful Hyde Park all day today, shooting a Military story (it’s a big trend for Autumn/Winter) for the September issue of Red. This means I am tuned in to all things military right now, so when I spotted this fab cap I felt I had to share it with you all. After searching all over London for one for Tabitha and Marlow’s dad (after he lost his favourite Marc Jacobs navy one that I had bought him) for Christmas, I discovered that the official term for this particular style of cap is a ‘tram driver’s cap’ (you can’t say Little Spree isn’t informative!). I just think they are a little cooler than a regular cap (and make a change from a sun hat). This one only comes in one size, but it has an adjustable strap at the back. Perfect for cool little boys.
M&S Girl’s Open Toe Bow Sandals (sizes 4-13)
You’d been forgiven for thinking these are Marni (they have just launched a kids’ collection after all). They totally look like they could be! I just love everything about them – the navy spot/stripe combo, the (non-perfect) bow, the fact that they are espadrilles… And of course, the fact that they aren’t Marni, and are a tenner (or less if you are shopping for very little girls!). You’ve gotta love M&S!
ps: a (very cool) fellow Fashion Editor friend of mine, did actually think they were Marni! So there you have it.
Red Direct Vintage Alphabet Blocks
Never underestimate the power of the simple building block. Tabarlow (Marlow in particular) absolutely love playing with them, and they have learnt so much at the same time – fine motor skills and letter names (that’s the science bit to you and me). These are particularly lovely ones, and would make a really great gift. As always, Red Direct hits the spot.
H&M Girl’s Denim Shorts (12 months-8 years)
Little girls always look so cute and cool (always the perfect combination in my book) in denim cut-offs. But the trick to pulling this look off is to ‘pretty them up’ a little. I would style these ones with a pretty peasant/smock top or blouse (extra points if it’s a little sprig floral print!) and sandals for a lovely, easy Summer outfit for a little girl. Perfect.
Verity Jones Velvet Hair Clip (medium)
This is one of my most recent discoveries, and one that I am very excited about, and keen to share. As you all know by now, I am ever so slightly obsessed with hair bows/slides for Tabitha. I am constantly on the look-out for great ones in great colours (it is always the colour that seems to be the issue) that don’t cost the same price as a manicure! Julia Jones decided to start making her own hair bows/slides/bands/elastics when she just couldn’t find what she wanted (tasteful, pretty colours) in the shops, and named the business after her daughter, Verity (sweet!). So she now has her own collection of beautiful hand-made bows in the most gorgeous colours ever! This is just one of my favourites, but the list of colours, fabrics and sizes is endless (and not so much as a hint of ‘that pink’ in sight) – you really should check them out for yourself. I particularly love this little velvet one, but I could literally buy dozens… I’m now obsessed with Verity Jones! Love, love, love.
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H&M Spotted Bikini (1-8 years)
Ok, so it’s officially Summer (well for the next few days at least) in London! Time to bust out a bikini and the paddling pool. And as bikinis go, this is one of the cutest on the high street. I love the combination of spots and frills, and the Fifties vibe. And of course, I love that it’s navy and most definitely not pink (the lining doesn’t count!). Adorable.
Next Suede Boots (sizes 4-12)
For the more beady Little Spree readers out there, you might be getting a slight feeling of deja vu right about now. Yes, you have seen these fab chukka boots before back in March, but in grey. They were one of the most popular items I have posted to date, so I thought they were definitely worthy of a second outing in navy (I’m not just being lazy!). As you all know, I love all things grey and navy for boys (and girls too for that matter), and they are two colours that go with pretty much anything. Marlow has the grey ones (in fact he was wearing them today with his French Connection navy & white long sleeved t-shirt and Boden girls’ skinny jeans), and these navy ones will be coming his way very soon…
Ilovegorgeous… Baby Daisy Dress (0-24 months)
This is one of the prettiest dresses I have ever seen for a baby girl. My great friend (and amazing make-up artist), Kim was searching for a bridesmaid dress for her nine month old daughter, Marcie. Turns out, it’s not as easy as you think to find a lovely one in such a little size. This is the one she ended up buying. Ok, so it is not officially a bridesmaid dress, but I agree that it makes a perfect one. I love that it has a slight Victorian feel, and I particularly love it in this gorgeous shell pink (always a favourite of mine). I am going to buy one for Tabitha to wear in the Summer – you don’t need a wedding to have an excuse to wear a dress this beautiful.
Joules Corgi Jumper (4-12 years)
If the Union Jack jumper didn’t hit the spot for Jubilee style, this might be more up your street (party). I don’t know what it is about corgis, but they always make me laugh. So add a crown at a jaunty angle and a Jubilee extended bank holiday weekend, and I’m virtually hysterical. I just think this is a brilliant find for any Jubilee celebration. Would look super-cool just worn with skinny jeans for boys or girls. I’m just sad it doesn’t come in age two…
This post is dedicated to my colleague, the lovely Laura, Fashion and Shopping Editor at Red, who is pregnant (and a Little Spree fan). She asked me which skincare products I use on the twins, and I am often asked this by other mums too. So here is the answer. I have been using the Baby Bee products since the twins were babies (not right away though – water and Infacare did the trick for the first few months). The products are really lovely and gentle on their skin, have no nasty ingredients, and the smell is just gorgeous! It’s not the cheapest, but it lasts for ages (and remember, I’m getting through twice as much as most mums!) because you only need to use a tiny amount. I just associate the smell with them now (trust me, it’s addictive!), so can’t imagine switching anytime soon. I have just featured the bodywash/shampoo and lotion here, but I also use the nourishing baby oil and the nappy ointment too sometimes. I also love the lavender and vanilla ‘calming lotion’ for bedtime. So there you have it.
1. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee shampoo and wash £5.83 amazon.co.uk
2. Burt’s Bees original body lotion £8.50 amazon.co.uk
No Added Sugar Eden Romper (3 months-2 years)
I love this. As you know by now, I am a big fan of the romper/playsuit (call it what you will). They always just look so effortlessly cute. They are great for layering under other things, but personally I just love them worn on their own with sandals on a sunny Summer day. And they don’t come much prettier than this.
Vertbaudet Baby Boy Hooded Denim Jacket (3 months-3 years)
I love that this is a little different from your average little boys’/babies’ jackets. It has that all-important combination of style and practicality – striped lining, zips in all the right places etc. And it just has those little extra details that the French always seem to nail so perfectly.
Lands’ End Ribbon Tie Seersucker Dress (4-6 years)
Blue and white stripes, seersucker, ribbon ties, 100% cotton… Tick, tick, tick! I just love the simplicity of this gorgeous dress. It’s just so pretty, but without being overly girly. I guarantee this will be one of those dresses that is permanently either on or in the wash…
Paperchase GB Trippers Set Of 4 Snack Boxes
I spotted these when I was in the Paperchase store in Westfield the other day doing a card haul. As a mum of toddlers, I am always armed with various snacks at all times. But what to put them in? These are so sweet, and more importantly, easy to locate at the bottom of your (bottomless) bag. The different sizes are really useful too. Perfect for pieces of fruit etc for your little ones.
ps: bought the Zara cream crochet ‘mini birkin’ dress (as posted on 26th April) for Tabs today. Just tried it on her – it looks so gorgeous! They only had a few left, so get your skates on if you want to get one (and I definitely think you should!).
John Lewis Striped Jumper (3 months-3 years)
I know it’s another jumper, but it’s most definitely another jumper day (in London anyway). This one from John Lewis is just a great one at a great price. Every little boy should have at least one navy and white striped jumper in their wardrobe at any given time. I also like that this one is cotton, so your little one won’t get too hot and bothered if it’s one of those days where the weather can’t make its mind up (erm, that will be pretty much every day then…).
£14.00 – £15.00 johnlewis.com
Monsoon Ditsy Bunny Ears Headband (one size)
This headband is just adorable. I’m so over the regular (and let’s face it it – pretty tacky) bunny ears headbands that you get for little girls on the high street. This one is so pretty and just a little bit different. A perfect addition to a dressing-up outfit/party costume, and also just a fun way to accessorise a regular, everyday outfit for a little girl. Would make a cute (and inexpensive) gift too. Love.
Petit Bateau Checked Trousers (3-24 months)
How cute are these? I love this madras check (very A.P.C), and they make a refreshing change from jeans. Wear them with a light grey sweatshirt or jumper. Super-chic.