Alison Fern launched her first jewellery collection in 2016, motivated to create unique, luxurious pieces to be worn and loved every day. Each piece is hand-crafted by Alison (who previously spent a large part of her career working at The Tate, and cites the likes of Richard Long and Barbara Hepworth as key influencers of her designs), in limited quantities, at her London studio.
Contradicting spheres and spikes combine to create beautifully elegant jewellery featuring asymmetric chains, large hoops and delicate charms. Pretty and cool in equal measures. My favourites? The subtly mismatched Archer earrings.
Stuff & Wonder
White Stuff have just launched their first children’s range, and I for one, love it. I didn’t really know what to expect, as to be honest, I wasn’t really familiar with their womens collection. But it’s a really lovely collection of considered pieces, with lots of thoughtful, clever details and colour combinations, such a reversible skirts and dresses; flouro covered buttons; and pockets where you really want/need them etc. etc. The collection is for boys and girls, and is a great mix of more colourful, playful pieces as well as simpler, more low key pieces. I’m in love with the pom pom Breton tee!
Definitely worth a look!
BKD Mini Bakers Club
Multi award-winning kids baking brand BKD has introduced a Mini Bakers subscription club for little ones aged 3-8. Such a great idea, designed to encourage children to learn through play, creativity and food, mamas can subscribe and each month their mini baker will receive a personalised box posted straight to their front door containing an exciting baking and craft activity. It would make a fantastic, original gift too.
Subscription starts at just £9.99 per month.
Calf & Co
A fairly recent discovery for me, Calf & Co pride themselves on creating beautiful pieces to treasure forever, including bespoke monogrammed cushions and cashmere blankets. Their pieces are all carefully sourced with love, that you’ll definitely want to treasure forever. Perfect for a gorgeous, personal gift for a newborn or child. My favourites are the Salcombe colour block blanket in oyster and slate and the rainbow cushion in cream.
Kit & Kin
In an ideal world, all babies would be wearing gorgeous Liberty print knickers/bloomers/nappy covers at all times when they’re not fully clothed, but let’s be honest, this isn’t always the case. And this crazy-hot weather has reminded me of holidays past where the twins would wear nothing but a nappy for the majority of the time. And very cute they looked too. But they would have looked even cuter wearing one of these eco nappies with a cute little animal face on their bottoms (the fox is my favourite). They also offer a subscription service where they deliver ‘bundles’ directly to your door.
Check out their gorgeous eco baby products too. I love the Magic Salve.
In this gorgeously charming book, we follow this amazing process called pregnancy, and see the miracle of a creation of a new life. This fun and informative way to prepare your child for the arrival of their new baby brother or sister is written by two of today’s most popular mum bloggers and co-founders of Babyccino, Courtney Adamo and Esther Van de Paal. Their writing is accompanied by beautiful illustrations from Lizzy Stewart, the winner of the 2017 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, Illustrated Books Category. Tabitha was totally entranced by it when we saw it at Shop Up on Sunday.
Honey & Toast
Honey and Toast is a new range of beautifully made leather accessories for kids, designed to meet the high expectations of both children and their parents. Each piece has been designed and carefully developed to be of the highest, enduring quality, in order to grow with your child, telling and celebrating the tale of their daily life and adventures. Satchels, saddle bags and scooter satchels in cool, simple designs – colour-blocks (I love the navy and yellow), leopard prints. You can definitely see the designer’s background at Paul Smith and Mary Katrantzou coming through. Love!
Zatchels is a British accessories brand founded on years of experience as a traditional leather goods manufacturer, but has more recently created a collection of contemporary bags. My favourite is the Sugarcube style (I have the navy) – it’s beautifully made, and I always love a mini bag. I like that you have the option of wearing it ‘cross body’ or handheld too.
Apolina Kids might possibly be the most ‘mini me’ kids collection I have ever come across. I want all the dresses in my size!! Born out of a desire to create a more authentic style, not a passing trend, but a modern bohemian range with longevity and a sense of craft. Fusing Californian vintage ‘mexicana’ with heritage colours inspired by traditional Scandinavian folk art, the collection of heavily embroidered pieces (dresses, blouses and jumpsuits) feels both nostalgic and (pretty) cool. Apolina works with a small family-run Indian manufacturer, and ethical trading and production practises are adhered to. Apolina embraces the idea of ‘slow fashion’ with garments enjoying the potential of an enhanced life. The versatile pieces are mindfully designed to fit for as long as possible, tunics (I love ‘Pattie’) start out as dresses for babies, then become cute blouses for girls, meaning the style will last for years. This is a simple, ethical, clever concept that I love.
Outside The Lines
Outside The Lines is a new girlswear label offering a carefully considered collection for 3-10 year olds. The debut collection is made up of gorgeous, feminine (and affordable – prices start from £25.00), sometimes kooky pieces in pretty muted colours. Favourites include the kitty print dresses, the Breton tops with metallic Peter Pan collar and the twisted tutus with embellished waistbands. This is a brand that will be loved by both little girls and their mamas alike. Clever.
They are currently offering Little Spree readers 20% discount with the code Little20 until 20th December.
Disko Kids is a children’s clothing brand producing original designs hand screen printed onto great quality organic T-shirts and sweatshirts. Unsurprisingly, their first collection is based around music (founders Helen and her partner Chris both LOVE music – Helen used to be a DJ). Our favourites are the turn table sweatshirts, the leopard print smiley faces and the ‘Play Loud’ tees. We’ve already ordered some for the Marlow and Bailey, as well as Christmas presents (such cool gifts, particularly for boys). Disko Kids will also be donating half the profits of sales on the ‘Missing Piece’ T-shirt to Winston’s Wish – a charity helping bereaved children. The range currently starts at age 3 up to 11years. They have also kindly offered seasonal discount to Little Spree readers with the code: LITTLE15 – http://www.winstonswish.org.uk
We are big fans of this super-stylish enamelware for kids. Unbreakable, but so much more stylish than anything plastic. Kids love it because it’s more grown up than than plastic, but you don’t have the stress of worrying about breakages. We particularly love the tumblers and mini tumblers, and the little bake pans. To be honest, we love it all. And obviously it’s not just for kids either. Falcon Enamelware are offering Little Spree readers 10% off for the next three weeks (just add this code: Falcon Spree), so give it a try for yourselves!
When it comes to kids party invitations, we’re onboard with the ease and convenience of electronic communication, but there’s always something special about receiving a handwritten note, especially to announce an important event or to say thank you. If you’re with us, take a look at the beautifully printed stationary at Papier.
Molly & Moo
As soon as we heard the name, we knew we were going to like this new baby brand. As any parent of a newborn knows, muslins are an essential item, so you might as well buy beautiful ones (we love the delicate grey and white stripe). You will also find the most adorable selection of traditional wooden baby toys that would make the perfect gif; the hard part will be choosing which one: Delilah duck, Marlow mouse or Douglas dog?
So Pretty was started by friends Lucy and Lou in 2014. Based in South London and with five young daughters between them, they wanted to offer a new range of clothes and accessories for girls aged 3-10 years. Inspired by nostalgic and fashion forward fabrics they like to use comfortable, fun and feminine materials that share their love of pretty prints, textures and a touch of sparkle.
All their collections are designed by them and made in South London with limited numbers in each range. They work hard to ensure the materials they use are produced fairly, sustainably and as close to home as they can so they benefit local economies as well as the environment. They currently have a sale on, so definitely worth a little look.
The Incredible Journey Home
The adorable books from ‘Lost My Name’ have been one of our go-to birthday gifts for some time, so we were very excited to hear about the new edition to their collection: ‘The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home’. We don’t want to spoil the surprise so we’ll just say that if you loved their original book, we think you’ll love this one too.
Squidge & Pip
Poppy & Hester
Reasonably priced, tonal (cotton) knitwear is not easy to find. Imagine our delight to stumble across sweet childrenswear brand Poppy & Hester who have an entire range of such pieces. When we tell you that the designer behind the brand, Kate Alsanjak has worked at Caramel Baby & Child need we say more…
Little Cotton Clothes
We love the story behind (new girls clothes) brand Little Cotton Clothes. Having struggled to find exactly the style they liked for their children, founders Imogen and Leonie made dresses out of vintage embroidered pillowcases and retro curtains.
Their clothes received so many compliments that they decided to design their very own range of clothes. You can see their pretty collection at
“…Nestled high up in the clouds is a hidden world…powder pink kites dance through the warm air, rainbows, unicorns with golden wings gallop unbridled between cloud and sky…”
This is how Swedish print brand Mrs Mighetto describe their new “Oh Clouds!” wallpaper, and trust us the real thing is just as magical as the the description. Their new (oh so sweet) print collection launches on 18 March.
The Gray Store
UK made, monogrammed, simple paired back design… We were always going to want to know more about this lovely new brand. From t-shirts to toy sacks, they all come with optional hand-cut lettering in various colours and fabrics. We’re big fans of the ‘Mama’ wash bag (in hot yellow) as seen in our Mother’s Day post, and if you want to know what the kids chose, keep your eye out on Instagram.
Easier to persuade the kids to eat sprouts than turn off the i-Pad? If screen time is a battleground, or you’re finding it hard to track the amount of time your children spend in front of a screen, you might want to try Time Tokens. This simple and clever idea puts children in charge of managing their own screen time, using tokens and a timer (yes, we know it sounds unlikely but it works, we’ve tried them!). Head over to www.timetokens.com to find out how.
Half Pint Chic
Wish you could buy designer childrenswear with up to 70% off? Half Pint Chic work directly with some of our favourite brands such as Caramel Baby & Child, Mini A Ture, and Marie Chantal so they can guarantee that everything they sell is 100% authentic. You won’t find current seasons collections on their site, but you will find a bargain!
One of most useful items in your baby bag has to be a baby muslin, and they don’t come much chicer, or more versatile than the ones from Marloe London. Due to their generous size they can be used not only as a swaddle, but also as a blanket, pram cover, changing mat sheet, breast-feeding cover and even a play mat. They’re made from organic cotton/bamboo and come in a variety of beautiful colours and can also be monogrammed. We love the dip-dyed ones. All in all, the perfect gift.
Exclusive discount code for Land of Small
Lovely Land of Small (if you haven’t had a snoop yet, you’re in for a treat!) are offering Little Spree readers an exclusive 20% discount this week (until Sunday 13th) on everything in their gorgeous Christmas Shop). Plus free shipping for orders over £80.00. t’s crammed full of the prettiest tutus (dresses and skirts), headbands, hair clips, necklaces, and even super-cool sweatshirts. We can’t get enough of it! Just add this code at checkout: SPREE20OFF.
We recently discovered lovely new dressing up site Little Kit. They make dressing up ‘kits’ so the idea is that you buy an entire outfit or individual parts of an outfit. Clever. Not only that but they’re handmade in the UK and are reasonably priced. Little Kit is the collaboration between fashion designer Laura Basevi and child development expert Victoria Blandford. Their tag line ‘imagination takes you everywhere’ perfectly describes their product. What’s more they’re offering Little Spree readers 20% discount until Christmas Day, simply use code LS20 at checkout..
Land of Small
If you don’t already know this adorable website, you definitely need to take a look. They have the most beautifully curated collection of imaginative play clothes with everyday wearable luxury. Their collections cleverly (and beautifully) obscure the line between clothing and costume – encouraging children to play and wear pieces in any way they like for free and exciting creative expression. Perfect for the fast-approaching festive season.
The Rug Company children’s craft workshop
If you are going to be in the King’s Road area with your kids on Saturday 3rd October, you might want to pop along to this. The Rug Company are inviting you to afternoon tea and a children’s craft workshop to celebrate Barber & Osgerby’s new collection for them. It will be 3-5pm at their store at 555 King’s Road. Suitable for 4+ year olds.
Mifold portable car seat
Every now and then someone invents something obvious and brilliant. That’s how we feel about ‘mifold’. It’s a compact, portable booster that’s 10 times smaller than a regular booster seat (it’s even smaller than an iPad!) and is just as safe. Throughout their crowdfunding period you can pre-order one at a discounted price (from £35.00 to £20.00), plus you’ll have the opportunity to personalise your seat. Pre-order here, we will be!