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5 Things I’ve Learned About Parenting: Marina Sevier of Marloe London

Alex and I are all too conscious that the relationship between ‘baby essentials’ and ‘style’ is a tenuous one. I remember dispatching my mum to buy emergency ‘tiny baby’ babygrows for my little girl and she came back marveling that it still held fast that pink was for girls and blue for boys – and that the cutesy factor was off the scale. Imagine a world where baby essentials were all gorgeous, utterly covetable – and useful long after your babies have grown. Welcome, then, with open arms, Marloe London, set up by new mamas Marina Sevier and Chloe Riddell. Yearning after something more sophisticated, they’ve produced the softest bamboo and organic cotton muslins in ice cream shades (I have my eye on the ombre dip-dyed ones). They can be draped over prams (or indeed chairs and sofas), used as picnic rugs, a swaddle, as a stylish means of breastfeeding modesty, even draped around your neck as a scarf. Because something you use every single day for months (even years) should be as stylish as possible. We love them. And we’re delighted that Marina (mama to Uma, 2, and Leo, 5 months) has agreed to share her 5 Things… with…

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The Christmas Countdown – fabulous festive jumpers for kids

Before I embark on the true content of this post, can I just take a quick sidestep to tell you just how much I love the first Bridget Jones movie? If you haven’t seen it for a while, do revisit, it really is a classic. Now, moving on…..love ’em or loathe ’em, it’s almost the season of the Christmas Jumper (buy now before they sell out). For this post I’ve focused on children’s jumpers as let’s face it a kitsch jumper on them looks cute, on me not so much. But still, any excuse to use this Bridget/Darcy picture….…

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Awesome children’s knits for autumn

It’s October! It’s cold! It’s jumper season! If there’s one thing I love more than cosying up in a gorgeous jumper, it’s wrestling my children into gorgeous jumpers (despite the fact that they think shorts and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable in nearly freezing conditions). From dreamy cashmere to high-street hits, here’s what I’ve been drooling over this week….…

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Style File: Smallable’s Cécile Roederer

Cécile Roederer is very chic, very charming and very cool. She is the founder and CEO of Smallable – a concept store for children which is impeccably curated. Imagine Net-a-Porter meets Selfridges – but for children – and you’re pretty much there. We also adore the super-stylish magazine. (Warning: the temptation to shop is almost irresistible. And they are branching out into womenswear. Uh-oh.) We had to request a glimpse into her super-stylish world – including a peek at what’s hot for AW15 for children, mamas and interiors……

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Smooth summer style for little people…

I’m not generally one to splash the cash when it comes to children’s clothes, but for special occasions I will spend a bit more. One brand definitely worth spending money on is Cashmirino, a very chic children’s clothing company founded by Venezuelan-born banker-turned-designer Maria Busquets. From delicious cashmere to the prettiest prints, it’s a real treasure trove of beautifully-made children’s clothes……

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World Leaders

I’ve been traipsing around town doing the annual round of ‘Christmas in July’ press days (yes, this is as surreal as it sounds. However it can also be beautiful. Check out the pictures from The White Company’s gorgeous press day on our Instagram feed). My radar is on high alert for brilliant presents for everyone (including, err, myself). This caught my eye yesterday and leapt to the top of my children’s lists. Create-A-World is essentially giant fuzzy felt which feeds the imagination. You can also buy an ABC set so you can throw in a bit of learning. Simply Good is run by a couple who clearly know exactly how children’s (and mama’s) minds work. Buy it here.  …

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Shopping the Sales for Small People – Part 2

I mentioned on Friday that Mango is my new go-to for little ones. Let’s start with these adorable trousers with little patched knees – perfect for crawlers. And the list does not stop there. (Or indeed, with this shop – there are some fabulous bargains to be snapped up now…)…

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Shopping the Sales for Small People – Part 1

I am a big fan of ‘buy now, wear later’ for my children. Today my daughter wore a sundress I bought in the sales last year (the boy just wore navy striped leggings. He is crawling – and thus frequently filthy of knee). My sales hit list: Zara Kids, The Little White Company, Mini Boden and M&S. I’ll add Mango Kids to that list this year. Plus Elias & Grace and Alex & Alexa for some designer hits.…

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The Perfect Summer Shoe (For Little People)

Stop the weekend presses. Flitting around the web on a Friday eve in search of holiday essentials (we head off next weekend), I chanced across the most perfect pair of children’s shoes for the long, lazy summer holidays ahead of us (we hope). Espadrilles for boys and girls from Tootsa MacGinty. They’re £15; available in stripes (red, blue and multi-coloured) or solid colours (red, yellow and navy). Yes, I am officially obsessed. I am itching to order right now, but am waiting to ask the little one which colour she fancies tomorrow. (Fingers crossed for the navy stripes…) I love these shoes – and this brand.…