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12th February 2015

My favourite places to shop for my boys

One thing I’ve heard repeated frequently from pregnant mummy friends is that it’s not as much fun to dress little boys. A lot of shops admittedly seem to give up on boys’ clothes, filling the rails of the girls’ aisles with pretty prints and classic shapes, so that you don’t have to spend a lot to dress  girls classically and beautifully. For the boys, however, there might be a few pairs of tracksuit bottoms, with a tacky embroidered logo on the pocket for good measure, and a couple of different choices of T-Shirts with neon cartoon characters emblazoned across them. So no; it isn’t always easy to shop for boys, but if you shop in the right places, it really can be just as much fun to dress them.

Here are my favourite places to shop for my boys. All 6 are available in the UK and 4 are available in the UAE (I highly recommend getting yourself a Shop & Ship account if you don’t already have one so you can ship the other 2 too).

TOP BOYS SHOPS

 

1 – ETSY. This online marketplace has a bit of a reputation for crafty, homemade buys – but you can pop anything into the search engine and discover some very cool buys for boys. The above three buys are all by UK sellers (Top, Leggings, and Downloadable Print) and cost very little. I’ve just ordered Wilfred this pair of leggings and another covered in monsters, oops. Shop here.

2 – H&M. You need to hunt through the rails of H&M to find the best bits, but I have dressed my boys from this store since they were a couple of months old. I usually go for the simple basics. Don’t expect them to last too long, as you get what you pay for in terms of quality. Shop the UK online store here. View the UAE collection here.

3 – NEXT. I’m a sucker for Next. I like the simplicity of a lot of their clothes and I love the fact that things are always comfortable. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t bear to put the boys in scratchy clothes that I would never dream of wearing against my own skin. The prices are very good too. Shop the UK online store here. Shop the UAE online store here.

4 – OFFICE. I get all Stanley’s shoes from Office. He lives in TOMS and Converse, which look cool but also support his feet. The TOMS are especially good, as he’s very independent, meaning he can put them on and take them off himself. If we lived in the UK, he would also be wearing Timberlands. Shop the UK online store here.

5 – GAP KIDS. Oh I love GAP Kids. Such simple, stylish pieces for boys. I just wish it was a bit cheaper, especially in Dubai where everything is inflated by another 30% – I just can’t bring myself to spend the equivalent of £30 on a pair of shorts. When the stuff goes on sale, however, I’m the first through the door. The 2-for-1 T-Shirt deals are also brilliant. Shop the UK online store here. Head into store if you are in the UAE.

6 – ZARA KIDS. Also a bit pricey, but really lovely for the odd piece for your boys’ wardrobes. There’s a real mixture of classic and quirky. The store is especially lovely when boys are teeny – and make sure you pop into Zara Home too, for the irresistible choice of baby blankets. Shop the UK online store here. Head into store if you are in the UAE.



3rd October 2014

Stars Buys for Boys

Thought stars were just for girls? Think again. I could quite happily cover my boys and their rooms in stars, star prints, and star-shaped objects every day of the week – and now I can with these 20 adorable buys for boys. Happy shopping!

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1. Navy Star Print Bedside Lamp, £22, Next (click here to buy)

2. Red Star Print Rain Poncho, from £14, Next (click here to buy)

3. Chalkboard Star Decoration, £7.95, Not on the HighStreet (click to buy)

4. Red Star Print Wigwam Tent, £85, Great Little Trading Company (click here to buy)

5. Navy Star Print Seat Pod, £40, Next (click here to buy)

6. Illustrated Name Print, from £20, Not on the Highstreet (click here to buy)

7. Navy Star Print Fleece, £20, John Lewis (click here to buy)

8. Personalised Beany Star Hat, £15, Not on the Highstreet (click here to buy)

9. Star Print Sweatshirt, £28, Alex and Alexa (click here to buy)

10. Star Notebook, £9.99, Not on the Highstreet (click here to buy)

11. How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers, £5.24, Amazon.co.uk (click here to buy)

12. NUNUNU Star Baggy Pants, £37, Sidney Boo (click here to buy)

13. Set of 3 Star Rugs, £18, Next (click here to buy)

14. White Star Print Sling Book Shelf, £65, Great Little Trading Company (click here to buy)

15. Star Print Converse, £30, Debenhams (click here to buy)

16. Star Print Converse Backpack, £20, Alex and Alexa (click here to buy)

17. Pale Blue Star Print Rug, £29.99, Zara Home (click here to buy)

18. Star Print Tracksuit Bottoms, from £18, Boden (click here to buy)

19. 7-Pack Star Print Socks, from £18, Boden (click here to buy)

20. ‘Shine Like The Stars’ Print, £12.75, Etsy (click here to buy)



11th September 2014

How To Dress Boys In Tracksuit Bottoms

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I’ve always liked dressing my boys in tracksuit bottoms – but when chatting to friends recently, they admitted they didn’t really like dressing their kids in them. Why? Because they look scruffy.

I think that’s unfair. They’re hardly formalwear, but teamed with the right tops and accessories, I think they look just as good as jeans. And let’s face it, who wouldn’t live in comfortable loungewear 24/7 if they could get away it?

So here’s some inspiration for dressing your little boys in tracksuit bottoms this autumn and winter. And the great thing about these three outfits is that they are practical for active little boys that like to run around, climb, and get dirty outdoors – whilst being comfortable and warm when they head back inside. Winner.

OUTFIT 1

Outfit 1 – I wish I could dress my boys in this cool autumn look (might be a bit on the hot side in Dubai, but we will save it for our trip back at Christmas). The simple tracksuit bottoms work really well with the denim jacket and to-die-for shearling converse. I didn’t include a top for underneath the jacket as anything goes, but the simple long-sleeved T-Shirt in Outfit 2 would work really well here too.

Denim Jacket, £34.95, GAP (click here to buy)

Classic Navy Backpack, £20, Mi Pac at Paperchase (click here to buy)

Navy Cotton Joggers, £49, Elias & Grace (click here to buy)

Chestnut Shearling Converse, £39.99 (click here to buy)

OUTFIT 2

 

Outfit 2 – Choose tracksuit bottoms with interesting prints or textures to make them the main focus of the outfit. Add a simple long-sleeved T-shirt, a pair of cool Converse, and a knitted beanie for extra warmth and style points.

1 – Navy Cable Knit Beanie, £8.95, GAP (click here to buy)

2 – Striped Long-Sleeved T-Shirt, £4.99, H&M (click here to buy)

3 – Grey Marl Tracksuit Bottoms, from £8, Next (click here to buy)

4 – Grey Converse, £36, Office (click here to buy)

OUTFIT 3

 

Outfit 3 – This is my favourite for cold winter days! Comfortable, warm, with the coolest Timberland-style boots to make it suitable for even the muddiest playdates outdoors! The gilet  jacket means arms are free, making zooming around much easier than with a big padded jacket.

1 – Puffer Gilet, from £14, Next (click here to buy)

2 – Hooded Red Shirt, £21, Pumpkin Patch at House of Fraser (click here to buy)

3 – Navy Tracksuit Bottoms, £18, Joules at John Lewis (click here to buy)

4 – Desert-style Boots, £19.95, GAP (click here to buy)



15th July 2014

Rock star buys for boys

Got a little dude on your hands that would rather rock out on the guitar than head outside for a kick around? Embrace his love of music with my pick of rock star buys for boys…

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1. Led Zeppelin T-Shirt, £4.99, H&M (click here)

2. 3/4 Size Electric Guitar, £91, Squier By Fender at Gear4Music.com (click here)

3. Jeans with braces, £17, H&M (click here)

4. Personalised Rock Star Print, £26, Not on the Highstreet (click here)

5. Big Dreams and Rock Music T-Shirt, £10, Cute Graffiti (click here)

6. Acrylic Name Sign, £14, Not on the Highstreet (click here)

7. Kids Drum Set, £69.99, Toys R Us (click here)

8. Grey Blue Double Tongue Converse, £26.99, Office (click here)

9. LEGO Rock Band Wii Game, £9.93, Amazon.co.uk (click here)

10. Sing-along Microphone, £27.99, Early Learning Centre at Argos (click here)

11. My Daddy Rocks T-Shirt, £9.99, Nappy Head (click here)

12. Earphones, £5.99, Amazon.co.uk (click here)

13. Star Bedroom Rug, £85, Great Little Trading Company (click here)

14. Boys Blue Aviator Sunglasses, £7, River Island (click here)

15. Denim Shorts, £7.99, H&M (click here)

16. Rock Star Keyboard, £40, John Lewis (click here)

17. Rolling Stones T-Shirt, £10, Next (click here)

18. New York Cap, £8, River Island (click here)