I say this every season but the AW16 Little Bird collection really is the best yet. Matryoshka dolls! Velvet! Victorian collars! I would wear all of it myself if they went up to age 36 ;)
My absolute favourite pieces from this collection are their new yellow woolly bobble hats (you KNOW how I feel about bobble hats..... the girls and I wear them pretty much every day from October to April), the green blazer (which is made from 100% cotton but looks and feels like beautiful, soft velvet and has elasticated rainbow cuffs which keep the draughts out as well as being mighty stylish) and the Russian dolls skirt which is perfection, from the fine cord material to the contrasting floral lining, to the pretty little dolls themselves!).
The girls' wardrobes are about 70% Little Bird; it's the combination of the colours, the quality of materials and workmanship, and the price tags that make me love this brand so much! Little Bird clothes just seem to last forever; the skirts and trousers all have elasticated waistbands / adjustors so they grow with your child, and the dresses can be worn over and over (and turned into tunics if they get a little short). The colours don't fade and the materials don't seem to wear. Evie has worn all Daisy's hand-me-downs and these are now being worn by my friend's little girl.
I'm a big fan of layering when the weather turns chilly (especially at this time of year when the days can start freezing cold but end up super mild!) so I invest in summer items that can be worn into the winter months and then buy what I need in winter; long sleeved t-shirts to wear underneath summer blouses, and cardigans to go on top when they're needed. I don't really believe in 'seasons' when it comes to clothes - apart from it being a good excuse to go shopping!
Which brings me nicely back on to the subject of our latest Little Bird haul!
Daisy's blouse and skirt outfit will be perfect right through til spring; as will Evie's lightweight dress - I'll just add the chunky knits and tights over the next few months and swap them for thinner layers and socks/bare legs for SS17. Both girls had the white Fairisle cardigan last winter and loved it so I chose to get the blue version for Daisy this year (Evie has her hand-me-down) and I just couldn't resist that jacket, those hats or those shoes!
Daisy wears: Ditsy floral blouse, £10-£12 //Russian doll skirt, £14-£16 // Fairisle cardigan, £13-£15
All c/o Little Bird by Jools at Mothercare
*There's 25% off all outer wear online at the moment, so you can grab these for a bargain
if you're quick!
And THOSE SHOES! They are totally worthy of a photo of their very own. Just look at them! I'm so pleased that Mothercare decided to re-release their original T-bar design in genuine leather. They are just beautiful, and so well made - and at £28 a pair I think they're a real steal!