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Friday 29 June 2012

WIT's Baby Fridays: my favorite websites part 1

Today's WIT baby Friday is dedicated to all those lovely blogs and websites I've been trawling over the past seven months. I've spent countless evenings daydreaming and compiling virtual lists of all the things I would love to buy! Weather you are looking for practical information, a little bit of nursery decor inspiration or the perfect little frock, here is the first part of my must reads.


Cutest fabrics and adorable rompers, if I have a girl I'm buying one in every colour! I also love the cute gift ideas like the diaper pouches and bib sets.  They ship to the UK but thankfully, as  I don't know what I'm having, I haven't been able to order anything... yet.


This website has a bit of everything baby related, but I haven't started looking at technical buys yet instead I've been eyeing bits and bobs from the baby bedroom section. They have a great selection of storage solutions and lots of things in unisex colours too.



The cutest baby clothes and at really reasonable prices too. Take advantage of the extra pounds off during the sale.  There are boutiques scattered a bit all over the world so look for one near you.



I love the semplicity of this French store and the chic colour palette of their entire collection. I particularly like that you can choose items by colour and it's not all in the usual pink or blue. I love greys, neutrals and browns to which you can then add on a splashes of brighter colours. They also have a lovely home decor section, for babies, kids and grownups.


This is my go-to webiste whenever I have a questions about pregnancy: anything from which cheeses are safe to eat to what are my options for birth, I subscribed to it as soon as I found out I was pregnant. There is system for which you can put your due date and you get a weekly update on your babies development (I love receiving it on a Thursday), videos and a handy mobile app too.


I adore this website that my lovely colleague Sarah at Red started a few months ago. She has the most goreous taste in clothes, her twins are the luckiest kids! Best things is, this blog is all baout beautiful things that won't brake the bank, so right up my street. I check it out every day and never fail to love her daily choices. Don't forget to look at her Pinterest boards too, the kids room section is real a feast for the eye and I've already copied this great Liberty print curtain idea.


As a Fashion Editor I have worked at magazines including Marie Claire, Glamour and Red for over 15 years, styling fashion shoots (and the odd celebrity or two…). Needless to say I love clothes. But after having twins (Tabitha & Marlow, collectively known as Tabarlow) in January 2010, my new obsession quickly became kids’ clothes.
Being a busy working mum of twins with very little free time, I soon came up against various problems dressing them. I found myself looking for simple, cute, practical pieces (no lurid colours, naff motifs etc etc) that were also affordable. This was no easy task! But over time, with a bit of practice, I re-trained my (womenswear) fashion eye to finding fab kids’ clothes too. I found it quite a fun styling challenge – trawling the high street, searching for pieces that look great but don’t cost the earth. I couldn’t care less whose name is on the label inside if it looks fantastic on the outside. If anything, I think it’s far cooler not to dress your kids in head-to-toe designer clothes.
So I started sharing my finds with my friends with kids (texts such as: get down to your nearest M&S – they’ve done the best desert boots for £22!!) who, after forwarding my hot tips onto their friends, then suggested I spread the word a little further. So here it is. Everything I feature here will be things that I honestly think are great and really worth buying (without exception) and that one of the twins (or both) is probably already wearing (and trust me, I am very picky about what I dress my kids in!!). I genuinely believe that you do not need to max out your credit card to dress your kids well. And I’ve always loved a bargain! I will do all the legwork – think of me as your filter – you don’t need to trawl through all the naff stuff to find the gems, I’ve already done it for you. And if there is something great out there, believe me I’ll find it. To buy anything on this site, just click on the price. Happy shopping!
Sarah xx

One of Sarah's great ideas


And to close this weeks Baby WIT Friday another favourite blog of another gorgeous friend and Red contributor, Deboarah. She is my holy grail of fashion, beauty, baby and just about everything else knowledge on top of always looking stunning and having the most well behaved beautiful children I know.  Her daughter Hermione (who's blog is an account of her everyday wardrobe) has got to be the most stylish little girl in town. But I'll let Deborah do the talking...

"As a fashion editor i am obsessed with clothes and have, as such, an enormous wardrobe. Nothing prepared me, however, for having a daughter. She received so many gorgeous gifts, many of which were clothes and i simply wanted to show friends how fabulous she looked in each and every outfit. And so each week i would e-mail her fashion diary and so her blog was born..."

See you soon with another round of my favorite blogs and websites...


Mummywearsflats said...

Check out Babyccino. Amazing blog and a portal for some great shops too!

Emily Bucknell said...

Hi Laura, i was just wondering whether you are on pinterest? Would love to follow your boards if so
Thanks so much, love your blog!

Anonymous said...

Rachel Riley.co.uk is also lovely.

Anonymous said...

Rachel Riley is also lovely.

Celia said...

Such a lovely but dangerous post to read, I appear to have spent a small fortune on Vertbaudet!x

Lucy said...

Just to add, sizing can be very odd from Vertbaudet so my tip would be don't buy lots in advance in the sales (like I did as I knew I was having a girl) and then find it's a dreadful fit or incorrect sizing for their age a year later. Their nursery textiles are great though and highly recommended. I had organic cotton mattress sheets and a beautiful cot bumper as well as more decoratives items.

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