Covet (v): To wish for longingly; To yearn to possess
There are lots of things Lucy D and I have wished for eagerly since becoming parents. Sleep, more hours in the day, several pairs of hands, a mallet with which to crush noisy toys… But one thing’s for sure. If we’re going to be spending a large chunk of our day putting away piles of little clothes and washing dishes and tidying puzzle pieces, it’s much more fun when the domestic admin is made up of beautiful, covetable things.
Lucy and myself are regular ‘coveteers’, always on the lookout for new treasure for the Small Ones. From bright printed tableware and wish-they-were-my-size wellies, to well-crafted toys that break away from the monopoly of primary coloured plastic, it’s all about making the mundane marvellous. And we can be pretty, ahem, fussy with our tastes. Living with children doesn’t mean we need to lose our sense of style, after all.
So we thought it might be fun to share with you our beautiful finds, stylish ideas, new ways with old favourites and anything that makes us go ‘Ooh…’. We’d also like to introduce you to the latest new brands and say hi to some inspirational mums along the way in our Spotlight section.
To put it simply, Fussy Bird is all about Stuff We Like. And we hope you’ll like it, too.
Lucy P and Lucy D
We've already detailed our joy over the new-season bounty in Into Autumn for the girls. Soft knits, cosy hues of mustard and plums, snuggly accessories - we're all in. Conker season is traditionally a time of Good Clothes and wrapping up stylishly (you've seen The September Issue, right? It's the same for kids in our eyes). And there are some fantastic new lines for the boys, too.
Forget seasons of mist, it's all about the season of musts this autumn, as in what we must have for their wardrobes. And yes we do love collecting conkers and kicking through crispy leaves and smelling bonfires in the air on the walk home from school, but we also love all the fab new-season collections. Bring on the soft knits, cosy tights and the warm russets, mustards and plums of autumn...
If you've been watching Stranger Things on Netflix (and if you haven't, seriously, where have you been? Cancel everything and binge-watch the first season now - since its release this summer Netflix has already commissioned a second series, airing in 2017) you'll know that the dorkiest coolest kids in town at the moment are Mike, Lucas, Dustin and Will. Their Goonies meets E.T. meets Stephen King sci-fi adventures have fuelled an '80s nostalgia trip thanks to the show's near-perfect recreation of the era, and our sartorial eye has been on the detail for their retro apparel.
The new term is well under way, and we're just about getting our heads around which day is PE day, when the after-school clubs are, homework, lunchboxes, shoe-polishing and knotting a tie once again. But as smart and lovely as they look in their uniforms, it's always nice for them to have some comfies to throw on when they get home and can concentrate only on stuffing their faces and zoning out in front of Octonauts.