French Style for Children

Recently, I was pondering over the whole notion of being an expat. What is an expat? Is it a label, a way of life, a feeling of always being a stranger in a familiar place? Is it just living in a country you were not born in?

I do not feel like an expat at all. In fact, I have never felt like one. In my first year here, I spoke more French than English and all the friends I had were French. So were my flatmates. A lot of my French friends went back home. I did not. The couple of French girls who stayed are now amongst my dearest friends (and they are ladies now, not girls anymore – désolée les filles!). Fast-forward a couple of years and I had a job, colleagues and new friends. Life was in English.

I was bringing back less food or cleaning products from France (is it just me?). I started enjoying British humour and was even dreaming in English. I am now fully part of the society I live and work in. My husband is British, a lot of my friends speak very little French.

I am still French, oh so French! I sound French. I could not live without bread and cheese. I find grammar and the intricacies of my mother-tongue fascinating. I read in French, sing in French to my children, swear in French.

When Crevette was born, I wanted white clothes only for him. I thought it would make them perfect for any future siblings, girl or boy. It would also make washing his clothes more practical. My mum and I went shopping, and we bought all of his first vests and pyjamas from Petit Bateau, one of my favourite brands for little ones. We also went for a few Absorba outfits. They are well-made, quality clothes that last a long time. My four little ones have worn them, and they have now been given to my brother, for his future children.

Friends and members of my family know I absolutely love brands like Jacadi, Catimini or Cyrillus, so they tend to treat my little ones to nice outfits rather than toys.

When Alexandra from Tendre Deal contacted me asking whether I wanted to work with her to promote her chic boutique for kids, I was intrigued. In a nutshell, Tendre Deal is a members’ only boutique selling French clothes and toys for children at a reduced price. It is free to join, members get regular invites to the sales and discounts can be as much as 70% off. Alexandra was recently awarded a ‘Mumpreneur UK Bronze Website Award’, and it is well-deserved.

It took me 35 seconds to become a member and be able to get a couple of items from Les Petites Choses I had my eye on for Beanie! Once I had selected what I (Beanie) wanted, it took me less than five minutes to go through the checkout process.

We went for a grey merino dress with redcurrant wool belt and a grey merino hat with redcurrant pom-pom. The total amount was £44, when the full price items would have cost £87.86. Amongst a range of payment methods, you can pay via PayPal, which is a bonus in my books as it saves so much time.

A week or so later, I received an email letting me know my order was on its way. I was impressed with the two items from Les Petites Choses, a brand focusing on organic clothing made in France. I was immediately won over by the card that came with the clothes. It was full of anecdotes about the clothes we had just received. Clothes are designed in a tiny office in Montpellier and it takes between 20 and 45 minutes for each item to be made. Knowing these details made the outfit really special straight away and my little girl loves wearing them. The quality of the dress and hat cannot be faulted. They are stylish wardrobe essentials with a pop of colour.

Les Petites Choses French brand for children with Tendre Deal - That Hat

I took over a hundred photos of Beanie wearing her new clothes and it was really difficult to choose a few photos only. I quickly realised the girls were colour-coordinated and that made me smile a lot!

Les Petites Choses French brand for children with Tendre Deal - Sisters

It was a beautiful day and we spent ages at the park.

Les Petites Choses French brand for children with Tendre Deal - At the Park

Beanie was determined to make friends with this cat:

Les Petites Choses French brand for children with Tendre Deal - Little Cat, will you be my friend

We then went to our local shopping centre and Beanie had fun climbing,

Les Petites Choses French brand for children with Tendre Deal - Beanie Climbing

staring at her feet

Les Petites Choses French brand for children with Tendre Deal - Beanie staring at her Feet

… and sulking!

Les Petites Choses French brand for children with Tendre Deal - Sulking

What would you get from Tendre Deal?

Disclosure: We were gifted the items mentioned in this honest review. No payment was received. All opinions and photographs are my own.


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  1. Kay panayi says:

    The like all the dresses x

  2. I would buy a Kate Sleeveless wrap Dress – Pale Pink and a Kate Sleeveless wrap Dress – Raspberry for my two girls! Thank you x

  3. Lucy Pasifull says:

    I would get the Dora spinning skirt.

  4. Ashleigh Allan says:

    I like the Arthuro Short sleeves Polo – Navy

  5. Stephen Fowler says:

    That would make a very nice gift for the grandchild I have on the way.

  6. susan younger says:

    They are all so lovely I would have difficulty choosing

  7. Liam Bishop says:

    Aw the Felix Short Sleeves Shirt is cute!

  8. Sheila Hodgson says:

    I would buy the ecru check Francka skirt and a sleeveless white top to go with it

  9. laura banks says:

    i like the polo shirts and also the felix shirt

  10. alex fowler says:

    Elisa Linen short – Grey

  11. aaron broad says:

    I would purchase some toys for my sister

  12. Rishona Taylor says:

    Clarissa spinning silk Skirt – Orange- gorgeous and bright, perfect for summer 🙂 I would chose this for my daughter!

  13. karen cowley says:
  14. Spidermummy says:

    Ooh lovely stuff, I love the dresses, too many to choose from I’d be in heaven!! x

  15. Marie B says:

    The Dora spinning silk Skirt – Charcoal is nice. My daughter would like that

  16. I love the Clarissa spinning silk skirt x

  17. I like the Felix short sleeves Shirt – Blue

  18. Kristina Trick says:

    the wrap dress is cute

  19. clair downham says:

    i like the felix short sleeeved shirt thankyou

  20. Martina Pichova says:

    I love the raspberry wrap dress.

  21. I have to giggle at hot colour co ordinated they all! All that pink and grey – SO CUTE!! You’re bringing French fashion into the UK for kids Mel!!

  22. olivia280177 says:

    I really like the Dora spinning silk Skirt – Green for my daughter

  23. Jo m welsh says:

    I would get the Dora spinning silk skirt its beautiful

  24. Shirley Evans says:

    I would choose the felix short sleeved shirt

  25. The green Dora spinning skirt is super cute!

  26. I also like the green Dora spinning skirt

  27. kathleen kerr says:

    little boys clothes of course

  28. Je m’identifie totalement à ton sentiment. Je ne me sens pas expa non plus et j’aime beaucoup habité en France mais je suis espagnole et certains choses chez moi aussi ! J’adore les habilles françaises: petit bateau, monoprix….mais j’aime beaucoup acheté à Zara et Mango, tout simplement parce qu’ils sont espagnols !
    Ta fille est très chic 🙂

  29. Susan Hunt says:

    Violette Linen Jacket – Storm

  30. I would choose the Arthuro Short sleeves Polo – Green

  31. kerie tidman says:

    I love the Felixstowe short sleeve shirt

  32. kerie tidman says:

    Meant felix

  33. Pauline Wilson says:
  34. Rich Tyler says:

    Arthuro Short Sleeved Polo 🙂

  35. jodie yorke says:

    the dora spinning skirt is cute.

  36. Paula Readings says:

    Arthuro Short Sleeved Polo for my grandson.

  37. ah these are lovely

  38. Karen Barrett says:

    Love the little dresses

  39. Jennifer Toal says:

    A little dress

  40. fozia says:

    One of the beautiful little dresses

  41. lynn heath says:

    I would get the Dora silk spinning skirt and also the Maeva sleeveless blouse

  42. the sleevless wrap dresses are gorgeous

  43. Katy M says:

    Love the Eiderdown in India Blue

  44. We ordered a beautiful dress for my friends daughter from Tendre Deal

  45. I would be tempted by polo tops for my little boy. I love your little girl’s dress, so lovely.


  46. emma falvi says:

    it would have to be one of the dresses

  47. Diane Hicklin says:

    I’d get the apple nappy bag for a friend who is expecting her first baby

  48. Sue McCarthy says:

    As much as I could for the value of the prize – to donate to charity, to go to Romania

  49. mummyfever says:

    Loves those hats and matching dresses – gorgeous #fashionfriday

  50. debbie smith says:

    hello lovely photos adn great giveaway i love the little polo shirt with the croc on the back very cute xx

  51. Gorgeous giveaway and Alexandra is so sweet, she’s sending Alexander a shirt too, love the grey with the pink, beautiful. Thanks for linking up to #fashionfriday, a new one is live if you fancy it. Happy Easter x

  52. Cat Culmer says:

    I love the Numae sleep suits

  53. I love the Hooded fleece djellaba- Grey with star

  54. I’d use the money to treat my niece to a new top & dress!

  55. Doreen Mccarthy says:

    I would buy a baby shortie with white star x

  56. Jackie Chapman says:

    The ecru/flower print cross back dress. It’s so cute!

  57. Christine Reid says:

    I like the little short sleeved shirts

  58. helen booth says:

    definitely one of the gorgeous dresses! See there’s a lot of love for them on here!!

  59. Sophie Lester says:

    I would buy the Olive Baby Hooded Poncho. It is really original.

  60. MichelleD says:

    A summer dress, they’re so pretty!

  61. Teresa Lee says:

    The ‘Louise smock trunk – Dusky Pink’ and the ‘Large straps dress – White’ would be top of my list….Thanks for the Giveaway

  62. leanne weir says:

    they’re beautiful

  63. Stephanie Whitehouse says:

    I think I ‘d go for one of the pretty sundresses

  64. Anthea Holloway says:

    I would get a lovely swimsuit: Starlette sun protection swimsuit – Photoprint –

  65. Leanne Perrett says:

    i love the felix shirt

  66. Solange says:

    One of the summer dresses, I think…

  67. olive hooded baby poncho

  68. The Striped Beach Trunk playsuit

  69. barbara madden says:

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  70. Nancy Bradford says:

    The Starlette sun protection swimsuit for my little one.


  72. Kristy Leanne Brown says:

    I love the Baby Hop Dress

  73. Sarah Lewis says:

    I would by the Dora Spinning Skirt

  74. Chantelle Kemp says:

    I would get the Kate sleeveless strap dress in strawberry 🙂 but all so lovely!!

  75. Susan B says:

    The Boys Sun Protection Rash Shirt
    The Girls Sun Protection Rash Shirt
    The Boys Sun Protection Shorts

  76. Emma Davison says:

    I like the outfit in your photos

  77. Kelly Ellen Hirst says:

    I adore the Spiderboy red pyjamas

  78. jessica newman says:

    I love the short sleeved shirts for my boy

  79. Naomi L says:

    I like the sun protection star swimsuit – so cute 🙂

  80. Kayleigh says:
  81. The boys and girls protection rash shirt for the twins. The girl twin has a massive allergy to most sun creams.

  82. sun protection swimsuit for my son

  83. sammy1968 says:

    Baby Super Bat all-in-one Pyjamas – Black

  84. Wendy Guy says:

    The baby Hop dress is gorgeous.

  85. deborah nelson says:

    must admit i have never seen this range before but it looks lovely x

  86. Vicki Weston says:

    Scarlett Sun Protection Swimsuit – Photoprint

  87. Leanne Bell says:

    I couldn’t find my way around the site, but a nice dress would be lovely.

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  89. Jill fairbank says:

    I would choose a dress for my niece

  90. Amanda Norwood says:

    Spider boy and super bat pyjamas for my nephews

  91. Pam Francis Gregory says:

    Baby Moto long sleeve tee-shirt – Red/Marine

  92. Felix short sleeved shirt.

  93. Jane Middleton says:

    Baby Rabbit all-in-one Pyjamas – White

  94. Clare Hubbard says:

    love the sleeveless wrap dress

  95. sarah says:

    some pj’s for my godson

  96. Sarah Parker says:
  97. Karen Lloyd says:

    Love the baby superbat all in one pyjamas.

  98. monika s says:

    I love the Batman costume

  99. Claire Ward says:

    Strawberry sleeveless dress

  100. Natalie Crossan says:

    The kate sleeveless strap dress is lovely xx

  101. Emeline Shears says:

    Sun protection rash shirt and shorts

  102. Andrew Hindley says:

    Batman Costume

  103. claire little says:

    I’d let my daughter choose a dress 🙂

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