Back To School: Boys Shoes

24 August 2016

Little Spree - boys school shoes edit
Geox JR William School Shoes

If you thought girls’ school shoes were uninspiring, you ‘aint seen nothing yet. This is painful, so let’s keep it short and to the point. Nicky and I have bought both the boys these William school shoes since they started reception two years ago. We did our research, we felt depressed, we drank some wine, then bought the shoes. And kept on buying the exact same pair. Now the William (unlike us) has evolved somewhat, but sadly into an even less attractive version of it’s former self (some of you may remember last year’s version of this post?), and this time with two velcro straps instead of one. Oh well, let’s not get too down in the dumps – at least we know they are comfortable.
Other options that we can live with include these from Clarks, Geox, M&SJohn LewisDr MartensGeox (I actually don’t mind these at all, if you’re allowed this slightly more casual style at your school) and Lacoste (ditto).

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: Whilst you’re online, you might as well get the boring black plimsoles to go with your boring school shoes right? I bought these for Tabs and Marlow.

pps: you should know that whichever pair of shoes you decide on, they will look totally trashed at the end of the first week of school. Fact. Just go with it.

 

Back To School: Girls Shoes

23 August 2016

Little Spree - girls school shoes edit
Primigi Olea Mary Jane School Shoes

Another day, another pair of Mary Janes. But this time, it’s fair to say, they’re a little less inspiring. School shoes. Sigh. Dull, boring, but inevitable from the age of four upwards. The thing is, take a tip from us – don’t waste unnecessary energy searching for stylish options. We’ve done it (this will be our third year in fact) and the options are limited to say the least, and the groundwork tedious at best. Another gem of wisdom we can pass on to all (you can thank us later) is that the same styles are repeated term after term, year after year. So if you find a pair that don’t make you want to vomit, stick with them. I have bought Tabitha this exact pair from Primigi for the last year and a half I think. They are simple, plain, velcro, and comfortable. Done, done and done.
Other pretty respectable options include these from John Lewis, John Lewis, Geox (if laces are indeed an option), StartRite (if buckles are allowed), and if you’re lucky enough to be able to wear navy shoes at your daughter’s school (I’m very jealous!), these and these are both great options.

Sarah & Nicky xx

A little (Autumn) Boden Spree

21 August 2016

Little Spree Boden Autumn edit
Leopard Print Mary Janes

I’ve been back from holiday a week now (although it might as well be a month!), and felt like sharing my recent Autumn Boden haul for Tabitha and Marlow (we’ll get to mine another day). Many of these things had been mentally logged from the Boden press day, back in May and these adorable Mary Jane shoes were top of my list for Tabitha. They are just so perfect. I love them! They look really expensive – everything about the design of these is totally spot-on. I also bought her (and one for Marlow too) this fisherman’s raincoat (it’s also great as it starts from baby sizes), this cardigan (I bought pink (it’s a good pink) this time, but I know I will be ordering a least one other colour soon enough), and this floral print onesie for bed. A slightly random mix of pieces I know, but I love them all, and so does Tabs. For Marlow I snapped up these boots (in grey), this sweatshirt, this zip-up sweatshirt (in grey) for those in-between Autumn and Winter days, and this hoodie. So not much variation there I know, but I also know he will wear them all on rotation through the Winter months. I definitely have my eye on various other pieces for both of them, and the new baby collection is just too cute for words (even more so than usual). Don’t worry, we’ll be sharing our favourites with you soon.

Sarah xx

ps: whilst we’re talking Boden, I was on a shoot on Friday, and the art director was wearing this denim jumpsuit (which looked amazing on her – everyone was asking where it was from). And not only did it look good, it was so lovely and soft too. Now the original price was pretty steep for Boden (I think it was £170.00 from memory?), so even though I liked it, I never bought it. But now it’s been reduced to a guilt-free £39.80! Such a great bargain. The makeup artist on the shoot ordered one online then and there! And I think I may well be next… Oh, and size up for a slouchier (cooler) fit.

pps: I know quite a few people who have been struggling to buy swimwear for little ones for August holidays, as most places have now sold out. This Boden striped, frilled swimsuit that we featured a while ago is still available in quite a few sizes. And I just snapped up these and these for Marlow last week. He had literally worn his old ones out on holiday. Turns out that natural spring pools are the not the best for one’s swimwear..

Mama Spree: Take Me To The Beach (Please!)

22 July 2016

Accessorize pom pom beach bag - Little Spree

Accessorize Packable Straw Bag £25.00

I’ve been counting down the days, hours, minutes, and now seconds until our holiday. And that day is almost upon us. Finally! My holiday wardrobe is a pretty pared down, simple one, and pretty much the same as it has been for the last few years (with just a few new additions, naturally!). It goes something like this: denim cut-offs, folk style dresses (some long, some short), pretty/hippie tops and blouses, some kind of embroidered tunic (my one is now half price in the sale before I’ve even had a chance to wear it!), a slouchy cashmere sweater (for the occasional chilly evening), a couple of swimsuits and a bikini (you already know all about those, although the boldly named Miraclesuit came very highly recommended and I did try it – and I was surprised it actually did all the things it promised to do, and I was really tempted, but had already bought the others by then, so just couldn’t justify it) , a beach cover-up of some description, some Havaianas (navy) and a couple of pairs of simple flat, tan sandals. And that is pretty much it. I don’t take a single pair of heels. Ever. The last thing I want to wear on my holiday is a pair of heels (or maybe I’m just going on the wrong holidays??). Oh, I almost forgot – a small selection of baskets (including this, this, this and this one). Like the heels, the handbags are staying at home (my new Chloe Hudson has no business in Tuscany…). And of course, Tabitha has a few of her own now, so between us we have all bases (and sizes) covered (including a ‘mini me’ option). I won’t be wearing a scrap of make-up (to be honest, I just can’t be arsed), but in the evening I might apply a bit of this to the bridge of my nose, cheeks and forehead (I think I read somewhere, many moons ago that that’s what Gisele does…) for a bit of extra ‘sun’.
Anyway, I cannot wait to spend some much-needed quality time with Tom and Tabarlow. Just chill and take my foot off the accelerator for a few weeks, and just ‘be’. Less stress, less technology, less of the dreaded ‘juggling’ (God I hate that word!). More pasta, more bread, and a daily fix of gelato (a different flavour every day please!).
We are also taking a little break from posting (you wouldn’t begrudge us a little break from posting would you?). And if you don’t already, follow us on Instagram to see what we’re up to…
Happy holidays lovely ladies. See you on the other side!

Sarah xx

My countdown is a little longer, but I kind of loathe packing, so even though our trip to Mallorca is still a few weeks away, the zip on the bags will (as usual) only be closing as the airport taxi arrives. I do love the fact that once it’s done, you’ve created a capsule wardrobe, which makes deciding what to wear each day that much easier. I find it helps  to stick to a simple colour palette, that way most things can be worn together, and I always take a few accessories capable of making something low key feel a little more special (this year I’ll be taking these Marte Frisnes earrings from the Mama Shop with me). Truth be told, I’d be happy to wear them and a pair of denim cut-offs most days (as styled in this recent post). For all other occasions, I love this Loup Charmant dress which could easily be worn day or night. I usually manage to limit my footwear to one pair of flip flops and one pair of sandals, but never go anywhere without my Ray-Ban sunglasses, a bottle of this (non-sticky) Clarins sun lotion and a soft large scarf (to be used as a flight blanket, a wrap on chilly evenings, and once as a comforter for Bailey when his snuggle blanket was taken away with the bedding change. There were tears!). Wherever you’re going, and whatever you pack, I hope your summer is full of peace, happiness and the odd cocktail, make mine a (slightly embarrassing) piña colada!

Nicky xx

Little Shop of gorgeousness

21 July 2016

Little Spree's Little Shop

Hot on the (slightly larger) heels of the Mama Shop, the Little Shop has been re-stocked. You’ll find our Summer holiday edit – our favourite pieces for babies, boys and girls in the most gorgeous colours and prints, all perfect for the Summer months. And many of them are on sale – even better! But don’t take our word for, take a look for yourself…
Happy shopping, and happy holidays!!

Sarah & Nicky xx

Mama Spree: Our Summer Staple – Denim Cut-Offs

20 July 2016

How to wear denim cut-offs - Mama Spree

1. Mango Blouse £17.99 (was £35.99)
2. Marte Frisnes Tassel Earrings £135.00
3. Gap ‘Girlfriend’ Shorts £29.95

It’s hard to imagine a life before denim cut-offs. I literally live in mine come Summer (and I’m virtually never out of them on holiday!). We love that they go with anything and everything, including most shoes (although we definitely draw the line at a heel, so let’s make that most ‘flats’). But one of my favourite things to wear with mine is a blouse of some description – something with a more feminine/romantic feel. This is a blouse that I bought in the Mango sale, which hung in my wardrobe for a good few weeks before I finally wore it last Friday (with my trusty slouchy army pants). I absolutely love it – it’s that ‘poet’ style of blouse with the voluminous sleeves that I adore, and has a real Chloe vibe about it. Frankly, it’s weird that it’s still available in all sizes! Am I missing something? Or perhaps it’s everyone else who is?? Either way, I’ll be wearing mine on holiday (three days and counting!!) tucked into my old faithful Gap cut-offs that I’ve had for a good few years now (very similar to the pair above). And personally, I always size-up for a slouchier, more tomboy fit. And a statement earring is always a good idea in our book! Here are a few more options out there from Urban OutfittersGapHushTopshopJ Brand, ASOS, and MIH. And don’t think they’re off-limits if you’re super-curvy either. How great do these look? Or indeed pregnant.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: and if you fancy a change from your trusty denim cut-offs, I still always love a cut-off denim mini and recently bought this one