we’re loving a harem pant right now…

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CharlieAndGus Harem Pants, £16.75

Grey Harem Pant

1. Mango Mao Collar Shirt (3-14 years), £14.99
2. Mango Cardigan (3-14 years), £14.99
3. CharlieAndGus Harem Pants (0-4 years), £16.75
4. Sun San ‘Surfer’ Sandals (sizes 22-36), £38.00

Question: what’s warmer than denim cut-offs but cooler than jeans?
Answer: a harem pant!
These grey ones are very similar to a pair I bought Bailey last year. I love the fact that they can be worn all year round (in winter Bailey wore his with hi-tops, a sweatshirt and beanie hat and this is how he’s wearing them now). Not only that but they are soft and comfortable (so no complaining) and they have survived tree climbing, football, long haul flights, camping and all the ‘playing’ that’s been thrown at them. I think I’ve just talked myself into buying another pair…
Nicky x

mama spree: is it a nightie or is it a dress?

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1. Topshop Embroidered Nightdress, £32.00
2. Topshop Embroidered Nightdress, £32.00

The line between a pretty Summer dress and a nightie has definitely blurred this Spring/Summer. We spotted this super-cute (officially a ‘nightdress’) dress in the nightwear section of Topshop, but decided it was far too pretty (and cool) to save for bedtime. It would make the perfect holiday dress (we are already imagining it with a flat tan sandal, but it would also make a great beach cover-up if you’re worried about the length – at 5’5″ and 5’3″ respectively, we aren’t!). And who doesn’t like a new purchase that multi-tasks? We couldn’t decide between the white or the black, but at £32.00, maybe we don’t have to…

Sarah & Nicky xx

the chicest of teepees

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Numero 74 Cotton Teepee, £120.69

We love a teepee and we love this particular shade of mustard yellow. And we pretty much love anything from Numero 74. So this was always going to be a sure-thing wasn’t it? And if mustard isn’t your thing, it also comes in all these gorgeous colours too…

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: we are still loving our twigwams from last year. And they have both survived the Winter outside. They aren’t cheap, but for a permanent fixture in your garden/on your terrace they are well worth it. They are constantly being either played in or admired or both!

little spree meets smallish

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Next Chambray Sundress, £10.00-£18.00

Girl Sandals

1. Louis Loiuse Bow Brooch, £9.00
2. Petit Bateau Plain Cardigan (3-12 years), £36.00
3. Next Chambray Sundress (3-16 years), £10.00-£18.00
4. Maa Helena Sandals (sizes 24-37), £75.00

Another day, another Next purchase for Tabitha. This dress has been waiting in the wings for quite a few weeks now – we’ve just been waiting for the right moment to share it. We love the combination of simplicity and prettiness. The simplicity means it’s easy to style up, and the prettiness means you don’t have to. Anyway, as well as featuring it in today’s post, we have also included it in our very first feature for the fabulous Smallish magazine. Yep, that’s right, we’re branching out as ‘Contributing Editors’ – Little Spree meets Smallish. If you love Little Spree, specifically Mama Spree, you are going to love this! Every month we will be sharing our favourite finds (think hi-low and anything in between…). This month we kick off with ‘Summer Denim’, and as well as what we’re coveting for us, we’ve also included a few ‘mini me’ denim pieces. Including this very dress. We are really excited, so please take a look and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear your thoughts. And if you haven’t looked at Smallish before, you really should – it’s a great read! Happy (bank holiday) Monday!

Sarah & Nicky xx

mama spree: new romantic

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White Dress

1. Mango Boho Dress (sizes 6-14), £89.99
2. Chloé Suede Sandals (sizes 34-42), £290.00

If you buy one thing this Summer, make sure it’s a long white (preferably floaty and a bit hippie) dress (and no, you don’t have to be a size 8 and 5’11!). When I first saw this picture of Alexa in this (beyond amazing) Chloe dress at Coachella (after emailing it to Nicky with the title ‘how amazing does she look??’), I immediately promoted ‘long white dress’ to the top of my Summer ‘wish list’. Suddenly it wasn’t about buying one sometime; it became a matter of extreme urgency! How bloody cool does she look?? I love that she went off piste with ‘romantic, pared-down, floaty hippie’ rather than ‘folky, festival hippie’ (the most obvious go-to Coachella look – yawn). This look also reminded me of a recent story that I shot for Red – all white, romantic dresses. In fact, this Mango dress looks VERY similar to a beautiful Saint Laurent one that I shot (and was a little obsessed with). All you need is a pair of simple, chic tan sandals and you’re good to go. Leave the tassels and pompoms at home for this one.

Sarah x

ps: and the winner of the Wrap London trench is… Roma Vaccaro! Congratulations Roma! Please email us with your address and the size you would like, and Wrap will send you your gorgeous trench. Thank you to everyone who entered, and for all your lovely comments about both Little Spree and Mama Spree. It always means so much to get such wonderful feedback. We love that you love Little Spree!

our favourite girl’s romper

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Next Jumpsuit

1. Next Geo Print Romper (3 months-6 years), £10.00-£11.00
2. Bene Bene Waffle Cardigan (3-6 years), £36.00
3. Mango Studded Leather Sandals (sizes 12.5-5), £34.99

I spotted this romper when I was in Next actually buying some other great pieces (some of which we have already posted, some of which we are still to share, but watch this space – we are having a bit of an unexpected crush on the Next kids’ department at the moment…). It’s just spot-on in every way. Plus It’s SO much cuter in real life. It’s got that gorgeous ‘Ali Baba’ shape (cocoon shaped trousers that you rarely see in high street kids’ clothes) and the print is a super-chic mix of a graphic and hippie Ikat-style print. Tabitha loves hers and wants to wear it ALL the time (which is fine by me – good to give that Elsa dress a day off occasionally). My favourite way to style it is with nothing under (weather prevailing) and just simple sandals, but it also looks great with a long sleeved Breton tee layered under. Love!

Sarah x

ps: I have posted a few pics of Tabitha in her romper on Instagram, so take a look…

mama spree: the new statement earrings

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Earrings II

1. Isabel Marant Tassel Drop Earrings, £130.00
2. Mango Pompom Earrings, £6.99
3. J.Crew Tassel Earrings, £68.00
4. Accessorize Tassel Earrings, £14.00
5. Anthropologie Trinket Earrings, £18.95 (were £38.00)
6. Topshop Stone Tassel Earrings, £12.50

We will never fall out of love with our chandelier earrings (a week doesn’t go by when one or both us of isn’t wearing a pair, often at the same time), but we are just having a bit of a fling with all the new tassel and pompom earrings out there… They just feel a bit ‘newer’ somehow, and are perfect for the Summer and the holiday season. Here are some of our favourites (this Anthropologie pair were featured in Red magazine twice recently – once in my ears for my portrait with Tabitha and Marlow, and once in my Jumpsuits fashion story – SC). You already know we can’t resist a pom pom or a tassel so it was really only a matter of time before they graduated from our bags and clothes to our ears!

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: the (Parisian) hairdresser on the shoot I’m on at the moment in Paris wore this Zara navy jumpsuit on set yesterday, and looked super-cool. She wore it loose and slouchy (very Celine-esque) and accessorised only with a well worn pair of Stan Smiths. Just perfect. So off I ran, straight to Zara… SC

key pieces

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Petit Bateau Sailor Jumper, £40.00

Boys Denim Shorts

1. Petit Bateau Sailor Sweater, £40.00
2. Gap Denim Shorts, £8.97 (were £14.95)
3. Bonton Sun Hat, £28.00
4. Pom D’Api Velcro Sandals, £65.00

There are some items in Bailey’s wardrobe that I buy year after year, and in Summer these include denim shorts, a navy jumper and tan sandals. They create a sort of capsule wardrobe as they work with each other and almost everything else. On a hot day swap  the jumper for a t shirt, add a hat and sunglasses (I’ve just bought Bailey these cute round tortoiseshell ones) and on cooler days wear the jumper and sandals with lightweight jeans such as these. Bailey wore both versions in one day last week!

Nicky x

ps: Alex and Alexa asked me all about what it means to be a mother in ‘Motherhood Explained’ for their blog. Read the feature here.

bunny love

Maileg Bunny

1. Maileg Nicky Rabbit, £31.00
2. Maileg Axel Rabbit, £40.00
3. Maileg Helen Bunny, £31.00

As Bailey had shown absolutely no interest in the various bears, elephants and bunnies that he had been bought over the years I decided to give them away. Fast forward six months: “where are my bears and bunnies?”. Eeek!  So it was with a slight sense of guilt that I bought him a Maileg bunny at Easter. In some ways these bunnies (and mice, foxes, cats, deer…) are more like dolls than soft toys as they all have amazing outfits that you can take off and change. I wasn’t sure how Bailey (a boy who likes to  play with toys that fly or can be crashed) would react to such a toy, but ‘Easter’ as his bunny was aptly named is very much loved. The only down side is Easter gets more cuddles than me!

Nicky x

ps: these rabbits and bunnies are included in ‘treat week’ at Elias & Grace, so have 20% off until midnight tonight.

mama spree: the transeasonal trench (and how you can win one!)

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Trench Coat

1. Wood Wood Stripe Dress, £95.00
2. Topshop Sequin Crossbody Bag, £25.00
3. Isabel Marant Étoile Wraparound Leather Sandals, £270.00
4. Wrap London Trenchcoat, £189.00

Too warm for your Winter coat (which to be honest, you’re sick of the sight of anyway), but not quite warm enough to ditch your coat altogether. Bored of your leather biker? ‘Over’ your army jacket? It’s time to embrace the trench! Don’t worry, you’ll fall back in love with your other jackets eventually… It’s just all about the trench right now. And it makes the perfect ‘transeasonal’ (fashion speak for ‘perfect for wearing right now’) coat. We love a trench with pretty much anything (dungarees, flared jeans, little dresses, flats, heels, sandals…), and we’re loving this Wrap London one with a simple Breton t-shirt dress, gladiator sandals (we both have these Issy ones in tan) and this cute sequinned cross-body ‘mini bag’ for some low-key bling. Casual but chic. Fancy winning this very trench? We love it because it’s linen, so lovely and relaxed/slouchy looking. And Wrap London are kindly giving one away to a lucky Little Spree reader! All you need to do to enter is email us with the actual name of this particular trench? A little clue: you might just find the answer somewhere here… We will be announcing the winner on Friday 22nd May. Good luck!

Sarah & Nicky xx

Created in collaboration with Wrap London

stripes & squirrels

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Baby Boy

1. Babe & Tess Fine Stripes Onesie (3-24 months), £40.50
2. Maileg Squirrel, from Elias & Grace, £28.00
3. Louis Louise Baby Slippers, from Elias & Grace (6-12 months), £38.00

It’s hard to believe that Bailey was ever small enough to fit in to an outfit this size, but when he was, this is how I liked to dress him: comfortable, simple, stylish, done (not something I always achieved I might add!). If there’s a cooler baby slipper out there I’ve yet to find it – I adore these Louis Louise ones. In fact Sarah and I are pretty much obsessed with this brand at the moment. For those with the breaking strain of a kit-kat for well priced, cool kids clothes (i.e. us) do not look up this brand!

Nicky x

mama spree: top five mama beauty must-haves

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Today on Mama Spree we are really excited to share our very first guest post. Kim Brown is a super-talented makeup artist (as well as an old friend of mine – we have worked on many amazing shoots together all over the world), as well as a fellow mama (and loyal Little Spree fan – she was one of the first people I shared my idea with while we were on a shoot together many moons ago). She’s also one of the smartest, funniest and kindest people I know (oh, and if you don’t hate her already – one of the coolest). Anyway, Nicky and I thought it was time we started sharing other people’s wisdom and knowledge as well as our own. But not just anyone, only the most experienced, talented people who we really believe will be inspirational to you in some way (because they have already inspired us). We asked Kim for her five all-time favourite go-to products for tired (new and not-so-new) mamas who need a quick, easy beauty ‘fix’ to feel a bit more like our old selves. We may not have the time for the same kind of pre-baby/babies preening and maintenance, but a few minutes (and the right products) can go a long way. And trust me, makeup artists are some of the best people to ask because they work with some of the most beautiful people in the world on a daily basis, who (believe it or not) often have the same hang-ups that we all do. Particularly post-kids. And if models are going to share, they share with the makeup artist. Fact.
With her gift for bringing out the natural beauty in people (I can vouch for this – she has done my makeup many times, and has literally transformed me in minutes!), Kim has collaborated with many acclaimed designers, including Preen and Jonathan Saunders, and made up many A-list celebrities such as Cate Blanchett, Rosamund Pike and Yasmin Le Bon. She has also worked with legendary photographers such as David Bailey, Peter Lindbergh and many more. Kim has worked on shoots for for Marie Claire, Glamour, Harpers Bazaar, ID and Elle; and is currently the Beauty Director of high-end quarterly fashion and style magazine Glass. Kim lives in London with her husband Will and their adorable daughters Marcie (three) and Margot (10 months). So listen up, she knows what she’s talking about!

Sarah xx

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Kim and her eldest daughter, Marcie

This is one product I always have in my kit. It gives the right amount of sheen on the skin without looking too oily. As well as using it on the body you can use it on your hair, and it smells devine, so also doubles up as a perfume. After having a baby your skin can feel a little dry and look a little dull, this is the perfect skin pick-me-up.
This is a Marine Protein Complex from fish and a bit of an industry secret. I lost a lot of hair after both my daughters were born and these vitamins really helped. So many models had recommended it as many of them have weak hair due to all the styling etc on shoots/at shows.
This is the best BB cream I’ve ever tried. It also has an SPF of 20 and leaves tired skin looking dewy and rested. It also works on many skin tones.
This is my favourite lip balm by far it is also great on the cuticles or any little dry patches. It contains lots of essential oils instead of petroleum, and had a slightly pearlescent Finnish which is really pretty.
This is a creamy stick for eyes, cheeks and lips – perfect for busy mums. It has a sheer finish so is really easy to apply and blend and comes in lots of flattering colours. The most popular is Orgasm, which suits most skin tones. It also adds luminosity to tiered skin.
Kim x

floral prints & floppy brims

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Sun hats

1. Agatha Sun Hat (Rainbow/Phoebe Multi), £24.00
2. Agatha Sun Hat (Ella Multi/Milla Mukti), £24.00
3. Agatha Sun Hat (Trees/Millla Blue), £24.00
4. Agatha Sun Hat (Ella Peach/Milla Peach), £24.00

For some reason I always find it harder to find a good sun hat for Tabitha than for Marlow. I think I’m just a teensy bit fussier when it comes to some girls’ things – pretty but not too girly, not too pink etc etc. These gorgeous ‘Agatha’ sun hats from Little Spree favourite, Olivier Baby are just right. The perfect Liberty print florals; reversible; 100% cotton; big floppy brim; and the all-important ties to keep them in place. I’ve got my eye on the ‘Ella/Milla Peach’ one for Tabs…

Sarah xx

grey tees

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Boys grey t shirt

1. Finger In The Nose Skate T-Shirt from Elias & Grace (2-12 years), £32.00
2. Boden Washed T-Shirt (1-12 years), £8.00-£10.00
3. Bellerose Pocket Mottled T-Shirt (2-16 years), £19.58
4. Bellerose Pocket Mottled T-Shirt (2-16 years), £19.58
5. Emile Et Ida Rain T-Shirt from Elias & Grace (2-8 years), £24.00
6. Gap Crewneck Tee, £3.99 (was £7.95)

Where would we be without a grey tee? Here are some of our favourites, including this Boden one that Marlow and Bailey both already have (and wear all the time)…

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: don’t forget: the Elias & Grace 20% off ‘Treat Week’ continues until Monday 19th!

beach ready

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Girls Bikini

1. Louis Louise Bikini from Elias & Grace (4-10 years), £28.00
2. Rose In April Basket Bag, £23.49
3. Next Corkbeds (sizes 26.5-41), £12.00-£16.00

I am totally obsessed with this Louis Louise bikini (and pretty much everything else in the collection). The colour, the style, the oh-so-pretty ruffles… Tabitha will definitely be sporting it on the beach in Tuscany this Summer, and now’s the time to start stockpiling those holiday pieces. As you know, we LOVE a basket at Little Spree, and this is such a cute one. Rose in April do other (equally adorable) designs too… I had to go for this one, as Tabitha is as obsessed with the Pharell song ‘Happy’ (show me a five year old who isn’t?) as I am with the bikini! And here comes the super-exciting bit…
Our lovely friends at Elias & Grace (one of our all-time favourite websites for the most stylish kids clothes and accessories, including this bikini!) are having one of there fabulous ‘Treat Weeks’ next week. They are offering 20% off everything for one week only. But the really exciting bit is that they are giving Little Spree readers an exclusive preview (aka: first dibs!). You can shop from Sunday (9th May) at 00.01 until 00.01 on Tuesday (19th May) , i.e. you can shop with the Little Spree discount all day Sunday before anyone else can. Woohoo! You just need to enter this code in the promotional box and press ‘apply’ before proceeding to checkout: LSTREAT15. Go shop!

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: here are a few reminders of recent pieces from the Elias & Grace website that we’ve liked and featured… this Miller Breton; these Bensimon plimsoles; this April Showers bag; this Bonton baby dress; and these Minnetonka booties. That should get you started anyway!

mama spree: it’s all about a jumpsuit

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Womens Jumpsuit

1. Mango Pocket Jumpsuit, £69.99
2. ASOS Gold Plated Spike Earrings, £10.00
3. Saint Laurent Université Leather Cross-Body Bag, £1110.00
4. Zara Fringed Leather Sandals, £49.99

I styled this Jumpsuits story for Red in L.A back in January with my lovely friend and photographer, Coliena Rentmeester. It’s in the June issue of Red, out now. I wanted to show a variety of different styles and shapes, but keep the overall colour palette quite neutral (I for one, am not in the market for a neon-pink jumpsuit). I also wanted to show how ‘unscary’ and versatile they really are (they work with heels, ballet flats, hi-tops…). Initially (around two years ago) I was terrified at the very idea of a jumpsuit, but once you find the one for you (it’s all about getting the proportions right), you’ll never look back! And the great thing about them for mamas? When you’re constantly running around, bending, stretching and crawling around on the floor, your jumpsuit will never let you down and show those ‘bits’ you’d rather not share. And you always feel more ‘put together’ somehow (something I most definitely was not in the first year of having twins!!) when wearing one. Anyway, here’s another one for you, and an effortless way to way it.

Sarah xx

ps: the one in the top-left picture is from Topshop and it’s amazing! Annoyingly it has sold out, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it come back into stock (as is often the way with Topshop pieces, particularly denim pieces). Even I was too late in getting my hands on one! We will, of course share it with you if it does, but keep an eye out for it too…

Wrap London

You may not have heard of them, or you may possibly have seen their catalogue on your door mat… Either way, Wrap London is a bit of a hidden gem for simple, well made separates. And their Autumn/Winter collection is even better (we wanted everything!) For now we’re loving this denim jacket – cool, comfy and super-flattering. The perfect ‘chuck on a go’ ‘mama’ jacket.

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chic little feet

Little Royals

1. Josephine Booties (0-9 months), £50.00
2. Gaby Booties (0-9 months), £50.00
3. Liberty Coquelicot Booties (0-9 months), £50.00

Mothercare have brought out three little collections in anticipation of the newest ‘little royal’. Our favourite is the Calisson’s Little Royals collection, and we love these adorable little booties (my friend has already snapped up a pair of the ‘Josephine’ pink ribbon tie booties for her daughter, Clemmie’s christening – SC). The Liberty print bloomers are really sweet too. I’m sure Princess Charlotte would approve.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: talking of feet, our favourite wellies from Aigle are currently 20% off at John Lewis.