Mama Spree: the cream cable knit


It’s all about a cable knit sweater right now. But specifically a cream one. Yes, like you, grey and navy (and preferably cashmere) sweaters are our go-to colours that never fail us, but we are currently embracing this new neutral, and loving it. There’s just something so cool and ‘whatever’ about wearing cream in the Winter (unless you have weening age babies that is, in which case just skip this post altogether), and the combination of cream and a chunky cable knit is proving hard to resist. We’re loving/wanting/wish list-ing these ones from Isabel Marant ÉtoileTopshopBoden mensJosephMangoGap mens; and Jigsaw. Not entirely sure what to wear your new sweater with? We’ll show you in Friday’s Mama Spree…

Sarah & Nicky xx

Baby it’s cold outside…

Baby Coats

1. Boden Lined Cord Jacket, £25.00-£27.00
2. Mango Boulé Wool Coat, £39.99
3. Mango Pocket Coat, £39.99
4. Gap Chambray Bear Jacket, £24.95

So it turns out that our favourite coats for babies are all grey… Hmmm. What can we say – we love grey! It goes with everything, is always chic and stylish, and is just as perfect for baby girls as it is for baby boys. And mamas of baby girls – make the most of it while they will actually wear grey! Here are a few more contenders (and some are even navy!). This herringbone puffer from Gap; this J by Jasper Conran mini duffle; this cord padded jacket from M&S; this Emile et Rose quilted jacket; this John Lewis double breasted jacket; and last but not least, the super-cute Boden one (Tabarlow’s first coats were from Mini Boden and they were so cute) comes in navy too.
We’re taking a break from coats tomorrow (we’ve started counting coats at night in lieu of sheep…) to bring you our favourite (the) jumper of the moment. But we’ll be back with our favourite boys’ coats on Thursday.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Coats: the girls edit

Girls coats II

1. Carrement Beau Polka Dot Wool Coat, £60.08
2. Mango Faux Fur Coat, £39.99
3. Next Textured Coat, £17.00-£23.00
4. Quenotte Martine Checked Coat, £93.82
5. Caramel Jasmund Coat, £107.33

Ever see children’s clothes and wish they came in adult sizes? That’s how we feel about our girls coat edit. As you know we like girls to look, well, like girls rather than ‘mini adults’, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have ‘mini-me’ moments. This season it’s been made easy with so many classic coat styles in the collections (between us, we probably have an adult version of most of these coats). Others to consider include this Next faux fur one; this Next Borg lined parka; this Bluezoo parka with fur hood; and this M&S fur trimmed bomber (which I saw at the M&S press day – trust me, there was more than one Mummy wondering if they might fit into age 14!).

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: for all you of you emailed us to ask where Tabarlow’s  Instagram onesies were from, here they are.

Mama Spree: THE coat edit

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M&S Autograph Wool Coat, £139.00

Coat Edit II

1. Maxmara Veleno Coat, £448.00
2. Boden Sienna Coat, £189.00
3. Next Peacoat, £55.00
4. Mango Peacoat, £69.99
5. Wrap London Lydia Coat, £299.00
6. M&S Pure Wool Coat, £179.00

The sun may be shining but that distinct chill in the morning air tells us it’s Winter coat time. We know you don’t actually need one just yet, but trust us this is a ‘buy now to avoid disappointment later’ situation. As soon as temperatures drop to single figures the annual coat scrum will begin and you’ll find the size/colour/style you wished you had bought has sold out. You’ll then find yourself buying something that costs more, never quite fits or is bought out of sheer desperation, because you’re having to wear five jumpers to keep warm. We’ve been there (and have the unworn coats to prove it). As the biggest sartorial  investment piece of your Winter wardrobe it can feel like a big decision to get ‘right’, so we’ve trawled the stores (online and off) to bring you some of our favourite styles in our favourite colours . A classic palette of navy, grey and camel will always tempt us, but this season we’ve added green and tobacco into the mix (the green Next ‘Chloe-esque’) peacoat also comes in navy). Others to consider are these classic camel coats from Mango and Uniqlo, this Wrap London flecked one (very Isabel Marant!), this Boden navy one, this Mango belted one, this Next grey one; and finally (because we keep finding coats we like) this one from Uniqlo.

Nicky & Sarah xx

the perfect transeasonal dress (with apples and owls)

Gap Owl Garden Dress, £15.99 (was £19.95)

Girls Gap

1. Gap Owl Garden Dress, £15.99 (was £19.95)
2. Next Cardigan, £11.00-£12.00
3. Martin Pederson Ribbed Tights, £13.00
4. Pom D’Api Desert Boots, £95.00

I picked up this dress for Tabitha on Monday, and it’s so sweet. It’s has the cutest little owl and apple tree print which kind of looks almost hand drawn. Gap still has their mid season 50% sale on and this dress is in it. It’s a great transeasonal piece as it has long sleeves and is quite thick (but super-soft) cotton, so perfect for now and when it gets chillier. And I always love pale blue and chocolate brown together, so will definitely be investing in these tights (I buy a mix of cheaper and more expensive). While you’re cruising the Gap sale, also check out this marled jumpsuit (I’ve just bough it for Tabitha – look out for it on Instagram); these star print jeans; this chambray skirt; this chambray romper (layer with a long sleeve tee under for Winter); and this; this; this; this; these; this and these to buy now and stash for next Summer… I still love that striped sun dress. A must-have for Italy next August!
See you tomorrow for our Mama Spree Coats edit. Not to be missed!

Sarah xx

Mama Spree: dungarees are here to stay

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Madewell Cross-Back Dungarees, £108.59

Womens dungarees

1. Gap Cross-Back Dungarees, £46.99
2. Wrap London Denim Shirt, £89.00
3. Next Leather Ballerinas, £30.00-£42.00

I sometimes wonder what I wore before I converted to dungarees? Was it always just jeans? Anyway, it doesn’t really matter now – I’m a dungaree addict, and they are not going anywhere anytime soon. Right now I’m loving the cross-back style, like this super-cool pair from Madewell. And I’m liking the idea of rocking chic double-denim with a pale denim or chambray shirt (the Wrap London shirts are really lovely – well worth checking out). And if your budget won’t stretch to a pair of classic Chanel two tone ballet pumps (although I would urge anyone to save for as long as it takes to buy a pair, as they are, without doubt, one of the hardest working and most loved items in my wardrobe), this Next pair are pretty great. Other dungarees to muse over include this Topshop indigo pair (I’ve actually just bought these); this Next ‘Glamourous’ pair; this Whistles wide leg pair; this Topshop black pair (these have been my go-to favourite pair for well over a year now, and I’ve recommended them to countless friends and Little Spree readers…); this ASOS Curve pair; I’ve got my eye on this Topshop needle cord pair; and in fact Topshop has a pair for everyone – short, tall, pregnant…

Sarah xx

ps: Gap has a 50% midseason sale on womens, mens and kids… Well worth a snoop.

hoodies, henleys, hats…

Boys Gap

1. Gap Textured Hoodie, £17.99
2. Fub Bashful Hat, £22.00
3. Gap Henley T-shirt, £8.95
4. Mango Cotton Trousers, £19.99
5. Tip Toey Joey Danube Shoes, £70.00

I wish we’d thought of this outfit last week – I’m still trying to remove the grass stains from the knees of Bailey’s jeans post park football match this weekend (all tips gratefully received). If your boys are anything like ours, the other park dressing requirement is a good layering top – five minutes running around and off comes the jumper/jacket/sweatshirt. This henley top is our perfect layering piece and now that it’s in the sale we’ll be stocking up for winter. Other sales pieces we have our eye on include this varsity bomber jacket; these baseball tees and these stripe waffle tees.

Nicky & Sarah xx

Mamas & Papas collaborate with Liberty London


Special Edition Liberty Collaboration Armadillo Stroller, £299.00

Liberty Print

1. Liberty Wiltshire 4 Piece Shirt, Trousers & Braces Set, £46.00
2. Liberty Wild Flower Tunic and Knitted Leggings Set, £36.00

Mamas & Papas have collaborated with Liberty London to create the prettiest collection of children’s fashion, interiors and strollers (with matching accessories) in not one, but six different gorgeous Liberty prints. The exclusive range from two great British brands combines the trend-led style of Mamas & Papas with the British heritage of one of our favourite department stores and creators of some of our all-time favourite prints for children, the mighty Liberty. What’s not to love? Could this pushchair we any cuter (or chic-er for that matter)? Ok, so it’s definitely more of a girls’ collection than a boys, but surely every little boy could do with a Liberty print bow tie in their lives? We also love this blanket; these cushions; this musical cot toy (a lovely, inexpensive gift for a new baby); this reversible buggy liner (if you don’t want to go the whole hog with the pushchair); this dress; this rocking horse; this pram suit; and last but not least, even the humble bib has had a Liberty makeover.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Mama Spree: Kate’s flares


Flared Jeans

1. Mango Embroidered Blouse, £34.99
2. Topshop Crossbody Suede Bag, £85.00
3. Madewell Flared Jeans, £135.00
4. Mango Leather Ankle Boots, £89.99

Give your ‘skinnies’ and your ‘boyfriends’ a well earned break, and invest in some (super cool and super flattering in equal measures) flared jeans for Winter. We love this Madewell pair (which also come in black); this Frame (I literally just shot this exact pair in New York on Sunday for Stella magazine – SC) pair; this MIH pair; and this Mango pair, We love Kate’s relaxed but cool boho-meets-rock-chick look, and we might just be able to pull it off too…

Sarah & Nicky xx

The Rug Company children’s craft workshop

If you are going to be in the King’s Road area with your kids on Saturday 3rd October, you might want to pop along to this. The Rug Company are inviting you to afternoon tea and a children’s craft workshop  to celebrate Barber & Osgerby’s new collection for them. It will be 3-5pm at their store at 555 King’s Road. Suitable for 4+ year olds.


Mama Spree: when you can’t afford Celine…

Topshop Ballet Flats, £49.00

If like me, you daren’t even go into the Celine store (I always walk past it en route to the hairdressers, but I usually just keep walking) for fear of having your house re-possessed if you do, this is the post for you. I’ve already tried to get my mitts on a pair of these ‘more than just a nod to Celine’ Topshop ballet flats, but no luck. Well they weren’t in the Knightsbridge store anyway. They are a bit ‘wrong’ in that oh-so-right and oh-so-now way that is so Celine. Or, erm, Topshop…

Sarah xx

Ducks and ruffles…

Baby Girl Outfit

1. Mango Ruffle Dress, £22.99
2. Bonton Lyon Baby Cardigan, £50.00
3. Martin Pederson Baby Tights, £13.00
4. M&S Pull Along Duck, £17.00

We adore the ruffles on the shoulders of this dress (very Isabel Marant!), and we love mixing girlish pink with a more unexpected colour, like this khaki-brown. And who could resist this cute pull-along duck…

Sarah & Nicky xx

mama spree: beatnik chic

Iro Autumn/Winter

Striped Jumper

1. Autograph Pure Wool Jumper, £39.50
2. Mango Bucket Bag, £34.99
3. Topshop MOTO Denim A-line Skirt, £28.00
4. Topshop Ghillie Laceup Flats, £28.00

Striped Jumper III

1. Iro Shelton Knitted Sweater, £170.00
2. Mango Bucket Bag, £34.99
3. Topshop MOTO Denim A-line Skirt, £28.00
4. Isabel Marant Ruben Suede Boots, £330.00

It’s one look styled two ways this week. We couldn’t decide which one we preferred, so we’re going to let you decide instead. We always love a stripe, and at the moment we’re all over a striped sweater (be it ‘cute gamine’ or ‘beatnik slouchy cool’. We spotted this Autograph one a few days ago in our local M&S and it’s really great. Soft, lightweight (perfect for layering under dungarees – SC), and the shoulder buttons are a cool detail.  More stripes well worth checking out are from TopshopJ.CrewIsabel Marant (dreamy….); JosephGap; and if you win the lottery anytime soon, just head straight for this one from Saint Laurent. Oh and don’t forget to let us know your favourite look…

Nicky & Sarah xx

Time to get cosy

Boys Striped Top

1. Next Striped Grandad Top, £7.00-£8.00
2. Gap Quilted Field Jacket, £34.95
3. Gap 1969 Slim Cords, £14.95
4. Next Borg Chukka Boots, £18.00-£20.00

Summer is officially over. So let’s embrace Autumn and start getting cosy! We’re starting with these super-cosy borg lined chukka boots…

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: There’s 35% off Gap Kids and Baby today. Just enter MINIGAP at checkout. Hurrah! For the boys we also like these; this; this and this.

Mama Spree: we love a leopard print coat

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Mango Leopard Faux Fur Coat, £89.99

Why? Because it’s become a wardrobe classic. I can so clearly remember when French Vogue Editor (at the time: Fashion Director), Emmanuelle Alt first debuted hers at Paris Fashion Week back in 2009. Everyone (myself included) was obsessed with it, and constantly talking about it and how cool she looked wearing it. It seems hard to believe now, but at that time leopard print coats had not been cool for a very long time. I was Senior Fashion Editor at Glamour at the time, and one of my fellow fashion editors become totally obsessed with it and HAD to know where it was from and HAD to have one. Turned out it was from Isabel Marant (but from the next season’s collection (Emmanuelle had styled the show and had the only one), so not available to buy for another long six months). But it promptly started a leopard revolution that is still going strong. This is actually a picture of her wearing that coat a few years later at the shows. Emananuelle (as with everything she wears) managed (and still manages) to make it look both cool and effortless, and totally covetable. And this Mango version is a pretty dammed good one too.

Sarah & Nicky xx

baby grey

Baby Boy Outfit

1. Boden Cable Knit Jumper, £24.00-£26.00
2. Jellycat Huge Bashful Bunny, £45.00
3. Louis Louise Trousers, £43.88
4. Zara Home Kids Friged Booties, £25.99

Cute, cosy and super-stylish. Calling all mamas of baby boys! Oh, and as for the ‘huge bashful bunny’? This has got to be one of the softest, cosiest, cuddliest bunny you could ever buy (it’s just a bonus that it looks good too!). Tabitha has all the sizes and still loves them to bits. So I guess you could call it an ‘invtestment’ bunny?

Sarah & Nicky xx

mama spree: our boden winter wish-list

The Boyfriend Shirt, £47.20


1. Zip Top Pouch, £28.00
2. Zoe Coat, £127.20
3. The Boyfriend Shirt, £47.20
4. Leather Skirt, £159.20
5. Chelsea Boots, £119.20

We love Boden, you love Boden, and today there’s an extra reason to love Boden – 20% off their new collection (plus free delivery & returns). We’ve been lusting after some of these pieces since we saw them at the Boden Press day (that’s you ‘Zoe’ coat and black chelsea boot) whilst others have recently caught our eye (we’re becoming obsessed with you cute leather skirt). Either way it’s the perfect time to start purchasing your key winter pieces: simply enter code 8X5H at checkout and wait for the Boden man to arrive with your new season stash.

Nicky & Sarah x

ps: the time has come to announce the lucky winner of our fabulous John Frieda competition. Firstly, thank you to each and every one of you who took the time to enter. We were really moved by many of the emails we received. We also laughed and were entertained (one of you even wrote a Little Spree poem which we loved!). We loved reading them all. It was so hard to pick just one winner, but we have, and it’s Lindsay (only one Lindsay entered, so if you’re name is Lindsay and you entered, it’s you!) So congratulations! We will email you with all the details, so that you can make your appointment with Nicola at the John Frieda salon in Mayfair. Enjoy every second of it. xx

pps: have you read Sarah’s ‘Back To School Style’ interview with Alex and & Alexa on their blog yet? You can see it here.

blue on blue

Girls Double Denim

1. Mango Bow Neck Shirt, £19.99
2. Next Floppy Hat, £13.00-£15.00
3. Mango Slim Fit Jeans, £12.49
4. Gap Canvas Mary Janes, £14.95

We love everything about this look. Blue on blue with camel accessories. Just perfect. We’re also loving these leopard print t-bar flats from Boden and this hat from M&S.

Sarah & Nicky xx

mama spree: dresses and trainers

Mango dress, £44.99

This is always a tricky time of year to get dressed. You always have to think just that little bit harder about what to put on in the morning. After wearing them all Summer, the lace-up glads have been put back in their box, and the Birks, although on standby for quick school-runs and supermarket dashes (in the car) will be next. But it still feels a little early to bust out the Winter boots. Time to dust off the trainers again. We love a dress and trainer combo, and this dress is such a great buy (cool Seventies style, fab colour, and we love the lacing…). Wear now with your trainers (these ones from Adidas;  MangoGolden Goose; Jigsaw (strictly speaking a plimsole, but cool nevertheless) and Puma are a few faves; and there’s always your trusty Stan Smiths), wear later with boots and a bare leg, and wear later still with black opaques (and boots, ballet flats, whatever…). And don’t write this dress off as too Summery – similar Seventies-esque folky style dresses were all over the catwalks for Autumn/Winter. It’s just about wearing them in a different way. More of that later…

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: for anyone wanting to enter our fabulous John Frieda competition, there’s still time. You have until midnight on Monday to enter. We will be announcing the winner on Tuesday. Good luck!