mama spree: we love maggie

M&S crombie coat

1. Topshop Fedora, £25.00
2. Topshop Slim Pocket Coat, £59.00
3. Mes Demoiselles Knee-Length Dress, £100.00
4. ASOS Leyton Scalloped Edge Ballet Flats, £20.00

Did anyone else see the recent picture of Maggie Gyllenhaal looking effortlessly elegant in flats, lace dress and navy coat? In a nod to perfect transitional dressing we thought we’d take a leaf our of her immaculately styled book and this is how we’ll be dealing with the sunny, sometimes cold, sometimes mild, sometimes rainy Spring weather. We also wanted another excuse to use the khaki version of our favourite fedora from Topshop and these bargain Chloe-esque flats (such a snip at £20.00 – we’ll be buying the blush version too!).

Nicky x

birks & (magnetic) bricks

Boys sunglasses

1. Mango Henley T-Shirt, £3.99 (was £6.99)
2. Tegu 6 Piece Pocket Pouch, £15.99
3. Gap Lived-In Khakis, £16.95
4. Next Corkbed Sandals, £11.00-£13.00

I recently saw an outfit that Marlow had put together, all by himself, which mixed blue and tobacco colours. It was such a cute colour combination that I thought I should share it; thank you for the inspiration Marlow! Master Clark finished his ensemble off with a pair of sandals similar to the ones here. I know when Bailey sees them he will want some just like Marlow, so watch out for more matching shoe pictures. Oh, and I’m reliably informed that the Tegu blocks (suggested by a lovely Little Spree reader) are the toy of choice in the Clark-Lloyd household which is high praise indeed!

Nicky x

mama spree: gladiator flats

Gladiator sandals

1. Zara Leather Gladiator Sandals, £89.99
2. Figtree Gladiator Sandals, £52.00
3. Mango Strap Cord Sandals, £19.99
4. Isabel Marant Étoile Wraparound Leather Sandals, £270.00
5. Chloe Gladiator Suede Sandals, £615.00
6. ASOS Gladiator Sandals, £20.00

Love them or hate them, there’s no avoiding them. The gladiator flat is the sandal of the Summer. Blame Chloe and Valentino – they started it back in March at the Spring/Summer shows in Paris. We love them, but we are aware of their limitations if you are were not at the front of the queue when God was handing out the skinny ‘model’ calves. Sadly, neither of us were either. If you were lucky enough to have been at the front of said queue: hurrah! You can wear the ones that tie all the way to your knees, with anything and everything (even A-line mini dresses are an option for you – so cool). For the rest of us, listen carefully,  this is what we’re going to do. We’re going to wear our ‘glads’ (as high up the leg as you dare) with gorgeous floaty, hippie/folky dresses that are either midi or maxi length. So you sill get the effect of the straps, but none of the potential scariness. We will also be wearing ours with cropped jeans/trousers (this is a great, easy look to pull off). Keep an eye on Fridays’ Mama Sprees for inspiration coming soon…
In the meantime, here are a few dresses that would be perfect with your new glads: this one from Next; this one from Urban Outfiters; this one from Topshop; this one from Mango; and this one from H&M.

Sarah & Nicky xx

bug bingo

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Bug Bingo, £14.33 (was £19.95)

This game is the current favourite in our house. It’s really beautifully designed and made, and “brings a fun and educational twist to the traditional game of bingo”. And who wouldn’t want to be educated in the differences between a Lord Howe Island stick insect and a Wetapunga?
Tabitha and Marlow also have Bird Bingo, which is equally entertaining. They make the loveliest gifts too.

Sarah x

ps: for anyone waiting for the John Lewis metal basket on wheels featured in this post to come back in stock, the wait is over. Buy it now.

mama spree: the perfect ‘every day’ boot

Topshop Boots

1. Mango Washed Denim Shirt, £19.99
2. Topshop Fedora Hat, £25.00
3. Out From Under Spot Pony Leather Purse, £29.00
4. Gap 1969 ‘Always Skinny’ Jeans, £44.95
5. Topshop Aggy Low Heel Ankle Boots, £75.00

A friend (yep, Des again!) wore these boots to a big Easter lunch at my house on Good Friday, and I mistook them for a Margiela pair (which, in my defence, I know she has). They are SO great. Really simple – the toe is shaped, but not too pointed and not too rounded. Zip-up. Neat (not tight) on the ankle. But the important bit about this particular boot, is the heel. It’s the perfect heel height for trotting around all day long in. Cool and comfortable? Could they be the perfect boot? We think they might be.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: for anyone still looking for a pair of my Topshop black dungarees, they’re back in stock! SC

pps: another day, another peasant top! We’re loving this black one from Mango.

welcome to midweek mama spree!

Peasant Blouse

1. Monsoon Zahara Smock Top, £39.00
2. Mango Embroidered Blouse, £34.99
3. Isabel Marant Étoile Eye Embellished Top, £140.00
4. Mes Demoiselles Lina Embroidered Top, £180.00
5. Mango Honeycomb Pattern Blouse, £29.99
6. L’Agence Studded Silk Top, £121.50 (was £270.00)

It was only a matter of time. We have caved under pressure. A LOT of pressure. You asked for more Mama Spree posts, we listened. So here you go! From now on, as well as your weekly Friday Mama Spree fix, we will be bringing you ‘midweek Mama Spree’ (‘hump day mama spree’ just didn’t have the same ring to it…) on a Wednesday. The Wednesday post will focus less on an outfit, more on just ‘great pieces’ or ‘things’ that we are currently coveting, and that (of course) we think will be useful additions to your wardrobes. As with the current Mama Spree (and indeed, Little Spree), the focus will be very much on the affordable style that we both know, love, and shop. But, we’re only human after all, so we will be throwing in the odd ‘spurge’ for good measure (only if we feel it’s with it). After all, isn’t that really how we all dress anyway? ‘Hi-low’ as Victoria Beckham once said. It’s just knowing which things are worth splurging on, and that’s what we’re here for. And we deserve it don’t we?
So we’ve started with peasant style blouses. Now the weather is starting to change, it’s time to start thinking about gradually peeling off and ditching the cashmere layers. A peasant blouse or top is a great transeasonal piece that will instantly make you feel Summery (but not too Summery), cool, but still covered up. Plus they are so versatile and easy to wear (they work with anything from jeans to dungarees to khaki trousers to cropped tailored trousers to denim minis/cut-offs later on…). And the white/cream will instantly make you feel like Winter is finally over. Plus, you can just chuck your Winter coat or trusty army jacket (a Mama Spree favourite) over the top without ruining the look. And last but not least, they are super-flattering. Worried that your big boobs will make it seem like you’re wearing a maternity top? Or worse still, that people might think you’re pregnant (again)? Fear not. Just make sure you go for a skinnier bottom half, and you’ll be fine. And don’t be scared of tucking your blouse in. This can be a great look. Anyway, these are our favourites, but don’t forget this one from Next. Mine just arrived this morning, and I LOVE it!! Bring on the Summer!!

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: confessions of a peasant/folk style top/blouse addict: I just did a quick count-up (just for kicks), and discovered that I own a total of fourteen (including the new Next one). But, in my defence, many of these are years old (and most of them are high street). Just realised that’s just the white/cream ones… Oh. SC

pps: I think a couple might be at the dry cleaners…

our favourite baby bag

best baby changing bags

Stella McCartney Kids Navy Changing Bag, £211.00

For some reason, unbeknown to us, there seems to be a complete dearth of decent baby/changing bags. Why is this?? Why is no one addressing this? Now this one is pricey (although not as pricey as some!), but it’s a really good one. And when you factor in ‘cost per wear’ (and trust us, you are going to be ‘wearing’ it A LOT), it’s practically a steal!
And while were were snooping around the internet, we also found this one at John Lewis that we liked too. Not bad at all.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: for anyone who missed yesterday’s Rabbit In The Moon post (and subsequently the exclusive Little Spree discount code), worry not. They have generously decided to extend it until midnight tonight (Tuesday). So hop to it!

rabbit in the moon

Rabbit In The Moon Girl

1. Bien a Bien Oslo Dress, £37.00 (was £54.00)
2. Soft Early Blouse, £36.00
3. Allo Cotton Cat Detail Fur Dress, £25.00 (was £49.00)
4. Round Avec A Alphabet Print Sweater Dress, £32.00

Rabbit In The Moon Boy Outfits

1. Sweven Kids’ Exposed Seam Easy T-Shirt, £14.00
2. Bien A Bien Simple V-Neck Tee, £10.00
3. Bien A Bien Slubby Harem Trousers, £38.00
4. Round Ticking Stripe Trousers, £32.00

We first discovered this gorgeous website (and one of our current favourites – even the name is super-sweet) when my lovely friend and fellow Fashion Editor, Des sent me a link to this gorgeous jumper (sadly it’s currently sold out, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed that they get more in…). We were instantly smitten. Then Nicky saw them at the Babyccino Shop Up event, and we have been obsessed ever since (we want pretty much everything on the site). They stock a tight edit of the most gorgeous brands for both girls and boys (we love both equally). Our kids are already fans too. And the prices are (surprisingly) so reasonable for such lovely, well designed pieces. These are our favourites. And the best part is, Rabbit In The Moon have kindly given Little Spree readers an exclusive 15% discount, just for today (Monday 6th). Woohoo! Just enter: SPREE15 at checkout. Happy Monday!

Sarah & Nicky xx

mama spree: who says boilersuits can’t be chic?

denim overalls

1. Mango Denim Boiler Suit, £59.99
2. Accessorize Eden Bar Pendant, £12.00
3. Village England Zip Bag, £120.00
4. Next Ballerina Shoes, £45.00

Our love of a jumpsuit/boilersuit is going nowhere. We are both hooked (at the last count, we have we had seven between us!). This Mango one is a great find. The distressed detailing make it casual and cool, but we still like to keep things chic and feminine, which is where these pointed flats come in. Here are a few more that we’re eying up from TopshopIsabel Marant ÉtoileUrban Renewal, and Topshop.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: have you got a Little Spree tote? We’d love to see a snap of you with it. Post a pic on Instagram with #littlespreetote and we’ll regram our favourites.

navy baby

Baby Outfit

1. Pequeno Tocon Two Romper, £38.48
2. Mango Striped T-Shirt, £7.99
3. Easy Peasy Soft Booties, £27.68
4. Maileg Helen Bunny, £31.00

We love this look for a baby girl. Who says girls can’t wear navy anyway?

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: for anyone who doesn’t follow us on Instagram, you will have missed these fab Bob & Blossom carnival lights. We can’t get enough of them!

hey!

Bob & Blossom

1. Bob & Blossom Speech Bubble Tee, £16.95
2. Gap Skinny Jeans, £12.57 (were £17.95)
3. Adidas Stan Smith, £31.99

A few weeks ago Bob & Blossom kindly invited Bailey to be part of a shoot, modelling some of their new logo t shirts. As well as being the first time Bailey has worn something that has been ironed, it also reminded me how much I love this simple, cool brand. Both Bailey and I fell for this ‘Hey!’ top (which Sarah also loved at Bubble back in January) which was styled with skinny jeans and hi-tops (he wore a version of these super-smart sneakers on the shoot). Just as cute are the ‘bonjour‘ ‘hello‘ and ‘love‘ tops. In fact, there isn’t anything we don’t like about Bob & Blossom, including the price. And now that we’ve met her, the lovely founder Kirsten. Thank you, we had fun.

Nicky & Bailey x

ps: Bob & Blossom tees also make the best gifts…

pps: check these cool carnival lights too!

mothercare & tusk

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Mothercare Tusk Branch Shelf, £29.99

Tusk is a charity that we really believe in. All three of our kids LOVE animals, and have a pretty impressive collective knowledge of them (although not necessarily when the cameras are rolling, but more of that later…). Tusk supports the conservation of wildlife, sustainable development and education in Africa. Mothercare is working together with them to help save endangered animals. Which can only be a good thing can’t it? So when we saw the Tusk and Mothercare collaboration at the Mothercare press day back in November, we couldn’t wait to share it with you. The prices, are (as you would imagine from Mothercare) fantastic, and there are some really sweet pieces. And the best bit is that 4% of all the sales goes directly to Tusk. So these are almost guilt-free purchases!
We love this branch shelf! And who says it has to go in a child’s room anyway? It would look great in any room… We also like the teepee; this cushion; these wall stickers; and this duvet set.

Oh yes, and if you fancy a laugh, watch this! Mothercare asked all three of our kids to take part in this little film about conservation. Bailey and Tabitha actually didn’t make the final cut, and Marlow went a little ‘off piste’ (he was talking about the leopard print lining of his favourite Bellerose coat), but it’s pretty sweet. But the little boy who talks about the gorillas is so cute, and totally steals the show as far as we’re concerned. It make us laugh every time!

Sarah & Nicky xx

buy now, wear later…

Girls Sandals

1. Pom D’Api Velcro Strap Sandals, £38.40 (were £48.00)
2. Pom D’Api Rose Gold Sandals, £49.60 (were £62.00)
3. Pom D’Api Leopard Print Sandals, £48.00 (were £60.00)
4. Pom D’Api Bronze Glitter Sandals, £44.00 (were £55.00)
5. Pom D’Api Strap Sandals, £41.60 (were £52.00)
6. Molo Animal Print Sandals, £32.00 (were £40.00)

Alex and Alexa still have 20% off a huge selection of shoes. This is our edit for girls. Definitely more of a ‘buy now stash for later’ situation (I’m currently looking out of my window at sheeting rain as I write this…), but we love a bit of delayed gratification shopping sometimes.

Sarah & Nicky xx