Mama Spree: sale bargains worth investing in

29 June 2016

Mama Spree womens sale edit - LITTLE SPREE
Photo: Caroline Irby

We can’t resist a good sale bargain. In fact, much of our own wardrobes are made up of designer bargains previously snapped up in the sales. In this picture I’m (on the left) wearing an Isabel Marant top that I bought (in the sale) two years ago. I have literally worn it at least once a week ever since. My sandals? Yes, you’ve guessed it – Isabel again (for the record, my trousers in the filling of my ‘Issy sandwich’ are Zara). This time, scored in the Matches sale last December. Love them. Nicky is wearing an Isabel jumpsuit and sandals. Both sale bargains. Ok, so we have an Issy problem (but you already knew that!). The thing that these things have in common (apart from the name on the label inside that is) is that they are all pieces that were ordinarily off-limits due to their original (full price) price tags. Anyway, with this in mind, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite designer pieces (and a few high street pieces in the mix for good measure) that we’ve previously featured in our Mama Spree posts that are now on sale. In fact, some of our favourite pieces have ended up being reduced (including many great denim pieces – always worth investing in). So now’s the time to pounce!
First up, this Isabel Marant embroidered dress (what’s not to love – the perfect Summer holiday dress), Boden denim jumpsuit, The Great denim dungarees (as seen on Nicky on Instagram as well as in my Stella Denim shoot), Needle & Thread lace panelled dress (remember our wedding guest post?), Madewell ‘Anywhere’ tee, Topshop spotted dress, Boden cashmere crewnecks, Whistles button-thru skirt, ASOS denim dress, Isabel Marant denim jumpsuit, Mango denim top, Preen Line daisy print dress, Mango cotton blouse, and Topshop Nashville tee.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: Matches now has up to 60% off on many of their sale items. What are you waiting for??

Girls Sale Round-Up

27 June 2016

Girls sale round-up - LITTLE SPREE

1. Bonton Blouse (3-12 years) £42.64 (was £53.30)
2. Caramel Baby & Child Embroidered Dress (3-10 years) £77.35 (was £96.69
3. Boden Cardigan (1-12 years) £23.60 (was £29.50)
4. Boden Gladiator Sandals (sizes 22-39) £18.55-£25.20 (were £26.50-£31.50)
5. Bonton ‘Happy’ Hairclip (sold as part of a set of two) £9.88 (was £12.35)
6. Le Temps Des Cerise Denim Skirt (10-16 years) £27.22 (was £54.44)

These are a few of our favourite sales pieces for girls. We always make the most of the sales, particularly for the more expensive brands that we don’t usually indulge in that often. We’ve also included these fab Boden glads (don’t forget they also come in leopard print, as styled by Tabitha…) as they are such a great buy, plus this cardigan (why is it so hard to find nice, affordable girls’ cardigans??).
Some more sale bargains: Carament Bleu frilled Breton, Louis Louise sun dress, Bonton cat basket, Bellerose lace dress, Babe & Tess striped all-in-one, and Tabitha’s favourite ‘Alice in Wonderland dress’ from Boden.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Mama Spree: Ruffles And Trainers

24 June 2016

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1. French Connection Ruffled Dress £115.00
2. Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Sneakers £265.00

We’ve both been a little bit in love with this gorgeous Gucci dress (above) since I first styled it for Stella back in September last year. So when we chanced upon this high street version from French Connection we were pretty excited (the Gucci price tags definitely do not get us excited…). We always love a dress with trainers, particularly when the dress in question is this cool midi length (and the girly ruffles are the perfect antidote to this deliberately scruffy pair). And these are a good lookalike pair if you don’t want to invest in a pair of our favourite Golden Goose (Geese??). Mind you, this Saint Laurent pair are pretty dreamy (and one sale)…
Happy Friday!

Sarah & Nicky xx

Stripes and Ruffles

23 June 2016

Next girls striped ruffle swimsuit - LITTLE SPREE

Next Striped Frill Swimsuit (3 months-6 years) £12.00-£13.00

Blue and white stripes and rows of cute ruffles = immediately ‘in my basket’. As much as I love a sweet cotton bikini for Tabitha, I also always have a couple of cute swimsuits in the mix. I love this one! But there’s a catch (for Tabs anyway) – it only goes up to age 5-6 (although, believe me I will try and squeeze her into it – it’s on its way!). But fear not, fellow mamas of girls six years and beyond, this Boden one is equally cute (and equally striped and ruffly) and goes up to age 12. Panic over.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Mama Spree: The Duster Coat

22 June 2016

Mama Spree - LITTLE SPREE
Photo: Matches

How to wear a duster coat - LITTLE SPREE

1.The Great Cotton Dress £150.00
2. French Connection Belted Duster Coat £159.00
3. ASOS Leather Tie Sandals £22.00

Remember this chic coat from our high-street wish list post? Well after weeks of rain, rain and more rain it has now moved up to the very top of our high street wish lists. So we’ve been thinking about how we might style it up so that we can stay warm, but not too warm, dry but stylish. This is how…

Nicky & Sarah xx

Little Harems

20 June 2016

Baby Boy outfit - LITTLE SPREE

1. Emile et Ida T-shirt (3 months-12 years) £16.49 (was £23.56)
2. Louis Louise crepe trousers (3-24 months) £22.75 (were £28.44)
3. Little Mary Nubuck Sandals (sizes 19-24) £44.85 (were £56.06)

Harem pant, cool t-shirt and sweet sandals: the perfect Summer toddler boy outfit. So cute, but still comfortable and practical. In fact, it’s pretty much the perfect Summer outfit for little boys of any age. Both Marlow and Bailey have versions of this outfit – for older boys, just swap in these Gazelle trousers (tried and rested by our boys) and these fisherman sandals.

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: I always bought Bailey Pom D’api sandals when he was a toddler; I just noticed that these super cute light grey, silver and dark grey ones are all on sale. NHC

Mama Spree: Mix & Don’t Match

17 June 2016

Marte Frisnes jewellery - LITTLE SPREE
Photo: Marte Frisnes

We have been big fans of Marte Frisnes’ beautiful bohemian-luxe jewellery for some time now. We can’t resist the gorgeous tassels! But it’s the way she cleverly layers her bracelets that really inspires us. There’s nothing nicer in the Summer than a wrist full (or indeed two) of bracelets with a folky feel. Obviously Marte’s pieces are some of our favourites (we both have these bracelets), but here are some others that are also hitting the spot from ASOSAurélie BidermannTopshopBoden, ShouroukHush, and Topshop. Copy Marte and layer your tassels with gold bracelets such as these from Hush, ASOS,  Marte Frisnes (above), Kate Spade, Eddie BorgoIsabel MarantEddie BorgoTopshop, and this Diane von Furstenberg is a complete bargain at just £23.00 in the sale.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: Bracelets not you thing? How about these fabulous tassel earrings? They come in lots more colours now. Love the black too.

Tabitha Style

16 June 2016

Floral dresses and leopard print sandals - LITTLE SPREE

1. Louis Louise Floral Dress With Gold Thread (2-12 years) £43.40 (was £61.85)
2. Boden Leopard Print Sandals (sizes 22-39) £26.50-£34.50

Today’s post is brought to you via Tabitha. This is the exact outfit that she styled (some of you may remember my ‘smash & grab’ at the Louis Louise Paris store last May?) and wore last weekend. It’s relatively pared down by her usual standards (she loves a bit of a J.Cew-esque mash-up!) A floral sprig print and leopard print? Hmmm. But she was right, it’s perfect. Louis Louise is definitely one of our favourite French brands for Tabs and the boys. Smallable also have this dress in pink, and we love the striped pink and mint versions too (and all on sale). And this gorgeous romper from last week’s post is also reduced. Oh and Tabs also has the gold version of the Boden glads.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: Marlow’s (girls. but he doesn’t need to know that) silver sandals that he was wearing on Instagram are also from Boden.

Mama Spree: Sofia Style

15 June 2016

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1. Isabel Marant Étoile Linen-Jersey T-Shirt £70.00 (was £100.00)
2. Warehouse Embroidered Tunic £59.00
3. Mango Pebbled Bag £24.99 (was £35.99)
4. Boden Cropped Trousers £59.50
5. Warehouse Lace Collar Ruffle Blouse £45.00
6. Whistles Ankle Tie Ballerinas £115.00
7. A.P.C Button Front Denim Skirt £87.00 (was £125.00)

Out of all the celebrities (and to be honest, styling famous people is not my favourite thing to do) I have styled, Sofia was not only by far and away my favourite, but she was also the person I was most nervous about meeting and styling. I mean, how does one even style a ‘style icon’?? I wasn’t worthy! I was beyond nervous. But honestly she couldn’t have been nicer – low-key, no fuss, polite, super-friendly, softly spoken, chatty – totally ‘normal’ and down-to-earth. She walked to the shoot (in New York), and arrived alone. No entourage, no fuss. Just a stylish mama on her way to work I guess. And most significantly for me, she loved all the clothes I’d pulled for her. I was walking on air (so uncool of me to admit that, but who cares?). She even clocked my monogrammed Claire Vivier navy mini duffle bag in the corner and said: “you’re an SC too!”. Yep, true enough, we shared the same initials and our bags were both navy and duffle style, but how I longed (and still long) for the actual ‘Sofia’ Vuitton duffle bag in my life… Anyway, we salute her super-simple, understated style – how she effortlessly mixes classics with a few cool ‘French girl’ style pieces (she loves a bit of folky embroidery in the Summer/on holiday for example…), always looks chic and always totally true to her own style. I know for a fact that her jean of choice is Acne, and that she has a uniform of classic mens cotton shirts when she’s on set directing. Here are a few other Sofia style pieces – M&S mens cashmere crewnecks (she would almost certainly go for navy), Isabel Marant Étoile Breton sweater (now on sale), and this gorgeous Hush Summer cashmere v-neck really reminds me of the one I dressed her in for the Red cover.

Sarah & Nicky xx

The Prettiest Ruffle Blouse

13 June 2016

Mango Girls ruffle blouse - LITTLE SPREE

Mango Ruffle Blouse (3-14 years) £15.99

I found this blouse when I was compiling our edit of the Mango womenswear for Friday’s post (so many great things…). I always love a ruffle and I love this style of pretty (but simple) blouse for Tabitha – so easy to chuck on with jeans, dungarees (how sweet are these?), or little shorts when you want something a little prettier than a regular top/tee. In fact, it’s very similar to one I have myself (and love and wear all the time) from Isabel Marant. Tabitha’s (I went for the striped) is already on its way! But I may or may not be able to resist a second…

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: I always size up with blouses for little ones, and just roll the sleeves up for a while. It’ll easily last until next Summer if you do. Also super-cute as a little dress on girls younger than three. Particularly with knitted tights in the Winter months.

Mama Spree: Mango Summer Bargains

10 June 2016

Our Mango Summer round-up - LITTLE SPREE
Our Mango Summer round-up - LITTLE SPREE
1. Flowy Blouse £35.99
2. Cut-Out Back Jumpsuit £39.99
3. Tassel Earrings £15.99
4. Glitter Bag £35.99
5. Denim Maxi Skirt £39.99
6. Drop Crotch Trousers £39.99
7. Studded Sandals £35.99

Today’s post was going to be dedicated to one of our style crushes. But that was before we both got the same email in our inboxes this morning from Mango, letting us know that there is 40% off when buying two or more items! Or 30% if you’re just buying one (just enter the code 6SALE8 at checkout). So you’ll have to wait until next week to shop the cool capsule wardrobe of that particular style icon as we focus our attentions on shopping for Summer bargains. We’ve compiled a little edit of some of our favourites (above). Note the nods to Valentino, Chloe, Isabel Marant, Chloe and Jimmy Choo just to name a few… And there are a few more pieces worth mentioning too – this lace dress, wide leg pants, pretty camisole, embroidered blouse (perfect under dungarees), and these high sandals that I never got around to buying before. SC.
Embroidered dress, lace dress, cropped jeans and this cream sweater. NHC.
Oh and curvy mamas, be sure to check out these, this, this and this.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: I actually spotted this dress this afternoon (in House of Fraser in Richmond if you’re interested?). It’s so lovely in person. I really wanted to try it on, but I had two six year olds in tow who had different ideas, so that wasn’t an option. But it’s definitely on my want list (and even more so with the promise of a 30% or 40% reduction!). I would recommend sizing up – it definitely looks like one of those dresses that would look far cooler a little looser – with Converse or high-tops perhaps. SC

Our Favourite Baby Rompers

9 June 2016

Baby Girls Rompers - LITTLE SPREE

1. Louis Louise Floral (3024 months) £51.00
2. Numero 74 Powder (3-12 months) £24.05
3. Mothercare Dobby (0-18 months) £12.00-£13.00
4. Gap Railroad Stripe (0-24 months) £14.95

Baby Boys Rompers - LITTLE SPREE

1. Gap Pocket (0-12 months) £12.95
2.  Gap Railroad Stripe (0-24 months) £16.95
3. Hundred Pieces Striped (3-24 months) £16.38 (was £27.30)
4. Numero 74 Grey-Blue (3-12 months) £24.05

There few things cuter than a baby romper, and we keep seeing gorgeous ones everywhere we look! Here are our favourites for baby girls and boys…

Sarah & Nicky xx

pps: we didn’t include these two in our edit because the pictures just do not do them justice. But in person, they are beyond adorable! I saw them in the store a couple of weeks ago and literally stood staring at them (no joke)… Pure cotton stripe and pure cotton spot (in the prettiest dusky apricot colour). SC

pps: and how about a romper for a special occasion? How sweet is this one?

Mama Spree: Cool Romance

8 June 2016

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Topshopp Spot Cut-Out Shoulder Dress, £65.00

Topshop spotty summer dress - Little Spree

1. Topshopp Spot Cut-Out Shoulder Dress, £65.00
2. Theodrore Ware Diamond, Mother-Of -Pearl & Gold Plated Earrings, £208.00
3. Isabel Marant Cord Sandals, £310.00

This dress was one of our favourite pieces at the Spring/Summer Topshop press day last year and has been on our mental wish list ever since. Pretty (but not too pretty), and a great length to show off a pair of this season’s must-have cord sandals – we love these Isabel Marant ones. There’s something cool about the contrast: the delicacy of a romantic dress with the slightly surfy/sporty sandals and the rock-chick-esque earrings. The sandals are a little on the pricey side so if you want to achieve the same low key vibe, without the price tag, take a look at these Mango sandals.

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: you may have seen my shoot in Stella recently where I included a beautiful Alberta Ferretti white floor-length dress, styled with the exact same sandals and earrings we’ve used here (the earrings are from Theodore Warre –  an ex-collegue from Glamour who makes cool, simple, feminine jewellery and not too crazy expensive!). SC

pps: La Redoute currently has anther promotion code (EVENT25)! I just ordered this and these, and thought this and these were great for a not too boyish boy’s bed. I also ordered more of these, although I wish the cats would stop chewing the tassels off! SC

Time Style

6 June 2016

Boden boys denim shorts - Little Spree

1. Maison Lebiche Later Aligator Tee (2-12 years) £22.75
2. EasyRead Time Teacher Watch £19.95
3. Boden Denim Shorts (2-12 years) £22.50-£26.50
4. Pom D’Api Leather Sandals (sizes 24-34) £51.35

We accidentally left Bailey’s watch on holiday recently. Whilst looking for a replacement, I came across the ‘Easy Read Time Teacher’. It’s not possible to see all the clever details here, but all the minutes are named, the screen is split into ‘past’ and ‘to’ as well as other useful annotations like ‘o’clock’ next to the number 12. I also think it has quite cool styling – the shape and fabric strap remind me of military pilot watches. Be sure to impart this information if you think it will encourage them to wear it!.

Nicky xx

Mama Spree: Guilt-Free Tuesday Tassels

1 June 2016

Mango tassel earrings - Little Spree

Mango Tassel Earrings, £15.99

We felt we deserved a little guilt-free treat for today’s Mama Spree post. These ornate earrings will look best worn with relaxed tees, khaki shirts, army jackets – anything a little bit scruffy…

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: did you happen to see my ‘Summer Sundown’ folk inspired holiday story in Sunday’s Stella magazine? If you missed it (and the gorgeous oversized earrings I shot), you can catch it here… SC

Summer’s Coming…

31 May 2016

Stylish little girls bikinis - Little Spree

1. April Showers Bikini (4-14 years) £40.00
2. April Showers Staw Hat (6-12 years), £21.06

I always like to invest in one gorgeous, arguably slightly over-priced bikini for Tabitha each Summer. Last year’s was from Little Spree favourite, Louis Louise, and was an ochre version of this one. I just loved it, and still love it now. Pretty, frilly, cotton: tick, tick, tick! I then add in a couple of fab high street swimsuits, but I have to say, I always find it harder to find a really beautiful cotton bikini in the same places (there are lots of cute options, but just not that specific kind that I particularly love so much). So anyway, this April Showers one (above) is a strong contender (and the fact that it comes with its own matching little drawstring bag is proving increasingly hard to resist…).
For slightly older girls Bonton dusky pink striped; for high street options I do like this John Lewis seersucker stripe; this Mango navy and white stripe and this Boden (yes, you’ve guessed it) stripe (this time with mini pom poms); and frankly, who needs the top anyway, when the bottoms are this cute?

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: now I come to think of it, the April Showers bikini is almost identical to a cotton one that I once owned (bought in Capri many moons ago). How I loved that bikini (and more specifically, how I could actually wear it and (just about) get away with it!!). SC

Mama Spree: The Designer Pieces Worth Investing In

27 May 2016

Designer pieces worth investing in - Little Spree

1. Isabel Marant Étoile Loose-Knit Sweater, £160.00
2.  Isabel Marant Poplin Jumpsuit, £385.00
3. Isabel Marant Étoile Embroidered Dress, £220.00
4. Gianvito Rossi Velvet Sandals, £495.00
5. Current Elliot Cropped Straight Leg Jeans, £96.75 (were £215.00)
6. Saint Laurent Classic Leather Mini Duffle Bag, £795.00
7.Gianvito Rossi Leopard Print Point-Toe Flats, £595.00

Don’t worry, this is not that moment when Little Spree suddenly becomes ‘Designer Spree’ and we stop posting the affordable things in favour of purely designer splurges. So don’t log off before you’ve heard us out. Today’s post is dedicated to the designer pieces that we really consider worth buying. Not that we’re suggesting for a minute that you buy all of them of course – maybe even just one of them. That’s between you and your bank manager… Next week it will be business as usual on LS – a clever mix of high-low, with the emphasis firmly on the low. But for now, hear us out…
We spent a lot of time compiling and considering this edit of investment pieces. We have only included pieces that we either already own between us (numbers 1, 2 and 4), or that are firmly on our ‘wish lists’ (that Saint Laurent bag has been on mine for over two years now!! SC). These are the pieces that we really love, and we consider to be ‘splurge worthy’.

Sarah & Nicky xx

I do like to make a few key, designer purchases each season. I almost always buy something from Isabel Marant (usually the cheaper, Étoile collection) as I love the way her pieces always just slot seamlessly into my wardrobe, and that they are perfect for every day (but I always feel a little more ‘special’ wearing them). When I make a new Issy purchase (usually a top or blouse), it becomes the new ‘special’ piece in my wardrobe – carefully loved and looked after, and only worn for slightly more special occasions – parties, drinks, dinner etc. But then, come next season this piece will automatically get ‘downgraded’ to make room for its replacement. So it then gets worn more often and for less special occasions, and I will buy something new to replace it. This (previously totally subconscious until I shared it with my friend and makeup artist, Lisa on my recent work trip to Ibiza, and she suggested sharing it with on LS) cycle continues, and the original piece eventually gets downgraded to such a degree that I eventually wear it for anything and everything – the school run, weekends, shoots… I still love it, but am just far less precious about it. Meanwhile, there will always be something new at the top of the chain – a latest favourite. Consequently, I have designer pieces in my wardrobe that I have had for years and years – one example is a Stella McCartney floor-length bias-cut floral dress that I originally bought to wear to a family wedding back in 2009. Fast forward to today, and I’m wearing the very same dress with a sweatshirt and hi-tops. And it’s been to dozens of weddings, fashion shows and countless parties in between! Currently at the top of the food chain is my new Isabel Marant sweater (above). Don’t get me wrong, I am a total high street girl – I love shopping on the high street, and I LOVE a bargain. But I do like to mix my bargains with some key investment pieces – sometimes I stop and consider the fact that I might buy three pretty folk style blouses on the high street without blinking, when in actual fact, add these together and they add up to the cost of one really special one from Isabel Marant Étoile. Sometimes I want a quick fix, other times I want something more long-term. For me, it’s all about mixing it up. It’s amazing how my Chanel two tone ballet pumps (my leaving present from Glamour back in 2011), can elevate my favourite scruffy Gap denim cut-offs to a meeting-worthy outfit; or how my Jerome Dreyfus Bobi bag (a birthday present from Tom) can be thrown over a old pair of jeans to make me feel ‘put together’ enough to head into Mayfair for lunch. Never underestimate the power of high-low dressing. Even if you have to save up, and can only afford one splurge a season, you will immediately see how hard the (well chosen) investment piece will work for you and your wardrobe.
I’m currently also lusting after: a Preen dress (they design the coolest and most flattering dresses out there). This one is the dreamiest dress ever – I recently shot it for Stella magazine and fell head over heels in love (ok, not with the price tag so much, but this will be one that I will keep my eye on during the sales – you never know right?); this dress from Des Mademoiselles; I always love a leopard print bag (and coat, and shoe…) and this Miu Miu mini one is just too cute for words…

Sarah x

I don’t go out as much I as used to before Bailey was born, and when I do, I tend not to get ‘dressed up’, preferring to wear a cool pair of heels with army trousers, or my favourite Lulu Frost earrings with a cashmere jumper. So these days my investment buys tend to be pieces I can wear day to day (like my beloved Golden Goose trainers) or items that can be worn casually and more formally like this  Isabel Marant ruffle mini dress. My main aim is to make sure that I never again find myself putting that investment buy ‘garden party dress’ into the charity bag, (tags still attached because I never got round to attending a garden party). We’ve all been there right?

Nicky  x

Born To Be Wild

26 May 2016

Louis Louise Born To Be Wild sweatshirt - Little Spree

Louis Louise James Sweatshirt (2-12 years), £45.00

Louis Louise Boys sweatshirt - Little Spree

1. Louis Louise James Sweatshirt (2-12 years), £45.00
2.  Mango Skinny Jeans (3-14 years), £19.99
3. Gap Cork Buckle Sandals (5-10 years), £16.95

As you know we’re huge fans of French brand Louis Louise (how many dresses does Tabitha have Sarah..?). We love the delicate charm and simplicity which lends itself  to sweet baby bloomers and pretty girls dresses, so much so that you could easily miss their cool boys collection. Not us. We both have our eye on this sweatshirt (also available as a t-shirt) to wear with these trousers that Bailey and Marlow have (for those who asked, they  are the ones Bailey wore on Instagram whilst we were in Mexico). Other pieces we’re coveting include the ‘Grand Pere’ shirt (although we can’t decide which colour we like best), and these green denim shorts (the perfect alternative to our favourite blue denim ones).

Nicky & Sarah xx

Sailor Style: Mini Alexa

23 May 2016

M&S sailor pure cotton girls dress - Little Spree

1. M&S Cotton Sailor Dress (12 months-7 years), £16.00-£18.00
2. Salt Water ‘Surfer’ Sandals (sizes 24-28), £45.00

Many of you may remember this adorable ‘mini Alexa Chung’ dress from Instagram when we posted it after seeing it as the M&S press day day a while ago? You loved it as much as we did (and a few of you wanted one in your size too!). It really reminded me of a similar dress that from A.P.C that Alexa had a few years ago. In fact, I desperately tried to get one (I never could resist a sailor collar), but they had all sold out once she was photographed wearing it in one of the Sunday supplements. Hey-ho. Fast forward a few years and a set of my very own twins later (I definitely did not see that coming, but that’s a whole other story…), and my own daughter can wear her own cute sailor dress (yes, Tabs already has it). I bought it on Friday after a quick trip to M&S (the giant one at The Meadows in Camberley – anyone else know it?) on Friday with my stepmum (I told her that under no circumstances was I to buy anything for the kids – they have far too much stuff already!!). I simply could not resist. It’s pure cotton ladies – how could I? Oh, and for any mamas of teeny-tiny wannabe Alexa’s out there? Good luck trying to resist this (yep, matching hat and knickers!).

Sarah & Nicky xx

Mama Spree: The Striped Shirt That You Need Right Now

20 May 2016

Madewell Striped Cotton-Chambray Shirt - Little Spree
Photo: Madewell

Madewell Striped Cotton Chambray Shirt - Little Spree

1. Madewell Striped Cotton-Chambray Shirt, £95.00
2. Madewell Tassell Earrings, £19.93
3. Mango Cropped Jeans, £35.99
4. Mango Strap Cord Sandals, £19.99

Who wouldn’t want to look like this on the school-run? Scrap that, who wouldn’t want to look like this each and every day!! So totally effortless. And frankly, totally achievable. The best outfits are often the most simple I find, and I often feel my best in something low-key and comfortable and just not too ‘try hard’. And I love a striped cotton shirt (one of my favourites is still an H&M one in the softest cotton that I bought last Summer and still wear all the time). But this one has the folky laced front detail for that little extra ‘something’. And we simply couldn’t resist adding these fab tassel earrings (yep they’re on my ‘lust list’!
Happy Friday lovely ladies!

Sarah & Nicky xx

Baby, Toddler And Beyond

19 May 2016

Next girls linen romper - Little Spree

1. Next Linen Blend Playsuit (3 months-6 years), £13.00-£16.00
2. Mango Textured Cotton Cardigan (1 month-3 years), £15.99
3. Mango Metallic Strap Sandals (sizes 3-7), £19.99

We LOVE this outfit. In fact the muted colours, soft textures, and what have to be the cutest metallic sandals (they have a sweet peep-toe) makes this our perfect Summer outfit for a toddler girl. It’s worth noting that this pretty grey romper starts at age three months but goes right up six years (Tabitha has it). This voluminus style looks just as cute (styled the same way) for slightly older girls too and is also the perfect piece for anyone wishing to dress siblings in a similar way.

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: congratulations to our friends over at Scandi Mini – five years old today!

Mama Spree: We’re (Not) With The Band

18 May 2016

Mama Spree - we're (not) with the band - Little Spree

Amplified The Clash T-Shirt, £19.99

How to wear a band t-shirt without looking like a groupie - Little Spree

1. Amplified The Clash T-Shirt, £19.99
2. Whistles Button Through Skirt, £95.00
3. Isabel Marant Suede Ankle Tie Sandals, £436.53

We may want the cool band t-shirt (and let’s be honest, bands don’t come much cooler than The Clash), but we don’t actually want to look like we’re with the band (I think that ship has probably sailed…). The obvious go-to would way to wear your tee (mine is on its way!) is with your jeans (or denim cut-offs as I did recently on my Ibiza trip – always a good idea), but we liked the idea of taking things up a notch – band tees can be chic and sexy too. And taken out for dinner! The t-shirt is boyish, the skirt is chic and feminine (and has big pockets!!), and the sandals? Well we are more than a little obsessed with these super-sexy heels (and they come in a slightly lower heel too – clever!)! In fact, I’ve already mentally styled at least six outfits with them… SC

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: just chuck a leather biker over the top of this look and you’re ready to go…

pps: other cool tees we’re loving right now: this, this, this (channelling Preen here) and this one.

ppps: The Outnet have just had an Isabel Marant drop. How could we not share that?? What are you waiting for? You’re just a click away from an amazing bargain!!

Retro Baby

16 May 2016

Imps & Elfs Baby Vintage style Sweatshirt - Little Spree

Imps & Elfs Jersey Sweatshirt (3 months-4 years), £25.35

This is still our favourite mini sweatshirt. And our current go-to baby gift (I’ve just bought two for girlfriends’ new babies, and they may not be the last – SC). Just to flag up one thing, it looks quite yellow in the pictures (above and on the Smallable website) – it’s actually much less so in person, more of an oatmeal colour. But no lessadorable! And perfect for a boy or a girl.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Mama Spree: Totes Chic

13 May 2016

Linge Particulier linen tote bag from Smallable- Little Spree

Linge Particulier Linen Tote Bag, £30.42

The only problem we’re having with this post? Which of these gorgeous colours to choose?? Oh, and these aren’t even all of them!
And in case you’re wondering, no you can’t ever have too many simple cotton/linen tote bags to chuck all your kids’ (and erm, your) stuff (crap?) in…

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: the Boden clearance section is definitely worth a snoop at the moment. There is a further 20% off the discounted price!

Tween Spree: the boys

12 May 2016

Tween Boys Clothes - Little Spree

1. Boden Washed Surf Hoodie (9-16+ years), £29.50-£34.50
2. Next T-Shirt (sold as part of a set of two, 3-16 years), £10.00-£16.00
3. Bonton Backpack, £40.00
4. Boden Denim Shorts (sizes 22-32), £26.50-£31.50
5. Mango Hooded Cotton Parka (3-14 years), £29.99
6. M&S Leather Trainers (sizes 13 small-3 large), £13.00-£14.00

Seeing as we brought you a tween post for girls, we thought it only fair that we do one for the boys too. Here’s a little selection of some of our favourites for those pre-teen boys (although as can see, most of these pieces come on little boy sizes too).
Happy Thursday!

Sarah & Nicky xx

Mama Spree: In-between Days

11 May 2016

How to wear a cool sweatshirt - Little Spree

Mango Lace Up Jeans, £39.99

How to wear a cool sweatshirt - Little Spree

1. Topshop Brushed Sweatshirt, £20.00 (was £26.00)
2. Mango Lace Up Jeans, £39.99
3. Mango Leather Strap Sandals, £35.99

As far as we’re concerned, this is the perfect outfit for those ‘what the hell am I going to wear?’ in-between days (to quote The Cure). A little bit of Summer, Autumn and Holiday (you’ve had the pedi and you want to get your toes out…) rolled into one comfy, effortless, ‘just chuck it on and go’ outfit.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Tween Spree

9 May 2016

Older girls fashion - Little Spree

1. Mango Flowy Shirt (4-14 years), £16.99
2. Next Jumpsuit (3-16 years), £16.00-£21.00
3. Gap Shirt Jacket (xs-xxl), £24.95
4. Monsoon ‘Make Your Own’ Beaded Necklace, £8.00
5. Gap 1969 Boy Fit Denim Shorts (4-13 years), £16.95
6. Next Fringed Bag, £12.00
7. Next Woven Sandals (sizes 26.5-41), £24.00-£30.00

Ladies, you spoke, we listened. So here it is: our first ‘Tween Spree’ post. There are some lovely pieces out there for older girls so we thought we’d start you off (yes, we’ll be doing more, and not just for girls) with a round-up of some of our favourites. These denim cut-offs and green utility jacket are mini-must-have pieces, and we just love these cute accessories (they would make great gifts too). Oh, and just between us Mamas, those leather woven sandals go up to size 41, so, if somehow your shoe size ends up in the basket, our lips are sealed!

Nicky & Sarah xx

Wedding Week: how to be the best dressed wedding guest

6 May 2016

What to wear to a wedding - Little Spree

1.Needle & Thread Lace Panelled Chiffon Gown, £185.00
2. Mango Tuxedo Jacket, £79.99
3. Next Box Clutch Bag, £24.00
4. Mango Sandals, £69.99

As lovely as they are to be invited to, weddings can end up being SO expensive. By the time you’ve gone to the hen do, bought the present, and possibly had to book/pay for flights and a hotel, you’re lucky if there’s any money left at all for your outfit. So we’ve kept this in mind when we made our selections. But one thing tor remember is that with the right, well chosen outfit, you can rotate the same one to wedding after wedding with great success (provided the guests are different). I can think of two dresses that I’ve bought in the past, and have literally worn to around ten weddings between them. And I still wear them now. And they are between five and ten years old! One is short, black and asymmetric from Hussein Chalayan (remember him?), the other is floral, bias-cut and floor length from Stella McCartney. Both were brilliant sale bargains I might add. Anyway, enough of my dresses, here are some dress suggestions for you…
We couldn’t decide between the Needle & Thread dress (above) and this Ganni sheer spotted dress (is it us or does it have a bit of a whiff of Preen coolness about it?). It would work just as well styled with the exact same accessories too. And you could defintely get plenty of wear out of it for various other parties. We’re both tempted. Then this Monsoon navy lace and chiffon, this Topshop blazer dress, Mango lace, this ASOS thirties style gown is pretty epic (and comes in a choice of three colours), and this embellished dress, also from ASOS has a lovely vintage feel which we love. A more formal jumpsuit is a great alternative to a dress for a wedding. We like this Whistles one, this ASOS tuxedo style, and this French Connection strapless version.

ps: you should also re-visit our Bride Style post, as many of the bridal dresses can also be great dresses to wear to weddings. Just as long as it’s not at the same wedding!

pps: in the craziness of Wedding Week, we almost forgot our top tip for a stylish Mother of the Bride outfit! I have seen this dress and matching coat from Monsoon in person, and it’s really lovely, and so chic. SC

Sarah & Nicky xx

Wedding Week: the coolest page boys…

5 May 2016

Cool page boy outfit ideas - Little Spree

1. Monsoon Toby Tuxedo Suit, £55.00
2. Adidas Stan Smith Trainers, £36.99

Of all the outfits at a wedding, the one for page boys can be the most difficult to get right. It’s just so much harder to achieve the right amount of formality whilst also ensuing comfort (i.e. no fidgetting) and style, than for bridesmaids/flower girls. With that in mind, as well as our favourite suits, we thought it would be helpful to highlight pieces that we think work well together and can be used to smarten up or tone down an outfit; a sort of mix and match approach.
Starting with one of our favourite looks: the ‘mini tux’. You may remember we featured this navy suit in the Little Shop at Christmas as a party outfit – well it works for weddings too. In fact, page boy-to-be Bailey will be wearing this exact outfit at a friend’s wedding this Summer and I can’t rate it highly enough. The material is soft (no stiff collars), it fits well and comes with the little cotton shirt and bow tie pictured (and I can confirm no fidgeting required). If you need a black tux this one from Marks and Spencer is a good option and for a tuxedo jacket alone, try this one from Next. One of our other favourite pieces is this stand out Little Marc Jacobs shirt with bow tie.  It would look super cute worn casually with these shorts, or more formally with these suit trousers (with optional jacket). Alternatively, and for something a little more casual switch in this shirt, these sandals or these trousers with braces from Next into the mix.

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: if you know a groom that needs pointing in the right direction, we discovered some really well made, well priced mens suits at the M&S press day. We like this tuxedo and this navy suit. For grooms looking for a modern look, this ASOS tuxedo and suit are well worth a try.

Wedding Week: Bride Style

4 May 2016

Cool Bridal Dresses - Little Spree
A Star Is Born Bridal (From ASOS) Embellished Trophy Jacket, £160.00

Cool modern brides - Little Spree
ASOS Pleated Sheer And Solid Midi Dress, £58.00

ASOS Wedding - Little Spree
Self Portrait Ivy Lace Trim Midi Dress With Lace-Up Back, £300.00

Stylish brides - Little Spree
ASOS Jarlo Prom Dress With Mesh Inserts, £85.00

ASOS Wedding Self Portrait - Little Spree
Self Portrait Lace Column Dress, £300.00

Stylish brides on a budget - Little Spree
ASOS Long Sleeved Maxi Dress, £120.00

Stylish modern brides - Little Spree

1.Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Devoré Satin Midi Dress, £1325.00
2. Theodore Warre Whiet Topaz And Gold Plated Earrings, £90.00
3. Topshop Rita Two-Part Skinny Sandals, £42.00

ASOS may not be the first place you’d think of looking for a wedding dress. But guess what? They have some great dresses for every type of bride/wedding, but definitely plenty for the cool, stylish, contemporary bride. These are some of our faves – we love the Gucci-esque pleated one (who needs to even get married to wear it?). And the best thing about being an ASOS bride? You’ll be able to splash out on an amazing pair of shoes! That’s the kind of high-low fashion we love and embrace here at Little Spree.
But we couldn’t resist putting together a bridal outfit. This Preen dress was one of our absolute favourites – they are so clever at designing the coolest dresses, but with real women’s bodies in mind. They definitely know what us ladies look for in a dress, that’s for sure. Or how about a slouchy sweater and maxi skirt combo for any cool, low-key ‘non-bride’ brides out there planning an Autumn wedding (love this!! SC)? For curvy brides this and this from ASOS Curve; if you’re tall we love the colour and simplicity of this dress; cute, kooky brides; for small-breasted brides who want the simplest of slip dresses; for a low-key beachy wedding; any mama-to-be brides? How lovely is this dress? How chic is this satin jumpsuit for the non-girly, minimal bride? And now for the those finishing touches: heels we love are these Saint LaurentSophia WebsterChristian Louboutin, and Jimmy Choo. And we love a flat every bit as much as a heel for the big day (or even to slip into for the evening?), so how about thesethese or these?

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: the only store I made it to to try on dresses before I found out I had not one, but two buns in the oven (so no, not planned!) was Lanvin. This was the kind of dreamy dress I was contemplating… SC

Wedding Week: vintage style Bridal accessories

3 May 2016

Stylish bridal accessories - Little Spree

1. John Lewis Set of 4 Silver Rose Hair Pins, £12.00
2. ASOS Bridal Embellished drawstring bag, £38.00
3. ASOS Bow Necklace, £5.00
4. Loren Stewart Heart Safety Pin Earrings, £175.00
5. Johnny Loves Rosie Floral Headband, £45.00
6. J.Crew Swarovski Crystal Necklace, £165.00
7. Lulu Frost Crystaline Earrings, £158.00

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten the dresses! They’re coming later in the week. Today we thought we’d share some of the (many) pretty, vintage-inspired pieces we’ve seen around for those all-important finishing touches for any brides-to-be out there. These are some of our favourites (above), and the price tags are mostly pretty un-scary too, which is always a bonus right? Here are a few more ‘bridal extras’ that you might like: these Smythson set of two notebooks for all those super-organised, list lovers out there, Jennifer Behr Swarovski crystal headband, Lulu Frost earrings, Rosantica headband, Elizabeth Cole earrings, John Lewis hair comb, ASOS headband, Theodore Ware earrings (so pretty), ASOS bag, Kenneth Jay Lane earrings, ASOS crystal headband, and ASOS metallic headband (ok, so we like a headband!).

Sarah & Nicky xx

Wedding Week: The Prettiest Flower Girls

2 May 2016

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A few of Kate’s Moss’s thirteen flower girls

Kate Moss's flower girls - Little Spree

1.Woodstock Flower Crown, £33.00
2. Numero 74 Nana Bag, £7.02
3. ilovegorgeous Dobby Angel Dress, £50.15 (was £59.00)
4. ilovegorgeous Satin Ballet Pumps, £15.00

Kate Moss’s beautiful flower girls (well the little ones’ anyway) dresses were Bonpoint, but it’s not that hard to recreate this look for a lot less if you shop around. Ilovegorgeous are hard to beat when it comes to beautiful dresses (we love that they do the same simple styles). Ok, they’re not exactly cheap, but they do live up to their name, and they are definitely cheaper than Bonpoint…
Here are some of our favourite dresses we found: this ethereal Monsoon dress in gold and pale pink (for babies and younger girls), which also comes in older girls sizes too, so great if you have different ages but want to dress them the same or similar. This baby glitter Estella is cute too. For a different, more structured feel, these Violet dresses pretty gorgeous too. M&S tulle dress, Babe & Tess lace dress, Next lace dress, John Lewis lace mesh dress, Louis Louise lurex stripe dress, or even our favourite simple Numero 74 dresses in off-white could all make the perfect flower girl sun dresses. Woodstock, without doubt to the best garlands out there (second only to a fresh flower version, like Kate’s beautiful ones). Tabitha wore one to my sister’s wedding, and I couldn’t have loved it any more! Just perfect. Ballet pumps are always our number one shoe of choice for a flower girl. You can go for an actual ballet pump, or something with a little more of sole. Totally up to you. We like these Pretty Ballerina ones, these John Lewis satin ones, these John Lewis gold ones ,and a Mary Jane would work well too. For older flower girls/bridesmaids, you can’t go wrong with a Ghost bias-cut dress.

Sarah & Nicky xx

The Easiest Pancakes You’ll Ever Make

1 May 2016

Gluten free banana pancakes recipe - Little SpreeGluten free banana pancakes recipe - Little Spree
Bonton Apron, £26.00

I never thought I’d see the day when I would be writing about cooking. How did this happen?? This is how this happened…
I was shooting in a London studio the week before last (if you want to gain 7lbs in a week, don’t be a Fashion Editor with zero willpower on an 11 x day shoot with delicious round-the-clock catering), where each morning we were presented with the most delicious (gluten free) breakfasts. Now I am about as far away from gluten free as you can possibly get, but I have to tell you, I was completely seduced. In particular by the pancakes. Now they didn’t look (or indeed taste) much like your usual pancakes – well more like a small American style pancake that you’d get in a stack with a side of bacon and a moat of maple syrup (most commonly ordered when I have a hangover). They served them with a cute little jug of maple syrup (sometimes honey) and a smattering of blueberries and sliced banana. To die for. But gluten free? How did that work exactly? So I discovered that the only ingredients in said pancakes was bananas and eggs. That’s it. What?? Now even with my very limited knowledge of cooking and baking, knew that that sounded a bit fishy…. How?? So I set about trying to make them that weekend at home. Did they taste good? Yeah, ish. Did they look good? Nope. Were they are a bit of a faff? A little, yes. So on the Monday I pressed the lovely chef for for a bit more information. And so last weekend, I attempted them again (armed with a fairy cake tin and some coconut oil – I felt like Linda Hamilton in Terminator), and they were absolutely delicious. I tweaked, experimented, tweaked some more (with my harshest criticitcs: Tabarlow and Tom). Healthy, delicous, and so easy to make you’ll feel like a fraud. Want to give them a whirl? Be warned though – they are a little too easy to eat…). This is what you’ll need:

– A fairy cake baking tray (like these)
– 4 ripe bananas (the riper the better – perfect excuse to get rid of those nasty looking brown ones that no one wants to eat, and are generally just spoiling the overall look of the fruit bowl)
–  3 eggs
– Coconut oil to grease the tin (and add a little extra yumminess to the pancakes)
– 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder (this is a little sneaky extra addition, but makes all the difference)

Pre-heat the oven (fan) oven to 200C
Grease the tin/s with the coconut oil
Mash the bananas in one dish
Whisk the eggs in another dish
Add the bananas to the eggs
Add the baking powder
Mix
Add the mixture to your tin/s (you will have enough for at least two batches). I added a tablespoon amount for each pancake.
Cook for 10-15 minutes (check on them after 10 – don’t worry, there’s not much rising going on, so you won’t ruin anything.
Put your pancakes in a big pile and let everyone dig in!

The ratio of bananas to eggs is totally up to you, and a little bit of experimenting will guide you. The chef I asked said she does one egg to one banana, but Tom and the kids seemed to prefer the more ‘banana-y’ ones which were more like 4 x bananas to 3 x eggs. Remember, these pancakes are literally idiot-proof, so live a little, experiment… I actually just guessed at the baking powder (I’d like to say I didn’t, but I’m not going to lie), but they were my best batch, so that’s all you need to know.

Sarah xx

ps: absolutely nothing to do with cooking, but remember the tiny hobbit/fairy door on Instagram? Well if you’re interested, here it is.

Granny Sleep

29 April 2016

Our Nightwear edit - Little Spree
Stella Tennant and her whippet, Freud photographed for British Vogue

There’s something so lovely about sleeping in good old-fashioned cotton. Be it traditional mens style pyjamas, or our favourite Victorian nightdresses (this is another thing we discovered we had in common shortly after becoming friends – Nicky is one of the few other people I know who loves a ‘Granny nightdress’ as much as I do!!), classic is best. If you turned up at my house, unannounced (please don’t), on a Saturday morning, chances are you’d find me wafting around in one… Here’s a little selection of stylish sleepwear that we’re liking, but with a bit of a Grandma edge to some more than others: this sheer embroidered night slip from TopshopGap striped pyjama pants, The White Company seersucker striped pyjama shirt and pants (love these!), Bodas striped cotton nightshirt, Skin nightdress, Bodas striped cotton nightdress, and these Next cotton ‘Summer’ pyjamas (we both ripped out the same page from the Next Directory to show each other!). Amazon is actually a great place to chanel your ‘inner Granny’. We like this one, this one, and this one will also double up as a fab holiday dress with a pair of tan flat sandals (you know the ones)
I have also always loved Lunn Antiques for nightdresses too. They do replicas of Victorian ones (I like and have this one), and the prices are great. I’ve also recently discovered that they’ve added mini me versions. So of course I’ve ordered one for Tabitha!

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: we also love this gorgeous brand, Three Graces for totally dreamy nightwear, but maybe more for just daydreaming?

Cosy Baby

28 April 2016

Stylish, practical baby outfit - Little Spree
Pequeno Tocon Navy Footed Leggings, £22.75

Stylish baby boy outfit - Little Spree

1. Armor Lux Loctudy T-Shirt, £17.55
2. Jellycat Polar Bear Rattle, £12.48
3. Pequeno Tocon Navy Footed Leggings, £22.75

This is exactly the sort of outfit we dressed our children in when they were babies  (including Tabitha – we love navy for girls). It’s simple, stylish and these footed leggings mean no sock or shoe requirements. A perfect prêt-à-porter outfit for those busy or tired days when adding two extra items into the mix has the potential to push you over the edge. It also avoids the trouser tug-of-war to keep their little legs warm because their trousers have ridden up above their socks. If any of this sounds all too familiar, don’t worry, you’re not limited to one pair, they also come in ivory and pink.

Nicky & Sarah xx

Mama Spree: Time For Another Jumpsuit

27 April 2016

How to style your jumpsuit for every day - Little Spree
Current Elliot Cotton-Blend Jumpsuit, £124.00 (was £310.00)

How to wear a jumpsuit - Little Spree

1. Current Elliot Cotton-Blend Jumpsuit, £124.00 (was £310.00)
2. Jérôme Drefuss Fringed Shulder Bag, £180.00 (was £360.00)
3. Mango Leather Strap Sandals, £35.99

You’re always asking us about jumpsuits. Now we love a jumpsuit. You know we do. But finding a good one (the right slouchy fit, long sleeves, long enough legs for a bit of a cuff…) on the high street is not as easy as you might think (and believe us when we say we have looked A LOT) – if you’re not looking for sleeveless/short sleeves or denim anyway. So we found this one (God, I wish I didn’t instantly want everything we find/post!! SC) that we both love. We do also really like the look of this Mango one for a more affordable option though. Oh and this pyjama style from Rag & Bone – ok not so purse-friendly, but rather fabulous all the same.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: I bought these sandals today (they’ve been on my wish list for so long I was bored of seeing them there…) and they are even better in real life. So to say they are a ‘version’ of last year’s Isabel Marants (which we both bought/have) is a gross misrepresentation – they are almost identical! A totally brilliant buy. SC

pps: Nicky and I happened to be in M&S at Westfield yesterday and had another quick look at the Archive by Alexa collection. Loved this dress and this shirt dress (wear them both this Summer with your Mango tan sandals that you know you’re going to buy…).

Mermaids & Dinosaurs

25 April 2016

Next Girls Unicorn t-shirt - Little Spree

1. Girls Mermaid Unicorn Tee (3-16 years), £7.00-£10.00
2. Boys Dinosaur Tee (3 months-6 years), £5.00-£6.00

We know we’ve said that logo t-shirts aren’t our thing, but increasingly it seems that they just might be. We love everything about these t-shirts: the sentiment, soft cotton feel, and the faded writing, the only thing we’re not sure about is  whether we should be buying one for ourselves as well as the kids???

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: they are quite generous sizing so I ordered Bailey (who tells everyone he is age 5 and three quarters) size 4-5yrs. NHC

Mama Spree: Shoes, Shoes, Shoes

22 April 2016

Womens High Street shoes edit - Little Spree
Office Madison Toe Cap Block Heels, £65.00

I was running around Westfield a couple of weeks ago, buying some accessories for a job I was styling. Of course, when I’m not actually looking for things to buy, that’s always when I see things that I want to buy (I just don’t know it yet). And the things that I kept seeing were great shoes. But more acurately, great affordable shoes from high street stores. Now I’m certainly a big fan of mixing my designer with my high street (I would say my wardrobe is probably 70% high street, to say, 30% designer?). But even if money were no object, I would always choose to mix. Firstly, it’s way cooler (head-to-toe designer – nothing remotely cool about that), and secondly, nothing beats that feeling of scoring an amazing find in Topshop/Zara or Next (yes sometimes!). But one thing I am definitely a little more picky about is shoes. I do own (and regularly wear) a few pairs of high street shoes, but I do find it a lot harder to find and love them. And I tend to keep my designer footwear for years and years. So, back to my trip to Westy… At first it started in Topshop, where I saw these suede Mary Janes, these classic suede platform sandals (I have a similar, ancient pair from Pied a Terre that I regularly pull out – they always somehow still feel ‘right’ – try them with jeans and a ribbed sock for a little update), these sling-backs with a contrast toe, and these gold sling-backs (as featured in yesterday’s Mama Spree post), and just beforeI left I also sotted these pink metallic Mary Janes (love!). Next stop: Office (now there’s a store I’ve not been in for a while…). But I couldn’t believe the Chanel-esque contrast toe mid-heel courts (above) – they were so good I almost bought them on the spot, but they didn’t have my size. I actually like that they’re not a complete replica of the Chanel sling-backs that we all want, and they are way nicer in real life than in this pic. I will definitely be wearing them with cropped, raw hemmed jeans and jumpers (my current uniform of choice). I also loved these metallic Mary Janes, these nude block heelsthese for something a little sexier, or fancy some non-Gucci ‘Gucci’? You can always rely on Boden to always do a chic striped flat for Summer, check out these Isssy/Golden Goose-esque sneakers, and I always love a classic ballet pump (particularly in navy). Thanks Alexa! Oh and these? Well I just love, love, love these!
So this may seem like a bit of a random bunch of shoes, but they all have one thing in common (apart from the fact that they are all under £100.00) – they will all look great just worn with jeans. Happy shoe shopping!

Sarah xx

ps: the four lucky winners of the Edit.58 baskets are: Lucy Wootley, Abigail Calvert, Tina Waters and Jean Perry. Please email us with your addresses, and we will organise for your baskets to be sent straight to you. Thank you so much to each and every one of you who took the time (and we know how precious your time is) to answer our questions and tell us your thoughts – we really were blown away by the love for Little Spree. And we have taken onboard each and every suggestion, like and dislike (virtually none!!). Watch this space ladies – things are changing around here…

Mini Marant: buttons & stripes

21 April 2016

Mini Marant striped sweater - Little Spree
Bellerose Lurex Button Sweater, £57.00

Mini Marant Stripe Jumper - Little Spree

1. Bellerose Lurex Button Sweater, £57.00
2. Zara Raffia Cross Body Bag, £17.99
3. Gap 1969 Flared Jeans, £10.99 (were £22.95)
4. Pepe Tassel Sandals, £82.00

This is why we don’t like to plan our posts too far in advance – we had this post planned around a certain Gap cotton cream and navy striped sweater with shoulder buttons (my friend and agent, Emma tipped me off about it actually – I was little peeved that I hadn’t seen it myself, but it was in the girls department, rather than the toddlers, and Tabs has only just graduated to Gap girls…). Anyway, the reason I am sharing that with you, is that you may well still be able to find one in a store (it’s sadly now sold out online), so keep you’re eyes peeled… I also saw a little girl wearing it in the playground in Richmond park recently – she was wearing hers with a skinny jean and messy hair and was just running around without a care in the world, obviously totally oblivious to how cool she looked! Is it wrong to cover the style of a seven year old?? So clever Nicky quickly found this cute substitute – ok not as cheap as the original Gap one, but definitely every bit as cool – we love a bit of Bellerose. And the quality is always great. So there you have it – you snooze (or wait to post), you lose. But the great thing is, for everything you miss out on, there’s something better waiting in the wings, just waiting to be discovered…

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: you’d be forgiven for thinking this was a Mama Spree outfit. Frankly I wish it was!! I want it all. But as luck would have it this Isabel Marant ‘Erwan’ sweater (I’ve shot this for Stella and it’s beyond gorgeous. Quite a ‘neat’ fit though, so I wouldn’t neceaassrily recommend it for the more ample chested mamas out there…)

ps: this Gap sweater that Tabs already has is still available to buy online. I love it, and it also comes in navy. The perfect Spring jumper, and available in all sizes. Oh and it’s also on sale!

Mama Spree: what a difference a knot makes…

20 April 2016

French Connection Hitch knot sweatshirt - Little Spree
French Connection Knot Sweatshirt, £55.00

How to style a grey sweatshirt - Little Spree

1. French Connection Knot Sweatshirt, £55.00
2. Mango Straight Joe Jeans, £29.99
3. Topshop 60’s Style Sunglasses, £16.00
4. Topshop Sling Back Shoes, £56.00

We’d rather not count the number of grey sweatshirts in our combined wardrobes (let’s just agree there’s more than a few). The reason: versatility. The humble grey sweatshirt, in our opinion, is a wardrobe essential. You’ll find us wearing them casually over dresses, with jeans, and more formally with trousers and skirts (they’re the perfect thing for toning down an outfit which might otherwise make you feel a little overdressed). We love the knot detail on this, our latest find, especially when paired with these cropped jeans and gold Gucci inspired slingbacks (which we both have on our Summer wish-lists). Yes, that’s right ladies, it’s time to start thinking about de-booting and showing a bit of ankle…!

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: we we (finally!!) be announcing the winners of the four gorgeous pom pom market  baskets in Friday’s Mama Spree