pinafore cool

Boden Denim dress

1. Boden Dungaree Dress, £24.00-£28.00
2. Alice à Paris Ruffled Blouse, £15.00 (was £21.00)
3. Martin Pederson Tights, £16.00
4. Maneula de Juan Zipped Leather Boots, £58.32 (were £72.90)

There’s something about a pinafore dress that I always love, and a denim one feels cool, but classic at the same time. I love this one (which I recently bought for Tabitha) styled with a pretty ruffle neck blouse and little leather boots. Cute. This M&S one is a great find too (and comes already styled with a long sleeved Breton).

Sarah x

ps: for anyone who hasn’t already seen it on Instagram, here’s some behind the scenes pics of Tabitha modelling in the latest Mini Preen look book. Needless to say, we want the entire collection!

mama spree on blue monday = a happy monday

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So apparently today is ‘Blue Monday’. Well forget ‘Blue Monday’, it’s ‘Navy Blue Monday’ (way chic-er) on Little Spree thanks to Boden. Remember these gorgeous flats that we have been a little bit obsessed with since I first saw them at one of my Boden outfitting meetings? They are still not available to buy (this picture is of me trying on the samples back in October), but one lucky Little Spree reader can get their mitts on a pair the minute they are. All you need to do is subscribe to our daily updates (just look for ‘subscribe’ on the top right side of the website) if you don’t already, and email us with the answer to this easy question, along with your your shoe size, then keep your fingers crossed. Which British band sang about Blue Monday? We will announce the winner next Monday. Good luck! We hope this has banished any Monday blues…

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: a couple of other things to cheer you up: Boden has 20% off all this week, and so does M&S (until midnight tonight).

mama spree: cosy mini

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1. Boden Merino Wool Jumper, £89.00
2. Gap Utility Jacket, £64.99
3. Falke Soft Merino Tights, £30.00
4. Topshop Lace Trim Mini, £36.00
5. ASOS Ballet Flats, £12.00

You can afford to be a bit braver with hemlines when the weather is this chilly – black tights are always your friend – flattering and cosy in equal measures (if you go for a wool version anyway). And frankly, sometimes we just get a bit bored of jeans and trousers. We may not be busting out the minis during the Summer months (except on holiday of course), but we love one in the Winter with a black tight (preferably a Merino wool (although we do like the Wolford ones too) – yes they are pricey, but look after them and they will outlive any cheap pairs. And no will can ever accuse you of looking tarty when you add a ballet flat and a chunky knit. Oh and whilst we’re on the subject of ballet flats – how great are these ones? They were actually our favourite High Street pair we found (and we compared around six pairs), as well as the cheapest. For this price, you can afford to buy two pairs! We will be.

Sarah & Nicky x

rainy days

singing in the rain

1. Ugg Ear Muffs, £31.50 (were £45.00)
2. Next Plastic Rain Poncho, £10.00 (was £21.00)
3. Hunter Wellington Boots, £24.00

We couldn’t resist this cute waterproof poncho. Buy now and put it away for those April showers. Alternatively dig out the warmest, cosiest jumper you can find and road-test it right now.

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: Alex and Alexa has an extra 15% off all their sale stock this weekend, so definitely worth a look…

mama spree cheap chic: when is a baby bag not a baby bag?

 

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ASOS Nylon Holdall, £18.00

Answer: when a great bag just happens to also be the perfect baby bag… We love this Marc Jacobs-esque leopard print one from ASOS. And we really love the price!!

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: we couldn’t resist buying it (obviously), and will be using it for swimming lessons, days out, and just for ourselves. It’s the ‘everything’ bag!

‘cheap chic week’ on little spree

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M&S Autograph Knitted All-In-One (0-18 months), £16.00

It’s January, we’re a bit over the sales now (we’ve pretty much bought everything we’re going to buy, and there are so many new season temptations…); we know that scary credit card bill is due any day now (eeek!); and January just seems so, long… But we still feel like a little treat here and there (we’re only human after all!!): a ‘little spree’ if you will (with the emphasis on ‘little’). So this week is dedicated to all things chic that also happen to be cheap: ‘cheap chic’ week. Every day we will be bringing you a single item that we love, that we think you will love too, but that we also feel is particularly great value for money (as we need to keep the spending to a minimum, at least until February…). It doesn’t mean we love them any less – we simply had to search that little but harder to find them. We will also be bringing you a cheap chic Mama Spree on Friday.  This is guilt-free week on Little Spree! First up, this adorable Breton striped all-in-on…

Sarah & Nicky x

mama spree: sale chic

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1. Isabel Marant Naoko Patch Sweater, £245.00 (was £350.00)
2. Saint Laurent Gun Drop Earrings, £122.00 (were £175.00)
3. Mango Ankle Strap Mary Jane Flats, £16.99 (were £34.99)
4. Current Elliot Mid Rise Skinny Jeans, £83.25 (were £185.00)

It’s not to late to scoop up some style-worthy pieces in the sale (you just have to look a little bit harder, and that’s what we’re here for…). Here’s a look that we’re both loving (remember the jumper here?), made up entirely of sale finds. I (Sarah) already have these Mango flats and they look really expensive on (I love them with jeans). Here are a few others pieces that we think are worth a second look: these Topshop sandals; this Mango dress; this Isabel Marant shirt; this Topshop fake fur jacket; this Hobbs pea coat; these Joseph trousers; this Whistles skirt (wear with a chunky knit sweater); this Gap cashmere hoodie (in grey); and these Isabel Marant earrings.

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: I think I might mourn the loss of the Celine black strapless jumpsuit forever. You snooze you loose… SC

girls world: stylish sales picks

Girls sale

1. Boden Cosy Cable Throw-On, £24.50-£28.00 (was £35.00-£40.00)
2. Miller Pavo Dress, £40.00 (was £80.00)
3. M&S Machine Washable Pea Coat, £15.00-£20.00
4. Pom D’Api Trip Ankle Boots, £69.00 (were £115.00)
5. Caramel Ribbed Tights, £17.00 (were £32.00)

I’ve also got my eye on this dress from Mango; this Bonton skirt; these Little Marc mouse shoes; and these Stella McCartney hand warmers.

Sarah x

boy bargains

Boys sale

1. Miller Adamite Scarf, £22.80 (was £38.00)
2. Mango Cotton-Blend Canvas Jacket, £16.99 (was £24.99)
3. Little Remix T-Shirt, £18.00 (was £30.00)
4. Monsoon Jeans & Braces, £10.50 (was £21.00)
5. Petit Bateau Unisex Leather Trainers, £43.40 (was £62.00)

I buy clothes for Bailey in the same way that I buy clothes for myself: by mixing high street purchases with a few more expensive items (which I try to buy during sale time). In fact I have an ongoing ‘stash’ box of things I’ve bought in previous sales for Bailey. It’s actually quite exciting when the seasons begin to change and you look inside the box and see your bargains waiting to be worn. So here are a few items we’ll be stashing this year….

Nicky x

baby bargains

baby sale

1. Stella McCartney Kids Hat With Bunny Ears, £28.00 (was £40.00)
2. Zara Home Kids Flannel Romper, £17.99 (was £29.99)
3. Emile Et Ida Baby Jumper, £34.80 (was £58.00)
4. Noro Carousel Trousers, £14.38 (were £47.93)
5. Bloch Classic Ballet Pumps, £14.00 (were £20.00)

This is a little edit of some of our favourite things on sale for the littlest of little ones. We also love this jumper from Imps Elfs.

Sarah & Nicky x

matching set

sweatshirt

1. Finger In The Nose Sweatshirt, £44.55
2. Little Marc Jacobs Hat & Scarf Set, £57.10 (were £81.50)
3. Gap Rip & Repair Skinny Jeans, £22.95
4. Gap Tennis Sneakers, £10.99 (were £14.95)

We’ve had our eye on this Little Marc hat and scarf set for a fair few months now. We’ve been waiting for the sales. Now’s the time to make the move…

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: look out for our sale edits, starting with our favourite baby picks tomorrow…