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!

A Change Is Gonna Come…

25 February 2016

Little Spree: stylish nappy bag
Cyrllius Baby Changing Bag, £51.09

Everything you need in a nappy bag – multiple pockets and style. A dare we say it, a slight whiff of Bonpint?? If I was having a baby (I’m not), this would probably be the bag I’d buy (I love that it’s cotton, and cool but not ‘statement-y’ cool). Perfect.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: this is the gorgeous Gap girls’ jumper I posted on Instagram yesterday.

our favourite baby bag

7 April 2015

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!

daddy spree: the gifts they really want…

14 December 2014

Papa Spree -T

1. The Silver Spoon For Children: Favourite Italian Recipes, £10.36
2. A.P.C Wool Shirt, £180.00
3. M&S Pure Wool Fedora, £29.50
4. John Varvatos Fine Knit Scarf, £87.00
5. Telegraph Avenue, £7.19
6. Illy Ground Expresso Coffee, £5.89

OK, more than a little on the self indulgent side: all gifts relate to, shall we say, strong interests of mine, such as: Sarah of course (I’m guessing she may be reading this); music (the books); and most things Italian. There comes a time, when Sarah’s on a work trip and the twins are asleep, when sardines and anchovies and sultanas and pine nuts and pasta combine to create a Sicilian conspiracy that no one else in the family will touch. This is the wine to go with it and the coffee’s for afterwards. The recipe’s simplified from the classic ‘The Silver Spoon’ cookbook and I hope someone tracks down this kids’ version for me. In my minds eye, I’d really enjoy looking like a mid-sixties Marcello Mastroianni as I lift pasta to mouth, but since that’s never gonna happen, the capotto (coat), sciarpa (scarf), cappello (hat) and camicia (shirt) might get me into a crowd scene at least.

Soulful Christmas and Happy New Year,


Papa Gifts - R

1. A Personalised  Book A Month Gift Service, from £29.99
2. Uniqlo Cashmere Crew Neck Sweater, £79.90
3. Uniqlo Cashmere Beanie, £29.90
4. Vera Wang For Men Eau De Toilette, £36.00-£46.80
5. Chambers & Beau Personalised Identity Bracelet, £40.00
6. Apple iPad Air 2, £399.00

Being a creature of habit (if it ain’t broke…), my Christmas list this year is mainly made up of things I’ve received before and really really liked. So, here goes. The Willoughby Book Club is fantastic – a gift that keeps on giving. If your husband/boyfriend likes reading, just tell them his preferences and they will carefully choose and deliver a book for him every month. There is something exciting about knowing you have a really good book coming your way each month, one that will probably broaden your reading horizons but still be your kind of page turner. The cashmere beanie hat and jumper are more about the snuggle effect they seem to encourage (no daddy ever tires of that right?) but the practical side of me appreciates the extra warmth and style too. The Vera Wang aftershave – well, Nicky thinks it smells really nice which is the only point of it, so that works for me. The only gift that isn’t a repeat is the bracelet, or ‘man band’ as I like to call it. Not one for wearing jewellery normally, the inscription of Bailey’s name on one side and ‘Papa’ on the other got me right in the … you know, that place where emotion comes from. Finally, no daddy Christmas list would be complete without a gadget and for me it’s the new iPad Air 2 – so much quicker and lighter than our current very old version. Even better, as you can partly fund the upgrade by selling your old iPad to one of many gadget recyclers (assuming your little one hasn’t laid claim to it already…).

Merry Christmas!


my baby emergency kit

11 April 2013

Anya Hindmarch Baby Emergency Kit
Now before you shoot my down in flames (I’m talking about the price tag), hear me out. I was lucky enough to be given one of these when Tabarlow were babies, and it was one of the few things that I literally couldn’t live without. Ok, it’s definitely not cheap. But, in the same way that you use your baby/nappy bag every day, you will use this numerous times, every day, day in, day out (sometimes when you’re not using your nappy bag) for a minimum of two years. Wherever the baby (or babies in my case) go, this goes with you. It’s compact (I would just chuck it into whichever bag I was using that day); I could get everything I needed in it for two babies (including four spare nappies); it looks super-chic (no embarrassment in whipping it out to do a quick (stylish) nappy change. But the best part about it is the way it’s organised to make the whole process as seamless and stress-free as possible. It comes with a wipe-clean, black changing mat (no need for a bulky, padded one) that folds up into a tiny size (with attached elastic to keep it in place), and various labelled compartments and pockets so that everything you need has a place. So when you’re in the process of changing a nappy you literally have everything at your fingertips (no faffing around looking for the wipes whilst balancing two babies…). Anyway, I could go on and on, but I won’t because I haven’t had dinner yet… This was one piece of baby kit that I loved, and it made my life just that little bit easier (and particularly with twins, those things can make such a difference, however silly that may sound…). And of course, there’s no getting away from the fact that it looks super-chic and stylish, and is beautifully finished. But with Anya that’s simply stating the obvious. It’s the clever, carefully thought out design, and attention to detail that made in invaluable to me. Mine is currently on loan to my lovely friend, Des, and she loves it as much as I did. And it still looks as pristine as when it was first given to me. This is the kind of thing that would make an amazing present  for a few people to club together and buy for someone as a baby gift. After all, as lovely as it is to have drawers groaning with beautiful cashmere separates in neutral tones, it’s the practical (and still chic, obviously) things that you actually end up loving the most… The end.

who says baby bags can’t be chic?

13 March 2013

Marc by Marc Jacobs Nylon Eliza Baby Bag
It really is slim pickings out there when it comes to stylish baby bags. in fact, it’s a joke (and the joke’s on us). Marc Jacobs still has some of the best ones are far as I’m concerned. Now I know this isn’t exactly cheap, but there are certain things that are worth investing in. And your baby bag is one of them. Trust me, you’re going to be spending a lot of time with it – she will become your best friend. You may or may not (in my case, not – I simply didn’t have anough free hands/shoulders) still use a separate handbag, but your baby bag is the one that you will never leave home without whenever you have your baby/babies in tow. So it’s key that the bag you choose is neutral – the last thing you want to think/care about is whether your bag clashes with your outfit (and if you’ve managed ‘an outfit’ in those first few weeks, you’re definitely doing well). This one comes in black, but personally I prefer the grey (surprise, surprise) – I think it’s chic-er. It comes with all the appropriate bells and whistles that you would expect – handy exterior pockets, detachable shoulder strap (don’t even think about buying a baby bag that doesn’t have one), changing mat, and plenty of interiors pockets. Plus it’s nylon, so can be wiped clean (as important, if not more so, than the shoulder strap). There are a few others out there that I like (more of those soon…), but this is definitely a front-runner.