Ruffles & Frills

25 January 2016

Little Spree: baby knickers
M&S 3 Pack of Baby Knickers (0-12 months), £9.00

So this week, we’re slowing things right down, and just bringing you five brilliant (relatively guilt-free) buys for us and our little ones. We just feel a bit ‘shopped out’ after Christmas and the sales, so although we’re ready for all the gorgeous new Spring/Summer things that are starting to filter through, we’re not quite ready to jump straight in just yet. First up, these adorable baby knickers (purely ornamental of course –  but nothing hides a boring nappy more effectively in the Summer months than a pair of cute frilly pants). Buy now (they won’t be around for too long at this price for three pairs!), stash for later, or even wear now over tights with a cashmere sweater.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Tried & Tested Baby Bargains

21 January 2016

Little Spree Baby sale edit

1. Mango Bouclé Wool Coat, £19.99 (was £39.99)
2. Mango Ruffled Dress & Knickers Matching Knickers, £11.49 (was £22.99)
3. Mango Bobble Beanie, £3.99 (was £7.99)
4. Babe & Tess Cotton Romper, £29.03 (was £38.48)
5. Mango Leather Mary Janes, £9.99 (were £19.99)
6. Louis Louise Velvet Trousers, £22.27 (were £37.12)

Today is all about the littlest of little ones, and arguably the cutest of the sales bargains. As with everything we’re posting this week, each piece has been previousy featured on Little Spree at some point. Now a little tip for sale shopping for babies – it’s all about thinking ahead (preferably a year ahead if you can actually get your head around what size you’ll need a year from now – this will probably depend largely on the age of your baby and the amount of sleep you’ve had this week!!). Project yourself into the future and you can make a great sale find work that little bit harder. We’ve often been know to ‘repeat buy’ the exact same things in larger sizes (and not just during sale time either – our favourite Cos cashmere jumper is a case in point). So ladies, size up, stock up, and stash away for next year. You’ll be so glad you did.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: a word of warning – don’t stash your sale bargains away too carefully (learn from my mistakes ladies – SC). I’ve been known to stash them away, then completely forget all about them. Not so helpful.

pps: don’t miss the last in our sales fortnight tomorrow. It really is ‘last chance saloon’ for mamas this time!

Sales Edit Day 4: Baby Bargains

14 January 2016

Baby Sale New

1. Oeuf NYC Panda Jumper, £56.23 (was £80.33)
2. Miller Baby Coat, £57.00 (was £95.00)
3. Il Gufo Pom Pom Hat, £36.86 (was £52.65)
4. Gap Organic Alphabet Onesie, £11.99 (was £19,95)
5. Mademoiselle à Soho Mittens, £12.31 (were £15.39)
6. Mango Ruffled Dress & Knickers, £14.99 (was £22.99)

Is there anything cuter than mittens on a string? We often buy matching hat, scarf or glove sets, but we also like to mix them up  – these chunky knit ones are the perfect shade as they go with almost all other colours. Ditto this hat! Of all of the sales posts this one has been the hardest to edit as there’s so much sweet babywear out there. So indulge us a little longer and take a look at these other pieces that we have found: this Oeuf NYC cardigan; this Ketiketa jumper; these Oeuf NYC pants; this Mademoiselle à Soho dress; this Gap marl grey onesie; this Babe & Tess (early Valentine cuteness?) sweatshirt; and this

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: the Gap alphabet sleepsuit/onesie is one of our best buys of last season. All three of our kids have one! So not just for babies – it goes right up to age five!

Baby’s First (Stylish) Christmas

10 December 2015

Baby First Christmas

1. Huttelihut Baby Hat, £38.00
2. M&S Cotton Sleepsuits (sold as part of a set of three), £15.00-£16.00)
3. Clara & Macy Personalised First Christmas Star Decoration, £14.75
4. The Two Wagtails Personalised Baby’s First Christmas Card, £4.25
5. Trousselier Angel Bunny Rattle, £10.53
6. Next Knitted Booties, £6.00

Is it possible that Next have employed a group of lovely, kind-hearted grannies to make some of their baby knitwear this Christmas? It’s the only explanation for these handmade looking  pom-pom booties (above) and this adorable cardigan (take a look at the back view, it’s so sweet). If like us, you’d rather avoid the reindeer and Christmas pudding outfits, they’re a simple way of adding some festive fashion (just the right amount in our opinion) to your baby’s first Christmas wardrobe.

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: we just found this super-soft ‘Huge Howard Bear‘ (which has the year embroidered on his paw) from The White Company and think it would make the loveliest gift for a baby’s first Christmas. And it’s currently 50% off!

pps: and one last things to add: these bunny booties

Bootylicious

17 November 2015

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Album Di Familiglia Pepe Baby Booties, £40.00

Aarrh…. these booties bring back such sweet memories of Bailey as a chubby baby. Whenever I indulged, this brand was often the cause. There’s no doubt it’s on the more expensive end of the spectrum but so is the quality. I recently passed on an Album Di Familiglia top that I bought for Bailey when he was three, and despite years of wear and washing it still looked like new. That said, there are some seriously cute pram shoes on the high street too – these are some of our favourites: Gap cosy Mary JanesNext star print pram shoes; Next ballerina pram shoesGap fringed bow moccasins; Gap cosy lace booties; Gap Mary Jane ballet flatsGap flannel sneakers; Gap knitted booties; Mango fringed suede booties; and Zara Home knitted booties.

Nicky & Sarah xx

The magical world of Greenberry Kids…

16 November 2015

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1. The Bloom Puff Dress, £49.00
2. Kids Pie Knitted Romper, £32.00
3. Bene Bene Flare Sweater, £39.00
4. Darell & Doll Cardigan, £44.00
5. Momo Ann Dio Trousers, £38.00

We love a High Street bargain as much as the next mama (few things come close to the thrill of scoring a Bonpoint-inspired smock dress in Next or Zara…) But we also love to mix individual, independent brands into our kids’ looks (no one wants to dress head-to-toe right?). This is the way to create a more ‘special’ wardrobe for your stylish little ones. If you are on Instagram, you will probably have already seen the cute raccoon and snake socks. The raccoon pair were the first things that caught my attention from Greenberry, and I promptly ordered a pair for Tabitha (so you may well have seen her wearing hers…). But then a mere glimpse of this adorable, unique website, and we were both hooked.
Founded by lovely Joo, a former Corporate Banker working in the City, struggling with the all-too-familiar tug of war between work and childcare demands, and wanting to spend more time with her four year old daughter, Bee. Living in North London, Joo frequently received lovely compliments from other mums about her daughter’s wardrobe. So much so, that she was inspired to bring the brands that she loved and dressed her daughter in, from her home country, Korea to the UK. Featuring the best picks from Korean brands such as Amber, Annika, Peach and Cream, Ae-hem and Chatton; Joo’s selection is fresh, with fun designs and unique shapes. The collections typically have a vintage Scandinavian style, combined with cute and unique Asian style prints. The designs are playful, colourful (but all the right colours that we all love) – we’d even go as far as saying ‘magical’. And the prices were a nice surprise too! Anyway, we love it (as do our kids – even picky Marlow has no complaints about anything “hurting” or “scratching”, as all the pieces feel as lovely as they look), and we guarantee you will too. And there are things for babies, and boys and girls up to the age of seven.
Joo has kindly offered all Little Spree readers a special 15% discount for 48 hours which is valid until midnight on Tuesday (17th). Just enter the code: littlespree-special at checkout. This discount does not include sale items or accessories. Happy shopping!  And if you need a little more shopping inspiration, we are also loving these pieces: bear rompertutu skirtpom pom dress (the one shown above); distressed sweatshirtribbon blousebasic long sleeve teesballoon sleeve blousenatural trousers; and this oversized coat.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: please share your Greenberry bargains with us on Instagram – we would love to see what you buy! Don’t forget to tag us in @littlespree.

Just because…

10 November 2015

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1. Louis Louise Igloo Baby Hat, £45.00
2. Mango Chunky-Knit Sweater, £16.99
3. The Little White Company Cloud paper Mobile, £25.00
4. M&S Owl Plush Toy, £10.00
5. MangoMango Leather Shoes, £19.99

This is just a little collection of gorgeous baby pieces. We saw them, loved them, so decided to share them. For no reason in particular, other than the fact that are all super-cute. Happy Tuesday!

Sarah & Nicky xx

Baby, baby, baby

2 November 2015

Babygro

1. Flecked Cotton Cable Knit, £19.99
2. Flecked Cotton, £9.99
3. Striped Cotton Knit, £19.99

These Mango rompers remind me of the old adage about London buses… You wait for the right one, then three come along all at once. Literally in this case; having found the super-cute grey one (just as sweet on a girl as a boy), the blue fleck and striped ones were sitting pretty right next to it!

Nicky & Sarah xx

Cables, stripes, owls…

29 October 2015

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Tootsa MacGinty Galloway Cable Knit Jumper, £38.00

A striped, cable knit jumper – what were the chances that this would be one of our favourite pieces in the new Tootsa MacGinty collection! We first saw it  back in the Summer at a press event (remember the pictures on Instagram?) when the need for a warm jumper was theoretical. Now it’s all we can think of and this is a very warm jumper – not immediately obvious from the picture, but it’s quite a chunky knit, perfect for this weather, when it’s not cold enough to need a coat if you layer up. We also like the button neck opening which is really useful for younger children (the age range for this jumper is 0-8 years) and if that wasn’t enough, how about the hidden owl detail – can you see it?
Here are a few more cosy jumpers to consider from MangoMango (perfect for Marlow and any other Ms out there…); Louis Louise; and Next (love this colour).

Nicky & Sarah xx

Spooky Style

15 October 2015

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1. Little Eleven Paris Tutu Dress, £33.07
2. Woodstock Cat Clips, £16.00
3. Gap Cat Ballet Slippers, £10.99 (were £14.95)

Halloween Boy

1. Gap Glow-In-The-Dark Halloween Onesie, £10.99 (was £14.95)
2. The Contemporary Home Halloween Mask, £6.00
3. Gap Hi-Top Sneakers, £19.95

Between them, Marlow, Bailey and Tabitha already own pretty much everything in today’s post. Marlow has the onesie, and LOVES it (and it’s such a great price now). He wears it for bed, and is so cosy and warm in it. He also loves that the feet have grips, so he can charge around like a maniac in that window between bath and bed time and not slip on the wooden floor (while I’m reaching for the wine…). He also has the hi-tops (I always buy him one pair of expensive boots/shoes and one more affordable pair each season – this Winter’s espensive ones are these – look away Grandma!), pricey but well worth the investment) which he loves because the fit is really comfortable as he has quite wide feet (and is as fussy about how things feel as how they look!). And he will definitely be wearing the onesie with his hi-tops come 31st October. Bailey has the mask from last year (such a great price if you don’t want to invest too much on one night); and Tabs has the tutu (she would wear a tutu around the clock if I let her, but a black one is surprisingly stylish and easy to wear in an non dressing up way) and the kitty flats (who needs Chalrotte Olympia when we have Gap right?).
Here are some more spooky things we found for the girls – this Mouche crown with veil; this Candy Bows tutu and wings set; this M&S sparkle tutu; and these Gap pink glow-in-the-dark pyjamas (if you can’t persuade her into the cooler back and white pair).
And for the boys – how cool is this Gap embroidered skeleton sweatshirt? Definitely not just for Halloween. This Paul Smith Junior glow-in-the-dark sweatshirt; this M&S vampire costume; this John Lewis two pack of glow-in-the-dark pyjamas; and this super-stylish Numero 74 super hero costume.
And we haven’t forgotten the babies (why should they miss out on all the fun?). Check out this Little Eleven Paris bat set; these Stella McCartney Kids glow-in-the-dark pyjamas; this M&S skeleton print onesie; this Gap bat beanie; and this John Lewis skeleton sleep suit.

Sarah & Nicky xx

snug as a bug

13 October 2015

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The Little White Company Lottie Sleepsuit, £15.40 (was £22.00)

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The Little White Company Flannel Check Baby Sleepsuit, £26.00

One of my favourite times when the twins were babies was that gorgeous post-bath, cosy time just before bed. They always smelled delicious; were cuddly and snuggly, and happy to let me dress them in something cute and cosy for the night. Once you’re out of the ‘white sleepsuits around the clock’ phase (a particularly confusing time for Tom, as he often struggled to tell the twins apart, even though he denies it now!), you can start indulging in purchases like these. I mean, could they be any cuter?

Sarah & Nicky xx

Baby it’s cold outside…

6 October 2015

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

the perfect transeasonal dress (with apples and owls)

1 October 2015

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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

Mamas & Papas collaborate with Liberty London

28 September 2015

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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

Ducks and ruffles…

22 September 2015

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

baby grey

14 September 2015

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

soft & sweet

10 September 2015

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Boden Cosy Pointelle Pack £27.20-£28.80

As if it wasn’t cute enough, this sweet, soft play set also comes in an adorable bird print and both have matching printed bags (you might remember them from our Instagram feed after the Boden press day a few months ago). We’re big fans of these little drawstring bags  – so useful for keeping things organised in your nappy bag and beyond (I still use them to put Bailey’s toys in, and Tabitha has a huge collection of them!). They’re sold as layering pieces but we think they’re pretty enough to be worn on their own, just add this knitted jacket or one of these cute cardigans that we featured last week.

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: don’t forget your discount code (8X5H) for 20% off (plus free postage) is valid until the end of today.

baby knits

3 September 2015

Boden Baby Cardigan

Boden Baby Cardigan, £18.00-£20.00

This is probably one of the most colourful posts ever published on Little Spree. It actually scares us a little! But the thing is, we couldn’t decide which gorgeous colour of this adorable baby cardigan to share, so we decided to post all four. The prettiest colours, the cutest style, machine washable (yes really); and with a dash of cashmere for good measure. It could well be the perfect baby cardigan (for boys and girls). Well we love it anyway.

Sarah & Nicky xx

 

the tail end of the sales…

14 July 2015

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Photo: Caramel Baby & Child

It’s not too late to scoop up a few last-minute sale bargains (and there are definitely some great things still out there if you’re quick!). There is a common myth that if you shop the tail end of the sales, it’s only the dregs left that no one else wants. Not necessarily. You just need to be a bit more sale savvy that at the beginning of the sales. We’ve done the savvy bit for you…
Take a look at this Kickle rain mac, this Mango sweatshirt; these Mango shorts; this Miller sweatshirt; this Mango belt; these The Little White Company short pyjamas; this Miller sweatshirt; Marlow’s favourite boots from Boden (tempted to buy him another pair for the Autumn…); Marlow’s Boden jumper (as featured on the Boden blog); these Boden baby dungarees; this Mango baby long sleeved tee; these Louis Louise baby trousers; these Caramel baby trousers; this Mango baby sweater; Bonton baby cardigan; and this Mango baby sweater (a great ‘buy now stash for later’). Phew!

Sarah & Nicky xx