all that jazz…

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M&S Metallic Effect Jazz Shoes (10 small-6 large)  £16.00-£20.00
I was tipped off about these by super-talented interiors stylist, Twig Hutchinson when were on a shoot together recently in Ibiza. I had seen the gold glitter ones, but not these. Love the understated metallic with the pretty grosgrain ribbon laces… Loving these rose-gold Mary Janes too…

the best hat ever…

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Cos Cashmere Hat (1-8 years), £17.00
This has been my favourite go-to beanie hat for the past three years, and I still love it. Marlow has had the charcoal version every year, but this Winter I went for navy (so chic). It’s the softest cashmere, and the ear flaps are a godsend for keeping those little ears extra cosy. And such a bargain at just £17.00.

ps: and the winners of the Monsoon coat competition are…

Sophie coat: Grace Elliffe
Anna coat: Clare Scott
Baby bear coat: Rosi Richmond

Congratulations ladies! Monsoon will send sending your coats out to you directly. Woohoo!  And for everyone else who entered and weren’t lucky this time, worry not – there is another (really exciting!) competition just around the corner. And it involves one of my all-time favourite design duos.

let it snow (just not yet)

pramsuits

1. Petit Bateau Unisex Plain Baby Snowsuit (3-24 months), £65.00
2. John Lewis Baby Woodland Print Snowsuit (0-3 years), £28.00-£30.00
3. Boden Cosy Floral Print All-In-One (0-3 years), £38.00-£40.00
4. Zara Padded Snowsuit (1-12 months), £32.99

A snowsuit is probably the last thing on your mind at the moment if you have a little one under three, but believe us when we tell you, good ones are not easy to find (I can actually just about remember that far back, and Tabarlow’s were from Boden and I loved them, but it was slim pickings for sure). But we have scoured the High Street to find cosiest, cutest ones out there (and trust us, we have left no stone unturned). Here are a few more that we liked too… This one from John Lewis; this one from Gap; this one from La Redoute; and this one from La Redoute (in grey).

little coats for little ladies

Baby coats

1. Monsoon Baby Bear Coat (3 months-3 years), £40.00
2. John Lewis Tweedy Hooded Coat (3 months-3 years), £30.00-£32.00
3. Zara Coat With Shearling Lined Collar (9 months-3 years), £32.99
4. Monsoon ‘Sophie’ Coat (3 months-3 years), £38.00
5. La Redoute Double Breasted Coat (1 month-3 years), £35.00

It’s all about coats this week on Little Spree. We’re starting with our edit for baby girls (although all of them go up to three years, so not strictly just for babies). Could they be any cuter? I almost cried when I saw this pistachio green one in Zara and realised that Tabitha was too big for it (I’m not even joking). I have since consoled myself with another Zara one, which is coming up in our girls coats post later in the week. See you tomorrow for the baby boys…

mind the gap (it’s dangerous!!)

baby gap

1. Floral Cord Bubble One-Piece (0-24 months), £14.95
2. Bear Sweater Hoodie (0-24 months), £16.95
3. Mary Jane Bow Flats (0-24 months), £8.95
4. Long Sleeve Bodysuit, Pack Of Three (0-24 months), £14.95

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1. Thermal Slub Tee (12 months-5 years), £8.95
2. Skinny Jeans (12 months-5 years), £19.95
3. Cat Baseball Hat (sizes xs-l), £6.00
4. Warmest Puffa Vest (12 months-5 years), £24.95
5. Desert Sneakers (sizes 5-11), £19.95

Gap Headband

1. Starry Top (12 months-5 years), £14.95
2. Knot Bow Headband, £6.00
3. Skinny Jeans (12 months-5 years), £17.95
4. Ankle Strap Ballet Flats (sizes 5-11), £14.95

Gap MS

1. Merino Sweater, £39.95
2. Mens Parka Jacket, £64.95
3. 1969 Legging Jeans, £39.95
4. Chelsea Booties, £69.95

Gap has a whopping 30% off until Monday (8th September), so we have dedicated an entire post just to them, seeing as they are doing such great things at the moment (for us mamas as well as our little ones). So today, we’ve done not one, but FOUR Little Spree looks, and every single item is from Gap. It’s a one-stop shop! Between us Nicky and I have pretty much bought everything (don’t bother going to the Richmond or Kingston stores ladies!!). Many of these things aren’t available in the stores yet, so enjoy a little preview. We also bought this tee; these pyjamas; these pants; these socks (in grey and navy); this blouse; these jeans; this blouse for the kids. And we also want this dress; these boots; and these track pants. And if you feel a little guilty, you could always treat your husband/boyfriend to this or this.  As far as we’re concerned, Gap just keeps getting better and better (Tabs is wearing the entire girl’s outfit right now). And we can’t stop shopping…

ps: Mama Spree as usual tomorrow (if your bank account hasn’t already been cleaned out!).

kids at weddings…

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1. M&S Autograph Floral Lace Bridesmaid Dress, £35.00-£37.00
2. Woodstock Flower Garland, £26.00
3. ilovegorgeous Satin Ballet Pumps, £15.00

wedding boy

1. Cos Striped Collarless Shirt, £19.00
2. Gap Frayed Denim Shorts, £7.99
3. Birkenstock Rio Sandals, £38.00

wedding baby

1. Tulip & Nettle Sailor Suit, £48.00
2. Robin Pre-Walkers, £27.99

As many of you probably know, my sister Caroline got married on Saturday. Lots of you have been asking me recently about what to dress your little ones in for weddings (your own or friends/relatives). As you also probably know, one of my absolute pet hates is babies and toddlers in any kind of ‘formal’ clothing. And don’t get me started on waistcoats, suits or ties. So how do we navigate this tricky path of wanting to dress them up without the tackiness of the ‘mini adult’ look? So I thought I would share the (pretty much) exact three outfits worn by Tabitha, Marlow and my two year old nephew, ‘Baby James’ on Saturday. Tabitha was an ‘unofficial flower girl’ (it’s a long story…), and I wanted something pretty and whimsical, rather than big and pouffy (no hooped underskirts please). I fell in love with the Woodstock flower garland months ago (I challenge anyone to find one prettier…), so this was my starting point. It is SO gorgeous, and the picture really doesn’t do it justice. I saw the dress in M&S a while ago, and ummed and ahhed for weeks, but once I’d actually bought it and tried it on Tabs, I was pretty smitten. Again, it’s hard to see how nice it is from the picture (one of the downsides to internet shopping I guess). Plus, to be completely honest, I really didn’t want to blow £100 plus on an ‘unofficial flower girl’ dress. This one was perfect, and just ‘pretty enough’. It also comes in pale pink (I didn’t even show Tabs that one, for obvious reasons, though it was pretty I have to admit). And the satin ballet pumps were a cute finishing touch (she changed into her regular ballet shoes with the trusty elastic later on). I wanted Marlow to look smart-ish, but still cool and comfortable (he’s not one for dressing up, and even shirts can be a struggle with him). I liked this soft, collarless one from Cos (he also had another striped one from Cos that he also wore, but it’s not on the website) because it didn’t feel too stiff and formal. The shorts are denim, but the gunmetal grey was just smart enough. And he LOVES his silver sandals! ‘Baby James’ looked adorable in his classic sailor top and matching cropped trousers. He then wore the white version of the top the following day with navy shorts (I like these ones from Next). So if the complete look is a step too far into Victoriana for you, then just replace the matching trousers with shorts or regular trousers. And I love the navy t-bars (James’ were from BbBell). So there you have it. Check out Instagram (littlespree) for some pictures of them. ps: if you’re interested in what I wore, I will give you the details on Friday in my Mama Spree post.

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playsuit

1. Next Playsuit Set (3 months-6 years)  £14.00-£15.00
2. Boden Cardigan (0-3 years)  £18.00-£20.00
3. Gap Ballet Flats (sizes US 5-11)  £14.95

The perfect transeasonal outfit to take your little girl seamlessly from Summer to Autumn, and through to Winter… Just add grey or navy knitted tights (and possibly these cute boots in ‘mouse’) as the temperature drops…

my favourite cardigan

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Mini Boden Baby Cardigan (0-3 years)
£18.00-£20.00  SHOP NOW
I love, love, love these gorgeous cardigans. I couldn’t decide which colour I liked best, so I edited it down to my three favourites. I love the hand knitted feel, the velvet ribbon trim, and the sweet little patch pockets (basically everything about them!). Tomorrow I’ll show you how I’m styling Tabitha’s (and which colour I went for in the end)…
Just bought a couple of great long sleeved (it’s that time…) slub tees for Marlow in Gap today (styling tip: they look really cool with the sleeves rolled up a couple of times). This one (in ‘cast iron’) and this one (in ‘raison’). Love them. I also spotted this coat in M&S, and ended up buying it for Marlow’s school coat (apologies that it wasn’t in last week’s coats edit, but I hadn’t seen it then). Trust me, it’s so much nicer in person; plus it’s grey not khaki as it states on the website. And it has a really warm, cosy lining. I was also tempted by this one that I spotted in Next yesterday. Not bad at all.

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bubble round-up: the ones to watch…

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photo: leeclowerphotography

The Bubble London exhibition back in July (where does the time go??) was really inspiring in so many ways. Me and my new partner in crime (and super-stylish mama), Nicky set off on a mission (both in flat shoes) in search of lovely new brands/labels, and believe me, she’s as picky as I am am! We saw a lot of things we liked, a lot of things we didn’t like (or simply just weren’t very ‘Little Spree’), and some things that we loved. I have narrowed down to who we really loved (it was tough, but my job is to edit after all), and who you may not necessary be on your radar just yet (there were also a lot of familiar brands that we already know and love there too, but you don’t need me to tell you about those), so here’s who to keep an eye on now, and particularly come Autumn (we were looking at their upcoming Autumn/Winter collections).
First up: Velveteen (above) was our absolute favourite. We loved everything about his label and their collection!! Think Bonpoint, but (much) more affordable, and with a cooler/hippie/artisan, handmade feel (but still lovely quality). Faded tiny florals/stripes/dot prints, tassels, to-die-for cute bikinis, baskets… You get the picture (and it’s not just for girls – the boys things are equally gorgeous). I would probably have bought the entire collection there and then if I could have! We also loved their philosophy of working with fair-trade organisations wherever possible. You will definitely be seeing more of Velveteen (even the name is adorable!!) on Little Spree. The Little Tailor was another fave. Beautiful hand knitted baby pieces in perfect colours/tones. Favourites included the square comforters (definitely the most stylist one I have seen to date); blankets, cashmere trousers and knitted rattles.
You will already have heard of  Nature Zoo because of the recent ‘Octochic’ competition. We loved everything about their stylish crocheted toys and nursery accessories. Everything they do would make the loveliest baby gifts too. Sticky Fudge - just gorgeous pieces for boys, girls and babies. A lovely muted colour palette. Ponytail (probably our second favourite) focuses on the coolest/most stylish toy storage bags, changing mats and nappy bags. We particularly loved the genius drawstring ‘Saco’ bag (in grey) which is a toy storage bag and play mat in one. I definitely would have bought one of these if they had been around when Tabarlow were babies. Another great (original and stylish) baby gift idea. Castell make the simple, stylish Spanish sandals that you have probably seen around quite a bit this Summer. Love love love! Collégien is a French label that make super-cool toddler slipper-socks with a moulded sole (they even do a pair in navy cashmere!!).  They also do a great selection of coloured socks and tights. Dadati is another Spanish label (there are such great kidswear designs coming out of Spain at the moment) that we loved. They specialise in beautiful, classic children’s clothes. Lots of pretty Liberty prints and lovely colours, a lot of which is unisex. Great prices too.

ps: remember this super-cute kitty bag (as featured on Little Spree back in July? I’ve seen so many all over Instagram recently (and not just for little girls either!), and the good news is, it’s still available here.

love tee

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Bob & Blossom ‘Love’ Silver Print Long Sleeve Tee (1-5 years)
£14.95  SHOP NOW
I have long been a fan of Bob & Blossom, and have bought countless number t-shirts for birthday presents (they are always well received by both parents, and little ones, and a great price at just £16.95). But at the recent Bubble exhibition in London, it was this adorable love tee that caught my eye. The ‘marshmallow’ pink is just right, and the silver text makes the perfect cool contrast. I also loved the ‘hello’ version in the perfect ‘cloud’ grey with neon text (in fact, it was tough to choose which one to use as the picture for this post). They are also both available in baby sizes too. I can’t get enough of them!

ps: the lucky winner of the gorgeous Nature Zoo musical octopus is Louise Knight. Congratulations Louise! Please email me with your address and I will post it straight to you. Thank you to everyone who entered, and worry not, there will be more competitions coming soon.

pps: next week is dedicated to the dreaded (for so many reasons!!) subject of ‘back to school’, or in Tabarlow’s case: starting school. I am traumatised, but mostly about the scary shoes. I will be sharing my woes with you all next week, so don’t buy anything until you’ve read my edit.

octochic

Nature Zoo was one of my favourite stands at Bubble London last week. They make the most beautiful (and stylish) crocheted toys and accessories, and chic, stylish baby gifts. I was immediately drawn to this gorgeous musical octopus, and the lovely ladies at Nature Zoo kindly offered to give one to a lucky Little Spree reader. All you need to do is answer this (ridiculously easy) question, and email your answer to me at the usual Little Spree email address (you can find it in ‘contact’ at the top of the website). How many legs does an octopus have?
I also loved the cot and pram/buggy mobiles (the figures are detachable, so you switch them over or add to them – love that – so clever). Anyway, check out the website for yourself – they have so many cute things. There’s just something about the look and feel of these crocheted pieces that babies just love. The little rattles are adorable too. And the great thing is, they are all super-stylish.
We’re off to Tuscany tomorrow on holiday (follow me on Instagram: littlespree), so Little Spree will also be taking a little (and much needed) break. Back in two weeks! Good luck with the competition! I will announce the winner when we’re back, so you have plenty of time (the closing date is 6th August).

ps: more from Bubble soon. I can’t wait to share my favourites with you…

checked chic

1. M&S 2 Piece Cotton Gingham Blouse & Shorts Outfit, £20.00
2. M&S Cotton Cable Knit Cardigan, £9.00
3. Zara Leather Metallic Sandals, £9.99 (were £17.99)

M&S are doing some great baby pieces (and all in lovely cottons) at the moment. I love this cute little gingham outfit and cable cardigan. So chic.

ps: saw lots of gorgeous things at the Bubble London exhibition today. Very inspiring. I will be writing a special post all about my favourite ‘ones to watch’ (some you may already know, and some you probably won’t). And guess what? I also found some non-hideous boys’ school shoes (yes complete with the obligitoary velcro!). I will definitely be sharing those, so don’t buy any new school shoes until you’ve read it.