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
1. Gap Floppy Straw Hat, £9.95
2. Numero 74 ‘Nina’ Dress, £25.08
3. Next Cross Body Bag, £12.00
4. Gap 1969 Shorts, £14.95
5. Sun-San ‘Surfer’ Sandals, £38.00
6. Bonton Lemons Liberty Print Bikini Bottoms, £33.68
1. Bonton T-Shirt, £35.00
2. Mitty James Towling Beach Robe, £24.95
3. Next Fisherman’s Hat, £6.00-£9.00
4. Mango Sunglasses, £12.99
5. Haviana Silver Flip-Flops, £18.00
6. Boden Denim Shorts, £22.50-£26.50
No we haven’t lost our marbles, and yes we do know that it’s only March. We also know that some of you lucky Little Spree’ers will be heading off in search of Winter sun at Easter. So, we thought we’d give you a head start on your packing with a few of our essential Summer pieces (between us we have almost all of them already!). For everyone staycationing this Easter, consider this a buy-now-stash-for-later (before they sell out) post. Either way, we thought the idea of being on holiday is a pretty good way to start the week.
Nicky & Sarah xx
1. Louis Louise Bikini from Elias & Grace (4-10 years), £28.00
2. Rose In April Basket Bag, £23.49
3. Next Corkbeds (sizes 26.5-41), £12.00-£16.00
I am totally obsessed with this Louis Louise bikini (and pretty much everything else in the collection). The colour, the style, the oh-so-pretty ruffles… Tabitha will definitely be sporting it on the beach in Tuscany this Summer, and now’s the time to start stockpiling those holiday pieces. As you know, we LOVE a basket at Little Spree, and this is such a cute one. Rose in April do other (equally adorable) designs too… I had to go for this one, as Tabitha is as obsessed with the Pharell song ‘Happy’ (show me a five year old who isn’t?) as I am with the bikini! And here comes the super-exciting bit…
Our lovely friends at Elias & Grace (one of our all-time favourite websites for the most stylish kids clothes and accessories, including this bikini!) are having one of there fabulous ‘Treat Weeks’ next week. They are offering 20% off everything for one week only. But the really exciting bit is that they are giving Little Spree readers an exclusive preview (aka: first dibs!). You can shop from Sunday (9th May) at 00.01 until 00.01 on Tuesday (19th May) , i.e. you can shop with the Little Spree discount all day Sunday before anyone else can. Woohoo! You just need to enter this code in the promotional box and press ‘apply’ before proceeding to checkout: LSTREAT15. Go shop!
Sarah & Nicky xx
ps: here are a few reminders of recent pieces from the Elias & Grace website that we’ve liked and featured… this Miller Breton; these Bensimon plimsoles; this April Showers bag; this Bonton baby dress; and these Minnetonka booties. That should get you started anyway!
1. Gap Floppy Straw Hat, £9.95
2. The Little White Company Hooded Towel, £20.00
3. Ilovegorgeous Floral Print Bikini, £45.00
4. Mango Glitter Strap Sandals, £24.99
ps: look out for the Little Spree/Mini Boden competition next week. So many gorgeous things to win!
Cyrillus Liberty Print Beach Set (3-36 months)
Things don’t get much cuter than this on the beach. Gorgeous Liberty print, pretty faded pastel tones, frills… And it’s currently 40% off!
£23.00 (was £39.00) cyrillus.com
Cyrllius Printed Bikini (4-14 years)
The French brands do the prettiest bikinis for little girls. Always. And you don’t have to spend a lot either. They are usually made from lovely cotton, with the most gorgeous prints, and the colours are always soft, never garish. And this one has the cutest frills. And it even comes with a matching headscarf and little bag! Beyond cute.
ps: My lovely Red colleague, Laura asked me today where to buy a great Summer-weight sleeping bag for her baby daughter, Greta for an upcoming trip to Italy. Without hesitation, I replied: Bambino Merino. I have already written about them on Little Spree before, but over a year ago now. They are the best baby sleeping bags ever. They are certainly not the cheapest, but you can use the same one all year round, so no need to buy different ones for different seasons, so they actually saved me money in the long run (and they always have an offer if you buy two at once). The merino lining cleverly creates a microclimate around your baby to keep him/her warm and comfortable throughout the night without the risk of overheating. Genius. And they are a lovely simple striped design in a selection of chic, tasteful colours. I have recommended them to countless friends/family members, and everyone loves them as much as I do. So if you don’t already know them, definitely check them out.
La Redoute Baby & Girl’s Checked Bikini (18 months-5 years)
What is it about French girls’ bikinis? They are always, always my favourite. They are just so… pretty. Love the pink gingham checks and the flouncy frills. Super-girly and utterly gorgeous.
I still feel bad about posting something so cute that you’re weren’t actually able to buy from the UK… So I thought I’d spoil you with a treat. Here’s your chance to win a gorgeous C.F.K (the fab kids’ collection stocked at Monoprix in France) girl’s bikini. You may remember I bought two for Tabitha when I was in Paris shooting for Red a few weeks ago? Then when I went back a week later for another shoot, I headed straight to Monoprix to pick up some more for gifts and an extra three to give away to some Little Spree fans. I couldn’t decide which one I liked best, so I bought three different prints (trust me, they are all equally adorable). They are all cotton, with a smocked top, and really cute (the striped one even has a bow on the back of the bottoms…). The sizing is quite small (I bought Tabs age three and she’s two and a half and quite little, so bear that in mind). Just remember, the grey spotted one is age three, the navy spotted one is age four, and the grey striped one is age five. For a chance to win one, simply leave a comment below, telling me about your favourite thing I have posted on Little Spree (and don’t forget to also say which bikini you would like). The three winners will be chosen at random, then I’ll personally send you your bikini. Simple. Good luck!
1. C.F.K grey & white spotted bikini (age 3)
2. C.F.K navy & white spotted bikini (age 4)
3. C.F.K grey & white striped bikini (age 5)
C.F.K Cotton Striped Bikini (3-14 years)
This is one of the bikinis that I bought for Tabitha in Monoprix in Paris yesterday. This is the red striped version of the grey one I bought (you can see that one on Twitter). It’s so cute! It’s cotton and the top is smocked. The sizing does come up quite small though (teeny weeny), so bear that in mind (I bought Tabs age three and she is two and a half and quite little for her age). Such a great price too. The French really are amazing at producing gorgeous, inexpensive kid’s clothes. Love.