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!

dungarees go girly

girls dungarees

1. Gap Denim Dungarees, £16.07 (reduced from £22.95)
2. Gap Chunky Knit Beanie, £8.95
3. Cyrillus Liberty Print Blouse, £55.00
4. M&S Leather Metallic Hi-Tops, £24.00-£26.00

I may (frustratingly) not have persuaded Tabitha into a pair (despite my best efforts), but for everyone else with a less stubborn (er, independent) daughter, here is a super-sweet dungarees look for the girls. You may recognise the blouse from a previous post, so you may already have it. Bonus. Just pop a cardigan over the top if needed.

Sarah x

ps: huge congratulations to Zoe Crellin (and her daughter Maeve) for winning the amazing Mini Preen competition! You are now the owner of the Preen Line dress and the Mini Preen coat-dress. Both will be winging themselves to you very soon. We are very jealous! Thank to everyone who entered – we had an overwhelming response. But worry not, it wasn’t the first Little Spree competition, and it definitely won’t be the last…

pps: don’t forget to follow us on Instagram (@littlespree) for lots of extra stylish finds for little ones. Plus previews from the Spring/Summer 2015 collections for kids…


matching set

1. M&S Cotton Onesie With Hat, £16.00
2. Numero 74 Star Garland, £15.00
3. Numero 74 Round Bib, £8.00

How cute is this Missoni-esque romper and matching hat? Completely adorable. I’m also loving this navy dress; this pleated blouse; this romper; these hareem pants and this cotton cardigan. All from M&S.

ps: sales definitely worth checking out: Elias & Grace; Zara Kids; Bobo ChosesThe Little White Company; Alex And Alexa; ilovegorgeousCaramel; Petit Bateau; Mango; and Stella McCartney Kids.

blouses & bows

1. Mango Lace Trim Blouse, £16.99
2. Woodstock Bow Hair Clip (set of two), £12.00
3. Mango Embossed Cardigan, £16.99
4. Gap Skinny Jeans, £17.95
5. Gap Crisscross Sandals, £12.95

Here’s a cute girl’s outfit for a slightly, grey dreary Monday… This is definitely a ‘Tabitha look’ (and she already has two of these five things). I love these colours! I would call this ‘pretty tomboy’.

who says chic can’t be cheap?

1. Imps & Elfs Savana Dress, £30.00
2. Hucklebones Giant Bow Headband, £14.50 (was £29.00)
3. Start-Rite Gold Mary-Janes, £59.00

I was having a bit of a snoop on the (always) gorgeous and inspiring Elias & Grace website when I found this sweet striped baby dress (above) at a really reasonable price. I have to confess, I was a little surprised. So I kept on snooping… And I unearthed a whole host of amazing bargains. So many in fact too many to include them all here) that I decided to dedicate an entire post to them. So here you go (sorry – just girls this time)…
This Miller navy (also comes in grey) dress; this putty coloured Maan dress; this Maan bow dress; this Miller printed blouse; this Chloe printed dress; this Noro cardigan; this Morley dress; this Miller blouse; this Miller dress; these Miller corduroy jeans; this Miller baby cardigan;  this Simple Kids dot print dress;  I bought this navy full skirt for Tabitha a while back, and she’s just grown into it and starting wearing it. I love it. I was never really a fan of skirts on her before, but these sweet styles are so versatile and pretty – they look great just with a simple tee and sandals. Oh and I also love this Miller striped brooch.

ps: I know I have already posted these cute gold Start-Rite shoes, but I wanted to show how versatile they are. They look just as great with little dresses as with jeans. Gold works in the same way as neutral colour – it goes with pretty much everything (except maybe gold…).

pps: and talking of bargains, how adorable is this floral ruffle bikini from Gap?? What is going on at Gap these days? I’m buying more in there these days than ever!! Loving this, this and these too.

toddler chic

1. Trotters Liberty Print Blouse, £44.99
2. Cos Knot Detail Hair Clip, £4.00
3. John Lewis Pointelle Cardigan, £12.00-£13.00
4. Gap Legging Jeans, £17.95
5. Start-Rite Mary-Janes, £59.00

A pretty blouse has always been my favourite starting point for dressing baby/toddler girls. I love the way they look, and they just last and last. I know this one (love this Liberty print – so pretty!) only starts at age 2-3, but with Tabitha I always used to buy them much larger, then she would wear them as dresses (with or without tights/leggings) with the sleeves rolled up to start with, then as tops later on (this was a top tip from a fellow fashion editor when I was pregnant). I literally had some that she wore for well over a year. This is one of my favourite looks that I used to dress Tabs in (and still do, minus the elasticated waist jeans and baby shoes…).

ps: I found this adorable baby floral print blouse in John Lewis the other day. So sweet.

cute doesn’t always = girly

The Little White Company Flutter Sleeve Top & Bloomers (0-24 months)
£22.00  SHOP NOW
How gorgeous is this little baby set? So pretty. And one of the things I love most about it is that it’s chambray blue, not pink. I’ve also found these equally adorable (non-girly) pieces for baby girls this week…
These (very French) grey baby cords (just as cute for girls as for boys), also from The Little White Company; this pocket blouse from H&M; this Mini Boden pointelle cardigan (in yellow) as worn by super-stylish Harper Beckham; this Gap romper; this Paz Rodriguez baby cardigan; and this Zara striped sweater. Make the most of the non-pink, non-non-girly times while you can…

hippie chic

MangoTassel Bead Blouse (3-12 years)
£16.99  SHOP NOW
I love this top! I want this top!! For me!! But in the meantime, one will be winging it’s way to Tabitha wardrobe… 100% striped cotton, beads, tassels (bells, whistles?)… All you need to add is a great pair of skinny, mid-wash jeans (with little ankle boots for now, and sandals for Summer, and it would be totally adorable with denim cut-offs too). Ok, it’s not strictly a pink princess dress, but I am going to try my hardest to convince Tabs that it’s way cooler than any princess look (wish me luck!)… Here are some more cute hippie/folky style tops (and a dress for good measure!) that I found that I think you might like… This other Mango top; this Mini Boden one; this Gap dress; this La Redoute lace blouse; I love the print on this Alice à Paris one; this ilovegorgeous one; and this Crew Cuts one (I like the pink).

ps: these are Marlow’s Gap jeans that I was talking about on Sunday. They are so cool, and he’s barely taken them off since I bought them. Just give them a little turn-up and you’re good to go.

stars + bows

Gap Star Bow Blouse (0-24 months)
Such a pretty, but simple blouse (love the tiny star print, and the bow detail). Perfect with skinny jeans/cords. Add a muted colour knit, such as this cardigan from Cyrllius, for extra warmth when needed (today!!).
£12.95   SHOP NOW

ps: a date for your diary: Friday 29th November. If you are in London, come and see me at the Gap flagship store on Oxford Street, where I will be working on a special in-store Baby Gap event. I will give you all the details a little nearer the time. It’s exciting!

pps: I actually popped into my local Gap this afternoon, and noticed that there is currently 30% off on all kids’ outerwear. I picked up this super-cosy puffa coat for Marlow – his navy pea is no longer cutting it now the chill has set in…

feeling blousy

Stella McCartney ‘Peaches’ Blouse (3-24 months)
It’s a while since I posted a blouse (and as you know, it’s my favourite item of clothing for little girls…), and this is such a gorgeous one. I love the colour and the pretty print (an abstract flower print if you look close enough), the frilled neckline, and the fact that it’s not too girly. Oh and the fact that it’s £40.00 from Stella! Not bad. The only thing wrong with it is that it only goes up to 24 months. Sorry Tabitha.

ps: worry not, coats are coming! I can see why so many people have been in touch about them – there definitely seems to be a dearth of decent ones on the high street at the moment. I have a few on my radar, but the search isn’t over yet. Watch this space.

pretty embroidery

Autograph Embroidered Blouse (12 months-7 years)
As I’m writing this (in Ibiza – I’m here working on a shoot), I’ve just realised that I am wearing a very similar top (a cream cheesecloth version from H&M with a pair of denim cut-offs), so no one can argue that I don’t practise what I preach! I always love a pretty long sleeved blouse, and I love them most when paired with something a bit more casual and scruffy. This one has gorgeous details, such as the floral embroidery, the pin tucking and gathering, and the buttons down the back… So at the risk of morphing my daughter into a ‘mini me’ (like that would ever happen!), I will be snapping one up for Tabitha in the very near future (and yes, she does have a pair of denim cut-offs…).

little miss sunshine

Du Pareil Au Meme Floral Print Blouse
There’s nothing like a shot of yellow to lift your mood (I’m talking about our seemingly never-ending, grey Winter…), and this pretty printed blouse should definitely do the trick. And it’s currently reduced by 40%, so it’s appeal is growing by the second! I love this particular shade of ‘sunny’ yellow with denim, so it will make the perfect ‘blouse & skinny jeans’ combo (one of my favourites on little girls as you know). Oh and there’s a super-cute dress version too (with matching knickers). Time to get tapping…
£10.00 (was £16.00)

ps: I want this SO much for Tabitha, but even she would be hard-pushed to fit into a 23 x month size…

pretty hippie

Emma Levine ‘Joanie’ Top (2-9 years)
This is the top version of a dress I posted back in October. It turned out to be one of my all-time favourite dresses on Tabs, and people always commented on it whenever she wore it. A lot of friends said they wanted one in their size (me too)! I love the top because it will look so perfect with faded skinny jeans (to balance out the prettiness). I always love a folky/hippie style top (or dress, or anything really…), but only worn with non-hippie things. This one is hand woven, and I love the blue-grey stripes and the pretty embroidery and frills on the shoulders – all gorgeous details that make it special. It’s great to have something a little ‘different’ sometimes. This is  quite ‘mini adult, but in all the right ways. Love.

is it a blouse or is it a smock?

Little Bird By Jools Floral Blouse With Peter Pan Collar (6 months-5 years)
Who cares when it’s this pretty? Love the tiny sprig floral print, and the contrast of the white Peter Pan collar. One of my favourite pieces from this particular collection. And a fantastic price for a super-cute blouse (smock/top/whatever…) that I guarantee will be worn (preferably with jeans/trousers) week in, week out…

ps: I’ve managed to track down some very similar sheepskin mittens to the ones I saw in Oliver Bonas that I mentioned in yesterday’s post. Yes! Will post them in the next few days, so watch this space…

your chance to win a few of my favourite (mini boden) things…

I love Mini Boden. Fact. I have almost used an entire pack of post-its (mini neon pink ones if you’re interested?) ear-marking all my favourite things that I am planning on ordering. Fact. I just think the collections are getting better and better each season. Fact. I’ve even ordered a super-cool Johnnie b beach cover-up for myself – you really should check out the Johnnie b collection for yourself!). Fact. Anyway, I’m poised, ready to put my order in for the new season, but in the meantime, here are some of my absolute favourite pieces from the Spring collection. And here’s the best bit. Now you have a chance to get your hands on some too! Thanks to our lovely friends at Boden (and they really are lovely – even the people who take your order on the phone are super-friendly) you have a chance of winning one of these eight pieces. All you have to do is choose your favourite item (from the eight I’ve selected here), then click on the pink link below to select the exact size you would like, then go to ‘comments’ below this post. Then simply state the item and size and how your lucky little one is going to wear it/them if you win. Then eight winners will be selected at random and announced here on Friday 1st March. It’s that easy. Good luck!

1. Pretty Woven Top  £16.00-£18.00 (0-3 years)
2. Leather Sandals £24.00-£28.00 (sizes 24-37)
3. Alphabet Print T-shirt £10.00-£12.00 (0-3 years)
4. Roll-up Trousers £16.00-£18.00 (0-3 years)
5. Colour Pop Jumper £28.00-£32.00 (1.5-10 years)
6. Stripey Pocket Tee £12.00-£14.00 (1.5-10 years)
7. Easy Printed Dress £22.00-£24.00 (1.5-10 years)
8. Towelling Top £16.00-£18.00 (0-3 years)

mellow yellow

Zara Floral Print Blouse (3-36 months)
Sorry, I know I said there would be no more sales posts. Well I lied (unintentionally). Had to share this.  I bought this blouse for Tabitha just before Christmas (foolishly pre-sales), and it’s become one of my favourites on her.  I’m just loving (am obsessed with) this shade of yellow at the moment. Tabs wears hers with her Gap pale grey skinny jeans, (ancient) Zara grey marl knit cardigan and Clarys red Mary Jane’s. And very cute she looks too (well, I think so anyway…). I just love the versality of a blouse. They add a little girly (but not too girly) touch to jeans, and they just always look chic and stylish. But they also look cool (with jeans/trousers). If you have a little girl, trust me, the blouse is your best friend. Plus they work all year round – just layer accordingly. Tabs loves this one (amazingly – she’s hit the dreaded ‘Barbie pink everything’ phase in a major way – you can imagine my horror!), so she’s wearing it a lot! Thank you Zara!
£7.99 (was £12.99) 

ps: always buy blouses in a bigger size than you need. Wear as little dresses (with tights) with the sleeves rolled-up, then as blouses later on. This tip is particularly good for babies. Some of the blouses Tabitha had as a baby lasted for almost a year!