The girls’ boots edit

Girls Boots

1. H&M, £29.99
2. Pom D’Api, £73.00
3. Boden, £30.00-£41.25 (were £40.00-£55.00)
4. Next, £32.00-£38.00
5. UGG Australia, £50.00
6. Next, £32.00-£36.00

Girls boots are easy enough to find. Girls’ boots that are neutral coloured with a simple design and a notable absence of bows/glitter/flowers (or worse still, a combination of all three…)? Not to much. You asked for girls’ boots, and we bring you the best ones on the High Street. They are all stylish, versatile (any of these boots will go with pretty much anything in your little girl’s wardrobe), and most importantly, £50.00 or less (ok, with the exception of the Pom D’Api (although they now have 20% off at Alex & Alexa with the code: AUTUMN, which def makes them pretty close to it!).  I may have splurged on Tabitha’s Pom D’Api Trip boots, but I would happily let her wear any of this six.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: have you checked out part ll of Nicky’s ‘guide to dressing boys’ on the Alexa & Alexa blog? You can read it here.

Summer dressing in Winter

numero 74

1. Numero 74 Mia Dress, £19.58
2. Next Cable Sweater, £16.00-£21.00
3. Startrite Jodie Leather Boots, £64.00
4. M&S 3 Pairs Tights, £9.00-£11.00

Tabitha is increasingly dressing herself these days, much to my fascination and entertainment. I’m generally pretty onboard with her choices, and sometimes even seriously impressed! One thing I have particularly noticed is that she still wants to wear her favourite Summer dresses with knitted tights and boots (a look we love too). Ok, so I had to introduce her to the concept of then adding a sweater over the top (what is is about kids wanting to go out to the park wearing virtually nothing?? Why don’t they feel the cold like us??), but now she’s onboard, the options are limitless! So don’t pack away those dresses (in fact, you can keep on buying more!).
By the way these M&S tights are great value and the perfect grey. Tabs wears them pretty much constantly. And how cute are these boots (and Startrite currently has free shipping until 1st November)?

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: thank you to the gorgeous Missy Chadwick for today’s outfit inspiration.

Elias & Grace: treat week for boys

Boys Grey Cords I

1. Bellerose Godal Jumper, £52.00
2. Scotch Shrunk Peacoat, £112.00 (was £140.00)
3. Boden Slim Fit Cord Jeans, £12.00-£28.00 (were £22.00-£28.00)
4. Pepe Murgia Boots, £118.00

Sarah and I have been clearing out the kids wardrobes, only to discover that most of their Winter clothes (especially their trousers and jumpers) from last year no longer fit. We already have their coats – this is Bailey’s grey pea coat (which is presently on sale) and this is how I would like to see him wear it (left to his own devices Bailey would simply slip it on over a Superhero costume). So (for us at least) ‘treat week’ at Elias & Grace couldn’t be better timed. We always like to buy a few expensive items each season to mix in with their high-street buys and in Winter our splurges usually include boots and a few gorgeous jumpers. This winter’s wishlist includes this Kidscase long sleeved tee; this Bellerose coat (last year’s Winter coat for Marlow and Bailey); this Louis Louise jumper; this Miller beanie; and Marlow’s favourite hi-tops from Pepe.

Just remember to use code TREATAW15 at checkout before midnight on 27th October to receive 20% off.

Nicky & Sarah xx

Elias & Grace: treat week for girls

Girls Dot Jacket

1. Morley Chloe Blouse, £55.00
2. Carrement Beau Wool Coat, £60.08
3. Gap 1969 Super Skinny Jeans, £19.95
4. Pom D’Api Boots, £107.00

We love stripes, we love (little) spots, but spots and stripes together? I know it’s a shock to see not one, but two patterns together in a Little Spree post, but even we can’t resist this gorgeous Morley top and Carrement Beau coat (in fact Tabitha already has both, as well as these gorgeous boots – even nicer in really life). It’s ‘treat week’ at Elias & Grace who are offering 20% discount off their AW15 collection with code TREATAW15. This offer only runs once per season so it’s the perfect time to stock up on those more expensive/statement/investment items (which is includes the Morley stripe top and these Pom D’Api boots). Also in our basket you’ll find this Zef dress; this Louis Louise poncho; this Carrement Beau Breton; this Kidscase dress; these Minnetonka boots (Tabitha has already put in a request for a pair after seeing them on my laptop!); this Nice Things cardigan (the perfect cardigan); this Louis Louise blouse (first seen on Little Spree here); these Miller mittens (Tabitha and Marlow already have these from last year in grey and navy – proof that mittens on a string really don’t get lost!); and it’s the perfect opportunity to buy new wellies for the Winter too. Check back on Thursday to see our boys ‘treat week’ wish list. Happy shopping!

Nicky & Sarah xx

Spooky Style

Halloween Girl

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

the perfect transeasonal dress (with apples and owls)

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

hoodies, henleys, hats…

Boys Gap

1. Gap Textured Hoodie, £17.99
2. Fub Bashful Hat, £22.00
3. Gap Henley T-shirt, £8.95
4. Mango Cotton Trousers, £19.99
5. Tip Toey Joey Danube Shoes, £70.00

I wish we’d thought of this outfit last week – I’m still trying to remove the grass stains from the knees of Bailey’s jeans post park football match this weekend (all tips gratefully received). If your boys are anything like ours, the other park dressing requirement is a good layering top – five minutes running around and off comes the jumper/jacket/sweatshirt. This henley top is our perfect layering piece and now that it’s in the sale we’ll be stocking up for winter. Other sales pieces we have our eye on include this varsity bomber jacket; these baseball tees and these stripe waffle tees.

Nicky & Sarah xx

Time to get cosy

Boys Striped Top

1. Next Striped Grandad Top, £7.00-£8.00
2. Gap Quilted Field Jacket, £34.95
3. Gap 1969 Slim Cords, £14.95
4. Next Borg Chukka Boots, £18.00-£20.00

Summer is officially over. So let’s embrace Autumn and start getting cosy! We’re starting with these super-cosy borg lined chukka boots…

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: There’s 35% off Gap Kids and Baby today. Just enter MINIGAP at checkout. Hurrah! For the boys we also like these; this; this and this.

we can’t resist a cable knit

Boys boden 2

1. Boden Viking Jumper, £24.00-£28.00
2. Mango Skinny Jeans, £19.99
3. Petit Bateau Woool & Cotton T-shirt, £20.00
4. Next Gold Hi-tops, £17.00-£20.00

Whether it’s for us, the kids or for Daddy, we can’t resist a cable knit. This classic grey one from Mini Boden in our latest favourite and is on our ‘wish list’ for Bailey and Marlow. We’re hoping the fact that it’s named the ‘Viking’ jumper will endear them to wear it, just as we’ve styled it here: with skinny jeans and hi-tops. As the days grow cooler we’ll be adding  this thermal top from Petite Bateau (Bailey had this last one last year and it’s perfect for layering). Tempted? We are, especially as there’s 20% off today (plus free p&p) with code 8X5H. We only wish it came in mummy and daddy sizes too!

Nicky & Sarah xx

the tail end of the sales…

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

colour combinations…

Girl Desert Boot

1. Verity Jones Large Hair Clip, £5.00
2. Next Cardigan, £8.50-£9.50
3. Next Collar Dress, £11.00-£12.00
4. Pepe Desert Boots, £108.00

When was the last time you took at look at Next kids clothes? We’re guessing probably not for a while? I’ve been finding the odd gem every so often since the launch of Little Spree, but recently we have been finding quite a few… Love the colour combination of this dress and (ginger, apparently) cardigan. Certain colours always look expensive, and these two are perfect examples. And there are plenty more where these (finds) came from…

Sarah xx

boden blog: what we wore…




Boden kids

1. Washed T-Shirt, £8.00-£10.00
2. Slim Fit Jeans,£22.00-£26.00
3. Suede Boots, £30.40-£33.60

1. Fabric Necklace, £10.00
2. Stripey Boat Neck, £12.00-£14.00
3. Pretty Dungarees, £30.00-£35.00

1. Guernsey Jumper, £28.00-£32.00
2. Slim Fit Jeans, £22.00-£26.00
3. Canvas Pull-Ons, £22.00-£26.00

We were hugely flattered to be asked by Boden to be included in their ‘Boden Diaries’ ‘The New Mother’s Day Wishlist’ feature on their blog. We were asked to choose our favourite pieces (for us and the kids) for Mother’s Day. Where to start? We tried on a LOT of clothes (um, that pile of boxes was mine!! Sarah). If you haven’t already seen the results, check it out here. This is what they wore (above), and this is what we wore (well our two favourite looks anyway):

Sarah: cashmere crewneck sweater, printed skinny jeans, sunglasses, and Lille lace-up flats.

Nicky: cashmere crewneck sweater and lace skirt

Sarah & Nicky xx

it’s all about the drop-crotch trouser…

Zara boy

1. M&S Cotton Sweatshirt, £10.00-£14.00,
2. Lorus Children’s Sports Watch, £19.99,
3. Zara Pleated Trousers, £19.99,
4. 10 IS Trainers, £57.37,

We know these trousers look a bit 80’s (or Spandau Ballet as Sarah put it when I first showed them to her online) so you’ll have to trust us when we tell  you that in reality they are more of a fine linen check than flecked nylon. We have bought them for both our boys, so can also report that as well as being a great alternative to jeans they are play-friendly. Best worn  with something low key like a sweatshirt and hi-top to avoid them looking too dressed up (no skinny leather ties). We love these 10 IS trainers – don’t they make you feel like Spring is on the way?

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: the day has finally come!! And it’s certainly been a long time coming! The Boden flats have landed!! Click here to order your pair right now. And enter the code: LSSC to get your exclusive Little Spree 15% discount, plus free delivery and returns. Woohoo! This offer is only valid until midnight tonight, so don’t think about it too long!

boy meets girl

stripe jean

1. Uniqlo Sweatshirt, £14.90
2. Verity Jones Large Hair Bow, £6.00
3. Boden Denim Slim-Fit Jeans, £22.00-£26.00
4. Velveteen ‘Ali’ Bag, £25.35
5. M&S Leather Mary Janes, £34.00-£38.00

stripe jean boy

1. Uniqlo Sweatshirt, £14.90
2. M&S Beanie Hat, £8.00
3. Boden Denim Slim-Fit Jeans, £22.00-£26.00
4. Uniqlo Pea Coat, £19.90 (was £39.90)
5. Gap Canvas Hi-Top Sneakers, £17.95

One pair of trousers that we both love, but for girls or for boys (they are officially girls’)? We love them equally for both. So we decided to style them two ways – one look for the girls and one look for the boys. All bases covered.

Sarah & Nicky x

about a boy

Boys gap boots

1. Petit Bateau Wool & Cotton Sailor Sweater, £25.00 (was £50.00)
2. Miller Xeno Beanie, £16.00 (was £40.00)
3. Tootsa MacGinty Denim Stripe Jeans, from £31.00
4. Gap Canvas Hi-Top Sneakers, £17.95

We loved these Tootsa MacGinty jeans when we saw them a few weeks ago at the fantastic Dot to Dot kids exhibition (look out for our round-up later this week). You can’t really tell from this picture, but they have a a gorgeous blue ticking stripe.

Sarah & Nicky x

little boots


1. Gap Lace Yolk Dress, £24.95
2. Uniqlo Sweatshirt, £14.90
3. ilovegorgeous Chelsea Boots, £55.00 (were £79.00)
4. Mango Parka, £34.99

We adore these cute little red boots (and the fact that they’re on sale always helps of course!). And don’t be afraid to bust out a Summer dress in Winter (we do!) – it’s just all about clever layering (don’t forget a cosy vest – our current favourites are from Smalls). And we love a grey marl sweatshirt over a pretty dress. Just add a khaki parker and some tights, and you’re away… We also still really like this Mango army-style jacket. There are a few sizes still left in the sale if you’re quick!

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: how about this super-cute ‘love’ necklace for a ‘mini Valentine’s’? Or these (thanks Sarah for the tip-off) for the boys?

baby folk

Brown boot girls 1

1. Gap Embroidered Dress, £19.95
2. La Coqueta Baby Cardigan, £23.40 (was £39.00)
3. Martin Pederson Girls Baby Tights, £16.00
4. Pom D’Api Brogue Desert Boots, £95.00

This is the perfect girls outfit as far as we’re concerned. We love everything about it. But the star of the show is this adorable folky dress from Gap (I’m obsessed with it – SC!). Love!!

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: we were so excited to do a high street guest post for the fabulous blog, The Frugality. Alex (fellow Red Contributing Editor) asked us for our Spring edit of Little Spree finds. Some may be familiar, some won’t… Check it out here.

pps: we will be announcing the winner of our Blue Monday Boden competition this evening. So if you haven’t already entered, you still have a few hours!!

khaki combinations

Boys stripe

1. Morley ‘Fanny’ T-Shirt, £36.00
2. Gap Knitted Peacoat, £15.99 (was £32.95)
3. Next Super Skinny Jeans, £13.00-£19.00
4. Boden Suede Boots, £38.00-£42.00

I love the colour of this shirt, it makes everything you wear it with seem more expensive. Caramel & Baby and Bonpoint often use it in their colour palettes and this one wouldn’t be out place in their collections (except for the price). Here is one way our boys will be wearing it  (Marlow already has the boots) and come summer we’ll be styling it with our favourite denim cut-offs. Last year I waited until the summer months arrived to buy a very similar one and of course all the other clever mummies bought early and it was sold out. This year we’ll be buying early too.

Nicky x

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!

chukkas, cables & and a touch of combat

B outfit

1.Uniqlo Cable Knit Sweater, £7.90 (was £14.00)
2. Gap Knit Utility Jacket, £22.95
3. Gap Carpenter Jeans, £19.95
4. Next Leather Chukka Boots, £20.00-£26.00

We love a (cream or navy) cable knit, we love a chukka boot, and can’t resist a touch of combat cool… This is what it looks like when some of our favourite things come together.

Nicky x

ps: thanks for the tip off about the boots Lisa!