checks & accordions

Toddler Boy Outfit

1. M&S 3 Piece Cotton Shirt, T-Shirt & Chinos Outfit, £24.00
2. Vilac Red Accordian, £34.00
3. Falcotto By Naturino Boots, £38.00

Checks? A red accordion? Cool boots? What more could a toddler boy possibly need?

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…

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Boden kids

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

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

Bailey
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, marksandspencer.com
2. Lorus Children’s Sports Watch, £19.99, johnlewis.com
3. Zara Pleated Trousers, £19.99, zara.com
4. 10 IS Trainers, £57.37, smallable.com

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

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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!

girls world: stylish sales picks

Girls sale

1. Boden Cosy Cable Throw-On, £24.50-£28.00 (was £35.00-£40.00)
2. Miller Pavo Dress, £40.00 (was £80.00)
3. M&S Machine Washable Pea Coat, £15.00-£20.00
4. Pom D’Api Trip Ankle Boots, £69.00 (were £115.00)
5. Caramel Ribbed Tights, £17.00 (were £32.00)

I’ve also got my eye on this dress from Mango; this Bonton skirt; these Little Marc mouse shoes; and these Stella McCartney hand warmers.

Sarah x

pretty plaid

Girls plaid

1. Gap Plaid Empire Dress, £19.95
2. Cos Cashmere Cardigan, £49.00
3. Emile Et Ida Zipped Boots, £87.75
4. Zara Ribbed Tights, £3.99 (were £5.99)

I love this dress on Tabitha. The perfect ‘every day’ dress. I also snapped up these  Gap dresses at the same time: this embroidered one; this pintuck one (much less ‘yellow’, more ‘egg yolk gold’ in real life – looks great with burgundy ribbed tights) and this pintuck chambray one.

Sarah x

get them before they’re gone!

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Boden Suede Boots, £38.00-£42.00

Admittedly this is about as un-Christmasty a post as you can get. But, I had to share these fab boots because I have a feeling that they won’t hang around too long (let’s not forget that girls Mini Boden ‘boot gate’ of last year). I bought a pair for Marlow and I LOVE them. Everything about them. And Marlow does too (and trust me, he can be very picky – I can’t imagine where he gets that from?). All I’m saying is, be smart and snap a pair up now while everyone else is still in Christmas shopping mode. I like them so much, I’m tempted to buy a second pair.

Sarah x

christmas day dressing

girls party

1. Miller ‘Pop’Jumper, £85.00
2.. Zara Sequinned Skirt, £17.99
3. M&S ‘Best Of British’ Pure Wool Coat, £80.00
4. Gap Velvet Mary Jane Flats, £14.95

This is a great Christmas Day/party look that’s not too blingy. Cosy, cute, with just a smattering of sequins. Perfect.
It’s a different vibe altogether, but I just ordered this robin jumper for Tabs and it’s SO sweet. Christmas-y, but in an adorable old fashioned way. She will definitely be busting it out with a skinny jean (possibly even dungarees if I can bribe her!!) and a gold Mary Jane.

Sarah x

Boys party

1. Mango Batman Sweatshirt, £16.99
2. Zara Velvet Blazer, £45.99
3. Next Super Skinny Jeans, £13.00-£19.00
4. Converse High-Tops, £30.00

Whether it’s a birthday, wedding or Christmas it’s the same dilemma: how to make your little boy look dressed up but not overdressed? Oh how I’ve envied mothers of little girls at these times, but we think we’ve come up with a cool Christmas solution here. We also like this grey jumper from Next if the Batman sequins are a step too far; and these amazing boots if these hi-tops aren’t far enough.

Nicky x

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…

 

kate spade loves gap

Kate Spade Gap bags

1. Kate Spade Gap Kids Colourblock Tote, £29.95
2. Kate Spade Gap Kids Coloublock Tote (Large), £59.95

Gap Kate Spade

1. Jack Spade Gap Kids Contrast Cardigan, £29.95
2. Jack Spade Gap Kids Wool Jacket, £69.95
3. Jack Spade Gap Kids Selvedge Straight Jeans, £27.95
4. Jack Spade Gap Kids Google Eyes Hi-Tops, £29.95

Nicky and I (with Tabarlow and Bailey in tow – it was during half term) went to the press breakfast for the launch of the new Kate and Jack Spade collaboration for Gap Kids. Whimsical, playful, kooky and colourful. We saw, we liked, we shopped. In fact, we actually preferred the boys collection (which is unusual because generally boys’ clothes are so much harder to find). Nicky bought these super-cool hi-tops for Bailey, and he/she absolutely loves them. They are so cool. And how sweet are these ‘mini me’ totes? Here are some other bits and pieces that we liked… these gift bow ballet flats (Tabs was obsessed with them!); this pom pom hat; this glitter satchel; and ok, so this is more of a Mama Spree purchase, but we love this iPhone cover too.

Available (for a limited period only) in stores and online now.
www.gap.co.uk