shirts, shorts & a flash of silver…

1. Miller Palm Shirt, £27.50 (was £55.00)
2. Gap Flat Front Denim Shorts, £14.99 (were £17.95)
3. Birkenstock Silver Rio Sandals, £36.00

I sometimes struggle with shirts for Marlow, as they have a tendency to look (and feel) a bit stiff and starchy. Not this one from one of my favourite brands, Miller. And I love it even more styled in this relaxed way with these cool khaki shorts and (girls) Birkies. Who says boys can’t wear silver sandals anyway?

buy now, stash for later…

Kin By John Lewis Boys Parka (2-10 years)
£10.00 (was £15.00)  SHOP NOW
Thank you Jacqueline for this great ‘buy now, stash for later’ find. And an amazing price!! You can’t go wrong with a parka, and I’m definitely buying one for Marlow to ‘stash’ for the Autumn. And here’s another (slightly longer) one, also from John Lewis.

ps: here’s a super-cute girls Winter coat from Monsoon to buy now too (it’s just £40.00). So tempted…

pps: Tabitha is wearing her Next shorts dungarees and striped tee combo today (she did take a bit of convincing: “but it’s not pretty enough…”, but I managed to talk her round). It’s so sweet.

he bangs the drums…

1. Next Granddad Top, £8.00-£13.00
2. Rufo Drums Cork Drum, £58.00
3. H&M Striped Denim Shorts, £14.99
4. Petit Bateau Metallic Leather Trainers, £36.00 (were £60.00)

Braces don’t just look cute, then are actually serve a purpose too! I love these striped ones from H&M – some of you may remember Marlow’s from last Summer. And these (girl’s) gold trainers are super-oool.

mellow yellow

1. Alice à Paris Boatneck T-Shirt, £8.00
2. Gap Retro Sunglasses, £5.00
3. Mango Five Pocket Trousers, £16.99
4. Bisgaard Velcro Sandals, £33.22

I’m having (so that means Marlow too) a bit of a Bonpoint-inspred yellow moment…

ps: these fab Pom D’Api sandals that I posted last week are now on sale for £43.40. Very tempting indeed.

pps: 20% off at M&S until midnight today!!

win a ‘mini (boden) spree’

1. Tea Dress
2. Pointelle Cardigan
3. Pretty Playsuit
4. 5 Pack Bodies
5. Pretty Bloomers


1. Hotchpotch Sweatshirt
2. Logo Jumper
3. Fun Roll-Up Trousers
4. 5 Pack Bodies
5. Baby Laundered Shirt

One of my favourite (and yours too I’ve noticed!) kids’ labels, Mini Boden are kindly giving away all ten of these gorgeous baby pieces (personally chosen by me) to two lucky Little Spree readers. Five pieces for baby girls, and five pieces for baby boys. Each item comes in ages 0-3 years (so not just for babies). To enter, all you need to do is to answer one simple question, and follow Little Spree on Twitter (little spree) and Instagram (littlespree @littlespree) if you don’t already. The question is: what is Tabitha and Marlow’s collective nickname? Please send your answer to: littlespreeblog@gmail.com, stating ‘boy’ or ‘girl’ to specify which of the two prizes you would like to win, and the age of your baby or size you which to be sent (you can choose to size up and ‘stash for later’ if you prefer – it’s totally up to you). Two winners will be selected at random, and I will announce them on Thursday 19th June (so you have plenty of time). Boden will then send the five items directly to the two winners. One of them might just be you! Good luck!

boys’ sandals

Pom D’Api Walk Sandal (sizes 21-28)
£62.00  SHOP NOW
I am obsessed with these sandals! I have only just discovered them, but they are hot on the heels (sorry – no pun actually intended) of my favourite Sun San sandals… They also come in brown. I love that they have a classic, traditional feel, but are also cool (much like the Sun Sans). I know they’re aren’t cheap, but I don’t think that’s a ridiculous price for a pair of really well made, cool sandals that will last until Autumn – and Pom D-Api as you know is one of my all-time favourite brands for boys’ shoes. I have been scouring the internet and the High Street for other sandals, but I have to say, it’s been slim pickings. This is my edit of the best ones out there…
Grey Zara; denim blue Petit Bateau; navy Zara (I just bought these for Marlow, as he loves Tabitha’s neon pink ones, and he can do the straps himself, which he loves); navy M&S; tan Pom D’Api (girls, but good for boys too); brown John Lewis; navy Bisgaard; navy F&F; and I love the colour of these olive Birkenstocks.

ps: don’t forget – tomorrow is the day when I will give you all the details of how to enter the ‘win a mini boden spree’ competition. Right here. You definitely don’t want to miss it!

last minute (super-cute) father’s day gift idea

Petit Bateau Men’s Jersey Breton Top (s, m, l, xl)
£69.00  SHOP NOW

Petit Bateau Boy’s Jersey Breton Top (3-12 years)
£33.00  SHOP NOW
I never really think of ‘mini me’ in a dad context, but how cute would this be? A really simple, but cool gift idea if you’ve found yourself running out of time. And the trusty Breton top is always a Little Spree favourite. And obviously the boy’s one would be just as perfect for a little girl too. And there’s even a baby one!! Love.

sunny, but cloudy (and possibly a bit chilly)

1. Les Tricots De Margot Cashmere Cardigan, £55.00
2. Gap Toweling Sun Hat, £7.95
3. Mothercare Denim Bibshorts, £12.00
4. Zara Mini Checked Shirt, £11.99

For those days when you have no idea what the weather is doing… It’s all about layers for Tabarlow at the moment, and you can’t go far wrong with a neutral coloured cashmere cardigan for a stylish baby boy.

ps: don’t miss tomorrow’s post. It will have all the details about how to enter the Mini Boden ‘mini spree’ competition. I have personally selected 10 x pieces to give away to two lucky readers…

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.

muddy puddles

1. John Lewis Stripe Star Jumper, £14.00-£15.00
2. Gap Frayed Denim Shorts, £14.95
3. Hunter Silver Wellies, £30.00

I literally never know what to dress the twins in from one day to the next at the moment…One day it’s jumpers, the next it’s t-shirts. So for those jumper days, here’s a practical (but still cute) outfit (if you’re going to jump in muddy puddles, you might as well do it in style…). And I am loving these silver wellies!!

ps: here’s another great jumper (and it’s currently 60% off!).

pps: I recently ordered some new name labels for Tabarlow from Tiny Me. I love the ‘mini labels’ in ‘garden party’. They have gorgeous colours (I went for ‘classic’) and the quality is great. I will definitely be re-ordering.

the classic breton gets colourful…

Little Joule Pocket Detail T-shirt (0-3 years)
£12.95-£14.95  SHOP NOW
Now it’s no secret how much I love a Breton tee (and Marlow’s drawer is testament to this), but recently I have been discovering quite a few in non-traditional colours, and have been rather liking them. Here are a few others that I have found on my travels…
Polarn O. Pyret (love this one, and it’s currently 20% off!); Mini Boden has a whole host of alternative colours; Joules; Uniqlo; Mango; and No Added Sugar.

ps: just bought this clock for Tabarlow’s bedroom. We’re in the process of teaching them the time (but obviously a regular clock is a bit to much of a challenge at four), so that they know (well Marlow specifically!) that until they see a 7 at the beginning of the numbers, it is too early to  go into Mummy and Daddy’s room!! At the moment, they (he) comes into our room to look at our clock, but by that time it’s a bit late… I’m hoping this cute tradiitonal clock with prove to be enough of a novelty to keep them (him) in their room a little while longer… Wish me luck!

pps: don’t forget – Little Spree’s guide to the best Father’s Day gifts this Sunday…

boys, boys, boys…

1. Gap Pocket Tee, £7.95
2. Zara Straw Hat, £9.99
3. Zara Piqué Sweatshirt, £14.99
4. Gap Frayed Denim Shorts, £16.95
5. F&F Khaki Buckle Sandals, £8.00-£9.00

Easy, inexpensive Summer style for boys…

ps: this Gap tee also comes in navy, blue and off-white and if you buy two or more, you’ll save 25%. I will be stocking up for Marlow for the Summer. I also like these H&M ones.

dressing (up) boys

1. Hedgehog Knights Chain Mail Hood, £22.00  SHOP NOW
2. Joules Breton Tee, £14.95  SHOP NOW
3. Hedgehog Knights Tunic, £28.00  SHOP NOW
4. Skipper Foam Sword & Shield Set, £9.00  SHOP NOW
5. Sun San Sandals, £34.00  SHOP NOW

Tabitha and Marlow’s social diary is now officially busier than mine and Tom’s put together, and barely a weekend goes by without at least one birthday party. And with most of these party invitations, comes an optional dress code of ‘fancy dress’. Until around six months ago Marlow has absolutely refused to dress up (I bought him the most amazing NASA astronaut outfit at Miami airport on my way back from a work trip almost two years ago, that was never even so much as tried on…). Now, he is fully embracing the whole experience (although the space suit has since been passed on to a friend’s son). Here is a fun and stylish knights outfit (above), and here is a selection of various other boys costumes to choose from (some stylish, some not to much, but all cute and fun in their own right). This deckhand pirate; this knight (love!); this pirate captain; this doctor; this Darth Vader; this guardsman; this vet; this knight; this Captain Hook; this urchin boy (love!); and this bat mask and wings or this wizard’s hat for little boys who want to keep things more low-key…

ps: and for a more relaxed form of dressing-up, how about these knight pyjamas?

pps: girls’ dressing-up outfits/costumes coming your way tomorrow…

time for a change…

Mango Striped Cotton Pyjamas (3-12 years)
£19.99  SHOP NOW
It’s that time of year for the ‘big pyjama handover’. It’s suddenly too warm (and long may it last!) for the long sleeved, long legged pjs, and time to buy the cooler, Summer version. I love this classic cotton pair from Mango (above), and I will also be buying Marlow at least two of these options… The Little White Company gingham; Gap colour block stripe (reduced to just £11.99);  The Little White Company striped two pack (love); Gap submarine three piece sleep set (clearly aimed at the British market!). Could Summer really be on its way?

ps: coming up this week on Little Spree: girls’ sandals, dressing-up costumes (for boys and girls), and one of my favourite Summer dresses that I’ve bought for Tabitha…

it’s all about dungarees…

Alice a Paris Junior Dungarees (4-14 years)
£31.00  SHOP NOW
It really is all about dungarees. I’m starting to wonder how I survived without them for all these years?? I just bought my second pair today actually (these ones from Topshop in case you’re wondering?). Anyway, women’s dungarees may be having a bit of a fashion moment, but they never went away for kids. They just always look cute, no matter what. They look best worn with a short or long sleeved tee, or a lightweight collarless shirt. Other pairs that I am liking are these Little White Company chambray ones; (love!) this grey ticking stripe Autograph pair; these star patch Mini Boden ones; these Petit Bateau navy ones; and these Impkids cotton twill ones.

ps: these Johnny B (age 8-16) dungaree shorts are super-cute for older girls.

pps: ps: I also have it on very good authority that these ones (for us) from Anthropologie are a really great fit…