Coats: the boys edit

boys coats

1. Scotch Shrunk Peacoat, £140.00
2. Levi’s Parka Coat, £97.00
3. Bellerose Lakes Coat, £135.00
4. Monsoon Duffle Coat, £44.00
5. Gap Parka, £59.95

When it comes to children’s clothes, it’s a fact universally acknowledged that there’s less choice out there for boys. A fact that can be very frustrating, except that is, when it comes to boys Winter coats. Then we don’t care – we don’t need much choice as we rarely deviate from one of three styles: pea, duffle, parka; in one of three colours: grey, navy or green (and if the style’s right, ochre). Last year both Bailey and Marlow wore navy peas coats (similar to these from GapBoden and Mango) and parkas (last years version of the blue parka above). This year Bailey will be wearing the Scotch grey pea coat (it has a clever detachable camouflage liner) and Marlow will be wearing the cosy Levi’s green parka. If we hadn’t already decided on the boys coats before we researched this post, we’d also be considering this M&S one, this Next one; or this Next one. Who needs more choice than that!

Nicky & 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

Mamas & Papas collaborate with Liberty London


Special Edition Liberty Collaboration Armadillo Stroller, £299.00

Liberty Print

1. Liberty Wiltshire 4 Piece Shirt, Trousers & Braces Set, £46.00
2. Liberty Wild Flower Tunic and Knitted Leggings Set, £36.00

Mamas & Papas have collaborated with Liberty London to create the prettiest collection of children’s fashion, interiors and strollers (with matching accessories) in not one, but six different gorgeous Liberty prints. The exclusive range from two great British brands combines the trend-led style of Mamas & Papas with the British heritage of one of our favourite department stores and creators of some of our all-time favourite prints for children, the mighty Liberty. What’s not to love? Could this pushchair we any cuter (or chic-er for that matter)? Ok, so it’s definitely more of a girls’ collection than a boys, but surely every little boy could do with a Liberty print bow tie in their lives? We also love this blanket; these cushions; this musical cot toy (a lovely, inexpensive gift for a new baby); this reversible buggy liner (if you don’t want to go the whole hog with the pushchair); this dress; this rocking horse; this pram suit; and last but not least, even the humble bib has had a Liberty makeover.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Someday soon…

Someday Soon Printed Sweatshirt, £49.00

I recently attended a talk by the Dalai Lama (yes THE Dalai Lama was in London this weekend). As you might imagine it was a surreal experience, made all the more surreal when his personal photographer (who was a contestant on The Great British Bake Off) arrived on stage with a birthday cake that he had made for His Holiness’ 80th birthday – at which point the whole audience (myself included) sang “Happy Birthday to you….Dalai Lama….”. I promise this is not a crazy (too much cheese before bed) dream.
One of his messages was how each of us has the capacity to change things, a message explained so simply and effectively that Bailey woke up this morning talking about what he had heard. As a rule I’m not one for ‘slogan’ tops, but as with all rules there are exceptions. I saw this sweatshirt at the Alex & Alexa press day a few months ago, and have been waiting for it to become available to buy for Bailey (it’s even cooler in reality). I love this message, and I think the Dalai Lama would too.

Nicky x

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

just add a splash of ochre…

Girls Wellies

1. Next Stripe Linen Dungarees, £18.00-£24.00
2. Louis Louise Blouse, £52.00
3. Aigle Wellinton Boots, £29.00
4. Emile Et Ida Lapin Wallet, £18.00

Boys Rain Coat

1. Carrement Beau Melange T-Shirt, £22.00
2. Next Rain Mac, £22.00-£24.00
3. Gap Cut-Off Denim Shorts, £6.99
4. Aigle Wellington Boots, £29.00

There’s no getting away from it, it looks like Summer has come to an abrupt end. In August. I daren’t leave the house without the the kids’ rainmacs and an umbrella for fear of  literally being washed away… But, it’s not cold, so jumpers and coats are still off the agenda. This is always a tricky one to get right clothes-wise. Tabitha and Marlow have literally been living in their wellies (these exact ones) pretty much since we got back from our holiday (so long sandals…).  So we might as well work them into cute outfits right? A splash of ochre feels Autumn-ready in an Indian Summer of way…

Sarah xx

back to school part llll: bags

bags for school

1. Mango Printed Backpack, £24.99
2. Mango Printed Backpack, £24.99

It’s our final instalment of our ‘back to school’ week, and for our last post we’re talking school bags. Again, like school coats, many schools have their own regulation school bags, but lots don’t (or, like Tabitha and Marlow’s school, it’s optional – I towed the line last year, this year I’m thinking of ‘breaking out’). We like these simple, but cute star print ones from Mango – not too big (so many backpacks are just HUGE!) and not too small (there are a lot of teeny-tiny ones out there too that are barely bigger than a lunchbox), and they are a great price (oh my GOD – have you seen the price of some??). And the print is understated and stylish, but still recognisable in a crowd… I’ll take one of each please!

Sarah & Nicky xx

back to school part lll: coats

boys  school coats

1. Petit Bateau Navy Raincoat, £58.00
2. RJR John Rocha Boys Neoprene Parker, £30.40
3. Navy Mac, £30.00-£36.00
4. John Lewis Hooded 3-in-1 Jacket, £38.00-£43.00

girls school coats

1. John Lewis School Shetland Coat, £80.00-£90.00
2. John Lewis Unisex School Duffle Coat, £75.00-£95.00
3. Debenhams Navy School Mac, £8.00-£15.20
4. Next Wool Coat, £30.00-£36.00

You think it would be simple to find a plain black or navy school coat wouldn’t you? Not so. Well, not a half decent one anyway. We know a lot of schools have their own coat as part of their uniform (like Bailey’s), but a lot don’t (Tabitha and Marlow’s – well they do, but they have the choice as to whether they wear it, and the school one is really not that warm). These are the best ones we found. We have split them into boys and girls, but to be honest, most are unisex.  And this John Lewis duffle is a snip at just £27.00

Sarah & Nicky xx

back to school part l: boys shoes

Geox William School Shoes, £42.00

Boys school shoe

1. Start Rite Will Shoes, £40.00
2. M&S Scuff Resistant Toe Bumper Trainers, £18.00-£22.00
3. Next Black Leather Lace-Ups, £20.00-£26.00
4. Start Rite Rotate Shoes, £40.00-£42.00

Sorry ladies, admittedly not the most inspiring comeback post… But we couldn’t leave you high and dry, and alone in the wilderness that is ‘the back to school shoe nightmare’. Urgh. We have heard your pleas – which ugly black shoe should I go for this time? And we hear your pain (Marlow and Bailey will both be starting Year One in a couple of weeks, and if they have to wear ugly black shoes, we’re making damn sure they will be the best of the (bad) bunch. So we’re kicking off our return with our favourite (we use the word ‘favourite’ loosely here) boys’ school shoes. The Geox William is coming out on top for the second year running. We feel that have a better handle on things a year on – we know exactly what we want/need from our kids’ school shoes, and looks aren’t everything. The William is the best looking, comfortable, hard wearing, a good price, and has been worn almost exclusively by Marlow and Bailey for the entire Reception year. And the other four are the runners up (we actually really like this Next pair (above), but also know that most schools don’t allow laces for younger boys). These Vans and these Dr Martens might not have made our top five, but have both made it into our post by the skin their teeth, and are definitely worth a look.
See you tomorrow for the girls’ turn…

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: we promise, once this week’s out the way, we’ll get down to the serious business of inspiring yours and your little ones’ Winter wardrobes (might as well get started now – have you seen the weather??).

who says boys can’t wear pink?

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Smalls 100% Superfine Merino Wool Top, £39.95

Smalls Merino Top Boy

1. Smalls Long Sleeved Top, £39.95
2. Dandy Star Cotton Rucksack, £21.55
3. Greenery Kids Harem Pants (sold as part of set with moustache tee), £17.00
4. Next Sandals, £13.00-£15.00

We love pink for our boys (always the right shade of pink though of course), and we love this outfit (Bailey already has it!). And if you’re not already familiar with the label Smalls, you need to be. They are just brilliant – we are big fans at Little Spree, and our kids wear them all the time. We find them particularly useful for those tricky ‘in-between’ weather days – is it cold or is it warm?? Much like today in fact! When the kids wear theirs, they never complain about being “too hot” or “uncomfy” – in fact, they never make any comments at all – they are just comfortable, happy and busy playing (and anyone who knows Marlow knows how picky he can be about the way things look and feel: “but it’s not cashmere Mummy!”… I know, I know!!). And here’s why (read it – it’s actually really interesting)…

– Merino’s breathable fibre core has a waxy-coated exterior so there is no surface for germs to grow on. This makes merino naturally antibacterial so it can be worn for days without stinking. (Phew).
– Merino wool stores warmth in millions of little air pockets that trap your own body heat. This means you stay warmer without having to wear lots of layers. Stay outside playing for longer – always good news for kids!
– Your Smalls don’t need special treatment like most of your woollies (thank God – high maintenance kids clothes? No thanks). Wear them lots, wash them whenever, – and never worry about them fading or shrinking like other fabrics. No washing machine dramas.
– Smalls merino is naturally resistant to staining, odors, and pilling. A little airing is enough to revive your Smalls. (Though you might want to wash them at some point!).
– Merino wool also dries fast, perfect for busy families and it’s anti-static so won’t cling.
– Smalls merino is also naturally elastic (unlike us sadly). It springs back to its original shape every time.
– Also, super smooth fibres mean bad news for dust mites. It’s anti static so it naturally repels dust, which can cause allergies and asthma in sufferers. Because of its breathability, it keeps skin dry and less prone to eczema.
– It is also an excellent barrier for harmful UV rays, so you can wear it on the beach Or even onthe ski slopes!
– In the summer, it keeps you cool, dry and just.….happy.

And our friends at Smalls are giving one of their super-stylish long sleeved tops (‘longs’) away (they will even personalise it with your child’s name – how sweet), so you can see how great they are first hand. All you need to do is:

1. Sign up to the the Smalls newsletter on their gorgeous website.
2. Email us at Little Spree ( with the colour and size (2-12 years) of top you would like to win. If you’re not sure, take a look at Tabitha, Marlow and Bailey wearing theirs on Instagram today for some style inspiration…
3. Keep your fingers crossed!

You have until midnight on Monday 27th to enter, and we will announce the winner on Tuesday 28th. Good luck!

Sarah & Nicky 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

beach chic

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1. ilovegorgeous Beach Cover-Up, (was £45.00) £31.50
2. Mitty James Towling Beach Robe, £23.99

We are slowly winding down for our Summer break on Little Spree (your credit cards can take a break too!). So this week we are bringing you a mix of last-minute holiday buys, and tail-end-of-the-sales bargains (yes, there are still some great things out there…). Then we will bid you farewell for a few weeks while we take a much-needed ‘Little Spree holiday’. So today we’re bringing you our favourite beach cover-ups for girls and boys. Some cute, some cosy, and all super-stylish…
We also like these ones from: Jo Jo Maman Bebe (navy); John Lewis; Accesorize; ilovegorgeousAccessorize; ilovegorgeous; and we love this breton bath cape (perfect for the beach) from Petit Bateau.

See you tomorrow!

Sarah & Nicky xx

travelling in style…


Eva & Oli Rucksack, £31.59

Boys Travel Outfit

1. Milibe T-shirt, £20.00
2. Eva & Oli Rucksack, £31.59
3. Mango Joggers, £9.99
4. Birkenstock Roma Sandals, £38.00

Now that the Sun is shining and school’s almost out, our thoughts are turning to all things holiday. We’re pretty seasoned travellers, not phased by minimalist packing or capsule wardrobes, but there is one item on the holiday ‘to do’ list that still makes us sigh: travel outfits. Whether it’s for us or the children it’s the same conundrum: how to combine comfort, practicality and style. By the end of the week you’ll be able to tick off that tedious travel task from your list as we are bringing you our outfit solutions for all, starting with this one for the boys.

Nicky & Sarah xx

here comes the sun…

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baby girl sun hat

1. M&S Cat Bow Trilby Hat (6 months-6 years), £9.00
2. Mothercare Broderie Anglaise Sunhat, £5.00
3. Gap Chambray Floppy Hat (-24 months), £5.99 (was £9.95)
4. M&S Cotton Hat (3 months-6 years), £8.00 (sold in a set of two)

boys sun hats

1. Sunchild Cotton Hat (small-medium), £35.64
2. M&S Straw Trilby (3-14 years), £9.00-£10.00
3. Bonton Baby Hat (6-12 months), £19.60 (was £28.00)
4. Frugi Striped Legionnaires Hat (0-3 years), £12.00

Arguably not the most exciting Summer purchase, but definitely one of the most important – the humble sun sat. Don’t leave home without one (and preferably one spare!).
Here are some more we found, liked, and felt compelled to share…
Chloe floral printed; Gap scalloped; John Lewis chambray; Louis Louise floral printed (beyond!); Petit Bateau navy; John Lewis striped reversible; M&S pack of two (I bought these for Marlow for school – he only seems to lose the more expensive ones…); Next two pack; Mothercare striped; Frugi star print; and Next denim.

Sarah & Nicky xx

come shopping with us!

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We are really excited to (finally) launch our very own Little Spree shop! As well as our usual daily posts, you can now shop our edit at our online ‘shop’. It’s dedicated to the things we consider to be our ‘monthly must haves’ (Mama Shop for you and Little Shop for your little ones) – some familiar, some not so much, and a few of our personal (tried and tested) favourites in there too… Each month we will update our edit to bring you our ‘newest’ favourites. These are the pieces we really think are worth knowing about. If you already like our posts, we think you’re going to love our shop! Let us know what you think…
Happy Friday!

Sarah & Nicky xx

more stripes (only smaller)


kids stripe trousers

1. Mini Boden Slim Fit Striped Jeans, £17.60-£20.80 (were £22.00-£26.00)
2. Mango Striped Baggy Trousers, £19.99
3. Petit Bateau Striped Chinos, £40.00

Whilst writing this Mama Spree post last week about our love of of striped trousers, it occurred to us that we may have bought one or two pairs (or a lot more!!) of striped trousers for the kids too. Thin stripes, thick stripes, faded – we love them all, and the best thing is that they work just as well for girls and boys, so you can pass them on, pass them down, or even share (Bailey, Tabitha and Marlow all have the the Boden striped jeans and wear them all the time). And these ones are from Next; Tootsa MacGinty (on sale); and Miller (currently 70% off!) are all on our stripe radar too.

Nicky & Sarah x

mini espadrilles


Everywhere we look we keep seeing scaled-down espadrilles for kids. Here are the ones we’re coveting (ok they may not be Chanel, but we still love/want them…): these Mothercare boots (how cool are they??); this classic navy Soludos pair; this Gap star print pair; this 1789 Cala denim pair; this Soludos striped pair; these Gap slip-on espadrille sneakers; and last but by no means least, our favourite Tootsa MacGinty Breton striped ones (as seen and loved at Dot To Dot this time last week).

Sarah & Nicky xx

a mango surprise

Mango Girl

1. Elastic Edge Dress, £15.99 (was £22.99)
2. Hooded Parka, £22.99 (was £34.99)
3. Cork Neon Sandals, £6.99 (were £29.99)

Boys Mango

1. Checked Shirt, £8.99 (was £12.99)
2. Hooded Parka, £22.99 (was £34.99)
3. Denim Bermuda Shorts, £8.99 (were £14.99)

Have you heard of the ‘Mango Outlet’? Until recently neither had we! Not to be confused with the ‘sale’ section of Mango, this is an entirely different website dedicated to their previous collections, with everything at hugely discounted prices! Imagine our excitement to find some of the items we wish we’d bought (you snooze, and maybe you don’t lose after all…) now available with up to 70% off!  Not ones to keep such a find to ourselves, we’ve scoured the site for our favourite items to share with you. Here are some other faves for the girls: this dress; this sweater; this cardigan; this sweater; this blouse; these moccasin boots; and this pom pom necklace.And for the boys: these sweaters; these hi-tops; this Henley sweater; this jacket;  this sweater; and this parka with detachable lining.
Now let’s keep this as our little secret, ok?

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: And of course we haven’t forgotten about you! More Mango Outlet (crazy) bargains on Mama Spree tomorrow…

the cat’s pyjamas


 The Bright Company Slim Jym Pyjamas, £17.00 (were £24.00)

Looking for cute, cool, unisex, mix and match pyjamas that are colourful, but in all the right ways? Welcome to The Bright Company, a British sleepwear and bedding brand for children aged 0-9 years. We love that they are passionate about British design and production. All their collections are designed and produced in Britain, and they work with suppliers that they take time to get to know and trust, and who pride themselves on high quality and production. Their designs are carefully considered too, playing close attention to the distinct physical needs of babies and toddlers. Their ‘slim pyjamas’ (like these ones that we love here) are snug fitting so they don’t ride up in the night leaving drafty gaps while your little ones sleep (don’t you just hate that?). Anything practical and stylish is a total win-win as far as we’re concerned!

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: look out for our exciting give-away with them on Instagram this week…

sale style for boys

Boys Clothes Sale

1. Numero 74 Guitar Cushion, £19.44 (was £24.30)
2. Gap Chambray Field Jacket, £13.99 (was £32.95)
3. Bellerose Pocket Tee, £15.66 (was £19.58)
4. Bellerose Walton’s Sweatshirt, £22.27 (was £37.12)
5. Birkenstock Silver Rio Sandals, £26.60 (were £38.00)
6. Louis Louise Crepe Sarouel Trousers, £19.85 (were £33.08)

This is a very dangerous time of year for our credit cards as two instincts kick in: buy now and stash for later and just BUY NOW! In addition to the jacket and sweatshirt above, our ‘buy now and stash it’ list includes this Penfield navy parka; Scotch & Soda stripe sweatshirt and these Mayoral leather trainers. For now, we’re adding a few summer basics to the list, like these Gap swimming shorts and navy cut-offs; a pair of our favourite Pom-D’Api sandals; this Nico Nico tee; and this cool shirt from our current go-to brand Louis Louise. Just remember, when the credit card bill arrives, think how much you saved rather than how much you spent!

Nicky & Sarah x

ps: don’t forget it’s Father’s Day on Sunday (how did that suddenly come around – even we thought it was next weekend!!). Check out our Daddy Spree post for all the (stylish, obviously) gift inspiration you need…