the chicest of ties

Cyrllius Liberty Print Tie (one size)
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If you’re going to wear a tie, might as well make it a chic, Liberty print one, right?

ps: this is my favourite children’s book at the moment – Maps. It’s totally amazing. It’s a huge, hardback visual book of maps with beautifully drawn illustrations. As well as places of historical and cultural interest, it also includes the various plants and animals that live there, as well as endless interesting facts that relate to that particular place. The twins pour over it every day (and it’s great when I am travelling for work as they learn all about the place I have gone to – they now know more about Scotland than I do!), and have learnt so much from it. It is currently my number one go-to present, and in fact I bought one this afternoon for a four year old’s birthday on Sunday. It was £20.00 from Waterstones in Richmond (which I still think is a great price for such a lovely book), but it appears to be just £15.10 on their website! Slightly nnoying for me, but great news for you, and I’m happy to share the love…

fingerless

Stella McCartney Fingerless Gloves (sizes s, m, l)
£15.00 (were £30.00) SHOP NOW
One day it’s swimsuits, then the next it’s gloves (albeit fingerless ones). That’s the crazy British weather for you. I do love these though (they will be so warm and cosy – no drafty gaps between little hands and arms), and they could be a fab ‘buy now, wear later’ purchase, or indeed a ‘buy now, wear now’ one… And as I was cruising the Stella collection, I came across a few other great sale bargains. This baby bat tee; this boys striped cashmere cardigan; and this boys owl intarsia jumper.

ps: these 10 IS grey canvas trainers are one of my favourite pairs that Marlow has had. They super-stylish, look great with everything, and have the all-important velcro straps. They wear really well too.

slub tees

Gap Boys Heathered Slub V-neck T-Shirt (12 months-5 years)
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You can always rely on Gap to to do a great tee (I’m a big fan for myself too, and regularly stock up – this one is next). I am obsessed with slub t-shirts (fine weight, flecked), and a grey one is a must-have for Summer (whatever your age). I love this v-neck version for boys. And while I was nosing around the Gap website I also found these others that I will be adding to Marlow’s Summer shopping list… This striped one (I like the blue and white); this pocket one (I like the khaki, the navy and the bright yellow); and this ‘engineer’ style (I like the ‘milk’ colour way).

hippie boys

Monsoon Embroidered Boys Collarless Shirt (3 months-12 years)
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Sometimes I find that shirts can be a bit stiff and formal for little boys (and Marlow refuses to wear them at all), so I liked this more hippie, Indian inspired version for the Summer months. It would look great for a wedding/party, but also just for everyday with jeans and sandals. Boys can get on the ‘stylish hippie bus’ too…

ps: it’s almost time to bust out the Summer pyjamas. I love these ones from Gap and these ones from The Little White Company.

pirate trousers

Mini Boden Roll-Up Trousers (0-3 years)
£18.00-£20.00  SHOP NOW
These cute baby trousers have a bit of a pirate feel about them, which I love. They will look great turned up. So easy and comfy to wear. Just add a cosy neutral coloured sweater like this one from Cyrillus or this one from Susie and Toto, then switch up for a grey marl tee in the Summer. I’m also liking these navy M&S sandals, which would work well with this look.

ps: don’t forget it’s Mama Spree Friday tomorrow. And it’s all about how to be chic, cool and comfortable when you’re pregnant (and yes it is possible!).

messenger chic

Mango Canvas Messenger Bag
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It can be so hard to find cool kids’ bags. Now I know that Marlow will be all over this one because it bears more than a passing resemblance to one of his dad’s bags (which just so happens to be Marc Jacobs). It’s simple, stylish, not too big… Perfect for nursery.

ps: this cool boys’ graffiti tee from Stella Kids is now just £21.50 in the sale.

pps: I also like these checked denim shorts from Mothercare.

swim style

Cyrllius Boys’ Striped Swimshorts (4-16 years)
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As promised, here is my edit of the best boys’ swimshorts on the high street. There is definitely less choice for the boys (isn’t that always the case?), but I have tracked down some great ones. These blue and white striped ones are my favourites, but I also like these star print ones, also from Cyrillus; these Mini Boden striped trunks (Marlow has last year’s version of these); these plain navy ones from Howick; these colour block ones from Next; these gingham checked ones from Petit Bateau; and these Hatley shark print ones.

ps: remember this Mango parka I mentioned in a Mama Spree post a few weeks ago? It’s now 30% off…

my all-time favourite sandals

Sun-San ‘Surfer’ Sandals (sizes 5 infant-3 junior)
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Anyone who has been a follower of Little Spree for over a year will already know about these sandals, so forgive me for repeating myself. But it’s that time of year again when we have to start thinking about (and buying) our Summer sandals before they all sell out. I am still yet to find a childrens’ sandal that I love more than the Sun-San ones. Tabitha and Marlow have worn them every Summer since they could walk, and I’ve just bought theirs for this Summer (Trotters have started stocking them, which is great because you can get their feet measured for them in the store). They look great, they are super-comfy, they look good with everything, they are equally cool for boys and girls, they start from baby sizes, they are waterproof, and they go in the washing machine. Oh, and they come in a huge range of colours (and styles, but the ‘Surfer’ is definitely my favourite). My favourite colours are white, navy, pale pink, silver, gold (for girls) and navy and tan (for boys). The best kids’ sandals ever.

ps: happy mothers’ day to all the Little Spree mamas out there! Hope you’re having a wonderful day.

caps for sale

Mini-A-Ture Boys Denim Peaked Cap (2-10 years)
£25.00  SHOP NOW
Love this boy’s cap. Kind of a cross between a regular cap and my favourite ‘tram driver’s hat’. And for anyone who didn’t get the fabulous M&S cashmere cable jumpers the first time around, don’t miss out this time – they are now just £12.00-£13.00 in the sale!! Buy now, size up and put away for next Winter (that’s what I’m going to do). Just don’t make my mistake and ruin yours by accidentally putting it in the tumble drier! I am ordering another one for Marlow as soon as I’ve finished writing this…

girls & boys

Uniqlo Striped T-Shirt (3-11 years)
£7.90  SHOP NOW
As you know, I’m often bypassing ‘boys’ clothes when it comes to dressing Marlow. I suppose it comes from having kids of each sex at the same time. I am always simultaneously looking for girls and boys clothes. So overlaps are inevitable. I often prefer the less ‘boyish’ shapes and cuts of girls’ clothes for boys. I saw this t-shirt and instantly earmarked it for Marlow, not Tabs, despite the fact that officially it’s a girls’ t-shirt. And it will look great with his (erm, girls’) Gap cargo pants (which are now just £11.99). Needless to say, I don’t actually tell Marlow any of this…

ps: I know it’s not Friday, but I thought I’d just share a couple of Mango purchases that I made on Saturday. Is it is just me, or have Mango really upped their game recently? And I’m not just talking about the kidswear (which I am obsessed with at the moment). At first I merely put it down to the ‘Daria factor’ (who, frankly could get me into ANY store if she’s wearing the clothes in the campaign), but it’s definitely more than that. This season they have definitely tapped into the whole Isabel Marant/Vaness Bruno vibe, which as you all know, I can’t get enough of. I bought this really simple, but super-cool tee (the sleeves aren’t as exaggerated looking in person), and this hippie Summer dress, which I know I will live in with a chic flat sandal (I already have my eye on an a fab Kurt Geiger pair, which I will be sharing on Mama Spree) come the warm weather. You need to trust me with the dress – it does not look good at all on the website. In fact, I didn’t look that great on the hanger in the store. But I saw potential there, and once I tried it on, instantly loved it. Size down though to avoid it looking too maternity (I bought a small). I also loved this gorgeous ruffled dress (way too short for London, but super-cute on holiday), but only spotted it on my way out, and I was in a rush to meet some friends, so I’m going back next week. The obsession continues…

no bows, just arrows

Lötiekids Arrows Sweatshirt (12 months-3 years)
£25.00  SHOP NOW
As you know I love a grey sweatshirt, and this one has a cool arrow print which just make me like it all the more. If you don’t know Lötiekids you should definitely check them out. They do great unisex basics in the great muted colours that we all love; some with really sweet, unique prints. Marlow had a pair of grey leggings with a bicycle print on when he was a baby, which I loved. And Tabitha had this A-line t-shirt dress in dusky pink, which (as you can see) they still do.

ps: these plain grey canvas shoes from Mothercare are the perfect every day ‘running around in’ shoe.

getting messy never looked so chic…

Cyrillus Boy’s Embroidered Apron (4-10 years)
£17.00  SHOP NOW
Only the French could (and would) design something this stylish to protect the clothes underneath! I’m sure I’m not the only mum out there who gets the tiniest bit tense when the words ‘messy play’ are mentioned? But obviously, I know how important this kind of play is for children’s development (and even I wouldn’t prioritise style over developmental progress), so I just take a deep breath, and pray whatever it is will come out in the wash (and to be honest, it usually does). At nursery Tabitha and Marlow do wear (not entirely un-stylish actually) gingham, smocks, but they often forget to put them on, or simply don’t want to. But I can live with that. But for when things get messy at home? What could be chic-er than this ‘apron’ (as the French call it)?

ps: just spied this fab boys’ khaki oilskin jacket at  River Island. And it’s currently half price!

stripetastic

Petit Bateau Boys’ Striped Canvas Chinos (3-12 years)
£44.00  SHOP NOW
We all love a stripe right? Perosnally I can’t get enough of them for Marlow. Here are the stripes I’m loving this week…
This Uniqlo girls’ striped long sleeved top (but who says boys can’t wear it too?) This M&S straw trilby (with striped band); this Monsoon striped sweatshirt; Cos striped socks (Marlow has these); he also has this long sleeved tee from Gap; and I’ve got my eye on this sweatshirt from Mango. Just make sure you don’t bust them out all the same time. Obviously.

ps: don’t miss tomorrow’s Mama Spree. It’s the ultimate Mothers’ Day ‘hint list’ for the Daddys…

boys boys boys

 

Mini Boden Boys Cardigan (2-12 years)
£20.00-£24.00 (was £25.00-£30.00)  SHOP NOW
It’s all about the boys today. Starting with this super-cool, simple cardigan made from cotton and cashmere. Great for those ‘in-between days’ when you’re need an extra layer, but not necessarily a really thick, warm one. I love the elbow patches and the subtle neon trim details. Here are a few more pieces that I have spied for the boys this week that will also work for those ‘is it Spring yet?’ layering kind of days…
I bought these Zara girls’ cotton striped trousers for Marlow a couple of weeks ago – they are lightweight, and a slim fit. Perfect for Summer (and there’s no way I could get Tabitha anywhere near a navy striped trouser these days…); this cool star print scarf from Cyrillus; these M&S navy suede chukka boots (I always loved a chukka style boot – Tabarlow’s daddy is a big fan of the Common Projects ones); these John Lewis colour block Wayfarer sunglasses; this The Little White Company mixed stripe long sleeved tee; this cool tee from The Fableists (this new little brand that I just discovered – definitely worth checking out); and this H&M cargo shirt. I also mentioned a great pair of jeans that I picked up for Marlow in Gap on Saturday. They were my favourite skinny fit that I always buy him, but they were a new wash – slightly distressed and with a little turn-up. I am going to double-check with the press office, but I think these are them. He was wearing them today with a Miller striped tee (from my Miller sale swoop a few months ago) if you want to take a look on Instagram. I also noticed that they already have their denim cut-offs in for Summer. I bought the Gap ones last year (for me and for Marlow actually, but more about mine in Mama Spree) and he literally lived in them. So I am going to ‘buy now, stash for later’ (I like these H&M ones too).

it’s all about a sweatshirt…

Barbour McQueen Sweatshirt (xxs-xxl)
£40.00  SHOP NOW
I love a sweatshirt (preferably grey marl Alexander Wang). Marlow loves a sweatshirt (preferably grey marl, but as yet, not too fussy about the label). And long may it last. The humble sweatshirt is effortlessly cool, and I can’t seem to stop finding great ones wherever I look. These are some of my favourites around at the moment, starting with this super-cool, faded print Steve McQueen one from Barbour. I’m also loving this Peanuts one from Uniqlo; this ‘boom’ one from Stella McCartney; this H&M plain charcoal one (always a classic along with a grey marl); this contrast one from Zara; this cool quilted one from Next; this striped one from Next; and finally this Mini Boden waffle one (in grey);

ps: these Mango plain cashmere crew necks are still available in the sale. I ordered two navy ones for Marlow (one for now, one for next year) that just arrived yesterday (along with his Monsoon robot sunglasses), and he’s weaing one today. I really like that they are a really fine-knit, so ideal for this unpredictable weather (and they look really expensive).

pps: don’t forget, it’s Mama Spree tomorrow!

and so to bed…

Gap Colourblock One-Piece (6 months-5 years)
£14.95  SHOP NOW
I bought this for Marlow (and anyone who follows Little Spree on Instagram will probably have seen him wearing them), and Tabs has the girl’s version, and I absolutely love it. They are essentially onesies, but not baggy like most of them (there’s nothing stylish about them…). I like that these have a snug fit (think Uma Thurman in Kill Bill!), so they look cool and are super-cosy to sleep in (the twins love them). And I love the colour combinations. I’m thinking of buying bigger sizes to put away for when they are older. In the meantime, here are some more girls and boys pyjamas that I am coveting… These pretty Cyrillus velour ones with a Liberty print bow, these La Redoute knight dressing-up ones (still loving the idea of dressing-up nightwear) and classic star print ones; these sweet floral print Monsoon ones for the Summer;  Cath Kidston plane print ones; John Lewis fun skeleton ones that glow in the dark (now reduced to just £10.00); Hatley horse print ones; Petit Bateau striped ones; Stella McCartney printed ones (currently half price); Mini Boden girls’ ones; and Mini Boden boys’ ones (I like the stripe/UFOs best). Phew!

bathtime

The Little White Company Hydrocotton Baby Robe (0-12 months)
£26.00  SHOP NOW
Tabitha and Marlow had these hooded towels as babies (I loved that they came in two sizes, so you can just size-up when they get too big for the smaller ones), and they were just brilliant – they looked adorable all wrapped up in them, but they were just that bit more practical than a regular towel. And now you can get a dressing gown version (above), which is equally cute and snuggly. Here are a few other dressing gowns that I have seen and like…
This Vertbaudet boy’s one; this Little White Company hydrocotton girl’s one; this Cyrillus boy’s one; this Mothercare baby girl’s one; this Mini Boden striped boy’s one; and this Little White Company striped boy’s one (sorry, didn’t find many girl’s ones that I liked…). Tomorrow: my edit of the best pyjamas on the High Street…

ps: check out this fab Mini Boden competition that’s running at the moment. It’s a chance for your little ones to design their very own Mini Boden catalogue cover, and have it printed and sent to them! The closing date is 7th March, so you’ll need to get your skates on. The 10 favourite entires will win a £500 account credit, an iPad mini and a framed copy of their cover. Not too shabby! Tabitha whips the Mini Boden catalogue off me before I’ve even had a chance to look at it, so I will definitely be getting her on the case… Details here.