we’re loving a harem pant right now…

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CharlieAndGus Harem Pants, £16.75

Grey Harem Pant

1. Mango Mao Collar Shirt (3-14 years), £14.99
2. Mango Cardigan (3-14 years), £14.99
3. CharlieAndGus Harem Pants (0-4 years), £16.75
4. Sun San ‘Surfer’ Sandals (sizes 22-36), £38.00

Question: what’s warmer than denim cut-offs, but cooler than jeans?
Answer: a harem pant!

These grey ones are very similar to a pair I bought Bailey last year. I love the fact that they can be worn all year round (in Winter Bailey wore his with hi-tops, a sweatshirt and beanie hat, and this is how he’s wearing them now). Not only that but they are soft and comfortable (so no complaining) and they have survived tree climbing, football, long haul flights, camping, and all the ‘playing’ that’s been thrown at them. I think I’ve just talked myself into buying another pair…

Nicky x

key pieces

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Petit Bateau Sailor Jumper, £40.00

Boys Denim Shorts

1. Petit Bateau Sailor Sweater, £40.00
2. Gap Denim Shorts, £8.97 (were £14.95)
3. Bonton Sun Hat, £28.00
4. Pom D’Api Velcro Sandals, £65.00

There are some items in Bailey’s wardrobe that I buy year after year, and in Summer these include denim shorts, a navy jumper and tan sandals. They create a sort of capsule wardrobe as they work with each other and almost everything else. On a hot day swap  the jumper for a t shirt, add a hat and sunglasses (I’ve just bought Bailey these cute round tortoiseshell ones) and on cooler days wear the jumper and sandals with lightweight jeans such as these. Bailey wore both versions in one day last week!

Nicky x

ps: Alex and Alexa asked me all about what it means to be a mother in ‘Motherhood Explained’ for their blog. Read the feature here.

grey tees

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Boys grey t shirt

1. Finger In The Nose Skate T-Shirt from Elias & Grace (2-12 years), £32.00
2. Boden Washed T-Shirt (1-12 years), £8.00-£10.00
3. Bellerose Pocket Mottled T-Shirt (2-16 years), £19.58
4. Bellerose Pocket Mottled T-Shirt (2-16 years), £19.58
5. Emile Et Ida Rain T-Shirt from Elias & Grace (2-8 years), £24.00
6. Gap Crewneck Tee, £3.99 (was £7.95)

Where would we be without a grey tee? Here are some of our favourites, including this Boden one that Marlow and Bailey both already have (and wear all the time)…

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: don’t forget: the Elias & Grace 20% off ‘Treat Week’ continues until Monday 19th!

bows & arrows

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Boys stripe top

1. Miller Quiver T-Shirt (2-14 years), £30.00
2. Next Distressed Shorts (3-16 years), £10.00-£15.00
3. Hedgehog Bow & Arrow Set, £10.00
4. Bensimon Tennis Plimsoles (sizes 27-35), £28.00

With the exception of the bow (which we suspect Bailey and Marlow would enjoy much more than we would) this outfit encompasses all our summer favourites: stripes (this may well be our favourite Breton tee for the Summer), denim shorts and cool canvas shoes. In fact we predict that all the outfits our boys will be wearing this summer will be some version of this one!

Nicky & Sarah xx

baby stripes

Baby Stripe outfit

1. Next Trousers With Braces (3 months-6 years), £12.00-£13.00
2. Louis Louse Crepe Kurta Shirt (6-18 months), £31.73
3. Saltwater Seawee  Sandals (sizes UK 1-3 toddler), £35.00

We are a little bit obsessed with this label, Louis Louise at the moment. This shirt really reminds me of an Isabel Marant one I bought a couple of Summers ago (and still going strong) – faded blue and white stripes, cheesecloth fabric, Grandad style collar… This is really just a scaled down version. We saw it when we visited the gorgeous Elias & Grace Primrose Hill store last Friday, so can confirm it’s every bit as cute in person too. And we’re also getting a little obsessed with how many great things we keep finding in Next Kids. Not necessarily one of our favourite high street pit-stops, but fast becoming one (I did a bit of a ‘smash and grab’ in the Westfield store the other day – will share in another post). Marlow also now has these chambray ‘birks’ as well as Bailey and they are so great. And just £11.00!

Sarah & Nicky xx

uniqlo: basics & beyond…

Uniqlo Boys Outfit

1. Washed Stripe Tee (3-12 years), £7.90
2. Long Sleeved Tee (3-11 years), £7.90
3. Parka (3-11 years), £14.90 (was £29.90)
4. Slim Fit Jeans (3-12 years), £24.90
5. Shorts (9-11 years), £7.90 (were £14.90)

Uniqlo Girls Clothing

1. Cotton Linen Dress (3-11 years), £14.90
2. Skinny Jeans (3-12 years), £9.90 (were £14.90)
3. Chino Shorts (3-11 years), £9.90
4. Crew Neck Cardigan (3-6 years), £9.90 (was £14.90
5. Cotton Crew Neck Tee (3-12 years), £2.90 (was £5.90)

In a game of word association “Uniqlo” would normally have us shouting out “mens cashmere jumper” but on a recent search for a boys Breton t-shirt we came across a whole collection of reasonably priced basics, and a few stand-out pieces too (take a bow blue boys parka and girls printed dress). Even better, with the exception of the boys’ jeans, our favourites from the collection are all under £15!

Nicky & Sarah xx

Created in collaboration with Uniqlo

birks & (magnetic) bricks

Boys sunglasses

1. Mango Henley T-Shirt, £3.99 (was £6.99)
2. Tegu 6 Piece Pocket Pouch, £15.99
3. Gap Lived-In Khakis, £16.95
4. Next Corkbed Sandals, £11.00-£13.00

I recently saw an outfit that Marlow had put together, all by himself, which mixed blue and tobacco colours. It was such a cute colour combination that I thought I should share it; thank you for the inspiration Marlow! Master Clark finished his ensemble off with a pair of sandals similar to the ones here. I know when Bailey sees them he will want some just like Marlow, so watch out for more matching shoe pictures. Oh, and I’m reliably informed that the Tegu blocks (suggested by a lovely Little Spree reader) are the toy of choice in the Clark-Lloyd household which is high praise indeed!

Nicky x

rabbit in the moon

Rabbit In The Moon Girl

1. Bien a Bien Oslo Dress, £37.00 (was £54.00)
2. Soft Early Blouse, £36.00
3. Allo Cotton Cat Detail Fur Dress, £25.00 (was £49.00)
4. Round Avec A Alphabet Print Sweater Dress, £32.00

Rabbit In The Moon Boy Outfits

1. Sweven Kids’ Exposed Seam Easy T-Shirt, £14.00
2. Bien A Bien Simple V-Neck Tee, £10.00
3. Bien A Bien Slubby Harem Trousers, £38.00
4. Round Ticking Stripe Trousers, £32.00

We first discovered this gorgeous website (and one of our current favourites – even the name is super-sweet) when my lovely friend and fellow Fashion Editor, Des sent me a link to this gorgeous jumper (sadly it’s currently sold out, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed that they get more in…). We were instantly smitten. Then Nicky saw them at the Babyccino Shop Up event, and we have been obsessed ever since (we want pretty much everything on the site). They stock a tight edit of the most gorgeous brands for both girls and boys (we love both equally). Our kids are already fans too. And the prices are (surprisingly) so reasonable for such lovely, well designed pieces. These are our favourites. And the best part is, Rabbit In The Moon have kindly given Little Spree readers an exclusive 15% discount, just for today (Monday 6th). Woohoo! Just enter: SPREE15 at checkout. Happy Monday!

Sarah & Nicky xx

hey!

Bob & Blossom

1. Bob & Blossom Speech Bubble Tee, £16.95
2. Gap Skinny Jeans, £12.57 (were £17.95)
3. Adidas Stan Smith, £31.99

A few weeks ago Bob & Blossom kindly invited Bailey to be part of a shoot, modelling some of their new logo t shirts. As well as being the first time Bailey has worn something that has been ironed, it also reminded me how much I love this simple, cool brand. Both Bailey and I fell for this ‘Hey!’ top (which Sarah also loved at Bubble back in January) which was styled with skinny jeans and hi-tops (he wore a version of these super-smart sneakers on the shoot). Just as cute are the ‘bonjour‘ ‘hello‘ and ‘love‘ tops. In fact, there isn’t anything we don’t like about Bob & Blossom, including the price. And now that we’ve met her, the lovely founder Kirsten. Thank you, we had fun.

Nicky & Bailey x

ps: Bob & Blossom tees also make the best gifts…

pps: check these cool carnival lights too!

shoe bargains

Hi Tops

1. 10 IS Navy Leather Hi-Tops, £35.00 (were £70.00)
2. 10 IS Blue & Burgundy Suede Hi-Tops, £35.50 (were £71.00)
3. Nylon & Suede Retro Trainers, £37.60 (were £47.00)
4. 10 IS Silver Velcro Trainers, £34.80 (were £69.50)
5. 10 IS Leapard Print Hi-Tops, £34.80 (were £69.50)
6. 10 IS Blue Canvas Velcro Trainers, £29.60 (were £37.00)

Alex and Alexa have some great reductions on shoes at the moment, so we’ve done a quick edit for you. These are some of our favourite trainers and hi-tops for boys…

Sarah & Nicky 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

gaptastic

Gap baby boy

1. Bunny Beannie, £9.95
2. Lined Gingham One Piece, £19.95
3. 3-In-1 Parka, £29.95
4. Henley Bodysuit, £7.95
5. Triple-Roll Socks, £2.00

Baby Girl Gap

1. Chambray Hat, £9.95
2. Floral One-Piece, £14.95
3. Organic Cardigan, £22.95
4. Embroidered Top, £16.95
5. Espadrille Sandals, £9.95

Gap Boy

1. Crew Neck Tee, £6.76
2. Slub Tee, £8.46
3. Stripe Carpenter Jacket, £24.95
4. Denim Carpenter Shorts, £14.95
5. Canvas Sneakers, £14.95

Gap Girl

1. Chambray Panama Hat, £12.95
2. Stripe Dungarees, £19.95
3. Embroidered Top, £16.95
4. Textured Cardigan, £11.99
5. Scalloped Sandals, £12.95

So here it is. Our Gap Spring Edit (from the top: baby boy, baby girl, toddler boy and toddler girl). We know that feeling of panic you get when you get one those emails in your inbox, announcing a big discount (in this case – a whopping 30%, plus free delivery), but you just can’t face trawling through the website… So set your anxieties aside, and just shop our edit instead. Easy. After all, you know you can trust us to have found the best things! Click here to get the discount if you haven’t already got it.

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: and of course, tomorrow we’ll be bringing your a Gap Mama Spree too, so save a few pennies for your own wardrobe.

pyjamasourus

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Marks & Spencer 4 Piece Cotton Dinosaur Doodle Pyjamas, £13.00-£14.00

These are so sweet. And such amazing value! And we’re also loving these and these both from Gap. Sign up to receive the Gap discount codes here. We have edited the babies, boys, girls and womens Spring collections (so you don’t have to!). No trawling. Just click and buy. We like to make things easy for you! Starting tomorrow.

Sarah & Nicky x

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!

hot flushes

cool boys outfit

1. Mango Wool Blend Sweater, £6.50 (was £16.99), mango.com
2. Mango Parker With Detachable Lining, £39.99, mango.com
3. Zara Biker Trousers, £19.99, zara.com
4. Paperchase Navy Quilted Backpack, £25.00, paperchase.co.uk

Does anyone else have a son who is always hot?? Bailey has some gorgeous (unworn) chunky-knit jumpers in his wardrobe, but the mere mention of them usually results in a wrinkled little nose. Having bought these jeans for him a few weeks ago (Marlow also has them, in khaki) I was looking for a jumper that I liked (and Bailey would wear) when I came across this grey one  from Mango (thin and in the sale!). Smiles all round. Whilst searching for the jumper I also found this great khaki coat, and you know how we love a khaki coat at Little Spree!  As for the bag, we were asked so much about it when we put a picture of it on our Instagram feed last week that we thought we’d share it again.

Nicky x

our m&s spring edit

M&S Boy

1. Cotton T-Shirt (part of a set of two), £12.00-£16.00
2. Pure Cotton Utlity Shirt, £14.00-£16.00
3. Cotton Skinny Jeans, £10.00-£12.00
4. Leather Hiker Boots, £30.00-£32.00

M&S Girl II

1. Cotton Dungarees, £14.00-£18.00
2. Cotton Embroidered Top, £14.00-£16.00
3. Glitter Skate Shoes, £14.00-£18.00
4. Thermal Brushed Tights, £6.00

Remember our baby edit back in November? Well this time we are bringing you are favourites from the boys and girls collections for Spring. We first saw this collection at the M&S press day back in November, but have been waiting to share them with you, so that you can actually buy them. We love this boys’ ‘shacket’ (is it just us or does it have a bit of a Margaret Howell feel about it?), and all these blue and grey tones make this outfit definitely look and feel more designer than high street (we would never guess anyway). And this girls’ look is what we like to call ‘pretty tomboy’. These (just in!) glitter skate shoes are fab! Great for boys too with a skinny jean. We couldn’t squeeze all our favourites into two pictures, so here are the other pieces that we’re coveting…
For the boys: this sweatshirt; these slim fit cords; this hoodie; these dungarees; these shorts; this jumper; this hat; these sandals; this mac; and these hi-tops;
For the girls: these jeans; this dress; this jumper;  this blouse; this denim playsuit; this jumper (very Sonia Rykiel!) this dress; this skirt; these shoes; these shorts; this belt; and this cardigan;

Sarah & Nicky x

created in collaboration with Marks & Spencer

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

puddle proof

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Mamas & Papas Puddlesuit, £28.00 (12 months-6 years)

We just love the idea of a ‘puddle suit’. And it just sounds so… Beatrix Potter. But apart from sounding sweet (and being super-practical obviously), this one actually looks good too. It’s just an all-in-one version of the Little Spree favourite, the classic yellow rain mac. We love. And here are some rain macs too (some yellow, some not..): this one from M&S; this one from John Lewis; this one from Mini Club; this one from Gap; this one from H&M (as posted on Instagram); this one from Next; and this one from Petit Bateau. And not forgetting a few wet weather accessories: this umbrella and this umbrella (for your mini super hero), both from M&S; and these plain wellies from John Lewis (available in red, navy and green).

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: and we couldn’t resist these cute biker-style wellies for us! Love them! Think of them as a little ‘bonus mid-week Mama Spree’.

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ASOS Gone Biker Wellies, £25.00

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