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9 February 2016

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Maison Labiche ‘The Dude’ Sweatshirt, £35.12

boys stripe jumper

1. Maison Labiche ‘The Dude’ Sweatshirt, £35.12
2. Next Khaki Textured Chinos, £10.00-£11.00
3. Babe & Tess Alpacca Ribbed Beanie, £20.12 (was £33.54)
4. Caramel Baby & Child Ribbed Socks, £12.47 (were £20.78)
5. Next Baseball Pumps, £15.00-£22.00

We recently discovered that our favourite Maison Labiche sweatshirts (remember this one?) now come in mini sizes! Bailey loves his ‘Cookie Monster’ version (sizing is on the small side) and we have our eye on the ‘later alligator’ Breton for summer. We’re also wondering if we could squeeze into an age 12??

Nicky & Sarah xx

Little Ski

2 February 2016

Little Spree - Ski Chic Girls

1. Gap ColdControl Puffa Jacket, £26.99 (was £44.95)
2. Mini-A-Ture Ski Pants, £90.00
3. Headstrong Snow Bunny Ski Helmet Cover, £43.00
4. Mini-A-Ture Mittens, £32.00
5. Nui Organic Merino T-shirt, £23.09 (was £38.48)

Little Spree- Ski Chic Boys

1. Mini-A-Ture Zip Ski Jacket, £138.00
2. Gap PrimaLoft Eco Snow Pants, £24.99 (were £34.95)
3. Headstrong Snow Husky Ski Helmet Cover, £40.00
4. Barts Water Resistent Mittens, £15.00
5. Nui Organic Merino T-shirt, £23.09 (was £38.48)

Let’s face it, packing light for a ski/snowboarding holiday just isn’t an option. Time spent working out what to take can be tedious at the best of times, but for this holiday, with all the bulky pieces required, everything that goes into your case must be essential (that way, you’ll still have room for a few little luxuries!). So this post is all about those items (or similar) that have been tried and tested, starting with snow pants. Last year Bailey wore this black version of the Gap ones with this black Gap jacket (both are made from Primaloft which keeps you warm without adding bulk, so don’t be put off by the lightweight  fabric). They wear and wash well and are very good value compared to other ski ranges. This year we were asked to trial some Mini A Ture skiwear for Alex & Alexa (including the blue salopettes and a similar jacket to the one above). It looks great (I have been asked about this skiwear by other parents and even a few instructors) and would say that the higher price point is justified by the quality and detail. I only realised Bailey’s old gloves were too small at the very last minute so I ordered both these pairs – the silver ones arrived too late but if they had arrived on time it would have been hard to choose between them.
Fun and warmth seem to be inextricably linked on this type of holiday which means one thing: layers! Bailey has a few base layer sets, including these M&S long sleeved vests and long pants (great value but size up as they shrink a little).  He also has the grey Nui merino top (above) and trousers (the tops are very soft and Bailey will be wearing his under jumpers throughout winter). On colder days, I added this Finger in the Nose hooded sweatshirt or a navy Uniqlo fleece top (sorry, they only have this version online but I’ve seen them in store).  I would consider a helmet cover as essential (Bailey has the husky one). Not only does it mean he actively wants to wear his helmet (which avoids the “it’s uncomfortable and makes me hot” conversation each morning) but it also makes it much easier to spot your little one on the slopes. Other essentials include goggles, a balaclava for more blustery days and a back pack for the inevitable wipes, snacks, water, spare layers, and don’t forget your lip balm! If you have room, how about this Little Marc Jacobs knitted hat and scarf set (so cool and now on sale).
Read all about what we did (and wore) here.

Nicky  xx

Dinosaur Junior

26 January 2016

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Boden Jurassic Sweatshirt (2-12 years), £19.50-£23.50

Remember this dinosaur sweatshirt from the  Boden Press day last year (we posted a picture of it on Instagram)? We know many of you have been patiently waiting and we promised to let you know when it arrived in stock. Well the wait is over…

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: who knew dinosaur’s could be so cool?

As Seen On Little Spree…

18 January 2016

Little Spree boys sales picks

1. Miller Shirt, £24.00 (was £60.00)
2. Gap Peacoat, £29.99 (was £49.95)
3. Someday Soon Sweatshirt, £24.97 (was £49.00)
4. Mango Cotton Joggers, £9.99 (were £19.99
5. Dandy Stars Backback, £24.62 (was £30.78)
6. Converse Hi-Tops, £22.40 (£32.00)

In our second week of sale posts (trust us, there are still plenty of great bargains to be nabbed if you know where to find them) we’re focusing on the ones that nearly got away – the pieces we have already featured on Little Spree in previous posts or in the ‘Little Shop’ that we still love (whether we’ve already bought them or not). So if you’ve had any ‘coulda woulda shoulda’ moments, this is the week for you. Here are some reminders: Hoodies, henleys, hats..., Elias & Grace: treat week for boys, Coats: the boys edit, Someday soon…, Beach boy. And who could forget Bailey’s favourite logo sweatshirt (sadly the navy has sold out, but we managed to track this grey version down). And here are a few more ‘as seen on Little Spree’ bargains worth checking out from Bellerose, Mango, Scotch ShrunkMango and Converse. See you tomorrow for the girls.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Sales Edit day 2: the boys

12 January 2016

Boys New

1. Kidscase Beanie, £16.80 (was £24.00)
2. Anaïs & I Reefer Jacket, £59.54 (was £99.23)
3. Miller Jumper, £48.00 (was £80.00)
4. Mango Corduroy Slim Fit Trousers, £9.99 (were £14.99)
5. Boden Suede Desert Boots, £24.00-£32.00 (were £40.00-£45.00)
6. Kidscase Scarf, £21.00 (was £30.00)

This is the perfect time to invest in those slightly more expensive pieces that, having been discounted, feel like a real bargain. Such as this perfect navy wool jumper from Miller (which we love in all colours). It’s also worth looking ahead to next Winter and sizing up on anything you know you will need – we’re very tempted to buy this cool grey pea coat and stash it for next year (love the cosy sheepskin style lining). Hats and scarves are also great sale buys – this hat and mittens set is also on our boys sale wish list, along with these these trousers, and this jacket.

Nicky & Sarah x

Christmas Pyjamas

14 December 2015

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Jigsaw Star Pyjama Set, £25.00-£29.00

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M&S  Pure Cotton Checked Pyjamas, £9.80-£13.30

If you need an excuse to treat your little ones to lovely new pyjamas, surely there’s no better time than Christmas? There is nothing nicer than a brand new pair of pyjamas on Christmas Eve – and let’s face it, these pyjamas are going to be well documented for years to come in the obligatory Christmas morning ‘present opening’ photos. We love the classic style of these two pairs (above). But also on our ‘wish/shopping/maybe list’ are:

For the boys: organic candy stripedChristmas Edition ‘slim jyms’Christmas two packNight Sky onesie (already owned by Bailey, and bought and stashed for Christmas Eve for Marlow); grey marl bear print; classic checkedglow in the dark star print; moose Henley stylestar print; and this three pack.
For the girls: floral printditsy print two packNordic printsparkle starglow in the dark star print; and this two pack bunny sleep suits (ok so not technically pyjamas, but cute nevertheless – I’m quite tempted for Tabs).

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: a few people asked me on Instagram recently, where I buy Tabitha and Marlow’s onesies. Mostly Gap. They both have this one, which they are both fast asleep in now as I’m typing this).

Little Boys in Bow Ties

8 December 2015

Boy Party Outfit

1. Next Shirt And Bow Tie, £11.00-£12.00
2. Monsoon Velvet Jacket, £45.00
3. Mango Jeans, £14.99
4. Converse Black Rubber Boots, £35.00

There are two groups of people who seem to carry off a bow tie easily: the very young and the very old (oh, and anyone wearing a tux).We love this soft gingham version for a boys party outfit as it takes a classic look and makes it fun (and therefore more likely that your little man will want to wear it!). Not necessarily how we would expect the more mature man to wear his bow tie perhaps (although we’re not against it), we’d style it with jeans, a velvet jacket and these cool hi-tops.

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps remember this super cute Little Marc Jacobs shirt and bow tie that we posted on Instagram after the Alex & Alexa press day? Now in stock.

Come Shopping With Us…

29 November 2015

L Shop

1. M&S Sequinned Dress, £22.40-£25.20
2. Monsoon Tuxedo Set, £70.00

M Shop

1. Mango Flowy Fringed Dress, £39.99
2. Mango Faceted Crystal Earrings, £15.99

At this hectic time of year we know you appreciate all the help and inspiration you can get, so we’ve re-stocked the Little Shop and the Mama Shop with some of our favourite festive things (this is just a taster of our edit for mamas and kids). It was hard to narrow down the pieces to include in the Little Shop, so much so that we just decided to increase the size of the shop (how could we resist the Fisher-Price record player which we both remember from our own childhood). As you know we’re not ones for overdressing, so each party piece in the Mama Shop was carefully selected for adding just the right amount of sparkle (or toning it down). Check back on Friday for our official Christmas wish-lists, but in the meantime there is some serious coveting going on. For me (Nicky) it’s the  Boden boots and Mango dress, whilst Sarah has fallen for the velvet and lace dress and the military style reefer jacket (and has already bought the Topshop jumper), and we’re both obsessed with the cashmere trousers. Santa – if you’re listening, we’ve been very good this year!

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: apparently it’s Cyber-Monday so many of the items in the shop (and our recent Mama Spree shoe and dress posts) are discounted until the end of the day.

The magical world of Greenberry Kids…

16 November 2015

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1. The Bloom Puff Dress, £49.00
2. Kids Pie Knitted Romper, £32.00
3. Bene Bene Flare Sweater, £39.00
4. Darell & Doll Cardigan, £44.00
5. Momo Ann Dio Trousers, £38.00

We love a High Street bargain as much as the next mama (few things come close to the thrill of scoring a Bonpoint-inspired smock dress in Next or Zara…) But we also love to mix individual, independent brands into our kids’ looks (no one wants to dress head-to-toe right?). This is the way to create a more ‘special’ wardrobe for your stylish little ones. If you are on Instagram, you will probably have already seen the cute raccoon and snake socks. The raccoon pair were the first things that caught my attention from Greenberry, and I promptly ordered a pair for Tabitha (so you may well have seen her wearing hers…). But then a mere glimpse of this adorable, unique website, and we were both hooked.
Founded by lovely Joo, a former Corporate Banker working in the City, struggling with the all-too-familiar tug of war between work and childcare demands, and wanting to spend more time with her four year old daughter, Bee. Living in North London, Joo frequently received lovely compliments from other mums about her daughter’s wardrobe. So much so, that she was inspired to bring the brands that she loved and dressed her daughter in, from her home country, Korea to the UK. Featuring the best picks from Korean brands such as Amber, Annika, Peach and Cream, Ae-hem and Chatton; Joo’s selection is fresh, with fun designs and unique shapes. The collections typically have a vintage Scandinavian style, combined with cute and unique Asian style prints. The designs are playful, colourful (but all the right colours that we all love) – we’d even go as far as saying ‘magical’. And the prices were a nice surprise too! Anyway, we love it (as do our kids – even picky Marlow has no complaints about anything “hurting” or “scratching”, as all the pieces feel as lovely as they look), and we guarantee you will too. And there are things for babies, and boys and girls up to the age of seven.
Joo has kindly offered all Little Spree readers a special 15% discount for 48 hours which is valid until midnight on Tuesday (17th). Just enter the code: littlespree-special at checkout. This discount does not include sale items or accessories. Happy shopping!  And if you need a little more shopping inspiration, we are also loving these pieces: bear rompertutu skirtpom pom dress (the one shown above); distressed sweatshirtribbon blousebasic long sleeve teesballoon sleeve blousenatural trousers; and this oversized coat.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: please share your Greenberry bargains with us on Instagram – we would love to see what you buy! Don’t forget to tag us in @littlespree.

Baggy trousers

12 November 2015

Mustard cords

1. Mango Textured Cotton Sweater, £16.99
2. Boden Wool Reefer Coat, £55.00-£60.00
3. Boden Cord Baggies, £20.00-£24.00
4. Next Brogues, £8.00-£22.00

If you take a peek inside Bailey and Marlow’s wardrobe you’ll find striped jeans, blue jeans, grey jeans, even biker jeans; the thing they have in common is that they’re all skinny. Most of the time this is the style they like to wear, but just like us, every so often, they want baggy! Wear with a slightly more fitted jumper to avoid looking too baggy and finish with a peacoat (remember this one from our boys coat edit?) and these really cool brogue trainers.

Nicky & Sarah xx

Cables, stripes, owls…

29 October 2015

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Tootsa MacGinty Galloway Cable Knit Jumper, £38.00

A striped, cable knit jumper – what were the chances that this would be one of our favourite pieces in the new Tootsa MacGinty collection! We first saw it  back in the Summer at a press event (remember the pictures on Instagram?) when the need for a warm jumper was theoretical. Now it’s all we can think of and this is a very warm jumper – not immediately obvious from the picture, but it’s quite a chunky knit, perfect for this weather, when it’s not cold enough to need a coat if you layer up. We also like the button neck opening which is really useful for younger children (the age range for this jumper is 0-8 years) and if that wasn’t enough, how about the hidden owl detail – can you see it?
Here are a few more cosy jumpers to consider from MangoMango (perfect for Marlow and any other Ms out there…); Louis Louise; and Next (love this colour).

Nicky & Sarah xx

Elias & Grace: treat week for boys

22 October 2015

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1. Bellerose Godal Jumper, £52.00
2. Scotch Shrunk Peacoat, £112.00 (was £140.00)
3. Boden Slim Fit Cord Jeans, £12.00-£28.00 (were £22.00-£28.00)
4. Pepe Murgia Boots, £118.00

Sarah and I have been clearing out the kids wardrobes, only to discover that most of their Winter clothes (especially their trousers and jumpers) from last year no longer fit. We already have their coats – this is Bailey’s grey pea coat (which is presently on sale) and this is how I would like to see him wear it (left to his own devices Bailey would simply slip it on over a Superhero costume). So (for us at least) ‘treat week’ at Elias & Grace couldn’t be better timed. We always like to buy a few expensive items each season to mix in with their high-street buys and in Winter our splurges usually include boots and a few gorgeous jumpers. This winter’s wishlist includes this Kidscase long sleeved tee; this Bellerose coat (last year’s Winter coat for Marlow and Bailey); this Louis Louise jumper; this Miller beanie; and Marlow’s favourite hi-tops from Pepe.

Just remember to use code TREATAW15 at checkout before midnight on 27th October to receive 20% off.

Nicky & Sarah xx

Spooky Style

15 October 2015

Halloween Girl

1. Little Eleven Paris Tutu Dress, £33.07
2. Woodstock Cat Clips, £16.00
3. Gap Cat Ballet Slippers, £10.99 (were £14.95)

Halloween Boy

1. Gap Glow-In-The-Dark Halloween Onesie, £10.99 (was £14.95)
2. The Contemporary Home Halloween Mask, £6.00
3. Gap Hi-Top Sneakers, £19.95

Between them, Marlow, Bailey and Tabitha already own pretty much everything in today’s post. Marlow has the onesie, and LOVES it (and it’s such a great price now). He wears it for bed, and is so cosy and warm in it. He also loves that the feet have grips, so he can charge around like a maniac in that window between bath and bed time and not slip on the wooden floor (while I’m reaching for the wine…). He also has the hi-tops (I always buy him one pair of expensive boots/shoes and one more affordable pair each season – this Winter’s espensive ones are these – look away Grandma!), pricey but well worth the investment) which he loves because the fit is really comfortable as he has quite wide feet (and is as fussy about how things feel as how they look!). And he will definitely be wearing the onesie with his hi-tops come 31st October. Bailey has the mask from last year (such a great price if you don’t want to invest too much on one night); and Tabs has the tutu (she would wear a tutu around the clock if I let her, but a black one is surprisingly stylish and easy to wear in an non dressing up way) and the kitty flats (who needs Chalrotte Olympia when we have Gap right?).
Here are some more spooky things we found for the girls – this Mouche crown with veil; this Candy Bows tutu and wings set; this M&S sparkle tutu; and these Gap pink glow-in-the-dark pyjamas (if you can’t persuade her into the cooler back and white pair).
And for the boys – how cool is this Gap embroidered skeleton sweatshirt? Definitely not just for Halloween. This Paul Smith Junior glow-in-the-dark sweatshirt; this M&S vampire costume; this John Lewis two pack of glow-in-the-dark pyjamas; and this super-stylish Numero 74 super hero costume.
And we haven’t forgotten the babies (why should they miss out on all the fun?). Check out this Little Eleven Paris bat set; these Stella McCartney Kids glow-in-the-dark pyjamas; this M&S skeleton print onesie; this Gap bat beanie; and this John Lewis skeleton sleep suit.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Coats: the boys edit

8 October 2015

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…

29 September 2015

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

28 September 2015

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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…

21 September 2015

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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

17 September 2015

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

8 September 2015

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…

31 August 2015

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

27 August 2015

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