the perfect transeasonal dress (with apples and owls)

Gap Owl Garden Dress, £15.99 (was £19.95)

Girls Gap

1. Gap Owl Garden Dress, £15.99 (was £19.95)
2. Next Cardigan, £11.00-£12.00
3. Martin Pederson Ribbed Tights, £13.00
4. Pom D’Api Desert Boots, £95.00

I picked up this dress for Tabitha on Monday, and it’s so sweet. It’s has the cutest little owl and apple tree print which kind of looks almost hand drawn. Gap still has their mid season 50% sale on and this dress is in it. It’s a great transeasonal piece as it has long sleeves and is quite thick (but super-soft) cotton, so perfect for now and when it gets chillier. And I always love pale blue and chocolate brown together, so will definitely be investing in these tights (I buy a mix of cheaper and more expensive). While you’re cruising the Gap sale, also check out this marled jumpsuit (I’ve just bough it for Tabitha – look out for it on Instagram); these star print jeans; this chambray skirt; this chambray romper (layer with a long sleeve tee under for Winter); and this; this; this; this; these; this and these to buy now and stash for next Summer… I still love that striped sun dress. A must-have for Italy next August!
See you tomorrow for our Mama Spree Coats edit. Not to be missed!

Sarah xx

Ducks and ruffles…

Baby Girl Outfit

1. Mango Ruffle Dress, £22.99
2. Bonton Lyon Baby Cardigan, £50.00
3. Martin Pederson Baby Tights, £13.00
4. M&S Pull Along Duck, £17.00

We adore the ruffles on the shoulders of this dress (very Isabel Marant!), and we love mixing girlish pink with a more unexpected colour, like this khaki-brown. And who could resist this cute pull-along duck…

Sarah & Nicky xx

A few of our favourite things


1. Mango Denim Dungarees, £24.99
2. Louis Louise Printed Blouse, £46.58
3. Next Fluffy Cardigan, £11.00-£12.00
4. Gap Canvas Mary Janes, £14.95
5. Louis Misha Tassel Bracelet, £20.25

No, you’re not going mad, these are the same  leopard print Mary Janes that we featured last week, we love them so much we couldn’t resist using them twice! This time we’ve styled them with dungarees, ochre, tassels, and a printed blouse: a few of our favourite things.

Nicky & Sarah xx

soft & sweet

Boden Cosy Pointelle Pack £27.20-£28.80

As if it wasn’t cute enough, this sweet, soft play set also comes in an adorable bird print and both have matching printed bags (you might remember them from our Instagram feed after the Boden press day a few months ago). We’re big fans of these little drawstring bags  – so useful for keeping things organised in your nappy bag and beyond (I still use them to put Bailey’s toys in, and Tabitha has a huge collection of them!). They’re sold as layering pieces but we think they’re pretty enough to be worn on their own, just add this knitted jacket or one of these cute cardigans that we featured last week.

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: don’t forget your discount code (8X5H) for 20% off (plus free postage) is valid until the end of today.

baby knits

Boden Baby Cardigan

Boden Baby Cardigan, £18.00-£20.00

This is probably one of the most colourful posts ever published on Little Spree. It actually scares us a little! But the thing is, we couldn’t decide which gorgeous colour of this adorable baby cardigan to share, so we decided to post all four. The prettiest colours, the cutest style, machine washable (yes really); and with a dash of cashmere for good measure. It could well be the perfect baby cardigan (for boys and girls). Well we love it anyway.

Sarah & Nicky xx


we’re loving a harem pant right now…

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

little spree meets smallish

Next Chambray Sundress, £10.00-£18.00

Girl Sandals

1. Louis Loiuse Bow Brooch, £9.00
2. Petit Bateau Plain Cardigan (3-12 years), £36.00
3. Next Chambray Sundress (3-16 years), £10.00-£18.00
4. Maa Helena Sandals (sizes 24-37), £75.00

Another day, another Next purchase for Tabitha. This dress has been waiting in the wings for quite a few weeks now – we’ve just been waiting for the right moment to share it. We love the combination of simplicity and prettiness. The simplicity means it’s easy to style up, and the prettiness means you don’t have to. Anyway, as well as featuring it in today’s post, we have also included it in our very first feature for the fabulous Smallish magazine. Yep, that’s right, we’re branching out as ‘Contributing Editors’ – Little Spree meets Smallish. If you love Little Spree, specifically Mama Spree, you are going to love this! Every month we will be sharing our favourite finds (think hi-low and anything in between…). This month we kick off with ‘Summer Denim’, and as well as what we’re coveting for us, we’ve also included a few ‘mini me’ denim pieces. Including this very dress. We are really excited, so please take a look and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear your thoughts. And if you haven’t looked at Smallish before, you really should – it’s a great read! Happy (bank holiday) Monday!

Sarah & Nicky xx

our favourite girl’s romper

Next Print Romper, £10.00-£11.00

Next Jumpsuit

1. Next Geo Print Romper (3 months-6 years), £10.00-£11.00
2. Bene Bene Waffle Cardigan (3-6 years), £36.00
3. Mango Studded Leather Sandals (sizes 12.5-5), £34.99

I spotted this romper when I was in Next actually buying some other great pieces (some of which we have already posted, some of which we are still to share, but watch this space – we are having a bit of an unexpected crush on the Next kids’ department at the moment…). It’s just spot-on in every way. Plus It’s SO much cuter in real life. It’s got that gorgeous ‘Ali Baba’ shape (cocoon shaped trousers that you rarely see in high street kids’ clothes) and the print is a super-chic mix of a graphic and hippie Ikat-style print. Tabitha loves hers and wants to wear it ALL the time (which is fine by me – good to give that Elsa dress a day off occasionally). My favourite way to style it is with nothing under (weather prevailing) and just simple sandals, but it also looks great with a long sleeved Breton tee layered under. Love!

Sarah x

ps: I have posted a few pics of Tabitha in her romper on Instagram, so take a look…

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

colour combinations…

Girl Desert Boot

1. Verity Jones Large Hair Clip, £5.00
2. Next Cardigan, £8.50-£9.50
3. Next Collar Dress, £11.00-£12.00
4. Pepe Desert Boots, £108.00

When was the last time you took at look at Next kids clothes? We’re guessing probably not for a while? I’ve been finding the odd gem every so often since the launch of Little Spree, but recently we have been finding quite a few… Love the colour combination of this dress and (ginger, apparently) cardigan. Certain colours always look expensive, and these two are perfect examples. And there are plenty more where these (finds) came from…

Sarah xx

tutu splurge


1. Tutu Du Monde ‘Princess Charming Onesie’, £80.00
2. I Love Gorgeous hairband, £15.00,
3. Boden Leather Mary Janes, £30.00-£35.00,
4. La Coqueta Cardigan, £38.00,

I am sort of in love with the whole idea of this tutu. It is just beyond gorgoeus. Kind of like a modern day Princess style tutu. This tutu is not just beautiful, it’s cool too. And how often can you say that?

Sarah x

baby tones


1. Verity Jones Hair Bow, £3.00
2. Mango Ribbed Cardigan, £14.99
3. Kin By John Lewis Printed Bodysuit, £14.00
4. Bobux Baby Soft Leather Booties, £20.00

We love the pretty (but not in an obvious pretty way) tones of this colour palette for baby girls. A great way of getting away away from all that ‘icky’ pink…

Sarah & Nicky x

stripes, cashmere, fringing…

baby boy mocassins

1. Kin By John Lewis Dungaree Set, £18.00
2. M&S Pure Cashmere Cardigan, £35.00
3. Anne Claire Petit Lamb Music Box, £36.45
4. Minnetonka Fringed Booties, £40.00

Generally speaking we’re not fans of the ‘set’. You know the ones – where they cleverly put an outfit together, usually for a baby, so you don’t need to worry about what goes with what? So they are well-intentioned, but generally pretty naff. We usually find it frustrating when we only like one of the pieces (as is often the case), but then feel reluctant to buy the entire outfit just to wear one thing. Maybe we just don’t like being told how to style an outfit?? Anyway, occasionally we are pleasantly surprised, and this is one of those occasions. How cute is this striped dungaree set?? If you aren’t familiar with the Kin collection by John Lewis, you should definitely check it out. And whilst we were online, we also saw and liked this dungaree set from Mini Club at Boots and this three piece outfit from M&S. Sometimes it’s good to be proven wrong.

Sarah & Nicky x

christening chic


1. M&S Pure Silk Unisex Smocked Christening  Dress, £60.00
2. M&S Pure Cashmere Cardigan, £35.00
3. Olivier Baby & Kids Pure Cashmere Baby Bonnet, £28.00
4. The Little Shoemaker Mary Janes, £69.99

For a chic christening outfit, you needn’t spend a fortune. The high street has a few fantastic options. Then just add some gorgeous cashmere and cute accessories. The Little Shoemaker is another of our recent discoveries. The most adorable hand-made baby and kids shoes (all made by just one man in Brighton). You’ll definitely be seeing more of them on Little Spree. We also love this christening gown (as worn by Tabitha and Marlow in 2010, then loaned to their cousins Evie and Arthur); this romper; this cashmere cardigan; these booties; this hat; and these baby shoes.

baby print

Baby wellies

1. John Lewis Dungarees, £14.00-£15.00
2. Gap Double-Breated Cardigan, £14.99 (was £16.95)
3. Aigle Wellingtons, £29.00
4. Boden Pointelle Body, £8.00-£10.00

Loving the Marni-esque print on these super-sweet baby dungarees…

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: our favourite Bella Freud sweater, featured in Friday’s Mama Spree has unfortunately now sold out. It is still available at Selfridges, but sadly only at the original price.

baby folk

Brown boot girls 1

1. Gap Embroidered Dress, £19.95
2. La Coqueta Baby Cardigan, £23.40 (was £39.00)
3. Martin Pederson Girls Baby Tights, £16.00
4. Pom D’Api Brogue Desert Boots, £95.00

This is the perfect girls outfit as far as we’re concerned. We love everything about it. But the star of the show is this adorable folky dress from Gap (I’m obsessed with it – SC!). Love!!

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: we were so excited to do a high street guest post for the fabulous blog, The Frugality. Alex (fellow Red Contributing Editor) asked us for our Spring edit of Little Spree finds. Some may be familiar, some won’t… Check it out here.

pps: we will be announcing the winner of our Blue Monday Boden competition this evening. So if you haven’t already entered, you still have a few hours!!

khaki combinations

Boys stripe

1. Morley ‘Fanny’ T-Shirt, £36.00
2. Gap Knitted Peacoat, £15.99 (was £32.95)
3. Next Super Skinny Jeans, £13.00-£19.00
4. Boden Suede Boots, £38.00-£42.00

I love the colour of this shirt, it makes everything you wear it with seem more expensive. Caramel & Baby and Bonpoint often use it in their colour palettes and this one wouldn’t be out place in their collections (except for the price). Here is one way our boys will be wearing it  (Marlow already has the boots) and come summer we’ll be styling it with our favourite denim cut-offs. Last year I waited until the summer months arrived to buy a very similar one and of course all the other clever mummies bought early and it was sold out. This year we’ll be buying early too.

Nicky x

pretty plaid

Girls plaid

1. Gap Plaid Empire Dress, £19.95
2. Cos Cashmere Cardigan, £49.00
3. Emile Et Ida Zipped Boots, £87.75
4. Zara Ribbed Tights, £3.99 (were £5.99)

I love this dress on Tabitha. The perfect ‘every day’ dress. I also snapped up these  Gap dresses at the same time: this embroidered one; this pintuck one (much less ‘yellow’, more ‘egg yolk gold’ in real life – looks great with burgundy ribbed tights) and this pintuck chambray one.

Sarah x