wear now, still wear later…

M&S dress  ballet

1. M&S Cotton Corduroy Dress (1-7 years), £20.00-£22.00 (plus 20% off at the moment)
2. Verity Jones Extra Large Antique Mauve Hair Clip, £7.00
3. Gap Metallic Ballet Flats (sizes US 5-11), £14.95

M&S dress

1. M&S Cotton Corduroy Dress & Tights Outfit (1-7 years), £20.00-£22.00 
2. Gap Cable Knit Pom Pom Beannie (sizes xs-l), £9.95
3. Gap Biker Boots (sizes US 5-11), £22.95

I snapped this gorgeous dress up in M&S a few weeks ago when I was doing a sweep of grey school trousers, skirts and pinafore dresses. What a relief to find something so pretty! And it is so much prettier in real life – needle cord, gorgeous smocking at the neckline, and a cool smocky shape. A real Holly Hobbie style dress. And for the first time ever, I actually like the tights that come with it! They are a great colour. So at the moment Tabs is wearing hers like the first picture (we are loving those Gap Lanvin-esque pumps, and she has also worn it with these gold Mary Janes), then as Winter sets in, she will be busting out the tights, biker boots and beanie. I absolutely love this dress! And while we’re talking dresses, here are some others that I like… This one from The Little White Company; this one from Gap (they have done so much cute ones, and if you’re quick you can still get the 30% off until Monday); this one from Zara (bought for Tabs); this one from John Lewis (just add a cardi); and this one from Zara (also bought for Tabs).

ps: bought these super-cool leopard print ‘Birks’ for Tabitha yesterday. Now Marlow wants a pair, so have ordered him some too. Admittedly a bit late for a Summer sandal, but I couldn’t resist. Plus they look so cute with chunky grey socks (as modelled by Marlow yesterday when he tried Tabitha’s on)… Oh, and if you’re interested ladies, they go up to a size 40!!

matching set

1. M&S Cotton Onesie With Hat, £16.00
2. Numero 74 Star Garland, £15.00
3. Numero 74 Round Bib, £8.00

How cute is this Missoni-esque romper and matching hat? Completely adorable. I’m also loving this navy dress; this pleated blouse; this romper; these hareem pants and this cotton cardigan. All from M&S.

ps: sales definitely worth checking out: Elias & Grace; Zara Kids; Bobo ChosesThe Little White Company; Alex And Alexa; ilovegorgeousCaramel; Petit Bateau; Mango; and Stella McCartney Kids.

duck egg blue

Caramel Bluebird Baby Dress (6 months-2 years)
£45.50 (was £65.00)  SHOP NOW

I love, love, love this dress. The gorgeous duck egg blue; the classic but cool design; the fact that it’s on sale…

ps: I will be announcing the two lucky winners of the ‘mini spree’ competition in my post on Thursday. If you haven’t already entered you have until 1.00pm on Thursday.

win a ‘mini (boden) spree’

1. Tea Dress
2. Pointelle Cardigan
3. Pretty Playsuit
4. 5 Pack Bodies
5. Pretty Bloomers


1. Hotchpotch Sweatshirt
2. Logo Jumper
3. Fun Roll-Up Trousers
4. 5 Pack Bodies
5. Baby Laundered Shirt

One of my favourite (and yours too I’ve noticed!) kids’ labels, Mini Boden are kindly giving away all ten of these gorgeous baby pieces (personally chosen by me) to two lucky Little Spree readers. Five pieces for baby girls, and five pieces for baby boys. Each item comes in ages 0-3 years (so not just for babies). To enter, all you need to do is to answer one simple question, and follow Little Spree on Twitter (little spree) and Instagram (littlespree @littlespree) if you don’t already. The question is: what is Tabitha and Marlow’s collective nickname? Please send your answer to: littlespreeblog@gmail.com, stating ‘boy’ or ‘girl’ to specify which of the two prizes you would like to win, and the age of your baby or size you which to be sent (you can choose to size up and ‘stash for later’ if you prefer – it’s totally up to you). Two winners will be selected at random, and I will announce them on Thursday 19th June (so you have plenty of time). Boden will then send the five items directly to the two winners. One of them might just be you! Good luck!

who says chic can’t be cheap?

1. Imps & Elfs Savana Dress, £30.00
2. Hucklebones Giant Bow Headband, £14.50 (was £29.00)
3. Start-Rite Gold Mary-Janes, £59.00

I was having a bit of a snoop on the (always) gorgeous and inspiring Elias & Grace website when I found this sweet striped baby dress (above) at a really reasonable price. I have to confess, I was a little surprised. So I kept on snooping… And I unearthed a whole host of amazing bargains. So many in fact too many to include them all here) that I decided to dedicate an entire post to them. So here you go (sorry – just girls this time)…
This Miller navy (also comes in grey) dress; this putty coloured Maan dress; this Maan bow dress; this Miller printed blouse; this Chloe printed dress; this Noro cardigan; this Morley dress; this Miller blouse; this Miller dress; these Miller corduroy jeans; this Miller baby cardigan;  this Simple Kids dot print dress;  I bought this navy full skirt for Tabitha a while back, and she’s just grown into it and starting wearing it. I love it. I was never really a fan of skirts on her before, but these sweet styles are so versatile and pretty – they look great just with a simple tee and sandals. Oh and I also love this Miller striped brooch.

ps: I know I have already posted these cute gold Start-Rite shoes, but I wanted to show how versatile they are. They look just as great with little dresses as with jeans. Gold works in the same way as neutral colour – it goes with pretty much everything (except maybe gold…).

pps: and talking of bargains, how adorable is this floral ruffle bikini from Gap?? What is going on at Gap these days? I’m buying more in there these days than ever!! Loving this, this and these too.

flower girl

1. Woodstock Flower Garland, £26.00
2. Ilovegorgeous Pure Cloud Dress, £136.00
3. Ilovegorgeus Confetti Bag, £39.00
4. Bloch Ballet Flats With Elastic, £12.00

If your daughter is going to be a flower girl this year, be ready with this gorgeous little look… I love this bow dress from Cyrillus too.

ps: these Mini Boden ballet flats (in pale gold) are a great option if you want/need a more substantial shoe.

mama spree: beatnik chic

1. Bella Freud Jumper, £260.00
2. John Lewis Clubmaster Sunglasses, £15.00
3. Baggu Navy Suede Bag, £95.00
4. Gap High-Rise Denim Skirt, £34.95
5. Boden Sixties T-Bar Heels, £84.15 (were £99.00)

This Bella Freud jumper is one of my favourite jumpers ever. I treated myself to one around six years ago, and literally wore it (at least once a week, every week that I had it, with the exception of the latter part of my pregnancy) into the ground… I am actually about to buy myself a new one, I still love it that much. It’s since become a classic, and I love just wearing it with a pair of jeans for a low-key, but cool, easy everyday outfit. It just feels a bit more special than one of my trusty plain men’s cashmere jumpers that I wear day to day. I also used to wear it with a cut-off denim mini (this slightly longer, higher waisted version from Gap feels more ‘now’ (and a bit Stella-esque) and is probably a little more forgiving on my (slightly older) legs. So I’ll be recreating this look again this Summer. I will be adding a pair of patent heels for the evening, or for meetings. You could also switch the heels for these cool navy (Isabel-esque) bow flats if you prefer. By the way I’m obsessed with this Baggu bag. This navy suede small version is my favourite, but the options are endless, and you can also customise a bag to your exact requirements. I love that they are completely unbranded and anonymous in a stylish, understated way.

ps: I did a great Gap haul for Tabitha yesterday, so wanted to share… I got this navy sun dress (as featured last Saturday); this white cheesecloth dress (I’m starting to think about our Summer holiday now, and this would be perfect); this striped romper (which I LOVE – she’s already got it on! Size up though – I bought age 5 for Tabs, and I usually size down if anything); and these floral print days of the week pants. Not bad!

pps: don’t forget my special Father’s Day post on Sunday. No need to panic – you’ve still got plenty of time to order a cool, stylish (and personalised?) present (and card) online for the Daddy of your little ones…

ppps: just found out that Mango has 30% off again! Just for today and tomorrow. Enter 5SHOPMAY when you confirm your purchase. Woohoo!

tabitha’s favourite dress (well this week anyway…)

The Little White Company Drop Waist Dress (2-8 years)
£22.40 (was £28.00)  SHOP NOW
Tabitha loves it. I love it. Everybody’s happy (and there’s no lurid pink or flammable fibres in sight!). A result indeed. These simple dresses are always my favourites – lovely cotton, pretty (grey!!) floral print, drop waist, not too long, not too short… She wears it day in, day out… And it’s currently on sale!

ps: and talking of gorgeous dresses, I came across this fab (pink, but a good pink) embroidered one from Next (and it’s available from age 3 months right up to 6 years). Love, love, love (and have already ordered!)…

pps: panicking about Father’s Day? I was, but I’m not now. We have it covered, and will be posting our favourite present ideas in a special post on Sunday, so don’t miss it! So dads in my family, look away if you see the post!

understated

Gap Self-Stripe Sun Dress (12 months-5 years)
£17.95  SHOP NOW
This is a perfect example of something that you may well overlook when browsing online because it’s so, well, plain. But I was tipped off today by my friend Des (and showed a picture of her super-stylish daughter, Missy wearing it), and now I have to order one for Tabs immediately! Love, love, love it!

hearts & flowers

Cath Kidston Ditsy Print Sunglasses
£8.00  SHOP NOW
Cute and cool. And whilst I was on the Cath Kidston website, I also found these other great things… This floral print pinafore dress; this giraffe sweater; and this floral print skirt (gorgeous with a long sleeved Breton).

ps: a quick snoop around the T.K.maxx website threw up a few great finds from Stella McCartney Kids (the sizes are a bit random, but the prices are incredible). Love this boys striped shirt; this girls cotton camisole; these denim jeans; and these boys striped shorts (love the green version too). I had heard the rumours about them stocking Stella, but had never actually managed to get my mits on any in the store. Who knew they had a website? Easy!

pps: lots of people have been asking me exactly what I bought when I did my Mango Spree with the recent 30% off online. Unfotrtunately everything I bought for Marlow (including a girls’ t-shirt), and a lot of the things I bought for Tabs, appear to have sold out (sorry!), but here are a few of the things I bought for Tabitha: this embroidered blouse; this lace trim blouse (in lavender); and this embroidered dress. I did also buy myself this dress for my Summer holiday (I sized up and ditched the black ribbon tie). I am under no illusions that I will look like Daria in it, but I will wear it with a tan flat sandal (see Friday’s Mama Spree) and an army-style oversized shirt-jacket…

summer coat

Zara Double Breasted Coat (3-14 years)
£35.99  SHOP NOW
I have just bought this for Tabitha, and have concluded that it’s the perfect Summer coat. After seeing the fabulous Joseph one (as mentioned in Mama Spree on Friday), it inspired me to find a scaled-down version for Tabs. A Summer coat does sound like a bit of an oxymoron, but anyone reading this from the UK will testify that one is essential (it’s a brave person who dares to venture out without some kind of coat, even in the height of Summer, as you just never know…). As the weather has been getting milder (then colder again, them milder again…) I have been relying on the twins’ trusty M&S yellow rain macs, but they don’t always seem/look quite right somehow (unless it’s actually raining obviously)… This one is a gorgeous grey-blue; it’s cotton, so lovely and lightweight; slightly quilted; and has a pretty floral lining (which looks great with the cuffs turned back, plus meant it passed the Tabitha ‘it’s just pretty enough’ test). I think Tabs will mostly be wearing hers cool and casual with jeans and trousers.

ps: on a separate trip to  Zara (yes, I have weeks when I never set foot in that store, then others when I’m in there virtually every day – I think it’s clear what kind of week last week was) I also picked up these crocheted shorts for Tabs. Love them. They will ‘prettify’ any simple, easy-to-chuck-on tees/Bretons for an everyday go-to Summer/holiday look. And she chose these sandals herself (she loved them because they’re pink, pink, pink, I love them because they are neon pink which gives them a much cooler edge than a regular pink, and it’s a win-win because Tabs can’t tell the difference). They will look best worn with more girly things I think (she put them with her Mango ‘mini me’ embroidered dress this afternoon and they looked great). I also bought her these striped shorts, which I will pair with pretty blouses and smocks.

true blue

Gap Chambray Pocket Tee (xs-xxl)
£14.95  SHOP NOW
Where would we be without denim and chambray in our wardrobes? I particularly like chambray in the Summer because it’s so much lighter and cooler to wear. This top is from the Gap girls’ collection (from five years and up), so bear that in mind with the sizing. It would look great with little shorts or skirts, or even skinny jeans. Just think of it as a normal t-shirt, and style accordingly. I also love this cute H&M baby version, and this Mango mama version. Here are a few more fab pieces for the girls… This cool denim tunic top from Tulip & Nettle (love!!); this Gap chambray romper; this Petit Bateau dress; this Zara top; this Mini-A-Ture pocket dress (now reduced from £45.00 to £22.50); this Petit Bateau baby pinafore dress (gorgeous with a white peasant style blouse under); these Gap ruffle shorts, this Cos top and these (chambray-esque) Cos hair clips.

ps: other recent purchases for Tabs include this sweet spotty dress from Mini Boden (still waiting for it’s debut), and these leopard print sunnies (I couldn’t resist them when I popped into H&M on Saturday). So cute! And they will look great worn with all this chambray…

if you go down to a boots today…

Mini Club Baby Girl’s Blue Spotted Romper Dress (0-18 months)
£14.00  SHOP NOW
I shared this dress on Instagram a few weeks ago when I spotted it in the Westfield Boots – I just took a quick snap on my phone. It’s so cute, I just had to share!! And the fact that I found it in Boots just makes me like it all the more. I immediately texted my friend, Kath who I had just had tea with (she has a baby daughter) to tell her about it while she was still in the vicinity, and she bought it later on that day. I quite often find really great things in there (my favourite pair of shorts of Marlow’s were from there last Summer), but the trouble is, the website makes it so hard to see the things that I find myself losing the will to live after about five minutes (sorry Boots, but it’s true). So you need to trust me when it comes to their clothes (unless you happen to be near one of the larger stores, then you absolutely must make a quick pitstop at the kids’ clothing department). In the meantime, this dress is super-cute, and I cannot help but love the fact that you get your Boots points when you buy it (or alternatively, pay for it with your Boots points!). You’ve gotta love a bargain!

bow chic

Mamas & Papas Bow Collar Dress (2-6 years)
£29.00 (was £58.00)  SHOP NOW
This is a great dress for a special occasion or party. How chic is that bow collar? And the quality is good too – 100% silk no less! Mamas & Papas? Who knew?

ps: coming soon to Little Spree – ‘book corner’. I (with the help of Tabitha and Marlow’s dad, who also happens to be a child psychologist and total book obsessive) will be sharing my favourite tried and tested children’s books to read to your little ones.

mama spree: mini me

Mango Ethnic Embroidered Dress (sizes 6-14)
£44.99  SHOP NOW
This week’s Mama Spree is going to be brief because I’ve been shooting pretty much non-stop for two weeks, so I have barely window-shopped online, let alone been near an actual shop (well not one that sells clothes anyway). But I have managed to buy two things. One of them is this dress (my favourite style of Summer dress – simple, cotton with a hint of hippie, and looks great with a simple flat sandal), and the other is the ‘mini me’ version for Tabitha. I cannot wait to wear them together on holiday. I’m not sure who’s more excited, me or Tabitha??

ps: if you’re not sick of me by now, you can read my ‘My Uniform’ interview with ‘Wear & Where’ style blog here.

the right stripes

Kin by John Lewis Linen Stripe Dress (0-18 months)
£16.00  SHOP NOW
I just love the colour combination of these pretty faded stripes on this vintage-inspired dress. And there is this version for older girls too.

ps: I just bought My Wonderful World of Fashion colouring book for Tabitha, and she absolutely loves it. It’s a super-cool, gorgeus interactive colouring book, jam-packed (it’s as thick as a September issue of American Vogue!) with beautiful illustrations, such a the Marc Jacobs mouse shoes, and pages and pages of bows… Tabs has barely put it down since I bought it. It would make a fantastic present for any budding mini Fashion Editors out there…