We figured the second most important thing to shop for, after shoes, is a dress (or maybe even two?). We love ‘separates’ as much as the next girl, but sometimes a dress is just the way to go. I don’t know about you, but when I go out I literally have half an hour (if I’m lucky!!) to get ready (and that’s including a shower!). I need to act fast, and for me, the fastest route to getting from the bedroom to the taxi is via a great dress. Just chuck it on and go. Literally. So here are our favourites to see you (and us) through the fast-approaching festive season. We have stuck to black (if you’re time-poor, go for black – this is not the time for recreating J.Crew-style colour blocking and print clashing…), but have tried to find a dress for every mama and every mama’s style. Be it short and sexy, long and lacy, pretty, cool, or even gothic-meets-Catherine Deneuve (number 8 – strictly only with flats though). There should be a dress for you.
Sarah & Nicky xx
ps: a few of these (numbers 3, 4 and possibly 5) will also double-up as great skirts when you add a jumper into the mix. So you can wear them more casually, and well into 2016…
pps: we probably don’t need to remind you that it’s Black Friday today do we??
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 romper; tutu skirt; pom pom dress (the one shown above); distressed sweatshirt; ribbon blouse; basic long sleeve tees; balloon sleeve blouse; natural 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.
Tabitha is increasingly dressing herself these days, much to my fascination and entertainment. I’m generally pretty onboard with her choices, and sometimes even seriously impressed! One thing I have particularly noticed is that she still wants to wear her favourite Summer dresses with knitted tights and boots (a look we love too). Ok, so I had to introduce her to the concept of then adding a sweater over the top (what is is about kids wanting to go out to the park wearing virtually nothing?? Why don’t they feel the cold like us??), but now she’s onboard, the options are limitless! So don’t pack away those dresses (in fact, you can keep on buying more!).
By the way these M&S tights are great value and the perfect grey. Tabs wears them pretty much constantly. And how cute are these boots (and Startrite currently has free shipping until 1st November)?
Sarah & Nicky xx
ps: thank you to the gorgeous Missy Chadwick for today’s outfit inspiration.
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!
Special Edition Liberty Collaboration Armadillo Stroller, £299.00
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.
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…
As one of our absolute favourite labels, Numero 74 is always on our ‘go-to’ list for anything from bunting to tutus, to curtains to cot bumpers. But until now that list never included clothes. But only because because they didn’t do them! So we can barely contain our excitement with the recent discovery that they now do! The same gorgeous colours, styles, fabrics, but this time in clothes. And the prices are great too (almost too good to be true in fact). Anyway, we’ll be bringing you a post with our edit in the next few weeks, but for the time being, here is one of our favourite sun dresses (we can’t get enough of this ochre colour at the moment…) to wet your appetite…
Have you heard of the ‘Mango Outlet’? Until recently neither had we! Not to be confused with the ‘sale’ section of Mango, this is an entirely different website dedicated to their previous collections, with everything at hugely discounted prices! Imagine our excitement to find some of the items we wish we’d bought (you snooze, and maybe you don’t lose after all…) now available with up to 70% off! Not ones to keep such a find to ourselves, we’ve scoured the site for our favourite items to share with you. Here are some other faves for the girls: this dress; this sweater; this cardigan; this sweater; this blouse; these moccasin boots; and this pom pom necklace.And for the boys: these sweaters; these hi-tops; this Henley sweater; this jacket; this sweater; and this parka with detachable lining.
Now let’s keep this as our little secret, ok?
Nicky & Sarah xx
ps: And of course we haven’t forgotten about you! More Mango Outlet (crazy) bargains on Mama Spree tomorrow…
1. Louis Louise Clare Embroidered Blouse, £32.60 (was £46.58)
2. Poppy Rose Romper, £27.54 (£34.42)
3. M&S Cashmere Cardigan, £28.00 (was £35.00)
4. Bonnet À Pompon Dress, £31.19 (was £44.55)
5. Start-rite Baby Kate Mary Janes, £33.60 (were £48.00)
Blush pink, ochre and sprig prints (as seen on Tabitha on Instagram): all our favourite colours and prints, all discounted and all on our baby girl sale wish list. We also had to included the M&S grey cashmere cardigan as it really is a Little Spree essential (for baby girls and boys), and we still love it. Also on our wish list are these adorable Bonnet à Pompon baby shoes; these Poppy Rose Liberty print trousers; this M&S top and bloomers set; this Gap romper; this Louis Louis dress; this Louis Louise romper (SO cute!); and these Louis Louis bloomers (yep, we’re still obsessed with Louis Loiuse…).
1. Miller Quiver T-Shirt, £21.00 (was £30.00)
2. Louis Louise Gina Flowers Dress, £38.27 (was £54.68)
3. Louis Louise Clara Embroidered Blouse, £32.60 (was £46.58)
4. Atsuyo Akiko Golden Heart Necklace, £18.63 5. Caramel Pepe Velutto Slippers, £40.00 (were £67.00)
6. Miller Tansy Skirt, £16.80 (was £56.00)
This week on Little Spree is dedicated entirely to the sales. We’re kicking off with our girls edit – the prettiest pieces around (with the odd Breton stripe thrown in for good measure). The sales are where we pick up the things that we might not necessarily buy because of the (full) price tag. But during sale time all bets are off! You can get some amazing bargains if you know where to look (and if you don’t, that’s what we’re here for), and it’s always lovely to have a few ‘special’ pieces to mix in with the high street finds. After all, isn’t that how we all dress?
Here are a few other bargains we’ve found: this Mango blouse; these Mango sandals; this Mango blouse; this Mango dress; and this Mango sweater (all with 30-40% off at the moment with this code: 6VIP11); this Louis Louise blouse; and these Boden Mary Janes (in gold).
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!
1. Louis Louise Bikini from Elias & Grace (4-10 years), £28.00 2. Rose In April Basket Bag, £23.49 3. Next Corkbeds (sizes 26.5-41), £12.00-£16.00
I am totally obsessed with this Louis Louise bikini (and pretty much everything else in the collection). The colour, the style, the oh-so-pretty ruffles… Tabitha will definitely be sporting it on the beach in Tuscany this Summer, and now’s the time to start stockpiling those holiday pieces. As you know, we LOVE a basket at Little Spree, and this is such a cute one. Rose in April do other (equally adorable) designs too… I had to go for this one, as Tabitha is as obsessed with the Pharell song ‘Happy’ (show me a five year old who isn’t?) as I am with the bikini! And here comes the super-exciting bit…
Our lovely friends at Elias & Grace (one of our all-time favourite websites for the most stylish kids clothes and accessories, including this bikini!) are having one of there fabulous ‘Treat Weeks’ next week. They are offering 20% off everything for one week only. But the really exciting bit is that they are giving Little Spree readers an exclusive preview (aka: first dibs!). You can shop from Sunday (9th May) at 00.01 until 00.01 on Tuesday (19th May) , i.e. you can shop with the Little Spree discount all day Sunday before anyone else can. Woohoo! You just need to enter this code in the promotional box and press ‘apply’ before proceeding to checkout: LSTREAT15. Go shop!
Sarah & Nicky xx
ps: here are a few reminders of recent pieces from the Elias & Grace website that we’ve liked and featured… this Miller Breton; these Bensimon plimsoles; this April Showers bag; this Bonton baby dress; and these Minnetonka booties. That should get you started anyway!
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!
This dress reminds us of our favourite Mango ‘mini me’ embroidered dress from last Summer (mine will be coming out for our July holiday, but I’m pretty sure Tabitha’s will be too small now… SC). We’re loving the flouro embroidery. More Ibiza than Tuscany! So to complete the ‘new rave’ feel, just add silver ‘birks’ and a hoodie. Love.
We also love this one from Next; this one from ilovegorgeous; and this one from Joules.
Sarah & Nicky xx
ps: a few people have been asking us about plain boys’ sun hats. I spotted this set of two in M&S last week and got them for Marlow. I only really wanted to the denim one, but it never hurts to have a back-up right? SC
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
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!
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…
We adore these cute little red boots (and the fact that they’re on sale always helps of course!). And don’t be afraid to bust out a Summer dress in Winter (we do!) – it’s just all about clever layering (don’t forget a cosy vest – our current favourites are from Smalls). And we love a grey marl sweatshirt over a pretty dress. Just add a khaki parker and some tights, and you’re away… We also still really like this Mango army-style jacket. There are a few sizes still left in the sale if you’re quick!
Sarah & Nicky x
ps: how about this super-cute ‘love’ necklace for a ‘mini Valentine’s’? Or these (thanks Sarah for the tip-off) for the boys?
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!!
1. Boden Dungaree Dress, £24.00-£28.00 2. Alice à Paris Ruffled Blouse, £15.00 (was £21.00)
3. Martin Pederson Tights, £16.00 4. Maneula de Juan Zipped Leather Boots, £58.32 (were £72.90)
There’s something about a pinafore dress that I always love, and a denim one feels cool, but classic at the same time. I love this one (which I recently bought for Tabitha) styled with a pretty ruffle neck blouse and little leather boots. Cute. This M&S one is a great find too (and comes already styled with a long sleeved Breton).
ps: for anyone who hasn’t already seen it on Instagram, here’s some behind the scenes pics of Tabitha modelling in the latest Mini Preen look book. Needless to say, we want the entire collection!
We recently discovered lovely new dressing up site Little Kit. They make dressing up ‘kits’ so the idea is that you buy an entire outfit or individual parts of an outfit. Clever. Not only that but they’re handmade in the UK and are reasonably priced. Little Kit is the collaboration between fashion designer Laura Basevi and child development expert Victoria Blandford. Their tag line ‘imagination takes you everywhere’ perfectly describes their product. What’s more they’re offering Little Spree readers 20% discount until Christmas Day, simply use code LS20 at checkout..