Mama Spree: what a difference a knot makes…

20 April 2016

French Connection Hitch knot sweatshirt - Little Spree
French Connection Knot Sweatshirt, £55.00

How to style a grey sweatshirt - Little Spree

1. French Connection Knot Sweatshirt, £55.00
2. Mango Straight Joe Jeans, £29.99
3. Topshop 60’s Style Sunglasses, £16.00
4. Topshop Sling Back Shoes, £56.00

We’d rather not count the number of grey sweatshirts in our combined wardrobes (let’s just agree there’s more than a few). The reason: versatility. The humble grey sweatshirt, in our opinion, is a wardrobe essential. You’ll find us wearing them casually over dresses, with jeans, and more formally with trousers and skirts (they’re the perfect thing for toning down an outfit which might otherwise make you feel a little overdressed). We love the knot detail on this, our latest find, especially when paired with these cropped jeans and gold Gucci inspired slingbacks (which we both have on our Summer wish-lists). Yes, that’s right ladies, it’s time to start thinking about de-booting and showing a bit of ankle…!

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: we we (finally!!) be announcing the winners of the four gorgeous pom pom market  baskets in Friday’s Mama Spree

soft & sweet

10 September 2015

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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.

we can’t resist a cable knit

8 September 2015

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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

it’s almost time…

21 August 2015

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The wait is almost over! Have you missed us? The good news is we are back in business from Monday, and we’re kicking off with our not-to-be-missed ‘back to school’ edit. We have rounded up our favourite school shoes, coats and bags for boys and girls. Don’t go shopping without us!

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: we have THE best Mama Spree give-away ever for you next Friday. It’s kind of like our ‘back to school’ treat for mamas. Trust us, this is definitely not one you do not want to miss…

Little Spree is taking a little holiday…

21 July 2015

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We are both having a much-needed break from Little Spree to spend some quality holiday time with our families over the Summer (and to give our eyes a rest from looking at all that Isabel Marant and Mango (we’re not sure we can even tell the difference anymore…), and our fingers a rest from all the late-night bargain hunting!!). In the meantime if you’re missing us, you can see what we’re up to (and sometimes what we’re wearing – although we can guarantee there will definitely be no bikini selfies!) on Instagram (@littlespree); and don’t forget the Little Spree shop (for you and your little ones). It’s open 24-7!

Sarah & Nicky xx

beach week…

7 June 2015

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Next week on Little Spree is dedicated to Summer holidays. What to buy, what to wear (for us and the little ones), and how to put it all together… Plus we have our ‘Daddy Spree’ Father’s Day edit on Friday. See you there!

Sarah & Nicky xx

the chicest of teepees

26 May 2015

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Numero 74 Cotton Teepee, £120.69

We love a teepee and we love this particular shade of mustard yellow. And we pretty much love anything from Numero 74. So this was always going to be a sure-thing wasn’t it? And if mustard isn’t your thing, it also comes in all these gorgeous colours too…

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: we are still loving our twigwams from last year. And they have both survived the Winter outside. They aren’t cheap, but for a permanent fixture in your garden/on your terrace they are well worth it. They are constantly being either played in or admired or both!

mama spree: the transeasonal trench (and how you can win one!)

15 May 2015

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Trench Coat

1. Wood Wood Stripe Dress, £95.00
2. Topshop Sequin Crossbody Bag, £25.00
3. Isabel Marant Étoile Wraparound Leather Sandals, £270.00
4. Wrap London Trenchcoat, £189.00

Too warm for your Winter coat (which to be honest, you’re sick of the sight of anyway), but not quite warm enough to ditch your coat altogether. Bored of your leather biker? ‘Over’ your army jacket? It’s time to embrace the trench! Don’t worry, you’ll fall back in love with your other jackets eventually… It’s just all about the trench right now. And it makes the perfect ‘transeasonal’ (fashion speak for ‘perfect for wearing right now’) coat. We love a trench with pretty much anything (dungarees, flared jeans, little dresses, flats, heels, sandals…), and we’re loving this Wrap London one with a simple Breton t-shirt dress, gladiator sandals (we both have these Issy ones in tan) and this cute sequinned cross-body ‘mini bag’ for some low-key bling. Casual but chic. Fancy winning this very trench? We love it because it’s linen, so lovely and relaxed/slouchy looking. And Wrap London are kindly giving one away to a lucky Little Spree reader! All you need to do to enter is email us with the actual name of this particular trench? A little clue: you might just find the answer somewhere here… We will be announcing the winner on Friday 22nd May. Good luck!

Sarah & Nicky xx

Created in collaboration with Wrap London

hand in hand

5 March 2015

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The Gorgeous Company Pair Of ‘In Hand’ Gloves, £36.00, notonthehighstreet.com

Is this not the most adorable thing you’ve ever seen? We want a pair right now!! Start dropping the Mother’s Day hints. We have!

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: the two lucky winners of the Nature Zoo giveaway are…
Christina Lydon and Hannah Wilson! Congratulations! Please email us your addresses and we will send your duck and dinosaur to you. Thank you to everyone who entered. You clearly love Nature Zoo as much as we do!

baby moccasins

4 March 2015

baby girl clothes

1.Gap Embroidered Denim One-Piece, £14.95, gap.co.uk
2.John Lewis Cable Knit Cardigan, £14.00-£15.00, johnlewis.com
3. Amy & Ivor Moccasins, £38.00, amyandivor.com
4. Trousselier Angle Bunny Soft Toy, £14.58, smallable.com

We can’t get enough of these little leather moccasins from Amy & Ivor (first spotted at the Dot To Dot exhibition). They will look great with everything. Check out the website to see all the other lovely colours you can choose from.

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: for anyone who saw the shoes I bought Tabitha that I posted on Instagram yesterday, they are these ones. Such amazing value. They are so sweet.

weather warning

3 February 2015

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Mango Snow Boots, £26.45 (were £54.99)

Have you woken up to snow? We have! Better get ordering a pair of these then!!

Sarah & Nicky x

and the winner is…

2 February 2015

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Ok, so Carrie may have been more of a Choo/Manolo girl, but we’re pretty sure she would be all over our favourite Boden navy ankle tie flats had she ever clapped eyes on them (she kind of pre-dated the ‘statement flat’ that we now all know and love)…
Thank you to everyone who entered our ‘Boden Navy Blue Monday’ competition (and there were a lot of you!). And thank you for all your kind words about Little Spree, which so many of you sent in along with your answers and shoe sizes. We were so touched. If you are happy, we are happy too! And at the end of the day, without you there would be no Little Spree (well it would be a bit pointless if no one was reading it wouldn’t it?). So keep reading, keep shopping, and keep emailing us with what you’re loving, what you’re hating (we can take it!) and what you would like to see more of.
So without further delay, the winner of the gorgeous Boden flats is: Shelly Jackson! Congratulations Shelley! Please email us your address so we can pass it on to Boden. Then as soon as your shoes are available, they will send you your pair directly. You will probably have yours before we have ours, so please share a pic on Instagram.

Sarah & Nicky x

happy new year!

31 December 2014

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Happy New Year to all our lovely readers!! We hope you have a wonderful evening (with or without your little ones tucked up in bed), and that 2015 is filled with health and happiness for you all. We are spending New Year’s Eve together in Richmond, and we will be raising a glass to all of you and your families. Thank you for all your support, feedback, and above all, loyalty in 2014. We couldn’t (and wouldn’t) do it without you. See you next year…

Sarah & Nicky x

little bird

21 December 2014

Looking for inspiration to fill the Christmas holidays? We’ve used this discount site to buy tickets for a few years now  (the last time for a theatre performance of Paddington which included a marmalade making class). It’s updated every Thursday and is currently offering tickets for a Frozen sing-along. Need we say more….

littlebird.co.uk

mama spree: our christmas wish lists

12 December 2014

Sarah Gift List 2

1. Diptique Set Of Three Travel Size Candles, £60.00
2. Topshop Fedora, £25.00
3. Topshop Embellished Metal Cross Body Bag, £45.00
4. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser, £34.00
5. Aquazurro Suede Sandals, £530.00
6. Chloe ‘Abby’ Ring, £150.00

I’ve cobbled together a little collection of ‘yes please!’ gifts that I would be more than happy to receive on the 25th (or any other time for that matter). Love, love, love these shoes, but would only wear then with a (probably slightly scruffy looking) cropped jean – I like a sexy, statement shoe, but only when played down. Ditto this super-cool chainmail style mini bag from Toppers. – don’t kill the coolness by adding an LBD into the mix). It may be a cliché, but I am always thrilled to get a Diptique candle – anytime, from anyone. These travel sized ones are perfect, as I love to have a candle burning in my hotel room when I’m away for work – I love/need to feel cosy to beat the home sickness. The rest of the things speak for themselves really. I’m not much of a makeup girl, but I do love this tinted moisturiser when I need a bit more ‘polish’. Oh, and for the record, I love the Mother sweatshirt (see Nicky’s list below) too…

Sarah x

Nicky Gifts

1. Nars ‘The Multiple’ Stick, £27.00
2. Carolina Bucci Rose-Gold Plated Silver ‘Lucky’ Bracelet, £150.00
3. Luxe Multu-Usage Dry Oil Golden Shimmer, £34.00
4. Selfish Mother Sweatshirt, £45.00
5. Isabel Marant Leopard Print Pumps, £470.00
6. Scotch & Soda ‘Rocker’ Belt, £49.95

As soon as Bailey arrived people would say “Christmas is all about the children now isn’t it” and although I found myself nodding, my inner child was rebelling. For me Christmas is a time for showing people we care about our appreciation, which includes mummy and daddy. This year we all wrote a letter to Father Christmas. Somehow I find it more exciting to watch Russell opening his presents knowing he will love them (plus there’s the added bonus of no returns to do! Have you seen the return queue at M&S after Christmas!). Also, no fake smiles required  as you unwrap pink spotted knee-high duvet slippers (Christmas circa 2009). This year I would be happy to receive anything from my list which also includes this White Company cashmere robe (they have 20% off at the moment), but if I had to choose one thing it would be the Mother sweatshirt. All profits from the sale of these sweatshirts go to Women for Women International which is a charity that helps women in war-torn regions to rebuild their lives through training programmes. This is a topic that is close to my heart and, as it says on their site, “this sweatshirt feels good to wear in more ways than one”.

Nicky x

ps: seeing other people’s Christmas lists is dangerous – I’m having silver bag envy Sarah!

cosy heads & hands

10 December 2014

Hats mittens

1. Cath Kidston Christmas Hat, £12.00 (reduced from £16.00)
2. Cath Kidston Christmas Mittens, £10.00 (reduced from £14.00)

We are ramping up the festive cuteness in this post! We just couldn’t resist these. Wear together or apart. Either way, your little one will never lose their mittens… We are also liking: this clever hat/scarf hybrid (the grey of course) from Jigsaw Junior; these Miller beanies and matching mittens (just ordered the mittens for Tabs and Marlow – they come in loads of colours); this Monsoon baby bow mouse hat; not a beanie, but we love this Mango hat anyway; this Little White Company pom pom beanie and matching scarf; this Oeuf NYC crown hat; this Donna Wilson for John Lewis hat and matching mittens; this Mini Boden baby hat and mittens set; and finally these adorable sheepskin mittens from Baa Baby.

Sarah & Nicky x

stamptastic

29 August 2014

I have Jo Elvin (Editor of Glamour and my old Editor/boss) to thank for this top tip. She tweeted about it a few weeks ago, and I made a note of the name (which I love!). Stamptastic is a genius hassle-free way of labelling your child’s uniform/belongings for school if you don’t fancy the time-consuming sewing or those fiddly iron-on labels. You just order the stamp with your child’s name; they post it to you with the ink block, and that’s it – you’re ready to go. No muss, no fuss.

www.stamptastic.co.uk

CakeyCoo cakes

17 August 2014

These cakes have to been seen to be believed. They are like works of art. CakeyCoo creates beautifully designed bespoke cakes (and cookies) for any occasion. Based in Hertfordshire, lovely Linsdey (who I have worked with on and off for over ten years) combines her love of baking (she certainly kept that talent on the down-low that’s for sure!) with her background in art direction and graphic design to create these unbelievable cakes. So if you’re looking for a beautiful, original birthday cake for your little one’s birthday (or indeed, any occassion), this should be your first port of call (for me it used to be Konditor & Cook – not anymore). I have honestly never seen any cakes as beautiful. And the best part is, they taste as incredible as they look (yes that is possible).

www.cakeycoo.co.uk

get crafty

12 July 2014

With the Summer holidays upon us, I like to make sure my craft supplies are well stocked (after all, it’s not about big day trips to the zoo every day). I have recently discovered Baker Ross, a brilliant website for all things creative and fun for kids. They literally have everything you (and your creative little ones) could ever want! And the prices are amazing (forget W.H. Smith – and is it just me or have they got really expensive? And no, I don’t want an enormous bar of chocolate half price thanks). They have themed kits (everything from Princesses to Rainforests) and I love their ‘craft essentials bumper pack’. I’ve just put my order in for the holidays (everything from goggly eyes to collage feathers to glider making kits….). I also just bought this four drawer tower from The Holding Company to keep it all in (including all the ‘junk’ items that kids love so much – old loo rolls, boxes etc etc). Tabarlow can wheel it around, and get everything out themselves (I was inspired by a similar trolley that they had at their nursery). So put down those iPads, turn of CBeebies (it’s giving you a headache anyway) and get crafty.

end of term…

30 June 2014

The end of term is almost upon us (Tabarlow have just three more days left at their wonderful nursery, then it’s off to ‘big school’ in September), which means time to think about presents for the teachers. John Lewis gift vouchers always go down well (and are easy to get if the class wants to get together and give a collective gift). Here are a few other sweet, personalised ideas if you’re looking for some etxra inspiration… These denim tote bagsnotepad; purse (perfect for keeping all those annoying bits and pieces in – I have so many of these); chocolatespencil case; and card. And a beautiful bunch of peonies is always going to be happily received.

grey coats

18 November 2013

Gap Sherpa Lined Peacoat (12 months-5 years)
During my endless search for navy pea coats, I constantly found myself unearthing various great grey coats, so felt they were worthy of a post in their own right. In the absence of navy, grey is always the next best thing for a Winter coat as far as I’m concerned. This Gap one really caught my eye – I love that is a slightly different spin on the traditional reefer/pea style. The sheerpa trim/lining looks (and I’m sure feels) so cosy. Here are a few others that I found… I really like this cosy parka-style from Next; this one from Kihawo; this Cyrillus one; this Cocoon one; this reefer-style from Vertaudet; and finally, this ‘baby pea’ also from Gap.
£27.95   SHOP NOW

parka chic

11 November 2013

Bluezoo Girl’s Navy Fur Trimmed Parka (4-14 years)
I have not looked at Debenhams kids’ clothes for quite a while now, but a Little Spree reader tipped me off that they were doing some good things at the moment. She recommended this parka, which I like, but I prefer the one above, as it feels a bit more like one I’d recently seen and liked in a certain well known high-end French childrenswear shop (that I only frequent during sale time). It is SO hard to find a half decent warm, waterproof coat for girls, but there a few pretty good options out there if you look hard enough. Loving this Zara (how do they always get it so right?) navy one too. And the fur collar is detachable, which I always like in a coat. And I love this one even more (it’s very similar to one my friend’s super-stylish son, Bailey was wearing the other day that I was coveting, which was definitely not a high street purchase)! This M&S one is pretty cute too. So now, which one to choose..?
£32.00-£41.00   SHOP NOW

ps: this one also comes in khaki, which is really cool too.

pps: another day, another tip off about another sale! I Dream Elephants have 25% off everything today. They have some gorgeous things for boys, girls and babies.

pear shaped

7 November 2013

Best Years Crochet Pear Rattle
How sweet is this knitted pear rattle? Super-stylish, and babies love the feel of crocheted toys (the twins loved theirs…). A great, inexpensive baby gift (from Liberty no less) for babies (and their mamas) to love…
£6.00   SHOP NOW

ps: these adorable bunny slippers arrived in the post for Tabitha today. They are SO cute. And I couldn’t leave Marlow out of course, so he got these knitted slipper-boots (in grey of course). Love them both.

pps: another day, another navy pea

cute, cosy cardigans

21 October 2013

Mini Boden Cable Cardigan (1.5-12 years)
I have had my eye on this lovely cable knit cardi for a while now (my favourite cardigan of Tabitha’s last year (that’s still going strong, and currently being worn most days) is a dusky-pink one from Mini Boden, so I thought this could be a great replacement. It also comes in navy, and a lovely yellow. I have been asked a lot about cute, cosy girls’ cardigans recently, so I have rounded up some of my favourites for you… Love this cute graphic spot one from Zara; this star printed one from Mango; this dusky-pink (such a pretty colour) one from Autograph; this heart print one form The Little White Company; this double-breasted one from Cyrllius (more of a ‘coatigan’, so really practical); this super-cute multi-striped one with a hand-knitted feel from H&M; and last, but not least, this gorgeous cashmere one from Cos (Marlow has an almost identical boys’ version from last Winter that he still wears, and still looks as good as new). So there you have it.
£24.00-£28.00   BUY NOW

the perfect grandad

16 September 2013

Alice a Paris Tunisian T-Shirt (2-10 years)
I just love these simple ‘Grandad’ style t-shirts for boys, and this one is one of the best I’ve seen. It’s a great fit, and also comes in white, (and not one, but two shades of grey!), and for £11.00, I’ll definitely be buying more than one for Marlow. I would recommend sizing up and just rolling the sleeves up (as shown here) to last the Winter and beyond… And perfect for this ‘not quite cold enough for a full-on jumper yet’ weather.
£11.00  aliceaparis.com

a scrunchy bucket?

7 August 2013

Trotters Scrunch Bucket
We are off to Cape Cod tomorrow for our Summer holiday, so my mind is focused on buckets and spades, mini bikinis and towling beach cover-ups (and not to mention, crab cakes, lobster rolls and Crew Cuts…). I won’t be packing buckets in our cases, but if I were to buy one (or two) today, it would be this super-cool, flexible (packable) one. A bucket, but not as you know it (more of a handbag in fact – ‘bagbuck’ anyone?)
£8.99  trotters.co.uk

ps: I am going to have a little break (my fingers need a rest) from Little Spree, so I won’t be posting from my holiday. But fear not, I’ll be back at the end of the month, and I will be very much focused on what we should/will be buying our little ones for the Autumn. Enjoy the rest of the Summer. And if you miss me too much, there’s always Instagram (little spree)… X

pps: not sure if this is a good or a bad thing, but I think I have just packed most of the things I have posted in the last month!

cool velcro

23 June 2013

Pom D’Api Velcro Pumps (sizes 24-32)
As you already know, Pom D’Api are my favourite shoes for (toddler) boys. Just spotted these, and will be definitely buying a pair for Marlow. Loving the double velcro (a mum’s best friend) for added speed/ease in getting out of the house. And I probably don’t need to point out the fact that I love the colour do I?
£39.99  panachekids.co.uk

bonjour monsieur

7 April 2013

Simple Kids Monsieur T-Shirt (2-10 years)
I’ve just finished series four of Spiral (I still can’t decide whether I actually like it or not?), so that might explain why I was drawn to this particular t-shirt. But a more likely explanation might simply be that it’s just a really cool t-shirt. I love the ‘relaxed fit’ too. I know it’s not exactly t-shirt weather (although amazingly, I did manage a trip to the supermarket without a coat today), but this is definitely a ‘buy now, wear later’ find that is likely to sell out soon (particularly now the sun has actually put in an appearance this year). And at a pinch, you could always layer with a cashmere cardigan or a navy hoodie if you really can’t wait to bust it out…
£37.00  eliasandgrace.com

ps: I have just discovered a company called lostmy.name, who create beautifully illustrated bespoke books for children based on the letters of their name. It’s such a clever idea. You just go to their website, where you’re guided through the process (it couldn’t be easier, and literally takes minutes), and at the end you have an individual, personalised child’s magical, adventure story book. I have just ordered one each for Marlow and Tabitha. They are so cute, and just £16.99 (they ship worldwide, but postage is free to the UK). I think they might be my latest ‘go-to’ gift idea (perfect for newborns, christenings, birthdays…). Definitely worth checking out. Totally adorable.

floral pjs

5 December 2012

Mini Club Girls Floral Pyjamas (9 months-5 years)
These were a tip-off from my lovely friend (and sadly, ex-neighbour), Kath. She spotted them a while ago, but they were so popular, they sold out before I had a chance to post them. Now they’re back, so don’t hang around if you want to get your hands on a pair. Boots do some really fab things for kids (they’re just not always that easy to find…). In fact, I’ve got some real gems in there in the past (and you would never guess where they were from). So if you’ve never thought of looking (and frankly, why would you?), take a peek – you may well be surprised. I love that these are really classic, old-fashioned pyjamas (they have a bit of a Little House On The Prairie vibe about them). They are 100% cotton, which for the price (you can even use your Boots points to pay if you like – love that!), is pretty great. They feel very Christmas-y to me (just not in the obvious way). So sweet.
£14.00  boots.com