soft & sweet

10 September 2015

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

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

it’s almost time…

21 August 2015


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


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

the chicest of teepees

26 May 2015


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


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

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,
2.John Lewis Cable Knit Cardigan, £14.00-£15.00,
3. Amy & Ivor Moccasins, £38.00,
4. Trousselier Angle Bunny Soft Toy, £14.58,

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.

and the winner is…

2 February 2015


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


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….

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


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.

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).

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.