Not So Little Shop

31 March 2016

The Newly Re-Stocked Little Shop - Little Spree

The sweetest sequin basket, (a tasteful) Batman sweatshirt, cool khaki cut-offs, the cutest crocheted dress (Tabitha’s is on its way), and probably one of our favourite logos tops of all time (we’ve already ordered a couple as gifts): the Little Shop has been re-stocked!

Nicky & Sarah xx

Pretty Baby

10 March 2016

Little Spree: Baby Girl
Zara Home Cotton Romper, £19.99

Little Spree: Baby Girl Outfit

1. Zara Home Cotton Romper (0-6 months), £19.99
2. Petit Bateau Baby Cardigan (1-12 months), £45.00
3. Martin Pederson Baby Tights (6-18 months), £13.00
4. Billie Blush Rabbit Doll, £23.00

We can never resist a cute baby outfit, and frankly, who could possibly resist this cotton romper? Or it’s price tag?? And this adorable rabbit doll would make the loveliest newborn gift. Oh and of course, our favourite Boden baby cardigans are always on our ‘baby favourites’ list.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Baby’s First (Stylish) Christmas

10 December 2015

Baby First Christmas

1. Huttelihut Baby Hat, £38.00
2. M&S Cotton Sleepsuits (sold as part of a set of three), £15.00-£16.00)
3. Clara & Macy Personalised First Christmas Star Decoration, £14.75
4. The Two Wagtails Personalised Baby’s First Christmas Card, £4.25
5. Trousselier Angel Bunny Rattle, £10.53
6. Next Knitted Booties, £6.00

Is it possible that Next have employed a group of lovely, kind-hearted grannies to make some of their baby knitwear this Christmas? It’s the only explanation for these handmade looking  pom-pom booties (above) and this adorable cardigan (take a look at the back view, it’s so sweet). If like us, you’d rather avoid the reindeer and Christmas pudding outfits, they’re a simple way of adding some festive fashion (just the right amount in our opinion) to your baby’s first Christmas wardrobe.

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: we just found this super-soft ‘Huge Howard Bear‘ (which has the year embroidered on his paw) from The White Company and think it would make the loveliest gift for a baby’s first Christmas. And it’s currently 50% off!

pps: and one last things to add: these bunny booties

Just because…

10 November 2015

baby

1. Louis Louise Igloo Baby Hat, £45.00
2. Mango Chunky-Knit Sweater, £16.99
3. The Little White Company Cloud paper Mobile, £25.00
4. M&S Owl Plush Toy, £10.00
5. MangoMango Leather Shoes, £19.99

This is just a little collection of gorgeous baby pieces. We saw them, loved them, so decided to share them. For no reason in particular, other than the fact that are all super-cute. Happy Tuesday!

Sarah & Nicky xx

Mamas & Papas collaborate with Liberty London

28 September 2015

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Special Edition Liberty Collaboration Armadillo Stroller, £299.00

Liberty Print

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.

Sarah & Nicky xx

baby knits

3 September 2015

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

 

mini bags

4 June 2015

Girls Bag

1. Jigsaw Alice Mini Crossbody Bag, £15.00
2. Jigsaw Alice Mini Crossbody Bag, £15.00
3. Jigsaw Alice Mini Crossbody Bag, £15.00

Normally anything so (very) pink and so (very) shiny would be an automatic Little Spree ‘no-no’ but not this time. These sweet little bags are not only cute and reasonably priced, they provide one of those rare opportunities where you can genuinely be happy when your little ones choses the pink version!

Nicky & Sarah x

bunny love

18 May 2015

Maileg Bunny

1. Maileg Nicky Rabbit, £31.00
2. Maileg Axel Rabbit, £40.00
3. Maileg Helen Bunny, £31.00

As Bailey had shown absolutely no interest in the various bears, elephants and bunnies that he had been bought over the years I decided to give them away. Fast forward six months: “where are my bears and bunnies?”. Eeek!  So it was with a slight sense of guilt that I bought him a Maileg bunny at Easter. In some ways these bunnies (and mice, foxes, cats, deer…) are more like dolls than soft toys as they all have amazing outfits that you can take off and change. I wasn’t sure how Bailey (a boy who likes to  play with toys that fly or can be crashed) would react to such a toy, but ‘Easter’ as his bunny was aptly named is very much loved. The only down side is Easter gets more cuddles than me!

Nicky x

ps: these rabbits and bunnies are included in ‘treat week’ at Elias & Grace, so have 20% off until midnight tonight.

bug bingo

14 April 2015

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Bug Bingo, £14.33 (was £19.95)

This game is the current favourite in our house. It’s really beautifully designed and made, and “brings a fun and educational twist to the traditional game of bingo”. And who wouldn’t want to be educated in the differences between a Lord Howe Island stick insect and a Wetapunga?
Tabitha and Marlow also have Bird Bingo, which is equally entertaining. They make the loveliest gifts too.

Sarah x

ps: for anyone waiting for the John Lewis metal basket on wheels featured in this post to come back in stock, the wait is over. Buy it now.

easter chic

26 March 2015

Easter Outfits

1. Easter Bunny Glasses, £4.00
2. Stella McCartney Kids Jumper With Bunny Back, £60.00
3. Gap Bunny Sleep Set, £14.95
4. Little Cloud Liberty Print Cushion, £28.00
5. Maileg Baby Boy & Girl, £26.00

Easter Egg Hunt

1. Meri Meri Easter Cupcake Kit, £12.50
2. Easter Egg Hunt Sack, £6.00
3. Little Lulubel Bunny Ears Hats, £7.95
4. Pat The Bunny, £6.58
5. M&S Easter Egg Signs (set of six), £6.00

Easter is just around the corner, so we are sharing out favourite festive finds. This was a hard edit – there are just so many cute things around. Here are some more that we couldn’t squeeze into the pictures… The White Company dress up set; The White Company Easter garland; Meri Meri Easter garland kit; this Easter bunny bag; these personalised Easter egg bags; this Maileg set of bunny decorations (I have these from last Easter and have kept them on display all year round – they look so sweet); this Easter egg hunt bunny bag; these Easter decorations (if you follow us on Instagram, you will have seen me posting them from Petersham Nurseries last week); this personalised card (if you are an Easter card sender – I’m, but Nicky is); and this Stella McCartney jumper is a navy version of the above one, but on sale if you’re looking for a slightly less guilty purchase.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: Pat The Bunny is celebrating its 75th anniversary (we went along to the the Bonpoint event in Harrods on Saturday). It’s the sweetest book for babies. And it’s Julia Restoin Roitfeld’s favourite book to read to her daughter, Romy. Super-chic.

mama spree: mother’s day gifts

7 March 2015

Mothers Day Gifts

1. Isabel Marant Tassel Earrings, £110.00, matches.com
2. Iris & Ink Cashmere Sweater, £138.00, theoutnet.com
3. Vogue Living: Houses Gardens People, £60.00, waterstones.com
4. Isabel Marant Lelie Sandals, £575.00, matches.com
5. Diptique Jasmin Scented Candle, £40.00, johnlewis.com
6. Jigsaw Faux Fur Bag Pom Pom, £19.00, jigsaw-online.com

We would be more than happy with anything in this picture thank you very much! We also love (and would happily receive) these Hush bracelets; this Selfish Mother tee; this Marc by Marc Jacobs necklace; these pyjamas; a gift certificate for a Cowshed treatment; and where would you be on Mother’s Day without a bunch of flowers? We would be delighted to receive either these scented stocks or these anemones (and no hidden extra delivery costs on top). And here are a few of our favourite cards: this one; this one; and we still love these cards (did anyone notice mine on the book shelves in my Red portrait? SC); and how sweet is this? Oh, and this made us laugh.

Sarah & Nicky x

mama spree: we LOVE it so much we styled it twice…

6 February 2015

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Valentine 2

1. Bella Freud Jumper, £130.00 (was £260.00)
2. ASOS Zip Top Ears Clutch Bag, £30.00
3. Topshop Coated Midi Skirt, £25.00 (was £55.00)
4. Sophia Webster Leilou Stripe Leather Sandals, £430.00

Valentines

1. Bella Freud Jumper, £130.00 (was £260.00)
2. Lulu Frost Earrings, £72.00 (were £160.00)
3. Topshop Relaxed Utility Trousers, £36.00
4. Mango Leather Sneakers, £44.99

We LOVE this jumper (Russell, Tom – take note!). We REALY love this jumper. In fact, we love it so much we decided to show you how versatile it is; and how it looks just as great dressed up for Valentine’s drinks/dinner, as it does hanging out at home with a takeaway and a box set. And it’s half price! Amen to that.

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: oh and before we forget (so busy focusing on what we might wear…), here are some ideas for Valentine’s cards and gifts that we might give or receive… This egg mould, this personalised card, this card, this book of love letters, this personalised cushion, this ring (I already have this and it’s really sweet – SC), these roses (white is so much chic-er than red), or a heart shaped cheese?

pps: some of you may recognise the jumper from the February issue of Red. I styled the blue version with an amazing pair of Chanel gold pants… So officially, we loved it so much we actually styled it three times!! SC

stocking fillers

17 December 2014

Boys stocking fillers

1.Toyella Power Up 2.0 Paper Plane, £14.99
2. Triceratops Figure, £8.00
3. Toyella Stacking Magnetic Toy Rocket, £16.99
4.Toyella Ringo, £6.99
5. Balloon Powered Car, £2.00
6. Original Slinky, £4.50

Girls stocking fillers.

1. Air Heads Animal Balloons, £8.00
2. Toyella Rain Cloud, £9.99
3. Meri Meri Alphabet Stickers, £4.00
4. Numero 74 Magic Wand, £5.00
5. Maileg Baby Girl Mouse In A Box, £11.00
6. Nailmatic Kids Nail Varnish, £6.48
7. Toyella Jump Rope, £9.99

The halls are decked, and most of the presents are bought, but there are still those little stocking fillers to buy (well, a few more anyway). Cute, fun, and most importantly, inexpensive. These are some of our favourites.

Sarah & Nicky x

daddy spree: the gifts they really want…

14 December 2014

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1. The Silver Spoon For Children: Favourite Italian Recipes, £10.36
2. A.P.C Wool Shirt, £180.00
3. M&S Pure Wool Fedora, £29.50
4. John Varvatos Fine Knit Scarf, £87.00
5. Telegraph Avenue, £7.19
6. Illy Ground Expresso Coffee, £5.89

OK, more than a little on the self indulgent side: all gifts relate to, shall we say, strong interests of mine, such as: Sarah of course (I’m guessing she may be reading this); music (the books); and most things Italian. There comes a time, when Sarah’s on a work trip and the twins are asleep, when sardines and anchovies and sultanas and pine nuts and pasta combine to create a Sicilian conspiracy that no one else in the family will touch. This is the wine to go with it and the coffee’s for afterwards. The recipe’s simplified from the classic ‘The Silver Spoon’ cookbook and I hope someone tracks down this kids’ version for me. In my minds eye, I’d really enjoy looking like a mid-sixties Marcello Mastroianni as I lift pasta to mouth, but since that’s never gonna happen, the capotto (coat), sciarpa (scarf), cappello (hat) and camicia (shirt) might get me into a crowd scene at least.

Soulful Christmas and Happy New Year,

Tom

Papa Gifts - R

1. A Personalised  Book A Month Gift Service, from £29.99
2. Uniqlo Cashmere Crew Neck Sweater, £79.90
3. Uniqlo Cashmere Beanie, £29.90
4. Vera Wang For Men Eau De Toilette, £36.00-£46.80
5. Chambers & Beau Personalised Identity Bracelet, £40.00
6. Apple iPad Air 2, £399.00

Being a creature of habit (if it ain’t broke…), my Christmas list this year is mainly made up of things I’ve received before and really really liked. So, here goes. The Willoughby Book Club is fantastic – a gift that keeps on giving. If your husband/boyfriend likes reading, just tell them his preferences and they will carefully choose and deliver a book for him every month. There is something exciting about knowing you have a really good book coming your way each month, one that will probably broaden your reading horizons but still be your kind of page turner. The cashmere beanie hat and jumper are more about the snuggle effect they seem to encourage (no daddy ever tires of that right?) but the practical side of me appreciates the extra warmth and style too. The Vera Wang aftershave – well, Nicky thinks it smells really nice which is the only point of it, so that works for me. The only gift that isn’t a repeat is the bracelet, or ‘man band’ as I like to call it. Not one for wearing jewellery normally, the inscription of Bailey’s name on one side and ‘Papa’ on the other got me right in the … you know, that place where emotion comes from. Finally, no daddy Christmas list would be complete without a gadget and for me it’s the new iPad Air 2 – so much quicker and lighter than our current very old version. Even better, as you can partly fund the upgrade by selling your old iPad to one of many gadget recyclers (assuming your little one hasn’t laid claim to it already…).

Merry Christmas!

Russell

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!

little gifts

9 December 2014

Girls Christmas

1. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera, £69.99
2. Maileg Mini Angel Bunny, £19.00
3. Moulin Roty Wicker Dolls Pram, £68.00
4. Music Alley Junior Guitar, £24.43
5. ilovegorgeous Silk Freida Party Purse, £25.00

A few more ideas for the little girls: Apollo wooden balance bike; Maileg mini angel; Woodstock gold cat ears headband; Moulin Roty baking set; Mini Boden bunny slippers; Louisa Misha Taj braceletM&S wooden toaster; Lucky Voice microphone; Liberty print mini suitcase; Sophie La Girafe music box; and M&S wooden till.

Boys Christmas

1. John Lewis Mini Kitchen, £50.00
2. Le Toy Van Tipi Camp Set, £30.00
3. Nobodinoz Retro Bowling Set, £34.00
4. Maileg Mouse Prince, £16.00
5. The Little White Company Wigwam, £120.00

For the little boys we also like: this Le Toy Van Bucanner’s pirate fort; B Toys Symphony in B; Paddington book suitcase; Seedling My Little Dino World; Toyella Build Your Own Den, M&S small oven top; Little White Company ride on car; and this Vilac accordion.

things that make you go aaaaaahhh….

8 December 2014

baby gifts

1. Numero 74 Changing Mat, £28.35
2. Little Cloud Adelajda Liberty Print Cloud Mobile, £26.00
3. M&S Pure Cashmere Cardigan, £35.00
4. Oeuf Grey Rabbit Hat, £40.00
5. Mozartkugel Music Box, £49.99
6. Ugg Sheepskin Booties, £45.00

Things don’t get much cuter than this at Christmas… We’ve rounded up our absolute favourite presents for babies. After all, babies + Christmas = an excuse to buy the most adorable presents ever (like we need an excuse??)! We also love: this Gap striped all-in-one; this Little White Company sheepskin cushion; this Stella McCartney Kids bunny ears hat; this Little White Company cloud mobile; this Time Capsules kit; this Little White Company penguin; this Sebra pull-along elephant; these Samantha Holmes alpaca fur booties; this Little White Company toadstool light; and this Mini Boden knitted jacket (in oatmeal or thistle).

Sarah & Nicky x

book corner

7 December 2014

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I am Tabtiha and Marlow’s dad, and an Educational Psychologist. I also taught children aged five to seven for many years. I love reading to children and hearing them read. Sarah and Nicky have asked me to do the occasional ‘Daddy Spree’ post. So for my first one, here are my top ten books to share with children aged zero to seven years (in baby to child order, approximately).

Tom

My Animals by Xavier Deneux
The first book the twins showed the slightest bit of interest in (high contrast! tactile!).

Here Come the Aliens! by Colin McNaughton
Lots of black/white contrast again (it’s in space). Plus funny. Spend maximum time on the “inkey pinkey elekmah” page.

The Elephant and the Bad Baby by Raymond Briggs & Elfrida Vipont
Some people have difficulty with the ‘bad baby’ concept. Those people were never older siblings. Rumpetta Rumpetta Rumpetta.

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
It has funny, it has suspense. Kids love funny, kids love suspense. Do lots of bubble noises (to add to the suspense). Even better than its predecessor (‘I Want My Hat Back’).

Not Now Bernard by David McKee
“… every bit” is the best line in the history of children’s literature. Also, a wonderful way of talking through bad moods (sometimes all of us are Mum, all are Dad and all are The Monster).

Rescue! by Roderick Hunt & Alex Brytcha
I love this series and personally I prefer ‘Kipper and the Giant’, or ‘The Rainbow Machine’, or ‘The Dragon Tree’, but, for some reason, this is the one the twins choose, again and again and again (repetition is good!). A sort of feminist ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ without Nazis.

I am a Bunny by Ole Risom & Richard Scarry
A short one for late bedtimes.

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Dr Seuss books were written for children to read and I loved reading them as a child, but how wonderful they are to read to children: they just flow off the page (and the illustrations still feel as fresh today as they did when I was 6). Hard to pick a favourite, but this is a roller-coaster of a read. Needs silly voices (confession: I do Sam-I-Am Robert De Niro in Mean Streets and the cat, or whatever that is, Princess Anne).

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Again, hard to pick a best Roald Dahl book, but maybe this is it, from a reading-to-children point of view (some will think it’s heresy, but in my opinion skipping the overlong Centipede songs is allowable).

MAPS by Aleksandra Mizielinska & Daniel Mizielinski
Great pictures. So much to talk about.

Honorable Mentions:

Library Lion by Michelle Knudson & Kevin Hawkes
Top ranking in the warm-and-fuzzy stakes (Sarah and I also love the illustrations).

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson
If you’ve never come across this (I hope you have!), you should. More than 50 years old but still quietly clever in a way that impresses both children as listeners and reading adults. And what are your favourite kinds of pie?

ps: books always make fantastic (and generally inexpensive) gifts, so perfect for Christmas. Sarah and I always love to give and receive books for Tabitha and Marlow (and not to mention, ourselves – our house is full of them!).

christmas at bicester

30 November 2014

Bicester

As you know we LOVE a bargain at Little Spree, so when we were invited to Bicester Village designer shopping outlet to the launch of their ‘step into the story’ Christmas shopping event, how could we resist? As you can see we, er, didn’t resist! In fact we gave in completely and have the credit card statements to prove it. How could we, with discounts in the stores of up to 60%? But cleverly the Bicester Village experience is anything but discounted, starting the moment you arrive with their optional valet parking (yes we did that too). Then there’s the brand selection which includes  Bonpoint, Smythson, Anya Hindmarch, Stella McCartney (plus Stella Kids) and White Company (plus The Little White Company). We shopped in all of them. And for the men – Gieves & Hawkes, Pink, Paul Smith and Church’s. And Cath Kidston is great for kids and perfect for cute stocking fillers. We shopped solo this time but there is a lovely children’s play area to keep the little ones busy whilst you ‘pop’ into Celine. So what else do you need to know? Just all the info on getting there and the opening hours. Oh and don’t forget your credit card….

Sarah & Nicky x

baby blankets

26 November 2014

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The Little Taylor Large Knitted Blanket, £41.00

The Little Taylor was one of our favourite brands at the Bubble exhibition in the Summer – such adorable things. This is a gorgeous blanket (and big!), and it won’t break the bank either. It also comes in pink (a pretty soft pink, naturally), grey and cream. Quite a few of you have been asking for a post on baby blankets. So here you go! The only problem? Which one to choose??
Gap cable knit; Miller cashmere (pricey, but gorgeous); Natures Purest cable; The Little Taylor again (this time with a cosy fur lining); Stella Kids bunny; this Numero 74 one’s not officially a blanket, but would be great for baby to lie on, or for the pram/buggy – and we love it…; ditto this Numero 74 sleeping bag; The Little White Company knitted patchwork; Olivier Baby cashmere; Sheridan Parker cashmere cable knit (currently reduced from £229.00 to £140.00); Jo Jo Maman Bebe striped; Betty Bramble Liberty print buggy blanket; and Lilly & Sid cable knit.

Sarah x

kate spade loves gap

12 November 2014

Kate Spade Gap bags

1. Kate Spade Gap Kids Colourblock Tote, £29.95
2. Kate Spade Gap Kids Coloublock Tote (Large), £59.95

Gap Kate Spade

1. Jack Spade Gap Kids Contrast Cardigan, £29.95
2. Jack Spade Gap Kids Wool Jacket, £69.95
3. Jack Spade Gap Kids Selvedge Straight Jeans, £27.95
4. Jack Spade Gap Kids Google Eyes Hi-Tops, £29.95

Nicky and I (with Tabarlow and Bailey in tow – it was during half term) went to the press breakfast for the launch of the new Kate and Jack Spade collaboration for Gap Kids. Whimsical, playful, kooky and colourful. We saw, we liked, we shopped. In fact, we actually preferred the boys collection (which is unusual because generally boys’ clothes are so much harder to find). Nicky bought these super-cool hi-tops for Bailey, and he/she absolutely loves them. They are so cool. And how sweet are these ‘mini me’ totes? Here are some other bits and pieces that we liked… these gift bow ballet flats (Tabs was obsessed with them!); this pom pom hat; this glitter satchel; and ok, so this is more of a Mama Spree purchase, but we love this iPhone cover too.

Available (for a limited period only) in stores and online now.
www.gap.co.uk

socks & sandals

4 November 2014

E&G girls

1. Miller Xono Beanie (from Elias & Grace), £40.00
2. Bonton Escale Dress (from Elias & Grace), £67.00
3. Martin Pederson Gemini Tights (from Elias & Grace), £16.00
4. Mango Wooden Leather Sandals, £34.99

Who says socks and sandals are a nerdy no-go? Not us. Nothing cuter!

ps: I have been scouring the shops, searching for the (Barbie sized) Elsa doll for Tabitha for Christmas (from Santa), but no luck. I was certainly not expecting to find one on the Selfridges website. But I did, and now Elsa is winging her way to Richmond… Phew!

L is for…

29 October 2014

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M&S Alphabet Cushion, £8.00 (reduced from £10.00)

I spotted these fab cushions when I was in the Westfield store today, looking at the gorgeous new M&S Baby collection (more of that next week…). They look really expensive!! And as you can see, they are anything but! You can order any letter (or how about having all the letters to make the whole name?), and they even come with the padding in (how irritating is it when you go to pay for a cushion/s and you then have to pay for the padding on top? Or is it just me?). They would make such a great gift for a newborn’s nursery. Who needs Jonathan Adler anyway?

love tee

6 August 2014

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Bob & Blossom ‘Love’ Silver Print Long Sleeve Tee (1-5 years)
£14.95  SHOP NOW
I have long been a fan of Bob & Blossom, and have bought countless number t-shirts for birthday presents (they are always well received by both parents, and little ones, and a great price at just £16.95). But at the recent Bubble exhibition in London, it was this adorable love tee that caught my eye. The ‘marshmallow’ pink is just right, and the silver text makes the perfect cool contrast. I also loved the ‘hello’ version in the perfect ‘cloud’ grey with neon text (in fact, it was tough to choose which one to use as the picture for this post). They are also both available in baby sizes too. I can’t get enough of them!

ps: the lucky winner of the gorgeous Nature Zoo musical octopus is Louise Knight. Congratulations Louise! Please email me with your address and I will post it straight to you. Thank you to everyone who entered, and worry not, there will be more competitions coming soon.

pps: next week is dedicated to the dreaded (for so many reasons!!) subject of ‘back to school’, or in Tabarlow’s case: starting school. I am traumatised, but mostly about the scary shoes. I will be sharing my woes with you all next week, so don’t buy anything until you’ve read my edit.

daddy spree: what are we going to buy for father’s day?

1 June 2014

1. Uniqlo Sweatshirt, £19.90
2. Acqua Di Parma Colonia After Shave, £35.10
3. ‘Where Chefs Eat’, £11.96
4. Tillyanna ‘Daddy We Love You’ Cushion, £30.00
5. Jigsaw Two Tone Scarf, £39.00
6. I love My Dad, from £1.99
7. Anya Hindmarch Bespoke Wallet, £195.00

Here is a round-up of all my favourite gifts ideas for Father’s Day. You even still have time to order a thoughtful bespoke or personalised gift or card if you get your skates on. This edit (I hope) covers all types of dads, and all types of budgets… As always, the trawling through the internet has been done for you (you can literally write off an entire afternoon on notonthehighstreet.com!!). Father’s Day can be a bit of a last-minute panic, but if you are reading this, you are already on your way to getting organised! I have even included ideas for cards and wrapping paper…
Love this sweet fortune teller game; story time dice (I have ordered these for Tom from the twins as one of his pressies); personalised chopping board or slate trivet for dads who like to cook; ‘you are loved’ print; ‘you are amazing’ print; ‘do small things with love’ print; canvas weekend bag; navy chukka boots; type map print; personalised bookmark; ‘dad’ cushion; stylish (and practical) picnic blanket; you can’t go wrong with a bottle of Acqua di Parma as far as I’m concerned (Tabitha and Marlow’s Daddy wears/loves it, and I adore the smell)… this super-cool Roberts Revival Blutone black radio (really tempted to buy this for Tom, as I know he would love it..); perosnalised record label print (I love ‘daddy cool’); steel hip flask; vintage playing cards ‘Daddy’ picture; personalised money clip; if you’ve got a holiday booked, how about these chic seersucker swim shorts (bought for Tom from Marlow, to match his) or these (also bought for Tom, from Tabitha)? Jigsaw round collar shirt; ‘my daddy is…’ framed print; Gucci sunglasses; ‘my heart belongs to Daddy’ mug; Jigsaw checked scarf; personalised canvas bag; A.P.C-esque wash bag (I like the one with the cross); super-cool Lanvin trainers; for beardy daddys (including Tabitha and Marlow’s), this beard oil set; this tricolour sweatshirt; and last but not least we really love (and will probably be buying) this personalised bookmark (‘best storyteller’ is our favourite – so sweet). And don’t forget the card/s! Notonthehighstreet.com have some of the best I’ve seen. Love this (and have ordered three!) ‘days you have been my dad’ card; this ‘to the moon and back’ card; this ‘best grandad ever ever ever ever ever’ card (don’t forget the granddads if you’re little ones are lucky enough to have them); this hand print card; this chalkboard card; this ‘daddy cool’ card; and I adore this sweet ‘write your own’ father’s day wrapping paper. Amen.

ps: and while you’re online check out my Style Passport interview on the AlexandAlexa blog. Can’t wait for our holiday now…

pps: just re-read this and realised that Tom has done pretty well! I’ve also bought him ‘The Where Chefs Eat’ book, which I know he’ll love.

house rules

17 May 2014

Lime Lace Personalised Ruler Height Chart
£125.00  SHOP NOW
I came across this when I was searching online for a cool ‘rewards chart’ for the twins (I didn’t find one, so any suggestions gratefully received!). It is such a great idea for a height chart, and can be personalised (which I always love for kids’ things). It is quite pricey (but it is GIANT – over six foot!), but would make a really cool statement in a baby’s nurser/child’s room. It would also make a really fab, original gift (newborn, christening, early birthday). I love it.

pull along

26 April 2014

Hedgehog Pull Along Cart
£35.00  SHOP NOW
What kid doesn’t love loading up all their toys (crap) into something vaguely mobile, then moving (dragging) it from place to place? So why not get them something cool to do it with? This a great price for something that is guaranteed to get A LOT of use. Plus I won’t resent it (too much) hanging around because it looks good. Sold!

ps: I bought the best swimming costume for Tabitha this afternoon in Gap. I have scoured their website and it’s not there, but this is the bikini version (also very cute, but better for slightly older girls). The one piece is the same seersucker fabric and grey/blue stripe and it has a halter-neck. I bought Tabs age 4-5 and it fits (admittedly quite roomy, but she is tiny, and it was the smallest size). It’s gorgeous, and looks super-expensive. It will be having it’s first outing on Monday at their swimming lesson.

pps: I know it’s Saturday and not Friday, but I bought these flats from Zara, and I already love them, and they were just £20.00!! I wore them this afternoon with a cashmere sweater and my Current Elliot black jeans (with a little cuff). Super-chic.

ppps: Mango has a whopping 30% off today (enter the code: 5APRIL2014 at checkout), so get shopping! I’ve just had a breakfast (not so little) shopping spree (for me and the kids) and I’m still in my pyjamas! Thanks Lisa for the tip-off.

 

gifted

22 April 2014

New Baby’s Cardigan And Teddy Gift Set (0-6 months)
£50.00  SHOP NOW
Looking for a chic, original gift for a newborn baby? I absolutely love this gorgeous gift set. Sometimes even I get bored of my usual High Street haunts when it comes to buying baby gifts, and this set really caught my eye because it’s a little bit different, and a whole lot more stylish than your standard baby sets. And you can order it without setting foot outside your house – you don’t even have to buy wrapping paper or a card – it comes wrapped in tissue paper in a chic box with a gift tag (which can be personalised). The cute hooded cardigan (made from super-soft, machine washable cotton) comes in a selection of gorgeous (Little Spree favourite) colours – dusky blue, vintage pink, soft grey and cream. And teddy (who is also machine washable) comes with a removable grey jumper. What more could a newborn wish for for a stylish start?

ps: if you want a little less of a splurge, how cute are these knitted t-bar baby booties?

affordable luxury

1 April 2014

Chloe Baby Girls Cashmere Hat & Scarf Set (12 months)
£42.00 (was £84.00)  SHOP NOW
Chloe. Cashmere. Beyond gorgeous. And totally affordable. No this is not an April fool! These are hard facts. Such an amazing price for a beautiful, luxury baby gift (for yours or someone elses). I’m very tempted to buy it to keep for the next friend who gets pregnant… I’m even tempted to have another baby myself!

mama spree: mothers’ day ‘hint list’ for all the dads out there…

14 March 2014


Anya Hindmarch Bespoke Loose Pocket
£135.00  SHOP NOW
Mothers’ Day is only two weeks away, so it’s time to start throwing out some serious hints. I have compiled a little selection of things that I definitely would be more than happy to unwrap on 30th March, and hopefully you will too. I have tried to choose things that we wouldn’t necessarily buy for ourselves (when was the last time you actually bought yourself a pair of cashmere socks??), so they feel that bit more special and luxurious. I’ve also tried to cater for all wallet sizes… I would politely call this a ‘hint list’, so email this post to your husband/boyfriend/partner right now, then keep your fingers firmly crossed…
I’m going to start with this fabulous Anya Hindmarch personalised ‘loose pocket’. I have been a fan of these for many years, but I actually don’t have one (Tabitha and Marlow do though – Anya Hindmarch very kindly sent them both one after they were born – you may have seen Tabs’ on the Little Spree Instagram feed – it’s gold and super-cute). I like this  red ‘I love you’ version too. They are impossibly chic (personally, I love the red and the navy the best, but they come in a whole host of colours), and so useful. You can use them to keep pretty much anything in. And I love the fact that you can have them personalised in handwriting (like the one above) or embossed (there are lots of options available, or you can choose your own words) to make it a totally personal/bespoke gift (so all the more thoughtful). I would go for something that includes your name, but I also love the idea of a Mothers’ Day gift having ‘mummy’ in there somewhere – ‘mummy’s stuff’ etc etc. You’ll need to hurry though if you want to personalise (in your own writing if you want), as the deadline for this is Monday 17th. So make sure you waft this under your significant other’s nose asap! There is an additional charge of £40.00 for this service. Instead of cut flowers, how about this M&S lavender tree (I was sent two from my cousins for my birthday recently, and they are so lovely, and they are delivered to your door – mine are currently residing in our little courtyard); or this vintage lavender trough from Not On The High Street? This Valentino Rockstud leather headband (a lot cheaper than the shoes, and probably a lot more comfortable to wear…); these White Company cashmere socks (currently 20% off); you can’t ever go wrong with a  Diptyque scented candle – they are without doubt the best scented candles, and they smell amazing just sitting on the mantelpiece without even being lit – my favourites are Baies, Figuier, Roses and Tuberose; this (ridiculously tactile) Marc by Marc Jacobs heart paperweight;  I already have (and love) these cute Stella McCartney days of the week knickers (size up though – they come up tiny!); I have been dreaming of this super-cool Hillier gold bunny necklace for some time now; anything from Smythson always makes a stylish gift, and this ‘I love my mum’ notebook is so sweet (and we can never have too many notebooks!); an indulgent Cowshed (one of my favourite places) treatment gift card (anything from a manicure to a full body massage will make all us mamas out there feel truly pampered and appreciated; this Nuxe multi-purpose oil comes highly recommend by a very discerning friend. Apparently it’s amazing (and smells incredible); this fun personalised tote bag from Not On The High Street would be a cute, inexpensive pressie that I would probably use every day. And like the Anya loose pockets, you could either have your name, or ‘mummy’ or ‘mama’ – whatever is personal to you really. And no wish list would be complete without some Isabel Marant (show me a mama who doesn’t want to receive a little something from Issy?), so I am adding these gorgeous multi-drop earrings as a final wish. I hope I have provided all the men out there with enough inspiration. I think this should be enough to be getting on with. And dads, any questions, please feel free to email at the address at the top of the page…

pimp my ride

1 March 2014

Betty Bramble Liberty Print Buggy Liner (universal design to fit most 3 and 5 point buggy harnesses)
£39.00  SHOP NOW
I LOVE this idea. Move over sheepskin, it’s all about the Liberty print buggy liners now!! How chic and totally gorgeous! I particularly love this classic Tana Lawn Liberty Arts print (equally for girls and boys). And it’s reversible – printed cotton on one side and luxurious navy corduroy on the other side. Genius. It’s padded with a hypoallergenic filling to give your little one the most comfortable ride, and it’s 100% cotton and machine washable. Perfect for adding a little extra style to your buggy. There is a more girly print too, and you can also get a blanket to match. They would make wonderful presents for a stylish ‘mummy-to-be’ (practical, but beautiful), and the prices are really reasonable too. I also love the fact that all of Betty Bramble (love the name too – sounds like a Beatrix Potter character) products are designed and manufactured in Britain, and the quality is amazing. I only wish they had been around when Tabarlow were babies…

bye baby bunting

22 February 2014

Little Cloud Liberty Print Fabric Garland
From £12.00  SHOP NOW
I can never get enough of Liberty print, it’s just such a design classic, and always so pretty, no matter what. I found this name garland when I was cruising for baby gift ideas, and it’s just brilliant. Such an amazing price for such a pretty, personalised (I always love a personalised baby gift – it just shows so much more time and thought, plus your new baby’s name is such a novelly for those first few months…). Love.

ps: if you don’t necessarily want to go down the personalised route, this more traditional bunting from The Little White Company, inspired by a vintage eiderdown, is another sweet option. It would look adorable strung up in a nursery or bedroom. And how cute are these Liberty print Milk Two Bunnies hair clips?

gifting

8 February 2014

Toffee Moon Baby Blanket & Hat Gift Set (sizes 0-24 months)
£35.00  SHOP NOW
This is a great price for a lovely, good quality (100% cotton) baby blanket and matching hat. And it comes gift wrapped too, so one less thing to worry about. Blankets are one of my favourite newborn gifts because they look chic (if you choose the right one anyway); stand the test of time, feel luxurious (even if you don’t necessarily splurge on cashmere) and have multiple uses. I have mentioned them before, but when the twins were born their ‘New York Granny’ bought them a beautiful grey cashmere blanket each. I loved and cherished them, and used them straight away in their pram; when we were out and about; in the car, everywhere… Now Tabitha uses hers to play with her baby dolls, and Marlow’s is, er, currently being used in our kittens’ bed (see, still useful!)… So they have been used constantly for over four years now. And I still love them. The gift that keeps on giving…

ps: I’ve also just seen this lovely cloud mobile from The Little White Company which would also make a gorgeous baby gift.

cotton tail

3 February 2014

Stella McCartney Grey Rabbit Jumper (9 months)
£40.50 (was £58.00)  SHOP NOW
I’ve always loved this jumper (this is the back view by the way – the front is completely plain, making it all the more adorable), and although it’s not a huge reduction in price, it makes it just that bit more affordable (I have a mental block over £50.00 unless we’re talking about shoes, coats or something very special). It would be an ideal purchase if you are pregnant (as tempting as it is, it’s actually a good idea not to only buy newborn and tiny sizes – also buy some cute things for a little later on – it’s so lovely when you unpack them when you’ve come through the fog of those first few months (or in my case the first year!!) once you’ve got your mojo back, and can really start enjoying styling up your little one/s). I like to apply the same method to buying gifts for friend’s newborns too – buy bigger, wear later. A few friends did this when the twins were born, and I was so glad that they did. I also bought LOADS of the fabulous Stella Kids collection for Gap when I was pregnant in various sizes, and just packed it away accordingly (you also forget what you have, so it’s a lovely surprise when you do find it). Sadly this jumper is now only available in age 9 months, but it’s such a cute sale find, I would definitely recommend snapping one up if you can make it work. And still on the subject of the sales and jumpers, I also love, love love this beautiful orchid pink angora jumper from Caramel and this boys’ star jumper from The Little White Company. Marlow’s new boots are coming tomorrow…