pretty romper

Gap Chambray Romper (12 months-5 years)
£15.99 (was £19.95)  SHOP NOW
Another thing for Tabitha’s Summer shopping list. I love a romper, and so does she. Layer a pretty Liberty print blouse underneath, such as this Cyrillus one or this one from Trotters. Super-cute and super-practical.

lace & denim

Mothercare Denim Playsuit With Lace (18 months-8 years)
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It does seem a little strange to be writing about Summer playsuits from the Inner Hebrides (I am in Skye, then the Isle of Harris shooting for the next 8 days), but that’s the way we roll at Little Spree…). I do love a playsuit (as does Tabitha), and this one’s mix of cool denim chambray and pretty lace is spot-on. And no need to wait until the warm weather (although I wouldn’t recommend wearing it here quite yet!!) – just layer with knitted tights and a long sleeved tee until then. The only downside to the playsuit? Not great for an urgently needed trip to the loo…

faded florals

The Little White Company Floral Print Skirt (2-8 years)
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I absolutely love the pretty grey, faded floral print on this full skirt. This style reminds me of the skirts that Miller always do (classic, but modern at the same time). And it has cute pockets for added coolness. Such an easy piece to wear in the Summer. I would style it with a classic navy and white Breton and simple (white or navy) sandals.

ps: it comes in a dress version too. Which one to get??

my all-time favourite sandals

Sun-San ‘Surfer’ Sandals (sizes 5 infant-3 junior)
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Anyone who has been a follower of Little Spree for over a year will already know about these sandals, so forgive me for repeating myself. But it’s that time of year again when we have to start thinking about (and buying) our Summer sandals before they all sell out. I am still yet to find a childrens’ sandal that I love more than the Sun-San ones. Tabitha and Marlow have worn them every Summer since they could walk, and I’ve just bought theirs for this Summer (Trotters have started stocking them, which is great because you can get their feet measured for them in the store). They look great, they are super-comfy, they look good with everything, they are equally cool for boys and girls, they start from baby sizes, they are waterproof, and they go in the washing machine. Oh, and they come in a huge range of colours (and styles, but the ‘Surfer’ is definitely my favourite). My favourite colours are white, navy, pale pink, silver, gold (for girls) and navy and tan (for boys). The best kids’ sandals ever.

ps: happy mothers’ day to all the Little Spree mamas out there! Hope you’re having a wonderful day.

hands free

ilovegorgeous Floral Rouched Bag
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Tabitha can’t get enough of little bags (of any description!) at the moment. I thought this one struck the perfect balance between cute and stylish. And I love that’s it’s hands-free (Tabs needs her hands free to carry approximately four of her bunnies at any given time…). Actually, I wouldn’t mind one myself (a hands free, floral bag that is).

ps: apologies for the notable absence of Mama Spree yesterday. The honest truth is, I had no wifi (thanks Sky!) for 24 hours in my house, and after three (very long) days of shooting on location, I simply couldn’t muster up the energy to get in the car in search of wifi on Thursday evening (I usually only write my post the evening before I post to ensure that it is as current as possible). Sorry ladies. I will make it up to you next Friday I promise (I’m thinking Isabel Marant minus the £££)…

ps: a few readers have alerted me to the fact that this hippie blouse that I posted a few weeks ago is also available in mama size! Yay. Here it is.

two in one

Zara Parka With Detachable Waistcoat (3-14 years)
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I have always loved a bargain (my father’s daughter), and I always love the idea of getting something extra. Now this girl’s navy parka ticks both those boxes, but also looks great. Such a cool idea to have the detachable waistcoat (ok, so we’ve seen detachable linings before, but personally I have not seen any that also double up as waistcoats), and such a pretty one too! This is the ideal coat for ‘right now’, and I will definitely be snapping one up for Tabitha (the floral lining/waistcoat should hopefully balance out the lack of pink for her…). Pretty cool.

itsy bitsy teeny weeny

Cyrillus Liberty Print Bikini (4-16 years)
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I know a lot of you are going away at Easter with your little ones, so this has got me thinking about holidays, and what we need to start buying. I think a bikini is always a good place to start, and there is nothing cuter than little girls running around the beach in their mini bikinis (Tabs will usually just wear the bottoms). Here are some of the prettiest I have seen…
This gingham tankini from Next; these adorable bikini bottoms from Alice à Paris (they come in various colours/prints, but I love the plum colourway the best); this striped bikini from Mango; these leopard print bikini bottoms from Bonton; and this totally gorgeous floral printed one (complete with matching bag) from ilovegorgeous.

ps: boys swimming shorts coming this week…

pps: alexandalexa asked me to write a diary of an average working day (not easy for me, as no two days are really the same…) for their ‘Day To Day’ feature on their blog. Check it out here.

the right stripes

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

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

skate chic

Monsoon Glitter Skate Shoes (sizes 10-4)
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Tabitha has these, and she absolutely adores them! She loves that they are ‘like Mummy’s shoes’ (although admittedly I don’t have a glittery pair, I do have at least six other pairs of skate shoes that I have acquired since the twins were born – I have long been a convert to their ‘cool comfort’). And the great thing about this particular pair is that they are a cool girls’ shoe, but one that appeals to ‘girly girls’ who are fully immersed in all things princess-y (like Tabs) because of the glitter. It’s all about the glitter. I would quite like a pair myself now…
Tabitha also has this pair from Zara, which have a small amount of pink on them, so she loves them too. I have also seen (and liked) these denim, spotted ones from Gap; and these navy Vans (I still love the classic Vans ones). I like them best worn with jeans and a pretty blouse, or with cute dresses in the Summer, so not too tomboy.

hippie chic

MangoTassel Bead Blouse (3-12 years)
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I love this top! I want this top!! For me!! But in the meantime, one will be winging it’s way to Tabitha wardrobe… 100% striped cotton, beads, tassels (bells, whistles?)… All you need to add is a great pair of skinny, mid-wash jeans (with little ankle boots for now, and sandals for Summer, and it would be totally adorable with denim cut-offs too). Ok, it’s not strictly a pink princess dress, but I am going to try my hardest to convince Tabs that it’s way cooler than any princess look (wish me luck!)… Here are some more cute hippie/folky style tops (and a dress for good measure!) that I found that I think you might like… This other Mango top; this Mini Boden one; this Gap dress; this La Redoute lace blouse; I love the print on this Alice à Paris one; this ilovegorgeous one; and this Crew Cuts one (I like the pink).

ps: these are Marlow’s Gap jeans that I was talking about on Sunday. They are so cool, and he’s barely taken them off since I bought them. Just give them a little turn-up and you’re good to go.

dresses, dresses and more dresses…

Billieblush Embroidered Dress (3-8 years)
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The High Street is awash with gorgeous girls’ dresses. It was so hard to narrow them down, but these are some of the best ones I’ve seen (a couple of which I’ve already bought). I popped into Gap today and bought a few bits and pieces (including a fab pair of jeans for Marlow that, amazingly, I haven’t bought him before – details in tomorrow’s post), and this got me thinking about more dresses. There are just so many great ones around, and this is just a small edit… I love the colour of this pretty Billieblush one (above), and it also comes in two other equally gorgeous shades. This simple Gap colour block striped t-shirt dress (bought for Tabs – perfect for nursery); Gap Breton stripe chambray dress (and this one): Zara lace detail dress: Il Gufo striped shirtdress; M&S pique dress; M&S leopard print dress; The Little White Company chambray sundress (just layer a long sleeved tee under for now); Antik Batik printed dress (love this!); Kin striped dress; Emma Levine embroidered dress; Cyrillus mosaic print dress (such a cute print); and this La Redoute sweatshirt dress with lace trim.

i heart cute baskets

Lands’ End Heart Straw Bag
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Tabitha has adopted my love of baskets, so I figured this one would be right up her street with it’s cute pink heart. Perfect for playing shops until our Summer holiday. I’m also still a huge fan of the classic Spanish style from Hedgehog (I have the medium one and Tabs has the small, although I have borrowed hers many times for my work trips in sunny locations – it’s the perfect size). Effortlessly chic as a mini holiday handbag.

and so to bed…

Gap Colourblock One-Piece (6 months-5 years)
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I bought this for Marlow (and anyone who follows Little Spree on Instagram will probably have seen him wearing them), and Tabs has the girl’s version, and I absolutely love it. They are essentially onesies, but not baggy like most of them (there’s nothing stylish about them…). I like that these have a snug fit (think Uma Thurman in Kill Bill!), so they look cool and are super-cosy to sleep in (the twins love them). And I love the colour combinations. I’m thinking of buying bigger sizes to put away for when they are older. In the meantime, here are some more girls and boys pyjamas that I am coveting… These pretty Cyrillus velour ones with a Liberty print bow, these La Redoute knight dressing-up ones (still loving the idea of dressing-up nightwear) and classic star print ones; these sweet floral print Monsoon ones for the Summer;  Cath Kidston plane print ones; John Lewis fun skeleton ones that glow in the dark (now reduced to just £10.00); Hatley horse print ones; Petit Bateau striped ones; Stella McCartney printed ones (currently half price); Mini Boden girls’ ones; and Mini Boden boys’ ones (I like the stripe/UFOs best). Phew!

bathtime

The Little White Company Hydrocotton Baby Robe (0-12 months)
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Tabitha and Marlow had these hooded towels as babies (I loved that they came in two sizes, so you can just size-up when they get too big for the smaller ones), and they were just brilliant – they looked adorable all wrapped up in them, but they were just that bit more practical than a regular towel. And now you can get a dressing gown version (above), which is equally cute and snuggly. Here are a few other dressing gowns that I have seen and like…
This Vertbaudet boy’s one; this Little White Company hydrocotton girl’s one; this Cyrillus boy’s one; this Mothercare baby girl’s one; this Mini Boden striped boy’s one; and this Little White Company striped boy’s one (sorry, didn’t find many girl’s ones that I liked…). Tomorrow: my edit of the best pyjamas on the High Street…

ps: check out this fab Mini Boden competition that’s running at the moment. It’s a chance for your little ones to design their very own Mini Boden catalogue cover, and have it printed and sent to them! The closing date is 7th March, so you’ll need to get your skates on. The 10 favourite entires will win a £500 account credit, an iPad mini and a framed copy of their cover. Not too shabby! Tabitha whips the Mini Boden catalogue off me before I’ve even had a chance to look at it, so I will definitely be getting her on the case… Details here.

robot sunnies

Monsoon Boys’ Robot Print Sunglasses (one size)
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The sun is shining (well it is in London anyway), and Tabarlow have actually been asking to wear their sunnies… Marlow’s cool Wayfarer-esque ones from Gap from last year seem to have vanished, so I am quite tempted by these cool robot print ones… And and I’m also loving those leopard print Mini Rodini sunglasses for the girls.

bowtastic

Rykiel Enfant Bow Dress (6 & 8 years)
£45.00 (was £158.00)  SHOP NOW
Now this is a showstopper of a dress! And of course, I LOVE it. I love anything with a bow, and the bigger the better, so this dress is definitely hitting the spot with this enormous oversized one! It would make the coolest party dress (as long as you don’t add girly party shoes. I’m thinking a flat boot or hi-tops…).

ps: talking of gorgeous dresses, this Torres spotted dress is so chic, and now half price! I’m also loving these Woodstock (can’t get enough of their beautiful accessories at the moment) bow clips; and if you’re quick you could still nab one of these pretty Stella McCartney navy tulle skirts (also half price!).

skater girl

Massimo Dutti Striped Linen Skirt (4-14 years)
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I like to call this kind of skirt a ‘skater skirt’ – full-skirted but short and cute. They always look adorable on, and work well with most kinds of tops – jumpers, long sleeved tees, also with or without tights. In Winter I would add knitted tights (love these colours), a cosy jumper and ankle boots, and come Summer, Mary Jane’s or sandals and a simple short sleeved tee. I love this striped one. Here are a few more that I have found and like… This grey spotty one from Lands’ End; this blousy floral print one from Gant (it’s all about bold Floral prints this Summer, trust me on this); this embroidered cheesecloth one from Mango; this sequinned tulle one from Jigsaw; and this gorgeous ‘dancer’ version from Cyrillus (possibly my second favourite).

ps: just spotted this great tweed coat in the sale at Jigsaw. Size up and put it away for next Winter…

pps: it’s all about the boys tomorrow…