At this hectic time of year we know you appreciate all the help and inspiration you can get, so we’ve re-stocked the Little Shop and the Mama Shop with some of our favourite festive things (this is just a taster of our edit for mamas and kids). It was hard to narrow down the pieces to include in the Little Shop, so much so that we just decided to increase the size of the shop (how could we resist the Fisher-Price record player which we both remember from our own childhood). As you know we’re not ones for overdressing, so each party piece in the Mama Shop was carefully selected for adding just the right amount of sparkle (or toning it down). Check back on Friday for our official Christmas wish-lists, but in the meantime there is some serious coveting going on. For me (Nicky) it’s the Boden boots and Mango dress, whilst Sarah has fallen for the velvet and lace dress and the military style reefer jacket (and has already bought the Topshop jumper), and we’re both obsessed with the cashmere trousers. Santa – if you’re listening, we’ve been very good this year!
Nicky & Sarah xx
ps: apparently it’s Cyber-Monday so many of the items in the shop (and our recent Mama Spree shoe and dress posts) are discounted until the end of the day.
1. Urban Merino Puff Sleeve Top, £59.00 2. M&S Faux Fur Trim Thermal Bomber Jacket, £32.00-£38.00 3. Gap Skinny Jeans, £17.95 4. Manuela de Juan Glitter Mary Janes, £53.32
You already know that we a huge fans of merino wool (as are our kids, who love the way it feels, and how it always keeps them cool/warm depending on the climate, and no itchiness). Urban Merino’s pieces look and feel more like cotton than a knit, and the styles are simple and un-fussy (just the way we like them). Tabitha has this super-cute puff sleeve top, and this is is how she often wears it. The balance of grey and a little frill detail keeps us both happy!
We also love these baseball style jumpers (die-hard Little Spree fans may remember me posting one many, many moons again – Marlow used to have one) for boys; these baby booties; these reversible hoodies; and the frill dresses (we love the marl grey).
1. The Bloom Puff Dress, £49.00 2. Kids Pie Knitted Romper, £32.00 3. Bene Bene Flare Sweater, £39.00
4. Darell & Doll Cardigan, £44.00 5. Momo Ann Dio Trousers, £38.00
We love a High Street bargain as much as the next mama (few things come close to the thrill of scoring a Bonpoint-inspired smock dress in Next or Zara…) But we also love to mix individual, independent brands into our kids’ looks (no one wants to dress head-to-toe right?). This is the way to create a more ‘special’ wardrobe for your stylish little ones. If you are on Instagram, you will probably have already seen the cute raccoon and snake socks. The raccoon pair were the first things that caught my attention from Greenberry, and I promptly ordered a pair for Tabitha (so you may well have seen her wearing hers…). But then a mere glimpse of this adorable, unique website, and we were both hooked.
Founded by lovely Joo, a former Corporate Banker working in the City, struggling with the all-too-familiar tug of war between work and childcare demands, and wanting to spend more time with her four year old daughter, Bee. Living in North London, Joo frequently received lovely compliments from other mums about her daughter’s wardrobe. So much so, that she was inspired to bring the brands that she loved and dressed her daughter in, from her home country, Korea to the UK. Featuring the best picks from Korean brands such as Amber, Annika, Peach and Cream, Ae-hem and Chatton; Joo’s selection is fresh, with fun designs and unique shapes. The collections typically have a vintage Scandinavian style, combined with cute and unique Asian style prints. The designs are playful, colourful (but all the right colours that we all love) – we’d even go as far as saying ‘magical’. And the prices were a nice surprise too! Anyway, we love it (as do our kids – even picky Marlow has no complaints about anything “hurting” or “scratching”, as all the pieces feel as lovely as they look), and we guarantee you will too. And there are things for babies, and boys and girls up to the age of seven.
Joo has kindly offered all Little Spree readers a special 15% discount for 48 hours which is valid until midnight on Tuesday (17th). Just enter the code: littlespree-special at checkout. This discount does not include sale items or accessories. Happy shopping! And if you need a little more shopping inspiration, we are also loving these pieces: bear romper; tutu skirt; pom pom dress (the one shown above); distressed sweatshirt; ribbon blouse; basic long sleeve tees; balloon sleeve blouse; natural trousers; and this oversized coat.
Sarah & Nicky xx
ps: please share your Greenberry bargains with us on Instagram – we would love to see what you buy! Don’t forget to tag us in @littlespree.
We first saw this gorgeous dungaree styling at the Bonpoint Spring/Summer 2016 catwalk show (above). Then we saw it for the second time last week at the Bonpoint press day for the same collection. Even more adorable in person! We have long been fans of the dungaree for girls (and that includes us!!), and I often love to style mine and Tabitha’s with something ‘pretty’ to contrast with their, ultimately, boyish style. But this simple (why didn’t we think of it before??) styling trick of addling a black ribbon? It’s nothing short of styling genius! Get down to your local John Lewis haberdashery department (or get online right now!!) and get yourself some black, grosgrain ribbon, For you and your little ‘Mini Me’. I know I will be!
Sarah & Nicky xx
ps: Tabitha was given this glittery ‘mini bag’ by Monsoon at a recent party they held at The Tower of London to celebrate their 20th anniversary of childrenswear. She absolutely loves it. It really is super-cute.
pps: this blouse is a great option in the unlikely event that you can’t be arsed with the DIY ribbon…
Girls boots are easy enough to find. Girls’ boots that are neutral coloured with a simple design and a notable absence of bows/glitter/flowers (or worse still, a combination of all three…)? Not to much. You asked for girls’ boots, and we bring you the best ones on the High Street. They are all stylish, versatile (any of these boots will go with pretty much anything in your little girl’s wardrobe), and most importantly, £50.00 or less (ok, with the exception of the Pom D’Api (although they now have 20% off at Alex & Alexa with the code: AUTUMN, which def makes them pretty close to it!). I may have splurged on Tabitha’s Pom D’Api Trip boots, but I would happily let her wear any of this six.
Sarah & Nicky xx
ps: have you checked out part ll of Nicky’s ‘guide to dressing boys’ on the Alexa & Alexa blog? You can read it here.
Tabitha is increasingly dressing herself these days, much to my fascination and entertainment. I’m generally pretty onboard with her choices, and sometimes even seriously impressed! One thing I have particularly noticed is that she still wants to wear her favourite Summer dresses with knitted tights and boots (a look we love too). Ok, so I had to introduce her to the concept of then adding a sweater over the top (what is is about kids wanting to go out to the park wearing virtually nothing?? Why don’t they feel the cold like us??), but now she’s onboard, the options are limitless! So don’t pack away those dresses (in fact, you can keep on buying more!).
By the way these M&S tights are great value and the perfect grey. Tabs wears them pretty much constantly. And how cute are these boots (and Startrite currently has free shipping until 1st November)?
Sarah & Nicky xx
ps: thank you to the gorgeous Missy Chadwick for today’s outfit inspiration.
We love stripes, we love (little) spots, but spots and stripes together? I know it’s a shock to see not one, but two patterns together in a Little Spree post, but even we can’t resist this gorgeous Morley top and Carrement Beau coat (in fact Tabitha already has both, as well as these gorgeous boots – even nicer in really life). It’s ‘treat week’ at Elias & Grace who are offering 20% discount off their AW15 collection with code TREATAW15. This offer only runs once per season so it’s the perfect time to stock up on those more expensive/statement/investment items (which is includes the Morley stripe top and these Pom D’Api boots). Also in our basket you’ll find this Zef dress; this Louis Louise poncho; this Carrement Beau Breton; this Kidscase dress; these Minnetonka boots (Tabitha has already put in a request for a pair after seeing them on my laptop!); this Nice Things cardigan (the perfect cardigan); this Louis Louise blouse (first seen on Little Spree here); these Miller mittens (Tabitha and Marlow already have these from last year in grey and navy – proof that mittens on a string really don’t get lost!); and it’s the perfect opportunity to buy new wellies for the Winter too. Check back on Thursday to see our boys ‘treat week’ wish list. Happy shopping!
1. Little Eleven Paris Tutu Dress, £33.07 2. Woodstock Cat Clips, £16.00 3. Gap Cat Ballet Slippers, £10.99 (were £14.95)
1. Gap Glow-In-The-Dark Halloween Onesie, £10.99 (was £14.95)
2. The Contemporary Home Halloween Mask, £6.00 3. Gap Hi-Top Sneakers, £19.95
Between them, Marlow, Bailey and Tabitha already own pretty much everything in today’s post. Marlow has the onesie, and LOVES it (and it’s such a great price now). He wears it for bed, and is so cosy and warm in it. He also loves that the feet have grips, so he can charge around like a maniac in that window between bath and bed time and not slip on the wooden floor (while I’m reaching for the wine…). He also has the hi-tops (I always buy him one pair of expensive boots/shoes and one more affordable pair each season – this Winter’s espensive ones are these – look away Grandma!), pricey but well worth the investment) which he loves because the fit is really comfortable as he has quite wide feet (and is as fussy about how things feel as how they look!). And he will definitely be wearing the onesie with his hi-tops come 31st October. Bailey has the mask from last year (such a great price if you don’t want to invest too much on one night); and Tabs has the tutu (she would wear a tutu around the clock if I let her, but a black one is surprisingly stylish and easy to wear in an non dressing up way) and the kitty flats (who needs Chalrotte Olympia when we have Gap right?).
Here are some more spooky things we found for the girls – this Mouche crown with veil; this Candy Bows tutu and wings set; this M&S sparkle tutu; and these Gap pink glow-in-the-dark pyjamas (if you can’t persuade her into the cooler back and white pair).
And for the boys – how cool is this Gap embroidered skeleton sweatshirt? Definitely not just for Halloween. This Paul Smith Junior glow-in-the-dark sweatshirt; this M&S vampire costume; this John Lewis two pack of glow-in-the-dark pyjamas; and this super-stylish Numero 74 super hero costume.
And we haven’t forgotten the babies (why should they miss out on all the fun?). Check out this Little Eleven Paris bat set; these Stella McCartney Kids glow-in-the-dark pyjamas; this M&S skeleton print onesie; this Gap bat beanie; and this John Lewis skeleton sleep suit.
Ever see children’s clothes and wish they came in adult sizes? That’s how we feel about our girls coat edit. As you know we like girls to look, well, like girls rather than ‘mini adults’, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have ‘mini-me’ moments. This season it’s been made easy with so many classic coat styles in the collections (between us, we probably have an adult version of most of these coats). Others to consider include this Next faux fur one; this Next Borg lined parka; this Bluezoo parka with fur hood; and this M&S fur trimmed bomber (which I saw at the M&S press day – trust me, there was more than one Mummy wondering if they might fit into age 14!).
Nicky & Sarah xx
ps: for all you of you emailed us to ask where Tabarlow’s Instagram onesies were from, here they are.
I picked up this dress for Tabitha on Monday, and it’s so sweet. It’s has the cutest little owl and apple tree print which kind of looks almost hand drawn. Gap still has their mid season 50% sale on and this dress is in it. It’s a great transeasonal piece as it has long sleeves and is quite thick (but super-soft) cotton, so perfect for now and when it gets chillier. And I always love pale blue and chocolate brown together, so will definitely be investing in these tights (I buy a mix of cheaper and more expensive). While you’re cruising the Gap sale, also check out this marled jumpsuit (I’ve just bough it for Tabitha – look out for it on Instagram); these star print jeans; this chambray skirt; this chambray romper (layer with a long sleeve tee under for Winter); and this; this; this; this; these; this and these to buy now and stash for next Summer… I still love that striped sun dress. A must-have for Italy next August!
See you tomorrow for our Mama Spree Coats edit. Not to be missed!
Special Edition Liberty Collaboration Armadillo Stroller, £299.00
1. Liberty Wiltshire 4 Piece Shirt, Trousers & Braces Set, £46.00 2. Liberty Wild Flower Tunic and Knitted Leggings Set, £36.00
Mamas & Papas have collaborated with Liberty London to create the prettiest collection of children’s fashion, interiors and strollers (with matching accessories) in not one, but six different gorgeous Liberty prints. The exclusive range from two great British brands combines the trend-led style of Mamas & Papas with the British heritage of one of our favourite department stores and creators of some of our all-time favourite prints for children, the mighty Liberty. What’s not to love? Could this pushchair we any cuter (or chic-er for that matter)? Ok, so it’s definitely more of a girls’ collection than a boys, but surely every little boy could do with a Liberty print bow tie in their lives? We also love this blanket; these cushions; this musical cot toy (a lovely, inexpensive gift for a new baby); this reversible buggy liner (if you don’t want to go the whole hog with the pushchair); this dress; this rocking horse; this pram suit; and last but not least, even the humble bib has had a Liberty makeover.
We adore the ruffles on the shoulders of this dress (very Isabel Marant!), and we love mixing girlish pink with a more unexpected colour, like this khaki-brown. And who could resist this cute pull-along duck…
I recently attended a talk by the Dalai Lama (yes THE Dalai Lama was in London this weekend). As you might imagine it was a surreal experience, made all the more surreal when his personal photographer (who was a contestant on The Great British Bake Off) arrived on stage with a birthday cake that he had made for His Holiness’ 80th birthday – at which point the whole audience (myself included) sang “Happy Birthday to you….Dalai Lama….”. I promise this is not a crazy (too much cheese before bed) dream.
One of his messages was how each of us has the capacity to change things, a message explained so simply and effectively that Bailey woke up this morning talking about what he had heard. As a rule I’m not one for ‘slogan’ tops, but as with all rules there are exceptions. I saw this sweatshirt at the Alex & Alexa press day a few months ago, and have been waiting for it to become available to buy for Bailey (it’s even cooler in reality). I love this message, and I think the Dalai Lama would too.
No, you’re not going mad, these are the same leopard print Mary Janes that we featured last week, we love them so much we couldn’t resist using them twice! This time we’ve styled them with dungarees, ochre, tassels, and a printed blouse: a few of our favourite things.
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.
Little Circle is one of those ideas we all wish we’d thought of. The most beautiful childrenswear brands (including many of our favourites – Louis Louise, Maan, Noro, Woodstock…), curated into one online collection. But the clever bit is the concept behind this collection. Buy the most chic collection of clothes (for girls aged 2-10 years); wear them and love them; then when they are too small, simply return them, and they will sell them on for you. You can then use your credit from the sale to buy new pieces. And so it continues. A perfect little cycle (or rather, circle) for your ever-growing little ones. Clever huh? Well, we are definitely intrigued, and super-excited to see it! It launches today, so take a look…
There’s no getting away from it, it looks like Summer has come to an abrupt end. In August. I daren’t leave the house without the the kids’ rainmacs and an umbrella for fear of literally being washed away… But, it’s not cold, so jumpers and coats are still off the agenda. This is always a tricky one to get right clothes-wise. Tabitha and Marlow have literally been living in their wellies (these exact ones) pretty much since we got back from our holiday (so long sandals…). So we might as well work them into cute outfits right? A splash of ochre feels Autumn-ready in an Indian Summer of way…
It’s our final instalment of our ‘back to school’ week, and for our last post we’re talking school bags. Again, like school coats, many schools have their own regulation school bags, but lots don’t (or, like Tabitha and Marlow’s school, it’s optional – I towed the line last year, this year I’m thinking of ‘breaking out’). We like these simple, but cute star print ones from Mango – not too big (so many backpacks are just HUGE!) and not too small (there are a lot of teeny-tiny ones out there too that are barely bigger than a lunchbox), and they are a great price (oh my GOD – have you seen the price of some??). And the print is understated and stylish, but still recognisable in a crowd… I’ll take one of each please!
You think it would be simple to find a plain black or navy school coat wouldn’t you? Not so. Well, not a half decent one anyway. We know a lot of schools have their own coat as part of their uniform (like Bailey’s), but a lot don’t (Tabitha and Marlow’s – well they do, but they have the choice as to whether they wear it, and the school one is really not that warm). These are the best ones we found. We have split them into boys and girls, but to be honest, most are unisex. And this John Lewis duffle is a snip at just £27.00
We recently discovered lovely new dressing up site Little Kit. They make dressing up ‘kits’ so the idea is that you buy an entire outfit or individual parts of an outfit. Clever. Not only that but they’re handmade in the UK and are reasonably priced. Little Kit is the collaboration between fashion designer Laura Basevi and child development expert Victoria Blandford. Their tag line ‘imagination takes you everywhere’ perfectly describes their product. What’s more they’re offering Little Spree readers 20% discount until Christmas Day, simply use code LS20 at checkout..