Girls Sale Round-Up

27 June 2016

Girls sale round-up - LITTLE SPREE

1. Bonton Blouse (3-12 years) £42.64 (was £53.30)
2. Caramel Baby & Child Embroidered Dress (3-10 years) £77.35 (was £96.69
3. Boden Cardigan (1-12 years) £23.60 (was £29.50)
4. Boden Gladiator Sandals (sizes 22-39) £18.55-£25.20 (were £26.50-£31.50)
5. Bonton ‘Happy’ Hairclip (sold as part of a set of two) £9.88 (was £12.35)
6. Le Temps Des Cerise Denim Skirt (10-16 years) £27.22 (was £54.44)

These are a few of our favourite sales pieces for girls. We always make the most of the sales, particularly for the more expensive brands that we don’t usually indulge in that often. We’ve also included these fab Boden glads (don’t forget they also come in leopard print, as styled by Tabitha…) as they are such a great buy, plus this cardigan (why is it so hard to find nice, affordable girls’ cardigans??).
Some more sale bargains: Carament Bleu frilled Breton, Louis Louise sun dress, Bonton cat basket, Bellerose lace dress, Babe & Tess striped all-in-one, and Tabitha’s favourite ‘Alice in Wonderland dress’ from Boden.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Stripes and Ruffles

23 June 2016

Next girls striped ruffle swimsuit - LITTLE SPREE

Next Striped Frill Swimsuit (3 months-6 years) £12.00-£13.00

Blue and white stripes and rows of cute ruffles = immediately ‘in my basket’. As much as I love a sweet cotton bikini for Tabitha, I also always have a couple of cute swimsuits in the mix. I love this one! But there’s a catch (for Tabs anyway) – it only goes up to age 5-6 (although, believe me I will try and squeeze her into it – it’s on its way!). But fear not, fellow mamas of girls six years and beyond, this Boden one is equally cute (and equally striped and ruffly) and goes up to age 12. Panic over.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Tabitha Style

16 June 2016

Floral dresses and leopard print sandals - LITTLE SPREE

1. Louis Louise Floral Dress With Gold Thread (2-12 years) £43.40 (was £61.85)
2. Boden Leopard Print Sandals (sizes 22-39) £26.50-£34.50

Today’s post is brought to you via Tabitha. This is the exact outfit that she styled (some of you may remember my ‘smash & grab’ at the Louis Louise Paris store last May?) and wore last weekend. It’s relatively pared down by her usual standards (she loves a bit of a J.Cew-esque mash-up!) A floral sprig print and leopard print? Hmmm. But she was right, it’s perfect. Louis Louise is definitely one of our favourite French brands for Tabs and the boys. Smallable also have this dress in pink, and we love the striped pink and mint versions too (and all on sale). And this gorgeous romper from last week’s post is also reduced. Oh and Tabs also has the gold version of the Boden glads.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: Marlow’s (girls. but he doesn’t need to know that) silver sandals that he was wearing on Instagram are also from Boden.

The Prettiest Ruffle Blouse

13 June 2016

Mango Girls ruffle blouse - LITTLE SPREE

Mango Ruffle Blouse (3-14 years) £15.99

I found this blouse when I was compiling our edit of the Mango womenswear for Friday’s post (so many great things…). I always love a ruffle and I love this style of pretty (but simple) blouse for Tabitha – so easy to chuck on with jeans, dungarees (how sweet are these?), or little shorts when you want something a little prettier than a regular top/tee. In fact, it’s very similar to one I have myself (and love and wear all the time) from Isabel Marant. Tabitha’s (I went for the striped) is already on its way! But I may or may not be able to resist a second…

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: I always size up with blouses for little ones, and just roll the sleeves up for a while. It’ll easily last until next Summer if you do. Also super-cute as a little dress on girls younger than three. Particularly with knitted tights in the Winter months.

Raindrops Keep Falling…

2 June 2016

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Photo: Bruce Weber

Stylish childrens rain macs - Little Spree

1. Petit Bateau (6 months-12 years), £59.00
2. Cyrillus (6 years), £40.00
3. M&S (12 months-7 years), £22.00-£24.00
4. Mango (3-14 years), £25.99

This wasn’t the post we had planned for today but after the past few days, buying the kids a new raincoat is all we can think about. We’re pretty sure that some of you will be feeling the same so we thought you might appreciate us sharing our finds. A traditional yellow mac will probably always be the Little Spree favourite and this unisex one from Petite Bateau is pretty much perfect. There are however plenty of great, less expensive versions like this one from Mothercare or this one from M&S. If you fancy taking a break from tradition, how about pink, classic navy, a breton stripe, this minimalistic grey one, or for slightly older boys, this cool ombre version. I saw these teeny tiny baby wellies at the Alex & Alexa press day last year, even if you don’t have a baby, take a look. Trust us, they will raise a smile even on the dampest of days.

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: it’s raining in Paris too… SC

Summer’s Coming…

31 May 2016

Stylish little girls bikinis - Little Spree

1. April Showers Bikini (4-14 years) £40.00
2. April Showers Staw Hat (6-12 years), £21.06

I always like to invest in one gorgeous, arguably slightly over-priced bikini for Tabitha each Summer. Last year’s was from Little Spree favourite, Louis Louise, and was an ochre version of this one. I just loved it, and still love it now. Pretty, frilly, cotton: tick, tick, tick! I then add in a couple of fab high street swimsuits, but I have to say, I always find it harder to find a really beautiful cotton bikini in the same places (there are lots of cute options, but just not that specific kind that I particularly love so much). So anyway, this April Showers one (above) is a strong contender (and the fact that it comes with its own matching little drawstring bag is proving increasingly hard to resist…).
For slightly older girls Bonton dusky pink striped; for high street options I do like this John Lewis seersucker stripe; this Mango navy and white stripe and this Boden (yes, you’ve guessed it) stripe (this time with mini pom poms); and frankly, who needs the top anyway, when the bottoms are this cute?

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: now I come to think of it, the April Showers bikini is almost identical to a cotton one that I once owned (bought in Capri many moons ago). How I loved that bikini (and more specifically, how I could actually wear it and (just about) get away with it!!). SC

Sailor Style: Mini Alexa

23 May 2016

M&S sailor pure cotton girls dress - Little Spree

1. M&S Cotton Sailor Dress (12 months-7 years), £16.00-£18.00
2. Salt Water ‘Surfer’ Sandals (sizes 24-28), £45.00

Many of you may remember this adorable ‘mini Alexa Chung’ dress from Instagram when we posted it after seeing it as the M&S press day day a while ago? You loved it as much as we did (and a few of you wanted one in your size too!). It really reminded me of a similar dress that from A.P.C that Alexa had a few years ago. In fact, I desperately tried to get one (I never could resist a sailor collar), but they had all sold out once she was photographed wearing it in one of the Sunday supplements. Hey-ho. Fast forward a few years and a set of my very own twins later (I definitely did not see that coming, but that’s a whole other story…), and my own daughter can wear her own cute sailor dress (yes, Tabs already has it). I bought it on Friday after a quick trip to M&S (the giant one at The Meadows in Camberley – anyone else know it?) on Friday with my stepmum (I told her that under no circumstances was I to buy anything for the kids – they have far too much stuff already!!). I simply could not resist. It’s pure cotton ladies – how could I? Oh, and for any mamas of teeny-tiny wannabe Alexa’s out there? Good luck trying to resist this (yep, matching hat and knickers!).

Sarah & Nicky xx

Baby, Toddler And Beyond

19 May 2016

Next girls linen romper - Little Spree

1. Next Linen Blend Playsuit (3 months-6 years), £13.00-£16.00
2. Mango Textured Cotton Cardigan (1 month-3 years), £15.99
3. Mango Metallic Strap Sandals (sizes 3-7), £19.99

We LOVE this outfit. In fact the muted colours, soft textures, and what have to be the cutest metallic sandals (they have a sweet peep-toe) makes this our perfect Summer outfit for a toddler girl. It’s worth noting that this pretty grey romper starts at age three months but goes right up six years (Tabitha has it). This voluminus style looks just as cute (styled the same way) for slightly older girls too and is also the perfect piece for anyone wishing to dress siblings in a similar way.

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: congratulations to our friends over at Scandi Mini – five years old today!

Tween Spree

9 May 2016

Older girls fashion - Little Spree

1. Mango Flowy Shirt (4-14 years), £16.99
2. Next Jumpsuit (3-16 years), £16.00-£21.00
3. Gap Shirt Jacket (xs-xxl), £24.95
4. Monsoon ‘Make Your Own’ Beaded Necklace, £8.00
5. Gap 1969 Boy Fit Denim Shorts (4-13 years), £16.95
6. Next Fringed Bag, £12.00
7. Next Woven Sandals (sizes 26.5-41), £24.00-£30.00

Ladies, you spoke, we listened. So here it is: our first ‘Tween Spree’ post. There are some lovely pieces out there for older girls so we thought we’d start you off (yes, we’ll be doing more, and not just for girls) with a round-up of some of our favourites. These denim cut-offs and green utility jacket are mini-must-have pieces, and we just love these cute accessories (they would make great gifts too). Oh, and just between us Mamas, those leather woven sandals go up to size 41, so, if somehow your shoe size ends up in the basket, our lips are sealed!

Nicky & Sarah xx

Mermaids & Dinosaurs

25 April 2016

Next Girls Unicorn t-shirt - Little Spree

1. Girls Mermaid Unicorn Tee (3-16 years), £7.00-£10.00
2. Boys Dinosaur Tee (3 months-6 years), £5.00-£6.00

We know we’ve said that logo t-shirts aren’t our thing, but increasingly it seems that they just might be. We love everything about these t-shirts: the sentiment, soft cotton feel, and the faded writing, the only thing we’re not sure about is  whether we should be buying one for ourselves as well as the kids???

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: they are quite generous sizing so I ordered Bailey (who tells everyone he is age 5 and three quarters) size 4-5yrs. NHC

Mini Celebration

14 April 2016

Little Spree
Boden ‘Best Dress’, £45.50-£49.50

I was recently asked to review a new collection of girls ‘occasion wear’ for Boden. I was more than pleasantly surprised – it’s gorgeous. And perfect for little wedding guests, parties, or just every day twirling… My favourite dress is the (cotton) one above (sadly, rabbit not included), and Tabitha has it (obviously). I love that it’s a proper old-fashioned ‘girls’ dress, similar to one that I would have worn as a child. Very Alice in Wonderland. My other favourites are the ‘Baby Charming Petal Dress’ and it’s big sister version (I am definitely buying this for Tabs for our Summer holiday – perfect with her Sun San tan sandals – find them in the Little Shop) and ‘The Lace Dress’ (love this colour). Read my full review of the collection here.

Sarah xx

ps: Boden is currently offering 20% off, plus free delivery and returns until Sunday. So hop to it!

pps: oh and did I mention that all the dresses are machine washable? Genius.

For Day Or Night

11 April 2016

Numero 74 boy

1. Numero 74 Tunisian Top & Pants Set, £31.85
2. Gap Aviators, £6.95
3. Sun-San Surfer Sandals, £38.00

Numero 74 girl

1. Numero 74 Tunisian Top & Pants Set, £34.45
2. Bonton Basket Bag, £22.00
3. Next Gold Gladiator Sandals, £16.00-£19.00

I bought Marlow the first version of this little set just after Christmas. I spotted it and just loved it straight away (as you know, we’re both big fans of the drop-crotch/harem/slounge pant for our boys. As the mama of a very ‘fabric fussy’ six year old boy, I knew it would pass the Marlow litmus test, as Tabitha already has a few of the Numero 74 dresses in the same super-soft fabric. I initially bought them for him to wear in the Summer months, but he’s already been wearing them as pyjamas (and the pants with cashmere jumpers) as they are so comfy to wear. Bailey now has a set too, and I’m tempted to order Marlow another (they come in other gorgeous colours such as this grey blue and grey. So once we decided to post about them, we then discovered that they also came in this pretty ‘powder’ pink (above), so they also make the perfect his ‘n hers Sumer outfits. Honestly, we literally cannot get enough of Numero 74 right now.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Fifi Lapin

4 April 2016

Fifi Lapin for Mamas & Papas - Little Spree

1. Quilted Jacket, £23.20 (was £29.00)
2. Embroidered Dress, £19.20 (was £24.00)
3. Pocket Dress, £19.20 (was £24.00)
4. Doll, £12.00 (was £15.00)
5. Bobble Cardigan, £15.20 (was £19.00)
6. Spot Sweater, £12.80 (was £16.00)

When we were re-stocking the Little Shop last week, we were having a quick snoop (as you do) on the Mamas & Papas website. Suddenly I stumbled across these ‘too cute for words’ pieces from their recent collaboration with Fifi Lapin (which I must confess, I’d completely forgotten about – how??). Each piece is adorable as the next, and all with a much appreciated 20% off! Our favourite kind of ‘stumble’…

Sarah & Nicky xx

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

The Great Easter Style Hunt

20 March 2016

Little Spree: Easter style for babies and children

1. Oeuf NYC Bunny Ears Sweater, £57.85
2. Stella McCartney Kids Bunny Babygrow, £43.00
3. Fabelab Travel Sized Plush Toy, £21.06
4. Stella McCartney Knitted Blanket With Bunnies, £80.00
5. Maileg Fluffy Bunny, £32.00

It’s hard to resist a cute Easter themed purchase when there are little ones in the house. We’ve focused on babies in this post (after all, they provide the easiest to coax into a bunny-themed outfit…), then added this actual bunny (no 5) in at last minute. Marlow has this exact one and he LOVES it (and let me tell you, he is every bit as picky about his soft toys as he is about his cashmere ply count!!). It’s the softest, snuggliest bunny you could ever wish for and he’s cuddling it right now as I finish writing this post. And who doesn’t need a bunny romper, bunny ears hat, bunny booties, bunny pyjamas, set of three bunny sleep suits, and this adorable felt bunny ears and tail set in their lives this Easter?

Sarah & Nicky xx

Borrowed from the (Uniqlo) boys…

17 March 2016

Little Spree Uniqlo collaboration
Trench Coat, £29.90

Little Spree: Uniqlo collaboration - girls

1. T-shirt, £7.90
2. Trench Coat, £29.90
3. Skinny Jeans, £12.90

Little Spree: Uniqlo collaboration - boys

1. T-shirt, £7.90
2. Jersey Jacket, £24.90
3. Slim Fit Jeans, £12.90

You’ll often find our boys in pieces that we’ve bought from the girls department (we’re careful to remove any ‘girls’ labels now the boys can read!). It’s less often that it works the other way around, so when we saw this (boys) Breton top (you know we can never resist a Breton) we couldn’t decide whether to style it for a boy or girl so we deicide to do both. For Spring, wear with jeans and a lightweight jacket (how cute is this mini mac!) hi-tops for boys and ballet flats for girls.
While you’re on the site, definitely worth a look are this striped skirtsweatshirtstriped tee, padded gilet, and hoodie.

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: Uniqlo’s (newly refurbished) Oxford Street store is re-opening tomorrow. Alongside our favourite mens’ cashmere jumpers you’ll find their new Liberty London for UNIQLO collaboration, and a roof terrace which we’re told has breath-taking views across London.

Created in collaboration with Uniqlo

Summer In Winter

14 March 2016

Little Spree: Holiday Capsule Wardrobe

1. Gap Floppy Straw Hat, £9.95
2. Numero 74 ‘Nina’ Dress, £25.08
3. Next Cross Body Bag, £12.00
4. Gap 1969 Shorts, £14.95
5. Sun-San ‘Surfer’ Sandals, £38.00
6. Bonton Lemons Liberty Print Bikini Bottoms, £33.68

Little Spree: Boys Holiday Capsule Wardrobe

1. Bonton T-Shirt, £35.00
2. Mitty James Towling Beach Robe, £24.95
3. Next Fisherman’s Hat, £6.00-£9.00
4. Mango Sunglasses, £12.99
5. Haviana Silver Flip-Flops, £18.00
6. Boden Denim Shorts, £22.50-£26.50

No we haven’t lost our marbles, and yes we do know that it’s only March. We also know that some of you lucky Little Spree’ers will be heading off in search of Winter sun at Easter. So, we thought we’d give you a head start on your packing with a few of our essential Summer pieces (between us we have almost all of them already!). For everyone staycationing this Easter, consider this a buy-now-stash-for-later (before they sell out) post. Either way, we thought the idea of being on holiday is a pretty good way to start the week.

Nicky & Sarah xx

 

What to Wear for World Book Day…

29 February 2016

Little Spree: World Book Day

World Book Day, roughly translates to a last-minute mad panic (or a total nightmare for full-time working mamas) for mamas everywhere. We’ve rounded up the best costumes that are yours at the click of a button (sorry, but we are not even going to try and pretend that we’re going to make one…). So, instead of panicking, stick the kettle on/pour yourself a glass of wine, and we’ll share the best costumes we’ve found (some admitedly more ‘on brief’ than others, but we can’t be the only ones with kids who like to go off piste?)…
For the boys: Peter PanBFGThe GruffaloFantastic Mr FoxWilly WonkerMad HatterWhere’s WallyChewbaccaStormtrooperWoodyBuzz Lightyear, or a good old fail-safe pirate.
For the girls: Alice in Wonderland (and not forgetting the striped tights), Mary PoppinsLittle Red Riding HoodMatilda, The Tiger Who Came To TeaRey (ok, not strictly a book character, but Tabitha is obsessed by her), easy and generic (and frankly, a bit snoozy): fairy and ladybird.
And for the little-er ones :a hedgehog, a tricreatops, a lamb and The Hungry Caterpillar,

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: obviously we are not saying boys can only wear the ‘boys’ costume and girls can only wear the ‘girls’ – they are all interchangeable. We just wanted to split them for the sake of this post to make it quicker for you to look for your little ones (we know how time-poor you are!!). We can’t think of anything cooler than a girl Stormtrooper (just ask Preen!).

Mini Miu Miu

23 February 2016

Little Spree: girls party dresses
Next Jewel Trim Shift Dress, £26.00-£34.00

Little Spree: girls party dresses

1. Monsoon Estella Dress (0-3 years) £40.00
2. AO78 Leopard Pockets Dress (2-16 years), £47.66
3. Mademoiselle à SOHO Stars Dress (3 months-8 years), £32.61
4. Mamas & Papas Frill Dress (0-3 years), £34.00
5. ilovegorgeous Cloud Dress (2-13 years), £136.00
6. Dress Gallery Leopard Tulle Dress (8-16 years), £63.07
7. Zef Almeria Stars Dress (6 months-10 years), £43.00
8. Mango Bead Tulle Dress (3-12 years), £14.99

We’ve recently been asked a lot about ‘party dresses’. Now party dresses can mean different things to different people (and indeed, to different girls – one girls’ party is another’s casual Saturday playdate). So we’ve found a total of eight, each one as gorgeous as the next (and can we just discuss the ‘mini Miu Miu’ from Next??). Interestingly, our favourites just happened to be in black or pink (we have no idea why either!!).

Sarah & Nicky xx

Pimp My (Scooter) Ride…

16 February 2016

Little Spree - cool scooter helmets

1. Mirco Mirrored Safety Helmet, Purple, £14.95
2. Micro Mirrored Safety Helmet, Silver, £14.95
3. Micro Mirrored Safety Helmet, Aqua, £14.95

There’s been a lot of growing going on with the Little Spree kids which has meant new scooters for Tabitha and Marlow and a new scooter helmet for Bailey. In case there’s been a lot of growing going your end too, we thought we’d save you some scooter related shopping and share our recent scooter scoops.  Bailey has the silver version of this helmet (actually it’s more mirrored that silver- there’s a photograph of him wearing it on Instagram) and it has caused quite a stir. Without exception, each time he goes out with it on someone stops to ask about it. Ditto these cool handle bar streamers and deck lights (useful on dark morning scoots to school). We also like this cute basket and cosy scooter mittens, and for anyone with a tiny tot this ‘scoot n pull’ strap will save save your back bending over to push/pull your tired toddler when they refuse to go any further. We’ve all been there right…

Nicky & Sarah xx

Pretty Stripes

15 February 2016

Little Spree
Gap Stripe Sweater (12 months-5 years), £19.95

Little Spree girls outfit

1. Gap Stripe Sweater (12 months-5 years), £19.95
2. Gap Skinny Jeans (12 months-5 years), £17.95
3. Numero 74 Dolls Moses Basket, £50.74
4. Chloe Ballet Flats (sizes 26-35), £130.00

Stripes and broderie anglaise frills? What could be more perfect? And remember this gorgeous moses basket from Numerro 74? Well here’s a scaled down version for little girls to ferry all their dolls/teddies/mice/bunnies around in mama friendly style. How chic.
Oh, and if the Chloe price tag feels a little steep for these ballet flats (it is, but we just couldn’t  resist), we also love this Boden Mary Jane version.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Early Valentine

11 February 2016

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Olivier Baby Cashmere Beanie (1-10 years), £28.00

Hearts and cashmere? Yes and yes!
And what’s not to love about this and this? And cashmere love looks like this.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Mini Me Denim Jumpsuit

8 February 2016

Little Spree - girls denim jumpsuit
Next Denim Jumpsuit, £20.00-£25.00

Little Spree: girls jumpsuit outfit

1. Next Denim Jumpsuit, £20.00-£25.00
2. Simple Kids Cardigan, £60.35 (was £100.58)
3. April Showers Glitter Clogs, £45.00 (were £90.00)

We first spotted this fab jumpsuit quite a while ago (before Christmas in fact), and I have since bought it for Tabitha (she was wearing it yesterday, but before I’d managed to get an Instagram snap of her wearing it, she’d fallen off her bike and it was covered in mud…). It’s great for now as it’s quite a heavy weight denim. Wear with anything from wellies to sandals to Mary Janes to glitter clogs (love these)…

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: this ruffle sleeveless version is great ‘buy now wear now and later’ option. Just layer a long sleeved tee under until Summer comes…

pps: if you missed Nicky’s ‘Ski Pass’ interview with Alex & Alexa, you can read it here.

Little Ski

2 February 2016

Little Spree - Ski Chic Girls

1. Gap ColdControl Puffa Jacket, £26.99 (was £44.95)
2. Mini-A-Ture Ski Pants, £90.00
3. Headstrong Snow Bunny Ski Helmet Cover, £43.00
4. Mini-A-Ture Mittens, £32.00
5. Nui Organic Merino T-shirt, £23.09 (was £38.48)

Little Spree- Ski Chic Boys

1. Mini-A-Ture Zip Ski Jacket, £138.00
2. Gap PrimaLoft Eco Snow Pants, £24.99 (were £34.95)
3. Headstrong Snow Husky Ski Helmet Cover, £40.00
4. Barts Water Resistent Mittens, £15.00
5. Nui Organic Merino T-shirt, £23.09 (was £38.48)

Let’s face it, packing light for a ski/snowboarding holiday just isn’t an option. Time spent working out what to take can be tedious at the best of times, but for this holiday, with all the bulky pieces required, everything that goes into your case must be essential (that way, you’ll still have room for a few little luxuries!). So this post is all about those items (or similar) that have been tried and tested, starting with snow pants. Last year Bailey wore this black version of the Gap ones with this black Gap jacket (both are made from Primaloft which keeps you warm without adding bulk, so don’t be put off by the lightweight  fabric). They wear and wash well and are very good value compared to other ski ranges. This year we were asked to trial some Mini A Ture skiwear for Alex & Alexa (including the blue salopettes and a similar jacket to the one above). It looks great (I have been asked about this skiwear by other parents and even a few instructors) and would say that the higher price point is justified by the quality and detail. I only realised Bailey’s old gloves were too small at the very last minute so I ordered both these pairs – the silver ones arrived too late but if they had arrived on time it would have been hard to choose between them.
Fun and warmth seem to be inextricably linked on this type of holiday which means one thing: layers! Bailey has a few base layer sets, including these M&S long sleeved vests and long pants (great value but size up as they shrink a little).  He also has the grey Nui merino top (above) and trousers (the tops are very soft and Bailey will be wearing his under jumpers throughout winter). On colder days, I added this Finger in the Nose hooded sweatshirt or a navy Uniqlo fleece top (sorry, they only have this version online but I’ve seen them in store).  I would consider a helmet cover as essential (Bailey has the husky one). Not only does it mean he actively wants to wear his helmet (which avoids the “it’s uncomfortable and makes me hot” conversation each morning) but it also makes it much easier to spot your little one on the slopes. Other essentials include goggles, a balaclava for more blustery days and a back pack for the inevitable wipes, snacks, water, spare layers, and don’t forget your lip balm! If you have room, how about this Little Marc Jacobs knitted hat and scarf set (so cool and now on sale).
Read all about what we did (and wore) here.

Nicky  xx

Little Shop

1 February 2016

Baby Romper Little Shop

1. Numero 74 Nina Dress (1-7 years), £23.63
2. Next Striped Knitted Romper (0-2 years), £16.00-£17.00

We’ve been busy re-stocking the Little Shop with lots of lovely bits and pieces for babies, boys and girls (could this dress be any more perfect?). But don’t just take our word for it, check it out for yourself here.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Mini Mouse

28 January 2016

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Accessorize Mouse Purse, £6.00

Is there a little girl out there who wouldn’t love to own this sweet mouse purse (and perhaps even a few bigger ones i.e. us!)?

Nicky & Sarah xx

Going, Going…

19 January 2016

Little Spree girls sales picks

1. Louis Louise Blouse, £36.40 (was £52.00)
2. Boden Dungarees, £15.00-£17.50 (were £30.00-£35.00)
3. Carrement Beau Wool Coat, £42.05 (was £60.08)
4. Pom D’Api Brown Boots, £51.10 (were £73.00)
5. ilovegorgeous Sequin Bag, £27.30 (was £39.00)

Although we’ve never tested the theory, it’s said that if you wear all your favourite pieces together, you end up with a wonderful outfit. These girls ‘as seen on Little Spree’ sale picks seem to prove the theory – chosen individually, on the basis that they were some of our favourite items from our winter outfit edits (and still had sizes available) they actually  make a lovely (cheap chic) outfit. You might also like to test the theory with these other sale pieces from Mango, Louis Louise, Gap,  Louis Louise, Mango, and Manuela de Juan.

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: Tabitha has 2, 3 and 4. In fact, SC loves number three so much, she’s considering re-buying for next Winter!

The Best Of The Sales: Part 1

11 January 2016

Girls Sale

1. Maan Dress, £40.00 (was £80.00)
2. Mango Faux Fur Coat, £26.99 (was £39.99)
3. M&S Chunky Knit Roll Neck, £6.00 (was £15.00)
4. Jigsaw Stripe Jumper, £24.00-£27.00 (was £35.00-£39.00)
5. Maa Slip-On Trainers, £28.50 (were £95.00)
6. Bonton Tutu, £31.50 (was £45.00)

We’re back! And we don’t know about you, but we’re a bit over the sales already… Well, a little bored of seeing the same old things anyway. So for our sales edit (this week and next – yep two full weeks of gorgeous sales bargains!!) we’ve delved that little bit deeper, and searched just that little bit harder to bring you the pieces that we really feel are worthy of sharing. It’s not enough that it’s just ‘nice’ and on sale – that’s not the way we roll at Little Spree. We still expect the same levels of style as always, and a tempting price reduction. And this time we’ve decided to split our finds into two: the pieces we’ve already seen and loved (and posted), but not necessarily bought (and are now possibly wondering why not?) and the pieces we’ve discovered as we cruise the sales online. So this week is dedicated to the former. So we’re kicking off with the girls. Oh, and for any mamas of boys out there, before you tune out, these super-cool skate shoes are on Bailey’s wish list! You gotta love a boy who can rock a silver trainer…

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: a few more stylish bargains to consider are this, thesethis, this, and these.

p: if you haven’t already, check out my interview about motherhood and dressing kids with Children’s Salon here. SC

Christmas Pyjamas

14 December 2015

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Jigsaw Star Pyjama Set, £25.00-£29.00

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M&S  Pure Cotton Checked Pyjamas, £9.80-£13.30

If you need an excuse to treat your little ones to lovely new pyjamas, surely there’s no better time than Christmas? There is nothing nicer than a brand new pair of pyjamas on Christmas Eve – and let’s face it, these pyjamas are going to be well documented for years to come in the obligatory Christmas morning ‘present opening’ photos. We love the classic style of these two pairs (above). But also on our ‘wish/shopping/maybe list’ are:

For the boys: organic candy stripedChristmas Edition ‘slim jyms’Christmas two packNight Sky onesie (already owned by Bailey, and bought and stashed for Christmas Eve for Marlow); grey marl bear print; classic checkedglow in the dark star print; moose Henley stylestar print; and this three pack.
For the girls: floral printditsy print two packNordic printsparkle starglow in the dark star print; and this two pack bunny sleep suits (ok so not technically pyjamas, but cute nevertheless – I’m quite tempted for Tabs).

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: a few people asked me on Instagram recently, where I buy Tabitha and Marlow’s onesies. Mostly Gap. They both have this one, which they are both fast asleep in now as I’m typing this).

Christmas Day and beyond

7 December 2015

Girl Party Outfit

1. Louis Louise Frill Dress, £60.07
2. Next Jazz shoes, £14.00-£17.00

After much searching and deliberation (and literally dozens of discarded dresses and tutus…), we settled on this as our favourite girls Christmas Day/party outfit. Festive (well our kind of festive anyway), fun, stylish and cute. And the perfect hi-lo outfit (you can blow the budget on a gorgeous dress if your High Street shoes look as cute as these.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Come Shopping With Us…

29 November 2015

L Shop

1. M&S Sequinned Dress, £22.40-£25.20
2. Monsoon Tuxedo Set, £70.00

M Shop

1. Mango Flowy Fringed Dress, £39.99
2. Mango Faceted Crystal Earrings, £15.99

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.

Looks good, feels great

19 November 2015

Urban Merino

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).

Sarah & Nicky xx

The magical world of Greenberry Kids…

16 November 2015

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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 rompertutu skirtpom pom dress (the one shown above); distressed sweatshirtribbon blousebasic long sleeve teesballoon sleeve blousenatural 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.

Just add a black ribbon…

9 November 2015

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1. Boden Dungarees, £27.00-£31.50 (were £30.00-£35.00)
2. Mango Shirt, £16.99 (ribbon from John Lewis, £3.25-£6.00)
3. Monsoon Sparkle Bag, £8.00

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…

The girls’ boots edit

5 November 2015

Girls Boots

1. H&M, £29.99
2. Pom D’Api, £73.00
3. Boden, £30.00-£41.25 (were £40.00-£55.00)
4. Next, £32.00-£38.00
5. UGG Australia, £50.00
6. Next, £32.00-£36.00

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.

Summer dressing in Winter

26 October 2015

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1. Numero 74 Mia Dress, £19.58
2. Next Cable Sweater, £16.00-£21.00
3. Startrite Jodie Leather Boots, £64.00
4. M&S 3 Pairs Tights, £9.00-£11.00

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.

Elias & Grace: treat week for girls

20 October 2015

Girls Dot Jacket

1. Morley Chloe Blouse, £55.00
2. Carrement Beau Wool Coat, £60.08
3. Gap 1969 Super Skinny Jeans, £19.95
4. Pom D’Api Boots, £107.00

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!

Nicky & Sarah xx

Spooky Style

15 October 2015

Halloween Girl

1. Little Eleven Paris Tutu Dress, £33.07
2. Woodstock Cat Clips, £16.00
3. Gap Cat Ballet Slippers, £10.99 (were £14.95)

Halloween Boy

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.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Coats: the girls edit

5 October 2015

Girls coats II

1. Carrement Beau Polka Dot Wool Coat, £60.08
2. Mango Faux Fur Coat, £39.99
3. Next Textured Coat, £17.00-£23.00
4. Quenotte Martine Checked Coat, £93.82
5. Caramel Jasmund Coat, £107.33

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.

the perfect transeasonal dress (with apples and owls)

1 October 2015

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Gap Owl Garden Dress, £15.99 (was £19.95)

Girls Gap

1. Gap Owl Garden Dress, £15.99 (was £19.95)
2. Next Cardigan, £11.00-£12.00
3. Martin Pederson Ribbed Tights, £13.00
4. Pom D’Api Desert Boots, £95.00

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!

Sarah xx