dungarees go girly

girls dungarees

1. Gap Denim Dungarees, £16.07 (reduced from £22.95)
2. Gap Chunky Knit Beanie, £8.95
3. Cyrillus Liberty Print Blouse, £55.00
4. M&S Leather Metallic Hi-Tops, £24.00-£26.00

I may (frustratingly) not have persuaded Tabitha into a pair (despite my best efforts), but for everyone else with a less stubborn (er, independent) daughter, here is a super-sweet dungarees look for the girls. You may recognise the blouse from a previous post, so you may already have it. Bonus. Just pop a cardigan over the top if needed.

Sarah x

ps: huge congratulations to Zoe Crellin (and her daughter Maeve) for winning the amazing Mini Preen competition! You are now the owner of the Preen Line dress and the Mini Preen coat-dress. Both will be winging themselves to you very soon. We are very jealous! Thank to everyone who entered – we had an overwhelming response. But worry not, it wasn’t the first Little Spree competition, and it definitely won’t be the last…

pps: don’t forget to follow us on Instagram (@littlespree) for lots of extra stylish finds for little ones. Plus previews from the Spring/Summer 2015 collections for kids…

 

kate spade loves gap

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

cute boots

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M&S Autograph Leather Metallic Ankle Boots (sizes 6-13 small), £38.00-£40.00

For anyone still looking for girls boots, these M&S ones are great. The picture on the website does them no justice at all, so we’ve taken our own. They are very similar to a Zara pair that Tabitha has (bought last year) and a lot of people asked me where they were from on Instagram. These are the next best thing.

mini me, mini preen

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PREEN LINE SARAH CLARK

As a huge fan of Preen (I remember going to one of their very first shows at London Fashion Week when I worked at Marie Claire, and just being blown away by the combination of beauty and ‘coolness’ of the clothes). I couldn’t have been more excited when they launched Mini Preen earlier this year. It’s just gorgeous. And just like the womens’ collections, is cool and pretty in equal measures. I caught up with one half of the Preen design duo, the lovely Thea (arguably one of the nicest people in fashion) to ask her a little more about the collection…

What made you decide to launch Mini Preen?
When our eldest daughter, Fauve was born I was always on the lookout for clothes that were a bit different, and as she grew she always wanted to wear my dresses, so the idea of a Mini Me, Mini Preen was born.

Do you always try to keep your Mini designs closely linked to your womenswear collections? I love the ‘mini me’ angle to the press look books. Completely adorable.
Yes, we always link Mini to our adult collections. We shrink the prints so they don’t look oversized on the smaller frame of a child. The coats are shrunken versions, also the dresses are of similar styles to the adult, but more age appropriate.

What kind of girl is the Mini Preen girl?
Well the main inspiration for the Mini Preen girl has been our daughters. Cute, cool, spirited, fun, ‘outdoorsy (is that even a word?), and must contain pink.

I love how you mix classic children’s clothes with a cool, modern edge (not easy to do!). Are your own daughters a big part of your inspiration?
Yes totally. Like with our Preen ethos we want to mix classic, modern and vintage.

Do you think you might ever do a high street collaboration with Mini Preen, like your womenswear collection for Debenhams?
I think that would be a great idea!

I am told you are a fan of Little Spree. Is this true?
Yes! I got introduced to it by a close friend and now I’m addicted!

Do you like to mix high street finds with more expensive pieces when dressing your daughters?
Absolutely. The high street are doing great clothes for kids, and I also like to look around markets such as Portobello for smocked vintage dresses for Blythe (2). My own children really love to wear Preen though. Fauve (6) loves a party dress and she has a sweatshirt dress that she lives in!

Any favourite high street haunts for kids clothes?
I find Zara Kids is great for coats, and tights in interesting colours. H&M kids is always a place I go to get my daughter, Fauve her skinny jeans. Also Mothercare are doing some great coloured corduroy trousers at the moment. They are meant for boys, but I dress my girls in quite a lot of boys clothes – coats, trousers and shirts. I think it’s a great look.

Preen has kindly agreed to give away the gorgeous Mini Preen red checked coat-dress, above, worth £294.00, as well as this super-cool Preen Line jumper-dress, worth £398.00. How lucky are we?? Two for one! All you need to do to enter is email us with the answer to the following question: What is Thea’s design partner/husband’s name? Easy peasy. And don’t forget to include your (UK) dress size and the name and age of the little girl who might be lucky enough to win the coat-dress. You have until Friday 14th to enter, and we will announce the winners (one big, one small) the following week. Good luck!

Mini Preen is available in 4-11 years (sorry, girls only) from Selfridges and Harrods

socks & sandals

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!

elias & grace ‘treat week’

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Elias & Grace is probably our favourite website for children’s clothes (from newborn to 14 years). It’s a one-stop shop for all things super-stylish for you little ones. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find something that wasn’t stylish. We love their edit of the designer collections (favourites such as Mini Marc, Pom D’Api, Bellerose, Woodstock, Chloe, Miller…); the way they put gorgeous, effortless looking outfits together in the ‘looks’ section – so inspiring; and their ‘trends’ – a great way of narrowing down if you’re pushed for time and looking for something more specific. And if you haven’t checked out their ‘outlet’, you definitely need to – they have some amazing bargains tucked away in there…
And the exciting bit is, Elias & Grace are having a ‘treat week’ where they are offering 20% off eveything, starting on Monday. But we’ve managed to secure an early bird discount just for our readers, so you can scoop up the best pieces before they go! The discount will run until 10th November. Just use the code: TREATBC14 at check-out. What are you waiting for??

ps: we’ll be showing you some of our favourite pieces/looks next week.

eliasandgrace.com

pom pom

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Woodstock Pom Pom Headband, £24.00

I can’t get enough of Woodstock and their gorgeous hair accessories, and I just love the colour of this pom pom headband (great with khaki and olive…). Here are a few other cute things that I’ve got my eye on for Tabs… this Zara headband; these Mothercare slides; this Woodstock headband; these Cos clips; this Hucklebones hairband; and these clips from H&M.

ps: please share any gorgeous pictures of your little ones  (and indeed yourselves, in your Mama Spree purchases) on Instagram wearing their Little Spree buys by including the hashtag: #asseenonlittlespree

sweatshirt girl

girl sweater dress

1. Uniqlo Urban Sweats Sweatshirt Dress, £14.90
2. Zara Bag With Tassels, £15.99
3. Mango Snow Boots, £39.99

Such a cool girl’s outfit. And we love that if you want to pull a ‘mini me’ with your daughter, you can buy yourself a version of the dress, and the Issy boots (Nicky has these from last Winter).

ps: Mango has also done a similar sweatshirt dress that we love.

pretty spooky

Halloween girls

1. Gap Glow-In-The-Dark Sleep Set, £14.95, Shop Now
2. Numero 74 Super Hero Outfit, £39.69, Shop Now
3. Hunter Sillver Wellies, £30.00, Shop Now

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about little Halloween costumes. After trawling through (what felt like) hundreds of ‘scary’ polyester outfits; various Halloween themed items of clothing (most of which were pretty dodgy it has to be said); and far too much black and orange for our liking, we came to the following conclusion… Buy a pair of ‘spooky-ish’ pyjamas, pimp them up a bit with a few carefully chosen accessories, et voila! You have a stylish, comfy, inexpensive ‘trick or treat worthy’ outfit that means you can just pop your little ones straight into bed after trawling the streets because they’re already wearing their pjs! Perfect. We always love a Gap set of glow-in-the-dark pyjamas (Marlow and Bailey already both have a pair), and these girls ones are so sweet. Just add the (super-stylish) cape,  mask and wellies and you’re all set. Who said Halloween has to be scary anyway? Let’s leave that to the older kids. Also, there’s nothing stopping you from adding a pretty cape or tutu to the pyjamas… I’m also going to be buying Tabitha this Hello Kitty Halloween DVD to get her in the spooky mood (and let’s be honest, how scary can Hello Kitty actually be??). Tomorrow it’s the boys’ turn…

ps: we have had a few requests for some more purse-friendly leather pencil skirts following Friday’s Mama Spree. Here are a few we found on the high street… This ASOS one; this River Island one (we like the pockets); this French Connection wrap one; and this petite one from M&S.

shoe shoes shoes

A&A Girl

1. Pom D-Api Rose Pink Leather Boots (sizes 19-30), £54.00 (were £68.00)
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2. Start-Rite Gold Leather Mary-Janes (sizes 20-26), £48.00 (were £60.00)
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Boys A&A

1. 10 IS High Top Trainers (sizes 24-38), £56.50 (were £71.00)
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2. 10 IS Girls Leather Trainer (sizes 24-34), £56.00 (were £70.00)
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Alex and Alexa currently has 20% off online, then you get an extra 15% on top with the code: SHOE15 until midnight on Thursday. Woohoo! These are our four favourites styles, and we also love these Pom D’Api feather fur girls boots (Nicky saw them in person last week and said they were adorable); these Start-Rite lilac Mary Janes; these Minetonka fringed ankle boots; these Start-Rite white T-bars; these Hunter unisex silver wellies; these Hunter navy ‘first’ wellies; and our favourite boys’ school shoes the Geox ‘William’ (a great time to buy the next size up). They also have a great selection of Pom D’Api girls sandals. Buy now. stash for next Summer…

cable knits & mary janes

Girl cable jumper

1. Mini Boden Cosy Cable Throw-On, £31.00-£36.00 (was £35.00-£40.00, SHOP NOW
2. M&S Cotton Embroidered Skater Skirt, £16.00-£20.00, SHOP NOW
3. Zara Ribbed Tights, £5.99, SHOP NOW
4. Start-Rite Gold Leather Mary Janes, £48.00 (were £60.00), SHOP NOW

We love this chunky cable knit sweater (it has the cutest pom pom on the hood, which you can’t see in this pic). And I bought this gorgeous skater skirt for Tabitha back in the Summer. Perfect with or without tights. It really reminds me of the Miller ones that I bought her last year in that amazing Elias & Grace sale.

mangotastic

Mango girl

1. Elastic Edge Dress, £22.99
2. Faux Fur Gilet, £24.99
3. Suede Ankle Boots, £54.99

Mango boy

1. Mid-Wash Denim Shirt, £19.99
2. College Sweatshirt, £14.99
3. Slim-Fit Corduroy Trousers, £19.99
4. Stitched High Top Sneakers, £29.99

If you’re looking for a little inspiration before getting that hefty 30% off at Mango (it ends at midnight tonight – just enter this code at checkout: 5WEEKEND), here’s one for the girls and one for the boys…
And for us? We’re loving this jacket; this cardigan (perfect for those chilly morning school runs that we know are coming – just chuck it on and run out the door); these scarves; and we’re still loving this jacket and these boots.

ps: love this girls dress too (I always love a white dress in the Winter with tights and boots).

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Girls coats 2

1. Next Grey Faux Fur Front Coat (3-16 years), £38.00-£44.00
2. Zara Double Breasted Mohair Coat (3-14 years), £49.99
3. Jigsaw Junior Faux Fur Trim Tweed Coat (4-13 years), £74.00-£79.00
4. Gap Wool Zip Coat (12 months-5 years), £34.95
5. Monsoon ‘Ana’ Coat (3-13 years), £45.00

Here are our our favourite Winter coats for girls. Fancy winning number 5? Monsoon is kindly going to give one away to a lucky Little Spree reader, as well as the two baby girl coats featured in our edit on Monday (numbers 1 and 4). All you need to do is tell us which Winter coat I bought for myself (as mentioned in a recent Mama Spree post); subscribe (just go to the right hand side of the website and enter your email address) to the daily Little Spree email update (if you don’t already), then send your answer to the usual email address (find it here). Don’t forget to state which coat you would like, and in which size. You have until Friday 26th September to enter, and we will announce the winner the following week. Good luck!

little coats for little ladies

Baby coats

1. Monsoon Baby Bear Coat (3 months-3 years), £40.00
2. John Lewis Tweedy Hooded Coat (3 months-3 years), £30.00-£32.00
3. Zara Coat With Shearling Lined Collar (9 months-3 years), £32.99
4. Monsoon ‘Sophie’ Coat (3 months-3 years), £38.00
5. La Redoute Double Breasted Coat (1 month-3 years), £35.00

It’s all about coats this week on Little Spree. We’re starting with our edit for baby girls (although all of them go up to three years, so not strictly just for babies). Could they be any cuter? I almost cried when I saw this pistachio green one in Zara and realised that Tabitha was too big for it (I’m not even joking). I have since consoled myself with another Zara one, which is coming up in our girls coats post later in the week. See you tomorrow for the baby boys…

oh how I love my smalls…

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Smalls Tanks & Long Sleeved Tops (2-12 years)
From £27.00  SHOP NOW
I am now a complete convert to these gorgeous merino wool pieces. Marlow and Tabitha now have a tank and a long sleeve top each (Marlow’s in navy, Tabitha’s in the (perfect) ‘misty rose’ shade of pink (I can’t wait to layer it under her dungarees). I was lucky enough to be sent one each for them to try, but I was instantly smitten, and have since ordered one more each. When I first dressed Marlow in his, he actually commented on “how lovely and smooth” it felt as it went on (that’s my boy!), and he is very picky about fabrics and the feel of things he wears. Actually he’s pretty picky about everything he wears, but that’s another story. These tops are the perfect combination of comfort and cool (trust me, they look as great as they feel, and I’m a lot pickier than Marlow), but don’t take my word for it, here’s why…
They are machine washable (in fact they get better with every wash); breathable like a second skin (cleverly drawing moisture away from the body); warm in Winter and cool in Summer; you honestly won’t believe it’s wool – super-soft. made from superfine wool trimmed from happy sheep that roam the mountains of New Zealand and Australia (love that!); naturally stretchy for maximum movement; longer in the body to keep out pesky draughts (nothing worse than a ‘too short’ top); cool curved hem to keep little bottoms warm and won’t ride up when your little one climbs a tree or runs around the playground; contrast coloured stitching for a cool pop of colour, so stylish enough to wear on their own or layer under things in the same way as a regular vest; and no need for lots of bulky excess layers thanks to the amazing weight-to-warmth ratio of merino (not sure exactly what that means, but it sounds impressive). Oh and last but not least, no need to fill a (much needed) drawer with a different vest for every day (as I used to) that invariably shrink and have to be chucked anyway. No they aren’t exactly ‘cheap’ but the you only need one or two. So once you’ve bought them, you’re done for quite a while. Amen.

ps: while we’re on the subject of the wonders of Merino, I was a huge fan of the Merino Bambino sleeping bags when Tabarlow were babies. They were the best thing ever. No more buying loads of different ones for the various seasons in varying tog sizes (so confusing and not to mention bulky to store) – just one each for the whole year round. For any mamas of little ones under the age of two, I cannot recommend these enough. And after a quick look on the website, it seems that they are also now available for toddlers too. Genius.

kitty flats

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Next Cat Pumps (sizes 26.5-41)
£14.00-£17.00  SHOP NOW
If you can’t stretch to the kitty flats, you can console yourself (and your daughter) with these ones…

ps: Gap has done it again! But this time it’s 50% off!!! So if you haven’t already bought everything you want/need, it’s 50% off select Gap baby and kids styles right now!

pps: my favourite Aigle wellies are now available on the John Lewis website (thank to my eagle-eyed sister for spotting them). The navy are my favourite. Obviously.