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

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

Mamas & Papas collaborate with Liberty London

28 September 2015

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Special Edition Liberty Collaboration Armadillo Stroller, £299.00

Liberty Print

1. Liberty Wiltshire 4 Piece Shirt, Trousers & Braces Set, £46.00
2. Liberty Wild Flower Tunic and Knitted Leggings Set, £36.00

Mamas & Papas have collaborated with Liberty London to create the prettiest collection of children’s fashion, interiors and strollers (with matching accessories) in not one, but six different gorgeous Liberty prints. The exclusive range from two great British brands combines the trend-led style of Mamas & Papas with the British heritage of one of our favourite department stores and creators of some of our all-time favourite prints for children, the mighty Liberty. What’s not to love? Could this pushchair we any cuter (or chic-er for that matter)? Ok, so it’s definitely more of a girls’ collection than a boys, but surely every little boy could do with a Liberty print bow tie in their lives? We also love this blanket; these cushions; this musical cot toy (a lovely, inexpensive gift for a new baby); this reversible buggy liner (if you don’t want to go the whole hog with the pushchair); this dress; this rocking horse; this pram suit; and last but not least, even the humble bib has had a Liberty makeover.

Sarah & Nicky xx