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’…
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!
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 skirt, sweatshirt, striped 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.
1. Miller Mouse Jumper, £32.00 2. Miller Navy Jumper, £32.00 3. Miller Grey Jumper, £32.00
1. Miller Jumper (2-14 years), £32.00 (was £80.00)
2. Babe & Tess Jacket (2-12 years), £56.62 3. Gap Denim Trousers (12 months-5 years), £19.95 4. Tu Lace Up Trainers (6 infant-4), £12.00
When we discover that one of favourite childrens’ (well, strictly speaking it’s officially a girls’ jumper, but let’s just keep that between us…) jumpers goes on sale, we cannot not share that information with you. The only problem? Which colour/s to go for?
Sarah & Nicky xx
ps: a shout out to lovely Lisa at edit58 for the tip-off about the trainers. We love a stylish supermarket find!
In our second week of sale posts (trust us, there are still plenty of great bargains to be nabbed if you know where to find them) we’re focusing on the ones that nearly got away – the pieces we have already featured on Little Spree in previous posts or in the ‘Little Shop’ that we still love (whether we’ve already bought them or not). So if you’ve had any ‘coulda woulda shoulda’ moments, this is the week for you. Here are some reminders: Hoodies, henleys, hats..., Elias & Grace: treat week for boys, Coats: the boys edit, Someday soon…, Beach boy. And who could forget Bailey’s favourite logo sweatshirt (sadly the navy has sold out, but we managed to track this grey version down). And here are a few more ‘as seen on Little Spree’ bargains worth checking out from Bellerose, Mango, Scotch Shrunk, Mango and Converse. See you tomorrow for the girls.
This is the perfect time to invest in those slightly more expensive pieces that, having been discounted, feel like a real bargain. Such as this perfect navy wool jumper from Miller (which we love in all colours). It’s also worth looking ahead to next Winter and sizing up on anything you know you will need – we’re very tempted to buy this cool grey pea coat and stash it for next year (love the cosy sheepskin style lining). Hats and scarves are also great sale buys – this hat and mittens set is also on our boys sale wish list, along with these these trousers, and this jacket.
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).
So it turns out that our favourite coats for babies are all grey… Hmmm. What can we say – we love grey! It goes with everything, is always chic and stylish, and is just as perfect for baby girls as it is for baby boys. And mamas of baby girls – make the most of it while they will actually wear grey! Here are a few more contenders (and some are even navy!). This herringbone puffer from Gap; this J by Jasper Conran mini duffle; this cord padded jacket from M&S; this Emile et Rose quilted jacket; this John Lewis double breasted jacket; and last but not least, the super-cute Boden one (Tabarlow’s first coats were from Mini Boden and they were so cute) comes in navy too.
We’re taking a break from coats tomorrow (we’ve started counting coats at night in lieu of sheep…) to bring you our favourite (the) jumper of the moment. But we’ll be back with our favourite boys’ coats on Thursday.
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…
1. Numero 74 Guitar Cushion, £19.44 (was £24.30)
2. Gap Chambray Field Jacket, £13.99 (was £32.95)
3. Bellerose Pocket Tee, £15.66 (was £19.58)
4. Bellerose Walton’s Sweatshirt, £22.27 (was £37.12)
5. Birkenstock Silver Rio Sandals, £26.60 (were £38.00)
6. Louis Louise Crepe Sarouel Trousers, £19.85 (were £33.08)
This is a very dangerous time of year for our credit cards as two instincts kick in: buy now and stash for later and just BUY NOW! In addition to the jacket and sweatshirt above, our ‘buy now and stash it’ list includes this Penfield navy parka; Scotch & Soda stripe sweatshirt and these Mayoral leather trainers. For now, we’re adding a few summer basics to the list, like these Gap swimming shorts and navy cut-offs; a pair of our favourite Pom-D’Api sandals; this Nico Nico tee; and this cool shirt from our current go-to brand Louis Louise. Just remember, when the credit card bill arrives, think how much you saved rather than how much you spent!
Nicky & Sarah x
ps: don’t forget it’s Father’s Day on Sunday (how did that suddenly come around – even we thought it was next weekend!!). Check out our Daddy Spree post for all the (stylish, obviously) gift inspiration you need…
One pair of trousers that we both love, but for girls or for boys (they are officially girls’)? We love them equally for both. So we decided to style them two ways – one look for the girls and one look for the boys. All bases covered.
We just love the idea of a ‘puddle suit’. And it just sounds so… Beatrix Potter. But apart from sounding sweet (and being super-practical obviously), this one actually looks good too. It’s just an all-in-one version of the Little Spree favourite, the classic yellow rain mac. We love. And here are some rain macs too (some yellow, some not..): this one from M&S; this one from John Lewis; this one from Mini Club; this one from Gap; this one from H&M (as posted on Instagram); this one from Next; and this one from Petit Bateau. And not forgetting a few wet weather accessories: this umbrella and this umbrella (for your mini super hero), both from M&S; and these plain wellies from John Lewis (available in red, navy and green).
Sarah & Nicky x
ps: and we couldn’t resist these cute biker-style wellies for us! Love them! Think of them as a little ‘bonus mid-week Mama Spree’.
I love the colour of this shirt, it makes everything you wear it with seem more expensive. Caramel & Baby and Bonpoint often use it in their colour palettes and this one wouldn’t be out place in their collections (except for the price). Here is one way our boys will be wearing it (Marlow already has the boots) and come summer we’ll be styling it with our favourite denim cut-offs. Last year I waited until the summer months arrived to buy a very similar one and of course all the other clever mummies bought early and it was sold out. This year we’ll be buying early too.
I buy clothes for Bailey in the same way that I buy clothes for myself: by mixing high street purchases with a few more expensive items (which I try to buy during sale time). In fact I have an ongoing ‘stash’ box of things I’ve bought in previous sales for Bailey. It’s actually quite exciting when the seasons begin to change and you look inside the box and see your bargains waiting to be worn. So here are a few items we’ll be stashing this year….
1. Miller ‘Pop’Jumper, £85.00 2.. Zara Sequinned Skirt, £17.99 3. M&S ‘Best Of British’ Pure Wool Coat, £80.00 4. Gap Velvet Mary Jane Flats, £14.95
This is a great Christmas Day/party look that’s not too blingy. Cosy, cute, with just a smattering of sequins. Perfect.
It’s a different vibe altogether, but I just ordered this robin jumper for Tabs and it’s SO sweet. Christmas-y, but in an adorable old fashioned way. She will definitely be busting it out with a skinny jean (possibly even dungarees if I can bribe her!!) and a gold Mary Jane.
Whether it’s a birthday, wedding or Christmas it’s the same dilemma: how to make your little boy look dressed up but not overdressed? Oh how I’ve envied mothers of little girls at these times, but we think we’ve come up with a cool Christmas solution here. We also like this grey jumper from Next if the Batman sequins are a step too far; and these amazing boots if these hi-tops aren’t far enough.
Remember last year’s obsession with finding the perfect navy pea? Well it seems that you can’t move for them on the High Street this year! Here are four of our favourites (this M&S one is even machine washable!!). We also like this one from Gap; and for a non navy one, this grey herringbone one from La Redoute is pretty great.
1. M&S Hooded Duffle (5-14 years), £32.00-£36.00 2. Mayoral Navy Parka Coat (2-9 years), £43.00 3. Little Marc Fur Lined Hooded Coat (8-14 years), £80.19 4. Next Padded Jacket With Borg Collar (3-16 years), £34.00-£40.00 5. John Lewis ‘Augusta’ Tweed Duffle Coat (2-12 years), £40.00-£42.00
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…
Kin By John Lewis Boys Parka (2-10 years) £10.00 (was £15.00) SHOP NOW Thank you Jacqueline for this great ‘buy now, stash for later’ find. And an amazing price!! You can’t go wrong with a parka, and I’m definitely buying one for Marlow to ‘stash’ for the Autumn. And here’s another (slightly longer) one, also from John Lewis.
ps: here’s a super-cute girls Winter coat from Monsoon to buy now too (it’s just £40.00). So tempted…
pps: Tabitha is wearing her Next shorts dungarees and striped tee combo today (she did take a bit of convincing: “but it’s not pretty enough…”, but I managed to talk her round). It’s so sweet.
Next Batman Crew Neck Sweater (3-16 years) £16.00-£22.00 SHOP NOW Love this. I normally hate anything gimmicky or branded, but this really reminds me of all the super-cool Zoe Karrsen sweatshirts and tees, which I always want to buy. So if your son happens to be obsessed with superheros, this is a way to keep him happy (and stylish).
ps: my friend just bought this Cos coat for her four year old son, Bailey, and it’s so great. I had checked it out quickly when I was in the store the other day, but am definitely going back to get it next week. It’s a great boys’ lightweight ‘Summer’ parka, and the charcoal grey makes a refreshing change from an army-style khaki jacket. This week (other random things) I’m also liking are this colour block cardigan from Mamas & Papas; these Hampton plimsoles (in charcoal); this baseball style tee (in heather/pepper) from J.Crew; these River Island swim shorts; this Boden sun hat; and this stripe sweater from The Little White Company.
Zara Double Breasted Coat (3-14 years) £35.99 SHOP NOW I have just bought this for Tabitha, and have concluded that it’s the perfect Summer coat. After seeing the fabulous Joseph one (as mentioned in Mama Spree on Friday), it inspired me to find a scaled-down version for Tabs. A Summer coat does sound like a bit of an oxymoron, but anyone reading this from the UK will testify that one is essential (it’s a brave person who dares to venture out without some kind of coat, even in the height of Summer, as you just never know…). As the weather has been getting milder (then colder again, them milder again…) I have been relying on the twins’ trusty M&S yellow rain macs, but they don’t always seem/look quite right somehow (unless it’s actually raining obviously)… This one is a gorgeous grey-blue; it’s cotton, so lovely and lightweight; slightly quilted; and has a pretty floral lining (which looks great with the cuffs turned back, plus meant it passed the Tabitha ‘it’s just pretty enough’ test). I think Tabs will mostly be wearing hers cool and casual with jeans and trousers.
ps: on a separate trip to Zara (yes, I have weeks when I never set foot in that store, then others when I’m in there virtually every day – I think it’s clear what kind of week last week was) I also picked up these crocheted shorts for Tabs. Love them. They will ‘prettify’ any simple, easy-to-chuck-on tees/Bretons for an everyday go-to Summer/holiday look. And she chose these sandals herself (she loved them because they’re pink, pink, pink, I love them because they are neon pink which gives them a much cooler edge than a regular pink, and it’s a win-win because Tabs can’t tell the difference). They will look best worn with more girly things I think (she put them with her Mango ‘mini me’ embroidered dress this afternoon and they looked great). I also bought her these striped shorts, which I will pair with pretty blouses and smocks.
Monsoon Baby Heritage Jacket (0-3 years) £26.00 SHOP NOW This jacket is just adorable. I love everything about it (especially the pom pom trim!). It’s the prefect Spring cover-up. It will also work well when you want to jazz up a plainer outfit underneath. This will definitely give your little one’s mini wardrobe an instant style boost. This Mango version is great option too.
ps: just bought this cat print dress for Tabs from Gap (they still have 30% off online). Looks really great with charcoal or navy knitted tights and a cardigan. I just love the print – very Miu Miu…
The Little White Company Boys’ Striped Jacket (2-8 years) £45.00 SHOP NOW I love the combination of the ticking stripe (although you have to squint to actually see it in this picture, or simply take my word for it) and a sporty style hooded jacket – classic, but cool. It’s 100% cotton with a jersey lining, and is machine washable. I also love that the hood is detachable (I like options). This H&M three-in-one version is also a great option for babies and younger boys.
Paddington Bear For Baby Gap Rain Parka (0-24 months) £29.95 SHOP NOW As one of my all-time favourite childhood characters, Paddington Bear is definitely worthy of a collaboration of his own. And we know that Gap can work a collaboration like no one else. Forget naff gimmicks and cartoony motifs, the execution is always spot-on, and the pieces always have that ‘want it right now’ appeal. Pus we know that the pieces are always going to be totally affordable. The collection is primarily made up of red, white and blue, with a few splashes of yellow. This parka is one of my favourite pieces – love the toggle buttons and the striped lining. My other favourites are this super-cute embroidered dress (love it!); these classic yellow rain boots; these days of the week bodysuits; this quilted floral print jacket (if you have a daughter and you haven’t bought one already, you have to buy her a cotton quilted jacket for the Spring – there are so many cool ones around); and this bodysuit. And no need to journey to Peru to buy them…
ps: Tabarlow and I spent a lovely (rainy) afternoon with our friends Nicky and Bailey at Maggie & Rose in Chiswick today. For anyone living in West or South-West London who doesn’t already know about it, you need to. It’s a little (well, not so little – 12,500 square foot actually) haven for anyone with young kids, hidden away in deepest W4. The amazing soft play area has been designed like a cool farm (complete with with mini barn, not to be confused with a mini bar) and horses, and is over looked by an all-day family brasserie open seven days a week serving healthy and delicious food (so we can catch up while they play where we can see them). There is also a walled garden with a tree house and a vintage double decker bus; a cinema snug, mini allotments and loads more… It’s basically an amazing place to hang out with your little ones (regardless of the weather), where you can all have a lovely time. It’s a total win-win. I’m hooked.
pps: just spotted this fab checked blouse from Miller. It’s 70% off and so cool…
Little Marc Jacobs Cannoli Jacket (4-12 years) £78.00 (was £195.00) SHOP NOW I am clearly stillsubconsciously searching for the ultimate navy pea coat. This is a fantastic one from Little Marc. It is still quite pricey, but I think it’s worth investing for next Winter if you size up. There are still quite a few things out there in the sales if you look hard enough (you just need to be lucky with the sizes). And this is definitely the time to pick up some designer pieces that might normally be unaffordable (or more accurately, unjustifiable). Here is my edit of the best things out there… These boots are old favourites (Marlow has had at least two pairs over the years) that I still love. Quite tempted to buy him another pair actually. He’s also had a pair of these (I love that they repeat the same styles season after season). I really love these suede boots (they also come in navy) for girls (a lot more affordable now they are half price); this owl jumper from Stella; this gorgeous Chloe dress; this Chloe cashmere hat and scarf set (it would make the most adorable baby gift); this printed Miller dress; and finally, how cute are these Bonton booties??
Autograph Cotton Floral Doodle Jacket (5-14 years) £14.00-£18.00 SHOP NOW
I was all set to share a few more fabulous sale finds, when I came across this beauty on the M&S website. It’s so cool!!! That perfect mix of pretty, hippie and cool (a la Isabel Marant), which is always my absolute favourite way to dress in the Summer. And I love this doodle-floral print, and the pretty tones of blue. Buy now, and tuck away for the Spring. Then bust it out with a t-shirt/pretty smock/blouse and jeans. No skirts please. Oh, and worry not, those sale finds will still be shared…
Mango Double-Breasted Plaid Coat (sizes XS-L) £19.99 (was £47.99) SHOP NOW This boys’ jacket is an amazing bargain, and it’s certainly not too late to jump into the plaid trend (let’s face it, Winter is going to be here for a while yet..). I love it. This (very Isabel Marant-esque) fabulous charcoal flecked girls’ coat, also from Mango is another hit. Love, love, love this gorgeous girls’ tulle skirt from Chiara; this cool tee from Bang Bang Copenhagen; these pretty vests from Stella McCartney; this simple Miller grey tee; this smocked Liberty London dress; and finally, this Miller printed dress.
Mini Boden Knitted Jacket (0-3 years) I have loved this cardigan since I first clapped eyes on it (months ago now), so I have no idea why I have left it so long to share. Anyway, it’s a cute as a button. I love the little ears (sometimes that can be over-kill, but not when it’s done right like this). And not only does this knitted jacket look adorable, but it’s so practical (double-breasted, hooded, knitted all = warm!), and well, useful. It also comes in duck-egg blue and navy, which I equally love. It would make a great baby gift too. But like everything I seem to like at Mini Boden at the moment, it’s selling out first, so get your skates on! £16.80-£18.20 (was £24.00-£26.00) boden.co.uk
Gap Cable Knit One-Piece (0-24 months) Now I love (ok, am obsessed with) cable-knit jumpers at the moment, and this cable kit romper is taking things to a whole new level. It’s so sweet. I love the idea of a chunky-knit onesie, and I love that it’s cream. Super-cosy. I also love this style of cardigan. Perfect for boys and girls; this ‘garter stitch’ is always so chic and stylish, plus it’s really chunky and warm. Tabitha and Marlow both had (and still wear) a very similar version, (but with hoods) from Gap last Winter, and they wore them constantly (they multi-task as cardigans and cosy jackets). They are so warm! Here are some more of my favourite pieces from the current babyGap collection… This floral sprig printed blouse (I just bought it for a friend’s baby – it’s so sweet); this fur trimmed flapper hat; this super-chic little camel coat; these plaid trousers, this star print corduroy romper (also bought for the same friend’s baby, and also super-cute); this colourblack cardigan; this marl grey hoodie and this plaid dress. As you probably know by now, I am taking part in a really exciting all-day event with babyGap on Friday at their flagship store at 376-384 Oxford Street (the one near Selfridges – don’t go to the wrong one!). I will be there all day with my friend and fashion photographer, Jane Mcleish-Kelsey, styling a really cool Holiday photo shoot with babies aged between 0-24 months (including yours hopefully!). I would love to meet you (and your gorgeous little ones of course), so please come along and join us (from 10.00am-6.00pm). As well as the photo shoot, there will also be a free monogramming service (I am completely obsessed with monogramming – my handbag collection is testament to this), and a chance to win £500 shopping spree for your little one. And here’s the most exciting bit… There is a chance for FIVE lucky Little Spree readers to win a guaranteed place in the queue for the photo shoot, and to be entered into a special prize draw to win a £150 shopping spree at babyGap, with me at the store at a later date, where I will help you put together a gorgeous mini capsule wardrobe for your baby. All you need to do is RSVP to: email@example.com before midnight on Wednesday (27th) for a chance to win. Five winners will be picked at random, and emailed directly by Gap. Then the winner of the prize draw will be announced here on Monday 2nd December. For full terms and conditions please click here. Good luck! See you on Friday… £19.95 SHOP NOW
Uniqlo Unisex Down Gilet (3-11 years) Sometimesyou just don’t need a full-on jacket or coat. I’ve been wanting to get Marlow a down gilet (they look so lovely layered over a gorgeous jumper) for a while now, but most of them come with a price tag to match the down content, so I’ve always hesitated. Until now. I love the look of this one from Uniqlo, and it’s filled with 70% premium quality down (whatever that means, but it sounds warm and cosy!). And I love the cord detail on the shoulders. Uh-oh, I feel another purchase coming on… £29.90 BUY NOW
Autograph Wool Blend Peacoat (12 months-7 years) The navy peacoat is still as elusive as ever this Winter (on the High Street anyway), and I have now become slightly obsessed about it. I think this Autograph one from M&S is one of the best options (thank you Nicky), and it has a cosy padded lining, and is machine washable (why do kids’ coats get SO filthy?). Here are a few other recent finds I’ve sniffed out on my travels… Thanks to all the mums (and there were lots of you!) who recommended this fab one from Zara (it’s a girls’ one, but obviously perfect for boys too). This is the same one I bought (and loved, and amazingly still fits!) for Marlow from H&M last Winter. Annoyingly they have made it in black this year instead of navy (don’t they realise that navy is THE colour of the season?), but it’s still a good option (I love the extra sewn-in ribbed collar for those extra-chilly days).. This is not a peacoat, but it’s navy, wool and really cool (do not be put off by this terrible picture, which bears no resemblance to the fab coat I saw in the flesh in the store last Thursday – trust me, it’s fantastic). I really like this new (ish) Kin collection at John Lewis (it has a whiff of Cos about it…). I think I might go back and get it. Again, this one from F&F is black, but it’s a good one. And finally, if you feel like a splurge, this Cyrillus one is really lovely (and probably my favourite of the lot), and definitely navy: as is this Petit Bateau one – a classic naval officer style, complete with gold buttons. That’s it for now, I’m going for a lie-down… £28.00-£30.00 BUY NOW
ps: just in! I spotted this one on the Mothercare website a few weeks ago, but for some reason thought it was black, so discounted it, but in actual fact it’s dark navy (thank you ‘Belfast Mummy’). So I’m adding it in as late contender. Definitely more of a boy’s pea than girl’s I would say, but a really good (and affordable) option.
We’re always on the look out for beautiful bedding so were excited to be introduced to new, ethical brand Willa and the Bear. Take a look at their lovely blankets, quilts and pyjamas, but also spare a minute to read the heartwarming backstory of the founder, Hattie Goodley.