There are two groups of people who seem to carry off a bow tie easily: the very young and the very old (oh, and anyone wearing a tux).We love this soft gingham version for a boys party outfit as it takes a classic look and makes it fun (and therefore more likely that your little man will want to wear it!). Not necessarily how we would expect the more mature man to wear his bow tie perhaps (although we’re not against it), we’d style it with jeans, a velvet jacket and these cool hi-tops.
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.
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).
If you take a peek inside Bailey and Marlow’s wardrobe you’ll find striped jeans, blue jeans, grey jeans, even biker jeans; the thing they have in common is that they’re all skinny. Most of the time this is the style they like to wear, but just like us, every so often, they want baggy! Wear with a slightly more fitted jumper to avoid looking too baggy and finish with a peacoat (remember this one from our boys coat edit?) and these really cool brogue trainers.
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…
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.
Sarah and I have been clearing out the kids wardrobes, only to discover that most of their Winter clothes (especially their trousers and jumpers) from last year no longer fit. We already have their coats – this is Bailey’s grey pea coat (which is presently on sale) and this is how I would like to see him wear it (left to his own devices Bailey would simply slip it on over a Superhero costume). So (for us at least) ‘treat week’ at Elias & Grace couldn’t be better timed. We always like to buy a few expensive items each season to mix in with their high-street buys and in Winter our splurges usually include boots and a few gorgeous jumpers. This winter’s wishlist includes this Kidscase long sleeved tee; this Bellerose coat (last year’s Winter coat for Marlow and Bailey); this Louis Louise jumper; this Miller beanie; and Marlow’s favourite hi-tops from Pepe.
Just remember to use code TREATAW15 at checkout before midnight on 27th October to receive 20% off.
We love stripes, we love (little) spots, but spots and stripes together? I know it’s a shock to see not one, but two patterns together in a Little Spree post, but even we can’t resist this gorgeous Morley top and Carrement Beau coat (in fact Tabitha already has both, as well as these gorgeous boots – even nicer in really life). It’s ‘treat week’ at Elias & Grace who are offering 20% discount off their AW15 collection with code TREATAW15. This offer only runs once per season so it’s the perfect time to stock up on those more expensive/statement/investment items (which is includes the Morley stripe top and these Pom D’Api boots). Also in our basket you’ll find this Zef dress; this Louis Louise poncho; this Carrement Beau Breton; this Kidscase dress; these Minnetonka boots (Tabitha has already put in a request for a pair after seeing them on my laptop!); this Nice Things cardigan (the perfect cardigan); this Louis Louise blouse (first seen on Little Spree here); these Miller mittens (Tabitha and Marlow already have these from last year in grey and navy – proof that mittens on a string really don’t get lost!); and it’s the perfect opportunity to buy new wellies for the Winter too. Check back on Thursday to see our boys ‘treat week’ wish list. Happy shopping!
1. Little Eleven Paris Tutu Dress, £33.07 2. Woodstock Cat Clips, £16.00 3. Gap Cat Ballet Slippers, £10.99 (were £14.95)
1. Gap Glow-In-The-Dark Halloween Onesie, £10.99 (was £14.95)
2. The Contemporary Home Halloween Mask, £6.00 3. Gap Hi-Top Sneakers, £19.95
Between them, Marlow, Bailey and Tabitha already own pretty much everything in today’s post. Marlow has the onesie, and LOVES it (and it’s such a great price now). He wears it for bed, and is so cosy and warm in it. He also loves that the feet have grips, so he can charge around like a maniac in that window between bath and bed time and not slip on the wooden floor (while I’m reaching for the wine…). He also has the hi-tops (I always buy him one pair of expensive boots/shoes and one more affordable pair each season – this Winter’s espensive ones are these – look away Grandma!), pricey but well worth the investment) which he loves because the fit is really comfortable as he has quite wide feet (and is as fussy about how things feel as how they look!). And he will definitely be wearing the onesie with his hi-tops come 31st October. Bailey has the mask from last year (such a great price if you don’t want to invest too much on one night); and Tabs has the tutu (she would wear a tutu around the clock if I let her, but a black one is surprisingly stylish and easy to wear in an non dressing up way) and the kitty flats (who needs Chalrotte Olympia when we have Gap right?).
Here are some more spooky things we found for the girls – this Mouche crown with veil; this Candy Bows tutu and wings set; this M&S sparkle tutu; and these Gap pink glow-in-the-dark pyjamas (if you can’t persuade her into the cooler back and white pair).
And for the boys – how cool is this Gap embroidered skeleton sweatshirt? Definitely not just for Halloween. This Paul Smith Junior glow-in-the-dark sweatshirt; this M&S vampire costume; this John Lewis two pack of glow-in-the-dark pyjamas; and this super-stylish Numero 74 super hero costume.
And we haven’t forgotten the babies (why should they miss out on all the fun?). Check out this Little Eleven Paris bat set; these Stella McCartney Kids glow-in-the-dark pyjamas; this M&S skeleton print onesie; this Gap bat beanie; and this John Lewis skeleton sleep suit.
1. Gap Textured Hoodie, £17.99 2. Fub Bashful Hat, £22.00 3. Gap Henley T-shirt, £8.95 4. Mango Cotton Trousers, £19.99 5. Tip Toey Joey Danube Shoes, £70.00
I wish we’d thought of this outfit last week – I’m still trying to remove the grass stains from the knees of Bailey’s jeans post park football match this weekend (all tips gratefully received). If your boys are anything like ours, the other park dressing requirement is a good layering top – five minutes running around and off comes the jumper/jacket/sweatshirt. This henley top is our perfect layering piece and now that it’s in the sale we’ll be stocking up for winter. Other sales pieces we have our eye on include this varsity bomber jacket; these baseball tees and these stripe waffle tees.
No, you’re not going mad, these are the same leopard print Mary Janes that we featured last week, we love them so much we couldn’t resist using them twice! This time we’ve styled them with dungarees, ochre, tassels, and a printed blouse: a few of our favourite things.
As if it wasn’t cute enough, this sweet, soft play set also comes in an adorable bird print and both have matching printed bags (you might remember them from our Instagram feed after the Boden press day a few months ago). We’re big fans of these little drawstring bags – so useful for keeping things organised in your nappy bag and beyond (I still use them to put Bailey’s toys in, and Tabitha has a huge collection of them!). They’re sold as layering pieces but we think they’re pretty enough to be worn on their own, just add this knitted jacket or one of these cute cardigans that we featured last week.
Nicky & Sarah xx
ps: don’t forget your discount code (8X5H) for 20% off (plus free postage) is valid until the end of today.
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…
As one of our absolute favourite labels, Numero 74 is always on our ‘go-to’ list for anything from bunting to tutus, to curtains to cot bumpers. But until now that list never included clothes. But only because because they didn’t do them! So we can barely contain our excitement with the recent discovery that they now do! The same gorgeous colours, styles, fabrics, but this time in clothes. And the prices are great too (almost too good to be true in fact). Anyway, we’ll be bringing you a post with our edit in the next few weeks, but for the time being, here is one of our favourite sun dresses (we can’t get enough of this ochre colour at the moment…) to wet your appetite…
1. Mango Mao Collar Shirt (3-14 years), £14.99 2. Mango Cardigan (3-14 years), £14.99 3. CharlieAndGus Harem Pants (0-4 years), £16.75 4. Sun San ‘Surfer’ Sandals (sizes 22-36), £38.00
Question: what’s warmer than denim cut-offs, but cooler than jeans?
Answer: a harem pant!
These grey ones are very similar to a pair I bought Bailey last year. I love the fact that they can be worn all year round (in Winter Bailey wore his with hi-tops, a sweatshirt and beanie hat, and this is how he’s wearing them now). Not only that but they are soft and comfortable (so no complaining) and they have survived tree climbing, football, long haul flights, camping, and all the ‘playing’ that’s been thrown at them. I think I’ve just talked myself into buying another pair…
1. Louis Loiuse Bow Brooch, £9.00 2. Petit Bateau Plain Cardigan (3-12 years), £36.00 3. Next Chambray Sundress (3-16 years), £10.00-£18.00 4. Maa Helena Sandals (sizes 24-37), £75.00
Another day, another Next purchase for Tabitha. This dress has been waiting in the wings for quite a few weeks now – we’ve just been waiting for the right moment to share it. We love the combination of simplicity and prettiness. The simplicity means it’s easy to style up, and the prettiness means you don’t have to. Anyway, as well as featuring it in today’s post, we have also included it in our very first feature for the fabulous Smallish magazine. Yep, that’s right, we’re branching out as ‘Contributing Editors’ – Little Spree meets Smallish. If you love Little Spree, specifically Mama Spree, you are going to love this! Every month we will be sharing our favourite finds (think hi-low and anything in between…). This month we kick off with ‘Summer Denim’, and as well as what we’re coveting for us, we’ve also included a few ‘mini me’ denim pieces. Including this very dress. We are really excited, so please take a look and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear your thoughts. And if you haven’t looked at Smallish before, you really should – it’s a great read! Happy (bank holiday) Monday!
1. Next Geo Print Romper (3 months-6 years), £10.00-£11.00 2. Bene Bene Waffle Cardigan (3-6 years), £36.00 3. Mango Studded Leather Sandals (sizes 12.5-5), £34.99
I spotted this romper when I was in Next actually buying some other great pieces (some of which we have already posted, some of which we are still to share, but watch this space – we are having a bit of an unexpected crush on the Next kids’ department at the moment…). It’s just spot-on in every way. Plus It’s SO much cuter in real life. It’s got that gorgeous ‘Ali Baba’ shape (cocoon shaped trousers that you rarely see in high street kids’ clothes) and the print is a super-chic mix of a graphic and hippie Ikat-style print. Tabitha loves hers and wants to wear it ALL the time (which is fine by me – good to give that Elsa dress a day off occasionally). My favourite way to style it is with nothing under (weather prevailing) and just simple sandals, but it also looks great with a long sleeved Breton tee layered under. Love!
ps: I have posted a few pics of Tabitha in her romper on Instagram, so take a look…
With the exception of the bow (which we suspect Bailey and Marlow would enjoy much more than we would) this outfit encompasses all our summer favourites: stripes (this may well be our favourite Breton tee for the Summer), denim shorts and cool canvas shoes. In fact we predict that all the outfits our boys will be wearing this summer will be some version of this one!
I came across this pretty top when I was doing a quick ‘new in’ scan on the Next website. When I found it I literally did a double-take. Then I ‘zoomed in’. Just to be sure. Yep, confirmation: it was a find and a half! And I love the brown for a change. I had ordered one for Tabitha seconds later (plus one in white – how could I resist??). It really is so like an Isabel Marant Étoile one (and one that is in stores right now!) I am contemplating the age 16 for myself… In fact, I’m contemplating this whole outfit.
One of most useful items in your baby bag has to be a baby muslin, and they don’t come much chicer, or more versatile than the ones from Marloe London. Due to their generous size they can be used not only as a swaddle, but also as a blanket, pram cover, changing mat sheet, breast-feeding cover and even a play mat. They’re made from organic cotton/bamboo and come in a variety of beautiful colours and can also be monogrammed. We love the dip-dyed ones. All in all, the perfect gift.