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

the tail end of the sales…

14 July 2015

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Photo: Caramel Baby & Child

It’s not too late to scoop up a few last-minute sale bargains (and there are definitely some great things still out there if you’re quick!). There is a common myth that if you shop the tail end of the sales, it’s only the dregs left that no one else wants. Not necessarily. You just need to be a bit more sale savvy that at the beginning of the sales. We’ve done the savvy bit for you…
Take a look at this Kickle rain mac, this Mango sweatshirt; these Mango shorts; this Miller sweatshirt; this Mango belt; these The Little White Company short pyjamas; this Miller sweatshirt; Marlow’s favourite boots from Boden (tempted to buy him another pair for the Autumn…); Marlow’s Boden jumper (as featured on the Boden blog); these Boden baby dungarees; this Mango baby long sleeved tee; these Louis Louise baby trousers; these Caramel baby trousers; this Mango baby sweater; Bonton baby cardigan; and this Mango baby sweater (a great ‘buy now stash for later’). Phew!

Sarah & Nicky xx

puddle proof

12 February 2015

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Mamas & Papas Puddlesuit, £28.00 (12 months-6 years)

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’.

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ASOS Gone Biker Wellies, £25.00

rainy days

22 January 2015

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1. Ugg Ear Muffs, £31.50 (were £45.00)
2. Next Plastic Rain Poncho, £10.00 (was £21.00)
3. Hunter Wellington Boots, £24.00

We couldn’t resist this cute waterproof poncho. Buy now and put it away for those April showers. Alternatively dig out the warmest, cosiest jumper you can find and road-test it right now.

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: Alex and Alexa has an extra 15% off all their sale stock this weekend, so definitely worth a look…

rain proof

16 February 2014

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.

rain, rain come back again another day…

13 February 2013

M&S Fisherman Hooded Mac (12 months-7 years)
Anyone who follows Little Spree (@littlespree) on Twitter will already know all about my obsession (no other word for it) with this particular rain mac. So look away now if you do. If you don’t, read on! I spotted it in the M&S store at Marble Arch (I wasn’t messing around – straight to the flagship store) a few weeks ago, but they didn’t have Tabarlow’s size. So I went online, but again no luck. They had all sold out. And so the obsession grew (this mac was playing hard to get, but I know how to play that game!). Anyway to cut a long, and let’s face it, pretty dull story a little shorter, I’ll cut to the chase. I urgently dispatched Tabarlow’s Grandma to the huge M&S (The Meadows) in Berkshire to hunt down two in age 3-4 years (and you don’t want to get in her way when she’s on a mission for her favourite twins, believe me). Success (she even came back with a selection of sizes for me to choose from)! It’s now back in stock online, but I wouldn’t take any chances if I were you – if you want one (and trust me, you do, it’s fab – and you can’t even see the cute striped lining in the hood…), get clicking now before they sell out again (or if you have a devoted Grandma who just happens to live near The Meadows, get her on the case immediately!).
£18.00-£20.00  marksandspencer.com 

rainy days

9 August 2012

Jo Jo Maman Bebe Fisherman’s Raincoat (6 months-5 years)
Tabarlow have literally lived in their yellow raincoats lately. If they’re not actually wearing them, they are never far away (either in my bag or under their buggy – the macs, not the twins). It hasn’t been cold enough for an actual coat, but it’s been windy/rainy enough to need some kind of cover-up, so I daren’t leave the house without them. These do come in other colours, but I always love a traditional yellow rainmac. It’s such a classic. And they just always look so cute. And this one has a super-stylish navy and white striped lining, which I love. It’s waterproof (may sound obvious, but it’s not always the case believe it or not!), and machine washable. Sold!
£32.00  jojomamanbebe.co.uk