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 romper; tutu skirt; pom pom dress (the one shown above); distressed sweatshirt; ribbon blouse; basic long sleeve tees; balloon sleeve blouse; natural 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.
These Mango rompers remind me of the old adage about London buses… You wait for the right one, then three come along all at once. Literally in this case; having found the super-cute grey one (just as sweet on a girl as a boy), the blue fleck and striped ones were sitting pretty right next to it!
The Little White Company Flannel Check Baby Sleepsuit, £26.00
One of my favourite times when the twins were babies was that gorgeous post-bath, cosy time just before bed. They always smelled delicious; were cuddly and snuggly, and happy to let me dress them in something cute and cosy for the night. Once you’re out of the ‘white sleepsuits around the clock’ phase (a particularly confusing time for Tom, as he often struggled to tell the twins apart, even though he denies it now!), you can start indulging in purchases like these. I mean, could they be any cuter?
1. Louis Louise Clare Embroidered Blouse, £32.60 (was £46.58)
2. Poppy Rose Romper, £27.54 (£34.42)
3. M&S Cashmere Cardigan, £28.00 (was £35.00)
4. Bonnet À Pompon Dress, £31.19 (was £44.55)
5. Start-rite Baby Kate Mary Janes, £33.60 (were £48.00)
Blush pink, ochre and sprig prints (as seen on Tabitha on Instagram): all our favourite colours and prints, all discounted and all on our baby girl sale wish list. We also had to included the M&S grey cashmere cardigan as it really is a Little Spree essential (for baby girls and boys), and we still love it. Also on our wish list are these adorable Bonnet à Pompon baby shoes; these Poppy Rose Liberty print trousers; this M&S top and bloomers set; this Gap romper; this Louis Louis dress; this Louis Louise romper (SO cute!); and these Louis Louis bloomers (yep, we’re still obsessed with Louis Loiuse…).
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…
It’s January, we’re a bit over the sales now (we’ve pretty much bought everything we’re going to buy, and there are so many new season temptations…); we know that scary credit card bill is due any day now (eeek!); and January just seems so, long… But we still feel like a little treat here and there (we’re only human after all!!): a ‘little spree’ if you will (with the emphasis on ‘little’). So this week is dedicated to all things chic that also happen to be cheap: ‘cheap chic’ week. Every day we will be bringing you a single item that we love, that we think you will love too, but that we also feel is particularly great value for money (as we need to keep the spending to a minimum, at least until February…). It doesn’t mean we love them any less – we simply had to search that little but harder to find them. We will also be bringing you a cheap chic Mama Spree on Friday. This is guilt-free week on Little Spree! First up, this adorable Breton striped all-in-on…
1. Caramel ‘Nikau’ Baby Romper, £72.00 2. Les Tricots De Margot Cashmere Bonnet, £34.00 3. John Lewis Pack of 2 Tights, £6.00 4. Gap Velvet Mary Janes, £8.95
Caramel is probably one of my favourite children’s labels – the colours, the shapes, the knits, the beautiful sprig prints… You could literally shop on their website blindfolded and still come away with the most stylish outfit ever. My bank balance however… not so keen. You can do some serious damage in less than a minute without even trying. So for me Caramel is a one-off; a treat; something for a (very) special occasion; or somewhere I might shop during sale time. A bit like Bonpoint I suppose. Which doesn’t mean I love it any less. In fact, it probably just makes me want and love it even more… But a couple of weeks ago I had an interesting conversation with someone who had a slightly different slant to shopping at Caramel. Her and her friends (all with little ones) buy a few pieces from Caramel each season (for newborns and up), then pass them all on to each other. But not just as casual hand-me-downs in a Waitrose carrier bag; as actual gifts for newborns and birthdays – washed, ironed and beautifully wrapped in tissue and ribbon. As good as new. So their little ones wear them, their mamas love them in them, they are carefully cared for (well you would when a romper sets you back £72.00 wouldn’t you??), then passed on, then the whole process is repeated. Everyone is happy. And it works because the quality is great, so the pieces really last and last. I suppose it’s simply the polar opposite of today’s ‘throw away fashion’ (a concept that I personally loathe). The chicest form of recycling. I just love this idea. And who wouldn’t want a gorgeous Caramel cardigan/romper/pair of bloomers for their little one, even second-hand?
Rompers, playsuits, all-in-ones, bubbles (yes really)… Call them what you will. Here is a selection of my favourites out there, to fit little ones from three months to five years.. As you know Tabitha has the striped one from Gap, and I love it on her so much (and you can now pick one up in the sale). I’m rather tempted to buy another one for her for next Summer. A romper just looks so cute, no matter what. And no annoying gaps between tops and bottom halves (the baby equivalent of the muffin top!).
1. M&S Cotton Onesie With Hat, £16.00 2. Numero 74 Star Garland, £15.00 3. Numero 74 Round Bib, £8.00
How cute is this Missoni-esque romper and matching hat? Completely adorable. I’m also loving this navy dress; this pleated blouse; this romper; these hareem pants and this cotton cardigan. All from M&S.
One of my favourite (and yours too I’ve noticed!) kids’ labels, Mini Boden are kindly giving away all ten of these gorgeous baby pieces (personally chosen by me) to two lucky Little Spree readers. Five pieces for baby girls, and five pieces for baby boys. Each item comes in ages 0-3 years (so not just for babies). To enter, all you need to do is to answer one simple question, and follow Little Spree on Twitter (little spree) and Instagram (littlespree @littlespree) if you don’t already. The question is: what is Tabitha and Marlow’s collective nickname? Please send your answer to: email@example.com, stating ‘boy’ or ‘girl’ to specify which of the two prizes you would like to win, and the age of your baby or size you which to be sent (you can choose to size up and ‘stash for later’ if you prefer – it’s totally up to you). Two winners will be selected at random, and I will announce them on Thursday 19th June (so you have plenty of time). Boden will then send the five items directly to the two winners. One of them might just be you! Good luck!
This Bella Freud jumper is one of my favourite jumpers ever. I treated myself to one around six years ago, and literally wore it (at least once a week, every week that I had it, with the exception of the latter part of my pregnancy) into the ground… I am actually about to buy myself a new one, I still love it that much. It’s since become a classic, and I love just wearing it with a pair of jeans for a low-key, but cool, easy everyday outfit. It just feels a bit more special than one of my trusty plain men’s cashmere jumpers that I wear day to day. I also used to wear it with a cut-off denim mini (this slightly longer, higher waisted version from Gap feels more ‘now’ (and a bit Stella-esque) and is probably a little more forgiving on my (slightly older) legs. So I’ll be recreating this look again this Summer. I will be adding a pair of patent heels for the evening, or for meetings. You could also switch the heels for these cool navy (Isabel-esque) bow flats if you prefer. By the way I’m obsessed with this Baggu bag. This navy suede small version is my favourite, but the options are endless, and you can also customise a bag to your exact requirements. I love that they are completely unbranded and anonymous in a stylish, understated way.
ps: I did a great Gap haul for Tabitha yesterday, so wanted to share… I got this navy sun dress (as featured last Saturday); this white cheesecloth dress (I’m starting to think about our Summer holiday now, and this would be perfect); this striped romper (which I LOVE – she’s already got it on! Size up though – I bought age 5 for Tabs, and I usually size down if anything); and these floral print days of the week pants. Not bad!
pps: don’t forget my special Father’s Day post on Sunday. No need to panic – you’ve still got plenty of time to order a cool, stylish (and personalised?) present (and card) online for the Daddy of your little ones…
ppps: just found out that Mango has 30% off again! Just for today and tomorrow. Enter 5SHOPMAY when you confirm your purchase. Woohoo!
1. Mothercare Spotted Sunhat, £5.00 2. Cyrillus Breton Top, £17.00 3. Next Floral Romper, £9.00-£10.00 4. Verity Jones Hair Clip, £3.00 5. Zara Leather Fringed Sandals, £22.99
This baby girl’s outfit has all my favourite elements – a Liberty-esque floral print (rompers are one of my all-time favourite things to dress a baby girl in – and this one can be layered with the long sleeved tee depending on the temperature), a Breton stripe, a gorgeous bow, a cute sunhat (in a clashing print, but in the same colour palette, so not too clashy) and a cool sandal (these remind me of larger pair from Christian Louboutin that I’ve got my eye on…).
ps: this gorgeous printed tea dress (my favourite print is the ‘washed bluebell poppy field’) and matching knickers from Mini Boden is currently 30% off.
Gap Chambray Pocket Tee (xs-xxl) £14.95 SHOP NOW Where would we be without denim and chambray in our wardrobes? I particularly like chambray in the Summer because it’s so much lighter and cooler to wear. This top is from the Gap girls’ collection (from five years and up), so bear that in mind with the sizing. It would look great with little shorts or skirts, or even skinny jeans. Just think of it as a normal t-shirt, and style accordingly. I also love this cute H&M baby version, and this Mango mama version. Here are a few more fab pieces for the girls… This cool denim tunic top from Tulip & Nettle (love!!); this Gap chambray romper; this Petit Bateau dress; this Zara top; this Mini-A-Ture pocket dress (now reduced from £45.00 to £22.50); this Petit Bateau baby pinafore dress (gorgeous with a white peasant style blouse under); these Gap ruffle shorts, this Cos top and these (chambray-esque) Cos hair clips.
ps: other recent purchases for Tabs include this sweet spotty dress from Mini Boden (still waiting for it’s debut), and these leopard print sunnies (I couldn’t resist them when I popped into H&M on Saturday). So cute! And they will look great worn with all this chambray…
Gap Chambray Romper (12 months-5 years) £15.99 (was £19.95) SHOP NOW Another thing for Tabitha’s Summer shopping list. I love a romper, and so does she. Layer a pretty Liberty print blouse underneath, such as this Cyrillus one or this one from Trotters. Super-cute and super-practical.
We recently discovered lovely new dressing-up site, Little Kit. They make dressing up ‘kits’, so the idea is that you buy an entire outfit or individual parts of an outfit. Clever. Not only that but they’re handmade in the UK and are reasonably priced. Little Kit is the collaboration between fashion designer Laura Basevi and child development expert Victoria Blandford. Their tag line ‘imagination takes you everywhere’ perfectly describes their product. What’s more they’re offering Little Spree readers 20% discount until Christmas Day, simply use code LS20 at checkout.