socks & sandals

E&G girls

1. Miller Xono Beanie (from Elias & Grace), £40.00
2. Bonton Escale Dress (from Elias & Grace), £67.00
3. Martin Pederson Gemini Tights (from Elias & Grace), £16.00
4. Mango Wooden Leather Sandals, £34.99

Who says socks and sandals are a nerdy no-go? Not us. Nothing cuter!

ps: I have been scouring the shops, searching for the (Barbie sized) Elsa doll for Tabitha for Christmas (from Santa), but no luck. I was certainly not expecting to find one on the Selfridges website. But I did, and now Elsa is winging her way to Richmond… Phew!

wear now, still wear later…

M&S dress  ballet

1. M&S Cotton Corduroy Dress (1-7 years), £20.00-£22.00 (plus 20% off at the moment)
2. Verity Jones Extra Large Antique Mauve Hair Clip, £7.00
3. Gap Metallic Ballet Flats (sizes US 5-11), £14.95

M&S dress

1. M&S Cotton Corduroy Dress & Tights Outfit (1-7 years), £20.00-£22.00 
2. Gap Cable Knit Pom Pom Beannie (sizes xs-l), £9.95
3. Gap Biker Boots (sizes US 5-11), £22.95

I snapped this gorgeous dress up in M&S a few weeks ago when I was doing a sweep of grey school trousers, skirts and pinafore dresses. What a relief to find something so pretty! And it is so much prettier in real life – needle cord, gorgeous smocking at the neckline, and a cool smocky shape. A real Holly Hobbie style dress. And for the first time ever, I actually like the tights that come with it! They are a great colour. So at the moment Tabs is wearing hers like the first picture (we are loving those Gap Lanvin-esque pumps, and she has also worn it with these gold Mary Janes), then as Winter sets in, she will be busting out the tights, biker boots and beanie. I absolutely love this dress! And while we’re talking dresses, here are some others that I like… This one from The Little White Company; this one from Gap (they have done so much cute ones, and if you’re quick you can still get the 30% off until Monday); this one from Zara (bought for Tabs); this one from John Lewis (just add a cardi); and this one from Zara (also bought for Tabs).

ps: bought these super-cool leopard print ‘Birks’ for Tabitha yesterday. Now Marlow wants a pair, so have ordered him some too. Admittedly a bit late for a Summer sandal, but I couldn’t resist. Plus they look so cute with chunky grey socks (as modelled by Marlow yesterday when he tried Tabitha’s on)… Oh, and if you’re interested ladies, they go up to a size 40!!

shirts, shorts & a flash of silver…

1. Miller Palm Shirt, £27.50 (was £55.00)
2. Gap Flat Front Denim Shorts, £14.99 (were £17.95)
3. Birkenstock Silver Rio Sandals, £36.00

I sometimes struggle with shirts for Marlow, as they have a tendency to look (and feel) a bit stiff and starchy. Not this one from one of my favourite brands, Miller. And I love it even more styled in this relaxed way with these cool khaki shorts and (girls) Birkies. Who says boys can’t wear silver sandals anyway?

checked chic

1. M&S 2 Piece Cotton Gingham Blouse & Shorts Outfit, £20.00
2. M&S Cotton Cable Knit Cardigan, £9.00
3. Zara Leather Metallic Sandals, £9.99 (were £17.99)

M&S are doing some great baby pieces (and all in lovely cottons) at the moment. I love this cute little gingham outfit and cable cardigan. So chic.

ps: saw lots of gorgeous things at the Bubble London exhibition today. Very inspiring. I will be writing a special post all about my favourite ‘ones to watch’ (some you may already know, and some you probably won’t). And guess what? I also found some non-hideous boys’ school shoes (yes complete with the obligitoary velcro!). I will definitely be sharing those, so don’t buy any new school shoes until you’ve read it.

mellow yellow

1. Alice à Paris Boatneck T-Shirt, £8.00
2. Gap Retro Sunglasses, £5.00
3. Mango Five Pocket Trousers, £16.99
4. Bisgaard Velcro Sandals, £33.22

I’m having (so that means Marlow too) a bit of a Bonpoint-inspred yellow moment…

ps: these fab Pom D’Api sandals that I posted last week are now on sale for £43.40. Very tempting indeed.

pps: 20% off at M&S until midnight today!!

blouses & bows

1. Mango Lace Trim Blouse, £16.99
2. Woodstock Bow Hair Clip (set of two), £12.00
3. Mango Embossed Cardigan, £16.99
4. Gap Skinny Jeans, £17.95
5. Gap Crisscross Sandals, £12.95

Here’s a cute girl’s outfit for a slightly, grey dreary Monday… This is definitely a ‘Tabitha look’ (and she already has two of these five things). I love these colours! I would call this ‘pretty tomboy’.

boys’ sandals

Pom D’Api Walk Sandal (sizes 21-28)
£62.00  SHOP NOW
I am obsessed with these sandals! I have only just discovered them, but they are hot on the heels (sorry – no pun actually intended) of my favourite Sun San sandals… They also come in brown. I love that they have a classic, traditional feel, but are also cool (much like the Sun Sans). I know they’re aren’t cheap, but I don’t think that’s a ridiculous price for a pair of really well made, cool sandals that will last until Autumn – and Pom D-Api as you know is one of my all-time favourite brands for boys’ shoes. I have been scouring the internet and the High Street for other sandals, but I have to say, it’s been slim pickings. This is my edit of the best ones out there…
Grey Zara; denim blue Petit Bateau; navy Zara (I just bought these for Marlow, as he loves Tabitha’s neon pink ones, and he can do the straps himself, which he loves); navy M&S; tan Pom D’Api (girls, but good for boys too); brown John Lewis; navy Bisgaard; navy F&F; and I love the colour of these olive Birkenstocks.

ps: don’t forget – tomorrow is the day when I will give you all the details of how to enter the ‘win a mini boden spree’ competition. Right here. You definitely don’t want to miss it!

summer baby

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.

girls’ sandals

1. Mango Leather, £29.99  SHOP NOW
2. John Lewis Glitter, £17.00-£18.00  SHOP NOW
3. Mango Glitter Velcro, £24.99  SHOP NOW
4. John Lewis Metallic, £20.00-£23.00  SHOP NOW

Here are my favourite girls’ Summer sandals. And these ones all made it to my (not so) short-list too… La Redoute sparkly snake print, Gap metallic cork (silver); Pom D’Api silver bows; Stella McCartney neon orange cork wedges; Zara silver; M&S cutout stars; Boden metallic gladiator (gold); John Lewis navy tassel; and Accessorize strappy bows (love!). And for baby girls, they don’t get much cuter than these Mothercare striped bow pair.

summer coat

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.

cool comfort

Birkenstock ‘Roma’ Kids Sandals (sizes 6 infant-12 youth)
£36.99  SHOP NOW
Now we all know that the trusty two strap Birkenstock is having a bit of a ‘moment’ (in fact I used white ones in my latest ‘New Wave’ shoot for Red which has just come out in the July issue), so who are we to deprive our kids of a cool (and lest we forget, super-comfortable) footwear revival. I have actually always liked these for boys, but I particularly like this navy pair. They would look great with this Mango tee and these Mini A Ture striped shorts. I really ove the white version for girls too.

ps: bought this set of two t-shirts for Marlow on Sat from H&M. I really only wanted the charcoal grey one, but actually I really like the striped one too now. And such a great price!

pirate trousers

Mini Boden Roll-Up Trousers (0-3 years)
£18.00-£20.00  SHOP NOW
These cute baby trousers have a bit of a pirate feel about them, which I love. They will look great turned up. So easy and comfy to wear. Just add a cosy neutral coloured sweater like this one from Cyrillus or this one from Susie and Toto, then switch up for a grey marl tee in the Summer. I’m also liking these navy M&S sandals, which would work well with this look.

ps: don’t forget it’s Mama Spree Friday tomorrow. And it’s all about how to be chic, cool and comfortable when you’re pregnant (and yes it is possible!).

my all-time favourite sandals

Sun-San ‘Surfer’ Sandals (sizes 5 infant-3 junior)
From £35.00  SHOP NOW
Anyone who has been a follower of Little Spree for over a year will already know about these sandals, so forgive me for repeating myself. But it’s that time of year again when we have to start thinking about (and buying) our Summer sandals before they all sell out. I am still yet to find a childrens’ sandal that I love more than the Sun-San ones. Tabitha and Marlow have worn them every Summer since they could walk, and I’ve just bought theirs for this Summer (Trotters have started stocking them, which is great because you can get their feet measured for them in the store). They look great, they are super-comfy, they look good with everything, they are equally cool for boys and girls, they start from baby sizes, they are waterproof, and they go in the washing machine. Oh, and they come in a huge range of colours (and styles, but the ‘Surfer’ is definitely my favourite). My favourite colours are white, navy, pale pink, silver, gold (for girls) and navy and tan (for boys). The best kids’ sandals ever.

ps: happy mothers’ day to all the Little Spree mamas out there! Hope you’re having a wonderful day.

my favourite sandals

Sun San ‘Surfer’ Sandals (sizes 9 infant-3 junior)
Some of you may remember my post about these last Summer. I am obsessed with these sandals. They come in a whole range of styles (although these ‘Surf’ style ones are definitely my favourite) and gorgeous colours (my faves are the white, silver, navy and pale pink for girls, and the navy and tan for boys). They have been making them since 1940 (yes really), and are a bit of a cult classic in America. Tabs had her first pair last Summer, and literally lived in them (despite the many other pairs I had, of course, bought for her). They have a super-comfy moulded sole and the leather is lovely and soft (so no need for socks) for little feet. The leather is actually coated in a water resistant sealant (perfect for running in and out of the sea/paddling pool/rock pools etc), and they mould to the wearer’s feet with repeated wear. The brass buckles allow the straps to be adjusted to fit wide or narrow feet, so one width fits all. And you can even chuck them in the washing machine when they get dirty! Brilliant. Plus (more importantly) they look fab with everything – dresses, jeans, shorts…). And they start in tiny baby sizes (‘Seawee’ is the baby version of ‘Surf’) – I went to my great friend, Des’ daughter’s christening on Sunday, and little Missy was rocking a tan pair with her Edwardian white cotton dress that I had bought her a while ago, and she looked so adorable in them. So many mums have stopped me to ask me where they are from (particularly Marlow’s – I guess it’s that bit harder to find nice boys’ sandals). And if they are good enough for Suri Cruise? Even Alexa Chung wears them (yes they come in adult sizes too). Tabs and Marlow are both wearing theirs (white and tan respectively) as we speak.
£35.00  sunsansandals.co.uk

floral sandals

Zara Home Kids Liberty Print Sandals (sizes 2-6)
I don’t have a whole lot to say about these sandals, except that Tabitha has them, and I love them, and so does she. They are cute, comfy and look adorable with a skinny jean and as Breton t-shirt or peasant-style blouse. And they are in the sale. The end.
£12.99 (were £19.99)  zarahome.com

ps: the velcro straps make them super-speedy to get on and off. Always a bonus.