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.
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.
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.
Whether it’s for us, the kids or for Daddy, we can’t resist a cable knit. This classic grey one from Mini Boden in our latest favourite and is on our ‘wish list’ for Bailey and Marlow. We’re hoping the fact that it’s named the ‘Viking’ jumper will endear them to wear it, just as we’ve styled it here: with skinny jeans and hi-tops. As the days grow cooler we’ll be adding this thermal top from Petite Bateau (Bailey had this last one last year and it’s perfect for layering). Tempted? We are, especially as there’s 20% off today (plus free p&p) with code 8X5H. We only wish it came in mummy and daddy sizes too!
1. Start Rite Delphine Navy Leather Mary Janes, £49.00 2. Geox Black Leather Mary Janes, £42.00 3. Naturino Black Ballet Pumps, £33.00 4. Next Black Patent Mary Janes, £15.00-£19.00
Today is the girls’ turn. They also have a pretty un-exciting selection to choose from I’m afraid. But these are our favourites out there (and actually they’re not that bad…). So coming top this year is this Primigi Mary Jane (the classic Mary Jane is our style of choice – simple, classic, timeless). Tabitha has had this style a few times (I discovered it at the fabulous Shoe Station in Kew), and they’re great – really simple, a classic design, and really comfortable thanks to the softest Italian leather). Tabitha loved them from the minute she tried a pair on, and I’m hoping that after a Summer of sandals every day, she will happily slip into a new pair come 7th September. I also really like these Naturino ballet pumps with the elasticated criss-cross straps – they remind me of a pair of F-Troupe ballet flats I once owned, and loved (and wore into the ground), and the elastic should get around the non-buckle rule). Other contenders include these from Start Rite; Dr Martens; Lelli Kelly (yes really!); and Start Rite (when they are old enough for buckles).
See you tomorrow!
Sorry ladies, admittedly not the most inspiring comeback post… But we couldn’t leave you high and dry, and alone in the wilderness that is ‘the back to school shoe nightmare’. Urgh. We have heard your pleas – which ugly black shoe should I go for this time? And we hear your pain (Marlow and Bailey will both be starting Year One in a couple of weeks, and if they have to wear ugly black shoes, we’re making damn sure they will be the best of the (bad) bunch. So we’re kicking off our return with our favourite (we use the word ‘favourite’ loosely here) boys’ school shoes. The Geox William is coming out on top for the second year running. We feel that have a better handle on things a year on – we know exactly what we want/need from our kids’ school shoes, and looks aren’t everything. The William is the best looking, comfortable, hard wearing, a good price, and has been worn almost exclusively by Marlow and Bailey for the entire Reception year. And the other four are the runners up (we actually really like this Next pair (above), but also know that most schools don’t allow laces for younger boys). These Vans and these Dr Martens might not have made our top five, but have both made it into our post by the skin their teeth, and are definitely worth a look.
See you tomorrow for the girls’ turn…
Sarah & Nicky xx
ps: we promise, once this week’s out the way, we’ll get down to the serious business of inspiring yours and your little ones’ Winter wardrobes (might as well get started now – have you seen the weather??).
Everywhere we look we keep seeing scaled-down espadrilles for kids. Here are the ones we’re coveting (ok they may not be Chanel, but we still love/want them…): these Mothercare boots (how cool are they??); this classic navy Soludos pair; this Gap star print pair; this 1789 Cala denim pair; this Soludos striped pair; these Gap slip-on espadrille sneakers; and last but by no means least, our favourite Tootsa MacGinty Breton striped ones (as seen and loved at Dot To Dot this time last week).
Have you heard of the ‘Mango Outlet’? Until recently neither had we! Not to be confused with the ‘sale’ section of Mango, this is an entirely different website dedicated to their previous collections, with everything at hugely discounted prices! Imagine our excitement to find some of the items we wish we’d bought (you snooze, and maybe you don’t lose after all…) now available with up to 70% off! Not ones to keep such a find to ourselves, we’ve scoured the site for our favourite items to share with you. Here are some other faves for the girls: this dress; this sweater; this cardigan; this sweater; this blouse; these moccasin boots; and this pom pom necklace.And for the boys: these sweaters; these hi-tops; this Henley sweater; this jacket; this sweater; and this parka with detachable lining.
Now let’s keep this as our little secret, ok?
Nicky & Sarah xx
ps: And of course we haven’t forgotten about you! More Mango Outlet (crazy) bargains on Mama Spree tomorrow…
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. 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…
1. Miller Quiver T-Shirt, £21.00 (was £30.00)
2. Louis Louise Gina Flowers Dress, £38.27 (was £54.68)
3. Louis Louise Clara Embroidered Blouse, £32.60 (was £46.58)
4. Atsuyo Akiko Golden Heart Necklace, £18.63 5. Caramel Pepe Velutto Slippers, £40.00 (were £67.00)
6. Miller Tansy Skirt, £16.80 (was £56.00)
This week on Little Spree is dedicated entirely to the sales. We’re kicking off with our girls edit – the prettiest pieces around (with the odd Breton stripe thrown in for good measure). The sales are where we pick up the things that we might not necessarily buy because of the (full) price tag. But during sale time all bets are off! You can get some amazing bargains if you know where to look (and if you don’t, that’s what we’re here for), and it’s always lovely to have a few ‘special’ pieces to mix in with the high street finds. After all, isn’t that how we all dress?
Here are a few other bargains we’ve found: this Mango blouse; these Mango sandals; this Mango blouse; this Mango dress; and this Mango sweater (all with 30-40% off at the moment with this code: 6VIP11); this Louis Louise blouse; and these Boden Mary Janes (in gold).
1. Louis Louise Bikini from Elias & Grace (4-10 years), £28.00 2. Rose In April Basket Bag, £23.49 3. Next Corkbeds (sizes 26.5-41), £12.00-£16.00
I am totally obsessed with this Louis Louise bikini (and pretty much everything else in the collection). The colour, the style, the oh-so-pretty ruffles… Tabitha will definitely be sporting it on the beach in Tuscany this Summer, and now’s the time to start stockpiling those holiday pieces. As you know, we LOVE a basket at Little Spree, and this is such a cute one. Rose in April do other (equally adorable) designs too… I had to go for this one, as Tabitha is as obsessed with the Pharell song ‘Happy’ (show me a five year old who isn’t?) as I am with the bikini! And here comes the super-exciting bit…
Our lovely friends at Elias & Grace (one of our all-time favourite websites for the most stylish kids clothes and accessories, including this bikini!) are having one of there fabulous ‘Treat Weeks’ next week. They are offering 20% off everything for one week only. But the really exciting bit is that they are giving Little Spree readers an exclusive preview (aka: first dibs!). You can shop from Sunday (9th May) at 00.01 until 00.01 on Tuesday (19th May) , i.e. you can shop with the Little Spree discount all day Sunday before anyone else can. Woohoo! You just need to enter this code in the promotional box and press ‘apply’ before proceeding to checkout: LSTREAT15. Go shop!
Sarah & Nicky xx
ps: here are a few reminders of recent pieces from the Elias & Grace website that we’ve liked and featured… this Miller Breton; these Bensimon plimsoles; this April Showers bag; this Bonton baby dress; and these Minnetonka booties. That should get you started anyway!
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!
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.