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.
I recently attended a talk by the Dalai Lama (yes THE Dalai Lama was in London this weekend). As you might imagine it was a surreal experience, made all the more surreal when his personal photographer (who was a contestant on The Great British Bake Off) arrived on stage with a birthday cake that he had made for His Holiness’ 80th birthday – at which point the whole audience (myself included) sang “Happy Birthday to you….Dalai Lama….”. I promise this is not a crazy (too much cheese before bed) dream.
One of his messages was how each of us has the capacity to change things, a message explained so simply and effectively that Bailey woke up this morning talking about what he had heard. As a rule I’m not one for ‘slogan’ tops, but as with all rules there are exceptions. I saw this sweatshirt at the Alex & Alexa press day a few months ago, and have been waiting for it to become available to buy for Bailey (it’s even cooler in reality). I love this message, and I think the Dalai Lama would too.
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!
In a game of word association “Uniqlo” would normally have us shouting out “mens cashmere jumper” but on a recent search for a boys Breton t-shirt we came across a whole collection of reasonably priced basics, and a few stand-out pieces too (take a bow blue boys parka and girls printed dress). Even better, with the exception of the boys’ jeans, our favourites from the collection are all under £15!
This dress reminds us of our favourite Mango ‘mini me’ embroidered dress from last Summer (mine will be coming out for our July holiday, but I’m pretty sure Tabitha’s will be too small now… SC). We’re loving the flouro embroidery. More Ibiza than Tuscany! So to complete the ‘new rave’ feel, just add silver ‘birks’ and a hoodie. Love.
We also love this one from Next; this one from ilovegorgeous; and this one from Joules.
Sarah & Nicky xx
ps: a few people have been asking us about plain boys’ sun hats. I spotted this set of two in M&S last week and got them for Marlow. I only really wanted to the denim one, but it never hurts to have a back-up right? SC
We know these trousers look a bit 80’s (or Spandau Ballet as Sarah put it when I first showed them to her online) so you’ll have to trust us when we tell you that in reality they are more of a fine linen check than flecked nylon. We have bought them for both our boys, so can also report that as well as being a great alternative to jeans they are play-friendly. Best worn with something low key like a sweatshirt and hi-top to avoid them looking too dressed up (no skinny leather ties). We love these 10 IS trainers – don’t they make you feel like Spring is on the way?
Sarah & Nicky x
ps: the day has finally come!! And it’s certainly been a long time coming! The Boden flats have landed!! Click here to order your pair right now. And enter the code: LSSC to get your exclusive Little Spree 15% discount, plus free delivery and returns. Woohoo! This offer is only valid until midnight tonight, so don’t think about it too long!
We adore these cute little red boots (and the fact that they’re on sale always helps of course!). And don’t be afraid to bust out a Summer dress in Winter (we do!) – it’s just all about clever layering (don’t forget a cosy vest – our current favourites are from Smalls). And we love a grey marl sweatshirt over a pretty dress. Just add a khaki parker and some tights, and you’re away… We also still really like this Mango army-style jacket. There are a few sizes still left in the sale if you’re quick!
Sarah & Nicky x
ps: how about this super-cute ‘love’ necklace for a ‘mini Valentine’s’? Or these (thanks Sarah for the tip-off) for the boys?
1. John Lewis Glow-In-The-Dark Pyjamas, £15.00-£17.00 2. Gap Oversized Pom Pom Hat, £9.95 3. Urban Sweat Long Sleeve Hoodie, £19.90 4. Little Baby Company Halloween Pack Of Eight Trick Or Treat Bags, £10.95
Today it’s the boys’ turn, and we’re sticking with our stylish pyjama based Halloween costumes. You may already have a pair of glow-in-the-dark pjs (Marlow and Bailey do), in which case you only need to add the accessories for a trick or treat outfit. We also love this bat tee; these glow-in-the-dark pyjamas; these glow-in-the-dark leggings (these would look so cool worn with a jumper like this); and this wizard costume (ok, so it’s 100% polyester, but for £6.00 for one night…).
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!
Next Batman Crew Neck Sweater (3-16 years) £16.00-£22.00 SHOP NOW Love this. I normally hate anything gimmicky or branded, but this really reminds me of all the super-cool Zoe Karrsen sweatshirts and tees, which I always want to buy. So if your son happens to be obsessed with superheros, this is a way to keep him happy (and stylish).
ps: my friend just bought this Cos coat for her four year old son, Bailey, and it’s so great. I had checked it out quickly when I was in the store the other day, but am definitely going back to get it next week. It’s a great boys’ lightweight ‘Summer’ parka, and the charcoal grey makes a refreshing change from an army-style khaki jacket. This week (other random things) I’m also liking are this colour block cardigan from Mamas & Papas; these Hampton plimsoles (in charcoal); this baseball style tee (in heather/pepper) from J.Crew; these River Island swim shorts; this Boden sun hat; and this stripe sweater from The Little White Company.
Lötiekids Arrows Sweatshirt (12 months-3 years) £25.00 SHOP NOW As you know I love a grey sweatshirt, and this one has a cool arrow print which just make me like it all the more. If you don’t know Lötiekids you should definitely check them out. They do great unisex basics in the great muted colours that we all love; some with really sweet, unique prints. Marlow had a pair of grey leggings with a bicycle print on when he was a baby, which I loved. And Tabitha had this A-line t-shirt dress in dusky pink, which (as you can see) they still do.
ps: these plain grey canvas shoes from Mothercare are the perfect every day ‘running around in’ shoe.
Petit Bateau Boys’ Striped Canvas Chinos (3-12 years) £44.00 SHOP NOW We all love a stripe right? Perosnally I can’t get enough of them for Marlow. Here are the stripes I’m loving this week…
This Uniqlo girls’ striped long sleeved top (but who says boys can’t wear it too?) This M&S straw trilby (with striped band); this Monsoon striped sweatshirt; Cos striped socks (Marlow has these); he also has this long sleeved tee from Gap; and I’ve got my eye on this sweatshirt from Mango. Just make sure you don’t bust them out all the same time. Obviously.
ps: don’t miss tomorrow’s Mama Spree. It’s the ultimate Mothers’ Day ‘hint list’ for the Daddys…
Barbour McQueen Sweatshirt (xxs-xxl) £40.00 SHOP NOW I love a sweatshirt (preferably grey marl Alexander Wang). Marlow loves a sweatshirt (preferably grey marl, but as yet, not too fussy about the label). And long may it last. The humble sweatshirt is effortlessly cool, and I can’t seem to stop finding great ones wherever I look. These are some of my favourites around at the moment, starting with this super-cool, faded print Steve McQueen one from Barbour. I’m also loving this Peanuts one from Uniqlo; this ‘boom’ one from Stella McCartney; this H&M plain charcoal one (always a classic along with a grey marl); this contrast one from Zara; this cool quilted one from Next; this striped one from Next; and finally this Mini Boden waffle one (in grey);
ps: these Mango plain cashmere crew necks are still available in the sale. I ordered two navy ones for Marlow (one for now, one for next year) that just arrived yesterday (along with his Monsoon robot sunglasses), and he’s weaing one today. I really like that they are a really fine-knit, so ideal for this unpredictable weather (and they look really expensive).
Next Ochre Printed Sweatshirt (3 months-6 years) £9.00-£10.00 SHOP NOW I love pretty much everything about this sweatshirt, but specifically the colour (that gorgeous golden-yellow that always looks expensive) and the fact that it’s 100% cotton. In fact, Next had quite a few cool pieces that caught my eye when I was browsing recently. I like these boys’ boots too.
I have been getting requests from mums of little boys who refuse to wear jumpers, despite the recent temperatures. Marlow can be tricky about jumpers too (I think it’s all the charging around they do – they get so hot…), so I try to buy long sleeved ‘tops’ that are a bit warmer than a regular long sleeved t-shirt, and will almost always layer a cashmere cardigan over when we go out. His Cos charcoal cashmere one is still my favourite, but sadly seems to be unavailable now – I will endeavour to hunt out a replacement, but this Brora navy one is the closest I could find today). So here are a few tops that are a bit more substantial than just a long sleeved t-shirt, but aren’t too warm… Starting with this Mini Boden long sleeved top (I like the grey and the navy); this Alice a Paris fine knit sweater (should be light enough to avoid a morning meltdown); this Cos double-layer sweatshirt (I’ve seen it in the store – it’s a sort of sweatshirt-t-shirt hybrid); this John Lewis striped sweater; and I love, love love these Henley style sweaters from Mango (I will be buying both colours for Marlow).
Louise Misha Nuage Frilled Sweatshirt (2-6 years)
This gorgeous sweatshirt really reminds me of Miu Miu one I shot (and was a little obsessed with) a while back when I was at Glamour. I love the concept of a pretty sweatshirt, and this one is perfect. £55.00 BUY NOW
George Contrast Sweater (5-11 years) Marlow is currently obsessed with grey sweatshirts (can’t think where it’s come from…), and refuses to wear anything else (on his top half anyway). Although a little frustrating (getting two three year olds dressed in the morning just got that little bit more challenging), I do realise that it could be a lot worse (he could be insisting on wearing a pink tutu every day?). And obviously, you all know how much I love a grey sweatshirt (as far as I’m concerned you can never have too many, no matter what your age). So my current mission is to find different variations of the classic marl grey version. I love this one because it has not one, but three tones of grey, ranging from pale grey to charcoal (with a touch of mid-grey on the shoulders – nice detail). I love it, and surely Marlow will too. I will let you know. £7.00 direct.asda.com
ps: I also love (and have bought) this one and this one from Mini Boden for Marlow. The towling one also comes in navy, which is fab too (um, yes, he has that one too). I think that’s Marlow’s obsession covered for the time being…
George Zip Hooded Sweatshirt (4-14 years) Everybody needs at least one great zip-up hoodie in their wardrobe. I realised this more than ever when I was shooting in Ibiza last week. I didn’t pack one, and I really regretted it. They are just so perfect to chuck on for those early starts and late finishes, i.e. when it’s a bit chilly, but you don’t want a jacket. I even wear one with a hippie cheesecloth dress sometimes (a look I copied from Carrie in Sex & The City many moons ago…). I tend to always go for a classic light marl grey, but I actually love this faded navy one, and will be picking a similar one up for Marlow (this one sadly only starts from age four). Ideal for ‘Spring’, when it’s not necessary cold enough for a coat, but you still need ‘something’. I will be stashing a couple under the pushchair from now on. Super-cosy. £6.00 direct.asda.com
Mini Club Boys Sweatshirt (6-24 months) Another great find at Boots. Our favourite grey sweatshirt joins forces with our other favourite, the Breton. Meet the Breton/sweatshirt hybrid. Love it. £4.50 (was £9.00) boots.com
ps: I have been searching and searching for these Pom D’Api (one of my favourite kids’ shoes brands, particularly for boys) boots (which seem to be have sold out everywhere in most sizes) for Marlow. I finally found them on a website called Shoe-ly Scrumptious, and they are reduced from £75.00 to £52.50. Just thought I’d share the love (and save you the legwork if you are looking for a pair too…).
Tootsa MacGinty Striped ‘Joe’ Sweatshirt So there are some sweatshirts worth buying that aren’t grey? Who knew? Love the (non-primary) colours of this one, and that it’s still a classic sweatshirt style. And a fantastic price. Loving the Tootsa. £15.00 (was £25.00) tootsamacginty.com
ps: just had a quick count up, and out of the last 20 posts, six have included stripes!! Conclusion? I love a stripe! Hope you do too…
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.