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Bob & Blossom

1. Bob & Blossom Speech Bubble Tee, £16.95
2. Gap Skinny Jeans, £12.57 (were £17.95)
3. Adidas Stan Smith, £31.99

A few weeks ago Bob & Blossom kindly invited Bailey to be part of a shoot, modelling some of their new logo t shirts. As well as being the first time Bailey has worn something that has been ironed, it also reminded me how much I love this simple, cool brand. Both Bailey and I fell for this ‘Hey!’ top (which Sarah also loved at Bubble back in January) which was styled with skinny jeans and hi-tops (he wore a version of these super-smart sneakers on the shoot). Just as cute are the ‘bonjour‘ ‘hello‘ and ‘love‘ tops. In fact, there isn’t anything we don’t like about Bob & Blossom, including the price. And now that we’ve met her, the lovely founder Kirsten. Thank you, we had fun.

Nicky & Bailey x

ps: Bob & Blossom tees also make the best gifts…

pps: check these cool carnival lights too!

boden blog: what we wore…

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Boden kids

Marlow
1. Washed T-Shirt, £8.00-£10.00
2. Slim Fit Jeans,£22.00-£26.00
3. Suede Boots, £30.40-£33.60

Tabitha
1. Fabric Necklace, £10.00
2. Stripey Boat Neck, £12.00-£14.00
3. Pretty Dungarees, £30.00-£35.00

Bailey
1. Guernsey Jumper, £28.00-£32.00
2. Slim Fit Jeans, £22.00-£26.00
3. Canvas Pull-Ons, £22.00-£26.00

We were hugely flattered to be asked by Boden to be included in their ‘Boden Diaries’ ‘The New Mother’s Day Wishlist’ feature on their blog. We were asked to choose our favourite pieces (for us and the kids) for Mother’s Day. Where to start? We tried on a LOT of clothes (um, that pile of boxes was mine!! Sarah). If you haven’t already seen the results, check it out here. This is what they wore (above), and this is what we wore (well our two favourite looks anyway):

Sarah: cashmere crewneck sweater, printed skinny jeans, sunglasses, and Lille lace-up flats.

Nicky: cashmere crewneck sweater and lace skirt

Sarah & Nicky xx

khaki combinations

Boys stripe

1. Morley ‘Fanny’ T-Shirt, £36.00
2. Gap Knitted Peacoat, £15.99 (was £32.95)
3. Next Super Skinny Jeans, £13.00-£19.00
4. Boden Suede Boots, £38.00-£42.00

I love the colour of this shirt, it makes everything you wear it with seem more expensive. Caramel & Baby and Bonpoint often use it in their colour palettes and this one wouldn’t be out place in their collections (except for the price). Here is one way our boys will be wearing it  (Marlow already has the boots) and come summer we’ll be styling it with our favourite denim cut-offs. Last year I waited until the summer months arrived to buy a very similar one and of course all the other clever mummies bought early and it was sold out. This year we’ll be buying early too.

Nicky x

boy bargains

Boys sale

1. Miller Adamite Scarf, £22.80 (was £38.00)
2. Mango Cotton-Blend Canvas Jacket, £16.99 (was £24.99)
3. Little Remix T-Shirt, £18.00 (was £30.00)
4. Monsoon Jeans & Braces, £10.50 (was £21.00)
5. Petit Bateau Unisex Leather Trainers, £43.40 (was £62.00)

I buy clothes for Bailey in the same way that I buy clothes for myself: by mixing high street purchases with a few more expensive items (which I try to buy during sale time). In fact I have an ongoing ‘stash’ box of things I’ve bought in previous sales for Bailey. It’s actually quite exciting when the seasons begin to change and you look inside the box and see your bargains waiting to be worn. So here are a few items we’ll be stashing this year….

Nicky x

a splash of colour….

boys cords

1. Morley Fanny T-Shirt (from Elias & Grace), £36.00
2. Miller Xono Beanie (from Elias & Grace), £40.00
3. Bonton Mock Scarf (from Elias & Grace), £37.00
4. Gap Straight Cords, £14.95
5. Gap Herringbone Sneakers, £14.95

Don’t forget that it’s ‘treat week’ at Elias & Grace when you’re shopping, so make sure you’ve got your discount code at the ready…

forever in (cobalt) blue jeans

boys pb

1. Petit Bateau Wool & Cotton Sailor Sweater, £50.00
2. Petit Bateau Long Sleeved Wool & Cotton T-Shirt, £19.50
3. Mango Five Pocket Trousers, £14.99
4. Petit Bateau Striped Jersey Socks, £8.00
5. 10 IS Silver Hi Top Trainers, £48.50

Cool and cosy layering, with a pop of colour…

ps: 30% off the most expensive item in Petit Bateau when you buy three things at the moment…

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playsuit

1. Next Playsuit Set (3 months-6 years)  £14.00-£15.00
2. Boden Cardigan (0-3 years)  £18.00-£20.00
3. Gap Ballet Flats (sizes US 5-11)  £14.95

The perfect transeasonal outfit to take your little girl seamlessly from Summer to Autumn, and through to Winter… Just add grey or navy knitted tights (and possibly these cute boots in ‘mouse’) as the temperature drops…

my favourite cardigan

boden trio

Mini Boden Baby Cardigan (0-3 years)
£18.00-£20.00  SHOP NOW
I love, love, love these gorgeous cardigans. I couldn’t decide which colour I liked best, so I edited it down to my three favourites. I love the hand knitted feel, the velvet ribbon trim, and the sweet little patch pockets (basically everything about them!). Tomorrow I’ll show you how I’m styling Tabitha’s (and which colour I went for in the end)…
Just bought a couple of great long sleeved (it’s that time…) slub tees for Marlow in Gap today (styling tip: they look really cool with the sleeves rolled up a couple of times). This one (in ‘cast iron’) and this one (in ‘raison’). Love them. I also spotted this coat in M&S, and ended up buying it for Marlow’s school coat (apologies that it wasn’t in last week’s coats edit, but I hadn’t seen it then). Trust me, it’s so much nicer in person; plus it’s grey not khaki as it states on the website. And it has a really warm, cosy lining. I was also tempted by this one that I spotted in Next yesterday. Not bad at all.

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love tee

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Bob & Blossom ‘Love’ Silver Print Long Sleeve Tee (1-5 years)
£14.95  SHOP NOW
I have long been a fan of Bob & Blossom, and have bought countless number t-shirts for birthday presents (they are always well received by both parents, and little ones, and a great price at just £16.95). But at the recent Bubble exhibition in London, it was this adorable love tee that caught my eye. The ‘marshmallow’ pink is just right, and the silver text makes the perfect cool contrast. I also loved the ‘hello’ version in the perfect ‘cloud’ grey with neon text (in fact, it was tough to choose which one to use as the picture for this post). They are also both available in baby sizes too. I can’t get enough of them!

ps: the lucky winner of the gorgeous Nature Zoo musical octopus is Louise Knight. Congratulations Louise! Please email me with your address and I will post it straight to you. Thank you to everyone who entered, and worry not, there will be more competitions coming soon.

pps: next week is dedicated to the dreaded (for so many reasons!!) subject of ‘back to school’, or in Tabarlow’s case: starting school. I am traumatised, but mostly about the scary shoes. I will be sharing my woes with you all next week, so don’t buy anything until you’ve read my edit.

lo-fi style

1. Petit Bateau Granddad T-Shirt, £13.50
2. Artful Kids ‘My First Smartphone’, £14.95
3. H&M Cotton Shorts, £5.99
4. New Papy Sandals, £48.00 (were £80.00)

Love this colour of this top with white (don’t worry – the price of the shorts reflects how laid back you can be about getting them dirty, but they do look cool though don’t they?). And you don’t get more ‘lo-fi’ than this super-cute wooden mobile phone (complete with chalk and earphone erasers)! Love 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!!

last minute (super-cute) father’s day gift idea

Petit Bateau Men’s Jersey Breton Top (s, m, l, xl)
£69.00  SHOP NOW

Petit Bateau Boy’s Jersey Breton Top (3-12 years)
£33.00  SHOP NOW
I never really think of ‘mini me’ in a dad context, but how cute would this be? A really simple, but cool gift idea if you’ve found yourself running out of time. And the trusty Breton top is always a Little Spree favourite. And obviously the boy’s one would be just as perfect for a little girl too. And there’s even a baby one!! Love.

the classic breton gets colourful…

Little Joule Pocket Detail T-shirt (0-3 years)
£12.95-£14.95  SHOP NOW
Now it’s no secret how much I love a Breton tee (and Marlow’s drawer is testament to this), but recently I have been discovering quite a few in non-traditional colours, and have been rather liking them. Here are a few others that I have found on my travels…
Polarn O. Pyret (love this one, and it’s currently 20% off!); Mini Boden has a whole host of alternative colours; Joules; Uniqlo; Mango; and No Added Sugar.

ps: just bought this clock for Tabarlow’s bedroom. We’re in the process of teaching them the time (but obviously a regular clock is a bit to much of a challenge at four), so that they know (well Marlow specifically!) that until they see a 7 at the beginning of the numbers, it is too early to  go into Mummy and Daddy’s room!! At the moment, they (he) comes into our room to look at our clock, but by that time it’s a bit late… I’m hoping this cute tradiitonal clock with prove to be enough of a novelty to keep them (him) in their room a little while longer… Wish me luck!

pps: don’t forget – Little Spree’s guide to the best Father’s Day gifts this Sunday…

boys, boys, boys…

1. Gap Pocket Tee, £7.95
2. Zara Straw Hat, £9.99
3. Zara Piqué Sweatshirt, £14.99
4. Gap Frayed Denim Shorts, £16.95
5. F&F Khaki Buckle Sandals, £8.00-£9.00

Easy, inexpensive Summer style for boys…

ps: this Gap tee also comes in navy, blue and off-white and if you buy two or more, you’ll save 25%. I will be stocking up for Marlow for the Summer. I also like these H&M ones.

bat chic

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.

breton with a twist

Jigsaw Long Sleeved Striped Top (4-14 years)
£19.00-£24.00  SHOP NOW
Will I ever tire of the trusty Breton tee? Probably not. And how cute is this pink one with a Liberty-esque floral print pocket? And it also comes in blue. I can’t choose between them, so Tabs might just be getting two (although I think I can guess which one will be more popular!). Here’s a (classic style) baby version for little ones too.