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Girls Bikini

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!

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Boys stripe top

1. Miller Quiver T-Shirt (2-14 years), £30.00
2. Next Distressed Shorts (3-16 years), £10.00-£15.00
3. Hedgehog Bow & Arrow Set, £10.00
4. Bensimon Tennis Plimsoles (sizes 27-35), £28.00

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!

Nicky & Sarah xx

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Girls denim shorts II

1. Next Panel Blouse (3-16 years), £13.00-£18.00
2. April Showers Straw Bag, £36.00
3. Mango Denim Shorts (3-14 years), £9.99
4. Mango Fur Leather Sandals, £29.99

I came across this pretty top when I was doing a quick ‘new in’ scan on the Next website. When I found it I literally did a double-take. Then I ‘zoomed in’. Just to be sure. Yep, confirmation: it was a find and a half! And I love the brown for a change. I had ordered one for Tabitha seconds later (plus one in white – how could I resist??). It really is so like an Isabel Marant Étoile one (and one that is in stores right now!) I am contemplating the age 16 for myself… In fact, I’m contemplating this whole outfit.

Sarah xx

uniqlo: basics & beyond…

Uniqlo Boys Outfit

1. Washed Stripe Tee (3-12 years), £7.90
2. Long Sleeved Tee (3-11 years), £7.90
3. Parka (3-11 years), £14.90 (was £29.90)
4. Slim Fit Jeans (3-12 years), £24.90
5. Shorts (9-11 years), £7.90 (were £14.90)

Uniqlo Girls Clothing

1. Cotton Linen Dress (3-11 years), £14.90
2. Skinny Jeans (3-12 years), £9.90 (were £14.90)
3. Chino Shorts (3-11 years), £9.90
4. Crew Neck Cardigan (3-6 years), £9.90 (was £14.90
5. Cotton Crew Neck Tee (3-12 years), £2.90 (was £5.90)

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!

Nicky & Sarah xx

Created in collaboration with Uniqlo

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Boys sunglasses

1. Mango Henley T-Shirt, £3.99 (was £6.99)
2. Tegu 6 Piece Pocket Pouch, £15.99
3. Gap Lived-In Khakis, £16.95
4. Next Corkbed Sandals, £11.00-£13.00

I recently saw an outfit that Marlow had put together, all by himself, which mixed blue and tobacco colours. It was such a cute colour combination that I thought I should share it; thank you for the inspiration Marlow! Master Clark finished his ensemble off with a pair of sandals similar to the ones here. I know when Bailey sees them he will want some just like Marlow, so watch out for more matching shoe pictures. Oh, and I’m reliably informed that the Tegu blocks (suggested by a lovely Little Spree reader) are the toy of choice in the Clark-Lloyd household which is high praise indeed!

Nicky x

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Rabbit In The Moon Girl

1. Bien a Bien Oslo Dress, £37.00 (was £54.00)
2. Soft Early Blouse, £36.00
3. Allo Cotton Cat Detail Fur Dress, £25.00 (was £49.00)
4. Round Avec A Alphabet Print Sweater Dress, £32.00

Rabbit In The Moon Boy Outfits

1. Sweven Kids’ Exposed Seam Easy T-Shirt, £14.00
2. Bien A Bien Simple V-Neck Tee, £10.00
3. Bien A Bien Slubby Harem Trousers, £38.00
4. Round Ticking Stripe Trousers, £32.00

We first discovered this gorgeous website (and one of our current favourites – even the name is super-sweet) when my lovely friend and fellow Fashion Editor, Des sent me a link to this gorgeous jumper (sadly it’s currently sold out, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed that they get more in…). We were instantly smitten. Then Nicky saw them at the Babyccino Shop Up event, and we have been obsessed ever since (we want pretty much everything on the site). They stock a tight edit of the most gorgeous brands for both girls and boys (we love both equally). Our kids are already fans too. And the prices are (surprisingly) so reasonable for such lovely, well designed pieces. These are our favourites. And the best part is, Rabbit In The Moon have kindly given Little Spree readers an exclusive 15% discount, just for today (Monday 6th). Woohoo! Just enter: SPREE15 at checkout. Happy Monday!

Sarah & Nicky xx

navy baby

Baby Outfit

1. Pequeno Tocon Two Romper, £38.48
2. Mango Striped T-Shirt, £7.99
3. Easy Peasy Soft Booties, £27.68
4. Maileg Helen Bunny, £31.00

We love this look for a baby girl. Who says girls can’t wear navy anyway?

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: for anyone who doesn’t follow us on Instagram, you will have missed these fab Bob & Blossom carnival lights. We can’t get enough of them!

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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

stripes, cashmere, fringing…

baby boy mocassins

1. Kin By John Lewis Dungaree Set, £18.00
2. M&S Pure Cashmere Cardigan, £35.00
3. Anne Claire Petit Lamb Music Box, £36.45
4. Minnetonka Fringed Booties, £40.00

Generally speaking we’re not fans of the ‘set’. You know the ones – where they cleverly put an outfit together, usually for a baby, so you don’t need to worry about what goes with what? So they are well-intentioned, but generally pretty naff. We usually find it frustrating when we only like one of the pieces (as is often the case), but then feel reluctant to buy the entire outfit just to wear one thing. Maybe we just don’t like being told how to style an outfit?? Anyway, occasionally we are pleasantly surprised, and this is one of those occasions. How cute is this striped dungaree set?? If you aren’t familiar with the Kin collection by John Lewis, you should definitely check it out. And whilst we were online, we also saw and liked this dungaree set from Mini Club at Boots and this three piece outfit from M&S. Sometimes it’s good to be proven wrong.

Sarah & 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

forever in (cobalt) blue jeans

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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…

oh how I love my smalls…

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Smalls Tanks & Long Sleeved Tops (2-12 years)
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I am now a complete convert to these gorgeous merino wool pieces. Marlow and Tabitha now have a tank and a long sleeve top each (Marlow’s in navy, Tabitha’s in the (perfect) ‘misty rose’ shade of pink (I can’t wait to layer it under her dungarees). I was lucky enough to be sent one each for them to try, but I was instantly smitten, and have since ordered one more each. When I first dressed Marlow in his, he actually commented on “how lovely and smooth” it felt as it went on (that’s my boy!), and he is very picky about fabrics and the feel of things he wears. Actually he’s pretty picky about everything he wears, but that’s another story. These tops are the perfect combination of comfort and cool (trust me, they look as great as they feel, and I’m a lot pickier than Marlow), but don’t take my word for it, here’s why…
They are machine washable (in fact they get better with every wash); breathable like a second skin (cleverly drawing moisture away from the body); warm in Winter and cool in Summer; you honestly won’t believe it’s wool – super-soft. made from superfine wool trimmed from happy sheep that roam the mountains of New Zealand and Australia (love that!); naturally stretchy for maximum movement; longer in the body to keep out pesky draughts (nothing worse than a ‘too short’ top); cool curved hem to keep little bottoms warm and won’t ride up when your little one climbs a tree or runs around the playground; contrast coloured stitching for a cool pop of colour, so stylish enough to wear on their own or layer under things in the same way as a regular vest; and no need for lots of bulky excess layers thanks to the amazing weight-to-warmth ratio of merino (not sure exactly what that means, but it sounds impressive). Oh and last but not least, no need to fill a (much needed) drawer with a different vest for every day (as I used to) that invariably shrink and have to be chucked anyway. No they aren’t exactly ‘cheap’ but the you only need one or two. So once you’ve bought them, you’re done for quite a while. Amen.

ps: while we’re on the subject of the wonders of Merino, I was a huge fan of the Merino Bambino sleeping bags when Tabarlow were babies. They were the best thing ever. No more buying loads of different ones for the various seasons in varying tog sizes (so confusing and not to mention bulky to store) – just one each for the whole year round. For any mamas of little ones under the age of two, I cannot recommend these enough. And after a quick look on the website, it seems that they are also now available for toddlers too. Genius.

my favourite cardigan

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Mini Boden Baby Cardigan (0-3 years)
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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)
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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.