Mama Spree: Easter Flip

18 March 2016

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Meri Meri Easter Egg Hunt Kit, £6.66

With just a week to go, we thought you might appreciate a little Mama Spree help with Easter preparations and decorations and a few Easter themed activities to keep your little ones occupied during the holidays. Now our kids are getting older they love to decorate the house during the holidays and this Easter we have our eye on this sweet garland and these cute stickers  (and how could we resist these bunny labels). As for the main event, we were recently told (by a chocolatier no less) that cocoa affects the pleasure centres of the brain (similarly to other, well, more elicit substances) so first of all, stock up! Last year we bought this Easter Egg Hunt Kit (along with the brilliant M&S multipack hunt eggs). This year we like The Great Egg Hunt Card Kit, these sweet hessian little bags, and these personalised bags (perfect for stylish egg hunting) have caught our eye this year. When all the eggs have been found, eaten and the sugar rush has worn off, we’ll be encouraging a little ‘quiet time’ with personalised giant egg posters, cute Easter stickers, rubber stamps, bunny balloons and egg decorating kits. If you feel like joining in with decorating something, how about saving a few chocolate shavings to sprinkle on this ‘Easter Flip‘!

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: these adorable baskets are currently sold out, but worry not, more are coming!

Borrowed from the (Uniqlo) boys…

17 March 2016

Little Spree Uniqlo collaboration
Trench Coat, £29.90

Little Spree: Uniqlo collaboration - girls

1. T-shirt, £7.90
2. Trench Coat, £29.90
3. Skinny Jeans, £12.90

Little Spree: Uniqlo collaboration - boys

1. T-shirt, £7.90
2. Jersey Jacket, £24.90
3. Slim Fit Jeans, £12.90

You’ll often find our boys in pieces that we’ve bought from the girls department (we’re careful to remove any ‘girls’ labels now the boys can read!). It’s less often that it works the other way around, so when we saw this (boys) Breton top (you know we can never resist a Breton) we couldn’t decide whether to style it for a boy or girl so we deicide to do both. For Spring, wear with jeans and a lightweight jacket (how cute is this mini mac!) hi-tops for boys and ballet flats for girls.
While you’re on the site, definitely worth a look are this striped skirtsweatshirtstriped tee, padded gilet, and hoodie.

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: Uniqlo’s (newly refurbished) Oxford Street store is re-opening tomorrow. Alongside our favourite mens’ cashmere jumpers you’ll find their new Liberty London for UNIQLO collaboration, and a roof terrace which we’re told has breath-taking views across London.

Created in collaboration with Uniqlo

Mama Spree: Your Holiday Capsule Wardrobe

16 March 2016

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Jane Birkin and her daughter, Kate

Mama Spree: Holiday Capsule Wardrobe

1. Isabel Marant Étoile Embroidered Cotton Top, £170.00
2. Mango Embroidered Cotton Dress, £79.99
3. Topshop Tassel Earrings, £12.50
4. Hedgehog Spanish Woven Baskets, £35.00
5. Mango Leather Sandals, £35.99
6. Topshop Raw Hem Shorts, £28.00

So if your little ones are heading to warmer climbs this Easter, chances are you are too! Lucky thing! But if you’re having trouble getting your head around a holiday wardrobe in freezing March, don’t worry – everything you need is right here in this post. And here are a few extras to think about: a chic beach cover-up, a lightweight, slouchy boyfriend style cashnere sweater (for those beach sunsets/chilly evenings), sunnies (crazy to buy them at the airport when you can get them for this price…), this (mens) cap, and lastly, how about this gorgeous (and super purse-friendly) necklace or friendship bracelet set for a little pre-holiday Easter treat?

Sarah & Nicky xx

Summer In Winter

14 March 2016

Little Spree: Holiday Capsule Wardrobe

1. Gap Floppy Straw Hat, £9.95
2. Numero 74 ‘Nina’ Dress, £25.08
3. Next Cross Body Bag, £12.00
4. Gap 1969 Shorts, £14.95
5. Sun-San ‘Surfer’ Sandals, £38.00
6. Bonton Lemons Liberty Print Bikini Bottoms, £33.68

Little Spree: Boys Holiday Capsule Wardrobe

1. Bonton T-Shirt, £35.00
2. Mitty James Towling Beach Robe, £24.95
3. Next Fisherman’s Hat, £6.00-£9.00
4. Mango Sunglasses, £12.99
5. Haviana Silver Flip-Flops, £18.00
6. Boden Denim Shorts, £22.50-£26.50

No we haven’t lost our marbles, and yes we do know that it’s only March. We also know that some of you lucky Little Spree’ers will be heading off in search of Winter sun at Easter. So, we thought we’d give you a head start on your packing with a few of our essential Summer pieces (between us we have almost all of them already!). For everyone staycationing this Easter, consider this a buy-now-stash-for-later (before they sell out) post. Either way, we thought the idea of being on holiday is a pretty good way to start the week.

Nicky & Sarah xx

 

Mama Spree: One jumpsuit, two ways…

11 March 2016

Mama Spree: denim jumpsuit
J.Crew Chambray Jumpsuit, £170.00

Mama Spree: Denim jumspuit styled for day

1. J.Crew Chambray Jumpsuit, £170.00
2. Isabel Marant Knitted Cardigan, £206.00
3. And Other Stories Suede Sneakers, £80.00

Mama Spree: Denim jumsuit styled for evening

1. J.Crew Chambray Jumpsuit, £170.00
2. ASOS Tassel Earrings, £8.00
3. Topshop Leather Clutch, £45.00
4. Boden Ankle Tie Heels, £119.00

You already know how much we love a jumpsuit at Little Spree HQ (once you’ve found a style that suits you – it’s all about the proportions, and this can mean sizing up…) there’s nothing easier (or more comfortable) to wear. And we love them every bit as much as much for evening as for day. So here’s one we found earlier, and two ways to wear it (it’s Friday and we’re feeling generous!). And here are are a few more that have caught our eye form ASOSGapTopshopBoden, M&SASOS again, and Isabel Marant (I recently shot this one for Stella and it’s so cool – slouchy and made from the softest denim). And how about this super-cool Sea one for Summer?

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: and don’t forget this one (Tabitha has it) if you want a ‘mini mi’ situation…

Pretty Baby

10 March 2016

Little Spree: Baby Girl
Zara Home Cotton Romper, £19.99

Little Spree: Baby Girl Outfit

1. Zara Home Cotton Romper (0-6 months), £19.99
2. Petit Bateau Baby Cardigan (1-12 months), £45.00
3. Martin Pederson Baby Tights (6-18 months), £13.00
4. Billie Blush Rabbit Doll, £23.00

We can never resist a cute baby outfit, and frankly, who could possibly resist this cotton romper? Or it’s price tag?? And this adorable rabbit doll would make the loveliest newborn gift. Oh and of course, our favourite Boden baby cardigans are always on our ‘baby favourites’ list.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Mama Spree: True Romance

9 March 2016

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Even without looking at the credits, this recent shoot for Stella Magazine had Sarah written all over it. Romantic ruffles and frills in soft muted colours, styled with black pointed flats to give a tougher edge to the look (these Louboutin flats are a plain version of the ones in the shoot). Take a look at the rest of her gorgeous story here, or recreate the look with this Isabel Marant dress and top (both heavily discounted at The Outnet), this Mango dress, this Warehouse blouse, this The Great ruffle t-shirt (so cool), or this French Connection blouse, and (previously posted) French Connection sweater (both now on sale). We also love these amazing Simone Rocha for J. Brand jeans. And for a ‘secret frill’, how about these cute knickers!

Nicky x

ps: if you love your Isabel Marant as much we do, you definitely need to take a peak at The Outnet at the moment – they have some amazing bargains (including these ‘need them right now’ boots)!!

pps: Gap currently has a whopping 30% off online, so you need to make time for a quick swoop. We love (and Sarah’s just bought) these girls’ ballet flats (as seen in the Little Shop).

Which One Will You Choose?

7 March 2016

Little Spree: cool, stylish boys jumpers

1. Miller Mouse Jumper, £32.00
2. Miller Navy Jumper, £32.00
3. Miller Grey Jumper, £32.00

Little Spree: cool khaki jacket

1. Miller Jumper (2-14 years), £32.00 (was £80.00)
2. Babe & Tess Jacket (2-12 years), £56.62
3. Gap Denim Trousers (12 months-5 years), £19.95
4. Tu Lace Up Trainers (6 infant-4), £12.00

When we discover that one of favourite childrens’ (well, strictly speaking it’s officially a girls’ jumper, but let’s just keep that between us…) jumpers goes on sale, we cannot not share that information with you. The only problem? Which colour/s to go for?

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: a shout out to lovely Lisa at edit58 for the tip-off about the trainers. We love a stylish supermarket find!

Mama Spree: Khaki Cool

4 March 2016

Mama Spree: Girlfriend Chinos
Gap ‘Girlfriend’ Chinos (petite, regular, tall), £29.00 (were £39.95)

Mama Spree: Mother sweatshirt

1. Mother Supersoft Sweatshirt, £45.00
2. Topshop Chandalier Earrings, £12.50
3. Gap ‘Girlfriend’ Chinos, £29.00 (were £39.95)
4. Whistles Patent Shoes, £160.00

Don’t underestimate the power of the humble chino as a wardrobe staple as useful and versatile (and every bit as cool) as jeans. Size up for added slouch, and wear them with a scruffy, rolled up cuff (never too perfect) and a heel. Or even lop off the bottoms all together and leave them raggedy – no need for a trip to the tailors – a good pair of scissors and a steady hand is all you need. A few other Mother sweatshirts we’re coveting are Maman, Mother (in black and gold), and Winging It (aren’t we all??). Oh, and can’t stretch to the Valentino Tan-Gos? Just go straight to to Whistles (number 4) instead!
Happy Friday!

Sarah & Nicky xx

Dresses & Trainers

3 March 2016

Little Spree: girls dress and trainers

1. Next Printed Dress, £22.00-£28.00
2. Adidas Stan Smith Trainers, £31.99

We spied this pretty folk/peasant dress a while ago but having been waiting for the right time to share. Now that blossom is appearing on the trees and our mornings are becoming lighter, our thoughts are turning to Spring, and this is how we would like it to look: dresses and trainers.

Nicky & Sarah xx

Mama Spree: Statement Earrings And Cosy Knits

2 March 2016

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1. Jigsaw Soft Bouclé Jumper, £68.00 (was £98.00)
2. Lulu Frost Crystaline Earrings, £158.00

There is something so totally effortless about wearing a cosy jumper with a statement earring. This has long been a go-to style for us during the Winter months. You’re trying, but just not too hard. And it’s perfect for us time-poor mamas in the morning – low-maintence style is the kind of style we like! We want to get cosy in one of these knits from MangoASOS (just £18.00 in the sale!!), JigsawMangoJigsaw (also on sale as well as super-cosy!), and Topshop. And we would be more than happy to dangle any of these bad boys from our lobes: ASOSNextAlexander McQueen,TopshopNextASOSTopshop, and ASOS. Over and out.

Sarah & Nicky xx

What to Wear for World Book Day…

29 February 2016

Little Spree: World Book Day

World Book Day, roughly translates to a last-minute mad panic (or a total nightmare for full-time working mamas) for mamas everywhere. We’ve rounded up the best costumes that are yours at the click of a button (sorry, but we are not even going to try and pretend that we’re going to make one…). So, instead of panicking, stick the kettle on/pour yourself a glass of wine, and we’ll share the best costumes we’ve found (some admitedly more ‘on brief’ than others, but we can’t be the only ones with kids who like to go off piste?)…
For the boys: Peter PanBFGThe GruffaloFantastic Mr FoxWilly WonkerMad HatterWhere’s WallyChewbaccaStormtrooperWoodyBuzz Lightyear, or a good old fail-safe pirate.
For the girls: Alice in Wonderland (and not forgetting the striped tights), Mary PoppinsLittle Red Riding HoodMatilda, The Tiger Who Came To TeaRey (ok, not strictly a book character, but Tabitha is obsessed by her), easy and generic (and frankly, a bit snoozy): fairy and ladybird.
And for the little-er ones :a hedgehog, a tricreatops, a lamb and The Hungry Caterpillar,

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: obviously we are not saying boys can only wear the ‘boys’ costume and girls can only wear the ‘girls’ – they are all interchangeable. We just wanted to split them for the sake of this post to make it quicker for you to look for your little ones (we know how time-poor you are!!). We can’t think of anything cooler than a girl Stormtrooper (just ask Preen!).

Mothers Day: Say It With Flowers (And A Few Other Things)

26 February 2016

Little Spree: Mothers Day gift ideas
The White Company Danvers Vase, £12.00

Mother’s Day is just a round the corner. And it’s not just about us mamas, but our mamas too. Here’s some inspiration to buy and hint for…
Flowers are always a good idea (the right flowers that is, not just any old flowers). M&S have some great options, and you know where you are with them, i.e. you know what you’re going to get, and we love that you can order them now and tick that off your never-ending to-do list). Go for anemonesroses and thistles (a lot prettier than they sound!), scented stocksmeadow flowershyacinths (and even supersize your hyacinths!), or how about a three month supply of flowers that go through the letterbox? Or order these and put your own picked flowers in (get the kids involved too. Perfect for Grannies and Grandmas everywhere). And not forgetting this simple, stylish vase (above) from The White Company.
We’re still loving these sweatshirts and tees (Nicky was way ahead of the game with hers!). I would love a grey one for Mother’s day (please kids/Tom!), these The Gray Store (one of our newish discoveries) Mama cotton zip-up bags, this chic (with just the right amount of schmaltz) clutch, and our current favourite tassel bracelets. Here’s hoping…

Sarah & Nicky xx

A Change Is Gonna Come…

25 February 2016

Little Spree: stylish nappy bag
Cyrllius Baby Changing Bag, £51.09

Everything you need in a nappy bag – multiple pockets and style. A dare we say it, a slight whiff of Bonpint?? If I was having a baby (I’m not), this would probably be the bag I’d buy (I love that it’s cotton, and cool but not ‘statement-y’ cool). Perfect.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: this is the gorgeous Gap girls’ jumper I posted on Instagram yesterday.

Mama Spree: Curvy, Sexy, Cool Mama

24 February 2016

Mama Spree: Curvy Mama
Mango Striped Shirt (sizes 14-22), £29.99

Little Spree: Curvy Mama

1. Mango Striped Shirt (sizes 14-22), £29.99
2. Mango Slim-Fit Jeans (sizes 14-26), £29.99
3. Marte Frisnes Gold Plated Tassel Bangle, £158.00
4. Diane von Fusrtenberg Zip-On Clutch, £108.00
5. Mango Sandals, £49.99

We are not big fans of so-called ‘fashion rules’ at Little Spree – you know the ones – you can’t wear this if you’ve got big boobs, you can’t wear that if you’ve got short legs, and don’t even think about wearing that if you’re a size 14 or over 35… Urgh. Finding things that suit you is not about following a set of rules, it’s about what you look and (more importantly) feel good in, and knowing what works for your body and lifestyle.  It may be a cliché (but you know what they say about those?), but if you feel good about what you’re wearing, you’re already half way there. And we’re happy to offer a few words of wisdom/guidance via our Mama Spree posts along the way to make up the other half… Take what you like, and leave the rest behind. So with this in mind, here is simply a cool outfit that either of us would happily wear (and we are sizes 8 and 12 respectively) that we feel would suit and flatter most body types and mamas (and the shirt and jeans just happen to go up to sizes 22 and 26) for more than one occasion (the school run included if you ditch the heels). Wear the shirt untucked or half-tucked (play it by ear – that’s what we do – we all have those days where we need a loose shirt). The important part is to ‘own’ your look and be comfortable in your own skin – and that’s where we hand over to you…

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: I tried these shoes yesterday in Mango and they are SO GREAT (sexy, cool and comfy)! Without doubt, the best ‘caged’ shoe on the High Street right now (and they look anything but!). I loved them with my cropped jeans. Did I buy them? No. Will I be buying them? Oh yes!! SC

Mini Miu Miu

23 February 2016

Little Spree: girls party dresses
Next Jewel Trim Shift Dress, £26.00-£34.00

Little Spree: girls party dresses

1. Monsoon Estella Dress (0-3 years) £40.00
2. AO78 Leopard Pockets Dress (2-16 years), £47.66
3. Mademoiselle à SOHO Stars Dress (3 months-8 years), £32.61
4. Mamas & Papas Frill Dress (0-3 years), £34.00
5. ilovegorgeous Cloud Dress (2-13 years), £136.00
6. Dress Gallery Leopard Tulle Dress (8-16 years), £63.07
7. Zef Almeria Stars Dress (6 months-10 years), £43.00
8. Mango Bead Tulle Dress (3-12 years), £14.99

We’ve recently been asked a lot about ‘party dresses’. Now party dresses can mean different things to different people (and indeed, to different girls – one girls’ party is another’s casual Saturday playdate). So we’ve found a total of eight, each one as gorgeous as the next (and can we just discuss the ‘mini Miu Miu’ from Next??). Interestingly, our favourites just happened to be in black or pink (we have no idea why either!!).

Sarah & Nicky xx

The Outsiders

22 February 2016

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Hundred Pieces Sweatshirt, £29.81

Little Spree: boys outfit

1. Hundred Pieces Sweatshirt, £29.81
2. Miller Bobble Hat, £35.00
3. Mayoral Duffle Coat, £50.40
4. Gap 1969 Skinny Rip & Repair Skinny Jeans, £19.95
5. M&S Glitter Effect Trainers, £12.00-£14.00

Apparently it’s going to be cold and cloudy this week, so we thought we’d bring a little  sunshine to your inbox. This is exactly the sort of outfit we love for boys: cool, cosy and practical. It also includes our current colour obsession: ochre – a subconscious longing for warmer climes perhaps? So until the sun decides to make another appearance, you’ll find us staring at this sweatshirt.

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: although technically a boys post, individually, all these items work just as well for girls.

Baby Knits

18 February 2016

Little Spree: baby cardigan
Boden Crochet Boats Cardigan (0-4 years), £27.50-£29.50

If you have (or know of) a cute baby boy, make the most of being able to dress him in equally cute jumpers and cardigans before he starts complaining that “it’s not cashmere”, “that’s for girls”, or indeed “it hurts” (if it’s not cashmere!!). Here’s some more ‘enjoy them while you can’ options from Bonton, Next, Easy, Mamas & Papas, Bonton, and Next.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Pimp My (Scooter) Ride…

16 February 2016

Little Spree - cool scooter helmets

1. Mirco Mirrored Safety Helmet, Purple, £14.95
2. Micro Mirrored Safety Helmet, Silver, £14.95
3. Micro Mirrored Safety Helmet, Aqua, £14.95

There’s been a lot of growing going on with the Little Spree kids which has meant new scooters for Tabitha and Marlow and a new scooter helmet for Bailey. In case there’s been a lot of growing going your end too, we thought we’d save you some scooter related shopping and share our recent scooter scoops.  Bailey has the silver version of this helmet (actually it’s more mirrored that silver- there’s a photograph of him wearing it on Instagram) and it has caused quite a stir. Without exception, each time he goes out with it on someone stops to ask about it. Ditto these cool handle bar streamers and deck lights (useful on dark morning scoots to school). We also like this cute basket and cosy scooter mittens, and for anyone with a tiny tot this ‘scoot n pull’ strap will save save your back bending over to push/pull your tired toddler when they refuse to go any further. We’ve all been there right…

Nicky & Sarah xx

Pretty Stripes

15 February 2016

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Gap Stripe Sweater (12 months-5 years), £19.95

Little Spree girls outfit

1. Gap Stripe Sweater (12 months-5 years), £19.95
2. Gap Skinny Jeans (12 months-5 years), £17.95
3. Numero 74 Dolls Moses Basket, £50.74
4. Chloe Ballet Flats (sizes 26-35), £130.00

Stripes and broderie anglaise frills? What could be more perfect? And remember this gorgeous moses basket from Numerro 74? Well here’s a scaled down version for little girls to ferry all their dolls/teddies/mice/bunnies around in mama friendly style. How chic.
Oh, and if the Chloe price tag feels a little steep for these ballet flats (it is, but we just couldn’t  resist), we also love this Boden Mary Jane version.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Mama Spree: A Rather Blustery Day

12 February 2016

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Mango Quilted Feather Coat, £99.99

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1. Raey Wool-Blend Boyfriend Sweater, £295.00
2. Mango Quilted Feather Coat, £99.99
3. Gap Stretch 1969 True Skinny Jeans, £54.95
4. Mango Cross-Body Bag, £35.99
5. All Saints Mendip Chelsea Boots, £178.00

This coat is as close as you can get to rolling out of bed and wrapping your duvet around you for the school-run. But this option has the added benefit of looking a lot like a certain Stella Mccartney quilted coat from last season. We’ve found the recent cold, wet, blustery weather more than a little challenging on the style front, so have been searching for the perfect ‘weather proof’ outfit that’s not only practical, but stylish too. And whilst we’re talking affordable designer-alike pieces, we’re loving these Saint Laurent-alike boots, which will instantly update any of your Winter outfits. And we know this (dream) jumper from Raey is a little on the pricey side, but this ‘perfect’ colour is a lot more elusive than you might think, so therefore we think, worth the ££.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: I’ve got these Gap jeans and love them – they’re super-flattering. Just lop off the bottom and leave them frayed and raggety. I’ve been living in mine. SC

pps: if you still feel the need for adding warmth and comfort, minus the bulk, this White Company scarf will do the job in style.

Early Valentine

11 February 2016

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Olivier Baby Cashmere Beanie (1-10 years), £28.00

Hearts and cashmere? Yes and yes!
And what’s not to love about this and this? And cashmere love looks like this.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Mama Spree: Hats On For Winter

10 February 2016

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A hat, not only looks cool (well, the right hat anyway…), but it can be your hair’s best friend on wet, Wintery days. I only need to step out of the house in the slightest drizzle and my hair has that gentle (but oh-so-deadly-ruin-your-entire-day) frizz on the top by the time I’ve reached the car/bus stop. Urgh. So our trusty beanies, fedoras and floppy brims are getting a lot of outings at the moment. Here are some of our current favourites from Topshop, Mango, Boden, ASOS, AnthropologieTopshop, J.Crew, Accessorize and Topshop.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: nothing to do with hats, but we stumbled upon this cute M&S ruffle blouse on our travels and had to share! An amazing bargain. Wear now under a sweater (with just a hint of the collar or cuffs peeping out) and you’ll be living in it come the Summer…

Word Up

9 February 2016

Little Spree - sweatshirt
Maison Labiche ‘The Dude’ Sweatshirt, £35.12

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1. Maison Labiche ‘The Dude’ Sweatshirt, £35.12
2. Next Khaki Textured Chinos, £10.00-£11.00
3. Babe & Tess Alpacca Ribbed Beanie, £20.12 (was £33.54)
4. Caramel Baby & Child Ribbed Socks, £12.47 (were £20.78)
5. Next Baseball Pumps, £15.00-£22.00

We recently discovered that our favourite Maison Labiche sweatshirts (remember this one?) now come in mini sizes! Bailey loves his ‘Cookie Monster’ version (sizing is on the small side) and we have our eye on the ‘later alligator’ Breton for summer. We’re also wondering if we could squeeze into an age 12??

Nicky & Sarah xx

Mini Me Denim Jumpsuit

8 February 2016

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Next Denim Jumpsuit, £20.00-£25.00

Little Spree: girls jumpsuit outfit

1. Next Denim Jumpsuit, £20.00-£25.00
2. Simple Kids Cardigan, £60.35 (was £100.58)
3. April Showers Glitter Clogs, £45.00 (were £90.00)

We first spotted this fab jumpsuit quite a while ago (before Christmas in fact), and I have since bought it for Tabitha (she was wearing it yesterday, but before I’d managed to get an Instagram snap of her wearing it, she’d fallen off her bike and it was covered in mud…). It’s great for now as it’s quite a heavy weight denim. Wear with anything from wellies to sandals to Mary Janes to glitter clogs (love these)…

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: this ruffle sleeveless version is great ‘buy now wear now and later’ option. Just layer a long sleeved tee under until Summer comes…

pps: if you missed Nicky’s ‘Ski Pass’ interview with Alex & Alexa, you can read it here.

Mama Spree: (Please) Be My Valentine!

5 February 2016

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Amaya By Priyanka Gold Plated Topaz Earrings, £190.00

We weren’t necessarily planning a Valentines Mama Spree… Until I came across these earrings, and fell in love all over again… Here are some more wallet-friendly options to wave under your loved one’s nose (alternatively, just leave your laptop/ipad lying casually around,open on this post – that’s what we’re doing): lookalike necklaceinitial braceletmuglove charger (the name alone is worth a click), initial necklaceheart necklaceanother mug (who knew?), badgepyjamasbook of love letters (I’m buying this for Tom), candle (we couldn’t not include a candle), and how about this for a cute ‘joint Valentine’s’ gift? We’ve even found something for the little ones

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: and here are some cool cards to send to our Valentines: this, this and this one.

The Moses Basket Of Dreams

4 February 2016

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Numero 74 Moses Basket, £136.89

First it was their super-soft handmade bedding, then their brilliant dressing-up outfits and now this, the latest addition to the Numero 74 range: the moses basket of dreams! We’re officially obsessed with this brand.

Nicky & Sarah xx

Mama Spree: Where Would We Be Without Our Army Jackets?

3 February 2016

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The answer? Precisely nowhere. Or more accurately, in a heap on the bedroom floor, still trying to decide what to chuck over whatever we happen to be wearing that day that doesn’t look mumsy/frumpy or just plain ridiculous. Take it from us, the humble army jacket literally looks good with everything. With just one exception: anything else khaki/army related. Don’t go there, Private Benjamin! So, ok, almost everything. Wanna look like Kate? Check out these khaki cool options from ASOSUrban OutfittersNili LotanMadewellM&SASOS, and finally the king of all army jackers courtesy of Saint Laurent. Oh and never underestimate the versatility of the shacket, a fur trim (cosy), the mens department, or a camo version. Size up for the best results (except for the mens of course – you’ll need to size down).

Sarah & Nicky xx

Little Ski

2 February 2016

Little Spree - Ski Chic Girls

1. Gap ColdControl Puffa Jacket, £26.99 (was £44.95)
2. Mini-A-Ture Ski Pants, £90.00
3. Headstrong Snow Bunny Ski Helmet Cover, £43.00
4. Mini-A-Ture Mittens, £32.00
5. Nui Organic Merino T-shirt, £23.09 (was £38.48)

Little Spree- Ski Chic Boys

1. Mini-A-Ture Zip Ski Jacket, £138.00
2. Gap PrimaLoft Eco Snow Pants, £24.99 (were £34.95)
3. Headstrong Snow Husky Ski Helmet Cover, £40.00
4. Barts Water Resistent Mittens, £15.00
5. Nui Organic Merino T-shirt, £23.09 (was £38.48)

Let’s face it, packing light for a ski/snowboarding holiday just isn’t an option. Time spent working out what to take can be tedious at the best of times, but for this holiday, with all the bulky pieces required, everything that goes into your case must be essential (that way, you’ll still have room for a few little luxuries!). So this post is all about those items (or similar) that have been tried and tested, starting with snow pants. Last year Bailey wore this black version of the Gap ones with this black Gap jacket (both are made from Primaloft which keeps you warm without adding bulk, so don’t be put off by the lightweight  fabric). They wear and wash well and are very good value compared to other ski ranges. This year we were asked to trial some Mini A Ture skiwear for Alex & Alexa (including the blue salopettes and a similar jacket to the one above). It looks great (I have been asked about this skiwear by other parents and even a few instructors) and would say that the higher price point is justified by the quality and detail. I only realised Bailey’s old gloves were too small at the very last minute so I ordered both these pairs – the silver ones arrived too late but if they had arrived on time it would have been hard to choose between them.
Fun and warmth seem to be inextricably linked on this type of holiday which means one thing: layers! Bailey has a few base layer sets, including these M&S long sleeved vests and long pants (great value but size up as they shrink a little).  He also has the grey Nui merino top (above) and trousers (the tops are very soft and Bailey will be wearing his under jumpers throughout winter). On colder days, I added this Finger in the Nose hooded sweatshirt or a navy Uniqlo fleece top (sorry, they only have this version online but I’ve seen them in store).  I would consider a helmet cover as essential (Bailey has the husky one). Not only does it mean he actively wants to wear his helmet (which avoids the “it’s uncomfortable and makes me hot” conversation each morning) but it also makes it much easier to spot your little one on the slopes. Other essentials include goggles, a balaclava for more blustery days and a back pack for the inevitable wipes, snacks, water, spare layers, and don’t forget your lip balm! If you have room, how about this Little Marc Jacobs knitted hat and scarf set (so cool and now on sale).
Read all about what we did (and wore) here.

Nicky  xx

Little Shop

1 February 2016

Baby Romper Little Shop

1. Numero 74 Nina Dress (1-7 years), £23.63
2. Next Striped Knitted Romper (0-2 years), £16.00-£17.00

We’ve been busy re-stocking the Little Shop with lots of lovely bits and pieces for babies, boys and girls (could this dress be any more perfect?). But don’t just take our word for it, check it out for yourself here.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Mama Spree: A Breton With A Twist…

29 January 2016

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Warehouse Wrap Sleeve Breton, £29.00

Our last January quick fashion-fix is a striped one. It’s been a while since we posted a Breton, so here’s one for 2016. This one has all the slouch we like, plus with the added sleeve detail it’s the perfect excuse (it’s different!!to add another one to your collection (we’re assuming, like us, you probably own at least one already…).
Happy Friday!

Sarah & Nicky xx

Dinosaur Junior

26 January 2016

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Boden Jurassic Sweatshirt (2-12 years), £19.50-£23.50

Remember this dinosaur sweatshirt from the  Boden Press day last year (we posted a picture of it on Instagram)? We know many of you have been patiently waiting and we promised to let you know when it arrived in stock. Well the wait is over…

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: who knew dinosaur’s could be so cool?

Ruffles & Frills

25 January 2016

Little Spree: baby knickers
M&S 3 Pack of Baby Knickers (0-12 months), £9.00

So this week, we’re slowing things right down, and just bringing you five brilliant (relatively guilt-free) buys for us and our little ones. We just feel a bit ‘shopped out’ after Christmas and the sales, so although we’re ready for all the gorgeous new Spring/Summer things that are starting to filter through, we’re not quite ready to jump straight in just yet. First up, these adorable baby knickers (purely ornamental of course –  but nothing hides a boring nappy more effectively in the Summer months than a pair of cute frilly pants). Buy now (they won’t be around for too long at this price for three pairs!), stash for later, or even wear now over tights with a cashmere sweater.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Mama Spree: The (Very) Last of the Sales

22 January 2016

MS LS Sale

1. Aries Cotton Denim Dress, £94.00 (was £188.00)
2. Warehouse Faux Fir Afghan Coat, £35.00 (was £98.00)
3. Boden Zip-Top Pouch, £12.50-£24.50 (was £25.00-£35.00)
4. Uniqlo Mens 100% Cashmere Cardigan, £39.90 (was £99.00)
5. Boden Chelsea Boots, £74.00-£119.20 (were £149.00)
6. Mango Gaucho Jeans, £19.99 (were £39.99)

Sale fatigue setting in? We hear you, but dig deep because you don’t want to miss this, our final sale post (we promise!). By now, most brands have made ‘final reductions’ so we thought we’d take a look back over our Mama Spree Winter edits to see if any of our favourite items were still available. As you might imagine not all pieces are available in all sizes, in fact some only have one size left. The question is: will it be yours? It’s like our very our own Cinderella story. Here are some more bargains that we’ve found, posted and loved from Jigsaw, Mango, and Accessorise. And if you haven’t already bought our favourite leopard print coat from Mango, what are you waiting for? Now that’s a happy ending!

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: we’ve both got this Uniqlo mens cashmere cardigan and have been living in them. A  nice change from our usual go-to cashmere crewnecks, and more versatile than you might think.

Tried & Tested Baby Bargains

21 January 2016

Little Spree Baby sale edit

1. Mango Bouclé Wool Coat, £19.99 (was £39.99)
2. Mango Ruffled Dress & Knickers Matching Knickers, £11.49 (was £22.99)
3. Mango Bobble Beanie, £3.99 (was £7.99)
4. Babe & Tess Cotton Romper, £29.03 (was £38.48)
5. Mango Leather Mary Janes, £9.99 (were £19.99)
6. Louis Louise Velvet Trousers, £22.27 (were £37.12)

Today is all about the littlest of little ones, and arguably the cutest of the sales bargains. As with everything we’re posting this week, each piece has been previousy featured on Little Spree at some point. Now a little tip for sale shopping for babies – it’s all about thinking ahead (preferably a year ahead if you can actually get your head around what size you’ll need a year from now – this will probably depend largely on the age of your baby and the amount of sleep you’ve had this week!!). Project yourself into the future and you can make a great sale find work that little bit harder. We’ve often been know to ‘repeat buy’ the exact same things in larger sizes (and not just during sale time either – our favourite Cos cashmere jumper is a case in point). So ladies, size up, stock up, and stash away for next year. You’ll be so glad you did.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: a word of warning – don’t stash your sale bargains away too carefully (learn from my mistakes ladies – SC). I’ve been known to stash them away, then completely forget all about them. Not so helpful.

pps: don’t miss the last in our sales fortnight tomorrow. It really is ‘last chance saloon’ for mamas this time!

Mama Spree: It’s All About The Slip Dress

20 January 2016

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Mango Asymetric Slip Dress, £29.99 (was £59.99)

Mama Spree: slip dress

1. Mango Asymetric Slip Dress, £29.99 (was £59.99)
2. Ilena Makri Safety Pin Ear Cuff, £52.00 (was £130.00)
3. J.Crew Tippi Sweater, £39.00-£50.00 (was £79.50)
4. Topshop Shoes, £30.00 (were £65.00)

The humble slip-dress might feel like an odd thing to post about on a frosty Wednesday in January, but hear us out. The slip dress is the dress of the Summer, but there’s no need to wait to get a jump start on one of the biggest trends for next season. This Mango version is a great buy (I tried it a few months ago and regretted not buying it, so am about to order it – SC) – it’s a flattering length and looks expensive due to the heavy weight fabric, the lovely drape detail at the front, and the unfinished hem. Size-up though for a cooler/roomier fit – the slip dress should skim, not cling. And yes, go ahead and wears yours right now – just add a fine knit and tights, then, as the year progresses, gradually work your way up (or down?) to a long sleeved tee, a short sleeved tee, then nothing at all for the lucky mamas in possession of a pair of small-ish, perky-ish boobs/a decent strapless bra.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: these sweatshirts from TSPTR and Alexa Chung for AG might help cheer up never-ending January?