Mama Spree: Time For Another Jumpsuit

27 April 2016

How to style your jumpsuit for every day - Little Spree
Current Elliot Cotton-Blend Jumpsuit, £124.00 (was £310.00)

How to wear a jumpsuit - Little Spree

1. Current Elliot Cotton-Blend Jumpsuit, £124.00 (was £310.00)
2. Jérôme Drefuss Fringed Shulder Bag, £180.00 (was £360.00)
3. Mango Leather Strap Sandals, £35.99

You’re always asking us about jumpsuits. Now we love a jumpsuit. You know we do. But finding a good one (the right slouchy fit, long sleeves, long enough legs for a bit of a cuff…) on the high street is not as easy as you might think (and believe us when we say we have looked A LOT) – if you’re not looking for sleeveless/short sleeves or denim anyway. So we found this one (God, I wish I didn’t instantly want everything we find/post!! SC) that we both love. We do also really like the look of this Mango one for a more affordable option though. Oh and this pyjama style from Rag & Bone – ok not so purse-friendly, but rather fabulous all the same.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: I bought these sandals today (they’ve been on my wish list for so long I was bored of seeing them there…) and they are even better in real life. So to say they are a ‘version’ of last year’s Isabel Marants (which we both bought/have) is a gross misrepresentation – they are almost identical! A totally brilliant buy. SC

pps: Nicky and I happened to be in M&S at Westfield yesterday and had another quick look at the Archive by Alexa collection. Loved this dress and this shirt dress (wear them both this Summer with your Mango tan sandals that you know you’re going to buy…).

Mermaids & Dinosaurs

25 April 2016

Next Girls Unicorn t-shirt - Little Spree

1. Girls Mermaid Unicorn Tee (3-16 years), £7.00-£10.00
2. Boys Dinosaur Tee (3 months-6 years), £5.00-£6.00

We know we’ve said that logo t-shirts aren’t our thing, but increasingly it seems that they just might be. We love everything about these t-shirts: the sentiment, soft cotton feel, and the faded writing, the only thing we’re not sure about is  whether we should be buying one for ourselves as well as the kids???

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: they are quite generous sizing so I ordered Bailey (who tells everyone he is age 5 and three quarters) size 4-5yrs. NHC

Mama Spree: Shoes, Shoes, Shoes

22 April 2016

Womens High Street shoes edit - Little Spree
Office Madison Toe Cap Block Heels, £65.00

I was running around Westfield a couple of weeks ago, buying some accessories for a job I was styling. Of course, when I’m not actually looking for things to buy, that’s always when I see things that I want to buy (I just don’t know it yet). And the things that I kept seeing were great shoes. But more acurately, great affordable shoes from high street stores. Now I’m certainly a big fan of mixing my designer with my high street (I would say my wardrobe is probably 70% high street, to say, 30% designer?). But even if money were no object, I would always choose to mix. Firstly, it’s way cooler (head-to-toe designer – nothing remotely cool about that), and secondly, nothing beats that feeling of scoring an amazing find in Topshop/Zara or Next (yes sometimes!). But one thing I am definitely a little more picky about is shoes. I do own (and regularly wear) a few pairs of high street shoes, but I do find it a lot harder to find and love them. And I tend to keep my designer footwear for years and years. So, back to my trip to Westy… At first it started in Topshop, where I saw these suede Mary Janes, these classic suede platform sandals (I have a similar, ancient pair from Pied a Terre that I regularly pull out – they always somehow still feel ‘right’ – try them with jeans and a ribbed sock for a little update), these sling-backs with a contrast toe, and these gold sling-backs (as featured in yesterday’s Mama Spree post), and just beforeI left I also sotted these pink metallic Mary Janes (love!). Next stop: Office (now there’s a store I’ve not been in for a while…). But I couldn’t believe the Chanel-esque contrast toe mid-heel courts (above) – they were so good I almost bought them on the spot, but they didn’t have my size. I actually like that they’re not a complete replica of the Chanel sling-backs that we all want, and they are way nicer in real life than in this pic. I will definitely be wearing them with cropped, raw hemmed jeans and jumpers (my current uniform of choice). I also loved these metallic Mary Janes, these nude block heelsthese for something a little sexier, or fancy some non-Gucci ‘Gucci’? You can always rely on Boden to always do a chic striped flat for Summer, check out these Isssy/Golden Goose-esque sneakers, and I always love a classic ballet pump (particularly in navy). Thanks Alexa! Oh and these? Well I just love, love, love these!
So this may seem like a bit of a random bunch of shoes, but they all have one thing in common (apart from the fact that they are all under £100.00) – they will all look great just worn with jeans. Happy shoe shopping!

Sarah xx

ps: the four lucky winners of the Edit.58 baskets are: Lucy Wootley, Abigail Calvert, Tina Waters and Jean Perry. Please email us with your addresses, and we will organise for your baskets to be sent straight to you. Thank you so much to each and every one of you who took the time (and we know how precious your time is) to answer our questions and tell us your thoughts – we really were blown away by the love for Little Spree. And we have taken onboard each and every suggestion, like and dislike (virtually none!!). Watch this space ladies – things are changing around here…

Mini Marant: buttons & stripes

21 April 2016

Mini Marant striped sweater - Little Spree
Bellerose Lurex Button Sweater, £57.00

Mini Marant Stripe Jumper - Little Spree

1. Bellerose Lurex Button Sweater, £57.00
2. Zara Raffia Cross Body Bag, £17.99
3. Gap 1969 Flared Jeans, £10.99 (were £22.95)
4. Pepe Tassel Sandals, £82.00

This is why we don’t like to plan our posts too far in advance – we had this post planned around a certain Gap cotton cream and navy striped sweater with shoulder buttons (my friend and agent, Emma tipped me off about it actually – I was little peeved that I hadn’t seen it myself, but it was in the girls department, rather than the toddlers, and Tabs has only just graduated to Gap girls…). Anyway, the reason I am sharing that with you, is that you may well still be able to find one in a store (it’s sadly now sold out online), so keep you’re eyes peeled… I also saw a little girl wearing it in the playground in Richmond park recently – she was wearing hers with a skinny jean and messy hair and was just running around without a care in the world, obviously totally oblivious to how cool she looked! Is it wrong to cover the style of a seven year old?? So clever Nicky quickly found this cute substitute – ok not as cheap as the original Gap one, but definitely every bit as cool – we love a bit of Bellerose. And the quality is always great. So there you have it – you snooze (or wait to post), you lose. But the great thing is, for everything you miss out on, there’s something better waiting in the wings, just waiting to be discovered…

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: you’d be forgiven for thinking this was a Mama Spree outfit. Frankly I wish it was!! I want it all. But as luck would have it this Isabel Marant ‘Erwan’ sweater (I’ve shot this for Stella and it’s beyond gorgeous. Quite a ‘neat’ fit though, so I wouldn’t neceaassrily recommend it for the more ample chested mamas out there…)

ps: this Gap sweater that Tabs already has is still available to buy online. I love it, and it also comes in navy. The perfect Spring jumper, and available in all sizes. Oh and it’s also on sale!

Mama Spree: what a difference a knot makes…

20 April 2016

French Connection Hitch knot sweatshirt - Little Spree
French Connection Knot Sweatshirt, £55.00

How to style a grey sweatshirt - Little Spree

1. French Connection Knot Sweatshirt, £55.00
2. Mango Straight Joe Jeans, £29.99
3. Topshop 60’s Style Sunglasses, £16.00
4. Topshop Sling Back Shoes, £56.00

We’d rather not count the number of grey sweatshirts in our combined wardrobes (let’s just agree there’s more than a few). The reason: versatility. The humble grey sweatshirt, in our opinion, is a wardrobe essential. You’ll find us wearing them casually over dresses, with jeans, and more formally with trousers and skirts (they’re the perfect thing for toning down an outfit which might otherwise make you feel a little overdressed). We love the knot detail on this, our latest find, especially when paired with these cropped jeans and gold Gucci inspired slingbacks (which we both have on our Summer wish-lists). Yes, that’s right ladies, it’s time to start thinking about de-booting and showing a bit of ankle…!

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: we we (finally!!) be announcing the winners of the four gorgeous pom pom market  baskets in Friday’s Mama Spree

Cheap (French) Chic

18 April 2016

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La Redoute Metal Trunk, £35.40 (was £59.00)

You asked for more interiors, so we’re going to give you more interiors. For us, and for our little people. I have to admit, this it not too much of a stretch for me (or Nicky) as I actually love shopping for things for my home as much as I do for clothes (often more so actually – my house doesn’t regularly change size, unlike my bottom.) We weren’t planning an interiors post today (but we are planning an ‘interiors week’ soon, so look out for that one), but I just happened to be on the La Redoute website looking for… I actually genuinely can’t remember now!! But anyway, it really doesn’t matter, as what I did find, I felt I simply couldn’t not share with all our lovely readers! So the fact is, they still have a TON of stuff that has between 25-40% off (in fact, most of my favourite things (most of which are included below) have a whopping 40% off. And I don’t know whether you’re that familiar with the La Redoute Home collection, but they have some really great things (well it is French after all – how wrong can they really go?) that are pretty affordable full-price! The first thing I found was this metal trunk (remember my Instagram snap of the similar ones from Oliver Bonus recently?), then I saw how many fab colours it comes in. A little tip for you – check out all the additional colours available, as many of the pieces come in a ton of optional shades – greys, pastels etc. All those colours that we love and want, and are always hunting for. So here are my favourites (be warned though – you are probably going to want a lot of this stuff…).
School style reading desk and chair, metal armoirvintage style school desk and chairs, metal American style lockerset of three woven baskets (you know how much we love a basket for storing toys), more school style chairslinen cupboard (get that Farrow & Ball paint chart out ladies!), metal bedside table, metal wall cabinet (who says you have to put it in a bathroom?), these metal stackable boxes are perfect for storing all those annoying ‘little’ toys – lego etc etc, this tufted cotton rug, wool rug, and even this pencil storage tin hits the spot. You also definitely need to take a look at the bedlinen whilst you’re there – such great prices for us and our kids. My favourite is this pre-washed linen duvet cover in nude pink (I also like the khaki for a boys’ room). Oh and don’t forget the gorgeous linen tassel pillowcases that we mentioned before. I love mine, and plan to order more… I really like the black trim on these cotton voile pillowcases (very chic), and this children’s Liberty print reversible duvet set was in my and lovely Lisa from Edit.58’s basket a couple of weeks ago – yes we were WhatsApp-ing as we shopped, and comparing what was in our cyber shopping baskets, which was pretty much identical by the way!! Oh and in case you’re wondering (and why wouldn’t you?), this post is not sponsored by La Redoute (we do sometimes do collaborative posts, as you know, and always state that clearly at the end – transparency is really important to us) – sometimes we just love something (and just know that you will too) so much that we feel it’s worthy of it’s own post.
Have a lovely week!

Sarah xx

ps: I don’t, but anyone have a thing about cactus vases?

Mama Spree: one of those unexpected finds…

15 April 2016

ASOS festival coin tassel cross body bag - Little Spree
ASOS Festival Coin Tassel Cross Body Bag, £40.00

You know those times when you’re looking for something particular online, but you end up finding something you didn’t even know you wanted (let alone needed)? Yep, this was one of those moments. Found this bag, loved it, ordered it.

Sarah xx

Mini Celebration

14 April 2016

Little Spree
Boden ‘Best Dress’, £45.50-£49.50

I was recently asked to review a new collection of girls ‘occasion wear’ for Boden. I was more than pleasantly surprised – it’s gorgeous. And perfect for little wedding guests, parties, or just every day twirling… My favourite dress is the (cotton) one above (sadly, rabbit not included), and Tabitha has it (obviously). I love that it’s a proper old-fashioned ‘girls’ dress, similar to one that I would have worn as a child. Very Alice in Wonderland. My other favourites are the ‘Baby Charming Petal Dress’ and it’s big sister version (I am definitely buying this for Tabs for our Summer holiday – perfect with her Sun San tan sandals – find them in the Little Shop) and ‘The Lace Dress’ (love this colour). Read my full review of the collection here.

Sarah xx

ps: Boden is currently offering 20% off, plus free delivery and returns until Sunday. So hop to it!

pps: oh and did I mention that all the dresses are machine washable? Genius.

Mama Spree: It’s All About The Bomber…

13 April 2016

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1. Joseph Soft Wool Dress, £265.00
2. Topshop MA1 Bomber Jacket, £55.00
3. French Connection Eyelet Leather Trainers, £65.00

You probably don’t need us to tell you that it’s all about the bomber right now. But have you actually bought one yet? Still undecided? Here’s some styling inspiration of how people are wearing theirs, plus how we will be wearing ours (the Topshop one, also featured in the Mama Shop). Ok, so Spring may have (kind of..) sprung, but in London at least, it’s still pretty chilly out there. So we may be leaving our coats at home some days, but only when combined with a cosy (preferably knitted) layer underneath. We love this look. And other options to wear under your bomber? How about this super-simple knitted dress, this more affordable than the Joseph knotted dress or this version for the Summer; and how about chucking your bomber over your slounge-y all-in-one? This is a great one for all you curvy mamas out there.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: love these!! Particularly love them with skirts and dresses. I’ve just mentally added them to my Wish List. SC

For Day Or Night

11 April 2016

Numero 74 boy

1. Numero 74 Tunisian Top & Pants Set, £31.85
2. Gap Aviators, £6.95
3. Sun-San Surfer Sandals, £38.00

Numero 74 girl

1. Numero 74 Tunisian Top & Pants Set, £34.45
2. Bonton Basket Bag, £22.00
3. Next Gold Gladiator Sandals, £16.00-£19.00

I bought Marlow the first version of this little set just after Christmas. I spotted it and just loved it straight away (as you know, we’re both big fans of the drop-crotch/harem/slounge pant for our boys. As the mama of a very ‘fabric fussy’ six year old boy, I knew it would pass the Marlow litmus test, as Tabitha already has a few of the Numero 74 dresses in the same super-soft fabric. I initially bought them for him to wear in the Summer months, but he’s already been wearing them as pyjamas (and the pants with cashmere jumpers) as they are so comfy to wear. Bailey now has a set too, and I’m tempted to order Marlow another (they come in other gorgeous colours such as this grey blue and grey. So once we decided to post about them, we then discovered that they also came in this pretty ‘powder’ pink (above), so they also make the perfect his ‘n hers Sumer outfits. Honestly, we literally cannot get enough of Numero 74 right now.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Mama Spree: Get Them Before They’re Gone!

8 April 2016

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Elina Linardarki Penny Lane Embellished Leather Sandals, £138.00

Remember these? Instagram literally went crazy with pics of them (including on our feed – we were as obsessed as everyone else!!) a couple of months ago… Well the wait is finally over, and you can now get your paws on a pair! But don’t think about them for too long, we guarantee there will be a stampede…

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: and whilst we’re talking pom poms, there’s still time to be in with a chance of winning our favourite pom pom basket from Edit 58 if you have a moment to email us with your thoughts on Little Spree (we’re loving reading each and every one so far, so thank you to all of you who have already taken the time to get in touch – we really appreciate it). We will be announcing the four winners next week.

pps: I’m sure we’re not the only ones lusting after the Celine monochrome slip dress. But the price tag? Not so much. Enter the New Look lookalike version.

ppps: this is quite possibly the most colourful post on Little Spree to date!

Brio (Builder) Bargains

7 April 2016

Brio Builder at reduced prices - Little Spre
Brio Helicopter Set, £16.99

Think a beautifully made, wooden version of Meccano and you’re in the right ball park. If you’re not familiar with ‘Brio Builder’ yet this is the perfect time to try it as the price tag for these toys can be high (although we would say absolutely worth it as this is one of those toys that grows with your child and is practically indestructible). Bailey and Marlow are already big fans: they love to create not only the intended vehicle but recreate something of their own (they especially like using the cute little tools that comes with the sets). So, you can imagine our delight to find T.K Maxx selling this helicopter (duly snapped up for Bailey), this dune buggy and and an aeroplane (that sadly has sold out online) at a huge discount. We checked this morning and they still have a few left so even if toys aren’t on your ‘to-do’ list, this is a great ‘buy now stash for later’ gift. Actually that’s a very good idea….

Nicky xx

ps: a few more disocunted Brio toys here (how sweet is the coffee set?).

Mama Spree: All Things Denim…

6 April 2016

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Where would we be without denim? Or more accurately, where would our wardrobes be? But we’re not just talking jeans, we’re talking anything and everything denim. These are some shots (some published, some outtakes) from a story I did for Stella recently. I decided to keep things really simple, and the pieces a mix of high-low (my favourite way to style and to dress) – I’m definitely no denim snob that’s for sure. The (amazing, and super-soft) jumpsuit is this one from Isabel Marant Étoile, this is the shirt in the second picture, the frayed jeans are the ‘Lou’ high-rise from MIH, the skirt in the first pic is M&S (yes really! And it’s such a good one!), and The Great dungarees (above) definitely live up to their name. Other pared-down denim that we’re coveting: this frayed denim top, midi skirtsmock dressSeventies style dungareescurved hem skirt (for cool curvy mamas), tunic dress, this railroad striped chambray shirt (love it under dungarees), this tunic top for anyone with a baby on board, and I’m still a big fan of Gap’s ‘true skinny’ jeans. And where would our Summer wardrobes be without a pair of ‘boyfriend’ denim cut-offs? Ok, so the price of this Saint Laurent denim shoulder bag might make your eyes water, but a girl’s allowed to dream right? Who needs another stitch of denim if you’ve got the coolest denim accessory ever?

Sarah xx

ps: in other (non-denim related) news, did you miss out on the Zara cream and black embroidered peasant blouse from last Summer (I certainly lived in mine!)? Well this one from Gap is a pretty great runner-up.

Fifi Lapin

4 April 2016

Fifi Lapin for Mamas & Papas - Little Spree

1. Quilted Jacket, £23.20 (was £29.00)
2. Embroidered Dress, £19.20 (was £24.00)
3. Pocket Dress, £19.20 (was £24.00)
4. Doll, £12.00 (was £15.00)
5. Bobble Cardigan, £15.20 (was £19.00)
6. Spot Sweater, £12.80 (was £16.00)

When we were re-stocking the Little Shop last week, we were having a quick snoop (as you do) on the Mamas & Papas website. Suddenly I stumbled across these ‘too cute for words’ pieces from their recent collaboration with Fifi Lapin (which I must confess, I’d completely forgotten about – how??). Each piece is adorable as the next, and all with a much appreciated 20% off! Our favourite kind of ‘stumble’…

Sarah & Nicky xx

Big Spree, Little Spree

1 April 2016

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1. Boden Freida Lace Up Sandals, £79.50
2. Isabel Marant Alisa wraparound sandals, £290.00

We know you want more ‘designer lookalike’ posts, so here you go… The question is, will you go for Freida or Alisa?? Both are tempting options. We also know you like getting the heads-up on any sales or discount codes. So how about this brilliant one from Boden – they are currently offering ‘an extra 20% off’ already discounted pieces (using code: 5H3A), plus 20% off everything else (ends Sunday). This is just too good to resist! Want to know what we think you should be putting in your basket? Here you go: this jumpsuit (already featured here), cashmere crewnecks (our faves are the navy, black and cream), boy fit shirt, studded flats (khaki and navy), Hayley heels (as seen here), girl fit shirt (in denim), boho top (in blue stripe – Sarah has already bought this for her Summer holiday), linen top (in navy and white stripe – the perfect ‘half tuck’ slouchy tee – Sarah also has this), and this Issy-esque borderie top (as featured in the newly re-stocked Mama Shop)… We could go on, but we’ll let you have a snoop of your own…

Sarah & Nicky xx

Not So Little Shop

31 March 2016

The Newly Re-Stocked Little Shop - Little Spree

The sweetest sequin basket, (a tasteful) Batman sweatshirt, cool khaki cut-offs, the cutest crocheted dress (Tabitha’s is on its way), and probably one of our favourite logos tops of all time (we’ve already ordered a couple as gifts): the Little Shop has been re-stocked!

Nicky & Sarah xx

We Need You!

25 March 2016

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Edit58 Pom Pom Market Basket

So we’re winding down for a little break in posting over Easter. Don’t worry – we’ll be back next week. But we wanted to leave you with a few things to mull over… Can you believe it’s been over FIVE years since Little Spree launched. And we know that some of you have been loyal followers right from the very beginning, and that many of you won’t buy anything for your little ones or yourself without the Little Spree seal of approval. That literally blows our minds. Thank you. So we know you love Little Spree, but our question for you all now is, how can we make Little Spree even better? There are a few changes already in the pipeline here at Little Spree HQ, and Nicky and I are super-excited! So if there’s something that you would love to see, or things that you already love and want to see more of, we want to hear about it!

What do you think we do best?
What would you like to see more of?
Does Little Spree still inspire you?
What makes you log on to Little Spree?
What do you look forward to seeing/reading?

So please drop us an email at info@littlespree.com with your thoughts (simply cut and paste the questions above into your email with you answers if that’s easier?). And we thought long and hard about what we thought you might like as a little thank you. So we asked our lovely friend Lisa at Edit58, if we could have four of these gorgeous pom pom baskets (currently out of stock, but some are coming! We want one too!) to give away. We will then put the names of everyone who emails us into a hat, and pick four out at random. So one of these baskets could be on your doorstep very soon…
Happy Easter!

Sarah & Nicky xx

Dinosaur Junior: The Sequel

24 March 2016

Boys Dinosaur Sweatshirt Little Spree

1. Mango Sweatshirt, £9.99
2. Mango Sweatshirt, £9.99
3. Mango Sweatshirt, £9.99

It can be hard to find ‘character’ pieces that our children like (and we like!) which is why we (and you) loved the Boden dinosaur sweatshirt so much. We know how disappointing it was when it sold out (although having just checked ages 9-10 and 11-12 are now available). So, we’ve been keeping our eye open for something we like just as much; what a relief then to find these dinosaur sweatshirts. It’s the scribbled images that make them cooler than your average printed top. Plus they have helpful poppers which allows you to ease (rather than yank) them over your little one’s head. They’re available in 3 months-3 years, but don’t worry mums of older boys, Boden have recreated the ‘jurassic dinosaur’ print from their sweatshirt and made this fisherman’s hat (Bailey loves his) and these board shorts. Both are currently available in most sizes and are in the sale, but please be quick, otherwise we’ll have to start looking for replacement dinosaur hats and shorts too!

Nicky & Sarah x

ps: on our pre-historic travels we also found these sleepsuits and Summer pjs….

pps: Bailey and Marlow also have (and love) these dinopants!

Mama Spree: Frills, Ruffles, Lace, Crochet, Bows…

23 March 2016

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Self Portrait Bib-Front Lace Top, £200.00

Srylish black ruffle top and how to wear it: Little Spree

1. Self Portrait Bib-Front Lace Top, £200.00
2. Zara Cropped Trousers, £29.99
3. Isabel Marant Sandals, £228.00 (were £380.00)

This is the exact outfit I wore to Tom’s surprise birthday party a couple of weeks ago. I wanted a top, not a dress. I wanted heels too ( I already had this Issy pair). But didn’t want to go too glam. And as someone who literally owns a grand total of three skirts, it was always going to be worn with trousers (I recently bought this Zara pair, and have been wearing them on rotation ever since). Oh, and I had no time to go shopping. So I went straight onto the Matches website, and literally had this gorgeous top in my basket within seconds. Within minutes it was on its way! And it didn’t disappoint. And at £200, ok it’s not super-cheap, but I have a few tops around this price that I’ve literally had for years, and wear all the time. But strangely none of them are black. Not a single one. So there was definitely a little space in my wardrobe for this one. The secret to the success of this particular outfit is that by toning down the opulence of the frills, ruffles, lace, crochet and bows (phew!) with the slight scruffiness of these slouchy, cropped khakis, the top becomes ‘pretty cool ‘as opposed to ‘pretty OTT’. And by putting said khakis between the frills and a sexy black sandal, the balancing act is complete.
Other trouser options to consider are these from Current ElliotIsabel Marant (both heavily reduced at The Outnet, with the latter tempting me A LOT…), Topshop peg trousers, oh and remember these Gap khakis? Prefect if you prefer a slimmer cut. A jean would work just as well too. And any of these gorgeous black sandals would look every bit as cool as my Issy pair (which are on sale if you’re quick!) – a more manageable heel height and a total bargain from ASOS, then these from New LookHalston Herritage (50% off), Nicky’s trusty (and gorgeous) Isabel Marant (if you’re lucky enough to be a size 38!), these purse-friendly Office, these sexy t-bars (also Office), and I really love this Louboutin-esque Office pair (for a slightly different vibe). And they’re all well under £100.00. And finally, this very Issy-eque black top from Mango ticks all the right boxes for me too.

Sarah xx

ps: ladies, La Redoute currently has 40%!! Just use this code: BIG40. I just ordered these pillowcases in grey, nude and sulpur for Tabarlow’s beds, and this Liberty print duvet cover and cushion cover for Tabitha’s bed. Whoop!

The Great Easter Style Hunt

20 March 2016

Little Spree: Easter style for babies and children

1. Oeuf NYC Bunny Ears Sweater, £57.85
2. Stella McCartney Kids Bunny Babygrow, £43.00
3. Fabelab Travel Sized Plush Toy, £21.06
4. Stella McCartney Knitted Blanket With Bunnies, £80.00
5. Maileg Fluffy Bunny, £32.00

It’s hard to resist a cute Easter themed purchase when there are little ones in the house. We’ve focused on babies in this post (after all, they provide the easiest to coax into a bunny-themed outfit…), then added this actual bunny (no 5) in at last minute. Marlow has this exact one and he LOVES it (and let me tell you, he is every bit as picky about his soft toys as he is about his cashmere ply count!!). It’s the softest, snuggliest bunny you could ever wish for and he’s cuddling it right now as I finish writing this post. And who doesn’t need a bunny romper, bunny ears hat, bunny booties, bunny pyjamas, set of three bunny sleep suits, and this adorable felt bunny ears and tail set in their lives this Easter?

Sarah & Nicky xx

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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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

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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