little boots

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1. Gap Lace Yolk Dress, £24.95
2. Uniqlo Sweatshirt, £14.90
3. ilovegorgeous Chelsea Boots, £55.00 (were £79.00)
4. Mango Parka, £34.99

We adore these cute little red boots (and the fact that they’re on sale always helps of course!). And don’t be afraid to bust out a Summer dress in Winter (we do!) – it’s just all about clever layering (don’t forget a cosy vest – our current favourites are from Smalls). And we love a grey marl sweatshirt over a pretty dress. Just add a khaki parker and some tights, and you’re away… We also still really like this Mango army-style jacket. There are a few sizes still left in the sale if you’re quick!

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: how about this super-cute ‘love’ necklace for a ‘mini Valentine’s’? Or these (thanks Sarah for the tip-off) for the boys?

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Hats

Olivier Baby Hand Knitted Cable Hats, £32.00

How gorgeous are these hats? And the colours?? We can’t get enough of them (particularly in these sub-zero temperatures we’re experiencing in London at the moment). And if we tell you they’re 100% cashmere would you love them just that tiny bit more…
And you can also get the, equally adorable, matching mittens on a string!

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: I have the heads-up on the online drop date for the Boden ‘navy blue Monday’ flats!! 9th March. Put it in your diaries ladies! I already have! SC

and the winner is…

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Ok, so Carrie may have been more of a Choo/Manolo girl, but we’re pretty sure she would be all over our favourite Boden navy ankle tie flats had she ever clapped eyes on them (she kind of pre-dated the ‘statement flat’ that we now all know and love)…
Thank you to everyone who entered our ‘Boden Navy Blue Monday’ competition (and there were a lot of you!). And thank you for all your kind words about Little Spree, which so many of you sent in along with your answers and shoe sizes. We were so touched. If you are happy, we are happy too! And at the end of the day, without you there would be no Little Spree (well it would be a bit pointless if no one was reading it wouldn’t it?). So keep reading, keep shopping, and keep emailing us with what you’re loving, what you’re hating (we can take it!) and what you would like to see more of.
So without further delay, the winner of the gorgeous Boden flats is: Shelly Jackson! Congratulations Shelley! Please email us your address so we can pass it on to Boden. Then as soon as your shoes are available, they will send you your pair directly. You will probably have yours before we have ours, so please share a pic on Instagram.

Sarah & Nicky x

baby folk

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1. Gap Embroidered Dress, £19.95
2. La Coqueta Baby Cardigan, £23.40 (was £39.00)
3. Martin Pederson Girls Baby Tights, £16.00
4. Pom D’Api Brogue Desert Boots, £95.00

This is the perfect girls outfit as far as we’re concerned. We love everything about it. But the star of the show is this adorable folky dress from Gap (I’m obsessed with it – SC!). Love!!

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: we were so excited to do a high street guest post for the fabulous blog, The Frugality. Alex (fellow Red Contributing Editor) asked us for our Spring edit of Little Spree finds. Some may be familiar, some won’t… Check it out here.

pps: we will be announcing the winner of our Blue Monday Boden competition this evening. So if you haven’t already entered, you still have a few hours!!

mama spree: pared down cool

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1. Mango Pocket Cotton Shirt, £19.00 (was £39.99)
2. Mango Cross Body Triple Bag, £34.99
3. Acne Studios Boyfriend Jeans, £78.00 (were £260.00
4. Edie Borgo ID Toggle Bracelet, £100.00
5. Isabel Marant Moccasins, £134.00 (were £335.00)

We know we said we were a bit over the sales now, but we still keep coming across the occasional amazing bargain that we feel compelled to share with you. Like these Acne jeans and these (not for everyone, but SO cool – did you see Sienna Miller at LAX airport wearing the ankle boot version?) moccasins. And can we just talk about this bag?? If you can’t stretch to the (Celine) Trio, go for the (Mango) Triple…

Sarah & Nicky x

cashmere bonnets & frilly bottoms

Bloomers

1. Mango Textured Sweater, £12.99
2. Olivier Baby & Kids Cashmere Baby Bonnet, £28.00
3. Boden Pretty Bloomers, £18.00-£20.00
4. Mango Suede Mary Jane Shoes, £19.99

What could be cuter than a pair of pretty bloomers (check out the adorable frilly bottom!) worn with soft suede Mary Janes, and a gorgeous, cosy cashmere bonnet?

Sarah & Nicky x

khaki combinations

Boys stripe

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

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

Nicky x

pinafore cool

Boden Denim dress

1. Boden Dungaree Dress, £24.00-£28.00
2. Alice à Paris Ruffled Blouse, £15.00 (was £21.00)
3. Martin Pederson Tights, £16.00
4. Maneula de Juan Zipped Leather Boots, £58.32 (were £72.90)

There’s something about a pinafore dress that I always love, and a denim one feels cool, but classic at the same time. I love this one (which I recently bought for Tabitha) styled with a pretty ruffle neck blouse and little leather boots. Cute. This M&S one is a great find too (and comes already styled with a long sleeved Breton).

Sarah x

ps: for anyone who hasn’t already seen it on Instagram, here’s some behind the scenes pics of Tabitha modelling in the latest Mini Preen look book. Needless to say, we want the entire collection!

mama spree on blue monday = a happy monday

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So apparently today is ‘Blue Monday’. Well forget ‘Blue Monday’, it’s ‘Navy Blue Monday’ (way chic-er) on Little Spree thanks to Boden. Remember these gorgeous flats that we have been a little bit obsessed with since I first saw them at one of my Boden outfitting meetings? They are still not available to buy (this picture is of me trying on the samples back in October), but one lucky Little Spree reader can get their mitts on a pair the minute they are. All you need to do is subscribe to our daily updates (just look for ‘subscribe’ on the top right side of the website) if you don’t already, and email us with the answer to this easy question, along with your your shoe size, then keep your fingers crossed. Which British band sang about Blue Monday? We will announce the winner next Monday. Good luck! We hope this has banished any Monday blues…

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: a couple of other things to cheer you up: Boden has 20% off all this week, and so does M&S (until midnight tonight).

mama spree: cosy mini

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1. Boden Merino Wool Jumper, £89.00
2. Gap Utility Jacket, £64.99
3. Falke Soft Merino Tights, £30.00
4. Topshop Lace Trim Mini, £36.00
5. ASOS Ballet Flats, £12.00

You can afford to be a bit braver with hemlines when the weather is this chilly – black tights are always your friend – flattering and cosy in equal measures (if you go for a wool version anyway). And frankly, sometimes we just get a bit bored of jeans and trousers. We may not be busting out the minis during the Summer months (except on holiday of course), but we love one in the Winter with a black tight (preferably a Merino wool (although we do like the Wolford ones too) – yes they are pricey, but look after them and they will outlive any cheap pairs. And no will can ever accuse you of looking tarty when you add a ballet flat and a chunky knit. Oh and whilst we’re on the subject of ballet flats – how great are these ones? They were actually our favourite High Street pair we found (and we compared around six pairs), as well as the cheapest. For this price, you can afford to buy two pairs! We will be.

Sarah & Nicky x

rainy days

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1. Ugg Ear Muffs, £31.50 (were £45.00)
2. Next Plastic Rain Poncho, £10.00 (was £21.00)
3. Hunter Wellington Boots, £24.00

We couldn’t resist this cute waterproof poncho. Buy now and put it away for those April showers. Alternatively dig out the warmest, cosiest jumper you can find and road-test it right now.

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: Alex and Alexa has an extra 15% off all their sale stock this weekend, so definitely worth a look…

chukkas, cables & and a touch of combat

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1.Uniqlo Cable Knit Sweater, £7.90 (was £14.00)
2. Gap Knit Utility Jacket, £22.95
3. Gap Carpenter Jeans, £19.95
4. Next Leather Chukka Boots, £20.00-£26.00

We love a (cream or navy) cable knit, we love a chukka boot, and can’t resist a touch of combat cool… This is what it looks like when some of our favourite things come together.

Nicky x

ps: thanks for the tip off about the boots Lisa!

mama spree cheap chic: when is a baby bag not a baby bag?

 

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ASOS Nylon Holdall, £18.00

Answer: when a great bag just happens to also be the perfect baby bag… We love this Marc Jacobs-esque leopard print one from ASOS. And we really love the price!!

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: we couldn’t resist buying it (obviously), and will be using it for swimming lessons, days out, and just for ourselves. It’s the ‘everything’ bag!

‘cheap chic week’ on little spree

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M&S Autograph Knitted All-In-One (0-18 months), £16.00

It’s January, we’re a bit over the sales now (we’ve pretty much bought everything we’re going to buy, and there are so many new season temptations…); we know that scary credit card bill is due any day now (eeek!); and January just seems so, long… But we still feel like a little treat here and there (we’re only human after all!!): a ‘little spree’ if you will (with the emphasis on ‘little’). So this week is dedicated to all things chic that also happen to be cheap: ‘cheap chic’ week. Every day we will be bringing you a single item that we love, that we think you will love too, but that we also feel is particularly great value for money (as we need to keep the spending to a minimum, at least until February…). It doesn’t mean we love them any less – we simply had to search that little but harder to find them. We will also be bringing you a cheap chic Mama Spree on Friday.  This is guilt-free week on Little Spree! First up, this adorable Breton striped all-in-on…

Sarah & Nicky x