mama spree: beach please!

1. Topshop Tencel Shirt, £42.00
2. Ashish X Sweatshirt, £50.00
3. Accessorize Scalloped Lace Shorts, £35.00
4. Steve Madden Studded Sandals, £75.00

This is an easy Summer look that, depending how confident you are in your legs, will take you from home to holiday. If the shorts make you tense (for some reason I tend to only wear denim cut-offs at home – any other type of short feels a little too risqué somehow, but that’s just me…). I will definitely wear all the other three pieces here, and just save the shorts for holiday. A khaki shirt is a Summer must-have, and such a versatile piece to work into your wardrobe, and I will be snapping one up very soon. This is a great option too – I call it a ‘throw over’ shirt-jacket. So useful. I have a similar one from Gap that I wear all the time in this ‘will it won’t it?’ weather. And I’m obsessed with these studded slides! Other things I’m coveting/buying this week include these Gap boyfriend tees; this Little White Lies blouse which I have just ordered (thank you Shola for the tip-off) and arrived yesterday. It’s beyond gorgeous. I will live in it this Summer (I LOVE a pretty white top/blouse). I’m rather tempted by the dress too (it’s so similar to an Isabel Marant one that I bought before the twins were born)… And lastly there are some amazing designer sale bargains around at the moment. Here are a few that have been featured in past Mama Spree posts that you might be a little more interested in the second time around (don’t make my mistake and hold out too long though – I missed out on an Isabel Marant jumpsuit while I was faffing around)…
Isabel Marant belt (as seen here); Boden heels (as seen here); Joseph dress (as seen here); Jérôme Dreyfus leopard print flats (as seen here); Acne skinny jeans (as seen here); Boden striped flats (as seen here); Isabel Marant sweatshirt (as seen here); and Mango peacoat (as seen here).

ps: my favourite Issy boots are also on sale!! They were such a good buy.

matching set

1. M&S Cotton Onesie With Hat, £16.00
2. Numero 74 Star Garland, £15.00
3. Numero 74 Round Bib, £8.00

How cute is this Missoni-esque romper and matching hat? Completely adorable. I’m also loving this navy dress; this pleated blouse; this romper; these hareem pants and this cotton cardigan. All from M&S.

ps: sales definitely worth checking out: Elias & Grace; Zara Kids; Bobo ChosesThe Little White Company; Alex And Alexa; ilovegorgeousCaramel; Petit Bateau; Mango; and Stella McCartney Kids.

congratulations

Congratulations to Bibi Shrouro and Victoria Lloyd! You are the two lucky winners of the ‘Mini Spree’ Mini Boden competition. Please email me with your addresses and Boden will send out your prizes very soon. And thank you to everyone who entered, and for all your lovely messages about Little Spree. And for all of you who weren’t winners this time, console yourself in the fact that Boden currently has a rather tempting 40% off for the next four days.

mama spree: summer style (dreaming of holidays…)

1. Topshop Embroidered Dress, £34.00
2. Venessa Arizago Bracelet, £112.00 (reduced from £160.00)
3. Maison Scotch Woven Clutch, £51.95
4. Adidas Sliders, £18.99

This outfit just makes me count the days until my holiday. I’m already living in my super-comfy Adidas sliders (they look great with a white boyfriend jean, as well as pretty much everything else in my wardrobe).
This week I’m also loving… this super-cool white denim dress (wear with the ever-versitile Adidas sliders) would make the perfect city-to-holiday Summer dress; this striped dress (as seen on Little Spree and Beyoncé no less!) is finally back in stock, and still as lovely; and finally these silk joggers  as worn by Lisa the gorgeous makeup artist (and stylish friend/mama of three) on my shoot today (so cool, and really flattering, and equally great with flat or high sandals). I need a pair immediately!

ps: huge apologies to everyone who has entered the Mini Boden ‘mini spree’  competition, but I’m afraid you’re going to have to wait one more day to find out whether you are one of the two lucky winners. I’ve been working such long days shooting, that I haven’t had the time to finish going through all your emails. So sorry. Tomorrow I promise!

mellow yellow

1. Alice à Paris Boatneck T-Shirt, £8.00
2. Gap Retro Sunglasses, £5.00
3. Mango Five Pocket Trousers, £16.99
4. Bisgaard Velcro Sandals, £33.22

I’m having (so that means Marlow too) a bit of a Bonpoint-inspred yellow moment…

ps: these fab Pom D’Api sandals that I posted last week are now on sale for £43.40. Very tempting indeed.

pps: 20% off at M&S until midnight today!!

blouses & bows

1. Mango Lace Trim Blouse, £16.99
2. Woodstock Bow Hair Clip (set of two), £12.00
3. Mango Embossed Cardigan, £16.99
4. Gap Skinny Jeans, £17.95
5. Gap Crisscross Sandals, £12.95

Here’s a cute girl’s outfit for a slightly, grey dreary Monday… This is definitely a ‘Tabitha look’ (and she already has two of these five things). I love these colours! I would call this ‘pretty tomboy’.

keep cool it’s summer (sort of)

Rose In April Embroidered Pom Pom Basket
£20.00  SHOP NOW
I LOVE a basket bag in the Summer, particularly on holiday. And Tabitha does too (naturally!). This Rose in April one (above) is definitely my favourite (and also comes in this version). I’m a sucker for a pom pom too. These are a few others that I’ve seen on the high street and also liked…
This H&M cat bag (so cute!); This Gap straw tote; and this Gap ‘be happy’ straw tote. The holiday countdown has officially begun.

ps: have you entered the ‘mini spree’ Mini Boden competition yet? If not, why not?? You might just win FIVE super-cute baby boys/girls pieces for Summer. Crazy not to…

mama spree: laid-back…

1. Uniqlo Mens Cashmere V-neck, £79.00
2. River Island Fringed Bag, £40.00
3. Moto Ripped Mom Jeans, £40.00
4. Isabel Marant ‘Bobby’ trainers, £385.00

This is what I call a ‘no brainer’ outfit, and definitely one of my default ones of late. My Issy trainers may be pricey, but boy are they earning their keep! I wear them ALL the time. They are perfect for us busy mums because you can literally ‘run around’ in them (I actually ran for us bus in mine the other day!!). They pull together an otherwise slightly ‘blah’ mum-on-the-school-run hastily thrown on outfit, and give it a whole lot more clout. And the clever old concealed wedge gives me a couple of much-needed extra inches and a bit of an added spring in my step that only an Issy purchase can. Anyway, that’s quite enough about my footwear choices. I am also wearing my slouchy white jeans (Topshop and Mango are my current faves) a lot, so I wanted to share a look that combines both. And you already know how much I love a men’s cashmere sweater (when are the high street going to catch on that we are all buying the mens’ ones, and re-think the women’s ‘mumsy’ ones?). At the moment the weather seems to be a bit all over the place (I know the feeling!!), so I’m covering all bases. For chillier days, here’s a gorgeous cashmere v-neck. A great warmer weather alternative is this cream shirt from Topshop which I love (suddenly boyish shirts seem so ‘right’, even though I’m normally not much of a shirts girl I have to say). And you still get the same white/cream tonal vibe, which I’m loving at the moment. Don’t be scared by the pale colours – it’s a lot easier to pull off than you might think. On my travels I also came across this silk-blend shorts jumpsuit from Mango, which is just gorgeous, and so cool. I like that it looks (and hopefully feels) so loose and relaxed (I’m hoping if I buy it, I might feel the same!!). Holidays are coming…

ps: these Topshop boots are the best high street version of the Isabel Marant Dicker boots I have ever seen by a mile… I will definitely be buying a pair.

pps: this week I’m also coveting this striped dress from Gap. Such a great holiday dress.

pps: have you entered the fabulous Mini Boden ‘mini spree’ competition yet? If not, don’t panic, you have until Wednesday 18th. Good luck!

win a ‘mini (boden) spree’

1. Tea Dress
2. Pointelle Cardigan
3. Pretty Playsuit
4. 5 Pack Bodies
5. Pretty Bloomers


1. Hotchpotch Sweatshirt
2. Logo Jumper
3. Fun Roll-Up Trousers
4. 5 Pack Bodies
5. Baby Laundered Shirt

One of my favourite (and yours too I’ve noticed!) kids’ labels, Mini Boden are kindly giving away all ten of these gorgeous baby pieces (personally chosen by me) to two lucky Little Spree readers. Five pieces for baby girls, and five pieces for baby boys. Each item comes in ages 0-3 years (so not just for babies). To enter, all you need to do is to answer one simple question, and follow Little Spree on Twitter (little spree) and Instagram (littlespree @littlespree) if you don’t already. The question is: what is Tabitha and Marlow’s collective nickname? Please send your answer to: littlespreeblog@gmail.com, stating ‘boy’ or ‘girl’ to specify which of the two prizes you would like to win, and the age of your baby or size you which to be sent (you can choose to size up and ‘stash for later’ if you prefer – it’s totally up to you). Two winners will be selected at random, and I will announce them on Thursday 19th June (so you have plenty of time). Boden will then send the five items directly to the two winners. One of them might just be you! Good luck!

boys’ sandals

Pom D’Api Walk Sandal (sizes 21-28)
£62.00  SHOP NOW
I am obsessed with these sandals! I have only just discovered them, but they are hot on the heels (sorry – no pun actually intended) of my favourite Sun San sandals… They also come in brown. I love that they have a classic, traditional feel, but are also cool (much like the Sun Sans). I know they’re aren’t cheap, but I don’t think that’s a ridiculous price for a pair of really well made, cool sandals that will last until Autumn – and Pom D-Api as you know is one of my all-time favourite brands for boys’ shoes. I have been scouring the internet and the High Street for other sandals, but I have to say, it’s been slim pickings. This is my edit of the best ones out there…
Grey Zara; denim blue Petit Bateau; navy Zara (I just bought these for Marlow, as he loves Tabitha’s neon pink ones, and he can do the straps himself, which he loves); navy M&S; tan Pom D’Api (girls, but good for boys too); brown John Lewis; navy Bisgaard; navy F&F; and I love the colour of these olive Birkenstocks.

ps: don’t forget – tomorrow is the day when I will give you all the details of how to enter the ‘win a mini boden spree’ competition. Right here. You definitely don’t want to miss it!

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

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

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

sunny, but cloudy (and possibly a bit chilly)

1. Les Tricots De Margot Cashmere Cardigan, £55.00
2. Gap Toweling Sun Hat, £7.95
3. Mothercare Denim Bibshorts, £12.00
4. Zara Mini Checked Shirt, £11.99

For those days when you have no idea what the weather is doing… It’s all about layers for Tabarlow at the moment, and you can’t go far wrong with a neutral coloured cashmere cardigan for a stylish baby boy.

ps: don’t miss tomorrow’s post. It will have all the details about how to enter the Mini Boden ‘mini spree’ competition. I have personally selected 10 x pieces to give away to two lucky readers…

who says chic can’t be cheap?

1. Imps & Elfs Savana Dress, £30.00
2. Hucklebones Giant Bow Headband, £14.50 (was £29.00)
3. Start-Rite Gold Mary-Janes, £59.00

I was having a bit of a snoop on the (always) gorgeous and inspiring Elias & Grace website when I found this sweet striped baby dress (above) at a really reasonable price. I have to confess, I was a little surprised. So I kept on snooping… And I unearthed a whole host of amazing bargains. So many in fact too many to include them all here) that I decided to dedicate an entire post to them. So here you go (sorry – just girls this time)…
This Miller navy (also comes in grey) dress; this putty coloured Maan dress; this Maan bow dress; this Miller printed blouse; this Chloe printed dress; this Noro cardigan; this Morley dress; this Miller blouse; this Miller dress; these Miller corduroy jeans; this Miller baby cardigan;  this Simple Kids dot print dress;  I bought this navy full skirt for Tabitha a while back, and she’s just grown into it and starting wearing it. I love it. I was never really a fan of skirts on her before, but these sweet styles are so versatile and pretty – they look great just with a simple tee and sandals. Oh and I also love this Miller striped brooch.

ps: I know I have already posted these cute gold Start-Rite shoes, but I wanted to show how versatile they are. They look just as great with little dresses as with jeans. Gold works in the same way as neutral colour – it goes with pretty much everything (except maybe gold…).

pps: and talking of bargains, how adorable is this floral ruffle bikini from Gap?? What is going on at Gap these days? I’m buying more in there these days than ever!! Loving this, this and these too.

garden retreat

Hedgehog Hazel Twigwam
£175.00  SHOP NOW
I can’t stop thinking about cool playhouses for the twins. This cool twigwam (above) can stay outside all year long! Here are some other favourites…
This Indian teepee from Hedgehog; this rustic playhouse from Cox & Cox; and I still love this Win Green striped wigwam (bought for Tabitha and Marlow the year before last, and about to come down from the attic for the Summer – you can also buy the matching floor quilt). Just add some mismatched quilts, blankets and cushions and you’ve got yourself (erm, I mean your little ones…) one stylish little garden retreat.