mama spree: our boden winter wish-list

The Boyfriend Shirt, £47.20


1. Zip Top Pouch, £28.00
2. Zoe Coat, £127.20
3. The Boyfriend Shirt, £47.20
4. Leather Skirt, £159.20
5. Chelsea Boots, £119.20

We love Boden, you love Boden, and today there’s an extra reason to love Boden – 20% off their new collection (plus free delivery & returns). We’ve been lusting after some of these pieces since we saw them at the Boden Press day (that’s you ‘Zoe’ coat and black chelsea boot) whilst others have recently caught our eye (we’re becoming obsessed with you cute leather skirt). Either way it’s the perfect time to start purchasing your key winter pieces: simply enter code 8X5H at checkout and wait for the Boden man to arrive with your new season stash.

Nicky & Sarah x

ps: the time has come to announce the lucky winner of our fabulous John Frieda competition. Firstly, thank you to each and every one of you who took the time to enter. We were really moved by many of the emails we received. We also laughed and were entertained (one of you even wrote a Little Spree poem which we loved!). We loved reading them all. It was so hard to pick just one winner, but we have, and it’s Lindsay (only one Lindsay entered, so if you’re name is Lindsay and you entered, it’s you!) So congratulations! We will email you with all the details, so that you can make your appointment with Nicola at the John Frieda salon in Mayfair. Enjoy every second of it. xx

pps: have you read Sarah’s ‘Back To School Style’ interview with Alex and & Alexa on their blog yet? You can see it here.

we can’t resist a cable knit

Boys boden 2

1. Boden Viking Jumper, £24.00-£28.00
2. Mango Skinny Jeans, £19.99
3. Petit Bateau Woool & Cotton T-shirt, £20.00
4. Next Gold Hi-tops, £17.00-£20.00

Whether it’s for us, the kids or for Daddy, we can’t resist a cable knit. This classic grey one from Mini Boden in our latest favourite and is on our ‘wish list’ for Bailey and Marlow. We’re hoping the fact that it’s named the ‘Viking’ jumper will endear them to wear it, just as we’ve styled it here: with skinny jeans and hi-tops. As the days grow cooler we’ll be adding  this thermal top from Petite Bateau (Bailey had this last one last year and it’s perfect for layering). Tempted? We are, especially as there’s 20% off today (plus free p&p) with code 8X5H. We only wish it came in mummy and daddy sizes too!

Nicky & Sarah xx

blue on blue

Girls Double Denim

1. Mango Bow Neck Shirt, £19.99
2. Next Floppy Hat, £13.00-£15.00
3. Mango Slim Fit Jeans, £12.49
4. Gap Canvas Mary Janes, £14.95

We love everything about this look. Blue on blue with camel accessories. Just perfect. We’re also loving these leopard print t-bar flats from Boden and this hat from M&S.

Sarah & Nicky xx

mama spree: dresses and trainers

Mango dress, £44.99

This is always a tricky time of year to get dressed. You always have to think just that little bit harder about what to put on in the morning. After wearing them all Summer, the lace-up glads have been put back in their box, and the Birks, although on standby for quick school-runs and supermarket dashes (in the car) will be next. But it still feels a little early to bust out the Winter boots. Time to dust off the trainers again. We love a dress and trainer combo, and this dress is such a great buy (cool Seventies style, fab colour, and we love the lacing…). Wear now with your trainers (these ones from Adidas;  MangoGolden Goose; Jigsaw (strictly speaking a plimsole, but cool nevertheless) and Puma are a few faves; and there’s always your trusty Stan Smiths), wear later with boots and a bare leg, and wear later still with black opaques (and boots, ballet flats, whatever…). And don’t write this dress off as too Summery – similar Seventies-esque folky style dresses were all over the catwalks for Autumn/Winter. It’s just about wearing them in a different way. More of that later…

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: for anyone wanting to enter our fabulous John Frieda competition, there’s still time. You have until midnight on Monday to enter. We will be announcing the winner on Tuesday. Good luck!

baby knits

Boden Baby Cardigan

Boden Baby Cardigan, £18.00-£20.00

This is probably one of the most colourful posts ever published on Little Spree. It actually scares us a little! But the thing is, we couldn’t decide which gorgeous colour of this adorable baby cardigan to share, so we decided to post all four. The prettiest colours, the cutest style, machine washable (yes really); and with a dash of cashmere for good measure. It could well be the perfect baby cardigan (for boys and girls). Well we love it anyway.

Sarah & Nicky xx


mama spree: one-stop maternity shop

Topshop Maternity Striped Top, £22.00 and cigarette trousers, £22.00

Topshop Maternity

1. Black Dungarees, £48.00
2. Space Dye Sweatshirt, £25.00
3. Striped Top, £22.00
4. Shirt Dress, £42.00
5. Oversized Chambray Shirt, £30.00;
6. Washed Black ‘Jamie’ Jeans, £40.00
7. Halterneck Swimsuit, £28.00

Topshop was definitely one of our go-to high street stores for those maternity essentials (when, with all the will in the world, your ‘normal’ clothes just don’t cut it any more, and you have to accept that your body is changing shape). I remember buying a pair of jeans, a chambray shirt-dress, and a plaid shirt. I wore them all into the ground (during my pregnancy and for those first few months afterwards). You really don’t need to buy a whole new wardrobe, just a few carefully chosen pieces. We also like this peasant-style blouse; these denim dungarees; these joggers (super-cosy with the matching sweatshirt, but to be worn behind closed doors only); this tuxedo jacket; and these dark vintage ‘Baxter’ jeans. The high street is the best place to shop for maternity clothes, because you just don’t need to spend a fortune. Save your money for gorgeous baby cashmere! You’ll be glad you did!

Sarah & Nicky xx

Created in collaboration with Topshop

buy, wear, love, then resell…

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Little Circle is one of those ideas we all wish we’d thought of. The most beautiful childrenswear brands (including many of our favourites – Louis Louise, Maan, Noro, Woodstock…), curated into one online collection. But the clever bit is the concept behind this collection. Buy the most chic collection of clothes (for girls aged 2-10 years); wear them and love them; then when they are too small, simply return them, and they will sell them on for you. You can then use your credit from the sale to buy new pieces. And so it continues. A perfect little cycle (or rather, circle) for your ever-growing little ones. Clever huh? Well, we are definitely intrigued, and super-excited to see it! It launches today, so take a look…

Sarah & Nicky xx

just add a splash of ochre…

Girls Wellies

1. Next Stripe Linen Dungarees, £18.00-£24.00
2. Louis Louise Blouse, £52.00
3. Aigle Wellinton Boots, £29.00
4. Emile Et Ida Lapin Wallet, £18.00

Boys Rain Coat

1. Carrement Beau Melange T-Shirt, £22.00
2. Next Rain Mac, £22.00-£24.00
3. Gap Cut-Off Denim Shorts, £6.99
4. Aigle Wellington Boots, £29.00

There’s no getting away from it, it looks like Summer has come to an abrupt end. In August. I daren’t leave the house without the the kids’ rainmacs and an umbrella for fear of  literally being washed away… But, it’s not cold, so jumpers and coats are still off the agenda. This is always a tricky one to get right clothes-wise. Tabitha and Marlow have literally been living in their wellies (these exact ones) pretty much since we got back from our holiday (so long sandals…).  So we might as well work them into cute outfits right? A splash of ochre feels Autumn-ready in an Indian Summer of way…

Sarah xx

mama spree: your chance to have kate’s hair!

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One of Nicola’s most loyal clients, Kate and ‘mini me’ daughter, Lila

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Nicola and Kate Winslet

I first met Nicola when I was a Fashion Assistant at Marie Claire in my early twenties when she had just started out on her own after assisting the legendary, Sam McKnight. We found ourselves on a trip in Wales having to share, not only a room, but a bed (it’s a long story…)! And we had never even met before!! Luckily we laughed about it (we didn’t actually have a choice), bonded and have been friends ever since. She has also pretty much been the only person to colour my hair since (and this was over fifteen years ago!!). I feel incredibly lucky that my hair is in such safe hands, and I always love her down-to-earth, honest, no bulls**t approach (I have often gone into the salon excitedly clutching a picture of someone’s hair that I’m currently obsessed with, only for Nicola to say: “I’m not doing that! You’ll hate it!!” or “are you sure you’re looking at her hair and not her body!”. And needless, to say, she is always right. What makes Nicola so special and unique (and in demand!!) is that she will give you the right colour for you and your hair. Not necessarily the colour that you think you want.
Anyway, enough about me and how great I think she is, here’s the factual bit about Nicola and her amazing career…

Nicola  is one of the world’s most sought-after and influential hair colourists. As Creative Colour Director for John Frieda Salons, she is known for her ability to bring out subtle nuances of hair colour while still allowing for easy maintenece. It’s her ‘painterly’ approach that marks Nicola out in her field. She uses a combination of transformative techniques – foil, balayage and highlights to create super natural, flattering, wearable hair with just a few strategically placed highlights. With an unparalleled talent for creating expensive looking, impeccably conditioned colour, it comes as no surprise that Nicola is the name behind some of the world’s most beautiful faces, including Kate Winslet, Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett and Scarlett Johansson. She’s in demand for good reason!
Nicola is also responsible for creating  some of the inspired and iconic looks in today’s biggest box office hits, taking Kate Winslet to a mousy brown in The Reader through to a Hitchcock blonde in Revolutionionary Road. While colour is definitely Nicola’s calling card, she also styles, and works regularly with Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett to get red carpet  ready, most recently with Cate for the Cannes Film Festival.

Nicola may be as jet-set as her famous clients, but she still remains completely unchanged from when we first met in Wales all those years ago. She is one of the most down-to-earth, lovely, funny people you could meet. I don’t just go to her to sort my hair out, I go for the chat and the laughs! I always look forward to my appointment with her, as it’s the only time we get to properly catch up.
I asked her a few mama-related questions…

What advice would you give to people wanting a change of hair colour
Firstly, think about what big events you have coming up in the near future – you don’t want to be going from blonde to brunette and back to blonde if you have a big wedding. It will take months to go backwards and forwards on such a big job. Not to mention the damage it would cause to your hair!

So many people (including me!) want that gorgeous, natural looking, sun-streaked looking blonde (like Kate Moss’s). Are there any key words we should be using when we go to the hairdressers to communicate this?
I think it’s always best to have an image when it comes to communicating with a hairdresser. Understanding colours like ‘ash’ and ‘gold’ can sometimes be misunderstood on both sides, so it’s much easier to have a picture.

Any tips on covering greys?? To pluck or not to pluck?
If it’s just one or two greys, then I’d let you off the hook, but generally I’d say no to plucking, as they grow back and stick out. It’s always better to leave them so that they are not ‘poking out’.

Hair can change so much during and after pregnancy. Any tips?
I think the best thing is to take vitamins for hair and skin, and not freak out! Just be aware that when your baby is around four months old, you may lose a small amount of hair around your hairline. Don’t worry, it will grow back.

What are your favourite quick-fix/time saving hair products for time-poor mamas?
Dry shampoo. If you have a fringe, don’t wash all your hair – just wash the fringe to give the illusion that the whole head of hair is clean. Saves time with long blow-drys.

Do you have a favourite go-to product that you always have in your kit?
My favourite product would be my John Frieda Volumising Blowdry Spray, my Mason Pearson brush, Khiels Silk Groom and Oribe Texturising Spray.

What is the one request that you hear the most from clients? And how can we achieve this?
Most of the requests I get from clients are to be blonder, but to keep the quality of their hair. I’m able to achieve this now because we have a great product from the US called Opalex.

Are there any particular products that your celebrity clients love?
Opalex is the product of the moment (although it’s a treatment rather than a product). And I love the Oribe range of products.

What one thing can we buy today to get cool looking, gorgeous hair?
Babyliss tongs and a spritz of dry shampoo. Or if you feel like splurging, the Oribe Texturing Spray.

Now for the bit that we have been so excited to share with you – our ‘back to school’ mama treat! One lucky mama reading this could win an appointment with Nicola, where she will work her magic on your hair! John Frieda are offering a complimentary half/full head of highlights (or equivalent colour) with Nicola, plus a gorgoeus blowdry afterwards at their salon on Alford Street, Mayfair, London. Yes, one of you can get the Kate treatment!! All you need to do is email us with why you would love the chance to have a one-on-one with Nicola? Oh and you have to be called Kate to enter. Just kidding. Good luck!

Sarah xx

back to school part llll: bags

bags for school

1. Mango Printed Backpack, £24.99
2. Mango Printed Backpack, £24.99

It’s our final instalment of our ‘back to school’ week, and for our last post we’re talking school bags. Again, like school coats, many schools have their own regulation school bags, but lots don’t (or, like Tabitha and Marlow’s school, it’s optional – I towed the line last year, this year I’m thinking of ‘breaking out’). We like these simple, but cute star print ones from Mango – not too big (so many backpacks are just HUGE!) and not too small (there are a lot of teeny-tiny ones out there too that are barely bigger than a lunchbox), and they are a great price (oh my GOD – have you seen the price of some??). And the print is understated and stylish, but still recognisable in a crowd… I’ll take one of each please!

Sarah & Nicky xx

back to school part lll: coats

boys  school coats

1. Petit Bateau Navy Raincoat, £58.00
2. RJR John Rocha Boys Neoprene Parker, £30.40
3. Navy Mac, £30.00-£36.00
4. John Lewis Hooded 3-in-1 Jacket, £38.00-£43.00

girls school coats

1. John Lewis School Shetland Coat, £80.00-£90.00
2. John Lewis Unisex School Duffle Coat, £75.00-£95.00
3. Debenhams Navy School Mac, £8.00-£15.20
4. Next Wool Coat, £30.00-£36.00

You think it would be simple to find a plain black or navy school coat wouldn’t you? Not so. Well, not a half decent one anyway. We know a lot of schools have their own coat as part of their uniform (like Bailey’s), but a lot don’t (Tabitha and Marlow’s – well they do, but they have the choice as to whether they wear it, and the school one is really not that warm). These are the best ones we found. We have split them into boys and girls, but to be honest, most are unisex.  And this John Lewis duffle is a snip at just £27.00

Sarah & Nicky xx

back to school part ll: girls shoes


Primigi Leather Mary Janes, £30.00

Gilrs School Shoes

1. Start Rite Delphine Navy Leather Mary Janes, £49.00
2. Geox Black Leather Mary Janes, £42.00
3. Naturino Black Ballet Pumps, £33.00
4. Next Black Patent Mary Janes, £15.00-£19.00

Today is the girls’ turn. They also have a pretty un-exciting selection to choose from I’m afraid. But these are our favourites out there (and actually they’re not that bad…). So coming top this year is this Primigi Mary Jane (the classic Mary Jane is our style of choice – simple, classic, timeless). Tabitha has had this style a few times (I discovered it at the fabulous Shoe Station in Kew), and they’re great – really simple, a classic design, and really comfortable thanks to the softest Italian leather). Tabitha loved them from the minute she tried a pair on, and I’m hoping that after a Summer of sandals every day, she will happily slip into a new pair come 7th September. I also really like these Naturino ballet pumps with the elasticated criss-cross straps – they remind me of a pair of F-Troupe ballet flats I once owned, and loved (and wore into the ground), and the elastic should get around the non-buckle rule). Other contenders include these from Start Rite; Dr Martens; Lelli Kelly (yes really!); and Start Rite (when they are old enough for buckles).
See you tomorrow!

Sarah & Nicky xx

back to school part l: boys shoes

Geox William School Shoes, £42.00

Boys school shoe

1. Start Rite Will Shoes, £40.00
2. M&S Scuff Resistant Toe Bumper Trainers, £18.00-£22.00
3. Next Black Leather Lace-Ups, £20.00-£26.00
4. Start Rite Rotate Shoes, £40.00-£42.00

Sorry ladies, admittedly not the most inspiring comeback post… But we couldn’t leave you high and dry, and alone in the wilderness that is ‘the back to school shoe nightmare’. Urgh. We have heard your pleas – which ugly black shoe should I go for this time? And we hear your pain (Marlow and Bailey will both be starting Year One in a couple of weeks, and if they have to wear ugly black shoes, we’re making damn sure they will be the best of the (bad) bunch. So we’re kicking off our return with our favourite (we use the word ‘favourite’ loosely here) boys’ school shoes. The Geox William is coming out on top for the second year running. We feel that have a better handle on things a year on – we know exactly what we want/need from our kids’ school shoes, and looks aren’t everything. The William is the best looking, comfortable, hard wearing, a good price, and has been worn almost exclusively by Marlow and Bailey for the entire Reception year. And the other four are the runners up (we actually really like this Next pair (above), but also know that most schools don’t allow laces for younger boys). These Vans and these Dr Martens might not have made our top five, but have both made it into our post by the skin their teeth, and are definitely worth a look.
See you tomorrow for the girls’ turn…

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: we promise, once this week’s out the way, we’ll get down to the serious business of inspiring yours and your little ones’ Winter wardrobes (might as well get started now – have you seen the weather??).

it’s almost time…


The wait is almost over! Have you missed us? The good news is we are back in business from Monday, and we’re kicking off with our not-to-be-missed ‘back to school’ edit. We have rounded up our favourite school shoes, coats and bags for boys and girls. Don’t go shopping without us!

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: we have THE best Mama Spree give-away ever for you next Friday. It’s kind of like our ‘back to school’ treat for mamas. Trust us, this is definitely not one you do not want to miss…

Little Spree is taking a little holiday…


We are both having a much-needed break from Little Spree to spend some quality holiday time with our families over the Summer (and to give our eyes a rest from looking at all that Isabel Marant and Mango (we’re not sure we can even tell the difference anymore…), and our fingers a rest from all the late-night bargain hunting!!). In the meantime if you’re missing us, you can see what we’re up to (and sometimes what we’re wearing – although we can guarantee there will definitely be no bikini selfies!) on Instagram (@littlespree); and don’t forget the Little Spree shop (for you and your little ones). It’s open 24-7!

Sarah & Nicky xx

who says boys can’t wear pink?

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Smalls 100% Superfine Merino Wool Top, £39.95

Smalls Merino Top Boy

1. Smalls Long Sleeved Top, £39.95
2. Dandy Star Cotton Rucksack, £21.55
3. Greenery Kids Harem Pants (sold as part of set with moustache tee), £17.00
4. Next Sandals, £13.00-£15.00

We love pink for our boys (always the right shade of pink though of course), and we love this outfit (Bailey already has it!). And if you’re not already familiar with the label Smalls, you need to be. They are just brilliant – we are big fans at Little Spree, and our kids wear them all the time. We find them particularly useful for those tricky ‘in-between’ weather days – is it cold or is it warm?? Much like today in fact! When the kids wear theirs, they never complain about being “too hot” or “uncomfy” – in fact, they never make any comments at all – they are just comfortable, happy and busy playing (and anyone who knows Marlow knows how picky he can be about the way things look and feel: “but it’s not cashmere Mummy!”… I know, I know!!). And here’s why (read it – it’s actually really interesting)…

– Merino’s breathable fibre core has a waxy-coated exterior so there is no surface for germs to grow on. This makes merino naturally antibacterial so it can be worn for days without stinking. (Phew).
– Merino wool stores warmth in millions of little air pockets that trap your own body heat. This means you stay warmer without having to wear lots of layers. Stay outside playing for longer – always good news for kids!
– Your Smalls don’t need special treatment like most of your woollies (thank God – high maintenance kids clothes? No thanks). Wear them lots, wash them whenever, – and never worry about them fading or shrinking like other fabrics. No washing machine dramas.
– Smalls merino is naturally resistant to staining, odors, and pilling. A little airing is enough to revive your Smalls. (Though you might want to wash them at some point!).
– Merino wool also dries fast, perfect for busy families and it’s anti-static so won’t cling.
– Smalls merino is also naturally elastic (unlike us sadly). It springs back to its original shape every time.
– Also, super smooth fibres mean bad news for dust mites. It’s anti static so it naturally repels dust, which can cause allergies and asthma in sufferers. Because of its breathability, it keeps skin dry and less prone to eczema.
– It is also an excellent barrier for harmful UV rays, so you can wear it on the beach Or even onthe ski slopes!
– In the summer, it keeps you cool, dry and just.….happy.

And our friends at Smalls are giving one of their super-stylish long sleeved tops (‘longs’) away (they will even personalise it with your child’s name – how sweet), so you can see how great they are first hand. All you need to do is:

1. Sign up to the the Smalls newsletter on their gorgeous website.
2. Email us at Little Spree ( with the colour and size (2-12 years) of top you would like to win. If you’re not sure, take a look at Tabitha, Marlow and Bailey wearing theirs on Instagram today for some style inspiration…
3. Keep your fingers crossed!

You have until midnight on Monday 27th to enter, and we will announce the winner on Tuesday 28th. Good luck!

Sarah & Nicky xx

mama spree: the last minute holiday dress


ASOS Printed Maxi Dress, £39.00

We always like to buy one last-minute holiday purchase. Something fun and a bit frivelous that you can just chuck in the suitcase (on top of all your sale bargains…). This is the dress we’re buying (or in Nicky’s case, has bought). We love the Holly Hobbie patchwork print. The perfect low-key, easy to wear, relaxed dress that requires zero thought. And perfect with these Gap sandals (now just £24.99 in the sale). Done.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: size-up as it comes up on the small size.

pps: we’ll be wearing ours with a navy cashmere sweater come Autumn…

the prettiest (sale) pieces

Photo: Bonpoint

These are our prettiest sale picks for the (little and tiny) girls…
This Louis Louise dress; this Louis Louise top; this Kidscase blouse; this Louis Louise skirt; this Emile et Ida dress; this Louis Louise dress; this Caramel dress; this Emile et Ida skirt; this Poppy Rose dress; these Mango skirts; this ilovegorgeous baby dress; this Louis Louise baby romper; this Mango baby dress;  ilovegorgeous baby dress; these Louis Louise baby bloomers and this Louis Louise baby dress.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: we couldn’t resist this super-cute cat bag from Emile et Ida.

mama spree: going, going…


Mango Linen Coat, £44.99 (was £89.99)

This is our very last sales round-up for mamas. Amazingly, there are still some fab things out there (including this Mango linen coat, which we are a little bit obsessed with!!). But they won’t be around for much longer…
We love this BDG army surplus jacket; these metallic Vans for J.Crew; these Vanessa Bruno Athé striped trousers; this Whistles leather biker (a great investment – every wardrobe should have at least one); these Mango dungarees; these Isabel Marant Étoile cords (pink is the colour for next season so get a jump-start on a trend); this Whistles jumpsuit; these J.Crew tees (Nicky’s favourites); this Whistles apron dress; and this Isabel Marant embroidered top (so pretty!).

Sarah & Nicky xx

the tail end of the sales…

Photo: Caramel Baby & Child

It’s not too late to scoop up a few last-minute sale bargains (and there are definitely some great things still out there if you’re quick!). There is a common myth that if you shop the tail end of the sales, it’s only the dregs left that no one else wants. Not necessarily. You just need to be a bit more sale savvy that at the beginning of the sales. We’ve done the savvy bit for you…
Take a look at this Kickle rain mac, this Mango sweatshirt; these Mango shorts; this Miller sweatshirt; this Mango belt; these The Little White Company short pyjamas; this Miller sweatshirt; Marlow’s favourite boots from Boden (tempted to buy him another pair for the Autumn…); Marlow’s Boden jumper (as featured on the Boden blog); these Boden baby dungarees; this Mango baby long sleeved tee; these Louis Louise baby trousers; these Caramel baby trousers; this Mango baby sweater; Bonton baby cardigan; and this Mango baby sweater (a great ‘buy now stash for later’). Phew!

Sarah & Nicky xx

beach chic

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1. ilovegorgeous Beach Cover-Up, (was £45.00) £31.50
2. Mitty James Towling Beach Robe, £23.99

We are slowly winding down for our Summer break on Little Spree (your credit cards can take a break too!). So this week we are bringing you a mix of last-minute holiday buys, and tail-end-of-the-sales bargains (yes, there are still some great things out there…). Then we will bid you farewell for a few weeks while we take a much-needed ‘Little Spree holiday’. So today we’re bringing you our favourite beach cover-ups for girls and boys. Some cute, some cosy, and all super-stylish…
We also like these ones from: Jo Jo Maman Bebe (navy); John Lewis; Accesorize; ilovegorgeousAccessorize; ilovegorgeous; and we love this breton bath cape (perfect for the beach) from Petit Bateau.

See you tomorrow!

Sarah & Nicky xx