Mama Spree: Take Me To The Beach (Please!)

22 July 2016

Accessorize pom pom beach bag - Little Spree

Accessorize Packable Straw Bag £25.00

I’ve been counting down the days, hours, minutes, and now seconds until our holiday. And that day is almost upon us. Finally! My holiday wardrobe is a pretty pared down, simple one, and pretty much the same as it has been for the last few years (with just a few new additions, naturally!). It goes something like this: denim cut-offs, folk style dresses (some long, some short), pretty/hippie tops and blouses, some kind of embroidered tunic (my one is now half price in the sale before I’ve even had a chance to wear it!), a slouchy cashmere sweater (for the occasional chilly evening), a couple of swimsuits and a bikini (you already know all about those, although the boldly named Miraclesuit came very highly recommended and I did try it – and I was surprised it actually did all the things it promised to do, and I was really tempted, but had already bought the others by then, so just couldn’t justify it) , a beach cover-up of some description, some Havaianas (navy) and a couple of pairs of simple flat, tan sandals. And that is pretty much it. I don’t take a single pair of heels. Ever. The last thing I want to wear on my holiday is a pair of heels (or maybe I’m just going on the wrong holidays??). Oh, I almost forgot – a small selection of baskets (including this, this, this and this one). Like the heels, the handbags are staying at home (my new Chloe Hudson has no business in Tuscany…). And of course, Tabitha has a few of her own now, so between us we have all bases (and sizes) covered (including a ‘mini me’ option). I won’t be wearing a scrap of make-up (to be honest, I just can’t be arsed), but in the evening I might apply a bit of this to the bridge of my nose, cheeks and forehead (I think I read somewhere, many moons ago that that’s what Gisele does…) for a bit of extra ‘sun’.
Anyway, I cannot wait to spend some much-needed quality time with Tom and Tabarlow. Just chill and take my foot off the accelerator for a few weeks, and just ‘be’. Less stress, less technology, less of the dreaded ‘juggling’ (God I hate that word!). More pasta, more bread, and a daily fix of gelato (a different flavour every day please!).
We are also taking a little break from posting (you wouldn’t begrudge us a little break from posting would you?). And if you don’t already, follow us on Instagram to see what we’re up to…
Happy holidays lovely ladies. See you on the other side!

Sarah xx

My countdown is a little longer, but I kind of loathe packing, so even though our trip to Mallorca is still a few weeks away, the zip on the bags will (as usual) only be closing as the airport taxi arrives. I do love the fact that once it’s done, you’ve created a capsule wardrobe, which makes deciding what to wear each day that much easier. I find it helps  to stick to a simple colour palette, that way most things can be worn together, and I always take a few accessories capable of making something low key feel a little more special (this year I’ll be taking these Marte Frisnes earrings from the Mama Shop with me). Truth be told, I’d be happy to wear them and a pair of denim cut-offs most days (as styled in this recent post). For all other occasions, I love this Loup Charmant dress which could easily be worn day or night. I usually manage to limit my footwear to one pair of flip flops and one pair of sandals, but never go anywhere without my Ray-Ban sunglasses, a bottle of this (non-sticky) Clarins sun lotion and a soft large scarf (to be used as a flight blanket, a wrap on chilly evenings, and once as a comforter for Bailey when his snuggle blanket was taken away with the bedding change. There were tears!). Wherever you’re going, and whatever you pack, I hope your summer is full of peace, happiness and the odd cocktail, make mine a (slightly embarrassing) piña colada!

Nicky xx

Little Shop of gorgeousness

21 July 2016

Little Spree's Little Shop

Hot on the (slightly larger) heels of the Mama Shop, the Little Shop has been re-stocked. You’ll find our Summer holiday edit – our favourite pieces for babies, boys and girls in the most gorgeous colours and prints, all perfect for the Summer months. And many of them are on sale – even better! But don’t take our word for, take a look for yourself…
Happy shopping, and happy holidays!!

Sarah & Nicky xx

Mama Spree: Our Summer Staple – Denim Cut-Offs

20 July 2016

How to wear denim cut-offs - Mama Spree

1. Mango Blouse £17.99 (was £35.99)
2. Marte Frisnes Tassel Earrings £135.00
3. Gap ‘Girlfriend’ Shorts £29.95

It’s hard to imagine a life before denim cut-offs. I literally live in mine come Summer (and I’m virtually never out of them on holiday!). We love that they go with anything and everything, including most shoes (although we definitely draw the line at a heel, so let’s make that most ‘flats’). But one of my favourite things to wear with mine is a blouse of some description – something with a more feminine/romantic feel. This is a blouse that I bought in the Mango sale, which hung in my wardrobe for a good few weeks before I finally wore it last Friday (with my trusty slouchy army pants). I absolutely love it – it’s that ‘poet’ style of blouse with the voluminous sleeves that I adore, and has a real Chloe vibe about it. Frankly, it’s weird that it’s still available in all sizes! Am I missing something? Or perhaps it’s everyone else who is?? Either way, I’ll be wearing mine on holiday (three days and counting!!) tucked into my old faithful Gap cut-offs that I’ve had for a good few years now (very similar to the pair above). And personally, I always size-up for a slouchier, more tomboy fit. And a statement earring is always a good idea in our book! Here are a few more options out there from Urban OutfittersGapHushTopshopJ Brand, ASOS, and MIH. And don’t think they’re off-limits if you’re super-curvy either. How great do these look? Or indeed pregnant.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: and if you fancy a change from your trusty denim cut-offs, I still always love a cut-off denim mini and recently bought this one

Beach Baby

18 July 2016

Baby girl holidayn outfit - Little Spree

1.Mango Straw Hat £8.99 (was £17.99)
2. Mango Embroidered Cotton Dress (1-12 months) £7.99 (was £15.99)

Our first holiday with the twins was to Tuscany when they were eight months old. Not the easiest holiday I’ve ever had (living without a nappy bin, was definitely living ‘on the edge’…), but I always remember Tabitha and I in our matching Mexican embroidered dresses at the beach one day. So when I saw this one it reminded me how cute this type of simple dress is on baby girls. And just add a too big straw hat for extra cuteness…
Here are a few more options from Bonton, Louis Louise, Stella McCartney, and ilovegorgeous (all one sale).

Sarah & Nicky xx

Mama Spree: All White

15 July 2016

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 21.18.09How to wear all white - Little Spree

1. Mango Textured Cotton Blouse £17.99 (was £35.99)
2. Weekend Maxmara Jeans £60.00 (were £120.00)
3. New Look Leather Sandals £17.24 (were £22.99)

As purchases go, I think we can all agree jeans are tricky, which makes white jeans doubly tricky. So when I saw my (fellow petite) friend Lou in these cropped flares, sitting exactly where cropped flares should sit (just above her ankle) I immediately assumed that they had been tailored. Not so! More, she told me that they were the best fitting jeans she had ever had, and in my book that’s not something you keep to yourself!  In reality they’re more off-white than white-white (like these) and I’ll be wearing them with tassel sandals (we also like them in navy, as well as this Boden version) and a blouse like this one or the Mango one above (and previously featured here) that Sarah and I both have, and both love.

Nicky xx

ps: all white pieces have been tried, tested, and survived the sticky finger test!

pps: Sarah bought this Very (very Isabel Marant!!) pintuck smock top (yes we’d never looked at Very before either…) and it’s really lovely. Who knew?