pretty plaid

Girls plaid

1. Gap Plaid Empire Dress, £19.95
2. Cos Cashmere Cardigan, £49.00
3. Emile Et Ida Zipped Boots, £87.75
4. Zara Ribbed Tights, £3.99 (were £5.99)

I love this dress on Tabitha. The perfect ‘every day’ dress. I also snapped up these  Gap dresses at the same time: this embroidered one; this pintuck one (much less ‘yellow’, more ‘egg yolk gold’ in real life – looks great with burgundy ribbed tights) and this pintuck chambray one.

Sarah x

mama spree: casual luxe

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New Year for us means outfits that are relaxed, comfortable, stylish, but with one or two little luxury details thrown in for good measure. I for one, definitely want to emulate this entire look each and every day! It ticks all the right boxes (well what else would expect from Emmanuelle?) – navy cashmere cable knit jumper with jeans, and a ‘tough luxe’ Hermes cuff. We’ve rounded up a few pieces to help you (and us!) achieve this effortlessly cool look. We love these cashmere sweaters from Gap (we like the grey, cream, camel and navy – size-up for a cooler, boyfriend fit as they come up quite ‘neat’ in fit); this Whistles mens cable sweater; these Baxter jeans from Topshop (I’m pretty sure these are the ones Emmanuelle is wearing); this M&S jumper; this Chinti & Parker Aran-knit sweater; this Gap cable knit sweater; this Mango cable knit (just £19.99 in the sale); these Isabel Marant Étoile textured knits (currently half price); and this Saint LaurentGivenchy or Whistles cuff will definitetely complete the look.

Sarah x

happy new year!

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Happy New Year to all our lovely readers!! We hope you have a wonderful evening (with or without your little ones tucked up in bed), and that 2015 is filled with health and happiness for you all. We are spending New Year’s Eve together in Richmond, and we will be raising a glass to all of you and your families. Thank you for all your support, feedback, and above all, loyalty in 2014. We couldn’t (and wouldn’t) do it without you. See you next year…

Sarah & Nicky x

baby bunting

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Numero 74 Garland, £11.34

We spent the day with one of my best friends, the lovely Des and her family today. Des is a fellow Fashion Editor, who currently works at Marie Claire (check out her shoots – they are always full of amazing High Street finds). We met when we worked together at Glamour many years ago, and have been firm friends ever since (I will never forget what an amazing support she was to me when the twins were born at just 31 x weeks). Anyway. Des is one of the few people I know who has unquestionable great taste. So when I saw her new (ish) house for the first time today, I was taking in every detail. Des has a gorgeous two year old daughter called Missy (always beautifully dressed, naturally) and I couldn’t wait to see her new little bedroom. It was totally ‘Des’ – simple, stylish, pared-down, with just a few hints of muted colour dotted here and there. This garland/bunting was hanging (diagonally) across the ceiling and secured with cute striped tape at either end. I loved it immediately. I guessed it might be Numero 74 (a brand that we are always fans of at Little Spree), and was straight online when we got home. The only surprise? The price! Have ordered two for Tabarlow’s room (sorry Des!).

Sarah x

ps: this picture does not do it justice at all! You are going to have to take my (and Des’) word for it…

merry christmas!

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Merry Christmas to all you lovely mamas and your gorgeous little ones! We are taking a much-needed ‘mini break’ from posting, (although we can never resist a few Instagram snaps, so if you miss us, follow us: @littlespree) and are just going to be mamas for a few days. No sprees. But fear not, we will be back soon with our sales wish lists…

Lots of love

Sarah & Nicky x

lastminute.com

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Panicking that you’ve ticked everything off your Christmas list, but forgotten a fabulous Christmas Eve/Christmas Day/Boxing Day outfit for yourself? Or perhaps you still have a few last-minute gifts still to buy? Don’t panic. There are still a few options:

yoox.com
Order by 9am on 23rd and you will receive it on 24th.

johnlewis.com
Order by 8pm on 22nd for next day delivery or 8pm on 23rd for click and collect from stores.

toyella.com
Last day to order toys is 22nd.

selfridges.com
Last day for click and collect and home delivery is 22nd.

Nicky x

mama spree: the cat’s pyjamas

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New pyjamas are not just for the little ones this Christmas. There’s nothing nicer than the feeling of slipping into a crisp new pair of pjs (well apart from a white cotton Victorian nightdress, but that’s a whole other story/post…). What could be lovelier than waking up on Christmas morning in a pair of these:
Jigsaw Stripe Cotton Pyjamas, £49.00; M&S embroidered trim pyjamas Topshop cashmere blend lounge top and joggers (not strictly pyjamas, but rather nice all the same); Gap printed poplin sleep set (reduced from £34.95 to £22.99); J.Crew vintage pyjama set; Hush piped pyjamas set; Eberjey sleep chic pyjama set; and our favourites, these ‘do not disturb’ classic pyjamas from Wildfox (yes please Father Christmas!).

Sarah & Nicky x

get them before they’re gone!

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Boden Suede Boots, £38.00-£42.00

Admittedly this is about as un-Christmasty a post as you can get. But, I had to share these fab boots because I have a feeling that they won’t hang around too long (let’s not forget that girls Mini Boden ‘boot gate’ of last year). I bought a pair for Marlow and I LOVE them. Everything about them. And Marlow does too (and trust me, he can be very picky – I can’t imagine where he gets that from?). All I’m saying is, be smart and snap a pair up now while everyone else is still in Christmas shopping mode. I like them so much, I’m tempted to buy a second pair.

Sarah x

mama spree: what to wear on new year’s eve

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1. Whistles Lace Jumpsuit, £135.00 (reduced from £250.00)
2. Topshop Shacket, £20.00 (reduced from £48.00)
3. ASOS Suede Multi Pocket Clutch, £35.00
4. ASOS ‘Hampton’ Sandals, £42.00

MS lace skirt

1. Uniqlo Cashmere V-Neck, £59.90
2. ASOS Suede Multi Pocket Clutch, £35.00
3. Zara Snake Print Sandals, £29.99
4. DKNY Fringed Skirt, £255.00

Two different looks, both glamorous in their own individual, understated ways. We love the idea of a fitted, lace jumpsuit and a heel, but the ‘shacket’ (I’ve worn mine SO much – Sarah) keeps it cool. Wear it nonchalantly around you shoulders for added style points. And we love the Jenna Lyons vibe of this fringed maxi skirt with a slouchy cashmere v-neck…

Sarah & Nicky x

christmas pyjamas

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The Little White Company Gingham Pyjamas, from £24.00

It’s hard to say when my love of fashion began, but during my childhood certain times of the year were all about clothes: new shoes at Easter (hard to explain) and new pyjamas on Christmas Eve. They would be beautifully wrapped and it felt so exciting to open a present before ‘he’d been’. Whilst equally as difficult to explain as the shoes, new pyjamas on Christmas Eve is a tradition I have kept alive, and I hope that one day Bailey will think back to the year he opened these lovely pyjamas and smile. In the meantime, here are some others we like:
For the girls: Gap glitter dot onesie; Gap robin sleep set; Gap reindeer sleep set; The Little White Company floral pyjamas; and Cyrillus floral pyjamas. For the boys: Gap ho ho ho sleep set; Little White Company striped skinny pyjamas;La Redoute pyjamas with cape; and The Little White Company striped pyjamas.

Nicky x

stocking fillers

Boys stocking fillers

1.Toyella Power Up 2.0 Paper Plane, £14.99
2. Triceratops Figure, £8.00
3. Toyella Stacking Magnetic Toy Rocket, £16.99
4.Toyella Ringo, £6.99
5. Balloon Powered Car, £2.00
6. Original Slinky, £4.50

Girls stocking fillers.

1. Air Heads Animal Balloons, £8.00
2. Toyella Rain Cloud, £9.99
3. Meri Meri Alphabet Stickers, £4.00
4. Numero 74 Magic Wand, £5.00
5. Maileg Baby Girl Mouse In A Box, £11.00
6. Nailmatic Kids Nail Varnish, £6.48
7. Toyella Jump Rope, £9.99

The halls are decked, and most of the presents are bought, but there are still those little stocking fillers to buy (well, a few more anyway). Cute, fun, and most importantly, inexpensive. These are some of our favourites.

Sarah & Nicky x

baby’s first christmas

Baby 1st Christmas

1. Topshop Mini Fairisle Knitted Jumper, £18.00
2. Mini Boden Knitted Jacket, £20.80-£22.40
3. Topshop Mini Fairisle Knitted Joggers, £18.00
4. Zara Mini Leather Booties, £22.99

You don’t have to dress your baby up in as a mini Santa/Christmas pudding/reindeer to look festive. We love this cute, cosy look. We also love this fur trapper hat and matching booties.

daddy spree: the gifts they really want…

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1. The Silver Spoon For Children: Favourite Italian Recipes, £10.36
2. A.P.C Wool Shirt, £180.00
3. M&S Pure Wool Fedora, £29.50
4. John Varvatos Fine Knit Scarf, £87.00
5. Telegraph Avenue, £7.19
6. Illy Ground Expresso Coffee, £5.89

OK, more than a little on the self indulgent side: all gifts relate to, shall we say, strong interests of mine, such as: Sarah of course (I’m guessing she may be reading this); music (the books); and most things Italian. There comes a time, when Sarah’s on a work trip and the twins are asleep, when sardines and anchovies and sultanas and pine nuts and pasta combine to create a Sicilian conspiracy that no one else in the family will touch. This is the wine to go with it and the coffee’s for afterwards. The recipe’s simplified from the classic ‘The Silver Spoon’ cookbook and I hope someone tracks down this kids’ version for me. In my minds eye, I’d really enjoy looking like a mid-sixties Marcello Mastroianni as I lift pasta to mouth, but since that’s never gonna happen, the capotto (coat), sciarpa (scarf), cappello (hat) and camicia (shirt) might get me into a crowd scene at least.

Soulful Christmas and Happy New Year,

Tom

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1. A Personalised  Book A Month Gift Service, from £29.99
2. Uniqlo Cashmere Crew Neck Sweater, £79.90
3. Uniqlo Cashmere Beanie, £29.90
4. Vera Wang For Men Eau De Toilette, £36.00-£46.80
5. Chambers & Beau Personalised Identity Bracelet, £40.00
6. Apple iPad Air 2, £399.00

Being a creature of habit (if it ain’t broke…), my Christmas list this year is mainly made up of things I’ve received before and really really liked. So, here goes. The Willoughby Book Club is fantastic – a gift that keeps on giving. If your husband/boyfriend likes reading, just tell them his preferences and they will carefully choose and deliver a book for him every month. There is something exciting about knowing you have a really good book coming your way each month, one that will probably broaden your reading horizons but still be your kind of page turner. The cashmere beanie hat and jumper are more about the snuggle effect they seem to encourage (no daddy ever tires of that right?) but the practical side of me appreciates the extra warmth and style too. The Vera Wang aftershave – well, Nicky thinks it smells really nice which is the only point of it, so that works for me. The only gift that isn’t a repeat is the bracelet, or ‘man band’ as I like to call it. Not one for wearing jewellery normally, the inscription of Bailey’s name on one side and ‘Papa’ on the other got me right in the … you know, that place where emotion comes from. Finally, no daddy Christmas list would be complete without a gadget and for me it’s the new iPad Air 2 – so much quicker and lighter than our current very old version. Even better, as you can partly fund the upgrade by selling your old iPad to one of many gadget recyclers (assuming your little one hasn’t laid claim to it already…).

Merry Christmas!

Russell

mama spree: our christmas wish lists

Sarah Gift List 2

1. Diptique Set Of Three Travel Size Candles, £60.00
2. Topshop Fedora, £25.00
3. Topshop Embellished Metal Cross Body Bag, £45.00
4. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser, £34.00
5. Aquazurro Suede Sandals, £530.00
6. Chloe ‘Abby’ Ring, £150.00

I’ve cobbled together a little collection of ‘yes please!’ gifts that I would be more than happy to receive on the 25th (or any other time for that matter). Love, love, love these shoes, but would only wear then with a (probably slightly scruffy looking) cropped jean – I like a sexy, statement shoe, but only when played down. Ditto this super-cool chainmail style mini bag from Toppers. – don’t kill the coolness by adding an LBD into the mix). It may be a cliché, but I am always thrilled to get a Diptique candle – anytime, from anyone. These travel sized ones are perfect, as I love to have a candle burning in my hotel room when I’m away for work – I love/need to feel cosy to beat the home sickness. The rest of the things speak for themselves really. I’m not much of a makeup girl, but I do love this tinted moisturiser when I need a bit more ‘polish’. Oh, and for the record, I love the Mother sweatshirt (see Nicky’s list below) too…

Sarah x

Nicky Gifts

1. Nars ‘The Multiple’ Stick, £27.00
2. Carolina Bucci Rose-Gold Plated Silver ‘Lucky’ Bracelet, £150.00
3. Luxe Multu-Usage Dry Oil Golden Shimmer, £34.00
4. Selfish Mother Sweatshirt, £45.00
5. Isabel Marant Leopard Print Pumps, £470.00
6. Scotch & Soda ‘Rocker’ Belt, £49.95

As soon as Bailey arrived people would say “Christmas is all about the children now isn’t it” and although I found myself nodding, my inner child was rebelling. For me Christmas is a time for showing people we care about our appreciation, which includes mummy and daddy. This year we all wrote a letter to Father Christmas. Somehow I find it more exciting to watch Russell opening his presents knowing he will love them (plus there’s the added bonus of no returns to do! Have you seen the return queue at M&S after Christmas!). Also, no fake smiles required  as you unwrap pink spotted knee-high duvet slippers (Christmas circa 2009). This year I would be happy to receive anything from my list which also includes this White Company cashmere robe (they have 20% off at the moment), but if I had to choose one thing it would be the Mother sweatshirt. All profits from the sale of these sweatshirts go to Women for Women International which is a charity that helps women in war-torn regions to rebuild their lives through training programmes. This is a topic that is close to my heart and, as it says on their site, “this sweatshirt feels good to wear in more ways than one”.

Nicky x

ps: seeing other people’s Christmas lists is dangerous – I’m having silver bag envy Sarah!

christmas day dressing

girls party

1. Miller ‘Pop’Jumper, £85.00
2.. Zara Sequinned Skirt, £17.99
3. M&S ‘Best Of British’ Pure Wool Coat, £80.00
4. Gap Velvet Mary Jane Flats, £14.95

This is a great Christmas Day/party look that’s not too blingy. Cosy, cute, with just a smattering of sequins. Perfect.
It’s a different vibe altogether, but I just ordered this robin jumper for Tabs and it’s SO sweet. Christmas-y, but in an adorable old fashioned way. She will definitely be busting it out with a skinny jean (possibly even dungarees if I can bribe her!!) and a gold Mary Jane.

Sarah x

Boys party

1. Mango Batman Sweatshirt, £16.99
2. Zara Velvet Blazer, £45.99
3. Next Super Skinny Jeans, £13.00-£19.00
4. Converse High-Tops, £30.00

Whether it’s a birthday, wedding or Christmas it’s the same dilemma: how to make your little boy look dressed up but not overdressed? Oh how I’ve envied mothers of little girls at these times, but we think we’ve come up with a cool Christmas solution here. We also like this grey jumper from Next if the Batman sequins are a step too far; and these amazing boots if these hi-tops aren’t far enough.

Nicky x

cosy heads & hands

Hats mittens

1. Cath Kidston Christmas Hat, £12.00 (reduced from £16.00)
2. Cath Kidston Christmas Mittens, £10.00 (reduced from £14.00)

We are ramping up the festive cuteness in this post! We just couldn’t resist these. Wear together or apart. Either way, your little one will never lose their mittens… We are also liking: this clever hat/scarf hybrid (the grey of course) from Jigsaw Junior; these Miller beanies and matching mittens (just ordered the mittens for Tabs and Marlow – they come in loads of colours); this Monsoon baby bow mouse hat; not a beanie, but we love this Mango hat anyway; this Little White Company pom pom beanie and matching scarf; this Oeuf NYC crown hat; this Donna Wilson for John Lewis hat and matching mittens; this Mini Boden baby hat and mittens set; and finally these adorable sheepskin mittens from Baa Baby.

Sarah & Nicky x

little gifts

Girls Christmas

1. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera, £69.99
2. Maileg Mini Angel Bunny, £19.00
3. Moulin Roty Wicker Dolls Pram, £68.00
4. Music Alley Junior Guitar, £24.43
5. ilovegorgeous Silk Freida Party Purse, £25.00

A few more ideas for the little girls: Apollo wooden balance bike; Maileg mini angel; Woodstock gold cat ears headband; Moulin Roty baking set; Mini Boden bunny slippers; Louisa Misha Taj braceletM&S wooden toaster; Lucky Voice microphone; Liberty print mini suitcase; Sophie La Girafe music box; and M&S wooden till.

Boys Christmas

1. John Lewis Mini Kitchen, £50.00
2. Le Toy Van Tipi Camp Set, £30.00
3. Nobodinoz Retro Bowling Set, £34.00
4. Maileg Mouse Prince, £16.00
5. The Little White Company Wigwam, £120.00

For the little boys we also like: this Le Toy Van Bucanner’s pirate fort; B Toys Symphony in B; Paddington book suitcase; Seedling My Little Dino World; Toyella Build Your Own Den, M&S small oven top; Little White Company ride on car; and this Vilac accordion.

things that make you go aaaaaahhh….

baby gifts

1. Numero 74 Changing Mat, £28.35
2. Little Cloud Adelajda Liberty Print Cloud Mobile, £26.00
3. M&S Pure Cashmere Cardigan, £35.00
4. Oeuf Grey Rabbit Hat, £40.00
5. Mozartkugel Music Box, £49.99
6. Ugg Sheepskin Booties, £45.00

Things don’t get much cuter than this at Christmas… We’ve rounded up our absolute favourite presents for babies. After all, babies + Christmas = an excuse to buy the most adorable presents ever (like we need an excuse??)! We also love: this Gap striped all-in-one; this Little White Company sheepskin cushion; this Stella McCartney Kids bunny ears hat; this Little White Company cloud mobile; this Time Capsules kit; this Little White Company penguin; this Sebra pull-along elephant; these Samantha Holmes alpaca fur booties; this Little White Company toadstool light; and this Mini Boden knitted jacket (in oatmeal or thistle).

Sarah & Nicky x