The Outsiders

22 February 2016

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Hundred Pieces Sweatshirt, £29.81

Little Spree: boys outfit

1. Hundred Pieces Sweatshirt, £29.81
2. Miller Bobble Hat, £35.00
3. Mayoral Duffle Coat, £50.40
4. Gap 1969 Skinny Rip & Repair Skinny Jeans, £19.95
5. M&S Glitter Effect Trainers, £12.00-£14.00

Apparently it’s going to be cold and cloudy this week, so we thought we’d bring a little  sunshine to your inbox. This is exactly the sort of outfit we love for boys: cool, cosy and practical. It also includes our current colour obsession: ochre – a subconscious longing for warmer climes perhaps? So until the sun decides to make another appearance, you’ll find us staring at this sweatshirt.

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: although technically a boys post, individually, all these items work just as well for girls.

Baby Knits

18 February 2016

Little Spree: baby cardigan
Boden Crochet Boats Cardigan (0-4 years), £27.50-£29.50

If you have (or know of) a cute baby boy, make the most of being able to dress him in equally cute jumpers and cardigans before he starts complaining that “it’s not cashmere”, “that’s for girls”, or indeed “it hurts” (if it’s not cashmere!!). Here’s some more ‘enjoy them while you can’ options from Bonton, Next, Easy, Mamas & Papas, Bonton, and Next.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Pimp My (Scooter) Ride…

16 February 2016

Little Spree - cool scooter helmets

1. Mirco Mirrored Safety Helmet, Purple, £14.95
2. Micro Mirrored Safety Helmet, Silver, £14.95
3. Micro Mirrored Safety Helmet, Aqua, £14.95

There’s been a lot of growing going on with the Little Spree kids which has meant new scooters for Tabitha and Marlow and a new scooter helmet for Bailey. In case there’s been a lot of growing going your end too, we thought we’d save you some scooter related shopping and share our recent scooter scoops.  Bailey has the silver version of this helmet (actually it’s more mirrored that silver- there’s a photograph of him wearing it on Instagram) and it has caused quite a stir. Without exception, each time he goes out with it on someone stops to ask about it. Ditto these cool handle bar streamers and deck lights (useful on dark morning scoots to school). We also like this cute basket and cosy scooter mittens, and for anyone with a tiny tot this ‘scoot n pull’ strap will save save your back bending over to push/pull your tired toddler when they refuse to go any further. We’ve all been there right…

Nicky & Sarah xx

Pretty Stripes

15 February 2016

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Gap Stripe Sweater (12 months-5 years), £19.95

Little Spree girls outfit

1. Gap Stripe Sweater (12 months-5 years), £19.95
2. Gap Skinny Jeans (12 months-5 years), £17.95
3. Numero 74 Dolls Moses Basket, £50.74
4. Chloe Ballet Flats (sizes 26-35), £130.00

Stripes and broderie anglaise frills? What could be more perfect? And remember this gorgeous moses basket from Numerro 74? Well here’s a scaled down version for little girls to ferry all their dolls/teddies/mice/bunnies around in mama friendly style. How chic.
Oh, and if the Chloe price tag feels a little steep for these ballet flats (it is, but we just couldn’t  resist), we also love this Boden Mary Jane version.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Mama Spree: A Rather Blustery Day

12 February 2016

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Mango Quilted Feather Coat, £99.99

MS Padded Coat

1. Raey Wool-Blend Boyfriend Sweater, £295.00
2. Mango Quilted Feather Coat, £99.99
3. Gap Stretch 1969 True Skinny Jeans, £54.95
4. Mango Cross-Body Bag, £35.99
5. All Saints Mendip Chelsea Boots, £178.00

This coat is as close as you can get to rolling out of bed and wrapping your duvet around you for the school-run. But this option has the added benefit of looking a lot like a certain Stella Mccartney quilted coat from last season. We’ve found the recent cold, wet, blustery weather more than a little challenging on the style front, so have been searching for the perfect ‘weather proof’ outfit that’s not only practical, but stylish too. And whilst we’re talking affordable designer-alike pieces, we’re loving these Saint Laurent-alike boots, which will instantly update any of your Winter outfits. And we know this (dream) jumper from Raey is a little on the pricey side, but this ‘perfect’ colour is a lot more elusive than you might think, so therefore we think, worth the ££.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: I’ve got these Gap jeans and love them – they’re super-flattering. Just lop off the bottom and leave them frayed and raggety. I’ve been living in mine. SC

pps: if you still feel the need for adding warmth and comfort, minus the bulk, this White Company scarf will do the job in style.

Mama Spree: Hats On For Winter

10 February 2016

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A hat, not only looks cool (well, the right hat anyway…), but it can be your hair’s best friend on wet, Wintery days. I only need to step out of the house in the slightest drizzle and my hair has that gentle (but oh-so-deadly-ruin-your-entire-day) frizz on the top by the time I’ve reached the car/bus stop. Urgh. So our trusty beanies, fedoras and floppy brims are getting a lot of outings at the moment. Here are some of our current favourites from Topshop, Mango, Boden, ASOS, AnthropologieTopshop, J.Crew, Accessorize and Topshop.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: nothing to do with hats, but we stumbled upon this cute M&S ruffle blouse on our travels and had to share! An amazing bargain. Wear now under a sweater (with just a hint of the collar or cuffs peeping out) and you’ll be living in it come the Summer…

Word Up

9 February 2016

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Maison Labiche ‘The Dude’ Sweatshirt, £35.12

boys stripe jumper

1. Maison Labiche ‘The Dude’ Sweatshirt, £35.12
2. Next Khaki Textured Chinos, £10.00-£11.00
3. Babe & Tess Alpacca Ribbed Beanie, £20.12 (was £33.54)
4. Caramel Baby & Child Ribbed Socks, £12.47 (were £20.78)
5. Next Baseball Pumps, £15.00-£22.00

We recently discovered that our favourite Maison Labiche sweatshirts (remember this one?) now come in mini sizes! Bailey loves his ‘Cookie Monster’ version (sizing is on the small side) and we have our eye on the ‘later alligator’ Breton for summer. We’re also wondering if we could squeeze into an age 12??

Nicky & Sarah xx

Mini Me Denim Jumpsuit

8 February 2016

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Next Denim Jumpsuit, £20.00-£25.00

Little Spree: girls jumpsuit outfit

1. Next Denim Jumpsuit, £20.00-£25.00
2. Simple Kids Cardigan, £60.35 (was £100.58)
3. April Showers Glitter Clogs, £45.00 (were £90.00)

We first spotted this fab jumpsuit quite a while ago (before Christmas in fact), and I have since bought it for Tabitha (she was wearing it yesterday, but before I’d managed to get an Instagram snap of her wearing it, she’d fallen off her bike and it was covered in mud…). It’s great for now as it’s quite a heavy weight denim. Wear with anything from wellies to sandals to Mary Janes to glitter clogs (love these)…

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: this ruffle sleeveless version is great ‘buy now wear now and later’ option. Just layer a long sleeved tee under until Summer comes…

pps: if you missed Nicky’s ‘Ski Pass’ interview with Alex & Alexa, you can read it here.

Mama Spree: (Please) Be My Valentine!

5 February 2016

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Amaya By Priyanka Gold Plated Topaz Earrings, £190.00

We weren’t necessarily planning a Valentines Mama Spree… Until I came across these earrings, and fell in love all over again… Here are some more wallet-friendly options to wave under your loved one’s nose (alternatively, just leave your laptop/ipad lying casually around,open on this post – that’s what we’re doing): lookalike necklaceinitial braceletmuglove charger (the name alone is worth a click), initial necklaceheart necklaceanother mug (who knew?), badgepyjamasbook of love letters (I’m buying this for Tom), candle (we couldn’t not include a candle), and how about this for a cute ‘joint Valentine’s’ gift? We’ve even found something for the little ones

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: and here are some cool cards to send to our Valentines: this, this and this one.

The Moses Basket Of Dreams

4 February 2016

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Numero 74 Moses Basket, £136.89

First it was their super-soft handmade bedding, then their brilliant dressing-up outfits and now this, the latest addition to the Numero 74 range: the moses basket of dreams! We’re officially obsessed with this brand.

Nicky & Sarah xx

Mama Spree: Where Would We Be Without Our Army Jackets?

3 February 2016

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The answer? Precisely nowhere. Or more accurately, in a heap on the bedroom floor, still trying to decide what to chuck over whatever we happen to be wearing that day that doesn’t look mumsy/frumpy or just plain ridiculous. Take it from us, the humble army jacket literally looks good with everything. With just one exception: anything else khaki/army related. Don’t go there, Private Benjamin! So, ok, almost everything. Wanna look like Kate? Check out these khaki cool options from ASOSUrban OutfittersNili LotanMadewellM&SASOS, and finally the king of all army jackers courtesy of Saint Laurent. Oh and never underestimate the versatility of the shacket, a fur trim (cosy), the mens department, or a camo version. Size up for the best results (except for the mens of course – you’ll need to size down).

Sarah & Nicky xx

Little Ski

2 February 2016

Little Spree - Ski Chic Girls

1. Gap ColdControl Puffa Jacket, £26.99 (was £44.95)
2. Mini-A-Ture Ski Pants, £90.00
3. Headstrong Snow Bunny Ski Helmet Cover, £43.00
4. Mini-A-Ture Mittens, £32.00
5. Nui Organic Merino T-shirt, £23.09 (was £38.48)

Little Spree- Ski Chic Boys

1. Mini-A-Ture Zip Ski Jacket, £138.00
2. Gap PrimaLoft Eco Snow Pants, £24.99 (were £34.95)
3. Headstrong Snow Husky Ski Helmet Cover, £40.00
4. Barts Water Resistent Mittens, £15.00
5. Nui Organic Merino T-shirt, £23.09 (was £38.48)

Let’s face it, packing light for a ski/snowboarding holiday just isn’t an option. Time spent working out what to take can be tedious at the best of times, but for this holiday, with all the bulky pieces required, everything that goes into your case must be essential (that way, you’ll still have room for a few little luxuries!). So this post is all about those items (or similar) that have been tried and tested, starting with snow pants. Last year Bailey wore this black version of the Gap ones with this black Gap jacket (both are made from Primaloft which keeps you warm without adding bulk, so don’t be put off by the lightweight  fabric). They wear and wash well and are very good value compared to other ski ranges. This year we were asked to trial some Mini A Ture skiwear for Alex & Alexa (including the blue salopettes and a similar jacket to the one above). It looks great (I have been asked about this skiwear by other parents and even a few instructors) and would say that the higher price point is justified by the quality and detail. I only realised Bailey’s old gloves were too small at the very last minute so I ordered both these pairs – the silver ones arrived too late but if they had arrived on time it would have been hard to choose between them.
Fun and warmth seem to be inextricably linked on this type of holiday which means one thing: layers! Bailey has a few base layer sets, including these M&S long sleeved vests and long pants (great value but size up as they shrink a little).  He also has the grey Nui merino top (above) and trousers (the tops are very soft and Bailey will be wearing his under jumpers throughout winter). On colder days, I added this Finger in the Nose hooded sweatshirt or a navy Uniqlo fleece top (sorry, they only have this version online but I’ve seen them in store).  I would consider a helmet cover as essential (Bailey has the husky one). Not only does it mean he actively wants to wear his helmet (which avoids the “it’s uncomfortable and makes me hot” conversation each morning) but it also makes it much easier to spot your little one on the slopes. Other essentials include goggles, a balaclava for more blustery days and a back pack for the inevitable wipes, snacks, water, spare layers, and don’t forget your lip balm! If you have room, how about this Little Marc Jacobs knitted hat and scarf set (so cool and now on sale).
Read all about what we did (and wore) here.

Nicky  xx

Little Shop

1 February 2016

Baby Romper Little Shop

1. Numero 74 Nina Dress (1-7 years), £23.63
2. Next Striped Knitted Romper (0-2 years), £16.00-£17.00

We’ve been busy re-stocking the Little Shop with lots of lovely bits and pieces for babies, boys and girls (could this dress be any more perfect?). But don’t just take our word for it, check it out for yourself here.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Mama Spree: A Breton With A Twist…

29 January 2016

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Warehouse Wrap Sleeve Breton, £29.00

Our last January quick fashion-fix is a striped one. It’s been a while since we posted a Breton, so here’s one for 2016. This one has all the slouch we like, plus with the added sleeve detail it’s the perfect excuse (it’s different!!to add another one to your collection (we’re assuming, like us, you probably own at least one already…).
Happy Friday!

Sarah & Nicky xx

Dinosaur Junior

26 January 2016

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Boden Jurassic Sweatshirt (2-12 years), £19.50-£23.50

Remember this dinosaur sweatshirt from the  Boden Press day last year (we posted a picture of it on Instagram)? We know many of you have been patiently waiting and we promised to let you know when it arrived in stock. Well the wait is over…

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: who knew dinosaur’s could be so cool?

Ruffles & Frills

25 January 2016

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M&S 3 Pack of Baby Knickers (0-12 months), £9.00

So this week, we’re slowing things right down, and just bringing you five brilliant (relatively guilt-free) buys for us and our little ones. We just feel a bit ‘shopped out’ after Christmas and the sales, so although we’re ready for all the gorgeous new Spring/Summer things that are starting to filter through, we’re not quite ready to jump straight in just yet. First up, these adorable baby knickers (purely ornamental of course –  but nothing hides a boring nappy more effectively in the Summer months than a pair of cute frilly pants). Buy now (they won’t be around for too long at this price for three pairs!), stash for later, or even wear now over tights with a cashmere sweater.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Mama Spree: The (Very) Last of the Sales

22 January 2016

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1. Aries Cotton Denim Dress, £94.00 (was £188.00)
2. Warehouse Faux Fir Afghan Coat, £35.00 (was £98.00)
3. Boden Zip-Top Pouch, £12.50-£24.50 (was £25.00-£35.00)
4. Uniqlo Mens 100% Cashmere Cardigan, £39.90 (was £99.00)
5. Boden Chelsea Boots, £74.00-£119.20 (were £149.00)
6. Mango Gaucho Jeans, £19.99 (were £39.99)

Sale fatigue setting in? We hear you, but dig deep because you don’t want to miss this, our final sale post (we promise!). By now, most brands have made ‘final reductions’ so we thought we’d take a look back over our Mama Spree Winter edits to see if any of our favourite items were still available. As you might imagine not all pieces are available in all sizes, in fact some only have one size left. The question is: will it be yours? It’s like our very our own Cinderella story. Here are some more bargains that we’ve found, posted and loved from Jigsaw, Mango, and Accessorise. And if you haven’t already bought our favourite leopard print coat from Mango, what are you waiting for? Now that’s a happy ending!

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: we’ve both got this Uniqlo mens cashmere cardigan and have been living in them. A  nice change from our usual go-to cashmere crewnecks, and more versatile than you might think.

Tried & Tested Baby Bargains

21 January 2016

Little Spree Baby sale edit

1. Mango Bouclé Wool Coat, £19.99 (was £39.99)
2. Mango Ruffled Dress & Knickers Matching Knickers, £11.49 (was £22.99)
3. Mango Bobble Beanie, £3.99 (was £7.99)
4. Babe & Tess Cotton Romper, £29.03 (was £38.48)
5. Mango Leather Mary Janes, £9.99 (were £19.99)
6. Louis Louise Velvet Trousers, £22.27 (were £37.12)

Today is all about the littlest of little ones, and arguably the cutest of the sales bargains. As with everything we’re posting this week, each piece has been previousy featured on Little Spree at some point. Now a little tip for sale shopping for babies – it’s all about thinking ahead (preferably a year ahead if you can actually get your head around what size you’ll need a year from now – this will probably depend largely on the age of your baby and the amount of sleep you’ve had this week!!). Project yourself into the future and you can make a great sale find work that little bit harder. We’ve often been know to ‘repeat buy’ the exact same things in larger sizes (and not just during sale time either – our favourite Cos cashmere jumper is a case in point). So ladies, size up, stock up, and stash away for next year. You’ll be so glad you did.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: a word of warning – don’t stash your sale bargains away too carefully (learn from my mistakes ladies – SC). I’ve been known to stash them away, then completely forget all about them. Not so helpful.

pps: don’t miss the last in our sales fortnight tomorrow. It really is ‘last chance saloon’ for mamas this time!

Mama Spree: It’s All About The Slip Dress

20 January 2016

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Mango Asymetric Slip Dress, £29.99 (was £59.99)

Mama Spree: slip dress

1. Mango Asymetric Slip Dress, £29.99 (was £59.99)
2. Ilena Makri Safety Pin Ear Cuff, £52.00 (was £130.00)
3. J.Crew Tippi Sweater, £39.00-£50.00 (was £79.50)
4. Topshop Shoes, £30.00 (were £65.00)

The humble slip-dress might feel like an odd thing to post about on a frosty Wednesday in January, but hear us out. The slip dress is the dress of the Summer, but there’s no need to wait to get a jump start on one of the biggest trends for next season. This Mango version is a great buy (I tried it a few months ago and regretted not buying it, so am about to order it – SC) – it’s a flattering length and looks expensive due to the heavy weight fabric, the lovely drape detail at the front, and the unfinished hem. Size-up though for a cooler/roomier fit – the slip dress should skim, not cling. And yes, go ahead and wears yours right now – just add a fine knit and tights, then, as the year progresses, gradually work your way up (or down?) to a long sleeved tee, a short sleeved tee, then nothing at all for the lucky mamas in possession of a pair of small-ish, perky-ish boobs/a decent strapless bra.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: these sweatshirts from TSPTR and Alexa Chung for AG might help cheer up never-ending January?

Going, Going…

19 January 2016

Little Spree girls sales picks

1. Louis Louise Blouse, £36.40 (was £52.00)
2. Boden Dungarees, £15.00-£17.50 (were £30.00-£35.00)
3. Carrement Beau Wool Coat, £42.05 (was £60.08)
4. Pom D’Api Brown Boots, £51.10 (were £73.00)
5. ilovegorgeous Sequin Bag, £27.30 (was £39.00)

Although we’ve never tested the theory, it’s said that if you wear all your favourite pieces together, you end up with a wonderful outfit. These girls ‘as seen on Little Spree’ sale picks seem to prove the theory – chosen individually, on the basis that they were some of our favourite items from our winter outfit edits (and still had sizes available) they actually  make a lovely (cheap chic) outfit. You might also like to test the theory with these other sale pieces from Mango, Louis Louise, Gap,  Louis Louise, Mango, and Manuela de Juan.

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: Tabitha has 2, 3 and 4. In fact, SC loves number three so much, she’s considering re-buying for next Winter!

As Seen On Little Spree…

18 January 2016

Little Spree boys sales picks

1. Miller Shirt, £24.00 (was £60.00)
2. Gap Peacoat, £29.99 (was £49.95)
3. Someday Soon Sweatshirt, £24.97 (was £49.00)
4. Mango Cotton Joggers, £9.99 (were £19.99
5. Dandy Stars Backback, £24.62 (was £30.78)
6. Converse Hi-Tops, £22.40 (£32.00)

In our second week of sale posts (trust us, there are still plenty of great bargains to be nabbed if you know where to find them) we’re focusing on the ones that nearly got away – the pieces we have already featured on Little Spree in previous posts or in the ‘Little Shop’ that we still love (whether we’ve already bought them or not). So if you’ve had any ‘coulda woulda shoulda’ moments, this is the week for you. Here are some reminders: Hoodies, henleys, hats..., Elias & Grace: treat week for boys, Coats: the boys edit, Someday soon…, Beach boy. And who could forget Bailey’s favourite logo sweatshirt (sadly the navy has sold out, but we managed to track this grey version down). And here are a few more ‘as seen on Little Spree’ bargains worth checking out from Bellerose, Mango, Scotch ShrunkMango and Converse. See you tomorrow for the girls.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Mama Spree: off-duty January Style

15 January 2016

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See By Chloé Braid Pocket Boyfriend Jeans, £92.00 (were £185.00)

Sale Outfit Jumper

1. Warehouse Chunky Knit Jumper, £25.00 (was £45.00)
2. ASOS Clutch Bag, £9.00 (was £15.00)
3. See By Chloé Boyfriend Fit Jeans, £92.00 (were £185)
4. Golden Goose Deluxe Leather Trainers, £204.00 (were £340.00)

We don’t know about you, but for us at the moment it’s all about comfort (but never above and beyond style, obviously). We’re running around, getting (mostly tedious) jobs/errands done, and getting things organised. And you’ll find one of us (or probably both) wearing a variation of this outfit. This look will see you right through from the morning drop-off to drinks with a girlfriend (that’ll be me tonight – pizza and a few glasses of red with my lovely friend, Kerry, and the addition of my trusty army jacket), and most things in-between… We’re also considering these cosy, cool (and slouchy) options from & Other StoriesWarehouseHushFrench Connection and M.I.H. And all on sale!

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: And it’s definitely worth a last minute swoop of the Matches sale. Up to 70% off now!!

Sales Edit Day 4: Baby Bargains

14 January 2016

Baby Sale New

1. Oeuf NYC Panda Jumper, £56.23 (was £80.33)
2. Miller Baby Coat, £57.00 (was £95.00)
3. Il Gufo Pom Pom Hat, £36.86 (was £52.65)
4. Gap Organic Alphabet Onesie, £11.99 (was £19,95)
5. Mademoiselle à Soho Mittens, £12.31 (were £15.39)
6. Mango Ruffled Dress & Knickers, £14.99 (was £22.99)

Is there anything cuter than mittens on a string? We often buy matching hat, scarf or glove sets, but we also like to mix them up  – these chunky knit ones are the perfect shade as they go with almost all other colours. Ditto this hat! Of all of the sales posts this one has been the hardest to edit as there’s so much sweet babywear out there. So indulge us a little longer and take a look at these other pieces that we have found: this Oeuf NYC cardigan; this Ketiketa jumper; these Oeuf NYC pants; this Mademoiselle à Soho dress; this Gap marl grey onesie; this Babe & Tess (early Valentine cuteness?) sweatshirt; and this

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: the Gap alphabet sleepsuit/onesie is one of our best buys of last season. All three of our kids have one! So not just for babies – it goes right up to age five!

Mama Spree: The Sales Edit

13 January 2016

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Mango Wool Coat, £49.99 (was £99.99)

MS New Sale

1. Warehouse Beanie, £10.00 (was £14.00)
2. French Connection Embroidered Maxi Dress, £98.00 (was £140.00)
3. Saint Laurent Gold-Plated Earrings, £125.00 (were £250.00)
4. Frame Denim Corduroy Flared Jeans, £141.00 (were £235.00)
5. Mango Wool Coat, £49.00 (was £99.99)
6. Golden Goose Deluxe Trainers, £204.00 (were £340.00)

Here are a few bits and pieces that have caught our eye as we’ve been (cyber) sales shopping…
Nicky swears by these Frame Denim cords; this coat looks way more expensive than it’s price tag (and even more so now); who doesn’t need a pom pom beanie hat (particularly now Winter has finally bothered to show up); you know how much we love a long white/cream dress (wear right now with tights and a chunky knit); a little bit of Saint Laurent goes a long way; and look – even our favourite go-to hi-tops are on sale!

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: also on our sale radar: this chic, but mama friendly (just chuck it all in and go!) studded tote; this set of three stylish (and also, super practical) pouches; this jacket (a steal at just £18.00!!); this cashmere scarf; this ruffle trim sweater (and it’s all about a frill and a ruffle for Spring/Summer…); and this super-chic oversized duffle. Too much temptation!

Sales Edit day 2: the boys

12 January 2016

Boys New

1. Kidscase Beanie, £16.80 (was £24.00)
2. Anaïs & I Reefer Jacket, £59.54 (was £99.23)
3. Miller Jumper, £48.00 (was £80.00)
4. Mango Corduroy Slim Fit Trousers, £9.99 (were £14.99)
5. Boden Suede Desert Boots, £24.00-£32.00 (were £40.00-£45.00)
6. Kidscase Scarf, £21.00 (was £30.00)

This is the perfect time to invest in those slightly more expensive pieces that, having been discounted, feel like a real bargain. Such as this perfect navy wool jumper from Miller (which we love in all colours). It’s also worth looking ahead to next Winter and sizing up on anything you know you will need – we’re very tempted to buy this cool grey pea coat and stash it for next year (love the cosy sheepskin style lining). Hats and scarves are also great sale buys – this hat and mittens set is also on our boys sale wish list, along with these these trousers, and this jacket.

Nicky & Sarah x

The Best Of The Sales: Part 1

11 January 2016

Girls Sale

1. Maan Dress, £40.00 (was £80.00)
2. Mango Faux Fur Coat, £26.99 (was £39.99)
3. M&S Chunky Knit Roll Neck, £6.00 (was £15.00)
4. Jigsaw Stripe Jumper, £24.00-£27.00 (was £35.00-£39.00)
5. Maa Slip-On Trainers, £28.50 (were £95.00)
6. Bonton Tutu, £31.50 (was £45.00)

We’re back! And we don’t know about you, but we’re a bit over the sales already… Well, a little bored of seeing the same old things anyway. So for our sales edit (this week and next – yep two full weeks of gorgeous sales bargains!!) we’ve delved that little bit deeper, and searched just that little bit harder to bring you the pieces that we really feel are worthy of sharing. It’s not enough that it’s just ‘nice’ and on sale – that’s not the way we roll at Little Spree. We still expect the same levels of style as always, and a tempting price reduction. And this time we’ve decided to split our finds into two: the pieces we’ve already seen and loved (and posted), but not necessarily bought (and are now possibly wondering why not?) and the pieces we’ve discovered as we cruise the sales online. So this week is dedicated to the former. So we’re kicking off with the girls. Oh, and for any mamas of boys out there, before you tune out, these super-cool skate shoes are on Bailey’s wish list! You gotta love a boy who can rock a silver trainer…

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: a few more stylish bargains to consider are this, thesethis, this, and these.

p: if you haven’t already, check out my interview about motherhood and dressing kids with Children’s Salon here. SC

A Very Merry Christmas to you all!

22 December 2015

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This is going to be our last post of the year. We are having a little break from shopping and ‘spree-ing’ for a couple of weeks. We are just going to be mamas for a while. We wish you and your families a wonderful, peaceful Christmas, and a happy, healthy (and stylish!) 2016. See you on the other side…

Sarah & Nicky xx

Calling all last minute Christmas shoppers!

21 December 2015

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We know you’re all super-organised and have had your gifts bought, wrapped and tastefully arranged under your tree for weeks now… But, just in case you suddenly realise that you’ve forgotten something, or even someone (God forbid!), here are some options for last minute (and VERY last minute) deliveries: John Lewis (order by 8pm on 22nd for their click & collect service), Next (order up to midnight on 22nd for collection in store on 23rd), M&S (order by 5pm on Tuesday 22nd for store collection), Selfridges (order by 4pm on 23rd for click & collect service on Christmas Eve), ASOS, Yoox (order by 11am on 23rd for delivery on Christmas Eve), and good old Amazon (order as late as 12 noon on Christmas Eve for same day delivery on selected items!!). Happy (last minute) shopping!

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: if none of the above applies to you, you have our full blessing to feel suitably smug, and celebrate with a guilt-free half hour of anything that takes your fancy (our top choice would be getting a jump on that online sales prep, closely followed by a lie-down in a darkened, child-free room).

Mama Spree: Christmas pleats

18 December 2015

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Madewell Sweatshirt, £75.00

Gold Skirt

1. Madewell Sweatshirt, £75.00
2. Topshop Ostrich Feather Bag, £45.00
3. J.Crew Pleated Midi Skirt, £128.00
4. Jigsaw Glitter Sole Shoes, £169.00

You already know we love a cool sweatshirt. Well this is our current favourite. But we’re loving  it with this more dressed-up skirt (some cheaper options here, here and here. And heels. And for good measure, let’s chuck in a feathery bag. And somehow it just works. Come 31st December, you’ll probably find one of us (or maybe even both of us?) in a variation of this outfit. But equally, any of these looks (Rock Chic, It’s All In The Mix, Cool Yule or Christmas Style) will work for any festive occasion – they are pretty interchangeable. It’s just a matter of which one to choose? Decisions, decisions…

Sarah & Nicky xx

Christmas Books for Kids

17 December 2015

Christmas Books

1. Seasons, £12.08
2. The Fox and the Star, £14.99
3. The Polar Express, £5.59
4. Little Grey Rabbit’s Christmas, £5.99


A Few of my Favourite Christmas Books for Kids
by Tom Lloyd (Educational Psychologist and Daddy to Tabitha & Marlow)

‘Seasons’
…greetings to all of you out there in Instagram land. This is a wonderful conversation-starter of a book for nursery-aged children and the wintry bits are particularly well illustrated.

‘The Fox and the Star’
Following yonder star…

‘The Polar Express’
My personal favourite Santa story

‘Little Grey Rabbit’s Christmas’
Richly nostalgic for both Sarah and me and no doubt for people even older than me! The sort of book Jimmy Stewart might have read to his kids in the closing scenes of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life‘.

‘The Snowman’ DVD
It won’t have escaped your attention that this is not a book. It’s screen-based entertainment: hisssss. But the book doesn’t feature David Bowie’s fashion crime of the century. That jumper. Sack the stylist, as Sarah would say.
The Snowman/Father Christmas DVD, £6.95

Merry Christmas to one and all,
Tom

Mama Spree: Pyjama Party

16 December 2015

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We’re having a bit of a ‘pyjama moment’ at Little Spree HQ right now. For us this time. Not to be confused with loungewear/sloungwear (more of which soon), we’re veering towards the classic, cosy, and stylish enough (well if you buy the right ones anyway) to slip into as soon as you get home, which we are guilty of doing on occassion. Hell, we’ve even been know to answer the door to the DHL man wearing our pjs! These are the pairs we want to get cosy in right now: sateen stripedchambray; silk pipedclassic white; silk; melange; stretch jersey; and this striped nightshirt and matching pyjama bottoms. This pair comes in lots of different prints (we like the animal print) and they also come in regular, petite and tall). Non ‘pyjama pyjama’ options include this, which we love!
Another rather unexpected source of decent, classic pyjamas is good old T.K.Maxx. Who knew? I happened to be in there (the one in Kew for anyone who’s interested?) a couple of weeks ago, and had a quick snoop at the nightwear section, not really expecting to find anything I would actually want to buy. I ended up leaving with not one, but two pairs of pyjamas and change from £50.00! One pair was plain navy silk from Calvin Klein (sadly not available online, but so lovely, so definitely worth looking for if you happen to be in one of the stores), and the other was this pair). This pair and this pair are also great, and both under £30.00! And for all the Christmas optimists out there, it’s got to be these

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: don’t miss tomorrow’s ‘bookworm’ post. Daddy Spree’s Tom is sharing his favourite Christmas kids’ books.

Stylish Christmas Stocking Fillers

15 December 2015

Stocking Fillers boys

1. Studio Skinky Playon Pencils, £9.72
2. M&S Paper Aeroplane, £2.00
3. Maileg Little Brother Christmas Mouse, £17.00
4. Oliver Bonas Harmonica, £6.00
5. J-Me Toothbrush Holder, £8.00
6. OMY Giant Colouring-In Poster, £8.10

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1. Nanoblock Flamingo, £8.00
2. Djeco Kirigami Multicoloyred Paper Balls, £5.67
3. Maileg Little Sister Christmas Mouse, £18.50
4. Meri Meri 7 Days Hairclips, £7.00
5. Pop Cutie Doughnut Necklace, £10.00
6. H&M Ballet Pumps, £7.99

This year we set ourselves the goal of finding stocking fillers that were not only thoughtful (and pass the Little Spree style threshold) but also cost £10.00 or less. We’ve been pleasantly surprised to discover that many of our favourite brands (and a few new ones) can easily be bought within this price range. So here’s our final selection, and if your children are anything like ours, don’t be surprised when the paper aeroplanes or Maileg mice turn out to be the highlight of their day.

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: don’t forget Twig’s stylish tips for speedy wrapping for all those little stocking fillers – candy striped paper bags and alphabet stickers

Christmas Pyjamas

14 December 2015

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Jigsaw Star Pyjama Set, £25.00-£29.00

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M&S  Pure Cotton Checked Pyjamas, £9.80-£13.30

If you need an excuse to treat your little ones to lovely new pyjamas, surely there’s no better time than Christmas? There is nothing nicer than a brand new pair of pyjamas on Christmas Eve – and let’s face it, these pyjamas are going to be well documented for years to come in the obligatory Christmas morning ‘present opening’ photos. We love the classic style of these two pairs (above). But also on our ‘wish/shopping/maybe list’ are:

For the boys: organic candy stripedChristmas Edition ‘slim jyms’Christmas two packNight Sky onesie (already owned by Bailey, and bought and stashed for Christmas Eve for Marlow); grey marl bear print; classic checkedglow in the dark star print; moose Henley stylestar print; and this three pack.
For the girls: floral printditsy print two packNordic printsparkle starglow in the dark star print; and this two pack bunny sleep suits (ok so not technically pyjamas, but cute nevertheless – I’m quite tempted for Tabs).

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: a few people asked me on Instagram recently, where I buy Tabitha and Marlow’s onesies. Mostly Gap. They both have this one, which they are both fast asleep in now as I’m typing this).

Mama Spree: Christmas Style

11 December 2015

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Mango Striped Metallic Shirt, £34.99

Dungarees II

1. Madewell Cropped Voile Dungarees, £125.00
2. Mango Striped Metallic Shirt, £34.99
3. Susan Caplan for John Lewis T-Bar Necklace, £20.00
4. Isabel Marant Suede Sandals, £380.00

Dungarees, yes, but not just your average, common or garden denim dungarees – these are ‘dressy dungarees’. Not denim, but voile, and not turned up, but cleverly cropped. Perfect for wearing with heels or a pointed flat. We love this relaxed shirt under them (but still with a little Christmas sparkle in the form of a gold lurex stripe).  Cool, effortless, style for Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, or any of those random pre-Christmas parties that we all seem to get invited to. Oh, and this blouse is also worth a look.

Sarah & Nicky xx

Baby’s First (Stylish) Christmas

10 December 2015

Baby First Christmas

1. Huttelihut Baby Hat, £38.00
2. M&S Cotton Sleepsuits (sold as part of a set of three), £15.00-£16.00)
3. Clara & Macy Personalised First Christmas Star Decoration, £14.75
4. The Two Wagtails Personalised Baby’s First Christmas Card, £4.25
5. Trousselier Angel Bunny Rattle, £10.53
6. Next Knitted Booties, £6.00

Is it possible that Next have employed a group of lovely, kind-hearted grannies to make some of their baby knitwear this Christmas? It’s the only explanation for these handmade looking  pom-pom booties (above) and this adorable cardigan (take a look at the back view, it’s so sweet). If like us, you’d rather avoid the reindeer and Christmas pudding outfits, they’re a simple way of adding some festive fashion (just the right amount in our opinion) to your baby’s first Christmas wardrobe.

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: we just found this super-soft ‘Huge Howard Bear‘ (which has the year embroidered on his paw) from The White Company and think it would make the loveliest gift for a baby’s first Christmas. And it’s currently 50% off!

pps: and one last things to add: these bunny booties