hand in hand

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The Gorgeous Company Pair Of ‘In Hand’ Gloves, £36.00, notonthehighstreet.com

Is this not the most adorable thing you’ve ever seen? We want a pair right now!! Start dropping the Mother’s Day hints. We have!

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: the two lucky winners of the Nature Zoo giveaway are…
Christina Lydon and Hannah Wilson! Congratulations! Please email us your addresses and we will send your duck and dinosaur to you. Thank you to everyone who entered. You clearly love Nature Zoo as much as we do!

baby moccasins

baby girl clothes

1.Gap Embroidered Denim One-Piece, £14.95, gap.co.uk
2.John Lewis Cable Knit Cardigan, £14.00-£15.00, johnlewis.com
3. Amy & Ivor Moccasins, £38.00, amyandivor.com
4. Trousselier Angle Bunny Soft Toy, £14.58, smallable.com

We can’t get enough of these little leather moccasins from Amy & Ivor (first spotted at the Dot To Dot exhibition). They will look great with everything. Check out the website to see all the other lovely colours you can choose from.

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: for anyone who saw the shoes I bought Tabitha that I posted on Instagram yesterday, they are these ones. Such amazing value. They are so sweet.

hot flushes

cool boys outfit

1. Mango Wool Blend Sweater, £6.50 (was £16.99), mango.com
2. Mango Parker With Detachable Lining, £39.99, mango.com
3. Zara Biker Trousers, £19.99, zara.com
4. Paperchase Navy Quilted Backpack, £25.00, paperchase.co.uk

Does anyone else have a son who is always hot?? Bailey has some gorgeous (unworn) chunky-knit jumpers in his wardrobe, but the mere mention of them usually results in a wrinkled little nose. Having bought these jeans for him a few weeks ago (Marlow also has them, in khaki) I was looking for a jumper that I liked (and Bailey would wear) when I came across this grey one  from Mango (thin and in the sale!). Smiles all round. Whilst searching for the jumper I also found this great khaki coat, and you know how we love a khaki coat at Little Spree!  As for the bag, we were asked so much about it when we put a picture of it on our Instagram feed last week that we thought we’d share it again.

Nicky x

tutu splurge

TuTu II

1. Tutu Du Monde ‘Princess Charming Onesie’, £80.00 tutudumonde.com
2. I Love Gorgeous hairband, £15.00, ilovegorgeous.co.uk
3. Boden Leather Mary Janes, £30.00-£35.00, boden.co.uk
4. La Coqueta Cardigan, £38.00, lacoquetakids.com

I am sort of in love with the whole idea of this tutu. It is just beyond gorgoeus. Kind of like a modern day Princess style tutu. This tutu is not just beautiful, it’s cool too. And how often can you say that?

Sarah x

dinosaur or duck?

Nature Zoo Competition

Nature Zoo Crocheted Toys, £20.00, Nature Zoo

In case you missed them on Instagram last week, you can win one of these gorgeous (and beautifully made) soft toys from Danish brand, and friends of Little Spree, Nature Zoo. All you have to do is email us with the answer to this easy question: who won the Rising Star award at the recent Bubble London exhibition? Oh and remember to let us know whether you’d like the dinosaur (1) or the duck (2)? We will be announcing the winners here on Thursday 5th March. Good luck!

Sarah & Nicky x

mama spree: the way we wore…

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1. Sea Lace Panelled Dress, £325.00
2. Next Mens Khaki Jacket, £80.00
3. Russell & Bromley Chelsea Boots, £215.00
4. ASOS Zip Mini Cross Body bag, £12.00

Biker MS

1. M&S Mens Cashmere Jumper, £89.00
2. Mango Quilted Leather Jacket, £159.99
3. J Brand Wide Leg Cropped Trousers, £115.00 (were £230.00)
4. Ganni Darya Kitten Heels, £119.00 (were £170.00)

As we met up to drive to the Bubble London exhibition a few Sundays ago, we noticed that we were both wearing military-style pieces, but in very different ways. Nicky was rocking a ‘sexy cool’ (she will hate me for saying that, but it’s true) version, mine was more feminine and girly. But in the same way that Nicky ‘toughened up’ her look with her cool, slouchy army pants, I ‘scruffed up’ mine with my oversized mens’ army jacket. Nicky wore heels, I wore flats. Ying and yang. Sort of. You get the picture anyway.
I’m never far from a white folky dress and an army jacket combo (year round – just add or subtract tights accordingly) and my trusty Church’s brogue chelsea boots (pricey yes, but bought four years ago and still going strong) are my go-to comfy boot (although I only wear them with tights and dresses/skirts – for some reason, they just don’t work for with jeans…). A little cross-body bag is an essential when I’m out and about with the kids (although I don’t always adhere to this policy), and this ‘mini’ one is totally on-trend (the mini-er the better) and definitely has a bit of an Alexander Wang feel about it, which I love.  This Topshop dress is a great high street option (and I will most likely be buying it), and this Free People dress would be great in the Summer with a Breton tee layered under (or indeed, a cashmere sweater layered over right now).

Sarah x

I’ve barely been out of the vintage utility trousers I bought a few months ago (you can take the girl out of the Army…) and for my judging duties at Bubble I decided to style them with a few of my other favourite things: crew neck cashmere jumper, biker jacket and a touch of leopard print. All these items are part of a capsule wardrobe that I wear on a day-to day basis either to lift an outfit (e.g. leopard heels with jeans) or tone it down (e.g. biker jacket with a dress), and of course the jumper goes with everything.

Nicky x

bubbletastic

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It’s Bubble London time again (well it was a few weeks ago anyway), and this year Little Spree were excited (and not to mention, very flattered) to be invited to go behind the scenes as part of the judging panel for the ‘Rising Star Award. You can find a list of the finalists that we were asked to judge here. And and the winner was… well that’s actually what we would like you to tell us! Our friends (and exhibitor at Bubble) Nature Zoo very kindly offered to give away two of their lovely crocheted toys (remember the Octopus back in July?). All you have to do is send us an email with the answer to the above question, along with your preferred toy (a tough choice – they are both so cute – go to our Instagram feed to see them). As always we will select two winners at random, and will announce them here next Thursday (5th March).
I can tell you that the two runners up for the Award were JAM and Panda and the Sparrow. Both brands were new to Bubble this year and were deserving recipients. The judges were particularly impressed with the thoughtful design of the JAM collection – every garment being made with children in mind (so no hash seams etc.), and clever details to try to extend the life of the garment.  For Panda and the Sparrow it was the quality of the material and make of their collection that caught the judges’ attention. Their garments are made from the softest bamboo material which is also hypoallergenic, UV resistant, antibacterial, thermo regulating, and not to mention eco friendly, and most items were less than £20.
Thank you Bubble London for a really interesting day and congratulations to all the winners, we wish you all the very best of luck.

Nicky x

While Nicky was busy on judging duty, I made my way around the many stands (in a flat boot – more of that tomorrow on Mama Spree) looking for inspiration to share with you all on Little Spree. I found a mix of familiar and new brands. These were some of our favourites:
Little Llama: super-sweet knits all made from alpaca wool. Gorgeous colours. Moccis: a sock/slipper hybrid in plain colours, as well as cool prints such as leopard. Tabarlow had a version of these when they were crawling and they were the best thing ever. Kusi Kusi: I really loved this collection of beautiful homespun knits made in Peru by local women. Love My Smalls: already a firm favourite of mine. I was also excited to see that the girls have added grey to the simple colour palette. And they had one of the chic-est stands at the exhibition – compact and bijoux! Angulus: again, another Little Spree favourite, and their Autumn/Winter collection didn’t disappoint. The metallic lace-up booties were beyond cute. Old Soles: one of my favourite new finds. I loved their shoes, particularly for boys. Nicky and I were obsessed with their fur-lined suede hi-tops, amongst others. Tic Tac Toe: the sweetest, most charming little collection of cotton baby rompers/bubbles (in the prettiest prints) and matching accessories from Cape Town. Bob & Blossom: another old favourite, but definitely worth a mention for the ‘Hey’ and ‘Bonjour’ tees alone. Melton: more gorgeous shoes! They had the sweetest mini leopard print ballet flats with a criss-cross elastic over the foot. To die for.
Of course, there were were so many more gorgeous brands, but we just don’t have the time to mention them all here. Do check our Instagram feed lots of pics from the day though.

Sarah x

our m&s spring edit

M&S Boy

1. Cotton T-Shirt (part of a set of two), £12.00-£16.00
2. Pure Cotton Utlity Shirt, £14.00-£16.00
3. Cotton Skinny Jeans, £10.00-£12.00
4. Leather Hiker Boots, £30.00-£32.00

M&S Girl II

1. Cotton Dungarees, £14.00-£18.00
2. Cotton Embroidered Top, £14.00-£16.00
3. Glitter Skate Shoes, £14.00-£18.00
4. Thermal Brushed Tights, £6.00

Remember our baby edit back in November? Well this time we are bringing you are favourites from the boys and girls collections for Spring. We first saw this collection at the M&S press day back in November, but have been waiting to share them with you, so that you can actually buy them. We love this boys’ ‘shacket’ (is it just us or does it have a bit of a Margaret Howell feel about it?), and all these blue and grey tones make this outfit definitely look and feel more designer than high street (we would never guess anyway). And this girls’ look is what we like to call ‘pretty tomboy’. These (just in!) glitter skate shoes are fab! Great for boys too with a skinny jean. We couldn’t squeeze all our favourites into two pictures, so here are the other pieces that we’re coveting…
For the boys: this sweatshirt; these slim fit cords; this hoodie; these dungarees; these shorts; this jumper; this hat; these sandals; this mac; and these hi-tops;
For the girls: these jeans; this dress; this jumper;  this blouse; this denim playsuit; this jumper (very Sonia Rykiel!) this dress; this skirt; these shoes; these shorts; this belt; and this cardigan;

Sarah & Nicky x

created in collaboration with Marks & Spencer

bath chic

Towels

1. Numero 74 Bath Cape (Dusty Pink), £21.06
2. Numero 74 Bath Cape (Anthracite), £21.06

Bailey, Tabitha and Marlow all have these towels. We love the colours (they look so lovely hanging up in the bathroom) and the cosy hoods, and they are super-light (ideal for packing for holiday). This size would work from babies up to around six years old (depending how much coverage you want/need…). We also love this one from The Little White Company.

Sarah & Nicky x

mama spree: all about stella…

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We love Stella’s look. We want to be her! Understated, chic, just sexy enough, but still cool. It’s all about the jeans – cropped and high waisted. Tuck your t-shirt in if you’re tummy’s feeling up to it. If not, just let it all hang out (your t-shirt, not your tummy – that’s why we love a high waisted jean: everything is nicely ‘contained’). We love this pair from Acne, but this Mango pair are a great (more relaxed) option too. For the rest of the look: this Jigsaw jacket; this Topshop cashmere tank or one of these sheer linen tees from Hush; these Zara sandals or these Mango ones are both very Stella-esque (add a cable sock until it’s warm enough to get your toes out); this Silence + Noise bag (wear it on the shoulder or as a clutch like Stella); and this French Connection wallet and phone case has more than a whiff of Stella (the brand, not the woman) about it…

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: popped into Matches today to choose my belated birthday present from Tom (it’s a long story, which I won’t bore you with, involving a pair of ill-fated Isabel Marant trackie bottoms), and ended up leaving empty-handed. Tom on the other hand left with a pair of black Acne jeans and this weekend bag from American Vintage. Nice. I rather like it for us ladies too! SC

book corner: bailey’s bird book review

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Birds Of A Feather by Francesco Pittau Gervais, £15.16

“Did you know Emperor penguins can stay under water for 20 minutes which is longer than any other bird. There are lots of interesting facts about birds in this book, my favourite part is the puzzle which is kind of in the middle where you can mix up the parts of different birds to make strange looking ones. I like the eggs on pages seven and eight, the patterns on the shells are interesting. There is a picture of a flamingo that has lovely red and pink feathers that I think would be very soft to touch if they were real. I also like the owl puzzle at the back of the book – owls hide under the flaps and you have to guess which type of owl is hiding – don’t worry if you can’t guess because you can open the flaps and find out.  Daddy tries to whistle like a bird when we are reading the book, I tell him he really sounds like a bird (but he doesn’t). Maybe if you fill your marble jar you could ask mummy or daddy to buy this book, or perhaps a racing car.”

Bailey x (age four)

ps: “I also have this book about animals and this book about sea creatures made by the same person.”

pps: as they say: ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ – the cover of this book does not do justice to the lovely illustrations. NHC

boy meets girl

stripe jean

1. Uniqlo Sweatshirt, £14.90
2. Verity Jones Large Hair Bow, £6.00
3. Boden Denim Slim-Fit Jeans, £22.00-£26.00
4. Velveteen ‘Ali’ Bag, £25.35
5. M&S Leather Mary Janes, £34.00-£38.00

stripe jean boy

1. Uniqlo Sweatshirt, £14.90
2. M&S Beanie Hat, £8.00
3. Boden Denim Slim-Fit Jeans, £22.00-£26.00
4. Uniqlo Pea Coat, £19.90 (was £39.90)
5. Gap Canvas Hi-Top Sneakers, £17.95

One pair of trousers that we both love, but for girls or for boys (they are officially girls’)? We love them equally for both. So we decided to style them two ways – one look for the girls and one look for the boys. All bases covered.

Sarah & Nicky x

stripes, cashmere, fringing…

baby boy mocassins

1. Kin By John Lewis Dungaree Set, £18.00
2. M&S Pure Cashmere Cardigan, £35.00
3. Anne Claire Petit Lamb Music Box, £36.45
4. Minnetonka Fringed Booties, £40.00

Generally speaking we’re not fans of the ‘set’. You know the ones – where they cleverly put an outfit together, usually for a baby, so you don’t need to worry about what goes with what? So they are well-intentioned, but generally pretty naff. We usually find it frustrating when we only like one of the pieces (as is often the case), but then feel reluctant to buy the entire outfit just to wear one thing. Maybe we just don’t like being told how to style an outfit?? Anyway, occasionally we are pleasantly surprised, and this is one of those occasions. How cute is this striped dungaree set?? If you aren’t familiar with the Kin collection by John Lewis, you should definitely check it out. And whilst we were online, we also saw and liked this dungaree set from Mini Club at Boots and this three piece outfit from M&S. Sometimes it’s good to be proven wrong.

Sarah & Nicky x

mama spree: how to wear leather joggers

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1. Goat Wool Sweater, £87.75 (was £195.00)
2. Mango Ring Set, £6.99
3. Gap Leather Joggers, £129.99 (were £199.95)
4. Mango Leather Bag, £89.99
5. Golden Goose Hi-Tops, £275.00

First we converted to the leather (or faux?) legging, now we’re all over the idea of the leather jogger! Now this is one of those pieces that, frankly, sounds a little scary ‘on paper’. But honestly, by the time we’d finished putting this outfit together (yesterday morning as it happens), we both wanted the entire look!! For us (and each to their own of course) it’s all about playing them down and keeping them casual and relaxed. Nicky spotted a super-stylish Fashion Writer at a kids press event wearing her leather joggers with hi-tops (these are a good cheaper option if our favourite Golden Goose price tag is making your eyes water…), and she had an instant style-crush. So for us anyway, this is the way to go. Relaxed, but with a chic navy sweater and bag (how great is this bag?? It’s definitely our new favourite affordable version of the Vuitton SC bag – remember Kate with hers?). In a nutshell, it’s ALL working for us. See you on the school-run…

Sarah & Nicky x

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ps: exciting news! You already know that our favourite Boden flats are landing on the website on 9th March (is it in your diary?). But the really exciting bit is that Boden are offering all Little Spree readers an exclusive, one-off discount just for that day! So if it’s not in your diary already, make sure it is now, and make sure you log on to get the discount code (it will only be shown here) before you buy.

puddle proof

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Mamas & Papas Puddlesuit, £28.00 (12 months-6 years)

We just love the idea of a ‘puddle suit’. And it just sounds so… Beatrix Potter. But apart from sounding sweet (and being super-practical obviously), this one actually looks good too. It’s just an all-in-one version of the Little Spree favourite, the classic yellow rain mac. We love. And here are some rain macs too (some yellow, some not..): this one from M&S; this one from John Lewis; this one from Mini Club; this one from Gap; this one from H&M (as posted on Instagram); this one from Next; and this one from Petit Bateau. And not forgetting a few wet weather accessories: this umbrella and this umbrella (for your mini super hero), both from M&S; and these plain wellies from John Lewis (available in red, navy and green).

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: and we couldn’t resist these cute biker-style wellies for us! Love them! Think of them as a little ‘bonus mid-week Mama Spree’.

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ASOS Gone Biker Wellies, £25.00

christening chic

Christening

1. M&S Pure Silk Unisex Smocked Christening  Dress, £60.00
2. M&S Pure Cashmere Cardigan, £35.00
3. Olivier Baby & Kids Pure Cashmere Baby Bonnet, £28.00
4. The Little Shoemaker Mary Janes, £69.99

For a chic christening outfit, you needn’t spend a fortune. The high street has a few fantastic options. Then just add some gorgeous cashmere and cute accessories. The Little Shoemaker is another of our recent discoveries. The most adorable hand-made baby and kids shoes (all made by just one man in Brighton). You’ll definitely be seeing more of them on Little Spree. We also love this christening gown (as worn by Tabitha and Marlow in 2010, then loaned to their cousins Evie and Arthur); this romper; this cashmere cardigan; these booties; this hat; and these baby shoes.

about a boy

Boys gap boots

1. Petit Bateau Wool & Cotton Sailor Sweater, £25.00 (was £50.00)
2. Miller Xeno Beanie, £16.00 (was £40.00)
3. Tootsa MacGinty Denim Stripe Jeans, from £31.00
4. Gap Canvas Hi-Top Sneakers, £17.95

We loved these Tootsa MacGinty jeans when we saw them a few weeks ago at the fantastic Dot to Dot kids exhibition (look out for our round-up later this week). You can’t really tell from this picture, but they have a a gorgeous blue ticking stripe.

Sarah & Nicky x

baby print

Baby wellies

1. John Lewis Dungarees, £14.00-£15.00
2. Gap Double-Breated Cardigan, £14.99 (was £16.95)
3. Aigle Wellingtons, £29.00
4. Boden Pointelle Body, £8.00-£10.00

Loving the Marni-esque print on these super-sweet baby dungarees…

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: our favourite Bella Freud sweater, featured in Friday’s Mama Spree has unfortunately now sold out. It is still available at Selfridges, but sadly only at the original price.