mama spree: introducing the little spree tote!

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We are so excited by the arrival of our very own Little Spree baby – the Little Spree tote. We wanted to design a stylish and practical tote bag (made from lovely soft, organic cotton) that we would both want to use, every day. So we did! It’s neutral so won’t clash with any of our/your Mama Spree outfits, or your regular handbag if you’re using it as that all-important ‘overspill’ bag. And this is it! It’s a one-off, hand-painted design, and we absolutely love it. We really hope you do too. We have 50 to give away to the first 25 people to email us. All you need to do it ‘introduce a friend’ to Little Spree. Easy-peasy. So get a friend to subscribe to our daily email updates (we’re assuming that you already get them, but if you don’t, you can just subscribe at the same time), then email us with your address, and we will send you two tote bags (one for you, one for your friend). Good luck!

Sarah & Nicky xx

mama spree: totally tonal

MS Tassle Top

1. Next Folk Tunic, £45.00
2. Topshop Wool Blend Boyfriend Coat, £89.00
3. Isabel Marant Canvas Wide Leg Pants, £275.00
4. Topshop Metallic Sandals, £46.00

Who says white and cream are only for the Summer months? Not us. Who says pale colours are unflattering and unforgiving? Not us. We love a tonal look, and this one is cool and wearable (even in March). And can we just discuss these sandals? Do they feel a little, um, ‘familiar’?

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: we love this Next top so much, we are tempted to get the navy version too….

pps: don’t miss our extra Saturday Mama Spree tomorrow, where we will be sharing the details of how to win one of our super-stylish, exclusive Little Spree totes. You know you’ll want one!

boden blog: what we wore…

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Boden kids

Marlow
1. Washed T-Shirt, £8.00-£10.00
2. Slim Fit Jeans,£22.00-£26.00
3. Suede Boots, £30.40-£33.60

Tabitha
1. Fabric Necklace, £10.00
2. Stripey Boat Neck, £12.00-£14.00
3. Pretty Dungarees, £30.00-£35.00

Bailey
1. Guernsey Jumper, £28.00-£32.00
2. Slim Fit Jeans, £22.00-£26.00
3. Canvas Pull-Ons, £22.00-£26.00

We were hugely flattered to be asked by Boden to be included in their ‘Boden Diaries’ ‘The New Mother’s Day Wishlist’ feature on their blog. We were asked to choose our favourite pieces (for us and the kids) for Mother’s Day. Where to start? We tried on a LOT of clothes (um, that pile of boxes was mine!! Sarah). If you haven’t already seen the results, check it out here. This is what they wore (above), and this is what we wore (well our two favourite looks anyway):

Sarah: cashmere crewneck sweater, printed skinny jeans, sunglasses, and Lille lace-up flats.

Nicky: cashmere crewneck sweater and lace skirt

Sarah & Nicky xx

storage style

baskets

1. Liv Interior Wicker Stacking Baskets (set of two), £28.00
2. M&S Round Weave Baskets (set of two), £55.00
3. Laura Ashley Oval Kubu Baskets (set of two), £70.00

Toy Storage

1. John Lewis Brooklyn Wheeled Metal Basket, £55.00 (available online from 1st April)
2. Oliver Bonas Decorative Storage Suitcases, from £30.00
3. Les Jouets Libres Wooden Cart, £78.00

We like the same shoes, jackets, old-lady Victorian nightdresses (oversharing??),  but when it comes to storage, Sarah goes basket and I go cart (I already have 1st April circled for this John Lewis one). Don’t get me wrong, I like a basket. In fact I spotted these silver ones (1) at a recent press day, and loved them. So whether you are a basket or a cart these are our current favourites. What we do agree on is that stylish storage solutions are essential to our sanity, as we both have  a need for toy-free adult space at the end of the day. We also (both) like these too: John Lewis felt boxes; La cerise sur la gateau cotton storage basket; and we LOVE these Play And Go drawstring bags (don’t even get us started on the pain of stepping on a rogue piece of Lego that escaped the tidy…).

Nicky x

ps: Gap have extended their 30% (plus free delivery) online VIP discount until midnight tonight. Just enter this code at checkout: VIPGAP.

mama spree: mama-to-be

stylish maternity clothes

1. Ribbed Sweater, £15.99
2. Ribbed Sweater Dress, £32.99
3. Mens Plaid Shirt, £39.95
4. 1969 True Skinny Jeans, £44.95
5. Leather Buckle Boots, £49.99

Today is dedicated to all you stylish mamas-to-be. Here are some of our favourite pieces from Gap’s maternity collection (which we’re loving by the way). We couldn’t squeeze it in (no pun intended), but we really like this dress too.

Sarah & Nicky xx

mama spree: gaptastic mamas

Gap MS II

1. 1969 Denim Dungarees, £59.95
2. Stripe Textured Top, £19.99
3. Leather Saddle Bag, £74.95
4. Leather Ballet Flats, £34.95

Ok, so we’ve shopped for the kids, now it’s our turn. Friday is our day. Today’s Mama Spree is a head-to-toe Gap look which we are loving (a bit Kiera, a bit Jean Seberg, with a touch of Alexa thrown in for good measure…). And anyone who follows us on Instagram knows how much I (Sarah) love a dungaree (and my current favourites are black…) – they are so easy to wear, and to dress up or down. For anyone nervous of a dungaree – try them. I think you will be surprised at how flattering they actually are. I often wear mine with ballet flats (I guess to kind of ‘de-butch’ them!!) and/or some kind of Breton. And this tan saddle style bag is totally on-trend with the whole Seventies vibe that is HUGE this Summer… You might also want to re-visit these posts too before ordering… Mother’s Day StyleHow To Wear Leather Joggers and Cosy Mini. Just saying.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: we both bought these this week. And yep, we’re loving them too…

pps: tomorrow we have an extra Mama Spree all your ‘expectant mamas’ out there. The final instalment in our Gap ‘smash & grab’ is dedicated entirely to maternity clothes.

gaptastic

Gap baby boy

1. Bunny Beannie, £9.95
2. Lined Gingham One Piece, £19.95
3. 3-In-1 Parka, £29.95
4. Henley Bodysuit, £7.95
5. Triple-Roll Socks, £2.00

Baby Girl Gap

1. Chambray Hat, £9.95
2. Floral One-Piece, £14.95
3. Organic Cardigan, £22.95
4. Embroidered Top, £16.95
5. Espadrille Sandals, £9.95

Gap Boy

1. Crew Neck Tee, £6.76
2. Slub Tee, £8.46
3. Stripe Carpenter Jacket, £24.95
4. Denim Carpenter Shorts, £14.95
5. Canvas Sneakers, £14.95

Gap Girl

1. Chambray Panama Hat, £12.95
2. Stripe Dungarees, £19.95
3. Embroidered Top, £16.95
4. Textured Cardigan, £11.99
5. Scalloped Sandals, £12.95

So here it is. Our Gap Spring Edit (from the top: baby boy, baby girl, toddler boy and toddler girl). We know that feeling of panic you get when you get one those emails in your inbox, announcing a big discount (in this case – a whopping 30%, plus free delivery), but you just can’t face trawling through the website… So set your anxieties aside, and just shop our edit instead. Easy. After all, you know you can trust us to have found the best things! Click here to get the discount if you haven’t already got it.

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: and of course, tomorrow we’ll be bringing your a Gap Mama Spree too, so save a few pennies for your own wardrobe.

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Marks & Spencer 4 Piece Cotton Dinosaur Doodle Pyjamas, £13.00-£14.00

These are so sweet. And such amazing value! And we’re also loving these and these both from Gap. Sign up to receive the Gap discount codes here. We have edited the babies, boys, girls and womens Spring collections (so you don’t have to!). No trawling. Just click and buy. We like to make things easy for you! Starting tomorrow.

Sarah & Nicky x

it’s all about the drop-crotch trouser…

Zara boy

1. M&S Cotton Sweatshirt, £10.00-£14.00, marksandspencer.com
2. Lorus Children’s Sports Watch, £19.99, johnlewis.com
3. Zara Pleated Trousers, £19.99, zara.com
4. 10 IS Trainers, £57.37, smallable.com

We know these trousers look a bit 80’s (or Spandau Ballet as Sarah put it when I first showed them to her online) so you’ll have to trust us when we tell  you that in reality they are more of a fine linen check than flecked nylon. We have bought them for both our boys, so can also report that as well as being a great alternative to jeans they are play-friendly. Best worn  with something low key like a sweatshirt and hi-top to avoid them looking too dressed up (no skinny leather ties). We love these 10 IS trainers – don’t they make you feel like Spring is on the way?

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: the day has finally come!! And it’s certainly been a long time coming! The Boden flats have landed!! Click here to order your pair right now. And enter the code: LSSC to get your exclusive Little Spree 15% discount, plus free delivery and returns. Woohoo! This offer is only valid until midnight tonight, so don’t think about it too long!

mama spree: mother’s day gifts

Mothers Day Gifts

1. Isabel Marant Tassel Earrings, £110.00, matches.com
2. Iris & Ink Cashmere Sweater, £138.00, theoutnet.com
3. Vogue Living: Houses Gardens People, £60.00, waterstones.com
4. Isabel Marant Lelie Sandals, £575.00, matches.com
5. Diptique Jasmin Scented Candle, £40.00, johnlewis.com
6. Jigsaw Faux Fur Bag Pom Pom, £19.00, jigsaw-online.com

We would be more than happy with anything in this picture thank you very much! We also love (and would happily receive) these Hush bracelets; this Selfish Mother tee; this Marc by Marc Jacobs necklace; these pyjamas; a gift certificate for a Cowshed treatment; and where would you be on Mother’s Day without a bunch of flowers? We would be delighted to receive either these scented stocks or these anemones (and no hidden extra delivery costs on top). And here are a few of our favourite cards: this one; this one; and we still love these cards (did anyone notice mine on the book shelves in my Red portrait? SC); and how sweet is this? Oh, and this made us laugh.

Sarah & Nicky x

mama spree: mother’s day style

MS Next lace top

1. Next Mesh top, £35.00, next.co.uk
2. Topshop Boutique Blazer, £130.00, topshop.com
3. Gap 1969 Sexy Boyfriend Jeans, £54.95, gap.co.uk
4. Boden Lillie Lace-Up Flats, £89.00, boden.co.uk (not available to buy until Monday 9th, but whatever you do, don’t forget to come back here on Monday to get your exclusive Little Spree discount code to buy them! All details will be here from Monday morning, when this link will direct you straight to the shoes).

Here’s a little inspiration for a Mothers Day outfit for next Sunday. A pretty ‘hippie-ish’ top, a flattering boyfriend jean, a statement flat (the wait is nearly over ladies!!) and a mannish, oversized coat. Pretty chic.

Sarah & Nicky x

ps: The top is sheer, so you may need one of these.

pps: don’t miss part lll of our Mama Spree Mother’s Day special tomorrow. We have the gifts that you need to start dropping some serious hints about right now!

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