There’s no getting away from it, it looks like Summer has come to an abrupt end. In August. I daren’t leave the house without the the kids’ rainmacs and an umbrella for fear of literally being washed away… But, it’s not cold, so jumpers and coats are still off the agenda. This is always a tricky one to get right clothes-wise. Tabitha and Marlow have literally been living in their wellies (these exact ones) pretty much since we got back from our holiday (so long sandals…). So we might as well work them into cute outfits right? A splash of ochre feels Autumn-ready in an Indian Summer of way…
It’s our final instalment of our ‘back to school’ week, and for our last post we’re talking school bags. Again, like school coats, many schools have their own regulation school bags, but lots don’t (or, like Tabitha and Marlow’s school, it’s optional – I towed the line last year, this year I’m thinking of ‘breaking out’). We like these simple, but cute star print ones from Mango – not too big (so many backpacks are just HUGE!) and not too small (there are a lot of teeny-tiny ones out there too that are barely bigger than a lunchbox), and they are a great price (oh my GOD – have you seen the price of some??). And the print is understated and stylish, but still recognisable in a crowd… I’ll take one of each please!
1. Cyrillus Smocked Tunic, £12.30 2. Eva & Oli Rucksack, £31.59 3. Emile Et Ida Pencil Case, £18.63 4. Jigsaw Junior Printed Leggings, £15.00-£20.00
5. Saltwater Surfer Sandals, from £40.00
Just the word ‘leggings’ is enough to make me feel a little queasy (in fact the only word guaranteed to make me feel worse is ‘jeggings’). They just sound slightly unpleasant somehow don’t they? Plus I have the added association with my Winter pregnancy ‘uniform’ of oversized mens cashmere sweater, leggings and biker boots (actually much cooler than it sounds). And we all know that all you want to do with your pregnancy uniform as soon as you’re thin enough to ditch it altogether, is to incinerate it! Needless to say I have not worn a pair of leggings since. Anyway. Fast forward to being a mama of a five year old girl. Now although they may not be my favourite item in her wardrobe, they do have their uses. Easy, comfy and cute if you get the right pair (not too tight, not too baggy and not too cropped) and style them with a pretty (long-ish) blouse/tunic top (like this one from Cyrillus). I like them with sandals in the Summer or boots in the Winter. Oh, and Tabitha loves wearing them! So I must confess, when it comes to a travel outfit for little girls, I started with the humble legging. But we think these ones look very sweet indeed.
1. Milibe T-shirt, £20.00 2. Eva & Oli Rucksack, £31.59 3. Mango Joggers, £9.99 4. Birkenstock Roma Sandals, £38.00
Now that the Sun is shining and school’s almost out, our thoughts are turning to all things holiday. We’re pretty seasoned travellers, not phased by minimalist packing or capsule wardrobes, but there is one item on the holiday ‘to do’ list that still makes us sigh: travel outfits. Whether it’s for us or the children it’s the same conundrum: how to combine comfort, practicality and style. By the end of the week you’ll be able to tick off that tedious travel task from your list as we are bringing you our outfit solutions for all, starting with this one for the boys.
The perfect beach look for little girls. Simple, stylish (we love this combination of colours…), and practical. A headscarf makes a stylish change from a sun hat, and they don’t get much prettier than this one. We have featured these towels before on Little Spree, but have decided that as well as our favourite bath towels (just don’t tumble dry them like I did! SC), they would also make the ideal beach towels as they are so lightweight to pack. And we love a cosy hood for that end of day post-swim snuggle…
Sarah & Nicky xx
ps: and while we’re talking swimsuits, we also like this one from Next; this one from Next; this one from M&S; and this one from Emile et Ida.
1. Jigsaw Alice Mini Crossbody Bag, £15.00 2. Jigsaw Alice Mini Crossbody Bag, £15.00 3. Jigsaw Alice Mini Crossbody Bag, £15.00
Normally anything so (very) pink and so (very) shiny would be an automatic Little Spree ‘no-no’ but not this time. These sweet little bags are not only cute and reasonably priced, they provide one of those rare opportunities where you can genuinely be happy when your little ones choses the pink version!
1. Louis Louise Bikini from Elias & Grace (4-10 years), £28.00 2. Rose In April Basket Bag, £23.49 3. Next Corkbeds (sizes 26.5-41), £12.00-£16.00
I am totally obsessed with this Louis Louise bikini (and pretty much everything else in the collection). The colour, the style, the oh-so-pretty ruffles… Tabitha will definitely be sporting it on the beach in Tuscany this Summer, and now’s the time to start stockpiling those holiday pieces. As you know, we LOVE a basket at Little Spree, and this is such a cute one. Rose in April do other (equally adorable) designs too… I had to go for this one, as Tabitha is as obsessed with the Pharell song ‘Happy’ (show me a five year old who isn’t?) as I am with the bikini! And here comes the super-exciting bit…
Our lovely friends at Elias & Grace (one of our all-time favourite websites for the most stylish kids clothes and accessories, including this bikini!) are having one of there fabulous ‘Treat Weeks’ next week. They are offering 20% off everything for one week only. But the really exciting bit is that they are giving Little Spree readers an exclusive preview (aka: first dibs!). You can shop from Sunday (9th May) at 00.01 until 00.01 on Tuesday (19th May) , i.e. you can shop with the Little Spree discount all day Sunday before anyone else can. Woohoo! You just need to enter this code in the promotional box and press ‘apply’ before proceeding to checkout: LSTREAT15. Go shop!
Sarah & Nicky xx
ps: here are a few reminders of recent pieces from the Elias & Grace website that we’ve liked and featured… this Miller Breton; these Bensimon plimsoles; this April Showers bag; this Bonton baby dress; and these Minnetonka booties. That should get you started anyway!
I came across this pretty top when I was doing a quick ‘new in’ scan on the Next website. When I found it I literally did a double-take. Then I ‘zoomed in’. Just to be sure. Yep, confirmation: it was a find and a half! And I love the brown for a change. I had ordered one for Tabitha seconds later (plus one in white – how could I resist??). It really is so like an Isabel Marant Étoile one (and one that is in stores right now!) I am contemplating the age 16 for myself… In fact, I’m contemplating this whole outfit.
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!
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.
1. John Lewis Glow-In-The-Dark Pyjamas, £15.00-£17.00 2. Gap Oversized Pom Pom Hat, £9.95 3. Urban Sweat Long Sleeve Hoodie, £19.90 4. Little Baby Company Halloween Pack Of Eight Trick Or Treat Bags, £10.95
Today it’s the boys’ turn, and we’re sticking with our stylish pyjama based Halloween costumes. You may already have a pair of glow-in-the-dark pjs (Marlow and Bailey do), in which case you only need to add the accessories for a trick or treat outfit. We also love this bat tee; these glow-in-the-dark pyjamas; these glow-in-the-dark leggings (these would look so cool worn with a jumper like this); and this wizard costume (ok, so it’s 100% polyester, but for £6.00 for one night…).
For Marlow it’s all about a short and a sweater combo at the moment. It’s still (just about) mild enough for a short (and what is it with little boys not feeling the cold??), but definitely too cold for a tee, so he’s living in long sleeved tees or jumpers. Making Summer last as long as possible basically! Here are some others that we’ve got our eye on at the moment.. This fisherman crew neck from Next; this one from Mini Boden (grey melange); and this one from Gap (in grey and navy).
Eva & Oli Grey Backback
£31.59 SHOP NOW Yes, more back to school paraphernalia. Had to share this rucksack though – it’s a great option for a school bag (if you don’t have a regulation one). I like this Bobo Choses star print one too.
Could Next have made dressing any easier? The perfect striped Breton already layered under the cutest dungarees shorts. This a ‘mini me’ outit if ever there was one (ok, maybe not the cat bag, although I do love it…)
Rose In April Embroidered Pom Pom Basket £20.00 SHOP NOW I LOVE a basket bag in the Summer, particularly on holiday. And Tabitha does too (naturally!). This Rose in April one (above) is definitely my favourite (and also comes in this version). I’m a sucker for a pom pom too. These are a few others that I’ve seen on the high street and also liked…
This H&M cat bag (so cute!); This Gap straw tote; and this Gap ‘be happy’ straw tote. The holiday countdown has officially begun.
ps: have you entered the ‘mini spree’ Mini Boden competition yet? If not, why not?? You might just win FIVE super-cute baby boys/girls pieces for Summer. Crazy not to…