buy, wear, love, then resell…

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Little Circle is one of those ideas we all wish we’d thought of. The most beautiful childrenswear brands (including many of our favourites – Louis Louise, Maan, Noro, Woodstock…), curated into one online collection. But the clever bit is the concept behind this collection. Buy the most chic collection of clothes (for girls aged 2-10 years); wear them and love them; then when they are too small, simply return them, and they will sell them on for you. You can then use your credit from the sale to buy new pieces. And so it continues. A perfect little cycle (or rather, circle) for your ever-growing little ones. Clever huh? Well, we are definitely intrigued, and super-excited to see it! It launches today, so take a look…

littlecircle.co.uk

Sarah & Nicky xx

just add a splash of ochre…

Girls Wellies

1. Next Stripe Linen Dungarees, £18.00-£24.00
2. Louis Louise Blouse, £52.00
3. Aigle Wellinton Boots, £29.00
4. Emile Et Ida Lapin Wallet, £18.00

Boys Rain Coat

1. Carrement Beau Melange T-Shirt, £22.00
2. Next Rain Mac, £22.00-£24.00
3. Gap Cut-Off Denim Shorts, £6.99
4. Aigle Wellington Boots, £29.00

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…

Sarah xx

back to school part llll: bags

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1. Mango Printed Backpack, £24.99
2. Mango Printed Backpack, £24.99

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!

Sarah & Nicky xx

back to school part lll: coats

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1. Petit Bateau Navy Raincoat, £58.00
2. RJR John Rocha Boys Neoprene Parker, £30.40
3. Navy Mac, £30.00-£36.00
4. John Lewis Hooded 3-in-1 Jacket, £38.00-£43.00

girls school coats

1. John Lewis School Shetland Coat, £80.00-£90.00
2. John Lewis Unisex School Duffle Coat, £75.00-£95.00
3. Debenhams Navy School Mac, £8.00-£15.20
4. Next Wool Coat, £30.00-£36.00

You think it would be simple to find a plain black or navy school coat wouldn’t you? Not so. Well, not a half decent one anyway. We know a lot of schools have their own coat as part of their uniform (like Bailey’s), but a lot don’t (Tabitha and Marlow’s – well they do, but they have the choice as to whether they wear it, and the school one is really not that warm). These are the best ones we found. We have split them into boys and girls, but to be honest, most are unisex.  And this John Lewis duffle is a snip at just £27.00

Sarah & Nicky xx

back to school part ll: girls shoes

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Primigi Leather Mary Janes, £30.00

Gilrs School Shoes

1. Start Rite Delphine Navy Leather Mary Janes, £49.00
2. Geox Black Leather Mary Janes, £42.00
3. Naturino Black Ballet Pumps, £33.00
4. Next Black Patent Mary Janes, £15.00-£19.00

Today is the girls’ turn. They also have a pretty un-exciting selection to choose from I’m afraid. But these are our favourites out there (and actually they’re not that bad…). So coming top this year is this Primigi Mary Jane (the classic Mary Jane is our style of choice – simple, classic, timeless). Tabitha has had this style a few times (I discovered it at the fabulous Shoe Station in Kew), and they’re great – really simple, a classic design, and really comfortable thanks to the softest Italian leather). Tabitha loved them from the minute she tried a pair on, and I’m hoping that after a Summer of sandals every day, she will happily slip into a new pair come 7th September. I also really like these Naturino ballet pumps with the elasticated criss-cross straps – they remind me of a pair of F-Troupe ballet flats I once owned, and loved (and wore into the ground), and the elastic should get around the non-buckle rule). Other contenders include these from Start Rite; Dr Martens; Lelli Kelly (yes really!); and Start Rite (when they are old enough for buckles).
See you tomorrow!

Sarah & Nicky xx

who says boys can’t wear pink?

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Smalls 100% Superfine Merino Wool Top, £39.95

Smalls Merino Top Boy

1. Smalls Long Sleeved Top, £39.95
2. Dandy Star Cotton Rucksack, £21.55
3. Greenery Kids Harem Pants (sold as part of set with moustache tee), £17.00
4. Next Sandals, £13.00-£15.00

We love pink for our boys (always the right shade of pink though of course), and we love this outfit (Bailey already has it!). And if you’re not already familiar with the label Smalls, you need to be. They are just brilliant – we are big fans at Little Spree, and our kids wear them all the time. We find them particularly useful for those tricky ‘in-between’ weather days – is it cold or is it warm?? Much like today in fact! When the kids wear theirs, they never complain about being “too hot” or “uncomfy” – in fact, they never make any comments at all – they are just comfortable, happy and busy playing (and anyone who knows Marlow knows how picky he can be about the way things look and feel: “but it’s not cashmere Mummy!”… I know, I know!!). And here’s why (read it – it’s actually really interesting)…

– Merino’s breathable fibre core has a waxy-coated exterior so there is no surface for germs to grow on. This makes merino naturally antibacterial so it can be worn for days without stinking. (Phew).
– Merino wool stores warmth in millions of little air pockets that trap your own body heat. This means you stay warmer without having to wear lots of layers. Stay outside playing for longer – always good news for kids!
– Your Smalls don’t need special treatment like most of your woollies (thank God – high maintenance kids clothes? No thanks). Wear them lots, wash them whenever, – and never worry about them fading or shrinking like other fabrics. No washing machine dramas.
– Smalls merino is naturally resistant to staining, odors, and pilling. A little airing is enough to revive your Smalls. (Though you might want to wash them at some point!).
– Merino wool also dries fast, perfect for busy families and it’s anti-static so won’t cling.
– Smalls merino is also naturally elastic (unlike us sadly). It springs back to its original shape every time.
– Also, super smooth fibres mean bad news for dust mites. It’s anti static so it naturally repels dust, which can cause allergies and asthma in sufferers. Because of its breathability, it keeps skin dry and less prone to eczema.
– It is also an excellent barrier for harmful UV rays, so you can wear it on the beach Or even onthe ski slopes!
– In the summer, it keeps you cool, dry and just.….happy.

And our friends at Smalls are giving one of their super-stylish long sleeved tops (‘longs’) away (they will even personalise it with your child’s name – how sweet), so you can see how great they are first hand. All you need to do is:

1. Sign up to the the Smalls newsletter on their gorgeous website.
2. Email us at Little Spree (info@littlespree.com) with the colour and size (2-12 years) of top you would like to win. If you’re not sure, take a look at Tabitha, Marlow and Bailey wearing theirs on Instagram today for some style inspiration…
3. Keep your fingers crossed!

You have until midnight on Monday 27th to enter, and we will announce the winner on Tuesday 28th. Good luck!

Sarah & Nicky xx

the prettiest (sale) pieces

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These are our prettiest sale picks for the (little and tiny) girls…
This Louis Louise dress; this Louis Louise top; this Kidscase blouse; this Louis Louise skirt; this Emile et Ida dress; this Louis Louise dress; this Caramel dress; this Emile et Ida skirt; this Poppy Rose dress; these Mango skirts; this ilovegorgeous baby dress; this Louis Louise baby romper; this Mango baby dress;  ilovegorgeous baby dress; these Louis Louise baby bloomers and this Louis Louise baby dress.

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: we couldn’t resist this super-cute cat bag from Emile et Ida.

beach chic

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1. ilovegorgeous Beach Cover-Up, (was £45.00) £31.50
2. Mitty James Towling Beach Robe, £23.99

We are slowly winding down for our Summer break on Little Spree (your credit cards can take a break too!). So this week we are bringing you a mix of last-minute holiday buys, and tail-end-of-the-sales bargains (yes, there are still some great things out there…). Then we will bid you farewell for a few weeks while we take a much-needed ‘Little Spree holiday’. So today we’re bringing you our favourite beach cover-ups for girls and boys. Some cute, some cosy, and all super-stylish…
We also like these ones from: Jo Jo Maman Bebe (navy); John Lewis; Accesorize; ilovegorgeousAccessorize; ilovegorgeous; and we love this breton bath cape (perfect for the beach) from Petit Bateau.

See you tomorrow!

Sarah & Nicky xx

travelling with girls…

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Cyrillus Smocked Tunic, £12.30

Girl Travel Outfit

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.

Sarah & Nicky xx

here comes the sun…

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baby girl sun hat

1. M&S Cat Bow Trilby Hat (6 months-6 years), £9.00
2. Mothercare Broderie Anglaise Sunhat, £5.00
3. Gap Chambray Floppy Hat (-24 months), £5.99 (was £9.95)
4. M&S Cotton Hat (3 months-6 years), £8.00 (sold in a set of two)

boys sun hats

1. Sunchild Cotton Hat (small-medium), £35.64
2. M&S Straw Trilby (3-14 years), £9.00-£10.00
3. Bonton Baby Hat (6-12 months), £19.60 (was £28.00)
4. Frugi Striped Legionnaires Hat (0-3 years), £12.00

Arguably not the most exciting Summer purchase, but definitely one of the most important – the humble sun sat. Don’t leave home without one (and preferably one spare!).
Here are some more we found, liked, and felt compelled to share…
Chloe floral printed; Gap scalloped; John Lewis chambray; Louis Louise floral printed (beyond!); Petit Bateau navy; John Lewis striped reversible; M&S pack of two (I bought these for Marlow for school – he only seems to lose the more expensive ones…); Next two pack; Mothercare striped; Frugi star print; and Next denim.

Sarah & Nicky xx

come shopping with us!

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We are really excited to (finally) launch our very own Little Spree shop! As well as our usual daily posts, you can now shop our edit at our online ‘shop’. It’s dedicated to the things we consider to be our ‘monthly must haves’ (Mama Shop for you and Little Shop for your little ones) – some familiar, some not so much, and a few of our personal (tried and tested) favourites in there too… Each month we will update our edit to bring you our ‘newest’ favourites. These are the pieces we really think are worth knowing about. If you already like our posts, we think you’re going to love our shop! Let us know what you think…
Happy Friday!

Sarah & Nicky xx

more stripes (only smaller)

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kids stripe trousers

1. Mini Boden Slim Fit Striped Jeans, £17.60-£20.80 (were £22.00-£26.00)
2. Mango Striped Baggy Trousers, £19.99
3. Petit Bateau Striped Chinos, £40.00

Whilst writing this Mama Spree post last week about our love of of striped trousers, it occurred to us that we may have bought one or two pairs (or a lot more!!) of striped trousers for the kids too. Thin stripes, thick stripes, faded – we love them all, and the best thing is that they work just as well for girls and boys, so you can pass them on, pass them down, or even share (Bailey, Tabitha and Marlow all have the the Boden striped jeans and wear them all the time). And these ones are from Next; Tootsa MacGinty (on sale); and Miller (currently 70% off!) are all on our stripe radar too.

Nicky & Sarah x

numero 74 just got even better

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Numero 74 Mia Dress, £19.58

Numero 74

1. Numero 74 Mia Dress, £19.58
2. H&M Sunglasses, £2.99
3. Next Sandals, £12.00-£16.00

As one of our absolute favourite labels, Numero 74 is always on our ‘go-to’ list for anything from bunting to tutus, to curtains to cot bumpers. But until now that list never included clothes. But only because because they didn’t do them! So we can barely contain our excitement with the recent discovery that they now do! The same gorgeous colours, styles, fabrics, but this time in clothes. And the prices are great too (almost too good to be true in fact). Anyway, we’ll be bringing you a post with our edit in the next few weeks, but for the time being, here is one of our favourite sun dresses (we can’t get enough of this ochre colour at the moment…) to wet your appetite…

Sarah & Nicky xx

mini espadrilles

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Everywhere we look we keep seeing scaled-down espadrilles for kids. Here are the ones we’re coveting (ok they may not be Chanel, but we still love/want them…): these Mothercare boots (how cool are they??); this classic navy Soludos pair; this Gap star print pair; this 1789 Cala denim pair; this Soludos striped pair; these Gap slip-on espadrille sneakers; and last but by no means least, our favourite Tootsa MacGinty Breton striped ones (as seen and loved at Dot To Dot this time last week).

Sarah & Nicky xx

a mango surprise

Mango Girl

1. Elastic Edge Dress, £15.99 (was £22.99)
2. Hooded Parka, £22.99 (was £34.99)
3. Cork Neon Sandals, £6.99 (were £29.99)

Boys Mango

1. Checked Shirt, £8.99 (was £12.99)
2. Hooded Parka, £22.99 (was £34.99)
3. Denim Bermuda Shorts, £8.99 (were £14.99)

Have you heard of the ‘Mango Outlet’? Until recently neither had we! Not to be confused with the ‘sale’ section of Mango, this is an entirely different website dedicated to their previous collections, with everything at hugely discounted prices! Imagine our excitement to find some of the items we wish we’d bought (you snooze, and maybe you don’t lose after all…) now available with up to 70% off!  Not ones to keep such a find to ourselves, we’ve scoured the site for our favourite items to share with you. Here are some other faves for the girls: this dress; this sweater; this cardigan; this sweater; this blouse; these moccasin boots; and this pom pom necklace.And for the boys: these sweaters; these hi-tops; this Henley sweater; this jacket;  this sweater; and this parka with detachable lining.
Now let’s keep this as our little secret, ok?

Nicky & Sarah xx

ps: And of course we haven’t forgotten about you! More Mango Outlet (crazy) bargains on Mama Spree tomorrow…

the cat’s pyjamas

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 The Bright Company Slim Jym Pyjamas, £17.00 (were £24.00)

Looking for cute, cool, unisex, mix and match pyjamas that are colourful, but in all the right ways? Welcome to The Bright Company, a British sleepwear and bedding brand for children aged 0-9 years. We love that they are passionate about British design and production. All their collections are designed and produced in Britain, and they work with suppliers that they take time to get to know and trust, and who pride themselves on high quality and production. Their designs are carefully considered too, playing close attention to the distinct physical needs of babies and toddlers. Their ‘slim pyjamas’ (like these ones that we love here) are snug fitting so they don’t ride up in the night leaving drafty gaps while your little ones sleep (don’t you just hate that?). Anything practical and stylish is a total win-win as far as we’re concerned!

Sarah & Nicky xx

ps: look out for our exciting give-away with them on Instagram this week…

it’s ‘sale week’ on little spree…

Girls Sale Picks

1. Miller Quiver T-Shirt, £21.00 (was £30.00)
2. Louis Louise Gina Flowers Dress, £38.27 (was £54.68)
3. Louis Louise Clara Embroidered Blouse, £32.60 (was £46.58)
4. Atsuyo Akiko Golden Heart Necklace, £18.63
5. Caramel Pepe Velutto Slippers, £40.00 (were £67.00)
6. Miller Tansy Skirt, £16.80 (was £56.00)

This week on Little Spree is dedicated entirely to the sales. We’re kicking off with our girls edit – the prettiest pieces around (with the odd Breton stripe thrown in for good measure). The sales are where we pick up the things that we might not necessarily buy because of the (full) price tag. But during sale time all bets are off! You can get some amazing bargains if you know where to look (and if you don’t, that’s what we’re here for), and it’s always lovely to have a few ‘special’ pieces to mix in with the high street finds. After all, isn’t that how we all dress?
Here are a few other bargains we’ve found: this Mango blouse; these Mango sandals; this Mango blouse; this Mango dress; and this Mango sweater (all with 30-40% off at the moment with this code: 6VIP11); this Louis Louise blouse; and these Boden Mary Janes (in gold).

Sarah & Nicky xx

beach girl

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Mango Ruffle Striped Swimsuit, £16.99

Beach Outfit Girls

1. ilovegorgeous Head Scarf, £12.00
2. Numero 74 Bath Cape, £29.16
3. Mango Striped Ruffle Swimsuit, £16.99
4. Hedgehog Spanish Basket, £15.00

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.

mini bags

Girls Bag

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!

Nicky & Sarah x

little spree meets smallish

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Next Chambray Sundress, £10.00-£18.00

Girl Sandals

1. Louis Loiuse Bow Brooch, £9.00
2. Petit Bateau Plain Cardigan (3-12 years), £36.00
3. Next Chambray Sundress (3-16 years), £10.00-£18.00
4. Maa Helena Sandals (sizes 24-37), £75.00

Another day, another Next purchase for Tabitha. This dress has been waiting in the wings for quite a few weeks now – we’ve just been waiting for the right moment to share it. We love the combination of simplicity and prettiness. The simplicity means it’s easy to style up, and the prettiness means you don’t have to. Anyway, as well as featuring it in today’s post, we have also included it in our very first feature for the fabulous Smallish magazine. Yep, that’s right, we’re branching out as ‘Contributing Editors’ – Little Spree meets Smallish. If you love Little Spree, specifically Mama Spree, you are going to love this! Every month we will be sharing our favourite finds (think hi-low and anything in between…). This month we kick off with ‘Summer Denim’, and as well as what we’re coveting for us, we’ve also included a few ‘mini me’ denim pieces. Including this very dress. We are really excited, so please take a look and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear your thoughts. And if you haven’t looked at Smallish before, you really should – it’s a great read! Happy (bank holiday) Monday!

Sarah & Nicky xx