1. Seafarer Lord Jim Stretch Cotton Jeans, £154.00 (were £220.00)
2. Isabel Marant Étoile Jacob Cropped Trousers, £140.00 (were £200.00)
3. Current Elliot The Fling Mid-Rise Boyfriend Jeans, £87.75 (were £195.00)
4. Boden Zip Ankle Skimmer Jeans, £36.75-£59.00 5. Johnnie B Printed Skinny Jeans, £28.00-£33.00 6. Violeta By Mango Super Slim Striped Jeans, £34.99 (were £59.99)
As a rule, Sarah and I tend to dress in plain fabrics and tonal colours; but as with most rules there’s an exception and for us that usually means a stripe. We love striped t-shirts, striped jumpers, striped shirts and of course striped jeans and trousers. To prove it, Sarah has both pairs of the striped Boden jeans (size up in the Johnnie b ones as they come up small if you’re not a teenager!) and I have the Isabel Marant Étoile trousers (again, size up as they were quite a narrow fit around the hips) and an old version of the Current Elliot jeans. We know that the idea of stripes around you thighs might seem a little scary at first but (the right type of) stripes (going in the right direction) can be flattering for everyone (gorgeous curvy Mamas should take a look at jean no 6 – they go up to a size 24). Just remember to keep the rest of your outfit pretty simple. I’ve been wearing my trousers with a navy t-shirt and tan gladiator sandals similar to these ASOS ones which sold out shortly after we featured them here, but are now back in stock (only £20.00 – yes, really!).
Sarah wears her stripes (tight) with a slouchy navy cashmere sweater/slouchy grey tee and her Birks.
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…
In the last of our sale week posts, we bring you our sales edit of investment pieces. A mix of pieces that will seamlessly fit into your wardrobe, work hard (it really is worth working out the ‘cost per wear’ of some things to prove just how much of an investment they really are!), and that stand the test of time. Some of which we already have, and some of which we may already have posted, and some that are both. These are things to buy now, wear now, and to buy now and stash for later… But don’t just take our word for it, take a look at the (gorgeous!!) Chloe collection for Autumn/Winter for inspiration on how we’ll be wearing our Summer white maxi dresses for the Winter months too…
Some other good investments would be this Isabel Marant Étoile shirt; this BDG army jacket; these Boden chelsea boots (very Balenciaga); this Boden cashmere (remember it from this post); this Isabel Marant Étoile carpet belt (a really inexpensive way to inject a bit of that Isabel Marant ‘magic’ into your wardrobes); this Urban Renewal Vintage coat (we’ve had our eye on this for a while now); this Mango suede bag; this Cooperative by Urban Outfitters coat; this Ghost slip dress (such a classic – so many different ways to wear it…); and the Boden cashmere crew-neck sweaters in navy, cream and black (we love ours and wear them all the time).
1. Louis Louise Clare Embroidered Blouse, £32.60 (was £46.58)
2. Poppy Rose Romper, £27.54 (£34.42)
3. M&S Cashmere Cardigan, £28.00 (was £35.00)
4. Bonnet À Pompon Dress, £31.19 (was £44.55)
5. Start-rite Baby Kate Mary Janes, £33.60 (were £48.00)
Blush pink, ochre and sprig prints (as seen on Tabitha on Instagram): all our favourite colours and prints, all discounted and all on our baby girl sale wish list. We also had to included the M&S grey cashmere cardigan as it really is a Little Spree essential (for baby girls and boys), and we still love it. Also on our wish list are these adorable Bonnet à Pompon baby shoes; these Poppy Rose Liberty print trousers; this M&S top and bloomers set; this Gap romper; this Louis Louis dress; this Louis Louise romper (SO cute!); and these Louis Louis bloomers (yep, we’re still obsessed with Louis Loiuse…).
Today it’s all the baby boys’. So many super-stylish bargains out there, it was hard to narrow it down to our favourites. A good tip for sale shopping for babies (as they grow SO fast!!) is to plan ahead and size-up. Buy some cute things to put away (‘buy now, stash for later’ as like to call it at Little Spree) and whip out in a few month’s time. It’s always such a lovely thing to re-discover them (and feel super-smug about your organisational skills combined with your sales savvy!). One little tip though: make a note in your diary of when you think they might fit – I occasionally would forget my ‘stash’ altogether, only to discover it months after when they didn’t fit, this time because they were too small!! I did have two babies though, so cut me some slack… SC).
We’re also loving this Louis Louise tee; this Kidscase tee; these Louis Louise bloomers; this Kidscase all-in-one; this Imps & Elfs cardigan; this Babe & Tess onesie; these Emile et Ida trousers; and this; this; and this, all from Gap.
Sarah & Nicky xx
ps: don’t disregard the Gap grey bodysuit as a bit of a ‘blah’ sale pick. These bodsuits are so useful for babies. They literally keep your little one’s look ‘together’, and are great for layering. And a grey one is always a stylish choice for baby boys (or girls of course).
1. Mango Fringed Hem Dress, £34.99 (but £24.49 with code 6VIP11)
2. Isabel Marant Shell Drop Earrings, £56.00 (were £80.00)
3. Velvet By Graham & Spencer Striped Top, £71.00 (was £102.00)
4. Gap 1969 Skinny Bermuda Shorts, £22.99 (were £34.95)
5. Cleo B Rose Pom Pom Sandals, £76.95 (were £128.00)
The Sales have begun and what perfect timing. As temperatures rise, prices are falling, so we couldn’t resist sharing a few of our favourite Summer sale staples. No Summer wardrobe (well certainly not ours) is complete without a pair of denim cut-offs; this season we’re taking a break from ‘short shorts’, opting instead for a slightly longer length. We’ll be wearing ours with a cool t-shirt like this one from Maison Labiche; this linen tee from The White Company; or this J.Crew ‘beach sweater’ (so perfect for those lazy Summer evenings…). All of which work well with these Mango boyfriend cropped jeans (complete with cute scarf tie belt) should temperatures drop (again). Oh, and we also still love this Isabel Marant Étoile embroidered dress (perhaps just that little bit more now it’s 40% off…). Check back on Friday for the sales picks that will keep you one step ahead of the new season, like this ‘relaxed’ trench from Whistles. For now, we have our eye on this super-cool Aries denim dress which is a great Summer and Winter (just add tights when the goose pimples set in).
Nicky & Sarah x
ps: as well as the sales, it’s all about the Daddys this week (don’t forget: Father’s Day on Sunday!). Check out the Little Spree papas, Tom and Russell on the lovely Alex and Alexa blog…
1. Numero 74 Guitar Cushion, £19.44 (was £24.30)
2. Gap Chambray Field Jacket, £13.99 (was £32.95)
3. Bellerose Pocket Tee, £15.66 (was £19.58)
4. Bellerose Walton’s Sweatshirt, £22.27 (was £37.12)
5. Birkenstock Silver Rio Sandals, £26.60 (were £38.00)
6. Louis Louise Crepe Sarouel Trousers, £19.85 (were £33.08)
This is a very dangerous time of year for our credit cards as two instincts kick in: buy now and stash for later and just BUY NOW! In addition to the jacket and sweatshirt above, our ‘buy now and stash it’ list includes this Penfield navy parka; Scotch & Soda stripe sweatshirt and these Mayoral leather trainers. For now, we’re adding a few summer basics to the list, like these Gap swimming shorts and navy cut-offs; a pair of our favourite Pom-D’Api sandals; this Nico Nico tee; and this cool shirt from our current go-to brand Louis Louise. Just remember, when the credit card bill arrives, think how much you saved rather than how much you spent!
Nicky & Sarah x
ps: don’t forget it’s Father’s Day on Sunday (how did that suddenly come around – even we thought it was next weekend!!). Check out our Daddy Spree post for all the (stylish, obviously) gift inspiration you need…
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).
1. Tom Ford For Men Au De Toilette, £50.00-£65.00 2. Smythson ‘My Daddy Is The Best’ Notebook, £35.00 3. M&S Cotton Military Jacket, £55.20 4. Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook, £25.00 5. Oliver Bonas ‘Super Daddy’ Mug, £11.95 6. John Lewis Digital Radio, £34.99 7. Jigsaw Raw Edge Leather Trainers, £129.00
Apparently the gift most dreaded by fathers is a tie sporting any sort of animal. Once given, it has to be worn. And let’s face it, with the exception of David Dimbleby, it’s hard to maintain any sort of authority whilst panda bears dance around your neck. On the other hand, (well chosen) clothing, books and gadgets are all very welcome. With this information in mind we’ve produced your win-win Father’s Day gift list: items that Daddy will like, but in the colours, shapes and sizes that Mummy approves of too. To make absolutely sure, we Daddy-tested our choices on Russell and Tom. Ever since Russell has been dropping a lot of unsubtle hints about this jacket and Tom will always be delighted with anything that combines his love of Italy and good food or a cool hat…. We also like this beer bottle cooler; this Smythson card carrier (currently 30% off); these message beanstalk seeds (so sweet from little ones); this Aqua di Palma au de cologne (Sarah is addicted to the smell); this Smythson ‘Daddy Cool’ luggage tag (cool and chic); this Mr Porter ‘Manuel For A Stylish Life'; and this glass makes us laugh!
And don’t forget that all-important card. Here are some of our favourites: this one; this one; this one; this one; this one; this one; and let’s not forget all the Step Dads and Granddads out there.
Baby beachwear doesn’t get much cuter than these Liberty print bikini bottoms. How wonderful to be able to run around on the beach in nothing more than a pretty Liberty print and a couple of bows… So sweet. For the girls we also love these Emile et Ida bikini bottoms; this M&S swimsuit; and these Soft Gallery bathing knickers (if you’re looking for something a little ‘studier’). For the boys we love these Petit Bateau swimming trunks; these M&S swim shorts and these John Lewis swim shorts. I’ve also just discovered that our favourite Mango swimming shorts have also been scaled down (if you haven’t checked out the Mango baby collection, you need to!) and come in two colours. For baby boys or girls, this Konfidence swim nappy is a great option too.
Now let’s start that holiday countdown…
A good beach dress/cover-up is as much of an essential as a swimsuit or bikini as far as we’re concerned. Personally, I like something that can also hold it’s own at the beach cafe, and the journey to and from the beach. When we go to Italy in the Summer (as we do every year) we will often spend the entire day on the beach (and at one particular place, we will also stay on for a delicious supper in the restaurant overlooking the beach). I have various options that work as cover-ups (I am not one for prancing around, ordering lunch in what is to all intents and purposes, my bra and knickers…). But of course, that’s not to say that I’m not always on the hunt for a new one… We LOVE this one from Mes Dempoiselles (SO pretty!), but here are some more purse-friendly options that we’ve also got our eye on… This one from Linea (a great general ‘holiday’ dress actually); this Hush one (the yellow makes a nice change) this Monsoon one; this Topshop one; this J.Crew one; this Next one (so pretty); this Boden one; this Monsoon one; and this one from Next.
ps: thanks to ‘the queen of pom poms’, Lisa for the heads-up on this gorgeous basket. Look out for the launch of Edit 58 in July for similar fabulous finds. In the meantime you can follow Lisa on Instagram (edit.58).
Yippee, our favourite Mango striped boys shorts are back! Bailey and Marlow both have them from last Summer. We’ve looked (a lot!) for a pair we like better, but came to the conclusion “if it ain’t broke…..”. Close runners-up however are these Boden swim shorts; these F&F swimming trunks; these Petit Bateau trunks; these F&F swimming shorts; these M&S trunks; these John Lewis trunks; and these swimming shorts from Bakker Made With Love.
We’ll be teaming our stripes with cute leopard print sunglasses (leopard print: not just for girls!), navy sandals and our favourite Numero 74 towel. Alternatively how cute is this towling poncho from Boden. Now all we need is a beach….
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.
Next week on Little Spree is dedicated to Summer holidays. What to buy, what to wear (for us and the little ones), and how to put it all together… Plus we have our ‘Daddy Spree’ Father’s Day edit on Friday. See you there!
As some of you will know, during a recent holiday my normally calm, kind husband turned into a crazy competitive lunatic during a game of beach football (after I scored a goal!). The result being one broken toe and a six week restriction on footwear to Birkenstocks. In the past six weeks they (I have the ‘stone‘ and black ones) have been worn with army pants, long dresses, biker trousers, skirts and various jean options (Sarah has them too and she wears hers with these Boden striped jeans). To prove it I’ve posted a little montage of some of my outfits on our Instagram (@littlespree). The funny thing is, now that I’m able to expand my shoe repertoire to other flats (heels are still a way off) I’m kind of addicted to my Birkies. In fact I’m wearing this exact outfit as I type this post!
ps: If the sun is shining when you read this post, swap the cashmere jumper for a simple t-shirt like this one from J Crew, or this cashmere blend one from Topshop (you might want to keep that jumper close by though!).
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!
We all need at least one great black swimsuit that fits well and that we feel great in (well as great all we will ever hope to feel virtually naked on a public beach anyway…). But not just any old black swimsuit. One that fits well, stays put, flatters and enables you to swim with/run after little ones without feeling self-consious. Save the pretty, frilly, patterned, whimsical ones for the poolside (preferably sans kids). This swimsuit needs to work hard. Here is a round-up of our favourites. And for any curvy mamas out there, we like this one from ASOS Curve, this one from Seafolly, and this one from Panache (sold in bra sizes) for bigger boobs. For ‘boyish’ mamas (lucky you!) we like this one from Topshop.
1. Gold Baby T-shirt, £32.00 2. Kin By John Lewis Harem Pants (0-18 months), £9.60 3. Mango Suede Moccasins, £22.99
Another day, another harem baby (told you were were obsessed!), and another way to wear them (for babies this time). We love this emerald green worn with grey. And who could resist these baby moccasins to complete the look? And if you’re in the mood for a harem, these Mango ones are really sweet too.
Sarah & Nicky xx
ps: the lovely girls at Wear & Where asked us for our tips on travelling with little ones (that don’t involve Valium…). Read our answers here.
Every now and then someone invents something obvious and brilliant. That’s how we feel about ‘mifold’. It’s a compact, portable booster that’s 10 times smaller than a regular booster seat (it’s even smaller than an iPad!) and is just as safe. Throughout their crowdfunding period you can pre-order one at a discounted price (£20.00 instead of £35.00), plus you’ll have the opportunity to personalise your seat. Pre-order here, we will be!