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Sunday Coffee Links 7.29.12

7.28.2012

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This grey bunny tee by frankly grow is sure to become someones favorite and for obvious reasons too! I love how understated the tee is in keeping its classic shape and pairing it with a neutral color like grey... very gender friendly. The simple outlined graphic of a bunny is so refreshing when compared to all the overdone things I've been seeing in kid's wear lately. And for the cherry on top, a pop of color in the ever trendy neon in non functional buttons... love, love love!

Links to enjoy with your Sunday coffee with

This weeks favorite little thing of mine is... wish I could do this year round really.

Kids taking over east London via The Children's Republic Of Shoreditch... join in while it lasts!

Go team Barbie... check out the style icon's latest looks for sporty look.

In love with this sweet little bear... made entirely of recycled materials so each one is unique.

An easy DIY stencil using freezer paper... oh the possibilities are endless.

How fantastic is this kids undercover birdsnest cubby... I can easily imagine kids flocking to it!

Hooray for Papier Mache's digital issue 16... out now and chock full of inspiration!

Summer is here and that means juicy fruits... here's a how to in preserving fresh cherries.

How stunning is the lighting in this forest fashion shoot... makes me want to frolic in the woods.

Roof top golf in London... yep, it's true and happening this summer atop of Selfridges!

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Pinterest Treasures 7.28.12

7.27.2012

all images via my pinterest

A little eye candy and loads of inspiration to start the weekend off right. Happy Weekend!

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Poco Nido, Medal Tees

all images provided by Poco Nido

So these super cute medal tees somehow how managed to slip through my internet radar yesterday... whoops! Luckily the lovely Catherine from Poco Nido saw my post and sent me a message about her Olympic inspired tees. Aren't they so much fun! I am so happy be able to share them with you guys as in my opinion, these are another example of seasonal done right! I love how simple and versatile they are, and although right now they may be Olympic tees, any kid who's a winner can easily style them year round. Another great job!

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Olympic Style

7.26.2012


Olympic fever is here in London... in full affect now... and with only hours until the opening ceremony, I thought a little round up of Olympic inspired goodies would be appropriate! Now let me first start off by saying that this was by far the hardest round up ever! To start with, there are surprisingly not that many designers that jumped on board with this theme. And from those that did, it was slim pickings when it came to finding those that did it well and tastefully. If you remember from my Jubilee and Americana posts, I am very picky when it comes to holiday themed clothing and refuse to let my future little ones fall victim to the horribleness that generally comes with such occasions. Having said that, I am ridiculously spirited (highschool cheerleader over here!) and so I will never give up on seasonal fashion because I believe it can be done... you may just have to hunt a little. So here you have some designers that did it right! The clothing, footwear, and accessories reflect the overall feel of the Olympics without turning a little one into a walking advert. You are welcome... and bravo designers, bravo!

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Indikidual, A/W 2012 Dance Party!

7.25.2012



 A little late on the band wagon, but better late than never right? Right! How cute is this behind the scenes video of Indikidual's Autumn/Winter 2012 photo shoot... kids just being kids! All work and no play? Not according to this bunch where "working" clearly meant dance party!!! One of my favorite parts is when two kids accidentally bump into each other... one of them wearing a box on their head of course, with the upside down Indikidual i on it. I got a chance to catch up with Syreeta (founder/designer) and asked her where the inspiration behind the shoot came from. She replied that she wanted it to have an organic feel with the kids just having a good time. Throw in some boxes, a good tune, and the energy just flowed. I think it fits beautifully with the brands identity as a whole... and can you spot Minnie (her daughter) in her debut role?

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British Nieces

7.24.2012


This past weekend was spent monkeying around with the British nieces in the country side. I swear each time hubs and I go back to visit they are bigger, smarter, and all around livelier! The nieces definitely kept us on our toes this time. I don't think I'll ever get used to how sophisticated L sounds... she has such an extensive vocabulary for a toddler and her British accent helps! I was even able to explain to her how she was very lucky to to have a tia as most little British girls only have aunties. She loved the idea! R is the shyer one of the two, but don't let that fool you. She is a cheeky one indeed! We had so much fun playing pretend, chasing bubbles in the back garden, and eating ice cream. See you soon girls!

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Red Head

7.23.2012


 I don't know her but I was mesmerized by the striking color story she had going on! I love how her mom (or whoever dressed her) wasn't afraid to pair up bright and bold colors... especially with such fiery hair. If you are going to go for standout, sometimes more is better and I think this captures it perfectly!

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Pinterest Treasures 7.21.12

7.21.2012

all images via my pinterest

A little eye candy and loads of inspiration to start the weekend off right. Happy Weekend!

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Pinterest Treasures 7.14.12

7.14.2012

all images via my pinterest

A little eye candy and loads of inspiration to start the weekend off right. Happy Weekend!

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Stripes, Dots, & Bananas

7.11.2012


Just been busy putting together some stripe, dot, and banana print color ways over here. I don't know about you guys but I just love mixing bright colors and fun prints!

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Pinterest Treasures 7.7.12

7.07.2012

all images via my pinterest

A little eye candy and loads of inspiration to start the weekend off right. Happy Weekend!

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Recipe: Patriotic Fruit Kebabs

7.04.2012

Ingredients: A watermelon, small marshmallows, blueberries, strawberries, star shaped cookie cutter, and kebab sticks

Directions:
  1. The amount of fruit needed will vary depending on how many fruit kebabs you are planning on making. I just made as many as I could until I ran out of strawberries. I also cut down my kebab sticks to 10" for easier transporting. 
  2. Slide your first marshmallow onto the kebab stick. The first one is always a little tricky as it tends to want to stick.
  3. Next slide a blueberry onto the kebab stick and push down until it reaches the first marshmallow. Repeat with another marshmallow, followed by a second blueberry.
  4. Slide a strawberry down, trying to pierce it in the center to keep the whole thing balanced.
  5. Continue by stacking more blueberries and marshmallows, remembering to alternate them. You can play around with the pattern and amount but try to keep your strawberry in the center for balance.
  6. Using a star shaped cookie cutter, cut out some watermelon stars.
  7. To finish, slide a watermelon star onto the top of the kebab stick, trying to pierce it in the center. Be careful not to pierce the whole way through the star or you'll have a sharp point sticking out.
  8. You can now adjust the fruits and marshmallows to close any gaps and that's it! It's really that easy!
I had seen different variations of this on pinterest and thought I'd create one of my own for the Fourth of July. Keeping the overall theme (stars, red, white, and blue) in mind, I went exploring through the grocery store. Luckily there are a lot of fruit options in the red and blue category to chose from so that just left the white... and marshmallows just seemed like a natural choice! Another fun and easy recipe to share with a little one. It is very hands on, slightly messy from the fruit juices (but not too messy I promise!), and they can sneak a marshmallow here and there... so kid friendly!

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Junior Style: June Event

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I'll be here this afternoon and the rest of this week if anyone is in the area and wants to pop in for a quick hello! Come check out the great assortment of Spring/Summer 2012 designer kids clothes they have in stock, and at clearance prices, I'm sure there's something for just about every little one. I'll also be covering this three day event live via Junior Style's own twitter account (@JuniorStyleSale) and my Instagram (@madewithlovejb) so tune in!

Junior Style Popup Sale
June 9-11, 2012 times vary per day
Alphaville 2, 14 Shepherdess Walk, London N1 7LB
£1 Admission

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Recipe: M&M Cookies

7.03.2012

Ingredients: 2 cups minus 2 tbsp. cake flour, 1 1/3 cups bread flour, 1 1/4 tsp. baking soda, 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1 1/2 tsp. coarse salt, 2 1/2 stick unsalted softened butter, 2 1/4 & 2 tbsp. cups light brown sugar, 2 large eggs, 22 tsp. vanilla extract, 2 big bags worth of red, blue, and brown m & m's 

Directions:
  1. I used this chocolate chip cookie recipe with a few tweaks of my own. I didn't realize I didn't have enough granulated sugar until after I started so I used light brown sugar for all sugar measurements. I substituted the chocolate chips for specific colors of m&m's so the exact amount is unknown and can vary . My dough made 60 large (5") cookies.
  2. Sift flours, baking sodas and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Combine all of your sugars and butter in a separate bowl, mix until light and fluffy. One by one, add in your eggs followed by the vanilla. Mix, mix, mix!
  4. Gradually start adding in your flour mixture. Your dough should start turning thicker and sticky as you mix. If mixing by hand (like me!) think of this as an arm workout and get rid of as many bumps as possible.
  5. Add in your m&m's and mix well.
  6. Because my bowl was so tiny, I found it easier to mix with my hands to make sure the chocolates spread throughout the dough.
  7. Lump into a shape of sorts and wrap tightly in cling warp. Refrigerate for 36 hours.
  8. When ready to bake, take out dough and let it soften a bit. Preheat your oven to 350 F.  Brake off chunks and roll into golf ball sized balls.
  9. Softly squish the golf balls flat, shaping them in to round pieces. Be careful not to make them too thin or they will over bake!
  10. Place dough onto baking trays lined with grease proof paper. You should be able to fit 6 per tray. Lightly sprinkle salt over tops for a salty-sweet finish. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Remove tray from oven and let your cookies cool down for 10 minutes still on the grease proof paper on top of a wire rack.
  12. Now place cookies directly on a wire rack and let them cool completely before devouring them. Coordinating your dough making day and baking day to allow for the 36 refrigerated hours is the key to the rich taste here so make sure you plan accordingly. Cookies are good for about a week... but they probably won't last you that long!
I had been wanting to try this recipe for the longest time and thought a Fourth of July picnic would be the perfect debut for them! I'm happy to report back that they were very well received and even hubs couldn't help himself from having one before hand... or two or three! They were super easy to make and I think adding in a little festive color made them extra special. Any little helper would have fun picking out the right colors... and eating a few here and there too!

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Americana Style

7.02.2012


It's almost time for the Fourth of July and while I may be over seas in little old London, my heart will forever be true to the States! I even celebrated this past weekend with some local American friends in some red, white, and blue of my very own. Naturally, an Americana Style post was on the brain... especially after sharing a Jubilee Style one last month. And I have to admit, I found it very hard to find cute American themed clothing! You guys (American designers) we need some cooler pieces out there! So I decided to mainly stick within the color story as you all know my feelings on tacky seasonal stuff. Pick any of these and your little one will proudly be showing of their pride... in a cool and fashionable way of course!
 

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