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Sick Days

8.29.2012


Hi everyone. Sorry for my absence lately, I've been stuck in bed with the flu since last week and my brain has been nothing but mush as of late. I hope to be back and posting soon enough, but for now it's nothing but crackers, powerade, and chick flicks for me.  Try and stay germ free!

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Pinterest Treasures 8.25.12

8.24.2012

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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Crawling


This little guy I managed to capture while we were on holiday in the south of France a few weeks back. On such a crowded and busy beach, he was able to find a small space for himself to crawl around in. Surrounded by all the empty sand, he looked smaller and more vulnerable than usual. Something about him just stole my heart and so I just had to get a picture. If you want to have a peak at some more holiday pictures, here are parts 1, 2, 3, 45, & 6 on my personal blog. Enjoy!

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Indikidual, A/W 2012

8.23.2012


Indikidual is one of the new brands on the London block and its first highly anticipated collection for A/W 2012 should be in stores now! They are a unisex collection that embraces comfort while celebrating style. The range is designed for layering and encourages mixing and matching so that each little one can show-off their unique personality through fashion. Organic cotton knits in bright primary colors and minimalist style graphic and prints come together beautifully here. I especially love the signature banana print... which was inspired by a certain little one's love for them! You can have a sneak peak at the behind the scenes footage from their A/W 2012 photo shoot here... a dance party indeed!

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CPH Kids Fashion Show, S/S 2013

8.22.2012


video from here

CPH Kids Fashion Fair hosted its first kids fashion show earlier this month showcasing some of the participating brand's exciting new S/S 2013 collections! The theme of the event was titled If you could define the future- what would you do? and various answers were displayed on a screen at the end of the runway as the little models strutted past holding signs with the same message. Some of my favorites included- "Stop War", "Ride A Unicorn" and "Be Able To Fly". Such a great idea and way to show off the garments... complete with movement, style, and of course a bit of sass thanks to the little ones! I was really excited to see (sadly via video though hopefully in person for the next one!) a few of my favorite brands in action like Bang Bang Copenhagen, Indikidual, Mini Rodini, Bobo Choses, Mini A Ture, and Wovenplay. The runway and kids entirely brought to life all of the pieces and also showed the audience great ways to style them together. At the end of the show, all of the little models came back out to the sounds of Lady Gaga, Born This Way. Again, each was holding a sign but this time the message was for the audience- "What Would You Do?" Most amazing runway finale ever! Fantastic job CPH Kids!!!

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LuckyBoySunday, A/W 2012

8.21.2012


LuckyBoySunday has done it again with their A/W 2012 collection, Dead Soft... made me want to buy each and every piece... for myself and future baby that is! To me their entire collection is like a breath of fresh air when it comes to kid's plush toys. No more pink is for girls and blue is for boys, they have given so much more than that with their gender neutral, quirky characters. For the upcoming cooler months, they enriched their color color story but still stayed true to their signature look... circus meets pirates in geometric heaven! It's really hard to chose but if I absolutely had to, I would say my favorite is loulou (top right )... with one eye closed and an over sized striped ruffle collar, it's easy to see why. Which is your favorite?

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Bobo Choses, A/W 2012

8.20.2012


Bobo Choses is one of my new favorite brands! Their A/W 2012 collection called Album is filled with an assortment of beautiful pieces. Geometric patterns are sprinkled throughout and complemented with richly saturated colors. Chunky knits are paired with jersey knits to allow maximum comfort while still looking stylish. I don't know about you guys... but I kind of wish some of the pieces came in my size!

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Sunday Coffee Link 8.19.12

8.18.2012

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Keeping in rhythm with the summer that has finally made it's appearance in London, I bring you another stylish swimsuit. I love the simplicity in both style and color in this one piece... with a little added skirt for fun! Taking center stage is the fun pineapple graphic, bold in size but keeping with the minimalist vibe being just one color. I think sometimes less is more and here Mini Rodini have proven just how true that statement can be.

Links to enjoy your Sunday coffee with!

This week's favorite little thing of mine is... speaking of, anyone got any good recommendations?

Tilt-shift Olympic photography... makes everything look like miniature replicas!

A brilliant DIY to spruce up any kid's room...  a magnet wall...

If you're a  local Londoner... mark your calenders for King's Cross Ice Cream Festival!!!

How great are these pictures of cyclists... floating around town sans a bicycle...

Remember Green Eggs and Ham... it was easily one of my favorite books as a kid...

Are we friends on Facebook yet... we can be if you click right here!

The sweetest dress embodying summer... and made from vintage silk scarves too!

Can't quite let go of the Olympics just yet hu... try making some of these Olympic pancakes to help.

A few suggestions for some pillow talk with your little one... such a sweet idea!

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Pinterest Treasures 8.18.12

8.17.2012

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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Little Fancy Feet


Little Fancy Feet is one of the newest online shops available for your little one's foot needs. Bringing you top quality footwear and fashion forward brands at affordable prices, I'm confident there is something for everyone! I especially love these adorable little booties from Inch Blue... how cute are the dinosaur ones? Each are hand crafted with the softest leather, always keeping a child's delicate foot in mind. And the Union Jack one's are perfect for all the little patriots out there! The shop carries an assortment of brands ranging from in sizes from infant to big kid for both boys and girls. They also stock unique footwear related accessories like the skirtle! Go on and check out the site, you won't be disappointed.

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No Added Sugar, A/W 2012

8.16.2012


Have you seen No Added Sugar's A/W 2012 collection The Meaning Of Us? With a whimsical circus feel , this collection doe not shy away from metallics, stripes, or ruffles. Such a bold and fun collection, I'm sure any little one would have a great time getting dressed in these clothes!

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Thumbeline, Slish Splash

8.15.2012

from top left to right: 1. wovenplay 2. munster kids 3. popup shop 4. popup shop 5. talc 6. wovenplay

Since getting back from holiday, I've had swim suits on my mind... for little ones that is! Having spent the past two weeks in the south of France, I noticed that the majority of the little girls wore tine-tiny bikinis and some just the bottoms. It struck me as odd to see so many little girls running around topless as I mainly wore one-pieces as a toddler. I did have the occasional bikini but I don't recall them being as tiny. How do you guys feel about this? Is it the norm for some of you? Nothing unusual to report with the boys except for the occasional on in his undies. Anyways, that all led me to Thumbline, one of my favorite online shops in search of some swim wear. I wanted to see what is currently out there and am happy to report kid's swim wear has gotten fashionable! Here are a few of my favorites from brands that I love. Thumbeline truly carries such a great assortment, you will definitely find something on their site!

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Recipe: Olympic Medal Sugar Cookies

8.14.2012


Still feeling the post Olympic blues? Kind of like that feeling you get the day after x-mas and your birthday combined right? Well I decided to whip up some Olympic medal sugar cookies... to you know, help fight the blues and what not. These are super easy to make and will guarantee any little one (or big one for that matter) a big toothy smile! The best part, you can wear them while you eat them. I use this Martha Stewart recipe with a few tweaks to get my sugar cookies just right and then added my touch to make them Olympic themed. When I went to make my cookies, I realized I only had one egg so I ended up halving the recipe which made 30 cookies (about 3 1/2").

 Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 3/4 granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed lt. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 2 large eggs
  • extra granulated sugar for tops (as needed)
  • circular (about 3 1/2") and star shaped cookie cutters
  • wooden skewer stick or anything sharp enough to pierce a hole
  • 20" twine or ribbon per cookie (as needed)
 Instructions
  • Sift flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  • Combine all of your sugars and vanilla extract in a separate bowl, making sure to mix well. Add your slightly melted butter and keep mixing until pale and fluffy. One by one, add in your eggs followed by the lemon juice. Mix, mix, mix!
  • Gradually start adding in your flour mixture. 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.
  • Wrap up dough nice and tight in cling film and refrigerate for at least 3 hours to help harden for easier rolling. You can even leave it over night if you want.
  • Once the dough has chilled for a few of hours, take a couple of hand fulls out at a time to work with, leaving the rest in the fridge.
  • Cover your work surface with flour to prevent dough from sticking down and roll out dough into 1/4" thick sections using a rolling pin.
  • Cut out circles and then use the star cookie cutter to gently press a star outline into the center of each cookie. Be careful not to press all the way through!
  • Put your extra sugar on a small dish and place each cookie shape onto it to coat with sugar. You can lightly press down on the back with your fingers to help the sugar stick.
  • Place your sugared cookies on baking trays lined with grease proof paper. I was able to reuse my grease proof paper which helped cut back on mess and time!
  • Bake cookies at 350 F in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cooking time may vary depending on the size and width of your cookies.
  • Transfer cookies onto wire racks but keep them on the grease proof paper for 5 minutes before placing them directly on the racks to finish cooling down.
  • 3 minutes out of the oven, push the wooden skewer stick, point side first, into the cookie where you want your hole.
  • Once your cookies have completely cooled, slide the twine through the hole and tie a tight knot with the ends to be able to wear the medal cookie. Cookies should be good for about a week... assuming they last that long! Enjoy wearing and eating your Olympic medal sugar cookies!

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Stroll: Yellow Discovery Trail

8.13.2012


The 2012 London Olympics have come to an end... so sad I know! But if you are still in London (or live here) with the kids and aren't quite ready to let go of all the fun, the Stroll Discovery Trails are the perfect thing! Discover different areas of London as each walking trail leads you to find the official Games mascots, Mandeville and Wenlock. They are so bright and colorful, little ones have a blast searching for and then taking pictures with them. Each are designed to highlight the uniqueness of it's surrounding area and will be up for the public until September 9. With six different trails to try, there is plenty of London to explore. I started with the yellow trail pictured above since it is basically my backyard and honestly had so much fun... and I have no kids! I found it a great way to really see my neighborhood, one that I've been walking around in for over a year, and was surprised at how much I haven't actually seen. I'm looking forward to doing the rest of the trails and of course, sharing them with you all. If you still feel like you are needing a little more, try making some of my Olympic Pancakes... that should do the trick!

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Pinterest Treasures 8.11.12

8.10.2012

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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Sunday Coffee Links 8.5.12

8.04.2012

image from here

These sweet knitted creations make for the ideal plushie for any little boy or girl. My favorite one is Mini Coco because of her brown skin which matches my own (when I'm tanned!) and it is very refreshing to see a variety in the market. Although she is clearly a girl, again I like that she doesn't have a traditional look to her. Instead Mini Coco has a cute crown of buns and a colorful skirt which are enough to show her femininity. I can imagine her to quickly become a little one's side kick... perfect for play dates and cuddles!

Links to enjoy with your Sunday coffee with

This weeks favorite little thing of mine is... excitement can be contagious!

UK Graffiti Story showcases some great street art, stylish clothing, and cool kids... the perfect combo.

Imagine an entire arcade made out of cardboard... this talented nine year old did!

An inexpensive way to decorate a little ones room... try this upcylced cloud shadow box.

Combine popcorn and ice cream and what do you get... the icecreamists popcorn of course!

How fun are these colorful little peg people... such a refreshing idea in kids toys.

Colored pencils, threads, pins, and yarn... all seen in edgy hairdos in this quirky video.

Amazing kids photography and striking portraits... each so different to the next.

Achieving the perfect cafe latte and some helpful insider tips... ummm coffee!

Infusing some neon shoes in a little one's closet with this simple DIY... now to chose a color.

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Pinterest Treasures 8.4.12

8.03.2012

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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